I've always wanted to perform, but I was a fat, black girl growing up in a predominantly white area. I didn't see a way that someone like me could become an actress or a singer. I've always made career choices that would allow me to work adjacent to my dreams. I've worked in TV. I went to seminary and have worked in ministry. For the past 8 years, I've been a business writer, corporate trainer and coach. I never wanted to be a standup comedian. I wanted to act and sing and write! I mean, I was funny and I admired comics, but I wanted to get paid to PRETEND to be a funny person. I didn't see anything funny about just being myself alone on stage. UNTIL LAST YEAR! Finally, at the age of 41, I decided to pursue my performing dreams. I moved to L.A. after being laid off from my job. Soon after arriving, I realized that there weren't a lot of casting calls for 20-something-looking 40-year-olds like me. If I was going to perform, I'd have to write and develop my own content. Unsure of how to do that, I found a standup comedy class and I was instantly hooked! I did my first performance in front of a live audience on December 20, 2015. (My 2-minute submission for this contest is from that night.) Since then, I have been performing at different shows and clubs in L.A. I AM A COMEDIAN NOW!!! And I think I'm pretty darn good one. Now, if I can just find a way to make money at it!


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Health Friday, April 09

Are Barbers Qualified to Give Mental Health Advice?

Barber shops are often seen as safe spaces for men, especially given the uptick of social injustice over the years — so much so that some men have found it therapeutic to vent and discuss their mental health. Do you support this type of unique therapy or should matters of the mental health be strictly in the hands of professionals?