Daytime’s Other Drama

Despite its popularity with black audiences, daytime television discounts black talent in front of, and behind, the camera. These industry insiders are pushing for change.

Tune in to television anytime during the day and you’re bound to see a…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Sweet Expectations: A Recipe For Success

In the darkest period of her life, Michele Hoskins found inspiration from a family recipe and created a multimillion-dollar company.

In 1997, Michele Hoskins was nominated for the BE Emerging Company of the Year…

By Michelle Hoskins


Handle With Care

Blacks are in weakest position to provide home care

African American caregivers are more likely than other groups to experience financial hardship…

By Marcia Wade Talbert


Riding With The Currency

When the dollar loses value in the world markets, there are pitfalls to watch out for. Here's how to benefit whether it is weak or strong.

Harlan Brandon knows shoes. After 15 years of designing them for companies such as…

By Rene Brinkley


Carver Vs. One United

In the battle for market share and customers, the nation's two largest black banks seek to grow through acquisition. Which one will ultimately win the fight to be No. 1?

Deborah Wright has been kicking butt and taking numbers — the latest is No.…

By Sakina P. Spruell


Taking Steps Toward Financial Independence

Our 2003 financial fitness contest winners are reaching their goals with solid fiscal planning

What a difference a year makes.
Anyone who is seriously committed to getting his or…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash


The Perfect Sip

John D. Gregory enjoys an Armagnac moment

Southwest France’s Gascogny region — dubbed France’s Tuscany — is a gourmand’s paradise,…

By Joseph Dumas


The Season’s Best

Snapshots of memorable moments are artistically arranged and custom designed to…

By Sonia Alleyne


New Orleans Spice

A taste of art and culture in the Crescent City

A poetic fusion of the melody and the moment is what trumpeter Irvin Mayfield…

By Sean Drakes


The Art Of Motion

An engineer dances with capoeira

“The first time I saw it, I was intimidated by it.” This is…

By Sonja


No Credit Card, No Service?

Q: What do you think about companies that refuse to accept check cards,…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


A Time To Give

Donate a tree for someone you love

Honor employees, co-workers, or loved ones with a “gift that keeps on giving,”…

By Jennifer L. Smith


Better Ways To Buy

Educate yourself with a consumer handbook

The Consumer Action Handbook is published annually by the U.S. General Services Administration’s…

By Stephanie Young


Budget Gifts

Stressful days call for relaxing evenings, and the…



Jack Of All Trades?

Q: I’m a young, black man who needs advice on investing, money management,…

By Tanisha A. Sykes


Alone In Your Time Zone

Are you plagued by chronic lateness? Here's how to tell -- and what you can do to change.

If you recognize chronic lateness as a serious problem, rooted in everything from childhood experiences…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In Retail Fashion

Q: My daughter is interested in a retail manufacturing position. She is a…

By Sonia Alleyne


Springboard To Success

Organization to help underrepresented groups navigate the corporate landscape

The women’s liberation movement in the ’60s was galvanized by women who demanded…

By Nkechi Olisemeka


Excusez Moi, Parlez-Vous Francais?

Learn another language to increase your marketability

Can you afford to hold your tongue? Americans often avoid learning a foreign language,…

By Kimberly Hamilton-Wright


Brand Me

Marketing techniques to make you stand out

Orrin Hudson, founder of the Atlanta-based nonprofit Be Someone Inc. (, an organization that…

By Lee Anna Jackson


Paint Hustle

New Orleans artist went from the streets to mainstream

Name: Lionel Milton
Career: Artist
Location: New Orleans
Power Move: Investigating options in licensing has garnered contracts…

By Sean Drakes


Dream Machines

It’s a tad bigger than an iPod, but the SoniqCast Aireo…



It’s A Team Thing

Larry Sheffield has a knack for building high-tech departments and driving results

If there’s one thing that George Samenuk, chairman and CEO of antivirus and…

By Bridget McCrea


Knowing When It’s Time

Q: I’ve been running a business on the side and I think it…

By Alan Hughes


Getting Paid

Collection tips for handling slow- or non-paying clients

How long does it take your customers to pay you? Have you developed…

By Carolyn M. Brown


Know The Rules

Home-based businesses strain to comply with the complexity of IRS regulations

The rules and regulations that home business owners must adhere to are more daunting…

By Arlene McKanic


Art Noir

Philadelphia professionals hang up careers to create black art framing enterprise

With few resources and a lot of hope, Philadelphia entrepreneurs Sean Simmons and Kelly…

By Glenn Townes


Raging Beauty

One-time female boxing champ is winning bouts in sports management arena

Six years ago, former boxing champion Isra Girgrah Wynn (a.k.a. “The Raging Beauty”) and…

By Zakiyyah El-Amin


Catching Up On Retirement

Q: I am 41-years-old and have no retirement plan. I just started a…

By Matthew S. Scott


A Less Taxing Way To Invest

The yields on municipal bond funds are tempting -- and tax exempt, too

Investors looking to increase their portfolio’s yield without holding junk bonds might want to…

By Donald Jay Korn


One Bad Apple

Theodore Parrish's portfolio of A-rated companies had a minor flaw

The performance of the relatively conservative portfolio of stocks Theodore L. Parrish picked exclusively…

By Rhonda Reynolds


Proceed With Caution

Money manager Alfred Jackson looks for slow and positive growth

Alfred Jackson isn’t excited about the economy just yet. A partner at Davis Hamilton…

By Nicole Lewis


Adjusting Investment Styles

The Umoja Investment Club is benefitting from its willingness to change

Seven years ago, 10 African American women fresh out of college founded the Umoja…

By Erin Straker


Cracker Barrel Pays $8.7m To Settle Race Case

Cracker Barrel restaurant chain has agreed to pay $8.7 million to settle allegations…

By Nicole Marie Richardson


Black Board Directors Form Network

Annual summit addresses diversity in the boardroom

Forging relationships with top executives and getting onto key committees that oversee executive…

By K. Terrell Reed


Black Farmers Sue Usda For $20.5 Billion

Mismanaged 1999 settlement sparks class action lawsuit

In September, the Black Farmers and Agriculturist Association (BFAA) and 11 other plaintiffs filed…

By Tamara E. Holmes


Raines Stays Cool Under Fire

Fannie Mae CEO says cooperation with regulators is not admission of guilt

Franklin Raines has survived another round of scrutiny at Fannie Mae — but not…

By Hamil R. Harris


Kmart Makes Branding Pro Its New Chief

Aylwin Lewis named eighth black CEO of Fortune 500 corporation

Veteran fast-food restaurant executive Aylwin Lewis has replaced Julian Day as CEO of Kmart…

By Sonia Alleyne


Funny Money

Black comedians have always been among the funniest. Now, by tapping into the business side of the industry, today's comics are laughing all the way to the bank.

It’s not just another punch line. Always the irreverent funnyman, Chappelle may joke about…

By Alan Hughes