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

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

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

aaaaBoy, did he ever.

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

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

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

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

To his credit, he’s done just that.

Don’t believe him?

Just watch.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Probably not.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sure seems that way. So stay tuned.

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

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

Now we know why.

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



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

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

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

From the cradle to the grave.

One’s image surely goes a long way.

Heck, it says a lot about them.

It reinforces confidence and poise and professionalism.

It demands respect.

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

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

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

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

To her credit, Rawls-Beasley did just that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How befitting.

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

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

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

From the cradle to the grave.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Indeed it does.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In Jesus Name.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let the church say Amen.



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

Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal,  Johnson is the former chief adjutant to Elder Andrew Jackson, Sr. of Faith Temple Ministries COGIC in Memphis. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, call him at 901-690-6587 or send email to andre@memphisport.net. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

He appropriately fielded the question as if he expected it.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Much sooner than later.

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

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

“Learn It! Know It! Apply It!”

 

HEALTH-TECH INSTITUTE OF MEMPHIS’ ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY

Melanie K. Washington, President

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

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

Ronald K. Washington, Dean of Business Affairs

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

Veronyca Washington, Vice President of Academic Affairs

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

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

Jennyfer Washington, Director of Admissions & Financial Aid

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

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

Michelle Cotton, Health Information Management Professor

Rachel Lester, Medical Assistant Clinical Professor

Melissa Garrett, Pharmacy Technician Professor

 

OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Institutional Advisory Board Members

Patricia Sonyika, MD, Board Anesthesiologist Chair

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

Program Committee Board Members

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

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

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

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

Doris Brown, CCAT, Reimbursement Specialist, The West Clinic      

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

 

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

                                                                                                  



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

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

Houston area salon owner Aidah Sama following in massive footsteps of her grandmother

DALLAS — Aidah Sama is pretty easy on the eyes.

However, she’d be the first to tell you that she wants to be more than just a pretty face.

qqqq 1996 graduate of Denver, Colorado’s East High School, Sama recalls like yesterday how an expected termination from her job essentially changed the overall landscape of her young life.

“Right after high school, I was fired from my job at a call center simply because I was on track to being promoted,” Sama told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Friday. “Those types of jobs do mass firings or layoffs to prevent themselves from paying more when they can simply hire new people at starting salaries and keep their profit margins higher.”

TERRIFIC TEXAS TURNAROUND --- Aidah Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston. An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

TERRIFIC TEXAS TURNAROUNDAidah Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston. An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

Fortunately for Sama, a native of Denver who currently resides in the Houston, Texas area, her untimely firing essentially served as a blessing in disguise, thus greatly fueled her desire to mightily embark upon a career for which God has rightly purposed her.

Today, unlike never before, she’s undoubtedly basking in the glory of a notable cosmetologist career that, to her credit, has greatly given her an entirely different disposition on life.

Moreover, as Sama tells it, such a spirited turn of events surfaced courtesy of what turned out to be a memorable bus ride.

“I hated the feeling of someone being able to hold

your lively hood in their hands,” said Sama, alluding to her unannounced firing from a job that offered virtually little opportunities for growth. “So on the way home, I decided I wanted to do something I loved that would provide for me and family and I would have full control and that no one would fire me again. So I hopped on the bus and went to cosmetology school.”

Years removed from a firing that essentially has benefited her mightily, Sama was destined to climb the career ladder in her selected field of interest.

Boy, did she ever.

So much so that today, Sama, 38, is owner and chief executive officer of Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist in the Woodlands, Texas, which is a few miles north of the city of Houston.

FOLLOW AIDAH SAMA ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/AidahSamaBridesandColor/.

An up-and-coming business in which her solid is clientele has undergone favorable changes in recent years, Sama attributes much of her career success to the fact that she’s had the luxury of residing in several major cities over the past decades, a trend that greatly allowed her to become knowledgeable of the pros and cons as a salon owner.

