EBONY magazine unveils its October/November 2018 issue, featuring SEN. KAMALA HARRIS (D-CALIF.), ATLANTA MAYOR KEISHA LANCE BOTTOMS and SEN. CORY BOOKER (D-NJ) on the cover. In an EBONY exclusive, the three Black elected officials share intimate stories about their paths to politics, what they hope their personal legacies will be one day and much more, including fun topics such as diet choices and their definitions of “woke.”

“It’s about being alert, it’s about being informed and it’s about being active. It’s also about understanding that we come with people, and we have a responsibility to lift up others as we have been lifted,” says Harris.

In addition to the cover story, this issue also features a retrospective look at the Black Panthers and the Civil Rights Movement. Readers will also find a guide to fall beauty and fashion trends; actress Zoe Saldana shares her skin and beauty secrets; and our fitness roundup is filled with professional tips for men of all ages who are ready to get in shape. Nappily Ever After star Sanaa Lathan dishes on being content with herself and her career. Last, we pay a final tribute to Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, a longtime friend to and extended member of the EBONY family.

“With all that America—particularly Black America—has endured during President Trump’s two years in office, it seemed like the perfect time to celebrate and showcase Black elected officials who have high hopes and big plans for this country. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, liberal or conservative, times are serious, but it’s political powerhouses such as Sen. Kamala Harris, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Sen. Cory Booker who can and will turn bleak times into bright futures,” says EBONY Media Operations Chairman Emeritus Linda Johnson Rice. “This issue also pays a final tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The EBONY family and I will miss her and her music for years to come.”

Get the October/November 2018 digital edition of EBONY via Texture, Google Play, Apple iTunes and Kindle September 25 and on newsstands October 16. For more with HarrisBottoms and Booker plus behind-the-scenes content, visit ebony.com/InsideEbony.