The June collector’s edition crowns Bey as ‘The Diva’, Hov as ‘The Mogul,’ RiRi as ‘The Rebel’ and Ye as ‘The Poet’. According to the magazine, the issue pays tribute to the industry’s leaders, pioneers and game changers by saluting their unprecedented impact on Black music.
“It was an honor to write the four cover stories for Ebony magazine’s Black Music Month special collector’s edition,” said cultural critic Kevin Powell. “Rarely do you see today’s unstoppable stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye West and Jay Z packaged with legends like Tina Turner, Donna Summer or Tupac Shakur, but we did it because when it comes to Black music, it is important to note the deep connection between the musicians of yesterday and today.”
All four covers hit stands tomorrow, so be sure to pick up your copy and tell us which one is your favorite.
In related glossy news, the June cover of Essence has caught our eye as well. Check out this fab pic of 2014 Essence Music Festival headliner Prince, plus quotes from his cover story, below!
On working with The Revolution:
“I’m not putting down The Revolution, even though people would love to see us together again. I owe a great debt to them. But I’m doing something else…”
On record execs:
“Every time I talk to the heads of large companies, they’re always at the beach,” said Prince. “Middle of the afternoon. What are you doing? ‘Oh, I’m at the beach with my kids.’ So we’re working to send their kids to college. And to the beach. We’re not supposed to accept that.”