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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Edward Lewis Dismissive of Fired Editor's Complaints

Black Enterprise Adds to Digital, Trims Two Months From Print Edition

Detroit Papers Played Parts in Kwame Kilpatrick Saga

Obama's Hispanic-Media Man Steps Down

Administration Rejects More Than One-Third of FOIA Requests

Are Black Journalists in Pipeline for Top Jobs?

Ronald E. Childs Named Chicago Defender Editor

If You Have to Ask About the Diversity, You're Not Doing It Right

Event Planned to Respond to "Being White in Philly"

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Edward Lewis at a gala of the Executive Leadership Council in October. (Credit:

Edward Lewis Dismissive of Fired Editor's Complaints

Edward Lewis, one of the principal founders of Essence magazine, told Journal-isms Monday that he "absolutely" would again sell the publication to Time Inc. regardless of the complaints of fired editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White and readers who support her.

"It's very difficult for any size magazine to be standing out here alone without some other support elsewhere," Lewis said by telephone, adding that the magazine business has faced the additional challenges of changing technology and a punishing recession since he sold Essence to Time Inc. in 2005.

However, another founder, Jonathan Blount, wrote in a message posted on the website Naturally Moi that he stands with White and that Essence had strayed from his vision.

White disclosed in this column Friday that her departure as editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, made public Feb. 8, was involuntary and the result of repeated clashes with Martha Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Time Inc. who White says sought to limit the way black women were portrayed.

"I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations," White told Journal-isms, referring to her 2011 hiring. "It wasn't what I expected at all."

However, Lewis, 72, senior adviser at Solera Capital, a private equity and venture capital firm, backed Time Inc. "To change the voice, I don't think would make any sense. They don't have a clue about African Americans. That's where we came in, and where we have come in for 43 years," the length of time Essence has published.

The proof that Time and Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc., are getting it right, Lewis said, is in the magazine's million-plus circulation and in the success of the Essence Festival, now in its 19th year.

Essence's April issue

White said she had had repeated clashes with Nelson, who is white, but Lewis said Marcia Ann Gillespie, the editor-in-chief from 1971 to 1980 who assisted in the search for editor-in-chief when White was named, "was a major consultant" for Nelson and White during her tenure. The announcement of White's appointment also named Gillespie as special projects director.

White's story generated sympathetic comments on African American-oriented websites over the weekend, with many saying she had confirmed their fears about what has happened to the magazine under white ownership. Some urged White to start her own publication. The sentiments about selling out to white corporate ownership were similarly voiced when Black Entertainment Television was sold to Viacom in 2000.

The phenomenon is not limited to media enterprises. In a cover story about the natural hair-care business in the current (January/February) issue of Black Enterprise, Tamara E. Holmes says of the makers of black hair-care products, "the black firms did not have the resources to compete with the monoliths and were eventually acquired by these firms and turned into divisions of the majority corporations. Today, most hair products for black consumers are no longer produced by black-owned companies . . . "

Among the top-selling publications targeting African Americans, only Johnson Publications' Ebony and Jet magazines and Black Enterprise, founded by Earl Graves Sr., remain black-owned. In 2009, Johnson Publishing announced that JPMorgan Chase's Special Investments Group would become an investor and part owner of the company, the first time in the company's then-69-year history that it would not be fully family-owned. However, CEO Desiree Rodgers told Journal-isms at the time that it was "very important that the company remain minority-owned."

Lewis also denied that longtime editor Susan L. Taylor had been pushed out, as White said, maintaining that Taylor and he were given severance contracts for the following three years. He added that Gordon Parks Sr., the famed photographer and early Essence editorial director, was not part of the magazine's DNA, as White asserted. "Gordon Parks really had nothing to do with it," Lewis said. Parks at one time unsuccessfully claimed control of the magazine.

Asked whether he had any advice for White, Lewis said, "She's got a wonderful resume and accomplishments. I hope she would continue to stay in the magazine business, and I wish her the best."

White did not respond to a request for comment.

