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By Antonio Hicks
PTG.tv is a channel dedicated to politics, technology, and gaming and how they’re all intertwined. Each week we'll discuss today's latest news and opinions as it relates to the world of politics, technology, and gaming. Please join the member's section at www.ptgtv.online where we feature interviews and live streams.
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Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Gary Votour
In this episode of Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidate I welcome on Candidate for Governor of South Carolina Gary Votour. Gary is an activist. Standing with local Indivisibles, protesting together to protect the Affordable Care Act. Working with the Poor People's Campaign, he helped launch a nationwide moral movement.  Gary traveled to El Paso to be with Rev. William Barber, protesting the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers being imprisoned at the ICE facility there. To follow Gary Votours campaign, you can reach him at: https://www.gary4govsc.com Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have not already, please follow my YouTube page to see the interviews, like, and comment as well as join our discord community. https://www.PTGtv.online https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ https://discord.gg/rRAtVuC
01:08:29
July 26, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Raina Bell-Saunders
In this episode of "Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate," I welcome on my special guest Candidate for the Mayor of the City of Atlanta Raina Bell-Saunders.  Raina is a Georgia peach that felt the calling to do something rather than sit back and complain about the changes taking place across the city.  Being a resident of Buckhead and someone who grew up in the heart of the city, she felt it was her duty to put her name in the hat to run for a city that's different from the one she grew up in.  You can find more about Raina's campaign at her site below and how you can get involved. http://rainabellsaunders.com/ Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interviews, like, and comment as well as join our discord community. https://www.PTGtv.online https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ https://discord.gg/rRAtVuC
44:08
July 17, 2021
Colleges and Minorities
In this episode, my co-host and I are going to discuss colleges and minorities and how the education system continues to benefit those of white and affluent families.  "Such policies judge applicants bases on factors like whether and where their parents attended college, the resources and connections of the high school they attend, and their ability to afford the expensive test preparation materials, rather than their academic potential. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interviews, like, and comment as well as join our discord community. https://www.PTGtv.online https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ https://discord.gg/rRAtVuC
45:53
July 15, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation w/Commissioner Ted Terry
I welcome on my guest Commissioner Ted Terry of GA District 6. Ted and I discuss what turned him onto politics, about his “Fruitful Communities” program, and his interest in gaming. We discuss how mental health and hunger plays a part in educational development along with preventing a community from moving forward. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interviews, like, and comment as well as join our discord community. https://www.PTGtv.online https://www.YouTube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ https://discord.gg/rRAtVuC
46:37
July 11, 2021
Business Spotlight - Susu Lemonade Crush
In this episode of Season 2 we’re highlighting black small businesses for our new business spotlight segment.  Welcoming on our very first special guest and young entrepreneurs of Susu Lemonade Crush. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in, you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts. Join the discord: https://discord.gg/xFEsWQbC9Q
27:48
July 3, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Manswell Peterson
In this episode of “Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidate” I welcome on my guest GA Secretary of State Candidate Manswell Peterson. Manswell is a native of Albany, Georgia, and a product of the Dougherty County School System. He attended Albany State University and Troy University obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. During this time at Albany State University, he pledged Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in Spring 2001. Manswell served in the United States Navy during the first war in Desert Storm and is now a disabled Veteran. He also formerly served as a Senior Corporal and Supervisor for the Albany Police Department. Following his time in military and law enforcement careers, he was a Professor at Darton State College in Albany teaching courses in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. He has authored over 20 books and writes movies and television shows. Manswell currently lives in Albany with his wife and youngest son. His wife, LaTonya, is a professor teaching online Criminal Justice courses at American Intercontinental University. She is also a community volunteer, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Manswell’s oldest son is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Chemistry. As a member of Greater 2nd Mount Olive Baptist Church in Albany, and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Manswell is dedicated to the service of others. He truly believes he can make the changes Georgians need. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in, you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts. Join the discord: https://discord.gg/xFEsWQbC9Q
01:34:12
June 29, 2021
End of Season 1 - 50th Episode
Wow, episode 50 the end of season 1. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in, you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts. Join the discord: https://discord.gg/xFEsWQbC9Q
02:43
June 29, 2021
Putting Palestine On The Couch w/Emily Leslie
In this episode of “On the Couch” I welcome back my Emily Leslie to talk about a heated issue, people are really afraid to touch. What’s the issue you ask about the trouble between Israel and Palestine. The word Palestine derives from the Greek word, Philistia, which dates to Ancient Greek writers' descriptions of the region in the 12th century B.C. From the fall of the Ottoman Empire in World War I to 1948, Palestine typically referred to the geographic region located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Arab people who call this territory home have been known as Palestinians since the early 20th century. Throughout history, Palestine has been ruled by numerous groups, including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Fatimids, Seljuk Turks, Crusaders, Egyptians, and Mamelukes. When World War I ended in 1918, the British took control of Palestine. The League of Nations issued a British mandate for Palestine—a document that gave Britain administrative control over the region and included provisions for establishing a Jewish national homeland in Palestine—which went into effect in 1923. In 1947, after more than two decades of British rule, the United Nations proposed a plan to partition Palestine into two sections: an independent Jewish state and an independent Arab state. The city of Jerusalem, which was claimed as a capital by both Jews and Palestinian Arabs, was to be an international territory with a special status. More on history.com Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in, you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts. Join the discord: https://discord.gg/xFEsWQbC9Q
01:15:10
June 10, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Priscilla Smith
In this special bonus episode, airing Wednesday, June 9th of "Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidate" I welcome Priscilla Smith, Candidate for GA House 34.  Priscilla is a parent, artist, educator, patriotic activist, she is dedicated to her community and making sure America lives up to its ideals.  She spent over 20 years in the classroom, helped found multiple arts-oriented nonprofits, been a small-business partner, and fought for fair and equal treatment of all people, irrespective of sex, race, or district.  She is a lifelong Georgian and believes it is more important than ever that leadership should reflect the character and diversity of this great state. Signup to volunteer and/or donate below. https://www.priscillaforgeorgia.com/ Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in, you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts. Join the discord: https://discord.gg/xFEsWQbC9Q
32:01
June 9, 2021
Tech Talk w/Miguelina aka TechValor
In this tech talk episode I welcome on my guest Ms. Miguelina aka Tech Valor. Miguelina is a big tech enthusiast doing Tutorial Videos on YouTube, she has her own “Gadget Chats” podcast that she does, and she’s creates custom digital pieces for your logos and/or streaming goods. We discuss what got her into YouTube doing tutorials, her digital creations, and much more.  You can find more about Tech Valor at the links listed below. https://techvalor.net https://www.youtube.com/TechValor Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts.
