MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Early High athlete Abe Morris aiming to have Texas-size impact in final season

DALLAS — You wanna see Joy Darnell Morris display her customary signature smile?

imageAsk her about the football heroics of her son, Abe Morris.

“I knew Abe would be great at football at a young age from watching him play with his uncles, Jeremy and Jason,” Joy Morris told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “His father, Scott, and I signed him up for tackle football in the first grade.”

Eleven years removed from having suited up in a competitive football uniform for the first time, Abe Morris hasn’t shown any signs that he plans to slow down any time soon.

If nothing else, the Early (Texas) High senior athlete – who also has emerged as standout on the baseball diamond – admittedly is making a strong case that he’s destined to put his immense skills on display at the collegiate level.

STOCK RISING? According to a source with close ties to the Early (Texas) High football program, TCU has Abe Morris under its radar.

STOCK RISING? According to a source with close ties to the Early (Texas) High football program, TCU has Abe Morris under its radar.

With only one game into the season for an Early team that is 0-1 and is looking to recover from last year’s 2-8 finish, Abe Morris realizes such a golden opportunity undoubtedly awaits him as long as he continues to put forth a valiant effort as a student athlete.

“They will be getting a player with a lot of heart and determination,” said Abe Morris, when asked what kind of player would college scouts and recruiters inherit in the event he inks a National Letter of Intent.

So far, at least one school has placed the 6-foot-1, speedy 188-pound athlete under its radar.
According to a source with close ties to the Early football program, Texas Christian University (TCU) has expressed interest in Abe Morris, the catalyst of the upstart Longhorns.

With more considerable progress in what figures to be a breakthrough season for the talented wide receiver/outside linebacker, the possibility exists that more schools would come calling, something about which Abe Morris had envisioned ever since he made his debut on varsity three years ago.

image“I’m not finished yet,” Abe Morris said. “I’m planning on doing some awesome things.”
Amongst the reasons Abe Morris is clinging to a wealth of confidence is that partakes in routine workouts, sometimes as much as twice a day, he said.

In addition, he’s hopeful that scouts will come to recognize his strengths, which includes his ability to exhibit favorable field vision and his aggressiveness as it pertains to reading defenses and making a tackles.

As for this mechanics on the offensive side of the ball, Abe Morris acknowledged he must do a better job of fine-tuning his ability to run routes to free himself up from opposing defenders.

“I work hard,” Abe Morris said. “I work on drills and my fast feet (skills) every day.”
Without question, Joy Darnell Morris can attest firsthand that her son is doing the essential things to make a favorable impression upon scouts and recruiters.

“His coach, Ken Edwards, said he is a natural (athlete) and follows instructions well,” she said. “He has taught Abe to play every position.”

Which, as a result, is amongst the biggest reasons Abe Morris is destined to beef up his recruiting stock in this, his final prep season.

“I was so excited to see how great he was at it,” said Joy Darnell Morris, alluding to when her son first picked up a football. “When I watch Abe, I am so proud and amazed at his talent. It’s awesome to hear the whole crowd cheer for your son. Abe lives for football and is striving to be better.”

Abe Morris earlier this week wasted little time echoing such an assessment.

“I love football with a passion,” he said. “My coaches and parents are by biggest inspiration. They always push me to do my best at every thing I do.”

This year is no exception.

Something about which no one has to tell him more than once.


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Dallas’ Young Fly Latinos: ‘We’re making more people take notice to Latino rappers’

DALLAS — Robert Michael Narbaez and Zachery Garcia have been a dazzling tandem in the rap game for a little more than four years.

They would be the first to tell you they absolutely love it.

aaaEspecially the seemingly ongoing buzz they have generated through the media.

“We have definitely seen a growth in our likes and view counts,” said Garcia, alluding to thousands upon thousands of likes amassed through their recent story that was released earlier this month. “Every day, the story is that we continue to gain a bigger following in a more diverse crowd listening to our music.”

Said Narbaez, who appeared more forthright: “We’ve been getting more love and more haters, but we know they go hand in hand. We bring a new sound of rap and R&B that you don’t hear from Latinos.”

Suddenly, he really drove his point home just in case there are more doubters in this ever-so-popular industry.

“We’re making more people take notice to Latino rappers,” Narbaez said rather bluntly.

Indeed they are.

MAKING TEXAS-SIZE MOVES --- While their much-anticipated album is currently in the works and is projected for official release in early 2017, the Young Fly Latinos announced recently that they are just weeks away from releasing their mixed tape project entitled, “New Dirty South.” The project is scheduled to drop some time in September, a spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based rap group told longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

MAKING TEXAS-SIZE MOVESWhile their much-anticipated album is currently in the works and is projected for official release in early 2017, the Young Fly Latinos announced recently that they are just weeks away from releasing their mixed tape project entitled, “New Dirty South.”
The project is scheduled to drop some time in September, a spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based rap group told longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

And for all the right reasons, too.

Weeks removed from having created a buzz through the media that figures to linger for some time, the group known as the Young Fly Latinos undoubtedly are the brink of making more progressive moves.

While their much-anticipated album is currently in the works and is projected for official release in early 2017, the Young Fly Latinos announced recently that they are just weeks away from releasing their mixed tape project entitled, “New Dirty South.”

The project is scheduled to drop some time in September, a spokesperson for the Dallas/Fort Worth-based rap group told longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

“All of the tracks are dope,” said Narbaez, whose stage name is TRS. “We’ve been working on it for about 8 eight months.”

So hyped and giddy are these up-and-coming entertainers that when asked if they are Texas’ best kept secrets in the entertainment industry, Narbaez displayed his signature grin, but hesitated to offer a forthright response.

No worries, nonetheless.

