News: XXL Editor-In-Chief Resigns From Publication

Tuesday, May 12, 2009 5:52PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

XXL Magazine Editor-In-Chief Datwon Thomas has reportedly left his position at the publication after just over a year.

While details are in short supply, the news of Thomas' departure hit the net earlier today (May 12).

Word on the curb is that Datwon Thomas has stepped down from his position as Editor-In-Chief of XXL and Executive Editor, Vanessa Satten will resume duties at the top of the masthead. No reason as to why Datwon allegedly left his post, but we'll have more as this story develops. (Rap Radar)

Thomas took over the magazine in March 2008.

"I won't take the job lightly," he said in a statement last year. "The game is in a tough spot. Lagging sales, declining buzz, warring factions, creative slump and various other factors make the details of my job tougher than expected. I'm here though, ready to grip up and bust some for a culture that's slipping into uncharted territory that looks a little grim. The fact that a lot of good hip-hop is still out there helps make my job that much easier. I, with your help, will find that hip-hop and give it the platform that it rightly deserves. Wish me luck, I'm going in." (Pro Hip Hop)

Prior to XXL, Thomas helped launch King Magazine and helped build it into a prominent urban publication.

"My staff work hard and I don't want the magazine to be on the newsstand and me not say anything," he said in a past interview. "Even if I'm tired and don't feel like doing it, I'm out there promoting it regardless...Make sure your product is tight and solid. Make sure you don't have any cracks in your frame. Try to be smart. Know your target audience. Get with good companies to help promote your product." (Six Shot)

After leaving King and joining XXL, the publication eventually ended its run nearly a year later.

We don't often post rumors, despite the number of them that cross our desks daily (many of which end up being true). I felt like posting this one though. We just got word that KING Magazine (aka Butts and Rims) is closing shop, not even releasing it's next issue. In this strained economy, the already dying print format is suffering big time. It is upsetting to hear of people losing jobs, but can this be considered a victory for women (in particular black women) who struggle against objectification at every turn? I have to admit, I enjoy the images, but I know it can't really be good for raising the standards of our society. What do you think? (Okay Player)

Thomas has yet to release a statement regarding the breaking news.

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