Growing Out of the Hood with Dot

Dot talks the crack era, shootouts, prison, turning it all around as a small business owner in the Optical Field


Today’s guest on the show Dot.

Dot grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn in the early 80s and I met Dot at his eye wear boutique a few blocks from the Barclays Center. I’ve known him for a few years and I knew he did some time upstate but I didn’t know for what or for how long.

I asked Dot to share his story on the podcast and boy did he ever. Dot is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet (cliche I know) but his story of overcoming himself as well as life’s obstacles just moved the heck out me.

Dot talks about growing out of the hood but not in your stereotypical urban way. He just talks about it. He doesn’t glamorize but he does tell a compelling story.


I’m outta here, enjoy the talk.


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Links to the Stuff they Talked About

  1. Super Rich: A Guide to Having It All
  2. Steven Spielberg
  3. Hype Williams 
  4. Mad Rapper 
  5. Calvin Klein Jeans
  6. British Walkers 
  7. Suede Fronts 
  8. Stick Up Kids
  9. Spofford Juvenile Center
  10. Rikers Island 
  11. Boogie Down Productions – Love’s Gonna Get’cha
  12. BMW 3 Series
  13. 40 Below 
  14. 36 Chambers
  15. The Purple Tape 
  16. Beanie Sigel – Feel It In The Air
  17. Donald Goines 
  18. Iceberg Slim 
  19.  The Spirit of a Man: A Vision of Transformation for Black Men and the Women Who Love Them
  20. Clinton Correctional Facility 
  21. Sancocho
  22. 67 Burger

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