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In the News: Millions of Children Receive Free School Meals; First Class Graduates From Oprah’s School and More

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6 Major Facebook Updates You Need to Know About

The social media platform is changing fast are you up to speed?

Facebook updates are constant but the introduction of the new Timeline feature is the most…

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Coping With Depression When Money or Personal Problems Arise During the Holidays

Six tips on how to stay positive and enjoy (or endure) the holiday season

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives you six tips on how to handle depression, money and personal problems…

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6 Ways to Get a Bank Loan for Your Business

If you think like a banker, you could get the finance you need for your business

Six tips for entrepreneurs to get bank loans for your business

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Egypt Sherrod’s Give Back Tour Helps Families in Need

The media personality uses her talents to expand her philanthropic goals

Media personality Egypt Sherrod returns with second annual Egypt’s Give Back Tour, providing coats and…

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3 Things You Should’ve Been Focused on Besides Black Friday Sales

There's nothing wrong with spending if it's for a good cause and not consumer greed and gluttony

Despite being in a recession, American spending continues as 2011 marks the biggest Black Friday…

By Caroline Clarke

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From Mouths of Recruiters: 4 Ways To Tank the Interview

Avoid these mistakes to land your dream job

Four common mistakes job seekers make that turn off recruiters.

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UBR Spotlight: Nicole Jones’ Sensual Steps to Success

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

On The Urban Business Roundtable: Nicole Jones builds a business selling designer shoes; Keith Wyche…

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In the News: Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years in Prison; Patrice O’Neal Dead at 41 and More

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In these financially-strapped times, the thought of using money you barely have to enjoy yourself might ignite stressful feelings. In fact, a lack of disposable income can lead some to almost never involve themselves in fun or extracurricular activities outside of basic cost of living. However, some mental health experts believe working to pay bills without making time for recreation can lead to major stress. If you desire to have fun but you’re constantly void of funds, here are seven ways to have a good time on a budget. —Quassan Castro

7 Ways To Have Fun On A Budget

You don't always have to spend money to have a good time

In this economy everyone is about saving money which leaves fun by the wayside, well…

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Herman Cain Reassessing Decision to Run for President

The former Godfather's Pizza CEO is rethinking his candidacy and will make a decision in the coming days whether he'll stay in the race

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain informed members of his campaign staff on Tuesday that he…

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How I Did It: Mikki Taylor Expands Beauty Brand with New Book ‘Commander in Chic’

Motivational expert uses inspiration of Michelle Obama to empower women

Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor expands her brand with new book, Commander in Chic:…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Warm Weather Destinations to Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year far, far away from home

Instead of being stuck at home or in a crowded club on New Year’s Eve…

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In the News: Cyber Monday Sales Expected to Surge; NBA Reaches Tentative Deal and More

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Black Web 2.0′s Angela Benton Talks Startups, Mentoring & the NewMe Accelerator

The CEO of Black Web Media opens up about being scared of the CNN Black in America 4 reactions, as well as what's next for her now famous incubator

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and publisher of Black Web 2.0 Angela Benton about what…

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General Motors’ Master Designer Makes a Lane for Next Generation

Ed Welburn discusses changes in the industry and the pipeline for African Americans

General Motors’ Vice President of Global Design, Edward T. Welburn is currently the highest-ranking African…

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Change Has to Be Authentic

The legacy of the Soul Train brand is built upon the pillars of dance, music and fashion. For Gibbs every brand has its own set of values, which must be expanded upon without compromising integrity. “Consumers now are savvier than ever and you have to be authentic and deliver to them what your brand value is unless of course you are looking to change that,” he says. Gibbs’ strategy includes honoring Soul Train’s musical past while reflecting contemporary pop culture. “Music is our lane but that doesn’t mean we can only show artists that were a part of the iconic past. Our perspective is that Soul Train is and will continue to be the home to the biggest artists in popular music,” he says. “We want to contemporize and reach a subset of our consumer, which is a younger consumer—with the rebirth of the brand.”

