EBONY Magazine Apologizes For Reporting Pastor Jamal Bryant Impregnated Teenage Member

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Ebony magazine is back peddling on a recent story that they ran on Dr. Jamal Bryant, a popular Baltimore area pastor. In it’s recent March 2013 issue, the magazine wrote a short story in it’s ‘Scandals’ section, suggesting that the pastor had impregnated one of his 17-year-old congregation members. Although the publication did note that the story was ‘alleged’, Bryant was none too pleased that the rumor had been printed. He penned an open letter, calling the magazine  out, writing:

For 67 years Ebony Magazine has been the drum beat for culture in the African American community. John Johnson its beloved founder dedicated his life to safe guarding our image with great integrity…On page 124 they published that it’s alleged I impregnated a 17-year-old member of my church. This accusation is categorically and completely untrue. To publish this with absolutely no source lends itself to reckless endangerment to my children, my congregation and my community. Ebony is not the National Enquirer. A higher standard is required and the statement jeopardizes my ministry to the youth in my church and community…

The magazine acknowledged his concern and open letter, with a response:

“Our ‘Scandals’ package in the March 2013 issue is meant to be a look at some of the more outrageous accusations and events in African-American culture,” the magazine said in its statement shared Saturday. With this particular story, we examined actual incidents as well as reported rumors which have captured the attention of our community throughout the years. In some cases, the allegations were never verified; however, the very fact that they went public constituted scandal. We understand that Dr. Jamal H. Bryant is now getting inquiries regarding a rumor we referenced in the magazine. We published the outrageous allegation as it was scandalous, not because it was confirmed. We did not intend to offend Dr. Bryant, and hope that our readers understand the spirit in which the editorial comment was presented”

Real life scandal is nothing new for the 41-year-old pastor. For years, in the Baltimore area, he’s been plague with infidelity rumors and speculation. In fact, he has even openly admitted to having an extramarital affair. Nonetheless, do you think EBONY was right or wrong for posting a rumor about the pastor? And should they have apologized? [Christian Post, EURWeb]

  • Miss AG

    Jas that was not an apology….lol

  • Yo Gabba

    But it is true though. Like come on nigga, we pulled ya card years ago.


    Well his closet has a skeleton all polished and hanging up HOWEVER he is spot on. Ebony is not the Enquirer, and for that reason, them posting something as alleged will read truer than if say STAR magazine did. Why does Ebony have a scandal section? Sales must be low. And what they issued was not an apology it was a poor explanation. Shame on them

  • m&m

    I agree with the other writer, I wouldn’t call that an apology from Essence, it was more of a – FYI this is the definition of scandal. Wow, that was reckless on their part to post something like that without even investigating? That’s more Jerry Springer than Essence. Shame on them.

  • Baltimore Pastor

    Jamal Bryant, is telling a half truth. He did have and affair and all of the above happen. That said, the individual involved was 18 and she was financially encourage not to pursue a public course of action. I agree that the article should never have been published unless fully verified. It can be hurtful to many. My prayer for Jamal and for many other pastors like myself is that he can steer clear of the snares and help people find the love of Christ. Jamal has long been known to be a womanizer, but many men and pastors continue to perpetuate a false sense of having it together. Brother, if you want to impress the world, then go public use it for the good. Call Oprah, something. However, when you preach sermons like : “I’m Still the Man” which can be seen on Youtube which arrogantly defies correction and remorse and acceptance of your actions and mistakes. The general public views your subversive approach to responding to the allegations of infidelity, adultery as nothing more than cowardly. Now, I am now famous, I am not hating. I am just merely stating, that to who much is given to, much is required.