EXCERPT: The Evolution of a Gangster Turned Guru: The Real O.G.

excerpt

“”I’ve condemned myself to hell on earth,” I thought.

Not only am I indicted for a drug conspiracy, but I was under investigation for extortion, a string of burglaries and armed robberies connected to a crooked Suffolk County cop, a group of shady lawyers and one of the Mafia’s five organized crime families.

When Erick Sermon went head first out a fourth-floor window, I was the first person called.   My crew had a reputation to dish out street justice.  There was no aspect of this gangster lifestyle I didn’t participate in.

That first year of incarceration, was one dramatic court hearing after another.  Each taking a toll on my mother. When she learned that my friends were cooperating with the government against me, she took matters into her own hands.

Mom walked quietly but carried a big stick.

My mother had a reputation of her own in the streets.

The district attorney learned that Mamma Wright was in Gestapo mode and brought it to the judge’s attention at the end of my hearing.

“Your honor, there’s one last issue I would like to address, concerning the defendant’s mother,” the prosecutor said pointing to my mother in the courtroom.

John, turned around with raised eyebrows, looking at my mom who smiled, shrugged her shoulders, listening to what was said.

“What’s your concern?” the Judge asked.

“We’ve received information that Mrs. Wright has confronted a number of potential witnesses and we would ask the Court to advise her to stop.  She’s attempting to obstruct justice.”

My mother kept smiling.

Then the Judge addressed her directly, “Mrs. Wright, although the Court does understand a mother’s love for her son, please cease contact with witnesses involved in this case.  Interfering with a federal investigation is a serious crime. Please allow your sons’ lawyer, who I’m sure has a licensed investigator, address any issues that have any significance to this case.”

“O.k.,” my mother said, nodding her head, still smiling at me as I was lead out of the courtroom.

That evening, I was unexpectedly called down for a legal visit.”

#gangsterturnedgurupresents

#eddiekwright

#theevolutionofagangsterturnedguru

#Launch2019

Advertisements

An open letter to all fathers.

As we approach another Fathers Day. I wanted to share a few words, hoping other fathers don’t make the same mistakes I have.

Open Letter To All Fathers

An Open Letter to My Daughter Lexi!

Lexi

I was nervous when Drew said you wanted to talk, and passed the phone years ago. You had every right to be upset with me for not reaching out and allowing all the other drama in my life, affect our relationship.

But you were just as happy as me that we’ve reconnected, continually showing loving support.

You’ve grown into an amazing young lady, shocking me with your articulate insight and dreams of the future.

You, out of all of my children, send me the most pictures and e-mail messages (although you’ve been slacking lately) ijs.

You’ve overcome many obstacles and challenges at such a young age that there’s no doubt in my mind, you’ll achieve all your goals in the future.

I have this picture of you and Drew, hugging one another, barefoot on the beach, both with huge smiles and it reminds me of how lucky I am that you were there for each other at times when I should have been there for the both of you.

I’m blessed and grateful for having you in my life and for forgiving me so easily.

Love always, Dad.

An Open Letter to My Son Andrew!


Drew,

My letter to you turned out to be a book, and I thank you for discovering a process that has helped me heal our relationship. I’ve had no problem admitting my faults, especially in my role as your father. You’ve never given up on me, and that’s something I’m thankful for.

Our weekly conversations always lift my spirits. You couldn’t know how much I enjoy just hearing you being you in the local food store, ordering your coffee at Starbucks, or when you’re doing a client’s hair. When you apologize for putting me on hold, and I let you know it’s all right, it’s because it is. I love just hearing you living your life.

There are moments when I’m feeling down, that I’m able to reflect on our lazy summer days fishing on the boat, the game at Yankee stadium or your big smile wearing the Mickey Mouse ears on the return flight from Disney World.

I cherish the times we’ve shared and agonize over the many I’ve missed. You’re the vitality of my hope, meaning and purpose to make it home in order to create more happy memories.

I love you with all my heart!

Dad