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Nov./Dec. 2023 Vol. 5 Issue 4


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Your Voice is Your Ticket A Letter From The Editor

Everything that will come to us in life is connected to our voice. The word of God shares there is power in what we speak. We can speak about things that can change our outlook and circumstances: greatness, healing, abundance, prosperity, deliverance, victory, etc. With the same voice, we have the option to speak of detriment and destruction. I am reminded of what my mother told me as a young boy, “Be careful what you say”. When faced with adversity throughout my life, the outcome has always been connected to what I said. Whatever thought I allowed to reside in my mind about a situation, my actions would align with it. If I believed that I could win, I won; if I thought I couldn’t, I did not. It all came down to what I spoke to myself. Terry L Watson


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Imagine the challenges and adversity Brain Surgeons face within their profession. They are asked to care for patients who have suffered trauma to their head that involves bleeding, swelling, and ultimately life-threatening conditions. The degree of difficulty in their actions within the operating rooms is off the meter; still, they must remain calm and complete their assignment. If the surgeons spoke doubt and were unable to care for their patients, they would fail. They would fail if they allowed fear and disbelief to dictate their actions. Instead, they must speak with assurance, and by doing so, their confidence in their abilities will arise. It all comes down to what they speak to themselves.

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God speaks to us, and He doesn’t expect us to be quiet. Whatever you want and need, open your mouth and speak. Your body language should speak for you. How we treat others speaks for how we feel about ourselves. You will only go as far in life as your voice will take you.

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Tenacious Moments

Wellness Coaching

By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Takiyah Henderson Takiyah “Coach Kia” Henderson, also known as “Thee Tenacious One!” is the face and founder of Tenacious Moments Wellness Coaching. Her company’s services and programs give busy moms and working women the tools to achieve mind, body, soul, and spiritual wellness and live purposefully to prevent such terminal illnesses. Her experiences in life have inspired her to be where she is now. Takiyah says life got real for her when she became a mother at 15 years old. “It was the scariest time of my life. I was ashamed and embarrassed, but I accepted my responsibility. The hardest part was dealing with people talking stuff behind my back, the baby daddy acting up, tears and loneliness at night when I was alone, and smiling like everything was okay during the daytime. Looking back, I know God had His hand on me. The Tenacious One that I know today was born right along with my beautiful baby boy in August of 1997. At 15 years old and a junior in high school, I had to become “Superwoman.” I juggled a baby, sleepless nights, school work, a job, relationship issues, socializing, and the mental and emotional stress of my new normal. It was exhausting and I was all over the place but I did it. I stayed on the Honor Roll, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and graduated as one of the top 10 students in my class and on time. I accomplished those things by the grace of God, and I promised myself I would not allow my status to define me.” “As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I help busy moms and working women suffering from “superwoman syndrome.” You know, the women who neglect themselves to the point of stress and burnout while trying to be everything to everybody. I empower and support their journey to prioritizing their well-being and creating a happy, healthy, and purposeful lifestyle,” Takiyah says. “Stress is detrimental to our health, and so many women, and men too, are suffering in silence trying to hold it all together. It is a silent killer and affects every area of our lives. It causes anxiety, depression, panic attacks, emotional breakdowns, and other stress-related illnesses like high blood pressure, kidney failure, strokes, and heart attacks. That is why it is so important for busy moms and working women to recognize when they’re shutting down mentally, physically, and emotionally. My focus is to help these women achieve and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle without feeling guilty about prioritizing their self-care.”


Tenacious Moments Wellness Coaching started as a business without a name. Takiyah says it has been a part of her lifelong journey. “When I was a young girl, as far back as I can remember, people of all ages would tell me their stories. I mean detailed information that a little girl probably should not have known. But I would sit and listen intently to what they were talking about with no judgment and a smile. I had no life experience or advice to help them at the time. All I could offer was a listening ear and a calming spirit,” she says. “Listening to stories has become my norm over the years. If I’m sitting somewhere long enough, a stranger will find me and tell me about their life’s events without hesitation. And guess what? I absolutely love hearing them! Not because I’m nosey or a gossip; I actually have decades of stories and secrets locked in my “secret vault.” The truth is that I am intrigued by people for who they are, what they do, and how they became.”

“I believe in the power of transformation and purposeful living. I’m a ball of intuition. I see, hear, feel, and sense what’s unclear and unsaid when I’m completely grounded and standing in my power.”

