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Chris Williams served 7 years in prison from 2007-2014 for a burglary crime. Chris was released without any funds or resources, but made a way to live the straight and narrow. He had to do a few odd jobs and then was given the opportunity to give away free government phones to low income families and that is when Chris formed his own company “CEO Executives”.
One day Chris impressed a Russian Man with his great work ethic and this man endorsed him $5,000 to start his own marketing company. Chris was so deserving of this break since he had just gotten out of prison and wanted to do things the right way this time around. Chris employed and hired people in the community to work for him that wouldn’t have normally received the opportunity that he gave them.
When I met Chris, I was in fact still homeless at the time couch surfing with a friend. I have only lived in Los Angeles for several of years and still had a lot of living and learning to do here. I did not know who I could trust or talk to when things were really bad for me. Chris was the one who gave me rides when I needed it, the contacts to help me form my own business and Chris was the first person to ever give me my own office in Downtown Los Angeles overlooking the L.A. sky rise. Chris Williams is such a kind and caring man that would give his last to save another person.
The Criminal that Chris is labeled was nothing like the Chris Williams friend I knew and to hear that he was sent back into the system has been devastating to his community. Chris has employees that depends on him for income and job opportunities to give to their families and friends. Chris is just not your ordinary man. He is a father, hardworking citizen and a caring person. Chris deserves another chance at life and another chance to make his community better. We hope that Chris’s voice is heard fairly and not looked at as just a criminal, because Chris is so much more than his past and still has greatness ahead of him. Chris William’s story is still left unwritten and he needs a chance to right all of his wrongs and create his legacy that he is so capable of doing. Let’s give Chris the chance he deserves.Read more
Mya Cullins is a Business Woman, A Mother, An Author, A Speaker, A Wife, A Woman of God and A Prominent Community Leader of Greensboro, North Carolina. As a woman of color in business, Mya represents what every strong ambitious woman deserves in life. Mya Cullins has written her first book “Behind The Veil” that will be on the big screen very soon and speaks to her community about Ambition, Women Empowerment and Entrepreneurship.
A Little about Changing Phases Inc:
Changing Phases Behavioral Support, Inc. (CPBS) is a professional organization that is known for providing Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services since February 2006. Changing Phases has experience in providing everything from Residential Treatment , Substance Abuse Groups, Individual Counseling and Assessments in North Carolina. Changing Phases also currently provides Community Based services in the Greater Atlanta Area. Changing Phases recently decided to incorporate outpatient opioid treatment services as another measure to successfully address ongoing opiate dependence. Changing Phases takes great pride in maintaining the values, mission, and direction of the organization. Changing Phases always provides a comprehensive treatment experience resulting in a desire for the best outcome possible for all persons served.
There were only 5 clients before the true success and moving to North Carolina proved more success to Mya and Quinten Cullins where they could best serve their community as the services were desperately needed. Mya is currently pursuing a Doctoral degree in Human Services and is very strategic in balancing her personal life and career so that neither will spill into the other.
The Official AO recently Interviewed Mya Cullins, the Co-founder of Changing Phases Inc. As a family woman, Mya wants the best outcome for not only her family, but also her community.
The Official AO: What Inspired you to Write “Behind The Veil”?
MC: I was inspired by my family and marriage. The book is based only on real life experiences.
The Official AO: In your Opinion, What are the 3 keys to success?
MC: Have a vision, Fulfill vision, and Never give up.
The Official AO: What Can We Expect Next?
MC: My book, “Behind the Veil” to be on the big screen and Major Network offers for our own Reality Television show.
The Official AO: Why do you love serving your community so much?
MC: I enjoy giving back and making a difference in the lives of others that are in need. Giving back in something that was inspired by the acts of my great grandparents, grandmother..etc. This is what led me to start my own non-profit organization Sarah Jettie Community development Corp @ www.sjcommunitydevelopment.org
Mya Cullins is an inspiration to the ones who feels like there is no way out especially in mental health where leadership is greatly needed in all of our communities. We are deeply appreciative of such the leader you are to your community in North Carolina and communities world-wide. All of the compassion that you give to the youth and families, you are a perfect example of how we all should serve our people.
To stay updated with everything Mya Cullins is doing for her community and a chance to purchase her book “Behind The Veil” please check out her website below.Read more
This article may step on a few toes, but this needs to be said… apparently everyone isn’t seeing the bigger picture in this situation. These girls are someones:
daughter, sister, cousin and is MISSING as we speak. Why is this not getting the media attention that it deserves? Every time something like this happens they tend to sweep it under the rug and try to forget it, but this time they can’t do that. This needs to be brought to everyone’s attention, because mother’s can’t keep passing out flyers to find their child. A flyer can only do so much and reach so far without proper media, but in this case most of the media are turning down the story for some odd reason. Now lets say these were white girls I`m pretty sure there would be amber alerts in every state and all over the news interrupting our favorite shows just to inform us. I’m not trying to pull the race card, but let’s be honest this happens all the time.
