MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Mikho Grandison hopeful he’ll land football scholarship after ‘productive’ senior campaign

Mikho Grandison is one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

THE WAITING GAME --- According to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison --- who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com --- will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season.

THE WAITING GAMEAccording to Collierville High athlete Mikho Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State. “I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said. However, the question that remains is whether Grandison — who ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season. (Photos by Antonio Taylor/Taylor Moments

You know, the bigger picture, that is.

Take, for instance, how Grandison steadfastly clung to a positive disposition during his prep football stint at Collierville (Tenn.) High.

Although coach Mike O’Neill’s Dragons limped to a 5-7 finish and tied cross-county rival Germantown for fifth in the Region 4-6A standings, Grandison made favorable use of his time whenever he was called upon to provide Collierville with a much-needed boosts, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

In assessing what he described as a subpar senior campaign, it is because of Grandison’s spirited, upbeat approach to what was a pivotal season in 2016 that has greatly fueled his desire to pursue playing football at the collegiate level.

aAs National Signing Day looms (February 1), Grandison and his family are doing whatever is essential to help attract scouts, thus persuade them to grant him an opportunity they sense he so rightfully deserves.

A speedy, 5-foot-6, 147 athlete, Grandison was quite efficient as a rusher, particularly on productive drives that landed the Dragons in the red zone.

In essence, he strongly believes he would have had an even bigger impact had he gained more touches.

“Even though they didn’t give me the ball as much, I always made good and positive yards every time I touched the ball,” Grandison said.

To his credit, even when he wasn’t carrying the ball, he made it a point to demonstrate poise and resiliency in other areas that ultimately gave way to some stellar offensive productivity.

“I blocked for everybody,” Grandison said. “No matter how big the person was, they didn’t scare me at all. I still thought I was stronger than them and I knew I had to make every play count and I did.”

CUT UP, MIKHO: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5164615/mikho-grandison.

With some added exposure in the foreseeable future, Grandison remains hopeful that he will solidify the big break he has diligently sought in recent years.

According to Grandison, while he has yet to garner any official scholarship offers, he said he has kept in constant contact with a few recruiters at Austin Peay State.

“I was talking to the Austin Peay recruiter (during the season),” Grandison said.

POSITIVE...REGARDLESS --- “I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

POSITIVE…REGARDLESS“I think I played harder than most people,” Grandison told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week. “I never took a plays off…always did my job. I was leader and always (gave) 120 percent, never gave up, always played through (adversity) no matter how bad we was losing.”

However, arguably the biggest question that remains is whether Grandison — who is ranked as the No. 68 overall recruit for the Class of 2017 in Tennessee by Maxpreps.com — will ink a National Letter of intent to play college football next season.

Given the immense strides he’s made in recent years, his mother, Uzette Grandison, undoubtedly thinks so.

“I always tell my son to reach beyond the sky, because there are infinite possibilities in the universe,” Uzette Grandison said. “My first reaction when I realized my son could go a long way (as an athlete) was to work with him to help make him better.”

Uzette Grandison, in fact, even recalls those times in which she assumed the role as football-mom-turned-trainer-turned-coach.

For real, though.

“I would throw the football, have family football games, and let him watch football,” Uzette Grandison explained.

Thanks to her unyielding guidance and wisdom, hard work has seemingly paid off for her son.

“I am elated when my son touches the football,” Uzette Grandison said. “He is explosive and many people don’t expect to see that, so when I hear the chatter, I hold my head up with pride and flick my hair so they can see the name on the back of my shirt.”

If things go his way in the coming months, Mikho Grandison’s name will be embroidered on the back of a college football jersey, something about which he has dreamt for some time.

When asked would he like for college recruiters and coaches to know about him,  Mikho Grandison said, “That I’m a hard worker and a leader…and that I’m just a young man who’s trying to show coaches my talents. All I need is a chance to show it.”

Typical Grandison, one who customarily views things from a broader perspective.

You know, the bigger picture, that is.



aaaEDITOR’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.

Houston-area businessman Christopher Charles Evans having a Texas-size impact as a thriving, successful Interior Designer

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13)

 

jjjjDALLAS — When striking up a conversation with Christopher Charles Evans, it wouldn’t take long for one to become thoroughly enlightened of the fact that his reputation is such that he steadfastly goes after that he believes would add a real sense of wholeness and value to his life.

That, in a nutshell, practically sums up why the above passage is so befitting for a man who, by all accounts, aspires daily to maximize his potential with God, His helper, leading the way.

“It is imperative that I esteem and inspire others daily, because it is a part of the human experience,” Evans told longtime journalist during an exclusive interview this week. “We are not allotted life, breath and being for our own sole purpose.  We are here to ensure that we all make the journey in becoming our best selves.  There are times that the work in doing that requires help and a hand from those we encounter either daily or just once.”

To his credit, Evans undoubtedly has become one who is rather resourceful, accommodating, efficient and downright passionate, particularly as it pertains to esteeming others daily.

A military veteran who once served six years in the United States Army as an Administrative Specialist,” Evans, 45, is a man who’s armed with an assortment of gifts and talents, especially from an entrepreneurship standpoint.

jikmlA longtime professional interior designer, Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects.

Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales.

CHECK OUT EVANS’ BUSINESS ONLINE: http://www.christophercharlesinteriors.net/.

In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces.

“We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client’s to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”

A native of Houston and a proud graduate of Alief Elsik High School, Evans established Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC while working as an Oil and Gas accountant for a major international Exploration and Development company in the greater Houston metropolitan area.

15271513_10154226590673022_1186469105_oPrior to engaging in the competitive world of entrepreneurship, he served in Desert Storm and was ultimately honored with a Bronze Star for Valor.

jjjjuuuuuAs Evans eloquently explained, there is a unique correlation, of sorts, as it pertains to serving his country and starting a business.

jio“My military experience has provided me with the tenacity and attention to detail and communication skills that have proved valuable in my own business,” Evans said. “What I like most about being my business is that my destiny and success are entirely left in my hands. I will either eat or starve by my own hand.  There is no greater feeling in the world than having complete ownership of your own level of success.”

