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Memphian Velinda Humphreys’ new mobile beauty salon figures to become a popular Mid-South trend

TEN-NES-SEE HOW UNIQUE SHE IS — A professional cosmetology career that spans more than 25 years, Memphis native Velinda Humphreys is owner and chief executive officer of Styles with Smiles Senior Hair care. A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Hair care is a mobile beauty salon that’s designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

Velinda Humphreys is professional hairstylist.

A pretty darn unique and crafty and gifted one at that.

A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years, Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

Fortunately for Humphreys, 42, she certainly has found her niche, particularly as it pertains to establishing a solid rapport with those who value the overall health and appearance of their hair.

That is why Humphreys has taken yet another progressive, monumental step in the cosmetology industry, this time in the area of entrepreneurship as owner and chief executive officer of Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare.

A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.

THEY MATTER TOO — A business that essentially is in its infancy stages, Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare is a mobile beauty salon that’s designed to service elderly individuals as well as those who are unable to leave the confines of their homes and visit salons the traditional way.
Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped or individuals with special needs.

Humphreys’ newly-established business is especially ideal for handicapped and individuals with special needs.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the golden opportunity to tend to the hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best despite their physical limitations.

“I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation. Even though they may not be going anywhere, they like to look pretty also even if only for that (particularly) day.”

MAKING MEMPHIS PROUD — A professional cosmetologist whose notable career spans more than 25 years — and counting — Humphreys, to her distinct credit, has become a fixture in this ever-so-competitive and evolving industry, especially in Memphis, where individuals becoming engaged in cosmetology undoubtedly is one the market’s most popular trends.

To her credit, Humphreys is no stranger to working with and tending to the needs of elderly individuals.

For a little more than three years, the Memphis Hamilton High graduate has been working at the Heritage At Irene Woods, a 150-acre, senior housing development located between the suburbs of Germantown and Collierville.

Prior to joining the staff at Heritage At Irene Woods, Humphreys spent 10 years at nearby Kirby Pines Estate, another notable Mid-South-area retirement community.

Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

“I want to reach and service as many clients as I can and to expand, whereas I will need to hire help,” Humphreys said. “I’m not doing this just for the money, which I know many do. But I want everyone to be, to feel, and to look beautiful inside and out.”

As for her the degree in her selected area of study, as Humphreys hinted, she’s seemingly able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

By and large, what Humphreys deems mostly gratifying about her business is that she’s customarily afforded with the opportunity to tend to their hair care needs of those who deserve to look their best, despite their physical limitations. “I love working with the elderly,” Humphreys told Making Headline News this week. I get a greater since of gratitude…that feeling of appreciation.”

“I am also able to incorporate my psychology degree with my services,” Humphreys explained. “People have always said that hairstylist and bartenders are like psychologist, because people always bring them their problems.”

YOU GO GIRL! Although she holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Phoenix, working with the elderly is what appears to have allowed Humphreys to connect with and discover the divine purpose for which God has created her.

As Humphreys is also quick to point out, the less stress, the better, particularly as it relates to fulfilling her daily customer services goals and objectives. That is where her psychological attributes, by all accounts, come into play — all while fortifying her divine, God-mandated purpose.

“In the salon that I am currently working in, I allow no negative vibes,” Humphreys said. “They are to check it at the door. I do not do pity parties. It’s a happy place. No stress.”

Just like her newly-established Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare which, given the immense strides she’s made in the cosmetology industry over the past 2 ½ decades, figures to become a popular trend in the Bluff City and surrounding areas.

 

For more information about Velinda Humphreys’ Styles With Smiles Senior Haircare, call 901-283-8100. 

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

Mid-South entrepreneur Jennifer Davis-Sithole’s Diversity On Stage & Film having a major impact on African-American community

MAKING A DIFFERENCE — A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Jennifer Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

Jennifer Davis-Sithole isn’t just fulfilling a dream of a lifetime.

She thinks it necessary daily to reach back and enable others to follow suit.

“It is my mission the make sure that our African-American actors and actresses are recognized for their work,” Davis-Sithole told Making Headline News during a recent interview.

To her distinct credit, she has been nothing short of impressive, particularly as it pertains to aiding others to maximize their God-given potential.

