To be unbothered, as Jemele Hill describes it in the first episode of season 3 of her podcast, means “getting comfortable in your skin to where you don’t need someone else’s validation or approval. You have to be fearless but also self-aware and with the sh*t.”
After being heard loud and clear on her own podcast, “Jemele Hill is Unbothered,” Hill is launching a podcast network exclusively with Spotify called “The Unbothered Network.” Known for her work as a previous sports journalist at ESPN and a current writer at The Atlantic, Hill is elevating not only her voice but the voices and stories of Black women through the episodes of her podcast.
Creating Space For Black Women
Once she began her podcast journey, Hill saw that there was a tremendous void in the voices of Black women, and Black women’s ownership and creativity in the podcast space. This podcast was created to be an intimate experience, with episodes created and decided by Black women.
Hill shared, “The Unbothered Network is more than just a content hub, it’s a space where Black women can hopefully see their full selves. 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,” with J. Clara Chan of The Hollywood’s Reporter.
Jemele Hill serves as a source of inspiration. Throughout her career, she has kept it real and continues to position herself in places to elevate the voices of other Black women beyond our community’s conversations. Expansion of the podcast network builds community, establishes power and creates a space for vulnerability.
In a celebratory Instagram post, Hill’s caption read “FINALLY OFFICIAL: I’m so excited to announce I’m partnering with @spotify to launch a podcast network that provides content for Black women, features Black women content creators, and is run by black women. The hard work already has begun, but this is a dream fulfilled. F*ck getting a foot in the door. The next level for me was to take complete ownership of the room. Let’s get it.”
In the premiere episode of season three, Jemele Hill discussed her feelings about the new season up ahead. Hill explains, “it was really such a different approach and mood I had when producing season 2. I was filled with a lot of anger, rage and it was just a lot going on in our country with the pandemic…I wouldn’t say I came into season 2 deflated, but it was just a different time. Completely different mood now in season 3!” Hill optimistically shared when describing her thoughts for season 3.
For the first episode, Mary J. Blige joined her and discussed her self-esteem issues, upcoming acting roles and her signature album. ” I became sincerely unbothered right after my divorce. The worst of the worst already happened and now it’s like f*ck everything. I had so many bad things happened to me in front of the world and I thugged through it with my head up high.”, said Mary when sharing when the moment she became unbothered.
With new guests, new stories and new segments like I Got a story to Tell, Jemele Hill continues to create a special space for Black women to candidly tell their own stories like it is. Be sure to check out Jemele Hill is Unbothered on Spotify!