Say it ain’t so…
This can’t be happening. But sadly, it’s true.
The iconic Ebony/Jet magazine, after 71 years, has been sold to an equity firm in Texas, owned by white men.
This is a travesty!
We’re losing a very important part of our legacy as a people and achievements throughout the last century.
Everyone in the Black community read Ebony and Jet. It’s where to went to get the real news in Black America. Whether it was fashion, music, business, art, or powerful stories about regular people, Ebony and Jet delivered. Who can ever forget the iconic picture of Emmett Till. That photo shocked the world.
I remember Ebony when it was a BIG PRINT magazine. My mother had a monthly subscription and I learned so much about Black history. The journalism was impeccable back then. But John H. Johnson was running the magazine and his leadership, business acumen, and standards were all over that publishing. But when he turned over the helm to his daughter, Linda Johnson-Rice, the magazine and journalism went down.
Unfortunately, being the daughter of a maverick, does not make one qualified to run such an iconic business as Johnson Publishing based on proximity. Quite frankly, Linda just doesn’t have the ability to re-invent the magazine, making it
And just what do they plan to do with it.
It all started with Viacom bought BET in 2000. Then turned around and bought Essence magazine in 2005. Now this.
What is really happening?
This sounds like a covert plan to co-op Black intelligence and all outlets of media that promote Black love, unity, community, and political and entrepreneurial spirit.
What on earth are white folks supposed to do for our community? Just what are a group of white folks in a board room expected to say to Black people hired as managers responsible for creating issues that inform our community. Do you really think they are motivated to inspire us?
More or less, it sounds like a way to promote White Supremacy through capitulating KNEE-grows who aren’t bold enough to speak their mind to white power when its in their face.
And even if the faces on the magazine remain Black, it’s WHO that controls what is projected and written that dictate the policy and agenda from now on.
You fucked up with this one.
And Black America is going to pay the price.