Whitehaven High alum Shun McCoy ‘breaking necks’ through her new clothing line

ATLANTA — Shun McCoy doesn’t just want to turn heads.

McCoyShe wants to break necks.

Figuratively, of course.

The owner and chief operating officer of the Atlanta-based Hymz and Hyrz® Personal Styling and Boutique, McCoy’s online business specializes largely in clothing and apparel for plus-size women or, as this Chicago native says, for “all curvy women.”

To her credit, it’s safe to assume that plus-size — er, curvy women — from various walks of life have greatly embraced what undoubtedly is emerging as an up-and-coming clothing line, a trend that given its considerable progress in recent months, figures to become a fixture in the foreseeable future.

HOT MAMA --- Shun McCoy doesn’t just want to turn heads.  She wants to break necks.  Figuratively, of course.  The owner and chief operating officer of the Atlanta-based Hymz and Hyrz® Personal Styling and Boutique, McCoy’s online business specializes largely in clothing and apparel for plus-size women or, as this Chicago native says, for “all curvy women.”

HOT MAMA — Shun McCoy doesn’t just want to turn heads.
She wants to break necks.
Figuratively, of course.
The owner and chief operating officer of the Atlanta-based Hymz and Hyrz® Personal Styling and Boutique, McCoy’s online business specializes largely in clothing and apparel for plus-size women or, as this Chicago native says, for “all curvy women.”

“I love to see the smiles on people’s faces when they put on Hymz and Hyrz®,” McCoy, a former Memphian and Whitehaven High graduate told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

As if her unique, flourishing clothing line isn’t enough to turn heads — er, breaks necks —

TREND SETTER --- Upon starting her online clothing line in March 2014, McCoy worked mostly behind the scenes, but ultimately launched her second business venture approximately eight months later.

TREND SETTER — Upon starting her online clothing line in March 2014, McCoy worked mostly behind the scenes, but ultimately launched her second business venture approximately eight months later.

Hymz and Hyrz® newfound mission essentially has a catchy, plus-size touch to it, or sorts.

“(We aspire) to give curvy women trendy-plus-size clothing to look and feel good in,” McCoy explained. “To be able to have cute options besides flowers and prints.”

Because after all, as McCoy swiftly points out, “curvy women slay too.”

CHECK OUT DA WEBSITE: WWW.HYMZANDHYRZ.COM

Upon starting her online clothing line in March 2014, McCoy worked mostly behind the scenes, but ultimately launched her second business venture approximately eight months later.

Besides Hymz and Hyrz® Personal Styling and Boutique, McCoy is also owner and CEO of We Work For Jesus® (or WWFJ), a trademark establishment that is largely considered a “movement,” according to McCoy, as well as a clothing and jewelry line.

READ MORE ABOUT SHUN: http://memphisport.com/2015/12/memphis-whitehaven-high-graduate-shun-mccoys-wwfj-venture-is-on-the-move/

McCoy2As for Hymz and Hyrz®, McCoy was inspired by members of her family to launch her online business.

“Some of the women in my family are a little thicker than a snicker,” McCoy said with a grin, “but they’re always dressed well and size appropriate.”

And then there are the prominent thicker-than-a-Snicker celebrities who have greatly fueled McCoy’s desire to broaden her horizon.

“(Renowned R & B singer) Jill Scott is always eye-catching and styled to perfection,” McCoy said. “When you look good, you feel good. Also to show curvy women that there is fashionable size appropriate clothing that we can look good in.”

CHECK OUT WWFJ VIA ITS WEBSITE: WWW.WW4J.COM

Besides owning two fledging businesses, McCoy has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration and is credited for having completed two years of Nursing School at Baptist College of Nursing in Memphis. Consequently, she earned her licensing as a Board Certified Estitician and Nail Technician from International School of Skin and Nails before the Chicago native mastered McDonald’s Management program through Hamburger University in Oakbrook, Illinois.

Looking ahead, McCoy, a devout Christian who is passionate about spreading the gospel through her entrepreneurial endeavors, is confident her best days as a rising business owner are well ahead of her.

That’s because she doesn’t just want to turn heads.

She wants to break necks.

Figuratively, of course.

For more information about HYMZ AND HYRZ PERSONAL STYLING AND BOUTIQUE, call Shun McCoy at: 708-786-9935/251-447-2157 or by email at: CONTACTUS@HYMZANDHYRZ. Also follow her on social media at: TWITTER: HYMZ AND HYRZ PERSONAL SYTLING AND BOUTIQUE®; Facebook: HYMZ AND HYRZ PERSONAL STYLING AND BOUTIQUE; Instagram: HYMZ AND HYRZ.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, 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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

Memphis Whitehaven High graduate Shun McCoy’s WWFJ venture is on the move

ATLANTA — Former Memphian Shun McCoy engaged in the entrepreneurial industry in early 2012.

WWFJ Owner Shun McCoy

WWFJ Owner Shun McCoy

After functioning initially “behind the scenes,” McCoy, a devoted Christian who currently resides in Atlanta, sensed it was time to earnestly exercise her faith by putting her business venture on display before the masses.

A 2005 Memphis Whitehaven High graduate, McCoy, 39, is owner and chief executive officer of We Work For Jesus®, a trademark establishment that is largely considered a “movement,” according to McCoy, as well as a clothing and jewelry line.

Having officially been installed for public operations on January 1, 2014, WWFJ’s mission according to McCoy is to save as many souls as she can while simultaneously testifying why she steadfastly works for Jesus.

