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Celebrities Play Telephone for VF's Africa Issue

Celebrities Play Telephone for VF's Africa Issue

Bono was the guest editor for a very special July Issue of Vanity Fair and the topic at hand was Africa. Bono rallied his buddies, ranging from George Clooney to Jay-Z to President Bush to pose for twenty different covers which can be arranged in order to show them spreading the message by whispering in each other's ears. The idea for the issue came from Bono, who has been a huge philanthropist - specifically for Africa - for many years. He acted has a guest editor on the issue to help spread awareness and tell a story, saying, "It was my idea. I think if I wasn't a singer in a band, I probably would have been a journalist. I said I want to do an issue about Africa where the sense is Africa: an opportunity, Africa: an adventure," he said. "Not just a burden, which is the way people normally see it." These covers have definitely already caught our attention and we can only hope that the masses will follow suit to help spread Bono's important message around the world.

To check out all 20 covers and read more about the issue, just click here.

Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
What did Margaret Mead say, "A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." This is a step forward, good job Bono and to all the other people who has contributed.
Joanna Joanna 10 years
I really wish that Bono had talked to the people, the doctors, teachers, nurses and others that are actually in Africa working with the people. They are the ones doing the work and making a huge difference. Money will help but if it is used in the right way it isn't near as effect. I would like to see what it is all being used for and what difference it is making in the over all picture. I know that Oprah has her school but she is running it, Madona has a type of day care and went over to check on it but other than that what is being done......
DulceSkye DulceSkye 10 years
I love all the covers! Some of the quotes actually made me teary-eyed. I even have a new respect for Jay-Z, an artist who used to sicken me.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Millzee noone said he's all talk so you can stop with the cps, go back and re-read the posts. Then maybe you will see the point that I'm making. And no-one is mad with the magazine I just find it all a little pointless, I think they are missing the point as will most people. Seeing all these faces on the cover eclipses what they are even talking about which is Africa, a map of Africa with faces of various non-celebs would have been cool as well, I think.would have done just the same to attract attention. In the 80s it was feed Ethiopia, in the 90s it was OMG Bosnia, now it's Darfur, it's just another fad, this interest in Africa and that is what I feel without having to resort to caps lock.
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
I want to see all the covers laid out in order.
krisua krisua 10 years
Bono is cool.
dauphin dauphin 10 years
I checked out the Gap clothing for the RED campaign, and almost everything is made in CHINA, only a few shirts are made in SOUTH AFRICA. That's the problem it's all for show and not enough business and trade actually involving Africans. People need the ability to help themselves and stop being viewed as charity or tourism. Also I think TUTU is someone who could have guest edited that instead of BONO. He just bugs me...as kind of self congratulatory and ok he's been to AFRICA, big deal so have a lot of people
woodycakes woodycakes 10 years
that's a lot of covers. i like how there's a pattern for the covers.
jmast jmast 10 years
Chris Rock's and Warren Buffet's cover made me laugh! Too cute.
millzee millzee 10 years
WRITTEN BY BONO: Let me explain what I'm doing here, and there. By "there," I don't mean my day job as singer with Irish postpunk combo U2. By "there," I mean data—the organization which campaigns on debt, aids, and trade in Africa. By "there," I mean the One Campaign—which is becoming like the National Rifle Association in its firepower, but acts in the interests of the world's poor. By "there," I mean (Product) Red—which piggybacks the excitement and energy of the commercial world to buy lifesaving aids drugs for Africans who cannot afford them. And by "there," I mean Edun—the missus's clothing line that wants to inject some dignity through doing business with the continent where every street corner boasts an entrepreneur. These all relate to the same place and the same idea: that Africa is the proving ground for whether or not we really believe in equality. THAT IS WHAT AN IRISHMAN KNOWS ABOUT AFRICA! THOSE ARE ALL HIS ORGANIZATIONS WORKING TO HELP AFRICA AND AFRICANS. HE'S NOT ALL TALK.
Stacy14878746 Stacy14878746 10 years
I love the covers except Dubya. Yuck.
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
Good Point raptinrainbows! :)
raptinrainbows raptinrainbows 10 years
good grief. you're asking a lot of a COMMERCIAL U.S. GENERAL INTEREST MAGAZINE. vanity fair isn't mother jones or the utne reader. it's around essentially to make money. it's primary audience is a U.S. one. to make money in the united states, it has to keep its audience base as wide as possible. sure, it tackles serious issues, but never without losing focus of these essential points. i was on the fence about this issue as well, especially these covers, but am not getting my knickers in a twist about it because i understand the reality of the magazine industry. if you want to get mad at somebody, get mad at the U.S. audience that would walk right by a cover with your average doctor, homemaker, school teacher, clerk, aid worker WITHOUT MISSING A STEP. those covers don't sell. these covers do. if you want people to step inside and actually read the articles and maybe start educating themselves a little, then these are the covers you need. do we even know what the stories are?
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
What has Muhammed Ali done in th past couple yrs to be on there? Just askin :)
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
Exactly! Damn i mean... GW Bush is on there, but not Mandela... Mandela is my personal hero... An an inspiration to millions...
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
Nelson doesn't do much since his cancer. Tutu is still up in people's faces talking about injustice.
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
I know I am so excited. Except its going to be hot as he** at the end of June/July. Plus I am missing the first water ski tournament this summer. :( Oh well, I will be laying out and working my tan while I am sipping on margaritas LEGALLY!
tati33 tati33 10 years
i agreee what about Nelson Mandela?! he should have been part of the cover!
tati33 tati33 10 years
love2ski - whopeeee! exciting..love florida!
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
Nah its cool tatti33, lol :D
tiabia tiabia 10 years
I don't think the celebrities bring chaos, but they definitely do dumb down the problems. Ask any random person in a "Save Darfur" shirt to tell you about Sudan, I can almost guarantee they won't have the slightest idea of what your talking about.
ilove2ski ilove2ski 10 years
Thanks your so sweet! I am wearing a crown at my party! :)
Karma-Co Karma-Co 10 years
Oh just wanna add, i'm glad to see Desmond Tutu on the cover... He's an inspiration... Shouldn't they have had Madiba (Nelson Mandela) on there 2? U know.. inspirational African leaders, just like Tutu... :?
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 10 years
I wish you all the fabulousness in the world for your 21st it'sone of the few days you can be a diva.
tati33 tati33 10 years
yea..carmeloh..native was the only word that could come to mind..thinking in my head in spanish..anyway you know what i mean... hahaha!
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