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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 8 Black Lottery Winners Who Hit Big

From triumph to murder, how these minority winners lives were forever changed

Here’s a snapshot of minority winners and what they did with their millions.

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WATCH: David Banner on Trayvon Martin Shooting Death

The passionate performer expresses his views on the senseless death of another young Black man

Rapper/producer David Banner shares his passionate perspective on the life and death of Trayvon Martin…

By Anslem Samuel

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Join Black Enterprise in Chicago for Supplier Diversity Business Opportunities

Be there as Black Enterprise and Walmart host event aimed at entrepreneurs who want to do business with major corporations

On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teams up with Walmart to host a forum…

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Free!! Receive a Copy of ‘Satan’s Sisters’ by Star Jones

Receive a copy of Star Jones's first novel, 'Satan's Sisters' from BlackEnterprise.com

Receive a copy of Star Jones’s first novel, ‘Satan’s Sisters’ from BlackEnterprise.com

By Sasha King

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Charlie Fyffe of Charlie’s Brownies

Charlie Fyffe’s eponymous dessert and brownie company is beginning to give off the sweet smell of success

Charlie Fyffe launched his brownie business as a student at UC Berkeley and plans to…

By Brian Dawson

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Decoding the Business of Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Adding the L.A. Dodgers to his business portfolio, the NBA Hall-of-Famer continues to secure landmark deals

Magic Johnson’s minority stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers adds on to his impressive business…

By Danielle Kwateng

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Mega Millions Jackpot: 7 Ways to Invest $640 Million

The Mega Millions jackpot is at an estimated $640 million, reportedly the largest lottery jackpot…

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Worthless Effort: 7 Ways to Know Whether a Job Posting is Legit

Take these key factors to search effectively for career opportunities

Learn how to be strategic and effective in your search for new career opportunities.

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The Black Vote: The Only Way Republicans Can Beat Obama

Often ignoring the minority vote, Republicans fail to tap into the diversity of the American people

As the 2012 presidential election heats up some believe Republicans fail to make headway because…

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1. Immediately after George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla., there was no arrest by police and no charges were filed. Also, The Miami Herald reports that police initially wanted to charge Zimmerman---and applied for a warrant---but prosecutors said there wasn't enough evidence to move forward with charges.

9 Side-Eye-Worthy Moments in the Trayvon Martin Tragedy

A snapshot of events that have raised eyebrows and outrage

As public outrage continues, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at nine key outrageous moments after the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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ESPN Sports Business Editor Analyzes Impact of Magic Johnson’s Dodgers Deal

ESPN's Keith Reed shares his perspective on Magic Johnson's historic purchase of the LA Dodgers and what it means for the sport

ESPN’s Senior Sports Business Editor Keith Reed shares his perspective on Magic Johnson’s historic purchase…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Johnson Products Goes Back to Black

The legendary Johnson Products comes full circle as the beauty brand is once again Black-owned

Eric and Renee Brown take over Johnson Products, the first African American company to be…

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In honor of Trayvon Martin, Dwyane Wade posted a picture of himself on Twitter sporting a black hoodie (Image: Dwyane Wade, Twitter)

A Closer Look at Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Footprint

The high school junior’s death sparked Twitter hashtags, Facebook statuses and YouTube tributes

Everyone from celebrities to everyday people began leveraging the power of social media to discuss…

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NBA Decoded: Have Black Athletes Killed the White All-Star?

As the NBA becomes dominated by African American and international players, White ball players are left on the bench

Dominated by African American and international players, the NBA is left with fewer White American…

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Through the years, the Girl Scouts of America has had many exemplary black women among their membership ranks who have learned courage, confidence,  leadership, and civic responsibility and taken those skills to the  achieve success at the top of their industries. From science to  entertainment to media to politics to sports, the impact is undeniable:  Jackie Joyner Kersee, Queen Latifah, Condoleezza Rice, Venus Williams,  Keke Palmer, Tatyanna Ali, Mariah Carey, Florence Griffith-Joyner,  Jacqueline Joyner-Kersee, Marian Anderson, Glenda  Hatchett ... the list goes on and on.


Check out more on the history of the organization as well as seven top business leaders who turned Girl Scouts badge earning into industry bankability. ---Janell Hazelwood

Women’s History Month: 7 Black Business Leaders Who Were Girl Scouts

These women pave the way for other young, black female leaders

From the boardroom to stage, these industry leaders have one thing in common: They all…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Soldier’s War Within

The art of war is more mental than physical and few soldiers are trained on coping with their experiences after deployment

As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end, many soliders are faced…

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7 People Every Successful Woman Should Have in Her Circle

These personalities could propel you on your path to success

These personalities should be prominent in your network to promote your career advancement.

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Inaugural TEDxHarlem Ignites Creativity in Historic Community

The one-day interactive forum, featuring presentations from Harlem innovators like Thelma Golden and Marcus Samuelsson, makes its debut in the historic neighborhood

Kicking off with inspirational words from Marcus Glover, founder and curator of TEDxHarlem, the one-day…

By Janel Martinez

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UBR Spotlight: Construction Firm CEO Marjorie Perry

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Marjorie Perry, founder of MZM…

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How Long Before We Forget About Trayvon Martin?

