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June 28, 1973
Kiev, Ukraine
|Occupation||DJ, director, journalist, interviewer|
Vlad Lyubovny (Russian: Владимир Любовный; born June 28, 1973), commonly known as DJ Vlad, is an American DJ, director, journalist and interviewer. He is the CEO of video and news website VladTV.com. His YouTube channel, djvlad, features his interviews of multiple music artists and entertainers and currently has over three million subscribers. He has also produced and directed films.
Lyubovny started his own dot-com staffing company, GigaStaff. In 2000, Vlad shut down GigaStaff and turned his attention to music. He moved to New York City and helped create the Rap Phenomenon mixtapes along with DJ Dirty Harry. The Rap Phenomenon mixtapes won awards from Rolling Stone, MTV and XXL magazine.
Lyubovny then turned his attention towards film. He directed on the American Gangster television series, as well as the documentary film Ghostride the Whip. DJ Vlad also produced and hosted Russell Simmons' and Stan Lathan's Hip-Hop on Demand - a nationally syndicated, on-demand hip hop lifestyle channel on Comcast.
In 2008, Lyubovny started VLADTV.com, a hip hop video news site. Shortly after launching the channel, Lyubovny was allegedly assaulted by rapper Rick Ross' entourage after he covered a story on the rapper's former career as a corrections officer. Lyubovny filed a $4 million lawsuit. On April 15, 2010, a New York Federal Jury awarded Lyubovny $300,000 in his civil suit, finding Ross liable for setting Lyubovny up for the attack at the Ozone Awards in Houston, Texas, in 2008.
Lyubovny has run the YouTube channel, djvlad, since 2006. He and other members of the VladTV staff have conducted numerous interviews of rappers, singers, comedians and activists. One of his most prolific guests is Brand Nubian rapper Lord Jamar, who has frequently appeared on the channel since his first appearance in 2013.
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