About This QPOC Life
This QPOC Life is the a podcast from the brain behind Edugaytion that looks at the world through the lens of a Queer Person of Color (QPOC). Each conversation is had with the intention of understanding how our mutual and individual experiences in different marginalized groups can empower us as larger community of whole people. In its second season, This QPOC Life took home People’s Choice at BRIC’s 2018 B-Free Media Awards. This QPOC Life is looking forward to entering is third season in fall 2019.
Join Johnathan and his friends as they discuss how they navigate queerness as people of color. Sometimes serious, sometimes petty, sometimes downright foolish, but always honest.
Johnathan Gibbs, also known as blasianFMA online, is a content creator, podcaster, activist, serial panelist, and bubble tea enthusiast. His work in activism began with his YouTube channel “blasainFMA” in 2008, in which he worked to bring awareness to multiracial issues surrounding the intersection of Black and Asian identity. He later enjoyed a 60 episode run of his first podcast “Edugaytion” which covered QPOC issues from the point of view of people from around the United States. He is now working on a newly launched podcast, “This QPOC Life” which is a spiritual successor to the Edugaytion series, re-imagined and ever evolving to be more sensitive to all marginalized communities.
Jo Lee (pronouns: they/them/theirs) is an independent artist, songwriter, and producer. Born and raised in Brooklyn, they would say that life was the best voice teacher. Non-binary and queer, Jo is proud to use their voice to entertain and empower their community.
Of Puerto Rican, Japanese and African-American descent, Jo Lee’s urban contemporary sound is as intersectional as they are. As a vocalist, Jo’s voice gets described as bright, luxurious, and soulful. Growing up singing in a church with a Grammy-winning gospel choir influences their approach to vocal production.
Released in January 2019, Jo Lee’s debut single, Sweet Love, has been streamed over 11,000 times, world wide. Jo also sang back up Our Lady J for several performances (including Joe’s Pub), with the pleasure of serving as “choir mistress”.
Jojo is also an avid fan of Final Fantasy, Prince, Beyoncé, YA Fantasy Novels, pretending to be good at Overwatch, and a good eyebrow duo brush.
Carlos originally hails from West Palm Beach, Florida and has lived in London, Chicago, and currently calls New York City home. During the day, he is an HR professional working at a company in midtown Manhattan. The firstborn of a pair of Puerto Rican parents who were fresh off the island, Carlos regularly finds himself at the intersection of gay, Boricua, Latinx, “immigrant,” genderqueer, Christian, and as his low-key racist friends used to describe him as “not quite white.” He may be seen performing with the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and its acappella subgroup, TONEWALL, or as his drag alter ego Miss Portia Control. Carlos is a recovering co-dependent, half-hearted runner, and celebrated drunk.
Zachary Ares (@zacharyares) is a designer and animator from Detroit. He currently works for BuzzFeed News, and also can’t do cartwheels. It should also be noted, that he was Diamond Rank in Season 1 of SCII (due to a Protoss Mothership glitch)— and is a perennial wood tier competitor within Overwatch. Oh, he also has a US first and horde first in WoW.
Recurring Guest Hosts
Losing her father at an early age and shouldered with the responsibility of caring for a disabled parent, MaryMartha is no stranger to difficult times. She grew up in the ghettos of Pittsburgh surrounded by drugs, crime and gang violence. Though the odds were stacked against her, she aspired for something more than her circumstances dictated. She earned a B.A. from Temple University and a M.Ed. from Northeastern University.
MaryMartha is a supporter of mental health awareness, and speaks candidly about her diagnosis of depression and anxiety, and the steps she has taken to ensure she continues to thrive. She has survived brain surgery and is not afraid to resist status quo to affect change for the betterment of mankind. MaryMartha is a QPOC ally and guest host of the podcast, This QPOC Life.
MaryMartha is the Owner of Mot & Dot LLC. She is also a two-time award winning developer for her game, The Ultimate Clap Back. She has been seen in Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Mic.com, and Geek.com. She was also featured in CNN’s The First Time I Realized I Was Black.
MaryMartha loves cheese puffs, ginger ale and ice cream. She currently lives in New York City.
Cassondra has traveled the world singing and workshop leading. She has toured with the grammy-award winning artist Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles, and has performed with a wide range of artists like Christina Aguilera, Kim Burrell, Tituss Burgess, The original ladies of Chic, Laura Izibor, Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight, LaChanze, and Wynton Marsalis.
When she is not traveling, you can hear her performing jazz, funk, the blues, r&b, gospel, and even classical music in venues around the New York metropolitan area. She is currently a Storyteller and flutist in the Tony Award-winning revival of Once on This Island.
In addition to her musical accomplishments, Cassondra earned her B.A. in sociology from Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) . She has since earned a Master’s degree in theological studies from Drew University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she is conducting research on stand-up comedy.