Being politically active against injustice should not be a trending topic but a lifetime mission

Following the death of Trayvon Martin everyone’s rallying for justice, but will the activism last…

By Anslem Samuel

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Founder of Gamer Fit Nation Talks Fitness and Gaming

Antwand Pearman, founder, president and editor in chief at Gamer Fit Nation, is infusing health into the gaming industry

Antwand Pearman, most commonly known online as “BlackBible,” talks being a black gamer, slimming down,…

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Girl Scouts of America: Leadership and Entrepreneurship Beyond Just Cookies

National president Connie Lindsey talks girl power she took straight to the boardroom

To close out Women’s History Month, BlackEnterprise.com talks with Girl Scouts national president Connie Lindsey…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Be ready for business! 

When publicity strikes, you may get a surge in foot traffic or web traffic. If you have a brick and mortar business, get ready by bringing on extra temporary staff, and ordering extra product. Get your web site ready by creating landing pages and email captures so you can keep in touch with all of your new customers even after they've come and gone. Offer a coupon for new e-mail list subscribers, then send over your newsletter and let them know what's new with your business each month.

7 Simple Ways to Get Your Business Ready for Publicity

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they're a best kept secret

Small business owners are the lifeblood of our economy, but too often they’re a best…

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If you’ve attended a conference, you most certainly have experienced an elevator pitch. Whether you’re waiting in line for a cab, at a bar, or…yes, in an elevator, someone has most likely approached you to talk about their startup or latest venture. However, pitching is an art, and not everyone has nailed it. So not surprisingly, the ballroom at the Hilton Austin was packed with aspiring entrepreneurs at the “3 Steps to a Killer Elevator Pitch” panel during South by Southwest Interactive.  

The elevator pitch is a simple concept: If you were stuck in an elevator with someone, what would you say to promote your company in the time that the elevator closes until the time you get to your floor? In theory you have around 90 seconds to make a successful pitch, but how can you create a cohesive, effective pitch in that short amount of time?   

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three simple steps in effective pitching:--Winston Ford

3 Tips for Delivering a Killer Elevator Pitch

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three…

By Winston Ford

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Former Music Industry Worker Promotes Empowerment Through Fashion

Fashion entrepreneur Kissa Thompson wants African American community to love their hair, culture and selves equally

Founded by Kissa Thompson, Buttafly Unlimited is more than a T-shirt/apparel line. It promotes positive…

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Black Enterprise Wins GLAAD Media Award

Black Enterprise magazine wins the GLAAD Award for its article examining what it means to be Black and Gay in Corporate America

Black Enterprise magazine wins the GLAAD Award for its article examining what it means to…

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7 Life-Changing Things to Do Before Your Morning Commute to Work

Make time for vital things that can alleviate stress

You may think you don’t have time, but make time before your work commute for…

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Bank of America Testing Own-to-Rental Program for Homeowners

BofA has announced plans to implement a program for homeowners at risk of foreclosure

Bank of America announced its “Mortgage to Lease” program, which will allow homeowners facing foreclosure…

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Now that McDonald’s Has a Black CEO, Will This Mean Healthier Food for the Black Community?

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald's on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance McGill asks if Mickey D's will now change how it markets to our community

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald’s on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance…

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Samsung Galaxy Note: Tiny Tablet or Supersized Smartphone?

Get the rundown on the tech company’s latest release

Tablet or smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy Note is enough of both to make it a…

By Robert S. Anthony

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In February 2011, Tyra Banks set a major goal for herself: to attend and graduate from the Harvard Business School. The former swimsuit model and entrepreneur enrolled in a management leadership program at the Ivy League institution to strengthen her business skills, and graduated this February. Born in Inglewood, CA, Banks, 38, has cultivated a catalogue of endeavors over the past 20 years that’s far beyond her runway beginnings. In fact, the Daily Mail recently ranked her among the richest supermodels in the world with a reported net worth of $90 million. Banks has taken on acting, producing, directing, publishing, and promoted ideals of a positive and healthy self-image along the way. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes Banks bankable brand. —Danielle Kwateng

Tyra Banks Decoded: From Supermodel to Mega Mogul

From supermodel to Harvard Business School graduate, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at Tyra Banks beyond the runways

Supermodel Tyra Banks is more than a pretty face, the savvy businesswoman and Harvard Business…

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Farrah Gray (@RealFarrahGray)  	The entrepreneurial spirit burns bright in Farrah Gray. Since the age of 6, the CEO of Farrah Gray Publishing has been a salesman and by the age of 16, he launched close to a dozen small businesses and social enterprises. This entrepreneur has received many awards and accolades for his noteworthy accomplishments, including the Young Entrepreneur Trumpet Award, an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters from Allen University, The National Urban League Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship Award and The Urban Business Roundtable's Top 40 Game Changers of Chicago.

