It’s always been my pastime to pick up copies of my favorite magazines at supermarkets during the last week of the month.
True fans know that the last week of a current month is the new roll-out of the following month’s issue. And every June, I look forward to grabbing Ebony’s annual “Black Music Issue” where they do impressive feature stories on musicians that don’t often get the kind of intimate up-close coverage their peers receive in predominately white publications.
This year’s edition had the incredible Grammy-winning Chance The Rapper noticeably gracing its cover hatless and full of dapper charm. If this was last year, I would have bought five copies on sight — but now I refuse to buy a single one.
The Black journalist who wrote that story, Adrienne Samuels Gibbs, says she has yet to be compensated for that piece—and says that she still hasn’t been paid for several others she wrote for Ebony.