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.

 

Denver-based businessman Gregg Delaney destined to have a monumental impact with his Triview Production in Dallas/Fort Worth

aDALLAS — Just recently, Denver-based businessman Gregg Delaney was asked why it is so vital that through his profession, he esteems others daily.

As usual, Delaney was rather forthright and direct.

STAR STUDDED --- Organized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, Triview Production is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to CEO Gregg Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes. “There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

STAR STUDDEDOrganized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, TriView Production is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to CEO Gregg Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes.
“There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

“It’s important that I inspire others through my works, because every business owner that I offer these services to, I am just like them…with a dream and a foot in the door, praying and hoping that someone…anyone can offer me an opportunity to be what God has promised,” Delaney told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “My struggle is their struggle. Their business is my business. And just like each of them, I wake up every morning, praying that someone will be blessed by what I can offer them.”

MILE HIGH TEXAS --- To his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area. Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many has deem “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly in throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

A MILE HIGH TEXAS TWISTTo his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area.
Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many has deem “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly in throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

To his credit, Delaney has become a notable fixture as an accomplished entrepreneur, most notably in the Denver metropolitan area.

Now after essentially making a name for himself as what many have deemed “the face” of his business in the Mile High city, Delaney boasts lofty aspirations of building and enhancing his media-savvy brand in a rather broader market, particularly throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Delaney, 40, is owner and chief executive officer of TriView Production, LLC, based in Aurora, Colorado.

Organized nearly two years ago, according to www.companiescolorado.com, TriView Productions is a broadcast-oriented, high quality video production company whereby its focus, according to Delaney, is geared largely on accommodating corporate events and business video production for marketing purposes.

jhs“There are so many new and small businesses in this area competing for their piece of the American dream,” Delaney said in explaining the purpose for his business that has grasped the attention of a number of internationally-acclaimed celebrities, most notably renowned rapper Snoop Dogg and longtime actor/comedian Bill Bellamy. “And major corporations tend to monopolize marketing that does not allow a small business owner to have the same access to create the same impact.”

Armed with an array of experience, coupled with a solid feel for news and marketing judgment, Delaney, to his credit, had proven long before the inception of his company that he boasts the intelligence and perseverance to accommodate companies, large or small.

“I create the exact quality of visual marketing to help business owners seek funding, clients, or bring awareness to their brand, at a price conducive to a start-up or small business owners’ budget,” Delaney explained.

FOLLOW TRIVIEW PRODUCTIONS VIA SOCIAL MEDIA: https://www.facebook.com/triviewproduction/.

“What I like most about my business is the gratification I receive from the excitement on an up-and-coming business owner’s face when their vision is brought to life through production and, in that moment, they realize they are living their dream.”

 A TRUE PRO AT THIS --- A video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades --- 18 years to be exact --- Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

A TRUE PRO AT THISA video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to be exact — Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

All of which, to his delight, makes what he does worth the tireless time and effort.

So get ready, Texas.

The entrepreneurship’s version of the Mile High Miracle is destined to have a Texas-sized impact.

Much sooner than later.

cxzz“There is nothing like being a part of helping someone live their dream,” Delaney said.

Interestingly enough, the assortment of vital services that Delaney’s company offers does not cater to a specific range of age groups, he said.

A video production/producing career that spans nearly two decades — 18 years to be exact — Delaney emphasized that this company is available to various age groups, especially business owners who are seeking to bring awareness to their brand, thus devising ways to blend video production to market their business.

“I have created production for the National Brother Hood Skiers (or NBS) to small mom and pop shops in the inner city,” Delaney explained. “I have worked with and created production for (an array of) celebrities, as well as production for non-profits wishing to seek sponsorship. This business has taken me to the furthermost edge of the Florida keys to the shores of Jamaica… the city lights of Las Vegas to the Hills of Puerto Rico.”

Make no mistake, Delaney isn’t bragging, in large part because, well, he’s a mastermind behind his business and this ever-so-competitive video production/producing industry.

“My personal mission is to give the small businesses just as much leverage to play equally with those major corporations who don’t do business with half of the passion these small business owners do,” Delaney said. “(I want to) give entrepreneurs one more tool to achieve their dreams. My struggle of trying to get support with previous business ventures is what inspired me to do this in this manner.”

fderToday, by all accounts, Delaney undoubtedly has found his niche with God, his Helper, leading the way.

Get ready Dallas/Fort Worth, where Delaney is destined to do things big in Texas.



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.

Dallas/Fort Worth-based entrepreneur Tameka King-Durham providing job-seekers with confidence, much-needed boosts

aaaDALLAS — It doesn’t take very long for anyone who crosses paths with Tameka King-Durham to realize that her reputation is such that she’s customarily a half-glass-full kind of person.

By all accounts, she’s especially one who aspires to see life from God’s perspective.

