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In the News: ‘In Living Color’ to Return to Fox and Herman Cain Dispels Sexual Harassment Allegations

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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5 Scary Financial Scams That Can Wreck Your Budget Well Past Halloween

You never want to play “trick or treat” with financial con artists

Halloween or not, you never want to play “trick or treat” with financial con artists.

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6-Year High School Prepares Students of Color for Work in STEM

Underwritten by IBM, P-TECH focuses on giving kids the tools to succeed in the STEM industry

The Department of Education, the City University of New York (CUNY) and IBM partnered to…

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8 Tips for Great Business Meeting Etiquette

Freshen up your workplace poise and presence skills

Madame Noire offers eight tips for proper business meeting etiquette.

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Nokia to Ditch Touchscreen for Kinetic Bend Screen Technology

The mobile device maker looks to revolutionize the industry with this new tech

During the 2011 Nokia World conference in London, the mobile maker unveiled the prototype for…

By Anslem Samuel

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4 Quick and Beneficial Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

It's more than important to take a breather during work hours

Four quick and beneficial ways to enjoy your lunch break while at work.

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In the News: ‘Guinness’ Names Samuel L. Jackson Highest-Grossing Film Actor; Black Farmers Settlement Approved 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

By Janel Martinez

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Are There Really More Blacks In Prison Than Were In Slavery?

Well, yes—and no. It's another example of how facts about black people, without context, can be dangerously misleading

Author Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness cites…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How Small Business Accelerators Give a Boost to Black Entrepreneurs

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how an accelerator positioned the company to make $1 million in just two years

Cleveland-based AKA Construction Management Team tells how the Cleveland Minority Accelerator positioned the company to…

By Alan Hughes

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In 1983 amateur boxer Dewey Bozella was accused and later convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. It took 26 years in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison before his name could be cleared. Now a free man, Bozella, 52, finally got the chance to live out his dream of being a professional fighter when he stepped into the ring on October 14 and went against 30-year-old fighter, Larry Hopkins, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Against all odds, Bozella not only finished the fight but won against an opponent 22 years his junior. The redeemed pugilist ended the evening saying, “Don’t ever give up.” In light of Bozella’s determination and story of redemption, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at seven notable figures that were able to find success despite carrying the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. —Amber McKynzie

7 Celebrities Who Changed Their Lives for the Better After Serving Time

While prison typically is a career killer, these former prisoners still managed to achieve their American dream

After serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit Dewey Bozella achieved his dream…

By Amber McKynzie

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Ask the Money Coach: Resources to Help Teach Your Kids About Financial Literacy

Learning the value of money and saving at an early age will help your child make smart money choices in the future

The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to teach your kids the value of…

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Understanding Obama’s Student Loan Debt Plan: Will It Help You?

BE Next breaks down the president’s new student loan reform program

As part of President Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” unilateral stimulus effort he has issued an…

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Top 5 Job-Seeker Excuses and How to Get Over Them

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

Many job seekers are out of work, not because of lack of opportunity but because…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Jimmy Graham: A Story of Survival & Beating the Odds

Overcoming abuse and abandonment, the inspiring NFL star tackles life head on

Before he was an NFL star Jimmy Graham was an orphan abandoned by his mother…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 9: Practice Exponential Living

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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6 Good Things About the Worst Row on an Airplane

When you're flying coach you always have to remember the silver linings

Traveling is already a headache when you’re flying coach, but add in a seat in…

By Caroline Clarke

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Ask the Money Coach: 7 Ways to Survive Your Child’s College Costs

The Money Coach tells you the right way and the wrong way to help your child avoid student loan debt

Parents want to help their children avoid the plague of student loan debt from college…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Few can deny the impact Dr. Bill Cosby has made in entertainment. From being the first African American to play a leading role in a TV show on NBC’s I Spy (1965-68) to making his self titled series The Cosby Show No. 1 on the same network almost 20 years later, he has withstood the test of time in Hollywood as a writer, producer, director, actor, composer and more. More than just an entertainer with over 2.3 million Twitter followers (@BillCosby), Cosby has managed to evolve his sphere of influence and remain relevant through his philanthropic efforts, advertising, public speaking, business acumen and involvement in academia. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the iconic Dr. Bill Cosby. —Kevin Clark

Bill Cosby Decoded: A Family-Friendly Brand

The comedian and philanthropist has blazed trails in television, advertising and more

From comedian to actor to educator and philanthropist, Bill Cosby has done it all and…

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Swizz Beatz Talks Business, Branding and Motivation

The producer/rapper discusses his partnership deals and becoming the creative mind behind big-name brands

BE Next linked up with Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean to discuss how the kid that…

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How to Benefit from Making Home Affordable Refinance Program

What you need to know to take advantage of President Obama's revised plan for underwater homeowners

Real estate expert Indrid Beckles tells you what you need to know to take advantage…

By Ingrid Beckles

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How to Cope with the ‘Mean Girls’ at the Office

Remain professional --- and strategic --- in resolving interoffice conflicts

Madame Noire tells how to remain professional in solving interoffice conflicts with coworkers.

