Dallas-area Pastor Dorothy Renee Harris-Curry transforming lives through her book, “Give Me My Panties Back”

sddDALLAS — Earlier this week, there was Renee Harris-Curry, taking the time to recall her upbringing.

From her native hometown of Chicago, where she was raised in an arguably one of the most poverty-stricken, crime-infested communities in the Windy City.

To her days of residing in Sacramento, California, where she and her husband, Leon, had collectively become closer to Almighty God.

To her residing presently in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where, to her credit, it’s safe to assume she’s undoubtedly on the brink of entering yet another commendable phase of her life.

All things considered, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Harris-Curry found herself dwelling on and basking in the glory of just how far from which God has brought her, well…perhaps she can sum it better.

So pay attention.

“My growing up years were bittersweet,” Harris-Curry told News Reporter Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview.” “We lived on the West side of Chicago with my mom, who was a single parent at the time until she get married and we move to the suburbs and from the suburbs we moved to the projects.”

Cabrini-Green is what they called them.

“If anybody knows about Cabrini-Green, you know that that was the toughest project in the city of Chicago,” Harris-Curry explained. “Tough to the point where the mayor, Jane Byrne, had to come and live in the projects to control the violence.   That’s how tough it was living in Cabrini-Green.

dddd“I remember one night, we were coming home from church, and a gang fight erupted,” Harris-Curry continued. They began shooting at the other gang. You can literally hear the bullets flying over your head, but God protected us. He had His angels surrounding us.”

Aside from being raised in one of Chicago’s most rugged communities, Harris admittedly faced an assortment of other obstacles, most notably the peer pressure that comes with being a young, struggling teenager from the inner city.

As usual, she was forthright and direct about her relentless pursuit of seeking a sense of belongingness.

“Growing up, all I wanted was to be loved,” Harris-Curry said. “All I wanted was to be validated, and I was searching for love in all the wrong places. My biological father walked out of my life, and that left a void in my life.”

Consequently, other obstacles led to Harris-Curry being victimized by molestation.

While such disturbing, life-changing occurrences had caused her to become resentful, thus questioning her very existence, because of who she is in God, Harris-Curry’s faith was such that she was determined to never take her eyes off of Jesus, her Present Help in trouble.

“The most defining moment in my life was when I literally had a hell experience,” Harris-Curry explained. “My parents were pastors in the church, and I was the praise and worship leader. I was leading the people (in worship), but I wasn’t living the life and God kept warning me (to live). I didn’t listen to the voice of the Lord until one day He literally dropped me into hell. My boyfriend at that time had just left my home. I was so caught up into him at that time and he was much older than me, and we both knew we were fornicating when my head hit my pillow. That’s when I went to hell and I was in hell screaming and hollering and begging for God to give me another chance.

“And I told the Lord, ‘If you get me out of hell, I will tell every man, woman and boy that hell is real and so is God,'” Harris-Curry continued. “(God) spoke from heaven into hell and said, ‘This is what became your god.’ When I saw what the spirit of fornication looked like, fear gripped me I began to plead with the Lord God, ‘I give you my life.’ That’s when God sent an angel to get me out of hell and, when I came too, I was soak and wet and my hair was stuck to my face.”

From that point on — despite having battled depression and harboring suicidal thoughts — her life undoubtedly was never the same.

“That’s when the transformation began to take place in my life,” Harris-Curry explained. “God began to heal me from the inside out. Once I had a heart transplant, I was able to forgive. Was it easy? No it wasn’t. That’s when the compassion of the Lord took over and love began to flow in those deep wounds, causing healing and forgiveness to come.”

GOD'S CHILD --- All things considered, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Harris-Curry found herself dwelling on and basking in the glory of just how far from which God has brought her, well…perhaps she can sum it better. So pay attention. “My growing up years were bittersweet,” Harry Curry told News Reporter Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview.”

GOD’S CHILDAll things considered, to grasp a thorough understanding of why Harris-Curry found herself dwelling on and basking in the glory of just how far from which God has brought her, well…perhaps she can sum it better.
So pay attention.
“My growing up years were bittersweet,” Harry Curry told News Reporter Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview.”

Still, in spite of her ongoing transgressions, many who witnessed Harris-Curry grow up in the church as a preacher’s kid — or PK — knew that she had a divine calling on her life, one that to this very day appears to have come full circle.

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A pastor of a DFW-area ministry, Harris-Curry also is a rising author, having composed five books, most notably, “Give Me My P-A-N-T-I-E-S Back!”

Published officially on August 7, 2015, “Give Me My Panties Back” is an uplifting read that depicts Harris-Curry’s spiritual growth and what she describes as a “personal self-discovery.” After various experiences and lesson she learned during her maturation process, she ultimately found herself experiencing painful relationships, but still managed to reconnect with God’s unyielding love. According to a review at Ebay.com, it cited that as Harris-Curry rekindled her connection with God after dealing with a slew of difficult emotions, she shared her life-changing encounters and subsequent deliverance to those who, like her, endured suffering and doubting God.

WOMAN OF WISDOM --- “I wrote ‘GIVE Me My P-A-N-T-I-E-S Back’ to let people know that they are not alone and that there is power in forgiveness,” Harris-Curry explained.

