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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

What's Not on My Coffee Table

By Amy Alexander [ Washington Post: Sunday, August 28, 2005; Page B01]

Which leads me to wonder why black-oriented magazines are not filling in the gap

Following the death earlier this month of John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, his publications emerged as central symbols of African American life. "By the early1970s," wrote Chicago Tribune reporter Charles Sheehan, "it was common in thousands of African American homes . . . to have two choices of reading material on coffee tables: the Bible and Ebony magazine."

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I found this article on and thought it was interesting. As a college educated black woman, I guess I would prefer to read a black magazine with more substance than hip-hop trends and instyle hairdos. I don't want to have to weed through the fluff to find a few black journalists who can actually provide a self-reflective point of view on pertient black issues. This article was a good read. I might just read it again.


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