6 Tips for Success in Rebranding

Taking over Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train, Kenard Gibbs shares his plans for driving the brand into the 21st century

Kenard Gibbs’ introduction of the Soul Train Awards was just a small step in the…

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Former Dancer Takes Career to Next Level at Harlem School of the Arts

Executive fused business skills with artistic talent for opportunity of a lifetime

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After officially retiring…

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Bringing Home the Bacon

When we first tossed around the idea of doing a food issue, we were in…

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Knowing When to Say When

Eventually, the success and potential of every enterprise is determined by an entrepreneur’s ability to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Your Health is Your Wealth

I recently read a powerful quote that has stuck with me. It was a statement…

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Backtalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Over the years, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become perhaps the most recognized scientist in the…

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Former Justin Timberlake Exec Revolutionizes Web Image Monetization

Entrepreneur Rey Flemings turns tagged photos into interactive shopping galleries

With Stipple Inc., Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Mad Science

Walton Isaacson (No. 8 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $12 million in revenues)…

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How to Shop Safe & Save Money on Cyber Monday

Shopping from the comfort of your own home never sounded so good

When it comes to Cyber Monday you have to apply the same preparation and due…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Support Black Entrepreneurs On Small Business Saturday

Use this campaign to support local enterprises to conduct your own "empowerment experiment"

This Small Business Saturday make an effort to devote some of your holiday shopping budgets…

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3 Reasons Not to Dumb Down Your Job Resume

Don't sell yourself short because you feel overqualified

With more mid- to senior-level professionals finding it difficult to land positions that align with…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Preview Our World: Back on Track With Marion Jones

Also: African Americans and the criminal justice system

Former track star Marion Jones finds a career makeover in the WNBA as she shares…

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Best Black Friday Deals & the Worst Shopping Traps to Avoid

Holiday shopping season officially starts with Black Friday, here's how to come out on top without breaking the bank

Black Friday is all about the deals and low prices, but that doesn’t mean you…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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6 Speech Habits to Avoid During Job Interview

Stay away from these common mistakes to get the offer

These common speech habits could make or break your chances of getting a job offer.

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In the News: Occupy Movements Have Cost Cities $13 Million; Big Retailers Offer Major Black Friday Deals and More

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If you're anything like me, the idea of waking up at 3am on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping sales generally begin) to go out in the cold, deal with holiday traffic, throngs of pushy people, and unhelpful employees just to buy a toaster or a pair of Dockers just doesn’t seem that appealing. However, if surfing the Web on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) from the comfort of your home with a cup of coffee in hand for 40% off that Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater on your loved one’s wish list is more your speed then this edition of Suit Your Life is for you.  Here are five tips for successful deal-finding this Cyber Monday. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips for Successful Deal-Finding on Cyber Monday

Holiday shopping online can be a breeze if you follow these simple rules

Finding Cyber Monday deals is not the problem, it’s knowing how to get the most…

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“Because of my work schedule, I don’t often get to go out to restaurants. But I will see which of my favorite chefs are in town and try to catch them wherever they are. Marcus Samuelsson is the man! He has an incredible palette. His creativity and style are over the top.”  ---Chef Cary Neff

Dine Where the Pros Eat: 5 Top Black-Owned Restaurants

Top chefs and restaurateurs share favorites from across the nation

Restaurateurs and chefs from Black Enterprise magazine’s November 2011 issue share their favorite food spots.

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Holiday Scams and How to Avoid Them

What the (real!) Better Business Bureau wants you to know about this familiar holiday scam

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox warns of the holiday scam the Better Business Bureau wants you…

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The Problem With Black Women’s Health

Work can wait, your health should always be your first priority

Women’s health is a rarely discussed topic amongst African American women but with pulmonary disease…

By Caroline Clarke

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Small Business Saturday Presents Big Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

Why 'small business' doesn’t have to mean small success. Think big

Felicia joy tells why small businesses need to think big on Small Business Saturday and…

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How to Prep for Success Early in Your Career

Start now on the right path to professional excellence

Ten tips to put you on an early track toward career success.

