Want to weigh in on BE Tweets of the Week? Start a new conversation using our hashtag #BEREMEMBERS on Twitter and let your voice be heard. We're listening! For more BE Tweets of the Week, read: BE Tweets of the Week: #BEPolitics BE Tweets of the Week: #BESocialMedia BE Tweets of the Week: #BEHolidayGifting

BE Tweets of the Week: #BEREMEMBERS R&B Singer Teena Marie

The Twitterverse remembers Teena Marie. Here are 10 notable tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking…

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Black Enterprise pays final tribute to 10 great leaders in business, civil rights, politics and philanthropy whose passing made global news in 2010. While we mourned their departure in 2010, we also pay tribute to their historic achievements and remain grateful for the difference their contributions will continue to make in 2011 and beyond. --Alfred Edmond Jr.

In Memoriam: 10 Great Leaders Who Transitioned in 2010

Black Enterprise pays final tribute to historic difference-makers in business, civil rights, politics and philanthropy

Black Enterprise pays final tribute to 10 great leaders in business, civil rights, politics and…

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Managing Food Allergies at Work

Tips for eating and staying safe when food isn't always your friend

In the work world, social connections are often made over lunch or dinner. Food plays…

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This Week on Our World: Best-selling Author Terry McMillan

Also: roundtable discussion on Blacks in new media; gospel star Yolanda Adams takes on hypertension.

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise host Marc Lamont Hill talks with Terry…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Holiday Party Dressing

Chic his and her looks to help you ring in the new year with style!

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host, Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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11. Create a 2011 file. Start now in organizing for 2011. Make files to plan new projects, organize tax documents that will be needed to file for taxes next year, and other folders (whether digital or physical) that can already be ready for filling with important items. For more on small business success in the new year: 6 New Year Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs 9 Tips to Keep Black Salons in Business

Small Business Checklist: 11 Ways to Get Your House in Order for 2011

Get prepped now to bring in a successful new year

Start the new year off right by being prepared and armed for success.

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Obama Ends Year on a High, Surviving Midterm Shellacking

One expert predicts Republicans wont be so compromising next year

Looking toward the future
The media has been abuzz this week over President Obama’s conversation with…

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Related Links: The Only 5 Social Media Sites You Need 10 Tips on Pitching Your Idea to the Big Guys--National Retailers How to Sell Anything to Anybody 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally Gains & Losses of 2010

6 New Year’s Resolutions for New Entrepreneurs

Make the following commitments to lay the foundation for succcess of your business in 2011

So you’ve decided that 2011 is the year, the official “Founded” date of your brand…

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

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This year has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments we’ll remember for some time. As we countdown the final days on the calendar and head into 2011, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at a few of the gains and losses of 2010. These are the events that have had (or that we predict will have) some impact on our economy, politics, entertainment or way of doing business. Let us know if we’ve forgotten any biggies by leaving your comments below! —The Editors

Gains & Losses of 2010: The Good, the Bad, the Memorable

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the moves that made us cheer, and some that made us cringe

2010 has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments that we’ll remember…

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Why the Big Bowl Games Are Big Business

Washington DC official discusses economic impact the Military Bowl could have on the city

The University of Maryland Terps will face the East Carolina University Pirates in the 2010…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Reveals His Passion for Painting & Photography

The mega producer adds visual artist to his ever-expanding resume and explains his latest form of expression

Not only is mega producer-come-NYU professor Swizz Beatz an avid art collector of painters such…

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In 1994 Curtiss Pope's first job was as a grocery store clerk. Only 15, he couldn’t understand why there wasn’t a document to show customers which aisle had the bread and which aisle had the dairy. “I had to be well versed in the store layout,” remembers Pope. Fast-forward to 2008; Pope, now a software engineer, was on a grocery run with his wife when he got a spark of inspiration. He wanted to create a mobile app to help customers navigate their stores. That's exactly what he did. The app, AisleFinder, helps shoppers find their grocery items based on their shopping list. It also provides users with coupons and collects information about shoppers’ habits. Pope’s wife, along with several of his friends and family, thought it was a great idea and gave him moral support; along with $22,000. Unfortunately, the national grocery store chains didn’t feel the same way. It took a year and a half before Pope, and his four-person staff, were able to get a pilot deal with national grocery retailer, Safeway Inc. After a lot of coaxing the store agreed that starting this January they would endorse his app in 40 of their stores across California. Although AisleFinder still has a long way to go, Pope says that the deal with Safeway is already opening doors to other retailers. Here are his 10 tips for closing a deal with a national brand.

