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14 Black Game-Changers Who Started As Rhodes Scholars Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz What You Can Learn from…Iyanla Vanzant’s Flubbed Exit Strategy from Oprah On the Job: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace 12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing Ntozake Shange on Embracing YOUR Power Why Democrats and Republicans Hate Obama’s New Budget 10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’ On the Job: Gender Identity & Sexuality Discrimination in the Office Buyer’s Guide: Buick Reintroduces An American Car with European Flair 6 Tips for a Stress-Free You WATCH: Diddy & Other Grammy Attendees Talk Branding Obesity Can Mean Plus-Sized Scrutiny at Work UBR Morning Post: Board Game Creator Sheila Moss-Brown The HBCU Debate: Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed? America Gets the Hook Up 4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant On the Job: Should HIV Status Be an Office Secret? Top 10: Young Women of Power Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded Love & Money Buying Guide Dealing with Religious Discrimination in the Office Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network 5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How One Woman Did It Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show! Washington Report: Budget Talks; Obama Sits With Black Politicians; House Speaker Seeks Control Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch In the News: Egyptian President Finally resigns; Facebook Justice; Magic Johnson Catches the VIBE In the News: Michelle Obama Makes an Appearance on LIVE! 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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention UBR Morning Post: Dante Lee Shares Black Business Success Secrets In the News: Protesters in Egypt Rally After Release of Google Exec; Electronics Not A Factor in Toyota Acceleration Getting Started: ‘Men of Morehouse’ Create an Upscale Condom Line Why Black America No Longer Exists Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time “Frugal Fatigue” Sweeps The Nation Getting Started: How One Corporate Exec Went from Workdays to Doggy Daycare How to Ace Your Skype Interview Top 10: Women of Power 4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’ Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day WATCH: One-on-One With Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner In the News: Walgreens Celebrates Black History Month; ‘T-Commerce’ On the Rise; Foreign Journalists Attacked Filmmaker Takes AFFRM-ative Action to Promote Black Cinema Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life Ford’s 2011 Taurus SHO’s Love to the Black Community & Your Pockets WATCH: Working Your Style: One Look, Three Ways How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt This Week on the B.E. 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B.E. Exclusives

14 Black Game-Changers Who Started As Rhodes Scholars

Prestigious fellowship helped spark success of exemplary doctors, authors, professionals

The Atlanta Post highlights achievements of exemplary African American Rhodes Scholars.

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Lexus goes hybrid with the 2011 CT200 (Source: Press)

Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That

Despite the President's push to get more electric cars on the roads, many in the Black community remain resistant to change

In President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, he called on the car industry…

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

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What You Can Learn from…Iyanla Vanzant’s Flubbed Exit Strategy from Oprah

A few key tips to help you gracefully bow out, while keeping your career on-track

Oprah's response to Iyanla's apology–gracious or passive? (Image: Getty Images)
I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show…

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On the Job: Gender Discrimination in the Workplace

It's not just female employees who face sexism in the office; this is a universal issue with costly repercussions

Kimberly Osorio, the first female editor-in-chief of The Source, and colleague, Michelle Joyce, the then-vice…

By Janel Martinez

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

<ul> <li><em>(All Images: Thinkstock)</em></li> </ul> If you’ve taken a marketing class—whether it was at the…

By Tina Wells

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Ntozake Shange on Embracing YOUR Power

The Legacy Award honoree shares her journey to becoming a Woman of Power

Long before filmmaker Tyler Perry turned her most famous work For Colored Girls Who Have…

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Why Democrats and Republicans Hate Obama’s New Budget

While both sides argue over new proposal, African-Americans brace for "negative effect" of spending cuts

President Obama delivered his 2012 budget proposal to Congress this week, citing it will reduce…

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

In the February 2011 “Power Issue” of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors–Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director,…

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Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’

Just because your lender cleared you of a debt doesn't mean Uncle Sam will when filing your tax return

Consumers are receiving so-called 1099-c “cancellation of debt” tax notices, informing them that the IRS…

By John Simons

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On the Job: Gender Identity & Sexuality Discrimination in the Office

As the LGBT community fights for equality in the workplace, one transgender employee tells his story

LGBT activist, Kylar Broadus (Source: Broadus)
As a young girl, Kylar Broadus (born Karen) always knew…

By Souleo

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Buyer’s Guide: Buick Reintroduces An American Car with European Flair

Off the market for a few years, the Regal returns with a few changes and more bang for your buck

Regal makes a strong comeback for 2011 (Source: GM)
2011 BUICK REGAL CXL

MSRP: $29,785 (Base Regal…

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Diddy & Other Grammy Attendees Talk Branding

On hand for the Grammies, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with a few artists & producers about the business of music

Combs discusses branding before being honored by SESAC
Last week the entire music industry converged on…

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Obesity Can Mean Plus-Sized Scrutiny at Work

How to handle bias based on weight and protect your rights

How to handle bias based on weight

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UBR Morning Post: Board Game Creator Sheila Moss-Brown

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks Sheila Moss-Brown,…

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The HBCU Debate: Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed?

