It’s a known fact that a celebrity’s career rarely includes only one single job. Any multi-faceted entertainer—be it actor, artist, or both—learns fairly quickly that the key to climbing the success ladder is through constant diversification. Making money in various markets guarantees a well-rounded (and long-lasting) career. With the fickle tastes and short attention spans of most audiences, it’s only necessary to jump into multiple roles, bulking up pockets and fan bases equally.  Many artists have made the migration from musicians to actors, film producers, authors and all around entrepreneurs. Such transitory career goals have allowed many artists to garner successes they never achieved during their time solely working as musicians. As part of our continued Black Music Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of 11 celebs that started out as artists and have since evolved into well-oiled self-entities. —Kathy Iandoli

11 Successful Artist Brands Beyond Music

Music is only the beginning of building a brand that's something these artists know well

Artists like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Beyonce and will.i.am are multi-millionaires solely because of their music,…

By Kathy Iandoli

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Are African Americans Afraid of Science?

Noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses lack of minority representation in his field

Noted astrophysicist discusses lack of minority representation in his field and how parents and role…

By Alan Hughes

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Carver Bank Gets Much-Needed Capital Injection

Wall St. firms gave largest Black-owned bank a local bailout

Some of Wall Street’s largest financial services powerhouses, including Goldman Sachs Inc., Morgan Stanley and…

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7 Career Strategies That Work

Whether your collar is white or blue, use these strategies to help remain competitive and get ahead

BLACK ENTERPRISE, in partnership with Walmart, the nation’s largest corporation, decided to convene our event,…

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8 Things I Hate About Twitter

The problem with social media is it's really not that social

Twitter has become a way of life for many but outside of the marketing and…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Future of Music: 4 Ways to Protect Your Music from Digital Piracy

In a constantly changing digital world, these expert endorsed tips will keep your music (and cash flow) secure

With music piracy steadily increasing, see what four tips artists can follow to protect themselves…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Biz Tool Kit: 12 Questions to Ask Before the Business Plan

Ready to be an entrepreneur? Consider this...

Make sure your plan passes the test and answers these important questions.

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Before reality TV took over, cable networks like BET, MTV and VH1 (along with an assortment of broadcast programs) used to dedicate hours to airing music videos. Now, there are only a handful of such shows around and fans are more likely to watch their favorite artist’s latest clip online than on TV. With that said, the quality and concepts for most musicians have gone down. Gone are the days of the multi-million dollar video shoot that was more than a lip-syncing affair and produced mini movies. Still in the midst of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com takes a trip down memory lane with some of the most expensive music videos made by African American artists. You’ll also discover which famous family has a penchant for not only making records but breaking them (and budgets) as well. —Anslem Samuel

16 Most Expensive Music Videos by Black Artists

Creative expression for music artist sometimes comes at a high cost

From Michael Jackson and MC Hammer to Kanye West and Will Smith, music videos often…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Future of Music: Dos and Don’ts of Promoting Your Music on Social Media

Expert tips on how your to 'socialize' your sound and reach the masses

Wayne Sutton and William Moss give expert tips on how your music can reach the…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Entrepreneur of the Week: 14-Year-Old CEO Chental-Song Bembry

Teen author, illustrator, and entrepreneur gives tips to help other young writers enter the literary field and start their own businesses

Teen author, illustrator, and entrepreneur gives tips to help other young writers get started

By LaToya M. Smith

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

How Portable is Your Personal Brand?

Three reasons why your personal and professional business should not mix

It takes a lot to build up a brand so don’t let all your networking…

By Hajj Flemings

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Brand Flexibility: 3 Ways to Communicate with Empathy

Being successful in business is not just about what you do but how you do it—take note

For executives looking to build a stellar personal brand, your ability to communicate is as…

By Marshawn Evans

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UBR Spotlight: Designer Kevan Hall on the Business of Couture

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Bryant Monteilh sits down with award-winning…

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Google unveiled its new social network, Google+ (Image: File)

In the News: Google+ Makes Its Debut; Former VP Steals Millions From Citigroup; Mother Sues Cornell Frat for Sons Death

Headlines around the web

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By Janel Martinez

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The Future of Music: 3 Alternatives to Apple’s iTunes Platform

Digital anthropologist Lane DeNicola suggests alternative music distribution outlets for independent artists to consider

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to digital expert Lane DeNicola about 3 iTunes alternatives independent artists should consider.

