Memphis aspiring businesswoman Erica Jackson’s non-profit venture fueled by godly wisdom, educational success

Erica2Knowledge undoubtedly is power.

By and large, no one really had to remind Erica Jackson of that.

Even after vacating college prematurely years ago, Jackson, a Memphis native, knew full well that if she really wanted to engage in and evolve in the entrepreneurial industry, she had to become more assertive and dedicated as it pertains to enhancing her education.

“College didn’t come easy for me and I eventually stopped,” Jackson, a 1995 Memphis East High graduate, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

Regardless, Jackson thought it essential that she resume pursuing higher education seven years ago, this time Belhaven University, where she majored in Social Services/Christian Ministry.

Consequently, she earned her undergraduate degree in 2013, and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Leadership at Belhaven, where she expected to graduate in December.

ON THE MOVE --- Even after vacating college prematurely years ago, Erica Jackson, a Memphis native, knew full well that if she really wanted to engage in and evolve in the entrepreneurial industry, she had to become more assertive and dedicated as it pertains to enhancing her education. “College didn't come easy for me and I eventually stopped,” Jackson, a 1995 Memphis East High graduate, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

ON THE MOVEEven after vacating college prematurely years ago, Erica Jackson, a Memphis native, knew full well that if she really wanted to engage in and evolve in the entrepreneurial industry, she had to become more assertive and dedicated as it pertains to enhancing her education.
“College didn’t come easy for me and I eventually stopped,” Jackson, a 1995 Memphis East High graduate, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

Looking back, Jackson would be the first to tell you that not only is knowledge powerful, but because she never lost the passion and desire for possessing educational excellence, she is moving ever so closely to her God-appointed destiny.

Jackson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she is an aspiring entrepreneur, considering she is steadfastly devising ways to get her business-oriented venture off the ground.

Jackson, 39, is chief operating officer of StandUp Leadership Outreach, a Memphis-based non-profit organization that is geared largely toward developing leaders as well as a variety of other programs, most notably mentoring and creative arts.

MAKING PROGRESS --- Looking back, Jackson would be the first to tell you that not only is knowledge powerful, but because she never lost the passion and desire for possessing educational excellence, she is moving ever so closely to her God-appointed destiny. Jackson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she is an aspiring entrepreneur, considering she is steadfastly devising ways to get her business-oriented venture off the ground.

MAKING PROGRESSLooking back, Jackson would be the first to tell you that not only is knowledge powerful, but because she never lost the passion and desire for possessing educational excellence, she is moving ever so closely to her God-appointed destiny.
Jackson doesn’t shy away from the notion that she is an aspiring entrepreneur, considering she is steadfastly devising ways to get her business-oriented venture off the ground.

This newly-established organization also is widely known for conducting youth conferences, functions and activities geared toward enhancing the lives of young girls, as well as periodic creative arts workshops geared toward to boosting the non-profit organization as a whole.

“My personal mission is to develop leaders, build self-esteem, and help them to see they have a purpose even while they are young…just like others did for me,” Jackson explained. “This is my purpose.”

Fortunately for her, in erecting her business venture, she overwhelming got the vote of confidence of her mother, Wanda Jackson, and her “pastor friend,” Tony Woodard of Memphis’ Living Purpose Christian Church.

“(They) inspired me by helping me realize there was much more in me than I realized,” Jackson said. “(Woodard) helped me realize I was a leader. He once said to me, ‘Breathe, stretch, shake, let it go; after you have let it go, do not pick it up again. You are a great leader.’ He wanted me to do a youth leadership boot camp and I had no idea what to do. With God’s help, I got a team together and we made it happen. I saw kids grow in Christ and grew to learn their purpose! Tony brought me to my purpose of promoting spiritual growth into the lives of middle schoolers. This became a huge passion and, in the process, I learned I was a leader. To this day, teens are telling how much of an impact the boot camp laid the groundwork of their faith and God gets all the glory. ”

Woodard, as Jackson acknowledged, wasn’t the only area minister to help steer her in the right direction, particularly as it relates to assuming the business-oriented approach. New Direction Christian Church’s Karren Todd also contributed mightily to Jackson’s entrepreneurial success.

“She brought out the creativity in me and helped me to hone in on my craft of writing and acting and I, in turn, was able to do the same for young people. The last person to inspire me was my pastor, Marron Thomas of Innovation Church. He pushed me to take the limits off of God and myself. He pushed me to step out in faith and be all that God called me to be. He and his wife, Tori Thomas, helped me to realize I have the ability to minister to teen girls when they gave me the opportunity to start a girl group for my internship.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

That’s because of her stern commitment to education, coupled with the backing of a solid supporting cast, it’s safe to assume that Jackson’s biggest and brightest days as a rising entrepreneur are well ahead of her.

Knowledge undoubtedly is power.



 

 

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.

Memphis author Nicole Jackson defies odds, writes an unprecedented 17 books in two years

Rarely will you see Nicole Jackson walking around without wearing the very thing that matters the most.

Her bright, signature smile.

Nicole1Such was the case early Thursday morning when Jackson posted to her Facebook page a humorous, yet inspiring video of her alongside her son, LaDaveon, as the two extended well wishes to everyone in hopes they would have an enchanting and productive day.

“That’s why I do it,” Jackson, displaying her customary smile, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “People need happiness, and I’m always silly and happy, even when I don’t really want to be.”

To get a thorough understanding of why Jackson, a 34-year-old native Memphian, aspires daily to dress up wearing a smile, aspires daily to live on the larger side of her Creator, look no further than how she has spent a majority of young life just to earn the right to possess and savor what has emerged as a winning attitude.

YOU GO, GIRL: Today, Memphis-area author Nicole Jackson has become a fixture throughout the Mid-South as one of the area’s finest and brightest authors, one who hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down any time soon.  What’s so astounding is that over a span of a little more than two years dating back to November 2013, Jackson --- whose pen name Niki Jilvontae --- has written an unprecedented 17 books, a trend that has given way to her being dubbed a national best-selling author.

YOU GO, GIRL: Today, Memphis-area author Nicole Jackson has become a fixture throughout the Mid-South as one of the area’s finest and brightest authors, one who hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down any time soon.
What’s so astounding is that over a span of a little more than two years dating back to November 2013, Jackson — whose pen name Niki Jilvontae — has written an unprecedented 17 books, a trend that has given way to her being dubbed a national best-selling author.

For starters, Jackson grew up in arguably one of the most dangerous and crime-infested communities in inner city Memphis, the LeMoyne Gardens Housing projects, where a lack of education, brutal living conditions, and teenage pregnancies had become all too familiar.

Unfortunately for Jackson, like many her peers, she essentially had become a product of her environment, victimized by her surroundings, considering she ultimately had placed her education by the wayside.

