Memphis’ My Scented Flames Company ‘not just a candle, it’s an experience’

received_1140492522629762The NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies aren’t the ones who have adopted the catchphrase, “BELIEVE MEMPHIS.”

Bluff City entrepreneurs Howard Branch III (Squirt), Terron A. Person (Tap), Damon West (D. West) all have essentially taken the emphatic, two-word mantra and have applied it to their daily living.

received_1140492512629763Each of them is a native of Memphis or, as Branch III said, “we’re from three different parts of Memphis.”

Yet through a life-enhancing vision, a newfound look on life and, above all, perseverance, the trio managed to strategically join forces to delve off into the world of entrepreneurial ship.

received_1140492542629760To their credit, it seems their venture has landed them on the road to success.

How ‘bout that for three Memphians who, as they tell it, have defied an array of odds to the point whereby their business is not only flourishing but, most importantly, it appears to have a taken on a national presence.

Back to BELIEVE MEMPHIS…

received_1140492472629767“Coming from a city like Memphis, Tennessee, you’re not looked upon to make it, let alone make something of yourself,” Branch told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “We’re three black men and fathers that have and planned to continue to make nonbelievers believe. There’s so much our city needs and it starts with us.”

Because of their steadfast commitment to placing their egos and their proverbial there-is-no-I-in-team persona by the wayside for a common ambition, of sorts, it’s safe assume this booming business venture of Branch III, Person, and West will be around for some time, thus constantly drawing rave reviews in the process.

This trio are owners and chief executive officers of My Scented Flames, a blossoming, progressive Memphis-based handcrafted candle company that appears to be taking not just the Bluff City by storm, but the nation.

A successful new business that has afforded these three Memphians the chance travel abroad to promote and enhance their product — most notably to as far as Puerto Rico — Branch is quick to acknowledge that as it pertains to My Scented Flames, “there are no limits,” particularly with regards to meeting the needs of consumers.

In a nutshell, when it comes to their thriving, mesmerizing candles, whatever kind or brand you want, chances are they will meet your expectation.

“We want to provide the world with a real handcrafted, elegant product that not only sets the ora of your home, but transforms the vibes of your thoughts as well,” Howard said. “We mean it when we say, ‘It’s not just a candle, it’s an experience.’ Our candle company and musical gifts will put us on a platform to make positive changes and help our youth. We’ve only just begun.”

And because Memphis is known nationally as a basketball-crazed town, the My Scented Flames owners thought it necessary to pay homage to the daughter of former University of Memphis basketball coach Larry Finch.

In what the crew describes as “our most sentimental and personal candle,” the “ShanaeForever21” candle was named in honor Shanae Finch who, in September 2014, died after collapsing during a cheerleading competition.

A notable and beloved Memphian because of her tireless efforts to aspiring cheerleaders throughout the Mid-South and nationwide, Shanae Finch was 39 at the time of demise.

On Friday morning, Branch reiterated that he and his crew is looking to contact former NBA All-Star and current East High boys basketball coach Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway to inform him about the candle that has been assembled in Shanae Finch’s honor.

Hardaway, a former Treadwell High star who played 14 seasons in the NBA for four different teams, played for Larry Finch at then-Memphis State from 1991-93.

“She represented the epitome of what an angel on earth was,” Branch said of Shanae Finch.

received_1140492535963094In assessing the strides they’ve made since the inception of their business, Branch, Person, and West credit their mother for instilling in their business-minded principles.

“We had a few inspirations,” Branch, Person, and West said. “Terron’s mother, Gloria Person, who kept us grounded. Damon’s mother Jennifer Davidson, who kept an encouraging word, Howard’s grandmother, Therese Branch, who always believed in our product…and the late and beautiful Marie Noel, grandmother of Terron, who was our biggest supporter and knew we’d one day make it in music and whatever we set our minds too.”

Most importantly and what has been especially beneficial is that Branch, Person, West, and their other constituents decided to place their egos and their proverbial there-is-no-I-in-team persona by the wayside for a common ambition, a trend that has benefited them mightily since their company’s inception.

“Our team as a whole is our inspiration,” Branch said. “We push one another to keep our dream and visions alive”

Just the way Shanae Finch would have wanted them to.



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.

 

Jonesboro, Ark. amateur hoops phenom Travia Woodruff to play in this year’s Women’s Final Four city

If you ask Travis Woodruff about his daughter’s immense basketball skills, chances are you’re going to come away thinking that he actually was the one who struck up the conversation.

FB_IMG_1459219185211By and large, it doesn’t take much to fuel Woodruff’s desire to go on and on by enlightening the world of just how much of a true talent his daughter, Travia Woodruff, has become.

In many cases, in fact, people who have witnessed her ongoing rise as an amateur basketball phenom don’t have to consult him to learn all they need to know about her passion and high IQ for the game.

TRUE TALENT - - - Nettleton Middle School point guard Travia Woodruff has made tremendous strides on the court in recent years and will be greatly rewarded for her efforts this weekend when she plays in a middle school All-American Game in Indianapolis.

TRUE TALENT – – – Nettleton Middle School point guard Travia Woodruff has made tremendous strides on the court in recent years and will be greatly rewarded for her efforts this weekend when she plays in a middle school All-American Game in Indianapolis.

Simply put, Travis Woodruff’s Facebook page, which are blanketed by an assortment of images of his daughter and teammates, will tell people all they need to know about how well this vibrant, progressive youth athlete has steadfastly found her niche in her sport.

So go ahead.

Go ahead and ask Travis Woodruff about his daughter’s wealth of basketball skills, and chances are you’re going to come away thinking that he actually was the one who struck up the conversation.

UNDER THE RADAR - - - At just 14 years of age, Woodruff is already being watched by a number of colleges.

UNDER THE RADAR – – – At just 14 years of age, Woodruff is already being watched by a number of colleges.

