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Tracey Hardley-Scott Telling Her Story, Her Way
A New Voice For Gospel
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MOG The Real
Kinsley & Kingston
Meet the owner of Off The Hook Seafood and Sweet Cold Treats.
From Crack To Christ, she refuses to allow anything to hold her down.
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Meet the face and voice behind A H.E.R.O.â€™s Ball, an event for veterans in Charlotte.
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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Tracey Hardney Scott
racey Hardney Scott, aka “RawSilk” is an awardwinning author, noted orator, and radio/television personality. She has been a devoted wife of nine years to Randolph Scott, and mother and grandmother. She is also the eldest child of Thomas and Sandra Hardney. Tracey is a native of St. Albans Queens, New York and was raised in the Brownsville and East New York section of Brooklyn. She is a graduate of South Shore High School and an Alumni of Grambling State University. Tracey began writing short stories and poems at age 11. She self-published and released her first book “The BS Theory Embracing the Gift of Woman’s Intuition” in 2016, which delivers a bluntly honest high energy message informing woman how to eliminate the “BS” in their lives by utilizing their gift of “Women’s Intuition”. This Summer she will release part two of the series “They Will Stop Feeding you BS if you Stop Providing the Spoon”. Both books contain true life stories that readers will be able to relate to. In 2009, Tracey was asked to be a guest host on the Enliven Internet Radio Show on the Legacy Internet Radio Station. The listener’s response was so positive that I was given the permanent co-host chair by Mr. LP. Steve Sykes. Later that year, as a result of my passion for social justice and change, I created, produced and hosted my own television talk show “Sista 2 Sistah Can We Talk?” The show debuted on Comcast 95 and Verizon 96 and is currently in its sixth season. In addition, Tracey co-hosted the RULZ Relationship show created by Coach Ellis Crum for two seasons. It aired on the Cox Network and locally in the Richmond market. “I have always had a entrepreneurial spirit. I caught the event planning bug from my grandmother Anne Boatwright at an early age and eventually launched my first company Le’Aviance Events in 1997,” she says. Tracey is the Chief Operations Officer for the Gridiron Developmental Football League, a Pro-Development league, and manages the daily operations and oversight of 100 prodevelopment football teams. The league has successful placed athletes the NFL, leagues in Germany, and Brazil. She is the first woman to be inducted into the GDFL Hall of Fame.
“I have always had a entrepreneurial spirit. I caught the event planning bug from my grandmother Anne Boatwright at an early age and eventually launched my first company Le’Aviance Events in 1997”.
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“I never envisioned myself as a career employee. Entrepreneurship was taught in my home growing up. I remember starting a small event planning business in high school called ‘Lasting Impressions’. I have coordinated parties and events for classmates and I’ve always believed that events should be memorable and affordable” she says. Because Tracey has always been a talker and researcher, a career in media is a natural fit. Tracey is the founder of The Restoration of the Queen, a 501C3 Corporation that empowers and educates women of color. They host an annual Queens Ball to celebrate unsung Queens in the Richmond community. The parent company for her business is BossLand Inc. It holds Le’Aviance Events, the RawSilk brand and Tracey under its umbrella. The products and services offered by Tracey are books, t-shirts, and more. Tracey has served as a motivational and keynote speaker, and she is also a Event Designer, and mentor. The freedom that her business allows is what Tracey loves most about her business. “I am free to follow my passion and whether I fail or succeed, I get to learn through the trials and errors and write my own success story. I love the people I have encountered and understand that I have a stake in their success,” she says.
