Shaun Robinson has ended her 16 year career with Access Hollywood. She has inked a deal with NBCUniversal to produce scripted and non-scripted television shows through her production company Robin Hood.
Why is this important?
Growing up I only saw three women of color on television doing what I wanted to do:
I watched Jacque for years on BET’s Nightly News, now 15 years later she’s a contributor for the show/company I work for. We’re not going to even bring up the fact that I listened to my boss’ show all my life and now I work side by side with him (#goGod).
But back to Shaun.
She is single handedly one of the reasons why I thought television was/is an attainable goal for me and is a huge part of the reason I have a degree in Journalism.
I remember begging Ma Dukes to turn from Wheel of Fortune at 6:30p to Access Hollywood just to watch Shaun.
I know, I know. This news means nothing to you.
But for me, it’s not only a very clear sign but also a huge source of motivation.
I was told by a colleague earlier this year to keep moving towards television and not to get stuck just being where I am. Her exact words “they’re going to be looking for the next Shaun Robinson one day”.
Call it whatever you like but as a believer I don’t believe in coincidences. Like, at all.
You don’t accidentally do anything in life.
You don’t accidentally experience/hear things, stumble into places nor are you accidentally in the right/wrong place.
My Pastor always says, “God won’t expose you to things he doesn’t want you to have.”
Steve Harvey taught me how to ride my first ATV in 2008. I hung out with his family in their Dallas mansion for a week. I currently work for the biggest name in black radio. I’ve witnessed my boss drive his Rolls Royce to pick up his brand new Lambo. There are also countless other scenarios I could add here.
While Shaun’s departure saddens me professionally, I’m excited that one day soon, little girls will watch me on television with the same admiration and passion as I did Shaun, Jacque and Oprah.
When you hear/see the aforementioned names you’ll recognize another one.
I’m excited to inspire someone, young or old to push toward their dreams.
God specializes in the impossible.