Been mocked for saying I have been working 14-16 hour work days! I have accepted the fact people tend to support you as long as you are on their same level! I made the decision to level up and I now appreciate the art of hard work, less socializing, less sleep, and I appreciate and understand the importance of pushing hard! Outside of my regular 9-5, I am a published author, I am on FM radio out of Atlanta, working on my podcast, I have been doing interviews of great people doing great things, I have a blog, I have my youtube channel, I write bio’s for other people, I am launching my Business Consulting business, and the list goes on and on! I choose to keep pressing forward and higher, and I choose to refuse to allow what’s going on with other people and their situations to derail me from any of it! I have issues also, however, I choose not to allow my challenges that are going on to interfere with that which is greater. I choose to have Heaven right here right now! So for those who are mocking me thank you!!! I press hard for myself, my family, and MY GOD! Greater is she who believes in GOD than she who is trying to please others.
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.
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!!!
April Vaughn is the proud daughter of Roy Vaughn and Levanda Goodman. April is also the third child out of four siblings. April is a faithful member of the church Hebron Chapel C.M.E. April is a Holly Springs, Mississippi High School alumni. April received the honor of being Miss Sophomore, Miss HSHS, Class Secretary, and Student Body President.
April’s biggest accomplishment in high school was obtaining class Valedictorian. April is am now a proud Freshman blessed to attend Dillard University. April quotes “Thanks to keeping God first I have had a successful journey thus far and I have been led to pursue a Nursing degree.”
Singer, actress, model, writer, business owner, survivor, RnB Empress whatever title you give to Lay’na Michelle she wears it with pride. She gives all her thanks to God for blessing her with her divine gift. Born in Detroit, it was only right that this empress uses her voice to influence others. After taking on 300+ plus stages and hosting ten of her own, Lay’na had to take a small hiatus from performing due to health reasons. While on her journey to healing, she’s continued to write and record music with artists all over the world under 2SA Entertainment Management Group. She also loves donating her time and from time to time a portion of her profits to charities. On March 26, 2017 the RnB Empress released her long-awaited debut album “Blu3 Dr3am Ave.” Despite the obstacles and negativity from some people, Lay’na vows to push through with her leading single “Let the Games Begin”. 2017 started the year of the R’n’B Empress.
Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress 1st album has on Spotify 203,168 streams as of March 26th, 2017 won 5 awards on this album. This album has received 1355 downloads online as we speak not including street sales.
Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress 2nd album has on Spotify 111,265 with 23,535 listeners released on March 26th, 2021 nominated for 3 awards with Josie Music Awards (album of the year, artist of the year & R&B Soul). Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress was nominated out of 48,000+ submissions. Alongside the streams the digital downloads Lay’na Michelle has received 742 albums downloaded.
On November 23rd, 2018 Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress, a Detroit Native performed her original self published music for the Detroit Pistons Game inside of the new LCA. Because of this performance she performed herself into the history books. Now Lay’na Michelle is the 1st African American Independent Musical Artist to perform original music for the Detroit Pistons inside of the new LCA.
Then on April 12-30th, 2019 Lay’na Michelle was awarded an exhibit inside of the Charles H Wright Museum for her performance for the Detroit Pistons. Because of this exhibit Lay’na Michelle is the only music artist alive signed to a major label or independent to ever have an exhibit inside of any African American Museum.
On August 22nd, 2019 Lay’na Michelle was awarded with the Spirit of Detroit for all her charity work & making history in the Detroit Area.
Lay’na Michelle quotes ” In the industry, I would love to show that independent artists deserve just as many “flowers” as major artists. Our worth should not be determined on whether or not our name is signed on a contract.
I would like to impact others by bringing positive energy to everyone that takes on the #RnBEmpress experience. Life maybe short but having a positive mind set will always make life worth living.My dream project would be to do a whole soundtrack to a movie. The way Curtis Mayfield did for Superfly, or the way Prince did for various Spike Lee Movies. I would love for my craft to set the tone/soundtrack of a film.
My dream project would be to do a whole soundtrack to a movie. The way Curtis Mayfield did for Superfly, or the way Prince did for various Spike Lee Movies. I would love for my craft to set the tone/soundtrack of a film.
The advice I have for others is to remember to stay grounded and pray. Always set goals. When you stay focused on your goals the only thing that may change is the time it takes to achieve them.
July 10th, 2020 Lay’na Michelle won Female Artist of The Year in Jacksonville, FL.
February 23rd, 2021 The city of Southfield In Southfield,MI awarded Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress with an award for her black history placement and charity work.
August 18,2021 The Josie Music awards in Knoxville,TN honored Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress with her 6 music awards.
July 31st, 2022 The World Songwriter Awards awarded Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress her 7 award for best r&b song I want 2 know
September 30th, 2022 The World Songwriter Awards awarded Lay’na Michelle R’n’B Empress her 8th award best r&b song I’m So Proud