Datwon Thomas a Brooklyn, New York native, is an ex-Air Force brat who has lived in Japan and New Mexico. He believes his many travels abroad has helped shape his rounded perspective on urban/ pop culture. Datwon is the oldest of seven and resides in Queens, NY, with his wife and three young daughters.
Starting his career as an intern for VIBE Magazine, Datwon later made his way to leading hip-hop publication XXL Magazine. After laying a solid foundation as an accomplished music editor for XXL, he moved on to become the Founder and Editorial Director of KING Magazine, the fastest growing men’s lifestyle magazine in the country. In addition, Datwon was Editorial Director of RIDES Magazine, the fastest growing urban-market car magazine in the country and later became the Editor-in-Chief of XXL Magazine, the number one newsstand music magazine in the country. In full circle style, after being the COO/EIC of Russell Simmons’ multicultural entertainment website, GlobalGrind.com, Datwon is now the Editor-In-Chief at the very place that introduced him to the entertainment industry, VIBE Magazine.
February 20th, 2019 | Season 1 | 1 hr 12 mins
critics, journalist, okayplayer, rolling stone, vibe
In this era of music streaming, corporate interests, and brand dominance, we take an uncomfortable look at the role of music journalism in the digital age. Guest-Snob and Vibe Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Datwon Thomas, joins us to ask some important questions. Is genuine music criticism still alive?