The Mixtape Capsule includes distinctly reimagined 80s classics: ‘Take On Me,’ & ‘Tainted Love,’ featuring emerging, womxn, POC, and LGBTQ+ artists as modern reflections in pop culture today.
LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK, NY – SharpeHaus, (formerly known as Sharpe Suiting), in support of True Colors United, today announced that it will debut its first music video campaign, to promote diversity and inclusivity in mainstream culture, while working to raise awareness and activate communities to help end youth homelessness globally.
“LGBTIQ+ youth have a higher risk of homelessness than their non-LGBTQ peers. Homelessness is a global issue. Across the world, LGBTIQ+ youth are experiencing homelessness in many forms – be it living on the street, couch-surfing, or a variety of unsafe conditions. It’s a hidden issue that needs to be brought to the forefront of today’s conversations in a way people can understand,” said Twiggy Pucci Garçon, Chief Program Officer of True Colors United.
SharpeHaus’ Mixtape Capsule features three emerging artists who identify as womxn, POC, and/or LGBTQ+, covering iconic tracks from the 1980s (Take On Me, Tainted Love, and Time After Time) – a period of hope, imagination, and inspiration. The diverse vocal artist line-up includes Amanda Kruger who is non-binary, Reina Lam who is a Chinese-American woman and Grammy-nominated R&B artist Qing Jaila who is a Black trans woman.
(Mixtape Capsule cover art for: Lamm’s Time After Time, Kruger’s Take On Me and Qing Jaila’s Tainted Love Credit: Charlie Paulson)
In addition to SharpeHaus’ Asian-American, trans male Executive Producer Leon Wu, the production team includes Director and Producer James DeAngelis, winner of YouTube’s coveted Streamy Awards, and Music Producer Hubie Wang who is also Asian-American and has credited work with platinum artists including Travis Mills and Jason Mraz.
The Mixtape Capsule’s free worldwide screening will take place on #TrueColorsDay – Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET and will be hosted by media personality and trans activist Ashlee Marie Preston. The Mixtape Capsule features the L Word: Generation Q’s Leo Sheng as the love interest in one of the videos. Sheng is also joined by activist Aydian Dowling who has both signed on as ambassadors and influencers to further promote SharpeHaus’ visual activism campaign.
Or watch the videos here on April 28th – #TrueColorsDay @ 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT.
“Sharpe’s mission has always been to have a positive effect on, create opportunities for, and to support women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community through charitable channels. The Mixtape Capsule is the next evolution of our work. Showcasing how talented our communities are in highlighting new artists gives them not only a platform but also a voice, giving them the ability to be seen and heard,” said Leon Wu, Executive Producer of the Mixtape Capsule and CEO of SharpeHaus. “In partnership with True Colors United we look forward to extending our visual activism to help promote #TrueColorsDay, while inspiring conversations and mobilizing communities to take action in the fight against LGBTQ youth homelessness on a global level.”
”We are thrilled to have the support of SharpeHaus and its Mixtape Capsule in support of our ongoing campaign for this year’s #TrueColorsDay, while elevating the visibility and voices of those whose lives have been forced to the margins because of their identities and experiences,” Pucci Garçon added.
The Mixtape Capsule collection will launch on SharpeHaus’ YouTube and IGTV social media channels on #TrueColorsDay, April 28th, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT / 4 p.m. ET. The public is invited to tune in to the free event and directly support True Colors United in their mission via donations. True Colors United will receive full promotional and charitable support from this campaign.
Since 2013, SharpeHaus (formerly known as Sharpe Suiting) – an acclaimed fashion company and public benefit corporation– has pushed conventions in fashion and visual activism. Their work has gained applause from VICE, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, and notable entertainment industry events including Oscar, Emmy, and Cannes celebrities all over the world. Sharpe’s mission is to have a positive effect on, create opportunities for, and support women, people of color, and the LGBTQ+ community through charitable channels. For additional information, please visit: www.sharpehaus.com.
About True Colors United
True Colors United implements innovative solutions to youth homelessness that focus on the unique experiences of LGBTQ young people. True Colors United was co-founded by Cyndi Lauper to raise awareness about and bring an end to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth homelessness through a broad continuum of public education and engagement, advocacy and public policy, youth collaboration, research, and community-building programs. For additional information about True Colors, please visit: www.truecolorsunited.org.