WOMAN OF WISDOM“I wrote ‘GIVE Me My P-A-N-T-I-E-S Back’ to let people know that they are not alone and that there is power in forgiveness,” Harris-Curry explained.

“Her words are encouraging and remind you that God cares and is willing to bear your burden and that you are wonderfully made and loved,” according to one of her readers in a review on Ebay.com. “This is an ideal book for women uncertain of their ability to persevere.”

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Harris-Curry’s book also is available for purchase at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

“I wrote ‘GIVE Me My P-A-N-T-I-E-S Back’ to let people know that they are not alone and that there is power in forgiveness,” Harris-Curry explained.

In addition, she said her other books are currently in the publishing phases and that release dates have yet to be determined.

“I’ve written these books to help others because I know that if I went through what I’ve experienced, others have gone through it too,” Harris-Curry said. “And I am providing a voice for those that cannot speak for themselves.”

And to think, the devil thought he had her.

Thanks be to God, Who had other ideas.



 

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Dallas business owner Felicia Hill defies array of odds with God, her Helper, leading the way

DALLAS — Just recently, Felicia Hill went on and on about the advantages of working for herself.

Listening to her, it would become virtually easy to tell that Hill is extremely passionate as it pertains to making good use of her time.

hilslslsl“I like being in business for myself, because it allows me the time and freedom I wouldn’t otherwise have if I was confined to a time clock,” Hill told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview.” I’d rather spend my day building my dream than building someone else’s dream only to be let go with no destination in the end.”

Interesting enough, Hill not only some time ago thought it necessary to devise ways to establish job security for herself but, most importantly, she sensed it would be just as beneficial to build her brand in such a way that it would greatly enable others to follow suit.

A longtime Annual Filing Season Program (or AFSP) Tax Professional, Hill, 38, also functions as a certified life coach and bonded notary in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.

A native of Dallas, Hill has been owner and chief executive officer of her business ventures since 2006.

According to Hill, a University of Phoenix graduate, that she had endured constant layoffs in the wake of the nation’s downtrodden economy is what ultimately fueled her desire to delve off into entrepreneurialship, something about which has brought about a sense of freedom, let alone a newfound disposition on life.

“In 2006, I was laid off from a large commercial real estate firm in downtown Dallas due to the downturn of the economy,” Hill explained. “This had happened too many times within a five-year period.  When I was called into the office and handed my walking papers, I wasn’t mad.”

hil2Still, that she was handed yet another dreaded pink slip did not completely shatter her focus on the big picture.

Not by a long shot.

If nothing else, being unceremoniously evicted time and again from what appeared be steady income jobs only inspired Hill who, even in the wake of such unfavorable circumstances, appeared destined to witness a favorable shifting, appeared destined to see from beyond where she was, appeared destined to walk in her divine destiny and purpose and calling, with God, her Helper, steering the way.

TEXAS SIZE MIRACLES --- A longtime Annual Filing Season Program (or AFSP) Tax Professional, Felicia Hill, 38, also functions as a certified life coach and bonded notary in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. A native of Dallas, Hill has been owner and chief executive officer of her business ventures since 2006.

TEXAS SIZE COMEBACKA longtime Annual Filing Season Program (or AFSP) Tax Professional, Felicia Hill, 38, also functions as a certified life coach and bonded notary in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.
A native of Dallas, Hill has been owner and chief executive officer of her business ventures since 2006.

Ahhh…look at her now, back and better than ever before, thus displaying her signature smile in the process.

Today, not only does she runs a year-round income tax business that offers an array of other services to accommodate consumers’ needs, but even months after the hustle and bustle that is the annual tax peak season, Hill assumes the role as life coach.

In a nutshell, she makes it a point to assume the notable role as C.E.O. which, according to her, stands for “Collecting Efforts Opportunity.”

“I just enjoy helping others realize their true purpose in life is their passion,” Hill said.

As for reconnecting with the vision for which God had given her, Hill acknowledged that repeated layoffs proved to be a blessing in disguise.

WAKE UP CALL --- If nothing else, being unceremoniously evicted time and again from what appeared be steady income jobs only inspired Hill who, even the wake of such unfavorable circumstances, appeared destined to witness a favorable shifting, appeared destined to see from beyond where she was, appeared destined to walk in her divine destiny and purpose and calling, with God, her Helper, steering the way. Ahhh…look at her now, back and better than ever before, thus displaying her signature smile in the process.

WAKE UP CALLIf nothing else, being unceremoniously evicted time and again from what appeared be steady income jobs only inspired Hill who, even the wake of such unfavorable circumstances, appeared destined to witness a favorable shifting, appeared destined to see from beyond where she was, appeared destined to walk in her divine destiny and purpose and calling, with God, her Helper, steering the way.
Ahhh…look at her now, back and better than ever before, thus displaying her signature smile in the process.

“This only forced me to go after dreams I had envisioned myself going after,” she said. “I had worked as a senior accountant, making in excess of $50,000 a year with benefits and 401K.  I honestly didn’t know how I was going to make it without having the steady income I was accustomed to.  My husband suggested opening a convenience store. I had experienced managing a retail store, so with a little research and implementation, M&F Grocery was born. My first sale was a 67 cent bag of chips, and I’ve never looked back. Three years later, we generated enough income to open a restaurant and ran it along with the convenience store for seven years.”

