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Ebony Magazine Unveils Their 2014 Power 100 List

November 11th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Today, Ebony magazine released their annual EBONY Power 100 list that honors the achievements of African Americans. This year, the iconic media outlet chose Shonda Rhimes, Lebron James, Pharrell Williams and Laverne Cox as a few of the African Americans who broke barriers in their various industries. Besides unveiling their choices of honorees, Ebony will recognize the honorees with a gala celebration that will take place at Los Angeles on November 19 at the Avalon Hollywood.

In a released statement, the Ebony editorial team expressed their pride in selecting the 100 influential African Americans:

“The list of outstanding leaders highlights individuals from a variety of fields, including business, medicine, sports, media, religion, the creative arts and more. As the curator of the African-American experience, EBONY is proud to showcase these individuals.”

The 2014 Power 100 List will be featured in the December issue of Ebony, which will be on newsstands the week of November 17. The December issue is also dedicated to the issue of race and why it is still an important topic of discussion.

Taraji P. Henson Covers October Ebony Talks “No Good Deed” And Feeling Like She’s On The D-List

September 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Taraji P. Henson Covers October Ebony

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We love us some Taraji P. Henson. The girl is the full package. She’s smart, beautiful, incredibly talented, funny and seemingly down to earth in an industry that can be very superficial. It was probably this “around the way girl” type quality that influenced Ebony Magazine to put her on the cover of their October issue. That and the fact that her movie No Good Deed comes out this weekend.

During the interview, Taraji talked about her character in the movie, which she helped to produce, her guilty pleasure and using her celebrity status to get perks. On a more serious note, she says that after all she’s accomplished there are still times where she’s treated like a D lister. But she’s found a way to rise above it all.

Check out a few highlights from the interview below.


Which body part will you have to fix in five years?

My stomach. I get it from my mom, who had to get a tummy tuck because she didn’t exercise. I try to work out at least five days a week. But if it reaches the point where I am not satisfied, I’m just going to be like, “Can you suck this out of me? Thanks!”


What’s your guilty pleasure?

Watching ratchet, ratchet television—like any of the Real Housewives shows, especially when they were fighting and a girl got her weave snatched out—that is my guilty pleasure. Sometimes, I’ll just sit in front of the TV, screaming, “Ratchet, ratchet, ratchet! Where’s the ratchet TV?”


What’s the last thing you used your celeb status to get?
To get my fat a– into a restaurant. If someone tells me there’s a wait, I’ll walk right to the front of the line like, “I need a table now. I need to eat, and I want this. So let’s work this out.”


On her No Good Deed character
“It’s a real girl-power film; she never stops fighting. It delivers the message that you don’t ever have to become the victim.”


The best advice she’s ever received
“My dad always told me to get from around those who have the same problem and get around people who have a solution.”


On her career
“I’m still treated like I’m on the D-list. I’m still being considered with actresses who haven’t done half the stuff I’ve achieved.”

“When people tell me no, I get hyped. Because when I prove that I can and will, I love watching people eat crow.”

In addition to Taraji’s cover Ebony, in the wake of the Michael Brown killing, is taking a look at the issue of Civil Rights in this country, contemplating how far we’ve progressed since the ’50’s and ’60’s. They also spoke exclusively to Michael Brown’s parents Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr. who want to ensure that their son’s death was not in vain.

You can pick up the October issue of Ebony on newsstands today and learn more about this issue here.

“Get On Up” Stars Cover Ebony Magazine, Chadwick Boseman Explains Why He Didn’t Want To Play James Brown Initially

August 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Get On Up is likely to exceed your expectations. Chadwick Boseman so embodies the essence of James Brown that Brown’s only family members have said that they had to question who was on screen at certain points.  After delivering such a stellar performance alongside Nelsan Ellis, Jill Scott and Tika Sumpter, it was only right that Ebony Magazine feature a few of the movie’s stars on the cover of their September issue.

On the cover, Chadwick, Nelsan and Tika, donning the same style depicted in the biopic. And inside, they talked about their approach to the film and what they ultimately ended up taking from the experience.

Boseman told Ebony that initially he didn’t want the role.

“When my manager brought me the script, I didn’t even want to read it because I knew attempting to play James Brown would just be crazy.”

But once he received the part, beating out 20 other actors, he became dedicated to bringing the Godfather of Soul back to life on screen and took time to understand his personality and motivations in order to do so.

“He was a complicated man, both good and bad.  Once you understand the reasons for his dichotomy, it’s easier to grasp who he was.”

Boseman was so committed to the role, he actually made his fellow actors step their game up. Nelsan Ellis, who plays Brown’s longtime friend Bobby Byrd and is best known for his role as Lafayette on HBO’s hit series “True Blood,” told Ebony: 

“I thought, ‘If I’m going to act opposite [Chad], I’ll need to prove myself worthy. You’ll see some of the best acting I’ve ever done on this last season of “True Blood” and I owe that to Chad. I don’t know what people’s reactions will be, but I do want them to see a different side of my acting in this film.”

And Tika Sumpter, who has a minor role in the movie, says she values the experience more than anything.

