Angela Burt-Murray has stepped into the digital landscape with her new site CocoaFab.com. This is a website for women of color that covers everything from pop culture, celebrity news, style, and beauty. The site is a part of Cocoa Media Group, a company led by Burt-Murray along with her business partner and leading digital media strategist Shelly Jones Jennings. Although digital is Burt-Murray’s new venture, the award-winning journalists has quite and extensive platform when it comes to the business of publishing.
It was her grandmother that initially piqued her interest in books and writing. “I remember spending summers at my grandma’s house. She was a voracious reader. She has an extensive collection of books. I remember black history books, books on culture and stacks of magazines including Ebony,” she reminisces. From an enjoyable root in books, Burt-Murray continued her journey and moved to New York after college exploring all facets of the publishing business including her position as editor-in-chief of Essence as well as editorial positions at Honey and Teen People. Having a strong eye for trends, dynamic content and the seeing the need Burt-Murray felt it was time to expand into the digital space.
“I was having a conversation with co-founder Shelly Jones Jennings and we both felt like there was a need for more compelling, fresh and engaging content for women of color,” she says. After a year of planning CocoaFab.com was born. When visiting the site, Burt-Murray would like the experience to “create an escape for young women, as if you were hanging out with your girlfriends and getting the latest scoop on entertainment, fashion, and beauty.” The site has launched to a successful start and there are many exciting things to come including CococaFabTV.
With a full plate and new business venture Burt-Murray feels her biggest accomplishment is creating a successful balance being a “working mother. Raising my two sons is the most rewarding and it is such a blessing to be their mom,” she says proudly. For those who are looking to work in publishing or start their own venture, Burt-Murray advises to “just do it. If you find what you love, are passionate about it and can’t think of anything else you are meant to do, then you can’t fail. Once you truly find what you love to do, bet on yourself and take it from there.”
Peace and blessings,