Part 2:: A Day With A ‘Black Mafia’ Gangster’s Wife: Brandy Cavalli

Brandy Cavalli is a screenplay writer that is quickly gaining notoriety in the independent film world.

She is sought after to work on various underground projects and she was recently chosen to become a member of the prestigious

Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

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In addition to leading her own marketing company, The Social Mob LLC, Brandy also works on the sets of many media projects.

She is known for her girly looks but kick ass attitude. She credits bad girl screenwriter Mae West as somewhat her muse, and when not writing about the mob, she is married to it.

Below is part 2 of my interview with indie screenwriter and international marketer, Brandy Cavalli.

I know that you have gained much success as an international marketer. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?

I have been exposed to the industry my entire life. My father was a popular college dj and he still works in the industry on an executive level, so I was born into the entertainment industry. I personally took my first job in music at the age of 18 working in the music industry. I still do minor projects and some artist management, mostly with reggae artists.

How long have you been writing?

I have kept a journal since the age of about 8. I used to write everyday as a child, as I got older I realized how easy writing came to me. It wasn’t until the last few years that I decided to use my writing as a talent and not just a hobby.

How did you get into writing films?

Actually kind of my chance, I worked in the music industry for many years and built a large network. After getting bored with music, I went into corporate America for a while but always felt like the entertainment industry was where I belonged. I decided that I would try my hand at television and I had planned to work behind the scenes in production or even advertising.

Writing films came about as I was approached to do a couple of reality shows. I went to LA to meet with an agent and realized that I would much rather be in control of any content pertaining to me. I didn’t like the fact that I would have minimal to no creative control so I decided to go to film school and learn to write/produce my own shows and films.

What genres of film most interest you?

I mostly write crime based material. I do enjoy comedy but so far I have only written crime and “gangster” style movie scripts. I would love to write a movie like Friday, both urban but comedy.

How do your male peers accept you as an up and coming female crime writer?

So far I have gotten a lot of love and support from the guys in the industry. There are very few female writers, especially of crime. I mostly work in the independent sector so I don’t have much competition. I’d say most of the guys are accepting and I’ve been approached by a few different producers to write on upcoming underground projects, which is right up my alley. I don’t plan to hit Hollywood anytime soon, I would like to stay independent and perfect my craft more.

What projects are you currently working on?

I just finished working on the script for a crime based indie film called “Lock and Load”, which is currently in production. I do a lot of work with student films in terms of scripts and production. I am also working on a documentary called “The Last King Of Jamrock” which documents the life of Jamaican crime lord Christopher Coke and co-writing the narrative script for the upcoming movie “The Gangster’s Girl: Last Girl Standing”.

What gives you inspiration as a film writer?

I get my inspiration from actual real life events or stories. I like real life documentary style films. I tend to take an interest in events that are considered sinister or crime based. I really enjoy writing about other people, especially of the underworld. I love to get inside of their world and help paint a picture of their world to the outside world. So I would say my inspiration is actually other people.

I know that you recently started your own film company, Femme Fatale Films, tell me more about that.

Femme Fatale Films is just another extension of my company, The Social Mob, LLC. Femme Fatale is a group of women screenwriters, who like me, prefer to write crime based or real life based scripts. In the future we plan to produce our own documentaries and other media. We are a different breed of screenwriters, mainly because we like to go where no other girls have gone before, we go to the streets.

Why did you choose the name Femme Fatale?

Femme Fatale describes me in a nutshell. I also think of sinister or “devious” when I hear the name Femme Fatale, which are exactly the kinds of movies we write.

Congratulations on your induction into the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. What can we expect?

Thank You! The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is a union of women that write fiction movies and scripts. It’s definitely a different world from what I usually do as most of my upcoming movie scripts are non-fiction, meaning real life based. I am excited to get the chance to work under other women in the industry. Hopefully one day I can write for prime time television (Hollywood). It’s a good opportunity and I am so honored to even be considered a member.

What other plans do you have career wise?

