Monthly Archives: October 2011

Journal entry 01

I haven’t been writing as much as I’d like so my topics been adding up on my Topics to come. My Great Grandmother “littleGramps” . Dumb ass kids. Tyrant Business service. my cousin Shelly. My New BarbersShop. and a New Category “Self Helpz” .

Two Ways Out. Where Will I Be in five years? (english midterm)

this my lil midterm for my english class at rcc. I chose “Where will you be in 5 years?” from a set of prompts and compare and contrast as my rhettorical mode.  check it out let me know what u think.

Mark Anthony Howard

Prof. Angiuano

English 50

Midterm/Compare and Contrast

Two Ways Out. Where Will I Be in five years?

“On the road to riches and diamond rings, real niggaz do real things!” That’s a song I was listening to while I was reading through topic prompts for my midterm essay. The author of that song died at age twenty six. Where will I be in five years? I do not know; I think I’d be grateful to simply be alive. I’ve always been a strong character with a strong and ambitious drive towards business. But in contrast to my great ambition to be wealthy and successful, I’ve always felt I would never live past the age of twenty nine.  I feel like I’m sort of racing against an invisible clock and I hear it ticking fast. So I pursue my business passions with a passion. Where will I be in five years? I’d like to be simply be alive, but in my most positive depiction, I’d liked be in success as a business.

I’ve always been a product of harsh living situations, and even when these situations ease, I feel like I have sharp internal disfunctions as repercussion to these situations. My immediate family has been disfunctional and my extended family has been disfunctional. I feel that a successful business of my own is the resolution to every problem I ever had. As a child I felt a hopeless feeling in the situations I went through, and I think I truly only saw two ways out — my death or my business. I truly could never see myself living past the age of twenty nine, without being extremely successful as a businessman.  “A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke says, “It’s been too hard living, but I’m afraid to die!” I think this a song relates to me emotionally, but I am sincerely not afraid. With me it’s either business or death, and that is honestly my outlook on life. Sometimes, I feel my change may come, and sometimes — I do not.

The way I imagine my business in five years is obviously a complete contrast to being dead. I imagine myself incorporated as Tyrant Business Groupings. Tyrant Business Groupings is a conglomerate of my own business aspirations, with the ultimate goal to enrich the lifestyle and potential lifestyle of all its affiliated youth. The objective of Tyrant is to “Enrich, Educate, Communicate, Influence, and Participate” in the lives of its surrounding area youth on a daily basis. My business groupings, as of now, consist of a batting cage, a recording label, a youth organization, barber shop and a promotional business service. In five years I would like to have developed upon these businesses to the point of half a million dollars net.

The contrast between death and business success is a plain reality for me now, but I see other Black boys face the same daily ultimatum and don’t realize it. The hopelessness and feelings that nothing is for them, is unacceptable to me ; And I am making it my business, to salvage the successful hope in Black youth as a Tyranny. I would like to counter the childhood disparities of my own, and others, by establishing a “Tyranny of Success,” because a solemn, no hope mentality is absolutely unacceptable.

I feel my business is not only my own resolution and lifesaver, but it could very well be the same thing for a lot of young Black men with some of my same hopeless background. I feel that if I am successful as a business man I can simply buy more time. Way too many of young Black men are not even as fortunate to live a life as long as twenty five. A majority of  Black men are truly living a condensed lifetime and expiring way too early. I feel my business is my solution. I feel Black business is the Black solution. And I feel it is the only way out.

The Dj Gritz – 2 Krazy ( IDGAF)

The Dj Gritz latest Video “2 Krazy (Idgaf) off the upcoming “Self Employed” album releasing in Feb. 2012 on Tyrant Label Recordings

follow the Gritz step by step progress as a musical artist on here and on http://theGritz.blogspot.com

just a journal entry. #0

just talking aloud a little. I feel really mixed up as default. for me to know and discern is for me to do well. for me to be unsure and uncertain is more natural for me. Im just always trying to figure things out. Some times i spend so much time figuring that Im uncomfortable feeling that ive figured it.

I hate when I lose myself in all of my strategizing and feel like I havent actualized anything.  I would really like to see, for myself, starting immediately, the fruitions of my thoughts and elaborate strategy.

