Updated: Jun 18
By Coco R'
The COCO journal featuring the 'Confessions Of An Afrodite (COAA)' series.
Hello and welcome to the new year. I can only hope this year is as inceptive and life changing as you would desire for it to be.
Thank you for the continued support and interaction. The Coco Journal is a project I have been working on for the better part of 3 years. At its conception, it was only meant to be a blogging platform that allowed for healthy, intelligent discussion on a vast number of social topics. With more development and growth in the world as well as in me, my goals for it have slightly shifted. I want The Coco Journal to be more than a platform; I want it to be a brand, which essentially means they are lot more things in the works that are going to come under The Coco Journal umbrella.
‘What conceived The Coco Journal?’ Well, it was actually a spur of the moment sort of the thing. It was 3 years ago, and I was stressing over the pressure of school exams. For some reason I have this vicious habit of deferring work just to stress about work (LOL who can relate?). I had been reading ‘One day it will all make sense’ which is a novel by Common (notoriously known for being an actor and rapper) and I got curious about his musical catalogue. So, I went on my Spotify and typed his name, and this was the first song that popped up.
‘It’s your World’. I had always had the urge to embrace the creative side of myself. Writing, reading and creating have been a greater passion of mine since I was a toddler. And often it got lost in my other pursuits such as academics and other extra curricular adventures. To make it short, the song made me want to be more. That’s how The CCJ was conceived. I will leave it to you to dissect the lyricism and alternative meanings in this project.
'This is what compels me to compel them' - Nina Simone
I made this platform because I felt the black voice was often underrepresented in media. Unless it's a celebrity or media commentary page/app, we don't really have a substantial amount of platforms that solely represent black progression ideologies positively, especially in the UK. With that in mind, I embarked on the journey of creating an environment that portrayed blackness in its true light. Being black is not exclusive to African Americans; we come in various shapes, shades and also from varied civilisations. And I wanted this page to showcase and voice every one of those people. So that whatever I post on this blog, you may not be able to relate to me solely, but you can relate to somebody in the comment section, or you can relate to someone I feature, you could even just go out on a limb and start your own discussion (if you did not know, the blog also features a discussion section where all subscribers can interact).
The experience on this blog is obviously catered to the black experience. However, the readership is broad enough to accommodate everyone. I want people from all walks of life to be able to tune into the content. This idea was what facilitated the new changes that are coming up on the blog. As you will see, I have added some references and articles to back up some of the points I will be making. This was just to make the blog more notable and less of a ranty/ chatty page. I want to be able to make valid social commentary based upon real past occurrences, so the blog is not only reliable but also valid.
I look forward to more discussions together. Please remember this platform was made for you, so don't be afraid to voice your own thoughts, however vague they may be. I want to hear from you. Plus, this is a new year so don't be afraid to put yourself out there, you never know what you can spark.
2021 Lets go.
Peace and Prosperity x
Which songs represent The Coco Journal?
- Its you world Part 1&2 (Common)
- Resurrection (Common)
- You know how we do it (Ice Cube)
- Valuable lessons (Cormega)
- Where ya heart at (Mobb Deep)
The CCJ playlist