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Ebony Unveils New Website

Today, Ebony magazine launched a new website redesigned by creative agency Code and Theory.

In addition to a new look, Ebony.com has a number of new content categories including “Careers & Finance,” “Love & Sex,” “Entertainment & Culture,” “Wellness & Empowerment,” “Life” and “Style.” The “Speak” video roundtable series covers conversations by bloggers and thinkers on topics relevant to the African-American community. There’s a Twitter-powered “Discuss” vertical and the “Introducing” section highlights underexposed Black talent in the world of music, art and fashion.

“The relaunch and redesign of Ebony.com represents a true extension of our brand,” said Amy DuBois Barnett, editor-in-chief. “It provides a platform to showcase our cutting-edge content while complementing the classic appeal of the magazine. Most important, the new website is intrinsic to our identity as a leading and passionate voice for the African-American community.”

Ebony Nabs Style Director from Essence

Marielle Bobo has been named Ebony magazine’s new Style Director. Bobo most recently worked as Senior Fashion Editor for Essence, and previously held positions at Vanity FairAllure, WWD, and OK!.

“As Ebony’s emphasis on fashion and beauty continues to grow, we are thrilled to welcome our new Style Director,” said Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. ”Bobo’s years of expertise and her breadth of connections will surely help us as we take Ebony to the next level.”

J.P. Morgan Chase Buys ‘Substantial’ Stake in Ebony, Jet Publisher

J.P. Morgan Chase has purchased a large stake in Johnson Publishing, the company that published Ebony and Jet. Johnson Publishing’s CEO Desiree Rogers wouldn’t comment on how much Chase has invested; only describing it as “substantial.”

Rogers told Crain’s that Chase supports Johnson Publishing’s mission, which includes growing digitally (through partnerships with more vendors) and increasing marketing for Ebony and Jet.

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Every Ebony Issue from 1959 to 2008 Now Online

Ad Age points out a fun way to waste away the few hours left before the weekend: Every issue of Ebony, from 1959 to 2008, is now available online. To the right is one from February 1970, featuring a stunning Diana Ross.

The magazine partnered with Google to launch the project. As you can tell, it’s a work in progress, as not every issue is available just yet.

Check out a collection of our favorite covers after the jump.

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Ebony Adds Darhil Crooks As Creative Director

Darhil Crooks has been appointed as the new creative director of Ebony magazine.  Editor-in-chief Amy DuBois made the move official yesterday and is eager to add Crooks’s experience to the magazine:

Darhil’s singular creative vision for the Ebony brand and his tremendous background working at best-in-class magazines will be of great value as we usher in a new era at the publication.

Crooks’s  move to Ebony comes after spending over five years as art director at Esquire and previous career stops at Men’s Journal and Complex magazine.  At Ebony, Crooks will manage the art department and make key decisions on page design and layout.  He will begin work on Jan. 3.

Will Magic Johnson Buy Ebony And Jet Publisher?

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Rumor of the day: Magic Johnson, retired NBA superstar and mogul is in talks to buy Johnson Publishing Co., producers of African-American magazines Jet and Ebony. There were whisperings last year that Ebony may have been up on the auction block (publisher Kenard Gibbs bowed out in 2008), but considering that Jet rolled out a new redesign just two weeks ago, Johnson is doing everything in its power to make their titles look salable.

This new rumor about Magic buying the paper can’t hurt (the company wouldn’t even need to change its name!): According to Bloomberg News, it’s Magic’s group that issued the statement “There’s no definitive agreement,” while Johnson CEO Linda Johnson Rice said she has never even had a discussion about Magic Johnson buying the publisher. Interesting power play…you’d think Johnson Publishing would be eager to see Magic’s name attached to its title.

Read More: Magic Johnson in Talks to Buy Publisher of Ebony, Jet Magazines

Previously: Is Ebony For Sale?, JET Magazine Rolls Out Redesign, Kenard Gibbs Out as Publisher of Ebony, Jet

JET Magazine Rolls Out Redesign

jets234.jpgThe Johnson Publishing Company will not be dissuaded from putting more money into print titles. The African American-centric publisher may have had a hard time with Ebony last year as rumors of a sale were taking place, but that hasn’t changed the company’s stance on focusing on its newsstand growth.

Today, Johnson’s other major holding, JET, announced a strategic overhaul of the magazine, which will feature roll-outs on new columns for fashion and buzz, as well a new logo, layout, and design. Says Johnson CEO (and daughter of founder John H. Johnson) Lindsay Johnson Rice:

“As a world-class media company, we will solidify JET‘s position as an innovator and leader in the African-American marketplace by offering expanded content that will entertain, inform and extend our readership footprint of the brand in a smart way.”

The cover of the first newly-designed JET will feature R&B singer Trey Songz on its cover.

Full press release after the jump.

Previously: Is Ebony For Sale?

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Ex-Time Warner CEO Regrets AOL Merger|Kelly Cutrone’s Book|Clay Risen Joins NYT|Ebony‘s Eunice Johnson Dies|Two New Newspaper Watch Blogs

Silicon Alley Insider: Ten years later, former Time Warner CEO Gerald Levin apologized for the AOL merger.

PRNewser: PR maven Kelly Cutrone (of “The Hills” and “The City” fame) has a new book out, set to hit stands at the same time as her new reality show debuts on Bravo.

The Awl: Author and contributing editor for The Morning News, Clay Risen, is joining The New York Times‘ op-ed page.

New York Times: Eunice Johnson, the widow of Ebony magazine founder John Johnson, died Sunday at age 93. She was famous for directing the traveling fashion shows Ebony Fashion Fair since 1961.

Folio: Battered consumer business magazines hope to bounce back in the New Year.

Gannett Blog: Two new newspaper publisher-related blog offerings from Gannett Blogger Jim Hopkins: New York Times Co. Blog and News Corp. Blog

Is Ebony For Sale?

ebony.jpgIs Johnson Publishing, the owner of Ebony shopping around its flagship publication?

That’s the news coming out of Newsweek today. Citing “media and investments executives familiar with the developments,” Johnnie L. Roberts reports that Linda Johnson Rice, chairman and CEO of Johnson Publishing and daughter of its founder John H. Johnson, has reached out to Time Inc., Viacom and private investors like buyout firms to see if she could find a buyer or financial partner for the title.

Like so many magazines in today’s economic climate, Ebony has been struggling in the past year. Although the title was among those that saw the biggest newsstand growth during the first half of the year, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulation’s recent numbers, Roberts reports that Ebony has seen some pretty grim advertising numbers in recent years:

Ebony‘s advertising pages and ad revenues have declined in each of the last three years, even during periods when the industry was flat to positive. Among the 243 magazines tracked by the Publishers Information Bureau, ad pages plunged an average of 28 percent, with revenues falling by 21 percent, in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period a year earlier. But Ebony‘s decline was sharper, as advertising dived almost 35 percent, dragging revenues down almost 32 percent, to $18.8 million from 2008′s $27.7 million…And according to industry tracker Media Industry Newsletter, things have only turned grimmer for Ebony since the first half. Total ad pages sank by 40 percent this year through the October issue, now on newsstands.”

And earlier this month, Ebony cancelled its Fashion Fair event for fall 2009, citing economic challenges.

Still, despite all of Ebony challenges, executives have denied that they’re in talks to sell the magazine, Roberts said. These sorts of things have a way of shaking out and revealing themselves over time, so we’ll keep you posted.

Ebony: Up For Sale?Newsweek

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