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Virginia entrepreneur Tortica Anderson’s business vision comes full circle amid darkest season of her life


Then the LORD answered me and said, “Record the vision And inscribe it on tablets, That the one who reads it may run. (Habakkuk 2:2 NASB)


GOD’S VISIONARY 

RAY OF SUNSHINE — Widely known as a woman who’s armed with an immeasurable, progressive vision, Tortica Anderson is the proud founder and CEO of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, an awe-inspiring endeavor that has given way to her having possessed more than 18 years in her chosen profession.

In case you don’t know her, Tortica Anderson would like to introduce herself.

Widely known as a woman who’s armed with an immeasurable, progressive vision, Anderson is the proud founder and CEO of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, an awe-inspiring endeavor that has given way to her having possessed more than 18 years in her chosen profession.
A native of Triangle, Virginia — a small town near Quantico Marine Base — Anderson’s A Family Affair Event Management offers a vast array of services, most notably event planning and production, team building and event management.
Also known as a community outreach advocate, co-author, an aspiring motivational speaker, and philanthropist, Anderson has established a rather impressive track record in her featured profession, one that includes putting on bridal and fashion shows, fundraisers, conferences, galas, trade shows, networking events, as well as corporate and community outreach events — most notably, Warner Theatre, Hyatt Regency, Hyatt Place, Hilton Mark Center, Morias Vineyard, Rosemont Manor, Greenock Manor, Effingham Manor Winery, and The Richmond Amtrak  Station.

MORE ON ANDERSON’S AFA: https://www.familyaffaireventmanagement.com/

For Anderson, who currently resides in Stafford, Virginia, her rise to entrepreneurship success emerged amid humble beginnings.

“I lost my father in 1999,” Anderson told Making Headline News during a recent interview. “After his health had declined over the years, at that time, I thought that was the worst thing I had ever experienced. Little did I know, (I had no idea) what I was in store for (for me).”

Fast forward to 2005, Anderson had given birth to her daughter, Amiyah Shakyra.

During her pregnancy, in fact, Anderson had endured her share of difficulties, including complications from diabetes, all while savoring what she described as a thriving career while closing in on the age of 40.

A little more than a decade removed from its inception, it is due in large to Anderson’s wealth of experience in her selected line of work that, in turn, has fueled her desire to press and navigate toward her destiny — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

“I carried my angel full term, but unfortunately, she was born stillborn,” said Anderson, recalling what unfolded on November 8, 2005. “My life, as I knew it changed that day.”

A year or so later, Anderson had given birth to another daughter, T’kiyah Serenity, whom she describes as a “smart, witty and compassionate little girl.”

“She is the calm to my storm and my renewed faith,” Anderson said her youngest daughter’s presence.

Anderson is the mother of, T’kiyah, 12, Reynaldo, 29, and the late Amiyah, all of whom she describes as “my biggest fans, considering they motivate me to continue to pursue my passion & happiness.”

Speaking of renewed faith, Anderson’s rise to becoming a successful businesswoman was essentially discovered some 18 years ago when a family friend offered her the opportunity to plan her “all-inclusive” wedding.


WALKING IN HER DESTINY 

“The wedding was a success and exceeded their expectations,” Anderson recalled. “Within no time, what started as a hobby shortly became her vision.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

Much to her credit, Anderson’s A Family Affair Event Management has evolved mightily in recent years and, to the delight of her clients, it has become a continuous success.

Interestingly, since Anderson’s business has gone into full operations, this Virginia-born entrepreneur has been afforded the luxury of serving as a lead coordinator for weddings, holiday parties, and a number of special events, especially when she wasn’t working her Corporate America gig.

LEAST SHE FORGET — Speaking of renewed faith, Anderson’s rise to becoming a successful businesswoman was essentially discovered some 18 years ago when a family friend offered her the opportunity to plan her “all-inclusive” wedding.

In fact, it seemed that Anderson’s unexpected layoff from her job had ultimately become a blessing in disguise.

“I had grief from losing my dad and other close family members…the lost of Amiyah, a failed marriage due to grief, lack of communication and  the lay off in 2010 during which at the time, my mother’s health declined and I became her primary care giver just months before the layoff,” Anderson said. “The layoff caused a financial burden, but I had to heal and rebuild. My mother was my priority and I still care for her today. Unwanted advances by two different clients promising award-winning opportunities made me revert into a shell, questioning myself and my abilities.”
But God…

“What seemed like bad timing was inevitably God’s timing as it had afforded me the opportunity to focus on cultivating AFA,” Anderson says with a victorious smile.