By Janel Martinez

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Former Computer Salesman Shifts Gears into Public Speaking Career

With a passion for motivating people, this orator went after his purposeful dream

A former Dell computer salesman, Jonathan Sprinkles took his gift of gab to pursue his…

By Aliya Ewing

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Why Michelle Obama’s Africa Trip Matters

The Root columnist says First Lady is inspiring model for young women emerging from apartheid

The Root columnist explores the impact of First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to post-apartheid Africa,…

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Women in Black Music: Kelly Price on Body Image

With a new album, a new label, and a new determination to be her own boss, Kelly Price returns to the scene in full glory

As part of our continuing coverage of Women in Music for Black Music Month, we…

By Elayne Fluker

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Prominent figures in  business, sports, media and philanthropy came out for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Gala Luncheon at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Event chair Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis' eldest daughter, announced that this year’s gala raised more than $665,000 toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, in support of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Harvard Law School Bussey Professor Emeritus Frank E. A. Sander, who taught and mentored Lewis at Harvard Law, received the Millennium Member Award. Profit Investment Management CEO Eugene A. Profit received the Reginald F. Lewis Award, presented to an African American entrepreneur who has broken barriers to become internationally successful before the age of 50. —Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Fundraiser Exceeds Million-Dollar Match Goal

Star Jones, former Mayor David Dinkins, NFL Star Dhani Jones among notables present as Eugene Profit receives Reginald F. Lewis Award

Prominent figures from the business, sports, media and philanthropic arenas came out for the Reginald…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Give the People What They Want Not What You Want   “[If] you go to GM and say, ‘What kind of car are you building?’ they’ll say, ‘We’re building a car that people want.’ But somehow you come to media and they say, ‘Oh, we’re not giving people what they want; the people are a bunch of idiots. How dare they ask for what they want?’ How could you possibly run an industry that’s motto is ‘We’re not giving the people what they want’? You have to look at [blogging] like any other business in which you want to be successful and profitable,” says Mwangaguhunga. “That means I’m going to look at my customers, find out what they want, find out what they like about this company and give them more of that. I’m also going to find out what they don’t like about this company and I’m going to give them less of that.”

MediaTakeOut’s 5 Gossip Blog Commandments

The controversial entrepreneur shares his five keys to success online that'll keep customers coming back

MediaTakeout founder Fred Mwangaguhunga shares insider tips on how to run a multi-million dollar blog…

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Book Publisher Karen Hunter Talks Launching Digital Publishing Company

Author and former journalist expands literary brand into Web world

Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning former journalist Karen Hunter talks digital publishing company and expanding her…

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Clock Ticking on Debt Limit; Small Business Lending Fund Progressing Slowly

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill struggle as the Treasury Department's Aug. 2 deadline nears, meanwhile the SBLF fails to meet anticipated production pace

Although President Barack Obama made it a priority to enter negotiations on the nation’s debt…

By Joyce Jones

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This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gay—especially in the entertainment industry—remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterprise’s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.com’s continued Black Music Month coverage, we’ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. —Janell Hazelwood

Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud

A look at African American celebrities who have gone public with their sexual preference

Since the recent news of New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages, political and social debate…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Things to Ask Before Franchising

Franchise exec recommends a little self-assessment before investing in this business model

Starting a franchise is no small undertaking, author and franchise expert Bob Phibbs offers up…

By Alan Hughes

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5 Keys To Getting Your Startup Idea From Concept to Launch

Business development expert William Crowder shares how new entrepreneurs can attract start-up investment resources

Starting a great business begins with a great idea but not everyone knows how to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Michael Jackson: Decoding the Brand Power of a Black Music Legend

A reflection on the King of Pop's musical and business impact two years after his passing

As a musical icon Michael Jackson’s legacy spans from record breaking album sales and groundbreaking…

By Andreas Hale

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Take the Three Ps with You to Ace Your Job Interview

Bring preparedness, promptness, and prayer for a confident arrival

Come armed with the three Ps and you won’t miss out on job seeker success

By Aisha M. Taylor

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WATCH: Stephen Hill on BET Awards & Rebranding Chris Brown

Network executive shares insight on this year's award show and Chris Brown's resurrection

On the eve of the 2011 BET Awards, network executive Stephen Hill speaks on social…

By Anslem Samuel

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10 Fashion Essentials for the Office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

Madame Noire highlights 10 fashion must-haves for women in the office

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Black Music Month: Women and Body Image in Entertainment

Black superstar divas and their weight loss journeys

In the music industry, image can trump talent, and many of the top stars have…

By Janell Hazelwood

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In the News: Mellody Hobson Onboard with Groupon; Diddy Settles Civil Suits; Twitter Selling You Out?

