rebuilding roads

Further to the news of the "shut down" of VIBE magazine, news has come that Quincy Jones plans to buy back the magazine and publish it online...

Vibe magazine founder Quincy Jones is distraught over the news that the famous hip-hop publication today shuttered its doors. Though no longer the owner, he did not anticipate this sudden demise, and he says he’s going to bring it back to life – albeit in a slightly different way.
“I’m trying to buy my magazine back now,” Jones told EbonyJet.com just moments ago during a telephone call to Jones’ London abode. “They just messed my magazine all up, but I’m gonna get it back. You better believe it, I’m’a take it online because print and all that stuff is over.”
Jones created Vibe in 1993. It soon became the voice of urban youth, showcasing hip-hop and R&B artists in a way that older, more staid publications would not. Many described Vibe as a black Rolling Stone, but perhaps bigger. Amongst the publication’s famous covers were those featuring hip hop giants placing hip hop giants 2pac and the Notorious B.I.G. The magazine’s last cover featured Eminem.
Vibe was purchased by Wicks Media Group in 2006. In February of this year staff were told they would have slashed salaries, a four-day workday and that the company would only publish 10 issues in 2010 in order to save money. But that wasn’t enough. At around 2 p.m. CST, the Internet flooded with news, care of gawker.com, that the company was folding. Moments later, according to Gawker, Vibe editor-in-chief Danyel Smith issued the following statement: On behalf the VIBE CONTENT staff (the best in this business), it is with great sadness, and with heads held high, that we leave the building today. We were assigning and editing a Michael Jackson tribute issue when we got the news. It's a tragic week in overall, but as the doors of VIBE Media Group close, on the eve of the magazine's sixteenth anniversary, it's a sad day for music, for hip hop in particular, and for the millions of readers and users who have loved and who continue to love the VIBE brand. We thank you, we have served you with joy, pride and excellence, and we will miss you. Danyel Smith”
No one answered phones at Vibe’s offices on Tuesday afternoon, but the mag’s most recent Twitter said only: “Thanks for everything.”
Jones said he was proud of the magazine that fell to its demise mostly due to the economic recession that cut the advertising budgets of companies that normally advertised with magazines.
Vibe is only the latest magazine to encounter such problems. Nickelodeon Magazine and King have closed in addition to music industry magazine Radio and Records has also shuttered.
Jones says that all publications must figure out how to live online. That’s where he’s going to take Vibe once he recovers from the death of his friend and protégé Michael Jackson.
“We gotta get into the 21st century you know,” Jones said. “ “Print and all that stuff is over, we gotta remember that. The Chicago Tribune, The Seattle Post Intelligencer. The Miami Herald. They’re over the same way as the record business. We have got to get into this century.”



in other news...RADIO killa n his blonde milli are gracing the cover of the vibe mag.

"please XCUSE his hands"
a.banks aka the falsetto

free food!

ok canadaland! the mandarin is offering FREE buffet tomorrow between 12:00pm and 8:30pm. see below for details.

FREE Buffet for Canada Day!
July 1, 2009

To celebrate Canada Day at Mandarin, we’re making fireworks of our own by offering our All-You-Can-Eat Buffet for FREE to Canadian citizens! We want to say THANK YOU CANADA, for welcoming us into this great country. Visit any of our 21 locations on July 1, 2009 and enjoy tasty Chinese cuisine alongside tried and true Canadian dishes, all for FREE. The celebration begins at 12:00pm and ends with our last seating at 8:30pm. Reservations will not be taken on Canada Day – guests will be seated on a first come first serve basis. Come join in on the festivities!

We ask for your co-operation in respecting the following:
o Buffet meals (including soft drinks, tea, and coffee) are free for all Canadians* with one of the following proofs of citizenship: Canadian birth certificate, Canadian passport, Canadian citizenship card
o No reservations will be taken – guests will be seated on a first come first serve basis
o Our first seating is at 12:00pm and our last seating is at 8:30pm
o All guests in your party must be present in the line. If a member of your party needs a break, please inform the people behind you
o Dress code is in effect
o This offer does not apply to: other beverages, take-out or delivery meals
o Tips are not included and are appreciated by the staff
o À-la-carte will not be served on July 1, but we will continue serving take-out & delivery at regular prices

* Staff, management, and their immediate family members are not eligible

go get your grub on darlings!


