When Food Brings Your Team Together

Our Executive Style features the host and correspondents of Black Enterprise Busienss Report engaging in…

By Kenneth Meeks

When Former Couples Make Better Business Partners

Our Entrepreneurs of the Week are Jashua Suggs and Corretta King, the co-founders of Delta’s…

By Kenneth Meeks

Where to Invest in 2011

The Wealth for Life segment, Shawn Lytle, head of America’s UBS Global Asset Management, offers…

By Kenneth Meeks

The State of Independent Black Films

Our On the Record discussion examines the state of independent films with Tanya Hamilton, the…

By Kenneth Meeks

Michigan Dentist Offers Free Dental Care Day to Urban Community

The Slice of Life profiles a Michigan dentist, Dr. James Lee, who provides Free Dental…

By Kenneth Meeks

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

4 Power Moves of Oscar Fashion: Red Carpet Style That Wins

Star style details that translate success

From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American…

By Janell Hazelwood

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All Images: GettyThe recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks has dominated sports discussion and headlines since the moment it happened. Fans of the Knicks are ecstatic that their once proud franchise can now officially return to relevance. Lost in the uproar, however, is the potential economic surge this trade will likely have. Not just for Anthony, who signed a three-year $65 million contract extension as part of the deal, but for the NYC area as well. Former NBA player and now TNT analyst Kenny Smith shares a few of the ways that Anthony�s Big Apple acquisition can change the financial stakes for him, his new team and business owners in the entire tri-state area. —Khalid Salaam

Carmelo Anthony Decoded: The Economics of the Trade

The NBA all-star wasn't the only one to get a big payday signing with the Knicks, small businesses were impacted as well

The recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New…

By Khalid Salaam

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Is Entrepreneurship Right for You?

These 5 steps will help determine if you're ready to be your own boss

Entrepreneurship can lead to a prosperous future filled with wealth, security, job creation, freedom to…

By Alan Hughes

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America Saves Week, but it's our mission to tell you how to save more of your money all year round.  Improving your savings habits takes discipline and effort. Here are a few tips to help you get started.--Sheiresa Ngo

Save More of Your Money!

Simple steps to help you stash more cash

Last week was America Saves Week, but it’s our mission to tell you how to…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was announced last month, there was one glaring difference. Compared to last year’s contenders, which included Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious and Mo’Nique who brought home the gold man for her portrayal in Precious, there was an obvious lack of people of color. Truth be told, the 2011 awards show represents the Whitest group of nominees in the major acting categories since the 73rd Oscars, 10 years ago.

10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

The Oscars may not be celebrating the work of Black thespians this year but don't worry we got you covered

What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was…

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UPDATE: Day 3 – Women of Power Summit 2011

Our 6th Annual Women of Power Summit is winding down but you can still find out the keys to reclaiming your power here

Day 3 of Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit began with very profound and inspirational…

By Janel Martinez

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REFLECT ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFERMost people go in [to the conference] thinking about what they can get, but think about what you can give, says the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention. Reflecting on your self-worth, from a professional standpoint, will help when it's time to communicate what you can bring to the table. Be clear on your value and what you have to offer.

9 Ways to Optimize Your Conference Experience

Follow these simple tips the next time youre at a conference and see what opportunities emerge

The sixth annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit kicked-off yesterday at the Ritz-Carlton, Grande…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Women of Power: Eleanor Holmes Norton Continues Her Civil Rights Mission

The congresswoman has never forgotten her call to action to help her people achieve greatness

Congresswoman Norton keep the civil rights movement going
Nothing says power like politics, and for the…

By Tomika Anderson

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Washington Report: Workers of the World Unite?

