A Very Merry Black Santa Christmas from Jet Magazine!
Long before FOX News host Megyn Kelly declared it a “historical fact” that Santa Claus was a Caucasian man, Jet magazine was running an annual black Santa cover, featuring noted music and comedy celebrities. Here are 10 of our favorites, with cover appearances by Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Sherman Hemsley, Esther Rolle, Richard Pryor, and more.
And while you’re looking at these covers, take a listen to the classic recording of “Santa Claus Is a Black Man,” by Akim and the Teddy Vann Production Company.
(Above): Marvin Gaye, December 30, 1976
James Brown, December 26, 1968
Redd Foxx, December 27, 1973
Esther Rolle, December 26, 1974
Soul Santa: A Merry Black Christmas Season!
Richard Pryor, December 29, 1977
Sherman Hemsley, January 1, 1976
Emmanuel Lewis, December 31, 1985
Black Santa, December 31, 1970
Bill Cosby, December 30, 1986