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.



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.

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.

 

 

 

Rising business owner Latonya Johnson building a solid resume as Total Life Changes director

aaaIn case you don’t know her, allow Latonya Johnson to introduce herself.

Armed with a wealth of beauty, Johnson is a 41-year-old native of Magnolia, Mississippi.

A current resident of Memphis, Johnson holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from William Carey College in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and works regularly as a financial analyst/accounting professional.

A woman who possesses an array of gifts and talents in this ever-so-competitive industry, Johnson’s reputation is such that she has proven to be committed to educational excellence.

aaaaaaaHow else to explain why years ago, she thought it necessary to pursue — and ultimately earn — her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Belhaven College?

To her credit, her favorable track resume by way of higher education and in the professional realm have greatly afforded her to put her business-savvy mechanics on display, a trend that figures to take her to immense heights in the foreseeable future.

iiiiIn a nutshell, because of the immediate impact she’s had in her brief tenure as a director for Total Life Changes, it’s safe to assume that as Johnson goes, in all likelihood, so goes those with whom she has established close ties.

“The most rewarding part about being an independent business owner with TLC is helping others live healthier lives and earning extra income,” Johnson told News Reporter Andre Johnson.

Generally, Total Life Changes is widely known as a health and wellness company that provides all things natural products for weight loss, nutritional needs, and skin care needs, among other entities.

bbbbbbBy and large, a number of TLC’s products have numerous health benefits, most notably one designed to help to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels.

Moreover, several of TLC’s products reportedly are also known to fight against HIV cells, cancer cells, and ADHD, a spokesperson for the longstanding global company said. In addition, while TLC does not make medical claims, there is a plethora of testimonials about the products, a spokesperson added.

For Johnson, an Amite County High School in Liberty, Mississippi, amongst the key factors in enjoying immediate success with TLC is that she has been afforded the golden opportunity of building rapports with people who routinely go above and beyond to excel, thus ensure that others follow suit.

sssss“My sponsor, (executive director) Ponya Dodson, inspired me to become a distributor of the products,” Johnson explained. “I was skeptical in the beginning.  After trying the Iaso Tea for myself, I was convinced and wanted others to be able to experience the health benefits also.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

qqqqSo efficient and resilient has Johnson been since joining TLC in November 2015, that like Dodson and other key distributors, she’s starting to acquire the essential media exposures needed to excel.

And flourish.

And thrive.

And, most importantly, to continue to have the entrepreneurial impact for which she is widely known.

Talk about a thorough introduction.

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“Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to me,” Johnson said. “There is a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes in my family.  I have been dealing with health issues and I refuse to be on medications for the rest of my life.

“Our bodies are our temples and we must take care of them,” Johnson continued, adding that her products are good people of all ages. “I am a product of the product. I currently use Iaso Tea, Nutraburst, and emu oil on a daily basis.  My goal is to educate as many people as possible about eating better, exercising, and using all natural products to live better lives.”

AAAASSAs for the ways of increasing her stock and durability with TLC, Johnson said, “My goal is to help people live healthier and wealthier lives. I am overjoyed when I hear testimonies from my customers about the products.”

Not to mention the immediate impact she’s had in such a brief as a fixture with this rewarding company.

 

For more information about TLC Director Latonya Johnson, call 901-654-7922, or log on to www.totallifechanges.com/ljohnson12. (Her IBO Number is 6426711).

Also, follow her on Facebook under: Latonya Johnson, and on Twitter under: @accountinglady1.

 



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.

 

Memphian Ponya Dodson defies odds, becomes top executive for Total Life Changes

ddddMortgage payments for Demetrius and Ponya Dodson were supposed have lasted for 30 years.

Fortunately for them, God had other ideas.

In a miraculous sequence of events, the Dodsons somehow managed to pay off their home in 16 years, a stunning development that subsequently caught them by surprise, thus gave way to all smiles.

A life-enhancing occurrence about which ultimately changed the overall landscape of their lives, the Dodsons undoubtedly have their Creator to thank first and foremost.

