DeeTales Podcast

Through a mix of current events and pop culture, Deidre James and friends weigh-in with refreshing honesty, humility and humor as they weave in and out of their personal lives as it relates to the topic at hand.

They skewer celebrity and anyone else who decides to act a fool. This is a show for anyone who even remotely pays attention to pop culture.

Deidre's laughter is contagious. Her perspective is sincere. Whether cutting up or getting serious, DeeTales serves it up real.

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Self(ie) Service Project

I have some beautiful friends and I am not gonna selfie shame. However, I would like to propose a challenge. What about a service selfie? 
Think about it, you can inspire people, promote your self confidence AND show the world you're doing something good!

Same for Sunday selfies. I love seeing y'all dressed and blessed for Jesus. Don't stop! But show us a selfie of you doing something related to what you learned at church. Again, not selfie shaming just saying 💗 I am gonna give it a try myself!

Hashtag your photos #serivceisbeautiful #deetales. I can't wait to see them! 

Get Your Sip On

Everyone doubts my skills as a mixologist because I am not the most eloquent when it comes to naming my drinks.

My crew laughed at the idea of Finger Juice, inspired my one of my favorite shows Jane The Virgin. 

Jane's grandmother believes you can't bring beauty back to a rose (your body, relationships, etc) once you've crushed it (lies, premarital sex, pick yo' sin)  with your hands. 

Enter my spin on the lesson, not only is the rose ruined, your finger juice aka hand sweat adds to the damage.

So here is the recipe inspired by episode 2 of DeeTales Finger Juice

Deidre's Finger Juice Cocktail
1 bottle of Simple syrup 
1 small package Black berries
1 bottle of Rose' (chilled) get it? Rose?
1 bottle of Blueberry vodka (chilled)

1.Take 1/2 cup of simple syrup and your blackberries and muddle

2. Pour bottle of Rosé' and blueberry vodka into pitcher 

3. Add berry/syrup mixture

4. Stir

You're done! Feel free to add more syrup to sweeten the drink. 

Serves 10 or 5 if your friends are lushes 

Dee-licious! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Oh and drink responsibly! 

💗 Deidre

Janet Jackson News!

This woman!!! The original edge snatcher. The first artist a stanned for. Janet Damita Jo Jackson gonna give us the gift of a new album and tour on her birthday?! 

I'm so in my feelings right now! 
Happy Birthday to the Godmother of Pop and R&B  Janet Jackson!

How excited are you for this news? What do you think she means "the movement?" Do I need to break out my all black Rhythm Nation gear???

We will cover all things Janet on the next DeeTales podcast!

Treat Yo' Self 2015 Recap

Links and info on the topics we discussed in Episode 4: Treat Yo Self 2015 brought to you by Root Alchemy 

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Deidre's guest was her sorority sister and wellness specialist Dewaynia Wilson of Nurisha Wellness and they discussed self care and  life lessons from their favorite teachers.

For those who didn't believe the Ikea Rigga story, whoomp there it is.

The ladies explained "Columbusing" and the origin of Bye Felicia 

Don't forget to subscribe to Deetales on Itunes, Soundcloud, TuneIn and Stitcher! 

DeeTales Podcast Recap Queen To Bey

Links and info on the topics we discussed in Episode 3: Queen To Bey

This week was all about the 2015 Met Gala. Now look. We know there are all kinds of horrors and injustices going on and people are in pain and poor and all the leaves are brown. Being excited about fashion and the spectacle of the Met Gala doesn't mean we aren't deep. It means we needed a break from the news. Some of y'all really tried it with that meme comparing the gala to the Hunger Games elite and Baltimore as District 13. Umm chill. If we go through some of y'all instagrams I bet we would find all kinds of selfies, vacations, bikini pics and new car flossing, pretty much you enjoying life and not giving a second thought to what's happening in the world in that moment. HAVE A SEAT! 

Ok back the fashion! 


