It’s a bad day for Ebony. The iconic magazine just became a hashtag on Twitter, but not a good one. Apparently word got around that the publication wasn’t paying its Black writers and now we have #EbonyOwes.
It all got started after online site The Establishment published a story about Ebony’s penchant for not paying its freelance writers of color, and many of them relished the opportunity to put Ebony on blast via social media.
“So my chapter of the
#EbonyOwes saga goes a little something like this: I’ve got invoices going back to July 2016 and haven’t seen a DIME,” wrote @JustAnt1914.
Meanwhile, throngs of other writers chimed in using the hashtag as a form of solidarity.
But it isn’t just disgruntled freelance writers, some other Twitter users have chimed in about the situation.
Ebony hasn’t publicly responded to the backlash. Jagger Blaec, who wrote the initial article, posted his text message response from Clear View co-founder and Vice President Willard Johnson in an article on The Root.com.
“Love to chat. I hear you are one of those reporters that like to tear down black businesses.” he said. When asked if there were any plans to recoup the missing funds for all of the freelancers affected by these delayed payments, Johnson claimed to have no knowledge of unpaid compensation. “Missing funds? Exploited? Of course they are all getting paid. We bought the business to turn around all this stuff,” he messaged.
Ebony had a very public buyout by private-equity firm Clear View Group LLC last year in June 2016. According to Ebony, the group took over Ebony magazine, ebony.com and jetmag.com.
If you tally up all the folks venting on Twitter, it looks like Clear View owes thousands of dollars. We hope they pay these folks fast; ya’ll know how ruthless Black Twitter can be.
Tiffany Haddish’s Hilarious Speech At Model Chanel Iman’s Wedding
Tiffany Haddish is one helluva lively and colorful human; so it’s not exactly shocking that she turned what would be considered a traditional wedding speech into a whelp … Haddish speech.
Just one night before hilariously taking the stage at the Oscars alongside Maya Rudolph, the Girls Trip star delivered an epic speech at the wedding of model, Chanel Iman, and New York Giant star, Sterling Shepard.
Although giving a seemingly witty speech, she also made an appoint to talk about how special her relationship was with Chanel, whom she met on the set of Mad Families. “I knew you could take care of any man you decided to take care of and I’m glad you decided to take care of that one cause I can see his soul,” Tiffany said, according to Brides.com.
The actress continued, “I looked into his eyeballs when you brought him to the comedy club. That’s a good man….[To Sterling] You better worship the ground she walk on cause she’s got a gangster ass bitch that got her back. Sorry, pastor!”
Haddish then went on to give some important advice. “Make sure y’all have fun together,” she said. “I ain’t that old, but I’m old, but I ain’t that old. But I’ve seen things. From my observation, the relationships that last the longest are the relationships where you have fun. You are going to have your ups and your downs, but find time to have fun.”
According to Chanel, the two grew close on set, mainly because they wound up sharing a trailer together. “During filming, I didn’t have a trailer so she was kind enough to share hers with me,” Chanel told Brides.com. “So for a month, we were sharing a trailer and going over lines together. We laughed, we cried, we bonded. She’s like a big sister to me.”
Chanel and Sterling exchanged vows in front of their close family and friends on March 3 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Check out the video below for behind the scenes of the main event. (Courtesy: Brides.com)
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