His success, in many aspects, was fueled in large part by what he describes as “those who fall into two groups.”

trre“Personally, my Uncle Luther and Aunt Marie (now deceased) always kept a beautifully appointed home,” Evans explained. “As a child I enjoyed and relished spending time at their house.  Not only was it always impeccably kept, but it was always full of laughter, food, fun and peace.  Their home created great memories just by its sheer presence and grandeur.”

And then there is the always notable professional side to his rise to success.

kodbbg“On a professional level, Evans acknowledged, “I have been inspired by three individuals that I admire, honor and look at in total amazement: Kimberly Ward of Kimberly and Cameron Interiors, Michel Boyd of Michel Smith Boyd and Smith Boyd Interiors and Corey Damen Jenkins of Corey Damen Jenkins and Associates, LLC. These three individuals have inspired, encouraged and supported my pursuit of interior design directly and indirectly.  They all execute design and business in a way that make me proud to be a designer.  Each of them has a level of professionalism, excellence and humbleness that is awe inspiring.”

A TRUE PRO --- A longtime professional interior designer, Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects. Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales. In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces. “We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client's to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”

A TRUE PROA longtime professional interior designer, Evans is owner and chief operating officer for Christopher Charles Interiors and Indigo Red, LLC, a Houston-area full service interior design firm for both residential and commercial projects.
Having officially opened for operations in 2010, Evans’ business venture is geared largely toward providing design services for new construction, remodels, staging, private and commercial events and home staging for real estate sales.
In addition, his business specializes in color and art procurement, as well as offers clients the ability to experience and indulge in bold color pallets, sophisticated patterns and global textures to enhance their spaces.
“We specialize in working with our clients to create spaces that showcase extraordinary individuality, comfort, livability and style,” said Evans, explaining the mission for purpose for his rising business. “We work closely with our client’s to ensure that their time, spaces and budgets are respected and attended to in the highest regard.”

All of which to Evans’ credit, essentially sums up why God has destined him to blossom as the thriving, progressive businessman for which he is widely known.

“There is no greater legacy than the legacy of a word that strengthens, encourages and motivates someone to keep going and or dig deeper for the best that may be hidden or locked way inside of them,” said Evans, who first began interior designing in 2003. “This is the purpose of the human experience and existence, to see to the healing and well-being of other souls.”

To God be the glory.



aaaEDITOR’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 Memphis port. A 2000 graduate of the University Of Memphis School Of Journalism, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Dallas-based businesswoman Karen Cherry’s Kacy’s Properties creating a buzz among clients and tourists nationwide

4011-shillings-way-dallas-tx-zda-8DALLAS — Step aside Starbucks!

You’ve got company. Compelling company, to be exact.

Kacy’s Properties is on the rise!

“You know, Starbucks used to be the big place for meet and greets and cost effective internet usage. However, as a company grows so does it’s need for privacy,” said Dallas/Fort Worth-Area entrepreneur Karen Y. Cherry. Kacy’s Properties was established largely to accommodate the assortment of professional needs for consumers across the country.

4011-shillings-way-dallas-tx-zda-20“I’m really proud of our building,” said Cherry, Kacy’s Properties CEO. “We’re conveniently located, affordable, and we provide small groups and small business owners all the tools necessary for long term success.” Kacy’s provides business spaces and corporate housing for local and traveling professionals.

Open since March of 2015, Kacy’s contemporary furnishings continue to wow business owners and community residents come to tour, and decide to lease on the spot. Ms. Cherry and Donnie Payne, Kacy’s CAO, are proud of the efforts of the designers and staff members who work diligently to represent Kacy’s and its clients in a professional manner.

Located in the greater South Dallas area at 4011 Shilling Way, the 10,000-sq. ft. facility sits on a luxurious landscape with ample parking. Kacy’s cost friendly facility is comprised of thirteen (13) contemporarily furnished offices, four (4) conference rooms, training rooms, co-working spaces, and a

hands-on laboratory available for half or full day rental.

CHECK OUT KACY’S PROPERTY ONLINE AND BOOK RIGHT NOW: http://www.kacysproperties.com/.

 

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- During the interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Ms. Cherry stated, “Every time our Clients come through, it’s humbling how impressed they are with the building. These reactions are what we aspired to create.” The array of positive feedback from clients nationwide reinforces Kacy’s primary mission: obliging the needs of small businesses as we provide quality accommodations and excellent customer service. Cherry’s entrepreneurial endeavors started from her roots as a sterile processing technician. Fascinated by the intricacies of the sterile processing field, Ms. Cherry extensively studied the procedures to ensure sterile instruments, and a safe operating room- a place we want to be safe, clean, and error free. Cherry eventually started Successfully Improving Professional Services (SIPS), Kacy’s featured client, to serve this healthcare need. As the business grew in staff and network contacts, a need arose to expand operations, giving birth to her latest vision Kacy’s Properties.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTDuring the interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Ms. Cherry stated, “Every time our Clients come through, it’s humbling how impressed they are with the building. These reactions are what we aspired to create.” The array of positive feedback from clients nationwide reinforces Kacy’s primary mission: obliging the needs of small businesses as we provide quality accommodations and excellent customer service.
Cherry’s entrepreneurial endeavors started from her roots as a sterile processing technician. Fascinated by the intricacies of the sterile processing field, Ms. Cherry extensively studied the procedures to ensure sterile instruments, and a safe operating room- a place we want to be safe, clean, and error free. Cherry eventually started Successfully Improving Professional Services (SIPS), Kacy’s featured client, to serve this healthcare need. As the business grew in staff and network contacts, a need arose to expand operations, giving birth to her latest vision Kacy’s Properties.

In addition, each of the properties spaces is equipped with phone conferencing capabilities- not to mention state of the art equipment and notary services in the rental packages. Clients have engaged in a variety of their respective business needs- from training and development and photo shoots, to study groups and parties. Kacy’s scheduling administrator does an excellent job of making sure everyone’s needs are accommodated superbly.

During the interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Ms. Cherry stated, “Every time our Clients come through, it’s humbling how impressed they are with the building. These reactions are what we aspired to create.”  The array of positive feedback from clients nationwide reinforces Kacy’s primary mission: obliging the needs of small businesses as we provide quality accommodations and excellent customer service.

