NEW YORK, June 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — VIBE, Chase Sapphire® and SHE Media Launched Today VIBE Voice of the Year, a 3-month digital campaign on VIBE and SHE Media that will give a well-deserved spotlight to exceptional Black women from all sectors and communities who are standing out for groundbreaking contributions in their fields. Each winner will be featured in a VIBE cover story and promotional campaign on the SHE Media Meaningful Marketplaces network of websites owned and operated by Black women.

The first group of VIBE Voices of the Year winners are:

  • Shavone (Charles), for technological achievements.
  • Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye, for the achievements in beauty
  • Adrian Smith, for sporting achievements

A second group will be announced later in the three-month celebration.

The VIBE Voices of the Year were selected by an Editorial Board led by the Editor-in-Chief of VIBE Dawton Thomas. Other members of the selection committee include Christine Imarénezoreditor-in-chief, VIBE, Eugenia Miranda Richmaneditor of, and Jiji UgbomaFounder, Clever-ish Magazine and Senior Director of Publisher Engagement, SHE Media.

“VIBE is honored to have this opportunity to recognize these powerful, game-changing Black women through Voices of the Year,” Thomas said. “This campaign will celebrate and amplify their powerful voices through a series of memorable digital activations presented by Chase Sapphire on the VIBE and SHE Media channels.”

“Congratulations to the VIBE Voices of the Year winners. Chase Sapphire is thrilled to partner with VIBE and SHE Media to celebrate all of these pioneering women and recognize the lasting impact they are making in their respective fields, as well as through their communities and beyond,” said Marleta RossCEO of Chase Sapphire.

“Voices of the Year is a long-standing SHE Media initiative that celebrates culture-changing creators and the incredible work they’ve done in their respective fields,” said Samantha Skey, CEO of SHE Media. “We were thrilled to partner with VIBE and Chase Sapphire to extend this recognition to a new audience.”

About the VIBE Voices of the Year

TECHNICAL – Shavone Charles (known as Shavone)

Shavone is a true Renaissance woman who is a classically trained musician, author, tech change agent, and current DEI lead at Tik Tok. She also supports black women in music and amplifies the stories of creative women of color by launching Magic In Her Melanin, her own creative collective and in-house agency that will serve as a key platform for any creative direction surrounding her art and music.

BEAUTY – Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye

Diarrha N’Diaye-Mbaye is the founder of Ami Colé, a clean beauty brand for people with melanin-rich skin. A pioneer in the beauty and business categories, she has combined her passion for beauty with over 8 years of marketing experience within major heritage brands such as L’Oréal and disruptive start-up environments such as Glossier to create Ami Colé.

SPORTS – Adrian Smith

Her love for television, film, education and sports has taken her around the world and given rise to a myriad of amazing opportunities. As an athlete, Adrian Smith won two gold medals and two national championships in the sport of women’s football with tackling. As an entrepreneur, she is co-founder of Harlem Hip-Hop Tours, founder of Gridiron Queendom and creator of Blitz Champz. Whether on the pitch or off, Adrienne’s purpose is to “empower” (empower + inspire) others.

About the VIBE Voice of the Year Panel

Dawton Thomas is editor-in-chief of VIBE magazine and vice-president of cultural media for MRC. Mr. Thomas has served as Founder and Editorial Director of men’s lifestyle guide, KING Magazine; the favorite of urban car enthusiasts, RIDES Magazine; and was the editor of hip-hop street authority, XXL Magazine. Additionally, he also served as Founder/Editorial Director of XXL Presents Hip-Hop Soul, a publication dedicated to documenting the successful hybrid genre of R&B and Hip-Hop. Thomas was also EIC of the hip-hop photojournalism magazine RESPECT.

Christine Imarénezor is the Managing Editor of VIBE, where she oversees the website’s daily editorial content and manages its dynamic team of editors, journalists and writers. Prior to joining the team, she began her career in digital journalism as an editor at the now defunct Concrete Loop and was an early adopter of social media marketing while managing artists’ social media accounts in Bad Boy Entertainment/Warner Music Group’s new media department. . A former student of Northwestern University, Christine obtained her bachelor’s degree in communication. She’s a former high school band nerd, who loves gospel and R&B music and likes to go on day hikes every once in a while.

Eugenia Miranda Richman is the Editor-in-Chief of, She Media’s flagship site and premier parenting destination. As an editorial strategist and award-winning journalist, Eugenia led the evolution of SheKnows from a lifestyle publication to a site that holistically serves moms with the latest food, celebrity, health and lifestyle news. parenting, as well as shopping stories, trials and features on all the issues that matter to them. As an Argentinian-Nicaraguan editor with over 15 years of experience in publishing and digital media, Eugenia not only brings new content offerings to SheKnows, but diverse perspectives and voices.

Jiji Ugboma is the founder of Clever-ish Magazine and a former VOTY winner herself. In her role as Senior Manager of Publisher Engagement at SHE Media, she provides editorial and audience growth strategies for SHE Media Collective’s partner publications. Jiji is a writer who believes in the power of content to fuel valuable conversations that drive change. Her work champions the discourse of self-actualization and mental health for young adults and has been featured in publications including CNBC, Variety, BlogHer, Bustle, Eater and her own website Clever-ish Magazine. In her spare time, she writes about the Nigerian food scene in New York.

About VIBE

Founded in 1992 by an iconic music and film producer quincy jones as a print publication, VIBE is a leading entertainment and lifestyle brand that delivers content across multiple media platforms to diverse audiences around the world. With over 25 years of celebrating black culture, VIBE continues to embrace soulful roots that relate artists, celebrities, sounds, fashion and events, from hip-hop and R&B to the modern convergent musical landscape. VIBE has significantly refocused its efforts in the digital space as a leading trusted brand for music and entertainment fans, while also highlighting themes such as the social justice movement, sparking dialogue that informs and escalate issues. In 2020, VIBE officially joined the esteemed portfolio of Penske Media Corp. of content brands with plans to continue its legacy of excellence.

About Chase

Chase is the United States consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading financial services company based in United States with assets of 4 trillion dollars and operations worldwide. Chase serves more than 66 million U.S. households and 5 million small businesses with a wide range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, business loans, small business and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: more than 4,700 branches in 48 states and District of Colombia, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone. For more information, visit

About SHE Media

As a top 10 lifestyle media network reaching over 100 million monthly visitors, SHE Media is focused on the power of content to advance our culture through the celebration of passion and purpose.

We believe that media companies can and should be a force for good in the world. Ranging from food and family to health, career and entertainment, our rich collection of content is curated from thousands of diverse sources. Comprised of a hand-picked community of creators and editors within the SHE Media Collective and flagship brands, SheKnows, BlogHer, STYLECASTER and Soaps, we produce digital and live media content that connects and inspires millions of people.

SHE Media’s BlogHer is the leading platform for live media content and events for women entrepreneurs and creators. With a mission to provide economic empowerment to all women, the SHE Media Collective organizes a community of 5K independent publishers and social content creators, laying the foundation for a scalable and sustainable business model for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

SHE Media is also the creator of innovative platforms that include: SheKnows Hatch, an award-winning video series featuring Gen Z-generated content; and BlogHer’s Voices of the Year, honoring powerful, culture-changing women across industries. Part of Penske Media Corporation (PMC), SHE Media is based in New Yorkwith offices at Los Angelesand Chicago. Follow SHE Media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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