Ebony Responds To #EbonyOwes, Which Accused Magazine Of Not Paying Writers

Damn Ebony Magazine, it’s like that then? 

Someone up there needs to listen to Rick Ross’s latest album in which he request for all producers to get paid. If Ebony doesn’t want to become the ‘Birdman’ within the black media realm, I suggest they get right and pay these writers.

Ebony magazine is in the news for not paying a slew of freelance writers for their contributions. In an article from ‘The Root’, dozens of writers have called out the magazine for not paying writers as far back as 2015. The frustration experienced by writers has inspired the hashtag, #EbonyOwes.

Ebony magazine, along with ebony.com and jetmag.com were recently bought by a private-equity firm called Clear View Group LLC. This acquisition took place last year in June 2016. According to Ebony, The firm was founded by Michael Gibson and Willard Jackson in 2015 to specialize in private-equity acquisitions.

When writer Jagger Blaec reached out to Clear View’s  co-founder Willard Jackson, this is the response he got, 

In a text message exchange, Jackson replied, “Love to chat. I hear you are one of those reporters that like to tear down black businesses.” When asked if there were any plans to recoup the missing funds for all of the freelancers affected by these delayed payments, Jackson 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.

Very professional…I know.

Ebony itself has released a statement:

Ebony magazine values the work of our freelancers and writers. We understand their concerns and we know that their unique talent and dedication to telling our stories have been an integral part of our success. As a part of our strategic growth plan, EBONY Media is working diligently to streamline and improve efficiencies throughout our operations and we will honor our commitment to our partners.

You know, it’s one thing to not get paid for your intellectual and creative property, but to not even receive the appreciation and respect for your contribution… from the black media you represent,  that is  a new low.

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Ebony magazine values the work of our freelancers and writers. We understand their concerns and we know that their unique talent and dedication to telling our stories have been an integral part of our success. As a part of our strategic growth plan, EBONY Media is working diligently to streamline and improve efficiencies throughout our operations and we will honor our commitment to our partners.

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