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Ellianna Placas, Essence’s Controversial Fashion Director, Leaves Magazine

The New York Times is reporting that Ellianna Placas, Essence’s fashion director, has left the magazine. Ever since Placas was hired in 2010, she was under a storm cloud of controversy for being the first white fashion editor at Essence.

Above is a Media Beat interview with Essence’s editor-in-chief, Constance White, where she discusses Placas and the debate surrounding her employment at the glossy.

As of now, there hasn’t been a successor named.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Essence Reassigns Managing Editor after Racist Facebook Page Leaks, April 24
  2. Brian Carter, WBLS Weekend Jock, Dies of Apparent Heart Attack, April 23
  3. Sean Fennessey Leaves GQ for Grantland, April 23
  4. ESPN Radio Switching to 98.7 FM Sunday, April 26
  5. Rolling out the Red Carpet for Time 100, April 25
  6. USA Today Journalists Targets of Online Intimidation, April 20

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Hoping to Stop Idiots, Time Inc. Develops Social Media Policy

Time Inc. is having its editors work together on a social media policy that will be “released soon,” according to WWD. This probably has something to do with Essence’s now former Managing Editor, Michael Bullerdick, posting ignorant and racist items on his Facebook.

It seems Time has finally realized that if you don’t put regulations on people, they will most likely end up doing something idiotic.

Maybe next time a Time employee wants to be offensive they’ll just tell their friends in person instead.

Essence Reassigns Managing Editor after Racist Facebook Page Leaks [Updated]

Michael Bullerdick, the Managing Editor of Essence, has “accepted a position in another division” after racist and extreme right wing posts on his Facebook page were leaked. According to Journal-isms, Bullerdick posted images of Al Sharpton labeled as a “race pimp,” and videos by such noted conservative nut jobs as James O’Keefe.

Essence learned of the posts when Journal-isms sent the pictures to the magazine on Friday. At first, Constance C.R. White, Essence’s editor, issued the following statement:

As editor-in-chief, I’m responsible for all editorial content for Essence. I hired Michael to manage the production schedule of Essence. As head of production, he does not attend editorial idea meetings, nor does he get involved in the editorial direction of the magazine.

So he’s free to be as offensive and crazy as he wants to be! Well, not really. Shortly afterward, a spokesperson for Essence said, “By mutual agreement, Michael has accepted a position in another division.”

Hope that division is cool with Bullerdick’s idea of social media fun!

UPDATE:
Here’s a Media Beat segment where we asked White about the flak she caught for hiring Bullerdick and Elianna Placas before him.

[Pic via Journal-isms]

The Essence of the Perfect Pitch

To nab a byline, we writers toil over every word until a shining query letter is crafted, but, for Essence senior editor Tanisha Sykes, perfection simply means leaving no aspect of the article unanswered.

“The more detail you have, obviously the stronger the pitch comes off,” explained Sykes. ”So what’s the potential hed? What’s the potential working title and blurb? Tell us background for the story. Who are the key players, sources and/or statistics?”

Along with solid facts, Sykes said most importantly, “We really want to know why this story is unique to us and our reader.”

To find out specifics on word count, sections open to freelancers and how Sykes describes the quintessential Essence woman, read click here. [sub req'd]

The Essence of the Perfect Pitch

To nab a byline, we writers toil over every word until a shining query letter is crafted, but, for Essence senior editor Tanisha Sykes, perfection simply means leaving no aspect of the article unanswered.

“The more detail you have, obviously the stronger the pitch comes off,” explained Sykes. ”So what’s the potential hed? What’s the potential working title and blurb? Tell us background for the story. Who are the key players, sources and/or statistics?”

Along with solid facts, Sykes said most importantly, “We really want to know why this story is unique to us and our reader.”

To find out specifics on word count, sections open to freelancers and how Sykes describes the quintessential Essence woman, read click here. [sub req'd]

Mags Continue to Push Whitney Houston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since slapping Whitney Houston on a cover has been proven to boost sales, it’s no surprise that she’s still being featured. Houston appears on the cover of April issue of Essence and the March issue of Rolling Stone.

Essence’s issue features tributes to Houston from friends and family, while Rolling Stone examines the singer’s life and attempts to figure out when it took a turn for the worse.

Idris Elba Featured on Latest Essence Cover

Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way: Idris Elba is one good looking dude. Okay? We admit it. If we ever got to meet Elba we’d get lost in his eyes and then probably hug his leg until his bodyguards or the police forcibly removed us. That kind of reaction is probably why Essence decided to put the actor on the cover of its November issue.

Inside the issue, which hits newsstands October 12, Elba discusses being a dad and what he finds physically attractive. “Skin, I love beautiful skin,” Elba tells Essence. “I’m tactile, very tactile. A woman who has really nice, looked-after skin is such a turn-on for me. It’s always sexy.”

We’d give more details about the interview, but we have a feeling almost everyone just went to the nearest Duane Reade to buy the most expensive lotion they can find.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Steve Malzberg Out at WOR, Replaced by Former Governor Paterson , Sept. 1 (left)
  2. Conde Nast Launches New Social Tool, Aug. 29
  3. New York Times Photographer Has Legs Blown Off, Takes More Pictures, Aug. 30
  4. Patch Gets Big Traffic Bump from Hurricane Irene, Aug. 29
  5. TV Stations Go Wall-to-Wall for Irene Coverage All Weekend, Aug. 28
  6. Michelle Obama Graces the Cover of October Essence, Aug. 31

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Michelle Obama Graces The Cover of October Essence

According to Essence, Michelle Obama is one of the most influential black women in 2011, and we couldn’t agree more. The First Lady is featured on the cover of the magazine’s upcoming October issue (all by herself Oprah! Imagine that!), and inside she delivers a great message to young girls and women everywhere: That life is as good as the work you put into it.

“My story to young people around this country and around the world is, don’t look at me as the First Lady first; look at me as Michelle Obama, a girl who grew up on the South Side of Chicago,” she tells Essence. “Because I was there, and this is attainable.”

C’mon! How could you ever say anything bad about this woman? We love her. If you’ve got a problem with her then you’ve got a problem with us.

Mrs. Obama also provides the magazine with exclusive photos from her trip to Africa and gives other insights on her journey to essence.com as part of its diary feature.

Constance C.R. White, Essence’s Editor-in-Chief, said, “Michelle Obama is the quintessential Essence woman; impressively defining herself on her own terms.”

The issue hits newsstands September 12.

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