Product Of My Environment

From Me To You 
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Back Cover Statement

Department of Justice data for 1976 to 1999 showed that 63.7 percent of homicide offenders and 52.7 percent of victims were between the ages of eighteen and thirty-four.  There were a total of 497,023 murders during that period.

From 1972 to 1982  there was a total of 225,020 murders, countless numbers of children have been murdered.  It’s still going on today, children are murdered, murderers, in prison, in gangs, abused, dropping out of school, shooting up the school, stealing, robbing, homeless, scared, lonely, and crying, wishing someone would help.  You don’t have to live like this.  Your children don’t have to live like this.  Everyday you wake up you have a choice, you can change your life.

From Me To YOU…

 
 
 

Cover Artist – Ernest Ramel Nesbitt

I needed a cover that had the feeling of the era, the streets, the pain, happiness, and heartache.  I tried enlisting the services of more than 100 artists.  Many were good but not what I was looking for, then I started "kickin" it with Ramel my nephew, born … .  He said auntie I could do it, and he did it. When I showed it to the family they weren’t surprised, he’s my nephew, the son of my brother George Jr. – Fuel.  Graffiti is in his heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Author Biography – Reiko Brown

Reiko has lived the destructive lifestyle, she was the destructive lifestyle, she knows how it could destroy families, and communities…over the past 25 years Reiko became a woman on a mission, she has devoted her life to helping others not to go down that same path. 

Reiko has relentlessly worked with groups to help feed the homeless.  She works with Feed The Children, March Of Dimes, and Toys For Tots.

Reiko has been working to fight illiteracy with “Beyond ABC and Writing My Name Literacy Training” teaching children how to read…

She started Aunt Reikos Camp to help low income inner city children experience a world beyond their own.

She’s been drug free for 25 years.

Her life is an example of what can be accomplished once you make the decision to change your life.

“As I stepped out of that tub, I didn’t know what would happen, it’s funny how life is.” 

 
 
 
 Forward –  Acknowledgement Meechie gave the title, family did the editing

As I was looking back at my life, and talking to my family of the positive and negative my nephew Demetrius Craig mentioned that I was a “Product Of My Environment”.  Wow that sounded so right.

My brothers George Jr., Craig, Raif and my sister, Vanessa, helped edit the book.  And helped me open my soul and deal with the pain of placing my life on paper.

 
 
 


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