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I recall a message I heard many years ago. I was at church, and the pastor shared with everyone present about the roles and abilities of a visionary. As I listened inquisitively, I learned that a good visionary is someone who can convey their visions and ideas to others. A visionary must also possess sound leadership skills, as these two attributes go hand in hand; what a visionary sees can only come to fruition by being comprehended by those under their direction.

What if tomorrow didn’t arrive? All of your plans, hopes and dreams wouldn’t have a street to park on. What if everything that you decided to put off until tomorrow never happened? There would be no reason to save for a rainy day, and you could spare someone the trouble of making promises. What if your last opportunity seemingly expired today? What would you do?

Like many other aspiring entrepreneurs, my journey began with a vision. Because I am unable to see what the end will be, each step of the journey is dependent upon my ability to see what is next. However, this journey began with a conversation with God, and every move that I make is done by faith, and moving by faith doesn’t always allow me to see what is next. Instead, I must align my vision with the reasons I even started and constantly remind myself that God has assigned this journey.

I’ve been told that I often seem like I do too much. Honestly, I feel like I am not doing enough and I’m a firm believer in knowing that God wouldn’t put anything on me that I couldn’t handle. I sometimes wonder how life would be if I chose to sit idle and accept what it presented to me. I have found that to be very boring. In my opinion, opportunity is a blessing that isn’t afforded to everyone. A challenge to me is an adventure. What is the worst that can happen? If I do nothing, I fail, and if I try I don’t, but instead learn something new about myself. Relinquish your pride and in return acquire life.

There will always be ups and downs in life, regardless of what path we choose to take. God didn’t promise that our journeys would be easy, but He did give us an option to include Him. By including God, we have access to the greatest mentor and counselor, and even more, He is pleased when He is involved. Where do I turn now? What should I do next? Should I build, invest, or fall back? How can I accomplish all of that? God has the answer to all of our questions.

The best advice ever given to me happened when someone told me to make my tomorrow happen today. In doing so I have pressed my way through doors with a key that only hope provided. I have also learned the difference between what God blesses me with and what life can burden me with as well. I compare it to knowing when to be confident and when to be quiet, because someone may get it confused with being arrogant.

As our assignments continue, we must continue to focus on God. Focusing on Him will eliminate the distractions that hinder and slow our progress. As we continue, we must read His word and pray without ceasing. While praying, we must not only ask God for what we need, but we must also speak with confidence and expectation.

Make you tomorrow happen today, but most importantly make it count. Life is but a whisper and we must put ourselves in a position to hear what it is telling us.

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The Attic Tanny Wright

The Pastor’s Attic is a furniture retailer and wholesaler located in High Point, NC, in the heart of the Furniture Capital of the World. They come with over 30 years of experience in providing quality home furnishings and design support services. The Pastor’s Attic was founded in 2000 by Tanny Wright and is a family-owned business that has found a unique position in the Home Furnishings industry to offer a more tailored approach to decorating and furnishing personal living spaces. “The concept behind “The Attic” was that it was like going into your grandmother’s attic and not knowing what, but sure to find many hidden treasures,” Tanny says.

Tanny Wright, who is a native of High Point, spent his early years in the commercial photography and advertising industry. After spending several years with a major retailer in the area, he decided to open his first location in Greensboro, NC. After several years in Greensboro, The Pastor’s Attic, affectionally referred to by many long-time customers as simply “The Attic” relocated to High Point.

“The Attic” specializes in showroom samples, one-of-akind finds, and in-line goods directly from the manufacturer. Because of their long-standing relationship with some of the manufacturers, they also offer shopping experiences directly into the showrooms, which is normally reserved for The Trade Only.

“It’s a place where we often say we want to introduce you to luxurious living. The way in which we define luxury is when you love it, and it functions for you.”

Through the many years of experience that Tanny has possessed, he has shown that he has the creative eye to help transcend that living space into what the client has envisioned. The Attic has a 12000 square foot showroom that is full of great artwork, accessories, lighting, rugs, and furniture that is available to be taken right off the floor, so it eliminates some of the wait time that comes with home decorating and design. The exciting part about The Attic is that it is an ever-changing space because of the “opportunity buys.” That comes on a weekly basis. It is a place where you get to come and discover your style and redefine your space and where eclectic meets exceptional.

“It’s a place where we often say we want to introduce you to luxurious living. The way in which we define luxury is when you love it, and it functions for you; those two components make it “luxurious living!”

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The Boston Dynasty Invades Virginia

What is the most up-and-coming city in Virginia that’s a stone’s throw away from North Carolina? You are correct if you said the City of Danville, VA. Founded in 1793, Danville is perhaps best known for its role in the Civil War, when it was an important railroad stop for the Confederacy and became the last Confederate capital after Richmond fell to the North. Today, the City of Danville includes all cultures, bolstering a sense of community and belonging.

The residents of Danville are inclusive and neighborly, optimistic and forward-thinking, and enthusiastic and supportive. Even more, they are genuine and down-to-earth people who believe the City of Danville is the perfect place to raise their families. Maintaining its small-town feel, Danville is steadily progressing with futuristic plans to ensure its economic growth and has all the amenities of any major city. Companies such as Tyson Foods, Morgan Olson, Goodyear Tire Rubber Company, Buitoni Foods, formerly Nestle, and Caesars Casino see the potential of this rising community.