Consequently, after witnessing those business ventures cease operations, Hill was ultimately faced with an even greater challenge, the challenge of transitioning to the ever-so-popular tax industry.

The rest, as they say, is history.

“I’m inspired to live beyond my dreams,” Hill said. “Watching my mom raise five children as a single parent with the government’s help, watching her go without so we could have shelter, food, and clothes is the ultimate inspiration I needed then and now to instill others to build their own dreams.”

Ahhh…look at her now, back and better than ever before, thus displaying her signature smile in the process.



MrJohnson

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.

Whitehaven High’s Trushawn Cain graduates with honors amid the recent death of his great grandmother

Tabitha Lawson recently married the love of her life.

Long before she and husband’s paths had crossed, Trushawn Tyree Cain essentially had assumed the notable role as the man of the house.

RESPECT DA HAVEN --- A regular honor student who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, Trushawn Cain graduated from Memphis’ tradition-rich Whitehaven High during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday.

RESPECT DA HAVENA regular honor student who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, Trushawn Cain graduated from Memphis’ tradition-rich Whitehaven High during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday.

To his credit, Cain had done masterful, resilient job of being obedient to his mother and grandmother, Shirley Cain, doing everything from his customary house chores, to never letting the “street lights catch” him, to earning favorable grades.

COLLEGE BOUND --- Next up for Trushawn --- who compiled a cumulative grade point average of 4.2 --- it’s off this fall to Middle Tennessee University, where he will major in Chemistry. Having also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist, said Lawson.

COLLEGE BOUNDNext up for Trushawn — who compiled a cumulative grade point average of 4.2 — it’s off this fall to Middle Tennessee University, where he will major in Chemistry.
Having also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist.

All in all, that is amongst the grandest reasons that Trushawn had steadfastly stayed on the right path during his young life which, as a result, has benefited him mightily throughout the years, particularly under the guidance of his mother and grandmother.

“Me nor his grandma, Shirley Cain, have never got on him to do any of his school work,” Lawson told News Reporter Andre Johnson in his Second Annual Salute To Graduates Tributes. “He is a very determined child.”

Not to mention one who will be vacating town in the coming months for all the right reasons.

A regular honor student who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, Trushawn Cain graduated from Memphis’ tradition-rich Whitehaven High during the school’s 123rd commencement exercises on Saturday.

For his mother, a 1992 Whitehaven graduate and arguably his No. 1 supporter since his birth, witnessing her son receive his much-anticipated diploma brought what she deemed as unexplainable excitement.

Having compiled a cumulative grade point average of 4.2, Trushawn Cain was a member of the National English Honor Society (or NEHS), as well as the National Society of High School Scholars (or NSHSS).

TEAR-JERKING MOMENT --- For his mother, arguably his No. 1 supporter since his birth, witnessing her son receive his much-anticipated diploma brought what she deemed as unexplainable excitement. “When I heard my baby’s name as he went across that stage and all the scholarship he )acquired) I was over (come) with joy,” Lawson said.

TEAR-JERKING MOMENTFor Trushawn’s mother, arguably his No. 1 supporter since his birth, witnessing her son receive his much-anticipated diploma brought what she deemed as unexplainable excitement.
“When I heard my baby’s name as he went across that stage and all the scholarship he )acquired) I was over (come) with joy,” Lawson said.

What’s even more astounding is that Trushawn had entered his senior year with 21.5 of the required 22 credits, and needed just a half credit to graduate. According his mother, though, her son wanted to graduate with his class and, by year’s end, he had earned an unprecedented 29 credits.

How else to explain the thunderous applause that came about on Saturday?

“When I heard my baby’s name as he went across that stage and all the scholarship he )acquired) I was over (come) with joy,” Lawson said.

Surely, there’s no doubt his great grandmother, Mattie Fortney, would have exemplified similar emotions as his mother.

Sadly, Fortney passed away on May 7 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was 86.

13278041_10206461590807525_1848398527_n“Thinking about my grandma, she would be so proud of him,” Lawson said.

There’s no doubt Fortney is looking down from above, extending unto her great grandchild a big smile in the process.

That’s because aside from being a member of the National Honor Society, Whitehaven school officials announced Saturday that Trushawn had garnered a total of $389,416 in scholarship earnings.

Next up for Trushawn, it’s off this fall to Middle Tennessee University, where he will major in Chemistry.

Having also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist, said Lawson, who added that, “He has an older brother (Tadarius Cain) and a little sister (Takayla Cain) whom he loves to death.”

Trushawn Cain’s siblings, like his mother, will truly miss him when he engages in college life in the coming months.

But like his late great grandmother, they, too, will be rooting for him to keep pursuing his dreams.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Having also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist, said Lawson, who added that, “He has an older brother (Tadarius Cain) and a little sister (Takayla Cain) whom he loves to death.”

