Saturday, December 3, 2016

PODCAST: fatherhood




On this episode of The 12Kyle Podcast, I will discuss FATHERHOOD. I give my thoughts on the highs and lows of fatherhood. Every man has a perspective on what it is like to be a father. I will also tell you 3 things that every man must give his child. I take you along on my journey as a father. Ride with me.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service Album Review | DEHH





I recently got a chance to sit and review the latest album from A Tribe Called Quest with my homies from Dead End Hip Hop.

It goes without saying that A Tribe Called Quest is a legendary group with a wide range of influence on hip hop today and beyond. We never thought we would ever get another ATCQ album but 2016 delivered.

In what is billed as their final album, 'We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service' features all four members of ATCQ: Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammed, and Jarobi.

How does the group sound 18 years later?

We discuss that and more in our latest review with special guest 12Kyle, host of The 12Kyle Podcast and Dead End Sports.




Saturday, November 19, 2016

PODCAST: dating 101



On this edition of the 12Kyle Podcast, we explore the world of dating

Dating 101

We will enlighten and entertain you with some of the "do's and don'ts" when it comes to dating. We'll discuss the pros and cons of dating at this time. We'll also educate you on how you should handle yourself on a date.

This episode is co-hosted by Chantay.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

PODCAST: politic ditto





The United States of America has elected it's 45th President. I give you my thoughts on it...


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Monday, November 7, 2016

Magic...25 years later




November 7, 1991

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I was a freshman at SOUTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY. It was almost 6pm. I had just finished football practice when I made my way to the dorm. I heard somebody say "____ has AIDS".

My reply was "Man, don't say shit like that. You'll end up starting a nasty rumor."

It took a few mins to make my way to the 3rd floor to my room. When I got upstairs, a few of my teammates looked real sad. I didn't know why. I didn't ask. I proceeded to head to my room. I turned the tv on to watch the news. And it happened.

BOOM!!!

I saw Magic Johnson on tv and he was announcing that he had HIV and would be retiring from the NBA.

WHAT????

Are you kiddin me?

Magic wasn't gay. How could this be? I'll admit that I wasn't a HUGE fan of his because I was a Michael Jordan fan. But I gave Magic his props because he was a winner...just like me. Keep in mind that in 1991, we thought that this would be the last time that we saw him on tv. HIV would kill him within 2 yrs. That's what we thought. Well, it's been 25 years and Magic is healthy and living with HIV. I remember seeing some dudes CRYING when they heard the news. As the word spread throughout our campus, we all were concerned about our own vulnerability. At that time, I knew very little about HIV/AIDS. I just knew...you didn't want to be around people who had it so you wouldn't "catch it", it was a gay disease, and you would die from it. That's all that I knew. Honestly, Magic was the only person that I "knew" who had it. I really thought the next time that I saw Magic he'd be frail and look like death. But a funny thing happened after Magic's announcement...


I think his announcement made me become more knowledgeable about HIV/AIDS. I learned as much as I could. I also tried to educate those around me. In my research, I learned how homophobic I had become. It wasn't something that I was totally aware of...but I was doing it. I wasn't raised to be prejudiced towards anybody. But I realized that I had to look at myself and my thought process. I had to become tolerable of ALL people. It was at that point where I began to let go and not be homophobic. I saw people for who they were. It didn't matter who they loved or slept with. I became even more sympathetic to those who suffered from this disease. I learned that it wasn't something you could "catch". Magic's announcement helped me do all of this.


In 2007, I got a chance to meet Magic. It was on the set of TNT's "Inside the NBA" where Magic worked along side host Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, and Charles Barkley. I got a chance to speak to him and talk a little basketball with him. We sat in the green room...just my wife, 2 other people, Ernie, Charles, Kenny, Magic, and me...and we watched NBA games until they went on the air. I found Magic to be just as cool and as engaging as I thought he'd be. While we didn't talk long, I enjoyed it. I really wanted to thank him for all that he had done for the HIV/AIDS movement. I wanted to tell him how much I respected him as a player but hated the Lakers. I wanted to also tell him about how we thought his announcement would be his death sentence but he made it. I didn't want to be to deep but I wanted to tell him how I became a fan of his that day...and I've been a fan ever since...but I wasn't a fan before (if that makes sense). I just wanted to say thanks for all that he had done. Unlike that day 25 years ago, he was the only person that I knew who had HIV. Over the years, I would lose family members and people who I knew to the deadly disease. While there is no cure and Magic will live with HIV for the rest of his life, I wanted to thank him for opening my eyes as well as the eyes of millions of people around the world.


