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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.

The first same-sex wedding on U.S. television – network TV, at that – aired on the Fox sitcom Roc way back in 1991. The Season One episode “Can’t Help Loving That Man,” focuses on Roc’s uncle (Shaft’s Richard Roundtree) revealing he’s gay, and the family’s subsequent struggle to accept his lifestyle, ultimately culminating with Roc (Charles S. Dutton) hosting the ceremony in his home. The episode took home a GLAAD award that year for the positive portrayal.
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“The Best Gay Weddings on TV (So Far)” | The Rolling Stone

a note: the family’s subsequent struggle was really only one family member, his brother. His nephews were basically shocked and uncomfortable at first but came around quickly because, as they simply put it, it’s what made their uncle happy. His niece (the title character’s wife) was immediately accepting.  The only one who acted up was his brother…who eventually came around by the end of the episode. 

also… this is the cast of Roc

the FIRST same sex wedding on U.S. tv was delivered by a Black cast.

AND it was an interracial wedding.

deal with it.

you can watch the episode here (it’s the first one):