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Austin Williams

Senior Music Editor

Austin Williams is a Brooklyn-born and –based music journalist. Having worked as an editor at Complex, BET, and BuzzFeed before VIBE, he’s written about lots of songs, but none more passionately than love songs. Two times a week, Austin contributes to a column he created called “Yellow Diamonds.” Deriving its name from Rihanna’s “We Found Love,” the series aims to celebrate songs that sound like love found in a hopeless mainstream. When he’s not being a hopeful (he really hates hopelessness) romantic, he moonlights as an adjunct professor at CUNY City College of New York, where he teaches Intro to Media Studies and a class he created called Branded Feature Writing.

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