12-year-old entrepreneur is the new big dog on Morehouse College’s campus

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge When it comes to business, nothing can stop 12-year-old Mason Wright and his mission to be one of Atlanta’s premier young entrepreneurs. No matter where he goes young Mason always seems to find potential in making it a thriving business. From the simplest of […]

Ride or die chicks beware: Misplaced loyalty can lead to incarceration

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge Loyalty is something we all look for in relationships. Often, the need to show loyalty and display how “down” one is, leads to people biting off a lot more than they can chew. Throughout my years, I have met some loyal people and I’ve […]

Momma, I ain’t happy here: Family separations lead to many tears

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge In recent weeks, the news has been heartbreaking. Stories of lives lost, reminders of a nation being torn apart and family separations fill the air waves and the TV screens. I’m usually a very positive person, but I have lately been feeling my emotions […]

Dave Choice Awards celebrate life, love and humility

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. Throughout the years, a lot has changed about me. I have become wiser, more humble and my perception on life has changed. One thing that has always remained the same is the love in my heart and the pure joy I get from giving […]

When it all blows up: The rise and fall of drug kingpin George Jung

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge One thing I can appreciate about my life is the opportunities I’ve had to meet so many different people. Even in my darkest hours, God makes sure to send encouragement and lessons that I carry with me every day. In 2003, I had the pleasure […]

Faith released me from prison

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge When someone goes to prison, they are stripped of a lot of things: their family, home, livelihood, reputation and their faith. As I spoke about before, when an inmate first arrives to prison, they will experience the five stages of grief. Two of those […]

Life after prison: Helping your loved one adjust when they get home

The most thought of and spoken about moment while someone is in prison is their release date. For the inmates who are blessed with a release date, it can either feel like time is slowly approaching or for those who stay active and involved, the sentence can speed by.

Dear Mama: You are the most beautiful person placed on this Earth

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge This week’s article is very special to me. If you can’t tell by my annual Mother’s Day event, I love to show appreciation and gratitude to the mothers all over on their special day. Although every mother is different, they are all important to […]

Prison B.R.E.A.K.: From the bottom up, Stacy Barker shares story of $100M win

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge It’s no secret that the justice system can be unfair and unjust. Although we are often reminded from the heartbreaking cases shown on television, unfortunately for some, injustice is a reality. In Stacy Barker’s case, the painful past she experienced became motivation to correct […]

Graduating to your purpose: The school of hard knocks

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge Life is all about choices and chances. When someone in society does something wrong in the eyes of the law, they have to face the consequences. Paying a debt to society by serving time in state or federal facilities is never anyone’s first choice, […]

Innocent bystanders: How loved ones are affected outside prison walls

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge Often when I see an older woman in a store with multiple younger children or a man in his late 60s standing outside waiting on a school bus, so many different scenarios cloud my mind as to why. Is the parent working? Did they […]

Good girls like bad boys; when a woman is brainwashed and faces jail time

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge I was sitting at one of my usual spots enjoying a Red Bull and doing some research on my iPhone. Not too far from me sat a young lady. She reminded me of one of my daughters, but she had a look of defeat […]

Prison Break: Celebrating 50 years of life and the true impact of time

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. 50 Years and Counting: My Lifetime of “Aha!” Moments So, it’s my birthday. I’ve reached a milestone, the big 5-0. That means I’ve had 50 years to be who I was born to be, 50 years to be the man I am at this […]

Prison Break: Lanre Onigbinde-Bey on bonding with his daughter through letters

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. Strawberry Letter 27 One of the many challenges for men in prison is having a safe space where self-expression can be met with positivity, constructive input and respect. It’s a hard place often filled with hypermasculinity acted out by the inmates housed there and […]

Prison B.R.E.A.K.: Atlanta mom’s story of serving federal prison time for drugs

Here is the Prison B.R.E.A.K. (Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge) story of a mother’s love, loss and redemption. I remember talking to an acquaintance some years ago. He had served 14 years in prison; he was a big shot before he went in. His children would’ve all been babies then. They hardly knew who he […]

Prison Break: A former inmate shares intimate details of love while locked down

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. Living, Loving and Losing: Relating Behind the Wall Maintaining relationships while in prison is not an easy thing. It will test the depth of any relationship a convict might have with another human. It will also challenge the limitations of those relationships and, it […]

Prison Break: Proud father’s open letter to college grad daughter, Treasure

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. From Prison to Praise: An Ode to Treasure Bijon, My Dearest Treasure I was shuffling through some things the other day when I came across a letter. It was written by you and addressed to me — Dear Daddy. It was brief, not more […]

Prison Break: A lesson for loved ones who go above and beyond for convicts

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. 3 ‘Hots,’ 1 Cot I met a man in prison who committed a felony just so he would end up there. He was destitute, homeless and had no family. “I was tired of living on the streets,” he said. “In here, they feed you, […]

Prison Break: Incarceration introduces the trauma of separation to loved ones

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. On Brothers and Sisters, Fathers and Daughters: Step Three I served time in both the state and federal penal systems. State first, then federal. The contrasts between the two are subtle; incarceration is incarceration. In the state of Michigan, once you have been tried […]

Prison Break: Unlock your mind, body and spirit with self-mastery

Prison B.R.E.A.K. is an acronym for Building Relationships Empowerment and Knowledge. Step 2: Teacher and Student Prison is not easy, for anyone. The thing about prison and the entire penal system is it snatches our opportunities to control even the most basic of things. From the point of conviction, both convict and those they love, […]