Vibe magazine seems to be rapidly rising from its proverbial ashes with new owners, who this week announced that Jermaine Hall will helm the resurrected title. A native of St. Lucia, raised in Queens, Hall is the former editor-in-chief of King magazine, and previously served stints as a music editor of The Source, and a webmaster of Vibe. He will now serve as the editor-in-chief of Vibe and its website. "I've always been very confident about anything dealing with editorial, so I'm definitely not intimidated," the Iona College graduate told the website mediaite. "I'm very excited. I love all the eras of Vibe but one of my favorite eras is Alan Light's tenure [1994-1997] - the book was at its broadest during that time. I'm looking to recapture that feel, but bring it up to date." The Quincy Jones-founded urban music magazine shuttered in June, after 16 years of publication, when its previous owners could not find new buyers or restructure the company's debt. It was bought earlier this month by InterMedia Partners, a private equity fund and now is managed by the Vibe Lifestyle Network, led by Vibe's original business leaders Robert Miller and Leonard Burnett and Uptown magazine co-founder Brett Wright. A new issue is planned for November/December.
*****It's time to pay Ola Ray. Or that's what she says. The original music video girl, who starred in Michael Jackson's seminal 'Thriller' video and appeared in its best-selling 'Making Of' home video, is seeking unpaid royalties for her work from 25 years ago. Ray's attorney filed Los Angeles court documents stating she is a creditor to the singer's estate and is owed an undetermined amount of money.
The actress, whose most recent "acting" credit dates back to 1987, sued Jackson in April, claiming he had failed to pay her royalties that she was due for the past four years. That suit, and two others filed by the video's director John Landis, remains unresolved.
According to reports, one of Landis' lawsuits claimed he also hadn't been paid royalties on the "Thriller" video for several years.
When Jackson died in June, the St. Louis native – who has a Grammy Award in her possession (that she accepted on his behalf) made the media rounds. "I am freaking out, I can't believe that he is gone," she said. "He was my hero as well as my mentor. And I really respected him as an entertainer and we made history together, and he will always be the best." Now she's listed as one of the creditors of his estate.
*****Now that Chris Brown has been officially sentenced and ordered to stay away from Rihanna for five years, his mother is speaking out – in the name of Jesus. "I just want to say from the bottom of my heart thank you for your continued support. I'm sorry I wasn't allowed to speak to anyone as this case was ongoing," Joyce Hawkins wrote on her son's official web site TheChrisBrownFanClub.com. "I made a promise. I would never be ashamed of him no matter where I am or who I talk to. You see this whole thing isn't about Chris, it's about God. He wants to show all of you the goodness of him through Chris. Chris will be addressing all of his fans very soon. We love you so much and so does God." During an interview last year on 'The Tyra Banks Show,' Brown revealed he witnessed his mother being physically abused by her spouse.
*****LaToya Jackson will not be doing 'Dancing with the Stars' (as previously rumored in the press), but will be spread like butter on other ABC-affiliated shows. This week, the network announced that the best-selling author and former Playboy magazine cover girl will guest co-host 'The View' on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18. The woman comedian Paul Mooney once referred to as "La Dangerous" will also sit down with Barbara Walters for a one-on-one interview on the network's newsmagazine '20/20,' scheduled to air on Sept. 11. She will discuss her relationship with late brother Michael Jackson and to explain for her belief that he was murdered.