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NewsHour’s Gwen Ifill memorialized with USPS Forever stamp | PBS

The U.S. Postal Service is honoring the late PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill with a commemorative Forever stamp. The stamp, which was unveiled Tuesday, features a 2008 photo of Ifill with the words “BLACK HERITAGE” at the top and Ifill’s name at the bottom. It is the 43rd stamp in the Black Heritage series and one of several new designs that will be issued next year. Gwendolyn L. Ifill Gwendolyn L. Ifill (September 29, 1955 – November 14, 2016) was an American journalist, television newscaster, and author. In 1999, she became the first woman of African descent to host a […]

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Former Ebony publishing company is auctioning off its historic photo archive, containing more than 4 million photos, to pay its creditors | CNN

Leah Asmelash and Brian Ries, CNN, CNN Author James Baldwin photographed leaving his home. (G. Marshall Wilson/Johnson Publishing Company). Featured Image NN – Ebony and Jet magazines were once pinnacles of black American culture. Their photographs were windows into intimate moments of black celebrities, and they were known for their everyday depictions of middle class black life, especially Ebony magazine. “It was Ebony that took to remind America of black people’s humanity,” said Jeffrey McCune, a professor of African and African American Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. “It colored black life in spectrum.” A significant portion of that […]

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Ebony, Jet fire remainder of staff, may close its doors for good | The Atlanta Voice

Miana Massey, Chevrolet DTU Fellow | The Atlanta Voice, The Atlanta Voice It’s official, Ebony Magazine—along with its sister publication Jet Magazine—has potentially closed its doors for good. Former employees of the company took to Twitter last week using the hashtag #EbonyOwes to air out their frustrations with the company, as it has fired all of its employees with little to no notice. According to USA Today, members of Ebony magazine’s digital team say they’ve been fired and haven’t received their final paychecks in the latest controversy to hit the struggling publication that has chronicled black life in America for […]

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Little Known Black History Fact: National Black Network | Black America Web

D.L. Chandler, Black America Web The U.S. National Archives. Featured Image National Black Network became the first coast-to-coast radio network fully owned by Black Americans on July 2, 1973. The NBN was the brainchild of white media executive Robert Pauley, who eventually handed over the idea to a trio of Black executives. Pauley, a president of both ABC Radio and Mutual Broadcasting System, looked for a way to utilize Mutual’s unused network lines to create 117 stations to serve a Black audience. When Pauley failed to raise the $1 million in capital he needed, he turned to Eugene Jackson, an […]

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J.C. Watts: Black News Channel Going Beyond Stereotypes of Black Criminals, Entertainers, Athletes | BOLD

Carrie Sheffield, BOLD Watts, chairman of the soon-to-launched Black News Channel (BNC), said his television network will help show how the African-American community is far more than criminals, entertainers or athletes so often portrayed in the mainstream media. Watts said BNC will cover topics like politics, economics, culture, faith and wellness, “for, by and about the African-American community.” Watts discussed the challenges BNC has had since 2004, “trying to get to the point that we can get distribution, we can line up investments.” Black News Channel will launch in November of this year. Watts said the network will be in […]

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George Lucas and Mellody Hobson want control of Ebony photo archives, ‘an essential part of American history’ | Chicago Tribune

Robert Channick, Chicago Tribune Mellody Hobson, seen here July 10, 2012, is known for her direct manner, drive and big heart. E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune, Featured Image couple George Lucas and Mellody Hobson are trying to take possession of Ebony magazine’s historic photo archives, which were used as collateral for a $12 million loan they made to now-bankrupt Johnson Publishing four years ago. Capital Holdings V, a company controlled by the filmmaker and his financier wife, filed a motion Wednesday in Chicago federal Bankruptcy Court seeking to foreclose on the archives, citing the risk to their loan repayment […]

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Paul Coates | HuffPost

Wil S. Hylton, HuffPost Illustration by Neal Fox, Featured Image a just world, Paul Coates would not be famous primarily for the work of his son. As the father of Ta-Nehisi Coates, whose analysis of American history has transformed the public discourse on race, the 72-year-old Coates is immortalized in his son’s writing as an eccentric and quixotic figure. “My father was haunted,” Ta-Nehisi wrote in his first book, The Beautiful Struggle. “He’d explain to anyone who’d listen” that those in power “infected our minds. They deployed their phrenologists, their backward Darwinists, and forged a false Knowledge to keep us […]

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Johnson Publishing Co., which started Ebony, Jet magazines, files for bankruptcy | Chicago Sun-Times

Jon Seidel, Chicago Sun-Times Although he could boast an impressive passport, Johnson’s enduring entrepreneurial spirit meant he favored no other destination as much as that of Johnson Publishing Company headquarters in Chicago., Featured Image historic Johnson Publishing Company has filed for bankruptcy, court records show. The Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition was filed late Tuesday afternoon by the company once responsible for Ebony and Jet magazines. It sold the magazines in 2016, meaning Tuesday’s move does not affect the publications. “This decision was not easy, nor should it have been,” the company said in a press release announcing the move. “Johnson […]

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