“Joi’s recorded performances embodied all the funkiness my little soul had been waiting for.”
An economic downturn in 2008 shuttered numerous publications and further marginalized people of color in an already minimally integrated industry. But in the 90’s and early-aughts, multicultural publications flourished, providing an alternative model for journalism that bears remembering.
Hip-hop was a different kind of music that needed a different kind of writer to cover it. This is how Michael A. Gonzales came of age in a time when Black writers began breaking the white ceiling.
From its first issue in 1993, Vibe magazine reflected the “multicultural mainstream.”