The cover features the Butler costars Oprah Winfrey and Forest Whitaker; 12 Years a Slave leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor; and Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan.

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Inside the mag, which Essence has designated a collector’s issue, the actors open up about how they approached each of their powerful roles, if Hollywood is finally welcoming of Black folks, and what they think the supposed “year of Black film” actually means.

This hits newsstands February 10th!