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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.

One woman, in her early sixties, celebrated the rapid improvements in gay and lesbian civil rights she’d lived to see. She confided, “Sometimes I can’t even believe it! The pace of change has been so sweeping that I can only compare it, maybe, to being African American and in just one lifetime going from slavery to seeing the election of President Barack Obama.” Not twenty minutes later a much younger couple approached me. In their early twenties, still in college in rural Pennsylvania, these women told me, “Everyone here thinks our generation has it so easy—that everything’s fixed; that everything’s been handed to us. But we don’t have it so easy. Not at all.”

This younger couple had grown up in the first decade of the twenty-first century with the same old bullying, religious homophobia, and rejection from their home community and families. Yes, there had been new resources and legal protections available to them, as well as information and support networks, via the Internet—if they knew where to look. But what their coming-out process had lacked, compared with mine thirty years earlier, was the network of physical social spaces and events that defined lesbian cultural activism from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s.
Progress had proven to be a mixed blessing. It offered the next generation of younger women visible role models in entertainment media—yet it took away feminist bookstores and other sheltering hangouts. Ironically, now that LGBT leaders and smiling, empowered lesbian celebrities declared that it was safe to come out, there were in fact fewer lesbian places to go in America.
—  Bonnie J. Morris, The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture
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That makes me think about those times I wanted to grab you and kiss you. But you didn’t know, so I would just pretend everything was cool. But really it was killing me. And I remember all those mornings before you even put on your makeup, when I would think to myself, “My God, she is beautiful.” And it hurt so much because I knew I could never tell you. But it was worth it just to be there looking at you.

  • Joker: The stars are beautiful tonight
  • Harley: Yeah
  • Joker: You know what else is beautiful?
  • Harley: ...What?
  • Joker: *points at the sky* The batsignal
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“Robb is a stronger lance than I am, but I’m the better sword, and Hullen says I sit a horse as well as anyone in the castle.
A Game of Thrones, Jon I

“I’m a better swordsman and a better rider than any of you,” Jon blazed back. “It’s not fair!”
A Game of Thrones, Jon VI