I wouldn’t take this time back at all.  The talent here elevated my own and has done nothing but push me forward. For me, it’s not always just about the work; it’s also about the connection.”

An increasingly rising star in this business, Tika knows the importance of seizing the day in order to make moves in your career.

“Nowadays, you simply can’t wait for someone to give it to you. You have to create opportunities for yourself when nobody else will.”

The September issue of Ebony hits newsstands today, August 12.


Mitzi Miller Named The New Editor-In-Chief of ‘Ebony’ Magazine

April 22nd, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Desiree Rogers, the CEO of Johnson Publishing, has named Mitzi Miller the edtor-in-chief of Ebony magazine, effective immediately. She was previously the EIC of Jet magazine. Miller succeeds Amy DuBois Barnett who had been editor since 2010.

Miller moved into the top job at Jet in May 2011. Wendy Wilson, currently the managing editor at Jet will now be in charge of day-to-day operations, according to a statement MadameNoire received.

While at Jet, Miller is credited with “revamping” the 62-year-old magazine, including a redesign of the magazine and its online presence, including increased participation in social media. Prior to joining Johnson Publishing, she was the EIC of SET magazine, was an associate editor of Jane magazine and worked for Honey magazine. Her resume also includes author (she’s written five books) and regular contributor to One Now with Roland Martin on TVOne, Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC, CNN Newsroom and a number of other TV news programs.

There’s no word at this moment about where Barnett is heading, but this is the last tweet she posted:

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10 Iconic African American Magazine Covers

February 14th, 2014 - By Madame Noire
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From StyleBlazer

The internet has made the world around us move so fast these days, it’s very rare that we take a moment to absorb historical moments. Images, which have always been a leading form of communication, are fleeting with the scroll of a finger.

For this Black History Month we’re taking a moment to look back at a few iconic magazine covers with some of our favorite faces of the face of the past. You’ll see everyone from Whitney Houston (below) to Nelson Mandela soon after his release from prison in 1990.

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The Grio And Ebony Magazine Join Forces To Give Rachel Jeantel The Ultimate Makeover

November 8th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.

“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.

As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.

“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”

During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.

“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.

The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.

“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.

You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.

Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.

Look Who It Is! Tamar And Logan Cover Ebony

September 9th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Are we the only ones who almost didn’t even recognize a raven-haired Tamar Braxton on the cover of Ebony? For the magazine’s October issue, Tamar and Logan, her adorable newborn baby, look like a picturesque mother and son — and we have to say Tamar’s toned down look makes her look the most maternal we’ve ever seen her.

This cover isn’t a total surprise, as we already reported the details of Ebony’s candid interview with the new mother, new talk show host, and new solo artist in May, but at the time the cover was a complete secret. Here are a few snippets from the Q&A in case you missed them the first time around:

On being in an abusive relationship

“I can’t make anybody believe, I can’t change anybody’s mind about anything. (The abuse,) it happened. I’m not all the way comfortable with sharing a lot of what happened to me (yet), but what I said was true. When I’m ready to talk about my abusive past I will, I’m sorry that I’m not. But if it wasn’t for (God), I wouldn’t be here.”

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“I haven’t always been vocal about my feelings, especially in a relationship. Now, I make sure that I’m very vocal about my feelings, everybody knows how I feel.  Sometimes it’s over the top and most of the time it’s ‘Team Too-Much,’ But I have to do a lot. (I was) a shy person who had self-esteem issues trying to figure it out — now,  I’ve gotten over my hangovers. You say, I’m comfortable and confident, it took a long time to get there. Maybe like a year or so before “Braxton Family Values,” I wasn’t that person. I was faking it til I make it, pretty much.”

How vitiligo has affected her self-esteem

“Anybody with skin issues knows that that’s a very sensitive subject. And that’s why I’ve never shared that I have Vitiligo, because I do. I’ve always had it, since I was a young girl. It’s not as bad as others because everybody has it differently, but I’ve certainly had mine diagnosed.  That’s why I tan. People say, “You bleach your skin!” But I tan just so I can have a better tone on my skin, boo!… It does weigh on your self-esteem. It really does.”

How Vince helped her conquer those issues

“The thing that I love the most about (Vincent) is that he’s helped me with accepting what happened to me and helped me realize that that’s not my make-up, (being abused) is not who I am, it hasn’t hindered who I am, it hasn’t stopped my integrity. I really appreciate him more and more everyday because he’s helped my self-esteem issues so much. “

Guess we’ll have to wait until the issue hits newsstands to see what Tamar had to say about her infertility struggle. Thankfully,  for now we still have this adorable cover to check out. What do you think about Tamar and Logan on Ebony?

The Frenzy Over White People Boycotting EBONY Was Based On A Rumor

August 8th, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Black Twitter was absorbed with the #WhitePeopleBoycottingEBONY hashtag, which sprouted in response to EBONY magazine’s tweet about its September issue. The upcoming issue of the magazine features four powerful covers of black celebrity fathers and sons (Dwayne Wade, Spike Lee, Boris Kodjoe, and Trayvon Martin’s parents and brother) dressed in gray hoodies. To promote the issue EBONY tweeted:

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As usual, the hashtag, which took over Black Twitter, followed with some hilarious Tweets. But the whole thing was based on a rumor, reports News One.

