Wednesday, December 31, 2014

what can an employer say about former employees...





Do you plan on leaving your job for a new one in 2015. Here are some things to consider...

One of the questions people ask frequently is "What can an employer say about former employees?" Some job seekers presume that companies can only legally release dates of employment, salary, and your job title. However, that's not the case.

Can an employer say a former employee was fired or terminated for cause? How about saying that you quit without notice or your attendance record wasn't good? Are there limits to what an employer can say about you?

There are no federal laws restricting what information an employer can disclose about former employees. If you were fired or terminated from employment, the company can say so. They can also give a reason. For example, if someone was fired for stealing or falsifying a time sheet, they can explain why the employee was terminated. Here's information on when an employer can say you were fired.

That said, because of laws regarding defamation (which is slander or libel) companies are usually careful about what information they provide to hiring managers confirming employment or checking references. What they say has to be the truth or the company can be subject to a lawsuit from the former employee. Legally, they can say anything that is factual and accurate.



What Former Employers Can Say About You


There are no federal laws restricting what information an employer can disclose about former employees. If you were fired or terminated from employment, the company can say so. They can also give a reason. For example, if someone was fired for stealing or falsifying a time sheet, they can explain why the employee was terminated. Here's information on when an employer can say you were fired.

That said, because of laws regarding defamation (which is slander or libel) companies are usually careful about what information they provide to hiring managers confirming employment or checking references. What they say has to be the truth or the company can be subject to a lawsuit from the former employee. Legally, they can say anything that is factual and accurate.

If you have been fired or terminated, check with your former employer and ask what information they will give out when they get a call to verify your work history. If they do give out more information than the basics, what they say may be negotiable and it can't hurt to ask.

When you left under difficult circumstances, you could ask someone you know to call and check your references, that way you'll know what information is going to come out. Or, you can also use a reference checking serviceto check on what will be disclosed to future employers.



Getting the Story Straight


It's important that your story and your former employer's story match. If you say you were laid-off and the company says you fired, you're not going to get the job.

Also, not telling the truth during the application process can get you fired at any time in the future - even years after you were hired. That's because most job applications have a section where you verify the information is accurate.



Don't Presume the Company Won't Give Out Information


Don't presume that your former employer won't disclose the reason why your job ended. Large companies typically have policies regarding the disclosure of former employee information, but may not. Many smaller employers don't have a policy at all or aren't aware of or concerned about legal liability issues.

In either case, it's important to know what the employer is going to say about you, because what you say needs to match what the company is going to say.

Finally, if your version doesn't match theirs and you feel the company's story about your termination isn't accurate, be upfront and say so. You'll have a better chance of getting the job than if you say one thing and the company says another.

Source...careers.com

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

the Porn Report



Decades of social and scientific research yield one hard fact:
People like to watch porn (and so do you)

Here are the numbers....


Percentage of men who go online for their masturbation materials: 99%
Percentage who get their porn for free: 91%


Average duration of a porn viewing session: 15 minutes or less
Percentage who spend an hour or more ogling: 7%


Percentage who've watched porn with a romantic partner: 26%
Number who've viewed it at friend's place: 9%


Percentage who think think their habit is out of control: 16%
Number who have sought professional help: 1 in 25


Porn sessions per week
0 = 1%

1-2 = 30%

3-5 = 35%

6-10 = 18%

11+ = 3%

Where do YOU fit in????


sources: General Social Survey, NORC at the University of Chicago; pornhub.com; Men's Health Magazine.

Monday, December 29, 2014

just my .12 cents (vol 3)




check out the latest episode of just my .12 cents (vol 3) as I randomly ramble off thoughts on...2014, 2015, new years resolutions, PSA for ladies, football, public restrooms, music, hip hop, R&B, parenting, weight loss, Serial, PHryme, and more

Thursday, December 18, 2014

NBA's 50 Greatest Player: The Next 10 | Dead End Sports




Check out the latest video from Dead End Sports. We discuss the Next 10 greatest players that we would add to the NBA's 50 Greatest Players. WATCH, SHARE, & SUBSCRIBE...and let us know what you think.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

a friend


I could never be like her, him, or you. I learned that I could only be

Never tried to be like anybody else once I found me.

When I was created, God shaped and formed my mold

I was given earthly talents and touched with a spiritual soul

I've extending my hand of friendship to many

For I was created to be a friend...not someone you'd envy

Strong, stern...yet poised and direct

Far from the type of friend who you could be bought with a check

I was injected with love and life to share to all

You know that if you need me, all it takes is a call

Flushed with the desires and aspirations to be great

Your friendship should always be on time and never should be late

Loyalty means everything to me

A true friendship is on display for the world to see

It can be about a look...a laugh...or a tear

Your words put their minds at ease and relax their fears

People always as what they would do for their friends

The answer should be "Everything." Because we are friends until the end

What kind of friend are you? Are you the friend that I see in me

Friends last forever...through love...because it's their destiny.

