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Soledad O’Brien’s Morning Show Named

CNN announced the news anchor’s show will be called Starting Point, debuting January 2, 2012

CNN announced Wednesday that Soledad O’Brien’s morning show will be called Starting Point. It’s set…

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WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

The hip-hop pioneer and star of NCIS: Los Angeles opens up about the evolution of…

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How to Shake the Jitters Before a Job Interview

Walk in the room armed with confidence

Here’s how to shake those last feelings of nervousness before your job interview.

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4 Questions to Rock Your Revenue in 2012

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your business (and revenue!) healthy

The New Year is a good time to make strategic changes that will keep your…

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Preview Our World: Activist & Scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis

Host Marc Lamont Hill visits with the Civil Rights and feminist legend for a candid and insightful look at her life, work and impact on America

This week on a special edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont…

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In the News: Bishop Eddie Long’s School Shuts Down; Report Shows Youth Vote Set to Drop in 2012 and More

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Can Charity Exist in a World of Excess?

Tis’ the season of giving but when is enough…enough?

Despite being in the grips of a recession and troubled economy, some still find ways…

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TechCrunch TV Talks Diversity in Silicon Valley With Navarrow Wright

Aol’s TechCrunch TV sat down with Interactive One CTO and Global Grind co-founder Navarrow Wright…

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David Banner’s New Year’s Resolutions for the Black Community in 2012

The outspoken entertainer offers up three key lessons for Black America in the New Year

Heading into 2012 outspoken rapper David Banner offers up three lessons and goals for the…

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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

Use Holiday Time to Boost Your Job-Seeking Success

Keep the momentum going even during the holidays

You can enjoy the celebrations, but you can also use your holiday time to maximize…

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Minority Firm Receives Historical Investment in the Big Apple

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

NYC Pension Funds invest $225M with Vista Equity Partners

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Calling All Poets: Are You a Woman of Power?

Enter for your chance to appear as the Black Enterprise 2012 Women of Power poetry contest winner in Orlando, Florida

Enter for your chance to appear as the Black Enterprise 2012 Women of Power poetry…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Interior Designer Sheila Bridges

Also: Power Player Dolan Falconer, CEO of ScanTech Holdings; the new rules of the housing market

Interior designer Sheila Bridges, founder of Sheila Bridges Design Inc., is the featured Entrepreneur of…

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Examining the 2012 GOP Candidates’ Chances of Getting Nominated

The primary field of Republican candidates get sized up on their ability to lead the country in 2012

As the Iowa caucus approaches political analysts and voters prepare to review the 2012 GOP…

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Florida Rep Wilson to Offer Federal Anti-Hazing Bill

The death of Florida A&M student Robert Champion sparked the Democrat's bill proposal

The recent death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion has led US Representative Frederica…

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Concords, Christmas and the Marketing Genius of Nike’s Jordan Brand

The after-holiday marketing of Air Jordan sneakers are big business in the fourth quarter

Known as Concords, Nike’s Air Jordan XI always brings out consumer dollars for the holidays…

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54-Point Personal Branding Checklist for 2012

Your guide to getting your branding strategy in order for the New Year

As we head into 2012 be sure to have your personal branding strategy in place…

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself as You Grow Your Business in 2012

New business success starts with improvements in YOU. These questions will get you started

New business success starts with improvements in you. These questions will get you started.

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In the News: Sears Holdings to Close 100-120 Stores; Forgotten Black WWII Veteran Recognized and More

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Looking Back and Giving Back: How Entrepreneurs Use Profitable Skills for Philanthropy

Three professionals who use their talents to help communities

These professionals are using their talents and skills not just for profit but to give…

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It's a week before the Iowa Caucus (Jan. 3) and details are sorely missing from the proposed policies by the 2012 Republican presidential primary field. The GOP candidates are eager to point fingers at President Obama and what they view as his failures on the economic front. “When it comes to economic policy, there's a Chinese wall between President Obama’s economic policy proposals and those of the Republican candidate,” says Georgia Tech economist Thomas Boston. “The primary difference is that the president has proposed comprehensive economic policy, while no Republican candidate has.”
This is not to say that Obama has all of the answers, however.
“What's missing from the president's proposals are checks and balances to guarantee that the benefits of his proposals filter down to African-Americans,” Boston adds. “In the final analysis, there's no question that economic policies Obama proposes are better than those offered by Republican candidates. At the same time, there's significant room for improvement.” Here's a hard look at the candidates.—Joyce Jones