How to Get a Deal with National Retailers

10 tips on pitching your idea to the big guys from someone who did it

Curtiss Pope created a mobile app to help shoppers locate their items in grocery stores.…

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WATCH: 5 Steps to a Powerful Smile

Perfecting your pitch is one thing; but having a killer smile could help you seal the deal. Dr. Catrise Austin shows you how

Dr. Catrise Austin, author of the new book, 5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile,…

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Actor Jamie Hector Moves Mountains for a Good Cause

The former Wire actor uses the arts to combat cyber-bullying & help kids achieve their dreams

On-screen Jamie Hector is known for playing heartless bad guys—most notably the role of Marlo…

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Offer rental space to barbers and braiders. Making room for stylists with multiple talents will bring in a new and diverse clientele.  Now would be a great time to learn to braid well, or brush-up on the services that barbers usually perform.

9 Tips to Keep Black Salons in Business

Expert advice on how to weather the haircare industry storm

Here are 9 tips to keep black salons marketable and in business.

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WATCH: HIV/AIDS and the Impact on Black Men

Emerald Morrow speaks to an HIV positive young man who talks about the challenges and the way forward

Emerald Morrow reports for BlackEnterprise.com about the impact HIV/AIDS still has on our community.

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BE Tweets of the Week: #BEHolidayGifting

Six holiday gifting tweets BE couldn't ignore and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking…

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Seal It with a Tip!

Not sure what to give as a simple thank-you gift? See our chart of tipping points from etiquette guru Anna Post

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and protocol legend Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Anna Post, on the…

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For more holiday coverage, read: 'Tis the Season to 'Buy Black' WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

9 Gift Ideas That Will Have You “Buying Black” This Holiday Season

Bring holiday cheer to loved ones AND Black-owned businesses

Here are a few gift suggestions straight from Mrs. Buy-Black America, Maggie Anderson, of The…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

Still picking up last-minute gifts? Daisy gives easy gift ideas for co-workers and friends

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes It a Night to Remember

We caught up with the singer at the listening party for his new album, Best Night of My Life

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with the actor turned R&B crooner, Jaime Foxx,…

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For more holiday tips, read: Holiday Bonuses: A Thing of the Past or on the Comeback? Holiday Entertaining on a Budget  Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy

‘Tis the Season to ‘Buy Black’

The Anderson family shares tips on how to check "shop at Black-owned businesses"

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the Andersons, founders of EE, about the importance of supporting black-owned businesses,…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Pays Homage to Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat

The mega-producer looks to celebrate the artist in all of us with his upcoming campaign with Reebok.

Yesterday (December 22) would have been famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 50th birthday. Since his death…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz On the Beauty of Investing in Art

The mega-producer shares the do's and don'ts of making wise art purchases

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with music and art connoisseur Swizz Beatz while the mega producer-come-NYU professor…

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Racial Jokes in the Workplace

Being mindful of what we say is not only the right thing to do-- it's good business

DJ Cipha Sounds of Hot 97 made an inappropriate joke that cost him his integrity…

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UBR Morning Post: Jeans Queen Cookie Johnson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with powerhouse philanthopist…

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WATCH: Brand New You with Jill Scott and Karen Taylor Bass

Scott talks with our host about the importance of busy moms making time for self

In our new video series, Brand New You, our host Karen Taylor Bass (founder of…

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Your Get-out-of-Debt Checklist

Celebrate the New Year by resolving to attack debt with these simple steps

A new year is almost upon us. If you’re struggling with a mountain of debt,…

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

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Holiday Bonuses: A Thing of the Past or on the Comeback?

Some employers have found creative ways to show their appreciation other than cash, while others stick to the script.

