A little over two months after Ebony magazine missed its self-imposed deadline for paying the thousands of dollars it owes to its writers, a group of 38 freelancers filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court on Tuesday alleging they are collectively owed more than $70,000 for their work.
Shots fired! The National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday named Ebony magazine (along with Fox News) as its choice for its annual “Thumbs Down Award,” which puts on blast anyone that does something especially to black people or black journalists.
What happens when Ebony Magazine promises over and over again that it’s going to pay its freelance writers ‘soon,’ but reportedly throws an expensive Super Bowl party in Houston and hosts a lavish company event in Los Angeles with money that was initially earmarked to pay said freelancers? A union steps in and tells them they need to put up or shut up.
It was revealed yesterday that Lupita Nyong’o was named People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” person. Considering the fact that she’s been everyone’s red carpet darling — seriously, if you happen to personally own a red carpet in your home, there’s a 60% chance Lupita was on it at least once in the past six months — this was expected. Also expected? The inevitable backlash from certain Black people incredulous that someone had the audacity to consider Lupita beautiful. I think some of these people just keep “Lupita is ugly” in draft format on their iPhones and Twitter accounts, waiting for an opportunity–any opportunity–to hit send.