I speak with Danielle Chang Gardner- a registered Social Worker and Psychotherapist, about the benefits of therapy and taking care of your mental health
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Artist Spotlight – Mugabi Byenkya
I speak with Mugabi Byenkya about his debut mixtape, Songs for Wo(Men) 2.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Happy 2023!
I share with the audience a few of my highlights of 2022.
How I Became A Podcaster
You’re probably thinking that this post is way overdue – and you’re right! I have been podcasting for well over 2 years, but it is only now that I thought to share my story. I thought about writing this post after I was featured in the Toronto Guardian in early October. *Click here to read…
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Abbas Wahab Shares His Immigrant Story Through Comedy
Abbas Wahab shares his immigrant story through comedy.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Spotlighting Black Owned Business: Special Compass
Spotlighting Black Owned Business – Special Compass – founded by Shakira Rouse
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Checking in
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.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Prepping for your job search!
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.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Michelle’s 2 cents – part 2
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.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Spotlighting Black Owned Business – Nyarai Cellars
I sit with Steve Byfield and we chat about his Black Owned Business, Nyarai Cellars.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Happy New Year!
Michelle provides a new year greeting and discusses upcoming show topics.
Words With Michelle- the podcast: A Talk With Mic Slayer, Jam Gamble
I speak with public speaker and media personality Jam Gamble. She shares why she started her public speaking program – Slay The Mic.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: The N Word
Michelle discusses the “N word” with artist/storyteller/entrepreneur Micha.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Michelle’s 2 cents
MIchelle briefly provides her 2 cents on vaccines and wearing a mask.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Are We Opening The City Too Quickly?
I chat with Patricia – Sales & Marketing Rep in the Medical field, about the city (Toronto) opening up after lockdown.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: The Effects Of Dealing With 15 Months Of Lockdown
Amani shares how she dealt with being in lockdown for 15 month due to the pandemic.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Tracy Moore Responds To Being Body Shamed
I have a short convo with Clityline host, Tracy Moore, about her response to being body shamed online.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: A Discussion About Politics, Black Hair, & Microaggressions With Celina Caesar-Chavannes
I talk politics, Black hair, and microaggressions with Celina Caesar-Chavannes.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: How A Small Business Owner Learned To Pivot During The Pandemic
How A Small Business Owner Learned To Pivot During the Pandemic
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Black Men In Media – Jonathan Shaw’s Journey In Radio
I speak with Jonathan Shaw about being a Black man in radio.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Budgeting During A Pandemic
I speak with Financial Rep., Tanika Riley, and she shares tips on how to budget during a pandemic.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Checking in
Michelle briefly recaps what life has been like over the past 7 months, and checks in with the audience.
Telling Stories Through Food With Grace Cameron
“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…
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Racism in the Medical Field, part 2
In the second part of the “Racism in the medical field”, Dr. O speaks on how Black doctors are affected by systemic racism.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Racism In The Medical Field
I sit with writer and poet, Mugabi Byenkya, as he discusses the mistreatment he has received from medical professionals.
Words With Michelle – the podcast: Natural in the workplace
A discussion about wearing your hair naturally in the in the workplace.
Tanika Riley: Educational Consultant, Facilitator, Speaker, & Social Entrepreneur
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…
Catching up with Zachariah
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…
Stachen Frederick: Educates Through BrAIDS for AIDS
Did you know that something as simple as getting your hair braided could help promote AIDS awareness? Yes, it’s that easy. Earlier this month I had a short but informative chat with Stachen Frederick – the founder of BrAIDS for AIDS, and she was more than eager to speak with me about her charitable…
Sheena Blake: Helps You Tell Your Story Through Discovering Diversity Publishing
Have you ever met someone and knew that you were destined to become friends? Although they don’t exactly possess the same personality as you, but they are just as quirky as you, giggle at your silly jokes, and basically just get you? (Think of the characters J and CeCe from the outrageously funny web…
#HerstoryinBlack: A Document of 150 Phenomenal Black Women – Part 3
I really need someone to pinch me. Seriously….pinch me. Actually, if I am dreaming, I ain’t tryin’ to wake up. That’s how I felt on Monday, February 27, 2017. That day could not have been any better. Oh, before I delve into that magical day, lets back track for a bit. To recap…
My Year in Review: 2016
This blog entry isn’t necessarily a recap of all that has happened in the news, but just a brief summary of what 2016 was like for me. Wow, what can I possibly say about 2016? Without a doubt, it’s been a difficult year for me. I’ve had amazing highs (great friendships…
Eden Hagos: Celebrating Food Through The Eyes Of A Black Foodie
It was at the Taste of Regent Park this past summer that I first met Eden Hagos – a.k.a Black Foodie. We didn’t formally meet; I stumbled on the event – a community event she helped organize, while I, along with a few friends were set to attend a friend’s photo exhibit at Daniels Spectrum…
Karlyn Percil: Heals Through Sister Talk
A little over a month ago Karlyn Percil posted a very personal entry on her Instagram account. She wrote about the painful obstacles that she has endured, but through her courage and resilience, she has been able to heal herself by sharing her story. No word of a lie, I was this close to…
Val Andrews: Following Her Path
While I was chatting with a few ladies at the #HowSheHustlesSocial in late July, Val Andrews walked right up to me, studied my face and then said that I looked familiar. I told her that we met many, many, years ago – I was a friend of one of her sisters, but we have since…
Emily Mills: Creating Opportunities for Women Through How She Hustles
Emily Mills is one of those special women that I aspire to be like when I grow up (yep, I know, I’m fully grown, but hey!). She holds it down at her day job, is a loving mom and wife, and generously makes time to empower like minded women through her side project – How…
Alexi Couto: Young Toronto Singer Delivers Anti-bullying Message
I really need to give a shout out to a very generous guy who consistently suggests extraordinary people for me to link up with, interview and expose. He big-heartedly suggested I speak with 20-year-old singer and Toronto native, Alexi Couto. Alexi Couto is a singer songwriter who adoringly devotes her time to music, but…
Desiree Marshall: Getting funky with Afrodelik Designs
I ran into Desiree Marshall – creator and founder of Afrodelik Designs, at the How She Hustles pop up shop back in November 2015. Bumping into her felt like I was reunited with an old friend that I sadly lost touch with. It was in 2007 that I first met Desiree when I caught…
Dru: Speaks About His Solo Career
When I was a young, hungry writer just starting out, I prayed for any opportunity to show the world my writing skills. I wrote to thousands of magazine editors practically begging them to take me on as a writer. In a last ditch attempt to get published, I contacted an editor of a magazine that…