01:00:36
June 1, 2021
Apple m1 and Google IO Talk w/k0nze
In this tech talk episode being featured tomorrow Thursday May 27, I welcome back the homie K0nze in a discussion about the latest Mac and Google news. We talk about all that K0nze has been doing with his YouTube channel, getting into TicToc, we also breakdown how we feel about the new M1X chips, new Mac hardware, Googles LaMDA project, introducing their own silicon, and so much more. You can find K0nze on all social media platforms as: K0nze.gg Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/ If you aren’t listening in you’re missing awesome discussions with candidates and tech enthusiasts.
58:54
May 30, 2021
Tech Talk: CEO of Popcorn World LeBarron Burton (Part 2)
In this tech talk episode, I welcome on a special guest Mr. LeBarron Burton CEO of Popcorn World, and a tech junky. LeBarron is someone who is inspired by tech which helped him in building the company today one which he did from a Samsung Galaxy Note without the need of a full desktop pc.  LeBarron and I discuss what got him interested in the popcorn business, how tech influenced him, what tech he's excited about coming out this year, and how he can use it to help his business moving forward.  Please check his company out at: https://doingtheworldaflavor.com/product-category/flavors/ Twitter: @LB_BurtonSR Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/
43:26
May 24, 2021
Tech Talk: CEO of Popcorn World LeBarron Burton (Part 1)
In this tech talk episode, I welcome on a special guest Mr. LeBarron Burton CEO of Popcorn World, and a tech junky. LeBarron is someone who is inspired by tech which helped him in building the company today one which he did from a Samsung Galaxy Note without the need of a full desktop pc.  LeBarron and I discuss what got him interested in the popcorn business, how tech influenced him, what tech he's excited about coming out this year, and how he can use it to help his business moving forward.  Please check his company out at: https://doingtheworldaflavor.com/product-category/flavors/ Twitter: @LB_BurtonSR Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/
40:21
May 24, 2021
When You Think You Know w/Kiddada Grey
In this episode, we welcome our special guest Kiddada Grey in a discussion about “When You Think You Know.”. A huge issue we are seeing more recently these days is a problem with critical thinking and basic problem-solving skills. Now this is just my opinion and not one backed off data but we know it to be an issue when it comes to certain topics that come up from the Israel/Pakistan crisis, to Black Lives Matter, to LBGTQ+ rights. Individuals tend to speak off the cuff and/or say they aren’t informed enough to make a statement or decision rather than actually use the computers present in their hand or purse #smartphone. This could be because of status quo bias, anchoring bias, and or stress due to so much data present it causes a mental overload. We welcome Kiddada, someone who is a political consultant and strategist, Ph.D. Student in International Conflict Management and spent over 10 years in the IT industry to dive more deeply into this topic and see if we can put a finger onto the why without going through 4 years of school, getting a certification, and/or putting people on the couch because ain’t nobody got time for that. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by navigating to our website. If you have, not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw/
55:25
May 22, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Katie Kissel
In this episode of Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidates I welcome on my guest a candidate for Atlanta District 5 City Council. Katie brings real neighborhood organizing experience, working hard to bring neighbors together to compromise, practicing intentionality in addressing issues of equity in the arenas in which she has a voice, and honoring the course that our great civil rights leaders of Atlanta have set us on that empowers all its citizens to thrive. I encourage you to volunteer and support any way you can. https://www.katieforatlanta.com/ Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by visiting our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw
01:12:17
May 21, 2021
Tech Talk: Mr. J. Williams/Tech YouTuber
In this tech talk episode, I welcome on my special guest a big tech enthusiast and tech reviewer someone who I follow and glad he accepted my invitation to appear on the show, Mr. J. Williams.  In this discussion, we give J a huge congratulations on hitting over 50 million+ views, talk about how he got started on YouTube, what were some of his downtimes waiting to see an ROI after creating his content, how he's able to continue to create content while managing being a husband, father, and run a business at the same time. I encourage you to check out more about Mr. J. Williams on all social media as (@mrjlwilliams), https://www.youtube.com/c/JWilliams2013/featured, and https://smartphoneconversations.com/. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by visiting our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw
01:26:34
May 16, 2021
Lets Talk About What's Next
Welcoming back my two guests together Mrs. Meymoona Freeman and Brian Morris in a talk about now that Kemp has agreed to remove the confederate flags what’s next on the agenda for the both of them?  In this discussion, we break down if we can believe the words of Kemp, what's the expected timeline on the expectations to have the confederate flags removed, and what's next on the agenda. Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by visiting our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw
40:46
May 14, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Kendra Rolle
