This weekend, July 27-31, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity descends on Washington, D.C., to celebrate its centennial. Founded November 17, 1911 by Howard University students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James   Cooper and Frank Coleman and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just., the organization now boasts an illustrious list of men who are leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, civil rights,   education, government, and business. In honor of the anniversary, BlackEnterprise.com highlights nine of the outstanding business leaders who are proud to call themselves Ques.

9 Ques Making Moves in Business

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial, we highlight 9 black business leaders who call the frat their own

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial the weekend of July 27, 2011, we…

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How To Close The Wealth Gap: Step 1

It may take generations to do it. But it starts with making better decisions with the money we have.

The Black wealth gap must be closed. Here’s how we begin to make steps towards…

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In the News: Minority Retirement Options May Dwindle with Deficit Cuts; MTV Promotes HIV/AIDS Awareness with iCondom and More

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5 Ways You Can Prepare For Debt Default

Don't wait around for the government to decide your financial future

To lend further analysis to the debt default or downgrade, BLACK ENTERPRISE has reached out…

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5 Ways to Beef Up Your Skills for Job Seeking Success

Having just a bachelor's degree won't cut it in today's competitive job market. Use these strategies to help you be prepared

Consider these 5 tips to beef up your knowledge and propel your career success

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How to Create a Predictable Paycheck for Your Business

Paying attention to how customers respond to your marketing messages can be a key to success for your business and your bottom line

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Big companies don’t rely on guesses or generalities when it comes to sales and…

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11 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone From a Thief

Make sure the personal info on your phone doesn't fall into the wrong hands

Losing your cell phone nowadays could cost you more than a few numbers, be sure…

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Poll: Do You Plan to Support Your Adult Children?

Knowing when it's time to cut the financial umbilical cord

A recent study conducted by SunAmerica Financial Group found that 70% of parents age 55…

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

With age comes experience, wisdom, retirement, and eventually senior discounts. Nevertheless, many baby boomers (46-…

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With summer in full swing, most people are in search of a destination getaway—a place to kick back and relax, while enjoying all that their temporary home away from home has to offer. But sometimes you can accomplish the same goal by taking advantage of the signature sites of your own city. Why not save up for the next getaway by opting for the convenient (and often more affordable) staycation?  It’s an option Tanya Hall, executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)—a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau—urges locals to explore.  “We want to make sure we have our own footprint in terms of a destination for African Americans,” says Hall. That very footprint includes various city sites, from the history housed at the African American Museum to down home southern cuisine offered at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar & Lounge. BlackEnterprise.com packed up and explored the northeast domain, suggesting fun ideas for families, couples and solo travelers in the City of Brotherly Love. —Janel Martinez

9 Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Enthusiasts

These staycation musts make The City of Brotherly Love a backyard luxury

Some of the best vacations happen in your own backyard. using Philadelphia as an example…

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Preparing for the Marathon To Rebuild Our Wealth

Based on the racial divide in the economic gap, a lot has to be done to rebuild our buying power

While America dealt with the Great Recession of 2007-2009, overwhelming numbers of minority households suffered…

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What You Need to Know about Co-signing on a Loan

When friends and family ask you to co-sign on a loan you might think you’re doing them a favor, but you’re actually entering into some risky business.

If you decide to co-sign on a loan for someone, there is a three out…

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In the News: Oprah’s Magazine in Financial Trouble; Saxophonist Frank Foster Dies and More

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Bridal Designer Amsale

Also: Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Jones, launching a 401(k) plan

Power couple Amsale Aberra and Neil Brown, the husband and wife team behind Amsale, the…

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Moving Soon? Be Careful Thieves Don’t Move with Your Identity

A lot goes into moving, and often times identity protection is not top of mind. Here's how to protect yourself during the transition

A lot goes into a big relocation, and often times identity protection is not top…

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When Your Household Finances Fall Apart

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. Here's what to do when bad financial times come sooner than expected

You promised to love each other during good times and bad. But sometimes the bad…

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UBR Spotlight: BE 100s CEO Amos Otis

Entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable, plus we're throwing a Twitter Party!

