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Publisher Connie Morgan Contributing Writers Gerald Wright Photographers Connie Morgan Aldo Contreras Editors Jackie Parker Reporters Connie Morgan China Doll Graphic Design One Wright Company, LLC Logistics Gerald Wright Cover photo by: AMPS CORP.

What’s Inside... Fatima EMMA Murillo............... 1 In Memory of Fatima Emma Murillo AKA “Badb0ne” ......... 8 Mandy Remembering Emma... 10 Aldo Contrers Remembers Emma.......................................... 11 D-Mite: Unleashing Unique Vibes and Spreading Positivity........... 12 Dandrick Eldridge Remembering Emma................ 17 Manny Dixon ‘The Model’....... 18 Francis Mitchell & Emma........ 20 Oliver’s Journey To Literacy..... 21


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A WORD FROM THE CEO Thanks for picking up AMPS Magazine, Texas Edition. I wanted to thank each and every one of you for reading this magazine and making it one of the fastest growing magazines in the south for 2022. We are touching the lives of people who we did not even know we would and inspire even a culture that we were unaware. This publication is called A.M.P.S. (American Minority People Succeeding) for a reason. It is where Substance and Style meets Supreme Standards. Our mission is “superior application development through dedicated professionalism while maintaining a customer-centered focus to lead the industry in ideas and creative solutions”. Our event marketing and promotions department is designed to present positive entertainment and events that the Dallas communities deserve. We specialize in helping brands create a unique connection with consumers at our events as well as create an opportunity for you to meet other business owners, executives, present and future customers, and other socialites. Simply put, “We are Accomplished By Making You Successful.” Gerald D. Wright CEO Page 4

from the publisher I would like to start by saying thank you for your support. Taking over a publication wasn’t easy, but it is very rewarding. I took over this publication in May 2009 and it changed my life. As we embrace 2024, we are ready for the many changes that comes along with growing a magazine that is dedicated to the communities in Texas. Our passion for reporting the news about the communities in and around Texas is the heartbeat of AMPS Texas Magazine. We strive to tell stories about the heroes in our community and with that, we know the importance of building alliances with individuals who can help us continue to grow. You too can contribute to our growth and development by bringing articles about our community. For more information about advertising with AMPS Texas Magazine, please reach out to me at connie@ampsmagazine.com or call (214) 937-9041. We have amazing advertising opportunities to help you grow your business and support the community. You can also subscribe to AMPS Texas Magazine and get a copy delivered directly to your door. Thank you for your continued support. Connie Morgan



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In Memory of Fatima Emma Murillo AKA “Badb0ne”

n Memory of Fatima Emanuela Murillo, affectionately known as “Badb0ne,” a radiant soul hailing from Dallas, Texas, she has left an indelible mark on those who knew her. Born on September 17, 1993, Emma departed from this world on November 1, 2023, at 30, leaving behind a legacy of love and inspiration. For many in the digital realm, she was recognized as Iambadb0ne or Emma M. Medina. Emma’s expansive heart garnered affection from a multitude of individuals, transcending familial ties; she was not just a daughter, big sister, and aunt but a cherished friend to many. Her presence extended beyond personal connections, as she carved a niche as a prominent social media influencer, fire dancer, motivational speaker, and spiritual adviser. Emma was the cover story of AMPS Magazine Dallas Volume 4, Issue 5, titled “Who Is Emma M. Media?” only scratched the surface of her multifaceted persona. In that interview, she expressed how when she set her fans on fire it gave her energy and passion. Emma also expressed how it made her complete because at that moment it was just her and her fire fans. Family was important to Emma, she looked up to her older brother. She went on to say that he was her protector and her earth’s angel he was her biggest role model and that a lot of the discipline that she followed was because of him. Emma’s infectious smile had the power to illuminate any room, a beacon of warmth that would be dearly missed by her family, friends, and devoted fans, who still grapple with the disbelief of her untimely departure. Emma’s versatility as an influencer was matched by her genuine and compassionate nature. In addition to her familial roles, she functioned as a confidante, the kind of friend who patiently listened, offering a supportive presence during moments of venting without judgment. Her advice was delivered with unfiltered honesty; she didn’t sugarcoat the truth, embodying the essence of a true friend who tells it like it is. Emma’s wisdom and unique approach to life emanated from an old soul, a testament to her rich experiences and vast network cultivated over the years. Featured prominently in various circles, Emma was not just a social media maven but a motivational force, urging others to “own it.” Unyielding in her pursuits, she faced challenges head-on, a testament to her unwavering determination. Emma was discerning about her surroundings, adept at recognizing negative energies and unapologetically safeguarding her inner peace. She encouraged others not to succumb to adversity, consistently championing resilience and perseverance. Despite her relatively young age, Emma displayed a maturity beyond her years. Armed with a mantra of authenticity, she endeared herself to those who craved genuine connections. Her unwavering support and belief in others served as a beacon of encouragement, instilling confidence in those grappling with selfdoubt. Emma’s infectious positivity transcended personal struggles, showcasing an unwavering commitment to spreading joy and uplifting those around her. Acknowledging the importance of selfcare, Emma emphasized the need for rest and rejuvenation, often turning to the energy-boosting properties of Celsius. Her considerable social media following reflects the impact she had on a vast audience, a testament to the resonance of her messages and the depth of connection she forged. As we bid farewell to Emma, our heartfelt condolences extend to her grieving family, friends, and legions of fans. In the void left by her absence, may we remember and celebrate the vibrant spirit that was Fatima Emma Murillo, a cherished daughter, friend, sister, aunt, and inspiration to all who had the privilege of crossing paths with her.