Given the immense success she’s enjoyed in recent years, it’s safe to assume that past call center firing isn’t just a distant memory but, most importantly, it proved to be just the setback Sama needed to encounter that jumpstarted her miraculously comeback.

aaaaShe’s baaaaaack.

“I love the fact that this business is constantly changing,” Sama said. “Nothing stays the same. Every five years or so, I have reinvented myself. I have had the opportunity to live in four cities over the last 10 years being able to adapt to my surroundings and build my clientele over and

over helped me truly understand the blessing is with me and in my hands.

A TRUE TALENT --- As owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

A TRUE TALENTAs owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

“I have learned it’s not about being considered high end simply because you work in one of those expensive salons,” Sama continued. “It’s about how much you value what you offer and building your brand as such. I started out doing hair at $18 for a shampoo and blow dry. After one year, I doubled my prices. I was worth more and my work spoke for itself.”

CONTACT AIDAH: aidahsama@gmail.com.

More than anything, Sama is highly appreciative of her grandmother, a longtime professional salon owner who was arguably her biggest mentor.

Sama’s grandmother opened her first salon months after Sama was born. Upon graduating from cosmetology school, Sama assumed a position at her establishment, where she was afforded a front row seat, or sorts, as it pertains to learning to operate and manage a salon.

Thank God for grandma.

vvvv“Momma, as I love to call her, doesn’t play,” Sama said. “She ran a very tight ship, where professionalism is a non-negotiable. She groomed me into the business person I am today. I get my no-nonsense attitude and business savvyness from her. She will lovingly

tell you, ‘You shouldn’t have named her after me if you didn’t want her to act like me.’ In this business you have to have tough skin and keep the overall goal in perspective at all

times.”

aaaaaaAs owner of a rising business that is starting to become a fixture in the Houston metropolitan area, Sama specializes in an assortment of special occasions, most notably weddings, proms, homecoming courts, even Black Tie Galas as well as a variety of hair colorings.

rrrrBy and large, it is because her family boasts a stellar list of professional cosmetologists that God had divinely purposed Sama to fulfill and live out her dream.

Ahhhhh…just as she had envisioned in the aftermath of that abrupt call center firing.

mmmm“Cosmetology and entrepreneurship have been in my family for generations,” Sama said. “My grandmother open her first salon the year I was born. I have just continued to hold the mantle passed on to me. I have over the course of my career gone into other salons to work since moving around while married was required, but I always ended up right back in an ownership leadership role. I am a natural leader.”

Which, to her credit, isn’t bad after all, especially for someone who’s pretty easy on the eyes.

 

For more information about Aidah Sama Bridal Stylist And Colorist, call (281) 419-7262.

 



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 Shallisa Alexander to her mother Ruby Wilson: ‘Mama, go home.’

REMEMBERING RUBY --- Having spent several days in a coma, Memphis blues singing icon Ruby Wilson died at 1:10 p.m. Friday, nearly 24 hours after she had been taken off a respirator. She was 68.

REMEMBERING RUBYHaving spent several days in a coma, Memphis blues singing icon Ruby Wilson died at 1:10 p.m. Friday, nearly 24 hours after she had been taken off a respirator. She was 68.

DALLAS — In what was their final exchange Friday afternoon, Shallisa Alexander assured her mother, renowned blues singer Ruby Wilson, that she’d be okay.

“I’m okay for the most part,” Alexander said during a telephone interview from Memphis. “I’m okay.”

Having described the past few days as “stressful and overwhelming,” Alexander, along with her three siblings, were left to reflect on their mother’s well-publicized legacy moments after Wilson had died at Methodist South Hospital.

She was 68.

Having spent several days in a coma, Wilson expired at 1:10 p.m. Friday, nearly 24 hours after she had been taken off a respirator.

“She had been off the respirator since 1:30 p.m. Thursday,” Alexander said. “She almost made it to 1:30 today.”

