Lavaille Lavette is a publisher, author, educator, producer, and inspirational speaker.
...a breath of fresh air, speaking on issues and events from the Black perspective, celebrating Black standards of beauty and elevating heroes of Black America--athletes, entertainers, activists, elected officials, or some combination thereof. --L'OEILDELAPHOTOGRAPHIE.COM
A lavish new photography book celebrates the legacy of the
magazine that chronicled the extraordinary progress of Black
America throughout the twentieth century - and beyond.
--BLIND MAGAZINE It's about America, but another shade of America. This is made even more powerful with the 75-year overview of every cover from 1945 to 2020--an incredible record of history. --IMPRINT.COM Lavette, a children's book author and expert in educational marketing, here pays tribute to the magazine that was founded in 1945 as an outlet and podium for Black America. -- NYT ...pays tribute to the magazine that was founded in 1945 as an outlet and podium for Black America. -- NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW ...a look at 75 of the iconic magazine. The magazine broke new grounds when it made its debut, and provided a revelatory look at Black life in America. --APHROCHIC ...a massive 304-page anthology that features all 600 Ebony magazine covers dating back to the first issue in November, 1945. --DAILY WORLD Perusing these vibrant covers, however, you quickly realize that they don't just celebrate the Black community's heroes--from Jackie Robinson to Martin Luther King Jr., to Aretha Franklin--and its pivotal moments, such as the unveiling of the 18-foot chancel mural of the Black Madonna and child on Easter 1967, or Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge, in Selma, Alabama. They are a celebration of American history, and the Black community's essential role in making it.
--AIRMAIL.COM Ebony magazine was a photo chronicle of its times, and Ebony: Covering Black America is a testament to the inextricable place Black people have in the American mainstream (and counterculture, too). As you may have gleaned from the subtitle, the book is a time capsule of the magazine's most important covers, organized according to "Civil Rights and Social Justice," "Love and Family," "Ebony Man," "Ebony Woman," each introduced by a famous guest essayist (also featuring an afterword by Venus Williams), and peppered with quotations about the heritage and pride that was the magazine's guiding light. Some of the covers are fascinating for who and what was considered newsworthy, with headlines like "Sarah Vaughn Adopts a Child," "Family Life of the Jackson Five," "Virginia's First Negro Medical Grad." Or the large number of covers with Muhammad Ali, and more with other Black boxing champs, or the multiples with singers Lena Horne and Aretha Franklin. Some covers are tinged with sadness, notably the issue devoted to the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., for which his cover portrait partially covers the usually red Ebony nameplate, printed in funerary black...It's about America, but another shade of America. This is made even more powerful with the 75-year overview of every cover from 1945 to 2020--an incredible record of history.
-- Steven Heller