Headlines around the web

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By Janel Martinez

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4 Success Strategies From Gov. Deval Patrick

In his new book, the Massachusetts governor delivers insight and perspective that can help you thrive in business

How to use Deval Patrick’s personal power moves – those focused on faith, perseverance and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Stephen Pierce Tells Entrepreneurs about the Power of Positive Thinking

Internet marketing guru says faith, moving forward and positioning helps small business survive tough times

Internet marketing rock star Stephen Pierce has no problem telling you that at one point…

By Elayne Fluker

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Women in Black Music: Yolanda Adams on ‘Becoming’

As much a businesswoman as an artist, the gospel powerhouse talks about the importance of being diverse, and knowing when to be still

As part of our continuing coverage of women in music for Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com…

By Elayne Fluker

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Don’t Bow Down to the Office Bully

Bullying is not child’s play anymore. It’s on the rise at work

In a troubled economy people have shorter fuses but that’s no excuse for bullying in…

By Caroline Clarke

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President Barack Obama rings in his 50th birthday in Chicago Wednesday (Image: File)

In the News: Obama to Announce Troop Pullout; Shaq Talks Future in Business; Study Shows Men Network Better

Headlines around the web

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By Janel Martinez

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20 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2011

Meet the freshman class: Black companies that weathered the recession, grew their businesses and landed on the BE 100s list

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE welcomes new companies to its BE100s lists, which chronicle the most…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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7 Money Lessons Teens Learned from the Recession

A new study shows the Great Recession turned out to be teens’ most effective teacher.

You’ve probably talked to your teens about money management numerous times. And you’ve probably felt…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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7 Crowdsourcing Resources to Boost Your Businesses

Increase your productivity and staff with these tools that expand your network

With crowdsourcing businesses are able to use their social media network to locate and utilize…

By Hajj Flemings

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Women in Black Music: Jill Scott Steps into the Light of the Sun

It was 10 years ago–no, eleven years ago–when a young Philadelphia poetess had us all…

By Elayne Fluker

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

These 9 power brokers are calling the shots in the entertainment industry

These black female executives make power moves behind the scenes in the music business

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: 10 Professions That Make the Daily Grind Worth It

The Atlanta Post highlights 10 cool jobs where the perks match the work.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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7 Cash Flow Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make

Expert advice on how to avoid the pitfalls that could cost your business money

Michelle Dunn, founder and president of Never Dunn Publishing, LLC, has over 20 years experience…

By Alan Hughes

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Former Lawyer Succeeds Online as Man Behind MediaTakeOut

Fred Mwangaguhunga went from practicing law to launching the popular gossip site

MediaTakeOut.com founder Fred Mwangaguhunga took aspirations of working for himself to leave behind a successful…

By timmhotep aku

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Mr. Earl G. Graves Sr. sat down with Black Enterprise Business Report Host Caroline Clarke to discuss his success with Black Enterprise Magazine and being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Black Enterprise Business Report on location

BEBR 2011 Season interviews

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Would You Use a Coupon on a Date?

There's a fine line between a smart move and poor taste.

Are there times when you should and shouldn’t use a coupon?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Jalen Rose: A Ring Doesn’t Make a Champion

ESPN analyst discusses LeBron James’s playoff run and today’s athlete’s obsession with championships over the game

Former NBA player and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose chimes in on the debate over LeBron…

By Andreas Hale

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The Success Cycle: 4 Steps that Lead to Victory in Business

Use these tools to help gain perspective and achieve success in your business

Not knowing where we stand creates anxiety for entrepreneurs–sometimes enough to make us quit. However,…

By Felicia Joy

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3 Ways to Restore, Reassess & Rejuvenate Your Executive Brand

Follow these steps to help define your personal brand

Career columnist Marshawn Evans tells you what steps to take to help define your personal…

By Marshawn Evans

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Financial Advice for 2011 College Graduates (Beyond ‘Get a Job!’)

