The Glamazons just learned that Vibe Magazine and Vibe.com named a new editor-in-chief, Jermaine Hall. We were saddened to have lost such a staple of our culture and are thrilled to see it come back to life! Via NYtimes.com:
The rapid resurrection of Vibe magazine continues: on Monday the new owners of the revived hip-hop and R&B magazine said that they had chosen Jermaine Hall as the editor in chief of Vibe and its Web site, vibe.com. Mr. Hall has previously served as the editor in chief of King magazine, a monthly title geared towards African-American men which ceased publication earlier this year. He was also music editor at the rap music magazine The Source and the webmaster at Vibe. [Click the above NYTimes.com link for more]
Hmm…should be interesting to see what Vibe Magazine will be like under new ownership and with a new EIC at the helm.
The Glamazons are devastated by news that Vibe Magazine, a publication with it’s imprint on the pulse of hip hop, is no longer running. As readers, subscribers and lovers of everything Vibe, we feel the void. We haven’t been this upset since Suede Magazine folded. On top of the edgy fashion spreads, the political essays, the artists who got their first taste of exposure (when no one else would cover them) and the genius 20 Questions franchise, we lost the very first platform for our music, when it was considered a passing fad by the mainstream. Around the age of 7, in 1992, when I was seduced by this alluring music form, scratch that, lifestyle called hip-hop, Vibe was my handbook. Now, sixteen years later, we’ve lost a staple of our adolescence, our voice and our culture that will never be forgotten or replaced. RIP
RIP Vibe Magazine, the voice of our culture before it was cool to like hip-hop!