Triple P promotes all positive demonstrations that men and women who are currently and have been incarcerated in the USA. We interview them from behind the prison walls and their family and friends to provide them with a “VOICE” to share their loved ones’ positive achievements while incarcerated. Triple P empowers men and women to never give up hope in being able to change their lifestyles and personal situations. As “free” or imprisoned men and women, we provide the “voice” for “the voiceless”. Triple P also promotes artists and their music and the positive lifestyles of men and women throughout the USA and overseas!! If you have a story you want to share or an artist please email me!!
Perry L. Duff
Perry L. Duff is a filmmaker, blogger, Youtuber, and budding animator. BRIC Media Arts certified, and highly knowledgeable in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Blender, a well known open source, high production animation software program. He is also highly knowledgeable in SEO (search engine optimization) internet marketing, content creation, content network building, analytics, and Social network marketing.
Born in Bristol Virginia yet growing up on the mean streets of New York City, he wears many hats from his ongoing knowledge and continuous study and research on the internet. Braving the tough streets of New York City when he was younger, he experienced the true meaning of crime, racism, and drugs even though he was never addicted to them beyond weed in the 80s.
He was born to a family of six brothers and two sisters in Bristol Virginia also known as NASCAR territory. A racially polarizing section of southern Virginia bordering Tennessee and a hot bed of racial hostility. Though he attempted to acquire his college education here in New York City he found himself adhering to a simple code of hard work for most of his life.
But it was his lack of Education that became his greatest barrier to acquiring a more successful lifestyle. That lack of Education was exacerbated only by his attempt to acquire an education while working on jobs Rife with racial hostility, Workforce opposition, office politics, and even opposition of intense jealousy from his own race.
But thanks to the development of computers and the internet in the 80s he vastly improved his knowledge in various areas of online marketing and other entrepreneurial endeavors. As a result. he remedied that lack of education by study and research on the internet that continues today.
Perry is the Host of The Hustlers Corner NYC Podcast (with his amazing Co-Host Jeannette Davis), they have interviewed men and women who are and were incarcerated and finding positive solutions to the problems in the communities! The topics are (but limited to) how to live a successful life after incarceration, being the “voice” of “the voiceless” and everyday life events!
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Jose Villarreal is a Chicano Revolutionary Nationalist and founder of The Republic of Aztlan. He is a member and Journalist for Poor Magazine. He is an author of AZTLAN REALISM: Chicano Revolutionary Art From Pelican Bay S.H.U. and Chican@ Power and the Struggle for Aztlan. Jose is a Radio Host for Free Aztlan Tuesdays at 8pm Cali time on poormagazine.org/radio.
Jose had done some prison time in California, but while he was in prison his passion for art furthered emerged and his drawing skills continued to develop. He also studied deeply the topics of world politics and many different forms of communication via art, verbal and written. He was released in 2017 on parole after 16 years in prison. 10 of the years were spent in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay State Prison S.H.U. He took a negative situation and made a positive one by continuing to follow his dreams with art. Upon his release he published his first book (AZTLAN REALISM: Chicano Revolutionary Art From Pelican Bay S.H.U.) Jose’s book is a compilation of his drawings as a record of his S.H.U. experiences.
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CHEF NEDRA HARRIS
Chef Nedra Harris is a firecracker with skills, she has taken the culinary arts world to new heights. A lifetime food lover and connoisseur of spices, Chef Nedra established her passion for food at a very early age with an easy bake oven and a dream. Chef’s inspiration comes from a familiar foundation: her mother’s kitchen. A deliverer of sweet satisfaction, chef’s food is a pure representation of her: Flavorful, Unique and Bold. Chef Nedra entered into the world-renowned Chef Nedra entered into the world-renowned Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School of Chicago where she studied under master chefs preparing food for hundreds of guests at a time. While studying at Le Cordon Bleu, Chef Nedra had the opportunity to meet the famous Chef Wolfgang Puck through her volunteering and commitment to philanthropic efforts. In 2013, Chef Nedra became a competitor in Season 11 of Hell’s Kitchen, learning under the famous Chef Gordon Ramsey, where she began learning and expanding on different techniques and cooking styles. Mostly known for her outgoing and often fierce personality, she became an overnight sensation. Chef Nedra is the personal chef for Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver, Brandon LaFell and Indianapolis Colts Tight End, Eric Ebron. Chef has cooked for celebrities such as Pope Francis, Houston Rockets Chris Paul, Singer Mya, Carl Anthony Payne II, Anthony Clement (former OT, Arizona Cardinals and Seyi Aijrotutu (WR, Philadelphia Eagles) and Grammy Award Winner, Irvin Mayfield. Passionate about sharing her love for food, Chef Nedra has been focused on expanding her brand through her line of spice, “Pootie Spice”, cook books, and being a personal Chef to celebrities and influential leaders across the nation.