“Over the years, I’ve watched my daughter get better at her ball handling skills; she is quick on the court,” Travis Woodruff told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Tuesday. “She is not selfish. She’s a great team player, very easy going, and gets along well with others.”

Then there is Travia’s mother, Demetris Woodruff who, like her husband, is just as enthused and forthcoming as it pertains to assessing their daughter’s talents on and off the court.

“Her dad and I constantly push her to strive for greatness,” Demetris Woodruff said of Travia. “Travia has a 3.8 grade point average, and I let it be known that education comes first and that basketball is second. She is doing good, keeping her grades up and playing basketball. I couldn’t ask for a better daughter.”

KEEPIN' IT GOING - - - As usual, Woodruff will suit up and play for the JB Ballers AAU team this summer.

KEEPIN’ IT GOING – – – As usual, Woodruff will suit up and play for the JB Ballers AAU team this summer.

A point guard who stars for Nettleton Middle School in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Travia Woodruff has been afforded the golden opportunity to demonstrate just how proud she’s made her parents.

That’s because this weekend, the 5-foot-4, 14-year-old standout will be amongst a slew of athletes from around the country who will compete in the annual All-American Middle School Game in Indianapolis, the site of this year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four.

FB_IMG_1459219041721For Travia Woodruff, who is the catalyst for the Jonesboro-area JB Ballers AAU team her father founded, having the chance to compete on Middle School’s grandest stage is something about which she will cherish for a lifetime, considering such an honor will provide her with the necessary exposure she needs in this ever-so-popular sport.

Travia Woodruff boasts lofty aspirations of earning a basketball scholarship once her high school career ends. According to her parents, Henderson State, North Platte Community College, North Arkansas College, and Robert Morris University are amongst the schools already keeping a close watch of her.

“I would like (college coaches) to know that I am a hardworking student-athlete who always takes education first and criticism on the court that makes me work harder,” Travia Woodruff said. “I workout 4-to-5 days a week. My biggest strengths as a player are court vision and getting my teammates involved. My weakness as a player is my shooting skills.”

Luckily for her, she has an array of time to atone for her weaknesses, thus make a favorable impression upon college scouts and recruiters.

Especially this weekend in Indy, where she will be thrust upon Middle School basketball’s grandest stage.

“(Some college) will be inheriting a good student-athlete and point guard who will work hard and lead their team to many wins and also excel on the court and in the classrooms,” Travia Woodruff said.

Which, of course, is why her parents are so blown away by her immense talents.

On and off the court.



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.

 

 

Andrew Bess aiming to boost stock as a projected starter for perennial power Craigmont

drew2Andrew Bess was asked recently to assess his overall display this past season on the Memphis’ tradition-rich basketball circuit.

While the Craigmont High sophomore swingman was pleased with the strides he made for the perennial power Chiefs, he is quick acknowledge that his best and brighter days are well ahead of him.

After all, Bess knows full well that he’s undoubtedly faced with a golden opportunity of making a favorable impression on college scouts and recruiters, in large part because:

HUGE UPGRADE --- After a brief stint for nearly Marion (Arkansas) High, Taylor were among those who never took Andrew Bess’ skills for granted, a discovery that ultimately gave way to the swingman’s family having transferring him roughly 10 miles across the Mississippi bridge to nearby Craigmont. Fortunately for Andrew Bess, it appeared to have been a transition worth making, in large part because Taylor and his staff allowed his the chance to put his mechanic and fundamentals on display for a program that customarily has been one of the area’s finest in recent years.

HUGE UPGRADEAfter a brief stint for nearly Marion (Arkansas) High, Taylor were among those who never took Andrew Bess’ skills for granted, a discovery that ultimately gave way to the swingman’s family having transferring him roughly 10 miles across the Mississippi bridge to nearby Craigmont.
Fortunately for Andrew Bess, it appeared to have been a transition worth making, in large part because Taylor and his staff allowed his the chance to put his mechanic and fundamentals on display for a program that customarily has been one of the area’s finest in recent years.

No. 1: He plays for one Shelby-Metro’s finest and most successful head coaches in Craigmont’s David Taylor and,

No. 2: He still has two full seasons of major varsity basketball ahead on him, meaning if the 6-foot-5 1/2, 159-pounder can continue to be the coacheable, talented kid for which he’s widely known, then the possibility exist that he could find himself signing a much-anticipated National Letter of Intent before his prep career ends, something his mother, Melissa Bess — his grandest supporter — has envisioned for quite some time for her son.

“I don’t have any (letters) from any colleges yet,” Andrew Bess told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

Because he is expected to be amongst Craigmont’s key contributors next season, that could all change if Andrew Bess proves he’s as good as advertised.

To his credit, he will certainly be afforded the opportunity to demonstrate that he boasts the skills and poise to handle major high school basketball.

For starters, after a brief stint for nearly Marion (Arkansas) High, Taylor were among those who never took Andrew Bess’ skills for granted, a discovery that ultimately gave way to the swingman’s family having transferred him roughly 10 miles across the Mississippi bridge to nearby Craigmont.

Fortunately for Andrew Bess, it appeared to have been a transition worth making, in large part because Taylor and his staff allowed him the chance to put his mechanic and fundamentals on display for a program that customarily has been one of the area’s finest in recent years.

Craigmont ended the 2015-16 season with a 22-10 mark, capped by a No. 45 overall ranking in Tennessee, according to a season-ending poll released by Maxpreps.com.

In helping the Chiefs enjoy a winning campaign, Andrew Bess didn’t witness varsity action until the latter stages of the season, or during a time when players — most notably underclassmen — show could very well be a sign of things to come.

PITCHING IN --- Craigmont ended the 2015-16 season with a 22-10 mark, capped by a No. 45 overall ranking in Tennessee, according to a season-ending poll released by Maxpreps.com. In helping the Chiefs enjoy a winning campaign, Andrew Bess didn’t witness varsity action until the latter stages of the season, or during a time when players --- most notably underclassmen --- show could very well be a sign of things to come.