Meanwhile, in messages on Naturally Moi and blackbluedog.com, Blount gave a brief history of the founding of the magazine and said:

"ESSENCE has not yet begun to be the leading International voice, conduit and amalgamation force of, for and about Black Women globally.

"I firmly believe that 'wherever Black America is going, Black Women are going to lead us.' I never wanted to be acquired by TIME Inc, I wanted to BE TIME Inc. I fought to the last minute to maintain Black majority control. It is still possible if Black women leaders, organizations and institutions will unite behind Susan Taylor and Constance White to buy back our freedom. Constance is to be applauded for her courageous stand. It is not the first but it should be and can be the last. There is much more to the story." [Updated March 12]

Black Enterprise promises more via digital.

Black Enterprise Adds to Digital, Trims Two Months From Print Edition

Black Enterprise magazine is cutting its print editions from 12 to 10 issues a year as it shifts to an emphasis to its online editions, Alfred A. Edmond Jr., senior vice president/multimedia editor-at-large, told Journal-isms on Monday.

"All things being equal, we intend to deliver content across 10 print issues roughly equivalent to what we've delivered in 12 issues each year. The savings on printing and mailing two fewer issues each year is being shifted to our other media platforms, particularly digital, which has taken over from the print platform as a source of breaking news and delivers the responsiveness and interactivity our audience expects," Edmond said by email. "Those expectations can hardly be met by printed newspapers, much less by monthly or even weekly magazines."

Edmond was paraphrasing a letter to subscribers from Earl G. Graves Jr., president and CEO, in the January/February edition. Explaining why that issue is still on the newsstands, Edmond said, "One of the unavoidable consequences of preparing for and implementing these changes over the past year has been ongoing changes and disruptions of our production schedule, which has caused late production and delivery of our issues to newsstands and many subscribers for the past year."

Edmond went on, continuing the paraphrase, "Much of the content formerly delivered by our print platform is better suited for delivery via digital means, including our website, mobile and social media efforts; we will continue to shift resources accordingly.

"We are refocusing our magazine (including format and design changes introduced in the Jan/Feb 2013 issue) on content best suited to print periodicals, including more evergreen advice, exclusive lists and profiles, and less news-driven articles and resources, while creating stronger connections between the print product and our ongoing conversation with our audience on other platforms, especially social media and live events."

Graves told readers, "as a print magazine subscriber you are now entitled to an additional digital subscription to the all-new Black Enterprise iPad app at no extra charge, through our new All Access subscription program . . . In short, the subscription investment that once gave you access to just one platform now provides entree to all that we have to offer. . . . "

Black Enterprise had a circulation of 518,602 in June 2012, according to the Alliance for Audited Media, formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

Kwame Kilpatrick, former mayor of Detroit, was found guilty on 24 counts, includ

Detroit Papers Played Parts in Kwame Kilpatrick Saga

"Kwame Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson headed straight to prison Monday, just hours after a federal jury found them guilty of running a criminal enterprise out of the Detroit mayor’s office," Robert Snell and Jim Lynch reported Monday for the Detroit News.

"Kilpatrick was found guilty of 24 counts of racketeering, extortion, conspiracy and bribery. Ferguson, a city contractor and his longtime friend, was found guilty of nine counts. Both men face up to 20 years or more in prison."

The Detroit newspapers could claim their share of credit.

A timeline published by the Detroit Free Press began with a Free Press report from Aug. 29, 2001, reporting that then-state Rep. Kilpatrick solicited a $50,000 contribution in 2000 from Jon Rutherford, president of a homeless shelter, to the nonprofit Kilpatrick Civic Fund.

There was Jan. 23-24, 2008: "Free Press publishes text messages showing that Kwame Kilpatrick and chief of staff Christine Beatty lied under oath in a police whistle-blower trial the previous fall."

When Kilpatrick resigned that year, Caesar Andrews, then executive editor of the Free Press, told Journal-isms, "It's one of those magic moments that really justifies so much of what we try to do. This shows what aggressive investigative reporting can yield when done the right way. It shows what can happen when you have highly skilled investigative reporters cut loose to do what they can do."