Right now I just want to focus on perfecting my writing skills. I do a lot of freelance writing and I am doing some intern work with a major local news station here in Atlanta, and learning a lot about production. In the future I plan to produce film and videos and other media. My first love is marketing so I plan to write, produce and market my own projects and make all the money. I am always thinking of ways to make all the money, not just some of the money.

I heard through the grapevine that you were recently engaged or married? Congratulations.

Thank you.

Being a gangster film writer seems as it would come easy to you based on your alleged ties to the underworld. How does your partner feel about your line of work?

He is ok with it. As you have stated, it is something that I am familiar with and it comes naturally. He is very supportive of my career and he gives me a lot of inspiration and push. He’s a hustler so he’s good with whatever I decide as long as I am happy and it makes me money.

There were rumors in the indie world that you were looking to write and produce a “Goodfellas” style movie about the Black Mafia Family (BMF) crime organization, is that still a possibility?

Yeah, it’s a possibility. I spoke to my hubby about it but we haven’t made any definitive plans. I feel like it would be a great movie and I would love to write one and I am sure he would be down for it. Maybe one day in the future we will put something together. There is and will never be another organization like BMF so it would seem like a no brainer to make a movie about them. – A real movie, no Hollywood bullshit.

In addition to co-writing on the film, do you plan to share your story on the Gangster Girls documentary?

As of now I am not sure. My other half is in full support of me being on the film but I don’t know if I will yet. I prefer to work behind the scenes, so you gotta stay tuned for that, it would be a crazy story. I would probably cry the whole time during filming, Lol. So far they are building a great cast of girls that have compelling stories and I am so excited about working with them. I enjoy helping others paint their picture. We will see if I decide to step in or not, it’s a strong possible though.

I also read on twitter that you may be the next cast member on the upcoming reality show entitled, BMF Wives? Is that true?

No. I am not sure how that rumor started but I am not going to appear on BMF wives. I love the concept of the project though. I would love to work on it from a creative standpoint, but I am not signed on to appear on the show.

What other projects are you working on outside of film writing?

I am writing my first mini series called “From a Socialite to the Mob” which is a memoir style series that documents a young girl’s life from wholesome beginnings to becoming the wife of an alleged mobster. In addition to that, I am working on a comic book series with CV Comics in which I will write the dialogue for a female vixen character. I am also doing some freelance writing for lifestyle and entertainment based magazines. All in all just perfecting my craft and staying busy.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about female crime writers?

The biggest misconception is that we as women don’t have the experience to write gangster based flicks, which is 100% not true. When you have lived in the underworld it exposes you to a lot and you learn the ropes, the lingo and the way things work in that world. As a writer I feel that I am more qualified then a lot of male writers who have never touched that world. It’s still hard for society to accept a woman talking about guns and violence, but truth is there are some women that are just as vicious as the men. I can probably write a gangster tale with my eyes closed.

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Gangster’s Wives: Mary Evelyn “Billie” Frechette

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Mary Evelyn Frechette, also known as Billie, met John Dillinger in 1933. She experienced her first taste of her boyfriend’s criminal life that same year. As the couple was leaving a Chicago doctor’s office, a shootout ensued. Later that year, Dillinger’s buddy killed a police sergeant; forcing the gang to leave the city. Evelyn left with them and traveled through Florida, to Arizona; where they were both arrested. Evelyn was released because she couldn’t be identified under the alias she used. Evelyn was present during many of the crimes committed by the man declared Public Enemy #1; including the ST. Paul shootout that took place after his escape from jail.

Billie was arrested for harboring the fugitive. Dillinger watched her arrest from a about a block away.  She was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison; she served two years and a day. After her release, she traveled with John’s family and told stories of her life. She would later settle down again and live the rest of her days out on the Indian Reservation on which she was born.

Black Mafia Wives throw blows via Twitter

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 The cast of BMF Wives throw blows via Twitter.

Months ago, Word On The Streetz News and other media covered a viral trailer featuring four women tied to the infamous legend of the Black Mafia Family (BMF). Though no updates have been given regarding release dates or networks supporting the pilot, the ladies did appear on The Ricki Lake Show earlier this year in lieu of promotions.

