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  • 01:05

    George Martorano with Boyd and Lucinda

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    George Martorano is the longest-serving first-time non-violent offender in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1988.


    In 1984, on the advice of his attorney Robert Simone, Martorano pled guilty to 19 counts of drug possession and distribution. Martorano was subsequently advised by both the prosecution and the judge, John Berne Hannum, that this plea could result in a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The prosecution, however, had only recommended a sentence of from 40 to 54 months. On September 20, 1984, Martorano was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the longest prison term ever imposed on a first-time non-violent offender in American history. One of the harshest sentences ever handed out.


    George Martorano is a writer and speaker. After serving 32 years of his life sentence for a non-violent crime he has been released in Oct 2015.  His aim, as a free man, is to pass to others what he has learned through his unique experience, and to help. We are proud to say that George used The Streets Don't Love You Back Book to teach from in Prison since 2010.


    Martorano has distinguished himself during his decades. In addition to being a "model" prisoner, Martorano is considered one of the most prolific writers in the Federal Prison System, having authored more than 31 books. He has also written numerous short stories, screenplays and poems. He recently published a self-help booklet for inmates entitled the "ShotCaller. He has developed a creative writing course - "The Write to Life" - which has assisted numerous inmate in earning GEDs and developing creative writing skills. was one of the first – if not the first – inmate in the FBOP system to exercise his First Amendment rights digitally, by publishing his works.

  • 00:54

    Roosevelt Sargent with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Roosevelt Sargent was born into a violent, drug infested, poverty-filled world that only got worse as he grew older. With his parents’ incarceration, his journey through homelessness, and the thug lifestyle that surrounded him daily, the smart money was on him not living to reach the age of eighteen. Add in teenage parenthood, and his brief future seemed predetermined.

    But then one day something happened that would change him forever.

    From then on he was a new man. Sargent became a published writer of nationally and internationally distributed music projects and he spent over fifteen years traveling and sharing his story to inspire hope in the lives of troubled youth across America. During this time he also founded a neighborhood youth center in Southern California where he selflessly served his local community and now, he is publishing his first book Victorious Underdog.

    From the dead man he should’ve been to the inspirational man he was meant to be, Roosevelt Sargent is the Victorious Underdog.Today Roosevelt resides in Fort Worth, Texas where he continues to serve and impact the lives of many he comes in contact with each day.


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  • 00:37

    Boyd and Lucinda

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  • 01:40

    Dr. JJ Spinner with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Dr. JJ Spinner is an individual whose purpose on earth is to serve his community (locally and globally) and positively impact the lives of every individual that he encounters. His personal mission statement for his life is:  “I was placed on earth not to serve myself but to serve others with my life, ensuring that the work that I do while on earth outlives me because of the effect reflected by the lives that I impacted.” His vision statement is to serve others by encouraging others to think big beyond their life’s obstacles; by standing in the gap for those that have been rejected or ostracized; and by representing hope to those that have given up and have no hope for a better tomorrow. At a height of 6’11’’, he figuratively and literally understands the “tall” assignment bestowed upon him.  In 1994, he founded Big Spin Enterprises, which has been recognized for its community service and activism, especially its youth program. As the C.E.O of Big Spin Enterprises as well as a former professional athlete, a minister, an educator, a writer, an actor, and a community activist, he has established effective programing that the youth can relate, learn and be impacted by because of the plethora of experience and connections that bring much needed support and resources to those that need it the most.  Whether it is his anti-bullying or his personal development programs for the youth, Dr. JJ Spinner along with Big Spin Enterprises seeks to end all types of anti-bulling, domestic violence and self-abuse by building character, redirecting challenging and negative behavior and motivating them to be positive role models in the community. 


     

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    Tay Smith and Christopher Young with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Atlanta - With its fiery hip hop music scene, Tyler Perry's production studio and its preponderance of reality shows, Atlanta has been heralded as the new Black Hollywood. Cradled within this number two market for film production are two gentlemen working diligently behind the scenes, quietly positioning themselves as the market's newcomers for representing talent. Talent agents, Christopher Young and Tay Smith are noticeably the hardest working, African American TV/film agents in the entire southeast area. A dynamic duo, working under the banner of the J Pervis Talent Agency, Smith and Young have created a vortex of synergy that is fueling theatrical bookings with new flair and fresh faces. The agents are celebrating Black History Month with a mission to continue to further the brand of the agency.As a team, both Smith and Young come from backgrounds steeped in creative management, insightful career directing and incredible music production. A Trenton, NJ native, Christopher Young is an industry veteran with two decades under his belt. He is credited with discovering and developing Grammy Award winning artist, Johnta' Austin as well as mega producer Garrett Hamler, better known as Sean Garrett. Johnta' Austin has written songs for Mariah Carey, Mary J Blige and Aaliyah, while Garrett is famed for producing more than fifteen number one singles in the first seven years of his start at producing music. Young has served as general manager for NBA star Tyrone Hill's All Net Records, and was product manager and A&R executive at Pastor Creflo and Taffi Dollar's Arrow Records. Young held his own as the head of his Tricycle Records label and his management firm, Triple Threat Management. Tay Smith founded and headed his own music production company, Yungsta Entertainment based in North Carolina. As a young teen he ran a staff of producers, artists and writers. Quickly gaining traction with lead recording artist T-LyriQ, 

