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A Letter From The Editor

A Letter from the Editor

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There be opportunity no reason toseemingly save for aexpired rainy today? wouldspare you do? day, andWhat you could someone the trouble of making promises. What if your last opportunity seemingly expired Though I was named by my grandmother, throughout the short that I often like I do things. too much. What would you do? seem yearstoday? ofI’ve my been life, I told have been called many other Some of like Iand am others not doing enough I’m a firm themHonestly, I believe I feel earned, maybe not.and However, it wasn’t knowing that God seem wouldn’t on me I’ve been told share that I something often like put I doaanything too much. until Ibeliever heard ainpastor during church service that Iunderstand couldn’t I not sometimes wonder how would Honestly, I feelhandle. like I am doing enough and I’mlife a firm did I fully the effectiveness and ineffectiveness of be if I chose to sit idle and accept what it presented to me. I believer in knowing that God wouldn’t put anything on me words spoken to me by others. This pastor told us that “It doesn’t have found that to be very boring. In my opinion, opportunity that I couldn’t handle. I sometimes wonder how life would matter what others say to you or about you. The only thing that is aifis blessing that isn’t to what everyone. A challenge be I what choseyou to sit idle afforded and accept it presented to me. matters answer to.” That message burrowed itselfI in to me is an adventure. What is the worst that can happen? have found that to be very boring. In my opinion, opportunity my mind and remains there. If aI do nothing, if I try to I don’t, but instead learn is blessing thatI fail, isn’tand afforded everyone. A challenge something new about myself. Relinquish yourcan pride and in to me is an adventure. What is the worst that happen? We live in a world where, if we are not careful, our lives can be return acquire life. If I and do nothing, fail, and if I try I don’t, butIt’s instead learn to have shaped torn by Iwhat others think of us. important something new about myself. Relinquish your pride and in the support and admiration from family and friends, but we can’t The best advice return acquire life.ever given to me happened when someone survive on their opinions alone. We must realize our very own told me to make my tomorrow happen today. In doing so worth. God makes no mistakes and because He made each of us, I have pressed myever way given through doors with a key thatsomeone only The best advice to me happened when it’s impossible to believe that we are anything less than His finest hopeme provided. have also learned the today. difference between told to makeImy tomorrow happen In doing so creation. blesses and what cana burden with Iwhat haveGod pressed my me waywith through doorslife with key thatme only as well. I compare it toalso knowing when be confident and hope provided. I have learned the to difference between Aswhat I watch the loss of young lives with the recent school when to be quiet, because God blesses me with and what life can burden me with shootings, backitto I was a young student. Things someone may get it confused as well.I reflect I compare towhen knowing when to be confident and have really changed from those times. It is painful to see our with being arrogant. when to be quiet, because future perish. Therefore, I pray and someone ask for healing and protection may get it confused in those situations. I also pray for change. The kind of change Make youarrogant. tomorrow with being that starts at home. We happen today, butmust mostspeak life intoimportantly the hearts and ears of those make it count. Make you tomorrow who are impressionable. You Life is but a whisper andcan happen today, but most never understand someone we must putwhat ourselves in a is importantly make it count. position toa hear what it is by going through on the inside just Life is but whisper and telling us.put lookingwe at must them. Often, one word ourselves in a position toto hear what that it is is all that it takes change telling us. person’s life. Let your words be full L. Watson of kindnessTerry and compassion or don’t say anythingEditor/Founder at all. My mama told me Terry L. Watson that!



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The Mompreneur Inspirista


By Terry L. Watson Photos by Desmona Jenise Allison er aim is to help women create successful businesses and empower themselves and others by achieving and completing their goals and sharing their experiences.

Desmona J. Allison, the “Mompreneur Inspirista” is a Human Resources professional, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, blogger, aspiring author and mother, or as she describes herself, a “Mompreneur”. The “Momprenuer Life” is one of many responsibilities, roles, passions, challenges, accomplishments, and purpose. While wearing those many titles, she has also found the time to maintain a personal blog, Desmona Jenise Inspires. Desmona Jenise Inspires mission is to inspire women to pursue their passions, dreams, and goals without fear of failure. “In spite of whatever obstacles we may face, we must push pass them,” she says. “As a single mom I was told that I was unable to chase my dreams because I had more serious responsibilities. What’s more serious than providing the life your family deserves. I was told I would never be able to graduate from college. I was also told that my goals were way too big. I didn’t allow that to deter me.” “Living your dreams and pushing pass stereotypes, obstacles, and triumphs is never perfect and pretty. “You are stronger than others want you to believe. My life has never been perfect, but I was created by a perfect God that made me perfectly capable of achieving much more than I can even imagine,” she says. On March 10th, Desmona hosted a Branding and Brunch event, along with other Momprenuers and business professionals at Ellandale’s in Nashville, TN. The purpose of the event was to educate others on how to take their business to the next level. Other participants included De’Andria Anderson, Jennifer Olis, Shaterrial Starnes, Deondria Moore, and Thaisa Bell. Desmona got started on her journey by establishing the consulting, event planning, and coaching segments nearly three years ago. She has always been a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey and envisioned herself following in her footsteps. After enrolling in college her career goals changed. Soon life happened with work and kids, and she eventually graduated with a degree in Business Administration and Management, with an emphasis in Human Resources. She has operated two home-based businesses and also dabbled in network marketing and event planning. Yet, she always felt there was more she could do. With the encouragement of friends, her interest of being a life coach was sparked. Now for the last couple of years Desmona has been working with others to create networking events geared towards building strong successful business people. She credits her mother with being one of her biggest inspirations. She didn’t get to go to college, but instead waited until her children were older to pursue her own passions and college career. She was a seamstress who learned how to sew at a young age. She even made clothes for Desmona and her siblings, along with making handmade gifts, wedding dresses, home decor, knitting, and more. “I get

my creative side from my mom most definitely,” Desmona says. Her father obtained a degree in technical school and worked as a computer consult for many years. His impression on Desmona helped to lay a foundation that still exists with her today. “Always dress the part for the career you hope to have, and always follow through with anything you start, no matter how minor or major,” Desmona says were bits of advice her father shared. One of her favorite quotes of her father was “Don’t talk about it, be about it!” “Whenever I felt down or disappointed, he would remind me that I was capable of so much more. He saw the fight in me when I thought I had no more strength to keep going,” she says. Moving forward, Desmona hopes to create a non-profit organization to help young girls reach beyond their limits and change the world around them. She plans to continue building the network of women entrepreneurs and leaders. Also, be on the lookout for her first self-published book. h

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Nicole Cater Catering 2 You Kingdom Business, LLC


By Terry L. Watson Photos by Nicole Cater

Imagine having a trusted go-to person for your every need, whether it’s business or personal. You don’t have to imagine it. Catering 2 You Kingdom Business gives you a U.S. based virtual assistant who thrives from servicing your needs by taking care of your to-do list for a fraction of the cost of a full time executive assistant. Fresno, CA resident Nicole Cater is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Catering 2 You Kingdom Business, LLC. Its primary objective is to be an Administrative and Management Virtual Service Corporation geared towards aiding small businesses in growth. Known for its unique approach in leadership training, Nicole carries extensive experience with over 10 years in business planning, finance, human capital retention, and conflict management. She also holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration and Bachelor’s Degree specific to Human Resource Management, confirming that she is adequately equipped to share a variety of knowledge in today’s business realm. Cater 2 You Kingdom Business, LLC is led by Nicole and her husband of 13 years and cofounder, Isiah whom she describes as the brains of the operation. Isiah is also the CFO. From the beginning of their marriage the couple found themselves constantly serving executives and leaders in businesses and nonprofits through administration work, process improvements, customer relations, and more. The rigors of maintaining a 16 hour a day work schedule in Corporate America pushed Nicole to make a decision that would change her life. “I did not want to be the mom whom her kids never saw,” she says. They decided to step out on faith and cut their income in half and allow Nicole

