WASI – Building Legacies Beyond Music

WASI’s music and vigor is an invitation into WASI World: a utopia of love, liberation and a constant challenge of the status quo. Their anthemic songs speak of their experiences as Outsiders and owning your voice in a cloudy world. Influenced by the pop tenderness of Tegan and Sara with the rebellion of The Clash, WASI draws influence  from the west coast underground punk scene, late night dance clubs and hip hop production.

Their debut album RIOT POP speaks the stream of conscious honesty of a rebel who also fights to love themselves.

RIOT POP dropped on Friday, June 7, 2019 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and wherever music is sold / streamed.

Learn about WASI’s recording process, their debut album and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Javier Saucedo – Facilitating Pathways of Acceptance

Javier Saucedo is a born leader. He was born and raised in Santa Ana, a city in the very conservative Orange County’s very conservative. Growing up there weren’t really any services for the Latinx LGBTQ community. So as a grassroots movement, him and a couple of friends created numerous organizations including the, currently running, De Colores Queer Orange County. De Colores Queer Orange County is an organization that supports first-generation Mexican families and their kids who come out as LGBT and hosts monthly support meetings at the LGBT Center OC in Santa Ana.

Additionally, Javier has worked tirelessly advocating for PrEP, HIV prevention and education. Today, Javier is on to a new journey as Program Supervisor for the TransVision Program. His hope is to put the T in front of LGBTQ+ and provide the service and care to the community that is and will continue to be his family.

Learn about Javier’s purpose, mission and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Tyler Jacob – Soul Master Flex

Lawyer or Doctor. Those were some of Tyler Jacob‘s predestined careers. He kept denying and denying his talent as a singer. But it wasn’t until one of his early year teachers intervened that he began his path as a singer.

Singer / Songwriter Tyler Jacob was born in Camden, NJ in a time when it was considered one of the most dangerous cities in America. He always knew he wanted to be a singer and through some miracle he was discovered while singing on the train. From there he was signed, was a part of a reality TV show called Unsigned and opened for Brandy (yes that Brandy). Tyler Jacob’s ultimate goal is to get everyone to their highest self through his music.

Learn about Tyler’s musical aspirations, fashion influences and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Andrew Neal – The Future is Genreless

Janis Joplin, kid’s performer Fred Penner and Hayley Williams from Paramore are some of this week’s Uncensored Visionary’s musical influences. And after listening to Andrew Neal’s music, you can definitely tell that his musical influences are eclectic.

Andrew Neal, born in Virginia Beach to a large family, always knew he was going to be singer / songwriter. It was only a matter of time after numerous performing art schools and a move to LA, that he was destined to become a performer. Today, Andrew is working full-time, while actively pursuing his solo career. Andrew admits that his songs won’t all be happy. Some of his songs are emotionally draining to write and will make his fans cry and be sad. With a combination of soul, rock, blues and funk, Andrew creates a somewhat musical blend that some may consider to be genre-less music.

Learn about Andrew’s musical influences, deep songwriting process and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Vincent Coleman – Bone-Chillingly Soulful

Queer R&B dripping in sensuality & harmonies. Vincent Coleman is a soul singer from the Leimart Park (Los Angeles) area. He knew from the age of 3 / 4 that he was going to be a singer. At the age of 11, he added the songwriter skill to his repertoire.

As a singer / songwriter, Vincent is currently exploring the landscape of lust vs. love. With songs like, “Eventually,” “Little Eyes,” and “HUNGRY, THIRSTY, LOVE” Vincent is well on his way to building a community of emotionally honest Booh Bears (?). The depth and brutal honestly of his songs creates a mood of sensual freedom.

In addition to being a singer / songwriter, he recently released a book of poetry called, “(in)capable of love.” where he navigates his family’s relationship with his homosexuality. Learn more about this multi-faceted artist on the latest episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ podcast.

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Kidd – Jack of All Trades

Raised in Southern California, Kidd knew from a very young age that he was going to be a creative. When he was 3 / 4 his grandfather gave him the opportunity to play with his camera, so by the time he was 5 / 6 his career field was pretty much set.

