“They’re not walking around giving Black women TV shows,” says Jemele Hill. The accuracy of her statement can’t be disputed. However, it may shock you to learn Hill is the one to drop this truth bomb and acknowledge the lack of representation within sports TV. After all, she’s the co-host and “hers” of ESPN’s hottest afternoon show, His & Hers. Joined by Michael Smith every weekday, this TV couple not only uses their coveted TV and social media platforms to dish thoughtful hot takes, but they also connect with their loyal fanbase to address today’s most pressing social issues with humor, passion, intellect, and a refreshing relatability. Staying true to her Detroit roots, Hill accepts her exemplary career journey from the Motor City’s newsroom to the Worldwide Leader in Sports makes her the exception, not the rule. It’s what fuels her commitment to redefine the perception of women in sports.
In an exclusive one-on-one UnManning the Game TV interview, the veteran sports media maven was predictably candid about the good, the bad, and the ugly of an evolving sports industry that’s admittedly made some positive strides towards inclusion; especially related to gender equality, but still has a way to go to achieve racial diversity.
From humble beginnings and the importance of mentorship, to sports media biases and how she really feels about her Twitter trolls, to an inevitable conscious uncoupling of His & Hers, no question was off limits for this die-hard Spartans fan. And that left me with just one regret. Is she the Andre 3000 to Michael’s Big Boi, or vice versa? Watch the video, and soon you’ll understand why she name dropped the iconic ATLien rap pair. But I did have Hill explain why she’s so hard on my New York Knicks and the team’s star Carmelo Anthony. So, there’s that. And no, she did not hold back. But don’t take my word for it. Click play to watch, learn, and laugh along as one of today’s most important voices in sports shares major keys to her game changing success.