Christiana Harrell: Author, Reviewer and Lambda Literary Award Nominee

Join us on July 23rd @8pm EST as we speak with prolific author Christiana Harrell about writing, her nomination and being her authentic self. Her first release, “GIRL: A Story for Every Les Being” became a #1 best seller in the Amazon Gay and Lesbian category on April 22, 2013. Girl Her latest accomplishment in literature came with her most recent release “Cream”, putting her up for her very first nomination—Lambda Literary Award in General Lesbian Fiction. Christiana is currently working on building her review company Sapphic Pages, which focuses on LBGTQIA Literature. Her next book is set to release this fall.

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Alexis De Veaux: Author • Poet • Activist • yabo

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Join us July 9, 2014 @ 8pm EST as we speak with author Alexis De Veaux about her newest love: yabo

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, the product of two merging streams of black history in New York City—immigrants from the Caribbean on her mother’s side and migrants from North Carolina on her father’s side—who settled in Harlem in the early decades of the twentieth century. The second of eight children, that history was embedded in her mother’s view of life: “You got three strikes against you. You poor, you black, and you female.” But Alexis was drawn to the world of words and books and literature soon became the means by which she re-imagined the world her mother understood. 

The social movements of the 1960s, and the black writers associated with them, had a determining impact. Alexis began to envision the possibilities of living as a writer. In the early 1970s she joined the writer’s workshop of the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center in Harlem. The workshop was run by the late writer, Fred Hudson. Under his guidance she won First Place in a national black fiction writers’ contest (1972), published her first children’s book, Na-ni (1973), and the fictionalized memoir, Spirits in the Street (1973). By the end of the 1970s, Alexis’s reputation as a writer bridged multiple genres: fiction, children’s literature, playwriting and poetry.

 In the ensuing decades, the tensions between the Black Arts Movement, an emerging black feminist movement, and, later, the Third World Gay and Lesbian Liberation Movement, were the backdrop for Alexis’s writing. Her work began to be defined by two critical concerns:  making the racial and sexual experiences of black female characters central to her work, and disrupting boundaries between forms. In 1980 she published Don’t Explain, an award-winning biography of jazz great Billie Holiday, written as a prose poem. Her short stories were also exercises in disrupting the lines between poetry and prose. As a freelance writer and contributing editor for Essence magazine in the 1980s, Alexis penned a number of socially relevant articles, traveling on behalf of the magazine to Zimbabwe, Kenya and Egypt. She was chosen by the magazine to go to South Africa in 1990 to interview Nelson Mandela upon his historic release from prison, making her the first North American writer to do so. As an artist and lecturer she has traveled extensively in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, Japan and Europe. Alexis published a second award-winning children’s book, An Enchanted Hair Tale (1987) before moving to Buffalo, where she finished graduate school, earning a doctorate in American Studies in 1992. A project nearly ten years in the making, her biography of Audre Lorde, Warrior Poet (2004) has been the recipient of several awards, including the Gustavus Meyers Outstanding Book Award (2004), the Lambda Literary Award for Biography (2004), the Hurston/Wright Foundation Legacy Award, Nonfiction (2005). Her work is available in English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese and Serbo-Croatian.

 Today, Alexis is a celebrated writer and activist recognized for her life-long contributions to a number of women’s and literary organizations. She has collaborated with the visual artist Valerie Maynard and poet Kathy Engel on the digital project, “Are You Now or Have You Ever Been Terrorized?” (available on YouTube) and co-founded with Kathy Engel, Lyrical Democracies (www.lyricaldemocracies.com) , a cultural partnership aimed at communities interested in working with poets to enhance existing social projects.

With her new work, Yabo, Alexis has returned to her first love: writing fiction.

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Diedra Meredith Chairwoman of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) and CEO of OUTmusic Inc.

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Diedra Meredith Chairwoman of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) and CEO. 

Born and raised in New Orleans, LA. In 1999 she transplanted to Brooklyn, NY. after retiring from her award winning career as a choreographer. She is also known as recording artist Deepa Soul, recently landing in the top 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 Club Play Dance Charts for the third time alongside Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.

