Why Entrepreneurs Need to Know How to Lobby

These seven mistakes can prove costly when dealing with the government

For small business owners, cutting through the red tape in order to deter a local…

By Alan Hughes

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Eight Tips For the Suddenly Wealthy

A checklist for managing an unexpected windfall of cash

If you’ve gone from drowning in debt to swimming in loot, these eight tips will…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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UBR Morning Post: More On Model Entrepreneur B. Smith

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Producer Angelique Westerfield speaks with B. Smith,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Forever Linked to Katrina, Ray Nagin Reflects on His Term

New Orleans mayor concedes mistakes, but 'did the best he could'

The legacy of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be forever intertwined with the…

By Joyce Jones

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What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt

Be mindful of the pros and cons of consulting a service

If you’re up to your eyeballs in debt and can’t see the light at the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Memo To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Become Isolated

Four keys to staying visible and connected despite the demands of running your business

One of the biggest threats to successful entrepreneurship is isolation. Many entrepreneurs get so caught…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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New Study Reveals Same Old Reality for Blacks

African Americans continue to lose ground in employment

Even with the news that the black unemployment rate dropped from 15.9% in May to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Mayors Press Senate to Pass Energy Bill

Hip Hop Caucus, CBC join push for green initiatives on Capitol Hill

The National Conference of Black Mayors is on a mission to green their cities. At…

By Joyce Jones

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Should You Get a Three-Year College Degree?

Tight economy has some schools offering a short-cut to the bachelor�s degree

Spiraling tuition costs have some students balking at the idea of a traditional four-year…

By Renita Burns

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Sports Franchise CFO Talks Boosting Bottom Lines

Changes in budget policy helped company make gains

As CFO of the parent company of several sports franchises that include the NBA’s Toronto…

By Alan Hughes

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White collar workers spend a significant amount of time sitting at a desk hunched over a computer. In fact, sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950, according to the American Heart Association. Between commuting to and from work, and spending the work day in meetings, on the phone, or rushing to complete projects, the one activity that seems the most expendable is exercising. To help get you motivated, BlackEnterprise.com compiled five exercises you can do in your office in less than 10 or fifteen minutes. Note: Before you begin any physical activity consult with your physician. Problem: Carpal tunnel syndrome can result from any repetitive movements such as typing or using a mouse. Solution: Hand exercises. Hold your right hand straight out in front of you with your palm down. With your left hand, grasp the fingers of your right hand and hold them back. Count to five. Repeat this substituting your right hand for your left hand.

Slideshow: Fit Fitness Into Your Workday

Five exercises you can do at your desk

Getting time in at the gym isn’t always easy. Here are five exercises you can…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Your high school graduate (age 18) should grasp enough about finance to … --Apply systematic decision making to a long-term goal --Schedule bill payments, write a check, reconcile checking or debit account statements, and monitor statements for accuracy --Explain how a negative credit report can affect a person’s future --Identify appropriate investments for accumulating money for a four-year college education, a wedding, a business startup, a house down payment, and retirement For more information on financial literacy benchmarks, and additional suggestions for money-related home-learning, visit the Credit Union National Association’s “Thrive By Five” Website and the Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Finance Literacy. Look for the full version of this article in the August issue of Black Enterprise.

What Kids Should Know About Money—and When

These benchmarks can be a guide as you share vital lessons with your child

Tips on what your child should know about managing their finances

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Dr. Patricia L. Turner, general surgeon, assistant professor of surgery at the University of  Maryland Medical Center and medical correspondent for news  outlets:  “Being a member of Mensa affords me the opportunity to interact with smart, interesting people in whatever way I choose.  ... I’ve been a member of Mensa for 25 years.” (Click here for more on joining Mensa)

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating Mensa’s Best and Brightest

Shining a spotlight on notable African American 'geniuses'

BlackEnterprise.com presents nine African American Mensa members who share their reasons for joining the august…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Common Talks Branding, Social Media, and Business Moves

His strategy: Stick to your core values

Grammy-winning artist, actor, and entrepreneur Common spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about successfully building a brand, marketing,…

By Renita Burns

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How to Combat New Banking Fees

As institutions look for ways to cut losses, you can too

You have options to cut back on banking fees.
I’m sure after reading my earlier post,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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5 Rules for Making Money in Hollywood

Here's what it takes to get your film acquired and distributed

Droves of African American directors, producers and screenwriters came to Miami Beach over the past…

By Derek T. Dingle

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For an atmosphere of warm elegance, a liberal dose of live music and stress eliminating hospitality and bold, rewarding cuisine, you can't do better than dinner at 1300 on Fillmore, a supper-club restaurant and lounge in the resurgent Fillmore District in San Francisco, featuring the cuisine of Executive Chef David Lawrence.