4011-shillings-way-dallas-tx-zda-13Cherry’s entrepreneurial endeavors started from her roots as a sterile processing technician. Fascinated by the intricacies of the sterile processing field, Ms. Cherry extensively studied the procedures to ensure sterile instruments, and a safe operating room- a place we want to be safe, clean, and error free.  Cherry eventually started Successfully Improving Professional Services (SIPS), Kacy’s featured client, to serve this healthcare need. As the business grew in staff and network contacts, a need arose to expand operations, giving birth to her latest vision Kacy’s Properties.

Kacy’s Corporate Housing in Dallas accommodates tourists who plan to make brief trips the Dallas/Fort Worth area and would like to stay at a venue that is more appealing than that of a hotel.

This eye-catching property is approximately 1,800 square feet and is comprised of three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, and a double-car garage.

As if that’s not enough to grasp the attention of prospective clients, this establishment is conveniently located roughly 15 minutes from beautiful downtown Dallas and is in close proximity of Six Flags Over Texas, as well as the DFW Airport, a slew of malls and shopping places, restaurants and the Texas Rangers and the Dallas Cowboys’ Stadium.

“The house has formal living and dining rooms,” a spokesperson for Kacy’s Properties said.

Wait. There’s more.

The master bath has a garden tub, separate showers, Jack and Jill sinks and a walk-in closet.

In addition, this property includes a sizable kitchen with all new appliances, and a refrigerator with an indoor ice maker.

4011-shillings-way-dallas-tx-zda-3Hold up. There’s more.

Under this corporate lease, clients have full access to a log-burning fireplace, a luxurious covered deck that rests adjacent to blooming bushes and beautiful trees, equipped with a securely locked gate. The housing is within walking distance of a community park.

It is this reporter’s opinion that Ms. Cherry’s vision has undeniably become an attractive and inviting venue for consumers nationwide. If you know someone who’s coming into town, or needs corporate housing, a virtual office, a virtual mailbox, temporary or long term office space, conference room rentals for business meetings or special events, Kacy’s Properties has what you need.

4011-shillings-way-dallas-tx-zda-30“We will continue to identify small businesses and small business owners that our services were designed to accommodate,” said Cherry. When asked what Kacy’s key goals and objectives were for the approaching New Year, Cherry said, “First impressions are everything, so we are constantly working to make everyone’s first impression a positive and lasting one.”

So, step aside Starbucks.

You’ve got company.

Pretty compelling company indeed.



aaa

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

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

 

MID-SOUTH RECRUITING: Collierville High’s Blake Stigger generates offers from two colleges, remains hopeful he will sign

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbThings didn’t particularly turn out the way LaGarrious Blake Stigger had expected during his senior season for the Collierville High football team.

Still, he’s convinced that because of his overall body work in recent years, he deserves a shot at putting his immense skills on display at the collegiate level.

By and large, as Stigger tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

“Honestly, (I played) average because I didn’t get much (playing) time,” Stigger told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson on Friday. My talent speaks for itself. Overall, I kept a positive attitude and gave this season 125 percent.”

STANDING TALL --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level. Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

STANDING TALLDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Blake Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.
Surely, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters. (Photos by ANTONIO TAYLOR/Taylor Moments)

Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger doesn’t shy away from the notion that he hopes will ultimately fulfill his dream of playing at the next level.

Surely, without any official offers as of yet, he strongly believes his chances are as good as anyone with whom he played and played against in a Shelby-Metro area that has emerged a virtual hotbed for college scouts and recruiters.

MOM KNOWS BEST --- Like her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program. “(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

MOM KNOWS BESTLike her son, Katrena Marie Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.
“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

“That I am a hard worker and humble young man that just want an opportunity to do what I love the most,” said Stigger, when asked what it is he’d like for college scouts to know about him. “I just need a chance.”

WATCH BLAKE IN ACTION: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/5528015/blake-stigger.

That, after all, explains why the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete conditions daily in hopes of attracting the attention of a college program that will be willing to grant him what he describes as a golden opportunity.

THEY ARE WATCHING --- Despite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.

THEY ARE WATCHINGDespite a year in which he played sparingly, Stigger, to his credit, managed to generate interests from the University of Louisville and Alcorn State, a trend he hopes will ultimately give way to his fulfilling his dream of playing at the next level.

“His father got him started (in competitive football) in 2006 with the Mt. Pleasant Lions,” Stigger’s mother, Katrena Marie Stone explained. From that point, I learned it was something he really loved. I was amazed because I really didn’t know that he had it in him. I overlooked the talent, because I just thought it was something most boys did just to keep busy.”

Like her son, Stone remains hopeful that her son will be given a fair shot to make a favorable impression upon some college football program.

“(Because of his success and dedication, Blake is so passionate about football,” Stone said. “As I watch him play, I see nothing but greatness. It’s like a gift he was born with.”

OH...AND ONE LAST THING --- “ This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

OH…AND ONE LAST THING“ This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

As for his notable strengths, Stigger has become thoroughly efficient at reading offenses which, to his credit, has allowed him to blossom as a player who has proven to contain the opposing team’s top rusher.

As for his weakness, he acknowledged that reducing mental mistakes is a must as he auditions to play at the next level.

With National Signing Day less than three months away (February 1), Stigger knows full well he has no time to waste, despite a senior campaign in which he saw limited action.

“(I will be) attending some camps, working on my footwork, speed, and strength,” he said. “Whatever college offers me a scholarship, they be inheriting a very bright, intelligent young man who is willing to give 125% on and off the field.”

Just as he had done in 2016 — and years prior to that.

“This is always what I wanted to do as a child,” Stigger said. “This is what I grew up on. I love the aggressiveness and the contact (football brings). (Football) is in my blood. I want to be the one in my family to make it (to the next level). I don’t look at this as a ticket out, because I have a backup plan. But I want to achieve this dream for myself and in dedication of my cousin that didn’t get to see this day.”

And, as he tells it, he isn’t letting anything or anyone stop his lofty ambition of wearing a college football uniform come next fall.

Stay tuned.



aaaEDITOR’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.