One person who believes in Danville is Mike Boston, Sr. of the infamous Boston’s House of Jazz in Greensboro, NC. He believes the City of Danville is the best place to establish his new restaurant, Boston’s Bourbon Street Bistro and Bar, located at 680 Lynn Street in Danville, VA.

Mr. Boston said, “Boston’s new restaurant will open in late 2024. It has a nice New Orleans feel. I believe it will pair well with all of the new things that are happening in the River District. We came in at the right time because the city is undergoing a redevelopment project and is courting new businesses to move into that area. Traditionally, I understand that that particular area has had a high crime rate in the past, but they have done a good job cleaning it up. The restaurant is located in a remodeled warehouse. We have about 7,000 square feet to work with, which is great. The square footage allows us to design and decorate the restaurant with that New Orleans French Quarter type of feel. The menu has a Cajun influence, too, with peas and rice, jambalaya, shrimp and grits, gumbo,

We came in at the right time because the city is undergoing a redevelopment project and is courting new businesses to move into that area.
Can you believe it? I have a 49-year-old daughter that I could never love on, protect, and spoil.

Boston pictured below with his daughter, Sharmeen Dalton-Robles

oysters, Po’boys sandwiches, and other things. The restaurant will be open from Wednesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, and we’ll also have some late evening hours from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. to accommodate the casino clientele. The late nights will include live entertainment and feature some favorite major artists. I also plan to have a jazz brunch every Saturday and a gospel brunch every Sunday. The cool thing about the gospel brunch is that we will feature one of the local pastors, along with his first lady and praise team, to sing during the brunch and feed them. My wife and I support church ministries because they do great jobs supporting the community. My son, Tiant, and I have been attending Bible Way regularly, so we know firsthand how vital the Christian community is to Danville. The one thing that people may not know about me is that I am a Christian. I’m not without sin, but I have a strong relationship with the Holy Ghost. I bet many people will be surprised to read that about me. I love the Lord. Always have and always will.” The Bible says in Matthew 7:1-5, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?”

The Boston dynasty understands that keeping up with futuristic growth is important for any dynasty’s success. With that idea in mind, Mr. Boston has been

asked to write his life story of success. The title of his book is From Sunset to Sunrise. The title comes from him growing up in the Sunset Community in Reidsville, NC. He traveled to Africa and immersed himself in his thoughts while fully reflecting on his humble beginnings and his rise in acquiring generational wealth for his children. Just a hint of what’s to come in his book is the recent discovery of a daughter, Sharmeen Dalton-Robles, who he never knew existed.

Mr. Boston shares, “I’m excited about this book because it will show who I am as a man. I have my faults, but I’ve always lived up to them. My book will discuss my life and how I became the man I am today. It’s also going to highlight a daughter I never knew I had. Can you believe it? I have a 49-year-old daughter that I could never love on, protect, and spoil,” he shares. Triad - May/June 2024 10

Mr. Boston says it all happened because his son, Mike Jr., enjoys history. He has traced both sides of Mr. Boston’s mother and father’s family back to the slave ships, and he’s even trying to go back further than that. “A week after North Carolina A&T State University’s homecoming (GHOE), my son calls me and says, ‘Dad, I found a woman on who has a 94% chance of being my sister. Do you want to meet her?’ Of course, I was taken aback by the news, so I told him to check it out. So, I talked with the young lady and found out who her mother was. I met her while traveling with a band; you can take it from there. So, Michael Jr. orchestrates a DNA test. She found the sister facility in her town in DC, so we scheduled the DNA test on the same day. When the results came in, in the words of Maury Povich, ‘It has been determined that - - you are the father!’ I am her father, and she is my firstborn daughter. I was blown away. So, we met, and she looks just like me, it’s unbelievable. Our first meeting was organic, and I’m glad she didn’t hold any animosity against me because she knew I was unaware of her existence,” Mr. Boston explains.

To think that she’s been looking for him all of her life breaks his heart, Mr. Boston shares. What’s ironic about this whole thing is that she graduated from NC A&T State University, actually ventured many of his establishments, and came to Greensboro every homecoming. “We were around one another but never met, so meeting now is a miracle. I had a coming-out party to introduce her as my daughter.” She’s a part of the Boston dynasty now.” Mr. Boston shares that meeting his firstborn doesn’t diminish any love from his other children. They have all connected with one another, and it’s like she’s always been there.

You may wonder what other surprises Mr. Boston has for the world. He has several ventures already in the works. These ventures are sure to strengthen his desire for a generational legacy. He shares, “I’m a risk taker, and that’s who I am, and that’s who I will always be. Taking risks has gotten me to where I am today. I need to provide for my family, so taking risks is necessary. I have a legacy that my grandchildren and, hopefully, my great-grandchildren can build from. My sons, Mike Jr., Clarence, and Tiant, are busy in Charlotte and Atlanta with HippinHops. They also own two funeral homes in the Atlanta area. Tiant has been my legs in Danville, helping to open Boston’s Bourbon Street

On the opposite page, Mike is pictured with his grandson, King, who will play a 10 year old Mike in the upcoming film adaption of the Boston’s autobiography, From Sunset

Above, Mike is pictured with his wife and fellow Philanthropist, Anita Boston. They are the founders of The Mike and Anita Boston Foundation.

