EBONY | August

JORDIN SPARKS

“I think if Sparkle were here now, and a real person, we would be best friends. She’s been wanting [fame] her whole life. Music is all she thinks about; it’s all she has ever wanted to do…That’s how I felt when I was growing up.”

BOBBI KRISTINA

“I’m so proud that you were able to finish making Sparkle…(you) being so happy was an absolutely beautiful thing for me to watch,” she said.

The issue also includes an HBCU special profiling the winners of the 2012 HBCU Queens contest and for the first time ever, EBONY lists the leading secondary education programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation across the Sciences, Business, Liberal Arts, and Law disciplines.

Twenty-five years later, EBONY goes back to school with a look at Cosby Show spin-off A Different World. It examines the highs, lows, and how the show explored real life lessons with ground breaking episodes. Feature includes commentary from Jasmine Guy, Kadeem Hardison, and Co-Executive Producer and Writer, Susan Fales-Hill.

There’s also a feature called Free At Last about how DNA testing, social media and recanted testimonies two thousand black men who have been exonerated since 1989. EBONY profiles three of those men as they reclaim their lives and fight to regain acceptance in today’s society.

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