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15 Ebony Magazine Covers That Will Transport You To Simpler Times

A view of pop-culture history through the eyes of black America.

1. November 1947: Introducing the iconic and multifaceted Lena Horne.

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Horne navigated Hollywood on her own terms, refusing to accept stereotypical roles.

2. July 1949: Billie Holiday declares she is rehabilitated.

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Sadly, Holiday died a few years later from complications due to drug and alcohol use.

3. June 1962: An intimate look at Dorothy Dandridge prior to her death.

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Dorothy Dandridge was the first African-American woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Carmen Jones.

4. November 1962: Remembering Booker T. Washington and praising Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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5. June 1965: The Supremes at the height of their career.

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From left to right: Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard.

6. January 1967: Nichelle Nichols paved the way for black women in television.

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7. May 1971: Tina and Ike Turner.

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8. November 1974: Marvin Gaye makes a comeback.

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9. December 1983: Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America.

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A few short months later, in July 1984, Williams was stripped of this honor.

10. May 1984: Michael Jackson on top of the world.

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11. February 1986: The Cosby Show changes the face of the American parent.

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12. March 1987: Oprah Winfrey secures her spot in talk show history.

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13. May 1991: Whitney Houston on the rise.

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14. November 1991: Michael Jordan’s first retirement.

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15. May 1999: Lauryn Hill becomes a superstar.

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