Shanduke McPhatter also known as Trife Gangsta is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Gangstas Making Astronomical Community Changes Inc. (G.-M.A.C.C.). This change agent has gained worldwide recognition for his admirable work as an anti-gun violence advocate and community leader/organizer. Recognized as a contributor to safer communities in New York City by People Magazine, McPhatter’s organization has been credited with creating a 30 percent drop in shooting incidents from 2012 to 2017 in the precinct where it operates. From 2017 to 2018, that number dropped to a 65% decrease. Not only has G.-M.A.C.C. proven to decrease crime, but it is also credited with providing mental-health counseling, legal aid assistance, and job readiness training to several hundred community members in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. With the organization’s success, in 2019 G.-M.A.C.C. has expanded its office to the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn.
Although McPhatter’s accomplishments as a community leader are many, he has equally experienced a fair share of obstacles that challenged his growth. Born and raised in the gritty streets of South Brooklyn, N.Y., McPhatter’s life started off unstable. Growing up in the foster care system, and never being introduced to his biological father, he quickly fell victim to street life as a means of survival. Consequently, at the mere age of 16, McPhatter was incarcerated for robbery and sent to Rikers Island Correctional Facility. Tapping into his keen sense of leadership ability, he became one of the first five adolescents to join the Nine Trey Gangster Bloods, the first blood set on the East Coast then one of the first generations of the Gangsta Killer Bloods aka G-Shine, Quickly rising in rank as “Trife Gangsta” in the organization, gang life not only increased McPhatter’s influence and notoriety, it also led to over 18 arrests and a total of 13 years of incarceration.
After a spiritual journey during his last prison stint, McPhatter decided to turn his life around and many others followed his path. Today he is a well-respected Social Justice Activist & Community leader and holds many titles including author, motivational speaker & Big Homie!