AGAINST the odds, Emerge celebrates its first anniversary with its October issue. The magazine, which bills itself as the nation's only black newsmonthly, has distinguished itself not only for surviving (87 percent of general-interest magazines fail within a year of launching) but for featuring interviews with such newsmakers as Gen. Colin Powell, Ed Bradley and Louis Farrakhan.
The anniversary issue's cover story is on Quincy Jones, who has a new $25-million deal to develop multimedia projects for his Time-Warner-backed Quincy Jones Entertainment. "My imagination was always out of control," says Jones, 60. That may explain how he went from a South Side Chicago ghetto to Bel Air, Calif., where his new sitcom "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is set. Jones is executive producer.
While generally congratulatory of his ground-breaking deal, the magazine grouses that white multimedia conglomerates are buying up pieces of black-owned media outlets, such as QJE and even Emerge itself, which got start-up capital from Time-Warner.