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to work from home. She had been using her educational background to build valuable resumes for many friends and family anyhow, so the idea made perfect sense. Business picked up quickly while at the same time many executives she had worked with in the past, and leaders that were wanting to start their business came to her for guidance and virtual servicing needs. They knew at that moment they were on to something great. Three years later they are fully incorporated into Catering 2 You Kingdom Business, LLC and the business has grown to serving business leaders and individuals nationwide. They now employ a staff of seven valuable members and have numerous satisfied companies and individuals. “We have become entirely grateful to be in the position to serve, so that those who we serve can serve others,” they said. Some of the products and services offered by Cater 2 You Kingdom Business are Virtual Assistance Servicing, Recruitment and Staffing Solutions, Customer Relationship Management, Social Media Management, Non Profit Servicing, and individual Resume Booster Servicing. Nicole says, “Our products are geared towards that small business or nonprofit team that is in need of help but not ready for the full time staffing or skilled in such. We often find that our greatest clients are the one man’s shop trying to do it all. They may be great at designing the T-shirt, but not as efficient with keeping track of customer payments or even know how to market themselves”. Nicole teaches self-published courses of leadership and development training around the nation. She imparts on caring for consumers and meeting the needs of business efficiency. One focused area Nicole offers is teaching her clients how to double their productivity. “By passing the baton on your repeatable processes like scheduling, creating forms to virtual executive assistants, you’ll get more out of every day by spending more time on strategy with your team and partners,” she says. Another tool she offers to her clients is teaching them how to grow their professional networks. “Our virtual executive assistants help grow your business network through contact relationship and influential management,” she says. Their Resume Boosting Service assists their clients in building quality resumes and cover letters. “Resume writers are not just professional writers, they are experts in making your resume stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Your resume is your first impression,” Nicole says.


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Nicole’s joy for life and loving nature stems from a tragedy that altered her life forever. After experiencing the unexpected passing of her first born, Nicole’s foundational faith and beliefs through her healing process gave her a new found understanding of the Power of True Love. Serving others has become Nicole’s natural gift in which she finds her joy within. While being a wife to Isiah, Nicole is a mother of four beautiful children. “I am totally devoted to helping others succeed. The receiver has reached a far greater potential than they could have on their own. The world has been bettered and has been given a life-giving model to emulate. The giver is remembered fondly and is often publicly (and privately) thanked for their contribution. A stranger is likely to be the recipient of the original receiver “paying it forward,” she says. In the future Nicole and Isiah plan to keep making an impact in the lives of other leaders and executives by serving them in love. Nicole says, “A servant leader exemplifies love and care. You got to give it up. You got to give people love. We hope to open our Bay area location as well as one in Texas.” Contact Cater 2 You Kingdom Business today and allow them to service your virtual administrative needs. h

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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Optiistic Outlook

mesha Hutcherson is a 24-year-old ambitious, hardworking, and optimistic entrepreneur who is native to Nashville, TN. She is also a graduate of Tennessee State University, the same institution where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Family and Consumer Science. After college, Omesha served in the public school sector as a teacher for six years, working with infants to school age children. Though she possesses a natural love for anyone that she meets, Omesha knew there was something more she wanted to do with her life. She redirected her passion and energy in the direction of beauty and fashion which resulted in Optimistic Outlook.


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Optimistic Outlook is an online boutique that provides trendy, chic fashion for women of all sizes. Their goal is to present unique styles of fashion that will make individuals’ look and feel confident. Founded in 2017, Optimistic Outlook is not just a brand, it is a lifestyle. It’s a lifestyle that Omesha lives by and encourages other women to live by as well. “One must understand why having an Optimistic Outlook on life, in general, is so important. Being positive, hopeful, and confident in everything you do results in a good outcome. If you speak good things and positivity into existence, those exact things usually follow. No one enjoys being around a “Negative Nancy”. You wear confidence just as well as you wear positivity. It becomes an effortless look, feeling, and vibe,” she explains. Omesha always had this idea of owning a boutique that would allow her to express her own style. “I love to pick out dresses and put pieces together. It was always just an idea until I decided to turn my dream into reality and do it. I put together a small business plan, applied for a business license to purchase wholesale, and spent weeks trying to find good vendors. I had little to no help, still I was determined,” she says. She started with $500 and placed a wholesale order. She then contacted a few friends from high school to participate in a photo shoot. “I wanted the opening to be memorable,” says Omesha. On August 2017, she launched an online boutique and it has been a learning process ever since. Omesha is all about growth and excelling in anything she puts her mind to. Optimistic Outlook is evidence of her determination. “I have always been a positive person and one who looks for the good in situations,” she says. Owning a boutique offers its own set of perks Omesha says. “It is a wonderful feeling to be able to connect with other women who have the same style as I do. In spite of being a young new entrepreneur, I am learning and growing every day and remain open to the feedback of others in regards to my business.” She also encourages others who are realizing their entrepreneur ambitions to ‘go for it”. “Do it and do it now. Step out on faith and take a chance. If it were easy everyone would do it and by no means will it be easy. You must have faith and see the process to its completion. Then only thing you will realize is it’s all worth it. You must be dedicated and get out of your comfort zone in order to grow. You can make it happen. All you have to do is find the motivation and believe in yourself,” she says. In the future, Omesha plans to attend more events and dedicate more time to her business. This includes marketing her brand on a more personal level so that she is able to meet and connect with other business women. Visit Optimistic Outlook online today! h

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Tiffany Davis

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reenville, SC resident Tiffany Davis is on a mission to change the world with one of its most valuable commodities; food. She is the voice of a growing and popular blog spot, Feed Your Inner Chef whose platform focuses on educating its followers on wellness and eating the right foods to ensure a healthier lifestyle. She is also an African Health and Heritage Ambassador and provides interactive African inspired plant-based cooking demos to members of her community. Tiffany officially started her business in January 2017. Prior to that she had completed numerous interactive cooking classes for nearly five years with a non-profit organization. She now offers a very distinct focus on chronic illnesses such as obesity, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes. From these roots she has been inspired to challenge the existence of these chronic illnesses with African diaspora food, flavor, and wellness. Some of the products and services available include Wellness Snacks and Subscription Food Boxes. They are geared towards anyone who seeks a lifestyle with healthier eating options. They are also designed for people wanting to empower themselves through food and culture. There are plans to expand services beyond their interactive wellness workshops that provide live and virtual cooking demonstrations.

In the future Tiffany plans to provide a curriculum on her programs and participate in various speaking engagements. She will also offer online classes and connect with similar platforms to spread the message and benefits of maintaining a healthy lifestyle through food. h

“I am a community activist supporting and empowering women and others to discover and feed themselves with flavorful diaspora foods to promote wellness. I am also a contributing writer with Authentically You Magazine, SC Food Cottage Operator, and I instruct cooking classes at my local foodie store,” she says.

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Through her Blogspot she plants seeds of thoughts and gives her followers nuggets of information to share in their own understanding. “I genuinely believe cooking is meant to be fun and creative. So, I will present food challenges, food reviews, food hauls, and whatever may peak my food interest,” she says. “When we feed the essential deepest parts of who we are we can and will see the power within us and make conscious and wellness life decisions.”

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B Chill Lemonade, LLC By Terry L. Watson Photos by Kinyah Bean

How often do you see a nine year old girl entrpenuer who has started her own business, and authored and published her first book? That is exactly what Kinyah Bean of Flowood, MS has done and she doesn’t appear to be slowiing down for anything. Continued on the next page

