Let’s Talk Jackson: Benny Ivey

Episode 7×01

Benny Ivey (Part One)

March 20, 2019

Donna Ladd interviews Benny Ivey, a South Jackson native whose generationally addicted family raised him into a life of crime. Now a businessman working to help other young people stay out of trouble, he recounts the time he spent as a juvenile and an adult committing crimes. Once in prison, he joined a gang, the Simon City Royals, which he thought was a brotherhood of men. He later led the gang locally.

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Episode 7×02

Benny Ivey (Part Two)

April 3, 2019

In this second half of Donna Ladd’s interview with Benny Ivey, the South Jackson native discusses time spent in prison and his rise in the gang the Simon City Royals. After getting out of prison and continuing to deal with addition, he finally got into rehab and started cleaning up his life. Today he’s a successful business owner and a “credible messenger” working to help at-risk youth take a different path than the one he went down as an adolescent and young man.

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