Take a look at EBONY magazine’s November cover.
The November edition EBONY is all about the Black family, and some of our most complicated issues. A sneak peek: pic.twitter.com/ntL4qTrotV
— EBONY MAGAZINE (@EBONYMag) October 15, 2015
There’s so much right with this cover, we don’t even know where to begin. Bravo, EBONY!
— bryanjosephlee (@bryanjosephlee) October 15, 2015
Check out an excerpt from the cover story:
Nearly two decades after Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on Black life in America and in the midst of President Ronald Reagan’s “war on drugs,” network honchos at NBC took a huge gamble: They put a strong, loving and successful Black family on prime-time television.
Debuting in September 1984, The Cosby Show was based on the stand-up comedy routines of Bill Cosby, already a celebrated Hollywood staple, and loosely mirrored his family life. For eight seasons on NBC—five of which it was the country’s most-watched program, according to Nielsen ratings—Cosby’s portrayal of Heathcliff Huxtable—a physician, loving husband and doting Black father-reinforced the widely held virtues of the nuclear family, if not also unwittingly illuminating the hazards of respectability politics (the notion that if Black people simply act “good” and “behave,” the world-at-large will treat them as such.)
Now, some three decades later, as Cosby stands accused of sexually assaulting at least 40 women, Black America is left to grapple with his once-unimpeachable legacy. If Bill Cosby is finished, what does that mean for Cliff, and the rest of the tribe called Huxtable?
Be sure to pick up a copy of EBONY’s November issue, headed to newsstands soon!