HUGE BREAK: Jackson eventually “stumbled across” a publisher months after delving off into the word of authorship, and the rest, as they say, was history.  She hasn’t stopped writing since and, given the monumental strides she’s made within the past two-plus years, it’s safe to assume that perhaps, 17 books are only a sign of things to come.

HUGE BREAK: Jackson eventually “stumbled across” a publisher months after delving off into the word of authorship, and the rest, as they say, was history.
She hasn’t stopped writing since and, given the monumental strides she’s made within the past two-plus years, it’s safe to assume that perhaps, 17 books are only a sign of things to come.

Once a homeless teenager who had seemingly lost her identity and appeared headed for destruction on the brutally chaotic streets of South Memphis, Jackson was forced to drop out of high school at the tender age of 16, a development that, believe it or not, proved to her life’s defining moment.

Approximately two months removed from her disheartening, premature exit from grade school, Jackson thought it necessary to enroll at a nearby Job Corps facility. That was ultimately followed by her finding a place of her own, a rare occurrence for a black teenage girl in the inner city.

Nicole7It wasn’t long after Jackson had bolted high school that she earned her General Equivalency Diploma (or G.E.D.), amassing an over score of 52, the highest tally ever assembled at that Job Corps facility.

From that point on, things began to hold up favorably for Jackson, although she had given birth to first child, Briuna, a few months after relocating from Memphis to Charlotte, North Carolina.

“My life changed again,” Jackson said of the birth of her firstborn. “She was the best thing that happened to me and her love helped me to dig deep into my emotions and write more.”

She hasn’t stopped writing since.

Today, Jackson has become a fixture throughout the Mid-South as one of the area’s finest and brightest authors, one who hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down any time soon.

What’s so astounding is that over a span of a little more than two years dating back to November 2013, Jackson — whose pen name Niki Jilvontae — has written an unprecedented 17 books, a trend that has given way to her being dubbed a national best-selling author.

Moreover, such a remarkable feat practically explains why even after enduring what at one point in time seemed a like a road headed for destruction, Jackson routinely walks around daily wearing the very thing that matters the most.

WE ARE FAMILY: To her credit, she began to enhance not just her writing arsenal, but also her educational resume.  In 2010, for instance, Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix because, as she tells it, she was “out to make life better for myself and my kids.”

WE ARE FAMILY: To her credit, she began to enhance not just her writing arsenal, but also her educational resume.
In 2010, for instance, Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix because, as she tells it, she was “out to make life better for myself and my kids.”

Her bright, signature smile.

“Through prayer and writing, I found that clarity and got back on track once again,” Jackson explained.

To her credit, she began to enhance not just her writing arsenal, but also her educational resume.

In 2010, for instance, Jackson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration from University of Phoenix because, as she tells it, she was “out to make life better for myself and my kids.”

In addition, she eventually “stumbled across” a publisher months after delving off into the word of authorship, and the rest, as they say, was history.

She hasn’t stopped writing since and, given the monumental strides she’s made within the past two-plus years, it’s safe to assume that perhaps, 17 books are only a sign of things to come.

Never mind that her father was murdered when she was four years old amid a gang-related activity in Saginaw, Michigan.

Never mind that her son was diagnosed with autism two years after she obtained her college degree.

Never mind that she subsequently was diagnosed with Lupus and Type 2 diabetes.

Never mind that according to her, “things got hard again” and that “I struggled for two years trying to find a way to help my child and restore my physical and spiritual health.”

Today, more than ever before, one would be hard-pressed to recognize the shortcomings that often surface in the life of Jackson and her family, all because, well, she’s guilty of walking around daily wearing the very thing that matters the most.

HAPPY FEELINGS: Today, more than ever before, one would be hard-pressed to recognize the shortcomings that often surface in the life of Jackson and her family, all because, well, she’s guilty of walking around daily wearing the very thing that matters the most.  Her bright, signature smile.

HAPPY FEELINGS: Today, more than ever before, one would be hard-pressed to recognize the shortcomings that often surface in the life of Jackson and her family, all because, well, she’s guilty of walking around daily wearing the very thing that matters the most.
Her bright, signature smile.

Her bright, signature smile.

Currently, she is the founder and chief executive officer of Pen Hustlas Publications, an internet radio show and, according to her, more business ventures are presently in the works.

A Broken Girl’s Journey” series, “A Long Way From Home,” “M.E.M.P.H.I.S.,” “Twisted Faith Of A Side B**** Memphis,” “The Mitches” series, “The My B****” series, “Sins of Thy Mother” series, and “On the Run: The Legend of Mercy and Mayhem,” among others, are just a few of her published works.

The list goes on and on.

A list that, to everyone’s surprise, is a little more than two years old.

“Every book that I write is laced with at least 50 percent truth and 50 percent imagination,” Jackson said. “So I’m able to share my life, my dreams, my fears, my weaknesses, my hopes, and my dreams with others without them judging and in a way that relates to their lives.

“I love to help and give back to others, because I’ve needed help often and I knew how good it feels to know that someone else in the world loves and believes in you,” Jackson continued. “That’s why I treat my authors exactly the way I wanted to be treated as an author signed to a company. Being able to connect with, inspire, and love on other people is what I love about the book business and I wouldn’t trade my job for anything in the world.”

A world that once appeared on a downward spiral, a world that once seemed headed for destruction.

Look at her now, walking around here wearing the very thing that matters the most.

Her bright, signature smile.

 



 

 

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.

Memphian Lavenda Smith defy array of odds to become an emerging author, entrepreneur

Whenever people see or cross paths with Lavenda Smith, they would be witnessing a true fighter.

An overcomer.

Lav1A conqueror.

An overachiever.

A proven winner.

Not to mention a woman who boasts relentless faith.

PURE TALENT --- Lavenda Smith has been an accomplished poet and author since 2013, having published two books, most notably her debut work entitled, “Reflection of My Past~Restoration to My Present~Revelation of My Future.” Her published book of poems entitled, “Unleashed Chains,” was officially released in mid-January.

PURE TALENTLavenda Smith has been an accomplished poet and author since 2013, having published two books, most notably her debut work entitled, “Reflection of My Past~Restoration to My Present~Revelation of My Future.” Her published book of poems entitled, “Unleashed Chains,” was officially released in mid-January.

Take, for instance, how Smith, a native Memphian, managed to persevere and press her way through an assortment of adversities and hardships and tribulations years after earning her high school diploma 21 years ago.

A 1995 graduate of Memphis Catholic High, Smith enrolled at nearby Northwest Mississippi Community College in Senatobia, Mississippi, where she majored in Early Childhood Education until 1996.

However, after transferring to then-Shelby State Community College the following year to continuing studying the same area, Smith learned that she was pregnant with her firstborn, a shocking discovery that eventually gave way to her subsequent withdrawal from school.

In fact, it wasn’t until approximately nine years later that Smith returned to school full-time student at what is now Southwest Community College where she switched her major and amassed a 4.0 grade — all while raising three “amazing children by myself,” she recalls.

