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[PHOTOS] Baltimore African American Festival: Day One

Check out the action at the Baltimore African American Festival

Check out the action during the first day of the Baltimore African American Festival.

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Original Soupman launches soup truck franchise concept

Franchise Spotlight: Shaq, Mr. October Endorse Original SoupMan Food truck

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential

Seven reasons the food truck franchise concept has potential.

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The FXFL Debuts this fall

The Fall Experimental Football League to Debut in October

New league hopes to be a developmental one for NFL

The FXFL will field teams are in the New York and Boston areas, Austin, Texas,…

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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Biopic To Be Released Christmas 2014

David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a biopic directed by Ava…

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10 Video Game Podcasts You Should Know About

A must-read list for any professed gamer.

Check out these names and voices for the coolest video game podcasts.

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Franchise Spotlight: Is “Fastsigns” Banner Year A Sign Of The Times?

Six reasons franchise concept has successful proven track record

Six reasons the franchise concept has successful proven track record.

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Laz Alonzo Talks Career Journey and Power of Working for Free

Actor talks Wall Street and sacrificing to pursue passion for acting

On the second day of the Baltimore African American Festival, Laz Alonzo talks with Kwame…

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Day Two of the Baltimore African American Festival Begins

More fun, more empowerment and more entertainment for a sunny event

The Baltimore African American Festival continues today with more empowerment, more fun and more concerts.

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Because of You: A Conversation with Phylicia and Condola Rashad at ABFF

Star Jones led discussion on motherhood and career choices with TV royalty

The 18th American Black Film Festival presented “Because of You,” a conversation with Phylicia &…

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Hollywood’s Leading Men Talk the Influence of Black Males in Media at ABFF

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood

Actors Morris Chestnut, Omari Hardwick and Stephen Bishop talk black men in Hollywood at ABFF’s…

By Courtney Connley

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African American Festival: Young Military Serviceman Wins Elevator Pitch Contest

Anthony Dale, founder of Social Impact Collective, comes out the victor

At the Baltimore African American Festival, entrepreneurs participated in elevator pitch contest, with judges including…

By Janell Hazelwood

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African American Festival: Business Star Kwame Jackson Talks Black Male Leadership

"Apprentice" alumnus and entrepreneur details how to get past 'no' for the win

At the Baltimore African American Festival, BlackEnterprise.com talked with featured guest Kwame Jackson on black…

By Janell Hazelwood

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African American Festival Kicks Off With Empowerment

Crowds gather for inspiration, excitement and family fun

On June 21, 2014, the African American Festival in Baltimore kicked off with vendors, giveaways…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Newest Business Model? Pay $26.99 For $20

Washboard offers mail-order quarters for laundry

Washboard is a laundry-based startup with an interesting, confusing twist. It will send you $20…

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5 Good Reasons to Axe a Credit Card Account

Sometimes it's alright to go against the grain

Most credit experts say it’s not a good idea to close a credit account, but…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Think Like A Man’s Will Packer: 5 Keys To Success

Hollywood power player details what it takes to win

Hollywood hitmaker Will Packer, who has grossed more than $598 million worldwide, at the box…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Is Apple Preparing Multiple iWatch Models?

With sensors everywhere, it's hard to say what the wearable device won't track

Apple’s iWatch could debut with multiple sizes or styles and hit the market as soon…

By Patrick Austin

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Yo, This ‘Yo’ App Just Got $1 Million In Funding

You've got SnapChat for video, WhatsApp for texting, and now Yo for ... saying, "Yo."

Yo does one thing and one thing only. Say “Yo.” But it’s tearing up the…

By Patrick Austin

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Career v. Relationship: Watch an Exclusive Clip of Bravo’s ‘Married to Medicine’

Catch a sneak peek of this weekend's episode debate on careers and relationships

Watch an exclusive clip of Sunday’s ‘Married to Medicine’ episode where a heated debate ensues…

By Courtney Connley

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NY Student Becomes School’s First African American Valedictorian

Young scholar plans to attend Harvard in the fall on a full scholarship

Queens, N.Y., student Shanelle Davis makes history at her school as the first African American…

By Courtney Connley

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‘Central Park Five’ Settle With New York City For $40 Million

"Money won't get these guys their years back," says Rev. Al Sharpton.

The five black and Latino men known as the ‘Central Park Five’ have been exonerated…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Everything is big in Texas, including spending. Austin locals record an average monthly spending of $213 on clothes, shoes and other fashion-related wear.

Report: Black Business Owners in Texas Face Challenges

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability

Business report shows significant barriers to growth and profitability for Texas small business owners.

