Mid-South entrepreneur Schvonnta Hoyle enjoying success with multiple business ventures

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves. (Philippians 2:3)

 

As far as valuing and esteeming others highly than herself goes, surely, Schvonnta Hoyle greatly understands this thought-provoking notion.

After all, aside from this notable Biblical command to which God has given us, it’s also a trend we are challenged to strategically apply to our everyday living.

Especially those who are business owners or aspiring entrepreneurs.

For Hoyle, a longtime business owner who has gone to great lengths to discover her niche, thus become a fixture into multiple ventures, amongst the things about which she’s guilty is doing whatever is necessary to value and esteem others.

It is, by all accounts, because of her steadfast compassion and heart for people that this accomplished licensed cosmetologist and event designer has managed to savor an array of success through two business ventures, which best and brightest days are still well ahead of them.

TRUE TALENTFor years, the 1998 Jackson North Side graduate has been an independent contractor At Gemini’s Cuts And Styles the Jackson area, where she has evolved as arguably one the best hair stylists in West Tennessee.
Her newest business, StarStruck Creations, officially opened for operations three months ago (May 2016).
Both of her businesses, she said, cater to people of all ages.

And, what’s even more astounding for Hoyle is that the media is starting to recognize her unyielding commitment to entrepreneurial excellence.

“(I’m committed to) providing superior professional services and to give up-and-coming stylists a better direction in the hair industry,” said Hoyle, explaining her mission during an interview earlier this week with longtime journalist Andre Johnson.

A native of Jackson, Tennessee, Hoyle, 36, is owner and chief operating officer of two business ventures, both of which are savoring success.

For years, the 1998 Jackson North Side graduate has been an independent contractor At Gemini’s Cuts And Styles the Jackson area, where she has evolved as arguably one the best hair stylists in West Tennessee.

Her newest business, StarStruck Creations, officially opened for operations three months ago (May 2016).

Both of her businesses, she said, cater to people of all ages.

Prior to becoming a businesswoman, Hoyle, earned her Cosmetology certification from the West Tennessee Business College in 2000.

She graduated with honors (cum laude) from Lane College Graduate 2013 with a degree in Social and Behavioral Science.

CHECK THIS OUT!! Hoyle’s newest business, StarStruck Creations, officially opened for operations three months ago (May 2016).

As it pertains to her success as an entrepreneur, Hoyle credits her great grandfather, whom she said raised and instilled in her to “reach for the stars” and reminded time and again that she could go anywhere in this world if she wanted to. “However my social background helped inspire me, being that I’m from the hood, as society would say,” Hoyle said. “I wanted to let everyone see that you don’t have to be a product of your environment but, at the same time, my environment helped build me into the woman that I am today.”

All of which practically sums up why Hoyle, this compassionate, attractive, beloved woman of color, deem it essential to value and esteem others highly than herself.

As it pertains to her success as an entrepreneur, Hoyle credits her great grandfather, whom she said raised and instilled in her to “reach for the stars” and reminded time and again that she could go anywhere in this world if she wanted to.

Just as Almighty God commands us through His word.

All of which essentially sums up why Hoyle, this progressive, thriving businesswoman is nothing less than a proven success.

Who says people from the hood can achieve entrepreneurial excellence?

“It is imperative that I inspire others daily, because so many people depend on, look up to me, and so many are watching me,” Hoyle said. “And the most important people that are watching are my two children. I always believe that you should have a plan A,B, and C if you can. I have always had a passion and purpose for hair and decorating. I love to make everything look pretty, so with the constant push from my close friends, I decided to pursue my decorating abilities.

The rest, as they say, is history.

“My goal was to start this business in August of 2016,” said Hoyle, “but when God said to move, (I had to) move. All of this would not be possible without the faith that I have, and must add this: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).”

Well said from one big-hearted, compassionate business woman.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Young Fly Latinos rap group catching Dallas-Fort Worth area, rest of Texas by storm

TIGHT TEXAS BONDRobert Michael Narbaez is a 32-year-old native of Lubbock. Zachery Garcia, on the other hand, is a 26-year-old native of Grand Prairie.
Ironically, both have been virtually inseparable since the inception of their friendship some four years ago. Today, they are known as the Young Fly Latino rap group.