PITCHING INCraigmont ended the 2015-16 season with a 22-10 mark, capped by a No. 45 overall ranking in Tennessee, according to a season-ending poll released by Maxpreps.com.
In helping the Chiefs enjoy a winning campaign, Andrew Bess didn’t witness varsity action until the latter stages of the season, or during a time when players — most notably underclassmen — show could very well be a sign of things to come.

That’s exactly what Andrew Bess had done and, to his credit, his contributions have caused Taylor to serious consider installing him in the starting rotation next season.

What a difference a change in scenery has made.

“My biggest strength is height, and my ability to get rebounds,” Andrew Bess said. “My weaknesses are that I can’t handle the ball as well as I should and that I don’t have the best of jump shots.”

He plans to fine-tuned those mechanics this summer while putting his skills on display on the always-competitive Mid-South-area AAU circuit.

Looking ahead, Andrew Bess reiterated that his primary focuses are to do whatever is necessary to help Craigmont remain relevant program and to lure the attention of scouts and recruiters.

“I would like the recruiters to know that I have a high motor and that I have the potential to become a great athlete,” Andrew Bess said. “I do push-ups every other day and I run and play basketball around the neighborhood.”

Effective trends he hopes would ultimately give way to his landing a free education in the coming years.



 

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.

Entrepreneur Stephanie Green-Thompson applies Biblical and life principles in running her salon

FB_IMG_1459263471887Amongst the Apostle Paul’s thought-provoking, forthright letters to the church at Corinth, he challenged believers to, “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

A familiar, life-enhancing passage that is housed in 1 Corinthians 14:40,  would be the first to tell you that ever since her childhood days, she was taught to strategically apply this spiritual notion to her daily living.

SISTERLY LOVE - - - Philadelphia area Salon Owner Stephanie Green-Thompson has been an entrepreneur for a little more than five years and, as a result, has become fixture in her community.

SISTERLY LOVE – – – Philadelphia area Salon Owner Stephanie Green-Thompson has been an entrepreneur for a little more than five years and, as a result, has become fixture in her community.

Today, unlike never, Green-Thompson, 47, is seemingly savoring the abundant life Jesus came to give, is devising ways daily to esteem others highly than herself as Paul encouraged the Philippian church.

WOMAN OF ORDER - - - In her rise to becoming an entrepreneur, Green-Thompson's father were among those who taught her to do all things in decently and in order.

WOMAN OF ORDER – – – In her rise to becoming an entrepreneur, Green-Thompson’s father were among those who taught her to do all things in decently and in order.p

Most importantly, because of relentless, progressive faith in God Almighty, this thriving, vibrant business owner has seemingly reached the pinnacle of her career as an accomplished business owner — all because, well, she steadfastly took heed to the Biblical and natural principles about which her father instilled in her.

Look at her today, savoring every bit the abundant life for which Christ is widely known for giving us.

“My father was my inspiration in pursuing entrepreneurship,” Green-Thompson, a native of Bristol, Pennsylvania, said. “He always told me to follow my heart, set goals and go for them, do things decently and in order, and do them honestly. Always work for what I want and that’s what I’ve done since the age of 13.”
Nearly four decades later, Green-Thompson is basking in the glow of God’s glory unlike never before, in large part because her father played in an integral role in her life.

Owner of Xclusive Changez Studio (located at 7612 Bristol Pike Levittown, Pennsylvania) in the greater Philadelphia area, Green-Thompson’s business establishment has been in operations for five years and counting. Given the immense, well-publicized strides she has made since delving off into the world of entrepreneurial ship, it’s safe to assume that her business’ best days are well ahead of it.

What Green-Thompson describes largely as a Christian-based hair salon where she and her staff thrives off engaging in efficient customer satisfaction, thus guarantee to provide clients with “a hot new look,” Xclusive Changez’s mission includes providing our clients with dignity and respect, professionalism, and a friendly, relaxing atmosphere, trends and rave reviews they trust will inspire them to pass along to others who seek the same efficient service.

“Upon entering our salon, we want to extend to you a

smile, a warm welcome and the best salon experience

Imaginable,” Green-Thompson said. “Come on in and enjoy your xclusive change. We are dedicated to servicing our clientele as well as new clients and walk-in appointments.  We look forward to servicing all of your hair care needs.”

A 1986 graduate of Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, where she was a fixture in a variety of sports and activities, Green-Thompson credits sports as fueling her competitive drive to emerge as a competitive business owner, of sorts.

“The sports allowed me to practice and show sportsmanship as well as learning to be a leader and not a follower,  meaning knowing how to treat others while competing against another team,” Green-Thompson explained. “It also helped me to exercise good behavior and knowing how to deal with a win or lose, in a respectable manner. This is also exposed within my business. I treat everyone with respect and I strive to give my best in every way possible to each and every client that graces my salon on a regular as well as new clients.”

As Green-Thompson, her rise to becoming a thriving entrepreneur did not come easily.

Still, because she’s convinced that God has a divine purpose for her life, coupled with the life’s principles her father and other loved ones taught her, she managed to persevere and navigate and press her through life’s toughest of obstacles, managed to proclaim victory even when it seemed that victory was farfetched.

Look at her now. Look at her today, savoring every bit the abundant life for which Christ is widely known for giving us.

“I thank God for blessing me with my business,” Green-Thompson said. “It wasn’t easy, but He enabled me to be here today. I always refer to one of my favorite scriptures,

FB_IMG_1459263483932Hebrews 11:1: ‘Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.’ I have been a (hair) stylist for over 30 years, even though I’ve worked other jobs as well. I always kept my license current because being a stylist is my life. No matter what other jobs or positions I’ve held, I always managed to still do hair.”

Let alone share with others who enter her salon the life-enhancing knowledge her father taught her.

“It is imperative for me to esteem and inspire others because someone inspired me,” Green-Thompson said.

Look at her now.



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.

