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Asa Lovechild Speaks with Dr. Boyce Watkins: Should Essence Magazine Feature White Women?

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In this interview, Asa Lovechild speaks with Dr. Boyce Watkins about the direction of Essence Magazine.  Click to watch. 

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  1. rosemary davis

    March 21, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Asa did you not know that Jada Pinkett raised this same issue yesterday why are you then asking this same stupid question who cares about who Grace the cover of magazines it is the content that matters and I am sure that Jada Pinkett didn’t have a problem with her being on the cover of white magazines it is the owner’s decision to put whom ever he or she want to put on the cover of any black magazines not ours

  2. Mambolo

    March 21, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Sure they should. The magazine is owned by white people so they can do as they please. If it was owned by black people, it would be a definite no.

  3. Misty

    March 21, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    My answer is this: No!

    I only say this because most of the magazines tell the story from the perspective that is not oftentimes told, and also to represent beauty that is not as often represented by the mainstream (predominantly white) media. I don’t mean to sound rude an unfair, but it makes me angry that this is even a question because it more irritating to hear not just ignorance, but people who feel if white folks ain’t occupying everything in this world, they are being discriminated against.

  4. marcus davis

    March 22, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    They should,nt have sold Essence to white corperations to begin with,now that is owned by whites ,they can put however they want on the front cover and black folks have no say.Keep black business black owned quit selling out.

    • DG

      March 23, 2013 at 4:43 pm

      That’s reason I don’t read it anymore!! Blacks are quick to sell out to whites, but get mad when we are excluded!

  5. Lady Skinner

    March 22, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    We have sole out our Neighborhoods, our Black Colleges, our Television Stations, ECT; to the Whites, and now we think they are going to keep it black YEAH RIGHT!!!! Rip The Runway featured others in their fashion show this did not happen years ago but now that BET is white owned what did we think would happen???? DUUUHHHHHH!!!! We have no black owned malls, very few restaurant and when we do own restaurants we hire others to work but go into a chinese or mexican and see if you find us working I think “NOT” My business is Blacked Owned and Ran OK!!!

  6. chrystal

    March 22, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Lets change this a bit…would this same question be asked if it was a japanese magazine featuring a black woman?

    • DG

      March 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      It should be! It is geared towards them yes it should be asked!

  7. oliviapope

    March 22, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Essence is a magazine geared toward black women. I can’t imagine why a white woman would be featured except those white women who have done exceptional things to help the black community. Otherwise, I have no desire to see a white face on the cover of my Essence.

  8. justmy2cent

    March 24, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    Hell NAW!! Keep Essences BLACK. Its already bad enough that blacks sellout to whites for everything. And main stream magazines don’t features enough blacks anyway. If they do, its usaually black women that look like Beyonce, RiRi, and Halle Berry. I’m not haten on these women because I am a fan of all three. I’m just being honest. Black women come in so many beautiful shades of brown and that’s what I want it see MORE of. Essences/Ebony&Jet could do ALOT better themselves and have MORE Variety. So anyway, NO WHITE WOMEN in our mag. NUFF SAID!

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