Iowa Caucus 2012: The Candidates’ Positions on the 4 Main Issues

With less than a week before the launch of primary season with the Iowa Caucus,…

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Kandi Koated Spades Creators on the Business of Mobile Apps

Video game enthusiasts find success with mobile game designed specifically for people of color

Created by Konsole Kingz, Kandi Koated Spades proves successful for singer/songwriter Kandi Burress

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New Job Skills to Fine Tune for the New Year

Get an early start on career strategy for 2012

These are top job skills that should be evaluated and improved for career success in…

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How to Maximize Crowdfunding and Raise Money for Your Business

Innovative ways for entrepreneurs to get funding

Smart ways to raise money for your business with crowdfunding

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Before the NBA lockout ended, SportsNetworker compiled a list of the “Top 10 Sports Business Professionals To Follow On Twitter,” highlighting individuals at major sports entities who will keep their followers abreast of the latest industry news. The list was diverse in that it included both men and women, however, none of the candidates were of color. Since the 2012 NBA season tipped off on Christmas Day, BlackEnterprise.com decided to compile a select list of Black professionals from sports media, marketing, public, and community relations that may have been overlooked. If you’re a basketball fan looking to keep your ear to the tweets, here are 10 sports business professionals of color to follow on Twitter. —Mia Hall

10 Sports Business Professionals (of Color) to Follow on Twitter

The NBA lockout is over and the season's started but here's how to stay on top of what's going on

With the 2012 NBA season underway there are specific sports business leaders you need to…

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Women of Power Legacy Award Winners…of the Past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy Award winners of the past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy…

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When The N-Word Comes Home to Roost

A Dutch fashion mag's racist slur against singer Rihanna shows that racism is still one of America's biggest exports

The worst thing about Dutch fashion mag Jackie’s racist slur against Rihanna? Basic, good journalism…

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3 Ways to Achieve Your Financial New Year’s Resolution In Just 30 Days

2012 is here. Is your money right? Use these tips to help you get on-track

Money coach Lynnnette Khalfani-Cox gives you three key tips to help you reach your financial…

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They’re easy to gift-wrap. They’re never the wrong size. They fit every budget, both large and small. And you can shop for them without ever leaving the house and ship them almost anywhere in the world. Books are the perfect holiday gift. All you have to do is pick the right book for the right person. Here are some great titles for your last-minute holiday shopping, along with hints as to which individual in your life might appreciate seeing them under their tree on Christmas morning. —Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.

12 Books That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

A holiday gift guide for the book-lover in your life

Last-minute holiday shoppers can always win points with a great read from this holiday gift…

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WATCH: The Perfect Last-minute Holiday Gifts!

Darn! Did you forget to pick up a little something for someone on your holiday…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Maurice Womack, OurBuckeyeHub

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe of Ohio State University fans. Beyond that? All of college fandom is in his sights.

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Entrepreneur of the Week Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe…

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Preview Our World: Gospel Stars Mary Mary

Also: the state of independent film and Black filmmakers

Host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with Mary Mary, then discusses the state of Black…

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A White rapper had the hottest Super Bowl commercial, a Black tech startup accelerator changes the Web tech startup space and a homeless man gets his dream job because a YouTube video went viral. The year 2011 was epic in terms of showing how much impact technology has on our culture and has changed the way we communicate, launch businesses, and become informed about current events. As the final days on this year count down, I decided to take a look back on some of the great (and not-so-great) moments in technology for 2011. —Hajj Flemings

