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The internet has made the world around us move so fast these days, it’s very rare that we take a moment to absorb historical moments. Images, which have always been a leading form of communication, are fleeting with the scroll of a finger.
For this Black History Month we’re taking a moment to look back at a few iconic magazine covers with some of our favorite faces of the face of the past. You’ll see everyone from Whitney Houston (below) to Nelson Mandela soon after his release from prison in 1990.
See more of these iconic magazine covers at StyleBlazer.com
Last year, Miami teen Rachel Jeantel was thrust into the public eye following the tragic murder of her friend Trayvon Martin. Of course, this new-found exposure has opened her up to a world of criticism and scrutiny, which radio host Tom Joyner has her in counseling for. But Rachel says that she doesn’t pay much attention to people’s negative comments.
“I don’t really care about that. I can’t let them put me down. I was there to help a friend out,” she told The Grio of her decision to testify in the highly publicized trial.
As for all of the support she’s received, Rachel says she’s truly thankful.
“I’m blessed. That’s the truth. Everybody wants to be in my shoes right now. But for me, I’m taking this opportunity, and I’m hitting it hard.”
During a recent visit to New York, The Grio and Ebony Magazine teamed up to offer the soon-to-be college student the ultimate makeover.
“I’m very excited to be here. I think it’s exciting working with theGrio.com, and black media partnering together to collaborate on this project. This is the first time we have done something like this. She’s been really fabulous so far. You can tell she really loves style and fashion,” said Ebony style director Marielle Bobo.
The 19-year-old high school senior was given beautiful new hair extensions, a manicure and makeup.
“She’s super young, with all this vivaciousness and personality. We want to keep that, but translate it into ways that can work for her, for her new life as a student. We want to give her a look that’s going to translate from campus life, to any internships, or employment that she may be doing while she’s at school,” Marielle added.
You can find out more about Rachel’s life post trial and view more photos from her makeover in Ebony’s December/January issue.
Check out footage from Rachel’s makeover session below. For a sneak peak of her transformation, click to the next page.
Are we the only ones who almost didn’t even recognize a raven-haired Tamar Braxton on the cover of Ebony? For the magazine’s October issue, Tamar and Logan, her adorable newborn baby, look like a picturesque mother and son — and we have to say Tamar’s toned down look makes her look the most maternal we’ve ever seen her.
This cover isn’t a total surprise, as we already reported the details of Ebony’s candid interview with the new mother, new talk show host, and new solo artist in May, but at the time the cover was a complete secret. Here are a few snippets from the Q&A in case you missed them the first time around:
On being in an abusive relationship
“I can’t make anybody believe, I can’t change anybody’s mind about anything. (The abuse,) it happened. I’m not all the way comfortable with sharing a lot of what happened to me (yet), but what I said was true. When I’m ready to talk about my abusive past I will, I’m sorry that I’m not. But if it wasn’t for (God), I wouldn’t be here.”
On how the abuse affects her today
“I haven’t always been vocal about my feelings, especially in a relationship. Now, I make sure that I’m very vocal about my feelings, everybody knows how I feel. Sometimes it’s over the top and most of the time it’s ‘Team Too-Much,’ But I have to do a lot. (I was) a shy person who had self-esteem issues trying to figure it out — now, I’ve gotten over my hangovers. You say, I’m comfortable and confident, it took a long time to get there. Maybe like a year or so before “Braxton Family Values,” I wasn’t that person. I was faking it til I make it, pretty much.”
How vitiligo has affected her self-esteem
“Anybody with skin issues knows that that’s a very sensitive subject. And that’s why I’ve never shared that I have Vitiligo, because I do. I’ve always had it, since I was a young girl. It’s not as bad as others because everybody has it differently, but I’ve certainly had mine diagnosed. That’s why I tan. People say, “You bleach your skin!” But I tan just so I can have a better tone on my skin, boo!… It does weigh on your self-esteem. It really does.”
How Vince helped her conquer those issues
“The thing that I love the most about (Vincent) is that he’s helped me with accepting what happened to me and helped me realize that that’s not my make-up, (being abused) is not who I am, it hasn’t hindered who I am, it hasn’t stopped my integrity. I really appreciate him more and more everyday because he’s helped my self-esteem issues so much. “
Guess we’ll have to wait until the issue hits newsstands to see what Tamar had to say about her infertility struggle. Thankfully, for now we still have this adorable cover to check out. What do you think about Tamar and Logan on Ebony?
