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WATCH: Black Blogger Month, A Celebration of the Best in Blogging

A preview of our month long celebration of 20 of the best voices in the Black blogosphere

Exclusive promo footage for BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month, celebration of the best in blogging, featuring…

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5 Steps to Starting a Franchise – Failure is Not an Option

Starting a business is one thing, here's how you take it to the next level without things falling apart

Starting a business is one thing, here’s how you take it to the next level…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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10 Twitter Accounts That Can Prep You For College

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

By Janel Martinez

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Please, Don’t Be THAT Person

When it comes to effective networking at conferences, business etiquette still counts

Business etiquette and common courtesy still counts, even in the age of social media, video…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Princess Bridal Looks for Less than $1,000

Get a princess wedding gown on a pauper's budget

Many brides want to be the princess for their special day, and celebrity brides are…

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7 African American Mayors Under the Radar

A roundup of Black mayors who have earned distinction in their communities

The Atlanta Post highlights seven municipal leaders that, although are overlooked by the national spotlight,…

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Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett.

This Week on Our World: Valerie Jarrett on Obama’s Job Plan for Black Americans

Host Marc Lamont Hill with Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, plus Rev. Al Sharpton and Jeff Jones

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with…

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5 Ways to Avoid Major Student Loan Debt

A financial expert provides tips for handling the dreaded student loan

Preparing for college means planning ahead. Financial expert Curtis Johnson provides parents and students with…

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Labor Day weekend is right aruond the corner, and the pressure is on to find a way to get in that last bit of summer fun and relaxation before cooler temperatures roll around. Black Enterprise's Golf & Tennis Challenge at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami is where you want to be September 1-5,2011. We'll give you three reasons: Sun, sports and the spa. And the bonus, being able to socialize with the smart and sexy people who know that this is one event that you don't want to miss! (Image: Thinkstock, Lonnie Major)

PHOTO GALLERY: BE Golf & Tennis Challenge–Why You Need to Be There!

Spa, sports, sun, fun: There's no better place to be this Labor Day than the BE Golf & Tennis Challenge in Miami. Here's why!

Labor Day weekend is right aruond the corner, and the pressure is on to find…

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In the News: Mother Faces 20 Years in Prison Over Education; Morris Brown’s Debt Forgiven; Census Shows More Women Than Men Have Degrees

Headlines around the web

Women are in the lead, according to a recent Census Bureau report (Image:…

By Janel Martinez

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Royal Report: 6 Regal Black Women Around the World

In honor of the British royal wedding, we highlight royal women of color--from princesses to socialites to businesswomen

BlackEnterprise.com highlights royal women of color — socialites, philanthropists and businesswomen — who show the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Anyone that's serious about growing their small business should be sure to have these insightful books handy

Five books every entrepreneur should read to be successful in business and increasing profits, including…

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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WATCH: Ne-Yo Performing at Black Enterprise’s Golf & Tennis Challenge

Join award-winning singer Ne-Yo in Miami Labor Day Weekend at Black Enterprise's Golf & Tennis Challenge for a party you don't want to miss!

Join award-winning singer, songrwriter and musician Ne-Yo in Miami for Labor Day Weekend for the…

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In today's job market, hiring managers see hundreds of resumes cross their desk and in boxes every week. So what's the best way to be sure yours shines above the rest and gets you an interview? Check out these five tips to ensure your resume gets noticed and leads to call backs for opportunities. —Aisha Taylor

Get Hired!: 5 Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

Job seekers tips for a stand-out resume

Check out these five tips to ensure your resume gets noticed and leads to call…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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7 Diversity Professionals Who Are Changing the Game

Today's diversity intiatives involve much more than hiring or doing business with Afircan Americans. These diversity leaders explain how

Today’s diversity initiatives involve much more than hiring or doing business with African Americans.

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Winging It: Brown (Mothers) v. Board of Education

Why are Black mothers being jailed for seeking a decent education for their children?

