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Georgia entrepreneur Kristin Mitchell’s professional makeup artist gifts generating a global presence


I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. (Psalm 139:14 NKJV)


LORD, MAKE ME OVER 

JOYOUS OCCASION — The owner and CEO of Eyedolized by K.Mitchell, Kristin Mitchell, 35, was recently named a Brand Ambassador and Curvy Model for a number of companies. As if that wasn’t enough to turn heads, Mitchell, too, was invited to participate on Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Your Life In Focus vision tour.

DALLAS — Just after 10 p.m. EST Monday night, Kristin Mitchell wasted little time taking to her social media timeline, where she shared with the masses the latest memorable developments surrounding her God-given gift.

Said Mitchell, a Savannah, Georgia entrepreneur, in a rather spirited post before her gallery of Facebook followers:

So today, I finally had the full pleasure of doing my aunt and godmother, Comia (FlynnStyle) Flynn’s makeup and pictures! You talk about sweating bullets???!!! But I am so thankful that I’ve been able to do this. Thank you, auntie. Eyedolized Brand is well on its way!

To grasp a thorough understanding of why Mitchell deems it essential to exhibit an array of excitement for her immeasurable gift as thriving professional makeup artist, look no further than the commendable strides she’s made since delving off into such a competitive industry some five years ago.
Not only has Mitchell been afforded the golden opportunity to service her Flynn — who was recently on hand for at the Oscars during which she was a brand ambassador for the Oprah Winfrey 2020 Vision Tour — but she, too is witnessing her gift make room for her in ways unimaginable.

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The owner and CEO of Eyedolized by K.Mitchell, Mitchell, 35, was recently named a brand ambassador and curvy model for a number of companies. As if that wasn’t enough to turn heads, Mitchell, too, was invited to participate on Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Your Life In Focus vision tour.

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Mitchell said she’s still very much in awe amid a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has only heightened her exposure as one of Georgia’s finest makeup artists.

“One of the most surreal moments in my life,” Mitchell said of her recent appearance at Oprah Winfrey’s 2020 Your Life In Focus vision tour. “(I was blessed with the opportunity of) traveling across the world to meet women that not only I inspired but inspired me as well.”

“I absolutely love how making someone as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside,” Mitchell said. “(I love the) the reactions that I receive from my clients…how their smile and walk change and their confidence skyrockets. That’s what I love the most. I get a chance to be the reason why my clients organically smile and gain confidence and feel good.”

A native of nearby Fort Worth, Texas and a graduate of North Texas Christian Academy (who also attended Savannah High School), Mitchell said she has adopted a keen passion for customarily enhancing her clients with a unique look, courtesy of her brilliant craft through an assortment of makeups.

“While I cater to doing makeup, my brand is about all things beauty and fashion,” Mitchell said. “I always want to be better than my last greatest job, as I have always seen myself going to the top. There are so many great artists in my area. I, of course, knew that I had what it takes to be one of the greatest too.”

She certainly seems well on her to achieving such a milestone — hopefully much sooner than later, she said.


PEACH STATE SENSATION 

HIGH FIVE — To grasp a thorough understanding of why Mitchell is exhibiting an array of excitement for her immeasurable gift as thriving professional makeup artist, look no further than the commendable strides she’s made since delving off into such a competitive industry some five years ago.

Mitchell’s Eyedolized by K.Mitchell services clients ranging from 16 to 75 years of age.

“I absolutely love how making someone as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside,” Mitchell said. “(I love the) the reactions that I receive from my clients…how their smile and walk change and their confidence skyrockets. That’s what I love the most. I get a chance to be the reason why my clients organically smile and gain confidence and feel good.”

As for amongst her key ambitions in the foreseeable future, Mitchell doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s devising ways to take her brand outside of current establishment.

IN GREAT COMPANY — Not only has Mitchell been afforded the golden opportunity to service fellow Georgia businesswoman Comia Flynn — who was recently on hand for at the Oscars during which she was a brand ambassador for the Oprah Winfrey 2020 Vision Tour — but she, too is witnessing her gift make room for her in a variety of aspects.

“My personal mission is to put smiles on people’s faces across the nation,” Mitchell says without hesitation.

Her sustained success as an accomplished businesswoman was spearheaded by her mother, Lisa Mitchell.

“She was my inspiration as a child,” Mitchell said of her mother’s tireless support. “But my very first makeup artist that I saw travel the world was Alexander Butler (of Alexandra Butler Makeup Artistry). She gave me the hope and belief that I could be in this industry and succeeded greatly.”

Mitchell’s Eyedolized by K.Mitchell services clients ranging from 16 to 75 years of age.

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, Mitchell said she’s been reduced to conducting classes and sessions via Zoom. She emphasized she’s welcomes traveling and speaking engagements — “once things are back to normal,” she said — to better educate women on the importance of quality makeovers through makeup.


“There are so many people that have not had people to pour positivity, hope, reassurance, love, or just tell them they, too, have a gift that world can’t do without,” said Mitchell, whose business was birthed amid having lost of her daughter. “And I believe that I’ve been placed here to give people that inspiration and genuine love. My daily quote is: “All that you have is all that you need.”


WELL ON HER WAY — As for amongst her key ambitions in the foreseeable future, Mitchell doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s devising ways to take her brand outside of current establishment.

All things considered, Mitchell is forever grateful that God has rescued her from a dreaded season in the wilderness, to a season of pure unwavering faith and prosperity.

“I came from (a season of) losing my daughter, to having a home where the ceilings were falling in on my son and myself to having barely anything to make a meal for us, to now having a new home,  new business, going on tour, becoming a brand ambassador and spokesperson for another brand…being a happier and healthier me,” Mitchell said.

“I take no credit for any of it. I give all praises to God for everything. I used my past for my fuel, and this is just one of the chapters to my story on how my son and I made it.”

Talk about a spiritual makeover — and comeback story — for the ages.


TEXAS’ OWN 

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Mitchell said she’s still very much in awe amid a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has only heighten her exposure as one of Georgia’s finest makeup artists.

 


For more information about Georgia Businesswoman Kristin Mitchell of Eyedolized by K.Mitchell, to inquire about her services, a public appearance or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristin.mitchell.338; Instagram: Eyedolizedbykm_brand_page. Also, send email to: Eyedolizedbrand10@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.

Georgia businesswoman Cherica Jones erases memory of three-year prison sentence, emerges as a successful entrepreneur

YOUR YONI MATTERS 

FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE — A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia — a rural Pulaski County establishment that is comprised of roughly 4,589 residents, according to the latest census — Cherica Jones is the owner and chief executive officer of Fearlessly Loving Your Yoni LLC, her endeavor that went into full operations in September 2016.

It has been often said that a woman is the greatest of God’s creations.

