Urban Thoughts: PHOENIX PROJECT
EVERY DOLLAR matters. No amount is too small to donate. There will be random giveaways available to everyone that donates or makes a purchase. STAY TUNED.
THE PHOENIX PROJECT:
- Is a CONCEPT OF REDEMPTION captured in art that will have three major components that need funding now to bring this PROJECT to Completion.
-There will be two videos, a book and a spoken word CD.
-Includes a give-back donation program for a portion of the proceeds from every sale to be given to two separate charities that focuses on mental illness that advocate for the youth and provides domestic violence recovery programming for young ladies and men.
THE PROJECT INCLUDES:
-Video one: "Beautifully Broken" : Focuses on the relationship between two African-American Males suffering from Mental Illness
-Video two:"SHE" : Focuses on the relationship between a Male's viewpoint of a Woman's natural beauty and the proposed idea of the changing societal standards of beauty
"Poet Confessions: Black Boy Blues"
-Chronicles the issues of my life from depression, suicide, marriage, divorce, education, love, redemption and a plethora of Barbershop talk issues
Beautifully Broken (Tentative Title)
-Captures the stories, poems, blogs of Urban Thoughts into page format to share and spark dialogue for the revitalization and education of our community to dream bigger
- Beautifully Broken is the ending and resurrection of Urban Thoughts to tell the tale of what happened between the journey from man to poet to educator and everything between that is seen through brown eyes and skin
THE PHOENIX RISES:
-To complete the filming of the videos with an award-winning filmmaker that has provided a written guarantee to film the project at a discounted rate per fundraising expectations and visibility of fanbase
-Release and Distribute the book nationally for the public
- Have all tracks engineered and released in a listening party of the PHOENIX PROJECT.
As you can see, this isn't just a project, it is THE PROJECT to rebuild what was broken: ME and my Community.
I am not asking for the full price of the project. I have saved and secured an Angel who will match 40% of the raised funds to help meet the goal, plus my personal investments into my art. I am asking that you JOIN me in this opportunity to allow this PHOENIX to RISE.
The funds needed is critical to completing the licensing, packaging, and studio time. EVERY SINGLE DOLLAR is NEEDED.
My pledge to you:
I will post photos of this campaign and some audio/video linking my website: www.urbanthoughtspoetry.com into a continous feed for communication until the completion of the project. You will get to journey along this mission side by side with me. I encourage you to share this info, spread the word by sharing this project so that we can impact the community of Memphis through ART.
WHAT DO YOU GET?
Well, you get to not only help me, but others like me who have endured suffering from depression. Each sale will result in a portion of the proceeds being donated directly to two charities: one that deals in-depth with the treatment of the mentally ill and one that deals with female domestic violence victims.
Also: cool gear, merchandise, and personalized products!
The THINKERS PHOENIX REWARD PROGRAM offers fantastic options for my THINKERS, including live POETRY EVENTS to the final products of the PHOENIX PROJECT and exclusive parties.
I've fundraised for others: scholars to go to GHANA, fellow poets, poetry teams, Tuskegee, my community, the arts, Memphis, other peers and for various causes raising tens of thousands of dollars for my community, but never myself personally.
Life is interesting and it has brought me a dream-like opportunity with a major ally in an international marketing firm that believes in my vision, national venues that want high-quality visuals and acts-pending requests for proof of visibility, so I NEED YOU. This is bigger than me and I need my community and friends.
I have worked diligently over my life span, fighting through a dark four-year depression after a divorce, heartache, and a pain killer addiction to overcome all obstacles to win the 2014 Mtenzi Best Spoken Word Artist, 2015 Best In Black Spoken Word Artist, Memphis Gospel Humanitarian of the Year, 2016 WREG TN Lottery Educator of the Week Awards for this opportunity to expand Nationally and Internationally as an artist.
I am now a leading educator spreading the message of love, redemption, and perseverance to all of my scholars to have a chance to win at life. This project is so personal and revealing to a community that hides mental illness and its effects/affects on our loved ones and community. It is a blueprint of hope for others to overcome the scars of "CRAZY" "Cray Cray" or "Retarded" to embrace their power to overcome and be successful citizens. Time is pressing for these opportunities and a strict timeline is in place to complete these tasks. I have used the training in recieving my Master's Degree in Instruction Curriculum Design to construct a tight schedule to be successful.
Every donation (at Phoenix SILVER) gets a physical copy of the book and sneak peeks at both videos and the soundtrack "Beautifully Broken" before release.
Please join the Facebook Event Invitation to get people to this goFUNDme page. I have a lot of friends but together we have even more and I need you all to JOIN in a chance to support MEMPHIS and an artist set to change the atmosphere for those trying to rise up from their ashes.
Questions? Feel free to contact me.
You can look at this as a "pre-order purchase," instead of a donation, because the work that will be returned to you will be worth every last cent. The impact that the collective purchases will make to create revenue to donate to the non-profits will have a ripple effect of positivity into those programs and into my life to pursuit my dreams further.
I thank-you for everything that you have done and will do. I realize that this Project is bigger than me and only becuase of you. Most of all THANK-YOU for your time, your love, and your encouragement.
Lyons Group Entertainment
Mia & Tammy
Speak Life Society
The P.E.O.P.L.E Slam Team
Unspoken Youth Slam Team
You all made this possible! Each dollar is being invested in creating positive images for our community and programming to help mental illness and domestic violence prevention. I submit to you who believed in me the first video "JUST BEAUTIFUL" of The Phoenix Project.
This year I accomplished all my goals with Two Months to spare!!!!
2015 WREG and TN Lottery Educator of the Week
2015 Best in Black Awards: Best In Black Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Memphis Juneteenth: Juneteenth Urban Music Festival Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Best in Black Awards: Best In Black Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Mtenzi Awards Mtenzi Spoken Word Artist of the Year
2016 Shelby County Board of Commissioners: Commodore C Primous Outstanding Male Educator
2016 Congressional Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Service in Education and Community Service
250 hours of PAID Poetry shows
300 hours of COMMUNITY SERVICE
100 hours of PAID WORKSHOPS
Mentored @Quiet Storm & @Kyla Lewis
Founded a Youth Team that is ranked #2 in the Mid-South and qualified Nationally
Spent more time with my daughter and family
Spent 50 hours directly to Suicide Prevention
Spent 50 hours directly to Domestic Violence Prevention
Coached a District Champion Ladies Softball and Playoff winning Ladies Basketball Team
Reached out to various poets around Memphis to build
Took 50 hours of Acting classes. I graduate this weekend.
Joined a Church but not to know GOD but to assist others with building Hope in this community. I already Knew GOD. He lives in EVERY poem.
Became a better poet.
Became a better man.
Became a better father.
Today, I am filming the #JUST BEAUTIFUL video.
If you interested, Come celebrate with me.
I'm popping bottles today for everyone in attendance.
I want to be the best.
I want to unapologetically be the best.
You should want to be the best, too.
I am seeking those who have THAT attitude to be around me.
Mediocre won't do anymore for me or those around me.
I love you.
I love you.
I love you and I mean that.
P.S. I'm setting new goals for 2017 right now!
I will be sending a special behind the scenes update to everyone that donated to the Phoenix Project and the first single of the video.