Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Kickin it with Dead End Hip Hop 201...12 RADIO SHOW

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

TOPIC - Kickin it with Dead End Hip Hop 201! Join me and my special guests from Dead End Hip Hop...Modest Media, Feefo, Kinge, Beezy, and Myke C Town. Also meet the new host of the Ask Dead End Hip Hop segment...Sophie B.

Tune in and see why they are called "the New Voice of Hip Hop". Be sure to also check out their website ( You don't want to miss this show!!!

9pm EST - 11pm EST

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

weather or not...

I was standing outside one day last week and a feeling came across me.

I hadn't had this feeling in awhile. 

I felt a chill.


To say the weather that we've experienced in Atlanta has been weird is an understatement. A huge understatement. Much like the rest of the south, Atlanta is known for its brutally hot summers. Hot-lanta is what they call it. 

I don't know what has happened to the weather here. Through the entire month of June, we only saw TWO days where the temperatures exceeded 90 degrees. That was weird. June is almost always hot. But July is even hotter. Not this year. We will finish the month of July having only ONE day exceed 90 degrees. That is crazy! We're talking about a place where 100 degree days are as synonymous with summer as mosquitoes and lemonade

So what happened? I'm not sure. I've always been a fan of meteorology and I've studied weather patterns. But this summer has me befuddled. Just a week and a half ago, there were cities like New York and Chicago that battled an extreme heat wave...we had spring-like 80 degree days in Atlanta. It was strange to see cities like Minneapolis and Boston with daily temperatures.

As the calendar turns to August, what should we expect here in the A? A few 70 degree days? I doubt it. I know this much...if you have a summer like this...the winter won't be pretty

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Women vs Men...12 RADIO SHOW

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TOPIC - Women vs Men co-hosted by Cryss Renee & Chantay.

Join us as we discuss for a no holds barred discussion about the differences between the women and men. If you have any questions about members of the opposite sex, then you want to tune in to this show and vibe with us. Don't miss it


9pm EST - 11pm EST

Cryss Renee


Tuesday, July 23, 2013


July 24, 1997

I remember that day like it was yesterday.

It was the day that I loaded up all of my stuff on a moving truck and moved to Atlanta. 

I had just graduated from South Carolina State in December of 1996. I was still living in Orangeburg, SC. I had a few job offers in South Carolina but nothing that I really wanted. I was working as an assistant manager at a video store. It was cool but I knew that I couldn't put my marketing degree to use at that spot. I was contemplating my next move. I knew that I wasn't going to move back to my hometown, Florence, SC. I loved my hometown but I knew that the day that I left for college that I would never live there any more. It was time for the young bird to leave the nest and fly. And I did. I had my sights set on Atlanta. 

In the spring of 1997, I wasn't sure how I was going to get to Atlanta. I had put off going to grad school. One day I called up one of my partners in crime, JFresh. Me and JFresh have been friends since we were 6. We went to high school together but different colleges. He too had just graduated and moved back to Florence. I mentioned to him that I wanted to move to Atlanta. He said he wanted to live there too. He suggested that we move there together and get an apartment together. I thought about it for a second. Fresh is my boy but he is by far the weirdest cat that I know...but that's my boy. So, I told him that we should do it. As July moved closer and closer, I thought that JFresh would back out at the last minute. He didn't. 

I had no long term plans about being in Atlanta. I had fallen in love with the city when I was in college. It was a place that represented upward mobility for young black people like me. The hip hop scene was bubbling at the time. While acts like Outkast and Goodie MoB were on the scene...others like Ludacris (a radio personality on Hot 97) and T.I (I saw him perform at an underground club but didn't catch his name but he ripped it)...had yet to blow. I came to FreakNik in 1994 and I told my friends that I would move here after college. Growing up, the only place that I had envisioned myself living was New York City (Manhattan). I love New York. I couldn't imagine wanting to live anywhere. But Atlanta just felt comfortable. It didn't take long for me to feel at home. In a city with 5 million people in the metropolitan area, the only person that I knew was JFresh. We didn't know our way around but we both had a great sense of direction so we knew we wouldn't get lost. We rented a townhouse in a north Atlanta suburb. It was the typical bachelor pad...TVs and electronics...but very little furniture. LOL. We figured that the best way to get familiar with the city...was to party! And we partied! Sometimes we would hit parties on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, AND Sunday nights! And we soaked up all Atlanta had to offer.  We lived together for a year before I moved to the east side of the city but we still hung out almost every weekend.