Jay-Z vs NaS




Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

On this episode, we're going to discuss the hip hop battle between
Jay Z & NaS

Join me & my co-hosts...Dluvhall & VA Eazy as we look back on this epic battle. You don't want to miss this!!! *programming note* The show will only be 1 hour.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

me vs the COPS



In light of the recent events in this country where UNARMED young black men (Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice...just to name a few), I wanted to share with you two posts about my many encounters with police in my lifetime. Based on these events, I could have ended up just like these young men.


Fuck the police comin straight from the underground
A young nikka got it bad cause I'm brown
And not the other color so police think
they have the authority to kill a minority
Fuck that shit, cause I ain't the one
for a punk motherfucker with a badge and a gun
to be beatin on, and thrown in jail
We can go toe to toe in the middle of a cell


Ice Cube (Fuck tha Police)



FIRST OFFENSE (Summer '98)


Let me start by saying that I don't like cops. I hate to generalize it but I don't like em. I don't feel safe around them, they've never been around when I've needed them, and I haven't had one nice cop pull me over. I know that they are here to serve and protect. I know that they have a thankless job. I know that 99% of cops are good people. My brother in law is a cop. I guess I'm just a magnet for the 1% of cops that are racist assholes.That said...here's my story


I was in New Orleans about 15 years ago on a business trip. My co-worker and I decided to go to Bourbon Street. If you've ever been to N.O. you know that ANYTHING goes on Bourbon Street. We hung out and had a good time and then decided to head back to our hotel. Before we got in the car, my co-worker, who is white, was complaining about his feet that were sore from walking. When we got in the car, he decides to take his shoes off to "rest his dogs." As he was bending over to remove his shoes, I see a police car behind us that throws on the blue lights. We were only a block away from Bourbon Street and we weren't drunk so I dunno why we were being pulled over. The cops get out with their GUNS DRAWN!!! They are yelling at us to get outta the car. They make us stand in front of the running car with our hands on the hood of the car. Apparently, there must be some law about a young black dude and a white dude hangin together...because they thought we had drugs on us. They asked my co-worker why was he bending over in the car...was he trying to hide some drugs? Drugs? You could get ANY drug that you wanted just a block away on Bourbon Street!!!


When my co-worker advised him that he was removing his shoe (as evidence he pointed to his untied shoes), they threatened us. It was a black cop and a white cop. The black cop said "why are you two together?" We explained but the didn't listen. They proceeded to search my car (illegally). We asked could we take our hands off the HOT hood of the car. The black cop said "No. And you better not run. If you move, I'll put a bullet in your back!!" I couldn't believe it. I looked at the white cop and he was cool. He was the one who called off the black cop from going through my trunk and suitcase. I told them that this was our first trip to New Orleans (I'm never going back) and I wondered if that's how they treat their guests. My co-worker and I gathered our composure and got back in the car. We were furious and stunned!! We just sat there for about 5 mins before we left. He said we should have gotten their badge numbers and filed a report. I told him..."I'm used to this. Nothing will happen to them." We drove up the street and the SAME cops had pulled over a car full of Mexicans. Wow! I wonder what rule did they break? F@#% the police!


SECOND OFFENSE (Fall '98)


I left Atlanta one day headed to my hometown, Florence, South Carolina, for the weekend. I'm cruising down Interstate 20 with the windows down. I'm driving through Madison County (about an hour outside of Atlanta) when I see a cop "hiding" in the bushes in the median. I look at my speedometer and it's reading at "60 mph" and the speed limit is 65. I drive past the cop. He sees me and pulls out onto the highway immediately. I saw him pull onto the highway but I didn't know he was coming after me. The next thing I know...I see the blue lights...AGAIN!!! The officer asks me for my information and I give it to him. After a few minutes, he comes back and here's what he says...


Cop: "Sir, where are you headed?"


Me: "I'm headed to Florence, SC"


Cop: "Where are you coming from?"


Me: "I'm coming from Atlanta." (Why do you wanna know asshole?)


Cop: "Can you step out of the car? I'd like to search the car...if that's okay with you, sir."


Me: "Sure. If you want to search it...go ahead." (What the hell you think you gonna find fatboy?"


I step out of the car and stand in the grass as this dude looks around my Nissan Sentra (not a Bentley but a Sentra). At this point, I'm sure that SEVERAL of my civil rights have been violated.


Cop: "Can I look in your trunk?"


Me: "Yeah." (I hope you don't see the dead body back there)


I open the trunk. Nothing back there but my bag


Cop: "Sir, can I open up the bag? I have to ask first...do you have any drugs or guns in this bag"


Me: I chuckled. "No, l left them at home."


Cop: "I'm sorry to have inconvenienced you. It's just that we have lot of drug trafficking between here and Texas. We have been cracking down on it. And you had your hat on backwards. "


Me: "I would never sell drugs."


Cop: "You are free to leave, sir. Have a good day."


