EBONY has unveiled their March 2017 cover and the star of WGN America’s hit series Underground, Jurnee Smollett-Bell is the issue’s spotlight! The 30-year-old actress chatted with EBONY about activism, the hit civil war drama, and Hollywood’s colorism.

“There are obstacles and challenges that my dark-skinned sisters face that I will never know,” Smollett-Bell, mused. “How they are perceived when they walk in the room of strangers is something I will never truly know. I would be ignorant to say colorism doesn’t exist, it’s gross and disgusting.”

In honor of Women’s History Month, EBONY’s March issue is devoted to uplifting Black women. EBONY Editor-in-Chief and Senior Vice President, Head of Editorial, Kyra Kyles stressed the issues importance, noting, “It is no exaggeration when we talk about Black Girl Magic. Black women truly hold our community together. It is an honor to be able to celebrate ‘us’ in this issue.”

The March 2017 Issue highlights include:

  • EBONY Beauty Innovation Awards—In our annual and acclaimed “it” list, EBONY highlights the latest
    game-changing products and tools you’ll want to try
  • A Silent War: The battle between Black women and fibroids
  • Women’s Work: Movers, shakers, waymakers—Call it the takeover by 20 brilliant enterprising women who are
    industry leaders and waymakers, which include U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris , newswoman Soledad O’Brien , White
    House Champion for Change awardee Kathryn Finney, ESPN’s Jemele Hill
  • In Our Cities: EBONY’s original new multimedia series heads west to the City of Angels for some California
    love—the cinematic shoot-outs of gang wars of the ’90s are a thing of the past. Today, Los Angeles is considered
    one of the safest cities in the United States and we give a nuanced and real view of the Black folks who make it
  • Culinary Queens—These kitchen warriors are reclaiming the game for the sisters

The March 2017 issue of EBONY is coming to a newsstand near you. Make sure to watch behind-the-scenes video of Smollet-Bell on Ebony.com and check out the cover photo below!