In parting...all I could say was...


"Take care of yourself, Magic."


"I DEFINITELY will do that!"


Thanks Magic

Friday, October 21, 2016

off tha dome






random thoughts...

haven't done this in a minute. tell the truth you missed it...didn't you? of course you did.

if i had a dollar for every time that i ordered a hamburger and said "hold the onions and tomatoes"...only to find them on my burger

i REALLY need to take piano lessons. i took two lessons as a kid then quit

can we get the gas prices back down to $1.55?

i guess i need a piano

if you want to get a reaction from people, tell them you don't eat any form of chocolate. they'll look at you like you're a com-youuu-nist. sorry y'all. i don't eat it

speaking of food, i had Twizzler the other day. i hadn't had one in at least 5 or 6 years. it was pretty good. brought back good memories.

can somebody tell 2016 that it's taken enough of our loved ones, friends, and celebrities. it can chill for now.

i'm a picky eater. always have been. but i want my kids to eat everything. doesn't that sound funny?

at some point, i'm going to write a book

do you feel that chill in the air? fall is here. it's my favorite season

the weird thing about fall here in Atlanta...you'll have your heat on in your car when you're driving to work in the morning. then, you'll have your AC on in your car when you're leaving work in the afternoon.

whatever happened to Adina Howard?

i saw the other day and it made so much sense to me...




i went to the Bad Boy concert last month. somebody asked me why didn't i post videos. i told them that i went to see the concert...not to record videos. i think sometimes you can miss the moment while trying to capture it for others...

Skyler turned 5 last month. where did the time go?

Contrary to popular opinion, irregardless is not a word...or is it?

according to my homeboy, "the best way to tell if a woman is crazy...go to their Instagram page. If you see more words than pictures, they are crazy"

how did SWV's "Downtown" get played on the radio?

i'm sorry...i'm just not into Lil Uzi Vertical Black Kodak Young blah blah blah. you can pop to it. not me. it ain't for me and i'm cool with that

proud member of the Centennial Class (1996) of South Carolina State University...yep...that's me

hard to believe that I graduated 20 years ago. that sounds funny to me. has it really been that long?

did Phil Collins ever tell us what Sussudio was or what it meant?

i think i want the new iPhone 7

i crack up every time that i see that Ice T commercial

can i borrower your piano?

did you know that many schools don't teach kids how to write in cursive?

do you ever say something then pause and think to yourself..."damn, i sound like my parents!"

Mary J Blige is getting a divorce. that's sad.

freedom of speech ain't free. never forget that

Penny Gordon is pregnant at 50 and is stunning





if Senator Barack Obama had told his friends that he "grabbed women by the p*&$#" do you think he would have been the President

i'm all about free apps on the iPhone

the older i've gotten, the less i like wearing ties.

i'm feeling that new show...Insecure on HBO

that new Solange album is soooooo dope. you gotta listen to it...if you haven't already

speaking of dope, the 12Kyle Podcast is pretty damn dope...modestly speaking

shout out to my Terry. i told you i'd bring the off tha dome back! thanks for reading as usual, fam. I appreciate it

fellas...never make a joke about menstrual cycles or pap smears. it won't be funny

ladies...there is such a thing as putting on too much perfume

i have a love/hate relationship with facebook

hard to believe Prince is gone

it's about to be jeans, Timbs, and hoodie weather

i hate daylight savings time.

can i kick it?


Thursday, October 20, 2016

top 12 soft skills employers seek





here's a pretty good article that i found on thebalance.com. Very helpful tips...

