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The NFL gears up for its premiere event, the Super Bowl, this weekend with multiple pre-game shows and interviews with an array of announcers, some of whom are Black women. They owe a debt to a 70’s beauty queen who was also a pioneer for women sports announcers.  Ohio native Jayne Kennedy achieved fame as […]

Little Known Black History Facts

November was a particularly significant month for the Johnson Publishing Company, which debuted its magazines Ebony and Jet on November 1 in 1945 and 1951, respectively. Also in November, publisher John H. Johnson debuted the Negro Digest publication. Ebony’s debut was published on November 1, 1945, selling 25,000 copies at twenty-five cents per copy. Banking […]

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Lerone Bennett Jr. worked as a journalist, historian, and scholar over the course of his long career. The former EBONY editor and author passed last week, leaving behind a strong volume of historical works that still stand as valued resources today. Bennett was born October 17, 1928 in Clarksdale, Mississippi and raised primarily in Jackson. […]

1/19/18- Today would have been the 100th birthday of Johnny H. Johnson, the founder of the iconic Jet and Ebony magazine. Tom remembers the days when he used to work for Johnson and how he turned things around for him in his radio career early on. He taught Tom how to super serve the African-American community. READ MORE STORIES […]

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On the heels of the second season premiere of her hit WGN show Underground (returning March 8th,) Jurnee Smollett-Bell is serving up some fierce, retro glamour realness on the cover of Ebony magazine’s March issue. https://twitter.com/EBONYMag/status/832279886731558913 To celebrate the annual Women’s History Month this March, Ebony magazine has selected the beautiful and talented Jurnee Smollett-Bell […]

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When Alicia Keys embarked upon the roll-out for her new single “In Common” fans noticed a considerably different look from the Grammy award-winning singer. She was dressed in laid-back, boho chic attire, her natural curls were beautifully roaming free and the biggest change of all, she wasn’t wearing a stitch of make-up, instead allowing her […]

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CHICAGO (AP) — Ebony and Jet magazines, which have chronicled African-American life for the past 71 years, have been sold to an Austin, Texas-based private equity firm. Johnson Publishing Co. announced Tuesday that Ebony and digital-only Jet were sold to Clear View Group but didn’t disclose the sale price. The Chicago Tribune reports Johnson Publishing […]

  Moneeta Sleet Jr. spent over four decades shooting some of Black America’s most lasting images for EBONY magazine. He is the first African-American to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Sleet was born in Owens, Ky. On February 14, 1926. He attended what is now known as Kentucky State University as a business major before […]

Quite possibly one of the most talked about players of the 2015 NFL season was Cam Newton. Dubbed as the blackest Panther in the NFL, EBONY honors Cameron with a double cover (and we’re not complaining one bit) of the April/May 2016 issue. In the issue he talks about the career ending post-practice car accident right before the start […]

33 years ago, a little known radio DJ had the incredible opportunity to sit down with one of music’s biggest names for Ebony/Jet’s Celebrity Showcase. Admittedly nervous, Tom Joyner sat down with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White and Phillip Bailey to talk about the group’s unique sense of style. White, the founder and leader […]

Ebony magazine and its new Editor in Chief Kierna Mayo are on a roll. This week, the magazine dropped its second controversial cover in a row. The 70-year-old publications Dec/Jan cover features Grey’s Anatomy actor/activist Jesse Williams, legendary actor/singer/activist Harry Belafonte and outspoken actress Zendaya Coleman. After their last cover featuring a photo of the […]