STAR WATCH --- To their credit --- and since the release of their previous story that essentially had gone viral --- the YFL’s have managed to draw rave reviews not just from fans, but from other promoters. Talk about having an immediate impact in Texas, where they customarily do things big here. “Our (latest) success is nothing more than expected,” member Zack Garcia said. “Not with an arrogant approach…we’ve work hard to be where we are and we plan on working harder to better establish ourselves as artists not only in Texas, but across the world."

STAR WATCHTo their credit — and since the release of their previous story that essentially had gone viral — the YFL’s have managed to draw rave reviews not just from fans, but from other promoters. Talk about having an immediate impact in Texas, where they customarily do things big here.
“Our (latest) success is nothing more than expected,” member Zack Garcia said. “Not with an arrogant approach…we’ve work hard to be where we are and we plan on working harder to better establish ourselves as artists not only in Texas, but across the world.”

The YFL’s assistant manager/promoter, Lola Montez, was quick to render a rather blunt and direct response to such an inquiry.

“”YFL is Texas’ best kept secret,” Montez said with hesitation. “They are the fie! (FIRE). YFL is on fie (fire)…period…Definitely two of the hardest working khats on the music scene, and I’ve been in and around the Dallas music scene since the mid-2000’s. Everyone needs to give these young gentlemen a chance… otherwise, you’ll be missing out. And why would you want to miss being a part of the YFL phenomenon?”

To their credit — and since the release of their previous story that essentially had gone viral — the YFL’s have managed to draw rave reviews not just from fans, but from other promoters.

Talk about having an immediate impact in Texas, where they customarily do things big here.

“Our (latest) success is nothing more than expected,” Garcia said. “Not with an arrogant approach…we’ve work hard to be where we are and we plan on working harder to better establish ourselves as artists not only in Texas, but across the world.”

A RELATED YFL STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/08/young-fly-latinos-rap-group-catching-dallas-fort-worth-area-rest-of-texas-by-storm/.

As for the new hints on their soon-to-be released project, Garcia was quick to acknowledge that, “Every song on our album is the best to us. But if I had to choose one, I would have to say, “GMMR,” which stands for ” Get My Mind Right” featuring M3.”

GOTTA LOVE LOLA --- The YFL’s assistant manager/promoter, Lola Montez, was quick to render a rather blunt and direct response to such an inquiry. “"YFL is Texas' best kept secret,” Montez said with hesitation. “They are the fie! (FIRE). YFL is on fie (fire)…period…Definitely two of the hardest working khats on the music scene, and I've been in and around the Dallas music scene since the mid-2000's. Everyone needs to give these young gentlemen a chance... otherwise, you'll be missing out. And why would you want to miss being a part of the YFL phenomenon?”

GOTTA LOVE LOLAThe YFL’s assistant manager/promoter, Lola Montez, was quick to render a rather blunt and direct response to such an inquiry.
“”YFL is Texas’ best kept secret,” Montez said with hesitation. “They are the fie! (FIRE). YFL is on fie (fire)…period…Definitely two of the hardest working khats on the music scene, and I’ve been in and around the Dallas music scene since the mid-2000’s. Everyone needs to give these young gentlemen a chance… otherwise, you’ll be missing out. And why would you want to miss being a part of the YFL phenomenon?”

Narbaez, on the other hand, deemed it somewhat difficult to assess which songs he considers the best on the YFL’s forthcoming project.

“There’s too many to say,” Narbaez said with a laughing, fielding the question as if he expected it.  “We have a lot of confidence in all of our (songs). It was hard for us to pick a single we wanted to roll up on.”

Finally — for the sake playing off of words — he rolled up on one of his best hits on the new project.

“One of my favorite tracks is ‘Giddy-Up,’” Narbaez said. “It’s just a fun track with a lot of energy.”

Which, to the YFL’s credit, seemingly has been the common theme for a flourishing, progressive rap group that not only is creating a constant buzz in Dirty, Dirty Dallas but, above all, one that is making a strong case that these two are Texas’ best kept secrets.



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Amid controversy, Colin Kaepernick had better win early and often in 2016

12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nDALLAS — Without question, I am a diehard San Francisco 49ers fan, have been for the past three-plus decades.

And for someone who has actually interviewed and had one-on-one conversations with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, I think he’s a tremendously compassionate and talented guy.

Heck, the guy, all while displaying his signature grin, even asked if he could have the Niners cufflinks I wore in the visitors’ locker room following San Francisco’s game at the Tennessee Titans in September 2014.

MUCH TO PROVE? San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been subject of ongoing criticism amid his sideline national anthem protests. But will his blatant actions translate into wins this upcoming season for a 49ers team that hasn't reached the playoffs since 2013? (Photo by Jim Gensheimer/Getty Images

SO MUCH TO PROVE? San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the subject of seemingly ongoing criticism amid his sideline national anthem protests. But will his blatant pregame actions translate into wins this upcoming season for a 49ers team that hasn’t reached the playoffs since 2013? (Photo by Jim Gensheimer/Getty Images)

Regardless, in the wake of this seemingly ongoing controversy surrounding the veteran All-Pro quarterback, this is my forthright take on what obviously has become a public relations fiasco for a team that’s expected to be one of the NFL’s worst in 2016.

All things considered, it would be in Kaepernick’s best interest to win early and often this upcoming season, especially if he’s named the starting signal caller for a struggling 49ers team that hasn’t sniffed the postseason in two consecutive seasons.

Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL’s most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s regime, anything short of a playoff berth or even a near-playoff-clinch would undoubtedly give way to more backlash for an overpaid, underachieving quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn’t learned the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson.

In essence, while I do not, in any shape or form, oppose to Kaepernick’s sideline national anthem protest that consequently has generated excessive headlines, I do, nonetheless, sense his blatant, dauntless actions will undoubtedly give way to his performance under center being monitored even more closely in 2016, especially by new head coach Chip Kelly and team officials.