Then, of course, Total Life Changes.

ggggaaaaaaaaBy and large, Total Life Changes maintains an active vision of selecting and providing superior products that have a lasting effect on consumer’s health while providing these same customers with an opportunity to change their socioeconomic status through a rewarding binary compensation plan, according to a report at www.totallifechanges.com.

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

aaaaAll of which is to say that fortunately for the Dodsons, TLC has benefited them mightily in such a short, yet efficient timeframe.

So much, in fact, that Ponya Dodson, who’s emerged as executive director for TLC, thinks it necessary daily to help enhance and impact and esteem the lives of others.

So far, so good — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

“What I love the most about being a business owner with Total Life Changes is the fact that I know that I am a part of something that is so much bigger than myself,” Dodson told News Reporter Andre Johnson. “I have the esteemed pleasure of waking up daily to inboxes, texts, and phone calls from clients that I consider family, whose lives are being changed. From being able to lose the desired weight that they have tried for years and failed to lose, to doctors giving them great reports, even to the fact of them being taken off prescribed medications that they have been on for most of their lives.”

Amongst the things about which Ponya Dodson finds even more astounding is that for someone who had to battle an assortment of physical challenges, particularly for nearly the past two decades, TLC products essentially have revived her overall health unlike never before.

sssss“I am so passionate about this (business venture), because I, too, am someone that knows how it is to deal with sickness and pain and being on medications for years,” said Ponya Dodson, who turns 40 in August. “I had dealt with sickness since the age of 19, but after starting to use our amazing products almost 19 months ago, I feel the best I have in all of my adult life.”

For Ponya Dodson, there’s more to her remarkable,tear-jerking testimony and subsequent rise as a featured executive for TLC.

Just like God.

“This company has also been great for my family and I financially as well,” Ponya Dodson explained. “A little over a year ago, I was working a 9-5 a job in Corporate America but, as stated earlier, I had health issues I was battling with. Due to those issues, I ended up having a major surgery, but what truly changed my life was the events after the surgery. I ended back in the hospital two days later from complications and with what so many others died from.”

But God, to Whom this TLC big wig so eloquently referenced.

vvvvvvv“By the grace of God, I am still here, but I ended up having to alter my life because what went from seeing 1 specialist for the original problem turned into 4. With that being said, I had to miss a lot of work, so my job called and said, ‘Ponya, we understand but we have to let you go.’ No warning. Nothing.”

Little did she know, however, her untimely job termination eventually turned out to be a troublesome, downtrodden encounter wrapped up in arguably the biggest breakthrough of her life.

“This was truly a blessing in disguise,” said Ponya, “because I already had a Plan B, which was Total Life Changes.”

A life-enhancing transition that ultimately turned what was a 30-year mortgage into one that was burned after just 16 years.

Yes.

Yes.

What a mighty God we serve.

For more information about Demetrius and Ponya Dodson and Total Life Changes, call 470-333-8695.

Also, log on to: www.totallifechanges.com/thinkbig

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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.

Memphis BTW hoops standout Ethan Jones figures to have breakthrough senior season

aaassIt is a foregone conclusion that Leslie Jones wants what’s best for her son, Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Andrew Jones.

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind him of such.

In all likelihood, she doesn’t plan to let up anytime soon.

“I need him to get an education because I never got that far,” Leslie Jones told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Monday. “And I would be proud to watch him graduate from college.”

As Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

Fortunately for the 18-year-old rising senior, his mother’s unyielding support couldn’t have come at a better time.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- As Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer --- particularly on the AAU hoops circuit --- his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

MOM KNOWS BESTAs Memphis Booker T. Washington basketball standout Ethan Jones continues what has been a brutally hectic, but productive summer — particularly on the AAU hoops circuit — his mother, Leslie Jones, yet again is reminding him that she’s undoubtedly his grandest cheerleader.

For starters, Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.

Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

“I believe I played the perfect games (all season long) for a big man all around,” said Ethan Jones, assessing his play this past season.

Still, arguably the biggest mystery is whether college scout will at some take notice his overall body of work on the court, most notably his ability to run the floor for a big man, as well as his keen ability to rebound on  both ends of the floor and continue to have an effective presence in the post.

By and large, these are just the key mechanics about which Ethan Jones is determined to upgrade this offseason.