Lav4Surely, the proverbial self-re-invention wasn’t an easy task for Smith who, even while attending school full time, worked for the Shelby County Housing Authority as an office Assistant and spent the better part of her mornings driving school busses for Laidlaw Transportation.

Now a mother of four, Smith gave birth to her last child in 2010, a development that forced her to vacate school once again, this time 14 hours shy of earning her Associate’s Degree in Education only to find out I was expecting my fourth living child.

Still, even as a single parent, she was determined not to become just another statistic in a city that is mired by a plethora of single-parent homes, a city that is plagued by senseless crimes and a seemingly continuous downtrodden economic landscape.

To her credit, she enrolled and was later accepted into the Healthcare Institute, where she took part in a three-week course to become a Certified Nursing Assistant.

As expected, she mastered in flying colors, proving yet again that she is a true fighter.

An overcomer.

A conqueror.

An overachiever.

A proven winner.

STAY TUNED --- According to Smith, plans are already in the works to release a book entitled, “Life of A Poet,” sometime in March, followed by the much-anticipated release of “Unleashed Chains” shortly thereafter.

STAY TUNEDAccording to Smith, plans are already in the works to release a book entitled, “Life of A Poet,” sometime in March, followed by the much-anticipated release of “Unleashed Chains2” shortly thereafter.

“I completed the course and received my Certification and License as a CNA,” Smith told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

Fortunately for Smith, such a remarkable achievement gave way to others, most notably the golden opportunity to engage in the world of entreprenuerialship.

Today, Smith, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of DABB Enterprise, LLC, a two-fold business venture in which Smith assumes the roles as a well-established professional tax preparer (for nine years and counting and a notary republic (for five years and counting).

In addition, Smith has been an accomplished poet and author since 2013, having published two books, most notably her debut work entitled, “Reflection of My Past~Restoration to My Present~Revelation of My Future.”

Unleashed Chains2 will be released shortly after The Life of A Poet. Unleashed Chains was released in mid-January.

What’s so intriguing about “Unleashed Chains” — a series novel based on a true story — is that it skyrocketed to No. 96 within a span of 24 hours.

According to Smith, plans are already in the works to release a book entitled, “Life of A Poet,” sometime in March, followed by the much-anticipated release of “Unleashed Chains” shortly thereafter.

“The competitive drive in sports propelled me for my business venture, because I had a passion to play basketball, which was my outlet away from every horrific experience I encountered as a child,” Smith, a former multi-sport athlete, explained. “Basketball and any sport that I participated in helped me to cope with the things I encountered as a child and adult, such as the mental and verbal abuse, molestation, rape, and raising four amazing children on my own. Playing sports has given me the opportunity to coach basketball for the past nine years.”

WHAT YOU SAY: “The competitive drive in sports propelled me for my business venture, because I had a passion to play basketball, which was my outlet away from every horrific experience I encountered as a child,” Smith, a former multi-sport athlete, explained. “Basketball and any sport that I participated in helped me to cope with the things I encountered as a child and adult, such as the mental and verbal abuse, molestation, rape, and raising four amazing children on my own. "

WHAT YOU SAY: “The competitive drive in sports propelled me for my business venture, because I had a passion to play basketball, which was my outlet away from every horrific experience I encountered as a child,” Smith, a former multi-sport athlete, explained. “Basketball and any sport that I participated in helped me to cope with the things I encountered as a child and adult, such as the mental and verbal abuse, molestation, rape, and raising four amazing children on my own. “

As for erecting her own business, Smith said, “What I like most about being in my business is that I can provide exceptional service to a diverse group of people. I can mentor and empower others through sharing my testimony and to embrace them to know that they are not alone.”

That her relentless, bend-but-don’t-break faith has enabled her to weather an assortment of obstacles is amongst the grandest reasons Smith view her business ownership venture as a ministry, of sorts.

In other words, not only is she afforded the golden opportunities to share her life-changing stories, but she’s afforded the opportunity to generate income in the process.

“My personal mission for doing the work that I am called to do and have a passion to do is to touch lives just by way of offering my services with a passion…to embrace and love every person I come in contact with,” Smith said. “If my sharing my testimony on how far God has brought me and where He continues to take me can help change and save a life, that further lets me know that my purpose in life is not in vain.”

Spoken like a true fighter.

An overcomer.

A conqueror.

An overachiever.

A proven winner.

Yep, that’s Lavenda Smith for you.

 



 

 

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.

Texas business owner Jacqueline Primrose climbing ladder of success as IT professional

Prime2AUSTIN, Texas — Jacqueline Primrose just loves to network in this, the ever-so-popular social media and social-networking era.

So much, in fact, that she thought it essential some time ago to label herself a self-proclaimed “habitual networking.”

Now we know why.

An efficient and accomplish information technology professional who boasts more than two decades of experiences this increasingly competitive industry, Primrose is owner and chief executive officer of JP Data Pros, a longstanding, well-rounded IT establishment that specializes largely in helping business owners use time-saving tools and services to better update their IT Strategy.

In addition, JP Data Pros assist small business owners with designing their IT setup as well as provide services that can quickly create a profitable and optimized website design.

MAKING STRIDES --- Jacqueline Primerose is owner and chief executive officer of JP Data Pros, a longstanding, well-rounded IT establishment that specializes largely in helping business owners use time-saving tools and services to better update their IT Strategy. In addition, JP Data Pros assist small business owners with designing their IT setup as well as provide services that can quickly create a profitable and optimized website design.

MAKING STRIDESJacqueline Primrose is owner and chief executive officer of JP Data Pros, a longstanding, well-rounded IT establishment that specializes largely in helping business owners use time-saving tools and services to better update their IT Strategy.
In addition, JP Data Pros assist small business owners with designing their IT setup as well as provide services that can quickly create a profitable and optimized website design.

In essence, this credible IT venture is widely known for assisting clients, particularly with regards to helping them gain customers by fortifying and expanding their online marketing presence.

“Our aim is to ensure your satisfaction,” Primrose told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “There are no limits to what we do to provide professional services and to produce winning results. The goal is a strategy you can approve and value. Also, we ensure minimal impact to your bottom line. How do we do this? We do this by listening to your vision and including you in the design development process. We aim to keep you informed from concept to delivery of your final product.”

And then there is JP Data Pros’ longstanding mission for which it essentially stands out, thus has proven mightily to be a step above other IT-oriented establishments.

According to the company’s website, www.jpdatapros.com, JP Data Pros’ underlying mission reads:

BUT GOD: Even after persevering her way through arguably the most tumultuous times of her life --- a failed marriage coupled with a folding job some 20 years ago --- never did she lose hope, nor did she lose faith or joy, the kind of joy the world didn’t merely give her in the first place. As Primerose recalled, such a crossroads in her life ultimately served as the newfound chapter orchestrated by Almighty God, one that no one could merely close or eradicate. Looking back, she knows full well it was her Creator Who has kept and sustained her all along.

