REMEMBERING THE LEGACY OF ALFRED HALL III -APRIL 18, 1953-MARCH 12, 2008

The Legacy

Alfred Hall III

Happy heavenly birthday to Mr. Alfred Hall, III; Today would have been his 65th birthday.  He was known as a dedicated steward who selflessly served his community by providing scholarships and leadership to those who needed guidance. He believed that education was the key to success. Mr. Hall made a life’s work of encouraging the next generation to set their sights beyond the glass ceilings of the past by means of higher education. He took the time to mentor young families to help put them on the path to homeownership. He also offered affordable housing to his community of West Shreveport.

The Alfred Hall, III Foundation was organized in 2008 with an effort to sustain the philanthropic legacy of Alfred Hall, III. They have provided thousands of dollars in scholarships to high school and college students.

The Honorarium

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The Alfred Hall, III Foundation will celebrate its 10-year anniversary during their upcoming annual scholarship gala! This year’s inspirational keynote will be delivered by Physician and Amazon Best Selling Author, Dr. KaNisha L. Hall.

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The Hall family extends the invitation for the community to attend their 10th Annual Scholarship Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  The event will be held at Hilton Shreveport located at 104 Market St Shreveport, LA 71102 from 7:00 pm to 11:30 pm.  During the honorary program, a special group of extraordinary leaders and businesses based in the Shreveport, Louisiana area who have shown admirable contributions and dedication to their community will be awarded as “Community Champions”. Among the honorees are Louisiana State Representative Barbara Norton; Mike and Tracey Landry, founders of TM Landry College prep; Pastor James E. Green of Union Mission Baptist Church; Marco French, principal of Queensboro Elementary School, Jessica Hall and more. The foundation will also recognize former scholarship recipients and the 2018 scholarship awardees.

Find out more about how you can support the foundation and its efforts at https://www.ah3foundation.com/.

Tickets are available on Eventbrite!

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What does it mean to be fierce?

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Being fierce is more about confidence than what you look like on the outside; it comes from within. Being fierce means changing the narrative that women don’t work well together and women of color carry baggage and are difficult to work with.  It’s about knocking down walls when doors are closed and windows are locked.  It’s about having a vision, a goal, a dream, and not letting any person, place, or thing get in your way.  It’s about creating lanes for the women that are coming behind you.  Being fierce is being transparent and sharing your testimony knowing that through your heartache, tears, and suffering other women can be healed. Being fierce is understanding where your help and strength comes from and leaning on God for everything (every decision, every step, every idea)…

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Use Your Words

IMG_1654There’s a popular phrase amongst parents of preschool and elementary aged children: “Use your words”, they say, when their child is moody, whining, or struggling to express their juvenile needs or worries.  This simple phrase sends somewhat of an electric shock to the brain of the child which almost always results in the kid quickly straightening up and attempting to verbalize their emotions.

After having somewhat of an unpleasant confrontation with a fellow co-worker involving her rolling her eyes and me exiting the room, I had a thought:

What if adults coined the phrased “Use your words” when dealing with other adults?

Why is this lesson only good for elementary aged children, when adults are the ones that struggle the most with communicating their needs and wants?

What if the physical emotion that we were acting out quickly turned to words filled with less emotion but more truth?

 

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You are the Master of Your Fate!!

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It is almost the end of the first quarter of 2018.  January was the month of “new year, new me”, New Year’s Resolutions, just saying ‘No’ to sweets, tobacco, and just saying ‘Yes’ to exercising, eating right and on and on.  January was also the month of restructuringdownsizingrole eliminationsdisplacedlaid off and whatever other corporate jargon companies use nowadays to dismantle the balance of human lives.  I’ve been seeing a lot of posts over the past few months related to mass layoffs and the fear of not knowing if you might be next up on the plank.

In 2001, I was an intern in the IT department of a pretty well-known company.  One morning just a few weeks into my internship, I was greeted with the word restructure.  I went throughout my day as normal but I started to see boxes being carried around, office chairs moving from cubicle to cubicle, folks huddled in corners and others folks in the breakroom with concerned looks and a few tears in their eyes. I didn’t know what restructure in the corporate context meant but nothing about it sounded fun.

By the end of the week, several desks were empty. I was sharing a desk with a team member who was out on leave. He was displaced by the restructure so his desk became mine for the remainder of the summer.  After a few weeks the huddles dissolved just as quickly as they had formed and it was business as usual.  By the end of the summer, I had forgotten about those folks that were once there but then gone. I did wonder what came of them but based on the restructure conversation that my then manager had with the other interns and I, the folks would be setup with workforce agencies and could even apply for other positions within the company not to mention they would be compensated for some of the weeks they would be without employment. Didn’t sound bad at all.

