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Ebony creative director Darhil Crooks has been poached by The Atlantic, the company announced today. There he will oversee art direction in print, online, on mobile and tablet devices and will keep an eye on The Atlantic Wire and Atlantic Cities.
With only twenty months on the job as CEO of Johnson Publishing—home of Ebony and Jet —former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers had about as much magazine experience as the second-year j-school students she addressed at Columbia University Thursday night.
“The first year was extremely intense,” Ms. Rogers told students assembled for the year’s final Delacorte Lecture. “I learned to love my new friend, Pepto Bismal tablets.”
Ebony and Jet publisher Johnson Publishing announced yesterday that Desirée Rogers, who resigned last February as the President Obama’s social secretary, will be taking over the company as chief executive.
The first African-American to hold the title of social secretary at the White House, Ms. Rogers was also first to bring an MBA, Read More
“I’ve never seen Obama in the flesh, but I’ve watched everything he’s ever done,” said Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty on The Wire-”and I’m even more in worship of him than I was before.”
It was after 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, in the foyer of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Read More
To the list of transgressions that may have led to the unceremonious departure of former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers–wearing expensive things; talking about the president’s brand; not screening reality television stars–add that she apparently didn’t send out Christmas cards.
Or, at least, she didn’t send them to the right wealthy donors, who Read More
Social Secretary Desiree Rogers wasn’t forced out of the White House over the “Gatecrashers” incident, nor Pete King’s incessant hounding. Well before that, Ms. Rogers had worn expensive clothing to a photo shoot, and—even worse—had spoken openly about “the Obama brand.”
“The president is a person, not a product,” adviser David Axelrod Read More
While David Paterson resists the calls for him to resign the governorship, another scandal-marred public official is leaving her post.
White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers—who was implicated in the infamous Gatecrashers security lapse—will step down next month, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
This ought to make Republicans, particularly New York Congressman Pete Read More
There is a warehouse 20 minutes from the White House. It houses all the holiday decorations from presidential administrations past. To poke through this twinkly archive is to examine U.S. history. Here lie giant spools of Nancy Reagan’s favorite red ribbon, as lush and thick as the shoulder pads on an Adolfo socialite suit. What’s Read More
Republicans are suddenly very concerned about whether our president is safe from the threat of fame-seeking party crashers.
“I take this very seriously,” Representative Peter King said on Good Morning America today. Mr. King accused the White House of “stonewalling” his efforts to investigate how the infamous Salehi couple got into that state Read More
PETA was planning to protest the Giorgio Armani store opening today with dozens of volunteers dressed in giant rabbit suits. [WWD]
Carine Roitfeld told New York magazine that she is not, in fact, launching a teen version of French Vogue. [The Cut]
The last show White House social Read More