Person The Best Ebony Covers

413 votes 7.1k views 29 items
List of the most memorable Ebony Magazine covers, featuring the coolest photographs, sexiest celebrity shots, and most innovative designs ever to hit newsstands. These best Ebony covers span the entire history of the publication, and provide a good overview of the stories and issues Ebony has covered over the years. Iconic magazine covers capture images of historic and cultural landmarks that persist in the collective consciousness.

Ebony is a monthly magazine marketed to an African-American audience. Founded in 1945, the publication was originally designed to address issues that affected the black community and to feature ads that showcased black models. The modern magazine publishes mainstream stories and features mostly African-American celebrities, athletes, and politicians on its covers.

This list includes rare Ebony covers and hard-to-find classic Ebony covers as well as the most popular and famous Ebony magazine covers. The stars, politicians, athletes, and other famous and influential figures on magazine covers document major world events and news stories that have held public attention over the years.

Ever evolving fashion, technology, and societal trends influence the art and design of magazine covers, but Ebony also has a signature font, layout, and style that has come to represent the magazine as an institution. You won't a more comprehensive collection of Ebony magazine covers. Vote for the vintage Ebony magazine covers with the most attractive design, most memorable or important news stories, or that you best remember and recognize. Missing your favorite? Add it to the list!
1
+ - 15 1

Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - October 2009

More About

Age: Died at 49 (1963-2012)

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer Model, + more

Credits: The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher's Wife, Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits

Also Ranked

#13 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#110 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#5 on The Best Singers of All Time

#173 on Musicians Who Belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

see more on Whitney Houston
2
+ - 28 8

Barack Obama


Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - September 2010

More About

Age: 54

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

Profession: Politician, Author, Law professor, Writer Lawyer

Credits: By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, 60 Minutes, Mistaken for Strangers, Senator Obama Goes to Africa

Also Ranked

#214 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#96 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#20 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#43 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

see more on Barack Obama
3
+ - 25 6

Halle Berry


Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - March 2011

More About

Age: 49

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor Voice acting

Credits: X-Men: The Last Stand, Cloud Atlas, X-Men 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past

Also Ranked

#53 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#112 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#319 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#82 on The Best Actresses Working Today

see more on Halle Berry
4
+ - 23 11

Beyoncé Knowles


Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - April 2009

More About

Age: 34

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer Musician, + more

Credits: Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Great Gatsby, Dreamgirls, Epic

Also Ranked

#5 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#248 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#360 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#121 on The Best Singers of All Time

see more on Beyoncé Knowles
5
+ - 18 7

Marvin Gaye


Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - August 2000

More About

Age: Died at 45 (1939-1984)

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Composer, + more

Credits: Se7en, Zodiac, Transformers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Also Ranked

#62 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#31 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#12 on The Best Singers of All Time

#70 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

see more on Marvin Gaye
6
+ - 15 5

Ebony - August 1969


Ebony - August 1969 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
7
+ - 20 10

Sammy Davis, Jr.


Sammy Davis, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Forbes - March 1980

More About

Age: Died at 65 (1925-1990)

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor Singer, + more

Credits: Ocean's 11, That's Dancing!, Family Feud, Sammy and Company

Also Ranked

#553 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#202 on The Best Singers of All Time

#144 on The Coolest Actors Ever

#497 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

see more on Sammy Davis, Jr.
8
+ - 21 11

Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
Photo: user uploaded image
Ebony - October 1994

More About

Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: This Is It, Michael Jackson: Thriller, The Wiz, Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#5 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#4 on The Best Singers of All Time

see more on Michael Jackson