Today.

Tomorrow.

For the rest of her life.

“Our mission is to spread ‘WWFJ We Work For Jesus’ as a way of acting out and doing His word, and not just hearing it,” McCoy explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. It’s to show the world that not all middle-aged, youth and young adults are rebels without home-training, respect, or lack the tenacity to believe, trust and remain faithful to God.”

Shon8Shon2So committed is McCoy’s newfound venture to routinely lifting up Almighty God and drawing others to Christ that another key ingredient to ensuring that WWFJ remains a viable public presence is to function in excellence, let alone with the right motives.

Shon3“We Move With A Purpose,” McCoy explained. “We are determined to save as many souls as possible by Working For Jesus while showing the most important thing of all — love.”

Besides having excelled in such a brief time frame as a ministry, or sorts, WWFJ has expanded immensely in that it offers people from various walks of life an assortment of jewelry and paraphernalia accompanied by the familiar acronym, “WWFJ.”

Shon5This movement, McCoy acknowledges, is geared toward individuals of all ages, regardless of their race, creed, or color.

CHECK OUT WWFJ VIA ITS WEBSITE: WWW.WW4J.COM

“I pray that you wear WWFJ We Work For Jesus® on your person via bracelets, shirts, hats boldly so that you may brag just as many brag on wearing designer labels.”

ON THE MOVE --- Having officially been installed for public operations on January 1, 2014, WWFJ’s mission according to owner Shun McCoy is to save as many souls as she can while simultaneously testifying why she steadfastly works for Jesus.

ON THE MOVE — Having officially been installed for public operations on January 1, 2014, WWFJ’s mission according to owner Shun McCoy is to save as many souls as she can while simultaneously testifying why she steadfastly works for Jesus.

As McCoy quickly pointed out, she’s confident her flourishing mission and ministry will ultimately become a familiar, yet identifiable force as it pertains to reaching others via the hedges and highways and byways, as Jesus specifically admonishes us according to Luke 14:23.

“I would like for WWFJ We Work For Jesus® to be seen on cars, notebooks, and buildings,” McCoy said. “Not only would this be a reminder of how we are working for Jesus, but it should inspire us to continue to do so in our daily lives. We are here to do His will and work for Him in an effort to give God the glory in it all. When it’s all said and done, we want to make sure you have your business straight with God.”

By and large, WWFJ is surely on the move, given McCoy has worked intensely at building her brand in recent years.

Besides emerging as a business owner, McCoy has an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration and is credited for having completed two years of Nursing School at Baptist College of Nursing in Memphis. Consequently, she earned her licensing as a Board Certified Estitician and Nail Technician from International School of Skin and Nails before the Chicago native mastered McDonald’s Management program through Hamburger University in Oakbrook, Illinois.

READ MORE ABOUT SHUN: http://memphisport.com/2015/12/whitehaven-high-alum-shun-mccoy-breaking-necks-through-her-new-clothing-line/

To her credit, she has garnered 32 college hours for management.

However, as it stands, her rising business venture is her primary focus.

MAKE IT PLAIN --- “Our mission is to spread ‘WWFJ We Work For Jesus’ as a way of acting out and doing His word, and not just hearing it,” McCoy explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. It’s to show the world that not all middle-aged, youth and young adults are rebels without home-training, respect, or lack the tenacity to believe, trust and remain faithful to God.”

MAKE IT PLAIN — “Our mission is to spread ‘WWFJ We Work For Jesus’ as a way of acting out and doing His word, and not just hearing it,” McCoy explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. It’s to show the world that not all middle-aged, youth and young adults are rebels without home-training, respect, or lack the tenacity to believe, trust and remain faithful to God.”

Which, of course, is why McCoy realizes it is imperative that her movement esteems others daily, as Paul reminds us, according to Philippian 2:3.

“I really believe that everybody needs somebody sometimes and not everyone has someone to tell them when they’ve veered off the path,” McCoy explained. “I really live by 1 Corinthians 15:58: ‘Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.’ It’s not always about what you can get but what you can give, and give from the heart, knowing that you have planted good seeds and you’ll be rewarded accordingly.”

For more information about WWFJ, call Shun McCoy at: 786-708-9935 or at 251-287-0221 or by email at: CONTACTUS@WW4J.COM. Also follow her on social media at: TWITTER: WWFJ WE WORK FOR JESUS®; Facebook: WWFJ WE WORK FOR JESUS; Instagram: WWFJ.

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, 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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

Harding Academy’s Antonio Chew, Jr. rated among top recruits by Maxpreps for Class of 2017

Antonio Chew, Sr. is a rising Mid-South-area entrepreneur as owner of the 901 South Tire Shop/Grillmaster Chew’s BBQ And Catering.

Chew1Aside from attracting a slew of Mid-Southerners to try his assortment of delectable barbecue meals, Chew, Sr. has become quite instrumental with regards to ensuring that his son, Harding Academy athlete Antonio Chew, Jr., generates the essential exposure as it pertains to landing a college athletic scholarship.

“Coaches are always telling me that he’s one of the most underrated, but hardest hitting (defensive) linemen in the (Shelby-Metro) area,” Chew, Sr., told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

FATHERLY LOVE --- Antonio Chew, Sr. is a rising Mid-South-area entrepreneur as owner of the 901 South Tire Shop/Grillmaster Chew's BBQ And Catering.  Aside from attracting a slew of Mid-Southerners to try his assortment of delectable barbecue meals, Chew, Sr. has become quite instrumental with regards to ensuring that his son, Harding Academy athlete Antonio Chew, Jr., generates the essential exposure as it pertains to landing a college athletic scholarship.