BUT GOD: Even after persevering her way through arguably the most tumultuous times of her life — a failed marriage coupled with a folding job some 20 years ago — never did she lose hope, nor did she lose faith or joy, the kind of joy the world didn’t merely give her in the first place.
As Primrose recalled, such a crossroads in her life ultimately served as the newfound chapter orchestrated by Almighty God, one that no one could merely close or eradicate.
Looking back, she knows full well it was her Creator Who has kept and sustained her all along.

Our –-belief in high business ethics and family values is an underlying motivation as we strive to introduce as many time-saving Technology and Web services to you as possible – to free up your valuable time, so you can invest it in what matters most to you … enjoying your life. — Jacqueline Primrose

Fortunately for Primrose, this progressive, 54-year-old Washington, D. C. native has been grateful in that she’s blessed her company has afforded her to enjoy life and savor the abundant life Christ came to give her.

Prime4Even after persevering her way through arguably the most tumultuous times of her life — a failed marriage coupled with a folding job some 20 years ago — never did she lose hope, nor did she lose faith or joy, the kind of joy the world didn’t merely give her in the first place.

As Primrose recalled, such a crossroads in her life ultimately served as the newfound chapter orchestrated by Almighty God, one that no one could merely close or eradicate.

Looking back, though, she knows full well it was her Creator Who has kept and sustained her all along.

Suddenly, the unthinkable happened for this vibrant, resilient woman who, since her childhood, was taught to declare victory even victory seemed farfetched.

“I visualized myself in a better situation…happy, children happy, my career rising, doing what I loved to do, in a place I loved to live,” Primrose explained. Not long after that, I was invited to move to Austin, Texas. My current employer, once I gave (resignation) notice to my employer, I was pleasantly surprised to receive much support to the point of giving me qualification for full severance pay, although I was a year short of qualifying. Once I came to Austin, with no IT skills, I was able to within two years become a Systems Administrator. I also, was able to get my son to go into technology as well.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, more than ever before, Primrose is primed for taking JP Data Pros to a whole new level.

Given her commendable track record in this ever-so-popular industry, it’s safe to say her best days are well ahead of her.

“I am a habitual networker and I meet clients everywhere I go,” Primrose said. “New York, D.C., Tampa, Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Canada, Puerto Rico, Cancun, Jamaica. Through the internet, I have connected with prospects and partners in Ghana, South Africa, Great Britain and as far away as the Netherland.”

Now we know why.

 

 

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.

Memphis business owner Greg Bernard making his presence felt in IT industry

Greg3Just recently, Greg Bernard was asked how did his competitive drive in sports helped propel him to start a business venture.

As always, he was forthright and inspiring, flashing his signature smile in the process.

“Sports, like business, can put individuals with dissimilar backgrounds together,” Bernard, a former amateur baseball and football standout, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “In spite of these differences, keying on common and shared goals can ensure success for all.”

TRUE PRO --- A longtime corporate America personality, Greg Bernard, 44, is owner and chief executive officer of DataMaxim, a well-established, credible information technology consulting firm that renders services to small and medium sized businesses as a way to help clients and consumers accomplish their core strategies. According to Bernard, a Memphis Fairley High graduate and a rising Mid-South-area business strategist, his business entities includes --- but is not limited to --- website design, software development, hardware support, cloud solutions, managed services, outsourcing, and network device monitoring for starters.

A TRUE PROA longtime corporate America personality, Greg Bernard, 44, is owner and chief executive officer of DataMaxim, a well-established, credible information technology consulting firm that renders services to small and medium sized businesses as a way to help clients and consumers accomplish their core strategies.
According to Bernard, a Memphis Fairley High graduate and a rising Mid-South-area business strategist, his business entities includes — but is not limited to — website design, software development, hardware support, cloud solutions, managed services, outsourcing, and network device monitoring for starters.

Much to the delight of Bernard, he has gone to great, immeasurable lengths to achieve entrepreneurial excellence in recent years.

A longtime corporate America personality, Bernard, 44, is owner and chief executive officer of DataMaxim, a well-established, credible information technology consulting firm that renders services to small and medium sized businesses as a way to help clients and consumers accomplish their core strategies.

According to Bernard, a Memphis Fairley High graduate and a rising Mid-South-area business strategist, his business entities includes — but is not limited to — website design, software development, hardware support, cloud solutions, managed services, outsourcing, and network device monitoring for starters.

Greg4“Many organizations make investments in technology,” Bernard said. “It is the job of my company to ensure that they get the most from these resources.”

Having been involved in the information technology industry for a little more than two decades, Bernard is armed with an array of educational excellence, a commendable, admirable trend that has contributed mightily to his craft. So much, in fact, that according to those who have witnessed him evolved and flourish as an efficient IT professional, Bernard essentially is this industry’s best kept secret — with his best and brightest days well ahead of him.

“The first thing I love about my profession is the problem solving aspect,” Bernard explained. “No matter how much preparation I acquire from manuals, certifications, conferences, cohorts and classes, technology will always provide some degree of unpredictability.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER --- Upon graduating from Fairley, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Southeast College of Technology. Consequently, he enrolled at Capella University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Architecture. In addition, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration MBA with a specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing a DBA with a Specialization in Technology Management at Walden University.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWERUpon graduating from Fairley, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Southeast College of Technology. Consequently, he enrolled at Capella University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Architecture.
In addition, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration MBA with a specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing a DBA with a Specialization in Technology Management at Walden University.

So much so that Bernard would be the first to tell you the more he comes across challenges in this ever-so-popular industry, the more it becomes a golden opportunity to solve a vital problem or solution and, most importantly, helping clients achieve their customer services goals and objectives.

In a nutshell, the assortment of challenges is what this thriving IT professional welcomes virtually daily, considering it provides with his the opportunity to make his presence felt.

“These challenges often make for some lengthy and interesting days and nights,” Bernard said. “The second thing I love about my profession is working with individuals pursuing their dreams of starting and running their own business. Advising and partnering with these clients on the appropriate use of technology makes me feel that I’m in some small way responsible for helping them achieve success.”

Bernard’s rise a well-established IT professional did not happen overnight. Clearly, it took much hard work and dedication to maximizing his potential and, most importantly, seeing from beyond his upbringing in the hostile South Memphis inner city community.

Upon graduating from Fairley, he earned an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Engineering from Southeast College of Technology. Consequently, he enrolled at Capella University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Information Technology with a specialization in Network Architecture.

In addition, he holds a Master’s in Business Administration MBA with a specialization in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix, and is currently pursuing a DBA with a Specialization in Technology Management at Walden University.

Having become inspired by his parents to ultimately start his business — “My parents worked hard all of their lives and instilled that quality into my siblings and I,” Bernard acknowledged — this Memphis-born corporate America professional is working earnestly to enhancing his venture in 2016 and beyond, thus esteem others daily in the process.

