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  1. July 29, 2007 9:33 am


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    Presidential Hopeful SENATOR BARACK OBAMA Headlines VIBE’s
    14th Anniversary September Issue

    VIBE’s NEW POWER GENERATION INCLUDES: NBA star Greg Oden, music producer Mark Ronson, High School Musical 2’s Corbin Bleu, rapper Young Dro, actor Marisol Nichols, and American Idol Jordin Sparks

    PLUS: Oprah on Hip Hop


    “For the first time in VIBE’s 14-year history, a political figure graces our cover,” says editor-in-chief Danyel Smith in her Editor’s Letter. “It’s time.” In the exclusive interview — by American Book Award-winning author Jeff Chang — Obama and those closest to him open up about personal sacrifice, his teen years in Hawai’i, the Don Imus backlash against hip hop, and being “black enough.” The two cover images were photographed exclusively for VIBE by renowned lensman Terry Richardson.

    From environmentalists to actors to rappers to singers to bloggers, VIBE celebrates those who are continually raising the bar. Including: Friday Night Lights’ Gaius Charles, The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore, Dior artistic director Kris Van Assche, Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton, environmental activist Majora Carter, Rescue Me’s Daniel Sunjata, and Survivor champion/CNN correspondent Yul Kwon.

    VIBE presents an exclusive excerpt from THE VIBE Q: RAW AND UNCUT (Vibe Books/Kensington), a collection of classic interviews, during which Oprah reveals her favorite songs and true thoughts on rap music.

    ELSEWHERE IN THE ISSUE: American Idol’s Simon Cowell on his new protégé Leona Lewis. Russell Simmons on why he never should have gone on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Conservative African-American thinker James McWhorter on why hip hop is “lazy.” Also, the rapper Eve’s excellent new album. Rappers on reality TV, the hot trend that might be bad for hip hop. Plus: L.A. Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa on the presidential election, Minister Louis Farrakhan on the plight of black America, Pulitzer Prize-winner Cynthia Tucker on election reform, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on the importance of education in the next election.

    VIBE Media Group, an affiliate of The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C., is a leading music/lifestyle media company that publishes the award-winning VIBE magazine, the preeminent brand in urban and music culture, which was founded by Quincy Jones in 1993. Additional VIBE Media Group properties include;; Comcast’s VIBE video-on-demand channel; the VIBE Awards, and the wireless content service mVibe.

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  2. August 5, 2007 9:04 am

    I have visited your site 927-times

  3. February 28, 2008 11:22 pm

    Hello. I am writing to ask for your help with a survey which is part of my dissertation project. I was wondering if you would be willing to post a link to the survey on your blog? Your help would be greatly appreciated, and I think you and your readers would be ideal candidates for the survey.

    The survey is about people’s reactions to the presidential candidates in the upcoming election

    If you are willing to help, please post the following information:

    The purpose of this survey is to examine how people think and feel about the political issues, parties, and candidates in the upcoming election. In the survey, you will be asked a series of questions about two political candidates, John McCain and Hillary Clinton. We are very interested in how individuals that find information on the web think about politics, and your participation would be greatly appreciated. In total, the survey should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey is completely anonymous and you can skip any questions you do not wish to answer.

    Click here to take the survey:

    Please feel free to contact Chris Weber ( at Stony Brook University with any questions or concerns. Thanks for your help!


    If you don’t mind, please do not post any additional information, such as your impressions of the survey, and please disable comments about the survey. This way, people can take the survey without biasing the responses of other participants.

    I hope you are willing to help by taking the survey yourself and asking your readers to get involved. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you,

    Chris Weber
    PhD Candidate
    Stony Brook University

    Stanley Feldman
    Department of Political Science

  4. March 4, 2008 11:45 pm


  5. August 23, 2009 7:19 am

    It’s hard enough to keep a secret without telling a lie, but when you’re married it’s almost impossible. In Secrets and Lies, Jonah and Faith Morgan’s marriage is collapsing under the weight of both. Can Faith keep the “faith” after Jonah’s accused of the unthinkable? Against the backdrop of old memories, new enemies, and a plot for revenge you’ll find out just how much a couple can take when the heat is turned up.


    My name is Rhonda McKnight. My debut novel, Secrets and Lies will be released on November 24, 2009 with Kensington Publishers. I would love to introduce myself and my novel to your readers. I am a fellow blogger. My blog address is I am planning a blog tour for the week of November 22nd. I’m seeking interview opportunities or posts on blogs that will announce my novel to readers during the week it’s released.