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Mandy Remembering Emma In 2016, during a Cinco de Mayo parade in Dallas, I first crossed paths with Emma, a fellow model working for the same company as me. Little did I know that this chance encounter would lay the foundation for a deep and enduring connection. When asked about why I chose Emma as one of my dancers, it was a natural decision. Our collaboration in the modeling world was seamless, and she became an integral part of initiating my music journey. Emma’s dedication to the cause, coupled with her unwavering focus and refusal to procrastinate, marked her as the ideal choice for my team. Our journey together transcended professional collaboration; it evolved into a profound friendship, forged through shared experiences and mutual goals. Despite the trials we faced individually, we found solace and inspiration in each other. Emma and I had weathered difficult times, emerging from dark situations with a shared purpose – to inspire and illuminate the world. Our connection went beyond the superficial; it was rooted in a genuine desire to uplift others by leading through example. Our stories of triumph over adversity served as a beacon of hope, illustrating that regardless of one’s past, choosing to overcome challenges was a transformative decision. Emma’s character exuded boldness and determination. Her approach to achieving goals was resolute; when she set her sights on something, there was no room for doubt – it would be accomplished. Her limitless dreams and belief in the attainability of even the loftiest aspirations left a lasting impression. If I were to encapsulate Emma in a single word, it would be “passionate.” Her zeal for everything she pursued was contagious and inspiring. Beyond the professional realm, Emma played a pivotal role as my spiritual sister. Our bond extended to supporting each other spiritually, engaging in meditation sessions, and offering encouragement during challenging times. Emma’s honesty, delivered with love, was a constant source of motivation. I vividly recall a moment of frustration when I contemplated canceling a performance. Emma, in her characteristic straightforward manner, advised against allowing negative energies to interfere with our pursuits. Her honesty, rooted in genuine care, exemplified the depth of our connection. What solidified Emma as a friend for life was the unwavering, unconditional love we shared. Our interactions were driven by a genuine desire to uplift and support each other, with no expectations of reciprocation. It was a friendship that stemmed from the heart, a bond that transcended the professional collaborations that initially brought us together.

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One defining aspect of Emma’s character was her extraordinary strength. Her ability to not only overcome personal challenges but also extend a helping hand to others amid her struggles was awe-inspiring. Emma’s strength shine through in her creations and actions, regardless of the circumstances surrounding her. The impact of Emma’s passing continues to resonate profoundly in my life. Her memory serves as a guiding force, pushing me to persevere in our shared journey. Although she is physically absent, her presence remains palpable, a testament to the indelible mark she left on everyone she touched. Emma’s influence extends far beyond me; those who were fortunate enough to know her echo the same sentiment. She continues to inspire, reminding us daily to forge ahead on the path we started together.