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UBR Spotlight: Splice Kitchen’s Tonya Ojuluwayo Cooks Up Success

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Tonya Ojuluwayo, founder of Splice Kitchen, one of…

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In the News: 48th Anniversary of JFK’s Assassination; President Obama Issues Five Pardons and More

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Making Gangsta Moves in the Innovation Economy

Creativity, persistence, capital and connections will drive the advancement of high-growth African American businesses

What’s needed to maintain forward momentum for the emerging digerati? You guessed it – capital.…

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FAMU Grads Serve Up Social Responsibility with The Cravings Truck

Social entrepreneurs Kianta Key and Johnathon Sellers place community at the center of their business model

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University alums Kianta Key and Johnathon Sellers launched The Cravings Truck,…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Create a Branded Google Plus Business Page

The benefits of signing up for Google's latest product now instead of later

Setting up a Google Plus Page is simple and the benefits for your brand can…

By Hajj Flemings

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Passion Over Profit: How to Get Past Pressure to Pursue Prestigious Job

Seven tips for following your calling and making it lucrative

Seven tips on how to pursue your passion, over profit, and get past pressure to…

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Tasha Smith: For Better or Worse

The star of Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' series confronts those "angry black woman" accusations

Tasha Smith, the star of Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better or For Worse’ series, confronts the…

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For many Americans, a big part of the holidays involve giving presents to others. But it’s perfectly fine and feasible to not give gifts to family and friends and still enjoy the holiday season.
	
In fact, if the tough economy or a job layoff has taken a toll on your household budget, this could be the year to not spend any money at all on gifts. Even if you do have money in a bank account to spend, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season without making all the festivities centered on gift-giving.

	Still, the average American is expected to spend $704 on holiday gifts in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Should you opt out of this year’s holiday shopping frenzy like the folks who’ve joined Buy Nothing Day? Perhaps. Here are five reasons why it might be wise not to spend any money at all on gifts on Black Friday and this entire holiday season. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

5 Good Reasons To Buy Nothing & Avoid Holiday Shopping Completely

In a troubled economy, it's perfectly fine not to spend money during the holidays

Holiday shopping can land some people in the poor house. Given the current economic downturn…

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How to Make Fear a Motivator for Job Seeking

Turn a negative into a positive for career success

Here are four ways you can use fear as a motivator to find job-seeking success.

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In the News: NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama; Mariners Greg Halman Found Dead and More

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

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Former NFL Player Finds Success in Franchising & Television

From the gridiron to the grill, Frank Rice tackles the restaurant business and Hollywood

After a career-ending injury, NFL star Frank Rice found success through family franchising and appearing…

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Holiday Hot Button: Not-So-Merry Marital Tensions

Cost-saving tips to save your family a little money (and headache) this holiday season

Marriage doctor Dr. Jacqueline Del Rosario gives cost-saving tips to save your family a little…

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Win! Alvin Ailey’s New York City Center Season Tickets

See how you can win a pair of tickets to the December 14th performance

Be one of three to win a pair of tickets to the December 14th New…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Rachel Blanks, Sunny Days Bakery

With her artfully crafted gourmet treats, Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks spreads a little sweetness all across the Florida Panhandle

Sunny Days Bakery’s Rachel Blanks, our entrepreneur of the week, spreads a little sweetness all…

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The First Amendment allows American citizens the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. This portion of the Bill of Rights has been the cornerstone of Occupy Wall Street, which started two months ago when swarms of concerned people took over Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to protest the drastic inequalities between the rich and poor.

The movement has since spread to similar occupations around the country and globe, resulting in civil unrest that some government officials are not too fond of. Despite the occupiers' right to assemble, law enforcement officials have begun unearthing rarely used legal loopholes to evict protesters.  Most recently, Zuccotti Park was temporarily cleared out during a late night raid to clean up the grounds. Although protesters were allowed to return, they were unable to bring along tents and sleeping bags due to city ordinances. AlterNet compiled 12 of the most absurd laws used to stop the Occupy Wall Street movement.

12 Absurd Laws Used to Stop Occupy Wall Street

Some officials are trying to halt the #OWS movement by any means necessary

After two months of civil unrest, some cities are relying on legal loopholes to evict…

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How I Did It: Chef Uses Food to Bridge Cultural Gap

TV cook fuses Korean and soul cuisine to honor heritage

PBS’ Kimchi Chronicles host, Marja Vongerichten, talks her passion for food and how her multiethnic…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Ruben Studdard on Weight Loss, Vegetarianism, Music and Marathon

The former American Idol champ brings health awareness to his hometown with a weekend-long celebration

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard celebrates comeback with new look, album and healthy lifestyle at…

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Ask the Money Coach: Are You Ever Too Old to Start a 401(K)?

