Vice President of News and Men’s Programming
Interactive One @JamilahLemieux
Howard University, B.F.A.
Jamilah Lemieux was recently named the vice president of News and Men’s Programming for Interactive One, the online media company launched in 2008 by Radio One, Inc. Previously senior editor for Ebony magazine, Lemieux’s new role will involve expanding iOne’s video offerings, as well as bringing a new, millennial-focused approach to men’s content.
The columnist and cultural critic comes by her politics quite honestly. Her father, David Lemieux, was a member of the Black Panther Party and appeared in the cult classic film The Spook Who Sat by the Door. Lemieux has contributed to a host of print and digital publications, including Essence, The Washington Post, The Nation, The New York Times and Jezebel. She also wrote the forward to the 2015 re-release of Michele Wallace’s Black Macho and the Myth of the Super Woman.
Lemieux’s career trajectory embodies the possibilities of new media. Rather than build her résumé through traditional media entry-level positions, she plowed her own garden writing about the intersection of race, politics and gender for her award-winning blog, The Beautiful Struggler. She also wrote for other digital powerhouses, including Clutch, The Loop, Hello Beautiful and penning a weekly column for Essence.com, before landing at Ebony in 2011 and helping to lead the much lauded re-launch of the magazine’s website in 2012.
As columnist, cultural critic and occasional talking head, Lemieux has since established herself as a leading millennial voice on issues related to race, feminism and sexuality, landing on the 2014 Root 100 list of “the nation’s most influential African-Americans.”
One of Lemieux’s final Ebony issues was dedicated to the late, great Muhummad Ali. She co-edited the magazine’s tribute to the boxer along with Marc Lamont Hill: