Author Archives: The Gritz


Organize– arrange into a structured whole; order. “organize lessons in a planned way”

I am Currently organizing my life, because I crave and need order. With the many things and people that I am responsible for I can only thrive, survive, grow, and attain success through strategic planning. So I realized with my growing responsibilities I can NOT afford a disorganized (disorderly) spirit, mind, or space.

I’m guilty of creating clutter very quickly. My cluttered physical space has been a direct reflection of my indecisiveness and cluttered mind that easily becomes overwhelmed with anxieties, juggling in pure vain to keep all my balls in the air.

I’m TIED of being anxious, overwhelmed, unsure, and unprepared. I WANT to be the best example for my son and family. And I WANT to feel confident, peaceful, and energized in my space.

Being orderly has become priority. So I’ll be over here organizing.





Kendrick Lamar by The Gritz


“NL2F” The Volume Series


The Volume Series By Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz”


“NL2F” The Volume Series is my latest book in progress. Its a dedication to the professional and affluent woman in a collection of poetic prose and love letters. Its pace and its verbiage is very sophisticated, very sensual and very seductive.

All together,its super sexy and super flirty, with alot of enriching perspectives and values on mature interpersonal and sexual relationships.

I kind of want to keep the certain mystique it has do I won’t say too much, I’ll probably just leave a couple samples and snippets up between now and the books launch scheduled for late February/ early March.

It should b available at online book retailers and  for a very worthy 39.95.

So start saving for only book that’ll satisfy a professional woman’s holistic craving.

Hope you’re intrigued! Stay tuned “NL2F”coming soon.


No puedes nadie impedir mi pinche ambicion.

Estoy ansioso de triunfar pero estoy muy paciente.

Con bendicion de Dios, no puedo perder.


Soy “El Gritz” compa

My Tina

Everyday I think about my sister. I miss her too much to express. I feel I may never recover from the hurt Id feel If I really let myself go into the emotions my sister’s death provokes in me.Mrs. Tina Adams
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Win from Here

This current incarceration is a tough situation for me and my lil family.

I have alot of plans and alot of frustrations. Im furious at how this system has stolen my productivity and the integrity of what I represent. But that same indignation is the cause of my confidence.

Im more confident in myself and in my ingenuity that I can win from here just as surely as Ive won from any other hardship and adversity.

Im too resourceful, im too resilient, im too intelligent, im too persuasive, im too productive,and im too relentless to ever lose; ever!

Winning is inevitable for me, because I simply wont quit and that’s the whole reason im The Gritz; because thats who ive proven to be consistently in spite of any and all adversity.

Im The Gritz, im currently in CDCR, and I can “Win From Here!”

The Self Development Mixtape by The Gritz


I am super proud of the release of this tape. Its available on and is the first of my lil soul/sole series music releases. Read the rest of this entry

C is for Contradiction

C is for Contradiction. A contradiction is a combination of statements, ideas, or features of a situation that are opposed to one another.  In classical logic, a contradiction consist of a logical incompatibility between one or more propositions.

I’ve had a lot of positive feedback on my book and Its message. It is extremely exciting to see people support and exercise genuine pride and concern in myself and the books contents. But not everyone is so pleased with me or the book.  Some say that I may be a contradiction to the principles presented in my book.

This was hurtful to hear at first but at second and third and fourth, I’m not so surprised and I’d like to offer more of my perspective.

Truly I am a contradiction.  My income and my domestic situation have never represent well of my capacity and aptitude. Because of my chronic struggle with situation and serial business failures I am the object of many on-looking opinions and prejudices.

I am supposed, presumed, and assumed to be so many negative things as a struggling young Black man that to have a principled perspective and the aptitude to express it creatively is a absolutely a contradiction to each of those proposed assumptions.

Then as an author with the ability to express himself creatively and literally I’m again classified in to a young Black male that is better than a young Black male without this blessing.

I do believe that I am a contradiction to many of the stereo-types, prejudices, and expectations of others judgment.

But I don’t believe that I am a contradiction to many of the principles presented in this great book.

I represent it well, I apply it, and embody its principles as an example.

I encourage others to do as well despite any negative perception of you.

On the way 2 paradise

Im not sure of what the significance of my life is meant to be. But in my strive towards it I encounter alot of satan.

The more I fight for God and whats good in my heart, the more bad I attract Satan’s resistance and whats bad for me.

As a child I remember reading the “My book of Bible Stories” published by Jehovah’s Witnesses. In an illustration of Adam’s expulsion from the Garsen of Eden, there was an “angelic” man with wings and a sword hovering at the entrance of the Paradise-Garden.

