Hassan Assad, better known as Montel Vontavious Porter, better known as MVP, wrestled for WWE for around five years. He had critically acclaimed matches with Chris Benoit, a tag team with Mark Henry, a former United States champion and many feuds with wrestling top stars. Then he went to New Japan Pro Wrestling and was the first Intercontinental Champion for the promotion.
Long story short, the man has accomplished a lot in the realm of wrestling. MVP has openly spoke about how he is going to retire in two to three years. Knowing that his in-ring career is winding down, MVP has branched out into public speaking.
The thing that MVP talks about the most is prison reform. MVP had served 9 and a half years in prison because he committed armed robbery when he was sixteen. Becoming a felon after being convicted of the crime, MVP’s live changed forever.
The TED Talk focuses on MVP’s life trajectory and how he still has many obstacles in his life. Even though he has been rehabilitated for the majority of his life, he is still unable to hold certain jobs and rent houses. MVP shares real life experiences on being semi-famous and still being discriminated against.
This topic is handled so well by MVP, he was even invited to speak on prison reform at Yale University.
MVP highlights many statistics and breaks down something that seems complex, rather easily. The whole discussion is started by the question, “When do I stop being a criminal?”. This is a must watch for all people, not just wrestling fans. The link is below.
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