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When I was younger, Vibe Magazine was the holy grail for me when it came to music, lifestyle and fashion.  Every month, like clock work I would run to the mailbox to retrieve my copy and spend hours reading it in my bedroom. Vibe also featured articles by writers that I admired. Aliya King and Dream Hampton, to name just two. But when digital hit, the magazine took a turn. And some say not for the good.  The magazine went from being the epitome of  hip-hop culture, to trying to find its niche in a changing publishing market.

Last night, Vibe‘s twitter account took a turn towards the “sexy” with its NSFW question and answer tweet-a-thon moderated by radio personality Angela Yee. Here’s just a sampling of what happened:

 

 

 

Not everyone enjoyed the late night sex talk either. My friend, Huny, a former Vibe employee expressed her sentiments.

 

As did writer, Dream Hampton.

 

Would I expect this type of late-night talk from Cosmopolitan? Sure. Vibe? Not exactly.

Do you think Vibe’s sex-tweet-athon tainted their brand? 

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  • We have to create spaces where we are allowed to talk about these things. Whenever we see or hear things that portray a negative side of black people we want to either get rid of that source or change it. Both approaches are wrong. THe most effective would be for us to start creating more positive images to push out there. If you look at mainstream media aka “white america” they have all kind of trashy garbage content out there because there’s no negative consequence to it. Black people understandably constantly worry about the judgement and scrutiny our brothers and sisters will face which is why we are always trying to edit sources. We can’t allow them to do this to us. Trying to change “rap” or keep magazines from talking about “inappropriate” things on twitter is simply playing the game that was meant for us all these years. IF we allow perception to control our content we’ll simply be “Niggers that need white approval” excuse my language. So my solution would be to promote the shows and magazines that shed a positive light on our community. This way it creates a balance which will help our children see the entirety of humanity. So while I don’t agree that vibe magazine should have done this somebody else needs to. A balance is what we need!