Amos L. Otis, top executive of one of the nation’s largest Black-owned companies, shares the…

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Be The Match Registry Urges African Americans to Become Bone Marrow Donors

National Marrow Donor Program pushes for Blacks to save a life by registering today

National Marrow Donor Program pushes for Blacks to save a life by registering today

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In the News: Census Data Shows Wealth Gap Widens Between Whites and Minorities; Obama Losing Support and More

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MARVIN GAYE, 44:  A Motown legend and gifted songwriter, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalogue of timeless hits records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads to poetic soul that touched millions of fans. Having several bouts with drugs and depression throughout the years, Gaye’s personal demons got the better of him when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984 that led to the legendary singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's passing, we reminisce on other musical greats that were taken before their time

Amy Winehouse recently passed of mysterious causes in her London apartment, marking another example of…

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Black Travel Bloggers Say: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Away

Bloggers Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you get started with their insider travel tips

Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you…

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Put Pressure on Congress To Do The Right Thing

President Obama used his bully pulpit to address the nation and his opponents

One week before a possible, first-time default on our national debt, President Obama used his…

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Doing all the talking. Yes, Twitter is a great place to let people know what you’re doing. But if that’s all you’re doing, it’s not going to work. “You can’t just go on Twitter and type in the title of your blog post and link to it. Or you can’t just say, ‘Oh, look what’s new here.’ It has to be a conversation. And that’s what’s so amazing about Facebook and Twitter—that you can engage with your audience. You shouldn’t just post something and go on with your day,” Gregg says.

The Case of the I’mas: More Talk Than Action is Never a Good Thing

Sometimes it's best to let results speak for themselves

Unless simply talking will take you straight to the bank, less chatter and more action…

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WATCH: Get Fit with Celebrity Trainer Mark Jenkins

Karen Taylor Bass works it out for Brand New You

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins has trained some of the biggest names in entertainment. Still, as…

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CBC Launches Jobs Initiative to Include Town Hall Meetings, Job Fairs

Legislators want to raise awareness, provide employment resources

Among other efforts to push legislation that will create jobs among an African American population…

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Leaders of the New School: Opening Doors to New Opportunities

See how an unconventional business put two brothers on the right track

For brothers Jamon and Taj Jones, entrepreneurship is in the blood. “Our grandfather started…

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In the News: Survey Shows Racial Divide When Tipping; Smiley and West Launch Bus Tour Critiquing Obama and More

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Commitment: Are You Doing What It Takes to Succeed in Your Career?

As a professional, your ability to keep your commitments will either develop or dilute your brand

As a professional, your ability to keep your commitments will either develop or dilute your…

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Homophobia in Sports: The Other Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Will the world of sports ever accept an openly gay player in the locker room?

The world of sports is all about masculinity and competition, so being gay doesn’t coincide…

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It took only 72 days for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage to dissolve. Reportedly costing a million dollars, the financial loss of the split is obvious. Similarly, Jennifer Lopez may have once sang “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” but the singer/actress knows first-hand that a  divorce can cost a pretty penny. After eight months of marrige to backup dancer/choreographer Cris Judd, she called it quits in 2002 and coughed up $14 million to Judd. With the recent announcement of her split from salsa singer Marc Anthony, there’s rampant speculation about who’s going to come out richer. J.Lo, whose estimated net worth is $150 million, easily eclipses her estranged husband who earns a respectable $40 million. If the couple signed a premarital agreement, there should be little worry about who gets what. On the other hand, the dirty laundry from some of the following couples was aired when news of their divorces spread. We’ve taken a look at the figures in 10 expensive celebrity divorces. —Brett Johnson

10 Most Expensive Divorces for Black Celebrities

A look at the most costly divorces of the rich and famous

Divorces and separations are all too common in Hollywood. Here’s a breakdown of some of…

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Huffington Post recently put together an impressive list of Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, showcasing some of the most dynamic women on the Web. We applaud their accomplishments and the doors they have opened for women. Unfortunately, of the 27 women listed, only two—Jenny Deluxe and Ory Okolloh—were Black digerati. The reality is there are many exceptionally remarkable Black women advancing technology and forming networks where women of all races can be mentored to become digital media iconoclasts.     Noticing the oversight, BlackEnterprise.com compiled our own list of Black Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, including social media and technology influencers who push digital technology and new media daily on their blogs and various platforms. This list is by no means all-encompassing, but a step in giving credit where credit is rightfully due. —Marcia Wade Talbert

