The Editorial Industry Responds to Black Lives Matter

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In the midst of an ongoing global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement spreading worldwide, readers turn to see how their favorite editorial magazines and content creators are using their platforms.

Bon Appétit
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When the world’s most infamous chefs aren’t cooking back-to-back with celebrities, revamping gourmet foods or teaching viewers how to cook during quarantine, they’re unifying their voice to aid in the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Editor-In-Chief Adam Rapoport penned an open letter to the Bon Appetit community offering how they themselves as a magazine will move forward in the aid to help support the movement.

“We don’t have all the answers. We know we have work to do. Food has always been political whether we say it or not. Now is the time to say it,” Rapport shared in his article.

The BA Test Kitchen content creators have separately all used their platforms to acknowledge the issues and raise funds for a variety of organizations affiliated with the movement.

In a statement online, the Condé Nast magazine has offered to support the views of Condé Nast as a publication, highlight Black-owned food business and encourage change within readers and the publication themselves.

Byrdie

A member of the Dotdash publishing family with other publications including MyDomaine and Brides, Byrdie is producing content relating to the ongoing movement ensuring readers a welcome and diverse space.

“…committed to creating an inclusive space that lifts up diverse voices and celebrates the unique beauty found in each of us…No matter your background, skin tone, hair type, or budget, you can come to Byrdie and feel like you are being seen and represented,” Byrdie stated on their site.

Beyond the numerous articles surrounding the movement, Byrdie has taken to social media to provide public support and resources to its audience.

“Byrdie may be a beauty website, but that doesn’t mean we won’t speak up when it comes to matters like stopping racism and hate. We know we have a platform and will always use it to spread the message of inclusivity, equality, and human rights,” Byrdie shared on Instagram.

Cosmopolitan

Perspectives and resources. To reach audiences is the first step and giving vital information to help is another. Cosmopolitan is doing just that along with giving a voice to those in the community.

Hearing first hand the perspectives of Black women, including that of author Tiffany D. Jackson and Senator Kamala Harris. These women are not only addressing the country but also addressing the Black community by offering forms of guidance, reassurance and support.

“Let’s speak the truth: People are protesting because Black people have been treated as less than human in America. Because our country has never fully addressed the systemic racism that has plagued our country since its earliest days. It is the duty of every American to fix. No longer can some wait on the sidelines, hoping for incremental change. In times like this, silence is complicity,” Harris stated in her exclusive piece with Cosmopolitan.

Cosmopolitan continues to bring these voices to the forefront as they have launched a new initiative to share their sentiments of the ongoing struggles their readers are facing and hoping to change.

Vogue

For those who say it isn’t political, Anna Wintour just said it is. In an editors letter, Wintour urges readers to register to vote writing a message to Joe Biden, Democratic presidential nominee. She demanded change and a voice for others while acknowledging flaws in the current state under Trump’s presidency.

“We should understand that the violence against black people in this country—including the appalling murders of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota—is a shared national tragedy, one we all need to reckon with. The need for change should fall especially on those of us who enjoy incredible privileges; we need to listen and learn and take action to ensure social justice and basic human rights for people of color in this country,” Wintour stated.

Along with her letter, Wintour’s team of writers have been publishing articles and distributing resources relating to the movement. Covering all areas, Vogue has acknowledged the irony of protestors being incarcerated, the need for support for the Black trans community, the history behind aspects of the movement and more.

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As protests continue in all 50 states, several marches have been followed by high-profile incidents of looting with luxury brands as targets. It should be noted that looters and protestors are rarely the same people. Nevertheless, while the costs associated with property damage and lost merchandise are undeniable, the impact of these losses pales when compared to the realities of racially driven violence in America. Since 2019, 1,099 people have lost their lives at the hands of police, with Black people representing 24% of those killed. The percentage is staggering when you consider that Black people only make up 13% of the total population. So, when a protester scratches out the name @MarcJacobs and replaces it with Sandra Bland (pictured above), it is commentary about what we’ve chosen to value, and it is wise to examine why high fashion is being singled out. Responding to the damage to his New York and L.A. stores, @MarcJacobs posted a much-regrammed quote about the looting. “Never let them convince you that breaking glass or property is violence,” it read. “Hunger is violence; homelessness is violence; war is violence. Property can be replaced; human lives cannot.” Ultimately, in a time of civil unrest and racial injustice, it has never been more critical for brands to be vocal advocates of systemic change. Tap the link in our bio to read more. Written by @okjanelle

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The editorial industry is known for its lively entertainment, however, in today’s America the duties to use large platforms only grows as all try to work and undo the systematic racism the nation is built on.

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