Aldo Contrers Remembers Emma The first encounter with Emma in 2016 at a Cinco de Mayo parade in Dallas left an indelible mark on Aldo’s memory. At first, he captured her on camera, clad in a long white dress, sporting a seemingly intense expression. However, as he struck up a conversation with her, he discovered a different side to her – one that was kind and personable. Despite his initial perception that she might be mean, Aldo soon realized that Emma was simply an intense individual, not lacking in warmth and kindness once engaged in conversation. Their initial interaction concluded with Aldo expressing gratitude for her posing for his photographs, and he moved on. The seeds of their connection were sown, as they began following each other on social media, leading to subsequent photo shoots and collaborative projects a few years later. Over time, their relationship evolved from acquaintances to close friends.

and strength. Her ability to radiate a powerful presence in any room, despite her size, left a lasting impression on Aldo, a cherished experience he would carry with him always. In Emma’s story, Aldo found not just a subject for his photographs but a source of inspiration and a cherished friend.

As Aldo and Emma delved into conversations about life goals, dreams, and personal challenges, their bond deepened. Emma’s journey through personal struggles became apparent, and as their friendship grew, so did her mental and spiritual well-being. Emma’s transformation from a person dealing with personal issues to a calmer, spiritually uplifted individual was a testament to her resilience and determination. The challenges she faced shaped her character, and with Aldo’s support, she emerged as a more serene and kind-hearted individual. What stood out to Aldo about Emma was her fearless dreaming and encouragement for others to pursue their passions wholeheartedly. Despite her petite stature, she exuded fiery energy and consistently reminded Aldo not to underestimate his potential. Emma’s ability to inspire others to dream big, coupled with her unwavering belief in their capabilities, made her not only a better person but an exceptional friend. Describing Emma in one word, Aldo chose “Firecracker,” capturing her vibrant and dynamic personality. Even as she navigated life’s challenges, she retained a fiery spirit that left a lasting impression on those around her. On social media, Emma went by the moniker “iambadb0ne,” a name she had embraced since middle school. This alias, with a zero instead of the letter O, became synonymous with her identity, reflecting a rebellious and defiant spirit. One striking aspect of Emma’s character was her defiance of life’s adversities. Despite her petite frame and the hardships she endured, she remained unyielding in her pursuit of happiness. Emma’s resilience taught Aldo the value of bravery, encouraging him to push through pain and adversity, knowing that such experiences only contribute to personal growth

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D-Mite: Unleashing Unique Vibes and Spreading Positivity through Music D-Mite, a talented artist and producer, has come a long way since his early days as a teenager growing up in Germany and France. In an exclusive interview with AMPS, Dallas he shares the fascinating journey that led him to pursue music and the passion that sets him apart from the crowd. The genesis of D-Mite’s musical odyssey can be traced back to his upbringing in a religious environment. Initially focused on drawing and studying computer engineering, his life took an unexpected turn when his mom disapproved of his artwork, deeming it “demoniac.” In an act that would alter his destiny, she replaced his catalogs with hymn notes. The turning point came when his pastor gifted him a keyboard and invited him to play for the church. Little did D-Mite know that this moment would ignite an undying love for music that would drive his future endeavors. Asked about what distinguishes him from other artists, D-Mite humbly admits that he doesn’t consider himself different, but rather rare. Rejecting the temptation to follow trends and maintain originality, he stands firmly in his own lane. While many may succumb to the allure of fame and lose their authenticity along the way, D-Mite remains true to himself, drawing admiration and respect from fans who recognize his unique sound and approach. Regarding his creative process, D-Mite reveals that it isn’t a formal routine but rather an ingrained part of his daily life. Music flows through him effortlessly, a testament to his unwavering dedication to his craft. D-Mite’s latest album, “Vibertronic,” was inspired by the tumultuous events of 2020, which cast a shadow of negativity over many lives. The birth of his daughter brought a new sense of purpose and a desire to spread positivity through his music. The album comprises seven tracks, each designed to evoke the resilience needed to overcome challenging times. D-Mite passionately advocates for manifestation and emphasizes that one’s universe is shaped by the energy they put into it. “Vibertronic” is a call to flip the script and embrace the power of good vibes, using past struggles as stepping stones to a brighter future. The album’s lead single, “Good Vibes,” boasts a captivating music video that symbolizes an awakening for listeners. It serves as an invitation to experience the uplifting essence of “Vibertronic.” D-Mite acknowledges that visuals can enhance

