EBONY magazine unveils its annual Travel issue, featuring GABRIELLE UNION on the cover. In the accompanying exclusive interview, EBONY has an intimate conversation with the actress and best-selling author who details what it’s like being married to her younger man, NBA superstar Dwayne Wade; the exit from her hit BET show Being Mary Jane and the lawsuit against the network that soon followed. The star also talks about navigating motherhood, and her evolution in her personal and professional lives despite her lingering fears.

“It’s not human to not have fears … I can use my fear much more constructively now. It doesn’t freeze me. I’m not immobile anymore … I’ve evolved,” says Union.

In addition to the cover story, the Travel issue also features destinations for Black travelers and how to pack like a pro as well as an in-depth look at this year’s EBONY HBCU Queens—these top 10 ladies have demonstrated the ability to inspire, lead and give back to their communities. Readers will also find a mother who is fighting for gun control laws; a gift guide for Mother’s Day and a retrospective look at the life of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and how America still honors his legacy.

“Spring has officially sprung and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than by cozying up and flipping through the pages of the EBONY Travel issue,” says Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of EBONY Media Operations. Whether you’re looking to plan your summer travel with our ‘Bucket List for Black Travelers’ guide, shopping for the perfect Mother’s Day gift or just in need of a moment of reflection as this issue remembers iconic figures of the Black community, the Travel issue has something for everyone.”

Get the April/May 2018 digital edition of EBONY on Texture, Google Play, Apple iTunes and Kindle on April 12. For more with Union and behind-the-scenes content, be sure to visit ebony.com/InsideEbony.