Chef Nedra makes some to die for some Vegan Banana Foster Pancakes!! Check it out on her YouTube channel!! And the Fall Cocktail Fall Back on the Rocks is off the chain!!! It’s a drink to enjoy when you are chillen’ at home watching her cooking videos!! And If you are planning an event make sure you hire Chef Nedra Harris!!!! WWW.CHEFNEDRAHARRIS.COM
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Geechie Dan grew up in Hollis, Queens in the early 80s around Hip-Hop Icons Run DMC and LL Cool J motivated Geechie Dan to begin collecting audio recordings of Hip-Hop parties and park jams that took place throughout the NYC Tri-State area. In 1983, he started emceeing. He also joined (and remains a member of) NY based Hip- Hop Organization ZULUNATION.
In 1984, a rap confrontation with Hip-Hop Legend LL Cool J led them to a battle. Days later he took his first loss in an MC battle. He joined Long Island based Hip-Hop Radio Crew Spectrum City WBAU college radio at Adelphia University in 1984-consisting of Bomb Squad Producers, Hank and Keith Shocklee, Chucky D (now known as Chuck D from Hip Hop group Public Enemy), and MC DJ Flavor(AKA today as Flavor Flav), Bill Stephany(AKA Mr Bill), DOCTOR DRE from YO MTV RAPS, Son of Berserk, DJ Johnnie Juice, JVC Force, Townhouse 3, Nasty 4, Deadly 3, Mighty Choice 5 MCs, Original Concept. Dynamic Brothers from Freeport.
He received a record contract from independent record label Public Records in 1986 for the song “Let’s Dance” after being referred to the label by Hip Hop Queens Park Jam legend MC Mikey D, However, he declined the opportunity due to the involvement with Jehovah Witnesses. His mother and the organization were adamant that he not pursue his dream of a career in rap music.
In 1990, he won a rap contest that was put together by New Orleans based Black Cat Productions which resulted to winning a trophy and $500.00 and an opportunity to record a rap for a New Orleans R&B singing group at Paisley Park Studios, MN-the recording home for Pop Superstar Prince.
In 2008, Geechie Dan wrote and published the book “The Kingdom Hall No More” in which he discusses his 16 year involvement in the Kingdom Hall and Jehovah Witnesses .His 1st season of “The Geechie Dan Hip-Hop Tape” show in 2015 on the Hilltop Radio format on blog talk radio with DJ Shawn. He started his 2nd season in 2016 on the FLOempire Radio in NYC in April 2016 with DJ Kool K Gee. His 3rd season started in 2017 on DSN Network in the Bronx with DJ Kid Flash. Season 4 began in 2018 on DSN Network in the Bronx and Linkage Radio 101.7 FM in NYC DJ Scratch Masta Jazzy G. In 2019 they launched Hip Hop ICON Music channel.
Geechie Dan is the CEO &FOUNDER of Geechie Dan Hip Hop Tape Show. He is the Executive Director of Partnerships & Content for Flitv. He is the Executive Director of the Hip Hop Museum DC. Geechie Dan is the Brand Ambassador of Generation Hip Hop Global and Brand Ambassador for Whip Fanatic.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Geechie Dan and am looking forward to interviews that are planned for the future! This man is beyond amazing with all he did and is doing!! Make sure you follow Geechie Dan on all social media!!
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BOSSALENA is a recording artist, Certified Engineer & entrepreneur. She was raised in Compton, California but now resides and kicking up dust in San Antonio, Texas for the past couple years. She is a very passionate and explosive performer with accurate and precise delivery. Sharpened over years of dedication and love for the craft of music.
With her do it yourself mind set she embodies her name BOSSALENA by being a leader having control and ownership over all aspects of her business, music and life. Overcoming roadblock’s set in her path with ease and confidence that inspires other female and male artists to never give up building their empire and going hard for their dreams. While still in the process of building her independent team
BOSSALENA continues to push forward with new music projects and business ventures. Greedy Girl Ent (Bossalena’s Entertainment Company) will have official launch 2020 along with Podcast. She is partnered with CREEPY GALLERY MEDIA GROUP who’s creating a comic book series with Bossalena as lead Character entitled BOSSALENA-LEGEND Ep.1 coming Summer 2021! So stay tuned and please show support by purchasing official Bossalena product’s & physical copies of music exclusively at BOSSALENASTORE.COM
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Jay Rene, born and raised in Wilmington, DE, is a humanitarian, community advocate, new abolitionist, freelance journalist and videographer and Hip-Hop lover. She and Dana Dane created Hip Hop Humanism in 2017, which has been created to showcase and promote positive Hip Hop artistry on different platforms, as well as talking about the social and political issues that plague the Hip Hop community.
One of the biggest parts of this organization is creating spaces for children who are at risk because of living in high risks environments. These high risks include abuse, neglect, and violence. So far, Hip Hop Humanism has created two children programs which is part of the “A Kids Way Out” initiative.