Which, of course, in Kaepernick’s case, he had better accomplish at least one of the following feats:

SAN FRANCISCO TREAT? Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL's most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh's regime, anything short of playoff berth or even a near-playoff-berth would undoubtedly give way to more criticism for a quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn't learned to the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has ohhh so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

QUEST FOR WINS: Anything short of a drastic improvement from the previous two seasons, anything short of why Kaepernick had emerged as the NFL’s most feared dual-threat quarterback under ex-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh’s regime, anything short of playoff berth or even a near-playoff-berth would undoubtedly give way to more criticism for a quarterback who, quite frankly, still hasn’t learned to the basic fundamentals of reading defenses and, unfortunately, has ohhh so much to atone for on the field to even be mentioned in the same breath as, say, fellow NFC West quarterback and Super Bowl champion Russell Wilson. (Photo by Michael Thomas/Getty Images)

 

Either he had better engineer the Niners to a somewhat respectable record this upcoming season, either he had better become the ringleader in helping the Niners silence critics and prognosticators by clinching an unlikely playoff berth, or he will surely become the most ridiculed quarterback in the league opposite Robert Griffin III.

For all the right reasons, too.

So for your sake, Kap, here’s hoping you go out and win games early and often this season for a team that hasn’t done much of that in recent years.

Here’s hoping you go out and win games so that you can finally prove that you are worth every penny of the six-year, $126 million extension you signed two summers ago.

And for your sake, here’s hoping you go out and win games so that you can return to kissing your biceps, thus demonstrating you have a leg to stand on.

Figuratively, of course.



Andre T. Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport.com. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA and NFL. To reach him, send email to: memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist. 

NBA veteran Thaddeus Young supporting Memphis through his foundation

imageJust recently, Memphian Henry Baskin took time to assess how pivotal education is, particularly amongst youth in the inner city.

“Education is very important to our family, Baskin, a Memphis Mitchell High and Tennessee State graduate, told longtime journalist Andre T Johnson during a recent interview.

To get a full understanding of why Baskin is so passionate about education, look no further than the notable achievements of those in his own family.

imageBaskin is the brother of current Tennessee State University president, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. A former Memphis public schools educator, Baskin currently assumes the role as Director of Outreach for Indiana Pacers veteran swingman Thaddeus Young’s nonprofit organization, Youth For Youth.

For Baskin, who has strong ties to Young, a former Mitchell High basketball star, he is appreciative of the fact that Young has presented with him the golden opportunity to help youngsters from the inner city enhance their educational endeavors.

“It’s funny how the tables have turned,” Baskin, a licensed Memphis area minister, said of his working relationship with Young. “In high school, I he had to answer to me, and now, I have to answer to him.”

imageDisplaying his signature smile, Baskin admittedly welcomes the distinct opportunity of having to work for one of his most beloved former students, arguably the most celebrated personality in the history of Mitchell athletics.

“I met Thad when he was in elementary school,” Baskin explained. “He would walk up and down the street dribbling a basketball.” When he enrolled at Mitchell in the seventh grade, I was the athletic director. I was also a pastor in that community.”

Now as Overseer of Young’s Youth For Youth organization, Baskin is affordable with the luxury of routinely helping youngsters grasp the importance of broadening their horizon.

“His future impact in our community is very exciting,” Baskin said. “We have can meetings with the City of Memphis and Shelby County Schools. We are looking forward to a tremendous partnership with both of them through Youth For Youth Foundation.”

Among the reasons is that aside from partaking in various sports-related activities, Young’s foundation holds regular sessions in which it conducts ACT preparation training, tutoring, mentorship, and etiquette, among other things.

imageIn addition, the organization helps sponsor an annual Susan B. Komen Breast Cancer Run, in large part because Young and other former and current Mitchell athletes are regular participants.

By and large, Youth For Youth, Baskin acknowledged, has become a fixture in the Memphis metropolitan area because of Young’s passion and commitment of giving back to the community.

“It’s a better place,” Baskin said. “Thad is the example that hard work will make you successful. He is a true example to follow. He married his high school sweetheart and is a true family man.”

Most importantly, Baskin is especially appreciative of the fact that Young, a former Georgia Tech star who’s entering his eighth NBA season and with his fourth team, returned to school to earn his degree.

“He is set financially, but he wanted to made good on the promise he made to his mom,” Baskin said. “After losing her to breast cancer, he finished his degree in her honor. His father has really kept him grounded.”

And because of Young’s continuous contributions to his high school alma mater, Mitchell has remained relevant in the Shelby-Metro area.

Last year, under the guidance of former Mitchell basketball star Andre Turner, the Tigers claimed the TSSAA state championship in his first season as head coach.

Like Baskin, Turner, a former Memphis State standout who helped propel the Tigers to the Final Four in 1985, was complimentary of how Young has gone to great lengths to give back to the inner city.

“First and foremost, Thad keeps us relevant because of who he is and where he’s from,” Turner said. “He also keeps us relevant because of his continual motivation to the team as well as coaching staff. He gives untiring financial support and he is always offering moral support. His commitment to
is not just the team, but the school also. He cares about where he is from. He makes sure the community is relevant. We even have game jerseys with Walker Homes on them that we play in for big games.”

Generally, what it all boils down to, Young said, is that the community in which he grew up, in turn, has his constant backing and support, particularly as it pertains to giving back and keeping Mitchell relevant both as a booming athletic and college preparatory institution.

“Alot of my success comes from my no days off mentally, the support of my family continuing to push me each day, and the support of my community is huge in my growth toward me getting to where I am now,” Young said. “The every day struggles as a kid living in Walker Homes made me tough mentality. The support of the community getting behind me kept me hungry to achieve and not fail.”

All of which to Young’s credit, has given way to a win-win situation for all, most notably those who are involved his flourishing foundation.