(Black) Women in Tech You Need to Follow On Twitter

Check out our list of the top 20 digital divas in the technology field

Huffington Post compiled a list of the top women in technology to follow on Twitter…

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Whether it was civil rights or gay rights, the struggle for equality has been an on-going battle. While the call to action generally happens on the grassroots level with the people, it’s on Capitol Hill where the real changes happen. As BlackEnterprise.com’s coverage of the Black LGBT community, we look back at the some major historical points of the LGBT rights movements with an intensive timeline that follows the ups, downs and milestones under various presidential administrations. —Kahliah Laney

US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

See which 16 US presidents were in office when these historic LGBT moments occured

From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, US presidents have presided over many great moments in…

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Yes, that really is the number of tractors in Norway and, yes, it is printed onto every garment Moods of Norway produces.

Spring/Summer 2012 Season Menswear Trade Show Preview

Suit Your Life columnist Gardy V. Guerrier gives you an exclusive backstage pass to some of next year's hottest fashion pieces

Following the menswear Spring/Summer 2012 season trade shows in New York City, here’s a sneak…

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7 Ways To Blow a Job Interview

Don't make these critical mistakes when trying to get the job

Having a solid resume is only part of landing the job of your dreams, you…

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In the News: Ethics Investigation of Maxine Waters Intensifies; Al Sharpton Set to Anchor MSNBC Show and More

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3 Tips for Organizing a Major Event

In five years Tanya Hall grew the Global Fusion Festival into one of Philly's biggest events and she's ready to share her knowledge

Global Fusion Festival director Tanya Hall offers fellow event organizers her three surefire ways to…

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7 Types of Difficult People You Will Meet at Work

How to manage interaction with the coworker from hell

Seven types of difficult coworkers and how to manage interaction with them

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Checking Email at Night, on Weekends and Holidays Is the New Norm for U.S. Workforce

You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail: Confessions of an Email Hoarder

Want a new lease on (your electronic) life? Clean out the clutter!

Email is a great way to communicate but with junk mail, spam, evites, work and…

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When it comes to vacation nothing beats a beach. While the coastal states offer a few viable options, there’s nothing like the pristine waters surrounding a tropical island. If you haven’t mapped out your summer travel location just yet, we’ve compiled five of the best island destinations to get you motivated. — Andrea Adams, Travelista TV

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5 Best Island Destinations

Life's a beach—here are five you need to visit on your next vacation

Island vacations make for a true getaway in that you leave the mundane routine of…

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40 Best Companies for Diversity

Black Enterprise compiles a list that goes beyond race

Black Enterprise takes the list beyond race and procurement and includes best companies for the…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Raw Foodie Karyn Calabrese

Also: B.E.'s Corporate Exec of the Year, credit score myths and plus-size fashion trends

Karyn Calabrese, CEO 0f Karyn’s, a company specializing in raw foods and vegan meals, is…

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Will the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Do Any Good?

New agency aims to have your back when dealing with financial institutions

On July 21, consumers will officially have a new watchdog in the form of the…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Support Your Local Black Bank

Buying Black is only one step to economic freedom, we also have to bank Black

Syndicated radio host Warren Ballentine recently teamed up with the National Bankers Association to unveil…

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Black Businesswomen Banking on Hair

Two hair industry trailblazers making their mark on the multimillion-dollar beauty industry

Two hair industry trailblazers, Erika Dotson, of Indique Virgin Indian Hair, and Karen Mitchell, of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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On June 28, 2011 Google launched Google Plus, their latest attempt to establish a social network.  In the first three weeks 10 million users have joined, according to CEO Larry Page and they’ve gained considerable traction and provided some really cool features for users.  To help get you started in establishing your Google Plus account we’ll cover some of the basics:  profiles, circles, sparks, and hangout.  —Hajj Flemings

Google Plus: How to Navigate the New Social Network

Take a tour of Google's new social networking platform

Google takes on FaceBook for the social network crown with their new platform Google Plus.…

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4 Steps to Efficient Decision Making

CEO and author gives tips on how to arrive at the right decision---quickly

CEO and author Guy A. Hale gives tips on how to arrive at the right…

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UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Quentin Love Nourishes His Community

Entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

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

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

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17 Books to Add to Your Travel Reading List

