The Johnson Lifestyle
The Johnson Lifestyle
Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was founded in 1942 by John H. Johnson and is the curator of the African-American experience – past, present and future. JPC is the preeminent publisher of EBONY and JET magazines and owner of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, an internationally renowned cosmetics brand for people of color. JPC is committed to celebrating the vibrancy of African-American culture by operating trusted brands and delivering products of the highest quality that inform, engage, entertain, inspire, and enhance the lives of people.
JPC has had an unparalleled impact on Black America. The five million photos in the JPC archive along with its video collection have showcased this community for almost 70 years. In 1956, Eunice Walker Johnson launched the Ebony Fashion Fair Show; a traveling fashion show that raised over 55 million dollars for local charities and ensured several towns across America experienced high fashion. Mrs. Johnson’s fashion shows highlighted clothing from many many designers including Oscar De La Renta, Missoni and Stephen Burrows.
Today, Linda Johnson Rice maintains the JPC legacy as an African-American owned company. The corporate philanthropic mission focuses on education, financial literacy and AIDS education. The company’s products reaches over 72% of African-Americans over 18 years old.
An elementary charter school was recently opened in Chicago in honor of John H. Johnson.
Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman
EBONY magazine was recently named as a publication to watch by Advertising Age. Ebony is the No. 1 source for authoritative perspective on the African- American community. Under the direction of Editor-in-Chief, Amy D. Barnett, the monthly magazine, now in its 66th year, reaches nearly 11 million readers.
EBONY features forward thinkers, trendsetters, the hottest celebrities and next-generation leaders of Black America. EBONY ignites conversation, promotes empowerment and celebrates aspiration. Available on newsstands nationwide, EBONY is the heart, soul and pulse of African Americans. It’s more than a magazine, it’s a movement.
EBONY.com is the premiere online destination for African-American cultural insight, news and perspective. Under the direction of Editorial Director, Kierna Mayo, the website is an inviting and interactive experience. EBONY.com is a community-powered site for hot topics, trends, advice and critical conversation. Through original reporting and highly-curated content, EBONY.com reflects the diversity and broad spectrum of daily thought and opinion within the African-American community. It captures the laugh-out-loud humor of our audience with a fresh, intelligent point of view, and inspires dialogue connecting all points of the African-American experience.
JET is the No. 1 African-American newsweekly and has more than 7 million readers. As Editor-in-Chief of the magazine and its website, JETmag.com, Mitzi Miller continues the legacy of serving credible and entertaining information to the Black community.
Initially billed as “The Weekly Negro News Magazine”, JET is noted for its role in chronicling the early days of the American Civil Rights movement from its earliest years, including coverage of the Emmett Till murder, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Our wedding announcement section “Black Love” and “Beauty of the Week” are a long-standing traditions in JET magazine.
The publication has been a staple in homes and businesses of Black Americans since 1951, bringing life to its popular catchphrase: “If it isn’t in JET, it didn’t happen.” JET is the beloved bible of African-Americans and ranks number 4 in reader engagement.
Fashion Fair Cosmetics
Eunice W. Johnson was best known as the director of the Ebony Fashion Fair show which was started in 1958 as a hospital fundraiser and became an annual fashion tour that highlighted fashion for African-American women.
Mrs. Johnson started EBONY Fashion Fair cosmetics with a capsule collection sold through EBONY magazine in 1973. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Fashion Fair Cosmetics. Several innovative introductions will occur this year including the first Sam Fine Collection, four new 40th anniversary capsule collections and the opening of a new Herald Square Fashion Fair boutique location. Today, the cosmetics company offers foundation colors which complement an array of complexions and variety of beauty products.