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28 Days of Black History: Day 1

Black people have made strides in every arena and industry.  In February we like to celebrate our ‘firsts.’ For Day 1 we’re celebrating the firsts black women to prove that men thing ALL women are sexy.

 

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Jennifer Jackson was the first African-American to appear in Playboy magazine.  As part of my wedding present to my husband I got him a smoking jacket, monogrammed whisky decanter and the Playboy magazine that featured Jennifer Jackson.

 

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Jean Bell was the first African-American to appear on the cover (with four other models) (1970).  Jean also had a successful acting career.  She appeared in Playboy several times, the last time in the 1979 pictorial “Playmates Forever.”

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Darine Stern was the first African-American to appear on the cover alone (1971).  Darine went on to become a highly coveted model and was represented by Ford Models, Nina Blanchard, Ellen Hart and Shirley Hamilton of Chicago.  Her famous cover has been played tribute by the likes of Marge Simpson.

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Renee Tenison was the first black Playboy Playmate of the Year (1990). Renee is also a model and a successful television actress.

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Lo Brewer is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she received a BA for her major in Journalism & Media Studies. She started her career in ad sales and corporate training and worked in media for over a decade at Viacom and Fox Networks. But in 2015, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career that revolved around her two greatest passions, writing and crafting. Soon she was writing for several websites as an entertainment, fashion and music expert. She also launched a small business creating felt crafts and Ankara clothing and home goods through Etsy. Lo is a Jersey Girl (in a Cali world), a self-professed pop culture idiot savant, a homebody, a hardcore crafter, a lover of all things retro & vintage, a thrift shopoholic, and an all-around silly MF. In addition to being a celebriologist and DIY demon, she is also a novelist. Her first, The Semester, was published in 2013. She hopes to publish her second book, The Apartment, in the upcoming year.