The news keeps trickling out regarding Jason Whitlock’s “Black Grantland” site at ESPN… a site that now actually looking like it’s headed for a still-TBD launch date.

ESPN finally made the announcement of Mike Wise’s hiring from the Washington Post official today.  They also announced the additions of veteran ESPN The Magazine writer Jerry Bembry and Justin Tinsley, a music and culture writer whose written for a number of publications including Rolling Stone and Ebony.

Here’s the ESPN announcement and bio on all three…

Wise spent 11 years with the Washington Post after 10 years at the New York Times where he primarily covered the NBA. A respected multimedia journalist, Wise hosted The Mike Wise Show on WJFK-FM 106.7 radio in Washington, D.C., for more than three years and appears on CNN, MSNBC and ESPN’s Outside the Lines regularly to discuss emergent issues in sports. A long-time advocate of changing the name of the Washington NFL team, Wise has written extensively about the intersection of sports and social issues the past decade as a Postcolumnist.

Bembry began his career as a news reporter with the Courier-News (N.J), then worked as a police reporter at The Baltimore Sun. He eventually moved to the sports department at The Sun and became the paper’s NBA writer. In 1999, Bembry joined ESPN The Magazine as an NBA editor, and also worked as an analyst across ESPN’s radio and television platforms. He later became a senior writer at The Magazine.

Tinsley has an undergraduate degree from Hampton University (2008) and a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University (2010). His work has been featured in The Smoking Section, Rolling Stone, theScore, EBONY, The Sports Fan Journaland more.

Interesting hires for ESPN/Whitlock as we start to get just a glimpse of what the once-mythical site is slowly becoming in reality.

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