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NEW #Scamsss + Amy Sumpter’s new comedy album!

Hey Friends,

I let people say a lot of things, but one thing I won’t let them say is ‘women aren’t funny.’ This week on a new episode of #Scamsss, Dr. Ada Cheng makes light of serious work-related issues. Check out this web series I did with David Audino and some wonderfully talented Chicago artists. And finally, get to know Amy Sumpter. She’s hilarious, tall, and one of my favorite comedians.

NEW #SCAMSSS: Ada Cheng on sleeping with your boss and $1000 resume services

We discuss two ‘work scams’ with Chicago storyteller Ada Cheng! KEEP READING

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Pre-Existing: Aluminum Coverage

A flyer promising a free Women’s health exam gets Soranyi (Sandy Lee) and Keera (Sonal Aggarwal) to come into the Doctor’s office. When Nurse Steve (Greg Callozzo) reveals what hoops they’ll have to jump through to get coverage, they’re not sure if it’s worth it anymore.

Funny Forward: @amy_sumpter

Amy Sumpter is a tall, luscious lady who falls a lot. Please catch her! Also, buy her new comedy album #MsSumpterIfYoureNasty on Bandcamp.

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Ada Cheng on sleeping with your boss and $1000 resume services—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

In our second episode of season 2, Scams, Swindles, and Schemes has our first guest! You won’t just get to hear Onicia and Devin’s highly misinformed opinions, you’ll also get to hear the respected opinions of Dr. Ada Cheng.

Social media has once more inspired awful ideas about what it takes or means to get ahead in the workplace, and Devin and Onicia aren’t afraid to possibly get controversial. Is having an affair with a higher up a good idea for a promotion? Is any resume service worth $1000? What does someone who’s qualified have to say?

You can reach out to us on Twitter, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and tell us how you plan to get ahead in your career.

Fun fact: wonderful Chicago web developer erica dreisbach designed both OniciaMuller.com and RenegadeAdaCheng.com

Sleeping with your boss as a career move?

Onicia and Devin discuss whether it might actually be beneficial to sleep with your boss. Sure, every woman at every level of business gets accused of this regardless of the job or the context because of the patriarchy, but could it work if done right? And how could it be done right? Onicia considers the possibilities while Devin looks at history and everybody has a good time and a lively discussion that may or may not make you think.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and tell us about your last job promotion; what do you recommend to get ahead?

Welcome special guest Dr. Ada Cheng!

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Performer, storyteller, and speaker Dr. Ada Cheng can be found on Instagram at @sjadacheng and at renegadeadacheng.com.

$1000 for a resume service but no guarantee?!

After Ada recovers from her horror at the first topic, she discusses with Devin if it’d be worth spending $1000 to have someone punch up a resume. And there’s no guarantee you’ll get the job! If you can spend that kind of money on a resume service, how badly do you need whatever job you’re looking for in the first place? Ada is nicer than our hosts, though, but she knows a scam when she hears one!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and share your resume and job hunting hacks.

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NEW #Scamsss + Sucker’s Garden audio drama

Hey Friends,

This week’s newsletter is packed with all of that. Season 2, episode 1 of #Scamsss is live. Also, take a listen to an audio drama I wrote with Kimberly Meyers. It stars some of my favorite acting talents from St. Maarten and Chicago. Should we produce the rest of the story? It’s already written!

NEW #SCAMSSS: Lace front wigs are still sus and you need body lotion

We start Season 2 revisiting one of our hottest takes from Season 1: lace front wigs and body lotion! KEEP READING

Sucker’s Garden – A Caribbean Audio Drama

A near-fatal carjacking forces a young man with lots of potential but a shady private life to choose between doing the right thing by helping a girl he barely knows and keeping his brother’s secret.

Funny Forward: @bodyourage

Do y’all act like this or nah?

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Lace front wigs are still sus and you need body lotion—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

We’re back! Scams, Swindles, and Schemes season 2 has officially begun! And we’re picking back up right where we left off, with topics that are definitely not a trap for Devin. Especially since he is a veteran lotion user and has plenty of advice for those looking to buy one that’s right for them!

But that’s not all, Onicia invites him to take a second, longer look at weaves after a brief explanation of the different kinds of “fake hair” one might encounter. And Devin shares how he first learned about all this in a mall food court while babysitting.

Shout at us on Twitter using #scamsss, donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels.

WATCH THE FULL EPISODE

Give us money to see our ashy skin and cracked lips

Devin and Onicia discuss the different lotions they’ve used and why, and Onicia shares her misadventures with the worst body lotion out there (you can google it, this brand is that infamous). Also, Onicia details a good alternative to expensive lotions that won’t break the bank, provides a final take on Kevin Durant’s legs, and we start a new fundraising effort!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your go-to brand of lotion! Do you use different lotions for different areas?

Talking about weaves is only a trap if you make it one

Season 1 ended with a close (maybe too close) look at a particular weave to determine if it was a scam, swindle, or scheme, and now Devin and Onicia are zooming out to look at extensions and wigs! It’s not as fraught a conversation this time, and it turns out Devin has a history with this subject that predates his time in Chicago.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your favorite weave stories!

We’ll always be real with you!

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NEW Scams, Swindles, and Schemes + ‘Fab 4’ movie premier—Onicia Update

Hey Friends,

Another week, another scam.
NEW Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

I got an ad for Suvie, a countertop kitchen robot. It’s a 2 – part system. The Veggie and meat maker is $399 and the pasta/coffee maker is $399. BIG BOOTY BUTTCHEEKS–there’s a catch– you can only get that price if you buy into the meal subscription service. FULL EPISODE

Or share this Suvie ‘first impressions’ clip.

