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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs, Chitterlings, Cole Slaw
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1964
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Magazine Publishing Chief Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Orange
Favorite Food:
Spaghetti, Meatballs, Chitterlings, Cole Slaw
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/1/1964
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Businessman and producer Kenard Gibbs was born August 1, 1964, in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were educators who both graduated from Mississippi’s Tougaloo College. Gibbs attended Our Lady of Hungary Elementary School and was a regular at the South Chicago YMCA. Gibbs was involved in the Links Unlimited Program when he graduated from St. Ignatius High School in 1982. Links introduced him to Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. At Williams, Gibbs was introduced to some the top business families in the country. He graduated with a B.A. in political economy in 1986.

Gibbs moved back to Chicago and was employed by Northern Trust Bank through 1990. From 1990 to 1994, he worked for Leo Burnett Advertising Agency, where he was mentored by Mike Hall. During this period Gibbs earned a master’s degree in marketing and finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. As a client service executive at Leo Burnett, Gibbs was involved in the development of advertising campaigns and retail advertising strategies for brands such as Marlboro, Miller Beer and Sealy Posturpedic. Meanwhile, he helped with Keith Clinkscales’ Urban Profiles magazine, and in 1993, started his career at Vibe magazine, a brainchild of Quincy Jones, as Midwest sales director. Gibbs left Vibe in 1998 to become an agency principal with TMP Worldwide, an executive-search firm (monster.com). He returned to Vibe in June of 2000 as president, where he was instrumental in the strategic positioning and growth of management and oversees the advertising, event marketing and public relations departments.

At Vibe, the leading urban music magazine in America, Gibbs spearheaded efforts to expand beyond the medium of print to wireless and broadcast. He served as executive producer for Weekend Vibe, a syndicated weekly television show produced by the Heritage Networks. He also served as executive producer for the inaugural Vibe Awards, a two-hour, prime time special on the UPN Network in 2004.

Gibbs lives with his wife and children in New York City.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Kenard Gibbs recalls his mother's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Kenard Gibbs recalls his father's background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Kenard Gibbs shares childhood memories
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Kenard Gibbs describes his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Kenard Gibbs recalls his early school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Kenard Gibbs describes South Chicago in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Kenard Gibbs describes his education in Catholic schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Kenard Gibbs discusses Chicago gangs in the 1980s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Kenard Gibbs lists his extracurricular activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Kenard Gibbs remembers his mother's death
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Kenard Gibbs discusses '80s music and the beginnings of hip-hop
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Kenard Gibbs explains his decision to attend Williams College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Kenard Gibbs discusses his enjoyment of Williams College and lacrosse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Kenard Gibbs recalls his privileged classmates at Williams College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Kenard Gibbs remembers his professors at Williams
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Kenard Gibbs reflects on the small black community at Williams College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Kenard Gibbs recalls his career after graduating college
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Kenard Gibbs relates how he met his wife
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Kenard Gibbs illustrates his graduate school experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Kenard Gibbs discusses his mentor, Mike Hall
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Kenard Gibbs recalls how he started working for 'Vibe'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Kenard Gibbs compares Vibe to other African American periodicals
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Kenard Gibbs discusses 'Vibe' as a magazine of urban culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Kenard Gibbs illustrates entrepreneurship in hip hop culture
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Kenard Gibbs reflects on Vibe's efforts to link hip hop and issues that affect the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Kenard Gibbs discusses hip hop and the culture associated with it
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Kenard Gibbs shares his hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Kenard Gibbs discusses Vibe's efforts to encourage voter registration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Kenard Gibbs discusses hip hop and material culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Kenard Gibbs reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs at his junior prom, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1982
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs with his wife Karen, his daughter Taylor, and his son Ryan, Long Island, New York
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs with schoolmates, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs with his son, Ryan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs' daughter Taylor, son Ryan, and dog Sasha, New York, fall 2003
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs' grandfather Sam Ames, and grandmother Costella Ames, Newport, Rhode Island, ca. 1942
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs and his wife Karen, September 13, 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs with his daughter Taylor, August 1994
  • Tape: 5 Story: 14 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs, age three, Chicago, Illinois, August 1, 1967
  • Tape: 5 Story: 15 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs with his mother, Annette Ames, and father, Solomon Eugene Gibbs, Chicago, Illinois, ca. 1964
  • Tape: 5 Story: 16 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs as a toddler, ca. 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 17 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs' father, Solomon Eugene Gibbs, and mother, Annette Ames, ca. 1966
  • Tape: 5 Story: 18 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs takes karate classes, Chicago, Illinois, 1965
  • Tape: 5 Story: 19 - Photo - Kenard Gibbs' father Solomon Eugene Gibbs, and mother Annette Ames, Columbus, Mississippi, 1956