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The Supreme Court’s Healthcare Decision Ignites 13,000 Tweets Per Minute

The landmark healthcare ruling sent the Twitterverse into a frenzy on Thursday

The Supreme Court’s healthcare decision generated a lot of buzz on Twitter, with interactions peaking…

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Yandy Smith on How to be (or Not to be) a Successful Entrepreneur

The music industry manager goes beyond 'Love & Hip Hop' and shares her tips for entrepreneurial success

Music industry manager Yandy Smith, goes beyond ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and shares her tips…

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3 Reasons Being A Brown-Noser Can Backfire

Sucking up to superiors can oftentimes do more bad than good

Sometimes sucking up in the office and do more harm than good.

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Field of Legends: Honoring Players at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

NLBM President Bob Kendrick (Image: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)
On July 8th, Major League Baseball players…

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5 Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Wallet

We sift through the dense text to tell you what the ACA means for your family and your money

5 key points of show the historical Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court…

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Comedian and show host Wanda Sykes is a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in hit films such as Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. The actress was a vocal opponent of California's Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriages in the state, and went public about her same-sex marriage at a 2008 Las Vegas rally. She was also the first openly gay performer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009.

Wanda Sykes Talks Comedy, Family & Financial Stability

From stand-up comedy to film, the Virginia native has branded her name and infectious personality over the past decade. And now serving as the spokeswoman for Gain, Wanda Sykes shares how she’s made it through

BlackEnterprise.com recently sat down with Wanda Sykes at the Gain Scent Matchmaker Studio event in…

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3 Things You Can Learn from the Mary J. Blige Chicken Debacle

As the R&B diva finally details her 'mistake,' take heed for your own career success

As Mary J. Blige finally speaks out in detail about the Burger King chicken debacle,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Social Media Responds to Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling

Social networking sites were set ablaze with commentary once word circulated that #SCOTUS approved “Obamacare”

The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, which will…

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Epic Records’ Astro on Continuing Education & Pursuing Acting

The budding rap star keeps his head in the books while exploring a second career in Hollywood

While working on his debut album for Epic Records, X-Factor’s Astro explains how he juggles…

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A Smarter Way to Update Your Resume

Key things to consider before adjusting a very important document

A resume is more than just a piece of paper full of experience. Here’s how…

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Will Cleveland’s New Casino be an Economic Jackpot?

Horseshoe Cleveland Boss says gaming will help stimulate city business

Horseshoe Cleveland GM Marcus Glover says gaming will help stimulate city business

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When LL Cool J (born James Todd Smith) was just a teen his mother used her income tax return (about $600) to buy him a drum machine. Some 27 years later, the Queens MC has become one of hip-hop music’s greatest of all time, parlaying his success into numerous ventures that don’t require the microphone he has tattooed on his arm. Needless to say, the return on his mom’s investment has been astronomical. With LL receiving the well-deserved I Am Hip-Hop lifetime achievement awards at this year’s BET Hip-Hop Awards, BlackEnterprise.com takes a hard look at the living legend’s diverse portfolio as part of our Decoded series. —Alvin Blanco

LL Cool J Partners with Sony to Launch My Connect Studio

The rapper-turned-actor-turned-entrepreneur debuted his virtual studio recording software at the Sony store in New York City

LL Cool J has transitioned smoothly from music to movies and the now the rap…

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Earvin Magic Johnson Launches New Network Aspire

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American audiences

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American…

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Fraternizing with Coworkers: Going Beyond the Water Cooler

Find balance between being a cubicle hermit and overzealous social climber

Observe the benefits and downfalls of fraternizing with coworkers and how you can manage interoffice…

By Jamie Harrison

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The JOBS Act: Acceptance of Crowdfunding Provision Likely to Increase Startup Growth

With crowdfunding a concern of JOBS Act critics, see what makes the capital funding method viable

The JOBS Act has received support from lawmakers and startup advocates, as well as disapproval…

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Focus on Storytelling

What stories can you tell about your business. I spoke this week to a group of arts, tourism and cultural organizations at Cultural Tourism DC's annual conference in Washington, DC. (Members range from Smithsonian Institution Directors to jazz clubs to tiny art galleries and film festivals). When cultural organizations approach social media, they can't go for the hard sell because arts marketing is more about storytelling. Take a cue from these organizations and focus on the story behind your service or product. Can you give your audience a behind-the-scenes view?  Can you offer online previews to build buzz before a big event?