Former pro athlete Spencer Conley has evolved as an internationally-acclaimed Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor

DALLAS — Without question, Spencer Conley is one driven man.

Too driven, that is.

gtgyjkklkllA former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable.

So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself.

“There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.

A TRUE PRO --- A native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Spencer Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry. Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education. “I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.” Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching. Err, life coaching, that is.

A TRUE PROA native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Spencer Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry.
Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education.
“I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.” Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching.
Err, life coaching, that is.

“But there’s purpose to what I do,” he continued.

Given the immense strides he’s made since hanging up his helmet and cleats as a pretty efficient football player, it’s safe to assume that Conley is driven in such a way that his inspiring, eloquent voice has appropriately given way to his having emerged as an internationally-acclaimed personality in his own right.

aasA native of New Jersey who has spent the better portion of his life in Texas, Conley is widely known as an Inspirational Speaker and Life Professor, one who undoubtedly has found his niche in this ever-so-evolving industry.

Not bad for a former pro athlete whom, as he tells it, tried diligently to avoid higher education because, as he tells it, “I tried to avoid college because of fear and being dyslexic had me afraid all my youth.”

DRIVEN BY GOD --- The founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley --- widely known as “Big Coach Con” --- is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com. In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as "The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement."

DRIVEN BY GODThe founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley — widely known as “Big Coach Con” — is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com. In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as “The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement.”

“I accomplished something that I never thought I’d do,” Conley, 44, told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I became a college graduate. And I tried to get out of it.”

Because he managed to persevere and press his way toward earning his college degree, what Conley ultimately discovered aside from having flourished on the grid iron was that he also was birthed with gift of coaching.

Err, life coaching, that is.

The founder of chief executive officer of Too Driven, Conley — widely known as “Big Coach Con” — is a motivator who conveys a life-altering experience that always leaves the audience ready to believe and to better themselves, according to a spokesperson at www.toodriven.com.

In addition, Conley’s primary emphasis is to deliver the most powerful messages, many of which have him tagged as “The H.O.P.E. Dealer” or Helping Others Practice Encouragement.”

MORE ON SPENCER CONLEY: http://www.toodriven.com/about.

GLOBAL IMPACT --- Conley has been afforded to travel abroad --- early and often. To his credit, for instance, his profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others. In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.

GLOBAL IMPACTConley has been afforded to travel abroad — early and often.
To his credit, for instance, his profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others.
In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.

According to one rave review on www.toodriven.com, “This former professional athlete and highly sought-after Motivational Speaker has a way with words that can only be described as life changing. When you call on (Big Coach Con), you’re not getting a service, you’re getting RESULTS!”

HE HAS A DREAM...TOO --- A former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable. So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself. “There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.

HE HAS A DREAM…TOOA former prep, collegiate and professional standout of an athlete, Conley, because the divine calling on his life, has witnessed God exalt and promote and elevate in ways unimaginable.
So much, in fact, that Conley doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s one who basking and dwelling in the purpose for which he was created, thus striving daily to esteem others highly than himself.
“There’s no title to what I do,” said Conley who, as usual, always seems to know exactly what to say and, most importantly, knows how to inspire others in the process.

Which, to Conley’s credit, sums up why he has steadily evolved and blossomed into arguably one of the finest up-and-coming inspirational speakers — and Life Professors — in this present generation.

Still, one who deems it necessary to always remain humble, Conley would be the first to acknowledge that he’s just giddy that his Creator thought it essential to set him aside for His use for a time such as now.

“I’m walking in purpose,” Conley said.

And no one has to remind him of Who orchestrated all of this.

“It’s God,” Conley’s quick to acknowledge. “Many have contributed to the man I’ve become. This walk is something I must do alone, yet you know you’re in the right place, even though you’re (often) misunderstood and no one understands but you. Life is too precious. I have no time to wait for it to be okay to others or for them to understand.”

Amongst the reasons is that Conley has been afforded to travel abroad — as often as he can, every chance he gets.

To his credit, for instance, his notable profession has allowed how to put his immense skills on display in as many as 42 countries, most notably Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, Ghana, China, Japan, Germany, Spain and France, among others.

In addition, Conley has given speeches in 45 U. S. states (the North Slope Alaska bring amongst his best establishments) with the exception of Montana, North and South Dakota, Oregon and Maine, he said.

When asked how many speeches he gives annually, Conley, displaying his customary signature smiles, paused and said: “I’d be comfortable you can say 300 easily. I could do 25 (public) schools in a week. I’ve done that. So when we look at it, that number goes up.”

And let’s not forget the major colleges and universities such as West Point, the University of Minnesota, University of Texas at Austin, Loyola Marymount University, the University of Kentucky, and the Shanghai (China) Institute of Technology, just to name a few.

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“How inspiration feels personally, many of us struggle to take the nessessary steps to experience it for ourselves, desperately trying to connect to those who put in the work to experience personal victory,” Conley explained. “We won,” yet they didn’t participate.”

There’s certainly more to this notion.

“What I do is tied and deeply rooted to my belief system,” Conley said. “God gave his son! The son gave his life.  Two great acts of giving sum up the foundation of my belief system. I’m not churchy. For me, it’s about applying what I know how I treat people with the things I know and when you look at me do you see who I claim to be…forget about what I say am I living it. That’s the reasons I don’t get into titles or outrageous introductions. It’s not about how much you know it’s about how much you care. Credentials don’t mean you can help me.”

By and large, given how God has miraculously and majestically used him for His glory to encourage the masses, without question, “Big Coach Con” is one driven man.

Too driven, that is.



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

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

Memphis entrepreneur Veronica Taylor-Lanehart living out her grandmother’s legacy through her successful beauty salon

Just recently, Veronica Taylor-Lanehart took the time to assess and recall her inspiring, memorable upbringing in Memphis.

LASTING LEGACY --- According to Veronica Taylor-Lanehart, no one has had a monumental impact on her rise as a progressive entrepreneur than her grandmother who, prior to her demise, encouraged her granddaughter to spread her wings and broaden her horizon unlike anyone else. “My grandmother was my inspiration for the theme of the salon,” Taylor-Lanehart said. “God has since called her home. However, she had the chance to walk the salon and smile at her grandbabies’ accomplishment."

