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Leftovers and Second Chances A Letter from the Editor

I quite often tell people that I didn’t get my size from just looking at food. I love to eat and as a child, and even now, my mama never had to twist my arm to do so. Each year I look forward to the holiday season and all of the food that it encompasses. However what I like best are the leftovers. For some odd reason, the leftovers taste better. I know better to say that I’m perfect or that I’ve lived a flawless life. I’ve made my share of mistakes. I’ve let some people down and done some things that I am not too proud of. I’ve hurt and been hurt, and cried. There have been some days when I didn’t think I would make it to its end. Yet, I can only thank those who prayed me through my trials. God had a listening ear and because of that I was granted a second chance at life. Another turn to get things right. A second chance or second time around should be treasured and appreciated. I’ve heard that the graveyard is full of people who didn’t get one. I seem to run a little faster and harder during my second chance. I have to remind myself of the mistakes I made the first time, and that makes me think twice about giving up. Leftovers and second chances are God’s way of showing us that you can’t accomplish everything in one day. We must enjoy what He allows us to have at that particular moment and be conservative. With His blessings we are allowed to see another day and reflect on what life showed us the days before. While we sink our teeth into our triumphs and defeats, we must be mindful of the lessons that God is trying to teach us. Some days will be better than others, but with God and time, all things will be better than the day before.

Terry L. Watson Editor/Founder


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Terry L. Watson Writers

Tonya Dixon Terry L. Watson Angel Barrino Kalyn Hoyle Photographers

Howard Gaither Dr. Tiffany Fuller Whoshotya Photography Charles Media Photography Still Shots Photography Layout

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Javetta Milton


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Pastor Vander D. Purcell Jr.


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Anitra and Claudja of CA Cheer & Dance Inc.

Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall



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A World of Women Accesories Simply Dazzled Boutique


He Sells More Than Houses James Davis of Allen Tate Realtors Living Healthy Learn More About Cholesterol Herbs for Healing and More Herb N’ Spice LLC Back To School Fashion Tips Huami Fashion Bright Glossy Lips Bovanti Cosmetics & Spa Cutest Baby Contest Trinity Grace Banks



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Nestled inside of long standing Simply Beautiful Hair Salon, a fashion boutique has been opened by owner Kala Slade. Simply Dazzled Accessories offers original handmade jewelry, purses, shoes, and more. Slade says her products are unique and one of kind finds. Many carry the name of a

“I opened the boutique because I love accessories and creating jewelry. In my experience of shopping for clothes, I have learned that you find something you like, only to try it on and discover it’s not you. Most often you cant find your size,” she says. Jewelry never lets her down. She likes to find and create different pieces and share the opportunity for others to be unique.

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As a cosmetologist, Slade states that beauty is her business. “The boutique allows me to help clients with a complete look from head to toe. I get the opportunity to help people feel good about how they look and create a style of their own,” she says. Simply Beautiful Hair Salon was the first vehicle God gave her to be able to enhance others beauty. Slade says she is blessed to be able to offer two different services and products that will make others feel beautiful, on the inside and out. Stop by Simply Dazzled Accessories and Simply Beautiful Hair Salon today and experience a new kind of beauty brought to you by Kala Slade. h

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GREENSBORO By Terry L. Watson Photo by James Davis

James Davis Doing More Than Just Selling Homes

James Davis is more than just a man of God. He is a husband, a father and a man of integrity, respect, and dignity. His occupation as a Real Estate Broker with Allen Tate Realtors in Greensboro is very simple. “I bring buyers and sellers together in the market place. I am committed to serving my clients and making their experience of buying and selling of a house easy.

Davis has been a sales agent for seven years, and with Allen Tate Realtors for four. He has earned the Winners Circle Designation, one of the highest awards given to Allen Tate agents. He has enjoyed success because he listens to his clients, which allows him to target their specific needs. “I protect my clients interests, from the initial selection of properties, to the contract negotiations and closing,” he says. As a buyer’s representative, Davis says he will help individuals access the information they need to make an informed decision during the buying process.

so many potential buyers, not all are aware of the many programs that’s available to help them prepare to purchase a home. There are programs and classes available at no cost to assist with credit counseling, finance, budgeting, down payment assistance and more. Davis says he doesn’t charge fee’s to be a buyers agent.

At Allen Tate, Davis is able to provide one stop shopping. These choices include mortgages, insurance, inspections, attorneys, title work, home repairs and home warranties. “My profession allows me to put my business and leadership skills to work for you,” says Davis.

James Davis enjoys a marriage with his wife Tarsha that has spanned 20 years and produced one daughter Tamia, who is a Law student. h

The most important tool Davis says a homebuyer can possess is awareness. With

Davis inspires to do the Lord’s work each and every day. “I’m blessed to see another day. God asks for me to help others through the strengths and blessings giving to me,” he says.

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A Place for All-Stars By Tonya Dixon Photos by Toni Shaw


