Mid-South-area counselor Shenna Walker making her presence felt as author, singer, life coach

There’s no other way to put it.

Shenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move.

received_1564860780195386A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does.

A woman whose reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3.

A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.

CHOSEN BY GOD--- Shenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move. A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does. A woman who’s reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3. A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.

CHOSEN BY GODShenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move.
A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does.
A woman who’s reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3.
A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.

In other words, it’s safe to assume that whenever Walker emerges as the center of conversation or generates headlines through the mainstream media, the familiar question lingers: If there anything this progressive woman of color can’t do?

A 33-year-old native of Palestine, Arkansas, Walker is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her notable, well-publicized achievements as a rising author, singer, mental health specialist, and life coach/motivational speaker.

BIG HEARTED WOMAN --- A 33-year-old native of Palestine, Arkansas, Walker is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her notable, well-publicized achievements as a rising author, singer, mental health specialist, and life coach/motivational speaker.

BIG HEARTED WOMANA 33-year-old native of Palestine, Arkansas, Walker is widely known throughout the Mid-South for her notable, well-publicized achievements as a rising author, singer, mental health specialist, and life coach/motivational speaker.

In assessing her stellar career to date, amongst the things about which Walker acknowledged during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson is that she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

FOLLOW SHENNA: www.thisisshenna.com.

Without question, now, more than ever before, she undoubtedly is walking in her God-mandated purpose.

“In my early childhood, I knew that I was positioned on this earth by God to counsel the broken, hurt, dead, and lost,” Walker explained. “I also knew from the many barriers that I encountered and conquered that it was solely my responsibility to minister through song, writing, and speaking.”

Especially writing which, to her credit, has become yet another remarkable trend to Walker’s life coaching repertoire.

A TRUE TALENT --- It is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring book that is translated in 10 plus different languages. “My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”

A TRUE TALENTIt is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring book that is translated in 10 plus different languages.
“My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”

It is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring, internationally acclaimed book that is translated in more than 10 different languages.

“My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”

A former prep multisport athlete who was named homecoming and prom queen during her days at Palenstine (Ark.) Wheatley High School, Walker’s notable counseling tenure spans more than 10 years, most notably in the mental health sector.

Having also acquired a master’s degree in counseling, Walker doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has always centered on her ability to compete at the highest of levels.

Now we know why.

“I have been competitive all my life, which provoked me to never quit when approached with challenges,” Walker said. “I had the honor of witnessing my mother, Pamila Thomas, and father, Bishop Michael Thomas, facilitate community work, counseling, and introducing people to God all of my life, which provoked me to take the mantle and run with it.”

Fortunately for this vibrant, assertive, thriving preacher’s kid — or PK — and woman of beauty, it seemed she has diligently gone to great lengths not to just follow in the footsteps of her parents. Rather, it seemed she has added her own dazzling twist to such a remarkable legacy.

For starters, she established a 5o1c3-credited nonprofit organization that assists women and children to become self-involved while challenging obstacles head on within their lives.

“The nonprofit house ages 10 and older females and males now,” said Walker, adding that Shenna’s Mentorship Giving Back to the Delta has allowed her to put her immense talents on display in various parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, even as far as California.

Her next speaking engagement is later this week in Helena, Arkansas, where she and husband, Arkansas-based attorney Jamaal Walker, currently reside.

received_1564860770195387Aside from her notable career as a counselor, Shenna runs an online business called, Shenna Products, which feature an array of products such as T-shirts, body oils and lotions, perfumes and air fresheners.

Her products can be purchased on www.shopshenna.com, or on a site during which she vendors in different states, she said. In addition, Walker is scheduled to produce a video that will be collaborated with her hit single entitled, “Favor,” later this week.

Her album entitled, My Life, is scheduled to be released sometime in September.

Jamaal Walker said he’s appreciative and blessed of the array of opportunities for which his wife has been afforded in recent years.

“I’m very proud to be Shenna’s husband,” Jamaal Walker said. “She is very gifted. She is a blessing to our family as well as others. When she puts her mind to it, there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Now we know why.

Heck, she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

There’s no other way to put it.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.

Dallas/Fort Worth rapper Jermayl Mundine, aka “SuperJFresh,” destined to become a household name

oDALLAS — At approximately 2 a.m. Saturday, Jermayl Mundine took to his Facebook page.

He admittedly was feeling somewhat “emotional.”

BBBBSaid Mundine on his timeline, while posting a photo of his two daughters: “The reason for all this is for baby girl, Ameela, and her sister. My Life was never selfish. It was for me to pass on something. ‪Thank God I have you. I love. She having fun at SeaWorld Right now. I want to be there…Uggggh lol.”

In order to grasp a thorough understanding of why Mundine deemed it necessary to stage a compassionate, shout out post to his babies in the wee hours of the morning, look no further than the immense strides he’s made in recent years, particularly in the ever-so-competitive music industry.

CHASING GREATNESS --- Jermayl Mundine, an aspiring Dallas/Fort Worth-area rapper, doesn’t shy away from the notion that he boasts lofty dreams of making a name for himself in such a booming, progressive industry, a trend he adopted long before he ever set foot in a recording studio.

CHASING GREATNESSJermayl Mundine, an aspiring Dallas/Fort
Worth-area rapper, doesn’t shy away from the notion that he boasts lofty dreams of making a name for himself in such a booming, progressive industry, a trend he adopted long before he ever set foot in a recording studio.

For starters, Mundine, an aspiring Dallas/Fort
Worth-area rapper, doesn’t shy away from the notion that he boasts lofty dreams of making a name for himself in such a booming, progressive industry, a trend he adopted long before he ever set foot in a recording studio.

