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. 63, No. 5, March

10 Biggest Diabetes Myths: Knowing Fact from Fiction Can Help Control the Deadly Disease
1 Myth: People with diabetes can't eat sweets or chocolate If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, diabetics can eat desserts and sweets. They are no more "off limits" to them than they are to people without the disease....
5 Questions for ... Ice Cube
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] From one of the trailblazers of rap music to an A-list movie star, Ice Cube has just about done it all. As he celebrates some two decades in music, he says that he is far from done. After releasing the movie First Sunday and...
A Healthier You Learning the Facts and Figures about Diabetes
How many of us remember dire warnings from older loved ones, "If you keep eating a lot of candy, you are going to catch sugar diabetes?" Hopefully by now you know that isn't true; eating a lot of candy does not cause diabetes. Because you read this...
Anatomy of a Moment: How Team Obama & Black America Are Making History
Karen Richardson had never worked on a political campaign and was headed down an entirely different path when the Barack Obama campaign tapped her last April to become the Iowa state policy director. But the 30-year-old African-American, who interned...
Angie Stone: 'Living My Life with Diabetes: Singer Urges African-Americans to Take Control of the Disease-Now
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You may know me best as a songwriter and neo-soul singer, but what you don't know is that I'm living with diabetes, a very serious disease that affects more than 3 million African-Americans nationwide, according to the American...
A Spotlight on Individuals Who Are Moving Onward & Upward
ADAM ROBINSON [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] It didn't hit the three-star admiral until the e-mails started coming. "It dawned on me after I started receiving a number of e-mails and other communications that this really was a big thing, and it was...
Auto Financing: Leasing versus Buying: Let Cost and Personal Requirements Dictate Your Decision
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lease versus buy. New car versus used. It's a common predicament nearly every car buyer confronts. While experts say each has its benefits and drawbacks, the decision on what to buy, and how to finance it, should have less...
Blacks in Hollywood: As the Academy Prepares to Award Its 80th Set of Oscars, Are Blacks in Hollywood Better off, Have We Finally Arrived or Is This Just Another Celluloid Illusion?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] 80 YEARS OF STRUGGLE. 80 YEARS OF REJECTION. 80 YEARS OF PROMISE AND POTENTIAL. 80 YEARS OF "ALMOST." UNTIL NOW. Finally, there was a Black man in command of his destiny, in front of the camera and behind it. In a big-budget...
Black Youths: The New Face of Diabetes: As African-American Youngsters Have Become Heavier, Half of Then Are Predicted to Be Diagnosed with the Disease during Their Lifetime
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To friends and family, Bryan Moore, 14, was always considered to be a cute, chubby kid who loved fast food. "Pizza, burgers, fries, candy, I would eat anything that tasted good," says the Baltimore ninth-grader who, at his...
Could You Have Diabetes and Not Know It?
Take the test. Know your score. Take this test to see if you are at risk for having diabetes. Diabetes is more common among African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. If you are a member of one of these...
Expert Advice on Relationships: Dr. Joyce Answers Yur Questions about Marriage and Dating and Romance
Q I am a saved, 50-year-old educated woman and have a nice career. I am independent and attractive (really!). I have a nice home and do well for myself. I have two boys at home, one a senior in high school getting ready for college and the other 10...
From Atlanta to Africa: American Youngsters Embark on a Journey of Self-Discovery in Ghana
THE LUSH GREENERY SURROUNDING the NNonkonsuo Slave River Memorial Center in Ghana, Africa, is gone, abruptly replaced by darkness. At first the children appear to enjoy it, like that game when blindfolded kids awkwardly swing at a pinata hoping to...
Growing Up CEO: Parents Can Nurture a Child's Entrepreneurial Spirit
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] At age 12, Leanna Archer heads her own haircare products company, which she founded at age 8. While most children are listening to their iPods and focusing on homework (Leanna has to finish her homework before she conducts...