isters Anitra Goode and Claudja Dwight have been involved in some aspect of cheerleading, dance, and competition since their youth. Therefore, it was no surprise when the tandem decided to turn their love and passion for the sport into a thriving business. The sisters are the owners of Carolina Athletix All-Stars or CA Cheer and Dance. All-Star cheerleading is much more than the prototypical cheerleading squad. In All-Star cheerleading, team members are not cheering and rooting for separate teams. As Goode puts it, “they [cheerleaders] are the team and they cheer for themselves.” Both Goode and Dwight are teachers and are cheerleading coaches by profession. Both Goode and Dwight have more than 25 years of experience. Dwight has been dancing since she was four years old and Goode has cheered and danced for just as long. In fact, Goode was Dwight’s cheerleading coach in high school. The level of knowledge and expertise they bring to cheerleading is unparalleled. Together they have successfully conducted several cheerleading camps and clinics throughout the Greensboro area in conjunction with local schools. They have been involved with professional cheer and dance squads such as the Charlotte Bobcats Dance Team and The Greensboro Revolution Cheer and Dance Teams. They choreograph, judge, and provide instruction for all skill levels, yet had never seriously considered establishing their own team. In 2004, the opportunity to start an all-star cheerleading program presented itself and in 2005 the team came to fruition. “We didn’t have much money and we didn’t have any space of our own, but we found a place with reasonable rent and we got started,” says Goode. From the beginning, CA Cheer experienced unprecedented success. The business partners were already well known and highly respected as coaches. Their reputation was the only advertisement needed. As a matter of fact, Dwight says they never needed promotion or marketing and 100% of their business came through referrals. CA Cheer works with ages three years and up. They have a mini team (ages three to six years), two junior teams (14 years and under) and a senior team. Initially, the CA Cheer mini team was the strongest in competition. “The little ones are serious. They want to show you what they know,” says Dwight. “They are tumbling, doing forward rolls, back bends, hand stands, and they do stunts. They are the fliers and they have no fear. They get excited and are focused. They are very proud of what they can do.” With a Cheer staff coach for each particular age group, the young members quickly learn the fundamentals. As the girls (and boys too) grow in age and ability, they gradually become involved in the more challenging stunts and routines. Nevertheless, no matter what age or skill level a child is at, Continued on the next page


Continued from page 9 Goode says there is a team for everyone. No one is ever turned away. Many of the older kids involved were actually CA Cheer inaugural members. They began on the mini teams (ages 3-8 years old) and have progressed to the higher level junior and senior teams. Although participating on the all-star squad is a fun and exhilarating experience, the members know, recognize and accept the dedication required. Practices are demanding and strenuous. Practice is at least three days per week and each day of the week leading up to competition day. Competition season spans from late November to May. During the postseason, evaluations, conditioning sessions and practices continue for everyone. Both Dwight and Goode acknowledge the fact that cheerleading is not for every child. “You have to recognize it in your child and then you have to ask your child if they want to do it. They have to want to do it,” says Dwight. Practice schedules are rigorous and requires dedication and hard work. A key factor within the sport is building endurance, strength training, and running. On the other hand, the reward is certainly fulfilling. Since it’s formation, CA Cheer has competed in several local and regional competitions and has received national invites, receiving nothing less than third place in it’s few appearances. According to the coaches, year by year the teams have increased maturity levels and have performed better than before. They reiterate to the girls that placement in competitions is a direct reflection of what is done in the gym. However, CA Cheer will always remain a family regardless of how full or thin the roster is. Goode strongly endorses the family concept as the reason they execute so well as a group. She believes team members are retained at a high rate because they make it a point to develop strong relationships throughout the team. They believe it to be one of the contributing factors to the team’s success. “All of the girls are friends and help one another. The older girls help the younger ones and the younger ones look up to them. Many of them think they can’t do it, but we tell them, yes you can, we will show you how and you will be great at it,” says Goode. CA Cheer is a model for excellence within all-star cheerleading. It would seem difficult to top the current structure, but the team is taking it a step further and now offers dance as well. The non-competitive dance team members are taught all aspects of dance, from ballet and tap to jazz, by established and qualified dance teachers. Everything about the company displays development and improvement. Even the booster program, primarily run by the team member’s parents, is growing and providing a greater level of excitement and enthusiasm for the team. Expectations are high and high standards are outlined within the Carolina Athletix camp, but team confidence is what both Goode and Dwight hope will distance the team from the rest of the pack. h

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“Well nearly seven years later I can whole heartedly say we have found a home. I started with a child would was flipping off my furniture, testing my deductible day in and day out, to now having a beautiful almost tween who has accomplished a running backhand spring back tuck. She is tumbling better than most kids that double her age. Am I proud. I highly recommend CA to everyone. Most gyms you never know the other parents, athletes, or coaches. At CA you’re family!” PARENT TESTIMONY

Kay McBryde

“CA is not just a team. it’s a family. My daughter enrolled not even a full year ago and I’ve seen such a positive growth in her, not only athletically but personally. She has mastered a back walk over, running and standing back handspring and is working on mastering her back tuck. The coaches and owners don’t just push the athletes, they foster the whole child while teaching them to be successful and confident. Before joining, my child was an average student who didn’t have much interest in school. Now she’s excelling in school and has began tapping into her leadership abilities.” PARENT TESTIMONY

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The New Voice of

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n July 1, 2013 Dr. Rosalind Fuse-Hall became the 17th president of Bennett College in Greensboro. Born in Atlanta, Georgia, she grew up in Fayetteville, North Carolina on the campus of Fayetteville State University, where her father was on the faculty. A 1980 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in administration of criminal justice. In 1983, she earned her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Dr. Fuse-Hall also studied at Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Institute of Educational Management. Although she began her career in law, Dr. Fuse-Hall soon gravitated to higher education. She comes from a family of educators. Her mother and five aunts were teachers. She is married to Dr. Jarvis Hall, a political science professor at North Carolina Central University, and her daughter, Ifetoya Hall, who is a 2013 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a teacher with Teach for America, working in Texas. Fuse-Hall started her legal career as a judicial law clerk with the Honorable William H. Walls, Essex County Superior Court in Newark, and then as a staff attorney in the Enforcement Division of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in New York City.