I wonder what was the dead giveaway that day. Was it my hooptie? Was it the Yankees fitted hat that I had on backwards? I know what it was. And so do you. How else would somebody explain getting pulled over by cops 3 times in a week? That was my THIRD time getting pulled over in a week! I did what my parents always told me...1) be calm & cordial 2) always let them see your hands 3) never ride with more than 3 other black kids in a car because you WILL get pulled over.


I have 3 sons. What will I tell them about the police? The TRUTH. My truth...my reality. I'll tell them this story as well as my other run-ins with the cops. I would like to think things will be different for them. I doubt it. As much as we say black lives matter...the recent events prove otherwise. Don't think that it's just black people, either. This could happen to anybody...any race. 

How can you matter if you're not even viewed as an equal?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

laces


*repost from Jan 2010*

Sports can teach you life's lessons

I learned that early and I'm still learning it.

I remember my high school football coach, Virgil Wells, telling me...


"Son, your job is to catch the ball. You have the ability. When the ball is the air, you treat it like it's yours. You focus on it. No distractions! You don't wait for the ball to come to you. You go and get it! Your focus on the ball should be such that you see the laces on the ball the moment that it's in the air."

Coach Wells' words have always stuck with me.

When I was younger, I used to wonder if he was talking about football or life's opportunities?

Now that I've gotten older, I realized that he was talking about both. Opportunity is just like that ball. Focus.

Unfortunately, Coach Wells passed away while I was in college at South Carolina State University. I regret that I never got a chance to tell him thank you for those words. Even though Coach Wells is no longer here, I'm glad that he told me.

And I'm glad that I listened. Thanks Coach

Thursday, December 11, 2014

my top 10 video games of all time


We were having a discussion the other day on twitter. My boy, Beezy, mentioned some games that he'd put in his top 10 of video games.

It got me to thinking about what would be my personal top 10.

here's my list...

10. Coach K Basketball - Long before Ed O'Bannon sued the NCAA, this game was dope because it didn't have the players names but you KNEW who the players were. You could take that '90 UNLV squad and play against Michigan's Fab 5 from '91.

I remember I drove from Atlanta to Florida to visit my boy, Moe. We played this game all weekend. I had gotten the best of him all weekend. We decided to play one last game before it was time for me to drive back on Monday. We played before he went to work that morning. I was winning by as much as 15 pts. He makes a comeback. This dude hits a 3 pointer at the buzzer on me!!! I was PISSED!!! I demanded a rematch but he wouldn't play me because he said "he didn't want to be late to work." I drove back to Atlanta...mad as hell! That was a looooong 4 hr drive.


9. Out Run / Pole Position - two of my all time favorite driving games. Out Run was dope at the arcades.




8. Pitfall - Running through the jungle was fun, cool, and dangerous. I played this game until I mastered it

7. Street Fighter - Is there anything better than whipping somebody's ass and beating them to a bloody pulp?

6. Frogger - Why did the frog cross the road? I don't know. But this was fun

5. Mike Tyson's Punch Out / Tecmo Bowl - It took a looooong time for me to get to Mike and beat him...but I did. As far as Tecmo Bowl...the 85 Bears were unreal! So was Bo Jackson

4. Space Invaders - I spent a small fortune at the arcades on this game

3. Donkey Kong - Arguably the best "soundtrack" for a video game. Mad fun!

2. Pac-Man - the ultimate classic. Whatever the top score is...I'll beat it! Nobody can beat me...including you!

1. John Madden Football - I think I've played this game for a gazillion hours...literally. The ultimate football game


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dope...Fresh...80s hip hop (12 Radio Show)




Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

TOPIC - Dope...Fresh...80s hip hop

On this week's episode, we're gonna take it back to the 80s and talk about some well known and respected hip hop artists and their impact on hip hop. Join me!

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Dead End Sports is on Flipboard





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Thursday, December 4, 2014

12th Planet is on Flipboard




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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Shady CXVPHER Convo with Dead End Hip Hop





It was an honor and privilege to be a part of this Dead End Hip Hop review. I appreciate the opportunity to rock with my boys.

To help build the anticipation for the new ShadyXV compilation album, Shady has put together a special series of cyphers that will showcase different members of the label doing what they do best. With home turf instead of a beat to rap on, Crooked I, Joe Budden, Yelawolf, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9", and Eminem each spit their verses a cappella. Who had the best? Let us know.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Ferguson...Through Our Eyes





Tune in to the 12 Radio Show tonight at 9pm est to 11 pm est

Topic - Ferguson...Through Our Eyes

Don't miss this show. It will be raw and uncut!!!

More importantly...it will be the TRUTH

co-hosted by Krishna

(347)215-7162

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

just my 12 cents (vol 1)



12kyle is back with the first of many editions of the segment...just my .12

On this episode, he questions those "who keep it real". He also talks about voting, poetry, Jay Z & Beyoncé, cold & flu season, the Blacklist, Scandal, and How To Get Away With Murder.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Top 5 NBA Power Forwards & Centers of 2014




The Dead End Sports Crew is back to discuss/argue the Top 5 Power Forwards and Centers in the NBA this season. Let us know what you think!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

who's the BEST hip hop group ever???


