Sunday, July 24, 2016

a true Warrior




I met her back in February of this year. I think it was just before the NBA All Star game.

Her name is Cheryl.

As you may know, I host a sports show weekly sports show, Dead End Sports. One night, we were streaming our live show on YouTube. I was checking the out the comments in the chat room. I knew all of the people who were in the chat room. Then, an unfamiliar face jumped into the chat room and into the discussion. It was Cheryl. I didn't know who she was at the time. But she jumped into the discussion about the Golden State Warriors. Her comments were bold and brash...but she was able to back up her comments by giving valid reasons and points to the discussion. Little did I know...that night would start a friendship.

Two days later, she followed me on twitter and I returned the favor. One of the first things that I remembered was her asking me about the Warriors. I can't remember my response but she didn't like it. She said "Don't hate on my Warriors." I chuckled. At the time, the Warriors were the best team in the NBA. At this point I was skeptical to if she was a fan because I don't know ANY Warriors fans. Prior to the previous basketball season, the Warriors have sucked for most of the years that I've watched the NBA. I asked her "How long have you been a fan? Are you from the Bay or the West Coast?" At this point, I was testing to see if she was a fan who "jumped on the Warriors bandwagon." As it turns out, that's where she was from and was truly a fan. She had an opinion about just about anything...but she had the knowledge. I was impressed. I knew she was a knowledgeable sports fan. She quickly became cool with the rest of the Ken and B (my boys from Dead End Sports) as well as our other Dead End Sports crew.

After that, we talked EVERY day...SEVERAL times a day on twitter. As the Warriors were making their run to the title, she was right there talking trash or defending her Warriors. This was every day! She loved it. While we mostly talk sports, I learned a lot about her. I learned that she is married, had step-kids (while she never gave birth...she loves her kids just the same), an entrepreneur who lives in Virginia, loves God, and she loves her Warriors. That's her in a nutshell. And don't let this picture fool you...although she looks young...she's 40. Cheryl also came to love Dead End Sports. She would told me this just a few weeks ago...but i already knew it. LOL. She never misses any of our shows. She likes other sports but she LOVES basketball. We've gotten to be real cool over these past few months. She's made this NBA season very entertaining to say the least. She is always ready to talk about her Warriors but you'd better be prepared to "fight" her if you said anything negative about them.

Just before the NBA Playoffs started, Cheryl told me that her husband was taking her to EVERY playoff game for the Warriors. I was surprised. Not only is that a great gesture...but it's an expensive one! LOL. When you add the price of game tickets, hotels, flights, and entertainment...they were about to spend a fortune. But that doesn't matter when you are doing it for...and with the person that you love, right? I told her that her husband, Reggie, had to be a great guy to do that! He even offered for me and my wife to join them at a game. Unfortunately, we couldn't make it because our kids were still in school. I appreciated the offer. To make it even more interesting, Reggie is a fan of the Houston Rockets and they would meet Cheryl's Warriors in the playoffs. I knew she would be talking trash to him for the entire series! LOL. So, they went to all of the games. I think they only missed one of the games in Oklahoma City. Cheryl told me that her blood pressure "spiked" and she had to go to the hospital for a few days. She told me it wasn't much to worry about. Her trips to the playoff games were cool because she would send pictures on twitter to me and the rest of the Dead End Sports crew. Her "in game" tweets were always funny.

Cheryl's "fan dome" was tested when Draymond Green kicked Oklahoma City's Steven Adams in the testicles. While it was clear to most of us that the kick was intentional and should have landed Draymond a suspension...Cheryl thought otherwise. She defended Draymond like she was the late Johnny Cochran! LOL. You couldn't tell her that she was wrong. Debating with her on twitter was fun and I enjoyed instigating her just because I knew how she would react. It was pure comedy.

As the Warriors advanced to the NBA Finals, Cheryl was ecstatic! She would get to see her Warriors win another title. She and Reggie went to Game 1 and 2 in Oakland as well as Game 3 and 4 in Cleveland. Everything was pointing towards the Warriors winning the title. As you know, they didn't win games 5, 6, and 7. Oddly enough, I talked to her on the day of Game 5...and then she disappeared. I mean she vanished from twitter. I sent tweets to her...no response. Then, the Warriors loss Game 7. The whole DES crew was looking for her. We were concerned but we were ready to roast her because her team came up short. LOL. It looked bad because the Warriors loss the game and their biggest fan was nowhere to be found. We were waiting to talk trash to her and she denied us that opportunity because she wasn't on twitter.


Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin June 27

@beezy430 @Deuce1042 @12kyle @kbinge

I'm in the hospital guys. warriors trip was on my bucket list


The tweet was a picture of her arm with an IV in it.

I was surprised! I responded by asking her if she was back (meaning back in Virginia). She responded "Unfortunately no, I may not make it back home (meaning to her house). A sista still fighting, tho. Keep me in your prayers." 

By this time, I'm confused. Was her blood pressure too high? What's wrong? Has she been sick during The NBA Finals? Is she ok? What does she mean that she might not make it home??? At this point, I'm beginning to worry. What's wrong with my friend? A few minutes later, she sent me this message...

Hey buddy. I actually need a kidney asap. Unfortunately due to my health, I wasn't able to make the last couple games to see them play but it was like "magic" while I could. It was a "true" bucket list. I enjoyed getting to know u & all the guys. It was so fun bantering back & forth with u guys treating me "normal" & not like "poor sick Cheryl". Hopefully, I can find a kidney soon. I feel great today so that's a blessing. So yes, go ahead & roast me!! I need it! Please let the guys know & keep me in your prayers. I won't go down with a fight, tho.

I was shocked! I responded...

Wow! A kidney?!? I had no idea. That is serious! We'll definitely keep you in prayer. Do you have any idea for how long you'll be in the hospital or how long you'll have to wait for a kidney? Are you back in Va? Do you want me to tell them that you need a kidney? I didn't tell them. I'll keep you in my prayers.

Yes, thats fine, u can tell them about the kidney. I'm tired of hiding it. I'll probably remain in the hospital unless I choose hospice care which scares me. I'm so far down the list for a kidney it's not looking good. However, family is testing at the moment for a match. I'm praying hard for a miracle. When I said I had a testimony & wasn't supposed to be here, thats what I was talking about. I've been feeling amazing that last couple of days. Dialysis takes its toll which is why I hadn't been online. They are giving me a few weeks tops but I'm a fighter & I have an amazing support system. My husband has done everything he could to make my last few weeks freaking amazing. I know u guys always wondered why I grabbed on to u guys so quickly & hard, to be honest, it was because u guys made me so happy & kept my mind off of the reality of my health. I could be myself & laugh & joke & enjoy the thing I loved most "sports". If I lose this fight, I asked my husband to contact u here if thats ok. I just want to thank u, Kyle. People never know how they impact another person sometimes & u really have been such a positive inspiration to me. Your kindness & realness always touched me. My hubby was very thankful to u as well, which is why he invited u & you wife to visit us. I know it seemed odd at the time, he just knew that I had such little time. Again, I'm not giving up. I just wanted u to know how u guys & the show touched me.

At this point...I'm blown away. I had to read the message twice to make sure I understood what was being said. I thanked her for her kind words. I re-assured her that she was a fighter and she would make it. I asked her something that I had never asked her before...how did she find Dead End Sports

I found u guys by chance actually. I was on YouTube searching for Warrior videos & came across u guys. I was immediately hooked. The banter was freaking hilarious. Then I read the comments.... just awesome. I nearly lost my mind when I found out u guys had a live show then I knew I had to follow u on twitter. Ironically, b4 then, I barely used my twitter hahahaha.

I sent an email to the DES crew to let them know what was going on with Cheryl. We were all in disbelief. Things started to make more sense to me. I understood why Reggie took her to those games. I understood why she gravitated toward us. She didn't want any sympathy. She just wanted to be treated the same as everybody else. I made sure that I was going to keep doing that. Although she was in the hospital, that didn't slow her down. She was back on twitter...talking trash...defending her Warriors...and expressing her outrage over the killings of Alton Sterling and Philado Castile. Then she celebrated her birthday on July 4th


Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 4

Happy Birthday to meeeee... I'm so blessed to be able to see another year. Hope everyone enjoys their 4th of July!!



Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 4

This day has been amazing! Shoutout to my incredible family & friends. I'm so freaking blessed!


Even MORE great news would come that day as her Warriors would be signing Kevin Durant! I assured her that not only would the Warriors be back in the Finals but SHE would be there too!

Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 5

Dubz4thawin Retweeted 12kyle

I feel so blessed & awesome Kyle. My ass woke up this morning. I can't & WILL NOT complain. God is good!



