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Nov192012

Angela Burt-Murry Returns to Target Women of Color! Did Ebony.com Ever Post Their Series on Sexual Assault?

Doing some end of the year housekeeping. After the Ebony 4 debacle on Ebony.com, the grownups at Ebony promised a 3-part series on sexual assault after we got their advertisers to force them to remove a horrific piece of writing that appeared to condone sex with underage girls. I don't read Ebony.com AT ALL after this mess.   So did they ever post this promised series? If you missed the Ebony.com debacle, you can read our posts on Ebony & Misogyny

In other news... and I can't tell you how much this warms my heart...Your favorite ESSENCE editor and mine, Angela Burt-Murray, has returned to the internets.

 Just type ESSENCE into the search box to the right to see some of our commentary on her reign at ESSENCE. According to Journalisms, she is partnering with Shelly Jones Jennings to launch CocoaFab.com. Basically The YBF meets Clutch. Clutch's layout is better. 

A cursory glance reveals that there are currently no articles instructing Black women to go looking for dates at strip clubs... but give her time. I actually like the Cocoa Fab YouTube channel, but again--give her time.

Reader Comments (10)

I find it quite disturbing that a lot of the new online ventures targeting black women (like CocoaFab and The Fly Cut) concentrate on celebrity culture, hair and make-up, and/or consumerism. You would think there would be a market for creating value instead of just consuming.

Just saying.

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

Monica I totally agree, not to mention they promote very expensive products, over the top hair do's and colorful make up like all we have to do everyday is go out to dinner and concerts. There is almost no information of value, no news, no interviews.

Gina is correct in that the content of many of these blogs is controlled by a certain group of people in New York and DC. Their content is becoming stale

November 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I can't with these names. Cocoafab? Really?

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

...and, there's already a site called cocoa fly, so they're not even original with the name!

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterlesa j.

Here is an example of something I wish media veterans with money behind them, like ABM, would consider pursuing instead of sharing the relationship status of Gabby and Dewayne.

Crafting (including candle making, soap making, sewing, knitting, crocheting & quilting) has always been something people of all ethnicities have pursued. Sometimes this was due to necessity but other times it was simply for pleasure. Currently, crafting is hot not just in terms of interest but it’s also big business. You only have to go to your local bookstore to see the rows of books on how to start your own craft business. Etsy alone made $538 million in 2011. In spite of the revenue potential for the niche market of crafty sistahs, there is not an exchange or hub for black crafters or minority crafters for that matter. And I’m not saying that crafters should be segregated but another black crafter might be able to share freedom quilts templates.

Not only is crafting a great hobby but it’s a legitimate side business (or business) and in this economic climate people need all the income they can generate. I wonder why there aren’t more minority-geared ventures in this area.

November 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

I agree with Monica.After watching shows like Silicon Valley Start up,Shark Tank and reading more about Intentional communities I just cannot continue to occupy time with these so called black women lifestyle magazines.All they talk about is black men that don't like black women,what to wear what not to wear and natural hair wars.Then the advertisements of crap that we don't need.I'm not going back to that.I won't be visiting Cocoafab.

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

All of that false hair they plopped on top of that black woman's head? No, thanks.

Do whatever you please to your hair--fry it, dye it, or lay it to the side if that's what you desire. But why must these black women's interest sites always PRESCRIBE 10,000 pounds of someone else's bank bustingly expensive hair as the answer to our 'glamour woes'?

Sorry, but that annoyed me.

I agree with Monica and blk chick. The content IS really vapid and useless.

However, there is obviously a market for vapid and useless; I'm not totally above it, myself. My two cents, however, is that those things are kinda being done better elsewhere. If I want fashion or street photography, I'd much rather go to The Fashion Bomb, or Black Girls Killing It, or even All the Pretty Birds. And if folks want black celebrity gossip, there are sites that are doing that in a far wittier, more tongue-in-cheek way.

So unless the grand strategy is to go about gradually acquiring and consolidating all of these niche properties, this CocoaFab venture seems kinda redundant (Tracee Ellis Ross' personal site is even leaps and bounds better). Plus, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Instagram are making it far easier to get your hair, fashion, travel, food, interior design porn fix. Personally, I'd much rather waste a half hour on a "well-curated" Pinterest board than this.

November 21, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershlbshl

Frankly, I'm sick & tired of all of these wack websites and blogs masquerading as "journalism" & "news". Thanks... but no thanks.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSpinster

I don't look to fashion magazines for news. I am a woman of African descent and I don't see myself in these magazines at all because I don't style my hair or spend a lot on clothes and I hate that this is the contemporary definition of what it means to be a woman. Women used to (and still do) hold it down and looking good came from the glow of the satisfaction of a job well done whether it be going to work, caring for children, studying hard, a night on the town, etc. When we read things like this we're teaching our children that what they look like is more important than who they are.

December 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFX

Essence, Ebony, and Jet Magazines were originally founded because Black folks did not have an outlet to express our unique qualities, social interests, educational pursuits, and overall lifestyles. Nowadays, the aforementioned publications as well as many of the newer ones are simply mirrors of what we were supposed to be attempting to avoid. We have become our own worse enemies. So, now it is high time for us create our own, if we're not happy with what is out there. I've done that! I created the Miss Black Collegiate USA Scholarship Pageant. This unique pageant's focus is spirituality, education, civic engagement, and inner beauty. There is not a bathing suit competition and the Contestants range in size, complexion, areas of expertise. It was so refreshing to see fully clothed women of color from across the country representing all that we as Black people bring to the table, in a positive manner. Essence event did a write up and it was well received by the masses. I invite all that see this and hear about us to visit the website and our facebook page, not so much to toot my own horn, but to encourage our young people to stay the course so that they're not forced to turn to these degrading reality shows for their role models. I also invite those of you who are into crafts and other positive activities to come and volunteer your time, mentor, provide internships. Someone stated that if our ship does not come in from the ocean that we should swim out to it....I beg to differ....I say, it's high time we begin building our own ships and cease from relying on those who do not have our best interest or the best interests of our young people in mind. Besides, we're intelligent enough to create our own destiny...we are the only race of people who wholeheartedly support others, but shun our own...it's high time that we do better! God bless!

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterProfessor Dee Dee

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