Michelle Obama was spotted shopping at a Target department store outside of Washington D.C. (Image: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Michelle Obama Undercover Shopping at Target

The first lady’s trip to Target is causing quite a stir

First Lady Michelle Obama sported a Nike baseball cap, sunglasses and a floral-print button down…

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What You Can Learn From Harvard Law School

Black attorneys' reunion demonstrates how to use alumni networks to increase your clout

Over the past few weeks, many of us will attend the annual round of fall…

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Daisy Lewellyn, our Working Your Style host, broke down the fashion dos and don'ts for the professional man and woman. Here, she gives alternative looks for those dangerous don'ts featured in our video. If you're looking for looks like those, here are some inspired by the makeover segment, all available at Lord & Taylor. BE Polished! ---Janell Hazelwood

Working Your Style: Get the Look Inspired by Office Fashion Makeovers

Key office staples to give your office look a boost

Here are key pieces from our Working Your Style segment where we makeover office fashion…

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Working Your Style: Turn Office Fashion Don’ts into Fashion Savvy

Avoid these workplace attire disasters with easy makeover tips

Our Working Your Style Host Daisy Lewellyn shows how to upgrade typical office style mishaps…

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Never Give Up: How A Senior Professional Turned Unemployment Into Career Triumph

One woman overcomes depression to embark on next phase of her career

Unemployed for more than two years, Marie, 60, was able to transition into a new…

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‘Let’s Connect’: Don’t Let Your Social Media Presence Curb Future Opportunities

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

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In the News: BofA to Begin $5 Monthly Fee; Hip-Hop Pioneer Sylvia Robinson Dies and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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Drivers No Longer Need To Pass a Vision Test?

Looks like the blind are leading the blind in government cost cutting

New York’s DMV now allows licence renewals online, which bypasses the standard eye exam, opening…

By Caroline Clarke

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According to reports, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at a major low as concerns for his re-election increase. With black unemployment at more than 16% and a still recessionary economic climate, the morale among supporters is undeniably shaky.

Despite the negative overall outlook on the state of the U.S. economy, there have been notable milestones in Obama's presidency. NewsOne has compiled 40 reasons to laude Obama's presidency from the capture of Osama Bin Laden to his new initiative that seeks to put veterans back to work.

40 High Points of Barack Obama’s Presidency

Despite low approval rating, here are reasons his White House term can be lauded

Though his current approval rating is at an all-time low, here are 40 high points…

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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Credit Counseling Myths and Reality

Knowing the truth can help you make the best decisions about your finances

If you’re struggling to keep up with your credit card payments, credit counseling is probably…

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5 Tips for Protecting Your Identity During Job Seeking

Don't make yourself vulnerable to fraud and scams when looking for work

Here are 5 tips on how to protect your identity and avoid scams while looking…

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Misses with Attitude: Mastering the Poker Face for Career Success

Don't let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

Don’t let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

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What President Obama Could Learn from Jacksonville Mayor’s Race

America's Wire writer suggests Obama take cues from Florida's newest Black mayor

As President Barack Obama gears up for re-election some say his political standing is on…

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In the News: Black Buying Power Expected to Hit $1.1 Trillion by 2015; BLA Fugitive George Wright Captured and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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10 Things Bad Managers Say at the Office

Common blunders that can wreck work morale and productivity

Some of the most common workplace mistakes are made just by the slip of a…

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New York Students Caught in SAT Cheating Ring

At least six high school students allegedly paid a college student to take their SAT exam

While many high school students are hitting the books to prepare for the SAT exam,…

By Janel Martinez

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Kimora Lee Simmons Takes On New Role at Accessories Retailer

Key position at online boutique is first outside of her KLS brand

Fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons takes on new role outside of the KLS brand as…

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5 Steps to Making Sure Your Business is Fundable

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the money you need to move your business forward.