12kyle @12kyle

@Dubz4thawin how you feelin today?



Then she got the best news EVER!!!


Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 7

It's been confirmed. Guess who got a match? @12kyle @kbinge @QGotNoRings @Deuce1042 @annicejanae @beezy430 @zackyles God Is Good!



Seemingly out of nowhere, there was a match for her kidney. A cousin. She was so excited...yet nervous. We all were happy for her! I reminded her that miracles do happen. I told her to keep believing. And she did. The surgery was set for July 13th. I reassured her that she would be fine


Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 8

When does basketball season start again? lol


This tweet made me laugh. You'd have to know Cheryl to know that this is who she is. She loves basketball and she loves the Warriors. She can't wait to see Kevin Durant in that Warriors uniform.


Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 9

Can't nobody do me like Jesus!! Can't nobody heal my body!! How can I ever repay you Lord!! *Sang J Moss*

Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 9

Having church in my hospital room!!! God got me!

Dubz4thawin ‏@Dubz4thawin Jul 9

Excuse me if I seem a little giddy or strange.. but Praise is the way I say Thanks!!


She has reason to praise the Lord for what he had done.

She had surgery on July 13th to get the new kidney. I talked to her the day before surgery. She was nervous for her cousin. Not for herself. For some reason, I sent her a tweet the next day. I don't know why I assumed that she would be on twitter the day after major surgery. That was silly of me. I guess I wanted some re-assurance that both she and her cousin were ok. Then I git some great news on Saturday (July 16th). I received a message on twitter. It was from Cheryl's account. But it was from her husband, Reggie. He said that she was recovering nicely from the transplant. He thanked me and the DES crew for supporting her and allowing her to escape her situation. I responded by thanking Reggie for delivering the news that I had been waiting to hear. I was happy. I shared the news with the crew. I think everybody breathed a sigh of relief.

On Tuesday (July 19th), I received another message from Reggie telling me that Cheryl had passed away. She died the previous morning (Monday July 18th). He said they were blindsided because she was doing so well. I was shocked. I couldn't believe it. I dropped my phone on my desk when I read the message. My friend was gone. I shared the news with the rest of the crew. We were all in disbelief. We still are. Cheryl was normally one of the first people who I would talk to in the morning on twitter. Especially over this past month. We'd talk alot. We'd talk about it all. Honestly, I keep going to her twitter account to look for her. I have been doing that for the past month. That's a hard habit to break. Especially when I know she's no longer there.

One of the many lessons that I learned from her is to be passionate and live life to the fullest. She did that. It's funny...in the grand scheme of things...I don't know a lot about Cheryl. However, i DO know a lot about her. She told me that she had a testimony. I'm glad she shared that with me and I could share it with you. She told me...

"I wish u guys nothing but the best. Life is so short. Hope u guys all take the time to actually live it."

Trust me...I will.

A true Warrior...Rest in Peace, Cheryl

Saturday, July 23, 2016

PODCAST: there's a war going on outside...





"There's a war going on outside, no man is safe from..." - Prodigy from Mobb Deep

Those words eloquently and painfully describe where we are in this country. On the latest podcast, we take a look at the recent police shootings, the Black Lives Matter movement, race relations, agendas, and solutions. We hold the mirror in front of your face and ask you to think.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

PODCAST: top 10 NBA Players to never win a ring




On this episode of the 12kyle Podcast, we'll take a look at the certified Top 10 NBA Players who never won an NBA title.

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

PODCAST: Stakes Is High...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On July 2, 1996, De La Soul dropped Stakes Is High. It was the 4th album from the trio from Long Island. This album was critically acclaimed for its production and lyricism. It served as a message to the decline that rap music began to face in the mid 90s. The album also had guest features from Zhane, Common and Mos Def


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Saturday, July 2, 2016

PODCAST: It Was Written...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On July 2, 1996, NaS released his 2nd album, It Was Written. It was the follow up to his classic debut, Illmatic. This album would be his most commercially successful album spawned by the smash hit “If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)” with Lauryn Hill.

On The 12kyle Podcast, I will discuss the It Was Written and the significance of the album. I’ll also talk about the “beef” that NaS had with Tupac and Jay Z. Listen to the podcast and share your thoughts!