Started as a response to racism and starved of financial support, HBCUs have to do more with less

Critics have called them a race-based anachronism. Others have said worse: They’re inferior, they’re in…

By Robin White Goode

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America Gets the Hook Up

President Obama Says National Wireless Initiative Will Spur Innovation and Reduce Deficit

Obama speaks to Northern Michigan University about National Wireless Initiative (Source: White House)
In his January…

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant

Successful entrepreneurs who have beaten their Goliaths

Get ready to go up against the big guys (Image: Thinkstock)
Every small business has to…

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On the Job: Should HIV Status Be an Office Secret?

Having a life-threatening illness is hard enough, but dealing with discrimination at work because of it is can make it even more difficult

Office gossip about confidential matters can create a uncomfortable work enviornment (Source: Thinkstock)
Tracy Mack thought…

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We're only a week away from Black Enterprise's 6th Annual Women of Power Summit.  Next week, both  seasoned businesswomen and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will congregate in Orlando for three days of networking and insightful workshops. To celebrate the occasion, check out our list of 10 business mavens under 40. You can catch them live at this year's summit or via BlackEnterprise.com's up-to-the-minute coverage. —Janel Martinez (Image: Thinkstock; all other images courtesy of subject)

Top 10: Young Women of Power

With just a week before the Women of Power conference, BE highlights some of the brightest female entrepreneurs and execs under 40

We’re only a week away from Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit. Are…

By Janel Martinez

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

Most may view <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong> as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much…

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If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has put a serious hurtin’ on your wallet, we’ve got good news. You can demonstrate your affection without blowing your budget. Here are five ways to save money on romantic gifts. —Sheiresa Ngo (Image: Siri Stafford)

Love & Money Buying Guide

Showing your affection on special occasions doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket

If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has…

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Dealing with Religious Discrimination in the Office

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

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Hardison is a true Woman of Power (Source: Press)

Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success

The fashion industry tour-de-force knows a thing or two about wielding power

Having paved the way for the Tyras and the Naomi Campbells of the fashion industry,…

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small…

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

<em>Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)</em> <ul>…

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Breaking the Glass Ceiling: How One Woman Did It

Adriane Brown is a trailblazer and known as one of the most powerful women in business

As president and COO of Intellectual Ventures, an invention investment firm based in Bellevue, Washington,…

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Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

<em>Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists</em>

<em>Rev. Al Sharpton…

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This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show!

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a review of the issues, people and topics covered in this monumental episode

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a fascinating review of the issues, people and topics…

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Washington Report: Budget Talks; Obama Sits With Black Politicians; House Speaker Seeks Control

A roundup of recent changes on Capitol Hill

BLACK ENTERPRISE Washington Correspondent Joyce Jones reviews political activity in the nation’s capital that will…

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Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch

The car manufacturer rolls out a an upgrade of last year's model with a few added perks

The RDX hits the pavement (Source: Press)
2011 ACURA RDX SH-AWD

MSRP: $38,580 (Base RDX starts out…

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In the News: Egyptian President Finally resigns; Facebook Justice; Magic Johnson Catches the VIBE

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

After ongoing unrest and protests that began late last month, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak finally…

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In the News: Michelle Obama Makes an Appearance on LIVE! (Video)

The First Lady heads to NYC to talk about her Let's Move campaign

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President Obama’s right-hand woman dropped by the highly-popular Live! With Regis and Kelly Wednesday to…

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WATCH: Working Your Style – How to Change It Up This Valentine’s Day

Host Daisy Lewellyn shows you how to make the holiday the sweetest (and least stressful) ever

Don’t stress this Valentine’s Day, get your outfit together for a great evening with guidance…

By Elayne Fluker

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Shaunie O’Neal’s 3 Pointers to Scoring a Reality TV Deal

The executive producer for Basketball Wives provides winning tips for making your reality show dreams...reality

The Los Angeles native spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about shopping around her five season reality TV…

By Janel Martinez

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

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New Study Shows 62 % Drop in Home Mortgage Approvals to Minorities

When the housing market collapsed, so did the number of home loans to Blacks and Latinos

Together, African-Americans and Hispanics were able to borrow 62 percent less to buy or refinance…

By Kenneth J. Cooper

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Nia Long Reshapes Image of Muslim Women in Indie Film

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the process

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the…

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention

A wife-mom-businesswoman tells how her invention changed her life

Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)
In our video series,…

By Elayne Fluker

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UBR Morning Post: Dante Lee Shares Black Business Success Secrets

