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Mikes Epps shares inspirational story on “beating the odds,” announces upcoming book

Comedian Mikes Epps shares an inspirational story that will be further told in his upcoming book.

Epps, the comedian who rose to fame collaborating with Ice Cube in “Next Friday,” “Friday After Next” and “All About the Benjamins,” is working on a book. His story “Unsuccessful Thug”is meant to inspire the youth, Epps posted on Instagram Wednesday in a post that included a 1990 mugshot of himself.

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#TbT mug shot this pic reminds me it an't so bad now 1990 caught a case while on paper had to go do my back up time witch was 9 months in the Marion county jail I was scandalous and 😡 as fuck about life I was trying to be something I was not and almost lost my freedom and life God is good I found my calling and that was to make the world laugh p.s. I got caught with a gun and some small packs that night you can read this in my up and coming new book 📚 "unsuccessful thug" hope it inspire the youth!! No snitch here go to Indy and check my G files thank you!! It's not a look is the heart ❤️!!! I don't need no more success I MADE IT LONG BEFORE HOOLYWOOD CAME I BEAT THE ODDS!! I had to play coy in Hoolywood just to get in they really don't know me ! I just cracked a joke on the deputy right before this pic!!#INSPERATIONALUSEONLY

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“#TbT mug shot this pic reminds me it an’t so bad now,” Epps posted. “1990 caught a case while on paper had to go do my back up time [which] was 9 months in the Marion county jail I was scandalous and 😡 as fuck about life I was trying to be something I was not and almost lost my freedom and life God is good I found my calling and that was to make the world laugh p.s. I got caught with a gun and some small packs that night you can read this in my up and coming new book 📚 “unsuccessful thug” hope it inspire the youth!!”

“No snitch here go to Indy and check my G files thank you!! It’s not a look is the heart ❤️!!! I don’t need no more success I MADE IT LONG BEFORE HOOLYWOOD CAME I BEAT THE ODDS!! I had to play coy in Hoolywood just to get in they really don’t know me ! I just cracked a joke on the deputy right before this pic!!#INSPERATIONALUSEONLY.”

By Gino Terrell

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Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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