Local protesters prepare to hit the doorsteps of their state capitols to have their voices be heard

The battle over union rights will spread across the nation on Saturday when supporters gather…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Democrats & Republicans Sound Off on Temporary Budget Solution

With the deadline looming, politicians on both sides of the issue try to find a common ground

Congressional lawmakers have just a week to negotiate a deal to fund the federal government…

By Joyce Jones

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UPDATE: Women of Power 2011

Last night kicked off Black Enterprise's 6th Annual Women of Power Summit and the conference continues with more information and tools

Last night women from around the world came together for opening day of Black Enterprise’s…

By Janel Martinez

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This past Monday, the comic book, animation and entertainment worlds lost one of its legends with the passing of writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie. A true trailblazer, he helped redefine the image of African Americans through his multicultural characters and brands, which inspired a new generation of comic book writers, animators, illustrators and fans. Also, an entrepreneur, McDuffie—along with Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Black Enterprise ’s own Derek T. Dingle—founded Milestone Media, Inc., the nation’s largest Black-owned comic book company. 	Despite his passing, McDuffie will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, but also through his impactful work. In continued memory of the fallen artist, BlackEnterprise.com pulled together a collection of some of McDuffie’s most popular characters to illustrate why he’ll always be our superhero.

GALLERY: Comic Book Icon Dwayne McDuffie’s Most Powerful Characters

A brief look back at the fallen icon's impressive body of work

In memory of Milestone Comics founder Dwayne McDuffie, here is a brief look back at…

By Anslem Samuel

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3 Easy Ways to Solidify Your Personal Brand

Tina Wells explains why marketing yourself matters, whether youre an entrepreneur or not

Marketing is a reality of our everyday lives. Everywhere we turn, we see it, smell…

By Tina Wells

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy on Life Lessons and Being ‘Every Woman’

The actress expands her brand with the return to her top-rated reality show and new sitcom

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress and former First Lady of Turks & Caicos LisaRaye…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Kia’s Latest Sedan Has an Audi Influence

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize market

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize…

By Jeff Fortson

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Cowan, McDuffie and BE's own Derek Dingle cover Black Enterprise's Nov. 94 issue

In Memoriam: Comic Book Pioneer and Champion of Diversity Dwayne McDuffie

Black Enterprise's Derek Dingle pays homage to fallen friend, business partner who broke ground with multicultural characters

The worlds of comic books, animation and entertainment have lost a true giant this week:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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4 Tax Law Changes That Will Affect Your Small Business

Before filing for your biz this tax season, be sure to look out for these potential money savers

As tax time draws near, it’s imperative that entrepreneurs be aware of the impact of…

By Alan Hughes

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WATCH: The High Life – Shopping for Rare Vintage

Looking for a unique investment piece for your next black-tie affair? Go vintage with style!

Looking for a unique investment piece for your next black-tie affair? Go vintage with style!

By Elayne Fluker

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Love & Money: Are You Legally Responsible for Your Stepchildren?

You might be surprised about what you can and cant do.

If you’ve gotten married recently and your new love has kids, congratulations—you’re a step parent!…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Women of Power: Debra Langford on Successful Networking Strategies

How to build quality connections for professional and personal advancement

Women of Power speaker Debra Langford, vice president of inclusion and business diversity at NBC…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UBR Morning Post: How Farrah Gray Builds His Newest Business By The Book

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy gets an insiders…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Women of Power Summit: Get Your Questions Answered Live!

Just because you couldn't make it to Orlando doesn't mean you can't get some expert advice. Log in & have your questions answered.

Here's your chance to learn from this year's Women of Power (Image: Thinkstock)
Finally, after months…

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Women of Power: Dr. Hilda Hutcherson Talks Healthy Sex and the Working Woman

How knowing and loving your body can help your career and financial success

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, author, sexual health and women’s empowerment advocate, talks about why healthy sex…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power Moves: GOP Vote to Cut $60 Billion Gives Obama His Next Big Test

Will the president's agenda withstand the pressure?

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At 4:39 a.m. Saturday morning, House Republicans passed a $1.2 trillion budget for the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Getting Started: Launching Your Own Jewelry Line

Allyson Leak struck gold when her jewelry adorned celebs like Alicia Keys. Here, the young designer talks shop about her craft

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As Fashion Week heads…

By Arlice Nichole

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5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When You Come into New Money

Music producer Chuck Harmony shares advice on how to handle success the fiscally smart way

Over the years, producer <strong>Chuck Harmony</strong> has worked with everyone from <strong>Celine Dion</strong> (“I Got…

By Anslem Samuel

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Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Talks Farrakhan, Success, and ‘Super Rich’

Hip-hop entrepreneur calls NOI leader his 'second father'

Music entrepreneur Russell Simmons talks to The Root about his success and how Louis Farrakhan…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Rent or Buy? In Which Cities Is It Better to Own or Pay a Landlord?

Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas top picks for planting homeownership roots

A breakdown of areas where its either smarter to rent a home or own one.

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Save For a Rainy Day!

Join the America Saves Week Challenge this week and learn how to stash your cash

February 20 through February 27 is America Saves Week. Take on this week’s challenge to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK ENTERPRISE's March 2011 issue highlights the digital media strategy of IMAGES USA (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $86.5 million in billings). The agency managed to successfully integrate its digital media strategy seamlessly into its campaigns to stay relevant and help their clients reach consumers. Here, the experts at IMAGES offer advice on how small businesses without deep pockets can connect with and grow an audience.--Alan Hughes

Top 6 Social Media Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the right digital media strategy can help you connect with your clients

As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK…

By Alan Hughes

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14 Black Game-Changers Who Started As Rhodes Scholars

Prestigious fellowship helped spark success of exemplary doctors, authors, professionals

The Atlanta Post highlights achievements of exemplary African American Rhodes Scholars.

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Lexus goes hybrid with the 2011 CT200 (Source: Press)

Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That

Despite the President's push to get more electric cars on the roads, many in the Black community remain resistant to change

In President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, he called on the car industry…

By Jeff Fortson

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

By Janel Martinez

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Washington Report: Dems and GOP Fight Over Funding; Black Farmers Still Seek Relief; SBA Helps with Refinancing

BLACK ENTERPRISE Washington Correspondent Joyce Jones reports on the latest news from the White House…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What You Can Learn from…Iyanla Vanzant’s Flubbed Exit Strategy from Oprah

A few key tips to help you gracefully bow out, while keeping your career on-track

Oprah's response to Iyanla's apology–gracious or passive? (Image: Getty Images)
I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show…

By Sonia Alleyne

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On the Job: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

It's not just female employees who face sexism in the office; this is a universal issue with costly repercussions

Kimberly Osorio, the first female editor-in-chief of The Source, and colleague, Michelle Joyce, the then-vice…

By Janel Martinez

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

<ul> <li><em>(All Images: Thinkstock)</em></li> </ul> If you’ve taken a marketing class—whether it was at the…

By Tina Wells

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Love & Money: Is It Really Cheaper to Keep Her?

Before going through a costly divorce be sure to weigh the pros and cons of making it work vs. making a run for it

With the average divorce proceedings in the U.S. lasting about a year and lawyer’s fees…

By Anslem Samuel

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Ntozake Shange on Embracing YOUR Power

The Legacy Award honoree shares her journey to becoming a Woman of Power

Long before filmmaker Tyler Perry turned her most famous work For Colored Girls Who Have…

By Tomika Anderson

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Why Democrats and Republicans Hate Obama’s New Budget

While both sides argue over new proposal, African-Americans brace for "negative effect" of spending cuts

President Obama delivered his 2012 budget proposal to Congress this week, citing it will reduce…

By Joyce Jones

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

In the February 2011 “Power Issue” of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors–Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: How Your Small Business Can Make Money Now

Simple steps entrepreneurs can use to take your business to the next level

According to the recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy Opens Up about Love, Marriage and Money

The 'Single Ladies' star on lessons learned and how to move forward after a tough divorce

After what was a highly-publicized and drama filled divorce, actress and former First Lady of…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’

Just because your lender cleared you of a debt doesn't mean Uncle Sam will when filing your tax return

Consumers are receiving so-called 1099-c “cancellation of debt” tax notices, informing them that the IRS…

By John Simons

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On the Job: Gender Identity & Sexuality Discrimination in the Office

As the LGBT community fights for equality in the workplace, one transgender employee tells his story

LGBT activist, Kylar Broadus (Source: Broadus)
As a young girl, Kylar Broadus (born Karen) always knew…

By Souleo

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Buyer’s Guide: Buick Reintroduces An American Car with European Flair

Off the market for a few years, the Regal returns with a few changes and more bang for your buck

Regal makes a strong comeback for 2011 (Source: GM)
2011 BUICK REGAL CXL

MSRP: $29,785 (Base Regal…

By Jeff Fortson

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Diddy & Other Grammy Attendees Talk Branding

On hand for the Grammies, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with a few artists & producers about the business of music

Combs discusses branding before being honored by SESAC
Last week the entire music industry converged on…

By Anslem Samuel

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Obesity Can Mean Plus-Sized Scrutiny at Work

How to handle bias based on weight and protect your rights

How to handle bias based on weight

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UBR Morning Post: Board Game Creator Sheila Moss-Brown

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks Sheila Moss-Brown,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The HBCU Debate: Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed?

