Spotlight on fantastic mom Artelia Jackson

| March 5, 2014
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville


Whatz up babies?

I know it’s cold outside and windy sometimes with slick roads but don’t give up on finding that beauty inside of yourselves and inside of others. Even if, it’s putting a smile upon your beautiful faces and feeling the peacefulness within your souls. And in turn, when you see others, show them that beautiful smile and maybe they’ll feel the peacefulness too all in the name of love.

Now before we bring to you this week’s spotlight, I need to share something of great importance. Next Month is Women’s History Month and a lot of mothers, grandmothers, wives, teachers and etc., want to be recognized. So in turn, let’s make it happen for them! Through a Women’s History Month Specialty Page that’s all about them and what they’ve done in your life and/or the life of others. Let’s come together and make them feel as special as they truly are. To be a part of this beauty, contact me right away for more information at (260) 745-0552 because time is of essence and each space is the size of a business card with a maximum of 148 words and I‘m looking forward to hearing from you.

On that note, let’s have some fun while I share with you an e-mail that I received. As I was reading it, I thought it was so beautiful that someone’s son is taking the opportunity to show his mother some more love by making her feel even more special this Black History Month. This is how his email read:

Artelia Jackson

Artelia Jackson (second from left) with daughter Renita Braster (far left), son Robert Dies and daughter Bonita Gaston (far right). (Courtesy photo)

“Hi, I’m the owner of a new barber shop that’s located on the southwest side of Fort Wayne and because of Black History Month, I want a spotlight written for my mother, whose three children all own black businesses and I think she deserves this story and the city needs this story too.”

So, there’s no way I was going to disappoint him because it pleases my heart to do this for her and I love it, just love it! So here it is—enjoy:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. My name is Robert Dies. I was born and raised here in Fort Wayne, Ind., and I graduated from South Side class of 1982. And, I thought that this month was the perfect time for the young and for all black Americans to see what can happen when you have GOD and a loving and understanding mother. Ever since I became the owner of my own business, I realized that my mom, Artelia Jackson, has three children, myself and a set of twin girls and we all own our own businesses. So, I wanted to give my mom thanks because she done all of this being a single parent and I want her to know how much I love and appreciate her. I’m overwhelmed with her because she raised us all right. I’m the oldest and I was always in charge and looked upon as the head of household because our mom and dad divorced early but my mom kept us in church and our faith in GOD is the absolute number one thing that got us where we are today and today, I’m a barber. 

“I always wanted to be a barber because my dad use to be one and I was one of those boys that wanted to be like his dad. Then he stopped cutting hair and I went to the United States Marine Corp and they asked me, what I wanted to do? I told them, I want to cut hair so they sent me to Barber School and I completed my nine-and-a-half months of training and finished at the top of my class. I’ve been out of the Marines now since 1996 and I’ve worked at several barbershops here in the city, as well as, in Indianapolis. Now I’m celebrating my first year anniversary being the owner of Paradice Barber Shop that’s located at 3607 Brooklyn Ave., Bldg A in Foster Park Plaza and the shop is very nice. There’s myself and three other barbers that are here to give you the best that we have to give. We’re creative artists that work with clippers instead of pencils. And, being the owner of my own shop feels great but there’s a lot more to it than I thought it would be. But, since it’s a life long dream of mines and with the will and determination that I have, I don’t pay that any attention. 

“And, in my shop, I’m bringing back the old barber morals because barber shops is where a lot of young men grow up at and we’ve gotten away from that. I put myself in the predicament like a bartender when a customer goes to have a drink because sometimes all they want is a shoulder to lean on and talk. So I’m their positive listening ear while I give them the best of my creativity. 

“I noticed that whenever a new barbershop opens, they give the stamped appreciation cards to their customers, well with me, each time when you come in, I stamp your card in your presence and then keep them on file for you. That way, there’s no way it’s going to get lost or forgotten and when it’s time for you to get your free haircut after five or six of them, it’s right here. I do this because an older gentlemen made mention of it and it made sense to me because I don’t just cut hair, I build a good relationship with my clients. Since I’ve been in business for myself, I’ve noticed, there are a lot of barbers out there but I’m really a strong believer in GOD and I will testify to that and I will also say, I’m more faithful to GOD than I am to anybody and because of HIM that’s the only reason why I’m in this business. 

 “I’d be grateful to tell people that any dream that you have don’t give up and stay focused. Write down your ideas and go for it. And, if it’s a barber that you want to be do what I did, learn everyday from other barbers that you work around because it will help. I worked under four to five different barbers and I took some knowledge from each one of those individuals because I knew it would be beneficial to me and it paid off. Our editorial is on our website and it shows all of my barbers and some of the work we do. Our business hours are Monday’s from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday’s through Saturday’s 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and our phone number is (260) 418-1257. 

“Mom, this was all made possible because of you and the way you raised us and I just want to say, I just want to make you proud mom and I love you.” 

This is so wonderful and now I bring to you his sisters so they can share in the love and this is what they have to say:

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. I’m Renita Braster and I’d like to add to what my brother said. We were raised by a wonderful women and our mom was great to us. She took good care of us we didn’t have to go without anything because she kept great jobs! She kept us in school, kept our minds right and kept us in church. There are some parents who aren’t at home and are not teaching their children, they’re just learning on their own but we didn’t have that kind of up bringing because she made sure of it. And, she worked very hard so we felt the need to please her and to do right by her so we didn’t bring her any problems or add to any because we didn’t want to upset her, she’s a great mom and person. I thank GOD for her and I love you mom! I love my mom and yes, you’re most definitely number one.” 

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers. I’m Bonita Gaston and I’d like to say that my mother is a strong black women and she’s always been an awesome supporter of her children. She raised three amazing children all by herself and we’ve never been to jail or to prison. She’s honest, hardworking, reliable and she’s a caregiver. She’s always there for us and has always been supportive. When I look back over my life today I’m her all over again. She’s the reason I’m the strong person that I am because she instilled a certain kind of independence and I’m forever grateful for her. I’ll never forget all the sacrifices she had to make and she never complained. She deserves to be recognized and I thank GOD for you mom everyday.” 

Now in closing I say, wow! This is beautiful and thank you Robert for making this beauty happen for your mother. And, thank you Renita and Bonita for adding to the beauty for your mom and us. To you Artelia, fantastic job on doing what you did to ensure your children’s future and success. And, if it’s not asking too much, I’d like to meet you one day so I can get a hug from such a wonderful woman and mother, in the name of love. So until next week, you’ve been up close with Jeanie. Bye, bye babies.

P.S. If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love, just send me an e-mail to I’d love to hear from ya.

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