DALLAS — There is a six-year age difference between the two, and they were raised in different parts of Texas, two cities that are separated by roughly 334 miles.

Robert Michael Narbaez is a 32-year-old native of Lubbock.

Zachery Garcia, on the other hand, is a 26-year-old native of Grand Prairie.

Ironically, both have been virtually inseparable since the inception of their friendship some four years ago.

“Sertified and I have been doing our thing together for four years,” Narbaez, during a recent interview with longtime journalist, said of Garcia, alluding to his fellow entertainer’s stage name.

Conversely, Narbaez has adopted the stage name, “TRS,” which stands for “The Real Scarface.”

Having attracted a rather sizeable and respectable audience in Dallas/Fort-Worth and other parts of the Lone Star state, both entertainers are widely known in the ever-so-competitive rap industry as The Young Fly Latinos.

For Narbaez and Garcia, both were raised in contrasting upbringings, of sorts, yet they grew up clinging to lofty aspirations of someday making names for themselves in the music industry.

Given how they’ve managed to persevere and steadfastly fend off critics and naysayers and a slew of distractions, it seems this dynamic hip hop rapping duo is destined to be thrust upon this ever-so-popular industry’s grandest of stages.

Heck, they’d be the first to tell you they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Born to Robert Narbaez and Hope Lopez, Narbaez is the oldest of five siblings (all boys).

Having described his upbringing as mostly  “non-religious,” coupled with the fact that his parents both did not graduate high school, Narbaez — who earned his high school diploma six months early — still acquired a majority of his music knowledge from his father, who played bass in a predominantly black jazz band and later for multiple tejano bands.

In fact, his immense music and acting skills ultimately won him a number of acting awards in extra-curricular classes and in talent shows.

Interesting enough, Narbaez also played trumpet, baritone, and bass for his school’s jazz band and, to his credit, he once opened up for renowned entertainers Slim Thug, Twista, Paul Wall, Kirko Bangz, Z-ro and Bun B.

Robert Michael Narbaez adopted the stage name, “TRS,” which stands for “The Real Scarface.”

Talk about making much progress in such a short timeframe in the industry.

“In 2014, I was at the Dub Car Show, selling CD’s when Baby Bash was walking through the area I was at,” Narbaez recalls. “Everyone was taking pictures with him. He then sat in a car and rolled down the window. I looked in that direction and we made eye contact. He told me, ‘What’s up?’ like he knew who I was. A year before, that I had met him at a car show and gave him my CD. So it was his way of showing respect for me. I realized that all my grind was paying off.”

As for Garcia who, along with his mother, were forced out of their apartment and settled for residing in a women’s shelters until his mother was stable enough to move to another place, his upbringing, like Nabaez, was just as challenging, considering there were times he had spent hanging out in the streets until the wee hours of the mornings, sometimes as late as 3 a.m.

Zachery Garcia, on the other hand, is a 26-year-old native of Grand Prairie who’s known in the rap world as “Sertified.”

By the age of 13, he was virtually forced to grow up much faster after having moved out of his parents’ home and with his then-16-year-old girlfriend, who is now his wife.

“(We were) not a religious household,” said Garcia, “unless I was with my grandma. My family never supported my music views, but I did have plenty of friends I would show music to and school me. I was always told I had something. I like to think I have a great ear for music, but I’m always open to other people’s opinions.”

Today, unlike never before, The Young Fly Latinos are making a solid case that not only are they destined to become fixtures throughout the local rapping landscape, but they sense the time has come that the rest of the nation discover who they are.

Much sooner than later, that is.

“Get it by any means, but be smart about it,” said Garcia, reciting his personal motto for which he applies to his daily living.” “And ‘Leave ’em guessing.’ Never let them know your plans.”

Meanwhile, Narbaez’s personal rallying cry is more direct.

“Live to Love, Love to Live,” Narbaez said.

DALLAS STARSThe hip hop universe might wanna get to these four words: The Young Fly Latinos.
Especially since they are on the brink of releasing a mix tape called “New Dirty South” and a self-titled album called, “The Young Fly Latinos.”