2011: The Year in Review Through Technology

A look back at technology's impact on the year that was

From the man with the golden voice to Occupy Wall Street, the 2011 year in…

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President Obama has established the $13 million i6 Challenge competition and put up $33 million in grants for the Jobs & Innovation Accelerator Challenge program. Teams taking part in the i6 challenge can win up to $7 million for ideas that can be developed into scalable “green” product and service offerings, creating more jobs and boosting our nation’s competitiveness.  Urban and rural entrepreneurs can team up in “clusters” to win grant dollars through the Accelerator challenge for business ideas that will create jobs. (Source: U.S. Economic Development Administration)

In the News: Fewest Layoffs Since 2008; Congressman Calls Michelle Obama’s Posterior ‘Large’ and More

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How I Did It: Delicious Passion Turns Into Successful International Career

Kimberly Van Kline used love of cooking to build lucrative business

Kimberly Van Kline carried on her grandmother’s family legacy of great cooking into the homes…

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Headsets are high up on the list of must-have tech gadgets to gift this holiday season. While some prefer their earphones bedazzled with gems or coated in their favorite color, others like them simple and in-ear or—the exact opposite—over-ear and as large as ever. BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered, suggesting some of today’s latest headphones for the tech geek (or novice) in your life.--Janel Martinez

Holiday Gift Guide: 4 Headphones That’ll Keep You in Tune

Take a peek at these must-have headphone picks

Whether you’re looking for simple or high-tech, in-ear or over-ear earphones, BlackEnterprise.com has got you…

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Meet the Men Behind Singersroom.com

Finding hip-hop music online is easy. There are literally hundreds of blogs and sites dedicated…

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to improve your finances in some way, join the club.

According to a survey from TD Ameritrade, 73% of Americans will make at least one money-related New Year’s resolution. Regardless of your current economic circumstances, here are 12 crucial and doable financial goals worth putting on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 – along with some tips and resources to ensure your financial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Askthemoneycoach.com

12 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in order for 2012!

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in…

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Is a Woman Less of a Woman If She Decides Never to Have Kids?

Sportscaster Pam Oliver inspires a new book and asks the hard question many professional women face: Am I a failure if I don't have children?

Sonja Lewis’s new novel ‘The Barrenness’ inspired by sportscaster Pam Oliver who says who says…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: B&B Entrepreneur Monique Greenwood

Also: National President of Girl Scouts USA Connie Lindsey, when to buy an extended warranty and the growing craft-beer trend

Monique Greenwood, part of the husband-and-wife team behind the Akwaaba chain of bed & breakfast…

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Strong historical cash flows.

A banker will first look at your income statement and bottom line, add back a few things that are fairly essential to the cash flow analysis, such as depreciation, which is a non-cash expense.  They’ll use the business’ interest expense to come up with just a rudimentary cash flow number. “That’s important because bankers just want to have an idea of your capacity to repay their loan,” says Dillon. “So, the basic equation in a bankers mind is, ‘this is how much it’s going to cost for them to repay my loan.’”

In the News: BofA Settles Claims for $335 Million; Actor Graham Brown Dies and More

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All I Want For Christmas is… Balance in My Life

The holidays bring out the best and worse in people but there is a middleground

Christmas is a time for family & friends but it can be a stressful period…

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5 Leadership Lessons to Move Your Business Forward

Learn how to effectively manage your business from a top ranking general in the US Marine Corp

Management, organizational and leadership advice from a Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin, Deputy Chairman of…

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Saudi Prince Buys $300 Million Stake in Twitter

Twitter is here to stay and the value of micro-blogging site can only increase– at…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 8, Getting to the Destination of Success

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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‘Stick Fly’ Playwright Lydia Diamond On Race And Class

The noted playwright explores what it's like to be rich, Black, and in love in her latest work

The talented playwright reveals secrets on Martha’s Vineyard with her play Stick Fly, which is…

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How to Land a Job Overseas

Options limitless for career opportunities abroad

Explore opportunities to pursue your career overseas to find international job success.

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Reflect on the failures.

What didn't go so well this year? Why didn’t it go well? Identify the core problem (your lack of time, lack of passion or lack of resources) and try to either solve it or let it go. No need to make the same mistakes next year.

7 Ways to Align Your Brand with Your Vision for 2012

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for 2012!