A few celebrities have spoken out about this situation such as Chaka Khan, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Taraji P. Henson, but we need more of them to speak up about it. We should also call up a community meeting or start a Facebook page about it and go to your local news station and spread the word. These girls matter whether we know it or not and each girl meant something to someone. Imagine, your child is missing and being held hostage at an unknown location. See this from the parents perspective and tell me how you’d feel ? We need to get it together and fast! Every minute were not looking for them these girls are being taken somewhere else and farther away.
So lets get to work and help find our girls.
Currently, 15-year-old Jacqueline Lassey, 13-year-old Yahshaiyah Enoch, 15-year-old Antwan Jordan, 15-year-old Juliana Otero, 15-year-old Dashann Trikia Wallace, 13-year-old Aniya McNeil, 15-year-old Dayanna White, 16-year-old Talisha Coles, and 15-year-old Morgan Richardson are all still missing.Read more
Who is Brittany Dixon and how do you inspire women in the fitness industry?
That’s a really good question…”Who is Brittany Dixon” the funny thing is, I’ve been on a self discovery journey to find out exactly who I am, what I stand for and what truly makes me happy. I had to step out of my comfort zone to find out. I discover the good, the bad and the ugly. Most of all, I finally found the beauty within me. I was able to tap into a piece of my brain that I was afraid to unleash out of fear. Once I let those fears go I was able to live and have piece of mind. I free’d my mind, and it’s a feeling like no other. I feel heroic as if I can concur anything. So to answer your question, I am a woman of happiness, positivity, a go-getter and a woman of “yes” who isn’t afraid to say no. I am a brave woman, but most of all I am a woman. A woman that can relate to other women. At first, I believed posting my fitness videos inspired women to workout, (which it did), but since I’ve stepped out of my comfort to pursue my passion of becoming a fitness model, I’ve gained a new following of women (and men) wanting to purse their passion but afraid to take that first step. I think the fitness videos is that extra value to your lively-hood of feeling good and looking good…it totally builds confidence and gave me the energy I needed to not give up. Working out gave my day structure and taught me discipline. I learned results don’t happened over night and to stay consistent. I applied every mental challenge from fitness into making my dream come true. I am living proof of what it means to be fearless, take that first step to reach your goals, believe in yourself, put in the work, there will be blood, sweat and tears but the reward is so worth it if its what you really want.
What are your goals when it comes to teaching in health and fitness?
My goal is to push the importance of happiness and piece of mind. Use fitness as a way to release stress, tension and toxins from the body and use healthy eating habits to nourish, repair, and fuel your body. These are what kept me going and keep a positive mindset.
What drives you to continue to inspire young women?
Sometimes I feel I’ve been brainwashed as to how a female is suppose to think, look, and act. I’ve lowered myself, my value, and thoughts just to fit in the box of what a woman have been painted to be. I’ve been told “girls can’t play sports”(Although I received a track scholarship), treated like an object, and deemed “psycho” because I’m single. Ummm, that doesn’t even make sense! This nonsense and unfair treatment is what drives me to inspire young girls…because it drives me crazy!
What are some of your biggest achievements in your career thus far?
My Biggest achievement would actually be doing my very first fitness modeling job for Silk Almond Milk. I call it my biggest achievement because, I quit my job to chase my dream of becoming a fitness model. I put in the hard work, gave it my best and it worked! Even though I was only shown for seconds at a time…I can truly say I am a working fitness model and ready to continue building my portfolio.
How did fitness help you keep a balance on your mental health and what did the beginning struggles look and feel like to you before transitioning over to becoming a professional fitness model?
Fitness was and has always been my escape zone…It was my mental and physical therapy and it helped with getting in rhythm with my body and making sure I kept breathing. Yes, breathing! Breathing is super important in fitness, when you properly breath in rhythm with your body, your able to execute the exercise much easier. If I feel stressed, I stop to take three deep breaths to get back in tune and think clearly. The biggest struggle when I first started modeling was not knowing when or if I would get an audition and/or booked. Going on auditions are nerve wrecking, because you don’t know what the casting director wants…especially when image is everything. Before ever audition I do my breathing exercises “Three big inhales and exhales”. Transitioning into a fitness model was exciting and I was eager to go on any audition I got. My first audition was for “REAL VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS” and I never played 1 day in my life…so I had to fake the audition to the best of my ability. The casting director saw right through it and gave me a look of “please leave” lol. I learned after that not to lie about your talents, practice the requested skills (if you can), never look unsure, always look confident and just be yourself. The best part of being a fitness model: it is my job to stay in shape, so I’m able to distress on a daily basis.
With all of your accomplishments in TV Production and Entertainment do you ever aspire to keep with it and combine both fitness and production together?
YES, ABSOLUTELY!! It is my dream to merge wellness and entertainment together. I have written so many ideas and shows that I could have my own channel worth of content. I have a few videos on my youtube channel all professionally shot by an Atlanta based production company and produced/created by me. However I would like to have my own production company where my work is being cranked out 24/7 and produce content for others.
