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Snore: 5 Ways to Remain Productive in Boring Meetings

As a young professional, here's how to get through a sometimes annoying office norm

To avoid being labeled as a rude youngster who goofs off on their smartphone during…

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Fiscal Cliff Deal May Extend Tax Cuts

Is this the deal either side wanted?

Lawmakers are seeking to avert more than $600 billion in tax increases and spending cuts…

By Black Enterprise

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“Rescue Me” Singer, Fontella Bass, Dies at 72

Vocalist dies from complications of a recent heart attack

Singer died in St. Louis

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Queen Latifah Decoded: The Grammy-Winning Rapper Turns into a CoverGirl

Queen Latifah enters the entertainment industry, and emerges into one of the biggest female brands in America.

BlackEnterprise.com breaksdown the life of Queen Latifah, the female entertainer that has broken countless barriers…

By Amber McKynzie

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Atlanta-Area Counties Sue HSBC for Predatory Lending

First money laundering, now this. HSBC is in hot water again.

Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC disrupted their tax…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Stores Recall Nap Nanny Chairs After 5 Deaths

Major retailers are warning consumers not to buy Nap Nanny recliners

After several complaints, even deaths, stores are recalling Nap Nanny recliners

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Gossip is Good for the Office, Study Shows

A little gossip may not be that bad, researchers say

Researchers find that gossiping in the office can have positive effects

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Kanye West Boycotting 2013 Grammy Awards

The disgruntled artist is, yet again, upset over the lack of nominations he's received

Does Kanye have a point?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Is There an Upcoming Beyoncé Vogue Cover?

Singer is reportedly shot for the March 2013 issue

This will be the second time Beyonce appears on the cover.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Casa de Chocolates Uses Delicious Ingredients to Make Business Successful

Combing MesoAmerican culture and chocolate equals success

Their store is part of a growing trend of Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States.

By C. Daniel Baker

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos on How Brands Can Stay Afloat in 2013

The chief executive pinpoints 3 steps brands need to take to stay on top

Freshwire CEO Shawn Amos discusses how brands can stay on top next year in the…

By Janel Martinez

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Ring in the New Year with New Opportunities

Even in celebrating, you can make major boss moves

Use these tips for networking even in the craziness that is New Year’s celebrations.

By Sasha King

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Robin Roberts Reaches Important 100-Day Milestone

The star anchor is now reunited with her dog.

How has Robin inspired you?

By Black Enterprise

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E-Books’ Popularity Grew Dramatically This Past Year

E-book reading is up 21%

A new study found a huge uptick in e-book reading

By Makkada B. Selah

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Sea World Entertainment Goes Public with IPO

You can now own shares of SeaWorld

What are you currently investing in?

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Tyra Banks: “I Won’t be Happy If I’m not a Mother”

Top Model wants to fulfill life dream of being a mother

Tyra says she wants her dream of motherhood to come true “very soon.”

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Girl Scouts Partners With Sorority to Promote STEM Careers Among Girls

New initiative will provide educational access to minority youth

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) partnered with Sigma Gamma Rho to help build awareness…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Copyright Lawsuit Filed Over Naughty By Nature’s Hip-Hop Classic “Uptown Anthem”

Copyright Lawsuit Filed Over Naughty By Nature’s “Uptown Anthem”

21 years later a lawsuit over sample clearance.

Sugarhill Music Publishing is demanding restitution and a share of the profits.

By C. Daniel Baker

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List of Top Viewed Wikipedia Articles of 2012 Released

The most popular articles on Wikipedia may surprise you

Lists of the top Wikipedia articles of 2012 have been released

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Kentucky Man Erects Watermelon-Eating Obama Effigy

Kentucky man says his effigy of Obama eating a watermelon is popular in his all-white neighborhood

A man in Kentucky is defending his Obama effigy as freedom of speech

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Poet Jayne Cortez Passes Away at 78

Cortez, a pioneer of spoken word poetry, was the recipient of an American Book Award

Award-winning American poet Jayne Cortez died on Friday December 28

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Attract Success: Easy Ways To Stay On Top of Your Game

Use your personality and everyday experience to drive advancement

With these tips, you can be sure opportunities and great things come your way.

