July 24, 2011

Celebrities Dead Before 35

Sadly, songstress Amy Winehouse was found dead at the age of 27 in her home. Details or cause of her death is unknown as of now.  However, there are many speculations that is circulating through the tabloids and the Internet.  We all are quite familiar with Amy's longtime drug and alcohol abuse.  But, that doesn't justify or consolidate any reasons for her to be dead at such an early age.  At the age of 27, some of our lives are just beginning.  Again, I am uncertain of details surrounding the cause of her death but, the life of Stardom seems so dark and empty.  If you pay attention to certain celebrity photos you can notice the dark and emptiness in their eyes.  Some seem empty. Before, deviating from the topic.  I have listed a few celebrities including athletes that died young because of drugs.  Again, this doesn't mean that I'm saying that drugs are the cause of Amy Whinehouse death.
After recording on the evening of the 3rd, Janis Joplin and band member, Ken Pearson had a couple of drinks at Barney's Beanery.  Just after midnight, they drove back to the hotel at 7047 Franklin. Inside room 105, she shot up her last fix of heroin. She returned to the hotel lobby to get change for a five dollar bill, for cigarettes. She chatted casually with the hotel clerk, who later said she seemed perfectly natural (and he didn't know who she was). When she returned to her room, she collapsed beside the bed, almost breaking her nose. She was wedged against a bedside table, with a cigarette in her hand.  One of her band members, became alarmed when she didn't show up for the recording session the next morning, and after unsuccessfully trying to reach her by telephone, he went to the hotel, broke down the door and found her dead. She was 27 years old.
Nancy Spungen was born In Philadelphia in 1958. A disturbed child, in later years was described as, "unbelievably thick-skinned" and one person recalled, "one of the most unlikable people I've met. Everybody could see through her - except Sid." She was already a junkie and working as a prostitute in London when she and Sid met at a party in 1977. According to some, it was Nancy that got him hooked on hard drugs. Sid and Nancy became inseparable, but a burden to the rest of the band. Think John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
Sid and Nancy had a colorful visit with Nancy's parents for a few days. Before they moved on, Nancy announced to her mother "I'm going to die very soon. Before my 21st birthday. I won't live to be 21. I'm never going to be old. I don't ever want to be ugly and old. I'm an old lady now anyhow. I'm 80. There’s nothing left. I've already lived a whole lifetime. I'm going out. In a blaze of glory."
On October 12th 1978 Between the hours of 4am and 9am Nancy Spungen was killed in the bathroom of room 100 by a single stab wound to the stomach (just below the navel).
According to the crime report - Sid stated that around 1am they had an argument, Nancy was sitting on the edge of the bed, flicking the knife and he went to sleep. He woke up in the morning and the bed was wet with blood. He thought he had pissed himself. He found Nancy on the bathroom floor - still breathing. He left, for the methadone clinic. Returning, he washed off the knife, and attempted to wash her off as well. A tidy home is a happy home. When he couldn't get her clean, he called for help. 
He said he had no recollection of what happened to her.
Later he said she hit him and he hit her on the top of the head and knocked her onto the bed. "I stabbed her but I didn't mean to kill her. I loved her, but she treated me like shit."
He also said she must have fallen on the knife and that she must have dragged herself into the bathroom. As you do.
Sid was charged with second degree murder the same day and was taken to Rikers Island. He was back on the streets a week later when some mega-lenient judge saw it fit to grant him $50,000 bail. On his release, Sid and his mother checked into the Seville Hotel and it was here on October 22nd 1978, Sid made his first suicide attempt
He was rushed to the psychiatric ward of the Bellevue hospital, detoxed and again released by the judge, pending an evaluation. There was also the condition that he report to the police everyday and attend the methadone clinic.
Back in London - Malcolm McClaren printed up shirts with Sid's image holding a knife, and the slogan, "She's Dead, I'm Yours."
After being released from Rikers a second time (awesome!) where he had been put for fighting with Patti Smith's brother Todd at ‘Hurrah’s’ music club (on 62nd and Broadway), he hooked up with an unemployed actress named Michelle Robinson. She was hot to land that catch. Oh, Sid's mom came to New York as well, to help out with Sid's legal issues... and wreak havoc.
Celebrating Sid's release, they held a party in Michelle's flat. Sid wore an I Love New York t-shirt and jeans. He ate spaghetti bolognese. Around midnight he shot up heroin. He had been clean for a week, and it hit him hard. He collapsed and his lips and face were blue. They wrapped a blanket around him, and he came around. Mum said, "you gave us a fright!" Sid got up to puke, but ended up not being able to. 
Having recovered, he conversed with Michelle and his Mum for roughly two hours, and retired to bed. Mum slept on the sofa. Michelle and the love of her life, were in bed. He had no more drugs, and no alcohol.
Mum woke around 8am to make herself a cuppa. She peeked in and saw Sid and Michelle sleeping, and heard Sid cough, and went back to snoozing. She woke again at noon and entered the bedroom to kiss Sid on the forehead. He was dead. In his sleep, nude, face up, in an apartment.
There is a common report that Sid's mum "ordered in" the heroin herself, like a good mum would, to save Sid from having to score it on his own. However, according to the police report, the heroin was obtained by "a friend."
There is another report that Sid asked Michelle to shoot him up with heroin, as he had the shakes. She left the room, told Mrs. Vicious - who then entered the room and shot him up. Thanks MUM!
In her own words:
Simon had a rose pink aura around his whole body. I said , 'Jesus, son that must have been a good hit.' He was elated, quietly so. Elated on the inside, coming out, creating the aura."