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inyah Bean is a youthful, innovative, fearless, resilient, and lovable young lady that desires to be a shining light and example for her generation. Her life is shaped by God, her family, and friends. Though her life and schedule isn’t that of a typical youngster, Kinyah still finds time to enjoy being a kid. Originally she was born in Memphis, TN. Her family later moved to Nashville, TN before relocating to her current home in Flowood, MS. Kinyah runs a full-fledged business, B Chill Lemonade and travels throughout the country sharing her story and promoting her book, Chillin’ My Way To Success. B Chill Lemonade is a gourmet, hand-crafted lemonade beverage infused with fresh fruit and natural flavors to tantalize the taste buds of every consumer. Chillin’ My Way to Success is a book geared to share with the reader information about kid entrepreneurship, and creating the blueprint to inspire her generation to explore entrepreneurship and become entrepreneurs. Both products are for everyone no matter the age. Lemonade is a very refreshing drink that can be enjoyed by anyone. Chillin’ My Way to Success is geared to youth ages 8-18; however, so many adults with children have purchased the book and gained inspiration and motivation as well. “Balancing work and school is a huge challenge for me. Being that I am still in school, I try to make sure that I do my best because I know if I allow my grades to slip then my parents will shut my company down,” she explains. “Another challenge for me is sacrificing pleasure for work. I have to miss family engagements and gathering sometimes, but I understand that with work there are sacrifices that I must make for me to be successful.” “In my book, I share how I made a glass of lemonade. While doing so, my mom called me to complete my chores. While cleaning my room, I sat the lemonade on the counter, my dad drank the lemonade, and I went back for my drink only to see that it was almost gone. Once I saw the glass half empty, I asked my dad what happened to my lemonade and my mom said your dad drunk almost the whole entire thing up. I told my dad, I didn’t make that for you, I made it for me, and that’s when the consideration for a lemonade company began,” Kinyah says. There are many things that Kinyah loves about her business. Some are meeting people and being a part of their celebrations and losses, traveling, working with the family, learning more about being a CEO, and speaking with youth on how they can create generational wealth through entrepreneurship. Most recently she has traveled to San Diego and Los Angeles, California where she signed 1000 copies of her book. She was awarded Youth Entrepreneur of the Year in Jackson, MS in February 2018. She has been featured in over nine magazines, articles, and newspapers, and has traveled to over 10 places selling lemonade. She hopes to travel internationally very soon. Through her own experiences, she pours into other young entrepreneurs and dreamers. Her advice, “I do believe that if I can do it, you can do it too. You must first know that it starts in your mind. There is no limit to what you can do unless your limit is you.”

Moving forward, she plans to continue to travel and promote her book, and change the world through lemonade. She is currently working on mass distribution and shipping. She also plans to work on another venture she has with music, and enjoy the rest of her young life by being a kid.

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The House of Flawless Makeup & Beauty Lounge

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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Alores Norris The House of Flawless Makeup and Beauty Lounge offers the latest and trending cosmetic brands including foundations, powders, makeup brushes, lip glosses, and their famous Matte Liquid Lipsticks. Located in Simpsonville, South Carolina it is a fully equipped makeup studio capable of providing services including brow waxing, mini facials, and more. They also offer services for different types of makeup applications such as Bridal, Glamour & Beauty, Pageant, Runway, Film, Fashion Media, and Photography. For the individual who is getting prepared for a night on the town, prom night, wedding day, or a birthday dinner and is in need of makeup services, this is the place to go. The studio was opened by Alores Norris. She is a mother, wife, and an accomplished business owner. She is also a friend, dreamer, and go-getter. She has always had a passion for makeup artistry, but it took discipline and order for her to get to where she is now. House of Flawless didn’t open until February 10, 2017, but the journey began in 2004 while Alores was living in Germany. As a stay at home wife, she started studying traditional makeup applications and eventually got her certification. From Germany she moved to Lawton, Oklahoma where she picked up a little clientele. However, her makeup skills wasn’t exactly where she wanted them to be on the artistry side. Additionally she didn’t possess the business knowledge, so she decided to go back to school at Cameron University to study Studio Arts. That is when her makeup turned into art and her art turned into her vision. She started to understand the true meaning of color and theory, hue difference, warm verses cool, and the behavior of color mixtures. “Studying Studio Arts is where I fell in love with the Renaissance Art. I gazed into the eyes of Rococo Art for hours from my art books and daydreamed about being Leonid Afremov. Unfortunately, I wasn’t that talented at painting. I was nowhere near that good and I would never be

Leonid Afremov and create his type of master pieces. I knew I could study his style of painting and transform his style of art into my style of art and make my own masterpieces. Years later I toyed with the idea of having my own boutique but never believed that it was in the cards for me. I kind of pushed it in the back of my mind,” she says. Once she moved to South Carolina she applied for jobs at different makeup counters and after finally being hired at one she quickly realized the artistry wasn’t the main goal at a makeup counter. She eventually quit that job and did freelance here and there. Her clientele grew tremendously and she got another makeup counter job at Ulta. She worked there for a while before opening and renting a small studio space on the second floor of a hair salon. Things were going well and she had an increase in clientele, but all of a sudden it stopped. That door was closed. Once again the thought of having her own studio crossed her mind, but how in God’s name could she do that. “I can’t continue to keep quitting jobs and put all of this burden on my husband. So I had a long talk with God. I was so distracted by the failures and letdowns that I couldn’t see that he was preparing me for my own, but even bigger,” she says. After her temper tantrum with God, she began to listen and move only when He told her to. “I started meditating and working on the life I wanted for myself and my family. I started to work on my relationship with God and the more I trusted in him the more I realized that the closed door was not only for my protection, but it was never simply my door to begin with. Nine months later I signed the lease to my cosmetic store with God on one side and my incredible, supportive husband on the other. On February 10, 2017, House of Flawless was born, and we have been making history ever since,” she says. If you are ever in Simpsonville, SC stop by House of Flawless and allow Alores and her team to treat you to their type of beauty. h

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By Dr. Marrissa Dick Photos by Shaw Photography Group


emocrat Danny H. Rogers officially plans to run for Sheriff of Guilford County in 2018. His motto, “A Positive Change for All Citizens of Guilford County” is a recurring theme. A native son of Guilford County who was born and raised in the City of High Point Danny has spent over 50 years of his life experiencing and witnessing the discrepancies of both previous and current administrations. Rogers ran against the current Sheriff, BJ Barnes in 2014 but was defeated by a small margin. He believes that he can attract those voters and win the seat by going into the areas that he didn’t venture into four years ago. Rogers understands what it means to desire to live in a safe and healthy environment. Raised by a single mother he values the mentors who stepped up to the plate from his community to give him a better perspective of the African Proverb, ‘It takes a village to raise a child.’ According to Rogers, “I experienced quite a bit growing up. Even though my mom made sure I stayed away from the streets I still saw a lot. You couldn’t help but see and hear it. So, as I grew up I also saw some of my friends go on the wrong side of the track and begin doing drugs, selling drugs, and drinking. I watched many of them go back and forth to juvenile detention. I also had a couple of friends who didn’t make it past their 17th or 18th birthday. That really gave me a reality check. I understood then that none of us are invincible. I was also afraid of what my grandparents or my mom would do to me if I got into trouble. That proverb is so true because it really did take the whole community to help those who wanted to be helped. I know this may sound dated, but when I was growing up if I was doing something wrong it was nothing for a neighbor to correct me and then go and tell my grandparents and my mom. I’m appreciative of that type of upbringing.” Danny’s personal experiences as a law enforcement officer and life time resident of Guilford County provides firsthand knowledge of how to bridge the gap between the community and the law enforcement officers who are serving diligently in those communities. These lifelong experiences are what has helped shape Rogers ability to rise above his past and not allow it to define his future. He’s a living testimony that people can learn from their mistakes and change for the better. He shares, “You know I think my life story can help other people move from their past into their future.” Learning from past mistakes is what Rogers believes is the key to changing the recidivism rate in Guilford County. “I’m committed to Guilford County. I plan to implement a proactive, transparent, accountable, and properly accredited Sheriff’s Office. It will be one that’s stellar and one that restores the checks and balances, so the residents of Guilford County can be better served. I plan to reduce inmate recidivism with a renewed focus to generate a long-lasting impact on the former inmates, as they become productive citizens while also providing for more safety and tax dollar savings for the entire community,” Rogers says. He also desires to make changes to the hiring practices and promotional opportunities within the Sheriff’s Office which would result in an overall more inclusive, diverse, and productive team on all levels of the force. According to Danny, “As a proactive Sheriff, I want to implement policies, programs,

“I’m committed to Guilford County. I plan to implement a proactive, transparent, accountable, and properly accredited Sheriff ’s Office. It will be one that’s stellar and one that restores the checks and balances, so the residents of Guilford County can be better served. I plan to reduce inmate recidivism with a renewed focus to generate a long-lasting impact on the former inmates, as they become productive citizens while also providing for more safety and tax dollar savings for the entire community.”

