Ebony

Founded in 1945, Ebony is a monthly magazine published by Johnson Publishing Company Inc. It is a general interest magazine geared toward an African-American audience. John H. Johnson is Publisher and Chairman.

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 12, October

5 Questions For: Dr. Lorraine Cole: President and Chief Executive Black Women's Health Imperative
Dr. Lorraine T. Cole has the important job of trying to help Black women lead healthier, longer lives. As president and chief executive officer of the Black Women's Health Imperative, she takes time from conferences and meetings at the Capitol to talk...
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In PASSPORT DIARIES (Amistad/HarperCollins, $22.95), exciting new author Tamara T. Gregory spins an interesting tale about a woman who veers off the career path to seek excitement as a globetrotter. Boy, does she find it. Before becoming a writer,...
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LATOYA LONDON, Love & Life (Peak/Concord); EARTH, WIND & FIRE, Illumination (Sanctuary); LES NUBIANS, Echos: Nubian Voyager (Triloka/Sheridan Ent.); TONI BRAXTON, Libra (Blackground); SHAGGY, Clothes Drop (Geffen); RAY J, Raydiation (Knockout);...
A Message from the President & CEO Linda Johnson Rice
As we enter a new chapter in the history of Johnson Publishing Co., publisher of EBONY and Jet, I accept this challenge with unwavering resolve--dedicated and determined to continue building on the inspiring legacy that my father, John H. Johnson,...
A Wild Ride with Ludacris: Versatile Dirty South Rapper Ups His Game with Producing, Acting
CHRISTOPHER BRIDGES wants a motorcycle. Sounds simple enough. Grown man. $$$. Free will. Motorcycle. But when your "game" name is Ludacris, life tends to get a little more complicated. "Nobody will let me motorcycle because they don't want me to get...
Black Architects: Embracing and Defining Culture
BEAUTY. Art. Culture. Architecture both defines and owes its existence to these three essentialities. To those trained, those who studied, as well as those who are devoted to the practice, it is with purpose and lasting-ness that they give form and...
Breast Cancer
For about a year, Denise Roberts noticed something was wrong with her body. "I was fatigued, I had dark circles appearing under my eyes that couldn't be covered with makeup and my hair was coming out in handfuls," says the California resident. Her...
Celebrating the Life and Legacy of John H. Johnson 1918-2005
JOHN HAROLD JOHNSON was the people's publisher. He built a legacy celebrating the achievements and beauty of Black Americans, and they, in turn, honored that legacy by paying tribute to both the dream and the dreamer. "People say he was a great...
Ebony on the Scene
IN ATLANTA, thousands of demonstrators, young and old, marched down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in support of extending the 40-year-old Voting Rights Act. Supporters on the front line include the Rev. Joseph Lowery, former president of the Southern...
Fantastic Abs: From Flabby to Fit, Firm & Fabulous
HAVE you given up on attaining the perfect "six-pack" and accepted the pudgy rolls that spill over your pants? Is wearing a midriff never an option? Does zipping your pants in the morning take Herculean strength? If you answered yes to any of these...
Fibroids: Facts and New Treatments
A routine checkup revealed a pea-sized fibroid atop Teresa Mack's pelvis. The benign tumor caused mild pain during her menstrual cycle, but her doctor advised against immediate treatment because she was pregnant. After Mack successfully delivered...
Finding the Right Pediatrician: This Is One of the Most Important Choices a Parent Can Make
WHEN first-time mom Donna Parker realized she needed to find a pediatrician, four words immediately came to her mind: "I have no clue." Parker was about five months pregnant and didn't know where to begin to find a good pediatrician. The 35-year-old...
Heart Disease
Heart disease, the No. 1 killer of women, is no longer considered a man's disease. New research suggests that the death rate among women who have heart disease is higher than that for men. After menopause, women begin to develop heart disease and die...
Love at First Byte: The Virtual World of Dating Online
IN the unpredictable, oftentimes turbulent world of dating, with its ups and downs, twists and turns and momentary fluctuations of the heart, a growing number of tech-savvy singles are turning their attention (and their hearts) to the Internet for...
Media Giant Championed Women
He's been called a legend, a hero, a visionary, a pioneer. Some revere him as a business leader, media giant and role model. John H. Johnson was all of these and so much more. During my 20-some years of working for EBONY magazine, I have grown to love...
Prime-Time 2005: More Stars, More Soul, More Sensation