 

 

 

South Gibson County multi-sport athlete Aalyc Walker defies odds, excels in sports and classroom

PROVEN WINNER - - - Aalyc Walker of South Gibson County High School overcame speech and hearing impediments as a child to thrive as a multi-sport athlete.

PROVEN WINNER – – – Aalyc Walker of South Gibson County High School overcame speech and hearing impediments as a child to thrive as a multi-sport athlete.

MEDINA, Tennessee — For someone who doesn’t shy away from the notion that earning a college athletic scholarship is amongst his grandest ambitions, Aalyc Walker thought it necessary to adopt a personal motto, or sorts.

To his credit, it’s one about which many young athletes ought to follow suit.

“My motto is, ‘Put me in coach everywhere I’m needed,” the South Gibson County High wide receiver said.

To get a thorough understanding of why Walker, a junior multi-sport standout, is one who boasts a wealth of passion for sports, look no further than the keen contributions he has made since becoming a product of South Gibson County’s athletic program.

For starters, the 18-year-old athletic phenom has found his niche in a variety of varsity sports, most notably basketball, track and field, and football.

Speaking of football, to his credit, that appears to be the sports about which Walker is aiming to play at the collegiate level, considering he is steadily asserting himself as arguably one of South Gibson’s most efficient and reliable players.

UNDER THE RADAR - - - Although Walker has yet to field any letters of interest from colleges, that figures to change for the junior, who is expected to have a breakthrough senior campaign.

UNDER THE RADAR – – – Although Walker has yet to field any letters of interest from colleges, that figures to change for the junior, who is expected to have a breakthrough senior campaign.

The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Walker was the catalyst of Scott Stidham’s South Gibson team that finished the 2016 season with a 7-4 record capped by a postseason appearance.

Nearly five months removed from what was a pivotal junior campaign, Walker hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to slow down anytime soon.

If nothing else, this vibrant, resilient athlete appears destined to add and upgrade his athletic repertoire, in large part because he knows full well that aside from the lofty expectations he’s placed on himself, he knows he’s being monitored closely.

In a nutshell, for a kid who’s clinging to lofty aspirations of putting his immense athletic skills on display at the collegiate level, Walker realizes that he’s being watched by a number of college scouts and recruiters.

“Everyone dreams to go pro. That’s natural,” Walker said during a recent interview with longtime sports journalist Andre Johnson. “Realistically, I hope to be able to use my God given talents to an education, and later down the road to give back to the community and mentor kids in sports.”

In assessing her son’s overall athletic success coupled with the continuous strides he’s made, his mother, Latoshia Ames, relishes the fact that her son has become dedicated to multiple sports but, most importantly, has developed the mindset to want to fortify success in the classroom.

So much for a once physically challenged kid who has conquered a speech a hear impediment he had as an infant.

“Aalyc has always amazed me since he was toddler,” Ames, a professional surgical assistant, explained. “My oldest was in and out LeBohner (Children’s Hospital), so for the first 18 months of Aalyc’s life, I didn’t notice he had a hearing and speech delay until he was almost three. When I did, I got him (involved with) a speech pathologist and was amazed at his motor skills.”

What was especially astounding, Ames acknowledges, was how well her son has managed to balance academics and athletics, all while defying the greatest of odds, something about which many of peers still battle to this very day.

Fortunately for the young Aalyc, God has a divine purpose for his life, a purpose that, to his credit, has always been wrapped up in the gifts of athletics.

Nowadays, the sky’s the limit for a talented athlete who boasts lofty aspirations of landing a college athletic scholarship.

“Most kids with cognitive hearing loss usually don’t have good balance,” Ames said. “Aalyc was walking running and performing way above his skills level. He also had developed his own way of communicating.”

How else to explain his success as a rising, progressive athlete?



Andre

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

Andre Johnson is 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 Nik Jackson’s JBAKARI Clothing spreading the good news, providing swag

One thing about Nik Jackson, he’s surely one who stays true to who he is.

Take, for instance, how the 41-year-old Jackson had gone to great lengths to pursuing a career as a professional truck driver.

jak2Nine years after earning his diploma from Memphis Trezevant High, Jackson enrolled at Tennessee Technology trade school, where he had taken the required courses necessary to landing employment in his selected field.

To his credit, he passed in flying colors, which ultimately gave way to a compelling truck-driving a career that is comprised of job stability and security.

Still, he didn’t stop there.

A TRUE TALENT --- Just like possessing a job to drive trucks, he’s making his presence felt in his latest ambition, a trend that appears to have drawn rave reviews from his grandest of supporters, far and near. Memphis-based business owner Nik Jackson is owner and chief executive officer of JBAKARI Clothing Company, a rising, trendy-savvy, stylish apparel establishment that, in Jackson’s own word, was built “on the word of God inspires you through cotton.”

A TRUE TALENTJust like possessing a job to drive trucks, he’s making his presence felt in his latest ambition, a trend that appears to have drawn rave reviews from his grandest of supporters, far and near.
Memphis-based business owner Nik Jackson is owner and chief executive officer of JBAKARI Clothing Company, a rising, trendy-savvy, stylish apparel establishment that, in Jackson’s own word, was built “on the word of God inspires you through cotton.”

Aside from traveling throughout the country for his employer, Jackson clung to yet another lofty endeavor for which he wanted to pursue.

Just like possessing a job to drive trucks, he’s making his presence felt in his latest ambition, a trend that appears to have drawn rave reviews from his grandest of supporters, far and near.

Jackson is owner and chief executive officer of JBAKARI Clothing Company, a rising, trendy-savvy, stylish apparel establishment that, in Jackson’s own word, was built “on the word of God inspires you through cotton.”

“It gives each piece a sense of royalty,” Jackson said during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

yuThat proverbial “royalty” spark isn’t all JBAKARI Clothing offers consumers, particularly as it pertains to the life-enhancing, compassionate message and mission for which Jackson’s clothing line was established.