“I started from very humble beginnings,” Bernard said. “In addition, many of the pitfalls and decisions that the youth face today are ones I dealt with as a young adult. Substance abuse, peer pressure, gun violence, bullying, lack of adequate role models, etc. is only a handful of issues that beset me to keep me from reaching my full potential.

“In spite of today’s youth being afforded more opportunities, a major difference from my situation and what they face is that making mistakes now have bigger and longer lasting negative ramifications,” Bernard added. “By sharing my insight with others I hope to show them that most any situation can be overcome by staying focused and planning one’s actions. It’s unimportant where we start off in life, just that we have self-awareness to use our abilities and surroundings to meet our goals.”

As always, he was forthright and inspiring, flashing his signature smile in the process.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

Memphian Qshebra Taylor Dickerson changing lives through her emotional, tear-jerking book

It was, for the most part, a heartbreaking occurrence that essentially had come back to hunt Qshebra Taylor Dickerson all too often, probably as much as it should have.

QseTime and again, during what seemingly was a mostly gruesome, yet disturbing upbringing, Dickerson struggled to connect with her worth, struggled to discover and embrace the divine purpose for which God had created her.

Raised in the heart of North Memphis, in the now-defunct Hurt Village Projects along with her mother and four younger sisters, Dickerson, during a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, assessed in detail her stormy upbringing the best way she knew how.

By and large, it wasn’t what many of us would have imagined from a progressive vibrant, thriving, attractive woman of color whom, today, appears as if she’s living life like it is golden.

WOMAN ON THE MOVE --- To her credit, regardless of the plethora of hardships, trials and tribulations, letdowns and betrayals, Qshebra Taylor Dickerson deemed it necessary to share her rise to success in a rather intriguing, life-changing book. Having recently “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” Dickerson’s debut book discussed mostly life’s journey, accompanied by the provocative theme, from Pain to Purpose. By all accounts this book is geared largely on a woman who years ago was born in what apparently was a broken, dysfunctional home the home only to be driven into the world, one that was mired by constant hurt in the church, one that prompted her to pose the thought-provoking question: “How do you find a safe haven?”

WOMAN ON THE MOVETo her credit, regardless of the plethora of hardships, trials and tribulations, letdowns and betrayals, Qshebra Taylor Dickerson deemed it necessary to share her rise to success in a rather intriguing, life-changing book. Having recently “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” Dickerson’s debut book discussed mostly life’s journey, accompanied by the provocative theme, from Pain to Purpose. By all accounts this book is geared largely on a woman who years ago was born in what apparently was a broken, dysfunctional home the home only to be driven into the world, one that was mired by constant hurt in the church, one that prompted her to pose the thought-provoking question: “How do you find a safe haven?”

“I was raised in a single parent home,” Dickerson explained. “I was the only child who didn’t know her dad. The last time I saw my dad was at the age of seven. My mom never talked about my dad unless someone else mentioned it. I believe her intentions were good as my protector, but eventually it was harmful as a little girl growing up without my dad.”

So disastrous, in fact, that Dickerson admittedly was tortured and attacked and violated time and again, trends that altered the overall landscape of her life unlike never before.

“Because I didn’t know the difference between love and lust, I continued to fall into diver’s temptation with a disbelief of stability,” Dickerson said. “My experience with this older guy allowed me to see that I was seeking my dad’s attention.”

Attention is what she surely got. But it wasn’t the kind that atoned for the absenteeism of her father in any shape of form.

FAMILY WOMAN --- Decades removed from her mostly tumultuous upbringing in arguably one of Memphis’ poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhoods, Dickerson apparently has adopted a newfound disposition on life while residing in Atlanta, all while she continues to evolve as the godly wife and mother God has equipped her to become. Life, as she knows it today, is, in fact, golden.

FAMILY WOMANDecades removed from her mostly tumultuous upbringing in arguably one of Memphis’ poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhoods, Dickerson apparently has adopted a newfound disposition on life while residing in Atlanta, all while she continues to evolve as the godly wife and mother God has equipped her to become. Life, as she knows it today, is, in fact, golden.

In a rather bizarre sequence of events, Dickerson recalled being molested by an older cousin, sexually assaulted by an uncle, raped in the back of a school, and domestically assaulted and raped at just eight years of age by a neighborhood friend of the family. Attempts to expose her attackers were unsuccessful because, according to her, “There were times I tried to tell someone, but no one listened.”

Decades removed from her mostly tumultuous upbringing in arguably one of Memphis’ poverty-stricken, crime-infested neighborhoods, Dickerson apparently has adopted a newfound disposition on life while residing in Atlanta, all while she continues to evolve as the godly wife and mother God has equipped her to become.

Life, as she knows it today, is, in fact, golden.

“My most defining moment was when I decided to take a new path on life and turn my entire life over to a Savior who loved me enough to accept me as I was,” Dickerson explained. “The feeling was breath-taking knowing I was wanted and cared for. This moment was a reminder of recognizing when I turned from one thing — the old me — and turned to something different — the new me.”

HurtTo her credit, regardless of the plethora of hardships, trials and tribulations, letdowns and betrayals, Dickerson deemed it necessary to share her rise to success in a rather intriguing, life-changing book.

Having recently released “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” Dickerson’s debut book discussed mostly life’s journey, accompanied by the provocative theme, from Pain to Purpose. By all accounts this book is geared largely on a woman who years ago was born in what apparently was a broken, dysfunctional home the home only to be driven into the world, one that was mired by constant hurt in the church, one that prompted her to pose the thought-provoking question: “How do you find a safe haven?”

Moreover, “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.,” is a story line of a single mother with five children who grew up in the Hurt Village Projects inner city Memphis.

“She took what could have broken her and choose to build a legacy to love and forgive,” said Dickerson, providing additional details of her book. “The author’s decision allows her to be F.R.E.E. from all that once held her in mental bondage. A survivor of rape, domestic violence, mental, sexual, verbal, and emotional abuse has chosen to live her life’s story so that many others can see that God is real and there is life after death in the physical.”

Qshe5As Dickerson explained, it won’t take long for readers of “T.R.U.E. Shades of H.I.M.” to discover that her book is comprised of an assortment of acronyms as her unique way of detailing causes and effects of her sometime unfavorable circumstances and situations.

“True is an acronym for True-Real-Underlined-Effect,” Dickerson explained. “Most of the time, we focus on what’s on the surface when what we are really witnessing is the end result from a root cause. The Shades are different seasons in life, from being blind to reality and finally seeing the light to the real true shades of the truth. Him is for a man or a woman, which stands for Hands In Molestation, Hindrances In Ministry, Heads In Manipulation (just to name a few). All of these are areas I have encountered at some point in my life.

FROM PAIN TO PURPOSE --- With God, her Helper leading the way, many whom have witnessed Dickerson grow up from a youngster who had seemingly lost her identity when she was too young to remember to an accomplished author whose changing generations --- one life at a time --- can greatly attest that she’s undoubtedly making a difference. A monumental one at that.