And of course Beyonce shut it all the way down

No words. Just...none. The Coming To America realness had us singing...

Gronk twerked

And Deidre and Melynda swapped horror stories from when they worked with kids and Deidre promised to make Finger Juice the next time she sees Melynda.

Thanks for listening! Don't forget to subscribe and share on Itunes and Soundcloud

Finger Juice Recap


Links and info on the topics we discussed in Episode 2: Finger Juice

This week Baltimore State's Attorney Marlyin Mosby charged six officers with the homicide of Freddie Gray

Meanwhile, Deidre's friends tried make a love connection with City Councilman Nick Mosby after this interview

And then we found out he was married.

The Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight happened and the only thing that mattered was Beyonce's outfit.

Usually dapper Denzel showed up looking like that uncle who harrasses your friends at the cookout.

Jamie Foxx botched the anthem, some dudes threw punches, people on social media were salty over the coins earned and there was a national chicken wing shortage. At the end of the day...

In attempt to lighten spirits, we shared our favorite moments in reality tv history. 

1. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills You Beast

2. Real Housewives of Atlanta Phaedra vs. Kenya

***Update*** Phaedra's baby daddy is in prison again. Kenya is still without child

3. The Real World Boston Vaj vs Montana

4. Real World Hawaii Ruthie's Intervention

5. Making Da Band 5 Best Rappers

6. So You Think You Can Dance Joshua and Katie's No Air (that moment at :50 tho!)

7.  The Real Housewives of New Jersey Table Flip

8. Real World Seattle the Slap

Stephen slaps Irene by 1dobiedc

And while medicated, Deidre tried to use this scene from Jane the Virgin to explain how love is like finger juice. Yeah, it happened.

Did we forget a reality tv moment? Are you watching Jane the Virgin? If not, get on over to the CW and catch up. Would you try Deidre's Finger Juice cocktail?

Thanks for listening!

Can't Trust It Recap

Links and info on the topics we discussed in Episode 1: Can't Trust It.

If you would like to know more about transgender equality after the Bruce Jenner interview, visit the National Center for Transgender Equality 

Here is Deidre and Melynda's favorite Kanye West video All Falls Down. More irony? Stacey Dash is in the video. She's since lost her damn mind and works for Fox News.

Now that Shonda Rhimes has killed our beloved Derek Christopher Shepherd, Grey's fans must rely on Dr. Jackson Avery to hold it down with his fine self! For real, Jesse Williams plays Jackson by day and slays ignorance and racism on social media when he scrubs out. Here is a link to his website.

He's fine and smart!!!!

We also showed love to life at HBCUs, specifically the food, homecoming concerts and A Different World.

Thanks for listening! 

Dee-Tales Media

Since leaving radio in August 2014, I've been working on the Dee-Tales Media project. It has been so exciting to see new faces, hear new voices and access new forms of media over the past few years. I believe independent content is far more interesting than what most corporate and commercial media outlets are producing.

Issa Rae, Franchesca Ramsey and Kid Fury are a few of the bright, talented and bold voices who made their own platforms and are creating funny, thoughtful and groundbreaking content on their own terms.

You can add Deidre James to that growing list. Dee-Tales Media will produce web series, podcasts, blogs and more. We are committed to supporting progressive, independent content creators with the goal of communicating diverse ideas and concepts and building community through service and socially conscious content. 

If you are interested  in sponsorship opportunities, submitting a show idea or would like to join our team, please email me at

Joy in the Morning: Beyonce and Jay-Z On The Run Tour


So I've been threatening to come out of web-tirement for a few months now but, life kept getting in the way and we will get to that later!

I was having a really rough morning. I was work-a-cidal meaning I was dying to get home. No shade to my job, it was just difficult returning to work after spending a wonderful weekend with my loved ones plus I was sleepy and hangry. Not to mention, it's been a craptastic week in pop culture. Between shower rod sex, housewives fighting and racist team owners, I needed some good news. And at 8:10 my Lord delivered.