“One of the reasons we’re so excited about having Dr. FuseHall with us is because Bennett can no longer afford to just blend in. Bennett needs to stand out and she has the leadership skills and the capabilities to make that happen”. Board Chair Charles Barrentine

Her first position in higher education was at St. Lawrence University, where she was assistant director for minority affairs. Most recently, she served as chief of staff to the president at Florida A&M University and interim executive director of Title III Programs. She has served as executive assistant to the chancellor at North Carolina Central University and corporate secretary to the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina system, comprising 17 campuses. While at Florida A&M University, Dr. Fuse-Hall managed $10 million dollars in special programs to enhance institutional strengths and student outcomes. She is especially proud of a grant that she drafted with several colleagues that was funded for an additional $10 million over five years. At North Carolina Central University, she worked on two special initiatives that brought nearly $44 million to the University. One was the Biomanufacuturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise or “BRITE” Center for Excellence. This was a research institute that brought together the biotech industry, governmental officials, community colleges and a major research university to secure $19.1 million in capital funds to build the institute and an additional $7 million in annual operating funds from the state legislature. The second project resulted from a public-private partnership that built a 408-bed residence hall on the newly created West Campus of the University. Dr. Fuse-Hall also has worked as associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill.

President Fuse-Hall (centered) welcomes student leaders and ambassodors to the new academic year.

“One of the reasons we’re so excited about having Dr. Fuse-Hall with us is because Bennett can no longer afford to just blend in,” Board Chair Charles Barrentine said. “Bennett needs to stand out and she has the leadership skills and the capabilities to make that happen.” As part of the College’s list of innovative and realistic goals, the new administration has targeted recruitment, enrollment and endowment efforts. Dr. Fuse-Hall shared that the College hopes to increase enrollment from 750 to nearly 1,000 students over a four-year period. “In the vernacular of today’s youth, my mantra is ‘#BennettBuilds’,” Dr. FuseHall said. “If you’ve surveyed our history then you know the Bennett faculty have taken young ladies, nurtured, taught and cultivated them into fearless change agents. We plan to build upon that legacy.” The glue for the College’s strategic plan is the cultivation of new and existing relationships. Along with her expertise and experience, Dr. Fuse-Hall has established many vital connections across the nation, many of which have already voiced their interest in partnering with Bennett College. Of all the networks, the most beneficial may be the ties she has to her native North Carolina. She is eager to rekindle those connections and open opportunities for both Bennett as well as the community. Dr. Fuse-Hall says, “Bennett College has long been a chautauqua for the exchange of ideas among females, who were thought to be without a voice. But these were not ordinary women; their experiences at this place made their voices ring aloud.” As she follows former Bennett president’s Johnnetta Cole, Julianne

Malveaux, and Esther Terry. Fuse-Hall hopes to bring her very own formulation of change. Cole raised the school’s profile with her star power and boosted morale through the sheer force of her personality. Malveaux added the sharp pragmatism of an economist and reshaped and expanded the physical campus with a wave of new construction. Terry, the first alumna president, brought passion to her service. On September 20, 2013 Bennett College will host its 20th Annual Golf Tournament at Bryan Park in Brown Summit, NC. In addition to providing participants with a full a day of golfing, fun, fellowship, food, prizes and awards, their goal is to raise funds to benefit their 2013-2014 Bennett/UNCF Campaign. Honorary Co-Chairs of the tournament are Mr. Robert J. Brown, Chairman and CEO of B&C Associates, Inc., High Point, NC and Mr. Ulysses Bell, President & CEO of the Bell Group, Cary, NC. Registration is $85.00 per player. There are six levels of sponsorships ranging in cost from $100 to $10,000. h For more information about the golf tournament, please contact Elayne Jones 900 East Washington Street - Greensboro, NC 27401 (336)517-1592 email:


Total Restoration Center 3704 B Boren Drive Greensboro, NC 27407 (336) 833-9319 Sunday morning Worship, 9 a.m. Teach Me Tuesday Tuesday night Bible Study 7 – 8 pm Sanctuary Deliverance Church of the Living Word 3631 Summit Avenue Greensboro, NC 27405 (336) 375-1711 Sunday morning Worship, 11:00 a.m. Wednesday night Bible Enrichment, 7 – 8pm

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Vander D. Purcell Jr.


The Heart of A Servant

ifted, anointed, blessed, diverse. What do these words mean to you? When I hear them I think of someone who has undoubtedly been favored by God to be a blessing to many. This is the case with Pastor Vander “Danny” Purcell Jr. Born in Greensboro, NC to Bishop Vander D. Purcell Sr. (1/18/38 – 02/05/2013) and Evangelist Dola Purcell (1/31/1940 – 07/04/2008), he is affectionately known as Pastor Danny to some and simply as “Danny” to many. He understood at a tender age what it meant to fear the Lord. His parents were God fearing and would not allow he and his sisters to stray too far. Pastor Danny had a normal childhood, but he tested limits at times. He quickly discovered he did not ‘fit in’ with the crowd.

He adamantly dispels the stereotype that all preachers’ kids are troublesome by responding, “It’s not that preacher’s kids are bad, some preacher’s kids can be challenging because they try to fit into roles not meant for them – the same as with anyone. However, people do what they want to do and are fully aware of choices made. Many people attempt to find other people doing the same things they like to do. Sometimes we just don’t fit it in.” He neither recalls feeling peer pressure from friends nor did he feel inferior by being the son of two ministers. He states, “it was in my youth that I found out who I was and who I was not; no one knows whether they will be a pastor at a young age; I knew I would be doing something just not sure what. I tried to fit in with the crowd and a particular type of people and found out it didn’t work.” Additionally at an early age, he realized his gift and passion in music by singing and playing the keyboard and organ. His influences not only came from home, but also from members of the church who would “make” him sing. Pastor Danny showed his jovial side by invoking us to laughter in his interview; imagine being told by a church mother, “child you better sing.” He recalls his friends Carlos Townsend, Barry Parker and their grandmothers being a significant part of his life and his musical influence; many days were spent singing and worshiping, or simply spending time at the church.


