ESPN's Jemele Hill will get an auditorium named after her in Detroit

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Jemele Hill.

ESPN journalist and Detroit native Jemele Hill will return to the Motor City for a number of honors in the coming months — including getting an auditorium at her alma mater, Mumford High School, dedicated to her.

On Monday, Hill is set to give the commencement speech for Mumford's class of 2018 at Detroit Music Hall. The next day, the school will rename its auditorium after the class of '93 graduate.

In August, Hill is set to return again to Detroit for the annual National Association of Black Journalists convention, where she will receive an award for Journalist of the Year. The convention, last held in Detroit in 1992, runs from Aug. 1 through 5 and will bring more than 3,000 journalists to the GM Renaissance Center Marriott. Other guests include Tyler Perry, social justice activist Shaun King, and musical artist Kem, who will perform a benefit concert at Chene Park on Friday, Aug. 5.

Hill will co-chair the convention with the Free Press's Rochelle Riley. (In February, the two women helped send 900 Detroit kids to see Black Panther.) More information on the NABJ convention is available at

Hill made national headlines last year after calling President Donald Trump a white supremacist on Twitter, prompting the White House to call on ESPN to fire her. After suspending Hill, the network moved her from co-anchoring its SportsCenter program to its website The Undefeated, where she serves as a columnist.

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Leyland “Lee” DeVito is the editor in chief of Detroit Metro Times since 2016. His writing has also been published in CREEM, VICE, In These Times, and New City. He once asked porn star Stormy Daniels to spank him with an issue of Metro Times. She obliged.

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