The rise of mothers like Kelly Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell being arrested for sending their…

By Caroline Clarke

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This Week on the B.E. Business Report: Power Player John Rogers

Also: Multicultural hair-care products company Mixed Chicks, dealing with bank fees, effective branding tips

This week on the Black Enterprise Business Report: Ariel Investments Chairman & CEO John Rogers,…

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Release of President Obama’s Birth Certificate Removes a Distraction America Can No Longer Afford

Black Enterprise publisher Earl Graves, Sr. weighs in on Donald Trump's exploitation of the "birther" movement

Today’s release by the White House of President Barack Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, confirming that…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Not Heading Straight to College? See 6 Alternative Options for Recent High School Grads

A four-year college isn’t the next step for every high school grad. Here, six non-traditional options

A four-year college isn’t the next step for every high school graduate. Check out these…

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3 Tech Tools to Keep You Healthy

Are deadlines, meetings and your to-do list giving you stress and affecting your health? Try these devices and apps to help you keep it all in check

If deadlines, meetings, and ill-tempered co-workers have you stressed and needing to relax, there’s an…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Why The ‘White Women Are Winning’ Argument is a Losing One

Columnist says she's 'over' racial comparison when it comes to marriage success

Columnist says she’s ‘over’ racial comparison when it comes to marriage success

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Get Hired!: Expert Solutions on How to Land Your Dream Job

Top answers on getting professional training, HR opportunities and changing careers

Black Enterprise editors answer questions from job seekers on advancing their career and finding job…

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Buyer’s Guide: Toyota’s Sienna Adds Some Style to the Minivan Market

Toyota looks to make minivans cooler with its spacious 7-passenger Sienna XLE

Toyota Sienna XLE adds luxury to the minivan market for the 2011 model year. This…

By Jeff Fortson

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UBR Morning Post: Plus-Size Fashion Entrepreneur Monif Clarke

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 talks with Monif…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Less is more. Overcrowded, unorganized, and hard-to-read resumes are likely to be placed at the bottom of the pile or moved into the trash bin on employers’ e-mail accounts. A well-formatted yet modest resume is more likely to get noticed than one with several fonts, overcrowding, confusing templates and inappropriate graphics. Your resume should be detailed yet concise while avoiding typical resume mistakes. Employers prefer easy-to-read resumes that clearly outline your skills and accomplishments.

Get Hired!: 10 Reasons Your Job Resume Is Being Ignored

These common mistakes could be holding you (and your career) back.

Avoid unsuccessful efforts in your search because of resume mistakes

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5 Rules for Getting a Great Deal on a Home

Follow these tips and snag a great price on your dream home

If you’re in the market for a new home, you’ll want to make sure that…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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4 Branding Tips to Help Students Get Accepted to College

Follow these expert tips on personal branding to score that coveted acceptance letter from the school of choice

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Marlon D. Cousin, managing partner of The Marquin Group, about establishing your…

By Janel Martinez

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Love & Money: 7 Signs You’re Dating A Gold Digger

You work hard for your money and your relationship, here are a few ways to make sure both are protected

Gold diggers come in all forms. Whether it’s a woman looking to marry a well-paid…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Win a FREE Resume Makeover!

Get free career consulting advice from an expert who will make your resume shine!

Are you a job seeker who has sent out countless resumes and wonders why you…

By Elayne Fluker

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The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing a Franchise

Once you've decided franchising is for you, here's how to pick the right one

Purchasing a franchise is a decision you shouldn’t take lightly. So before you join the…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Get Hired!: 4 Tools Every Job Seeker Needs for Career Success

Essentials you should have to get the job you deserve

BlackEnterprise.com presents the tools for success with job seeking and trying to advance your career.

By Janell Hazelwood

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10 Tips for Filing Your FAFSA Form for College Financial Aid

How to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and get more money to finance your education

How to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and get more money…

By Janel Martinez

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3 Things to Do if You Can’t Pay a Large Tax Bill

Ignoring you tax bill won't help. Fortunately, you have options!

Ignoring you tax bill won’t help. Fortunately, you have options!

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Just as the U.S. auto industry was expected to return to the fast lane, following the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, certain segments could be brought to a screeching halt this summer. With Japan’s recent earthquake affecting new-vehicle production both here and abroad, coupled with the civil unrest in the Middle East—which is driving up gas prices to unprecedented levels—many consumers in the market for a new (or used) ride over the next few months are in for a bumpy ride. Here, are five ways in which the earthquake in Japan could affect car sales—and you—this summer.