Use these strategies to ensure you can sell investors on your project and get the…

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UBR Spotlight: A10 Solutions CEO Leah Brown Achieves Clinical Success

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Leah Brown, the CEO of A10 Solutions Inc.…

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How to Make the Most Out of Groupon and Daily Deal Sites

Getting a good deal is one thing; being a "shopping fool" who gets scammed is another. Here's how to play it smart

Getting a good deal is one thing; being a “shopping fool” who gets scammed is…

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Get Out of the Office and See the World!

Are you a jet-setting professional? Check out our travel guide on the best places to eat, stay and play while you're on the road

Check out our travel guide on the best places to eat, stay and play while…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Kwame Jackson Presents New Tie Line & Bow Tie Tutorial

The Apprentice alum discusses Krimson by Kwame and shares proper bow tie technique

Entrepreneur Kwame Jackson unveils his new neckwear line, Krimson by Kwame, and discusses the brand’s…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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EDDIE MURPHY AS "DR. JOHN DOLITTLE" IN DR. DOLITTLE (1998) The central character in a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting (1920–1952), Doctor John Dolittle shuns human patients in favor of animals that he can communicate with in their own languages. Actor Rex Harrison played the lead role in the 1967 film adaptation, but Murphy helped revive the character with his 1998 remake, which grossed over $250 million worldwide and spawned several sequels.

Eddie Murphy Decoded: Road to the Riches & the Oscars

Breaking down the economic influence the Oscars' new host has over Hollywood

Veteran comedian/actor Eddie Murphy was recently tapped to host the 2012 Oscars. The Hollywood veteran…

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3 Huge Problems with Student Loan Debt

And how to fix them...

The Loop 21 offers solutions on how to solve the college debt problem

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In the News: Jay-Z Makes ‘Brooklyn Nets’ Announcement; Wangari Maathai Dies at 71 and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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The pride and polish of business attire is an indisputable workplace norm that has stood the test of time. As part of our As part of our BE Polished style package, Black Enterprise editors and staff showcase how they work their power game and look at the office while adding their own special flavor to show personality and professionalism. ---Janell Hazelwood

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Style Profile: A Day at the Office with Black Enterprise

How BE editors and staff work professional and polished looks -- with flair

Black Enterprise staff and editors show unique workplace style and tell their top fashion essentials…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Negotiate When It Comes to Your Job

Use these resources to help you get the money, position and success you deserve

Use these resources to help you get the money, position and success you deserve

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Robert Townsend Steers Black Hollywood in New Direction

The Hollywood veteran discusses the future of African Americans in entertainment

With his new film, In the Hive, and web series, Diary of a Single Mom,…

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WATCH: Arise Designers Tell How to Make It in Tough Business of Fashion

Hard work and knowledge of industry play major part in post-catwalk success

Designers from the Made in Africa: ARISE Magazine show during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Reasons Internships Aren’t Just for College Students

At any age or career level, considering internships can help boost job seeking success

Internships can provide job seekers who are looking for a career change or who have…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Carmyn Robey Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

After making serious lifestyle changes about her weight, Carmyn Robey now helps others do the same

Severely overweight as a teen, entrepreneur Carmyn Robey dropped 140 pounds and turned her life…

By Brian Dawson

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WATCH: John Singleton Discusses State of Black Hollywood

The celebrated director explains what it takes to get more African American stories on screen

With his latest him Abduction, starring Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, in theaters, John Singleton speaks on…

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You’ve just landed your dream first job right out of college; the pay may not be great, but it’s the first step to the head of the boardroom. On your journey up the corporate ladder it’s always important to look professional, but you don’t want to look like you ransacked your father's suit closet. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we have some great suit options that are both stylish and just the right price for the guy starting out or any businessman looking to save without sacrificing quality. —Gardy V. Guerrier

 

	SYL TIP: When building a work wardrobe it’s best to start with three to five well constructed suits in basic colors (black, dark blue, grey, and a subtle pinstripe) that can be interchanged with various shirt and tie combinations.

5 Suits Under $500

Affordable fashion for the well-dressed businessman

A good suit doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a…

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It’s Your Own Fault If Obama Disappoints You

President Obama promised changes we have yet to see. Is he the disappointment, or are we?