How to Generate Publicity for Your Business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz for your business

Tips for finding the news hook that will create buzz and publicity for your business

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Ready to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s Your To-Do List

Before you make the leap, create a plan to ensure your success

If you’ve made up your mind and decided to pursue self-employment, be sure to follow…

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UBR Spotlight: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: ZeroChaos CEO Harold Mills and A-Advantage Networking Inc.…

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African American and Latino Shoppers Use Mobile Shopping Technology More

Multicultural shoppers are outnumbering their Caucasian counterparts when it comes to making purchases on smartphones

Although smartphone use in the United States skews lower among African Americans and Latinos, a…

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Free!! Books of the Week – Business Growth

Visit our BE Rewarded site for your chance to WIN!

A stronger sales force, management team, or new innovations are some of the ways to…

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How I Did It: Lula Washington Continues Legacy of African-American Dance Internationally

Theater co-founder brings awareness and instruction to all parts of the world

Lula Washington, co-founder of Lula Washington Dance Theatre, spreads awareness and instruction on African-American contributions…

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3 Ways to Build A Better Brand

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

Get more clarity on your brand by asking these key questions

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Cool Jobs: Author and Entrepreneur Tionna Smalls’ Tell-It-Like-It-Is Approach Wins Audiences

How self-publishing led her to reality TV and business success

From the book shelves, to the TV screen and everywhere in between, Tionna Smalls dishes…

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After performing alongside his brothers in the Jackson 5, Michael made his solo debut on American Bandstand in 1971, performing a rendition of “Rockin’ Robin.”

Social Media Remembers the King of Pop

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary of his death

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary…

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Dell XPS 13: A Great Companion for the On-the-Go Consumer

A thorough review of Dell's first ultrabook finds the laptop quick, powerful, and light

Dell’s first ultrabook, the XPS 13 packs powerful performance into a sleek, strikingly thin, compact…

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As the weather heats up, you can inject some fun into your 9-to-5 wardrobe by incorporating a few Spring/Summer 2012 trends. Add a little spark to even the most conservative Corporate America looks by adding these five summer trends to your office attire. ---Ashley Calloway

5 Summer Fashion Trends Perfect for the Office

Incorporate these pieces to add pop to your professional style

Here are top trends you can incorporate into your professional look, from neon to floral.

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Top 7 Careers for Professionals with the Gift of Gab

If you're good at communications, these are the jobs for you

If your strong suit is communications, these are the jobs for you. The gift of…

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Black Enterprise Unites with African-American Media Companies for #INTHEBLACK Campaign

The #INTHEBLACK initiative, which launches today, will inform the advertising community and consumer audience about black spending power

Leading African-American media entities are uniting to bring awareness of black buying power to large…

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If only traveling was as simple as appearing poolside with a refreshing drink in hand. After scouring the web for irresistible flight deals, a worthwhile hotel package and fun activities, many travelers are exhausted and ready to hop on the next flight heading to their locale of choice. With countless resources at your fingertips (thanks to your mobile device), here are 10 apps that will enhance the adventures that await you.—Corvida Raven

10 Best Travel Apps for Your Next Vacation

With countless resources at your fingertips (thanks to your mobile device), here are 10 apps…

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6 Steps to Taking the Leap Into A Totally New Career

Find the courage and start today pursuing your professional purpose

You can overcome fear and complacency by taking that first step toward your professional purpose.…

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Toxic Management: 5 Signs of Passive Aggressive Leadership

In the office, direct authority can ensure effective team performance

Here are five signs of passive aggressive management and how you can either correct it…

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The League Scores Big with Social Media During 2012 NBA Finals

As adoring fans await Game 5, see how the NBA stacks up on its social media platforms

In May, 63% of live TV viewers multi-task with their smartphone, posting content online while…

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Comedian and show host Wanda Sykes is a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in hit films such as Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. The actress was a vocal opponent of California's Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriages in the state, and went public about her same-sex marriage at a 2008 Las Vegas rally. She was also the first openly gay performer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009.