NATIONAL STAGE — Surely, bigger and brighter days are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014. That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling the country to various establishments to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

A native of Byhalia, Mississippi, Davis-Sithole is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Diversity On Stage & Film (or DOSF), a business-related entertainment-based organization she created to honor and recognize Mid-South-area African-American actors and actresses for their solid, compelling stage and film work as well assist those who aspire to delve off into this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

In addition, DOSF’s mission involves, among other things, helping to bring more awareness to live theatre in the African-American community as well as to, as Davis-Sithole emphasized, “get them in the seats.”

A self-proclaimed “theatre junkie,” Davis-Sithole acknowledged that she witnesses approximately 50-60 productions each year. In doing so, her primary ambition is to “honor and encourage” as many of her cast members as possible.

In a nutshell, it doesn’t take long for aspiring actors and actresses to realize that when joining DOSF, they will come to a realization that the golden rule essentially is indicative to Davis-Sithole’s keen leadership qualities, thus headlines a notable business venture that is starting to generate a national presence.

Surely, bigger and brighter days undoubtedly are ahead for DOSF, which was organized in 2014.

That’s because Davis-Sithole has had the luxury of traveling to various establishments across the country to pay witness to plays, most notably Memphis, Jackson, Tennessee, Jackson, Mississippi, Little Rock, Atlanta, Branson, Missouri, New York City, Winchester, Virginia, Washington, DC, Chicago, and Dallas, among other sites.

“I’ve literally traveled the country seeing theatre,” Davis-Sithole said.

And fortunately for her, coupled with her compassion for helping others realize they can make their dream a reality, it’s safe to assume those with whom Davis Sithole routinely crosses paths have thoroughly embraced her vision through her progressive, thriving business.

“DOSF was totally birthed from the heart and is funded by me,” said Davis-Sithole, adding that her organization is devising ways to generate funding by way of sponsors.

ABOUT TO BLOW UPDOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole will have the golden opportunity to build on her dream of a lifetime.

A proud graduate of Holly Springs (Mississippi) High’s Class of 1983, Davis-Sithole’s business caters mostly to individuals ranging in ages 16 and over, she said.

In addition, DOSF will be afforded the opportunity to generate more exposure, thus have a greater impact in the African-American community when it hosts its 3rd Annual DOSF Awards Ceremony on March 12 at the Buckman Performing Arts Center, a much-anticipated annual event in which Davis-Sithole once again will have the golden opportunity to build on her long-awaited dream of a lifetime.

When asked why is it imperative that she esteem and inspire others daily, Davis-Sithole said, “Simply because I am by brother’s keeper.”

Just as God intended it to be.

 

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 an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Germantown Middle scholar athlete Chris Martin excels on and off the court

 

“It’s my favorite thing to do. Nothing makes me happier than putting the ball through the hoop.” — Memphis-area Middle School hoops phenom Chris Martin

 

ONLY BY GOD’S GRACE — A speedy, slim combo guard who’s armed with much promise as a rising youth basketball standout in this hoops-crazed Bluff City area, Germantown Middle School combo guard Christopher Martin, like his older brother, is blessed of the fact that God has strategically spared his mother life, in part so she could witness firsthand his immense strides on and off the court. 

MEMPHIS — In case you don’t know Christopher Martin, allow him to introduce himself.

For starters, Martin (widely known as Chris Martin) is a native Memphian who has emerged as a rather crafty, skillful basketball player, most notably on the amateur circuit.

 

MOTHERLY LOVE — Not only has Martin flourished academically, which has given way to his assuming his rightful place as part of Germantown Middle’s Optional STEM Program, but his keen leadership as the Red Devils’ floor general has inspired his teammates and coaches to name him team captain, something by which his mother finds intriguing and downright gratifying, in large part because, well, her Creator has blessed her to stick around to witness it all unfold.

 

A scholar athlete who has become a fixture both on and off the court in recent years, Martin is the catalyst of Germantown Middle School’s basketball team and, given his notable track record as an amateur athlete, it’s safe to assume his biggest and brightest days are well ahead of him.

