Michele Sherman aka rapper Siya was born in California to an African American father and a Hispanic mother. Siya lived with her drug addicted mother in California until her father sent Siya to Brooklyn. There Siya was raised by her grandmother who lived in the Eleanor Roosevelt housing projects in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Shortly after Siya moved to New York, her father was convicted of a crime and sentenced to life in jail. Two years later, Siya came out of the closet.
At 16, Siya ran away from home with her girlfriend. They moved to Albany. When money got tight, Siya took to hustling. She served four months for grand larceny, first degree assault, and attempted assault. She eventually moved to Atlanta to pursue a career in music. When R&B legend Tank heard Siya rap and told her he wanted to rep her. Siya moved out to Los Angeles. Back in Cali, Siya’s about to get a visit from her mother. Old issues will surface, no doubt. Sisterhood of Hip Hop airs Tuesdays at 9pm on TLC.