A little more than a decade removed from its inception, it is due in large to Anderson’s wealth of experience in her selected line of work that, in turn, has fueled her desire to press and navigate toward her destiny — with God, her Helper, steering the way.

Also known as a community outreach advocate, co-author, an aspiring motivational speaker, and philanthropist, Anderson has established a rather impressive track record in her featured profession, one that includes putting on bridal and fashion shows, fundraisers, conferences, galas, trade shows, networking events, as well as corporate and community outreach events.

“I formed A Family Affair Event Management LLC later that year, but getting into the industry was a struggle for me, but I was committed to being successful and happy,” Anderson said.

More than anything, achieving a sense of happiness, coupled with a renewed sense of faith was absolutely essential, particularly during Anderson’s fervent quest to garner entrepreneurship success.

Thank God she doesn’t mere look like what she’s been through.


“Before my father died in 1999, my brother, dad, and myself had plans to open a towing business. His health deteriorated quickly and he passed in August. My brother and I have an unbreakable bond, and the love for our father, so even though we were grieving, we were determined to continue our father’s legacy and opened the business in December of that year, as well as I had a commercial office cleaning business. Our bloodline is strong and our father taught us respect, loyalty to our family, diligence, morals, values, perseverance and honor. Entrepreneurship didn’t really start with the event planning. It was years before in 1998.” — Entrepreneur Tortica Anderson 


“I was rebuilding, learning, healing and contemplating my next move to build my empire and a legacy for my children,” Anderson said. “I was committed to proving that I deserved a place in the industry.”

“When I look back on all of my responsibilities — physically and financially — I don’t know how I’ve made it this far,” Anderson continued. “I know God has a purpose for me. My journey hasn’t been the easiest, but my faith and trust in God brought me through it. Finding balance within my responsibilities was a challenge…no time for myself, self care was minimal, mind was cluttered and as I continued to pray for strength and clarity, God brought be out of the clouds and into the light.
“Having an authentic heart can be mistaken for a weakness, so you always have to work twice as hard to prove yourself among your peers, colleagues and in the industry. I finally value myself and demand others to do so as well, but it took years to honestly feel this way. I am still learning, but I have accepted the challenge. There is a standard by which AFA operates, which took years to develop.”

 

So far, so good for Anderson, one of the event planning industry’s best kept secrets.

More than anything, achieving a sense of happiness, coupled with a renewed sense of faith was absolutely essential, particularly during Anderson’s fervent quest to garner entrepreneurship success.

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For more information on Virginia Businesswoman Tortica Anderson of A Family Affair Event Management LLC, call 703.629.0840 or connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/AFAeventmanagement/. Send email to: T4afamilyaffair@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Upon her return home, Virginia entrepreneur Raye Elliott has been nothing short of remarkable


Then the LORD answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)


RAYE OF VIRGINIA SUNSHINE 

SHE GOT THE RIGHT — Armed with more than 14 years of professional experience in her selected industry, Raye Elliott’s Right Array LLC specializes in entrepreneurship development, entity formations and compliance, minority certification preparation, government contracting preparation, as well as small business credit composition.

When Raye Elliott relocated back home, she essentially wasn’t the same person.

To her distinctly unique credit, in fact, she was armed with a remarkably compelling vision, one that would alter the overall landscape of her life.
“Well, I’ve always exuded confidence, been laser focused, concise and up for a challenge,” Elliott, during an interview this week with Making Headline News said, explaining the awe-inspiring developments that gave way to her becoming a progressive businesswoman.
Interestingly, when Elliott returned to her native establishment of Buckingham, Virginia, she wasted little time making her presence felt as an apparent newcomer to the world of entrepreneurship.

MORE ON RAYE ELLIOTT’S VENTURE: http://www.rightarrayllc.com/

A company that accommodates individuals starting as early as 13 years of age and up, Right Array LLC is widely regarded as a development of an incubator program, particularly for youths in the state of Virginia. This program, Elliott acknowledged, is currently on the list of goals to achieve within the next 24 months.

“So when I recently made the decision to relocate back to my hometown, I quickly began to become aware of the high incarceration rate, how far behind the times the county and specific groups still are, the lack of entrepreneurship within the minority community, lack of community facilities such as daycares, recreational venues, access to information, little to no STEM/agricultural programs with minimal minority participation — if any — and the fact that the entire county is coded by the federal government as a HubZone,” Elliott explained.

