Wednesday, June 25, 6:00 PM
OFFSITE EVENT: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration
Edward Lewis presents The Man from Essence: Creating a Magazine for Black Women
In conversation with Monique Greenwood
In 1969, 28-year-old Bronx native Ed Lewis and three other young black entrepreneurs set out to found a uniquely black business: a magazine for black women. Essence Magazine launched with a print run of 50,000 – today it reaches over 8 million readers around the world. The Man from Essence is Ed Lewis’s story of the magazine’s humble beginnings, the scandals and sagas of its four-decade history, and his own coming of age in the American civil rights movement. Ed talks about the dishy behind-the-scenes publishing stories, as well as the history of black men and women in business, with Monique Greenwood, a former Editor-in-Chief of Essence. The discussion, signing and reception will take place at nonprofit Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, which works to foster economic self-sufficiency as well as providing cultural and family resources in the historically black Brooklyn neighborhood.
Free and open to the public. Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation is located at 1368 Fulton Street (at Marcy Avenue) in Brooklyn.