Depending on the organization or business, employers are seeking key skills and experience for each job. But even though these skills are extremely important, there are certain “soft skills” that employers also look for when hiring people for their organization. Research has shown that a person’s “soft skills” can be just as good of an indicator of a person’s job performance as the hard skills that they possess.

What Are Soft Skills?


Soft skills relate to a set of skills that individuals possess, which makes them good employees no matter where they work or what they do. When we think of soft skills, we are thinking of personal qualities, attitudes, verbal and nonverbal behavior, and personal habits that make an individual pleasant to work with, and a valuable member of any team. Individuals with impeccable manners and an ability to be understanding, fair and compassionate are the type of people most of us would like to work with. It is also someone who possesses a strong work ethic and will do what it takes to get the work done, that organizations like to hire and employees want to welcome as a new member of their team. We all know people who we like or love as friends or family; but when it comes to actually working with that person on a daily basis, our positive feelings may go out the window and we may find that it’s almost impossible to work alongside them in a job situation.

12 Soft Skills Employers Look for When Hiring for Jobs:

1. Positive Attitude

A positive attitude can do wonders in turning a department or company around. Having employees who possess a positive attitude can also be contagious; and for employers, it’s important for them to seek that kind of energy since it only takes a few negative people to bring down a department or even the organization as a whole.

2. Strong Work Ethic


Hiring people that possess a strong work ethic is key to the success of any employer. First off, a strong work ethic cannot be taught. When individuals begin working in a new organization they either have it or they don’t. There are many contributing factors that go into making a strong work ethic like how a person grows up to the value they place on doing an excellent job. These innate attributes are totally out of the control of an employer no matter what type of training they provide or the type of supervision an employee gets.

3. Excellent Communication and Interpersonal Skills


The ability to be a good communicator cannot be overrated. To succeed in the workforce, employees need to know how to communicate as well as listen in order to work effectively with supervisors, co-workers and clients.

4. Problem-Solving Skills

Since problems are inevitable, employees who are able to find solutions to daily challenges that arise are most valuable to an organization. Employees who are unable to find a solution to a specific problem but are willing to seek out the advice of others, also makes for a competent and trusted employee.

5. Time Management Skills


As a results-oriented employee, good time management skills are key to getting assignments accomplished and finishing them on time.

6. Flexibility
The way company's do business in today’s competitive marketplace, is changing all the time. It is the ability to remain adaptable that helps an organization move forward and stay with the current times.

7. Work Well in a Team Environment

In the past employees would oftentimes seek jobs that aligned with their desire to either work independently or work in a team environment. In today’s workforce, much of the work is often done on teams; but there is also a need for employees to work independently in order to get the daily work accomplished.

8. Computer/Technological Skills

Almost all jobs today require basic computer skills and technological knowledge. Whether it be for record-keeping, spreadsheets, detailed notes, or presentations, employers will want to know a candidate’s level of computer and technological knowledge to establish if they can do the basics of any job.

9. Project Management Skills

Individuals going about the daily routine of their job will need to know how to prioritize and plan each activity to be able to get the best job done in the least amount of time.

10. Self-Confidence

Self-confident employees are able to detach themselves personally from any challenges that they experience on the job. Self-confidence gives employees a sense of strength as they pursue their personal goals as well as those of an organization.

11. Ability to Accept Constructive Criticism

There is always room for everyone to grow and learn and the employee that is able to take constructive criticism and use it to improve their performance will be seen as a valuable team member to any organization.

12. Strong Research Skills

With strong computer and technological skills being one of the top 12 soft skills employers seek, employees who are able to do the basic research and have the ability to gather important information for projects, and identify how and what competitors are doing to make themselves successful, is a sought after skill that many organizations want.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

PODCAST: illadelph halflife...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On September 24,1996, The Roots dropped their classic album Illadelph Halflife. The crew from Philadelphia released their 3rd studio album and it was a game changer.

On this episode of the 12 Kyle Podcast, we'll take a look at the history and the significance of that album. Joining 12kyle on the podcast will be Beezy430 from Dead End Hip Hop.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

PODCAST: The Quintessential Hip Hop Song





Pick a Hip Hop emcee ...

what is their BEST song?