Recently Jay Rene has begun investigative reporting. She has successful published the first released of an investigative reporting documentary series titled: 12. This series is designed to shed light on the injustices of the police and judicial system in cities across America. Wilmington Delaware was the first city to be filmed.
She was a featured slot on WMSKONLINERADIO.COM for over a year, which only paused because of the COVID-19 epidemic but hopes to get back to it soon. She currently has published over 50 articles and writings from Hip Hop to social and political injustice.
When asked about Hip Hop Humanism, she says, “The reason that Hip Hop Humanism was created was to give back to the community, in whatever way that was. It was made to showcase the positive that Hip Hop has and what it contributes to the greater good. Hip Hop has not only united people from all walks of life, it also always cared about those it was speaking to. I remember a time where I felt that the rappers, I listened to cared about me. They talked to me, they taught me things that were tangible to life. Hip Hop loved me before I even knew I loved Hip Hop”
“Tek from Smif – N – Wesson left some very valuable words in my mind when I got to interview him in 2018. He said, “Hip Hop is in the hood”. That sat with me so heavy that it is my tag line when I end certain videos and when I was on the radio. Real Hip Hop is in the hood, it gives back to the hood…it is an action word not just words over a beat.
Currently Jay Rene is active in the fight for justice in her home city and state. Wilmington, DE. “The things that have happened here in this city are absolutely outrageous. The police brutality, the murders of unarmed men by police that go unpunished, the staging of crime scenes…it is all too much. These are the things that made me get into video journalism. I had to put all these things in one place so people outside of the city could see”, Jay Rene says about getting into video journalism. She hopes to visit each state and do this type of reporting. The name of her documentary series is called 12. The first one is called: 12: The First State and can be found on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/B-JPaDb2SDY
She goes on to say, “If we work together we can get things accomplished. It doesn’t matter what your part is, no part is too small. You have some that can march the streets, you have some that are good with researching, you have some that know how to share on social media and others who just know how to get news out the good old fashion way, “word of mouth”. What ever our part is, we have to do it. We owe it to these children to fix what we know is broken. Then that way we pass the torch we’ve carried, and not pass the damage of the fire from dropping the torch”.
Jay Rene is a beautiful, amazing and powerful woman who is “The Voice of The Voiceless”! I had the honors of interviewing her on my radio show TRIPLE P RADIO (WMSKONLINERADIO.COM) where she talked about how important strong support is when a loved one is incarcerated. She is veteran and I want to thank her again for her service!!!
You can link with Jay Rene on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at: TheJayRene
Jay Rene invites you to make a profile on her website where you can share your music, stories and inspirations: www.hiphophumanism.com
Kwame Teague, author of the Dutch Trilogy has just hit another milestone with the release of Dutch The Movie which is set for the end of this year. Kwame has been incarcerated for 27 years, fighting to prove his innocence the whole time. Despite the injustice, Kwame is a living example of doing the time and not letting the time do him. He is a positive role model for the men that are incarcerated with him. He has also been an activist fighting the system from within by establishing humanism as a religion within NC and starting a creative writing class.
Kwame is also on the board of Hip Hop Humanism. An organization that builds programs for children in need using Asset Based Community Development which creates grassroots programs that mentor, cultivate and support our youth. They also have humanitarian efforts in Africa and have Hip Hop Humanism Kenya, Nairobi and Nigeria to assist in the dire need of food, medical supplies and sanitary products and getting exposure to the conditions and injustices there.
Kwame is also on the board of Barred Business, a pending CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) that raises money for the businesses of the formerly incarcerated and justice impacted communities. It is the only organization of its kind that is helping the formerly incarcerated become entrepreneurs. Kwame is also on the board of the Prison Lives Matter – National Coordinating Committee the brain child of Kwame Shakur to bring all of the prison organizations and political leaders together to fight for liberation and freedom for the incarcerated nation.
Here are the books Kwame has written: Dutch Trilogy, Dynasty Trilogy, The Adventures of Ghetto Sam, Glory of My Demise, Poor Georgie, Thug Politics, Verdict, and Humanism Versus Racism: Ten Steps to Eradication.
Kwame Teague had an interview on TRIPLE P RADIO (WMSKONLINERADIO.COM) in 2020. His fiancée Jay Rene, was his “voice” in the interview! The interview is about how Kwame is innocent and has been in prison for 27 years for a crime he did NOT comment!!! Jay Rene and I also talk about how strong support is important when a loved one is incarcerated! Even though Kwame is incarcerated he took a negative situation and made a positive one by writing books, being a positive role model for the men “behind the walls” and in “the world”. He is the “Voice of the Voiceless”!!
The Dutch Movie, based on the best seller will premiere soon.