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Takiyah is the wife of Ryan, the mother of Isaiah, Andre, Jael, and Xavier; the mother-in-love of Malazea; and grandmother of Zaylin, Zyheir, Zacari, and Zyan. Her parents Gina and Steve, surrounded Takiyah with her siblings David, Braheem, Brandon, Kendrick, Bernard, Terri, and Sophia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in African Studies that she received from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching & Community Care acquired from Liberty University. Takiyah is also the 2001 National Winner of the Health Occupations Students of America “Medical Spelling” competition. Takiyah shares that she has been called a healer. “I believe in the power of transformation and purposeful living. I’m a ball of intuition. I see, hear, feel, and sense what’s unclear and unsaid when I’m completely grounded and standing in my power. I believe that endings are opportunities for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual rebirth and alignment,” she said. This experience cemented Takiyah’s purpose to help others. She says a few years ago, she listened to someone’s story, and it baffled her. “I couldn’t understand it. I didn’t know how to come to terms with it, and as much as I wanted to help, I didn’t know how. I wanted to understand because I truly valued this person, but I reached my plateau of knowledge for these types of situations. So, I did what I do best. Allowing my curiosity to guide me on my next journey, I went back to school to learn. I enrolled in the Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching & Community Care master’s degree program at Liberty University. I learned the information that I needed to listen to those stories, dissect, and reframe them based on the many different factors of a person’s life experiences.” Takiyah says she loves helping women enhance their lives while simultaneously owning the power to show up in integrity and as her authentic self. “I facilitate healing for my tenacious ladies using my natural, God-given gifts and skills to support them in creating awareness around who they are, their purpose, and how to use those things to achieve the life they desire. I also appreciate the opportunity to listen and remain curious about their stories,” she shares. Looking ahead, Takiyah plans to continue to enhance her brand and assist as many people who seek her services. “I am in awe of the power of transformation. I want to continue encouraging my Tenacious Ones to live happy, healthy lifestyles and get in alignment with their purpose. In February 2024, I am launching my Design Your Life for Wellness Challenge. This will be a live group coaching program designed to support my clients in prioritizing their health and happiness and creating the lifestyle they truly desire. Also, I’ll be writing more personal development and purpose-driven articles and blogging about holistic wellness,” she says. Overall, I want to stay open, in love, and in alignment with what God has for me.”

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AC Creations Events and Decor LLC By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Ann Steele-Chambers

Ann Steele-Chambers of Charlotte, NC, is a Certified Wedding and Event Planner. She has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work. Her values are based on her love for family and providing her clients with the very best experience possible. She is married and has two children, ages 9 and 11. Ann is also the owner and designer of AC Creations Events and Decor LLC, which is also based in the Queen City. AC Creations Events and Decor LLC offers various unique and professional design and decor services such as Wedding planning, Wedding day coordination, Décor Services, Event Planning, Event day-of coordination, Photography, Musicians, DJs, live bands services, and more. AC Creations Events & Décor has enjoyed five years of business. Under Ann’s direction, the company has built many relationships and partnerships with venue owners and vendors. Ann shares the vision to launch her company came from her mother, father, and aunt.

I love the planning process of interacting with different vendors and being able to take my client’s visions and turn them into reality.”

It takes a lot of effort to produce the kind of events Ann and her company does. More than anything, Ann expresses her passion and love for serving. “What drives my passion for weddings and event planning is seeing all the months to a year of planning come together. I love the planning process of interacting with different vendors and being able to take my client’s visions and turn them into reality. I also appreciate the love my brides express when they trust me and my creativity,” she says. “Be creative and surprise me with your décor skills”.

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Go for your dreams and understand it will not be easy. Don’t worry about what people say about you. Stand out, be different, shine like a star, and walk with courage. Ann has faced her share of challenges like any other event planning business. The biggest one she shares is encouraging her clients to invest in their events. “Getting my clients to spend money on great quality and professional event services is challenging. I share the cost of my services with them, and I don’t waver. I stick to my prices and understand that not everyone will be my client. I also know that not all money is good money. I know my worth and value,” Ann says. Ann’s advice for other aspiring Event Planners is very positive. She says, “Go for your dreams and understand it will not be easy. Don’t worry about what people say about you. Stand out, be different, shine like a star, and walk with courage. And always shadow other wedding and event planners, attend seminars and trainings, and invest in your business. Don’t ever give up, and pray every day for strength.” AC Creations Events & Decor LLC has recently partnered with Venue Project 1610, located in Charlotte. With her newest moves, Ann says her goal is to take her business to a different level, eventually doing higher-end weddings and events in other cities and states. “Once you book with AC Creations Events & Decor LLC you will never forget about the wonderful experience you had with our team,” Ann says. She affirms her company’s success and legacy by stating, “AC Creations Events will be known for my gifts and talents. My professionalism will always speak for itself.”

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Percy B.A Legacy Lawson of Service By Terry L. Watson Photos provided by Demetris Lawson

