Joy Reid’s Long-Overdue Achievement

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Joy Reid currently hosts the weekend show "AM Photo Credit Getty Images for Global Citizen / Theo Wargo

Many may recognize Joy Reid’s voice as one of the loudest voices against President Donald Trump and all he stands for.

However, as an African-American woman on camera, her mood and criticism have been only part of her skill set that has now made her one of the few women of color to host an evening news show.

According to The New York Times, Reid, 51, known for hosting “AM Joy” since 2016, will move to 7 p.m. on July 20, and her new show “The ReidOut,” will succeed Chris Matthews’ “Hardball,” which was forced to quit last March after “a series of on-air gaffes” and allegations of sexist behavior in the workplace.

“Black women, including Gayle King of CBS and Robin Roberts of ABC, hold leading roles in morning and daytime television, but none currently host a nightly evening show on a major network,” the Times explains. “The last to do so was Gwen Ifill, who co-anchored ‘PBS NewsHour’ until shortly before her death in 2016.”

For Reid, her new position is not only a career move, but also an opportunity for the community she represents. Commenting on her new show, the host honored Ifill and two other black hosts, Deborah Roberts and Carole Simpson, as role models.

“Evening and prime-time news has been a universe of white men really since I was growing up,” Ms. Reid said. “For somebody who grew up as a nerdy kid obsessed with news, watching ‘Nightline’ and ‘Meet the Press,’ the idea of being a part of that family has always just been kind of overwhelming.”

“The ReidOut” will be based in Washington and focus on political analysis and punditry, but Ms. Reid said she also planned to address race, class, policing and other “cataclysmic social issues we need to reckon with.”

“I am a Black mom, a Black woman, a Black daughter,” said Ms. Reid, who is married with three children. “I am also a journalist who can conceptualize that pain from a unique point of view. Every day I’m in this job, I’m very conscious of that responsibility to make that collective voice heard. It’s unique to do that as a Black woman.”

It seems then that the country is ready to close the cycle of the Oprah era and give women of color the voice and space to finally be taken seriously.

With information from The New York Times.