It has been a little over a year since I lived through my restructure and I am in a reflective mood. I was never afraid of losing my job. I was very competent in my role as a Program Manager and I knew that I could walk into any company and kick ass.  This isn’t me being cocky this is all confidence because I know my worth. It took a while for me to really feel comfortable at a company and in a role so much so that I wouldn’t feel the least bit of shade if an employer decided to downsize.  The one thing that I felt and still feel is disappointment with how the leaders of my last company handled the communication and professionalism surrounding the job eliminations of roles within the company.  During my exit interview, I shared a letter with the HR representative explaining my displeasure.  Checkmate!

When decisions are made in large rooms with people in suits there is no way for them to understand the crippling affect their decisions have on their employees.  Babies are still being born, life threatening diseases are still being diagnosed, college tuitions have to paid, and families need roofs over their heads.

Yes, life goes on, but lives are impacted.

Layoffs are sometimes the last resort for companies but no matter the initial disturbance that led to the decision, this type of situation should be handled with care. I think the company that introduced me to restructuring did an okay job of handling such an uncomfortable situation, however, my last company…not so much.

My advice to those of you who have recently found yourself without a job or those of you who are waiting to hear your fate:  Remember that God placed you in your particular situation for a reason during this season.

Learn from it.

Grow from it.

Don’t get stuck.

Remember that you are enough.

Walk in confidence knowing that God is simply taking you on a detour. Enjoy the scenic route and when you’re done get back to work!

Doors may be locked.  Windows may be boarded up.  Don’t become fearful, just grab a sledgehammer and knock down a damn wall. Create your own path and when you’re done bring a bunch of Fierce folks with you!

You are the master of your fate. You are the captain of your soul.

 

Color Outside of the Lines

In kindergarten we were told to color within the lines. It was like some invisible judges were standing over our shoulders watching every stroke of our crayons and if we happen to veer too far right or too far left this unforgivable act would follow us until high school.

And that’s where it all began.

Our fascination with order, timing, perfection, being the best, and doing the best. The world set the rules and we followed unknowingly into the land of the “majority.” The only thing that remained of our uniqueness was the birthmarks that tagged our faces, feet, butts, backs, and hands and even those were starting to look like the kid next to us.

Somewhere along the way we developed a competitive appetite to score higher, run faster, and excel far beyond those around us. Making an “A” was more important than making friends. Being trendy was more important than being a trendsetter. Fitting in was more important than standing out. We were afraid to embrace our natural style (whatever that was) for fear that our quirkiness would ruin our chance at “cool points” and so we did what we had to do to make waves but just enough to stay within the qualifications of our cookie cutter pedigree.

What am I saying?

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The Fierce Female’s Guide To College Life and Beyond Is A Game Changer For Young Women

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Thinking back to over a decade ago, I can remember riding an emotional rollercoaster post high school graduation.  It was time for me to leave the comfort of my small hometown to begin a new life as a Freshman at Grambling State University.  When it’s your time to grow up, there’s no looking back and there’s not much room for error.  Like many of us, I received parting advice from my mentors, but I could have avoided many of my life’s pitfalls if someone had just kept it 100% real with me from the start.  The book, “The Fierce Female’s Guide to College Life and Beyond” is a game changer.  It resonates with me because it was written by my fellow Grambling State University alumna, C.A.C.H.

The Fierce Female’s Guide to College Life and Beyond gives real-life insight on college life and it also extends to help young women create a roadmap that will help them build purposeful lives afterward.   She submits to her own transparency to share stories from her time of matriculation by revealing lessons that young women simply cannot learn in a textbook.

The book touches on prayer, knowing when to ask for help, converting mistakes into lessons learned, being punctual, present and prepared, building healthy relationships, embracing individuality, setting goals, effective communication, budgeting, and overall health.

Christy-Ann C. Hamlin “C.A.C.H.” a published writer, author, and motivational speaker from Grambling, Louisiana.  She holds a BS in Computer Information Systems and an MBA from Webster University. Although writing is her true passion, mentorship is her purpose. She is committed helping others uncover and reach extraordinary goals.  According to C.A.C.H, the undergraduate years shape and mold individuals into the people (mothers, executives, entrepreneurs) that they will become.  C.A.C.H. is further dedicated to inspiring, uplifting, and motivating other women to reach their full potential.

If you have a daughter in college or a high-school senior headed to college, she needs a copy of this book!

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​Sometimes, The Dream Chooses Us:  Meet Dr. Nwando Okafor, Leading Woman in Emergency Medicine

What was once child’s play for Dr. Nwando Okafor became a fast reality. She’s gratefully enjoying the daily actualization of the dream career that she imagined having as a little girl growing up in Enugu, Nigeria.  As a child, Dr. Nwando found excitement in playing “doctor” with her dolls by caring for them with items from the First Aid kit that she received as a gift on her 7th birthday. The gift was very important to her.  By tradition, Nigerian families instill strong accountabilities and indigenous values in their children. She’s always known that she would become a doctor; there were no other career options available in her opinion.