All things considered, both Narbaez and Garcia know full well their best and brightest days are well ahead of them. However, the well-publicized progress they’ve made over the past four years have inspired them mightily.

In other words, the hip hop universe might wanna get to these four words: The Young Fly Latinos.

Especially since they are on the brink of releasing a mix tape called “New Dirty South” and a self-titled album called, “The Young Fly Latinos.”

“I wouldn’t call it a comeback, because even though our fan base has grown we haven’t reached our full potential,” Narbaez said. “We’re still on the come up.”

Luckily for them, ‘Dirty Dirty Dallas’ has already taken notice.



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EDITOR’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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Aspiring Memphis rapper Ashlee Edwards: ‘I’ve got to get myself out there’

Ashlee NiCole Edwards earlier this week went on and on about her memorable, sometimes challenging upbringing.

To get credit, it’s safe to assume she’s been taught to embrace the favorable and unfavorable times.

“My childhood has been great so far,” Edwards hold longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview. “My mom loves to travel and so do her children. We have visited many places. My favorite was New York City in 2010. I am still a kid at heart and love to play at the park and with my baby sister. Family is first.”

Not only does Edwards, a 15-year-old rising sophomore, understands the vital notion of just how significant family life is but, fortunately for her, it is the solid and unyielding support of her family that has greatly enabled her to maximize her potential, thus broaden her horizon.

A native Memphian, Edwards is an aspiring entertainer who boasts lofty aspirations of sharing her musically-inclined talents and gifts with the world.

Some day. Sooner than later. She hopes.

“I love to entertain,” said Edwards, wasting little time cutting straight to the point about an endeavor by which she has dreamt for some time now.

And entertaining, it seems, essentially has become a way of life for her.

For starters, Edwards has been afforded such golden opportunities of appearing in local commercials and accepting invitations to partake in fashion shows, even the movie, “Grace Card.”

All while treating people with whom she crosses paths with dignity and respect.

“My personal motto in life,” Edwards said, “is: Treat others you want to be treated.”

Oh…there’s another one.

“And if you don’t try, you will never know,” Edwards said.

Surely, an array of the life lessons for which Edwards has been taught have been instilled in her by her mom, Patrece Edwards, and her late father, who passed away when she was three years old.

Although she has enjoyed much success in her brief on the entertainment circuit, Ashlee Edwards admittedly misses the biggest of her life’s missing pieces.

Boy…if only her father was here to witness just how much his daughter has grown and matured and, well, journey through life daily harboring and living up to her two meaningful mottos.

“Words can’t describe how much I miss my dad,” Ashlee Edwards said. “A loss like that… the pain and sadness can only be felt. I was only three when my dad passed, but I feel his presence because of the love from his other children, my sister and brothers. My dad made sure to make us understand and know how he loved us and instilled that same love in us to have for each other.”

Having adopted the dazzling, rather befitting, catchy stage name of The REAL Ashlee NiCole, this young, thriving, adventurous kid doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s carrying a lot of father’s qualities and attributes around with her virtually daily.

Heck, she’d be the first to admit that, too.

“I am carrying out my father’s legacy through my music by showing the world I am not afraid of it and I am not afraid to go for what I want in life,” Ashlee Edwards explained. “He was never afraid. I do miss his physical presence, but I see him daily in my determination and in the mirror.”

Now, fortunately for her, the local media is starting to take into account her brilliantly unique talents as an aspiring entertainer, although Ashlee Edwards has yet to meet any big name rappers in this ever-so-popular industry.

“I love and rep my city,” she said. “But I’ve got to get myself out there and me seen, so I can come back home and do shows and help the people of my hometown.”

The came her subsequent roll call of Memphis entertainers after whom she seems destined to follow.

“Gotti, K. Michelle, 36 (Triple Six Mafia), I’m coming behind them…The REAL Ashlee NiCole.

“REAL doesn’t mean that other Ashlee NiColes are fake,” Ashlee Edwards continued. “It just means that behind the little caring, loving, giving, sweet person I am, I can cut you with my words.”

All while steadfastly treating others the way she wants to be treated.