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the impact of his music, hinting at more to come despite his busy schedule. When reflecting on his favorite performance to date, D-Mite beams about an electrifying show at Gas Monkey Live, attended by nearly two thousand enthusiastic fans. The overwhelming support affirmed that he was on the right path, fueling his determination to keep pushing boundaries in his musical journey. As a producer who became an artist out of necessity, D-Mite now aims to inspire others to embrace their authentic selves fearlessly. Witnessing a lack of genuine expression in the artists he worked with, he resolved to be a guiding light, especially for the impressionable youth. His ultimate vision includes launching his record label, Acid Entertainment Records. Through this endeavor, D-Mite hopes to build a network of like-minded individuals who share his passion for authentic artistry. He envisions providing a platform for artists to thrive without compromising their unique voices. In conclusion, D-Mite’s story is a testament to the power of staying true to oneself and spreading positivity through art. His refusal to conform to conventions has made him a rare gem in a sea of sameness. As he continues to create meaningful music, D-Mite’s message rings loud and clear: Embrace your individuality, stand out, and fearlessly pursue your dreams. The world needs more artists like D-Mite who lead by example and inspire others to be unapologetically themselves. To keep up with this unique talent, follow the campaign on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, and TikTok.

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Dandrick Eldridge Remembering Emma I first crossed paths with Emma through our shared workplace, where our professional connection gradually evolved into a profound friendship. As a technician, I often assisted Emma when the machines malfunctioned, alleviating the stress that arose from frequent breakdowns. Our bond deepened when we discovered our shared Virgo zodiac sign – not only did our birthdays fall in the same month, but they were also just a day apart, mine on September 16th and hers on September 17th. During a period of professional uncertainty, Emma displayed her unwavering support by not only coaching me on interview strategies but also conducting a mock interview after a grueling twelve-hour shift. Her patience and guidance during that time reflected her genuine commitment to helping others succeed, even in the face of exhaustion. Emma’s personality emanated positive energy and an inviting vibe. It was as if she possessed a magnetic force, drawing people towards her with ease. Her innate desire to assist and uplift others distinguished her, creating an atmosphere of positivity that dispelled negativity. Emma’s impact extended beyond the professional realm; she exuded good vibes that resonated with those around her. One of Emma’s notable qualities was her spiritual inclination, a facet of her persona that manifested in our daily interactions. We engaged in numerous spiritual conversations, ranging from the mundane to the profound. Emma’s openness and lack of judgment allowed for the free expression of thoughts and opinions, fostering a dynamic and understanding connection. Our discussions delved into topics that sometimes surpassed my comprehension, but Emma’s ability to communicate and listen without judgment created an environment of mutual respect. What stood out most about Emma was her unique aesthetic, adorned with intricate artwork on her body. Her appearance, coupled with a distinct mindset, set her apart from the ordinary. To understand Emma required a certain wavelength, a shared perspective that transcended conventional norms. Her mind, presence, energy, and willingness to help others, even amidst personal challenges, showcased her exceptional character. Emma was an extraordinary individual, defying

societal expectations and embodying authenticity. The void left by Emma’s passing is deeply felt, and what I miss most is her presence. Visiting the machine she once operated and reminiscing about our conversations brings a bittersweet nostalgia. Emma’s absence is palpable as I recall moments spent listening to her interviews on the radio or watching her on podcast TV stations. Witnessing her pursuit and excel in the things she loved remains a poignant reminder of the vibrant, caring, and talented person she was. Emma’s legacy endures through the memories of our shared experiences, and her impact continues to shape the way I approach life, always with a spirit of kindness and genuine care for others.