FROM PAIN TO PURPOSEWith God, her Helper leading the way, many whom have witnessed Dickerson grow up from a youngster who had seemingly lost her identity when she was too young to remember to an accomplished author whose changing generations — one life at a time — can greatly attest that she’s undoubtedly making a difference.
A monumental one at that.

“It shares about the journey of the R.E.A.L. to the FA.K.E. HIM, to the W.A.N.N.A. B.E. H.I.M. to the R.I.G.H.T. and W.R.O.N.G. H.I.M.,” Dickerson continued. A gumbo book of prayers, poetry, wise thoughts, and motivation in understanding how everything in your life will work together for your good. It will help birth out your purpose by giving you direction and instructions to your life’s destiny. It’s never too late to make a difference.”

With God, her Helper leading the way, many whom have witnessed Dickerson grow up from a youngster who had seemingly lost her identity when she was too young to remember to an accomplished author who is steadfastly changing generations — one life at a time — can greatly attest that she’s undoubtedly making a difference.

A monumental difference, mind you.

When asked who inspired her to write her latest book, Dickerson, who’s currently working on a second book, said, “It’s not who, but what inspired me. The reason I say that is because I didn’t think it was possible for me to be able to accomplish anything as such. I knew I had a story but I was fearful of telling it. After assessing my life from the moment of my right now and where I desired to be. I realized there was some work to be done on myself. I’ve always been creative however, I was afraid to talk about me or my life without being judged.”

Judge no more.

Dickerson is a proven, relentless survivor and, unlike never before, she’s sharing her life-changing story to those who need to hear — and read it — the most.

The world.

 

 

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.

Tranea Prosser sharing godly wisdom through her new book, laughs as a comedian

TraneaDALLAS — Don’t get it twisted.

Tranea Prosser is a godly woman.

It’s just that Prosser, an accomplished comedian, is a godly woman who finds pleasure in routinely causing others to laugh.

Or in this day in time, inspiring others to laugh out loud (LOL).

“My business is to share the gift of laughter to those who are brave enough to receive it from a comedian,” Prosser explained during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

A 52-year-old Austin, Texas native, Prosser has proven not to be one dimensional through her gifts and talents. She’s also a rising author who recently released a book entitled, Celibacy: What Was I Thinking?

TraneaA newly-released book in which Prosser shares humorous antics and personal experiences, this author also explores the notion of sexual abstinence, thus giving the world a newfound perspective on this ever-so-touchy subject. “Celibacy: What Was I Thinking?” is available for purchase at www.MizTcomedy.com, www.thebookpatch.com/bookstore, and at Barnes&Noble.com.

“As an author, it is just to encourage you to stay true to yourself and your commitment to God for the gifts and talents that he has given you stewardship over,” Prosser said in elaborating on her book.

As for the wacky and humorous side of this talented, vibrant woman of faith, whenever Prosser is entertaining an audience, regardless of the size of the crowd, it’s safe to assume she’s undoubtedly in her element.

That, after all — at least for this devout woman of faith — also has a Biblical angle connected to it.

Consider: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones,” as God’s manual enlightens us, according to Proverbs 17:22.

To her credit, Prosser — despite whatever obstacles come her way — is destined daily to view situations and circumstances from God’s perspective.

Even if means going out her way to bring others — and herself — to laughs.

“I like the results of my labor by looking at my audience and they are just relaxed and having a ball laughing with me,” Prosser said. “It keeps me motivated and I know everybody can’t do it. Yes I know some people have the ability to be funny, but they won’t get in front of people.”

Which, by all accounts, is what makes telling jokes — err, clean jokes, mind you — a gift, of sorts.

Tarnea2“That alone takes a tremendous amount of confidence and boldness,” Prosser explained. “Plus, I make it a life practice to laugh every day. I find a funny side to everything I see and most of the stuff I read. It is encouraging to hear people tell me how much they enjoyed me after the event.”

All of which is why Prosser hinted that she has no plans of doing away with enhancing and continuing a unique gift with which God has blessed her.

If nothing else, she devises ways daily to put on display her talents as a comedian, particularly before those who don’t merely know her.

Or those who don’t have the slightest idea that she can woo and ignite a crowd through comedy.

In other words, don’t sleep on Prosser, this rising standout of a comedian whose track record is such that she has what it takes to draw rave reviews by inspiring others to chuckle.

Chuckle early and often.

“(I entertain) all ages, but the ones who can really relate to my comedy are those ages 40 to 99,” said Prosser, who has been a professional comedian since 2008 after delving off into the industry back in 2000. “I once had a guy tell me after hearing one of my comedy clips that it was funny and he was a recovering Catholic. I said, ‘That’s what I’m after.’ It’s not about being black or female or bashing denominations. It’s just funny stuff that happens at church. That’s how my comedy started…from stories from my kids, because I taught Sunday School.”

As for upcoming engagements and public appearances, Prosser will be doing comedy at a retirement party in March and has a book signing scheduled for March 5 at the Take 190 West Arts Festival in Killeen, Texas.

By and large, Prosser said her primary focus is to continue carrying out the purpose for which she was created.

Tarv“When I created my first comedy project, Back At Ya Lord, I had a vision to have clean comedy that could be played on the radio and people would not have to hear bleeping nor would parents have to turn down the radio nor hold their children ears,” Prosser said. “That was my desire and intent.”

So far, she seems to be generating favorable results, while continuing to do a masterful job through her gifts and talents in the process.

So don’t get it twisted.

 

 

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.

Author Nicky Robinson Porter’s ‘Experiences With Love’ drawing national rave reviews

NickyDALLAS — Amongst the grandest, most meaningful things that trials and tribulations and adversities have taught Nicky Robinson Porter about the beauty of life is that because life is so precious and so fragile, it is imperative that she strives daily to maximize her potential.

To take seemingly insurmountable leaps of faith.

To pray earnestly without ceasing.

To encourage of the hearts of others even if she finds it difficult to bring herself to a sense of high spirits.

Most importantly, life has steadfastly fueled her desire to see from beyond where she is.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Currently a resident of Austin with her husband, Eric Robinson and their family, it’s safe to assume that Nicky Robinson --- whose first name is originally Arnikia --- is a jack of all trades, of sorts, considering she is involved in assortment of projects and business ventures.

WE ARE FAMILYCurrently a resident of Austin with her husband, Eric Robinson and their family, it’s safe to assume that Nicky Robinson — whose first name is originally Arnikia — is a jack of all trades, of sorts, considering she is involved in assortment of projects and business ventures.

Those who have witnessed this 40-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Florida native grow up from a snot-nosed child in the Sunshine state to a mature, big-hearted, godly woman in the Lone Star state can greatly attest that Porter, to her credit, has done just that.

And then some.