Black Twitter was absorbed with the #WhitePeopleBoycottingEBONY hashtag, which sprouted in response to EBONY magazine’s tweet about its September issue. The upcoming issue of the magazine features four powerful covers of black celebrity fathers and sons (Dwayne Wade, Spike Lee, Boris Kodjoe, and Trayvon Martin’s parents and brother) dressed in gray hoodies. To promote the issue EBONY tweeted:
As usual, the hashtag, which took over Black Twitter, followed with some hilarious Tweets. But the whole thing was based on a rumor, reports News One.
There has been social media outrage as “racist trolls stormed EBONY’s twitter mentions with bigoted comments, while a comment on Breibart.com, led to frenzied speculation that the Tea Party of America planned to boycott the magazine to protest the covers,” reports News One. EBONY‘s tweet “also caused an avalanche of racist tears — even though the magazine clearly never confirmed nor denied the existence of a boycott — because the Tea Party had apparently been maligned by big, mean EBONY,” News One continues.
Gawker looked into the issue as well (via The Atlantic Wire) and traced the boycott rumor back to a comment on that Breitbart story that reads, in part, “Notice it’s in Ebony Magazine. How many white people or white hispanics even bother to look at that? They are just continuing to feed the race baiting community. How sad for America. Those that do not agree should boycott the Heat and the magazine!” (The comment was referring directly to the cover with Miami Heat player Wade and his boys.)
So it doesn’t look like there was an organized Tea Party boycott of EBONY in the making, though The Atlantic Wire does point out that there was a lot of George Zimmerman support in response to the covers.
Really, all of this is beside the point. The photos are powerful and well done. It’s a discussion we must continue to have.
Magazines in general are struggling, but publications that target African Americans have hit a rough patch leaving many to ponder if African-American magazines are still relevant.
Not only are black magazines having difficulty attracting ad sales and readers, some are having trouble refocusing their voice. As we recently reported, Essence is accused of suffering from a lack of editorial direction and identity.
“With such legacy brands as Ebony/Jet, Essence and Black Enterprise, African-American media outlets have carved out a place for themselves in a once homogenous industry that failed to tell the stories most pertinent to minority audiences. But as the market consolidates, will they continue to play a salient role in communities of color?” questions The Huffington Post on the cusp of the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists convention.
Understanding the need to change, some black publications are trying to adapt. Jet magazine, for example, recently relaunched with a new design–and attitude–to keep up with its demo’s needs. It was its first redesign in 62 years.
“The landscape for black media is really the same for all media, which is everybody is scrambling for the new business model now that it’s more about delivering audiences to advertisers than it is about delivering content to audiences,” Black Enterprise‘s editor-at-large Alfred Edmond Jr. told HuffPo. According to Edmond, black magazines must find a way to reach out to advertisers in order to ensure their survival.
With cable television being dominated by white men, there is an obvious need for media outlets that are for–and by–African Americans.
Do you still read African-American print publications?
Ebony has published a story on four African-American women who are not only close friends, but, also a rarity in the job market, are black females in STEM fields.
Blacks are 12 percent of the U.S. population yet they received just seven percent of all STEM bachelor’s degrees, four percent of master’s degrees, and two percent of PhDs according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Out of 5,048 PhDs awarded in the physical sciences, 89 went to blacks, reports the magazine.
But these all of these four women — Jessica Porter, 29, Marguerite Matthews, 29, Dahlia Haynes, 31, and Racquel Jemison, 27 — received PhDs in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields before reaching 30. And now each is thriving: Porter is a current senior sensory scientist at Proctor & Gamble; Matthews is currently doing a post-doc at Oregon Health & Science University; Jemison is a Morgan State grad and doctoral student Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) who will receive a PhD in chemistry this fall; and Haynes is a post-doctoral research associate at CMU.
There are some surprising revelations in the piece. Among them, most of them women did not feel there were obstacles in their way as young students that would have [prevented them from entering STEM fields, though they agree there needs to be more support for black students. “I, for one, have received great institutional support to excel in science based fields. I do believe however that it is because of the (White) people I had around me who were heavily invested in diversity,” said Haynes.
Added Matthews, “I don’t think there are barriers preventing Black students from going into or excelling in the sciences, per se. But I do think there is a lack of support, encouragement, and proper education for many Black students – especially those coming from more disadvantaged economic backgrounds.”
Porter said she felt she was actually given more help because she is African American. “I do not think that there are barriers preventing Black women from entering or excelling in science based fields any more than there are barriers for White women. Science remains to be a male dominated field so the issues from my experience have had to do more with being a woman than being Black. In addition, as a Black woman, we check two boxes, which tend to be very important for funding especially at a time when scientific funding is being cut,” she explained.