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Bellroy Travel Wallet for the On-the-Go Businessman

Organize all your travel essentials in one convenient billfold

Focused on minimizing space Australia-based Bellroy creates the perfect Travel Wallet. Featuring a passport sleeve,…

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

Finding Life Balance, Day 8: Find the Courage to be Faithful

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Can President Obama Get You A Job?

A special edition focused on jobs, on location in Washington, D.C. with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, SBA Deputy Administrator Marie Johns

On this special edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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President Obama Goes After the Youth Vote … Again

The president’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative geared towards attracting young voters

President Obama’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative enlisting campaign volunteers and assisting first-time…

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20/20 Vision Forum: Create Your Own Job and Reinvent Yourself

Black Enterprise teams with Walmart to help African Americans gain an edge in today's tech-driven, global job market

Our 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy, one of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Supermodel & Businesswoman Tyra Banks Becomes First Fashion Icon To Invest In TheHunt.com Through F

WATCH: Tyra Banks Talks ‘Modelland’ and Moving Beyond the Doubters

Tyra Banks adds best-selling author to her long list of accomplishments and talks about facing…

By Elayne Fluker

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Apple iCloud: Will It Change Wireless Computing for the Better?

The computer giant reveals its wireless hard drive in the cloud

With the introduction of Apple’s latest product, iCloud, the technology giant adds a seamless way…

By Hajj Flemings

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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

10 Free Resources for Learning New Job Skills

Ways you can up the ante to rebound from unemployment

Madame Noire tells 10 free ways you can learn new skills and redevelop the ones…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Entrepreneurs Launch Next ‘Chapter’ in Web Programming

Chapter3.tv offers original online programming that breaks the broadcast television mold

The brainchild of Darralynn Hutson and Michael Negri Chapter3.tv is a revolutionary source of Web-based…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 7: Build and Nurture Healthy Self-Confidence

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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UBR Spotlight: Comfort Cake CEO Amy Hilliard

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Amy Hilliard, the founder and CEO of The…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Cooperative Economics: Why You Should Team Up to Build Your Business Rather than Do It Alone

Rather than go it alone, build a strong partnership, and as a result, a strong business

Rather than go it alone, author and entrepreneur Felicia Joy says you should build a…

By Felicia Joy

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Don’t Let the Debt Downgrade Scare You

The worst thing to do is panic in today’s market. You can reach long-term goals if you stay the course

Although it was well-telegraphed, I was still plenty surprised when Standard & Poor’s downgraded the…

By Mellody Hobson

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What to Look for in a Mobile Hotspot

Mobile broadband USB sticks used to be staples of the business traveler’s gear bag. But…

By K. T. Bradford

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The Health Manager

What a 24-hour fitness lifestyle looks like

As a fitness enthusiast, Tony Wells knows what it takes to maintain an optimum workout…

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Making of the Brand

An art director makes his way through wine country

Since February 2011, Miller has been the art director, responsible for print, logos, design, redesign,…

By Dale Coachman

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The DOs and DON’Ts of Charitable Giving

Give with your heart, but don’t forget to use your head

Layla Doman donates to a range of charities. This helped the Washington, D.C., resident lower…

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Hush!

How to use silence as a strategy for success

As minorities, we are often coached in the workplace to be more assertive, to be…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Taking a Stand Against Tobacco

22-year-old activist is determined to stop young people from smoking

Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, in the heart of tobacco country, Chad Bullock understood…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Longtime friends hope shoe store for women with larger feet finds its niche

At 5 feet 6 inches and wearing size 12 footwear, Washington, D.C. native Toni Hall…

By Alan Hughes

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1. The company requests a fee before providing a service. To combat such scams an advanced fee ban under the Federal Trade Commission’s Mortgage Relief Services Rule has been put in place to prevent distressed homeowners from being taken advantage of.