BEALE STREET LEGEND --- Born on February 29, 1948 in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, Wilson relocated to Memphis and started her professional singing career when she was 16 old and would later become widely known as the “Queen of Beale Street,” arguably one of Memphis’ major tourist attractions.

BEALE STREET LEGENDBorn on February 29, 1948 in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, Wilson relocated to Memphis and started her professional singing career when she was 16 old and would later become widely known as the “Queen of Beale Street,” arguably one of Memphis’ major tourist attractions.

Still, Alexander, who seemed in high spirits approximately two hours after Wilson’s passing, admittedly was happy of the way her mother had gone about taking her last breath.

“She went out Ruby style,” Alexander said. “She went out in her own way, in her own timing. Her hands were not forced. She left here in her leap year.”

Born on February 29, 1948 in nearby Fort Worth, Texas, Wilson relocated to Memphis and started her professional singing career when she was 16. She would later become widely known as the “Queen of Beale Street,” arguably one of Memphis’ major tourist attractions.

For years, Wilson, who was the goddaughter to late fellow musician B. B. King, had been one of the house staples at B.B. King’s Blues Club in downtown Memphis.

To her credit, her celebrity was heightened, in large part because of her global impact to the music world.

“When I look back on her legacy, it’s one that can’t be copied,” Alexander said. “She’s been all over the world. She’s been to Europe, Beijing, New Zealand, Germany, and she’s been on countless cruises. And I’ve never been on a cruise.”

Wilson’s final public appearance was on August 3 at B. B. King’s.

MOUNT RUSHMORE OF BEALE --- For years, Wilson, who was the goddaughter to late fellow musician B. B. King (center), had been one of the house staples at B.B. King’s Blues Club in downtown Memphis. Generally, her celebrity was heightened, in large part because of her global impact to the music world.

MOUNT RUSHMORE OF BEALEFor years, Wilson, who was the goddaughter to late fellow musician B. B. King (center), had been one of the house staples at B.B. King’s Blues Club in downtown Memphis. Generally, her celebrity was heightened, in large part because of her global impact to the music world.

Arguably one of the most decorated blues singers ever to perform in the heart of downtown Memphis, Wilson had a global impact in the entertainment industry, considering she had recorded more than ten albums and performed with other artists, most notably Isaac Hayes and Ray Charles, among others.

In addition, she assumed roles in several movies, including The Chamber, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Cookie’s Fortune, and Black Snake Moan, and her music was included in several of their soundtracks.

Consequently, Wilson was also one of the blues musicians included in the documentary film Delta Rising, alongside other recording artists such as Willie Nelson, Chris Cotton, and Morgan Freeman.

LASTING MEMORIES --- “She went out Ruby style,” Shallisa Alexander said of her mother's passing on Friday. “She went out in her own way, in her own timing. Her hands were not forced. She left here in her leap year.”

LASTING MEMORIES“She went out Ruby style,” Shallisa Alexander said of her mother’s passing on Friday. “She went out in her own way, in her own timing. Her hands were not forced. She left here in her leap year.”

She performed at the White House, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and many other prominent venues around the world.

Also, she was the beneficiary of an array of accolades, most notably having been honored with the Memphis Sound Award For Best Entertainer, the Authentic Beale Street Musician Award, and a Supporter’s Award from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A longtime member of the Memphis-Shelby County Film And Tape Commission, Wilson was inducted into the African American Hall of Fame.

Moments before her passing, Alexander sensed the time had come to bid her mother one last goodbye.

“Before the (doctors) called it, he checked her vitals first,” Alexander said. “So when he left out the room, I said, ‘Mama, go home.’ I told her to stop stressing and let it go. And she let it go, and I told her to kiss my big mama and my paw paw, which were her mother and father.”

Funeral arrangements for Wilson are incomplete.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nAndre Johnson is the publisher and senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter for The Memphis Commercial Appeal, Johnson 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Smooth Steppers Of Memphis impacting Orange Mound, now savoring a national presence

Memphians Patrick Moore and his wife, Rose, are steppin’ up their game.