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to Sunrise.
“I’m a risk taker, and that’s who I am, and that’s who I will always be. Taking risks has gotten me to where I am today. I need to provide for my family, so taking risks is necessary.

Bistro and Bar, and Aisha has her hands busy with expanding Father of the Bride. I must include Sharmeen in the dynasty because she’s my child, too. I’m 70 years old and getting older, so I’m passing on many things I’ve been doing to my children,” he says.

Mike Boston says the Boston Dynasty is not just about his family; it’s also about letting the world know that African Americans know how to do business. “We’re still one of the very few freestanding breweries in the world. Another thing I like about this opportunity in the City of Danville is that I can open an additional restaurant, except this one will serve soul food. Expanding in Danville is phenomenal because everybody’s trying to get there. The potential for opportunity and growth are endless.”

In conclusion, Mr. Boston wants to share an important nugget that all successful business owners must learn. “You can’t be afraid to take risks.” Mr. Boston also believes that applauding the success of others is also a requirement. “When I was coming up, the older guys, the heavy hitters from back in the day, for whatever reason, took an interest in me. One of them told me never to be jealous of anyone else’s success and to not beat others down, and I’ve always remembered that advice and lived by it.”

Pictured on the opposite page with Mike Boston are his son, Tiant, and Devenia Chandler, who serves as the General Manager.

Boston’s Bourbon Street Bar & Bistro 680 Lynn Street Danville, VA 24541 336-587-0968
Private and Celebrity Chef Irving Williams, is the menu consultant for Boston’s Bourbon Street Bar & Bistro

Tiffany and Jayden

Mother and Son..... Sharing A Love For Photography

Together, they share a bond that is strengthened each day by unconditional love and guidance.

Jayden Allen-Michael Fuller and Dr. Tiffany Michelle Fuller have more in common than just mother and son. Many years ago, Dr. Fuller birthed her photography business, TMFPhotography, incorporating her unique style and flavor into every image she captured. Fast forward to 2024, her protege, Jayden, has established himself as an aspiring lensman and, by doing so, accepts the inherent gift that began with his mother. It’s common to see this duo working on a photography set together. They seem to move in concert, as Tiffany leads by experience only, and Jayden compliments her with his unique creativity. In 2024, his mom bought him a 360 Photo Booth. In no time, Jayden grasped full operation of the new device and has since managed that sector of their business, naming his part as Jf360.

At just ten years old, he matured really quickly. With JF360, Jayden focuses on giving people waiting in line for many of their other services some time to have fun while they wait. After his first event, he knew how to run the software and the 360 himself. He has added props and extra lighting and has also learned customer service. Full of wisdom, Jayden is sure to do nothing for free and charges $150 per hour for all events.

Jayden has grown up knowing a lot about North Carolina A&T State University, mainly due to his mother teaching at the Historically Black College and University for twenty-four years. He attended the Child Development Lab on Campus and now attends Aggie Academy for Elementary school. Jayden has also attended summer programs at NC A&T, football and basketball games, and homecomings there (G.H.O.E.) and participated in the homecoming parades. He met the Chancellor and the Provost and asked them if they knew his mom. Additionally, Jayden is a member of the Swim Team and swims at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

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Dr. Tiffany Fuller is a proud Aggie and graduate of North Carolina A&T State University. She acquired a Bachelor of Science in 1998 and a Master of Science in 1999. While in school, she was awarded a scholarship in academics and athletics and played softball for four years. After completing both degrees, she began teaching for the Lincoln County School system at just 22 years old. After two years of teaching, she enrolled in an Exercise and Sport Science doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

At UNC-G, Dr. Fuller is also an Associate Professor and teaches at the John R. and Kathy R. Hairston College of Health and Human Sciences and the Department of Kinesiology. As an Associate Professor, she teaches, advises, provides service to the university, and prepares research. Her research interest is on physical activity levels among youth and adults. She also teaches about the barriers of exercise among women. Even more, Dr. Fuller is the Secretary of the Faculty Senate and oversees Student Success in the Department of Kinesiology, which has over 700 students.

In 2002, she began teaching and working on her Ph.D at the same time. She earned tenure in 2016 and Poste Tenure in 2021. Presently, Dr. Fuller has been teaching in the state of North Carolina for 24 years. She still enjoys teaching and has taught courses at both the Graduate Level and Undergraduate level.

Now, with Jayden onboard, TMFPHOTOGRAPHY specializes in Wedding Photography. However, they still take pictures at many events, including family reunions, graduations, sporting events, and portraits. Since its inception in 2006, Dr. Fuller has captured a plethora of likes through her lens. She has also captured a few celebrities, such as Gabrielle Union, Jennifer Hudson, Robin Thicke, Keith Sweat, Mike Epps, and Fantasia Barrino. Carl Anthony Pane II, Tasha Smith, Rain Pryor, and Huggy Bear.

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Dr. Fuller says she was thinking about how she could get her son involved with her photography business. He was always with her, and knowing that kids will mimic what they see their parents do, she decided to get him involved by buying him a 360 Photo Booth. “It took us a while to get things fully operational. I thought of it as a project and turned it into a business.”

