Is Memphis businesswoman Kim Claxton the tax preparation industry’s best kept secret?

Just recently, Mid-South-based businesswoman Kim Claxton was asked what was her inspiration for delving off into the tax preparation industry.

Like many successful entrepreneurs, it wasn’t actually her primary area of emphasis.

tttt“Tax preparation was not in my initial plans,” Claxton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I have always loved math. That’s one thing my dad always said… ‘Take plenty of math courses.’ So I listened.  And here I am.”

And to her credit, coupled with the notion that she took heed to that about which her father suggest, Claxton essentially is helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

Located at 3385 Airways Boulevard, Suite 216 in the Whitehaven district of Memphis, KC Financial Services offer a variety of economic entities, most notably tax planning, bookkeeping, payroll, as well as vital assistance with federal and state tax ID forms.

CHECK OUT KC FINANCIAL SERVICES ONLINE: http://www.kcfinancialsvcs.com/.

oooBy and large, what’s mostly beneficial is that they do this all year round, thus live up to their slogan of being a business that is “Professional. Consistent. Prompt.”

All while helping transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

KC Financial Services boast a clientele that covers 15 U. S. States as well the U. S. Territory of Puerto Rico.

“I love it…I really do,” Claxton said of a professional tax preparation career that spans more than seven years. “It comes so natural for me.”

And because of her keen ability to routinely provide consumers with top-notch, reliable service, KC Financial Services appear on track to take on a national presence, a trend that essentially was a part of Claxton’s longstanding vision from the outset as a rising businesswoman.

“Helping my clients, whom I consider my extended family, keep their tax affairs in order, be it business or individual,” said Claxton, when asked what she loves most about her business. “The one company you don’t want to play with is the IRS. I want to put my clients at ease when it comes to filing their taxes.”

nnnBecause, truth be told, Claxton acknowledged, “No one really cares for the IRS.”

A graduate of Memphis Northside High School, Claxton enrolled at the University of Memphis, then ultimatelly attended the Baptist School of Nursing.

Still, although for a while it appeared she was destined to engage in a career in the medical industry, God ultimately revealed to her a life-enhancing vision, one whereby she would transform and enhance lives from an economic standpoint — one person at a time.

The rest, as they say, is history.

To Claxton’s credit, she undoubtedly has found her niche in an industry in which it seems her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

“I am always surprised when people reach out to me and tell me that they are inspired by my drive, hustle, and work ethic,” Claxton said. “It makes them work harder. It is flattering.”

BELIEVE MEMPHIS --- A native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

BELIEVE MEMPHISA native Memphian and a rising entrepreneur who has proven time and again that maximizing her potential in her chosen field essentially headlines the divine purpose for which God created her, Kim Claxton boasts such assertiveness and resiliency as owner and chief executive offer of KC Financial Services.

Which, fortunately for Claxton, is what happens when you take heed to your father’s life-changing wisdom of taking math courses.

Early and often.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, 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.

Cassy Jones’ Chef Cassy’s Creations becoming a fixture at State Fair Of Texas, across the country

aaaaCassandra Hordge-Jones is undoubtedly is walking in her God-ordained divine purpose.

She sure is.

And no one can tell her differently.

“I like that food makes people happy,” Jones told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I literally get paid to party.”

Surely, that is a clever, uniquely astounding way to sum up a remarkable career that, to Jones’ credit, has thrust her on Texas’ largest entertainment stage.

dfffttttA longtime professional chef whose cooking heroics have been rightly put on display in an array of establishments across the country, Jones is owner and chief executive officer of Chef Cassy’s Creations, a business venture that has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s tradition-rich Metroplex.

And once again, Jones — who’s widely known as “Cassy” — will have her delectable, mouth-watering foods on display during the annual State Fair Of Texas that will take place September 30 through October 23 in South Dallas’ Fair Park.

To her credit, Jones, a 45-year-old native of Dallas, essentially has become a customer favorite, or sorts, at the fair, in large part because of her famous pecan wings and fried collard greens.

Yep, you’ve read that correctly.

Fried collard greens.

And boy, are they delicious.

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS: http://bigtex.com/.

vvvvIn addition, Jones, in having entered the State Fair’s Annual Fried Foods Contest, placed in a historic Top 8, she said, and was the first female African-American finalist in the notable, universally-acclaimed contest.

That’s not all.

Her annual appearance at one of Texas’ grandest events also has been accompanied by some good fortune, of sorts.

“I got my booth on my first application because of my fried collard greens and some vendors have gone on a waiting list for over 10 years. As a new vendor, I couldn’t enter the contest, they do not allow new vendors to enter, but on my first entry I made top 8 and state fair history.”