For real, for real, I wept. Real tears when I heard about Beyonce and Jay-Z touring together. For those of you who aren't down with the Carters, follow the ushers and they will show you to the exits to the left, to the left.

 If you know me, you know I've been waiting for this since Skippy was a puppy. This is my Super Bowl. These are my Olympics, this is the mother trucking CARTER FAMILY ON TOUR!!!

My friend/co-worker told me the news and my response was too colorful to repost (my momma reads this) but let's just say I lost every ounce of chill the I was blessed with.

Y'all just don't know. When the rumors started circulating, I threw some change in my Bey Bank and I am so glad I did! Tickets are on sale tomorrow for Beehive stans like myself and I am throwing all my coins at Queen Bey. And let's face it, they don't need my change, when Blue Ivy is walking around like this:

Point is, I'm over the moon and I'm ready for this concert! I've seen them separately but never together. I thought about posting the tour schedule on here but I don't need no competition when I'm placing my order. Y'all are on ya own!

Until then, just know that I am going to do whatever it takes to get to this show. If you know anyone looking for part time help, a kidney, some lady eggs, just holla at me ok? 

And to quote Nettie Harris from The Color Purple, when it comes to the On The Run Tour: 

Have a BEYutiful day!!

Cupcake Crawl

The Cupcake Crawl was established in 2011. Deidre and friends traveled to Washington DC for a fun weekend of sight seeing and cupcake tastings.  

If you would like to participate in The DC Cupcake Crawl or would like to submit your menu for the NC Cupcake Crawl, please send your information to


2013 has been pretty suck-tackular. Well, 80% of it has sucked, 15% bearable and 5% good stuff. Loss, lies, life and death are just a few life altering issues my friends and loved ones have tackled bravely this year.

We’re ½ way through this mug and I’m still not feeling you 2013! Everyone was all worried about 2012 being end times, and look, y’all didn’t even know the session of suck that was right around the corner!

But as hard as this year has been, I’m not going to make you sit through a Debbie Downer post with no real message and make you all sad with my personal laundry list of suck. That’s not how I do thangs!

I’m determined to find some silver linings because I do believe everything happens for a reason. Call it corny, that’s my belief and I’m sticking to it! I’ve discovered that these things are called blessons.

I found this on my friend’s Tumblr page. Doesn’t make all kinds of sense? Blessons!! Now here’s the thing, when you get a dose a suck and you’re trying to turn it into a blesson you must be open to accepting responsibility for your role in the situation.

Did you gain 15 lbs when you were trying to lose 30? Did you work out and watch your calories or did you eat dessert every night? Have a bad break up? Did you ignore all the signs that indicated you were dating a gold digging hoochie princess or did you drop her like a bad habit when she indicated she only dated ballers?

What I’m saying is, while there are some unexpected tragedies and mishaps that we can’t avoid, MOST of the time we get like eleventy heads ups from the universe that we are going the wrong way. For whatever reason, we tend to think we know what’s best- check that, we would rather pursue what we want even when we know there is a better choice.

Did you receive a blesson this year? What did you learn from it? Please feel free to share in the comments section. You never know how your story will impact another.

Until next time!


Passion Meets Purpose: Jimmeka Anderson

I’m a very lucky girl. I don’t know how it happened, but over the years I’ve met some pretty remarkable people who are very passionate and goal oriented. They had desires and dreams then found the means to make them come true. I will profile them in a new feature called Passion Meets Purpose. It is my hope that their stories encourage and empower the rest of us to do the same.

This week we speak with Jimmeka Anderson of I AM not the Media. I was introduced to Jimmeka in 2005 when she became a member of The Nu Rho Chapter of Alpha Kappa AlphaSorority Incorporated (Skee Wee!)