Free!! Books of the Week – Get Real, Get Rich

Having a hard time controlling your personal expenses, or could you be looking toward future…

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24 Catholic High Schools Work to Educate Marginalized, Low-Income Students

Cristo Rey Network serves students who have been failed by the education system

Network of 24 high schools across the country that prepare underserved students for college

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WATCH: Black Enterprise Reports from the #MillionHoodieMarch for Trayvon Martin

Hundreds descend on New York's Union Square to rally around the parents of Trayvon Martin and demand justice for his murder

Hundreds descend on New York’s Union Square to rally around the parents of Trayvon Martin…

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Cornel West Supports Millennial-Focused Blog

Millennials team up to create FWDnation.com, a youth-oriented online community

The historic election of President Obama in 2008 brought political activism among young adults to…

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

#BlacksInTech: Faces of SXSW

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don Thompson Named CEO of McDonald’s

Donald Thompson has been named CEO of McDonald’s Corp., taking the helm of the world’s largest fast food restaurant chain

Donald Thompson has been named CEO of McDonald’s Corp., taking the helm of the world’s…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Jalen Rose Dedicates Himself to Educating Detroit’s Children

The former NBA player partners with Jeep to provide a safe haven for Detroit's next generation

Through a partnership with Jeep, former NBA player Jalen Rose gives back to the children…

By Darralynn Hutson

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What Kind of Man Could Trayvon Martin Have Been?

Yet another young life halted from reaching its full potential due to gun violence and racism

When George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin he not only snuffed out the 17-year-old’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

5 Facebook Timeline Tips for Brands

Don’t get left behind! See how brands can shine with the platform’s latest feature

Instead of getting caught up in the last-minute rush, see how your brand can take…

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Free!!! Only the Crazy and Fearless Win BIG!

Get a chance to win free copy of self-made millionaire Arthur Wylie’s book that unlocks…

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Sometimes it's best to shake things up to get the results you want. Complacency can fall by the wayside when playing it safe reaps lukewarm results and you're not maximizing on the highest level of success you can achieve.


Arthur Wylie, a self-made millionaire by age 26 decided to tap into a "crazy and fearless" way of thinking to reach his career and life goals, and shares examples of others who did so --- as well as his secrets to success--- in his latest book, Only the Crazy and Fearless Win BIG! The Surprising Secrets to Success in Business and in Life (BenBella Books; $24.95). Take a cue and learn the six steps you can take to capture your own ultimate success. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Crazy and Fearless Steps to Career Wins and Wealth

Tap into the millionaire approach to reaching ultimate success

Self-made millionaire, entrepreneur and author Arthur Wylie shares his strategy for finding ultimate life and…

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Apple Gives Cash Back to Shareholders

The tech conglomerate’s success has prompted a $10 billion stock buyback and a dividend for shareholders

Apple announced it will begin giving shareholders a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share in…

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UBR Spotlight: Marketing Maven Teneshia Jackson Warner

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder of…

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White People, You Will Never Be Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin

GlobalGrind.com's Editor-in-Chief shares his views on the Trayvon Martin shooting from the perspective of a White man of privilege

GlobalGrind.com’s Editor-in-Chief shares his views on the Trayvon Martin shooting from the perspective of a…

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Win Big: How Being ‘Crazy and Fearless’ Can Lead to Millions

Young, self-made millionaire shares keys to career and life success

Founder and CEO of an empire, Arthur Wylie made his first million at age 26.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn Explain ‘Life, Love, Soul’

Stars of the indie film share their personal connection to script and advice for expectant mothers on the job

Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn dish on Life, Love, Soul, an indie film on…

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UPDATE: Trayvon Martin’s Family Seeks Justice

The family of the 17-year-old high school junior is calling on the FBI to investigate

News of the killing of an unarmed 17-year-old Florida high school student has garnered national…

By Sade K. Muhammad

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Is PayPal Digital Wallet the Future of Money?

The online payment service moves beyond accepting payments via mobile devices

With the announcement of the PayPal Digital Wallet during SXSW Interactive, the tech world is…

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Opinion: Americans, Afghanistans & Random Acts of Violence

One rogue soldier killing civilians in Afghanistan should evoke more reasons for peace than more violence

The senseless killing spree by a US soldier in Afghanistan sparks a conversation on the…

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WATCH: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Talks Branding and Longevity in Fashion

The star of the new VH1 reality show "Styled by June" on being a good leader, career longevity, and the importance of branding

The star of the new VH1 reality show “Styled by June” on being a good…

By Janel Martinez

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Free!!! Books of the Week – Small Business Guides

Do you own business? Or are you someone who would like to budget their money…

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Career Tip of the Day: Schedule Informational Interviews to Get a Leg Up

Don't wait on callbacks. Get ahead of the game to find your next opportunity

Informational interviews allow you to get ahead of the game by putting you on the…

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How Entrepreneurship Can Fix Young America

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads through entrepreneurship

Young Entrepreneur Council founder Scott Gerber fights to combat unemployment and empower young college grads…

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Apple Inc. Decoded: iPads, iPhones, iPods, MacBooks… Oh, My!

