B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

nd-1986-MAY

In May 1986, conspicuous consumption was the order of the day. Our editors created a package that spoke to the aspirations of our readers: Affording the good life. But don’t mistake our coverage for the wanton extravagance shown on the popular ‘80s program, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. We revealed how black families could live extremely well on their household incomes as well as how professionals can gain life-enhancing perks through their jobs. That issue’s Publisher’s Page summed up our approach: “In order to gain greater fiscal freedom, one must create clear-cut objectives and concrete, long-term strategies. The first step in the process is making an investment in yourself.”

In May 1986, conspicuous consumption was the order of the day. Our editors created a…