Strategies to help students do the right thing after getting that diploma

Our Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox offers tips to help college grads do the right (and…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Our World host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with celebrated civil rights icon and educated Angela Davis who shares her mission to abolish the U.S. prison system.

Our World All Access Celebrity Headliners Spring 2011

A look back at the hottest All Access celebrity headliners on Our World with Black Enterprise.

Our World host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with celebrated civil rights icon and educated…

By Kenneth Meeks

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Women in Black Music: Getting Paid or Played?

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really "run the (music) world"

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really “run the (music) world”

By Jamilah Lemieux

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Trading Places: Undercover Bosses

Five B.E. 100s CEOs who bravely stepped into their employees' shoes

Everyone has dreams of calling the shots. But a company CEO does more than tell…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Father-Daughter CEOs Strengthen Family Bond with New Publishing Company

Venture combines business, youth's talent to promote urban litaracy

Ephraim Benton and his daughter, Amber, combined her love for storytelling…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Star Songwriter Talks About Conquering the Music Biz

Roc Nation singer and composer details how to make it in music

The Atlanta Post caught up with Roc Nation singer and songwriter Makeba Riddick to talk…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Suit Your Life: 7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Are NOT a Tie

Don't be cliche, get one of these stylish items for the perfect Father's Day gift

Stylish Father’s Day gift ideas that don’t include the cliche neckwear

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Making the Most of Job Seeking on Social Networks

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Height Goddess: For Tall Women, By a Tall Woman

Entrepreneur of the Week Lameka Weeks takes the fashion world to new heights with her tall women's line

For tall women, finding stylish clothing can be a towering frustration. Height Goddess founder Lameka…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Behind the Music: Save the Music Programs!

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk as countless music programs…

By Tamara Warren

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8 Tech Toys For Father’s Day

Not sure what to get the special man in your life for father's day? Here's a 21st Century gift guide

Technology is a man’s best friend so this Father’s Day be sure to get your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ is Bad Business Advice

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

Columnist and entrepreneur Felicia Joy tells small business owners to take heed

By Felicia Joy

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Why a Good Credit Score Isn’t Enough

You’ll need more than excellent credit to get the best terms on a loan

If you thought a great credit score was all you needed to get the best…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The High Life: Getting to Know the Bubbly Creators of Eco.Love Wines

Host Tai Beauchamp interviews entrepreneur sisters Robin and Andrea McBride about their line of wines

On this episode of The High Life, host Tai Beauchamp heads to The Winery in…

By Elayne Fluker

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Behind the Music: The Anatomy of the Record Deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to secure the best deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to…

By Tomika Anderson

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Flying Fees Are Here to Stay

Flying the friendly skies just got less friendly as airlines tack on more and more fees

In a post-9/11 society we’ve gotten used to more security measures but with airlines in…

By Caroline Clarke

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In the News: Southern Baptists Elect First Black Rev.; Stevie Wonder in Apollo Hall of Fame;Pres. Obama’s Job Council Gets to Work

Headlines around the web

Headlines around the web

By Janel Martinez

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Leaders of the New School: 6 Young Bosses to Watch

Learn how to change the game from these young business leaders

Learn from these young business leaders how to change the game

By Tennille M. Robinson

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NFL Players’ Negotiator Maintains Game Face

Organization leader fights tough battle to protect athletes' interests during lockout

DeMaurice Smith, president of the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA), navigates player negotiations with…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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10 Athletes Who Successfully Rebounded From Controversy

As Super Bowl champ Plaxico Burress begins his road to redemption, here are a few notable figures that have already resurrected their brands

Convicted NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Plaxico Burress is on the road to…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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WATCH: Interview with NFL’s Plaxico Burress

Just days after his release from prison, the NFL receiver talks to correspondent Shannon Lanier about his career, his brand and his future

Just days after his release from prison, NFL receiver Plaxico Burress goes on the record…

By Elayne Fluker

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5 Ways You Can Help Fix Our Schools

We must ensure that our kids can read, calculate and become employable in the 21st Century workplace

We must ensure that our kids can read, calculate and become employable in the 21st…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top

These savvy parents used their business sense to lead family to success

Six parents who saw star talent in their children and managed their rise to fame

By Janell Hazelwood

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Minority Startups Get Big Push From New Me Accelerator

First minority led tech accelerator launches in Silicon Valley

Founded by Angela Benton, Wayne Sutton and Toby Morning, New Me Accelerator provides minority startups…