Justin Marrero (JMBeats) is a Music Producer/ Studio Engineer out of New Jeresy. He is the dopest producer for my artist C.I.T.Y! JMBeats produced the dope beats for C.I.T.Y’S singles “NINO”, “SCARS”, “ALL IN”, “CHECK” , “KILL EM ALL” AND “MEMORIES & PICTURES”(Release date 11/27/20). His ultimate goal is being successful in the music industry. Which includes but not limited to… his team being healthy, finding new talent, and working on new sounds.
Justin is working with artists around the world and working with other Producers. C.I.T.Y and JMBeats go way back with the mad support he gave C.I.T.Y on social media and promoting his music! He also works with JUNG PHIL, UNCLE MURDA, LIVE300IT, TY-GEE, AYE KEANU and many more….
His name is JMBeats and he is here to stay, music is his life and he is living his life to the fullest!! Long nights & nothing but hard work always! Nonstop knowledge of the music industry. He is master and a student in this, he knows what he knows and always open minded to other people’s knowledge as well as their opinions!
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Ryan Millner, better known as his stage name Rhyno Lui or just Rhyno, born January 5th,1989 is an East Coast rapper and songwriter. He was born in Virginia and raised in New York where he found his passion in music. Growing up struggling and homeless with his mother and 2 sisters is when Rhyno knew music was his outlet to express his feelings and cope with all he had endured up until his mother’s death. Rhyno was 13 years old when she died. He then moved with his father and 2 sisters but still struggled to fight his own demons after the loss of his mother. Rhyno turned to gang banging at a young age and the streets as his way to cope and get through his teen years of also losing his best friend and some of his family.
As time progressed Rhyno continued to act out and had be suspended from numerous schools when he was finally expelled in the 9th grade. He decided school wasn’t for him. He has escaped so many obstacles from his best friend getting killed by the police to his cousin getting arrested for armed robbery which are situations he by fate wasn’t apart of those particular moments.
Rhyno decided to change his life for the better by leaving the drug game and the streets alone because of so many losses to starting different companies which he is still working today without a high school diploma. When he is not working on his businesses he is always in the studio doing what he does best which is making music.
Rhyno recently released on November 13th,2020 his single “She Got It” which is the jump start of his career. Jung Phil and I co manage him (JPMusic Entertainment Inc) and are working on many different projects with Rhyno. He got mad talent and make sure you tune in to TRIPLE P RADIO Sundays from 2p-4p EST to hear his music “She Got It”!
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Shawn Anthony Summers, better known by his stage name Jung Phil, is an American recording artist, songwriter, Producer, and CEO of his own record label, JP Music Entertainment Inc. Jung Phil was born on June 27, 1986 in Mount Holly, NJ. The middle child of three sons, Shawn spent most of his childhood living in Orlando, FL with his grandparents. At an early age Shawn felt a deep connection to music. His family encouraged his musical gift, getting him involved in the local church choir and various school talent shows. When he was 10 years old, his mother gave him a boombox. Jung Phil would have tapes of all his favorite rappers and rift over their instrumentals. This was the turning point for Shawn; he knew exactly what he was called to do. Battling and freestyling in school gave Shawn a reputation amongst his peers which earned him the nickname “Young Philly.” As his talents progressed and his music matured, Shawn became known as Jung Phil; A play on his hometown and his rhymes deep, philosophical meanings paralleling those of Carl Jung.
Jung Phil is now a notable hip hop artist, Producer, and songwriter across the globe. He is the current CEO and founder of JPMusic Entertainment Inc. Jung Phil has released 4 albums, 3 mixtapes and over 20 singles since 2014. He has charted with over a half million radio streams in the United States. Currently Jung Phil’s music is spinning on his own station on Pandora. His music is also streamed on Dababy, Lil Baby, Kodak Black, Drake, Kevin Gates, and Rick Ross’ radio stations, just to name a few. Jung Phil has a unique talent as a music artist and songwriter. By having his own recording studio, Phil has the advantage of creating and perfecting an immense catalogue of diverse music for himself, his clients and other artists signed to his label. His mission is to create amazing content for his fans using his own real life experiences to move others and relate to them on a deep level.
I am excited to be apart of JPMusic Entertainment Inc.!! Shawn and I co manage C.I.T.Y and RHYNO LUI both from the East Coast! We are working on upcoming events and a documentary. Check out JPM LIVE TALK for these amazing interviews with artists from East coast, West Coast, Midwest and The South!! Tune in Sundays to TRIPLE P RADIO from 2p-4p EST ON WMSKONLINERADIO.COM and listen to one of my favorites songs “PLEASE LORD” BY JUNG PHIL FT C.I.T.Y !! FOLLOW JUNG PHIL ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA……
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Screenwriter, Podcast Co-Host, Administrator
In 2009, Jeannette Davis started her career as an actress, worked in independent films and accepted background roles in television shows such as, “Law and Order” and Without a Trace”. During her time as an actress, Jeannette Davis has developed an interest in creating her writing technique in films. Jeannette Davis has written a few series, “Essence Beauty Salon”, ‘Harlem: Black Rivals, ‘Queens from Urban: Street Style’ and two screen plays, ‘Street Cops’ and ‘Tacks’. These Programs will be in production in 2021.
