PhotobucketThere’s sad news in the magazine world. According to Maynard Institute, Essence magazine Editor-in-Chief Constance White is leaving her role as well as the beauty editor Corynne L. Corbett and the creative director Greg Monfries. Before taking the role as Essence EIC in March 2011, White served as the founder of Talk magazine, a style reporter for The New York Times, the executive fashion editor for Elle magazine and an associate editor for Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine.

What could cause such a talented African-American woman who brought so much confidence and diversity to the African-American culture to leave such an inspiring position? According to Peter Kafka of All Things D, Time Inc., the mag’s publisher, is cutting about 500 jobs as the fourth quarter revenue was down seven percent. We’re not sure if this has anything to do with the Essence layoffs, but if so, it explains a lot.

Though we will miss White, Corbett and Monfries, spokeswoman Dana Baxter confirmed to Journal-isms that Vanessa Bush would step in to take White’s place as managing editor. We could only hope that she will continue the magazine’s layout that inspires women of dark skin, light skin, natural puffs, hair weaves, curvy and stick skinny to remain confident and beautiful.

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  • Essence needs a fresh makeover, relatable content, and they need to strategically create community. They’ve had a household brand for decades and they squandered it by not capitalizing on community. But they stay trying to jam Essence Music Festival Tickets down your throat at a time when people are feeling very insecure about their finances and this country’s overall direction.

    With that being said it’s is also a sign of the times for print. No one desires to pay for print publishing anymore and black folks are running out of celebs to recycle. Hell even the regurgitated Mary J Blige Covers have thankfully come to an end. Uncle LL is currently on the cover. He’s a nice guy but what an overall whack move.

    When I saw Nene Leakes on the cover of Ebony I knew the Black Publishing world was pressed and running out of PR gimmicks to sell.

  • Robbie

    I am surprise to hear this but the way that essence is going is unfortunaley allienating it to many of its readers. I stopped buying it a long time ago, because it no longer speaks to me. I still wish the magazine all the best and hopefully, they can bring in the right team to help the struggling publication.

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