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Has Vogue Committed A Foul On LeBron

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Take a look at the cover of April issue of Vogue Magazine. Some say it should be celebrated because LeBron James is the first African-American male to appear on the cover. Others cry “foul” because of the aggressive (if not stereotypical) pose Vogue decided to grace its cover.

Is it a foul or a no call?

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3 responses

  1. Ras

    Fred Crump jr., an author of childrens books, penned A Rose for Zemira his adaptation of and old tale in the vein of “Beauty and the Beast” and “King Kong”. In is tale the characters were all African people. The images did not potray the beast as human but if I recall correctly it did not dehumanize Zemira for her affection for the Beast

    I bring this up because we should not let down our guard on the perception of “dehumanization” Lebron may be in on the Vogue cover and what it may mean to our growth…but we have other history to show that there is nothing wrong with humans CHOOSING to accept ANIMAL characteristics to show their STRENGTHS and/or PROMOTE themselves.

    There is a Caribbean expression “Man A Lion” usually it refers to Rasta’s but it recognizes the fortitude of the King of beasts

    There is the Black Gorilla Family for those that know…

    SO WHAT if Lebron cares to promote himself as King Kong? Cant we laugh at ourselves sometimes? The photo-op is not for me but in going forward can we show another side to life…Self depreciating/appreciating humor.

    One Love
    Ras

    March 27, 2008 at 12:04 am

  2. thebrotherreport

    I wrote the following piece for The Starting Five:

    http://thestartingfive.net/2008/03/27/lebron-james-and-gisele-bundchen-vogue-cover-causes-racial-stirand-no-one-understands-why/

    March 28, 2008 at 5:52 pm

  3. someone who gives a crap

    the first girl?!!?r u f****n dumb mate how is anyone meant to laugh in the face of that hegemonic text????
    are we supposed to just sit here and accept the situation just because one of our own has finally made it onto the cover, even though he’s clearly perpetuating the you jane me king kong stereotype!?!?
    KMT

    May 19, 2008 at 1:11 am

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