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Dante…

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In the News: Protesters in Egypt Rally After Release of Google Exec; Electronics Not A Factor in Toyota Acceleration

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

NASA engineers canceled out engine electronics as a reason for the recall of over 8…

By Janel Martinez

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Getting Started: ‘Men of Morehouse’ Create an Upscale Condom Line

Morehouse graduates found b condoms to combat the high HIV/AIDS rates in urban communities

That something was b condoms, a plush condom brand that merges style and sexual health.The…

By Janel Martinez

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Why Black America No Longer Exists

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eugene Robinson talks about the 'Disintegration' of the Black monolith

Author Eugene Robinson has sparked debate with his recent book, ‘Disintegration: The Splintering of Black…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

The hi-tech wallet (Dunhill)
Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

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“Frugal Fatigue” Sweeps The Nation

Why are so many Americans dissatisfied with having to live a financially prudent lifestyle?

Some two-thirds of Americans now claim to have “frugal fatigue” according to a January 2011…

By John Simons

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Getting Started: How One Corporate Exec Went from Workdays to Doggy Daycare

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three things small businesses can learn from Corp. America

Entrepreneur Robin Crawford shares three of her most valuable lessons from stints at such companies…

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How to Ace Your Skype Interview

On-camera interviews can be more difficult that in-person. Here's how to wow them either way

Technology certainly brings with it many business advantages and efficiencies. But with all the benefits…

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Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two weeks, February 23, 2011.  What better way to prepare for the opening ceremony than to explore our top 10 Women of Power picks ? Check out the montage of savvy businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way.--Janel Martinez

Top 10: Women of Power

Businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way

Black Enterprise’s 6th annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two…

By Janel Martinez

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book,…

By Alan Hughes

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Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

An open letter to Black America from the young activist who has been fighting the disease her whole life

This is a day we should be remembering all of the men and women who…

By Tomika Anderson

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WATCH: One-on-One With Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

In an exclusive interview on 'Black Enterprise Business Report,' Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle sits down with the nation's CFO

In an exclusive interview, BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked with the nation’s chief…

By Derek T. Dingle

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In the News: Walgreens Celebrates Black History Month; ‘T-Commerce’ On the Rise; Foreign Journalists Attacked

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

One of the country’s largest drug store chains is highlighting more than on-the-shelf sale items…

By Janel Martinez

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Filmmaker Takes AFFRM-ative Action to Promote Black Cinema

Ava DuVernay unites black film festivals to encourage national releases of more movies for us and by us

DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Marcia Wade Talbert)
Ava DuVernay has accomplished three…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business

The former Pittsburgh Steeler's new venture marks his foray into sporting goods

Harris' 1996 Black Enterprise cover
As the featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the…

By Alan Hughes

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy…

By Tina Wells

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Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life

How you can set a path to international voyages-- affordably

A black traveler her travels and how she affordably blazes sky trails on jet-setting voyages

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Ford’s 2011 Taurus SHO’s Love to the Black Community & Your Pockets

Automotive analyst Jeff Fortson test drives the new model and shares his experiences

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After an 11-year absence, the current-generation Taurus was resurrected in…

By Jeff Fortson

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Working Your Style Options

WATCH: Working Your Style: One Look, Three Ways

Style expert Daisy Lewellyn tells you how to get out of that work wardrobe style rut

If your work attire is in need of a remix, we’ll show you how to…

By Elayne Fluker

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

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What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt

The wrong move could wreak havoc on your finances by having you pay for something you didn't have to

In part one of this article, we explained what the statute of limitations is and…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Iman (right) graces cover of Black Enterprise with protege Tyra Banks

This Week on the B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman (Video)

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

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In the News: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West Launch Weekly Radio Show; Verizon’s iPhone Debut Close

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

Nearly a week after Egyptians reported a country-wide Internet outage, service has been restored, according…

By Janel Martinez

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Half of Detroit Public Schools In Danger of Closing

Politics and a massive deficit have left Motor City in financial turmoil. Will our children be forced to forfeit their education?

Detroit's school system is getting a failing grade (Thinkstock)
Detroit is in trouble—again. The city’s public…

By Tamara Warren

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UBR Morning Post: NuJak Entrepreneurs Share the Power of Partnerships

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy speaks with Frank…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the News: Mubarak Won’t Run; Raven-Symoné Back on TV; New York Daily News Names Black Managing Editor

Noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak announced he will not be running for president during elections in…

By Janel Martinez

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Why Designers are Down on Michelle Obama

Is it wrong to ridicule Mrs. Obama for being the First Lady...of fashion?