Summer is here and for many that means it’s time for a break, so grab a great book and just relax

Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, summer is the perfect…

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Black and LGBT in the Black Church

Straight and gay pastors weigh in on the polarizing isssue

Kenyon Farrow says he was 10 years old when he learned that being openly gay…

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How to Build a Low-Risk Business

How hybrid entrepreneurship has changed the small business game

There was a time when entrepreneuers risked their savings, health insurance and nearly everything they…

By Felicia Joy

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Small Biz Tool Kit: 6 Secrets to Commercial Real Estate Success

Insider tips from UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond S. McCoy

UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond S. McCoy gives insider tips on how to score a suite deal

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In the News: Nelson Mandela Turns 93; UConn Alumna Fights for 13-Year-Old Prodigy and More

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Behind the Mascara: Confidence Building Tips for Women

When it comes to handling your business, confidence is not optional—it's critical

Because women are traditionally viewed as less capable when it comes to business matters, confidence…

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One of the exciting panels at this year's event was The Business of Reality TV. Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle (center) moderated the discussion. (Photo by Terrence Jennings)

2011 American Black Film Festival

See highlights from the 15th Annual ABFF July 6-9, 2011 in Miami

The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) took place July 6-9, 2011 in Miami.

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5 Things You Should Ask Before Saying “You’re Hired!”

Labor attorney offers tips every employer needs to know

Before starting the interviewing process, labor attorney Charles H. Wilson says there are some guidelines…

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In the News: Search Engines Affecting Memory; Mathew Knowles Takes Beyoncé and Live Nation to Court and More

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Words are key. Your resume should include as many relevant keywords as possible. Avoid using general terms like “good communication skills” and “team player.” Instead, use keywords that match exactly what the employer is looking for. For example, if you’re pursuing a career in marketing, words like “research” and “promotions” will jump off the page and of course show up more on job search engines. Don’t waste precious resume space by using overused words that don’t mean much.

3 Reasons You Should Seek Professional Resume Help

The advantage of getting valuable consulting on your resume is priceless

Here are 3 reasons its a good idea to seek out the services of a…

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WATCH: Being Black & Transgender

In a candid interview, journalist Tiq Milan breaks down his transition from a woman to a man

Being Black and gay is a double minority, but writer Tiq Milan faces an even…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Katrina Harrell Controls the Books

For Harrell, helping small-business owners manage their books is adding up to a successful business of her own

For Katrina Harrell, helping small-business owners manage their books is adding up to a successful…

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BE 100s: Rethinking Business, Reaching Success

Many firms are taking a new approach to building their businesses

Each year, BLACK ENTERPRISE ranks the largest black-owned businesses in the nation. While a monumental…

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With the unbeatable heat comes even hotter gadgets to add to your weekend getaway bags. This year, we’ve witnessed the birth of one-of-a kind devices, such as Nikon’s new camera series, and added tricks to long-time favorites like the iPhone 4. Just in time for your summer travel, BlackEnterprise.com aggregated a list of must-have tech tools that will make for a bon voyage.—Janel Martinez

Top 6 Gadgets for Summer Travel

When venturing out on your next summer getaway, be sure to pack one of these 6 must-have devices

When venturing out on your next summer getaway, be sure to pack one of these…

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WATCH: The Best of the BE Entrepreneurs Conference

Will Packer, Vanessa Simmons, Marshawn Evans and more tell you why the Entrepreneurs Conference needs to be on your business to-do list

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference is a can’t-miss event. Will Packer, Vanessa Simmons, Marshawn Evans,…

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What The Debt Ceiling Debate Means To Your Financial Future

With the debt ceiling deadline looming, now is not the time to stand idly by and wait

If President Obama and congressional leaders don’t reach an agreement to increase the $14.3 trillion…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Beware of Cross-selling Tactics

Before you buy this with that, make sure you're getting what you need; not just what they sell you

When you’re at the store getting ready to purchase an item, don’t automatically be lured…

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Oprah Winfrey Set to Become CEO of OWN

The daytime television queen will assume a new position at her struggling network

Oprah Winfrey is set to become chief executive officer of OWN (Image: File)
Nearly two months…

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How to Shake Last-Minute Interview Jitters in 5 Minutes

Use these tactics to get rid of nervousness and ace your interview

The weight of the competition and the thought of being dismissed can leave you anxiety-ridden,…