 

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Former Memphis-area educator Rekeshia Hudson takes brave leap of faith into entrepreneurship

“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” (Deuteronomy 28:12)

 

hhhhJust days ago, Rekeshia Hudson was asked to assess why the above Biblical passage undoubtedly is her favorite.

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.

“This passage impacts my life daily, because it is a promise from the Lord,” Hudson told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He keeps His promises.”

From the time she recalled like yesterday when she roamed the campus of tradition-rich Memphis Whitehaven High, to when she worked earnestly toward pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, to when she steadfastly persevered until she possessed her much-anticipated Master’s of Education degree from nearby Freed Hardeman University, Hudson can dauntlessly attest that God has kept His promises.

In fact, given the immense strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume that God not only delivered on His emphatic, life-changing pledges but, for Hudson, He’s shown her daily the calling about which He’s intentionally given her.

Now, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that she’s not only basking in the glory and splendor of these promises but, above all, she’s walking diligently in her divine purpose.

“I have a heart for children,” Hudson explained. “I have a love for helping. I believe I can change the world, one child at a time.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVOR --- A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner. A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship. As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVORA native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.
A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship.
As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.

A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurship.

As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

Never mind that she’s relatively new to all of this.

After all, with God, all things are possible because, if Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless times.

He keeps His promises.

“God is awesome and I am excited about the possibilities of what is to come,” said Hudson, explaining the significance of why she had to obey the voice of God and change careers. “I am thankful that I can take my daughter back and forth to school without stressing to get to work on two wheels. I am thankful that I can volunteer at my daughter’s school. I am blessed to wake up in the morning excited about going to do what I absolutely love, helping middle income families plan their finances. I am glad I jumped.”

Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.

“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her high school sweetheart and husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

Not to mention arguably the best coworkers with whom she’s ever crossed paths.

“His partnership is further confirmation from God that it was more than permissible to leap and change our lives so that we can be free from a boss, love God more through the ministry of generosity, spend time with our girls, date one another and help other families to achieve their financial goals,” Rekeshia Hudson said. “My husband keeps me focused. I am grateful for my forever friend.”

LOVE BIRDS --- Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit. “My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

LOVE BIRDSFortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.
“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

A little more than seven years removed from having suffered consecutive miscarriages — in October 2008 and April 2009 — for the Hudsons, it’s evident that God has surely allowed His countenance to shine upon them.

“We quickly learned how precious life is,” Rekeshia Hudson said of losing two sons to miscarriages. “This experience taught us the importance of togetherness. We have conquered many battles and entrepreneurship is definitely squeezing the potential from my husband and me.”

Now it’s on to bigger and better things, on to creating more lasting memories that, come to think of it, were apart of God’s plans all along.

Besides, if Rekeshia Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless time.

He keeps His promises.

“We realize if we can dream it, we can do it,” she said. “If we can think it, we can bring it to past. We are on another level with our thinking and with Christ, there is nothing impossible.”

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.



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’ Boss Vegas on continuous success: ‘I’m the hottest Latino rapper the world will see’

DALLAS — He’s originally from inner city Dallas, the famous Oak Cliff community to be exact.

He managed to graduate high school, but college life, by his standards, wasn’t merely for him, so he bolted campus and work diligently toward pursuing other endeavors.

aaaaBoy, did he ever.

For Velour Vegas, although he never fully embraced higher education like many of his peers, it’s safe to assume he’s always been armed with an array of book sense.

Most importantly, he undoubtedly possesses a slew of street smarts, an upward, favorable trend that has benefited him mightily in recent years, especially in the ever-so-competitive world of entertainment.

“I had the greatest childhood ever,” Vegas told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent exclusive interview. “Grew up Catholic, converted to Christianity.”

cccccStill, while being raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment — a trend that, fortunately for him, brought about a sense of balance and wholeness to his young life — Vegas had been steadfastly taught to broaden his horizon, to persevere through life’s toughest of adversities, to prove and silence his naysayers and critics in ways unimaginable.

To his credit, he’s done just that.

Don’t believe him?

Just watch.

An aspiring entertainer who appropriately has become a fixture in the Dallas/Fort Worth and the surrounding areas, Vegas, widely known as “Boss Vegas (or Hugo Arellano),” is going to great lengths to ensure that his musically-inclined dreams become a reality.

If nothing else, this vibrant, rising entertainer, let alone self-proclaimed “hottest Latino rapper the world will see,” certainly seem on track to catching the music world by storm.

“My dad’s hard work ethic and my mom’s brain hustle were my motivations as a kid to maximize my potential,” Vegas said.

Surely, the apple didn’t fall very far, in large part because Vegas is seemingly making a strong case that he could very well emerge as the next big entertainer to represent Dirty, Dirty Dallas.

OAK CLIFF CLASSIC --- Dallas' Boss Vegas track record is such that he’s been nothing short of impressive in this ever-so-evolving rap industry, considering he’s toured with the likes of the rap universe’s biggest and brightest personalities. Everyone from Paul Wall, Juvenile, Lil Keke, Lil Flip, Rick Ross, Devin The Dude, Prince Rick, Treal Lee, Slim Thug, Scarface, the Getto Boyz, Post Malone, Currensy Zero, and Tech Nine, among others. All of which begs the obvious questions as it pertains to this up-and-coming entertainer: Is there anything the Vegas can’t do?

OAK CLIFF CLASSICDallas’ Boss Vegas’ track record is such that he’s been nothing short of impressive in this ever-so-evolving rap industry, considering he’s toured with the likes of the rap universe’s biggest and brightest personalities.
Everyone from Paul Wall, Juvenile, Lil Keke, Lil Flip, Rick Ross, Devin The Dude, Prince Rick, Treal Lee, Slim Thug, Scarface, the Getto Boyz, Post Malone, Currensy Zero, and Tech Nine, among others.
All of which begs the obvious questions as it pertains to this up-and-coming entertainer: Is there anything the Vegas can’t do?

