Angela Burt-Murray is the co-founder of GlobalBlack.com, a news, politics and opinion site for African-Americans launching in partnership with The Huffington Post.
She’s an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of ESSENCE magazine, where she 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 defined the cultural discussion for the Black community and empowered the brand’s audience– which encompassed 8.3 million readers of the monthly magazine and over 1.5 million monthly unique users of the website.
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Under her leadership, ESSENCE was recognized for its compelling editorial content, her popular monthly essays, exclusive interviews with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama and investigative reports on child slavery in Ghana, child sex trafficking and the rise of militant hate groups. She also created the magazines first ever news section, signed high-profile contributors like Charlayne Hunter-Gault as the magazines first Africa correspondent and hired the magazine’s first White House correspondent.
Burt-Murray also successfully expanded the ESSENCE brand into books, television and live events. ESSENCE recently published The Black Women’s Guide to Healthy Living, and three commemorative editions of The Obamas: Portrait of America’s New First Family andThe Obamas in The White House: Reflections on Family, Faith & Leadership. She also expanded the brand into television with three co-branded news specials for CNN entitled Black in America: Reclaiming the Dream (2008, 2009) and The State of Black Men in the Age of Obama (2009); executive produced and hosted two TV ONE specials Essence Presents: Will You Marry Me (2007, 2008); and executive produced four TV ONE specials: Essence Music Festival: One Night Only (2009, 2010) and Faith Through the Storm (2010), a documentary about life in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina (2010); and a TV ONE All-Star Gospel Tribute to Bishop TD Jakes (2009).
Additionally, as one of the chief architects of the annual 3-day Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Burt-Murray was responsible for programming the daily empowerment seminars. Her complete reinvention of this ad-supported series, development of key initiatives like on-site HIV testing, standing-room only gospel celebrations, an African-American Education Summit and the inclusion of world-class speakers like Dr. Bill Cosby, Rev. Al Sharpton, Tyler Perry and Jada Pinkett Smith, resulted in over 100,000 attendees each day.
Prior to joining ESSENCE, Burt-Murray served as executive editor of TEEN PEOPLE. Previously, Burt-Murray was executive editor at Honey magazine from 2001 to 2003, beauty and health director at TEEN PEOPLE in 2001, and the fashion and beauty features editor for ESSENCE from 1998 to 2001. Burt-Murray’s work has appeared in Working Mother, Heart & Soul and Parenting magazines. She is also the co-author of the critically acclaimed humor book, The Angry Black Woman’s Guide to Life (Dutton), and the novel, The Vow (HarperCollins/Amistad) which is being turned into a movie by Lifetime Networks. She is also a weekly contributor to The Steve Harvey Morning Show where she hosts the popular Hot Topics segment.
Featured as one of the “40 Under 40” by Crain’s New York Business, she appears regularly on CNN, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News and The Today Show, to name a few. Burt-Murray is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Society of Magazine Editors. She has served on the boards of Safe Horizons, the nation’s leading domestic violence assistance organization, The Overseas Press Club, the South Orange Performing Arts Center and the American Society of Magazine Editors. She currently serves on the board of The Pingry School. A graduate of Hampton University, she resides in New Jersey with her husband and their two children.