Critics say that President Barack Obama is soft on the issues, now the trend has…

By Caroline Clarke

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Has the State of the Economy Made You Lose Your Ambition?

Don't let a bleak outlook overshadow your optimism for success

How to manage keeping a bright outlook on your career future in the midst of…

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Why Twitter Couldn’t Save Troy Davis

It's what you do once you've signed off and engaged the real world that is the true measure of your activism.

I cared about Troy Davis—not just him, but the millions of others like him behind…

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WATCH: Arise Showcases 7 Top African Designers

International publication puts on star-studded show, mixing fashion and culture

BlackEnterprise.com gets exclusive backstage access during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Made in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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BE Polished: Taking Your Professional Style to the Next Level

Your guide to fashion essentials that will give your look the competitive edge

BlackEnterprise.com presents a fashion and style guide for the working professional, taking you from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Washington Report: Obama Talks Tough on Deficit Reduction

The President continues his aggressive approach to tackling his detractors and the budget

For weeks Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill have expressed frustration about what they view as…

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Designers Coco and Breezy started their eyewear and accessories line at the age of 19. (Image: Source)

WATCH: Designer Duo Coco & Breezy Showcase ‘Rainy Days’ S/S 2012

See what these 21-year-old fashion designers have to say about expanding their business

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the part black, part Puerto Rican duo at their S/S 2012…

By Janel Martinez

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Congressional Black Caucus Discusses Social Media & Entrepreneurship

The future of small business growth is online and the CBC leads the discussion

During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference a discussion on Social Media…

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UBR Spotlight: Digital Marketing Mastermind Tynicka Battle

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Marketing industry entrepreneur Tynicka Battle, founder and CEO…

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Lady Gaga Manager, Troy Carter, Tackles World of Tech

You may not know Troy Carter by name now, but trust us, you soon will.

You may not know Troy Carter by name now, but trust us, you soon will.…

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How To Get A+ Credit

Follow these tips and get the best credit score you can

When Simone Griffin was young, she would watch her grandmother pay the bills on the…

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The former Single Ladies actress appeared on the small screen in The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable’s friend, Michelle, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but most remember this part Mexican beauty as Dionne from the 1995 film Clueless.  She went on to star in the television spinoff under the same name from 1996-1999.

Did You Know? These 15 Notables Are Latino

See which entertainers, politicians, and media personalities are of Hispanic origin

As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures you didn’t…

By Janel Martinez

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In today's job market, having that competitive edge of great style and confidence is key when pursuing career success. And these BlackEnterprise.com readers know just how important it is to put your best look forward. As part of our BE Polished style series, readers sent in photos of their power looks and told what key pieces prepare them to take on the work world with flair. ---Janell Hazelwood

Your Power Look: Readers Showcase Confident Style

Taking fashion from their closets to career success

BlackEnterprise.com readers showcase the power look that give them the confidence to pursue success

By Janell Hazelwood

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L.A. Reid’s 4 Tips for Being a Successful Executive in Music

The music mogul and 'X Factor' judge shares personal trade secrets for success in the music business

The X Factor judge and longtime music veteran shares a few business tips for the…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool

The young Renaissance woman breaks down the importance of branding

Tastemaker Vashtie Kola has found success as an entrepreneur, director, deejay, party promoter, and fashion…

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Property Ladder

Jumoke Dada--young, single and a successful real estate investor

“The rent is too damn high,” is not just the campaign slogan of former New…

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Living Solo in the Big City

Erica Horne braces for unexpected expenses as she becomes a homeowner in New York

New York native Erica Horne, 35, wonders how she will continue to make ends meet…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Re-Think Business

BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 16th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

More than 1,400 entrepreneurs, professionals, and other small business hopefuls absorbed advice from renowned professionals,…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Jackmont Hospitality Takes Flight

A master plan to build a chain of restaurant franchises has this Atlanta-based food empire soaring

Though strong performers, even these bustling locations were affected by the economy as business travel…

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Finding Your Professional Passion

Changing careers may seem daunting, but with careful planning you could create the business life you want

Joining the Chrysler Group in the late ’80s W. Alvin Jackson flourished for nearly 35…

By Brittany Hutson

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Got Fired? Here’s Advice from Someone Who Was Downsized and Thrived

The author shares her personal story of bouncing back after losing her job

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In mid-September 2011, the U.S. Labor…

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When Networking and Hooking Up Collide

Some people work several agendas in the name of professional connections

When networking and scoping out for dates collide, how does one appropriately balance the two?