“As an entertainer, I first really got serious around 2007,” Mundine told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Friday.

To his credit, the 25-year-old Mundine hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to give up rapping anytime soon.

If nothing else, the Dallas Lincoln High School graduate is making a solid case that he’s destined to take Texas and heartland region by storm, in large part because he has been nothing short of remarkable for a young entertainer.

DALLAS STAR --- To his credit, the 25-year-old Mundine hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to give up rapping anytime soon. If nothing else, the Dallas Lincoln High School graduate is making a solid case that he’s destined to take Texas and heartland region by storm, in large part because he has been nothing short of remarkable for a young entertainer.

DALLAS STARTo his credit, the 25-year-old Mundine hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to give up rapping anytime soon.
If nothing else, the Dallas Lincoln High School graduate is making a solid case that he’s destined to take Texas and heartland region by storm, in large part because he has been nothing short of remarkable for a young entertainer.

Widely known in the rap universe as “S.J. Fresh” — or “SuperJFresh” — Mundine recently released what has become a popular DFW hit entitled, “Peaceful Shotz,” which was produced in the aftermath of the recent protest in downtown Dallas that ultimately claimed the lives of seven police officers.

Published officially on July 20, according to footage posted on YouTube, Mundine’s latest song accompanied by a video is “about All Lives Cops Killing Our People,” as a spokesperson for the footage explained.

CHECK OUT SJFRESH’S MUSIC: Soundcloud.com/superjfresh.

In addition, Mundine said his debut album entitled, “The Shortage,” is currently in the works and that the official release is forthcoming.

In explaining the purpose for his upcoming project, Mundine said a number of his peers — particularly those in inner city communities across the nation — are mostly gripped and saddled by an assortment of life’s grandest “worries,” which, in turns, gives way to them “living (beneath) their potential.

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS --- Widely known in the rap universe as “S.J. Fresh" --- or “SuperJFresh” --- Mundine recently released what has become a popular DFW hit entitled, “Peaceful Shotz," which was produced in the aftermath of the recent protest in downtown Dallas that ultimately claimed the lives of seven police officers.

DON’T MESS WITH TEXASWidely known in the rap universe as “S.J. Fresh” — or “SuperJFresh” — Mundine recently released what has become a popular DFW hit entitled, “Peaceful Shotz,” which was produced in the aftermath of the recent protest in downtown Dallas that ultimately claimed the lives of seven police officers.

“It’s meaning also includes the craziness what America instills,” Mundine said.

Owner of a musically-inclined company called, “MyLifeYourChoice,” which is comprised of mostly music videos and can be seen on Mundine’s Facebook page, the Sherman, Texas native can attest to growing up in a poverty-stricken low-income establishment, although he was determined not to use such downward trends as excuses from putting his music talents on display.

FOLLOW SJFRESH ON SOCIAL MEDIA:  Facebook.com/Superjfresh Instagram: Superjfresh.

“Through childhood, we were always in a struggle,” Mundine explained. “My parents loved each other, but my dad had been in prison most of my life. My father was a great man, grabbed any opportunity to make sure we didn’t starve. He made fun family activities and, on holidays, presents were stacked up pass the tree.”

Despite his father’s checkered, tumultuous past and constant run-ins with the law, a majority of Mundine attributes a majority of success to his father who, even while being confined to a jail cell, demonstrated unconditional love for his family.

MAKING BIG MOVES --- Owner of a musically-inclined company called, "MyLifeYourChoice," which is comprised of mostly music videos and can be seen on Mundine’s Facebook page, the Sherman, Texas native can attest to growing up in a poverty-stricken low-income establishment, although he was determined not to use such downward trends as excuses from putting his music talents on display.

MAKING BIG MOVESOwner of a musically-inclined company called, “MyLifeYourChoice,” which is comprised of mostly music videos and can be seen on Mundine’s Facebook page, the Sherman, Texas native can attest to growing up in a poverty-stricken low-income establishment, although he was determined not to use such downward trends as excuses from putting his music talents on display.

“I learned how to love through any circumstance from him,” Mundine said. “My mother showed me how to be a humanitarian always for my family. In my childhood, I was raised with care through the Sherman, Dallas, and Shreveport (Louisiana) streets. I grew as the cool kid in my younger days, always treating someone how they were supposed to be treated.”

All things considered, it is in large part because of his devout faith in God that Mundine not only managed to survive the hustle and bustle of the inner city, but it also has enabled him to become the positive, inspiring beacon of light for which he is known.

Now more than ever before.

Thank God for his dazzling skills as a recording artist and, most of all, his beautiful daughters, who were spotted in San Antonio vacationing on Friday.

“When I was a kid, there is a motto I heard and took in for myself,” Mundine said. “It is: ‘Life is what you make it.’ As an entertainer, I feel like Dallas is hot, and I’m making perfect timing.”

YYYYSpoken like a youngster who doesn’t shy away from the notion that he boasts lofty dreams of making a name for himself in such a booming, progressive industry.

A trend he adopted long before he ever set foot in a recording studio.

So stay tuned.

The music world surely hasn’t heard the last of “SJFresh.”



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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.

Seven fun facts (well 10) about radio personality and entrepreneur Tamika Quinn

pppVirtually everywhere she goes around the country, it seems that Tamika Quinn is swift to share of her potentially fatal experiences, swift to recall how she snatched life from the jaws of death time and again, swift to, you know…tell of God’s goodness and mercies through her testimony.

oooBesides, these are her testimonies, not yours, mind you.

