Jemele Hill has proven that staying busy and “Unbothered” works best for her.
According to Variety, the Emmy Award-winning journalist and Webby Award winner has started her own podcast network called The Unbothered Network, which aims to elevate the voices and stories of Black women.
“The Unbothered Network is more than just a content hub—it’s a space where Black women can hopefully see their full selves,” Hill said in a written statement.
“There’s so much about the lives of Black women that haven’t been fully explored, and so many of our stories have either been dismissed or overlooked. I’m also proud of this network because it not only centers Black women but it’s also run by Black women. We can’t empower Black women if we’re not positioning them in leadership roles.”
Hill will work with longtime rep Evan Dick of Exit 39, as well as a team of creatives and executives to help develop podcasts for The Unbothered Network in collaboration with Spotify.
Courtney Holt, Spotify’s head of studios and video, praised Hill as “an acclaimed journalist, storyteller, podcaster and creative—whose bold and authentic takes on social politics, sports, and culture have shined a spotlight on topics that are often overlooked. We can’t wait for her to continue her podcast, and bring new and diverse talent to her network that amplifies and strengthens the voices of this important community.”
The former ESPN host spoke exclusively to BLACK ENTERPRISE when she was on the verge of launching the Spotify podcast.
“From a value alignment standpoint, that’s something I stand for–boosting the voices of young women of color—it’s something they stand for,” said Hill. “And I’m happy to be a part of a brand where we are very like-minded.”
A graduate of Michigan State University, Hill was a sports reporter and columnist at The Detroit Free Press and The Orlando Sentinel before gaining fame on ESPN.