Just a few years ago, it was pretty standard practice for companies to dole out…

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JULY 24, 2008: Detective Brian White and Joanne Kinney, an investigator from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office, attempted to serve Bobby Ferguson with a subpoena while he was at the home of Kilpatrick's sister, Ayanna. Kilpatrick was there at the time and, along with his bodyguards, stopped the officers from entering the residence, which led to Kilpatrick allegedly pushing one of the sheriff's deputies. Kilpatrick later pled no contest to one felony count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in exchange for a second assault charge being dropped. As part of the deal, he also agreed to resign from office and serve 120 days in jail.

Kwame Kilpatrick’s 14 Most Scandalous Moments

The disgraced Detroit Mayor has a long list of political missteps that have tarnished what could have been a great legacy

Believe it or not, former <strong>Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick</strong> is in hot water—again. Last week…

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Gingerbread is Here

Five features youll only find on Googles new operating system

It’s Christmas time and everyone has candy canes on the brain; but this holiday season…

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Mix it up with a sangria or rum punch for all to enjoy. "You can get a great wine for under $15, brandy, and fruit, and mix them for sangria," Pariser says. "Each bowl or pitcher goes a long way and people love it!" Butler is a fan of the same mixed concept in rum punch. "You get the rum, the juices, and mix them together and serve," Butler says. Garnish glasses with leftover fruit or rim them with colored sugar to add special touch of class. For more on holiday entertaining and recipes see ... Multicultural holiday recipes from the Black Enterprise staff Holiday Party Planning: How to hire a caterer

Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Tips on how to make your holiday festivities classy and cost-effective

Whether your pockets are tight or you just don’t want to spend extravagantly, this year…

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Want to weigh in on BE Tweets of the Week? Start a new conversation using our hashtag #BESocialMedia on Twitter and let your voice be heard. We're listening! For more on social media, read: BE Tweets of the Week: #BEPolitics  Why We Can't Ignore Social Media  3 Simple Ways to Shine on Social Media  5 Twitter Mistakes You Should Never Make

BE Tweets of the Week: #BESocialMedia

Six social media tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week staffers think were worth taking note…

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Washington Report: Obama Signs Middle Class Tax Cuts Bill Into Law

One lawmaker fears that voters (and Presdent Obama) will suffer for it later

After two weeks of venting and handwringing by their colleagues, House Democratic leaders were able…

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office

Consider these 5 tips when spreading holiday cheer in the workplace

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, Anna Post, on…

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TV Listings for Our World with Black Enterprise

Our World with Black Enterprise is the weekly 30-minute program providing a fresh mix of…

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TV Listings for the Black Enterprise Business Report

Black Enterprise Business Report is the weekly, half-hour program, hosted by Caroline Clarke, offering a…

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WATCH: Angela and Vanessa Simmons School Us on Their Pastry Clothing Line

The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs chat with Black Enterprise Business Report

Angela and Vanessa Simmons are all about business. The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs talked with Black Enterprise…

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The Only 5 Social Media Sites You Need

Tired of keeping up with all the social networks? If you�re a professional or an entrepreneur, stop wasting time and focus on these essentials

Tired of trying to keep up with all the social networks? If you’re a professional…

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

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COQUITO: PUERTO RICAN COCKTAIL "My family enjoys this drink every holiday season-- from Christmas to New Year's. It's tradition, so we don't do any festivities without it. And it's better than any eggnog!" -- Jessica Martinez, Human Resources & Corporate Operations Manager,  Ingredients: 2 egg yolks, beaten; 1 (12 fl. oz.) can evaporated milk; 1 (14 oz.) can cream of coconut; 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk; 1/2 cup white rum; 1/2 cup water; 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 tspn. ground cinnamon; 1 tspn vanilla extract Instructions: 1.) In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. (If you don't have a double boiler, you can simply use a heat-safe bowl over a regular pot); Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water (in pot) until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 2.) Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. extract. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles, and chill overnight. When serving, sprinkle cinnamon on top or add stick for festive flavor. See more holiday party planning tips: How to Hire the Caterer Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Holiday Party Planning: Multicultural Recipes with a Twist

Black Enterprise staff and editors offer their favorite recipes to celebrate the season with coworkers

Budget cuts can make a more cost-effective option–like the potluck party–that much more attractive. To…

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Sleep on It

You always find an excuse not to slow down; but here are all the reasons you should

“It’s important to realize that sleep isn’t just a luxury,” says WebMD medical editor Dr.…