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Her husband Randy has been her greatest cheerleader and supporter. Her first book sat dormant for many years in a box in the closet on a shelf. It wasn’t until years later when she met her husband. He encouraged her to publish her works. “Outside of his support I would say Steve Sykes of Enliven Radio who gave me my first radio opportunity and Leroy Wilkens of Karamel Entertainment who has mentored me in media and presentation in front of the camera. I believe anyone we encounter deposits something that we can utilize for growth some people are here for a season and others are meant to be roots we must learn to know the difference. Moving forward Tracey plans to continue to grow her brand, domestic and internationally. She’s currently writing three new books whose focus is to drive home her mission of restoring the Queendom in society and encourage the black community to take a progressive step towards dismantling oppressive systems. h
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Aysha Ives is multifaceted. Externally, Aysha is a woman who is often somewhere between being an entrepreneur and taking care of her family, two roles of which she loves tremendously. Then there’s the internal Aysha; the rainbow haired woman who is often found somewhere in the metaphysical world. Either way, she has found herself deeply involved with her business, Essentially Aysha, LLC. After being in business for several years as a coach, author, and publisher, the Richmond, VA resident decided to launch her very own business. As the mother of a high achieving athlete, she has seen how grueling athletics can be on the body of young athletes. She watched tournaments after tournament and cringe at the impact that competitive sports bring. So, rather than just watch (and cringe) from afar, Aysha began seeking solutions that would ward off some of these negative consequences and concluded with Essentially Aysha, LLC. Aysha was determined to find high quality, effective products that would meet the specific needs of her highly athletic son. She came across some products that worked but she had concerns with putting certain kind of chemicals into his body. It helped to ease his pain and discomfort but at what expense. She was focused on nutrition and recovery and trying to prevent dumping some potentially harmful into his bloodstream. Aysha knew there had to be something better. “I kept looking for something better and my search eventually brought me to the world of essential oils, and I haven’t turned back ever since,” she says. After being introduced to essential oils and seeing first hand, the incredible benefits they provide, it began to dawn on Aysha the oils would benefit more than just her son and her family. It became her mission to share the resources with other athletic families. Essentially Aysha, LLC was born. Essentially Aysha, LLC offers essential oil blends that are formulated to meet the specific needs of high achieving athletes in the competitive youth sports sector. They currently have two products on the market and another that has just finished the product testing phase. “Our Athlete’s Balm is designed to soothe sore muscles and joints after intense workouts, games, and tournaments. Young players are constantly pushing their limits in the competitive sports world and our Balm helps to soothe and cool those overworked muscles,” she says. The Soothe blend is designed to help ease head tension. When it’s time to play, the last thing a player needs is a headache or migraine. Soothe contains six crucial essential oils known for helping to relieve head and neck tension and discomfort. The other product, Relieve, is made up of a blend of essential oils that are known to ease the discomfort of seasonal allergies. This is especially helpful during the Spring and Fall sports seasons when allergens are at their worst. It’s designed to help players go harder than their allergies so they can have their best season yet. “Our products are all natural and our roller bottles offer quick, on-the-go access,” she says. “I love that I can bring awareness about the efficacy of essential oils to the sports world. It’s competitive and there are bumps, bruises, and soreness that come with the grind. Knowing that I have the tools to help young athletes, blows my mind. The oils are great individually, but they are blended together based upon their individual therapeutic qualities, the potency is unparalleled. Being able to offer these blends to sports families, that’s what is most important to me when it comes to my business. Contact Aysha Ives to learn more about Essentially Aysha and her products. h
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House Of Ballooons
By Terry L. Watson Photos by Nakeyta Bagley
akeyta Bagley is a native of Richmond, Virginia, and mother of three beautiful kids. She is a graduate of John F. Kennedy High School in Richmond and has spent her life begin an active citizen within her community. Nakeyta is also the owner of House Of Balloons, a party and event planning company that provides customized balloon creations. Some of the services Nakeyta offers are Party Flavors, Balloon Columns, Balloon Arcs, Customized Potato Chip bags, personalized water bottle and soda pop labels, and personalized labs for mints, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and more. She also offers backdrop banners of which can be personalized with her client’s logo, customized text, and images. Nakeyta began her business in June of 2017, while thinking of ideas for her baby shower. “I started working on building balloon columns and arcs. When others seen my work, they started asking for them. I started practicing so that I could get better, and the rest is history,” she says. What Nakeyta loves most about being an entrepreneur is working with others to help their visions come true. “I love to see my customer’s faces when I design something for their party, baby shower and weddings. It makes it all worth it, knowing that I was able to take an idea from a conversation and bring it into reality,” she says.
Some of the challenges she has faced in business are handling the huge tasks and difficult jobs. “When a client gives me big tasks, it can be very stressful. I must take the information they have provided and produce a product that is unique and specific to them. In order to do this, I have to set my mind to the task and allow my creative juices to flow,” says Nakeyta. The feedback she receives is confirmation that Nakeyta is fulfilling a purpose in her life. With each client she strives to provide a unique experience that will make their special event or occasion a day to remember. While she pours herself into the creations, she also ensures her clients expectations are met. For others who may follow in her footsteps, or are thinking about starting a business, Nakeyta advises them to keep pushing never give up. “You will never know how good you are, or how good you will be if you do allow yourself the opportunity to grow,” she says. h
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By Dawn Cauthen Thornton Photos by Todd Youngblood On February 20, 2008, Joie Cook intently watched the rise and fall of her father’s chest as he lay in a hospital bed. Initially she didn’t notice the change in his breathing but her significant other, who was also present, brought it to her attention. It was no less than heart-wrenching seeing her hero, the dedicated Marine, battling for his life. At 2:20 p.m., her world was almost destroyed. The love of her life took his last breath and lost his battle with lung cancer. I say ‘almost’ destroyed, because there is light at the end of this tunnel.
