Introducing The Cover Stars of Ebony's August Issue, Kofi Siriboe and Bianca Lawson
The relationship between Ralph Angel Bordelon and Darla Sutton on OWN’s award-winning series Queen Sugar didn’t start out as #BlackLoveGoals. When their rocky history was introduced in the show’s first season, for many viewers, the characters ending up together—let alone getting married—wasn’t even a remote possibility. Over the show’s tenure, Darla and Ralph Angel have journeyed towards their fuller selves. For this seventh and final season, they are not only married but also have welcomed a baby girl to their family, a little sister for Blue.
"She’s a fellow Pisces and a good friend. We’ve spent so much time being vulnerable together, challenging each other. And just knowing that you have a partner who’s going to catch you, whether you’re flying or falling, is a blessing."
"You can get messy with someone and fight and scream and have these secrets come to light; yet, still find your way back to each other. This person knows everything about you. He knows the worst thing about you and loves you, accepts you and is there for you. I think that’s what most people want. They want to feel really seen. And not just seen in this ideal way, but [in the way where] somebody knows all the skeletons, all the dark alleys and all of the worst things you’ve ever done; yet, they understand you, they accept you and they love you. You don’t have to hide anything. You don’t have to pretend to be something you’re not."
Writer: Ronda Racha Penrice
Ronda Racha Penrice is a multi-platform content creator/producer with over 20 years of experience specializing in urban entertainment/lifestyle. Have placed stories in over 50 outlets, print and online, ranging from The Root to The Daily Beast, from Ebony to the Creative Loafing and the AJC. Historian who wrote both African American History For Dummies (April 2007) and Black American History For Dummies (May 2021). Also edited the essay book, Cracking The Wire During Black Lives Matter (Jan 2022) featuring 11 writers and herself delving into the iconic TV show in the 20th anniversary of its premiere. Knowledgeable topics include film/TV, all genres of Black music, travel, history, business, events, sports, cars, more.
Photographer: Keith Major
New York City native Keith Major's love for photography and art began in his pre-teen years, when he attended after-school programs at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and Pratt Institute. Keith specialized in photography at New York’s highly regarded High School of Art and Design, and after graduation attended the prestigious Rochester Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. With more than 30 years of experience and a roster of A-list clients including Sony Music, Colgate-Palmolive, Essence and Cosmopolitan, Keith has achieved his childhood dreams and established a sterling reputation as one of New York’s most talented and productive commercial photographers.
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