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for…

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UBR Spotlight: Quick-Service Food Franchise Mogul Ulysses Bridgeman

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Quick-service food franchise mogul Ulysses Bridgeman Jr., founder…

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Carmelita Jeter Talks About the 2012 Olympics and the Business of Track & Field

Next summer the world’s attention will be focused on London for 2012 Olympic Games and…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 7, Following Your Life’s Road Map in the Right Direction

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Keep on Giving

Perfect picks to incorporate charity with your purchases

The holidays don’t have to be all about receiving. You can give gifts that keep…

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WATCH: Beverly Johnson Talks About Building a Lifestyle Brand for Women of Color

'Modelpreneur' Beverly Johnson talks about building her lifestyle brand and the importance of ownership

‘Modelpreneur’ Beverly Johnson talks to ‘Celebrity Hustle’ host Shannon Lanier about building her lifestyle brand…

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Frustrated Painter Leaves Corporate America to Pursue Art Full-time

James Shields traded in his stuffy desk job for a more fulfilling career as an artist

With his Hip-Hop Coloring Book, James Shields not only followed his dreams but educates kids…

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How to Match Your Personality with Perfect Career

Tips on finding what fits for ultimate professional success

Find out your perfect match toward the career of your dreams

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In the News: Beyonce’s Parents Officially Call It Quits; Ralph MacDonald Dies and More

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Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Blazes a New Trail and Re-Imagines ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright took on the challenge of adapting a folk classic for a contemporary black audience

Suzan-Lori Parks boldly takes on George and Ira Gershwins classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.’

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Woman of Power: Amsale Aberra, Designing a Legacy

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy award and building her business

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 6, Finding Inspiration from Your Predecessors

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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No matter how cheap or expensive the shoe, without proper care they will break down quickly, devaluing your investment. A good pair of shoes can make your outfit and day if you have to be on your feet all day, so the last thing any well-dressed man needs is to have his perfect pair get worn down before its time. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we give you five essential tips to extend the life of all your shoes. You’re welcome. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Shoes

A good pair of shoes only stay that way when you take care of them

Proper shoe care is essential for any well-dressed man. Here are five steps to ensuring…

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In the News: Former NBA Security Director Sues the League; Heart & Soul Plans to Re-emerge and More

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Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Health-Conscious Tech Gifts

Don’t know what to purchase the health buff in your life? Check out these tech treats

These eight healthy gift picks will have folks talking about your gift well into the…

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Ms. Robbie’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ Restaurant Hits the Spot on Oprah Winfrey Network

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records with her OWN reality show

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records…

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Daymond John Moderates Early Stage East’s Gathering of Startups & Investors

Venture funding conferences lets entrepreneurs and investors partner up for a day

Start-ups pitch ABC’s Shark Tank co-star Daymond John and other influential investors at Early Stage…

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Rapper Styles P’s Juice Bar Promotes Healthy Living in Black Community

From hip-hop to health guru, enterprising entertainer shines light on the juicing path to wellness

LOX member Styles P expresses his passion for healthy living with Juices for Life, his…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 5, Finding Your Lane to Position Yourself

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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Study: Showing Too Much Skin Can Hinder Job-Seeking Success

Baring all can trigger doubts about decision-making abilities

Recent research examines the correlation between inappropriate attire and job-seeking success.

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Obama Ends Iraq War But Battle Still Rages At Home

Commander-In-Chief gets hit with political bombs from GOP over decision while he fights for opportunities for vets

President Obama ended the Iraq War but the troubled economy and unemployment rate leaves veterans…

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If I Were A Rich, Privileged White Kid

What would I do? I have no idea. Which is exactly what Forbes should have concluded before proffering advice to poor black kids.

A former poor black kid responds to Forbes’ Contributor Gene Marks ill-considered advice.

