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The Radical Blackness of Ebony Magazine

The Chicago publishing legend John H. Johnson laid the foundation of an empire in 1945 by styling a new magazine called Ebony as a love letter to the black elite. African-Americans were virtually invisible in the white press at the time — unless they committed crimes — and were held in such contempt in the […]

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Ebony’s Historic Photo Archive Sells for $30 Million to Group Led by J. Paul Getty Trust

Ebony magazine covers on display among other Ebony-branded items at a magazine event in Beverly Hills in February 2005. A group of four foundations led by the J. Paul Getty Trust has bought the iconic Ebony and Jet photo archive. Photo: Frederick M. Brown (Getty) Seven decades’ worth of historic Ebony magazine photos documenting black life, […]

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Ebony’s Photo Archives Were on the Verge of Being Hidden Away Forever. Now They Will Be Made Public.

CHICAGO — For decades, the photo archive of Ebony and Jet magazines has been difficult to access and largely mysterious to scholars, an elusive treasure trove of more than four million prints and negatives that documented the lives of African-Americans. That collection could soon be opened to the public after an auction on Wednesday in […]

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Ebony Memories: A Photo Treasury

[Race affects our lives in countless ways. To read provocative stories on race from The Times, sign up here for our weekly Race/Related newsletter.] CHICAGO — For months, a stream of visitors — curious, cultured and deep-pocketed — have slipped into a drab brick warehouse on the West Side of Chicago. They have been escorted […]

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Exclusive: Ebony Magazine Allegedly Fires Online Staff Without Pay

Image: iStock Life comes at you fast. Or at least if you’re on the digital team at Ebony Magazine. The Root has learned that the once-revered publication allegedly fired its online editorial staff without pay on June 7, according to two sources. Former social media director Joshua David and an additional source who requested anonymity […]

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Historic Ebony Photos Set to Be Auctioned Off for At Least $13,000,000

Photo: Getty Photos from the Ebony magazine archives detailing some 70 years of African American life and history, including images of Emmett Till, Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King and so many more, are scheduled to be auctioned off next month in Chicago. The collection, up for sale to pay off secured creditors, or lien […]

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