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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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CodeBlack Could Redeem Itself With New Omar Epps, Paula Patton Flick

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No shade to CodeBlack Films, but it’s last flick, All Eyes On Me, was kind of a disaster. From the poor ratings and reviews, to stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent slamming the film, folks just weren’t feeling it.

But that may all change with their new movie Traffik. The action-packed thriller slated for theaters April 27, 2018 stars Omar Epps, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, and it looks pretty darn good.

Peep the trailer below.

In the film, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple are surprised by the arrival of two friends, another couple, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Patton is also a producer.

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