Jennifer Matthews

Jennifer Matthews is an Editor-at-Large at Grit Daily. Based in New York and formerly a producer at CNN, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Recording Academy, Women in Music, and an ASCAP Affiliate. A media pro and producer of content, she mentors and advocates for diversity and is a regular on the events coverage beat for Grit Daily.

Like Father, Like Daughter: Gianna Bryant Was a Basketball Star on the Rise

On Sunday, a young girl’s dream of following in her father’s footsteps suddenly came to an end Sunday in Calabasas, California, following a deadly helicopter crash. Later identified as Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, the 13-year-old daughter of Vanessa and Kobe Bryant, the eight other victims also included her father, NBA legend Kobe Bryant. He was 41. Gianna was the second oldest of Bryant’s four daughters. He and his wife Vanessa are also parents to Natalia, 17, Bianka,...

The House That Mamba Built: Kobe Bryant, More Than an Athlete

The world mourns NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was among 9 killed, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, Sunday morning in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. Federal Authorities Investigating Cause of Helicopter Crash Bryant, 41, and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Maria Onore Bryant (“Gigi”) were headed to the Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks for a basketball game scheduled for Sunday. Gianna, whose always had an ambition to compete in the WNBA, was expected to...

Deborah Dugan Out as Recording Academy President 10 days Before Grammys

The Grammy Awards are without a leader ten days before the 2020 Grammy Awards ceremony. Deborah Dugan was removed from her post five months after taking the job. “In light of concerns raised to the Recording Academy Board of Trustees, including a formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team, the Board has placed Recording Academy President and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, effective immediately,” a statement provided to Grit...

Afrochella Is Over, But The Push to Invest In Africa Is Only Getting Started

Unless you live under a rock, you have seen photos and videos floating around on social media of people in Ghana for Afrochella 2019. The massive event was packed with fashion, music, and culture, but signified much more than a festival. The West African country of Ghana – which was a major hub during the transatlantic slave trade – declared 2019 the year of return and encouraged people of African descent, whose ancestors were victims of the brutal slave trade, to return to Ghana. The...

MTV Begins to Finally Embrace the Age of Social Media Influencers With New YouTube Originals

MTV has always pushed the envelope when creating content. The same network that brought us Yo! MTV Raps, The Real World, The Hills, Teen Mom, Wild ‘n Out, and other TV franchises are gearing up to evolve once again — this time on YouTube. Over the past two years, MTV made strides to attract young viewers by posting clips from their linear programming to their YouTube channel with the hope that the audience would tune into their LIVE channel. Recently, MTV began producing...

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