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Summer is officially here, it’s time to travel and, yes, you guessed it, “there’s an app for that!” (Several actually). In a hyper-connected world how can you get the most out of your travel experience? If you have a WI-FI connection and a mobile device, you’re wired to explore new cities and destinations.  Location based technology has made it economical to easily connect people geographically to cool spots and create unforgettable experiences. Let’s examine seven mobile apps that integrate mapping, photos, food, and trip management and much more. —Hajj Flemings


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9 Must-Have Apps for Travel

Heading out of town? There's an app for that—several, actually

Whether it’s a business trip or a summer vacation, mobile apps come in handy for…

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Your Brand and Your Life Are Not the Same Thing!

Casey Anthony’s life has been spared. So why is everyone talking about her brand?

The media circus surrounding the Casey Anthony case—which involves the murder of her daughter Caylee…

By Caroline Clarke

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Bring instant glam and gorgeousness to your next leisure or business trip with a special piece of luggage and amazing travel accessories that show off your personal (and professional) style. Summer travel never looked so chic.—Daisy Lewellyn 

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Travel Luggage Guide: 12 Best Accessories for Her

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories that show off your style.

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories…

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UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Karim Webb Talks The Food Biz

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Steven Lewis sits down with California…

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Black and Gay in Corporate America

How a growing number of African American LGBT managers are breaking through isolation and fear within their companies

Sabin D. Blake, 34, has navigated the professional obstacles of being African American and gay…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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WATCH: John Singleton on Boyz N the Hood’s 20th Anniversary

The celebrated director reflects on the impact of his seminal debut film

Director John Singleton made history as the youngest person to ever be nominated for an…

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WATCH: The High Life – Brunch with Bevy Smith and Don Lemon

The creator of Dinner with Bevy tells how she made a business out of meaningful connections

When the who’s who want to get together an evening of elegant dining and long-lasting…

By Elayne Fluker

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Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights

African Americans banned together to fight racial injustice, but for some, gay rights is a different battle

Civil Rights and Gay Rights share many similarities, but those some would beg to differ.…

By Tamara Warren

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Travel Luggage Guide – 8 Necessities For Him

A few essential luggage and travel accessories for the businessman who's on-the-go

When men travel in the summer they need luggage options that are stylish and sturdy,…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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The Truth About Bankruptcy: Why All Your Debts WON’T Go Away

What you need to know before you file

While it’s true that Chapter 7 bankruptcy can wipe out many consumer debts, such as…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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In the News: Obama Moves Forward with Debt Talks; Small Business Hiring Is at a Standstill and More

Headlines around the web

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By Janel Martinez

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5 Black Toy Companies That Embrace Multiculturalism

These entrepreneurs cater to today's diverse children's market

The Atlanta Post highlights black toy companies that are helping to make the industry more…

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Many professionals in the workforce at some point in their career reach a crossroads where they must weigh their options and determine if they will remain at a company or quit and move on. According to the Department of Labor's March 2011 "Job Openings and Labor Turnover" report, 1.9 million workers chose the latter and left their jobs amid the recession.  Yet another report, by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm, notes that the number of North American employees determined to leave their positions has nearly doubled since 2008, from 7% to 13%. Blackenterprise.com spoke with Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C., on seven signs that quitting and moving on may be your best option. —Souleo

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Stuck in a dead-end job? Take a cue and go for the career opportunity of your dreams

Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C.…

By Souleo

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B.E. Exclusive: New Era for Johnson Publishing with Outside Investment

Sale of stake to JPMorgan Chase allows Chairman Linda Johnson Rice to retain control as she rebrands company

With the capitol investment of JPMorgan Chase to Johnson Publishing, Chairman Linda Johnson Rice sees…

By Alan Hughes

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New Data Shows Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Is Widening

Experts attribute gap to recession-related stress

The Atlanta Post reports widening of life expectancy gap between whites and African Americans.