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and practices before they become legal issues instead of being a reactive Sheriff. I want to be proactive instead of reactionary by making changes before incidents occur that force change within the department. It doesn’t make any sense that it took 20 years for the first African American patrol officer to reach the rank of Sergeant under the administration of Sheriff BJ Barns. There are many qualified minority officers on the force. The officers should also reflect the communities they serve.” Rogers has worked with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer and as a Deputy Sheriff in roles that include both vice and undercover operations. He has also worked as a Police Officer with the High Point Police Department. He says, “I came in as a Detention Officer in Greensboro then I completed the necessary testing and began in High Point as a Patrol Officer. So, as I’m working I noticed that none of the minorities were coming in as sworn officers and they weren’t given the same opportunities to continue their education without penalty. None of these actions were fair but it happened nonetheless.” These are just a couple of administrative practices that Rogers plans to address under his leadership as Sheriff. He explains, “There continues to be many law enforcement challenges for the residents of Guilford County and reducing recidivism is also one of those challenges … It may appear that most criminals prefer the lifestyle they live, but I’ve discovered most kids and young adults want to do and be better people. They want to be productive,” he says. “They simply feel they don’t have any other alternative. Everyone doesn’t want to go to college and everyone doesn’t possess the necessary skills for today’s technologically driven jobs. Regardless, we still need to offer them training so they don’t feel desperate and begin to acquire their basic living needs illegally.”

Pictured with Danny is his wife Ruthie “As the Sheriff of Guilford County, I will work every day, in every community, to serve and protect all residents from the known and unknown, and to create stronger, and safer neighborhoods.” 24

A few of Danny’s strategic plans consist of reducing crime, providing safer streets and neighborhoods, eliminating the flow of illegal drugs and guns entering our communities, and building trust and amicable relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers. “You know in light of our current climate where our children are being gunned down in the school where they should feel safe stricter policy and procedures need to be in place. I will lead the charge for proper police training and stricter school policies.” Rogers promises, “As the Sheriff of Guilford County, I will work every day, in every community, to serve and protect all residents from the known and unknown, and to create stronger, and safer neighborhoods.” Likewise, rehabilitation and repeat offenders is a major issue for Guilford County. It’s a serious problem that affects more than just the incarceration rates and prison overcrowding. While the issue affects more than the youth, the solution lies with them. He says no matter the age the county must develop a passion for its’ youth. We can combat it with quality education,

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concerned parents, dedicated teachers and schools, and an involved community. Rogers spends a great deal of time with Guilford County youth. He listens to them and talks to them. It is from those real and honest conversations that he knows what will truly work and be beneficial. Rogers believes that just putting criminals behind bars isn’t enough. Rogers is seeking solutions for Guilford County’s crime issues. He understands that the one major component for being proactive involves crime prevention. For Rogers, becoming Sheriff would mean more than simply fighting crime. He understands that successfully fighting crime means fighting it across the board. He also believes that the agency must be unified and determined not to allow infighting or other internal disruptions to implement a “A Positive Change for All Citizens of Guilford County.”


He shares, “A change from the ground up must occur. My goal is to look at, evaluate and assess the department’s structure ― then restructure as needed. The old regime needs to change.” He adds the agency must take the lead. When the agency changes for the better, the community will see a noted difference. Rogers is adamant about listening to and meeting the needs of the people. He shares, “As I listen to people’s stories and their concerns I realize that many of them want the same basic things in life and that’s for their government to make a difference in their lives. So, then I have to ask myself how I can make a difference. How can I be that change agent? I know that I can help the citizens of Guilford County by making a change in administration. I can make this happen because I understand the internal piece and practices of the system. You must have an administrator who knows how to treat people, first, then you need for that administrator to be accountable to everyone and not just a select few.” As Sheriff, Danny Rogers plans to RESTORE agency accountability and accreditation; CREATE safer outcomes with community policing; REBUILD law enforcement and citizen relationships; SAVE tax dollars through recidivism reduction; REDUCE officer attrition rates; and DEVELOP equitable employment practices. Danny H. Rogers is married to Dr. Ruthie Rogers and the couple has six children. He currently owns a janitorial/landscaping company and a restaurant/food truck business. He is a member of Love and Faith Christian Fellowship and currently resides in Jamestown, NC. Rogers earned his Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management from Walden University, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from ECPI University, and an Associate Degree in Theology from Team Works Bible College. h

Welcome A New Voice To Guilford County

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By Terry L Watson Photos by Sherresse Dones

heresse Dones of Nashville, TN is the face of Donés Educational Services. Donés Educational Services provides tutoring, resume and cover letter services, content editing, career tips, training and development, webinars, healthy eating tips, and book and movie reviews. The best part about Donés Educational Services is that it can help people anywhere throughout the world. Sherresse started her business officially in July 2017. It is something that she had been doing for years, but only in a mentoring capacity. She created a name and began advertising on Facebook and Instagram, and the business was born. The first training event for Sherresse was during an Instagram and Google Sheets training for Crown Events. Prior to starting Dones Educational Services, she conducted a webinar with Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education. Sherreese was born in Nashville, TN, and is the mother of two beautiful children. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Family Consumer Science with a concentration in Food Service Management. Later she graduated from University of Phoenix and obtained a Master of Arts in Education/Adult Education and Training. She has training and management experience working for Fortune 500 companies and has most recently worked in the public school system. One of the things Sherresse loves about being an entrepreneur is the people she is able to reach. “I love being able to help other people, whether it is teaching them new skills, how to prepare for a new job, or composing and editing papers,” she says. She finds inspiration from her mother, Richlyn (Gordon) Bingham, who also was an entrepreneur, tutor, voice lesson instructor, and wrote and produced plays. Understandably, those traits have been passed to Sherresse as she plans to author her first book later this year. There is a bit of advice she offers to someone who is thinking of becoming an entrepreneur. “Keep a regular job while working your business. There are a lot of people who start businesses and quit their regular job without a plan and without money saved. Make sure everything with the business is together before making that type of major decision. Also, make sure there is a market for your business,” she says. Moving forward, Sherresse plans on converting Dones Educational Services to an LLC and eventually be able to hire other people. She will also launch a line of t-shirts that will promote reading. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her family, as well as mentor others, read books, write, cook, sing in the choir, and shop. h

“I love being able to help other people, whether it is teaching them new skills, how to prepare for a new job, or composing and editing papers.” Dones Educational Services

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Mr. Groom Room Barbershop

William Winters & Gary Hooker

By Dawn Cauthen Thornton Photos by Jerry Barbry


ver the phone, I can hear lots of hustle and bustle in the background of Mr. Groom Room Barbershop. Customers are talking and laughing and clippers are buzzing. I’m imagining the barbers leaning in to make the perfect edge up before sending their client out the door. The upscale men’s barbershop is a popular gathering spot in the black community in Raleigh. It’s the vision of William Winters and his younger brother Gary Hooker who were both born and raised in the city. Gary is already an entrepreneur, owning an entertainment company, a real estate company, and runs a nonprofit with his wife. In 2016, he committed to helping his brother after he successfully bounced back from years of hardships. As a college student at North Carolina Central University, William would cut hair for the other students. Even during his three-year career in the Navy, he found himself earning a few extra bucks by flipping on his clippers then too. Between short-lived stints of sensibility, William worked in various barbershops around the city of Raleigh for 20 years until a friend mentioned he should actually become licensed. He eventually attended Park West Barber School in Raleigh and was official shortly thereafter. But he will be the first to tell you, the road wasn’t easy. William isn’t shy about his past lifestyle. He openly talks about it with conviction and honesty. “I’m a recovering addict and was homeless. I fractured a few laws and ended up in the state penitentiary.” He was also stealing from and lying to family members to feed his habit - a far stretch from what you see today. Now he’s a bowtie-wearing, hair-cutting, business-owning, man of faith with endless possibilities.

“I’m a recovering addict and was homeless. I fractured a few laws and ended up in the state penitentiary. I didn’t let those decisions stop me. What I did doesn’t define who I am.”

William Winters Tanya Thompson

“I didn’t let those decisions stop me. What I did doesn’t define who I am, “says William. Being from the Raleigh area and connected to N.C. State University, the barber who reclaimed his life, uses the late Jim Valvano’s motto, ‘Never give up’, as a motivator. He persevered through those moments of defeat and despair and uckily, his efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Among those paying attention was his brother, who always wanted to see William succeed.


