“The greatest gift I’ve ever received was a journal my mother made for me when I was seven,” says award-winning journalist and CocoaFly.com host Jeneé Darden. The Oakland, Calif. native hasn’t stopped writing since. Jeneé has reported for National Public Radio, Time magazine, Marketplace news radio show, Huffington Post and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance magazine. She is the former host of the award-winning podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio. In 2005, she contributed reporting on the London transit bombings for Time magazine’s Europe edition. She is the 2012 recipient of the New America Media Award for Outstanding Community Reporting-Radio.
Jeneé blends her passion for journalism and hip voice on her website and podcast Cocoa Fly —a new flavor in news for women. Jeneé launched the site after becoming frustrated with the lack of diverse stories on women and people of color. She covers, social justice, entertainment, mental health, sex, relationships, books and much more. Cocoa Fly features Jeneé’s thesis on black erotic literature called “Under the Covers: The Popularity and Debate Over Black Erotic Literature.” Jenee interviewed New York Times best selling author Zane and editors of the groundbreaking anthology Erotique Noire. In “Under the Covers” Jeneé explores black erotica and the impact of race on black sexuality. She also looks into the genre’s impact on black authors and the publishing industry.
Before Cocoa Fly, Jeneé Darden was a producer for NPR's News and Notes hosted by Farai Chideya and Marketplace Money. In her short and exciting career Jeneé has interviewed and produced segments on a host of newsmakers and entertainers including: best-selling authors Iyanla Vanzant and Eric Jerome Dickey, music executive Matthew Knowles, rapper and Oscar winner Common, Oscar-winning director Bill Condon, singer Kelly Rowland, civil-rights leader Myrlie Evers-Williams, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and everyday people making a difference in the world.
The daughter of former O.J. Simpson prosecutor Christopher Darden, Jeneé holds a BA in ethnic studies from UC San Diego and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California. She is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. and the National Association of Black Journalists. Jeneé loves creative writing as well. The National Book Foundation awarded her a summer writing fellowship in 2003. Jeneé Darden is available for interviews and speaking engagements.