Home of “Mothertrucking Burger,” Dallas’ Trucker’s Café garnering national presence

OH WOW!!!!! Dallas' Trucker’s Café has emerged as a fixture, in large part because of its featured menu item, the famous “Mothertrucking” Burger, a massive, bicycle-tire-size cheeseburger that will make a customary size burger seem like those sold at the White Castle franchises.

OH WOW!!!!! Dallas’ Trucker’s Café has emerged as a fixture, in large part because of its featured menu item, the famous “Mothertrucking” Burger, a massive, bicycle-tire-size cheeseburger that will make a customary size burger seem like those sold at the White Castle franchises.

DALLAS — Like many of her peers, Paulette Woods was raised in the projects, was brought up in a single-parent home.

Still, regardless of how insurmountable, tumultuous or chaotic things had become — and they surely did — Woods was taught to never disregard the notion of what it means to see from beyond where she was, to steadfastly devise ways to maximize her potential.

“Being raised in the projects was a very hard difficult time for us,” Woods told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “So I started cooking, because my mom always had to work to support us.”

To her credit, not only was Woods a fixture in her household in that she made sure she and the rest of her siblings had home-cooked meals when their mother was away to work, but her tireless contributions in the home ultimately served as the fuel that drove her to her destiny.

AJToday, more than ever before, the Dallas Thomas Jefferson High graduated has fully connected with her divine purpose, her supreme calling, of sorts, considering her gift is routinely embraced and savored by countless individuals around the country.

AJ2Along with her husband, Jalon Woods, the Woods are owners and chief executive officers of Trucker’s Café in Dallas. Located at 8445 South Lancaster Road, roughly a fourth of a mile west of the Lancaster, Texas city limits, Trucker’s Café has undoubtedly become a fixture, particularly amongst the thousands of truck drivers who travel to and throughout the Dallas Fort-Worth area daily.

AJ8Now that this longstanding establishment — which is open six days a week from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. with the exception of Monday — has made its presence felt, thus ignited hunger amongst various social media account holders, Trucker’s Café is now starting to emerge as a popular venue for tourists to Dallas, let alone for residents through the massive Metroplex.

Housed inside of the Citgo convenient store that is adjacent to the historic Whataburger restaurant, once customers enter this ever-so-popular setting, they can’t help but notice the assortment of piping hot soul food entrees and the array of delectable fixings that come with them.

By and large, Trucker’s Café has emerged as a fixture, in large part because of its featured menu item, the famous “Mothertrucking Burger,” a massive, bicycle-tire-size cheeseburger that will make a customary size burger seem like those sold at the White Castle franchises.

AJ7Aside from its featured item, consumers can partake in the restaurant’s variety of eye-catching, mouth-watering salads and desserts. And, for those who are preparing for the upcoming Super Bowl or, perhaps planning weddings, family reunions, baby showers, board meetings, etc., the Woods and their team of well-established cooks also offer meat, vegetable and fruit party trays as well as a catering service.

A business that was established in 1995, Trucker’s Café’s foundation was erected when the Woods began exclusively serving truck drivers. This place has since become arguably of one of Texas’ finest truck stops, in large part because it has evolved as a dazzling eating destination for residents of the DFW.

All because Paulette Woods had a vision, one that was essentially birthed when she was only 14 years old, one that essentially came to fruition during those times her mother was away to work.

AJ4“We were at a women’s battle shelter and that’s how I started cooking,” Paulette Woods explained. “I was cooking for the mothers who had to work. I was babysitting and cooking dinner for everybody at the shelter at the time. I was only 14 and cooking like that…in and out of shelters…in and out of school. Thank God I made it.”

AJ3With the tireless support from her husband, family, and staff, the Woods are collectively walking in their divine purpose, a trend that is starting to become noticeably evident — all throughout Texas, where virtually everything is done big here.

“I been all over the United States and have never tasted food like we have at Trucker’s Café,” Jalon Woods, an Arlington Sam Houston High graduate, said. “We really appreciate that we are giving the opportunity to feed people in our community and, the people who are not in our community, we thank everyone for joining us in making Trucker’s Cafe possible (in Dallas). And we also thank God for blessing us with the opportunity to stay in business.”

Given its continuous success, Trucker’s Café is only expanding. So much, in fact, that that a new facility is currently in the works and is expected to open for operations in the coming months.

All because at the tender age of 14, a girl from the projects devised ways to maximize her potential.

The rest, as they say, is history.



