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Chillin’ and Relaxin’ – Onicia Update – April 2018

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Yes, I’m alive. Just hanging around, enjoying my social media break, and waiting for spring. Um, should I say more? Nah, that’s all I gotta say today. Got something I should see or someone I should collaborate with? Email me or shout at me on Twitter.

Published Writings

6 Lessons Learned Adapting My Feature Script into a Radio Drama (La-Screenwriter)

Writing is not just sitting at your computer and typing. We develop stories and characters while doing everyday activities.

JBF: Mr. Sowell Ain’t Doing So Well – Part 1 (The Daily Herald)

Aw, look at God giving me the opportunity to bless someone’s grandpa.

JBF: Mr. Sowell’s Brand New Ride – Part 2 (The Daily Herald)

What kind of Charmin’-Ultra-struggle flirting was going on?

Fangirlin’

Here are cool things I found online!

Stop Hitting Snooze on Your Wake Up Call (Breaking the Piggy Bank)

The first step in a lot of recovery programs is to admit that you have a problem. I think the same concept can apply to admitting that we have trouble with our finances before being able to move forward.

Lock Up That Dick (iO Comedy Network/Standard Delivery)

Collette Gregory and the Standard Delivery team created this music video. This video is funny, but sexual assault isn’t! April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Meet PHotographer Elizabeth McQuern (Voyage Chicago)

“The thing people tend to say most about my photography is that my subjects always look very relaxed, and you can see their true personality shining through, and that makes me very happy because that’s a big goal of mine.”

Just 18 Funny Tweets for College Students (SMOSH/Ashley Moon)

If you are about to go to or are currently in college, you have our deepest condolences. Gone is the schedule of a healthy, sane person. Welcome to cup noodles and all-nighters with sh*tty coffee and awful professors who don’t give a flying f*ck about anything except their next cigarette. Enjoy your two to 10 year stay and laugh your way through the collegiate pain with these tweets.

Chi-Town Comedy Chat: KT Speetzen Is One Hilarious Mother Clucker (Rebellious Magazine)

After spending any amount of time with KT Speetzen, you find yourself awash in enthusiasm. The award-winning former teacher-turned stand-up comedian – who fills the Chicago suburb of La Grange with laughter as the founder and host of The Mother Cluckers – has a knack for empowering all in her orbit.

The Pretty Witty Podcast: Brown-less

This week we discuss how Taylor Swift may have deaded the Deadpool series, California making moves to keep restaurant workers safe, Olivia de Haviland’s legal feud with Feud, and cis-hetero women and situational homophobia. Cheers!

Demystifying mental wellness in the Caribbean (Carry On Friends)

Shawna Marie Aarons-Cooke is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist who knows the stigma of mental wellness in the Caribbean Community.

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I am Woman, Hear Me Yawn! – Onicia Updates – March 2018

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Welcome to March! It’s Women’s History Month. If you’ve been following me on le social media, you know that I pretty much spend my twitter days hyping up women in entertainment. My wish for March is to find a moment to nap and attend Heaux Magazine’s 1-year anniversary party!

That’s all I gotta say today. Got something I should see or someone I should collaborate with? Email me or shout at me on Twitter.

Upcoming Events

Feminist Happy Hour (Beauty Bar)
Stand-up comedy
March 14, 2018

This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar)
Storytelling
March 26, 2018

A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show (The Annoyance)
Stand-up Comedy
March 31, 2018

Published Writings

JBF: No New Friends (The Daily Herald)
As with many of my quirks, past trauma formed my pet policy. Some people have daddy issues. Well, I developed doggy issues. My dog abandoned me when I was a teenager; how does one recover? By committing to no new pets.

Vanessa Baden Kelly: Millennials Leading the Mental Health Conversation (Rebellious Magazine)
Rebellious Magazine caught up with actress Vanessa Baden Kelly (Journee) for a quick chat about how “Giants” and Millennials are helping the conversation on mental health. IndieActvity also did a feature on Giants. Tweet

What to do When You Can’t Produce Your Feature Film (Hey Onicia)
After almost seven years of writing and coordinating with collaborators, I finally co-produced Sucker’s Garden a Caribbean a radio drama with my friend Kimberly Meyers. Here’s how we solved our film production problems.

JBF: Don’t Debate with Nazis (The Daily Herald)
My stomach was hollow. I searched the text for answers but didn’t find any. “Roberto!”, I called for the roommate to review the 10-page PDF, “Did I just read Nazi propaganda or is this a failed attempt at playing devil’s advocate?”

Fangirlin’

Here are cool things I found online. This month is all about the women folk!

The Haven by Mia McCullough
Mia is putting Chicago women ta werk! Episode 1 and 2 casts are  89%  women. So far the crew has been 83% female and 30% people of color. IndieActivity published a feature on this project.

Pretty Witty – episode 41
At 50:20 Ash and Jay shared a very thoughtful piece on the prison industrial complex. Tweet

Kellye Talks – S2E7: RC Riley
Raising a baby I had for my ex-girl and finding my voice in storytelling. I’m a fan of both Kellye and RC. I learned so many things about both women.

