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Publisher

Don Diva Magazine
603 W. 115Th Street Ste 313
New York , New York 10025
United States

Company Description: Don Diva is a magazine that comes with a warning label , "Parental Advisory: Gangsta Content." The warning is partly a come-on , nothing attracts kids like a...   more
Background

Employment History

Education

  • marketing degree
    Fairleigh Dickinson University
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Web References
Contact - Don Diva Magazine | Don Diva Magazine
www.dondivamag.com, 15 Sept 2013 [cached]
Tiffany Chiles, Editor-in-Chief
tc@dondivamag.com
Don Diva Magazine - Urban Lifestyle Magazine
www.dondivamag.com, 24 May 2009 [cached]
Tiffany Chiles Publisher/Editor in Chief tiffanychiles@dondivamag.com
"I'm extremely proud of our upcoming ...
www.prweb.com, 14 Nov 2014 [cached]
"I'm extremely proud of our upcoming issue-and the interview with Jimmy is an amazing cover story," says Don Diva's Publisher, Tiffany Chiles.
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"We want to educate and empower our readers," Chiles says.
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Tiffany Chiles
Publisher
347-815-3229
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Tiffany Chiles Don Diva Magazine 347-815-3229
Contact - Don Diva Magazine
www.dondivamag.com, 9 Jan 2010 [cached]
Tiffany Chiles, Editor-in-Chief
tc@dondivamag.com
"We're really not an entertainment ...
www.dondivamag.com, 8 Feb 2012 [cached]
"We're really not an entertainment magazine," says Tiffany Chiles, Don Diva's editor and publisher. "We're really a lifestyle magazine."
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That prisoner was Kevin Chiles, who was serving a 10-year sentence for dealing cocaine when he suggested to his wife, Tiffany, that she publish a magazine about what she calls "the black underworld."
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Tiffany Chiles, who has a marketing degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, says she started the magazine with money earned as a rap music promoter and named it Don Diva to show that it was for both sexes â€" dons and divas.
Now Chiles, 34, runs the magazine out of offices in Harlem, N.Y., and suburban New Jersey, and her husband, who was released from prison in 2003, occasionally writes for the magazine, generally on an anti-snitching theme.
Five years ago, nearly 90% of subscribers were inmates in prisons across the country, Chiles says, but now only 10% of the roughly 150,000 copies are read by the captive audience. Until recently, Don Diva has been sold mainly in inner-city record stores, beauty parlors and bodegas. But with the current issue â€" the magazine's 23rd â€" Don Diva has a new distributor and therefore should be more widely available.
The main article in the 110-page issue tells the story of the "Supreme Team," a legendary gang of New York crack dealers. The 10-page article, written by Tiffany Chiles and somebody named "Soulman Seth," is based on newspaper stories, court documents and interviews with two imprisoned gang members.
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The mag is frequently accused of glamorizing the gangsta lifestyle, Chiles says, but she pleads not guilty to that charge.
"Most of the criminals we write about end up dead or in prison," she says.
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"We're really not an entertainment magazine," says Tiffany Chiles, Don Diva's editor and publisher. "We're really a lifestyle magazine."
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That prisoner was Kevin Chiles, who was serving a 10-year sentence for coke dealing when he suggested to his wife, Tiffany, that she publish a magazine about what she calls "the black underworld."
...
Tiffany Chiles, who has a marketing degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, says she started the magazine with money earned as a rap music promoter and named it Don Diva to show that it was for both sexes - dons and divas.
Now, Tiffany, 34, runs the magazine out of offices in Harlem and suburban New Jersey, while her husband, who was released from prison in 2003, occasionally writes for the magazine, generally on an anti-snitching theme.
I first heard of Don Diva about five years ago, from a friend who is doing time at the women's prison in Jessup, where the magazine was eagerly passed from cell to cell.
In those days, nearly 90 percent of subscribers were inmates in prisons across the country, Chiles says, but now only 10 percent of the roughly 150,000 copies are read by the captive audience. Until recently, Don Diva has been sold mainly in inner-city record stores, beauty parlors and bodegas. But with the current issue - the magazine's 23rd - Don Diva has a new distributor and therefore should be more widely available.
The main article in the 110-page issue tells the story of the "Supreme Team," a legendary gang of New York crack dealers. The 10-page article, written by Tiffany Chiles and somebody named "Soulman Seth," is based on newspaper stories, court documents and interviews with two imprisoned gang members.
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The mag is frequently accused of glamorizing the gangsta lifestyle, Chiles says, but she pleads innocent to that charge.
"Most of the criminals we write about end up dead or in prison," she says.
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Don Diva’s editor-in-chief is a former telephone-company employee and marketing executive from suburban New Jersey named Tiffany Chiles.
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Chiles founded the magazine in 1999, at the suggestion of her husband, who was then serving a ten-year federal sentence for bankrolling his music label, Big Boss Records, with profits from his wholesale cocaine business. A similar publication, F.E.D.S., which stands for “Finally Every Dimension of the Streets,†had been around for a year or so. And, not long after Don Diva’s début, a cousin of Chiles’s husband launched his own title, FELON, which stands for “From Every Level of Neighborhoods.†But, judging by regularity of publication, number of ads (music, clothes, jewelry, beepers, vodka, legal services), and sales of ancillary products, Don Diva’s mixture of life-style and service journalism has been particularly successful: the magazine recently launched a U.K. edition.
On a recent afternoon, Chiles met with some of her staff at Don Diva’s offices, in Bergen County, to discuss the new issue.
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Chiles, who wore no makeup and had her hair pulled back, said, “At the end of the day, I’m still a PTA momâ€"you know what I mean?â€
After handing out a tentative page layout, Chiles went through the rundown for the issue. She had nothing yet, she said, for “The Don’s Notebook,†a roundup of new products for men. The “News U Can Use†section would focus on new X-ray technology that allows law-enforcement agents to conduct surveillance through walls. For a story pegged to the rising aids rate among black women, Chiles said that she had lined up an exclusive interview with “a homo thug, fresh out of prison.†She was waiting for a profile of a Baltimore drug lord, assigned to Cavario Hunter, the magazine’s editor-at-large and public spokesman, who was late for the meeting.
Don Diva aims to appeal to both men and women (hence its name), and Chiles suggested, for the diva contingent, a humorous list piece called “Retire Your Ho Card.†Its premise would be “You know it’s time to stop running your ho game when . . .†Among the ideas tossed out were “When you don’t know who your baby’s daddy is†and “When you and your daughter are pregnant at the same time.†Chiles also brought up the idea of running an article that casts women in a more flattering light, because, she said, “we shit on women in the magazine, and it’s time to give them some shine.â€
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This, Chiles said, is exactly the point she’s trying to make in Don Diva, which, she insists, doesn’t glamorize gangster life. “It’s always been our concern to be a crime deterrent,†she said. “You’ve got all these kids who look to their neighborhood dealers as the man. What I tell them is the man is now doing natural life, or football numbers, in a federal penitentiary.â€
But Chiles also understands her readers, and before sending her staff home she gave them some final instructions. “Remember, this is a summer issue, so I want it to be filled with fun and lighthearted shit,†she told them. “In the summertime, nobody wants to hear about motherfuckers going to jail for the rest of their life.â€
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