Dining Out at 1300 On Fillmore

Executive Chef David Lawrence and wife Monetta White deliver a can't-miss culinary experience. If you're anywhere near 'Frisco, go. Eat.

For an atmosphere of warm elegance, a liberal dose of live music and stress eliminating…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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If the iPhone 4 is the star quarterback of the high school football team, you can consider the Android a transfer player looking to steal some of the quarterback's shine. Earlier this week, Verizon announced the July release of its answer to the iPhone 4:  The Droid X. While many smartphone makers may be hard-pressed to move in on the iPhone’s 25% market share, the Droid has been making waves, accounting for 46% of online mobile traffic compared with Apple's 39%.  But with a competitive smartphone market and iPhones leading among creatives, Gen Y, and techies, and the Blackberry seeming to be the smartphone of choice for the business set, where does the Droid fit in? Check out the new features on the Droid X and see how it stacks up to its competitors.

PHOTO GALLERY: Droid X vs. iPhone 4

Verizon�s Droid seeks to make waves in smartphone market

If the iPhone 4 is the star quarterback of the high school football team, you…

By Renita Burns

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Black Enterprise’s career experts from the July 2010 Job Readiness Guide offer resourceful books for professionals looking to advance their careers.  NETWORKING: Networking guru Debra Langford, vice president of Inclusion & Business Diversity at NBC Universal, recommends the following books to help you connect better with people: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company; $27.99) - Gladwell examines the factors that lead to high levels of success. He asserts that one of the keys to success is the number of hours you work toward your goal, which he refers to as the “10,000 Hour Rule”.

PHOTO GALLERY: Books That Can Help You Get a Job

Successful businessmen and women share the books that have positively impacted their work and lives

Black Enterprise’s career experts from the July 2010 Job Readiness Guide offer resourceful books for…

By Dale Coachman

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Jobs bill fails in Senate; House narrowly passes campaign finance law; White House gambit to end homelessness

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus sharply criticized Republican senators at a press conference…

By Joyce Jones

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Insubordination: How to Handle an Employee Violation

Properly protect your company's morale, work environment

Carl C. Jefferson, national president of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources…

By Janell Hazelwood

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8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect your pitch with these tips

Crafting the perfect elevator speech is both an art and a science in which the…

By Alan Hughes

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It’s been one year since the world was rocked by news that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had passed away. In that time, much of the reporting about his finances focused on what the pop icon did wrong. For instance, only $70 million of his reported $500 million indebtedness has been paid off, AP reports. However, there are many financial moves Michael Jackson got right. The documentary, Michael Jackson's This is It based on his final concert rehearsal footage, has sold more than 5 million DVDs worldwide and Sony Music, Jackson’s record company grossed $252 million. In fact, his estate has earned more than $250 million alone in the year since he died thanks to attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who are building several new streams of income, including sales of a video game and through many licensing agreements. Although Jackson's executors manage millions of dollars, his estate planning requirements aren’t too different from what the average Joe or Jane should be doing. You may not have Jackson’s millions, but estate planning attorney Wynne Whitman, a partner with Schenck, Price, Smith & King L.L.P., and the author of Smart Women Protect their Assets (FT Press; $13.99), recommends four things you can do that Jackson did to ensure that his children and his legacy would be financially secure. (Source: MichaelJackson.com/us).

4 Steps the King of Pop Took to Secure His Financial Legacy

Prior to his death, Michael Jackson made sure his money and his children would be in the right hands

Michael Jackson made a lot of money during his lifetime, but he also accumulated a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top Entertainment Lawyer to Get Reginald F. Lewis Award

L. Londell McMillan recognized for outstanding international business achievement before the age of 50

L. Londell McMillan, partner and co-head of the Media and Entertainment Global Industry Sector at…

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Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national and local entities across the country organizes National HIV Testing Day. Visit www.hivtest.org to find a testing site near you. To learn more about how to participate in NHTD, visit the NAPWA HIV Testing Day Web site or e-mail nhtd@napwa.org.

