2013 The Root 100

Amy DuBois Barnett has transformed Ebony into a strong social and political voice for black America.

  • Influence: 197.1
  • Reach: 9.97
  • Substance: 7.9
  • Media Mentions: 39
  • Internet Mentions: 11800
  • Twitter Followers: 19971
  • Amy DuBois Barnett

  • Editor is changing face and tone of Ebony magazine, an African-American staple.
  • Job: Author, editor
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @amydbarnett
  • Location: Chicago
  • Age: 44
  • Bio: Since taking over the reins of Ebony three years ago, Amy DuBois Barnett has revamped the 
    iconic African-American periodical and website, bringing the plight of young black men to
    its fore while doing so. This year the author and seasoned editor established an educational 
    partnership with the White House, introduced the "Saving Our Sons" editorial series and 
    produced the striking September 2013 issue, themed "We Are Trayvon," in commemoration 
    of slain teen Trayvon Martin. The issue, which had four covers featuring the Martin family 
    as well as celebrities and their sons in hoodies, was a social media sensation. Says Barnett, 
    "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."

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  • Fun Fact: DuBois Barnett has lived in 15 cities on three continents and speaks French fluently.