So step aside — or sit back — and let this vibrant, dynamically gorgeous woman of color speak of how God strategically positioned her to stage arguably the biggest comeback of her life.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Today, while savoring a carefree, healthy lifestyle, Quinn’s daughters have joined forces with their mother to operate multiple businesses, a trend that ironically --- and appropriately --- inspired Quinn to adopt the term, “MomPrenuer.”

WE ARE FAMILY — Today, while savoring a carefree, healthy lifestyle, Quinn’s daughters have joined forces with their mother to operate multiple businesses, a trend that ironically — and appropriately — inspired Quinn to adopt the term, “MomPrenuer.”

That said, we bring to you SEVEN FUN FACTS about Tamika Quinn.

Who cares if she had gone past seven?

 

ABOUT TAMIKA QUINN:

 

  1. “My 1st aspiration was to study communications and become a news reporter.
  2. I played the violin from 5th grade until well after high school. I played in church and for whoever requested. When I suffered two strokes in 2012, I lost the ability to read sheet music. When I hear my daughter play her violin, it warms my heart.
  3. Although I portray this stern, focused business woman, behind the scenes I am a straight comedian!
  4. I love to travel and experience different cultures. I am also obsessed with learning my own history.
  5. I love to cook. I especially love tasting a well put together dish and recreating it at home. My (deceased) husband and I used to have this inside joke that when I cooked a meal he would say how much he thought I could charge for it, so the kids would sit at the table looking at us strange because one of us would say $18 and the other night say oh no this is a $25 meal lol!
  6. I learned how to swim after a very near death drowning experience while on vacation to Disney World.
  7. I played tennis for my high school.
  8. I was also on the Debate Society Team in high school
  9. My latest hobby is photography.
  10. And obviously I just make up the rules as I go. I just realized you said seven! (lol!)”
GOD DID IT --- In essence, because she’s convinced that God, the Giver of life, has a divine purpose for her life, Quinn’s primary objective as a credible health professional and ambassador for TLC will undoubtedly remain the same. “My personal mission is to save lives and prevent young people from having to go through what I went through at 27 years old,” Quinn said. “Being paralyzed on my entire left side was physically and emotionally devastating, but having to relearn how to use my limbs, drive, tie a shoestring, etc., was life-altering. I want to save the world.”

Isn’t she pretty? Of course, she is!

Who cares? At least she’s living tell of what has become TEN FUN FACTS!

Go figure.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.

Are Elite and Tamara Pierre Total Life Changes’ best kept secrets?

received_1200066050044674God can’t merely be explained.

Rather He can only be revealed.

Fortunately for Elite Pierre and his, wife, Tamara, they have witnessed such a miraculous trend unfold unlike never before in recent months.

Twenty months to be technical.

ELITE STATUS - Elite and Tamara Pierre have generated more than $25,000 in total earnings through Total Life Changes in less than two years.

ELITE STATUSElite and Tamara Pierre have generated more than $25,000 in total earnings through Total Life Changes in less than two years.

“We would be lying if we said the past 20 months have been easy,” Elite Pierre, 35, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week. “There have been many challenging times, struggles, and obstacles we had to overcome.  However, these past 20 months have been nothing short of a miracle for our family.”

Having spent countless days and weeks and hours of networking, the Pierres continued to witness their valiant, resilient efforts give way to seemingly unfavorable results.

The Pierres were honored for their dedicatory efforts through TLC last weekend in Atlanta during the company's Regional event.

ONE ELITE HARVEST SEASONThe Pierres were honored for their dedicatory efforts through TLC last weekend in Atlanta during the company’s Regional event.

To their credit, they were destined to try one of other option as a way to enhance their livelihood.

Ahhhhh…thank God for Total Life Changes, that thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that, fortunately for the Pierres, provided them with the much-needed economic makeover they so desperately sought.

“After 2 ½ years of having little-to-no success in network marketing, we partnered with Total Life Changes in November of 2014,” Tamara Pierre explained. “We hit the ground running and never looked back.”

COMEBACK COUPLE - After nearly three years of lethargic business dealings, the Pierres pulled off a dramatic financial comeback for ages.

COMEBACK COUPLEAfter nearly three years of lethargic business dealings, the Pierres pulled off a dramatic financial comeback for ages.

According to Tamara, a homemaker who, like, Elite, is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, all it took was a resounding yes from her and her companion of 10 years.

“Because of our yes, we have built an organization of over 2,700 distributors spanning across the globe helping countless families experience a Total Life Change,” Tamara Pierre said.

To their credit, their joining forces to establish a credible, efficient brand through Total Life Changes has benefited them mightily in a span of just 20 months.

That’s because their past hardships, coupled with their newfound disposition on life and their steadfast determination to persevere ultimately gave way to arguably their grandest breakthrough in recent memory.

Currently residents of Columbia, South Carolina, the Pierres have amassed more than $25,000 in total earnings through TLC in a span of 20 months, a trend that eventually went unnoticed during TLC’s Super Regional Conference last week in Atlanta.

“This conference was significant for us, because for the first time after four years in the (marketing) industry, we were recognized and celebrated,” Elite Pierre said. “We walked across the stage for earning over $25,000 in total earnings.”

received_1200068923377720Heck, even when it seemed they couldn’t merely see the light at the end of the tunnel, all it took was a collective willingness to exercise their faith.

The Pierre’s did just that.

Then, it was only a matter of time that God subsequently showed up…and showed out.

In that order.

“We are truly favored,” Elite Pierre said of their continuous rise as TLC affiliates. “Despite the challenges we face, God always makes a way out of no way.”

Suddenly, Elite began to take it his testimony to, well, an elite level.

