‘Essence’ Makes A Bold Move On Its #BlackLivesMatter Cover

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For the first time in all of Essence magazine’s history, the publication will not be featuring a celebrity or prominent figure on its cover.

Instead, the February 2015 issue will feature the phrase #BlackLivesMatter, which has become a staple to represent the end of police brutality— in lieu of the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown. Alongside, of course, the many marches that took place all around the country from New York City to Los Angeles in efforts to stop the violence.

In a recent interview with HuffPost Live, Essence’s editor-in-chief Vanessa K. De Luca, discussed the importance of the bold decision behind the cover.

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“In this instance, it was very clear that it had to be a message around this whole social justice, new civil rights movement that we’re bearing witness to,” she said. “When you think about the impact of this particular hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter, and how it has echoed across the world, it touched people’s hearts in a very emotional and real way. And I think we’re ready for it.”

The upcoming Essence issue features commentary from the likes of Angela Davis, John Legend, Common and David Banner. Watch the full HuffPost Live interview here.