Based in Los Angeles since the 1970s, Steve Ivory is among the best-known R&B-oriented music journalists on the West Coast. Ivory isn't from L.A. originally; he was born (Oct. 24, 1955) and raised in Oklahoma City, OK, and moved west as a young adult. Ivory started making a name for himself when, in the 1970s, he became a regular contributor to Soul Magazine, which has since folded, but was often described as the "Black Rolling Stone" in its day. In 1982, he went on to become editor of the popular teen magazine Black Beat (formerly Soul Teen) and stayed with the publication until 1993. Over the years, Ivory has written for many major publications, including Billboard, Vibe, Essence, the Los Angeles Times, and the Source. Ivory, who has been a columnist for the weekly Black Radio Exclusive (BRE) since the 1980s, has written some books, including 1984's Prince! (which was the first book published on the influential artist) and 1985's Tina (which focused on Tina Turner's life). In 2000, he was working on two more books: Slave to the Rhythm (a memoir of his life as a music journalist) and a collection of essays (some music-related, some on other subjects) titled Life on Planet Earth. Ivory has also freelanced in radio (in the early '80s, he became a regular commentator for Lee Bailey's nationally syndicated RadioScope) and television, serving as a writer for VH1's The Soul of VH1.
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