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…

Marci Ien: Trailblazing Woman In Media

I appreciate Marci Ien. I appreciate what she has done for women of colour in media, I appreciate what she represents, and lastly, I appreciate that she’s really nice. Seriously, she may be the most gracious person I’ve ever met!   Just in case you’re unaware of the fabulousness that is Marci Ien, let me…

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…

Anne-Marie Woods: Produces She Said/He Said

When I think of the Toronto arts scene, there are a bunch of names that pop into my head – but you better believe that Anne-Marie Woods’ name is right up there! She has been hitting the stage hard since she left Nova Scotia and moved to Toronto in 2000.   Anne-Marie or Amani as…

Commentary: Beards: Friend or Foe

As you know, Words With Michelle mainly features stories about extraordinary people in the 6 and worldwide, but I’ve been toying with the idea of sharing my thoughts and opinion on a few topics.   For this first installment, I will be speaking about Beards: Friend or Foe     Beards: Friend or Foe About a…