Now the ladies are at each others throat as is seems to be a rat amongst the crew!

The estranged fiance of Big Meech and the longtime girlfriend of Southwest T are at the front of this showdown. Jen Flenory, Big Meech’s fiance and an Atlanta stripper, took to Twitter days ago to expose Tonesa Welch.

Her inner Ms. Quad came out as she threw shade to the 10th power! Big Meech’s wifey holds nothing back against her “in-law” as she is obviously bothered by Tonesa’s secret snitching for plea agreements.

Screen shots were collected days ago tracing the drama…check it out!

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Wives tell gangsters to lay down arms or go without sex

Gang members in one of Colombia’s most violent cities face an ultimatum: give up guns or give up sex. In what is being called a “strike of crossed legs”, supported by the Pereira mayor’s office, the wives and girlfriends of gang members have said they will not have sex with their partners until they vow to give up violence.

“We want them to know that violence is not sexy,” said Jennifer Bayer, 18, the girlfriend of a gang member. She and at least two dozen other women have said the sex strike will continue until their men hand over their weapons to authorities and sign up for vocational training offered by the mayor’s office.

The women yesterday launched a rap song that will become the strike’s anthem. “As women we are worth a lot. We don’t want to fall for violent men because with them we lose too much,” Ms Bayer sang down the telephone to the Guardian.

She said the men had laughed about the strike but would soon see it was serious. The women were not worried that frustration would lead to violence against them by their partners. “They wouldn’t do that to us,” Ms Bayer said.

The city’s security secretary, Julio César Gómez, said surveys of gang members showed that their favourite activity was having sex and their membership of gangs was more about power and sexual seduction than money.

Pereira, a city of 300,000 people, has Colombia’s highest murder rate at 97 per 100,000 inhabitants.

John Gotti’s wife Victoria hospitalized after suffering stroke

MOB MATRIARCH Victoria Gotti has been hospitalized after suffering her third stroke since 2006. Gotti, 70, was stricken last week and her four children — Angel,  Victoria, John “Junior” and Peter — are requesting privacy about her  medical condition, a source told the Daily News. The stroke was very serious, another source said. She underwent surgery in March 2007 to treat a blockage found in her brain after suffering a second stroke.

Victoria Gotti, mother of John A. Gotti Jr., has been hospitalized.
Victoria Gotti, mother of John A. Gotti Jr., has been hospitalized.

The feisty widow of John “Dapper Don” Gotti still resides in a modest  Howard Beach, Queens, home where she and the late Gambino boss raised  their brood. In March, she was ready to take the witness stand in Brooklyn Federal  Court if necessary to shred claims by her niece Linda Gotti that  Victoria had advised her that she did not have to cooperate with  authorities about a 1981 double slaying at a Queens bar. “It never, never happened. I never ever had any conversation with her  in regard to this tragic situation,” Victoria Gotti told The News. In the end, Linda Gotti was not called as a witness in the murder trial of capo Bartolomeo Vernace who was convicted of the murders.

ADVANCE FOR FRIDAY, NOV. 24--Reputed mob boss John Gotti sits in New York state Supreme Court in New York, in this Jan. 20, 1990, file photo, listening to opening arguments in his trial. In the new millennium, colorful mob trials are disappearing, much like the mob families whose members once filled dockets around the country.
Reputed mob boss John Gotti sits in New York state Supreme Court in  New York, in this Jan. 20, 1990, file photo, listening to opening  arguments in his trial. In the new millennium, colorful mob trials are  disappearing, much like the mob families whose members once filled  dockets around the country.

