The owner of Ebony magazine sought to reasssure doubters Sunday that despite recent upheaval, “We are absolutely going to survive. This is a profitable business. We’re 100 percent committed.”
A major shake-up happened at Ebony magazine this week as the historic black publication laid off nearly a third of its staff and made plans to consolidate editorial operations with sister publication Jet in Los Angeles.
Ebony has responded to the growing criticism that it doesn’t pay the mostly black freelance writers whose works actually make the magazine. On Wednesday, Jagger Blaec penned an article for The Root that followed up on a piece she’d written for The Establishment.
Ebony magazine is a legend, a legacy brand that many grew up reading. It’s respected, it’s loved. But unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be paying its writers, and Ebony’s current owners appear to have one view (that everyone will be paid) that goes contrary to reality (people waiting months, even years, for payment).
A rejuvenated Ebony magazine is considering reviving its Jet sibling as a newsstand product for millennials. It plans to publish more special single-themed issues for newsstand consumption and is branching out to stage special events as it seeks ways to extend the brand.
On Wednesday, Ebony magazine revealed its February cover featuring some truly beautiful art: a reimagining Grant Wood’s American Gothic as a black family bracing themselves for a world where Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
Let's face it: We're FLOTUS stans.
Johnson Publishing announced Tuesday that it has sold Ebony and Jet magazines to an Austin, Texas-based private-equity firm, bringing to an end more than seven decades of ownership by Johnson Publishing, the Chicago Tribune reports.