When I think about who should grace the cover of Ebony Magazine, NeNe Leakes certainly doesn’t come to mind. After all, since when is acting ghetto a shoo-in for a cover shoot? This continues the dumbing-down of America trend. Ebony Magazine, through the years has stood for celebrated black power, black beauty, and black pride. Not acting like a hoodrat. I echo the sentiments of Ebony readers, who are appalled that she would ever grace the cover of any issue of this iconic publication. Um, when I think “Money and Power,” again, NeNe Leakes may have money but has absolutely no power.
NeNe Leakes defended the magazine’s decision to put her on the cover when she appeared at the recent star-studded gala unveiling Ebony’s Dec/Jan 2013 issue at New York’s Lincoln Center, telling the Daily Beast:
“I absolutely deserve to be on the cover. This cover is about money, power, and respect. And it’s about a come-up story and I’m the one that had that story this year … Not only did I come out as a reality star that was very boisterous and vivacious and outspoken and all those things. I flipped that into money and respect. And a lot of people can’t do that.”
R-E-S-P-E-C-T? From whom? Yeah, she may deserve to be on a magazine cover, but not Ebony. The reality is that Ebony Magazine has fallen a few notches over the years, and took a giant tumble with it sunk to “RHOA” ratchetness. I seriously doubt John H. Johnson, who founded the magazine in 1945, would besmirch his company’s goals by putting someone like NeNe Leakes on the cover. He stood for more than running up his circulation numbers. He stood for black achievement and black pride.