It’s a beautiful sight to see: Lupita Nyong’o and Naomie Harris posing regally for Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, while Oprah holds her place alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan – both of whom appear on VF’s cover – and Forrest Whitaker on Essence magazine’s March 2014 Collector’s Issue.
Although the media usually pulls out the proverbial red carpet for actors and actresses during award season, these back-to-back cover releases are indeed a well-deserved nod to Black Hollywood’s sweeping success this past year.
You’d be hard pressed to forget how powerfully poignant Lupita’s role as Patsey was in !2 Years A Slave, or Naomie Harris’ captivating portrayal of Winnie Mandela. Even Oprah’s performance as the complex yet supportive wife in The Butler was dynamic.
All these black women, and their black male counterparts, have represented a undercelebrated portion of the business, so much so that it’s incredible to see them shine on the front of both mainstream and niche glossies. The praise for this collection of brown-faced craftsmen is nothing short of poetic justice.
Check out Essence’s Collector’s Issue cover on the next page.