DALLAS’ TRUCKER CAFE STAFF

Lawrence Davis (Head Chef)

Carla Johnson (Manager)

Arnold Robinson (Head Dishwasher)

Courvoisier Campbell (Pastry Chef)

Ashley Wafford (Head Cashier)

 

For more information about Trucker’s Café, for catering needs, to place party tray orders for the Super Bowl or for other events, call 972-224-0008.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, 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.

 

 

 

The Real Hairstylists of Memphis reality TV series creating a buzz in the Bluff City

Keith Turks is a man with a vision.

mEMPHISA man with a lofty, monumental vision.

A man who understands the notion of what it means to persevere and maximize his potential.

A man, who, well, on second thought, perhaps he can tell you better.

“I know how having strong faith and a vision from God will open many doors,” Turks told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

To grasp a thorough concept of just why Turks, a native Memphian, deems it necessary to harbor and put on display a spirited temperament as it pertains to achieving success, look no further than the latest project assembled by this rising business professional.

Turks is the executive producer and mastermind behind the reality television series, The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, a new show one-hour show that is scheduled to debut on Comcast channel 31 in May.

tURKS2While a start time for the 12-episode show has yet to be determined, Turks and his six-member cast have essentially created a continuous buzz throughout the Bluff City and various message boards about their much-anticipated reality show, one that could very well catch the attention of renown producers in Hollywood.

Least we forget, Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

“I was inspired by God first,” said Turks, explaining his inspiration that ultimately gave way to his desire to birth his local reality television series. “In my journey as a stylist, I have met many amazing and talented people all over. I have noticed that the talent that is in Memphis, Tennessee…most of the time, goes unnoticed.”

So much, in fact, that the Memphis Central High graduate thought it essential to do whatever was necessary to launch a compelling project that would ultimately generate positive headlines within the confines of a major U.S. city that in recent months has been mired by crime and a downtrodden economic landscape.

In a nutshell, given the outpour of anticipation, high praise and support for The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, it’s safe to assume Turks is just what the Bluff City needs at this present time.

And so forth.

MAN WITH A PLAN --- Memphis producer Keith Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

MAN WITH A PLANMemphis producer Keith Turks, who has previously produced a biopic that lasted three seasons, is a man with a vision, let alone a favorable track record in this ever-so-competitive entertainment industry.

“(Memphis) has so many entrepreneurs, small business owners, singers, fashion designers etc.,” Turks said. “But most of the time, the spot light never hits home for us. I had a vision in regards to my business and brand. I also have great businessmen and women as colleagues. I felt that it was time that I put that spotlight in this city.

Did he ever.

Along with the Debbie McClennon, the show’s producer, Turks was not only committed to assembling a cast that were originally from Memphis but, above all, he steadfastly sought to produce a show that would greatly grasp — and retain — the attention of the African-American community.

“I feel that this show will benefit the black community by displaying unity amongst the community,” Turks explained. “It will show that a group of black entrepreneurs are able to come together and give back. Just overall, (this show) makes a difference in a community that has had so many negatives behind it.”

With the birthing of The Real Hairstylists of Memphis, Turks and his cast hope that Memphis’ best days — particularly as it relates to local television entertainment — are ahead of it.

“This show, I feel, will bring a positive look to the community and also the city,” Turks said. “This show will make you, laugh, cry, scream, and sometimes make you angry. But after all of those emotions, you will be able to relate to the people.”

More than anything, Turks acknowledged, The Real Hairstylists of Memphis will especially inspire the younger generation to adopt a vision, thus maximize its potential.

“Reality shows get a bad rep because you see all the back stabbing and craziness,” Turks said. “This show will show that we are people of like minds, striving for goals. And you will see those goals being met.”

As if we expected anything less from the man with a vision.

 



 

THE CAST OF ‘THE REAL HAIRSTYLISTS OF MEMPHIS’

Monica Miller (Memphis)

Atlantis White (Memphis)

Kori Randolph (Memphis)

Charlie Ponder (Memphis)

Shecowa (Wendy) Thompson (Memphis)

Keith Turks (Memphis)

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, 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.

Rosa Fort lineman Kylon McMullen’s stock rising as he aims to impress scouts

Kylon3TUNICA, Mississippi — Fortunately for Kylon McMullen, he’s still got time.

He’s still got time to tone up on his 6-foot-2, 280-pound frame.

He’s still got time to enhance his speed in the 40-yard sprint.

He’s still got time to upgrade his mechanics on both sides of the ball.

Most importantly, he’s still got time to improve his recruiting stock as he readies for what he hopes will be a memorable senior campaign next year.

As it stands, McMullen, a junior offensive guard for Rosa Fort High, has yet to generate any scholarship offers from four-year colleges, although many whom have followed his football prowess believe that will likely change in the coming months.

