Debra Lee (L) & MC Lyte (R)
Debra Lee Photo Credit: Sharon Suh | MC Lyte Photo Credit: D'Andre Michael
The Recording Academy And EBONY Launch Collaborative Podcast Series: H.E.R., Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Ledisi, And More Confirmed As Guests
The Recording Academy and EBONY, one of the largest Black-owned media companies dedicated to telling Black stories, have today premiered the "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast," a six-part podcast series presented by Procter & Gamble. Hosted by two-time GRAMMY nominee MC Lyte, the series will include various members of the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective (BMC), a group of prominent Black music creators and professionals who share the common goal of amplifying Black voices within the Academy and beyond, who will discuss their contributions and impact within the community and the music industry at large.
The podcast series will feature BMC Honorary Chairs and Council members, including four-time GRAMMY winner Yolanda Adams, General Counsel and EVP of Business & Legal Affairs for Universal Music Group Jeff Harleston, four-time GRAMMY winner H.E.R., five-time GRAMMY winners Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, former Chair and CEO of BET Networks Debra Lee, and GRAMMY winner Ledisi.
The "Recording Academy x EBONY: Black Music Collective Podcast" streams every Thursday at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT through July 29 on EBONY.com and EBONY's YouTube channel and Facebook page, as well as on GRAMMY.com/BlackMusicCollectivePodcast and the Recording Academy's official Facebook page and YouTube channel.
In the debut episode, MC Lyte hosts an in-depth conversation with Debra Lee, one of the most influential women voices in the entertainment industry who's trailblazing career spans over three decades. For more than 13 years, Lee served as the chairman and CEO of BET Networks, the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Most recently, she launched the Monarchs Collective, a diversity-focused consulting firm. In the episode, MC Lyte will walk Lee through her groundbreaking journey, legacy and commitment to giving back to the community.
Make sure to tune in every Thursday from now through July 29 to catch more amazing stories from the voices and creatives shaping Black culture today.
Learn more about the Recording Academy's Black Music Collective.