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Dreamgirls Takes Vanity Fair Cover

Dreamgirls Takes Vanity Fair Cover

GIRLS GOTTA DREAM! Here’s a sneak peak of Vanity Fair’s January 2007 issue with DreamgirlsEddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Beyonce Knowles on the cover. The cover was photographed by Mark Seliger in West Hollywood and is supposedly a fold-out with Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose on the other half.

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  1. 1
    DarwinSF Says:

    What? Black people on the cover of Vanity Fair? This is truly a momentous occasion.

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    stardust Says:

    supposedly a fold-out with Jennifer Hudson and Anika Noni Rose on the other half.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Figures. They got the shaft. I can’t wait to see Jennifer Hudson’s star rise. She is a powerhouse of talent. She was in Dallas a few weeks ago and was doing an interview with the local morning radio station. She wasn’t planning to sing but the host asked her and she sang an Aretha song. She was so good, the listeners were calling in and saying that they were crying listening to her voice. She blew everyone away. =)

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    Vanessa Says:

    The world is turning upside down! Black people on the cover!!!!!!!!!

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    Frenchy Says:

    Eddie’s face is sheer comedy. FUG!!! that’s the way he looks the entire movie. Um ok, AA’s on the cover, no longer regulated to inside and on the the ads for Tiret, Rockefella, Baby Phat, Apple Bottoms etc…LOL!!!! I think Jennifer’s singing in this film will be the equivalent to Mahalia Jackson’s singing in the film Imitation of Life.

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    Dirk Says:

    So what happens to sites such as Just jared.

    http://www.canada.com/topics/entertainment/story.html?id=def8ee2e-4efc-4d59-9999-1d7fcdf896a2&k=55401

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    WTF Says:

    Jennifer should have been on the cover. She’s going to win an Oscar.

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    Bob King Neverland III Says:

    I need to look for a bigger pic on ebay for my secretary – she has 12 eddie murphy fan sites.

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    Glenda Ford Says:

    OMG…Not one, but three Black Folks on the COVER of Vanity Fair. Time to pull out the Bubbly!!

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    Letoya Says:

    Black people on the VF cover?!! What has the world come to!
    I love Beyonce as much of a hypocrite as she is, because despite what many say, she is a very talented and hard-working woman (have y’all ever seen pics of B out partying besides that one time, and she’s so young…she’s always out promoting ****), but I agree, they definitely should’ve had J-Hud on the cover as she is the REAL star of Dreamgirls.
    In my opinion, most of Beyonce’s diva-ish attitude comes from the fact that she allows her parents to deal with all her career moves: her mom with that chinchilla fur line and her dad with the whole Destiny’s Child thing. She needs to LISTEEEEEN!!

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    VF has had very limited number of Blacks on their covers.

    Beyonce was on the cover this year I think, before that I think the last Black cover was Will Smith. Before that, I think only Denzel Washington and Diana Ross had covers.

    It is quite alarming. Anyone who has a problem with this, should write to the Editor – it is the only way to make a difference.

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    Some criticism of Vanity Fair:

    10/14/2005
    A White Wash at Vanity Fair?

    Beyoncé Knowles, who appears on the cover of this month’s Vanity Fair, is the first African-American woman to front the glossy solo since Tina Turner flashed her gams in 1993. But is she too black for Graydon Carter? Publishing insiders have been whispering about the cover girl’s strangely pale visage ever since the November issue hit newsstands. Now, a high-level source at Vanity Fair is alleging that the mag digitally altered Beyoncé’s image to appear several shades lighter.

    African-American entertainers have long complained about being ignored by mainstream magazines, which often avoid covers featuring black celebrities for fear that they will underperform on newsstands. Vanity Fair, which has drawn some of the sharpest criticism, has not featured a solo black person on its cover since the late nineties, when it showcased Michael Jordan, Will Smith, and a clown-faced Chris Rock.

    A pronounced dip in newsstand sales earlier this year has Carter feeling especially skittish. Convinced that a series of gloomy covers has contributed to the slump, says our source, the wing-haired editor ordered his art department to lighten up its act. Unfortunately, staffers got so carried away they ended up lightening Beyoncé as well. “Everything on the cover is bright, including the white background, to make it seem as white as can be,” says the source, who claims that the pop diva’s medium-dark complexion was airbrushed to a “Jennifer Lopez shade of bronze” to fit in with the magazine’s cheery new aesthetic.

