One of the most famous drug dealers in history. Freeway Rick Ross is now a free man after serving over 20 years in federal prison for the sales and distribution of drugs.
Like over half of those incarcerated, Rick was illiterate until he was 28. He learned to read in prison and became a jailhouse lawyer, eventually winning an appeal to get his sentence reduced. Today his mission is to teach literacy—reading, writing, financial, and media—to those whom educators find the hardest to reach. He acknowledges the terrible damage crack created, especially in African American communities, and he is now trying to give back.
Ross debut into the fashion industry with his infamous tee shirt “The Real Rick Ross is Not a Rapper,” followed with an autobiography with Cathy Scott called Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography, and then released 2016 Emmy nominated, Freeway: Crack in the System on Al Jazeera. The documentary was rereleased on Netflix, Dec 15, 2017. He is currently touring the nation on his Official Freeway Ricky Ross Book Tour through 2018.
Freeway Rick Ross is the newest board member for NDICA, National Diversity Inclusion & Cannabis Alliance, which is an organization that supports people of color, diversity, ownership, social justice, and social equity. The mission of the NDICA is to create an ethical and fair market to reduce barriers contributing to the lack of representation of minorities and marginalized community members. This aligns with Rick’s mission to create awareness so that people of color can have ownership in a billion dollar industry.