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Mooz-lum to Address Muslim-American Identity Post-9/11

Actors Nia Long and Evan Ross tackle anti-Islam sentiments in award-winning project

Nia's long overdue return to the silver screen
Although it’s been more than nine years…

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CHRIS GARDNER: Entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and philanthropist Chris Gardner overcame homelessness to become a self-made millionaire. Gardner chronicled his challenges of being a single father and an ambitious businessman living below the poverty line in his New York Times' bestselling autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness. His rags to riches story also served as inspiration for the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

UBR Morning Post: New Inspiration From Chris Gardner

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with brokerage firm…

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Washington Report: RNC’s Michael Steele Running for Reelection

The Republican National Committee chair tells Fox News he's ready for round two

Speculation over whether Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele would seek a second term came…

By Joyce Jones

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How Tweet It Is

A mastery of social media landed this 24-year-old a $100,000 job with MTV

MTV announced in June that it was seeking its first “TJ” to “help amplify the…

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3 Simple Ways to Shine on Social Media

You know you need to be on Twitter and Facebook to promote yourself or your business, but you dont know what to do when you get there. Heres a plan

It’s easy to assume that just because you have a profile on a site and you…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Wyclef Jean on the Fugees, the Presidency and the Music

Wyclef Jean sits down with Black Enterprise’s Our World host, Marc Lamont Hill, and answers…

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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally

Going global presents vast opportunities for entrepreneurs, but beware of these common legal mistakes

Taking your business to the international markets can expose your venture to a host of…

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Opinion: Student Loans Should NOT Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Students in financial trouble do deserve a break. But bankruptcy is not the answer

The last thing a young person needs on their credit report coming out of college…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Is 50 Cent the Next Ice Cube?

After stirring the hip-hop pot, 50 Cent is expanding his portfolio and making big bucks

The hip-hop mogul-to-be continues to change the game

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

To really appreciate the memoirs of Shawn Carter, don't just enjoy the art of the rapper, hear the story of the hustler

First, let’s get past the obvious: if you’re a true Jay Z fan (and when…

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Washington Report: Congressional Black Caucus Opposes Obama Tax Plan

How will the plan impact the lives of African-Americans? The debate continues

The Congressional Black Caucus and the White House delivered dueling messages about how President Obama’s…

By Joyce Jones

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Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late!

See how your plans to do energy-efficient improvements on your home could lead to cash back

If you plan on doing energy-efficient home improvements, now’s the time to do them. The…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Russell Simmons

BE's Business Report host shares her insight on meeting the hip-hop mogul and discussing his latest book.

Caroline rubs shoulders with the hip-hop mogul

Russell Simmons’ office is not just in a corner,…

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Conclusion

Trump has hired his newest apprentice. But we couldn't help but wonder: Is it time for business reality show to retire?

By now, it’s certainly no secret that Trump passed over Clint Robertson to hire Brandy…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Twitterverse is constantly buzzing with an outlined play-by-play on the latest in news, entertainment and trending topics—to name a few on the long list of online conversation starters. Twitter users are, in total, sending an average of 55 million tweets a day, according to a Twitter study released last April. Of course, with all that chatter it's easy to block out a lot of it, but within all the noise there's still a large percentage that catches your attention in one way or another. In an effort to make sure you're not missing out on the valuable commentary and comments online, BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week staffers think were worth taking note of, whether an expert, celebrity or or even you masterminded the tweet. With all that went down on Capitol Hill this week, this BE Tweets of the Week package is all about the GOP, Dems, and good ol' politics. --Janel Martinez

BE Tweets of the Week: #BEPolitics

Six political tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will curate the tweets staffers thought were worth taking note of, whether an expert,…

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Hip-hop artist M.C. Hammer is infamous for his financial fall from grace in the '90s, and his troubles followed him into a new decade. In 2009, he owed more than $671,000 in state and federal taxes.

10 Black Celebrities Who Have Had Their Share of Tax Woes

The IRS halts for no man--or star. See how some famous folks have (mis)handled their finances

Here are 10 black celebrities who felt the wrath of the IRS

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POLL: Should 50 Cent Be a Role Model?

