Published on February 24th, 2013 | by Kailei Carr0
Sound Off: Essence Mag Relevance, T Mag Lack of Color and Shady Politics
By Kailei R.
OK, Vyne World, this was a busy week in the news. And though we still have the top headlines from the past week with the Vyne Rewynd, I wanted to get you all to sound off and voice your opinions on some things that I’ve come across this week. So let’s start a conversation! Make sure to post your comment below.
- Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, Constance C. R. White and other editors were let go last week amidst massive lay offs at Time Inc. When Constance joined Essence two years ago, people were generally excited and hopeful that she could help inject some new life into the magazine. But her departure raises questions about the health of the magazine (some say that it may even be a good target for Meredith). With rising competition and increasing diversity amongst black women, do black women “need” Essence anymore? Sure, Essence was at one point the only magazine catering to black women. But is it still reflective of a “collective voice”? Or is a “collective voice” necessary? Sound off!
- Last Sunday the New York Times re-launched its style magazine, T Magazine, with an updated design under the helm of new editor, Deborah Needleman, and guess how many women of color were included in editorial content? Zero. That’s right – none. And apparently advertising pages only featured one black and one Asian model, making the entire issue almost colorless. It’s hard to believe this happened 2013, not 1913. Needleman responded to the backlash by saying, “it was something I noticed and regretted…In coming issues, we cover the people and places of Seoul, São Paulo, Kenya, Bollywood actors, Nigeria, etc. A majority of fashion models are still unfortunately mostly white, but it is our aim to celebrate quality and beauty in all its diverse forms.” Meh. I mean, yes, diversity comes in all forms. But this is representative of a much larger issue. Publications create content to cater to their readers and what they are demonstrating is that they really only care about their white readership. Pointing out that they are “global” and will be covering people in geographies around the world is great, but it, in my opinion, dismisses the wonderful diversity that exists within this country. So what do you think, Vyne World? Sound off!
- This week, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his wife, Sandi, plead guilty for using (and in Sandi’s case, conspiring) three quarters of a million dollars in campaign funds for things like clothes, food and memorabilia like Michael Jackson’s fedora and an Eddie Van Halen guitar. I mean, could this family have any more drama? It’s bad enough that his daddy has been accused of not keeping his pants up or his mouth shut. But Jesse Jackson, Jr., the “privileged son of a famed civil rights leader” seemed to many to be more grounded than his father. But now he is facing several years in prison to join the legacy of corruption in my current home state of Illinois. Why is it that some politicians think they are untouchable? Sound off!