Sunday, January 6, 2008

Susan L. Taylor Leaves Essence Magazine

"Don't sweat where you are right now; it's your blessed entry point. Step toward your greatness and the way will open wide." - Susan L. Taylor, March 2007

Should Essence Magazine continue the "In The Spirit" column where Editorial Director, Susan L. Taylor brillantly dropped many pearls of wisdom and words of healing and uplift for so many years?

I say no, what do you think?

10 comments:

Lady Roots January 6, 2008 at 9:19 AM  

Peaceful greetings from Jamaica..

Over the years I have been uplifted, informed and inspired by Susan L. Taylor's writings. Many times I bought copies of Essence, just for her column. I have sent copies of her columns to my daughters, sons and granddaughters.

"In The Spirit" was so essentially Susan, that no other sistren, no matter how insightful or intelligent, can be expected to duplicate Susan's works.

Let the next Editorial Director create their her own voice, her own column.

Blessed love,
Lady Roots
http://voicefromjamaica.blogspot.com/

Attorneymom January 6, 2008 at 11:43 AM  

"In The Spirit" was about Susan sharing her spirit and personal experiences with Essence readers. Essence should retire the column.

SheCodes January 6, 2008 at 1:16 PM  

I don't know. I had not read Essence in years, (my own personal boycott).

But due to their recent coverage of issues that I care about, I bought a copy of the magazine for each of the last 3 months. I had to admit that it had somewhat improved since my college days.

I have tremendous respect for Susan Taylor, and have followed her writings over the years. It's a tremendous loss for Essence, and I'm wondering what the editorial vision will be for this magazine.

Will it try to be a visionary, empowering, entertaining magazine for black women, or will it attempt to be a black version of Cosmo -- a beauty & fluff magazine with the white girls color-corrected to a lovely shade of brown?

Only time will tell, but given the fact that they are owned by Time and not by black women -- it might not even be their choice to decide what it will be.

wisdomteachesme January 6, 2008 at 1:43 PM  

knowing her, she may write a book of just those writings. i feel the new people should be able to do things as they want.
my answer is no-

Ms G January 6, 2008 at 1:56 PM  

I whole heartedly agree with Lady Roots. With Ms Taylor's departure that pretty much ends my relationship with Essence as well. IMO that magazine has been eyeing the drain for some time now. I ended my multi year subscription after the "Black Love" Puffy and Kim issue. Good luck Ms. Taylor; thank you for your grace and wisdom over the years.

Browne Molyneux January 6, 2008 at 8:02 PM  

I say no, because Essence now is not the Essence it used to be. No one can replace Susan, she is so awesome.

Browne

tasha212 January 6, 2008 at 9:44 PM  

I agree. No one but Susan Taylor could write the column but her.

Randi523 January 7, 2008 at 9:37 AM  

I'm just so disappointed at the downhill spiral ESSENCE has taken the past few years, I don't know what they should do...

CW January 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM  

Ms Taylors colums were one of the few positive things about Essence...



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Professor Tracey January 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM  

Lady Roots -

Thanks for visiting, I will be checking out your blog too.

AM -

Thanks for dropping by. I hope your busy schedule is getting lighter.

SheCodes and Ms G -

I stopped reading Essence many years ago as well. My mom still gets it and she saves the issues for me. I tear through them each Christmas, keep the good stuff which is not much.

Thanks everyone for your comments. I am in agreement with everyone, I hope they retire the column at well.

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