Daughter Victoria Gotti could not be reached Wednesday. Film producer Marc Fiore, the force behind a much-delayed biopic based  on the story of Junior Gotti, told The News that he is not a spokesman  for the Gottis and declined comment. “This is a personal family crisis,” Fiore said. If filming of “Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father” gets under way this  fall, actress Kelly Preston is slated to play the role of Victoria  alongside John Travolta as the crime lord in the mob film. Victoria has led a very private life in recent years, keeping busy as a painter and voracious news junkie, but she is always ready to defend  her son. In 2006, she told The News she felt “betrayed” by her husband when she learned her son was in the mob. “I pretty much raised my children alone with Johnny being away for  years at a time, so it broke my heart. I felt betrayed, the worst  betrayal. I would rather have dealt with other women.”

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Diabolical Femme Fatales: Gangster’s Wives

As any solid movie buff knows, there’s a certain number of ingredients that go into making a movie about gang life. Whether it be the mob or street gangs, a crucial component in the world of those violent killers and drug-runners is the women that love them. They’re usually bad dames, dumb broads, or diabolical femme fatales that navigate the underworld just as deftly as the man (or men) they’re screwing (or screwing).

And because of their love for the dark side, we love them right back.

I bravely delved into the underworld to return with the 10 Sexiest Gangster Girlfriends and a few images that should act as a helpful visual aid. Plus, some of the movies on this list are a few of the best gangland films ever made so it’s okay if you start geeking out over the movies instead of the women.

Grab your tommy gun and check out these gorgeous molls – now in glorious chronological order!

10. Kitty from The Public Enemy (1931)

Sure, Jean Harlow is the buxom blonde love interest Gwen in the film (which gives me an excuse to put images of her in the photo gallery), but Mae Clark‘s Kitty steals the show in the most iconic scene. Besides, she’s also Tom Powers’s (James Cagney) main squeeze. Which probably explains why he shoves a grapefruit into her face. Although women didn’t play much of a role in this film beyond being eye candy for vicious thugs and furthering the iconic moll figure, The Public Enemy still stands as one of the grandfather’s of all gangster flicks. Plus, it launched Cagney’s career in a major way.

9. Verna from White Heat (1949)


Proof that James Cagney is not only a major gangster film figure, but that he also attracts the hottest females, his character Cody Jarrett is married to Verna (played by Virginia Mayo). She proves to be a devil in disguise, taking out the only woman he ever loved – his mother. Perhaps it’s that murderous streak that makes Verna so sexy.

8. Bonnie Parker from Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

There’s no denying that Faye Dunaway is gorgeous, but it turns out that Faye Dunaway packing heat is even better. Bonnie gets bonus points for being a member of the gang and for often being more malicious than her lover Clyde Barrow (played by Warren Beatty).

7. Anna from Get Carter (1971)


Appearing very naked in certain parts of the film, Britt Ekland plays Anna brilliantly. She exhibits an important rule for molls everywhere – why sleep with the boss, when you can also be sleeping with his best henchman? Especially if that henchman is played by Michael Caine, has his name in the title, and plans on running away to South America with you.

6. Elvira Hancock from Scarface (1983)


Oh, Michelle Pfeiffer, is there anyone else’s stomach we’d rather do blow off of? We’d be willing to buy you a Porsche 928 if you’d let us. It’s pretty clear why Elvira was able to catch the eye of both mob boss Frank and up-and-coming Tony Montana, but what’s unclear is why countless dorm rooms have posters of Al Pacino’s ugly mug when Elvira’s a lot prettier to look at.

5. Carol from Once Upon a Time in America (1984)


Yet again, another film that features two beautiful women to choose from. Elizabeth McGovern‘s character Deborah is definitely a high class girl looking to head to Hollywood, and Noodles does his best to impress her (mostly by raping her in the back of a limousine (classy!)), but the true siren of the film is Tuesday Weld as Carol (who Noodles only violently has sex with). Carol seems to have a heart lurking underneath it all, but damn if she doesn’t hang around some serious assholes.

4. Mia Wallace from Pulp Fiction (1994)


Not only is Mia married to the mob boss of all mob bosses, she also loves $5 milkshakes, doing the twist and OD’ing. What is it with mob wives and drug abuse? A better question: who didn’t fall in love with Uma Thurman as she sweated through her shirt and had a needle plunged right through her sternum into her heart? Sigh. I know I did. A bloody nose never looked so good.

