My Next Chapter
You all have heard the saying, “when I want your opinion, I’ll give it to you.” Well, I’m tired of having my opinion given to me, tired of being told what I think.
You see, in my 13 years in media, I’ve never had an African-American boss, but I have had a number of my bosses look me in the eye and tell me what black people think. Tell me what black people like and don’t like. Tell me what black people do and don’t do. These were well-intentioned, even smart news managers and executives that believed they knew what they were talking about, and because of the positions they held, they wield incredible power in shaping public perception by deciding what stories are covered and how.
These experiences highlighted for me what many people feel in this country: that they are being defined by others, that they are being misrepresented on television, that no one is looking out for them, and that there’s a perspective missing.
We now have a game-changing, difference-making opportunity to tip the scales in another direction with “Don’t Sleep.” There is nothing like it on television, but I would argue that there needs to be. A large segment of the population feels there’s nowhere on television they can turn when they get home at night to see and hear people bringing attention and perspective to topics that matter to them. “Don’t Sleep” will not be just another late-night show, not just another news show, not just another debate show, and not just another entertainment show. The goal is to infuse “Don’t Sleep” with each of those elements while always striking the right tone of smarts and wit to take on the seriousness and the silliness of the world around us.
I have been blessed in my career to work at some of the most respected news organizations alongside some of the most impressive people and seasoned journalists in the country. My decision to step away for now from the traditional news formats that I’ve known my entire career was a difficult one. And, it was the right decision. “Don’t Sleep” is a unique opportunity that I also consider a responsibility, and I couldn’t pass up this chance to use my personality, my personal background, and my professional experience to give people a voice and nightly presence on national TV, so we no longer have others defining us and telling us what we think. Now, we can tell the world ourselves.
Thank you for your love and support over the years. I would not be here without you. I hope I can continue to call on you.