I was both pleased and perturbed by the “On the Runway” story in the Sunday…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Be self-aware and personally responsible. "Learn how to be more comfortable in your own skin," Collier says. The more you understand yourself, the more you can be comfortable in your mannerisms and the more comfortable people are going to be in their interactions with you.  	For more on executive success in the workplace: 	How to Deal with the Boss from Hell 	Step Your Game Up with a Career Coach 	How to manage your feelings

The Boss Effect: How Small Gestures Make Big Impressions

Executives, learn to use executive amplifiers to your benefit

For executives and managers, sweating the small stuff can mean big results. Here’s how to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Prison Break  	On February 11, 1990, Mandela was freed from prison after serving 27 years behind bars in Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, near Cape Town. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for treason, so the release came as a surprise. Few can forget the image of him walking hand-in-hand with his then-wife, Winnie, into the surrounding pack of overjoyed supporters.  He later addressed a crowd of 50,000 people on the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. "Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible,” Mandela said.

Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

10 memorable moments from the revered political leader's life

BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 ways the South African revolutionary changed history.

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In the News: Turmoil in Egypt Continues; Martin Luther King III Addresses Mets Rumors; Vick’s New Deal

Noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

The Egyptian president’s “out with the old, in with the new” cabinet strategy failed as…

By Janel Martinez

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How Women of Power Network!

Whether you're learning or leading the pack, join us for the ultimate networking event for women who mean business

Whether you’re just learning or you’re leading the pack, join us at the ultimate networking…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass – Brenda Braxton on Starting Over

The entrepreneur opens up about her personal & professional reinvention

In our video series, Brand New You, our host, Karen Taylor Bass (founder of thebrandnewmommy.com)…

By Elayne Fluker

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B.E. Exclusive: Interview with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

In a one-on-one with the nation's CFO, BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked about putting America�s financial house in order

In our exclusive interview, BLACK ENTERPRISE Editor-In-Chief Derek T. Dingle talked with Geithner about the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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In recent years, more states have placed a focus on personal finance education in our nation's schools, but only 13 states require that a personal finance course be taken as a high school graduation requirement according to the National Council on Economic Education. Although that’s up from seven states in 2007, there's still much to be done.  BlackEnterprise.com and Ylisa Sanford Seymour, CFP Senior Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., created some tips to help parents instill the value of money in their children and help them grow into fiscally responsible adults.--LaToya Smith

4 Tips for Raising Money-Smart Children

You're never too young to start learning about how to save

In recent years, more states have placed a focus on personal finance education in our…

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In the News: Mandela Released From Hospital; Will Smith & Jay-Z in Business; Egypt Can’t RT

A few noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, was discharged from a Johannesburg hospital Friday after a…

By Janel Martinez

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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? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, <strong>Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter</strong>. The rapper-turned-businessman…

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

While business plans can take all types of forms, they all share the following elements.…

By Tina Wells

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When it comes to salary, know your worth: Wait to discuss salary after you’ve been made an offer. At that point, don’t walk into the situation thinking you should accept the base rate or what the company is offering you. You’ve done your research and know your skill set, so now you can gauge what’s appropriate for you in comparison to your industry. Present a salary range to your employer. They may decline your rebuttal, but chances are they will try to reach a middle ground with you.

Two Deals? One Choice. How to Negotiate So You Make the Right Decision

The founder and CEO of Full Circle NY offers tips to making the best career decision for you

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Karen Nethersole, Esq., founder and CEO of Full Circle NY, about ways…

By Janel Martinez

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In the News: Will.I.Am Inks Tech Deal; Single Mom Jailed; Fired for Football

A few noteworthy headlines from around the Web that you may have missed

Will.I.Am. Shows His Inel-Lect with New Tech Deal
Intel Corporation named The Black Eyed Peas frontman…

By Janel Martinez

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Russell Simmons is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, but the mogul (who is featured in the February 2011 issue of Black Enterprise) keeps his bookshelves jam packed with interesting reads. I took a peek while waiting for the crew to get the lights set for our Power Player interview with Simmons for the Black Enterprise Business Report and took note of what was there. Along with three Buddha statues, an ’80s hip-hop bobble head (complete with pseudo-Kangol and Adidas), a photo of his daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with Oprah, and a bonsai tree that’s seen better days, Simmons’ office shelves offers a window into his soul—and his favorite reads. Here are 10 great books on Russell Simmons’ shelf. Tastemaker that he is, if Simmons loves it, it’s almost guaranteed to please!--Caroline Clarke

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Here's a window into the mind of the music mogul and businessman.

<strong>Russell Simmons</strong> is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Super-Rich-Guide-Having-All/dp/0142428329"…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Statute of Limitations on Debt

Make sure you know the rules of how to deal with long-term debt

The statute of limitations. You’ve most likely heard the term before, but you may not…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Do You Have a Way with Words? Then Lift Your Voice!

Calling all poets! Black Enterprise wants you to be a part of our WOMEN OF POWER Poetry Jam!