5 Ways the Earthquake in Japan Could Affect Car Sales & You

With numerous automakers based in Japan, the recent quake could have a trickle down effect on your next purchase

With numerous automakers based in Japan, the recent quake could have a trickle down effect…

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In the News: WNBA Scores New President; Obama in High Demand for High School Commencements; Will.I.Am. ‘Joining Forces’ with US Service

Headlines around the web

Headlines around the web

By Janel Martinez

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How Badly Do You Want Financial Freedom?

If you talk the talk, but will not walk the walk, I've got news for you: freedom ain't free

Each week, we get e-mails and letters from people who tell us they are determined…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Decoded: The Economics of a Winning Knicks Team

How the Knicks making the playoffs gives New York City businesses a boost

How the Knicks making the playoffs gives New York City businesses a boost

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Can Luxury Brands Boost Black Achievement?

Study: High fashion labels can make people 'feel better,' boost performance

Study: High fashion labels can make people ‘feel better,’ boost performance

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This Week on Our World: Singer, Songwriter and Actress Jill Scott

Also: the rise of African Americans in the Republican Party

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with…

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In the News: Formal Investigation on Michelle Obama’s Air Scare; Hear Tyler Perry Tell Spike Lee Where to Go; Marilyn Davenport Apologizes for Chimp Email

Headlines from around the Web

Headlines from around the Web

By Janel Martinez

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What You Can Learn from… the Barry Bonds Conviction

When it comes to your career, there are things you should do to protect your rep and not fall victim to the competition.

When it comes to your career, there are things you should do to protect your…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Winging It: Success Tip of the Day—When in Doubt Try Tulips

Sometimes you need to treat yourself to one of life's small treasures to keep your sanity in the workplace

Sometimes you need to treat yourself to one of life’s small treasures to keep your…

By Caroline Clarke

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This Week on The B.E. Business Report: Chicago Treasurer Stephanie Neely

Also: NuJak Companies CEO Frank Kendrick, tech guru Ken Gibbs

Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely is the featured Power Player on this week’s edition of…

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One Year Later, Gulf Oil Spill Continues to Impede Gulf Progress

Consequences of the disaster affect jobs, health, and economic recourse

Consequences of the disaster affect jobs, health, and economic recourse

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Power Moves: Eddie Brown’s 5 Strategies For Success in Business

The BE Titan shares trade secrets from his 40 year career and new autobiography that can inspire your business moves

The BE Titan shares trade secrets from his 40 year career and new autobiography that…

By Derek T. Dingle

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MC Hammer Talks Social Media Interests, Getting through Bankruptcy and Web Influence

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, An Affordable Sporty Roadster

Finally, a droptop that won't make you break the bank

Finally, a droptop that won’t make you break the bank

By Jeff Fortson

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UBR Morning Post: ICE Supreme’s Ashiki Taylor; Fitness Entrepreneur Saran Dunmore

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young interviews Ashiki Taylor of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Washington Report: Obama Lays Out Budget Vision That Calls for Shared Responsibility

No more tax breaks for the rich

No more tax breaks for the rich

By Joyce Jones

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LinkedIN Adds Apps, Widgets, and Daily News to Beef up Platform

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Ways America Can Help Small Businesses Grow

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

Serial entrepreneur and small biz advocate says regulation and taxes are hindering innovation

By Alan Hughes

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Book Review: Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells urges you to market to teens, tweens and young adults not by age alone, but by tribe

In her new book “Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right: How Your Business Can…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Overall Satisfaction among Small Business Banking Customers Drops

3 Things to Do Before You Start Banking From a Smartphone

Mobile banking offers convenience and flexibility. But here's what you need to know before you tap in to this resource

Mobile banking offers convenience and flexibility. But here’s what you need to know before you…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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3 Ways to Snag More Blog Opportunities

Tips to find a balance in the saturated Web market

Tips to find a balance in the saturated Web market

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In the News: NASA Grants Morgan State University $28.5 Million for STEM ;L.I. Homeowners Stand Up to JPMorgan Chase;S&P Lowers U.S. Rating Outlook to Negative

Headlines around the web

Headlines around the web

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Entrepreneurship is no longer a term solely reserved for former business execs and seasoned employees. Gone are the days where young adults stick close to the traditional career path. Instead, today's trailblazers are creating their own opportunities. And some of the smartest among them will join BLACK ENTERPRISE next month at our annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Check out these young leaders under 35—BE Nexters—who are carving a space for themselves in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few.