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Pastor Danny described the impact of his father’s ministry as a major influence in his life as well. His father is primarily the reason he has become who he is today. The late Bishop Vander D. Purcell Sr. extended a legacy within Greensboro and many other areas by serving in ministry for 53 years before passing away earlier this year. His teaching permeates the fabrics of many lives, communities, and homes. Ministry leaders would call him for advice or prayer. Many of these leaders attended his bible studies as well, recognizing Bishop Purcell taught on such an in depth level that left his ‘students’ with a hunger to learn even more. The ministry was birthed in the Purcell living room and Pastor Danny provided the ministry its name, “Sanctuary Deliverance Church of the Living Word.” The first building was opened in 1983 on the Southside of Greensboro. When asked, “how did your father’s death affect you?” He gave these words, “people must understand the words man, mandate, and mantle. All of these words have the single word ‘man’ in them.” He further explained, “I wasn’t given the mantle because I was merely his son because I could receive the mantle without being his son. I was given the mantle because I was with him, the man, in his suffering.” Bishop Purcell’s sickness and last days were very difficult for Pastor Danny as he recalled feeling alone and as if he had no support from those whom he thought would stand with him during this time. “I was deeply hurt by things that happened during my father’s final days. People I had helped left me, this hurt me,” he explained.

Pastor Danny knows that business could be his primary focus. However, his thoughts are centered toward helping people become who they are meant to be so he pours his heart and life into ministry and serving humanity. Therefore balancing many hats is not burdensome for him. It is part of his mandate.

Nevertheless, he stayed by Bishop’s side and held his hand until life was no more, understanding the mandate his father had spoken to him and realizing his father’s mantle had been passed to him. Even though he now experiences the pain and anguish of losing both his parents within less than a decade apart, Pastor Danny’s faith in God and his desire to help people and restore communities pushes him forward. He knows he has been commissioned to help others realize who they are and what they are to become for the Kingdom of God. He acknowledges that before becoming a pastor he was a servant and a friend, therefore, his first priority is people.

Pastor Purcell has no future plans to consolidate the ministries. He faithfully preaches and serves TRC and Sanctuary Deliverance Church of the Living Word with services being held at both churches each Sunday. He envisions tremendous growth for both ministries, yet he understands the demographics of each church are not diverse enough to combine services at this time. He truly has a heart for people and speaks with individuals from all walks of life. He remains touchable not only to his congregations, but to others who may need assistance with life situations. His encouraging words resonate, “I become all men, that I may win some . . . there are many assignments and we must finish our assignments. God gives us assignments and we must complete each one. You can’t love God and dislike people; your relationship with God has to be so firm that you understand the importance that it is not about what you can get from people. You have to adapt to where people are in their lives; you can never give people the impression that it is only about the blessings of God. It is about a relationship with God first. We are his servants and we must base all relationships with the undertone of being a servant, then more relationships will not be damaged.”

In 1998, Pastor Purcell was ordained as a minister under his father and had been serving in ministerial capacity for a number of years as the Founder and Pastor of Total Restoration Center (TRC) before being installed as the Senior Pastor of Sanctuary Deliverance on July 27thof this year. He had already been presiding and ministering in the services at Sanctuary when his dad became ill, but was officially named the senior pastor this past summer. His ministry, TRC, is comprised of young adult families, singles, and those who have not been exposed to traditional church life. Although the ministry is fairly young, celebrating nine years this year, it continues to grow. TRC has a solid foundation with a tremendous focus on community outreach and meeting people where they are. His support with Total Restoration Center comes from none other than his wife Zalonda and their children, Trey and Hope. Pastor Danny states, “I understood two things, if I was going to be married and be a pastor, my wife had to love children and she had to be wise.” Pastor Purcell had been a single parent to his son Vander Purcell III (Trey) since he was three years old and for many years did not understand what it was like for single mothers. Now he empathizes, for he had lived it for a number of years and experienced all of the things that come with parenting – late night feedings, crying, diapers and more. He expresses a deep respect and appreciation for single mothers and is willing to do what he can to help those who experience struggles balancing life, parenting, and work. Though parenting never ends, he feels as if he has completed his assignment by being a stern father and grooming Trey for life. Vander III will attend North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University this fall and then has plans to attend University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He describes their daughter as being hope, as her name suggests. He stated, “She is just like me, she sings and wants to do the things I do.”

As he transparently shares his life with others, he admonishes and inspires each of us to protect and share the gifts God gives to us. “When God gives us a gift it is meant to be shared and given to others.” Each day he strives to fulfill God’s purposes and assignments for himself while helping the people he comes in contact with to do the same. h

For individuals dating or for those desiring a spouse, Pastor Danny offers this advice, “If you have children, marry someone who loves your children because you are a package.” He is grateful Zalonda accepted him and his son as the package they are and states, “She keeps me calm.” He recognizes Zalonda’s strength brings balance to their union because she uses wisdom and keen insight to make decisions affecting their lives, family, and ministry. Together they stand firm on the foundation of marriage, though not perfect, they have become an example to families within TRC and the community. In the midst of being a pastor, a husband, and a father, Pastor Purcell is a business man. He is the owner of Publishing Professionals, a small graphic design company, servicing several clients within Greensboro and surrounding areas.