For starters, Rosa Fort coach Edwin Norwood and his staff are working intensely to help increase McMullen’s stock, mostly doing the necessary things to expose their standout lineman in various camps this spring and well into the summer.

STOCK RISING? Rosa Fort football coach Edwin Norwood and his staff are working intensely to help increase Kylon McMullen’s stock, mostly doing the necessary things to expose their standout lineman in various camps this spring and well into the summer. By then, McMullen and the Lions coaching staff are confident things will begin to work out in McMullen’s favor

STOCK RISING? Rosa Fort football coach Edwin Norwood and his staff are working intensely to help increase Kylon McMullen’s stock, mostly doing the necessary things to expose their standout lineman in various camps this spring and well into the summer.
By then, McMullen and the Lions coaching staff are confident things will begin to work out in McMullen’s favor.

By then, McMullen and the Lions coaching staff are confident things will begin to work out in McMullen’s favor, in large part because, well, he’s still got time.

“No college offers right now, but hopefully that will change by next season,” McMullen told sports journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My coaches are working on the camps I will attend this spring.”

As he implements the essential strategies he believes will draw rave reviews from college scouts and recruiters, McCullen has a forthright message to those are contemplating sending his letters of interest to his mailing address in the foreseeable future.

“I would like for them to know that I am a great listener, a hard worker on and off the field, and a good team player,” McMullen said. “I have been working out every day…Monday through Friday to get ready for next season.”

In the process of working intensely on his mechanics, most notably his weaknesses, McMullen fortunately has taken on a solid supporting cast besides the Rosa Fort coaching staff.

His uncle, Darrelle Steele, has proven to be one of his grandest supporters ever since McMullen began playing competitive football.

As far as Steele is concerned, that his nephew has yet to acquire any official offers is indicative of how much his talents have been overlooked in recent years.

STAR WATCH --- McMullen (No. 54) is ranked as the 60th overall recruit in Mississippi by MaxPreps for the Class of 2017.

STAR WATCHMcMullen (No. 54) is ranked as the 60th overall recruit in Mississippi by MaxPreps for the Class of 2017.

Whichever college lands McMullen, Steele said, it will be inheriting a player whose reputation is such that he possesses a wealth of resiliency on the gridiron, let alone a player who harbors a winning attitude.

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“When he was in sixth grade he was bigger than the other kids,” Steele said of McMullen, who is ranked as the 60th overall recruit in Mississippi by MaxPreps for the Class of 2017. “I told him he should go out for football. So he started playing in seventh grade.”

As he tells it, Steele has been blow away by his nephew’s talents ever since.

“My immediate reaction was, ‘Man, if he keeps putting in work he could be the first in the family to go to college and play sports,’” Steele said. “What normally goes through my head (on game day) in the stands is, ‘Man, he’s going to be a beast.’”

All of which is why many who have followed his rise to a prep football standout believe McMullen’s best day are well ahead of him.

“They will be inheriting a great learner and a hard worker,” said McMullen, reiterating what kind of player colleges will ultimately acquire. “I want to be the first person in my family to play college football.”
More than anything, he’s still got time to improve his recruiting stock as he readies for what he hopes will be a memorable senior campaign next year.

 

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’ iKare Taxes enjoying success, thanks to owner and CEO Alis Rhymes

Alis Rhymes loves corporate America.

Given her immense track record in the industry, it’s safe to assume corporate America loves her just as much.

Tax2To her credit, Rhymes, 42, undoubtedly has found her niche as a dedicated working American, in large part because her track record is such that she has been a fixture in this ever-so-competitive industry for nearly two decades.

Aside from her career as an Assistant General Manager for a company based in Southeast Memphis, Rhymes also has become quite efficient as a Mid-South-area tax preparer.

How else to explain why she thought it essential to establish her very own tax service?

A graduate of Memphis Whitehaven High, Rhymes is owner and chief executive officer of iKare Taxes.

Located at 1661 International Drive, Suite 400, in Northeast Memphis, iKare Taxes has adopted the catchphrase as the “Maximum Refund Specialist,” in large part because Rhymes’ business specializes in free tax refund estimates, past year filings, IRS and tax audit assistance, a service that helps individuals recover from becoming victimized by identity theft, and $100 referrals, among other entities.

According to a spokesperson for the rising tax business that is an authorized E-file provider, iKare is professionally run and has developed a keen reputation for providing consumers and tax payers with efficient, accurate service.

So much, in fact, that if customers find it difficult locating the establishment, an iKare representative will come to them to meet their tax preparation needs.