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

PODCAST: Reasonable Doubt...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On June 25, 1996, Jay Z released his first album, Reasonable Doubt, on Rocafella Records. At the time of its release, Jay Z believed that it would be his first...and only album. Jay Z, born Shawn Corey Carter, offered a debt that initially did not come with a great deal of commercial success. However, Jay Z gave us one of the best albums of 1996 and an album that was considered by many to be a hip hop classic.


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Saturday, June 18, 2016

PODCAST: top 5 hip hop groups of all time





On this podcast, we break down the CERTIFIED TOP 5 HIP HOP GROUPS OF ALL TIME. Special guest host, eclectik. We are two dudes who are tenured in hip hop. Listen to the podcast. If you agree or disagree, let us know.

Here's the criteria...

1. Must have at least 2 albums

2. Must have at least 1 album that you deem a CLASSIC

3. Must have at least 2 MCs that have rapped on at least 2 albums (For example, Gang Starr & BDP would not qualify)


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Saturday, June 11, 2016

PODCAST: tales of a 7th grade nothing






What happens when a stalker goes to Facebook and tries to put the moves on me. Comedy ensues. Listen


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Saturday, June 4, 2016

PODCAST: summer madness





On this episode, I’ll tell you about the things that you MUST do during the summertime. I’ll also share some childhood memories of what we did during the summer.

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

PODCAST: bad blind dates




On this episode, I give you a few reasons why blind dates usually DO NOT work. I also share a horrific and comical experience that I had with a blind date.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

PODCAST: thank you, Prince





As the world mourns the death of Prince, I took a moment to reflect on Prince and what he meant to me and millions of others. I also shared a funny groupie story about me and Prince.

Rest in Peace...Prince Rogers Nelson.

Gone too soon

June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

PODCAST: the rise & fall of Roc-A-Fella




In the mid 90s, three friends started a rap label and became one of the most powerful entities in music. Business moves, jealousy and envy caused it to crumble. Listen to the latest 12kyle Podcast as we discuss the rise and fall of Roc-A-Fella

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Monday, April 11, 2016

the path to her heart



The path to her heart was not an open road

Her past experiences had clearly taken a toll.

The mind told her that it was time for her to let down her guard and love for free

Her heart was questioning if that would be something that she'd ever see

The internal struggle between the head and the heart...she had to endure

There is a remedy for everything. But for her broken heart there was no cure.

Attempting to convince herself that it was time to forget about the past

She wanted to open up herself to a love that would last.



There were plenty of men...past and present...who tried

but she had become tired of their games and lies

She wanted a real man! A man with whom she could truly be herself

A man who could touch her soul...unlike any one else.

Was this some type of dream or fantasy? A man like that can only be found on tv or on a movie screen

She wasn't convinced that he existed because that type of man she had never seen.

When it came to relationships, she loved hard. She always gave it her all

But she had grown tired of looking at herself in the mirror and watching her tears fall

She wondered to herself out loud why she wasn't being loved the way that she needed to be love.

She loved herself but she still yearned for a man's kisses and hugs




Deep down within, she knew that she was worthy of getting what she wanted from a real man

She wanted a man that would look into her eyes, kiss her softly, and softly hold her hands.

Her past relationships...good and bad...helped her lose herself...only to prepare her to find a love that was true

She was hopeful...yet determined...to find that special kind of love and see it all the way through

Then one day she saw a man from across a crowded room. Handsome face, nice body, perfect teeth, and a smile that lit up the room

Her heart began to race, palms became sweaty, and she was nervous. But was this too soon?

It wasn't. She was already gone. She had fallen in love the moment that she laid eyes on him. And he had no clue

She was confident in herself but she wasn't sure of her of what she should do

The butterflies of love at first were intoxicating and were feelings that she didn't want to let go

Much to her surprise...he saw her, their eyes passionately locked. He opened his mouth and confidently said "Hello."

Saturday, April 2, 2016

PODCAST: the "big O" quiz...





How much do you know about orgasms? Probably not as much as you THINK you do! Listen to the latest podcast…grab a number 2 pencil…and take the orgasm quiz. I did. Be prepared to laugh and be educated.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

PODCAST : text messages kill relationships





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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

likes and dislikes






LIKES

old skool hip hop

the smell of food being cooked on a grill

The Blacklist

riding in a car with the windows down on a spring day

merlot




being creative

movies with suspense and action

social media

free WiFi

a nice suit



DISLIKES

dirty white sneakers

political agendas

bills

chocolate chip cookies

reality tv



wack rappers

writing in cursive (do people still do that)

social media

traffic

rude people


Saturday, March 12, 2016

PODCAST: i still love h.e.r.



