A top NYC-based celeb turned down the magazine's original idea.
For its September issue, Ebony magazine decided to honor the late teen Trayvon Martin with three different covers of famous fathers dressed in the symbolic gray hoodie with their sons and a special fourth cover for subscribers featuring Martin's own family. In a interview with HuffPost Live, Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett discusses why she chose Boris Kodjoe, Dwyane Wade and Spike Lee for the covers.
The idea was conceived and executed in eight days and their original celebrity, a well-known New York City-based figure she refused to name, refused to take part.
"The person was unsure how they wanted to react and was uncomfortable putting forth this image at this time," DuBois says. "When that happened I realized what I needed to find were celebrities with sons, celebrities who had a personal and political interest in the goings on. So I wanted people who had come out really strongly in favor of powerful fatherhood, who are known for being family men, who are known for being politically active and were taking a stand and who had spoken out with regards to Trayvon Martin and the [George] Zimmerman trial."
Spike Lee is known for sharing his political commentary while Dwyane Wade and Boris Kodjoe both advocate for the importance of family and fatherhood. The issue also features Sybrina Fulton, Tracy Martin and Jahvaris Fulton in a special fourth cover for subscribers.
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(Photos: Courtesy of Ebony Magazine)