By Sasha King

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New Owner of Lenox Lounge Plans to Preserve the Iconic Jazz Club

Richard Notar plans to keep club mostly the same.

New owner doesn’t “want to change a thing about how it looks”

By C. Daniel Baker

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Beyoncé to Share Stage with Fans at Super Bowl 2013

Bootylicious singer participates in contest with her fans

Would you like to be on stage with the star while she performs?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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T.I.’s “Trouble Man” Debuts High on Billboard Charts

Rapper has no 'Trouble' selling units

T.I. is back ladies and gentlemen.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Could U.S. Economic Disparity Stem from White Supremacy?

Black wealth is at it's lowest point ever. Could it be that way by design?

Could black wealth lag behind white wealth because of systemic white supremacy?

By Makkada B. Selah

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President Obama and First Lady Release Kwanzaa Holiday Message

The President and First Lady send best wishes to those Americans celebrating Kwanzaa

The President and First Lady release a statement via the White House commemorating Kwanzaa

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D.C. Hotels Not as Busy for Obama Inauguration

Rooms are still available at most D.C. hotels for Obama's inauguration

D.C. Hotels say they’re filling up more slowly for inauguration week this year

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It’s Winter Vacay: 5 Steps to Advance Your Career During the Break

Take the time off to get a leg up in the job market

With the help of parents (or mentors), you should devise a quick game plan that…

By Antoine Moss

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TMI, Much? How Disclosing Too Much Relationship Drama Can Taint Your Professional Reputation

Save the drama and focus on the bigger picture

Three reasons blasting every little detail about your relationship on social media can taint your…

By Courtney Connley

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One of the many cool things about the Kindle Fire is that it can link seamlessly with Amazon’s various services, including video, digital music, magazine and book, providing a library full of over 18 million  options. There’s also access to thousands of cool apps for Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu, via the Android app store. Featuring a full-color multi-touch 7-inch display, the Kindle Fire allows users to take full advantage of its powerful and ultra-fast Web browser. While there are various competitive tablets on the market, the Fire makes for an affordable alternative.

Survey Shows More Americans Are Reading on Tablets

E-book readership is up

The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, recently found that the number of…

By Yannique Benitez

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Star Jones, Damon Wayans Jr. Likes Django Unchained

More black celebs are endorsing the controversial film

Touré tweeted, “I loved Django. Much to say about it: complex film and one of…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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What’s on Your Boss Moves Bucket List For 2013?

Throw pause out the window and run, full force, into success

As we move into the new year, it’s good to think of your plans for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Expand Your Reading Collection…for Free

Even in the Internet age, the public library is still a great resource. There’s no time like the present to renew or start using your library card again. With an endless selection of great reads, check out the latest novel by your favorite author or get introduced to the classics. Reading, after all, is fundamental. Might we suggest financial guru Deborah Owens’ A Purse of Your Own, which offers great insights on how to train yourself to become financially secure.

Libraries Adapt to Changing Times

Local branches are adding extra features to fulfill growing demands

With the help of technology, libraries are reinventing themselves.

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Why Black Men Tend to be Fashion Kings

What was instilled in you about how you look, when you were younger?

Black men have a unique relationship with fashion, one that can be traced all the…

By Black Enterprise

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Money From Sandy Hook Relief Concert Being Put to Use

More than 160 organizations and counting have gotten shares of the Sandy relief funds.

The funds were collected by the Robin Hood Foundation

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Entrepreneur Aims for Success with Shot Dropz flavored liquor shots

Entrepreneur invents flavored shots that don't require mixers.

“I wanted to show that even in today’s economy, you could start a business and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Django Unchained: “(Gasp!) He Called That Slave A N*gger!” Really?

If there is any movie where I expect depictions of graphic violence and liberal use of the N-word, it's a Tarantino film set against the backdrop of pre-Civil War slavery.

I haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, but I don’t see how it is possible to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Staying Open During the Holidays Profitable for McDonald’s

Experts predict that the restaurant generated as much as $144 million dollars by staying open on Christmas.