By Hajj Flemings

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7 Simple Facts About Saving Money

How much do you know about saving for a rainy day? Here are seven facts you need to know from AmericaSavesWeek.org

How much do you know about saving for a rainy day? Here are seven facts…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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3 Tips for Getting Your Direct Mail Marketing Letters Read

5 Ways to Protect Your Mail from Identity Theft

Don't let sensitive information get into the wrong hands

Mail theft is one of the top ways that people’s identities are compromised. But there…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Assembly Required (Industrial/Service Company of the Year)

Surviving a company-wrecking economy and its CEO’s illness, Bridgewater Interiors retools for future growth and profitability

Surviving a company-wrecking economy and its CEO’s illness, Bridgewater Interiors retools for future growth and…

By Alan Hughes

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Five Job Benefits You Should Be Using, But Aren’t

See how these perks won't just benefit your career, but your overall personal and financial life

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If you’ve been working at the same company for more than a year, it’s…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Be Assertive at Work Without Being Called Out Your Name

How to be taken seriously as a woman in the workplace

How to be taken seriously as a woman in the workplace

By BlackEnterprise.com

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No Luck Finding a Job? Widen Your Search Net

Take the nontraditional route to find career opportunities

Columnist Aisha Taylor details nontraditional ways to find a job

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Behind the Music: Momager Sonja Norwood Grows ‘Family Business’ Tree

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Author Demetria L. Lucas Shares Her 5 Favorite Books

The creator of A Belle in Brooklyn reveals a few great reads that have inspired her career path and stimulated her mind

Blogger turned author Demetria L. Lucas of the award-winning blog, A Belle in Brooklyn, discusses…

By Anslem Samuel

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Executive Presence: 6 Ways to Standout at Work

How to tap into your professional "it" factor

Columnist Marshawn Evans details how to tap into your professional “it” factor

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Entrepreneurs: Time to Venture Abroad

Trade Representative Ron Kirk discusses new opportunities for your business overseas

It’s no secret that as a nation, the U.S. buys more than it sells. Earlier…

By Alan Hughes

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Behind the Music: Jeff Robinson on the 360 Deal

Alicia Keys's longtime manager tells what every artist needs to know before signing on the dotted line

Alicia Keys’s longtime manager and label owner tells what every artist needs to know before…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Consumer Alert: Watch out for Tax-Related ID Theft

See what steps you can take to protect yourself

You’ve filed your taxes, dropped the forms in the mail, and now you’re breathing a…

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Even before the 2011 NBA Finals got in to full swing, there was talk of who had the best shot at winning the championship this year. Following his “decision” to leave his hometown of Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on Miami’s big stage, LeBron James made sure his name part of the discussion. He’s already considered one of the best players to play the game on a professional level today, but a ring would solidify that point even further—or would it? The world of sports is filled with dominant competitors that never won a title. In fact, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of 10 NBA greats that dominated the sport but failed to take home the big prize. A few still have a shot.

10 NBA Greats Who Never Won a Championship

Not every athlete needs a championship to achieve greatness

LeBron James made the move to Miami in a quest to win a championship, but…

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The High Life: Black Film Fest founder Jeff Friday Makes a Move

BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp talks to the film advocate about the star-studded festival and the future for blacks in film

BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp talks to the film advocate about the star-studded film festival and…

By Elayne Fluker

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In the News: Sherri Shepherd on Bishop Eddie Long Settlement (video); Civil Rights Leader Clara Luper Dies

Headlines around the web

Television personality Sherri Shepherd had a lot to say about Bishop Eddie L.…

By Janel Martinez

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SURVEY: Is It Wrong to Break the Law for a Better Education?

Concerned mothers Kelley Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell risked it all for their children's education, would you?

Concerned mothers Kelley Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell risked it all for their children’s education, would…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Dr. Denzel Washington, “When You Fall, Fall Forward”

The award-winning actor advices the class of 2011 to accept that failure will be part of their life's journey

Dr. Denzel Washington addresses the graduating class of 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania in…

By Caroline Clarke

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DreamIt! Funding for Startups Led By Minority Entrepreneurs

July 8 application deadline to gain access to financing and other resources offered by new partnership with Comcast Interactive Capital

The Minority Entrepreneur Accelerator Program MEAP is seeking minority-led start-up businesses to receive funding, business…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Black Music Month Power Player: Alexander Allen, The Image Maker

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

By Janell Hazelwood

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Is It Cheating to Have a ‘Work Husband?’