The music mogul speaks on his charity work and why his moves outside of music are worth following

For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access…

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Holiday Party Planning: How to Hire the Caterer

Yum Yum Chefs co-founder Vanessa Cantave tells you how to avoid holiday party hiccups

To make sure you contract the right caterers (and avoid any holiday party hiccups), we…

By Sonia Alleyne

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POLL: To Track or Not to Track? Do You Care Who’s Watching You?

FTC recommends a �privacy by design� approach to internet browsing

If you could stop advertisers from tracking and sharing your internet habits would you?

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The SEC’s “Your Money” podcast helps to get you started with saving and investing. You'll learn how to determine whether a “hot stock tip” is a good investment, the most common investment frauds, how to invest in a 529 plan while reducing or avoid some fees and expenses, and tons of other helpful tips to help individual investors achieve their saving and retirement goals. What's your favorite money podcast? Tell us in the comments section below.  For more money advice, see... 7 money lessons from the Bible 16 money experts who want to make you rich

5 Podcasts to Boost Your Financial Brainpower

Looking for a quick, easy and efficient way to get financial tips? Tune in to our top 5 picks

Podcasts can be a great (and efficient!) learning tool, especially for busy people on the…

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WATCH: 5 Money Management Tips With Mellody Hobson

What young people need to know about investing. (It's not as difficult as you think!)

The Ariel Investments President shares her wisdom on the power of saving and investing.

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Breaking News: Democrats Reject Obama-Republican Tax Plan

The President's plan to alleviate unemployment woes gets derailed. Now what?

The Democratic Caucus spent most of Thursday morning in a closed-door meeting to discuss their…

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What You Can Learn From … Wesley Snipes’ Tax Evasion Blunder

Negligence and protest are NOT your friends when dealing with the IRS. In fact, they could get you three years in prison

As Wesley Snipes reports to prison today to serve a three-year sentence for tax evasion,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Go the non-profit route with  ModestNeeds.com  Founded in 2002 by Dr. Keith P. Taylor, Modest Needs offers three types of grants: back-to-work grants, independent living grants and self-sufficiency grants. The site offers  'flouting maximum grants' of up to $1000 or 7.5% of your documented, annual household income per family unit. “They provide bridge grants, basically to kind of get you through times like these,” says Kenneth L. Johnson, president of East Coast Executives (ECE). For more on unemployment benefits, read: Time’s Up: Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire So You’ve Been Fired…Now What

5 Ways To Maintain After Losing Unemployment Benefits

Here�s what you can do to stay afloat post-long-term unemployment benefits

Here are five ways to deal with the ending of extended unemployment benefits.

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Exclusive: What Motivates 50 Cent to Get Rich or Die Tryin’?

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

“I’m from the bottom, so you got to find another excuse,” asserts Jackson, referring to…

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5 Tips for Showing Your Clients Love During the Holidays

Even in a tough economy, you can find ways to say thanks to your customers

Here are 5 tips for showing your clients and customers appreciation during the holidays.

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

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UBR Morning Post: Success Strategies From Randal Pinkett

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Randal Pinkett shares success strategies from his latest…

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SURVEY: The Economy & You

Tell Black Enterprise how you feel and we'll tell the White House!

Had it up to here with the state of the economy and how the country’s…

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WATCH: Digital Discussion with Bossip CEO Marve Frazier

The young business woman talks about her rise to the top of the digital empire and new blog launches for 2011

The BE Nexter gives us the inside scoop on how she went from investing $8…

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Opinion: All Student Loans Should Be Discharged in Bankruptcy

Students in financial trouble deserve a break.

For many of you, student loans were a necessary evil that have remained a thorn…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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8 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone from Viruses

Take precaution because mobile malware is on the rise

Your smartphone is just as vulnerable to virus attacks as your computer. Follow these eight…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How are you planning to meet your children’s college expenses? If you’re a student, what strategies are you using? Feel free to comment below.

5 Dos and Don’ts of College Financing

Now more than ever higher education comes at a high cost. Here are a few tips to lighten the long term financial load.



College financing has changed since most of today’s parents went to school. The average college…

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For further reading: 5 Financial Lies that Could Land You in Hot Water The 7 Deadly Sins of Money Management 16 Money Experts Who Want to Make You Rich

7 Money Lessons from the Bible

Who knew the good book contained wisdom for your life and your finances?