You know, just as her loving, supportive parents have always taught her.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Roz Davis’ ExoticShotz&Treatz inspiring Mid-South party poopers to ‘turn up’

Instead of you and all of your peeps customarily having to arrange and setup things for parties and other planned social gatherings, how ‘bout to you allow Roz Davis call the shots.

Literally and figuratively.

“Sometimes, people don’t do the club or bar scene,” Davis told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “You can relax in the comfort of your own home or a girls’ night out and enjoy treats.

You got that right.

A native of Oakland, California, Davis — widely known as “The Original Shot Lady” — is owner and chief executive officer ExoticShotz&Treatz, unique, compelling, all things beverage shot business that could turn a rather boring, dry setting into a party-filled, festive one.

How else to explain why you ought to sit back, relax, take it easy and, you know…let Davis call the shots.

For real, y’all.

Given her immense track record as a professional hostess, Davis, this well-established party pooper knows exactly what she’s doing, particularly as it pertains to which alcoholic beverages she senses would create and spice up the ideal party environment.

So what else should we know about Davis, a Memphis Wooddale High graduate who also runs her Brazilian Hair By Roz business?

 

Here are MORE FUN FACTS ABOUT ROZ:

 

“I create new drinks and shots, and I cater birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and fun parties.”

“I give back to the community by assisting with marketing ideas on how to grow businesses.”

“(My exotic drinks) are great picker uppers after a long and stressful work week.”

“I love putting smiles on faces and helping my clients to relax.”

“Sometimes, people don’t do the club or bar scene. So they can relax in the comfort of their own home or a girls’ night out and enjoy treats from ExoticShotz&Treatz.” — Roz Davis

Spoken like a true, Mid-South-area business professional, one who doesn’t mind calling the shots.

Literally and figuratively.

 

For more information about Roz Davis, or to book her for an event, contact her via Instagram:@creativeexoticshotzandtreatz. Also, follow and like her business Facebook page under:Creative Exotic Shotz&Treatz.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

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

Chisa Anderson didn’t waste any time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Talk about pure perseverance.

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

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

She didn’t waste any time.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

Total Life Changes’ Syldia Zobeide moving swiftly up the ranks as National Director

There’s no other way to put it.

Syldia Zobeide is making some major moves, all while making her native country proud in the process.

Widely known as “Magic Syssi” by her colleagues and constituents throughout the United States, Zobeide has had immediate impact since joining Total Life Changes, the thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

That’s because Zobeide, who currently resides in Miami, Florida, has rapidly moved up TLC’s internationally-acclaimed ladder, having been christened National Director, all while enjoying the luxurious economic benefits as a results.

For Zobeide, amongst the biggest reason she has had what is seemingly instant success since joining the TLC team is that her reputation is such that she’s one who doesn’t take defeat lying down.

TOTAL SUCCESSWidely known as “Magic Syssi” by her colleagues and constituents in the United States, Syldia Zobeide has had immediate impact since Total Life Changes, the thriving, booming, universally-acclaimed dietary supplement company that utilizes internet marketing strategies to offer a wide range of oils, skin care items, teas, and liquid solutions.

If nothing else, this 42-year-old Martinique-French, Caribbean native customarily sees the most challenging of hurdles and obstacles as a golden opportunity to flourish and excel, observes it as a chance to defy the urge to quit.

In a nutshell, Zobeide doesn’t shy away from the notion that she sees her setbacks and as setups for miraculous comebacks.

“I am a fighter,” Zobeide told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a recent interview. “I started over several times in my life. Once I am fascinated and when my vision is clear, I have enough faith to raise mountains. My physical resistance when I raised weights in fitness gym or when I prepared a semi-marathon forged me a character of steel in front of trials of life.”

NATIONAL IMPACTSurely, as a rising National Director for Total Life Changes, Zobeide not only has become a fixture in South Beach, but she’s emerged arguably one of TLC’s up-and-coming ambassadors.
All while making her native country of proud in the process.

Earlier this week was no exception, as Zobeide tells it.

