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FOR A BETTER “To Reconcile the World to God Through Jesus Christ”
Embrace The New Year! A Letter from the Editor
It’s 2014. The time has arrived to make new resolutions, promises and goals. For me it’s a time to realize new opportunities and continue upon a journey to achieve somethings that I fell short of in the previous years. With the new year also comes new challenges. We can’t continue to operate in the same manner and expect a different outcome. We must press toward our marks and embrace what lies ahead.
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I have asked my self this question several times. What is the purpose in making new resolutions each year? Isn’t it the same as making promises to yourself. We promise to quit this, and promise to start that. However, somewhere along the line our focus changes and our resolutions become memories. This year, I’m going to post my promises and goals on my refrigerator door. I know for sure that I will eat everyday, and it will be impossible to miss my post while doing so. Really? There are a lot of things that we can do to better ourselves in 2014. We can exercise more, manage our finances more carefully, and be kind to others. This year I hope to be a much better person than last, simply by promising not to worry about the mistakes I made and forgiving those who failed me. In 2014, I hope to impact the lives of others by listening to their needs and making an honest effort to help. I have realized that you don’t need to possess a lot to make somebody else’s life better. All you have to do is show them that you genuinely care and that alone will make a huge difference. Whatever promise you make for the new year, just remember that promises are often broken. Keep your intentions and motives pure, and everything else will work itself out.
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Southern Automotive Styling Center
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Parts, Wheels, Rims, and More! Ford says. “We are a new face but have old roots and ties.” They offer quality parts, competitive prices, and knowledgeable customer service. They have numerous product lines to choose from including Lokar, Billet Specialties, Moser, MSD, NOS, Holley, Edelbrock, Comp Cams, Hurst, Powermaster, and hundreds more. Additionally, they offer VP fuels, and have the ability to fill NOS bottles, and rebuild carburetors.
For more than two decades car enthusiasts have been coming to Southern Automotive for all their high performance and custom car needs. New owners Jerry and Louv Ford have decided to continue this tradition by adding their very own twist to the business. Introducing Southern Automotive Styling Center. “We are locally owned and operated,”
Ford says the services provide are unique and tailored for each individual customer. This includes the inside and outside of your vehicle. Complete steam cleaning detail, tinting, stereo installation, emission tests, oil changes, light automotive repairs are all available. There is even a business center equipped with free WI-FI and concessions while you wait. “If you have parts or a surplus of parts, a vehicle, motorcycle, ATV or High Performance
Lawn Mower you would like to sell on consignment, our service and accessories department will be happy to help you,” Ford says. Their services are ideal for those in the Triad and surrounding areas including Greensboro, High Point, Winston Salem, Burlington, and Thomasville. They are more than happy to ship your parts direct, but if you want to pick them up yourself, Ford suggest that you call ahead to ensure that your parts will be ready when you arrive. Southern Automotive Styling Center is ready to go above and beyond to make sure all of their customers and clients are getting the very best. They are connected with numerous distributors which allows them to be versatile in both selection and pricing. Stop by today and allow them to help you with your race car, hot rod, custom care, restoration project. h Southern Automotive Styling Center 2320 Randleman Road Greensboro, NC 27406 336-373-1151 www.southernautomotivestylingcenter.com
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Return Of The Curls
Natural Hair Show Comes To Greensboro in August There are still a number of ways your organization can participate. Consider the following: Product Sponsorship – If your organization is unable to participate as a vendor, we invite you to become connected with the Return of the Curls experience through product sponsorship. Your product and/or marketing collateral can be included in our Swag Bags - a free gift chock-full of information, as well as hair and beauty product samples, offered to each attendee. This is a nominal sponsorship option that provides the ideal product placement with our diverse group of attendees. This is an effective tool to increase brand awareness and product sales. The Return of the Curls Natural Hair Expo is promised to be the Greater Louisville, Los Angeles, Richmond and Greensboro, N.C. regions’ premiere beauty, fashion and hair experience of 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with thousands of consumers who are in search of companies like yours.
Advertising Sponsorship – Also included in the swag bags, the Return of the Curls magazine offers a range of advertising options to promote your organization. This publication will feature interviews from some of the most notable natural hair bloggers, vloggers, and hair stylists, as well as a host of other beauty and
fashion news. As an added benefit, companies that secure advertising space in the magazine will profit from dual demographic exposure in KY, Calif, VA and NC. Don’t delay! The deadline for advertising submissions is 30 days from each expo date. Platinum/Gold/Silver Sponsorship – Previous sponsors include: CURLS, Shea Moisture, Miss Jessies, Nothing But Hair Care, Macys and Eden BodyWorks. Return of the Curls is excited about the new partners for 2014 and would welcome the opportunity to speak with new participants about adding their company’s name to this distinguished list. Additional information about sponsorship options can be found in the media kit availabe upon request. While the Return of the Curls magazine will be a special feature of this year’s tour, the event booklet from last year’s event also provides an overview of the quality and value of the advertising materials. h For more information call 336-772-3656
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Leon Batts Triad Cabinet Company
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n 1988 Leon Batts started his own business--Triad Cabinet Co Inc. He started out slow and small selling kitchen cabinets and renovations during the day and installing them at night. With just the help of one employee he was building his brand.