Jayden’s first event was in Charlotte, and he is excited about being booked this summer in Jekyll Island, GA, and South Carolina.

As a mom, Dr. Fuller shares she desires to teach her son how to run a business, manage money, and buy things that will make him money. “We have to teach and educate our kids about everything, including managing money,” she says.

As their future unfolds, Dr. Fuller and Jayden are preparing to enhance the products and services their company offers. Jayden is heading to middle school next year; he will continue to swim and, of course, run his business. For Dr. Fuller, it will be her 25th year teaching at NC A&T SU. Retirement is still a few years out, but when it happens, she plans to run her business full-time.

“We have to teach and educate our kids about everything, including managing money.”
Photo captured by Dr. Fuller in Brazil Wedding photo captured by Dr. Fuller

McNealey Speech Therapy, LLC

Provided by Asia McNealey

For some, the professional path taken in life can involve various twists and turns. What is initially planned doesn’t always align with where the road ends. For Huntsville, AL, resident Asia McNealy, helping and caring for others has always been her primary objective. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Alabama as a Nursing major. She made it all the way to her senior year before coming to the realization that nursing wasn’t what she desired to do.

In her freshman year at UA, she participated in a work-study job at the autism clinic on campus. Asia worked with SLPs and Psychologists and volunteered at Arts n’ Autism. She eventually became an employee at the clinic, which she describes as the best decision she could have ever made. “Over the years at UA, little did I know that these jobs would set me up for success. I was gaining so much knowledge and experience about Autism and Down Syndrome, as well as different aspects of communication and behavior. My career focus shifted from Nursing to Communicative Disorders. However, I maintained my minor in Psychology, and I know it was nothing but God. He placed me in those job environments because He knew what was best and what would come later for me. That was my first encounter working with nonverbal children who were dealing with extreme behaviors stemming from ASD. Those experiences changed my life,” she says.

Asia would eventually receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communicative Disorders from The University of Alabama with a minor in Psychology. She also obtained her Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology from Francis Marion University. Presently, Asia is a Speech Language Pathologist, entrepreneur, and member of the Air Force Reserve. She is the owner of McNealey Speech Therapy, LLC. Her company offers speech and language therapy for the pediatric population. This entails articulation therapy, which works on speech sound production, fluency (stuttering), alternative augmentative communication (AAC), receptive and expressive language skills, feeding, and play therapy. For parents and family members of her clients, she offers parent coaching and parent education to help them navigate through life and understand their child’s delay or communicative/cognitive disorder. Asia’s services are designed for the pediatric population, with a majority of her clientele falling between the ages of two through elementary, but she has also worked with individuals from six months and adults. She is a pediatric SLP who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorder, articulation, and language therapy and is an autism advocate. Additionally, Asia provides direct services and teletherapy options.

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“Over the years at UA, little did I know that these jobs would set me up for success.  I was gaining so much knowledge and experience about Autism and Down Syndrome, as well as different aspects of communication and behavior.  My career focus shifted from Nursing to Communicative Disorders. However, I maintained my minor in Psychology, and I know it was nothing but God.”

Asia says the vision to start her company came after working in different settings, from private practices to clinics and schools. She confesses she desired to have her own business and eventually open up an autism clinic in the Huntsville area. “My goal is to be a positive leader, advocate, and service provider to many and impact the lives of precious little ones,” she says. After college, she applied action to her goal and came back home to Huntsville. Upon her arrival, she realized the demand for the services she offers, as well as the lack thereof. Asia knew it was time to get to work.

Asia is the daughter of Aretha McNealey and the late Frank McNealey. At 28 years of age, Asia’s heart has been captured by her four-month-old daughter, Kaslyn Lynch. She also shares her love with her clients and says their progression and smiles make it all worth it. “I appreciate the support of all of my clients. I am grateful to witness the overall positive impact of helping a sweet little one with their needs.”

Due to her obligations to the US Armed Forces, Asia cannot commit 100% of her time to McNealey Speech Therapy, LLC, and not being able to has impacted her business’s bottom line. Additionally, she is currently operating as private pay and cannot accommodate all interested clientele. This has been challenging for her, but Asia addresses it by serving those she can and staying positive.

Looking forward, Asia plans to partner with daycares in the Huntsville area. She also plans to open an autism clinic there that is sensory-based and will offer respite nights and job skills, including transitional living skills for those high school graduates 18 years of age and up and on the autism spectrum. “I want McNealey Speech Therapy, LLC to grow and have different branches of autism clinics in different cities in the years to come,” she says. Triad - May/June 2024 26

Purple Ribbon Office Solutions

Photos Provided by Sandra Day

Indianapolis, IN, resident Sandra Day is best described as a problem solver. She also finds fulfillment in providing valuable solutions to her clients, improving efficiency, and positively impacting the workplace.

Sandra is a seasoned entrepreneur with a wealth of experience in launching and scaling startup businesses. With a career spanning over 12 years, Sandra has successfully navigated the intricacies of industries such as Healthcare, nursing homes, daycare facilities, and beyond, earning a reputation for her strategic acumen and hands-on approach to business development.