With the release of the New iPad, Black Enterprise breaks down the consumer electronic juggernaut’s biggest product launches

As one of the most successful brands ever, Apple Inc has revolutionized our world with…

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Former Rutgers Student Found Guilty On Hate Crime Charges, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison

Ex-Rutgers student Dharun Ravi was found guilty by a New Jersey jury on Friday

Dharun Ravi, a former Rutgers University student, was convicted Friday on all 15 counts, including…

By Janel Martinez

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How to Get Put On in the Music Industry — And Avoid the Trash Bin

Entrepreneur and reality star Yandy Smith talks do's and don'ts of brand marketing

Music entrepreneur and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith gives tips on how to…

By Yandy Smith

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WATCH: Epic Records’ Astro on Life After X-Factor & Being Black History in the Making

The teen phenom explains his rise in fame and plans for the future

X-Factor’s Astro speaks on his relationship with L.A. Reid, debut album on Epic Records, appreciation…

By Anslem Samuel

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Douglas Wiggins, Body Quest Ice Cream

Douglas Wiggins’s Body Quest Ice Cream doesn’t just taste great — it’s also (seriously!) pretty good for you, too

With Body Quest Ice Cream Douglas Wiggins serves up a healthy alternative to everyone’s favorite…

By Brian Dawson

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7 Side Jobs You Can Do From Home

A second stream of income is always a good idea

Get the extra cash and the convenience of being home based with these suggestions.

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Four small businesses earned $125,000 in business grants by winning the 12th Annual MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series (MUES) Business Plan Competition. The businesses were honored at a winners reception at MillerCoors headquarters in Chicago on March 9, featuring a keynote address from FUBU Founder and ABC-TV business reality show Shark Tank star Daymond John.

Urban Entrepreneurs Win $125,000 In Business Grants

MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series winners honored with a keynote address from FUBU Founder and Shark Tank Star Daymond John

Four small business owners earned $125,000 in business grants by winning the latest MillerCoors Urban…

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Establish a Google Plus Account

The online world is buzzing with new social networks updating almost every day and new ones being created just as fast. With that said, every entrepreneur should seriously consider Google Plus. It’s not just a source to create another social network profile but a great tool to engage your end customers with business-ready tools like, Google Hangout and Google Circles, among other things. Also, brand your Google Plus account by securing a customized URL at gplus.to (i.e. gplus.to/hajjflemings is my handle.)  Note:  This is just a branding tool that you can use to communicate your Google Plus URL in a neat fashion. In the future Google will enable customized URLs for Google Plus accounts.

SXSW 2012: Is Google+ Right for Your Business?

As one of the latest platforms to hit the social media scene, Google+ has the potential to take brands to the next level, but brands much choose if it’s a right fit for them

But with so many options to engage customers and fans, the question remains, is Google+…

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SXSW 2012: 4 Tips on Giving in the 21st Century

Social media makes philanthropy safe and easy

Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy’s 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival panel, “21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s…

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Chinese Company Infringes On Michael Jordan’s Brand

The NBA legend and entrepreneur looks to protect his name by any means necessary—internationally

Michael Jordan responds to Chinese apparel company Qiodan Sports Company Limited infringing upon his brand…

By Mia N. Hall

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Careers in Demand: Event Planning Among Top Cool Jobs to Pursue

A love of planning and creating memories can be professionally rewarding

A variety of options are available in an industry that can average $76,000 in yearly…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

SXSW 2012: The Power of ‘Black Twitter’

Kimberly Ellis, commonly known as Dr. Goddess, explains why black people are more than mainstream’s view of “Black Twitter”

In her SXSW panel discussion, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter,” Kimberly C. Ellis set…

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Santa Monica College Proposes Controversial Tiered Tuition Fees

In an effort to combat classroom overcrowding, one college considers having students pay a premium for extra classes

Santa Monica College has cased some controversy with a proposed tiered tuition which would provide…

By Anslem Samuel

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The force is definitely with George Lucas. In the almost 50 years since he studied film at the University of Southern California and trekked to the coffeehouse-lined streets of San Francisco as a young film novice to watch short art house movies, Lucas has managed to amass a $3.2 billion empire. With a plethora of major motion picture directing credits to his name, and a diverse resume—which includes everything from writing and producing some of the most successful sci-fi films of all time to serving as the chairman and CEO of his own production company—the jack-of-all-trades has more than cemented his place in Hollywood history. On the heels of his latest labor of love, Red Tails and the recent 3D theatrical re-release of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the box office titan’s illustrious film career, philanthropic efforts and examines why the mastermind behind the first big budget all-Black action movie is no accidental billionaire. —Shydel James

George Lucas Decoded: Four Decades of Hollywood Domination

A breakdown of the movie mastermind and his $3-plus billion fortune

Responsible for the epic Star Wars film franchise, George Lucas has built a billion-dollar brand…