Mum wasn’t able to comply 100% with Sid’s wishes, his having been already incinerated. The Spungen family said HELL NO, and refused to tell her where Nancy was buried. According to legend, she found out anyway. She waited till dark, then scrambled over the wall of the cemetery and dumped Sid on top of Nancy's grave.
Kurt Cobain and his wife Courtney Love, moved into a house  located in Seattle, Washington.  Shortly after they moved in, Love and Cobain had an argument, and Kurt locked himself in a room. Love feared that Kurt was going to do it (kill himself) then, and called the police. They came, and confiscated three handguns, a semiautomatic rifle, and 25 boxes of ammunition.  Allegedly, Kurt once said something about joining "The 27 Club", which is a group of famous musicians who all died at age 27 (Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, etc...), and that he purposely committed suicide at age 27 to do so.
On Friday the 8th of April 1994, at 8:40am, an electrician named Gary Smith had come to install a burglar alarm. He was told that the occupants were out of town. Upon looking in the window above the garage he discovered Kurt.   Coroners estimated he'd been dead for 3 days. He was wearing jeans and a light colored T-shirt. 
On the floor next to his body, was his drivers license, and on a shelf about 10 feet away, skewered into a potted plant by a pen, was his one page suicide note, written in red ink. Some of the note read, "It's better to burn out than fade away…I haven't felt the excitement…for too many years now," "I feel guilty beyond words about these things… when we are backstage and the lights go out and the manic roar of the crowd begins, it doesn't affect me." "The fact is…I can't fool you, any of you. It simply isn't fair to you or to me… the worst crime I can think of would be to pull people off by faking it and pretending as if I were having 100% fun." He signed it, "I love you. I love you."  Kurt was 27 years old when he died.  He also suffered from a longtime heroin addiction.
Jimi Hendrix died at 27 years old, leaving behind only 4 completed albums.  Although he was staying in a London hotel at the time, on September 18th, 1970 Jimi was sleeping in his girlfriend Monika Danneman's flat.  She left for cigarettes around 10:20, came back and saw him covered in vomit. She could not wake him and  called Jimi's good friend Eric Burdon and explains that she could not wake Jimi up, and he's covered in puke. Eric shouted into the phone, "CALL THE FUCKING AMBULANCE!" Monika wasn't sure she should, because Jimi might get mad about the scandal. Burdon repeated his order. The ambulance attendants arrived about 20 minutes later, wrapped him up, and carried Jimi out of her flat. 
"Instead of laying him down in the ambulance, they sat him in a chair and strapped him upright. He tried to bend over so he could vomit, but one of the attendants quickly pushed his head back and strapped him in tighter. Jimi's head lolled back as the ambulance driver took off. The speeding ambulance pressed his body back in the chair and made it even more difficult for him to get his head down. He felt bile and vomit near his Adam's apple. Jimi was unable to speak. Even if he could, the ball of vomit in his throat prevented him. The vomit massed in his vocal chords. His lungs became congested. His heart began to pump harder, and the right ventricle dilated. Fluid began to seep into his lungs. He was rushed from the ambulance into St.Mary Abbots Hospital. The doctors work on him for over an hour, to no avail."  
He was pronounced dead at 11:25 am. His last meal was a tuna sandwich.  He also used the drug barbiturate intoxication which contributed to choking on his own vomit.
Len Bias led Maryland to the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament.   During his four year career he never made it past the sweet sixteen.  The 22 year old forward died of cardiac arrest caused by a cocaine overdose on June 19,1986.  This was two days after being selected with the second overall pick from the Boston Celtics.   
This leads us up to the sadly missed Amy Winehouse.  May she rest in peace.  Be blessed all and thank you for your constant support...............................................