The Bible is not only a source of inspiration, comfort, and a guide for living,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Part 1

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

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Exclusive: 50 Cent Responds to Criticism Over Flaunting Money on Twitter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson talks his celebrity and trouble with tweets

50 puts his money where his mouth is
For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50…

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Web video is becoming an important feature for all websites. In fact, studies show that video will exceed 91% of global consumer traffic by 2014. Once you decide to include video on your website, you have to determine which company is best suited to host your video content. To help make your decision process a little easier, here are 10 things you should consider before purchasing a hosting contract and uploading your videos to a third party vendor. —Marcia Wade Talbert

10 Web Commandments Before Choosing a Video Host

There's more to going viral with video than you think. Here are a few factors to consider.

Choosing an online video platform depends on your business needs. Follow these 10 tips to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Human Intonation: Raising T Cells With T-Shirt Sales

Inspired by her own personal loss, Verneda White uses fashion to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in communities of color

Forget the boardroom or even the power lunch; the real great ideas are birthed in…

By Anslem Samuel

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SEO For Jobseekers: How to Search-Optimize Your Resume

Experts weigh in on ways to get your resume to the top of a search engine scan

Blackenterprise.com spoke with Kenneth L. Johnson, president of East Coast Executives (ECE), Vice President of…

By Janel Martinez

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Rangel Tangled: House Censures Disgraced Politician

Attempts to get a lesser sanction by the New York Democratic Rep are rebuked

A sad chapter in the political career of the legendary New York Rep. Charles Rangel…

By Joyce Jones

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POLL: Payroll Debit Card or Paper Check?

Some employers are giving employees another option for getting paid: paper check or debit card. Is this a good idea or a terrible mistake?

More companies are offering their employees the option to receive their salary via payroll debit…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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When Employees Tweet

Four ways to manage your workers on social media (and all the reasons why you should)

There is no need to be afraid of what your employees are saying about the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Tips for Selling Anything to Anybody

Author gives advice on the best ways to close the deal and sell your product

Buying and selling has been the cornerstone of business since the earliest civilizations. Virtually every…

By Alan Hughes

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What You Can Learn from … Simmons Sisters’ Sweet Success

5 business lessons from sisterpreneurs Angela and Vanessa on building Pastry

Vanessa and Angela Simmons are building their own empire, with a foundation nurtured by their…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Sean "P. Diddy" Combs was fired by Andre Harrell as a 21-year-old exec at Uptown Records early in his career. Today, Combs has gone on to build a more than $300-million-dollar empire, with an expanding list of ventures under Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment Group: Sean John Clothing and Sean by Sean; a movie production company; his own Ciroc vodka; his own fragrance; reality TV shows; a solo music career, as well as his collaboration with artists Dirty Money; and an acting career, including a role in the Oscar-winning Monster's Ball.

So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: 7 Celebrities Who Survived the Axe

These famous figures show there is light at the end of the termination tunnel

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</a>Football star <strong>Michael Vick</strong> was infamously suspended and<strong> </strong>later released from the Atlanta Falcons…

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Time’s Up: Extended Unemployment Benefits Expire

Federal extended unemployment benefits ended Nov. 30, threatening to leave the jobless without much needed resources

The Senate’s decision not to renew federal extended unemployment benefits became a reality when yesterday’s…

By Janel Martinez

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UBR Morning Post: Real Estate Titan Don Peebles

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Real Estate Titan R. Donahue “Don” Peebles, one…

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WATCH: Tennis Star James Blake, Star Jones and Gayle King Come Out for a Cure

Stars talk about ways we can all get involved with causes that are close to our hearts

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with tennis champion James Blake, who invited friends…

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HIV/AIDS IS NOT THE END OF YOUR SOCIAL LIFE It is possible to have a relationship with someone who is infected. You just need to know what’s safe and how to protect yourself.