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Regina Brooks

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, in time for Women’s History Month, UBR contributor…

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SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

Panelists discuss the increasing role of women in technology across the continent

Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, Monday’s panel “Africa, Tech & Women: The New…

By Winston Ford

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Small Business, Big Challenges: 3 Ways to Face Them Head On

When business challenges arise it's not about the problem, it's about the entrepreneur's response

When business challenges arise it’s not about the problem, it’s about the entrepreneur’s response. Entrepreneur…

By Felicia Joy

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Graphic Artists Earns High Score in Gaming Industry with New App

Cartoonist Andre Augustin launches his startup, Notion Games, and finds success with mobile game debut

A talented artist Andrew Augustin launches his video game startup Notion Games with the release…

By Tamika Moultrie

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Illustrator/graphic artist Andrew Augustin, turned his natural talents into a business with his startup video game company, Notion Games. As the company's  owner, founder, and lead designer he's responsible for the release of their debut mobile game, Up Up Ubi, which is available now in the iTunes app store. Here are a few of Augustin's creative images then click here to read BlackEnterprise.com's recent interview with the video game guru.

A Preview of Notion Games’ Lineup of Mobile Apps

The startup gaming up reveals images of upcoming characters

Founded by Andrew Augustin, Notion Games is making a mark on the mobile game market…

By Anslem Samuel

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SXSW 2012: New Financial Tools Set to Create a Cashless Society

Financial transactions from mobile devices are becoming more and more popular, and the increase in cashless operations is opening doors for startups

As the world moves to digital platforms, the way we interact with our finances is…

By Winston Ford

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SXSW 2012: Hajj Flemings Officially Launches Tech Startup Gokit

A year after conceiving Gokit at South by Southwest, the founder officially launched his startup in front of a who’s who crowd of black digerati

Tech entrepreneurs and friends gathered at Copa Bar and Grill to mark the launch of…

By Winston Ford

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Texas-born rapper Paul Wall and wife Crystal Wall talk health and wellness in urban communities at 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Feel Rich Discusses Health and Wellness in the Hip-Hop Community

At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, Quincy Jones III and his Feel Rich team talk about the health-conscious enterprise and promoting healthy living in urban communities

Producer and digital mogul Quincy Jones III has found a way to combine healthy living…

By Winston Ford

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Global Jobs: Dance Enthusiast Matches Passion with Profit in Panama

Professional uses marketable skill to carve international niche

Native New Yorker Alex Hardy was able to tap into his heritage as well as…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a successful and worthwhile mentorship experience  (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: 13 Things Superwomen Need to Know About Mentorship

Female power players in tech provide tips for mentorship and career success at SXSW Interactive

Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Be Black author Baratunde Thurston delivers the keynote address at SXSW (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: Baratunde Thurston Delivers Keynote On Power of Satire

The 'How To Be Black' author's 2012 SXSW keynote address delivers jokes in defiance

Baratunde Thurston gave keynote address entitled “How to Read the World” at the 2012 South…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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SXSW 2012: What Brands Can Learn From Rappers

Advertising and marketing execs at 2012 South by Southwest Interactive were all ears at the “Y Rappers Are Better Marketers Than U” panel held on Saturday

The “Y Rappers Are Better Than You” panel held Saturday morning was packed with advertising…

By Winston Ford

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SXSW 2012: Blacks In Technology Award Top 10 Tech Leaders at Meetup

The coalition recognizes game changers in the technology space

The Blacks in Technology meetup, a networking event for African Americans at SXSW Interactive, has…

By Winston Ford

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SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

By Winston Ford

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BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2011:

CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley. This documentary chronicles the journey of eight entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley in an industry where less than 1% of venture capital (VC) backed startups have African-American founders.

SXSW 2012: Revisiting CNN’s ‘Black in America: The Promised Land – Silicon Valley’

Participants from Summer 2011 class of NewMe describe their experience and provide updates on their progress

CNN’s Black in America / Silicon Valley: Aftermath was one of SXSW’s most anticipated panels…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley discusses brand awareness and digital content monetization at her panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” at SXSW 2012 (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

By Winston Ford

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Svante MyrickSvante Myrick is the youngest mayor of Ithaca, NY---a predominantly white community---at the tender age of 24. He is likened to Obama thanks to his bi-racial lineage, upbringing with his single mom and political success. With his vigor and commitment, Myrick will be a politician to look out for in years to come.

Black Political Game Changers of 2012

Black Enterprise lists political game changers as movie Game Change makes its debut on HBO

Black Enterprise lists political game changers as movie Game Change makes its debut on HBO

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Whitney Houston Leaves Everything to Bobbi Kristina

The iconic singer's will pinpoints her daughter as the sole beneficiary

Whitney Houston left her entire estate to her 19-year-old daughter Bobbi Kristina, according to reports.…

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We continue our three-part international careers series on BlackEnterprise.com, profiling professionals who found career fulfillment in the global landscape.