They are steppin’ away from the old and steppin’ into the new season for which God has blessed them.

13932809_1575224012492396_5953668218517625502_nThey are diligently steppin’ away from the negativity that continues to plague and cripple the Bluff City and steppin’ up in terms seeking vital ways to progress arguably one of the well-known and prominent major metropolitan establishments in America.

Talk about collectively steppin’ up in rather amazing, dazzling fashion.

MEMPHIS MADE --- A Memphis Melrose graduate who, during his days of roaming the campus of the famous Orange Mound institution, Patrick Moore was widely known for being a member of the school’s dance group called, “Dr. Fang & The Disco Gang.” Such an intriguing, last memory has greatly inspired him to start to organize the Smooth Steppers Of Memphis, a non-profit organization that promotes and teaches the art what the Moores describe as a “form of Chicago Steppin’” in the Memphis community.

MEMPHIS MADEA Memphis Melrose graduate who, during his days of roaming the campus of the famous Orange Mound institution, Patrick Moore was widely known for being a member of the school’s dance group called, “Dr. Fang & The Disco Gang.” Such an intriguing, last memory has greatly inspired him to start to organize the Smooth Steppers Of Memphis, a non-profit organization that promotes and teaches the art what the Moores describe as a “form of Chicago Steppin’” in the Memphis community.

A Memphis Melrose graduate who, during his days of roaming the campus of the famous Orange Mound institution, Patrick Moore was widely known for being a member of the school’s dance group called, “Dr. Fang & The Disco Gang.”

Such an intriguing, last memory has greatly inspired him to start to organize the Smooth Steppers Of Memphis, a non-profit organization that promotes and teaches the art what the Moores describe as a “form of Chicago Steppin’” in the Memphis community.

Most importantly, Smooth Steppers Of Memphis routinely engages in an assortment of charitable events, most notably their annual Back To School Supply Drive that customarily takes place at the Orange Mound Community Center.

“We also sponsor kids for summer camp at the Orange mound community center,” Rose Moore told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week.

HEART OF ROSES --- Most importantly, Smooth Steppers Of Memphis routinely engages in an assortment of charitable events, most notably their annual Back To School Supply Drive that customarily takes place at the Orange Mound Community Center. “We also sponsor kids for summer camp at the Orange mound community center,” Rose Moore told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week.

HEART OF ROSESMost importantly, Smooth Steppers Of Memphis routinely engages in an assortment of charitable events, most notably their annual Back To School Supply Drive that customarily takes place at the Orange Mound Community Center.
“We also sponsor kids for summer camp at the Orange mound community center,” Rose Moore told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview earlier this week.

According to Patrick Moore, a longtime ambassador for the Orange Mound community, that he’s managed to organize a notable, enriched non-profit organization is a trend about which he had envisioned for some time.

What’s mostly intriguing is that his long-awaited vision, coupled with the immense support of his wife — whose the group’s president — is that it is starting to come full circle, thus have a vital impact in one of Memphis’ most popular districts.

13903396_1575224219159042_4502806970120994619_n“My competitive nature is what drives me to succeed in any of my endeavors,” said Patrick Moore, explaining his mission for starting his organization. “When I became involved in Chicago steppin,’ I had a vision of spreading this form (of dance) throughout the Memphis community with the help of my loving wife and the help of many others. My vision is coming to fruition.”

So much, in fact, that the Smooth Steppers Of Memphis are currently comprised of more than 50 students, many of whom are responsible for hosting an annual event in which 300 steppers from around the nation unite and partake in what the Moore deems “(solid) support our organization.”

According to the Moores, there are other organizations in the Memphis metropolitan area that also share in similar goals and ambitions and visions, particularly as it pertains to these unique styles of dancing.

Er…steppin’.

HE SAID IT --- “My competitive nature is what drives me to succeed in any of my endeavors,” said Patrick Moore, explaining his mission for starting his organization. “When I became involved in Chicago steppin,’ I had a vision of spreading this form (of dance) throughout the Memphis community with the help of my loving wife and the help of many others. My vision is coming to fruition.”