breakin news

According to online reports, grief-stricken hard core Michael Jackson fans are taking their own lives. At least 12 fans have reportedly committed suicide across Europe:
Gary Taylor, president and owner of MJJcommunity.com, says, “I know there has been an increase (in deaths), I now believe the figure is 12. It is a serious situation that these people are going through but Michael Jackson would never want this. He would want them to live.
“They (fans) can’t accept it, they feel in some sort of different reality. I’m stunned that he’s dead. One minute he is coming here for concerts and the next he is gone. I think the funeral will be where the reality kicks in that he is gone and won’t be coming back, there will be a huge depression in the fan community when that happens.”And Jackson’s political activist pal Reverend Jesse Jackson has even recorded a message to his fans, urging them not to “self-destruct” in the wake of the singer’s demise.
Jesse Jackson says, “This is a time when hearts are heavy. There is great pain but great cause to celebrate Michael’s life. It made Michael happy saying ‘We Are The World’. Don’t self-destruct. We fall down sometimes, we get back up. That’s the right thing to do. In Michael’s name let’s live together as brothers and sisters and not die apart as fools.”Thousands of Jackson fans are planning a vigil on 13 July (09) at the O2 Arena in London where the star was due to kick off his 50-date comeback tour.

to micheal we all miss you

first look

sarah jessica parker and matthew broderick welcome the newest editions to their family.
the twins were born via surrogate mother on june 23rd.

t.ashley aka double take

on set

mariah on the set of her newest video for "obsessed"
mmm, eminem anyone?

t.ashley aka the obsesser

in print

micheal jackson cover time magazine.


i live by NARS anything and EVERYTHING
and one thing i can not live without is their concealer...LOVES it..

a.banks "in love with NARS"

all a girl needs

I call this a must have
what is it? Orgasm/Laguna Blush Bronzer Duo and Orgasm Nail Polish Set ($53 Value)

the Orgasm blush is a def must have...and the nail polish is bonus

a.banks is in ORGASM heaven..


hally berry and baby nahla aubry out and about at SeaWorld on sunday.
she's too cute for words!


end of the road

VIBE magazine, the urban-music magazine founded by producer Quincy Jones in 1993, will be closing, reports Daily Fiance.

No word on when the last issue will be published. Eminem last covered it’s June/July 2009 issue.

Chief financial officer Angela Zucconi said, “We will be making a statement by the end of the day. That’s all I can say at this point.”

t.ashley aka still standing

MJ news

the latest story about michael jackson and his children from TMZ.

We’ve learned Michael Jackson was not the biological father of any of his children. And Debbie Rowe is not the biological mother of the two kids she bore for Michael. All three children were conceived in vitro — outside the womb.

Multiple sources deeply connected to the births tell us Michael was not the sperm donor for any of his kids. Debbie’s eggs were not used. She was merely the surrogate, and paid well for her services in the births of Michael Jr. and Paris.

In the case of Prince Michael II (the youngest), we’re told the surrogate was never told of the identity of the “receiving parent” — Michael Jackson. Three days after Prince was born at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego County, Jackson’s lawyer came to the hospital to pick the baby up and deliver him to Michael. We do not know if Jackson chose the sperm or egg donors or if he even knew who they were.

Although Rowe is not the biological mother, it’s not a slam dunk that she would lose a custody battle. This type of case has never been litigated in California courts. Since Rowe was married to Jackson when Michael Jr. and Paris were born, there’s a presumption that she’s the biological parent. That presumption can be rebutted by other evidence.
We know there are documents outlining the whole arrangement for the birth of all three kids. Nonetheless, it’s still an open issue with the courts.


always count on gaga to give you the greatest looks.
while attending an AIDS charity event held by Body Positive North West in Manchester yesterday, she sported this button insipred chapeau.

t.ashley aka hat head

bet awards

what the HELL happened her people?
get dressed in the dark maybe? AH! ... or blame it on the stylist?

ashley nicole online.

bet awards

some of our favorite looks and celebs from the 2009 BET awards.

&& on a side note, amber rose and amerie seem to be wearing the same dress. whatta shame!

ashley nicole online

hot site


that is one of the most jawn dropping, stomach in stitches, funny site ive been on. it never fails to put a smile on my face.

here are some of the top fml (fuck my life) stories from the site...

Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birthdate wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML

t.ashley aka lml


ashleytwins..et brown et amie

a.banks aka harajuku barbie


as I listen go my morning Songz..i was browsing the web..and i came across this picture..
a dedication to my twin t.ashley and @sheronna

a.banks aka harajuku model


so early i said i was fusterated..well i still am..but here's a big relief...:ANTICIPATION..ARE YOU READY

"goin to bed with Trey"this is gonna be on HEAVY rotation...but what's new..
a.banks aka the anticipated


how im feelin

friggin FUSTERATED right now...
nothin is workin.....

a.banks aka madd banks



maxium Mag Feature:LADY GAGA

a.banks aka i poke his face


so last night I have this dream about:PLANES
i was kinda scared to look into it..so i waited a bit..then finally just looked it up..come to find out..that it's a pretty good thing to dream about...kinda happy about it..check it out:


To see an airplane in your dream, indicates that you will overcome your obstacles and rise to a new level of prominence and status. You may experience a higher consciousness, new-found freedom and greater awareness. Perhaps you need to gain a better perspective or wider view on something. If the airplane is taking off, then it suggests that an idea or plan is about to "take off" and be put into action. It may also represent you need to get away and escape from your daily life.

a.banks aka takin off

the hell....

Why do I have time to blog in the club!????!!!! LOL. I mean I'm not bored or nething, but I think I'm pissed ... Not to mention hot in this jean jacket..can't take it off tho, if u know what I mean. I was gunna rant about something, maybe I should get up and dance... Lol.



to micheal

i cant even watch it..it makes me sad gives me chills...makes me wanna cry


the trailer...i kinda like Hova with the hair....Bee do you?

a.banks aka he's D.O.A(drunk off Ashley)



i dont know who's room this is..but boy is this messy..i thought mine was messy..im pretty close to this minus the chitty chat...lol..but i might as well go get to cleanin..n T.ashley..stop jumpin on my bed..especially when im not there....

a.banks aka needs help



while i sit here at work t.ashley texts me n tells me she is at my house..jumpin on my bed...jus like the MONKEY she is....but i can't even lie..i wanna be home right now..so i can bother her...argggg 5:30 pls hurry and come..the good thing is that i will be seein my cuzzies today havent seen them since..ummm..TUESDAY..
im soo glad my office doesnt look like this..this looks like a bunch of mess..ill just stick to my FRENCHIES on another note..t.ashley get off my bed...while ur are there..clean it up..thanks...
a.banks aka the workin bunny


i finish work early on fridays for the summer time, soooo right now im at a.banks house, jumpin on her bed! na nana BOO BOO banks! lol

im still trynna decide if i should get another tattoo... tick tock doc, tick tock...i hate that movie! lol

t.ashley aka the monkey on the bed.


ive come to realized that i like light skin boys..i never really thought about it..but it looks like i do..(Netty would agree that I do)its not like i actually say ohh that boy is cute..its like im just drawned to them..like i fall for the same type all the time..not the pretty boy light skin(is that what you call it..)who knows..but yeah..light skin..but he DEFF has to have HAIR i dont know why..NO designs pls...straight back..2 braids..messy ponytail..ahhhh soo nice..i could go on which i will when i have time..now lemme go scope out this light skin..cutie.*i kid i kid*

t.ashley..dont even think about sayin anythin....okay....

a.banks aka we lookin like sister and brothers.

so a.banks like light skins, and im a sucker for dark chocolate. short hair. one fresh line up - a rick ross beard is a bonus-. colgate smiles.
style game on point. mean build. tall. no baby face shit. i like a manly men. dont get me wrong, i dont discriminate, thats just what im "naturally" drawn too...hell even my girls tell me. give me reggie bush or lance gross or ofcourse kicks and ill eat em up any day!. lol

t.ashley aka love em tall dark and handsome


SO lil miss t.ashley is goin again to possibly get another tattoo..she is eventually going to be tatted up like the subway in harlem...dont get me wrong i love tattoos...love them..but im just thinkin..do u really wanna be tatted up like that on you wedding day...talk about a POUND of makeup..lol jus kiddin t.ashley..guess this is a new topic..To be or not to be TATTED UP
a.banks aka likes him tatted

the future look

D&G Men's S/S 2010

i really only tried to get a small sample for you guys, but the looks just kept gettin better-this is just a few.

t.ashley aka denim head