Derrick was born in Portsmouth, VA, in 1972. At 15, his mother gave birth to the phenom. He was raised in one of the most infamous public housing communities named, “Jeffery Wilson.” Derrick was of the less fortunate and turned to the streets to gain the things he desired. He began thugging and drinking. He was introduced to drugs, used and sold. He then moved out of his mother’s house.
At 15, Derrick became a product of the revolving door of jail. One time too many, he then received a sentence of 4.5 years, for burglary. Upon release, Derrick gained custody of his son. Things became tough and from what he knew, he turned to the streets. He was then charged for selling drugs and was sent back to prison. This time giving a sentence of 6.5 years. During this bid, Derrick learned that his mother suffered a major stroke. He had two years left on his sentence and could not be there for her. Derrick began praying and fasting. He was seeking spiritual guidance.
Before being released, Derrick noticed an alarming rate of teens being incarcerated for adult crimes. He began to mentor the youth while in prison. This is where the birth of ATPOCA, (Against the Pitfalls of Criminal Activity), formed. Helping the youth to understand the benefits of a crime free lifestyle.
Once released, Derrick continued his dream. He had no funding, doors were closed numerous times, but he did not stop. He raised money by working, washing dishes, and selling oils. He also utilized what some seen as garbage for props, old furniture from the curbside, and cardboard boxes. Derrick gained a buzz and became the talk of the town. He was holding events at local places, began having interviews, and doing guess appearances on different shows, to include the local news.
Despite the loss of his son to violence, at 24, and his mother almost two months later, he continued his journey. He vowed to stay strong and continue to make them proud. Derrick now has a play called, “Fossil and Uncle Pete,” by his new company, “OneBigProduction.” This play will be live in Harlem, at the national black theatre, not far from the famous Apollo Theatre. Derrick Beamon the playwright and CEO of OneBigProduction, has created vision for many. Derek continues to give back to the community through inspirational speaking engagements, internships, talent shows, and countless volunteer opportunities.
Derek continues to give back to the community through inspirational speaking engagements, internships, talent shows, and countless volunteer opportunities.
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