Heck, this guy’s track record is such that he’s been nothing short of impressive in this ever-so-evolving rap industry, considering he’s toured with the likes of the rap universe’s biggest and brightest personalities.

Everyone from Paul Wall, Juvenile, Lil Keke, Lil Flip, Rick Ross, Devin The Dude, Prince Rick, Treal Lee, Slim Thug, Scarface, the Getto Boyz, Post Malone, Currensy Zero, and Tech Nine, among others.

All of which begs the obvious questions as it pertains to this up-and-coming entertainer: Is there anything the Vegas can’t do?

Probably not.

“I’ve sold 200,000 CDs in an 8-year period,” Vegas said with a straight face. “Dropped three group albums, five mix tapes, and 15 videos.”

What’s even more astounding and remarkable is that Vegas is attributed for having originated the famous Triple D logo that’s featured on buildings and trash cans and other establishments through this massive city.

Talk about a humble, progressive youngster who boasts some pretty immense, dope skills.

In addition, Vegas, who’s seemingly in the prime of his music career, twice has attended the nationally-televised BET Hip Hop Awards twice, and is regular at the annual Texas Rap Fest.

In many aspects, it seems the entertainment tenure of Vegas, according to many who have followed his success, is patterned after that of the renowned Kanye West who, like Vegas, is a college dropout.

“When Kanye was first gaining popularity after being a college dropout, I opened up for him at Club Blue and he told me to always do me,” Vegas explained. “No one will ever do me better than me. That always stuck.

“I still have a close relationship with Flip Paul Wall Treal Lee and Prince Rick,” Vegas continued.

Interesting enough, Vegas is currently working with Dirty Water Music Group, the same popular music company that signed Lil Ronny, Fat Pimp and Tre Ward.

VEGAS IN TEXAS --- In many aspects, it seems the entertainment tenure of Vegas, according to many who have followed his success, is patterned after that of the renowned Kanye West who, like Vegas, is a college dropout. “When Kanye was first gaining popularity after being a college dropout, I opened up for him at Club Blue and he told me to always do me,” Vegas explained. “No one will ever do me better than me. That always stuck. “I still have a close relationship with Flip Paul Wall Treal Lee and Prince Rick,” Vegas continued.

VEGAS IN TEXASIn many aspects, it seems the entertainment tenure of Vegas, according to many who have followed his success, is patterned after that of the renowned Kanye West who, like Vegas, is a college dropout.
“When Kanye was first gaining popularity after being a college dropout, I opened up for him at Club Blue and he told me to always do me,” Vegas explained. “No one will ever do me better than me. That always stuck.
“I still have a close relationship with Flip Paul Wall Treal Lee and Prince Rick,” Vegas continued.

Could he be next aspiring entertainer to sign a lucrative music deal, a monumental development that could greatly overshadow his decision to bolt college a rather favorable one?

Sure seems that way. So stay tuned.

Without question, the rap industry hasn’t heard the last of Boss Vegas.

“Music is in my blood,” said Vegas, who’s scheduled for an upcoming show on September 23 in Houston along with entertainers ‘Devin The Dude’ as part of The Smokers Tour. “It’s my life and passion. It’s important to me to make a comeback as an entertainer to show the youth and preserve real Hip Hop…to speak about conscious issues and to be the inspiration for the next generation. My personal motto is, ‘Today as in every day, is the greatest day of my life!’”

Now we know why.

Talk about a humble, progressive youngster who boasts some pretty immense, dope skills.



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.

Mechell Rawls-Beasley reliving dad’s legacy through her Tied4Excellence stylist venture

From the cradle to the grave.

One’s image surely goes a long way.

Heck, it says a lot about them.

It reinforces confidence and poise and professionalism.

It demands respect.

It…well…perhaps Mechell Rawls-Beasley can explain it better.

wwww“Well, it’s a personal therapeutic journey for me,” Rawls-Beasley told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “My father was a well-dressed man and his concern was he was the last of the dying breed of the well-dressed gentleman. Only knowing him three years prior to his death, we became very close and upon his last few days on earth with me, I vowed to keep his passion for fashion alive by opening a business to hire stylist mentoring men on the science of dressing well.”

WO-MAN OF CLASS --- Today, Mechell Rawls-Beasley, a Wetumpka, Alabama native, is dauntlessly carrying out her father’s legacy in ways unimaginable. Rawls-Beasley, 43, is owner and chief executive officer of Tied4Excellence, a personal stylist business venture for men of all ages.

WO-‘MAN’ OF CLASS — Today, Mechell Rawls-Beasley, a Wetumpka, Alabama native, is dauntlessly carrying out her father’s legacy in ways unimaginable.
Rawls-Beasley, 43, is owner and chief executive officer of Tied4Excellence, a personal stylist business venture for men of all ages.

To her credit, Rawls-Beasley did just that.

“Little did I know, I had the gift all along and it has landed me contracts and repetitive clientele for almost three years now,” she said.

Today, the Wetumpka, Alabama native is dauntlessly carrying out her father’s legacy in ways unimaginable.

Rawls-Beasley, 43, is owner and chief executive officer of Tied4Excellence, a personal stylist business venture for men of all ages.

You name it. She got it. So check her out and hook up with this vibrant, resourceful woman of color for all of the up-to-date stylish, head-turning trends.

FOLLOW MECHELL VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: www.facebook.com/ tied4excellence.

“The niche is I shop and create an outfit for any occasion from the client’s personal closet to the thrift or department store — or clearance rack — saving my client a boatload of savings,” said Rawls-Beasley, explaining her mission for her unique venture. “I’ve suited gentlemen for proms, funerals, pastoral anniversaries, weddings, nights on the town, etc.”