How has following your passion in fitness lead you into a happier and more fulfilling life?
I can truly say nothing is impossible and words are powerful.
What advice would you give to young women today if they came to you and said, “My mother wants me to do this, but my real passion is…” What would you tell them?
I would say never disregard advice, but make sure you’re happy. I was fortunate enough to have a supportive Mom who at first feared my career jump from the office to model, then later embraced it, then got inspired to do her own thing once she saw my success. Now she is making extra money from a company she built in less than a year just by taking a leap of faith and believing in herself. My mother warned me of the things that could go wrong, but never of the things that could go right. We were taught to fear. So, I would tell that girl to listen to your mother and be prepared for the challenges ahead, but know yourself worth and make sure you’re happy, you never know who you may inspire.
Do you have any events or classes coming up for young girls to join and support?
Yes, I am currently putting together a fitness and women empowerment event later this year. I will give you all the details soon.
How can people watch you online and follow you on social media?
You can follow me on Instagram @Brittanynicole.fit
Twitter & SnapChat @BrittNicole_Fit
you can follow my career switch journey on my blog at www.brittanynicole.fit
Thank you so much for this interview, I am truly horned!Read more
The Roxanne Wars is a well-known series of hip hop rivalries during the mid-1980s, yielding perhaps the most answer records in history. One of the better battles was the one between Roxanne Shante & Sparky D called “Sparky’s Turn” (Roxanne, You’re Through).
Well now it seems Sparky is ready for another battle. She has once again jumped into a battle that is pretty intense right now. Check out the Diss track against @NICKIMINAJ AND @REMYMA exclusively on TheOfficialAO.comRead more
Viola Davis won The Best Supporting Actress Role in “Fences” at the Sunday’s 89th Annual Oscars in Los Angeles, CA. Viola Davis is such an inspiration to us all and she shows us what it takes to be an African American woman in Hollywood who doesn’t take NO as an end all.. What a wonder woman! Viola was nominated amongst the elite in Hollywood and did not let that stop her.
The greatest quotes of Viola for the night was, “People ask me all the time, What Stories do you want to tell, Viola? and I Say, “Exhume those bodies, Exhume those stories of the people who never saw those dreams to fruition”.
That’s just it, what about the ones who didn’t get to make it and be heard? As an artist, how will your music or craft speak for those unspoken for? Viola Davis does an AMAZING job at getting those voices heard loud and clear. Viola, our hats goes off to you and congratulations once again! Keep making dreams come true as you are a true inspiration to all of the creative world and beyond!
“I became an artist — and thank God I did — because we are the only profession that celebrates what it means to live a life,” Davis said during her acceptance speech. “Here’s to August Wilson, who exalted the ordinary people.” – Viola DavisRead more
ABOUT “LOVE THY NEIGHBOR”
Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” returns to OWN for its fourth season. A lot has happened since season one. Linda’s married. Danny’s married. Linda’s still pregnant, or at least she starts off that way. Drew is still in love with Danny. Sam is still in love with Danny, in a guy sort of way. And Floyd is still a pain in everyone’s rear end as the attitudinal restaurant host by day who moonlights as a landlord by night. It is against this backdrop that the laughs begin to fly as Hattie Mae begins to delve into every situation to meddle in it, complicate it, mess it all up, or in some cases, fix it… or something like that. This season opens with Sam and Drew desperate to fix their broken friendship with Danny. As the friends find common ground, Danny and Troy settle into married life. Troy seems to finally cement her role in first position as the wife, although not everyone is happy about it. Danny finds time for the others, but Troy is finally his priority. In dramatic fashion, as only “Love Thy Neighbor” could do it, the gang help Linda bring a new baby into the world. They help her literally. Mama Hattie saves the day as the infant is born in the most unlikely of places. Linda and Phillip are delighted as they settle down as happy parents of a healthy baby girl. As for Sam and Drew… well their lives take a zany, unexpected, and somewhat creepy turn. All in all… problems get fixed, lessons are learned, and as always love wins the day. Love Thy Neighbor Season 4 promises to be the funniest ever… only on OWN.
“Love Thy Neighbor” is written and executive produced by Tyler Perry. The series is produced by Tyler Perry Studios. Join the conversation on Twitter using #LoveThyNeighbor.
Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry in the fall of 2008. The studio develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market. The 200,000-square foot studio lot is situated on the former Delta Airlines campus of more than 30 acres in the Greenbriar area of southwest Atlanta. The studio consists of five sound stages, a post production facility, a pond, a back lot, a 400-seat theater, a private screening room, and designated areas for entertaining and hosting events. Since its opening, Perry and the studio’s 400 Atlanta-based employees have been hard at work in production of over fifteen films and five television series, with over 90 total episodes per year. In 2015 TPS announced plans to expand operations with the acquisition of Fort McPherson, adding another 330 acres to create another major movie production studio lot.
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