December 1, 2014
Because I'm happy / Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof . . . - Pharrell Williams I'LL BET Pharrell Williams, known for the song of the year, isn't happy he waded into a heated national discussion about the incident of the year. I'm not too crazy about it myself. In this month's issue of Ebony , he responded to an interviewer's question about a convenience-store video that purportedly shows Michael Brown stealing cigarillos just before his deadly run-in with Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. "It looked very bully-ish; that in itself I had a problem with," Williams told the magazine about the video.
January 29, 2014 |
From Grammy winner Jill Scott's elegant black taffeta two-piece to Philadelphia Orchestra president Allison Vulgamore's satin gown in the deepest of teals, doyennes blanketed Saturday's 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball in shades of velvety midnight. But in every nighttime sky, there are stars that burst with color. It was a pretty high-fashion sight at the Academy of Music: Within the chic crowd of black and navy mermaid silhouettes and one-shouldered ensembles in eggplants and emeralds, there were pops of corals, swaths of reds, and a few flashes of pinky-purple, also known as Pantone's color of the year, radiant orchid.
January 24, 2013 |
Hello there Ebony was filling out an application to work at a collection agency in March 2002 when a man walked by on his way to the cafeteria. That was Larry, who already worked in the payment department. "You know when you can feel eyes watching everything you do? That was it," said Larry, who grew up in West Oak Lane. "Our eyes met, and I thought he was kind of cute, but really, really nerdy," said Ebony, originally from Mount Laurel. Two weeks later, Ebony started working in the department that conducted levies on automobiles.
December 30, 2012
Terry Glover, 57, the managing editor of Ebony magazine, has died of colon cancer at her Chicago home. Ebony announced on its website that Mrs. Glover died Monday. Her husband, Kendall Glover, told the Chicago Tribune that his wife had been fighting cancer for about two years. Mrs. Glover joined Ebony in 2006 and was appointed managing editor in 2009 after serving as a senior editor for the website for three years. Editor-in-chief Amy DuBois Barnett said Mrs. Glover was "the heart and soul" of the magazine's team.
November 2, 2012 |
IT SEEMS that just yesterday Jodie Foster portrayed a teenage prostitute in "Taxi Driver. " Thursday it was announced that she'll receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th annual Golden Globes ceremony on Jan. 13. Foster, a two-time Globes and Academy Award winner, was honored as leading actress at both ceremonies for 1991's "The Silence of the Lambs" and 1988's "The Accused," which she won in a three-way tie...
August 25, 2011 |
In a collection of rosaries that numbers 860, the prayer beads that started it all look like supporting players amid the headliners. There are the shimmering (with garnet beads from Bavaria), the miniature (just three inches long), and the relics (filled with soil from Italy's catacombs). The plain ebony strand that traveled with her grandfather from Ireland and the silver beads that spent decades in a mother's handbag have history on their side. "I brought it for my mother when I was 19," said Gloria Hoffner, 82, about the silver rosary.
April 1, 2011 |
Let's say Eddie Mitchell scores 18 points in his next important basketball outing. Is there a chance that the buzzer can sound? And that the action can be momentarily halted? And that someone can present him the game ball, later to be painted with the pertinent details (including an asterisk)? Mitchell, an electric, 6-foot point guard bound for Rider, finished his La Salle High career with 982 points. He also produced loads of assists and steals and thrills for coach Joe Dempsey, along with 41 wins in his final two seasons, and, on Sunday, you'll get to see how that happened.
February 9, 2011 |
There was a time when most African American women didn't know who Yves St. Laurent was, let alone believe they could ever own a crisp YSL pantsuit. But that was before Eunice W. Johnson. Johnson, who died a little more than a year ago, spent more than 50 years introducing all things fashionable, fabulous, and fly to brown-skinned belles, first with her husband, John, by founding Ebony and Jet magazines, and then through her runway show, the Ebony Fashion Fair. Billed as the world's largest traveling fashion show - in its heyday the extravaganza stopped in 170 cities - the show featured more than 200 over-the-top, colorful and avant-garde looks worn by black models at a time when African Americans were still banned from basic privileges like trying on department-store clothes.
August 4, 2010 |
When I learned last week that Essence editor Angela Burt-Murray had hired Ellianna Placas as fashion director, I winced. Essence is a lifestyle magazine for black women. So how was this white woman going to speak to me ? Then I thought about it. Didn't I stop my subscription to Essence several years ago because I found the articles depressing? (I already know I'm prone to high blood pressure and that black men with jobs can be hard to find.) And the fashion spreads were a little too avant-garde for me. Around the same time, I started a subscription to O, a magazine with a message that empowers all women, evident in every one of its articles, from the spiritual to the sartorial.
May 18, 2010 |
I'm pretty sure Ann Dunham wasn't plotting her son's destiny when she gave him the name Barack Obama, after his Kenyan father, back in 1961. Obama managed to become president of the United States in spite of his unique name, not because of it. How can we forget the countless times his opponents pointedly called him by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, as if offering proof that he was a foreigner or terrorist. Un-American. Names out of the mainstream are nothing new. And for African Americans, the black-power movement in the late '60s raised our consciousness and gave rise to our own traditional names.