All of the women agreed there needed to be more outreach to African American students to tell them about opportunities in STEM. And Matthews stressed a need for blacks in STEM to get involved. “It’s hard for any kid to aspire to an occupation they may know nothing about. Kids want to emulate what they see. If they’re not seeing scientists and engineers – especially those that look like them – they’re likely not going to pursue those careers. And we all know it’s not just what you know, but who you know. So Black kids need to know STEM professionals and know the resources to tap into to get there,” she pointed out. Even past school, the foursome agreed it was important for blacks in STEM to support each other.
Do you agree with these women?
‘Showing Respect Is To Not Play Around With It At All:’ Kevin Hart Talks Making Gay Jokes With ‘EBONY’
It seems that one of the biggest rules to being a successful comedian is sometimes knowing where to draw the line because the wrong joke has the potential to stagnate a career before it ever actually takes off. “Real Husbands of Hollywood” star, Kevin Hart seems to be well aware of this unwritten rule, which is why there are some groups that he simply will not target with his jokes. In the April 2013 issue of EBONY Magazine, the funny man got rather serious when it came to discussions of gay jokes and wasted no time expressing why he doesn’t make them “at all.”
“The repercussions for saying certain words are harsh, and careers have been shut down. I can understand how people could be affected by certain words and slurs. I get it. My way of showing respect is to not play around with it, not mention it, not joke with it at all. I understand how serious it is,” he revealed.
It’s great that Kevin is sensitive to the gay community and keeps them in mind when putting together his material. Some are wondering why Hart wasn’t as sensitive about two years ago when it came to the backlash he received about the negative comments he made about dark skinned women.
“#handsdown Light-skinned women usually have better credit than a dark-skinned woman…Broke as dark hoes…Lol,” read the controversial tweet.
Of course, this tweet didn’t sit well with many of his followers and fans.
“Attention all dark skinned women…. I’m a f***ing COMEDIAN, which means I tell jokes, stop being so damn sensitive,” he defended.
Later on, in an interview with Kendra G., Hart was given an opportunity to clean up his comments. An opportunity that he actually refused, instead, he continued to suggest that people stop being so sensitive.
“People are stupid. This is something so minute. If you are a Kevin Hart fan, you know exactly what I talk about and how I talk… Last time I checked, I’m as black as a doggone oil can. How can I be racist against what I am? Women, y’all just go off the deep end. Y’all kill me with this whole light skin/dark skin thing… Kevin talks about everybody. Nobody is left off limits… ” he said during the interview.
In their March 2013 “The Real-Life Scandal Issue,” EBONY magazine published a feature entitled “Simply Scandalous,” in which they listed and briefly discussed a host of “real-life” scandals and scandal-esque rumors that rocked the entertainment world. Among those tidbits printed by the publication included one that involved Maryland’s Empowerment Temple pastor, Reverend Jamal Bryant. The excerpt on Bryant reads:
WTH: Bryant, a charismatic, flashy pastor and founder of the Empowerment Temple AME Church with 10,000 members in Baltimore, was accused of extramarital affairs, including one rumor that he impregnated a 17-year-old church member. His wife, Gizelle, filed for divorce in 2008 after more than five years of marriage.
The Outcome: Bryant’s popularity and ministry have not wavered at Empowerment Temple.”
Bryant, clearly unhappy with the publication’s decision to write about his alleged involvement with the teen expressed his disappointment in an issued letter entitled, “Pastor Jamal Bryant Rebukes EBONY,” reports The Christian Post. The letter reads:
“For 67 years Ebony Magazine has been the drum beat for culture in the African American community. John Johnson its beloved founder dedicated his life to safe guarding our image with great integrity.
The March 2013 edition has left a hole in my heart. On page 124 they published that it’s alleged I impregnated a 17-year-old member of my church. This accusation is categorically and completely untrue. To publish this with absolutely no source lends itself to reckless endangerment to my children, my congregation and my community.
Ebony is not the National Enquirer. A higher standard is required and the statement jeopardizes my ministry to the youth in my church and community. So it is on moral grounds that a retraction is necessary.
In 2007 I participated in an extramarital affair that resulted ultimately in the termination of my marriage to my incredible wife Gizelle. NO minors were involved but my minor children have been affected. I don’t want them to have to live through any further unnecessary pain.
Matthew 18:15 say’s if your brother has sinned against you go and tell him his fault. I solicit your continued prayers for my family, forgiveness for myself and accountability from Ebony magazine.
Flawed but faithful. I remain,
Jamal- Harrison Bryant
(A Father and Pastor)”
Within 24 hours of the Pastor’s public chastisement of EBONY, the iconic publication issued a public apology.