Madame Noire blogger says fine line shouldn't be crossed with male colleagues

Madame Noire blogger explores the ‘work husband’ and professional lines that shouldn’t be crossed

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Power Moves: How Obama Can Put America Back To Work

Seeking re-election, the president needs bold solutions to correct the economy now

President Obama must put America back to work. With last week’s dismal jobs report and…

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Business is never supposed to be personal, but when LeBron James decided it was time to part ways with his agent Aaron Goodwin, the NBA star turned to longtime friend Maverick Carter to pick up the reigns. Growing up together in Akron, Ohio, the former high school classmates built a mentoring friendship around the sport of basketball that has since grown to encompass the business of basketball. As co-founders of LRMR Marketing, James and Carter have successfully collaborated on a host of business opportunities including managing other pro athletes, endorsement deals with major brands, and most recently bringing Sheets energy strips to market. Based on the young CEO’s track record, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Carter to get his top tips on how to juggle friendship with partnership. —Anslem Samuel, with additional reporting by Christina M. Tapper

Maverick Carter’s 4 Tips on Doing Business With a Friend

LeBron James' right hand man explains how friends can work together successfully and profitably

LRMR Marketing’s Maverick Carter shares insight on how he and longtime friend LeBron James manage…

By Anslem Samuel

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Save Nearly 40% on Broadway’s Baby It’s You!

Black Enterprise members can save over 40% on tickets to Baby It's You! (Image: Press)…

By Janel Martinez

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Navigating the Curves (2011 BE100s Auto Dealer of the Year)

Surviving tragic losses and industry turmoil, Jenell Ross repositions the family dealership to speed past the competition

Business is slowly picking up at Bob Ross Buick/GMC and Mercedes-Benz (No. 30 on the…

By Alan Hughes

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OPINION: Why Charter Schools Are Only Part of the Answer

NewsOne featured blogger says lottery, other challenges hinder many students from benefits

NewsOne blogger details why charter schools are only part of a larger solution to education…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Little X, The Director

From intern to being one of the music industry's most sought after visionaries, the noted video director explains how he keeps his career in focus

Previously known as Little X, Director X speaks on his evolution from intern to illustrator…

By Aliya Ewing

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Small Biz Took Kit: 10 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Make Money

Assess your company's direction by making sure you're making the smartest decisions

Let’s face it, you’re in business because you want to make money and you want…

By Elayne Fluker

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4 Financial Questions You Should Ask Before (Or Early Into) Marriage

You've covered all the details of the wedding. But what about your money matters?

If you’re about to get married, or have recently tied the knot, chances are you…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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On the Rise: Greg Marchand Makes Moves in South Africa

How one Ultimate Achiever took his IT business global in Africa

The demand for IT products in South Africa is solid? No problem, move there.…

By Alan Hughes

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The Smartest Guy in the Room (Financial Services Company of the Year)

Bernard Beal leads investment banking firm M.R. Beal & Co. to bigger deals and becomes the 2011 BE100s Financial Services Company of the Year

In 1988, Bernard Beal put forward a rather outlandish proposal to his wife, Valerie Lancaster-Beal.…

By John Simons

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Square: A New Way to Pay & Expand Your Business

Mobile app allows users to use their smartphones handle business by processing credit card transactions on the go

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s latest app, Square, revolutionizes the way we do business by allowing…

By Hajj Flemings

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Black Music Month Power Player: Fatima Robinson, the Choreographer

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances success, rumors and family first

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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UBR Spotlight: Fashion Designer Jermikko Johnson

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young sits down with Jermikko…

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White House Gives a Shout Out to Urban Entrepreneurs

Summit held at Rutgers University in New Jersey to spur advocacy for small business growth

With unemployment among African Americans reaching 16.5 percent in March 2010, the White House convened…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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LeBron James Introduces Sheets Energy Strips

The NBA star and his business partners reenergize the market with an innovative product meant to give consumers a boost

NBA star LeBron James and partner Maverick Carter join forces with Purebrand LLC to launch…

By Christina Tapper

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Ultimate Achiever: Siebert Brandford Shank Makes Wall Street History

See how SBS became the first minority-owned firm to pull rank among other global financial giants