There has been social media outrage as “racist trolls stormed EBONY’s twitter mentions with bigoted comments, while a comment on, led to frenzied speculation that the Tea Party of America planned to boycott the magazine to protest the covers,” reports News One. EBONY‘s tweet “also caused an avalanche of racist tears — even though the magazine clearly never confirmed nor denied the existence of a boycott — because the Tea Party had apparently been maligned by big, mean EBONY,” News One continues.

Gawker looked into the issue as well (via The Atlantic Wire) and traced the boycott rumor back to a comment on that Breitbart story that reads, in part, “Notice it’s in Ebony Magazine. How many white people or white hispanics even bother to look at that? They are just continuing to feed the race baiting community. How sad for America. Those that do not agree should boycott the Heat and the magazine!” (The comment was referring directly to the cover with Miami Heat player Wade and his boys.)

So it doesn’t look like there was an organized Tea Party boycott of EBONY in the making, though The Atlantic Wire does point out that there was a lot of George Zimmerman support in response to the covers.

Really, all of this is beside the point. The photos are powerful and well done. It’s a discussion we must continue to have.

Black Publications Struggle For Survival Amid Turmoil In The Media Industry

July 31st, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Magazines in general are struggling, but publications that target African Americans have hit a rough patch leaving many to ponder if African-American magazines are still relevant.

Not only are black magazines having difficulty attracting ad sales and readers, some are having trouble refocusing their voice. As we recently reported, Essence is accused of suffering from a lack of editorial direction and identity.

“With such legacy brands as Ebony/Jet, Essence and Black Enterprise, African-American media outlets have carved out a place for themselves in a once homogenous industry that failed to tell the stories most pertinent to minority audiences. But as the market consolidates, will they continue to play a salient role in communities of color?” questions The Huffington Post on the cusp of the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists convention.

Understanding the need to change, some black publications are trying to adapt. Jet magazine, for example, recently relaunched with a new design–and attitude–to keep up with its demo’s needs. It was its first redesign in 62 years.

“The landscape for black media is really the same for all media, which is everybody is scrambling for the new business model now that it’s more about delivering audiences to advertisers than it is about delivering content to audiences,” Black Enterprise‘s editor-at-large  Alfred Edmond Jr. told HuffPo. According to Edmond, black magazines must find a way to reach out to advertisers in order to ensure their survival.

With cable television being dominated by white men, there is an obvious need for media outlets that are for–and by–African Americans.

Do you still read African-American print publications?

Four Black Women In STEM Careers Talk With ‘Ebony’ Magazine About Their Paths To The Top

June 3rd, 2013 - By Ann Brown
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Ebony has published a story on four African-American women who are not only close friends, but, also a rarity in the job market, are black females in STEM fields.

Blacks are 12 percent of the U.S. population yet they received just seven percent of all STEM bachelor’s degrees, four percent of master’s degrees, and two percent of PhDs according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Out of 5,048 PhDs awarded in the physical sciences, 89 went to blacks, reports the magazine.

But these all of these four women — Jessica Porter, 29, Marguerite Matthews, 29, Dahlia Haynes, 31, and Racquel Jemison, 27 — received PhDs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields before reaching 30.  And now each is thriving: Porter is a current senior sensory scientist at Proctor & Gamble; Matthews is currently doing a post-doc at Oregon Health & Science University; Jemison is a Morgan State grad and doctoral student Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) who will receive a PhD in chemistry this fall; and Haynes is a  post-doctoral research associate at CMU.

There are some surprising revelations in the piece. Among them, most of them women did not feel there were obstacles in their way as young students that would have [prevented them from entering STEM fields, though they agree there needs to be more support for black students.I, for one, have received great institutional support to excel in science based fields. I do believe however that it is because of the (White) people I had around me who were heavily invested in diversity,” said Haynes.

Added Matthews,I don’t think there are barriers preventing Black students from going into or excelling in the sciences, per se. But I do think there is a lack of support, encouragement, and proper education for many Black students – especially those coming from more disadvantaged economic backgrounds.”

Porter said she felt she was actually given more help because she is African American. “I do not think that there are barriers preventing Black women from entering or excelling in science based fields any more than there are barriers for White women. Science remains to be a male dominated field so the issues from my experience have had to do more with being a woman than being Black. In addition, as a Black woman, we check two boxes, which tend to be very important for funding especially at a time when scientific funding is being cut,” she explained.

All of the women agreed there needed to be more outreach to African American students to tell them about opportunities in STEM. And Matthews stressed a need for blacks in STEM to get involved. It’s hard for any kid to aspire to an occupation they may know nothing about. Kids want to emulate what they see. If they’re not seeing scientists and engineers – especially those that look like them – they’re likely not going to pursue those careers. And we all know it’s not just what you know, but who you know. So Black kids need to know STEM professionals and know the resources to tap into to get there,” she pointed out. Even past school, the foursome agreed it was important for blacks in STEM to support each other.  

Do you agree with these women?