It would be EASY for me to write a post about how I transformed my life…then had a flash of inspiration…and now look at me! And you can do it, too! But what good would that do, I believe hearing and seeing it makes better for the believing!
When I was in my 20’s I made some poor life choices like so many, Yet not everyone can say it lead to them being in jail. I eventually found myself in prison, and at that moment, I realized I’d hit rock bottom. There was nothing else to do but change my life — so that’s what I did
“He eventually finds his journey has him in the belly of the beast. Now half man half gladiator and from the cold concrete and bars of the cages all beast.”
Some would consider that becoming a block gangster and/or a project gangster meant I had achieved “I made it” status. Not me. I would eventually be known as a Viking, one who would travel out of town with large amounts of drugs, touchdown in a city near you, and pillage the land and women. On my very first trip, I took four grams of cocaine and in 30 days turned it into ten stacks—ten thousand dollars. I learned quickly how to get that kind of money.
But a word of caution: Yes, I ran for a minute in the streets, but those adventures ( As we loved to called them “adventures” and call ourselves “adventure boyz”) led to a great deal of life changing choices—choices that no young dude should ever have to make. The streets will speed up your life and place you in harm’s way on so many levels.
Many of us are trapped in some form or another whether figuratively speaking in our minds, or literally in a prison. However the case it’s an excellent opportunity to reflect on your life and make the necessary changes. They say change comes when one is sick and tired. I was both and my guest Shaka Senghor can definitely relate too this as well, as he shares his experiences and life journey regarding his transformation with us during this “Why your worst deeds don’t define you” segment on July 8th 3:00 pm est. LIVE!
As a writer and mentor he shares his story of redemption with youth and young adults at high schools, universities and conferences across the nation. While serving nineteen years in prison, He transformed his life, and once he returned home, began mentoring young males who were headed down the same destructive path that led him to prison.
In 1991, Shaka Senghor shot and killed a man. He was, he says, “a drug dealer with a quick temper and a semi-automatic pistol.” Jailed for second degree murder, that could very well have been the end of the story. But it wasn’t. Instead, it was the beginning of a years-long journey to redemption, one with humbling and sobering lessons for us all.
Using literature as a lifeline, Shaka Senghor escaped a cycle of prison and desperation. Now his story kindles hope in those who have little.
What could you accomplish if you woke up everyday inspired, focused and connected to your purpose?
“Create the content that resonates with your audience, and produce more of it.”
For me it’s my radio show and Young Men’s Perspective Magazine providing an enriching alternative to mainstream media, which stimulates are youth with conscious truth and exchange vital knowledge, wisdom, and understanding pertaining to today’s vital issues.