VANESSA WHEATLE - CANADIAN QUEEN (MISSISSAUGA)
What’s your inspiration or how do you get motivated?
The word of God is awesome. Seeing His wonderful works in my life and others always blows my mind. He’s simply amazing. Scripture: God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think.
What continues to motivate me is: seeing the positive changes, hope and possibilities in the lives that I have gotten a chance to touch. Nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing someone laugh again, walk with more confidence, let go of past hurts which prepares them to embrace all that life has to offer.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
Nothing is more important to me than having a divine connection through an intimate, genuine relationship with God. The moment I said, “yes” to Him, he transformed me. My life made a big turnaround for the best.
Expect to see me open up more about the struggles and pains experienced in life and how I overcame them. Also, shifting my gears to full speed achieving things that seems unreachable. Not to glorify myself but to be another example to both black men and woman. Facing challenges/struggles should not stop us from following our dreams.
What is something no one knows about you?
My album release, coming soon titled “Butterfly” meaning transformation from the old into a new beautiful creature.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure time?
Good question. LOL. Sometimes I ask myself “how did I just get all this done”? The key is: early morning meditation on the word of God and exercise. Keeps me in a positive attitude and allows me to slide over any bumps or unexpected circumstances throughout the coarse of my day. I promise myself to leave room for my loved ones especially my children.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Always love one another like sister and brothers, even when it hurts it’s the best thing to do.
What are blacks doing wrong?
There is a powerful saying “United we stand divided we fall”. How many of us really mean and live by it? We need to examine what is missing rather than what is right or wrong and then explore a new way of interpreting others and ourselves. When we recognize that we are all created equally but unique in our own special way then we can: accept, embrace and love each other.
VANESSA IS A GOSPEL ARTIST, INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER & MUCH MORE
Solutions & challenges of being black in Canada?
Challenges are many: Injustice, unequal opportunities and racial profiling are a few. Growing up in neighborhoods like Jamestown, Jane/Finch and Jane/Woolner, was never a dull moment. Witnessing prostitution, drug trafficking, robbery and murder was common. One of the most painful memories was to see handcuffs painfully slashed on the wrists of young innocent boys staining their future with a criminal record. The solution is to be aware of the challenges but do not allow them to dictate your future. Believe in yourself and not what others think about you.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
Favorite food: 1. Red Kidney Beans stewed with salted beef/vegetables and steamed white rice. 2. Hominy Corn Porridge.Hmmm, my mouth is beginning to water.
Favorite Book: The “Bible” & “Think Big” by Ben Carson
Favorite Movie: The Color Purple and Gone with the Wind
Favorite Music: Gospel, Reggae, Easy Rock & Jazz