When defining the life of Percy Lawson, there is actually one word that can accurately capture what it is: service. At 84 years of age, Percy is still quite sharp. His memory and ability to reference life’s experiences are quite impressive. He also dotes on his family whenever he gets the opportunity and shares his love for God without hesitation. In 1938, Percy was born in Caswell County, NC. As a child, he was raised with two brothers and one sister by his mother and father. Percy served in the United States Navy for 12 years, with four of them on active duty and the remaining serving in the Reserves. He was honorably discharged from his duties in December of 1968. He has been married to his wife, Loanne, for 65 years and recently celebrated their union in September of this year. Percy and Syretha have two children. Percy quit school in eleventh grade and joined the military against his mother’s will. He initially tried to join the Marine Corps, but that didn’t work out. Percy returned home, and his mother advised him to return to school. He stayed at home with his parents, but his father continued to encourage him to do something with life. Percy’s mind was set on the military, even though his first attempt at enlisting failed. In 1956, he successfully joined the US Navy and began serving his country. After leaving the US Navy, Percy returned to Greensboro and worked as an NC Mutual Life Insurance insurance agent. He also worked with the North Carolina Department of Corrections until he became unable to walk. Percy graduated from Rutledge College in Greensboro, NC, with an Associates Degree in Business Management in 1980. He continued his education by attending Greensboro College, majoring in Accounting, and graduated with honors. In 1982, he went into business and opened the Lawson Accounting Firm. His company provided accounting and bookkeeping services to churches and businesses in Greensboro for over 30 years. He has also worked for the Internal Revenue Service. Until 2021, Percy managed Lawson Accounting Firm, but due to his disabilities, he passed the responsibilities along to his daughters, and the name was changed to Lawson Accounting and Associates. Regarding accounting, Percy says it is a very technical field. “Most people believe you should be a mathematician to be an accountant. That part is true, but it’s not a requirement. I’ve had quite a bit of training in math, but being a mathematician isn’t required. You must also be sharp in business, have sharp morals, and be pretty exact,” he says. Percy admits that his accounting career and his career with the US Navy shaped his life.

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Family is very important to Percy. He has conducted extensive research on his family and found photos of his family members dating back to five and six generations from him. He has photos of his GreatGreat-Grandmother and Great-Great-Grandfather. “I had a strong father figure as a child. He instilled the importance of working for what we want in life. I feel like men have an obligation to set the trend for their families. Your family’s name is something that every man should be proud to carry on. In my 84 years of life, I have never been to prison, and I don’t intend to go now. I have also worked really hard to support my family,” he says. “I don’t have any sons, only three daughters. My only grandson was killed in Washington, DC, in 2002, and before he passed, I tried to instill things into his life that would be important to his survival. When I meet young men, I want to know what kind of work they do and what their interests are. My obligation is to let them know how important it is to have a job or find ways to support themselves. I pride my life on being honest with others,” he says.

“I had a strong father figure as a child. He instilled the importance of working for what we want in life. I feel like men have an obligation to set the trend for their families.”

Pictured above is a young, Percy Lawson. He served in the United States Navy for 16 years.

In addition to all of his other accomplishments in life, Percy is also an accomplished author, having written two published books, “From The Bottom To See, A Brand New Me” and the other “From Slavery to Ownership”. More than anything, Percy shares that he has loved the opportunities he’s had to serve his country and others through his business. While his journey has had many challenges, he shares that it has been all worth it. Percy’s advice to others is to live life to the fullest. “Never give up on life. Life isn’t over until it’s over,” he says. There is truth to what he said, as Percy is currently working on publishing his third book. h

Pictured with Percy B. Lawson are members of his family and wife of 65 years.

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Woodard Broadnax Funeral Service By Monica Montgomery Photos Provided by Alphonso Abbott

For the tight-knit community of Greensboro, reputation is everything. Tiffany Woodard-Broadnax and her husband, Alex Bryant Broadnax, understand all too well how being known for providing quality service can take your business to the next level. Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services was established in November of 2022. Just shy of the first anniversary of the business, the Broadnax have no regrets about their not-so-new business venture. In 1998, Lester Woodard, his wife Annie Woodard, son Reginald Woodard and Family, including Tiffany Woodard started Woodard Funeral Home in their hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina. Putting her business degree from A&T to work, Tiffany started as a bookkeeper. “I studied business in college because I’ve always wanted to be a business owner. Even as a child, I was excited about the idea of being an entrepreneur,” Tiffany explained. A member of the Woodard family business, Tiffany made a lot of connections as she served her community alongside her family. When tragedy struck in 2013, she was sent into a tailspin. “In 2013, I lost my mother, Annie Woodard, and my brother, Reginald Woodard,” Tiffany said with a sigh. “I was so lost. My family is everything to me, and to lose both my mother and brother in the same year took its toll.” Tiffany, struggling to find her footing after the massive loss, decided to step away from the funeral business for about a year to pursue education. “The grief was overwhelming, and I felt like I needed a change. I thought maybe I could teach on a community college level while working full-time with my father at Woodard,” she explained. Tiffany returned to school in 2014 and in 2016, graduated with her master’s of arts in teaching. “At the time, I felt like I needed to do something different. I saw education as another way to serve my community.” But after one semester post-graduate, she realized that working with her family and servicing the community the way they did was not just a job; it was a passion and a calling.

“If it had not been for Bryant encouraging me and guiding me along this process, I don’t think I would have been able to do it.” Tiffany Woodard Broadnax

In 2000, Tiffany received her funeral director’s license and went from the back office to the front. “Providing exceptional service to the families in my community was our mission. Our motto was, ‘Family serving Families,’” she said proudly.