JBAKARI Clothing also offers what Jackson describes as pictorial scripture designs that uplifts motivates, encourages, and keeps customers entertained through humor.

jak8In a nutshell, as far as Jackson is concerned, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with spreading the gospel and lifting up Christ with a catchy, comic message applied to it because, regardless of the message, nothing supersedes or surpasses the word of God.

jak“The competitive drive in sports propelled me in my business venture by being focused on one goal at a time,” Jackson, a former “street and backyard basketball” player, said of his reasoning and mission behind his business. “Working hard and making faith moves toward a desired result is what I like most about my business. It is the creativity of the designs and how they bless people when they see them and wear them (is what’s so appealing).”

ON A MISSION --- Nine years after earning his diploma from Memphis Trezevant High, Jackson enrolled at Tennessee Technology trade school, where he had taken the required courses necessary to landing employment in his selected field. To his credit, he passed in flying colors, which ultimately gave way to a compelling truck-driving a career that is comprised of job stability and security. Still, he didn’t stop there.

ON A MISSIONNine years after earning his diploma from Memphis Trezevant High, Jackson enrolled at Tennessee Technology trade school, where he had taken the required courses necessary to landing employment in his selected field.
To his credit, he passed in flying colors, which ultimately gave way to a compelling truck-driving a career that is comprised of job stability and security.
Still, he didn’t stop there.

A compelling, attracting product that resembles that of Polo Sport and Tommy Hilfiger, JBAKARI clothing caters to all races, nationalities, and various cultures of people.

By and large, Jackson said starting his clothing line was inspired largely through the entrepreneurial success of Sean P. Diddy Combs and Ralph Lauren.

Don’t blink now.

SHOP JBAKARI Clothing ONLINE:  jbakariclothing.deco-apparel.com

JBAKARI Clothing is not only steadily evolving as a fashion statement and progressive trend for all, but this rising clothing is making a strong case that it could very well be around for some time.

weAfter all, that’s exactly how Jackson has envisioned it from the outset.

“My personal mission for doing this work is to win souls into the kingdom of heaven,” Jackson explained. “I have been doing this since 2001. I think that it is imperative that I esteem others daily because people need hope and they need to know that Jesus loves them.”

Which, to Jackson’s credit, is why JBAKARI Clothing makes all of the sense in the world.

As he tells it, there’s nothing bad about lifting up Jesus and dressing cool — and with swag — in the process.

Said Jackson: “JBAKARI stands for going forward: Jesus brings-About Kindness And Right Insight. Going backwards: I Receives All Knowledge About Beautiful Jesus.”

Yep. That’s quite typical of Jackson, a rising clothing designer, let alone one who stays true to who he is.

That is a child of the Most High God.



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 Christie Henry having a Texas-size impact as a flourishing singer and model

DALLAS — Say what you want about Christie Henry.

But when to comes to chasing dreams and ensuring that they become a reality, no one has to give her some long, exhausting motivational speech.

4Ever since her youth, particularly when she had become of age to grasp a thorough understanding of what it means to maximize her potential, Henry steadfastly adopted a persona that suggests, among other things, that falling short of fulfilling her goals and ambitions weren’t option.

If nothing else, because of her devout faith, coupled with the resiliency for which she was taught, Henry’s reputation is such that she customarily aspires to see from beyond where she is.

In a nutshell, she’s one who doesn’t settle.

Rather, she’s one who goes to great lengths to make things happen.

“I thought I was one step closer to pursuing my dream,” Henry said during an interview Friday afternoon with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “But God has a great way of revealing your true purpose.”

MEMPHIS MADE --- Ever since her youth in growing up in Memphis, particularly when she had become of age to grasp a thorough understanding of what it means to maximize her potential, Dallas-based model and singer Christie Henry steadfastly adopted a persona that suggests, among other things, that falling short of fulfilling her goals and ambitions weren’t option.

MEMPHIS MADEEver since her youth in growing up in Memphis, particularly when she had become of age to grasp a thorough understanding of what it means to maximize her potential, Dallas-based model and singer Christie Henry steadfastly adopted a persona that suggests, among other things, that falling short of fulfilling her goals and ambitions weren’t option.

A Memphis native and graduate of Fairley High, the 25-year-old Henry is alluding largely to the events and circumstances surrounding her recent relocation to the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

Upon graduating high school in the top 10 percent of her class, Henry enrolled at nearby University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she studied Mass Communications and was a member of the school’s internationally-acclaimed marching band known as The Marching Musical Machines Of The Mid-South. In addition, she joined the college’s modeling club, gospel choir, and student council.

That’s when change ultimately took place. An assortment of changes, that is.

“After a heart-to-heart convo with my mentor, I decided to transfer to The University of Memphis to pursue a degree in Music and film,” Henry explained.
Still, her tenure at the U of M was short-lived, considering it had become increasingly evident that if Henry aspired to become more effective in her element, a move away from her native hometown was essential.

CHASING GREATNESS --- Upon graduating high school in the top 10 percent of her class, Henry enrolled at nearby University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she studied Mass Communications and was a member of the school’s internationally-acclaimed marching band known as The Marching Musical Machines Of The Mid-South. In addition, she joined the college’s modeling club, gospel choir, and student council.

CHASING GREATNESSUpon graduating high school in the top 10 percent of her class, Henry enrolled at nearby University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, where she studied Mass Communications and was a member of the school’s internationally-acclaimed marching band known as The Marching Musical Machines Of The Mid-South. In addition, she joined the college’s modeling club, gospel choir, and student council.

On to Dallas, Texas she went.

Given the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time in the Lone Star state, it’s safe to assume that her unlikely relocation was a risk worth taking.

“After some serious prayer, I decided to pack my bags and leave for Texas to pursue my music career full time and attend a music or fine arts institution to better my craft,” Henry said.