Group- any collection or assemblage of persons or things

That is the definition of a group...according to the dictionary.

As we celebrate hip hop week, I am reminded that we've seen our share of great groups. I have always had a great deal of respect for hip hop duos/groups. They have helped mold and shape the hip hop culture. You gotta respect them even more. I imagine that it's hard to stand out as an MC when you're in a group. Sometimes your skills can be overlooked when you're in a group.

Over the years, we've seen some great groups...


THE ROOTS


SALT N PEPA


RUN DMC


EPMD




NWA


OUTKAST




WU TANG CLAN


DE LA SOUL




A TRIBE CALLED QUEST


Just to name a few!

But if I had to pick ONE group as the best of all time...I'd say...

PUBLIC ENEMY


And that's hard to say because the groups that I just mentioned are great groups. But when I measure their impact on the culture, lyrics, and album content. I gotta say PE.

What about you?

Who is the best hip hop group of all time?

*repost from Dec '09*


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jay Z vs NaS





It's hip hop week on the 12th Planet!!

Check out the 12 Radio Show tonight! We will break down one of the biggest battles in hip hop history...

Jay Z vs NaS

You don't want to miss it!!

The show starts at 9pm EST but will only be a 45 minute show

www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Ronald Reagan’s hip-hop nightmare


Since it's inception, one of the first things that hip hop exposed was the problems of it's communities. The infestation of drugs in communities has always been an issue that has been rapped about. I found this article and wanted to share it since we're talking about hip hop this week.

The hip-hop community is convinced Reagan oversaw a vast trafficking network during the crack epidemic. Is it true? You be the judge
...

Ronald Reagan’s hip-hop nightmare: How an ugly cocaine controversy reignited 30 years later

Two recent films are reigniting a debate that was never really settled, not for everyone: Did President Ronald Reagan permit (or even facilitate) the sale of tons of cocaine into the American inner city during the height of the crack crisis? It’s likely that audiences of “Kill the Messenger” and “Freeway: Crack in the System” will be shocked to hear the allegations. The reverence shown Reagan, much of it bipartisan, shields the late president’s legacy from the Iran-Contra affair’s web of gun-running, terror support and narcotrafficking. Reagan, so grandfatherly, so esteemed, couldn’t have possibly presided over such criminality, right?

Right?

There’s a good chance your favorite rapper indicted Reagan long before these new films. That Reagan permitted or actively facilitated a massive influx of cocaine during the 1980s is not even an allegation in the hip-hop community — it’s accepted fact, political bedrock. And it’s not underground agitprop artists no one’s ever heard of making the claims; it’s household names, legends, global superstars.

Jay-Z has made the allegation multiple times, both on records and in print. On 2007’s “Blue Magic,” Hova, a former crack dealer, raps:

Blame Reagan for making me into a monster

Blame Oliver North and Iran-Contra

I ran contraband that they sponsored

Before this rhymin stuff we was in concert


Jay even flirts with American sacrilege and makes a faint equation with Osama bin Laden on his 2003 remix of Punjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys”:

It’s international Hov, been having a flow

Before Bin Laden got Manhattan to blow

Before Ronald Reagan got Manhattan the blow


Long before al Qaeda’s attack on the World Trade Center, Hov says, Reagan had already decimated the city (or parts of the city) with his “blow.” The parallel construction of the lines likens the two figures in a way. Jay repeats the accusation in his 2010 autobiography “Decoded,” in which he expands the indictment to involve Reagan’s simultaneous escalation and racialization of the “War on Drugs.” Platinum-selling artist Pusha T, signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, echoes Jay-Z’s dual indictment in his music, considering both the alleged narcotrafficking and the concurrent drug war. Pusha also delivers nice wordplay on “Along in Vegas,” with the line “Reagan era I ran contraband,” which embeds the phrase “Iran Contra” in the lyric about Pusha’s former life as a dealer.


Kanye West, arguably the heir to Jay-Z’s throne, makes the claim as well on his 2005 “Crack Music”:


How we stop the Black Panthers?

Ronald Reagan cooked up an answer


Kanye nudges the allegation into conspiracy theory territory, as many do, suggesting that the trafficking was expressly intended to quell black radicalism brewing in the increasingly desperate inner city during the 1970s and ’80s. 2Pac offered a similar theory on his much-beloved “Changes”:


First ship ‘em dope and let ‘em deal to brothers

Give ‘em guns, step back, watch ‘em kill each other


No evidence exists to support these claims, and the overblown propositions potentially distract from the ample available evidence pointing to criminality on all three fronts of Iran-Contra: arms sales to Iran, support for Contra guerillas, and the bringing of Contra-based cocaine into the country. The single surviving memo from Colonel Oliver North’s infamous “shredding party” reveals the administration’s arms sales to Iran, a state sponsor of terrorism according to the Reagan State Department. The 1989 Kerry Committee report found that “[i]t is clear that individuals who provided support for the Contras were involved in drug trafficking” and that “[i]n each case, one or another agency of the U.S. government had information regarding the involvement either while it was occurring, or immediately thereafter.” The report goes on to detail how U.S. officials “failed to address the drug issue for fear of jeopardizing the war efforts against Nicaragua.”

