I’m Michelle Matthews Calloway – also known as A Swirl Girl. A former “Army brat,” I became interested in diversity at an early age because my family was always traveling and living in new cities and countries. I met and married a wonderful man and unfortunately became a widow when he fell victim to a massive heart attack.
Three years after his death reentered the dating world. I decided to expand my dating options – and took to interracial dating like a fish to water. I’ve dated interracially exclusively, got engaged and un-engaged, and now I’m footloose, fancy free and enjoying my life as a Swirler.
My educational career started in the business field with a B.S. degree in Marketing and an MBA. I decided to pursue my passions for writing, teaching, and research and moved into the field of higher education.The diversity afforded through interracial relationships intrigues me so much that I incorporated the concept into my PhD dissertation.
This blog documents not only my journey, it also tells the stories of others who make the conscious decision to enter The Swirl World. (In case you didn’t know, “Swirling” is another term for interracial dating and marriage).
If you enjoy culture, history, and diversity, come on over and interact with a community of over 51,000 people on The Swirl World Facebook page, which is an offshoot of this blog. You can also say hello to me and over 3200 followers on Twitter @ASwirlGirl.
If photos inspire you, join over 13,000 followers of our various Pinterest boards – one of which where we upload pictures of lovely interracial couples from around the world. Last but not least, if LinkedIn is your thing, friend me and let’s network!
In June 2014 we launched The Swirl World Podcast, and launched The Swirl World Men’s Podcast in December. Our audience is Black women and the diverse men who love them. We interview the best and brightest people, all designed to enhance the lives of Swirlers worldwide. If you want to be a guest on the podcast, or know someone who should, send an email to INeedMySay@gmail.com.
My Official Bio
I’m a Louisiana Press Association award-winning writer, editor, blogger, workshop and seminar facilitator. I have 20+ years of experience in public speaking and curriculum writing. I’m also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the National Association of University Women and the New Orleans Press Club.
I taught Continuing Education classes at the University of Louisiana and I’m the former Editor of Acadiana Lifestyle Magazine. I also served a term as a Citizen Editor for the Lafayette Daily Advertiser newspaper, where I contributed blogs and editorial content.
Something quirky about me? I’m a licensed massage therapist!
So, what are you waiting for?
Swirl with me! Even if Swirling is not your thing, just come along for the ride. Feel free to e-mail me anytime at ASwirlGirl@TheSwirlWorld.com. I promise I’ll respond. <3