CHECK OUT CHRISTIE HENRY IN ACTION: https://youtu.be/j379iIs5MxE

Fortunately for this rising model and avid singer, Texas undoubtedly appears to be the ideal establishment. Since her arrival here, Henry has been afforded an assortment of opportunities to broaden her horizon, considering she has become a fixture and featured singing guest at the Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge during its Live Jazz Sunday Brunch.

Located in Carrollton, Texas, Henry customarily performs during Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge’s brunch times, which usually is between 1 and 3:30 pm.

TEXAS-SIZE IMPACT --- Given the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time in the Lone Star state, it’s safe to assume that her unlikely relocation was a risk worth taking. “After some serious prayer, I decided to pack my bags and leave for Texas to pursue my music career full time and attend a music or fine arts institution to better my craft,” Henry said.

TEXAS-SIZE IMPACTGiven the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time in the Lone Star state, it’s safe to assume that her unlikely relocation was a risk worth taking.
“After some serious prayer, I decided to pack my bags and leave for Texas to pursue my music career full time and attend a music or fine arts institution to better my craft,” Henry said.

A singer for the past two decades, Henry had gained a fond admiration for music, given she had become a fixture for entering talent shows and talent expos as a way to generate exposure and demonstrate to her listening audience that she could soar to immense heights in this ever-so-popular industry.

“Now I’m here in Dallas, making my dreams come true with my Father in Heaven by my side,” Henry said with a smile.

To her credit, she has every reason to display her signature, attractive smile that, along with her mesmerizing vocals, has enabled her to become one with lofty modeling aspirations.

“I love the fact that I can be myself throughout this journey that God has destined me to be on,” Henry explained. “I also love the fact that I am able to give back by helping others with their music programs at their church and learning centers here in Dallas, and encouraging others to go after their dreams as well.”

Looking back, it is because of the past struggles through which her mother, Andrea Henry-Houston, and other loved ones had weathered that greatly helped shaped Henry into the progressive, flourishing woman of color for which she is widely known.

RISING STAR --- Henry has been afforded an assortment of opportunities to broaden her horizon, considering she has become a fixture and featured singing guest at the Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge during its Live Jazz Sunday Brunch. Located in Carrolton, Texas, Henry customarily performs during Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge’s brunch times, which usually is between 1 and 3:30 pm.

RISING STARHenry has been afforded an assortment of opportunities to broaden her horizon, considering she has become a fixture and featured singing guest at the Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge during its Live Jazz Sunday Brunch.
Located in Carrolton, Texas, Henry customarily performs during Hoops Restaurant Bar & Lounge’s brunch times, which usually is between 1 and 3:30 pm.

In both Tennessee and Texas.

“My mother Andrea Henry-Houston, my grandmother Catherine Henry, and cousin Dedra Thomas…these women showed me what hard work and perseverance can do,” Christie Henry said. They were all single mothers in the struggle who were trying to make a better life for me. Every band competition, talent show, etc., they were there along with other family members. With all that is going on in our family, from struggles, deaths, financial issues, and more, they continued to press through and make it happen for our family.”

10As for the critics and naysayers, Christie Henry said, “I would have to hear people say, ‘You’re not going to be serious about being an artist’ or they get upset when I share my life dreams. But I could always count on my mom to intervene and just say, ‘You can do or be whatever as long as God is first in your life and you put the work behind it.’”

The rest, as they say, it history.

Roughly a few months removed from having bolted Memphis for a city that’s nearly three times the size of her native hometown, Christie Henry hasn’t shown any signs of a letdown, much less shown any signs that she’s planning to slow it down anytime soon.

No. No time soon.

Not with so much success at stake.

Say what you want about her.

But Christie Henry is doing it big in the state where doing things big is a part of the norm.

How ‘bout that.

“In all that you do, you’ve got to put God first, in the middle, and at the end of it,” Christie Henry said. “You can never go wrong when He’s involved.”

She would know.

Because when to comes to chasing dreams and ensuring that they become a reality, no one has to give her some long, exhausting motivational speech.



AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an honor student, 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.

Mid-South-born author Deidre Leshay enjoying success as writer and publisher

DeeJust recently, Deidre Leshay is going on and on about why she has such great passion for having become an author.

In fact, just the thought of being ceremoniously thrust in a rather distinguished group, in a rather commendable compelling limelight, or sorts, is something about which swiftly brings Leshay to smiles.

And rightfully so.

“What I love most about being an author and a publisher is that I get to bring books to life and I get to bring dreams to life,” Leshay told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “It is an honor and a pleasure to be able to do something so amazing, and I am a slight bit vain. I love seeing my name and company’s name on books.”

MAKING STRIDES --- To her credit, Deidre Leshay, a native of Albany, Georgia, has gone to great lengths, thus weathered an assortment of obstacles to emerge as the professional author/publisher for which she is widely known. A customer service representative for a company in Columbus, Ohio, her present place of residence, Leshay customarily writes for as many as three different urban genres, most notably drama, thriller, and romance.

MAKING STRIDESTo her credit, Deidre Leshay, a native of Albany, Georgia, has gone to great lengths, thus weathered an assortment of obstacles to emerge as the professional author/publisher for which she is widely known.
A customer service representative for a company in Columbus, Ohio, her present place of residence, Leshay customarily writes for as many as three different urban genres, most notably drama, thriller, and romance.

To her credit, Leshay, a native of Albany, Georgia, has gone to great lengths, thus weathered an assortment of obstacles to emerge as the professional author/publisher for which she is widely known.

A customer service representative for a company in Columbus, Ohio, her present place of residence, Leshay customarily writes for as many as three different urban genres, most notably drama, thriller, and romance.

As if those avenues aren’t enough to keep her with a congested schedule, Leshay admittedly doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

Not with her best writing and publishing days well ahead of her.

“I would like to write a mystery, which I am in the process of researching mystery fiction,” Leshay explained.

In addition, as it pertains to the craft for which she has successfully found her niche, Leshay seemingly has delved off into a business venture, or sorts, a trend that undoubtedly has become a growing trend amongst rising authors.

