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5 Reasons Why University of North Carolina at Charlotte is FLY:

1. They have trollies to take you around campus. That beats an MTA Bus ANY DAY

2. The founder of the school, Dr. Bonnie Cone, is actually buried on campus.
You can pay your respects in the Van Landingham Gardens behind Fretwell and at the corner of Mary Alexander and Van Landingham Glen. (Kinda creepy though!)

3. The University has their own movie theater on campus, complete with a concession stand.

4. A UNC Charlotte student won the ultimate fan contest for BET’s 106 & Park video countdown show. I saw him on TV right before I performed in the Student Union Norms

5. OMG, they have an Apple store & a hair salon in the student union.
Why leave the school grounds???


5 Reasons Why The University of Scranton (PA) is FLY:

1. There's a campus-wide policy to hold the door for others. I mean EVERYONE, guys & girls all do it. It's quite refreshing not to have someone slam a door in your face.

2. The college has it's own Snuggie with their logo on it!!! It's called a Scratuggie

3. Their Psychology department is awesome. They tried really hard to talk me into getting my Master's here. (Sorry, I need an international airport nearby.

4. The Holiday Inn I stayed is a rennovated Train Station.

5. They have a STARBUCKS and a CHIK-FIL-A in their student center. Need I say more?


You're awesome...I'll see you soon [PA, MA, SC, NC + Updates] 


Happy fall! Welcome back to school. I'm glad to get back on my fall grind. Shoutout to University of Memphis for opening my Fall college tour. The next few months are going to be INSANE between traveling, hitting the studio, and making major moves. Keep on visiting for the newness.


"Did you win the Kia Competition?"

That's a question I'm constantly asked. The last email I sent out begged you to vote for me for this cool youtube video competition that Kia was sponsoring. Sadly, I didn't win. However, it was still a blessing because while it exposed new people to my work, it also showed me how much love and support I have from you my fans...I mean, my FRIENDS. I was almost misty eyed at the way you all came through and voted. Thank you so much. It meant so much to me.


Upcoming Shows

You can see me this coming week:

* September 20 - University of Scranton in Pennsylvania @ 7pm
    Moskovitz Theater in the DeNaples Center (Free)

* September 21 - University of Massachusettes at Dartmouth @ 7pm
   Main Auditorium (Free)

* September 22 - University of South Carolina at Upstate @ 6pm
   Jazzman’s Café in the Smith Building (Free)

* September 23 - University of North Carolina at Charlotte @ 7pm
   Student Union Norms (Free)

More shows and details are listed below or at

Hope to see you there. (Delaware, Pembroke NC, and Virginia: I'll see you guys in October.)


Brooklyn, NY- Fall Poetry Workshops

I'll be hosting a series of poetry workshops on Mondays this Fall at the awesome Ingersol Community Center (177 Myrtle Ave just off Flatbush Extension, Brooklyn, NY 11201). From 5-6pm is open to middle schoolers, then 6-7:30pm is open to teens and adults. Yes, they're free; just walk in and sign up.

Also, if you have kids and want a cool after-school program for them, I greatly recommend this place! They offer classes in visual, art, beat-making, cooking, and more. Once again, it's free! Just walk-in and sign up.


Thanks for reading. As always, if looking to book me at your school, church, or event, email me at

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Stay Blessed,

Shanelle Gabriel


I Love My Stomach Blog: "Bagels are Gangsta, too"- The Bagel Store, Brooklyn, NY

I'm a binge eater, meaning when I like something, I eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This week, bagels are seeping from my pores; I'm downing them like a frat boy downs cheap beer.

This is my second consecutive day at my favorite bagel spot in Brooklyn. It's not filled with intellectuals reading books or having meetings like a Starbucks. The air isn't filled with orders being yelled in heavy New York accents like most Bagel Boys in the morning. The Bagel Store at 247 Bedford Avenue at N 6th in Williamsburg is much more like the neighborhood itself: chill, diverse, and filled with a lot of things to make this 'fat girl at heart' feel like she's in heaven.

The owner is a bald dude named Scot Rossillo with small hoop earrings who looks like he may have left the mafia for the food industry. His photo on the wall shows his self proclaimed title: "Bedford's Real F*cking Bagel Man." Only a gangsta like him with a background in flavoring from culinary school can make that claim. I believe him.

I usually come in the store not knowing what I want (it's more fun that way). One of the friendly guys behind the counter ask the regular question: "What do you feel for? Sweet or savory?" My options are endless. Maybe I'll go for the Apple-Cinnamon Cream Cheese (with real pieces of apple in it) on the sweet, red colored Cake Bagel. Or how about the new Mexi-Cali Cream Cheese on a spicy Jalapeno-Cheddar Bagel? Someone behind me orders the Bacon & Cheddar Cream Cheese on an Egg Bagel and the yummy Sun-dried Tomato Tofu Cream Cheese on an Everything Multi-Grain Bagel. I think I'll go for my favorite: The French Toast Bagel topped with powdered sugar, toasted and buttered. Add syrup to the butter to make the sweet sandwich complete.

Scot tells me with the excitement of a mad scientist, "Ya oughta try the macaroni and cheese bagel. Samples are ova there. I'm still workin on it in tha back, but just gettin a feel of what folk think, ya get me?" They make all of their bagels and cream cheeses in store, and specialize in random experimental flavors. Who would've known String Bean Casserole or Blueberry Cheese Cake would end up on a traditional breakfast item?

The Bagel Store also has your typical deli delicacies. Boars Head, turkey bacon, eggs, pancakes, and oatmeal are on the menu. I greatly suggest you wash it all down with the best machine-made Chai Latte I've ever had (savor the cinnamon that settles at the bottom of the cup. Ahhhh!)

I discovered this gem when I worked for Redbull. They'd give us free bagels back then, but I've upgraded to being a paying customer. Where else can you eat a sweet or savory meal and drink some good tea for no more than $4? It's well worth it and more. So as I binge on bagels for the next few weeks till I find my next addiction, you know exactly where I'll be: at "Bedford's real f*ckin bagel store."

The Bagel Store
247 Bedford Ave (at N 6th Street) or 745 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn, NY

Open 7 Days a week


My Dollar Van Demos Feature on

You know Time magazine? Well, I was featured on their site in a video regarding the Dollar Van Demos (which you saw in the post below). Myself, hip-hopper Eric Sosa, and a few others get up close and personal in this behind the scenes of the Dollar Van Open Mic.

Note: Check the woman who's day I made better through my performance. That really made MY day.