'Tis the season to dodge holiday music and focus on making plans for the next year. What? Too Scrooge?
This month I want to follow my fellow creative, Candice Lola and invite you to collaborate with me in 2018. You don't have to be a professional anything. Next year I'd love for you to continue sending me links to all the funny women. I love supporting women in comedy and film. Shoot me an email if you're thinking about creating something. I'm playing with video, audio, and writing all the pages. I can't neglect my type-A side. Send me all your software recommendations, productivity tools, or even a cleaning tip.
Be safe and happy holidays!
JBF: Crash Dummy (The Daily Herald)
I successfully swerved through the lanes and exited onto the hill with a steep incline. Watch out St. Maarten, Onicia is doing her driving exam.
Film Review: Mighty Ground (Indie Activity)
With the help of unlikely friendships along the way, a homeless songwriter tries to kick a hard-core crack addiction and escape the grisly streets of skid row via his love of music.
JBF: Never Netflix and Chill with Your Dentist (The Daily Herald)
After three years of neglect, I reunited with my medical love. I couldn't wait to tell Facebook "The dentist done changed since I was a kid. Netflix and chill, y'all!"
Caribbean Entertainment Magazine is having their Readers' Choice Award. You can help me and some of my favorite Caribbean creatives by voting for us. Simply copy this list and email email@example.com. Use "Nominations CEM Readers Choice Award" as your subject line. Deadline November 15, 2017.
Best Photographer - D.A. Robin
Best Female Blogger - Candice Lola
Best Female Radio Personality - Sagan Speaks
Best TV Personality - Nikki Jae
Best YouTuber - TAP
Best Music video - Red Eye Crew "Good Good"
Best Radio Station - Laser 101.1 FM
Best Male Radio Personality - Suppa Kid
Best New Comedian - Onicia Muller
READ: Caribbean Entertainment Magazine Announces Readers' Choice Award
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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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.
Y'all, it is JUNE! What have you been up to? After a few weekends in bed, the roommate and I are back on the streets and volunteering. This month, Ada Cheng is dedicating her June performances of Not Quite to raising funds for The Healing Corner.
Tweet me if you'd like two tickets to Ada's show. There are only three more performances!
The roommate and I enjoy volunteering with THC because their mission is simple: bring happiness to a corner that was recently marked with a bad memory. There are lots of organizations that give free hugs, but THC is one of the few going into -- and staying in -- communities that need hugs. They have conversations without secret agendas to convert people. They stand up to gangs by reclaiming street corners and parks. They give frightened neighbors the opportunity to see each other; to step out of their homes and form relationships. Everyone can be outside without fear. The children can play, and those who are grieving can be comforted without awkward pity and conversation. We want this work/magic to continue. Please consider donating to THC.
What causes do you support?
Just be a civil gospel music battle - The Daily Herald
Yeah, I got that good Christian hip-hop. Obviously, my speakers are superior and his Hillsong United can't drown out Jeremy Camp's Take My Life. People on the bus are utterly confused. My five friends joining me via Facebook Live are going wild. (I might be embellishing, but you have no proof). Yes, my first ever Facebook live stream was a gospel music battle on public transportation. I sure showed that guy!
3 Red Flags Freelancers Should Look Out For When Vetting Entertainers and Artists - BlackFreelance.com
The stereotype of performing artists is that we’re flaky and broke. For my own art, it’s hard to find collaborators who have money and discipline, but avoiding these three red flags helps me reduce my nightmare client body count. (Tweet this)
5 Reasons Pete Rose NEVER Gets In - Baseball Classics Magazine
Rose’s golden years should have followed with private and public appearances, selling autographed memorabilia, and publishing a best-selling autobiography. Instead, Baseball Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti confronted the Hit King with an investigation related to illegal gambling allegations. 5 reasons why Pete Rose will forever be banned from Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame.
Fatimah Asghar and Sam Bailey of ‘Brown Girls’ Land HBO Development Deal - HollywoodsBlackRenaissance.com
This year continues to be an exciting one for women of color in entertainment. Creators of the wildly popular, Chicago-based web series Brown Girl announced via ELLE.com that writer Fatimah Asghar and director Sam Bailey inked a development deal with HBO. (Tweet this)
Just be a Mexican Yoghurt Thief - The Daily Herald
The coughing and choking sounds continued for longer than anticipated. Maniacal laughing changed to silence and wide-eyed stares. Did we unintentionally cross the line between harmless prank and criminal offense? Serving a ten-year prison sentence in Mexico was not the way I envisioned celebrating my twenty-third birthday.
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I'm one year older and stubborn as ever!!! My birthday month was pretty busy. I ventured into the world of daily vlogs. It was an epic fail.