“There was a time when my wife and I wouldn’t even let him into our home. We would speak to him at the door. For over 25 years, he was lost. But now we have a great relationship. I finally have my brother back,” Gary says proudly. Initially when his big brother approached him about the idea of investing in a shop, Gary was hesitant. He wanted William to show him he was ready instead of just telling him. During this same time, the men’s father fell ill and was getting worse daily. Gary vividly remembers the last meaningful conversation he had with his father. It involved needing guidance on whether or not to trust William and partner up. “My father told me it was time. He felt like William was ready and that I should give him a chance.” Gary did just that. Almost one year to the day, Mr. Groom Room was open for business. Gary self-financed William’s dream of a relaxing atmosphere, complete with jazz music, beverages, and a mature environment, and they are still debt free.

Nasif Ervin

In addition to Gary’s assistance, William cherish’s the hard work of all the barbers and stylists who make up his amazing team – Keyshawn Robinson, Tanya Thompson, and Nasif Ervin, help make it what it is today. He has come a long way, but William doesn’t forget the struggles he faced and likes to extend a helping hand to those who are still fighting their way back. When most shops are closed on Sunday, Mr. Groom Room is open and busy providing free haircuts to the homeless twice a month. In February, William was honored by WRAL-Sports with the Sports Shop Salute to Champions Award and in March will receive Greensboro’s Celebrating Life Award – ‘Honoring those who have overcome life’s tremendous struggles’. Within the next 10 years William and Gary would like to expand Mr. Groom Room to several other locations as a franchise. “We’re offering services of uptown Raleigh and bringing it to the southside at reasonable prices,” says William.

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When asked about what he would change about his path, he affirms that he wouldn’t change a thing, as it led him to where he is now. h

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By Dawn Cauthen Thornton Photos by Todd Youngblood y day, Nicole Pittman is a 911 operator, dispatching police officers throughout the city when help is needed. It can be stressful and emotionally taxing at times, but she knows she was placed in that profession for a reason. By night, Nicole and her devoted husband Jamie, an IT professional, help others tap into their creative side while fellowshipping with other like-minded people at their new business venture, Paint and Praise. Paint and Praise is the couple’s unique twist on a concept that has been booming all over the country for the last few years – personalized canvas painting. The decision to worship God is constantly being challenged, including removing Christianity from public schools and other public entities. Their concept focuses on faith-based art (they do offer other images) which is exactly what the community needs. The paintings range from churches, to calming waterfalls, to crosses displayed high on a hill. What makes their concept so special is that everyone can feel comfortable without hiding their love for God and enjoy the evening in a spirit-filled environment. Customers might even want to share a testimony or two if they’re moved to do so. “Nicole came up with the idea after attending a few sessions at other locations with girlfriends, but wanted something where the Christian community could come and let their hair down,” says Jamie. He freely admits that he has no talent when it comes to art and that Nicole is the more creative one. Jamie devotes his time to the technical and administrative aspects, having created their website and social media pages. He did, however, express his interest in somehow offering classes that men would want to attend since this is typically a female-driven activity. Since the two both have outside careers, the first thing the couple did before beginning this new venture was pray about it. They have been by each other’s side for almost 17 years and already had a solid foundation and support, but building a business can sometimes be a challenge. When they felt God had approved their idea, they started doing their research, found a location, and spent time purchasing supplies and interviewing artists that would be a good fit. “I can’t say that I’ve always wanted to paint, but over the last year I’ve gone to these ‘paint and sips’ and just really got into it,” Nicole explains. Now she hosts her own classes and has hired other artists that teach technique, create new canvasses, and helps customers’ visions come to life. One of their artists feels so strongly about this ministry that she drives an hour to offer her talents as an instructor. Paint and Praise is centered on elevating ones energy. All events are void of alcohol, foul language, and aggressive music. They offer gospel tunes and uplifting conversation instead. “Some people are battling addictions or other things in their lives that they may not want to have to explain. So we want them to feel comfortable without any pressures,” says Jamie. If you can’t tell how deeply rooted Nicole and Jamie are in their faith, having met at Nicole’s home church, Christ Deliverance Temple, should give you an idea. Jamie is an Elder and a youth pastor and Nicole is also a minister. “Our church definitely had our back [with the business]. We had our grand opening on a Sunday after church and most of the members came and even stayed for the sample paint class,” says Nicole. Nicole and Jamie feel a sense of accomplishment now that they are business owners. They can also enjoy being role models to the youth in their church and the community. “The children can look at us and see that we’re doing something they might want to do one day. We let them know it’s possible,” says Jamie. Anything is possible when you are filled with faith, determination, and ideas. Paint and Praise is a true testament to that. h

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Stephanie Carver Advocating For Her Community By Dr. Marrissa Dick Photos by Sitll Shots Photography

Some may know her as the owner and operator of Perfect Harmony Graphics and Sound while others may be acquainted with her being the author of After the Altar and Before the Pulpit and You Were Born To Embrace and Triumph the Brain Power of Your Advisory: Come As YOU ARE God Has Need of You then others may know her best for having the high school dropout age increased from 16 to 18. Still some know her in their local community as the woman who partners with community constituents to share factual knowledge about laws and policies that affect education, domestic violence, and rape victims. Does she sound familiar? Meet Stephanie Carver, the epitome of social justice advocacy. Yet again, she is picking up societal causes that are near and dear to her heart. Causes where morality and ethical boundaries often clash. Nevertheless, Stephanie is willing to take on these causes and become the voice of reckoning for those who don’t have a voice. She shares, “We can’t do everything, but we can all do something to make a difference. Whatever you are called to do, do it and do it well! Do not let anyone or anything take your focus. Keep doubters far, far away. Love what you do and most important, do it in love.” Considering our recent political climate in the United States many people have been appalled by Judge Roy Moore’s alleged actions while others are silent regarding the issue and still some don’t find it abnormal for grown men to seek the attention of 10, 11, 12 or 13-year-old girls. For example, Alabama State Auditor Jim Ziegler staunchly believes, “there’s nothing immoral or illegal here…Maybe just a little unusual.” Unusual is right which is why Stephanie, who is normally a behind the scene person, is perfectly content with stepping outside of her comfort zone to raise an ethical and moral awareness to the disproportionate rate of child brides in the United States and the world over. According to Stephanie, “I have been concerned and researching this one area (pedosexual) for some time now. Yes, this perverse spirit has been operating in America and all over the world and it is legal. Between 2000 and 2010 there were 167,000 reported child brides/children marriages worldwide. Keep in mind these brides are not 16 marrying 19-year-old men, some are 11, 12, 13 marrying 40 and 50-year-old men. To make the situation worse, parents and judges are granting consent for these innocent children to marry their rapists.” Stephanie is raising awareness because many people don’t realize that half of the states within the United States does not have a legal minimum age of marriage. Notwithstanding, all states allow minors to marry in certain circumstances, such as parental consent, judicial consent, pregnancy, or a combination of these situations. These are the very issues that Stephanie Carver is trying to prevent by starting her signature petition campaign. She shares, “So, please, when someone approaches you with a petition, take five seconds and sign your name. There are a lot of people that do not want this law to change. But we will not stop fighting until it has changed. Just like we signed petitions to change the legal high school dropout age we can make this happen, too.”