What do you think of McDonald’s opening on these days?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Denzel Washington: Top Money-Making Star of 2012

Denzel adds to the many accolades he has already amassed

Because of his movies, “Flight” and “Safe House,” exhibitors felt Washington was responsible for more…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Recent Cloud Outages Reinforce the Need for Small Business Backups

How to avoid the risks that come with Cloud computing

Another huge cloud outage showcases the need to have a plan A and plan B…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Groupon Continues Year of Acquiring Small Businesses

Groupon attempts to stay competitive against Google & Amazon

The company has acquired a number of start-ups such as Breadcrumb, Uptake, Hyperpublic, Adku, and…

By C. Daniel Baker

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MTA Releases An App to Track Trains

Subway Time will figure out when your next train is coming

MTA announced on Friday a smartphone app that will provide train-arrival times on seven of…

By Janel Martinez

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R.I.P.: Black Culture Greats We Lost in 2012

In addition to Ms. Houston, we also lost Etta James ("At Last"), Don Cornelius (Soul Train) Donna Summer ("Bad Girls") and many more.

We lose greats just about every year, but this year has been particularly rough for…

By Demetria Irwin

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Arsenio Hall Release Return to Late Night Trailer

Do you think he'll be successful?

Arsenio Hall, an early 90′s icon for late night talk shows, is coming back for…

By Demetria Irwin

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Top WNBA Salaries vs NBA Salaries: Who Gets Paid More?

You may make more money than a WNBA player

The average salary of a WNBA player for the 2012 season was $72,000 while the…

By Maurice Garland

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Oprah, Hollywood Reporter Covergirl, Reflects on 2012

Winfrey pleased with increased relevance of her two-year-old network

But what does Oprah have in store for 2013?

By Darren Sands

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Football Fanatics Please Apply: How Your Sports Obsession Can Be a Job-Seeking Plus

Try these winning strategies to make a career touchdown

You can apply vital sports elements to win in your job search. Here’s how.

By Sasha King

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Family Hustle: T.I. & Tiny Prove It’s Never Too Early to Pass on Healthy Work Ethic

Four ways parents can teach importance of the grind to children

Rapper T.I. and savvy wife, Tiny, ensure the Harris family is into the grind, showing…

By Courtney Connley

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230 Best iPad Apps of 2012

Whether you have the iPad 4 or the now extinct iPad 3, see which apps suit you best

The best iPad apps of 2012.

By Janel Martinez

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5 Quick Steps to Turning a ‘No’ Into a ‘Yes’

These communication skills will ensure you advance

Use these skills to ensure your voice is heard and you get exactly what you…

By Antoine Moss

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The color of elegance and beauty, emerald green can enhance your sense of well-being, balance and harmony. Here are five hot picks to help incorporate the jewel-toned hue  into your new year and new style. ---Kéla Walker

(Check out how to style the pieces here.)

Style Suite: Green with (Color) Envy

Wear this color of the year to start 2013 on fashionable foot

With emerald being the ‘Color of 2013,’ here are a few pieces to add to…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Your New Year’s (Fashion) Resolution

Make emerald part of the new, fashionably forward you

As you usher out the old and move in the new, be sure you keep…

By Kéla Walker

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Review Roundup: HTC Droid DNA vs. LG Nexus 4

Will Droid DNA’s battery life out power the Nexus 4’s design and performance?

Side-by-side comparison of the HTC Droid DNA and the LG Nexus 4.

By DFRAGG

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10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

10 States to Increase Minimum Wage in 2013

Do you live in a state where your wage may increase?

Minimum wage for servers and other tipped employees will remain $2.13 per hour

By C. Daniel Baker

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Brandy is Engaged to Music Executive, Ryan Press

Singer has accepted marriage proposal from her boyfriend

Brandy feels her faith in love has been restored

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Malik Yoba: “I Want to be More like Forest Whitaker”

The actor speaks on the various projects he's done recently.

Who would you rather emulate: Denzel or Forest Whitaker?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Netflix Plans to Make Your Video Rental History Public

The company will roll out “social features”

Netflix to introduce “social features” for U.S. users in 2013.

By Yannique Benitez

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Money Team: Floyd Mayweather Jr. has signed a deal with Showtime/CBS which will keep his empire at the top for years to come.

Could Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Have Made $4.3M on Sports Bets?

The numbers are in via the fighter's social media posts

Money May had a pretty good year — at the sports book.

