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5 Reasons Why Univ of NC at Pembroke is FLY:

1. They get to walk through the drive-thru at the McDonald's across from campus.

2. They be "Cookin." It's a dance native to UNC Pembrokers

3. They're one of VERY few schools allowed to have a Native American Mascot (The Braves). It's because UNC at Pembroke was founded by Native Americans.

4. Their off-campus club of choice is El Tenampa, a Mexican warehouse turned into a nightclub.

5. Due to severe flooding when it rains, a student actually used a raft to get to class.


5 Reasons Why Wesley College (DE) is FLY: 

1. The students all get pom-poms upon arrival to the campus as a freshman.

2. The Basket is apparently the best dining in town.

3. Their roads must be smooth as ever... I paid a gazillion dollars in tolls to get there from NYC.

4. In Dover, when there's a fire, the siren lets the WHOLE TOWN know. That thang was loud as heck. I think they called EVERY fireman in Delaware.

5. They're the first place I've performed where during my Q&A, instead of asking questions about me and my work, a student rose their hand and asked "Can I perform my poem?" He was pretty good too!


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.


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Stay Blessed,

Shanelle Gabriel