OR: A lot of times we tend to adopt the mentality of black men straying because of their upbringing in the home. Some men blame it on the father not being present or whatever else society leads us to believe for the black male to go astray. What directed you to the street game and at what age?
MM: I was 14 fresh out of grade school and my nephew asked me to go half on a ounce of weed to sell joints in school with the promise of doubling my money in one day
OR: What type of criminal activity did you partake in?
MM: I was really non active in the criminal element until that day my Nephew Jamal asked me that question from there I was off to the races Mostly weed selling
OR: Were you ever arrested? If so, for what and at what age?
MM: My first arrest was at age 18 for a robbery I did not commit
OR: I’m almost positive that your parents were unaware of your street activity in the beginning. What age did your parents find out and how?
MM: My parents did not become aware until I was 16 years of age and by than I was no longer living at home but each and everyday my dad would try his hardest to talk me out of the streets
OR: What was their reaction?
MM: When they discovered my life style I was immediately given an ultimatum stop or get out so as I stated at 16 I was on my own
OR: Were you ever convicted of a crime and sentenced? If so, why and how long?
MM: I was sentenced for the robbery which I did not commit because of racism the judge said just because I did not do it does not mean I don't know the people that did
OR: Even in an illegal business field vs. legal employment one can possess strong points. Meaning one can have their own qualities that can assist he/she to excel. How did you excel in the street business?
MM: I excelled by loyalty and staying away from any kind of violence I made it a point to make money and go home no matter what the money would not be the issue for any violence as well as remembering that loyalty is the key be strictly about the business at hand and pick up a routine so nothing gets repetition
OR: The saying is the only way out of the street is dead or incarcerated. Then you have a handful that have dodged the bullets and literally grew old in the streets. What made you walk away from it all?
MM: My wife and kids period I want to see my grandchildren go away to college
OR: How were you able to stay away from it all?
MM: Nothing comes easy and the price you pay is your life there are no rules in the limelight except dance and dancing can be sex , murder , whatever your style but the DJ has no picks about who wins the only winners are those who never play in the first place.
OR: What advice do you have for that easily influenced young male that is fascinated with the glitz and glamour of the streets?
MM: I can go on and on on why we as blacks should never cater to the glitz but the best reason is our lives are worth so much more.