By Darren Sands

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Lisa Jackson, Head of the Environmental Protection Agency, to Resign

Lisa Jackson, a hero to many environmental groups, is stepping down

Head of the EPA has announced that she will be resigning soon after Obama embarks…

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Terry Glover, Managing Editor of Ebony Magazine, Dies on Christmas Eve

Glover had been with the magazine for 6 years.

Terry Glover, managing editor of Ebony Magazine since 2009, passed away Christmas Eve.

By Sasha King

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Panera Franchisee Settles Lawsuit with Black Workers

Panera Franchisee Settles Racism Lawsuit with Black Workers

Owner didn’t want black employees in public view

Manager allegedly said “customers would not want to see an African-American working in the front…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Eric Jerome Dickey Decoded: From an Engineering Career to the NYTimes Best Seller List

Eric Jerome Dickey breaks down his love for books and his thoughts on financial responsibility.

Eric Jerome Dickey breaks down his novels and talks words, wisdom and wealth

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Fat Joe ‘Holding Back’ His Love … of Paying Taxes

Will they ever learn that the government doesn't play when it comes to its money?

Taking a page out of the Wesley Snipes playbook, not-so-fat-anymore rapper Fat Joe has pled…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Verone Mankou Tailors Affordable Smartphone and Tablet to African Market

Congolese entrepreneur brings the “for us, by us” model to technology

Tech startup VMK, the brainchild of Congolese inventor Verone Mankou, is offering sleek mobile devices…

By Janel Martinez

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Former New York Yankee Gets Arrested on Christmas

Baseball player brings in the holidays in jail.

Holidays can be a volatile time. Expectations are high and many people are reveling. This…

By Sasha King

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Flickr Announces 3 Months of Commitment Free Flickr Pro

A late Christmas Gift from Flickr

Many photo sharing sites are now taking advantage of an opening market.

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Small Business Administration Seeks Applications from Investment Fund Managers

Up to $1 billion in SBA guaranteed leverage over a five year period for startups

In the programs first year, it attracted 33 applications and gave “Green-Lights” to six qualified…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Department of Labor Cracks Down on Tips at Small Town Restaurant

Tip pooling illegal among all employees

An Ohio based worker owned restaurant, Casa Nueva, has issued a new policy of no…

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With 87 million women between the ages of 18 and 76 years old online, and another 69 million using social media on a weekly basis, according to BlogHer’s Social Media Matters study, it’s fair to say women run the world web. It’s one of the reasons social media influencer Ananda Leeke founded the Digital Sisterhood Network. The “Jill of Many Trades” (she’s a lawyer-turned-author, as well as an artist, coach, innerpreneur, yoga instructor, among other things) sparked a movement that consists of a national and international following; an entire month dedicated to women in social media, Digital Sisterhood Month, which takes place in December. There’s also a weekly celebration on Twitter and Facebook, entitled #DigitalSisterhood Wednesdays, geared toward shouting out your network and igniting meaningful conversation. As the organization’s designated month comes to a close, Digital Sisterhood announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. The Digital Sisterhood 100 is comprised of seven categories: Creativista, Empirista, Empowerista, Enchantista, Evangelista, Flowista, and Lifestylista. Take a look at who made the list: --Janel Martinez

Digital Sisterhood Network Announces 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year

Digital Sisterhood announced the 2012 Digital Sisters of the Year. The Digital Sisterhood 100 is…

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Drake & 'YOLO' Profits: Singer Wants Royalties For Use Of Famous Phrase

Drake Wants Royalties For Use of Famous Phrase ‘YOLO’

After helping to popularize the term, Drake wants his cut of profits

While not the creator of YOLO, Drake helped make it a common term

By C. Daniel Baker

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Joan Smalls Appears on the Cover of VOGUE Brasil’s “Black Issue”

MTV's House of Style hosts makes a cover appearance

Smalls is on the cover in all black wearing a bit of oxblood on her…

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2013 is just days away. Even though Congress and the President have not come to a conclusion regarding the issue of expiring tax benefits, here are some last minute tax benefits Small businesses should take advantage of before the New Year.

5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st

Before midnight on December 31, small businesses owners should file these tax breaks

Take advantage of these tax breaks before January 1st

By C. Daniel Baker

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Into 2013, New York’s ‘Piano Lesson’ a Triumph in Heart

With at least four weeks remaining, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has hopes for at least two special guests

‘The Piano Lesson’ has audiences singing August Wilson’s praises — all over again.