    But the brightening of Beyoncé caused other problems: According to our source, the singer’s cover photo clashed with inside photos, which pictured her with longtime boyfriend Jay-Z. “All the photos of Beyoncé had been made so white that Jay-Z literally looked like [Sudanese supermodel] Alek Wek standing next to her, so then he had to be lightened up, too,” says the source.

    Not suprisingly, VF is outraged by the claim that it manipulated Beyoncé’s image. Asked about the charge, the magazine’s spokeswoman, Beth Kseniak, insisted that the singer’s portraits were “absolutely not” manipulated and said that any change in her skin tone was a result of lighting and makeup. Furthermore, she claimed that inside shots of the couple were pick-up photos acquired at the last minute that ran unaltered. A spokeswoman for Beyoncé did not return repeated calls or e-mails for comment.

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    The above article was an excerpt from “Raddar Online.com”

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    Here is an interesting blog entry from a RonM Hungaguhunga (sp???). Anywa, teh criticism against VF runs deep and it is a good source of debate. Hope they change. And with this I leave you all! Night :)
    Here is the post:

    Hey Graydon, where are the African Americans?

    Several years back I altogether stopped sending out my annual “Letter to the Editor” email criticizing Vanity Fair for the lack of African Americans, especially on the cover, and especially in their ‘Hollywood issue.’ It was a futile quest to get someone to listen and actually do something more than send out an obligatory response to reader email backed up with naught else but hot air. I saved this little chestnut, though, I think it was my last attempt at satisfaction, from the long suffering and saintly Heather Fink, dated April 24, 2000:

    “Dear Mr. Mwangaguhunga,

    “Thank you very much for your letter to the editor. We have received
    several
    letters regarding this matter, and I will be sure to address this point
    with the
    appropriate editors here. I appreciate your input and hope that you
    continue
    expressing your opinions to Vanity Fair.

    Sincerely,

    Heather Fink”

    Greeeaaat. I’m glad I shared.

    Of course, my problem is not with Heather Fink, who was polite, but couldn’t change the situation, no, my issue was with her boss Graydon Carter, who I snark on from time to time in this blog, but for whom I ultimately hold no hard feelings against. Look — there is no one suggesting that anything is wrong with Graydon on the issue of race, that’s crazy talk. I’m just saying that Graydon is not representing African Americans on the cover of VF; and that smarts. It is his privilege as an editor, but it is a kind of stupid thing for a so-called libertarian to do to his legacy. Hollywood itself is not as white as Graydon paints it.

    I just cannot believe that Matthew McConaughey and Gretchen Moll deserve covers more than Chris Rock, Chris Tucker, Halle Berry or even Janet Jackson.

    I mean — ****! — even Sandra Bullock, she of the linebackerish looks — got a cover!

    The argument that nobody would ever make in public is that covers of African Americans sell less than covers of white celebs: Ruben Stoddard was the worst selling RS cover in 2003, and Serena Williams the worst selling SI cover in 2003. But last year’s best/worst cover list is closing the gap of this very sad but true industry fact. I’ve worked in magazines for 9 years, I know the game.

    But Roger Friedman of Fox 411 who I knighted an honorary black man on Monday does a fine job in explaining why VF was snubbed by the National Magazine Awards:

    “‘It’s because Graydon’s so obsessed with Hollywood,’ said one insider, referring to Carter’s sometimes embarrassing preference for celebrity profiles over actual journalism.

    “Beth Kseniak, director of public relations for Vanity Fair, said, ‘I can’t remember when we didn’t have a nomination. But we’ve been very fortunate in previous years and we congratulate the nominees.’

    “One aspect of criticism about Vanity Fair is its obliviousness to cultures other than its own. In the March ‘Hollywood’ issue, 13 famous actresses graced the cover, not one of them African-American. As well, Vanity Fair has not featured an individual black person on the cover in several years.

    “Kseniak responded, ‘We were supposed to have Halle Berry, but she backed out at the last minute.’”

    Okay VF, now is your opportunity. The African American contribution to the entertainment industry in America and the world is vast. Could you refelect that just a little bit more?

    posted by Ron @ 11:38 AM

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    Team Tonya Harding Says:

    So let me get this straight. When Oprah puts black actors/musicians on her show its bad and when Vanity Fair puts black actors/musicians on their cover its good. Wha? Oh I get it, it’s because Oprah has a black agenda and Vanity Fair is run by white elitists. Now it all makes sense.

