Who is Antoine Dodson? Well, a few weeks ago he was just a young man from some run-down projects in the Lincoln Park area of Alabama, who lived with his parents, siblings, nieces and nephews.

Now, he has managed to move his entire clan out of the projects and in to a pretty cush life, after striking gold with an online video that went viral.

Dodson’s overnight fame-to-fortune story began when his sister Kelly was attacked while sleeping with her young daughter by a would-be rapist. The attacker had apparently climbed on to the ledge outside Dodson’s sister’s window, gained entry in to her bedroom and groped the young woman while she was asleep. Luckily, Dodson overheard the commotion and screams coming from his sister’s room and jumped to her rescue. The two men scuffled and the assailant escaped. The child was unharmed.

The attack made the news and a local camera crew arranged to interview Dodson about the incident. The 24-year-old gave the media a straight-no-chaser interview, complete with wrath for the attacker. In short, the interview was an attention-grabber, with Dodson’s in-your-face, flamboyant words:

“Wee-ell, obviously we have a rapist in Lincoln Park. He’s climbing in your windows, he’s snatching your people up, trying to rape them; so y’all need to hide yo kids, hide yo wife and hide yo husband, because they’re raping err’body out here.”

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