In 2016, Jeannette Davis joined Perry L. Duff, (CEO of Mocapcity Production Film), as a writer; now, a co-host on a podcast called “The Hustlers Corner NYC” in New York City. The podcast reaches out to people who are incarcerated for wrongfully convicted. Jeannette Davis strongly helps people who are incarcerated because there are many men and women in prisons or on death row for crimes, he/she didn’t commit. “The Hustlers Corner NYC” discussed how the justice system failed the men and women in prisons, and the system uses the money to build private Prisons.
Recently Jeannette joined Harold Pete Johnson and Gerald Prince Miller to develop a program ‘Bring Them to Me from Beyond the Walls of Prisons’ as their supporter, administrator and voice. The purpose of his program is to save and help the youths from street gangs, gun violence, and encourage them to change their lives as lead models.
Jeannette Davis, Gerald Prince Miller, and Harold Pete Johnson hope the program reaches many youths in every community to give them a positive impact on becoming their role models. ‘Bring Them to Me from Beyond The Walls Of Prisons’ event begins on Saturday November 21, 2020 at Allenwood, Pennsylvania.
Jeannette is an amazing woman with a heart of gold! She is the “VOICE OF THE VOICELESS”! I am honored to be working with her and her team to bring Mr. Gerald Prince Miller home!! Tune in to ‘The Hustlers Corner NYC’ Saturday November 14th, 2020 at 1pm EST and listen to Real Talk with Host Perry L. Duff Co-Host Jeanette Davis and Guests Harold Pete Johnson and myself (Sara F. Host of Triple P Radio).
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Jovan Hansman CITY FACES
Jovan Hansman is a positive role model for the youth in St. Louis. He is the director of CITY FACES. His father Bob Hansman started the CITY FACES as an art program for the children in the community. CITY FACES started as an arts activity for St. Louis children and now includes helping them with their homework and other classes that will help them be productive in life!
Jovan is an amazing artist! He paints portraits of people, artists and even pets!!! I love the artwork of Bone Thugs N Harmony he did!!! Jovan and father did the illustrations in “Traveling The Blue Road Poems Of The Sea”. It was voted “Best Children’s Book” of the Year!! With each book you order you get a free autographed poster!!! Go on amazon and get your copy today!!
Jovan works with Wyte Music/WyteMusicMidWest and HHMG, Crunchy Black’s (from THREE 6 MAFIA) Label. He also works with many other artists. One of my favorite songs Jovan produced “WORK” (Artists: La Chat, Sheena Trash, Smoke Corleone) you can hear it on my radio show TRIPLE P RADIO, Sundays from 2p-4p EST on WMSKONLINERADIO.COM. I had the pleasure of meeting Jovan in East St.Louis, at DA SUMMER COMEBACK CONCERT in August.
Jovan is the CEO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER of CITY FACES ENTERTAINMENT PEABODY PROJECT RECORDZ. Covering all your independent rap needs: Studio Services, Beat Production, Recording, Mixing, Mastering Networking, Streaming Services, Artists Promotion, Design, and Booking & Management. You can also watch powerful interviews about Jovan and his father on YouTube. One of my favorite is Inspire St.Louis, Episode 2: Jovan Hansman
A Musician. Motivator. Alumni of the Criminal Justice System
Maxwell Melvins is a product of one of the most brutal cities in the United States. Growing up the 15th and youngest of a large, by his own admission, dysfunctional family, Camden, New Jersey, was not a good place to be in the 1970s. Poverty, unemployment, drugs and violence were the realities of life on the streets in this desperately struggling, slowly decaying city.
It might come as a shock to learn that Maxwell was a self-confessed heroin addict by the time he was 12 years old. Anyone living around the streets of North Camden in the 1970’s will not be surprised at all. Kids like that were a dime a dozen. It was simply normal to the young Melvins – most of the people around him had already been doomed to a life of addiction, and it was almost inevitable that his path would lead that way too.
Drug dependency leads to a dead-end of despair, and Max’s journey was depressingly predictable. In and out of institution after institution as his criminal acts escalated. Breaking and entering, theft, arson…Max Melvins did whatever he had to do to feed his addition. He wasn’t violent – although he would stand his ground if the situation called for it. He didn’t see himself as a victim either– this was the only life he knew. This is how things were. No point questioning it.
Eight years after becoming a heroin addict, Maxwell’s wretched existence hit rock bottom when he was jailed for murder in 1980. It was not an intentional act. It was that most mundane of circumstances: a drug deal went wrong, Max grabbed a gun and started shooting. One of the bullets hit a close childhood friend, ripped through his brain. An innocent bystander. Wrong place, wrong time.
