Whether as a hot headed teenager or responsible fatherhood advocate, Louisville author Shawn Gardner has had to struggle against the odds.
Growing up in west Louisville without a father inspired Gardner to found 2NOT1, a non-profit group dedicated to reconnecting men with their families. But that's not how life began for Gardner, who developed a reputation as “Majestyk”, a tough street kid who had several run-ins with police over the years.
In his autobiography 'Me v. Me: The Struggle Within', Garnder writes about the personal duel between making the right choices while facing peer pressure and violent challenges.
Our discussion began with his upbringing and near death experiences in the inner-city, but expanded to the psychological issues facing young African-American men and the ongoing debates about violence in our community.
For the rest of the show, I caught up with WFPL's Devin Katayama, Kentucky Public Radio's Kenny Colston and LEO Weekly's Joe Sonka to discuss the failed attempt to re-open the old Kentucky Kingdom site and reports that former District Judge Robyn Williams, wife of state Sen. President David Williams, is getting an early start on the 2015 attorney general's race.