So while a sturdy case can be made for willful negligence on the part of the Reagan White House to stem the flow of cocaine, the less defensible cocaine-as-social-control theory remains a popular one. Yasiin Bey (BKA actor/rapper Mos Def) offered his version on his 1999 classic “Mathematics”:


Nearly half of America’s largest cities is one-quarter black

That’s why they gave Ricky Ross all the crack


Bey refers to “Freeway” Ricky Ross, the subject of “Freeway: Crack in the System,” allegedly the primary conduit through which the Contras’ cocaine flowed into the American inner city. Two rappers, former Jay-Z labelmate Freeway and superstar Rick Ross, both derive their stage names from the Los Angeles kingpin. At its height, Ross’ coast-to-coast coke empire was selling half a million crack rocks per day. The LA Times reported on the infamous crime boss in 1996, finding that “if there was one outlaw capitalist most responsible for flooding Los Angeles’ streets with mass-marketed cocaine, his name was ‘Freeway’ Rick.” Ross himself claims that his connection was a CIA agent, and the CIA itself admitted to turning a blind eye to Contra cocaine traffickers in the 1998 report from the agency’s Inspector General, but theories based on a master plan to chemically subdue black Americans are too outlandish to be considered.

Before Jay, Kanye and Yasiin Bey were Golden Era icon KRS-One and Rage Against the Machine’s Zack de la Rocha, whose 1998 “CIA (Criminals In Action)” took aim at the intelligence agency’s involvement in the affair. Forming a trio with The Last Emperor, the rappers offer a critique in the vein of Kanye and Yasiin Bey’s, but both broadened and more substantive than the latter’s accusatory couplets. The song weaves together postcolonial theory and critiques of neoliberalism, imperialism and the surveillance state to situate alleged government narcotrafficking in a wider web of power. KRS and de la Rocha exchange lines in the song’s hook:


You claim I’m sellin crack, but you be doin’ that!

You know the cops, they got a network for the toxic rock!


“CIA (Criminals In Action)” was perhaps the first substantial accusation of Washington’s narcotrafficking. Nearly 15 years later, the most recent lyrical assault of note, Atlanta rapper Killer Mike’s 2012 “Reagan,” echoes the song’s expansive critique and demonstrates that the anger felt toward Reagan has both intensified and spread in the intervening years. The song interrogates the national security apparatus, the prison industrial complex and racism from Reagan to the present, which, by including President Obama in the indictment, presents persistent Reaganism as the real danger.

“Reagan” is a fan favorite from Mike’s album “R.A.P. Music,” a collaboration with Brooklyn producer El-P that made the rapper the new darling of Pitchfork and other indie tastemakers. On Rap Genius, the song’s lyrics have been viewed nearly twice as often the next-most-popular song on the album. While the early anti-Reagan songs communicated the message among the rap underground and traditional hip-hop audiences, Killer Mike’s angry anthem is a favorite to a largely white listenership. In live performances, Killer Mike often recites the song a capella, despite the track’s bombastic production, in an attempt to drive the lyrics home to white, middle-class audiences. Mike concludes the song in concert by rousing the audience to join him in repeating the song’s last line: “I’m glad Reagan dead!” The crowd, a sea of raised middle fingers during the explosive coda, screams in unison this American heresy. Something is changing.

As Tea Party canonization brightens the aura around the late president for the right, Killer Mike’s “Reagan” reveals a contrapuntal, inverse reaction on the left and among many youth. In the age of Occupy and the Tea Party, diverging attitudes toward Reagan represent a widening gulf between political poles, between generations, between holders of privilege and those without. The anger of those left behind during the Reagan era is perhaps now an anger shared by younger Americans whose futures feel sacrificed to the prerogatives of those with their hands on the levers of power, whether in legislative houses or boardrooms.

The sea change may not be apparent to some observers of Washington politics. While Reagan’s legacy suffers rot and corrosion among black Americans and an increasing number of white youth, he remains unchallengeable in Washington. Even President Obama, the socialist bogeyman to conservatives, cites Reagan to justify policy propositions and endear himself to conservative audiences. Obama acknowledges that Reagan altered the course of history in a way that no one since Lyndon Johnson has matched. Some critics contend that the change promised with the election of Obama has done little to sway the general direction charted by Reagan.

