Living Black History: Johnson Publishing Regroups
Last year, media critics were projecting the imminent demise of Johnson Publishing Co., home to Ebony and Jet magazines. Buffeted by the downturn in the economy and circulation and advertising losses that hit media companies across the board, the company announced it was putting its landmark building up for sale, and there were reports that Ebony, too, would be sold. Founder and publisher John H. Johnson died in 2005, leaving day-to-day operations of an empire that included the legendary Ebony Fashion Fair, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and a book publishing division to his daughter Linda Johnson Rice, now chairman and CEO of the company. (Continue Reading…)

South Africa recalls Mandela’s release 20 years on
he last president of apartheid South Africa on Tuesday said that his speech 20 years ago announcing the release of Nelson Mandela had “prevented a catastrophe” and altered South Africa forever. FW de Klerk, the country’s president from 1989 to 1994, told a conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of his historic address to parliament, “The nine days between (my speech) and the release of Nelson Mandela on February 11 changed South Africa forever. (Continue Reading…)

Frustration growing at Haiti aid bottlenecks
The aid flooding into Haiti by plane and boat is not reaching earthquake victims quickly enough to stem growing unrest because of transportation bottlenecks and isolated violence. Many foreign aid workers and Haitians say ample donations are arriving, but express frustration at the slow pace of distribution of food and medicine from Port-au-Prince’s port, airport and a warehouse in its sprawling Cite-Soleil slum. (Continue Reading…)

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