“See, when we know who we are and whose we are, no one can take that away from us,” Porter said during a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “Believing in yourself is a major factor in succeeding because you will have things coming at you left and right. It’s not how many times we fall, it’s all about whether will we stay down or will we get back up. I chose to get back up and dust myself off each and every time. “

Credit her tumultuous and sometimes challenging past experiences, life lessons and, most of all, what she’s quick to describe as “a strong, God fearing, close knit, and strong prayer warrior family” as other major factors that have greatly contributed to the successful person Porter has become.

Nicky7Currently a resident of Austin with her husband, Eric, and their family, it’s safe to assume that Nicky  — whose first name is originally Arnikia — is a jack of all trades, of sorts, considering she is involved in assortment of projects and business ventures. After all, as Nicky Robinson often says, “There’s nothing too hard for God, and there’s definitely not a problem that He can’t solve.”

SUPPORTING CAST --- Fortunately for Nicky, a 1993 Lanier High graduate, she has cleared a slew of hurdles, thus persevered in ultimately possessing the lofty opportunities that have been afforded to her. For starters, she is an aspiring entrepreneur of her very own cleaning service entitled, Clean-N-Things, an establishment that is starting to gain some rank, largely by way of word of mouth, Nicky said. In addition, this 1991 "Who's Who Among American Students" honoree is a rising author, having recently launched her first book entitled, Experiences With Love.

SUPPORTING CAST — Fortunately for Nicky, a 1993 Lanier High graduate, she has cleared a slew of hurdles, thus persevered in ultimately possessing the lofty opportunities that have been afforded to her. For starters, she is an aspiring entrepreneur of her very own cleaning service entitled, Clean-N-Things, an establishment that is starting to gain some rank, largely by way of word of mouth, Nicky said. In addition, this 1991 “Who’s Who Among American Students” honoree is a rising author, having recently launched her first book entitled, Experiences With Love.

Fortunately for Nicky, a 1993 Lanier High graduate, she has cleared a slew of hurdles, thus persevered in ultimately possessing the lofty opportunities that have been afforded to her.

For starters, she is an aspiring entrepreneur of her very own cleaning service entitled, Clean-N-Things, an up-and-coming establishment that is starting to gain some rank, largely by way of word of mouth, Nicky said.

In addition, this 1991 “Who’s Who Among American Students” honoree is a rising author, having recently launched her first book entitled, Experiences With Love.

A book that bears the face of this woman of color beauty and exhibits her familiar signature smile, Experiences With Love is mostly an array of published poetry by Nicky, who is currently working on a second book that is scheduled for release this summer.

A book that was officially published in October 2013, Nicky said such a venture has opened up “many doors” for her, particularly a number of scheduled speaking engagements and public appearances, as well as an invitation to join a sisterhood group/organization in the Austin area.

Nicky4“My personal mission is to reach as many people as I can and to let them know that when you have a talent that God has given to you, it’s never too late to put it to use,” said Nicky, explaining her purpose her recently-released book and the one that’s in the works. “Also, I want to let people know that no matter where you’re at in life, it’s never too late or you’re never too far off to where God can’t bless you to reach your goals in life.”

Worthy, notable advice from a devoted faithful woman of compassion, one whose primary objective includes to reach back and help others maximize their potential — even if it means they get there before she does.

What matters mostly to Nicky, this multi-talented jack of all trades, is that while routinely esteeming others, God was lifted up and lives have been changed for the better.

Something her family has always inspired her to fortify.

Nikcy56“My parents (Kathy, Craig, Gloria, and Glenn) as well as my children (Cree’Shon, Vonte,’ and Samuel II) my grandchildren (Ar’Nyjah and Dynastee) my siblings, nieces, nephews, and other family…They are all so supportive and I know they have my back 100 percent,” Nicky said.

All of which ironically equate to — you guessed it — experiences with love.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Texas-born entertainer Kbella on major comeback: “God said, ‘Now it’s your turn to shine.’”

DALLAS — In case you don’t know her, allow Karla P. Bell to introduce herself.

A native of San Antonio, Texas, listening to Bell, widely known in the world of entertainment as “Kbella, it would become virtually easy to tell that there are no filters when it comes to this vibrant, progressive woman of color . Need more proof? During a recent, in-depth interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Kbella didn’t hold back, proving time and again to be blunt and forthright unlike never before. So what else does this ever-evolving, ever-so-competitive entertainment universe want to know about the rising entertainment icon known as Kbella. We bring to you a thorough introduction from the woman herself.

 

Bella“Well…I went to a Catholic school as a child for many years. My parents always made sure I had the best schools and education. After I transferred to a more different environment, which meant going to a public school, it only furthered my skills in music. In fact, I went to St. Phillips College as well as DBU (Dallas Baptist University), getting my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management And Finance. My mother is Wanda Darden and father is Karl Bell. My siblings are Tabatha Allen, Stacie Marshall, Jeanette Winston, Edwin Bell, and myself; the youngest is Karla Bell.

“My childhood growing up was great for the most part. I was a spoiled little girl who had everything and never could recall going without as some people who have endured some of the less-fortunate things life. The environment I grew up in was Baptist and Catholic, but learning both religions were actually a great thing to me. The close people in my life who inspired me was my father, Karl Bell, who also was a member of the Ohio Players for a short while before their great success. My father was originally from Ohio, and worked and lived across from the group Roger and the Zapp Band, which led up to him pushing me further in my career because of wisdom from Roger Troutman.

Bella2Bella8“Also my cousin, (rapper) ‘YoYo’ kept believing that I could do this dream of being a recording artist as I persevered in making my dreams come true, not to mention Jalon Woods, who said, ‘I’m gona make sure the best comes out of you. You are really a star. Ericka Bella3Sodie, Panzie Johnson, Christie Glenn, and my favorite cousin, Madella Mosley, have been with me on this journey of success. As an entertainer, I love music and acting. This has been my love because; of course, God is my First, and my parents and children are after that. But next to the ones I care about in my life, I have to say my music is right there, next to my heart, and has always been ever since I was performing as a child in Catholic school.

Bella4“Ms. Doris Callis, my first music teacher had me perform Diane Ross, ‘Muscles.’ I’ll never forget it. I was a total knockout. I have met a number of famous people: YoYo, my cousin, Scarface, and Bushwick Bill of the Geto Boyz, not to mention a short lived relationship with Scarface at a young age. It was very intriguing and fun, but when you’re young with a lot of money and power, you don’t tend to pay attention to the valuable things in life. Marvin Sapp, J. Prince Ceo of Rapalot Records, UGK, 5th Ward Boyz, George Clinton, and the Parliament and etc….the list can goes on and on. Being with the group PKO at 15, I was signed and performed rap battles all in middle school and high school, and nobody could hang with me…and I meant nobody (lol).