If anyone can greatly attest to this intriguing, thought-provoking insinuation, it’s Cherica Jones.

“I’m in love with the art of life, the act of being, the magic of healing and helping humanity. I cater to women, because I am woman, so I have a strong love for women,” Jones said in a detailed introduction of her business venture at https://theyonilady.com/.

A native of Hawkinsville, Georgia — a rural Pulaski County establishment that is comprised of roughly 4,589 residents, according to the latest census — Jones is the owner and chief executive officer of Fearlessly Loving Your Yoni LLC, her endeavor that went into full operations in September 2016.

Widely known as the “Holistic Womb Wellness Advisor,” Jones’ Fearlessly Loving Your Yoni offers natural organic products online and inside of the Yoni Spa Room, located at 310 East Montgomery Cross Road, Suite 16 in Savannah, Georgia.


MORE ON THE YONI LADY: https://theyonilady.com/

“I’m in love with the art of life, the act of being, the magic of healing and helping humanity. I cater to women, because I am woman, so I have a strong love for women,” Jones said in a detailed introduction of her business venture at https://theyonilady.com/.

Jones’ distinctly unique products, in fact, are customarily used to aid in vaginal wellness, she told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

Also known as The Yoni Lady, Jones’ company has become a Savannah area fixture, in large part because it provides what is known as Yoni Steams, a product and a service treatment designed to cleanse and revitalize the uterus, effectively reducing discomfort associated with menstruation.

Moreover, Yoni Steams is therapeutic in that this service regulates irregular or absent menstrual cycles. There is, in fact, a specific Yoni Steam that increases fertility, especially combined with a holistic diet, Jones acknowledged.

“Yet, the effectiveness of vaginal steams isn’t limited to just eliminating cramps,” Jones explained.

Amongst the reasons, Jones said reinforced, is that Yoni Steaming has been known by women throughout history to accomplish the following:

  • Significantly reduce discomfort, bloating and exhaustion associated with monthly cycles.

  • Decrease menstrual flow, as well as reduce dark purple or brown blood at the onset or end of menses.

  • Regulate irregular or absent menstrual cycles.

  • The Postpartum Yoni Steam aids in speed healing and tone the reproductive system after birth.

  • Treat uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, uterine weakness and uterine prolapse.

  • Assist with the healing of hemorrhoids.

  • Treat chronic vaginal yeast infections and maintain healthy odor, or a Menopause Yoni Steam and,

  • Relieve symptoms of menopause, low libido, and vaginal dryness.

Also known as The Yoni Lady, Jones’ company has become a Savannah area fixture, in large part because it provides what is known as Yoni Steams, a product and a service treatment designed to cleanse and revitalize the uterus, effectively reducing discomfort associated with menstruation.

“What’s more, it’s easy for any woman to do a vaginal steam at home if she could not make it to see The Yoni Lady inside the Yoni Spa Room,” Jones said.

By and large, this accomplished Georgia businesswoman said steams are accompanied by detailed instructions on how to use these essential products. Customers can book a Yoni Steaming session or purchase an at-home Yoni kit at Linktr.ee/yonisparoom, Jones said.

Interestingly, The Yoni Lady provides what Jones deems “a sacred space for women to heal,” or a one stop shop for all of your vaginal needs, including Waxing, Vajacials, Yoni Steaming, Yoni Twerk Classes, R&B Yoni Yoga, informational classes, not to mention all-natural Yoni products that will enable women to upkeep their Yoni from the comfortable confines of their home.

Jones’ distinctly unique products, in fact are customarily used to aid in vaginal wellness, she told Making Headline News during a weekend interview.

Jones’ Fearlessly Loving Your Yoni LLC comes amid humble beginnings, coupled with her share of adversity.

Her business, by all accounts, was birthed amid “mistreatment” during which she was serving a three-year sentence in a female prison.

After her incarceration, Jones subsequently was released from prison on February 16, 2016. Consequently, she emerged as a full fledge entrepreneur less than six months later, culminating what undoubtedly was a personal and dramatic comeback story for the ages.


“My business has taken me many places and allowed me to connect with so many women from near and far,” said Jones, the creator of the podcast, ‘The Yoni Lady Talks,’ which is available on Spotify, iTunes, Soundcloud, and Anchor, among other platforms.


“(My podcast) alone has gotten me into cities and states my feet have yet to touch, but my voice was heard, and my product was ordered and has changed women’s lives all over America,” Jones said. “That alone makes my heart smile.

“I never would I have expected to be respected amongst many women, men, and teens today,” continued Jones, adding that her “significant other,” Donald Wright, her business coach, Teia Acker, and a host of social media followers headline a laundry list of her valiant supporters.


MORE ON THE YONI LADY: https://theyonilady.com/

Interestingly, The Yoni Lady provides what Jones deems “a sacred space for women to heal,” or a one stop shop for all of your vaginal needs, including Waxing, Vajacials, Yoni Steaming, Yoni Twerk Classes, R&B Yoni Yoga, Informational Classes, not to mention all-natural Yoni products that will enable women to upkeep their Yoni from the comfortable confines of their home.

Jones said in light of the coronavirus pandemic, all of her business’ physical events have been canceled, but her online store is still open for business.

Also, Jones announced the forthcoming premiere episode The Yoni Lady Talks and The Yoni Lady, which will debut at a holistic vegan mobile restaurant.

“@Vegans_Taste_Better is coming to a city near you,” Jones said.

A graduate of Savannah’s Beach High School, Jones is alumna of Middle Georgia Tech College. Interestingly, she has acquired certifications in Naturopathic Reiki and Yoni Steam.

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH — Jones’ business, by all accounts, was birthed amid “mistreatment” during which she was serving a three-year sentence in a female prison. After her incarceration, Jones subsequently was released from prison on February 16, 2016. Consequently, she emerged as a full fledge entrepreneur less than six months later, culminating what undoubtedly was a personal dramatic comeback story for the ages.

For more information about Savannah, Georgia Businesswoman Cherica Jones of Fearlessly Loving Your Yoni LLC, to inquire about her products, a public appearance or speaking engagement, call 912.662.9844 or connect with her company via social media at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherica-jones-277390115. Also, send email to: Yonilady@icloud.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.

Atlanta entrepreneur Comia Flynn’s gifts making room for her, bringing her before prominent personalities


A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16 KJV)


‘IN LIKE FLYNN’

MASSIVE THING OF BEAUTY — A business endeavor that spans two decades, Comia Flynn’s Flynn Style is widely known for empowering and equipping  women to feel confident about themselves, feel confident about their wardrobe and, most importantly, to inspire them to adorn to their weight size regardless of the number.

Don’t you dare get it twisted.