LASTING LEGACYAccording to Memphian Veronica Taylor-Lanehart, owner of Nappy Hair Is Happy Hair Salon, no one has had a monumental impact on her rise as a progressive entrepreneur than her grandmother (center) who, prior to her demise, encouraged her granddaughter to spread her wings and broaden her horizon unlike never before.
“My grandmother was my inspiration for the theme of the salon,” Taylor-Lanehart said. “God has since called her home. However, she had the chance to walk the salon and smile at her grandbabies’ accomplishment.”

“I was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee,” Taylor-Lanehart told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “We moved from North Memphis, to Frayser to Raleigh to Bartlett.”

There is a distinctly amazing reason why, of course.

“My mom wasn’t a quitter,” Taylor-Lanehart said while exhibiting her customary smile.

Fortunately for Taylor-Lanehart, with God, her Helper, leading the way, coupled with the life-enhancing values and lessons she was taught during her days of growing up in her native hometown, her signature smile has become nothing short of bigger nowadays.

ALL SMILES --- Amongst the grandest reasons for her spirited, joyful disposition is that despite the array of adversities she’s endured over the years, Taylor-Lanehart stayed focus on the vision by which her Creator had instilled in her, a vision whereby she would become empowered and resourceful, all while fortifying her divine purpose in the process. A flourishing, Memphis-based business owner for 12 years and counting, Taylor-Lanehart, 45, is owner and chief operating officer of Nappy Hair Is Happy Hair Salon, located at 5840 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tennessee, just minutes from her the community in which she grew up.

ALL SMILESAmongst the grandest reasons for her spirited, joyful disposition is that despite the array of adversities she’s endured over the years, Taylor-Lanehart stayed focus on the vision by which her Creator had instilled in her, a vision whereby she would become empowered and resourceful, all while fortifying her divine purpose in the process. A flourishing, Memphis-based business owner for 12 years and counting, Taylor-Lanehart, 45, is owner and chief operating officer of Nappy Hair Is Happy Hair Salon, located at 5840 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tennessee, just minutes from her the community in which she grew up.

Amongst the grandest reasons for her spirited, joyful disposition is that despite the array of adversities she’s endured over the years, Taylor-Lanehart stayed focused on the vision by which her Creator had instilled in her, a vision whereby she would become greatly empowered and resourceful, all while fortifying her divine purpose in the process.

A flourishing, Memphis-based business owner for 12 years and counting, Taylor-Lanehart, 45, is owner and chief operating officer of Nappy Hair Is Happy Hair Salon, located at 5840 Stage Road in Bartlett, Tennessee, just minutes from her the community in which she grew up.

Talk about homegrown and demonstrating love and admiration for the Bluff City, all while persevering her way past life’s toughest of hurdles en route to establishing a solid, stable business venture as a result.

In addition, Taylor-Lanehart’s salon caters only to natural clients a chemical-free all products, including the hair and body butter she makes called “Trinity Butter-All.”

“I have been in business since 2004 with no breaks,” Taylor-Lanehart explained. “I raised four children alone after my divorce while growing my business. I am very happy with what I do and the love pride and support from my. My children and my family keep me motivated. (And) now that I have a husband that never stops me when I have a vision or have to work late…Well that’s just the icing on the cake.”

As she tells it, her past history through athletics also played a vital role in her ability to shift her focus toward entrepreneurship.

“Sports taught me to always think of how to stay in the game,” said Taylor-Lanehart, sounding a lot like someone who’s armed with wisdom, yet she knows all the right things to say. “(Sports taught me to) never give up…like when I took that direct hit to the chest in soccer, (from) stopping the other team from getting their ball back in the game. It took the breath (out of) me, but I quickly got it back together.”

And because of her keen desire not to allow her faith to waver, she, in turn, has evolved as a stellar business owner in the greater Memphis-metropolitan area.

vffff“The thing I like most about my business is the fact that I have met some wonderful people,” Taylor-Lanehart said. “We laugh, pray, cry…we are family.”

Speaking of family, according to Taylor-Lanehart, no one has had a monumental impact on her rise as a progressive entrepreneur than her grandmother who, along with her mother and prior to her demise, encouraged her granddaughter to spread her wings and broaden her horizon unlike anyone else.

“My grandmother was my inspiration for the theme of the salon,” Taylor-Lanehart said. “God has since called her home. However, she had the chance to walk the salon and smile at her grandbabies’ accomplishment.

Interesting enough, grandma was one who had jokes — literally.

“One of my happiest moments was when she tried to bribe me out of my antique radio,” Taylor-Lanehart said with a grin. “My mother had a more direct approach when she said, ‘Baby girl, your blessing is in your hands.’ I was stubborn so it took a while to catch on.”

Today, unlike never before, Taylor-Lanehart is not only living out her grandmother’s legacy through her successful business, but she’s steadfastly fortifying her vision and divine purpose.

With God, her Helper, leading the way.



aaaEDITOR’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 Memphis port. 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.

 

Christopher Huckaby considered one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s top master barbers thanks to grandmother’s influential impact

DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Christopher Huckaby doesn’t shy away from the notion that Bessie Carter Fowler undoubtedly is one of the best individuals with whom he’s ever crossed paths.

aCome to think of it, if it wasn’t for Carter, well, let’s just say that Huckaby wouldn’t be here.

During a weekend exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, Huckaby recalled in great detail about how Carter, his beloved grandmother, had once enrolled in cosmetology school, but never finished.

That, as a result, fueled his desire to go above and beyond to maximize his potential while embarking upon his career.

“(She) went to cosmetology school, but never completed (it),” Huckaby explained.

wStill, grandma — as only she could — deemed it necessary to see to it that her grandson would successfully carry out the lofty mission by which He instilled in her family.

“She gave me my first pair of clippers and wrote me a poem,” Huckaby said.

The poem, to his recollection, was rather forthright and direct.

It read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.

rreYears removed from such a life-enhancing, gut-checking encounter with his grandmother, Huckaby has evolved as one of the best hairstylists in the greater Dallas Fort-Worth area.

A native of nearby Mesquite, Texas, Huckaby is a master barber at Kutz By Chris, located at 4770 Highway 121 in Lewisville, Texas.

