A Star Is Born
At this point, you may or may not have heard that on May 15th, the city of Scarborough will be honouring me with a Star on their Walk of Fame for my efforts over the past twenty years of my career. For the rest of my life, my name will be a permanent fixture at the Scarborough Town Centre where all of the Stars are housed.
Since the official announcement, I have been inundated with congratulatory messages, and testimonials from people on what my work/events have meant to them, which has been very humbling, however, despite the accolades, I have always been one who has recognized that I didn’t get here on my own.
This recognition is to be shared with many who have supported me over the years. At a time when my path seemed to make no sense, my mother would lend me her vehicle to get to performances. Through her generosity, I had the ability to meet many of the artists who have graced my stages over the past two decades.
When I wanted to put out my first book, and was finding closed doors everywhere that I turned, the Tropicana Community Services Organization supported my vision. As a result of their support, I now have a resume that lists me as the author of seven books.
I remember the talent shows that we used to produce in Scarborough. The Malvern Family Resource Centre used to produce a talent competition each year. After winning the poetry category repeatedly, I was asked not to enter to give other people a shot. Malvern will always stay close to my heart.
I’m not sure if it still exists, but there used to be a Fit for Life gym at Markham and Milner. Back when I couldn’t find a venue for my ideas, I started my Black Love Series there. This show was always pretty hilarious, because we’d have a show full of people dressed up nicely, then behind us, through a glass, were the people working out on treadmills, but everyone has to start somewhere.
The list of people who have contributed would take up this entire article if I were to announce them, but I must acknowledge the support of a few, especially Tamla Matthews, Nicole Morgan, Ian Espinet, and Kevin Blagrove, who have given much in support of who and what I’ve become.
At 11am, on May 15th, there will be the official unveiling of the star at the Scarborough Town Centre. I know that the majority of us will be at work and will be unable to attend, so I have organized a reception, between 6 and 9pm that evening, at the Milestones Restaurant at the Scarborough Town Centre. This reception is absolutely free, and is an opportunity for me to thank those of you who have offered me your support over the past two decades. I am hoping to hear stories about times and events that I don’t even remember at this point, and I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t have my books and available for sale!
Next to the birth of my daughter, this will probably be the most humbling day of my life, and I am excited to be able to share it with all of you.
There is no-one who achieves alone. Thank you to each and every one of you who has played a role in this journey. Please spread the word and make every effort to celebrate with me on May 15th!