In this episode of Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s I welcome my guest and candidate for Brunswick City Commissioner Miss. Kendra Rolle. As someone raised in Brunswick, Kendra is a proud product of the Glynn County School System. After completing high school, she attended The College of Coastal Georgia and later transferred to Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Georgia. She then spent five years as a flight attendant, learning the importance of interpersonal communication. In 2010, after relocating back to Brunswick, Kendra saw a need to give back to her community. Since her return over ten years ago, she has had her hand on the pulse of the city. She is currently the Family Advocate at Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority. She formerly served as a Parent and Family Involvement Coordinator in the Glynn County Public Schools. She has also served with the Glynn Dems and is a co-founder of A Better Glynn. I encourage you to volunteer and/or support any way you can. https://rolleforbrunswick.com/meet-kendra Stay tuned for the latest episodes from PTGtv and how you can support us in our effort to bring more content to you the people by visiting our website.  If you have not already please follow my YouTube page to see the interview, like, and comment. https://www.ptgtv.online https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgbDUkeiyqxPWTfpiCdAqKw
01:02:11
May 12, 2021
The Color of My Skin /Shauna Broussard's Story
In this episode, I discuss an important topic that generates more than $39 billion annually on the exploitation of children alone and that’s human trafficking.  Today, my guest is Shauna Broussard, someone who has survived sex trafficking, rape, imprisonment, and even after battling those things she’s still fighting for her life.  Human trafficking is a big business and global problem, one of the world’s shameful crimes affecting the lives of millions of individuals robbing them of their dignity and livelihood.  Traffickers deceive women, men, and children from all corners of the world and force them into exploitation situations every day.  I thank Shauna for coming on telling her story and I encourage you all to help out as you can by spreading her message and donating. Follow us at: IG: @ptg.tv FB: https://www.facebook.com/PTGtv-104080811853084 https://www.ptgtv.online
24:48
May 12, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Reverend Darrius Butler
In this Real Talk and Conversation episode with Today’s Candidates, I have Minister Darrius Butler joining me today. Minister Butler is running for Georgia’s Congressional District 8.
38:27
May 4, 2021
GCDP First Latina President Brenda Lopez
In this episode of Real Talk and Conversation, I welcome my guest Madam President of the Gwinnett Democratic Party Brenda Lopez. In today’s conversation, we’re talking about who the real Brenda Lopez is, how she got involved in politics, her thoughts on the party going forward, and her personal ideas on how we can attract new electors to the party.
01:22:16
April 12, 2021
Real Talk and Conversation - SMAC w/Meymoona Freeman
In today's real talk and conversation, we have Mrs. Meymoona Freeman of SMAC (Stone Mountain Action Coalition) a new organization that hopes to bring changes to Stone Mountain Park – one is to replace the confederate flags on the park grounds and have more representation of Native and African Americans, as well as put more emphasis on ecology, geology, and wildlife at the park itself. Comment on Apple Podcast and subscribe to the channel. https://www.ptgtv.online
01:04:17
April 6, 2021
Overcoming Cultural Barriers w/Emily Leslie
I welcome back my guest Ms. Emily Leslie for another episode of “On the Couch” in a discussion of overcoming cultural barriers, differences at the workplace, and/or in your social life. (Takeitpersonelly.com) describes cultural barriers as “challenges to cross-cultural communication within an organization. When people from different cultures who might speak different languages, have different cultural beliefs, or use different gestures different practices as related to medical procedures, different conceptions of gender and sexuality, symbols to communicate which might become barriers to workplace success.”
51:30
April 6, 2021
Let's Talk GA SB-202
Let’s talk GA SB-202, the election bill that just passed the senate and made it into Kemp's hands to be signed into place on Thursday, March 26th, nope he doesn’t deserve the respect to be called Governor like 45 doesn’t deserve the respect to have his name called let alone with a title. To comprehensively revise elections and voting; to amend Chapter 2 of Title 21 of the Official Code of Georgia, relating to elections and primaries generally. Comment on Apple Podcast and subscribe to the channel. https://www.ptgtv.online
30:16
March 31, 2021
Exploring Cryptocurrency w/Konze
In this tech talk episode, I welcome back the homie Konze in a discussion of Cryptocurrency.
35:21
March 24, 2021
Celebrating Women's History Month
Happy Women’s History month, so we just left Black History month I guess it is no longer important in some people’s eyes as we approach the new universe of Women’s month which started off as Women’s History Week.  Women’s History Month began as a local celebration in Santa Rosa, California. The Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women planned and executed a “Women’s History Week” celebration in 1978. The organizers selected the week of March 8 to correspond with International Women’s Day. The movement spread across the country as other communities initiated their own Women’s History Week celebrations the following year. We celebrate Women's History Month to remind ourselves of the accomplishments of women throughout the years in our culture and society. From science to politics, it's is a chance to reflect on the trailblazing women who lead the way for change.