Ultimately, as anti-Reaganism solidifies and spreads, the argument is not only about whether cocaine was allowed to be dumped into black neighborhoods; it is about who gets sacrificed in the service of power. To some degree, and we’ll likely never know the extent, black Americans were seen as expendable in the mad dash to illegally fund pro-capitalist guerrillas in Central America. The documented arm sales to Iran to fund the Contras made expendable an unknown number of Iraqis during the two nations’ bloody eight-year war. Reagan is not, in hip-hop parlance, merely a “dead president,” but a national metonym for power, privilege and a particularly brutal means of its defense. “They only love the rich, and how they loathe the poor,” raps Killer Mike in “Reagan,” a song that ultimately aligns a global myriad of the relatively powerless against the elite, symbolized by Reagan.




http://www.salon.com/2014/11/17/ronald_reagans_hip_hop_nightmare_cocaine_controversy_reignites_30_years_later/

Monday, November 17, 2014

hip hop vs rap




This is HIP HOP week on the 12th Planet. All of the posts this week will be about hip hop. Make sure that you check out Wednesday night's 12 Radio show. I will break down the battle between Jay Z and NaS.


Somebody asked me what's the difference between rap and hip hop


Hip hop is something that you feel.
Rap is something that you do.

Hip hop is born within you...it's something that you live
Rap is a vehicle

Hip hoppers are authentic and genuine
Rappers are created and packaged to be marked to the masses

Hip hop has been around for 40 yrs
Rap...at times...can be a passing fad

Hip hop embraces a culture that expresses individualism and unity.
Rap tends to embrace everything, copy it, then try to be something different

Hip hop is a Mercedes Benz
Rap is a Toyota Camry

Most good hip hop won't make the radio in 2014
Most bad rap will make the radio in 2014

Hip hop artists will respectfully "battle" or "beef" for lyrical supremacy
Rappers will "battle" or "beef" just for entertainment

Somebody asked me what's the difference between rap and hip hop


That's like asking me the difference between loving someone and being in love with that person. It's not the same

Friday, November 14, 2014

Freestyle Friday (Step Into A World)





KRS-One

Step Into A World


Verse 1

I'm bout to hit you wit that traditional style of cold rockin
Givin options for head knockin non stoppin
Tip-toppin lyrics we droppin but styles can be forgotten
so we bring back the raw hip-hoppin
Just like the records and tapes you be coppin
Cop some breakdancin, boogie poppin, and lockin
Tic tockin, guaranteed to have you clockin
We only get better and only better we have gotten
This type of flow don't even think about stoppin
Beware, the length of the rhyme flow can be shockin
All music lovers in the place right now
That never understood the way that KRS got down
Yo I'm strictly about skills and dope lyrical coastin
Relying on talent, not marketing and promotion
If a dope lyrical flow is a must
You gots to go with a name you can quickly trust
I'm not sayin I'm number one, uhh I'm sorry, I lied
I'm number one, two, three, four and five
Stop wastin your money on marketing schemes
and pretty packages pushin dreams to the beams
A dope MC is a dope MC
With or witout a record deal, all can see
And that's who KRS be son
I'm not the run of mill, cause for the mill I don't run




the full song can be heard here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eC-i7XeXqg0

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Top 5 NBA Shooting Guards & Small Forwards of 2014-15






As the NBA season kicks off, the Dead End Sports crew gets together to discuss/argue about the top 5 Shooting Guards and Small Forwards  in the NBA heading into the 2014-15.

Check out the video out and subscribe to our channel!

Let us know what you think

this video originally appeared on deadendsports.com 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Top 5 NBA Point Guards of 2014-15






As the NBA season kicks off, the Dead End Sports crew gets together to discuss/argue about the top 5 Point Guards in the NBA heading into the 2014-15.

Check out the video out and subscribe to our channel!

Let us know what you think

this video originally appeared on deadendsports.com 

Friday, November 7, 2014

unanswered hip hop questions


Why did Biggie's career take off and Craig Mack's didn't?

Do you know the difference between rap and hip hop?

What happened to BET's Hitz from the Streets and Prince DeJour?

Did Gangsta Boo ever find out "where them dollars was at"?

Do you know anybody who DID NOT like Heavy D?

Which New York City borough produced the best MCs?

Did anybody do a better hip hop hook than Nate Dogg?

How many kids does Trick Daddy love?

Why does Andre 3000 want to stop rhyming?

Why do you jump up when you hear the following..."Engine, Engine number 9, on the New York Transit Line"?

Why don't female MCs rhyme like these ladies anymore?




How long can you listen to rap on the radio these days... A) few minutes B) few hours C) Not at all

Why don't DJs scratch in songs anymore?

What is in Funky Cold Medina?

What was the last hip hop album that you purchased?

How many No Limit albums do you own?

Has there ever been a better diss song than No Vaseline?

If you were a rapper, what would be your name?

How dope would the D.O.C have been if he had never been in that accident?

What is your all time favorite hip hop song?

Is Jay Z too old to be rapping?

Why are the BET Hip Hop Awards on a one month tape delay?

Did we ever find out why people don't like the way that Sally walked?

What's the worst hip hop album you've ever purchased?

Remember when DMX was bigger in hip hop?

How important is freestyling to you?

Why have they NEVER found the people who killed Jam Master Jay, Tupac, and Biggie?

