(NY Times) African-American Chosen as Editor at Brides
Condé Nast Publications has made history. Last month, the media company appointed Keija (pronounced “Kee-yah”) Minor as its new editor in chief of Brides, making her the first African-American woman to lead one of their 18 consumer magazines in the 103 years of the company’s existence.
“Keija wasn’t selected because of the color of her skin, she was picked because she is the right editor for the job at the right time,” said Thomas Wallace, editorial director at Condé Nast. “She knows the magazine, her staff, and more importantly, she has the will to succeed.”
Ms. Minor was Brides’ executive editor, and her appointment comes after the former editor in chief, Anne Fulenwider, moved to Marie Claire. Ms. Minor, a Howard University School of Law graduate, says she stepped out on a leap of faith and ended her four-year career in corporate law before becoming editor in chief of Gotham magazine in 2005, and then editor in chief of Uptown magazine in 2008. “I’m thankful I had enough courage in my 20s to take an 85 percent pay cut,” Ms. Minor said.
Taking risks is also one of the fundamental tenets of Amy DuBois Barnett’s philosophy. Ms. Barnett, former managing editor of Teen People, became the first African-American woman in the country to head a mainstream consumer magazine at Time Inc. in 2003. Four years later, she became the deputy editor in chief of Harper’s Bazaar and is now the editor in chief of Ebony magazine. She applauded Condé Nast’s appointment of Ms. Minor. “Magazines are supposed to be reflective of society at large,” Ms. Barnett said. “I don’t think you can have a mainstream magazine right now that doesn’t address a diverse demographic.”