Whether it's you or your grandma, here's what you need to know about saving for retirement

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you if you’re ever told old to start planning for…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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4 Destructive Workplace Myths

Common company practices that hinder productivity

Four common workplace myths and why they don’t work in the office.

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In the News: Cornel West and Princeton Part Ways; Tyler Perry Backs Kim Kardashian Casting and More

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November 13, 2011 was a historical day for Blacks in tech as CNN's Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley aired.  The documentary followed eight entrepreneurs from around the country who relocated to Silicon Valley in the summer to launch their Web tech start-ups as part of the NewME Accelerator Program.
	The documentary alone will not create a 100% meritocracy in Silicon Valley but has sparked discussion that didn't exist about Black Web tech start-ups. Kloudco founder Hank Williams  did an interesting analyst in his "Tech Industry Silence is Deafening on #BlackInAmerica"  post. Only three people from Rob Schoble's Influential Tech Industry list joined the discussion. With #BlackInAmerica being a trending topic the night of the doc’s premier, it’s not likely these tech savvy people missed it. As a note, popular start-up publication, TechCrunch, which routinely reports on the demo days and does extensive profiles of the other accelerator participants, didn't mention it at all. In response, here’s my 5-point recap. —Hajj Flemings

5-Point Recap of CNN’s Black In America 4

What steps need to happen to increase our presence in Silicon Valley

Following the premier of CNN’s Black in America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley,…

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3 Reasons to Attend/Avoid Your Next Class Reunion

Revisiting the most awkward period of your life can be, well... awkward

Class reunions always cause anxiety. Who you were, what you’ve done and where you’re going…

By Caroline Clarke

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How I Did It: Former Chef Takes Expert Knowledge to the Classroom

Foodie gives youth view of culinary career opportunities

Chef Kevin Mitchell
Chef Kevin Mitchell had a successful career in the food industry that included…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Common: On Life and Love Lessons from Serena Williams and Erykah Badu

Award-winning Chi-town rapper and bestselling author opens up about past lessons and a future that includes marriage and a family

Common, award-winning rapper and bestselling author, opens up about his new book and love lessons…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Ask the Money Coach: New Bank Fees Are Coming. Here’s What to Expect

Know how the new bank fees will affect your money

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how the new bank fees will affect your money

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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There are women of color around the world, from the East to the West and beyond, making huge strides to powerfully impact their industries and communities, and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Forbes has highlighted an extensive list of these women, all leaving unbelievably phenomenal marks on Africa to ensure that the continent --- and ultimately, the world --- is a better place to live and grow.

These 20 women---all under 45--- wield influence in African business, technology, policy  and media. They are authors of change, trendsetters, visionaries, and young global leaders.

20 Young African Women of Power

Leaders making strides in technology, health, media, and business

Twenty African women of power under 45 who are changing the world in media, economics,…

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How to Find Your Brand’s Red Sole

Christian Louboutin's iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

Christian Louboutin’s iconic red soles offer a lesson for entrepreneurs on making a brand distinctive

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Ask the Money Coach: How Do Small Collection Accounts Impact Your Credit Score?

Pay your bills; protect your credit

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to protect your credit score

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

Athletes should consider these ground rules before signing on the dotted line

BE Next lists a number of prerequisite moves and options any future franchise player should…

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WATCH: Heavy D’s Final Interview on Music, Death & A Cultural Odyssey

Exclusive video interview with the rap star a few short months before his sudden death

In his final interview rap legend Heavy D speaks on the business of hip-hop, his…

By Anslem Samuel

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How I Did It: Chef Goes Mobile with Food Truck

What it’s like to take catering company on the road

Chef Darryl King details how he took his brand from restaurant to hot food truck…

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David Banner’s Thoughts On the #OccupyWallStreet Movement

The politically active entertainer speaks from the heart on behalf of the 99%

As the two-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement arrives, rapper/actor David Banner shares…

By David Banner

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"How will my business make money if no one wants to pay?"

