Inglewood, CA–Emmy award-winning journalist Jemele Hill hosted her book release party in Inglewood, at 1010 Wine.
The intimate event was attended by Hill’s close friends, manager, team and husband.
Publisher Weekly writes:
“ESPN correspondent Hill traces her turbulent rise to success in her poignant debut. In 2017, scandal broke after Hill tweeted that President Trump was a “white supremacist.” Though she was bombarded with threats and nearly lost her job as a SportsCenter host (after a two-week suspension without pay), Hill stood her ground.”
In 2019, Hill launched the Spotify Original Podcast, Jemele Hill is Unbothered.
Last year, the network announced her new podcast production company, The Unbothered Network. Hill seeks to elevate the voices, stories, agency, and nuance of Black women, an audience she feels is often chronically underserved across all mediums (Spotify).
Hill notes that despite growing up in difficult circumstances in Detroit, Michigan, the adults around her never allowed her to use this as an excuse not to achieve.
“One of the biggest takeaways I hope people get when they read the book, is that your past doesn’t necessarily dictate your future,” Hill said during the book release party.
Born to two functioning addicts during the 1970’s, Hill found her comfort in books and journaling. She always made sure to have a library card, so that she could access the local libraries in her neighborhood.
“While your loved ones are here, make sure you ask them as many questions as you can about their lives. We are not as inquisitive about their lives, as we should be,” Hill shared during the book release party.
Hill would graduate from Michigan State in 1997, with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Spanish.
In 2006, following years of working as a sports writers, Hill began writing for ESPN.com as a national columnist. In 2017, Hill and her ESPN podcast co-host Michael Smith, were promoted to evening anchors of “SportsCenter.
“There is a chapter of my book called Drunk, Drugged, or Indifferent. And I named it that because that’s something my mother would always say to me,” Hill shared.” Drunk, drugged or indifferent, your are going to school. Meaning whatever state shae was in, she still expected me to perform.”
In 2021, Hill made her exit from ESPN for the Atlantic following clashes with company culture which she referred to as “conservative.”