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Johnson Publishing Sells Ebony And Jet Magazines

June 15th, 2016 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ebony and Jet magazines have been sold by Johnson Publishing to Clear View Group, an African-American owned private equity firm based in Austin, Texas, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The amount that Johnson obtained from the sale has not been disclosed; however, we do know that the publisher will retain Fashion Fair Cosmetics and its historic photo archives, which is still up for sale.

Linda Johnson Rice, who is the daughter of JP founder John Johnson and also chairman of the company, will serve as chairman emeritus on the board of the new company, Ebony Media Operations.

“This is the next chapter in retaining the legacy that my father, John H. Johnson, built to ensure the celebration of African-Americans,” she said in a statement released Tuesday.

According to Michael Gibson, co-founder of Clear View Group, Ebony will retain most of its current staff during the transition; however, Ebony’s editor-in-chief Kierna Mayo will be stepping to down to pursue other opportunities. Tuesday on Twitter, she announced that she has accepted a position at Interactive One as their new Senior Vice President of Content and Brands.

Ebony will maintain their Chicago headquarters and New York editorial office.

Check out our newest series Curls Run The World featuring poet, Aja Monet!

Tariq Nasheed Reveals His “Hidden Colors” In His Support Of R. Kelly

December 23rd, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Why have a boring ol’ traditional White (man’s) Christmas when you can have a “Ho Ho Hotep” Christmas?

What I mean is, Tariq Nasheed, a.k.a., Mr. Cheesy Mack turned adjunct professor of ancient Black history, arts and antiquities at the University of YouTube, recently accused anyone who thought R. Kelly handled himself badly during his recent interview with Huffington Post‘s Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani (and in life in general) with conspiring with White supremacy.

More specifically, the producer of the popular Hidden Colors documentary series tweeted:

I saw that #RKelly interview and the host #CarolineModarressyTehrani was extremely rude, disrespectful and unprofessional

Has the WS sent their “Negro Shaming Committee” from to attack any Black people who disagree with #CaroMT #Rkelly ?

If you see any ppl on #BlackTwitter co-signing that disrespectful host #CaroMT who interviewed #RKelly, they are connected to #EbonyMag

I have no idea how Ebony is connected to White supremacy or what the Negro Shaming Committee is (But for those who do: Are they accepting applications?). But the series of tweets might be an indirect shot at Morehouse professor and CNN commentator Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, who hours before Nasheed’s declaration tweeted, “R. Kelly was rude, condescending, sexist, and flat out disgusting in his @HuffPostLive interview with @CaroMT.”

Naturally, Hill’s statement sparked all sorts of debate on social media. In particular, around the idea that those in the Black community who won’t defend R. Kelly are selective in their outrage and don’t carry the same disdain for celebrated White alleged sex offenders like Woody Allen, Roman Polanski or Jared the Subway guy.

I won’t go too deep down the rabbit’s butthole other than to say that Jared Fogle is in jail and the allegations against Allen, among other White sex offenders, have been called out for years in mainstream (a.k.a., the White man’s) media outlets. And I never understood how the existence of White-on-White violence somehow negates R. Kelly’s own acts of violence against other Black people?

I mean, why would any so-called conscious person champion that as the standard? Personally, I feel that those who think that sexual violence against women is okay because some White men “get away with it” would be more akin to White supremacy’s values and tenants than those who want to end sexual violence in general.

But what I find most interesting about Nasheed’s declaration, in particular, is that it comes from a man who considered White women to be “upscale” and the epitome of all things progressive and wonderful in society while Black women taste like oppression.

More specifically, he once said this on his Internet radio show about his preferences:

No matter what people say about me, you will always see me with a dime. An upscale Black b—h – if I f–k with one. I try to f–k with upscale b—hes of any race I deal with. White b—h, Asian b—h, whatever, she’s going to be upscale. I’m not messing with anybody’s hoodrat because number one: I live in the suburbs. Her little raggedy car is not going to make it to the suburbs. Her transmission will fall out by the time she makes it to the freeway. I’m not coming down to the ‘hood to f–k with her. Sh-t, ’cause in most cases she either lives with her mom or if she got her own spot, she ain’t got no got-damn furniture. What dude wants to leave the suburbs – what dude wants to leave his five-bedroom house – to go make love on a got-damn [wood] palette?

So just to recap, Nasheed:

  • Calls Black women (and other races of women) b—hes
  • Doesn’t live around “hoodrats”
  • Makes disparaging remarks about Blacks who belong to a lower economic status (and who are most vulnerable to White supremacy by the way) than his own
  • And does not practice Black empowerment (refuses to date a Black woman of a lower economic status, if he messes with one at all)

Yeah, nothing sounds anti-Black, White supremacist about that at all…

Ebony Reveals 70th Anniversary “Power To The (100) People” Cover

November 23rd, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Today, Ebony Magazine unveiled its 70th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Cover, featuring celebrity-advocate favorites Jesse Williams, Harry Belafonte and Zendaya on the cover. The three stood with the captioned phrase “Stand For Something,” focusing on the issue’s theme of “advocacy, audacity and the arts.” The edition will also feature Ebony’s annual Power 100 list that is appropriately titled “Power (100) To The People.”

Kendrick Lamar, Kwasi Enin, Prince, Adehnah Bayho and Amandla Stenberg were among the few who were highlighted as African-Americans who broke barriers in their respected career field for the year 2015.

In a press release, Ebony’s editor-in-chief  Kierna Mayo expressed her thoughts on the 70th-anniversary edition and Power 100 List, saying:

“It is truly an honor to celebrate the tremendous talents and accomplishments of the honorees on this year’s Power 100 list. From the #BlackLivesMatter movement to technology disruptors to the boardrooms of Fortune 500 companies, all of the selected individuals have made an undeniable impact. They represent outstanding examples of greatness, and provide hope and inspiration for the next generation.”