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Manny Dixon ‘The Model’ Manny Dixon, a Detroit native, embodies the essence of versatility, excelling as a model, actor, trainer, motivational speaker, and host. His journey through life has been a remarkable one, filled with challenges and triumphs that have molded him into the resilient and inspiring individual he is today. Manny’s dedication to his craft as a professional model is unwavering, and his commitment to bringing out the best in every shoot shines through in his extensive body of work. With a career spanning various mediums, including runway shows, editorials, commercial shoots, hosting events, and acting, Manny Dixon’s versatility knows no bounds. He is passionate about his work and harnesses his wealth of experience to create stunning and unforgettable looks. His love for collaboration with photographers and stylists is evident, and his comfort both on stage and in front of the camera is a testament to his adaptability and confidence. Manny’s journey to success has been marked by resilience and determination, with a challenging transition from homeschooling to public school during his formative years. Moving frequently and experiencing homeschooling alongside his three younger sisters, he entered junior high school to face the harsh reality of bullying, primarily due to his smaller stature. As he progressed through high school, he encountered racism and endured traumatic incidents that included physical violence and verbal abuse. Yet, Manny’s response to adversity was transformative. He channeled his pain into self-improvement, committing to a rigorous regimen of push-ups that ultimately reached a staggering one thousand every night. This physical discipline became symbolic of his refusal to be bullied any longer, empowering him to reclaim control over his life. Following high school, Manny pursued higher education at the University of College Park in Maryland, majoring in mechanical engineering and informational science. While pursuing his academic goals, he also began boxing as a means of self-defense, driven by a desire to protect himself in any situation while maintaining a non-confrontational demeanor. Juggling four jobs alongside his studies and boxing lessons instilled a remarkable level of discipline, fortifying Manny’s determination and resilience. Manny’s journey into the world of modeling began just over a year ago in September 2022, when a modeling agency extended an invitation for him to participate in New York Fashion Week. This inaugural experience catapulted his career, leading to a flurry of opportunities, including over twenty fashion shows, movie roles, and commercial appearances within a

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few short months. While Manny possesses an innate talent for modeling, he credits his success to his unwavering determination and the resilience he developed during his earlier trials. Notably, Manny’s ascent in the modeling world was entirely self-taught. His natural aptitude for the craft, combined with his unwavering work ethic, allowed him to excel without formal training. Manny’s perspective on life is rooted in the idea that everyone’s journey is unique, and hardships are the building blocks of strength. He emphasizes the importance of embracing challenges as opportunities for growth, even viewing mistakes as valuable learning experiences when approached with the right mindset. Reflecting on his journey, Manny offers advice to his younger self and anyone striving for success: “You can do anything you put your mind to. We only have one life, and you can do and be whatever you want. Enjoy the ride because everything you’re going through is just building you up for your future.” Manny’s unwavering self-belief, grounded in his faith and determination, has propelled him to where he is today. Manny’s journey is a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and self-belief. He embodies the idea that adversity can be a catalyst for personal growth and success. With an unshakeable commitment to his craft and an inspiring message of self-empowerment, Manny Dixon’s story serves as a source of motivation for those looking to overcome challenges and carve their own path to success. As he continues to build his legacy in modeling and beyond, Manny encourages others to prioritize self-support and belief, for one’s greatest supporter should always be oneself. Follow Manny: https://www.facebook.com/mannydixon https://www.instagram.com/mannydixon https://www.tiktok.com/mannydixson

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Francis Mitchell Remembering Emma I first crossed paths with Emma at an event in Dallas, TX, held in the Heights District during Louie the Grate’s birthday bash. We shared a mutual friend, and our initial connection piqued my interest. As I became more acquainted with Mandy Red, who performed that night, Emma and I collaborated as stage performers. Our professional relationship soon blossomed into a deep friendship, revealing a multitude of shared interests and a genuine spirit that drew me towards her. What solidified my bond with Emma was her unwavering positivity and, above all, her passion. Emma’s infectious enthusiasm and determination to turn her visions into reality resonated with me. She had a loud voice for her ideas and goals, urging not just herself but those around her to pursue their dreams wholeheartedly. Emma’s ability to instill confidence and encouragement was a driving force for me. In moments of self-doubt, she would emphatically assert that I was perfect, beautiful, and capable of achieving anything I set my mind to. Emma became a constant source of motivation, pushing me to recognize my worth and reach for my aspirations. If I were to encapsulate Emma in one word, it would undoubtedly be “passionate.” Her fervor for life, coupled with her relentless drive, left an indelible mark on everyone fortunate enough to know her. Emma’s impact extended beyond our friendship; she became a guiding force in my life. I carry her teachings, encouragements, and, most importantly, her spirit with me every day. Many of the actions I take have been inspired by observing her strength and resilience. Emma’s strength of character was undeniable. She faced challenges with unwavering determination and emerged stronger each time. Despite her physical absence, I feel her presence daily, guiding my decisions and infusing my endeavors with the strength she exemplified. Emma’s influence is a testament to the profound impact she had, not only on my life but on countless others. She was a beacon of strength and passion, and her legacy continues to inspire and uplift those she touched.