4 Reason You’re Not Landing the Job

If offers aren't pouring in, it's time to reevaluate

Four reasons you’re not getting job offers and how you can regroup to find job-seeking…

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UBR Spotlight: Data Solutions & Technologies CEO Deborah Scott Thomas

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Deborah Scott Thomas, the president and CEO of…

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In the News: Zuccotti Park Reopens to OWS Protesters; Sorority Girls Dress in Blackface and More

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Ask the Money Coach: A Super Easy Budgeting Tip That Works

Learn how to make the most of your money with this simple rule

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to budget and make the most of your…

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WATCH: Women in New York Sound Off about Sexual Assaults on the Subway

See what a few women had to say about a recent sexual assault that happened in New York City’s 14th Street—Union Square station

BlackEnterprise.com ventured to the scene of a recent sexual attack to ask women what they…

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WATCH: Herman Cain Video Goes Viral on Libya Question

The Republican candidate fumbles on a foreign policy question during a recent video interview

Herman Cain blunder on Libya goes viral on social media. Big mistake or simple misstep?

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Michael Jordan Motorsports on the Track to Success

Jordan’s VP of Corporate Relations shares the team's winning strategy in business and on the track

Serving as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for Michael Jordan Motorsports, Kreig Robinson made…

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5 Famous People You May Never See at Occupy Wall Street

See who made the list on BE Next

In wake of the recent induced dispersal of Occupy Wall Street protesters, Black Enterprise’s BE…

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How I Did It: A Food Personality Banks on Blogging

How a home chef turned passion into an expanding brand

Chef Monique Kilgore took her passion for cooking and turned it into an opportunity to…

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Drake Decoded: How the International Star ‘Takes Care’ of Business

More than just Lil Wayne's protege, Drake is a multi-faceted businessman with his hand in everything

In a few short years, Canadian rap star Drake has made a million-dollar brand that…

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Train Like a Boxer to Take on Tough Job Market

How the sport's discipline can be applied for career success

How the discipline of boxing training can be applied to job seeking and career success.

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How I Did It: Food Activist Makes Commitment to Health Advocacy

Cookbook writer seeks better grocery access for low-income communities

Inspired by social awareness and fresh foods, activist Bryant Terry pushes for equal access to…

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As the co-founder of Violator Management, music industry veteran Chris Lighty has had a hand in the careers of such notable artists as LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, among others. Recently, he partnered with fellow music mogul Michael “Blue” Williams to form Primary/Violator, a new full-service management, publishing and marketing firm. During his interview with BlackEnterprise.com about the merger, Lighty shared his five tips for success in business. —Brett Johnson

Chris Lighty’s 5 Tips for Success in Business

The music mogul shares his personal keys to a fruitful career

Co-founder of Violator Management and current manager for Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Chris Lighty reveals…

By Brett Johnson

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At the Top Position at Work? Three Ways to Ensure You Stay There

Don't get complacent, but continue to challenge yourself and excel

If you’ve reached the top position in your firm or career, here are three things…

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‘Black in America’ Dives into Silicon Valley

Soledad O'Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

Soledad O’Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

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WIN! ‘Push Has Come To Shove’ by Dr. Steve Perry

Enter to win a FREE copy of Push Has Come To Shove!

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In the News: CNN’s ‘Black in America’ Special Airs Sunday; Haiti Demands Pay From U.N. for Cholera Outbreak and More

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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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How I Did It: Chef Cary Neff Serves Up International Spa Cuisine

Culinary professional shares his secret to healthy resort meals

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Cary Neff is the president of Pear Restaurant Group L.L.C., the restaurant consulting…

By Sonja Mack

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Ask the Money Coach: 10 Easy Ways to Save Money on Gas for Your Car

Tips on how to cut costs at the gas pump

Save money on gas prices with tips from Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Anatomy of a Winning Resume

How you can tailor yours for job-seeking success

Here’s a breakdown of a winning resume, from top to bottom, so that you can…

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Preview Our World: Can the Obama Administration Fix Our Schools?

Grading Obama's handling of the education crisis, including an exclusive interview with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

This week’s edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, with host Marc Lamont Hill, features…

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In the News: Conrad Murray Accuses MJ of Lying; Wall Street Rebounds and More

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Despite being in an economic downturn, the United States has always been known as a consumer nation. With the holiday season fast approaching and some major retailers opting to push their Black Friday business hours up a few hours, American spending expected to reach $465.6 billion in the fourth quarter.

Bundle took a look at spending data calculated by the US government, using anonymous and aggregated spending transactions that were tracked from March 20120 to March 2011, to come up with the top 100 cities for shopaholic citizens in the US. Based on the data the national average for monthly clothes spending comes out to be $142.08. Here are the top 10 shopaholic cities in the US, ranked by the highest average monthly spending.

