(MOSTLY) WHITE PRIDE:Vanity Fair‘s “Hollywood 2004” cover. (Not pictured: Black Actresses)
While the cover may lack diversity (yes, I am aware that Salma Hayek and Lucy
Lui Liu aren’t white, but that and a token will get ya’ a ride on the subway), the magazine is positively bursting (like a dried up cactus) with African Americans.
Aside from some ads that feature Black models (Naomi Campbell and Tyson Beckford are still workin’ it after all these years!) or deeply-tanned white ones, there’s Brett Brooks, the DJ at Fred Segal (and Winona Ryder‘s old roommate—he works at a deparment store, she loves department stores, together, they’re a sitcom!) on page 192, Jamie Foxx done-up as Ray Charles on page 220, a caricature of Rudy Ray Moore, aka, Dolemite on page 332, Janet Jackson as Lena Horne on pages 322-323 (Black performers dressed as older Black performers= hot!), and Janet’s beloved and besieged brother, Michael (save your jokes: Michael Jackson is Black), is featured in several photos (one even show’s him wearing a trucker hat that appears to say “Black Man”) accompanying Maureen Orth’s examination of his child molestation charges beginning on page 384.
But by far, the part of the magazine that reflects the greatest diversity is Graydon Carter’s editor’s letter in which he lists the names of every U.S. armed forces member to die in Iraq. Of the 502 people listed, I’m betting a large percentage were African American.
Well, that’s one way to slip some Black folks into the “mix.”