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Boston Marathon, Boston Red Sox, Boston Strong, Cover Stories, David Ortiz, Fenway Park, MLB, MLB Playoffs, Sports Illustrated -

April 20, 2013, at Fenway Park — it was the most Boston of all days. Just five days before, two young men had left bombs near the iconic finish line of the Boston Marathon. In those five days, the city had endured the deaths of three people at the blast site, injuries to 264, a […]

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Cover Stories, Damon Dash, Foxy Brown, Hip-Hop, Jay-Z, Kanye West, LeBron James, Rihanna, The Source, XXL -

By 2005, in the post-The Black Album era, Jay-Z was almost two years into a retirement from releasing solo albums. Kanye West was soon to erase any doubts about a sophomore slump with his second studio album, Late Registration. LeBron James had delivered on the prep hype: He finished his second season with the Cleveland […]

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Africa, Books, Boxing, Cover Stories, Democratic Republic of the Congo, George Foreman, Muhammad Ali -

In the darkest night part of morning they came 60,000 strong — to watch undefeated world heavyweight champion George Foreman take on challenger Muhammad Ali. It was another time. The 20th of May Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire, is now the Stade Tata Raphaël in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and The Rumble in the […]

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Baseball, Bernie Mac, Cover Stories, Mr. 3000 -

Mitch Rosen walks into an elegantly furnished condo in Chicago’s South Loop. He doesn’t know what to expect. It’s the spring of 2008, and the longtime program director of influential local sports radio station 670 The Score is about to make a pitch. Just a day earlier, Rosen had asked a friend for a contact […]

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Cover Stories, Little League World Series, Mo'ne Davis -

LeBron James told the world, “I’m coming home.” New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter embarked upon a farewell tour in his 20th and final season. The U.S. men’s basketball team won gold at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, and Germany’s national soccer team emerged victorious at the World Cup in Brazil. And Serena Williams […]

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BMX, Cover Stories, Motocross, Tanya Muzinda -

In a baby-blue, navy and white AXO racing kit, courtesy of the European Union, a girl, 11, poses on her motorbike. It’s December 2015, and she’s ready to race. The poster girl for motocross in Zimbabwe, and a beacon of hope for her entire country, she’s living proof to young people that they can, with […]

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André 3000, Class of 3000, Cover Stories, Music, OutKast -

Where we were on July 3, 2007, the day the soundtrack to André Benjamin’s animated series Class of 3000 was released: It had been a year since the premiere of Outkast’s movie and soundtrack Idlewild. Three years since the duo won the Album of the Year Grammy for Speakerboxxx/The Love Below. Yet the musical futures […]

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Cover Stories, Geto Boys, Music -

Twenty-six years ago, the Geto Boys were quickly becoming one of the most controversial groups on the Houston music scene. A year before, in 1990, they released their eponymous album The Geto Boys, which contained music from their first two albums, Making Trouble (1988) and Grip It! On That Other Level (1989). The Geto Boys […]

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Boxing, Cover Stories, Muhammad Ali, Remembering The Champ -

It’s usually hard to pinpoint the exact moment a bright star goes supernova. But Muhammad Ali did that very thing in April 1968, thanks in large part to Esquire magazine’s cover of the world’s most famous and controversial athlete “dressed” as St. Sebastian, the third-century Christian martyr. In hindsight, Ali-as-St. Sebastian was both a stroke […]

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Cover Stories, Lisa Bonet -

Wild and peaceful. Confident, yet vulnerable. Unconventional, but unpretentious. Since she was a teenager, Lisa Bonet has balanced on this tightrope with effortless aplomb, radiating a perfect storm of energy through a glance, a smile — or a magazine cover. Bonet was thrust into the spotlight at the age of 16 via the 1984 premiere […]

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Biggie Smalls, Cover Stories -

Twenty years have passed, but the shock is still fresh — and still incomprehensible. On March 9, 1997, Christopher Wallace, aka The Notorious B.I.G., was gunned down in a drive-by shooting. It remains unsolved. At 12:30 a.m., Wallace left a Vibe magazine Soul Train Music Awards after-party at Los Angeles’ Petersen Automotive Museum. The SUV […]

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Cover Stories, James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time -

Fifty-four years after James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time revolutionized the way we talk about race, it still feels eerily present. Taken out of historical context, Baldwin’s words read like they were written yesterday, not published in The New Yorker more than five decades ago. At the time, Down at the Cross: Letter from a […]

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Beyonce, Cover Stories, Elle Magazine, Lemonade -

Last year’s calendar should have read: January February March Yoncé May …. and then June — because Beyoncé ran the entire month of April. She launched Ivy Park on April 14, premiered the visual album Lemonade on April 23 and kicked off the Formation World Tour on April 27 (it ended up averaging $5.2 million […]

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Cover Stories, Death Row, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur -

Appropriately titled “Live From Death Row,” VIBE ’s February 1996 cover featured the already-notorious label’s faces: Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight and Tupac Shakur in a Goodfellas-inspired collage. To understand the significance of the cover image is to understand the chain of events that led to it — and to the label’s downfall shortly […]

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Cover Stories, Golf, Golfweek, The Masters, Tiger Woods -

The glisten on Tiger Woods’ invincible armor hadn’t yet faded when Golfweek published its now infamous “noose” cover. It was January 2008. Woods was then the No. 1 ranked golfer in the world, a ranking he held for a record 683 weeks. He was nearly two years away from the sex scandal that jettisoned his […]

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Cover Stories, MLB, New York Yankees, Oscar Gamble -

To find one of the greatest mementos in the history of baseball, all it takes is a quick eBay search. And don’t worry, to claim this treasure, no bidding is needed. The item is listed with a “Buy It Now” price. For a whopping $2.50, the 1976 Topps Traded #74T Oscar Gamble baseball card can […]