child dependent, and the spouse, are all different and are serviced differently. Her organization assists everyone needing to overcome an obstacle, no matter how they are connected. They’ve paid household bills, for funerals, and even assisted with job searches. They also partner with other non-profits like Goodwill (Operation Good Jobs 3.0) if they can’t help. This year the expo will be June 23 – June 24 at Johnson C. Smith University and will feature Branches of Success, a panel made up of veterans. They will be discussing the effects of the military both personally and professionally, and “When The Military Hit Me”, a panel discussion that will educate and compare domestic violence between the military and the civilian worlds. On the last day of the celebration, there will be The Salute to Soldiers Jazz and Inspirational Benefit Concert featuring Dante Lewis and Stellar Award Winning Gospel Artist
“It just didn’t make sense because he didn’t even smoke. He was healthy, he juiced, and he ran marathons,” Joie still struggles with the loss. Prior to the cancer diagnosis, the doctors mentioned that the patriarch of the Cook family simply had pneumonia. When the cancer was finally found, it took less than six months to metastasize and take over his body. Joie prayed, she bargained with God, and listened to others who told her he would get better. But he didn’t. “It hasn’t been the same since,” Joie confesses through a trembling voice. The only girl of three children shares fond memories of the life she led as a military kid, moving from state to state, with time in Hawaii and Savannah, Georgia, where she was born and is currently assigned. Joie has spent, collectively, over a decade serving her country in the Army, the Air Force Reserves, and now the Air Guard. Emerging from a family full of soldiers, her father was her biggest influence. She later learned that he too, served in the Army first, then the Air Force. She feels even more connected to him because of this path. The first year after her father’s passing, Joie and her family decided to get together for dinner in her father’s honor. Every February for the next five years, they broke bread together, until a close family friend, Nadine Henry, and Sandra Cook, suggested that she explore other ideas. Since her dad was a veteran and she currently serves, they decided to pay tribute to him and others in the armed forces by hosting a dinner along with vendors from various aspects of the community. In May 2013, A Hero’s B.A.L.L. (Building Around Life’s Lessons) was born and held at the University Hilton Hotel, in Charlotte. “The first ball hosted approximately 80 people and six vendors, which was great,” Joie says. She credits Los Bravos, Inc. with much of the inaugural balls success. They allowed her to shadow them and learn how to foster a non-profit organization, which helped her tremendously. By the third year, the event had grown so much, they were forced to create two separate events to properly connect with those in attendance. That’s how the vendor expo was formed. Now the expo attracts more than 50 vendors offering valuable information in education, employment, serving in the military, health and welfare, housing, products and services, and veteran services such as NABVETS (National Association of Black Veterans) headed up by Commander David L. Graves, Jr. The charity organization targets anyone who can benefit from their services, but especially focuses on women veterans and their families. Joie feels like women veterans are typically underserved because they’re the minority within all four branches. When they’re in need of diapers, feminine products, and other items most take for granted, her organization can help. “One time a female client came in and needed a bra. That’s simple but she didn’t have one,” she explains. This year the expo will offer workshops on VA claims, business financial literacy, financial literacy for kids and teens, home ownership, and the importance of sisterhood. A big supporter of the charity is the Charlotte Chapter of Woven, a curriculum-based support group made up of all women veterans. The organization is run by Tina Bryce and Cat Corchado and aids women in coping with everyday issues, such as how to manage stress, transition, job loss, suicide, divorce, and a host of other set-backs. “There is a misconception that the VA blankets everyone with help, and that isn’t the case,” says Joie. She explains that the actual veteran, the
Isabel Davis. The concert is a ticketed event($10 donation for the general public, vets w/ID and kids are free). The event is open to the public. Sunday June 24 at 3:00 pm in Biddie Hall Auditorium. Exhibitors that will be present include T-Mobile, Zurvita (Zeal For Life), NC A&T State University, Charlotte Area Fund, AARP, Authors, and Paparazzi. The Cook Family has poured their energy into keeping their father’s legacy alive by working tirelessly to serve the community that gives so much, veterans. I’m sure they believe that their fallen one is proudly looking down, marveling at their dedication and strength, possibly saying “This, is the light.” The events of AHB are held in memory of Nathaniel S. Cook-USMC (May 4, 1955 - February 20, 2018). Upcoming events include the Annual Black Tie Fundraising Gala on July 21 at the Crown Plaza, featuring guest speakers Army Captain Ty Young, Author Lila Holley, and Boot and Color, and educational guide for women of color in the military. h
5th Annual Carolina Veterans Appreciation Expo June 23-24th, 2018
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By Terry L. Watson Photos by JLG Photography
For some people, realizing your true calling in life can take a lifetime. The realization may appear in a dream, or surface during a conversation. For sisters Carolyn Black and Shirley McDaniels of Greenville, S.C. they learned of their calling purpose while doing something that came naturally; caring for their mother Kathleen during a moment of her life when she wasn’t able to care for herself. What should have been a routine or normal Gall Bladder surgery turned into something much more. “When she came home, she was never the same. For the next ten years, our family had to adjust to caring for her every need,” she says. Her mother later developed Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia, before finally succumbing to her condition in 2012 at the age of 75. When her mother first became sick, they employed the services of other home care agencies and soon became very unsatisfied with the level of care they received. Instead of settling, they organized their other family members -brother, sister, grand kids and implemented a plan that would ensure their mother would be adequately cared for. Little did they know at the time, but that labor of love would grow into something very special.