PRIME-TIME television is in living color this fall season, as the Big 4 networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX) have loaded their schedules with exciting scripted sitcoms and dramas--and the majority of these shows feature African-American actors in leading...
Ramsey Lewis: Jazzman Extraordinaire
RAMSEY LEWIS must be the hardest-working man in jazz. At an age when many are longing for a rocking chair and a porch swing, the legendary composer, pianist and jazz icon is doing some rocking and swinging of his own--on television--hosting a new series,...
Shonda Rhimes: The Force Behind Grey's Anatomy
IN theory, it probably shouldn't even be on television. After all, ER, a longtime ratings winner, has started seeing audience erosion as reality and cable TV medical shows proliferate. But ABC believed in Shonda Rhimes, the creator of Grey's Anatomy....
Spreading 'The Word' on Campus: African-American Chaplains Take the Lead in the Ivy League
WITH little or no fanfare, African-American ministers, male and female, have moved into major leadership roles in the spiritual hierarchies of prestigious Ivy League universities. Five of the eight Ivy League schools--Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, University...
Steve McNair: On a Mission Back to the Super Bowl
ONE yard. A measly three feet--36 inches--a mere baby step for Steve McNair. But it's that scant distance which proved to be the longest yard for the Tennessee Titans star quarterback as the world watched his team come up one yard short on a last-second-tying...
Style 101: Back-to-School Fashion Guide
Heading to Class AT lunchtime, nearly every college campus in the land becomes a runway. Whether the students' styles pay tribute to East Coast flava, West Coast spirit, Midwest soul or Down South charm, it's a fact that no two college divas dress...
Taking a Look at Reproductive Health
AT the very moment you got your first visit from "Aunt Flow" chances are you and mom had "the talk." You know, the uncomfortable conversation about your body and sex. Yet mom probably didn't break down the nature of a chlamydial infection or what happens...
The Ebony Advisor
Q I have been married for more than 20 years and my husband always prefers to spend time with his sister and brother rather than with our kids and me. Whenever I bring it up, he complains that I don't like his family. What is the best way to communicate...
The Fly Jock Speak Out!
You've heard his voice, seen his face, now you can read his words. TOM JOYNER, host of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," has written a book, I'M JUSTA DJ BUT ... IT MAKES SENSE TO ME (A Warner Hardcover, $22.95), with author Mary Flowers Boyce. Besides...
'The Gospel,' According to Donnie McClurkin: The Singer and Minister Talks about His New Movie, Church and His Most Difficult Struggle in Life
DONNIE McCLURKIN'S voice has already transcended the Sunday morning pulpit to soar to the top of record charts, where his music has remained steadfast while reaching gold and platinum status. Now the minister/singer/songwriter is poised to take over...
The Versatility of Beans
In kitchens on the home front and in restaurants around the world, the popularity of beans is increasing, evidenced by the presence of beans in soups, stews, casseroles, salads, breads, salsas and other main course dishes. Beans, recommended as a part...
Tips to Help You Start Your Own Business
WITH all of the talk about corporate downsizing, it seems that now is a good time to become your own boss. But starting a business requires a lot more than dreams of independence, unfettered creativity and a pot of money at the end of the rainbow....
Understanding Risks of Breast Cancer Recurrence
BREAST cancer is the most common female cancer in the United States. Among African-American women, breast cancer occurs at a lower rate than it does for White women, but Black women have a higher death rate, according to Edith P. Mitchell, M.D., clinical...
Weight Control/obesity
No matter how you look at it or try to rationalize it, there is nothing healthy about being obese. According to the American Obesity Association, more than 50 percent of African-American women are obese, defined as someone who has body mass index (BMI)...
What Are You Proud Of?
WHAT are you proud of? I mean what are you really proud of? Is it your car? Your crib? The clothes that you wear? The lady on your arm? The watch on your wrist? The group of Brothers you hang with? Now imagine if all of that stuff were gone. It's...
What Every Woman Should Know about Mental Health Ailments
FINDING lately that you are too blue to get out of bed, let alone get dressed and go to work? How about food? Eating more or less? What about sleep--too much or too little? Does the slightest provocation trigger tsunami-like mood swings? And do...