Kutz By Chris’ suite is housed inside of the luxurious Venus Salon Spa, just minutes from The Colony and Frisco, Texas.

nju“I put my all into every cut,” said Huckaby, summing up his mission for having chosen to delve off into such an ever-so-competitive industry. “Community service is important to me as a barber since I have a gift to give back and support my family.”

bgtyyGiven his notable track record in his profession, it’s safe to assume that aside from his grandmother’s wealth of wisdom and guidance, Huckaby was destined to become an efficient, dynamically-talented barber.

For starters, Huckaby enrolled at Grahams ccssBarber College  Summer 2010, approximately four years after graduating from the Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Interesting enough, he recalls like yesterday how he would routinely attend school on picture day and didn’t get haircuts, in large part because a majority of his of his summers were spent at his grandmother’s residence.

iStill, it seemed that all wasn’t merely lost for this lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., whose haircut portfolio via message social media and message boards have drawn rave reviews from countless social media account holders, several of whom had ultimately become his clients.

Thank God for grandma’s poem, which read: “A task great or small…do it well or not at all….”

The rest, as they say, was history.



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

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

 

Wrongly convicted for an unprecedented 36 years, Texas-native Eddie Houston relying on his faith and media as he seeks justice

DALLAS — American recording artist Sam Cooke said it best back on December 22, 1964.

aaasIn what undoubtedly is one of the most classic, yet inspiring songs of all time, “A Change Is Gonna Come,” it is, by all accounts, a rather befitting hit for which Eddie Houston can surely apply to his everyday living.

A 70-year-old native of Houston, Houston is widely viewed amongst his peers, family members, close friends and acquaintances as a man who’s after God’s own heart.

Surely and without question, there is a reason behind Houston’s newfound close-knit relationship with his Creator.

For starters, he’d be the first to tell you that the enemy — whom God’s manual specifically describes as a roaring lion who’s roaming the earth, seeking whom he can devour — could have killed a long time ago, yet God deemed it absolutely essential to make death behave.

STANDING BY HER MAN --- Amongst those who have been praying earnestly for Houston is his beloved fiancée, Rosa Lewis who, like Houston, hasn’t ruled out hope --- and faith, of course --- that justice will eventually come to fruition for a man whom many say have a heart that’s bigger than life. “I've known Bro. Houston since our High School years in late 60's,” Lewis explained. “Since his return home (from prison on Aug. 16), he has shared some personal life stories on how God has kept him during his incarceration. He remains faithful to his call of servitude and as a devoted member of Miracle Temple Church, where he will soon become Deacon. He teaches the word when there's more than an opportunity. He shares his testimony as an unspoken truth.”

STANDING BY HER MANAmongst those who have been praying earnestly for Eddie Houston is his beloved fiancée, Rosa Lewis who, like Houston, hasn’t ruled out hope — and faith, of course — that justice will eventually come to fruition for a man whom many say have a heart that’s bigger than life.
“I’ve known Bro. Houston since our High School years in late 60’s,” Lewis explained. “Since his return home (from prison on Aug. 16), he has shared some personal life stories on how God has kept him during his incarceration. He remains faithful to his call of servitude and as a devoted member of Miracle Temple Church, where he will soon become Deacon. He teaches the word when there’s more than an opportunity. He shares his testimony as an unspoken truth.”

So much so that to this very day, at this present time and hour, though Houston’s life still remains blanketed by an assortment of restrictions, this progressive, resilient man of God doesn’t shy away from the notion that he is, as the songwriter said, “A Living Testimony.”

All because, well, as another songwriter said, “A Change Is Gonna Come.”

And so it has come to pass that Houston, while recently sitting from the comfortable confines of his Houston-area home, deemed it necessary to engage in an exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, during which he recalled in great detail a lengthy, yet seemingly distraught prison sentence that, quite frankly, shouldn’t have occurred in the first place.

A longtime advocate for wrongful convictions, Houston was left to count his blessings over a sequence of events he admittedly has drawn him closer to God.

STANDING TALL --- A longtime advocate for wrongful convictions, Houston was left to count his blessings over a sequence of events he admittedly have drawn him closer to God. “Even after serving 36 years of my life for a wrongful conviction, to this day, Brother Houston still relies on God’s grace to see him through,” said Houston, speaking from the third person standpoint. “(I’ve been) obedient in all things…even spiritual. I believe that God will openly reward those that diligently seek him. So we're asking for your prayers.”

STANDING TALLA longtime advocate for wrongful convictions, Houston was left to count his blessings over a sequence of events he admittedly have drawn him closer to God. “Even after serving 36 years of my life for a wrongful conviction, to this day, Brother Houston still relies on God’s grace to see him through,” said Houston, speaking from the third person standpoint. “(I’ve been) obedient in all things…even spiritual. I believe that God will openly reward those that diligently seek him. So we’re asking for your prayers.”

“Even after serving 36 years of my life for a wrongful conviction, to this day, Brother Houston still relies on God’s grace to see him through,” said Houston, speaking from the third person standpoint. “(I’ve been) obedient in all things…even spiritual. I believe that God will openly reward those that diligently seek him. So we’re asking for your prayers.”

Amongst those who have been praying earnestly for Houston is his beloved fiancée, Rosa Lewis who, like

Houston, hasn’t ruled out any hope — and faith, of course — that justice will eventually come to fruition for a man whom many say have a heart that’s bigger than life.

“I’ve known Bro. Houston since our High School years in late 60’s,” Lewis explained. “Since his return home (from prison on Aug. 16), he has shared some personal life stories on how God has kept him during his incarceration. He remains faithful to his call of servitude and as a devoted member of Miracle Temple Church, where he will soon become Deacon. He teaches the word when there’s more than an opportunity. He shares his testimony as an unspoken truth.”

And because he diligently seeks God daily for guidance and a sense of direction, Houston strongly believes that with a solid support from his family and the media, God will ultimately reward him double for his trouble.

xxxxxxxxJust as He had done for Job during Biblical times.

“During my stay in prison, I realized there were many wrongfully convicted people,” Houston said. “And they (served time) without assistance. So I am humbled that (justice will served).”