Hollywood Style
When the invitation calls for glamour, where do you turn for inspiration? Take a look back to Black style circa the days of Dorothy Dandridge, Josephine Baker, Sidney Poitier and Harry Belafonte. These Hollywood icons did fashion proud during their...
Honor Your Temple: Work off Pounds While Praising Your Higher Power
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] About a year-and-a-half ago, Reggie Brooks was at the top of his game. He received good money for lectures on real estate investing, and was listed on the same programs as Donald Trump, he says. But just as Brooks was to...
Iconic Style: Tina Knowles Gives Expert Advice on Dressing the Part
Known as the notable mom behind megastar Beyonce, Tina Knowles is a woman who can do it all. A true Jane of all trades, she has conquered the roles of mother, grandmother, author, philanthropist and fashion designer in iconic style. After years of...
Inside the Historic Obama Campaign: A Message from the President & CEO
In this year's historic presidential campaign, Sen. Barack Obama has taken things to a new level, generating positive vibrations and a new degree of hope while, at the same time, changing the minds of thousands of people who are now beginning to believe...
Lessons Abroad: A College Student Encounters Hate, Finds Love in Spain
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Lori L. Tharps was a junior at Smith College in Northampton, Mass., when she set her sights on studying abroad in Spain in 1992. She had known from an early age that Spain would be part of her destiny. But she was not prepared...
'Let's Not Say or Play the Race Card'
As a lawyer in 21st century America, I want to believe that the color of one's skin no longer determines one's educational possibility, professional opportunities or treatment in the justice system. But every day we are confronted with statistics and...
Malcolm Lee: Director's New Comedy Brings Plenty of Drama to the Big Screen, Too
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To produce his latest African-American "dramedy," film director Malcolm D. Lee worked and reworked his script. Then he found the perfect cast of actors to star in Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, set to open in February. The...
Must Christians Go to Church: Yes! the Church Remains Force for Political and Social Change
Our kidnapped African ancestors knew Christianity was not an isolationist institution in which everyone worshiped alone in their own corner. There are such individual activities as seeking, fasting and praying. But the highest expression of the faith...
Overexercising: Just Don't Do It! Too Much Physical Activity Can Produce Some Serious, Unexpected Problems
Only three months after making that New Year's resolution to begin an exercise program and get into shape, that commitment, for many people, has faded like smoke from a cigarette. But on the other side of the spectrum, there is a group who not only...
The ABCs of Diabetes: What's the Difference between Type 1 & 2 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes was previously called insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus or Juvenile-onset diabetes. Type 1 diabetes develops when the body's immune system destroys pancreatic beta cells, the only cells in the body that make the hormone insulin that...
The Importance of Being a Gentleman in Not-So-Gentle Times: For Many Young Men Today, Life Is about "Acting Hard, Having Attitude and Swagger"
My father taught me that an essential part of manhood is being a gentleman. But in these times, with fewer role models, it is tougher for young men to cultivate such qualities. My work over the last 20 years has been teaching professional athletes...
The Ravages of Diabetes: Diabetes Is Associated with an Increased Risk for a Number of Serious, Sometimes Life-Threatening Complications, and African-Americans Experience an Even Greater Threat. Good Diabetes Management Can Help Reduce Risk
Heart disease and stroke Heart disease and stroke account for about 65 percent of deaths in people with diabetes. In women with diabetes, deaths from heart disease have increased 23 percent over the past 30 years compared to a 27 percent decrease...
To Be Good Christians? No! Organized Black Religion Is Failing
Like most Black men of my generation, I grew up in the Black church. Most certainly, my youthful values, worldview and spiritual existence were fundamentally shaped in the storefront Baptist church on the East Side of Detroit, where my stepgrandfather...
What Makes an Image Maker? Behind the Scenes with the Stylists Who Create Looks for Top Celebrities
They've been called the "glam squad." these industry insiders and image-makers. They are the few--usually invisible creative team--whose skillful hands guide the golden comb. the gilded powder puff and velvet hanger for some of today's most influential...