BOOK ELITE AND TAMARA TO SPEAK AT YOUR EVENT: Upcoming events, our event listing can be found at http://elitepierre.calreply.net/.

“Even in the darkest hour, we stood strong and remained faithful,” he said. “I believe because of that we have been put in a position to be a beacon of light for others to find their way. TLC has helped us develop into better versions of ourselves.  Not just living healthier, but becoming stronger mentally, emotionally and spiritually.”

received_1200065163378096Tamara Pierre graciously echoed that which her husband dauntlessly professed.

“Personally the testimonies of my parents on the products and how it has improved their quality of life has completely changed our lives,” she said. “We are always willing to serve. We have found that when you plant seeds of servitude you will always reap an abundant harvest.”

Fortunately for Elite Pierre and his, wife, Tamara, they have witnessed such an remarkable trend unfold unlike never before in recent months.

And to think, the devil thought he had them.

But God, Who can only be revealed, had other ideas.

 

FOLLOW THE PIERRES ON SOCIAL MEDIA: ELITE: https://www.facebook.com/EliteEPierre.

TAMARA: https://www.facebook.com/tamara.mcclungpierre?pnref=lhc.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.

 

Total Life Changes executive director Tamika Quinn stages dramatic comeback, survives two strokes

AAAIn case you don’t know her, Tamika Quinn would like to introduce herself.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Quinn, 41, currently resides in nearby Chesapeake, Virginia, where she is widely known as serving as a co-host of The popular radio talk show called, “Talk Is Cheap Radio Show.”

An alumna of Philadelphia’s Simon Gratz High School, in which she graduated with former NBA star Rasheed Wallace, Quinn also attended the Philadelphia High School For Girls with renowned R & B music icon Jill Scott.

A former multi-sport prep athlete, Quinn also is an ex-U.S. Navy soldier who, like many of her peers, has endured her share of the toughest of life’s gruesome, yet challenging obstacles.

NNNNFor starters, Quinn had to bury her loving husband, her companion of 14 years (16 total). As if that’s not enough to place her faith on the grandest of trials, this military veteran today — unlike never before — still deems it essential to count her blessings, in large part because…well…perhaps she can tell it better.

GOD'S CHOSEN ONE --- Total Life Changes executive director Tamika Quinn had to bury her loving husband, her companion of 14 years (16 total). As if that’s not enough to place her faith on the grandest of trials, this military veteran today --- unlike never before --- still deems it essential to count her blessings, in large part because…well…perhaps she can tell it better. “I am a two-time stroke survivor,” Quinn told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “My strokes were a result of being overweight and having uncontrolled high blood pressure. I speak for various organizations on prevention of strokes and lifestyle changes to ensure good health.”

GOD’S CHOSEN ONETotal Life Changes executive director Tamika Quinn had to bury her loving husband, her companion of 14 years (16 total). As if that’s not enough to place her faith on the grandest of trials, this military veteran today — unlike never before — still deems it essential to count her blessings, in large part because…well…perhaps she can tell it better.
“I am a two-time stroke survivor,” Quinn told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “My strokes were a result of being overweight and having uncontrolled high blood pressure. I speak for various organizations on prevention of strokes and lifestyle changes to ensure good health.”

“I am a two-time stroke survivor,” Quinn told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “My strokes were a result of being overweight and having uncontrolled high blood pressure. I speak for various organizations on prevention of strokes and lifestyle changes to ensure good health.”

Among the organizations to which Quinn routinely shares of her life-changing, gut-checking testimonies is Total Life Changes — a thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

Currently, Quinn hold an Executive Director status for Total Life Changes, this after being christened Director for the company within the first month of joining.

MAKING HEADLINES --- Amongst the reasons Quinn had steadfastly gone to great lengths to have an immediate impact with TLC is that she recalls specifically the days her child had become victimized by her weight. “My daughter was bullied in elementary school because of her weight,” Quinn explained. “These products have helped her tremendously drop the weight and increase her self-esteem.”

MAKING HEADLINESAmongst the reasons Quinn had steadfastly gone to great lengths to have an immediate impact with TLC is that she recalls specifically the days her child had become victimized by her weight.
“My daughter was bullied in elementary school because of her weight,” Quinn explained. “These products have helped her tremendously drop the weight and increase her self-esteem.”

For her efforts, her rapid success with TLC went virtually unnoticed last weekend.

HEY YOU…FOLLOW TAMIKA QUINN:  www.TamikaQuinn.com.

That’s because TLC officials announced that Quinn had qualified for the senior leadership position of Executive Director during the company’s Regional Convention in Atlanta.

In addition to her well-publicized honors, Quinn has emerged as a franchise owner for Total Life Changes, whereby she offers various health and wellness products to assist in weight loss and skin care.

WE ARE FAMILY --- Today, while savoring a carefree, healthy lifestyle, Quinn’s daughters have joined forces with their mother to operate multiple businesses, a trend that ironically --- and appropriately --- inspired Quinn to adopt the term, “MomPrenuer.”

WE ARE FAMILYToday, while savoring a carefree, healthy lifestyle, Quinn’s daughters have joined forces with their mother to operate multiple businesses, a trend that ironically — and appropriately — inspired Quinn to adopt the term, “MomPrenuer.”

What a different a few months have made for this assertive, resilient single mother of three who, to her credit, is destined not to allow life to short-change her.

Surely, God had other plans, as evidenced by her wealth of beauty, coupled with her new lease on life.

“I like creating a lifestyle for my children that a regular 9-5 job could never give,” Quinn said. “I truly have time and freedom. I can remember times begging a boss to let me chaperone my daughter’s school trip or to leave work early to make it to a school performance. Those days of begging and pleading with employers are all but over, Quinn acknowledged.

