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December 8, 8:30am • 4141 • part of a series on Context

Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email miami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

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Hello there, here is Karen(@ kani.poika) continuing the conversation with Queef Latina (@ Queef.Latina) from Counter Corner

Where are you usually performing?
-I perform at The Corner Bar during Counter Corner, Gramps during Double Stubble, Hotel Gaythering, and at many other one-off events and gallery spaces. I post all my upcoming events on my instagram and facebook, for anyone who is interested in checking it out!

You can follow the Counter Corner group on Instagram @countercorner and Queef Latina on Instagram as Queef.Latina or on facebook as Queef Latina.

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Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email miami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

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Hello there, here is Karen (@ kani.poika) continuing the conversation with Queef Latina (@ Queef.Latina) from Counter Corner

Who is part of the group? and for those interested in joining, is there a certain way of reaching out?

-The Counter Corner crew consists of a lot of people throughout South Florida. We have participants who drive to Miami from Ft Myers, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, and even from Tallahassee! Counter Corner is an all-inclusive, open minded space, open to artists, queers, freaks, and geeks of all kinds. If anyone would like to join or check out the scene, I highly suggest they come to The Corner Bar in downtown Miami on the third Sunday of every month - They wont be disappointed.

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Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email miami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

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Hello there, here is Karen (@ kani.poika) continuing the conversation with Queef Latina (@ Queef.Latina) from Counter Corner

Where do you draw your inspiration?
-The sky’s the limit when it comes to inspiration. Sometimes I listen to a song and become so moved by the lyrics, and I begin to build a story around the song. Sometimes I watch a documentary (for example, the history of Tupperware) and become inspired by the lifestyle behind the product - I then begin to build a performance around the lifestyle. I’m also known for making my own outfits, so many times fabric is what inspires me and leads me in a certain direction. I just never know what is going to spark my creativity.

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Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email miami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

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Hello there, here is Karen (@ kani.poika) continuing the conversation with Queef Latina (@ Queef.Latina) from Counter Corner

Why are you based in Miami?
-Miami, like New York, is a melting pot of many cultures and backgrounds- it is a wonderful place full of many opportunities. From my experience, other cities are are either too pretentious or too supersaturated, making it hard to stand out. Miami is a perfect place to make an impression as an artist, not to mention a great place to live!

In your performance, there are a lot of different artistic elements that have to be taken into consideration, such as the audiovisual aspects, costumes, storylines etc, could you tell us a little about how all these aspects come together, or just name a few of the things that you are involved with in making a powerful performance?
-There are many aspects that I take into consideration when creating a performance- I first see what my space/prop limitations my be, and then build around that. Most events I do usually have a theme, and those are my favorite because I love working to a theme. In the instances where there is no theme, I create a storyline for myself to stick to, always keeping with my “Queef” Aesthetic. I then begin to brainstorm over the span of a few days/weeks until I am able to put all the puzzle pieces together to create a powerful performance.

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Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email miami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

Hello my name is Karen, Zine Maker and lover of all things DADA. (@ kani.poika)

For this week I will introduce you to a very inspiring South Florida collective that contributes to the magical coolness of Miami by breaking all the norms.  
They are like a rainbow to me, as the first time I saw them I was amid a very stormy point in my life during the “post-election blues”.

I was going about my daily existence singing Karaoke at Gramps and all of the sudden I saw one very interesting person passing by, glazed in hair and fables and then another and then another; all pouring into the room with glittery platforms that beat the wooden floor like hail, suddenly disturbing the insipidness of the polo t-shirts in the background and the dullness of the night.

Who were they? and what in the world were they doing here, in a place where asphalt and flip flops abound? They were, THE COUNTER CORNER collective, they were celebrating Queef Latina’s Birthday and that night, their performance rocked my world.
For this blog post, I got to speak to one of my favorite artiste of this wonderful group of performers, Queef Latina. Here are some photos taken from that night at Gramps (Courtesy of Rune Degett) and her answers to the curiosity that I had to soothe.

A conversation with Queef Latina from the Counter Corner collective.

How do you define the Counter Corner group?
-The Counter Corner crew is a collective of artists, misfits, Club kids, Drag Queens/Kings, and Queers from all over South Florida (Not just Miami) They are a creative group of people who explore and challenge concepts, politics, sexuality, gender, art, aesthetics, and popular culture.How did the Counter Corner group get started?
-Counter Corner is a monthly party that got started by Sleeper Speaks, a bartender at the Corner bar in downtown Miami (and also my roommate!). He created the party to fill a void in the community - the void being a place for Queers to congregate and network and have fun. He hired Hialeah’s finest “Juleisy y Karla” to host the party and they are still the hosts to this day. Although Miami has always had Gay clubs, sometimes these gay institutions have not been as warm and welcoming to people who don’t fit their aesthetic- Therefore, Counter corner was born, and along with it came a huge queer following.

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The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Emailmiami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

Hello hello everyone! My name is Kristabel. I’m taking over for the next week! During my take over I am going to talk about some of South Florida creatives that live here and whom I’ve gotten a chance to interview. Just a small summary about myself and my ongoing project {Muses of Miami}. I’ve lived here in Miami for almost 10 years. I’m originally from New York, 3 years ago I had created a small concept called Muses of Miami.

A muse is a person, it’s a place, it’s a thing that inspires an artist.