What is the quintessential song by that artist?

If you were introducing someone to that artist, what song would you play first?

I recently joined my homie, eclectik, on his podcast...The Encyclopedia Hip Hop, to discuss this.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

PODCAST: Home Again...20 Years Later



1996 was an incredible year for music. It was a groundbreaking year for hip hop. It was also a great year for R&B music. On September 10th, the legendary group, New Edition released their album, Home Again. It was the only album that featured all six members...Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Ralph Tresvant, Johnny Gill, Ricky Bell, and Bobby Brown...together. 

On this episode of the 12kylePodcast, we will discuss how this album came about. We will break down the album and the members of New Edition. 

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

and so it begins..




I was looking through some old photos and ran across this picture.

My first thought was about how young Sherice and I look (LOL). This was sometime in 2003. We were just two young parents getting started.

My second thought was on the two little boys in the picture. Deion, who was almost 4...and Kameron who was almost 1. I'm amazed at how much time has flown by since this photo. They were just 2 little boys. They aren't little boys anymore. Deion is a senior in high school. Kameron is a freshman. As looked at the picture, it took me to a place beyond the two little faces. I remembered the day that we found out that we were having our second son. I did the math and realized that Kameron would be 3 years behind Deion. This made me think immediately about me and my brother, Damon.

As you may or may not know, my brother Damon is almost 3 years younger than me. Knowing that I'd have 2 sons immediately gave me visions of me and Damon growing up all over again. We grew up in a house where our parents loved us and encouraged us to be ourselves. We did the stuff that brothers do...we played, argued, teased each other, fussed, and got on each others nerves. But there was always love and respect. We always looked out for each other.

Fast forward to 2016. Deion and Kameron are back in school together. This could be the last year that they attend school together. This time next year, Deion will be in college. And Kameron will still be at home. As the summer ended, I gave them "lectures" on what to expect and what we expected from them. There was a level of excitement in our house because with them both at the same school...it's less running around for us.

Seeing the two of them in high school together made me remember my senior year at Wilson High. Like Kameron, Damon was a freshman. My senior year was EVERYTHING. I remember people would say..."I didn't know your brother was here"...others would say "There's a freshman walking around who looks like you."...then there were the few who'd say "I didn't know you had a brother". By now; I'm sure Deion has heard it all. They've been in school for a month now. I've already given them a more than a few talks. The talks usually start with me saying..."When I was in high school..." I'm sure they may be tired of hearing it. But I want them to enjoy this year together.

I told them before school started..."Deion you have to look out for Kameron. And Kameron you have to listen to Deion." Sometimes that's the hardest things to convey to teenage boys. They have very different personalities. Deion is very outgoing and very friendly. Kids like him. Deion is friends with EVERYBODY. I like it when parents tell me how much they enjoy being around him and how mild mannered he is. Kameron is very laid back. He likes to get a "read" on people before he lets you get near him. At times, he appears to be quiet but that's not the case. He's very outgoing...especially with his friends. He has his "4 man crew". Those are his best friends. He's cool with kids outside of his crew but nobody comes above the crew. I laugh when I see them together because they remind me so much of how I was with my crew. In a lot of ways...including what I described...they are a lot like their Dad. And that's not a bad thing.

From the first day of school, I've been preaching to Deion about how he's got to look out for Kameron. A few weeks ago, Deion was on the phone with Damon. When he got off the phone he said...

"Dad, Uncle Damon said when he first got to Wilson with you...you told him 'Don't come around me. Don't bother me. And don't come around me and my friends'. What's up with that, Dad?"

LMAO!!! Wait...I don't ever remember saying that.

Did I say it? I doubt it. But if he said that I said it. I might have said it.

Nonetheless, I want them to enjoy this year. I told Deion that his "little brother is cool and he's going to blaze his own trails. You just help guide him". And that's true. That's what's going to happen. It happened to us. I looked up one day and people weren't calling him "Kyle's little brother". He quickly made a name for himself. Kameron will do the same. I enjoyed that year at Wilson with him. I want Deion to do the same with Kameron.

