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Ebony Magazine Website is Down Following End of Beloved Publication



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*After years of sales declines, layoffs, lawsuits, bankruptcy and unpaid debts, Ebony and Jet magazines appear to be gone for good, as well as parent company, Johnson Publishing Company.

Ebony’s website has also shut down, and visitors to are greeted with a message that says: “The site you were looking for couldn’t be found.”

According to The Crusader, an insider with knowledge about the magazine’s website said there were a “lot of issues going,” but didn’t elaborate.

Via The Crusader:

Sources tell the Crusader that Ebony had not paid its remaining five-member digital web staff. They kept the website going with several stories since June 2019. At that time, several media outlets reported that Ebony Media closed for good by laying off its remaining staff members after they walked out when the company couldn’t make payroll.

In the past six months, Ebony’s website has struggled to produce fresh stories and content that harks back to its glory days.

With no magazine and no website, questions remain whether Ebony will celebrate its 75th anniversary.

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We previously reported, in 2002, Linda Johnson Rice, the daughter of John and Eunice Johnson -the Black publishing giants behind Jet and Ebony magazine – became CEO of the family business and ran Johnson Publishing until 2010, when Desiree Rogers became CEO and Linda continued as chairman.

John Johnson died in 2005 and Eunice in 2010, the same year Rice sold the company’s headquarters to Columbia College, which sold it to 3L Real Estate in 2016, the report states.

Rice sold Ebony and Jet in 2016 to Clear View Group. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Before all this social media, apps, streaming services and cable does anyone remember in the late 80s early 90s when we read ebony and jet magazine, and watched Arsenio Hall weeknights and Soul Train Saturday mornings. So sad they ran John Johnson’s company into the ground!”

Another commenter, who claims to have worked for the publication, added, “It’s sad. Linda Johnson Rice did a poor job of maintaining her dad’s legacy. Jet is no more. Fashion Fair is no more. Ebony is no more. She sold the building and photograph collection. Now, her daughter is working for somebody else magazine.”

The user also said of the Ebony/Jet legacy “It’s gone. I worked for EbonyFashionFair when I was barely 21. That’s been over 10 yrs. We were often out of product. When products came, they were late. When I met Linda Johnson Rice, she seemed more consumed with status instead of [continuously] building her dad’s legacy.

Last year, Johnson Publishing filed bankruptcy in May and its massive photo archives was purchased for $30 million by two philanthropic foundations in an auction to settle company’s debts

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Must See: Mike Tyson Stuns Lil Boosie: Asks Rapper If it’s Possible He’s ‘A Homosexual’ / WATCH



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Mike Tyson - Lil Boosie

Mike Tyson – Lil Boosie

*Poor Lil Boosie. Like they say on the streets, he ain’t see it comin’. No he didn’t. Dude had no clue that Mike Tyson, of all people, was gonna blow his mind.

All Tyson did was brilliantly ask the Louisiana rapper something that social media has been asking him for years,  but of course it was never to his face and it came via a physical force that’s also intimidating.

Anyway, Lil Boosie, as you know (if you follow him) has VERY STRONG opinions on gay and transgender people. Remember the incident not too long ago where damn near demanded that  Dwyane Wade not cut off his son-now daughter’s penis.

With no hesitation, Tyson incisively and quietly  asked Boosie is it possible he is a “homosexual” and that is why he lashes out.

Boosie stuttered a bit before answering.

Below is the full interview followed by some of the Twitter reactions.

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Naturally, folks couldn’t wait to chime in

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Larry Buford: Judgment or Test? America’s Job Experience



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Job in the Bible

Illustration of Job in the Bible

*[This is a chapter from my book, “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand, first published in 2007. Although many other tragic events have happened in the 13 years since then, including the current global pandemic, I think it is still relevant as history continues to repeat itself]

Breaking news: Bridge Collapses, Victims Killed; Miner’s Trapped, Victims Killed; Record Flooding, Victims Killed; Senseless Shooting, Victims Killed; Raging Fires, Victims Killed; and the list goes on!!

While it seems like all hell is breaking loose, one may ask, is America being judged or tested?

The biblical character Job received (heart) “breaking news” [Job chapter 1]: “And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword…While he was speaking, there also came another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them…”

In the end, Job had received back-to-back reports from four different messengers that he had suffered great losses including his children. Job even lost his health, but eventually regained everything even more in abundance. It was a test to see if Job would deny God.

Prior to the 911 tragedy, we seldom heard of God or Jesus in mainstream media. Since then it has become acceptable, and more and more prevalent with each new turn of tragic events. Is God testing America to see if we truly are a Christian nation? Or is this judgment on a nation that has turned its back towards God?

If it’s a test, we as a nation should hold steadfast our convictions as did Job. If judgment, God says in II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

There is yet hope for America!

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Larry Buford

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based contributing writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” and “Book To The Future” (Amazon); two insightful books that speak to our moral conscience in times like these. Email: [email protected]

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Rapper Offset Pulled from Car & Detained by Cops for Driving Through Trump Supporters! (Watch)



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Offset (TMZ)


*If you haven’t heard, rapper Offset was almost arrested while live-streaming himself driving through a pro-Trump rally on Saturday.

Yep, the guy who’s currently married to Cardi B, was pulled over by Beverly Hills police after he drove through a crowd of Trump supporters and allegedly waved a handgun.

Beverly Hills police surrounded Offset’s vehicle with guns drawn. He refused orders to take his hand off his steering wheel and turn off the engine.

Offset: “I’m not finna do that.”

Cop: “Why not?”

“Because you got guns out. I’m not finna move my hands from my steering wheel.”

Offset live-streamed the traffic stop, telling police “Do you know who I am? I’m Offset from the Migos!”

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Here’s another view.

When a female officer told him he was seen waving a gun in the air, Offset said, “You just watched somebody beat my car up with a flag. What are you talking about?”

Another officer approached the car, reached in the driver’s side window and unlocked the car door. The officer then snatched Offset out of the vehicle. We’ve learned that he was only detained and eventually released.

Beverly Hills police also confirmed they detained a man for pointing a gun at Trump supporters.

Apparently they man they arrested for possession of a concealed loaded weapon is Marcelo Almanzar, Cardi B’s cousin.

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