After being placed on the FBI’s most wanted list in 1993, Malik Wade spent seven years on the run, followed by more than a decade in prison. Nevertheless, the time he spent behind bars has helped him transform into an entrepreneur and dynamic community leader.
The 46-year-old mentor, author, and entrepreneur was raised in a low-income neighborhood in San Francisco during the ’80s. In his youth, he was a good student and promising athlete with a bright future. However, Wade took a dramatic turn as a teenager during the crack cocaine epidemic that swept through America’s inner cities. As a result, he spent the next two decades of his life on a turbulent—yet, amazing—journey.
“I started selling drugs at 15 and by the time I graduated from high school, I was already being investigated by the FBI,” Wade told Black Enterprise. “At the age of 21, I was actually indicted by