Dallas native D’Lisa McBride aiming to take her D.M. Language Consulting Firm to a whole new level

DALLAS — There’s no other way to put it.

D’Lisa McBride just loves to compete.

Need more proof?

lalallls“I’m a competitive person by nature,” McBride told longtime journalist during an exclusive interview on Thursday. “I want to be successful at anything I do, even when it comes to helping people.”

Given her immense track resume as an accomplished educator in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, it’s safe to assume that McBride’s competitive drive to excel and maximize her potential have been nothing short of impressive.

A native of the historic Oak Cliff district of Dallas, McBride, to her credit, has gone to great lengths to give back to her community, oftentimes in ways that appeared rather foreign to many.

Literally, at that.

That’s because along with juggling a well-established career in the education sector, McBride has delved off into the world of entrepreneurship as owner and chief operating officer of D.M. Language Consulting Firm.

eeeAccording to McBride, 34, her primary mission for establishing such a unique, intriguing venture is to strategically devise ways to bridge the communication gap in a lofty attempt to increase workforce effectiveness.

“I want to help those struggling to advance in their careers due to language barriers,” McBride said.

That’s not the only benefits about which this newly-erected business offers.

“It takes people places they never thought they could go,” McBride acknowledged. “I help adults that feel they are too old to learn a foreign language, and I help them communicate effectively with people who speak another language.”

Generally, D. M. Language Consulting is geared largely to accommodate groups of individuals ranging in ages 18 and up, although McBride emphasized that she customarily works with children as young as seven or eight years of age.

To her credit, McBride’s distinct body of work has afforded her such opportunities to put her immense skills on display in various cities throughout Texas.

“I’ve met and gotten to know people from all over Latin America and Vietnam,” said McBride, who’s also quite efficient with regards to her learning to speak Vietnamese, Russian, and German as ways to greatly expand her business.

FOLLOW D’LISA MCBRIDE: ON THE WEBwww.dmlanguageconsulting.comTWITTER: @dmlfirmINSTAGRAM: dmlanguageconsulting.

When asked what is her personal mission for doing work of this magnitude, McBride, a Texas Tech University graduate by way of Dallas’ Bishop Dunne High School, said, “Nelson Mandela once said, ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.’ I watch people’s demeanor change once I ask for a manicure or pedicure in Vietnamese. I go from being treated like another customer to a friend. I want to help people by touching their hearts while helping them touch others.”

bbBy and large, McBride was inspired to start her business after noticing how a number of her colleagues had been struggling with language barriers and, of course, as she tells it, when “all those whose eyes light up when I speak their native language,” she said.

Speaking multiple languages isn’t new to McBride, a nine-year veteran educator. She’s been heavily involved in such a venture for the past 10 years, she said.

Given the birth of her newly-established business, it’s safe to say she doesn’t plan to slow down anytime soon.

Which, after all, isn’t a bad thing.

“More people are capable (of being successful) than they know or allow themselves to be,” McBride said.

There’s no other way to put it.

 

For more information about D. M. Language Consulting, send email to D’Lisa McBride at: Dmlconsulting16@icloud.com. Also, check out her Facebook business page at: https://www.facebook.com/dmlanguageconsulting/.



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

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

Is Antonio Brown’s PT’s Fried Chicken And More Dallas/Fort Worth’s best kept secret?

DALLAS — At approximately 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, in what was a mostly empty Food Court area of the Southwest Center Mall in South Dallas, Antonio Brown sat in a chair adjacent to the newly-erected business he owns and eventually was brought to smiles.

jjjjHeck, he had every reason to grin.

“Failure is not an option,” Brown said time and again as he continued to exhibit his customary signature smile.

To get a full understanding of why Brown, a native of Dallas, deemed it necessary to smile as often as he can nowadays, look no further than the grandest of hurdles about which he had to clear in recent months.

mmmmiiiOwner of PT’s Fried Chicken And More, Brown would be the first to tell you that he’s undoubtedly a blessed man, one whom, fortunately for him, had to overcome arguably the greatest odds of his young life.

Looking back, all he can do is smile and gaze into the heavens as he did Tuesday night from a mostly empty Food Court area and send up a smile to his Creator, whom he admittedly thanks daily.

