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Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye Featured in ‘Vanity Fair’s’ Hollywood Issue

Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye grace the 2012 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, so we guess that black is back in fashion — well at least this year. After much debate about last year’s lack of color, the mag rolled out the red carpet for African American actors — or did they? Well, if you pull out a stack of Vanity Fair magazines from the past decade, there have been a maximum of two black Americans on the cover at a time. Take a look at a few Vanity Fair covers from the past couple years and tell us your thoughts about the infamous Hollywood Issue:


  1. Elle on February 2, 2012 at 11:59 am

    I may be in the minority here (speaking as a black woman), but I really cannot understand the controversy here. We have magazines that cater to people of color, yet, you never hear of other races and ethnicities complaining that there are no white people, or Hispanic people, or Asian people…, on the cover. The lack of people of color (particularly AAs) on the cover of VF, or featured inside the mag, for that matter, is just evidence that there is a lack of minorities in Hollywood. And, when there are minorities in the films, it’s usually a degrading role (drug dealer, hustler, poor with bad grammar skills… the list goes on). And, in all honesty, there is only a hand full of talented black actors. We need more films with substance. I’ve always said that there is a significant amount of wealthy black people in the world. Why can’t we just have our own, and stop depending on the small-minded Hollywood execs to produce AA films of substance? We need to stop blaming and pointing the finger and take action. Complaining doesn’t solve anything. Can we please stop appearing to be the victim all the time?

    • Mark on March 26, 2012 at 9:45 am