Gain & Wanda Sykes Help Consumers Find the Perfect Scent Interactively

Using her comedic skills and engaging personality, Wanda Sykes is on a mission to help consumers find their “ideal nasal mate” … for their clothes

Comedian Wanda Sykes stood alongside Hamilton Brown, North American brand manager for Gain, as the…

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It’s the perfect time of the year for international travel. With all the advancements in technology and mobile apps, traveling abroad isn’t as expensive as it used to be and there are plenty of ways to cut costs while getting more bang for your buck. Whether you’re embarking on your first journey abroad or you’re an experienced jet setter, here are a few tools to help you save money on the things that can eat up your travel budget faster than you can plan your trip.--Corvida Raven

7 Tech Tools for Travelers On a Budget

Whether you’re embarking on your first journey abroad or you’re an experienced jet setter, here…

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Celebrity Stylist Kim Kimble Talks Hollywood Hair, Reality TV Drama

"LA Hair" star and entrepreneur exposing brand to new audience

Celebrity stylist Kim Kimble takes the day-to-day hustle of shop management and Hollywood haircare to…

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Top 10 Questions to Ask During a Job Interview

Don't leave without getting key insights about a prospective employer

Before you leave the job interview with the thought that you aced it, here are…

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UBR Spotlight: BE 100s CEO Stephen Hightower of Hightowers Petroleum

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Hightowers Petroleum CEO Stephen Hightower; PencilWorx CEO Lavon…

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Why One Atlantan Hates ‘Love & Hip Hop ATL’

Will the real black people of Atlanta please stand up and stop 'Love & Hip Hop'?

An Open Letter from an Atlantan who once loved reality TV: Will the Real Black…

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Cool Jobs: ‘Artrepreneur’ Uses Web to Expose World to Artists of Color

Multimedia artist combines passion for artistry with business acumen

Najee Dorsey expresses his passion in his profession, while offering the international community a glimpse…

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Digital media has not only seeped into nearly every part of our lives, it has become increasingly more mobile and social in recent years. During the X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas event in Sydney, Australia, which took place from June 8-10, the international community gathered to discuss the future of digital media and how they are contributing to this new world of opportunities. The digital media think-tanks and workshops pointed to smarter, faster, personal and more inclusive platforms and services for everyone to use. At the end of the conference, it was clear that revolutionary changes will take place in music, interaction design, and collaboration and connectivity, among other areas. –Corvida Raven

What Does the Future Hold for Digital Media?

During the X Media Lab: Global Media Ideas event in Sydney, Australia, which took place…

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Free!!! Books of The Week – Finding Balance

Focus on balancing your mental and physical life with this weeks book bundle choices.

There needs to be time to unwind and recharge. The book bundles offered this week…

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Beyond Demo Day: An Update on TechStars Alumni

Meet seven founders that graduated from the startup accelerator program

Last Thursday was Demo Day for TechStars NYC’s Spring 2012 program, and 13 companies have…

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Cool Jobs: 3 Fashion Heavyweights Sparking Tobago’s Fashion Awakening

These style professionals are helping widen scope of international exposure

We caught up with three power players behind Tobago Fashion Weekend, putting the island on…

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Company: Cannon Industries
Rank: No. 83 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Jack Cannon
Business: Metal fabrication, metal stampings, machining
Location: Rochester, New York


Company: Leader Communications Inc.
Rank: No. 95 on the BE100s Industrial/Service list
CEO: Michael Lyles
Business: Technology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

13 Most Successful Black Companies to Watch in 2012

Black Enterprise welcomes 13 new companies to our annual BE 100s list chronicling the largest…

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Growing Number of Young Professionals Venturing Abroad for Tech Jobs

An increasing number of millennials are seeking international job opportunities, citing experience abroad as a great addition to their resume

Recent graduates are entering a struggling job market. While 2012 hiring is expected to improve…

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Campaign Trail Style: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Top Fashion Moments

Take a page from her book of chic to achieve your own power looks

Take a look at Michelle Obama’s best style moments while campaigning for President Barack Obama.…

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Workplace Wallflower: 5 Career Success Tips for Introverts

Ways to shine in the office and overcome shyness

Here’s how you can shine in the workplace even if your personality isn’t aggressive or…

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How to Align Your Blog with a Big-Name Brand

For some bloggers, taking that platform to the next level will require partnering with big-name…

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Advocating for Fathers: Men Across the Country Seek to Defy Negative Stereotypes

