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Emil Wilbekin
Creative and Strategic Branding Professional

Emil Wilbekin is a creative and strategic media, marketing, and branding professional and on-air TV personality. He is also the President and Chief Creative Officer of World of Wilbekin (WOW!), a multimedia content brand. Wilbekin has appeared on-air to discuss pop culture, fashion, style, entertainment and current affairs.

He is the former Editor-at-Large at ESSENCE Magazine, where he executed covers, oversaw the brand’s talent relations, and developed 360 activations across the brand, connecting print, digital, and live events. Previously, Wilbekin served as Managing Editor of Essence.com and led the Essence.com editorial team to develop the site’s unique offerings.

Prior to joining ESSENCE, Wilbekin was Editor-in-Chief of GIANT and Giantmag.com. Wilbekin previously worked as a reporter, contributing editor, and VP of Brand Development at Marc Ecko where he also served as Style Guru for Complex. 

Wilbekin began his career as one of the founding editors of Vibe magazine, which won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence under his leadership.

Wilbekin values community service and mentorship, having served on the boards of several community and service organizations. He has been honored by GLAAD, The Human Rights Campaign, The Anti Violence Project, and others for his leadership and creativity.

Twitter: @EmilWilbekin