Black Magazine Covers: An Archive of Black Beauty, Creativity and Excellence

If you love Black folks and Black culture it’s impossible to scroll down the Black Magazine Covers Instagram feed without a chill going down your spine. There’s Ralph Ellison on the cover of the Atlantic. Malcolm X on the front page of the foundational Black general interest and news weekly, Jet. Aaliyah’s posthumous elegance on Vibe. The singular beauty of Pam Grier on New York. Denzel on Essence. And then there are the contemporary works of art like Rihanna for [insert any magazine ever here] or a Kadir Nelson illustration for the New Yorker. Sammy Davis Jr. on GQ in 1967—the first Black man to grace this magazine’s cover—in full profile, which was rare in that era, just radiating pure charisma.

GQ talked to the page’s curator, Donovan X. Ramsey about the Black Magazine Covers account. He tells us that when magazines are at their

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Are Freethinking and Creativity Really Mental Health Issues?

What would happen if our creative lives and businesses had to exist under the threat of a mental illness diagnosis?

“Dissent is essential for progress” – Thomas Eddison

“My work is more important than what you think of me” – Brene Brown

“Not everyone thinks the way you think, knows the things you know, believes the things you believe, nor acts the way you would act. Remember this and you will go a long way in getting along with people.” – Unknown

I recently read this article dated 16 November 2013, and it shook me to the core! It is entitled ‘Non Conformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses’. The film ‘The Matrix’ immediately sprung to mind. The article states that “In the last 50 years, the DSM-IV (DSM-IV Codes are the classification found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) has gone from 130 to 357 mental … Read More