September has been a huge celebration of black excellence with top female black celebrities reigning on magazine covers and here's one more.
The September issues are the biggest and most influential of the fashion industry's editorial calendar, since they usher in all of the fall looks and trends and have bumper adverts which means more revenue.
To have women of different backgrounds grace these covers is a win for inclusivity and to have every single major cover have a woman of colour is a feat.
To a Dark Girl by Gwendolyn B. Bennett I love you for your brownness And the rounded darkness of your breast I love you for the breaking sadness in your voice And shadows where your wayward eye-lids rest. Something of old forgotten queens Lurks in the lithe abandon of your walk And something of the shackled slave Sobs in the rhythm of your talk Oh, little brown girl, born for sorrow#emo#4oCZ##s mate Keep all you have of queenliness Forgetting that you were once were slave And let your full lips laugh at Fate!
Issa Rae features on the cover of Ebony magazine, a magazine created specifically for the black community in a time when it was rare to see a black face in a big magazine. It's also a big deal for Rae to front this particular issue of Ebony, which serves the black community. It means her status as a fashion icon is cemented and reminds us that her star is shining as bright as ever.
In their Instagram caption, as they revealed the cover, Ebony said that they chose Rae for her "wit and self-reflection to tell stories of the black experience, sisterhood, and racial issues, and she makes it her business to empower a new generation of creatives."
Awkward. Insecure. Impulsive. These are some of the adjectives TV producer Issa Rae uses to self-describe, even though the 33-year-old’s impact on the television industry is clear: She’s the reigning impresario and vanguard of authentic Black voices.
It’s standing room only in the brightly lit church sanctuary. Sunlight streams through the stained glass windows, shining down on parishioners lucky enough to fill the pews. Yet in this context, "lucky" seems inappropriate. On the left is a poster of a young man. In the center, his open casket, white with a splash of color from the bouquet of flowers on top.
Bowed heads seem to send up prayers for yet another young Black life snuffed out before reaching the age of consent.
Painted above the chancel is the phrase "A Fellowship of Love." Positioned underneath is the gospel choir poised to offer comfort through song. A woman dressed in a black business blazer and T-shirt with white letters that spell out “Just-Us for Justice” is at the lectern. Mourners turn in the direction of the speaker.
"Violence. Brutality. It’s the same story, just a different name," the provocateur says. The provocateur is Rae. The scene is from the upcoming 20th Century Fox film The Hate U Give.