10 Most Shopaholic Cities in the US

These 10 cities will likely top the holiday shopping list this year

Despite the economic downturn, America continues to be a consumer society where spending is at…

By Anslem Samuel

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What the European Debt Crisis Means for Your Investments

Market volatility is here to stay. Don't panic—adjust your portfolio and look for opportunities

In today’s tumultuous investment environment, what should you do as an investor? Follow our advice…

By Derek T. Dingle

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4 Assets Senior Professionals Bring to the Workplace

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

Workers over 50 offer valuable skills developed by experience

By Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane

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Jordan Brand: The Next Generation of Shoes & Stars

Michael Jordan's sneaker brand is as strong as ever thanks to his hand-picked all-star pitchmen

Jordan Brand continues to excel as an extension of Michael Jordan’s business thanks to new…

By Branden J. Peters

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Seek Honest Evaluation on Your Job Performance

Constructive criticism in the workplace is vital

It’s vital you should seek criticism — not just kudos — in an honest evaluation…

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In the News: African-American Buying Power Nears $1.1 Trillion; President Obama Hosts an African American Conference and More

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

By Caroline Clarke

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

How to make the most of your network

Everyone needs a network, in both in their personal lives, and in business. Tina Wells…

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Gen Y Capital Partners Wants to Help You Start a Business, Despite Student Loan Debt

Scott D. Gerber, founder and president of the Young Entrepreneur Council and Gen Y Capital Partners, talks investing in entrepreneurship

BE Next spoke with Gerber to learn about Gen Y Capital Partners and the “patriotic…

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Black Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley Do Exist

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington may be unsure but people of color are making strides in STEM

In a clip from CNN’s Black in America 4 TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington stated that…

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Eddie Murphy Bows Out of Hosting the Oscars

The Oscar-nominated comedian decides to walk out on hosting after friend and co-producer Brett Ratner leaves amid controversy

Eddie Murphy decides to walk out on hosting after friend and co-producer Brett Ratner leaves…

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There has been a a lot of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview. However, there hasn't been much focus on the toughest interview of all, the one you face when you are over 50. This age group has the highest rate of unemployment today, and the highest level since the Great Depression.

Interviewing can be especially challenging for job candidates over 50 because recruiters and hiring authorities can hold biases, and many are are not good at interviewing to start with. Many workers over 50 never really had to learn how to interview seriously for a job while out of work, or might still hold on to outdated standards when it comes to marketing themselves.

Here are five important strategies for the over 50 job seeker on how to ace the interview and use their age as an asset, not a handicap. ---Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane

5 Interview Strategies for the Over-50 Job Seeker

How to sell yourself so that age is an asset, not a handicap

How senior workers can sell themselves in the job market.

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Tech Company Imaginary Feet “Crosswalks” into the Next Phase of App Discovery

Tech company allows you to discover new apps based on your social circle

Imaginary Feet co-founder Patrick Jackson shares insight on how his company manages to carve out…

By Anslem Samuel

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Venture Forum to Provide Military Veteran Entrepreneurs a Platform to Showcase Companies to Angel and Early-Stage Investor Groups

Obama Pushes for Veterans Portion of Jobs Plan

Will it suffer the same fate as the president's other employment initiatives?

With the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the double digits, President Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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Even Millionaires Have Budgets. Two Reasons You Should, Too

Two rules to help you create a successful budget

No matter how you configure your budget, the money coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox says to have…

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Are You That Loud Coworker? Here’s How to Turn it Down

Use these tips to be assertive, not offensive at your job

Madame Noire gives tips on how to tone down the volume and turn up the…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Is There Any Such Thing as a ‘Post-Racial’ America?

Writer Toure has his opinion. What do you think?

