Michelle L. Smith was born and raised by her mother and father in the northwest section of Washington, D.C. She is the offspring of a multiracial background of African, Polish, French and Cherokee Indian ancestries. She is a graduate with honors from Howard University. Her Bachelor’s degree was earned in the study of Communications, specializing in radio production. She is also the recipient of a 2008 Paul Robeson Award. Michelle worked as an on-air talent at Glasshouse Radio on the campus of Howard University for three years. Her format, which started out as the "all news" hour, quickly became an entertainment segment in which she interviewed local indie artists as well as national recording artists. In addition, Michelle has earned her Master of Arts degree in History at Howard University. As a compassionate and loving woman, her academic and research interests are studying slavery of African Americans in the U.S. and the effects of it.
Working as a medical professional for several years of her life, Michelle decided that she wanted a career change in an effort to use her vocal talents to make changes within the white and black communities in the United States and possibly abroad. She has produced her first album called, Have You Seen Gogo, which was released in 2008 (itunes & cdbaby.com). In addition, she is the author of her first book released in 2003 called, Playing Your Game. It is a non-fiction work that talks about the struggles of a marriage relationship and the effects this had on a good strong wholesome woman, herself.
Currently, Michelle is working diligently to get her life back on track. As a victim of the economic recession, she was homeless for nine months, two weeks, one day, two hours and fifty minutes. At one point, she decided not to complete her second album, Hegemony. However, a voice appeared and told her to finish it. On the advice of legendary rapper Doug E. Fresh, Michelle became mobile with her ProTools Mbox, her MAC laptop and her PC desktop, and recorded wherever and whenever she could. As an added blessing from God, four investors took a special interest to make Hegemony a reality. The album is due for release in June 2010. Resilience and persistence paid off.
In her community, Michelle is still actively involved in the preservation of gogo music, a genre that originated in Washington, D.C. Michelle is dedicated to her family and to helping others reach their goals. She also takes pride in any work that she does while at the same time being an independent, resourceful, creative, hard working individual who leaves a positive long lasting impression on others. She is also a strong leader and excellent writer and believes in talking about the realities of social problems while others try to hide them. Michelle is working on academic research that is top secret for now and will share her discoveries when it is time for her to do so.
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