Started as a response to racism and starved of financial support, HBCUs have to do more with less

Critics have called them a race-based anachronism. Others have said worse: They’re inferior, they’re in…

By Robin White Goode

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America Gets the Hook Up

President Obama Says National Wireless Initiative Will Spur Innovation and Reduce Deficit

Obama speaks to Northern Michigan University about National Wireless Initiative (Source: White House)
In his January…

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Love & Money: Online Dating Financial Scams

Dont let your search for love ruin your finances.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If Cupid hasn’t been returning your texts, it might be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant

Successful entrepreneurs who have beaten their Goliaths

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Every small business has to…

By Alan Hughes

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On the Job: Should HIV Status Be an Office Secret?

Having a life-threatening illness is hard enough, but dealing with discrimination at work because of it is can make it even more difficult

Office gossip about confidential matters can create a uncomfortable work enviornment (Source: Thinkstock)
Tracy Mack thought…

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We're only a week away from Black Enterprise's 6th Annual Women of Power Summit.  Next week, both  seasoned businesswomen and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will congregate in Orlando for three days of networking and insightful workshops. To celebrate the occasion, check out our list of 10 business mavens under 40. You can catch them live at this year's summit or via BlackEnterprise.com's up-to-the-minute coverage. —Janel Martinez (Image: Thinkstock; all other images courtesy of subject)

Top 10: Young Women of Power

With just a week before the Women of Power conference, BE highlights some of the brightest female entrepreneurs and execs under 40

We’re only a week away from Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit. Are…

By Janel Martinez

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

Most may view <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong> as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much…

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If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has put a serious hurtin’ on your wallet, we’ve got good news. You can demonstrate your affection without blowing your budget. Here are five ways to save money on romantic gifts. —Sheiresa Ngo (Image: Siri Stafford)

Love & Money Buying Guide

Showing your affection on special occasions doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket

If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Dealing with Religious Discrimination in the Office

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

By Anslem Samuel

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Love & Money: How to Bring up a Prenup

Although not pleasant, prenuptial agreements are necessary for some. Here's how to (gently) address the touchy subject

For some couples, the topic of prenuptial agreements can be uncomfortable. Some view prenuptial agreements…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success

The fashion industry tour-de-force knows a thing or two about wielding power

Having paved the way for the Tyras and the Naomi Campbells of the fashion industry,…

By Tomika Anderson

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small…

By Tina Wells

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

<em>Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)</em> <ul>…

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How One Woman Did It

Adriane Brown is a trailblazer and known as one of the most powerful women in business

As president and COO of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm based in Bellevue, Washington,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

<em>Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists</em>

<em>Rev. Al Sharpton…

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This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show!

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a review of the issues, people and topics covered in this monumental episode

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a fascinating review of the issues, people and topics…

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Washington Report: Budget Talks; Obama Sits With Black Politicians; House Speaker Seeks Control

A roundup of recent changes on Capitol Hill

BLACK ENTERPRISE Washington Correspondent Joyce Jones reviews political activity in the nation’s capital that will…

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Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch

The car manufacturer rolls out a an upgrade of last year's model with a few added perks

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2011 ACURA RDX SH-AWD

MSRP: $38,580 (Base RDX starts out…

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In the News: Egyptian President Finally resigns; Facebook Justice; Magic Johnson Catches the VIBE

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

After ongoing unrest and protests that began late last month, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally…

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In the News: Michelle Obama Makes an Appearance on LIVE! (Video)

The First Lady heads to NYC to talk about her Let's Move campaign

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President Obama’s right-hand woman dropped by the highly-popular Live! With Regis and Kelly Wednesday to…