Janan Shakur aspired to live abroad to gain a different experience of life beyond U.S. shores. She decided to attend an American university in Switzerland which included opportunities to travel as part of its academic curriculum.


Influenced by her own culture and diverse travels, Shakur went on to become a fashion entrepreneur, founding Casa di Culture, an online boutique she runs while living and working in Vaud, Switzerland.


Check out Shakur's insights on being a black professional in the country, navigating the job market, and the perks of working overseas. ---Janell Hazelwood

Global Jobs: Finding Career Success in Switzerland

Finding success in transitioning into international career opportunities

A young Web entrepreneur who found job success—and love—abroad gives her tips for success.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Baratunde Thurston on How to be Black…and Tech Savvy

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest conference, the author/comedian talks politics, technology and blackness

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest…

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Austin Locals Welcome Black Startups to SXSW

Dell and Austin's Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) host pre-SXSW welcome reception to kickoff the annual festival

The Capital City African American Chamber of Congress kicked off a pre-South by South West…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Free!!! Black Opal “Top Shelf Diva” Cosmetics

Get make-up palettes to create your own Power Look

Get your power look with these Black Opal spring eye shadow palettes and lipstick.

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For many women, a power look doesn't just end with the right outfit or shoe. It's a head-to-toe story of branding that tells who they are, what they do and how well they do it.


Putting that best face forward is important, whether they're closing deals, working with clients, traveling the world or starting that next venture. In today's image-conscious business world, make-up is no longer just for movie stars and glamour girls, as many working women recognize the importance of presence, accentuating their best features and embracing the power of femininity.


Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, helped four professional women tap into their wow factor, with beauty looks that can go from the office to after hours. ---Janell Hazelwood


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Beauty Before and After: 4 Career Women Transform into Power Looks

Black Opal artistic director Frank Guyton talks tips on day-to-night looks

Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, creates power looks for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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As part of our three-part international careers series, we profile professionals who were successful at transitioning into global jobs on BlackEnterprise.com. 


Media planner Tricia-Noel Burke, who has worked with publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Economist, offers five tips for making the move seamless, lucrative and fun. --- Janell Hazelwood

International Pursuits: 5 Tips for Transitioning Into a Global Job

What you should keep in mind when working abroad for yourself or your company.

International media planner Tricia-Noel Burke found success in London. Here’s what helped her make a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Kony 2012’ Campaign Takes Over Internet

The YouTube video targeting Ugandan leader Joseph Kony went viral, amassing over 7 million views

For the past few days social media feeds have been erupting with “Stop Kony” messages,…

By Sade K. Muhammad

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International Women’s Day: How One Woman Found Career Fulfillment Abroad

This media planner enjoys the diversity and fast-paced city life of London

We start our three-part series on career opportunities abroad with media planner Tricia-Noel Burke, who…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Cooks up Success as a Media Maven

The Chew's top chef dishes on how she turned a passion for food into a business and brand

After making a name on Top Chef, Carla Hall landed her own show, The Chew,…

By Khalid Salaam

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Study: Overachievement Can Lead to Unfulfillment, Shorter Life Span

Scientist finds indicators of unhappiness for those too heavy on the grind

Scientist surveyed more than 700 overachievers and found indicators of nonfulfillment and shorter lives.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Jamba Juice CEO’s Successful Business Blend

Plus, Entrepreneur Robin Petgrave pilots Hollywood to new heights, protect yourself from identity theft, and nutrition tips for executives on the go

James White, President & CEO of Jamba, Inc. discusses the company’s winning business strategy and…

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SXSW Interactive is one of the largest interactive conferences in the country and from March 9-13, 2012 there will be 20,000 people converging on Austin, Texas. SXSW is a gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, journalist, startups, social media advocates and marketers. The discussion will include the latest mobile apps, tech startups launching, new technology products/gadgets being released and authors releasing new books. To help you maximize your experience at SXSW Interactive here are six tips to get the most out of your trip. —Hajj Flemings

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

Before heading out to the annual festival here are a few things you should know

As techies converge on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive here are a few key points…

By Hajj Flemings

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Apple Announces iPad 3 Details

The tech giant’s third-gen iPad boasts a sharper display screen, higher wireless speed and crisp new camera

Apple CEO Tim Cook set the record straight about the iPad 3 during today’s announcement,…

By Janel Martinez

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Cash Money Records Co-CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams And Bravado Launch Two Unique Apparel Brands At Agenda: Rich Gang & YMCMB With Lil Wayne

Bryan “Birdman” Williams Talks Music, Literacy & Business

The Cash Money Records CEO reveals how his passion for reading birthed his latest venture, Cash Money Content

With the launch of Cash Money Content, Bryan “Birdman” Williams adds on to his multimillion…

By Amber McKynzie

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UBR Spotlight: Women’s History Maker Laurel J. Richie

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, just in time for Women’s History Month, UBR…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Playd Co-Founder Anthony Frasier Talks About Minorities in Gaming

