*Gloria F. Goldwater was the wife of late Archie Comics creator John Goldwater and formerly the head of the women’s Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who had a secret passion in the early 1990s. She loved hip-hop music.
Due to her love for hip hop, she launched a hip-hop magazine called SuperFly Magazine with distribution help from her husband and Archie Comics more than 20 years ago.
Now she’s written a tell-all book,”SuperFly, My Untold Story of Hip Hop,” about her love for hip-hop and the magazine.
As a socialite, she reminisced about planning big ADL events. Then, going from that to meeting with Kool Moe Dee, Public Enemy, Chubb Rock, LL Cool J and hanging out with Big Daddy Kane.
“I approached my husband and told him I wanted to start a magazine,” she said. “When I told him I wanted to do a hip hop magazine, I made sure he knew that I needed his support, because I knew there was a need for a hip hop magazine. I love the music and I knew the only one who could help me was him.”
The magazine’s first issue came out in February 1991, and the magazine became significant in the music industry. And she interviewed big hip-hop stars from her friend Big Daddy Kane to Queen Latifah. She took inspiration from the 1972 blaxploitation film, “Super Fly” for the name of the magazine.
“I wanted to have a name that was easily related to hip hop,” she said. “The movie Super Fly was so powerful because of the music in the soundtrack. I knew that hip hop was the same as the soundtrack for the lives of many young people, so the name made sense for the magazine.”
She added, “the soundtrack of ‘Super Fly’ was larger than the motion picture and I saw that hip hop was becoming larger than any other musical art form.”
The tell-all book chronicles her life during that era as a hip-hop mogul and socialite. For more about her book, check out her site here.