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Melissa Harris-Perry Joins Elle.com After Leaving MSNBC 

Melissa Harris-Perry Joins Elle.com After Leaving MSNBC 

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The former MSNBC host will be covering issues of race and gender. 

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Melissa Harris-Perry, who left MSNBC in February, announced she is joining Elle.com as its editor at large on Twitter.

"My work for Elle.com will focus on issues of race & gender, primarily through telling the stories of women & girls of color," Harris-Perry tweeted Monday.

Her first byline for the site addresses the HBO film, Confirmation, about Anita Hill. She shared her article, "Where Are the Rest of the Black Feminists in HBO's Confirmation?" on social media along with the news of her new position.

"Elle.com is already producing smart and important reporting about women of color in the U.S. Honored to join their team," she tweeted Monday.

Harris-Perry will not work full-time for Elle.com, but she will be appearing on camera, writing columns, and interviewing people for the site, reports CNN.

In a formal statement announcing her new position, Harris-Perry said, "Joining ELLE.com is an opportunity to combine my expertise as a scholar, my commitments as a public intellectual, and my interests as a woman."

Elle.com is the digital arm of Elle, a leading international magazine on lifestyle, beauty, and culture.

The former MSNBC host will host a video series on Elle.com called Smart People Talking While Shoe Shopping, also known as, "Sole Search." In this series, Harris-Perry will interview women while purchasing footwear.

"Politics, economics, and inequality will be important to the stories we tell, but so too will culture, community, family, and even fashion. I am thrilled to tell my loyal television audience where they can find me and to introduce myself to brand new audiences, all while telling the stories of extraordinary women and girls," said Harris-Perry.

Along with contributing to Elle.com, Harris-Perry will host live "Nerdland Forever" events that are similar in concept to her former show on MSNBC. The first of these events takes place Tuesday in New York City.

The LGBT ally cut ties with hosting her show, nicknamed "Nerdland," on MSNBC earlier this year, after repeated preemptions from the network for election coverage. The show highlighted the intersection of politics, identity, and culture.

Harris-Perry, a Wake Forest University professor, has hosted her MSNBC show since 2012, after several appearances as a correspondent on out MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's nightly program.

Harris-Perry's show had often dealt with LGBT issues and featured LGBT guests, many of them people of color. It was the venue for transgender woman CeCe McDonald's first appearance after her release from a men's prison where she was incarcerated for second-degree manslaughter, in a case she says was self-defense.

Others appearing on the show have included trans businesswoman Angelica Ross, trans actress Laverne Cox, bisexual congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema, and gay Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart. Trans writer Janet Mock has also guest-hosted for Harris-Perry.

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Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.
Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.