July 22, 2011

Throw Back

If given the opportunity to travel backwards in a time era it would definitely be the 80's thru 90's.  These were years in my life that will always remain golden.  This includes fashion, music, clubs, school, block parties etc.  Sit back as I take you places in your past that you will only be able to visit mentally. 
Do you remember when you were that young, green kid just off the steps?  We were so intrigued with our older sisters/brothers, cousins, aunts, uncles and the older kids on the block.  It was on the front steps that you developed your first crush.  My first crush was on the now Rev.Run. You couldn't tell me when Sucker MC's came out that I wasn't going to marry Joseph Simmons and be known to the world as Mrs.Run.  My cousin, Steve took us to the movie theater in Center City on Chestnut Street to see Krush Groove when it first came out.  Matter of fact, I still look at Krush Groove religiously.  I know yall remember this...........................................................................................................................................
Yes I did take it there.  I will never forget when I first seen the movie, Beat Street.  Every boy in the high school wanted to be Lee.  In fact, Lee rocked the Kangol a longtime before LL Cool J.  Girls do you remember memorizing this part of the movie? 
Us girls can Boogie too.  I would go off on this part.  "It's working" in my Double K's voice.  But, I bet you 60's babies remember this song at block parties.  Or when dee jays use to challenge in the playground.  Watch out Uncle Ted "Here Comes The Beat"
I'll always remember on Saturday mornings my uncle would watch White Shadows with Coach Reid, Soul Train, and Kung Fu movies.  These were some of the things that I looked forward to.  However, nothing can top those after school specials on Channel 12.  As a matter of fact, nothing could top watching Dancing On Air during the week.  In the mirror practicing the latest dance moves, checking your butt out in the mirror and pretending that Mr.Tuxedo was your boyfriend.  But, looking at it now you see how Corny it really was.  Check it out the black guys in the end of the video below.......................................................
How many of you made it your business to be in the house for the next What Happening episode?  If you was me there wasn't an episode that you missed.  I think everyone loved to see Freddy Stubbs a.k.a. Rerun dance.  But,everyone also loved to hate that smart mouth of Raj's little sister, Dee.  You're in for a treat.  I have that for you.................................................................
Dang, I sure did take you there.  But, now let's go there on the crazy styles.  Do you guys remember when it was mandatory for girls to wear the blue gym suits for school.  The ones with the snap buttons that your mother made you wear over your opaque or cable knit tights?  You barely made it to the bathroom if you held it long because it took 10 minutes in itself to just get the darn thing down.  If you don't remember that I'm more than positive that you remember the Coca-Cola sweatshirt.  I know some of you probably still have that shirt.
Ladies if that isn't enough to take you all the way back I have something that I know will.  Free movie passes to lady at the computer that shouted Guess Jeans.  I'll never forget may he r.i.p., Dupont got a whooping from our Principal Mrs.Cartwright for making me fall and tearing my jeans in the knee.  I was devastated because these were my favorite pair.  They had the zipper at the bottom and made my butt appear larger than it was. 
Fellas, don't fret because I have something for you as well.  I remember when all the fly guys were going to City Blue on Market Street across from John Wanamakers to get Sergio Tachinni sweatsuits.  However, if you were really balling you got yours from Boyds.  Boyds actually was located on Market Street originally.  Damn, I guess that I am showing yours and my age.  But, it's coming from a positive place.  Therefore, it doesn't matter.
Don't laugh too hard ladies because there was a time when we actually wore these skirts and if you were really fly you had the shirt to match.  Much props goes out to Fila for the tennis skirts.
I must say I was ecstatic when I got my first pair of Gucci Sneakers.  I remember them being like two sizes too big because I had very tiny feet. But, it was like Gucci literally made you official in the hood.  If you didn't own a Gucci particle you were whack and definitely needed to step your game up.  I'm not talking about when City Blue started selling high top Gucci sneakers either.  I'm talking about when you could only purchase them from Alantic City.  Everybody I'm sure remember the Gucci era.
So, we covered music, fashion, television and now I am going to take you out with a song that I know many of you can recite verbatim.  Thank you so much for taking this trip with me and may you be blessed abundantly....Peace.........

