Vibe magazine was one the most influential publication for me. In fact it was because of Vibe Magazine that I majored in photography and started doing editorial. As I got older, got a bit of experience and was exposed to more stuff my directives changed abit. None the less it was the very first magazine that I had a subscription too and greatly helped to shape my visual language...ya'll remember the illustration issue that they would put out every year? I must admit It's been a while since I've been excited about a Vibe issue, but as a 12 yr old kid all I needed was some Sanrio stickers and a Vibe mag and I was good to go. It's sad to see that Vibe is no more...though I feel a lot better about the closing of Vibe than I did of Missbehave. Guess I just understand where Vibe is coming from, making mags is expensive and in some ways an obsolete media outlet. It's wild to think that the internets has killed so many of my photo editorial inspirations. Over the weekend I went mag shopping. I use to go once a month but over the years it's been greatly reduced due to the fact that I'm no longer looking to be introduced to new things through magazines, it's more about layout, images and collection of articles and or stories. I find that I enjoy Colors alot more than any of my teen faves due to the fact that its beatifully done and just talks about people...not celebrities...just people. While I'm pouring out liquor for dead mags I'll give a big ups to Ego Trip, and Suede ...and pray that Frank and Trace mags can survive as print publications.
Dear Samantha Wow, when I heard that Missbehave would be no more I was very disappointed. From an outsider and fan perspective It's very sad to see such a unique magazine just fall by the way side. From a business owner and editorial contributor perspective, I understand that running a company is no small feat and I commend you on your achievements with Missbehave. Perspectives and life directives change, but I can't help but wonder why Missbehave wasn't sold, or put under new editorial guidance. I think that the mag and online presence could have flourished under the right direction and allowed you to concentrate on your family. One of the most disappointing aspects of Missbehave's closure is that so many people non 'visible minorities' (for lack of better wording) capitalize and gain notoriety on urban culture as a trend. If they are smart enough to do it and have the gusto to pursue than I guess they deserve it, but at the end of the day as a non-white female I don't really have the option of dropping the 'urban' side of me because I started a family. Guess it's just a placed persona and not a chosen one. In no way am I trying to get all up in your personal business nor turn this into a white/ black thing. I don't think it's as binary as that. I'm just bringing it up based on the hegemony of urban magazine editors in relation to their respective media content. Personally I would have been thrilled to assist in any ethical transition that the magazine would have needed to continue. You don't owe me nor anyone an explanation and ultimately, I respect your decision on the matter. For what it's worth I'm thrilled that the mag existed and I'm sure it's made way for more innovative media outlets in the same vein.