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What is This QPOC Life?

This QPOC Life is a new podcast from the brain behind Edugaytion.

Join Johnathan Gibbs and his friends as they discuss current events and how they navigate queerness as people of color. Sometimes serious, sometimes petty, sometimes downright foolish, but always honest.

Who’s Who?

Johnathan

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, reimagined and ever evolving to be more sensitive to all marginalized communities.

Jo Lee

With a smile on their face, Jo Lee (Pronouns: they/theirs) would say that life has been the best voice teacher. Determination taught them how to write, compose and produce. Jo Lee is no stranger to big crowds or prestigious venues. But they’re never too proud for an intimate house in the neighborhood.

Born and raised in Brooklyn before the Great Hipster Diaspora, if there was an opportunity for them to create, they pushed it as far as they could.

Soul, groove, and passion are woven into Jo Lee’s music. Growing up in a church with a six-time Grammy-winning gospel choir also plays a huge part in their sound.

Currently working on a debut EP, they pray that anyone who takes their time to listen will feel like they are born a winner.

MaryMartha

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.

 

Zachary

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.

Cassondra

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.

Carlos

Carlos J Rios

@tresfabuleux – Twitter & Instagram

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.

Pedro

Pedro is a Senior Bid Analyst at R/GA Mon-Fri, 9 to 5. In his spare time he produces video content and develops marketing strategy for This QPOC Life. He’s a native New Yorker through and through despite being an immigrant, he’s lived in NYC since he was 3 years old. Pedro attended school across Brooklyn and Manhattan receiving a Bachelor’s at Brooklyn College (A City University). Pedro has always had interest in music and dance. Thoughout his academic path, he’s always found a way to explore his creative side. He sang with the Youth Pride Chorus from 2012-2015 & got a chance to sing at the White House the eve of Marriage Equality was passed. Pedro also maintained a connection with dance during the same time frame with a College dance troupe. Pedro will be pursuing a combination of music, dance and theater this summer at the NY Center for the Dramatic Arts for a 4 week musical theater intensive. You can catch him on the first podcast of This QPOC Life and mentioned on many more!