| Brown Feels the Vibe in Hollywood
Senior marketing and communications major Jamar Brown rubbed elbows with the best of Hollywood as he accepted the "Most Valuable Employee" Award at the nationally-broadcast Vibe Awards Show.
Recently, Brown was selected as one of the 15 Louis Carr Internship Foundation interns, besting the competition of more than 2000 applicants. Once he secured the internship, he flew to New York City to begin his work. In his first 24 hours in the Big Apple, Brown designed the venue's decor, ordered Pepsi merchandise from the company, ordered food for the event, assembled 250 gift bags, found a DJ, created a VIP list, and sent limousines to pick up the attending celebrities. He finished his first day's work at 4 A.M.
Organizing events like the Pepsi Smash party, was a regular part of his job, besides faxing, e-mailing, scheduling conference meetings, and arranging flights. Brown was paid $500/week to do this job, and he worked directly under the president and vice-president of Vibe, Inc. Other events he organized were a Vibe Vixen dinner, promotional parties for the likes of Pharrel, Busta Rhymes, and John Legend, the "Batman Begins," "Hustle & Flow," and "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" premieres, and a taping of the MTV show, "Wild `N Out." For three days he got to go back home to Atlanta, Georgia, in order to host the Vibe Music Fest.
Being the intern for a multi-million dollar magazine definitely has its perks. While in the "City that Never Sleeps," he dined at the notorious restaurant, Mr. K's, where meals run $1000 a plate and each customer enjoys her/his own butler. Brown also enjoyed a private dinner with R&B soul star John Legend at his personal residence, and the legendary Quincy Jones, who was included in the company. Brown met Kanye West, Ashton Kutcher, Eddie Murphy, Kirk Franklin, Katie Holmes, Russell & Kimora Lee Simmons, Gwen Stefani, Jay-Z, Usher, Outkast, Bow-Wow, Ciara, Terrence Howard, Ludacris, Black Eyed Peas, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McCurklin, Nicole Ritchie, Nick Cannon, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Lauryn Hill, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, Christina Milian, Young Jeezy, Amerie, T.I., Bobby Valentino, Common, Jill Scott, The Game, No Doubt, Rhianna, Ne/Yo, and Juelz Santana.
As the summer came to a close, Brown geared up for another semester at Berea, loaded with tons of freebies that included cell phones, MP3 players, and clothes. But he also left with a very valuable experience. "The President of Vibe, Kenard Gibbs and his executive assistant Michelle Timmons, took me under their creative and professional wing and showed me the ropes of both the business and office and on streets of New York," says Brown. "Outside the office [they] took me in as family. [I] never once felt alone or lonely [and] I really love them; I miss those guys actually. [They've] become family in my heart."
But his internship had one more award for him in store. On November 11, Vibe flew Brown to the Vibe Music Awards inn Los Angeles. Brown stayed in the $1000/night Viceroy hotel, relaxing in the lap of luxury and even enjoyed a complimentary massage. Brown also had the honor of announcing the celebrities as they stepped onto the red carpet, standing alongside P. Diddy's recently emancipated "assistant," Farnsworth Bentley. Though Brown recognized many of the celebrities, he himself was recognized by a celebrity, half of the Outkast duo, Big Boi (Big Boi apparently attended the same high school as Brown had, and remembered him from a school-wide event). But besides being able to drive the company car (the latest Hummer), the biggest surprise Brown enjoyed was being honored as Vibe's Most Valuable Employee on national television.