As a black woman, Sandra has had to work hard to overcome the obstacles of being a minority in the business world. However, she has never allowed this to hold her back but used it as fuel to drive her success. As the face and founder of Purple Ribbon Office Solutions, Sandra is charged with providing administrative support to her clients and many other services. In addition to TSA Pre-Check, Purple Ribbon Office Solutions offers Statement and invoice printing and mailing, Bulk Statement Mailing, Business Consulting, Co-Working Space, Conference Room Rental, Private Office Rental, Business Credit Coaching, Marketing and Branding Material, Membership Plans, Bulk Postcard Mailing, Virtual Mailboxes (with a real mailing address). They also offer DOT Physicals, DOT Drug Screening, and DOT Hazmat.

Within Purple Ribbon Office Solutions’ Business Consulting arm is Days Business Consulting. “With Days Business Consulting, we believe in the power of innovation, collaboration, and personalized solutions to drive business success. Our team of dedicated experts is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and business owners with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in today’s competitive market landscape,” Sandra says. “We offer a comprehensive range of consulting and training services tailored to meet each client’s unique needs, whether you are a budding entrepreneur seeking guidance on launching your first venture or an established business looking to expand into new markets.”

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Having a BA in business and an MBA in Education, without questions, Sandra is equipped to help others. Inspired by her own experiences and leaning on industry insight, Sandra launched her company in 2020 with one goal: to solve a problem. “My vision stemmed from identifying a gap in the industry as having a one-stop shop for administrative support for small and medium-sized businesses,” she says. “I saw a need in the community that would give businesses access to essential office and operating services. My response was to create a business incubator that meet this need in a variety of ways.”

Every business faces challenges, whether it be competition, financial constraints, or operational hurdles. For Sandra and Purple Ribbon Office Solutions, one of her biggest challenges is finding a dedicated team of employees who will convey her vision. She’s tackled this by staying adaptable. She has also sought advice from mentors, continuously learned, and maintained her resilience.

Sandra offers some helpful advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs who may follow a path similar to hers. She says, “Stay true to your vision and be prepared to pivot when necessary. Also, it is important to build a strong support network, stay committed to lifelong learning, and embrace failure as a learning opportunity.”

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saw a need in the community that would give businesses access to essential office and operating services. My response was to create a business incubator that meet this need in a variety of ways. h

Learn More About My Experience of Being A Caregiver For My Mother


TW0: Think Fast and Learn As You Go!

As a single man, a single, mature, grown man who had enjoyed living alone, I now found myself sharing my home with my mother. I know she never imagined it would come to this, as I had asked her on many occasions prior to her suffering an Ischemic Stroke to move in with me, but she always refused. That is just who she is, always holding on to her independence.

With the help of my brother, we began to care for Mom. All of her medications, we had to learn fast how to administer them. This included insulin injections. We also had to learn how to prepare her meals and wash her clothes. All of the things that an independent person does for themselves on a daily basis, my mother now needed assistance, and her children would be the ones to give it to her.

Seeing my mother in a disabled nature was truly heartbreaking. My mother is highly intelligent, and all of her children and friends were blessed to benefit from the therapeutic conversations with her. My mother was a great talker and an even better listener. Now, due to the savageness of the stroke, she was almost speechless and struggled to get words out. The inability to communicate effectively frustrated her, so much so that she would often burst into tears when she couldn’t express what she wanted to. Yes, it frustrated me also to see her in this condition, but I was determined to be a voicebox for her. I am her son, and having thousands of conversations with my mother would pay huge dividends. I had learned to know what my mother’s facial expressions meant, and I felt as if I understood how she thought. More than anything, I had the patience to work with her, and I was there for it.

As my mother now resided in my home, this meant that my other siblings, her friends, and other family members would have to come there to visit Mom. There was no shortage of visitors either, and Mom, in her sophisticated ways, would only allow visitors when she felt suitable and comfortable enough for them. If her hair wasn’t done, there were no visitors. If she wasn’t dressed well, no visitors. And getting dressed meant that someone, such as me, my brother, or another caregiver, would have to dress. We had to think fast and learn as we went along because my mother’s care and well-being hung in the balance.

On visitation days, Mom always seemed very excited, especially when she knew and approved of who was coming. It’s not that she had a problem with anyone; I learned that she had developed a level of isolation, and to be quite honest, she didn’t really care to talk to a lot of people, only a small and select few, many of whom she had been in contact with in the months and days before the stroke. What amazed me more than anything was how her friends would respond to seeing my mother’s new level of dependency. Before, she was always doing for others: cooking, cleaning, giving, talking, and listening. That was who she was. Now, she sat silently, with a modest stare, a little confused, a little embarrassed maybe, scared, but remarkably, still in control of what she wanted from others. Though she was slowed a little, and her new deficits confined her to the recliner or wheelchair, she continued to dawn a look of sassiness on her face. I knew my mother was OK, and I was determined to do all that I could to help her adjust. h

I decided to share my experience as a full-time caregiver for my mother to consult, console, and inform other families who may be going through a similar situation. As a son, caring for my mother never feels like work; if so, it is a labor of love. Please continue to follow this message, Becoming A Caregiver, in Huami Magazine. I hope that sharing my experience will help others. From one caregiver to the next, God Bless You!