FATHERLY LOVE — Antonio Chew, Sr. is a rising Mid-South-area entrepreneur as owner of the 901 South Tire Shop/Grillmaster Chew’s BBQ And Catering.
Aside from attracting a slew of Mid-Southerners to try his assortment of delectable barbecue meals, Chew, Sr. has become quite instrumental with regards to ensuring that his son, Harding Academy athlete Antonio Chew, Jr., generates the essential exposure as it pertains to landing a college athletic scholarship.

Though his 5-foot-11, 240-pound frame is considered “undersized,” according to several recruiting analysts, the general consensus regarding Chew is that this lineman is durable and versatile in that he possesses the resiliency to play on both sides of the ball, a key attribute he hopes college scouts and recruiters will take into account as the 17-year-old prepares for Spring practices.

“I work out five days out of the week, and sometimes six or seven,” Chew, Jr. said in assessing his routine offseason conditioning sessions.

In addition to his seemingly tireless offseason drills, Chew, Jr. doesn’t shy away from the notion that acquiring a football scholarship is indeed high on his list of objectives in the foreseeable future.

To his credit, he appears to be on track to ensuring that his long-awaited dream becomes a reality.

That’s because according to Chew, Sr., his son has garnered interest from Kentucky Christian University and Shorter University, a list that is expected to increase, considering Chew, Jr. has one more year of high school eligibility remaining.

“I had an interesting (2015) season…probably my second-best season,” said Chew, Jr., who helped steer Ryan Derrick’s Harding-coached team to a 10-3 finish that was highlighted by a stellar postseason display.

While the heroics of lineman rarely show up on the stats sheets, Chew, Jr. certainly held his own in emerging as the catalyst of Lions defense that recorded two shutouts this season.

Chew. Jr., Tennessee’s No. 61 overall prospect for the Class of 2017 by Maxpreps.com, performed masterfully on both sides of the ball for a Harding squad that will rely on him heavily next season to have a monumental impact.

Once again.

As Chew, Jr. tells, he’s certainly up for the challenge, especially after a season in which he’s managed to draw rave reviews from college scouts and recruiters.

“Whatever college offers me will be investing in a smart, talented, and hard-working young man,” Chew, Jr. said. “Playing football period was a dream of mine, and ever since I started playing, I wanted to go up to the next level.”

STOCK RISING --- According to Chew, Sr., his son has garnered interest from Kentucky Christian University and Shorter University, a list that expected to increase, considering Chew, Jr. has one more year of high school eligibility remaining.

STOCK RISING — According to Chew, Sr., his son has garnered interest from Kentucky Christian University and Shorter University, a list that expected to increase, considering Chew, Jr. has one more year of high school eligibility remaining.

His long-awaited dream, by and large, appears destined to come full circle — a development that would surely bring even more smiles — and business — to the family’s rising entrepreneur.

“Playing at the college level has been something I wanted to do since I was young.”

Stay tuned.

AndreEDITOR’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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

 

Memphian Tracey Crawley having huge impact as The Barber Institute’s founder, CEO

traceymainSOUTHAVEN, Mississippi — Without question, Tracey Lynn Crawley loves God.

She’s passionate about ministry.

Her reputation is such that she routinely displays a heart for people.

People from various walks of life.

People who are bound spiritually.

People who, like her, are on fire for God, the Giver of life.

People who, well, love to stay groomed both in the spiritual and natural realms.

So much, in fact, that Crawley has transcended into yet another phase of her life, one whereby people can benefit from mightily, let alone a venture in which they can embrace and savor both in the natural and spirit.

Crawley, 45, is chief executive officer and founder of The Barber Institute School And Salon in the DeSoto County area in North Mississippi. Located at 1273 Stateline Road West in Southaven, Mississippi — just minutes away from Memphis — Crawley, a former Trezevant Vocational Technical Center enrollee — has become a fixture in this forever competitive cosmetology industry.

12294829_1281335481881252_1044428057813676031_nWhile Crawley doesn’t boasts an athletic resume of any kind, her wealth of experience in her distinct line of work has afforded her the golden opportunity to not just help enhance and inspire the lives of others through her fledging institution, but rather her assortment of accolades and achievements are amongst the reasons her best and brightest days in this ever evolving industry are well ahead of her.

For starters, this Memphis Frayser High graduate has garnered a wealth of success, thus witnessed her gifts give way to her having compiled a number of honors, most notably a Distinct Character Award in Ministry (or Divine Ministries International Fellowship). As if that wasn’t enough to draw rave reviews in her industry, Crawley was the recipient of the popular Focus Award in Business during her tenure at Memphis New Wave Hair Academy.

In addition, she was named Teacher of the Month during her notable tenure at Remington College.

As Crawley explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, it is because of her devout faith, coupled with her tireless esteeming of others that has enabled her to arrive at such commendable, monumental time such as now.

In other words, because God instilled in Crawley to lead and guide and direct His people in both ministry and through her business, it’s safe to assume the sky undoubtedly is the limit for a rising, progressive entrepreneur whom, given her keen track record as businesswoman, is devising every conceivable way to maximize her potential.

Daily.