By Darren Sands

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Get Your Life Tamar! The Baby Braxton Opens an Online Store

Tamar Braxton, who is fresh off the heels of her mega-successful single "Love and War," has a new online store on Bravo's website.

Would you rock any of these tees?

By Demetria Irwin

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New Cars Will Be Equipped with ‘Black Boxes’

Federal regulators proposing black boxes come installed in new automobiles

After September 2014, new cars will likely be equipped with the tracking devices, better known…

By Yannique Benitez

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Seasoned Freelancers: These Mistakes Could Cost You Gigs

In order to maximize your reach, you can't move like a rookie

You can’t move like a rookie and expect to get more or even, better, work.…

By Sasha King

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Chris Brown and Rihanna: Does Love Truly Conquer All?

Are Chris Brown and Rihanna experiencing true love?

Yes, by now, I’m sure you’ve seen the photos of Chris Brown and Rihanna sitting,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Django Unchained’ Breaks Box Office Record

Slavery-era movie moves past 'Ali' for highest grossing R rated tally on Christmas

The Quentin Tarantino movie, “Django Unchained,” has set a Christmas box office record for an…

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Kanye West & Drake's Manager launches his own Record Label

Drake and Kanye West’s Manager, Gee Roberson, Launches New Record Label

The label named "Blueprint" will be under Interscope Geffen A&M.

Gee Roberson executive produced albums by Jay-Z & Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne & Nicki…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Have Three Seats: How Parental Advice Could Cost You Your Promotion

Resting on your laurels won't get you to the next level

When it comes to getting that promotion, some quips from mom and dad can work…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Kenyon Martin’s $3 Million Home in Texas is for Sale

Clippers forward is in the twilight of his career. Could he just be starting out as a savvy businessman?

Kenyon Martin is selling a home in Texas.

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Failure’s Not an Option: 5 Success Tips from a Young Millionaire

Millennial entrepreneur Farrah Gray shares how to overcome fear

Farrah Gray, a 28-year-old entrepreneur and author shares insights on what led him to see…

By Antoine Moss

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Author Kaneisha Grayson is Her ‘Own Boyfriend’ — and Fundraiser, Too

With a little help from her 'friends,' an author closes in on Kickstarter goal

‘Be Your Own Boyfriend’ project is closer than ever to reaching young women all over…

By Darren Sands

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Lessons on Web Branding: 5 Celebrities Who Get It Right

Take a cue from these personalities on how you can step your game up

While many stars constantly lash out, these celebrities keep it cool and remain professional. Here…

By Courtney Connley

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Kandi Burruss Decoded: On the Move Mogul Quietly Builds “The Kandi Empire”

Kandi Burruss is following in the footsteps of Oprah and Tyra Banks.

90′s kids may still identify with her as the former lead singer in the group…

By Maurice Garland

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Rihanna and Chris Brown Come out Publicly at Lakers, Knicks Game

Their first public appearance together in a long time on national television.

Do you care about these two or not?

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Pay Your Bills! Terrence Howard Sued for Past Due $33k AMEX Bill

Even stars have to pay off their debts.

Terrence Howard better pay his credit card bill to American Express or else.

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Program Recognizing Outstanding Achievements of Minority Entrepreneurs, Individuals, Organizations

Small Business Expo 2013 Adds Three New Cities

The popular Small Business Expo is the landmark tradeshow

Will it be coming to your city?

By C. Daniel Baker

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Discernment, Not Desperation: Why Employers Need You Just As Much As You Need Them

Don't neglect vetting the company you plan to offer your skills to

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With a rough job market, it’s understandable for an individual to say “yes” to…

By Courtney Connley

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Hair We Go Again: How to Respond to the Never-Ending Workplace Style Debate

Doctor who dons 'locks talks how you can remain professional despite scrutiny

Sometimes it can be annoying —even insulting— to constantly fielding style questions on ethnic haircare.…

By Jamie Harrison

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Transgender Poses as Michelle Obama for Candy Magazine

Connie Fleming poses as Michelle Obama on magazine cover

Candy Magazine is dedicated to transversal style

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Online Holiday Sales Soar to $39 Billion

Last shopping week before Christmas saw 53% growth in spending

Online sales this season are up by 16% to $38.7 billion, according to ComScore.