Born and raised in Rocky Mount North Carolina, Batts moved to Greensboro to attend North Carolina A&T. Armed with a degree in business administration, he remained in Greensboro and began working for Burlington Industries. His employment was secure, but growth and promotion within the company didn’t look very promising. He accepted a bookkeeping position with Marsh Furniture Company in the city. It was a steady and consistent paycheck but it proved to be inadequate. Batts noticed that the salesmen’s salary was significantly more than what he was making. It was obvious that selling the product was the way to go. He knew it was something he could do, so he took a class in kitchen design, got certified and began selling and designing kitchens for the same company. Pretty soon he was the lead salesman—out performing all the others by significant margins. Following a change in company ownership, Batts was given an ultimatum. He had to either scale back and receive less pay or choose to move on from the company. Extremely confident in his own knowledge and abilities, he chose the latter. Batts knew the business, so it was only a matter of putting in the time and energy required to build his business. “I have always believed if you have a good product and you have a good price for that product and good service for that product, you can be successful in just about anything you do,” Batts says. “I know the business from top to bottom. From unloading trucks, sweeping the floors, to kitchen design and installation. I’ve done it all. I can fit just about any space. You tell me what you want and I can design it.” Triad Cabinet Company has successfully grown such that Batts doesn’t have to wear so many hats. As the owner, he is primarily the salesman and designer.
“I have always believed if you have a good product and you have a good price for that product and good service for that product, you can be successful in just about anything you do.”
The company provides full service kitchen and bathroom sales, design, renovation and installation. In fact, they stock kitchen and bath cabinets for immediate delivery, as well as countertops. Although cabinets are a specialty, the company has expanded to much more. Batts says customers can come to Triad Cabinet for complete turnkey service. The process is simple. A consultation appointment is arranged in the customers home where they can describe what they want. Measurements are recorded, and Batts may advise the customers regarding the best direction to take. The project is designed and products are selected including, cabinets, countertops, flooring and much more. Next, the final price is calculated including installation and the work begins. Although the company can’t boast to being the largest company of its kind, such as Lowes or Home Depot or even drive the amount of volume as those big, brand stores, the business is extremely unique in the services it offers that the bigger stores are simply unable to provide.
Batts says, in general, Triad Cabinet Company offers an easier process and less expensive alternative to customers than the larger chain stores. “My prices are lower because my overhead is not as much as other businesses. Also with Triad Cabinet you are getting personal service. You deal with me or Eddie [his assistant] all the time. If you go to Lowes, for example, you may deal with one guy one day and someone different the next and yet someone else the next day and none of them know exactly what is going on with your project. Here, we know you and what you are trying to accomplish.” In addition he says the quality of work Triad Cabinet produces is second to none. Everything has Batts seal of approval. Unlike many of the big brand stores, Triad Cabinet employs its own installers rather than contract them out, which can add delays to a project and increased customer headache when they are forced to adhere to the varying schedules of multiple contractors. Batts says, “All of my installers work for me and only me. I can control their schedules because they are full time with me. Some other businesses have contractors and they can’t control when a contractor gets to a job, therefore a project could potentially drag on for weeks and months.”
“Some other businesses have contractors and they can’t control when a contractor gets to a job, therefore a project could potentially drag on for weeks and months.”
The company can complete and average kitchen or bathroom project from tear out to installation in one to four weeks. In addition, projects as simple as countertop or cabinet replacement could take as little as one week or even one day depending upon the customer’s specifications. In addition, the company has an onsite top shop where they are able to make, cut and cap Formica countertops, cut plywood and glass and customize them to customer’s specifications. Batts reiterates, “Even Lowes won’t do that. We make a finished product here.” It’s not just the quality, custom brand products like Kraftmaid, Quality Cabinets and Wolf Cabinets that customers appreciate from Triad Cabinet. It’s also the attention to detail they provide and extended service. Batts prides himself on the fact that his company sticks around and honors warranties and service calls well beyond the final sale and installation. If someone has a broken drawer or a part that needs repairing a year or two after installation do to normal wear and tear, we will still repair it, Batts says. The company stands behind every service it provides. In the 25 years that Triad Cabinet Company has been operating, the company has never had any problems or issues leveraged against it through the Better Business Bureau or any other regulatory agency. Over the years Batts has done thousands of kitchen and bathroom projects. He and his employees, all of which have been with the company for 20 years, know the business extensively. From mandatory codes to custom product and design options, they have it all covered. No job is too small or too large. From repairing small, broken cabinet doors to complete overhauls and renovations and even general furniture repair, Triad Cabinet is expressly able to handle every need and request. h
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She Was Born To Survive By Tonya Dixon Photos by B2L Photography
postle Regina McNeill has endured more than her fair share of hurt, heartache, pain and turmoil throughout her life. She has not only endured but she has overcome and survived to unapologetically tell her true story without bitterness, anger or unforgiveness in her heart. She is stronger and wiser for every one of her trials and tribulations. It’s no wonder she stands firmly on the scripture, Romans 8:28, which says, “…All things work together for the good of them who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.”