The above Biblical passage isn’t merely referring to men only, mind you.
Rather, it is alluding to all of God’s children, to put it more precisely.
Especially Comia Flynn, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur, who is the face of ever-so-popular Flynn Style.
A business endeavor that spans some two decades, Flynn’s Flynn Style is widely known for empowering and equipping  women to feel confident about themselves, feel confident about their wardrobe and, most importantly, to inspire them to adorn to their weight size regardless of the number.
For Flynn, a native of Savannah, Georgia who strategically applies Matthew 10:18-20 to her everyday living, her progressive, thriving company undoubtedly has made room for her and, much to her delight, placed her before a slew of great individuals, most notably the legendary Oprah Winfrey.

MORE IN FLYNN STYLE: https://www.comia-flynn.com/

“I get to impact and walk the red carpet with notable stars and celebrities and share events as they pertain to the common good of people,” Flynn, 52, told Making Headline News this week. “I also get to attend exciting events for notable causes and various organizations.”

Interestingly, Flynn was on hand recently at the Oscars during which she was a brand ambassador for the Oprah Winfrey 2020 Vision Tour.

Arguably one of her most memorable interviews includes having conversed with world renown producer and director D. Channsin Berry in preparation for his notable documentary, “Sexuality in The Black Church.”

STAR WATCH — For Flynn, a native of Savannah, Georgia, her progressive, thriving company undoubtedly has made room for her and, much to her delight, placed her before a slew of great individuals, most notably the legendary Oprah Winfrey.

As for her awe-inspiring brand, which has given way to a considerable amount of success for the Savannah State University alum, Flynn acknowledged that her rise and sustained success as an accomplished businesswoman has greatly afforded her with the productive, carefree lifestyle for which she has longed for quite some time.

“I like the sense of freedom that being an entrepreneur provides,” Flynn said. “I like the sense of style and personality that I am able to add to my business. Unlike working for companies, I am able to address the needs that I feel are important in the times that they are important.”

PRESSED DOWN, BUT NOT DESTROYED — For Flynn, her journey to entrepreneurship success wasn’t an easy task in any way, shape or form. She recalls those downtrodden school days during which she was routinely bullied and made fun of.

As for her constant and immeasurable impact on like-minded women, well, such a trend is priceless for the most part, Flynn hints.

“I like the impact that I have on other women and other entrepreneurs and businesspeople to reach for their dreams aspire to be more than they were the day before,” Flynn explained. “I like opportunities that my business has placed me in my platform have placed me in. I like the notion of getting to know different people in different areas from all walks of life and having the commonality of business.”

A district coordinator for the YMCA of nearby Coastal, Georgia, Flynn’s business venture accommodates individuals and groups of all ages.


“I feel as though my platform reaches the masses if I’m discussing wait and weight, for example,” said Flynn, alluding to her book entitled, ‘Does Your Weight Make You Wait.’ “(I’m committed to) reaching any target audience of people who have battled weight loss or who have put things off on hold, because they felt as though they did not meet the description or the depiction of what society wanted to see or needed to see you at that given moment.”


By and large, Flynn credits Viola Flynn, her beloved grandmother, having paved the way to her entrepreneurial success.

“She was a woman that stood six feet in stature, dark complexion, and beautiful white hair,” Flynn said of her grandmother and greatest mentor. “She was that woman who heard nothing in my eyes. She taught me the value of never looking down on people…from the janitor to the CEO.”

As for her awe-inspiring brand, which has given way to a considerable amount of success for the Savannah State University alum, Flynn acknowledged that her rise and sustained success as an accomplished businesswoman has greatly afforded her with the productive, carefree lifestyle for which she has longed for quite some time.

For Flynn, her journey to entrepreneurship success wasn’t an easy task in any way, shape or form. She recalls those downtrodden school days, in fact, during which she was routinely bullied and made fun of.

Still, she was determined to press and navigate her way to success — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“I vowed to myself when I became an adult, I would never allow people to mistreat me or any other person that had weight issues,” Flynn said. “I remember wanting to design more fashionable clothes for plus size people, but now I refer to us as ‘Luxebody Women.’ My parents were both inspiring to me as well.”


GOD’S LEADING LADY 

Interestingly, Flynn was on hand recently at the Oscars during which she was a brand ambassador for the Oprah Winfrey 2020 Vision Tour.

To her distinctly unique credit, it certainly shows.

So, don’t you dare get it twisted.

The above Biblical passage isn’t merely referring to men only, mind you.

Rather, it is alluding to all of God’s children, by all accounts.

Especially Comia Flynn.


For more information about Georgia Businesswoman/Author Comia Flynn of Flynn Style, to inquire about her company or book, a public appearance, speaking engagement or book signing, connect with her via social media at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/comia.flynn; Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tshirtgrind/. Also, send email to: flynnstyle2014@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.

 

FedEx Corporation Executives partake in recent tour of UNICOR’s Operations in Forrest City, Arkansas

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH 

FRESH START — In July 2019, Dr. Belay Reddick urged FedEx Corp. Executive Vice President and CFO Alan B. Graf, Jr. in a letter to visit the UNICOR inmates because they were more likely to find and keep meaningful employment, and hiring them can pay big dividends for his company.

FORREST CITY, Arkansas — If re-entry involvement could be attributed to personal rehabilitation, Dr. Belay Reddick could well be the banner bearer.

Dr. Reddick, 51, is an accomplished author and is a current incarcerated.
Interestingly, Reddick garnered praise for bringing FedEx Corporation executives to UNICOR, a vital correctional program within the Federal Bureau of Prisons, for a tour of its furniture factory and to speak with the offenders who participate in the UNICOR program about employability skills needed for the workforce in early February.
Attendees included Barb Wallander, Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Brandon Tolbert, Vice President of Human Resources, Rosemary Paden, Human Resources Advisor to Barb Wallander, Frank Olson, National Trainer, and Marlon Sanders, National Recruiter.

Dr. Reddick is the re-entry clerk for UNICOR in Forrest City, Arkansas, a company that customarily produces office furniture for the U.S. military. He is tasked with helping UNICOR inmates approaching release from custody get back on their feet. His goal is to ease the transition of inmates back into society, connecting them with jobs, housing and other resources.

“Learning, teamwork, putting customers first, and strong communication skills are all important in having a successful career,” Wallander recently told a crowd of roughly 130 inmates. “If you put the hard work in now, it’ll pay off later.”

Wallander added that FedEx Corp. will hire an ex-felon, provided the individual can pass a drug test and his date of conviction was at least 10 years ago.

In 2016, Dr. Reddick received media attention for hosting 12 senior advisors from the Obama administration at the Atlanta federal prison to hear a debate of three inmates with lengthy custodial sentences challenge a team of three Morehouse College undergraduates.

