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Wednesday
Jul182012

The Grownups at EBONY Tell "The Ebony 4" To Have 5 Seats: Pull Genarlow Wilson Propaganda and Promise 3-Part Series. 

The Ebony 4 (Kierna Mayo, Genese Cage, Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, and Geneva S. Thomas) have been repudiated by Johnson Publishing. The Genarlow Wilson propaganda has been removed. A three-part series is being planned.
If you're late to the party, read our previous coverage of this ridiculous issue _>
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Ebony & Misogyny

 

Johnson Publishing has issued a  total repudiation of the horrific work of Chandra Thomas Whitfield and The Ebony 4. Richard Prince who writes Journalisms followed up on his earlier coverage of the Notorious to Glorious debacle and it appears the grownups at EBONY are reigning in The Ebony 4. According to Journalisms:

 

Crystal Howard, director of communications for Johnson Publishing Co., told Journal-isms by email on Sunday, "We pulled the original story because we felt that it was clouding Ebony's core mission to uplift and advocate for all members of the [African American] community. It is of paramount importance to us that our readers be able to trust all platforms that bear the Ebony [name] for clear and accurate reporting on the issues that affect Black America the most." Journalisms
Let me TRANSLATE!
"This article was a bunch of nonsense and we don't know how these four idiots drove our online brand into a ditch. It was full of errors and omissions and you can't trust these four idiots to do anything, but let us assure you that a grownup is now in charge." - Blogmother Translation Services. 
On Saturday, EBONY issued its THIRD statement on this matter they called it Moving Forward Together:

Our controversial story on Genarlow Wilson, a young man who was convicted of child molestation at age 17, raised a myriad of issues of pressing importance to the Black community. As a result of Wilson's conviction, debates opened up surrounding the topics of both sexual consent for minors and harsh sentencing laws for Black men. For the past 66 years, Ebony has advocated for the well-being of all members of the African-American community, and has been at the forefront of these necessary conversations.

Your response to our story has further illuminated for us the importance of engaging around issues of sexual violence, of supporting victims, and of empowering our community with relevant knowledge and resources. We deeply regret that the perception of the article about Wilson (published on EBONY.com on July 9, 2012) led some readers to believe that we are less than sensitive to the plight of young women in sexual assault cases. 

We want you to know that we are now, and have always been committed to confronting sexual assault in our community. At present we have many articles on our site that challenge America's rape culture. In addition, we are developing a three-part editorial series to educate Black America about these issues and to provide a platform for the powerful voices of women who have been affected by rape and sexual molestation. We encourage everyone to join this conversation.  #TEAMEBONY

Some of you are cynical. I hope they don't let The Ebony 4 anywhere NEAR this three-part series. These four women have already gone on record as being unabashadly PRO- Genarlow Wilson. They've already expressed DISTURBING views on sexual assault and statutory rape. They can't even claim to be unbiased. So the only thing to give the veneer of credibility to this proposed series is to keep the Ebony 4 FAR. FAR. AWAY!

 

They should force every member of The Ebony 4 to read Getting Played: African American Girls, Urban Inequality, and Gendered Violence  and then write a book report. 

 

Is NPR Next?
NPRs Tell Me More is trying to give Genarlow Wilson a platform.
Michel Martin, the host of this show, routinely hands over her show to  serious Black-woman-haters.  She probably can't wait to clutch young Genarlow to her bosom and weep with him. Let me know if you hear him on the radio and whether she offers an alternative view point.    #notSurprised!

Reader Comments (7)

Thank you so much in your work on this, Blogmother. I love WAOD! And agree 100% that this support of bad behavior in youth in the Black community has got to stop! One of the reasons why drive by shootings and gang violence continues its shocking increase in cities like Chicago is because everyone is busy coddling "young Black men" and excusing their wrong doing. This is stupid and not helping ANY Black people. we have got to stop devaluing our girls and excusing bad behavior among our boys. It's just sick!

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteraj

i’ve been away for a while, but thank you for all the hard and tireless work you do to course correct the tragic downfall of black women everywhere.

so very disappointed in Jamilah-Asali I. Lemieux, the beautiful struggler blogger. what in the world was she thinking? shameful.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdivalive

I remember in college groups like the National Coalition for 100 Black Women and the National Council of Negro Women who were recruiting and had chapters in colleges and around the country. Where are they? What have they done?They like the NAACP have been asleep at the wheel and I can't wait until they close up shop. You, Madame Gina, and your followers do more work with this crazy thing called the world wide web than they and they probably get all kind of funding, have a greater platform, historical presence, etc to get it done. smh. Keep up the great work ladies!

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

I just sent a msg to both for them to consider you for a leadership position. It would be good for others, especially members, to do the same. I remember Cornell West saying the next generation of Black Leaders will be women. Gina, you are it. It seems they do do stuff but its programming at the chapter level, a lot like the sorrorities, but no real advocacy.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdenise

@denise

All I can add to your post is that as with top-notch journalism true Black leadership will be found online. And that's a good thing since the Black community has been suffering from a lack of fresh ideas and strategies.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Now, that the Ebony 4 have been justly spanked, we should give Unilever props. By pulling their ads, Unilever made Ebony feel the pain in their wallets and will not be so gung ho promoting pedophiles.

So, give Unilever a cal,l and thank them for standing by their principle when they learned of Ebony's sleaziness. Judging from my call to Unilever today, they will appreciate the compliment since too often in this world doing the right thing isn't applauded.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFred

Thanks, Gina! It was great to see you push Ebony back from the brink of insanity. Hopefully the women responsible for this debacle will be fired.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVal

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