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Benjamin C. Graham aka Bigmouthben

 

It’s no surprise that Benjamin has a love for music that has lasted for over 30 years. Benjamin began playing classical music on the string bass at the age of 12 and the trombone at the age of 15. He did not stop there he moved on to writing and performing rap songs as a teen. Ben took his love of music to the University of Georgia where he majored in journalism and made a name for himself as a DJ for the college radio station as well as the neighborhood parties. He also opened up for the popular group De La Soul. Ben started his company Profitable Publishing in which he released his first CD titled “Live Your Dream”.

 

After two years of college life, Ben decided to try his luck in Atlanta, GA. Living a successful but fast life as an up-and-coming entrepreneur, Ben begin experimenting with crime & drugs. After twenty years of surviving the harsh reality of the streets – addiction, homelessness, and crime, Ben took his entrepreneur skills, knowledge of the streets, and compassion for people to spearhead a motivational ministry that is currently touching many of the homeless and addicted on the streets of Atlanta and around the world.

 

Benjamin along with Tanya Graham is spearheading "Motivation Forward" a non-profit organization geared toward assisting those dealing with homelessness, addiction, and mental illness. CLICK to Visit - www.motivationforward.org

Photo by April Leigh

The Yellow Bike

 

The famous yellow bike maneuvering through the inner city streets of Atlanta was not always yellow. Actually, it was not always a bike. The vibrant and energetic guy named Benjamin “Bigmouthben” Graham that rides this bike wrapped tightly with yellow duct tape equipped with a storage basket on the front, cooler on the backend, and an 11” x 7” poster promoting “Bigmouthben” the artist, had quite a journey from college student & business owner to destitute drug addict.

 

While working on the back of a garbage truck in early 2000, Benjamin (Ben) experienced a horrible accident that left him in a wheelchair.  His entire pelvic area was crushed leaving his abdomen and lower body barely intact.  With a prognosis that he would never walk again & months of excruciating pain, Ben was sent home in a wheelchair. The determination to succeed would not allow him to quit. After months of rehabilitation and agonizing pain, Ben made his way out of that                                                       wheelchair.

 

To support himself Ben took that same wheelchair that was at one time destined to be his life and turned it into a mobile store.  He filled it with water bottles & snacks then set out into the streets of Atlanta as an unlikely businessman pushing a wheelchair that drew attention both positive and negative. He held onto the positive and persevered through the negativity of humiliation that often comes along with doing what most people do not have the boldness to do even if their livelihood demanded.

 

As any businessman would do to expand their business, Ben began planning and implementing how he could service more people. He decided “I can get around faster on a bike”…the journey of the famous yellow bike begins…

 

Stay tuned for more.

 

Stories of HOPE

"The support I’ve received from HOPE Atlanta has saved my life. I was on a downward spiral; addiction had begun to eat me alive. I lost my business, many jobs, and I had lost hope for my future. HOPE Atlanta showed me that I didn’t have to fight my battle alone. The PATH Team met me where I was, helped me get treatment for my addiction, and they never gave up even when I would fall back down. With the help of HOPE Atlanta, I received treatment for the underlying causes of my addiction, I received counseling for childhood trauma, and I was given HOPE. Today, I’m a happily married business owner, who has a vital role in the revitalization of the Auburn Business District, and It’s all thanks to HOPE Atlanta, and those who support the programs."

Benjamin G.
PATH Client / HOPE Atlanta
 

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