10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Tomorrow's leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in business and beyond.

Tomorrow’s leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in…

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All work and no play can make for a dull day at the office, but being productive is what matters most to employers. While having a jovial co-worker that can lighten the mood in the workplace can be a plus, he or she can wind up being a major distraction when there’s a tight deadline looming. The last thing any effective team needs is an internal distraction, be it a talkative co-worker or an unfocused one. Jonathan Smith, better known as Lil Jon, knows firsthand how detrimental a distracting co-worker can be to working efficiently and effectively. For the past several weeks, he and fellow Celebrity Apprentice cast mates had to deal with the always-erratic Gary Busey, who would constantly interrupt, confuse and undermine his team’s progress during each assigned task. With the frustrating actor finally “fired” in last night’s episode, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Lil Jon to get his tips on dealing with a distracting co-worker (named Gary Busey).

Lil Jon’s 5 Tips For Dealing With a Distracting Co-Worker (Named Gary Busey)

The Celebrity Apprentice star explains how to keep your cool in a hostile work environment

The Celebrity Apprentice star explains how to keep your cool in a hostile work environment…

By Anslem Samuel

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Do Clouds Mean Anything for Black Music?

How this technology revolutionized the business

How this technology revolutionized the business

By BlackEnterprise.com

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4 Ways to Support Black Businesses

How to put your black buying power to use

How to put your black buying power to use

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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In the News: Protestors Disrupt House Budget Talks; OWN Adds Additional Shows; Dennis Walcott Starts Off On the Right Foot

Headlines around the web

Headlines around the web

By Janel Martinez

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5 Things to Know Before You Fire Your Boss

If you're answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

If you’re answers are yes it may be time to break out on your own

By Tina Wells

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I Got Mauled at Redstone—And Fell In Love With Golf

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best experiences of my life at the Shell Houston Open ProAm

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

By Anslem Samuel

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How the Racial Wealth Gap Hurts Children of Color

The Root columnist explores solutions to a growing problem

The Root columnist explores solutions to a growing problem

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Preview Our World: Musician & Activist Wyclef Jean

Also: Dr. Bill Releford, "The Barbershop Doctor," helps Black men fight diabetes and hypertension

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Will Expectations Change for Obama’s Re-election Campaign?

Atlanta Post columnist wonders whether this campaign will disappoint supporters

Atlanta Post columnist wonders whether this campaign will disappoint supporters

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Power Moves: Obama Gives Preview Of Campaign 2012

President Obama comes out swinging in his speech at George Washington University yesterday

President Obama comes out swinging in his speech at George Washington University yesterday

By Derek T. Dingle

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5 Steps Towards Homeownership

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare of financial trouble

How to get into the house of your dreams without landing yourself in a nightmare…

By Tara-Nicholle Nelson

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Winging It: The Gift of My Father’s Example

The writer reflects on her relationship with her father, and cherishes the lessons of finding balance that he left behind

The writer reflects on her relationship with her father, and cherishes the lessons of finding…

By Caroline Clarke

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Paul Brunson Goes From Businessman to Love Doctor

Business grad finds his match in the business of Black love

Business grad finds his match in the business of Black love

By Qimmah Saafir

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Monitor your progress.  Use the reports coming in from your distribution portals.  Amazon (via CreateSpace), Barnes & Nobles (via Pubit), and Smashwords all print sales reports.  When you run a promotion or have a flurry of activity, like a series of Twitter chats, be sure to go back and see what worked to spike sales.  Keep that in your arsenal and repeat that successful activity on a regular basis.