PHOTO GALLERY: June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

A simple test could save the lives of you and those you love

HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. Each year, on June 27, the…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Free Ways to Monitor Your Credit

Keeping your credit in tip-top shape doesn�t have to cost a thing

After seeing ads on television, you might be tempted to sign up for credit monitoring.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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6 Ways To Know When Enough Is Enough

A never-say-die mentality doesn't mean never changing your mind about what's worth fighting for

Despite the mantras of “Never give up” and “Keep fighting” that many achievers subscribe to,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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How to Become a Personal Shopper

Turn a love of fashion into money in your pocket

Oftentimes, a passion for fashion can do more to drain your cash supply than boost…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Foreclosing as a Financial Strategy

It's called strategic defaulting, and more homeowners are doing it

Fannie Mae recently announced that it would penalize borrowers who purposely forego their home loan…

By John Simons

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Mocha Moms' DeeDeeJackson

Mocha Moms Are More Than Just Mothers

Group is dedicated to helping women to re-define their power after leaving careers in corporate America

A Mocha Mom is a woman of color who has chosen to make parenting and…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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RLJ Companies Adds Partners in Haiti Housing Project

Thousands of jobs will be created if project is approved

Bob Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, Wednesday announced that Royal Caribbean Cruises…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Tips for Your First Job Out of School

Work strategies and a stereotype you might never have thought of

The book Effective Immediately: How to Fit in, Stand out and Move up at Your…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring African Americans who have made vital contributions to the United States. The latest in the series is pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. He thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. The artwork is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel, "The Conquest." BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at other African Americans who were imortalized on stamps. (Date issued: June 22, 2010)BlackEnterprise.com wants to know: Who do you think should be on the next Black Heritage stamp?The Black Heritage series has been one of the USPS's most popular ever created. When an early-2000 Internet rumor spread that the series was going to be canceled, the postal service was inundated with hundreds of protesting letters, postcards, and phone calls. Despite an official press release denying the rumor, it resurfaces every year.

PHOTO GALLERY: African Americans in Philatelic History

Despite rumors, the popular Black Heritage stamp series is here to stay. Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is the latest addition.

Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring…

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Cutting Edge: Zip Car’s Going Public. Should I Buy?

How to research an IPO

Though money is a bit tight with student loans, I’m still always on the prowl…

By Renita Burns

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DISCUSS: Will You Buy the iPhone 4?

It's the most anticipated smartphone to hit the market yet. But are you buying?

Will you be among the throngs of people clamoring for the latest in Apple-dom?

By Renita Burns

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Administration Approves $1.5 Billion in Aid for Homeowners

Fund encourages states to develop less stringent solutions to prevent foreclosure

The U.S. Treasury announced Thursday that it has approved $1.5 billion in Hardest Hit Fund…

By Joyce Jones

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POLL: How Often Do People Ask You For A Hookup?

Is the expectation that you'll offer your products or services for free a minor annoyance or a drag on your business?

TAKE OUR POLL: One of the challenges facing many black small business owners is the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Last South Dakota Code Talker Buried

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — The last of the American Indian code talkers of South Dakota…

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On Standby: New Airline Passenger Rules

These proposed changes might take the frustration out of your next flight

If you’ve ever been bumped from a flight, you know the frustration that comes with…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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If You Were Obama, Would You Fire Gen. McChrystal?

Does his leadership of international forces in Afghanistan make him too important to be dismissed for insubordination?

TAKE OUR POLL: General Stanley S. McChrystal, leader of the counterinsurgency effort in the war…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Morning Post: Biz Advice From Margaret Garner

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

More great business advice from Broadway Consolidated Companies President, the dynamic entrepreneur featured on today’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Margaret Garner: Doing Business With Walmart

Advice from the president of Broadway Consolidated Companies, the first black female-owned construction firm to build a Walmart Store

A speaker at the 2020 Vision: Black Enterprise Economic Forum, Broadway Consolidated Companies Inc. President…

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Margaret Garner: What Obama Can Do For Black Business

The president of Broadway Consolidated Companies Inc. shares insights at the Black Enterprise Economic Forum

A speaker at 2020 Vision Black Enterprise Economic Forum, Broadway Consolidated Companies President Margaret Garner…

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Front-Facing Camera: One of the biggest iPhone 4 touts is its front-facing camera for video calling. iPhone 4 users will be able to chat with each other using an app called FaceTime anywhere a Wi-Fi connection is available.

