Famous as a progressive journalist who has championed the causes of the LGBT and black communities. He founded the World of Wilbekin digital strategy service to do so, and has served as the Editor-in-Chief of VIBE and GIANT magazines.
He earned his bachelor's degree in mass media arts in 1989. He then graduated with his master's in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1990.
He has worked as an editor-at-large for Essence Magazine. In 2002, he was named by Out Magazine as one of the 100 most influential gay people in the United States.
His parents' names are Harvey and Cleota. He has one older brother named Erik.