The People's Media
Founded in 2015, Desert Soul Media, Inc. (DSM) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization, which provides affordably priced multimedia training workshops targeting youth and adults residing within Arizona.
Our workshops help trainees develop skills and knowledge in how to create and market media content, including audio, video and web-based news stories, radio programs, commercials, and public service announcements.
Likewise, we offer content creation and marketing services to businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies who may not have the capacity to create their own audio, video, or web based content.
In addition to our educational workshops and media content services, we produce Soul Star Live, a weekly African-American cultural affairs program streamed on Sundays from 5pm to 6pm (MST) at soulstarlive.com and radiophoenix.org.
Board of Directors
President, Acting Treasurer & Board Chair
Kaja has more than two decades of non-profit management experience, namely as a co-founder of Arizona Community Media Foundation, a non-profit public media organization in Phoenix, Arizona. During his career, Mr. Brown has worked in the roles of President and as a Board member. He also possesses extensive knowledge regarding how to develop, manage, and build sustainable revenue streams for non-profit organizations. He holds a Master of Business Administration, as well as a Bachelor degree. He has also earned graduate level credit from the Nonprofit Leadership and Management program within the Lodestar Center at Arizona State University. In addition to his work with DSM, Kaja also serves on the Board of Casa de Sincero, Inc., a non-profit healthcare organization serving mentally ill adults in northern California. Kaja hosts the weekly radio show HipRawk Nation, streamed Saturdays from 8pm to 10pm (MST) on radiophoenix.org.
Calvin J Worthen
Vice President & Board Vice Chair
Hailing from Chicago, Illinois, Calvin has been in radio since 2001 as host of a late night show on WVOE. He completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University Of Northwestern-St. Paul and his master’s in business and industry education from the University of Minnesota. In 2010 he was awarded the Jane Matteson Jazz Educator of the Year, and in 2011 was the National Association of Black Storytellers 1st place winner of the “Signifying and Testifying” Tall Tales Contest. Recently, he was featured with Arizona Storytellers Project. Calvin performs freelance voice work and has narrated a collection of audio books on Audible. As a well-rounded athlete and fitness expert, he spends down time exercising and playing sports. Calvin is a vocalist, a percussionist and a thespian with a number of years of experience in performance. Calvin hosts the weekly Blues and R&B radio show Blue Friday streamed Fridays from 11pm to 12mid (MST) on radiophoenix.org. Likewise, every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month he hosts DSM’s weekly cultural affairs program Soul Star Live. Calvin currently resides in the East Valley.
Secretary & Director
Patrice “Lady Sincere” Graham originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. She has always had a strong passion for informing people, networking and keeping people in the loop of what’s happening around them. Patrice is an entrepreneur, offering promotions services through her company Be Boundless Entertainment. In addition, she hosts a weekly hip-hop radio show Sincerely Soulful streamed Fridays from 7pm to 9pm (MST) on radiophoenix.org.
Leticia Barrett is a multi-talented woman with a passion to help others through her knowledge and experience. Originally from Minneapolis, and now based in Phoenix, Leticia is the owner of Prosperous Business Management, a firm offering business consulting, innovative insurance plans, tax preparation, and life coaching services. She brings to the DSM Board an extensive background in management, sales, marketing, finance, banking, financial aid, insurance, financial planning, tax preparation, event planning, project management and customer service. She is also an author and entertainment personality.
Fabrice grew up in Côte d’Ivoire (The Ivory Coast) on the west coast of Africa. He’s lived in the United States since 1994 and resided in such diverse communities as Gaithersburg, Maryland, Los Angeles, Tucson, and now Phoenix. Fabrice works in health care management and during his free time loves supporting Black-owned businesses, and exploring all genres of music. You can hear Fabrice each week as host of The Yaggah Movement RadioCast, streamed Saturdays from 2pm to 4pm (MST) on radiophoenix.org. #Yaggah
Jennifer is a retired Director of Product Management from Amtrak. While based in New York City she was responsible for the business performance of every long distance train (seven) east of Chicago. Jennifer created and produced a series of educational videos, “Back to Basics” that were accepted and included in Amtrak’s national training program. She co-authored the Service Excellence Training Program for the California Zephyr, the premier train that travels from Chicago to Emeryville, California. Now based in Tucson, Jennifer is one of the three Founders of Boom Goddess Radio. She considers it a privilege to be a contributor that will connect voices of women over 50 across America and around the world.
