Most people in jail end up getting closer to God or gain a renewed sense of self. But for Bobby Shmurda, jail has led to him finding a hidden talent many didn’t know he had.

The 21-year-old, who is currently serving time in New York’s Westchester County Correction facility, is using his time in jail to write screenplays for two films.

Shmurda’s mother Leslie Pollard said in an interview that her son is working on films about his life and his involvement with his label GS9.  Citing Will Smith as an inspiration to her son, she says he’s always wanted to pursue acting and has chosen to tell his story through film.

“A lot of people don’t know but, the GS9 is his music label, and the guys that are locked up with him, 90 percent of them are childhood friends since he was 4-years-old,”

Leslie added:

“He just wants to build a storyline, letting people know where they started, where they came from and how these people are and what they’re doing and what the media is trying to portray them as. He also gave us insight about who, which people he’s going to let play which characters and things of that nature.”

Shmurda, who was arrested on December 17, 2014, is currently serving time on the charges of conspiracy to commit murder in the second degree and criminal possession of a weapon (among others).


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Pollard says his experience with the label and their involvement in crime will be what the films will focus on, but that the films may also give audiences an insight into the softer side of Bobby.

Through it all, Leslie chooses to stay positive and support her son through whatever he choses to do and whatever obstacles he faces, saying, “I gave it to God and I know he’s going to come through it, it’s just a matter of waiting it out. Nothing happens before it’s supposed to, so my job as a parent is to make sure he has what he needs and has what he wants to make him comfortable and just to be there for him. Make sure that I can see his face and make sure he’s okay. That’s my job and that’s what I’m going to do from here on out.”
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About The Author Samantha Callender

Samantha Callender is a multimedia journalist whose work ranges from entertainment journalism to pieces highlighting social issues in multicultural communities. Samantha strives to find intersects between entertainment and social matters, believing that pop culture has the power to not only entertain the masses, but to educate them as well. Her goal when storytelling is to write pieces that serve as a catalyst to prompt dialogue and activism. Her work can be seen on VIBE, The Source, Jet Magazine, The Root, and Cosmopolitan Magazine.

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