Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn has ‘unfinished’ business heading into senior campaign

VALLEY HOOP DREAMS --- In this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

VALLEY HOOP DREAMSIn this, his upcoming senior season for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vacha Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout. Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level. (Photos courtesy of MVSU Athletics)

When asked on Tuesday how would he assess his junior campaign, Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn was forthright and straight to the point.

By and large, he was only keeping it real.

In fact, he fielded the question as if he expected it.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn told Sports Journalist Andre Johnson.

That, after all, means one vital thing, as far as Vaughn is concerned.

In this, his upcoming season senior for the Delta Devils of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), Vaughn figures to finally manufacture the breakthrough season that will give way to greater opportunities for the former Memphis Mitchell High standout.

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Mississippi Valley State swingman Vacha Vaughn

Greater as in being afforded the luxury of putting his immense skills on display at the professional level.

“I spent my summer working a summer job and preparing for senior year of basketball,” Vaughn said.

All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

For starters, Vaughn is coming off of what was a subpar junior campaign, although he made the necessary adjustments prior to last season that enabled him to enjoy valuable minutes.

NOT DONE YET --- All things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

NOT DONE YETAll things considered, Vaughn would be the first to tell you that brushing up on his mechanics was essential as he readies for a pivotal final year of college eligibility for an MVSU team that limped to an 8-27 finished last season, including a 0-13 mark on the road in non-conference play.

Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Add to the fact that he averaged a compelling 20.2 minutes of action and was remarkably aggressive on the boards — he averaged a career-high 4.4 rebounds — and it’s no wonder Vaughn is clinging to lofty aspirations of beefing up his stock as the Delta Devils prepare to open camp in approximately one month.

He registered a career-high of 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in 25 minutes last year in a losing effort against Tennessee Tech.

“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

Which, to Vaughn’s credit, is his primary focus heading into his final season of collegiate ball.

KEY CONTRIBUTOR --- Of MVSU’s 35 games, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

KEY CONTRIBUTOROf MVSU’s 35 games last year, the 6-foot-4 Vaughn made a career-best 34 appearances, averaging 3.9 points while making nearly 68 percent of his field goals.

Having been the catalyst of a tradition-rich Mitchell program that has emerged as a Shelby-Metro-area dynasty with three consecutive state championships, the 22-year-old Vaughn chose MVSU after having garnered offers from Lane College, Jacksonville University, and Victory University during his stellar prep stint in the basketball-crazed Bluff City.

Now, as he looks ahead with great expectancy to what figures to a long awaited coming-out-party, of sorts, this year for MVSU, he knows full well he’ll have at his disposal a golden opportunity to excel — and make a favorable impression upon pro scouts — for a Delta Devil squad that will aiming to atone for last year’s disastrous finish.

Not only is Vaughn confident he will be as good as advertised as a senior, but his mother, Alesia Franklin, will undoubtedly make regular trips to Itta Bena, Mississippi to watch her son perform in what figures to be a banner season.

“The sky is the limit for my son because he works very hard at what he does,” Franklin said. “He first began playing basketball at Chickasaw Middle but always (played it) as a kid. College basketball is so important for him because it is fun and he loves to play the sport.”

Not only that, someone who’s extremely close to Vaughn is monitoring him closely.

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID --- “I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

NOT SATISFIED, HE SAID“I am very hard-working,” Vaughn said of his offseason workouts. “I love being in the gym and around basketball. Every day, there is always room for improvement.”

“He’s a good role model because his little brother looks up to him and some of the other kids in the neighborhood,” Franklin said. “And the sport keeps him physically fit and it allows him to develop skills, strategies, and communication with others that plays the same sport. I would like to add that anything is possible with God who strengthens us.”

All of which generally explains why the 2016-17 season is arguably the most important of Vaughn’s basketball career.

All of which virtually explains why he isn’t merely satisfied at this stage in his college hoops career.

“Unfinished,” Vaughn said.

With a straight face.



 

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Former Memphis-area educator Rekeshia Hudson takes brave leap of faith into entrepreneurship

“The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.” (Deuteronomy 28:12)

 

hhhhJust days ago, Rekeshia Hudson was asked to assess why the above Biblical passage undoubtedly is her favorite.

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.

“This passage impacts my life daily, because it is a promise from the Lord,” Hudson told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He keeps His promises.”

From the time she recalled like yesterday when she roamed the campus of tradition-rich Memphis Whitehaven High, to when she worked earnestly toward pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Memphis, to when she steadfastly persevered until she possessed her much-anticipated Master’s of Education degree from nearby Freed Hardeman University, Hudson can dauntlessly attest that God has kept His promises.

In fact, given the immense strides she’s made over the years, it’s safe to assume that God not only delivered on His emphatic, life-changing pledges but, for Hudson, He’s shown her daily the calling about which He’s intentionally given her.

Now, unlike never before, it’s safe to assume that she’s not only basking in the glory and splendor of these promises but, above all, she’s walking diligently in her divine purpose.