In a scene of dark comedy, Max donned women’s clothing to elude the police. He got away, trying to digest the horror of the fact that he has gunned down one of his best friends growing up. He knew he had to come home and face what he had done. He turned himself in. The authorities disposed of him like the worthless trash he had become. They put Max away, and he’d stay inside for 30 years.
If they had the death penalty in New Jersey, Maxwell Melvins almost certainly wouldn’t be here right now. Rahway. Trenton. Riverfront. Southwood. Bayside. Northern State. Bordentown. All high security prisons. Convicted murderer Maxwell Melvins became intimately acquainted with all of them. Each presented its own grim catalogue of horror stories. Survival became Melvins’ mantra. One day at a time. Same routine, different prison, ever-present threat of danger. A physical or emotional wrecking ball could come from anywhere, at any time. Same shit. Different day. Every day.
But Maxwell Melvins didn’t rot in jail. He changed. He grew up. He got clean. And he began to channel his energies to positive ends. Max joined Lifer’s Group, an organization founded in 1972 primarily for the support of long-term inmates. One of their outreach programs had also attracted international attention with the Scared Straight documentary, which sought to try and steer young offenders away from a life of crime by terrifying the crap out of them.
Here, Melvins found the niche that would define his life inside. In the early 1990’s he developed a new Lifer’s Group project, utilizing his passion for music. Under his guidance, from inside the walls of Rahway, Melvins produced two rap albums under the name of Lifer’s Group. The rappers and many of the musicians were fellow inmates. The aim was to reach out to kids, in a manner in which they would understand, that prison, and a life of crime, was a one-way ticket to nowhere. Every artist who signed up for the project had to agree to this fundamental purpose. This was no ego trip. This was music with a message, rap-style.
It is impossible to quantify how many young lives changed direction through the tough love dispensed by the rappers’ efforts. But it wasn’t just inspirational rap with a point to make. It was high quality music – and it was being made within the walls of a maximum-security jail. This was a story. Now the world’s media was beating a path to Rahway’s door, wanting to know more. And it was not just messed up young kids who were hearing the message.
The Lifer’s Group rappers were attracting attention from the music business too. And in April 1992, a letter arrived in Max’s cell informing him that they were nominated for a Grammy, in a category alongside Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel, Madonna and Sinead O’Connor. Four of the biggest selling artists of the decade, alongside a bunch of convicts. A storyline Hollywood would surely have turned down flat.
Max has his invite, but he had to decline – the State of New Jersey had other plans for him that night. So on the evening of the awards, the media came to him. News crews set up outside the jail, while Barbara Walters and the 20/20 team filmed Max and his crew inside. The rappers did not win – Madonna beat them to the prize – but they still made history. No prisoners had ever been nominated for a Grammy. And probably never will again. Max was the driving force behind one of the most extraordinary tales in modern music history.
The project over, Max’s life returned to the mundane. He became eligible for parole. He said he Was not ready. Not a unique response, but still very unusual. Max had developed self-awareness and self-confidence over the decades. He knew he still had changes to make to his lifestyle. Everything had to be right.
When his time did come, he presented his case to the parole board with honesty and clarity. They Did not like what they heard. They wanted more groveling and scraping, more handwringing and tears of remorse. Max gave them the truth, straight down the line. About his crime, about himself, and why he was finally ready to take the next step in his life.
Instead of granting him parole, the hearing board elected to tack another 10 years onto his original sentence. Melvins understood at a deep level this was both wrong and unfair, and in another unprecedented move, he took the State of New Jersey to court over the issue. And he won his case. Maxwell Melvins earned his parole.
Now free and living quietly in a New Jersey suburb, Melvins has still found life dealing him hard blows. Rear-ended in a car crash, he was in a bad way physically for some time. But now mentally tough and assured, there is no drifting back. He has focus now. He knows what he is trying to do. He’s got a mission to inform and explain. His message is clear. He wants young people to understand the dangers of a life of drugs, guns and crime. And to take another path. Prison is not cool, exciting or glamorous. It is tedious, repetitive, violent and potentially lethal. It’s an option with no positives.
Maxwell Melvins is still in contact with the family of the young man he shot and killed during that drug-induced evening of madness. They have known him since he was a child. They know it was unintentional. They have forgiven him. They share a bond that in some way, the victim is still living on through the life of his utterly transformed assailant.
But forgiveness is a luxury Maxwell Melvins denies himself. A pioneer in many ways; a successful executive producer of rap music with his own office inside one of the toughest jails in America; an advocate for helping young people make the right choices in their lives; a former inmate who understands the needs of long-term prisoners from the perspective of someone who has spent much of his adult life behind bars. Nobody has a story quite like it.
The Maxwell Melvins of today is in many ways an inspiration. But he will not accept praise. He refuses to be called a role model. He is not a hero. He is not inspirational. He thinks of the young man he killed back in July 1980, one of his closest childhood friends, every day of his life. And no matter how much he has developed and matured as a man, he will never forgive himself for what he did. Even now, that’s still a step too far. It always will be.