Calling all female poets, spoken word artists and lyricists! BLACK ENTERPRISE wants you. BE is…

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In the News: Want to Check Your Refund Check Status? There’s An App For That

The IRS launches a smartphone app for iPhone and Android users

The Internal Revenue Service is changing with the times, launching IRS2Go, an app for iPhone…

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Be sure to also read these other tips for entrepreneurs... Want to pitch YOUR business at our Entrepreneurs Conference? Click here to enter! Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs 5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Business Internationally

7 Ways to Maximize Your Company’s Profits

Venture capitalist and author Mark Thompson shares the fundamentals of staying in the black

<li>One of the first rules in entrepreneurship is do whatever you do profitably. And when…

By Alan Hughes

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UBR Morning Post: Urban Fashion Innovator Daymond John

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with urban fashion…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Obama’s Plan To Win The Future

State of Union calls for innovation, education and reform to move the nation

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama sought to rally the nation as…

By Derek T. Dingle

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All Hail the King–Regina King

The actress on longevity, investing, wisely managing her finances, and why she's leery about putting her personal biz on Front Street

Regina King (Photo by Kirstin Knufmann)
Regina Rene King is no stranger to most of us.…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Career Gear Gives Men of Color the Confidence (and Clothes) They Need to Move Forward

Thanks to donations from celebs and everyday folks, one organization helps men in need dress for success

For many, it’s hard enough to line up a job interview in this down economy,…

By Tomika Anderson

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WATCH: The High Life: Ne-Yo Talks about His New Ventures & Partnership with Black Enterprise

Tai Beauchamp interviews BE CEO Earl Butch Graves & Ne-Yo, who's so serious about business

Black Enterprise CEO Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo talk business for the High Life

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Want to Earn a Man’s Salary? Negotiate Like Him

How women can get what they're worth in the workplace by manning up!

African American women earned about 62 cents for every dollar white men made in 2009,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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New Bank Fees? No Problem. You Can Still Get Free Checking

Look for the loopholes and don't get charged for accessing your own money

You might see a new addition to your checking account in a few weeks. No,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Bad Business: The Problem With Fried Chicken

An honest look at the politics of poultry and what role this Southern delicacy plays in the negative image of Black folks

Perhaps I’m being too sensitive and reading too much into the politics of poultry but…

By Anslem Samuel

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In the News: At Least 35 Killed in Moscow Airport Explosion

Investigators believe possible terrorist attack connection to today's bombing in Russia

Russia’s largest airport became the scene of destruction and death when a bomb exploded late…

By Janel Martinez

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Let Your Voice Be Heard at Women of Power 2011

Participate in this years Women of Power poetry jam contest for your chance to win the grand prize

Black Enterprise is searching for a poet to bring down the house at the 2011…

By Janel Martinez

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Don't cough or sneeze into your hand-- Sneezes and coughs can creep up instantly and before you know it you’ve expelled millions of droplets into the air (or your hand). Always have tissues on hand making sure you cover your mouth and nose when you feel one of these actions coming on. Dispose of the tissue immediately after.

Top 10 at 10: Ways to Avoid Getting the Office Bug

These 10 tips will help you stay safe in your office space

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Pete D. Williams, MD from Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Gainesville,…

By Janel Martinez

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Rescuing Communities of Color

The whole world prepares for Obama's first State of the Union Address of 2011 and his plans for our financial recovery

With less than a week before President Obama’s State of the Union Address, political and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Tyson Beckford stops by Black Enterprise headquarters.

EXCLUSIVE: Tyson Beckford on the Importance of Keeping a Clean Image (Video)

The supermodel has some wise words for entertainment industry hopefuls

Beckford talked to BlackEnterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier about the importance of finding a manager or…

By Janel Martinez

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Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with big dreams of launching your own business. At just 18, she launched her company to tap into the needs and interests of young people like her. Twelve years later, Wells and BMG have been recognized as leaders in the industry, having been featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE, Essence and Inc; winning the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award; and boasting more than 9,000 young people who serve as "buzzSpotters" around the country. Now, Wells brings her expertise to BE NEXTERs on BlackEnterprise.com with her weekly column filled with tips, advice and feedback for young entrepreneurs. See her on our site each week! And follow her at on Twitter @fashiontw. For her first post, Wells offers up 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs.

Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells joins BlackEnterprise.com as a weekly blogger offering up advice on how to succeed in business

<strong>Buzz Marketing Group </strong>CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with…

By Tina Wells

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Washington Report: House Republicans Pass Healthcare Repeal

The battle over heathcare continues on Capital Hill

Democrats and Republicans spent most of Wednesday streaming on and off of the House floor…

By Joyce Jones

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Addisu put more stock in his dreams than the market

Changing Lanes: Wall Street Trader Quits Job to Pursue His Dreams

Anteneh Addisu was already successful in the finance world, but he gave it all up for a career in music

Anteneh “Anthem” Addisu, 25, loved working on Wall Street. Making close to $150,000 a year,…

By Raqiyah Mays

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In the News: Comcast and NBC Make History

Comcast inks a $28 billion deal with NBC Universal. What does it mean for African Americans?

