Memphis comic book publisher shares how he went from drug dealer to youth healer

Published: Oct. 24, 2023 at 1:24 PM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A native Memphian is using his comic books to share how he turned his life around after running the streets selling drugs.

Ashshahid Muhammad said jail became his home.

At age 21, he said he was shot in the head and arm leaving him blind in his right eye and paralyzed in his right arm.

The trauma led to hardcore drug use and eventually homelessness, but art changed his life.

Ashshahid joined Action News 5′s Andrew Douglas at the digital desk to talk about how he turned his life around, went to college, and published several comic books.

Ashshahid was born in South Memphis and the creator of Graffiti University Comics.

He is now educating youth about drugs, gangs, guns, and jail through his art.

Ashshahid hopes his work will create a blueprint for others who want to turn their lives around.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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