Marc Lamont Hill (born December 17, 1978) is an American academic, journalist, author, activist, and television personality. He is a Professor of Media Studies and Urban Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the host of the syndicated television show Our World with Black Enterprise and hosts the online Internet-based HuffPost Live. He is also a BET News correspondent and a CNN political commentator. Hill also hosts VH1 Live! and reunion shows for Basketball Wives.
Hill is a social justice activist and organizer. He is a founding board member of My5th, a non-profit organization aiming to educate youth about their legal rights and responsibilities. In 2001, he started a literacy project that uses hip-hop culture to increase school engagement and reading skills among high school students. He also organizes and teaches adult literacy courses for high school dropouts in Philadelphia and Camden. Hill also works with the ACLU Drug Reform Project, focusing on drug informant policy. Hill was named one of America’s top 30 black leaders under 30 years old by Ebony magazine.
Marc Lamont Hill has made a foray into entrepreneurship by opening a new coffee shop and bookstore in Philadelphia.
His new shop, Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, officially opens Monday morning in the city’s Germantown section. The store serves up LaColombe coffee, coffee drinks, gourmet teas and hot chocolate.
“People are looking for places to have community. They are looking for places to engage ideas. They are looking for places to feel connected and that is what we are doing.”
Hill invested approximately $250,000 into bringing the vision for his business venture to fruition. He had to turn what was formerly a daycare center into a space suitable for his needs. The shop offers a comfortable vibe with its maroon walls, plaid curtains, modern seating and well-curated shelves of books.
Source: The Philadelphia Tribune