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Oliver’s Journey To Literacy Olive James, a 33-year-old motivational speaker, is embarking on a remarkable journey of self-discovery and personal growth by teaching himself how to read. This endeavor is not just about literacy; it’s a testament to resilience in the face of adversity. Olive carries the weight of OCD, ADHD, and PTSD, conditions that have shaped his life in profound ways. As he shares his story, it becomes evident that his path to literacy is a triumph over a turbulent past marred by educational struggles, abuse, and neglect. In his early years, Olive found himself in a household devoid of books. At the time, this absence seemed inconsequential to a child’s mind. However, as he matured, he recognized the devastating impact of illiteracy on his life. The absence of books meant a lack of guidance and mentor-ship in the world of words. Reading, for him, became an instrument of torture, inextricably linked to painful memories from his upbringing. His association between reading and suffering was a reflection of the unmet educational needs that festered during his childhood. Fast forward to the present, and Olive is a 35-year-old man with two children of his own. The catalyst for his journey towards literacy was the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the world shifted towards virtual interactions and increased reliance on technology, Olive realized that his limited reading skills were holding him back. The world was evolving, and he was determined not to be left behind. In the wake of this realization, Olive decided to approach 2020 as a new beginning, as if he were entering elementary school once more. He understood that he needed to equip himself with the tools to navigate the future successfully. Opening up about his struggle with illiteracy was not an easy decision for Olive. He had to confront his fears and insecurities head-on. He acknowledges that trolls and critics emerged when he made his struggle public. Nevertheless, he was resolute in his decision to share his journey with the world. For him, there was no room for shame, only an opportunity to be authentic and to inspire others to confront their own challenges. In the face of relentless mockery and adversity, Olive’s motivation came from within. He realized that he needed to take control of his life and change the narrative. He likened it to changing the channel in his life, a channel that had been stuck in despair and stagnation for far too long. Olive’s unwavering determination to rewrite his story propelled him forward, despite the obstacles. When asked what he would say to his younger self, Olive spoke with the wisdom of experience. He would tell his younger self

that he was a genius, destined for greatness, regardless of others’ opinions. He recognized that seeking approval from others only made life more challenging, and true success came from embracing one’s uniqueness. To those who hesitate to pursue their dreams due to the judgment of others, Olive offers sage advice. He emphasizes that there is no wrong way to educate oneself and that the best way is simply to start. His journey is a testament to the power of self-driven learning and the resilience to overcome external obstacles. Olive’s transformation from a troubled past to a beacon of hope is a story of redemption and perseverance. He has emerged from the depths of illiteracy, abuse, and personal struggles to become an advocate for self-improvement and mental health. Olive recognizes the importance of addressing the mental health crisis, particularly within communities that may not even realize the extent of their struggles. Through his journey, he hopes to inspire others to take control of their destinies, to pick up the books of life, and to write their own stories of triumph. In a world where societal expectations and prejudices often hold individuals back, Olive James stands as a symbol of resilience, self-empowerment, and the belief that it’s never too late to learn, grow, and inspire others to do the same. His story is a testament to the human spirit’s capacity for transformation and serves as a beacon of hope for anyone facing their own challenges, no matter how insurmountable they may seem. Email Oliver: oliverspeaks1@gmail.com Follow Oliver James: https://www.tiktok.com/oliverspeaks1 https://www.instagram.com/oliverspeaks1

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