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By Kalyn Hoyle Photos by Javetta Milton


avetta Milton, 32, was born and raised in Greensboro and currently resides in McLeansville, North Carolina. In high school, Milton served as captain of the flag squad, was a member of honors vocal ensemble, and helped start Page’s gospel choir, she graduated in 1999. Currently, Milton is Ms. Black Burlington USA, runner-up for Ms. Black North Carolina USA, and a talented actress. Milton hails from a family that understands and emphasizes the value of hard work. Her father, John Milton Jr., is the pastor of Full Gospel Christian Center in McLeansville and the owner of Gods Way Hauling Company. Her mother, Shelia Milton, operates Shelia’s creative hair design, a beauty salon. Milton says that she cannot recall a time when any of her or her six siblings had to struggle. Milton was raised in a household of six girls and one boy. Even today, she is notoriously labeled by her siblings as most dramatic. Milton is the proud mother of Jalen (12) and Cristin Murrill (10). After graduating, Milton led somewhat of a rebellious lifestyle and elected to get married when her parent’s thought she was too young. Soon enough, Milton became pregnant with her son and gave birth to her daughter during her marriage. Milton says managing the responsibilities of parenthood molded her into a much stronger individual. Milton went through a separation with her husband at age 23, leaving her with a new born daughter and one year old son to care for. In the aftermath of the separation and eventual divorce, Milton was in a state of depression, with a low self esteem, and a slew of trust issues. She says that her challenging situation drove her to question God’s overall vision for her life. After the divorce Milton had no job, no motivation, a lack of self respect, and began gaining significant weight. Milton eventually made an oath to live her life for her children and God, soon becoming recommitted to her church and ministry. She claims that through her struggles God never abandoned her and that it was her duty to find how to tap into her inner gifts. Milton eventually reconnected with the gospel singing group, Straight Up, who she has sung with for over 20 years. Confidence and communication were undoubtedly amongst her weakest traits when Milton was approached about acting in 2009 by Peachanda Dubose. Milton credits constructive criticism from Dubose and her colleagues as the principal factor that allowed her to hone in on her skills and techniques after being introduced to stage play, eventually leading to a theatrical career.


In the 2010 play Even a Wretch like me, written by Dubose, Milton’s stage play illustrated the theme of forgiveness as she portrayed a bitter woman dealing with the ups and downs of her relationship with her son’s father. Milton starred in her first comedic role in Where is Heaven when all Hell breaks loose. In this James Lyons written play, Milton says she had to act in ways that were quite distinct from the way in which she lives her real life. She says she had to conduct extensive research to get into character for the role. In 2011, Milton took part in a Wesley Lloxx written short film titled Hello. Premiered at the National Black Theatre Festival, Milton played the character of Sherita, a no-nonsense, outgoing girl who discovers that her man is unfaithful after giving him a chance at romance. Filmed on a real plantation, Milton helped to demonstrate the transfer of slave ideology from the past into the present in her role in the 2012 Bel productions film Rootz. In The other side of Pain, a play written by Roosevelt Jackson, Milton is an older sister who witnesses her younger sister struggle in a relationship with her husband. After her sister dies, Milton’s character takes matters into her own hands. Milton has taken part in over 30 different productions across the country. Milton’s next performance will be on October 6 in Charlotte in the Adrianna L. Williams best-seller In laws from hell. Milton is the founder of the GEMS organization (Growing, Empowering, Mentoring, Sharpening), a coalition founded to empower the minority youth of today through performing arts. Milton says she felt starting a community based program was vital because she herself had to overcome a low self esteem and at one point had subscribed to negativity. Milton partnered with Jo Jo Gardner at the Peeler Center in

north Greensboro in an effort to operate an Inner city performing arts school. Milton was instrumental in the creation of the Ablaze Ministry, a community group project, operated by college students to help lead young people in the direction of success and prosperity. When asked about role models, Milton was quick to identify her parents. Growing up, Milton witnessed her parents work full time jobs, her mother also attended cosmetology school at the same time. Milton says it was inspiring and motivating to see her parents set goals, write them down, and accomplish them. Milton summarized her success in the statement, “I still remember the moment I fell in love with acting. I was center stage! The lights were so bright I couldn’t see anything. I wasn’t me in that moment. I was someone else. I studied hard, I prayed even harder and got so nervous I became sick to my stomach. But at that moment, as the tears fell and I was her--I knew that I had fallen in love— there is healing in this love—not just for her, but for me as well. This love won’t fade, it is unconditional. What an awesome feeling to fall in love on this journey to finding my purpose.” h

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Ralph Simmons

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alph Simmons believes that anything can be accomplished with hard work and dedication. Born in Baltimore, Maryland his parents decided to relocate to New York City because the employment opportunities were a lot better. He recalls his mother recognizing his business mind in him at the tender age of five. His mother decided to send him to a small town in South Carolina called Pineville to live with his grandparents during the school year. Simmons says his mother felt that he would have a better quality of life in the country settings of the south. He would return every summer to reunite with my siblings. There were five girls and he was the only boy. As time passed, Simmons decided to stay in the south for the summer to help his grandfather in the fields. He often told Simmons if he wanted to grow up and feed his family, he must work. His grandmother was a housewife and prepared three meals a day. She was a no nonsense woman who knew her way around the kitchen. Simmons says the lessons she taught him, along with those of his mother, and his grandfather’s work ethic helped to propel him into the person he is today. He would eventually return to New York, but his mother insisted on him staying in South Carolina because most of his friends were being arrested and getting involved with drugs. He did and graduated from high school. After doing so, Simmons enlisted into the United States military where he spent three years before returning back to New York. He got a job as a parking attendant at a garage. Soon his life would change drastically. One day he learned that his grandfather had died. When his mother learned of his death, she was so overwhelmed that she had a massive heart attack and died also. Simmons says he didn’t know what direction his life was heading to. He took a part-time job at a catering company to keep his mind occupied. He was laid off from his job at the garage and decided to open his own restaurant in February of 1998. He called it RS Seafood Shack. This is where the trials and errors occurred. All of his seasonings were made from scratch, using different spices. The restaurant seemed to take off within three years, but in just seven years Simmons says he was burnt out. He decided to leave New York and the restaurant business and relocated to Charlotte, NC in 2006. The first thing he did was obtaining a real estate license and become a real estate broker. Simmons says the real estate market was at an all-time high in Charlotte then. Unfortunately, the market crashed and Simmons found himself in a tight situation. He was in a town where he had few friends. He had to think fast and reached back to his roots. He decided to use his grandmother’s soul food recipes and combine them with his soul food dishes. Soon after, Sunset Soulfood & Seafood was born. Sunset only uses the freshest and finest ingredients, serving only the choicest meats, seafood, and vegetables. Their menu includes collard greens, grilled salmon, salads, scallops, grilled shrimp, crab cakes, and a vegetarian platter. There is croaker, perch, flounder, oysters, tilapia, catfish, and whiting. They also offer turkey necks, barbeque turkey ribs, ox tails, chitterlings, meatloaf, and much more. Simmons says the first year took a lot of prayers and hard work to survive. He says that statistics show that 50% of businesses fail within their first year, and the rate is higher for restaurants at 70%. “If my business was going to succeed, I would have to get very creative and think out side the box,” he says. Simmons says what he loves most about owning a restaurant is the freedom to do whatever whenever he wants. “I like getting up in the morning and coming to the restaurant to create new dishes and watch the costumers eat every grain or ask for a carry out container to take home what’s left. I like meeting all the different people and faithful costumers who come week after week knowing I will try my best to give them excellent service,” he says. He is inspired by his success and knowing the margin for error was very slim while doing so. He is encouraged by having his granddaughter from New York visit each summer and choose to work in the restaurant along side him. Simmons has four daughters. h

