Jill Andrew: Body Image Activist

  It feels good when I am able to recognize the remarkable things that people do, but it’s even more gratifying for me when I‘m able to recognize friends who are doing remarkable things.  One of my friends doing amazing things is Jill Andrew.   Jill and I met way back in 2005 when she…

Andrea Lewis: Actress, Singer & My Latest Hair Crush

First off, I really need to say this: Andrea Lewis is amazing. I’m not just saying that because I watched her back in the day on Degrassi (she acted alongside Drake – LUCKY!!), or because I am a total fangirl of her web series Black Actress, or because I’m crushing hard on her hair (seriously,…

Tracy Peart: Makeup Artist, Beauty Expert & App Creator

My friends often tell me that I am the luckiest woman alive because I have a pretty sweet work week. Um…….I don’t work Tuesdays or Fridays. Yes, it’s true. On those days I either spend it doing interviews, writing, or engaging in some retail therapy. But the one thing that I usually look forward to…

Jonathan Shaw Talks Radio, DJing And Being a Mentor

It’s slightly surreal meeting someone in person when you’ve only heard them on radio. That’s what it felt like when I visited the G98.7fm studio and met Creative Director and DJ legend, Jonathan Shaw.   Jonathan’s name, like many of the people I interview, had been scribbled on my infamous “to-interview” list for many years. Not…

Ta$ti Dosh: From College To The Stage

When I met  Dosh, ahem, Ta$ti Dosh almost a year ago, I really had no idea that we’d still be talking. No, it’s not that we didn’t get along or had a falling out; it was just that he was employed as a Graphic Arts work-study student in my office, and I thought that once…

EGR: Badass Graffiti Artist

I first found out about EGR – a visual artist, a few months back when I logged into my Facebook account. I saw the initials and a link to the artist’s work mentioned in my feed, so I let my nosiness get the better of me and I clicked onto the link. Damn, I’m glad…

DJ Reddy Fox: DJing in the Digital Era

I met Richard Martin, a.k.a DJ Reddy Fox, way back in ’the day.  We were both working part-time at a crappy music store (remember Music World?), trying to make ends meet while we hungrily pursued our goals.  I was trying to establish myself as a writer by publishing a semi-autobiographical zine while Richard was an…

Shi Wisdom: Outspoken, Talented, Unapologetic

It’s not often that when I first meet someone I instantly feel that I am in the presence of a huge a star.  I’m serious.  When I met soulful singer/songwriter Shi Wisdom on February 4th, 2014, I came this close to asking for her autograph because she just seemed like a big star.  Don’t get…

Welcome!

Thanks for visiting my new blog WordsWithMichelle and joining me on this new venture. It has been a long time coming. So glad it’s seeing the light of day : ) I must confess though, I miss publishing my former blog  (the happygrrls blog) but I am beyond excited that I am starting a new…