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July 29, 2023

Amazing Cover Photos of Black Stars Magazine in the 1970s

Black Stars was a monthly magazine published by the Johnson Publishing Company, one of the largest African-American-owned publishing firms in the United States.

Black Stars magazine covers in the 1970s

Launched in 1971, the purpose of Black Stars was to provide an entertainment magazine focused almost solely on the careers of living black artists. In their premier issue John H. Johnson outlined the aims of the magazine:
Black Stars will be entertaining, informative, factual, intimate and lively and will deal almost exclusively with the lives and careers of great, living black entertainers. Many of the articles featured in the magazine will be written by the stars themselves.”
In publication ceased in 1981, according to the then vice-president of the publishing company, June A. Rhinehart, this was due to a drop in readership and decrease in advertising revenues. Here below is a set of amazing photos that shows covers of the Black Stars in the 1970s.

James Brown, October 1972

Bill Withers, August 1974

Bobby Womack, May 1974

Nancy Wilson, October 1974

The O'Jays, December 1974

Tina Turner, January 1974

Aretha Franklin, August 1975

Stevie Wonder, April 1975

The Jackson Family, September 1975

Johnnie Taylor, August 1976

Mary McCreary, March 1976

Michael Jackson, November 1976

Dionne Warwick and Isaac Hayes, May 1977

Gladys Knight and Barry Hankerson, January 1977

Jim Brown, September 1977

Pam Grier, November 1977

Tina Andrews, March 1977

Al Green, May 1978

Billy Dee Williams, September 1978

Chaka Khan, May 1978

Deniece Williams & Johnny Mathis, June 1978

Natalie Cole, February 1978

Ashford & Simpson, December 1979

Donna Summer, November 1979

Peaches and Herb, July 1979

Tina Turner, February 1979


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