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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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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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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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As #EbonyOwes Trends, Writers Wonder if Ebony Magazine Will Ever Pay Up – The Root 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).

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).

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