40:03
March 19, 2021
Stone Mountain Action Coalition w/Brian Morris
In this discussion about Stone Mountain Park and the push to remove confederacy branding from the park itself. For those of you who aren’t from the great state of Georgia, Stone Mountain is a mountain located near the city of Stone Mountain, Georgia. It’s a family park with family attractions, which have been most recently added over the past 10 years, and a historical landmark that depicts three Confederate leaders, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson.  Joining Tamika, and me, on this discussion is Brian Morris a man that has done his research who is working alongside “The Stone Mountain Action Coalition” in getting streets renamed in the park that’s named after these confederate leaders and having the confederate flagged removed before we the people go after those carvings and put up some true winners.
25:28
March 4, 2021
Being Mindful in the Moment w/Emily Leslie
In this episode of “On the Couch” I welcome back Emily Leslie to talk about being mindful in the moment. There is a difference between being present in the moment and mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of focused awareness of the present, acknowledgment of thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgment. Mindfulness is the practice of being mindful.
59:07
March 2, 2021
Resilient Communities - safety moving forward panel discussion
Welcome to a special episode of PTGtv a panel discussion on “Resilient Communities: Safety Moving Forward.” In this panel discussion, I welcome Judge Raquel Pope, Chief Charles Span, and Floyd Scott to have a conversation about our neighborhoods and how can we better protect them and ourselves. The purpose of this panel is to have an open conversation about the importance of building a strong community and steps to be taken to fortify ourselves also what can be done to encourage positive growth. 
01:02:14
February 24, 2021
Anime Here and Now w/Chris Burns
In this episode, I welcome my special guest and cousin a Manga artist and writer Chris Burns. Chris has been drawing since the age of 16 which led him to attain a BS in Digital Design. He is a successful freelance designer in creating company logos, animation trailers, photography, and what I most proud of for him is he’s a published manga author of “Chikara Power of God”. I wanted to bring him on to talk about a field that’s not new, but we need more diversity in and that’s anime design and comic book artists. If you don’t know I’m a huge anime nerd and manga reader, haven’t read anything lately because of time but the last one I finished was "Tower of God if" you have not read it PLEASE check that out. I welcome Chris on the show to talk about what got him into art and anime and hopefully, towards the end it will inspire some of you all to pick it up as well.
56:14
February 16, 2021
To be or not to be Radicalized
In this episode, Tamika and I are going to touch on what it means in our opinion to be radicalized.  We've always seen this word thrown around typically in meaning something terrible but you can be radical in the things that you do to bring about good change such as the civil rights movement. We're going to look at the actual meaning of radicalization and discuss where that stands with what took place on Jan 6th.
42:38
February 15, 2021
Tech Talk 2021 w/K0nze
Let’s talk tech, each year we’re excited to watch out for all the new tech being revealed from some of our favorite tech companies such as Apple, Google, Xiaomi, LG, Sony, etc. We get a warm tingle thinking about how they’re going to innovate and we look for new startups to see how they plan on changing the game with new applications such as “Forest” which it’s sole purpose is to encourage people to step away from their phone by planting seeds and the only way your tree will grow is if you leave the app open but the moment you start picking your phone up more your tree and/or trees began withering away. I’m a big proponent of that because I believe we all should disconnect sometimes and get out into nature. Like we’ve seen in the past when it comes to true innovation there has to be a need solved and with the pandemic, there has been a great demand on how we move differently in the future. In this episode, I invite a special guest from out of Germany, my homie from the gaming community Konze, someone whose background is in computer engineering and embedded systems. Konze is a lecturer of computer architecture for the Bosch Learning Company, a trained mechatronics technician, worked as a self-employed software developer, a professional ski instructor, a Twitch streamer, and YouTuber. I welcome him on to talk about what he’s excited to see in tech in 2021.
54:44
February 3, 2021
Being Bold and Authentic w/Emily Leslie
In this session of “On the Couch” I welcome my special guest and homie Ms. Emily Leslie to talk “Being Bold and Authentic”. Now you may remember I had Emily on for my segment “Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidates” back in Sept of 2020 for her run for House District 106 in the great state of GA, if you don’t please go back and check out that episode where we get into the down and dirty of it. I’m glad to have her back for you all to see a side of her that some of you might not know about if you don’t follow her. Outside of her passion for politics she shares my passion for addressing mental health, her backgrounds consist of Health and Wellness coaching, mental health and addiction, and a support specialist as well as a mental health first responder.
52:43
February 1, 2021
Leading to Your Best
In this episode, Tamika and I are introducing a series about those interested in running for office and what qualifies them to do so. Not because you have a certain background or a huge following but what’s inspiring you to run and do you possess those leadership abilities to actually push forward the agenda that you’re wanting to campaign on. In today’s discussion we’re going to start off with a topic we’ve partially talked about before and that’s leadership it’s one of the most underline things everyone should have whether you’re running for office or leading a group of individuals in a business or corporate environment. Another part of the conversation is what makes you believe you are qualified? Not because you can win a race but WHY are you qualified to be in this position?
50:09
February 1, 2021
What the TOS?