“I use the projection a lot to reach my goals, to quote an example on a Monday morning I got up and I declared loud and clear, ‘This week I want to be top recruiter,’’ Zobeide said. “The week, according to my name, appeared on the list of the top recruiters of TLC. It is necessary to believe in oneself and in its dreams to reach its goals. If you place God as the first one in your life and if you are grateful, your road will be clear and without pitfalls.”

Aside from being National Director for TLC, Zobeide works as a Holistic Wellness Coach and Beauty Expert in the South Florida area.

Her educational background includes having earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and (Foreign) Languages.

In addition, she is widely known also as an accomplished singer, painter, writer, as well as a licensed cosmetology, and her hobbies include fitness, boot camp, cross fitness, 4 four-hour marathon biking, Latin dancing, and yoga.

A PROVEN WINNERFor Zobeide, amongst the biggest reason she has had what is seemingly instant success since joining the TLC team is that her reputation is such that she’s one who doesn’t take defeat lying down.
If nothing else, this 42-year-old Martinique-French, Caribbean native customarily sees the most challenging of hurdles and obstacles as a golden opportunity to flourish and excel, observes it as a chance to defy the urge to quit.

Surely, as a rising National Director for Total Life Changes, Zobeide not only has become a fixture in South Beach, but she’s emerged arguably one of TLC’s up-and-coming ambassadors.

All while   making her native country of proud in the process.

“As an entrepreneur woman and independent business owner, I wish every woman to become a better version of herself, by finding peace in what she is doing,” Zobeide said. “Love what you do and you will never consider it as a job.

“People need to be daily pushed and motivated,” Zobeide continued. “I have the best by my side of the mentors, as regards figures and business. He has a keen mind, and my sponsor, Jimmy Hepburn, a national Director for TLC, gives me advice on the direction to govern my ship. I also wish to help people feel better to live longer. Being financially independent is the best thing I can wish for every woman.”

And there’s no other way to put it.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Arkansas attorney Jamaal Walker boasts home field advantage as he lobbies for first political seat

First he earnestly sought and consulted God for a sense of direction.

Then he solicited and absorbed the advice of his wife and allowed her to chime in.

They then prayed collectively.

Then came the big decision, arguably of one the grandest choices of his young life.

After minutes and hours and days and weeks of thinking it over time and again, Jamaal M. Walker had decided he would emerge as a political candidate for the first time in his prosperous law career.

A native of the twin cities of Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, Walker, 35, has been a local attorney for the past nine years.

Now the time has finally come that this University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff alum has deemed it essential to run for District Court Judge.

HOME GROWN JAYA native of the twin cities that are Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, Jamaal Walker, 35, has been a local attorney for the past nine years.
Now the time has finally come that this University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff alum has deemed it essential to run for District Court Judge.

If elected, Walker would serve Phillips and Lee Counties, or the cities of Helena, West Helena, and Marianna.

Having officially decided last Fall to run District Court Judge, Walker told longtime journalist Andre Johnson during a weekend interview that his wife, Shenna Thomas Walker, has been arguably his biggest supporter months prior to making his political debut.

Even with no prior political experience, Jamaal Walker — who has adopted the catchphrase, “NOT JUST A MAN, BUT A JUST MAN” — is confident of the fact that boasting a home field advantage, or sorts, coupled with his keen familiarity with the counties about which he will oversee, essentially have increased his chances of emerging victorious in the coming weeks.

Then, of course, he knows full well that behind every good man is a good woman.

“My wife, Shenna, was one of my biggest motivators in my deciding to run,” Jamaal Walker explained. “I talked with her about it, we prayed on it, and God instructed me to run.  I never had the desire to be a judge before, but when God chose me for this opportunity, it became planted deeply in my heart, and now I have realized my purpose and mission to change lives.  I am very honored and grateful for this opportunity.”

AWWWWWWWW “The old saying is true that behind every great man is a great woman. And Shenna is definitely my driving force,” said Attorney, the father of four children (Jada is 10, Nijah and Nadia are 8, Jadon is 5). “I would not be where I am today if it were not for her love and support. It is a lot of hard work and very time consuming to campaign for office and it takes a special woman to sacrifice her husband to the rigors of the campaign trail. Shenna has truly been holding things together and keeping me focused.”