Today, Kidd is part-time DJ, part-time photographer, part-time model and hopes to add videography and storytelling to his repertoire. Kidd is hoping to build a community behind the creation of art. Ultimately, Kidd’s goal is to give queer people of color a space to express themselves and to bring their own ideas to the forefront. If you live in San Francisco, make sure to catch him on the ones-and-twos at Q Bar.

Learn about Kidd’s motives, creative process and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Lucy LaForge – Love is Gay

Dr. Lucy LaForge was not her destiny. She and her parents knew that Lucy was destined to be a musician. But it didn’t always look that way from the outside. Lucy did what was expected of her by going to college and getting her undergraduate degree. However, the minute it was time to decide what was next for her, her musical instincts kicked in: she had to do music. And thus was born the Lucy and La Mer.

Today, Lucy and La Mer have performed sold out shows all over the world and continue to be a shining light in the LGBTQ community. Every year, the band hosts a LOVE IS GAY concert series to showcase queer artists. Lucy doesn’t find other artists to be competition, she sees them as allies that should be supported. Like Lucy says, “Life is so much better when you’re supporting each other.” This is the kind of artist and person that Lucy is and that is why she is today’s feature on Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Myles Thatcher – Embracing ‘Otherness’

Born in Atlanta and raised in Pennsylvania, Myles Thatcher was always into dance. At the age of 13/14, he had to determine if he wanted to pursue classical ballet or not. He committed and by the age of 17, he had moved to New York City to train and eventually moved to San Francisco for the trainee program with the SF Ballet. After years of training, Myles became an official member of the SF Ballet.

Ballet connoisseurs have said that Myles is “far beyond his years” and in 2018, Myles choreographed critically acclaimed ballet ‘Otherness.’ ‘Otherness,’ which focuses on how we are forced to label ourselves, stood out not only because of its unique choreography and premise but also because it was soundtracked by music by Björk.

Today, Myles Thatcher is in the prime of his career as both a dancer and choreographer (don’t ask him to choose though) for the SF Ballet. Learn about Myles’ motivation, creative process and so much more on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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The Shequida Hall Show

Shequida Hall (Gary Hall) never intended to be a drag queen. The original goal was to become an opera singer. Alas, after being tricked into drag and performing, Hall fell in love with the gig and alas almost 30 years later, she is still respected as one of the baddest to do it. Shequida is a playwright, singer, songwriter and performer with a five-octave range. Today, she is considered the cream of the crop when it comes to drag performers.

Shequida was born in Jamaica and was destined to be a performer. As a child, Shequida trained her voice and that hard work would later help her land a spot at Juilliard, studying under the critically acclaimed bass-baritone Simon Estes. Career highlights include playing the character Wendi Mercury on the daytime television show One Life to Live and starring in Daron Hagen’s Vera of Las Vegas for it’s 2003 world premiere. She’s also written, directed and starred in her own Off-Broadway show Opera for Dummies, which took her around the world and earned her a GLAAD award nomination.

Currently, Shequida hosts at Pieces (Monday), Hardware Bar (Thursday) and Bartschland Follies (Friday) in New York. In addition to hosting, Shequida also sporadically performs / tours her self-written and directed shows. Learn more about Shequida Hall’s incredible journey in the latest episode of Uncensored Visionary: A LGBTQ Podcast.

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Matthew Dean Stewart – The Omnipresent Photographer

Corey Camperchioli, Jon Ali and Guelmo. What do those people have in common? Well, two of them have been on Uncensored Visionary. But they’ve all have had their photo taken by the prolific Matthew Dean Stewart. Whenever one scrolls through a gay Instagram timeline, there is a high probability that you’ll see multiple head shots by Matthew.

Born in Los Angeles, Matthew has always had the creative itch. In a past life, he was a musical theater performer. He soon discovered that the itch would be better suited in the form of photography. After committing to photography, somewhat full-time, Matthew has become a superstar within the realm of queer photography. Through collaboration (and just being hilarious), he has been able to build a social network of queer artists in the hopes of uplifting queer based brands and artists. Listen to this uplifting LGBTQ badass on this week’s episode of Uncensored Visionary.

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