Damien Duncan is a rapper and mentor. He was born in Allapattah, FL, and was raised there by his mother, Fany. Around the age of 14, Duncan started selling drugs and stealing to help support the family, which included his younger brother and sister. At 15, he was arrested and charged with armed robbery, and spent three months in a juvenile detention facility. He was released early, for good behavior, but a few months later was arrested again for an armed robbery he says he did not commit. Since this was his second offense, he was charged as an adult, and spent three years in adult correctional facilities, including a significant amount of time in solitary confinement.
Now 20, Duncan works in the stock room at a jet ski and boat company and mentors young men from high crime areas in Miami. He has also written several songs, mostly about his life and time behind bars. He was the main subject of a documentary, “Little Boy Lost,” which premiered in May 2017.
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