15 Minutes With The Sorority

The Sorority is Haviah Mighty, Keysha Freshh, Lex Leosis and Phoenix Pagliacci. Melding their unique styles, these four emcees have carved a space for themselves in Toronto’s hip hop scene. The Sorority is a sisterhood of talent destined to empower, entertain and educate.

You can catch their performance on July 15th at a free all-day concert at David Pecaut Square as part of the Unity Festival.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

TS: Indigenous art by artists such as Karalyn Ruebuen, Nyle Johnston, Odinamaad and Rihkee. Mental health of our youth and how technology is affecting it. Youth are the future and the future is fragile.

What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

Dear White People and Orange is the New Black.

One new thing you learned this year?

Happiness is self-inflicted.

What childhood memory brings a smile to your face?

For some of us it’s dance battles in the garage, and for others it’s Scholastic book orders and proudly owning every Goosebumps original series book.

What book/song/lyric/etc is resonating with you right now?

“Stranger” by 070 Shake and “Nobody wins when the family feuds” – Jay-Z.

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

Showing up to the wrong party and staying there for the whole night. That, and the meme responses to the Migos v. Joe Budden BET awards interview.

Best advice you’ve been given?

If you fail, you gotta come back better.

Speak your heart. If [something’s] bugging you, get it off your chest and mind.

What is the best part of being your current age?

Bills and responsibilities. Oh wait, you said best? Working with new people and travelling!

What word or phrase should we use more often?

“I appreciate you because _______” and “Who’s more human, me or you?”

What attitude/trait bothers you the most in other people?

Being rude for no reason and ignorance. Not knowing is one thing, but refusing to know is another.

How have you changed in the last year?

Lex: I’ve committed more of my time to the people who are working to develop relationships instead of giving so much energy to people who don’t care.

Phoenix: I gained three new sisters, opened for some of my favourite artists and have used my degree to speak to and with some pretty cool people. I love learning and have done so much in the past 365 days.

Your biggest music industry pet peeve?

When people underestimate us or expect something to be different because we are women.

What trends are you loving right now?

Boy jeans (that’s Lex!), and vulnerability. It’s in the music, in the clothes, in the society we live in. We love it.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

50 Cent and Sisqo both pulled at some heart strings.

What do you love about Toronto?

It’s filled with endless possibilities and experiences. For us, it’s the home we know. We are similar yet so different. We can all clown it, but if anyone comes for it, we all defend it. It’s like the little brother we love to hate. But it’s ours.

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