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.

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...

Goodbye TikTok. Hello Triller: Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and The Weeknd Invest Millions in This New App

In October, TRILLER vowed to give TikTok a run for their money and it is keeping its word. The music-driven social video platform has secured strategic investments from major music industry figures totaling more than $10 million. TRILLER has 26.5 million monthly active users in the U.S. and more than 75 million active users worldwide. According to Reuters, the app is set to surpass TikTok, which currently has 26.5 million users domestically. Two months after raising $28 million, TRILLER...

GRAMMY 2020 Nominations are out: Lizzo leads the Pack with 8. Taylor Swift Snubbed? Still Gaga for Gaga? Where’s Beyoncé?

Grammy nominations are out and “Truth Hurts” songstress Lizzo is the show’s top nominated act. The breakthrough singer-rapper scored eight nominations. Lizzo picked up nods for album of the year with her major-label debut, “Cuz I Love You”; song and record of the year with her No. 1 hit, “Truth Hurts”; and best new artist. New artists dominated the Grammy nominations. Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X each received six nominations. Eilish also scored nominations in the top four categories,...

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