In today’s episode, Tamika and I are going to talk rights as a consumer to speak more on terms of service. TOS has been put in the spotlight again due to major tech companies kicking 45 off of their platforms and the community is calling foul, even some on the left. The reasoning is that if tech companies silenced 45 and his first amendment rights then eventually it will be done to everyone else soon. What is TOS (Terms of Service)? Basically, terms of service are legal agreements between a service provider and a person who wants to use that service they’re offering. The person, and/or end-user, must agree to abide by the terms of service in order to use the offered service. Terms of service can also be merely a disclaimer, especially regarding the use of websites.  Thank you for tuning in!
24:08
January 20, 2021
On The Couch w/ Lotus Flower
Welcome to a special episode of PTG.tv "On the Couch" a session dedicated to mental health and spiritual growth.  In this episode Lotus, and I, have a casual talk about 2021 and trimming the fat of 2020 to prepare yourself mentally for things to come.  Thanks for tuning in, enjoy!
01:06:24
January 16, 2021
Let's Just Talk
Happy New Year everyone!  Welcome to the first episode of the new year and we're just talking.  Wednesday, January 6th was an unprecedented day with the attack on our capitol.  It reminds us all of the civil rights protests that took place throughout the history of this country and how the police were standing by ready to fight us showing no restraint.  In this mist of the storm, we can all celebrate that we're now the majority in the Senate, therefore, controlling all three branches.
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January 8, 2021
Happy New Year! Thank you to you all!
A special thank you to you all for your support and time listened on this new venture.  I look forward to 2021 and all that's in store for all of us.  Thank you all for a fantastic year in spight of all the troubles we all have been facing I think for bring joy into my tuning into each episode.  Have a great start to your new year!
07:24
January 1, 2021
Episode 2: Money and Gaming w/Tamika Day
Welcoming back my co-host Tamika Day for more discussion on “The Business of Gaming”. In the last episode we touched on a little about how someone can start streaming, some of the tools they can use in order to have a presence online, and a means of securing yourself when you’re first starting off and don’t necessarily want the backlash of the internet yet. In this episode, we are going to discuss women in the industry and how it has changed from a man’s go-to haven to a place where women can thrive and become successful. It doesn’t come without faults though, with women coming in of course they have faced discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault.  Tune in as we discuss how important it is to look past that and start a new venture in the streaming industry.
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December 29, 2020
Money and Gaming w/Tamika Day
In this episode, my co-host, Tamika Day, and I look at gaming and how it can be turned into a small business for players of all ages.  Join us as well talk about the history of e-sports and how we need to catch up in this fruitful entrepreneurship.
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November 26, 2020
A World Beyond Our Own w/Bruno
Welcome, my guest Bruno a photographer, gamer, and information informatics as we talk Georgia politics, UFOs, and Security. 
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November 12, 2020
The Art of the Campaign: Co-Host Tamika Day w/Guest Dr. LaDena Bolton
Welcome to another episode of PTG.tv!  In this episode, I welcome my guest, Dr. LaDena Bolton former candidate for GA House District 86, where we discuss the cost of an election and steps to be taken when trying to get out the vote, the importance of getting involved, and becoming a knowledgeable voter.  This is Battleground GA and we're here to help you!
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November 9, 2020
Battleground GA w/co-host Tamika Day
Welcome to another episode of "Does My Vote Matter" in the Battleground State of GA w/co-host Tamika Day as we discuss how it's coming down to the last number of ballots and what needs to be done afterward. 
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November 6, 2020
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Hubert Owens
Hubert Owens Georgia District 93 needs a leader that respects & represents all constituents regardless of party affiliation. The representation that will pass common-sense legislation to keep our communities safe & secure. A person that respects & supports parent’s rights to choose the best education options for their children.  Hubert is a husband, father, and Army combat veteran. He says you can count on him to fight for the residents of District 93 at the Gold Dome!
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November 2, 2020
Real Talk with President Jacinda Jackson of GA Dekalb Young Democrats
Joining me is my guest President of Dekalb Young Dems Jacinda Jackson as we talk about "Does My Vote Matter?", the importance of voting, and why you should vote blue no matter who.
01:12:12
October 28, 2020
Cont.. Does My Vote Matter w/co-host Tamika Day
Joining me again is my co-host Tamika Day as we continue our discussion of “Does My Vote Matter?” In this segment, we’ll be discussing what’s the plan going into election season, and is there a black and minority agenda? #Platinum Plan
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October 24, 2020
Does My Vote Matter w/co-host Tamika Day
I’ve missed you all. Yep, I’ve been away for a while but I’m here and will be back to updating weekly. This is a one-man show I do the recording, editing, writing the scripts, on top of streaming, by the way if you aren’t following me on Twitch,tv/escapingthmatrix you’re missing out on a good show, and working a full-time job. Things at work started to get busy so had to take a break from the podcast but I am back and back around election time. In this segment, I’m welcoming back my CoHost Tamika Day to have a discussion about “Does My Vote Matter?” Love you all enjoy.
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October 19, 2020
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Emily Leslie
In this episode of "Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate" I welcome my guest Emily Leslie.  "Emily is different from most of the people who run for office. She was raised by a family who believed in serving their neighbors. Her grandparents were teachers, and her parents were social workers. Public service is in Emily's blood. In her house, she believes in the community. She believed in standing up for the needs of the community. That’s how she was taught, and that’s what she still believes. Emily grew up living with a disability and raise a child who lives with a learning disorder. She knew she needed advocacy and to be an ally who would fight for people's rights. So Emily decided to pursue a career in Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities and Addiction Recovery.  Over the years, she has helped people in crisis. She has fought for human rights. She has organized for a more representative democracy with progressive organizations, It has been a long, satisfying career for her. Our elected officials keep themselves distant from these daily struggles. That has to end."  Thank you for tuning in.
