requiring writers to beg for compensation puts the blame on the artists who cant pay their bills or make a career from exposure. As a non-black artist, distasio can mention ebony by name, and. ebony magazine is in the news this week for apparently not paying its writers. As highlighted in an article for the root, dozens of writers have come forward using the hashtag ebonyowes to share their experiences of not being paid for their work some have been waiting for payment since 2015. Ebony magazine is a legend, a legacy brand that many grew up reading. But unfortunately, it doesnt seem to be paying its writers, and ebonys current owners. the national writers union has filed what could prove to be something of a landmark lawsuit against ebony media operations and its parent company, clear view group, llc. , on behalf of dozens of freelance writers, who claim they are owed more than 70,000 in unpaid wages. However, some writers not included in the suit are still awaiting payment. Update this sentence has been updated to clarify that ebony was up to date on its payment schedule at the time of. , filed for bankruptcy liquidation in april, which ebony said would not affect its operations. the national association of black journalists last week handed ebony a mocking thumbs down award for failing to pay freelancers owed as much as 200,000 while the national writers. Ebony responds to ebonyowes accusations of not paying writers. i left the company in august 2016, shortly after an ownership change, and in the following months i heard that the payment situation had worsened. With the support of the national writers union, in 2017 a group of writers sued the owners of ebony for failing to pay them for their work and were awarded a judgment of 80,000 the following year. The roots column chastises ebonys ownership and features a mock-up of a fake ebony cover with satirical headlines like cheat your black writers by not paying? Ebony owners michael gibson.