Our June editorial theme, ‘My Brother’s Keeper,’ celebrates the strength, beauty, and complexity of Black men. From an homage to Black dads to essays on the journey to manhood, we’re unpacking journey of Black masculinity. For the first time, we’re rolling out a series of digital covers featuring a range of leading men from various walks of life. As stars of some of this year’s hottest films, Shameik Moore, John Boyega, and Colman Domingo are championing diverse narratives for Black men in Hollywood. The trio get real abut their journeys in their respective cover stories. We’re also celebrating Black music month with the launch of our Hip-Hop 50 hub in partnership with Mass Appeal. Plus, a look at global Pride celebrations, and what it means to be young, Black and free in celebration of Juneteenth.
It was a chilly Saturday night in New York City, and the spring air was filled with electricity. It was the witching hour: The moment when you can decide to either go home to Netflix and chill, or hit the streets and get the party started. On this particular evening, actor/writer/director/producer Colman Domingo, 53, chose the latter.
As a producer of the Pulitzer Prize-winning and five-time Tony Award-nominated play Fat Ham (inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet), Domingo decided to celebrate the play’s Broadway debut with a “Juicy Disco” (so named for Juicy, the Black queer main character of the dramedy). The party was filled with references from the hit play, including a backyard barbecue complete with picnic tables and green Astroturf, a massive light-up dance floor, and juice-box-inspired raspberry cocktails. It was the perfect recipe for mischief, mayhem, and magic.
“For me, that dance party was very special,” Domingo recalls. “It’s still one of the best nights out I’ve had in a long time. And I felt like we all needed that. I invited people from the literary world, the art world, the fashion world, and the theater world, because as we know, as artists, it’s all a hybrid.”
“If you want to work with me, I’m gonna show you all of me. I guess I’ve always known that that’s sort of my superpower, being open and vulnerable, and not putting on any airs.”
The EBONY team headed to New York to shoot one of the most prolific actors of our time, Colman Domingo. The multi-hyphenate caught up with EBONY ahead of the 2023 Tony Awards, for which ‘Fat Ham’ (a play Domingo executive produced) received several nominations. With his new AMC series, ‘You Are Here,’ and leading-man roles in the Bayard Rustin biopic and ‘The Color Purple,’ the actor, writer, director, and producer is claiming his place in the spotlight — and bringing his community with him. Watch the star bring the heat in all-white looks by Tom Ford, Ralph Lauren, and more, in this exclusive behind-the-scenes video.
Our June editorial theme, My Brother’s Keeper is an homage to all things #BlackBoyJoy. For the first time, we’re rolling out a series of digital covers featuring a range of leading men from various walks of life. First up, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse star Shameik Moore discusses the power of artistic expression and how having the space to explore his various passions has helped him gain a deeper sense of self. Also, British-Nigerian star John Boyega talks starring opposite Jamie Foxx in They Cloned Tyrone and how working on predominantly Black sets has shaped his journey as an actors discusses his starring roles in Rustin and The Color Purple, and his journey in being out and proud as a Black gay man in Hollywood.
EBONY Evolution explores the past, present and future of our favorite stars. In an in-depth interview, we get an intimate look into the life, love, and career of Black trailblazers through their own voice and perspective. This month, June cover star Colman Domingo discusses his Tony-award-nominated play, Fat Ham, and how his forthcoming portrayal of acclaimed civil rights activist Bayard Rustin has been his most personal and transformative portrayal yet in this latest episode.
John Boyega has never presented as someone who lacks in confidence. From the moment the London-born actor of Nigerian-descent burst into public prominence — as the steely young lead in the subversive sci-fi adventure Attack the Block — his trademark has been a kind of palpable, radiating glow of self-belief. He was the preternaturally magnetic performer holding his own opposite screen veterans with 10 times his experience; the luminous human charm-bomb who was as comfortable swinging a toy lightsaber on a chat show as he was addressing a rapturous crowd at a Black Lives Matter protest.
