Photo by: Mike Oswald

Photo by: Mike Oswald

Hey there, I’m Michelle Antoinette Nelson. I’m an American Host, Moderator, and Writer…


I am also known as LOVE the poet and I am the Founder of Brown and Healthy, a non-profit global health and wellness initiative for people of color. I have appeared on CNN Live, CBS WJZ-TV, and Fox 45 television as a multifaceted career creative who's dedicated over a decade to her life's work to innovating for social justice, authoring books, curating live entertainment events, and writing for publications such as Baltimore Magazine and Red Bulletin. I have moderated narrative changing and thought-provoking panels for Labs at Light City and Afropunk featuring thought leaders such as: Shanti Das, Brittany Young, Alicia Garza, etc. I am also the Founder of BE FREE Fridays, the longest running monthly open mic in Baltimore, and I am a co-curator and host of The Red Bull Amaphiko US Festival.

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When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.

- Audre Lorde


Audre Lorde is my favorite orator and writer, it is on the shoulders of women word warriors like her that I exist fluidly, unapologetically, and motivated to curate events and pour myself into them, materializing as host and conductor of experience ensuring that everyone feels safe, energized, and engaged. It is my passion to capture narrative and process via live on-stage interviews, moderated panels, and written articles. I am a narrative ninja for my people and our process is, in fact, news.

Much love,