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TheRoot.com is reporting that Constance C.R. White is leaving her post as managing editor of Essence Magazine. In addition to the departure of White, Corynne L. Corbett, the beauty editor, and Greg Monfries, the creative director, are also headed out the door.
According to Journal-isms, a column written by Richard Prince, Vanessa Bush is going to step in as interim managing editor. Bush is currently the executive editor of the magazine.
“White was previously the founding Fashion Editor for Talk magazine, a celebrated Style Reporter for The New York Times and the Executive Fashion Editor for Elle magazine. She also served as Associate Editor at Women’s Wear Daily and W magazine and began her career at Ms. magazine, as assistant to co-FounderGloria Steinem,” an announcement said when she was named.
Prince noted that the March 2011 issue of Essence Magazine, delivered during Black History Month, might as well have been called “Wigs and Weaves.”
“However, issues for the rest of the year represented a return to acknowledging the diversity among black women. Under Constance C.R. White, named editor-in-chief in March, Essence is showing women of varying skin tones and hair styles and tackling more subjects that bolster the self-esteem of its impressionable audience. The December issue included a piece by Denene Miller on colorism, defined as ‘the practice of extending or withholding favor based on a person’s skin tone.’ ‘ColorStruck’ was accompanied by a quiz by Ylonda Gault Caviness to determine whether you are.”
Remember the days when Essence actually talked about topics of substance?