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No limits on fatherhood
WPEG personality connects dads with daughters
 
Published Thursday, October 25, 2012 11:37 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

 

“Nolimit” Larry Mims, host of WPEG’s “Morning Maddhouse,” has been around females most of his life. He was raised with two sisters and has spent the past 13 years working in what he describes as a “female-driven” industry.

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WPEG radio personality “Nolimit” Larry Mims said the birth of his daughter Rhyan, 5, had a profound impact on his life. As a result, Mims sponsors the Nolimit Larry Father-Daughter Dance to give dads an opportunity to connect with their kids. This year’s dance is Nov. 9 at Johnson C. Smith University.


Over the years, he has heard his fair share of female problems and the complicated issues women face in their relationships with men. Those who seem to have the most trouble with men, says Mims, often share one common denominator – absentee fathers.


“You look around at the females that really didn’t have a father in their lives, and they are a whole different type of female,” he says. “That father-daughter relationship is built for female guidance… Females need that male guidance to know how to work on relationships with men.”

Last year, Mims hosted the inaugural Nolimit Larry Father-Daughter Dance, which he attended with his own daughter Rhyan, 5. Mims said the purpose is twofold. He wants it to serve as an opportunity for fathers and daughters to spend quality time together creating positive memories. He also hopes to create a network for the dads to connect with each other.


“The way to build the community is through initiatives like the father-daughter dance,” Mims says. “Fathers can meet that may have daughters who are the same age and decide to take them out over the weekend or something. It’s just building a network through the bond of fatherhood.”


Mims knows a thing or two about fatherhood. He has five children – four boys and one girl, whose birth, he said, changed his life.


“It kind of softened me up a little bit,” he says. “As men, if you have boys, you lose some of your compassion because you are trained to raise your boys a certain way. For me to go through that four times and then have a girl, it was a big change for me.”


Mims said having a daughter made him feel more compassion, rethink every aspect of his life and choose his actions and words more carefully. He said it even made him more attentive to his wife.


“To have a daughter is just a totally different feeling,” he says. “It’s a whole different ball game. Everything I do now, I think about her.”


Mims says he is on a mission to do everything he can to give Rhyan a strong foundation and make sure that she does not grow up with hang-ups about men.


“I want to be her ‘first boyfriend,’” he says. “I want to give her everything that she needs from a man so that she doesn’t have to seek out and reach out to be dependent on a man for anything.”


For this year’s dance, Mims tapped Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Rodney Monroe to deliver an inspirational charge to fathers highlighting their roles in their daughter’s lives. Master P, founder of No Limit Records and CEO of P. Miller Enterprises, has also committed to attending.


The dance will be held Nov. 9 at Grimes Hall on the Johnson C. Smith University Campus at 6 p.m. Tickets are available at www.nllfatherdaughter.eventbrite.com.

 

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