“I have a heart for children,” Hudson explained. “I have a love for helping. I believe I can change the world, one child at a time.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that — with God, her Helper, leading the way.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVOR --- A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner. A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship. As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

AMAZING GRACE AND FAVORA native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Rekeshia Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.
A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurialship.
As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

A native Memphian and a married mother of two adorable daughters (Chance Imani and Rylee Grace), Hudson is a former Memphis-area educator and a current Mid-South area business owner.

A notable education tenure in which she served Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade students, as well as assumed the role as an elementary school counselor in what she describes as an “urban setting,” Hudson has appropriately shifted her focus to entrepreneurship.

As she tells it, such a lofty transition, by all accounts, was a colossal leap of faith, one about which she’s thoroughly convinced was orchestrated by Almighty God from the outset.

Never mind that she’s relatively new to all of this.

After all, with God, all things are possible because, if Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless times.

He keeps His promises.

“God is awesome and I am excited about the possibilities of what is to come,” said Hudson, explaining the significance of why she had to obey the voice of God and change careers. “I am thankful that I can take my daughter back and forth to school without stressing to get to work on two wheels. I am thankful that I can volunteer at my daughter’s school. I am blessed to wake up in the morning excited about going to do what I absolutely love, helping middle income families plan their finances. I am glad I jumped.”

Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.

“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her high school sweetheart and husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

Not to mention arguably the best coworkers with whom she’s ever crossed paths.

“His partnership is further confirmation from God that it was more than permissible to leap and change our lives so that we can be free from a boss, love God more through the ministry of generosity, spend time with our girls, date one another and help other families to achieve their financial goals,” Rekeshia Hudson said. “My husband keeps me focused. I am grateful for my forever friend.”

LOVE BIRDS --- Fortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit. “My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

LOVE BIRDSFortunately for Hudson, she had arguably her grandest cheerleader, who pushed her to jump, thus take that long-awaited leap of faith both in the natural and spirit.
“My husband is that calming voice that reminds me that all is well,” said Hudson, acknowledging Cleothues Hudson, Jr., her husband of nine years. “He allows me to pour out of my soul what I envision. He is extremely supportive in business and in our personal life. He is very hands-on and very vocal.”

A little more than seven years removed from having suffered consecutive miscarriages — in October 2008 and April 2009 — for the Hudsons, it’s evident that God has surely allowed His countenance to shine upon them.

“We quickly learned how precious life is,” Rekeshia Hudson said of losing two sons to miscarriages. “This experience taught us the importance of togetherness. We have conquered many battles and entrepreneurship is definitely squeezing the potential from my husband and me.”

Now it’s on to bigger and better things, on to creating more lasting memories that, come to think of it, were apart of God’s plans all along.

Besides, if Rekeshia Hudson said it once, she’s said it countless time.

He keeps His promises.

“We realize if we can dream it, we can do it,” she said. “If we can think it, we can bring it to past. We are on another level with our thinking and with Christ, there is nothing impossible.”

As usual, she wasted little time paying homage to her Creator.



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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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Chisa Anderson’s 901 Strands enjoying continuous success since its inception

Chisa Anderson didn’t waste any time.

Months after graduating from Memphis Trezevant High School in 1998, Anderson consequently took her cosmetology talents straight to nearby New Wave Hair Academy.

CHASING GREATNESS --- After a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Chisa Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process. A native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions. Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

CHASING GREATNESSAfter a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Chisa Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process. A native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions. Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

Like many of her peers, Anderson had clung to lofty aspirations of not just occupying space in someone else’s salon, helping them live out their dreams, thus relinquishing the customary booth rent time and again.

Rather Anderson’s vision was far greater and bigger than that, regardless of how seemingly insurmountable or challenging it had become.

Make no mistake, Anderson, as far as she was concerned, wasn’t about to settle for just getting by, wasn’t merely about to harbor the play-it-safe mentality in this ever-so-competitive cosmetology industry.

THE FINISHED PRODUCT --- Fortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

THE FINISHED PRODUCTFortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

Because of the life-enhancing vision and divine purpose by which God has blessed her, Anderson has seemingly reached the pinnacle of a career that only keeps gets greater.

All because, well, she didn’t waste any time.

“I went straight to New Wave Hair Academy and completed my hours and received my State Board License in 2000,” Anderson told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “(I’ve had) my license 16 years now.”

Now after a little more than a decade-and-a-half, Anderson, 35, has witnessed God enlarge her territory, thus catapult her to a much-anticipated harvest season in the process.

aaA native of Mississippi, Anderson is owner and chief executive officer of 901 Strands Salon & Hair Extensions.

Located at 6880 Hillshire Drive, Suite 10 in Memphis, Anderson, to her credit, has appropriately emerged from stewardship in the cosmetology industry to her rightful place as ownership.

pppppppTalk about pure perseverance.

Fortunately for Anderson, who also studied Business and International Business at Southwest Tennessee Community College and Strayer University, respectively, she is finally reaping the benefits of her valiant, resilient efforts as a professional cosmetologist.

uuu“I took an international business course and was very intrigued in the foreign market,” Anderson said. Fast forward to years later, and I have a business where I work directly with foreign markets. Go figure.”