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice approved Comcast’s $28 billion purchase of…

By Janel Martinez

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Health care and social assistance --Due to the constant dependency on this industry, it's been stable throughout the job market insecurity. "We haven’t seen the dramatic declines in health care that we’ve seen in other categories throughout the recession, but there’s sill sizable growth year-to-year." The Monster exec describes the industry as "recession proof." Jobs that are experiencing growth in this industry are occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.

On the Job: Top Industries to Break Into This Year

Where the jobs are! 5 industries you�ll want to enter in 2011

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Matthew Henson, vice president of public relations from Monster Worldwide, about why…

By Janel Martinez

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There Were Not Enough Blacks at CES & It’s Our Own Fault

'Black parents are raising a generation of financially and educationally underpowered wimps, who've become experts at mastering the inconsequential'

Why were so few African-Americans represented at CES. One blogger says Black parents are raising…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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For-Profit Educational Institutions Under Fire

Supporters say they provide unprecedented access to minorities; others caution buyers to beware

The for-profit education sector is a multi-billion dollar industry. In 2009, students attending for-profit institutions…

By Joyce Jones

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EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Campbell Offers Up-and-Comers Industry Advice (Video)

The supermodel drops by Black Enterprise and talks business tips and the importance of mentors

Supermodel Naomi Campbell stopped by Black Enterprise headquarters on Friday to talk with BlackEnterprise.com correspondent…

By Janel Martinez

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Small Business Outlook: More of the Same?

The payroll tax cut could provide the long-awaited boost entrepreneurs have been waiting for

It looks like those waiting for a rebound for America’s small businesses will have to…

By Alan Hughes

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On the Job: How to Reinvent Yourself and Land That Dream Gig

A career-advice expert provides 7 ways to recreate your professional persona

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Senior Editor of Monster.com and HotJobs about how networking can lead you…

By Janel Martinez

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In the corporate world, wearing a suit and tie, or a dress with heels, is the norm. However, techies and entrepreneurs tend to have their own style, preferring to switch things up a bit. A male geek will likely wear a blazer and some sort of graphic tee with jeans. A female techie may add color to her outfit with a pair of trendy earrings. At Black Enterprise we love how CyberSynchs founder, Amos Winbush III (pictured here), keeps his wardrobe business casual with a hint of geek flare.

UBR Morning Post: Top Business Innovator Amos Winbush

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with Black Enterprise…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Democrats Stand Up Against ObamaCare Repeal

Sources say the repeal could be detrimental for African Americans who disproportionately suffer from pre-existing conditions

In a White House conference call with reporters, Garth Graham, M.D., HHS Deputy Secretary for…

By Joyce Jones

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Music Mogul Ted Lucas Helps Haiti Get “Better”

A year after the quake, the Miami CEO uses charitable album to reignite the push for Haiti's recovery

Lucas campaigns for Haiti's recovery
It’s been just over a year since Haiti was ravaged by…

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Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely affected. That’s why it’s important to do whatever you can to make sure you get the healthcare you deserve from your medical providers. Remember your doctor works for you not the other way around. Here are five simple tips for becoming an empowered patient.  By Sheiresa Ngo

5 Tips For Being An Empowered Patient

People often forget that their doctor works for them. Here are a few ways to make sure you get what you're paying for.

Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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In the News: Former Atlanta City Councilwoman Found Guilty on Theft Charges

Devetta Johnson Mitchell reportedly stole $31,072 from the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority

Devetta Johnson Mitchell was found guilty on seven counts of theft for stealing more than…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Power Look

5 essential tips you need to dress for the job you want; not the job you have

Are you a woman of power? Are you a man on the move? Then look the part…

By Elayne Fluker

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On the Job: 7 Signs You’re Burnt Out & Need to Make a Career Move

When and how to throw in the towel

Seven indicators its time for a career change

By Janell Hazelwood

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What You Can Learn from…Obama’s White House Shake-up

Three tips to help reposition your organization

When President Obama delivers the State of the Union within two weeks, our nation’s chief…

By Derek T. Dingle

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WATCH: Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks about Wall Street Project

Black Enterprise Senior VP Alfred Edmond speaks with Jesse Jackson about the economy, Wall Street, and where Black folks fit in

Black Enterprise Senior VP Alfred Edmond speaks with Jesse Jackson about the economy, Wall Street,…

By Elayne Fluker

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David Minott Urges Black Community to Flex Its Economic Power

The world music artist launches national campaign to boycott cell phone usage for 24-hours in February

Minott campaigns for a blackout
According to a July 2010 poll, 46% of African Americans mostly…

