You’re probably sitting there wondering, “why is she posting about a new editor-in chief? Is this really that big a deal?”
Well, interestingly enough, it is.
You see, Brides (a mainstream title over at Conde Nast) just announced Keija Minor as their Editor-in-Chief. Ms. Minor becomes the first Black editor-in-chief in the publishing house’s 100 year history. She joins the ranks of other noteworthy firsts in the publishing world including:
- Amy DuBois Barnett, current editor of Ebony, was the first African-American woman to head up a mainstream consumer magazine during her time at Teen People.
- And Mark Whitaker, now managing editor for CNN Worldwide, was the first African-American to lead a national news magazine while at Newsweek.
It’s not unusual (though still not very common) to see people of color heading niche and special interest titles. Keija Minor rose through the ranks over at Uptown Magazine, the magazine for targeted at affluent African Americans.
For more about Keija Minor’s new position, read the article in the UK’s Daily Mail here.