Despite having a great video editor and professional lights, I just sucked at being entertaining on camera. I also got pretty sick (bad food), received two rejection letters, and missed a film festival deadline. Boo! At the end of April, I managed to post 17 YouTube videos, booked 6 stand-up comedy and storytelling shows for May, and published my weekly humor column and other writing projects!
Thanks for reading, sharing, and all the good vibrations!
Shoutout to Shanna Shrum for creating this dope promo trailer. Shanna is a freelance video editor. If you have cell phone footage of your kids, corporate footage you want to impress the boss with or some random shots of your hairy ex-boyfriend that you want PAHTYFIED, just holla!
Healing Corner and Ada Cheng Collaborate to Build Community Through Storytelling - HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post)
Chicago is a place with residents from diverse backgrounds. However, for many it doesn’t quite feel like home. To help more people find their space in the community, local performer Ada Cheng is dedicating June performances of her solo show to raising funds for The Healing Corner.
A Jamaican Book Thief - The Daily Herald
“Good luck with your project. I hope you make friends soon. Remember to return the book next week.” Glasses. Braces. A backpack weighed down by books. Many would be surprised to know that I regularly ditched class. Yes, I skipped class to read books at the library. Insert montage of everyone, who has ever known me saying, “You too fooly nuh gyal."
A French Translator - The Daily Herald
Every Caribbean person comes out the womb bilingual. My goal in life was to speak seven languages at least and maybe one day work as an interpreter at the United Nations. On my quest to mastering seven languages, I came across a little known tongue called Spanish. As a big-headed teenager, I believed French, Dutch, and English were the most important languages in the world. Spanish was not going to be a thing!
Baseball Classics Magazine
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On April 24, I'll be performing at This One Woman. Hosted by Kyna Lenhof and Mary Lorenz, this monthly variety show shares comedy, storytelling, and music inspired by the life of a famous woman. This month they're celebrating funny woman Carol Burnett!
I'll be performing alongside Amy Sumpter, Justin Flowers, Kim Nelson, Luis Arevelo, Tamale Sepp, Charlotte Hamilton, Erin Conlon, and Angelica Julia Davila.
This One Woman
The Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.)
April 24 at 7:30pm
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Whoa, this is a big one!
I recently celebrated my birthday. Yay, me! I had two birthday wishes. First, to raise funds for The Healing Corner by encouraging my friends to share their social media content or by buying something from their Amazon Wishlist. My second wish was to participate in Videos Every Day in April (VEDA). My goal is to overcome my fear of ‘being me’ on camera and to improve my video
Welcome to March in which we celebrate Women's History Month. Political shenanigans aside, I'm pretty pleased with how 2017 is going.
Last year I learned that artists should aim for minimum 100 rejections before giving up. I'm not sure if that's 100 per year or in my lifetime. I've definitely been rejected over 100 times in this life. So far, I've submitted to 7 of 10 writing contests and fellowships. I feel pretty great about this considering I edited over 85 script pages, wrote 5 entries for Just Being Funny, and other writing projects.
Here's what I've been up to. Happy International Women's Day!
Producing - The Stoop 'On The Down Low' (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
March 30, 2017
Storytelling - Drinkers with Writing Problems (Brisku's Bistro & Bar, Chicago)
March 31, 2017
Stand-Up Comedy - Feminist Happy Hour (The Whistler, Chicago)
April 10, 2017
Storytelling - This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar, Chicago)
April 24, 2017
Speaking - Chicago Caribbean Film Festival (TBA)
Just Being Funny - The Daily Herald's Weekender
Weekly musings with a comedic twists. Just Being 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 Being Funny is for you! Article archives are available for Daily Herald subscribers.
5 Ways Writer’s can Utilize a Personal Website - LA-Screenwriter
As a screenwriter, having a personal website isn’t obligatory. For most screenwriters, a well-managed social media account or two is sufficient for advertising your accomplishments and letting people find you. But if you already have a website or want one, here are five smart ways writers can maximize their digital real estate.
“Can you be more Natural?” asked my non-black boyfriend - The Huffington Post
The true story on how my silky-haired friend encouraged me to rock my natural afro-textured hair sans product or styling. It didn’t end well.
Artists and Businesses I Support
Web Series - Drunk Science
Web Series - The Open Mic
Podcast - Dude That’s Not What I Meant
TV Pilot Taping - The MLK’s of Comedy ‘The Revolution House’ (March 10)
Stand-up - Feminist Happy Hour - Ladies Frist Edition (March 13)
Solo Show - Ada Cheng’s ‘Not Quite’ at The Crowd Theater (March 19)
Variety Show - B.A.P.S - Women’s History Show Case (March 19)
Looking for press for your event or project? Send me links to all your things.
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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Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
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