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'Monster Kody' — Monster No More?

From the series Uncuffed:

Sanyika Shakur, formerly known as “Monster” Kody Scott, is getting out of incarceration. While incarcerated in 1993, he published “Monster: The Autobiography of an L.A. Gang Member,” which made him famous.

A former member of the Eight Tray Crips gang, Shakur has been in and out of confinement since he was 14. Now, he says he is a “Monster” no more.

I was a criminal. I became a revolutionary. And people expected me to commit class suicide as a successful writer and become a noted author, and to me, I didn't want to go that way. I didn't want to be the go to guy when they said, 'What about gangs?' Because that's not what it's about.

UPDATE: Shakur was released in 2019. After his release, in June of 2021, Shakur was found dead in a tent in San Diego county. As of June 23, the cause of death has not been determined, but authorities say it appears he died of natural causes.

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Brian “bf” Thames has published five non-fiction books while incarcerated over the last 30 years. A pending 6th book advocating self-reliance and better decision making in potentially dangerous encounters is on the way. Learning languages is an exciting pastime for him. He’s become reasonably fluent in French, conversational in Spanish, and learned ASL during the Covid-19 pandemic. His favorite animals are Great Danes, and any variation of parrots/parakeets. Acquiring general knowledge and education about the world and existence tends to make him giddy.
Dámon “L.A.” Cookë or “The Nomad” is a true force of nature