This just in.
I just learned of this and I wanted to put it on the blog.
“Constance C.R. White has disclosed that her departure as editor-in-chief of Essence magazine was involuntary and the result of repeated clashes with Martha Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Time Inc. who White says sought to limit the way black women were portrayed.”
Essence announced White’s departure in a terse statement on Feb. 8. No explanation was given.
But White told Journal-isms that her exit came after “another tug of war with them” in January. “Them” was principally Nelson.
Nelson, a 20-year Time Inc. veteran, became editor-in-chief of Time Inc. in January, responsible for the editorial content of all 21 of Time Inc.’s U.S. magazines and its digital products, according to her bio. Before that, Nelson spent two years as editorial director, overseeing the 17 titles and editors in the company’s Style & Entertainment Group and Lifestyle Group.
The final “tug of war” came in January, White said. Referring to Nelson, White recalled, “My boss said, ‘you know what? It’s time to go.’ I was asked to leave my position. I asked, ‘Was it something we can discuss, or has the decision been made?’ She said, ‘The decision has been made.’
For over 10 years, I have been a subscriber to Essence Magazine and read it when its founder, Susan A . Taylor was at the helm.
How can a white woman run a magazine that was founded with the vision by the late Gordon Parks and arrogantly assess that “they have a better vision” of who Black women are? This is the ultimate oxymoron and one that needs to be exposed.
Essence was bought out by Time-Warner some time ago, but the relationship it has had with it’s mostly Black female staff has been volatile at best.
Here is the link about the story: http://mije.org/richardprince/essence-editor-says-she-was-fired
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