WE ARE FAMILYHaving also gained acceptance letters from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee-Chattanooga, and Tennessee-Martin, Trushawn has aspirations of becoming a Pharmacist, said Lawson, who added that, “He has an older brother (Tadarius Cain) and a little sister (Takayla Cain) whom he loves to death.”

“The sky is the limit for my son, because when you grow, you can’t go nowhere but up,” Lawson said. “I will miss my son a lot, but he hasn’t been outside of Memphis.”

No need to worry, nonetheless.

Trushawn will have some familiar company in Murfreesboro.

“He will be up there with his brother, my oldest, Tadarius Cain,” Lawson said.

That, after all, will undoubtedly give way to a peace of mind for his mother, the happy newlywed.



 

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Hillcrest High senior Cederia Scullark figures to leave mom in tears this weekend

sssAround midday Thursday, Keisha Webb shared a post on her Facebook page.

She used just two words, both of which essentially jumpstarted an array of likes and favorable comments.

Webb’s shared posted was accompanied by the message: “My baby!”

eeeAnd just like that, the comments directed toward Webb’s daughter, Cederia K. Scullark, immediately began to blanket and swarm her social media page, spirited remarks from, “Tell her I said congratulations!”

To, “Congrats! She is beautiful…great job Cederia and Ms. Keisha!”

To Scullark herself having responded in rather stunned amazement, “OMG! I really don’t know what to say, but thank you so much!”

By and large, Webb deemed it necessary to pay homage to her daughter in some kind of unique, loving way, in large part because, well, because with God, her Helper leading the way, she has been blessed to raise Scullark in a loving, unique way.

rrrWhich, as a result, is why in News Reporter Andre Johnson’s Second Annual Salute To Graduates Tributes, Webb undoubtedly will be amongst hundreds of parents and loved ones shedding tears of joy when her child’s name is called to receive her high school diploma Sunday during Memphis Hillcrest High School’s commencement exercises.

“I am so proud of my baby,” Webb said.

lolAmongst the reasons is that leading to her much-anticipated senior year, Scullark had seemingly become a popular, admirable classmates with her peers.

For starters, she was a member of the school’s cheerleading squad.

llllMost importantly, she had proven to be just as focused and assertive and committed in the classroom, having amassed a cumulative grade point average that soared pass 3.0.

For her valiant efforts, it’s off to embracing college life in the coming months.

According to Webb, her daughter has decided to stay home and attend Southwest Tennessee Community College, but will ultimately finish her educational endeavors at the University of Memphis.

Yes, finally, Scullark’s grandest cheerleader is not only witnessing before her eyes her “baby” growing up but, above all, she is just days away from unleashing some well-deserved tears of joy in the process.

Talk about a forthcoming milestone for the ages.

dddTalk about a hardworking mother who’s once again savoring the fruits of her labor.

Talk about a high school senior who, like many who bombarded her mother’s Facebook page, was left in complete awe on midday Thursday.

“OMG! I really don’t know what to say, but thank you so much,” Scullark said to her mother.

A “thank you” that, given what’s about to unfold on Sunday, couldn’t have come at a better time.



MrJohnsonEDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to salute a Class of 2016 graduate with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

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Philander Smith College guard De’Ja Collins aiming to refocus her focus this offseason

REFOCUSING HER FOCUS --- According to Philander Smith College combo guard De'Ja Collins, her sophomore campaign wasn’t particularly successful, in large part because the 5-foot-6 combo guard admittedly wasn’t as efficient in a number of key fundamentals. That explains why she's so focused on making the essential adjustments this offseason.

REFOCUSING HER FOCUSAccording to Philander Smith College combo guard De’Ja Collins, her sophomore campaign wasn’t particularly successful, in large part because the 5-foot-6 combo guard admittedly wasn’t as efficient in a number of key fundamentals. That explains why she’s so focused on making the essential adjustments this offseason.

As far as self-evaluations go, De’Ja Collins was only keeping it real.

Heck, she didn’t think twice of holding back as it pertains to her overall display this past season for Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“I had an on and off season where as I played spectacular in some games and some games I didn’t execute, though I never gave up in a game,” Collins told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

To get a full understanding of why Collins essentially has been rather forthright about her performance this past season, look no further than what the former Forrest City High standout has labeled her list of weaknesses.

By all accounts, such an unsatisfactory list outweighs her strengths, as far as she’s concerned.

According to Collins, her sophomore campaign wasn’t particularly successful, in large part because the 5-foot-6 combo guard admittedly wasn’t as efficient in a number of key fundamentals, most notably her ability to refrain from frequent hand check fouls on defense, her ability to take open or decent shots, displaying the right energy during pivotal stretches, let alone her ability to show aggression in rebounding or, as she tells it, “overthinking” plays and finishing tough shots.

STAYING POSITIVE --- As a result to her lethargic sophomore season, Collins managed to fine-tune such mechanics as passing, shooting, dribbling and penetrating, as well as cutting on defense. All of which, to her credit, gave way to her adopting a brighter perspective on next season for a Lady Panther team that finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-12 mark.

STAYING POSITIVEAs a result to her lethargic sophomore season, Collins managed to fine-tune such mechanics as passing, shooting, dribbling and penetrating, as well as cutting on defense.
All of which, to her credit, gave way to her adopting a brighter perspective on next season for a Lady Panther team that finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-12 mark.