UNDER THE RADAR --- Ethan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change. Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

UNDER THE RADAREthan Jones has yet to generate any official college offers, although while in Orlando, Florida this week for the AAU Nationals, that could all change.
Add to the fact that the 6-foot-6 swingman enjoyed a remarkable junior season in which he helped propel perennial power BTW to the TSSAA Class A state championship game, and it’s no wonder the possibility exists that Ethan Jones could very well garner interests from college scouts and recruiters in the foreseeable future.

After all, he’s months away from the start of his senior prep season, meaning there is no time to let up.

“I am not a regular big man because I can shoot and push the ball down the court,” said Ethan Jones, sounding like the assertive, poised student athlete for which he is widely known. “I work out every day.”

To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.

PAW PAW --- Ethan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones

PAW PAWEthan Jones is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

Ethan Jones, who helped BTW to a 25-6 finish this past season, is the grandson of Southern Heritage Classic founder Fred Jones.

“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said. “He played for a summer league. But I wasn’t really surprised because of how tall he was and how he loved to play with his cousins. When I watched him play in the State Championship (last season), it was pure pandemonium. I tend to yell a lot…as much as I love watching them be victorious in close games but, at the same time, it is utterly nerve wrecking.”

As he readies for what figures to be a breakthrough senior campaign for the Antonio Harris-coached Warriors team that is expected to vie for a state crown, Leslie Jones says she’s confident her son will acquire the necessary exposure to lure the attention of college colleges.

“He has always been overlooked and some may have doubted his commitment to the game,” Leslie Jones said. “He is a kid that takes directions well and also takes constructive criticism when he knows it will benefit him in the long run.”

NOT LETTING UP --- To his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level. “(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

NOT LETTING UPTo his credit, it is because of his efficient workouts and conditioning sessions, coupled with his lofty expectations of progressing that he figures to make a solid case that he possess the skills to plat at the collegiate level.
“(He’s been playing basketball) since he was about nine years old,” Leslie Jones said.

Not to mention, catapult him to his long-awaited dream of dressing out in a college uniform.

“Because basketball is what I like to do,” said Ethan Jones, when asked why is playing college basketball a dream of his. “And I want to play college basketball so I can pursue my dream to make it to the NBA.”

As far as his mother is concerned, amongst the observations about which he instills in her son is to keep his focus on education first and playing professionally a distant second.

“I tell his (team) mates that you can use basketball to advance you to the next level and not necessarily the NBA,” Leslie Jones said. “You have to think long term.”

Every so often, in fact, she makes it a point to remind her beloved son of such.



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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.

 

Mid-South author Linette King is as good as advertised with 12 books in eight months

Linette King versus Linette King.

As far as competition goes, particularly in the notable world of authorship, that is the strategic mindset King routinely exemplifies as it pertains to achieving her customer services goals and objective, thus maximizing her potential.

aaaa“I never compete with anyone when I write,” King told News Reporter Andre Johnson during an interview earlier this week. “I use it as an escape. The only person I want to be better than is the person I was yesterday.”

In a rather intriguing, yet ongoing quest to masterfully outdoing herself daily, it’s safe to assume that given the immense strides she’s made as a young author, King undoubtedly has been nothing short of impressive.

Having established strong ties as a fixture for True Glory Publications, King is an up-and-coming writer who has authored and published 12 books, with three on deck for editing.

Who would have thunk it?

aaaaaaaaaWho would have thought that at the tender age of 25, much less as a single mother of three children ranging in ages of four, three, and one, that King could somehow manage to put off writing a dozen books in such a short timeframe?

As far as this Moss Point, Mississippi native is concerned, it doesn’t matter, really, who sensed she couldn’t possibly stage such a monumental tasks as composing multiple books.

“I love the feeling of peace that engulfs my body when I write,” explained King, sounding every bit like the devoted, passionate author for which she is widely known. “It’s like I’ve created a world for the enjoyment of others.”