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3 Mistakes Singles Make with Their Money

Without a spouse to pick up the slack, you could be left in a financially vulnerable position. Here's how to be prepared

Without a spouse to pick up the slack, you could be left in a financially…

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In addition to a new career path, rapper-turned-author Malice (born Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr.) the critically acclaimed lyricist has also gained a new spiritual connection. This new perspective on life is evident in his debut novel, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked, which was named after a verse in the book of Revelations. BlackEnterprise.com recently caught up with Thornton, who shared his top five books for spiritual growth. —Anslem Samuel

Gene “Malice” Thornton’s Top 5 Books for Spiritual Growth

Reconnecting with his spiritual side, the rapper-turned-author lists his favorite reads

As one-half of rap group the Clipse, Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr. (better known as Malice)…

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Preview Our World: Actress Sanaa Lathan Returns to the Stage

Also: Roundtable on love in the Black community; author and U.S.A. Paralympic Medalist Bonnie St. John

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

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Prescription Pipeline

A10 Clinical Solutions’ CEO Leah Brown turned her pain into a thriving enterprise

It was early in her career, but Leah Brown was doing well. At age 24,…

By Alan Hughes

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Senior Vice President of IBM Systems and Technology Group and 2011 Black Enterprise Corporate Executive of the Year, Rodney Adkins (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Powered By Success

Rodney Adkins transformed IBM’s Systems and Technology Group into an $18 billion revenue generating machine

A few months before its centennial anniversary celebration, IBM faced one of its greatest challenges.…

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Friday at the Movies

How this champion of black films keeps diversity on the screen

Jeff Friday sees a lot of movies. This year alone he’s screened roughly 500 films…

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How to Negotiate a Better Financial Aid Package

Use these tips to get the best deal on college financing

In addition to buying a home, funding a college education is probably one of the…

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Tackling a Prosperous Retirement

Business investments are paying off for ex-football player Tony Jones and wife Kamilla

Retired NFL offensive tackle Tony Jones and his wife, Kamilla, have heard the horror stories…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Digging Out of Debt

Nearly drowned by credit card debt, Joseph McKinley needs a solid savings and investing plan to make up for lost time

Joseph McKinley got into credit card debt the way a lot of people do—using plastic…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Black America’s Education Crisis

... and what you can do about it

In January, Kelley Williams-Bolar served nine days in jail and was sentenced to two years…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Nascar’s First Black Woman Racer Talks Race & Racing

Following in her father's footsteps Tia Norfleet blazes a new trail in racing world

Female race car drivers are a rare breed but for 24-year-old Tia Norfleet the sport…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Get the Look: Idris Elba at the 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards

Celebrity style at the everyday professional's price

Ladies love the always dapper Idris Elba. Here’s how the average consumer can mimic his…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Today

In honor of this 30-day celebration, BlackEnterprise.com will highlight notable Latinos in business and beyond

Started in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson and lengthened by President Ronald Reagan in 1988,…

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Mudslinging in politics and the press makes it a challenge to learn the facts about President Barack Obama’s record so far in office.  You would think that healthcare policy is the only area in which he has had an impact.