“This is significant as it identifies Buckingham County as a historically underutilized business zone and economically disadvantaged area due to several factors such as a rural area or lack of or absence of broadband access,” Elliott continued. “With that information alone, I knew I needed to give back.”

Indeed she has, in large part considering Elliott’s quest to establish Right Array LLC, her Buckingham-based business consulting agency, had come full circle.

BROTHERLY LOVE — Elliott’s oldest brother, Augustus Harper, played arguably the biggest role — “whether he knows it or not,” she said — in her having maximized her fullest potential through entrepreneurship.

Armed with more than 14 years of professional experience in her selected industry, Right Array LLC specializes in entrepreneurship development, entity formations and compliance, minority certification preparation, government contracting preparation, as well as small business credit composition.

Since the startup of her credible endeavor, Elliott has had an immeasurable influential impact as a vibrant, resourceful businesswoman.

“I wanted to give back,” Elliott said. “I could give back and I definitely was going to pay it forward. To me, that meant coming full circle, beginning where my life all started…Buckingham County, Virginia, which is where I’m from, and I had the blueprint to lay the foundation and complete the implementation.”

A company that accommodates individuals starting as early as 13 years of age and up, Right Array LLC is widely regarded as a development of an incubator program, particularly for youths in the state of Virginia. This program, Elliott acknowledged, is currently on the list of goals to achieve within the next 24 months.


“Although I haven’t been blessed with my own kids yet, I realize that is so very important for the youth to understand the role they have today, tomorrow, and in society as a whole,” Elliott said. “The youths have a duty to themselves — their communities. And those are the ones that will determine what our economic systems resemble.”


As Elliott explained, paying special attention to minority startups and established businesses have become strategic focal points for her business.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — A military veteran, Elliott is a graduate of Buckingham County High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Herzing College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix (Dumwoody, Georgia campus).  She also earned an MBA in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

“This business and its services targeted groups are those hungry for entrepreneurship, entity compliance, support and freedom,” Elliott said. “It’s also for those that are seeking assistance as a start-up or well established entity, but want to indulge in competing for government contracts, becoming minority certified to gain earmarked, and appropriated access to specific set-aside contracts, and especially those ready to start-up a new business and or expand using OPM — other people’s money — to elevate their business via building no personal guarantee and no personal credit check true business credit.”

A military veteran, Elliott is a graduate of Buckingham County High School. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology from Herzing College and an MBA from the University of Phoenix (Dumwoody, Georgia campus).  She also earned an MBA in Project Management from Keller Graduate School of Management.

IN HER OWN ZONE — Interestingly, when Elliott returned to her native establishment of Buckingham, Virginia, she wasted little time making her presence felt as an apparent newcomer to the world of entrepreneurship.

As Elliott explained, her wealth of experience as a Senior Contracting Official with the Georgia Department of Defense and as a former government contractor is what fueled her desire to establish her current venture.

“I knew the importance of entrepreneurship first hand and the inside and outside of the minority government contracting world like the back of my hand,” Elliott said. “My life’s journey has been one of many ups and downs, to include active duty military service, a great civilian service career, a highly publicized fall from grace, followed by federal incarceration to my journey from prison to prosperity! Not to mention my oldest brother”


MASSIVE DESTINY STEPS 

Since the startup of her credible endeavor, Elliott has had an immeasurable influential impact as a vibrant, resourceful businesswoman.

Elliott’s oldest brother, Augustus Harper, has played arguably the biggest role — “whether he knows it or not,” she said — in her having maximized her fullest potential through entrepreneurship.

“I’ve been doing business formations and consulting work for many, many years,” said Elliott, “but not as a complete entity per se, where I’m heavily marketed this.”

All the while having an immeasurable impact ever since she returned to the native roots.

Welcome home.


For more information on Buckingham, Virginia-area Businesswoman Raye Elliott of Right Array LLC, to schedule her for a public appearance or speaking engagement, call (470) 869-1820 (office)(404) 277-8281 (mobile), or connect with her via social media at: www.facebook.com/rightarrayllc. Email her at: info@rightarrayllc.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to makingheadlinenews@gmail.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Virginia businesswoman Ieshia Leverette goes from ex-felon to well-educated and established entrepreneur


These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33 KJV)


A LIVING TESTIMONY

WOMAN OF MANY HATS — A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Ieshia Nicole Leverette is Fredericksburg, Virginia-based entrepreneur, one who’s widely known for assuming a variety of roles. (Photos By Casandra Loiacono)

For what it’s worth, Ieshia Leverette was only keeping it 100.