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Another campaign that is near and dear to her heart is the Safe Haven Law such as Dumpster Babies. Stephanie is soliciting help in spreading the word to help bring an end to this growing population of unwanted infants. Daily, all over the world and right here in our own backyards there are women delivering babies and throwing them in dumpsters for various reasons. What’s most unfortunate is the fact that there isn’t a national database tracking the number of infants that are discarded worldwide. Nonetheless, advocates like Stephanie Carver who have full-time careers and family obligations that have taken it upon themselves to act as liaisons for these unwanted children. Stephanie wants people to know that they don’t have to “discard” their child for fear of being judged. Instead, she wants people to know that they can take that child someplace safe like Amazing Grace Adoption Agency, the fire department, or the police station without fear of being arrested for abandonment and charged with a crime. Stephanie shares, “Some women discard these children because they became pregnant from a rape and they have no clue how to deal with that child. Then there are those teenage girls who have been able to conceal their pregnancy then once they deliver the baby they throw it away because they are ashamed of their actions and are afraid of what their parents or even the community would think or say about them. Though it doesn’t make a lot of sense to us at the time the decision is real and it’s necessary for that rape victim or teenager. As a survivor of rape and domestic violence I understand these decisions. Just like I advocate for the actions of these mothers because I understand the experience and emotions; I advocate equally as passionately for the precious babies left in dumpsters, on public bathroom floors, porches, and ditches.” Stephanie is pleading for assistance in spreading the word about Safe Haven Laws. She want’s people to know that you don’t have to throw your child away. She shares, “I want people to know that any person can take that baby to any hospital, police department, or fire station without fear of facing any criminal charges. Just take the child there.” Stephanie is nonjudgmental, but she is pro-life and desires to see to it that once life comes into the world it is protected. Another social justice concern of Stephanie’s is Date Rape and Date Rape Drugs. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incent National Network (RAINN) 44% of date rape victims are under 18 years of age and 80% of those victims who experienced date rape because of date rape are under the age of 30. Regardless of the age an estimated two thirds of the rapists are known to the victim, yet 97% of the rapists never spend a day in jail. Stephanie wants people to know that, “Date rape is on the rise and most attackers are getting away with it.” She wants people to know about the different types of date rape drugs that are also on the rise. These types of drugs go undetected in drinks because they are colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Also, they can be put in any type of non-alcoholic or alcoholic drink. She says, “Date Rape Drugs like GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), Rohypnol and Ketamine are serious and are being used more now than ever. They can cause dizziness, disorientation, loss of inhibition and a loss of consciousness. They can also produce amnesia, causing a victim to be unclear of what, if any, crime was committed. In addition to cause their victim to blackout and experience loss of memory they can even cause fatal respiratory problems just to name a few side effects. GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine have become known as “date rape drugs” or “predatory drugs” because they are used to incapacitate someone for the purposes of committing a crime, often sexual assault. These drugs are odorless and colorless and can easily be slipped into someone’s drink.” Stephanie wants people to know that if you “THINK” you’ve been violated to immediately utilize a sexual


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As a community advocate Stephanie desires that everyone should work harder to educate themselves and others about what’s going on in society and spread the word, so our daughters and sons can be safe. assault kit (rape kit) because the victim’s best way to document the attack and help ensure prosecution of the attacker. Stephanie wants people to understand that it’s important for the victim to remember that sex is consensual, and consent cannot be given when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs or unconscious. She shares, “When date rape drugs have been administered the drug is often felt within 10 minutes and the effects can last up to 8 hours. In particular, Rohypnol can cause deep sedation, respiratory distress, and blackouts that can last up to 24 hours. So, depending on the type of drug used, and the side effect the victim may not even make it to the hospital until after the drug is no longer in their system. Also, if a victim is unconscious they are not able to ask for or consent to a rape kit. Even worse, every rape kit does not test for date rape drugs. This allows the attacker to walk away free and leaves the victim confused and suffering emotionally. Some victims end up pregnant because of date rape while others become so depressed that they commit suicide.” Stephanie believes that people should take precaution and be educated about these drugs, so they can possibly prevent themselves from having these experiences. She also want’s those who have had these experiences to know that there is help for them. Stephanie Carver wants her community to be aware of Child Marriages, Safe Haven Laws (Dumpster Babies), Date Rape, and Date Rape Drugs. She cannot express enough the importance of taking that child to a safe environment. Again, you will not be charged with a crime. As a community advocate Stephanie desires that everyone should work harder to educate themselves and others about what’s going on in society and spread the word, so our daughters and sons can be safe. If you would like to schedule a FREE speaking engagement to find out more information on any of the topics discussed, please contact Stephanie Carver. Stephanie encourages her community to “make the call for yourself, your children and your community!” h

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Free Yourself From Mental Incarceration and Self Imprisonment By Terry L. Watson Photos by Tiffany Love Harden Tiffany Love Harden is an innovative Inspirational Speaker with a tenacious heart for God. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker, Author, Film Producer, Model, Actress, Spiritual Inspirational Speaker, Visionary, and Movement Personality Host. She has appeared in Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection, Second Generation Wayans sitcom on BET, Glamour Belles on Lifetime Television, and currently hosts the Once in a Wifetime movement. Growing up in a less than desirable environment, she experienced the pain of how alcohol and drugs affected her family. In spite of living in a negative environment, she excelled on the track and in the classroom. Often times she regretted coming home to face the challenges of domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and many family disappointments. In 2000, Tiffany received a full athletic Track & Field scholarship to East Tennessee State University. She graduated with a Master of Science in Social Work with a concentration in Behavioral Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Education with a concentration in Child and Family Studies. Tiffany began outreach ministry as an adolescent and her unique illustrative teachings bring a riveting effect to situations, circumstances, and problems people are facing. Tiffany is chosen to help others break free from life’s choices and decisions that create bondage. She is also a Prophetic Evangelist that travels the world speaking life into those who have lost hope with the Beauty Behind Bars message. Beauty Behind Bars is a life changing ministry that teaches others how to be free from mental incarceration and self-imprisonment through a myriad of transparent testimonies that give hope. Their services are geared towards individuals who are suffering from self-imprisonment, judgement, mental incarceration, past issues, strongholds, and spiritual weaknesses. The ministry consist of seeing others break free from the bondage that kept them from reaching their full potential that God has planned for their lives. Beauty Behind Bars began in 2012 when Tiffany was Mrs. Tennessee US. She experienced an unfortunate divorce, which created self-imprisonment and self-esteem issues. Beauty Behind Bars provides a life changing seminar, conference, and course that teaches the importance of forgiveness, how to free yourself from mental incarceration and self-imprisonment, how to love yourself from the inside out, taking ownership of mistakes made, how to take the steps necessary to pursue goals and dreams, and how to teach others in the community by being an example. Each conference participant receives a t-shirt, wristband, and self-esteem planner or journal. Tiffany says that a persons’ true calling in life can’t be about money. “Your gifts will make room for you. Ministry is truly about helping people. The gift is for others to experience so that they may find the gift God has for their own life. Don’t let your current circumstances change your destined position in life. Throughout my years of running track, I have realized life is a marathon and not a sprint.” h

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The Mobile Mommy of Memphis


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shley Gladney of Memphis, TN is a mother, daughter, and loyal sister. She is also a college graduate, entrepreneur and the visionary of Mobile Mommy, a mobile child care agency that provides temporary and comprehensive childcare to exclusive clientele. While combining over 15 years of experience in providing quality childcare to families in need with her professional experience in the healthcare industry, Gladney is able to offer a high quality experience for families while supporting the progressive nurturing of children. “I am very fortunate that I can do what I love and still be able to transition that into a business. It never feels like work,” Ashley says. Mobile Mommy began on May 1, 2018 and now offers in-home babysitting and nanny services. “We travel to the home and care for the child in their familiar environment that is comfortable and convenient for both the parents and baby,” Ashley says. “Parents with busy schedules who need that extra support. Also parents who need to just get out for a date night or even a short vacation alone, while Mobile Mommy takes care of the house and kids.” With clientele sprinkled throughout the Greater Memphis area, Gladney lists even former Memphis Grizzlies players as references. While Ashley continues to grow her business, she is faced with the challenge of finding quality sitters that are fit to join the Mobile Mommy team. There is a certain type that she looks for such as retired grandmothers, mainly because they are experienced. However, Ashley is shaping her team with those who are passionate about being a Mobile Mommy. To provide her clients with a added level of security and ease, all of Mobile Mommy team members must be prequalified. This includes a full background check, they must be legally authorized to work in the United States, possess a high school diploma, have valid CPR certifications and FirstAid certifications, have babysitting and childcare experience, certified professional references and/or letters of recommendations, successfully complete a thorough screening, and pass a drug test. Once those requirements are met, the applicant will be personally interviewed by Ashley. The services offered by Mobile Mommy are for special events, special occasions, professional sporting events, teenager chaperoning, house sitting, homework assistance, and Parent Vision (which allows the parents to look in on the session via body cams and cameras). An extra fee is applied for this and available upon request. They also offer after-school, evening, groups, and last minute services. Ashley hopes to eventually share the Mobile Mommy experience with others outside of Memphis, so be on the lookout because Ashley may be coming to a city near you very soon. h

