Black History Month Cover Challenge Top 6 Submissions

Tahir Coleman EBONY BHM Cover Challenge
Image: Tahir Coleman Register

At the start of February, EBONY and Dove announced the Black History Month Cover Challenge. The mission behind the challenge is to celebrate the diversity of Black crowns while also advocating for CROWN Act legislation to end race-based hair discrimination, which can start as early as five years old. EBONY readers were invited to recreate some of our most iconic covers. Today, we celebrate the inventiveness and imagination of our top 6 contestants.

Tahir Coleman Register

Model Sheena Knight and her gorgeous curly ‘fro took us back to the ’70s for this Tahir Coleman Register-photographed reimagining of Diana Ross’s memorable February 1970 EBONY cover.

Chanel

Speaking of the ’70s, Chanel substituted gorgeous locs for the braids worn by our beloved Cicely Tyson for the recreation of Tyson’s January 1979 EBONY cover.

Ty Law

2014 Patriots Hall of Fame inductee Ty Law joined in the fun by remixing Eddie Murphy’s flawless EBONY cover from July 1988 – a nod to Murphy’s cult classic, Coming to America.

Catresse “Cat” Freeman

Catreese Freeman took followers on the step-by-step journey as she transformed into Toni Braxton for the May 1994 EBONY cover.

John Bruton (and mom)

John Bruton and his mom channeled EBONY‘s May 1997 cover featuring Michael Jordan and his mother, Deloris Jordan.

Joanna Dove Hayes

Last, but not least, Olympic Gold Medalist Joanna Dove Hayes, who won the 100-meter hurdle race at the 2004 Summer Olympics, channeled her inner Janet Jackson with a high ponytail to reimagine Jackson’s March 1999 cover.

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