PHOTO GALLERY: iPhone 4 vs. iPhone 3GS

New and improved?

Sleeker than its predecessor with flat front and back glass surfaces, the iPhone 4 looks…

By Renita Burns

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7 Things to Leave Off Your Resume

What you don't say is just as important as what you do

With career competition at an all-time high, job seekers need to be strategic about what…

By Catherine Jewell

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Investing 101: How to Pick a Financial Advisor

Choosing the wrong one can be a nightmare�just ask Bernie Madoff�s clients

Working with a financial advisor (consultant or planner) can not only be financially rewarding but…

By Patricia Stallworth

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How to File a Claim Against BP for Oil Spill Damages

What you need to know to receive payment for losses

Here are five steps to help you start the claim process with BP and receive…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Job In Demand: Physical Therapist

An overview of this lucrative field in healthcare

For the next eight years, the healthcare industry will be the largest supplier of employment…

By Brittany Hutson

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Trendstop Trendtracker (Free) Created by Trendstop.com, a global trend forecasting company, this app provides instant coverage from fashion shows, photo galleries, and daily catwalk trend analysis. You can also view fashion show schedules, event info, and fashion news from around the world. It has a search function that allows you to filter items by designer or city.

5 Savvy Fashion Apps

Save time and money with these shopping tools.

The last thing you want to have to stress about before a big meeting is…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Take it From Me: CamiCakes Cupcakes

Atlanta businesswoman shares the sweet and unsweetened sides of entrepreneurship

When CamiCakes Cupcakes (404-748-4288) opened its doors in 2006 in Orange Park, Florida, owner Andra…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Oil Spill Sheds Light on Need for Clean Energy and Jobs

Green experts say joblessness a threat of gulf oil spill

Energy experts discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Fannie’s and Freddie’s Delisting Means for Investors, Homeowners

Future of government-run mortgage companies is in doubt

With embattled mortgage purchasers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announcing plans to delist Wednesday, investors…

By Renita Burns

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Omarosa, real estate mogul Donald J. Trump and Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes on the read carpet for the premiere party for the new reality TV series, Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger, held at Trump Tower in New York City on Monday, June 14. On June 17 cable television company TV One (ranked No. 44 on the BE 100s Industrial/Service list) debuted The Ultimate Merger reality series. This Thursday, June 24, TV One will re-air the 90-minute first episode at 8:30 p.m. EST, followed by a one-hour second episode at 10:00 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: TV One/Trump Ultimate Merger Premiere Party

New reality show, in partnership with Donald Trump, marks latest move for the BE 100s company

Omarosa, real estate mogul Donald J. Trump and Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Billions in Wealth Lost Since Foreclosure Crisis Began

African American communities to lose $193 billion by 2012

Communities of color have lost billions in wealth since the current foreclosure crisis began, according…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Greene�s primary victory is upheld; Ethics panel scrutinizes lawmakers

The South Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee voted Thursday night to uphold unemployed veteran Alvin…

By Joyce Jones

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Golf Swing Video Recorder: This is perfect for the dad trying to improve his golf game. Simply mount the recorder to your golf bag, push, or golf cart and let the recorder capture your full body and your swing from six feet away. Play it back on the built-in screen, your TV, or computer. At $349.99 it’s a bit costly, but you'll be able to take credit for Dad's great game.

Cutting Edge: Last-Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Still don�t know what to get dad? We've got you covered.

Father’s Day is just around the corner but you still have a couple days to…

By Renita Burns

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How to Calculate Your Net Worth

3 simple steps for gauging the value of your personal wealth

If you want to get a true gauge of your personal wealth, you need to…

By Renita Burns

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Museum Offers Historic Walk Through Black Culture

Expansion and increased artifact attainment planned for Louisiana facility

If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana this year, there’s a special gem that you…

By Bridget McCrea

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N.J. Attorney General Talks Balancing Law, Family

Paula Dow juggles politics, career, and motherhood with success

New Jersey Attorney General Paual Dow spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about the law, her career, and…

By Joyce Jones

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Investing 101: Which Method Will You Use to Invest?