“What I like most about being in business is the liberty to educate diverse learners aspiring to become future professional barbers and stylists,” said Crawley, adding that her institution is qualified to train veteran enrollees.

20130713_133904Having adopted the catchphrase, “Inspiration, Innovation, Education,” Crawley doesn’t shy away from the notion that more than anything, The Barber Institute is beacon of light, of sorts, in large part because many have dubbed her establishment as a ministry.

“It affords me the opportunity to exemplify the love and compassion of Christ with those I educate and service in an unorthodox, yet rewarding and fulfilling manner,” Crawley explains. “An intricate part of our program is Outreach and Community Involvement. It gives us an opportunity to give back to those who can benefit from it, yet can’t afford our services.”

Aside of impacting lives through ministry and Biblical principles, The Barber Institute — like God — doesn’t respect a person.

In a nutshell, this flourishing business reaches individuals of all ages, regardless of one’s race, creed, or color.

644A0296“We cater to all ages,” Crawley reiterated. “Our business is twofold. We are theoretical and practical. Our learners have a number of hours that they must obtain in the classroom and on the clinic floor. Our clinic floor is where they get to perform the skills they have acquired and are required for licensure. The public is able to receive services at an affordable cost. Our clinic floor motto is “Master the Concept and Perfect the Skill.”

Moreover, that Crawley steadfastly obeyed the voice of God and erected her business, The Barber Institute, in turn, has had the luxury of partnering with Memphis Athletic Ministries, the Benjamin Hooks Job Corp Center, ICS Head Start, Never Too Late Too Tell, West Memphis Boys and Girls Club, Memphis Boys and Girls Club, as well as area churches, all of which have assisted the business in earnestly giving back to the community through its complimentary hair services.

“My personal mission is to make a difference by impact, impression, influence,” Crawley said.

For Crawley, her solid support system speaks volumes.

10543110_1284339038247563_1367053717_nIn establishing The Barber Institute, Crawley acknowledged that her childhood Sunday School teacher, her mother, the late Maurice Faye Hill, her brother, the late Lucian Jr., and her father, Lucian Hill Sr., all played an integral role in helping make her long-awaited dream a reality.

“My Sunday School teacher, Sister Bouie, told me I had the hands of a beautician at the age of 14,” Crawley explained. “My mom always encouraged me to put God first. She was my first client and helped me build my clientele as well as groomed my character spiritually and professionally. When I enrolled in Vo-Tech, I wanted to take food services, but my brother encouraged me to choose another path and I did. My dad inspired me by always telling me to be encouraged no matter the test, challenge or trial. He’s a carpenter by trade and helped me to transform my dream into a reality.”

And then are her precious ones, those whom have impacted her life unlike anyone else — her children.

“Brittney, Taluhun and Darian have inspired me the most,” Crawley said. “Brittney was among my first 8 students and first graduating class. It is my desire to leave a legacy for my children and my children’s children.”

Tracey Crawley loves God.

Among the reasons is that she loves God.

She’s passionate about ministry.

Her reputation is such that she routinely displays a heart for people.

People from various walks of life.

That’s Tracey Lynn Crawley for you.

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, 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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

 

Memphian Tracey Crawley having huge impact as The Barber Institute’s founder, CEO

traceymainSOUTHAVEN, Mississippi — Without question, Tracey Lynn Crawley loves God.

She’s passionate about ministry.

Her reputation is such that she routinely displays a heart for people.

People from various walks of life.

People who are bound spiritually.

People who, like her, are on fire for God, the Giver of life.

People who, well, love to stay groomed both in the spiritual and natural realms.

So much, in fact, that Crawley has transcended into yet another phase of her life, one whereby people can benefit from mightily, let alone a venture in which they can embrace and savor both in the natural and spirit.

Crawley, 45, is chief executive officer and founder of The Barber Institute School And Salon in the DeSoto County area in North Mississippi. Located at 1273 Stateline Road West in Southaven, Mississippi — just minutes away from Memphis — Crawley, a former Trezevant Vocational Technical Center enrollee — has become a fixture in this forever competitive cosmetology industry.

While Crawley doesn’t boasts an athletic resume of any kind, her wealth of experience in her distinct line of work has afforded her the golden opportunity to not just help enhance and inspire the lives of others through her fledging institution, but rather her assortment of accolades and achievements are amongst the reasons her best and brightest days in this ever evolving industry are well ahead of her.

For starters, this Memphis Frayser High graduate has garnered a wealth of success, thus witnessed her gifts give way to her having compiled a number of honors, most notably a Distinct Character Award in Ministry (or Divine Ministries International Fellowship). As if that wasn’t enough to draw rave reviews in her industry, Crawley was the recipient of the popular Focus Award in Business during her tenure at Memphis New Wave Hair Academy.

12294829_1281335481881252_1044428057813676031_nIn addition, she was named Teacher of the Month during her notable tenure at Remington College.

As Crawley explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, it is because of her devout faith, coupled with her tireless esteeming of others that has enabled her to arrive at such commendable, monumental time such as now.

In other words, because God instilled in Crawley to lead and guide and direct His people in both ministry and through her business, it’s safe to assume the sky undoubtedly is the limit for a rising, progressive entrepreneur whom, given her keen track record as businesswoman, is devising every conceivable way to maximize her potential.

Daily.

“What I like most about being in business is the liberty to educate diverse learners aspiring to become future professional barbers and stylists,” said Crawley, adding that her institution is qualified to train veteran enrollees.