A Life Without Social Media by Iris Kirkland
When Iris said she was going off the grid, I had all kinds of thoughts. The most amazing thing I’ve experienced since she started that journey 1 year ago is how timely her newsletter has been for my life even though she’s not online.

.@YouTube in honor of #WomensHistoryMonth this March I am making weekly videos focusing on the women who have influenced me ➡️ https://t.co/SbQUn8Ys5L Wanna join the fun? Share your story #SheWhoMadeMe @womensmarch @WomenintheWorld @womensmarchchi @UN_Women @thekatescomedy pic.twitter.com/AHG9CQjdb6

— Kelsie Huff (@KelsieHuff) February 28, 2018

Breaking Rules by Ada Cheng
I’ve been looking forward to this solo show for several months. I’m finally going to see it with some friends. Say “hi” if you see me.

Funny Laugh Productions
I’m enjoying Jackie, Mary, and Hayley’s short film projects. Check out Headstrong for a quick laugh and tune in to their new web series Far From Hollywood. Tweet

I Got a Tax Refund, Now What? (Breaking The Piggy Bank)
Angelica’s posts have been encouraging me to get all of my financial life. As a freelancer/self-employed person, money is deff feast or famine. These tips were helpful for changing my mindset regarding large sums of cash.

Story Play Media 
Like Netflix but Caribbean content!!!! Caribbean TV Online showcases the best video content for Caribbean people and people around the world who love Caribbean culture.

Niama’s Adventures: Black Girls Are From the Future Presents by Renina Jarmon
Join Niama, a curious little girl full of magic and wonder. When Niama goes to sleep at night with her magic wand she time travels to different places far and near in her dreams. She visits Harlem, she swims with mermaids and even visits Queen Nefertiti in Egypt. When Niama time travels, she feels magical and free. Niama wants you to feel free too.

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Creating Art I Love – Onicia Updates – February 2018

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“You like me! You really like me!” Last month y’all made me feel like Sally Field at the Academy Awards. I asked to collaborate and y’all put me to work. I’ll keep this brief because this month’s update is super packed.
That’s all I gotta say today. Keep recommending people I should collaborate with! Email me or shout at me on Twitter.
Happy birthday to my baby. Tante Lilo loves you ????

Upcoming Events

A Lill Annoyance Stand-Up Show (The Annoyance)
Stand-up Comedy
February 17, 2018

Feminist Happy Hour (Beauty Bar)
Stand-up comedy
March 14, 2018

This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar)
Storytelling
March 26, 2018

Published Writings

Sucker’s Garden
It’s finally here! My Caribbean audio drama that I co-wote and co-produced with Kimberly Meyers. It features voice talent by D.A. Robin, Adrienne Brandyburg, Kyle Patrick, Ty Riggs, James Gordon, and Ramiro Lynch. We also got press mentions in Caribbean Times721NewsSMN-NewsRobin MultimediaIsland VibezSXM Talks, and Pretty Witty.
I kept one eye on the crew and noticed the cameraman was filming the audience. SCAM DETECTED! They were gonna repurpose Eddie’s laughs in case we weren’t amused by the host’s cheesy jokes. Juxtaposition is TV black magic! this show was D.O.A. Roberto, the contestant, was drier than a stale piece of sliced white bread.
Yes, we want kids. Yes, the baby fever is real. However, as a dark-skinned black woman, I get annoyed when people who I thought appreciated my physical beauty seem to envy our unborn kids for having features I don’t possess. My husband empathizes with my frustrations. As a biracial man, he has had both positive and negative experiences with colorism.

 
“I’m sorry, I can’t transfer you without a contact’s full name,” I said in my Caribbean dutty head trying to sound like an American professional voice.
“I’d like a supervisor,” he said with the authority of a man too lazy (or unskilled) to employ advanced LinkedIn stalking techniques. No name leaves you with no authority, BTW. Do better research!

Fangirlin’

You fan for me, I fan for you!

It’s been almost 6 months since Hurricane Irma destroy my island. Here’s how we’re progressing.
Life in The Bahamas is not all about riding dolphins and sipping pina coladas by the pristine beaches.
Episode 37 – Issa Interview: Onicia Muller edition is here! We have the distinct pleasure of having the hilarious extraordinaire @OniciaMuller on to talk about her experiences as a published writer and comedian in The Windy City. Check out her work at https://t.co/TIQyVEsKOH! pic.twitter.com/Kl7JmYhcsA
— Pretty Witty Podcast (@PrettyWittyPod) January 23, 2018
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We asked successful women in comedy what they love about their work as well as the challenges they face. Their stories shed light on the warmth, wit, and hilariousness that these women use to grow and reach their audiences. Thanks to Correy Bell, Adrienne Brandyburg, Erica Nicole Clark, Ashley Renee Clopton, Kellye Howard, Onicia Muller, and Mo Phillips-Spotts for sharing their journey. (click to retweet)