Do you still love hip hop?

Has there been anybody to be in hip hop and achieve the success that LL has?

Who is your favorite member of the Wu Tang Clan?

Why don't hip hop videos match the songs?

Can you vote Eric B for President?

Did A Tribe Called Quest ever tell us WHERE to kick it? They said we could kick it but didn't tell us where...

Did anybody have a cooler hip hop "reality show" than Rev Run (Run's House)

Do you still have your Flavor Flav clock?

Did you ever think Queen Latifah, Will Smith, Ice T, and Ice Cube would be this big in Hollywood?

Is there anybody doper than MC Lyte?

Is Kanye West crazy?

Which decade had the best hip hop?

Is hip hop dead?


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Sex 1000




WHO: 12 Radio Show with ShellyShell & Diggame

WHAT: Talking about Sex (episode 1000)

WHERE: www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host.

WHEN: Tonight from 9pm - 11pm EST

WHY: Because WE SAID SO...that's why!!!

You got questions?? We got the answers!! Join 12kyle and co-hosts ShellyShell and Diggame as we have a sensual and comical look at sex. Don't miss it!

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle

Thursday, October 30, 2014

off tha dome



random thoughts...

good to see that the price of gas is now under $3. maybe somebody can explain why it was over $3 to begin with

i laugh when i see people on facebook post about "people being in their business" but they post all of their business on facebook

the Blacklist...the best hour on tv

you can't tell from week to who the best team in the NFL is. there are no dominant teams

is it just me but i hate mass text messages. you always get 5 responses from people who you don't know.

i still want to learn to play the piano. 

two weeks ago, i finally met a good friend who i've known for over 10 yrs. Trish and I have been friends "virtually" for 10 yrs but we never met until she came to Atlanta from New York a few weeks ago. we "met" via email through her cousin and have been cool ever since. it was good hanging out with her. she's just as crazy as i thought she was. lol

liver and okra is soooooo nasty

i'm grown and i still don't understand daylight savings time

at age 25, you know what i understood about women...not much

remember when you were a kid and your parent spanked you? you cried loudly. the first thing they said was "shut up! stop crying!" ummm...how can i stop crying when you just hit me with a belt, lady?

at age 41, you know what i understand about women...not much

i wonder if leonard hubbard is still somewhere on the bass...

have you ever seen slick rick without his eye patch? i haven't



every now and then you gotta have one of those weekends where you hang out and have a good time. but your body reminds you that you are too old

i rarely eat hot dogs...and i have no reason for why i have stopped

"real recognize real...and you lookin' real unfamiliar, Grandad." - Riley Freeman

vote. i don't care who you vote for...but you should vote

my homegirl told me the other day that she knows far too many "men who want women to be sympathetic with their issues. they need to watch an Iyanla episode and work it out." <---- br="" but="" lmao="" sad="" true="">
we've always used #2 pencils. do #1 pencil or #3 pencils exist?

i found myself trying to explain to my kids why the Space Shuttle was so dope back in the day. now...it doesn't exist

i've been pleasantly surprised with the success of Dead End Sports. thanks for the support

football will always be my first love.

i still have a box filled with cassette tapes and maxi-singles. do you remember the maxi-single?

i remember when me & my boy JFresh moved to Atlanta in '97. we had a townhouse. we had a living room that had a tv...but no furniture.

Me: "Hey Sweetness."
Skyler: "I'm not no sweetness. I'm Skyler, Daddy!" LOL




speaking of Skyler, I'm still miffed that she will NOT let me do her hair. maybe she knows that i don't know how to do hair.

i really shouldn't have long distance calling on my home phone. i never even USE my home phone

2014 was supposed to be the year that i got my first tattoo. it's almost november and it still hasn't happened. smh

i don't celebrate halloween

if i could publish the daily text msgs or group messages that i get from my friends...you'd crack up

still waiting on that D'Angelo album

speaking of albums...that new Run the Jewels album (Run the Jewels 2)....fishgrease!

i love that new show...how to get away with murder

joe buck is annoying

here's a $1...can somebody give it to stacy dash so that she can buy a clue

RIP Mike Brown...your death will not be in vain

the iphone 6 plus can't go in your pocket...you have to put it in a knapsack

Deion is doing well in geometry. i'm glad because i don't remember anything about it outside of the Pythagorean theorem

all mammal

remind me to never buy white sneakers again

too cold for golf. damn!!!

peyton manning was built in a lab in France.

ebola jokes aren't funny. keep them to yourself

i want a snickers today



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

We Are Breaking Up!!!




Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

On this week's episode, we will take a entertaining, comical, and romantic look at breaking up in relationships. Co-hosted by MzKayotic.

We have ALL had break ups in our lives. Some were good for us. Some left us heartbroken. Don't miss this show.

You can listen online (www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle) or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host.

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Should College Athletes Get Paid?