Ive really been flustered in actualizing my Business plans for Tyrant Business Management and promotional marketing services. Ive been trying to actualize a team, service listings, and actual business contracts.  I believe this company could truly be the representation of business and person that I am capable of but I feel weighted by alot of my disfunctions and  social disorders. Alot of my ambition and progress is neutralized by these reoccurring traits I have.

I just truly feel like for every “1” GOOD I may have..  i may have 1.3 BAD. I hate to focus on it too much but Im made up of bad math.

So all i can do is pray and keep tryna progress and strategically grow my good past its neutralizations

gritz – how the show go?

yooooooo.  i had my lil show at on Sunday night the pitch series hosted by Steve Lobel.   this is how it went …..

I did my muthafuckin stuff!!!  just like I always do. this rap shit aint hard im hard. and i truly was the hardest muthafucka at the whole show. my beats is killin my demeanor and attitude is such a naturally attractive deliverence. my mic control and  clearity is elite in contrast to the performances i proceed or succeed. and im consistently some of the best lyrical on showcase .

They had a couple nice lady groups but these rappers are so terrible these days and they really not fuckin with me.

but not to hate I notice alot of people have alot of support for the things they do. I see some of the rapppers wit no talent and all kind of support and “fans”.  I mean i just started rapping in feb. so i aint tryna have it pop automatic but why the fuck not.  I try to keep a tight circle but I really aint got no real ones thatll go like  I go. that why I always go by my- muthafuckin-self.

steve lobel was the host of the Pitch series show that I did. aint nobody that performed at the show even know who my g was. Steve been making shit pop since Jam master Jay and shit. So I was the only one with presence of mind to go and introduce myself to the man.  Im sayin that to say that I make the best of oppurtunities for myself but I dont have anybody that would contribute to that strategy and that objective!!  If I could get a crew of muthafuckas that would just play they part I and WEEE could win big.  but truly throughout my life I feel the fuckin void of relatives. I dont feel muthafuckas can relate to the shit im talkin about. I dont feel like muthafuckas can relate to the shit im tryna do. and I dont even feel like mufuckas around me even understand the things that I do.

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Apple CEO “Steve Jobs” has died

Sad news: Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs has died

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Steven Paul “Steve” Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American computer entrepreneur and innovator. He was co-founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Apple Inc

On October 5, 2011, Jobs’ family made a statement that he “died peacefully today”.[ Apple released a separate statement saying that Jobs had died. The statement read: “We are deeply saddened to announce that Steve Jobs passed away today. Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives. The world is immeasurably better because of Steve. His greatest love was for his wife, Laurene, and his family. Our hearts go out to them and to all who were touched by his extraordinary gifts.”

Also on October 5, 2011, Apple’s corporate website greeted visitors with a simple page showing Jobs’ name and lifespan next to his greyscale portrait. Clicking on Jobs’ image led to an obituary that read “Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple.” An email address was also posted for the public to share their memories, condolences, and thoughts.

Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, to whom he was married for 20 years; their three children, Reed (born 1991), Erin (born 1995), and Eve (born 1998); and a fourth child, Lisa Brennan-Jobs, from a previous relationship.[150]

The man was a true Genius and one of the most remarkable entrepreneurs and inspirational leaders in history.

RIP Steve Jobs.

Alicia Myers

my favorite thing to do is discover an throwback funk or soul artist Ive never heard. I know what kind of music im searching for so when I find It I love it. I recently found and feel in Love with Alicia Myers and her music. Ive been familiar with the funk band ONEWAY but never knew the lead vocalist was such an independent talent. She is truly an underrated artist so there isnt much information on her specificly in conjunction but here is some that I gathered….

Vocalist Alicia Myers was a charter member of Al Hudson & the Soul Partners, which later became One Way, before she departed in the early ’80s for a solo career. She earned a Top Ten hit with “You Get the Best from Me (Say, Say, Say)” in 1984, although her strongest record was the gospel/soul “I Want to Thank You” in 1982. Myers made four LPs for MCA during the ’80s. ~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide

1986Don’t Stop What You’re Doin’1984I Appreciate1982I Fooled You This Time

1981Alicia
 
I particularly Love – “If you play your cards right” and “Im so Lonely”

descriptive essay; “a night’s unsettling”

Mark Anthony Howard

Prof. Angiuanno

English 50

10/4/2011

Back to Reality: A Night’s unsettling

Ever Since I was a little kid, I’ve either had very realistic dreams or nightmares!  I always felt that my dreams were in guidance of my actual daily dilemmas, thoughts and concerns, so I really have never shared my dreams with anybody, because I felt them to be highly boring.  But In contrast to these very insightful dreams I would have, I sporadically, but consistently would have these frighteningly realistic nightmares.  I actually remember the first dream I had to be a nightmare. But most recently I had this wild nightmare the night before my essay was due.

