Who am I? That kid that came from the streets
Striving to be something, anything because no one really believed in me.
“You could be whatever you want to be,” that’s what I heard them say.
This former gangster, Richard Cabral, is doing it.
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As you can imagine, going from the life-threatening streets of L.A. to walking red carpets in Hollywood was anything but easy.
To put things into perspective, here’s a glimpse of Richard’s life by the numbers:
1970s – his family started their involvement in gangs.
13 – He officially joined a gang.
14 – He’s arrested.
15 – He started dealing crystal meth and became addicted to crack.
20 – He shot a man.
35 – The number of years he faced in prison.
27 – Months served after a deal plea.
2009 – After working with Homeboy Industries, he landed his first speaking role in 2009 on “Southland.”
2010 – He appeared in the Bruno Mars video for “Grenade.”
2015 – He was nominated for an Emmy for his role on “American Crime.”
Emmy nominations are cool and all, but for this reformed cholo, “it’s about telling stories that could heal.”
And that’s exactly what he’s doing because as he says, he’s the only one who can tell his story.
Richard teamed up with the award-winning director and dramaturg Robert Egan to produce “Fighting Shadows,” Richard’s account of his life in spoken word.
You know, it’s like rap you can understand.
His brutal and truthful storytelling of his life takes you from his early years in gangs and prison to the new world of art and love he discovered. Here’s a sneak peek:
Be inspired. Here’s where you can check out Richard’s powerful performance in “Fight Shadows.”
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