EBONY Talks to Angela Bassett About Insecurity and Success and Reveals Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Portfolio of Celebrity Icons for Annual Hollywood Issue
Magazine Explores the State of Black Feminism; Launches White House Partnership and Counts Down Spring’s Hottest Fashion Trends
CHICAGO (February 5, 2013) — EBONY magazine salute’s Black Hollywood with actress Angela Bassett gracing the cover, reveals never-before-seen images of our biggest celebrities and crowns the next generation of stars. Bassett is currently mesmerizing her fans in her captivating role as voodoo priestess, Marie Laveau, on the FX series American Horror Story: Coven, while also receiving acclaim for her role in Black Nativity during the holiday season. Many know Bassett for being strong, poised and resilient; however, the talented actress opened up to EBONY magazine and revealed that she also has moments of doubt and insecurity. However, she gives readers the scoop on how to exude the same sense of confidence that she possesses while also keeping her feet firmly on the ground. As the actress reflected on moments when it was hard to secure a role, she offers the following advice on how to keep going: “You’ve got to keep a good attitude. You can’t think, ‘This is it [during the lean times], because that’s when it’s going to break open for you. You’ve got to be ready; you’ve got to be prepared.” “Whatever you’re dealing with seems like a mountain to you, but we truly aren’t in it alone. Sometimes we need others to talk us off the cliff or to just talk to us or to be there with us [in order] to support us or love us.”Despite being a part of Hollywood’s elite and being armed with an Ivy League degree from Yale University, Bassett discusses why pursuing excellence and staying grounded is so important to her. “I understand where I come from; the strength and the people I come from. I know what has been endured and sacrificed.” This issue also features a salute to young Hollywood’s hottest new game-changers like Lupita Nyong’o, Quvenzhane Wallis, Zendaya Coleman and Michael B. Jordan just to name a few. Plus, EBONY magazine’s photo director Dudley Brooks opens the archives to share exclusive behind-the-scenes images of some of our biggest stars like Beyonce, Gabrielle Union and Denzel Washington as you’ve never seen them before.
Also featured in the March Issue:
· Black Feminism Today: Thanks to social media and a host of brave new voices in pop culture, America is engaging in a robust new dialogue about the state of Black women and the fight for equality.
· Spring Fashion Workbook: Get the inside scoop on the hottest new beauty, style and grooming trends for women and men
· Diary of a Sex Addict: EBONY uncovers the secret world of women struggling with an addiction few people understand and explores how women can get help for this debilitating condition.
· Financial Success Stories: Real people share their blueprints for going from broke to blessed by launching a million dollar home-based business, building a perfect credit score and going to college for free.
· EBONY’s Top Chefs: With a celebrity panel of judges EBONY salutes the best chefs in America.
· White House Partnership: EBONY announces a groundbreaking partnership with the Obama administration to explore the magazine’s six-part “Saving Our Sons” editorial package with a series of town hall discussions and workshops.
The March issue of EBONY magazine hits newsstands on February 4th.
Vanessa Arbon of Johnson Publishing Company
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