Moms Two Daughters began as a result of Carolyn and Shirley caring for their mother Kathleen McDaniel
Moms Tow Daughters Home Care Services, LLC P.O. Box 9731 Greenville, SC 29604 email@example.com 864-678-0352 864-915-3649
Moms Two Daughters became officially licensed in 2015, but Shirley and Carolyn began private care nearly nine years ago. Carolyn had a private case and Shirley assisted and backed her up. Carolyn shared a idea with Shirley to partner with her and launch their own private care business. “I told her that I would give it a try for one year, and if it’s not successful, then I’m out,” Shirley said. From the very beginning the started the business with a realistic and genuine purpose. Carolyn brings a medical aspect to Moms Two Daughters. She is a licensed medical technician and phlebotomist. Shirley brings a business mind. She has an accounting degree and materials degree. Now, the pair is fully committed to building their business to level that will ultimately secure their retirement. Presently, they are full time moms and work their other jobs on a part time basis. Shirley is a Physicians Practice Specialist with a local hospital in Greenville. She is a mother of three and grandmother of two. Carolyn works for the school district in the Greenville area and she is a mother of one and grandmother of one.
They also counsel families as needed. One new component to their business is home care travel service. They will provide service to families while accompanying their clients on family outings and vacations, accompanying their clients to meet their needs, and relieving their families.
Before Moms Two Daughters will accept new clients, they will first conduct an in-home assessment to determine what are Moving forward, Moms Two Daughters will continue to the specific needs of that specific person. The services offered grow their business and eventually hire full-time RN’s and by them are home health care, medical technician services, Certified Medical Assistants. To learn more about them, medication planning and assistance, blood pressure and oxygen please give them a call today. level checks, doctor visit assistance, and meal preparations. Richmond - May/June 2018 HuamiMagazine.com 17
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By Dawn Cauthen Thornton Photos by Todd Youngblood he was a mother at 14 years old, a runaway, a group home alumni, and the target of a scam artist. But failing doesn’t become her. Tamika Chisholm has been challenged all her life, and she always finds a way to win. She had a less than loving upbringing.
She’s always been a fan of fashion, styling her dolls as a child, so it was only fitting that Tamika invest her money in something she was passionate about. She initially planned to open a small clothing boutique and had hired a contractor (recommended by a friend) to help redesign and build out the space. After handing over thousands of dollars to pay for what she thought was building materials, permits, and other necessary costs, the contractor ultimately took off, and left her with no business, no money, and a broken spirit. “I was depressed. I was going to give all my stuff away, but I just didn’t do it. I just couldn’t let go of it,” says Tamika. When she realized the boutique that she hoped for wouldn’t be, she placed her merchandise in a storage unit until she figured out another plan. This set-back almost ruined her completely. She gained more than 50 pounds as a result. One day, she stumbled upon an article online about someone who owned a fashion truck and a lightbulb went off in her head. Initially she could only find trucks for sale several states away, potentially forcing her to travel to purchase one. ‘Something told me to look for a truck here in Charlotte. I found a truck and I initially was going to rebrand it to the name of my boutique, but after doing research, I realized the one I found already had a following and was well-known. So, I wanted all of it. The trademark, the name, everything. It was God’s plan.” It took her a mere week to actually find the truck and when she saw it and met the owner, she purchased it on the spot. Tamika has only owned her new wheels for three months, but she’s steadily picking up speed with customers and sales. The most recent event she participated in was in Spartanburg, SC and it attracted almost 75,000 people. Instead of attending the fling for two days, she was motivated to stay for three. By the time she returned home to Charlotte, she was completely burned out. But that’s normal when you have a dream and are working to fulfill it. On the days she’s not driving and promoting her new brand, she’s buying inventory, tagging and stocking merchandise, and reviewing her books to make sure her dollars make sense.
“I was depressed. I was going to give all of my stuff away, but I just didn’t do it. I just couldn’t let go of it”
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Curvaceous Closet doesn’t just cater to plus size women like the name suggests. But when a plus size woman steps on the truck, she will be able to find the right fit, up to size 24. Tamika enjoys showing women with any number of curves how beautiful and appealing they are. “Low self-esteem comes in all sizes. I like motivating a woman and letting her know to love herself, period,” Tamika explains. If it sounds like she is handling this busy life like a pro, you should know that she also has a home healthcare business that she has run for eight years, along with being a mom to two adult daughters, ages 29 and 24, and grandmother to two grandsons. She hesitates for a brief moment when I ask her age. She has a youthful voice. Then she laughs, “I’m 45. I don’t really care!” It doesn’t take long for her to own it.
