Escaping The Odds

Escaping The Odds

By Aaron Smith
Escaping the Odds highlights individuals who were impacted by the criminal justice system and who are now entrepreneurs.
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Episode 10: Breaking the Code
Jerry Bony didn't know where his life was heading after 7 years of prison for an Armed Robbery charge. Born in Brooklyn, NY and groomed on the mean streets of Chicago opened him up to a world of crime. Listen to his interesting story of how he created his web/ mobile app development company without any prior knowledge of coding.
39:54
February 18, 2020
SHOWTIME
Tyrone Burnmingham and is one of the top concert promoters from Chicago. However, it didn't start off that way. Growing up on the west side of Chicago fast money was easy to come by and after a chance encounter with a good friend, he was introduced to promoting concerts for big profits. He survived a total of 17 years in federal prison on 2 seperate occasions and was.recently released in June 2019. He has brought world wide artist like Chris Brown, Young Jeezy and other stars to cities across the U.S. Listen as he digs deep into his life and the lucrative business of concert promotions.
56:39
February 11, 2020
Blood,Sweat & Ink!!
Tat Jesus ( Rahman Morgan) learned how to tattoo while in prison which has taken him all over the country and provided a great life. He is an artist at the world renown 9 mag tattoo studio which is the basis of the hit reality show " Black Ink Chicago" on VH1 seen by millions every week. Tune in as he breaksdown his life in the system and the business of Ink. He can be reached on Instagram @tatjesus
37:49
February 4, 2020
Risky Business
Anthony Townsend A.K.A. Coach Tony has been taking risk his whole life. After 5 stints in prison and the murder of close friends and relatives he knew life had to change. Coach Tony quit the game and created a unique position contracting his services to property management companies throughout the Chicagoland area. In addition he runs safe and sound non profit which works with communities to reduce violence. Hear his unique approach to safer neighborhoods from someone who once terrorized them. He can be reached on Instagram @coach_ tony_be_like.. Continue to REVIEW AND SUBSCRIBE
42:13
January 28, 2020
Life will stretch you!!
Marshawn Feltus is the owner of ACT Yoga in Chicago. At the age of 18 he was sentenced to 38 years in prison for 1st Degree Murder. It was in prison where he fell in love with Yoga and has since opened a successful Yoga studio. He has graced the cover of Yoga Journal and recognized as the Future of Yoga.
40:53
January 21, 2020
Tougher than leather.
Yohance Joseph Lacour better known as YJL designs learned to handcraft leather bags and Shoes while serving 10 years in Federal Prison. He discusses growing up in Chicago and his days as a journalist utilizing his skill set to tell the stories of the inner city. Yohance's craftmanship and unique style of design will change the game. Check it out for yourself at yjlacour.com.
34:49
January 14, 2020
The peoples Champ
Dre Rodriguez is the epitome of a reformed man. After 10 years in federal prison he's Escaping the Odds by Leading inner city youth in the  Pilsen community on the South Side of Chicago Escape the Odds of death and prison. In addition,  He's a Real Estate broker and Property investor revitalizing the neighborhood he once helped destroy.
38:32
January 7, 2020
Mr. Clean up man
Vocci Greer talks about his life in federal prison and his involvement in a multi kilo cocaine Conspiracy, stretching from Mexico to Milwaukee. He switched hustles and now operates a successful commercial Cleaning company,  Luxuriant located Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Listens as he breakdowns the intricate details of business development and the bidding process of a commercial cleaning company. You will be inspired and educated.
31:26
December 31, 2019
SPEAKING LIFE
David Gathers is an amazing guy who continues to Escape the Odds. After spending 15 years in a gang infested Maximum security Prison in Illinois, he found his voice, In this episode, he speaks on his experience in the criminal justice system and his successful life as a Motivational Speaker. This is an inspiring story packed with how to tips on becoming a highly successful Speaker.
33:33
December 24, 2019
Escaping the odds episode 1: Constructing a new path
Introduction of escaping the odds. We go deep into the life of Ben Gordin who after years of incarceration runs a flourishing project management firm within the construction industry.
47:42
December 17, 2019