When did YOU fall in love with hip hop? Why did you fall in love with hip hop? What does it mean to you?

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Friday, March 4, 2016

PODCAST : in Atlanta





If you want to know about the city of Atlanta, it will truly depend on who you ask. As a resident of Atlanta, I have a different perspective. Atlanta has been called “Black Hollywood”. Atlanta is many things. To me…it’s home.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

what we are


*repost May 2010*

I tried to get some work done from home on a rainy evening.

The only sounds that were heard through my spacious, yet partially furnished condo was the rainfall and the instrumental beats from JDilla. Rainy days in downtown Atlanta always made me feel peaceful. I knew it'd be a good night.

Then my cell phone rang. It was Terrin. Terrin is a woman who I've been seeing for the last 4 months. She's not my girlfriend and I'm not her boyfriend. We've never "defined" what we have. We go out on dates and stuff. And of course, we're sleeping together. I like her. She said from the onset that she wasn't looking for a man. That was cool for me because I'm not looking for a girlfriend.

"Hello." I answered.

"Hey. I wanted to know if it was cool if I came over. I need to talk to you." she said

"Sure. C'mon over. I'll be here."
She said she was already downtown so she'd be over in 10 mins. I'll admit...I was curious why she wanted to talk to me in person. She could have said whatever she needed to say over the phone. She arrives 10 mins later. Before she gets comfortable, I offered her something to drink. She declined. I noticed a concerned look on her face. I asked what was wrong.

"I need to know where I stand with you? I want you to be honest with me. We spend so much time together. But I don't know where I am in your mind. I want to know where this is going. It's been 4 months. I like you. I mean...I really like you. I just need to know what's up."
I paused for a second. I wasn't expecting THIS conversation. I'm a bachelor without any kids. I want to settle down one day. Not today. Not tomorrow. I cleared my throat.

"You want me to be honest?" I asked

She replied..."Yes."
"I like you. I think you're cool. I enjoy hanging out with you. I've enjoyed these past 4 months. I haven't seen anybody since we've been together. I haven't asked you if you've been out with anybody since we've been together because it's not my business. I don't know if you have or not."

She interrupted me..."I haven't. I don't get down like that. You know me."

Before I began my next words...I started to sound like that song by Little Brother.

"I don't want a relationship with you. I don't want a relationship with anybody. I know that's not what you wanted to hear but you told me to be honest. You want to be my girlfriend. You can't be. I like you but I don't wanna be serious right now. If that means that we end what we have, then that's what we'll do. In fact, maybe that's what we SHOULD do since this is how you really feel. Somewhere between me and you sharing laughs...you had visions of me and you sharing baths. You want to see us together and I can only ask have I misled you. I don't think I did. If so, I'm sorry. I dig you...please understand. I just don't dig you enough to be your man."

Blank stare.

"I just can't give you what you want and you can't give me what I need. I'm sorry that we could never be more than what we are."

Silence...

Saturday, February 27, 2016

PODCAST : the office boo





Have you ever dated or been intimately involved with someone that you’ve worked with? Have you ever considered doing it? There are positives and negatives to getting involved with someone that you work with.

Listen to the latest podcast as I give you the “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to getting an OFFICE BOO.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

a letter to my 18 year old self




You're 18 yrs old. You're standing in bathroom preparing yourself for another day of school. You stare at the reflection in the mirror. You crack a smile...as you've done several times...then you say to the mirror..."You are great". This wasn't a daily affirmation. You were just reminding yourself of something that you had been taught and believed since you were about 6 yrs old.

You're a high school senior. You are surrounded by a great family. You have the best friends in the world. You're playing high school football at Wilson High in Florence, SC. You're enjoying every day of high school. Life is great. You feel like you know it all.

You don't know ANYTHING.

You'll be headed off to college soon. You have no idea how your life is about to change. You are about to leave your family behind. You'll only be 90 miles away at South Carolina State University. Little do you know...this will be the last time you'll live under the same roof as your mom, aunt, cousin, and your brother. Family is everything to you at 18. They are all that you know. They are a phone call away. So, is your father and your little sister. Your family is all that you have. You'll miss them and they'll miss you. Everything happens for a reason. Don't worry...your brother, Damon...will join you and your cousin at SC State in the fall of 1994. Before you leave Florence, savor it. Take it in. You won't realize how much this town means you until you're gone. It's home. Always will be. Do me a favor, Kyle...stop by the school to see Coach Wells. He was not only your head coach but a mentor. You never got a chance to thank him for all that he did for you. You'll be stunned by the phone call that you'll get 3 yrs later and the realization that he had passed away.

