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.

Check out the latest episode of the 12kyle Podcast as I give you my perspective…in Atlanta

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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.

On this podcast, I take a look at the man, the music, the imprint it left in 1996, and it’s significance. Let me know your thoughts!

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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.

Monday, January 18, 2016

PODCAST : In our day (hip hop)




I recently joined my homie, ecelctik, on his podcast (Encyclopedia Hip Hop) to discuss the things we miss about Hip Hop from the 80s and 90s.

This is an open forum conversation

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

PODCAST: head games




The game of football is not just a contact sport but a “collision sport”. Those who play the game are often regarded as modern day gladiators. Football is a game of strength. Man verses man…until the end. It’s the most popular sport in this country. Fame and glory is often associated with football. But football also has a darker side.

Because the sport is so violent, its participants feel the after effects of playing the game long after they are done playing.

Football is violent…but is it deadly?

The recent movie, Concussion, exposes the downfall from playing the game. In the movie, Will Smith plays Dr Bennet Omalu, a Nigerian forensic pathologist who fought against efforts by the National Football League to suppress his research on the brain damage suffered by professional football players. The movie is deep, entertaining…yet disturbing.

On this podcast, I briefly discuss the movie along with my story of playing football from the age of 8 through college. Can football cause long term cognitive damage? Are today’s current players susceptible to dementia, Alzheimer’s, and the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

7 Things a Daughter Needs from Her Father



This is a great article that I found on All Pro Dad (dot com). After reading the article, it made me reflect on the blossoming relationship that I have with my 4 yr old daughter, Skyler. She is my heart. We have a great relationship and I truly love being around her. I know that the relationship that we have will help mold many of her decisions later in life. It's a huge responsibility that I don't take lightly. This article hits home. Read below...


7 Things a Daughter Needs from Her Father


As a girl grows up, men will come in and out of her life, but the one man who will always be there is her father. A father plays a vital role in his daughter’s journey to adulthood, and below are seven things what a daughter needs from her dad. 

1. She needs you to be involved.

A daughter needs her father to be actively interested in her life. “Actively interested” does not refer to the second-long conversation that sometimes happens between a father and daughter when he asks how her day went and she replies with one word. A father should participate in his daughter’s hobbies and activities by displaying interest. For example, if she is interested in collecting coins, take her to coin shows. Use the Internet to learn about rare coins and talk about them. Is your daughter talented in the any sports, such as volleyball? Whether she wants to play or just enjoys watching the games, become an enthusiastic fan and supporter! Show your daughter that you are interested in her life by learning more about it and trying to become a part of it.



2. She needs you to demonstrate a healthy marriage.
The first relationship a daughter experiences is the one between her mother and father. If her father disrespects his wife with physical or emotional abuse, a daughter might come to believe that is the expected relationship with a husband. However, a father that displays physical affection, respect, and a true partnership with his wife provides an incredible example that his daughter will want to mirror in her own life.


3. She needs you to support her.

Even though a father may not always agree with his daughter, she needs to know you will support her. When a father fully and wholeheartedly supports his daughter, she will develop strong self-esteem and a positive self-image. This doesn’t mean that you always have to agree with her, but show her that while you might not agree with a choice she is making, you will always believe in her as a person and have confidence in her abilities.

4. She needs to trust you as a confidante.

When your daughter does come to you and discusses personal issues and problems, she needs to know that you will treat them with respect and confidence. They shouldn’t become dinner-table conversation with the rest of the family.

5. She needs your unconditional love.

Just as our Father in Heaven demonstrates unconditional love, fathers on earth need to display this as well. Unconditional love requires that a daughter knows no matter how badly she messes up, her father will be there, not to ridicule and demean but to forgive.

6. She needs a strong spiritual leader.

A father should be the spiritual head of a household and should take charge of his children’s religious education. Pray with your daughter! Don’t be shy about bringing the Lord into your conversations with her.

7. She needs a positive role model.

Many daughters today lack a positive male role model in their life. A father is the first man in a girl’s life that she will intimately know. Her father sets the standard for all other men in her life, and a positive role model will help her choose a good husband in the future. Take a moment for some self-reflection. Are there any habits you need to break? Are there some areas of your own life that could use a “spiritual overhaul” and prayer? When your daughter sees that you are willing to examine your own life and make changes when necessary, you provide the best example she could ever have of accepting responsibility for her actions.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

PODCAST : not Top 5







When it comes to making a “Top 5 list” for any category, it can be extremely subjective. Quite often, our personal preferences get in the way of us making a sound case for someone/something being worthy of a “Top 5” status. It can be tricky. But Top 5 lists are fun…and if nothing else…good for conversations and debates

On this podcast, I will discuss hip hop and some of its most beloved and respected MCs. However, instead of naming a Top 5 of the greatest MCs, I will examine the MCs who are quite often placed in many people’s Top 5…but I don’t think their lyrical prowess should be considered for the honor. Listen closely. I may drop some names that may surprise you. Am I right? Or am I wrong. Listen and tell me what you think!



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Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Year in Review Pictures

My year in review (sorta)...in pictures

January 



January was cold. That is all. LOL

February


My first "little man"..my godson, LaKell turned 18. He's a freshman at Clemson now. Where did the time go?




On the set for a Dead End Sports shoot. Dead End Sports got BIGGER in 2015. I'm proud of that!


March


Drinks! Why not?




Sherice got a little older. hehehe


April



Cold chillin after the comedy show. I laughed SO hard that night! Great times with our friends

May


Skyler playing the piano at Grandpa's house




Crushing it at the Sundresses and Searsuckers event here in Atlanta with my partner in crime, Moe. Incredible weekend




Skyler's first dance recital. She's joined by her brothers...Kameron, Deion, and Brandon

June


My Atlanta Hawks make it to the Eastern Conference Finals in the NBA Playoffs

July


It's the 4th and Skyler is helping me with the hamburgers and hot dogs




It was sooooooo hot that day. Damn! Just thinking about it makes me sweat!



The annual crew golf outing. It had to be at least 105. My game sucked. But we had a ball



August



Deion turns 16 and Kameron turns 13. We had their birthday parties at our house...at separate times that day. I loved it


Kameron





Deion




August



First day of school for the kids!

September


Although my SC State crew came together for the homegoing service for my boy Bobby's dad...we had a great time together. Even in the most somber moments...you can still laugh


Skyler said "let's take some silly pictures." So...we did





Skyler turned 4! Can't believe my princess is growing up

October


Deion made the marching band at his school. He took a second to break away to pose with his baby sister

November



SC State's Homecoming! We had the chance to take Deion with us so that he could see what our school was like. Phenomenal weekend




Sherice, Deion, and me


Big smiles from Deion, me, and my college coach...Willie Jeffries

December


I turned 43...and became the coolest and illest 43 year old that you know


Brandon turned 9 the day after me


Skyler enjoyed the 80 degree weather on Christmas Day


2015 was a year that had it's ups and downs...highs and lows. Ultimately, it was a great year...because we ALL got to see it. And that is more than enough to be thankful for!!!

May 2016 be filled with blessings and prosperity for you and yours!!!