Ebony’s NeNe Leakes Cover Stirs Backlash

The reality and sitcom star snagged the honor -- and people aren't happy about it.


The Real Housewives of Atlanta firebrand NeNe Leakes graces the current cover of Ebony — bathing in what appears to be a tub of diamonds — and people aren’t happy about it, Karu F. Daniels wrote Tuesday for the Daily Beast.

“. . . ‘Those who take issue with reality television’s role in pop culture have questioned whether Ebony made the right decision by glorifying one of its most popular characters,’ said Amy Dubois Barnett, the magazine’s editor in chief.

” ‘As the magazine of record for the black community, it is Ebony’s role to both reflect the aesthetics and interests of our readership, and to inspire them toward higher aspirations for themselves and for all African Americans. The November issue featured the Obamas on the cover, and was a perfect example of the latter. The December/January issue featuring NeNe Leakes on the cover is an excellent example of the former.’ “

Pair Buys Back Magazine from Magic Johnson Firm

Len Burnett, Co-CEO, Group Publisher at Uptown Media Group, has left the company after striking a deal to buy back Uptown magazine from the Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson-backed company, Vibe Holdings LLC, according to industry watchers,” Target Market News reported on Tuesday. “The split follows the departure of Burnett’s longtime partner, Co-CEO Brett Wright, who left the company in May. The two will re-unite as the co-owners of Uptown.

“. . . Uptown has been part of Vibe Holdings LLC for almost two years. It was combined with other media brands after Ron Burkle‘s and Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson’s Yucaipa Johnson Fund and InterMedia Partners merged their Vibe and Uptown businesses with the BlackBook Media business and The Access Network Company. In addition to Vibe and Uptown, the company also owns the assets of the television show, Soul Train.”

“Uptown was founded by Burnett and Wright in 2004. It currently has a circulation of 300,000 and is distributed in New York, the Washington-Baltimore region, Chicago and Atlanta.”

Burnett told Journal-isms by telephone Wednesday that he could not talk because he was on a conference call and said he would call back.

Johnson’s Aspire cable channel debuted in June. Aimed at black families, it was then available in about 7 million homes and in 16 of the top 25 African American markets, including New York, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, the Associated Press reported.