I was instantly impressed with her generous spirit and dedication to service. It came as no surprise that she has dedicated her life to serving her community and empowering youth. I hope you enjoy our first Passion Meets Purpose profile of Jimmeka Anderson.

Name: Jimmeka Anderson

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Current town: Charlotte, NC

What’s your passion?

Writing, Poetry, Empowering Youth, Motivational Speaking

How long have you been at it?

I have been writing since I was about eight years old and I have been working with youth for the past 10 years. I launched my non-profit organization, I AM not the MEdia, Inc. in January 2012 and in our first year we served over 700 teens through free programming that empowers youth through media literacy.

When did you decide to pursue your passion?
When I realized it was what made me smile in the morning; When it did not feel like work; When I was at peace and proud of myself.

How did life prepare you to follow your dreams?

I thank God for bringing phenomenal and inspiring men and women in my life that served as mentors to me and sparked the fire for me to achieve my dreams, made me believe that I could do it. These people made me realize I am more than just a woman, more than just black, I am an instrument crafted by God to fulfill a purpose here on this earth beyond what the world sees or expects, I am greater.

Was fear a factor? If so how did you overcome it?

Fear of people use to be a factor for me. I cared too much what people thought of me, how I talked, my ideas and who I was a person. When I started believing more in myself, my talents and gifts that God gave me, I started to care less what people thought because I began to realize they were no better nor different from myself. Now, I am not afraid to share myself to the world and speak out loud confidently. I love who I am.

If you could look back and give yourself any piece of advice what would it be?

"Fear is a choice" or "Quit trying to please everyone Jimmeka!"

What’s a typical day like for you?

I wake up, play music while I get my daughter and myself ready for school and work...sing in the shower...hum out the door...Go to work at ImaginOn in downtown Charlotte and plan events in the city for teens...Get off work...sing in the car...pick up my daughter...head to my non profit's office...WORK!...Sing In the car...Come home and cook...Eat and Write...Pray and Go To Sleep

Who or what inspires you? Ambitious Youth, Wise Elderly People, and those that serve mankind

What’s next? I am in the process of publishing my second book of poetry and currently writing a novel. My non-profit I AM not the MEdia, Inc. is expanding and opening a chapter in Atlanta, GA which is very exciting!

Where can we find you? Facebook, In the community at Youth Events!
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About Me

Deidre James was born and raised in High Point, NC and attended NC A&T State University and The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been on the number 1 radio morning show in the Triad for over 10 years.  During this time, Deidre as managed to make herself - and her name - synonymous with news and entertainment.
Deidre’s panache for making her passions come to life is quite infectious.  A proponent for positive self-image, style, interior design, fashion, theater, film, music, local arts, traveling and life in general, she has managed to bring all of this to life with her national blog.  “Dee-Tales” is Deidre’s platform to incorporate her humor, personality, compassionate nature, interviewing skills, and knowledge to discuss many topics that are affecting our world in one way or another. 
Some of Deidre’s most notable interviews and interactions include: Hillary Clinton, Usher, Vern Yip from HGTV, 50 Cent, Matchbox Twenty, Lifehouse, Gavin DeGraw, Jordin Sparks, Trey Songz, Robin Thicke, Britney Spears, and Fleetwood Mac to name a few.  She has hosted the HBO Red Carpet event for the True Blood, Co-hosted segments on WXII-TV, WGHP-TV, and WFMY-TV.  She has also been featured in SKIRT Magazine, YES! Weekly, and other local publications. 
Deidre believes in “paying it forward” and giving back to the community.  She is heavily involved in local politics as well as Often Awesome, Susan G Komen Foundation, Win-Win Resolutions, and Family Services of the Piedmont. Deidre is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  Whether it’s time or monetary, Deidre believes that its her obligation to give back to the community that believed in her abilities and helped her get where she is today.

Deidre’s incredible interviewing skills along with her ability to communicate effectively in so many media venues make her a true leader in the media entertainment industry.