01:07:48
September 1, 2020
Love and Gaming w/Witchy Glitchy Borderline & Veg is Cool: Episode 2
Welcome back to Love and Gaming, in last week’s episode Alecia and Conor gave us an insight into how they met one another and what got them into gaming. There is always a beginning to a story and a mission yet taken until we have the courage to ask about the quest. Love is just that a quest that we embark on that has tons of side missions, sometimes frustrating, sometimes items you have to grind out for in order to attain but as you make those long journeys it helps in having a partner by your side willing to take up the sword, learn a new spell and help you in battling enemies called life. Stay tuned as we further discuss what games they play together and if gaming and love are actually worth the journey itself.
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August 7, 2020
Love and Gaming w/Witchy Glitchy Borderline & Veg is Cool: Episode 1
In life, there are some of us who find joy and comfort behind the machines that all of us use daily. It is a means to disconnect from reality and plug into a new one taking on experiences that don’t exist in IRL. In this new world when you’re traversing new landscapes, building new towns, slaying bosses, grinding out for new gear, and going on a massive hours-long raid you find once the smoke has settled and you’re finally able to stretch that sometimes if you aren’t with someone it can be lonely. Now, most protagonists start off their journey maneuvering around stories alone but shortly towards the end they find that someone. That special king, or Queen, to rescue. In this 2-part podcast, we’re going to explore just that “Love and Gaming”, so sit back and relax and listen to my two special guests and they talk about their quest in finding one another.
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August 3, 2020
The Journey Ahead w/co-host Tamika Day
In this episode Tamika and I are discussing the Journey Ahead after losing two civil rights icons, Congressman John Lewis and C.T. Vivian.
50:35
July 28, 2020
Tech Talk: Cell and Molecular Biologist Dr. Clement Bolton
In this episode of tech talk, I welcome my Guest a Cell and Molecular Biologist Doctor Clement Bolton II as we discuss Covid-19. In this episode, we discuss what Dr. Bolton’s specialty is in, how he got involved in Science, and could this pandemic have been predicted. We also discuss what some of the consequences are if we get it wrong with fast-tracking the vaccine and what is the best plan going forward for getting kids back into school. Thank you all for tuning in, I’m excited for the next episodes coming this week.
01:19:04
July 20, 2020
Tech Talk: Game Master
This week's episode features my special guest "Divasista" in PTG.tv tech talk.  We discuss Game Master and what this role entails, the fun parts of this job, and how we encourage everyone to get involved in some form of technology.  I can honestly say being involved with technology over the course of my 20 years has taught me a ton of lifeskills from leadership development, speaking in front of large groups, team building, customer communication, and lots more.  I encourage everyone to learn all they can about tech as a secondary skillset so that we become more creators than users.  I want to say thank you all for tuning in to the first tech talk episode, stay safe out there, and as always Happy Podcasting!
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July 7, 2020
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Floyd Scott
In this segment of “Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidates” I am talking with former Candidate for Gwinnett Sheriff Floyd Scott. In these heightened times of tension with police, it was only befitting to bring on a candidate who was running to represent Gwinnett County as Sheriff and who is also a retired police officer to discuss his opinions on what’s taking place and to talk about his run for office. Floyd’s passion for law enforcement started as a teenager. What inspired him to get into law enforcement was an encounter he had when he was younger with a police officer which lead to something positive and the officer letting him and his friends go with some life lessons to take away from it. From that point on Floyd knew he wanted to serve and protect and put himself in a position to not only help the community but also serve as a leader for his country. He joined the military and retired honorably but the next step in life came at now moving into being an asset to the community through law enforcement. Floyd served 40 years in law enforcement and with his experience and knowledge, he decided it was time to run for office and work towards changing things at the top in Gwinnett County. I want to thank him again by joining me on this program to talk about his experience and hopefully have him back to talk about the steps going forward and how we can create a better relationship as a community with law enforcement officers.
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July 4, 2020
The Road to Black Economic Development: Positioning Yourself for Greatness
Welcome to another episode of PTG.tv this is your host Antonio Hicks aka EscapingTheMatrix! In this week’s episode of The Road to Black Economic Development we’re going to talk about Positioning Yourself for Greatness during the pandemic. Joining me back on this episode is my co-host Tamika Day. When we look at how this pandemic has affected an individual’s household it really has affected some of us that were comfortable and complacent in our jobs and our lives. With the unemployment rate expected to hit nearly 20%, with 20.5 million jobs lost in April and millions more to be shown in May data. How could you, or I, have positioned ourselves to survive a storm such as this and/or what are the steps going forward?  Yes, we’ve added more jobs back but at what cost and is the industry you work in one of the sectors adding in new jobs? We’ve seen jobs added back in “Leisure and Hospitality”, “Construction”, “Education and Health Services”, “Retail Trade”, “Financial Activities”, “Other Services”, “Manufacturing”, “Professional and Business Services” etc, etc, etc. Whereas the jobs we are losing come from “Government”, “Information”, “Mining and Logging” and “Transportation and Warehousing”. Most of the new jobs barely pay the cost of living while a number of them that pay well only added in a small overall percentage with the loss of work in those sectors being in the millions. So what’s the plan and what can you tackle to help in mitigating your loss because I understand if people aren’t working then they aren’t spending and thus companies aren’t making money but I have seen where even the companies not making money are also paying out millions to executives, therefore, that should be a clear reminder that if you’re a worker bee you aren’t important to those up top, sorry. In this episode, Tamika and I are going to discuss ways we are preparing ourselves and the tools you can use to set yourself up for any future storms.