Moreover, as a speedy, slim combo guard who’s armed with much promise as a rising youth basketball standout in this hoops-crazed Shelby-Metro area, Martin, like his older brother, is blessed of the fact that God has strategically spared his mother’s life, in large part so she could witness firsthand his immense strides on and off the court.

“I love my mom very much,” said Martin, counting his blessings yet again, a trend by which he’s guilty of exemplifying daily. “She has risked days to go to games and has been basically involved in everything I do. Win or lose, she’s always proud of me, as long as I do my best.”

STAY TUNED. MEMPHISIt is, by all accounts, because of Martin’s constant progress, coupled with his team-first concept that have benefited him mightily as a young student athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the prep and collegiate levels in the coming years.

It is, by all accounts, because of Martin’s constant progress, coupled with his team-first concept that have benefited him mightily as a young student athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the prep and collegiate levels in the coming years.

CHRIS’ HOOPS PAGE: http://www.cmballin.com

Not only has he flourished academically, which has given way to his assuming his rightful place as part of Germantown Middle’s Optional STEM Program, but his keen leadership as the Red Devils’ floor general has inspired his teammates and coaches to name him team captain, something by which his mother finds intriguing and downright gratifying, in large part because, well, her Creator has blessed her to stick around to witness it all unfold.

AWWWWWW — “My heart is overjoyed when I see how grateful, loving, and humble he remains,” Lamberth said of her son’s assortment of accolades. “His leadership skills are outstanding and his teammates look up to him and respect him. He does more than just play ball.”

“My heart is overjoyed when I see how grateful, loving, and humble he remains,” Lamberth said of her son’s assortment of accolades. “His leadership skills are outstanding and his teammates look up to him and respect him. He does more than just play ball.”

And, within the next year or so, some local high school-area coach undoubtedly will be fortunate to install Martin — a rather big guard who can create his own shot and certainly has much more growing to do —– to his roster.

Which, after all, means one thing: this hoops-crazed city hasn’t heard the last of him.

“I’m going to keep making good grades and (hopefully) get that Division 1 (scholarship), so one day I can pay (my mother) back for everything she’s done for me to help make my dreams come true,” said Martin, counting his blessings once again.

All while his mother continues to live to see it all unfold.

Just as God intended it to be.

 

 



EDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

Andre Johnson is the founder and publisher of Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Is Memphis businesswoman Kim Claxton the tax preparation industry’s best kept secret in the Tri-State area?

tttt-2Just recently, Mid-South-based businesswoman Kim Claxton was asked what was her inspiration for delving off into the tax preparation industry.

Like many successful entrepreneurs, it wasn’t actually her primary area of emphasis.

“Tax preparation was not in my initial plans,” Claxton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I have always loved math. That’s one thing my dad always said… ‘Take plenty of math courses.’ So I listened.  And here I am.”

oooAnd to her credit, coupled with the notion that she took heed to that about which her father suggest, Claxton essentially is helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

Located at 3385 Airways Boulevard, Suite 216 in the Whitehaven district of Memphis, KC Financial Services offer a variety of economic entities, most notably tax planning, bookkeeping, payroll, as well as vital assistance with federal and state tax ID forms.

CHECK OUT KC FINANCIAL SERVICES ONLINE: http://www.kcfinancialsvcs.com/.

By and large, what’s mostly beneficial is that they do this all year round, thus live up to their slogan of being a business that is “Professional. Consistent. Prompt.”

All while helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

KC Financial Services boast a clientele that covers 15 U. S. States as well the U. S. Territory of Puerto Rico.

ffff“I  love it…I really do,” Claxton said of a professional tax preparation career that spans more than seven years. “It comes so natural for me.”

And because of her keen ability to routinely provide consumers with top-notch, reliable service, KC Financial Services appear on track to take on a national presence, a trend that essentially was a part of Claxton’s longstanding vision from the outset as a rising businesswoman.

BELIEVE MEMPHIS — A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.
BELIEVE MEMPHISA native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

“Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.”

HEART FOR PEOPLE --- “Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.” Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”
HEART FOR PEOPLE“Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.”
Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”

Because, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”

A graduate of Memphis Northside High School, Claxton enrolled at the University of Memphis, then ultimatelly attended the Baptist School of Nursing.

