Good Shot White Boy! Being a Coffee Bean with Damon West
Damon West is aptly described as “Generational Talent” by Cooks in this thriller-like, unfiltered interview. Sentenced to 65 years in prison for drug abuse, the former North Texas college quarterback used the dark halls of prison as the center for his self-reinvention. Damon details his navigation of gang threats, suicide attempt, need for redemption as a white man on the basketball court, and the biggest lesson of all — “to be a coffee bean.”
Upon his early release from prison, Damon underwent a cautious reintegration into society, detailing his first encounters with colors, love, and a sense of purpose. The Criminal Justice Professor, key-note speaker, and best-selling author now uses his platform to address racism and restorative justice through his new foundation, beacoffeebeanfoundation.org.