Do you go it alone or use a financial adviser? Your answer will determine your investing plan

Before you get too far along in creating your investment plan, stop and take a…

By Patricia Stallworth

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Move Beyond the Hustle: The Myths of Networking

4 great tips to move you beyond the hype to establishing authentic business relationships

Giving a business card does not mean we now have a connection, certainly not a…

By Marshawn Evans

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Mix and Match

Entrepreneurs find the right combination to move their hair products forward

As biracial women, Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge couldn’t find haircare products for their curly…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Do You Know Your Business Credit Score?

Whether managing or repairing it, understand how it affects operations and the bottom line

In the current economic environment, business owners understand that a good personal credit score is…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Savvy Solutions: Franchise Deal Too Good To Be True?

What questions do I need to ask so I don't get taken advantage of?

I am looking into a franchise opportunity. They’re offering a special program where I would…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Ask Your Advocate: Can I Be Taxed On a Canceled Debt?

The IRS has a few stipulations

I had a portion of my debt canceled after working out a debt settlement. A…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Money Matters: Do I Need This Type of Insurance?

Or was I duped into spending more money than I need to?

Along with monthly mortgage payments, I pay an additional $16 for insurance that will automatically…

By John Simons

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News You Can Use

Boston investment banker Arnett Waters sifts through recent events to locate out-of-favor stock gems.

Arnett Lanse Waters is a bit of a news junkie. His best investment ideas, he…

By John Simons

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Raise Your Corporate Profile

5 tips to ensure your hard work gets noticed

As part of our Job Seeker’s Readiness Guide, we look at how you can improve…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Free Your Mind

Its OK to be bullish again, but dont run blindly with the herd

Creating a dependable forecast of the economy is notoriously difficult. Tons of variables connect to…

By Mellody Hobson

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Research Stocks Like a Wall Street Professional

Learn that one special thing the pros look for before making an investment

The key to making good stock-picking decisions is cold, hard research. When you make individual…

By Renita Burns

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Uncle Sam To Phase Out Paper Checks

If you receive unemployment, social security or other benefits, your check won�t be in the mail

If you’re looking for your unemployment or social security check, don’t bother waiting by the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Take A Stand With Your Dollars

While we are often conflicted about immigration issues, Arizona's anti-immigration law has everything to do with us

As most people know, given the generous amount of purple and gold items in my…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared with 23.6%—black men are 37% more likely to develop lung cancer and 22% more likely to die from it. For black women, lung cancer occurs at roughly the same rate as it does in white women, according to an American Lung Association report. Though the reason for the disparity is unclear, it appears to be the result of a confluence of factors such as genetics and access to healthcare.

Talking Points: What You Need to Know

Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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The Truth About Our Differences

Two diversity experts� feedback about challenges of race and gender in the workplace

Cultural Anthropologists Thomas Kochman and Jean Mavrelis have worked as diversity consultants since the inception…

By Dale Coachman

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United Healthcare's Dr. Reed Tuckson is a frontline warrior in the battle against to end the obesity epidemic.

Being of Strong Mind and Body

One of life's greatest tragedies is a talented person cut down in their prime by preventable health problems

One of life’s greatest tragedies is witnessing a talented professional or entrepreneur about to reach…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Investing In Education

Dwayne Thomas is �getting his finances in order for life after law school

Dwayne Thomas learned all about the stock and bond markets as a finance major at…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Celebrating Black Business

Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton crusade to raise awareness with a month of recognition in August

Frederick E. Jordan didn’t have many financing options when he started his engineering and construction…

By Jason Evers Roberson

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The Entrepreneur in You

Before becoming a business owner, you have to think like one

There are no easy short-cuts to successful, sustainable entrepreneurship: being your own boss takes lots…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Kirk Franklin

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist talks about life lessons and his new book

When Kirk Franklin assembled a 17-member vocal ensemble of neighborhood friends and associates he dubbed…

By Shenelle Wallace

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BE-DIVERSITY-LOGO-V1

40 Best Companies For Diversity: They Want YOU!

The organizations on our list know that hiring diverse employees and leveraging differences sharpen their competitive edge.