“Never again,” Quinn said. “My kids get 100 percent of me and that’s what I absolutely love the most about this business. It is complete ownership. I dictate how much time I’m going to put in and I dictate my worth in terms of how much I earn. I am in control. I’m so thankful to TLC for this business model.”

Amongst the reasons Quinn had steadfastly gone to great lengths to have an immediate impact with TLC is that she recalls specifically the days her child had become victimized by her weight.

“My daughter was bullied in elementary school because of her weight,” Quinn explained. “These products have helped her tremendously drop the weight and increase her self-esteem.”

GOD DID IT --- In essence, because she’s convinced that God, the Giver of life, has a divine purpose for her life, Quinn’s primary objective as a credible health professional and ambassador for TLC will undoubtedly remain the same. “My personal mission is to save lives and prevent young people from having to go through what I went through at 27 years old,” Quinn said. “Being paralyzed on my entire left side was physically and emotionally devastating, but having to relearn how to use my limbs, drive, tie a shoestring, etc., was life-altering. I want to save the world.”

GOD DID IT, Y’ALL!In essence, because she’s convinced that God, the Giver of life, has a divine purpose for her life, Quinn’s primary objective as a credible health professional and ambassador for TLC will undoubtedly remain the same.
“My personal mission is to save lives and prevent young people from having to go through what I went through at 27 years old,” Quinn said. “Being paralyzed on my entire left side was physically and emotionally devastating, but having to relearn how to use my limbs, drive, tie a shoestring, etc., was life-altering. I want to save the world.”

Today, while savoring a carefree, healthy lifestyle, Quinn’s daughters have joined forces with their mother to operate multiple businesses, a trend that ironically — and appropriately — inspired Quinn to adopt the term, “MomPrenuer.”

“My husband passed away from thyroid cancer,” Quinn said. “It’s just us. My son is grown and on his own. If I can live my dreams, any mom can.”

In essence, because she’s convinced that God, the Giver of life, has a divine purpose for her life, Quinn’s primary objective as a credible health professional and ambassador for TLC will undoubtedly remain the same — this after staging arguably the most dramatic comeback of her young life.

“My personal mission is to save lives and prevent young people from having to go through what I went through at 27 years old,” Quinn said. “Being paralyzed on my entire left side was physically and emotionally devastating, but having to relearn how to use my limbs, drive, tie a shoestring, etc., was life-altering. I want to save the world.”

All while introducing herself — and her tear-jerking testimonies — over and over again.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.

Maria Simpson making considerable progress in short time span with Total Life Changes

kkkkkAs far as climbing the ladder to success goes, Maria Simpson knows a thing or two about such an upward trend.

Take, for instance, the considerable progress Simpson has made in such a brief span as an affiliate of Total Life Changes.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Simpson joined the thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company just last year. However, given the immense strides she’s executed in recent months, it’s safe to assume she’s destined to make her presence felt.

Come to think of it, she already has.

One minute, it seemed she had adopted the spectators’ approach, meaning she wasn’t as hands on, in large part because she was a newcomer to TLC.

Earlier this month, she was anointed Executive Director of this successful business, one that undoubtedly has savored a global presence and impact for some time.

cccccNot bad for TLC newcomer who, just a few weeks ago, had been installed as Director.

“Very excited! I’m very excited,” Simpson told longtime News Reporter Andre Johnson in a telephone interview Tuesday after from Pembroke Pines, Florida. “I’m excited that I can motivate and help as many people on a daily basis to live a healthy lifestyle.”

To her credit, Simpson’s rise as Executive Director emerged in large part because of the influence of her son, Jeffrey Simpson, Jr. One of the tops lead of TLC’s Supreme Team, Jeffrey Simpson sometime last year was able to convince his mother to join Total Life Changes.

aaaaLike him, she has since become a fixture for this remarkable company, which utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

One Total Life Changes product is specifically popular. That product is called Iaso Tea.

According to an Iaso Tea review by one consumer, she said, “I’m going to discuss the benefits of Iaso tea and describe why some people call it a “miracle” tea.”

Moreover, Iaso Tea is one of an assortment of products in the “Iaso” lineup.

bbbbIn addition, Iaso is a trademarked term possessed by Total Life Changes. In a nutshell, when consumers browse through items at the TLC website, they will ultimately discover Iaso multivitamin supplements, Iaso liquid solutions, and Iaso organic mixtures, notable, life-enhancing products that has greatly allowed Maria Simpson to have an immediate impact as a TLC affiliate.

Early and often.

xxxxxx“My son has been my inspiration because was an ambassador for the company,” said Maria Simpson who, along with her family, moved to the United States in 1970. “I’m under him, the Supreme Team.”

Aside from the customary mother-and-son bond, Maria Simpson admittedly has thoroughly embraced a global company that will surely benefit her life — for the rest of her life.

“My goals for the rest of the (calendar) year is to grow and to help people the best way I can,” said Maria Simpson.

While putting on display the same signature smile she had when her beloved son first informed her about TLC.

 

gggggFor more information about Total Life Changes Executive Director Maria Simpson, follow her on Facebook under “Maria Simpson.”



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, athlete, or pastor/minister who is seeking exposure and would like to share your story with an in-depth news feature, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him under “Andre T. Johnson” for details.

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

Memphis Catholic basketball standout Chad Foster making a solid case to land scholarship

aaaaFor a 17-year-old soon-to-be high school senior, Chad Foster has a vivid imagination.

Take, for instance, Foster’s detailed, eloquent response when the Memphis Catholic basketball standout was asked why is engaging in college hoops a dream of his.