Stocks That Pay Dividends

Jessie Abercrombie finds stable, income-producing investments even in a turbulent market

In a jittery market, it makes sense to scout out stocks that pay a high…

By James A. Anderson

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How You Can Profit From Market Volatility

Leading money managers share the best strategies for building your portfolio

Distressed by the erratic trading sequence of stocks in recent months, Nathan Garrett has dramatically…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Live, On the Air, and in Your Store

Will Lucas customizes content for retailers

About a year ago, Jayson Rogers, a second-generation operator of McDonald’s fast-food restaurants, found out…

By Dale Coachman

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Student Organization Launches Poster Campaign Against Racist Costumes

Ohio University's Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS) starts a viral poster campaign

The 10-student group Students Teaching Against Racism (STARS) launched a poster campaign to ignite a…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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A veteran of the music industry, Michael “Blue” Williams worked his way up the ranks to make a name for himself as the artist manager for such notable acts such as OutKast. The President of Family Tree Entertainment recently partnered with fellow music mogul Chris Lighty to form Primary/Violator,  a new full-service management, publishing and marketing firm. During his interview with BlackEnterprise.com about the merger, Williams shared his five tips for success in business. —Brett Johnson

Blue Williams’ 5 Tips for Success in Business

The longtime music manager reveals his personal keys to success

Music mogul and OutKast manager Michael “Blue” Williams shares trade secrets on what it takes…

By Brett Johnson

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10 Signs You Work Too Much

Learn to take a break from the career grind

Madame Noire details 10 signs you might be overworking yourself and why it’s important to…

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Cain Vs. Obama: A Comparison of Economic Issues

A breakdown of the numbers and the issues

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives a breakdown of the numbers and the issues

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Finding Life Balance, Day 6: Make Joy and Contentment Your Lifestyle

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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In the News: Michelle Obama’s First Book Titled ‘American Grown’; NPR’s Michele Norris Steps Down as Host 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

By Janel Martinez

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Is Your Home an ‘Asset’ or a ‘Liability?’

How to know the difference and realize the true value of your home

The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to know the difference and realize the…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Steve Jobs Warned Obama of Becoming a One-Term President, Offered Education Ideas

The two icons met up to discuss politics and education before Jobs' death

Jobs had a few choice words of advice for the president leading a country in…

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Lalah Hathaway Discusses Breast Cancer Advocacy & Her Latest Project

The R&B artist sings the praises of her latest body of work and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Soul singer Lalah Hathaway has been a longtime advocate of breast cancer advocacy and her…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Everyone loves a team player. They're the people willing to offer their individual skills and talents to achieve a collective goal. They're not into throwing people under the bus or back-biting. They see the big picture and seek to fulfill the bottom line while also letting their specific contribution be recognized.


There are certain qualities that every team player embodies, and Madame Noire takes a look at eight of those. See whether you hold these traits, and if you don't, learn how you can develop them.

8 Traits That Make You a Great Team Player

A great asset to any company, these qualities ensure your success

Madame Noire details qualities that make anyone an awesome team player

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Keeping the Faith: UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy

The Business of Faith: How to Keep Churches from Foreclosure

UrbanAmerica Principals CEO Richmond McCoy plans to stem church foreclosures through his consulting service

Ordained minister and UrbanAmerica CEO Richmond McCoy aims to bring business and faith together and…

By Alan Hughes

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WATCH: MC Hammer Launches His Own Search Engine WireDoo

The rising tech entrepreneur announces a service to rival Google and Bing

From entertainer to tech entrepreneur, MC Hammer has come a long way. With the announcement…

By Anslem Samuel

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Finding Life Balance, Day 5: Take a Moment to Pause and Evaluate

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Naima Woodson, Fit for a Kid

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, Naima Woodson fights childhood obesity

With Fit for a Kid, her Los Angeles–based fitness and nutrition business, entreprenuer of the…

By Brian Dawson

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Do you want to become the next Seth Godin, Steve Jobs or Daymond John? First you’ll need some pointers to help establish yourself as a thought leader in the era of digital technology. One disclaimer: having a blog does not make you a thought leader just like having an iPhone will not make you think like Steve Jobs.
	In the end thought leadership has the ability to translate into revenue in the Web 2.0 world for infopreneurs (entrepreneurs who generate their revenue by creating content). The typical streams of income for thought leaders/infopreneurs come from creating products and creating experiences, like writing books, speaking at conferences/events, and creating other content products. Following Black Enterprise’s 20/20 Vision: Job Creation & Career Opportunities in The Next Economy with Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, CA earlier this week, this article will help individuals understand how to use digital technology, content curation and branding as a thought leadership strategy. —Hajj Flemings

5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

In a tough economy some can find a second career as a thought leader in their passion

Positioning yourself as a thought leader can earn you extra money and a brand new…

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Too Young to Think About Retirement? Think Again!

