Sweet Freedom

Ex-convict Shakoor Watson overcame a heroin addiction to build a thriving bakery

by humbling yourself. In order to grow, you have to be humble, and you have to have character. You get there by helping others.”

On June 15, Shakoor Watson will join dozens of black men participating in a 10-city event, Real Men Cook for Charity. Representing New York City, he will serve up his signature sweet potato cheesecake. The proceeds will benefit various charities that serve at-risk youth and underprivileged families.

Good food and good deeds: Watson has built a new life — and a fast-growing business — by combining the two.

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