Applying a formula based on a community of caring, professionalism, and an eye for detail, Woodard became the standard of excellence in the funeral industry in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. “We took pride in being a household name. My dad instilled that entrepreneurial mindset in me and my siblings. This means that you do everything with excellence because your reputation will either open doors or close them. The legacy he created is based on that premise.” Tiffany explained. Tiffany met Bryant in the line of duty. In 2017, Bryant lost his son as a result of mental illness and self-harm. In his time of need, Woodard Funeral Home was there to help him and his family grieve. “It was difficult for me, as a father, to lose a son,” Bryant explained. Tiffany, who knows the pain of losing a child, having lost twins shortly after birth, understood the level of grief Bryant was going through. “We bonded and became good friends. Our friendship grew into something even we didn’t see until years later,” Bryant explained. Over the years, the Woodard Family business continued to grow. With her father at the helm and Tiffany by his side, Woodard Funeral Home became more than just a business to the people of Greensboro, it was a staple and pillar of stability in the community. Over the years, other family members had come on board, and the future looked bright. “Before 2021, I saw myself in this industry, working alongside my family forever. Sure, there were issues that sometimes happened in business, especially when you are in business with family, but I never doubted where I would be or what I would be doing,” Tiffany shared. After over twenty years of serving their community, Pastor Lester Dean Woodard passed away. The founder of Woodard Funeral Home was gone. While losing her father was difficult, it was what followed that was almost unbearable for Tiffany. “My father

passed away in June of 2021. In September of that same year, I was let go from the family business,” she explained solemnly. “The grief of losing my dad and then my job three months later was devastating. I was in a place where I questioned if I was emotionally ready to be there for people. Let’s be honest. Almost thirty years of putting your heart and soul into something and then to have it taken away was an unimaginable pain.” Tiffany went back to teaching in 2021, but she continued to mourn the loss of her father and being cut off from what she loved, which was being there for her community in their time of need. “It was so hard to move on,” Tiffany shared. “How do you recover from being separated from your family business? It’s something that’s hard to bounce back from. Add to it that I was still receiving calls from community members asking for my help,” Tiffany shared. “At the time, I saw it as the blessing and the curse of being part of a well-established legacy. I wasn’t just an employee. I worked as a manager, and I met with clients. I was out front and visible. It felt like I was their connection to what the Woodard name meant in my community. Then, in an instant, I was gone.” Bryant, an entrepreneur, saw what tears and grief had blinded Tiffany to. It was time to spread her wings. “I was working as a teacher, and I continued to receive calls from people asking where I was and why I wasn’t there to help them. In many ways, the people were just as devastated as I was that I was no longer working at the family business. They felt like I had abandoned them, and that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.”

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Annie & Lester Woodard

Tiffany’s mother and father (both deceased), and the original founders of Woodard Funeral Services of Greensboro

Veronica Bingham Broadnax

Bryant’s mother who is also an exceptional and professional team member of Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services

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The Staff of Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services

James Baker

Crystal Davis

Ronald Goins

Veronica Bingham Broadnax

Uronda Mckay

Willie Meadows

Like everyone who is living and working in their purposed and called place, when she was separated from her passion, Tiffany had no peace. “The year she worked in the school, she complained every day. She was miserable,” Bryant explained. With Bryant encouraging her from behind and her passion pulling at her, Tiffany decided it was time to move forward. “In 2022, I decided to connect with another funeral home in Asheboro so that I could service the families from my community who were reaching out,” Tiffany explained. Charles C. Hodges of CC Hodges Funeral and Cremation Services, located in the neighboring community of Asheboro, a family friend offered to help. “Hodges, who was my mentor in the business for years, saw what had happened and allowed me to work under his business license to service families in Greensboro,” Tiffany shared. “There were others in the industry who witnessed what had transpired, but Hodges was the only one who reached out to me. I will forever be grateful to him for that.” As Tiffany began reconnecting with her community through the funeral service industry, she and Bryant realized it was time for her to start her own business. Being the sole owner and proprietor of Broadnax Transport Trucking Service LLC, Byrant had the experience and knowledge it took to get a business up and running. “If it had not been for Bryant encouraging me and guiding me along this process, I don’t think I would have been able to do it,” Tiffany confessed. “I know the funeral industry, and Bryant knows how to set up a business. That combination has been the key to our success.” Tiffany and Bryant remained friends since meeting in 2017, but in 2021, they finally accepted what friends and family had told them for years. They were a perfect match. “We didn’t start dating until 2021 and were married in May 2022,” Tiffany explained. This merger in life and business has been a fruitful one.