Just ask today’s retiring boomers whose retirement plans have fallen short. Even for those with…

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Committed to Black Business

Darrius and Meagan Peace realized the full benefit that participating in a black expo could…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Getting On Track

White, who at one time had a credit score of 710 before filing for Chapter…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Can Bill Gates Save Our Schools?

As co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Gates (who remains chairman of Microsoft)…

By Alan Hughes

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Earlier this week, a select group of online reporters were given the opportunity to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Old Family Dining Room in the East Wing of White House. Among those in attendance was iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, who spoke with Mrs. Obama about a wide range of topics, including her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity and creating a normal environment for her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, despite residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.   BlackEnterprise.com pulled a few parenting nuggets of wisdom from Michelle on keeping your kids grounded. —Anslem Samuel

Michelle Obama’s 6 Rules of Parenting

In addition to being the First Lady Michelle Obama is still a mother that knows best

A First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has a duty to uphold as…

By Anslem Samuel

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Being a Boomerang Kid Isn’t a Form of Failure

Use your return to “the nest” as an opportunity to build wealth

It’s not until two weeks before walking across the stage that it hit me: I…

By Janel Martinez

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Finding Life Balance, Day 4: Channel Your P.O.W.E.R

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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The beauty business is a multi-billion dollar industry. From hair and fashion to makeup and spa treatments, there are numerous avenues to carve out a lane for oneself. That’s something both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and Chioma Valcourt have done. An Emmy Award-winning journalist with a successful career in media, Trigg-Jones followed her passion and opened Spa Catchi, a Midtown Manhattan day spa/cosmetic surgery center with her husband, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Michael E. Jones. Similarly, Valcourt, who’s made her mark in the industry as a celebrity hair designer, runs Next Vanity, a full service salon in Manhattan. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the entrepreneurs, who shared their personal commandments for finding success in the beauty business. —Anslem Samuel

5 Commandments of Finding Success in the Beauty Business

Two women that have managed to carve out their own niche in the beauty world share their trade secrets

Both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and celebrity hair stylist Chioma Valcourt have followed their passions in the…

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Confront the Culprit

Lastly, you need to confront this person directly. It doesn’t matter if that person is a “close” family member. I don’t care if it’s your sister, a cousin---or even your mother. Let this individual know that they have totally crossed the line and damaged your finances and credit rating in a way that is completely unfair, disrespectful to you, and that has long-lasting implications. Tell the person that they have exactly one week to contact every creditor in which they used your name to close the account or cut off service in your name---and put it in their name.

Ask the Money Coach: 5 Steps to Take When a Relative Ruins Your Credit

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to make a credit comeback

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what steps you need to take to make a credit comeback

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How 10,000 Small Businesses Can Get Capital

Goldman Sach's 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Small Businesses initiative aimed at under-served communities

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Finding Life Balance, Day 3: Create In Yourself a Giving Heart and Spirit

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

By Sheri Riley

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Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

Stylish entrepreneurs re-envision the classic men's fashion staple

Recognized by Esquire as two of the best dressed real men in America, Ontario Armstrong…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Preview B.E. Business Report: 2011 Elevator Pitch Contest Winners

Also: Success Expert Dr. Dennis Kimbro; The Empowerment Experiment's Maggie Anderson

On the next edition of the Black Enterprise Business Report, hosted by Caroline V. Clarke,…

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How I Did It: Celebrity Jewelry Designer Aklia Chinn’s Custom-Made Success

Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit

Aklia Chinn took her love for travel and creating unique jewelry to Hollywood,

By Janell Hazelwood

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Become Philadelphia 76ers Minority Owners

The power couple scores a partial ownership deal with the NBA team

As we all know Will Smith is from “West Philadelphia, born and raised” and now…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Obama Tests New Jobs Message on the Road

The nation’s commander in chief travels to swing states with his piecemeal approach to the jobs bill

After Senate Republicans successfully blocked debate on the American Jobs Act, President Obama implemented a…

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Ask the Money Coach: 5 Ways to Earn More Cash Before Year’s End