Having adopted the catchphrase, “Inspiration, Innovation, Education,” Crawley doesn’t shy away from the notion that more than anything, The Barber Institute is beacon of light, of sorts, in large part because many have dubbed her establishment as a ministry.

“It affords me the opportunity to exemplify the love and compassion of Christ with those I educate and service in an unorthodox, yet rewarding and fulfilling manner,” Crawley explains. “An intricate part of our program is Outreach and Community Involvement. It gives us an opportunity to give back to those who can benefit from it, yet can’t afford our services.”

20130713_133904Aside of impacting lives through ministry and Biblical principles, The Barber Institute — like God — doesn’t respect a person.

In a nutshell, this flourishing business reaches individuals of all ages, regardless of one’s race, creed, or color.

“We cater to all ages,” Crawley reiterated. “Our business is twofold. We are theoretical and practical. Our learners have a number of hours that they must obtain in the classroom and on the clinic floor. Our clinic floor is where they get to perform the skills they have acquired and are required for licensure. The public is able to receive services at an affordable cost. Our clinic floor motto is “Master the Concept and Perfect the Skill.”

Moreover, that Crawley steadfastly obeyed the voice of God and erected her business, The Barber Institute, in turn, has had the luxury of partnering with Memphis Athletic Ministries, the Benjamin Hooks Job Corp Center, ICS Head Start, Never Too Late Too Tell, West Memphis Boys and Girls Club, Memphis Boys and Girls Club, as well as area churches, all of which have assisted the business in earnestly giving back to the community through its complimentary hair services.

“My personal mission is to make a difference by impact, impression, influence,” Crawley said.

For Crawley, her solid support system speaks volumes.

In establishing The Barber Institute, Crawley acknowledged that her childhood Sunday School teacher, her mother, the late Maurice Faye Hill, her brother, the late Lucian Jr., and her father, Lucian Hill Sr., all played an integral role in helping make her long-awaited dream a reality.

644A0296“My Sunday School teacher, Sister Bouie, told me I had the hands of a beautician at the age of 14,” Crawley explained. “My mom always encouraged me to put God first. She was my first client and helped me build my clientele as well as groomed my character spiritually and professionally. When I enrolled in Vo-Tech, I wanted to take food services, but my brother encouraged me to choose another path and I did. My dad inspired me by always telling me to be encouraged no matter the test, challenge or trial. He’s a carpenter by trade and helped me to transform my dream into a reality.”

And then are her precious ones, those whom have impacted her life unlike anyone else — her children.

10543110_1284339038247563_1367053717_n“Brittney, Taluhun and Darian have inspired me the most,” Crawley said. “Brittney was among my first 8 students and first graduating class. It is my desire to leave a legacy for my children and my children’s children.”

Tracey Crawley loves God.

Among the reasons is that she loves God.

She’s passionate about ministry.

Her reputation is such that she routinely displays a heart for people.

People from various walks of life.

That’s Tracey Lynn Crawley for you.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, 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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

 

 

Mid-South native Markaven Green, Jr. having Texas-size impact on youth soccer circuit

FORT WORTH, Texas — When it comes to assessing the athletic mechanics of her son, Markaven Green Jr., Stephanie Marshall admittedly doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

In many aspects, it’s apparent she actually does.

Mark1Take, for instance, Green Jr.’s continuous strides he’s made in recent years as an amateur soccer player in the always-competitive Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A nine-year-old dual-sport athlete, Green Jr., — widely known as Mark — was a fixture in baseball and soccer. However, as his mother explains, he had ultimately adopted “a knack” for soccer.

Now we know why.

SOCCER SENSATION --- A nine-year-old dual-sport athlete, Markaven Green Jr., --- widely known as Mark --- was a fixture in baseball and soccer. However, as it mother explains, he had ultimately adopted “a knack” for soccer. (Photos submitted by S. Marshall)

SOCCER SENSATION — A nine-year-old dual-sport athlete, Markaven Green Jr., — widely known as Mark — was a fixture in baseball and soccer. However, as it mother explains, he had ultimately adopted “a knack” for soccer. (Photos submitted by S. Marshall)

Earlier this year, for example, while playing for a competitive team in the Fort-Worth area, Mark — who had evolved as a prolific scorer on the field much like a swingman or combo guard in basketball — had become virtually frustrated in seeing his team pile up on losses.

That essentially is when he decided to take over a game which, of course, is how marquee players customarily respond.

In putting on arguably his grandest display to date, Mark tallied a season-best seven goals in a game that eventually ended with both teams tied at 7.

Sounding every bit like a coach, of sorts, Marshall hinted that she had never seen her son play with such assertiveness and resiliency, much less a sense of urgency.

“I love going to his games,” Marshall said during a recent interview with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson. “The other parents definitely know when I am there, because I am up and down the sidelines yelling and cheering for our team. I am there to support my son and to encourage him. If no one else ever cheers for him, he knows that his family is always in his corner.”

Now it in his fifth full year of playing competitive soccer, Mark last week wrapped up the outdoor portion of competition as indoor play commenced this week.

As usual, he appears just as poised in having a notable impact as a defender for the FC Saginaw 9-and-under boys team that is sanctioned by the Eagle Mountain Saginaw Association in Fort Worth.

“He runs fast and is well coordinated,” said Marshall, sounded like a coach yet again. “At first, it was kind of hard to watch him learn the game, because there were other players who had experience with (other) sports. But Mark was persistent and paid close attention to what his coaches told him. His skill level immensely increased, and he became one of the key players on any team he played with.”