“I could have been a statistic,” Leverette, an ex-felon, said during a recent interview with Making Headline News, recalling the slew of the obstacles and hurdles about which she had to clear and overcome during the course of her young life.

“I have seen a lot and overcome a lot by choice and circumstances, but I never let a closed door stop me.”
She’s got that right.
Credit Leverette’s fervent desire and steadfast determination to defy arguably the grandest of odds as the biggest reasons she’s managed to make continuous strides as a thriving, progressive businesswoman.
An entrepreneurship tenure that dates back to 2010, Leverette’s inspiration for functioning in her element stems from learning of the various challenges other women have faced.

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Leverette, 31, is Fredericksburg, Virginia-based entrepreneur, one who’s widely known for assuming a variety of roles.

An entrepreneurship track record she’s been afforded to put on display in several of establishments around the country, Leverette is an accomplished real estate team owner/operator, as well as a life coach, author, T-Shirt’s and pod cast host.

While she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she could have very well been a statistic, amongst the things about which Leverette is appreciative of the fact that she’s gone to great lengths to embrace her imperfections, which has greatly enabled her to pour into the lives of others.

HOLDING IT DOWN — An entrepreneurship track record she’s been afforded to put on display in several of establishment around the country, Leverette is an accomplished real estate team owner/operator, as well as a life coach, author, T-Shirt’s and pod cast host.

“Through being a realtor, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many people from so many different walks of life, and I am most humbly fulfilled when I am able to pour into their lives,” Leverette said. “I am the one they call to celebrate with them, because I impact them in a very real way.”

As Leverette explains, her steadfast commitment to impacting and enriching lives essentially have become the feature objective, of sorts, to her divine calling as a successful businesswoman.

“I don’t worry about the buying and selling of the home as much as I do in mentoring them, guiding them and helping them see their own potential,” said Leverette, explaining how her competitive drive in life has propelled her to start a host of business ventures. “It’s an unmatched experience they get with me as a person.  Everyone I come across, I tend to affect their life in a very real way, even if they don’t tell me until many years later. I have been called to pour into others’ lives and show them another side of them that they didn’t know existed.”

LEADING BY EXAMPLE — While she doesn’t shy away from the notion that she could have very well been a statistic, amongst the things about which Leverette is appreciative is the fact that she’s gone to great lengths to embrace her imperfections, which has greatly enabled her to pour into others’ lives.

To her credit, Leverette certain possesses the education and training, which have contributed mightily to her sustained entrepreneurship success.

A 2005 graduate of Cleveland Height High School — she actually graduated one year early thanks in large part the administration’s approval that allowed her to take additional classes — Leverette enrolled at Cleveland State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Relations and Advertisement in 2010.

Consequently, she’s enrolled at Argosy University of Hawaii, where she acquired an MBA in Marketing in 2012.

As for her assortment of business ventures that accommodate individuals ranging mostly between the ages of 27 to 55, credit Leverette’s wealth of wisdom, coupled with her spirit of compassion as the reasons those with whom she customarily crosses paths often come away overwhelmingly empowered and encouraged, thus acquiring a new lease on life.

Just like she has ever since she delved off into the ever-so-competitive world of entrepreneurship.


“My business allows me to watch others become confident in whom they are. I love building tomorrow’s leaders.  I love seeing progression. I am even more enthralled to watch women regain their independence, because we often forget about ourselves taking care of others.” — Virginia Businesswoman Ieshia Leverette


Interestingly, what it all boils down to, Leverette emphasized, is devising way to impact lives — and to it daily.

For the rest of her life.

“To impact lives that would otherwise continue in the same pattern,” said Leverette, when asked what her personal mission is for running the day-to-day operations of her business. “To make people see themselves clearly and with power. To help people stop doubting their abilities. People ask me why I create my own competition, but honestly if you become better, then I’ve done my job.”

An entrepreneurship tenure that dates back to 2010, Leverette’s inspiration for functioning in her element stems from learning of the various challenges other women have faced.

STAYING THE COURSE 

DESTINY STEPS — As Leverette explains, her steadfast commitment to impacting and enriching lives essentially has become the feature objective, of sorts, to her divine calling as a successful businesswoman.