But, Andrews added, "Make no mistake about it. It is a sad day, at least from my perspective, when a person as deeply talented (as Kilpatrick) is forced to resign," even though he was "very proud" of the quality of work his staff performed.

On Monday, Walter Middlebrook, assistant managing editor - Metro at the Detroit News, told Journal-isms by email, "We've got the best blog going on the trial... and anyone who has read federal courts reporter Rob Snell's daily reports will tell you he has had the liveliest coverage of the trial in his daily blog. Look for yourself.

"We've had reporters double teaming and tag-teaming the trial from Day One with one reporter in the courtroom and Snell reporting from the media room.

"We've been planning for a while for this day.

"We literally form two reporting teams on stories like this — a breaking news team that then turns the story over to our print team. OK, we don't have that many people to have two teams but we have to think like we're two teams.

"First mission — get it online and put together an attractive package of stories. We had several stories/ideas ready to go for the verdict and we got them up as soon as we knew where things stood. It was a strong package of stories that got stronger as the day went one

"Second mission — working with the design desks and getting all of our stories into print.

"It was one of our better team efforts."

Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Free Press, wrote, "It's tragic that the former mayor, who had such promise and potential, will see this city's future from a prison cell. But it's clear that the palpable energy and the focus around Detroit's rebirth is not hampered by his downfall.

"Let's be clear: The city still suffers horrific problems, and much of city government has fallen to a new low on the effectiveness scale. The looming state intervention to better manage the city's finances is eclipsed in importance only by the spectacular difficulties that Detroiters face every day with lighting, police response and other basic services.

"But just as Kilpatrick cannot be blamed for all of the trouble Detroit government now faces, he also hasn't stopped Detroiters from committing to something better. Even before city government comes around and functions for the benefit of the people who live here, the private and nonprofit sectors, as well as rank-and-file Detroiters themselves, have decided that things must move forward.

"Detroit is ready for a reset. . . . "

Obama's Hispanic-Media Man Steps Down

"An Obama administration official credited with improving White House access for the burgeoning Hispanic news media is leaving his post," Lesley Clark reported Friday for McClatchy Newspapers.

Luis Miranda

"Luis Miranda, 36, who grew up in South Florida and staffed then-presidential candidate Al Gore's Miami-Dade campaign office, is stepping down to return to the private sector as a communications consultant. The White House's director of Hispanic media, Miranda is credited — within the White House and the Hispanic media — with helping to provide access not seen in previous administrations. The outreach came as the White House was courting the growing Hispanic vote, which helped President Barack Obama win re-election last fall.

" 'The Hispanic media too often has been treated as a distant second string,' said Cecilia Munoz, Obama's chief domestic policy adviser. 'Luis really has shepherded a new era of access.'

"That includes the first bilingual White House daily news briefing, as well as invitations to Hispanic TV anchors to the traditional off-the-record luncheons that Obama holds before big speeches, including his State of the Union address.

"Miranda said he’d viewed his position as an advocate for the administration, 'but also an advocate internally, finding opportunities to integrate Hispanic media into everything we do.' . . ."

Administration Rejects More Than Third of FOIA Requests

"The Obama administration answered more requests from the public to see government records under the Freedom of Information Act last year, but more often than it ever has it cited legal exceptions to censor or withhold the material, according to a new analysis by The Associated Press. It frequently cited the need to protect national security and internal deliberations," Jack Gillum and Ted Bridis reported Monday for the Associated Press.

"The AP's analysis showed the government released all or portions of the information that citizens, journalists, businesses and others sought at about the same rate as the previous three years. It turned over all or parts of the records in about 65 percent of all requests. It fully rejected more than one-third of requests, a slight increase over 2011, including cases when it couldn't find records, a person refused to pay for copies or the request was determined to be improper."

The story also said, "The AP’s analysis also found that the government generally took longer to answer requests. Some agencies, such as the Health and Human Services Department, took less time than the previous year to turn over files. But at the State Department, for example, even urgent requests submitted under a fast-track system covering breaking news or events when a person's life was at stake took an average two years to wait for files. . . ."

