Joi-Marie Murphy McKenzie is an entertainment and lifestyle writer for ABC News.
She is also the author of the critically-acclaimed period memoir, The Engagement Game, out now. McKenzie scored her book deal by happenstance — after sending 20 pages of her memoir to an editor for feedback that editor turned around and offered her a deal.
McKenzie is also the creator of The Fab Empire, an award-winning website that covers society, celebrities and local events in various cities around the U.S.
Previously, she has freelanced for publications including her family’s The Afro American Newspaper, the longest running African American family-owned newspaper in the country, Clutch Magazine, NBC New York and NBC Washington.
McKenzie is an in-demand panelist and workshop facilitator. She has spoken about entrepreneurship, blogging, growing an audience online, and social media topics at Columbia University, University of Maryland College Park, Howard University, LIM College, Blogger Week, and Blogalicious.
She’s also spoken at the prestigious 92Y: Cultural Institution and Community Center in New York City along with Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C.
McKenzie attained a Master of Science in Digital Media from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, College Park.
She is also the great-granddaughter of Vashti Turley Murphy, one of the 22 founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. — the largest community service organization for black college educated women in the world.