A 1988 graduate of South Oak Cliff High School, Jones is widely known as a professionally-trained chef and caterer and her professional cooking career spans a little more than 25 years.

Chef Cassy’s Creations, she said, accommodate clients ranging in ages 25 and over because, according to Jones, “some people get married in their 20’s, other clients are in their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.”

Also, Jones’ business customarily accommodates a variety of parties for individuals who celebrate some of life’s greatest  milestones.

“I have clients all over the Metroplex and in Houston and Oklahoma,” Jones said. “I’ve  traveled to Florida to be an alternate for Deep Fried Masters. I was supposed to be on the following year, but the show was cancelled.”

A TRUE TALENT --- A longtime professional chef whose cooking heroics have been rightly put on display in an array of establishments across the country, Cassy Jones is owner and chief executive officer of Chef Cassy's Creations, a business venture that has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s tradition-rich Metroplex. And once again, Jones --- who’s widely known as “Cassy” --- will have her delectable, mouth-watering foods on display during the annual State Fair Of Texas that will take place September 30 through October 23 in South Dallas’ Fair Park.

A TRUE TALENTA longtime professional chef whose cooking heroics have been rightly put on display in an array of establishments across the country, Cassy Jones is owner and chief executive officer of Chef Cassy’s Creations, a business venture that has become a fixture throughout Dallas/Fort Worth’s tradition-rich Metroplex.
And once again, Jones — who’s widely known as “Cassy” — will have her delectable, mouth-watering foods on display during the annual State Fair Of Texas that will take place September 30 through October 23 in South Dallas’ Fair Park.

By and large, Jones said a majority of her success as a booming professional chef surfaced courtesy of her father, who was a successful businessman.

“My dad…he was a very successful business man and always encouraged us to have our own businesses,” Jones said.

Fortunately for Jones, she’s not only following in her father’s footsteps, but she’s having a Texas-size impact in the process.

And no one can tell her differently.



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

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

Mid-South recording artist Shenna Walker’s much-anticipated “My Life” album is officially released

In the latter part of 2014, Shenna Walker wrote and released a rather compelling, captivating book that, to her credit, generated headlines.

The title of the book: “My Life Story.”

aassNearly two years removed from having produced such an astounding, thought-provoking, attention-grabbing book, Walker has achieved yet another milestone while simultaneously sticking with the same theme, of sorts.

That’s because on Friday, Walker’s much-anticipated debut album entitled, “My Life,” was officially released.

According to various music experts, including one from the United Kingdom, “My Life” — this dazzling, fascinating, scintillating album — will leave listeners virtually in awe as Walker, arguably one of the best kept secrets in Mid-South music industry, will inspire the masses courtesy of her refreshing, breathtaking, tear-jerking spiritual hits, as only she can.

Walker’s “My Life Story” book was assembled in October 2014 and officially released approximately two months later.

“I named my album ‘My Life’ because first, it was a package idea with my book titled, ‘My Life Story,’ for all that enjoys reading and/or love music,” Walker told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Friday afternoon, hours after the official release of her album. “It also allows everyone to get to know me a little more personally and understand why I have such a strong and honored relationship with God.”

Most importantly, Walker acknowledged, is that her debut album figures to inspire the public to become “more engaged in self” with a connection with the “Supreme Messiah” and know that living for God and loving God is beneficial to the core of one’s being.

“The album will encourage one to clap hands, stomp feet, snap fingers, hug love ones and demonstrate compassion to strangers,” Walker said.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/07/mid-south-area-counselor-shenna-walker-making-her-presence-felt-as-author-singer-life-coach/

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

Yep, you read it correctly.

This brilliantly clever woman of color sure can sang.

Need more proof?

Go and buy this 10-hit album, already.

After all, we can use a little more Favor.

Pun intended, of course.

 

“My Life” is now available for download on:

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-life/id1155685303.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/My-Life-Shenna-Walker/dp/B01M1RLG9Q/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1474629124&sr=8-3&keywords=shenna+walker.

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Shenna_Walker_My_Life?id=B3mxpg54p2xnjp56h4xnaocjwy4.



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EDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, 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.

Philadelphia-area entrepreneur Erin J. Cooper creating a national buzz through Cooper’s Color To Canvas social painting studio

rrrrrJust recently, Erin J. Cooper went on and on about what it’s like to be a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.

It didn’t take long to realize she’s one who customarily thinks outside of the box.

“I love the flexibility and being of service,” Cooper told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I allow God to direct my work and it makes the difference. I love the ability to do what I am passionate about and impact others positively. I put in a lot of effort and sweat, but it never seems to feel like work.”

Amongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

wwwwA native of Brooklyn, New York, Cooper is owner and chief operating officer of Cooper’s Color to Canvas.

Located at 3720 Garrett Road in what is widely known as the Arts And Entertainment district in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania — which is roughly 11 miles west of the Philadelphia metropolitan area — Cooper’s Color to Canvas is a local social canvas painting studio which, according to many tourists, is the hot new painting trend sweeping the nation.

“Anyone can do it,” Cooper said of her business, which is seemingly becoming a fixture in the City of Brotherly Love. “Painting experience not required, just a sense of adventure. We’ll give you the step-by-step instruction you need to complete your Color to Canvas design in one, short session. Gather your friends for a fun night out. Groups of people come in to be instructed on how to complete a picture.”

KOOL KIDS --- Cooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said. “We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

KOOL KIDSCooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said.
“We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

That’s not all.

Cooper’s Color to Canvas also offers an assortment of activities for children, most notably birthday parties at an affordable rate, Cooper said.

“We pride ourselves on being a creative space so we offer all types of activities such as dance lessons, workshops/trainings and space for rentals and social gatherings,” she continued. “We have adult coloring, terrarium making and ceramics painting. We do it all.”

PHILLY FUN --- Amongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

PHILLY FUNAmongst the grandest reasons Cooper’s work seems more like a distinctly compelling hobby, of sorts, is that like the countless individuals with whom she crosses paths, she deems it more as a fascinating trend in many aspects.

Most of all, Cooper emphasized, her business is accessible to any and everyone, regardless of one’s age.

LOG ON NOW!!! www.colortocanvas.com.

“We cater to (all) individuals,” Cooper said. “We have painted with children as young as birth to 92. Whether you are having a baby shower, bachelorette party, football gathering and demonstration, we can welcome you. We love families and individuals…every age can find something to do in our studio.”

Most importantly and to Cooper’s credit, her flourishing, progressive business is starting to draw rave reviews from people all across the country.

And beyond.

Talk about a work of art (pun intended).

“Our artwork is inspired by different cultures and artists,” Cooper explained. We can bring the world to our studio through art. I have a love and desire to help people. I believe if you do what you love, you will never work. I want to create financial security for my family and show them what it means to follow your dreams. I want to be an example to young women and men.”

So far, so good for Cooper who, along with running a successful business, is also a licensed Master Level Therapist whose primary responsibilities include focusing on people with drug addictions.

“I do a lot of work with children and families,” Cooper said. “Right now, my primary focus is people suffering with Opiate Addiction.

nnnnIn addition, Cooper started a rising non-profit organization called GRATEFUL, Inc. (or Getting Rid of Addiction Through Education, Faith, Unity & Leadership, Inc.)

FOLLOW ERIN’S STUDIO ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/color2canvas.

“This organization has done so much for the community including providing school supplies for children, clothing to homeless shelters, toys for shelters during the holidays, and our natural beauty pageants for boys and girls,” Cooper explained. “My art studio is born out of my therapy work and mission of the Non-Profit. I try to provide an atmosphere where people feel safe to explore their creative side.”

Most of all, she said she wants everyone to have a positive experience and feel good about their effort and unique experiences through her booming business.

“We are more than a paint-and-sip studio,” Cooper said. “We are different because we are interested in the entire person.”

This, to her credit, sums up why she is a successful business owner in the greater Philadelphia area.

 

For more information about Erin J. Cooper, call 610-905-8020. 



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you are an entrepreneur, business owner, producer, author, athlete, musician, barber, life coach, motivational speaker, cosmetologist, tax preparer, model, 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.

 

Lexington, Kentucky-based businesswoman Terri Bryant has been nothing short of impressive through Total Life Changes

TANTALIZING TERRI --- Ever since she joined Total Life Changes a little more than a year ago, Terri Bryant has been nothing short of impressive. In fact, given the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time frame, it’s safe to describe her as one who has been a catalyst for Total Life Changes, this thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

TANTALIZING TERRI Ever since she joined Total Life Changes a little more than a year ago, Terri Bryant has been nothing short of impressive. In fact, given the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time frame, it’s safe to describe her as one who has been a catalyst for Total Life Changes, this thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

Terri Bryant can be described as, well, a lot of things.

Things such as:

A life coach, of sorts.

An encourager.

A free-spirited, big-hearted, generous individual.

A woman of compassion.

An entrepreneur.

Ahhhhh…now we’re on to something.

