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‘I Wanted To Leave On A High Note’: ‘Ebony’s Former EIC Amy DuBois Barnett Talks About Leaving The Iconic Mag
When last we heard from Amy DuBois Barnett, she was promising us on Twitter that there is “change afoot” and asked us to “#staytuned.” That was on April 22 and we’d all just learned that the editor-in-chief position at Ebony magazine had gone from Barnett to Mitzi Miller, ending a tenure that had included major change for one of the oldest and most iconic magazines in the country.
“There comes a moment as editor-in-chief when you realize you’ve done what you can do,” Barnett told us in her first public comments since the news broke. “This was a moment when I realized I did everything I set out to do.”
According to Barnett, this was a planned departure that came after a year of great success for the magazine including growth in newsstand sales and the Saving Our Sons town hall program coming this year after the successful launch of a series of the same name focused on issues impacting black boys. After launching, it attracted the attention of the White House.
“I wanted to leave on a high note,” she said.
Barnett moved to Chicago and began to work for Ebony in 2010. At that time, her “mandate,” she told MadameNoire, “was to make the magazine relevant for the next generation of readers.” The result was a complete redesign, the first, she says, in its long history, unveiled in 2011. (The magazine will celebrate its 70th anniversary next year.) The redesign resulted in a new “look, feel and tone.”
“Young people understand it’s for them, not just auntie and grandma,” Barnett added.
The upcoming June issue has four covers featuring Beyonce (the Diva), Rihanna (the Rebel), Jay Z (the Mogul) and Kanye (the Poet), each artist chosen because, in Barnett’s words, “They are the four artists that are dominating black music today.
“They are our modern-day icons. The idea was to honor them and their dominance while looking to the past,” she continued.
And what about the new artists, like say Kendrick Lamar? Or the artists who are killing it behind the scenes as well as on the mike, like Pharrell? There’s a package on the inside where artists of the past and present come together.
“When you have a choice of four to make and you’re putting together a package, it made sense to us as editors to honor the most successful artists,” Barnett said.
Barnett’s willingness to talk about a magazine she no longer works for is interesting, but can best be explained by the high esteem in which she holds both the publication and its new EIC. Barnett hired Miller years ago when she was editor of Honey magazine. “I have watched her grow into a smart, unique voice,” Barnett said. And she says it’s great to “pass the torch” to Miller at Ebony, who she wishes “nothing but tremendous success.”
Barnett still wouldn’t reveal too much about what she’s got in the works, but she’s currently teaching a course — “The Shifting Business Framework in Media and Entertainment” — at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. She looks back on her time at Ebony fondly.
“It was an honor just to touch Ebony, let alone to reshape it for the 21st century,” she said.
If you weren’t aware, June is Black Music Month, and to celebrate the month, EBONY decided to show some love to four folks who are dominating not only black music, but the music scene in general. Ironically, they’re all part of the same clique. Kanye is labeled “The Poet,” Rihanna “The Rebel,” Jay “The Mogul,” and Beyoncé “The Diva.” So why these four? According to EBONY:
“In celebration of Black Music Month, EBONY magazine pays tribute to the industry’s leaders, pioneers and game changers. Inside the June issue, EBONY honors both the present-day success stories and the giants who paved the way. The issue is a four-cover series, with Beyoncé, Jay Z, Kanye West and Rihanna gracing the covers as a salute to their unprecedented impact on Black music.”
So not only will the June issue celebrate these four innovators, it will also shine a light on the many other talented black folks making an impact on the music scene. All four covers are set to hit stands tomorrow, so be on the lookout.
And you should also keep your eyes open for this new Essence cover, which will get you prepared for Essence Music Festival! Festival headliner Prince graces the cover (with just enough hints of purple in the Essence logo in his honor) and inside the issue, is followed around after one of his electric shows. With a new band and an experimental funky new sound, Prince also talks about how the music he makes now compares to his sounds from the past. Prince also gets the chance to interview musical legend Nile Rodgers, whose name is on everyone’s lips again due to his production work on Daft Punk’s most recent work, the Grammy award winning album, Random Access Memories. All kinds of greatness gracing the pages of the June issue.
Are you excited? Will you be picking up these new issues? Talk about it!
