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Sports Personalities Joy Taylor and MJ Acosta-Ruiz to Host Season 2 of Fuse Media's Hit Trailblazing Series "Like a Girl"
The company is also announcing the launch of "She Leads," a short-form series celebrating women breaking barriers.

[via press release from Fuse Media]



Los Angeles and New York - April 23, 2024 - Fuse Media, the global leader of inclusive entertainment, deepened its commitment to championing female empowerment today by announcing renowned sports personalities Joy Taylor and MJ Acosta-Ruiz as hosts of season 2 of Like A Girl. The company is also announcing the launch of She Leads, a short-form series celebrating women breaking barriers.

Joy Taylor, host of SPEAK on FS1, and MJ Acosta-Ruiz, NFL Network Host/On-Air Personality, are bringing their own A-Game to Like A Girl and elevating the conversation with the epic athletes, execs and coaches who OWN the phrase "Like A Girl." The series offers an intimate, personal perspective on the issues women face on and off the field. Equal pay, mental and reproductive health, body image, gender and race inequality, it's all fair game. Previous guests have included icons such as Olympic medalist April Ross, WNBA player Angel McCoughtry, and Paralympic three-time champion Anastasia Pagonis.

Taylor and Acosta-Ruiz, eager to embark on this transformative journey together, are poised to amplify the voices of women in empowering roles. Their chemistry isn't just professional; it's rooted in genuine friendship that began in college, enhancing the authenticity of their collaboration on the show.

New Short-Form Series Celebrates Women Who Take Charge

In addition, Fuse Media will also expand its women's empowerment content by creating She Leads, a series of short-form videos designed to inspire the next generation of girls eager to shatter the glass ceiling. These initiatives strengthen Fuse Media's commitment to empowering women across all spheres to become the best versions of themselves and continue to break barriers.

The series will focus on celebrating the triumphs of women who break barriers and inspire others to follow suit. The goal of these bite-size narratives is to connect with a broad audience via social media, motivating and empowering women of all backgrounds to advocate for themselves and defy stereotypes.

"We remain steadfast in our mission to create and distribute content that ignites the ambitions of the next generation of trailblazing women," said Tania Campos, head of affiliate marketing & special projects. "By amplifying women's voices, we not only celebrate their leadership but also catalyze meaningful action through an engaging mentorship series, impactful narratives, and entertaining content."

Empowering Women Athletes Extends To Combate Global MMA

Women athletes also take center stage on Combate Global MMA, the premier Hispanic Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) sports franchise exclusive to Fuse in English. On Saturday, May 11, Combate Global's historic women's MMA showdown will take place.

As part of its mission to elevate women's voices, Fuse Media celebrates women via a number of culture-forward franchises, including Buy Small, an advocacy initiative that supports women and minority owned small business by providing free social media promotion and 30-second streaming and TV spots. Fuse Media has also committed to featuring women and minority owned businesses in original content.

About Fuse Media

Fuse Media is a Latino-owned, global entertainment company, and the leader in creating and distributing inclusive, purpose-driven stories and experiences for and with culturally diverse young adults. With a portfolio of award-winning original content and a growing global footprint, Fuse Media strives to authentically reflect the world of its young and diverse audience, pioneering a multicultural and creative destination. The Fuse Media family includes linear channels Fuse and FM (Fuse Music); subscription streaming service Fuse+; a rapidly growing suite of internationally distributed DEI-focused FAST Channels; Fuse Studios, its in-house production arm; Ignition Studios, a specialized production company defining the future of inclusive content; as well as a growing branded content and live events business. To learn more, visit FuseMedia.com.

About Joy Taylor:

Joy Taylor is an American media personality and television host for FS1. She is currently the co-host of Speak with LeSean McCoy, James Jone, and Emmanuel Acho and the co-host of Two Personal a lifestyle podcast with Taylor Rooks. Taylor was the Co-Host on FS1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd and the host of The Joy Taylor Show Saturdays on FS1 Sports Radio. This past year, she was recognized as one of Complex's 25 Most Entertaining Sports Media Personalities of 2023.

About MJ Acosta-Ruiz:

MJ Acosta-Ruiz is an Emmy-Award winning sports and entertainment host and journalist. She became the first woman of color to host a show at the NFL Network when she was named the host of NFL Total Access in 2020. Fully bilingual in English and Spanish, she is also the co-host of the El Huddle Podcast, the first podcast by NFL Media dedicated to the vast and growing Latino fanbase. With nearly 15 years in the TV & Entertainment industry, MJ continues her work as an advocate for representation and equality. She works closely with women's empowerment groups such as A Seat at the Table and is dedicated to amplifying the voices of marginalized communities.

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