Artist, producer, and DJ Alisha B. Francis joins us to talk about emerging Grassroots Community Hip HopRadio Union and her work in the Giril-illa Movement, providing a platform for female creativity and empowerment within Hip Hop culture.
Alisha B hosts, DJs and reports on and from Denver’s vibrant and multifaceted Hip Hop culture as a participant, a taste-maker, and a journalist. She appears frequently on 88.5 FM KGNU, on Denver Open Media channel 57 (xfinity) and streaming globally on internet radio; hosting DJing and producing: Girl-illa Movement, Alisha B Radio, Subterranean Stethoscope, Co-hosting on the Eclipse Show, The Metro and Industrial Racquet. Alisha B also uses Hip Hop as a vehicle in which to interact with youth, whom she views as future stewards of Hip Hop culture and guide them to not only understand the cultural essentials but also practice cultural preservation. She has been a program facilitator for TrueStar Foundation’s Youth Magazine Program, Summer Youth Intern Coordinator for KGNU and creator/facilitator for the Girl-illa Movement and the Freestyle Fifth Element education programs. Alisha is the acting executive director of the Radio Union, a national network of urban communitunity radio dj’s producers and radio personalities united to leverage their media to propagate hip hop that is more reflective of the respective communities we live in and interacting with hip hop culture in more ways and in more dimensions than entertainment.