E3 Radio: an online radio station offers a platform for LGBTQ artists

CHICAGO – E3 Radio is an online radio station playing high rotation queer and indie music with an R&B and hip-hop vibe.

“We play queer artists, especially of color, because they’re not played anywhere else. What I know for sure is that there’s great music here, and people just need a space to be able to find it,” says the founder. Anna DeShawn.

The 3 Es of E3 Radio stand for Educate, Empower and Entertain, and DeShawn is ready to highlight anyone who aligns with the 3 Es.

“It’s about the people on the ground doing the work. It’s all an ecosystem to create the change we want to see in the world, and I want to shine a light on the people who deserve it and need it,” says From Shawn.

E3 Radio broadcasts 24/7 and now DeShawn is working on creating an app.

“We actually have a huge Indiegogo campaign going on right now for our app called The Qube which is going to be a hub, a curated destination for music and podcasts. Podcasts around black people, gay people and people of color tell stories stories. We’re going to do another podcast about queer relationships and love. I’m really excited about the content,” she says.

In addition to creating content, DeShawn also gives back to the community.

“I wanted to give back to my favorite nonprofits as part of our donation to E3 Radio and a great way to celebrate my birthday, so we started doing The Purple Tie Affair, a silent auction and concert. So over the years we’ve donated over $8,000 to small organizations here in Chicago that are having a big impact,” she says.

This year, the radio station chose to donate to Sisters in Cinema, an organization that cultivates black filmmakers here in Chicago.

DeShawn is also a board member of Affinity Community Services, and she credits her success to their help.

“Friends, mentors, my leadership skills, all of these were developed at Affinity. Affinity is a non-profit social justice organization serving Black LGBTQ people, especially Black women in the city of Chicago,” says- she. “We have a holistic program for living through Covid. We’ve actually partnered with 3 LGBTQ therapists to provide mental health services and we’re actually able to foot people’s bills.”

DeShawn hopes her radio station provides a platform for LGBTQ artists and believes she is doing the job she was called to do.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we do. I just feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to do. So if I’m able to inspire someone, if I’m able to give someone another platform, that’s exactly what I’m supposed to do,” DeShawn says.

To listen to E3 Radio, go to https://e3radio.fm/
To donate to the app, visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-qube-a-bipoc-qtpoc-audio-streaming-app#/
To learn more about Affinity Community Services, visit https://www.affinity95.org/
For more on Sisters in Cinema, visit https://sistersincinema.com/

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