Being a business owner and concerned citizen, and knowing that entrepreneurship and business growth are ultimately going to be the driving forces of new job creation, I decided to go on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what President Obama has done for entrepreneurs and small business.  Here are five facts that we never hear about in the mainstream press. —Felicia Joy

5 Ways President Obama Has Helped Entrepreneurs

Don't be fooled by the headlines, the commander-in-chief supports small business

While many focus on the President’s healthcare policies, he has also made great strides in…

By Felicia Joy

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Make Your Life ‘More Than Meets the Eye’

When life gets to be too much, let laughter transform the moment…and you

Life is full of numerous hurdles but through laughter and positive energy we can find…

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In the News: US Poverty Rate Soars; Lil Wayne Sounds Off On Tea Party and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web:…

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Classes from 9am to 3pm, your organizations’ meetings scheduled right after, and you’re trying to sneak a bite to eat in between.  Oh, and of course you can’t forget Facebook/YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr-time. Are you wondering what time that leaves for homework and studying?   

Welcome to the life of today’s college student.  A study released last year by Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks, professors from the University of California, discovered the amount of time the average college student at a four-year college spends studying has declined by 42% since 1961, which narrows work outside of the classroom down to approximately 14 hours per week. With students spending less time hitting the books, they have to maximize whatever time is available for studying and completing assignment. As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has supplied students with three, easy-to-follow pointers on maximizing their study time. —Janel Martinez

3 Ways College Students Can Optimize Their Study Time

At a time when students are cramming more into less time, see how these simple tips can make it all possible

The average college student has less and less study time to prepare for exams and…

By Janel Martinez

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Power looks require power investments, especially when it comes to classic pieces that make up the foundation of a polished professional's wardrobe. As part of our BE Polished style series, we highlight key apparel and accessories that will ensure your office look is always on point. ---Sirita Wright

His and Hers: Fashion Classics for the Professional Closet

Style items no polished professional should be without

For the working man or woman, these fall fashion staples will ensure their look remains…

By Sirita Wright

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Every small business owner should position his or herself as a thought leader in their industry or arena of business. Launching a business blog can be an important part of any successful entrepreneur’s business strategy to help meet their business goals. The Internet is driven by links and every blog post is a unique listing in Google, so it’s time to establish social proof of your business acumen by blogging. While blogging has been around for a while some don’t know the intricacies of being successful at it. Here are eight basic tips to get you started on the right track. —Hajj Flemings

8 Blogging Basics for Small Business Owners

Starting a blog is only the first step, here's what you need to make it a successful business

Blogging has become an important part of promoting a business. Here are key steps in…

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Why Plugging Into Tech Equals Business Opportunities

Broadband session sparks conversation about digital business development and job creation

As the US Labor Department unveiled its dismal report revealing an unemployment rate stubbornly stuck…

By Derek T. Dingle

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ROBERT “BOB” JOHNSON 	Princeton University 	MA, Public/International Affairs 	Class of ’72   Johnson is the founder of Black Entertainment Television [BET], which launched in 1980. Starting as just a two-hour program, BET developed into a nationwide television channel, becoming the first African American owned company to be acknowledged by the New York Stock Exchange in 1991. After selling the all-Black television network to Viacom in 2001, Johnson became the first African American billionaire.

UBR Spotlight: Master Entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: master wealth builder Robert L. Johnson, chairman of…

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WATCH: Actor Tristan Wilds on His Move to 90210

After breaking through as a streetwise kid on The Wire the young actor goes mainstream

On HBO’s The Wire Tristan Wilds made his portrayal of streetwise Michael as real as…

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Rapper Gene “Malice” Thornton Finds God & New Career as Author

From artist-to-author, the Virginia-based MC explains how God changed his life

Malice of the Clipse shares how his path to God led him to be a…

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How to Save Money on End-Of-Summer Travel Deals

There's still a few weeks left in summer and Orlando may be your final destination

Here are a few tips to save before summer is really over

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Obama Plans Full Court Press on Jobs Bill

The president takes an aggressive approach to getting the Jobs Bill passed now

As the 2012 presidential election draws closer Barack Obama takes an aggressive approach to getting…

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SAGGING CLOTHES: The only thing worse than sagging jeans is sagging dress pants. The stereotypes associated with men who sag their pants are all negative. A professional seeking career success shouldn’t want those unfavorable labels to follow them on the job. It’s best to choose well fitting, tailored pants that aren’t too tight, too short, too long or too big and are complimented with a belt.

