Monday, December 13, 2010

TALENTED: R.I.P. Will Hardaway


I'm From

I'm from where late night sneak and peaks exist on all levels of society
I'm from where downtown J's hits corners and take rest
I'm from neighborhoods where even your neighbor carries a bullet proof vest
I'm from where section 8 housing Which has at least 7 siblings under one roof gets ready for school each and every morning

I'm from Where the mother of those 7 sits home and collects checks and spends it on her neighborhood street pharmacist
I'm from where the trap line is longer than the DMV'S and social security offices
I'm from Where The J's, Doctor's, and lawyers come through daily to get a fix
Not even given a damn on what its mix with

Where boys and girls catches another one's bullet
And is box fitted before reaching puberty
I'm from where my mom raised Seven beautiful children with callings on their lives
Where neither one of us became a product of this environment.
Author: Will Hardaway April 20, 2010
Very Talented Young Man. May he Rest In Peace
April 20, 1985 - December 10, 2010

We all have a Divine Purpose.  Although unknown to us, the time is set for that purpose to be fulfilled.  Our talents are the tools that we use to fulfill that purpose.  Use your God given talents, you never know whose life you will touch.  What are your talents?  Have you ignored them?  Set them on a shelf to now collect dust?  Pull'em out!  Share your gifts here by describing them in a comment.  You may encourage someone else to use theirs.  COMMENT!!

11 comments:

  1. Very Inspirational! It's as if I lived right next door to him growing up. I admire you Shirrelle so much for posting this, and letting his legacy continue. My talents of writing and performing are sometimes put on the shelf I must admit. Sometimes life gets stressful or Im just not motivated. But I can say this is pure motivation, because you never know when it will all end.. And one of my biggest concerns ever isn't the actual departure from this Earth. But the quality of work, and Legacy I will leave behind. So I feel I must find some inspiration in honor of those who had so much, but ran out of time to express it.. Great work! -D. Carter

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  2. thanks Shirelle for posting my brothers poem. I had and am still having a hard time coping with his absence but I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ. I thank God for my brother and all of his positive energy. He touched lives in a very miraculous way with his huge smile and awesome talents. His legacy will forever live on through me and my siblings. I love you big bro Rest Peacefully! GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES, WORK IN YOUR PURPOSE BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE!

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  3. In tears! Shirelle you are a blessing and an awesome woman. Thank you so much for posting my brothers work. I've been having trouble coping with his absent but ill never question God. I believe my brother fulfilled his purpose in his short life span. He touched lives in a miraculous way always staying positive through whatever. I'll miss you brother but I know that to be absent from the body is to be present with Christ R.I.P WILL O LOVE YOU AND YOUR LEGEND WILL FOREVER LIVE ON THROUGH ME AND MY POETRY! Thanks Relle love you

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  4. You're welcome friend. I'm using my tools to do what I can. I do believe he fulfilled his purpose too. It's evident the lives he touched through his person and his works.:)

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  5. One talent that I realized I had at a very young age was the gift of getting people's attention. As I got older, I noticed that I could have a positive effect on other peoples lives if I could get their attention long enough and inspire them in so way. I believe as a christian....I'm not just working to improve myself soley...I'm here to help others. That's what it is all about....helping the next man.

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  6. I have many talents...but my favorite one is the ability to make people smile no matter What they are going through... I cherish this gift deeply cause I can deliver a laugh or smile to anyone

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  7. "Ill Will" was truely a breathe of fresh air and was extremly talented with his words even when he was spitting game(the thoughts that come to mind smh)....I am thankful for even having the chance to get to know him... he truely was that light unto our paths that we needed .... I am inspired to carry on my carrier because of the conversations we have held and I pray that God continues to wrap his arms around his loved ones with comfort and peace......

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  8. Can you please post info on when and where the funeral will be? Thanks in advance.

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  9. The Homegoing Celebration for Will Hardaway will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 11am, World Overcomers Church.

    This Friday, December 17, 2010 there will be a Candlelight Vigil/Lyrical Cypher at the WoodChase Apartments in Cordova from 5pm until 8pm.

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  10. I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH MR. HARDAWAY AT WOODDALE MIDDLE. HE AND HIS BROTHER WHERE VERY TALENTED IN BASKETBALL. DIDNT KNOW HE DID POETRY AS WELL. I KNOW I AM GIFTED AT HOSTING, ORGANIZING EVENTS, SONGWRITING, ENTERTAINING, AND HELPING OTHERS. I PUT MY TALENTS TO USE EVERYDAY! AND I THANK GOD FOR MAKIN ME UNIQUELY ME!

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  11. Yes he was a beautiful person it seems inside and out.. the brief time that I had a chance to meet him.. I am so sad to hear about what happened to him. Just by reading his words show that he was passionate about what he wrote about.

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