I want to introduce this amazing multi-media guru. He is absolutely amazing in all things; animation, music, video, storytelling, graphics, 3d. This well-rounded creative Parris took the initiative on editing the pictures for his photo shoot.

Take a look into the mind and reason as well as amazing advice Parris talks about in his interview.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Emailmiami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

Hello hello everyone! My name is Kristabel. I’m taking over for the next week! During my take over I am going to talk about some of South Florida creatives that live here and whom I’ve gotten a chance to interview. Just a small summary about myself and my ongoing project {Muses of Miami}. I’ve lived here in Miami for almost 10 years. I’m originally from New York, 3 years ago I had created a small concept called Muses of Miami.

A muse is a person, it’s a place, it’s a thing that inspires an artist.

For my very first Muse ever it was a singer. Her name is VNUSAMR. {Venus Amor} This sultry song bird is a living diamond. There was something about her past project “For Time Being” that sparked inspiration within me. It was like a flame that lit up my core. For this amazing Muse I created 3 venue tour where she performed most of the songs from her EP. Take a look into her mind and see why I loved her music so much. 

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Emailmiami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

Hello hello everyone! My name is Kristabel. I’m taking over for the next week! During my take over I am going to talk about some of South Florida creatives that live here and whom I’ve gotten a chance to interview. Just a small summary about myself and my ongoing project {Muses of Miami}. I’ve lived here in Miami for almost 10 years. I’m originally from New York, 3 years ago I had created a small concept called Muses of Miami.

A muse is a person, it’s a place, it’s a thing that inspires an artist.

This is Muse No 7. The Love below. 

Every Tuesday Starting at 10PM

Step into the Electic Pickle and find yourself going up the stairs to the Bolero Room. You can feel it. You can feel the music pulsing through the heart of the crowd. You can see the magic of the vibe that everyone is giving out. It looks amazing. This party is curated by a collection of Dj’s who each give the party its own flair. There’s nothing better than finding yourself swaying to beat of the stereo. Take a look into the minds of these DJ’s and see why this party is so inspiring and needed to South Florida culture. 


The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do yo want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Emailmiami@creativemornings.com and we’ll get working on it!

Hello hello everyone! My name is Kristabel. I’m taking over for the next week! During my take over I am going to talk about some of South Florida creatives that live here and whom I’ve gotten a chance to interview. Just a small summary about myself and my ongoing project {Muses of Miami}. I’ve lived here in Miami for almost 10 years. I’m originally from New York, 3 years ago I had created a small concept called Muses of Miami.

A muse is a person, it’s a place, it’s a thing that inspires an artist.

I consider myself the artist and everyone who I invite for an interview is my muse. With every invitation to be a muse they get a photoshoot and a mini documentary with an entire rollout VIA event or just social media.

I believe that there are such amazing people who live here and have a chance to thrive as well as help Miami thrive as a city. I want to help those connect to create. I want to bring these people out and get them to a broader audience just to show the rest of the world WE HAVE TALENT! WE HAVE CREATIVES! We are amazing. So for the next week, I will introduce each and every one of the past muses and why they inspired me. I hope they inspire you too!

Enjoy these small promo videos I made for the website {Musesofmiami.com}

A version of this article was originally published on my lifestyle blog, Mascara Maven.

The Blogger Union has partnered with CreativeMornings/Miami for a collaborative storytelling marathon. Tune in to read the story of our city told by local creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs. Each week, a different member of CreativeMornings will take over to post what inspires them about South Florida. Do you want to take over the CreativeMornings/Miami blog and share your take on our community? Email Paola at info@thebloggerunion and we’ll get working on it!

Hi, I’m Christina Nicholson - a former TV reporter and anchor who owns and operates Media Maven, a public relations firm. I started my own business after having two kids and quickly realizing that it’s difficult to not only find a full time job with a flexible schedule, but a boss who empathizes with the struggles of being a working parent.

For about a year and a half, I’ve been helping other small businesses owners, like me, grow their business through media relations, video production, writing, blogging, and social media.

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When I was working in news, so many people would ask me, “How do you get to be on TV?” First, I would explain to them it’s not as glamorous as it looks. Then, I’d explain the process I went through of school, internships, making a tape, sending it out (hundreds of times), making a new tape, sending it out (hundreds of more times), then bouncing from market to market. It took a lot, but many can bypass all of that. If you are an ‘expert’ in your field and you think you’re good enough to be a panelist on TV – you can do it too. You just need to promote yourself as an expert in your field.

Thanks to my fellow reporter friend Stephanie Tsoflias with Reel Reporting for sharing these five simple tips on how you can get on TV as an expert:

  1. If you are a doctor, attorney, computer programmer, etc. – pretend you’re talking to 5th graders. These types of experts have a tendency to try to sound smart and they go on too long. Keep it short and simple and speak in normal language.
  2. You have to practice being on TV before you can get on TV. You can do that with your phone. Pretend you are having a normal conversation.
  3. Stand for one thing. Have an opinion about issues.
  4. Hire a person who handles public relations (like me!) until you make your own relationship with assignment desks, reporters, bookers, etc. (I think I have a leg up on working in PR for this reason… I used to be the media!)
  5. ALWAYS send out an email the minute you hear a story breaking you could be an expert on. It can be as simple as, “I am an expert if you guys are doing a story on such-and-such.” That’s it!

Christina Nicholson

Media Maven, Owner

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