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Angela Burt-Murray is the former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE Magazine and the co-founder of Cocoa Media Group, a new digital media and consulting firm.
While at ESSENCE magazine Burt-Murray oversaw the editorial direction for ESSENCE magazine#the premier lifestyle, news, fashion and beauty magazine for African-American women#as well as Essence.com#the leading daily online destination to serve that audience. As steward of ESSENCE’s editorial content from 2005-2010, Burt-Murray increased circulation by 20 percent and empowered the brand’s audience of 8.3 million readers of the monthly magazine and over one million monthly unique users of the website.
Burt-Murray also expanded the ESSENCE brand into books, live events and created co-branded news and entertainment specials for CNN and TV ONE.
Prior to joining ESSENCE, Burt-Murray served as executive editor of TEEN PEOPLE and HONEY magazines. She is also the co-author of “The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life” and the novel, “The Vow,” which has been optioned by actress Gabrielle Union.
Featured as one of the “40 Under 40” by Crain’s New York Business, she appears regularly on CNN, The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC and The Today Show.
A graduate of Hampton University, she resides in New Jersey with her husband and their two children.
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captiva
“I want to extend my heartfelt “thank you” for all you did in helping us host Ms. April Ryan as our 2018 MLK, Jr. keynote speaker. Ms. Ryan was absolutely amazing last night!! She was captivating, insightful, and delivered a powerful message with words of hope, love, and a call to action to the audience. They were utterly enthralled by her presence and presentation.
I would like to also add that I thoroughly enjoyed the pleasure of meeting Ms. Ryan. She was so personable, pleasant, down-to-earth and very gracious and accommodating with the guests. She was patient with each question and stayed until every person had their book signed or picture taken. I would not hesitate to have her visit our campus again. I was so impressed and grateful for her contributions to our campus community in this role, but even more so for the work and accomplishments she is making in journalism, politics, and keeping integrity in the profession.
Lastly, I would like to acknowledge the wonderful and professional work of Ms. Kim Lowery in her role in ensuring a positive and successful program. She was thorough in providing the details of the travel itinerary and ensured that we had all the information necessary in preparation for Ms. Ryan’s visit. It was a pleasure working with her on this engagement.
Thank you again for the work you do and the rewarding collaborations we enjoy with your agency. I look forward to future interactions.”
“Meeting you both today was a great experience for me and my career development! I learned so much and truly valued your expertise, insight and probing questions. You really got my wheels turning and focused solely on the success of building my brand. As I mentioned, this was a new experience for me and it was a great opportunity to be ultra successful in 2015! As I recap my notes, I just wanted to send you a note of sincere thanks.”
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