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The Mystery of Swizz...

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with news about file-sharing Megaupload. First there was the news Megaupload was suing Universal Music Group in retaliation for a promotional video UMG blocked on YouTube. (It would later drop the suit against Universal.) Later in the week, the site was...

Swizz Beatz’ F...

Swizz Beatz  is a music producer, artist and a multifaceted mogul-in-the-making but is he also a pirate? According to Universal Music Group, indirectly, he is. Swizz Beatz, born Kasseem Dean is the CEO  and a principal investor in Megaupload, the second highest trafficked file-sharing site...

Why Your Support of ...

Ask any black filmmaker and they’ll tell you that getting black films made and subsequently released is a difficult task unless your first name is “Tyler” and your last name’s “Perry.” Now George Lucas, the Hollywood heavyweight that brought us “Star...

Vanessa Simmons Laun...

Rev. Run’s little girls are all grown up. If the success of their footwear line Pastry wasn’t evidence enough, they launched their fashion and beauty site AngelaAndVanessa.com last week and now older sister Vanessa Simmons is taking her design talents to the boudoir with her new...

Concords, Christmas ...

If you’re a sneaker enthusiast or know someone who is, chances are you’ve probably heard the word “Concords” a lot in the past few days.  Even those who aren’t into kicks have probably seen “Concords” trending on Twitter in the U.S. or have heard the word on the news in...

Black Web 2.0′...

What’s an hour long  CNN documentary worth to an aspiring tech entrepreneur? Angela Benton, founder and publisher of Black Web 2.0, found out when she  and seven others were featured in Soledad O’Brien’s  Black in America 4: The New Promised Land–Silicon Valley recently. The...

Steve Stoute Talks A...

In September Huffington Post announced a new web series called The Tanning Effect featuring music exec turned marketing/ad exec Steve Stoute. Promoting his book, The Tanning of America, and the idea that diversity should be embraced by the corporate world, Stoute interviewed a line-up of...

Understanding Obama&...

Say what you will about President Obama but, at least in this case,  he recognizes a true crisis when he sees one. Student loan debt is at its highest level ever and the delinquency rate is higher than that of credit cards. So when people call the student loan debt problem a...

BE Next at Harlem...

BE Next was invited to Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) show at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater during last month’s New York Fashion Week. Amid all the great style and statuesque models we learned a little bit about each of the four featured designers and an extraordinary...

5 Ways to Cash In On...

Homecoming means school spirit, alumni, and sports to most people but it can also mean good news for your bank account if you capitalize on all the excitement. If you’re enterprising and willing to work while all the fun is happening BE Next has some suggestions on how you can turn your...