Tia And Tamera Cover Ebony; Tamera Speaks On Expectation To Marry A Black Man, But Ending Up With Adam
Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley are the newest covergirls for the May 2014 issue of Ebony. Since May is the month of Mother’s Day, the twins, along with other bold and brave mothers, are celebrated. This also includes Sybrina Fulton and Lucia McBath, the mothers of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis. The ladies look amazing! In the interview, Tamera actually touches upon the interracial relationship criticism she has faced, and her thoughts as a young girl that she would marry a black man. Obviously, life had other ideas:
“Honestly, growing up, I [just] knew I was going to marry a Black man. But, as I grew up, I learned to just be open. I just wanted to be with someone who was confident around me and who I felt comfortable being myself with.”
And though we don’t have all the details on their interview as of yet, we’re hoping they’ll touch on their hopes for a Sister, Sister movie, which Tia recently said she would love to do:
“Omgosh, I would love to do Tia and Tamera go to Paris or to see where are they now,” the “Instant Mom” star gushed to OK! “Maybe one of them’s married one’s not, one of them’s extremely successful and the other one’s struggling and she has to help the one who’s struggling. One of them has a family, the other one doesn’t.”
We’d love to see that happen too! But until then, share your thoughts on their colorful cover below. The ladies also shared some exclusive shots from the shoot on their Instagram, and they’re giving us all types of fierce!
Ebony senior editor Jamilah Lemieux has published a lengthy response to the controversy that erupted on Twitter last week between her, the magazine and the GOP.
“When Raffi Williams attempted a debate that I wanted no parts of (not at that moment, at least) by suggesting that I had failed my obligation to the community for rejecting said debate, I became very quickly frustrated and bothered. I simply didn’t handle the exchange in the best way,” Lemieux writes.
Last week, it was announced that Ben Carson would be launching a magazine for black conservatives called The American CurrentSee. Lemieux tweeted that she had no interest in the magazine, to which Raffi Williams, a GOP staffer, said she should “encourage diversity of thought.” That led to a back-and-forth that culminated in Lemieux’s tweet, “I forgot that tweeting something about a Conservative is like leaving a cookie out in a house full of roaches and turning off the light.”
The Twitter discussion ended up on Fox News and prompted Ebony to apologize, saying that it was a “lack of judgment” on her part.
While acknowledging that she could’ve handled the situation differently, Lemieux notes that she was tweeting from her personal account, which says in the bio that the thoughts expressed are hers, not that of the magazine.
“Ironically, at the time of our exchange, Raffi Williams had the disclaimer ‘Tweets do not represent my employer’ in his bio, as did I (albeit worded differently), but he, his employer, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and other members of the Conservative community argued unequivocally that my tweets did represent my employer,” she writes.
Lemieux also notes that she had a fair amount of snark thrown her way.
Still, Lemieux says, there’s a public/private gray area that comes with the social media territory. “This is a dance I will master, post-haste,” she says.
Among her closing comments, she writes, “I am unbowed, I am unbroken…but I will also be far more careful to protect myself and the company I love from those who would use my words to do us harm.”
What are your thoughts on this situation? Do you #StandWithJamilah? Read the whole statement here.
Update: This afternoon, Ebony.com posted an apology to both GOP staffer Raffi Williams and black Republicans for comments made by senior editor Jamilah Lemieux on Twitter.
In the post titled “Diversity of Thought,” (authored simply by #TeamEbony), the site conjured the mission of founder John Johnson: “to affirm a certain sense of ‘somebodiness’ for African Americans.”
“Yesterday, the spirit of this mission was disregarded by EBONY.com Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux in a personal Twitter exchange between herself and RNC Deputy Press Secretary Raffi Williams,” the article says, adding that Lemieux “curtly dismissed” Williams and his suggestion that she be open-minded.
“EBONY acknowledges Senior Editor Jamilah Lemieux’s lack of judgment on her personal Twitter account and apologizes to Raffi Williams and the Black Republican community,” the article ends.
Lemieux has gotten widespread support online and continues to do so, from what we see on our Twitter timeline.
Williams tweeted a “thank you” on his timeline with a link to the post. GOP chairman Reince Priebus also posted a response, adding to his thanks:
I hope we can use this unfortunate episode as a catalyst for greater engagement and understanding. We’re grateful that the publication was willing to hold their own editor accountable and to reiterate their commitment to thoughtful political discourse.