So what undoubtedly has been the key to entrepreneurial success for Rawls-Beasley, who currently resides in Memphis, where fashion essentially has become an upward trend?

bbbbggg“I like to listen and understand the need of the client and then educate about different patterns, colors, the actual fit of the garments and, most of all, the satisfaction from my clients when they see themselves in the outfit for the first time and/or the attention he receives from the ladies once he strolls into the event.”

mmmmmThe raves reviews, Rawls-Beasley acknowledges, are priceless.

“I simply love the stories of my clients,” Rawls-Beasley said. “I’m especially honored when I’m hired to dress a gentleman for his home-going service.”

bbbbInteresting enough, amongst the trends about which this men’s fashion guru has appropriately embraced is that several of her clients would go as far as to book flights bound for Memphis to take advantage of her unique and consultations and wealth of knowledge, particularly as it pertains to the latest men’s fashions.

tttttSurely, her father has got to proud, giddy in that his daughter deemed it essential to carry out — thus put on display — his lasting legacy.

How befitting.

Talk about adding a totally different twist to one’s image.

pppp“My father was my first client for his homegoing service,” Rawls-Beasley said. “Everybody ranted and raved at how sharp he was. I dressed him in a three-piece, 100 percent wool navy suit, with a white, high collar shirt, with a white ascot adorned with his favorite print: paisley. I get teary eyed just thinking about it.”

Amongst the grandest reasons is that she knows full well that one’s image goes a long way.

From the cradle to the grave.



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.

Beverly Fells Jones having a Texas-sized impact as a thriving life coach and author

DALLAS — Surely, Beverly Fells Jones isn’t your ordinary 69-year-old.

If nothing else, it seems she can teach these youngsters a thing or two about the significance of being productive, thus broadening their horizon.

gagagaAmongst the grandest reasons is that Jones, a native of Pittsburgh who currently resides in Dallas, is a woman of many hats, one, who given the assortment of activities and vital obligations for which she is routinely involved, it’s safe to say she’s shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

“Interaction with amazing people,” Jones, during an interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week, said, when asked what she loves the most about her business ventures. “Sharing my story and making it relevant so that I can help as many people as possible live life easily and effortlessly. My daily mantra I share with others is, ‘I command that abundance flows into and throughout my life easily and effortlessly in amazing ways.’ Guess what? It does.”

Indeed it does.

That’s because while so many of Jones’ peers deem it essential to call it career at this stage in their lives, this vibrant, enthusiastic woman steadfastly demonstrates daily that she’s armed with an array of resilience and resolve and perseverance — the perseverance to maximize her full God-given potential.

BUSY BODY --- Surely, Beverly Fells Jones isn’t your ordinary 69-year-old. If nothing else, it seems she can teach these youngsters a thing or two about the significance of being productive, thus broadening their horizon. A current residence of The Colony, Texas, which is in the outskirts of Dallas, Jones is a widely known as a life coach and accomplished author, as well as a Certified Hypnotist and Silva UltraMind ESP Instructor.

BUSY BODYSurely, Beverly Fells Jones isn’t your ordinary 69-year-old.
If nothing else, it seems she can teach these youngsters a thing or two about the significance of being productive, thus broadening their horizon. A current residence of The Colony, Texas, which is in the outskirts of Dallas, Jones is a widely known as a life coach and accomplished author, as well as a Certified Hypnotist and Silva UltraMind ESP Instructor.

A current residence of The Colony, Texas, which is in the outskirts of Dallas, Jones is a widely known as a life coach and accomplished author, as well as a Certified Hypnotist and Silva UltraMind ESP Instructor.

By and large, as an international speaker, Jones’ said most of emphasis and topics are geared toward intuitive memory, self-esteem, personal success and development, and living consciously.

In addition, her professional resume includes being a weekly Dallas-area radio show personality and having authored what she describes as three “informative books,” most notably “AManifesting the Life You Want,@ AChristianity,” “The Law of Attraction,” and “The One Command.”

In summarizing her well-publicized professional track record, particularly as a life coach-author, Jones acknowledged that she is a “master” at peeling away the layers of limiting thoughts that keep a person in mental poverty.

Interesting enough, this gives her clients the drive and ability to be more productive, more profitable and create magnificent relationships, she said.

Also, Jones runs and oversees a six-week program called, “From Prude To Siren: How to Act Like A Mistress And Spice Up Your Life.”  This program is designed for women who want to change up their relationships, whether they are married or single.

BOOK BEVERLY FELLS JONES FOR A SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT: speaking@commandingyourlife.com.

PURE EXCELLENCE --- Jones' professional resume includes having authored what she describes as three “informative books,” most notably “AManifesting the Life You Want,@ AChristianity,” “The Law of Attraction,” and “The One Command.”

PURE EXCELLENCEJones’ professional resume includes having authored what she describes as three “informative books,” most notably “AManifesting the Life You Want,@ AChristianity,” “The Law of Attraction,” and “The One Command.”

“How to attract — if single — and keep the right partner,” Jones explained. “Mostly, it is how to discover and to be the real you in any relationship and much more.”

And…

“Yes, we talk about sex,” Jones said without hesitation.

Generally, Jones said her business ventures are available to individuals ranging in their early 20s to persons as late as in their mid-to-late 80s.

“I cater mostly to women who are struggling with their career or relationships and who want to make the mental and physical changes that will propel them to the next level,” Jones said. “I let them decide what that level looks like for them and we dig deep into the things that will manifest the life they want.”

To her credit, her slew of gifts and talents have afforded her with such opportunities to make appearances in places such as San Jose, California, Atlanta, New York, Pittsburgh, and Philadelphia, among other establishments.

yyyNowadays, it seems she’s becoming a fixture in this  ever-so-popular Dallas/Fort Worth area.

