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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Golden Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pasta, Shrimp, Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Do Your Best.

Birthplace

Born:
2/14/1952
Birth Location:
Bolivar, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Editor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Golden Yellow
Favorite Food:
Pasta, Shrimp, Salad
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica
Favorite Quote:
Do Your Best.

Birthplace

Born:
2/14/1952
Birth Location:
Bolivar
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Biography

Ebony Magazine Senior Staff Editor Lynn Aurelia Norment was born in Bolivar, Tennessee. Norment was born the third child in a family of nine to Alex Norment and Esther Morrow Norment. Her father was the owner of a local appliance sales and repair shop called Norment's Radio and T.V., and her mother worked as a licensed practical nurse at Western State Hospital. During her elementary school years, Norment attended the all black segregated school in Bolivar known as Bolivar Industrial Elementary. Norment went on to the vocational school where she was a member of the Beta Club and the school's newspaper staff. In 1969, the racial integration of Tennessee schools offered Bolivar's African American community the opportunity to transfer to the predominantly white Bolivar High School. Norment was amongst those who helped to integrate the high school. She graduated from Bolivar High School in 1970.

Later, in the fall of 1970, Norment attended Memphis State University where she received a full academic scholarship. Norment graduated magna cum laude in 1973 with her B.A. degree in journalism and then worked as an intern for the Memphis based newspaper, The Commercial Appeal. From 1973 to 1977, Norment was a general assignment reporter, religion editor and investigative reporter. In 1977, she went off to Chicago to pursue work as a freelance writer for Ebony Magazine. Ebony agreed to hire Norment and assigned her to write an update story on R&B singer Al Green. Norment followed Al Green for two days, without the use of a recorder or a notepad, to complete the story.

In 1991, Memphis State University honored Norment by recognizing her as one of its "Outstanding Journalism Alumni." A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), Norment was chairperson for NABJ's 1997 Convention in Chicago which was attended by President William J. Clinton. In 2000, Norment was chosen as NABJ's chairperson for the association's 25th Anniversary. She now serves as NABJ's vice president and is on several of its committees. In addition, Norment is a board member of a Chicago based rehabilitation agency, Habilitative Systems, Inc.

Norment lives in Chicago, Illinois and serves as a member on the Editorial Board of Ebony Magazine. She writes and edits various columns for Ebony Magazine including "Sisterspeak," "Ebony Advisor" and "Money Talks."

