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Rosa Acosta on the cover of the Winter 2010 issue of King
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|Final issue||March 2009|
King is a monthly men's magazine geared toward African American and urban audiences. It features articles about hip-hop and R&B as well as sports and fashion. The magazine is published by Harris Publications and was a spinoff from XXL. It ceased publication on March 31, 2009, citing failing ad sales as a result of the poor economy and plans to release monthly installments soon. It resumed publication, this time as a quarterly magazine, in late 2009.
King magazine is mainly characterized by its lavish photoshoots, which usually feature scantily-clad women, often complete with an interview from the featured model. The subjects of these shoots range from professional models such as Melyssa Ford and Toccara to well-known musicians and actresses, including Trina, Keyshia Cole and Elise Neal. It also features interviews with rappers. The magazine almost exclusively uses pictures from its photoshoots as the cover of the magazine. The Lycos 50 Daily Report noted the magazine received more online searches than Newsweek or Reader's Digest.[dead link]
- Ogunnaike, Lola (August 31, 2004). "New Magazines for Black Men Proudly Redefine the Pinup". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- News: BREAKING: King Magazine Folds, Falling Ad Market To Blame
- "King Magazine's EIC Revealed". XXLmag.com. January 6, 2010. Retrieved January 8, 2010.
- "Hot Read: King Magazine". Lycos 50. Lycos. 8 September 2003. Retrieved 22 December 2008.
- Westhoff, Ben (May 22, 2007). "End Run". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 25, 2009.
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