Michelle Banks is an award winning actress, writer, director, producer, choreographer, motivational speaker, and teacher. She was the first Black Deaf student to study drama at the State University of New York. Michelle established the first Deaf theatre of color: Onyx Theatre. She’s the first Black Deaf actress featured in a Black TV show on a cable network “Soul Food” on Showtime, “Girlfriends”, and “Strong Medicine”. In addition, Michelle was featured article in the ESSENCE magazine in February 1998.