Still, although for a while it appeared she was destined to engage in a career in the medical industry, God ultimately revealed to her a life-enhancing vision, one whereby she would transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

The rest, as they say, is history.

To Claxton’s credit, she undoubtedly has found her niche in an industry in which it seems her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“I am always surprised when people reach out to me and tell me that they are inspired by my drive, hustle, and work ethic,” Claxton said. “It makes them work harder. It is flattering.”

Which, fortunately for Claxton, is what happens when you take heed to your father’s life-changing wisdom of taking math courses.

Early and often.



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, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

South Gibson County guard Ladarian McCurrie expected to graduate with honors, now auditioning for an elusive athletic scholarship

xMEDINA, Tenn. — One thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team.

For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.

“My role as the point guard is to drive the ball to the goal where I can either take the shot or pass it to either of the other shooting guards,” McCurrie told Making Headline News earlier this week. I am a team player, so I mostly pass the ball to the open guard to generate the three.”

STAGE PLAY --- In what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season for South Gibson County High, amongst the things about which senior guard Ladarian McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level. While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.
HUGE STAGE PLAYIn what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season for South Gibson County High, amongst the things about which senior guard Ladarian McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level. While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.

To his credit, McCurrie, a 17-year-old senior for a South Gibson team that played at arch rival Bolivar Central Friday night, his primary responsibilities have been that primarily of a combo guard, meaning this slim, speedy 5-foot-9, 150-pounder is expected, by all accounts, to display significant roles both as a scorer and floor facilitator.

Most importantly, in what undoubtedly is a pivotal stretch in his final prep season, amongst the things about which McCurrie is aiming is doing the necessary things that will ultimately give way to his being afforded the golden opportunity of playing basketball at the collegiate level.

MR. DO-IT-ALL --- One thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team. For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.
MR. DO-IT-ALLOne thing about Ladarian McCurrie is that no one has to remind him of his role as a member of the South Gibson County High basketball team. For McCurrie, his role for the Hornets of Medina, Tennessee is one about which he takes seriously and with great pride and dignity, considering coach Eric Hampton and his staff mostly look to him as being the floor general, or sorts.

While he has yet to field any official scholarships offers, it is a foregone conclusion the future for McCurrie looks extremely favorable, in large part because with a cumulative grade point average of 3.8, he is on pace to graduate in the top five percent of his class.

In essence, what that means essentially is that even if he finishes the academic year without signing a National Letter of Intent, the possibility exists that not only will McCurrie almost certainly be offered an academic scholarship, but he will likely be afforded the chance to join a college hoops program as walk-on.

Either way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletic skills on display.

“They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.

CHEERING HIM ON --- Either way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletics skills on display. “They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.
CHEERING HIM ONEither way, a free education appears inevitable at this point for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of putting his athletics skills on display.
“They will be inheriting a competitor, an encourager, and a player that is driven by ambition,” said McCurrie, when asked what type of player would college coaches inherit if he’s granted his long-awaited opportunity.

As McCurrie tells it, while playing major prep basketball in a relatively small town reduced his ability to acquire the proper exposure, he strongly believes he boasts the skills, mechanics, and assertiveness to handle the hustle and bustle that college athletics create.

“Sometimes, newspaper articles do not capture the whole story,” McCurrie said. “Oftentimes, the newspaper does not detail that I contribute nearly seven rebounds, five steals, and nearly 10-to-15 assists a game, or how I give my teammates confidence while I’m on the court or on the bench.”

vbAll of which explains why McCurrie is destined to possess what he describes as a fair chance, one that would enable him to appropriately audition for a college hoops scholarship.

“Playing college ball is a dream for me because I am coachable,” McCurrie said. “I am willing to take risks. I am willing to put in the time, effort, and work to prove that I am ready to compete on the collegiate level. I am realistic about my ability and skills, and I know that there is plenty of work for me do, because growth on or off the court is a continuous process. But I am hopeful, prayerful, and faithful. I’m just looking for the opportunity to help a team.”

Something about which he’s done time and again throughout his notable high school career.



awseeEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that 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, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.