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                                                          to be known throughout the world, after co-writing the New York Times Bestselling Book "Freedom Writers Diary." The character "Marcus" in the film "Freedom Writers" is solely based on Darrius' personal story of homelessness and continuous street violence. The film starred award-winning actors & actresses like Hilary Swank. Since the newfound fame, Darrius has authored his memoir, which accounts of his personal life and ties with the Freedom Writers group between 1992 and 2011 titled "Diary of a Freedom Writer." Darrius has authored other titles currently in the works. Darrius has plans to locate a literary agent to connect with a Publisher willing to display his specific art of storytelling with his new titles to the rest of the world. Darrius focus's on speaking out about his life, mental health and encouraging others one speech at a time.


Being a husband and a father of four girls, Darrius finds himself consistently working to become a better man, person & pillar of his community. Darrius offers as much wisdom and guidance to his daughters as he can while seeking the same from those he admires and looks up to as mentors. After, he distributes what he has learned in life and experiences into the world by reaching out and sharing his story. Darrius is diligent in following his heart to help pour into the earthly creations he loves. "People"!


Darrius first began his speaking career over 20 years ago in the late 90's simply visiting local elementary schools in the area speaking to at-risk youth that resembled himself. He would do these speeches. His fellow Freedom Writer associates share his story of gangs, violence, homelessness, and drugs. In Darrius's speech, he let them know that they will one day have to face a fork in the road of Good or Evil., even as he was currently facing his fork in the road himself at the current time. 


After Darrius Garrett Mother died in 2010, Darrius started his company called D. Enterprises LLC, covering the range of talents that Darrius possesses from Acting, Writing, and Speaking. As an actor, Darrius has appeared on numerous television shows from reality to scripted such as the role of comedic Linebacker Dante Lavonte on Seasons 1 & 2 of Comedy Centrals "Kroll Show." a featured Extra on movie Freedom Writers, as well as appearances in multiple Music Videos ranging from Common, Snoop Dogg, and other well-known artists. Lastly, as a writer, Darrius has taken his love for storytelling to another level that most would marvel at, wondering how he came up with that Idea. Moving into the future, Darrius has plans for D. Enterprises LLC to become a worldwide entity changing the name to a more personal concept of The Garrett Group Worldwide LLC in 2019 as he intends to do everything within his power to display his talents and gifts along with his family's talents and skillsets to help make the world dance, smile, laugh, cry, as well as think and wake up to the reality that a great story, song, or speech can change lives worldwide.


He was born November 9, 1980, in Long Beach, California, to Edward Sr. & Marie Garrett. Darrius started from humble beginnings, being born and raised on the East Side of Long Beach. In a very impoverished part of town drenched by drugs & gang violence. A pure daydreamer, Darrius' childhood was described by most that knew him in his younger years as one with a mind full of dreams to be a well-known name in the Entertainment & literature industry. 



As a child, Darrius was described by his mother as a chubby little kid with great imagination and love for music; Darrius was later destined



Major credits as an author:

  • Freedom Writers Diary​​

  • Poetic Thoughts​​

  • Freedom Writers Diary (20th Anniversary Edition

  • ​Diary of A Freedom Writer​​​​​


Major Credits as an actor:​

  • We the people with Gloria Allred


Music Videos for :


Micheal Kiwanuka​​



Snoop Dogg


Major credits as an Rapper/Songwriter:

  • Life Happenz album​

  • Change - Freedom Writer Motion Picture Soundtrack

Motivational Speaker

Darrius has presented:​

National University



Santa Fe Youth Services


Youth Links


West Seneca Youth Bureau

Freedom Writer

In 1994 Darrius Garrett was released from jail for drug possession with ambitions to change his life. That's when he was placed in this classroom with teacher Erin Gruwell. A woman that brought the talents out of her students and pointed out the greatness in all of them. Sharing their stories and dubbing themselves the Freedom Writers Darrius has achieved the opportunity to become something that he never thought he could be...a catalyst for change.