Luther Campbell | August 7, 2019
Over the next four days, black journalists, media executives, and celebrities will take over the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura for the annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair. The main topic of discussion should be about establishing our own news network that shows African-Americans who keep it real and tell the whole truth about the systemic racism that continues to oppress people of color.
The Hip-Hop News Network would provide a platform for journalists such as Jemele Hill and Roland Martin to provide their unfiltered news commentary in a way that the mainstream news organizations would never allow. It’s important to have reporters and anchors who call out racists without batting an eye.
Hill, who recently announced a book deal, left ESPN a year ago after accurately calling Donald Trump a “white supremacist” and “the most ignorant, offensive president” of her lifetime. She was suspended for two weeks because she tweeted in favor of boycotting Dallas Cowboys advertisers because of owner Jerry Jones’ threat to fire players who silently protested during the National Anthem. Now she’s writing columns for The Atlantic and has her own podcast. But that’s not enough to reach the people in the hood.