Murdered on August 19th, 2011 -(reflections of a writer) GD

The mechanical news bird circled over head during the late afternoon on Friday, August 19th, 2011, and I heard the fire truck zoom past the house where I live.  I knew something major had occurred based on all the commotion overhead and because there was an eeriness in the air.  There was also a sudden a coldness that swept past me as if it foretold what had taken place.

I’m not sure why I suddenly felt unsettled during these moments until I received the call that confirmed what I was feeling but did not know.  Carl Earl Pervis Jr. (Man-Man), was murdered and his body was still lying on the asphalt a couple of streets over from where I lived.  The images of a rosy-cheeked little boy, with curly hair and a bright smile flashed in mind and I felt like screaming out loud in the streets. Not again.

I felt yet another part of me die from the passing of this 19 year old man who had his whole life ahead of him to live. My heart grew heavy as I thought of the daughter he left behind — a daughter that will never know her own father.  I cried in silent anguish for his mother who has struggled for years with her own demons, for the family and friends touched by his presence in this life.  I took in the pain from  his father’s heart — a father who raced to the scene, and lifted up the yellow tape that surrounded the parameters of where his son’s lifeless body lay.

He was gone.

Suddenly, I was reminded again of just how unpredictable moments are in this life, and I was surprised how it all engulfed my spirit and grounded it momentarily.  I’ve heard the whispers that the senseless killing will not go without retaliation, and I’m wondering what anyone hopes to gain by a violent act of revenge, for a life that has transitioned on never to return.

A generation is dying here on American soil for reasons that I will never be able to make sense of, and all I have to offer are my prayers of hope that someday soon all of this mayhem and calamity will cease.  It is my belief that the actions of our youth speaks to a mental disease that has inflected their hope because of an unpredictable future.  I’m wondering what the world really looks like from their eyes.

I really had to get what I felt out in words instead of keeping them inside, because those of us he leaves behind have to move on with our lives — even though it pains us to know that he left us, prematurely, in such a tragic way.  His passing will never be forgotten, for there will always be a hole left behind because we knew him, but I believe that he now soars higher than we can ever fathom.

Rest In Peace, little Man-Man.

Author, G. D. Grace

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About G. D. Grace of California

After the release of his fifth self-published novel, “Ripped & Ready (season 3)” GD ramped up for a new endeavor in radio, and on September 2, 2010 his first #BlogTalkRadio show premiered. His first two guest were two literary colleagues from two different sides of the tracks — one a former prison inmate-hustler, single father, turned author — the other, an accredited teacher and single father first time author. The intense on-air climate of cultural differences on the show, at one point, became thick enough to slice with a butter knife, however, it was a very successful event. Despite the clash over marketing approaches both authors remained professional and the outcome was a highly entertaining and interesting show. The seasons that followed incorporated talent from all walks of creativity, so in addition to the authors, GD’s guest lineup included poets and recovering addicts, motivational speakers and entrepreneurs, filmmakers and professionals in sports training and health, and also established artists from highly successful television shows, as well as, NAACP & Grammy Winners. Many shows gave us an inside glimpse inside the lives of legends from Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Smokey Robinson, Ray Goodman & Brown, Bruce A. Hawes (extraordinary writer for the Sounds of Philadelphia), Gerald Alston of The Manhattans, The Delphonics, Howard Hewett, and Chris Jasper of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognized Isley Brothers. Legends of literary Stanley Bennett Clay and James Earl Hardy also brought their distinct creative prowess to the show, as did professionals from the Broadway stage. GD’s show eventually caught the attention of World Media and through this friendship many of the legends mentioned above were tapped to be guests on the show. His friend, and often times, mentor, Wayne Barros became an influential part of the legacy that he was creating one show at time. His friendship, love, and direction helped enforce an inner-confidence in GD which allowed him to stretch his producing skills so the show would have an entertaining variety for the live listener and archive listeners. Between the two audience variations the show has been listened to by over 40,000 people. It has been successful beyond GD’s wildest dreams, and as Season 6 approaches, the adrenalin within him increases. He begins assembling the guest list next month in April 2015, and…
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6 Responses to Murdered on August 19th, 2011 -(reflections of a writer) GD

  1. nikewrites says:

    This is heartbreaking GD….just 19? There is no reason for it. We need more MEN in the community to step up and be the image of strength our kids needs to know. I wish these kids understood that cold hard steel has no power. They could slaughter so much more and in a better way if they used the weapon that rests between their ears. Praying for Carl and his family.

  2. Cotton Carpenter says:

    I’m sorry for your loss, and that of your community. I’m sorry there’s that image in your mind that will always be there. I’m very thankful that you can see beyond the violence and embrace the beauty of life and remember the sweet little boy he once was…that was very endearing to read. Sending warm wishes.

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