With God, his Helper, leading the way.

Much sooner than later, this devout man of faith knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that his change is gonna come.

Stay tuned.

God is up something.



aaaEDITOR’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.

Linette King quickly emerges as one of Mid-South’s most respected authors as she celebrates one year in her profession

AN INSTANT SUCCESS --- Overcoming and fending off an assortment of fears and jitters mired by nervousness, King, to her credit, quickly evolved as a rising professional author, one who undoubtedly has made her presence felt within the path twelve months. So much so that come November 19, the 25-year-old Moss Point, Mississippi native will be celebrating one full year an author, a clear indication that her best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

AN INSTANT SUCCESSOvercoming and fending off an assortment of fears and jitters mired by nervousness, Linette King, to her credit, quickly evolved as a rising professional author, one who undoubtedly has made her presence felt within the path twelve months.
So much so that come November 19, the 25-year-old Moss Point, Mississippi native will be celebrating one full year an author, a clear indication that her best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

Finally, the time had come that Linette King on Sunday afternoon was able to bask in the glory of the moment.

Ahhhh…what a phenomenally amazing, jubilant, festive feeling it was.

“This year has gone by extremely fast but I’m so proud of myself,” King told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “I found something I love and stuck with it.”

Indeed she did.

And boy, what a difference one year has made.

xOvercoming and fending off an assortment of fears and jitters mired by nervousness, King, to her credit, quickly evolved as a rising professional author, one who undoubtedly has made her presence felt within the path twelve months.

So much so that come November 19, the 25-year-old Moss Point, Mississippi native will be celebrating one full year an author, a clear indication that her best and brightest days undoubtedly are well ahead of her.

“Becoming a published author was kind of unbelievable, but writing these books has brought me great joy,” King said.

Fortunately for her, once she had reached the much-anticipated of witnessing her first booked come off the presses, it seemed she effectively had found her niche as an aspiring in this, the ever-so-competitive world of authorship.

How else to explain why during the first eight months of her rookie year, she managed to compose and release an unprecedented 12 books in a span of eight months, a trend that not only earned her respect amongst her peers and colleagues but, most of all, ultimately gave way to her attracting media headlines as a result.

Talk about having an immediate impact as a newcomer to authorship.

Ahhhh…what a phenomenally amazing, jubilant, festive feeling it was.

qweerrttOn Sunday afternoon, of course.

“There has not been one single time that I’d wanted to stop writing,” explained King, as she appropriately continued to recall and reflect on her memorable first year as an author. “Quit working? Yes. But not writing. I’m just getting started.”

And, given the immense success and life-enhancing rapports she established with those in such a notable yet elite group, it’s safe to assume King doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

Besides, why stop now when you’re hot, thus destined to have an even bigger impact as a true pro?

oiuyy“Writing brings me peace away from life’s hardships,” said King, a mother of three. “It’s one of my greatest escapes. I love writing and as long as the stories keep coming to me I’m going to keep writing.”

Credit her supporting cast for greatly inspiring her to broaden her horizon, thus establish her own distinctly unique and eloquent voice as a writer.

“I look up to Shameek Speight, NikiJilvontae and Nisa Santiago on an admiration level,” said King, giving shout outs to other professional authors. “You can read their books and tell they love what they do. Kiara Jonae Serie is one of the strongest authors I’ve ever come across. She has a rare condition that affected her eyesight, but she never gave up.

“It’s nothing short of amazing,” King continued. “Then lastly, there’s Envy Mayes who has had it hard her whole life but never gives up on her dreams. She’s one of the reasons that no matter what I go through, I’m going to push through so she can see that the struggle doesn’t last.”

A LINETTE KING RELATED STORY: http://memphisport.com/2016/07/mid-south-author-linette-king-is-as-good-as-advertised-with-12-books-in-eight-months/.

uyDespite pressing a navigating her way through a slew of trials of obstacles within the past year, King certainly weathered the storm, which ultimately gave way to her having written 28 books, 26 of which have been published.

Surely, brighter days are ahead for this rookie author sensation whom, given her astounding contributions to the world of authorship in such a brief time, has been nothing short of impressive.

And now for the shout outs:

“I’d like to thank God for this talent that He’s given me,” King said. “To my children: Aaliyah, Alannah, and Jaye, I love you guys so much. Never allow anyone to put you in a box, because there’s no limit to the things you can accomplish. To my family: Mr. Terry, I simply can’t thank you enough for raising me! You didn’t have to step up the way you did but you did and I love you! Mama, Sharron! You gave me a composition notebook when I was 13 years old and told me to write my thoughts. Who would have thought that this would have come from that?

xzz“Lorenzo, my brother, my protector, dude I love you so much and I’m proud of you! #BARBERGANG Mario, my brother, I’m so proud of you dude! I know I don’t have to tell you not to give up because you’ve gone against all odds your whole life! Plus I know you’re wife/my sister Tasha, will keep you focused! Princess will keep you on your toes and Karleigh will keep you grounded! Kiana, my sister has been one of my biggest supporters and there’s not a book that I’ve written that she hasn’t read! I love you! My little brothers, Charles and Rickey. I hope you know I love you and you can always call me for anything no matter what time it is and I’ll come running! Pooh and Oliver have been my rocks for as long as I can remember and I will always love y’all so much! Don’t ever change!!! Peggy, thank you for always being there for me and the kids! You are truly a God send and like my second mama. I love you!”

bvfTunky, Omarion, O’lasha, O’Brien, O’Ryan, O’Daysha, Lucas, Logan, Amina, Alora, Princess and Karleigh: y’all can always call your Tt and I’ll be there! I love you!!

To my friends; Jasmine, Ebony, Trinisha, Precious and Zai! I know we don’t talk everyday but there’s no love lost! Y’all are all crazy and it keeps me sane! TK, man y’all that man has been pushing me every step of the way but I appreciate it a great deal! No days off right? Let’s get it!

ooiBig Shoutout to AGO, J&R International, PHE, Brickfunded Ent., BHG, Coastlyfe Certified, and 1dayfresh.com Lets put on for the coast!!!

