Ruby Ibarra: Brown Girls Rap Too!

What do you get when you add a dash of Filipino flavour, a taste of the Bay area, and some thought provoking lyrics? You get hip hop emcee, Ruby Ibarra.   Ruby Ibarra is a young rap artist that hails from the Philippines, and who currently resides in California.   Real talk – one of…

Featured Blogger: Jamila Kyari

As a writer and blogger who relishes in discovering new things as well as exposing local talent, I was happy when an email from Jamila Kyari reached my inbox.   Jamila contacted me to tell me that she’s a fellow Canadian blogger who works in the Communication industry, and who also enjoys reading Words With…

Nneka Elliott: From News Reporter to Lifestyle Entrepreneur

As you can tell by the number of phenomenal people that have graced my 4-year-old blog (Yes, Words With Michelle turns 4 tomorrow – woo hoo!), I am genuinely in awe of people who fearlessly follow their dreams and path – no matter what.   In 2016, Nneka Elliott, a well-known media personality and news…

Karen M. Lowe: Wants You To Go After Your Dreams!

Have you ever wanted to start your own business but felt scared? Overwhelmed? Confused? Or, are you a budding entrepreneur who would like to take your business to the next level?   I suggest you to talk with Karen M. Lowe!   Karen M. Lowe is the CEO of Epigram Consulting – a business consulting…

Like TrapSoul? Like Yoga? Read This

I have never taken a yoga class in my life. I’m serious…..I have done some stretching exercises via YouTube videos, but I haven’t taken a formal class. I’m not opposed to it or anything; I just found it a little too slow paced for me.   But when I heard of TrapSoul yoga (trap music…

Zahra Siddiqui: Spotlights The Invisible Majority

After a long day at work and surviving on almost no sleep for 2 days, I made my way to The Common – a Bloor street café in Toronto, to meet the infinitely talented photographer, Zahra Siddiqui.   Truth be told, I was legit nervous to meet her. I’ve been a fan for a while;…

Toronto Events: Afrodelik Comic Book Launch

Desiree Marshall (aka Dezi) and I go way back. Okay, not way, way back, but I’ve known her for at a little over 10 years. I met the diminutive entrepreneur over a decade ago at a natural hair show where she debuted her clothing line Afrodelik. Taken by her unique and funky pieces, I did…

#HerstoryinBlack: A Document Of 150 Phenomenal Black Women – Part 1

When Emily Mills – founder and CEO of #HowSheHustles, contacted me early on this year and asked if I would assist her with a project she was organizing…ummm, I didn’t really need to think twice about it. All I asked was, “when and where?”   When I received her email, Ms. Mills shared with me that she…

Black History Month Pop Up Market

Throughout the year, I like to attend events that are in support of black contributions, but I make an extra special effort to attend during Black History month.   It was suggested that I attend the Black Owned: Black History Month Pop Up Market by Justice Achampong – Founder of Ananse Clothing, and I took him…

Raoul Juneja: Social Activist & Anti-Bullying Advocate

I want to say a big THANK YOU to Raoul Juneja. Over the years, he has generously connected me with numerous talented people in and out of the city. To say thank you, I wanted to feature him on the blog and speak about the charitable work that he is involved in.   If Raoul…

Events: Connecting With Writers, Authors & Bloggers

November has been creativity overload for me. I was fortunate enough to attend two fantastic events that allowed me to connect with writers, authors and bloggers. Here’s a bit about what they were about.     Black Bloggers United Power Hour, November 19, 2016   Although this event took place on a cold, windy, rainy Saturday…