So I want extend my thanks to all the conservatives—and non-conservatives—who spoke out in a civil manner to expose this biased behavior. We must continue to shine a light on such unacceptable bias whenever and wherever we find it.
Do you think Ebony should’ve apologized?
Update by Tonya Garcia
Original article posted earlier today.
So do you remember Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon? The black conservative that compared Obamacare to slavery? Yeah, well he’s behind The Washington Times’ new magazine, The American CurrentSee that’s set to launch on March 30, Fishbowl DC reports. An Ebony editor, however, finds the whole thing laughable.
“Yes, Ben Carson is launching a Black conservative magazine… I have drinking games in mind already,” tweeted Jamilah Lemieux, the senior digital editor for Ebony. As you might’ve guessed, Lemieux started a Twitter war as she adds, “I 100 percent do not want to know more [about the magazine]. I wish I knew less!”
“Wish you knew less? Hoped you would encourage diversity of thought,” responded Raffi Williams, a deputy press secretary for the GOP. “Oh great, here comes a white dude telling me how to do this Black thing. Pass,” the editor retorted.
Perhaps the tweet that really set it off was this one here:
If you, unlike Ms. Lemieux, want to know more details about The AmericanCurrentSee, the magazine will include notable names in the Black conservative realm including Fox News’ Juan Williams (Raffi is related to him) and political commentator Armstrong Williams. Readers can access this digital ‘zine on their laptops, desktops, smartphones and tablets — a new edition will be published every Sunday.
Carson decided to launch The American Currentsee because he felt that it was about time that the mainstream media stopped putting the African-American community into a small box when it comes to politics — blacks are far from monolithic, he wrote in an email.
The neurosurgeon continued to say that current news sources lack in the promotion of “self-reliance.”
“The ruling elite has convinced too many young adults that it’s OK to stay at home and live in your parents’ basements playing video games or aimlessly roaming the streets with friends. After all, you can get a monthly check, a free cell phone and health insurance from Uncle Sam for doing nothing,” said Carson, eager to change the mindset of the younger generation.
As for Lemieux, I don’t think she’ll be reading The American CurrentSee anytime soon. ” I don’t take him, his horrible ideas on race and politics, or anything else other than this medical work, seriously,” she tweeted about Carson.
Once the war of tweets began between the two, others jumped in, many attacking Lemieux for her words. A hashtag, #StandWithJamilah, started with people jumping to her defense.
But Raffi Williams has his defenders also. GOP chairman Reince Priebus wrote a letter to Ebony EIC Amy D. Barnett saying: “Raffi deserves an apology from Ms. Lemieux and from EBONY—not just for making assumptions about his race but more importantly for dismissing black Republicans and the validity of their opinions in public discourse.”
Below is the Fox News segment (because you knew they had to get in on the action) about the incident. Your thoughts? Will you be reading The American CurrentSee?
Just when we thought the excitement for the The Best Man 2 was dying down, Ebony Magazine just announced the cover stars for their November issue. And they look radiant! The actresses in the film dazzle in ivory and gold. And the men keep it clean in black and white. It’s very old Hollywood. And in the issue the cast talk about what we can expect from the film and the difficult time they had getting it made.
Check out the full covers and quotes from the cast on the following pages.
While many magazines are dedicating their epic summer issues to all things fashion, EBONY has decided to do a noble thing and step out of the box by dedicating their issue to Trayvon Martin. They’re doing this by featuring famous fathers and sons on three different covers in hoodies, including Dwyane Wade and his sons Zaire and Zion, Spike Lee and his son Jackson, and Boris Kodjoe with his son Nicolas. They also have a special fourth cover for subscribers with Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin, and Sybrina’s son Jahvaris Fulton. The covers tie in to the overall theme, and the stories in the new issue will include everything from an interview with Tracy Martin, a profile of the Dream Defenders, information to help you understand “Trayvon’s Law,” which the Dream Defenders are fighting to get passed, a reflection from 17-year-old men on how they feel to be black in America, a poem for Travyon by Jill Scott, and a whole lot more. Here’s a statement Editor-in-Chief Amy Barnett put out regarding their new issue:
“As a mother of a young Black boy, the tragedy of Travyon Martin affected me deeply. We simply cannot allow the conversations on this issue to come to a standstill. As the leading source for an authoritative perspective on the African-American community, at EBONY we are committed to serving as a hub for Black America to explore solutions, and to giving readers the information and tools they need to help ensure a bright future for all of our children.”
