Tag: black history 2022
Tony T. Yarber, a 44-year resident of Jackson, MS, has made an impact on his community in education, faith based, and political arena. A former coach, teacher and principal in the Hinds County and Jackson Public School District, Tony has had the privilege of shaping young lives in our community and beyond. He is the founder of Relevant Empowerment Church where he pastors amazing partakers, part owner of an innovation company by the name of Data Rich Solutions, LLC. Tony consults political players and businesses through innovation and data. Tony brings a unique skill set to the world of real estate as well. The ability to negotiate and understand policy was acquired during his tenure as a city councilman and past Mayor of Jackson, MS.
Tony is a lover of martial arts and a practitioner for over 30 years. He has received numerous recognitions and awards both locally and nationally. Tony is the Husband of Mrs. Sheena Yarber and very active father of four amazing children. He is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi and Jackson State University. He was bestowed the honor of Honorary Doctor of Laws by Belhaven University. A lifelong learner, Yarber has been a chaplain intern at the VA Medical Center where he was enrolled as a Clinical Pastoral Education student. He’s an accomplished motivational speaker and owner of Making It Happen Motivation Solutions. Tony is an author who lives with the motivation to be a better man today than he was yesterday. Yarber currently works as a teacher and leadership coach in schools throughout the state of Mississippi helping to build capacity in elementary math teachers and their administrators.
Tony’s motto and aim is to be a better man today than he was yesterday.
Ilicia Goodman was raised in Mississippi. She was a member of Liberty Hill M.B. Church and Lynch
Street C.M.E. Church. She is a graduate of Holly Springs High School and a two time graduate of
Jackson State University. Being in Georgia for over seventeen years, she now considers Georgia home.
She is currently a member of Ray of Hope Christian Church, but has several affiliations with different
churches in her area.
Ilicia is the proud mother of three children: Bethany, Jarvis, and Ava.
Although Ilicia has earned many certificates and recognitions, her most proud recognition is 2003-2004
Erma C. Rogers Headstart Parent of the Year Award. Her proudest accomplishments in her family life
include her children consistently reading three to four years above grade level, investing in learning how to swim (her, her two oldest children, and currently her youngest child), and successfully incorporating frugality into her home economics.
Ilicia’s work, career, and volunteer life include being in education for over twenty years, being an
independent Avon sales representative and joining the Conyers Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, and serving as a volunteer with various church and community activities. Recently, she served as a volunteer for Hallelujah Night with church. From 2019-2021, she served as the Secretary for the Salem High School Band Booster Club. Ilicia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and has received her twenty-five year plague.
Ilicia thanks God for her family, friends, and is always amazed at how she has and is blessed by people
from all walks of life. In turn, she does what she can to quietly bless others. Ilicia has established two businesses that she will turn over to her children–Sweetgrass Investors, LLC and Georgia Liberty Holdings, LLC.
Ilicia finished last year with her goal of becoming a local notary, and is finishing this year with working
on transitioning from education into another career path and becoming a global traveler. In addition, she
has re-branded her YouTube Channel, which is now PromisesOfGodLady. Ilicia is excited about her
channel, and is asking that everyone subscribe to her channel.
Ilicia’s Business E-mail Address: PromisesOfGodLady@Proton.me
Ilicia on LinkedIn
Erik Fleming is a native of Chicago who became a man in Mississippi and is now trying to co-exist in Atlanta. Erik has many titles but he’s mostly a concerned citizen.
Erik is an American politician who was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives representing the 72nd district from 1999 to 2008. He was the Democratic nominee for one of the state’s two U.S. Senate seats in the November 4, 2008 general election, and was defeated. Erik is a former deputy sheriff with the Fulton County (GA) Sheriff’s Office. Previously, Erik was the Director of Policy with the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi. Erik continues to advocate for the causes of African Americans through his podcast, A Moment with Eric Fleming.
Eric continues to educate and bring awareness on a day-to-day basis by bringing insight with his training, his knowledge, and his expertise.
Success Is Not Weak
Most people want to be well off, however, keep in mind for anyone to be successful it takes hard work. It is amazing how people look at others, especially successful people disregarding most of those people endured heavily to get to where they are now. Whatever you aspire to do no one owes you anything! You must put in your own work, your own time, and your own money! Do not expect others to do for you what you have not done for yourself! You must be the leader of your own success. Talent is not enough! Thoughts and ideas are not enough! The game plan is not enough! “You” must put in the work! There are no excuses for why “you” are unable or can’t get something done! Success is not for the weak. You must have self discipline, you must have self determination, you must apply self pressure!!!