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Explore the Brave Entrepreneur Incubator

If It Doesn’t Exist, Create It!

With Featured Guest

Anna DeShawn

Media • Intersectionality • Community

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If It Doesn’t Exist, Create It!

With Featured Guest

Anna DeShawn

Media • Intersectionality • Community

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Top Takeaways From This Episode

  • There is a lot of racism, homophobia, and transphobia in traditional radio.
  • BIPOC and QTPOC voices deserve to be heard, readily available, and easily accessible.
  • There’s always growth when you approach things from the perspective of collaboration over competition. 
  • If you see something missing in the world, and you know it would have a powerful impact – BUILD IT YOURSELF!
  • It is important to name people when that’s who you want to center, and celebrate.
  • Don’t wait on systems and or capitalism to come along for the ride.
  • It’s time to put money in these creators’ pockets!
  • Unless you’re already a big name, podcasting is not going to make you rich. There are real costs associated with producing this content.
  • There is always more work to be done, celebrate anyway. Celebrate every step of the way!

Anna (pronouns anything respectful) is a Chicago-born social entrepreneur who creates digital media platforms which centers and celebrates BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and QTPOC (Queer, Trans People of Color) creatives. 

Because media has always been Anna’s passion, she launched E3 Radio. This, finally, brought Anna's passion for media and, raising up minority voices, to life. E3 Radio is an online radio station playing Queer music and reporting on Queer news with an intersectional lens. 

The Qube

And this month – PRIDE JUNE  2022 –  Anna released her new app, The Qube. The app offers curated music and podcasts by BIPOC & QTPOC creatives. Anna is riding media into its next era by utilizing digital media streams to tell the stories and play the music that deserves to be heard. 

Connect with Anna

Instagram, Twitter, TikTok

Get The Qube now!

Giving is Good

Affinity Community Servicesis a Black-led, queer-led organization on Chicago’s Southside dedicated to social justice in Black LGBTQ+ communities. For 25 years, we have centered Black queer women through community organizing, intergenerational programming, education, and healing justice. 

"We can't wait on systems and or capitalism to come along for the ride. Build your own tables, bring your own chairs."

- Anna DeShawn

Meet your Host, <em style="color:teal">Heather Vickery<em>

Meet your Host, Heather Vickery

Heather Vickery is an award-winning business owner and global leader with over 20 years as an entrepreneur. She leverages her entrepreneurial skills and expertise to coach individuals towards greater personal and professional fulfillment by helping them leverage their fear into intentional bravery. Heather says “When we choose bravely, on purpose, we choose bigger, have bigger successes and it’s contagious” A celebrated public speaker, Heather inspires audiences and empowers attendees with the tools they need to live bold and successful lives through creating balance, time management, mindfulness, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. She’s the author of Gratitude Journal: Shift Your Focus and Grow Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Kids and Families. Heather is also the host and executive producer of The Brave Files Podcast.

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