Curtis Howard was born and raised in San Diego. He joined the Crips in the areas of 47th Market Street as a youth, becoming an OG (original gangster) in the San Diego gang world. After spending time in state prison including a solitary confinement term in the notorious Pelican Bay SHU, Curtis began to write, which led to his transitioned mindset. He wrote “That’s Life” in 2012 and published his first book, “Cellmates & Cellouts” in 2014. He is currently editing his autobiography and is an activist and lead organizer for the San Diego chapter of AOUON, a known prisoner’s rights group.