July 20, 2011

Couples Argue Over Facebook

Today with all the fancy social network systems people hardly do regualar things anymore such as date in person or use a cellular phone for anything other than texting or internet surfing.  However, there is one social network that even celebrities have become addicted to.  This is Facebook.  Facebook has been used to catch criminals, proven infidelity, stalking an ex-lover, and many more things.  But, as addictive as it became it also became a problem in most couple relationships.  In this short video you are going to see first hand what damages Facebook cause.  Sit back and relax.  If you drink, then you might want to grab your beverage.
Thank you so much for all of your support. Be blessed...Peace...

July 14, 2011

The Life of Street Ball Legends Pee Wee Kirkland and Earl "The Goat" Manigault

This story has held my interest for so many years. Mainly because it shows how easily it is to fall victim to a life of crime. Pee Wee Kirkland is a legendary street ball player in New York. He ran with the best of them and even caught the attention of the NBA. In 1969, The Chicago Bulls even shown interest in signing him to play for them. But, a young Pee Wee Kirkland had other plans that pushed his goals and ambition to the back. At the time, Pee Wee Kirkland was attending Norfolk State College in Virgina. He was labeled the fastest man in college basketball by Sports Illustrated. Outside of school and basketball Kirkland led a very flashy lifestyle. He had the decision of a lifetime to make a decision that will change his life forever vice verse which side he chose. He could either play professional ball for the Bulls under the now former coach, Dick Motta or return to New York and become hood rich overnight. He chose New York. Sadly, in 1971 Pee Wee Kirkland was arrested on several criminal charges including tax evasion. He was convicted of conspiracy to selling narcotics and sent to The Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. It was there that he will begin a 10 year sentence. He was released from prison in 1981. He then dedicated his life to preventing kids from being trapped in the belly of the beast. Check out below the story of Pee Wee Kirkland

Another street ball legend is Earl "The Goat" Manigault. He was said to be the king of his own generation of ballplayers. Due to a heroin addiction he never knew his incredible potential as a professional basketball player. He would bring fans to their feet during one on one competitions in New York City playgrounds. These one on one competitions would be against now professional athletes such as Connie Hawkins and Lew Alcindor whom will be later named Karim Abdul Jabbar. Still to this very day professional athletes sing praises of Earl. He openly admitted in The New York Times that he let thousands of people down. 
Earl was a frequent participant in the Harlem Ruckers Tournament which majority drew top level players. Meaning if you weren't good you probably didn't get to participate. His jumping abilities is what captivated a lot of people. He was a little over 6'9" and able to pick a quarter off of a backboard. He even won a sixty dollar bet from dunking backwards thirty-six times in a row. He was kicked out of school after being accused of smoking pot in the locker room. He then attended a prep school in North Carolina. As he continued to build a reputation for being an outstanding ball player in the playgrounds of Harlem, he received visits from recruiters after completing prep school. A lack of academic confidence and self-motivation led him to over look major colleges and attend John C.Smith University instead. He suffered in academics and was basically using street ball rules in college basketball and eventually less than a year he left college. He then hit rock bottom after returning home. He started using heroin and developed a $100 per day habit. Unable to keep a job, he resorted to thievery to support his habit. which included stealing mink coats from the garment district in New York. Meanwhile, his basketball skills were withering away. In the 1965 Ruckers Tournament he fell down twice because he was unable to keep his balance. By 1968, he completely stop visiting the parks that helped build his fame. He then entered many rehabilitation facilities but, was still unable to shake his habit. In 1969, he was arrested for drug possession. After serving 16 months he was granted with a try out with The Utah Stars. However, he didn't make it due to his addiction robbing him of his skills. By 1977, he was re-arrested for attempted robbery and sent back to prison for two years. Upon his release he fled to South Carolina with two of his sons and finally lived a clean and sober life. Due to congestive heart failure, Earl "The Goat" Manigault died in 1998. He will forever be a legend for many generations to follow.  Check out his interview below:
Thank you all so much for your constant support.  May you be blessed abundantly...Peace.......