Talk about keeping it real.

Regardless, amongst the things about which Collins had done as a result to what obviously was a challenging season was keeping a leveled head.

In a nutshell — for a lack of better words — she kept it real by refocusing her focus, particularly on the attributes that could greatly enable her to atone for what was a lethargic season, of sorts.

“I worked out at least two hours a day, five days a week, Monday through Friday,” Collins said. “And I played ball on Saturdays.”

All in all, all wasn’t lost in a season in which Collins had the luxury of starting a few outings.

Although her being installed in the starting rotation was short-lived, what proved beneficial for her was the fact that she was afforded with the golden opportunity to witness firsthand crucial game situations.

As a result, she managed to fine-tune such mechanics as passing, shooting, dribbling and penetrating, as well as cutting on offense.

All of which, to her credit, gave way to her adopting a brighter perspective on next season for a Lady Panther team that finished the 2015-16 season with a 15-12 mark.

“I will spend this summer working on my weakness and continually improving my strengths in the gym as much as I can,” said Collins, a Business Administration major who added that she will seek an internship. “I will also lift weights to get stronger and be able to finish tough shots when I get bumped.”

After all, as far as self-evaluations go, Collins is only keeping it real.



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Will it be Tennessee State or Jackson State for Central High senior Delvin Deener?

asssAccording to his mother, Bridgette Tinnon Deener, Delvin Marquis Deener boasts lofty aspiration of someday to become a music producer.

Given his favorable music track record in recent years, this Memphis Central High senior appears on the right path to making that dream a reality.

“It brings tears of so much joy of how he has become a talented, smart, intelligent and, yes, a so very sweet and kind young man,” Bridgette Tinnon told News Reporter Andre Johnson in his Second Annual Salute To Graduates Tributes .

Such notable attributes to which she is referencing is Delvin’s rise as a member of Central’s marching band, a trend that has given way to him having earned scholarships to Tennessee State and Jackson, with JSU being the front-runner and the University of Memphis being a distant third, according to his mother.

COLLEGE BOUND --- As Delvin Teener ponders whether to put his immense music skills on display for TSU’s “Aristocrat Of Bands” or Jackson State’s “Sonic Boom Of The South,” he has yet another life-enhancing milestone to achieve. Delvin will be awarded his diploma during Central High’s commencement exercises Saturday morning at 9, a development that figures to be an emotional one, of sorts, at least for his mom.

COLLEGE BOUNDAs Delvin Deener ponders whether to put his immense music skills on display for TSU’s “Aristocrat Of Bands” or Jackson State’s “Sonic Boom Of The South,” he has yet another life-enhancing milestone to achieve.
Delvin will be awarded his diploma during Central High’s commencement exercises Saturday morning at 9, a development that figures to be an emotional one, of sorts, at least for his mom.

Regardless, as Delvin ponders whether to put his immense music skills on display for TSU’s “Aristocrat Of Bands” or Jackson State’s “Sonic Boom Of The South,” he has yet another life-enhancing milestone to achieve.

Delvin will be awarded his diploma during Central High’s commencement exercises Saturday morning at 9, a development that figures to be an emotional one, of sorts, at least for his mom.

“Me and his father, Melvin, cannot describe how proud of our son we are,” Bridgette Deener said. “He strived to do good and gave his all to his position has a section leader in the band. I love that my son has stayed focused and is looking to seek his dreams. We give him full support and love.”

kaskAnd, in return, Bridgette Teener is confident that her giftedly-talented graduating senior will continue to make the family proud, continue to represent Memphis well and, most of all, continue to become solely dependent and reliant on Almighty God to strategically direct his paths.

“Oh my…we cry now because his presence will truly be missed when he goes away to college,” said Bridgette, hinting that in all likelihood, the U of M is out of the question on where her son will attend school. “He brings about a joyful feel to our home, from being soft spoken to his playfulness to his siblings. It will be a big adjustment (when he leaves).”

Which, as a result, is amongst the grandest reasons Delvin’s mother and Co. don’t plan on remaining tight-lipped when his named is called this weekend to receive his much-anticipation diploma.

“When I hear his name called,” Bridgette Teener said, “I will be filled joy and pride and I’ll be so proud, but also (knowing) that my baby is not a baby anymore.”

Ahhhh….just like music to her ears.

Music from the graduating senior who boasts lofty aspirations of someday to become a music producer.



 

MrJohnsonEDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to salute a Class of 2016 graduate with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

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Dallas-area prep basketball player Roland Jamison aiming to atone for trying sophomore season

DALLAS — First the bad news.

Roland Jamison endured a somewhat challenging sophomore season for Mansfield (Texas) Summit High, considering he was hampered mostly by a foot injury that reduced his effectiveness.

Now the good news.

Dallas2This athletically-gifted kid, who was installed as part of the Jaguars’ varsity roster this past season, has a lot of major prep basketball ahead of him.

“It was quite a learning season for me to get a feel of the varsity floor and also kind of short since a foot injury that interrupted most of my season,” Jamison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “But now since we didn’t make playoffs, it made me work harder for next season to get our team better.”