See how SBS became the first minority-owned firm to pull rank among other global financial…

By Elayne Fluker

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Black Music Month Power Player: Ryan Leslie, The Producer

From music production intern to hit maker, the Grammy nominated producer talks about the importance of social media for today's beat maker

Music producer Ryan Leslie is the industry's modern-day Renaissance man (Image: Press)
It’s hard not to…

By Janel Martinez

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‘Single Ladies’ Creator Stacy Littlejohn’s 4 Tips on Successfully Pitching a Show

The TV veteran provides her personal pointers for delivering a winning pitch

Stacey Litteljohn, the writer/creator of VH1′s first hour long scripted series, Single Ladies, shares her…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Top Tablets: Which One is Right For You?

An extensive review of the latest hot options to enhance your mobile workspace

From the iPad 2 to the Motorola Xoom, there are a bundle of new tablets…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The Purpose-Driven Professional: 4 Steps to Crafting a Personal Mission Statement

See how possessing a sense of purpose is essential for your career growth

Learn how to cultivate your purpose for life success

By Marshawn Evans

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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Chambers, The Publicist

By all accounts, publicity juggernaut Chris Chambers has an enviable career.
As the owner of The…

By Tomika Anderson

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Leaders of the New School: 10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

Making their marks in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few

By Elayne Fluker

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10 Highest Paid Players in the NBA Finals

Basketball players who are top earners and at the top of their game

The match-up between the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks in this year’s finals will…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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In the News: Unemployment Rate Inches Up to 9.1; John Edwards Is Indicted By Federal Grand Jury; Kwame Kilpatrick to Release a Biography

Headlines around the web

The former Detroit mayor is set to release a biography late this summer…

By Janel Martinez

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Let Recession Be a Motivator for Your Career Progression

Career expert Aisha Taylor tells you how to revive your career despite challenges

Career expert Aisha Taylor gives tips on how to create your own job opportunities

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Power Moves: 7 Ways You Can Profit From Our Entrepreneurs Conference

Nation's largest Black business event gives companies access to connections, contracts and capital

From newly-minted and established business owners to White House policymakers, attendees of our Black Enterprise…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Music Month Power Player: Cortez Bryant, The Manager

As the man behind platinum rap stars Lil Wayne and Drake, Cortez Bryant has brokered blockbuster deals and reveals a new one on the horizon

As part of Black Music Month, Lil Wayne and Drake’s manager Cortez Bryant speaks on…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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In the News: Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement; Clarice Taylor Dies at 93; Ernestine Shepherd Makes Bodybuilding History

Headlines around the web

Shaquille O'Neal calls it quits (Image: File)

Shaquille O’Neal Announces Retirement

After four championship rings,…

By Janel Martinez

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4 Tips for College Grads Seeking Entrepreneurship

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going from graduation to getting their own businesses

See why one small business consultant and best-selling author says college students should consider going…

By Alan Hughes

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Winging It: 5 People You Never Want to Meet While Networking

There’s an art to networking, while some people get it there are many that don’t. Here are a few avoidable networking faux pas

I’m a lousy networker. It’s not that I do the wrong things. It’s that I…

By Caroline Clarke

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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Lighty, The Executive

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris Lighty proves why, in business, "persistence overcomes resistance"

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris…

By Tomika Anderson

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4 Reasons for Small Business Owners to Stop Giving Hook-Ups

Entrepreneur and BlackEnterprise.com columnist Felicia Joy tells you how saying "no" can help your business grow

Unless your business is mature, you have free time to kill and you already have…

By Felicia Joy

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Chef Calvin Harris Dishes on ‘The Biggest Loser’ and His Simply Sensible Meals

The founder of Harris Food Group Inc. went from corporate food development to creating his own entrée

As founder of Harris Food Group Inc, Chef Calvin Harris spiced up the food market…

By Janel Martinez

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Following your passion is great, but no one wants to struggle to pay the bills after graduating from college. That's why for some students it's important to avoid majors that traditionally don't pay well. A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identified a list of college degrees that place African Americans at the lowest end of the pay scale. Following our look at the highest paying degrees for African Americans, here's a look at the majors most likely to leave your wallet a little lighter.

