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Alicia Banks
Radio Producer, Talk Show Host, DJ, Columnist

"Musicologist, activist, and cyber columnist is how Alicia Banks describes herself. But she's better known to her fans and detractors as a popular talk radio personality. She is the producer, creator, and host of two radio shows...Alicia heats up early morning airwaves with her take-no -prisoners approach. But her shock-jock comparisons end with her eclectic mix of music and anti-racist interpretation...." GIRLFRIENDS MAGAZINE 9/97.

Alicia Banks hosted AM and FM radio shows in Atlanta GA, the heart of the bible belt of America and is the only out gay person in the nation known to have hosted a prime time commercial radio talk show. Her FM show mixes the musical and literary voices of Black women with musical, political and sexual diversity. She writes a column, Eloquent Fury. Her pending book of radical essays "Outlook: The Book" will soon be scheduled for release. She can be heard on KABF in Little Rock, Arkansas.

My name is Alicia Banks. I am a native of Chicago, Illinois via somewhere in Africa. I am an afrocentric activist, a DJ, an author, a radio producer,a talk show host, a columnist, a lesbian, and a Leo. I am a proud resident of Little Rock, Arkansas.

"Les Chanteueses Africaines", my unique radio experience, has been a legendary hit since 1989. It features the musical and literary voices of Black women with creative, political, and sexual diversity.

I am the only out lesbian in America to host a prime-time, daily, commercial AM radio talk show. Outlook features radical talk for revolutionary intellectuals.

I have broadcasted at the following stations: WBML, WIGO, WGST, KPFA, KFCF, KPFB, WPGU

My work has been featured in the following publications: Oakland Tribune, 1997-1998; Girlfriends Magazine, July 1997; Victory Magazine, January 1996; Out Magazine, February 1994 ; Blk Magazine, January 1994; Ms. Magazine, April 1993; The Washington Blade, February 25, 1994; Hues Magazine, Winter 1996; Deneuve Magazine, May 1994; The Daily Illini, 1982-1984; The Champaign-Urbana News Gazette, 1979-1984; The Chicago Tribune, 1982; Wild Women Journal, September 1995; Back Porch Buddies May 1996; The Lesbian Connection, 1989-1997; That Time Of The Month, 1993; Netgala, Spring 1994; Tribadism, 1996; La Gazette, 1995; Southern Voice, 1989-1997; Etc., 1989-1996; Creative Loafing, 1989-1996; Friends Magazine, 1992-1996; The Atlanta Journal Constitution, 1989-1996; Atlanta Magazine, October 1993; Street Heat Magazine, October 1995; Etc...

I will soon publish an anthology of my columns.

Thank you for reading my work.

BIRTH DATE: August 10, 1963
LOVES: family, friends, fans, french
HATES: neocons, racists, gaybashers, fools, sexists, elitists, snobs, liars, morons

PASSIONS: revolution, political activism, spirituality, writing, music, reading, intellectual debate, intimacy, incense, red ros wines, fine food (especially Chinese cuisine)

HOPES: true love, justice, peace, reincarnation in a better place.

INSPIRATIONS: Laura Delores Strong-Banks (my mom and my best friend), Michael Banks, Jill Nelson, Audrey Lee, Pam Grier, Janet Jackson, Dr. Cornel West, Dr. Derrick Bell, Bell Hooks, James Jones, Jimmy Davis, Bryan Cambrice, Al Malik El-Shabazz, El Hajj Malik El-Shabazz (Malcolm X), Betty Shabazz, Attallah Shabazz, Aishah Simmons , Dr. Leonard Jefferies, Mae Jemison, Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Tracy Chapman, Meshell Ndegeocello, Michael McGhee, Charelle Smith, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Jewelle Gomez, Yolanda Curry, Michael Moore, Gloria Knighton, Terri Jewell, Patrice Rushen, Javetta Steele, Bruce Nesbitt, Sapphire, Mutabaruka, Tr Johnson, Haile Gerima, Blake Aarens, KRS-1, BWP, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Zap Mama, Sister Carol, Calypso Rose, The Disposable Heros of Hiphoprisy, Terry Baker, Huey Newton, Geronimo Ji-Jaga, Mumia Abu-Jamal, MOVE, Cindy Robino, Dr. Marimba Ani, Dr. Akiba Harper, Mark Bilk, Michelangelo Signorile, Hard Knocks, Chuck Tarver, Bessie Smith, Assata Shakur, Jackie Pickett, Winnie Mandela, Labi Siffre, Freda Barry, Afeni Shakur, Nikki Giovanni, Elaine Brown, Dr. Frances C. Welsing, Crystal Weston, Julanna Hennessy, Fred Hampton.


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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) Trailblazer Award 1996
Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges 1984
Outstanding Young Woman of America 1984
UIUC "Senior 100 Honorary" 1984
UIUC Black Alumni Earl B. Dickerson Leadership Awards 1982-1984
UIUC Dean's List 1984
UIUC YWCA Leadership Award 1982
UIUC 5.0 GPA 1981-1982

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