About Desert Soul Media

The People's Media

Founded in 2015, Desert Soul Media, Inc. (DSM) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt African American governed and operated media arts organization. DSM empowers African Americans and other underrepresented cultures to use media as a vehicle to amplify their voices within a trauma-informed approach that cultivates community building.

Desert Soul Media, Inc. is an educational non-profit bridging the digital divide between access to and training on digital media equipment and software; and the intergenerational, underrepresented populations in the digital media arts industry. Our highest priorities are Black and African American youth, seniors, and families. We are telling our stories, our way.

Desert Soul Media, Inc., is a trauma informed organization with care and prevention in our programming. We understand the needs of our target audience and their relationship with historical trauma. In our programming we create space for participants to express themselves in an environment of positive caring peers and adults, maintain a system for overcoming triggers by acknowledging success in resilience strategies, and connecting individuals to resources for maintenance.

DSM fulfills its mission through four educational programs – (1) Desert Soul Creative Studios, a public access media center located in Phoenix, (2) KRDP Community Radio, consisting of two public radio stations in the Phoenix metro (KRDP 90.7 FM and KRDP Indie), and its podcast/syndication division (KRDP+), (3) Paint The Town with Sound, a series of live multimedia arts events hosted throughout Arizona, and (4) Soul Star Live®, Arizona’s only daily news and public affairs series addressing topics of concern to the state’s growing African American, as well as African and Afro Carribbean immigrant communities.