    The issues and themes in the novel are trust, communication, and forgiveness. It also deals addresses social issues related to pediatric heart disease and organ donation in the African-American community.

    I would love to pose a question to this question to your readers: “Are secrets okay in marriage? Ever. Why or why not?” I think it could generate some great discussion and make the tour more interesting. I’ll also be giving away prizes during several drawings at the end of the tour.

    My website is and I may be reached at

    Thank you advance for your consideration.


    Rhonda McKnight

  6. February 27, 2011 8:32 am

    Hi there!
    First if ‘I’ start my communication to you and I share the fact that I’m white (excluding the National Geographic Study that – knew in my heart since five years of age – but whose scientific studies show we ARE ALL FROM THE SAME LINEAGE but white men just don’t seem to get this ‘fact’, da!!) will ‘you’ judge me? I hope not.

    I totally respect your views on the report banging (having supposed sexual relations) with the Chief of Police. Why? Because when the Thomas Monfils murder took place in Green Bay, WI in November of 1992, the Chief of Police was doing the same thing with one of the nine-one-one operators wheno Mr. Thomas Monfils called in to try to save his own life by going up against Wisconsin’s ‘open records laws’ which (legally/not ethicallally) allowed the Green Bay Police Department to release the tapes/phone).

    Now, here’s the same ethical question. Would his judgement, the Chief of Police, had been different had he not been distracted by his extramarital affairs?

    Now, I have been exposed to ethnic issue since I was about 3 or 4 years of age having had my first crush on a young beau of the same age. My great grandmother sold his paternal grandparents an acre of land right behind her land on Main Street, WI. That’s about when we both met in 1963/64. We were best friends. He told me stories about his mother from Ethliopia. He said that his father was stationed there in teh armed services. I cared for him so much. Another young girl of my same age also fell in love with him and he dated her later in high school. I do not not know what happened to her. I know she died. I know she loved him. I did too.

    My grandmother and her son said that I couldn’t communicate with him after my having shared with them the stories that he had shared with me as a child. The stories of Ethiopia that his mother had shared with him. My grandparents told me I could no longer communicate with him. I was heart broken. He was my best friend and pal. His color was not the only thing that my paternal family didn’t like about the orginating founders of East Troy, WI. There was a good girlfriend about two years younger than me who always played outside games like ‘Simple Simon’, ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey’ and other silly games of the by gone era. But when I noticed her father with a Kippah or yarmulke I asked my girlfriend what that was upon her father’s head. She explained what she knew it as, a skull cap and perhaps should have been taught not to use this terminology so close after the WWII issues.

    Either way, my great grandmother didn’t want me to visit with her. I truly loved her like a little sister. What’s more is her father, mother, eldest brother, here and the rest of the family were ‘more’ my family members than my ‘own’ blood. This can be scoffed at but the truth is the truth!

    We are in a Country that has issues that cannot even deal with our own continental racist issues let alone the Middle East. Compassion and love is the absolutely ONLY thing what will keep us all safe, happy and peaceful!

  7. February 27, 2011 8:48 am

    ‘Just a Dude’,
    I need your help. Please contact me via e-mail:

    I need your advice on how to proceed on my ‘heart’s quest’. There is not a person on this Continent that understands what I’ve been through with the fight (peaceful progress positive quest) to assist me to resolve/help other women in this state of Wisconsin who have experienced injustice.

    If I’m ignorant to the ‘popular view’ of which states are racist and which ones are not I am to the popular view or consensus, ok.

    I will wait wait for your communication.

    1/15/1960 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We have all reached an apex of the heart when it comes to the ‘African American/Black’ issue. Gosh, we all know that. F….I knew this years, and years and years ago. OK.

    The CONFLICTS of this WORLD are not the issue. I do agree that when things get tough the stupid old dudes and isolated rural people are a bit more judgmental Pl. I do understand the differences of levels of everything for years since I was sixteen years of age.

    Please (hell, no..I won’t beg nor should you…right!!) my statements herein are not allowed to be reprinted and meant for the owner of this blog. Although I agree with many issues of this bloggers issues, comments, legal views, political views and comments, I stand behind the First Amendment of the United States to express my views.

    God Bless The United States of America

  8. February 27, 2011 8:49 am

    Let’s chat with the Author!!!

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