	Visit BlackEnterprise.com/style for more Fashion Week coverage as well as features on how you can upgrade our professional style profile!

10 Ways Your Style Is Hindering Career Success

Avoid these fashion don'ts while in the office

When it comes to workplace success, image speaks volumes. Avoid these 10 fashion faux pas…

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Are You Following Your Passion to Find Career Success?

Finding your calling may hold the key to happiness in professional pursuits

To turn your calling into your career, leave fear at the door and kick down…

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3 Signs Your Man is Bad with Money

Here's how to handle a beau who spends beyond his means

Madame Noire details 3 signs that your gent isn’t good with his finances. Take note…

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4 Tax Breaks for College Students

How to be smart and save with a tax break on your tuition

A college education is probably the most expensive purchase you’ll make besides a home. Who…

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WATCH: How One Black-Owned Small Business Survived September 11th

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business rebuilt in the days after Sept. 11, 2001--what he did well and what he'd do differently

M.R. Beal CEO Bernard Beal tells how his financial services business survived in the days…

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3 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From 9/11

Even in the greatest tragedy to befall America we can learn valuable lessons of perseverance in business

The aftermath of 9/11 also offers valuable lessons in leadership. In reviewing our archives related…

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September 11th Coverage Ignores Way Too Many

One widower says more than white firefighters and wealthy traders died on September 11th, but you couldn't tell from ten years of coverage

One widower says more than white firefighters and wealthy traders died on September 11th, but…

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How To Have “The Talk” With Your Teen

They're back in school. But, when it comes to raising money-smart kids, it's up to us to initiate the conversation

The bad news: Our most recent Great Recession and the things that precipitated it have…

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With constant advances in technology, educators and students have to find the right tools to keep lectures interesting and engagement at an all time high. Let’s face it: the classroom, library, and study centers are no longer just for books—add laptops, iPods, tablets, and e-book readers to the list of must-have gadgets students are toting around campus. In fact, most colleges and universities are meeting students where they’re at, providing pupils with work accessible only on interactive platforms, such as the growingly popular podcasts, which are being used to elaborate on homework assignments, share lecture notes and access additional class materials. As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com suggests students check out these five podcasts that will boost their academic prowess. —Janel Martinez

5 Must-Have Podcasts for College Students

Undergraduates (and grad students) stay informed with these essential educational supplements

Staying a wake in class can be a chore in itself for many student but…

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Reflecting on the Costs and Gifts of 9/11

Despite the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks there can be some good to come of it

With the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which toppled the Twin Towers of…

By Caroline Clarke

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Brittany K. Earls Makes Her Mark in Print

The 'Genesis' magazine founder defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

Genesis Magazine’s Brittany K. Earls defies a global media recession in pursuit of publishing mogulhood

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Lets face it: Today’s corporate woman is constantly on the go. And maintaining equilibrium in career, home, and spirit while being a stylish trendsetter isn’t always easy. As part of our BE Polished style series, we detail some awesome products to keep on hand for those fashion emergencies. These items will help you maintain a flawless look, and ensure you’re always ready to put your best look forward when sealing the next business deal. Your transition from the corporate office to an after-work mixer, or a date at that chic cigar lounge this fall will be seamless! ---Sirita Wright

Emergency Style Kit: 10+ Essentials for the Working Fashionista

Don't get caught at the office without these items to maintain your polished look

Last minute meetings or business events can arise at any moment, this emergency style kit…

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In the News: Obama to Unveil Jobs Plan; Google Acquires Zagat and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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Steve Stoute Explains the ‘Tanning of America’

The advertising guru shares strategies from his new book and how brands can tap into the youth market

Former music executive turned advertising/marketing expert Steve Stoute explains why corporate America needs to tap…

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Every powerful man should maintain a look of success by remaining both professional and stylish. And as the age-old saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. Maintain your professional and polished swagger and don't get caught slipping by keeping a personal emergency style kit. As part of our BE Polished series, we highlight must-have products and fashion items that will help any professional man of style go from the office to an impromptu meeting to cocktail hour with ease, despite any workday stresses or snafus. ---Janell Hazelwood