McNeill was raised in a Christian home with both parents present. They were even considered pillars in their Marion, South Carolina community. Her father owned his own prominent business, Arthur Davis Construction Company for many years. Her mother worked as a nurse (on 3rd shift) for over fifteen years as well. This left her to take on more adult responsibilities and basically erased any opportunity to be child. “I had to cook and clean, leaving me to be mature before my time,” she says. “I had to handle and carry some issues before I even knew what they meant.”
At the tender age of five years old, McNeill became the victim of sexual molestation by a close family member. The abuse was traumatizing and caused her a great deal of confusion. She kept her secret hidden for over 20 years. She carried it like a wounded soldier from the battlefield, except her wound didn’t heal. It was only after she had a real encounter with Jesus Christ that she allowed Him to turn her open wound into a scar of triumph over tragedy. Nevertheless, before McNeill had a head on collision with her saving grace, her confusion morphed into bitterness, anger and isolation. She became very stoic and indifferent and eventually extremely promiscuous. “I was looking for love in all the wrong places and loosing myself at the same time,” she says. “I was always telling and living a lie. I was crying on the inside but nobody could hear my tears. Nobody truly understood or knew what was going on.” Her parents’ schedules made it nearly impossible for them to hear their daughter’s silent screams. As McNeill aged she became numb to the pain of the abuse, but her premature exposure to sexual feelings left her in the precarious position of wanting something she couldn’t quite comprehend. Her life was spiraling out of control. She desired attention and affection and when she couldn’t get the appropriate attention she needed at home, she sought it out from men. It was the beginning of a dysfunctional cycle. At 13 years old, she found herself pregnant, after her very first sexual encounter and utterly afraid. She tried to run way, but the issue remained. Ultimately she wasn’t given an option. She would have an abortion no matter what. Her parents were furious to say the least and touted they wouldn’t raise another child and the unborn baby’s father, who was much older and about to begin college didn’t want the child. McNeill’s opinion wasn’t a factor in the situation. She was dropped off at the clinic by her boyfriend and left to face the procedure all alone. On their way home, he dropped McNeill off and subsequently told her he never wanted to see her again. The pain she incurred was indescribable. She retaliated by purposely hurting other men in relationship after relationship. Bitterness and anger mounted.
Despite the off-the-cuff life McNeill led she always enjoyed the consistency that church brought to her inconsistent life. “Every Sunday my mother made us go to church; no matter what happened throughout the week. Ironically, it kept me grounded and I enjoyed the routine aspect of it,” says McNeill. “That was the day I looked forward to. Out of all the madness it made sense. That was the one consistent thing that I could count on. It brought some saneness to my life.” It wouldn’t be long before McNeill realized it wasn’t just church that eased her mind, rather it was the peace of Jesus Christ. Invited by her mother to a revival one night, she gave her life to Christ at 20 years old and has been in hot pursuit of her purpose through Him since that great day. Although she didn’t know it and was already involved in a relationship, she was introduced to her future husband –Wayne McNeill—that same night. He was already an ordained minister and McNeill would eventually begin to follow her calling and minister the Gospel at 25 years old. Shortly thereafter, during a women’s conference, in which she was speaking, McNeill divulged the abuse, hurt and pain that she experienced so long ago. Her admittance provided a cathartic relief. It was also her mother’s introduction to the world of hurt her daughter endured. From that moment McNeill began a process toward allowing forgiveness to flood her heart and bitterness and anger to be uprooted. She has spent her life ministering alongside her husband of 22 years and her three sons through evangelism and pastoring. Apostles McNeill are known for their dynamic tag team approach in ministering the word of God at Kingdom Life International Ministries in Greensboro. Their path in ministry has been a complete faith walk, but McNeill says it was absolutely necessary. For a solid year the ministry didn’t see any growth. The church consisted of both McNeills and their three sons. Nevertheless, she says God remained faithful and began adding exponentially; so much so that they had to relocate to meet the demand. “It was hard, many times we questioned God. It was hurtful. But we understood that God had to check our motives. It was a pruning and testing,” McNeill says. “Money wasn’t there all the time. We went without food but we had to trust God. Sometimes saying yes to God and trusting Him will cost you everything. Following God has definitely been a complete faith walk for McNeill. She has overcome physical ailments that literally had her at the point of death. From being diagnosed with Lymphoma Cancer to Sarcoidosis of the lungs, she is a walking miracle. Even her doctors are astounded and perplexed. Yet, as McNeill puts it, “It was just God. I know God rewards faithfulness.” Not only does McNeill tell her story wherever she speaks, but she has devoted her life to ministering to despondent and hurting women. Every month she hosts a Morning Glory and Mentoring Clinic. She teaches and trains women, through her own experiences and transparency, to rediscover who God called them to be. She hosts a yearly conference—Releasing the Spirit of the Warrior—for the sole purpose of bringing those women together and pouring into them. In addition, McNeill leads Wailing Women’s Ministry International—teaching women to prevail in prayer. Through experience and real transparency, Apostle Regina McNeill is on a mission to help the hurting. There are more people that are hurting than most people think, she says. “What you don’t confront will eat away at you. I had to get to the point where I could conquer my past. You can’t conquer what you don’t confront,” she says. “I now have control over the thing that once controlled me.” h For more info about Apostle Regina McNeill, or to purchase her book (Silent Cry “Tears That Only God Can Interpret”) visit her online at www.rm-ministries.org It’s also available at www.amazon.com - Facebook.com/ReginaMcNeillMinistries Twitter-@RMministries (336) 525-6RMM(6766) Kingdom Life International Ministries, 309 S. Westgate Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407 Sunday Morning Worship 10am; Intercessory Prayer/Bible Study Wednesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm Releasing the Spirit of the Warrior 2014 Conference, hosted by Apostle Regina McNeill May 23-25, 2014 at Kingdom Life Int’l Ministries
Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom
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alarie Cooper and Tyrone Clemons of Greensboro are enjoying the best of both worlds. As creators and instructors of Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom they are privileged to fulfill their passion for dancing, and also share it with the rest of the world. Smooth Grooves ballrooming is a smooth, cool and elegant dance which combines slow dancing, hand dancing and the Cha-Cha all in one. It is danced to the down beat to Rhythm and Blues, Smooth Jazz and Neo Soul. The leader leads the follower in a series of dance patterns consisting of full turns, half turns, spins and/or dips. They met on the dance floor 10 years ago and have been dancing together ever since. Wherever there is laughter, good music and dancing, Val and Tyrone are sure to be in midst. They were initially introduced to partnered dancing in April 2009 after taking a Chicago Style Stepping class. They were exposed to Detroit Style Ballroom in March of 2010 and started attending classes in High Point and Charlotte, as well as learning on their own. “We were never shy about displaying the dance publicly. Consequently people began asking how they could learn to dance like us so in January 2011 the decision to start teaching Ballroom dance was made,” they say. After speaking with their mentor Calvin Siebert (aka Mr. Smooth from Inkster, MI) they were advised and encouraged to start teaching immediately. Now three years later, Smooth Grooves class participation is growing with each new session. Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom offers Urban Detroit Style Ballroom dance instruction, Soul Line Dance Instruction, Private Workshops for Church Singles and Couples Ministries, Public Performances, Wedding Choreography, Event Planning, DJ Services, Youth Classes, and Group Trips. They also host two major annual events that have attracted dancers from Raleigh/Durham, Fayetteville, Charlotte, Atlanta, Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. Tyrone and Val say they are blessed to have the opportunity to impact the lives of so many people. Smooth Grooves enables their clients to experience the same thrills. Dancing incites a sense of solitude, and produces an atmosphere where Valerie and Tyrone can elevate and transform it into whatever their imagination and creative energies desire.
“Dancing incites a sense of solitude, and produces an atmosphere where Val and Tyrone can elevate and transform it into whatever their imagination and creative energies desire.” Val & Tyrone
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Within the context of Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom, there is a leader and a follower. The leader’s role is to make the follower look as good as possible and the follower’s role is make it easy for the leader to accomplish his role. Ultimately it boils down to learning to operate as one unit while respecting each others roles. Once this is achieved, the end result is elegant, smooth graceful dancing ― Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom. “Our biggest influence is each other and the life lessons we have learned from ‘The Dance’. Our biggest inspiration comes from our students,” they say. “We love to see our students learning the fundamentals of the dance. We can always tell which students have gone home and practiced what they have learned in class because they get better and better with each class.” However, Tyrone says the most cherished moments happens when students, after grasping the fundamental concepts, start putting their own flavor on the dance.
Some of the programs offered by Smooth Grooves Urban Ballroom includes Urban Ballroom and Line Dance Classes, Private Lessons, Performances, DJ Services, Youth Classes, Private Group Lessons, Wedding Choreography, Periodic Dance Parties, Group Trips and Meetups.
Val and Tyrone share a competitive spirit that is rooted in a commitment to excellence and refusal to be second best. Their biggest challenge has been getting the word out to couples and singles who are looking for Smooth Grooves Ballroom dance classes. Their newest addition is classes now being offered to youth. Ballroom dancing and the other types of programs offered by Smooth Grooves gives kids other alternatives for things to do other the traditional activities. Plus they will more than likely love it. They offer a youth program for ages (6 - 12) teaching ballroom etiquette, the role of the leader, the role of the followers, as well as the basics of the dance. In addition, the kids are taught Soul Line Dance. Smooth Grooves has also announced plans to bring their talents to High Point. They will be teaching Beginner’s Level Urban Detroit Style Ballroom and Soul Line Dance. They will focus intently on the foundations of the dance and teach the gentlemen how to lead, and the ladies how to follow. The classes will be offered on Saturday mornings beginning January 11th through February 8th, 2014. Class times are 11:00 am till 12:30 pm and will be held at The Deep River Recreational Center located at 1529 Skeet Club Road. Addiitonal classes are offered at the Creative Center located at 900 Sixteenth Street in Greensboro. h
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Val and Tyrone met on the dance floor 10 years ago and have been dancing together ever since.