“My competitive nature has always been the driving force in my life,” Rhymes, a former Mid-South-area amateur basketball, bowling and swimming standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “Failure isn’t an option. Winning is the only mentality I have.”

TaxA trend that, to her credit, was essentially organized when Rhymes was in her late 20s.

So far, so good for this rising business owner.

“I have been preparing all forms of taxes for about 15 years,” said Rhymes, assessing her lengthy track record as a professional tax preparer. “It started with just doing a few friends here and there and eventually it became a business that was growing.”

As Rhymes recalls, people who sought help with their taxes had ultimately come from all over the Bluff City.

“I wasn’t aware of how many clients I had taken on,” Rhymes explained. “I enjoy making sure my customers are comfortable and understand exactly what’s going on with their taxes.”

Today, however, Rhymes said iKare Taxes are devising ways to expand beyond the Mid-South.

“My business caters to all people who are of working age and either received a W2 or 1099 form from their employer or are self-employed,” Rhymes said. “I haven’t taken the business any further than Memphis, but my goal is to expand across Memphis, Nashville, and Kentucky.”

Given her notable track record as a professional tax preparer, Rhymes realizes more than anything that because of her devout faith, all things are possible.

“My personal mission is to follow a dream I never thought was possible,” Rhymes said. “I want to inspire anyone who crosses my path that the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. What man said wasn’t possible, God said it was.”

For more details about iKare Taxes, call Alis Rhymes at 901-387-8598.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, 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 Craigmont High’s Carmen Darden takes NBC’s The Voice ‘snub’ in stride

Carmen Darden’s initial reaction was a sense of disappointment and letdown.

It didn’t take long for her to alter her disposition.

IT'S ALL GOOD --- According to Memphian Carmen Darden’s mother, Joye Martin who, along with her other two children, accompanied Melody to Saturday’s NBC's The Voice audition, one participant informed her that he sensed her daughter were overlooked and should have been invited back for a second audition. (Photos submitted by J. Martin)

IT’S ALL GOODAccording to Memphian Carmen Darden’s mother, Joye Martin who, along with her other two children, accompanied Darden to Saturday’s NBC’s The Voice audition, one participant informed her that he sensed her daughter was overlooked and should have been invited back for a second audition. (Photos submitted by J. Martin)

After fielding the news that she would not be invited back to audition for NBC’s reality television singing competition, The Voice, Darden, a senior at Memphis Craigmont High, went from one who was seemingly heartbroken to one whom, given her immense passion for singing, knows full well she will likely be presented with similar opportunities in the foreseeable future.

One of hundreds of participants who stood for hours in long lines and sub-freezing temperatures Saturday afternoon outside of the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Darden elected to sing “Where I Belong” by 23-year-old renowned singer Tori Kelly.

 

'LINE ON SWOLE' --- One of hundreds of participants who stood for hours in long lines outside of the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Darden elected to sing Where I Belong by 23-year-old renowned singer Tori Kelly.

‘LINE ON SWOLE’One of hundreds of participants who stood for hours in long lines outside of the Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis, Darden elected to sing “Where I Belong” by 23-year-old renowned singer Tori Kelly.

At 16 years of age, Kelly, who is currently signed with Capitol Records, auditioned for the singing competition television series American Idol before she was ultimately eliminated from the show.

Consequently, she began working independently before releasing her first EP that she produced, wrote, and mixed.

That Kelly managed to exhibit resiliency following her unceremonious exit by the American Idol is among the reasons Darden deem it essential to cling to lofty hopes of someday embarking upon a successful music career.

“I was beyond excited,” Darden told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “It was one of my dreams to audition for The Voice competition ever since I was young. At first, I was a little sad, but I got a lot of words of encouragement. I realized that there is much more for me out there than just that competition. I won’t let this bring me down, but only be my reason to keep going.”

According to Darden’s mother, Joye Martin who, along with her two other children, accompanied Darden to Saturday’s audition, one participant said he sensed her daughter was overlooked and should have been invited back for a second audition.

“One of the other participants said to (Darden), ‘I can’t believe they didn’t pick you,’” Martin explained. “He said, ‘I thought you blew all of us out of the water.’ I told her not to be sad and that it was okay. I told her she still had one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard, and just because they said no, doesn’t mean this is the end.”

CarmenAll things considered, Darden wasted little time heeding the advice of her mother and those who sensed her gifts as an aspiring singer was overlooked.

At least on Saturday.

Still, that Darden stood for hours in long lines and braved the frigid conditions was well worth it, she acknowledged.

“I take from this what’s meant to be will always be, and what isn’t won’t,” she said. “Maybe that wasn’t meant for me. Anything could’ve happened that God was protecting me from. The very best that I found in it, though, was true inspiration to keep going.”