Tolbert offered tips as well, mentioning that he recently hired an ex-felon. Tolbert told the group of men that he believes in second chances.

“Always take 100 percent responsibility. Think like an owner. Play offense. Leave a legacy,” Tolbert said.

After giving motivating and inspiring highlights of their careers, the FedEx Corp. team conducted highly effective mock job interviews. Interestingly, the team provided critical feedback to the UNICOR inmates regarding their resumes content, eye contact, posture, communication skills, personal appearance, and overall job interview performance.

The team then viewed a 10-minute PowerPoint presentation about UNICOR Forrest City’s state-of-the-art equipment, and the various training inmates receive in the program.

A native of Jacksonville, Dr. Reddick is a licensed minister, author, publisher and motivational speaker. A Paxon Senior High graduate, Dr. Reddick attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Hillsborough Community College, as well as the Goshen Biblical Institute & Theological Seminary and NationsUniversity.

In July 2019, Dr. Reddick urged FedEx Corp. Executive Vice President and CFO Alan B. Graf, Jr. in a letter to visit the UNICOR inmates because they were more likely to find and keep meaningful employment, and hiring them can pay big dividends for his company.

Three months later, FedEx Corp. contacted Operational Accountant Marilyn Phelix who retired last December about Dr. Reddick’s letter, and the opportunity to visit the inmates in 2020.

Dr. Reddick’s personal story is worthy of a Charles Dickens novel, according to sources with knowledge of his situation.

Prior to his conviction in 2005 for engaging in an illegal check passing scheme, Dr. Reddick was a homeless man, living in his car. He says that was an “idiotic thing to do.”

Consequently, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, far from his family in Jacksonville, Florida.

He found himself in a gloomy place, surrounded by negativity and looking for a chance to help others who have taken wrong turns in life. It’s the kind of story prison staff members rarely see.


“I’m a proud, rehabilitated returning citizen,” Dr. Reddick said. “The things I’ve had to contend with have shaped me as a much better man and a much better person.”


In 2016, Dr. Reddick received media attention for hosting 12 senior advisors from the Obama administration at the Atlanta federal prison to hear a debate of three inmates with lengthy custodial sentences challenge a team of three Morehouse College undergraduates.

“We have so many barriers in place,” says Dr. Reddick of finding employment post-incarceration. “If I can change that, then my living won’t be in vain.”

To his credit, Dr. Reddick plans to bring other major U.S. companies to UNICOR such as Amazon and Walmart. He estimates these reentry events will help between 300 to 600 inmates a year. The men there, he added, will be able to take care of themselves and their families financially, helping to make communities safer.

Dr. Reddick is the re-entry clerk for UNICOR in Forrest City, Arkansas, a company that customarily produces office furniture for the U.S. military. He is tasked with helping UNICOR inmates approaching release from custody get back on their feet. His goal is to ease the transition of inmates back into society, connecting them with jobs, housing and other resources.

A native of Jacksonville, Dr. Reddick is a licensed minister, author, publisher and motivational speaker. A Paxon Senior High graduate, Dr. Reddick attended Florida Community College at Jacksonville, Hillsborough Community College, as well as the Goshen Biblical Institute & Theological Seminary and NationsUniversity.

“It’s an effective way to help reduce high recidivism rates. I want to bring these companies in to benefit inmates scheduled to be release from custody within 6 months. That’s good for the prison, and it’s an awesome collaboration effort. It really provides inmates with hope, and it’s why I’m doing it,” Dr. Reddick said.

“I just thank God for having the full support of UNICOR General Manager Dennis Merrion. This is something that the Federal Bureau of Prisons should be excited about, and it all started with my letter.”


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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.

Following in his grandmother’s footsteps, Houston’s Marcus Flakes’ amazing culinary dreams have become a reality


A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men. (Proverbs 18:16 KJV)


AMERICA’S CHEF 

DOING TO BIG IN TEXAS…AND BEYOND — A native of Houston, Marcus Flakes, 47, is the mastermind behind Marco’s Pepper Grill Food Truck, his awe-inspiring endeavor that is just days away from its much-anticipated grand opening on March 7 at 403 Eats Food Truck Park, located at 403 East Main Street in nearby Tomball, Texas.

LANCASTER, Texas — Stay tuned, world. And remember the name: Marcus Flakes.

Amongst the grandest reasons is that Flakes’ immeasurable gifts as a cook throughout the years have been nothing short of remarkable.
“I’ve been cooking since the age of 10,” Flakes told Making Headline News this week. “I used to watch my grandmother cook and we’d talk about cooking.”
And the rest, as they say, was history.
Thanks in large part to the constant guidance and wisdom of his grandmother, Flakes has been blessed mightily to walk in her massive footsteps, having established a well-respected professional culinary resume that’s shaping to garner more of a global impact.
A native of Houston, Flakes, 47, is the mastermind behind Marco’s Pepper Grill Food Truck, his awe-inspiring endeavor that is just days away from its much-anticipated grand opening on March 7 at 403 Eats Food Truck Park, located at 403 East Main Street in nearby Tomball, Texas.

MORE ON CHEF FLAKES: https://www.facebook.com/marcusaflakes/

The grand opening will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST and, according to Flakes, such an occasion is “very fitting” for the annual Mardi Gras season.

“So it will be a Mardi Gras theme,” said Flakes, referring to his food truck’s specialty dishes that will include jambalaya, Etouffee, and bread pudding, among other delectable foods.

A cooking repertoire that spans nearly four decades — 37 years, to put it more precisely — it seemed that Flakes was destined to become an entrepreneur from the outset.

Given the remarkably brilliant strides Flakes has made throughout the years, it’s safe to assume he’s well on his way to reaping global success in his selected industry.

“(My grandmother’s influence) later inspired me to be what she didn’t have a chance to become due to her age and era,” Flakes, a military veteran, explained. “My paternal grandfather was business owner and I’d spend a lot of time watching him run our family store, which is my family’s estate now. He taught me the value of dollar, saving and investing.  I even learned about whole selling, retailing, and counting money backwards when technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today.”

Even during his stint in the military, Flakes was guilty of having never allowed his culinary skills to fall by the wayside. Even while serving his country, in fact, there he was, putting his immeasurable and unmatched gifts on display, all the while God strategically allowed his cooking mechanics to make room for him in the process.


“I spent majority of my life serving my country while doing what I loved most, which was cooking,” Flakes said. “I knew back then that it would be no problem to transition back into civilian life with my knowledge, skills, and abilities to cook, manage, and market. Somewhere along the way, I noticed that my military background and higher education was not accepted by my food industry.”


Still, Flakes had gone to great to lengths to diligently set himself apart from others in what undoubtedly is an ever-so-competitive, had executed the essential strategy to ensure that his long-awaited dream as a globally-acclaimed chef would become a reality.