10 Steps to Self-Publish Your Next Book

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell your book your way

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell…

By Alan Hughes

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We all could use more ways to save money. And why not conserve the earth while doing it? Here are a few ways you can conserve energy -- and cut expenses -- by being eco-friendly.

4/11: 11 Ways to Save the Earth — And Cut Costs

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

By Janell Hazelwood

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Urban Entrepreneurs Win $150,000 In Capital

MillerCoors rewards the winners of its 2010 business plan competition

Celebrating 11 years of economic empowerment through its MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneurs Series (MUES) and Business…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Buyer’s Guide: Ford’s F-250 4×4 Takes the Pickup Truck Crown

Ford’s stylish King Ranch Diesel is more than just an off-road workhorse

Ford’s stylish King Ranch Diesel is more than just an off-road workhorse

By Jeff Fortson

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UBR Morning Post: Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price Shares Her Success Formula

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 talks with Lisa…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Some only know Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell for his Grammy award-winning legacy as a pioneering performer in hip-hop and pop culture. Others remember him more for his infamous financial woes and stints on reality TV. But don't put this entrepreneur and social media advocate in a box. He's kept the superstar momentum going in recent years with his dance community Web portal, DanceJam, and the founding of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company. Hammer's also reinvented himself as a social networking mogul (with more than 2 million Twitter followers), carving out yet another niche in his diverse career with high impact and visibility. 	An avid reader and sought-after speaker—having lectured at Oxford and Wharton and will be speaking this year at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta (May 22-25), Hammer knows a thing or two about expanding one's knowledge of how to connect with audiences and use technology as a lucrative tool. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the social media whiz on his favorite book picks for social media success.

MC Hammer’s Top 5 Books For Social Media Success

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

By Janell Hazelwood

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Legendary Carver Savings Bank Fights To Stay in Business

Federal government orders the nation's largest black bank to boost capital reserves by April 30...or else

Federal government orders the nation’s largest black bank to boost capital reserves by April 30…or…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Toni Braxton: On Bankruptcy, Beating Her Illnesses and the Braxton Family Values

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new 'reality'

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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8 Simple SEO Tips for The Not-So-Tech Savvy Entrepreneur

A few key tips to increase your search engine ranking without hiring an expert

How do you get prospects to your online destination? By utilizing Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Washington Report: Government Stays Open For Business As Budget Debate Continues; Republicans Reveal 2012 Budget

Our insider's report on politics in the nation's capital

Our insider’s report on politics in the nation’s capital

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Find Out if You Even Have to File 	Ever wonder if you actually need to file a federal income tax return? Well, you may be onto something. Identifying whether or not you need to file will save both you and the government time and money. People can check the Individuals section of the IRS website or use their Interactive Tax Assistant tool to see if they qualify.

4/11: 11 Last Minute Tax Tips

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on filing your taxes

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on…

By Janel Martinez

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One-on-one with Mathew Knowles

In one of his first interviews since the big announcement, the Music World CEO talks about his next move, the business of music and why splitting with daughter Beyonce was all about strategy

In one of his first interviews since the big announcement, the Music World CEO talks…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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4 Ways to Prevent Debt Collectors from Contacting You on Facebook

Fight back with these tips.

Fight back with these tips.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How the Government Shutdown Affects YOU

With just hours left for lawmakers to agree, millions of Americans wonder how the shutdown will hit home. Here's what you need to know

With just hours left for lawmakers to agree, millions of Americans wonder how the shutdown…

By Joyce Jones

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WATCH: The High Life – Exploring the Little Luxuries of Paris

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a peek inside of chic places to shop, stay, dine and unwind

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a…

By Elayne Fluker

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Star Jones Dishes on New Book, Celebrity Apprentice, the Working Woman

Reality TV star advises women to "leave the tears at home" and "put on your big girl pumps"

Reality TV star advises working women to “leave the tears at home” and “put on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Dhani Jones: A Man For All Seasons

NFL linebacker ventures into mens' fashion, philanthropy and TV

NFL linebacker ventures into mens’ fashion, philanthropy and TV

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Speed Networking: How to Brand and Promote Yourself in 2 Minutes

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

Expert tips from one of our Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference facilitators

