*Earlier we published Leon Isaac Kennedy‘s open letter as to why he’s suing Johnson Publishing and Ebony Magazine for a story about him and ex-wife Jayne Kennedy Overton in its March, 2013 “Scandal Issue.”
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However, you may be wondering what prompted the lawsuit.
Basically, Leon Isaac Kennedy filed the suit in Cook County Court because Ebony magazine “knowingly published a sensationalized lie” that the actor-turned-evangelist leaked a “sex tape” of him and Jayne during their 1981 divorce.
*The historic publishing mecca, Johnson Publishing, of black magazine giants Ebony and Jet is moving it’s empire.
The new spot hasn’t been chosen just yet, but the question is why they’re not using the building as a museum of their work.
It seems like it could be a great move on behalf of Linda Johnson Rice, the daughter of John and Eunice Johnson that is now Chairman. (more…)
*Ebony-Jet Gets a New Manager Johnson Publishing recently announced (Tuesday Aug. 10) that former White House Secretary Desirée Rogers will be the new CEO for the company.
She will take care of the struggling company’s day-to-day operations. If you don’t know whom this woman is, recall the party crasher’s incident with President Barack Obama.
Yeah, she’s the one blamed for the mishap. She is also the first Black woman to hold the position, however she didn’t do it very well.
She told the New York Times after ungracefully leaving her position, “I was symbolic of that change in many respects, and I took the hit.”
Read the full story here.
*If you’re not familiar with Desiree Rogers, she was the White House Social Secretary for the Obama’s who caught hell after the two party crashers got into the President’s first state dinner without being invited.
She resigned from her post last year and now has stepped back on the scene to accept a position with the embattled Johnson Publishing company to try and strategize the magazines into a promising future. (more…)
Amy DuBois Barnett
*Financially struggling Ebony magazine has named Amy DuBois Barnett its new editor-in-chief. Barnett is replacing outgoing editor Harriette Cole at the Chicago-based company.
The Brown University graduate was previously deputy editor-in-chief at Harper’s Bazaar.
In a statement, Johnson Publishing Company Chairman Linda Johnson Rice said of Barnett, “She brings with her a wealth of experience, a keen journalistic and solid editorial judgment.”
However, the magazine needs currently appear to be more in the area of sales.
Reportedly, Ebony and its sister publication Jet have lost significant amounts of advertising revenue over the past two years. There have even been discussions centered on selling the publications.
Among those who had discussed buying Ebony and Jet was former basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. But those discussions fell through. (source: Taylor Media Services – www.blacknewsjournal.net)
*Long before the nation obsessed over the sleeves of its black first lady, Eunice Johnson was shining a spotlight on black beauty and style.
The wife of Ebony magazine founder John Johnson, she used her natural flair and healthy finances to create the Ebony Fashion Fair, a sepia-hued, touring fashion show that would spend 50 years bringing high fashion to generations of neglected black audiences.
Now, though, the future of the event that created pride in the black community is unsure.
Johnson Publishing Company has placed the event on hiatus, citing Johnson’s Jan. 3 death. But the indefinite break also coincides with a fashion world opening its arms to diversity through a growing crop of black models and stylemakers, bringing the relevance of Johnson’s show into question.
As the mainstream embraces consumers of color – a shift reflected in everything from magazine covers to runway show guest lists – is there still room for an event born when so few saw black as beautiful?
It’s a question even Johnson Publishing must weigh.
Read MORE of this AP report HERE.