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In November 2022, the power couple gave birth to Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services. “I would love to say it was a smooth process, but it was everything but,” Tiffany said with a laugh. “We had to find a suitable location and a bank willing to lend us the start-up money. We met obstacle after obstacle, but we kept going,” Bryant shared. “Despite our great credit rating and proof that we had a solid business plan, nobody would give us a loan. So, after much consideration, we decided to use our own savings,” Tiffany shared. “We agreed that who better to invest in our business than us.” With the finances in place, all that was needed was a location. “We looked at eight different locations before we finally found the one for us,” Bryant shared. “I must admit I needed some convincing,” Tiffany said, shaking her head. “The building was old and just about falling apart. The business I helped build with my family was polished, neat, and well-kept. I was used to things being a certain way and couldn’t envision myself working in a building that was part of a strip mall. I will be honest and say the snob in me came out,” she laughed. “Thankfully, Bryant had a vision,” she said, smiling. “We got an app that allowed us to do a blueprint overlay showing us what the building could be. There was one or two things the app couldn’t project, but I could see it as clear as day,” Bryant explained. “Once she saw all the possibilities the space held, it was easy to get her on board.” The legacy her father started lives on in the name of Woodard, but Tiffany’s professionalism, kindness, and genuine love for her community are just as well known. When deciding on a name for the new business, most people, including Bryant, insisted that she use her family name, Woodard. “It’s the legacy her father left her. The name carries something special and lets people in the community know that the traditions and level of excellence Lester Woodard lives on through his daughter,” Bryant shared.

Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services 1207 4th Street - Greensboro, NC 27405 (336) 331-5237

Understanding what her connection to the Woodard name meant to the community, Tiffany agreed, but she had one major requirement. “I insisted that we name it Woodard Broadnax,” she said firmly. “Bryant has been so instrumental in this process that I would have been remiss not to share the moniker with him. He believed in me when I was struggling to believe in myself. Bryant encouraged and supported me through one of the darkest times in my life. He used his knowledge and skills to help me realize my dream of becoming a business owner. We’re in this together, and I wanted to ensure everyone knew it.” With the establishment of Woodard Broadnax Funeral Services, Tiffany has accomplished something that very few African-American women have in this industry. She started a Funeral business from the ground. It wasn’t inherited or bestowed on her. “Knowing what I was able to accomplish gives me great pride,” Tiffany explains. “You are starting to see more women in the funeral industry, but it is still pretty much male-dominated.”

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Another passion of Tiffany’s is opening doors for women that have previously been closed or unobtainable. “Women bring so much to this industry that can’t be overlooked. One of the things I learned from my mother was how to be compassionate. When people are grieving, sometimes a kind word or a soft hand can make all the difference in the world.” Tiffany is working to make inroads for women in every aspect of the funeral industry. She’s determined to show that women can do more than say, “There, there.” Woodard has a female embalmer and other female employees in key positions within the company. Having worked in a family business for almost thirty years, surrounding herself with family in the new business is second nature. “Since the launch of the business, we have been super busy, and it’s all hands on deck,” Explained Tiffany. “Bryant hasn’t worked the transporting business since Woodard Broadnax opened. He’s gotten his insurance broker’s license and became a notary. His mother helps by answering phones, and his sister is studying to get her funeral director’s license.”

Pictured above are members of the blended Woodard Broadnax family. Family and legacy are equally important to both, Bryant and Tiffany.

Between Bryant and Tiffany, they have four daughters and two granddaughters. Although they say the girls haven’t jumped headfirst into the family business, they believe that the girls chosen fields will become an intricate part of the future of Woodard Broadnax. “We have a daughter who wants to be a veterinarian and one working on a psychology degree,” the couple shared. “We see the business expanding to provide aftercare and grief counseling for our families,” Bryant explained. “One thing Tiffany is always cautioning me of is not to become overwhelmed. But it’s hard not to. We know what these people are going through, and you can’t pretend that you don’t notice or that you don’t feel it. Offering them support beyond the memorial service would be invaluable to the families and community.” As Tiffany and Bryant look to the future, they have taken stock of the past. This journey has been rough, but as they emerge stronger and wiser, they acknowledge the hand of God moving on their behalf. “God gives beauty for ashes, and I’m grateful that I have someone by my side who was able to help me see that God had something better in store for me.” Losing her mother, brother, and father wasn’t something Tiffany could foresee, but her parents and brother prepared her for a future where the legacy Lester Dean Woodard built would live on. h

Pictured above is one of the fleet vehicles owned and operated by Broadnax Transportation LLC.

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Eden & Kissi Afro-Carribean Gourmet Cuisine with a French Touch

Information Provided by Eden & Kissi Photos Provided by Mykel Media Company LLC

There is some delicous Afro-Carribean food in Louisville, KY. A feast of love and family in the heart of a bustling city, there’s a restaurant that’s more than just a place to satisfy your taste buds; it’s a testament to the power of family, faith, and an unwavering passion for cooking. Kissi is the remarkable owner of this culinary haven, where Afro-Caribbean flavors blend seamlessly to create a truly unique dining experience. Kissi’s story is as rich and diverse as the food she serves. Kissi is a wife, and mother of four children and seven grandchildren. She was born into a family of 19 children, and her childhood was a constant celebration of life through food. In their home, cooking wasn’t a chore but a festival of flavors, where every meal was a joyful occasion. Kissi embodies the essence of family. She lovingly speaks of her son David as more than just a child; David is her confidant and friend. He is also the mainstay of their restaurant, Eden and Kissi, located at 3912 Bardstown Road, Suite 101, in Louisville, KY. Kissi’s and David’s bond is unbreakable, and it’s clear that they have each other’s backs in the kitchen and life. Eden and Kissi’s journey began in 2014 when they started selling their mouthwatering dishes at local markets. Four years of dedication and hard work led them to their dream – a food truck. The beginning was promising, but three months into the venture, mechanical issues brought the food truck to a halt. However, this was just a brief setback in the larger tapestry of their story.