HE SAID IT“My competitive nature is what drives me to succeed in any of my endeavors,” said Patrick Moore, explaining his mission for starting his organization. “When I became involved in Chicago steppin,’ I had a vision of spreading this form (of dance) throughout the Memphis community with the help of my loving wife and the help of many others. My vision is coming to fruition.”

“What I like most about the dance is the camaraderie of both local and national steppin’ communities,” Rose Moore said. “We enjoy fellowshipping with steppers from different backgrounds and professions in the steppin community. You feel like you are a part of one big family

Said Patrick Moore: “The majority of the local steppin’ community is comprised of 40 (years of age) and older; however, we are pleased to say there is a growing trend of younger students joining the steppin’ community. We are excited to see the younger generation embrace this dance as it teaches respect and chivalry. Our love of this dance has taken us many places.”

Indeed it has.

The Smooth Steppers Of Memphis have made appearances in places such as the mecca of the dance, which is Chicago, not to mention Miami, Atlanta Dallas, St. Louis, Birmingham, Orlando, Nashville, Indiana, and Little Rock, among others sites.

“Our personal mission is to give back to the community and offer a different art form of dance,” Patrick Moore said.

To their credit, they are doing just that.

Thanks in large part to he and his “loving” wife joining forces to steppin’ up their game.

 

SSOM COMMITTE MEMBERS:

Sharon Richardson

Shirley Floyd

Latasha Ingram

Andria Hawkins

Rita Ayers

Joe Byrd

John Grice

Ardell & Earnestine Riser

Doris Matthews

Vicki Hayes

Yolanda Holley

Jimmy Miller

Johnnie & Barbara Rainey

 

MORE ABOUT SMOOTH STEPPERS OF MEMPHIS

Classes are free and held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Orange Mound Community Center located at 2590 Park Avenue; to join, sign up at: www.memphissteppin.com.

UPCOMING EVENT: Tailgating leading to the annual Southern Heritage Classic Football Game (September 10).

EVERY 2ND SATURDAY OF THE MONTH: Day Party at Classic Soulz from 1-6 p.m.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS: DECEMBER 9-10. 

TH ANNUAL STEPPIN N PARADISE: JULY 7-9, 2017.



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.

Professional massage therapist and dance choreographer Keith Clark thriving in Dallas/Fort Worth area

DALLAS — Keith Clark II was asked earlier this week to recall his past history as an athlete.

After pausing momentarily, the usual outspoken, yet modest Clark responded with the proverbial “Laughing Out Loud.”

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one's mind, body and emotions.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTCurrently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Gary, Indiana native Keith Clark II is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy. By and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions. (Photo by B. Ellis Photography) 

“I (participated in) track (and field) on and off, then made the decision to dance,” Clark told longtime journalist during an exclusive interview “(LOL)…I didn’t complete one full season in track. (SMH)….”

While Clark’s past athletic tenure was rather short-lived, the Gary, Indiana native’s disposition was such that he steadfastly devised ways to broaden his horizon, embraced new challenges, thus took advantage of golden opportunities to excel.

In a nutshell, he’s widely known amongst his peers as one who customarily goes above and beyond to not just create a carefree lifestyle for himself but, most importantly, for those with whom he frequently crosses paths.

That, after all, practically sums up why Clark has delved off into the world of entrepreneurialship.

Currently a resident of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, Clark is a professional Dancer/Instructor/Choreographer as well a Licensed Massage Therapist for a business venture he has deemed Revivify Massage Therapy.

mmmmBy and large, the 41-year-old Clark oversees a business called Keith Clark Collection (or KCC), which is an all natural line of skin care and aromatherapy “goodies” to assist in healing one’s mind, body and emotions.

“The reason I chose track is because it is a very individualized sport, where even though you are a team, ultimately your race is on your race,” said Clark, explaining the correlation between the competitive drive of sports and starting a business. “That same dedication, focus, individualism, grit, sweat and determination are needed when you decide to become an entrepreneur and/or step out on your own to start a business.”

