Thelma Wright, Philadelphia’s Beloved ‘American Gangster’, Empowers a New Generation with Mentorship and Reform | national news

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., February 10, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — It’s been well over a decade since Thelma Wright, once renowned as one of Philadelphia’s most dangerous and powerful black women, came to the fore and shocked the nation with true confessions in his memoir, “With Eyes From Both Sides – Living My Live In and Out of the Game”. As the wife of Jackie Wright, a legendary heroin smuggler in the city, Wright was intimately connected with the Black Mafia, a gang that operated Philadelphia’s drug trade throughout the 1970s and into the 1980s. Once widowed and a young mother to a toddler, she quietly took over her business, running a bi-coastal drug empire, unbeknownst to her family and friends around her. Today, however, Thelma Wright positively impacts her city and the Tri-State area through her mentorship program, The Thelma Wright Empowerment Program.

Wright enjoys interacting with young people on a daily basis, aiming to steer teens and young adults away from the dangers she once encountered, while guiding them down a positive path of personal development. “My mission is to help at-risk tweens and teens understand and maintain their self-esteem. As a credible messenger, I create a foundation of trust that allows individuals to believe that their contribution in life is making a difference,” she explains.

“I care about the present and the future of our communities, especially our African American communities. I understand that in order to influence and educate, it is essential to connect and identify authentically. Our youth at risk need to understand that there are adults who care about their future and their well-being. My goal is to provide young people with the guidance and tools necessary to nurture and develop unique interpersonal relationships as well as to help each individual in their quest for happiness,” notes Thelma Wright.

Wright’s background sets her apart from typical stories of abuse and abandonment. In fact, she does not hesitate to acknowledge that it was the strength of good parenting and strong family ties that allowed her to lay a solid foundation and helped her through her darkest days. From a middle-class black family, she attended a Catholic school, was a star athlete as a child, and was well-nourished. It was romance and love that entwined her with one of the most notorious gangs in the dark underworld.

Wright is perfectly positioned to gain all the credibility needed to effect change. She’s been the subject of TV documentaries, including Bio’s “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil” and the BET+ series “American Gangster: The Trap Queens.” Superstar entertainer and actress Mary J. Blige was even set to produce USA Network’s drama series “Philly Reign” based on Wright’s memoir, a project that lasted through development. Wright was also memorialized in Time-Life magazine’s special edition, “Women Outlaws, Their Crimes, Their Motives, Their Methods.” A sought-after motivational speaker, Wright’s Wisdom has graced prisons, schools, youth centers and universities across the country.

In between her mentorship program, Wright stays busy fielding project requests from the entertainment industry and conducting media interviews about her life.

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