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In 2020, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kissi and David opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. It was a battle they not only fought but also won. This victory was a testament not only to their culinary skills but also to their resilience and belief in their vision and, most of all, God. And speaking of that vision, Akissi, as Kissi is also known, believes it came from a divine source. After relocating to the United States from her native home of Africa, she had a prayer point where she asked God to reveal her path. Through two vivid dreams where she found herself wearing a chef’s hat, she received her answer. From that moment on, she knew her calling was to share her love for cooking with the world. The heart and soul of Eden & Kissi’s restaurant is their Afro-Caribbean cuisine. They skillfully combine the flavors of both cultures to craft unique dishes. Whether it’s the succulent Goat, tender Oxtail, or mouthwatering Fish Curry, their food takes one’s taste buds on a journey of discovery. Everything at Eden & Kissi is made from scratch, a testament to their dedication to the art of cooking. The result is a menu that not only satisfies your hunger but also leaves you yearning for more. “I was fortunate to visit Eden and Kissi while traveling through Louisville. Immediately upon entering the restaurant, I was politely greeted by David. He was professional and knowledgeable about everything. I took food with me as I continued my trek to Indiana, but amazingly, the Red Snapper plate I was given didn’t make it very far up the road. It was so delicious, and I can’t wait to return to try more items from their menu. Kissi was equally pleasant. I wish I had more time to listen to her talk and share stories of her home and food,” says Terry Watson, the publisher of Huami Magazine. The food at Eden and Kissi is not just a meal; it’s a unique culinary experience that transports you to distant shores. But the culinary journey doesn’t end there. Next door, they’ve opened “Delicious Foodies,” a delightful shop where they serve French crepes, delectable desserts, and refreshing natural juices. It’s a testament to their creativity and their commitment to providing a diverse range of flavors to their patrons.

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My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.”


Kissi says, “My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.” In the world of food, there are restaurants, and then there are culinary destinations. Eden & Kissi fall into the latter category. It’s a place where food is more than sustenance; it’s a celebration of life, family, and faith. Kissi’s culinary journey is an inspiration to all, a reminder that with determination and passion, even the most challenging circumstances can be turned into victories. If you’re in Louisville, please stop by Eden & Kissi to enjoy some of the delicious food. You will not be disappointed. Also, please visit their website to learn more about them.

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Splat Studio By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Monet Dyson Monèt Dyson of Sacramento, CA, is a young and vibrant entrepreneur. At just 25, she has formed a business that is making waves and splashes in the heart of Old Sacramento’s business sector. It is called Dipped N Color Splat Studio. A mother of a five-year-old and an employee of the State of California, Monet shares the vision for the company was revealed to her after a lifechanging experience of being struck by a drunk driver in 2019. “I was reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. This awakening prompted me to set aside my career and embrace the role of a stay-at-home mom, caring for my then 10-month-old child.” While the prospect of being home with her child, she says, was beautiful, it also brought to the forefront the challenges of her personal healing journey. Monet grappled with anxiety, trying to connect with her child while simultaneously dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional toll of her recovery. Upon returning to work, she found herself caught in a balancing act, juggling motherhood, a full-time job, and the dream of building a business. The demanding schedule left little time for self-care, and the guilt of spending precious moments away from her son weighed heavily on Monet. “In an effort to spend more quality time with my child, we began painting together. These creative experiences not only provided an outlet for reducing my stress and anxiety but also forged a profound connection with him,” Monet says.

“Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens.”

Monet really enjoys the privilege of being a mother to her son. She says, “Without him, I would not have embarked on this journey. Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens. How he has so much wonder about the small things around him and how excited he gets. As I grew older, I forgot how much the small things around us matter, and I want other families to experience the joy and excitement together through art.”

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It was during one of these painting sessions that inspiration struck. Monet envisioned creating pop-up paint events for other families to share the joy of art together. The success of her first painting event, which sold out, validated Monet’s belief that she was on the right path. After organizing several successful pop-up family paint events and emerging victorious in the 2023 ‘Calling All Dreamers’ competition, Monet seized the chance to establish a unique storefront. Rather than opting for a conventional art studio, Monet created Dipped N Color Splat Studio, which welcomes individuals of all ages and skill levels. Dipped N Color Splat Studio is a place where messy or experimental art, such as splatter painting or unconventional techniques, is practiced. “Our mission is to inspire every parent and child to connect deeply and create freely. Their vision is to empower parents and children to embrace their individuality and celebrate diversity, allowing them to be their most creative and authentic selves. We focus on bringing people together while fostering a sense of community. We also provide a safe space for individuals to explore and express their artistic talents, which can be therapeutic and stress-relieving, something that is especially important in today’s fast-paced world,” Monet said. What started as a simple idea born from a traumatic accident has now blossomed into a forward-thinking, creative brand and business.” Monet says some of the challenges she has faced in business is managing it and wearing multiple hats, from operating the business, taking phone calls, emails, and responding to inquiries. “Those tasks are absolutely amazing but can become overwhelming at times. I’ve managed them by outsourcing, asking for help, and having boundaries.”

