In fact, Whiting sees his role in the community as a man trying both to aid the police and to keep the peace. (He says his business offers discounts to "public servants,") "It ain't about this gang violence," he says. "I'm trying to curb that, speak against that. I'm trying to help police, too." He says he wants Crown Social & Recreation Hall to be a haven from the violence for the whole community, "from six to 80, blind, crippled, and crazy."

Toward that end, he says that despite his licensing hassles, he hopes to have his place fully operational by May or June. In addition, he will tend to his small businesses. Forget that money-laundering drug-dealer drivel, he insists. "Look at my business or look at my bank accounts. I don't have no money. All the money I make, that's generated from my businesses, is put back into businesses or generates more jobs or recreational activities for the community. I don't seek profit for myself &ldots; my profit is making people happy and entertaining people. That's my business, entertainment, and recreation."

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    Mr. Darryl Whiting, 34-year-old president of Corona Enterprises, was late for his nine o'clock appointment. The assemblage waiting on Whiting got so nudgy they had him paged. No show.
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    This article originally appeared in the April 1, 1988 issue of the Boston Phoenix.

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