Given her spirited change of heart following what many sensed was a snub for Darden amid Saturday’s audition, it’s safe to assume she has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

FB_IMG_1453783480152If nothing else, Darden contends The Voice audition only fueled her desire to demonstrate resiliency just like Kelly in the wake of her disheartening exit from American Idol seven years ago.

“Next, I am going to start writing again, from the heart,” said Darden, an honor student who is preparing to head off to college in the fall. “I’m going to begin my own YouTube channel, singing songs from other artists. Then, I am going to drop my first EP.”

So much for a disappointment and letdown.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are a singer, entrepreneur, author, musician, songwriter, tax preparer, accountant, financial advisor, hair stylist, model, cosmetologist, barber, 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 Cameron Payne as good as advertised in his first season with OKC

INVOKING PAYNE --- Oklahoma City Thunder reserve rookie point guard Cameron Payne has played a key role in team's season-best seven-game winning streak. His eight points on 4 of 10 shooting helped propel the Thunder to a 109-106 come-from-behind win Friday night Dallas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

INVOKING PAYNE — Oklahoma City Thunder reserve rookie point guard Cameron Payne has played a key role in team’s season-best seven-game winning streak. His eight points on 4 of 10 shooting helped propel the Thunder to a 109-106 come-from-behind win Friday night Dallas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)


 


 

DALLAS — After Cameron Payne’s midrange jumper with 9:25 remaining in the fourth quarter had given the Oklahoma City Thunder a 12-point lead and forced the Dallas Mavericks to burn a timeout, among the first individuals to emerge from the bench to meet the rookie was Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Much to the delight of Payne, Westbrook met him with an emphatic chest bump as if to suggest the reserve point guard had provided the surging Thunder with the spark they desperately needed in extending their undefeated streak to seven games with a 109-106 win Friday night in Dallas’ American Airlines Center.

That Payne has continued what undoubtedly has been a favorable stretch for the native Memphian and former Lausanne Collegiate School star has exceedingly benefited not just him, but an OKC team that is currently third in the ever-so-tough Western Conference.

Just as he has done in recent weeks since Thunder first-year coach Billy Donavan installed Payne as a backup to the veteran Westbrook, the ex-Murray State star appeared rather dauntless, thus demonstrated resiliency during arguably a pivotal stretch in Friday’s game.

Six of his eight points (on 4 of 10 field goals) came after a lethargic first-half in which the Thunder shot an unsatisfactory 45 percent from the field and trailed, 56-48, at intermission.

While in the locker room, Payne admittedly thought it necessary to reflect on why Donovan felt compelled to increase his role on a veteran team that is a legitimate threat to come out of the West.

“I just took what the defense gave me,” Payne told MemphiSport following Friday’s game. “I knew going into halftime, I said I need to be more aggressive. And my teammates made it easier for me to get good looks. I just came out more aggressive and, like I said, the defense got us running, got us in the flow of the game. They picked up the pace. Our second unit picked up the pace and then we got easy baskets.”

Westbrook, as it turned out, wasn’t the only All-Star on the roster who was pleased with Payne’s latest outing.

Eight-year veteran Kevin Durant was also brought to smiles when asked to assess the OKC prized rookie’s performance.

“They were huge,” Durant said of Payne’s contributions that essentially helped OKC ease out to the final margin. “They were huge. He was aggressive all night. They trapped him out there at half court. And I told him to take that as a compliment when teams start to trap you because that means you’re doing something well. He’s playing well. He’s playing with a lot of confidence and we’re going to need that from him going down the line.”

While in the locker room at the half Friday, Payne admittedly thought it necessary to reflect on why Donovan felt compelled to increase his role on a veteran team that is a legitimate threat to come out of the West. “I just took what the defense gave me,” Payne told MemphiSport following Friday’s game. “I knew going into halftime, I said I need to be more aggressive."

SHIFTING GEARS — While in the locker room at the half Friday, Payne admittedly thought it necessary to reflect on why Donovan felt compelled to increase his role on a veteran team that is a legitimate threat to come out of the West.
“I just took what the defense gave me,” Payne told MemphiSport following Friday’s game. “I knew going into halftime, I said I need to be more aggressive.”

During his pregame availability session with reporters, Donovan wasted little time praising the continuous stellar play of Payne, who was taken 14th overall by the Thunder in last year’s draft after two remarkable seasons at Murray State.

“I thought it’ll be a good opportunity to see what he can do and he’s really done a good job,” said Donovan, explaining why he named Payne the backup floor facilitator to Westbrook. A lot has been said about our second unit. We’re trying to get a more cohesive unit that plays better together. Cameron has given us a really nice boost coming off the bench.”