“College basketball has been a huge dream of mine from age six,” Foster told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “The entire plan was to play center throughout my entire basketball career. I was going to play grade school and high school basketball, then I would go on to Duke University with Coach Mike Krzyzewski, then play for the Boston Celtics with Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett.

“Sadly, Duke hasn’t come along yet, but if I ever played them, I promise to kill,” Foster continued. “Anyway, the atmosphere of games is amazing.  The crowds’ energy is always high, the coaches and players are deep into the games and everything is so upbeat. College basketball can get you seen by important people and connections are always great to have.”

BRIGHT FUTURE --- According to Memphis Catholic rising senior Foster, Brown (No. 15) University, Central Michigan, Kentucky State, Tennessee State, University of North Western- St. Paul, and the University of Colorado College are amongst the schools that are currently recruiting him.

BRIGHT FUTUREAccording to Memphis Catholic rising senior Foster, Brown (No. 15) University, Central Michigan, Kentucky State, Tennessee State, University of North Western- St. Paul, and the University of Colorado College are amongst the schools that are currently recruiting him.

Some pretty astounding remarks from a kid who boasts lofty aspirations of playing basketball at the next level.

To his credit, it seems Foster has made a solid case that suggests he appears very well on his way to suiting up in a college basketball uniform sometime in the Fall of 2017.

The biggest mystery that remains, however, is which institution of higher learning.

 

GETTIN' IT DONE --- A 6-foot-4 swingman who also assumed the role as a center for the Chargers, Foster enjoyed an efficient junior campaign in which he averaged in the neighborhood of 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game. He was just as resilient defensively, where he recorded three steals and registered one block per game.

GETTIN’ IT DONEA 6-foot-4 swingman who also assumed the role as a center for the Chargers, Foster enjoyed an efficient junior campaign in which he averaged in the neighborhood of 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game. He was just as resilient defensively, where he recorded three steals and registered one block per game.

According to Foster, Brown University, Central Michigan, Kentucky State, Tennessee State, University of North Western- St. Paul, and the University of Colorado College are amongst the schools that are currently recruiting him.

And, given the assortment of camps he’s scheduled to attend this summer, the possibility exists that such a notable list could increase in the coming months, a trend by which Foster fully welcomes.

“Whatever college I may decide to go to, they will be receiving a player who puts God first in everything he does,” Foster said. “Someone who loves the sport and simply wants to win. This sport has taken me a lot of places so far and I want to put my all into it to give it what it’s given me — love, hope, passion, and manhood. (The school I attend) will be attaining a player that’s honest, dedicated, and obedient and has a huge heart.”

Not to mention one who has proven to be assertive on both ends the floor.

A 6-foot-4 swingman who also assumed the role as a center for the Chargers, Foster enjoyed an efficient junior campaign in which he averaged in the neighborhood of 15 points, six assists, and six rebounds per game. He was just as resilient defensively, where he recorded three steals and registered one block per game.

All of which proves that for a prep basketball recruit, not only is this kid quite knowledgeable of the game, but he boasts the immense skills to have an impact — early and often.

HOOP DREAMS --- College basketball can help me fulfill this dream and hunger I've had for a while and that to not only play in the NBA but stay in the NBA,” Foster said.

HOOP DREAMSCollege basketball can help me fulfill this dream and hunger I’ve had for a while and that to not only play in the NBA but stay in the NBA,” Foster said.

“Chad has this special touch,” said Shawnda Frazier, Foster’s mother. “First and foremost, Chad has placed God before everything at such a young age. He is the true meaning of student athlete. He takes care of business on and off the court. From being in the National Honor Society to being recruited for the Charger Christian Witness Award, he makes sure he holds it down.”

Let alone enjoys a rather beloved supporting cast in the process.

“Chad’s little sisters Kayla and Corlyn are his biggest supports right under me,” Frazier explains. “With Kayla giving his pep talks before and physical therapist after every game, and Corlyn being his little cheerleader and (being) water girl during every game, Chad has nothing to ever worry about accept for the game itself. Just as much as Chad doesn’t like losing, they dislike it (just as much).”

Regardless, amongst the things to which Frazier and her family can look forward in the coming months is waiting with great expectancy on where Foster will spend the next four years after high school.

“College basket can help me fulfill this dream and hunger I’ve had for a while and that to not only play in the NBA but stay in the NBA,” Foster said.

Using his vivid imagination.

Yet again.



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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.

Shaw (Miss.) High swingman Anthony Jackson aiming for a banner senior campaign

aassAnthony D’Sean Jackson would be the first to tell you that he has a number of short-term goals and ambitions.

Among them:

Continue to make favorable grades in the classroom.

Continue to fine tune his basketball mechanics during what has been a busy offseason for the Shaw (Mississippi) High basketball standout.

And, most importantly, continue to steadfastly strive to solidify for a college athletic scholarship.

“I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

Given the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future.

MAKING PROGRESS --- Given the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Shaw High swingman Anthony Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future. A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

MAKING PROGRESSGiven the considerable strides he’s made, particularly during an efficient offseason in which he has been afforded the golden opportunity to upgrade his skills in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, chances are Shaw High swingman Anthony Jackson figures to garner some feedback from a number of other schools in the foreseeable future.
A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

A 6-foot-1 swingman who averaged better than 8.1 points per game last season for an Antonio Davis-coached Shaw team that finished 20-9, Jackson in all likelihood will be expected to have a more vital role in what figures to be a banner campaign for a kid that boasts lofty aspirations of playing at the collegiate level.