DOUBLE DUTY --- Now it in his fifth full year of playing competitive soccer, Mark last week wrapped up the outdoor portion of competition as indoor play this week.  As usual, he appears just as poised in having a notable impact as a defender for the FC Saginaw 9-and-under boys team that is sanctioned by the Eagle Mountain Saginaw Association in Fort Worth.

DOUBLE DUTY — Now it in his fifth full year of playing competitive soccer, Mark (right) last week wrapped up the outdoor portion of competition as indoor play this week.
As usual, he appears just as poised in having a notable impact as a defender for the FC Saginaw 9-and-under boys team that is sanctioned by the Eagle Mountain Saginaw Association in Fort Worth.

Consequently, it was because he had become coachable, coupled with his winning attitude that this young Texarkana, Texas native wasted little time emerging as the catalyst for FC Saginaw, something even his mother fully welcomes, considering her son is making a strong case that he appears destined to excel mightily in the sport for he’s come to love.

“I was very excited to see that he was doing well, but I wanted him on a team with a coach that could push him harder and further than he ever thought that he could do,” Marshall explains. “That is what I found with his current team, FC Saginaw, and his coach, Carlos Carrasco. I am excited to see the growth, and I know that he is dedicated to being the best player that he can be both offensively and defensively.”

Besides his mother, Marshall said Mark’s stepfather, Joel Marshall, whom he deems, “Papi,”  also has contributed greatly to the evolution as a thriving young athlete.

MAKING STRIDES --- It was because he had become coachable, coupled with his winning attitude that this young Texarkana, Texas native wasted little time emerging as the catalyst for FC Saginaw, something even his mother fully welcomes, considering her son is making a strong case that he appears destined to excel mightily in the sport he’s come to love.

MAKING STRIDES — It was because he had become coachable, coupled with his winning attitude that this young Texarkana, Texas native (No. 21) wasted little time emerging as the catalyst for FC Saginaw, something even his mother fully welcomes, considering her son is making a strong case that he appears destined to excel mightily in the sport he’s come to love.

“When it comes to sports, (We) encourage Mark to be consistent. Learn the sport and do it well,” Marshall said. We encourage him to keep his grades up in the classroom, as well as on the field. Mark wants to be a soccer coach when he grows up. This is after going to college on a scholarship and playing professional soccer. His dad just reminds him to keep his priorities straight both in the classroom and on the field.”

Five years removed from having crossed paths with a sport for which he’s come to embrace, Marshall acknowledged those who follow her son’s rise as a youth soccer talent are convinced his best days are well ahead of him.

Even after going on a tear and registering seven goals in a game.

“God is on his side,” Marshall said. “He is a smart boy with a very close knit and supportive natural and spiritual family. Mark is very passionate about what he does, and that passion will keep him always pushing for greater. Mark is smart in the classroom and on the field. He knows how to take what he learns and use it for his benefit.”

Who knows that better than mom?

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MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Dallas-area prep guard Liz Spencer generating interest from local colleges

GARLAND, Texas — Go right ahead.

Tell Elizabeth Spencer she can’t accomplish something about which set her focus and chances are, she will prove her doubters wrong.

That certainly has turned out to be the case for the Lakeview Centennial High (located in Garland, Texas) combo guard.

LizA 5-foot-7 senior, Spencer has gone to great lengths to not only demonstrate she has the athletic smarts and poise to play major prep basketball but, given the continuous strides she has made in recent years, she undoubtedly has made a strong case that she could wound up putting her talents on display at the collegiate ranks around this time next year.

What was that about her not possessing the mechanics to engage in major high school hoops?

STOCK RISING --- In addition to evolving as a player who has built a reputation as a solid defender, Liz Spencer has progressed mightily in that she has improved her offensive efficiency, a key attribute about which she realizes scouts will monitor as she continues to lobby for an athletic scholarship.

STOCK RISING — In addition to evolving as a player who has built a reputation as a solid defender, Liz Spencer has progressed mightily in that she has improved her offensive efficiency, a key attribute about which she realizes scouts will monitor as she continues to lobby for an athletic scholarship.

“In the ninth grade, she was told she wasn’t good enough to be on (junior varsity) or varsity like most of her teammates,” explained Elizabeth’s father, Allen Spencer, during an interview earlier this week with Sports Journalist Andre Johnson. “That ignited a fire in her. She never talks about it, but it really upset her.”

So perplexed was Elizabeth Spencer — widely known as “Liz” — in the wake of being underestimated, thus witnessing her skills go virtually unnoticed time and again that at times, she was ultimately brought to tears.

“She cried and dedicated herself,” Allen Spencer said. “She feels like she has something to prove all the time. I think that’s why she plays defense the way she does. She doesn’t want anyone to score on her.”

In addition to evolving as a player who has built a reputation as a solid defender, Liz has progressed mightily in that she has improved her offensive efficiency, a key attribute about which she realizes scouts will monitor as she continues to lobby for an athletic scholarship.

During what was a productive junior campaign, Liz Spencer was the catalyst of a Lakeview Centennial team that won 10 of their last 14 outings en route to a 22-8 finish.

The Patriots (2-2) played at Rowlett (Texas) High Friday night.

One of seven Lakeview Centennial seniors, Liz Spencer acknowledges that last year was by far her best, considering she enjoyed success on both ends of the floor.

