Harry Allen on the Death of VIBE


Harry Allen, Hip Hop activist and writer for The Source, The Village Voice, and other publications, has a touching and insightful piece about the death of VIBE magazine on his blog Media Assassin.

Allen, who was a freelance writer for VIBE for over a decade, describes his final visit to the magazine’s headquarters as they shut down, and looks back on the magazine’s triumphs as well as its flaws in “My Final Visit as VIBE Flatlines.”

Isaac Fitzgerald has been a firefighter, worked on a boat, and was once given a sword by a king, thereby accomplishing three out of five of his childhood goals. Formerly of The Rumpus and McSweeney’s and most recently the founding editor of BuzzFeed Books, Isaac is now the co-host of BuzzFeed News’ Twitter Morning Show, #AMtoDM. He also appears frequently on The Today Show to talk books, and is co-author of Pen & Ink: Tattoos and the Stories Behind Them and Knives & Ink: Chefs and the Stories Behind Their Tattoos (with Recipes) (winner of an IACP award), and the author of a YA novel and picture book forthcoming from Bloomsbury. He uses Twitter. More from this author →