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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?
Desiree Rogers, CEO Of Johnson Publishing, Honors Her Company’s History While Ushering It Into The Future
Sitting on the stage in a shock of neon green, Desiree Rogers spent her time on the “Power of Networking Panel” during Friday’s National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) 2013 National Networking Conference talking about the topic at hand (social media) as well as the company she leads (Johnson Publishing Co). Home to iconic African-American brands Ebony, Jet, and Fashion Fair Cosmetics, the company is just as much a part of the present and future as it is the past.
“We’re repositioning as a company that informs through the African-American experience,” Rogers said at one point.
For many people, these brands are closely associated with mothers and grandmothers, who never let their subscriptions lapse or their lipstick tube go empty. But, in a sit-down interview with MadameNoire after the panel discussion, Johnson made it clear that these are not dusty brands that should be put out to pasture. Instead, they’re evolving labels that are casting a wider net. While staying true to the audience that never forgets its African-American roots, these brands welcome everyone across the board; a bigger audiences that “wants to learn about different cultures,” Rogers added.
“We know we’re the curator of the African-American experience,” she told us. “We wouldn’t walk away from creating an authentic experience for the community. They talk to us, we listen.”
Still, a company like Fashion Fair, which started in order to accommodate models color who couldn’t find makeup shades for them, has always been about individuality and inclusion.
“We want women to be able to come to our counters and walk away with the right color. Every woman has undertones; it’s more complicated for women of color. We’re experienced with true color on every pigment,” Rogers said. And, making a little news, Rogers told us that Fashion Fair Cosmetics will have its first in-store specialty shop at Macy’s coming soon. We’ll definitely be there for that.
In addition to talk about business, we, of course, had to ask Rogers about her career. Prior to becoming CEO at Johnson Publishing, she was the White House Social Secretary during President Obama’s first term. (We had to get a little fan girl about this… Obama!!)
According to her bio in the NAPW press kit, Rogers “produced 350 events in 14 months, turning the White House into a showcase for American art and culture” while showcasing “Obama’s nontraditional vision of the White House as the ‘People’s House.'”
When asked how she made her way to the top of business — and to the White House — she echoed Russell Simmons a bit.
“The difference these days is people are doing things they’re really passionate about. You can’t fake it,” she told us.
She also gave us a three tips for transitioning from one job to the other:
-“Take your time. Don’t just jump from one job to the other. What do you want out of that next jump?”
-“Be flexible on the salary. You want a job that trains you for where you’re going.”
-“A lot of people say they want to be X without really know what that is. Sometimes you find out and you back off.”
During the panel, Rogers talked about balancing being a business leader, a mom, and having it all. The key is focusing on your personal “all,” not what you think others or society dictates that you should aspire to. And don’t be afraid to take short cuts. When her 22-year-old daughter was small, she used to lament the fact that the cookies she brought to class weren’t baked at home. “I’d say, ‘Look at all the cookies I bought!'” Rogers said to the audience. “You’ve got so many flavors.”
That room full of women executives laughed, clapped, and nodded in agreement.
ICYMI: Check out our Twitter feed for coverage from the NAPW conference.
“You Cannot Do It All By Yourself”: Jill Scott And Son Jett Cover The May “Motherhood” Issue Of EBONY And Talk Life As A Single Mom
Who else is really loving these covers EBONY has done lately? That revamp definitely did the magazine a lot of good and we’re feeling it!
For the new May issue, which centers around motherhood (of course because of Mother’s Day), Jill Scott covers the magazine with her very adorable 3-year-old son Jett. According to LoveBrownSugar.com, the singer speaks on how motherhood has changed her, and the success and sometimes struggles of being a single mother.
From the snippets provided, Scott says that of all the things she loves about being a mother, it’s the moments when she feels and sees the love from her son in some of the smallest ways that moves her the most.
“Motherhood is getting your hands and your feet in the soil…When Jett puts my face in his hands and tells me, ‘Mommy you’re so pretty’ or smells me, it’s so wonderful.”
