Ameena Matthews

Community Activist

Called a "violence interrupter," Ameena Matthews is a community activist in her native Chicago. The daughter of notorious Chicago gang leader Jeff Fort and a former banger and dealer herself, "Queen Ameena" uses her street knowledge and reputation to get through to the youth and combat day-to-day crisis. For over seven years she's soldiered with the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention's Ceasefire Program. Additionally, Matthews co-starred in the award-winning documentary The Interrupters, which follows her and her fellow street warriors in their quest to reduce the Chi's high murder rates.  In 2011, Illinois governor Pat Quinn presented Matthews with the TedX Midwest Heroes Award and she was also crowned the 2011 Chicagoan of the Year. (Photo: WireImage)