Two months after #EbonyOwes began trending on social media following outcries from freelancers and writers who never received payment for their work from Ebony magazine, #EbonyStillOwes has come to life.
Not only has Ebony still not paid its people — but whoever’s behind the @EBONYmag Twitter account has been blocking those speaking out about it.
I'm 1 of the women freelancers #ebonystillowes. Hoping @paythewriter helps us & our men writers too! What gives w/#ebonymagazine celebration https://t.co/a4gogO2vtJ
— Zerline Hughes Spruill (@zerlinehughes) May 28, 2017
Last week I shared that @ebonymag hasn't paid or contacted me & many others. This week they blocked me. I'm not even mad. I'm disappointed. pic.twitter.com/Z9u3vBNKQf
— Baratunde (@baratunde) May 31, 2017
.@EBONYMag keeps promoting cover w/@chancetherapper but STILL hasn't paid @AdrienneWrites & others for work on the issue. #EbonyOwes #fail https://t.co/Z9t7mUYxH2
— Benét J. WIlson (@Benet4NABJ) May 30, 2017
Welp. I too have been blocked from viewing @ebonymag tweets. All bc I asked them to fulfill a contract/pay. Still, I am proud of the story! https://t.co/kAXTsrNhBB
— AdrienneSamuelsGibbs (@AdrienneWrites) May 30, 2017
Nope. Also waiting on payment from the work I did as special Managing editor of the Diva commemorative issue
— AdrienneSamuelsGibbs (@AdrienneWrites) May 31, 2017
#EbonyOwes … I mean, you could just fulfill your contractual obligations to black journalists. Blocking ppl doesn't solve anything. pic.twitter.com/OAeXjDnh0Y
— Morgan Campbell (@MorganPCampbell) May 30, 2017
An acclaimed author wrote an excellent essay for #ebony. But like me, she remains unpaid. #ebonyowes #womenup https://t.co/zS8H7wHKuQ
— AdrienneSamuelsGibbs (@AdrienneWrites) May 28, 2017
Larry Goldbetter, the president of the National Writers Union, said in an interview with Journal-isms that the union is representing 14 writers who are owed $30,000.
According to The Root, ‘Ebony has been hosting events and the website for its owner, Clear View Group LLC, has gotten a face-lift, so apparently it has money to pay people.’
Pay your people, Ebony.