“I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and found that Total Life Changes afforded me the opportunity to buy into my own franchise and build a business for myself,” Bryant, a Lexington, Kentucky-based affiliate of Total Life Changes, told longtime journalist during a recent interview.

To her credit, ever since she joined Total Life Changes a little more than a year ago, Bryant has been nothing short of impressive.

nnnnIn fact, given the immense strides she’s made in such a brief time frame, it’s safe to describe her as one who has been a catalyst for Total Life Changes, this thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

A PROVEN TEAMMATE --- Terri Bryant credits her husband, Cisco Bryant, for being in favorable shape at the tender age of 51. Like Terri, Cisco is extremely active in a variety of community activities, most notably coaching football and baseball. In addition, he works as a referees in football and basketball and also umpires baseball, as well as personal skills training for baseball and football players.

A PROVEN TEAMMATETerri Bryant credits her husband, Cisco Bryant, for being in favorable shape at the tender age of 51.
Like Terri, Cisco is extremely active in a variety of community activities, most notably coaching football and baseball. In addition, he works as a referees in football and basketball and also umpires baseball, as well as personal skills training for baseball and football players.

Interesting enough, amongst the biggest reasons Bryant harbors the mindset that suggests the only way she can go in TLC is up is that not only does she routinely encourages others of the continuous success they can enjoy but, most importantly, her relentless faith essentially has benefited her mightily.

Time and time again.

“Everything starts with a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit,” Bryant explained. “Our body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and we are to glorify God in our body.  We can’t be about God’s business of building the kingdom if we are not healthy to work in our purpose.”

ttttMore than anything, Bryant acknowledged, family certainly is key as it pertains to adopting and sustaining a healthy lifestyle.

FOLLOW TERRI, WILL Y’ALL? 

 

“There are people that love you that want you to be around as long as possible,” Bryant said. “You want to be able to maintain a quality of life to be able to enjoy your later years in retirement.  You don’t want to be in a situation where you work for most of your adult life and then health issues prevent you from enjoying retirement, and your loved ones.”

yyyyA native of Mobile, Alabama, Bryant said her constant past battle with chest pains, coupled with the untimely, devastating death of her grandmother as a result of a heart attack at the age of 51 are what fueled her desire to join TLC.

She hasn’t looked back since.

xxxxI lost my maternal grandfather to emphysema and I lost my paternal grandparents to strokes,” Bryant explained. “I thought we lost them all way too early, and so it’s now my passion to help people to get and stay healthy.  I have also lost several family members and friends in the last couple of years due to health issues that could have been prevented.  I want to be around to see my grandchildren and possibly my great grandchildren.

Because as Bryant tells it, “My family inspires me.”

In addition, she credits her husband, Cisco Bryant, for being in favorable shape at the tender age of 51.

ppppLike Terri, Cisco is extremely active in a variety of community activities, most notably coaching football and baseball. In addition, he works as a referees in football and basketball and also umpires baseball, as well as personal skills training for baseball and football players.

“My daughter has majored in Public Health and is now getting her Master’s in Public Administration,” Terri Bryant said. “My son is a great athlete and is an awesome, baseball, football and basketball player.  We are an active family and want to set an example for healthy lifestyles to other families.”

nnnWithout question, the Bryants undoubtedly are setting tremendous examples, particularly as it relates to adopting and living a healthy lifestyle.

“Health care is a major issue,” said Terri Bryant, “but if everyone makes a decision to be healthier, eat healthier, and exercise more, we can get health care costs to go down.”

Well said from the woman who can be described as, well, a lot of things.

 

For more information about Terri Bryant, call 859-312-4939. 



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.

North Carolina-area prep basketball star Josh Nickelberry invited to Team USA minicamp in Colorado, picks up scholarship offers

eeeeNo one has to remind Josh Nickelberry of how things were going for him around this time last year.

In fact, he’d be the first to tell you he recalls all too well.

I’m blessed to have the offers that I do,” Nickelberry told MemphiSport during an interview from Fayetteville, North Carolina. “I remember last year around this time, I was barely known, so the offers show that all my hard work is paying off and I’m on the right path.”

Fortunately for Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months.

Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.

The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

“I’m very excited,” Nickelberry said of his latest accolade. “It’s an honor to have an opportunity to represent my country.”

hhhhhhhhhNot only that, Nickelberry’s latest milestone undoubtedly will expand what is already a pretty attractive list of scholarship offers for the 6-foot-5 standout, who boasts immense athleticism in large part because of his remarkable leaping ability. .

With three full seasons of prep basketball ahead of him, Nickelberry has already garnered official offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Providence, Baylor, VCU, Penn State and Howard.