Somebody will soon ask you about your biggest fear and your response will be "losing touch with my crew". You have a ton of friends. But only a few that you can call crew. Nobody comes above the crew! Never has...never will. You're at a crossroad because everybody in the crew will soon be going in different directions as college looms. A few will head into the military. There was no such thing as email or cell phones. Hell...you won't even be able to call them because you don't have the money to pay for a long distance call. You will stay in touch via letters. It sounds strange. But it will work. You can't deny the bonds that you established with the dudes and girls in your crew. There's something to be said about the people who knew you from day 1. The ones who will watch you grow into the person that you will become.

At this time of your life, you have a few things that you love. Hip hop is one of them. You're engulfed in the music and the culture. It has become a major part of you and your life. The truth is...hip hop has always been there. That will never change. Your love for hip hop will never die. As for the girls, love has escaped you. Actually, you ran away from love. You had girlfriends and others that you liked but you couldn't love them. Why? The fallout from your parents divorce had an effect on how you viewed relationships. You secretly vowed to never let anyone get that close to you so you'd never experience the pain that you felt from the divorce. You don't realize how this changed your relationships. It made you unwilling to love, cautious, but not jaded. Here's the good news...you will soon find love, learn to open your heart, and you will learn to love. And that will change the way that you look at a lot of things.

Your first love is football. I could write you a dissertation on what football means to you and what you'll actually get from the game. Maybe I'll save that for the next letter. The game gave you so much. You will give back some of what you got later in life. Just know that your love for football will only grow. You're 18 now. You only have a few more years to play the game. Once you've stopped playing, walking away will be hard but you'll adjust.

Lastly...your world will change. In time, you will become a husband and a father. I can't put into words what that will do to you but you'll be a better man as a result of it. There is a lot more that I can say but I'll save that for the next letter. Continue to live each day to the fullest. Find something to laugh at each day. Never take anything too serious. I'll leave you with this word of wisdom that you heard at the age of 6 that has become your life's motto...


Think positive. Act positive. And you will become a positive person.


Love,
43 yr old Kyle

Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Score...20 Years Later



1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On February 13, 1996, the Fugess dropped their sophomore album, The Score. The album was a collection of an amazing blend of hip hop…infused with reggae, soul, and a Caribbean vibe. The album was a smash hit. The Fugees crew consisted of Pras, Wyclef, and Lauryn Hill. The NJ trio gave us one of the best albums of 1996 and an album that was considered by many to be a hip hop classic.

On The 12kyle Podcast, I will discuss the significance of The Score and give the album review. I will also breakdown the tracks and offer my perspective on the 3 member crew. Listen to the podcast and share your thoughts!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

PODCAST : All Eyez On Me...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year in hip hop. For this podcast, we take a look at one of the albums that set the standard for that year.

On February 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur released one of the best albums of that year, All Eyez On Me. The album came just after Tupac had served 11 months in jail. He was bailed out of jail by Death Row CEO Suge Knight. Pac jumped into the studio and began crafting what would be the last album to be released during his lifetime.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

PODCAST : Stop Hating




The word “hate” gets thrown around a lot these days. If someone doesn’t like something, they are immediately labeled a “hater”. But are they really hating??? The Urban Dictionary defines a “hater” as…

“A person that simply cannot be happy for another person's success. So rather than be happy they make a point of exposing a flaw in that person. Hating, the result of being a hater, is not exactly jealousy. The hater doesn’t really want to be the person he or she hates, rather the hater wants to knock someone else down a notch.”

But can you dislike something/someone and NOT be a hater? We examine the phenomenon of “hating” and if we should stop using the word “hate”.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

off tha dome





random thoughts...

you know what's annoying...watching people walk around with their bluetooth earpiece in their ear when they are NOT on the phone.

one month down already for 2016. did it go by fast or what?

