Essence Magazine has landed itself in another pit of controversy thanks to their latest cover star.
From Clutch Magazine:
Since he burst on the scene, The Rock has not been spotted with a black woman. And while he very well may have dated sistas in the past, his ex-wife, former girlfriends, and all of the women we’ve seen him in public with thus far, including his current boo Lauren Hashian, have not been black.
Kind of feels like the Reggie Bush debacle all over again, doesn’t it?
While The Rock is certainly free to date whomever he chooses, should he be celebrated on a magazine that is specifically for black women, the very women we’ve yet to see on his arm?
(And if we ARE cool with giving props to men who regularly sidestep us, what does that say about us?)
I admit, when I laid my eyes on the cover I was a bit skeptical for the reasons stated above. I don’t have any issues with interracial relationships because love is love. However, Essence has been one of many magazines that has speculated over the supposed black marriage crisis and whether or not black women are considered marriageable. The Rock and Reggie Bush are definitely gorgeous but if the magazine wants to promote black love like it says it does, put black men on the cover that love black women and have been seen with black women. Having a black parent or relatives isn’t enough. There are plenty of prominent black men that love black women that would have been a nice fit for the cover. Here are a few of my personal choices:
Although Mr. Harris has his problematic moments, it’s clear he loves him some Tiny. His love for black women extends past his wife and onto his daughters including Zonique, who isn’t his biological daughter. I would love to hear his opinions when it comes to interacting with and loving black women as a father, husband and former knucklehead.
Rock is outnumbered three to one by his wife and daughters. In addition to being hilarious, he is a visibly dedicated husband and father. His 2009 film Good Hair was inspired by conversations with his daughters about their self-image. I would love to see follow-up on that in addition to insight about his life with a house full of women.
Mr. Tyler is one-half of the power couple behind BlackAndMarriedWithKids.com, a site dedicated to promoting positive images of black love. Need I say more? He isn’t as famous as the other guys on this list but he is just as deserving of a cover. Not to mention, it’d be a breath of fresh air to see him on the cover since Essence has a tendency to repeat cover stars.
Let’s face it, basketball players have a reputation for not having black mates so it’s nice to see him with Lala. Like T.I., Anthony is featured in a reality show but his is a man of few words. I love to see a full interview from him to check out his views on love and his life with his wife. I would also like to hear about the values he is instilling into his son about love and black women.
That concludes my list. What are your suggestions? How do you feel about The Rock being on the cover?