All things considered, the only way for Jamison to go as he continues to lure the attention of college scouts and recruiters is up, especially after a rather stormy campaign that enabled him to greatly put basketball — and life — in its proper perspective.

For starters, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound swingman — who’s widely known as “Ro” — came away rather inspired and enthused about this offseason, in large part because his continuous competitive basketball play on the Dallas-Fort Worth-area AAU circuit will allow him golden opportunities to erase the memory of what was a tumultuous sophomore campaign.

Add to the fact that Jamison has a solid support system that’s headed by his father, Danny Jamison, and it’s no wonder why this prep basketball standout is eager to suit up for Summit coach Jason Mutterer’s team next season.

How compelling that the good news far outweighs the bad.

“I will spend the whole summer pushing every day to get better,” said Roland Jamison, adding that he is a “very humble and respectful” person.

His positive attitude, coupled with his a reputation that suggest that Roland Jamison is coachable, could prove beneficial for a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of play basketball at the collegiate level.

Dallas“The sky’s the limit for Roland because his drive, determination, work ethic, and willingness to get better are going get him to that next level,” Danny Jamison said. “I don’t know many kids who, instead go out partying or doing anything else, would rather go to the gym and put up literally hundreds of shots with his coach after playing ball all day against older competition. And this is a regular occurrence…every time we talk, he’s always telling me what part of his game he has worked on that day and always says to me, ‘I got to get better. I got to keep working hard at it.’ And, as a parent, that makes you proud.’”

Now that Summit is a couple of months removed from its season that ended with an unsatisfactory 11-21 mark, Roland Jamison has now shifted his focus on AAU ball and summer camps, two additional avenues that figure to allow him to generate even more exposure.

Roland Jamison has been invited to The Elite 100 Camp, and said other formal invitations will likely follow.

In the meantime, he reiterated that his primary focus is to get better — better in that he’s steadfastly aiming to draw the attention of colleges scouts.

“I would like them to know that I’m a hard and effective player that strives to get better on and off the court,” said Roland Jamison, who owns a cumulative grade point average of 4.0. “I’ll be working out every day on shooting and defense.”

That, after all, is a good thing.

That, after all, is good news, too.

News that far outweighs the bad.



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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Total Life Changes independent distributor Tiffany Young enjoying some global success

tlc2Tiffany Young has a plethora of Facebook friends, many of whom admire and look up to her.

So when word spread Monday morning that Young, a rising, Bentonville, Arkansas-based business owner, had generated the attention of the media with regards to her affiliation with Total Life Changes and their assortment of dietary products, it seemed that her social media page was about to go viral.

“I love helping people and watching them succeed,” Young told News Reporter Andre Johnson.

To her credit, the 35-year-old native of Newport, Arkansas has routinely gone to great lengths within the past year to aid others in being successful, particularly as it pertains to harboring and savoring a healthy lifestyle.

assss“(I aspire) to help and redirect people to a healthier life,” said Young, when asked what is her mission for associating with Total Life Changes.

In essence, she has a very good reason for helping motivate other to acquire — and retain — favorable health, although her primary objective was triggered in large part because of sadness.

tlc3Approximately two years ago, Young’s husband died as a result of a variety of health issues, most notably obesity.

According to a February 12 report on www.thefiscaltimes.com, a new Gallup survey published recently revealed that the obesity rate among adults surged in 2015 soared to a new high of 28 percent, or a 2.5 percentage point increase since 2008.

That means the ranks of dangerously overweight Americans increased by 6.1 million adults over that seven-year period, the reported indicated.

“After losing (my husband), I decided to not only change myself and improve my health, but also help those that are open to change and want to improve their health and finances.”

alskisSo far, she appears to have found her niche in this ever-so-evolving Total Life Changes industry, considering her becoming an independent distributor for TLC has allowed her to travel abroad.

Young said that her affiliation with TLC has given way to her having toured such establishments Jamaica, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, France, and Germany, among other places.

alskskGenerally, Total Life Changes maintains an active vision of selecting and providing superior products that have a lasting effect on consumer’s health while providing these same customers with an opportunity to change their socioeconomic status through a rewarding binary compensation plan, according to a spokesperson for the company.

ashshsIn addition, tens of thousands of people have already benefited from our signature line of Iaso™ Weight-loss and Skin Care products and are well on their way to sustaining a permanent secondary income. Moreover, TLC will continue to deliver quality products matched with a resilient support team to help you every step of the way.

Which, as result, are amongst the reasons Young — who’s also the CEO of Lavished Looks — has become a Mid-South-area fixture for TLC.

Need more proof?

Take a look at all the traffic on her Facebook page.

There, you will become thoroughly enlightened.

agsgs“My goal is to help 1000 families earn at least $1,000 dollars or more weekly,” said Young, adding that she’s currently partaking in a Global Connection Tour. “In order for me to do so, I have to make contact with anyone who’s open to change and willing to do the work. Total Life Changes is more than just a marketing company. TLC is a company that is looking to transform bodies and bank accounts.”

 

For more information about Total Life Changes independent distributor Tiffany Young, call 870-217-9724. Also follow her on Facebook under Tiffany Young.