Chris Felton wears many hats – amateur writer, artist, philosopher, historian, martial artist, and radio broadcaster. Hailing from North Carolina, he has resided in Phoenix for nearly 20 years. Often viewed as having introverted and extroverted qualities, Chris is of a quiet, calm and observant disposition. He loves authentic ginger ale, Vietnamese food and chicken wings. He has a thing for sweet red wines; extremely articulate, sophisticated, beautiful women of substance; and travel to exotic locations. His musical tastes reflect an eclectic sound and a love for all forms of music. He believes: “We’re all connected regardless if we realize it or not. If we can see past the superficial and the boxes society has created to keep us distracted. Music is that connective tissue that can unite us. It’s the universal language.” You can hear Chris each week as the co-host with Glenn Miller of Power to the People, a weekly talk radio show exploring politics, religion, and culture. It is streamed Mondays from 4pm to 5pm (MST) on radiophoenix.org.
Born in Saginaw, Michigan, spoken word artist/poet/emcee/actor Truth B. Told (born Christopher Owens) is known for many things…but biting his tongue isn’t one of them. Witness just a few minutes of one of his critically acclaimed live performances, and you’ll understand why. Truth’s candid, pull-no-punches, call-it-like-he-sees-it style is one that resonates with audiences across color lines & age ranges. He has opened for acts such as Floetry, Mint Condition, and Musiq Soulchild; written a commercial for BET’s Black History Moment; made appearances on VH1 & MTV, and has even appeared in film, including the independent film “How You Look To Me”, starring Frank Langella (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps”, “Frost/Nixon”). Truth B. Told was awarded “Spoken Word Album of the Year” at the 2012 National Poetry Awards for his project “LTV2: The Death & Rebirth of Christopher Owens”, as well as Spoken Word Artist of the Year in 2013. Never one to rest on his laurels or past accomplishments, he has completed work on a book, “Words I Remember”, as well as his hip hop/jazz-infused spoken word project, “Oxymoronicotineverland” both released in June 2015. In fall 2015, Truth B. Told was also featured in Dove & Twitter’s #SpeakBeautiful online campaign targeted at empowering women and challenging the societal standards of beauty. Always one to improve on his craft, Truth B. Told holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University, with a concentration in poetry and fiction. Every 2nd Sunday of the month Chris hosts the arts episode of DSM’s Soul Star Live cultural affairs program.
Walt Richardson II
Walt Richardson II is truly a Tempe music legend in no uncertain terms. This icon has been playing his own take on folk, reggae and rock in the local community for nearly forty years. Having started as a street musician and working his way up to world tours, Richardson has always made Tempe his home base and celebrates it in his songs as well. Walt can also be heard each week as host of the nationally syndicated World music radio program My World of Music.
Adlee "A Tray" Salaam
Adlee “A Tray” Salaam is a financial analyst, who being deeply committed to applying time to civic activities (such as youth mentor-ship and athletics coaching) has come full circle to discover that there is so much more to offer those members in his community by standing up for those things that are often overlooked or not broadcast in the brightest light. A Tray hosts the weekly radio series We’re On Point, streamed Saturdays from 4pm to 6pm (MST) on radiophoenix.org.
Aqueelah is a native of Minneapolis and currently resides in the East Valley. She studied accounting at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where she earned a bachelor degree. Her professional and volunteer experience includes work in accounting services, community organizing, and early childhood education. Likewise, she has led both a neighborhood association and parent advisory council. With a passion for education and community development, Aqueelah desires to help others to expand their worldview and reach their full potential. Every 4th Sunday of the month, she hosts the health and wellness episode of DSM’s Soul Star Live cultural affairs program with the Black Nurses Association of Greater Phoenix.