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iticus Thomas has launched his own line of beard care products, Blessed and Bearded LLC. The Johnson C. Smith University graduate and Columbia, South Carolina native often reflects on how good God has been to him. He also has an eye for detail and passion for serving others. He’s enthusiastic and loves to put a smile on people’s faces with his personal arsenal of jokes. Now, he would like to add his beard balm to those same faces. “Being Blessed and Bearded is not just a company, it’s a lifestyle. Everyone loves a good beard and since I have one, I love promoting it,” he says. “My beard balm makes those who have beards look and feel good.” His products also include a line of Blessed and Bearded shirts, sweatshirts, hats, Have A Beardiful Day shirts and hats, and Beard Power t-shirts. The designs are geared for both men and women, with a ladies favorite shirt, “Beards Give Me Wild Thoughts”. With the growing popularity of bearded men, it leaves many to wonder what impact the trend has on those who may be seeking a different look. Thomas says, “I think with all the new groups on social media, beards have made it good to be a man again. More women are attracted to men with facial hair, more now than ever. If you have a beard and take care of it, your chances of getting the interest of a beautiful woman are increased by 50 percent. If a man keeps himself groomed, it shows women that he takes pride in himself. The beard resembles patience and strength. I reflect to the story of Sampson in the bible. If a man can show patience and strength with his beard, he can definitely show patience with a woman and have the strength to protect her.” Having and maintaining a healthy landscape of facial hair is very important as well. Many people aren’t aware that beards can often house several forms of bacteria. That is why it’s very important to have a proper cleaning regimen for them such as regular shampooing. It is equally important to use the proper cleaning tools such as that offered by Viticus.

Moving forward, Viticus says he can see Blessed and Bearded becoming a house hold name. He has visualized bearded athletes, bearded actors, and bearded broadcasters wearing the Blessed and Bearded gear. “I see women who love beards wearing my clothing as well. I see this business not only for clothes but for men across the world to make this a lifestyle,” he says. The future looks bright for Viticus. For more information about the Blessed and Bearded line of products follow them on Facebook. To book Viticus Thomas for an event, please contact him by telephone or email. There are plans to soon launch a website. h

Viticus has faced many challenges with establishing the Blessed and Bearded line. Getting the brand to be recognized on a larger scale and placing them in large retail chains such as Wal-Mart or Target are just a few. He also hopes to land a well-known public figure such as James Harden of the NBA to use his products. In order to reach those levels, he understands that he must remain consistent. Viticus credits the lady in his life for encouraging him to push his Blessed and Bearded brand to new limits. “I have been able to take this to another level since I have been with her,” he says, “I am very fortunate to have friends that have supported me from the very beginning.”

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endra Diggs has made her share of noise in the beauty and make up industry. Better known as Kendra MUA, she is a woman full of love and creativity. Kendra is also someone who loves Jesus, is very dainty, and can be very goofy at times. “I’m a June baby. I’m 28 years old and I love to journal, sing, and act. I’m the youngest of four, an auntie, and a Godmommy,” she says. Quite noticeably, Kendra is a bald beauty who has established her brand, The Kween Experience. The Kween Experience is the extension of Kweenly Beat. It is about empowering women through the art of beauty and self-love. Kendra doesn’t want her brand to represent makeup or fashion alone, but also empower others to acknowledge their beauty, from the inside and out. “Makeup is not just makeup to me, it’s ministry. It’s a movement of beauty. You are God’s Masterpiece so I’m just the artist with the brush in hand that’s bringing out the God given beauty that’s inside of you,” Kendra says. Her mother was a makeup artist when she was a little girl. She would watch her intently, every Sunday morning before church while she did her makeup and fell in love with the artistry. As life happened, Kendra would eventually get her first full start at Bovanti Cosmetics in 2010. She learned a lot while working there. Now with nearly eight years under her belt, she currently works for MAC Cosmetics full time. “Even though I do have some experience, I’m still humble enough to be open to learning new things and embracing change. I must remain humble,” she says.

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Kendra has endured her share of challenges such as getting married at 22. Her marriage turned abusive and toxic and she was divorced by 25. She would learn to grow up really quick. Her chosen career has come with many challenges as well. The beauty industry has evolved and there are so many individuals who are becoming makeup artists and beauty bloggers. The Kween Experience continues to be relevant mainly because Kendra allows herself to be led by God’s direction. “I have learned that I’m one of a kind and there is no one else on Earth that is like me. I have my own strand of DNA that God has given me, and I faithfully believe that what God has for me is for me,” she says. “If I keep marketing my brand correctly and keep grinding, the right clients will continue to come and I will get someone’s attention at the right time. Even Queen Esther had to go through a time of processing. For who knows why God has called her to the kingdom for such a time as this? For who knows why God has called Kendra to the Beauty industry for such a time as this,” she states. Kendra’s life has been impressed upon by many, however her love for the late Bishop Otis Lockett Jr. shines the brightest. “Even in death he still impacts my life every single day. As a child he dedicated me back to God. I continue to listen to his teachings and remember every single thing that he has taught me, from business and even to my career now. I miss him dearly but one thing I’m not missing is God. I know he would be proud of me if he was still alive but I will make sure his Godly impact and legacy will continue,” she says.

“I have learned that I’m one of a kind and there is no one else on Earth that is like me. I have my own strand of DNA that God has given me, and I faithfully believe that what God has for me is for me.”

Moving forward, Kendra will focus on becoming a better “Kendra”. Her plans and goals consist of becoming a published author, becoming healthier, getting into the modeling world, getting a person of affluence in her chair such as Oprah Winfrey or Erykah Badu, and fulfilling God’s will for her life. “Everything I went through was necessary. I don’t accept failure or inconveniences as my final destination. Instead they are only stepping stones to my greatness,” says Kendra.

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hyllis Bridges of High Point, NC continues to bring African American interests and issues to the forefront.

Her latest production, The March on an All-American City is a documentary film which gives a chronological timeline of how an African American community and an All-American City survived the racial tension of the 1960’s. This film gives you a glimpse into the history of High Point’s African American community when it was fighting for integration and equality during the Civil Rights Movement. Prominent citizens of High Point will share their stories, experiences, and knowledge about a critical time in the city’s history. (Provided by The March On An All-American City,” which focused on this city’s civil rights struggle and the men and women who were involved in it, won three awards from the N.C. Society of Historians for High Point filmmaker Phyllis Bridges — the Paul Green Multimedia Award, an Award of Excellence, and the President’s Award. (Provided by Bridges attended High Point University majoring in interior design. Not only did it provide for her education, but it also spawned her love and appreciation for art; black art in particular. Eventually Bridges began experimenting as a freelance interior designer.

She commuted from North Carolina to the Maryland/Washington DC area bringing style and beauty to private citizens’ homes as well as government facilities. Bridges noticed that many of the homes were big and glorious, but the art wasn’t comparable. “The houses were way too gorgeous not to have nice art to go with them,” she says. “You don’t have a half a million dollar home and decorate it with Dollar General art.” Her observations gave her the idea to open an art gallery and become an art dealer. For one solid year Bridges learned the business. In 2008 she opened her own gallery. It was such a success that she outgrew three facilities. However, due to unforeseen circumstances Bridges eventually had to close her beloved gallery. But her love for art never waned, rather it intensified. Along the way she discovered what she believes to be the separating factor between black art and all other artwork; something most people don’t realize. Unbeknownst to many people, even current High Point citizens, High Point was largely a black city due in large part to the expansive opportunities in the upholstery and furniture industries, the railroad and paving of city streets. It was also a hot spot during the Civil Rights Movement. High Point had the first sit-in with high school students only 10 days after the Woolworths sit-in in Greensboro. It was led by Ben Elton Cox, at the time the city’s civil rights leader as well as an original Freedom Rider.