Life changed dramatically for her at 15 when her family migrated to the United States. After receiving her diploma from Gardena High School,  Dr. Nwando Okafor graduated, Cum Laude with a BS in Biology from the University of California, Riverside and she subsequently received her MD from UCLA.  She began her medical career working in residency at The University of Chicago Medicine in the ER Department.

Currently, Dr. Okafor is a practicing Emergency Medicine Physician and Chief Medical Officer based in Corpus Christi, Texas.  She’s also committed to the philanthropic work of World Health Advocate, a nonprofit organization that she co-founded with her sister, Dr. Adaeze Okafor-Nwosu. The two are dedicated to closing the healthcare gap among countries worldwide. They travel abroad to Nigeria, Haiti and other poverty-stricken countries to administer free healthcare services.

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Dr. Okafor has a special passion for caring for others.  Her mission in life is to “live, learn, give back, and love.” “I am inspired by my family, humble past and I keep my focus through my belief in God.”  

In her free time, Dr. Okafor seizes the opportunity to enjoy her family.  She lends her life experiences through mentorship and encouragement for other young women and men. Like Dr. Nwando Okafor on Facebook! 

The Boss Awards Was A Celebration of Entrepreneurial Excellence

On BeatonOn Sunday, January 15, 2018, The Legendary Boss, Slim Thug and his team at Boss Life Foundation hosted kicked off the year a celebration of entrepreneurial excellence.

The evening began with a celeb-packed  red carpet led by Lemon-Lime Light Media which featured special guests Slim Thug, LisaRaye McCoy, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Houston Texans Player Deshaun Watson, Original Houston Texans Player Chester Pitts, Comedian Ali Siddiq, Aventer Gray of Lakewood Church, Television Personality Miss Mykie, and honorees Bun B, Tillman Fertitta, & Daymond John and many  more.

The Boss Life Foundation presented Boss Awards to those who have excelled in their industries. Tillman Fertitta (the owner of the Houston Rockets, and CEO of Landry’s Inc. and The Golden Nugget Casinos), Daymond John (Businessman and TV personality on ABC’s Shark Tank), Bun B (Houston Rapper & Philanthropist), Madd Hatta of 97.9 The Box, and Industrial Welding Academy, were all honored for their leadership and success. “The acceptance speeches of the night definitely left lasting impressions on attendee’s hearts. Jimbo and J Mac, from 97.9 The Box, kept their speech entertaining with an impromptu freestyle.” Source-Lemon-Lime Light Media

About The BossLife Foundation:

The BossLife Foundation (BLF) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 2015 to focus greater attention on research and educating the specifically in low-income communities. BLF is also dedicated to educational programs and mentoring the youth.

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Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson

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Billion Dollar Buyer, Tillman Fertitta and World Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather

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Ky Myer of Kollective Media and KG Smooth, Majic 102.1 Radio Personality

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Rodney Demery Shares His Story and an Insightful Perspective on Race Relations With KG Smooth of Houston’s 97.9 The Box

During his recent visit to Houston, Rodney Demery stopped by 97.9 The Box for a quick chat with KG Smooth to speak on the station’s Access Houston program.
The two discussed domestic violence awareness month, the forthcoming second season of Murder Chose Me on Investigation Discovery, his books and they delved into the issues of race relations in our current political climate. Watch the video to hear the full interview.

 

 

The Women Investors Network “Lunch and Learn Series” Was A Powerful Gathering of Minds

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“When powerful women connect, there’s nothing strong enough to stop them from “WINNING”. -JNS

Women Investors Network Founder, DJ Johnson had a vision to bring women together to uplift, encourage and inspire them to #WIN. DJ has managed to thrive within the real estate business as an investor; a field traditionally dominated by males.  The Lunch and Learn Series was a pure manifestation of her vision. The occasion was coordinated by La’Torria Lemon of Lemon Lime Light Media.  It was liberating to be among a group of professional women who share great ambition and to learn key strategies from a group of profound women entrepreneurs who are on top of their game in their respected fields.

The panel was led by keynote speakers: Cheryl Creuzot, an award-winning financial planner, Shenoah Grove, vice president of Love American Homes and WIN’s founder; DJ Johnson.  The ladies answered questions and led discussions which detailed their own personal experiences while on the road to success.

This segment of the “WIN” Lunch and Learn series was sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Houston Greenway, Longhorn Investments, One Nation Title, Prosperity Real Estate Group, Quest IRA, KYND Radio 1520, Streamline Funding, Xpert Credit Repair, and the J. Gannon Helstowski Law Firm.

I captured a few images and video clips to share with you! Until next post….❤ JNS