By Karen Taylor Bass

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Evolving in the public eye, Chris Brown has gone from teenaged heartthrob to pop music megastar to vilified brute and then repentant sinner. At the heart of his image downturn is the 2009 assault of then girlfriend, Rihanna, which showed a darker side to the talented singer/dancer/actor. Brown’s subsequent apologies, paid debt to society in the form of community service and an emotional performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” at the 2010 BET Awards seemed to have almost wiped his slate clean—that is, until last month’s Good Morning America appearance. Following an awkward and defensive interview with GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Brown threw a tantrum backstage, smashing a window at ABC’s Times Square studio in the process. Though Brown has since apologized for his behavior (again), many speculate that he’s running out of second chances and that’s bound to hit him in the pockets. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how all the drama has or hasn’t affected the troubled star’s money.

Chris Brown Decoded: The Finances of a Tarnished Brand

An exploration of how much the troubled star's scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

An exploration of how much the troubled star’s scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

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WATCH: Brand New You – How to Eat Healthy Naturally

What to eat, what to avoid, and when you can simply indulge

What to eat, what to avoid, and when you can simply indulge

By Elayne Fluker

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In the News: Government Shutdown Fears; NYC Names New NYC Schools Chancellor; NBA Star Carmelo Anthony Inks Deal with JPC

Headlines around the Web

Headlines around the Web

By Janel Martinez

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Trust Us, We’re Here to Help

As we were putting together our April issue, we learned that Black Enterprise has been…

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Backtalk with Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson can be found regularly providing his insightful commentary

By Derek T. Dingle

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Set Your Investments on a New Course

Experts tell you how to invest in today's hottest sectors without getting burned

While the U.S. economy continues its slow recovery from the financial crisis and recession, the…

By Donald Jay Korn

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How Asking the Right Questions Can Help You Get the Right Job

Anxious to start working? Of course you are. But before you sign your offer letter make sure you ask these key questions

Anxious to start working? Of course you are. But before you sign your offer letter…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Crisis Management: How to Respond When Your Personal Brand is in Jeopardy

Damage control can go a long way in saving you or your business during times of scandal

Damage control can go a long way in saving you or your business during times…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A tip from a trusted friend or relative, a little monetary incentive or even just the location can usually steer consumers to their bank of choice. But one look at the fine print can have potential customers re-thinking their decision. While Capitol Hill has banks scrambling to make up new revenue sources, consumers are usually the ones slighted as new fees means less banking value for your buck. With the savings rate up 5.8% in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis—the highest since August—it’s important to make sure the financial institution you decide to do business with is giving you the best service. Here’s a checklist of questions you should always ask to ensure you’re getting the most out of a savings or checking account.

14 Questions to Ask Before Opening a Checking or Savings Account

Not all bank accounts are created equal. Mind your money with these essential questions

Not all bank accounts are created equal. Mind your money with these essential questions

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: National Urban League Equality Index Shows a Decline for African-Americans

According to the report, African Americans are a little less well off than we were in 2010

According to the report, African Americans are a little less well off than we were…

By Joyce Jones

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WATCH: A Brand New You – Living (and Eating) Well with Diabetes

Karen Taylor Bass talks with author and dietician Constance Brown-Riggs about how to be smart and stay healthy

Karen Taylor Bass talks with author and dietician Constance Brown-Riggs about how to be smart…

By Elayne Fluker

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Washington Report: Budget Showdown Looms

Congressional lawmakers have a choice: Compromise or government shutdown

Congressional lawmakers have a choice: Compromise or government shutdown

By Joyce Jones

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Caring for An Aging Relative? Don’t Overlook Your Tax Breaks

When writing off your relatives...on your taxes...makes sense

When writing off your relatives…on your taxes…makes sense

By John Simons

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Poll: Is it OK for New College Grads to Move Back Home?

