I had to laugh yesterday because our Desiree alarm went off in a big way as our readers sent in the links to the latest news from Slabbeds favorite self promoter of all times, former White House social secretary/New Orleans party girl Desiree Rogers. In today’s installment of All My Glapion Children we find that Desiree has accomplished her mission of helping friend Linda Johnson Rice begin the process of righting the ship at Johnson Publishing, which has evidently struggled due to the economic slowdown at Ebony and Jet magazines. Now Desiree takes over as CEO.

I had a great time reading between the lines from my last post to yesterday’s press release from Johnson.  Change came to Johnson just days before Desireee was hired as a consultant as this press release trumpeting the hiring of Amy DuBois Barnett as the new editor at Ebony indicates. Then our girl Desiree evidently became Desiree the Knife as the axe fell on President/COO Anne Sempowski Ward. With the dirty work done that left the coast clear for Desiree’s coronation as CEO, a title previously held by Ms. Johnson Rice herself. Desiree then immediately announced the hiring of a token male at Johnson, Rodrigo A. Sierra who looks to me to be the person who will be doing the actual work to salvage Johnson. Continue reading “D”


Our friends at Allstate can rest easy. Desiree Rogers has found a job! The news courtesy of the Huffington Post:

Former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has been hired by struggling Chicago-based Johnson Publishing–the world’s largest African-American owned and operated publishing company.

The Root reported Friday that Rogers, who stepped down from her Obama Administration job following the 2009 White House state dinner gatecrasher debacle, would join Johnson Publishing as a consultant to get the company back on it’s feet. Rogers is a longtime friend of CEO Linda Johnson Rice:

The benefit of Rogers’ counsel and connections come at a time when Johnson Publishing, the world’s largest African-American owned and operated publishing company, has battled against steep advertising declines — like much of print media.

Wendy Parks, a spokeswoman for the publisher of Ebony and Jet magazines, told The Root that Rogers would “assist with corporate strategy.”

This of course means Johnson Publishing will more than likely crash and burn sooner rather than later and begs the question about whether Continue reading “D”