The next year, I enrolled at South Carolina State University. Four years later, Damon joined me there.

Who knows...history could repeat itself. We'll see...

Saturday, September 10, 2016

PODCAST: you missed it...



The 80s and 90s were a great era for many things...especially to those who lived in the era. Some things were challenging. Other things were unique. But the 80s and 90s were special to a lot of people. Those eras remain very intriguing to those who were not born yet or too young to remember the era.


On this episode of the 12kyle Podcast, we'll explore the 80s & 90s and discuss some things that you might have missed. From technology, music, pop culture...this was the last generation to know what it's like to "live without the Internet." We will also give you the certified Top 5 Things that We've Abandoned from the 80s & 90s


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Thursday, September 1, 2016

She is...




She is...incredible

She is...exciting

She is...a breath of fresh air

She is...intoxicating

She is...demanding

She is...comforting

She is...powerful

She is...invigorating

She is...soft. Never deflated. Loves to be squeezed and caressed

She is..inviting

She is...the first love

She left me last winter but she couldn't stay away

She is...not meant to be dropped or let go. Her dimples...are easy to touch.

She is...here to drive me insane

She is...confident

She is...the one who gave me the energy and strength to move forward when I didn't think that I could

She is...demanding of my time

She is...lovable

She is...the one who will make me brave bad weather JUST so that I can see her

She is...all about the money

She is...all about fun

She is...the one who told me that I was great before I realized it myself

She is...the one who brings the calm to any storms

She is...the one who brings peace

She is...the motivation

She is...the reason why I write was dope as I do

She is...the one who has put up with me for all of these years and she keeps coming back

She is...everything

She is...the one

She is...dope

She is...mine

She is...here

She is...back

Saturday, August 27, 2016

ATLiens...20 Years Later





1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On August 27, 1996...OutKast dropped their second album, ATLiens. On this episode of the 12kyle Podcast, we discuss the history and the relevance of this album. This was one of the best albums made by Andre 3000 and Big Boi. Listen and let us know your thoughts

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Monday, August 22, 2016

phone jerk



I found this article on a website about cell phones. Very interesting. Do you fall under any of these categories? Are you a phone jerk?

1. Multitasking While Driving

Nothing about driving disturbs me more than when people text and drive. It's dangerous and inconsiderate and costs the lives of far too many innocent people each year. Studies says that texting (or being otherwise engrossed in your iPhone) is equivalent to driving drunk, and I believe it.

The most dangerous thing is the people who do it so often that they are overly confident in their abilities to do it "safely." Overconfidence is a killer when it comes to surfing your iPhone and driving. And it's not as if it's the rare person who uses their phone while driving. I'll sit at an intersection and watch the cars drive by, and in many cases, most of the drivers that speed obliviously past are in some way actively and visibly preoccupied with their smartphones. Smartphones are becoming a leading cause of auto accidents and we can all practice being more considerate and safe by not driving while preoccupied with our iPhones.

2. Using Your iPhone at Movie Theaters, Weddings, and Funerals

Certain situations are just not appropriate for having your head buried in your smartphone. Movies, weddings, and funerals top the list, and you can add churches, synagogues, and other religious institutions to the list if so inclined. These are the kinds of places that, despite your innocent intentions, you are likely to frowned upon and possibly even called out for using your device.

You're especially likely to have someone say something to you in a theater, where the darkened environment is an important part of the ambiance and a cell phone screen lighting up the room can spoil the moment. If you must use your phone in a theater, be discreet; put your jacket over your shoulder and hide your phone at your side when you use it, and don't try to do a bunch of texting or emailing in the dark.

3. Taking Pictures and Videos of Everything

Not everyone wants to be caught on film, and not everyone appreciates your efforts to capture every moment on video or photo. If you want to capture the moment, sometimes video is more discreet, whereas asking people to freeze and pose for stills can sometimes be the most distracting and disruptive thing you can do. Remember, you can always go back to a discreetly filmed video and take screenshots of still images. If you can't resist taking a lot of pictures of people and events all the time, at least keep your camera shutter sound on mute if you don't want to drive people crazy.