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid's desire for independence? You decide

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid’s desire for independence? You…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Buyer’s Guide: Chevy’s Cruze Takes Control

GM's rechristened Cobalt turns the compact market inside out

GM’s rechristened Cobalt turns the compact market inside out

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UBR Morning Post: BE 100s CEO Michael Roberts Talks Legacy Building

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the News: Obama to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Facebook; Haiti Elects New President; Lebron James Gets Animated

Headlines around the Web

Headlines around the Web

By Janel Martinez

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

How to Keep Your Customers Happy

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

4 ways to offer exceptional service and make your business stand out

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Beware of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Best known for his portrayal of Tee Tee on BET’s The Game, Barry Floyd earned his position in the spotlight the hard way. With ambitions of being a writer, the Philadelphia native headed to Hollywood to follow his dreams, but like many aspiring scribes, he saw those dreams deferred. Following a string of production assistant jobs on such TV series as Cuts, Everybody Hates Chris and Girlfriends, Floyd fell into acting when one of the Girlfriends performers was late for rehearsal and he was asked to stand in. Impressed with his performance, the casting director suggested Floyd audition for a part on an upcoming show called The Game. “I had no intention of acting,” he explains. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” 	During the course of the show’s inaugural run on The CW network, Floyd sharpened his acting skills, earning more camera time in the process. Now, at the close of the sitcom’s resurrected season on BET, the actor is refocused on his initial goal, working as the head writer on the online sketch comedy series, Purple Stuff TV.  Managing to navigate his way through the bright lights of Tinseltown, Floyd shares a few of his trade secrets with BlackEnterprise.com.

Barry Floyd’s 6 Steps to Making it in Hollywood

The writer-turned-actor from BET's 'The Game' explains how he made it and you can too

The writer-turned-actor from BET’s ‘The Game’ explains how he made it and you can too

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WATCH: Kimora Lee Simmons on Successes, Failures, Giving Back and Loving Her Tweeps

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is 'Life in the Fab Lane'

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is ‘Life in the Fab Lane’

By Elayne Fluker

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How to Avoid Tax Audit Triggers

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Washington Report: Black Unemployment Rate Increased in March While Overall Rate Declined

Politicians weigh in on what's needed to lift employment in our communities

Politicians weigh in on what’s needed to lift employment in our communities

By Joyce Jones

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In the News: Obama Announces Re-Election Bid; MLK III Launches Bounce TV; Maya Moore Named AP Player of Year

Headlines from around the Web

Headlines from around the Web

By Janel Martinez

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Getting Started: Three Young Producers Look Beyond TV to Reach Audiences

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative ways to tell their stories

With the help of actor Idris Elba, the owners of Brown Paper Dolls find innovative…

By Arlice Nichole

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Switching Jobs: What Happens to My 401(k)?

When making a career move, be sure to know your options and protect your retirement money

Four options for handling retirement plan assets when you change jobs

By LaToya M. Smith

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Hip-Hop Business Maven Mona Scott-Young Talks Running the Show

The media exec details why she branched out and why women need to network like men

The exec producer of VH1′s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ discusses her latest venture

By Janel Martinez

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Your Financial Records: What to Save, What to Shred and When

If tax season has you rifling through bank statements and canceled checks, these tips will help you know how and when to purge

If tax time has you rifling through old bank statements, credit card bills, canceled checks,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Winging It: Beyonce Makes a Power Move

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her career?

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her…

By Caroline Clarke

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Tweets For Sale: Getting Paid in 140 Characters or Less

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

By Janee Bolden

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In the News: Black Studies Academic Manning Marable Dead at 60; Tyler Perry & Lionsgate Extend Deal; Mixed Chicks File Suit vs. Sally Beauty Supply

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

Lionsgate Broadens Partnership with Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry and Lionsgate announced yesterday they are renewing…

By Janel Martinez

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Simple Rules for Lifetime Investing

Many of us let a crisis go to waste. Yes, the Great Recession put a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Let’s Get Back to Investing in Our Future

Live within your means. Put money aside for tough times. Save, don’t borrow, for the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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BE 100s Report: Seaway Takes Over Legacy Bank

Failure of leading financial institution continues trend of black bank closures

Failure of leading financial institution continues trend of black bank closures

By Derek T. Dingle

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This Week on Our World: Actor Anthony Anderson

Also: What drives the popularity of reality television?

Also: What drives the popularity of reality television?

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