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Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)
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- Health Care Tax Credit for Small Businesses
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- Credit for Hiring Qualified Veterans
The maximum credit that employers can take for hiring qualified veterans in 2013 is $9,600 per worker or $6,240 per worker for tax-exempt organizations.
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ommitment, dedication, and faith is required for anything to work or to be successful. The Lee Mykel Hair Studio is fortunate to have four experienced professional hairstylists that embody each of these qualities. They each have a general understanding of what their clients needs are, and their relentless efforts of meeting them are what keeps them in business and make their styling facility one of the very best. They are changing the face of hair care in the triad and making their clients very happy while doing so. Meet the ladies of The Lee Mykel Hair Studio ― Wanda Wilson, Chiffany Bradley Lowe, Callie Crockett, and Debra Harris.
The doors of The Lee Mykel Hair Studio opened for business in March of 2013. Located in the Spring Garden Plaza on Spring Garden Street in Greensboro, N.C., clients are offered various styling services including color, relaxers, natural hair care, and weaves. With well over 50 years of collective professional hair care experience, each stylist offers something that is unique and tailored made for anyone that seeks their service. Inside, clients are treated to a warm and inviting atmosphere that offers complimentary WI-FI, HD television, and more. Appointments are available, and walk ins are offered also. Chiffany Bradley Lowe is a woman of Christ, a wife, a mother, a cosmetologist and a very good friend. She has over 15 years of professional styling experience and attended Carolina Beauty College and Leons Beauty School. “I am inspired by Christ, family and serving people. This is my ministry and I am passionate about working with hair,” she says. Lowe only uses Design Essentials & Influance hair care products. Her services include healthy hair Care, cuts, color, natural hair, thermal silkening and styling.
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Callie Crockett was born in Cleveland, OH and raised in High Point, N.C. She is a single parent with one son and says she loves being a hairstylist. “I’m blessed and very fortunate to do what I love and make a living while doing it,” she says. Crockett attended Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown. She specializes in custom color, extensions, healthy hair and damage regrowth. She’s been a professional stylist for four years and says she is inspired by the reactions from her clients after she has completed their service. Crockett uses Paul Mitchell color line and Design Essentials for hair care and chemical services. Wanda Wilson has been a hair care specialist/make -up artist for almost 21 years. Her niche is to promote healthy hair and growth, and provide her clients with a style that will work best for them. Serving a diverse clientele from students to business and community professionals, Wilson stresses to her clients that their total image encompasses everything. Wilson intends to add personal styling to her list of services. “As a personal stylist, I will assist women and men with inventing a new style or revamping their existing pieces. I will conduct wardrobe analysis and offer personal shopping services, and special event styling,” she says. Wilson is a member of the PTA at Bluford Elementary School and a mother of three. She is also a graduate of James B. Dudley High School and Leon’s Beauty School.
Debra Harris has been a professional stylist for 16 years. She attended Dudley Beauty School in 1998. She specializes in healthy hair, cuts, twist updo’s, and braids. “My inspiration is to teach women about their hair and to see them walk out looking and feeling beautiful with healthy hair,” she says. “I only use Design Essential and Influence Products.” h
Client Testimonies Debra has been our stylist (my daughter and I) for over a year. She is smart, kind-hearted, determined, understanding and definitely has the ability to just look at your hair and know exactly what it needs to be healthy. She takes great pride in what she does and takes care of every client who sits in her chair. I made the mistake of going to another stylist who ended up damaging my hair. Debra stepped right in and immediately began getting my hair healthy again. Sharon Ray
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Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5
awana Ross is a voice to the nations. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, her anointed voice is as “one crying in the wilderness” while giving God the Glory always. She is humble, yet her determination to fulfill her calling from God has captured the attention of the nations. Tawana’s character, integrity, agape love, and scriptural honesty provide her the ability to touch the hearts of individuals and the Church. She is not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. She proclaims the Word of God to the community and the world through her music, and teachings.