“(I become inspired by) women who have lost their power in a marriage or after having children,” Leverette said. “People who are just as lost and don’t know where to start. It’s really just how my heart operates. I just want people to know all that there is to know about the life they live today and how to maximize that time and make it the most fulfilling.”

Talk about having mounted a dramatic comeback for the ages, from a felon to a successful entrepreneur, one who’s undoubtedly living her best life.

“I am just a woman that got a felony 12 years ago and didn’t let it stop me from becoming who I am today,” Leverette said. “I’ve always fought to overcome any things thrown my way. From having 3 jobs while on a full-time school schedule, to becoming an entrepreneur and dominating a male dominant industry purely off of me being genuine, caring, and motivational to others.”

All the while keeping it 100 in the process.


For more information Fredericksburg, Virginia-based entrepreneur Ieshia Leverette, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing, or speaking engagement, call 571.386.1075 or connect with her via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/ieshia.leverette. Also, send email to: ieshialeverette@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Virginia author LaShana Lloyd conquers slew of odds, shares testimonies in awe-inspiring books

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES LASHANA LLOYD 


LaShana Lloyd undoubtedly aspires daily to live and savor a faith led life.

Literally and figuratively.

Consider, for instance, how Lloyd essentially drove home such an intriguing notion by way of a rather compelling Facebook post shortly after 8 a.m. EST on Sunday.

Said Lloyd in a spirited, thought-provoking post that was comprised of what she dubbed, “True Words of Wisdom:”


SET ASIDE FOR GOD’S USE — A well-respected military veteran, LaShana Lloyd is accomplished businesswoman and author, who has been blessed — and stayed true to herself — mightily, considering she has made her presence in the ever-so-popular world of authorship.

People will only have as much control as you allow them to have. If you keep letting a person hurt you, they will only hurt you more. If you keep letting a person use you, they will not stop using you. If you allow a person to get comfortable with disrespecting you, there’s a high possibility that they will not leave that place of acting like that toward you anytime soon. But the antidote to all of these problems and those similar to these is putting a stop to it. It’s as simple as that. When you understand who you are and how valuable of a person you are, you will no longer choose to settle for being treated less than that. Grow into the confidence God has given you and you will grow into the person He has created you to be, a person of worth.


Some pretty dauntless and awe-inspiring words by a devout woman of faith whom, to her credit, has remained true to herself both in the natural and spirit.

A well-respected military veteran, Lloyd is accomplished Woodbridge, Virginia businesswoman and author, who has been blessed — and stayed true to herself — mightily, considering she has made her presence in the ever-so-popular world of authorship.

A native of Clio, South Carolina, Lloyd is amongst 22 writers who joined forces to compose the book entitled, “You Have No Idea The Hell I’ve Been Through,” a collaborative and informative written document whereby they miraculously spoke about how God steered them from what they described as pain to purpose.

For Lloyd, her assortment of emotionally-driven, life-changing testimonies have benefited and enhanced not only her faith walk with God, but rather those whom, by all accounts, have endured similar experiences.

“To give my testimonies about how I overcame witnessing my father abuse my mother, being sexually abused as a child, and being black balled from the military,” said Lloyd, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, when asked what is her purpose for choosing to collaborate last summer with a host of authors to compose You Have No Idea The Hell I’ve Been Through.

PURCHASE LASHANA LLOYD’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Blocking-Your-Confidence-Effective/dp/1946756350/

Not to be outdone, Lloyd is also responsible for having written yet another remarkably compelling book, this one entitled, “What’s Blocking Your Confidence: Effective Ways To Conquer Your Fears.”

Powered by Rejoice Essential Publishing, Lloyd’s “What’s Blocking Your Confidence: Effective Ways To Conquer Your Fears” was officially released on August 11, 2018, and is centered largely on this Christian-based writer providing some pertinent information, most notably that which fear, as well as the essential tools needed to walk in the confidence that God has given us.

This book also speaks about a great deal of transparency shared by Lloyd, particularly during which she was once bound by fear and how God miraculously delivered her from it.

PURCHASE LASHANA’S BOOK HERE, TOO: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/whats-blocking-your-confidence-lashana-lloyd/1129301054


THE ROMANS 8:18 FACTOR — A native of Clio, South Carolina, Lloyd is amongst 22 writers who joined forces to compose the book entitled, “You Have No Idea The Hell I’ve Been Through,” a collaborative and informative written document whereby they miraculously spoke about how God steered them from what they described as pain to purpose.

