It's rather sad to see Ebony going down just as it's getting getting name-checked on Mad Men. I'm conflicted about this--It's a hard road for all magazines right now, and it's important to say this. That Ebony has held on this long is commendable. Moreover, I've been nurtured by black institutions all my life. I worked in one from my the time I could talk, and on into my 20s. I went to Baltimore public schools, and then on to an HBCU, where I started my writing career at the college paper.
I don't think we can overstate the importance of being self-starters, and not asking people to do for us, what we will not do for ourselves. Moreover, the magazine world is still horrifyingly white--and that actually understates the problem. The magazine world isn't just horrifyingly white, it's horrifyingly Northeastern, horrifyingly Ivy League, and horrifyingly privileged. This is more about inertia, than it is about malice or bigotry. (Though we should not confuse a reason with an excuse.)