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Bridges has been fortunate enough to capture the essence of black life from the great grandchildren of slaves as well as the children and grandchildren of those living during the Jim Crow era. Due to High Point’s Quaker roots and the group’s staunch aversion to slavery, there was not a great deal of slavery in High Point, but there were certainly some instances. Many of the interviewees recanted things they experienced themselves as well as stories they were told filled with sadness as well as cheerful moments. In addition to oral histories many photos are also a part of the documentary to bring to life a long-forgotten and buried past. (Provided by Tonya Dixon) h

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estled along the bustling and enchanting district of downtown Durham, Exotique Boutique and Art Gallery showcases African and Non-African clothing, fabrics, arts, and handcrafted gifts made by artisans, both locally and from around the world. Exotique is dedicated to promoting art and creativity through economic sustenance and self-sustaining entrepreneurship. They offer clothing, jewelry and fabrics, and also have a variety of shea butter and oils. Owners Yemi and Lola Olufolabi Exotique opened their doors in the spring of 2006 with an intention of showcasing art and the beauty of creativity from different parts of the world. Lola’s background is in physiotherapy. After raising children, it was more appealing for her to try something else other than medical health service. Having an extensive cultural advantage and access to a wonderful variety of clothing and art and jewelry from their native country Nigeria, the thought was simply “why not” downtown Durham. It was very affordable and very central, so they took the opportunity and the rest is history. “We are like everyone else, seeking the meaning of it all. Having left Nigeria and England, we made North Carolina our home. Church, work, and school are all parts of our community. Our Christian faith is the fuel. Our true purpose is to put a smile on the face of others and add value to people. That is the Exotique purpose,” says Lola. They began with Africa after having a direct access to that continent, but their travels afforded them an opportunity to find wonderful art in other cultures. Exotique therefore grew to assimilate other art work from many continents. The local artisans need a place to exhibit and sell their work, and Exotique is there for them. “We make it happen by bringing authentic and fair-trade items in at an affordable price,” she says. “Everyone visits from all over the globe and stop by Exotique. We enjoy having wonderful people coming in.” To keep the doors of Exotique open, Lola finds inspiration in her father, who she says was a very kind man that possessed the gift of knowing everyone on the planet. “He put in all his children the ability to engage everyone, so perhaps that is the part of the reason I enjoy meeting and engaging people. As a Christian, we want to have a place where people are inspired. Life goes too fast and many folks long for engagement, just to be recognized,” she says. Moving forward, Exotique will continue to engage with their vast customer base and travel to find more hidden artists. They also have space within the boutique that can be utilized for class and events. If you are in Durham, please stop by and see what the Exotique experience is all about. h

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astor V Ministries was birthed in August 2017. This ministry is designed to help encourage, strengthen, speak life, and break every stronghold of the enemy over the lives the enemy has held in captivity, releasing them into their destiny. “Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?” says the LORD. “Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?” says your

God plans, He prepares, and He will deliver says ministry founder Pastor Vanessa C. Thomas. “We all must trust God to bring forth the vision He has given each of us. He will not position us for greatness without preparing us for destiny, but He will put us in position to fulfill His vision. We will walk in our destiny,” she says. “I believe God is birthing new things and whatever the Lord chooses to birth through the lives of the individuals we minister to, whether it’s a song, a book, or an entire ministry, we endeavor to remind each person that it’s not about us or them, but it’s about the people who need what they are carrying.” Pastor V Ministries is in the first phase of ministry. Pastor Thomas says they are still in the process of development and seeking direction on how to connect further in the community. They are committed to supporting Yeshua’s House, an 18-month transitional home for women and children in Petersburg, VA. The home is designed to help women achieve financial stability after suffering domestic abuse or financial hardship.

On April 5-7, the ministry will host the Daughters of Destiny women’s conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. The conference theme is “Pregnant with Purpose: There Shall Be a Performance.” Others involved include Pastor Melissa Engman, Minister Elfreda Tyler-Anderson, and Sister Stephanie Flowers. The vision of the conference is to empower every woman in attendance to know that they are worthy to produce and to see them give birth to their God-given destiny. “Our desire is to also give them the tools to walk it out when they return home, not to life as usual, but to a purpose-filled life. We will do this through the worship experience, daytime workshops, nightly services and times of fellowship over the course of the conference,” says Pastor Thomas. “Many women have remained bound, walking in the wilderness for years like the Israelites. They’ve traveled in circles, going around and around, not knowing how to break the cycle. Many have carried their God-given vision, wondering if it would ever come to fruition. But our faith is that those who attend Daughters of Destiny will be in the right place at the right time to spiritually give birth. It’s their time!” The conference seeks to attract women from Virginia and areas around. With such a powerful line up, souls are sure to be fed and lives changed. Pastor Thomas says “We are believing for souls to be saved, ministries to be established, businesses to be started, visions to be restored, and for fire to be ignited in each woman’s heart to do something that will bring glory to God. Intercessors have been given the task of aiding in the “birthing” process. By praying for the perfect alignment of power, passenger, passage and position in each “birth,” they will act as spiritual midwives to bring about His purposes in the earth. We are coming together in the “delivery room” to hold the hands of these women who have been given a mandate by God to give birth in this season.”


“I believe God is birthing new things and whatever the Lord chooses to birth through the lives of the individuals we minister to, whether it’s a song, a book, or an entire ministry, we endeavor to remind each person that it’s not about us or them, but it’s about the people who need what they are carrying.”

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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Marion Woodhouse Jawanda Smith, aka Jaye of Richmond, VA wears a lot of hats. It all comes down to what day, and what part of that day as to which role she strives in. She is a daughter, sister, and mother to three little divas. Additionally, she is an adviser, advocate, cheerleader, encourager, and friend to a multitude of people. Yet, she still has found time to fill her entrepreneur appetite via her events and planning company, Let’s Do It Right Events, LLC. Let’s Do It Right Events, LLC is a full service, event planning, design, and decorating company that specializes in corporate, custom, and school events and fundraising. They also offer travel arrangements and wedding planning. Their three identified custom categories are Custom Weddings, Custom Couture Events, and Corporate Synergy. Their wedding packages are “You Do” (day of coordination), “We All Do” (partial planning), “We Do” (full planning with clients involved), and “LDIRE Concierge I Do” (for busy couples who need a little magic for the day and entrust Jaye and her team to make their desires come to fruition). Let’s Do It Right Events goal is to create and develop individualized experiences without compromising their clients vision or budget. “Our goal is to take your event from ordinary to extraordinary,” Jaye says. Jaye officially launched her company in March 2015, after nourishing a hobby for decades prior. “I know everyone may claim to have been doing this the longest, but few can say they have been planning since birth,” says Jaye. “I was born to a dynamic event planner that now serves on our team as the Creative Director, Fashion Show Coordinator, and Modeling Teacher. A major attribute that makes me different from other planners is the fact that I am a second-generation event planner with almost a lifetime of experience. From the time that I could walk, I remember

“I know everyone may claim to have been doing this the longest, but few can say they have been planning since birth. I was born to a dynamic event planner that now serves on our team as the Creative Director, Fashion Show Coordinator, and Modeling Teacher.”

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modeling and debuting in fashion shows and dancing and being a flower girl in weddings. In my teen years I interned and employed under the direction of my mother, who is the owner of Top Shelf’s Productions. As an employee, I provided event planning services that included contracts with Black Opal, the United States Armed Forces, Fraternal Order of Police, Glen Ford, Rap It Up founder, and many more.” While working with Top Shelf Productions Modeling School & Agency Jaye became a lead young adult model and instructor. In 1999 she went off to college and completed her matriculation at Mary Baldwin College. While in college she was an active member of the Baldwin Program Board which allowed her the opportunity to develop and create social events. She also served on the Virginia Association of College and Universities Resident’s Hall (VACURH) as the National Conference Chairperson and Secretary. She developed and planned conferences on the state level for them. She would ultimately earn a B.A. in Biology and Psychology in 2003.

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Jaye says being an entrepreneur is hard work and she loves every minute of it. “People often only see the glamour or what they think is glamour. When you are your own boss you must be focused in developing a vision, mission, and goals. You have to do the work because if you don’t you will not have a business, but instead a hobby or dream. Every job, project, or task I engage with, I do it to my fullest and in excellence to God. I refuse to be mediocre, subpar, or average. I only strive for and seek greatness,” she says. Contact Jaye and allow Let’s Do It Right Events, LLC to assist you with your next event or special occasion. h

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