By Yannique Benitez

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Austin Brown says ‘It’s Been an Uphill Battle’

Being an offspring of the famous Jackson family doesn't guarantee success in the music business

Who is Austin Brown? He’s only the nephew of Michael Jackson, son of Rebbie Jackson.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Rapper Meek Mill Pledges 10k to His Alma Mater

Meek Mill wants to save his old high school

Meek Mill is hoping his donation will help to keep his Philadelphia high school open

By Makkada B. Selah

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Facebook Creates Disappearing Posts

Ever want to send a message that was destroyed soon after it was sent? Now you can.

Facebook announces a new messaging app that doesn’t leave a trail

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Woman Threatens to Kill School Kids With a Shovel

Do you think she should have been arrested?

A Pennsylvania woman exhibited threatening behavior to school children

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Bilal Decoded: Preaching the Gospel of Money Management and Self Reliance

Anyone who is in the music industry or hopes to be will learn something from Bilal in this interview.

The soul singer talks about his music industry past and future.

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Why You Should go See “Django Unchained”

Jamie Foxx, Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson have convincing roles in this slavery era film

There’s a love story and the showing of a strong black man in there somewhere

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DON’T FORGET REAL FANS FUND FILMS

Getting support for a film is much easier in our digital world. LaMothe suggests aspiring filmmakers reach out for fan support through sites like Kickstarter.  “It’s a Website designed for filmmakers who are seeking funding for films,” he says. “[It] seems to be filling out very well for a lot of independent filmmakers. Basically it allows your average filmgoer, contributing their 25 cents or whatever amount of money they want, to contribute by putting a budget in the timeline. With those budgets you can hopefully seek some form of funding for your film.”

Kickstarter Helps Revive Cheated Blues Singer’s Career

Internet entrepreneur helps singer raise money for upcoming project

Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian helps blues singer Lester Chambers raise money via Kickstarter for a…

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Got Milk? Dairy Prices May Soar in the New Year

Congress is stalling on yet another important issue that will affect Americans' pockets

The price of milk is just another symptom of the up-and-down economy.

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Sommore will headline Caroline's in New York City this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.

For Laughs, Old and New Fans Still Want ‘Sommore’

A new health initiative and outlook on life endears comedienne to yet another generation

Sommore talks reaching a new audience, and discusses why hair dye is necessary.

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J. Alexander Martin Continues Successful Fashion Career After FUBU

Industry leader talks going from retail snub to fashion brand giant

J. Alexander Martin is still on the scene and still making it happen!

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Photo of Michael Jackson’s Last Driver’s License Released

Why is his driver's license photo important to be released?

Jackson, full name Michael Joe Jackson, is shown in a black dress shirt in a…

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How to Make That Seasonal Job a Permanent One

Tips for getting asked back again and again

Take these steps to ensure your holiday career “audition” as a temp worker ends with…

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Rapper Capital Steez Dead at 19

Rapper Joey Bada$$ tweeted the news of Steez' death.

No details have been released on his death.

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First-Day No Nos: 3 Ways to Avoid Coworker Hate

Make a good impression at the onset with these tips

Take heed to these rules to the game that will prevent you from asking questions…

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Karrueche Tran Lands Her First Magazine Cover?

Model sends photo via Instagram about her recent photo shoot

No word yet on when the photos will be published

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Lil Wayne Sends Message to Sandy Hook Victims

Lil Wayne has joined the chorus of music industry acts speaking on the tragedy.

Wayne spoke with sports talk show host Jim Rome, on his new show on Showtime.

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Angela Simmons has grown up right before our eyes via reality television and the approximately 8,945,957 paparazzi pictures of her frolicking on the beach. The Pastry co-owner took time out of her schedule to take a very sexy pic for PETA. Okay, preacher’s kid!

Celebs Who’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur

Taraji P. Henson, Evelyn Lozada and many more have gone nude for PETA.

Famous people of color rock with PETA too.

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Tamar Braxton Backpedals on Her Beyonce Statements

Do you think Tamar Braxton is doing damage control?