Are Black Journalists in Pipeline for Top Jobs?

"NABJ is celebrating the reported announcement that ABC News is planning to hire Byron Pitts from CBS," Gregory H. Lee Jr., president of the National Association of Black Journalists, wrote on the NABJ website. "We celebrate one of our brightest talents not only in our association, but also in the industry. However, looking deeper into the issue, there are a number of questions that can be asked in the aftermath, including:

"1. Does CBS News have any successors of color lined up to replace Pitts, whose duties included contributions to '60 Minutes?'

"2. Are there any black journalists in the pipeline at CBS to be promoted? Although critics will ask: 'Why does Pitts have to be replaced by a black journalist?' others will argue Pitts replaced the irreplaceable Ed Bradley.

"But why do these questions need to be asked? Shouldn't the question be: 'Why does CBS have only "one" position slotted for a black journalist at '60 Minutes?' Where is the professional development at CBS to properly prepare and position black journalists in these roles and create more opportunities?

"These questions are not posed only to CBS; they are posed to an industry that is accustomed to trading its select few black journalists around like they are baseball cards. It does not happen only in the broadcast industry. It happens also in print journalism. . . .

"There is no real leadership in our industry to fix our diversity shortage, though our nation's demographics are changing at a rapid pace. Sure, there are programs such as the Sports Journalism Institute and the Chips Quinn Scholars programs that help feed the pipeline, but there are leaks in those pipes as people fall out of the industry because of a lack of development opportunities. . . . "

Ronald E. Childs Named Chicago Defender Editor

Ronald E. Childs, a Chicago public relations man who has worked as a journalist and speechwriter, has been named executive editor of the Chicago Defender, Target Market News reported last week.

Detroit-based Real Times Media, which also owns the Michigan Chronicle, the New Pittsburgh Courier, the Memphis Tri-State Defender and the Michigan Front Page, all black weekies, fired Executive Editor Lou Ransom in 2011 amid financial problems.

Rhonda Gillespie, who had been laid off as news editor with Ransom, returned as managing editor late last year, Michael House, the Defender president, told Journal-isms in December. House said then he was looking to hire an executive editor and that four people remained on the editorial staff. The once-daily newspaper became a weekly publication in 2008.

Childs, 53, was founder and principal of OMEN Communications, a media relations firm, and spent 10 years at Flowers Communications Group, where he was vice president of media relations. From 1988 to 1991, he worked as a publicist for Johnson Publishing Co., and from 1990 to 1994 worked at Johnson's now-defunct EM - Ebony Man magazine, where he was associate editor.

If You Have to Ask About the Diversity, You're Not Doing It Right

Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts in "T: The New York Times Style Magazine" MeLast month, Margaret Sullivan, public editor of the New York Times, said of the redesigned "T: The Times Style Magazine": "There was much to admire. But many readers found one aspect of the magazine disturbing — its lack of people of color. Indeed, there could be no argument; it was overwhelmingly white."

At a glance, the 138 pages of the latest edition, "Spring Men's Fashion" seemed just as white, but this time with 20-something, European-looking men.

"We just don't see what you see," Eileen Murphy, New York Times spokeswoman, told Journal-isms by email. "Notably, several of the poets we feature are people of color and there are other images throughout. And, we remain committed to a publication rich in diversity of all kinds."

A closer look, turning page by page, did indeed find some people of color, including the three in a "Young Poets" feature who actually dominated their pages. A spread on Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts, at first shown lying shirtless in bed, then, later, holding up the late Gil Scott-Heron's first album, "A New Black Poet: Small Talk at 12th and Lenox." An ad from designer John Varvatos features the young African American guitarist Gary Clark Jr. with Led Zeppelin founder Jimmy Page.

But then there are all those other pages. Tokenism? Diversity? This edition of "T: The Times Style Magazine" might fuel a discussion of which is which.