“It sent my faith through the roof,” Brown told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “Man, I got back in church. It’s been alright ever since.”

yyyBrown is alluding in large part to the near shutdown of his original PT’s Fried Chicken And More location at 4131 North Westmoreland in West Dallas.

An establishment that is housed in the Mr. Food Market, Brown nearly went out of business because of constant poor revenue of a business that essentially had gone on life support.

aaaaBut what Brown subsequently learned while enduring arguably his biggest setback in recent memory is that God was strategically positioning him for a comeback, a miraculous, memorable, tear-jerking comeback for the ages.

“We almost went under,” Brown said with a straight face, but with a slight grin.

Then came arguably the much-anticipated breakthrough Brown had so desperately sought for someone who had spent two decades working his way up to entrepreneurship.

Several staffers at the nearby Bank of New York Mellon had decided to try Brown’s delectable wings, in large part because they were pressed for time during their lunch break.

Their abbreviated break, as it turned out, proved to provide PT’s Fried Chicken And More the economic break it needed to become noticed throughout Dallas’ massive Metroplex.

“Well I work for BNY Mellon (Bank of New York Mellon) and, just little over one year ago, a couple of co-workers and myself stumbled over the best chicken ever,” Sheniquia Woods explained. “We actually were on our lunch (break) and headed to another restaurant that was located in the same shopping center as PT’s only to find out the restaurant had moved. And being that we only had 25 more minutes on lunch, we saw the sign PT’s chicken. Well, skeptical as we all were, we decided to give it a try.”

The rest, as they say, is history.

To Brown’s credit, that essentially marked the revitalization of a wings and things joint that is starting to become a fixture in the DFW.

“I still remember what I ordered… a three-piece wing basket,” Woods said. “Now when I tell you that was the best chicken, it was. My co-workers and I bragged on PT’s all the way back to work and started telling everyone.”

vvvvvNow with two locations, Brown said plans are in the works for another establishment.

“I already have a vision for the next location, but I don’t know where,” Brown said.

Having been a business owner since February 2014, Brown said his bend-but-don’t break faith has increased mightily because he never, ever gave up even when things surrounding his business had taken a turn for the worse.

Even during those times when he literally gave away free food in an attempt to get people to buy into his vision.

Talk about paying it forward.

“Business is booming,” Brown said of his new location that has been in operations since July 5. “The first month I thought was good. The second month was better. They say it’s the best chicken around. Nobody knew about us in West Dallas.”

What a difference a few months have made.


 

PT’S FRIED CHICKEN AND MORE CREW (All of whom are from Dallas, Texas)

Cedric King

Wendel Medlock

Chelsea Woods

Big Jay

Freddy Brown

Antonio Brown, Jr.

Tangela Bozeman

Leoshia Jackson

Bruce Jones

Rodney Smith 



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

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

Accomplished author and life coach Latifah Hameen defies toughest of odds, impacts lives through her books and speeches

aaDALLAS — Overcomer.

Overachiever.

Resilient.

Assertive.

Poised.

By and large, these are just a few terms to describe the kind of person Latifah Ameenah Hameen in recent years.

bbbA native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Hameen, like all of us, have endured her share of heartaches, heartbreaks, hang-ups, letdowns, disappointments…the list goes on and all.

But just as God’s manual reminds us, according to Romans 8:37, Hameen is one who, to her credit, has proven time and again that she’s more than a conqueror through Him Who loves us.

In fact, for someone who essentially has used life’s toughest of hurdles and obstacles as a life-changing platform, of sorts, as it pertains to maximizing her potential and exemplifying unwavering faith, Hameen ultimately persevered in such a way that she has appropriately evolved unlike never before — to the point at which she is walking in her destiny and the divine purpose for which God has created her.

Even at the tender age of 60, Hameen, who currently resides in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, is a Certified Life and Relationship Coach, a Certified Self-Talk Trainer, Educator, as well as an a poet and public speaker.

As if that’s not enough to turn heads, Hameen is an accomplished author, considering she’s been afforded the golden opportunity of having composed an unprecedented six books.

Unprecedented in that Hameen has greatly defied the greatest of odds.

All of which — you guessed it — sums up why she is deemed a person who’s an:

Overcomer.

Overachiever.

Resilient.

Assertive.

