Black Girls in Magazines: Viola & Taraji are Beautiful! 2 HQ Pix!

I bought Ebony yesterday.  The magazine was fantastic! As you know, the UK gets the US import mags late, but yours truly will be scanning the full article and images you lot. Until next week*, when I scan, here are two reasons why Ebony looks amazing.

1. Viola looking drop-dead stunning in this telephone box red shoulder gown.

2. And if that wasn’t enough, Taraji is continuing her winning streak as a couture-esque model in the magazines. Just absolutely gorgeous.

Can Elite, IMG or Ford please give Taraji a modelling contract? This woman takes a bloody brilliant picture. All pix are from

 * – I have scans of Rihanna (Look Magazine), Viola & Taraji (Ebony), Michelle Obama (Essence) and I just saw US Harper’s Bazaar with Halle. So many black women, so many magazines, no time! If you have any scans of black girls in magazines, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Black Girls in Magazines: Rihanna on VIBE (May 2009)

The always wickedly cool Monie has put up a first shot of the VIBE cover with Rihanna, so here it is, courtesy of Monie On The Outside.  

The image itself is beautiful but actually, why are VIBE giving this a cover when it happened weeks ago? Unless Rihanna is willing to talk publicly about it, there will be nothing exclusive about the article.

It is no secret that I am not a huge fan of VIBE at the moment. It has sunk below sea level with how bollocks it has become. But I am more than SURE Rihanna will not have been interviewed for this magazine so why do a feature on it unless she is talking? I will take back what I said if she spills but, I doubt her PR would allow that.

At any rate, the image is wicked. I am seriously wondering what will happen to Rihanna’s career after this whole debacle because as much as I still listen to SOS [1] when I am jogging, I think her silence on the issue will hurt her in the face of her young female fans who need to see strong women making a stand.

P/S – As usual with all black girls on magazine covers, I will be buying this issue when it finally gets to London so expect the full scans and article as usual.

[1] – Don’t pretend, SOS is still a banger and better than any of the songs she has released since. LOL!

Black Girls on…the Rise: Laura Izibor/From My Heart To Yours

Was magazining it today in Borders and saw Laura Izibor on the cover of jazz magazine, Echoes. Izibor is an Irish girl from Dublin of mixed Irish/Nigerian origin.

As you can see, she is talented. She has this retro stylistic touch to her voice that reminds me of Lina, an underrated artist for sure. I don’t get all the Joss Stone comparisons that UK people are giving. Izibor sounds nothing like Stone (thank goodness for that).

Here’s a cute interview with the 21 year old singer. Her accent is gorgeous.

This girl is going places.