Given the remarkably brilliant strides he’s made throughout the years, it’s safe to assume he’s well on his way to reaping global success in his selected industry.

Thanks in large part to the constant guidance and wisdom of his grandmother, Flakes has been blessed mightily to walk in her massive footsteps, having established a well-respected professional culinary resume that’s shaping to garner more of a global impact.

Sustained success, to put it more precisely.

“This venture has indirectly exposed me to people from over the world,” Flakes said. “Serving in the military as a military chef was the foundation of my culinary journey, which led to the exploration of people, places, and products. As a travel insider, I began establishing relationships with people from around the country.”

Interestingly, Flakes acknowledged that Southern Oregon will always hold a place in his heart, considering it is the originally birthplace of Marco’s Pepper Grill.

Even during his stint in the military, Flakes was guilty of never having allowed his culinary skills to fall by the wayside. Even while serving his country, in fact, there he was, putting his immeasurable and unmatched gifts on display, all the while God strategically allowed his mechanics to make room for him in the process.

“There has never been one place in particular my business has exposed me to besides where Marco’s Pepper Grill was founded and established,” Flakes said.

Besides having evolved as one of Houston’s finest chefs of this modern-day culinary era, Flakes has since adopted more of an entrepreneurship role in his profession, a development that has also given way to his rise as an author.

“I’ve written my book,” said Flakes, who authored the newly-produced written work entitled, ‘The Inspiring Chef: A Memoir.’ “I’ve come to realize that my reach is becoming global, while my food continues to influence palates of my guests locally.”

“I’ve written my book,” said Flakes, who authored the newly-produced written work entitled, ‘The Inspiring Chef: A Memoir.’ “I’ve come to realize that my reach is becoming global, while my food continues to influence palates of my guests locally.”

To his credit, Flakes certain boasts the credentials, which have greatly enabled him to function mightily in his element.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management and Hospitality from the Art Institutes of California-Sacramento and a Master of Public Health from Argosy University.

Also, he earned a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Texas A&M University.


SAVE THE DATE

As for what he loves the most about the sustained success of his venture, Flakes said:

“I love serving my guests and watching their five senses become paralyzed by my creations. I call it my culinary crave concept, where I methodically concoct ingredients that later has a date with their five senses. I also enjoy owning my own business with the flexibility to spend time with my family. Ultimately, time and personal freedom has been something I’ve longed for and I consider myself blessed this far.”

So far, so good for a well-publicized culinary career of a true cooking pro, whose best and brightest days are well ahead of him.

So stay tuned, world. And remember the name: Marcus Flakes.

“I’ve been cooking since the age of 10,” Flakes told Making Headline News this week. “I used to watch my grandmother cook and we’d talk about cooking.”

For more information about Houston-area Businessman/Author Marcus Flakes of Marco’s Pepper Grill Food Truck, to order his book or to schedule him for a public appearance or book signing, connect with him via social media at: https://www.facebook.com/marcusaflakes/.


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Memphis author Raquel Granger’s connection with God in prison miraculously changed her life, she writes in her new book


The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10 KJV)


CLEARING MASSIVE HURDLES

CONQUERING ALL ODDS — A native of Memphis, Raquel Granger is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Day I Met Life,” a life-enhancing, emotionally-driven written document that recently made its ceremonious release.

Raquel Granger figured she’d cap off 2019 by updating her gallery of social media followers on the status of her newly-assembled book.

“I’ve been patient,” Granger on the morning of December 31 staged in a Facebook post that was accompanied by the hashtag: #I’mInThere.
Given the awe-inspiring developments surrounding her book, it’s safe to assume that #I’mInThere means this rising Mid-South author’s best and brightest days as a writer are well ahead of her.
A native of Memphis, Granger is the mastermind behind the spiritually-empowering book entitled, “The Day I Met Life,” a life-enhancing, emotionally-driven written document that recently made its ceremonious release.
Granger’s “The Day I Met Life” depicts the memorable developments in the life of a then-13-year-old girl, who was left to outlast and conquer life amid the tragic death of her mother, Brenda Faye Henry, who died after a battle with AIDS in August 1993.
“It’s a compelling story about how I struggled with sin, strongholds, and generational curses,” Granger told Making Headline News this week.

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As if Granger’s mother having passed away at the tender age of 37 wasn’t enough to shatter her spiritually and mentally — and probably physically — this author had at one point in time found herself thrust within the walls of a jail cell because of some ill-advised decisions that essentially had brought her life to a streaking halt.

Fortunately for Granger, though, she had come to know God during her incarceration.

“God gave me this vision during my time in prison,” Granger explained. “In such a hard place, I learned to confess my sins…forgive myself for all I had done in my life.”


REMEMBERING BRENDA HENRY (1956-1993)
Granger’s “The Day I Met Life” depicts the memorable developments in the life of a then-13-year-old girl, who was left to outlast and conquer life amid the tragic death of her mother, Brenda Faye Henry, who died after a battle with AIDS in August 1993.

Interestingly, Granger had come to a point during her incarceration where she sensed she had no choice but to sellout completely to her Creator, a development that, in turn, had ultimately given way to her having acquired the very thing she needed the most: a new lease on life.

“In prison, I was baptized,” Granger recalled. “God not only saved me, but He also conditioned my heart to trust Him in all my ways. I was seeking God for deliverance, healing from all the pain I endured from my past.”

Much to her delight, it wasn’t until Granger had turned her life over to God that He subsequently commenced to showing her all sorts of signs and wonders, she explained.


“He used people to speak to me,” Granger said of her spiritual connection with the Lord. “After facing answered prayers that I sent up to God, then I begin to realize the promise from God would take time. I was in a hurry to get home to my children…get back to life.”


For what it’s worth, Granger emphasized her new book is dedicated exclusively to single mothers whom, like her, have struggled with the strongholds life often deals them.

“I chose to write this book to be a blessing to single mothers and young women who experienced the death of their mother or parents of with HIV or AIDS, or those who were just left without structure and guidance,” Granger said. “(This book is for) women that had to grow up fast and became a mother at an early age. “(This book is for) women who have suffered abuse from family members and men, as well as those getting tangled in toxic relationships and mental illness.”

LEADING BY EXAMPLE — For what it’s worth, Granger emphasized her new book is dedicated exclusively to single mothers whom, like her, have struggled with the strongholds life often deals them.

As expected, the feedback since the release of Granger’s book has been overwhelmingly favorable.

“I’ve received great feedback,” Granger said, adding that she’s very much open to speaking engagement nationwide to share of life-changing story. “The most important thing that was said to me was, ‘Let your voice be heard. Have faith! Speak life!’ (I was encouraged to) prophesy from God speaking into my life, from many men and women of God.”

