for the Army and they rejected me because I had a felony. My cousin helped me go to college through an affirmative action program. And if they can’t find the encouragement in person, I make sure I
use my TV show to offer it to viewers. A young man recently returned to court and thanked me. He was a gang member; he said I convinced him to drop his gun and pick up books. My show is part of the obligation I have to help, so I use it responsibly to uplift our community.
This story originally appeared in the February 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.