July 10, 2011

The Story Of Frank Matthews

One thing that I vowed to do before changing OnlyRocky over to a gossip blogsite is to write about topics that everyone will be entertained from reading.  I dedicated myself to not only write about celebrity gossip but, to use this site as a detour to some young girl or boy that is traveling down a road of destruction.  Some might read this site and think that some articles glorify drug dealers and gangsters.  It doesn't it gives you the end of their demise.  It gives that seventeen year old boy that's considering drug slanging the possible end results of being a drug dealer.  Every child isn't able or comfortable enough to go to a parent, adult, or family member/friend to discuss certain things.  I want to provide an informative platform for THAT child.  So, now that we got that out the way let's move on to some old but juicy information from the past.
Out of all the crime stories that we read and hear about on a daily basis seldom, do we witness a successful ending.  Either someone is murdered, committed murder, dead, or incarcerated. Fortunately, this isn't any of the circumstances when regarding Frank Matthews.  For those of you who aren't familiar with the story of Frank Matthews I'm going to give you a brief rundown.  Frank Matthews was a self made millionaire in the drug trade of the 70's era.  He started of in the numbers racket and his desire for more money directed him to sell drugs.  After being turned by two major crime families, The Gambinos and The Bonnanos to help supply him with narcotics he joined forces with a Cuban cocaine dealer.  This connection was made through Harlem's number runner, Raymond Marquez.
In less that one year, Matthews became one of New York's biggest drug dealers.  Matthews proclaimed the image of Robin Hood until crossed.  By the early 70's, his organization was handling multi-million dollar shipments in at least 21 states.  According to the Government, Matthews was controlling the cutting, packaging, and selling of heroin to every major East Coast city.
As his empire grew, he was given the name of Black Ceaser.  Of course, years later the movie, Black Ceasar and Hell Up In Harlem will be made emulating the life and disapperance of Frank Matthews portrayed by actor Fred Williamson..  It wasn't unusual to see Frank out in Harlem with a mink sable, leather safari suit, pipe in his mouth and a harem of beautiful, exotic women.  Frank had six mistress spread across New York City in six of his apartments.  He drove a fleet of Cadillacs that he paid for with cash money.  During frequent trips to Las Vegas, he would lose as much as $190,000 in one gambling session.  That was nothing to him.  His main reason for visiting was to launder his drug money through his business contacts. 
Eventually, Frank moved his family to a multi-million dollar home and sent his children to private school.  Paul Castellano was growing irritated with Frank's flamboyant lifestyle and didn't take to kindly to Frank moving into his neighborhood.  Of course, this caused contemplations of Castellano murdering Frank.  Fortunately for Frank, Castellano was murdered before his plan came into motion. 
Frank Matthews was the only black man affiliated with The French Connection.  His net worthed was sixty million dollars.  Instead of  re-investing his profits into his drug business, he invested it into real estate and put additional funds into overseas money laundering havens.  Authorities estimated that he deposited at least one million dollars into a special savings account. 
In 1972, Frank's supplier was arrested in Miami, FL.  Frank was arrested a few weeks later and could possibly face 50 years in prison. 
On July 2, 1973, Frank Matthews was scheduled to appear in court.  He never showed.  He and girlfriend, Denise Brown disappeared with 20 million dollars in cash.  The authorities have been looking for him since.
As always I am forever grateful for your constant support by reading Only Rocky. May you blessed abundantly..Peace........