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WATCH: Working Your Style – How to Change It Up This Valentine’s Day

Host Daisy Lewellyn shows you how to make the holiday the sweetest (and least stressful) ever

Don’t stress this Valentine’s Day, get your outfit together for a great evening with guidance…

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Shaunie O’Neal’s 3 Pointers to Scoring a Reality TV Deal

The executive producer for Basketball Wives provides winning tips for making your reality show dreams...reality

The Los Angeles native spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about shopping around her five season reality TV…

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

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New Study Shows 62 % Drop in Home Mortgage Approvals to Minorities

When the housing market collapsed, so did the number of home loans to Blacks and Latinos

Together, African-Americans and Hispanics were able to borrow 62 percent less to buy or refinance…

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Open Call: Macy’s Vendor Development Program

The retail giant offers a helping hand to minority business owners looking for longevity in the industry

Macy’s shows potential multicultural and/or women-owned business owners how to perform and sustain growth in…

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Nia Long Reshapes Image of Muslim Women in Indie Film

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the process

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the…

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention

A wife-mom-businesswoman tells how her invention changed her life

Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)
In our video series,…

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UBR Morning Post: Dante Lee Shares Black Business Success Secrets

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Dante…

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In the News: Protesters in Egypt Rally After Release of Google Exec; Electronics Not A Factor in Toyota Acceleration

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

NASA engineers canceled out engine electronics as a reason for the recall of over 8…

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Getting Started: ‘Men of Morehouse’ Create an Upscale Condom Line

Morehouse graduates found b condoms to combat the high HIV/AIDS rates in urban communities

That something was b condoms, a plush condom brand that merges style and sexual health.The…

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Why Black America No Longer Exists

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eugene Robinson talks about the 'Disintegration' of the Black monolith

Author Eugene Robinson has sparked debate with his recent book, ‘Disintegration: The Splintering of Black…

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

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Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

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“Frugal Fatigue” Sweeps The Nation

Why are so many Americans dissatisfied with having to live a financially prudent lifestyle?

Some two-thirds of Americans now claim to have “frugal fatigue” according to a January 2011…

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Getting Started: How One Corporate Exec Went from Workdays to Doggy Daycare

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three things small businesses can learn from Corp. America

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three of her most valuable lessons from stints at such companies…

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How to Ace Your Skype Interview

On-camera interviews can be more difficult that in-person. Here's how to wow them either way

Technology certainly brings with it many business advantages and efficiencies. But with all the benefits…

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Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two weeks, February 23, 2011.  What better way to prepare for the opening ceremony than to explore our top 10 Women of Power picks ? Check out the montage of savvy businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way.--Janel Martinez

Top 10: Women of Power

Businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way

Black Enterprise’s 6th annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two…

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book,…

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Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

An open letter to Black America from the young activist who has been fighting the disease her whole life

This is a day we should be remembering all of the men and women who…

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WATCH: One-on-One With Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

In an exclusive interview on 'Black Enterprise Business Report,' Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle sits down with the nation's CFO

In an exclusive interview, BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked with the nation’s chief…

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Washington Report: January Jobs Numbers, Healthcare Reform and Obama on Egypt

A roundup of the latest news from the White House and Congress

BLACK ENTERPRISE Washington Correspondent Joyce Jones provides a roundup of the latest news from the…

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In the News: Walgreens Celebrates Black History Month; ‘T-Commerce’ On the Rise; Foreign Journalists Attacked

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

One of the country’s largest drug store chains is highlighting more than on-the-shelf sale items…

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Filmmaker Takes AFFRM-ative Action to Promote Black Cinema

Ava DuVernay unites black film festivals to encourage national releases of more movies for us and by us

DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Marcia Wade Talbert)
Ava DuVernay has accomplished three…

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Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business

The former Pittsburgh Steeler's new venture marks his foray into sporting goods

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As the featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the…

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy…

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Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life

How you can set a path to international voyages-- affordably

A black traveler her travels and how she affordably blazes sky trails on jet-setting voyages

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Ford’s 2011 Taurus SHO’s Love to the Black Community & Your Pockets

Automotive analyst Jeff Fortson test drives the new model and shares his experiences

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After an 11-year absence, the current-generation Taurus was resurrected in…