In meantime, the 17-year-old Jackson has issued a direct, forthright message to those who might perhaps hasten to Shaw this fall to monitor his play.

“I would like recruiters to know that I am a small town kid that is very humble and dedicated to the sport,” Jackson said. “I am a very active and athletic two-way guard that can score the ball and defend as well. I’m welcomed to land anywhere that will accept me as a team player and that I’m willing to give my all to bring my talent to a new environment and home.”

All things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson.

A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

MOTHERLY LOVE --- All things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson. A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

MOTHERLY LOVEAll things considered, if Jackson ultimately fulfills his long-awaited dream of signing a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball, no one would be more appreciative and giddy than his mother, LaShunda Jackson (on right).
A single, supportive mother of three and a native of Shaw, LaShunda Jackson said nothing would be more gratifying than to witness her son select the college of his choice in the coming months.

“I never really engaged in him playing basketball until he was around fifth or sixth grade when a lot of people was telling me that he is a very bright kid for his age and he could take you somewhere far with his talent for basketball,” LaShunda Jackson explained. “Ever since then, I’ve supported him in every event he participated in as his No 1 fan.

According to LaShunda Jackson, there were times in which her son had represented the Jackson household mightily, particularly when she couldn’t make it to his games.

“I didn’t actually believe he was doing big things like people use to say he was doing,” she said. “Every time I didn’t show up at his games, people use to get on me about me not being (there).”

However, whenever mom made her to the gymnasium to watch Shaw play, her son was as good as advertised.

STOCK RISING? “I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

STOCK RISING? “I have a lot of Division II and III colleges looking at me but none of them contacted me besides the University of Mobile,” Jackson told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have spoken with them about their school.”

As if there were really any doubts.

“I saw him play for myself and he showed out for me,” LaShunda Jackson. “He didn’t always do his best when I showed up, but I will say he is a competitor.”

Speaking of the competitive drive for which Anthony Jackson is known for exemplifying, that is amongst the key attributes he hopes college scouts will take into account — sooner than later.

“I’m just putting in some grind and always trying to become the best player to play the game,” he said. “I didn’t have it easy growing up and it was hard getting through, but basketball was always there . Now that I’m older, I want to accomplish my dreams of being a very gratifying college player and maybe pushing my game to the NBA.”

Which, after all, is yet another of his lofty goals and ambitions.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.

Mid-South registered nurse Alvin Johnson making his mark as Total Life Changes affiliate

sssssssAlvin Lamar Johnson, Sr. is a longtime registered nurse, one who’s undoubtedly living out and savoring his dream.

In fact, arguably of the vital notions as it pertains to his decorated career in the medical industry is to devise ways to ensure that people from various walks of life possess and savor a carefree, healthy lifestyle.

“With my being a registered nurse, the health of the individual is one of the most important investments,” Johnson told News Reporter Andre Johnson earlier this week.

His notable, commendable achievements, most notably in the healthcare industry, have inspired him mightily to expand what has been a successful career for this Magnolia, Mississippi native.

Johnson, 44, is a rising independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a widely known, universally-acclaimed health and wellness company that provides all things natural products for weight loss, nutritional needs, and skin care needs, among other entities.

aaaaaaaHaving been persuaded to join this booming, thriving company with backing and keen support of his sister, TLC Director Latonya Johnson, Alvin Johnson — like many other relatively newcomers to TLC — is quickly having an immediate impact, thus becoming more of a fixture in the process.

sssssIn a nutshell, this registered RN, like many of TLC affiliates, is fully aware that not only can the company’s assortment of healthcare products prove beneficial for individuals who are motivated to engage in and enjoy a newfound healthy lifestyle but, above all, he’s becoming greatly knowledgeable of the fact that TLC can benefit the life of his family from an economic standpoint.

“I must inspire others to live and want to live a healthier lifestyle,” Alvin Johnson explained. “At the rate our young people are leaving this earth because of an unhealthy lifestyle, it’s important that I do my part to encourage them to live healthy.  Not only that, while they are changing their lifestyle, they can benefit financially from this opportunity.”

bbbbbbA devout man of faith who often recalls and recites Philippians 4:13, which reads: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Alvin Johnson hinted at the notion that even as an accomplished medical specialist, he strongly believes his Creator strategically made it possible for him to put his medically-inclined talents on display for TLC.

So far, so good for a resourceful, passionate TLC representative — who even in such a short timeframe — continues to prove he’s diligently seeking ways not just to thrive economically, but rather to also instill into others the importance of enjoying a healthy lifestyle.

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What’s even more intriguing is that Alvin Johnson, like a number of others who are associated with TLC, routinely leads by example.

In other words, he’s not just one who preaches and persuades others daily to take advantage of TLC’s array of life-enhancing products.

iiiiBut he’s also one who often invests in these projects as often as he can.

“As a user of the TLC products, I can speak on the benefits both for the health of my body and on the supplemental income,” Alvin Johnson said. “If I’m going to use a product such as tea and a multivitamin, why not use one that will pay me?”

And then there’s his companion who, like him, has thoroughly embraced TLC.

“My wife, Shannon, has stated how much energy she has after taking the Nutraburst liquid vitamin,” Alvin Johnson said. “My oldest daughter,  Ariel, has even stated how much better she felt after drinking this same liquid vitamin after just one  serving. “These are just a couple of my supporters, and I could not do this without God and the support of my wife. So, invest in your health and your wealth.”

WE ARE FAMILY --- Alvin Johnson, 44, is a rising independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a widely known, universally-acclaimed health and wellness company that provides all things natural products for weight loss, nutritional needs, and skin care needs, among other entities. Having been persuaded to join this booming, thriving company with backing and keen support of his sister, TLC Director Latonya Johnson, Alvin Johnson --- like many other relatively newcomers to TLC --- is quickly having an immediate impact, thus becoming more of a fixture in the process.

