Who’s got #MagSwag? John Legend has mag swag as the hit singer-songwriter graces one of several special edition covers for Ebony Magazine‘s Power 100 Issue. Ebony’s upcoming cover is truly history in the making and the reasoning behind the covers is truly inspirational.
From the desk of Keith Reed of Ebony Magazine:
For the past eight years, the country has been both inspired and terrified by the actualization of Black power. The wealthiest nation on Earth entrusted the defense of its homeland and Constitution to the biracial son of an immigrant who grew up to self-identify as African-American. President Barack Obama’s ascent to commander-in-chief would have been impossible absent his brilliant and stunning wife, first lady Michelle Obama; together, they have challenged the country’s notion of what a power couple should look like and could accomplish. They have also opened doors for others. Obama always maintained he was the leader of the United States, not just of Black America; through strategic appointments, however—and the unprecedented window he gave the world into Black culture and excellence—his administration became the most tangible organ of Black power and possibility ever assembled on these shores…
Their departure underscores the continued need to showcase real Black power and to push for more access for our peers. Power creates parity, which manifests sweeping changes for Black people across our nation, and the world. That won’t be an easy feat, but the president’s first inaugural address provides us guidance:
“Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk takers, the doers, the makers of things … who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.”
This year’s EBONY Power 100 celebrates our doers, risk takers and makers of things. These men and women will carry the promise of the Obama era into the future, and their accomplishments and innovations reassure us that change isn’t coming—it’s here. —Keith Reed
Nas, Ava DuVernay, and Simone Biles also cover Ebony’s upcoming Power 100 Issue.
Written By: Monique C. Tillman