4. Being an Information Addict

This one also fits me to a T. If anyone says something that I find interesting, I'm going to want Google it. And if someone says something I question the veracity or authenticity of, you better believe I'll be wanting to hop on my iPhone to search for reference. In fact, Siri and I are a great team when it comes to investigating and questioning the accuracy of any statement. However, not everyone appreciates this trait. In fact, it can be perceived as downright annoying and obnoxious. Unless someone asks you a specific question, I'd advise refraining from jumping on your iPhone to fact-check every chance you get.

5. Checking Out While You're Checked Out

Whether you work as a cashier or you are in line and it's your turn to have your goods rung up, it's not just polite to not be on your smartphone, but it's considerate too, as it keeps the line moving efficiently. So often I'll observe people with their heads down, wrapped up in something on their iPhone, oblivious to the fact that cashier is waiting for them, and then they have to fumble for their wallet, rather than being prepared for the inevitable fact that they are expected to be paying for their goods now.

6. Spending Family Time with Your iPhone Out

When you are around friends and family it's tempting not to be absorbed in your iPhone; after all, these are the people you are likely most comfortable around. But at the end of the day, moments with loved ones are precious and all too fleeting. When you are spending time with people who are important to you, show them you care by not being preoccupied with your iPhone or iPad. This may seem self evident, but if you're the parent of a teenager, then you probably already know how hard it is to convince your kids to take their eyes off their devices. And as any psychologist will tell you, kids learn from the adults in their lives, and that includes their smartphone habits.

7. Not Speaking to Your Audience

Avoid "SMS talk" (abbreviations like brb, smh, ttyl, etc.) when communicating with folks who you aren't certain will understand it. It can be perceived as disrespectful since you are, in essence, speaking in a different language and assuming they'll understand, when in reality, they may have no idea what you are saying. This is especially true for younger folks communicating with older folks. It's a good practice to communicate in a way that the person you are communicating with can understand without having to ask Siri for translation.

8. Not Double Checking Before Sending

Do you have the right recipient in the address bar? Nothing can be potentially more embarrassing than sending an email or text to the wrong person.

Also, use your spell check for both spelling AND grammar; people shouldn't have to struggle to decipher what you really meant, especially when you are the obvious victim of autocorrect. Not to mention proper spelling and grammar are definitely important in professional and academic situations.

9. Finally, We All Get Busy, But...

If your iPhone is set to notify senders when you read their messages, try to reply in a timely fashion. If replying quickly isn't your style, you may want to consider turning off that feature in general settings or using 3D Touch to avoid triggering a read receipt. Regardless, even if you turn off your notify sender when read feature, it's still good form to reply as promptly as possible. Just because the days of phone calls and voice mails are becoming history doesn't mean that punctual response times are any less important or appreciated.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

PODCAST: Rushmore 90s Women





Rushmore 90s Women

I recently joined my boy, eclectik, for another of the edition of his Rushmore series on his podcast.

Another in the Rushmore series ... this time, women ... women of the 90s, @12Kyle and I pick who we thought the most beautiful women of the 90s were and which four would be on our personal Rushmore. We did movie actresses AND television ...

also stick around for #1GottaGo !!!!

Who's on your Rushmore? Let us know. 

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

PODCAST: Beats, Rhymes, and Life...20 Years Later


1996 was an incredible year for hip hop. On July 30, 1996, A Tribe Called Quest released Beats, Rhymes and Life. It was the 4th album from the legendary hip hop trio. This album was lauded by critics and despised by many of Tribe’s faithful fans. It was a commercial success for the group…but that success came a cost.

Listen to The 12kyle Podcast as I break down the album and tell you how it ranks with the other albums that came out in 1996.


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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


On The 12kyle Podcast, I will discuss the importance and relevance of this album. Dave, Posdnous, and Maseo delivered a gem for 1996. Listen and give us your thoughts

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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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