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Waiting To “Exhale”: Check Out A Preview Of The New Talk Show Featuring Malinda Williams, Issa Rae And Angela Burt-Murray

June 6th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I know I can’t be the only one uber-excited this new talk show, Exhale, right? Premiering on the cable channel ASPiRE (the network launched by Magic Johnson last summer) on June 27, this all-black version of The View stars some of our favorite people, including Issa Rae, actress Malinda Williams, comedian Erin Jackson, journalist (and former Essence EIC) Angela Burt-Murray, and journalist Rene Syler. The four women will sit on their colorful couches and talk about a wide range of issues, including  love and relationships, health, business and entertainments news (with the stars of course).

In the preview for the show above, the women discuss things like, “Can women have it all?” They also cover health and wellness with actress and wellness coach AJ Johnson, the struggle of trying to speak on intimacy and sex as a gospel artist with Kelly Price, and they even assure us of the Eye Candy factor, as the women sit down with the very “delicious”–as Issa Rae would say–Lance Gross.

Exhale is set to begin with an 8-episode run to see how things go. It’s directed by Victoria Mahoney, and is the network’s third original series.

So all in all, what can you expect? According to Rae, “A new vision on life and the issues.” Definitely seems like it will be fun, yet with a more serious edge (aka, no wig pulling off on this program ladies). Check out the preview above and let us know if you think you will be tuning in. That is, if you actually get this channel on your television and what not… It debuts June 27 at 8 p.m.

Issa Rae, Malinda Williams And More Set To Co-Host All-Black Talk Show Like ‘The View’

April 29th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: WENN

We love “The View” — especially Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd — but how cool would it be to see all brown faces seated around a coffee table discussing issues that matter to black women? Well that wish is about to come true as Magic Johnson’s new Aspire network is gearing up to air a new talk show based off of the hit ABC series, featuring some of our favorite ladies.

“Exhale” is the name of the new talk show, which according to, will feature five prominent African American women in the entertainment space as co-hosts. The women are, number one, our favorite awkward black girl Issa Rae, journalist and former ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray, comedian Erin Jackson, author and TV anchor Rene Syler who’s appeared on “The View” as a guest host, and actress Malinda Williams. Sounds awesome already right?

It won’t be long before the show comes into fruition, as the eight-episode first run is expected to debut in June  to coincide with the network’s one-year anniversary.  Aspire’s General Manager Paul Butler said of the channel’s third original series.

“We are thrilled to add ‘Exhale’ to our lineup of original programming. This fresh, hip and candid new series will enlighten audiences with its broad range of topics relevant to the community.”

Can we just say “The View” is definitely going to have some serious competition, at least among black women, now? The cast sounds like the perfect mix of positive, passionate, and professional women — not to mention hilarious — we will definitely be tuning in! Will you?

Ex-‘Essence’ Editor Angela Burt-Murray Launches

November 23rd, 2012 - By Tonya Garcia
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Angela Burt-Murray has launched, a new website for women of color that will cover celebrity news, style, and “urban pop culture.” In addition to written coverage of the issues of the day, CocoaFab will also feature six weekly Web series, AdWeek points out, including “Fab Five,” a shopping guide.

Burt-Murray was the editor of Essence between 2005 and 2010. Her time there was met with controversy when, in July 2010, she hired a white fashion director, Ellianna Placas. Placas was fired in July of this year for unknown reasons, though many speculate it had to do with a tense relationship with current EIC, Constance White.

CocaFab is brought to us care of Burt-Murray’s new digital media company, Cocoa Media Group. Shelly Jones Jennings, a social media strategist is her business partner. The goal is to create a “network of web sites to connect with the passion points of young women of color,” according to CocoaFab’s About Us page.

Meet Essence’s New Editor-in-Chief

March 4th, 2011 - By Veronica Wells
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Many of us waited with baited breath for Essence to announce their new editor-in-chief. Well the wait is over. The magazine announced that Constance C.R. White will take on the role as editor-in-chief.

Constance C.R. White, who has worked for Elle and Talk, will take the role from Sheryl Tucker who served as the interim editor-in-chief since Angela Burt-Murray resigned four months ago.

The magazine, and Burt-Murray specifically caught some serious flack from readers and media figures when she hired Ellianna Placas, a white woman, as the magazine’s fashion director.

Check out the rest of the story over at Black Voices.

Press Pass Style: Fashionable Journalists

February 28th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Ever since the looks of Spanish sports reporter Ines Sainz put the conduct of the New York Jets under investigation, there’s been a lot of talk over the past few months about what is the proper attire for female journalists to wear. If your face is going to be seen by hundreds if not thousands if not millions of people, or your picture will be featured every month in a magazine, your look has always got to be on point. The key is to remain fashionable and chic (Who wants boring black suits everyday?) without the clothes becoming a distraction. The sistas we have listed here have a style game that is as sick as their pen game.

Check them out!

Fast Change of Leadership at HuffPo’s GlobalBlack

February 7th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(The Root) — Former Essence magazine editor Angela Burt-Murray, who was point person for the Huffington Post’s new project targeting African Americans, has left the project, Derek J. Murphy, chief operating officer of the venture, told Journal-isms on Thursday.  “I’m currently managing staff recruiting and site development with our partnership team. Angela Burt Murray is no longer part of these efforts or this partnership,” Murphy said via e-mail.  Before the GlobalBlack project, Murphy was Huffington Post’s senior vice president, business development, joining the organization in 2009 from CNN, where he headed strategic partnerships for the CNN Interactive Group, forging alliances with companies that included Google, CareerBuilder and LG Electronics.