Pictured with Tamika is her friend Vanessa
During her 45 years, she’s experienced more than some have. She freely admits to having a troublesome few years as a teenager. She attended three different high schools as she moved from her mom’s home, to her aunt’s house, to a group home, and back with her mother. She ran away at age 17. She eventually obtained a GED at the age of 19. She decided to change her habits when her immediate family was involved in a horrific car accident and needed her to care for them. Her 13-year-old daughter sustained a brain injury during the accident. Considering all the dangerous decisions she made growing up, Tamika knew she wanted to succeed. She was confident, that she would fail, but she simply had to restructure her path. Now her paths lead to anywhere her mobile boutique will allow her to go. She loves being on the road in her fashion truck. She still has her sights set on having her salon studios one day, but she hopes her daughters will take over Curvaceous Closet and make it their own. It’s clear Tamika had a delayed start and countless bumps along the way. But it’s evident that she didn’t let any of these circumstances dictate her direction. We all get lost and stray at times. But it’s the strong ones that forge ahead, marching onward and upward. h
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ransplanted from Dayton, Ohio and rooted in Saint James Hampton Homes in Greensboro, NC rapper, singer, and song writer Kyle Carver, The Real M. O. G., is creating some serious buzz in the Christian music industry.
With his newest release, “G Praise” having well over 349 thousand views and comments and over 2,900 shares on Face Book, Kyle is certainly turning the heads of Christian and secular music listeners alike. With his closed posture, submitted demeanor, and humble smile one would find it difficult to believe that he bellows out inspirational and rhythmical raps to what sounds like hard core gangsta beats; but this is exactly what he does. According to Kyle, “G Praise is a street praise. It’s a crazy praise like David when he got the ark of the covenant back. It’s that shower praise when you don’t care about what notes you’ve missed or what tune you’re singing in or even if you got all the words right. It just feels good to praise GOD regardless of what other people think.” Kyle hasn’t always lived this life of praise and worship, so he doesn’t down play his past. Instead he uses his testimony by being the bridge that links the streets to the church. He shares, “My language is versatile, you know, I can talk street and I can talk Bible.” When speaking about recidivism he acknowledges that he repeated the same cycle his father did, but he vowed it was going to stop with him. He knew he had to focus his time on something different - -something positive. He says,
“You know you have to seek God and ask Him what your gift is, so you can get focused on something positive. I knew mine was music because I enjoy it and it comes effortlessly for me. It’s crazy because I almost let it all go because I despised my father. He was locked up for most of my life. He wasn’t here to teach me how to navigate life as a man, but the one thing I always heard people say about him was that he loved to sing. So, since that’s what he loved that’s what I hated.” Nonetheless, the passing of his father touched his heart and made him realize that he had a choice. He could either chose to harden his heart toward his father and his music or he could embrace it. Kyle shares, “You know death has a way of turning your heart. So instead of being hardcore and choosing to hate I chose to embrace him and his music. I give all the glory to God for that because if I hadn’t forgiven him I would have blocked my own blessing and I wouldn’t have been able to use the gift that God gave me to bring the people from the streets to Him.” From his realistic lyrics to the tranquil musical bass, he plans to inspire this millennial generation to seek after God. Being consistent with his music, Kyle’s perspective on praise is also unique. He says, “All praise is acceptable. If I was an organ player and I am playing for the Lord, then that’s my acceptable praise. If I were a tap dancer I would praise God through my ability to tap dance. If I was a freestyle dancer and the Spirit of God moved me then my free style would be my authentic praise.” Kyle considers his musical praise as a sacrificial offering; however, he explains it like this, “My music is my sacrifice unto God. I look at praise like Cain and Able. To me, Cain presented his offering unto God with a bad attitude. Like he didn’t really want to do it but then you have Able who reflected on the best thing he could give to God and presented it to Him with a good attitude and a clean heart. That’s how I see my music. It’s an offering to God. I mean that’s pure and real and that’s all I have to give Him where it’s just all about Him. It’s void of me; but it’s everything about Him. I give God my Able sacrifice and praise.” Kyle will be the first to admit that transitioning from street life to the church is not such an easy thing to do. He shares, “You know most people don’t know that there’s a difference when you’re locked up for a couple of years verses those in there for life. The life timers are very serious about God and they minister to the younger ones. So, if you can feel the presence of God in a place like that then I know you can experience Him anywhere. That’s why I titled my album, G Praise which stands for Gangsta Praise. I wanted to show the different aspects of praise. God is different for everybody and there’s not just one way you can praise God. Some people clap their hands while some stomp their feet while some people run. I can use myself as an example. My wife, Kimberly, introduced me to church. When I first started going to church with her I sat there for maybe two or three years feeling the Holy Spirit, but I didn’t want to jump up and praise Him because I didn’t want everybody to think I was this crazy dude who just did a back flip down the aisle. I know there are people out there that think like that. They want to give God praise but they don’t know how. They want to let go but they’re afraid of being judged.
