Emil Wilbekin was named managing editor of Essence.com. He will be responsible for the development of original daily content and programming for the site’s multiple channels. He will also lead the Essence.com editorial team and will work with the executive team and the brand’s senior creative and business executives on the development and extension of the site?s unique offerings. Prior to this appointment, Wilbekin was the editor-in-chief for Giant, where he oversaw editorial content for both the magazine and giantmag.com. Wilbekin began his career as one of the founding editors of Vibe magazine, serving as its style editor, fashion director and editor-in-chief. He holds a bachelor?s degree in mass media arts from Hampton University and a master?s degree in Journalism from Columbia University.