The information was sent to me by Maxwell Melvins himself! It is in his own words about his life from the start, in prison, his music and after his release. I had the honors of speaking to him and setting up an interview for him to be on TRIPLE P RADIO. It was such a pleasure to talk to him and looking forward to the interview! He is the founder of HIP HOP GROUP, THE LIFERS GROUP. He is a community activist and speaker. “LIFERS GROUP” is an album you must check out!! It has powerful and positive lyrics!! “Emotional Violence”, “Cuff’ Em Up” and “Belly Of The Beast” is a few on the album that lyrics are deep!! They keep it 100 on the album!!!!
Follow Maxwell on IG @melvins782
Shawn Gardner (BEHIND THE WALL MENTORS)
Shawn Gardner #291-181/175073 has been incarcerated for 18 years, he has life in Maryland for murder and life in federal court for drug trafficking and the same for murder in state court. He is currently serving time at a state prison in Maryland. I have interviewed Shawn on TRIPLE P RADIO (WMSKONLINERADIO.COM) which promotes all positive men and women have done and are doing while incarcerated. Shawn’s interview is a powerful one! He tells us in his own words his day from behind the walls and what he does to stay positive and motivated!! He has a strong bound with his 2 daughters and mother. He never gave up the fight for a “second chance at life”. Shawn is a positive role model for the men in prison.
Shawn started BEHIND THE WALL MENTORS in 2008 while incarcerated. A group of positive men also in prison with him are a part of BTWM and mentor the men to stay on a positive path and help them fight for their freedom! They also mentor the youth on “the outside” to keep them from coming to prison.
He has a plan for when he gets out on helping the youth not go down the same path he did. He is an author and wrote motivating books for the youth. He has completed numerous programs while in prison. He helps the men with their legal work and is part of the bible classes that meet on Sundays. Visit WWW.AUTHORSHAWNGARDNER.NET
Make sure you get your copy of STATE VS US MAGAZINE where you can read about BEHIND THE WALL MENTORS NEWLETTER!! STATEVSUSMAG.COM
Tia Hamilton is the true definition of “BOSS LADY”!! She is from the East Coast and the VOICE for the incarcerated! Tia is the owner of STATE VS US MAGAZINE which has interviews about incarcerated men and women doing state and federal time. She has artists and their music featured in the magazine along with authors and men and women who did time and now are out living positive lives and sharing with us about their life in prison and their life now!! Tia is an amazing woman and the “voice for the voiceless”! She is active in the community and in the fight for justice!! Order your copy today at STATEVSUSMAG.COM *They ship to prisons*
Tia is the owner of WMSKONLINERADIO.COM, which my radio show TRIPLE P RADIO is on SUNDAYS 2P-4P EST. I was honored to have had the opportunity to have my show on her station!! Tia is such a positive, beautiful soul!!! We got connected from a good friend of ours who is incarcerated! April and I were on the phone and she told me that she wanted me to connect with Tia, and the phone call was made and the rest is history!! Shouts out to April Barber incarcerated in North Carolina who did an interview in ISSUE 1 in STATE VS US MAGAZINE! April was also my first “behind the wall” prison interview on TRIPLE P RADIO! Tia and I have been working together to get the incarcerated men and women a chance to get their story told in their own voice!! We will continue to be their voice threw radio interviews, magazine interviews and their media!!
She also opened a bookstore in Maryland, Urban Reads Bookstore located at 3008 Greenmount Ave. Baltimore, MD. 21218 for incarcerated authors to get a chance to let the world read their books!! She has authors books who have been incarcerated in her store also. She continues in so many ways to let the world see that incarcerated men and women take negative situations and make positive ones!! Stop in and show support!! or visit OURURBANREADS.COM. You can also pick up your copy of STATE VS US MAGAZINE or order online!
Mad shouts out to you my sis!!! Love you and all you do!!!! Follow Tia on IG @mz_konnoisseur @statevsus @wmskonlineradio @urbanreadsbookstore
Get your Pre-Order your copy of STATE VS US MAGAZINE ISSUE 5 NOW!!! Coming Dec 2020!!! My artists C.I.T.Y and UNCLE BEATS are featured in ISSUE 5!!! IG @c.i.t.y_216 @unclebeats
Nate Frazier is a radio host out of Detroit, MI he also is active in the community and also is the “voice for the voiceless”. I met him at The Wrongful Convictions Summit 2019 in Ann Arbor ,MI. We are going to be working together with upcoming interviews. He is a positive role model and a great man!
Nate had a few words he wanted to share with everyone……
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Heart to Hearts counts it an honor to bring the latest news topics to you all. We believe it is important for the community to get all the information that we present. This is in part why I am reaching out to you all.
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Triple P Radio wants to introduce C.I.T.Y to the world…….