“There is hope for those who believe that living in fear is the way of life,” said a spokesperson in a detailed breakdown of Lloyd’s What’s Blocking Your Confidence: Effective Ways To Conquer Your Fears at Amazon.com. “You no longer have to be bound by fear. You can be set free. In this book, you will understand what fear is, and how the enemy (satan) is using fear against you. Find out what happens when you allow fear to override your faith.”

As expected, the feedback since the much-anticipated releases of these books have been overwhelmingly favorable, Lloyd acknowledged.

BASKING IN GOD’S GLORY — As expected, the feedback since the much-anticipated releases of these books have been overwhelmingly favorable, Lloyd acknowledged.

“I was blown away at how so many women told me my story touched them,” Lloyd said. “They were shocked at the things I had went through and how God was able to heal me from all of the pain, betrayal, and fears that I had gone through. So many women are embarrassed by the challenges they had to face — and that’s exactly what the enemy wants — but because of my transparency, so many women and men can be set free, stay free, and receive the confidence that God has for them.”

Having accepted what she labels her God-mandated calling to authorship in 2015, Lloyd doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is using her as a vessel to write in such a fashion that her immeasurable gifts would ultimately to draw others to or back to Him.

“The Father told me that He did not allow me to go through everything that I went through to watch me suffer,” said Lloyd, adding that she’s currently fielding speaking engagement requests to promote of her books. “He allowed me to go through everything that I have gone through so that it can be used to help others, especially women. I have a passion to encourage women all over the world.

THE LORD’S DOING — Having accepted what she labels her God-mandated calling to authorship in 2015, Lloyd doesn’t shy away from the notion that God is using her as a vessel to write in such a fashion that her immeasurable gifts would ultimately to draw others to or back to Him.

“Encouraging others with the words that I write and speak is how I am able to not only become stronger every time I release these words, but how others can gain the strength and confidence that they need so that their testimony can come forth as well.”

Eloquently said by this devout woman of faith, one who undoubtedly aspires daily to live and savor a faith led life.

Literally and figuratively.

For more information about Woodbridge, Virginia-based Author LaShana Lloyd, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under: LaShana Lloyd. Also, send email to: info@faithledlife.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Organizers of North Carolina nonprofit organization pleading with Stephen Curry, other athletes to help eliminate homelessness amongst military veterans

Surely, one can say this about Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely:

They both undoubtedly and routinely display a compassionate heart for people, most notably military members and veterans.

WAY TA GO, Y’ALL — It is, by all accounts, through Dionne Archibald and Pollyanna Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers. A North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

Consider, for instance, how upon having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management — with a Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Military Psychology expected to be acquired someone in Spring 2018 — Archibald deemed it essential to combine her personal and professional experience and place them on a unique platform as a way to exemplify support of veterans — or what she appropriately labels a unique perspective and creative approach which, in essence, are geared largely on focusing on people as they work through the process rather than forcing the process on people.

It is, by all accounts, through Archibald and Neely’s passion for aiding and showing unyielding support for veterans that these progressively thriving businesswomen collectively established Active Veteran With Answers.

A China Grove, North Carolina-based nonprofit organization that Archibald and Neely started in early 2016, during which a host of retired United States Military Veterans realized they weren’t the only ones in their peer group who had trouble navigating the process of transitioning from the military to civilian life, amongst Active Veteran With Answers’ (or AVWA) chief objectives is to relieve the assortment of challenges associated with the knowledge gap, particularly during the application process for veterans programs and benefits, according to this company’s mission at http://www.activeveteranswithanswers.org.

“Our vision is to provide a seamless learning experience for veterans as they navigate the often frustrating and overwhelming benefits channel in order to determine eligibility regarding their earned benefits,” said a spokesperson for AVWA. “If you know someone who is no longer active in the United States Military and wonder whether or not they are receiving all to which they are entitled, then Active Veterans With Answers will help those veterans determine the answers to this question and more.”

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

Interestingly, Archibald and Neely, during an interview this week with Making Headline News, cited that while military veterans have the support and guidance of one another, they also discovered that many of them struggled to understand the rules surrounding the eligibility requirements for programs, benefits, and services offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and its subsidiaries.

This, as a result, practically sums up why a credible 501 (C)(3) nonprofit organization such as AVWA is absolutely essential.