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June 26, 2020
The Road to Black Economic Development: Juneteenth
I’m giving my Co-Host a break on this episode because I want to do a brief history lesson to those who don’t know about Juneteenth, don’t worry she’ll be back as we move into a topic on real estate and land ownership to hand down to the next generation and how we were denied that which further set us back in generational wealth. In this episode, I’m going to venture off a little and talk about what started the Road of Progression and that’s going back to the beginning June 19th, 1865. Enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas were told they were free 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and that’s partially due to Texas having minimal Union Troops there to enforce the new Executive Order. With the surrender of General Lee in April 1865 and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, forces were finally able to overcome the resistance. That point alone is baffling to me in trying to understand how individuals who will tell Mexicans that they lost the war and just get over it because their land was taking away from them are the same ones who celebrate the Confederacy and their heritage even though they themselves lost and celebrate a terrorist faction. Yes to go against the government in order to fight for your own personal belief is a form of terrorism. If you don’t know please read into how Mexico initially owned present-day California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico until President James K. Polk decided he wanted to take it away from them. So yeah “Make America Great Again” right but let’s get back to Juneteenth. Even after being free families had no-where to go but felt as though freedom was better than staying on a plantation. Now in my opinion I believe slaves should have been given land just as whites were when they broke their agreement with native tribes and stole land from them. If slaves can help build a community then a community should have been established that was given to them. Never-the-less with no destination in mind, some headed North because it represented true freedom to them. When it comes to festivities and celebrating Juneteenth there was a traditional set of activities that we all partake in today such as barbecuing, baseball, etc. Now per history, it says there were rodeos but being from the South I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a rodeo at one of our celebrations lol but that’s not to say it didn’t happen in earlier times because I do know some black horse riders. The biggest thing I like is that during almost all celebrations education played a major part and so did self-improvement; guest speakers and elders would be called out to drop knowledge on historical events and things of the past. Prayer services were a major part as well as we believed if it was for our religious beliefs we don’t know how we could have made it out of our troubles. Dressing up was another part of celebrating Juneteenth because laws were put into place prohibiting slaves from being dressed up so of course after emancipation some slaves tossed their old garments into the river and adorned the clothing of their former masters. That right there is something in itself is asinine, who creates a law to tell someone they can’t dress up. I mean can you imagine but with all the Karen’s and Tom’s causing so much confusion bothering people where they live, while sitting by the pool, cooking out in a park, accusing babies of groping them, or just getting mad because they think you’re guilty of something I can believe just that. A resurgence of the celebration of Juneteenth is coming back with institutions like the Smithsonian, the Henry Ford Museum amongst others sponsoring Juneteenth centered activities.
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June 19, 2020
The Road to Black Economic Development:Financial Equity co-host Tamika Day
In last weeks episode, we discussed education in school where we need better training for our teachers on how to properly handle our kids and deal with those who come from broken environments, dealing with children suffering from PTSD due to poor conditions or growing up with parents dealing with generational curses, and zero tolerance mostly affecting brown children. If you haven’t please go back and check out the first episode “Tackling the School to Prison Pipeline” it’s a great discussion and very informative. As we continue this discussion the Road to Black Economic Development let’s look at another avenue and that is money. When it comes to finances it is something that affects us all. That has become clearer doing this time with the pandemic because it has exposed our most vulnerable point and that is having a reliable steady income. With over 30 million-plus still collecting unemployment, the one thing we have to discuss is the path forward and what could have been some of our best practices to prepare us for this storm. We’re told by leadership we should have over 2 years' worth of income saved but most companies don’t even pay the cost of living so Americans are having to seek out other means to bring more into the house. The problem with that is time costs money and money can mean a lot of things in the household such as time with kids, investing time with your spouse or private life, working on projects that you love doing, etc. So joining me again is Tamika Day as we dive deep into this topic and work towards understanding a Road to Black Economic Development. ***Excuse audio towards the end it became distorted.***
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June 11, 2020
The Road to Black Economic Development: Tackling the School to Prison Pipeline - Trailer
