Tis' the season to be thankful. Last year I decided to publish a monthly newsletter because as an introvert (SURPRISE) social media becomes tiring and I needed a way to update the world on my trials and failures as a Caribbean writer and comedian who isfreezing my buns off in Chicago. (video byShanna Shrum)
I'm thankful that I've been consistent with my newsletter. (Thanks, L'Oreal!). I'm thankful for all of you who help me leave my house, book more shows, overcome my YouTube fears (Thanks, Sandy!), create dope ish (Thanks, Robin), and nourish my inner artists.
This month I'm super excited to share the preview of my Caribbean audio drama Sucker's Garden. This is a 5-year labor of love with my partner in Mexican crimes, Kimberly Meyers. Radio dramas were my gateway storytelling drug. I remember being so upset that my mom would fall asleep while reading bedtime stories. My world changed when she brought home the Alphabet Pals stories (cue angelic sounds). Through my teenage years, I enjoyed Your Story Hour and Unshackled before discovering to web series.
In November, The Stoop is having its final show for the year. Over the next few weeks, I'll be co-hosting House Mic, an open mic project with the hilarious Angelica Davila! (She has a dope money blog.)
Sooo, this year I considered doing a campaign for Forbes' 30 Under 30, but that's not gonna happen. Instead, I'd like you to nominate me forCaribbean Entertainment Magazine Readers' Choice Award. Deadline November 15, 2017.
Doing any holiday shopping? Support my art by using my Amazon affiliate link* (OniciaMuller.com/Amazon). Just click the link and shop away.
Thanks for the love and good vibes,
JBF: not by the hair on my chinny-chin-chin
The Daily Herald
My rule: if I have to squint to see the strand while isolating it against my nail, it’s too thin to pluck. I guess dark skin privilege is the ability to be selective about which chin hairs you pluck. Now that we’ve bonded over that, I can tell you about my mustache.
Posh Hollywood might be a Scammer but I Love Her
A few months ago I was on YouTube looking to mind other people’s business when I stumbled across Ms. Posh Hollywood. Lord, grant me the confidence of Rudolph the golden-nosed reindeer to say, “F*** the haters! I’m following my dreams.”
JBF: bicycle test
The Daily Herald
I cracked open my notebook. How many of these parts did I already know? Pedal. Handle. Spoke. Those metal things have names? Aren't’ they just all part of the wheel? This is too much. I need to fake sick. I slouched in my seat and practiced my sick face.
Life Lessons with Dude That's Not What I Meant Podcast
Every week — heck, every day — someone somewhere is complaining that something they said was “taken out of context.” It can be politicians caught in a scandal or your cousin who continually posts relationship advice but hasn’t been in a healthy relationship since, well, never. Here are four life lessons from the Dude That’s Not What I Meant podcast.
Producer - House Mic (Chicago)
November 9, 14, and 29
Producer - The Stoop: Lily Be's Tamale Birthday Jam (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
Live lit, off-book storytelling
November 16, 2017
Storytelling - Louder Than A Mom (Martyr’s, Chicago)
November 20, 2017
The Plagiarists: Rip It Up (MATILDA-babyATLAS, Chicago)
November 21, 2017
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Welcome to July! I don't know about you, but I could use a long holiday. Last month, I collaborated with phenomenal storyteller and friend, Ada Cheng, to raise funds for The Healing Corner. While we found many new supporters, Arielle and Krystal are still in need of volunteers and donations.
June was super busy. I think I haven't been this prolific since I left my job at the newspaper. This month, I hope to take a break from article writing and write some sketches and improve my video editing. This entire year, it's been such a challenge to look alive on camera and edit the footage into something usable. Fingers crossed I get it together this month.
My Awesome Friends
"Standing Up: From Renegade Professor to Middle-Aged Comic" by Ada Cheng
Taiwanese-born Ada Cheng had achieved the American dream: U.S. citizenship, a tenured faculty position as a sociology professor, and a following of students who adored her. But by midlife, she was tired of struggling against both subtle and overt gender and racial discrimination and battling
After Wonder Woman: Why Storm Wont Be the Next Superhero Film
An interview with fablist and blerd, Candice Lola about black women and super heroes.
The Skewer with Tom Harrison and Erica Dreisbach
If you like Reddit, the news, and satire, this is the podcast for you. My favorite stories in episode 19 are Zack Mast on Mike Huckabee, Will Sonheim with his horse-based fever dream of glue and politics, and of course the final debate between Nora Regis and Erica Dreisbach.
P&P's Daughter by Suprina Frazier
Last month I started reading this live romance/ edgy inspirational story by Suprina. I've been a long time reader, I think my first story was The Professor. I'm always amazed by how she's pumps out pages so quickly and consistently. Plotting is the secret to busting out pages and ensuring your story structure doesn't collapse.