He spent last season playing at Northwood Temple Academy before ultimately transferring to Trinity Christian, where he’s been nothing short of impression.

When word spread of Nickelberry’s invite to next month’s minicamp, no one was as thrilled as Gerald Nickelberry, Josh’s father and arguably his grandest supporter.

A native of Memphis, Gerald Nickelberry is a former football standout at perennial power Melrose.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2015/10/mid-south-recruiting-son-of-orange-mound-native-rated-as-north-carolinas-top-sg-for-class-of-2019/.

“It was obviously exciting and humbling,” Gerald Nickelberry said his son’s latest achievement. “It is quite an accomplishment, but at the same time, it is validation that with a strong faith in God, coupled with hard work, anything is possible and achievable. We are proud of Josh. He has embraced this opportunity and he is focused. His time in the gym training and preparing reflects that.”

In addition, his stellar work ethic and steadfast desire to progress has boost his recruiting stick mightily, according to various recruiting experts, many of whom has listed Josh Nickelberry amongst the Top 60 players in the country for the Class of 2019.

STOCK RISING --- Josh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp. The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

STOCK RISINGJosh Nickelberry, a rising sophomore shooting guard for Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he was the beneficiary recently of another remarkable honor, one that was a testament of his overall body of work in recent months. Rated as the No. 1 shooting guard in North Carolina for the Class of 2019, Nickelberry has been invited to a USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp.
The four-day event, which will feature the top players in the classes of 2019 and 2020, will be held October 7-10 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and it will help determine the rosters for the upcoming FIBA Americas Tournament and future Hoop Summit games.

This season at Trinity Christian, he will team up with fellow rising sophomore, 6-foot-7 Joey Baker, another highly-recruited standout who has been ranked amongst the ESPN’s Top 25 players nationally for the class of 2019 during rankings that were released in mid-August.

Amongst the reasons that Josh Nickelberry’s stock had risen is that he appeared in the prestigious Super Sophomore Camp in Atlanta, where he led the entire camp in scoring, as well as in six other major categories.

A RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/03/north-carolina-prep-hoops-standout-josh-nickelberry-boosting-recruiting-stock-says-his-father-a-native-memphian/.

In addition, he was as good as advertised on the AAU circuit, where he averaged better than 25 points per game this summer for Team Loaded of North Carolina.

“These paths couple months, I’ve just been recovering from the summer but maintaining my strength and skills,” Josh Nickelberry said. “I’ve been working very hard trying to get ready for the upcoming season and the USA minicamp.”

What a difference a year has made.



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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.

 

Philadelphia-based businesswoman Ramona Gaines drawing international review reviews through her distinctly dazzling work

aaaaAll things considered, it’s safe to assume that Ramona M. Gaines is a woman of many hats.

Literally.

In fact, Gaines’ extensive, commendable resume is indeed indicative of one who is destined to exercise her faith, thus maximize her potential daily.

For starters, Gaines is widely known as a:

Parent.

Educator.

Instructional Aide.

Pastor.

Visionary.

Author.

Mother.

Actress.

Public Speaker.

Poet.

Radio Host.

ffffWhile her professional resume is, to her credit, indeed an attractive one, Gaines has steadfastly drawn rave reviews, particularly as an accomplished writer/publisher and businesswoman.

A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gaines, 45, is chief executive officer and founder of a flourishing organization called, “Movement IS Medicine” which, as she tells it, “We share stories and we move.”

“Basketball was and is still the sport I loved the most,” Gaines, during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, said while drawing a distinctly unique comparison to sports and her competitive nature as a rising entrepreneur. “It taught me how to see the whole floor. In seeing the whole floor, it also taught me how to bounce the ball to where it was it needed to be to have the outcome that was necessary for us to win as a team.”

In her estimation, such an  analogy rings true as it relates to grasping her audience’s attention by way of writing and assembling a compelling piece to read.

BUY MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE ONLINE: https://www.amazon.com/Movement-Medicine-Anthology/dp/0983591741.

cccc“With books, you have to work as a team in order for us all that are a part of the project to win,” Gaines said. “Win…meaning creating a timeless masterpiece that will live on long after we will.”

According to a spokesperson for Amazon.com, Movement IS Medicine — founded in July 2014 — is a compilation of “victorious” short stories about how a group of women allowed movement to be their medicine to help them get “unstuck.”

Interesting enough, these women share how they moved from fear to doubt to worry to mental, emotional, and physical abuse, even suicide, rape, molestation, low self-esteem and depression. Moreover, writers of Movement IS Medicine discovered that these courageous women share of how dealing with these issues helped them to embark on a journey to lose the inner weight.