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When they feel the Holy Spirit, I want them to know that they can do what they feel as long as it’s an Able praise offering and not a Cain offering. True praise is always pleasing and acceptable unto the Lord. Through my music I want to let the street person know that they’re welcomed in the house of God, too. That’s basically what G Praise is all about; it’s all about hearing the Word of God through the music.” John 12:32 clearly says, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” This Biblical verse is one of the corner stones of his music. Kyles’ main passion is to turn the tides of the dark streets by sharing the Light of the World with those who reside there. His inspirational music has been supported by the Ali and Tyson of Christian hip hop pioneering artists, Canton Jones and Da’ T. R. U. T. H. who are both rapping on his new cd. Notwithstanding, Petey Pablo is also featured. According to Kyle, “A lot of people don’t know that Petey was raised in church.” Canton, Da’ T. R. U. T. H. and Petey sing and rap about street life with hip hop flavor and fashionable appeal. Kyle has tapped into this genera of music because the millennials who follow him and others like him adamantly confess Jesus Christ as their Personal Lord and Savior. They just so happen to confess it with a hip hop feel. According to Kyle, The Real M.O.G., “I have a strong passion for people who find it difficult to change their mindset of doing certain things that will put them back in prison. I just feel like it’s my duty to help them change. I want to spark the minds of this generation and challenge them to be positive; instead of being who the world has told them they had to be. They need to know that God is the beginning of it all and without Him nothing is possible. I know it can be done because I’m an example of being changed by listening to the Word of God. If God can change me He can change anybody.” Quite often when people utilize the acronym MOG most Christians equate it to a pastor; however, that is not what Kyle is referring to. Instead, he has taken a more simplistic approach. He says, “I’ve always believed that when you’re dealing with God you want to be title-less. A lot of people want a title, but I don’t need a title to praise God. I had a title for years in the street and I found it to be a burden. When I decided that I wanted to get married and have children I knew I had to shed that title because it was related to my past. The Real M.O.G. simply means I’m just a man who loves God. I’m really nobody. I was made from dirt and I’m just trying to walk this truth and bring as many people with me as I can through the gift that God gave me and that’s my music.” Check out Kyle Carvers new album which will officially be released on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He also encourages others to listen to his singles on Facebook. He can also be followed on Instagram at mogthereal and thereal_m.o.g. His music is also available for purchase on iTunes, Tidal and all major digital streaming services. h
From his realistic lyrics to the tranquil musical bass, he plans to inspire this millennial generation to seek after God.
To listen to “I Give It All To You God” and “G Praise” or to contact Kyle Carver for booking engagements, go to The Real M.O.G. on FaceBook. To purchase and follow his release dates, please visit www.mogthereal.com 23
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By Terry L. Watson Photos by Johnathan Snorton anya Davis of Detroit, MI is a perfect example of how God’s grace and mercy works. It is impossible to understand her pains and pitfalls just by looking at her outward exterior. You would have to pierce quite a bit more and listen to her soul sing the praises of God and how He saved her from a life of despair and hopelessness.
Tanya is a mother, wife, grandmother, and friend to many. She is also a overcomer, motivator, faith walker, and mentor. Though what she is most proud of is her 28 years of being sober.
Tanya is driven by an incredible passion for self-expression through hair. Her works are often noted for their unique style, elegance, and her signature techniques in blending traditional methods as well as modern techniques especially when it comes to hair care. She has also served as a Glam Professional working with many celebrities during Stellar Awards of gospel music. She has helped to produce hair shows in Detroit, Dallas, and Chicago, with audiences of over 10,000 people. In 2010, at The Hutton, one of the most prestigious hotels in Nashville, TN she produced and created “Rip the Runway Awards,” a show highlighting Nashville’s best in the Hair and beauty Industry. Tanya has also developed a passion for helping new and transitioning salons through her consulting business. Her experiences, vibrant personality and strong strength of faith has secured her for
Tanya’s life took a dark turn while she lived dangerously on the streets of Detroit. She was a drug addict, plagued with drug use, prostitution, domestic violence, and homelessness. Her habits led to crime and eventually incarceration. Her life changed when she opened her eyes to God. She confesses that He met her in her jail cell and began to change her life, freeing her from addiction, crime and the binds of wickedness. Today, she is an entrepreneur, consultant, producer, professional hair stylist, writer, and is a witness to the love and redemption of God. Though she isn’t an ordained minister, she does her share of ministry work. Lives have been saved through her testimony and she has shown many how to overcome obstacles merely by living as an example. “I often tell others that I know a man and He’s not from Detroit or Nashville – but He’s from Galilee,” she says. “I love to show others who are suffering with addiction how to succeed in recovery. When asked, “What’s next?”, her answer is always, “Wherever God leads me because I know it is His purpose. Tanya has a long list of accomplishments. She is the 2006 Recipient of the Phenomenal Woman Distinguished Award and the 2009 Who’s Who Award. Additionally, she is founder of Ice Media Group, and publisher of Ice Magazine – a cross-cultural lifestyle magazine and Focus On This International Hair Magazine. She is also the owner of Salon ICE in Nashville, TN and directs From Crack to Christ Ministries. She is the Executive Producer of “I Just Got My Hair Did” talk show on 92Q cumulus station, and a National Spokesperson for Beauty Behind Bars.