‘Tenth Year in the Sun’ a Novel about Sisterhood by Former Diplomat (HuffPost)
The novel weaves together the lives of four “soul sisters” from different cultures as the best friends journey into the fullness of womanhood and endeavor to honor their ten-year commitment to reunite in a foreign land. In the years following their impromptu vow, mysteries are revealed, secrets unravel, cultural treasures surface, and sweeping doubts arise.
The Daily Herald
Hollywood's Black Renaissance
The Huffington Post
After an almost five-year hiatus, Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May, and Jeanette McDuffie are teaming up with Issa Rae Productions to release all new episodes of their much talked about web series, Milk + Honey. I sat down with the Brown Paper Dolls Productions trio to discuss their creative journey.
From having Idris Elba as their executive producer and their pilot episode earning over 150 thousand views, producing this series has been a journey of well-timed collaborations.
For Black History Month, I dug deep into the interwebs and spent time brushing up on my comedy history. One of my biggest anxieties/struggles as an artist is finding the balance between keeping up with current events/future icons and learning from the past. I pushed myself to look beyond America and find voices that were different to mine. Naturally, I was really excited to discover more Caribbean comedians. If you know of any be sure to send them my way - Onicia.
She makes you laugh. She makes you think. Amanda Seales is a comedy veteran with a Masters. As a Black History Month gift to the world, she premiered season two of her scripted web series, Get Your Life on Blavity. In episode two, Amanda revealed to Marcellus (James Bland ‘Giants’) that her ultimate goal is to become “the next black woman comedy icon.” In honor of Women’s History Month, here’s a list of 28 moments*1 by black, female-identified, comedic talents.
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We're almost at the mid point of February - don't blink or you'll miss it. A lot has happened since the year started and I figured it was time to give an official update.
I kind of tumbled into 2017. I'm guessing most of America did too. Normally I would have been all stressed out because my year wasn't planned and I didn't officially go on holiday. However, very timely wise words from a blogger friend, Onica Cupido encouraged me to be okay with going with the flow. Too bad she's one 'i' from having an awesome name :P
Anyway, here's what's coming up in February.
Upcoming Events and Projects
Publishing - Just Be Funny (The Daily Herald's Weekender, Sint Maarten)
February 11, 2017
Champion of my writing career, Lisa Burnett and the lovely folks at The Daily herald created a space for me in The Weekender to share weekly musings with a comedic twists. Just Be Funny is one part inspirational, two parts 'How, Sway. How?' So, if you want to read about dating missteps, employment misadventures, and general Onicia shenanigans, Just Be Funny is for you!
Storytelling - Sex Positive (The Crowd Theater, Chicago)
February 11, 2017
Producer, performer, and storytelling friend Ashley Victoria invited me to share my sex positive story. I wished my story was as risque as Ada Cheng's BDSM experience. Nonetheless it's going to be a great time.
Producing - The Stoop 'Turn Up' (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
February 23, 2017
The Stoop is back and we're raising funds for SIQ!
Storytelling - The Plagiarists (Catalyst Ranch, Chicago)
February 27, 2017
I'll be reading my short story, The Intersection during Salon 46. The theme is 'TIME, The Beginning and The End of Everything.' Thanks, Eileen Tull. BTW, you should check out her monthly, female and queer-friendly showcase, Sappho's Salon at Women's and Children's First Bookstore.
Stand-Up Comedy - Feminist Happy Hour (The Whistler, Chicago)
April 10, 2017
Slut Talk creator and professional feminist Alicia Swiz invited me to share some funnies.
Storytelling - This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar, Chicago)
April 24, 2017
Details TBA in March.
It's submissions season so, don't expect too many shows for March or April. I'll be deep in my writer's cave writing and editing like a mad woman. I'm so serious about completing my scripts that I disconnected our WiFi and placed my phone on airplane mode.
About once a day I'll make an appearance on twitter and my personal Facebook.
Be well, make art, and resist!
The Daily Herald’s “Out and About” placed bright-eyed Lori Marie Peterson, one of the
dancers of the Voodoo Dancers group, in the hot seat. Lori, who has been dancing with the group since 2007, is enjoying her life as a full-time dancer here on the island.
Tell us about your background and how you started dancing.
I was born in Jamaica but consider myself a proud Sint Maartener, because I have lived here all
my life. I started dancing back in high school in various groups for competitions and shows
and continued to do so even after I had graduated. Although I had no professional training,
I stayed dedicated to dancing. is drive led me to be discovered and taken under the
instruction of Voodoo Dancers founder Paula Doño.
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