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INTRODUCING…. Micheaux Fortson also known as UrbanVoodoo
UrbanVoodoo...The name in itself sparks so many ideas in the minds of folks... Throuh his poetry he sets the record straight. UrbanVoodoo is the combination of two distinct ideas, Urban in terms of the inner city which bred my style and Magic which the sound is designed to create City Magic. He is affectionately called Urb by his friends, he is original from New Orleans, Louisiana home of the Spicy Creole Culture that has permeated the urban sound for decades.
Urb is merely a branch off that same tree. He writes concrete. There is no imaginary man holding the microphone here. He was raised in two distinct localities where the cultural norms are as different as Denmark and Hamburg are to each other, even though the two countries are both European. I was raised in California and Louisiana. He grew up in a very stable tribal environment in his 9th ward locality of NO and eventually he was raised by the hardened streets of INGLEWOOD, CA. where childhood is often eclipsed by reality and dreams are like the yearning for true freedom. Urban Voodoo is a product of those dreams. UrbanVoodoo was recently nominated for best spoken word album of the year in the Spoken Word Billboard Awards held in Michigan a couple months ago and he was also featured in Spoken Vizions Magazine 2012 Fall Edition (http://www.spokenvizions.com/).
"UV would be known as the "Awakening Angel", awakening the consciousness of the most neglected portions of the black mind. In a generation that is heavily immersed in beat-driven misogyny and non-progressive jester-ism (did I say that out loud?!), UV comes as a loud and outspoken voice as necessary as fresh air in a smoke-filled room."
- Tshombe Harris, Freedom Verse Cafe (Oct 09, 2010)
"Urban Voodoo's Creole culture still permeates in his performance…that of Spicy truth that burns in gestation. His distinct vibe can be felt due to being raised in the inner-city where he shows his urban nature."
- Donna Robinson, The Examiner (May 05, 0010)
Before becoming an activist, Urban's life had been full of interesting and harrowing experiences. Urban grew up tough. The first time that he had ever encountered death was when he was 14. His best friend Alex Moreno was murdered at a party during our 8th grade year, prior to that he had lost his brother Michael who was a gang member. These two events would send him into an angry spiral that would lead him down a dark road of street life and delinquency. His days of gang banging and street life were met with tragedy after tragedy until he was forced to learn hard lessons. He spent 6 years educating himself and spiritually examining the life he had lead. It was during this time he realized that God had a purpose for his life and he began to perform Spoken Word.
Urban had been writing poetry since he was a 3rd grader, but Spoken Word would transform this gift into a practice, a way of life and a movement toward change. In 2002 he began to frequent Doughboys Coffee House on Crenshaw and was amazed by the level of craftsmanship that he encountered. Urban was in love!
He would go to open mic shows still feeling out of place because he had a “background.” He eventually became a father of twins and he discontinued my trips to Doughboys. He almost lost myself chasing after what he thought was missing in his life after that. He had a battle with substance abuse that landed him in jail for a year. In this moment he realized that there was more for me out there. Urban had a gift that he was to share with people who suffered from the ills that exist in the urban community. He emerged from this adversity and found his niche working with youth at Long Beach City College EOPS Program.
He would subsequently go on to perform for the A2Mend Conference in 2009. This event would open new horizons for him and in the Spring of 2010 he would go on to become the Chairman of the Cultural Affairs Council for Long Beach City College.He became a member or the Associated Student Body’s Board of Governors and through that position he began to advocate for students rights. He would branch off from this and create Young Poet Society which is a collective of artists, poets and musicians at Long Beach City College that mentors young at-risk teens in the Long Beach area.