Smart and simple tips for making some extra money this year

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives smart and simple tips for making some extra money this…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Despite being just 24, DJ Tay James has accomplished a lot in his field. In addition to being Justin Bieber’s tour DJ, he’s been the go-to-jock for events like the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll and the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He still finds time to offer his services to those interested in pursuing a career as a DJ with one-on-one lessons he provides during his downtime.
	Although he honed his skills via the traditional method of two turntables, a mic, a mixer, headphones and a few speakers, James is no stranger to the digital age. There’s no way any DJ worth his or her weight in vinyl could ignore the advent of CDJs and the revolutionary Serato. While the advancement of technology is scary to most DJs in the industry nowadays, James couples it with the traditional to use it to his advantage. So aside from headphones and speakers, what tops James’ must-have list of gadgets and apps for the digital age DJ? BlackEnterprise.com picked the hi-tech jock’s brain for the answers. —Amy Andrieux

3 Tech Tools For the Modern Day DJ

Justin Bieber’s DJ Tay James Shares his must-have tech list for DJing in the digital age

DJ Tay James, who serves as the tour DJ for Justin Bieber, understands the importance…

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Meet Kelley Williams-Bolar: Prosecuted for Protecting Her Children’s Education

Although pardoned by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kelley Williams-Bolar is still on probation while others game the system with impunity.

Although pardoned by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Kelley Williams-Bolar is still on probation while others…

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Finding Life Balance, Day 2: Seek Peace in Not Some — but All — Areas

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

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Fitness Factor! The Price of Success

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins wants to know what you're willing to invest in your health and, as a result, your career

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins wants to know what you’re willing to invest in your health…

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WATCH: How to Ask Someone to Be Your Mentor

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you want

Entrepreneur Bert Gervais, aka The Mentor Guy, tells you how to land the mentor you…

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BE Next at Harlem’s Fashion Row Show 2011

CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row Brandice Henderson provides a platform for up-and-coming designers

BE Next gives you a front-row, center view of this year’s Harlem’s Row lineup.

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DO sweat the small stuff. Be aware of the way you carry yourself and the effect it may have on workplace interactions. You could inadvertently be sending the wrong message with even the slightest action, such as pointing when you speak or crossing your arms during meetings. "I realized I’m a very analytical person, so oftentimes when I’m in deep thought, I don’t smile," Collier says.  " People would look at me and say, 'What’s wrong with you?' I had to train myself, and my clients, to smile more."

What’s Your Work Personality?

Nurturer? Cut-throat? See which one you embody

Madame Noire details 8 personality types in the office, from the escapist to the worker…

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Microsoft Game Designer Stays ‘Kinected’ to her Roots

Karisma Williams carves out a lane for herself and others in an industry where she's the minority

As a Senior Experience Developer/Designer for Xbox Kinect, Karisma Williams uses her tech knowledge to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Dump a Vacation Timeshare You Don’t Want

Here are some strategies to unload or manage a timeshare you no longer want or simply can’t afford

Here are some strategies to unload or manage a timeshare you no longer want or…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Finding Life Balance, Day 1: Healthy Living Goes Beyond Watching Diet

9 days, 9 methods for high achievers to find full bliss

We begin 9 days of finding life balance, with 9 methods that will help high…

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In the News: Cornel West Won’t Face Charges; Danroy Henry Honored with Athletic Center and More

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When a Relative Dies and You Can’t Afford the Funeral

The Money Coach tells you what to do if a relative passes away and the burial costs are out of your budget

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what to do if a relative passes away and…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Small Businesses Created 71,000 Jobs in August, According to ADP National Employment Report

Black Enterprise and Walmart Focus on Jobs

BE and Walmart head to Los Angeles in the second job creation forum

Black Enterprise and Walmart head to Los Angeles in the second job creation forum

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Music Managers Chris Lighty & Blue Williams Make a Power Move

The successful music moguls join forces to launch a new full-service firm, Primary/Violator

After steering the careers of artists like 50 Cent and OutKast, among others, music moguls…

By Brett Johnson

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Quitting a job you hate is easy, but walking away from a job you love is down-right heartbreaking. Leaving a situation like that is similar to divorcing a spouse, and as such requires some time to grieve, heal properly and move on in a healthy way.

I speak from experience. When I put in my notice to resign as managing editor of a popular lifestyle Website, I was sad, anxious and resolute. Chin up, dressed as cute as cute could be (just sayin’), I gave up a job I loved. It was time for me to leave, so I could pursue my personal writing and business goals. 