Kudos to EBONY for taking a stand and creating a serious conversation on everything from “Stand Your Ground” laws to the topic of gun violence and more with their September issue. We’ll definitely have to pick this one up and support, and it drops today! Check out the other cover images on the next page and let us know what you think.
Have you ever seen so much wealth, power, beauty and love on one magazine cover before? I think not. Ebony magazine has outdone themselves with their August 2013 issue by not only putting the spotlight on black wealth, but also black love, and bringing along Denzel and his wife Pauletta to do so.
On June 25, the Washingtons celebrated their 30th anniversary so this cover is especially befitting their union. When asked about their ability to maintain such a strong relationship over the years against the pressures of Hollywood and all the rumors and distractions that come along with the industry, Pauletta said:
“I live with this man. I see the down part. I see the sad part. I see every part. He has and knows he has that stability in me as his wife. That’s gives him strength, regardless of if he misuses it. I can’t dwell on that. But I do know that gives him a great platform to go and fly.”
Whew! She said a mouthful with that quote didn’t she? The idea of a woman holding her man down is nothing new, but what’s so powerful about her statement is the sentiment that her support of her husband doesn’t waiver even in his weak moments. Like she said, if he misuses her love, that’s his problem and she refuses to dwell on it. But in the same fashion, she knows — and he likely does too — that if he taps into that support he’ll go further than he ever could alone. I suggest everyone pick up this issue at the end of the month!
Are there any, as they say in the church world, prayer warriors out there? If so, Tina and Teddy Campbell are reaching out to you.
As many of you know, the June 2013 issue of Ebony featured Gospel group Mary Mary on the cover and in the article, Tina Campbell revealed that she found out earlier this year that her husband, Teddy, cheated on her. The affair, according to Teddy, happened two and a half years ago and was with a now ex family friend.
Ebony pointed out in the article that when Tina showed up for the interview, she was not wearing her wedding ring.
Apparently, things have taken a turn for the worse.
On Friday afternoon, Tina posted a message on ILoveMaryMary.com from both she and Teddy. In the note, Tina says that they are struggling right now but are fighting back:
…Well since the article, the challenges have worsened. My hope turned into hopelessness & despair and I became unwilling to forgive and fight, until God showed me myself.
My husband’s struggle, was with sexual immorality BUT I have struggled with anger, rage, unforgiveness, pride, just to name a few, for over 2 decades. The devil wanted to use strongholds that took hold of our lives in our childhood, to remain and destroy us as adults. So now instead of being mad at each other we’re mad at the devil and we’re ready to fight…”
The good news is that they are prepared to fight to save their 13 year marriage. In fact, Tina and Teddy aren’t stopping at just communicating with each other, a therapist and/or a pastor; they are reaching out to the fans.
Tina and Teddy began a 30 day fast on Friday “for complete deliverance & restoration.” For those that aren’t aware, many Christians fast for the purpose of gaining clarity and healing for things going on in their lives. They asked that the fans join them in this process:
“If u are able to, please fast and/or pray daily that God would answer our prayers and give us a deeper love & commitment to him and to each other. We believe he still works miracles and he can give us the greatest marriage we could have ever imagined. We can pray alone BUT your prayers will certainly help.”
Well, this is…a lot. Many of us know, whether we’re single or married, that marriage is very hard. But once you add being in the public eye to the equation, things can be even harder. Many question why Tina even revealed that Teddy cheated on her in the first place because had she not, no one would have ever known. However, her revelation may be helping her (and Teddy) figure out her next steps.
Do you think Tina made things worse by going public with this news? Have you ever fasted to gain some type of clarity?
Yesterday, we posted excerpts from Tamar Braxton’s Ebony.com interview. In the interview, the singer emphatically denied rumors that she bleaches her skin. And still several folks, including some of you on this site, doubted Tamar’s honesty. So today, in response to the doubters, she posted this picture of her skin on Instagram, including a shot of her fingers where you can see her vitiligo up close.
She included this as the caption:
Although I have NOTHING to prove….I have NOTHING to LIE about! #donetalkingaboutthebleachB.S.
What do you think? Should Tamar have released these photos? Do you believer her now?