WE ARE FAMILYAlvin Johnson, 44, is a rising independent distributor for Total Life Changes, a widely known, universally-acclaimed health and wellness company that provides all things natural products for weight loss, nutritional needs, and skin care needs, among other entities.
Having been persuaded to join this booming, thriving company with backing and keen support of his sister, TLC Director Latonya Johnson, Alvin Johnson — like many other relatively newcomers to TLC — is quickly having an immediate impact, thus becoming more of a fixture in the process.

Well said from a man of devout faith, one who also is steadily having an impact as a TLC affiliate.

 

For more information about Total Life Changes independent distributor Alvin Johnson, call 601-551-4910 (IBO#: 6652251).

Or send email to: alvinj676@live.com

Also, follow him via social media under Facebook and Instagram: Alvin Johnson

Twitter: @alvinj676.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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 RB Chris Witherspoon using football to help cope with deaths of his three sisters

aaaFor Christopher Witherspoon, it all unfolded some 12 years old.

At the tender age of four at the time, Witherspoon began a game of toss and catch with a water bottle, moments after a youth football practice.

Little did he know, arguably his grandest supporter was right there, observing his every move.

“I picked Chris up for a game and he had a water bottle throwing up in the air back and forth,” Lee Witherspoon told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “And when he came to the car, I asked him, ‘What you were doing?’ He said, ‘I was practicing on my catching the football.’ I knew then that was his first love as a sport.”

The rest, as, they say, was history.

Twelve years removed from that memorable dialogue with his father, Lee Witherspoon has gone to great length to ensure that his son thrives and excels in a sport that for him, essentially has become a way a life.

 

STOCK RISING --- A former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven. A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

STOCK RISINGA former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven.
A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

Today, with the continuous backing and tireless support of his family, Chris Witherspoon is making a strong case that he’s destined to put his immense football skills on display at the collegiate level.

A former Lausanne Collegiate School standout who was the catalyst of a Lynx team that advanced to the second round of the TSSAA Division 2-A playoffs last year and finished 8-4, Chris Witherspoon will be aiming to pick up where he left off this fall, this time when he suits up for perennial power Memphis Whitehaven.

A rising junior running back who stands at 5-foot-8 and weighs 180-pounds, Chris Witherspoon spent a majority of his stint at the private ranks assembling a solid resume in the backfield, considering Lausanne possessed an efficient rushing attack.

To his credit, all he did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game.

RESPECT DA HAVEN --- To his credit, all he did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game. “Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said.

RESPECT DA HAVENTo his credit, all Chris did was prove that Whitehaven coach Rodney Saulsberry has only reloaded his potent rushing attack, in large part because Chris Witherspoon’s 1,006 yards on the ground last year were tops on a Lausanne team that averaged 190.4 yards rushing per game.
“Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said.

“Coach Saulsberry is the greatest thing to happen to me and my son,” Lee Witherspoon said. “Coach said Chris is an outstanding player and student of the game. Chris was a Whitehaven kid anyway, even though I took him to another school. Coach Saulsberry welcomes us with open arms. We love coach Saulsberry and his staff.”

What’s even more astounding is that the Whitehaven community and residents in the surrounding Memphis-metropolitan area have thoroughly embraced the Witherspoons in recent years, most notably during what undoubtedly were the darkest days of their lives.

On December 19, 1997, Lee Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

According to Lee Witherspoon, such an occurrence was a devastating time for his family, which relied on its unyielding faith in God and support of the community to help them cope with such tragedies.

For Lee Witherspoon, so devastating were the deaths of his babies that he admittedly contemplated taking his own life.

vvvv“When it happened, Chris’ mother was pregnant with his brother, Lee III, and I had to drive his mother to the hospital,” Lee Witherspoon explained. “And me… I tried being strong for her and our child. But one night, I blamed myself (for the babies’ deaths) and tried to commit suicide. But God had another plan for us.”

Years removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters.

HUGE LOSS --- On December 19, 1997, Chris Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

HUGE LOSSOn December 19, 1997, Chris Witherspoon’s three daughters, Ashlee (three years old), and twins Asia and Aleecia Witherspoon (18 months at the time), were killed in a house fire in the Orange Mound community in Northeast Memphis, news that sent shock waves through the city and Mid-South.

As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

“I train all week with my coaches and my dad,” said Chris Witherspoon, who’s currently attending camps with several of his Whitehaven teammates. “I know the game and would like to know even more. I will spend the summer getting faster and stronger and smarter.”

As he readies for what figures to be a breakthrough junior season with a Tiger team that boast state championship aspirations, Chris is hopeful that scouts and recruiters will began placing him under their radar.

LOOKING AHEAD --- Years removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters. As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

LOOKING AHEADYears removed from such a life-altering experience, Chris doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s using football as an outset, of sorts, with regards to coping with life without his beloved sisters.
As he tells it, playing the game he loves, by all accounts, is his way of recalling and carrying out their legacies.

My long-term goal is to get a full ride (scholarship) to a major college to help my parents with tuition,” Chris Witherspoon said. “Coach Saulsberry has been an inspiration to me. Even though I’m a Whitehaven kid and my parents chose for me to go somewhere else in the ninth grade, he still welcomed me with open arms and me and my family love him for that.”

Especially his adorable little sisters, his biggest cheerleaders who undoubtedly will be cheering him on from heaven as he plays the game he loves in their memories.

This upcoming season and beyond.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’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.