We never seem to agree on this topic. In our new video, we revisit our podcast debate about whether college athletes should be paid or not. Listen to our viewpoints and let us know what you think

Watch, Subscribe, and Share our videos...

www.youtube.com/deadendsports

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

When a woman asks a man...



When a woman asks a man...What's your purpose in life?


She does it because she's inquisitive not because she wants to be his wife.


She asks because she knows which buttons to press


But only she would ask him that question...because she's different from the rest


When a woman asks a man...Who do you want to be?


She's motivating him to have a vision far beyond what his eyes can see


At that moment, she's pushing and motivating him to be great


Their future lies ahead and time will seal their fate


When a woman asks a man...How do you want to live?


She desires his whole being and her love she is willing to give


She knows that he's a gem and together they can do no wrong


They are both cut from the same cloth. And together they both belong.


When a woman asks a man...Where do you want to go?


She is hoping to get the right response. But she will already know.


His answer is simple. "Anywhere as long as I am with you, dear."


Her heart races. Palms get sweaty. The words from his mouth was music to her ears.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ask 12kyle




Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

Have you ever sought the opinion (advice) of others?

You've had issues...problems...or questions about dating, love, relationships, sex...or all of the above. If so, who did you talk to?

On this episode of the 12 Radio Show...we'll take calls to offer advice on these things and anything else. You have something on your chest??? Ask 12kyle

We've also received dozens of emails from people across the country. We'll read these emails (see above) on air and offer advice. The show will be co-hosted by Krishna!


TOPIC - ask 12kyle

WHEN - tonight 9pm-11pm EST

WHERE - You can listen online (www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle) or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host. You can also send tweets if you want to have your questions answered or comments to @12kyle

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

5 Mics (Part 2)




Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

On this week's episode, we will discuss all of the past and recently updated albums that earned the coveted "5 Mic Award" from The Source magazine. Two weeks ago, we discussed all of the albums that originally received 5 mics. On this episode, we'll cover the following...

These albums that were not rated upon their releases, but were later rated five mics in 2002:

Run-D.M.C. -- Run-D.M.C.
Radio -- LL Cool J
Licensed to Ill -- Beastie Boys
Raising Hell -- Run-D.M.C.
Criminal Minded -- Boogie Down Productions
Paid in Full -- Eric B. & Rakim
By All Means Necessary -- Boogie Down Productions
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back -- Public Enemy
Long Live the Kane -- Big Daddy Kane
Critical Beatdown -- Ultramagnetic MCs
Straight Out the Jungle -- Jungle Brothers
Strictly Business -- EPMD
The Great Adventures of Slick Rick -- Slick Rick
Straight Outta Compton -- N.W.A.
No One Can Do It Better -- The D.O.C.
All Eyez on Me -- 2Pac


Albums that originally received 4.5 mics, and were later re-rated to five:

Breaking Atoms -- Main Source
Death Certificate -- Ice Cube
The Chronic -- Dr. Dre
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) -- Wu-Tang Clan
Ready to Die -- The Notorious B.I.G.
The Infamous -- Mobb Deep
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... -- Raekwon
2001 -- Dr. Dre

Albums that originally received four mics, and were later re-rated to five:

Grip It! On That Other Level -- Geto Boys
Doggystyle -- Snoop Doggy Dogg
The Diary -- Scarface
Me Against the World -- 2Pac
The Score -- The Fugees

Join me and my co-host, eclectik, as we break each album down. We will definitively tell you if these albums deserved 5 Mics. Don't miss it!!!

You can listen online (www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle) or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host.

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Are MLB Steroid Era Users Hall of Famers?




Barry Bonds 

Roger Clemens 

Andy Pettite 

Sammy Sosa 

Mark McGwire 

The steroids era, a period of time in Major League Baseball where players were suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs, have many questioning player legacy. 

In our new video, we discuss whether players from the "steroid era" deserves admission to the MLB Hall of Fame. If so, do we label it with an asterisk? What do you think? Let us know in the comment section.

- via Dead End Sports

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Childhood Memories 800





Check out the 12 RADIO SHOW. The 12 RADIO SHOW is the most innovative and interactive show on Blog Talk Radio. Tune in tonight at 9pm EST as the host, 12kyle, informs and entertains! Don't just listen to the show...be a part of the show and participate in the interactive chat room...or call in to speak with 12kyle and his co-hosts.

On this week's episode, we take a stroll down memory.

We ask questions like...

What was the first car that you had?

What was the best gift that you ever received at Christmas?

Where was your first job?


Join me & co-host ShellyShell as we reminisce! Don't miss it

You can listen online (www.blogtalkradio.com/12kyle) or via phone (347)215-7162. Press #1 if you want to speak to the host.

Follow the show on twitter: @12RadioShow. Also follow the host 12kyle on twitter: @12kyle

Monday, September 29, 2014

Skyler turns 3









Skyler turned 3 yrs old yesterday. Her birthday party was great! Thanks to everybody who came. We appreciate it.

I did a quick video on my thoughts about Skyler. Forgive me for rambling. This is my little heart. Thanks for all of the birthday wishes.