T. Rodgers was born and raised in the slums of the South Side of Chicago, specifically in the area around 47th Street where he was a prominent young member of the Blackstone Rangers gang. When T. was 12 years old, his mother moved him and his brother to the West Side of Los Angeles, in an area known as Baldwin Hills. Also known as "The Jungles" (originally called this because of its lush vegetation), Baldwin Hills was once a Middle Class haven for African-Americans but is now America's largest Blood gang neighborhood. It is literally a large haven for Bloods.
Like so many young black men in the turbulent 1960's, there weren't many opportunities available to T., and he quickly became embroiled in many gang-related conflicts. With the permission of the "Main 21" (a term used to describe the original twenty-one leaders of Chicago gangs who agreed to merge with the Blackstone Rangers), T. formed a chapter of the "Almighty Black P Stone Nation" in the Jungles. Since the People Nation Alliance did not yet exist in Chicago, T. Rodgers quickly alligned his chapter of the Blackstones under the Bloods alliance by making it a line of the already established Blood set known as the Brims, creating a gang temporarily known as the Blackstone Brims. As time went on and T.'s gang became larger, he separated from the Brims and turned his gang into it's own set officially known as The Almighty Black P Stone Blood Nation.
Under T.'s leadership, the Black P Stone Bloods became deeply rooted with the founding members of the Bloods alliance (who identify with the color red), mortal enemies of the predominant Crips (who identify with the color blue). The Black P Stone Bloods would thrive in "The Jungles" and become over five-hundred members strong, eventually controlling the largest territory of any other black gang in Los Angeles, and the largest Blood gang turf known in America. At their peak the Black P Stone Bloods became one of the most feared and infamous gangs in Los Angeles if not the entire United States because of their status as a Blood gang under the People Nation alliance effectively giving them power that stretched from the Midwet (Chicago) to the West Coast (Los Angeles). This dubious distinction would earn T. a position on the Ten Most Wanted Gang Leaders list by law enforcement in South Central Los Angeles. The Black P Stone Bloods is credited as the very first Blood set to start the tradition of using the 5 point star within the Bloods, the 5 principles of the Black P Stones, follow the islamic teachings of the Moorish Science Temple of America, claim allegiance to the People Nation and break their hats to the left side to show this allegiance, while flagging to the right. These traditions would go on to effect the majority of Blood sets around the country, especially outside of California.
T.'s gang activities and overall reckless lifestyle would cause him to be shot four times, stabbed twice and as T puts it, "have more fights than Mike Tyson and not get paid for none of 'em". T. was arrested dozens of times during the course of his life but managed to avoid any lengthy prison sentences. During one of his incarcerations he is credited with creating the UBN, an umbrella banner created by T. Rodgers and other high ranking west coast Bloods in the west coast prison system in the early 1980's to unify west coast Blood sets behind bars so they can better defend themselves against their enemies such as the Crips and Surenos. T. Rodgers is the single most important living figure not locked up within the Bloods alliance and People Nation National Alliance, as without him the Chicago to Los Angeles gang connection may have never been made. He is also very instrumental within the ranks of Bloods in New York City and Houston where he helped spread the UBN ideology.