Mitt Romney has to be looking at Donald Trump and thinking "this is what it takes to win? Damn, I should have done this too"

my girlfriend is about to leave and I'm not happy about that at all

we're a month into 2016 and some of you are doing the same dumb stuff that you did last year. "new year...new me"! what happened to that???

i'm already ready for spring

i'm not sure about you...but i pray for my friends. why? that's what i'm supposed to do. that's just how i get down

gas prices are down to $1.50. that's cool with me.

some of the same folks who petitioned to have the show, Sorority Sisters, taken off the air...still faithfully watch Real Housewives of Atlanta

last year we got two surprise albums from D'Angelo and Dr Dre. maybe we can get a surprise album from LBoogie. i miss Lauryn Hill

New Edition to my generation is like what the Temptations were to the older generation






have you ever been riding beside a raggedy car that was making a lot of noise? you were so disturbed by the noise that you thought it was your car that was making the noise.

I miss watching Saturday morning cartoons

while I miss the concept of having a live show, The 12kyle Podcast is less time-consuming and more fun. I'm loving it.

Skyler is four years old and she is reading better than her brothers did at this age. I'm very impressed.

when somebody begins a sentence with the phrase..."I don't mean any harm but..." or "No disrespect..." it's usually means something that's not good will follow it

i think it's deplorable that the Oscars didn't nominate any person of color for their top awards. that said...to hell with the Oscars. i never watch it anyway

speaking of deplorable, the water crisis in Flint, Michigan is beyond deplorable.

i think i have too many passwords for my computers. the other day when i was at work, i tried to put my home login password into my work computer

thanks for the inspiration. it means a lot

"when I'm writing I'm trapped in between the lines, I escape when I finish the rhyme..." i think i'm starting to understand that feeling

i miss the old days of Blogger. it was like the neighborhood where everybody hung out. i miss y'all. no lie

do people still make REAL love songs anymore?

i don't like cats. never have.

i'm seriously thinking about getting a fish. just one. i'm gonna call him Abraham

are you intrigued??? Si, Si!! i love Papi. he's the funniest dude on tv





if you ever want to follow some of the worst crimes that are committed each day...follow the money trail.

i'm from the "go together era". back in the day, i wouldn't just say you are my girlfriend but we "go together". not sure what we meant or where we were going but it sounded fly

hip hop lives in me. i'll probably speaking in hip hop slang as an old man

the lady who lives around the corner from me STILL has not taken down her Christmas lights. c'mon son!!!

has there ever been a day when you didn't listen to any music? i can't say that it's ever happened to me

remember the kid in your 3rd grade art class who could never "color inside the lines"...yeah...that's me to this day

i took home economics when i was in the 8th grade just because all of the cute girls were in that class

willie washington! lmao! still funny to this day

i learned how to sew in that home economics class but i've forgotten how

my favorite network on tv right now...the Food Network...hands down

the best hour on tv...The Blacklist

i wonder what my elementary school teachers would think if they read this

writing in cursive...it's a lost art

let love reside IN YOU. that way, when you tell somebody that you love them...they not only see it but they FEEL it

yeah...i'm gonna get a black fish

love resides in me

there is a video of me as a teen singing in the church choir. if you ever saw that video, i'd have to erase the person who showed it to you. they'd get erased from the face of the earth. hahahah

Yo MTV Raps gets the slight edge over BET's Rap City



Saturday, January 30, 2016

POCAST: Cliff Huxtable vs Bill Cosby



For decades, Bill Cosby entertained millions of people and was once considered to be “America’s Dad”. He brought joy to many as “Dr. Cliff Huxtable” on the smash 80s sitcom “The Cosby Show”. In recent years, allegations and lawsuits that accused him of sexual assault has tarnished Cosby’s “squeaky clean” image.

On this edition of The 12kyle Podcast, I take a look at Cliff Huxtable and Bill Cosby. I reflect on my memories and thoughts on both. Take a listen to the podcast and let me know your thoughts!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

PODCAST: shout outs





On January 22, 2010...I launched The 12 Radio Show.

I remember it like it was yesterday.

I was working in Minneapolis at the time. I would work in Minneapolis during the week and fly home back to Atlanta on the weekends.

It was a Friday.

I flew home and got ready to do my first show. I was nervous. I didn't really know what I was doing. The "red light" came on to start the show and I proceeded to start a venture that I would grow to love. It took me about 30 mins to figure out how to take live calls on the air. I had no idea that I'd be here writing and reflecting on that show.

Over the years, there were a lot of people who would go to lend me their time, talent, and support for this show. Since the end of The 12 Radio Show in December 2015, I didn't get a chance to officially thank those who helped and co-hosted on my shows over the years.

