This is a pretty good column by Phil Rosenthal. I didn't even know Essence is to become a part of Time Warner. There aren't too many independent sources for us out there. Hopefully Johnson publishing will continue to be family owned and it will continue to be independently and black owned. In the past few years many black owned firms have sold out to corporate entities. Soft Sheen, Johnson Products (not Johnson Publishing), BET to name those that I know about. To access the column you may need to register with the Chicago Tribune.
Also Illinois Leader (Illinois' conservative publication) has continued its coverage of Mr. Johnson's passing. Earlier this week there was a memorial service held at the University of Chicago's Rockefeller Chapel in the Hyde Park neighborhood. The luminaries included Sen. Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton; former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; Gov. Rod Blagojevich; Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Illinois Senate President Emil Jones, GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron Gidwitz, and Playboy Enterprises Chief Executive Christie Hefner.