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Working Your Style Options

WATCH: Working Your Style: One Look, Three Ways

Style expert Daisy Lewellyn tells you how to get out of that work wardrobe style rut

If your work attire is in need of a remix, we’ll show you how to…

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

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What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt

The wrong move could wreak havoc on your finances by having you pay for something you didn't have to

In part one of this article, we explained what the statute of limitations is and…

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Iman (right) graces cover of Black Enterprise with protege Tyra Banks

This Week on the B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman (Video)

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

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In the News: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West Launch Weekly Radio Show; Verizon’s iPhone Debut Close

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

Nearly a week after Egyptians reported a country-wide Internet outage, service has been restored, according…

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Why We Should Be Grateful for Our “Haters”

Critics can't hurt you unless you let them. But people cosigning on everything you do can kill you

For some people, the thought of having haters is as fascinating as wondering about life…

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Traveling abroad can bring about great memories, eye-opening experiences and lucrative business connections. But without the proper research and planning, it can also mean memorable faux pas that could inadvertently bring offense or embarrassment, specifically when it comes to a major part of one's trip: dining. Many of the most important business deals and social connections are made over a meal, so knowing the nuances of dining abroad can serve as both an added plus and a necessity. Malla Haridat, CEO of New Designs for Life, a development and training company for entrepreneurs, knows a thing or two about dining globally, having traveled to many countries both for leisure and pleasure. She shares her insights on the do's and don'ts: 

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How to Eat Well While Traveling Abroad

A Black global traveler tells you how knowing the nuances of eating abroad can help you avoid awkward moments

Black entrepreneur tells her experiences dining abroad, from China to Morocco

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Half of Detroit Public Schools In Danger of Closing

Politics and a massive deficit have left Motor City in financial turmoil. Will our children be forced to forfeit their education?

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Detroit is in trouble—again. The city’s public…

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UBR Morning Post: NuJak Entrepreneurs Share the Power of Partnerships

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Frank…

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In the News: Mubarak Won’t Run; Raven-Symoné Back on TV; New York Daily News Names Black Managing Editor

Noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced he will not be running for president during elections in…

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

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Studies in Power

I have always been a student of power, reflecting on individuals with the will and…

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Why Designers are Down on Michelle Obama

Is it wrong to ridicule Mrs. Obama for being the First Lady...of fashion?

I was both pleased and perturbed by the “On the Runway” story in the Sunday…

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Be self-aware and personally responsible. "Learn how to be more comfortable in your own skin," Collier says. The more you understand yourself, the more you can be comfortable in your mannerisms and the more comfortable people are going to be in their interactions with you.  	For more on executive success in the workplace: 	How to Deal with the Boss from Hell 	Step Your Game Up with a Career Coach 	How to manage your feelings

The Boss Effect: How Small Gestures Make Big Impressions

Executives, learn to use executive amplifiers to your benefit

For executives and managers, sweating the small stuff can mean big results. Here’s how to…

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Prison Break  	On February 11, 1990, Mandela was freed from prison after serving 27 years behind bars in Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, near Cape Town. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for treason, so the release came as a surprise. Few can forget the image of him walking hand-in-hand with his then-wife, Winnie, into the surrounding pack of overjoyed supporters.  He later addressed a crowd of 50,000 people on the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. "Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible,” Mandela said.

Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

10 memorable moments from the revered political leader's life

BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 ways the South African revolutionary changed history.

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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Let your voice be heard: One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro used the San Francisco Bay Area's airwaves for 40 years to "speak his mind," debating political and cultural issues as well as breaking racial barriers. To fix today's institutions, he says, requires the creation of forums where diverse voices can be heard. "I hope that talk becomes the theme of what we do in the United States from government across [other areas] so we can have a stronger nation with tremendous, insightful understanding," says Ray Taliaferro.

6 Life Lessons from Media Trailblazers

At an NABJ event honoring the late Ed Bradley, Hall of Fame journalists share their rules for success

<strong>Let your voice be heard:</strong> One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro…

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Nailing It?

Duo looks to make their polish a beauty industry best seller

With just $2,000 from their personal savings, H. Ginger Johnson and Sara “Liz” Pickett have…

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