Follow Keith on Social Media: Revivify on Facebook/renewrestorerecharge
Website: www.revivify.massagetherapy.com.
Follow KCC on Facebook & Instagram: @keithclarkcollection
Website: www.k2c.bigcartel.com.

If nothing else, Clark undoubtedly possesses the skills and durability, particularly as it pertains to running the business ventures about which he oversees.

aaaFor starters, he’s been diligently involved in dancing, teaching, choreographing for more than three decades and has become an efficient masseuse for the past 18 years (but has been officially licensed for six years.

“When I decided to leave the corporate world,” said Clark, a Purdue University graduate, “KCC about five years old…three years of trial and era and research, but actively selling for years.”

Moreover, Clark would be the first to admit that being a longtime massage therapist has its distinct advantages, of sorts.

yyy“Being a massage therapist, I see firsthand a lot of clients that are medicated and, believe it or not, a lot of these synthetic medications actually hinder the body from naturally healing itself,” Clark explained. “This is where KCC comes into play. As I began to research the benefits of aromatherapy via essential oils and natural alternatives to combat skin issues that some of my clients had, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, and warts. Or emotional issues such as anxiety, depression, grief. And physical issues such as headaches, migraines, digestive, sinus, respiratory and circulation. So I started creating products that had proven results which led to my clients wanting to purchase what assisted in “healing” them. After two years of coaxing, sampling on friends and colleagues, KCC came to be.”

yyyyyyThe rest, as they say, is history.

Not only is it safe to assume that Clark is well-rounded and quite knowledgeable about his products but, to his credit, his business venture is starting to enhance the lives of his clients.

So much for trial and era.

eee“I love the fact that my very active background, from wanting to be a stunt man to running track to dancing has allowed me to get to know the ultimate piece of machinery, (which is) the human body,” Clark said. “This allows me to pin point the mechanical breakdown of a person’s musculature and try to assist clients in maintaining their body to perform daily activities. And for my athletic clients, optimizing their body to compete at higher levels.

zzzzMore than anything, Clark acknowledges, it is because of his unyielding faith that has elevated his business mightily.

“I am a believer in Christ,” Clark said. “When you know whose you are and why you are, your gifts and talents will make room for you. When one realizes their purpose in this life, you can’t help but to be obedient to the calling on your life — loving, sharing, and helping our fellow man/woman are imperative.”

Spoken like a true, progressive businessman.



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.

Angela Nelson Parks emerging as a well-established Mid-South-area event planner, businesswoman

GOD'S LEADING LADY --- By and large, that Angela Nelson Parks has gone to great lengths to fulfill her purpose, thus walk in her divine purpose with God, her Helper, leading the way, is something about has greatly fueled her desire to esteem and others to maximize their fullest potential. To her credit, Parks has become an ambassador, of sorts, in her community, in large part because of her stern commitment to coaching and mentoring The West Tennessee Elite Diesels Cheerleaders.

GOD’S LEADING LADYBy and large, that Angela Nelson Parks has gone to great lengths to fulfill her purpose, thus walk in her divine purpose with God, her Helper, leading the way, is something about has greatly fueled her desire to esteem and others to maximize their fullest potential. To her credit, Parks has become an ambassador, of sorts, in her community, in large part because of her stern commitment to coaching and mentoring The West Tennessee Elite Diesels Cheerleaders.

In case you don’t know her, Angela Renee Nelson Parks would like to introduce herself.

For starters, Parks is a 46-year-old native of Fort  Wayne, Indiana.

A longtime and current resident of Jackson, Tennessee, Parks is a graduate of Jackson Central Merry High School and a former enrollee of nearby Jackson State Community College.

Having been married for 25 years to her “high school sweetheart,” she is the proud mother of three who customarily shares in and basks in the glory of being the grandmother to seven.