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the NewMe Accelerator participant at a minorities in gaming event hosted by BIT, NewME Community NYC and EA Games

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with the NewMe Accelerator participant about life after Black in America, the importance…

By Janel Martinez

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Professor Becomes First Black Woman to Get High Court Media Credentials

Female-owned media company also a pioneer in facilitating Supreme Court coverage

Gloria Browne-Marshall recently became the first black woman to get credentials to cover the U.S.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneur Follows Her Passion & Finds Ballooning Success

Shanta Speller finds success with Bunch of Balloons, her balloon decorating company

Juggling a full-time job with her passion, Shanta Speller launched Bunch of Balloons, her own…

By Jenisha Watts

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Green-Eyed Diva: 5 Steps to Conquer the Hater in You

We all get jealous. Here's how to shake it off and keep it moving

Healthy professional competition is vital among successful peers, but jealousy can creep in with every…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Union Boss Says Workers are Under Attack

AFSCME's Lee Saunders talks politics and jobs as he looks to take the reins as president of the 1.6 million strong labor union

AFSCME’s Lee Saunders talks politics and jobs as he looks to take the reins as…

By Alan Hughes

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Hooray for Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of the Nigerian Film Industry

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the largest film industries in the world: Nigeria

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the…

By Tomika Anderson

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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Square Register lets business owners process payments from their iPad

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

By Janel Martinez

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This vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train Black fighter pilots during World War II.

Memorabilia From National Museum of African American History & Culture

From Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book to Muhammad Ali's headgear, you can connect with all aspects of black cultural

In preparation for the 2015 opening of the National Museum of African American History &…

By Derek T. Dingle

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7 Must-Haves for Every Professional Woman’s Bag

These vital items ensure you're always prepared for that next opportunity

Keep these seven vital items on hand for daily career success.

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Obama Warns Iran He Won’t Take Nuclear Weapons Threat Lightly

President Obama sent a clear message to Iran: "I don't bluff"

Days before sitting down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama warned he…

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In case you haven’t heard, Jeremy Lin is the New York Knicks point guard who went from an unknown bench player to an overnight and international sensation after being asked to step in due to a series of team injuries. While Lin didn’t start his first game alongside Knicks marquee players Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, he’s emerged as a budding star of his own with his winning streak and impressive points per game avg. It may seem like a fluke to some, but the 23-year-old guard was ranked as one of the NCAA’s top ten players in his conference during the 2008-2009 season while attending Harvard University. Too bad he was cut by two teams—including the Knicks—at the beginning of this season. After getting his shot to play, Lin show and proved, scoring 38 points against perennial All-Star Kobe Bryant and leading the team to a seven-game winning streak. His exceptional play has become an inspirational story, and quite the profitable brand. BlackEnterpise.com Decodes the net worth of the rising star’s net work. —Adena Andrews

Jeremy Lin Decoded: Cashing in on Overnight Success

A look at the unlikely NBA star's bankability and the impact of his brand

Overnight the New York Knicks guard became a national sensation as the first Asian-American NBA…

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New Museum Ensures Black History is Part of the American Story

Black Enterprise is on hand for the groundbreaking of a new museum dedicated to African American history and culture

Barack Obama, Calvin Butts and others take part in groundbreaking for National Museum of African…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Will Social Media Determine the 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Exploring the impact of Twitter and Facebook on how voters will cast their ballot

Social media is so engrained into our society that it may be a determining factor…

By Hajj Flemings

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Career Tip of the Day: Step Your International Language Game Up

Expand your brand by offering multitude of communication skills

Upgrade your communications skills and professional marketability by learning more than one language.

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Jenile Brooks, Harvest Express

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more to her hometown, one of America’s most arid "food deserts"

With Harvest Express, Detroit native Jenile Brooks aims to bring fresh fruits, veggies and more…

By Brian Dawson

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Senate Denies Bill Opposing Obama’s Birth Control Policy

In a 51-48 vote, the Senate killed a bill reversing the president’s birth control rule

The Senate defeated a GOP effort to overturn President Barack Obama’s policy on contraception insurance…

By Sade K. Muhammad

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Financial Adviser Creates March (Money) Madness to Promote Financial Literacy

Brokerage professional gives common sports bracket investment spin

Rob Wilson, created an investment game that plays off the popular March Madness basketball…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A packed house of A-list celebrities, studio executives and industry tastemakers came out to celebrate the AAFCA Awards. Produced by the African American Film Critics Association, the invitation only, red carpet took place at PIPS Restaurant (renamed the AAFCA Playhouse) in Los Angeles. Hosted by noted entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier, (of CBS's The Insider) the event featured awards handed out in categories that included: Best Actor, Actress, Director and Best Film, among others. AAFCA Special Achievement Awards were also presented to iconic actors Richard Roundtree, Hattie Winston, legendary producer George Lucas and entertainment giant Sony Pictures Entertainment.---Gil Robertson 

Pictured here: Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and the legendary Richard Roundtree