“Dear America,
Please, I beg you, stop using the bankrupt and meaningless term “post-racial!” There’s…

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UBR Spotlight: Wykesha Hayes Gives Kids Keeys2Success

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Wykesha Hayes, the founder and CEO of Keey2Kids,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the News: Rapper Heavy D Dies Unexpectedly; Appeals Court Upholds Obama Healthcare and More

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After a long fought battle with liver cancer, boxing great Joe Frazier passed away this past Monday, November 7, 2011 at the age of 67. While his name is often tied to flamboyant fighter Muhammad Ali, who he fought in three memorable bouts, Frazier built his reputation on his own blood, sweat and tears. The Beaufort, South Carolina native pulled himself up out of poverty to be one of the sport’s top fighters (32-4-1). In the wake of his passing, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the many milestones in Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s life both in and out the ring. —Anslem Samuel

Joe Frazier Decoded: The People’s Champion Remembered

More than Muhammad Ali's rival, Smokin' Joe Frazier was a working class hero in and out the ring

In the wake of the death of Joe Frazier, boxing fans reflect on his legacy…

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Get the Right Team:

For anyone in a position of power you need to have an efficient team to produce results.  According to Davis, when hiring in the education field there are a few things you need to look for that will ensure you’ve found the right match. “Make sure teachers know their content, care about kids and have patience to work with struggling learners,” he says.  “You have them walk through how to deal with struggling learners and to plan lessons to deal with multiple types of learning.”

5 Tips for Success in Education

How to run a school for the betterment of the teachers, students and parents

P-TECH principal Rashid Ferrod Davis shares his personal techniques for managing a staff of teachers…

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Career Transition Lessons from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Beyond the antics, learn how you can take your brand to the next level

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are embarking on new career transitions, from entrepreneurship to motherhood.…

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Tamar Braxton on Marrying for Money, Vince vs. Toni, and Skin Bleaching Rumors

The always candid Tamar Braxton opens up about her marriage to Vince Herbert, why her sisters may be jealous, and how she is determined to build her brand

As they prepare for season two of ‘Braxton Family Values,’ the always candid Tamar Braxton…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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5 Signs You’ve Chosen the Wrong Career

How to find the right fit for the profession of your dreams

Five signs you’re in the wrong line of work and should consider a career change.

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In the News: Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Michael Jackson Death; Herman Cain’s Fourth Accuser Surfaces and More

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Wealth Gap Between Young and Old Americans Is Widest Ever

A recent Pew Research Center report explores the wealth gap

A new analysis of census data by the Pew Research Center is showing that the…

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College Scholarships for Students in High School, Middle School and Kindergarten (Yes, Kindergarten!)

From newborns on up to adult children in graduate school, learn about resources available to pay for higher education expenses

From newborns on up to adult children in graduate school, learn about all the resources…

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Mo & Kita Help Women ‘Define Your Pretty’

More than reality stars, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams are entrepreneurs focused on female empowerment

Define Your Pretty is the latest venture from businesswomen Monique Jackson and Kita Williams. In…

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75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street

Saying there’s been a bit of change in the world of finance since Black Enterprise…

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Most job seekers include a laundry list of job duties and responsibilities rather than focusing on their accomplishments. Job duties are generally generic and standard for everyone in the same position, but your accomplishments are uniquely yours. If the employer interviews 10 sales associates, they will all have the same job duties, but you may be the only one who increased sales by 25% and was awarded salesperson of the month.  So, focus less on what you did every day and more on what you actually accomplished.  Employers will notice the difference.

Career Tip of the Day: Tailor Your Cover Letter

Take the extra time and effort so you'll get noticed

Be sure to do your research and tweak your cover letter for the prospective employer,…

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WIN! The Mocha Manual to Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into Profit

Enter to win a FREE copy of The Mocha Manual for Turning Your Passion Into…

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In the News: NBA Decertification Threat Looms; Groupon, the Highest Tech Valuation Since Google and More

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One of the most important parts of the job-seeking or college admission process is the ability to provide quality references. If an employer or school asks you to supply them with references, it’s usually a clear indication that the testimony of those persons will play a big part in whether you get the job or get accepted. The old adage is still true: It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

With this is mind, references should be chosen carefully, strategically, and wisely.  Consider these 5 tips the next time you submit the list of those who could very well make or break the decision to extend the offer. ---Aisha Taylor

5 Tips for Choosing Professional References

How to ensure those giving recommendations are an asset

References can make or break you. Here’s how to choose them wisely while job seeking.