Years passed. I would eventually would settle down. I got married and started a family. Fresh moved to LA. But this place had become home. I felt as comfortable in Atlanta as I did Florence. I adopted the Atlanta Falcons and the Atlanta Hawks as my teams that I would support (not the Braves, though). I had my oldest son in 1999, got married in 2000, and then bought my house in 2001. Little did I know, I had planted roots here. The foundation was set. The thought of raising kids in city like this is challenging. Growing up in Florence, I could go around the corner and nothing would happen. That's not the same when you live in a place like Atlanta. Anything can happen. That's a scary thought as a parent. But this is where I wanted to be. Over the years, I have thought about leaving. But there's always something that convinces me to stay. Sometimes, I think about how life would be in Manhattan. But the cost of living in NYC is unreal! Unless, somebody wants to pay me a LOT more money...I'm not going anywhere. You can find me in tha A!  

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Trayvon Martin vs George Zimmerman...12 RADIO SHOW

The verdict came on this past Saturday night.

I wanted to talk about it and what I was feeling. But I could not find the words. I had planned to do a blog about it. Then, I thought of something better.

Tonight on the 12 RADIO SHOW

Trayvon Martin vs George Zimmerman (a look at the trial and the fallout from the verdict)

9pm EST - 11pm EST

(347)215-7162  (Call in and join the conversation! If you have something that you want to say, call the show and get it off your chest)

co-hosted by Krishna & Tiff Jones

Monday, July 15, 2013

Knock Knock

Gotta thank my home girl who shared this with me so that I could share it with you. It's all love!

I hope that you can appreciate it as much as I do.

Knock Knock

Daniel Beaty

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dating & Relationships 650...12 RADIO SHOW

Tune in tonight to the 12 RADIO SHOW at 9pm EST

Topic - Dating and Relationships 650

co-hosted by Keli from

Don't just listen to in (347)215-7162

You don't want to miss this show

Monday, July 8, 2013

football is back

And so it begins..

Today at 6:30 pm EST...we're back at it!

We officially start our football season! I'm looking forward to it. I'll be back on the sidelines coaching my son, Kameron. This year we'll be playing in the 10 and under division.

Last year, we finished with 9 wins and 2 losses. We made it to the championship game only to lose to a team that we had beaten earlier in the season. I look forward to the challenges that come with coaching. I'll be the first to admit that I wasn't interested in coaching when I first started. I was a player. I put everything into playing every game like it was my last. I had a passion for the game. My first love.

How do you coach someone to do THAT?

You can't. You accept the kids for who they are. While it has been a pleasure coaching Kameron...and now watching his younger brother, Brandon (he plays for the 6 and under team)...I know that no kid can be the player that you were. You can only hope that they develop skills and a love for the game. The rest will take care of itself.

As a team we have some unfinished business to take care of. It hurt to get to the championship game and lose. The tough thing about sports is that you can't just pick up where the previous season ended. It doesn't work that way. The hard work, blood, sweat, and tears start all over again.

So how do you bounce back and get back to the championship game and win it all??

Check back with me in November and I'll tell you how we did it!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

North Carolina Eliminates Unemployment Benefits

from www.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With changes to its unemployment law taking effect this weekend, North Carolina not only is cutting benefits for those who file new claims, it will become the first state disqualified from a federal compensation program for the long-term jobless.

State officials adopted the package of benefit cuts and increased taxes for businesses in February, a plan designed to accelerate repayment of a $2.5 billion federal debt. Like many states, North Carolina had racked up the debt by borrowing from Washington after its unemployment fund was drained by jobless benefits during the Great Recession.

The changes go into effect Sunday for North Carolina, which has the country’s fifth-worst jobless rate. The cuts on those who make unemployment claims on or after that day will disqualify the state from receiving federally funded Emergency Unemployment Compensation. That money kicks in after the state’s period of unemployment compensation — now shortened from up to six months to no more than five — runs out. The EUC program is available to long-term jobless in all states. But keeping the money flowing includes a requirement that states can’t cut average weekly benefits.

Because North Carolina leaders cut average weekly benefits for new claims, about 170,000 workers whose state benefits expire this year will lose more than $700 million in EUC payments, the U.S. Labor Department said.

Lee Creighton, 45, of Cary, said he’s been unemployed since October, and this is the last week for which he’ll get nearly $500 in unemployment aid. He said he was laid off from a position managing statisticians and writers amid the recession’s worst days in 2009 and has landed and lost a series of government and teaching jobs since then — work that paid less half as much. His parents help him buy groceries to get by.

“I’m just not sure what I’m going to do,” said Creighton, who has a doctorate. “What are we to do? Is the state prepared to have this many people with no source of income?”

