(August 10, 1963 - living) U.S.A.
Writer and radio producer
Alicia Banks, African American radio producer/host/columnist/author. Banks hosted AM and FM radio shows in Atlanta GA, the heart of the bible belt and is the only out homosexual 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.
She has earned numerous academic and occupational honors including: Who's Who of American Women (2008-2009), Who's Who in America (2008 & 2009), Who's Who in the World (2007), Who's Who in American Education (2007-2008), Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2006), Who's Who Among African-Americans (2001), Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges (1984), and Outstanding Young Woman of America (1986).
Let read an excerpt of her self-introduction:
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 will soon publish an anthology of my columns.
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 rosé 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... and many others.