Dehavia Medley

D. Housing Group


Dehavia Medley has resided in High Point, NC, her entire life. She is one of nine children born to Rosa Medley. She attended High Point Public Schools and graduated in 1983. She married the same year; I became a stay-at-home mom to five children.

In 2006, Dehavia decided to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Development but later changed my focus to Medical Administration. She completed her Associate’s degree in Medical Administration in 2008 and has worked in the medical field for 13 years, occupying various roles. In 2020, Dehavia faced some health issues and decided to retire and focus on her well-being. “During this time, I felt inspired by God to help the homeless community. After spending two years among the homeless, I decided to start a non-profit organization called D. Housing Group,” she says. That was August 21, 2023.

The mission of D. Housing Group is to transform the lives of homeless individuals by establishing vital resource connections through partnerships. Their intention is to not only house the homeless but to provide a space and community that feels and operates like family. “In a world where the housing market is increasingly unaffordable, homelessness has become an overwhelming issue. Our program’s long-term goal is to provide safe and affordable dwellings, working towards a future where homelessness is eradicated,” Dehavia says.

Currently, they provide various resources to assist people experiencing homelessness and seek resources to keep them safe until they can be placed in a stable environment. In the near future, they plan to introduce a Community Chicken Coup and Vegetable Garden that will be maintained by the community and will provide a source of fresh foods to residents. There are also plans for an Education program that will allow residents to obtain their GED’s and/or technical certificates. Additionally, they will have access to programs that will assist with job placement.

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The Legacy Foundation, Inc.

Legacy- an inheritance, especially of money. value, or personal property passed down or received from a parent, grandparent or another ancestor; special privilege given to one, due to their family relationship.

The Legacy Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit based in Guilford County, offers two programs designed to render services to young women who have higher education goals. The Star Program delivers college prep services to college-bound students, while the Gold Program provides resources for the students as they transition into and progress through college. The Legacy Foundation was first featured in Huami Magazine in the Spring of 2022, approximately a year and a half after its establishment.

The Legacy Foundation launched in the beginning phases of the COVID-19 pandemic in July 2020. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, their Star Program successfully supported nine students from the Class of 2021. 100% of these young women were accepted into college, receiving 28 college acceptance letters, $96,000 in scholarship offers, and three honors program offers.

Since then, The Legacy Foundation has continued to make an impact in the community, providing nearly 40 young women with college access services, which has allowed them to successfully enroll in college. Students have been accepted to renowned colleges such as North Carolina A&T State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Howard University, Wake Forest University, and Spelman College. In the current Class of 2024, the Star Program serves 18 young women, who have collectively been accepted to over 100 colleges and have received close to $2,000,000 in scholarship offers, through their respective colleges, as well as through local organizations.

The first high school senior group will graduate from college in 2025; however, The Legacy Foundation’s Gold Program has recently celebrated its first university graduate, Kalela Adams, who graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro on May 3, 2024. While at UNCG, Kalela was a Lloyd International College program member. Kalela began a summer internship at Huggins Law Firm in 2023, where she gained invaluable insight into criminal law and courthouse operations. Kalela was soon hired as a part-time paralegal. Upon graduating, Kalela will join Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York through a 2-year program as a corporate paralegal. Once she completes the program, she will apply to law school. Since entering into the program her senior year in high school, The Legacy Foundation has successfully provided Kalela with college and scholarship applications support, college navigation, as well as networking opportunities, career prep, and leadership development.

The Legacy Foundation was established by LaCrystal Davis, a native of Greensboro (Dudley Heights). Davis founded the organization out of her belief that young women from underrepresented backgrounds deserves opportunities to have access to resources that will assist them in their dreams in pursuing higher education, embarking on a professional career, and achieving economic mobility.

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What is The Buzz All About? Just Bee Helpin’

Robyn Noble Powell is a woman who is not afraid of change. As the owner of Just Bee Helpin’, Robyn has made it her mission to make her client’s life simple. Her company offers a comprehensive suite of upscale errand running, day-ofassistance, and concierge services. These services are designed to simplify the lives of her clients and save them time while providing convenience and luxury. “Our services are tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of busy professionals, business owners, parents, senior citizens, caregivers, and limited mobility individuals,” Robyn says.

Just Bee Helpin’ specializes in fulfilling even the most exclusive and extraordinary requests. Robyn’s commitment to excellence, attention to detail, and dedication to your satisfaction set them apart. Just Bee Helpin’ takes pride in delivering the highest level of service, always with the utmost professionalism and discretion.

With Errand Running, Robyn can assist with getting groceries to high-end fashion. She has a Pickup and Delivery service that ensures her client’s groceries, prescriptions, medical supplies, dry cleaning, mail, and packages are collected and delivered promptly. With her Day–of–Assistance service, Robyn’s professionalism and dedication shine through. She focuses on ensuring your events and projects are executed flawlessly. “We assist with setup, managing timelines, greeting, hosting, serving, and breakdown to ensure you have everything you need throughout your event or project,” she says. Her travel arrangement service is equally meticulous, handling every aspect of your travel, from booking flights and accommodations to arranging activities and dining. Some additional services she offers are Airbnb Management Assistance and Mobile Notary.

