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Throwback (2010) - Celebrities Recreate Iconic Covers for Ebony Magazine’s 65th Anniversary

To celebrate its 65th anniversary issue and icons of the past and present, EBONY magazine asked their favorite entertainers to pose in modern-day recreations of those covers for a one-of-a-kind look back at the past.

Featuring: Regina King (as Eartha Kitt), Mary J. Blige (as Diana Ross), Nia Long (as Dorothy Dandridge), John Legend (as Duke Ellington), Lamman Rucker (as Richard Roundtree), Taraji P. Henson (as Diahann Carroll), Blair Underwood (as Sidney Poitier), Jurnee Smollett (as Lena Horne), Usher Raymond (as Sammy Davis, Jr.), and Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.), among others.

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Actors Vs. Historic People They Played

  1. Eddie Redmayne And Felicity Jones As Stephen Hawking And His Wife Jane Wilde In The Theory Of Everything (2014) 
  2. Jamie Foxx As Ray Charles In Ray (2004) 
  3. Salma Hayek As Frida Kahlo In Frida (2002) 
  4. Hellen Mirren As HM Queen Elizabeth II In The Queen (2007) 
  5. Gary Oldman As Ludwig Van Beethoven In Immortal Beloved (1994) 
  6. Cate Blanchett As Bob Dylan In I’m Not There (2007) 
  7. Halle Berry As Dorothy Dandridge In Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (2000) 
  8. Jason Segel As David Foster Wallace In The End Of The Tour (2015) 
  9. Denzel Washington As Malcolm X In Malcolm X (1992) 
  10. Sean Penn As Harvey Milk In Milk (2008) 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Dorothy Dandridge at a May 26, 1963 Freedom Rally in Los Angeles.

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

Dorothy Dandridge was born 92 years ago today in Cleveland, Ohio. You know I’m having an off (quiet!) Sunday if it takes me this long to put her up - but here she is in one of my favorite photos from my book, Vintage Black Glamour. I saw this picture in the Schomburg library at least ten years ago and KNEW it had to be in my book: Ms. Dandridge taking a dance lesson in the 1950s with Russian-born dance instructor Olga Lunick in Hollywood. Photo: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library.