Dipped N Color Splat Studio 122 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814 916-312-1912

What Monet loves most about what she does is the smiles on families’ faces when they learn about Splat Studio. “When they come and actually experience it, how much laughter I hear, playing, singing, and families bonding through art, really makes me happy,” she says. In addition to being inspired by her son, Monet says she enjoys seeing families laugh together and get silly together at Dipped N Color Splat Studio. “We often forget to laugh, due to the daily hustle and bustle of life. Our space was created to provide a space to laugh and connect.” While there have been some tough moments along her way, Monet says she wouldn’t change anything. “All the ups and downs and mistakes have brought me to where I am today,” she shares. Her advice to others who may follow in her footsteps is to just get started. “Stop second-guessing yourself and worrying about what others will say about you. At the end of the day, it is your life.” Moving forward, she plans to continue to grow her business, spreading joy, laughter, and creativity. If you are in the Sacramento, CA, area and looking for a new and exciting way to engage and have fun with your family and friends, please stop by Dipped N Color Splat Studio. You may learn more about them by visiting their website.


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TIFFANYGINAAKINS By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Tiffany Gina Akins Tiffany Gina Akins of Pensacola, FL, is a seasoned professional. She has over 26 years of experience in business, law, and finance. As the CEO and Founder of De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, she has provided countless clients with top-notch services. De’Jure Life Notes, LLC is a consulting service “Our experienced team of legal consultants offers sound legal advice and strategies to help you navigate the complexities of family law. We specialize in handling various family law forms such as divorce decrees, time-sharing, parenting plans, child support, modification, financial affidavits, and many more,” Tiffany says. Tiffany’s impressive background includes a Degree in Computer System Analysis. She is also an Alumni of PHI Beta Lambda and a nomination for Who’s Who Among Junior College Students in America. She has gained expertise in various areas, such as criminal justice, financial advising, and legal consulting. She has also held internships as a paralegal and IRS tax preparer. She has become a Florida Notary, Certified Remote Notary Public, and Certified Loan Signing Agent under the National Notary Association. Additionally, she is a Certified Mortgage Field Service Inspector, IT Network Expert, and Certified Graphic Designer. “I bring an entrepreneurial mindset to every project. With my passion for fashion, and as the owner of a record label, Graphic Design & Branding Studio, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in a variety of industries,” she shares. Tiffany says running a business is hard enough for her business clients without worrying about legal issues. That’s where she comes in. “Our legal consultation firm specializes in a full range of business law forms, including bank forms, business licenses, titles/bill of sale, building permits, real estate closing, travel documents, and more. We also pride ourselves on providing top-notch financial services, including financial affidavits, IRS taxes, financial counseling, and tax preparation.” With her Notary Team, all aspects of notary services are covered. In 2022, Tiffany founded De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, to provide practical solutions for individuals and families facing legal and financial challenges. She shares, “My own struggles with these issues, as well as those experienced by my loved ones, motivated me to create an agency that prioritizes education, compassion, and personalized guidance. I understand the difficulties and challenges of going through legal battles, especially when dealing with sensitive issues like abusive relationships and divorce where children are involved. Waiting for years for your case to be heard or starting the process all over again due to lack of finances can be demotivating. Our team strives to rectify problems caused by incorrect, incomplete, or missing information on legal and finance forms. As a dedicated Legal Consultant, I am committed to helping my clients create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.” Overcoming the challenge of obtaining a consistent clientele can be difficult for any legal professional, but De’Jure Life Notes, LLC. has implemented various marketing methods to reach its target audience. Their efforts have resulted in significant growth and a more defined client base. For other aspiring business owners, Tiffany’s advice to you is to remember that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. She also says, “Be kind to yourself and take care of your well-being, both physically and mentally. Invest in relationships that inspire and encourage you and pursue your passions with confidence. Keep learning and expanding your horizons, and never stop striving for success. Most importantly, believe in yourself and your abilities, and when the going gets tough, keep pushing forward, because success is just around the corner,” she says. Moving ahead, Tiffany says her ultimate goal is to help individuals and businesses of all sizes achieve a brighter future. To accomplish this, she offers a variety of resources such as community training workshops, seminars, monthly televised segments, and a new podcast show that focuses on keeping individuals and businesses updated on the legal issues that matter the most to them. Her services are available in West Florida and surrounding states. To learn more about Tiffany and De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, please visit their website.

