We know all new ventures have growing pains, so it’s not exactly a shock that Angela Burt-Murray and Sheila Johnson’s new Web venture have parted ways. Richard Prince reported in his Journal-isms column Saturday that the former Essence honcho was no longer associated with GlobalBlack, Johnson’s venture with Arianna Huffington into the world of black-oriented websites.
Derek J. Murphy, chief operating officer of the venture, told Prince that he had taken over hiring and building the site and that Burt-Murray was gone. We wish Burt-Murray all the luck; after five years as editor-in-chief of Essence, she will soon find new opportunities for her talent. As for GlobalBlack, we welcome them to the struggle. This is just a reminder that it’s not as easy as it looks.