A continuation of the prior post ( Hard knock Life )  Spending my pre-teen years in the streets of New York running loose in all the five boroughs but mainly Queens & Brooklyn Where there I associated with Street Gang members better known as The Latin Kings, I attended many of their parties and hung out in the streets with them pool halls game rooms etc, sometimes their meetings as many of the crews members invited me to join but my reply was No! I’m down with Me,Myself & I. And Never was I ever forced to join they remained my friends. I can vague for the Nation that what they stand for is for something Good within the Worldwide Latino Community and culture etc problem is that some members and I mean thousands of members have went on and given and made this Gang to have such a bad rap. This is coming from someone who’s seen what they represent and believe. Like the phrase it takes a village to raise a child well same thing with this Nation and many others of course it takes a good strong nation to raise a village . In 1986 it was when I had a sibling #6 move into one of the ghettos of Brookyn there I saw many drug dealers, prostitution, and all street activity that a child shouldn’t witness. In 1992 I meet Luis Felipe – aka -King Blood in a party he was a cool guy as he seemed. In an another occasion I met Antonio Fernandez – aka – King Tone in a meeting they were having and I was brought too from a few crew members which I will to mention due to privacy laws. Tone as we all called him is a cool calm collective type of man that has a bubbly character and was very outgoing and funny person when I met him I’m sure his character hasn’t changed. Not being part of the Latin King Nation I observed that everyone admired and looked up to Tone as a father figure since he was somewhat a few years older then some Kings & Queens such as the Pee-Wee Kings these are the young Kings & Queens that we’re under the age of 16. They’re called Pee-Wees until they become of age to be considered an adult. Over all my experience with this Nation was one I’ll never forget. They were my family that I suddenly lost when I was a child. 

Luis Felipe (born May 11, 1961), also known as “King Blood” is the founder of the New York chapter of the organized crime gang known as the Almighty Latin Kings and Queens Nation. Born in Havana, Cuba, Felipe was a Cuban who came to the United States in the 1980 Mariel Boatlift. Six years later, in 1986, he founded the New York chapter of the Latin Kings. In 1995, he was convicted of ordering multiple murders from prison by writing to members of the Latin Kings on the outside. Judge John S. Martin Jr.sentenced him to life imprisonment plus 45 years.Additionally, the judge added some extraordinary conditions. Surprising even prosecutors, Judge Martin said Felipe must serve the sentence in solitary confinement. He forbade him to write or be visited by anyone except his lawyer and close relatives, of whom Felipe has none. Finally, the judge said that he himself, rather than the Federal Bureau of Prisons, would control the case. Felipe is currently incarcerated at ADX Florence Superman prison Fremont county, Colorado. 

The Puerto Rican Antonio Fernandez, also known as King Tone, is the former head of the Latin Kings (the largest Hispanic street gang in the US). In 1999, Fernandez was sentenced to 12 to 15 years for conspiring to sell narcotics. He is the main figure in the HBO documentary, Latin Kings: A Street Gang story, which was released in 2007. He is also featured in the book, The Misfit Economy, by Alexa Clay, which was published in 2015. Upon his release, Fernandez has shared his insights as a former gang leader and political activist, and how that relates to the “legitimate world” In 1997, a few months after his appointment as leader of the Latin Kings, The New York Times posed the question whether Fernandez was a “Man of Vision or of Violence.” They concluded he was the former, a man with the self-assigned mission of transforming the Latin Kings from an organized crime syndicate to a political movement, fighting for social justice on behalf of suppressed Latin American community. He seemed set for a life of addiction and crime until he went to prison and found solace in a gang. He saw something in the criminal organisation that others didn’t – a place that offered the structure and love that he needed to beat addiction. From his own experiences he knew the Latin Kings had more to offer. Mirroring the activism of groups such as the Young Lords and the Black Panthers, he wanted to reform and rebrand the Latin Kings and its 7,000 members. He united the divided sects of the gang and presented his ideas at local meetings, building the new principles of the Latin Kings from the ground up. He had former gang members canvass for politicians and feed the homeless. The younger members were given curfews and sheltered from elder members who were entrenched in crime. The police called him a “gangster with a PR campaign”, but to many he was a symbol of hope. Rumor has it that Tone has been released from incarceration and is home. 

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