She didn’t waste any time.

That’s because along with Anderson’s solid clientele, 901 Strands also offers consumers as assortment of stylish hair extensions.

Pretty clever for a business that recently celebrated its official grand opening in mid-June.

TTTTYYYAs if things aren’t on the up-and-up enough, it’s safe to assume that Anderson’s has lured a solid, experienced staff of professional cosmetologists to help fortify 901 Strands’ mission.

Of her five styling stations, three of them have been taken, bringing her staff of hairstylists to four.

Still, more growth is on the horizon, Anderson said.

“I’m now about to hire a licensed natural nail manicurist,” Anderson said. “Someone offering natural healthy nail services with Shellac manicures and more. I need a specialist.

“The hair business is very competitive, especially the hair market,” Anderson continued. “Although it had been suggested to me on many occasions and I refused, it was finally a client that convinced me to get into selling hair. I avoided it because everyone was selling hair. I fell in love with Peruvian and went straight for that market. I’m so surprised at how well it’s doing.”

pppHer steadfast willingness to embrace change — particularly when it comes to hair extensions — has benefited her mightily.

All because — you guessed it — she didn’t waste any time.

CCCCC“I was determined to introduce more people to Peruvian (hair) since Brazilian was so dominating,” Anderson said. “Everyone was selling Brazilian, so my exact niche was not to sell Brazilian hair to clients. However, over time and after so many requests, I now keep a small stock of Brazilian for clients who just have to have Brazilian hair. But my number one top seller is Peruvian…the Peruvian Body Wave. It did so well I named it my ‘Signature Strands.’”

aasseeeAll things considered, for a new business owner who’s enjoying instant success, Anderson emphasized that the primary objective must remain the same.

That is, keeping customers happy is her No. 1 priority.

“The most I like about my business is making people look and feel pretty,” Anderson. “I think it’s that feeling of making others happy…just being able to create that feeling for my clients. After a long week and trying times, you can come to 901 Strands and escape and get your life.”

After that long, brutally hectic week, don’t even think of wasting any time.



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 aspiring songwriter Terrance Mitchell, Jr. enjoying success, impacting community

aasGrowing up, Terrance Mitchell, Jr. was always taught to…you know…keep it real.

Take, for instance, the intriguing dialogue that took place some time ago between Mitchell, Jr. and his mother, Tise Tate.

As Tate recalls so vividly, she posed a compelling question to which her son fielded as if he expected.

“I asked him, ‘Why do you call yourself, “exclusive?’” Tate told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He said, ‘Because there’s nobody like me.’ What can I say? He sometimes has that 15-year-old’s arrogance. But he always says it with a smile.”

Given the immense strides he’s made as an aspiring songwriter, it’s no wonder Mitchell’s reputation is such that he’s accustomed to putting on display his customary smile.

STAR WATCH --- Given the immense strides he’s made as an aspiring songwriter, it’s no wonder Terrance Mitchell, Jr.’s reputation is such that he’s accustomed to putting on display his customary smile. A native Memphian who will enroll at Overton School For Performing Arts the upcoming academic year, Mitchell is making a strong case that he keeps at this musically-inclined pace, he could very well emerge as a household name, of sorts, in a city where music essentially has become a way of life.

STAR WATCHGiven the immense strides he’s made as an aspiring songwriter, it’s no wonder Terrance Mitchell, Jr.’s reputation is such that he’s accustomed to putting on display his customary smile.
A native Memphian who will enroll at Overton School For Performing Arts the upcoming academic year, Mitchell is making a strong case that he keeps at this musically-inclined pace, he could very well emerge as a household name, of sorts, in a city where music essentially has become a way of life.

A native Memphian who will enroll at Overton School For Performing Arts the upcoming academic year, Mitchell is making a strong case that he keeps at this musically-inclined pace, he could very well emerge as a household name, of sorts, in a city where music essentially has become a way of life.

One minute, he’s sitting in the comfortable confines of his bedroom writing poetry. The next minute, he ultimately found himself taking his poetic repertoire to a whole new level, courtesy of his keen ability to transform them into lyrics.

Fluent, efficient lyrics, mind you.

vvvvvAll things considered, credit his parents for helping instill in Mitchell and his brother the beauty behind such beautiful music, a trend that ultimately has given way to what appears to be shaping up as bright future in this ever-so—competitive industry for this aspiring songwriter.

“Me and brother loved music that our parents used to play in the car,” Mitchell explained.

Growing up, Mitchell had become acclimated to following the likes of Marvin Gaye, Isaac Haynes, Al Green, Kem, Snoop Dogg, Eric B. And Rakim, among others.

“It was feel good and truth music,” said Mitchell, “so that’s what I decided to make mine about but with a twist.

To his credit, it was a rather riveting, attention-grabbing twist, mind you.

