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In BLACK ENTERPRISE‘s award-winning series of reports on the state of public schools, our editors defined the urgency of the situation by paraphrasing an old maxim: “In the 21st Century, the business of America is education.” It’s not just a mere play on words.  The reality is...

NeNe Leakes Sparks C...

NeNe Leakes, the breakout star of VH1′s Real Housewives of Atlanta,’ landed the cover of Ebony magazine’s Power 100 issue, which spotlights the magazine’s choice of movers and shakers. But the choice to use the, um, outspoken reality T.V. star on the cover has not been...

7 Deadly Sins of Sen...

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2012 Best Companies ...

Michael L. Thompson, CEO of Fair Oaks Farms L.L.C., and his relationship with McDonald’s USA demonstrate how the nation’s largest fast-food company makes supplier diversity work. Fair Oaks Farms (No. 15 on the BE Industrial/Service Companies list with $288.7 million in revenues) supplies...

Portfolio Repair

Many people would love to be in Jeremy McMullen’s shoes. At 30, he has little debt, and owns a home and a rental property. Yet, he’s in no mood for pats on the back. With an underperforming portfolio that lacks diversification, his holdings have produced a lackluster -0.1% five-year...

Getting Started: Thr...

The death (on CW) and resurrection (on BET) of comedy series The Game was a television history maker. The entire ordeal—including fans’ outrage over the cancellation, and their ceaseless support in the show’s return—caused many to question the current state and fate of Black...

Hydeia Broadbent Spe...

Today, February 7, 2011, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The fact that we have to acknowledge this day during Black History Month is a shame. This is a day we should remember all of the men and women who came before us, sacrificing their lives so that we could live better ones. It...

How To Make Your Sma...

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy (yes, even seasoned CEOs still need help!). It reminded me that we all have tons of great ideas; but it’s not that easy to make our dreams reality. So how can you take the journey from dream to reality? It’s as easy as...

How to Make the Most...

Last week Disney set sail with the inaugural voyage of their third cruise liner, the Disney Dream. Consistent with their tradition, the company pulled out all the stops–including a christening of the ship by Jennifer Hudson, Disney Dream emblems (even on door stops) and exquisite...

Jay-Z’s Market...

Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales?...