Deepa Soul produced her first record in New York City with the legendary Superstar DJ/Producer Junior Vasquez who is responsible for producing mega crossover remixes for Cher, Madonna, Whitney, Mariah, Beyonce, Mary J Blidge, Elton John and many more…..

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Since 2007, Diedra has served as the Chairwoman and CEO of Out Music – The LGBT(lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) and the Senior Executive Producer of the OUTmusic Awards. 

 Diedra says, “for far too long, LGBT people have not had a platform. Just like there is a necessity for the Latin Grammy’s, BET Awards and the Country Music Awards, he OUTmusic Awards are indeed just as necessary if not more!” Diedra launched a program to mentor homeless and at risk young people with the “I Am Music Project” and strives to use the OUTmusic Awards platform to shine a light on the homeless youth epidemic in America. The mission is to give homeless and at risk young people access to the arts through programming support from LARA and the OUTmusic Foundation. 

Join us as we talk music, life and listening on June 25, 2014 @ 8pm EST

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Tuning in with L. Michael Gipson

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Join us on June 18, 2014 @8pm EST as we talk with L. Michael Gipson a critically acclaimed writer, award-winning youth advocate and burgeoning songwriter. For his public health youth work, Michael was the recipient of the NAACP and the Black AIDS Institute 2001 Leaders of Today and Tomorrow award. His socio-political essays have been published in two recent anthologies, including “Emerging Agendas: The Best of Poverty and Race 2001-2005”. His feature articles and cultural criticism essays have regularly appeared in BET/CENTRIC, CREATIVE LOAFING ATL, SWERV, ARISE, CLIK, AMPLIFY, PULSE and PORT OF HARLEM. On the music scene, Michael began writing music artist profiles with the regional Midwestern cult classic URBAN DIALECT leading to his indie music column “Go Deep” on Rhythmflow.net before finally settling into the SoulTracks family. He is available for indie artist bios and promotional materials at faithwalkllc(at)gmail.com.

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Web links:

Podcast Show: http://lmgsoultracksvol1.podomatic.com/
SoulTracks (Music Editor): www.soultracks.com
WALA (Executive Director): www.waladc.org
My Biography Page: http://lmgipsonpro.wordpress.com/about/
Consulting Firm Website (under construction): http://www.faithwalkllc.com/

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G.R.I.T.S. - Girls Raised in the South: An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies

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Listen in, June 11, 2014 @ 8pm EST as we talk with editors Poet on Watch & Amber N. Williams  along with various authors and artists featured on the pages of G.R.I.T.S

This cutting-edge anthology G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised In The South- An Anthology of Southern Queer Womyns’ Voices and Their Allies, edited by Poet On Watch & Amber N. Williams, can be compared to the pioneering anthology Home Girls which featured writings by Black feminist and lesbian activists on topics both provocative and profound. G.R.I.T.S. is a critical self-analysis and celebration with multicultural queer women voices and their allies through essays, short stories, poetry, photo stories and healing comfort recipes. The perspectives are of womyn who live in the Southern region of the United States and/or have a strong affinity for this locale. The theme of the publication surrounds the subject matter of erotica while enjoying food, our connection to the South, the bonds created between lovers, and in sisterhood, personal growth, be it spiritual or otherwise and our best G.R.I.T.S recipes. Come and sit a while on the porch and bask in this Southern hospitality. We have the iced tea waiting. Welcome to our lives. To join us in community please like our facebook page https: //www.facebook.com/grits.anthology.(less)

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Sipping On Ink is BACK!!!

Join us for the first show June 4, 2014 @ 8pm EST.

We took a break after three years and 120 shows and now it’s time to return! It’s time to shine the light, once again, on those doing more than in the community.

Join us for our “Welcome Back” show where we catch up with not only past guests but you the listener! Tell us what’s been going on in your world as Kat shares what’s been happening in hers. New books, new projects and of course new guests. 

Speaking of guests, we are looking for new ones! If you haven’t been on SOI, come join us, let us shine our light on you. 

Sipping On Ink is an exploration into all things LGBTQ oriented. If you are a writer, artist, producer, musician, filmmaker, poet or actor then this is the show for you. Come on and tell the world what makes you unique as well as sharing the pathways you have traveled.

Click here—SOI!

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