“The problem today is that nine out of ten people are living their lives unconsciously,” said Jones, explaining her primary mission for her work. “As a coach who has studied how our minds work, I share three ways they can manifest the life they want. The first is to develop your intuitive Memory. The next is to recognize and perform the inspired actions that lead you to living abundantly.  And thirdly, begin commanding your life by using your subconscious mind consciously.  When you are able to do this consistently I have done my job.”

All of which sums up why she isn’t your ordinary 69-year-old.

 

For more information about Beverly Fells Jones or to book her for a speaking engagement, log on to: http://commandingyourlife.com.  Also, join her on air at: http://blogtalkradio.com/commandingyourlife.


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 ordained minister Tonia Woody ‘staying true’ to herself while helping to advance the Kingdom

Just after midday Tuesday, Tonia Woody took to her Facebook page.

There, the opportunistic Woody sensed it was the appropriate time to encourage the masses.

aaaaaaSaid Woody in a rather inspiring, thought-provoking post:

“You are an incomparable person! Just like everyone, you’ve got many strengths and weaknesses but you definitely have much more strengths! You are not ashamed of all your character traits and that’s exactly what makes you so unique. You are a strong person and nothing can get you down easily!”

nnnnFor Woody, a 44-year-old corporate America professional and native of Memphis, growing up, never was she taught to become a product of her environment. If nothing else, she was taught to set the standard, to raise the bar, the see from where she was.

You know…to maximize her fullest, God-given potential.

Given the immense strides she’s made both in the natural and spiritual realms, it’s safe to assume that Woody has steadfastly gone to great lengths to possess and savor the abundant life Christ to give us.

“I was raised to believe in the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit,” Woody told longtime journalist during a recent interview.

And because of devout, assertive, bend-but-don’t-break faith in Almighty God, she’d be the first to admit that her life has never been the same.

In Jesus Name.

Having been raised in a Christian-oriented household in which attending church regularly wasn’t merely an option, but rather a pre-requisite, of sorts, for not enduring the wrath of her parents, Woody doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has never been the same ever since she sold out completely to God.

BEAUTIFUL AND SAVED --- For Tonia Woody, a 44-year-old corporate America professional and native of Memphis, growing up, never was she taught to become a product of her environment. If nothing else, she was taught to set the standard, to raise the bar, the see from where she was. You know…to maximize her fullest, God-given potential. Given the immense strides she’s made both in the natural and spiritual realms, it’s safe to assume that Woody has steadfastly gone to great lengths to possess and savor the abundant life Christ to give us.

BEAUTIFUL, ANOINTED, AND SAVED — For Tonia Woody, a 44-year-old corporate America professional and native of Memphis, growing up, never was she taught to become a product of her environment. If nothing else, she was taught to set the standard, to raise the bar, the see from where she was. You know…to maximize her fullest, God-given potential. Given the immense strides she’s made both in the natural and spiritual realms, it’s safe to assume that Woody has steadfastly gone to great lengths to possess and savor the abundant life Christ to give us.

That’s because today, unlike never before, Woody has adopted the mindset that suggest, among other things, she’s destined to exercise her faith regardless of whatever trials and unfavorable circumstances surface in her life.

In other words, come hell or high water, no one can make her doubt Him because, well…you know the rest.

“My mother always said no matter what, we will be at church on every Sunday and very active in the growth of my spirituality,” Woody explained. “(I was in) Bible study on Tuesday night. I was on the usher board and I also was in the choir.”

More than two decades removed since the death of her mother, Woody, to her credit, clung to the pivotal life lessons by which her mother taught her.

For starters, she functioned diligently in the ministry, having served as an armor-bearer/adjutant to her spiritual mother, Elder JoeElla McIntyre.

“I was taught to believe in God’s word and that prayer always solves any issue that arises,” Woody said. “Regardless of how I feel, God is all-knowing and He is with me always.”

Such a notion surely rings true to this very day for Woody, a 1990 Memphis Northside High graduate.

Although she is actively seeking a ministry that will greatly enable her to help advance the kingdom, Woody is a licensed minister, having cleared yet another spiritual hurdle her parents had envisioned ever since she was child growing up in the inner city.

“My father always taught me to always be true to myself and to love me,” Woody said. “He taught me to be independent and to always depend (on God. (Following my mother’s demise) my dad was my supporter. (He often said) ‘If you not going to do right by it or be true, do not mess with it.’”

Having accepted her calling at 21 years of age, Woody admittedly has held faith to the wisdom and wholesome advice of her father, particularly as it pertained to enduring adversity and hardships in the ministry.

“My testimony is overcoming obstacles of church hurt,” Woody explained. “When you feel that you should be covered and to be treated with respect and dignity, and find out that your covering really doesn’t care about you nor pray for you, church hurt is a devastating issue.”

A KING'S CHILD -- Having been raised in a Christian-oriented household in which attending church regularly wasn’t merely an option, but rather a pre-requisite, of sorts, for not enduring the wrath of her parents, Woody doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has never been the same ever since she sold out completely to God.

A KING’S CHILDHaving been raised in a Christian-oriented household in which attending church regularly wasn’t merely an option, but rather a pre-requisite, of sorts, for not enduring the wrath of her parents, Woody doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has never been the same ever since she sold out completely to God.

Still, in the wake of having witnessed her faith be placed on trial through ministry, Woody would be the first to tell you that the way her life is set up, she’s armed with that proverbial God-infused power to cross-examine any of the enemy’s customary attacks.

Heck, truth be told, that’s practically how she was raised.

Anyway, it’s business as usual for this dynamically beautiful, godly woman of color.

“I love to serve and this is my calling and my passion,” Woody said. “And whatever gift that God has given you, nurture it, protect it and flow through it with the power of the Holy Spirit, and never allow yourself or anyone to put you down or say that is not your gift when you know God says it is.”

Let the church say Amen.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are a pastor or minister, entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, or model 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 and a former staff reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal,  Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries COGIC in Memphis. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

Health-Tech Institute of Memphis becoming a fixture in Bluff City, surrounding areas

AAAAAJust recently, Ronald Kendall Washington was asked to summarize the longstanding mission for his flourishing organization, the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis.