Men’s Style Kit: 10+ Essential Items for the Professional Man

These essentials will ensure you maintain your best look, from the office and beyond

Every professional man of style should keep these must-have products and fashion items in their…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Joshua Suggs & Corretta King

Also: Richard Dent III of Victoria's Secret PINK; investment tips for 2011

Joshua Suggs and Corretta King, the co-founders of Delta’s Restaurant, are the featured Entrepreneurs of…

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3 Ways to Manage the Opinions of Others

When it comes to business or your career you can't listen to just anybody

Just because everyone has an opinion on your career path of business does not mean…

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With more than 48 million iPad’s projected to be sold in 2011—largely due to mobile workers—we’ll start to see an increase in the way people use the device for business. The simple fact is workers are spending more time executing tasks remotely and accessing email from mobile devices (of this market segment 32% of employees rely on multiple mobile devices to complete their work). Providing portability and functionality, the iPad is quickly trumping the laptop as the meeting-ready mobile device of choice. Here are six reasons why, along with a few accompanying apps. —Hajj Flemings

6 Reasons to Replace Your Laptop with an iPad

iPad revolution is in full swing, it’s time to upgrade how you do business

Providing portability and functionality, the iPad is quickly trumping the laptop as the meeting-ready mobile…

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Managing Motherhood While in School

Undeterred by life's roadblocks, this young mother refused to let early parenthood derail her education

Typically teen pregnancy leads to a future filled with public assistance and hardships but Shani…

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Co. CEO C. David Moody Jr.

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Charles David Moody Jr., the CEO of C.D.…

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See Photos and Videos from the 2011 Golf & Tennis Challenge

Ledis, Wyclef, Ne-yo, golf, tennis, basketball, parties, after-parties--get a peek at the non-stop fun at this year's Golf & Tennis Challenge

Ledis, Wyclef, Ne-yo, golf, tennis, basketball, parties, after-parties–non-stop fun at the 2011 Black Enterprise Golf…

By Elayne Fluker

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How to Build a Race-Neutral Brand

Being a black entrepreneur doesn't have to define your business. Here are some strategies for attracting a diverse customer base

Being a black entrepreneur doesn’t have to define your business. Lauren Maillian Bias gives a…

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5 Financial Steps to Take When a Parent or Loved One is Dying

Preparing for the loss of a family member is a matter of life and debt

Death is a reality of life that most try to avoid but when you know…

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MediaTakeOut Launches New Web-Based Reality Series ‘First Date’

The popular website expands its reach into the realm of original programming

MediaTakeOut.com founder Fred Mwangaguhunga joins forces with Fisher Klingenstein Films to introduce a new web-based…

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How to Handle Your Beau Being Broke

Madame Noire details best way to manage a relationship with limited funds

Maybe your beau is struggling to find a job in this terrible economy. Or perhaps…

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It’s no secret that the cost to attend college can be quite expensive. As a result, most students heading back to school or those heading away for home for the first time will rely heavily on student loans and financial aid. While this assistance is a welcome safety blanket for those with limited funds, it also begins the cycle of post-grad debt. In an effort to help steer students in the right direction, here are six options for new graduates looking for debt relief. —Kahliah A. Laney

6 Tips for Decreasing Student Loan Debt Post Grad

Get educated on paying off that college debt faster

Student loans are usually the beginning of a cycle of debt that holds us back…

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WATCH: Wyclef Jean Set to Rock Miami Stage at BE’s Golf & Tennis Challenge

The Grammy-winner makes a repeat performance at the annual Labor Day weekend event

Wyclef Jean takes the stage for a second time at the 18th annual Black Enterprise…

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

6 Tech Tools To Make College Life More Manageable

These uber cool gadgets will make the college experience run a bit smoother

As the back to school rush continues, college bound students will need to be up…

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Music Business, Pt. 2

The music industry veteran speaks on his new venture with NYC indie label Fat Beats

Co-founder of Hip Hop Since 1978 Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua speaks on his new venture…