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Entrepreneurs of the Week: Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, Ujamaa Deals

For Ujamaa Deals' founders, focusing on African-American business is the key to black economic empowerment

For Ujamaa Deals’ Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins, focusing on African-American business is the key…

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Anyone who has ever traveled internationally or on any flight longer than five hours for that matter knows that first class is the way to go. You’re treated to more space, amenities and overall comfort. While that’s nice for those that can spring for the extra perks and price, there are a few exclusive international airlines that raise the bar on aerial luxury. With airline companies introducing more innovation within their aircraft facilities to separate themselves from the competition, Born Rich compiled a list of the world’s most luxurious international airlines that keep their elite customers vouching for their services.

17 Most Luxurious International Airlines

First class is only the beginning of how to fly in luxury

International travel can be a chore when not seated in first class. Well, these luxurious…

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‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada Gets Six-Figure Book and Film Deal

Series to be based on true accounts of life dating athletes

Evelyn Lozada, co-star of VH1’s hit reality series, Basketball Wives will launch fiction book series…

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PlugBug Gives iPad Users a Faster Way to Charge Up

Tech start-up provides less clutter and more power for Apple users

Tech start-up Twelve South introduces the PlugBug, which allows MacBook users to charge their iPhone,…

By Anslem Samuel

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Attention Layaway Shoppers: 8 Tips to Know Before Using Layaway

Why you need read the fine print before committing to that purchase

Money coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells what you need to know before you commit to putting…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Don’t Let Your Job Make You Sick

Strategies for good health in stressful work environments

If you’re constantly dreading going into work, so much so it affects you physically, something…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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In the News: Soledad O’Brien Returns to CNN Mornings; Senate Blocks Another Part of Obama Jobs Plan and More

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Don’t Blame Minority Homeowners for the Housing Crisis

Real estate expert Ingrid Beckles says contrary to some opinion, minority and low-income homeowners are not to blame for the housing crisis

Real estate expert Ingrid Beckles says contrary to some opinion, minority and low-income homeowners are…

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5 Terms That Have Lost their Worth in Corporate America

Lots of business buzz words don’t mean what they used to. Beware, lest you be sorry.

There was a time when customer service actually worked, now the term is nothing more…

By Caroline Clarke

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Is the Media Attacking Herman Cain For the Wrong Reason?

An analysis of news coverage of the controversial presidential hopeful's current scandal

Republican candidate Herman Cain was recently accused of sexually harassing two women while he was…

By Raynard Jackson

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Top 3 Reasons Job Seekers Should Seek Volunteer Work

Fill the unemployment gap with a pastime that can increase success

Three reasons volunteer work is a good idea for those who are looking for new…

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Skinny Case for iPad 2 Doubles as Portable Keyboard

The function of a laptop without all the bulk

Part protective case, part keyboard, the Skinny Case for iPad 2 is perfect for the…

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Is a Bachelor’s Degree Still Worth the Investment?

A breakdown of cost vs. return for career earning potential

Experts say though higher education costs continue to rise, its worth the investment when it…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Inspiration, Strategies from Women of Power

Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

Show highlights Legacy Award honorees Bethann Hardison, Bishop Barbara Harris

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In the News: Obama Promises to Speed Up Infrastructure Projects; Cain Skips Scheduled Press Conference and More

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Steve Stoute Talks America’s ‘Tanning’ with Jay-Z In New Series

The former music exec talks with Jay-Z about Watch The Throne and hip-hop's impact on global appeal

The Huffington Post announced a new web series called The Tanning Effect featuring music exec…

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How to Start a Movement with a Twitter #Hashtag

#OccupyWallStreet is the tweet heard 'round the world

Occupy Wall Street is a prime example of how a movement can get initiated via…

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Be dependable. Are you dependable, especially when the clock is running out?

Top 5 Tech Skills Employers Want

Boost your marketability by strengthening your knowledge

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Many top employers and CEOs have agreed: Technical skills that can be applied to…

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The leaves are changing. The air is brisk. Fall is officially here (earlier than expected in some places). This is my favorite season because the drop in temperature allows you the chance to truly showcase your style by playing with different colors and textures. Another reason is for the ability to get away for a cozy weekend with that special person. In this edition of Suit Your Life I’ll give you the perfect weekend getaway wardrobe that will take you from apple picking in the orchard to a nice candle lit dinner at a fine restaurant that evening to anything else you may want to do in between. —Gardy V. Guerrier


SYL TIP: When prepping for a weekend trip, pack light. Choose items that compliment each other, and can be interchanged and layered, to give you the most outfit options without having to take up too much space in your weekend bag.

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