Even so, things have sharpened and shifted recently. A professionally and personally transformative three years — a period that has seen him play a precolonial West African ruler in The Woman King, embody a PTSD-afflicted war veteran in Breaking, and win a Golden Globe for his turn as a trailblazing Black British policeman in Steve McQueen’s Small Axe anthology — have given new texture and definition to his faith in his own abilities.
“You have to build a form of familiarity between yourself and a world that may see you through multiple different lenses, whether it be race, wealth, fame.”
In a first ever cover rollout highlighting three of today’s hottest actors, the EBONY team headed to Atlanta to for it’s final June cover shoot featuring British-Nigerian actor John Boyega during a quick break in the actor’s schedule as he geared up for the launch of his latest film, They Cloned Tyrone. Boyega brought the heat, while dressed in a series of all-white looks. The actor turned up to EBONY Photo Director Keith Major’s bumping playlist of Hip-Hop, Afrobeats and R&B hits. Set Designer Rick Ramsey crafted an ethereal set of floating fabric in ivory, While stylist Jan-Michael Quammie delivered major fashion from designers Robert Wun, Issey Miyake and more.Check out the behind-the-scenes action in this exclusive video.
EBONY Evolution explores the past, present and future of our favorite stars. In an in-depth interview, we get an intimate look into the life, love, and career of Black trailblazers through their own voice and perspective. This month, June cover star John Boyega discusses his Nigerian roots, starring opposite Jamie Foxx in Netflix’s They Cloned Tyrone and his journey of transformation in this latest episode of EBONY Evolution.
Shameik Moore just turned 28 in May, but he’s more than a decade and a half into his career as a performer. Inspired by the film You Got Served, he started out as a dance-battle sensation in Atlanta, which landed him in music videos, followed by a series of increasingly prominent acting roles, in films and television series from Dope to The Get Down to Wu-Tang: An American Saga. “I want to deliver every time,” Moore says on a call from London, where he’s promoting his latest work, the second SV film: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, in which he voices Miles Morales, the Afro-Latino successor to Peter Parker. In the eye-popping CG-animated film, we find his character interacting with other Spider-People across the multiverse and discovering what it takes to be a real hero.
But Moore has never wanted to be defined by a singular medium. He recorded several tracks for the film Dope alongside Pharrell Williams, and more. The son of Errol Moore, a reggae musician, Moore has been in the studio recording hundreds of tracks, as well as directing music videos, which he hopes to start rolling out sometime this year.
On a crisp May morning, the EBONY team arrived at New York’s Bath House Studios to photograph Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse star Shameik Moore during a quick break in the actor’s schedule. Having just joined EBONY for a fun-filled trip to Jamaica Carnival a few weeks prior, Moore brought that same festive spirit to set designer Rick Ramsey’s ethereal set of floating fabric. Stylist Jan-Michael Quammie delivered a range of standout looks from Givenchy, Fendi and more. Check out the behind-the-scenes action in this exclusive video.
“Look for what makes you, you. There’s always something to prove, but prove it to yourself. It was when I found my own personal identity that I found my rhythm.”
EBONY Evolution explores the past, present and future of our favorite stars. In an in-depth interview, we get an intimate look into the life, love, and career of Black trailblazers through their own voice and perspective. This month, our June cover star and Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse actor Shameik Moore discusses his roots and journey of personal growth in this latest episode of EBONY Evolution.
Everyone loves our friendly neighborhood Spider-man and in the newest animated film Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, Miles Morales discovers just how many iterations of the famed superhero exist. EBONY’s Director of Communications BJ Coleman caught up with EBONY’s June 2023 cover star Shameik Moore—as well as Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry and Daniel Kaluuya—at the the film’s movie premiere in Los Angeles. “I just want to be a vessel…I’m all about purposeful impact and things like this keep me going,” shared Moore as he received his flowers from EBONY while reflecting on voicing Morales, the first Black Spider-Man .
EBONY has always celebrated and uplifted Black men. As our look into their journeys continues, we’ve decided to revisit the EBONY archives and bring you one of our favorite features, which highlights the stories of three prolific essayists. For EBONY’s October-November 2016 issue, writers Darnell Moore, Jonathan Wall, and Kiese Laymon penned intimate essays on what it is to face their emotions, driven by their life experiences, choices and outlooks.