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Leshay is owner and chief executive officer of a book publishing company called Black Beauty, a venture about which she organized in February 2015.

Dee2As she tells it, having her own venture in this ever-so-popular industry will greatly enhance her writing mechanics, thus provide her with the flexibility to become her own publisher.

“After having a not-so-pleasant publishing experience — don’t get me wrong — I am so grateful to that company for bringing my book alive,” Leshay said. “I just want to write more than urban romantic novels. I decided to open a company that would publish all genres of books, giving my authors the pleasure of branching out and keeping Black Beauty out of the normal urban publishing box.”

SPREADING LOVE --- In assessing the overall landscape of her craft, Leshay credits her mother for challenging her daily to broaden her horizon, thus cling to unwavering faith and maximizing her potential.

SPREADING LOVEIn assessing the overall landscape of her craft, Leshay credits her mother for challenging her daily to broaden her horizon, thus cling to unwavering faith and maximizing her potential.

In addition, what’s so intriguing about this young author is that her publishing company is open to all ethic groups, regardless of their race, creed, or color, a trend that will surely cause her to become more marketable in the foreseeable future.

In assessing the overall landscape of her craft, Leshay credits her mother for challenging her daily to broaden her horizon, thus cling to unwavering faith and maximizing her potential.

“My mother…she has always told me that there was a book inside me and she was correct,” Leshay said. “There are a lot of books inside me.”

Which, to her credit, is why she was going on and on about recently about why she has such great passion for having become an author.

Not to mention a publisher.

“I think that it is important for people to know that dreams come true, that every day, average people can achieve greatness,” Leshay said. “I am proof that it happens; you just have to have faith in God and trust Him and take that leap of faith.”
Just as she has done.



Andre

EDITOR’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.

Stephen Curry isn’t focused on MVP, wants champs to eclipse Bulls’ 72-win mark

SIZZLIN' STEPH ---  In a year in which Curry, the league’s leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone capable of surpassing him as the conjectural favorite for MVP. (Brandon Wade/AP Photos)

SIZZLIN’ STEPHIn a year in which Curry, the league’s leading scorer at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone capable of surpassing him as the conjectural favorite for MVP. (Brandon Wade/AP Photos)

DALLAS — Last year, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry seized the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award in rather impressive fashion, having garnered 100 of the 130 first-place votes while compiling 1,198 total points from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.

This year, with the three-time All-Star being dubbed the presumptive front-runner to capture the NBA’s most covenant individual award in consecutive seasons, Curry quickly acknowledged that isn’t his primary focus.

“I’m not worried about that,” Curry, a seven-year veteran, told MemphiSport following Friday’s shoot around session in Dallas’ American Airlines Center. “There’ll come a time where that decision will happen. I go out every night playing as if I want to help my team get wins and do my part of being consistent and efficient as I can be. And that’s my focus.”

In a year in which Curry, the league’s scoring leader at 30.3 points per game, has been nothing short of remarkable in having engineered Golden State to the best start in NBA history when the Warriors reeled off 24 consecutive wins to begin the season, it would be hard-pressed to find anyone who’s capable of surpassing him as the conjectural MVP favorite.

Besides being the league’s top scorer, Curry is second in free throw percentage and third in three-point field goal efficiency, having made 45.7 percent of his shots from long range.

Add to the fact that the high-powered Warriors, who improved to an NBA’s best 63-7 with Monday night’s win at Minnesota — the team that’s responsible for ending their 24-game undefeated streak to start the season — and are on pace to eclipse the Chicago Bulls’ 72-10 record they amassed during their 1995-96 championship season, and it’s no wonder Curry in all likelihood will continue to field questions as to whether he thinks he’s well on his way to walking away with more MVP hardware.

“Obviously, team success leads to accolades and that’s our mission right now,” said Curry who, last year, led Golden State to its first world championship in 30 years when the Warriors upended the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games of their NBA Finals best-of-7 series.

STAYING FOCUSED --- When asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season regular record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

STAYING FOCUSEDWhen asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season regular record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

As far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry, and then there is everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award.

“I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the front-runner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

A little more than a week removed from having clinched the Pacific Division and their fourth consecutive postseason berth, Curry reiterated that individual awards are the least of the Warriors’ concerns, considering they undoubtedly are everyone’s biggest game and have yet to clinch home court advantage throughout the postseason for a second consecutive year.

Golden State leads second-place San Antonio (59-11) by four games in the West with 12 regular season games remaining.

When asked if failing to surpass the Bulls’ historic 72-win plateau serve as motivation heading into the postseason, Curry, who turned 28 March 14, paused briefly then said, “I would hope we have that same motivation either way. Winning a championship is the ultimate goal, and a regular season record, whether we have 73 wins, 69 wins, or 68, it doesn’t bear any difference on how we’re going to do in the playoffs.”

Then without hesitation, Curry offered this notable suggestion:

JUST BEING BLUNT --- As far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry and then everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award. “I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the frontrunner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

JUST BEING BLUNTAs far as this year’s league MVP talks go, Warriors coach Steve Kerr on Friday was quick to say that there is Curry and then everyone else, although he doesn’t believe the former Davidson College star will be the unanimous favorite to win the award.
“I’d be shocked if he doesn’t win it with the kind of season he’s had and we’ve had,” said Kerr, when asked if Curry is the frontrunner. “But there are always several great candidates. But it’ll be tough imagining Steph not winning it.”

“But I know we don’t want to be the team that gets the record and doesn’t win (a championship),” Curry said. “That’s what the Bulls did. They finished the job, obviously. Whatever our record is, that’s great. But playoff success is a totally different animal. Your record is zero and zero once you get into that first round.”

When asked, “Deep down inside, do you want to get this record?” Curry paused again then said, “There’s a reason you’re still talking about the 95-96 Bulls team, so yes, that would be a huge accomplishment. I’ve always said we want to do it with the big picture in mind. I think we can accomplish both if we stay true to who we are and not get distracted by playing for the record as opposed to playing for the bigger goal.”