Sunset Soulfood & Seafood 5009 Beatties Ford Rd. Ste# 112 Charlotte, NC 28217 Phone: (704) 919-1701


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er journey began in 1998 as a student seeking a B.S. degree in Agriculture at Virginia State University. She first questioned the ingredients of the personal care products she was using. She learned how her body breathes through her skin. She also learned how the products that she used was absorbed through her skin, and eventually entered into our bloodstream. As she read the labels, she noticed that many of the ingredients required a chemistry degree to translate. She also noticed that many products advised users not to ingest them due to possible poisoning. Aura Agape of Charlotte says she knew that she didn’t want to use anything on her body that could cause possible poisoning or death. She learned that animals raised and slaughtered for meat are injected with many antibiotics and hormones, many of which negatively impact the animal’s health. “I remember hearing the voice in my head saying, “You are what you eat…and their conditions too,” Agape recalls. She learned how food and pharmaceutical companies are connected through ownership of parent companies and regulatory agencies. “I realized that the regulatory agencies I have been taught to trust and expect to protect my health interests, were in fact testing and allowing (without knowing the long-term effects) genetically modified crops in open fields to cross pollinate with wild and other cultivated species,” she says. “The foods and medicine that we are consuming, in my opinion, seemed to be a series of experiments and we were the guinea pigs and lab rats.” She made a decision. She knew that if she wanted better, she was going to have to do better. She began her own research and study. In a chemistry lab at VSU, she made the equivalent of the over-the-counter medicine acetylsalicylic acid and realized that the initial ingredient was a tree bark. She asked why not just use the bark? She says her professor explained how corporations are in business to make money and the ways to do so is through patenting a compound. “At the time, no one could patent a tree. I began to study herbology in depth and learn from practicing herbalists,” says Agape. Soon she made her own herbal medicine and personal care products in a kitchen with very simple, yet effective supplies and ingredients. It worked and she continued to make more. Soon friends and family used the products and loved them as well. Who knew? Requests for orders eventually followed and word of mouth began to spread. At one point, her entire inventory could be contained in the kitchen pantry. Once she outgrew the pantry, Agape says her passion became her business, Herb’N Spice, LLC. Herb N’ Spice provides culinary & therapeutic herbal products and holistic wellness services. She makes herbal seasoning blends, spiced honey, seasonal salad dressings, marinades, pesto, herbal skin repair formulas, natural body care products, extracts, capsules, teas and more. She also provides wellness services such as Chakra Cleansing, Kemetic & Usui Reiki, Aqua Chi Foot Detox in addition to Herb’N Wellness Consultation & doula services. Agape holds a degree in Agriculture and also serves as an ordained minister and Kemetic Reiki Master Teacher. In addition to making products, she has continued her herbal and holistic education, and learned additional healing techniques of various forms. Agape’s scope of knowledge and experience is in various plant cultivation and soil conservation techniques, aromatherapy, herbal preparations and foods that heal. Many of her research papers and scholarly articles are in regard to holistic approaches to healing, wellness, and life. Agape creates natural products for the home and body in which their uses range from culinary to therapeutic. She has the passion and knowledge to spread the message and the consciousness that many are already armed with. Agape’s products and services include Herb’N Wellness Consultations, Ra Sekhi (Kemetic Reiki), Aqua Chi Foot Spa Detox, Herb’N Spice Collection, Herb’N Spice Blends, Herb’N Spice Salad Dressings/ Marinades, Herb’N Teas, Capsules & Extracts, Natural Deodorant, Bug-Off! Skin protection mist, children formulas, and more. h

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Tyreik Summers

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pray Paint Art is an art form using spray paint, traditionally on posterboard, but can be done on any non-porous material, such as wood, metal, glass, ceramic or plastic. For Tyreik Summers, he prefers a canvas to convey his message that is full of artistic explorations. It differs from graffiti art in that graffiti is performed on buildings and trains, as opposed to more traditional art surfaces. Spray Paint Art (Sadotgraphia or Aerosolgraphia) originally began in Mexico City in the early 1980’s by Ruben “Sadot” Fernandez. Sadot was a poet, made mosaics, and also used other traditional media, but became most known for his artwork made with aerosol spray paint. This art form is generally performed on the street and in large metropolitan cities, creating surreal landscapes of planets, comets, pyramids, cities, and nature scenes. Additionally, simple one-colored backgrounds or even multi-colored backgrounds where the paint swirls together or fades has been discovered.

Spray Paint Art is generally performed on the street creating surreal landscapes of planets, comets, pyramids, cities, and nature scenes.