Event Planned to Respond to "Being White in Philly"

"Organizers hope Philadelphians of all races will turn out next week for an event at Love Park called 'Being in Philly,' " Jenice Armstrong, columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News, wrote Monday on her philly.com blog.

"The gathering, scheduled for 4 p.m. on March 20, is in response to a controversial Philadelphia magazine cover story called 'Being White In Philly.' In the piece, based on anonymous interviews, Robert Huber makes the claim that white people are afraid to talk about race for fear of being called racist.

"The article has a lot of problems, many of them well documented already. But the first-day-of-spring event isn't so much to address the issue of bad journalism but to present another view of what's happening in Philly. . . ."

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Detroit Media Toxic Coverage

One of the leading players in the decay of Detroit has been the media outlets. For decades the media in the Detroit has led the pack in its contempt of the residents of the city and its Black leaders. The leading media print outlets have token Black presence in their editorial departments both the Detroit News and Free Press have never mirrored the city's population in staffing in any decent levels. The coverage of the city's fiscal problems and the conviction of the city's former mayor is an ugly portrait of race baiting and demonization of Black elected officials that is shameful by any standards . Observing the media orgy of the former mayor's trial was like watching a pack of scavengers feasting on road kill. A truly ugly display of tabloid journalism.

Cross-postings from blackbluedog.com

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  • Jonathan Blount · Clinton Junior College, Shaw University, Rutgers University AS THE PRIME fOUNDER OF essence( LITTLE "E" INTENDED), I have a lot of information on, about, to and for this subject:

    From the original $25K seed investment by Jackie Robinson and Bill Hudgins', FREEDOM NATIONAL BANK, to the $130K Bridge financing from a consortium of MESBICS, which was guaranteed by the impending PLAYBOY investment, to PLAYBOY (After I raised $250K from and the 7 Staffers, led by Editor Ida Lewis, I and co-Founders Cecil Hollingsworth and Gordon Parks were eventually forced to leave the company to protest their early takeover attempt. We publicly picketed PLAYBOY headquarters), To the critical $300K that I raised from JOHN HANCOCK that staved off early extinction, to the $265K that Gordon, Cecil and I raised from Gordon's Chinese Brother-in-law, Oscar Tang through which we bought legal majority control, to the illegal stock that was issued on a Saturday on some blank stock certificates bought at the stationary store, that forced a lawsuit that they bleed us and drained the company through.

    We were left with a Hobson's choice: "If you win you lose." Out of dismay and frustration, I turned to an old advisor. Dewey Ballantines' sage elder lawyer, Ethan Alyae, put it this way: "Once two clients were arguing over who owned a cow. One had the cow by the tail while the other had the cow by the head while the lawyers milked the cow in the middle."

    To our launch of ELAN, the magazine for the ESSENCE Graduate. Led by Editor Marie Brown, it was both a journalistic and a financial success. Financed by Multi-millionaire, Astro-physicist, Dr Cecile Barker. Then one day the opposition smeared us politically with the IRS that seized the $5 million capital fund from OAO's bank accounts effectively putting us out of business while the issues were successfully defended.

    To the night that I rounded up the votes from the shareholders to stop TIME INC from buying a minority 49% interest and maintaining the two classes of A and B stock that forever insured Black Majority control. Frin the beginning, only Blacks could own A stock which elected 2/3 of the Board. Whites could only own B stock. While I had agreement on the phone the night before, at the Stockholders meeting my motion died for lack of a second.

    I warned in the press that this was the beginning of a slow acquisition. I told Ed, Larry and Susan that their days were numbered and that the fierce independent voice that I established when I CONCEIVED AND NAMED ESSENCE would be extinguished.

    I had previously cultivated TIME INC as a development partner for ADVANCE, a magazine directed to the interest of the African American audience through the Back Male conduit.I was offered $1 million to relinquish majority interest yet remain as the titular order-taking head of ship. TIME was going to bring in its aspiring Black staff to run the show. I refused and they launched EMERGE with that internal staff.

