Ebony magazine

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Ebony, a magazine for the African American market, was founded by John H. Johnson and has been published since the autumn of 1945.

The early issues often featured beauties like Lena Horne and Dorothy Dandridge on its eye-catching covers. Constantly up-beat, like its generic contemporary Life, it gave African-Americans a needed psychic boost. For the first time, national corporations featured Black models driving cars and drinking soft drinks in the issues of Ebony.

One of the co-editors was Hans Massaquoi, author of the autobiographie Destined to Witness, a book about his youth in Nazi Germany as a black boy. The book had been on the top of the bestseller list of the german weekly Der Spiegel for many months.

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