New York, Apr 12 : When it comes to racial discrimination, it looks like things have not yet toned down, at least not in Hollywood, for according to reports Beyonce Knowles and Jay-Z's wedding was played down by US magazines - because "African-Americans don't sell covers."
Out of the big five celebrity glossies, only Us Weekly gave Beyonce the top spot on the cover, whereas other magazines opted for the likes of Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Jennifer Aniston.
"None of the magazines landed an exclusive on wedding pictures, which would have made the story bigger," the New York Daily News quoted a source, as saying.
But even wedding photos make less money for black stars, says another source.
"Eva Longoria can get 1 million dollars for wedding photos, but without the expectation of cover sales, Beyonce might have gotten as little as 250,000 dollars if she had sold hers," said a magazine's top editor.
Magazine publisher and black gossip pioneer Flo Anthony responded: "That sounds to me a very racist statement. Beyonce is one of the biggest stars in the world, much bigger than Eva Longoria."
Anthony publishes Black Noir for women, as well as Toy Box, a black parenting magazine with a celebrity focus.
She said: "It is hard for African-Americans in magazines. Only a few people, like Will Smith and Halle Berry, are mainstream. Editors really still think that only blond hair and blue eyes sell magazines."