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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U.S. War in Iraq Officially Over

The quiet flag ceremony marked the end of a nearly nine year war

Nearly nine years after President George W. Bush launched an invasion to overthrow former Iraqi…

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8 Days to Action: DAY 4, Investing in a Valuable Motivator — Our Peers

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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While most people are shutting down for the holiday season, this is not the time to rest on your laurels. This potential break should be used as a time for entrepreneurs to strategize on how to succeed in the New Year. This is the perfect opportunity to plan ahead and create a competitive advantage. To get things on track here are five tech tips that all entrepreneurs should be thinking about in 2012. —Hajj Flemings

5 Tech Tips for Entrepreneurs Heading in to 2012

What every business owner need to know to be prepared for success in the New year

As we head into 2012, now is the time for entrepreneurs to upgrade their business…

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How to Handle Holiday Tipping During Tough Times

The current economic situation hasn't changed Americans' tipping habits. See what you can do to show your gratitude without breaking the bank

Etiquette experts at The Emily Post Institute, Inc. provide pointers on holiday tipping during an…

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Tackling Today’s Job Market: How to Adjust Your Job-Seeking Strategy Today

If you're not finding career success, change your game plan

If your current job-seeking approach is leading to dead ends, here’s how to make a…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: How to Recover From Home Foreclosure

Also: Sea World President Terry Prather; Entrepreneurs of the Week Rodney Hughes and Tony McGee

Author Valerie Coleman Morris provides solutions for those recovering from home foreclosure

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In the News: ‘The Help’ Leads SAG Award Noms; Romney Using KKK Slogan and More

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Why 2011 Was All about the Protestor

'Time' magazine chooses "the protestor" as their Person of the Year. Good choice?

‘Time’ magazine chooses “the protestor” as their Person of the Year. Good choice?

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

Congress to Help Business Owners Raise Capital with Crowdfunding

New bill lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their ventures. Here’s how.

The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their…

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Actor Coby Bell Puts Family Before Fame

With two sets of twins and a pair of hit shows, the television star is on double duty

BET’s The Game star Coby Bell gives insight into addition of singer Brandy for the…

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BE KNOWLEDGEABLE:  There’s nothing worse than being unprepared. While some may view the world of fashion and styling as frivolous endeavors, Hylton advises anyone coming into this business understand that there’s more to it than pretty clothes and accessories. To succeed one must understand fabrics, seasonal trends and who the major players are. “Educate yourself on the profession,” she says. “Be knowledgeable.”

8 Days to Action: DAY 3, Using Problems as Fuel for Success

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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African-Americans are starting new businesses in record numbers. If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan---as well as an operational one. Follow these seven economic dos and don'ts to help ensure your entrepreneurial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Starting a Business in 2012? Follow These 7 Financial Guidelines For Entrepreneurial Success

If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan…

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10 Relaxation Tips for the Workaholic

Achieve balance by maintaining a healthy life outside the office

Learn to leave work at your job so you can have balance and a healthy…

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UBR Spotlight: Search Is On For America’s Best Small Businesses

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

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

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In the News: Child Homelessness Up 38% Since 2007; ‘BET Honors’ Award Recipients Announced and More

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How a Business Coach Can Help Your Company Grow

Entrepreneur gains an education through a non-profit program

Pay it forward: CEO Link Howard with one of his interns
Two years ago, Link Howard,…

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The Problem with ‘Poor Black Kids’ (According to ‘Forbes’)

Forbes columnist Gene Marks tells what he would do to succeed if he were a poor black kid. Except, he's white

Forbes columnist Gene Marks tells what he would do to succeed if he were a…

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When chef and proprietor Carl Redding decided to establish the Harlem restaurant named after his grandmother, Amy Ruth’s in 1999 he didn’t foresee it becoming a multimillion-dollar company that he would one day no longer lead. Yet, that is exactly what happened when he was forced to sell the restaurant four years ago due to financial mismanagement, which led to tax debt. After relinquishing power Redding made two more efforts in the culinary business with Ruthie Mae’s in Englewood, NJ, which lasted only seven months, and Doc’s, a take-out soul food spot in Harlem that was also short-lived. These disappointments may have convinced any other entrepreneur to quit but it only made Redding’s resolve to succeed stronger. Finally, he has managed to do just that with Redding’s, a popular soul food attraction in Atlantic City, NJ that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Mr. Redding’s latest achievement wasn’t easy and now he shares with BlackEnterprise.com his most significant tips for any businessperson intent upon making a comeback. —Souleo

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding advises on how to bounce back after a business failure