July 2, 2011

Street Files

For the last few weeks I have been M.I.A.  However, I am back and this time in full effect.  I would like to continue posting out of the block.  This topic should be of concern to anyone who had or has the opportunity to mentor someone that you fill is heading to a road of destruction.  In this article you will find different stories provided by different sites about the consequences kids face from traveling down dark paths.  Through these different young men you will see why it's so easy to succumb to a life of destruction.  Something that starts off so innocent can end up being a disaster.  Something so mediocre as a rap song can turn your child into a beast.  Check out the story below about George "Boy George" Rivera.
By the age of 21, George "Boy George" Rivera was a multi-millionaire.  He was brilliant, ambitious, and seen an opportunity to be an entrepreneur and ran with it.  Unfortunately, that was to be a drug entrepreneur.  Allegedly, he made over $15 million in a two year run. Boy George and his Bronx, NY based heroin organization grossed $250,000 a week. Boy George, barely out of his teens, built himself a reputation of being one of the wealthiest drug lords to come out of New York and one of the youngest to be charged with the kingpin statute. During this time in the 80's the crack epidemic was growing and kept the attention of the higher ups.  Therefore, this kept the attention off of his heroin ring.  Just like most young men in the streets, George became flashy and flamboyant.  On Christmas Eve he rented a yacht and threw a party and gave his whole crew Rolex watches for a token of his appreciation.  Little did he know was that this party would be the party that leads to his demise.  There were three off duty New York City detectives aboard as part of the yacht security.   However when it came time to talk to the DEA, these detectives were uncooperative and during George’s trial they remained steadfast in their refusal to testify to what they had witnessed.  But, we all know that drug game is a dirty game and few remain with with stories to tell. The eventually convicted him oattempted tax evasion charged in count fourteen and to one count of using or carrying a firearm during a drug trafficking crime used by narcotics dealers to camouflage their activities.  He once quoted in an interview with DonDiva Magazine that "if he had made it to his car, he would be a free man".  This is from an obsession with purchasing cars with the same gadgets as James Bond cars.  Point of the story is he didn't make it to his car.
At the age of 15, Calvin Klein was in and out of prison.  He caught an attempted murder case in Maryland with  young Jay-Z that had him looking at a 45 year bid, if convicted.  Because the rapper Jay- Z had a promising career in rap he took the plea bargain and paid $50,000 to have Jay Z dropped from the case.  Calvin Klein played a major part in the streets of New York along with his now deceased partner, Danny.  This all led to 14yrs out of his youth.  Klein was promised by Jay-Z that when he was released from prison Jay would take care of him (financially).  Unfortunately, when he came home Jay proved not to be a man of his word and renigged on his offer of financial support and raped Klein of his image.  The moral of this story is there's limited loyalty in the fast life.
Wayne Perry is known in the Washington, D.C. area as one of the most notorious hit men.  Where as Perry mastered the act of murder, he failed the test of trust.  Had Wayne followed the rules of the street and trusted no one he probably will free at this moment.  But, he broke all rules by trusting and joining forces with a now known "RAT" that will sell out and murder his own friends for the love of money.  Wayne Perry is the cousin of Rayford Edmond.  Rayford is who allegedly introduced Washington, D.C. to  crack cocaine.  It has been rumored that Wayne was involved of the murder of NBA prospect, Karlton Hines.  Hines dropped out of sports with the same goals as many other misled black boys to be a successful drug dealer.  Allegedly, he also been rumored to have involvement in over 100 murders.  He was labeled top enforcer to successfully carry out hits for drug crews and drug cartels.  In fact, he was so feared that whenever he drove through the streets of D.C. in his Mercedes crews would scatter because they knew if they seen him it was about to get ugly.  His activities outside of murder was bank robberies and gambling.  Wayne was hired as protection for then 17 yr. old drug dealer from Harlem, N.Y., Alpo Martinez.  A lot of you have heard of Alpo through the movie "Paid N Full". His character was portrayed by rapper, Cameron.  Allegedly, Wayne carried out many hits in order to keep Alpo alive.  However, things did pan out as they should have.  Wayne Perry is now serving life sentences in the Control Unit of ADX prison.  This is the result of trusting someone you don't know. 
Karlton Hines was an excellent basketball player at the age of 15.  He received over 35 letters from colleges around the world for the sport of basketball.  But, he had his mind set on Syracuse.  He was an all-star with similar skills of Lebron James.  Due to ferocious dunks he was nicknamed Duncan Hines.  But all of this changed after an argument with his coach and he decided to quit the team four months before his graduation.  After battling self-depression, he decided to play a few pick up games for money with a friend.  He was paid by drug dealers between 5 and 10 thousand dollars to play against other players.  He  became intrigued with the drug dealing lifestyle and shortly after he began hustling.  He was arrested at the age of 18 for stabbing a neighborhood man with a broken bottle.  This was in self defense.  He was released in 30 days.  The he hustled with a vengeance.  He was eventually assigned a team to hustle with him and the crew started averaging 100,000 per day.  After the birth of his second child he decided to get out of the drug game.  He was later approached to try out for the United Basketball society from a recruiter.  Karlton's friend, Bee-o threw a party for Karlton on his birthday.  Karlton was having custom-made seats put in his Lexus; they went to the shop to pick up his car.  One of the detailers was trying to talk him into purchasing a car alarm system.  After following the salesperson to question how the system worke he was frozen as bullets began to ring out.  When the shots stopped, the crew realized it Carlos was hit.  While others were rushing to his side, they saw Karlton lying on the ground in his own blood.  Karlton Hines died April 8,1994.  The moral of this story is to be a leader.  Because following can cost you your life.  
As always I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support and may God bless you abundantly.


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