My Morning Routine: Onicia Muller
Writer and comedian Onicia Muller on giving her creative work her best energy, the perils of burning the candle at both ends, and on how sometimes setting the bar too high can throw off her morning.(click to retweet)

Daryl and Kelsie set up for their first open mic show in Chicago. What could possibly go wrong?
Writer/comedian Onicia Muller joins the show to talk about the highs and lows of comedy. We give our take on the Monique/Netflix beef (start at 15:20) and her request for us to boycott Netflix. We also discuss singer Amara La Negra’s Breakfast Club interview and colorism in the black community. (Click to share this episode on facebook)
Angelica filed for bankruptcy so we don’t have to.
Brandon and Deej invite St Maarten’s finest, Onicia Muller, to the parlor to talk the Golden Globes, Jamaican Seamstresses (skip to 50:30), and Stedman’s second life as Elite Singles escort.

A comics collection to benefit Planned Parenthood.

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Photo credit Laurie Fanelli
A ray of sunshine with a dark sense of humor, Onicia Muller knows how to weave a hilarious tale about the human condition with a thoughtfulness that demands deep consideration. The Chicago-based comedian/producer/writer traveled from the Caribbean island paradise of St. Maarten to our city by the lake to attend grad school at Northwestern while pursuing a practical education by performing live on stage. (click to retweet)
Two young women who find a lucky penny on the street, but realize no wish can bring them what they want; answers about their ever distancing friendship.
 
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Fangirl Goals and World Domination Plans – Onicia Update – January 2018

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Welcome to 2018! Thanks for faithfully reading my Onicia Updates and for encouraging me on this journey towards world domination. Wait. What? Oh, yeah. I grew up on Spice Girls, girl power, and all the Disney princesses; ruling the world was always the end goal.

Now that you’re up to speed, I’d like to reveal my plans for 2018. This year, I would like to collaborate more. There’s an African proverb that says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I want to go far! To do that, I’m kindly asking you to show me all the funny, inspirational, dedicated, unique, community-minded people. Whether for entertainment, education, or professional connections, I just want to meet more interesting people.

This month, I have a few shows coming up, The Stoop is back, and I wrote some cool articles last month. Also, I added a new feature to my newsletter. Check out these 10 things I’m fangirlin’ for.

So, will you help me go far and achieve world domination*? That’s all I gotta say today. Got something I should see or someone I should collaborate with? Email me or shout at me on Twitter.

*If I can’t become ruler of the world, I’ll settle for eating ice cream on Fridays. That’s a goal worth striving for.

Upcoming Events

Am I Man Enough: I Jumped Off The Cliff (Volumes Bookcafe)
Storytelling
January 10, 2018

The Stoop: You Got Me F*cked Up (Rosa’s Lounge)
It’s The Stoop’s 5-year anniversary!
January 25, 2018

The Kates (Book Cellar)
Stand-up Comedy
January 27, 2018

Published Writings

Chicago Artist Fight Cancer (HuffPost)
As a person with chronically cystic or lumpy tissue, Bev Spangler was no stranger to mammograms. Once Bev’s friends learned of her cancerous lump, they came together to plan a Creativity Curing Cancer event.
JBF: Low-calorie Milkshake Diet? (The Daily Herald)
In this installment of Just Being Funny, I lie to myself about a breakfast ritual that caused me to rip 8 pairs of pants in one year. *covers face in shame*


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Heaux, Heaux, Heaux! Holiday TV Movies For You (Heauxs Magazine)
Nothing fuels the bad movie machine more than the holidays! We’ve got 8 brand new holiday films we’re (hate) watching and you should be too—

RAEKA Beauty is Changing the Beauty Industry (HuffPost)
Holistic healing systems have been widely accepted in India for centuries. RAEKA Beauty, which features the world’s first and only turmeric peel-off facial mask, is on a mission to change the American beauty industry.

JBF: Take it Like A Woman (The Daily Herald)

Listen, Rebecca! I’m just a teenage girl with a hundred-dollar monthly allowance. I ain’t giving you all my coins. Just dump this here creamy crack on my head and let me rinse it out AT HOME.

Fangirlin’

Here are 10 things I’m fangirlin’ for!

  1. The Shape of Water (2017)
  2. B.A.P.S. serving #BlackGirlMagic at Steppenwolf
  3. Ada Cheng, RC Riley, and all my dope Chicago friends at Fillet of Solo
  4. Pretty Witty podcast
  5. Big Man Dan, a likkle Caribbean cartoon that’s making big moves
  6. 2 and A Bottle podcast
  7. Dude That’s Not What I Meant podcast
  8. Predator and the Preacher’s Daughter by Suprina Fraizer
  9. Rebellious Magazine’s Feminist Freelancers Coworking & Cocktails
  10. Grammarly

Do you make cool things? Should I add you to my fangirlin’ list? Let’s collaborate

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