I want you music lovers to download the SoundCloud app and check out Bianca Clarke, Yung Hr, Drewski Money, Champiun, Spitta228 and B.Miles BHG you won’t be disappointed!!! — Quotes and shout outs, courtesy of Linette King



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 “RAY RENAY” making moves’ as a flourishing model, singer and songwriter

wSometime around 10 Thursday night, Raimonda Jones took to her Facebook and staged to her timeline a pivotal, life-enhancing reminder for the entire world to see.

“Making moves…still got a family to feed,” Jones wrote under her dazzling selfie photo.

To her credit, “making moves” is certainly an upward trend about which Jones has steadfastly adopted during the course of her young life.

A progressive mother of two, Jones, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High graduate, was one who engaged in a variety of social activities she sensed would add meaning and wholeness to her life.

SIBLING LOVE --- Say hello to "LA" everybody!!

SIBLING LOVE — Say hello to “LA” everybody!!

From competitive basketball, to even football — no, that’s a typo — this once self-proclaimed “tomboy” ultimately discovered that because she’s armed with a wealth of beauty, she might as well devise ways to allow favorable looks to help enhance and add value to her life.

RESPECT DA HAVEN --- A progressive mother of two, Raimonda Jones, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High graduate, was one who engaged in a variety of social activities she sensed would add meaning and wholeness to her life. From competitive basketball, to even football --- no, that’s a typo --- this once self-proclaimed “tomboy” ultimately discovered that because she’s armed with a wealth of beauty, she might as well devise ways to allow favorable looks to help enhance and add value to her life.

RESPECT DA HAVENA progressive mother of two, Raimonda Jones, a native Memphian and Whitehaven High graduate, was one who engaged in a variety of social activities she sensed would add meaning and wholeness to her life. From competitive basketball, to even football — no, that’s a typo — this once self-proclaimed “tomboy” ultimately discovered that because she’s armed with a wealth of beauty, she might as well devise ways to allow favorable looks to help enhance and add value to her life.

“As I got older, I fell in love with my beauty and who I am,” Jones told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent exclusive interview. “I started loving myself more because growing up I hated life.”

Fortunately for her, life, as she knows it, has become one that has greatly provided her with an entirely different perspective, in large part because Jones has learned the significance of viewing life from God’s perspective.

Today, unlike never before, Jones can boldly profess that she undoubtedly is living out of her dreams as a thriving singer, songwriter, and model, all of which, to her credit, have only fueled her desire to cling to unwavering faith — particularly as it relates to maximizing her potential.

GIRL GOT MAD SKILLZ ---While describing her upbringing as “hard,” Jones admittedly idolized the likes of R & B singers Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, among others.

GIRL GOT MAD SKILLZWhile describing her upbringing as “hard,” Jones admittedly idolized the likes of R & B singers Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, among others.

“I never thought I would start modeling until I had my daughter,” Jones said. “I fell in love with modeling through her.”

Now, even as a mother of two amazingly adorable children, London and Anthony — or as Jones often calls them, “LA” — she doesn’t shy away from the notion that her children routinely inspire her to go above and beyond to excel, to go that extra mile, if you will, particularly as it pertains to making every single day count, all while getting the most out of life.

“(They) push me to go hard because I want them to have a better life than I had,” Jones said. “Talking about my life…I’ve been through hell and back, but I’ve also experienced love and happiness. That’s what I love singing about.”

Just like God, to Whom Jones is quick to allude, all while flashing her signature smile.

pooo“God…wow…through everything I’ve been through, He’s been preparing me for this,” said Jones, trying to find the right words to assess what is shaping up to be a stellar career. “I’ve always had a drive, but I kind of stopped when I got married.”

Still, even when her marriage was suddenly left hanging in the balance, amongst thing things about which Jones discovered was that God still had a divine calling on her life.

“After we separated, I started back following my dreams and decided that from that day forward, I will make it and that nobody would stop me,” Jones explained.

The rest, as they say, was history.

MAKING NO EXCUSES --- Still, even when her marriage was suddenly left hanging in the balance, amongst thing things about which Jones discovered was that God still had a divine calling on her life.

MAKING NO EXCUSESStill, even when her marriage was suddenly left hanging in the balance, amongst thing things about which Jones discovered was that God still had a divine calling on her life.

Even while enduring what appeared to be a slew of personal challenges and obstacles, there was Jones, taking stunning, eye-catching, head-turning photo shoots, thus doing everything she possibly could to stay productive both in the spirit and in the natural — doing everything she possibly could to provide a better life for the two widely known as LA.

“I’ve worked with different artists here in Memphis, different bands, choirs…and more shout out to all, especially MJG…That album ‘TOO PIMPIN,’ was the first major project I’ve done,” Jones recalled. “It opened a lot of doors, and I’ve worked with a lot of great producers here in Memphis (shout out my producer, Brandon Christian). “I have songs that I can’t wait to let the world here.”

While describing her upbringing as “hard,” Jones admittedly idolized the likes of R & B singers Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin, among others.

“OMG,” Jones said. “I use to try to sing like them both. I sang in choirs all my life. That’s where that powerful voice came from along with the help of my step dad (longtime musician Posely Jones) He groomed my vocals.”

SHE'S SO FINE, Y'ALL --- Even while enduring what appeared to be a slew of personal challenges and obstacles, there was Jones, taking stunning, eye-catching, head-turning photo shoots, thus doing everything she possibly could to stay productive both in the spirit and in the natural --- doing everything she possibly could to provide a better life for the two widely known as LA.

SHE’S SO FINE, Y’ALLEven while enduring what appeared to be a slew of personal challenges and obstacles, there was Jones, taking stunning, eye-catching, head-turning photo shoots, thus doing everything she possibly could to stay productive both in the spirit and in the natural — doing everything she possibly could to provide a better life for the two widely known as LA.

Now just months away from what figures to a prosperous, well-publicized upcoming year in 2017, Jones’ primary emphasis is to not only continue to make a name for herself as a flourishing model and singer but, most importantly, she’s determined to reach back and help enhance the lives of others through the gifts by which God has blessed her.

“I’m an entertainer that can reach different ages from all walks of life old and young,” Jones said.

All while continuing to make major moves on behalf of the familiar two widely known as “LA.”

 



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