Constance C.R. White, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, has disclosed that her departure was involuntary, and the result of repeated clashes with Martha Nelson, the editor-in-chief of Time Inc. who White says sought to limit the way black women were portrayed.
Constance who split from the magazine on Feb. 8th, recalled her experience:
“I went in there with passion and excitement and high expectations,” White told Journal-isms, referring to her 2011 hiring. “It wasn’t what I expected at all.” “What needs to happen is the reader is getting lost and the reader has to be at the center. To make their world smaller is unacceptable,” she said by telephone. “A lot of the readers have sensed what is happening.”
Will White’s departure and the change in Essence Magazine’s guard be the end of empowerment for Black women?