“You will also see how they kept moving to drop their outer weight and reclaim their God-ordained lives back,” the spokesperson added. “It will make you want to get up and move something.”

According to one reader, who posted a rather favorable review of Gaines well-publicized work, the feedback read: “Awesome stories that captivate you and make you believe that you can do it too!”

Kudos to Gaines, the mastermind behind arguably a remarkably dazzling project that is seemingly starting to take on a national presence.

“I love the creative freedom,” said Gaines, explaining what she loves the most about being a professional writer/rising entrepreneur. “I love being trusted with other people’s stories and making sure that their truth gets told in their own words. That is very powerful for me. Many times in the African-American culture, things were orally passed down but not always written. Movement IS Medicine has the ability to be the oral history for so many African-Americans to now pass down to the next generation.”

In addition, Gaines said her books cater to women and men ranging in ages 16 and up.

rrrrrWhat’s even more astounding, she acknowledged, is that Movement IS Medicine is steadily becoming a fixture not just in the United States, but other parts of the globe.

How compelling for a progressive, thriving, energetic woman of color whom, according to many, is deemed a woman of many hats.

Given the immense strides she’s made in recent years, don’t expect that to change any time soon.

“Movement IS Medicine’s anthologies have traveled all over the world,” Gaines said. “We have writers that are local, national and even international. That’s pretty cool for something that only started four years ago.”



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.

 

Kentucky-based medical professional Valari Jones-Butler reaches monumental milestone with grand opening of business

rrrrrrrValari Jones-Butler was in the middle of an exclusive interview Thursday afternoon.

Toward the end of a dialogue that lasted approximately an hour, Jones-Butler consequently was overcome by emotions.

“It is important that I try to inspire others because of the opportunities I have been given to succeed in the mist of trouble, disappointments and turmoil,” Jones-Butler told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “I could have given up a long time ago, but I am not a quitter. I want others to know that with a determined heart, a map of truth — the Bible — and a made up mind, we can overcome and have successful lives.”

akjaskdkkdkdssssTo grasp a thorough understanding of why Jones-Butler, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, essentially had unleashed tears for all the right reasons, look no further than that hurdles and obstacles about which she had to clear in recent years.

For starters, Jones-Butler was raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment without arguably one of the most influential persons in her life — her mother, Fannie Mason Jett, who passed away when Jones-Butler was eight years of age.

WAY TA GO, VAL --- Come Saturday afternoon, Jones-Butler will achieve yet another monumental milestone when she and a gallery of well-wishers will witness the much-anticipated birth of Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators, the business established for which she founded.

WAY TA GO, VALCome Saturday afternoon, Jones-Butler will achieve yet another monumental milestone when she and a gallery of well-wishers will witness the much-anticipated birth of Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators, the business established for which she founded.

Add to the fact that this vibrant, resilient, devout woman of faith had to work diligently in her desired field to greatly position herself to thrive and excel and flourish, and it’s no wonder that by the time her interview had culminated on Thursday, she was left reflecting on the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for her.

Come to think of it, it’s no wonder her soul essentially had cried out, “Hallelujah…thank God for saving me!”

“My inspiration, first and foremost came from God,” Jones-Butler explained. “He directs my path, and has great plans for me to prosper.”

Indeed He does.

By all accounts, that practically sums up why come Saturday afternoon, Jones-Butler will achieve yet another monumental milestone when she and a gallery of well-wishers will witness the much-anticipated birth of Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators, the business established for which she founded.

Jones-Butler’s newly-erected business venture will provide basic and canine CPR training sessions at extremely afforded rates.

In addition, Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators offer Babysitter’s Bootcamp, during which clients will customarily partake in CPR and First Aid Educational sessions.

For Jones-Butler, the inception of her business had been in the works for some and is suitable for her, in large part because she is a veteran registered nurse, one who holds a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice.

Interesting enough, she also earned a Master’s Degree in nursing education and she has had the luxury of becoming a fixture in a nursing industry that spans more than three decades — 36 years to be exact.

A Lexington Henry Clay High graduate, Jones-Butler has been a well-established medical expert for Cardinal Hill/ HealthSouth in Lexington for nearly 23 years.

MAKING STRIDES --- Jones-Butler’s newly-erected business venture will provide basic and canine CPR training sessions at extremely afforded rates. In addition, Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators offer Babysitter’s Bootcamp, during which clients will customarily partake in CPR and First Aid Educational sessions.

MAKING STRIDESJones-Butler’s newly-erected business venture will provide basic and canine CPR training sessions at extremely afforded rates.
In addition, Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators offer Babysitter’s Bootcamp, during which clients will customarily partake in CPR and First Aid Educational sessions.