a wide range of projects and purposes. Presently she is the Founder of ABA American Beauty Awards, and Co-Founder of I Love To Battle Hair Competition. Tanya credits her mother’s constant prayers for keeping her sane through everything she has faced. She also credits her mentor, Jacqueline Kelly, who has opened many salons and also has a commercial real estate firm in Nashville for providing her with insight and direction. Her number greatest supporters are her husband Kenneth, daughter, and granddaughter. h
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Wakesha Fogle By Terry L. Watson Photos by Wakesha Fogle WAKE Academy and Consulting, LLC is a place where all kids excel. The vision of founder Wakesha Fogle is to bridge instructional gaps and circumvent educational pitfalls students sometimes experience. Her desire is to utilize her successes and failures to help students and educators alike, thrive. “All students are extraordinary, each with their own varying extraordinary needs; therefore, necessitating every aspect of their educational experience should be extraordinary as well,” Wakesha explains. WAKE strives to make this a reality through unleashing the potential of its scholars, families, and educators, while serving as their thought provoker, accountability partner, and coach. Their messages of confidence, perseverance, and determination are shared as inspiration to help all encountered reach for their dreams. WAKE Academy and Consulting began July 2016. Wakesha says her first love has always been working with students who appear to not be working to their full potential. She also loves to help those who lack motivation. “I believe that everyone cares about their success. They need and deserve to have someone illuminate their gifts and walk alongside them as they build their confidence and skills. I know personally how hard it can be and what it took for me to climb out of the tomb of academic despair. By starting WAKE Academy and Consulting, I can authentically cater my support and services that will improve the exchange between teachers instructionally and students academically,” she says. Wakesha is a passionate, purpose chaser who loves God her family. She has been married for 21 years to Emanuel L. Fogle, and together they have three daughters Nicaella, a rising Junior at Furman University, Daa’iyah, a rising high school senior, and A’mia, a rising 8th grader. She glean’s from her diverse educational schooling in New York City public schools, as well as private schooling. She also graduated from the Department of Defense Dependent School System in Germany. She is a graduate of Claflin University in South Carolina and holds a Masters Degree from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. She is currently pursuing advanced studies at Lamar University in Texas.
Leading By Example “My husband has always been my biggest fan and cheerleader. His belief in me, encouragement, love, and support are what propels me to believe that I can do whatever I put my mind to. From the moment I decided to resign from my job, to listening to my dreams and embracing them as his own. He done this while delaying his own professional ambitions in support of mine,” she says. WAKE Academy’s mission is to improve academic success through immersing students in a dynamic and engaging multi-sensory out of school educational setting that is strategically designed to nurture their emerging autonomy. Wakesha says this will help them develop and manage their executive function skills and cultivate their selfefficacy and confidence. Some of the programs offered include virtual and in-person mathematics tutoring for students in grades 5-9, virtual and in-person academic coaching for students of all ages, training, professional development, motivational speaking, and keynotes, for schools, districts, and the community, and Summer and Afterschool programming. For those, who may follow in her footsteps, Wakesha offers a bit of advice. “Walk in faith over tradition and follow that which lights you up, and you will light up the world,” she says. “From the moment I decided to resign from my position as a district level academic specialist, and two years later, every move I make has been made by faith. Honestly, if I based my actions from what was evident or others’ opinions, I would still be where I was,” she says. To learn more about the WAKE Accademy, please give them a call or visit them online. h
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Barrington Riddick Off The Hook Seafood & Chicken Sweet Cold Treats By Dr. Marrissa Dick Photos by Shaw Photography Group
It’s officially spring and summer will soon be around the corner. With both comes weather just perfect for a cup of delicious Philadelphia Water Ice and a fresh “straight out the hot grease” “Around The World” fried fish plate accompanied with an addictive cup of strawberry lemonade. Meet Barrington Riddick, owner and operator of Sweet Cold Treats and Off the Hook Seafood and Chicken. Home grown in Bertie County, North Carolina, Barrington’s entrepreneurial spirit was put to task by his mother at an early age. He says, “My mother was the reason I started my first business. I asked her for some money one day and instead of her giving it to me, she gave me the best piece of advice of my life. What she told me to do was - save up my allowance, go buy some candy and sell it instead of coming and asking her for money every day. So that’s what I did. I would go to the store and buy some lollipops and Jolly Ranchers and sell them at school and around the neighborhood. I came from an entrepreneur family, so they taught me how to reinvest the money back into my business and I saved the profit. That’s how all of this got started because my mama wouldn’t give me any more money,” he laughs. It suffices that Barrington was reared by Proverbs 22:6 which states, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Barrington is so grateful his parents set his mind and his feet on a positive path.