Aside from being a new author, Granger is approximately a year removed from having started a business.

A graduate of Manassas Park High, Granger is owner of Legacy Pro Cleaning Service here, a venture that was spearheaded through Jan Pro of Memphis.

“I had to invest in myself and build my business so that it can provide financial stability (for me and my family),” Granger said.


GOD’S PLAN…GOD’S PLAN 

A few months removed from having made her authorship debut, Granger is especially grateful of how God is about to allow “The Day I Met Life” to open an array of doors for her.

“I began writing once I was out of prison,” Granger said. “It took years for me to spill out all the hurt and pain I kept in for so many years. It was hindering my walk. I was holding grudges against the family for the lies and horrible things that were spoken over my life.

“I wanted a way out, so I continued to write to release the pain. In 2019, I completed my book after giving up and starting over so many times over the years. The more I wrote, the more I remembered from my childhood to show the world how I grew up and survived.”

With God, her Helper, leading the way.

Yep. She’s certainly #InThere.

That’s for sure.

“It’s a compelling story about how I struggled with sin, strongholds, and generational curses,” Granger told Making Headline News this week.

For more information Mid-South-area  Author/Businesswoman Raquel Granger, to order her book, to schedule a public appearance or book signing, connect with her via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/raquel.henry.334. Send email to: brendafaye1993@yahoo.com.


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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.

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS SALUTES TORTICA ANDERSON:


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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Arizona businesswoman Celest Taylor carrying on her son’s memory through her empowerment endeavor


I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (Psalm 139:14 NIV)


BLESSED BEYOND MEASURES

THIS IS THE LORD’S DOING — Because she stayed true to herself, because she stayed with God, the Giver of life, what she had ultimately discovered was that God strategically positioned her so that He could, in turn, blow her mind. And so it came to pass, the startup of Celest Taylor’s progressive, flourishing business venture that is Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, her Phoenix, Arizona-based venture that is centered largely on having a global impact, most notably through the ever-so-competitive empowerment industry.

For Celest Taylor, it was, by all accounts, a life-changing development she describes as “tragedy to triumph.”

Still, because she stayed true to herself, because she stayed with God, the Giver of life, what she had ultimately discovered was that God strategically positioned her so that He could, in turn, blow her mind.
And so it came to pass, the startup of Taylor’s progressive, flourishing business venture that is Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, her Phoenix, Arizona-based venture that is centered largely on having a global impact, most notably through the ever-so-competitive empowerment industry.
Armed with more than 2 ½ decades of retail experience and 16 years in customer service, Taylor’s Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC has become a fixture for wedding and event planning.
In addition, this devout woman of faith customarily serves as a motivational speaker through her notable endeavor, all the while overseeing the day-to-day operations of her online boutique.

MORE ON CELEST TAYLOR’S VENTURE: http://www.blessedandbeautifulbeginnings.com/

For Taylor, a native of Philadelphia, her rise to achieving entrepreneurship success didn’t come easy.

Rather, it came full circle amid arguably the most downtrodden season of her young life.

Also the founder and CEO of Sisters Blessing Sisters & Blessed Kings United LLC, Taylor established her featured venture after the death of her oldest son, Edward Taylor, whose life was tragically cut short on July 17, 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Left to recall his awe-inspiring memory and carry out his legacy, Taylor, at some point in time, sensed she had no choice but to become totally dependent and reliant of God for some much-needed sense of direction.

She’d be the first to admit she’s glad she did.


REMEMBERING EDWARD

“I made a promise (to God) that each year, we’d honor Him by honoring others (through) giving,” said Taylor, whose empowerment venture accommodates individuals ranging in ages 25-to-75 years of age. “We have something for everyone.”

To her credit, Taylor’s venture has greatly afforded her the golden opportunity to impact and inspire the masses in such places as Boston, New York City, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Phoenix, as well as in Beverly Hills, California, where she will host a women’s event in the foreseeable future.

Also the founder and CEO of Sisters Blessing Sisters & Blessed Kings United LLC, Taylor established her featured venture after the death of her oldest son, Edward Taylor, whose life was tragically cut short on July 17, 2007 in Asheville, North Carolina.

“We’re also rebuilding and starting over worldwide through Google and Instagram,” Taylor said. “(We want) to give back and make a difference and build our outreach and motivational (speaking) events and venues.”

Much to her delight, Taylor has been afforded the golden opportunity to expand her immeasurable empowerment gifts, considered she recently hosted what is known as “Our Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings Sisters Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,” as well as “Our Sisters Blessing Sisters Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Dinner.”

Armed with more than 2 ½ decades of retail experience and 16 years in customer service, Taylor’s Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC has become a fixture for wedding and event planning. In addition, this devout woman of faith customarily serves as motivational speaker through her endeavor, all the while overseeing the day-to-day operations of her online boutique.

October is recognized annually as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a campaign to increase awareness of the disease. October also is recognized annually as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Also, in December, Taylor will be host what is known as “Women United Worlwide A Celebration of Women.”


“And I love it,” Taylor said of her assortment of public appearances and speaking engagements. “That’s my goal each day (to esteem others daily) and leave out the door, knowing I’m making a difference and changing a life with love, kindness, compassion, wisdom, and no nonsense.”


All things considered, Taylor doesn’t shy away from the notion that the immeasurable strides she’s making throughout the kingdom is what her late son would have wanted.

Taylor earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Health Care Studies from Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. She’s currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree from Strayer University.

Much to her delight, Taylor has been afforded the golden opportunity to expand her immeasurable empowerment gifts, considered she recently hosted what is known as “Our Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings Sisters Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon,” as well as “Our Sisters Blessing Sisters Domestic Violence Awareness Prayer Dinner.”

For more information about Phoenix, Arizona-area Businesswoman Celest Taylor of Blessed & Beautiful Beginnings LLC, follow her on social media at:

Facebook/Instagram: @blessedandbeautifulbeginnings; @Blessedandbeautifulfitnessbyc; @blessedandbeautifulbeginnings2; YouTube: Celest Taylor. Also, send email to: celestdavia@yahoo.com.


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Long before his personal encounter with Shaq, young Mekhi Welch has become a gifted sports buff

MEKHI’S MAD SKILLZ

HE’S THE TRUTH — For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain. “Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”

DALLAS — Mekhi Welch is just eight years old, meaning for a kid his age, one would think he’s essentially in the beginner’s stage with regards to his knowledge about sports.