According to Jones-Butler, her business caters to individuals ranging in ages eight years old and up. Moreover, she said clients must be at least 16 years of age to earn a healthcare provider CPR card.

“I will teach them the heart saver version,” Jones-Butler said. “I am just starting this business, so I have not traveled much with this, but I did have the opportunity to go to China with my school to work on an educational project.”

Besides having traveled abroad to acquire more knowledge, Jones-Butler’s mission for starting her business was connected in part to the untimely demise of her mother.

“She died when I was only eight years old,” Jones-Butler explained. “I wanted to help her, but couldn’t. I don’t want anyone to feel that helpless emotionally. I work as a nurse and strive daily to make a difference in someone’s life. I am entrusted to care for someone’s mom, wife, husband or child. It’s a great honor.”

SHE SAID IT --- "We can overcome and have successful lives,” Jones-Butler said. “I believe God wants others to see we don't have to throw in the towel when times get tough. We just hold on and, like my granny used to say, ‘This too shall pass.’ The only other thing is, sometimes the difficult times makes us stronger.”

SHE SAID IT“We can overcome and have successful lives,” Jones-Butler said. “I believe God wants others to see we don’t have to throw in the towel when times get tough. We just hold on and, like my granny used to say, ‘This too shall pass.’ The only other thing is, sometimes the difficult times makes us stronger.”

A rather distinct honor, of sorts, that was also fueled by the influential impact of several of her close friends, most notably Sherry Penson-Hamilton, a longtime medical expert who runs a similar business in Texas.

Now that she’s blessed to start her own business, she realizes today more than ever before that even when she faced with what were seemingly the darkest, yet discomforting times of her life, God had a divine purpose for her all along.

How else to explain why she appropriately was overcome by emotions as the midday approached on Thursday?

“We can overcome and have successful lives,” Jones-Butler said. “I believe God wants others to see we don’t have to throw in the towel when times get tough. We just hold on and, like my granny used to say, ‘This too shall pass.’ The only other thing is, sometimes the difficult times makes us stronger.”

This, to her credit, will make Saturday’s long-awaited grand opening of her business much more relishing.



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.

 

 

 

Philadelphia area businesswoman Stephanie Danielle overcomes major obstacles, builds flourishing salon

mmmmWithout question, Stephanie Danielle has had to deal with so much in recent years.

So much turmoil.

So many obstacles.

So many hurdles about which to clear.

So many hardships and unfavorable circumstances, all of which, as she’s quick to acknowledge, strengthen her unlike never before.

So much, in fact, that even when victory seemed rather insurmountable and farfetched, Stephanie Danielle was empowered and equipped and destined to declare victory.

aaaTalk about pure perseverance for a wise woman of color who, to her credit, has grasped a thorough concept of what it means to exemplify unwavering faith, particularly when it seemed she didn’t have a reason to.

“(They) taught me to be faithful and to understand that no matter what I’ve been through, God is always there for me…good or bad,” Stephanie Danielle, during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, said, alluding to two of her most revisited scriptures in Hebrews 11:1 and Romans 8:28.

By all accounts, is because of these familiar, life-enhancing passages, coupled with her bend-but-don’t break faith, that have greatly enabled Stephanie Danielle to stay afloat both in the spiritual and natural realms.

A longtime entrepreneur, Stephanie Danielle is owner and chief operating officer of Xclusive Changez Studio, located at 7612 Bristol Pike Levittown, Pennsylvania, in the greater Philadelphia area.

For Stephanie Danielle, 47, arguably her grandest obstacle in recent years was pressing and navigating her way through a failed marriage, one that was mired and deceit and infidelity and heartbreak, she recalled.

“Dealing with infidelity and overcoming the obstacles and disappointments I encountered,” said Stephanie Danielle, when asked what has been her life’s biggest obstacle.

Through it all, as one songwriter had suggested, she has managed to conquer such a tear-jerking encounter, in large part because she learned to put her total trust in her Creator.

“Jesus Christ and His word,” said Stephanie, when asked how she managed to overcome such a gruesome, disheartening obstacle.

THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR --- “Jesus Christ and His word,” said Stephanie, when asked how she managed to overcome such a gruesome, disheartening obstacle. Fortunately for Stephanie Danielle, a Bristol, Pennsylvania, native, her support system was indeed a solid one, considering she had at her disposal a host of family members, close friends, and a slew of devoted clients, many of whom are regular customers at her salon.

THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR“Jesus Christ and His word,” said Stephanie, when asked how she managed to overcome such a gruesome, disheartening obstacle.
Fortunately for Stephanie Danielle, a Bristol, Pennsylvania, native, her support system was indeed a solid one, considering she had at her disposal a host of family members, close friends, and a slew of devoted clients, many of whom are regular customers at her salon.

Fortunately for Stephanie Danielle, a Bristol, Pennsylvania, native, her support system was indeed a solid one, considering she had at her disposal a host of family members, close friends, and a slew of devoted clients, many of whom are regular customers at her salon.

“My father was my inspiration in pursuing entrepreneurship,” Stephanie Danielle said during an exclusive interview back in March. “He always told me to follow my heart, set goals and go for them, do things decently and in order, and do them honestly. Always work for what I want and that’s what I’ve done since the age of 13.”

Years removed from having overcome what undoubtedly was a downtrodden occurrence in her life, Stephanie Danielle believes the tumultuous circumstances through which she’s gone could greatly serve as an avenue, of sorts, for women who have endured a similar sequence.

That is, in fact, the message she’s aiming to pass along to other young aspiring business owners.

“Keep the faith, trust God, always pray, and never quit or give up,” said Stephanie Danielle, when asked what’s the best advice she could offer. “Perseverance goes a long way. I gained strength and wisdom while going through my storms. I’m now a stronger woman because of my trials.”

Talk about pure perseverance for a wise woman of color who, to her credit, has grasped a thorough concept of what it means to exemplify unwavering faith, particularly when it seemed she didn’t have a reason to.



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 Gregory Lofton aiming to put his Silky International Records products on display with Grizzlies, Tiger basketball

aaaIn case you don’t know Gregory Lofton, allow him to introduce himself.

For starters, Lofton is a native Memphis whom, as he tells it, has a fond admiration for the Bluff City.

Indeed he does.

“I love Memphis,” Lofton told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

A 60-year-old jack of all trades, Lofton not only is armed with an array of gifts and talents, but this Memphis Douglas High alum is widely known amongst his peers as one who has a keen passion for music.

An accomplished entertainer, Lofton is the founder and executive producer of Silky International Records, a Mid-South-area venture that has greatly afforded Lofton to put his immense musically-inclined skills and talents on display, thus help others to follow suit.

memphis_tigersTo his credit, Lofton often deems it necessary to share his vision, of sorts, as a way to inspire others to buy into his purpose — and gifts — by which God has blessed him.

memphis_grizzlies-svg“When Philadelphia International Records closed its doors around 1986, I think my dreams as a recording artist (or group), writer, arranger and producer folded too,” Lofton explained. “Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the only people on earth that I would have given any control to.  After the passing of Leon Huff and the departure of the O’Jays from the label, my dream of one day co-writing and co-arranging music for the them left also. I stopped pursuing my goal at that time.  I decided to do a CD of my own for personal reasons and I did.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, despite a few bumps, obstacles, figurative road blocks and hurdles about which he had to clear, Lofton admittedly is steadfastly pursuing his long-awaited dream that seemed a distant memory in recent years.

To his credit, he’s thought it essential to share his passion for music with several prominent figures in the Bluff City, most notably individuals who are affiliated with the city’s sports franchises and programs.

Just recently, Lofton sent what he described as an “informal submission” to new University of Memphis head basketball Coach Tubby Smith through a personal contact, as well to a couple of Memphis Grizzlies front officials.

All he needs, he contends, is just two ears to tune in to his craft, accompanied by at least one resounding “Yes.”

“I wanted the parties to have the full kits,” Lofton said. “Will it make an impact or wind up in the trash is the question. I don’t do uploads unless it is through a direct email to a contact person.”

As for his up-and-coming record labeling, Lofton said his primary emphasis is not on selling music, but rather on licensing.

That, he said, is where the big bucks are generated.

ttt“CDs don’t really sell anymore unless you are selling them at a gig,” Lofton said. “The money is in licensing.”

He has even more proof.

“A good song by an unsigned artist is worth $250,000 per year plus all that is due according to the copyright act under a Master Licensing Agreement,” Lofton said. “You can sell the rights for less but don’t sell out.”

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As he continues to greatly promote his product through the media, Lofton deemed it necessary to pass along some pivotal advice to those who, like him, boast lofty aspirations of getting recognized through their musically-inclined talents.

“Always remember that you wrote the song,” Lofton said. “Don’t put yourself in a position where you have the ear of the whole world and media and you’ve given your music away for 15 minutes of fame and exposure. They get rich and you try to pay your bills using a check with exposure written where a dollar amount should be.”

Well said by one of Memphis’ most talented and skillful up-and-coming entertainers.



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.