A few editorial departures were announced at Essence magazine this weekend, including Constance C.R. White, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, who only returned to the magazine in 2011.
White’s journalism background is a rich one — “founding fashion editor at Talk magazine; style reporter for The New York Times; and executive fashion editor at ELLE magazine,” among other positions, reports The Root, quoting the announcement of her appointment to Essence EIC. She was a brand consultant and spokeswoman for eBay before making the move.
White replaced Angela Burt-Murray, who resigned after five years and has since launched a new site, CocoaFab.com. White is credited with adding diversity of skin tone and look to Essence’s pages.
Also leaving Essence are Corynne L. Corbett, the magazine’s beauty editor, and Greg Monfries, the magazine’s creative director. Executive editor Vanessa Bush is stepping in as EIC temporarily. Time Inc, which owns Essence, is cutting 500 jobs. Essence is second in circulation to Ebony for magazines targeting black Americans.