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    # Team Tonya Harding Says:
    December 6th, 2006 at 2:09 am

    So let me get this straight. When Oprah puts black actors/musicians on her show its bad and when Vanity Fair puts black actors/musicians on their cover its good. Wha? Oh I get it, it’s because Oprah has a black agenda and Vanity Fair is run by white elitists. Now it all makes sense.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Here is the difference.

    Oprah since her show’s beginnings have always equally represented people on her show. Blacks, Whites, Molested women, Molestors, you name it. She tries her best to balance her guests – whatever you think of her.

    Vanity Fair: To have had since Tina Turner’s cover in 1993 only one black woman almost 15 years later – given the number of African-American entertainers, shows a disregard for that group.

    Many stars who are not even big name stars get on the cover before we know their names. Matt McConneghey (sp?), Matt Damon – all got covers before they were big stars and before their first films were even released.

    Scarlett Johansson made the cover but an Academy Award winner and major star like Whoopi Goldberg can’t? or Oprah? Or Angela Bassett (academy award nominee)?

    VF has also had nonentertainers on covers as well. So, what about Black social activists and politicians? Why not Ms Rice – the first African-American Secretary of State? Why not Colin Powell? Why not Desmond Tutu or Nelson Mandela on the cover?

    So Gretchen Mol can get a cover but not Nelson Mandela?

    I am not even Black and I get the disparity loud and clear.

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    Team Lara Croft Says:

    Btw, that is my last “race” debate. They get too ugly and it seems all involved can never agree. Sad, but what can one do? At least this one did not get ugly. I think this VF cover is a step in a very right direction. Good night.

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    Coco Says:

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL cover! I will go out and buy it and maybe everyone here will as well; therefore, showing VF that we approve and want more “color” on and in their magazine:)

    Interesting facts Team Lara Croft, thank you for sharing the information. Unforturnately, pretty much every major fashion magazine is guilty of this and not just against blacks. Where are the asians, hispanics, even indians? America Ferrara, (hot) Daniel Dae-Kim(hotter), and Aishwarya Rai (on fire) are equally as interesting and more name reconizable than Gretchen Moll ( I honestly didn’t know who she was and still don’t).

    I’m A-A and can’t remember the last time I bought VF or any other mainstream magazine because of their lack of color on the cover and within. Sad that half a century later that we still need magazines like Latina and Essence to fill the gap.

    P.S. In line already to buy my ticket to see Dreamgirls!!!!!

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    Sammy Davis Says:

    What? Vanity Fair is turning into an all black magazine?? I won’t even go near it!!!

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    black Says:

    Wow…three people I hate on one cover….not bad.

    And what do they all have in common?………………..right, they can´t act!

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    Queen Bee Says:

    Beg to differ only 1 can’t act.

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    daisy Says:

    murphy’s a first class jerk he gets scary spice pregnant than says he’s waiting for a dna test!

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    Maren Says:

    I bought the magazine yesterday and my issue does not have a fold out with Jennifer or Noni on it…It’s just Eddie, Jamie and Beyoncé.

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    candice Says:

    I’m so sick of people making this a black/white thing. Why make such a big deal out of skin color.
    What I want to b**** about is the fact that Jennifer Hudson isn’t on the cover! It’s time for Beyonce to take a backseat, and let some new talent in.
    Beyonce IS a star, as she has so HUMBLY pointed out, but Jennifer can seriously BLOW her out of the water.
    Screw dance off’s between celebrities, I think a sing off between Jennifer, and Beyonce is a must!

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    what's up? Says:

    How did Eddie Murphy manage to get his grubby little hands on Babyface’s ex? Tracey Edmonds is absolutely gorgeous! Wouldn’t she be scared to date him? I thought Eddie preferred transexuals.

    Come to think of it, Eddie has always had good-looking females on his arm. He likes to be “the man” in public. Then he sneaks behind closed doors to do his dirty deeds. Got to give it to him. He has managed to reveal himself as a freak, yet remain popular.

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    wow Says:

    Beyonce is EVERY where these days. So much so that I am starting to believe she is wearing the same clothes over again….I can be wrong…I’m really tired of seeing her and hearing about her….shes becoming a Paris Hilton…

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