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. 59, No. 6, April

10 Steps to Home Ownership
IT'S the American dream. But owning your own home doesn't have to be a dream anymore. Now, with an array of programs available for first-time buyers and a wealth of information online, becoming a homeowner is no longer reserved for the wealthy,...
Al Green: 'I Can't Stop' Making Soul Music and Praising God
IT'S a sunny afternoon in Memphis, and the Rev. Al Green is preaching his Sunday sermon at Full Gospel Tabernacle. His is a singing ministry. He preaches a while, then he sings. He preaches, he sings, blending it all so naturally. The reverend is simply...
A Manhunt for Maleness
I was in a coffee shop the other day when I was taken aback by the Brother in front of me. He was about 6 foot 5,240 pounds. He looked like a linebacker. But it wasn't his looks that got my attention. It was his choice of drink. You see, I was there...
At Home with Evander Holyfield and His New Bride: Former Heavyweight Champ Opens the Doors to His Atlanta Paradise
BY all accounts, Evander Holyfield was never supposed to be much of anything. Born in Atmore, Ala., one of nine children reared by a single mother with a sixth-grade education, he was told over and over again that he was too poor, too inarticulate,...
Being Married to a Star Is Not Always a Starring Role
TO the onlooker, celebrity wives enjoy an existence filled with enviable advantages--luxurious homes, shopping sprees, posh parties, high-profile premieres, and unfettered access to the world's best nannies, cooks and personal trainers. But there...
Black College Queens
THEY are women of distinction. The Black College Queens of 2004 started out with a dream--to represent their colleges and universities with pride and grace, and they have kept the faith. Beginning with the end of the alphabet, the Sisters on this...
Boxers, Briefs or Nothing at All
THE bare-bottom fact of the matter is that underwear is almost as fashionable as outerwear. And when it comes to style and fashion statement, Brothers are definitely not being left behind. "The choices in men's underwear are getting close to the...
Can Machines Exercise for You?
EXERCISE machines are getting smarter and more functional. And although they can't exercise for you, they can exercise with you and help you exercise better. Within recent years, there has been a proliferation of exercise equipment, some of which...
Classic Cakes
What better way to complete that special meal than with a delicious, mouthwatering cake? There are several types of tasty, easy-to-make cakes that would be perfect for any occasion--pound cakes, layer cakes, butter cakes, coffee cakes, sponge cakes,...
Fiction
Fantasy continues to swirl in works by notable writers. KINDRED (Beacon Press, $14.00) by Octavia Butler is the story of Dana Franklin, a 20th century Black woman who is drawn from her Los Angeles home and transported back to the Maryland plantation...
God's Dream, Mystery, Money and Fantasy
IN this season of spirituality and as we recognize the 10th anniversary of majority rule in South Africa, a number of titles serve to enrich and enlighten. God Has A Dream: A Vision of Hope For Our Time (Doubleday, $16.95) by Desmond Tutu, provides...
Is It Open Season on Black Men?
EVERYWHERE we turn, it seems there's another attack on Black men--attacks that raise some serious questions. There is the Kobe Bryant case, the case against Michael Jackson and the case against Marcus Dixon, who, at 18, received a 10-year prison sentence...
Janet Speaks!
JANET JACKSON appears demure and fragile as she sits on a low but comfortable sofa in a West Los Angeles recording studio. She offers to share her Asian lunch of rice and seaweed and a large green salad tossed in a teriyaki dressing. It is 10 days...
Keeping Mind, Body & Together: Centering Down and Finding the Real You
Think about it. When was the last time that you focused on yourself? When did you last take a ment to do a wellness check of your mind, body and spirit? If you're like the millions of women who are on the go--grabbing for the brass ring, focusing...
Luther Vandross: Four Grammy Awards Give Him a Boost on the Road to Recovery
SINCE Luther Vandross was stricken with a life-threatening stroke last year, he has been the focus of millions of music fans who have been praying and hoping that he'll sing again, delivering the silky smooth tunes that have made him a dominant...
Mandela's Miracle: 10th Anniversary of South African Freedom
Ten years ago, 120 months ago, Black and White time stopped and restarted with the liberation of South Africa, which marked the official end of White colonization in Africa and the beginning of a new era of world history. The event started with...
'Pass the Mic'! Talk Tour Educates, Empowers and Creates New Dialogue
RACE. Money. Sex. Power. In a historic step that sought to empower a national audience, radio and TV host Tavis Smiley and authors Cornel West and Michael Eric Dyson created a groundbreaking dialogue across six cities, illuminating the burning issues...
Patience Reaps Clarity
SOMETIMES it hits you suddenly, other times gradually. But when that moment of clarity arrives, your world becomes clearer, cleaner, purer. It happened to me once while sitting in church. I had been pondering what to do about a relationship. Should...
Pioneering Ebony Poll Promises Breakthrough Data on Sexual Behavior
SEX is an integral part of life. More to the point, it is the starting point of life. It is an important part of our being and existence, and it is, or should be, a fulfilling experience. For many women, and for many reasons, it is not. In an effort...
Sassy Sexy & Sensuous
Italian designers showcased an array of gorgeous creations for spring 2004 on the runways in Milan. Femininity was the unifying theme throughout a colorful parade of great looks. There were elegant evening gowns of luscious, sheer fabrics, as well...
Teens at the Top
TALENTED and at the top of their game, a growing group of teens is making grown-ups sit up and pay attention. Before they can legally drive in some cases or even vote, these teens are on their way to the top, and there's no end in sight! From...
The Black Teen Explosion: Powerful Group Shapes Fashion, Music, Movies and Love
AFRICAN-AMERICAN youths have always been shapers and changers of American popular culture. But an electronic revolution and the emergence of an "electrosex" environment, powered by hip-hop and its offshoots, Black and White, have made Black youths...
The Ebony Advisor: Expert Advice on Love and Relationships
Q I'm a 6-feet-tall, 138-pound, model-type female with no a stable job, my own car and apartment. I have genuinely loved my dates and have shown that love by giving gifts, cooking for them, calling canstantly ... and even sending flowers. But every...
Who's Afraid of the 'Terrible Twos'? Busy Banker and First-Time Mother Navigates the Challenging Years
SO, you're in the grocery store, minding your own business, when all of a sudden, you hear a tiny voice scream: "NO! NO! NO!" Or you see a superfeisty child, no taller than his mother's knee, kicking and screaming and crying his eyes out until his...