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God.” Hebrews 11:3 Moving and breathing only because of what Christ has done in her life, Tawana Ross is a “light to the nations”. If it had not been for His sustaining power she knows that she would not be here today to proclaim that same power. She refuses to compromise and settle for less than all God has for her life in purpose and destiny. She teaches through living out that the Word of God as the blueprint for her life. It has transformed her thoughts as she daily seeks to have the “Mind of Christ” and to do His will. Jesus keeps her strong. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 With her lungs full of the breath given to her by her Savior, she preaches with scripture from God’s Holy Word, and through the form of Holy Hip Hop. Bringing messages of change and hope to a world that needs to hear the truth and the healing words of the Savior. h
In Her Own Words “Before I am a rapper I am a minister of the gospel; the unadulterated Word of God that changes, heals and sets the captives free. My hearts’ desire is to prevent the loss of any souls to the tactics of the enemy. I vow to help spread the Gospel throughout the earth, teaching the Good News so that Minds are Transformed, Thoughts are Reconstructed, Hearts are Changed to want to be like Christ and Holiness becomes the Choice of Lifestyle.” As a former student of New Life Theological Seminary, and Liberty University Tawana continues her educational pursuits knowing her charge is to “stay committed and equipped” for the building up of the Kingdom of God while proclaiming liberty through the Name of Jesus Christ the Messiah. For more information about Tawana Ross, please contact Bedrock Gospel at www.bedrockgospel.com 704-763-9353
David F. Jackson Living a Life Dedicated To Helping Others
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avid F. Jackson has the heart of a servant. Along with his wife Tonya, they operate The House of David Ministries which provides out-patient rehabilitative services for individuals who are or have been incarcerated, and are re-entering society. Established in 2011, their services include faith based counseling, vocational training, mental health and substance abuse counseling. They serve formerly incarcerated men and women, as well as their families. They also serve at risk youth. House of David Ministries is a subsidiary of Wings of Love Outreach ministries which is part of Christos Global Cathedral. Their physical address is 7 JW Thomas Way in Thomasville, N.C.
Originally from Washington, D.C., Jackson says his compassion for those that he serve is rooted in his faith and love of God. He received his training from The New Direction International Teaching Ministries. “I have a heart for these people because it’s unfair for us to condemn them for their past when God has given us a clean slate. We don’t know when our second chance in life was given, and we have no right to deny someone from theirs,” Jackson says. “Regardless of what we have done, Christ has paid the ultimate price to redeem us and bring us all back into relationship with God”. Jackson gave his life back to God in 1990 at the age of 11. He re-dedicated and answered the call on his life in June of 2007 and began serving in ministry as an armor-bearer to Dr. Marlon E. Creft Sr. He was elevated to the office of Elder in 2011 and eventually promoted to the office of Overseer. He is also the establishmentarian of House of David Ministries Inc. He currently oversees the outreach ministries for Christos Global Cathedral in Thomasville, NC. and also the music department for the reformations (Christ Covenant Keepers International Ministerial Fellowship) and CCKIMF Africa. Jackson says he loves seeing God move in the lives of the people he serves. “It touches me when God gives hope to those who feel hopeless,” he says. Besides God, Jackson says he is inspired by his wife Tonya and his leaders and support system, Archbishop Dr. Marlon E. Creft Sr., and International First Lady Tracy D. Creft. Jackson and his ministry has impacted so many lives since starting their program. Their biggest challenges are trying to get collaborative assistance, training or support from other outreach ministries that have been in existence longer than The House of David. “A lot of people would say they are here to serve the community and that it’s not about one particular ministry out performing another. But once motives were exposed we’ve found that they were in this for personal gain and not to serve God’s people,” says Jackson. h To learn more about the House of David Ministries, please contact David F Jackson Jr. at (336)340-7200, or by send a detailed e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Written request are asked to be submitted to The House of David Ministries Inc., located at P.O. Box 636 in High Point, N.C. 27261
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ost women go to their local beauty salon for the latest style, but also to relieve a weeks’ worth of built up stress through an unofficial counseling session with their personal hair stylist. It’s an unwritten rule throughout the African American community that beauticians and stylists must be able to work wonders with hair and be fully capable of counseling, advising and keep secrets for everyone who sits in their magical chair. Tamia McCray is not only familiar with the rules; she is completely comfortable with them. Interestingly, she is actually qualified and certified to fill both roles. McCray is the founder and owner of Weave Doctors Full Service Salon in Greensboro N.C. She is the former owner of two very lucrative salons--On Point Stylez and Cuts, a beauty and barber salon in Atlanta GA, and Weave Express Salon in Fayetteville, N.C. Additionally, she is a licensed psychologist with nearly 10 years’ experience in counseling. McCray graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 2001 with a bachelors degree in Psychology. She then pursued her masters degree in Professional Counseling at Argosy University in Atlanta, GA., and graduated 2003. McCray is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Counseling Education and Supervision in her dissertation phase. Tamia McCray, a Celebrity Stylist coming from Atlanta, has experienced a bit of it all. While working on her master’s degree in Atlanta she began styling her neighbor’s hair who happened to be the wife of Akon—an Atlanta-based Hip Hop artist. Before long McCray realized she wanted to do hair full time. Through word of mouth she developed a reputation among many celebrities and became the area’s go-to stylist. She eventually began working for The Monique Show, which led to a position with Tyler Perry Studios, where she was the on-set stylist for the hit shows House of Payne and Meet the Browns. She hasn’t plateaued, because that would indicate no further growth and that’s certainly not her style. She says there is absolutely much more to
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be accomplished. Nevertheless, she is absolutely certain where she is right now is exactly where she should be and more importantly it’s where she wants to be. She is content with the evolution of Tamia and the brand that she is building which includes her very own hair line called ‘True Life Virgin Hair’ that includes different hair types such as Brazilian and Peruvian. The quality is 100% guaranteed to be ‘TRUE to LIFE’ and is sold wholesale and retail and can be packaged with any extension service at the Weave Doctors Salon. Other different types of hair carried at McCray’s salon are Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, and Indian with textures of Body Wave, Straight, Loose Deep, Loose Wave, Curly.