Sometimes, moving on is a necessary part of career and personal growth. The break up between you and your job can amicable but painful. Check out a few tips for divorcing your job while still maintaining your sanity. ---Demetria Irwin

Walking Away: How to Amicably Divorce Your Job

Resigning because of transition --- not transgression --- can be hard, but necessary

Sometimes leaving a job isn’t on bad terms. Here’s how to amicably divorce a position…

By Demetria Irwin

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Video Game Enthusiasts Get Crowned ‘Konsole Kingz’

Atlanta businessmen follow their passion by blending hip-hop and video game culture

CJ Peters and Marcus Matthews of Konsole Kingz partners with video game company’s to attract…

By Anslem Samuel

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Wake-Up Call: How a Young Bachelor Rebounded after Getting Laid Off

Real-life lessons of triumph over unemployment

Marc, 32, thought his job as a manager in the telecommunications field was safe, until…

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Feast on This

A smorgasbord of ways to profit from your passion for food

Americans spent more than $1.6 trillion on food last year. That translates into millions of…

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

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Choose the Right Credit Card for Your Business

Here’s what you need to know before closing a deal on an account

The Wall Street Journal breaks down what you need to know when shopping for the…

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Only Ex-Convicts Need Apply: Detroit Hosts Special Jobs Fair

City Council pushes to combat high jobless rate, give second chance

Seeking to combat the rising unemployment in Detroit — in a population where a significant…

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Lester Speight Talks His Way to Success in Gaming World & Hollywood

There’s more than meets the eye with this voiceover actor

As the voice of the Gears of War video game franchise’s Cole Train, actor Lester…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Truth About ‘No Cost’ Loans from Home Lenders

Here's an estimate of what you can typically expect to pay for your mortgage

Here’s an estimate of what you can typically expect to pay for your mortgage

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Career Tip of the Day: Refresh Your Social Media Presence

Take at least 30 minutes today to upgrade your profile

Today’s tip: Blow the dust off those social media profiles and make the most of…

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In the News: Obama Raises Over $70 Million for 2012 Campaign; Gallup Poll Shows 35 Percent Oppose Death Penalty and More

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What Does Your Office Space Say About Your Work?

Your workspace says a lot about you – and it should say a lot to you. Better mind the message.

From color to decore, your work environment has a direct impact on your productivity and…

By Caroline Clarke

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Three Ways YOU Can Help Create Jobs

Don't get caught standing on the sidelines when it comes to job creation

Don’t get caught standing on the sidelines when it comes to the fight for jobs.…

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Michael Eric Dyson Teaching Course on Jay-Z at Georgetown

The academic is teaching a three credit course called "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z"

Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson is teaching a course called “Sociology of Hip-Hop: …

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

Quina Martin spent years as a corporate hiring professional until one day, she answered the…

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Matty Rich Goes From Movie Director to Video Game Developer

Known for the critically acclaimed 'Straight Out of Brooklyn,' the noted director reemerges in the gaming industry

Director Matty Rich made his mark at 19 years old with his debut film Straight…

By Anslem Samuel

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What Will a Strategic Default Do to Your Credit Score?

See if this drastic money move is the right one for you

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox helps you decide if this drastic money move is the right…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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What’s your staffing plan? Even if you’re a staff of one, you need to have a plan for what you’ll do if your business expands quickly. Make sure you account for every position you’ll have to fill. You don’t want to be caught off guard!

4 Work Environments to Avoid

Stay away from these toxic employment traps

Steer clear. Here are 4 work environments that ultimately hinder employee productivity and morale.

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In the News: Democrats Move Forward With Jobs Plan in Pieces; Nigerian Underwear Bomber Pleads Guilty and More

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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

By Hajj Flemings

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5 Ways to Cash In On Your College’s Homecoming

See how you can bank on the big event

BE Next gives you five suggestions on how to bank on your college’s homecoming …

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Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be hard to muster the energy to get out of bed every morning. You get the case of the Monday blues or feel like your bed is so comfy, you don't want to leave it.

Well, Madame Noire details some effective tips on how to boost your motivation and capture that up-and-at-em attitude that will lead to a productive and positive day.

Get Up And Go: How to Motivate Yourself Before Work

These steps will ensure you have the motivation to start your day right

Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be…

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Don’t Let Your Car Note Drive You Crazy

Four ways to deal with overdue car payments or other issues when you’re struggling to pay for your vehicle

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives four ways to deal with overdue car payments or other…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  This year’s gathering was no different as a who’s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.


 
 

As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. —Anslem Samuel




 

Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

Hip-hop's biggest names got a chance to flip through the new coffee table book that documents their culture

A photo recap of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 that highlights various rap stars and…

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UBR Spotlight: How Promet Energy CEO Gregory White Got The Juice

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Gregory R. White, the co-founder and CEO of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal has spent nearly 30 years on death row (Image: File)

In the News: Supreme Court Decides Mumia Abu-Jamal Can Get New Sentence;NBA Cancels First Two Weeks and More

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By Janel Martinez

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Kanye West Shows Up at Occupy Wall Street…In a Maybach?