She also dishes on the reality check she received trying to raise Jett as a single mom after her relationship with her former drummer and fiancé Lil’ John Roberts, ended some time after Jett was brought into the world (they are said to be co-parenting though). She says that every single mother needs a “village,” as she puts it:
“That I-can-do-it-by-myself mentality is a lie. I’m sorry if I hurt anybody’s feelings, but you cannot do it all by yourself. You need a village: some aunties, grandmoms, friends. I couldn’t do this by myself and would be a fool to think I could.”
You can get more of Scott’s thoughts and advice on motherhood when this newest issue of EBONY drops on April 16, and you can see more photos from the shoot at LoveBrownSugar. But in the meantime, do you remember this picture of Scott and Jett above from when she debuted him to the world in Essence? He’s grown up so fast since she showed him off in that magazine in 2010. Definitely a cutie-patootie, and he looks just like Jill!
What do you think about her take on motherhood?
The lack of diversity in the fashion industry seems to be a never-ending conversation, as it appears that Black models are always being slapped in the face by casting directors and designers who make it obvious that they have a specific “Black girl quota,” which they refuse to exceed. Earlier this week, model Chanel Iman told The Sunday Times that she was no stranger to racism in the fashion world.
“A few times I got excused by designers who told me, ‘We already found one Black girl. We don’t need you anymore.’ I felt very discouraged. When someone tells you, ‘We don’t want you because we already have one of your kind,’ it’s really sad,” she regretfully revealed.
It appears that instances such as this one have caused young, up and coming models of color to want to disassociate themselves with their ethnicity, just so that they have more of a competitive edge in the industry. It was rather heartbreaking to watch Devyn, a contestant on Naomi Campbell’s modeling competition, The Face, reveal that she doesn’t consider herself a “Black girl model,” during an interview with Wendy Williams, which was seemingly a part of one of the competitive tasks given to contestants by the show’s panelists. The first red flag that appeared during Devyn’s interview was when Wendy asked her what advantage she believed that she had over her competitor Ebony, who just so happened to have darker skin.
” I feel like I have an international look and I have a story that can relate to everyone,” Devyn replied.
While her response seemed a bit suspect and a tad slighting, the way she answered the next question was mind-boggling and sent Naomi Campbell off the edge. When Wendy asked “Is it hard to be a Black girl model?”, Devyn responded:
” I don’t really consider myself a Black girl model. I know what my ethnicity is, but I’m fair-skinned and I feel like I have an international look.”
The moment those words left Devyn’s mouth, Naomi Campbell could be heard in the background, going off.
“What the f**k does she mean? That’s a disgrace. She’s a Black girl,” Naomi said to the other judges.
Since the airing of her highly criticized comment, Devyn took to her Twitter page to apologize to offended fans and suggest that the producers over at Oxygen edited her response.
Is “international look” the new code word for fair enough to pass the brown paper bag test?
Turn the page for footage of the interview. What are your thoughts on this? Was Devyn’s response misinterpreted?
A former editor of Ebony has decided to strike out on her own. Award-winning magazine editor Lynn Norment recently announced the formation of her company, Lynn Norment Media. According to Target Market News, Lynn Norment Media will offer media relations and editorial services to individuals, agencies and corporations.
Norment already has some A-list client. She recently worked with Carol H. Williams Advertising, one of the nation’s largest African-American and female-owned full-service advertising agencies. Norment advised the president/CEO on media issues for the agency and its clients. She also helped to execute various projects for clients that included the U.S. Army, AARP, the Chicago Teacherr’s Union and FELD Entertainment.
Norment made her mark in media at Ebony, where she was editor for a number of years. In 2009, Norment was inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame in recognition of her accomplishments and contributions to journalism.
Norment, who taught journalism courses at Columbia College Chicago, continues to mentor young journalists.
With the launch of her new media company Norment is in good company. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the public relations industry will grow faster than other industries. Twenty-one percent percent in fact.