Black Out Lesbian Deepa Soul named Executive Director of OUTmusic
Billboard Chart Topping singer/songwriter and producer will take leadership in moving OUTmusic into its next groundbreaking era
NEW YORK – Singer/songwriter, producer and activist Deepa Soul has been named Executive Director of OUTmusic, home to LGBT musicians, singers, songwriters and performers. Such acts as Kevin Aviance, Toshi Reagon, Kitty Rose, God-Des & She, Billy Porter, and Ari Gold have all benefited from being members of this music group. She will report to Dan Martin, founder and chairman of OUTmusic.
Based in the OUTmusic New York office, Deepa will officially take her new post on May 01, 2007.
Deepa Soul, whose real name is Diedra Meredith, will continue to run Deepa Soul (file) her company as CEO of CSM Entertainment Group, which is a Multi-media Photo: Cat Jimenez Production Company. OUTmusic has officially commissioned CSM Entertainment to produce the new and improved 2008 OUTmusic Awards to be held during Gay Pride week in June. The plan is to take the OUTmusic Awards to a theatre in 2008, which will include a pre-show carpet arrival with outstanding performances by LGBT recording artists. The show will be filmed live to tape to be aired at a later date.
“I am ecstatic and humbled by this opportunity,” say’s Deepa. My goal is to enhance the OUTmusic Brand so that it will stand stronger for years to come. I want to implement an amazing plan to help catapult OUTmusic to a higher level of visibility and finally create a platform that gives LGBT recording artists and performers positive, equal and inclusive representation in the entertainment and music industry. My hope is that more and more LGBT recording artist will have access and opportunity to sign lucrative record deals as a result, without havingto live in the closet. NO MORE DON’T ASK DON’T TELL!!! With our LGBT spending power at $619 Billion Dollars and climbing, I think WE can create something powerful.”
Deepa Soul will still remain an active recording artist and will be releasing a new album. Her last single “As I Am” produced by the world famous Superstar DJ/Producer Junior Vasquez broke out at #1 on the Billboard 100 Dance Chart claiming the HOT SHOT DEBUT, and POWER PICK all in consecutive weeks. “As I Am” reached an amazing peak position at #4 with the Pussycat Dolls holding the #1 spot with “Don’t Cha”. On ABOUT.com Year End Dance Chart for the Top 10 Vocal Anthems; Deepa’s single “As I Am” was slated at #3 with Madonna at #4 with “Hung Up”.
Philadelphia Recognizes The Gayborhood
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Members of Philadelphia’s LGBT community joined Mayor John F. Street on Wednesday to dedicate 36 new street signs declaring the "Gayborhood".
The signs are are permanently affixed with the rainbow flag to designate the area from Chestnut to Pine Streets between 11th and Broad Streets as a gay village.
Locals sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" and shot rainbow confetti into the air.
The rainbow-branded street signs are an internationally-recognized welcome symbol that demonstrates a city’s commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
Philadelphia’s "Gayborhood" is a place where GLBT visitors and regional residents can patronize a concentration of gay-friendly businesses, bars, nightclubs, coffee shops and restaurants.
Two years in the planning, the effort to replace existing street signs with the new gay-friendly ones was championed by the members of the Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus with support from the City of Philadelphia, Washington Square Civic Association and Philadelphia City Councilman Frank DiCicco.
The Philadelphia Gay Tourism Caucus is a non-profit organization with nearly 100 members who are dedicated to helping Philadelphia get its share of the estimated $54 billion gay travel market.
Philadelphia joins a short-list of other North American cities that have erected permanent rainbow installations in gay-friendly districts including San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, and Toronto.
Side Note: We could do that in L.A. with our Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but I fear the locals would get pissed off if on every street in South L.A., where there are thousands of same-gender loving people living, there was a sign that read “Gayborhood.” Black folks here still think we all live in West Hollywood. Lol.