Regaining its footing after one of the worst economic downturns in our nation’s history, corporate…

By Sonia Alleyne

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You Better Shop Around

Four steps to getting the best deal on a home loan

Some 92% of homebuyers finance their purchase with a mortgage, according to the National Association…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Job Seekers Readiness Guide

Unemployment�s high and competition is tough. Here are five key areas that can give you the edge in the job market

At a time when many job seekers are asking if résumés are still relevant, Jewell…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Your Opportunity is Out There! Go Get It!

With unemployment at 9.9%—meaning more than 15 million people are out of work—talk of an…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE Editors

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Find the Best Summer Travel Deals for Your Family

Vacations don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here's how one family saves and still has fun

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

By Leslie E. Royal

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For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while an increasing number of professionals are logging more time on the road, Watkins, 49, has enjoyed a hectic travel schedule for more than 20 years as a sales executive in various media businesses with a focus on business and leisure destinations. Currently, as a travel media consultant for Voyages North America Inc., Watkins travels roughly 15 to 20 days a month and visits about 50 countries a year. He offers us a glimpse into how he manages his schedule.

PHOTO GALLERY: On the Go

A busy executive is always well-equipped for travel

For most, travel is a favorite pastime. For Henry Watkins, it’s his livelihood. And while…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Giving the Gift of Life

Leukemia patient's search for a bone marrow donor highlights low black representation on the national registry

Jennifer Jones Austin thought she just had a stomach virus. The married mother of two…

By Brittany Hutson

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Pep Talk: How Can I Boost Morale at Work?

What to do during tough times.

How do you maintain motivation within your organization during times of doubt?

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Breaking Bad

3 steps to rid yourself of negative habits

Bad habits are tough to shake. Left unchecked, these repetitive actions can hinder professional advancement…

By Renita Burns

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Cutting Through the Red Tape

A state director learns how to re-engineer his team using Six Sigma methodology

Like every other sector in this slow economic recovery, government must learn to do more…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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A Lasting Engagement

A consumer products professional works to create the ultimate brand experience for buyers

Cooper is responsible for developing new consumer engagement models and marketing programs tailored to such…

By Brittany Hutson

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Since You Asked: Can’t Find a Job in My Field

What am I doing wrong?

I’m so discouraged trying to find a position in my field of human resources management.…

By Dale Coachman

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The Business of National Security

Once shrouded in mystery, the DIA opens up in search of new employees

While serving in the United States Air Force, L. Eric Patterson was introduced to the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Social Media: Things That Make you Go “Oops!”

Our experts offer these tips for getting the most out of your digital media tools.

Don’t be these people: The Joiner who hops on every social network with no clear…

By Dale Coachman

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Cyberwise: How Can I Manage My Time Better?

Digital tools to help you keep your life in order

I have a difficult time managing my schedule and tasks. What are some really good…

By Dale Coachman

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Three Tips for Personalizing Your Brand

Make sure your image matches both you and your business

Wendi Levy and Kim Etheredge turned their struggle to find haircare products that suited biracial…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Marketing in the Digital World

Here�s how to craft a smart online strategy

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the term “social media” conjures up the image…

By Dale Coachman

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Is the Corporate Grind Really Worth It?

Thinking about going solo? Freelancing might be right for you.

Call it a dream to work from home in your PJs, choose your income, your…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Facebook App Helps Users Find Jobs

What are friends for? With this tool, they could help you land your next gig.

If your network equals your net worth you may be sitting atop Fort Knox. Hire…

By Renita Burns

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It's not just a romantic comedy—it could be your next easy summer side-hustle

Cutting Edge: Odd Jobs That Pay

Part II of the Summer Side Hustle series

With economic times tougher than leather wallets, the line between what people will and won’t…

By Renita Burns

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part III

Keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups–don’t have to be expensive to be memorable.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Where the Jobs Are: Stylist Takes Hair Flair to White House

Johnny Wright talks Michelle Obama and business of beauty

Johny Wright discusses his climb to success before Hollywood and the White House and offers…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Why Today’s Leaders Must Surf, Not Sail

Our charge should no longer be "Steady as She Goes!," but "Hang Ten!"