    All of this is well documented. I shall offer greater insight and detail should there be any further interest.

    Progressively,

    Jonathan Sebastian Blount.

    Originating Founder

    ESSENCE Magazine

    jonathanpsc@yahoo.com

    202-997-7574

    Jonathan Blount wrote this for naturallymoi.com:

    Jonathan Blount · Clinton Junior College, Shaw University, Rutgers University

    As the conceptional and organizing FOUNDER, Essence since [its] inception has always had a dynamic of community accountability that held it to a high standard of positive, resourceful reflection.

    It began with Pat Hollingsworth, Maphis Williams and Cydya Smith, who vetoed the first prototype presented by Bernadette Carey, ESSENCE's first Editor. They correctly identified the content to be fluff and devoid of meaningful substance for BLACK women. Then through focus groups, the target audience roundly rejected my working title SAPPHIRE. I wanted to convert the Amos N Andy loud, rotund unsupportive , finger pointing, head snappin image of the Black women projected by the show.

    While they agreed the concept was noble but nonetheless a continuation of a negative stereotype. They were right. Next came a Harlem invasion into our offices by New Breed principals who questioned the community commitment of we founders.

  • Then there was the internal revolt led by Hattie Gosset against Editor Ruth Ross attacking that ESSENCE was not Black enough. Next came the stand off between Editor , Ida Lewis and Editorial Director, Gordon Parks as to what cover image would project to resonate best with the audience. Gordon wanted a high fashion image of Beverly Johnson while Ida wanted a more "average everywoman" appeal. That became my first disagreement with our famed Editorial Director. It was a great risk since the investment community demanded that Gordon was essential to financing since we neophyte publishers had no publishing experience,. Without Gordon, we had no credibility and thus NO MONEY.

    The courage and fortitude of Ida Lewis , who led a walk out when the investors finance committee revealed that they were going to "get rid of all five launch Founders because we lacked experience." They asked her and the staff to just stay in place. At the Board meeting where they were starting with me, Ida and the staff invaded the meeting saying, If he goes, so do we." Ultimately, Cecile Hollingsworth and I, who were the two, who first sacrificed our jobs and businesses to commit our lives to ESSENCE were forced out. Ida, Editor; Ben Mapp, Art Dir; Agnes Benjamin, Fashion Editor; Wil Clanton, Comptroller and several others walked out to protest the undue influence of white outsiders.

    We set up picket lines, held press conferences and campaigned against the defacto takeover. Imamu Baraka lent the support of his troops led be Enfundishi Maasi. As we were headed for an armed takeover of the offices, I aborted the mission finally realizing and fearing that such action would give the finance and advertising community the excuse they needed to withdraw support and kill the magazine.I held out hope that new Editor, Marcia Gillespie would guide the magazine in relevance. She did. There are many additional examples of community influence, support and accountability.

    Black Women supported us even though we had not yet found our voice. ESSENCE has not yet begun to be the leading International voice, conduit and amalgamation force of, for and about Black Women globally.

    I firmly believe that "wherever Black America is going, Black Women are going to lead us." I never wanted to be acquired by TIME Inc, I wanted to BE TIME Inc. I fought to the last minute to maintain Black majority control. It is still possible if Black women leaders, organizations and institutions will unite behind Susan Taylor and Constance White to buy back our freedom. Constance is to be applauded for her courageous stand. It is not the first but it should be and can be the last. There is much more to the story.

    Should anyone have further interest, I am Jonathan Sebastian Blount and can be reached at 202-997-7574 and jonathanpsc@yahoo.com.