Just Bee Helpin’ began in 2021 amid COVID-19. Robyn says, “I was having a conversation about side hustles with my friend, and she encouraged me to think of something I could do to generate some extra income. I rested on the same thoughts that I’ve always had about being a business owner—I know a lot about business and have experience running others’ business, but I’m not creative, and I don’t have a marketable talent or gift. My friend just laughed and told me to pray about it. Well, that is exactly what I did. I started praying and seeking God for inspiration. God answered my prayers and gave me the idea for my business. From those friendly seeds and divine intervention, The Helper Bee, LLC, was created. One year and a couple of months later, I was led to rename the business to ‘Just Bee Helpin’’ and rebrand it, aiming to expand our service area and better support the needs of our growing clients. It has been buzzing ever since,” she says.

Robyn describes herself as a vibrant, dynamic force of nature with a heart as big as her native Mississippi sky. She’s not just a woman; Robyn is a testament to the power of faith, family, and hard work. Her roots run deep in the rich soil of Mississippi, where she learned the values of integrity, resilience, and community. “I am a God-fearing woman, devoted wife, and proud mother of two beautiful girls and one handsome fur baby,” she professes.

Robyn’s journey in life didn’t stop at the Mississippi state line. In 2004, she boldly stepped into a new chapter of her life by leaving Southern Mississippi for North Mississippi. There, she crossed over into Memphis, TN, and embraced new opportunities and challenges with open arms, while immersing herself in the vibrant energy of Memphis. Next, Robyn found work and eventually furthered her education.

In 2013, Robyn enrolled in LeMoyne-Owen College’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program (ADCP). With unwavering determination and faith, she tackled her studies while working full-time and managing her family. Ultimately, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree. Before the launch of Just Bee Helpin’, Robyn spent over two decades honing her administrative skills as an Administrative Assistant. During that time, she also volunteered those skills to help small businesses and grassroots organizations go and grow.

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When Robyn isn’t buzzing around town, she’s soaking up precious moments with family and friends, savoring delicious food, exploring new destinations, and giving back to her community through ministering and volunteering with Hungernomics and the Group Economics Fund Team (GEFT); two organizations very near and dear to her heart.

When asked what she loves most about her company, Robyn says it’s the opportunity to infuse her passion for service and dedication to excellence. “Whether it’s securing last-minute reservations at a coveted restaurant, helping to ensure an event is executed smoothly, or simply being the reliable support a client needs in their busy lives, I find immense fulfillment in the art of assistance,” she shares. Beyond the logistics lies a deeper connection. It’s the ability to truly understand and anticipate clients’ needs, to be their trusted confidante and partner in navigating life’s complexities. It’s not just about running errands; it’s about being their ally, advocate, and beacon of support in a world of endless demands.”

Robyn shares that she is inspired mostly by her unwavering commitment to faith and her dedication to please God. She also has a desire to break generational curses and to create generational wealth. “The ultimate quest is to leave a lasting legacy. It’s the blend of faith, familial devotion, and visionary ambition that truly inspires me.”

On March 27th of this year, Robyn graduated from ELEVATE Mississippi, a 12-week incubator that supports Mississippi residents who are small business owners needing technical assistance to enhance their business operations. The program provides resources, tools, mentorship, training, and wellness support and connects an ecosystem of entrepreneurs to thriving community partners dedicated to the growth of solopreneurs and micro businesses. ELEVATE moves businesses from aspiration to application to the achievement of growing from sole operators to a thriving business with multiple employees. Robyn was one of four selected out of the 26-member cohort to participate in the program’s pitch competition and won second place, with a cash award of $5000.

Looking ahead, Robyn describes a future filled with continued growth, innovation, and impact. Building upon the foundation that has been laid, the next chapter for her involves expanding her business further, exploring new opportunities for diversification, and scaling operations. “I envision leveraging emerging technologies and trends to stay ahead in a rapidly evolving market landscape. Moreover, I am committed to deepening my community engagement, fostering collaborations with industry peers, and giving back through mentorship and support for aspiring entrepreneurs,” she says. h


Jacob Way Children’s Cancer Charity Latorra Garland

Life as they knew it would change in a matter of seventy-seven days.

It was May of 2022, and Latorra Garland’s son Jacob began to experience pain in his knee. Overall, Jacob was a healthy thirteenyear-old kid, so when he was diagnosed with bone cancer, the Garlands were sort of caught by surprise. Despite their efforts, Jacob lost his battle with Cancer after just 77 days of fighting. Latorra says as they watched their son endure pain and extended hospital stays during cancer treatment, those 77 days were the most challenging days of their lives. Jacob immediately went from being a healthy, happy child to being sad and full of uncertainty. “To watch my son in so much pain really took a toll on me mentally and physically. The hardest part was not knowing what the outcome would be and trying to stay strong for Jacob. To this day I hold onto the memories we made during his last days, and I am thankful for the best times we got to spend with each other.”