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Burt-Murray Leaving Essence

November 6th, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(New York Post) — Angela Burt-Murray is out as editor-in-chief of Essence, the Time Inc.-owned magazine for African American women, after five years at the helm.  She told staffers yesterday in a meeting that she is relocating to Atlanta with her family. She didn’t return a call for comment.  Sheryl Tucker, who took a buyout as an editor-at-large at Time Inc. in 2008, is being brought back to run the mag on an interim basis. According to sources, the company quietly began preparing for the move a few weeks ago but wanted to proceed delicately to avoid re-igniting a controversy that flared this summer when Burt-Murray appointed a white woman to the key position of fashion director.

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The Essence Controversy Is More Than Skin-Deep

August 3rd, 2010 - By TheEditor
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(New York Magazine) — Last week, the staff of Essence magazine found itself embroiled in a racially charged fracasover its recent appointment of Ellianna Placas, the black publication’s first white fashion director. Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray went on the record to defend the decision, noting Placas’s myriad qualifications and wondering incredulously why readers were so outraged over this, and not, say, a story the mag ran about “sex trafficking of young black girls in urban communities.”

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Joy Collins: Q&A with Essence’s General Manager

July 1st, 2010 - By TheEditor
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by De’Juan Galloway

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Joy Collins, Essence Communication Inc.'s GM

The old adage “black don’t crack,” might be best applied to Essence Magazine. As the publication celebrates its 40th anniversary, the brand’s exponential growth illustrates that it only gets better with time. Joy Collins, Essence Communication Inc.’s general manager is one of the leaders guiding the company’s strategic growth. Since 2008, Collins has been instrumental in sustaining the company in a challenged economic climate and increasing the Essence Music Festival’s attendance by 37% from 2008 to 2009. She is certainly no stranger to success; during her time at NBC Universal as vice president of business development, she played a pivotal role in brokering  the $2.7 billion acquisition of Telemundo Communications. In her current position, the Harvard graduate combines her professional experience and personal identity as an African-American women to make Essence’s case in the boardroom.  While en route to New Orleans to prepare for The Essence Music Festival, she spoke to TAP about this year’s festivities, her career and the future of the Essence brand.

What is a typical day like for you?

Most of my days are different.  I come in on Monday and assess the goals that we are trying to accomplish for the week. As the general manager, I partner with the leadership teams on various strategic and financial initiatives that ultimately generate growth for Essence. My main [targets] are revenue and building strategies to extend Essence into a full multimedia company. Weekly,  I look at the goals to help us meet our overarching business, strategic initiatives and map the steps to get us there. So, my job combines strategy, planning and execution. There are a lot of  meetings and conference calls to ensure we are hitting  our goals and executing properly.

What is it like to play a key role in the most reputable publication for African-American women?

It’s an honor. When I accepted General Manager position two years ago, I knew this position would be more than just a job. I knew that it would be a role where I could contribute to building up and giving back to the African-American community. Everyday I come in it’s about being able to provide a service to people and being able to live a purpose larger than myself, that’s really what motivates me. Day-to-day the challenges are monumental and executing our visions is no easy task but what keeps me going is the amazing team I work with and being an ambassador for Essence and all of its extensions that serve the African-American community each and everyday.

How would you characterize your leadership style?

As a leader, I set the vision and am a model to the staff. I equip them with the tools to perform their job well, step aside and empower them. I also provide balanced feedback and objectives. So while I hold everyone accountable for achieving the objectives we set out to accomplish, I also focus on rewarding the team for the things they have achieved.

Are you involved in the trenches or do you rely on the directors to stay in the know of each department’s activities?

Essence is large brand with a very small and passionate team. What that means is that in addition to getting involved in the strategy, and setting the vision and goals, I am oftentimes a part of executing it. I get to roll up my sleeves and work hand in hand with the staff, who are extremely talented and gifted. Consequently, I see how they’re executing things, how they’re accomplishing their tasks and how they delegate to their team. Everyday is not only a process of modeling a better way of doing things but  also being that channel to provide feedback to the team as to how we can be more effective and efficient.

How has the digital shift impacted the Essence brand?

There is no doubt that digital media is becoming a huge part of consumers’ daily activities. We have research that reveals that African-American women over index in their consumption of technology versus the women in the general market. Essence is a service provider, so we know that we have to be prepared to provide information and entertainment content through devices that she is getting them from, which is digital media. So we endeavor constantly to provide those mechanisms and is a perfect example of this. We have a very robust site that provides entertainment , news, topicality and has mobile extensions. We challenge ourselves to be on the pulse of what our consumers are seeking. is doing very well and is an integral part of the Essence brand as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.

Have any advertisers showed preference of where to spend their dollars?

Our advertisers know that while digital is heavily consumed by African-American women,  the magazine over indexes the level of engagement that we provide versus our competitive set. What the magazine allows our brand to relay to our audience is still very important–the physical publication is still a valuable part of the media mix for a lot of advertisers. Digital has allowed them to augment how they are already hitting the African-American women through Essence Magazine. Oftentimes, our advertisers have integrated buys, where we create a program for them around a theme and they will express that theme in the magazine and on it now includes digital whereas one  time it did not. The Essence Music Festival is  a third leg to such a buy and a property that is reserved for our largest clients across the company.

Are there any initiatives in place to give Essence a more global presence?

Yes, we are always trying to find relevant ways to extend the brand. We will be looking for opportunities to create international licensing businesses for our magazine where its applicable and makes sense. Additionally, we will be looking for ways to extend the brand into opportunities that are relevant for audiences abroad.  For example, film and television are areas we can take content that is very ubiquitous, universal in nature and extend into other regions. The Essence Music Festival is another example where music is a universal experience and the artists we feature at the festival have very notable careers and are known across the globe. Our goal is to take this content and place it into those global markets. We are actually looking into an opportunity to have The Essence Musical Festival broadcast in London and other regions.