6 Misconceptions Young People Have about HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

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Obama’s AIDS Advisor on the Frontline for a Cure

In spite of medical developments, Phill Wilson of Black AIDS Institute says testing and awareness are our only true defense

Chin up, Black America, not all the news surrounding HIV/AIDS in the African American community…

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Washington Report: Black Farmers Settlement Bill Clears the House

Black farmers may soon be compensated, but some say the claims process will be a tough row to hoe

After decades of waiting, Black farmers may soon be compensated for acts of discrimination. But…

By Joyce Jones

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So You’ve Been Fired… Now What?: The Accidental Entrepreneur

The CEO of My Golf Concierge LLC shares how he went from job seeker to accidental entrepreneur

Ty DeLavallade’s story is part of a larger trend, known to many as accidental entrepreneurship,…

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With You in Thoughts

An eclectic mix of what to present for the holidays

Black Enterprise’s 2010 gift guide

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The Whole World’s a Canvas

A repressed talent surfaces to ignite one artists creativity

For emerging artist Cynthia Burgos, who by day is an assistant director of childcare services…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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The Tireless Advocate

One mans personal battle helps fuel national fight against HIV/AIDS

Most people probably couldn’t fathom a doctor telling them, “You are HIV positive.” And during…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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The Color of Success

ELC focuses on making diversity work

Arnold W. Donald knows well the challenges of making it to the C-suite. He achieved…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What it Takes to Be an Effective Leader

Two experts examine how chief diversity officers effect real change

Redia Anderson and Lenora Billings-Harris, both of whom have a long and nationally recognized history…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Keeper of Records

Consider medical billing and coding as your next employment opportunity

Rising healthcare costs, an aging population, an overburdened medical system strained by increases in chronic…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Mission Accomplished

A media exec on what it takes to get the job done

Steve White, President, West Division of Comcast Cable in Englewood, CO. Power Play: Leading a…

By Karen Chambers

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How to Get a Free TV

An informed consumer is an empowered consumer

Many of us cringe at the thought of making the dreaded phone call to a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Play By Play

These video products can add new life to a stagnant website

If you plan to let your competitors leave you choking on their dust, then by…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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You Got Served—Virtually

NetServe Systems provides inexpensive IT solutions with remote monitoring

Frustrated by the regularly failing e-mail system at G&C Equipment Corp. (No. 52 on the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The Outcome of an Organization Overhaul

Savvy business owners understand change is necessary and sometimes drastic measures are needed to ensure…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Is There a Doctor In the House?

How to choose the best health insurance plan for your small business

Health insurance is one of the most expensive lines in the budget for small businesses.…

By Renita Burns

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Lifesavers

For Dr. Omar Davis and Dr. Natarsha Grant business is a matter of life and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Credit Reporting Myths and Reality

Before making a major purchase, arm yourself with the right information

Garnell Shumate wants to buy a home in 2011, so she works hard to maintain…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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How to Get a Loan the Web 2.0 Way

As traditional banks remain tightfisted, more people are turning to online peer-to-peer networks for personal loans.

It took Karla Brazelton just three days to round up nearly 100 strangers willing to…

By John Simons

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Tapping The Global Markets

Boost your business by selling your product internationally

Home Style Foods, an Atlanta-based processor and distributor of turkey, pork, and chicken sausages, has…

By Alan Hughes

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Steering Toward Profitability

Auto supplier Systems Electro Coating looks to accelerate business following industry slump

When the wOEs of the domestic auto manufacturers came to light in 2008, they sent…

By Alan Hughes

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On The Road to Wealth

We revisit past Financial Fitness Contest winners to see how they used black enterprises advice to work toward their financial goals

At the end of each year, we dedicate Wealth For Life to past winners of…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Don’t Wait for Superman … Put On Your Own Cape!

it starts with across-the-board accountability. Educators have proved that poverty-stricken communities don’t produce failed schools;…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Year-End Financial Checkup

Use this guide to help you evaluate your financial health

Here are some guidelines to help you conduct your own financial checkup.

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Backtalk with John Legend

In his latest album, Wake Up! a collaboration with The Roots, six-time Grammy award-winning artist…

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Power Supply

These fierce young leaders demonstrate why energy is today's hot sector

On the following pages, we share with you four emerging leaders who are making their…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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We Must Never Surrender Our Hope

Since I founded my company more than 40 years ago, there have been seven recessions.…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Why We Can’t Ignore Social Media

Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube—and those are just the most popular ones. The list of social…

By Alisa Gumbs