Black People : Ebony and Jet Facing Financial Difficulties

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  1. Writspirit

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    One of the mainstay voices that has continued to ring throughout the black community over the last 75 years, Ebony and Jet Magazine, is on the verge of being silenced. One of the oldest magazines within the African America community is now facing financial collapse.

    Ebony Magazine was launched in 1945, by ambitious businessman, John H. Johnson, who wanted to have a vehicle that gave black people a voice. Johnson had to send in a white lawyer to secure the building where Ebony, Jet was originally housed while inspecting the building himself dressed as a janitor.

    Ebony became the hub of black news. It was one of the most notable permanent fixtures in every Black household (back in the day). If you wanted to learn about your history, the plight of Black America, current issues facing Black Americans, how the political process of America affected you, how politics work, who the hottest actors were, what time a particular Black television show aired, who was recently married, who were the most eligible bachelors, and bachelorettes in your town, what cities had Black Mayors, Police Chiefs, and School Superintendents, how to register to vote, what cars offered the best value for the buck, who employed Black Americans, how to apply for College Scholarships, etc. more than likely, Ebony or Jet Magazine could help you find answers to those questions.
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    Recently it was reported that the Johnson Publishing Company is currently going through a financial crisis. The company is attempting reorganization in order to survive. Many people have already lost their jobs with this company that has employed thousands of Black Americans during the course of its existence.

    Several supporters of Ebony Magazine seek to save the magazine since it has been a bastion of information and a great contributor and representative of black life throughout the years. Ebony was there for black people during a time there was barely any representation at all. Thus, we must support the entities that have sustained and supported the community over the years. One way is to buy a yearly subscription to guarantee the life of these two important icons in the Black Community - Ebony and JetMagazines.

    If you too feel we cannot let our landmarks disappear, please urge your friends, family, club and book club members, churches, sororities and fraternities, lodges, civic organizations, etc., to spread the word that one of our leading publications is about to collapse if we do not help it to survive. Tell those you know that Ebony and Jet magazine has been part of the Black American landscape for 3 quarters of a century. There is considerable value in preserving our history and there is a lot we can still learn about our culture from reading these magazines.

    It would be a crying shame to lose this Historic Magazine during the same year of such an historic event suh as the election of our first Black President of the United States.
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    Peace Sistah:

    To ensure that you are not in violation of our Forum Rules, specifically Rule # 2, can I please ask you to provide a source for the above article.

    It is important that this is done to justify the credibility of the article.

    Thank you!

    KWABENA
     
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    I would also like to know the source of this information as I have always loved reading Ebony magazine. The problem is, I have not heard this nor have I found it when I googled it.
    I'm not saying it's not true, but I'd like to read about it.
     
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    truly, it looks as if she wrote this herself.

     
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    found while googling "Ebony and Jet Facing Financial Difficulties".
     
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    Okay, so I used to read "Jet" just to look at the centerfolds!...smiles As for Ebony Mag? Well in all due respect for the time that it came out and the "intent" of the publisher...well I have to respect that for my dead mind periods for what it was or appeared to be. End of that!...whew! Now lets get to reality. Ebony and Jet have never been for "the masses of our people", never! Whenever you want to understand a magazines power base, just check out the advertisements. Everything in Ebony is and was structured to take us as far away from being black/African as possible. In other words, it's good for "Blackapeans" or those of us who are simply the white man in black face. Yeah, it's great for them...but for black?African people?....heck to tha no!!

    Listen, go through the book. Look at all the images, the majority of the complexions, the hair, the clothes...everything. The only difference between their mag and a white mag is very little. However, it does based upon "intent" and the times in which it was done and the psychology of our people at the time of its inception, need to be preserved....if for nothing else but to show our future generations how messed up in the game we used to be.
     
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    Thanks for sharing gret source of info
     
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    In this internet age, all print media are experiencing simular challenges. They will simply have to be innovative in their approach to reaching their target audience or they will cease to exist. Innovation and creativity are their only hope....in other words, they have to get with the times.
     
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    i will miss the beauty of the month....and thas about it....
    just being real....

    one love
    khasm
     
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    I had a subscription when I was in high school. When it came in the mail, the first thing I would do is go straight for the middle of the magazine. I had built quite an impressive collection over several years until I lost them in a flood.
     
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