Essence editor Michaela Angela Davis, activist Kevin Powell, vice president of BET public relations Michael Lewellen, vice president of TVT Records A&R department Brian Leach and MC Lyte were on hand at the recent Take Back The Music campaign conference from Essence magazine and Spelman College.
The image of black women in hip hop served as the topic, as audience members on the Spelman campus peppered the panelists with questions.
"It was most heated and most uncomfortable for those representing the [record] companies. Lewellen and Leach received the most fire from the audience," Davis told the “New York Daily News.” "These women are in pain and are confused. One woman asked, 'What did we do to make you all seemingly hate us so much?' There was a great silence, and a feeling of collective pain filled the air."
*Meanwhile; “Vibe” magazine is launching its new feminine side, “Vibe Vixen,” a 425,000-circ beauty, fashion and lifestyle book to be published twice this year, via spring and fall issues. "Vibe Vixen" editor in chief Mimi Valdés calls it: “A girly version of what the ladies love about Vibe.”
Ciara graces the cover of the 138-page first issue, which also features the front-of-the-book sections Start, a capsule of snippets about the culture and personalities, and Crave, an 18-page shopping guide featuring the hottest in fashion, makeup and jewelry. Features include the Ciara cover story and a piece on the history of hair weaves.