If you are an Essence Magazine reader you may have noticed their slow decline over the past few years. They recycle the same 5 people on the cover, the issues aren’t as meaty and worse of all they are losing their original voice.
Former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, Constance C.R. White spoke out last week saying she didn’t leave as initially reported, she was actually fired.
I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations. It wasn’t what I expected at all.
After being sold to Time INC back in 2005, Essence has seen the departure of many of its figure heads and they have also see a decline in readership. Constance blames the new owners, saying:
The final “tug of war” came in January, White said. Referring to Martha Nelson, White recalled, “My boss said, ‘you know what? It’s time to go.’ I was asked to leave my position. I asked, ‘Was it something we can discuss, or has the decision been made?’ She said, ‘The decision has been made.’
“I had a certain point of view about black women being central to this magazine. The boss didn’t agree with me, and the president didn’t agree with me,” she said, referring to Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc. “It became an untenable situation.” [ READ MORE ]
Very interesting. She went on to say:
I was not able to make the creative hires that needed to be made. When was the last time you saw Essence in the community advocating for or talking with Black women?
Essence needs stability and the brand needs a leader with a vision. Black women are social leaders, cultural leaders, we are aspirational and spiritual. Black women deserve the best. Essence is the last place where black women should be demeaned and diminished [ READ MORE ]