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Another lesson he gleaned from his father and mother, who is a math teacher, was to complete his education. After graduating high school Barrington moved to Greensboro and attended Guilford Technical Community College and majored in Auto Body Repair. After graduation he worked at Crown Paint and Body for a while, but realized that he really enjoyed working for himself. With some patience and dedication, he found himself selling Italian ice from the Philadelphia Water Ice Franchise. This business picked up relatively quickly and Barrington saw he was earning more money selling the ice part-time than working a full-time job. The math didn’t add up for him, so he developed a plan to branch out on his own. He shares, “I worked at Crown Paint and Body for years and I really loved my job, but my side business started growing. I knew I was going to have to let Crown go because I had three ice carts going at the same time that needed my attention. So, in 2006 I finally saved up enough money to get my license and began my own business debt free,” he said with a smile. “I remember the days when I had to drive to Philadelphia, pick up the ice, then turn around and drive back to Greensboro, and still be on time for work. This wasn’t easy. A lot of hard work went into the birth of Sweet Cold Treats.” Though some say Sweet Cold Treats’ water ice taste better than ice cream, Barrington realized that his sales reduced significantly during the colder months. Being the entrepreneur, Barrington knew that he needed his carts and truck to work for him regardless of the weather. He shares, “I branched out into selling hot food because of the cold weather, it’s harder to sell Italian ice in the winter, so I had to figure out a way to still make my truck work for me. Well, I started going to a lot of beauty shops and barber shops where people congregated during the winter time, you know. The women would be under the hair dryer and you know it’s hot under there and so they would buy a cup of Italian ice to keep their minds cool,” he laughs jovially. “So, they started calling me the Icey Man. I knew that wasn’t going to work for long because they have to come out from under that dryer at some point! So that’s when I started to think about selling hot food. As a result, I rented my uncle’s food trunk during the weekdays when he wasn’t using it for his own catering business. Over time using the same model, I saved up enough money to purchase my own food truck, and Off The Hook was born.” Barrington advises anyone wanting to begin a business to do their research, first. He admits that he started his business completely backwards. He shares, “I kind of started my business backwards, but I knew enough that I had to make my business pay for itself. I had a full-time job and when I got paid I would use my entire check to buy my products, make my money, and then pay my bills. That’s how I operated. I mean looking back on it now that’s not what I should’ve done, but it actually worked for me. I wouldn’t tell anybody to do that though because it’s backwards, but I’ve also learned that you have to do what’s right for you. At the time my responsibility level was different. I’m disciplined and I’m a hardworking man. I’m always trying to be innovative and find ways that work better.” And yes, he certainly found a way to make his mobile truck work for him when he created Off the Hook Seafood and Chicken. This mouthwatering southern fried menu is best known for its delectable signature “Around the World” plate that consists of market fresh fish, shrimp, scallops, and oysters. He also caters to the person who enjoys fried chicken with all the extra trimmings. Barrington knows that he’s fortunate to have two thriving businesses. When asked if there were plans to establish a brick and mortar location Barrington said, “Well it’s not really in my plans, but whatever God has for me is what I want. I don’t want to say no because I really enjoy going to the different events and meeting different people, but at the same time I don’t want to block my blessings. I just want what God has for me, so I guess the answer to that question remains open. What I do know for certain is that I want to do the right thing with what God has given me now. Everything else will come in due time.” Whether Barrington is catering a special event at church or a family reunion, he is genuine in his belief that these are opportunities to foster relationships and build bridges. He also enjoys being mobile because he can participate with community activities, such as festivals in the park, NC A&T State University Homecoming, Aggie Fest, and their Health Fair, the fundraiser for “Kids on Wheels Foundation”, National Night Out in the Community, the Annual Run for the Red (American Red Cross), The Community Theatre of Greensboro, and the Lexington Barbeque Festival, just to name a few. He also enjoys servicing the different area colleges and high schools when they have their annual carnivals.
Just look for the longest lines. Anyone who has indulged in his delectable delights will volunteer that “It’s worth the wait!” Barrington believes people wait in line because his water ice and food are not only ‘Off the Hook,’ but the customer service is second to none. He is firm in his belief that people don’t have to patronize you no matter how good your food might be. According to Barrington, “People spend their money where they feel appreciated. I’m grateful for my clientele because a lot of them have been faithful and loyal. When I’m at a festival, they come looking for my truck and it’s like seeing old friends. They do that because the food is good, hot, and seasoned with love, and they also know they’re going to be treated right. That’s how I was raised.” Barrington is grateful for the support of his family because they have taught him a lot about preparing food; they have also been some of his biggest supporters; and they show their support by working right by his side as his establishments continue to grow. He says, “I’m thankful that I have my family as a support team. They know me, and they know how I operate. I’m also grateful to God who is first in my life for making all of this possible. I don’t ever think that this is all about me. I know who really makes this happen.” Barrington believes in giving back to the community from his home town to Greensboro. He offers job opportunities to those who don’t mind working hard and to those who are dependable. He also mentors youth in becoming entrepreneurs. “I don’t mind giving back to the communities that have blessed me.” Most recently Barrington was featured on ABC News for providing over 500 hot fish dinners to those in need on the East Side of Greensboro after the tornado ravaged that community. According to Barrington, “It was just the right thing to do.” h
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