3. Mary from Infernal Affairs (2002)


Mary plays such a small part in the movie (besides intercepting a certain important disc) that I couldn’t find a screenshot with her in it. However, Mary is included on the list because Sammi Cheng Sau-Man is hot. Although after watching the movie I’m confused as to whether she’s the wife of a cop or a gang member or both or neither. Feel free to watch The Departed if you want, but in my book, it’s Infernal Affairs all the way.

2. Eva Lucas from American Gangster (2007)


Eva, played by Lymari Nadal, is a Puerto Rican beauty queen. I’m not sure I need to say anything else on the subject, but luckily, her character raises an important question, too. Would you want to leave your husband if his rivals tried to kill you? What if it was Denzel Washington?

1. Martha Marlene from Sin Nombre (2009)


Diana Garcia’s character in this movie experiences something rare in the life of a gang girlfriend. For most of her relationship with El Casper, he keeps her hidden from his fellow gang members. Since, you know, gangs share everything. So essentially, she’s mostly not a gang-member girlfriend, spending her days rolling around in her underwear as sunlight beams into her room. That is until gang leader Lil’ Mago finds out she exists and demands that El Casper be generous with his young beauty.

Brandy Cavalli (Coke) On The Move?

Brandy Cavalli Coke has made no qualms about her ability to attract gangsters.

For many years the exotic “bad ass” beauty has been seen in the company of various gangsters, and according to the rumblings of the “underworld”, she might soon be the ‘girl’ of a new gangster.

A close friend of and spy of Gangster Girls recently dropped a little dime that the southern belle might have attracted the attention of a new black “mobster”.

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According to our “twitter sources” Brandy has been tweeting her support and (love) for one of the alleged members of the notorious US based street organization, BMF (Black Mafia Family).

“Big Dave” is an alleged official member of the Black Mafia Family, an “organization” that garnered much attention from the media (and unfortunately US federal agents) for their extreme flash of money, cars, entertainment industry connects and over the top extravagant lifestyles.

(According to sources familiar with the BMF organization, ‘YBM’ also operated under the Black Mafia umbrella.)

In 2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) indicted members of the Black Mafia Family/YBM. 

It is believed that the empire was worth over $270 Million at the time the federal indictments were issued.

No word on whether Brandy and “Big Dave” are an official item, but word is that Miss Coke is not one to show her affection easily so there could possibly be something to this alleged “love connection”.

 Brandy, an independent screenwriter of independent crime based films in Atlanta GA, has also been pegged as the former girlfriend to the likes of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, alleged international crime boss and kingpin of the Jamaican Shower Posse who is serving 23 years in a federal institution in the US for drugs and weapons charges.

Word in the street is that Brandy has since moved on from her past relationship with the Jamaican mafia boss and although the two remain friends during his incarceration, Brandy has been “on the market” for some time now.

Looks like that may not be for long as Brandy posted a “FREE BIG DAVE” postcard on her twitter account and left many wondering, including us, whether she has moved on to a new boo?

Last week we were able to catch a few tweets between the “new” two.

Below is a few screenshots between Brandy and her alleged “new beau”.

New couple alert? Well. You can be the judge of that. We’re no judge, jury or otherwise.

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We will keep a close eye out for more “gossip” regarding this alleged “connection”.

Following “Big Dave” on twitter gives us the impression that he is a STRONG man with lots of connections, we don’t know much about the new love affair, but we do know that these two have strong personalities which would make for a juicy and powerful relationship!

There may just be more developing in the plot of Brandy’s short story series,

“From A Socialite To The MOB” due to hit this summer.

Do we smell a sequel?

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Written By: Courtney “Coco” Shanell

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Francine Lucas: “My Dad The Drug Lord”

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Francine with father Frank Lucas

As a toddler, Francine Lucas had a Fendi fur coat, a $10,000 FAO Schwarz train set and more toys than she could play with. She also had dozens of cuddly toy dogs and teddy bears that were stuffed with cash, as were the washer and dryer in her family’s big house in Teaneck, New Jersey. The walls, too, were literally lined with money; there was simply too much to hide under the mattress.