“Our ‘Scandals’ package in the March 2013 issue is meant to be a look at some of the more outrageous accusations and events in African-American culture. With this particular story, we examined actual incidents as well as reported rumors which have captured the attention of our community throughout the years. In some cases, the allegations were never verified; however, the very fact that they went public constituted scandal. We understand that Dr. Jamal H. Bryant is now getting inquiries regarding a rumor we referenced in the magazine. We published the outrageous allegation as it was scandalous, not because it was confirmed. We did not intend to offend Dr. Bryant, and hope that our readers understand the spirit in which the editorial comment was presented.”
Bryant, who has openly confessed to participating in an extramarital affair in the past, is placing pressure on EBONY to retract their statement regarding his rumored involvement with a minor on “moral grounds.”
Should the magazine retract their statement? Did they owe Pastor Bryant an apology at all?
From her riveting role in Winter 2013 blockbuster, Django Unchained to primetime television show “Scandal”, there’s no question that Kerry Washington has been crowned Hollywood’s new “It” girl. She looks stunningly gorgeous as she graces the March issue of EBONY, which is wittily titled the “Scandal Issue”. Inside, she opens up about “Scandal” character, Olivia Pope and what she means to Black women, as well as how she relates to her Django Unchained character, Broomhilda. Check out some of what she had to say.
On Olivia Pope:
“In her professional life, she is so powerful and is this self-made woman…But in [Olivia’s] personal life, she is a mess and I kind of love that…I love that I get to embody all of that complexity because I also think it takes a certain level of progress for us to have a Black Woman that powerful be an emotional mess on television.”
On the connection between Pope and Broomhilda:
“[Olivia] is the answer to Broomhilda’s prayers…I’m grateful that these two women on opposite ends of history, on opposite ends of their experience, both strongwomen but in such different ways, can exist at the same time.”
Kerry is also spilling the tea on some very interesting details from her past and why she’s a force to be reckoned with. Interesting enough, the March issue will also explore some real-life scandals including those involving major celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Tiger Woods, Oprah Winfrey and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of megachurch pastor, Zachery Tims.
You can check out Kerry’s full interview among other interesting tidbits of tea in the latest issue of EBONY, which hit newsstands on February 5th.
What do you think of Kerry’s cover shot? Does she look fab or what?
Jazmine Denise is news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
Black Love At Its Best: EBONY Celebrates Black Marriages, Publishes Love Letters Written By T.D. Jakes, T.I. & DeVon Franklin
I could totally melt right now. But, for the sake of this article, I will attempt to get my life. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, EBONY Magazine is celebrating Black love in an amazing way. The iconic publication released their February issue with three special edition covers, honoring the subjects of this month’s cover story. Bishop T.D. and Serita Jakes appear on one cover, T.I. and Tiny Harris appear on another, DeVon and Meagan Franklin appear on the other.
In this issue, instead of simply interviewing the couples, the men were given the opportunity to compose some really beautiful love letters to their leading ladies. Check out the heartfelt letters below.
Bishop Jakes to Serita:
“What started as an idea between two young people who fell in love and dreamed about the future has burst into the effervescence of reality. As time has gone by, it has been amazing to watch you bud, blossom and bring forth fruit. The fruit of that love, that wisdom and that tenacity have been the nectar that has nurtured me as a man and made our children who they are. I take this occasion to thank you, to water you with my love and adoration, to fertilize you with the season of our experiences, hardships, tests and trials, which have brought forth the blossom of love that we so cherish. My life is better because of you. My heart is stronger because of you, and it beats at the memories, at the moments, at the affections that we have shared. My partner, my lover, my friend, my wife. Thank you.”
T.I. to Tiny:
“I let you know how much I love you all the time. I want to make sure it’s known on a day-to-day without me saying it. I don’t want to wait for one special occasion or a day. I want to make sure that everyday the sun rises and every evening the sun sets, you have a firm understanding of my feelings.”
DeVon to Meagan:
“I’m amazed at how incredible God really is. How incredible that He chose me with the blessing and privilege of loving you. You are my true love. I can absolutely say I started living when you came into my life. Each day, I’m so grateful I can love you and be loved by you. Our life together has been a whirlwind so far- the best time of my life- and we’re just getting started! Thank you for breaking me out of my box and showing me what real life and love is all about. You helped me become whole as a man because you’ve helped me love. God has used you to heal me, and I will forever be grateful. I still don’t think you fully understand how amazing you are. You have a brilliant mind. I love the way you think and how creative you are. You are so strong. I love how you are a reservoir of power and courage. You are so thoughtful. I love how you are so fiercely compassionate and caring. I’m glad to be with you and that we’re in this together. No longer do you walk alone, and when you get tired, you can hop on my back. I will always accept you, always pursue you, always delight in you and always fight for you…”
Aren’t these some of the sweetest letters you’ve ever read in your life?
Check out the next page to see the cover shots and more photos from the issue.