CHECK OUT TJ IN ACTION: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0sNROCpBi4Eblp0Z1NDTkR0MDQ/view?pref=2&pli=1

So much, in fact, that even at his young age, this vibrant, energetic kid has already recorded six hits, three of which have made ceremonious appearances on various message boards and social media sites.

MOTHERLY LOVE --- As Tise Tate recalls so vividly, she posed a compelling question to which her son fielded as if he expected. “I asked him, ‘Why do you call yourself, “exclusive?’” Tate told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He said, ‘Because there's nobody like me.’ What can I say? He sometimes has that 15-year-old's arrogance. But he always says it with a smile.”

MOTHERLY LOVEAs Tise Tate recalls so vividly, she posed a compelling question to which her son fielded as if he expected.
“I asked him, ‘Why do you call yourself, “exclusive?’” Tate told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “He said, ‘Because there’s nobody like me.’ What can I say? He sometimes has that 15-year-old’s arrogance. But he always says it with a smile.”

Ahhhhhh, thank God for the world of social media where, fortunately for Mitchell, he’s starting to create a buzz as it pertains to his music.

So stay tuned.

Given his early success, it’s safe to assume he’s just now warming up.

“The people who inspire me are my parents, my uncle, my brothers, and my close friends that I have come to know that have stuck by me through thick and thin,” Mitchell said. “Also, my dad was also into music and he’s an inspiration to me.”

Amongst Mitchell’s current hits are: “Question Mark,” “Viewers Discretion,” and “Press Play,” each of which can be heard via social media.

FULL SPEED AHEAD --- All things considered, credit his parents for helping instill in Mitchell and his brother the beauty behind such beautiful music, a trend that ultimately has given way to what appears to be shaping up as bright future in this ever-so—competitive industry for this aspiring songwriter.

FULL SPEED AHEADAll things considered, credit his parents for helping instill in Mitchell and his brother the beauty behind such beautiful music, a trend that ultimately has given way to what appears to be shaping up as bright future in this ever-so—competitive industry for this aspiring songwriter.

“My biggest purpose is spread knowledge and wisdom through the words I speak,” Mitchell, an award-winning young artist who has appeared in a several talent shows, said of his music. “I also want to change the mindset because of my powerful voice.”

And not just mindsets, but the overall landscape of his community as well as the crime-invested, poverty-stricken Bluff City.

“The reason I started writing is because the truth seemed unfamiliar to many individuals, because the activities people were indulging themselves in resulted in them being unaware of the consequences that came with their actions,” said the musically-inclined Mitchell, sounding more like a social activist in his own right. “So I started to notice more things that didn’t add up to make sense of them so that they could understand my point of view of them.”

In essence, Mitchell doesn’t shy away from the notion that he’s shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Ask his mother, arguably his grandest supporter since he installed his very first lyric.

“The sky is the limit for TJ because he has the passion, the drive, and the determination to get his voice out there. He wants people to know that they should not pause their life for nonsense, they should always press play, which is one of the names of his songs.”

All of which explains why growing up, Mitchell, Jr. was always taught to…you know…keep it real.



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 barber and beauty salon owner Amy McClellan enjoying the fruits of her labor

AMY3Upon crossing paths with Amy McClellan, amongst the key attributes about which people would discover is that it is relatively easy to tell that she is one who is a go-getter.

A self-motivator.

One who customarily takes the high road as it pertains to life’s assortment of challenges and hardships and obstacles.

One who, well, if you take the time to get to know her, she’s destined daily to embrace the abundant life, thus maximize her potential.

By and large, it is a foregone conclusion that McClellan’s reputation is such that according to her, she’s spiritually equipped and empowered daily to “encourage and help shift people to their next level” in life.

Besides, that is what self-motivators do.

That is what go-getters do.

That is how those who are destined daily to savor and possess the abundant life were strategically taught.

That’s McClellan for you, alright.

AMAZING AMY --- Having once gone to college to study social work, McClellan has steadfastly embraced yet another calling in that she is the longtime owner and chief executive officer of A & R Classic Designs Barber And Beauty Salon. Housed at 3014 Old Horn Lake Road, located just off Interstate 240 West in South Memphis, A & R specializes largely in spa, beauty and personal care as well as relaxers, haircuts, hair colors, braids, hair extensions, and much more.

AMAZING AMYHaving once gone to college to study social work, Amy McClellan has steadfastly embraced yet another calling in that she is the longtime owner and chief executive officer of A & R Classic Designs Barber And Beauty Salon.
Housed at 3014 Old Horn Lake Road, located just off Interstate 240 West in South Memphis, A & R specializes largely in spa, beauty and personal care as well as relaxers, haircuts, hair colors, braids, hair extensions, and much more.

All is which is to say that for this native of Cleveland, Mississippi, she and her friends, loved ones, and close acquaintances count her blessed.

Blessed for all the right reasons, mind you.

“My mother and father inspired me to go into business,” McClellan told News Reporter Andre Johnson during a recent interview.

To her credit, she did just what her parents had suggested, something about which has benefited her mightily over the  years.

