David Banner — born as Lavell Crump in Jackson, Mississippi — is a Grammy Award winning music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, civic activist and actor who recently appeared in Lee Daniel’s The Butler and in Tim Story’s movie Ride Along.
Such mega success did not come without challenges. At one point along the way, Banner was living in his rundown van and struggling to build his career. He’d constructed a studio inside the van and had all his worldly possessions with him. One day a group of teenagers stole the van when Banner stopped through Birmingham on his way to Mississippi from Atlanta – taking everything away from him
Banner finds reward in encouraging young people to gain knowledge, and he leverages his affluence and influence to help make the world a better place. He has been a prominent and
passionate voice in the face of social injustice.