Tamar Braxton now says she didn’t say she was skeptical about Beyonce’s pregnancy

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Buju Banton Awaiting Ruling on Mistrial Request

Do you think Buju should get a new trial?

A Florida newspaper has reported that a juror did improper research during Buju Banton’s trial…

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Chris Rock Settles Lawsuit with Hungarian Model

Chris Rock claims he was set-up but settles lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by a Hungarian model against actor-comedian Chris Rock has been settled

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Rihanna Donates $1.75 Million to Hospital in Barbados

The oncology department at Queen's Elizabeth's Hospital has been named after Rihanna's late grandmother

Rihanna donated almost 2 million dollars to a hospital in Barbados

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10 Products That Have Virtually Expired in 2012

See which products won't make it into 2013

Take a look at 10 products that have disappeared from store shelves in the last…

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Freshwire’s Shawn Amos On Instagram’s Historic Year

The chief executive weighs in on the platform’s extreme highs and end-of-the-year low

In the latest episode of “60 Seconds of Social Media,” Shawn Amos explores Instagram’s year…

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Reality TV Mom Won’t Let Daughter Play Outside: ‘She’ll Get Too Dark’

Do you think black men prefer lighter-skinned women?

A mother on ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ won’t let her daughter play outside in the sun…

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Spike Lee: ‘Django Unchained is Disrespectful’

Lee said he has no plans to watch the movie.

We were all waiting for Spike Lee to comment on Django Unchained right?

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Katt Williams Slams ‘Django Unchained,’ Calls Jamie Foxx Gay

Do you think Katt Williams is hatin?

During a recent stand up act in L.A., Katt Williams calls actor Jaime Foxx gay

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Beyonce, Chris Rock and Others Star in Gun Control Video

Celebrities are joining the fight for gun control legislation

A nonprofit organization fighting for gun control laws, has asked stars Beyonce, Chris Rock,…

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Dropbox Adds 2 Million New Users

Dropbox has surpassed YouSendit to become the most popular file-sharing and storage service on the web

Dropbox’s latest promotional campaign has garnered 2 million new users

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Nas Being Sued for $10,000,000

Rapper being sued for missing a concert in Africa

A lawsuit was filed on Friday against rapper Nas for failing to appear at a…

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Delta Airlines Hiring 400 New Flight Attendants

Applications are pouring in for Delta's open flight attendant positions

Delta airlines is hiring flight attendants

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Gender Pay Gap Among Top Business School MBAs Widens

Women still make less than men, even when they graduate from the top business schools

A new biennial study from Bloomberg shows that at about a third of the top…

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STEM Careers  

Education is important for the jobs of the future so Obama’s election-year initiative will ensure the next generation of African Americans will be prepared. The president has already made STEM education a key priority with initiatives like Race to the Top and the “Educate to Innovate” campaign. With growth in STEM jobs three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years, it’s an area of opportunity for future jobseekers. Throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17%, compared to nearly 10-percent growth for other occupations.

Kayak Reveals the Best and Worst Times to Travel

See what you should know before traveling this holiday season

VentureBeat collaborated with Kayak and Visual.ly to create an infographic of the best and worst…

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Spin Becomes Next Glossy to Halt Print Edition, Beefs Up Online Presence

The industry has lost another one to the digital content push

Like Newsweek, Spin will stop its print edition. The parent company Buzzmedia will now focus…

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Holiday Hangup: 4 Excuses You Shouldn’t Use to Stop Your Job Search

Don't use the holidays to slack off on efforts to advance

Just because it’s the season to be jolly doesn’t mean it’s the season to slack…

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Yandy Smith: Make Your Personal Life Your Business for the Holidays

To professionally succeed, you must take time to appreciate life, love, and family

Stow away those laptops, put the BlackBerrys and iPhones on silent and be thankful for…

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Get Inspired: 12 Major Celebrity Boss Moves in 2012

These key moments should push your desire to hustle harder in 2013

Here’s a snapshot of celebrity boss moves that should inspire you to hustle harder in…

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All I Want For Christmas is a Day Off

Four ways to cope if you're working for the holidays

Don’t have to let the work Grinch steal your joy. Here are 4 ways to…

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Small Business and The JOBS Act: One Year Later

ASBL Claims Obama Wants to “Dismantle the Small Business Administration”

The American Small Business League fears Obama is going phase out the SBA.