In response to losing her son, Latorra made the decision to launch a foundation in his memory, Jacob Way Children’s Cancer Charity. It was in Arlington, TX, and the year was 2022. “Following our own firsthand experience with childhood cancer and witnessing the financial and emotional struggles that families encounter inspired us to establish the Jacob Way Organization. We were not prepared to handle the emotional and financial stress that came with our son’s diagnosis. We wanted to give back to society by providing the families of children battling Cancer with financial support and mental health services. In doing so, we help families fill the financial gap so they can focus on their child’s healing and care plan. Even more, we are committed to this work because we are aware of the burdens that can arise from an unexpected childhood cancer diagnosis,” she says.

Jacob Way Organization supports the families of children battling Cancer and aims to address the well-being of families by incorporating a range of Mental Health Resources and Financial Support Services tailored to support the unique, diverse community of families dealing with a childhood cancer diagnosis. Their three core services are the Pediatric Cancer Relief Fund, Caring Hearts Initiative, and Serenity Support Network.

We were not prepared to handle the emotional and financial stress that came with our son’s diagnosis.  We wanted to give back to society by providing the families of children battling Cancer with financial support and mental health services.

The Pediatric Cancer Relief Fund provides financial relief and support for medications, transportation, mortgages, rent, utilities, hospital stays, and other related costs. The goal is to ease the financial stress on families, allowing them to focus on their child’s well-being without the added worry of overwhelming household expenses. The Caring Hearts Initiative addresses the emotional wellbeing of families and provides mental health resources, care packages, emotional support, and tools for selfcare that will contribute to mental health awareness within the context of childhood cancer. With the Serenity Support Network, Jacob Way supports grieving families by relieving the financial burdens associated with honoring their child’s life and arranging a respectful farewell.

Currently residing in Dallas, TX, Latorra is a wife and mother of two beautiful children. Latorra was raised in Memphis, TN, and is the oldest of seven children and a leader by nature. “I love all things Southern Cooking and Old-Fashioned Desserts. My love led to me publishing my first Dessert Cookbook, “Mama’s Banana Pudding’, she shares. Latorra has a degree in Health Care Administration and has worked in the healthcare field for over 20 years. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Jacob Way Organization, she remains dedicated to making a positive impact in her community and for families of children battling Cancer. “Whether it’s through healthcare initiatives, family support, or other philanthropic endeavors, I am dedicated to making a difference in the community and inspiring others to follow their purpose.”

Understandably, Latorra is mostly inspired by her son, Jacob. She shares, “He was a fighter and a believer. He was the strongest person I knew. Because of his fight with Cancer, I know that I can do anything with God’s help. God does not leave your side through trying times. Losing my son really took a lot from me, and there are some bad days, but I know God has never left my side, and He’s always with me. Grief and loss are hard to deal with, especially when it’s your child. I am still here because of God’s promise to me, and I am forever grateful for that. I just want to do whatever God’s purpose is for my life and be reunited with my son in heaven. My purpose is to be a helping hand to those families that are battling Childhood Cancer and leave a legacy in honor of Jacob. I must stay focused on God because I know He will help me get through anything.” Triad - May/June 2024 42

As a new organization, Jacob Way has faced funding challenges due to limited resources, lack of a track record, and competition for funding. They also have limited fundraising expertise, uncertain revenue streams, and an overreliance on a single funding source, all of which are different hurdles to cross. Yet, Latorra is defiant. She has faced these by developing a fundraising plan and building relationships with donors and partners. She has also expanded their reach and diversified the organization’s revenue streams.

While she has plans to do a lot with Jacob Way, moving forward, Latorra is planning to provide immediate financial assistance for food, bills, and other household expenses. She also plans to offer mental health support through workshops, raise awareness for childhood cancer through campaigns and engage in community partnerships, and expand one of their key initiatives to raise awareness within the African American community about the critical

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Buying & Selling Real Estate During The Summer

In preparation for the summer, many homeowners and buyers anxiously await the inventory that will hit the market. Summer is one of the most popular times of the year when people list their homes and buy homes because the weather is nice, children are on vacation from school, and it’s prime time to relocate.

In the Triad, we expect a large influx of homes to flood the market over the next few months, allowing many buyers to find their perfect home. In addition to that, there are lots of new construction properties available. Builders are currently offering amazing incentives like $10,000.00 or more towards buyers’ closing costs, interest rate buydowns, lower interest rates, and free appliances. With the incoming inventory that the summer will bring, builders are preparing for the competition, which means more and better incentives. Any future homeowners who are interested in buying over the summer will have tons of options to choose from and will be in a great bargaining position.

As of May 14, 2024, 3,014 homes are active in the Triad market. This number will increase as we get closer to June, putting buyers and sellers in a great position. With more homes for sale, buyers have more options, which allows for more concessions. Sellers are also in a great position because they have more offers to choose from and can maximize their profits.

At Majestic Realty & Property Consultants, we pride ourselves on making sure that our clients (both buyers and sellers alike) get the best deal possible. We negotiate your purchase price, concessions from the seller and connect you with the best lenders who offer competitive mortgage options, down payment assistance programs and grants. Whether we represent the seller or buyer, we always ensure our clients are satisfied and happy with their sale or purchase. If you’re in the market to buy or sell a home in the Triad, reach out to me today, and let’s accomplish your real estate goals.

Asia Graham Real Estate Agent
P.O. Box 16066 - High Point, NC 27261 704-681-2704
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