E3 Radio: online radio station provides platform for LGBTQ artists
âWe play queer artists, especially of color, because they aren’t played anywhere else. What I’m sure is that there is great music here, and people just need a space to be able to find it, âsaid the founder. Anna DeShawn.
The 3 Es of E3 Radio stand for educate, empower and entertain, and DeShawn is ready to shine a light on anyone who aligns with the 3 Es.
âIt’s about the people on the ground doing the work. It’s a whole ecosystem to create the change we want to see in the world, and I want to highlight the people who deserve it and need it, âsays DeShawn.
E3 Radio broadcasts 24/7 and now DeShawn is working on building an app.
âWe actually have a huge Indiegogo campaign going on for our app called The Qube which is going to be a hub, an organized destination for music and podcasts. Podcasts around the history of Blacks, Gays and People of Color “We’re going to do another podcast on queer relationships and love. I’m really excited about the content,” she said.
In addition to creating content, DeShawn also gives back to the community.
âI 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 a concert. years, we’ve given over $ 8,000 to small organizations here in Chicago that are making a big impact, âshe says.
This year, the radio station chose to donate to Sisters in Cinema, an organization that nurtures black female filmmakers here in Chicago.
DeShawn is also a member of the Board of Directors of Affinity Community Services, and she credits their help to her success.
âFriends, mentors, my leadership skills, everything has been helped to develop at Affinity. Affinity is a non-profit social justice organization serving black LGBTQ people, especially black women in the city of Chicago,â she says. âWe have a holistic living program thanks to Covid. We’ve actually partnered up with 3 LGBTQ therapists to provide mental health services and we’re actually able to foot the bill for people. “
DeShawn is hoping her radio station provides a platform for LGBTQ artists and believes she is doing the job she was called to do.
âI’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 ‘other a platform, that’s exactly what I’m supposed to do,’ says DeShawn.
To listen to E3 Radio, visit 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/
To learn more about Sisters in Cinema, visit https://sistersincinema.com/