In keeping with the 80s style, this podcast is the Shout Outs podcast...me giving shout outs to everybody who contributed to The 12 Radio Show.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

5 Career Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make in 2016




In my reading, I came across this article that I found on Inc (dot) com. I think you may find it useful.

Ever wonder why school teaches us everything except how to get the job? Do you ever feel like managing your career is really hard? You're not alone. Millions of people are struggling to build careers that are satisfying. Professional happiness eludes the majority of the working population. According to Gallup, only 13 percent of the work force is highly engaged, a.k.a. happy at work. It's not for lack of effort. Everyone is trying to figure out the path to greater career success on his or her own terms. Why then, aren't more people succeeding? Answer: They're going about it all wrong.


Want a Better Career? Start Unlearning Everything You Know About Building One.

Everything we've ever been taught or thought would help us in our career is outdated. For example, studies now prove a college degree does not guarantee you a better career. And, seeking full-time, long-term employment is a pipe dream. Why? Because every job today is temporary. We live in the gig economy now. The entire way we work has shifted. Yet people still try to approach their careers thinking if they can just find a job that makes them happy, they'll live happily ever after. It doesn't work that way. More important, some major shifts in business and the economy are going to make it even more important that you no longer keep approaching your career the wrong way. If you do, you could find yourself at the bottom of the talent spectrum, under-employed, and struggling to find any job to pay the bills. With that in mind, here are five career mistakes you don't want to make in 2016.




1. Assuming your job is secure.

Companies are now forced to change their business models very quickly. Your skills could be in-demand at the office one day, only to be useless the next. It doesn't mean you did anything wrong. It's just business. But, when it happens, you need to be ready to find a new employer fast.


2. Not having your career tools ready.

Besides an updated resume, you also need an optimized LinkedIn profile. It helps even more if you have a full-fledged personal brand too (i.e., blog posts you've written showcasing your expertise. Twitter account where you share timely industry info, etc.). You just never, ever know when you'll need to throw your job search into high-gear. Wasting days and weeks building your career tools when you could have had them ready to go is poor planning.

3. Not building an interview bucket list.


There are two types of people: those who look for work on a job board and try to fit themselves into a job opening they aren't really excited about, and those who create a list of companies they'd like to work for and keep an eye on them online in the event the right opportunity presents itself. Guess which one usually lands a job worth being excited about? Today, it's up to you to create a list of viable employers and start to networking with their employees. It's not only more effective (studies show 80 percent of all jobs today are gotten via referral); it's also more fun. Who doesn't like choosing whom they want to work for?

4. Failing to know your workplace persona.

Nobody is a superhero at work. There are eight key workplace strengths (I call them personas and you can learn about them by taking this quiz). At best, you have two or three top workplace strengths. You need to know what they are and how they add value to the company. If you know how you save or make a company enough money to justify its paying your salary, then you know how to market that value to other companies if you need to.

5. Not investing in serving your network.

I can't stress this enough: Today, your network is your net worth. Your professional contacts are crucial to your getting the job opportunities you want and deserve. The best way to build a strong network is to serve it. Understanding how to help those you are connected to is vital. People remember when you help them. That social currency will come in handy. Someday, you may need their help. By building up trust and respect within your network, you'll be able to tap into their knowledge, expertise, and contacts when you need to. Waiting until you are out of a job and desperate for the help of your network is not the time to start thinking about what you've done to earn their assistance.

We Aren't Employees, We're Businesses-of-One.

If you really want a better career, you have to stop acting like a helpless employee held hostage by the golden handcuffs of employers. Instead, you need to take full ownership of your career and become a business-of-one who wants to partner with employers to serve them. Building a win-win situation between you and an employer is your job, not theirs. Why? You're the service provider and they're the customer. If you want their business, you need to build a brand that is in-demand. Something they will pay good money for. The sooner you realize this, the sooner you can get the professional respect you want and deserve. If you're ready to be in control, you can start by mastering these career moves. 



It's Not Rocket Science, But It Does Take This.

Don't let outdated approaches to your career set you back next year. Avoid the mistakes above and focus on building your career strength. There are plenty of resources out there to help you close your gap in knowledge so you can get the upper hand. But, it's up to you to take action. Nobody's going to do it for you. Failing to do so could lead to some serious professional regret in the future.