And for her astounding efforts and contributions, it seemed her peers and colleagues have commenced to embracing her immense skills as a young, assertive author.

aaaaaaaaaaaaHer latest book, entitled, “My Sister, Our Man,” is a collaboration project with which King co-authored with her pen sister, Nicole Jackson, a Memphis-based author who has composed and published 20 books in a span of two years.

This project, by all accounts, depicts the lifestyles of twin sisters, both of whom played men all of their lives until one grew weary of “the game,” King explained. “They decide to date separately only to find out they’re dating the same guy,” King continued.

“My Sister, Our Man” was birthed from King’s “Addicted To Him Series” because, according to her, “People love drama and there’s always something happening in this series.”

All of her books can be purchased on Amazon.com or ebooks.com, whether electronically or paperback.

As if her latest series isn’t impressive enough, King essentially is a newcomer, of sorts, to the authorship industry, given she began writing professionally in November 2015.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Twelve books down, three on the brink of editing, with her best and brightest days well ahead of her.

“There are so many people that doubt themselves because of their circumstances,” King said. “But I try to encourage people to follow their dreams. We live in a world where people are quick to tell you that you can’t (do something) or give you a reason why you shouldn’t (be doing something), but I’m not going to be that person. I say go for it.”

Which, to her credit, is exactly what she’s doing.

Linette King versus Linette King.

Can it get any better than that?

Heck no.

No it can’t, as far as she is concerned.

qqqqq“Whatever you want to do, just go for it and give it your all, because to me, you only truly fail when you don’t try,” King said.

Looking ahead, King said she has one public event scheduled for the end of month during which she will be afforded the golden opportunity of promoting her books.

In the meantime, though, her primary emphasis is to continue to write and inspire others in the process.

“The odds were stacked against me, but I beat them,” King said. “If you don’t get nothing else from this story, I want you to know that anything is possible because impossible is nothing. Never let anyone limit you. You’d be amazed at what you can accomplish when you believe in yourself.

“Invest in yourself first,” King continued. “I know it’s hard and tiring to work and go home to parenting, but think about all the time you spend at work helping someone else build their dream. There’s no way you should go home and sleep on yours.”



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.

 

Mavs rookie center A. J. Hammons welcomes the monumental challenges that await him

NBA SOUTHWEST DIVISION REPORT 

DALLAS — Upon meeting A. J. Hammons for the very first time, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wasted little time cracking jokes about the NBA rookie’s college alma mater.

FRESH START --- Selected with the 46th pick by Dallas in last month’s draft out of Purdue, A. J. Hammons witnessed his stock plummet considerably, in large part because of the constant concerns about his motor, maturity and age, all of which essentially pushed him farther down draft boards. Nearly three weeks removed from a somewhat tedious night in which Hammons said, "I was a little scared, like, dang, nobody might call my name," the 23-year-old Gary, Indiana native hinted on Thursday that his pre-draft stock reduction is right where it belongs --- behind him.

FRESH STARTSelected with the 46th pick by Dallas in last month’s draft out of Purdue, A. J. Hammons witnessed his stock plummet considerably, in large part because of the constant concerns about his motor, maturity and age, all of which essentially pushed him farther down draft boards. Nearly three weeks removed from a somewhat tedious night in which Hammons said, “I was a little scared, like, dang, nobody might call my name,” the 23-year-old Gary, Indiana native hinted on Thursday that his pre-draft stock reduction is right where it belongs — behind him.

“He said, ‘You’re lucky to be here, being a Boilermaker,’ Hammons, a former Purdue University star, said in recalling his initial conversation with Cuban, who’s an Indiana University graduate. “But he said he’s glad I’m here and that I should be ready to get to work.”

For Hammons, finding his way onto the NBA landscape certainly wasn’t an easy transition.

If nothing else, Hammons appearing on professional basketball’s grandest stage came with much discussion and foresight, all of which was accompanied by a slew of rave reviews from Brian Cardinal, a former Purdue forward who retired from the NBA after the 2011-12 season with the Mavericks.

Talk about getting a much-needed job hookup, one that ultimately resulted in Hammons having signed a guaranteed, three-year contract earlier this week with the Mavs.