Having once gone to college to study social work, McClellan has steadfastly embraced yet another calling in that she is the longtime owner and chief executive officer of A & R Classic Designs Barber And Beauty Salon.

Housed at 3014 Old Horn Lake Road, located just off Interstate 240 West in South Memphis, A & R specializes largely in spa, beauty and personal care as well as relaxers, haircuts, hair colors, braids, hair extensions, and much more.

SHOW STOPPER --- As if her longstanding and well-publicized accomplishments in this ever-so-popular industry aren’t enough, she’s also been the beneficiary of his array of achievements since she delve off into this booming business. All of which essentially has given her the right and luxury to demonstrate some much-anticipated swag, thus praise and pay home to Almighty God in the process.

SHOW STOPPERAs if her longstanding and well-publicized accomplishments in this ever-so-popular industry aren’t enough, she’s also been the beneficiary of his array of achievements since she delve off into this booming business.
All of which essentially has given her the right and luxury to demonstrate some much-anticipated swag, thus praise and pay home to Almighty God in the process.

This business establishment’s prices range from $15 and up for haircuts and a variety of other services and, according to McClellan, it is best that consumers visit her salon for an analysis and consultation so that they might perhaps receive a more accurate price.

While A & R Classic Designs have been in operations at its current location for a little more than three years, McClellan’s career in the cosmetology industry spans more than three decades.

As if her longstanding and well-publicized accomplishments in this ever-so-popular industry aren’t enough, she’s also been the beneficiary of his array of achievements since she delve off into this booming business.

All of which essentially has given her the right and luxury to demonstrate some much-anticipated swag, thus praise and pay home to Almighty God in the process.

That’s McClellan for you, alright.

“I am the classic queen of cuts and colors and styles,” McClellan said in a review on boostasite.com. “I have won several Hair Shows. I am a professional barber and stylist that specialize in the latest cuts and styles, and I am also a healthy hair guru.”

MORE ABOUT AMY MCCLELLAN: http://www.boostasite.com/uploads/AR-Classic-Designs-Ad31568.html

And, after more than 30 years in this industry, she’s still convinced that her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.

That’s a life coach for you.

Not to mention a go-getter.

BETTER THAN EVER --- And, after more than 30 years in this industry, she’s still convinced that her best and brightest days are well ahead of her. That’s a life coach for you. Not to mention a go-getter. Not to mention a self-motivator. Not to mention one who takes the high road as it pertains to life’s assortment of challenges and hardships.

BETTER THAN EVERAnd, after more than 30 years in this industry, she’s still convinced that her best and brightest days are well ahead of her.
That’s a life coach for you.
Not to mention a go-getter.
Not to mention a self-motivator.
Not to mention one who takes the high road as it pertains to life’s assortment of challenges and hardships.

Not to mention a self-motivator.

Not to mention one who takes the high road as it pertains to life’s assortment of challenges and hardships.

“I was making lots of money and owned my own salon at age 19 while my high school classmates were in their first year college,” McClellan said.

Look at her today, still very exemplifying that she’s very much destined daily to embrace the abundant life, thus maximize her potential in the process.

Besides, that is what self-motivators do.

That is what go-getters do.

So take notes.



AndreEDITOR’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.

Can Lionel Hollins and the Memphis Grizzlies possibly kiss and make up?

AndreDALLAS — So the Memphis Grizzlies are seeking a new head coach after the toxic relationship between former head man Dave Joerger and the front office had become a public embarrassment, a ridiculously public shame in that it has become increasingly evident that Grizzlies majority owner Robert Pera and his crew can’t seem to get along with guys whom they employ to coach the team.

As if Joerger’s unceremonious departure last weekend wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout the basketball-crazed Bluff City, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace reportedly was seen meeting on Monday with Joerger’s former boss, ex-Grizz coach Lionel Hollins at Humdingers in East Memphis.

Well, what ta ya know?

WALKING IN MEMPHIS AGAIN? As if former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger's unceremonious departure last weekend wasn't enough to send shock waves throughout the basketball-crazed Bluff City, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace reportedly was seen meeting on Monday with Joerger's former boss, ex-Grizz coach Lionel Hollins at Humdingers in East Memphis.

WALKING IN MEMPHIS AGAIN? As if former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger’s unceremonious departure last weekend wasn’t enough to send shock waves throughout the basketball-crazed Bluff City, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace reportedly was seen meeting on Monday with Joerger’s former boss, ex-Grizz coach Lionel Hollins at Humdingers in East Memphis. (Getty Images Photo)

Either Wallace and Hollins were taking advantage of Humdingers’ happy hour or the restaurant’s every Monday after 4 p.m. $4.99 shrimp appetizers, or they were devising ways to appropriately rekindle a once unhealthy relationship that, like the one he had with Joerger, was an ongoing disgrace.

Hollins, to his credit, had a done a masterful job with a once downtrodden Grizz team that was in dire need of a strict, resourceful coach who could get the best out of his players, having led Memphis to a francise-record  56 wins in his final season with the team.

