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Media Advisory: Disilgold Founder Honors Basil O. Phillips of EBONY MAGAZINE
Heather Covington Publicity
P.O. BOX 652 Baychester Station
Bronx, NY 10469
(DISILGOLDSOUL, USA- SEPTEMBER, 15, 2007)-Target Market News.com recently reported the untimely death of Basil O. Phillips, Johnson Publishing Co. photo editor, who passed away at age 77.
Disilgold founder, Heather Covington, author of Literary Divas and upcoming Literary Dons, recently emceed the African American Pavilion Reception and Awards at Book Expo in Washington, DC. among top African American publishers. Jeff Burns accepted the honor on behalf of Basil O. Phillips who was ill at the time.
Norman Parish of Chicago Sun Times reports on August 30, 2007, “Whenever Basil O. Phillips’ friends and family had a birthday, they knew to expect a card, a gift or flowers. He would never forget.
It was that same attention to detail that helped make him a longtime, treasured photo editor at Ebony and Jet magazines.Mr. Phillips headed a staff that cataloged and managed more than 1 million photographs, drawings, and color transparencies in the world’s largest collection on the black experience in America.
The former board member of the National Association of Black Journalists-Chicago Chapter was known for his keen ability to locate photographs and identify sources…Mr. Phillips died at Warren Barr Pavillion after suffering complications of diabetes. He was 77.
“He was really generous,” said Marcia Green, a Chicagoan whom he referred to as his goddaughter. “He would always send gift cards or give cologne, sweaters and plants. He would treat you to dinner. . . . He was just a giving man.”
Basil Oliphant Phillips was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Kansas City, Mo. After graduating with honors from high school, he moved to Chicago at age 17. Mr. Phillips attended Roosevelt University and the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology.
He was employed at Abraham Lincoln Bookstore before joining Johnson Publishing Co. in 1951. He was promoted to photo editor in 1967, and retired from the black publishing giant in 2005.
“Basil Phillips was an exceptionally talented member of the Johnson Publishing Co. family,” said Linda Johnson Rice, president & CEO. “As gatekeeper of our vast photo archives for more than 50 years, he was both passionate and dedicated to preserving some of the most important moments in African-American history. He will be sorely missed.”
Mr. Phillips also was a director of special markets and promotions for the book division of Johnson Publishing, and had managed its company booth at more than 100 national conventions.
“He was smart as a whip,” said Brenda Butler, a former Jet employee who is now senior features editor at the Chicago Tribune and president of the NABJ-Chicago Chapter.
Lynn Norment, managing editor at Ebony, agreed, saying, “He remembered everything. . . He just loved helping others.”
Mr. Phillips, who was always impeccably dressed, loved art and books. He served as Johnson Publishing’s unofficial arbiter during company functions such as luncheons and receptions for visiting dignitaries. He also donated a large book collection to the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, and helped the local black journalists group raise more than $150,000 for scholarships.
He was even dignified as he approached death, Green said, noting he never complained about his illness.
“He was a very soft-spoken man, but he carried a big stick, said Art Norman, an anchor at WMAQ-Channel 5.
Mr. Phillips is survived by a nephew, nieces and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.”- NORMAN PARISH (CHICAGO SUN TIMES)
Cheryl Hudson, co-publisher partner of Just Us Books (Largest African American Children’s Publisher) and husband Wade Hudson, who recently visited Charleston and was in route to Chicago to attend Haki Madhubuti’s 40th Anniversary of Third World Press, mentions it was such an honor to be at the African American Pavilion to celebrate the life of Basil O. Phillips who made works like “Beyond The Mayflower, “an icon of African American History and Black studies in colleges nationwide.
Tony Rose, (www.Amberbooks.com) founder of Amber Books (Largest African-American Publisher of Self Help Books, Career Guides and Celebrity Bios) mentions this book was his staple and foundation for African American history in a QBR: Black Book Review article and also, stated so during live C-Span Book TV taping of a Hip Hop panel during Harlem Book Fair Week. (May be seen on Booktv.org)
Heather Covington will always remember the kind words and remarks shared among African -American publishers at the African American Pavilion Awards for an endearing moment in history witnessed by some of the greatest publishers and authors in history. For a full listing of honorees like Wade Hudson, Cheryl Hudson and many more who attended the historical AA Awards, visit www.Disilgold.com. (A NEW PHOTOSHOW LAUNCHES OCT. 1st OF BEA GUESTS)
Note: Jeff Burns is amicably referred to as Basil O. Phillips son as a man who holds the torch to pass on Basil O. Phillips legacy among other noted Ebony Magazine staff who enlightened attendees for life like Harriette Cole (Creative Director of Ebony Magazine).
Syndicated News provided courtesy of The PressReleaseBlaster Lady aka Heather “The Literary HEAT” Covington for the Daily Literary Dish. (UPDATING WITH HEADLINE PAGE FEATURES).
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