Last day to support Podca$h

Devin and I applied for a grant(?) from Podca$h. Help increase our chances by sending Podca$h a ‘love letter’ about #Scamsss. Deadline March 4. Don’t know what to say? Copy this handy message:

“Hey Podca$h, I need my weekly dose of #Scamsss. Give Devin and Onicia some money…and maybe also your social security number.”

https://www.podcash.com/love-letters/p2D36

Funny Forward: Fab 4 and the Silent Retreat

Faced with a myriad of issues as they approach 40, a group of loud, feisty Caribbean friends travel to Nepal for a Silent Retreat. MORE DETAILS

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Suvie: Your Countertop Kitchen Robot—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

Onicia got an ad for Suvie,  a countertop kitchen robot. It’s a 2 – part system. The Veggie and meat maker is $399 and the pasta/coffee maker is $399. BIG BOOTY BUTTCHEEKS–there’s a catch– you can only get that price if you buy into the meal subscription service.

You can find us on Twitter (we’d love to hear from you!), donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and subscribe to our super nutritional mailing list.

Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) and let us know if you’re ready to make Suvie your grocer, chef, and device landlord or if you rate them a scam, SKINDLE, or scheme. Like. Comment. Share. Subscribe.

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Podcasting grant and supporting Black creators — Onicia Update

Hey Friends,

Devin and I applied for a grant(?) from Podca$h. Help increase our chances by sending Podca$h a ‘love letter’ about #Scamsss. Deadline March 4. Don’t know what to say? Copy this handy message:

“Hey Podca$h, I need my weekly dose of #Scamsss. Give Devin and Onicia some money…and maybe also your social security number.”

https://www.podcash.com/love-letters/p2D36

Breadfruit Media has podcasting tips

The very booked and busy Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown, founder of Breadfruit Media and Carry on Friends Podcast created a lovely podcasting resource. So, if you want to start a podcast, this Podcast Starter free mini course is for you.

7 super cute passion twist styles

As y’all know, I’m not booty guru but I do make content for beauty brands. Anyway, #TBT to when my beauty bestie Janera Rose created this fun hair tutorial. Anways, it’s February, go support a Black woman by like, commenting, and subscribing.

Stupid Thoughts—Just Being Funny

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I’ve been a prolific nonsense talker for a long time. Here are some other stupid (but hopefully helpful) thoughts. Social media profiles: Please remove expired domains from your bio. I’m tryna stalk, and you’re leading me to dead ends. KEEP READING

“Who can relate??? 🙋🏾‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️ Those moments when you about to act all the way up on social media and your mogul spirit activates and intervenes 🤣🤣.” Follow @trending_sxm on Instagram.

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Paying for a movie deal + breast implants?—Onicia Updates

She lives!

New #scamsss and #JBFxOnicia. You’re welcome.


$299 for 5 Minutes to Practice a Pitch?! And No Deal

Airplanes, bagel heads, and breast implants—Just Being Funny

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The first generation of modern implants came out in 1963. Before then, breast augmentation surgery could be traced back to the 1800s. That’s right, we were blowing up boobies before we figured out vacuum cleaners, radio broadcasting, and electric washing machines! [READ JBF]

Cries in #trilingual 😢

Angelica (panchopiggytron) has another hilarious clip about Mexican culture (click on image or this link to watch)

Use [SECRET CODE FOR NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS] for 30% off all orders over $20. Expires when I change my mind. Should I make animated greeting cards?

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$299 for 5 Minutes to Practice a Pitch?! And No Deal—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

This episode’s scam begins like so many others: with a mass email sent to the Promotions folder! Devin made the mistake of signing up for a “free” pitch meeting with a rando executive, but he forgot to read the fine print that stated he had to pay three hundred dollars if he wanted to actually pitch something in order to get lukewarm feedback. Full season 2 starts in April!

You can find us on Twitter (we’d love to hear from you!), donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and pay us a lot of money to listen to your ideas so that we can compliment your “energy.”

Pitch Meeting Scam

Devin tells a story about how he ended up in a Zoom call with too many people sharing movie and tv show ideas, some of which are bad enough that they’ll probably end up produced soon enough. At least he didn’t stay for the whole thing!

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us: would you spend this kind of money for five minutes of pitching and two minutes of feedback?

We’re better than studio executives because we’re honest.

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Comic Books Are a Scam! (But Not Really)—Scams, Swindles, and Schemes

We’re back! Scams, Swindles, and Schemes returns for season 2 and we’re coming out fighting. Are comic books a scam? Don’t come at us until you watch the whole clip, nerds! Devin provides a full-throated defense of a legitimate art form while also admitting to fatigue with the Big Two and their domination of the market share. Full season 2 starts in April!

You can still reach out to us on Twitter (we never left, even though that’s a great idea!), donate to our sleazy lawyer fund, subscribe to Devin’s and Onicia’s YouTube channels–and help us avoid a copyright infringement lawsuit when we try to get the movie rights to a superhero with “Marvel” in the name.

Comic Book Movie Scams!

Devin and Onicia have very different opinions on this subject, but they do agree that there are too many superheroes out there making people think that’s what comic books are all about. Meeting in the middle is sometimes the key to a lasting friendship.

Question: Tweet us (@devinagonistes and @OniciaMuller) to tell us your favorite comic book or comic book movie franchise!

You’re all superheroes to us!