A graduate of James B. Dudley High School, Summers describes himself as a unique individual who thinks differently and is extremely creative, imaginative, and very intelligent. He first started drawing when he was in the fourth grade. He was influenced by his father, who is also an artist and referenced his pictures for drawing. He began spray painting in 2011 after watching a YouTube video that described the thriving form of Spray Paint Art. “I get influenced by the skills of other advanced artist. I look and compare how detailed and clean their work is to my own. That makes me more determined to improve my skills,” he says. His artwork is mostly traditional, but can be very different. His style is based on different perspectives but his signature is always detailed, colorful, precise, balanced and neat. Summers says his goals in life are to find a career that includes art (auto body), create his own cartoon, and start a union for all artist. “I seek to expand my skills and knowledge on anything that proves to be beneficial to me,” he says. He finds inspiration in everything that looks interesting. “I take the time to think about it, and then I envision a picture based off what I saw,” says Summers.

Tyreik’s tools include Stencils, Paint Brushes, Spray Paint, Respirator, Pallet knives, and a Pencil

The market price for one of Summers creations begins around $15. He has sold over 20 pieces and says his most memorable sale was one that depicted a Sea Turtle. The biggest challenge he faces as an artist is finding the time to paint while working and attending college. h

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estled away in a quiet retail store in Charlotte, Rufus “R.G.” Pettis enjoys providing Greek apparel enthusiasts with his collection of accessories he has spent the last 30 years compiling. Though Distinctive Specialties have been in existence for nearly 30 years, Pettis has been the sole owner since 1997 after purchasing it from its group of previous owners. There you can find mugs, jackets, shirts, pictures, and more, all decorated with the letters and colors of many of Greek organizations. However, if you have time to talk and listen, Pettis has a lot more to share with anyone interested.

After finishing up at JCSU, Pettis was fortunate to receive an all expense paid Ford Foundation Grant to attend Oklahoma State University and received his doctorate degree in Math Education. He then returned to Benedict College and served as Chairman of the Math Department for three years, and later to returned to JCSU and served as Chairman of the Math Department and director of Summer School for 12 years. He retired from JCSU in 2001.

Pettis is and always has been a “busy body”. As a young boy he dug ditches and worked at the fish yard. He doesn’t claim to be self-made, but recognizes that there have been people who have helped him along the way. He has enjoyed a career in teaching and education that has spanned 41 years. He is a native of Fort Mill, SC, but has lived in Charlotte all of his life. He has formed several businesses, enjoyed being married to his late wife Willie, and does not hesitate to boast on

In 1984, he formed the R.G. Pettis Investment Company and acquired 43 rental units. In 1988 he began to offer real estate management plans to his tenants and afforded them a opportunity to own their own home. In 1998, he formed DNC Investment Company and built the Gold Hill Pavillion Plaza which accommodates 33 retail and office units. One of those units houses his business, Distinctive Specialties. In September of 2012, he enjoyed the benefits of having a 95% occupancy for the very first time at his plaza. In 2000, he established RW Enterprises to handle all of the rental spaces at Gold Hill.

“I shop out of a newspaper and clip coupons. I have never lived on my level. I have always lived financially below two or three levels of where I‘m actually at.”

Just by looking at Pettis, it is very hard to see all of the great things that he has done through his life. “I shop out of a newspaper and clip coupons. I have never lived on my level. I have always lived financially below two or three levels of where ‘m actually at,” he says. He doesn’t drive a fancy car or have a fancy wardrobe. Just as he has others managing his other businesses, he could easily get someone to manage operations at Distinctive Specialties. Yet, he enjoys the benefits and perks of coming in contact with customers. He says it all comes down to how someone handles their finances. Pettis also teaches financial workshops at churches who allow him to. The best advice Pettis says he could to anyone is to reduce your debt. He says pay your debts off and try not to owe anyone. He says that he doesn’t sleep much because there is too much to be done. “If you’re involved in anything and you don’t feel that it’s right for you, then get out of it,” he says. h

his two sons who have accomplished a great deal as a physicians and information technology professionals. His service to God comes as he serves a deacon at First Fellowship Church Ministries. He also serves his community and has given the largest financial donation to Benedict College for endowed scholarships in the history of the school. Pettis’ journey began when he graduated from Benedict College in Columbia, SC with a bachelor’s degree in Math Education. He was able to do this ― all while working as many at three jobs at one

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sha Sims, aka “ MotherLuv” describes herself as a Holistic Practitioner and Educator. In addition to serving as a Violence Prevention Coordinator/ Adjunct Professor at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, she acts as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Life and Wellness Coach, and Integrative Reflexologist. Sims also has a certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis to assist with stress, depression, trauma, smoking cessation, and past life regression. If that wasn’t enough to complete her resume, she also has a background in Chakra Therapy and is a Reiki Master that deals with the integration and balancing of core energy centers that affects a person’s development and growth of emotional, physical, and mental health. In 2009, Sims began to develop services that are centered on holistic therapeutic approaches that respect and empower. She founded Ashakti Wellness & Hypnosis. Holistic care of treatment focuses on education and responsibility for personal efforts to achieve balance and well-being. In her practice, Sims promotes wellness and the prevention of illness through holistic and preventive alternatives. “Maintaining a healthy balance of the mind, body, and spirit is the key to holistic health and well being,” she says. Understanding life’s lessons and relationships are key to the development of our mind, body, and soul. She believes that the key to life is learning to balance one’s life and adhere to the natural laws of the universe. “I believe we can operate in accordance with nature to maintain the appropriate development of our mind, body, and spirit,” Sims proclaims. Her services are centered on holistic therapeutic approaches that respect and empower her clients. Her goal is to help each client discover and develop their own inner resources and capacity for healing and growth. “We believe that by treating from a holistic approach, there is a system of care which fosters a cooperative relationship among all those involved,” she says. This is accomplished while striving towards optimal attainment of the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual aspects of health. Sims is inspired and motivated by her parents. Her mother was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 25 years ago. In 1993, after being confined to a wheel chair, her mother determined that she would walk again. After watching her mother endure the challenges of MS, Sims says she knew that there is nothing she cannot achieve. Her mother became a vegetarian and began a daily physical regime to regain her mental, physical, and spiritual strength. “Often we are off balance and need assistance in finding our self purpose in life,” says Sims. As a mental health professional, Sims became aware of the need to provide more concise and holistic approaches to healing. Due to an overwhelming amount of stressors, toxins, and obligations that most individuals encounter on a regular basis, the ending result is the compromise and deterioration of our health. “Increase in disease, obesity and depression all stem from our poor diets, lack of exercises, and lack of ability to deal with stress,” she explains. “There are many ways to live a quality life if we are willing to change some of our habits.” Some of her services include Counseling, Life Coaching, Energy Work, Detox Therapy, Clinical Hypnotherapy/Hypnosis, Detox Therapy, Ionic Foot Detox Bath, and more. Her products include nutritional supplements, herbal body wraps, skin/hair care, Soy candles, and room sprays. h

