Valecia Phillips is a native New Yorker and began her public radio career at WUSB 90.1 FM, the largest non-commercial free-form radio station in Long Island. Housed on the campus of the State University of New York at Stony Brook, she produced a weekly after-hours music show and served as operations director while pursuing her undergraduate studies. She later joined Pacifica Radio WBAI 99.5 FM in New York and served for a decade as a producer, host and engineer with a focus on arts and feminist programming. Her edited segment on legendary dancer, choreographer and anthropologist Katherine Dunham, recorded live at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, is part of the Pacifica Radio Archives. Valecia is proud to be a member of the Feminist Magazine Collective, and grateful for the opportunity to continue the essential work of intersectional storytelling, by and for women.
Words I live by: “She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see.” [Zora Neale Hurston; Their Eyes Were Watching God]
Labels I accept: Black Woman.
Media sources I use to keep up on current events: Black Twitter (includes progressive woc in academia and arts, activists, feminist and poc media), Pacifica Radio and public radio stations around the country.
Always in my fridge: Sparkling water.
Musical preferences: Everything, except house music is my favorite for cardio workouts.
I’m feminist enough to: Speak.