It’s been an interesting few days since EBONY dropped the first look at its November issue, which has caused a huge debate in the Black community. Many commended the venerable publication for its provocative cover that features a shattered picture of the fictional Huxtable family, while others slammed the magazine for the “distasteful” image.
Amid the controversy, EBONY editor-in-chief, Kierna Mayo stopped by CNN to discuss the cover and folks’ strong reactions to it.
During her interview with Don Lemon, Mayo admitted she hasn’t “slept in two days because of the anxiety around bringing a topic this sensitive to Black America would keep one up.”
Mayo told Lemon Black America must “confront our fears” about Bill Cosby and the legacy of the Cosby Show in the wake of the rape allegations levied against him.
“Should we separate the man from the fictional character who we all exalted, loved, needed, and in some respects, worshiped?” she asked.
No matter what side of the debate about Cosby and the EBONY cover you come down on, like Mayo said, we’ve got to have the conversation.