Author Archives: Mike Enemigo

Murder Rap: The Life and Murder of Mac Dre

By Mike Enemigo Mac Dre is one of the Bay Area’s most beloved hip-hop figures of all time. Born Andre Hicks on July 5, 1970, in Oakland, California, he was raised in Vallejo, California in the Country Club Crest neighborhood, often called “The Crest,” or “Crest Side” by its residents. At the time of Dre’s […]

Business Jewels from DJ Deep Freeze, CEO of Sub 0 Ent, Phat Puffs Magazine

“It’s like every time we try to help a person, somewhere down the line he catches an epiphany, abandons his own dreams, and attempts to take over ours! The amazing part about this is, they usually expect us to help them do it! People are unbelievable! Have us wondering what do we give off to […]

Social Security Benefits After Incarceration: What You Need to Know

Social Security Benefits Individuals released from incarceration may be eligible for Social Security retirement, survivors, or disability benefits if they have worked or paid into Social Security enough years or Supplemental Security Income benefits if you are 65 or older, or are blind, or have a disability and have little or no income and resources. Social […]

Shaka Senghor: Writing My Wrongs

By Mike Enemigo Shaka grew up on the east side of Detroit in the same neighborhood as street legends The Best Friends, Chambers Brothers, and White Boy Rick, where he sold crack during the 80s. After getting shot on March 8, 1990, Shaka became paranoid and vowed to never leave home without his gun. He […]

The Seven Steps of Effective Product Development

By Mike Enemigo Developing a successful product line doesn’t have to be a fumble in the dark. Here are seven best practices for bringing your baby to market as efficiently and economically as possible… Solicit Feedback. Now. It’s not enough to run nascent products by family and friends. Instead, vet early-stage plans and prototypes with […]

A Prisoner’s Guide to Advocating for Yourself Medically

Be the Master of Your Own Paperwork Keeping good records (1) helps you track your medical condition and your communications with your doctor; (2) provides proof of any shortcoming in your access to proper medical care; and (3) creates a record that you have followed the prison’s rules for solving problems and the courts’ requirement […]

The Art of Mackin: 10 Ways to Tell if You Are in the Home of a Chickenhead

If her home has that fried chicken and urine smell. If there are four or more kids running around. If all the food in the kitchen consists of milk, cheese and cereal products. If she has on an ankle bracelet because she’s on house arrest. If you go to use her telephone and the receiver […]

Donald Goines: The Black Gangster

By Mike Enemigo Donald Goines is considered by many to be the Godfather of street lit. Many of today’s street-lit stars including Kwame “Dutch” Teague, have been inspired by him. Born in Detroit to a relatively comfortable family, he attended Catholic elementary school and was expected to go into his family’s dry-cleaning business. Instead, after […]

The Dominant Witness Theory: How Eyewitness Identification Becomes Flawed

By Brian Leslie Eyewitness interviews are a vital part of any criminal investigation. How police approach, question, and vet witnesses can be a critical factor in why they target a specific suspect. The truth is many police agencies, because of lack of resources, don’t provide specialized training in this area to new officers. Unfortunately, these […]

Mike Enemigo Interview Incarcerated Author Minister

Mike: Introduce yourself to the people. Who are you, where are you from? The Minister: They call me Minister. I’m from East Oakland [California]. How was life growing up in East Oakland? For me, life wasn’t about if you would jump off the porch, into the Game. The question was when you would make that […]