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding may have lost his multimillion dollar restaurant Amy Ruth’s but he’s…

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Need a thoughtful gift for the hostess (or host) of an upcoming holiday party? See our list of seven gifts that allow you to show a personal touch, without getting too personal.---Elayne Fluker

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Gifts for Home Sweet Home

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

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8 Days to Action: DAY 2, Invest in Resources That Massage Your Passion

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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Jason Geter, the Brains Behind T.I.’s Brand Hustle

T.I.’s business partner and manager explains how he brings order to the King's court while carving out his own career path

In addition to being T.I.’s business partner and manager, Jason Geter keeps his plate full…

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Do’s and Don’ts for the Pregnant Job Seeker

Tips for pursuing career opportunities while expecting a child

Being pregnant shouldn’t deter you from pursuing your career goals. Here are tips on how…

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Ask the Money Coach: Should You Walk Away from Mortgage Debt You Can’t Afford?

Carefully consider the potential pros and cons from walking away from your mortgage

How to carefully consider the potential pros and cons of walking away from your mortgage

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In the News: Obama Calls Final End to Iraq War; Celebs Protest Lowe’s Ad Pullout and More

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Tamala Jones Advocates Adoption & Helping Kids in Need

The star of ABC's Castle shares her passion for helping children in need

Actress Tamala Jones speaks on her work within the foster care system and what it…

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8 Days of Action: Finding Your Purpose and Getting Your Dream Job

How to tap into self-fulfillment and use your gift for profit

Here are eight days of finding your purpose and tapping into the right career path…

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With the holiday season in full swing, practically everyone is getting swept up in the discount sales and shopping frenzy that comes along with that. One surefire way to make your experience as smooth as possible is by having a succinct list. Suit Your Life has you covered with a few gift ideas for the man in your life, from your dad to your son and all the other gift-worthy men in between.  —Gardy V. Guerrier

Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gift Ideas for Him

Gift ideas for the special man in your life who knows his fashion

From unique cuff links to personalized items, this is your official holiday gift guide for…

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Ask the Money Coach: How to Improve Your Finances in 2012

What money questions you should ask yourself as you head into 2012

The Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what money questions you need to ask as…

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Do With (or Tell) Your Boss

In many work environments, the line between you and your boss can seem a little…

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In the News: Herman Cain May Sue Accusers; Eddie Murphy Rumored to Play DC Mayor Marion Barry in Biopic and More

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Win!!! NeatDesk, Office Desk Organizer

Valued at $400, the NeatDesk desk organizer is yours for the taking

The NeatDesk allows clutter bugs to organize their paperwork with a simple scan than organizes…

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4 Tips For Transitioning From Full-Time Worker to Consultant

Before taking the leap into self-employment, know the risks and rewards

Career coach Aisha Taylor gives four tips on how to transition from a full-time job…

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Ludacris Cooks up Success with Straits Atlanta Restaurant

The entertainer/entrepreneur gets into the franchise business with restaurant venture

Currently appearing in New Year’s Eve, Ludacris talks shop about his popular Atlanta restaurant and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Tavis Smiley and the University of Maryland Announce $75,000 Social Innovation Challenge

Preview Our World: Media Personality Tavis Smiley

Also: Roundtable on gender justice; Slice of Life with STEM educator Leshell Hatley of Uplift Inc.

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

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Obama’s Occupy GOP Campaign

The president combines populist politics with historic maneuvers to defeat his foes

President Obama’s engaged in fierce combat to advance his economic agenda while positioning himself for…

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All [a Tech Guy] Wants For Christmas is…

Tech expert Hajj Flemings lets you scan his Christmas wish list for inspiration

What do you get the techie who has everything for the holidays? Here are some…

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WATCH: Boxer Teresa Scott Promotes Fitness & Self-Confidence in Women

After shedding 60 lbs, entrepreneur inspires women to find their self-confidence through boxing

Founded by Teresa Scott, Women’s World of Boxing provides women with a comfortable introduction to…

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The 2014 NAVY OPPORTUNITY FORUM® Matches Navy Needs and Small Business Solutions

In the News: Honoring Pearl Harbor Hero ‘Dorie’ Miller; Mumia Abu-Jamal Spared and More

