“Literally everybody’s starring in a pilot. I think that’s wonderful. Part of me thinks, Well that’s wildly racist of all the networks to suddenly decide that the best way to get a show on the air is to just throw a Black woman on it. Yet part of me feels like, For God’s sake, it’s about time! If they’re going to be stupid, let’s use their stupidity…” –Shonda Rhimes in ESSENCE
If there was ever a time that Essence Magazine deserved a ‘bow down,’ this is definitely one of them. Shonda Rhimes, Ava DuVernay, Debbie Allen, Mara Brock Akil and Issa Rae are on the cover of May issue of Essence and they look absolutely stunning.
The issue, which goes on sale on April 17, highlights the stories of all of these amazing game changers and how they did things their way to achieve success in the world of television as Black women.
“It’s an economic fact. There are more people of color than ever before…” Rhimes says. “When the shows start doing bigger numbers than what they think are going to be their top ten shows, it becomes really hard to suggest that it’s a trend.”
I hope someone sees this and thinks: "I will live the life I choose." Love to Mara, Shonda, Issa + Queen Debbie. xo. pic.twitter.com/tu6tN2toLZ
— Ava DuVernay (@AVAETC) April 14, 2015
The May issue of ESSENCE hits newsstands on 4/17. Visit essence.com to learn more!