by Alana Allen | May 6th, 2011

Josephus (Photo by Jennifer "Kween" Moore)

Local poet, Josephus III has been performing poetry for more than 10 years and doesn’t have any plans to stop. He is a self-employed poet, the creator of Reasons 2 Rhyme, a poetry series in Greensboro, N.C., the creator and coach of the Gate City Youth Slam, Greensboro’s first national youth slam competition and a community leader in Guilford County Schools teaching youth the power of poetry through his program, the “Poetry Project”.

Josephus III is a native of Fayetteville, N.C. and moved to Greensboro, N.C. when he attended North Carolina A&T State University and majored in engineering. He has always been a creative person that understood the power of his words. After graduation, he didn’t pursue a career in engineering; instead, he started performing poetry in the city. He has performed all over North Carolina, Iowa, Florida, Virginia, New York and Australia. He has opened up for Kanye West and Floetry and he performed for Oprah Winfrey during her trip to Bennett College.

Poetry has always been Josephus passion, he says “I love that poetry is a connecting art form that brings people together through heartache, triumphs, emotions and feelings.
I am a poet that believes that my words can change the world.”

Even as Josephus continues to perfect his craft, it hasn’t been easy pursuing poetry as a career. He had to face, like so many other artists, the challenge of creating enough monetary value for his passion to pay the bills. Also, being an artist, he always has to continue to prove himself. He believes in delivering one hundred percent effort in all of his shows and he demands that from his staff that assist him.

Josephus’ inspirations come from life, meeting positive people and being around positive energy. He loves working with the youth in his workshop, the Poetry Project, and seeing his words make a difference in their lives. The poetry workshops have been implemented in Guilford County Schools and have become an avenue of expression giving students an outlet to have their voices heard.

“It’s really not about what others can do for you but what you can do for others, said Josephus III.” “I’m using my words to help people and my only hope is that through these workshops, the students learn the importance and power of their words.

Josephus’ family, especially his parents and his brother; an artist himself, B-Star from Uprite Lions (URL), have always been big supporters of his artistic endeavors. In addition, he is always inspired by other artists.

In the future, Josephus’ goal is to expand the Poetry Project into other school systems across the state. Currently, he is gearing up for his album release party; Poetry is Life, on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. at the Triad Stage in Greensboro.


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