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Birthday Cards Can Hold More Weight than Business Cards

Even in the Facebook age people appreciate the sentiment of a hand written card

Sending a birthday card may seem obsolete but people remember genuine gestures longer than Facebook…

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Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

The entertainer's 10-year-old reinforces the idea that education can be fun with Karma's World

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into business with his 10-year-old daughter Karma with Karma’s World an…

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The Business of Broadway

Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway

This current season may be historic because three African American female playwrights—out of six shows…

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UBR Spotlight: Transitioning From Executive to Entrepreneur

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Success stories of two business leaders who transitioned…

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In the News: NYPD Facebook Group Offends; Russell Simmons’ PETA Stamp and More

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While small business loans slid 4.1% from 2009 to 2010, there was still some $310 million extended in 2010. So while credit may be tight, capital is out there. But what do banks look for these days before extending a loan? “I think a lot of people seem to have the impression that banking is rocket science,” says Douglas Dillon, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $382 million in assets). “I’m not of that impression.” He says banks look at the following five criteria before extending a business loan. —Alan Hughes

5 Tips on How to Secure a Small Business Loan

If you want the bank to say yes to a loan, know these five things they look for

Getting a small business loan can make or break a budding business. Here are five…

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The End of the NBA Lockout Excites Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs whose yearly profits are tied to the NBA season let out a sigh of relief

The NBA lockout didn’t just upset fans but the financial power of entrepreneurs who make…

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Michelle Obama's style influence has been undeniable, with women around the world taking notice. Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor is one of those women, inspired by the First Lady's eloquence and contemporary fashion flair to write Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books; $26.99). Here are five winter apparel essentials for every working woman's closet, so you can channel the First Lady's style savvy and make it your own. ---Janell Hazelwood

Commander-in-Chic: Mikki Taylor’s 5 Winter Apparel Essentials for the Office

'Bankable' winter style picks inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama

Beauty expert Mikki Taylor gives five winter fashion staples for the office inspired by the…

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The holiday season is in full swing and no matter if you have a short or long list gift ideas are always a plus—especially when it comes to that special someone who’s into cars. Whether you can tell a carburetor from a car gasket or not, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a few automotive gift items for that car enthusiast in your life. From cutting edge gadgets and accessories to apparel choices, we’ve got 15 products that’ll rev up your holiday shopping list. —Branden J. Peters

Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gifts for the Car Enthusiast in Your Life

Some of the most cutting edge gadgets and apparel choices for your automotive needs

No holiday gift guide would be complete without taking care of the car enthusiasts in…

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Working Your Style: Perfect Plus-Size Fashion for the Office Holiday Party

Secrets to great fashions for full-figured women

Working Your Style host Daisy Lewellyn gives curvy women fab fashion options for the office…

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WIN! Free Copy of Modelland by Tyra Banks

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of 'Modelland!'

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of ‘Modelland!’

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Before I Was Famous: Singer Sean Garrett Worked as a Mortgage Broker

The hitmaker recounts his unique path to success and the lessons he learned along the way

Singer/songwriter Sean Garrett has crafted No. 1 singles for a bevy of artists, but on…

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LISTEN: Kandi Burruss Talks Adult Toy Expansion, New Talent Show

Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to make her brand a bankable one

Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss, talks developing her adult toy line, expanding into…

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

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Over the years, in business, politics, entertainment and more, there have been sex scandals---those that come and go and those that take down the person or entity they're filed against. Whether true are not, all are painful to watch, and, one would imagine, painful to endure---especially for the women who choose to "stand by their man" through it all. In light of the recent sex scandals that have rocked the worlds of politicians like Herman Cain (pictured, left, with supporters along the campaign trail) and pastors like Bishop Eddie Long, we rounded up a few of the wives who made the decision through uncomfortable press conferences, embarrassing court cases and shocking announcements to stay and be...The Good Wife.---Elayne Fluker

The Good Wife: 9 Women Who Stood By Their Husbands During Scandals

From politicians to pastors, sex scandals and others have shattered the worlds of many, including the women who stand by their man

Throughout the sex scandal, Herman Cain’s wife Gloria Cain stood by her husband. Here, 8…

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In the News: Jobless Rate Lowest in Over Two Years; Eddie Long’s Wife Withdraws Divorce Petition and More

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5 Job Interview Deal Breakers to Avoid

Stay away from these gaffes when seeking a career opportunity

Here are five things job seekers do that ensure they won’t be getting a callback.