“Oh yeah, A. J. can play,” Cuban told reporters following the Mavs’ Summer League team’s practice session on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, he played at my (college) rival, Purdue. But we’re fortunate we had a connection with Brian Cardinal, who had nothing but good things to say about him.”

Now that Hammon’s NBA feat has been decided for at least the next three seasons, the biggest mystery now is whether the 7-foot-2, 250-pound center can prove he’s as good as advertised or, in his case, silence the array of critics who weren’t all that sold on him following his stellar collegiate career.

Selected with the 46th pick by Dallas in last month’s draft, Hammons witnessed his stock plummet considerably, in large part because of the constant concerns about his motor, maturity, and age, all of which essentially pushed him farther down draft boards.

A little more than two weeks removed from a somewhat tedious draft night in which Hammons said, “I was a little scared, like, dang, nobody might call my name,” the 23-year-old Gary, Indiana native hinted on Thursday that his pre-draft stock reduction is right where it belongs — behind him.

As for the existing concerns about whether Hammons will adjust comfortably and have an immediate impact, the former Oak Hill Academy star said he undoubtedly welcomes the monumental challenges that await him. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

As for the existing concerns about whether Hammons will adjust comfortably and have an immediate impact, the former Oak Hill Academy star said he undoubtedly welcomes the monumental challenges that await him. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Asked if he sensed he was overlooked weeks leading to the draft, Hammons said, “Not really. Everything happens for a reason. So you’ve just got to go out there and play with a chip on your shoulder.”

As for the existing concerns about whether Hammons will adjust comfortably and have an immediate impact, the former Oak Hill Academy star said he undoubtedly welcomes the monumental challenges that await him.

The Mavs’ Summer League team held its final practice Friday morning before boarding a plane for Las Vegas.

The team’s opener is Saturday at Cox Pavilion versus Miami at 9 p.m. EST.

“Yeah, I’m tired of (the ongoing criticism),” Hammons said. “But it’s just something you’ve got to work through and just show you’re getting better. I wouldn’t say I was overlooked. I had a couple of questions to come. But like I said, everything happens for a reason.”

Especially a connection with his new boss, who happens to be graduate of Purdue’s intrastate rival.

“He’s got a rep for being a little lackadaisical,” Cuban said of Hammons. “But as Brian said, he’s so competitive when guys start beating on him and then all of that goes away. His skill is undeniable. He can score. He can rebound. He can block shots. I mean, he’s going to have a long NBA career.”

So much for all the Boilermaker jokes.

 

DALLAS MAVERICKS SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER 

 

  • Justin Anderson (G/F, Virginia)
  • Chane Behanan (F, Louisville)
  • Vander Blue (G, Marquette)
  • Kyle Collinsworth (G, BYU)
  • Perry Ellis (F, Kansas)
  • Dorian Finney-Smith (F, Florida)
  • Jonathan Gibson (G, New Mexico State)
  • A.J. Hammons (C, Purdue)
  • Isaiah Miles (F, St. Joseph’s)
  • McKenzie Moore (G, UTEP)
  • Giovan Oniangue (F, Paris-Levallois Basket/Republic of Congo)
  • Satnam Singh (C, IMG Academy FL/India)
  • Jameel Warney (F, Stony Brook)

 



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nAndre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com.

Memphis-based author Nicole Jackson continues to impress, releases her 20th book

DEFYING THE ODDS --- A once downtrodden, homeless teenager who had seemingly lost her identity and appeared headed for destruction on the brutally chaotic streets of South Memphis, Author Nicole Jackson was forced to drop out of high school at just 16 years of age, a discomforting, life-enhancing occurrence from which she boldly conquered. Today, the single mother of two is continuing to add to her personal dramatic comeback for the ages, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship, where Jackson has steadfastly found her niche. Jackson has written and released three books in recent months which, to her credit, has brought her impressive streak of published projects to 20 --- and counting.

DEFYING THE ODDSA once downtrodden, homeless teenager who had seemingly lost her identity and appeared headed for destruction on the brutally chaotic streets of South Memphis, Author Nicole Jackson was forced to drop out of high school at just 16 years of age, a discomforting, life-enhancing occurrence from which she boldly conquered. Today, the single mother of two is continuing to add to her personal dramatic comeback for the ages, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship, where Jackson has steadfastly found her niche. Jackson has written and released three books in recent months which, to her credit, has brought her impressive streak of published projects to 20 — and counting.

