Financial Wake-Up Call

From advice on homeownership to unemployment, our economists offer strategies on how to secure your financial future

When Lori Porcher, 40, was laid off from her job as an account supervisor…

By David C. Ruffin

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Stand And Deliver

Kevin Cohee turned OneUnited into the nation's largest black banking institution one acquisition at a time. And he's not finished yet.

When Kevin Cohee, chairman and CEO of OneUnited Bank, looks at One Lincoln Street…

By Matthew S. Scott

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United Colors Of Global Hue

Don Coleman has positioned his agencyto make a play on markets of every stripe and color

On a blustery March afternoon Don Coleman, 51, sits behind his spacious desk in…

By Alan Hughes

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Massacre On Madison Avenue

In the toughest year everfor advertising firms, African American agencies struggled to hold on to business and meet the bottom line

The Barbies were stacked high in local supermarkets last August. Little girls clamored around…

By Cassandra Hayes

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A Tale Of Four Freshmen

By Sonya A. Donaldson

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was…

By Dale Coachman

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Maximum Overdrive

Boyland Auto Group increased revenues and profits through restructuring and a take-no-prisoners attitude

Dorian S. Boyland is taking care of business as he bustles about his 29,000-square-foot…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Pumping The Brakes

B.E. auto dealers used cost cutting and customer service to avoid being wrecked by a tough economy

Purring engines and showroom shine ignite a spark in new car shoppers — but…

By Rebecca Frances Rohan

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The House Always Wins

Don Barden rolled thedice when he anted up millions for a Las Vegas casino. It turned out to be a sure bet.

Sounds of electronic bells, buzzes, pings, and zaps fill the air as Don H.…

By Alan Hughes

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Operating In Rough Waters

B.E. Industrial/Service 100 companies seek to grow earnings by battening down the hatches

For the captains who helmed America’s largest black-owned businesses, managing those businesses in 2002…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Reinvention Through Innovation

Despite the sluggish economy, a number of B.E. 100S companies are winning the battle for market share and profits by retooling their enterprises

If there were a slogan to describe the attitude and activity permeating America’s largest…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Have We Lost Harlem?

Harlem is renewing its reputation and its landscape, and is currently the hottest piece of real estate in new york city. But at what cost?

The scenery in Harlem is changing. Take a stroll uptown and you’ll find great…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Organizing A Life Together

Eric Worley and his fiancée, Kimberly Palmer, are crafting common financial goals for their future

When a couple says “i do” on their wedding day, it’s not just two…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Financial Knowledge Is Freedom

Sterling Investment Management is educatingthe financially challenged and disadvantaged

Money is never just about money. If it was, we would all be rich.…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Collar This

Enjoying a 300-year-old history, the Oxford collar’s most fashionable period was during the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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It’s Your Move

Mike Givan takes chess to new heights

ike Givan likes a challenge, whether it’s work or sport. So it’s only…

By Sonia Alleyne

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For The Golden Years

Q: What can you tell me about long-term care insurance? I am in…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Hiring An Attorney

Prevent legal questions from becoming legal problems

In the past, Sophia Jones (not her real name), a former accounts manager in…

By Lee Anna Jackson

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Help A ‘Sista’ Out!

Q: I am a 36-year-old divorced mother of two. I work full time…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Sweet Freedom

Ex-convict Shakoor Watson overcame a heroin addiction to build a thriving bakery

When you step into Shakoor’s Sweet Tooth, you’re immediately conflicted. The cakes that line…

By Caroline Clarke

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Choose Smartly

Q: I am 33 and about to complete a B.S. degree in management…

By Sonia Alleyne

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