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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 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.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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