Black men take leadership to shed positive light on today's patriarchs

President Obama’s Fatherhood Buzz initiative seeks to shed a positive light on America’s men, with…

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Looking Back: Yandy Smith Talks New Ventures and Advantages of Love & Hip Hop

As new season begins with new Atlanta cast, a legacy of greater brand exposure continues

As a new season of Love & Hip Hop hits Atlanta, debuting June 18, we…

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Three Things OKC Can Teach Employers About Young Professionals

With motivation and mentorship, newbies can help take companies to the top

Take a page from NBA Finals team Oklahoma City Thunder on how to motivate and…

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Young Black Fencer Daryl Homer Going for Olympic Gold

The senior marketing major at St. Johns University is the youngest member of the 2012 USA Olympic Men’s Sabre Team

Two-time NCAA national title holder, three-time fencing world champion Daryl Homer is preparing to compete…

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Top 4 Tips for Multitasking at the Office

How to make the most of your hours at work

Hey, maybe there’s not enough time in the day. Here’s how to make the most…

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Harvard Study Connects Google Search Results to Racially Biased Voting in ’08

A doctorate candidate at the Ivy League university performed a study highlighting hidden racial attitudes among voters

A doctorate candidate at Harvard University performed a study highlighting hidden racial attitudes among voters.…

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New Siri Features


I love the current Siri TV ads by Apple, and, quite frankly, it is the only place the personal assistant software seems to work.  All jokes aside, it will be interesting to see Siri on new iPad. Here are some of its enhanced functions:
--Users will be able to post Facebook updates and send tweets with their voice.

--Siri has partnered with Yelp, OpenTable, Rotten Tomatoes, and sports score updates ranging from the latest scores to stats and schedules.

--The software assistant will continue expanding globally with its new language support, which will now feature Spanish, Italian, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese, and optimize languages in 15 countries. 

Apple is working with automotive manufactures to launch “Eyes Free,” a new feature that will allow a car to bring up Siri voice control. Nine auto manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Toyota are working on this implementation with plans to incorporate the technology in the next 12 months.

WWDC 2012: Apple’s iOS 6 Boasts Over 200 New Features & Enhancements

At the 2012 World Developers Conference (WWDC) keynote on Monday the technology company unveiled the…

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Mistake 3: Having a negative or arrogant attitude. 


Seldom in life does anyone rise to the top without paying their dues first. No matter what level you’re at in your career, your job will probably include some form of menial tasks. “Chances are many of the tasks that make you mutter, ‘Why do I have to do this?’ won’t go away with your first (or second, or third) promotion,” Winters says. “Suck it up and realize that everything is a learning opportunity. Then, look forward to the parts of your job that you enjoy.”

From the Mouths of Mentors: Top 4 Mistakes Recent Grads Make on the Job

Avoid these common mishaps to find continued career success

Professionals and career experts weigh in on factors that can contribute to a recent grad’s…

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UBR Spotlight: Cupcake Entrepreneur Jessy Blanchard

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

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Jessy Cupcake Company Founder Jessy Blanchard; marketing maven…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Entrepreneurs: Do You Have What It Takes to Create Your Own Category?

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

How to boldly carve out a niche in business

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Android App Reports ‘Stop and Frisk’ Activity

A new application allows bystanders to record videos of and report “stop and frisk” incidents

The Stop and Frisk Watch app, courtesy of the New York Civil Liberties Union, allows…

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Cool Jobs: Ross Burton Teaches the Value of Polished Beauty Around the World

Celebrity makeup artist offers his valuable experience to the everyday woman

Makeup artist Ross Burton has taken his experience working with heavyweights from Oprah Winfrey to…

By Sirita Wright

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Leadership: 5 Steps to Upgrading Your WOW

Innovation and expansion is key in remaining on top of your career game

Here’s how to upgrade your “WOW” or Way Of Working, to ensure you continue to…

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10 Gadgets for the Tech Savvy Dad

Every year, Dad somehow ends up with a tool set, a gift card, or some…

By Terrance Gaines

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Audra McDonald Wins Best Actress at 2012 Tony Awards

The Broadway star was named best lead actress in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” making it her fifth Tony but her first in the lead actress category

Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” making it…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Charlice Noble-Jones of Snap Fitness

Snap Fitness franchise owner Charlice Noble-Jones speaks to BE.com about the finding her life's purpose through entrepreneurship and fitness