His name is Jermaine Finch known as C.I.T.Y which is abbreviated for (Cleveland Is Tha Y’ILDEST) being from Ohio knowing how Y’ILD his city is how he came up with the meaning for his name, not to mention the spells wild with a Y. He is the youngest of three boys and three sisters who he loves dearly. Growing up, his father was hardly around so that left his mother to play the role of a father and maintain her womanhood at the same time. The only male figures he had were his brothers, they never wanted him in the streets. By the age of 11 years old, he realized he had a passion for doing music, and ever since then he has been writing and recording every chance that he got. Didn’t matter closets, living rooms, basements, standing up or sitting down didn’t matter hit the record button and he was going in lol Growing up in Cleveland Ohio was a struggle by itself ……
Every block you ride down literally was boarded up from either raids or just being unattended which eventually turn into trap houses/bandos . He was a product of “his environment” at an early age with no guidance which led him to get into trouble. Before being sentenced to two years in Cuyahoga hills juvenile correctional facility and downhill it went from there. The day before he was released my social worker called him into her office to tell him he had to move to New Jersey because that’s where my legal guardian had moved to. Once he landed in N.J. everything looked so foreign being as though all he knew was Cleveland.. He was picked up and brought to a small town where his journey continued.
“Everything I was doing in Cleveland I went to N.J. doing but 10x worse C.IT.Y told me. That was the past this is the present. C.I.T.Y is an amazing father and a positive role model for his children. And now he is just focused on building up his business CITY216MUSIC LLC and staying in the studio making sure he has as much material as he possibly to can to keep his fans wanting more! I became Jermaine’s (C.I.T.Y) manager this summer and our team is amazing!! His producer JMBEATS is dope with mad talent. We are so happy to have Jung Phil (who is also C.I.T.Y’S manager) part of our team!! Our goal is to keep dropping music for all his fans!!! His music is available on all major platforms!! C.I.T.Y is exactly what Triple P Radio promotes…… Negative situations turned positive! Tune in Sundays from 2p-4p EST on WMSKONLINERADIO.COM where you can hear C.I.T.Y’S music along with other dope artists! Make sure you visit WWW.CITY216MUSIC.COM
Follow C.I.T.Y on all social media IG @c.i.t.y_216
Trische’ Duckworth is a social worker, who works as a community activist and social justice advocate. Since graduating from the University of Southern California (Dec. 2014), with her Master of Social Work Degree. She has been active, mobilizing people together and helping individuals find empowerment within themselves and their surrounding communities.
She believes that true healing comes from within, and, also, within our ability to put a voice to our pain/passion. This passion grew into the birth of the Nonprofit, Survivors Speak. Trische’ and her team work to bring a voice to taboo topics, as well as social injustices, through the arts, community conversations, and other creative avenues.
I had the honors of meeting Trische’ in 2019 at the Wrongly Conviction Summit in Ann Arbor MI. She is such an Amazing woman and a great friend with a heart of gold!!! She, myself and Gloria Jackson (mother to Dameko and Dennis Vesey) are in the fight to bring The Vesey brothers home! They have been fighting for their freedom for the last 17 years!!! They are two innocent brothers who are sitting in prison for a crime they DID NOT commit!!! Trische’ has fought on the front line for them along with other wrongly convicted cases in Michigan!!
Trische’ also is a singer with a powerful voice!!!! One of my favorite songs is “GOD is good” along with “Days of Solace”, “Evication Notice”, and “Let it go”.
You can contact her on social media and see how you can get involved!!! Follow her on IG @survivors_speak
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Leland Jones (Uncle Beats) is a Chicago rapper. He is also a manager, music producer and promoter. Leland was born on the southside of Chitown in the Englewood area. He founded Low Down Productions in 1996 and later the Gwop Gettas promo team. He is VP of HARD HITTAZ MONEY GANG. He released 5 studio albums “Down and Dirty”, ”Life of Leland”, ”Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork” “Relationship Advice” and “ Land of Leland” “Rayne “ which is on “Land of Leland” is one of my favorites especially the part “I live the life that I love, I love the life that I live”.
He is the manager for Crunchy Black from THREE 6MAFIA. He beat a fed case and, in the interview,, he did with TRIPLE P RADIO (Sundays from 2p-4P EST on WMSKONLINERADIO.COM). We talk about how it was during the time of court dates and how he was in county listening to guys talk about how they are doing time and the time they did. Uncle Beats told me in our interview “I’d tell them let me tell you how to stay out of jail” It’s an interview you don’t want to miss cuz we talk about “not doing time!” He is an amazing man with mad talent and his success in the music industry. December 2020 States VS US Magazine (Owner Tia Hamilton) Baltimore, MD promotes UNCLE BEATS in ISSUE 5 . Pre Order your copy today!!!! statevsusmag.com
Make sure to follow Uncle Beats on all social media……………… IG Uncle Beats TWITTER Uncle Beats FB Uncle Beats YOUTUBE HardHittazMoneyGang GWOPGETTAS.COM