He appropriately fielded the question as if he expected it.

“HTIM’s mission statement is, ‘Learn It! Know It! Apply It!’ Washington told long time journalist Andre Johnson.

To his credit, coupled with the dedicatory service and favorable contributions of his staff, this is, by all accounts, amongst the grandest reasons Washington’s organization has become the educational beacon of light, of sorts, for which it is widely known.

“This motto states exactly how we treat and the expected outcomes we have for our students,” Washington explained. “From the initial interview, to graduation, and any post graduate contact we have with our students, we design a training plan for them to achieve their goals in their chosen field.  It is imperative that they understand that day one.”

WWWWThe longtime owner and chief executive officer of Health-Tech Institute of Memphis along with his wife, Melanie, who’s the institution’s president and brings to HTIM well over two decades of experience in the education sector, HTIM for some time has been a fixture in the Memphis-metropolitan area.

Located at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration,  Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

“HTIM (also) provides training in the fields of Allied Health and Business Services,” Ronald Washington acknowledged.

That’s because Allied Health and Business Services both are demand occupation sectors in the United States, in large part because they have been identified by the local greater Memphis Labor Analysis Data as well for the area.

CHECK OUT HTIM ONLINE: http://www.htimphs.com/.

That, as a result, figures to benefit the Bluff City and surrounding areas for years to come.

In a nutshell, HTIM is just what Memphis needs and, because its staff is one that is well-experienced and has made education an integral force surrounding his mission, it’s safe to assume this organization’s best and brightest days are well ahead of it.

According to a spokesperson for HTIM, this post-secondary educational institution has been training individuals since November 1999.

MAKING STRIDES --- Located at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration, Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

MAKING STRIDESLocated at 571 Vance Avenue in the heart of South Memphis, HTIM is a post-secondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is approved for Veterans Training by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
According to the organization’s website (http://www.htimphs.com/), HTIM routinely offers certifications in Certified Medical Assisting, Health-Information Management (or Medical Billing and Coding), Office Administration, Patient Care Technician, and National Craft Assessment (NCCER).

Add to the fact that countless students have earned diplomas and professional/technical certifications in their chosen fields since HTIM’s inception, and it’s no wonder that even the mainstream media is starting to take in account just how vital a credible institution such as HTIM is in greater Memphis.

“As part of our projected growth to serve more potential students with our training services, HTIM applied and completed the initial process for accreditation with the Council on Occupational Education,” Ronald Washington said.

LOOKING AHEAD --- “HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said. “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

LOOKING AHEAD“HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said. “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

According to Washington, Council on Occupational Education — or COE — is a leading accreditor of institutions seeking eligibility for federal Department of Education Title IV participation, or Pell Grants, Stafford Loans, etc.  Moreover, COE has scheduled the “full” Accreditation Visit for April 17, 2017 and, as Washington acknowledged, such a sequence will greatly advance the number of students, particularly as it relates to enrolling and training at his institution.

Not only that, because of its well-experienced staff that includes Jennyfer Washington, HTIM’s Director of Admissions, as well as stellar advisory board, chances are the State of Tennessee in all likelihood will start to become more enlightened about this flourishing institution.

Much sooner than later.

“HTIM’s expectation for growth is to add two additional locations in Memphis and spread to the Nashville area with additional schools before doing the same in the eastern parts of Tennessee,” Washington said.  “Our goal is to have 5,000 students by the 2022 in the state of Tennessee.”

All of whom will be expected to live up to and fortify the longstanding, flagship mission:

“Learn It! Know It! Apply It!”

 

HEALTH-TECH INSTITUTE OF MEMPHIS’ ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

Melanie K. Washington, President

Melanie Washington is the owner & President of HTIM. She is a retired Memphis City Schools teacher of 20 years who has devoted her life to education.

Melanie has a Bachelor of Science in Education from Lemoyne-Owen College & a Masters of Education from Cumberland University.

Ronald K. Washington, Dean of Business Affairs

Ron serves as the Dean of Business Affairs. Before joining HTIM, he was a Program Specialist with the Private Industry Council specializing in designing employment and training programs for dislocated workers.  Ron holds several certifications in business and allied health services which gives him insight on how to design each training program curriculum offered by HTIM. 

Veronyca Washington, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Veronyca joined HTIM in 2008 as an Executive Administrative Assistant to the President & was promoted to Vice President of Academic Affairs in 2011.

Veronyca has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Fisk University & a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College.

Jennyfer Washington, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

Jennyfer serves as Director of Admissions & Financial Aid & has been with HTIM for 7 years. In her role, she is responsible for student admission & retention.

Jennyfer has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Education/Health from Middle Tennessee State University.

Michelle Cotton, Health Information Management Professor

Rachel Lester, Medical Assistant Clinical Professor

Melissa Garrett, Pharmacy Technician Professor

 

OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Institutional Advisory Board Members

Patricia Sonyika, MD, Board Anesthesiologist Chair

Mariah H. Mardis, MD, Associate Director; OccuMed; Vice-Chair

Program Committee Board Members

Betty Rodgers, RN, Chief Operating Officer, Pulse First 1      

Carlotta Hill, BS, Medical Support Administrator, Union Avenue  Dental   

Jacqueline Williams, CCAT, CPAT, Billing & Collections Specialist, Methodist Healthcare Systems

Michelle Cotton, CCA, Lead Inpatient Coder, Parkwood Behavioral Systems  

Doris Brown, CCAT, Reimbursement Specialist, The West Clinic      

Victor Anderson, MBA, Chief Fiscal Officer, Memphis Overton Park Zoo

 

For more information about the Health-Tech Institute of Memphis, call 901-529-9007.  

                                                                                                  



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.