When asked why he believes he’s legitimate candidate to assume the District County Judge seat, Jamaal Walker wasted little time alluding to his notable law career.

For starters, he has had an influential impact during a law career that dates back to 2007.

Early voting begins October 24, while the general election will take place November 8.

The new District Court Judge will be sworn into office in January 2017.

Add to the fact that he exemplifies what he describes as a “unique perspective” on the law industry, coupled with the notion the notion that he recognizes the necessities of the people — most notably their desire for a fair justice system — and it’s no wonder many should not be surprised that this native son of the twin cities labeled it a foregone conclusion to vie for his first political seat.

“I have a genuine concern and I care about the community that I have known since childhood,” said Jamaal Walker, in addressing his key policies. “Being a judge is about recognizing a problem and attempting to find the best solution.  It is time to bring about positive change and new ideas.”

He’s especially singling out repeat offenders, particularly as it pertains to instilling in them what it takes to make the right decisions.

“I want to end the pattern of repeat offenders,” Attorney Walker said. “I want everyone who walks in my courtroom to feel like they matter and that they have a fair chance whether they are right or wrong.  I know that each person and their circumstances are different, and I want to find ways to bring a positive impact in their live through my fair decision making.”

When asked what kind of District Court Judge will his area inherit if elected, Attorney Walker said, “As an elected official, I am to serve the people and who better to serve than a person who understands the community and the people in it. As Judge, I will be fair, honest, and trustworthy.  I will help people the best way that I can. I will motivate and inspire the people within the community to view the justice system as a positive arena and ensure that just is done and injustice is erased. I am young and energetic and I want the community to move forward in a positive way.”

Just has she has done when he made the decision last year to run for a political seat.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGEIf elected, Walker would serve Phillips and Lee Counties, or the cities of Helena, West Helena, and Marianna.

“The old saying is true that behind every great man is a great woman. And Shenna is definitely my driving force,” said Attorney, the father of four children (Jada is 10, Nijah and Nadia are 8, Jadon is 5). “I would not be where I am today if it were not for her love and support. It is a lot of hard work and very time consuming to campaign for office and it takes a special woman to sacrifice her husband to the rigors of the campaign trail.   Shenna has truly been holding things together and keeping me focused.”

Which, fortunately for him, has made home field advantage much more appealing as he lobbies for his first political seat.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphis entrepreneur Angela Bright considered one of Mid-South’s ‘brightest” professional bakers

You name it.

She can bake it, bake it in such a way that Memphis entrepreneur Angela Bright is as brilliantly bright as they come, particularly when it comes to professional baking.

You name it. She can bake it, while aiming to satisfy the sweet tooth of consumers in process.

So what would it be?

Cakes?

Candy apples?

Cupcakes?

Pies?

Cobblers?

Candy stations?

Cake pops?

Chocolate covered fruit?

Gift baskets?

And…

“I love to bake and create new ideas cake wise,” Bright told longtime journalist Andre Johnson on Monday afternoon. “I cater to all ages…young and old.”

Having been baking eloquently for quite some time, Bright, a 35-year-old native of Memphis deemed it essential to start her own business called, The Sweet Spot.

Boy, what a booming, thriving spot it has become, in large part because of his continuous growth – a trend that is starting to draw rave reviews not just from the local media, but from consumers throughout the United States.

“I have shipped orders U.S wide,” said Bright, whose business has become a popular establishment amongst her countless social media friends. “I would like to open my own bakery one day.”

If nothing else, it’s safe to assume that Bright has enjoyed such steady success as a rising business owner that the sky’s undoubtedly is the limit for this progressive entrepreneur.

Prior to engaging in the ever-so-competitive baking industry, Bright studied Health Service Administration at the University of Memphis.

Still, it seems a lengthy, commendable career as professional baker was quite eminent.

To her credit, it seems she well on her way to winning the hearts of thousands upon thousands with her mouth-watering, delectable desserts.

Come to think of it, it seems she’s already won them over.

So what would it be?

Cakes?

Candy apples?

Cupcakes?

Pies?

Cobblers?

Candy stations?

Cake pops?

