The cover of the 60th-anniversary issue, which comes out on Thursday, features President Barack Obama. He is one of 10 African Americans celebrated in the article “Living the Dream,” according to Tia Brown, the magazine’s senior editor. Others in the article include Oprah Winfrey, the Rev. T.D. Jakes, Beyoncé and Queen Latifah. “These are people who have been able to achieve the ultimate level of success,” says Brown.
Jet has not hesitated to acknowledge the recurring features that made it so successful in its day. This issue includes a retrospective of the “Jet Beauty of the Week,” which delivered a full-page photograph of a girl-next-door type in every issue. Brown says that the magazine wanted to show how fashion and beauty standards had changed over time, with photos of women taken from every decade going back to the 1960s in the special issue.
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.