The producer-turned-rapper arrives at Occupy Wall Street in a luxury car

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Today Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are marching to New York’s Upper East Side…

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At just 17 years old, LL became Def Jam Record’s flagship artist. His debut album, Radio, went on to go platinum and his 13-album catalog features many more million-plus sellers, including 1992’s Mama Said Knock You Out and 1997’s Mr. Smith, which both sold over two million copies and earned LL a pair of Grammies. To date, the Queens rapper’s catalog includes a dozen proper albums chockfull of classic records, and all that songwriter publishing means plenty of guaranteed money in the bank.

LL Cool J Decoded: The Greatest Brand of All Time

Taking home I Am Hip-Hop honors at the BET Hip-Hop Awards the entertainment veteran gets Decoded

From artist to actor to author to businessman, LL Cool J is a brand that…

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Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks ‘Pariah’ & National Coming Out Day

The filmmaker’s coming-of-age drama reflects some personal experiences and struggles coming into her sexuality

Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah, the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Mind Traps That Could Sabotage Your Business

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, one entrepreneur says they often fall into "mind traps." Here are six to look out for

While women have great entrepreneurial potential, we often fall into various “mind traps” that…

By Rosetta Thurman

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RINGS: 
	David Yurman has always been a brand that has excelled at creating quality jewelry for men that is handsomely beautiful and here are a selection of their rings that exemplify just that.
	 
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	Clockwise, from top left: Armory Dome Ring ($550); Curb Chain Ring, wide ($400); Maritime Band Ring, 10mm ($850); Naturals Sea Urchin band ring ($575).
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23 Accessories for the Well-Dressed Man

Accenting your outfit is not just for women, here are several pieces of men's jewelry to help you stand out in style

Men’s style doesn’t end with a tailored suit and crisp shirt and shoes, having the…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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3 Reasons You Should Consider Buying Identity Theft Insurance

You'd be surprised by the people you know who have victims of identity theft. Here's how and why you should protect yourself

You’d be surprised by the people you know who have victims of identity theft. Here’s…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Should You Care About Occupy The Hood?

This movement developed out of the Occupy Wall Street protests

As the Occupy Wall Street protests hit day 24, people are beginning to see more…

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In the News: Bill Cosby to Share NYC Benefit Show; Tyra Banks Lands on New York Times’ Best Sellers List and More

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SNL’s Former Musical Director Breaks Out on Her OWN

Two-time Emmy winner and cancer survivor Katreese Barnes serves as musical director for The Rosie Show

Winning two Emmy Awards for her Justin Timberlake sketches on Saturday Night Live, Katreese Barnes…

By Benè Viera

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3 Ways to Maintain A Healthy Relationship While Building Your Business

How to make sure passion for your business doesn't kill the passion in your relationship

Small business expert Felicia Joy tells how to make sure your passion for your business…

By Felicia Joy

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3 Easy Steps To Check Out a Debt Collector

How to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect yourself from debt collector abuses

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Sugar Ray Leonard Talks ‘Real Steel’ Boxing Gig & Branding After Retirement

The boxing great gets his second wind as a hybrid entrepreneur training Hugh Jackman for latest role

Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel knocked out the competition at the box office but real-life boxer…

By Mia N. Hall

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DON’T FORGET TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

“Hit the film festival circuit,” LaMothe says flatly. A lot of filmmakers attract notoriety and investors by showcasing their projects at the various film fests that are held annually. You don’t have to attend them all but having a presence can be the springboard you need to get your work out there. “If you have something that resonates with people, and just stands out, it’ll get its attention,” he ads. “It’ll get its due, which of course will help you move forward with your next project.”

6 Things Not to Do When Making an Independent Film

Director Jerry LaMothe shares his personal don't for getting an indie film off the ground during a recession

Over the course of 11 years director/actor Jerry LaMothe has found success making films independently…

By Amber McKynzie

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Bill Gates Talks Innovation

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America's richest man discusses how to get the country back on track

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America’s richest man discusses how to get the country…

By Alan Hughes

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Demetrius Walker along with with six friends from college started a clothing company, dN|Be Apparel (Image: Source)

Demetrius Walker, Co-Founder of dN|Be Apparel, Merges Urban Fashion and Conscious Messaging

The young entrepreneur beat the odds, starting his own company after college

Along with six of his friends, Demetrius Walker created a line of apparel named DangerousNEGRO.…

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Stop Shuckin’ and Jivin’: How Some of Us Are Letting Excuses Hinder Career Success

So the job market is tough. What are you going to do about it?

