Beginning March 5th, daytime will get a dose of no-holds barred honesty, energy and witty commentary courtesy of one of the country's most outspoken cultural voices, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson.
Irreverent and witty at its core, The Raw Word, executive produced by Andre Jetmir, Ice-T and co-executive produced by Dyson, is a daily talk show that specializes in a new kind of narrative – where the ordinary and the extraordinary get equal billing and where the conversation focuses squarely on what we all have in common vs. pointing to our differences. The perfect mix of celebrity and human interest, Dyson will put a spotlight on the relevant and relatable – whether he is going one-on-one with one of Hollywood’s top A-listers or is engaging in meaningful dialogue with someone who could be your next door neighbor, Dyson’s goal is to give audiences what they’ve been craving – a show where love of life and laughter rule the day and a place where they can expect the unexpected. Unfiltered and uncensored in every way – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson always says exactly what you’re thinking.
Commenting on the launch, the best-selling New York Times author said, “I can't imagine a better time to be handed a platform like The Raw Word. It’s a privilege to work with Andre, Ice-T and Sinclair on this audacious adventure and I look forward to being at a place where real talk and not chatter rules the day. Stepping into a role where we get to come together, laugh, and be moved by the human condition is something that everyone can relate to – no matter your age, gender or race. I’m excited about the opportunity and look forward to getting raw and real in the weeks ahead.”
Airing in the following Sinclair markets through March 30, the series also features co-hosts Claudia Jordan (The Celebrity Apprentice, Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Psychologist Dr. Dan Ratner; and announced today that Executive Producer Ice-T will guest host a number of episodes. It was also announced today that The Raw Word will be directed by Manny Rodriguez whose credits include Ellen,Hollywood Today Live and Love & Hip Hop and that three-time Emmy winner Shant Petrossian (Rachael Ray, Piers Morgan Live, Dr. Oz), will lead the talent team and has been named Senior Consulting Producer. Set for The Raw Word was created by Production Designer Matt Tognacci (The Talk).
The Raw Word can be seen on the following stations:
WPNT Pittsburgh, PA — MY 2PM
WRDC Raleigh, NC — MY 2PM
WUTB Baltimore, MD (Deerfield) — MY 10AM
WUXP Nashville, TN — MY 1PM
WSMH Flint/Saginaw/Bay City, MI — FOX 9AM
WRSP Champaign/Springfield, IL — FOX 10AM
WTWC.2 Tallahassee, FL — FOX 3PM
WGXA Macon, GA — FOX 1PM
WCGV Milwaukee, WI — MY 10AM
EKRC Cincinnati, OH — CW 2PM
WMYA Greenville/Spartanburg, SC/Asheville, NC — MY 12PM
KVCW.2 Las Vegas, NV — MY 12PM
WWMT.2 Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI — CW 11AM
WTTO Birmingham, AL — CW 9AM
WNYO Buffalo, NY — MY 10AM
WJTC Mobile, AL/Pensacola, FL (Deerfield) — IND 11AM
Executive producer Andre Jetmir said: “Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a rule breaker so I can’t think of anyone better to take on the challenge of breaking through the media clutter with a show like The Raw Word. We are excited about working with Sinclair on this amazing project and feel confident that Michael’s fresh take, honest approach and real interest in engaging fans with content they care about will be both memorable and entertaining.”
Arthur Hasson, COO Programming, Sinclair Broadcast Group, added: “We are excited to test this show. When Andre first approached us, we took notice of the show’s fresh approach and its regard for the audience. I’m glad we were able to put this together. Dyson is a force to be reckoned with and the depth of his understanding of so many topics is not only impressive-it is unique in daytime TV.”
Filmed at CBS STUDIO CENTER in Studio City (Stage 15), The Raw Word is a production of MEDE (Michael Eric Dyson Enterprises) in association with Final Level Productions. The series is executive produced by Andre Jetmir (Ice & Coco, TLC's Beyond Tough), Grammy winning musician and actor Ice-T and Robert Parada; co-executive producers are Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Keegan Heise (The Doctors, To Tell the Truth).
Biography – Dr. Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, brought up in Detroit, is a writer and sociologist, but is also an ordained Baptist minister known for his passion and moral urgency from his place at the pulpit. Throughout his career, Dr. Dyson has had a profound effect on American culture and thinking. His latest book, Tears We Cannot Stop, which is about the current and long burning crisis of race relations, was released in January 2017.
Dyson is Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He is an author; a contributing opinion writer at The New York Times; an MSNBC political analyst; a contributing editor at New Republic; the host of the Michael Eric Dyson Podcast Featuring Dr. Dan Ratner; and an ordained Baptist minister for over 30 years. Dr. Dyson received his PhD from Princeton University in 1993.
Dr. Dyson has authored nearly twenty books on subjects such as the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. in April 4, 1968, Malcolm X, Nas’s debut album Illmatic, Tupac, Marvin Gaye, and Hurricane Katrina’s devastating and long lasting effects. He has won two NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and the American Book Award in 2007 for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster.
Essence has named him one of the 40 most inspiring African Americans, and Ebony has listed him amongst the one hundred most influential black Americans. Dr. Dyson often speaks at universities and political conventions, but is also known for his speaking engagements at union halls, prisons, classrooms, and churches.