Zeke Thomas is a world-renowned Open Format DJ and Music Producer, Sexual Assault Awareness Advocate and TV Host most recently seen co-hosting MTV’s hit show CATFISH. He has executive produced all of his music videos which each have powerful messaging and narrative stories inspired by his real-life garnering impressive media attention from the likes of VH1, MTV, Billboard, Teen Vogue and many more. His single, Dealin’ With It is a coming-to-truth anthem that premiered on Good Morning America during his interview with Robin Roberts.
Hey Zeke, can you introduce yourself to us?
I’m Zeke Thomas most people know me as a DJ/Producer and also television personality but I am also an advocate fighting to stop sexual violence and encourage people to connect with healing resources.
Tell us your story so far….
I am blessed to say that I come from a loving family and have met many people over the course of my life who have had a profound impact on me and the world. Teachers, friends, celebrities, government officials and even people who I have only met for a few moments. My story is about growth and passion for inclusion. I love music and DJing. Some bad things have happened in my life, but today I get to say I am a survivor and I’m happy.
As a Sexual Assault Activist, how are using your voice and platform to raise and spread awareness?
I make sure that whatever I post, do, and say that I can encourage all survivors that it will be okay and they can and will overcome anything to become stronger than ever. I am motivated every day to be an example for that even though, like anyone else, I struggle along the way too.
How are you using your own personal experience with rape to help others who are still struggling with the trauma and suffering in silence today?
I want to make sure that anyone that has been a victim knows that they are not forever a victim, but they are a Survivor that should stand strong. They are not alone. I am here fighting for and with us
How would you say we can help empower your movement and mission to break the stigma around sexual assault?
It takes one person at a time. We have to let all our voices be heard and let people know that this happens to people of all kinds and can and has most likely happened to someone close to them. For that reason, we need to make a safe space for everyone to comfortably get the help they need.
Where can you see yourself within the next 3-5 years?
I want to have been able to help survivors everywhere and to confidently know inside that I have made a positive impact on someone’s life. That’s the greatest gift I could give myself in 5 years.
What barriers have you had to overcome in your career so far?
Being part of the black community as a gay man comes with its own set of challenges, but times are changing and I do see hope and signs for the change I want to see for us all.
Congratulations on your GLAAD media nomination, what has been a highlight in your career you are most proud of so far?
The Highlight of my career so far has been having the platform to spread words of encouragement and information about resources to survivors that make sure they know they have help and support.
How do you define your own success?
Success is not given it is earned with lots of work and dedication.
What does #BEYOUROWN MAN mean to you?
#BEYOUROWNMAN means that you can be who you want to be and you have a voice to use that is unique and powerful to you.
Finally, what are you working on throughout 2019?
I am working on new music and some top secret projects that I am so nervously excited to share soon!
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