Poised.

CHECK OUT LATIFAH’S WORK: https://www.amazon.com/Daring-Moves-Unhealthy-Creating-Relationships/dp/1535273305

41hijrj5fl-_sx331_bo1204203200_“My personal mission in doing this work is giving back to the community,” Hameen, during a recent exclusive interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson, said of her assortment of professional roles. “It’s (about) sharing my story of coming from abuse and being broken to freedom, triumph and rebuilding my life. I want others to see they can come from these struggles and still be successful in reaching their potential, passion and desired goals.”

By all accounts, Hameen’s passion for overcoming seemingly disheartening obstacles is just as prevalent and detailed in her latest book entitled, “Daring Moves: From Unhealthy Fears to Creating Healthy Relationship.”

cccReleased officially on August 26, 2016, according to Amazon.com, “Daring Moves: From Unhealthy Fears to Creating Healthy Relationship” will enlighten readers, particularly with regards to getting an understanding of inter-generational abuse and how shame plays a crucial role in it.

In addition, readers will witness Hameen’s daring moves and triumphs over abuse, she explains.

“I share the importance of values in the partner selection along with how they relate to the rules of life,” Hameen added. “I assist you in identifying unhealthy or abusive relationships and, in addition, provide strategies for forming and maintaining healthy relationship.”

That’s not she does in this dazzling, attention-grabbing project.

“I bring home the meaning of self-love, which is the first thing you strengthen, coupled with being happy with yourself,” Hameen explained. “My purpose in writing ‘Daring Moves’ is for you to walk away with knowledge on how you can come from unhealthy fears to creating healthy relationships and realize they can be rewarding, but require hard work, dedication and commitment to make them successful.”

LET’S KEEP TRACK OF LATIFAH: Email: latifah@powerfulchoicesnow.com www.powerfulchoicesnow.com.

As Hameen dauntlessly explained, there is a vital reason as to why she shares such stories and testimonials through her speeches and books.

“I have transformed my life from being steeped into domestic abuse for over 20 years,” Hameen explained. “In 2006, I realized how traumatized I was and decided to look at my life and see how abuse had taken over the greater part of it.”

All of which ultimately gave way to her writing her I then I wrote my first book entitled, “Suffering in Silence: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse.”

ppppUpon the release of her first book, she organized her non-profit organization called, “Healthy Positive Choices,” approximately a year later.
Amongst the reasons is that Hameen wanted to use her organization as a “preventative tool” to educate teens and adults on domestic violence awareness.

“I continued to transform myself and for the next nine years,” Hameen said.

That eventually led to her having produced five more books, all of which are available for purchase at Amazon.com.

“Once I broke the cycle of abuse, it wasn’t over for me,” Hameen said. “I had my good and bad days working on myself for many years to become healthy and form healthy relationships.

zz“I know what it takes to form healthy relationships and I learn so much more each and every day about myself,” Hameen added. “I will continue to learn and teach other about positive, healthy relationships.”

Spoken like a true Overcomer.

Not to mention an inspiring woman of compassion who’s also described as:

Resilient.

Assertive.

Poised.



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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rest, as they say, is history.

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

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

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

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

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

Early and often.



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

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

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

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

She sure is.

And no one can tell her differently.

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

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

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

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

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

Yep, you’ve read that correctly.

Fried collard greens.

And boy, are they delicious.

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

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

That’s not all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And no one can tell her differently.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yep, you read it correctly.

This brilliantly clever woman of color sure can sang.

Need more proof?

Go and buy this 10-hit album, already.

After all, we can use a little more Favor.

Pun intended, of course.

 

“My Life” is now available for download on:

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s not all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And beyond.

Talk about a work of art (pun intended).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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

Things such as:

A life coach, of sorts.

An encourager.

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

A woman of compassion.

An entrepreneur.

Ahhhhh…now we’re on to something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time and time again.

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

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

FOLLOW TERRI, WILL Y’ALL? 

 

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

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

She hasn’t looked back since.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a difference a year has made.



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

 

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

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

Literally.

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

For starters, Gaines is widely known as a:

Parent.

Educator.

Instructional Aide.

Pastor.

Visionary.

Author.

Mother.

Actress.

Public Speaker.

Poet.

Radio Host.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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