With the changes to North Carolina law, state benefits will last three to five months — at the longer end when unemployment rates are higher. Qualifying for benefits becomes more difficult. Weekly payments for those collecting the current maximum benefit of $535 drop to $350, falling from the highest in the Southeast to comparable with neighboring states.

Republican leaders who control the General Assembly sought an exception to the federal law two months before voting to change unemployment benefits. Congress last year allowed Pennsylvania, Indiana, Arkansas and Rhode Island to proceed with cuts to weekly benefits that their legislatures had approved for after the expected expiration of federal benefits, which later were extended.

North Carolina’s request was never acted on.

Other states this year cut unemployment benefits and restricted eligibility, but none included drops in weekly benefits, said George Wentworth of the National Employment Law Project, a worker-advocacy group.

All states are aware of the no-reduction provision, said Doug Holmes, who heads the National Foundation for Unemployment Compensation & Workers’ Compensation, which represents businesses on unemployment insurance issues.

“Many of them considered doing something that would reduce the weekly benefit amount, but for whatever reason chose not to take the step of enacting legislation,” he said. “But North Carolina also had one of the biggest problems.”

Twenty states carry such federal debt. The Labor Department declined to comment on North Carolina’s looming situation but said no other state is considering changing benefits in a way that would imperil U.S. help.

Supporters of the new North Carolina law say the reduced benefits and increased business taxes are necessary to repay the federal debt — the third-largest in the country.

Labor groups, Democratic congressmen and the state NAACP want to delay the cuts until the federal program expires in January, but lawmakers and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory have refused.

Delaying would burden businesses and potentially increase the debt, said Rep. Julia Howard, R-Davie. The cuts also will push people to find work faster, then move to a better job as the economy improves, she said.

“It may not be the job that you want or your career for the rest of your life. But to take a job, get back into the job market,” Howard said.

Opponents who have staged protests nearly every week against Republican policies say lawmakers are slashing a safety net for the poor while corporations and the wealthy benefit.

Overall, the changes will mean $3.6 billion in total benefit cuts and higher costs to employers through 2017, according to the General Assembly’s fiscal research office. Benefit cuts on the jobless make up 74 percent of that figure. The accelerated target for repaying the federal debt, which fell to $2.1 billion in June, is sometime in 2015 rather than 2018.

North Carolina companies now pay an additional $42 per employee yearly to pay the debt. Without the changes, businesses’ unemployment insurance taxes would rise by $21 per employee every year until the federal debt is paid.

The state’s top business lobby, the North Carolina Chamber, primarily assembled the package of proposals that lawmakers adopted.

“You’ve got to pick a point in time where you solve the problem. They picked a point in time that allowed us the most time to pay the debt as quickly as we can and get a new program in place so that we can help people find work,” said Gary Salamido, the group’s top lobbyist. “It’s a very unfortunate circumstance for everybody involved.”

Wayne Bostick, 58, of Raleigh, said he lost his job in April 2011 and will lose extended federal benefits immediately. He said he earned about $700 a week in take-home pay, often working double shifts at a ConAgra Foods plant until it shut down after a fatal explosion. Since then, he said, the only jobs he’s found matching his skills pay less than $10 an hour and are outside Raleigh. Now he’ll have to revisit those or start a handyman business.

“I’d rather do that than bring home $200” after commuting and taxes, he said. “They are really putting the gun to your head now.”

I'm not sure what the lawmakers in that state where thinking about when they did this. Most people don't WANT to use unemployment. It is used to help them as they are between jobs. I have used it before and it helped sustain me financially while I was in between jobs for 3 months. It's definitely not enough money for me to live and pay bills. That said...North Carolina is going to feel the backlash from this. They were the first but other states will follow.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

who loves you?

I'm don't watch Oprah's OWN network.

I'm not sure how long it's been on the air but I'm sure I've probably spent less than an hour watching it since it's been on tv.

That all changed the other day as I found myself watching Oprah interview 50 Cent. I'm not sure why I was compelled to watch it. Maybe because I wanted to hear what 50 had to say.

She was halfway through the interview and she asked 50 Cent..."Who loves you?"

50 smiled. Paused. He was almost stunned. He appeared as if he wasn't sure how he'd answer it. He didn't want to start naming people. Oprah interjected before he could respond "The list is a lot shorter than you think it is."

The question made me think about myself. Who loves me? Oh...I'm sure that a LOT of people love me. What's not to love? Seriously, I know that several people love me. But it's deeper than that. Do people really love you for who you are? Do they love you for what you do for them. Do they genuinely love you unconditionally?

So I ask you...