On the heels of former Essence Magazine editor Constance C.R. White’s admission that she was pushed out of Essence, Edward Lewis, one of the founders of Essence, told Journal-isms on Monday, that he’d do it all over again.  By “it”, I mean selling Essence to Time Inc.


Richard Prince’s Journal-isms:

Edward Lewis, one of the principal founders of Essence magazine, told Journal-isms Monday that he “absolutely” would again sell the publication to Time Inc. regardless of the complaints of fired editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White and readers who support her.

“It’s very difficult for any size magazine to be standing out here alone without some other support elsewhere,” Lewis said by telephone, adding that the magazine business has faced the additional challenges of changing technology and a punishing recession since he sold Essence to Time Inc. in 2005.


In the interview with Journal-isms Lewis denied that Susan L. Taylor was pushed out, an accusation White made. He also cleared up misconceptions about Gordon Parks involvement with Essence.

“Gordon Parks really had nothing to do with it,” Lewis said. Parks at one time unsuccessfully claimed control of the magazine.

Lewis also left White with a few words of advice, “She’s got a wonderful resume and accomplishments. I hope she would continue to stay in the magazine business, and I wish her the best.”

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