During my childhood, my mother was in and out of the penitentiary, which led me and my brothers and sisters to live in foster homes. When I got to junior high, I got into the gang lifestyle. I was gangbanging, selling drugs, robbing — whatever it took to make money. I was in and out of jail for 7 to 8 years due to various crimes: drugs, robbery, assault and all those sorts of things. I got a self-check the last time I went to jail and got out — the mother of my youngest son got arrested and the police called me to tell me that my son was in the precinct. I went to pick him up, and he’s pretty much been with me ever since, which makes me a single parent.