Joerger, to his credit, had done a rather favorable job with an upstart Grizz team that, unfortunately, has underachieved over the past two seasons.

HOLLINS AND GRIZZ GM MEET:  John Martin on Twitter: “Happening right now at Humdingers: Lionel Hollins and Chris Wallace. https://t.co/eLEv8qRUGV”

Still, truth be told, Hollins and Joerger were habitual, arrogant, smart aleck knuckleheads, both of whom also had become a source of frustration and constant turnoffs not just to the Grizzlies front office, but to many of us media members.

Which, in my estimation, makes what took place Monday night at Humdingers a huge head-scratcher, of sorts.

So could it really happen?

Could the Grizzlies and Hollins collectively place their massive egos by the wayside, refrain from the excessive verbal sparring and bad mouthing and finger pointing at each other and agree to Believe Memphis once again?

 

MIKE LOVES LIONEL --- Could the Grizzlies and Hollins collectively place their massive egos by the wayside, refrain from of the verbal sparring and bad mouthing at finger pointing at each other and agree to Believe Memphis once again? (Getty Images Photo)

MIKE LOVES LIONELCould the Grizzlies and Hollins collectively place their massive egos by the wayside, refrain from of the verbal sparring and bad mouthing at finger pointing at each other and agree to Believe Memphis once again? (Getty Images Photo)

Is the 62-year-old Hollins the right guy at this point to reassume the head coaching duties of a struggling Memphis franchise that looks virtually nothing like the one he guided to the Western Conference Finals three years ago?

Or should the Grizzlies simply go with the proven success that is former Indiana Pacers head man Frank Vogel and dismiss the compelling notion of bringing back Hollins and his customary wishy washy disposition?

Either way, countless Memphians sense the Grizzlies are about to inherit a slam dunk hire amid Joerger’s dismissal.

How ironic that I will soon return to Memphis because of my recent marriage.

Conversely, if the Grizzlies bring back Hollins, here’s hoping their marriage, too, becomes a loving, fruitful one this time around.

Better yet, here’s hoping they can kiss and make up.


Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division. To reach Johnson, send an email to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis Evangelist Delmelodia Tipton recalls life-changing ‘miracle’ in her book, “In the Midst Of The Storm There Is Purpose”

Tip2EDITOR’S NOTE: Evangelist Delmelodia Tipton was inspired to write this epistle in the form of a teaching manual with faith declarations,  prophetic utterances and work study for the empowerment of the household of faith in Christ Jesus.

On Wednesday morning, Delmelodia Tipton went on and on about her passion and fond adoration for ministry.

Without hesitation, she wasted little time getting her vital point across.

“I have a love for people,” Tipton, a longtime licensed and ordained evangelist told news reporter Andre Johnson.

Given her immense track record, coupled with her steadfast ability to live on the larger side of God, it is abundantly obvious why isn’t hard-pressed for many to recognize just how much of a pillar and asset Tipton is to the Body of Christ.

Having found her niche and identity in ministry some 12 years ago or, as she tells it, having been rooted in ministry “with my hands to the plow for 12 years,” Tipton also is a rising author, one who recently assembled and released a book that, to her credit, could very well impact hundreds of thousands throughout the modern-day church and the world.

ddHer latest project, entitled “In the Midst Of The Storm There Is Purpose,” is a 220-page soft cover book that includes a bookmark and CD of her enchanting, thought-provoking, life-enhancing message, one that undoubtedly has changed the overall landscape of her life.

“Many of us have either been in, entering in, coming out of or in the midst of trials and tribulations in the form of a storm crisis,” Tipton said while explaining the theme and purpose of her book. ‘”In the Midst of the Storm’ was the first message that I preached under the unction of the Spirit of the Living God in March 2006. In 1996, after five years of building a bond and foundation, my husband and I decided it was time to start our family.”

Unfortunately, during the early stages of her pregnancy, Tipton began to encounter an array of physical challenges. Nevertheless, because of her devout faith walk with Almighty God, she sensed that having an abortion was not an option.

hhAs she recalled, in fact, her firstborn was diagnosed with Wolf Hirsh II Syndrome, a rare condition that is characterized by learning difficulties, epilepsy, growth delay and craniofacial digenesis, which customarily happens in one out of every 100,000 individuals.

According to PatientInfo.com, patients also experience a severe general learning disability, severe limitation of comprehension and speech, seizures, ataxic gait, hypotonic, and muscle hypertrophy.

After the death and bury their baby, angry with God, Delmelodia would write letters to God because in her mind she thought God had forsaken her. However, God did not speak or reveal Himself to her in pity, but power and told her to write a book. Eighteen years later it has come to pass; the Holy Spirit spoke the prophetic word through Apostle Larry Pratcher, Jr. and she knew and acted without any hesitations to the voice of the Lord.In writing her first book the Holy Spirit revealed a second book.