  • 00:54

    Minister Michael Barrett with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Because of my choices, I  made a bed for myself that I was forced to lie in at a young age. When it came time for me to reap from all the wrong I had sowed, I had no idea, that I would have to spend 18 years of my life in Federal prison. Finally, the false reality I had been chasing after for so long, had revealed its true identity. And yes; "It was just what my mother tried to warn me about.From the streets, to the fed's, to the pulpit, is my life's journey, through the material possessions, women, money, temporary happiness, prison, trials and tribulations. In no way is this story meant to glorify the life I once lived. However, it's purpose is to glorify the GOD, that brought me through it all, in spite of who I use to be."Sometimes in life, we have to lose what we think is everything, in order to know what everything truly is. Life is all about CHOICES!"


     

  • 00:57

    Gil Bivens with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Gil Bivens from City of Refuge with Boyd and Lucinda

  • 01:01

    Actor Clay Chappell with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Atlanta - Actor Clay Chappell is no newcomer to the big screen. As a working actor, he has landed some prime bit parts in several major films. He played a councilman alongside Dennis Quaid in the remake of "Footloose" and did a scene with Robert Duvall in the Billy Bob Thorton directed "Jayne Mansfield's Car." But his brief appearance in the cinematic drama, "Selma," a historical period piece distributed by Paramount Pictures, has been heralded as the showstopper which may just define his career. In "Selma," Chappell plays a southern registrar opposite Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper, a Black women seeking to vote in 1965 when racial discrimination made voting very difficult. The scene, only a minute in length, sets the tone for the entire film, and is Oprah's only speaking role in the movie.According to film critic, Derrick Bang ( the-march-resonates-anew )   "the scene with Oprah is a "landmark cinematic moment: a scene destined to be memorialized, and oft resurrected, for decades to come." Chappell's performance has been highlighted on talk shows across the country, including "Ellen," "The Tonight Starring Jimmy Fallon," "Barbara Walters," and "The Today Show." Not bad for an actor who has been working since 1996 to secure more than five lines in a film!Chappell originally auditioned for the role of one of the klansmen in the film, but was asked by casting director Cynthia Stillwell to come back and read for the role of the registrar for the film's director, Ava DuVernay. After doing so, Chappell was asked back but couldn't make the third audition and thought maybe he had lost further consideration. When his agent at J Pervis Talent called him a week later, requesting a table read, he remained hopeful. DuVernay offered him the part after the read, 


     

  • 00:32

    Actor, Drew Stephenson with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Atlanta, GA - Music, modeling and acting are among the top three career goals for many in the entertainment field, but it is a well known fact that only a small percentage actually make any real headway in all three pursuits. Up and comer Drew Stephenson will not tell you that he is different, but he will show you with his persistence, determination and dedication. So much so that the young actor just stepped off the USA Network's newest television drama, "Complications," and is now celebrating landing a recurring role on one of television's top suspense series, "Vampire Diaries," on The CW. Stephenson will play Collin, an integral character to the show's plot, on two consecutive shows, starting January 22, 2015.  A second generation Jamaican, Stephenson was born in Brooklyn and currently resides in Atlanta. The handsome young looker initially got his start in the business eight years ago as a fashion model, booking gigs like the Sean John anniversary fashion show and print ads for Ashley Furniture, Belk, and Wingate.  


     

  • 00:44

    Actor Stan Houston with Boyd and Lucinda

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    Atlanta - Every actor dreams of that career-defining role, the one that lands him in a blockbuster film alongside big Hollywood stars. Well when actor Stan Houston was initially offered his 'big break' to read for the role of the racist antagonist Sheriff Jim Clark in the now Oscar nominated film, "Selma," he actually turned it down twice, and with good reason. Distributed by Paramount Pictures, Selma is a historical period piece that covers a critical episode in the civil rights movement. As a resident of Coffee County in the Southeastern area of Alabama, Houston actually lives in the same small town whereSheriff James G. Clark lived and died. Houston felt the dynamics of playing such a controversial role might just be too close to home. He eventually read for the role, and in a move showcasing director Ava DuVernay's dedication to authenticity, he was selected.Houston has been acting professionally for six years now. "Selma" is his most significant booking to date. His larger than life portrayal of Sheriff Clark has garnered him international attention and acclaim. Performing directly alongside Oprah Winfrey, who plays civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper, Houston's fiery.