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“Love fashion… exude style”…Happy back to school shopping loves!!!! So everybody shops for there first day of school outfit. It’s almost as important as who is in your class or if you got the “good teacher”. Well I can’t do much for your class assignment or teacher but I certainly can give you some fashion rules for this upcoming school year and your perfect back to school look. Parents, do you want to surprise your kids with perfect trendy choices? Is fly your goal for back to school? If so, here is a top ten list for some guidance. Jean Jacket - Ok this piece of outwear is a MUST it goes over all your strapless dresses it’s the perfect addition to a flirty skirt and a tank and it’s a super fashionable way to keep cute and warm in those cold classroom buildings.

Cool backpack – ok the fun part of school is in the halls right? Not really but most socializing goes on in the hall. Be the center of attention with a bright, patterned or studded back-pack. Back to school this year we are bringing the sun on the inside with bright colors! Neon’s are a must have to add a pop of color to your daily jeans and t-shirt. You can wear bright shirts, accessories, jeans or even shoes but add a neon to stay trendy this year. Jean shirts are an essential to be paired with all those neon’s or even with another jean piece. Have any funny colored pants you just can’t find a shirt to match? Well jean shirt is your answer it’s a definite neutral and a perfect pairing with printed or colored pants.

Flowy skirts and maxi dresses for the young ladies are an easy way to get through class comfy and classy. They are comfortable and trendy. Various colors, elastic waist and various lengths make this trend perfect for all young ladies. Cool sneakers for the fellas is a definite DO! Sneakers with zippers, bright colors, and plenty of hardware will put you right on trend. Fun accessories are the perfect addition to a uniform as some scholars have to wear. Go with layered, bold, brightly colored accessories to make you stand out from the crowd. Speaking of a fun accessories cool eye wear such as cat glasses and nerd glasses are a must have. Adding eyewear can change your whole look.

Colored jeans is an “oldie but goodie”. This was a huge trend last year and is sliding on in to the next year. If you bought tons of colored jeans last year you are still on trend. But if you want to add some spice tie dye them!


THE MOST IMPORTANT trend is a smile and confidence. Whatever fashion trend you choose be confident in being you and sporting what you like. You don’t have to imitate when you’re the real thing.

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With all the fine print and legalities of running a company today, legal protection is a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be unaffordable. From legal consultations and contract reviews to debt collection and more, we’ll help you and your business with any legal matter, big or small. Benefits Include: - Legal consultation on unlimited matters - Business law expertise - Contract and document review services* - Debt collection assistance* - Legal correspondence* *Some restrictions apply

Review the membership contract for your selected plan and state of residence for full details on benefits, limitations and exclusions.


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How It Works 2

Receive Your Membership Packet

Become a LegalShield Member

You receive your membership packet by mail that explans the membership.

You become a LegalShield Member


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An Attorney will contact You

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Living Healthy

Things You Should Know about Your Cholesterol blood flow and increase your risk of heart disease. HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol is also known as good cholesterol because it is thought to help remove bad cholesterol from the body. There also are other risk factors that can put you at greater risk of heart disease. Your doctor or health care professional can give you a more detailed explanation.

Cholesterol is a type of fat found in your body. Your total cholesterol includes LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

If you have sky-high cholesterol, it may be partly genetic. But for some families, it’s inevitable that LDL, or bad cholesterol, will be in the unhealthy zone. The disease, known as familial hypercholesterolemia, affects about 1 in 500 people and can cause total cholesterol levels from 300 mg/dL to 600 mg/dL, as well as heart attacks early in life.Some people with familial hypercholesterolemia inherit two defective genes (one from each parent)­, a much rarer condition that affects 1 in 1 million people; they can have total cholesterol over 1,000 mg/dL. Such high cholesterol can cause early death, often before age 20.

LDL is called “bad” cholesterol because it can build up in the walls of your arteries and form plaque. Plaque build-up in the arteries can reduce

LDL slowly builds up in artery walls, causing a thick plaque that can narrow arteries, restrict blood flow, and lead to blood clots. Arteries

thicken, become more rigid, and start to take on the yellow color of cholesterol. If you were able to take a look at the inside of cholesterol-clogged arteries, they would look as if they were lined with a thick layer of frozen butter. Normally, you only know you have high cholesterol levels if a doctor tells you so. But it is possible for high cholesterol to be as plain as the nose on your face, showing up on the skin as reddish-yellowish bumps known as xanthomas. The patches vary in size and can be found all over the body, including on the joints, hands, and eyelids (though not all eyelid xanthomas are caused by high cholesterol). They tend to occur in older people and in those with diabetes or other health problems. Experts recommend that you keep your total cholesterol under 200 mg/dL, which is about the average for adults. However, below a certain level—generally 160 mg/dL—low cholesterol is associated with health risks, including cancer. h

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