By Kevin L. Clark

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In the News: 50 Cent Tweets His Way to a Possible SEC Investigation

The H&H Imports shareholder encourages his 3.8 million followers to buy shares in the penny stock

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson knows a thing or two about the influence of technology, but…

By Janel Martinez

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Against a backdrop in which the buying power of  African-Americans continues to grow and digital media has increasingly become the medium of choice for consumers, BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils its first-ever roster of Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising in our February 2011 issue. Ranging from C-suite professionals to BE 100s leaders, these men and women promote the world's most celebrated brands through initiative and innovation. They engage consumers using traditional mediums and social media, target influential multicultural segments and generate millions in revenues in the process. To give you an idea of the creativity and savvy of these high-powered professionals—our full list includes more than 100 execs—we have identified 12 with campaigns that demonstrate why they deserve to be among our best and brightest.

12 Top Innovators of Marketing and Advertising

African Americans not only have buying power, they take control in the boardrooms that market and advertise to us

Against a backdrop in which the buying power of African Americans continues to grow…

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EXCLUSIVE: Tyson Beckford Stops By Black Enterprise

The supermodel came by to show his love and support for one of our Women of Power honorees

Former supermodel Tyson Beckford stopped by the Black Enterprise office today and took time to…

By Elayne Fluker

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Michael Steele Drops Out of RNC Chairman’s Race

The embattled and emotional now-former chairman steps aside after making political history

The outlook for Michael Steele’s bid for a second term as Republican National Committee chairman…

By Joyce Jones

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WATCH: Ludacris Expands Brand Into Headphone Market

The enterprising entertainer adds some Soul to the world of personal audio electronics and expands his portfolio in the process

If high quality audio is your thing, then this is your month. Several high profile…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Things You Might Not Know About Credit

Think you know everything about credit? You might be surprised by these overlooked options

How much do you know about credit? Below are four things you might not be…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Sure, the holidays were a lot of fun. You ate great food, spent time with family, and you gave and received some fabulous gifts. Fast forward a few weeks to mid-January. You just got your credit card statement from December and it's not pretty. Although the season was grand, your bank account is looking quite anemic. All that giving and celebrating caused your finances to take a major hit. Here are five tips on how to recover from your holiday debt hangover. —By Sheiresa Ngo

How to Survive the Holiday Debt Hangover

Spreading holiday cheer last year may have spread your pockets too thin this year. Here are 5 tips to stay out of the red.

</a>Sure, the holidays were a lot of fun. You ate great food, spent time with…

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Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name a few. But even with those skills, even the most successful entrepreneurs have made their share of mistakes—and sometimes catastrophically. Robert Jordan, author of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press $24.95) spoke with 45 successful entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of what it takes to successfully launch and grow a business. Among those featured is Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, who sold the company for $2 billion, Raj Soin, who launched Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) before selling it to BAE Systems for $425 million, and others who have taken their companies public in billion-dollar transactions. To be included in the book, they had to launch, grow and sell a company for approximately $100 million or go public for at least $300 million and had to be self-made, according to Jordan. “So the range ended up so that at the low end, Viresh Bhatia sold InstallShield for about $78 million and the high end was Dane Miller, who took Biomet private for $12 billion.” But what mistakes did these multi-millionaires make along the way and what can be learned from them? Read on... —Alan Hughes

5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make

Even some of the richest people make common mistakes on their road to financial success.

Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name…

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Obama Delivers Powerful Speech Honoring Arizona Shooting Victims

In the wake of the Arizona tragedy, the president inspires the country and the survivors with his words

As former U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush did before him,…

By Joyce Jones

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Workplace Security 101: How to Ensure a Safe Environment

Steps to safeguard your employees

In the aftermath of the recent shooting in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Getting Started: Opening a Business with Your Best Friend

Kandi Burruss and Peaches Chin tell how they never let being in business together get in the way of their friendship

A conscious decision to succeed and never let business get in the way of their…

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WATCH: 50 Cent Talks New Headphones & Potential Maybach Deal

The music mogul expands into the wireless headphone market with innovative Kleer technology

Jackson at CES for Sleek announcement
Between announcements of new 3D televisions, tablet PCs, and do-it-all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In the News: Job Bias Charges Hit Record High

The 2010 fiscal year turns out 99,922 workplace discrimination charges

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission announced today that the private sector workplace discrimination charge…

By Janel Martinez

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Haiti One Year After the Earthquake: Struggling for Survival

A year after the earthquake that crippled Haiti, the people are still in need of our help and support

It’s hard to believe it’s been one full year since that apocalyptic earthquake struck Haiti,…

By Tomika Anderson

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UBR Morning Post: Home Decor CEO Tina Shoulders

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita Young speaks with home decor…

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WATCH: Wendy Raquel Robinson Talks about Changing ‘The Game’

