Over 3/4 Black Women Not Happy with Essence Choice of White Male Editor

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A recent Your Black World Survey found that over three-fourths (78.2%) of black female respondents were unhappy with a recent decision by the magazine to hire a white male managing editor.  Michael Bullerdick was chosen to be the managing editor for the magazine that considers itself to be a leading voice for African American women. […]

Dr. Boyce: JP Morgan Nows Owns a Chunk of Ebony/Jet – The Death of Black-Owned Media

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. One of the last holdouts in the onslaught of major corporations seeking to take over the black-owned media space was the Johnson Publishing Company, which runs Ebony and Jet Magazines.  As Essence Magazine, BET and other outlets found themselves running into the arms of a financial white knight, the Johnson family […]

Has Essence Lost its Appeal for Black Women’s Issues?

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by Raynard Jackson Essence Magazine used to be the preeminent magazine for Black women in the U.S.  They, like many Black publications, have lost their relevance; and in the process become an embarrassment to the very group they claim to target. Essence was founded in 1968 by Ed Lewis, Clarence Smith, Cecil Hollingworth, Jonathan Blount, […]