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Autumn Thornton The daughter of

Armani Thornton and Gregory (Feva) Bonds

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StyleStudio Branding By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Style Studio Branding Kristopher D. Williams. of Lavonia, Georgia is a graduate of Franklin Co. High School. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Graphics and Web Development from Westwood College. Initially, he ventured into animation, but it became clear that God had another path in mind for Kris. He is the second youngest among my seven siblings, and he shares his family bonds are incredibly tight-knit. “Our parents always ensured that we never lacked for anything, working tirelessly to provide for us, even when the path seemed uncertain,” he says. Kris says his love for church runs deep, and within his family, a treasure trove of musical talents abounds. However, Kris’s talents extend beyond music, as he has found his footing with an ability to create art. “While I can carry a tune, I’m also known for my comedic antics,” he says. In Kris’s earlier years, he was a reserved artist, gradually finding his voice and honing his verbal communication skills. Kris is also a proud father to a 19-year-old son named Kristian, who recently graduated with top-notch grades. Kris’s journey with his wife, Miriam has a touch of serendipity. He shares, “We were high school sweethearts, but life led us on separate paths for a while. When I first met her, a friend introduced me to her while she was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Toccoa. I asked her to be my Valentine. I remember it like it was yesterday. My family and I just got out of bible study. We dated for a while, and sadly, we broke up. Years later, I happened to find her on Facebook, and now, twelve years down the road, we are still going strong, being happily married and living a purposeful life!” Today, Kris enjoys a career as a creative professional and photographer. The name of his company is StyleStudio Branding, and it offers a variety of products and services. In the realm of photography, he provides headshot photography, catering to individuals seeking to enhance their personal brand. He also offers product photography for business owners looking to promote tangible products. His services also include event photography for parties, weddings, or graduations. On the graphic design front, his services include print and digital design services. These services span the spectrum of business branding, event promotion, and sales advertising. Additionally, he specializes in creating eye-catching materials for trade shows and conferences to help his clients’ businesses make lasting impressions. Kris shares that he always had a creative spark within, even though he didn’t fully grasp its extent until later in life. “During my school days, I was renowned for my talent in sketching cartoons and designing names with vibrant, eyecatching letters and colors. As I ventured into college, my peers introduced me to the concept of freelancing. At that point, I was clueless about what freelancers did or how to become one, so I delved into research to gain insight. Little did I know that freelancing often involves working without immediate pay to build up one’s skills and experience. Next, I embarked on unpaid work to refine my abilities and gain a genuine understanding of what it takes to complete projects successfully. That experience marked a significant departure from my previous career in manufacturing, which had spanned nearly 13 years. I was determined to escape the monotonous grind and strive for the lifestyle I envisioned. If I ever wanted to support a family someday, I knew I couldn’t continue just scraping by,” he says.

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Kris says the birth of his son from a previous relationship brought life into sharper focus as I suddenly had the responsibility of providing for him. Fatherhood was uncharted territory, but Kris saw it as a divine push in the right direction. To cope with the emotional strain of adapting to his responsibilities, Kris turned to my artistic talents, sketching whenever I had a moment to spare. Life experiences would take Kris on a journey from different places of employment and even back to living at his parent’s home. While difficult at times, Kris didn’t lose hope and shared he kept praying for a better path. He started surrounding himself with people making strides in their lives, holding degrees, and pursuing the kind of opportunities he had only seen on television. Kris was eventually presented with an opportunity that would change the trajectory of his life. He knew he had to discuss it with his wife, and it also meant sacrificing many material possessions. “Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.” Now, as I embark on my 13th year as a creative, the choice I made has been more than worth it. I have worked with clients big and small, building my career path to what it is today,” Kris says. Kris says his wife and son inspire him. Most importantly, he shares that his mom has played a huge role in his life, as he says he had the gift of art and passed it on to him. When asked if there is anything he would change about his journey in business, he wishes he would have believed in himself sooner and learned how to structure a business in his teen years. As he looks forward, Kris says his plans are to take real chances on opportunities to live even more outside of my comfort zone. “My plans are to go after the desired opportunities that I know are out there. This also includes building lasting partnerships and business relationships.” To learn more about Kris and his brand, please visit his website. 38 Charlotte - Nov./Dec. 2023

“Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.”

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Established November 2007 Greensboro, NC Time really flies by when you are having fun! That is exactly what the experience with Huami Magazine has been like for the past 16 years. What began by having a one-on-one conversation with God has grown into a national publication that specializes in recognizing black excellence. Over the next twelve months, we invite our readers and supporters to assist in celebrating this monumental accomplishment. We will share some of the experiences, the highs, and lows and highlight key individuals who have helped Huami Magazine become what it is today. Below, we are showcasing the cover of the very first edition of Huami Magazine, which was launched in Greensboro, NC, on November 7th, 2007. Featured on the cover is Evan Chisholm, one of Greensboro’s homegrown talents. He is a fashion designer and aspiring entrepreneur. In this edition, we also showcased Pastor Lee Stokes of Destiny Christian Center in Greensboro and shared some information from the 2007 North Carolina A&T State University’s Homecoming Celebration. If you are fortunate to possess a printed copy of this treasured edition, hold on to it and share it with others. We thank everyone for their constant support, and we couldn’t do any of this without you! h

Terry L. Watson, Publisher & Founder

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