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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The rest, as they say, was history.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 



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

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

 

Memphis businesswoman Teka Doggett’s Teka’s Cookies sending the social media world into a massive sweet tooth frenzy

wThere’s no other way to put it.

Teka Doggett’s reputation is such that she is a self-proclaimed risk taker.

To her credit, she doesn’t seem to care who don’t like it.

rr“Being in an extracurricular activity helps with taking a risk in doing your best and being judged afterwards,” Doggett told longtime journalist Andre Johnson earlier this week during an exclusive interview. “Which reminds me of (my past) competition or being in jamboree.”

dDoggett is alluding in large part to her encounter as a junior high and high school majorette. It is, in fact, because of her competitive drive during regular jamboree competitions that has greatly fueled her lofty aspirations of delving off into entrepreneurship.

Given the immense strides she’s made in recent years, it’s safe to assume that Doggett is well on her way to evolving as a fixture amongst black businesses in the historic Memphis metropolitan and the surrounding areas.

A 35-year native Memphian and Hamilton High graduate, Doggett is owner of Teka’s Cookies, an up-and-coming venture that, earlier this week, sent her fellow social media account holders into a frenzy upon discovering her assortment of tasty, mouth-watering treats.

“Them cookies were so good…OMG….Yep, I’m placing another order soon,” wrote Memphis customer Demetric LaVette on Doggett’s Facebook timeline in the aftermath of savoring her baking products.

ew“Eating a cookie. Teka’s Cookies were gone within five minutes,” wrote Nykia White on Doggett’s page.

“Girl, I need some of these,” wrote Daisy Monroe in a post on Doggett’s timeline.

iuyAnd just like, the hoopla and rave reviews surrounding Teka’s Cookies continued to blanket Doggett’s timeline, thus gave way to a plethora of prospective customers craving for refreshments they sensed would complement their sweet tooth temperament.

544“My personal mission…I really don’t have one,” Doggett, who’s also a Mid-South-area licensed cosmetologist, said of having established her cookie business. “But I do, however, have God’s mission to fulfill, because that’s where my inspiration came from.”

All things considering, Doggett hinted at the notion that her vision for birthing Teka’s Cookies started with a dream, of sorts.

Well, kind of.

p“I  literally dreamed this idea,” Doggett explained. “I woke up and said out loud, ‘God you have jokes. How am I going to come up with all those flavors?’”

Fortunately for her, her Creator gave her the answer she diligently sought, thus provided her with detailed instructions as well as a slew of baking recipes.

Well, kind of.

“Needless to say, I got my answer even though I had to use family and friends as my guinea pigs while I perfect my recipes,” Doggett said with smile. “Sorry guys.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

uA little more than 10 months removed from having made her baking repertoire public, Teka’s Cookies seem to have not only caught the social media by world by storm, but earlier this week, a prospective customer in Texas discovered her products on her Facebook page, then inquired about placing Christmas orders.

Make no mistake. Like her or not.

But homegirl, it seems, is about to blow up, in large part because her baking products can be shipped anywhere throughout the United States.

“I’ve been baking since I was a kid,” said Doggett, who very much appears as if she’s in her early 20s. “(Since my) Easy Baker oven days (LOL). I introduced my cookies to the public in December 2015 on my birthday.”

To her credit, she’s been nothing short of impression — this after God showed her that He wasn’t merely joking.

Well, kind of.

“Actually, this is imperative to me, because I like to show others when you obey God, the results are unimaginable,” Doggett said.

And there’s no other way to put it.

For more information about Teka’s Cookies or to place orders, call Teka Doggett at 901-834-5055. Also, follow her on Facebook under: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010416227139&pnref=story.



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.

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.



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.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

2015 M Awards: Best Dressed

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Marc Gasol in a Grizzlies jersey, First Place: 29.1%
Mike Conley in his mask, Second Place: 24.6%
Tony Allen in his robe, Third Place: 23.5%

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2015 M Awards: Most Memorable Moment

conley maskOf all the sports moments in the Bluff City, Mike Conley’s Game 2 performance against the eventual NBA Champion Golden State Warriors was the one you all found most memorable.  The heart and toughness Conley displayed was simply awe inspiring.

The surprise of the year in the Memphis sports realm has to be the University of Memphis Tigers football team, who managed to get two moments in the top three in this year’s M Awards.

Mike Conley’s performance in Game 2 vs. Golden State, First Place: 32.8%
Memphis Football winning the AAC, Second Place: 25%
Miami Beach Bowl Brawl, Third Place: 12.8%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily from July 13th to July 18th for this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters M Awards winners.  The M Awards are presented by the 18th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

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2015 M Awards: Moment We Would Most Like To Forget

Mike-Conley-050615The Grizzlies playoff fate was dealt a serious blow when Mike Conley took that inadvertent elbow courtesy of CJ McCollum in Game three of the Portland Trailblazers series.  His swollen face kept him out of the rest of the Portland series and probably cost the Grizz against the Golden State Warriors also.  Who knows how things would have went had Conley been healthy for that series.

Mike Conley getting his face busted, First Place: 27.3%
Grizzlies losing the 2 seed, Second Place: 20.2%
Tigers brawl at the MIA Beach Bowl, Third Place: 18.6%

Visit MemphiSport.com daily from July 13th to July 18th for this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters M Awards winners.  The M Awards are presented by the 18th Annual Sports Ball Black-Tie Tennis Shoe Gala.

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