Nicole Jackson’s personality is such that she doesn’t wait on others to celebrate her success.

Heck, she’s quick to do it herself.

Take, for instance, how around midday Thursday, when Jackson, an accomplished Memphis-based author, took to her Facebook page and issued props on her behalf and in recognition to fellow author Linette King in the wake of their latest achievement.

“My 20th book, and first collab is another bestseller,” Jackson wrote on her social media timelime. “Yayyy! Congrats sis Linette King, and congratulations to myself! That’s 20 bestsellers in two years…nothing but God!”

For Jackson, a 34-year-old native of Memphis and owner of Pen Hustlas Publications, the past two years undoubtedly have been worth celebrating, considering she is making a strong case in emerging as one of the Mid-South’s finest up-and-coming young authors.

A once downtrodden, homeless teenager who had seemingly lost her identity and appeared headed for destruction on the brutally chaotic streets of South Memphis, Jackson was forced to drop out of high school at just 16 years of age, a discomforting, life-enhancing occurrence from which she boldly conquered.

lhjlhlhToday, the single mother of two is continuing to add to her personal dramatic comeback for the ages, most notably through the ever-so-competitive world of authorship, where Jackson has steadfastly found her niche.

What’s even more astounding is that her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“As far as authorship goes, I feel this year has been pretty good,” Jackson told News Reporter Andre Johnson on Thursday.

“Pretty good” as in she has written and released three books in recent months which, to her credit, has brought her impressive streak of published projects to 20 — and counting.

lflflffWidely known in her profession as “Niki Jilvontae,” Jackson’s 18th book is entitled, “Cold Piece of Work: The Exotic Adventures Of A Single Woman,” a It is a steamy love story that depicts the constant struggles and challenges single women endure while searching for authentic love.

Jackson’s 19th book, entitled “Sins of Thy Mother 4,” was written in late April and was subsequently released a month later.

This project, Jackson acknowledged, is the finale to the Lewis Saga project, which shines the light on child abuse.

And then there is her latest book, entitled “My Sister, Our Man,” a collaboration project with which Jackson co-authored with King, a Moss Point, Mississippi native and writer for True Glory Publications.

Jackson’s latest book was written in June and was officially released on Wednesday, thus quickly becoming a bestseller just like her previous 19 projects.

Next up for Jackson: Book No. 21 entitled, “The Power of the Cookie: This Is Why They Call Me Sunshine,” which is scheduled to be released next week.

All of her books can be purchased on Amazon.com or ebooks.com, whether electronically or paperback, she said.

“The purpose of my latest book was to test my ability to write with another author and create an entertaining book full of drama,” Jackson, also a frequent contributor for True Glory Publications, said.

Given the overwhelming response from many around the country, it’s safe to assume that Jackson was nothing short of impressive.

Once again.

STILL HUSTLIN' --- Jackson acknowledged that there is more work to be done, especially in this calendar year. For starters, Jackson said she has a number of children's books, a magazine, and a few novels in the works, although there is no timetable for releases. “I have no (book) signings scheduled right now,” she said, “but in October, I will be at the BWABC literary festival.”

STILL HUSTLIN’Jackson acknowledged that there is more work to be done, especially in this calendar year. For starters, Jackson said she has a number of children’s books, a magazine, and a few novels in the works, although there is no timetable for releases.
“I have no (book) signings scheduled right now,” she said, “but in October, I will be at the BWABC literary festival.”

Still, she quickly acknowledged that there is more work to be done, especially in this calendar year.

For starters, Jackson said she has a number of children’s books, a magazine, and a few novels in the works, although there is no timetable for releases.

“I have no (book) signings scheduled right now,” she said, “but in October, I will be at the BWABC literary festival.”

In the meantime, don’t expect Jackson to wait on others to celebrate her success.

Heck, she’s quick to do it herself.

“My grind is relentless,” Jackson wrote on her Facebook page on Thursday.

Now we know why.



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.