Norment was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 6, 2008.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lynn Norment's interview, session 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment talks about her mother's education and profession
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment talks about her mother's childhood in Whiteville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment describes her paternal aunts and uncles
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment remembers her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment describes her father's upbringing in Whiteville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment describes her earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment lists her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment describes her childhood homes
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lynn Norment recalls her father's occupations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment talks about the prominence of her father's family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment describes the sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment remembers cooking with her sisters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment talks about her family's Christmas traditions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment describes her favorite memories of her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment remembers her mother's passing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment recalls her early love of reading
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment reflects upon the impact of her mother's untimely death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment recalls attending Bolivar Industrial School in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment describes race relations in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment recalls winning an essay contest as a young girl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment recalls her trip to Cape Canaveral, Florida
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment talks about school desegregation in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment recalls attending Bolivar Central High School in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment remembers the Civil Rights Movement in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment describes the black-owned businesses in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment remembers befriending a white girl
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment describes her family's complexion
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers Greater Springfield Missionary Baptist Church in Bolivar, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment recalls competing in the Miss Bronze West Tennessee pageant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment remembers the popular culture of her teenage years
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment recalls her decision to attend Memphis State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 12 - Lynn Norment remembers her stepmother
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment remembers her father's strict rules
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment describes herself as a student at Memphis State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment remembers her friends at Memphis State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment describes Greek life at Memphis State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment recalls the racial demographics of Memphis State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment talks about her journalistic aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment describes her interest in creative writing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers following Memphis State University's basketball team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment recalls writing for the student newspaper at Memphis State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment remembers applying for an internship at The Commercial Appeal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment recalls her first day at The Commercial Appeal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment remembers Memphis State University President Cecil C. Humphreys
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment recalls investigating housing discrimination in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment remembers publishing her investigation of housing discrimination
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment describes The Commercial Appeal and other newspapers in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment remembers Memphis, Tennessee's community leaders
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment recalls covering religion for The Commercial Appeal
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment talks about the history and renovation of Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers childhood trips to St. Louis, Missouri
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment recalls being asked to interview Al Green for Ebony
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment remembers interviewing Al Green
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment recalls her job offer from Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Slating of Lynn Norment's interview, session 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment remembers visiting the Ebony magazine offices
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment describes Al Green's grits incident
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment recalls her interview with Al Green
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment remembers moving to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment talks about Vernon Jarett and the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment recalls her mentors at Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers the closing of Black World
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment remembers Mayor Richard J. Daley's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment talks about working for John H. Johnson at Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment remembers Johnson Publishing Company's discontinued publications
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment recalls her first articles with Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment describes how she generated new story ideas
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment recalls her transition to celebrity stories
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment remembers her celebrity interviews
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment recalls her interview with Wesley Snipes
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment remembers working with Anita Baker, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers working with Anita Baker, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment lists the celebrities she interviewed for Ebony magazine
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment talks about writing relationship articles for Ebony
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment describes Ebony's approach to celebrity stories
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Lynn Norment talks about the styling process for photo shoots
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment recalls interviewing Tina Turner following her split from Ike Turner
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment talks about traveling abroad to interview Tina Turner
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment describes her writing process
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment talks about writing an effective headline
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment remembers working with Queen Latifah
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment describes the elements of a good cover shoot
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment lists photographers she worked with at Ebony
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment describes her relationship with Spike Lee
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment talks about Ebony's practice of showing celebrity homes
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment remembers interviewing Wynton Marsalis
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment recalls meeting Will Smith and Denzel Washington
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment remembers interviewing Beyonce
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment describes her ideal interview
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment remembers her interview with Michael Jordan and his mother, Deloris Jordan
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment recalls interviewing Denzel Washington on the set of 'Mo' Better Blues'
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment talks about Denzel Washington's family life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment recalls John H. Johnson's comments on Denzel Washington
  • Tape: 9 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment talks about her attempts to write about interracial relationships
  • Tape: 9 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment describes Lerone Bennett's role at Ebony
  • Tape: 10 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's election
  • Tape: 10 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment describes Chicago Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 10 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment recalls interviewing President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment talks about the criticisms against President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 10 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment describes her work with national and local NABJ associations
  • Tape: 10 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment lists her awards and recognitions
  • Tape: 10 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment talks about the Chicago Defender
  • Tape: 10 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment remembers writing about African American businesses
  • Tape: 10 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment talks about the state of African American publications
  • Tape: 11 Story: 1 - Lynn Norment recalls her interactions with Will Smith
  • Tape: 11 Story: 2 - Lynn Norment remembers visiting Lenny Kravitz's home in the Bahamas
  • Tape: 11 Story: 3 - Lynn Norment describes her interview with Prince
  • Tape: 11 Story: 4 - Lynn Norment shares her advice to aspiring journalists
  • Tape: 11 Story: 5 - Lynn Norment talks about the impact of online publications
  • Tape: 11 Story: 6 - Lynn Norment describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 11 Story: 7 - Lynn Norment talks about her post-retirement activities
  • Tape: 11 Story: 8 - Lynn Norment reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 11 Story: 9 - Lynn Norment reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 11 Story: 10 - Lynn Norment describes her family
  • Tape: 11 Story: 11 - Lynn Norment talks about her volunteer work
  • Tape: 11 Story: 12 - Lynn Norment describes how she would like to be remembered