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Amy Dubois Barnett

Ebony Magazine

An award-winning media executive and brand architect, Amy DuBois Barnett’s vision has shaped the pages and websites of Harper’s BazaarEssence, Teen People, Honey magazine and Ebony, where she is currently Editor-in-Chief of the oldest and largest African-American magazine in the country. At Ebony, Barnett executed the publication’s first top-to-bottom redesign in its 66-year history to critical acclaim. She also introduced key new editorial franchises (Ebony Beauty Awards, Black Wealth issue, 50 Finest) as well as groundbreaking editorial packages (Multiracial in America, Can We Save Detroit, Black Men in America, Election 2012). As well, she re-conceived and re-launched Ebony.com with a new mission and message.

A Brown University graduate, Barnett also has an M.F.A. degree in Creative Writing from Columbia University and a certificate in Fashion Merchandising from Parson’s School of Design. She is the author of the NAACP Image Award-nominated advice book for Black women, Get Yours! How To Have Everything You Ever Dreamed Of And More (Doubleday/Broadway Books, 2007). She is also a published fiction author whose work has appeared in various journals and anthologies.

For her pioneering work as a journalist, style expert and writer, Barnett received the Trailblazer Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, an Aldo award for fashion journalism from the Fashion Association, and a Hurston/Wright award for creative writing.  Barnett is on the board of the American Society of Magazine Editors and is a member of the Fashion Committee of the School of the Arts Institute in Chicago.

Barnett has lived in 12 cities on three continents, and is fluent in French. She has spent most of her adult life in New York City, but currently resides in Chicago with her six-year-old son, Max.