Chocolate covered fruit?

Gift baskets?

You name it.

She can bake it, while aiming to satisfy the sweet tooth of consumers in process.

Talk about a bright entrepreneur.

 

For more information on The Sweet Spot, call Angela Bright at 901-484-8763, or send email to: [email protected]. Also, follow her on Instagram at: MsCakeBoss1



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EDITOR’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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

Memphian Kimberly Newsom’s Fashionably Lethal ‘blowing minds’ of consumers

Kimberly Newsom is a go-getter, a trendsetter, for the most part.

Especially when it comes to clothing and wardrobe fashions.

By and large, that is why Newsom, a native Memphian, established Fashionably Lethal, a full service style concierge business that offers consumers the luxury of creating what Newsom describes as “eye-catching styles without having to lift a finger during the process.”

Having fully opened for operations in April 2012, Fashionably Lethal caters exclusively to women, men and children who are looking specifically to upgrade, thus add a unique twist to their overall attire.

Initially, Newsom’s business began as an online high end costume jewelry boutique, which ultimately blossomed into wardrobe styling venture.

Generally, the 39-year-old Memphis Trezevant High graduate is appreciative of the immense strides she’s made in such a brief timeframe since she delve off into the world of entrepreneurialship.

LOOK WHAT’S TRENDINGKimberly Newsom is a go-getter, a trendsetter, for the most part.
Especially when it comes to clothing and wardrobe fashions.
By and large, that is why Newsom, a native Memphian, established Fashionably Lethal, a full service style concierge business that offers consumers the luxury of creating what Newsom describes as “eye-catching styles without having to lift a finger during the process.”

Amongst the reasons is that Newsom’s style concierge services admittedly has “blown” her mind but, to her credit, she’s been afforded the golden opportunity of assisting several celebrities.”

And to think, her business is enjoying continuous growth in the process, an upward, progressive trend about which Newsom hopes will savor a lasting impact for some time.

“My clientele has grown tremendously and the connections I’ve made thus far in this journey are rewarding,” Newsom said. “I’m so thankful for all of my valued connections.  Just the feeling of knowing that I’ve impacted the lives of many by simply wardrobing them is such a humbling experience. My clients become my friends and they are everything to me. I treat them like royalty and they are very spoiled.”

And, given the well-publicized, immediate impact she’s had in the proverbial “wardrobing” universe, it’s safe to assume that Newsom, this distinctly classy woman of color, is destined to remain spoil in her own right — particularly as it relates to expanding her brand.

Heck, for the most part, it seems she’s starting to erect a clothing fashion track resume that suggest, among other things, that her best and brightest days a rising entrepreneur are well ahead of her.

Talk about fashionably lethal.

“I come from a long line of gifted seamstresses,” Newsom explained. “From my great grandmother to my mother…I watched them design and sew for so many people, and the looks on their clients’ faces were always so satisfying to me.”

Surely, as far as stylish clothing goes, those apples didn’t fall very far.

If nothing else, it seems Newsom has only mastered that about which her predecessors appropriately taught her.

How else to explain her booming success as business owner?

“I never wanted to learn to sew,” said Newsom, “but I wanted to wear the clothing that was being made. Every time my mother and I went to Hancock Fabrics, I would touch just about every piece of fabric, rub it against my skin and face to see what it felt like and visualize the type of clothing that could be made from that piece of fabric.

“It was kind of like a sixth sense,” Newsom continued. “I would yell out to my momma, ‘Oh ma, this would be so sharp if some pants were made out this!’ And she’d get the fabric and make me a pair of pants out of the fabric. We’d spend hours in that place. It was therapeutic for me, so fashion has always been in my blood…just at a different concept.”

All of which explains why she’s a go-getter, a trendsetter, for the most part.

Especially when it comes to clothing and wardrobe fashions.

 

For more information about Fashionably Lethal, call 901.949.5279, or email Kimberly Newsom at: [email protected]. Also, follow her on Instagram under: @fashionablylethal.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Mid-South-area counselor Shenna Walker making her presence felt as author, singer, life coach

There’s no other way to put it.

Shenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move.

A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does.

A woman whose reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3.

