Revry’s ‘Amplify Voices’ spotlights queer Black, people of color communities

Created during the summer at the intersection of the anti-racism movement and the annual LGBTQ Pride celebrations, “Amplify Voices” is a conversational series focused on elevating queer Black and people of color communities.

Joshua “Zeke” Thomas, who identifies as gay, created and hosts “Amplify Voices.”

“I am very excited and humbled to do my part to lift deserving voices and perspectives and encourage others to do the same,” Thomas said. “Black women and Black trans women have been overlooked for too long. It’s my job as a Black male with a platform to elevate them.”

Zeke Thomas

Thomas, whose father is basketball legend Isiah Thomas, made headlines in 2017 after he appeared on “Good Morning America” to share his most painful experience, being a rape survivor.

Since then, Thomas has found healing in fighting for change. He became the first male spokesman for National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Thomas has appeared in a national public service announcement as a male survivor and a leader.

Thomas also is a DJ. he was an official NBA All-Star DJ for 5 years and has shared the stage with and performed for celebrities including Michele Obama, Shaquille O’Neal, Diana Ross, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and Snoop Dogg.

Thomas also has produced his own tracks, including debut single “Regret,” “#ByeFelicia,” and deeply personal “Blackness” featuring Chuck D and Jasiri X, “Dealin’ With It” and “Love Me Sober.”

Zeke Thomas talks being a rape survivor

‘Amplify Voices’

“Amplify Voices” is available on Revry, the world’s first and only LGBTQ digital cable network. Season one includes 11 episodes.

The series was filmed during the COVID-19 lockdown and used Zoom panels and chats with leaders, politicians, celebrities, activists, artists, athletes, and entrepreneurs:

  • Basketball legend Isiah Thomas
  • Entrepreneur, activist, and son of Notorious B.I.G., CJ Wallace award-winning celebrity makeup artist Yolonda Frederick
  • Trans activist and performer Mila Jam

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Here are the 11 episodes.

  • “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics
  • “LGBTQ+ in Sports”
  • “The Journey of Black Women in the Beauty Business”
  • “Queer Politics: US Ambassadors”
  • “Sexual Assault: Breaking Through Stereotypes, Stigma, & Shame”
  • “LGBTQ+ in Music”
  • “Shifting From Allies to Activists”
  • “Game Over: A Conversation with Isiah Thomas”
  • “Race & the LGBTQ+ Experience”
  • “Queer Cannabis”
  • “State of the Queer Latinx Union”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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