Black Hollywood Comes Out to Support the African American Critics Awards

Black Hollywood comes out to support African-American leaders in the entertainment and film industry

Black Hollywood comes out to support and honor African-American leaders in the entertainment and film…

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Facebook Picks the Pocket: Ads Coming to Smartphones

Facebook rolls out new Timeline for business pages and debuts new ad services which lets advertisers embed ads into personal news feeds and push ads—for the first time—to mobile phones

At a special marketing conference in New York Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a new business page…

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Nurse Anesthetist


Perks: One of the highest paid positions in nursing field; Undergo a significant amount of training and care for patients  before, during, and after their anesthesia has been administered, making for diversity of marketable skills


Most Suited For: RNs, bachelor degree holders, and Master's or Doctorate degree holders; awesome multitaskers and problem-solvers


Salary: Average of $165,000 annually


More information: Visit the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

Jobs in Demand: Opportunities in Nursing Limitless for Black Women and Men

Prime career leads in the medical field

A look at opportunities in a field that is among the highest in new job…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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BMI’s First African American Woman Chairperson on Changing Music Business

Susan Davenport Austin speaks on her historic role at the long-running music company

As first woman & African American chairperson of BMI, Susan Davenport Austin continues company’s legacy…

By Joel Lyons

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

By Alan Hughes

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Prospecting for Gold

Here’s how much bullion to add to a diversified portfolio and hedge against falling currencies

Few things rile investors as much as the topic of gold.

By James A. Anderson

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There’s More to Tech Than Social Media

On a number of occasions, you’ve probably heard me refer to technology as “the great…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Coping With Unexpected Health Issues

“When you’re 40 and the doctor tells you that you may not be able to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Trailblazers

Since its premiere in 1970, Black Enterprise has highlighted the achievements of black female entrepreneurs,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Not Just for Looks

Why shades should be more than style

Sunglasses are the perfect accent to any wardrobe, but when selecting shades it’s important that…

By Sonia Alleyne

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“Our Black Year”

The story of one family’s mission to buy black

A little more than three years ago, John and Maggie Anderson decided to spend more…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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All Access-February 2012

B.E. on Magzter
Loyal Black Enterprise readers can now access our monthly magazine on Magzter. Magzter,…

By Monique Myles

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Backtalk with Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is the around-the-way girl from Camden, New Jersey, who fans know as the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Think Like a Woman … Manage Your Money Like a Man

According to sociologist Mariko Chang, women’s earnings are currently at about 78% of men’s, yet…

By Bridget McCrea

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Craig T. Williams, CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. (right) and Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (Photo by Rayon Richards)

A Strategic Alliance

CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. learned about how a young, black Iraq War…

By Alan Hughes

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Christopher Harvell and his wife, Lezli Levene Harvell, owners of Dental Kidz (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Champions for Children

The Harvells marry prowess in business and medicine to create a socially conscious pediatric dental practice

Christopher Harvell and his wife have melded their expertise in business and in medicine to…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Pocket-sized Payroll

Payroll leader ADP has gone mobile—servicing more than 8,000 of its clients with the ADP…

By Janel Martinez

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Stone Love

For a custom designer, all the gems are precious

Historically, stones such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds have been categorized as precious, while jade,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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In Memoriam: Soul Train Creator Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius gave soul music a place to live. In 1970, he created and hosted…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher, Black Enterprise

Black History: Never Stop Telling Our Story

Thirty-five years ago, the landmark television mini-series Roots first aired on ABC for eight consecutive…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

Women, Control Your Financial Destiny

This month’s column is dedicated to our loyal female readers. My wise grandmother always encouraged…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher of Black Enterprise

Why We Must Do Business With Each Other

From May 23–26, the nation’s largest annual gathering of black entrepreneurs will take place when…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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COO: Commander of Operations

Currently deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Gaskin has a leadership role…

By Alan Hughes

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Backtalk with Debra Martin Chase

Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase is the first African American woman producer…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Getting a Head Start

Receiving school credit for skills and learning acquired outside the classroom

As workers jockey to position themselves more competitively in the marketplace, strategic options are limited.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Enterprise Multimedia Special Projects Editor Sonja Mack with Sundra L. Ryce, President & CEO of SLR Contracting & Service Co. Inc. (left) and Chekesha Kidd, President of Aetna Student Health (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

(About This Issue) A Celebration of Promising Young Talent

Our lists are among our most important franchises—and for good reason.

By Sonia Alleyne

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Rewarded for Loyalty

Using rewards programs to save money

Victoria Ashford is a maven of reward and cash-back programs.

By Bridget McCrea

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Curtiss Pope (Photo by Kent Hwang)

The GPS of the Supermarket

AisleFinder CEO and Founder Curtiss Pope helps the world navigate its local grocery stores

Curtiss Pope’s bright idea came to him while shopping in his local Safeway grocery store,…

By Bridget McCrea

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Denise McIver (Photo by Kevin Foley)

The 21st-Century Librarian

After working for more than 15 years in public relations in the entertainment industry, Denise…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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