As the season progresses, Payne acknowledged his primary objective will remain the same.

That is, he’s destined to learn all he can while he can as he continues to steadfastly heed the advice of Westbrook, one of the league’s premiere point guards.

“He came out on the court and gave me a chest bump,” said Payne, recalling the sequence that took place after he scored his final basket Friday. “You know, that means a lot to me to see Russ do that. I really appreciate stuff like that.”

Given his dazzling play through 29 appearances, it’s safe to assume the Thunder admire the stuff he’s brought to the team in this, his first professional season.

 

AndreAndre 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 Terrica Young having a Texas-size impact as a life coach, motivational speaker

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Terrica Griggs Young was downright ecstatic after reaching what obviously was the pinnacle of her career a few years ago when she earned her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Management.

TerricaAlthough she was left smiling from ear to ear, something transpired shortly thereafter that essentially prompted Young to re-assess the overall landscape of her career as a seasoned, progressive educator.

“I began to notice a huge lack of self-esteem in our girls a few years ago,” Young told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I remember getting my doctorate and having my mentor come speak at my school.”

As Griggs, a native Memphian recalls, it wasn’t long afterward that one particular engagement at her school eventually turned emotional.

“One of my girls burst into tears saying she would never be able to reach that level of success,” Young explained. “I decided at that moment that I would do all I could to make every child feel special, but particularly work to equip young girls with knowledge, skills, confidence, and the support they need to pursue their dreams.”

TEXAS LOVES TERRICA --- A 1993 Memphis Central High and Tennessee State University graduate, Terrica Griggs Young, 39, has ventured off into yet another prestigious realm in a notable education career that spans nearly two decades. While assuming the role as Educational Director for Ruston, Louisiana-based Cedar Creek School in which she oversees thirteen private schools throughout the western part of the United States, Young has emerged as a life coach/motivational speaker whereby she focuses primarily on the teenage population, most notably geared toward young girls.

TEXAS LOVES TERRICAA 1993 Memphis Central High and Tennessee State University graduate, Terrica Griggs Young, 39, has ventured off into yet another prestigious realm in a notable education career that spans nearly two decades. While assuming the role as Educational Director for San Antonio-based Cedar Creek School in which she oversees thirteen private schools throughout the western part of the United States, Young has emerged as a life coach/motivational speaker whereby she focuses primarily on the teenage population, most notably geared toward young girls.

To her credit, Young steadfastly has made good on her pledge of aiding youngsters to rediscover their passion and purpose for which God created them.

A 1993 Memphis Central High and Tennessee State University graduate, Young, 39, has ventured off into yet another prestigious realm in a notable education career that spans nearly two decades.

While assuming the role as Educational Director for San Antonio-based Cedar Creek School in which she oversees thirteen private schools throughout the western part of the United States, Young has emerged as a life coach/motivational speaker whereby she focuses primarily on the teenage population, most notably geared toward young girls.

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Unlike in years’ past when Young’s availability within the San Antonio community was extremely limited, in large part because of her extensive travel schedule, her increased interest in mentorship has enabled her to become a fixture in the area, a trend she has fully welcomed since starting her mentorship practice.

“I hope to offer lessons of empowerment, abundance and purpose to all of my clients by helping them set goals and plan for a future filled with promise,” said Young, explaining the mission for her latest venture. My increased interest in mentorship and coaching have enabled me to be more present in my local community, something I have taken for granted since I travel a great deal with my job.”

In addition, Young customarily volunteers with and serve on a panel of a high school dance team in Cibolo, Texas (which is in the outskirts of San Antonio), and periodically partners with several organizations in and around the San Antonio area to volunteer or assist in various capacities.

“My latest venture is pageantry, which has allowed me to network with beautiful and accomplished women all over Texas who have a common goal to inspire others and enrich their communities,” Young said. “As Mrs. Cibolo, I have attended a number of community events, bringing awareness to my platform and seeking opportunities to serve.”

Terrica4Also, Young has been afforded opportunities to conduct speaking engagements before an array of sizable crowds nationwide during which her primary emphasis remained the same — helping inspire youngsters to believe in themselves, thus broaden their horizon.

“I believe God gifted me with the ability to encourage others to reach their full potential,” Young said. “Through consulting, coaching, and mentoring, it is my personal mission to help others see their value and use their skills to enhance their lives and the lives of others.”

Spoken like a passionate life coach.

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, life coach, motivational speaker, musician, singer, songwriter, tax preparer, accountant, financial advisor, hair stylist, model, cosmetologist, barber, 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.