A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.

CHOSEN BY GODShenna Thomas Walker is a woman on the move.
A woman of devout, relentless faith, one who customarily seeks and consults Almighty God in virtually all she does.
A woman who’s reputation is such that she’s committed to esteeming others highly than herself, as God admonishes us, according to Philippians 2:3.
A woman who, given her wealth of success in her assortment of endeavors and achievements and accolades, devises ways daily to exercise her faith by steadfastly seeing from beyond where she is, thus maximizing her potential in the process.

In other words, it’s safe to assume that whenever Walker emerges as the center of conversation or generates headlines through the mainstream media, the familiar question lingers: If there anything this progressive woman of color can’t do?

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

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

In assessing her stellar career to date, amongst the things about which Walker acknowledged during a recent interview with longtime journalist Andre Johnson is that she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

FOLLOW SHENNA: www.thisisshenna.com.

Without question, now, more than ever before, she undoubtedly is walking in her God-mandated purpose.

“In my early childhood, I knew that I was positioned on this earth by God to counsel the broken, hurt, dead, and lost,” Walker explained. “I also knew from the many barriers that I encountered and conquered that it was solely my responsibility to minister through song, writing, and speaking.”

Especially writing which, to her credit, has become yet another remarkable trend to Walker’s life coaching repertoire.

A TRUE TALENTIt is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring book that is translated in 10 plus different languages.
“My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”

It is, by all accounts, because of the slew of trials and hurdles during which she had to clear that has greatly empowered and equipped this Henderson State University alum to produce her novel debut entitled, “My Life Story,” an awe-inspiring, internationally acclaimed book that is translated in more than 10 different languages.

“My life Story is a book of resilience that teaches and encourages people to speak out about closet events and embarrassing adventurers through his/her life span,” Walker explained. “Overall, it introduces life in dead places.”

A former prep multisport athlete who was named homecoming and prom queen during her days at Palenstine (Ark.) Wheatley High School, Walker’s notable counseling tenure spans more than 10 years, most notably in the mental health sector.

Having also acquired a master’s degree in counseling, Walker doesn’t shy away from the notion that her life has always centered on her ability to compete at the highest of levels.

Now we know why.

“I have been competitive all my life, which provoked me to never quit when approached with challenges,” Walker said. “I had the honor of witnessing my mother, Pamila Thomas, and father, Bishop Michael Thomas, facilitate community work, counseling, and introducing people to God all of my life, which provoked me to take the mantle and run with it.”

Fortunately for this vibrant, assertive, thriving preacher’s kid — or PK — and woman of beauty, it seemed she has diligently gone to great lengths not to just follow in the footsteps of her parents. Rather, it seemed she has added her own dazzling twist to such a remarkable legacy.

For starters, she established a 5o1c3-credited nonprofit organization that assists women and children to become self-involved while challenging obstacles head on within their lives.

“The nonprofit house ages 10 and older females and males now,” said Walker, adding that Shenna’s Mentorship Giving Back to the Delta has allowed her to put her immense talents on display in various parts of Arkansas, Tennessee, even as far as California.

Her next speaking engagement is later this week in Helena, Arkansas, where she and husband, Arkansas-based attorney Jamaal Walker, currently reside.

Aside from her notable career as a counselor, Shenna runs an online business called, Shenna Products, which feature an array of products such as T-shirts, body oils and lotions, perfumes and air fresheners.

Her products can be purchased on www.shopshenna.com, or on a site during which she vendors in different states, she said. In addition, Walker is scheduled to produce a video that will be collaborated with her hit single entitled, “Favor,” later this week.

Her album entitled, My Life, is scheduled to be released sometime in September.

Jamaal Walker said he’s appreciative and blessed of the array of opportunities for which his wife has been afforded in recent years.

“I’m very proud to be Shenna’s husband,” Jamaal Walker said. “She is very gifted. She is a blessing to our family as well as others. When she puts her mind to it, there’s nothing she can’t do.”

Now we know why.

Heck, she sensed for the longest that God had anointed her to help enrich, revive, and impact the lives of people from various walks of life.

There’s no other way to put it.



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 [email protected] Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.