“JET” Magazine Over the Years

October 31, 2011  |  
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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the iconic, JET magazine. The African American weekly has chronicled culture, fashion, politics and entertainment over the past six decades. (And how could we forget the beauties of the week?) In many ways the book has documented the African American life. Check out this gallery to see which issues were pressing and who was hot with each passing decade.

1951- Josephine Baker was dubbed “the world’s best dressed” woman in this issue. We know Josephine liked to prance around in the nude on stage but apparently when she did wear clothes she shut it down.

1961- Not only did New York model, Cathy Young, get her big break she was also featured on the cover. In other news high school students in McComb, Mississippi were suspended after protesting the expulsion of students who’d participated in a sit-in.

1971- Black adoption was significant enough in 1971 to make the cover. Sadly, 40 years later African American children are less likely to be adopted than their white counterparts.

1981- Diana Ross rolled across the cover of this issue looking slim and trim. While we had been roller skating in our neighborhoods for years, in the ’80s, the trend became popular with the stars.

1991- Who was hotter than this ’90s rap duo? You know you, your cousins and your youngish- auntie will still bust out the Kid ‘N Play dance at your family functions.

2001- Remember how refreshing it was to see a black, female ensemble cast on t.v. again? Girlfriends was the Living Single of the millennium. Plus it’s pretty nice that Tracee appeared on the cover just twenty years after her mom.

2011-While Barack Obama is on the cover of this 60th anniversary collector’s edition issue, the magazine features other inspirational African Americans like Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry and Will Smith, who share how they’re living the African American dream.

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