MrJohnsonEDITOR’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 Reginald Henderson, Jr. making much spiritual noise with his rising ministry

IN HIS PRESENCE --- A spiritual endeavor whereby the featured passage is Psalms 86:12 --- which reads, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” --- Memphian Reginald Henderson is the founder of The Radical Praise Dance Ministry, a calling, of sorts, he founded some two years ago. “I saw God positioning me two years ago,” Henderson explained.

IN HIS PRESENCEA spiritual endeavor whereby the featured passage is Psalms 86:12 — which reads, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” — Memphian Reginald Henderson is the founder of The Radical Praise Dance Ministry, a calling, of sorts, he founded some two years ago.
“I saw God positioning me two years ago,” Henderson explained.

Over the weekend, Reginald Henderson, Jr. went on and on about his upbringing in the church.

There were no filters with him.

Instead, Henderson wasted little time cutting straight to the chase, wasted little time recalling the proverbial nuts and bolts approach his parents customarily had taken to ensure their children were brought up in a Christian-oriented environment.

By and large, he wasted little time recalling just how far from where his Creator has brought him, particularly in a city that has been stricken by senseless crimes in this calendar year alone.

Yes, Henderson, this 22-year-old young adult who is approximately five years removed from having earned his high school diploma from Carver High, would be the first to tell you that even in the wake of all the tumultuous acts of violence that have plagued Memphis of late, it is because of God’s amazing grace that he’s yet standing, yet living, yet basking in the glory and splendor of a life that is accompanied by God’s mandated divine purpose.

“I’ve been in church all my life,” Henderson told News Reporter Andre Johnson. “I was baptized at nine years old. It was mandatory for me and sisters to go to church. I’m grateful my mom instilled that in us because it’s beneficial to go to church give God the glory for all He’s done for us and hear an encouraging word that will carry us throughout the week.”

And because God’s manual, according to Isaiah 55:11, richly enlightens us that His word will not return unto us void, Henderson has deemed it essential to pay homage to God in a rather commendable, unique way.

A spiritual endeavor whereby the featured passage is Psalms 86:12 — which reads, “I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever” — Henderson is the founder of The Radical Praise Dance Ministry, a calling, of sorts, he founded some two years ago.

CALLED BY GOD --- Yes, Henderson, this 22-year-old young adult who is approximately five years removed from having earned his high school diploma from Carver High, would be the first to tell you that even in the wake of all the tumultuous acts of violence that have plagued Memphis of late, it is because of God’s amazing grace that he’s yet standing, yet living, yet basking in the glory and splendor of a life that is accompanied by God’s mandated divine purpose.

CALLED BY GOD — Yes, Henderson, this 22-year-old young adult who is approximately five years removed from having earned his high school diploma from Carver High, would be the first to tell you that even in the wake of all the tumultuous acts of violence that have plagued Memphis of late, it is because of God’s amazing grace that he’s yet standing, yet living, yet basking in the glory and splendor of a life that is accompanied by God’s mandated divine purpose.

“I saw God positioning me two years ago,” Henderson explained. “I was watching “Tell The World” music video by Lecrae — I’m a huge Lecrae fan. That video and the message of the song were confirmation, because I have a passion for God’s purpose and my desire is to minister through dance all across the country. I cherish every opportunity I get to use the gift God has given me and be a blessing to others (in referencing 1 Peter 4:10-11).”

To his credit, Henderson’s ministry has been a common trend at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church where he attends.

Occasionally, after joining the choir with a couple of musically selections, Henderson — with his face covered in a white paint — would moments later shift gears by way of ministering to the congregation with his eye-catching, dazzling spiritual dances, thus sending a life-enhancing message in the process.

One of which is that surely, this young man was born to dance before Almighty God, a ministry he’s been called to put on display for before audiences across the country.

So book him now to put his immense skills on display at your church.

And, most importantly, be a blessing to him for his efforts.

“When I was a teenager, I thought I was saved because I went to church, I was singing in the choir, and I was dancing,” said Henderson, explaining how his fledging ministry will bless the masses. “Sunday morning, I was praising God, but Monday through Saturday, I was rebelling. In my mind, I was going to heaven, but deep down inside, there was a void that needed to be filled. I was blind, thinking that sex and people-pleasing would fill that void I was missing, but that only separated me from God and left me empty.”

Still, as Henderson subsequently found out, He’s an on-time God.

asssYes He is.

“One day after doing community service at my church, I was at the altar crying out to God, asking Him to forgive me, and I felt love like never before,” Henderson said. “I was forgiven and made whole.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, unlike never before, Henderson has emerged as a spiritual dancing sensation, one whom, if he keeps at this profitable pace and crying out to God, could very well find himself holy dancing on a national stage.

Don’t believe him?

KING'S CHILD --- To his credit, Henderson’s ministry has been a common trend at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church where he attends.

KING’S CHILDTo his credit, Henderson’s ministry has been a common trend at Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church where he attends.

Just watch.

“In the midst of me being an enemy of God and living for myself, God looked beyond all of my faults and saw that I was in need of His grace, His love, and His compassion,” Henderson said. “I don’t need acceptance from people, because Jesus accepted me. If Jesus can save me, He can save anyone. He only helps those who can’t help themselves.”

