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Lynn Norment

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.

Accession Number

A2008.012

Sex

Female

Interview Date

2/6/2008

1/20/2012

Last Name

Norment

Maker Category
Occupation
Schools

University of Memphis

Bolivar Industrial Elementary

Bolivar Central High School

Bolivar Elementary School

Search Occupation Category
First Name

Lynn

Birth City, State, Country

Bolivar

HM ID

NOR04

Favorite Season

Fall, Spring

State

Tennessee

Favorite Vacation Destination

Jamaica

Favorite Quote

Do Your Best.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

Illinois

Interview Description
Birth Date

2/14/1952

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

Chicago

Country

USA

Favorite Food

Pasta, Shrimp, Salad

Short Description

Magazine editor Lynn Norment (1952 - ) was the senior staff editor for Ebony Magazine. She wrote and edited various columns for the magazine including "Sisterspeak," "Ebony Advisor" and "Money Talks." Norment also served as the National Association of Black Journalists' vice president and on several of its committees.

Employment

The Commercial Appeal

Ebony Magazine

Carol H. Williams Advertising

Favorite Color

Golden Yellow

DAStories

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