Spoken like a player in postseason form.



 

AndreAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Lavenda Smith’s DABB Online/Shop DABB is a popular trend for consumers nationwide

Look at her now.

Among the things about which Lavenda Smith teaches her four children is that never is it too late in life to assume the businesslike approach.

dABB4To her credit, Smith’s tireless approach seemingly is paying off mightily for this rising entrepreneur.

A 38-year-old native Memphian, Smith is owner of and chief executive officer of DABB Online/Shop DABB, an online department store that offers an assortment of clothing fashions and trends for individuals from various walks of life.

You name it and Smith, by all accounts, will just about have it at your disposal to suit your fashionable needs.

And, if she doesn’t have it, chances are she will go to great lengths to get it.

“The mission of my business is to make people aware of themselves,” Smith said during an interview Saturday afternoon with longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “What I mean by that is they can wear anything but wear it with class.”

YOU GO GIRL!!! A 38-year-old native Memphian, Lavenda Smith is owner of and chief executive officer of DABB Online/Shop DABB, an online department store that offers an assortment of clothing fashions and trends for individuals from various walks of life.

YOU GO GIRL!!! A 38-year-old native Memphian, Lavenda Smith is owner of and chief executive officer of DABB Online/Shop DABB, an online department store that offers an assortment of clothing fashions and trends for individuals from various walks of life.

DABB Online/Shop DABB is apart of DABB Enterprise, LLC, a two-fold business venture in which Smith also assumes the roles as a well-established professional tax preparer (for nine years and counting and a notary republic (for five years and counting).

What’s even more appealing as it pertains to Smith’s online store is that her children have fully bought into her vision and passion for giving back to the community through her business, which has become a popular establishment, most notable through those whom she meets and interacts with via social media.

“My children and I stand behind our business,” Smith explained. “We want to offer lower prices for good products, so that everyone can afford to look good at a very reasonable price. Our personalities sell everything we have on because we connect with everyone. Our clients will benefit by purchasing products from DABB at a lower price. They will receive great customer service, exceptional feedback, and will enjoy their shopping experience. We want to bring to our clients whatever it is they want to see more of.”

Generally, Smith’s rise to becoming a business owner did not come easily which, according to her, has made this life-enhancing journey much more admirable and gratifying.

TREND SETTER SENSATION --- What’s even more appealing as it pertains to Smith’s online store is that her children have fully bought into her vision and passion for giving back to the community through her business, which has become a popular establishment, most notable through those whom she meets and interacts with via social media.

TREND SETTER SENSATIONWhat’s even more appealing as it pertains to Smith’s online store is that her children have fully bought into her vision and passion for giving back to the community through her business, which has become a popular establishment, most notable through those whom she meets and interacts with via social media.

For starters, Smith recalls like yesterday how many individuals told her time and again that she wouldn’t merely amount to anything, told her that she’s going through the motions of life, told her that she’s settling for just getting by, or the status quoism of life, if you will.

Yes, Smith surely remembers. She remembers it quite well. She remembers who said it.

Still, she was determined to never let the potentially damaging predictions of those to prevent her defying the odds, thus maximizing her potential.

Look at her now.

One moment, she’s writing and signing books as a best-selling author.

Weeks later, she’s erecting an online business venture that figures to become a fixture as the spring and Summer months approaches.

“For the people who told me I wouldn’t amount to nothing, all I can say is, God has an assignment on my life, not you,” Smith said while exhibiting her signature smile. “Thank you for speaking negatively into my life because, what you meant for bad, God turned it around for my good. I love you and I thank you!”

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More than anything, Smith is grateful of the unyielding support of her family, especially her children, each of whom have witnessed their mother persevered and press her way through adversity, each of whom have loan an ear to hearing just how hard she’s worked to provide for them a life opposite that of mediocrity .

Look at her now.

“What’s special about how I’ve learned to persevere through my trials is that when I look at my four smiling faces, I know I’m in it to win,” Smith said. “Looking back on how I was molested and then the cycle repeated itself with my firstborn, I knew I had to take every setback, heartache and anything that tried to deter me and my children, to turn it around. I reached out and God continued to take me higher just by flashing before me the painful things my children and I encountered in life. I refuse to let it continue to follow me, this is why I know God continue to let those things flash right before my eyes to remind me that He has never left nor forsaken me.

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“I am blessed beyond anything anyone can imagine,” Smith continued. People see me but don’t really know I’ve cried a many a nights, but through those tears, I gained my strength because I know I will never fail my children and I want them to know and understand that they are somebody and will always be somebody. I often tell my children that, ‘We are not in competition with anyone but ourselves. We don’t compete with others, we are our best competition.’ When you compete with yourself, you can’t do anything but bring out greater in self.”

SHE SAID IT --- “My children and I stand behind our business,” Smith explained. “We want to offer lower prices for good products, so that everyone can afford to look good at a very reasonable price. Our personalities sell everything we have on because we connect with everyone. Our clients will benefit by purchasing products from DABB at a lower price."

SHE SAID IT“My children and I stand behind our business,” Smith explained. “We want to offer lower prices for good products, so that everyone can afford to look good at a very reasonable price. Our personalities sell everything we have on because we connect with everyone. Our clients will benefit by purchasing products from DABB at a lower price.”

Fortunately for Smith and her children, things are starting to come full circle for them, just as God had envisioned, Smith acknowledges.

As for the plans and changes for her business in the foreseeable future, Smith said, “I see my business in the next year going mobile. I want to be able to allow people to shop from the comfort of their home and have it delivered on the spot. I want people to have a mobile clothing store where they can walk out their front door and walk on a mobile vehicle and go in a dressing room to try on what they’ve ordered. That’s what I envision. I see my business expanding because the love my children and I have for everyone will draw them to want to continue to shop with us and spread the word. We are here to serve therefore we want to continue bringing our business to our clients.”

Look at her now.



 

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.