For her efforts as the team’s featured player, a number of colleges have taken into account her resiliency and assertiveness, particularly during what essentially was a breakthrough campaign.

In a nutshell, Liz was nothing short of impressive, particularly after a few years removed from being told time and again that she would never find her niche on a varsity basketball stage.

If that’s not enough to silence critics, she’s also starting to have fun on the hardwood.

“You will hardly ever catch me without a smile on my face,” Liz said. “I love people and I’m about my business on the court. I don’t take losing very well. I take basketball very seriously.”

So much, in fact, that along with her inability to emerge as an offensive threat, she has greatly enhanced her conditioning sessions.

“I work out every day and I try to make time before or after practice to work on (my fundamentals) by myself.”

HOOPS DREAMS --- For her efforts as the team’s featured players, a number of colleges have taken into account her resiliency and assertiveness, particularly during what essentially was a breakthrough campaign.

HOOPS DREAMS — For her efforts as the team’s featured players, a number of colleges have taken into account her resiliency and assertiveness, particularly during what essentially was a breakthrough campaign.

To her credit, several colleges have inquired about Liz, Lakeview Centennial coach Laura Holmes said on Friday before her team’s game on the road.

“She’s bloomed really late (in her prep tenure),” said Holmes, adding that the best possible route for her standout guard is to take the junior college route. “She’s really starting to develop her skills set. “We’ve had had several schools to call about her, and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from these schools that are interested in her.

“Liz is just athletic, elusive,” Holmes continued. “She’s an aggressive slasher to the basket and one of the fastest kids I’ve ever coached. She’s one of our most prolific players as far as her ability to score. She’s our little engine whereas when she’s on, we’re on as a unit.”

All of which is why those who have followed her basketball prowess over the years believe she has what it takes to play at the collegiate level.

“I want whomever I play for to know that I won’t let them down,” said Liz, when asked what she’d like to say to college scouts. “As long as they have my back, I’ll have theirs. There’s no doubt about it.”

Enough said.

 

AndreEDITOR’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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

 

 

 

Memphis entrepreneurs Dedriene Rogers and Yaminah Rossell impacting lives through H.O.U.S.E.

Among the valuable life lessons Dedriene Rogers and Yaminah Rossell were taught growing up was the significance of what it means to give back to the community, to help enrich and enhance the lives of others, to esteem others highly than themselves.

After years of hard work, after years of persevering, after years of acquiring the essential knowledge in this forever commendable education industry, their long-awaited dream is starting to come full circle.

House1In a nutshell, the keen knowledge and joy and happiness that were instilled in their lives even as youngsters have greatly enabled them to possess that which they’ve acquired and strive daily to put it on display before the world.

To their credit, their much-anticipated time to give back and impact lives has finally arrived.

And, given the immense strides these longtime friends and colleagues have executed in recent years, it’s abundantly obvious the only way they can go is up.

Rogers and Rossell are co-founders of Helping Others Utilize Self Effectively (or H.O.U.S.E.), LLC, a Memphis-area community-based organization that offers long and short-term non-medical services and assistance to individuals from all walks of life.

Officially installed for operations on March 20 of this year, H.O.U.S.E. — located at 6094 Appletree Drive, Suite 6 in Southeast Memphis — is widely known for providing supportive services to mental health and the substance abuse population, largely by assisting people with meeting their treatment goals and objectives. In fact, families of patients are normally allowed to virtually dictate their services through this up-and-coming organization, considering services can be rendered for a few hours or for as long as 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, H.O.U.S.E. serves as choices providers through Blue Cross Blue Shield and TENNCARE and, according to its founders, its newly-erected company currently is in the final stages of partnering with Amerigroup Insurance Company.

Also, H.O.U.S.E. offers personal pay services to clients.

“Our mission is to empower and assist individuals with physical disabilities or mental disabilities within their homes,” Rogers and Rossell told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during recent interview. “Being seasoned functional Skilled, and multi-handicapped Special Education teachers, many of our parents were in need of assistance once their child graduated at the age of 22. They turned to us for assistance, which influenced us to begin this agency.”

It is, by all accounts, through Rogers and Rossell’s passion and dedication for assisting those with special needs that has greatly fueled their desire to collectively birth an organization whereby the lives of individuals can be impacted and enhanced not just in the Bluff City, but the Tri-State area.

Rogers, 36, a Memphis Kingsbury High graduate, is also a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood. She holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions Administration and Supervision from Freed Hardeman University.

CHANGING LIVES --- Yaminah Rossell, 40, is a graduate of Zama High in Camp Zama, Japan. Her higher education resume includes earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a concentration in Special Education) from Memphis’ Lemoyne Owen College. Also, she holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from West Memphis’ Mid-South Community College.

CHANGING LIVES — Yaminah Rossell, 40, is a graduate of Zama High in Camp Zama, Japan. Her higher education resume includes earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a concentration in Special Education) from Memphis’ Lemoyne Owen College. Also, she holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from West Memphis’ Mid-South Community College.

Rossell, 40, meanwhile, is a graduate of Zama High in Camp Zama, Japan. Her higher education resume includes earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education (with a concentration in Special Education) from Memphis’ Lemoyne Owen College. Also, she holds a Master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix as well as a Certified Nursing Assistant certificate from West Memphis’ Mid-South Community College.

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Rogers and Rossell said their education, coupled with their wealth of experience in the special education realm will undoubtedly prove beneficial as they strive to persuade Mid-Southerners to embrace, thus buy into their newfound mission for establishing H.O.U.S.E.

