Born Felicia Boissiere - her pen name by choice: “Felice Bois,” (Writer, Actress, A'capella Spoken Word Recording Artist) is an Oakland, California native whose life challenges as a single mother and a Black woman could no longer go hidden or unspoken.
From birth until the age of twelve, Felicia was raised by various fosters parents and by close family members. She moved around often between the cities of Oakland, Long Beach and Berkeley, California. As a teenager she had an introverted personality – spoke when spoken to, at times walked with her head down and contributed to a conversation when and if it interested her. She loved to dance to her favorite hip-hop artist and pop music of the eighties. She had a select few friends growing up and during the summer school breaks, after school, at the age of sixteen, she began supporting herself by working several part-time jobs to buy her own clothes and shoes. Later, in 1987 Felicia dropped out of high school to pursue her duties as a teen mother to her first born child Andrew.
In 1994 Felicia recieved an acceptance letter to attend California State University Hayward as a full-time student with an undeclared academic major. In 1996, soon after attending the university, she finally declared a major in Sociology. But, still only seeing a vague future for her life, bored with her core classes, and the despise of public speaking classes, introverted, shy and timid, her edgy introverted persona caused an academic detour which landed her in her first acting class at the university. She later developed a strong interest in creating music videos and learning the art of filmmaking. But, moving beyond her acting classes and embracing her dream as a filmmaker, she knew in her heart it was a dream she couldn't fathom how to reach. She didn't have the money, the entrepreneurial discipline or aptitude to reach the kind of success she had so desired. Felicia didn't believe she had any true talent at all, only a dream to dare to learn something new.
Her dream of becoming a filmmaker soon 'fell off' and she later discontinued her studies at CSU Hayward to focus on motherhood of her pre-teen son and a regular nine-to-five. In 1999, shortly after her discontinuance of her college studies, she was hired as a part-time employee to work for a local packaging company. While working at the packaging company she had a brief romantic involvement with a co-worker in which they birthed a daughter named Cora. Shortly after her daughter was born, and being unhappy with her employment position, she quit her job with the packaging company to work for another company and focus on raising her two children.
Felicia struggled financially: "during times when I didn't have a job, I had to stand in the welfare line, food-stamp line, clothes closet line, cheese line, bread basket line, Christmas tree line, there's been times I even stood in the 'I need a ride' line cause 'I ain't got no gas' line"! while caring for her children. Still building momentum beyond her financial and personal struggles, in 2002, she decided to pursue a career in the booming real estate industry as a licensed California real estate agent, which too, she struggled to have a full payoff due to the real estate market downfall in 2005.
"It just seemed like I was never gonna catch up with myself," "everything was spiralling downward," she said. Not to mention she was beginning to feel the growing pains of raising a teen son who was tapping into his manhood, and a two year old daughter that shadowed her daily.
Life went on, unforgettable good days passed and her joy filled son with the million dollar smile was no longer a baby boy. She saw her son trying to become a man – taking life head on. As she witnessed her son’s struggle with peer pressure, family issues and a lack of positive male role models it was then that Felice realized that her voice was not loud enough - she was not her son’s only influence. It was through his pain, his struggle that she recognized the struggle of all young Black men.
First project is born. In the summer of 2003, Felicia began to channel her feelings in her journal about the issues she discovered and hoped to one day help resolve. After a long haul of tears in the principal’s office, juvenile court dates, jail visits, collect calls, letters, miles traveled, probation officers, long suffering and to the gates of hell and back, in the Fall of 2008 her first spoken word album Gen Eyes Wide was born which she wrote and produced, under her record label Modern Day Black Momma (TM) Records. A powerful vocal delivery of the Spoken Word is performed with the voice of authority and assertiveness, gracefulness and humility.
Felicia says: “Had it not been for my faith in God, I would have never found the strength to go on. I understand that youth from all cultural backgrounds deal with similar issues but I was inspired to talk to young Black men because so many young Black men set themselves up as targets for government officials to arrest and jail, and even their own peers are sometimes their worst enemies. I’m speaking to those young men who are struggling in their minds and want to move ahead in life. Open your eyes before it's too late to really live. Most importantly I want troubled young Black men to know that they have a higher purpose in life, but they must be willing to listen and learn to evolve into the men they have the potential to become. I hope that my voice is loud enough this time.”
The latest buzz about Felice’s next project; her self titled book: Self-Afflicted Genocides of the Black Male Youth: the title has been changed and the book is still in progress, but scheduled for release one day soon. She is currently working on several projects aiming her focus primarily on world and family issues.