Ebony Magazine’s  70th Anniversary Collector’s Edition Cover will be on newsstands November 25. For more information on the mag’s Power 100 list, visit the 2015 Power 100 site.

Azealia Banks Wants Black Media To Stop Covering Her: “You Have Done The Most To Damage My Brand”

August 23rd, 2015 - By Ashley Monaé
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Source: WENN

If there’s one thing to be said about Azealia Banks, it’s definitely that the 24-year-old rapper is very passionate about her value as both a woman and an artist.

These days, it has become very common for celebrities and artists to freely verbalize their opinion on things. For Banks, this notion is nothing new: Nicki Minaj’s Madame Tussauds wax figure to Iggy Azalea’s cultural smudging to Kendrick Lamar’s Ferugson comments. The Harlem native is notoriously known to take her frustrations and thoughts to social media to let fans, followers and the general public alike know exactly what she thinks.

This afternoon, she stirred up conversation when she posted a picture via Twitter of an EBONY Magazine article regarding the cultural smudging beef between her and Iggy Azalea. Banks tweeted, “The only time I made it 2 ebony magazine was in a discussion of another white woman. Black media is counter productive.”

She continued sharing her feelings about the article, begging that Black media publications stop covering her because they’ve basically gone out of their way to damage her brand.

Azealia has since deleted her first tweet directed to EBONY, but kept the rest posted on her account.

Check out what Ms. Banks had to say below.


  Do you agree? Or has Ms. Banks’ own ways caused people to focus more on her beefs than her music?

UPDATED: Mitzi Miller Steps Down As ‘Ebony’ Editor After Less Than A Year

February 20th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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UPDATED at 5:42 pm ET: We received this press release statement from Johnson Publishing this afternoon.

Today, Mitzi Miller has resigned as the EIC of Ebony magazine. We were delighted to have Ms. Miller as a part of our family over the last four years. We wish Mitzi well as she pursues a career in film. We are proud of the role that many of our alumnae play in the entertainment industry.

Mitzi has been on a personal leave for the last six weeks and our strong editorial bench has stepped in. The company will continue to take a look at assigning new talent to the publication as we develop newways to increase the dominance of the magazine through digital, event activations and sponsorships.


Mitzi Miller is stepping down from her position as editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine after less than a year on the job. She took the position in April 2014.

Miller will now pursue opportunities in television and film, according to a press release MadameNoire received this morning. The 2006 book The Vow that she co-authored has already been made into the Lifetime movie With This Ringwhich starred Regina Hall, Jill Scott and Eve. Her other books include The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life and the Hotlanta young adult series.

Miller took the Ebony position when Amy DuBois Barnett stepped down. She was previously the EIC of Jet. At that magazine, she led a revamp of the print version as well as a digital redesign and a brand refresh. She was with Johnson Publishing (the parent company for both magazines) for four years.

Miller has also appeared on The Root 100 list of influential African Americans, and has been a guest on shows including Good Morning America.

“It will always be an honor to have been a part of the Johnson Publishing Company legacy. Having served as the editor-in-chief for two of the oldest and most successful African American publications, I take pride in the issues the team was able to explore and expose to the readers. And now, I look forward to continuing to tell our dynamic stories in a new way with my next venture,” she said in a statement.

In case you missed With This Ring, here’s our previous coverage.

Ebony Magazine Investigates Race In America, Finding The Ways Minorities Are Impacted

December 9th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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The December issue of Ebony magazine investigates the issue of race in the United States and why it is still relevant to dissect. In their report “State of Race In America” Ebony plans to identifies statistics that connect with race such as economic disparity, education and health. In a press release, Ebony’s EIC Mitzi Miller reflects on the matter stating:

“Traditionally, our December issue is dedicated to celebrating those who have made the great achievements during the calendar year. However, throughout 2014, the issue of race in America has consistently established itself as the leading topic of our collective cultural conversations. In recognition, EBONY curated a statistical feature that examines the current condition of the African-American community by the numbers. Our motive is to encourage a results-driven dialogue on the challenges we face based on the facts.”

MadameNoire tested one of their theses by reviewing news coverage in the past two years on how Blacks are affected by the housing market. For example, in the fall of 2012 Morgan Stanley violated the federal civil right laws by pushing incentives upon subprime lenders who purchased mortgages that would have been originally foreclosed. These realty cases also showed the ways in which the financial industry victimizes Blacks and Latino homeowners who are not fully aware of the value of their property. This system also pushed people of color out of their neighborhoods in order for them to be gentrified.

The Sun Times finds that Black and Latino homeowners are pushed out of their homes though they pay increasing monthly mortgage payments because of lack of property revenue and tax base erosion. In other cases, some banks like HSBC approved loans to homeowners who made less than what they reported their annual income to be. In another suit, it was found that 99 percent of Chicago’s most expensive area loans were given to minorities. Minorities were also taken advantage of by their lack of financial and housing market education or language barriers:

“Brokers of a Bank of America subsidiary used computer programs to search phone records for Hispanic names, then took advantage of borrowers’ poor English language skills to sell loans, safe in the knowledge that their bonuses were based on the number of mortgages they sold, not the likelihood that the loan would be repaid, it’s alleged.”

In their series, Ebony claims the Black community falls short in “every possible economic category.” In the video link below, they review with experts Melissa Harris-Perry, Marc Lamont Hill and Reverend Al Sharpton how race determines a person’s finances.

Click here, to watch Ebony‘s “Economic Disparity” video.

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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