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Jason Lee says Black talent should grant interviews to Black media 1st

‘Hollywood Unlocked’ founder Jason Lee is taking his platform mainstream, but insists he will remain true to the culture.
Jason Lee says Black talent should grant interviews to Black media 1st
Jason Lee (Photo credit: DKC News)

Jason Lee made a name for himself attacking hot topics with a no-holds-barred approach. His irreverent commentary on trending topics and celebrities stepped on toes but amassed an almost cult following on social media. Lee credits growing up in the ’80s with his fascination with fame as he grew up watching television shows glorifying the lavish lifestyles of the celebrity world. His platform, “Hollywood Unlocked,” became a cult phenomenon, breaking trending stories and calling out celebrities on their indiscretions. While Lee’s charm won the public over almost immediately, it took some time for the gatekeepers of A-list talent to support his platform.

“I was excited when I first started, I thought I was going to pull back the veil in Hollywood and people would automatically want to talk to me. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way especially when sometimes people who look like you don’t want to talk to you,” Lee says.

Lee has been vocal about the apparent disconnect between Black media and Black talent. With Kevin Hart as his first guest in the new season, following a former very public spat with Hart from years ago, followed up by Common and Tiffany Haddish, it’s apparent that Lee’s “Hollywood Unlocked” has received the A-list co-sign from Hollywood, but Lee believes there is still more work to do for Black media.

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