- Shawn Blanchard once aspired to be a rapper and drug dealer
- A part of his transformation began when one brother died in a drug deal and another went to prison
- Blanchard served as Detroit's Director of Youth Services for his city he created 5,600 jobs for Detroit youth
- Now, Blanchard is the city of Detroit's liaison to President Barack Obama's My Brother's Keeper Initiative and will release his first book How 'bout that for a crack baby: Keys to Mentorship and Success "
(CNN)Looking at Shawn Blanchard today, it's hard to believe the polished, well-spoken University of Michigan grad and Detroit city official once envisioned a life as a kingpin drug dealer.