Change happens. And once upon a time, all that was expected of business leaders was…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Clyburn calls for investigation of South Carolina candidates

House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Thursday afternoon that he’s calling on both state and…

By Joyce Jones

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Amy DuBois Barnett to Helm Ebony Magazine

Johnson Publishing also hires Desiree Rogers to help turnaround company

Johnson Publishing Company announced last week that Amy DuBois Barnett will become the new editor-in-chief…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Aid for Small Businesses

During bipartisan meeting, Obama addressed oil spill and financial regulation

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation to help small business get loans…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Xerox Names New President of U.S. Solutions Group

Kevin Warren will lead direct sales force

Xerox Corp. named Kevin M. Warren president of its U.S. Solutions Group. The appointment is…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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10 Tips for Writing a Winning E-Book

Use these quick and easy steps to get published

With the advent of technology – we crave information immediately, passionately and succinctly. An electronic…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Hey! Someone Stole My Luggage!

Five ways to protect your stuff from airport thieves before they strike�and what to do if they do.

I’m sure you’re ready for that much-needed summer vacation. You’re longing for sun, sand, and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part II

Comfortable lodging for less

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups–don’t have to be expensive to be memorable.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Investing 101: How to Create the Perfect Financial Plan

Don't wait. Prioritize your goals and get started now!

A good plan is key to a successful investment program. The basis or foundation of…

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Get Ready for Changes to Your Debit Card

You can say buh-bye to those pesky overdraft fees, but you'll have to really watch your balance

As of July 1, new changes are coming to debit card overdraft fees. The Federal…

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PHOTO GALLERY: Tips To Upgrade Your Style Profile

Celebrity stylist Johnny Wright shares hair do's and don'ts

Celebrity hairstylist Johnny Wright shares tips to help women of power and prestige also be…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Oil Spill Cleanup Scams

From bogus stocks to fake job opportunities, don�t let con artists get away with your cash

Whenever there’s an opportunity, scammers often find a way to use their dirty little tricks…

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Save on Your Summer Getaway – Part I

Deals for traveling to your perfect vacation

Summer vacations–whether for families, couples, singles or groups– don’t have to be expensive to be…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Keeping Your Credit in Check

Our Wealth for Life segment reviews the new laws governing Credit Cards with Manyell Akinfe,…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

African American jobless rate contracts slightly; White House AIDS summit

The nation’s unemployment rate, fell to 9.7% in May from 9.9% in April, due in…

By Joyce Jones

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These days, an Academy Award is not the only prize that eludes black filmmakers. Getting a film made and distributed has become a rare occurrence as well. Of the 558 feature films that were released in 2009, eight were filmed by black directors and two of them were creations of stage and big screen powerhouse Tyler Perry, who has directed eight movies since 2006 alone, including Why Did I Get Married, Too, which brought in $60 million. But Perry isn’t the only one setting the stage for a second act. BlackEnterprise.com talked to eight filmmakers who can identify with the challenges black filmmakers face in Hollywood, but who strategized their efforts and are primed to do big things in the next few years.

Blacks Behind the Camera

Through innovation, guerilla marketing, and new technology, black directors have raised the curtain in Tinseltown.

These days, an Academy Award is not the only prize that eludes black filmmakers. Getting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Jill Scott on motherhood, music and much more

Jilly From Philly Talks Baby, Balance, and Branding

'Operation Village' helps singer handle motherhood with success

Jill Scott, our favorite homegirl, multiplatinum, Grammy-Award-winning singer, poet, author, actress– and now mommy–shares how…

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Cutting Edge: Summer Side Hustles

From cold water to "Passion Parties," a few easy ways to bring in extra money when the heat is on

Here are some quick, down and dirty ways to add additional revenue to your personal…

By Renita Burns

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M.R. Beal Strikes Billion-Dollar Deal

Black-owned investment bank to underwrite major bond issuance for New York State Dormitory Authority

In a landmark deal, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) announced…

By Alan Hughes

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Poll: Tea Party Supporters Predisposed to Intolerance

Survey disproves myth of post-racial America

In a recent survey, the Tea Party movement, which is opposed to big government and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Women & Money: Let’s Take on the World of Investing

To be successful, check your behavior and get out of your own way

Personal finance guru Patricia Stallworth begins a series on women and investing. First up, teaching…

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Adding Diversity Into the Equation

Minority chemists face barriers in the pipeline between academia and the workplace

Less than a year after Teri Quinn Gray began working as a research manager for…

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