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Ladies, if you're hitting the courts during the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of these great style picks just for the fab tennis pro in you. You're sure to make the right statement among new and old attendees alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

6 Must-Have Tennis Accessories for Her

This tennis apparel will ensure you hit the tennis courts with flair

Have these women’s tennis apparel essentials on hand at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

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10 Signs of an Outdated Resume

Don't miss out on a job opportunity because you fell behind on updating your resume

Avoid disqualifying your resume because of outdated practices. These 10 things signal that you’re now…

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18th Annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge Kicks Off

Black Enterprise has Miami sizzling this Labor Day weekend

Once again, Black Enterprise takes over Miami this Labor Day weekend for the annual Golf…

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Kanye, Lil Wayne and More

Responsible for handling both artists' careers, the music mogul shares his business strategies

As co-founder of the management firm Hip Hop Since 1978, Kyambo “Hip Hop Joshua steers…

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Fearlessly Forward

World champion swimmer uses his journey past fear to motivate others

Sabir Muhammad understands the crippling effects of fear. At 3, he jumped into a lake…

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Addressing the Uncomfortable

How to handle interview questions about your career setbacks

With about 14 million Americans out of work, many job applicants may be lacking the…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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On Pointe

How a classically trained ballerina moved her career from the stage to the classroom

Ayisha McMillan, who took her first creative movement class at age 2, realized by age…

By Sonia Alleyne

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A Peek into African American Tech Usage

When, where, and how blacks use new technologies

Roughly 31% of African American discretionary spending dollars, or $39 billion, goes toward the purchase…

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Juggling It All

How an IT firm uses project management software to build a collaborative timeline

Before using project management software, Tony Williamson, co-founder and CEO of Ajasa Technologies Inc., used…

By Shandra Hill Smith

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Baked to Perfection

Entrepreneurs make second attempt to open cupcake shop but due diligence must be the main ingredient

When women with a love for food, friends, and good conversation joined forces after losing…

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Watch Out For Business Credit Cards

Don’t put your personal finances at risk

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that millions of individuals and small business…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Lending Score You’ve Never Heard Of

It takes more than a good credit score to get the best terms on a loan

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

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Experience Required

Financial adviser Dawn Brown chooses three mutual funds with a proven history of strong performance and seasoned management

Dawn Brown has a very methodical approach to choosing mutual funds, no matter what direction…

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Decoding the Business of College Sports: Academics Over Athletics

Being a student athlete is about more than physical excellence but academic achievement as well

Student athletes are often seen as those who receive favoritism in the classroom, but professional…

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Inflation-Proof Your Portfolio

How you can craft an investment plan that keeps pace

Short-term signs of inflation are easy to spot, from the higher tab to fill the…

By James A. Anderson

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Backtalk with Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams has touched the lives of many with her angelic voice and inspirational songs.…

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Venus Williams' Sjogren's Syndrome diagnosis leads to her U.S. Open exit (Image: File)

In the News: Venus Pulls Out of Open; Beyonce’s Baby Bump Sets Twitter Record and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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Why Living in the Moment May Sabotage Your Future

I can’t fathom why so many people are content with sabotaging their retirement plans. Yet…

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Beyond Self-Employment

Earlier this year, much was made—by everyone from the Obama administration to minority business advocates…

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Relearning the Value of a Dollar

Making a habit of using credit and debit cards over cash can lead to a financial pitfall

More and more Americans use credit and debit cards for everyday purchases, creating a cycle…

By Janel Martinez

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All Access-20/20 Vision Jobs Forum

In June, at the W Hotel in New York, professionals flocked to the 20/20 Vision…

By Monique Myles

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5 Tips for Revving Up Your Business

Innovation and value are among the major revenue drivers

Jamilah Barnes Creekmur earned her stripes leading business development efforts for AllHipHop.com (and won the…

By Renita Burns

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6 Signs Your Extreme Couponing Has Gotten Too Extreme

Don’t let your coupon behavior become obsessive

Saving money is always a plus but when your obsession with clipping coupons borders on…

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