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Actress Tamala Jones Recounts Her Aneurysm Scare

A near-death experience inspired the skilled performer to be an advocate for healthy living

At the age of 23, actress Tamala Jones suffered a near-fatal incident that changed her…

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Nicki Minaj Becomes a True Barbie

The rapper/actress proves that she is clearly not playing when it comes to establishig herself as a major brand

Mattell announces Nicki Minaj Barbie doll as the rapper/actress proves that she is clearly determined…

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10 Black News Pundits at Top of Their Game

Journalists, educators, and activists who ensure black voice is heard

Roland Martin, Donna Brazile, Toure, Melissa Harris Perry and Rev. Al Sharpton among top black…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Pop/R&B superstar Ne-Yo

Preview Our World: Catching Up With Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo

Also, a discussion about the alarming rise in bullying among high school students.

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

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5 Lessons You Can Learn From Herman Cain’s Imploding Campaign

Cain's meteoric rise and hard fall offers lessons for those seeking office--whether it's national or local

Numerous Herman Cain scandals have put the former Republican 2012 presidential frontrunner in the doghouse…

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6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media

How to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business

Amanda Miller Littlejohn, social media and marketing coach, tells entrepreneurs how to use social media…

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Russell Simmons Defends the Rush Card, Support of Occupy Wall Street

The chairman of Rush Communications sounds off in an open letter to the 100 Percent

Hip-hop influencer Russell Simmons addresses his critics in an open letter

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Hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes adds his name to the list of signees.

WATCH: Busta Rhymes Recalls His Defining Moment

Inspired by Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the veteran entertainer takes a trip down memory lane

Recently signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, Busta Rhymes recalls cutting his trademark locs with…

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To Sue or Not To Sue? What Kim Kardashian Can Teach You About Filing a Lawsuit

What you need to know before threatening to sue

Money coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what you need to know before filing a lawsuit

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Backtalk with Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend broke into acting more than 30 years ago, but branched into writing, directing,…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Curators of the Night

Poggled co-founders master the daily deal

No strangers to nightclub ownership, business partners William Jenkins and Stephen LaMontagne Jr. were looking…

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System Upgrade

Younger people may be more instinctive about technology, but it’s not rocket science and it’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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Make a Financial Commitment to Yourself

Our mission at Black Enterprise is Wealth for Life, providing our audience with the information…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

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Sound Check

An audio engineer mixes recordings for pop music’s biggest hit makers

Making a living recording, editing, and mixing music requires a discerning ear. For Araica, her…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Taking Center Stage

In addition to being the new senior multimedia content producer and a longtime member of…

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Year-End Tax Tips for the Self-Employed

When Bernadette Clay established her sole proprietorship in 2007, tax preparation took place between Jan.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Team You Need for Your Year-End Financial Checkup

At a time when it’s about the parties and festivities, it can be hard to…

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One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

After a setback, BBraxton Exceptional Grooming revamped and reopened for business

Brenda Braxton and her then husband, Anthony Van Putten, were inspired to open an upscale…

By Renita Burns

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The Miami Market

Business, culture, and bite-sized flavors keep the city sizzling

With a richly diverse population of more than 5 million, metropolitan Miami offers great cuisine…

By Dale Coachman

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Financial Fitness Performance Review

With $2,000 to get them started, our previous winners managed to navigate a volatile market…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Education Means Business

To paraphrase an old maxim: In the 21st century, the business of America is education.…

By Robin White Goode

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5 Ways to Maximize Coupon Campaigns

Consumers are inundated these days with special offers including online codes and social coupons. For…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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With Thoughts of You

Unique gifts for the season

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The Fretlight Guitar (www.fretlight.com), which features a program that lights the position for…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab with Wi-Fi or 4G LTE has the chops for enterprise whether…

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