Relax H2o, Inc. owners Jerry and Winter Bobo drawing rave reviews in downtown Memphis

Relax2Jerry Bobo and his wife, Winter, had plenty of opportunities in recent years to vacate Memphis and start a business establishment elsewhere.

That they ultimately elected to stay put in their native surroundings is starting to benefit them mightily.

“We chose Memphis to start our business, mainly because so much negativity and misconceptions seem to be in and surround our city,” Jerry Bobo told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My wife and I are fully aware of the huge exodus from our city, especially by young professionals and we are determined to be a catalyst of positive change and hope in our city.”

TOO COOL --- Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis --- less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River --- the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

TOO COOL Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis — less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River — the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

So far, so good for this young, vibrant couple who, to their credit, is making a favorable case that they could become household names as Mid-South-area entrepreneurs in the foreseeable future.

Owners of the newly-erected Relax H2o Incorporated in the heart of downtown of Memphis — less than two miles east of the mighty Mississippi River — the Bobo’s business venture is available largely to residents and work associates who need to take customary breaks from their respective job with a relaxing, rejuvenating experience courtesy of their Relax H2O Aqua Massage And Oxygen Bar.

Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis — between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA — Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

WALKING IN MEMPHIS --- Relax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

WALKING IN MEMPHISRelax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

Also, Relax H2o is in close proximity of Red Bird Stadium and the traditionally historic Beale Street which, fortunately for the Bobos, will provide their new establishment instant credibility.

Not just in the comfortable confines of Memphis, but rather throughout the ever-so-popular Tri-State area.

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“Our mission here at Relax H2o Inc. is to improve the quality of life for the residents of Memphis, tourists, and the Tri-State area by providing superior customer service, state of the art machines, technology, products and services that provide wellness and relaxation benefits,” Jerry Bobo explained. “Our aim is to lower and reduce stress while improving moral, energy, and productivity.”

'OOOOOOOO, LA, LA' --- Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis --- between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA --- Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

‘OOOOOOOO, LA, LA’Conveniently located at 287 Madison Avenue, Suite B, in downtown Memphis — between Fourth Street and Danny Thomas Boulevard, or one block east of the YMCA — Relax H2o is an ideal setting for a unique date or, perhaps, an impromptu outing on the town.

Not only that, Relax H2o routinely provides the very latest in an assortment of relaxation techniques, all within the four walls of its intimate, relaxing environment.

In addition, Relax H2o offers affordable packages, as well as cost efficient and time-saving services. Moreover, its slew of products are perfect, the Bobos said, most notably for consumers who aspire to relax as often as they can.

How else to explain why Relax H2o has been dubbed “Home of the $20 Massage?”

“We believe that the business of wellness inherently demands excellence of us, and requires a holistic approach to doing business,” Winter Bobo explained. “We believe that our commitment to our customers does not end with the sale. We believe that the wellness of our company depends on the wellness of our customers.”

There is, nonetheless, more proof to such analogies, the Bobos acknowledge.

“You don’t have to feel bad to feel good,” Winter Bobo said. “We have a large eclectic audience. Whether an individual is 6 or 66 (years of age), we have something here at Relax H2o Inc. that will help reduce fatigue and stress along with boosting energy along with increasing an overall sense of well-being.

Relax“From athletes, to the busy executive, to moms who just need a break,” Jerry Bobo added. “We service them all.”

All of this without having to vacate their native home of Memphis and start a business establishment elsewhere.

Surely, this husband and wife team is on the move…right in the heart of the historic Memphis downtown district.

For more information about Relax H2o, call 901-421-8351. Also, following them on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/relaxh2o

 

 

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, singer, songwriter, tax preparer, accountant, financial advisor, hair stylist, model, cosmetologist, barber, 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.

Melony Walker’s Creative Di-Zigns drawing rave reviews from ex-NBA star, Memphis

MelonyIf there’s one thing about which anyone can’t question Melony Walker, that is her fond admiration for Memphis.

Among the reasons is that as a native Memphian, Walker not only graduated high school and college in the Bluff City but, above all, she deemed it necessary to make sure she customarily gives back to her community.

To her credit, her reputation is such that she’s destined daily to go above and beyond to ensure she remains a fixture in her beloved city.

“Everyone has their own gift,” Walker told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “And my gift is different and unique.”

MEMPHIS' FINEST --- Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

MEMPHIS’ FINEST — Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

So unique that in many aspects, Walker has literally caught the Mid-South-area youth sports landscape by storm.

An accomplished entrepreneur for five-plus years and counting, Walker, 51, is owner and chief executive officer of Memphis’ Creative Di-Zigns.

