What led you to say that writing your story was the right thing to do?
You are still a young man, so why a memoir now?
The things and situation you describe in the book might be difficult for some to comprehend or even fathom. Did you have a certain audience in mind or did you just want to get it all out there? Yes I did, two in particular: for gang members who are still out there in the streets stuck as I was, feeling hopeless, full of despair, no direction in life; and for single mothers who are raising males by themselves. So much can be prevented if they could intervene at a younger age, to be enlightened about what is happening to us boys growing up.
As you know, life in a gang and the 'thug life' is glamorized quite a bit in movies and even in music and other forms of entertainment. This is a life that you live, that was a part of you just like anything else. Do you think having the firsthand experiences you did took away the shine of the life so many praised?
In the book you talk about the importance of truth. Conversations talks a lot about walking in your own truth. What would you tell young men who hear of your story about the importance of living the truth?
With memoirs come the questions from readers and those like me in the press about your purpose for writing your book. Now that your book is in print and available worldwide, what do you hope it accomplishes?
Dashaun, we really do appreciate your talking with us. If our readers want to find out more about you and when you will be in their area, how can they do so?
I want to say thank you for even doing this interview with me. I always take honor in speaking about my story because someone will benefit from my trial and error. I leave the youngsters with this, "Learn from my mistakes, IT'S FREE!"