Weave Doctors Full Service Salon has a well-rounded team experienced in all different hair types. Their clientele ranges from the area college student, the sophisticated recent grad, the local entrepreneur, the doctors wife, or one of the many clients flying in from New York to Texas for their services. Weave Doctors specialize in all extension services, relaxers, color, precision cuts, natural hair, as well as loc maintenance.
Her brand is synonymous with healthy hair and a healthy life. “I love doing weave, but that’s not really my passion. I’m a full, well-rounded stylist that does healthy hair,” McCray says. “I do everything, not just weave. I teach my clients how to maintain their hair underneath the weave. I want to teach women how to grow long healthy hair. I want to educate. I want to make women feel good inside and out because I’m not just doing their hair; I’m nurturing their soul. As a hair stylist you are like a counselor anyway. People are talking and pouring their hearts out. I deal with strong women, but they just don’t know they are.” McCray is passionate about her gift. She even jokes, she could probably live at her salon. Her days and nights are spent beautifying clients inside and out. If she isn’t physically in the salon she is checking on her clients or devising plans and events for the salon. It’s a continual grind. She dedicates time specifically throughout the week to call, text or Facebook her clients and simply check to see if their hairstyles are still just as fly as when they left the salon or simply just to answer their questions. Her can-do attitude and determination to succeed at all costs stems from a childhood of constantly being told she couldn’t do something or she wouldn’t succeed because of where she came from. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and public service is inbred in her. In fact, McCray uses every opportunity she can to encourage other women to make their dreams a reality. She says, “I have a testimony. I’m not ashamed to tell people where I come from and what I’ve been through. One of seven children, I was raised in foster care. People said I wouldn’t make it. It drove me and I made it. People tell me all the time I was stupid for leaving Atlanta to come to Greensboro to build a salon. They look at me and say, ‘Oh you’ve done the celebrity thing.’ I say yes I’ve done that, but I’ve also been to the bottom and I’ve worked my way up. I can’t really tell you why I left Atlanta, but I can tell you that it was the best decision that I could have ever made. You can
put me in a little hick town and because I believe in myself, I know I will make it. I’m going to thrive. I’m going to hustle. I just believe I have something this area needs.” Weave Doctors does specialize in weave and extensions but it is truly a full service salon. For over two years McCray and her professional staff, which now includes five other exceptional stylists, have made a significant impact in the styling profession as well as the community. As far as McCray is concerned (not to be arrogant), and most clients will concur, Weave Doctors is not just a salon, rather it’s an experience. From the time customers arrive until the time they leave, the staff makes sure their stay at Weave Doctors is exceptional. McCray personally trains her stylists before they are allowed to handle any clients. As the owner and manager she says it’s her job to make sure people leave feeling great and understanding the passion she has for her craft. It’s not just the customers who patronize Weave Doctors that are privy to excellence, but the entire city of Greensboro. McCray is virtually obsessed with giving back because she realizes she has received so much. Weave Doctors is always supporting the community. From holiday financial sponsorships--most recently McCray gave away $500 to five deserving families—to custom wigs for adults and children with cancer to caroling at a local nursing home. They have sponsored a “Feed the Community” food drive for Thanksgiving for the past two years. While doing so they gave away free turkeys, hens, hams, and food baskets to 200 families. They’ve also sponsored a ‘Back to School’ drive and gave away free school supplies as well as free hair services and haircuts to local community kids. It’s the type events that she admits don’t make per pockets any fatter, but are among the most rewarding. Always looking forward, McCray and Weave Doctors are always looking to be better and do more. She is always making sure she and her stylists are getting more education and knowledgeable of the latest techniques. Clients, future clients and supporters can certainly look forward to Weave Doctors growing into an even more affluent salon as well as expanding to other locations.
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McCray says the future is definitely bright and she is excited about bringing her passion and brand to Charlotte North Carolina within the next few months. Nevertheless, she says Greensboro will always be her main location. h
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Give Life In The New Year Dr. Jillian Morgan
magine someone you love has been involved in a serious car accident and is in desperate need of blood. However, with their life on the line, they can’t find a match.