“(I love that fact that we’re) being able to provide informational services and guidance for our veterans, family members, caregivers and survivors,” said Neely, when asked what’s she appreciates mostly about AVWA.

To Neely and Archibald’s credit, young Virginia businessman Christian Graves and two-time NBA champion and league MVP  Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors have chimed in mightily as it pertains to aiding America’s beloved veterans.

For starters, Graves, the young mastermind behind Youth Activist and Author Christian Samir Graves, has joined forces with Active Veterans With Answers to give back to a host of veterans organizations in the greater Hampton Roads, Virginia-area.

In addition, Graves and AVWA are challenging the community to save their dimes in a two liter soda bottle — which can hold up to $700 — and turn all donations in to a nearby TowneBank.

Graves, Neely, Archibald, and others recently held a community-wide reception held to present funds to seven area service organizations who are known for assisting in housing homeless Veterans.

The DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign has been extended to assist other organizations that help homeless veterans annually, Archibald said.

MORE ON DIMES FOR HOMELESS VETERANS CAMPAIGN: https://dimes4homelessvets.com/

AMERICA’S BALLER — Two-time NBA champion and league MVP Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

Curry, on the other hand, drew rave reviews from countless veterans around the country when, just last month, he composed some intriguing commentary on a blog called The Noise to express his support of veterans, having gone as far as to suggest to America that “silence is no longer an option.”

STEPHEN CURRY’S COMMENTARY: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/stephen-curry-veterans-day/

“When someone tells me that my stances, or athlete stances in general, are “disrespecting the military” — which has become a popular thing to accuse peaceful protestors of — it’s something that I’m going to take very, very seriously. One of the beliefs that I hold most dear is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops. I know how fortunate I am to live in this country, and to do what I do for a living, and to raise my daughters in peace and prosperity. But I also hear from plenty of people who don’t have it nearly as good as I do. Plenty of people who are genuinely struggling in this country. Especially our veterans,” Curry wrote.

WELL-DESERVED HONOR — Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program. A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

All things considered, Archibald, Neely, and Graves are hopeful Curry, a two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, would continue to speak out on his tireless support of veterans and, most of all, encourage other professional athletes to follow suit.

Prior to the Charlotte Hornets’ game versus the visiting Miami Heat Friday night, the Hornets organization, along with Bank of America, honored Neely, a notable Master Chief Petty Officer, USN, Ret., as this season’s third recipient of the season-long Yellow Ribbon Program.

A native of Miami who currently resides in China Grove, North Carolina, Neely served 25 years in the United States Navy, first as a parachute rigger and aviation structural mechanic working on survival gear for pilots and flight crew members, then as a Navy Career Counselor.

As for Active Veterans With Answers partnering with Graves and his organization, it is the kind of unity that Archibald and Neely fully welcome.

Graves’ parents are both veterans.

“We appreciate the fact that Stephen (Curry) wants to know about what veterans have been enduring for so long,” Archibald said. “Unemployment, mental health issues, racial inequality and homelessness have plagued the veteran community for decades, and we are asking for Stephen and any other NBA players to use their status to help Active Veterans with Answers and DIMES 4 Homeless Veterans Campaign Founder Christian Graves facilitate an environment that both educates our Nations’ Veterans and assists in eradicating homelessness once and for all.”

 

 

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Andre Johnson is the Founder and Publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or makingheadlinenews@gmail.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Virginia State University student Dayana Lee shares of her ‘Job experiences’ in her newly-produced book, “Just My Thoughts,”

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

 

SIGN OF THINGS TO COME — A progressively brilliant undergraduate who not only is armed with some renewed enthusiasm after pressing and navigating her way through what she deemed her a “come to Jesus moment” but, to her distinct credit, Dayana Lee is a few months from having witnessed the official release of her new book, “Just My Thoughts.”

You best believe she can.

You best believe she can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth her. 

You best believe that when God instilled in Dayana Lee the lofty, monumental vision to assemble her book entitled, “Just My Thoughts,” that this young college undergraduate — though enduring what was seemingly a pretty challenge occurrence at the time — would ultimately exercise her face in ways unimaginable.

Honestly, I believe it was at one of the hardest times in my life,” Lee told Making Headline News this week.

As Lee specifically recalled, her vision for composing her book had surprisingly come full circle during her freshman year at Virginia State University. It was, as Lee explained, a time in which it seemed her life was at a crossroads, of sorts.