“The Mission is to silence the kingdom of darkness in works against believers as believers come into the knowledge, power, obedience, faithful, revelation and wisdom of God in Christ Jesus and to prophetically speak life,” Tipton said.

Evangelist Tipton is the Founder, Host & Producer of AMBASSADORS 4 CHRIST APOSTOLIC BROADCAST MINISTRY, airs every Thursday @1:00PM CST, Comcast Channel 17.

“I had all kind of genetic testing and amniocentesis,” Tipton explained.

All of which ultimately gave way to her harboring mixed emotions, of sorts, pertaining to her faith.

During the time as a salon business owner and cosmetologist,” Tipton said. “I worked half of a year, lost client, income, clients and during the same season husband job was closing its doors to relocate. We had all kinds of neonatal facts and genetic expertise given to us. In spite of all that was told to us we prayed and believed God was going to bring in through and restore his health. After he was born which was a miracle, because the circumstances said the opposite; however, we were hopeful. 

“Things turned for the worst after some days after arrived home,” continued Tipton, alluding to after she had given birth to her firstborn. “I saw with my very own eyes my baby die. Now men and women handle emotions totally different. I took it extremely to heart, yet torn ripped and emotionally devastated. I almost gave up on God. As a believer in Christ, I was severely put on trial and my faith was tested. God blocked what the devil meant for her destruction; the sucidal thoughts from becoming reality, God blocked the giving up on her life her marriage, her business and all the he had bless her to accomplish thus far. Every door every thought that was meant for evil God blocked it, shut it down and worked it all out for her greater good.”

But God…

ARRAY OF TIPS --- Tipton's latest project, entitled “In the Midst Of The Storm There Is Purpose,” is a 220-page soft cover book that includes a bookmark and CD of her enchanting, thought-provoking, life-enhancing message, one that undoubtedly has changed the overall landscape of her life.

ARRAY OF TIPSTipton’s latest project, entitled “In the Midst Of The Storm There Is Purpose,” is a 220-page soft cover book that includes a bookmark and CD of her enchanting, thought-provoking, life-enhancing message, one that undoubtedly has changed the overall landscape of her life.

Or as Tipton specifically recalled, “The Lord intervened on my behalf, not because I was and still is saved,” she said, “but because He is faithful to those that will call upon His Name out of a sincere heart. Even though the pain was there, the confusion and emotional breakdown looked like it was taking over. But the Lord prevailed against the gates of hell.”

Today, unlike never before, Tipton thought it necessary to recall — and share — arguably her life’s grandest encounter in her debut book.

On Saturday, she is will host an official book signing from 2:30-6 p.m. at the Panera Bread at 4530 Poplar Avenue (April 30). In addition, T-shirts will be available for purchase as well as the CD that depicts her message with regards to “In the Midst Of The Storm There Is Purpose.”

Tipton’s book can also be purchased online at: www.ambassaduer4christ.net.

By and large, Tipton emphasized that she remains hopeful and prayerful that her book will impact lives not just amongst believers but, above all, those who have yet to make peace with God.

ON FIRE FOR GOD --- Given her immense track record, coupled with her steadfast ability to live on the larger side of God, it is abundantly obvious why isn’t hard-pressed for many to recognize just how much of a pillar and asset Tipton is to the Body of Christ.

ON FIRE FOR GODGiven her immense track record, coupled with her steadfast ability to live on the larger side of God, it is abundantly obvious why isn’t hard-pressed for many to recognize just how much of a pillar and asset Tipton is to the Body of Christ.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but The Lord delivers us out of them all,” she said. “Crisis that we face are stages set for the opportunity for Yahweh God to show us His Glory.

“When the storms of life rumble, all types of winds blow and beat against us, whether it’s divorce, health, finances, job, family friendly, children or other turbulences,” added Tipton, who also owns Studio of Styles Salon Spa at 5134 Millbranch Road, Suite 100, in the Whitehaven area. “Know that there is no power, no devil, and no crisis bigger or greater than the power of God, Who is still performing miracles.”

TipIn a nutshell, understand, Tipton reiterated, “I am a miracle and so are you.”

“The Lord often use the suffering and pain…I use to bring out the gold, the purification, the greatness and the purpose within the believers soul,” Tipton continued. “The storm came to usher in the Supernatural development that has been or is still asleep in many believers. He desires to exalt you to greater, but it comes through the fire. Many of us say we know Him, say we trust Him, and many of us even say we love Him, which is good. However, beloved, some things He will allow shaping and shifting the paradigm and thoughts. God wants to get us to the place, a place whereby nothing will shake us, the redeem, off of the true Rock of Salvation. Therefore we just don’t go to church as usual, talk or behave as usual, but we Rise in the Spirit to our birthright position in Christ and Live!  Take the leap of Faith at All cost. The gift of faith which is God in us makes us whole; spirit, mind, heart, soul and body. The renovation is necessary for the infusion of the Kingdom of God to Rise within your soul empowering us to overcome every crisis and every devastation! Faith Abounds! Its the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in my eyes.”

