Former Essence EIC Says She Was Forced Out by White Management

Former editor Constance White says that white corporate ownership has changed the magazine

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essence magazine taraji hensonEssence Magazine’s last editor, Constance C. R. White, says she was forced out by Time Inc. in arguments over “the way black women were portrayed,” Journal-isms reports.

White said editor in chief of Time, Inc., Martha Nelson, “sought to limit the way black women were portrayed.”

Essence was originally black-owned but according to White, has suffered under Time Inc. White said Nelson disallowed a look at African American art and culture.

“I was not able to make the creative hires that needed to be made,” White said.

White was hired as editor-in-chief in 2011.

“I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations,” White told Journal-isms. “It wasn’t what I expected at all.

Read the entire interview at Journal-isms.