Search engines state that Billy Eckstine was the first African American Singer to appear on the cover of Life Magazine April 24, 1950. Is this true?My research clearly shows that Billy Eckstine is...

Search engines state that Billy Eckstine was the first African American Singer to appear on the cover of Life Magazine April 24, 1950. Is this true?

My research clearly shows that Billy Eckstine is not on the cover of life (April 24, 1950).  Maggie Macnamara is on that cover and Billy Eckstine is discussed inside the issue (page 101, I believe).  Is this a gross error on Google's part? Not only Google but a Bio of Eckstine states the same thing.  It simply appears not to be true.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I wish that every student who has ever used a search engine or a web site for information would read your question.  The sad truth is that the World Wide Web is full of disinformation and you seem to have uncovered another error in the stock of information.  Perhaps Billy Eckstine was the first African American singer to appear on the cover of Life Magazine but at a different time or specific date. Perhaps there was a singer named Billy Epstine which unfortunately does happen. Often, information requires meticulous research to verify a rumor or  a theory.  The web does not always do that and what results is the misinformation you have found which gets repeated so often that it becomes "fact".  Remember what you have discovered, and when doing research, don't depend only on the internet for your information.  Stick with the most reliable sites and verify your most important details.

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