This image comes to mind in reflection of my life and the many trials and adversities I’ve experienced and encountered. Read the rest of this entry

Rest In Paradise Gil Martin


Rest in paradise Pop. We love you and miss you. I hate that you gone when we still need you so much. Thank u for being such a good man to us. bless you, your influence and my brother Whit and the babiez. Baseball has taught me so much about life.
Thank you for teaching me the Game you loved. you were truly a father to me and Ill never forget you and how significant you were to my childhood and my growth into manhood.
I’m so sad that I wont get the chance to speak to you and ask you about my ball and which direction to go with it. I hate that you wont get to watch me and whits boys play ball. I love you like baseball Pop. Rest in Peace, Paradise, and in the hearts of all the Baseball family you raised.
Mark Howard “Big Hurt”

The ABC’s of a Black Man’s Principles |


The ABC’s of a Black Man’s Principles by Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz” is now available on Feel Free to order from this amazing site and enjoy your copy of the most powerful new book in print.

Their Expectations

They expect me to fail.
They expect me in jail.

They expect me to quit.
They expect me to be a victim.

They expect me to lose.
They expect me to lose it.
They expect me to hoop.
They expect me to do music.

They expect me to be criminal
They expect me to be divisible

They expect me to be violent.
They expect me to stay silent.
They expect me to be hateful.
They expect me to be wasteful.

They expect me to be homeless.
They expect me to be poor.
They expect me to be vulnerable.
They expect me to be torn.

They expect me hide.
They expect me to die.
But I expect more for myself.
And I expect God to provide it.

Cynthia Anne

My child I haven’t abandoned you. I haven’t let you go.
I imagine your smile.  I imagine your talent.  I wanna be your manager. Joe and Janet shit. Lol. I promise to prepare for your life. I promise to prepare for your needs. I ask that you may live in my heart until I provide a space for you. Please forgive me for delaying your blessing.  I promise im here for you and I promise I want to be your daddy.  Please comfort me with your thought and take comfort in my thoughts of you. I anticipate your joy and your adversity and take pleasure in guiding you toward Gods understanding.

“Hall of Justice:” Fuck Their System


Injustice happens everyday to people of all colors and backgrounds, not just to Black people and when it makes the news. 

The way the Justice system works is to take advantage of the people it is meant to serve.

At any business, retail store, or restaurant, bad service is absolutely unacceptable.
In American courtrooms of law its absolutely accepted and expected.  Read the rest of this entry

Coach Gritz


Mark Anthony Howard, “Coach Grits” is an published author, barber, Non-Profit director, and business entrepreneur from the Inland Empire.

Despite a challenging young home life, which may of suspended the opportunity for a college and professional playing career, his love and passion for the game of Baseball fuel a determination to ensure his players and staff with as many opportunities as he was denied.

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Greyland Youth Baseball


Greyland Youth Baseball is a program directed by Mark Anthony Howard or #coachGritz for #GreylandYouthOrganization.

The program gives underprivileged youth the opportunity to participate and acquire the quality skill and instruction normally only afforded to privileged families. By evening the “paying field” GYB enables lower income children the many educational, occupational, and quality of life opportunities the unique sport has to offer. #loveNbaseball

If you or a child would like to participate, volunteer, donate or be a sponsor in this program please email #coachGritz @

The program begins in Feb. but preregistration is encouraged and welcome. Rosters are forming for pony league divisions: pinto/6-8u, mustang/8-10u, and colt/14-16u

Donations: monetary donations are especially needed to fund insurance, league, field rentals, umpire and registration fees.

Also needed are (new or used) balls, gloves, bats, youth size cleats, WhiteSox hats, non perishable snacks and any other baseball gear would be appreciated.

Terrible Rush

Is success such an urgency to trade qualities for quanties?

The Gritz On… Bill Cosby Allegations

Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz” | Opinion

Bill_cosby_1969I apologize to women that may have been in any way sexually abused, for what may convey as any of my own insensitivity.

But I also apologize to women that may have been sexually abused, for the women and media that have used such a horrific experience as leverage for their own personal gain towards relevancy.

As many of the columnist whom have chimed in on the scorching topic of Bill Cosby and the 16 claims of drugging and sexual assault; I do not know Mr. Bill Cosby personally and have no clue if these claims are legitimate or completely false.

My opinion only concerns the fact that these claims are ten, twenty, and thirty years seasoned and lack a moral message.
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Your Love is Not Mine…

“Your Love is Not Mine…”| Mark Anthony Howard “The Gritz


Your love is not mine

Your love is an ordinary love

Your love has no imagination

Your love is a mimic and imitation

Your love has limitationsselfish


Your love is not mine

Your love is circumstantial

Your love has impurities

Your love is immature

Your love has insecurities

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