books The Best Ebony Covers

Maggie Coen
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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!
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Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - October 2009

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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

#5 on The Best Singers of All Time

#27 on The Best Current Female Singers

#1 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#36 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Halle Berry


Halle Berry is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - March 2011

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Age: 50

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

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#53 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#36 on The Best Living American Actresses

#62 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Actress Performances of All Time

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Barack Obama


Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - September 2010

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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

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#96 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#74 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

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

#4 on The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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Sade Adu


Sade Adu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - April 2010

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria

Profession: Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer Singer

Credits: Philadelphia, This Means War, Fun with Dick and Jane, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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#75 on The Best Singers of All Time

#58 on The Best Current Female Singers

#33 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#52 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

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Marvin Gaye


Marvin Gaye is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - August 2000

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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

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#51 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#27 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#11 on The Best Singers of All Time

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

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Ebony - August 1969


Ebony - August 1969 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Beyoncé Knowles


Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - April 2009

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Age: 35

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

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#2 on The Best Current Female Singers

#32 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#19 on The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

#24 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Michael Jackson


Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ebony Covers
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Ebony - October 1994

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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

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#5 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#24 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#3 on The Best Singers of All Time

#27 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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