For the child who’s widely known as “Mekhi,” a rather distinctly unique thing occurred some three years or so ago, according to his mother, Tawanna Chamberlain.
“Mekhi has been a sports buff since the age of three,” Chamberlain, a Clearwater, Florida resident, told Making Headline News this week. “But when he started to read around five years old, he asked me to read books to him about the history of basketball and great players.”
And just like that, a rising young sports historian, of sorts, was born, considering Mekhi’s sports knowledge is such that he could perhaps teach these old vets a thing of two about arguably some of the celebrated athletes of our generation.
Thanks in large part to his mother routinely reading his autobiographies of Lewis Alcindor, Jr, (famously known today as Kareem Abdul-Jabar), Kobe Bryant’s “Mamba Mentality,” “When The Game Was Ours,” featuring Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, Phil Jackson’s “Eleven Rings” Sam Smith’s “The Jordan Rules,” Mitch Albom’s “Fab Five,” Dick Devenzo’s “Stuff Good Players Should Know,” LeBron James’ “The Boy Who Became King,” Stephen Curry’s “The Boy Who Never Gave Up,” “Michael Jordan: The Life,” and “Little Shaq” by Shaquille O’neal,” among others, and it’s no wonder little Mekhi boasts lofty aspirations of someday emerging as household name in what has become a multi-million dollar sport industry, particularly for some the world’s most prominent sports journalists.

LOOK! IT’S DA BIG DIESEL!

GOTTA LOOK AT THIS THIS — “Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.”

“We absolutely love to read in our home,” Chamberlain said son’s newfound gift as a sports enthusiast. “In fact, it’s our favorite pastime. We literally own more books than we can count, and when Mekhi would become disinterested with me reading countless of books to him, he would pick up his iPad and Google interesting basketball stats and facts.”

To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite those up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

Never mind that he’s only eight years of age.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

“Amazingly, he can recall their height, what cities they were born in, all the teams that each player played on, what year they were recruited and drafted to the NBA, who their rivals were, their current stats, their highest scoring games in a season, the years they were injured, and how the injury impacted their careers,” Chamberlain said. “You should hear him tell the story about Yao Ming.”

And then there is Mekhi’s personal encounter with O’Neal, five-time NBA champion and former LSU All-American.

According to Chamberlain, her son and Shaq established friendship during which an awe-inspiring encounter took place, a development that resulted in her son being the beneficiary.


“Mekhi has always loved Shaq,” Chamberlain said. Since he was five years old, he would tell me that his dream was to play a game of one-on-one with Shaq. To Mekhi, Shaquille O’Neal is larger-than-life. The other day I was in the living room watching something on TV and a commercial for a national pizza chain came on. Just as the commercial came on, Mekhi walked out of his room and was mesmerized by the fact that Shaq was going all around the town delivering pizzas to people.”


Much to his delight, the young sports buff had become even more attentive to the commercial ad featuring his hero.

“Over the last five years, he has become a real life NBA basketball Wikipedia,” said Chamberlain, trying the best she could to assess her young and gifted son’s amazing gift that centered on big time sports. “You can ask him any question you want to about players from Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem, Magic, Kobe, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Isaiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Tracy McGrady, Charles Barkley, Step Curry, Kevin Durant, Kwahi Leonard, Clay Thompson, Ben Simmons to Zion Williamson.”

“Mekhi could not believe his eyes…he thought that was the coolest thing ever,” Chamberlain recalled. “Right after the commercial went off, Mekhi asked me to call or text Shaq and ask him to bring him a (Papa John’s) pepperoni pizza. I just looked at him with a blank stare—I honestly didn’t know what to say to him regarding his request, because I was thinking to myself, “Yeah right. I don’t know Shaq’s telephone number—so I can’t call or text him and ask him to bring a pizza over here.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

Interestingly, things would eventually become even more interesting for Mehki.

“Mekhi wholeheartedly believed that I would know how to contact Shaq and he was very persistent, so he went as far as to go pick up my cell phone and he handed it to me and said, ‘Here mom, please go ahead and call or text Shaq.’”

“Not wanting to let my child down, I grabbed my phone and sent a ‘Hail Mary’ DM to Shaq on Instagram, because my son was standing right there watching me type the message,” Chamberlain said. “No pressure…and I hit, ‘send,’ never thinking that Shaq would actually see the message or read it.”

Boy, was she wrong — wrong for all the right reasons to put it more precisely.

“A few days passed, but everyday Mekhi would ask me, ‘Did Shaq text you back yet?’” Chamberlain said. “While looking for his pizza, he truly believed his favorite player wouldn’t let him down. So I would just remind Mekhi that Shaq is a very busy man, but told him that perhaps when he isn’t so busy, he would make time to respond to my message.”

Once someone picks Mekhi’s brain about any major professional athlete — past or present — they might as well brace themselves for what essentially will be said next.

Suddenly, the long-awaited and figurative slam dunk for which Mekhi had waited was finally executed.

“Then it happened,” Chamberlain said. “Three days later, I received a personal video message from Shaq to Mekhi and I almost lost it. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was a surreal moment in time. I couldn’t wait to show Mekhi that his hero, Shaq, had sent him a personal message. When Mekhi saw the message from Shaq, he was overjoyed. He was smiling from ear-to-ear and he talked about the video message all the way to school that morning.

“That same day, I was contacted by the National Pizza Chain via Twitter and they made it possible for Mekhi’s entire class to enjoy a pizza party, which made everyone’s day,” Chamberlain continued. “This is the stuff that dreams are made of.”

Much like the wealth of knowledge Chamberlain’s son has garnered as such a young age.

Stay tuned. This kid seems well on his way to making major moves in the sports world, something that, well, perhaps even Shaq has sensed.


REMEMBER THE NAME 

STAR WATCH — To his credit, the more he deems it essential to become knowledge about sports opposite up-to-date scores that customarily scroll across SportCenter’s Bottom Line, the more it seems that Mekhi essentially broadens his journalistic mechanics that figure to set him apart mightily from his peers much more sooner than later.

“It was so very thoughtful of Shaquille O’Neal to take a few moments out of his busy schedule to send Mekhi a message,” Chamberlain said. “It meant the world to him and it is something that he will never forget.”

With all of the sports knowledge he’s acquired in recent years, how could he?


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Georgia single mother of three, Kenyatta Bell confident ‘justice will be served’ amid home-buying deal gone bad


Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you; But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. (1 Peter 4:12-13 NIV)


THIS, TOO, SHALL PASS

BUT GOD — For Kenyatta Bell and her family, it seemed that buying a home by Freddie Mac had been a mostly discomforting and disheartening experience, to say the least. In 2018, Bell was informed that her home was sold to her illegally through Freddie Mac.

Terry Jermaine Compton and Kenyatta Nichelle Bell enjoyed a mostly healthy marriage, a union that lasted nearly two decades — 19 years and two days to put it more precisely.