Located at 7285 Winchester Road, Suite 111, in the heart of Southeast Memphis, Creative Di-Zigns is widely known throughout the Mid-South for its customary screen printings, vinyl cuts, custom paintings, art gallery, and embroidery, among other things.

“It’s not what you do, but how you make your business a gift from God,” said Walker in assessing the continuous growth and success of her business. “If God is in it you are already successful.”

Mel4Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to an array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

A former University of Memphis All-American and four-time NBA All-Star, Hardaway, like Walker, is a product of Memphis and a graduate of Treadwell High.

While Walker and Hardaway’s friendship extends back to Hardaway’s high school playing days, the two established a solid working rapport years ago when Walker became the official designer for “Team Penny,” a slew of Hardaway’s Mid-South-area AAU Teams.

In addition, she produces paraphernalia for SCIAA Championship Sports Gear as well as the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational Basketball Event. Also, she enters her second year a vendor for the Shelby Metro and Awareness Sports for Youths as well as for a variety of other local schools.

“Much of my work is based on family, unity, sports, and Memphis culture through fine arts and wearable art,” Walker explained. “My Mission is to encourage and develop unique and colorful art presence in the nation.”

PARTNERING WITH PENNY --- Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

PARTNERING WITH PENNY — Fortunately for Walker, a 1982 Carver High graduate, it’s safe to assume that her gifts as a flourishing business owner has given way to array of success. That’s because among her grandest, most popular clients is former NBA star Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway.

Long before emerging as a stellar entrepreneur, it seemed Walker had a vision that suggest she’d ultimately become an all things fashion designer, of sorts.

For starters, she majored in Fine Arts at Memphis’ LeMoyne-Owen College, from which she graduated in 1987 — this after an impressive stint as a well-known multisport prep athlete at Carver (basketball, ran track, and volleyball).

Aside from sports, she was a member of Carver’s Art Club.

THE ROLL CALL --- Creative Di-Zigns owner Melony Walker poses with Memphis renowned Memphis radio personality Stan Bell.

THE ROLL CALL — Creative Di-Zigns owner Melony Walker poses with Memphis renowned Memphis radio personality Stan Bell.

Consequently, her athletic accolades eventually gave way to her landing a basketball scholarship to LeMoyne in the early 1980s, during which she also became a member of the Lady Magicians’ track and field program.

A longtime member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Walker was named LOC’s Basketball Homecoming Queen in 1984 and was runner-up in the Miss LeMoyne-Owen pageant the following year.

Despite her assortment of achievement and accolades, one thing about which anyone can’t question is Walker’s fond admiration for her Memphis.

“I’m beginning a new journey in my life to make a difference in the world of art in Memphis through creativity as a woman artist,” Walker said.
Sounding much like the beloved Memphian for which she is widely known.

For more information about Creative Di-Zigns, call 901-949-6146, or visit them online at: http://www.creativedizigns.com/.

AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, author, musician, model, athlete, cosmetologist, barber, 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 professional trainer Tika Collins to host free session on health, nutrition

Make no mistake, when it comes to possessing and savoring a healthy lifestyle, it isn’t merely always about the money, as far as veteran professional trainer and nutrition specialist Tika Collins is concerned.

Need more proof?

TikaCome Saturday morning at 8, Collins, a native Memphian, will hosts an informative workout session at Total Domination Strength Training at 860 Herbert in Cordova.
During this session, participants and potential clients will acquire pertinent information on how to be successful at weight lost, toning, as well as become knowledgeable about the pros and cons of nutrition.

A complimentary breakfast will be provided.

“They don’t just need trainers they need tools to continue their success, because that trainer is not with them 24/7,” Collins told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “I want to lay that foundation for people and introduce them to my program and give them the tools to stay successful.”

This informative session on health typically takes place annually in mid-January and then is held at least four times a year, or “once every quarter,” according to Collins.

Considered arguably one of the Mid-South’s finest health gurus, Collins, 31, is a professional trainer and nutrition specialist for Total Domination Strength Training.

READ TIKA’S MAIN FEATURE STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/01/is-professional-trainer-and-nutrition-guru-tika-collins-memphis-best-kept-secret/

A former Shelby-Metro-area prep multi-sport athlete (track and field and basketball) who played one of year of collegiate basketball, Collins is widely known for her popular 30-day boot camp, during which she steadfastly pushes clients’ bodies so they can better achieve the most possible favorable results during the span of just one month.

For more information about Saturday’s free session or to contact Tika Collins on information about acquiring her as a professional trainer/nutrition specialist, call 615-306-7353.

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.