Snap Fitness franchise owner Charlice Noble-Jones speaks to BlackEnterprise.com about finding her life’s purpose through…

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5 Toxic Beliefs That Ruin Careers

You could be shortchanging your success with these mental hangups

Oftentimes, people who hold these beliefs shortchange their own success. Find out whether you embody…

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A rash of thefts is causing commuters to think twice about wearing expensive headphones such as Monster’s Beats by Dr. Dre on trains and buses. So what can you do to stay safe? You can go cold turkey and leave your audio gear at home, but if you can’t bear to be away from your tunes that long, there’s a partial alternative: Go small.  

Instead of donning a large, glitzy headset that can be spotted from the other end of a crowded subway platform, use a small, in-ear headset that’s not as obvious but still offers high-quality deep bass and clear high notes. Many of these units incorporate Apple iPod-, iPad- and iPhone-friendly inline remote controls and microphones. If you’re looking to swap your big headphones for small beats, check out these portable and trendy earphones.--Robert S. Anthony

6 Small Headsets That Pack Big Sound

Instead of donning a large, glitzy headset that can be spotted from the other end…

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Leadership: 6 Steps to Putting Your Vision Into Action

Take a cue from an entrepreneur who implemented a 90-day challenge to jumpstart success

In 90 days, you can be on the path to reaching your career and life…

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Preview Our World: “Porgy & Bess Revival” Star David Alan Grier

Also: Will Blacks ever close the Digital Divide; profile of Schomburg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad

This weekend on an all-new Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill actor…

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Be a great storyteller 

Storytelling is the most important point of your mobile strategy and should be integrated into everything you do. Optimize your site for mobile since large portions of your customers are going to experience your messaging from mobile devices.  Also, brand consistency is key so make sure your loyal and potential clients can access your messaging. Lastly, think in sound bites. You want to communicate compelling, concise information when you post content. Have your customers wanting more.

4 Tips to Help Your Small Business ‘Go Mobile’

BlackEnterprise.com technology columnist Hajj Flemings provided four easy-to-follow steps to take your small business to…

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7 Ways to Measure the Value of Your Entrepreneur Network

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you become a better entrepreneur

How to know what business relationships to keep and which to let go as you…

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The Caribbean fashion industry is on fire.  With a reputation for producing some of the biggest names to grace the catwalk, all eyes are on Kingston, Jamaica as Caribbean Fashion Week kicks off today, June 7.  With more than 50 designers from 20 countries showcasing their latest designs, CFW 2012 is gearing up for its biggest year yet. Meet the power players who will be turning heads over the course of the week and find out why they are the hottest to come from the Islands. ---Octavia Goredema


Left, a model wears a design by CFW designer Arlene L. Martin. (Photo by Andre Rattigan)

Caribbean Fashion Week Kickoff: The Power Players Behind Sizzling Style

Industry leaders taking industry by storm, from Jamaican to international shores

A snapshot of five top fashion industry leaders in the Caribbean, from founder Kingsley Cooper…

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Gwyneth Paltrow, seen with Beyonce and Jay-Z is at the center of an N-word Twitter controversy. (Photo: File)

Why You Mad?: We Gave Gwyneth Paltrow Permission to Use the N-Word

Pop culture's --- and our--- loose use of the word diminishes its negative impact

With the news that Gwenyth Paltrow used the N-word in a Twitpic caption, many find…

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6 Habits of Stand-Out Employees

With these actions, you'll ensure your presence is memorable

Here are actions that every memorable employee takes to stand out among the pack.

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Barbara Graves was a indispensible business partner as well as life partner of Earl Graves Sr. Whether serving as chief editor of Black Enterprise magazine, a member of the board, or his personal speechwriter, she was his best friend, his right hand, his chief and most valued advisor.