“And hearing a man say, ‘You never know, you might get discovered one day soon,’ I’ll never forget that. I was graduating high school at 16 and I got signed and discovered by a man name Authur Smith, who then was an AR rep for Rap-A-Lot Records. Performing on the stage with the Geto Boys and Bushwick Bill has really been a great success for my life…exposing me to the spotlight with a number of artists has kept me going and growing. My cousin YoYo would always say you have to stay focused and that people like us have a blessing on our life through God and that no one can take it away.

Bella7“Thanks for that Cousin. YoYo and I are very close. Even if were distant, I can call her for anything and she will pick up the phone for me and say what’s up ‘Poo’….her nickname for me. Her sister, Dawn, and their family would always come for the summer here to visit our whole family and everybody would stay at my mom’s house. It was just plain fun-loving… cousin love, you know, getting fused at playing and fighting and back together again. The Geto boys are like brothers to me. I get tired of talking to Bushwick, but I love him a lot. He knows this business inside and out. After all I been through, I feel God has kept me covered under His blood because he has a purpose for me in life which is to mentor to people of a deeper situation. Meaning I’ve been through fame, sex, celibacy, and relationships that I can speak strongly on now, because of what I’m going through and have been through…and not to mention parenting.Bella6

“Life can throw curve balls, which is why you have to be patient and here the word of God to bring you through. I may not be where I need to be, but I can say I’m not where I started. My start is definitely not my finish. My motto is, ‘Live what you represent, which is success.’ I was taught to pay tithes, sow seeds, and God would keep the enemy off of you. And with all I been through, I can say God has definitely did that for me. The comeback is for me just to know I can still do it after a hard fall in my life. From everything I’ve been through, God is still keeping me while He’s on the thrown; my children all love me. They see everything I’ve been through and they embrace me and my personal relationship is coming forth. God is definitely working it out the way He sees fit, and whatever He chooses to do from now on, I can say I can finally rest at night, knowing God is giving me my breakthrough with everthing!

Bella5“After all I’ve been through, God said, ‘Now it’s your turn to shine.’ I have a performance on stage with Geto Bosy and Bushwick Bill at the South By Sothwest in Austin, Texas March 11-20, with a great number of artists such as Snoop Dog, Nelly, and all the BET performers…Gospel and Radio and Executive record companies will be there. I also have radio interviews all over Texas in various cities and states, and I have a current video shoot that is coming out in the Dallas area, so look out for that my first single, which will be called, ‘Real Square Biz,’ a remake of Teena Marie.

Thank you all for your support, and look out for all the upcoming events.”

Kbella

 

 

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.

Martesha Haynes’ SGIA, Inc. has become a beacon of light in Houston, surrounding areas

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- A Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Austin, Texas native Martesha Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated. A non-profit organization that was established in 2009, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTA Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Austin, Texas native Martesha Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated.
A non-profit organization that was established in 2009, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others.

DALLAS — You can practically see it in her eyes.

Make no mistake, upon crossing paths with Martesha C. Haynes for the very first time, amongst the lasting impressions one would grasp is that she undoubtedly is a woman with a vision.

A notable vision.

An exceptional vision.

A life-enhancing, extraordinary vision, one that, given her immeasurable track record as an educational professional, figures to change lives.

One person at a time, regardless of their race, creed, or color.

Tsh5An Austin, Texas native, Haynes is a former prep track and field standout who, to her credit, enjoyed an array of success as an athlete.

Today, unlike never before, the 37-year Haynes is running masterfully in the race called life, partaking in a figurative marathon that is so admirable and so meritorious, that this current Houston resident has become a fixture while functioning comfortably in her distinct element in Texas’ largest city.

YOU GO GIRL! --- SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

YOU GO GIRL!SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

A Communications Facilitator in the Deaf Education Resources Department for the Houston Independent School District, Haynes also is the chief executive officer of the Houston-based Social Good In Action Incorporated.

A non-profit organization that was established in 2009 and is also ran by Haynes’ assistant, Rodney Lagard of Sir Savage Entertainment, Social Good In Action (or SGIA) is an up-and-coming community-based establishment in which its boats the primary vision of being dedicated to connecting with issues within the community, world and various causes that are in need to be noticed more than others. According to its website, SGIA also is geared largely toward assisting children with an assortment of disabilities, most notably autism, as well as members of their families who are coping with such incapacities.

esh7SGIA has become popular in recent years, in large part because of its annual fashion shows and community concerts, particularly when the organization aspires to generate funding by way of fundraisings and other charitable events.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of the U.S. Representative for Texas’s 18th congressional district, for instance, is a devoted affiliate with SGIA, as is renowned and longtime Houstonian Freddie Jackson, Barbara Jordan Endeavors Founder Thelma Scott, and Houston Civil Rights activist Sandra Massie Hines.

Haynes has two daughters: A’lazhia Burrage (19) and A’liciah Burrage (13). 

FOLLOW SGIA ONLINE: www.socialgoodinaction.com.

Nearly seven years removed from its inception, Haynes seems confident that her notable organization will continue demonstrating to be the beacon of light it become in such a short time span.
“What I like most about my organization is that I am able to teach and assist students that are deaf or hearing impaired with learning disabilities,” Haynes told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “Also, we go out into the community and provide food, clothes and hygiene items to men, women and children in shelters.”

According to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone.

In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

SPREADING LOVE --- According to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone. In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

SPREADING LOVEAccording to Haynes, SGIA has evolved, in part, as a community-based ministry, of sorts, in that as God enlightens His children, He doesn’t show favoritism to anyone.
In other words, SGIA has become the loving, admirable beacon of light by which many have described it, in large part because, in essence, Haynes’ organization routinely welcomes the community with open arms.

Just as her mother, Sheila E. Mims, had steadfastly taught her as a child.

“I thank my mother for making me the strong woman I am today,” Haynes explained. “Now that I look back over my life I know that she was hard on me for a reason. Also, my grandmother — ‘R.I.P. Winnie M. Haynes’ — was always a loving and giving person. As a child growing up, I watched how she was with everyone, always giving and feeding everyone in the neighborhood. My aunts, Natalie Haynes, Diane McNeil, Khisha Johnson, cousins, Asheia Haynes, Da’Sha Haynes. My family is a big inspiration.”

All of which is why as big and as loving Haynes’ heart is, SGIA, too, has emerged as the progressive, thriving organization it has become in the Houston metropolitan area.

Generally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

CHASING GREATNESS ---Generally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

CHASING GREATNESSGenerally, because Haynes is committed daily to esteeming others highly than her, it’s safe to assume that SGIA’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

“People and children in this world go through a lot, and sometimes they need a little encouragement or inspiration to keep pushing forward,” Haynes said with such motivation and optimism.

That, after all, is no secret.

You can practically see it in her eyes.

For more information about Social Good In Action Incorporated, call 832-885-3468, or call its office at 1-801-657-3433. Also, send e-mail: socialgoodinaction@live.com, or send a personal e-mail to Martesha C. Haynes at mburrage2@hotmail.com.

 

 

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