Obama will use the Fiscal Cliff crisis to dissolve the Small Business Association, says the…

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Royal Farms slashes Employee Hours to avoid Obamacare

Another One! Baltimore Chain Cuts Employee Hours to Avoid Obamacare

Balitmore based chain has switched workers to part-time.

Workforce to be transitioned into part-time workers, according to sources.

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Rihanna Purchases $12 Million Dollar Mansion in LA

Rihanna sure has money.

The singer has plans for a “Diamonds World Tour” which starts in the spring.

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Brandy Decoded: Singer Breaks Down the Business of Being a Star

Brandy breaks down the business of stardom from childhood to adulthood.

Brandy talks financial responsibility, staying grounded and how not to let this industry go to…

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McDonald’s Pushes Stores to Stay Open on Christmas

A leaked Internal memo encourages staying open on Dec 25.

Hoping to duplicate record sales on Thanksgiving, McDonald’s wants stores to open on Christmas

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Rev. Al Sharpton: “I Will Protest Against the NRA”

Civil rights leader calls for a real movement against guns.

Sharpton mentioned the near murder of Democrat Gabrielle Giffords last year and the shootings at…

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Who was the 1st Black Man to see Jesus?

Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr., discusses the first black man who may have seen Jesus

The New Testament refers to a number of black people as well, including Simon of…

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Cory Booker Announces He’s Exploring 2014 Senate Bid in YouTube Video

Famed mayor uses video-sharing platform to discuss possible run for Senate

Cory Booker announced on YouTube yesterday that he would complete his second term as mayor…

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Ne-Yo Being Sued for Breaking Confidentiality Clause

Singer is being threatened with legal action following VH1's Behind The Music episode

A few years ago, Ne-Yo had to pay $575,000 to Jessica White for a son…

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Top 10 Style Trends of 2012

Which trends did you like this year and which trends didn't you like?

Many of your favorite stars took to the streets with many of these trends.

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Jamie Foxx Tells Oprah: ‘Leonardo Snubbed me on Set’

Actor reveals why Leo snubbed him at the beginning of shooting.

Will you go out to see Django Unchained?

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Irv Gotti, Lyor Cohen Reuniting to Form Powerful Management Company?

Murder Inc. founder is connecting with former Warner Music president.

Rumors are swirling that Cohen has had conversations with Kanye West and Gotti was trying…

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News Outlets Say Romney Overcharged Them

Did the Romney campaign overcharge people?

Several news organizations are claiming that Romney overcharged them during his campaign

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Tumblr Rolls Out Ipad App

Tumblr for tablets

Tumblr has released an update to its iPad app that includes full compatibility with the…

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‘Layaway Angels’ Spreading Good Cheer Again This Year

This Christmas, many Americans are being notified that their layaway accounts have been paid in full by an anonymous donor

The number of layaway angels during this holiday season continues to increase

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BET Founder Bob Johnson Offers Obama Plan to Cut Black Unemployment

Dissecting a disparity that persists across education levels and occupations.

How soon can we figure out the unemployment crisis for African Americans?

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The 3 Most Appropriate Gifts for Your ‘Situationship’

Give the right gift to the right person

Could the right gift make all the difference?

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Remember when celebrity perfumes and clothing lines were all the rage? Well, things have most certainly changed. Now instead of hocking brands like RocaWear and FUBU, many tech-savvy celebs are sporting everything from headphone companies to mobile apps. From Dr. Dre to Will.i.am, to LL Cool J, celebrity tech deals seemed to be the norm in 2012 as companies compete for an increasingly tech-centric audience. – Winston Ford

Top Celebrity Tech Deals of 2012

From Dr. Dre to Will.i.am, to LL Cool J, celebrity tech deals seemed to be…

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Austin Restaurant Closes After Response to Owner's Sandy Hook Comments

Austin Restaurant Closes After Response to Owner’s Sandy Hook Comments

Eddie Nimibutr's Facebook rant leads to death threats and his business closing.

Owners comments regarding the Sandy Hook shooting create backlash and boycott.

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Demand for Armored Backpacks a Boom for Small Business

After Sandy Hook shooting, sales are brisk.

Sales triple as parents worry about their children’s safety.

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