WATCH: Earl G. Graves, Sr. Remembers His Beloved Wife, Barbara Kydd Graves

In a loving tribute, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr. pays tribute to his wife, Barbara Kydd Graves

In a loving tribute, Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves, Sr. remembers his wife, Barbara…

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If you’re an artist with a unique idea or a project, it can be difficult to secure funds you need to get your project off the ground. But there's good news: The art world is always open to new ideas and finding money for your projects, and while, time consuming, tapping into the resources available can be worthwhile. Below are four top options for artists to find financing for their projects. --- Sirita Wright

4 Funding Resources for Professional Artists

How to finance your professional passion for your next masterpiece

Here are top resources to ensure you won’t be a starving artist as you follow…

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Toni Carey and Ashley Hicks of Black Girls Run! Give the Skinny on Their Nationwide Movement

The founders of BGR! talk camaraderie among female runners, spreading the word via social media and why it’s important to observe National Running Day beyond June 6

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the Black Girls Run! founders at the 5th annual Blogging While…

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UBR Spotlight: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells, Buyosphere CEO…

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Pew Study Shows Political Divide Soars During Bush, Obama Years

A newly released Pew Research Center report confirms political polarization now overshadows age, class, gender and race divides

A Pew Research study finds that America has never been more polarized, and more than…

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Nicole Ari Parker, actress, "A Streetcar Named Desire"

WATCH: ‘Streetcar’ Star Nicole Ari Parker Talks Broadway, Family Life, and Black Hollywood

Mother, wife and entrepreneur takes theater and Tinseltown by storm

On the heels of her sizzling Broadway debut, actress Nicole Ari Parker took a break…

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With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining the best options for optimizing traffic to your blog. That was a topic of discussion at the 5th annual Blogging While Brown conference, held June 1-2, in Philadelphia, PA at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Hundreds of aspiring and seasoned bloggers, influencers and social media aficionados congregated to network and discuss the changes taking place across the Web. With growing one’s audience on nearly every attendee’s mind, here’s a look at how bloggers can build, observe and engage with their audience.--Yoli Ouiya

5 Social Media Strategies That Will Grow Your Audience

With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining…

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5 Ways to Keep Your Gen Y Employees Happy (and Your Business Successful)

Your company may only be as good as its unhappiest link. Use these strategies to keep the positive momentum

When it comes to keeping Gen Y employees happy, your company may only be as…

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A Child Shall Lead Them: Facebook Considers Lowering User Age

If Facebook decides to lower their user age, will this be the catalyst needed for adults to better understand the social network's privacy and security policies?

Regardless of how many countermeasures and safety nets Facebook bakes into its new-age policy, if…

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6 Reasons You Should Stay on Your Career Path

Don't let a workplace rut cause you to do a total 360

Don’t let a workplace rut get you down. It may not be your industry that’s…

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

Startup Savvy: 5 High-Paying Opportunities for Job Seekers

You don't have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook

You don’t have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook.…

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Free!! Books of the Week – House Hunting

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Interested in owning your own home? Alleviate some of the stress with these house hunting…

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Mr. and Mrs. Graves enjoy some time away together.

Celebrating the Life of Barbara Graves, Wife of Black Enterprise Publisher Earl Graves, Sr.

Remembering the life and family moments of Barbara Graves, who passed on May 25, 2012, after three-year battle with gall bladder cancer

Remembering the life and family moments of Barbara Graves, who passed on May 25, 2012,…

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ADD ALL YOUR SOCIAL PROFILES, ESPECIALLY FACEBOOK 

Everyone has a Klout score automatically generated from Twitter, which serves as the primary account. Up to 12 social media profiles can be linked to your account, with at least 6 more being added in the near future. Including more profiles creates a clearer picture of your brand’s total social impact, especially if your strongest platform is not Twitter. 

Tip: Adding Facebook significantly improves your score, more than adding other platforms.

Two Weeks Later, What Mark Zuckerberg’s IPO Move Means for the Future of Tech

How will the social network’s IPO impact the tech startup space?

Facebook has 901 million users, a value estimated at $111 billion per user. With reported…

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The $250,000,000 Mission to Preserve Black History

Bunch’s mission includes raising $250 million in donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals and mining…

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My Cool Stem Career

The truth is that a STEM degree is whatever you make of it. If you’re…

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Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services for Aflac Inc.

Getting to the Heart of Business

As executive vice president for corporate services, Audrey Boone Tillman oversees operations for the divisions…

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When couples come together, they must undergo the unromantic process of figuring out how to…

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Giving Back Against All Odds

To fund the foundation, Carter took $90,000 from a home equity loan and borrowed from…

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Don’t Just Retire Cash Rich, Retire Wealthy

If you start with a $200 monthly contribution at age 25 that earns 6% interest,…

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