10 Lowest-Paying College Degrees for African Americans

Will you be struggling to pay the bills after you graduate? Graduating with one of these degrees may make that your reality

Following your passion is great, but no one wants to struggle to pay the bills.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Twitter is a power platform for business users and entrepreneurs to humanize their brand and communicate their message directly with their audience. To fully optimize it as a business tool, though, you’ll have to use third party applications and other online tools. This is especially true for users who have to manage multiple Twitter accounts and conversations. Third party apps and tools provide users a richer Twitter experience and enable deeper engagement with their followers. 	Currently, 58% of published tweets come from official Twitter apps, while the remaining 42% come from third-party apps. That’s a lot of apps and with so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, here are 10 essential Twitter tools to get the most out of your social media experience. —Hajj E. Flemings

10 Twitter Tools Every Business-Minded User Should Use

When it comes to navigating the Twitterverse, these nifty tools and apps will help you get through the clutter and down to business

From photo sharing to URL shortening, these Twitter apps and tools are essential for navigating…

By Hajj Flemings

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Black Music Power Player: Steve Stoute, The Brand Extender

From urban America to corporate America, the former music executive has mastered the art of selling big brands to the youth market without losing his edge

Former music executive Steve Stoute made the transition from selling platinum records to starting Translation…

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UBR Morning Post: Online Fashion Innovator Ella Gorgla

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young sits down with Ella…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Tweets for Good

Atlanta pastor transforms microphilanthropy with celebrity Twitter auctions

Social media comes naturally to Shaun King, an Atlanta pastor with a penchant for technology.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Tools For Professional Challenges

Authors provide a collection of game-changing strategies

Much has been made—and rightfully so—of the need for America’s institutions to embrace diversity and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Driving Force?

When Damon Gadson’s mobile auto-detailing business generated $35,000 in sales in a single day, he knew his venture was cruising down the right road

When Damon Gadson’s mobile auto-detailing business generated $35,000 in sales in a single day, he…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Just Say No?

Five reasons to dump your customer

When you’re a business owner, you’re not your own boss; you actually work for your…

By Alan Hughes

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Thrill Ride

How a theme-park executive handles the ups and downs of business

Last year, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment company, which operates 10 theme parks in five states,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Top Executives in Diversity

Our editors identify the leaders of corporate inclusion

True diversity happens at the top—that’s why Black Enterprise focused on this select group.

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Driven By Diversification

To spur growth, CEO Leon Richardson is steering ChemicoMays from relying mainly on the auto industry

Richardson, CEO of ChemicoMays L.L.C. (No. 100 on the BE Industrial/Service list with $25 million…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a Home

Learn when to buy, what to say, and how to secure a great price

Standard & Poor’s noted at the end of 2010 that six markets—including Atlanta, Miami, and…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Say a Good Word

How to really work your references

At the end of many résumés there is a line that reads “References furnished upon…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Savings Lesson Well Learned

Parental tough love set Emmanuel Twum on the path to responsible spending

One of the toughest lessons Emmanuel Twum learned his freshman year in college had nothing…

By LaToya M. Smith

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What to Buy in May

If you need new patio furniture, May is the best time to buy it.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A Special Craft

Regional beers are taking an old favorite to new heights

Many think of beer as a great complement to pizza or barbecue for an informal…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Family-Friendly Tool

The summer travel season is just around the corner. If you’re traveling with your family…

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Runner’s High

Marathoner uses sports as a training ground for life

Like many entrepreneurs during the recession, Temeko Richardson felt pressures on all fronts. A slowdown…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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A Fun Way to Track College Savings

Make college savings fun and personal with My College Fund Journal.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Can the Stock Market Rally Continue?

We asked eight experts whether the Dow’s two-year upswing will last another year

The stock market rally that began in the wake of the financial crunch marked its…

By John Simons

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How to Buy Like Buffett

Blogger and financial adviser Mark Riddix makes three mutual fund picks to help you invest like his idol, Warren Buffett

Mark Riddix, a Baltimore-based financial adviser, has recently been making waves online.

By James A. Anderson

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MoneyTips for New College Grads

Five ways to manage your cash so you’re equipped for the “real world”

When Sharece Hall, 25, was a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she, like…

By Brittany Hutson

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Backtalk with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Widely known as senior pastor of the Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch in Dallas, Bishop…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Expanding Your Inner Circle

How to network on LinkedIn—outside of your immediate connections

LinkedIn is saturated with some of the world’s top decision makers, and the company says…

By Marcia Wade

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