The fan favorite on cancellations, the entertainment biz and getting back in 'The Game'

Fan favorite Wendy Raquel Robinson spoke with BlackEnterprise.com last night about the return of The…

By Elayne Fluker

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Apple releases iPhone4 to Verizon Wireless

After much speculation the two brands announce new device optimized for CDMA network

Verizon Wireless had a huge press conference showcasing their new LTE 4G Network at the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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In the News: Groupon Flexes Its International Muscles

The startup adds India, Israel and South Africa to its growing empire

The company that boasts $950 million in venture funding announced today it acquired three local…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Making a Good First Impression

What you wear to work matters. These tips find balance between stylish and serious business

Whether first day or fifth year on the job, what you wear to the office…

By Elayne Fluker

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Depression: The Black Community’s Dirty Little Secret

Often undiagnosed or ignored, depression afflicts millions. Experts share advice on noticing the signs and confronting the problem

Often undiagnosed or ignored, depression afflicts millions each year. Experts share advice on noticing the…

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WATCH: El DeBarge Shares Hard Lessons from the Music Industry

What the longtime R&B singer wants newcomers to the entertainment business to know

R&B crooner El DeBarge is pretty open about how thankful he is for life’s “second chances.”…

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In the News: Danyel Smith Named Editor-in-Chief of Billboard

The seasoned journalist takes top position at the music industry trade publication.

Earlier this morning noted journalist and author Danyel Smith announced that she had taken on…

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Businesses stray away from “going green” because of the cost, but transitioning to an eco-conscious business doesn’t have to mean shedding out countless amounts of cash. Jennifer Kaplan’s Greening Your Small Business: How to Improve Your Bottom Line, Grow Your Brand, Satisfy Your Customers—and Save the Planet gives boutique businesses an inside view on how they can go green, from start to finish. In the kick off to BlackEnterprise.com's Weekly Top 10 at 1o, we offer you ten ways small businesses can make going green a part of their business plan in the New Year.

Top 10 at 10: Ways to Green Your Small Business without Breaking the Bank

Small businesses can save money and the environment with a few changes

Jennifer Kaplan’s Greening Your Small Business: How to Improve Your Bottom Line, Grow Your Brand,…

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Dogfight Over Repeal of Healthcare Reform

GOP call it a job killer as jobs are added to the economy

House Republicans wasted no time during their first week in charge laying the groundwork for…

By Joyce Jones

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6) The rich versus the wealthy: Chris Rock says there's a big difference between rich and wealthy. (Remember? “If Bill Gates woke up with Oprah’s money he’d jump out a [bleeping] window.”) Maybe not; but White believes the true definition is when you no longer have to work for your money; instead your money works for you, your children, your grandchildren... "If you can invest and have your money yield whatever the prevailing interest rate is on that amount at the time, say 3%, and you can live off that interest, you're on your way to being wealthy.”

4/11: 11 Ways to Get Your Money Right for the New Year

Time to get serious about your money matters. Here's how!

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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The Twitterverse is constantly buzzing with an outlined play-by-play on the latest in news, entertainment and trending topics—to name a few on the long list of online conversation starters. Of course, with all that chatter it's easy to block out a lot of it, but within all the noise there's still a large percentage that catches your attention in one way or another. To make sure you're not missing out on the valuable commentary and comments online, BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking note of, whether an expert, celebrity or even you masterminded the tweet. Timelines flooded with mentions about Oprah Winfrey’s newly-launched cable network, OWN, on Jan. 1.  Although the initial sky-high ratings—approximately 1 million prime-time viewers—have declined, the network is moving towards its goal of providing the audience with 600 hours of original programming. In this version of BE Tweets of the Week, there was no shortage of tweets either embracing or throwing shade Oprah’s way. —Janel Martinez

BE Tweets of the Week: #BEMedia: Oprah Launches OWN

Six media tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

Two more high profile entertainers get into the audio sound business strictly for their business and your pleasure

The <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/04/follow-black-enterprise-at-the-consumer-electronics-show/"><strong>2011 Consumer Electronics Show</strong></a> is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor…

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WATCH: How Estate Planning Protects Your Family

The key components you need to put in place

As tough as it is to hear, the reality is that none of us are…

By Elayne Fluker

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TwitChange wins Mashable Award for Social Good at CES

Pastor Shaun King wins top honors for his digital efforts in the world of celebrity charity auctions

King rules the celebrity auction sector
After a hectic day running to and fro on the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Author and Motivator Lisa Nichols Inspires During Social Media Event

Lisa Nichols inspired participant during her tweet chat with Black Enterprise, detailing her latest business…

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Susan L. Taylor Talks Mentorship and Passing on a Legacy via CARES

Sharing tips on passing on a legacy and the need for mentorship, Susan L. Taylor…

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