For so many Americans, especially African-Americans, this exact scenario could be a harsh reality. But this does not have to be... if each of us would just donate one pint of blood. Happy New Year! January is National Blood Donor Month. Let’s start this New Year off by saving a life. Give Life in the New Year. As you reflect on all the material gifts you gave and received this holiday, I urge you to give one more meaningful gift…the gift of life.
Every 2 seconds someone in the United States needs blood! There are many more circumstances, in addition to automobile accidents, that warrant an individual’s need for donated blood such as natural disasters and unexpected emergencies, like Hurricane Katrina and most recently, the Boston Marathon bombings. Blood transfusions are often necessary for cancer patients as well. More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
Just 1 pint of donated blood can save up to 3 lives! For many individuals, blood transfusions are needed on a regular basis to sustain their life. In fact, an individual with Sickle Cell Disease may need 15 to 25 blood transfusions each year. Sickle cell disease is the most common genetic disorder in the African-American community. The best matches for these sickle cell patients that require frequent blood transfusions are blood donations from other African-Americans.
Sadly, only around 1% of the Black community donates blood. This means that donated blood might not always be available when African-Americans need it. Increasing African-American donations is imperative because blood types O and B, the blood types of about 70% of African-Americans, are the blood types most in demand.
One out of every 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood! The American Red Cross is the largest single supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. They collect more than 40% of the US blood supply and distribute it to nearly 3,000 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide. The American Red Cross blood program started in 1940, under the leadership of Dr. Charles Drew. Dr. Drew, an African-American physician, developed the first system for storing blood. He established the world’s first blood drive and in 1941 started the National Blood Donor Service for the American Red Cross. Red Cross statistics show that 45% of people in the U.S. have Type O blood. This percentage is even higher among African-Americans at 51%. For that reason, a shortage in Type O blood would greatly affect our communities. This is why it is hugely important that African-Americans donate blood in an effort to save our own lives.
More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day to maintain an adequate US blood supply! The entire donation process takes about one hour. The actual blood draw takes only a few minutes. So, in just one hour you could save 3 lives! Did you know… that it only takes 24 hours for your body to replace the plasma that you donate? Just 24 hours. So this New Year, I urge you to give the gift of life. Take one hour out of your day and donate one pint of blood. Give Life in the New Year! For more information about donating blood and to find a blood drive in your community please visit www.redcrossblood.org. h
Dr. Jillian Morgan holds a Ph.D. in pharmacology with a focus in oncology. She is a researcher, motivational speaker, professor and medical science liaison for an international biomedical company
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eronica Neblett of Greensboro is the founder of Straight Pathways Ministries Inc. Formed in March of 2013, her goal is to help incarcerated women re-enter society and get a new start on life. Her work with prison ministries, especially with women re-entering society has given her clear insight into some of the problems they face upon leaving prison. One of their greatest challenges is finding safe stable housing. They face barriers that prevent them from reuniting with family members, moving into government subsidized housing and even signing a lease on an apartment in their own name. For that reason one of the first projects of Straight Pathway Ministries, Inc. is to establish a transitional housing program called “Women of Hope.” In this program women will be able to move directly into this facility upon their release from prison. Women can live here for up to 18 months as they become prepared to move into independent living. Parts of these living arrangements include their participation in weekly classes and developing skills to be productive in society. Neblett is the mother of two and has two grandchildren. She was born and raised in New York and later moved to North Carolina in 1984. She graduated from York College, CUNY and has a bachelor of science degree in Accounting. She is also a graduate of One In Christ Bible College in Greensboro, N.C. Additionally she is a Clinical Pastoral Chaplain at Alamance Regional Hospital in Burlington, N.C. and has dedicated her life to ministering to those incarcerated. Neblett currently lives in Gibsonville N.C. and attends Mount Zion Baptist Church of Greensboro, Inc., where Bryan J. Pierce, Sr. is the Senior Pastor. She is an ordained minister and has served as the Pastor of Prison Ministry there. She has also published a book “Expressions
Neblett says God showed her many years ago that you can be in prison without the bars. “I have been in this place and I know how it feels to want to be free and trapped by the bars of life, hurt and disappointment. When I go into the prisons, I see the same type of pain in their eyes and talk,” she says. Throughout her life Neblett has experienced things that have helped her to understand many types of hurt and pain. She says now God has given her freedom of mind, body and soul and now she wants everyone who is hurt and lost to find the freedom that only God can give through His Son, Jesus Christ. h
Help Me, Dear Lord I am now walking down a path that’s new, Help me, Dear Lord to be true. You have given me another chance, Help me, Dear Lord to advance. It’s been a long hard way that I have come, Help me, Dear Lord because you are the only One. My way has not always been very clear, Help me, Dear Lord to always allow You to be near. As I begin the straight path to depend entirely on you, Help me, Dear Lord to allow you to. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path, Help me, Dear Lord to stray from wrath. I close my prayer asking you to ever keep me in Your hand, Help me, Dear Lord to obey what you command. It’s in you I put all my trust, Help me, Dear Lord because abiding in You is a must. Amen!
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