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Brooklyn Nets, Cover Stories, Jeremy Lin, NBA, New York Knicks -

On Feb. 10, 2012, ESPN’s own Pablo Torre walked into Madison Square Garden to watch the Los Angeles Lakers challenge a suddenly hot New York Knicks home team. He had no idea if the story he was working on (he was a writer for Sports Illustrated at the time) was nearing its end — or […]

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Cover Stories, Jeffrey Henson Scales -

Located just half a block from the legendary home of bebop, Minton’s Playhouse, House’s Barber Shop did business inside a plate-glass storefront in Harlem, New York, for nearly 70 years. Luminaries such as Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Lee Morgan and Max Roach would come to House’s for a fresh cut before a show. Word had […]

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Cover Stories, Shirley Chisholm -

Black women have always put in the work. If you want to put it in numerical terms, try out this number: Ninety-four percent. That is the percentage of black women who voted for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to be the first woman to become president of the United States. Black women have been putting in […]

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Cover Stories, Kamaiyah, Music -

When artists introduce themselves to the world, they’re generally front and center, placing emphasis on themselves. But when it was time for Kamaiyah to step into the limelight, she turned her back to the camera, a bottle of Hennessy and a bag of Lay’s potato chips in the air, and instead gave the moment to […]

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Cover Stories, Kelis, Music, Nas -

Love is the most lethal drug available. Although technically free, indulging is a high-risk, high-reward gamble. It propels you to a euphoric peak, then pushes you from the top of that mountain when it’s over. But the fall doesn’t kill you. You survive to endure the pain. Epiphanies about the laws of attraction arise during […]

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Cover Stories, Sports Illustrated, Tyra Banks -

From the pink sand shore of tiny Harbour Island, thick clouds sit drearily in the sky, preventing a perfect scene. It’s December 1996, and a photographer is tirelessly snapping images on the Bahamian beach, hoping the sun will peek through. Through the lens of Russell James’ Pentax 67, he sees soon-to-be supermodel Tyra Banks. “I […]

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Civil Rights Movement, Cover Stories, Fannie Lou Hamer -

The image is striking. Fannie Lou Hamer, unaffected by the world around her, stares directly into the camera. There’s defiance in her gaze. There’s persistence in her gaze. And there’s a comforting look in her eyes that says everything, in the end, will be all right. This is the cover of Songs My Mother Taught […]

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Cover Stories, Dead Presidents, Hollywood -

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” Former President John F. Kennedy’s one-liner, from his 1961 inaugural address, was an armed forces recruiter’s dream. But for many of the young men who enlisted and ended up serving during the Vietnam War’s escalation years, they were […]

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Cover Stories, David Ortiz, MLB -

When he made his big-league debut, David Arias informed the Minnesota Twins: He preferred to go by the name “David Ortiz.” Little was known about David Arias when he debuted for the Minnesota Twins on Sept. 2, 1997. He’d toiled in the minor leagues for several years with Seattle Mariners Single A affiliate the Wisconsin […]

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Cover Stories, Ice-T, Music -

In August 1992, Los Angeles was three months removed from the city’s worst uprisings since 1965. When four Los Angeles Police Department officers were acquitted in the roadside beating of Rodney King, frustrations that had been simmering exploded into days of looting and demonstrations. And while the literal fires resulting from rioting had flamed out […]

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Atlanta Falcons, Cover Stories, Madden, Michael Vick, NFL -

The first 11 Madden NFL video game covers featured John Madden himself: a middle-aged white football commentator and former coach wearing a play-by-play headset looking really excited about football. Very little fanfare accompanied the covers. The nation’s addiction to each year’s games did the talking. Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George became the first player […]

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Charles Barkley, Cover Stories, Spike Lee, The Source -

The reason the 1991-92 NBA season was one of the most memorable seasons in NBA history is because the league was affected by one of the most tumultuous years in American history. The Source, which at the time was to the burgeoning counterculture of hip-hop what Rolling Stone had been to rock in its infancy, […]

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Cover Stories, Vogue -

Vogue Italia’s July 2008 issue showcased and celebrated black models and black women in the worlds of art, politics and entertainment — in an entire issue of an internationally acclaimed international edition. There was immediate excitement about the “Black Issue” — the original run of the issue sold out in the United States and the […]

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Cover Stories, Pokemon, The Official Pokemon Handbook -

In 1999, Maria S. Barbo was two years out of Bryn Mawr College and working as an editorial assistant in New York City. One day, her boss handed her a bunch of Pokémon material — scripts, videos, cards, gaming manuals — and told her to learn everything she could about Pokémon. Barbo was going to […]

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Cover Stories, Hip-Hop, Music, Photo Gallery, Style -

By 1992, Keith Elam — aka Guru — and Christopher Edward Martin — aka DJ Premier — had laid down their sonic footprint in New York, but hadn’t reached mainstream status. Rookie photographer and native New Yorker Matt Gunther was excited about the opportunity to photograph the duo for the cover of their third studio […]

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Atlanta, Cover Stories, Hip-Hop, Music, OutKast, Style -

So here’s the scene: Andre and Big Boi exit the elevators at the top floor of Atlanta-based LaFace Records. This is 1995. They enter LaFace co-founder Antonio “L.A.” Reid’s office. “We finally got the album title.” One of them announced it. Maybe both of them announced it. This isn’t yet 2000 Stankonia OutKast. This isn’t […]

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Cover Stories -

The cover still retains much of its Technicolor glory, even if it is showing some of the imperfections of age. That decades-old Tan magazine — its orange-red background with yellow and white lettering — featuring my mother, Elizabeth “Betty Lou” Blackwell, has traveled with me from house to house. It’s been posted on Facebook, and […]

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