“I was miserable, because the college transition was difficult for me,” Lee said. “It was my first time being away from home — my mom and I are very close — and I felt as if was not fitting in with my peers.”

THE PSALM 23:5 FACTOR — As Lee specifically recalled, her vision for composing her book had come full circle during her freshman year at Virginia State University. It was, as Lee recalled, a time in which it seemed her life was at a crossroads, of sorts.

As it turned out, it was due in large part to Lee’s uniqueness and perseverance, coupled with the pivotal life lessons by which her mother has taught her that prove beneficial, particularly with regards to her demonstrating the kind of faith she sensed she never exhibited. But God.

Look at her today, a progressively brilliant college sophomore who not only is armed with some renewed enthusiasm after having pressed and navigated her way through what she deemed a “come to Jesus moment” but, to her distinct credit, Lee is a few months removed from having witnessed the official release of “Just My Thoughts.”

“I actually attempted to begin last year November, but I discarded the entire manuscript after my trip in January with my mentor, Jasmine Mans,” Lee explained. “So I began rewriting and finished in March.”

INSEPARABLE MOTHER’S LOVE — “I was miserable, because the college transition was difficult for me,” Lee said. “It was my first time being away from home — my mom and I are very close — and I felt as if was not fitting in with my peers.”

And just last month, Lee took another monumental step toward her divine destiny with her much-anticipated book launch.

Widely known as Zyaaday Lee, Lee has compiled a pretty compelling itinerary, considering she is slated to host her second showcase as collaboration with Visual Artist Rain The Neo in Norfolk, Virginia at Royalty called Zyaa’s Wing, which highlights local artists in the Hampton Roads Area.

A 2016 graduate of Virginia Beach’s Landstown High School, flashes of Lee’s greatness essentially had already been discovered years before she made the transition to college.

For starters, she had become a fixture for the school’s varsity cheerleading squad as well the track and field team, and she was a frequent contributor for the student newspaper — which, after all, practically sums up why she has flourished into the poet/author phenom for which she is widely known.

Having been actively engaged in the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate — a program that is in joint partnership with Teens With A Purpose — this program and the Urban Word are supported by the Academy of American Poets, Lee explained.

PURE BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE — A 2016 graduate of Virginia Beach’s Landstown High School, flashes of Lee’s greatness essentially had already been discovered years before she made the transition to college. For starters, she had become a fixture for the school’s varsity cheerleading squad, the track and field team, and she was a frequent contributor for the student newspaper which, after all, practically sums up why she has flourished into the poet phenom for which she is widely known.

“Along with winning this title, I received a book deal with Penmanship,” Lee said. “However, prior to me winning, I was inspired by my mentor, Jasmine Mans, who wrote the opening of my book as well as she has several books, to step outside of the box and let my voice be heard.”

Nowadays, it’s safe to assume that Lee’s voice hasn’t just become a familiar one on campus but, to her credit, her crafts both as an author and poet are starting to generate headlines nationally.

NATIONAL IMPACT — Nowadays, it’s safe to assume that Lee’s voice hasn’t just become a familiar one on campus but, to her credit, her crafts both as an author and poet are starting to generate headlines nationally.

“I believe the divine message of this book is one of grade and redemption, because I revealed my deepest trials and tribulations…my Job experiences, and yet I’m still standing,” said Lee, sounding as confident and wiser and stronger as ever before. “It is also a battle cry for my generation to stay woke, because the enemy came to steal, kill and destroy.”

Given the continuous success she has enjoyed since God birthed her with the monumental assignment and vision to assemble “Just My Thoughts,” chances are Lee’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

Given the continuous success she has enjoyed since God birthed her with the monumental assignment and vision to assemble “Just My Thoughts,” chances are Lee’s best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

And those aren’t merely just thoughts, mind you

That’s pure reality.

So stay tuned.

 

MORE ON VIRGINIA STATE’S DAYANA LEE: 

http://zyaa.org/

http://wtkr.com/2016/07/30/hampton-roads-youth-poets-win-silver-medals-in-poetry-slam/

http://pilotonline.com/entertainment/arts/teens-with-a-purpose-take-the-mic-in-slam-poetry/article_18618656-97ac-5d7b-aa22-6bce289ab

http://youthlaureate.org/

http://wavy.com/investigative-story/taking-back-the-community-teens-keeping-other-teens-off-the-streets/

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

Andre Johnson is Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.