Little Francine had no idea how rich her family was or where the wealth came from. All she knew was that her tall, good-looking father worked nights in “the candy business” and arrived home each morning carrying satchels bulging with cash. Coming through the front door, Frank Lucas would lift his daughter high in the air and coo, “Daddy’s baby.” Then he’d shower, change and cook breakfast while Francine played near him in the kitchen.

Frank was at the stove frying eggs and bacon, with three-year-old Francine at his feet, when federal agents burst into the house one morning in January 1975. She felt comforted for a moment as her dad swept her up and pressed her to his chest, then terrified as strange arms ripped her from him and threw her to the carpet. She witnessed the rest of the chaos from ground level—a rush of shoes, guns and her mother’s screams as her father was taken away by police; he was eventually sentenced to 70 years in prison.

Frank Lucas was not, of course, in the candy business. In the early seventies, he and his gang, The Country Boys, controlled much of the heroin coming from Southeast Asia into the New York area. It was Frank who came up with the idea of shipping dope back from Vietnam in the caskets of dead American soldiers. Shortly before the raid on his house, federal agents seized about $4 million in drugs from just one of his several “stash houses” in Newark, New Jersey. Frank later boasted in a magazine article that he’d even killed a man (something he’s since denied).

For Francine, her dad’s arrest would mark the start of a 30-year odyssey that took her from New Mexico to Puerto Rico to Las Vegas and finally Atlanta. Through it all, she would learn to conceal who she was and what she was thinking, to wrap herself so tightly in an aura of middle-class respectability that no one ever guessed her secret.

But this month brings the release of a movie about Frank Lucas—American Gangster, starring Denzel Washington as Frank, and Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, the prosecutor who brought him down—and Francine can no longer hide. She figures that the people who know her only as a mortgage broker and suburban mom will put two and two together. So she’s taking control and telling her story in these pages. In doing so, she hopes to shed light on the agony of the 2.4 million American kids who have a father or mother in jail.

Written By  Nell Bernstein

Part 1: A Day With A ‘Black Mafia’ Gangster’s Wife: Brandy Cavalli

Gangster Girls Blogger Brian Perry of CNN sat down with the film industry’s newest gangster writer Brandy Coke for a one on one to discuss her business and film career.

Brandy is an international marketer, entrepreneur and writer who is now using her skills to launch a new screenwriting career.

Her career began at an early age in the music industry and she has since worked with many artists, most of which whom now have achieved both national and international fame.

Most would describe Brandy as beautiful, cool, and extremely down to earth with a no non-sense demeanor.

She is currently involved in various independent film ventures and also lends her talents to various lifestyle publications.

She is the owner of The Social Mob LLC, a marketing and networking company based out of Atlanta. She is also the lead screenwriter for Femme Fatale Films, an all female screenwriting team.

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All in all, Brandy Cavalli Coke is a young power player in business and she is quickly positioning herself to become a sought after writer in the independent film world.

Tell me a little bit about your organization The Social Mob LLC.

The Social Mob LLC is “my baby”. I started the group as a fun way to socialize with like-minded associates on Facebook. The purpose of the group was to encourage one another to “get money”. I wanted to start a group that we could “mob” together and have a place to share our thoughts with others of the same mentality. It became a “business” kind of by default.

Why did you choose the name “The Social Mob”?

The name came from the group, and I didn’t want to change from a branding aspect, it’s really a unique organization. “Mob” actually means “Money, Opportunities, Business”. Its kind of ‘underground’, not your typical organization.

What is the company’s mission of The Social Mob LLC?

The mission of “The Mob” is provide a networking canvas for young entrepreneurs that also encourages community involvement among young people. We partner with the Young Entrepreneurs Network to mentor college students looking to become entrepreneurs. The ‘moneyops’ team which is an outside marketing team, headed by myself, that provides marketing support for various products, organizations, and companies. In all, The Social Mob is a cluster of all things business and entertainment. We now have about 20-25 affiliates and outside marketing/sales associates. We recently launched FEMME Fatale Films. Its a lot of fun. It’s truly my passion. Lots of fun projects in store!