HEART OF GOLD --- Dedriene Rogers, a Memphis Kingsbury High graduate, is also a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood. She holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions Administration and Supervision from Freed Hardeman University.

HEART OF GOLD — Dedriene Rogers, a Memphis Kingsbury High graduate, is also a graduate of Austin Peay State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education and Early Childhood. She holds a Master’s in Curriculum and Instructions Administration and Supervision from Freed Hardeman University.

“We like the fact of being able to assist others inside of their home,” Rogers said. “So they can stay in their home and not go to living facilities and we’re able to provide relief for our clients’ caregivers.”

Nearly nine months removed from having established their organization, Rogers and Rossell said plans are already in the works to serve individuals outside of Memphis and its surrounding areas.

Amongst the establishments they are targeting is the Houston, Texas area.

Moreover, no one, they acknowledged, is turned away.

“However, CHOICES is for 21 year-olds and older with physical disability and seniors age 65 and older,” Rossell said.

In the meantime, amongst Rodgers and Rossell’s primary emphasis for the remainder of this year is to devise ways to share their vision with others, starting later this month with a public engagement at Memphis’ Linden Camilla Towers.

Fortunately for them, their much-anticipated time to give back and impact lives has finally arrived.

“We will inspire people daily because we had doors closed in our faces many of times,” Rogers and Rossell said. “This led us to push, keep pushing, and pushing until we were able to become business owners.”

Mission accomplished.

Given the immense strides these longtime friends and colleagues have executed in recent years, it’s abundantly obvious the only way they can go is up.

For more information about H.O.U.S.E., call 901-363-9691 or via fax at 901-566-0525.

 

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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.

 

 

 

 

MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Could American Athletic Conference schools soon come calling for Dallas’ Otis Blanton?

DALLAS — Richardson (Texas) Pearce High’s football team recently wrapped up a season mired by unfavorable results, considering the Mustangs dropped seven of their last eight outings and limped to a 3-7 finish.

OtisStill, all wasn’t lost for Pearce running back Otis Blanton, who was as good as advertised for a player who boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

A speedy 5-foot-7, 160-pound athlete, Blanton enjoyed a pivotal junior season in which he finished the campaign as Pearce’s leading rusher.

In making a career-best nine starts, Blanton demonstrated time and again that he possesses the mechanics to put his football smarts on display at the next level, having compiled 655 yards on a team-high 144 carries while producing six touchdowns.

Add to the fact that his 4.5 yards per carry were second only to teammate Hank Hughes, and it’s no wonder he had drawn rave reviews from Mustang coach Randy Robertson and his staff.

By and large, it was because of his assertiveness and keen desire to progress since spring and summer drills that Blanton had gone to great lengths to ensure this would be the season he generates the attention of college scouts and recruiters.

WORK HORSE --- In making a career-best nine starts, Richardson (Texas) Pearce running back Otis Blanton demonstrated time and again that he possesses the mechanics to put his football smarts on display at the next level, having compiled 655 yards on a team-high 144 carries while producing six touchdowns. (Photos submitted by V. Abron)

WORK HORSE — In making a career-best nine starts, Richardson (Texas) Pearce running back Otis Blanton demonstrated time and again that he possesses the mechanics to put his football smarts on display at the next level, having compiled 655 yards on a team-high 144 carries while producing six touchdowns. (Photos submitted by V. Abron)

Mission accomplished.

According to Blanton, who also spent time at the cornerback position, he garnered interest from Baylor, North Texas, and Texas Tech, a list he hopes will expand in the foreseeable future.

“The reason I love football is because I love to compete with other people,” Blanton told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “And I love the game and it keeps me out of trouble.”

A crafty, efficient student athlete who has assumed the businesslike approach both on and off the field, Blanton acknowledges amongst his chief ambitions as he prepares for offseason workouts and summer 7-on-7 camps is to do whatever is necessary to ensure Pearce atones for its lethargic 2015 showing.

A team that will return the nucleus of its starters, the future for Blanton and Co. certainly appears bright.

“I am very happy that he decided to stick with football, because there were other sports in mind, but we talked about (football) and he has stayed with it,” said Vincent Abron, Blanton’s father. “His coaches have been very helpful, especially his position. I will say that he has helped Otis come a long way along with the (Robertson).”

Besides his coaches entrusting him to assume the bulk of the reps in what appeared to be a progressing rushing attack this season, Blanton relishes the fact that his family exemplified solid support during what was a pivotal junior season.

STOCK RISING? According to Blanton, who also spent time at the cornerback position, he garnered interest from Baylor, North Texas, and Texas Tech, a list he hopes will expand in the foreseeable future.

STOCK RISING? According to Blanton, who also spent time at the cornerback position, he garnered interest from Baylor, North Texas, and Texas Tech, a list he hopes will expand in the foreseeable future.

“My dad and my big sister and my niece are my biggest fans,” Blanton said. “They have been to all of my games.”

As for the life lessons his coaches and family routinely offer, Blanton said such inspiration undoubtedly has made a world of difference in a year in which he was as good as advertised.

So much for a losing record.

“They always tell me to work hard and stay focused and stay out of trouble,” Blanton said. “(With football), I’ve got to keep my family close.”

A trend at least three colleges have already taken into account.

 

AndreEDITOR’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 a senior writer for MemphiSport. 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.