I check in with listeners. I speak briefly about the increase in violence in the city (and world), rising food and gas prices, and getting back to normal while still in a pandemic.
I chat with Kerry Kettle – a Program Coordinator, and she lets the audience know what sectors are hiring, how to prepare for a zoom interview, and how job search has changed by the pandemic.
I share my 2 cents on the end of the mask mandate, the end of common decency, and the rise in violence in Toronto, Canada.
I sit with Steve Byfield and we chat about his Black Owned Business, Nyarai Cellars.
The focus of the show is on the overrepresentation as well as the underrepresentation of minority students in special education.
Michelle provides a new year greeting and discusses upcoming show topics.
I speak with public speaker and media personality Jam Gamble. She shares why she started her public speaking program – Slay The Mic.
Michelle discusses the “N word” with artist/storyteller/entrepreneur Micha.
MIchelle briefly provides her 2 cents on vaccines and wearing a mask.
I chat with Patricia – Sales & Marketing Rep in the Medical field, about the city (Toronto) opening up after lockdown.
Amani shares how she dealt with being in lockdown for 15 month due to the pandemic.
I have a short convo with Clityline host, Tracy Moore, about her response to being body shamed online.
Kenrick Phillip shares how he was able to find a relationship during lockdown.
I talk politics, Black hair, and microaggressions with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
How A Small Business Owner Learned To Pivot During the Pandemic
I speak with Jonathan Shaw about being a Black man in radio.
In this mini episode I speak about experiencing loss and trying to cope.
Michelle speaks with Brandon Hay about fatherhood and what led him to create the Black Daddies Club.
Happy New Year Message
I speak with Toronto-based artist/ painter, Kofi Frempong, and he details how he was able to overcome his fear of painting.
I speak with Financial Rep., Tanika Riley, and she shares tips on how to budget during a pandemic.
I chat with Tracy Peart about colourism: differential treatment based on skin colour.
Michelle chats with Jothi Saldanha – a certified Transformational Coach, about the importance of Healing through wellness practices.
Michelle briefly recaps what life has been like over the past 7 months, and checks in with the audience.
I speak with 5 guests who share a few of the racist acts that have experienced living in Canada.
“Food is so bonding, it’s universal – it connects people.” That is how Grace Cameron – the publisher and editor of JamaicanEats Magazine eloquently describes the power of food during our Zoom call in early July. You can safely assume that I wholeheartedly agree with Grace’s statement. Being a foodie, I know first-hand…
Zahra Siddiqui speaks about her first solo exhibit – The Invisible Majority and why representation matters.
In the second part of the “Racism in the medical field”, Dr. O speaks on how Black doctors are affected by systemic racism.
Spending the majority of my time at home has allowed me to start cooking way more than I ever did, and truthfully, I don’t mind. (#quarantinelife) It has given me a chance to tap into my culinary skills, and try recipes I was hesitant to attempt. But….on the flipside, since I have been cooking…
I sit with writer and poet, Mugabi Byenkya, as he discusses the mistreatment he has received from medical professionals.
I chatted with matchmakers, The Love Listeners, and they spoke about how they approach dating in a holistic way, and discussed some of the pros and cons of dating in a pandemic.
Relationship Coach Dani Changg, shares tips on how you can date in the age of Covid-19.
Tennile Cooper shares ways that parents can stay sane & productive during the quarantine.
I speak with Jill Andrew – MPP for Toronto/St. Paul’s. She addresses women’s issues around body shaming, anti-black racism, and much more!
Zachariah and I chat about “cancel culture.” We define it & discuss its effectiveness.
The details regarding disclosing your mental health status in the workplace.
A brief episode about the girl behind the podcast.
Interviewing former Member of Parliament Celina Caesar-Chavannes was something I didn’t really plan. Not saying I didn’t want to – I’m in awe of her tremendous strength and courage, but I didn’t think that I would post another interview for Words With Michelle, as I was spending all my time prepping to launch my podcast…
A discussion about wearing your hair naturally in the in the workplace.
I normally write a “Year in Review” post where I recount the highlights of the past year, as well as share with you a few pop cultural events that affected me (psst…..gotta quickly mention the Raptors’ win because that was MONUMENTAL). But I thought to change it up and do something different. For this last…
This past summer I attended the Black Owned Summer Market – the brainchild of Black Owned Unity founder, Sepo Achampong. You might remember that I featured Sepo’s work as an African designer on Words With Michelle 4 years ago (click here to read the post), but he has recently branched out and hosts a variety…
It was recommended by an old high school friend that I feature Casey Palmer – a writer, daddy blogger and podcaster. She went on to sing his praises and provided me with the deets to contact him. (thanks, Cathy) When she told me that he was a daddy blogger, I was sold. I didn’t need…
This interview has been 5 years in the making. I’ve wanted to interview Tracy Moore – the host of Cityline, ever since I started Words With Michelle. I’ve wanted to document her story because I find her incredibly inspirational. I’ve seen her transition from videographer, to Breakfast Television reporter, to capturing the role of…
I started working on my interview with Marcia Murdock –author of Beyond Shame: One Mother’s Journey to Healing In Front Of The Bars, well over a year ago. I started it, but I never got around to finishing it. After doing some pre-spring cleaning a month ago, I found the incomplete interview buried in…
Tanika has a lot of titles, no? Oh, I almost forgot, you can add mommy to that too. Tanika Riley is a super busy #girlboss who runs POR AMOR – her non- profit organization that she co-founded with 3 friends 15 years ago (she is now the Executive Director), where she facilitates workshops for…
Real talk – 2018 wasn’t one of my fave years. It wasn’t just the countless and shocking incidences of racial injustice, or the spike in violence in Toronto, or even the amount of hatred that reared its ugly head throughout the year (it definitely played a part though). It was a blah year because I…
What I love about Zachariah is his unwavering determination – and as a performer, you need that! Ever since I met and featured this young rapper on my blog 4 years ago, he has shown me that even when he’s knocked down, he comes back swinging. In our initial interview, he spoke about his double…
I often toy with the idea of becoming a food blogger. I love food, I talk about food (a lot!), and I love looking at food pics on Instagram. #dontjudgeme So last weekend I decided to dip my toe into the food blogging pool, and blog about a brunch spot that recently hit the west…
I literally got an email less than a week ago asking if I was available to speak about the Reelworld film festival with its founder, Executive and Artistic Director, Tonya Williams. Of course I said I’d do it! Spreading the word about the festival is something that I am more than happy to do, as it…