Why do they call you the IL Capitana?

IL Capitana is a name the was given to me by my Italian cousins. (Brandy’s great grandfather was an Italian wine maker and entrepreneur).

IL CAPO means “the boss or captain” in Italian so IL Capitana means “the female captain”.

I’ve noticed that you also have a charity called The Prettie Committee? Tell me a little bit about that organization.

Yes! My charity provides clothing and accessories for displaced women and young girls. We partner with many local shelters to raise donations and awareness in the community. We try to focus on women that were displaced due to “the lifestyle” and provide resources for the mothers to escape the streets and become productive members of society. We collect trendy clothing that the women can wear to job interviews, church, and other important functions. Appearance can really do alot to raise a woman’s self-esteem and we want to provide the best wardrobes possible to encourage self motivation and esteem.

What made you decide to get into charity work?

Philanthropy is something that is very dear to me. My mother is a lifelong philanthropist and humanitarian and its something that she instilled in me as a young child. I also wanted to give to the community because I feel that I am extremely blessed and feel it is necessary to spread your blessings around to others in a less fortunate position. In all, I just wanted to find a way to giveback to causes that relate to me.

I know that you come from a certain “lifestyle”, tell me a little about your past life.

Well, actually I came from a good home, my mother is a strong, powerful and educated woman. I ended up involved in the street lifestyle due to my choices in men. Personally, I have always been a feisty go-getter and fiercely independent, for that reason I’ve always attracted the bad boys. I started my career in marketing at age 17, even though I’ve always dated a certain kind of guy, I’ve always maintained my OWN identity and career goals. It was somewhat a double life. At work I was a professional and outside of work I dwelled in the underbelly, it was very much a contrast of two worlds.

So you would say you were inducted into the lifestyle, rather than born into it?

I wouldn’t say inducted because I come from a large family of hustlers and gangsters. My uncles and cousins are all street guys so honestly, it was a natural transition for me. I was always a rebel child so it was very easy to fall into the lifestyle but I did not see crime in my household growing up. My first REAL boyfriend was in the ‘streetlife’ and he was alot older than me, so he taught me alot and I took it from there. I jumped headfirst into the life once I left my mother’s house at age 17. At the time I really had no idea what I was getting into, it was a world-wind and I was the ultimate party girl, looking for fun.

Do you have any regrets?

Not really “regrets”, just lessons learned. I would have made some different choices but ultimately my choices are what makes me who I am. What I have been through has made me the strong person I am so I could not say “regret” I would say I would choose different for my children (when I have them). That’s why I try to talk to these young girls and guide them into another direction. I was lucky (BLESSED) to make it out and I want to save as many young women as I can. If I had not experienced the things I did, then I would have no story to tell them.

I know that you spent many years trapped in the lifestyle. How easy or hard was it to transition out of the lifestlye?

It was an easy transition in and a VERY difficult transition out of the lifestyle. You become accustomed to the money, the trips, the diamonds, the cars, the houses, the condos, the power and before you know it, you have spent years trapped in the circle.

Again, I always seem to attract this same kind of guy. After going through questioning, (Story Here) I decided enough was ENOUGH and if I wanted to save my life I would have to make drastic changes. I threw myself into my business and school and that was what helped me to get my mind in another direction, as well as ALOT of prayer and counseling.

Do you have any advice to women still in the lifestyle?

My advice is to position and transition out. It’s not going to be an easy process but it is worth it. I almost found myself in federal prison due to the lifestyle and that forced me to make a choice. There are many community outreach programs and churches that will provide resources, but my advice is to save yourself because no one else will. Once the man is gone, be it to jail or (God forbid) worse, us women are always forced to take care of ourselves and families.. and they will be able to do so.

Part 2 of this interview will be on From A Socialite To The Mob