Huffington Post Audio: Diedra Meredith Talks LGBT Academy of Recording Arts With Charlotte Robinson
February 11, 2016
In celebration of Black History Month I talked with Diedra Meredith, CEO of OUTmusic Inc and Chairwoman of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA) that recently presented their 9th OUTmusic Awards nominees and winners online.
As we close out 2015 and move into 2016, I wanted to take a moment to send a personal thank you for your patience, understanding, and compassion after the devastating setback our organization suffered.
Unfortunately, we had to abruptly postpone our production of the 9th OUTmusic Awards due to the fact that our organization is the victim of Financial Fraud Crime which caused significant and astronomical damages we were not able to recover from as fast as we wanted to. Hence, we were not able to deliver the production of the 9th OUTmusic Awards months later as we were planning.
A Federal offense like this involved much more than we imagined handling. Investigations take time, which meant our organization had to take much more needed time than anticipated.
This video extra from the Independent Lens documentary The New Black gives us an intimate look at how singer Tonéx, a.k.a. B.Slade, shifted gears in his life as a successful gospel artist when he revealed he was gay. The news set off a storm of controversy within the gospel music world and the church, but won him new fans as well.
Music defines moments in our lives. It takes us on a journey through our soul and saves us from the most challenging moments of our lives. Diedra Meredith, CEO of OUTmusic and the Chairwoman of the LGBT Academy of Recording Arts (LARA), also known as singer Deepa Soul, can relate to this. Music saved her life.