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For those looking to trade in that old automobile for a hot new ride this summer, automakers are unleashing a bevy of cool new car features. With the rapid growth of technology, car makers are improving more than just the rideability and exterior design, but also complete interior functionality. So if you plan to shop around for a new ride, here are seven high-tech and alluring car features that will make your purchase a real upgrade. —Jeff Fortson

7 Must-Have Features for Your Car

Give your car a major upgrade this summer with these savvy tech features

Buying a new car is only step one. Personalize your ride with the latest automotive…

By Jeff Fortson

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

A celebration of notable public figures that were unafraid to be Black (and gay) and proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

By Souleo

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Ready for a Career Change? Make That Move Today

Here's four things to consider before stepping out on faith toward a new professional path

If you’re no longer challenged and dread staying where you are in your career, it’s…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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The Keys to Tech Startup Success

Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares insight on successfully launching a tech start-up

During the NewMe Accelerator incubator, Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares a few business plan tips…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Baseball’s Top Black Executive Ready to Partner with Minority Businesses

League's Diverse Business Partners Program provides resource for small firms

There are many young businessmen and women who dream of a high-powered job in professional…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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In the News: Florida Drug Tests Welfare Recipients; Fewer Americans File Bankruptcy and More

Headlines around the web

Florida governor Rick Scott forces welfare applicants to submit to drug tests as a way…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Founders Rally Support for NewMe Accelerator

Tech professionals in Silicon Valley start the summer with networking, food, and technology

Revolutionary program provides tech-savvy African Americans with the tools necessary to succeed in the digital…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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President Barack Obama changed the game when it came to utilizing a powerful tool of influence: social media. Since his successful 2008 bid for the U.S. presidency, he has held a prominent role, using social networking as a way to reach the masses, gain support, and create one of the most transparent presidencies in history. Here's a look at his social media presence, and how his administration has successfully leveraged it as a vital resource. --- Janell Hazelwood

Decoding Barack Obama’s Social Media Campaign Strategies

A look at the Head of State's prowess with social Web

President Barack Obama changed the game since his successful run in 2008, utilizing the most…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Obama Addresses America’s Concerns via Twitter

Thousands of tweeps took to @townhall to ask the president about the state of our economy

President Barack Obama held the first-ever Twitter Town Hall, giving citizens the chance to interact…

By Janel Martinez

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Could You Handle Losing Everything?

Finding inspiration and strength in the worst life has to offer

Author Iyanla Vanzant told Oprah Winfrey how she lost everything but still managed to find…

By Caroline Clarke

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While a vacation is always a great excuse for seeing the world and dusting off that passport, limited finances and days off may sometimes put a damper on those globetrotting plans. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some R&R within US borders. Weekend getaways can be just as therapeutic and relaxing to give you that mental boost you’ve been craving. Here are five untapped Stateside vacation destinations along with a list of interesting things to do and explore when you get there. —Teri Johnson, Travelista TV

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

5 Weekend Getaway Destinations Within the US

Not every vacation has to be abroad, here are a few domestic destinations worth seeing

Domestic trips can make for a great weekend getaway when your finance prohibit you from…

By Teri Johnson

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In the News: MLK Statue Sparks Controversy; JPMorgan Chase Invests in Johnson Publishing

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By Janel Martinez

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Shuttle Stars: America’s Black Astronauts

A look at 20 African American pioneers of aeronautics

The final launch of Atlantis on July 8 will mark the end of the American…

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Brand Identity: How to Centralize Your Identity Online

Social media can be overwhelming, here's how to simplify things without losing your audience

From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIN and Ning here are a couple sites that can…

By Hajj Flemings

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About This Issue: Coming Out At Work

We’re not going to pretend this was an easy topic for Black Enterprise to consider...

Being Black in corporate America is hard enough but being Black and gay almost career…

By Sonia Alleyne

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New Law Helps Minority and Women Contractors Land Big Deals

President Obama signs bill that gives our financial services firms a seat at the table. But is it enough?