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    Jonathan Blount · Clinton Junior College, Shaw University, Rutgers University

     

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    • Reynard Allison · · Works at Meet The Producers Thank you so much for your insightful firsthand commentary! Reply · 1 · Like · Sunday at 3:03am
    • Marion P Fields Thank your for setting the record straight and giving a very valuable lesson on the power we have as a people when we work together to create. The lesson of how corporations are always at the ready to own our lives and make money on our backs. Their maneuvering cost them the magazine because I"m still receiving notices," we want you back", not going to happen. Reply · 3 · Like · Sunday at 3:19am
    • Jeffrey Perot · Top Commenter Jonathan, I think the "further interest" is apparent. Why not publish a short expose on the process on Your Black World website or somewhere? The corporate shenanigans that goes on should be aired out a bit more so people can get a better understanding. Reginald Lewis' book was great for going under the hood of a lot of this but Essence's story is far more contemporary. Please consider this. Reply · 4 · Like · Sunday at 1:35pm
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  • Elinor Bowles · Works at Published Author Thank you again, Dr. Boyce. We are going through a period where critical thinking and assessment of our values and way of life are essential. It's survival time! You are doing a wonderful job of helping us clarify our values. Reply · 22 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 1:30pm
  • Shahid Raki · Top Commenter · Dayton, Ohio I wonder why there are so many black women wearing their hair in some fixed stage. If I turned many black women around and just looked at them from the waist up I would know what race of woman I was looking at. Think of the black female singing artists that flip their hair all around like their white counterparts. I like the Esparanza Spaldings and Eryka Badu kind of hair wearing females. Give me the natural, dreds, braids, or even bald heads over the fixed hair any day. Reply · 14 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 1:36pm
  • Andrea MzbrownSuga · Northeastern Illinois University That's why I did not renew my subscription. Focused too much on topics that are partially irrelevant. I knew it was something when I began see white advertisement. Reply · 12 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 12:57pm
  • Telfia Muckeroy · Top Commenter The moment Time magazine took over, I knew the fix was in. Every issue is just another recycling of the same entertainers. They NEVER speak in topics of relevancy anymore. I won't renew either. Reply · 9 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 1:26pm
    • Regina James · Top Commenter You are so right and that is why I don't subscribe to it anymore. Reply · 1 · Like · Saturday at 3:20pm
    • Ivan B. Cohen · Top Commenter · Savannah State University There is a term for it......fluff. Time magazine is a barracuda. There was a time I used to pick it up in the library and really read it. Two weeks ago in the library after so many years I picked it up again but in essence(no pun intended) I just turned the pages. Reply · Like · 7 hours ago
  • Shawn James · · Writer/Publisher at SJS DIRECT Essence is just Cosmopolitan with Black women in it these days. No more discussion of Black female issues or commentary on the Black community. Now it's just another sold out publication Move forward and start reading other things like Black blogs. Reply · 6 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 2:07pm
  • D.c. Price · Top Commenter I agree Boyce. It disturbs me that the magazine that positions itself as a periodical for woman of color would have so many advertisements showing white women. I have expressed this to all levels of the mag and highlighted the negative message that is sent to our younger sisters. No response. If advertisers want their product considered by us, the least they could do is employ us to represent it. Good job on this article. Reply · 5 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 6:02pm
    • Ivan B. Cohen · Top Commenter · Savannah State University Someone told me a long time that advertisements were the life blood of a magazine. In the words of a civil rights leader, there is no reciprocity. No black( I'm talking jet black, ebony black, midnight black) women are going to appear endorsing products in magazines catering to white women. One, because they ain't having it. Two, because Madison Avenue is still dominated by white males who say why bother with a carbon copy(black woman) when we can get the real thing. Reply · Like · 7 hours ago
  • Penny L. Williams Thank you so much for the validation. I thought I had gone to sleep and woken up 100 years later like Rip Van Winkle and the world had changed to a place where Black people no longer had problems and were on the fast track and racism and economic exploitation and discrimination were things of the past and I was way behind the times. When I read Essence now I keep asking myself "Did I miss something? I can't afford these clothes, cars, etc. How did I get left so far behind, I've done all the "right" things? Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It's not me. Its just the same ole, same ole. Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · Sunday at 7:56pm
  • Mary Givens · University of Phoenix Preach brother! Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · Saturday at 8:10pm
  • Victor Neely · Top Commenter Who would read magazine that has Wendy Williams on its cover? What a lame! Reply · Like · Follow Post · 17 hours ago

 

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