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What Do Black Audiences Really Want From Don Lemon?

With his new book, the CNN anchor thinks he knows exactly how to reach them — by being who he’s always been

Morgan Jerkins
GEN
Published in
8 min readMar 18, 2021

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The first time I became aware of Don Lemon was on June 27, 2013, the day he agreed with Bill O’Reilly. Responding to remarks by President Obama about the recent murder of 17-year-old Travon Martin…

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Morgan Jerkins
GEN
Writer for

Morgan Jerkins is the Senior Editor at ZORA and a New York Times bestselling author. Her debut novel, “Caul Baby,” will be published by Harper in April 2021.