ESPN’s Jemele Hill Makes ‘Essence’ Magazine Top 100 ‘Woke Black Women’

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ESPN writer and left-wing activist Jemele Hill, is featured prominently in the Essence magazine list of the “Woke 100 Women” in the black community.

The magazine moved to celebrate the “proven change agents, shape-shifters, and power players” in the black community. These are women who “continuously fight the good fight by inspiring us and igniting movements—from the healthcare field to the Hill to Hollywood,” Essence added.

“The women on this list represent a vast spectrum of excellence: From #MeToo movement founder Tarana Burke to Black Panther costume designer Ruth Carter; from corporate women shattering glass ceilings to the countless women dismantling white supremacy,” the magazine told readers. “These women consistently leave their mark on the on their respective communities and industries.”

The list of 100 women is filled with mostly little-known women the magazine wants to help promote. But among the few more well known black women is Jemele Hill, ESPN’s politically charged writer and commentator, who came in at number 31 on the list.

Of Hill, Essence notes, “The former co-host of SC6 is no stranger to controversy. While always candid on matters of race and the way it plays into professional sports, The Undefeated journalist has been particularly vocal about the current administration’s poor race relations.”

Some of the better-known women added to the list are pop star Rihanna, actress Gabrielle Union, former Clarence Thomas accuser Anita Hill, as well as four U.S. congresswomen.

But most of the list is filled with women who are little known outside their field of expertise. The magazine chose such women as a clean water advocate, several professors, a woman who created a smartphone app, supporters of Black Lives Matter, and a woman who heads a group that works to destroy Confederate statues.

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