Ebony Magazine and Jet Magazine will be officially ending after they laid off the remainder of their editorial staff.
According to Black Press USA, employees of the two magazines have complained that they have been fired from their positions without warning and haven’t received their final paychecks. Last week, some employees went on Twitter to vent their frustrations using the hashtag #EbonyOwes. Ebony Magazine faced controversy recently when the National Writers Union revealed that the company owed $200,000 to freelance writers who contributed stories in 2017.
The magazine’s previous owner, Johnson Publishing Co., filed for bankruptcy liquidation in April but Ebony said the issue would not affect them.
“EBONY Media Operations, LLC brands, which include EBONY magazine, EBONY.com, digital magazine JET and jetmag.com and its related businesses, have viably operated independently of Johnson Publishing Company dba/ Fashion Fair Cosmetics (JPC) since Black-owned Ebony Media Operations, LLC (EMO) purchased the media assets of JPC in 2016. Black-owned investment firm CVG Group LLC assisted in the formation of EMO”
EMO is unaffected by the Chapter 7 bankruptcy announcement regarding the dissolution of JPC. EMO is not able to comment further and is not familiar with the facts or events of the JPC business.”
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The publication was founded by John H. Johnson in November 1945 and highlighted issues and news surrounding the African-American community.
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