Though the unemployment rate for blacks stands at more than 16%, that’s no excuse to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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In the News: Three Women’s Rights Activists Share Nobel Peace Prize; Herman Cain Defends ‘Brainwashing’ Remarks and More

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Cashing it In
Ever feel like your feeding a slot machine when pouring all your change into a coin-counter? Perhaps that's because your bank is taking a cut from your cash. The standard fee is 5 percent of the total amount converted.

What you can do: Don't wait until you have bags and bags of loose change before wrapping them in paper rolls. Instead, pick up the empty paper coin tubes at your bank and wrap as you go.

Andrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli, Inc.

9 Most Irritating Bank Fees and What to Do About Them

Useful tips to help you cope with rising bank fees and constant changes

Black Enterprise explores the 9 most irritating bank fees and what can be done about…

By Andrea Woroch

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High Appointment: Ritz Carlton Manager is First Female Chief Usher at White House

Hospitality industry professional brings 25 years of experience to post

Angella Reid is the first black woman to be the chief usher at the White…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Ryford Estores’s Self-Cut System

The target market for Ryford Estores’s specialty grooming product? Men. With short hair. Did someone say "sales potential?"

With his new product ,the Self-Cut System, entrepreneur Ryford Estores goes a cut above

By Brian Dawson

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

By Darralynn Hutson

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7 Excuses That Are Delaying Your Retirement

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now, or pay later

Time is the most vital element in building your nest egg. Start now or pay…

By LaToya M. Smith

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How to Answer the Most Common — And Difficult — Job Interview Questions

Come with your A-game to avoid tanking during the job seeking process

Here’s how to answer typical interview questions that job candidates commonly flub.

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WATCH: On the Front Lines of Occupy Wall Street

BlackEnterprise.com went to Manhattan’s Financial District to investigate the recent protests

BlackEnterprise.com ventured to Manhattan’s Financial District to speak to Wall Street occupiers, labor union members,…

By Janel Martinez

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What I Learned From Steve Jobs About Perseverance

The Apple founder’s legacy is far more personal than iThought

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Standford University resonates to this day because of his…

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Average annual cash growth was more than 20% : The company's cash increased from $4 billion in 2000 to $28.4 billion at the end of June 2011.

Steve Jobs by the Numbers

A snapshot into the building of a multi-billion-dollar empire

With the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, here’s a quick look at the numbers…

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Legal Scholar Derrick Bell Dead at 80

The first African-American dean of a non-historically Black law school dies

Derrick Bell, the first tenured Black professor at Harvard Law School, died Wednesday of carcinoid…

By Janel Martinez

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Message to All: Steve Jobs Personified Living Your Passion, Striving with Innovation

Going beyond social standards and living by purpose in your career

Author highlights how Steve Jobs’ advances in innovation and efforts to follow his passion can…

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5 Tips for Hiring Interns for Your Startup

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

How to find the best intern candidates for your new business

By Kwame Kuadey

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Writer Nelson George Documents the Brooklyn Renaissance Movement

The noted scribe explores the cultural impact of his Brooklyn, NY neighborhood in new film

With Brooklyn Boheme, writer Nelson George documents the creative energy and public figures of note…

By Tomika Anderson

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Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

The technology innovator succumbs to a rare form of pancreatic cancer but his legacy lives on

An innovator and man of vision, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday October 5, 2011…

By Anslem Samuel

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How To Get the Best Credit Card Deal

Five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the best credit card deal

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives five tips to help you narrow down your search and score the…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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When it comes to gaining valuable work experience to compete in today's job market, it is undeniable that internships are vital in building a quality resume. And making the most of each experience is key. "As a previous intern and internship supervisor, I’ve witnessed a plethora of students fail at optimizing their internship experiences," says Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D., educational consultant, NASA researcher and author of Learn to Intern CEO Style (Antoine Moss; $15). "The primary reason is because students didn’t know how to separate themselves from the pack."

	Moss came up with the Creator of Excellent Opportunities (CEO) framework, detailed in his book, and offers these tips for students who want to find long-lasting success in achieving not only current career goals, but making impressions that will have a lasting, positive impact:

Intern Like a CEO: 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience

You can make power moves no matter what position you hold in the company

Author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D. offers six tips on…

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In the News: Denzel Washington Donates $2.25 Million to Fordham; Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth Dies at 89 and More

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