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EBONY - October 2018

The Future Is So Bright

A new wave of Democrats is standing firm in its opposition to the worst of Trump’s America. In an EBONY exclusive, on the eve of the 2018 Midterm elections, three popular African- American elected officials is Sens. Corey book and Kamala Harris of New Jersey and California, respectively and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta- share personal stories about their unique paths to politics and open up about what they hope their legacies will be.

The Power of 3

The photo shoot took place at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in downtown Washington, D.C. The unique and vibrant decor of the hotel set the tone for an interesting and distinct set backdrop. Hotel Monaco is across the street from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and a short drive from Capitol Hill.

The crew enjoyed a breakfast of pastries, fruit, bagels and lox. On the way to the airport to catch their flight back to Atlanta, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and her team ordered Nando’s to go. If you’ve never had it, you’ve got to try it! The chain, with roots in South Africa, is beloved by people all over the world.

The District of Columbia was not always the capital of the United States. George Washington was first inaugurated in New York City. Later, the capital was moved to Philadelphia, where it remained for 10 years. In 1790, Washington, D.C., was named the capital of our nation.

Our time on set was exciting and hectic. Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker had to squeeze the cover shoot in during their lunch break, which gave the EBONY team a little less than an hour to complete the shoot. The senators had to rush back for roll call to vote on a bill.

Keep up with our political heroes!

Read the exclusive story in the October 2018 issue of EBONY magazine.

Behind The Scenes

Photographer Shayan Asgharnia waits as stylist Simmons does an on-set check with Mayor Bottoms.

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Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms
Senator Cory Booker
Senator Kamala Harris
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms

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Inside This Month's EBONY Magazine

10 Letters
12 Team Letter
14 Making the Cover
16 Contributors
17 As seen on Ebony.com

18 Culture
The Legendary Black Panther Party Celebrates a Milestone; Immigrants From the Diaspora Seek Refuge But Find Racism and Bureaucracy; Christopher D. Henderson Transforms Tech With the BadgerBox

25 Fashion
Fall Fashion Trends; Designer Victor Glemaud Weaves Vibrant-Colored Knits; NASA-Inspired Streetwear by Heron Preston Makes a Statement

32 Beauty
The Newest Trends to Make You Gorgeous; Is Your Electronic Device Harming Your Skin? Beauty Diary: Zoe Saldana Off ers Hair and Makeup Tips; Coloring Your Mane? Check Out This Pro Advice; Men’s Grooming: Quincy Brown

42 Lifestyle
Bon Appétit: Shannon Allen Grows an Organic Fast-Food Franchise; Travel: Culture and Castles Give Greece's Peloponnese Peninsula Its Charm; Fitness: Men, Shape Up at Any Age; Health & Wellness: Best Food Practices Do a Man's Body Good

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Kamala Harris, all Democrats, and Sen. Tim Scott, the lone Black Republican in the U.S. Senate, are among the political stars who have become more prominent in the post-Obama era. In their roles, they tackle complex economic, social and health issues, including immigration, incarcerated women, education, bail payment disparity and HIV/AIDS. Plus: A Young Black Republican Strategist Speaks; The New Progressives; The Rising Political Power of Black Women; One-on-One with CNN White House Correspondent Abby Phillip; Exploring the History of Pop Culture and Politics

Soul singer, activist, friend, mother and superstar: Aretha Louise Franklin, aka the Queen of Soul, had a career that spanned seven decades and infl uenced many music genres, including gospel, R&B, soul, pop and blues. EBONY’s special relationship with Franklin is highlighted in photographs. And those in her inner circle remember her sassy personality, generosity, trials, triumphs—and of course, her remarkable gift of song.

74 Entertainment
Spotlight On: Sanaa Lathan; A Guide to Smart Home Tech; Books: Author Cindy Trimm on Spiritual and Mental Wholeness

Shirley Chisolm