In July 2010 President Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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UBR Spotlight: Kimberlee Burt and The Business of Childcare

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 Kimberlee…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the News: UConn Revokes Acceptance of Bronx Prodigy; Internet News Traffic Peaks With Casey Anthony Verdict and More

Headlines around the web

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By Janel Martinez

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Hans Goff Makes Politics Personal

Let make craft attack ads or snarky blog posts. For Voting Works’ Hans Goff, it's all about making a difference

Let others craft attack ads or snarky blog posts. For Voting Works’ Hans Goff, making…

By Brian Dawson

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6 Steps to Take If a Debt Collector Tries to Sue You

Whether its a debt you forgot about or one you simply couldn't pay, knowing your options can help you manage the situation

One minute you’re going about your day, not a care in the world. The next,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Get the Most For Your Dollar When Traveling Abroad

Smart travel tips to help you save before and during your trip

Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives you smart travel tips that will help you save before…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Ultimate Achiever: James Reynolds, Loop Capital CEO Sees Opportunity

How his company beat out big-name investment banks and made history

By seizing an opportunity while other businesses began to fall, James Reynolds, CEO of Loop…

By Alan Hughes

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Survey: Small Businesses Underestimate the Importance of Online Reviews

Adorable and Affordable Summer Dresses for Work

Stay fashionable, yet professional in these lovely frocks perfect for the office

Madame Noire gives affordable and fashionable dress picks for office attire

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Black Enterprise President & CEO Butch Graves welcomed the attendees to the forum and previewed what was to come

20/20 Vision Forum: Black Enterprise and Walmart Talk Employment

20/20 Vision Forum, focused on Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy

Black Enterprise and Walmart presented 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the…

By Sonja Mack

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As we get ready for the holiday weekend and wrap up our coverage of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into our thought leaders and editors to see what motivates them when it comes to handling their business. But we're not talking educational seminars or textbooks; we’re talking playlists.Check out this cool mix of songs and add them to your own playlist. They're sure to get you moving--whether it's to work out or on your way to work. #NP —Elayne Fluker

12 Songs to Add to Your Power Moves Playlist #NP

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power moves

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power…

By Elayne Fluker

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Get the Pay Raise You Deserve

When it comes to your salary, don't just settle for less

A capable and skilled professional should never feel obligated to continue working for an employer…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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In the News: Nike Re-Signs Michael Vick; NBA Lockout Begins; Facebook To Unveil Skype-Powered Video Chat

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By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Don Lemon on Coming Out and Being ‘Transparent’ in the Black Community

The CNN anchor speak openly about his personal and professional life

See CNN anchor Don Lemon speak openly about the challenges of coming out in the…

By Elayne Fluker

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Want Bigger Profits, Think Like a Farmer

When it comes to building a successful business, you reap what you sow

We live in a complicated world. Yet some things are still quite simple: We only…

By Felicia Joy

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How to Score a Summer Vacation Deal!

Kick off the summer travel season with a sweet deal

You don’t have to break the bank to enjoy a fun, satisfying summer vacation. There…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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In August 1991, Prince inked a $100 million deal with Warner Bros., making him the highest-paid artist at the time. The deal included two joint record companies as well as a vice president post for him. In 1993, the pop and rock icon would become "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince" during a legal battle with the label over artistic and financial control of his music. After a long, highly publicized battle, in which he began performing in protest using only a symbol as his name, he was able to gain release from the contract, serving as one of the most prolific public examples of an artist's success in standing up for his artistic beliefs and financial due.

8 Landmark Deals in Black Music

A snapshot of big business deals by top Black entertainers in music

Throughout out music history, blacks have been able to broker deals that not only took…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Al Sharpton’s 3 Steps To Job Seeking Success

National Action Network president says it takes vision and strategic action to combat joblessness

The Rev. Al Sharpton, in a speech at the Black Enterprise 20/20 Vision Forum, urged…

By Janell Hazelwood

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On the Rise: Leona Locke Dotson Manages Billions

At just 29, this young woman of power is quickly making her mark

Leona Locke Dotson holds the key to the tech giants to some of the tech…

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Black Music Month: BE100s Companies That Made Their Mark with Music

14 legendary black-owned businesses that influenced the sound of Black Music

Check out the BE100s companies that found success in the business of music and radio.

By Sonja Mack

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Business Lessons From a Titan

Money manager Eddie C. Brown offers entrepreneurs advice on how to grow your company and preserve your business legacy

The title Eddie C. Brown chose for his recently released autobiography, Beating the Odds, serves…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A Working Online Presence

A former hospitality professional’s LinkedIn profile leads to an opportunity with a workforce management firm

In February 2009, Naiema Thomas was laid off from her position as senior director of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Blacks Losing Ground on Corporate Boards

The number of blacks serving on the boards of the nation’s 100 largest publicly traded…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Above the Clouds

How one law firm used cloud computing technology to save 55% on operating costs

The challenges of the recession took a toll on delancyhill, a Miami-based full-service law practice.…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Change of Mind!