This is my dream.  As it starts, I sit behind the register in my clothing store. The register sits facing eastern towards the front of the store, on top of the display counter, right next to my laptop.  Inside the display counter are watches and stickers and all the accessories we carry in the store.  It’s way too late to be open, but I’m a night owl, so I’m chilling listening to Dj quik while we close.  I say “we” because I have this super pretty-faced, sweet-smelling, cutie with huge breasts working for me.  She wearing a little low-cut shirt, gold chain and Holister shorts. So as we close, she asks me “what happened last month.”  I guess I had been trying to move on and forget, but as she asks I remember the whole frightening ass occurrence that went on last week.  

I don’t want to scare miss pretty too much, but I just tell her the truth.  I tell her, “ boo last month was crazy.” As I say this, my dream puts me back into last month’s scene just as a horror movie would, with my conversation with my pretty clerk as the narrative.

 I told her how it was around the same time it is now, it was sprinkling outside as I was closing and somebody knocks on the store window.  I didn’t pay it much attention because the door was still open. But as I’m ready to close, I go to the door anyway and there’s nobody there.  As I look out the door it starts to rain a little harder, so you can smell the dust stirring up in the air. So as I locked at the Front glass door I hear somebody kicking at my back door!  The lights are off in the store, so I can see the entire night scene through my store window and now I’m starting to get an attitude at whoever thinks that kicking at my stuff is cool like that. My pretty little assistance laughs because she knows how I act. So I’m ready to go off on my way to the back door, and I don’t even make it all the way, before I hear two kicks at the front door! (Boom Boom) Somebody is kicking at the outer frame on my front glass door and loudly, (Boom , Boom).  All I have to do is turn around to see there is still nobody there. I tell pretty “ by then I’m scared and nervous like ‘what the fuck is going on.”  Both doors are locked and I’m standing in the middle of the store with only the display cabinet lights on. I feel somebody outside, and I hear somebody outside but I don’t see anything or anybody outside! The only thing I see outside is the rain falling really hard now and as I’m looking out the front I hear “AYE” inside the store and then (boom ,boom, boom) and see the front door’s window rattle and shake from three more kicks at the door frame.

  By now my sexy clerk’s eyes are wide open and she is looking at me like she making up her mind to quit after tonight. But I keep going with my little story anyway and I tell her how I went behind the counter and got the pistol but I still don’t see anybody. I don’t think I’m getting robbed, but I much rather would have been.  I’m just scared like some spiritual kind of scared.  My dream breaks from there as if a scene skipped in a movie and I lose the rhetoric with my clerk and I’m just back in the store by myself.  But as It comes back the scene seems to climax and it starts to rain even harder now and as lightening and thunder booms I hear voices inside the store saying my nickname sharply in a crescendo  grits grits grit grits grits grits . And in a succession I hear a whole series of kicks. (Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, BOOM) and my whole front windows breaks, shatters and crashes!

I’m so conditioned to having these type of dreams, I somehow realize I’m dreaming as I’m dreaming, I settle myself and wake up calmly.  Back to reality is my talent, my strength, and my comfort. For some of these nights dreams are extremely unsettling.

The Gritz featured in “The Pitch Series” Oct 9th

The Gritz featured in “The Pitch Series” Oct 9th

The Gritz is featured in The Pitch Series on Oct. 9th @ Club Revolution in Redlands California.  The gritz will perform a 3 songs off his “Self Employed” album releasing Feb. 2012 on Tyrant Label Recordings and 2 songs of his “Self Development” mixtape.  PreSale Tickets are $10 dollars and $15 at the door. 

 We will Post Pictures and Video of the Performance Post event.  Thank you for your follow of Dj Gritz and his progress.

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Revolution Night Club

1327 W. Colton ave Redlands CA 92374