Throughout history, we can see how Black Americans in the Great United States of America have been treated. We can unequivocally determine that through policies created we were disproportionately affected from lack of wealth, as others ran forward, we had ropes pulling us back the harder we tried to catch up. Our communities thus became our only safe haven until it wasn’t anymore due to outside interferences that don’t like the fact that we even exist as a people. I know that statement in itself is harsh, but it can be said through the actions of all those in charge since the “Emancipation Proclamation” in 1862 which went into effect in 1863. Black Americans had Jim Crow laws created against them as a deterrent to prevent them from getting ahead. There were a select few who built wealth through the Jim Crow era such as Bernard Garret, an African American born and raised in the South who understood the surest path to improving conditions for black Americans was by achieving economic freedom (Clark, 2020). We should understand that it did not come easy, and it’s known that starting a business is not easy but when you have racial discrimination working against you it makes the path that much harder, know that before you preach “Make America Great Again”. Let’s discuss the reality where a lot of this began and that is in education or the lack thereof. Sir Francis Bacon once said that “Knowledge is Power” (Bacon, 1996). Discouraging Blacks to learn dates back to the 1800s with North Carolina passing a law that forbade teaching slaves to read and write, stating that literacy has a “tendency to excite dissatisfaction in their minds and to produce insurrection and rebellion to the manifest injury of the citizens of this state” (Sneed, 2014). The lack of knowledge will lead you down a path of destruction because a person can’t see an outlet and acts in a way representing what they’ve been exposed to. Without true knowledge you act to the knowledge that you witness on a daily basis and in some Black communities, it’s that of violence and civil unrest. In most cases that can come with great progress if there is an understanding of what happens afterward. In the circumstances where there are no plans, the only outcome is that of leftover destructions and us left to rebuild until the next time. In this episode, I will talk with Tamika Day as we discuss “The Road to Black Economic Development: Tackling the School to Prison Pipeline”. Tamika Day is a successful entrepreneur and educator. She has dedicated her career to promoting excellence in business and mentoring stylists/barbers to succeed in the beauty industry.  Her business takes pride in motivating and inspiring others to excel beyond the chair. Tamika's passion for education has guided her career in the industry as a highly sought-after industry expert in the world of beauty and business consultant.  Tamika's goal is to enhance and empower professionals to excel in business, life skills, and career strengths. She possesses a B.A in Mass Communications/Marketing from the State University of West Georgia and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College in Boston, MA.  Her knowledge gained has helped her to build upon her strengths as a successful entrepreneur, mom, and wife. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I welcome her to the show to discuss the path forward. Bacon, F. (1996). Meditationes Sacrae and Human Philosophy. Kessinger Publishing. Clark, A. (2020, March 20). The Black Businessman Who Built an Empire Despite Jim Crow Oppression. Retrieved from History.com: https://www.history.com/news/bernard-garrett-banker-jim-crow Sneed, L. (2014, 08 21). Frances Ellen Watkins Harper's "Learning to Read".
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June 10, 2020
The Road to Black Economic Development: Tackling the School to Prison Pipeline co-host Tamika Day
In this episode Tamika Day with cohost as we discuss “The Road to Black Economic Development: Tackling the School to Prison Pipeline”. Tamika Day is a successful entrepreneur and educator. She has dedicated her career to promoting excellence in business and mentoring stylist/barbers to succeed in the beauty industry.  Her business takes pride in motivating and inspiring others to excel beyond the chair. Tamika's passion for education has guided her career in the industry as a highly sought-after industry expert in the world of beauty and business consultant.  Tamika's goal is to enhance and empower professionals to excel in business, life skills, and career strengths. Tamika was named Ford Top Ten Stylist in the country 2013 by Bronner Brothers, Ford Motor Company and Upscale Magazine.  As well as, she is State Captain of Georgia for the Professional Beauty Association.  Tamika participated with the Professional Beauty Federation on Capitol Hill to address key issues in the beauty industry. She is a proud participant of the Look, Good, Feel Better campaign sponsored by the American Cancer Society.  She completed the Ron Clark Educator Training to increase her knowledge and to gain professional development. Tamika Day is a former educator with Atlanta Public and Fulton County Schools.  She successfully launched a Teenpreneur Showcase teaching students’ confidence, public speaking and business communication. Tamika Day is the founder of Cosmetology S.T.E.M. Camp and presented at the GA Department of Education STEM Forum about Cosmetology STEM Careers. She launched TCD Consulting Group in 2018 to help others achieve personal and business success.  She is a motivational speaker that has served on various committees, nonprofit boards and expert panels. She possesses a B.A in Mass Communications/Marketing from the State University of West Georgia and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Instructional Technology from Cambridge College in Boston, MA.  Her knowledge gained has helped her to build upon her strengths as a successful entrepreneur, mom and wife. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and I welcome her to the show to discuss the path forward. Google School to prison to pipeline to see the problem we're facing in this country as we talk towards potential solutions.
57:46
June 6, 2020
Real Talk and Conversation with Today's Candidate: Toni Gordon Roberts
Welcome to PTG.tv this is your Host Antonio Hicks aka “EscapingTheMatrix” on this week's episode of “Real Talk and Conversation with Today’s Candidates” I’m here to introduce Candidate Toni Gordon Roberts. Toni Gordon Roberts is a Life Member 1471 of Sigma Gamma Rho and a candidate for Southeastern Region Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator, 2020-2022. She was inducted into Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated at Lane College, Alpha Gamma Chapter, on March 26, 1995. Currently, Toni serves as the Georgia Area Coordinator, a QPR Trainer, a TORCH trainer, a member of the Disciplinary Action Committee, and the Southeastern Region Chaplain Committee. Toni is a member of the Iota Zeta Sigma Alumnae Chapter, where she’s served as the local Basileus, Anti-Basileus, Grammateus, and Anti-Grammateus. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, cum laude from Lane College, and a Paralegal Certification from Georgia State University. Stay tuned for the interview coming up.
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June 1, 2020
PTG.tv Outro
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June 1, 2020
PTG.tv Intro
PTG.tv is a channel dedicated to technology, gaming, and politics and how they’re all intertwined together.
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June 1, 2020