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How The Johnson Publishing Company Influenced Black Culture

It’s the end of an era — the iconic Johnson Publishing Company on Wednesday filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, citing “factors outside of the company’s control.”

The Chicago-based publishing house behind Ebony and Jet magazines has been hailed as one of the​ most successful and influential black-owned corporations in the U.S​.

Morning Shift digs into the company’s legacy and cultural impact.

GUEST: Jane Rhodes, professor and head of African American studies at the University of Illinois, Chicago

LEARN MORE: Power, Politics, & Pride: Johnson Publishing (WTTW)

Johnson Publishing once chronicled black life in Ebony and Jet. It sold the magazines in 2016 and now it's going out of business. (Chicago Tribune 4/9/19)

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