It is, by all accounts, because of her fond admiration, coupled with her unyielding compassion for youths that have greatly enabled her to organize Angela’s Angels Childcare, a longstanding business that has become a fixture in Madison County.

Aside from finding her niche and passion for young people, Parks is also widely known for establishing One And The Same Event Planning, an up-and-coming venture that routinely affords Parks with the opportunity to create what she describes as “lasting memories” for clients throughout West Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

And beyond, of course.

aaaaaa“That is why I so enjoy specializing in children Birthday Extravaganzas,” Parks told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Monday. “I have an upcoming event this Saturday, a baby shower, with the ‘Welcome Little Slugger’ baseball theme.”

nnnnBy and large, that Parks has gone to great lengths to fulfill her purpose, thus walk in her divine purpose with God, her Helper, leading the way, is something about has greatly fueled her desire to esteem and others to maximize their fullest potential.

FOLLOW ANGELA ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook: One and The Same Event Planning~ The Business~ Integrity~ Just Networking Girls~ The Glam`Ma~ Diesel Cheer~West Tennessee Elite Diesels Football

TEN-NE-SEE HER SUCCESS --- It is, by all accounts, because of her fond admiration, coupled with her unyielding compassion for youths that have greatly enabled her to organize Angela's Angels Childcare, a longstanding business that has become a fixture in Madison County. Aside from finding her niche and passion for young people, Parks is also widely known for establishing One And The Same Event Planning, an up-and-coming venture that routinely affords Parks with the opportunity to create what she describes as “lasting memories” for clients throughout West Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

TEN-NE-SEE HER SUCCESSIt is, by all accounts, because of her fond admiration, coupled with her unyielding compassion for youths that have greatly enabled her to organize Angela’s Angels Childcare, a longstanding business that has become a fixture in Madison County.
Aside from finding her niche and passion for young people, Parks is also widely known for establishing One And The Same Event Planning, an up-and-coming venture that routinely affords Parks with the opportunity to create what she describes as “lasting memories” for clients throughout West Tennessee and the surrounding areas.

To her credit, Parks has become an ambassador, of sorts, in her community, in large part because of her stern commitment to coaching and mentoring The West Tennessee Elite Diesels Cheerleaders. In addition, she is the founder of Butterflies And Bookworms, a rising, progressive book club for girls ranging in ages three-to-12.

“I want to inspire others because it is not always easy to feel confident,” said Parks, further explaining her mission for emerging as the multitalented local ambassador for which she widely known. “But you can take some great advice from some amazing and inspiring women and govern yourself accordingly.”

Arguably her greatest attribute, she acknowledges, is helping others familiarize themselves, thus take the essential steps as it pertains to getting a leg up on career advancement.

“(I enjoy) helping other women gain the edge in their daily careers and lifestyle,” Parks said. “Many women tend to forget their worth. Trust me, this applies to me as well. We give so much and get so little, but when you are the center of your power, you will start to shine. Inside and out, you (are not to) allow yourself to become dull or dim. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I did know the type of woman I wanted to become.” Diane Von Turstenberg quoted that.”

LISTEN TO THIS --- “I want to inspire others because it is not always easy to feel confident,” said Parks, further explaining her mission for emerging as the multitalented local ambassador for which she widely known. “But you can take some great advice from some amazing and inspiring women and govern yourself accordingly.”

LISTEN TO THIS“I want to inspire others because it is not always easy to feel confident,” said Parks, further explaining her mission for emerging as the multitalented local ambassador for which she widely known. “But you can take some great advice from some amazing and inspiring women and govern yourself accordingly.”

As for her flourishing event planning business, it was one she decided to establish, courtesy of having hosted an event for her grandchildren called planning parties for my “Glamkids.”

Today, event planning has become a way of life, of sorts, for this thriving, progressive woman of color.

“It is imperative to inspire others,” Parks said. “When you feel true passion for what you do, you instinctively find ways to nurture it and give it 100 percent. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Talk about a “Glam”-orous introduction.



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