Even when the coupled deemed it essential to go their separate ways, amongst the things Terry and Kenyatta agreed is that they wanted what was best for their children, particularly a safe and comfortable place to call home.
“I was so excited for getting my dream home for Mother’s Day from Terry,” Bell, during a recent exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said, recalling the joy and splendor that essentially had overtaken her family when the Comptons moved into their 2,700-square-feet dream home years before the untimely passing of her former husband at the age of 44.
While savoring their home at 20 Fairway Oaks in suburban Waverly, Georgia undoubtedly was a dream come true Bell and her children, such an awe-inspiring fantasy was all but shattered amid an unlikely discovery, one that, by all accounts, essentially haunts Bell and Co. to this day.
While savoring their home at 20 Fairway Oaks in suburban Waverly, Georgia undoubtedly was a dream come true Bell and her children, such an awe-inspiring fantasy was all but shattered amid an unlikely discovery, one that, by all accounts, essentially haunts Bell and Co. to this day.

In 2018, Bell was informed that her home was sold to her illegally by Freddie Mac.

A government-owned corporation that buys mortgages and packages them into mortgage-backed securities, Freddie Mac’s official title is the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (or FHLMC). According to a report at https://www.thebalance.com/what-is-freddie-mac-3305985, banks typically use the funds received from Freddie Mac to make new loans to homebuyers.

As a result, that essentially boosts the housing market and allows more Americans to become homeowners.

WE ARE FAMILY — “I was so excited for getting my dream home for Mother’s Day from Terry,” Bell, during a recent exclusive interview with Making Headline News, said, recalling the joy and splendor that essentially had overtaken her family when they moved into their 2,700 square feet dream home years before the untimely passing of her former husband, Terry Jermaine Compton (far right in image) at the age of 44.

Generally, the report cites, FHLMC gives banks the ability to create 30-year mortgages, and without Freddie Mac, the banks would have to keep the loans on their books for 30 years, thus tying up too much money — something mortgage experts say is “too risky.”

Bell and her then-husband purchased their home in May 2011 and were represented by longtime licensed realtor Kimberly Watson of Magnolia Realty, which is owned by Cecily Hill.

“We purchased our home from Freddie Mac, which was represented by a local realtor…whom I cannot recall,” Bell said.

The closing attorney for the home was former attorney and current judge, Robert Sweat, and the home was financed by Silverton Mortgage, which sold to BB&T and is considered guaranteed by the VA, Bell said.


‘IT’S ABOVE ME NOW’

Asked what was her initial reaction upon learning that a certificate of occupancy never emerged, Bell said: “I didn’t understand how this could happen to us, because we hired professionals. Our real estate company was owned by a previous state representative.

“We had all of these licensed and/or licensed professionals representing our family in the purchased of our home which was not inspected, did not have a final inspection, did not and currently doesn’t have a certificate of occupancy, has always and remains to be unlivable, and has been and currently illegal to live in,” Bell acknowledged.

For Bell and her family, it seemed that buying a home through Freddie Mac had become a mostly discomforting and disheartening experience, to say the least.

“Freddie Mac sold us the home without a certificate of occupancy and didn’t tell us,” Bell told MHN. “To make it worse, they are trying to hide behind (this ordeal), but (they’ve) put my family’s lives in danger for seven years.”

According to Bell, Heritage Bank officials executed the construction loan and that the Bank of Georgia in Augusta was the first lending institution that was responsible for having originated the mortgage without a certificate of occupancy.

As Bell explained, the rash of issues surrounding her home purchase was initiated by Heritage Bank, located at 392 Charlie Smith Sr. Highway in nearby St Mary’s, Georgia.

According to Bell, Heritage Bank officials executed the construction loan and that the Bank of Georgia in Augusta was the first lending institution that was responsible for having originated the mortgage without a certificate of occupancy.

Bell recently met with John Myers, an attorney for Camden County, about the ongoing issues surrounding her home. To no avail, she senses that things are at a constant standstill.

Calls by Making Headline News to Myers on Monday and late last week weren’t immediately returned.

As if the ongoing and seemingly insurmountable problems surrounding the certificate of occupancy weren’t enough to frustrate Bell and her family, they began to discover a variety of damages inside of their residence.

As if the ongoing and seemingly insurmountable problems surrounding the certificate of occupancy weren’t enough to frustrate Bell and her family, they subsequently began to discover a variety of damages inside of their residence.

“Actually, we couldn’t see damages, but we started experiencing problems with the HVAC unit and other small things within a few months, but we thought it was because no one had ever lived there,” Bell said.

All things considered, the entire matter surrounding Bell’s home purchase was a bad deal that apparently had become worse.

Asked what was her initial reaction upon learning that a certificate of occupancy never emerged, Bell said: “I didn’t understand how this could happen to us, because we hired professionals. Our real estate company was owned by a previous state representative.


“Our closing attorney is now the probate judge,” Bell continued. “Our lender had the inspection completed and our loan is a VA loan. After all we’ve been through and now we can’t live in our home. I began begging for help, but I had to research and get knowledge and understanding myself.”


While Bell believes that something will ultimately be done about an ordeal that resulted in her and having her family having to live at a local hotel and then with her “spiritual sister,”  Gina Fernandez Beverly, this accomplished Georgia businesswoman is confident “justice will be served” and that she will eventually reap some much-anticipated beauty for all of her ashes.

While Bell believes that something will ultimately be done about an ordeal that resulted in her and having her family having to live at a local hotel and then with her “spiritual sister,”  Gina Fernandez Beverly, this accomplished Georgia businesswoman is confident “justice will be served” and that she will eventually reap beauty for all of her ashes.

“I want to bring awareness to what happened to our family, but I also want to encourage people to trust God, keep the faith, and be strong no matter what their situation looks like,” said Bell, whose has two sons, both of whom are college football players. “My daughter was writing her book while our family was going through this situation and my boys were fighting through producing on the field and all three in the (college) classroom. During this storm is when Epic Life was birthed.”

“I want to bring awareness to what happened to our family, but I also want to encourage people to trust God, keep the faith, and be strong no matter what their situation looks like,” said Bell, whose has two sons, both of whom are college football players. “My daughter was writing her book while our family was going through this situation and my boys were fighting through producing on the field and all three in the (college) classroom. During this storm is when Epic Life was birthed.”

A native of Gay, Georgia, Bell is the catalyst for the Epic Management Group, an Atlanta-area ministry that was spearheaded on an area radio station and is aired by way of a slew of airwaves.

Widely regarded as Epic Life Ministry, this company has also launched a social media teaching — a segment that’s collectively conducted by Epic Life staffers: Gina Beverly, Danielle Sunderhouse and Corey Watts — whereby it has garnered a global audience.

Interestingly, Epic Management Group has partnered with St. Marys radio station to host an array of what company officials describe as “epic life experiences,” most notably for middle and high school students.


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