And just like Henderson, there are no filters with Jesus.



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.

An emotional weekend in store for Bolton High senior Briann Goode, family

VERY GOODE --- Approximately two months ago, Briann Goode encountered an experience of a lifetime when the 17-year-old Bolton High senior took part in a rare, 10-day, overseas tour to Europe, where she visited an array of countries, most notably Berlin, Prague, Kraków and Budapest. Come Saturday, Goode will embark upon another monumental step in her educational endeavors when she receives her much-anticipated diploma during Bolton’s commencement exercises at 3 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church.

VERY GOODEApproximately two months ago, Briann Goode encountered an experience of a lifetime when the 17-year-old Bolton High senior took part in a rare, 10-day, overseas tour to Europe, where she visited an array of countries, most notably Berlin, Prague, Kraków and Budapest. Come Saturday, Goode will embark upon another monumental step in her educational endeavors when she receives her much-anticipated diploma during Bolton’s commencement exercises at 3 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church.

Things just keep getting good for Briann Goode.

Er, Goode, that is.

Approximately two months ago, Goode encountered an experience of a lifetime when the 17-year-old Bolton High senior took part in a rare, 10-day, overseas tour to Europe, where she visited an array of countries, most notably Berlin, Prague, Kraków and Budapest.

Come Saturday, Goode will embark upon another monumental step in her educational endeavors when she receives her much-anticipated diploma during Bolton’s commencement exercises at 3 p.m. at Bellevue Baptist Church.

For Gwendolyn Goode and her husband, Brian, hearing Briann’s name called to receive her diploma this weekend will undoubtedly give way to countless tears of joy for a family that has weathered an assortment of adversities, thus adopted resilient faith in recent years — the kind of faith and perseverance that enabled them to become solely dependent and reliant on Almighty God.

On June 9, 2007, for instance, the Goodes endured arguably the saddest moment of their lives when their oldest daughter, Gwenasha D. Ridley, was killed as a result of injuries she sustained in a car crash.

She was 16.

Nearly nine years removed from such a devastating, life-changing occurrence, the Goodes appear just as enthused about the hoopla surrounding their baby daughter, particularly as it relates to what is about to unfold in a few days.

13224219_608145312668422_1696394163_oNever mind that Brian will be out of the country on military assignment when his daughter’s name is finally uttered.

Surely, he will be somewhere overseas, watching a taped-delayed version.

“(We’re) wishing that her father could be here to see his baby graduate,” Gwendolyn Goode said. “Unfortunately, he has been deployed out of the country. This is something that we all have struggled with since November, knowing that he would miss out on such a symbolic occasion. Knowing that he won’t be here to watch Briann walk across the stage as her name is called and seeing that smile on his face and knowing how proud he is of her. Knowing that he won’t be there to take an entire memory card worth of pictures and that the family pictures that are taken will feel incomplete. She won’t get that bear hug while he whispers in her ear, ‘I love you my daughter and I’m so very proud of you.’”

Still, the final high school graduation in the Goodes’ household will serve as a feel-good moment for the ages, considering Briann has an effective, resourceful plan in place in the coming months.

Having amassed a cumulative grade point average of 3.58, She will be joining her sister, Bri, this fall at the University of Tennessee at Martin, having recently de-committed from Murray State.

“We will miss Briann dearly, but we know her purpose in life and her goals that she wants to reach,” Gwendolyn said. “Besides, she’s just close enough where we can get to her and just far enough away where she can’t come home every day.”

GOODE BUY MEMPHIS --- Having amassed a cumulative grade point average of 3.58, Briann will be joining her sister, Bri, this fall at the University of Tennessee at Martin, having recently de-committed from Murray State.

GOODE BUY MEMPHISHaving amassed a cumulative grade point average of 3.58, Briann will be joining her sister, Bri, this fall at the University of Tennessee at Martin, having recently de-committed from Murray State.

Since arriving on campus at Bolton, Briann wasted little time becoming acclimated with her surroundings, let alone becoming acquainted with her peers and instructors.

For starters, she had become a fixture in school’s choir and has continued the trend as a member of Memphis’ historic Bloomfield Full Gospel Baptist Church, where she sings in the youth choir and is a part of the dance ministry.

During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, Briann also volunteers to help deliver MIFA meals for the elderly, steadfastly displaying the big heart and agape love for which she is widely known.

Talk about a Goode all-round, academically talented individual, one whom though she’s short in size, she’s capable of having a massive impact on those with whom she crosses paths.

Never mind that her father will be out of the country on military assignment when his daughter’s name is finally uttered this weekend.

“We know that Briann can do and accomplish anything she sets her mind too,” Gwendolyn said. “Briann’s favorite scripture is Romans 1:16: ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ.’ Briann has this proudly displayed on the front of her car.”

A life-enhancing, therapeutic passage her parents know will surely keep her on a good, favorable path to success.

Er, Goode, that is.



AndreEDITOR’S NOTE: If you would like to salute a Class of 2016 graduate with a unique celebratory tribute that will be designed like this one, 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. 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.