Montreal-born Sherley Joseph and Clover Roy, known to their fans as “Cho” and “Nilla” – short for Chocolate and Vanilla – are a delightfully engaging couple, whose popular “Chonilla Podcast & Blog” has streamed live from their Montreal home, twice weekly, for the past four years. “Chonilla” is an uplifting blend of current events, interviews, wacky news stories and personal revelations. “We talk about love, life and everything else in between.” The duo frequently draws upon events in their life as an interracial family – no holds barred. Quips Joseph, “Sometimes we hear ‘TMI,’ but that’s just the way we are.” Fans are invited to join the conversation, pitch story ideas, offer feedback as well as seek advice from Joseph and Roy, via telephone, email and social media.
The couple’s warmth and mutual respect – they fell in love in high school, 21 years ago – are immediately evident in their rapport. Joseph and Roy consciously utilize their media platforms to promote happy relationships like their own.
When not researching and planning their podcasts, Roy works as an artistic animator, and Joseph is a stay-at-home mom to their three school-aged children. Though the couple has lived in several cities, including Toronto and Edmonton, both deeply value their home town’s “unique energy.” “People here are more relaxed in Montreal, more supportive of the arts,” says Joseph. As their local reputation grows steadily, “Chonilla Podcast & Blog” has an established fan base across North America. In fact, they are so immersed in popular culture that “Chonilla” is featured in the “Urban Dictionary.”
For Joseph, who studied broadcasting at Toronto’s prestigious Humber College, “Chonilla” is a lifelong dream. “I was always an observer; I always wanted to be an interviewer.” As a child, Joseph often posed questions to her brother, as she taped him on her cassette recorder. “Sometimes I’d play investigative journalist and secretly record my parents,” she laughs. The decision to begin their podcast was mutual, as Roy, an avid writer, was anxious to share his life’s experiences. Since their podcast is recorded in their home, the couple’s children have been deeply influenced by their parents’ personal and professional journeys. “Our kids definitely have no stage fright!” Joseph affirms.
“Chonilla Podcast & Blog”
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