Large-scale corporate change is never easy. And it can be further challenged by individuals who…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Women-Owned Businesses On The Rise

Despite the recession, women business owners have managed to weather the storm better than their…

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Backtalk with Iman

Physically flawless at 55, Iman is still best known as a supermodel. So it might…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Situations When It’s OK to Close a Credit Card

Sometimes it’s all right to go against the grain

Whenever Macy’s announced a sale on Jones New York suits or high-heeled sandals, Deanna S.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Climbing to the Top

Roofing materials provider uses price and persuasion to get a seat at the table

When Rodney D. Hughes and Tony McGee decided to go into business together, they were…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Circumstances That Qualify You for a Free Credit Report

Knowing the facts will allow you to get the information you need

If you think the only time you can get free credit reports is when you…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What to Buy in June

Once summer winds down, you might begin to think about items you’ll buy to spruce…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Getting That First Job

There is some good news for new GRADS in this challenging economy.

By Sonia Alleyne

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Money in the Bank

Raymond Stewart, founder and chief investment officer of RASARA Strategies, picks three banking stocks destined to lead the sector’s resurgence

In many ways, the cloud of worry surrounding financial companies at the onset of 2009…

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Not Your Typical Guide to Black New York

A list of nontraditional sites to see the Big Apple's black history

The Root discovers the vast and diverse offerings of New York’s black history that reaches…

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Building a Better Website

The pros and cons of three do-it-yourself solutions

Today’s small business owner may be budget-conscious but he or she still wants a site…

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Take Your Kids To Money School!

How to find a workshop, after-school program, or camp that’s right for your child

The program Brendan attended, the Youth Investment Club, is jointly run by the Lanham, Maryland-based…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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All in the Family

How to keep a family-owned business thriving from one generation to the next

Nina Jones has no problem keeping up with the Joneses.

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Watch Out for Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don't let the promise of a lower interest rate ruin your finances.

If you receive a pre-recorded message promising a lower interest rate on your credit card,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Selling Change

It would be wonderful if good ideas could simply stand on their own, assert…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Make Money Management a Family Affair

For those who believe the days of spending with reckless abandon will return, I have…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Knowing When to Sell a Stock

How to create an exit strategy for your investments

Breaking up is hard to do, especially when money is involved. But when Jared Murphy…

By Renita Burns

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Growth by Reinvention (2011 BE100s Ad Agency of the Year)

Through creative collaboration, research, and technology, Burrell Communications Group L.L.C. takes the lead

A company’s success and influence are defined by its leader’s ability to identify a need,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Breaking the Cycle

V. Kenneth and Justin Johnson are on a mission to help family, friends, and clients protect and transfer wealth

One of V. Kenneth Johnson’s most pressing goals in life is to “break the cycle…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Life is often a bit easier when you receive a word of wisdom to guide you along the way. Here, you'll read some wise words from financial planners on retirement, saving, investing, budgeting, and managing your finances.

9 Essential Tips Every Investor Should Know

Financial professionals offer advice for market-watchers young and old

Crystal balls are pretty hard to come by particularly when it comes to investing in…

By Bridget McCrea

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Good Entrepreneurs Make Money. Great Ones Make a Difference.

Among the things that come with the territory of being a reasonably successful and visible…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Re:Thinking Business (2011 BE100s Overview)

BE100s CEOs revamp their companies to reap profits through global business strategies, emerging technology, and training a more competitive workforce.

Against a sluggish recovery, a rough-and-tumble business environment, and a ferocious battle for revenue growth…

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4 Ways to Bounce Back

Hard times remain for entrepreneurs but there are ways to beat the burden

Though the recession may technically be over, continued lack of financing and a slow rebound—including…

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Precautionary Measures

Malkia McLeod needs to organize her finances to help carry her through an uncertain job market

In the fall, the 37-year-old could be out of a job. A public affairs specialist,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Expanding Horizons

Atlanta couple exposes youth to new lands, new ideas, and new options

When Tanya Rodriguez was in high school, a European trip with her mother and aunt…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

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

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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Taking a New Approach to Building Your Business

Each year, Black Enterprise ranks the largest black-owned businesses in the nation. While a monumental…

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