To her credit, that is amongst the grandest reasons King-Durham has found favor with God as a rising entrepreneur throughout Dallas/Fort Worth, one of the most energy-driven, business-oriented, and most populous establishments in America.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACT --- Native of St. Louis, Tameka King-Durham is owner and chief operating officer of Business Solutions, a unique, credible multiple service company that offers customers a variety of professional entities that will greatly enabled them to become equipped and empowered to get a leg up in today’s ever-so-competitive job market.

TEXAS SIZE IMPACTA native of St. Louis, Tameka King-Durham is owner and chief operating officer of Business Solutions, a unique, credible multiple service company that offers customers a variety of professional entities that will greatly enabled them to become equipped and empowered to get a leg up in today’s ever-so-competitive job market.

A 38-year-old native of St. Louis, King-Durham is owner and chief operating officer of Business Solutions, a unique, credible multiple service company that offers customers a variety of professional entities that will greatly enabled them to become equipped and empowered to get a leg up in today’s ever-so-competitive job market.

Everything from assembling resumes, to resume re-writing, cover letters, and thank you letters, among other things.

Given the immense strides she has made while simultaneously finding her niche in her craft, it’s safe to assume that King-Durham, by all accounts, have connected with her passion, thus walking in her divine purpose.

“For many years, I have written resumes not only for myself, but family members, friends, and others,” King-Durham told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I have always received favorable feedback from all. As a writer (with a wealth of experience, it is my belief that my job is to construct an amazing story of (consumers’) careers that will get them seen and hopefully the call for an interview.

“My mission is to let people know that we can always do and better,” King-Durham continued. “(I teach them to) stay positive and strive to always be the best you. God has a purpose for all. It is up to us to figure out what it is and make it work.”

FOLLOW TAMEKA, Y’ALL: Via Email at: Tameka@businesssolutions2016.com or Online at: Businesssolutions2016.com.

In detailing her up-and-coming venture, King-Durham specifically stressed that Business Solutions offer consumers:

Interview Coaching — “One must realize that the key to landing the dream job is to be prepared,” King-Durham said. “So it’s important to know that it’s not okay to just walk in an interview cold turkey or think that you can wing it. The interviewer will know. (Job seekers) must have a clear understanding of what the job is about and learn how to effectively communicate they are better suited for the position.”

Salary Negotiating Tools — “Of course, money is the driving force with regard to why we start the entire job search process,” King-Durham explains. “Depending on the position, it is quite possible the salary can be negotiated. We’ve got the tools to help you get through negotiating your next salary.”

Complaint Letters — “I offer this service simply because I am good at complaining and getting results,” King-Durham explained. “My father taught me how to write an effective letter when I have been wronged by a service or received a product that didn’t work properly. This service is for those who have had a bad experience and just don’t have the time to follow up for resolutions. We are more than happy to be the voice of the consumer when handling these issues.”

Insurance Assistance — “My career of choice initially was as Licensed Claims Adjuster for over 13 years,” King-Durham said. “Now I am not a lawyer. However, throughout the years, I have seen how people spent thousands on attorneys and it’s possible they did not need one. We will not settle claims. However, we can assist with answering questions one might have about their auto accident, injuries, or general liability claim experience.”

eeA graduate Lindenwood University, amongst the reasons King-Durham believes her business stands out is that it is a necessity of which consumers ought to take advantage.

The sooner, the better she said, because in this day and time, the job market will only become more competitive.

That is where King-Durham becomes a reliable, aggressive source of reason, particularly as it pertains to providing job seekers the right solutions to become equipped and empowered to get a leg up in today’s ever-so-competitive job market.

“I was never competitive in sports,” said King-Durham, “but always in life. For as long as I can remember, at the beginning of each calendar year, I write out short-term and long-term goals. Entrepreneurship has been on the long-term list long enough. It’s time for me to cross it off and continuing to move forward.”

This, to her credit, sums up why she’s one who aspires to see life from God’s perspective.

 

For more information about Business Solutions, call Tameka King-Durham at 866-599-1981. 



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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That’s not all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And beyond.

Talk about a work of art (pun intended).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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



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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What a difference a year has made.



12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and would like an in-depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre Johnson at 901-690-6587 or Facebook message him for details under “Andre T. Johnson.”

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

 

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.



 

12308302_1264615573553243_4556209296677596210_nEDITOR’S NOTE: If you have a child or team that is seeking exposure and you would like an in depth sports news story, call Reporter Andre T. Johnson at 901-690-6587, or Facebook message him under Andre T. Johnson for details.

ABOUT ANDRE: A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former sportswriter for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson is a senior writer for MemphiSport. Based in Dallas, Texas, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest  Division and the NFL. To read him, send 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.

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

DALLAS — Aidah Sama is pretty easy on the eyes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I hated the feeling of someone being able to hold

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

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

Boy, did she ever.

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

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

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

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

aaaaShe’s baaaaaack.

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

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

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

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

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

CONTACT AIDAH: aidahsama@gmail.com.

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

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

Thank God for grandma.

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

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

times.”

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

yyyyyyThe rest, as they say, is history.

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

So much for trial and era.

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

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

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

Spoken like a true, progressive businessman.



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