ICONIC EBONY MAGAZINE today relaunched its website with a new look — and a special digital cover featuring Houston rapper Tobe Nwigwe, who graced the cover of CityBook's Music Issue in 2017. Ebony has been a leading voice in Black culture for 75 years.
The cover shoot, featuring Nwigwe and his wife Fat along with their producer LaNell Grant, took place at the Houston Botanical Gardens, which happens to be the setting for Nwigwe's new music video for "Tundah Fivah." The shoot also served as a sneak peek of Nwigwe's new clothing line, Chukwu, as all three subjects donned mint-green attire from the forthcoming release. On set, Houstonians Cary Fagan, who has also collaborated with Solange, and videographer Justin Stewart helped produce.
Inside the digital edition, Nwigwe and Fat, parents to two young daughters, reveal that their third child — whose expected arrival was announced in a viral video a few weeks ago — will be a son. "Surely he'll be just like his daddy," the Nigerian-American rapper told Ebony. Writer Miles Marshall Lewis also got Nwigwe chatting about artistic expression and Black love; other highlights include further exploration of Houston's "burgeoning Black creatives scene" and "how independent artists are becoming the future of the industry."
"In recognizing [our brand's] milestone moment as well as Black Music Month and Father's Day, we wanted to make sure that the June cover encapsulates the celebration of Blackness and innovation," said Marielle Bobo, Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President of Programming, in a statement. "Tobe Nwigwe is one of the most exciting artists that we have come across in decades. He is the embodiment of Black creativity and expression, Black unity and the importance of the Black family."
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