Today's #WeeklyBookworm is someone that those of us in Miami listen to on the airwaves everyday, literally :) It's none other than the talented Stichiz! You can hear her on Y100 & 103.5 The Beat, but Stichiz is so much more than a Radio Personality. Stichiz is an artist as well as a philanthropist. Check out our interview with her below to learn more about her love for books and how they've led her to give back to her community.
Stichiz, what is your passion?:
My passions are walking in purpose, serving as light rather than darkness, and being able to motivate and feed a positive message through music and literacy.....HELPING :)
Do you have a favorite author? If so, who? Why?:
My favorite author is Langston Hughes. Although he is a poet, I can vividly remember being a kid in elementary school, and loving poetry. When I was introduced to him, I just connected with the way he spoke through his writing/poetry. I wasn't aware of many black authors at the time, but I clung to him among others.
What would your top 5 favorite books be?:
I have a little more than 5 favorite books :) I will share 7 with you since I can't choose.
- The Bible
- Ender's Game Series by Orson Scott Card
- The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
- The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
- The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
- The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
- The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyers
How have the above books shaped/molded you into the woman that you are today?:
I have to credit my mother for introducing the bible to me at a young age, and it has truly shaped who I am today. To tell you the honest truth, growing up I loved reading poetry and mostly reading scripture. I loved writing my own short stories and poems, which eventually evolved into songs & lyrics. I remember my best friend loved to read huge books, I was always busy with music, school activities, and community work. I would always say that I didn't have enough time to read like I want to, however, it wasn't until college I realized that every second counts.
I will never forget in one of my classes, on the first day my professor mentioned, "If you guys don't read these books, you wont pass my class, period!" Mind you these were like 7-8 small print pretty big chapter books/novels that I needed to read in less then 5 months, not to mention my 6 other classes I had to tend to. So, in my mind, I guess I have to find time to read these books (because I was not about to fail a class). Literally any little second and minute I had between my 2 jobs, classes, and shows/events I was reading, I couldn't put the books down.
I have been taken on various journeys and it even encouraged me to collect books for kids to build small libraries overseas and locally. I have been working on this particular library overseas for an elementary/middle/high school for a few years, we have been placing the moving parts together and praying that in 2017, we can make it happen and have it ready for the students to enjoy. I just want kids to walk in the library and feel like they never want to leave. Reading just takes you to a different place, mentally and expands your mind and imagination. I am praying this will all move in a positive direction! I’m also blessed with the opportunity to be the spokeswoman for Literacy Connection Inc.
Stichiz, what do you think the youth should know about books & why they are important?:
This is really something important to me, promoting and encouraging literacy. Reading not only helps with your vocabulary but I do believe as I mentioned earlier, it just expands the mind and imagination, and it makes the saying "the possibilities are endless" a reality. If kids start at a young age, being a custom to reading and loving it, I believe it puts them at an advantage.
What is the one book that you would read over and over again?:
I read Ender's Game twice(lol) and the Bible i try to read every day...even if I read something months ago, because of new experiences and life. When I read certain scriptures today I may have a better understanding of it now than I did in the past.
What would be the title of your first book?:
"Tu Es Belle", showing our kids that the way G-d created them is beautiful.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. "(Matt 5:14-15)
Hope you overly enjoyed virtually getting to know Stichiz. If you're in Miami or have the iHeartRadio app please check her out on Y100 & 103.5 The Beat :) Follow her musical career as well as her philanthropy. She really is one to watch!!