For more information about Delmelodia Tipton, send email to: ambassaduer4christ@gmail.com



AndreEDITOR’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, 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.

 

Holy Vision Temple COGIC First Lady Brandy Lee impacting lives through Incredible Eats and Treats Cupcake Dessert Shuttle

WOMAN OF VISION --- A devoted wife, mother, and pillar to the Body of Christ, Lady Brandy Lee of Memphis' Holy Vision Temple COGIC is the founder and owner of Incredible Eats and Treats Cupcake Dessert Shuttle, a mobile refreshment and baked goods business geared largely toward helping the Youth Ministry at Holy Vision. A business on wheels that routinely makes stops throughout greater Memphis and the Mid-South, Incredible Eats And Treats is widely known for making and selling cupcakes, sheet cakes, cake pops arrangements, mini cupcakes, cupcakes candies, and an assortment of other goodies to satisfy your one’s sweet tooth.

WOMAN OF VISIONA devoted wife, mother, and pillar to the Body of Christ, Lady Brandy Lee of Memphis’ Holy Vision Temple COGIC is the founder and owner of Incredible Eats and Treats Cupcake Dessert Shuttle, a mobile refreshment and baked goods business geared largely toward helping the Youth Ministry at Holy Vision. A business on wheels that routinely makes stops throughout greater Memphis and the Mid-South, Incredible Eats And Treats is widely known for making and selling cupcakes, sheet cakes, cake pops arrangements, mini cupcakes, cupcakes candies, and an assortment of other goodies to satisfy your one’s sweet tooth. (Photos submitted by B. Lee) 

Lady Brandy N. Lee works earnestly in the ministry alongside her husband, Memphis-based Pastor John H. Lee Jr.

The name of their church: Holy Vision Temple Church of God In Christ.

Located at 875 Crockett Place in the heart of Southeast Memphis, how befitting that the word “vision” accompanies the name of a tradition-rich ministry for which this godly, compassionate couple oversee.

Speaking of vision, to Lady Brandy’s credit, she has steadfastly embraced the one by which God has strategically blessed her, one that, well…let’s just say that it has a taste of sweetness attached to it — literally.

A devoted wife, mother, and pillar to the Body of Christ, Lady Brandy is the founder and owner of Incredible Eats and Treats Cupcake Dessert Shuttle, a mobile refreshment and baked goods business geared largely toward helping the Youth Ministry at Holy Vision.

FOLLOW HOLY VISION COGIC ONLINE: http://www.holyvisiontemple.com/

A business on wheels that routinely makes stops throughout greater Memphis and the Mid-South, Incredible Eats And Treats is widely known for making and selling cupcakes, sheet cakes, cake pops arrangements, mini cupcakes, cupcakes candies, and an assortment of other goodies to satisfy your one’s sweet tooth.

“What’s good about Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Shuttle is we deliver to your location for any occasion and event,” Lady Brandy told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Wednesday. “What I like more about this business is that you can be very creative and design awesome desserts that customers loves to enjoy.”

treatsMore than anything, though, Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Shuttle is committed largely to its mission, which is helping to enhance and enrich the lives of youths.

“This business helps with the youth in our church, and community through the youth ministry at our church, which is the avenue for helping them grow in God and mentorship.”

asGenerally, Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Shuttle’s products are available to churches and other organizations throughout the greater Tri-State area, and all of Lady Brandy’s treats are freshly baked to satisfy consumers.

Er, sweet tooth consumers, that is.

“All ages loves the sweet tastes of the desserts that is freshly baked and enjoyed,” Lady Brandy said.

er5Interesting enough, Lady Brandy, a true multi-tasker to say the least, has been afforded the golden opportunity to tell God’s goodness and spread the gospel and, well, you know, make mentions of Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Shuttle’s products over the radio waves.

Lady Brandy is a local talk show host of a show called “Daughters of Destiny Christian.” The talk show airs on Memphis Comcast 31 on Mondays at 10:30am.

“It’s also reaches, inspires, and has encouragement for the soul,” Lady Brandy explained. “Helping others is what God has sent us here to do, to be a beacon of light to someone else along the way. My personal mission is to grow the business in helping the youth in mentorship and blessing others with the delicious baked desserts of Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Bar Shuttle.

CALLED BY GOD --- Lady Brandy N. Lee works earnestly in the ministry alongside her husband, Memphis-based Pastor John H. Lee Jr. The name of their church: Holy Vision Temple Church of God In Christ.

CALLED BY GODLady Brandy N. Lee works earnestly in the ministry alongside her husband, Memphis-based Pastor John H. Lee Jr.
The name of their church: Holy Vision Temple Church of God In Christ.

“I have been baking for a couple of years, but now it’s really moving forward and growing and we couldn’t be happier,” Lady Brandy added. “I thank God for my family, church, and friends who have been amongst my biggest supporters in this journey and, most of all, God for the love and a heart to help others in love.”

For more information or to place or book orders through Lady Brandy’s Incredible Eats and Treats Dessert Bar Shuttle, call 901 281-7951.



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Andre Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism, 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.