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New Study: Banks Making It Easier for Small Businesses to Get Loans

Banks lending more loans with lower interest rates

With most small businesses being healthier than they were during the recession, banks are making…

By Courtney Connley

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Dame Dash and Cam’ron to Open New Restaurant in New York

Harlem entrepreneurs collaborate on venture

Dame Dash took to his Instagram to reveal details of the new restaurant that he…

By Courtney Connley

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T-Mobile’s Free Music Streaming Service Is Bad News For Net Neutrality

CEO John Legere's aggressive move could set the Web down a dangerous path

T-Mobile’s John Legere announced Rhapsody unRadio, a free music streaming app for T-Mobile customers.

By Patrick Austin

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2014 International Franchise Expo Kicks Off In NYC

Host of three-day event says, this year, it may be the biggest franchise expo in the world.

Host of three-day event says, this year, it may be the biggest franchise expo in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Cool Jobs: Reality TV King Talks Producing Hit Shows for VH1 & Bravo

Carlos King stays on top of his game, expanding brand with own company

Carlos King has worked on shows including the “Real Housewives” franchise and “Love & Hip-Hop.”…

By Daron Pressley

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5 Savvy Steps to Correct a Bank Error

Whether it's in your favor or not, you'll want to reverse mistakes properly

Whether it’s in your favor or not, here are the five steps to correct a…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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D'Angelo will Release An Album This Year

D’Angelo Releasing New Album and Tour This Year

His manager, Kevin Liles, tells Billboard magazine of the plans

It’s been more than 14 years since D’Angelo released ‘Voodoo’ and the audience is still…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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BET Sues Transgender Host B. Scott For $150,000

A judge previously ruled in favor of BET, and now B. Scott may have to pay

The war between B. Scott and BET has grown into a big brouhaha. Who will…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue

Actress speaks about recent paparazzi coverage

Actress Lupita Nyong’o discusses her new found fame and recent paparazzi adventures.

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NY Teen Goes From Foster Care to Full College Scholarship

Tyree Grant beats the odds with education accomplishments

New York teen who was in foster care beats the odds and earns full scholarship…

By Courtney Connley

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Amazon Announces Fire Phone

With unlimited photo storage, a face-tracking camera, and a service to buy anything you see, this could be the ultimate shopping phone

Amazon's Fire Phone can track your head and buy almost anything, but only works well…

By Patrick Austin

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International Franchise Expo Coming to New York

Pango Financial offering alternative funding product for would-be entrepreneurs

Prospective franchisees will visit New York City’s Javits Center June 19-21 for the International Franchise…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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PayPal Launches PassPort Website to Help Small Businesses

PayPal's latest website helps small businesses go global

Paypal launches their PassPort website to help small businesses increase their global sales

By Courtney Connley

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King’s College Takes Bitcoin To School

A college degree, satellite TV, even pizza---all can be purchased with virtual currency

King’s College is the first accredited institution to accept bitcoin for tuition payment.

By Patrick Austin

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U.S. Patent Office Cancels Washington Redskins Trademark

Name deemed 'disparaging to Native Americans'

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled the Washington Redskins trademark registration.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Where Marijuana is Legal, Dealers prepare to battle Corporate Cannabis

From Budtender To Business Owner: Bringing Black Entrepreneurs Into Emerging Marijuana Market

Ways African Americans can enter and profit

Take a look at ways black entrepreneurs can enter and profit in emerging legal marijuana…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Big Tigger: Utilizing That Entrepreneurial Spirit to Strengthen the Brand

'I’m always looking for and entertaining entrepreneurial ideas'

Big Tigger is STILL in the industry, thriving—two decades later—and it may take another 20…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Educator Launches Initiative To Fund All-Black Boys Academy

Umar Johnson, Ph.D., aims to raise $5 million to buy St. Paul's College

Umar Johnson, Ph.D., is hoping to raise $5 million dollars to purchase St. Paul’s College…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for the Travel Lover

If you like employment that includes jet-setting, this is for you

If you love adventure and never staying in one spot for a long time, these…

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University of Miami Recruits 9-Year-Old Basketball Star

Young athlete gains national attention for basketball skills

Fourth-grader, Jaden Newman, gains the attention of University of Miami’s women’s basketball coach with her…

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Report: McDonald’s America’s Least Favorite Fast Food Chain

The Golden Arches aren't liked that much by Americans

The Golden Arches aren’t really appreciated, as McDonald’s is voted America’s least favorite fast food…

By Kevin L. Clark

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White House Honors DACA Recipients as Champions of Change

White House recognizes young adults who are setting excellent examples in their communities

In a private ceremony, the White House is honoring “Champions of Change,” who are Deferred…

By Courtney Connley

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Selling Your Small Business? Here’s What You Need To Know

Seven recommendations to make sure you don't get low-balled

After all the work, time, and energy you put into growing your small business, getting…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Are Investment Motifs Good for Your Portfolio?

Explore whether idea-based investing is a viable strategy

What if you could invest in an idea, instead of a specific company, industry,…

By Bridget McCrea

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Twitter Reacts To Disney’s Zendaya Cast As Aaliyah

The Disney star will star as Aaliyah in a new Lifetime biopic.

If you’ve been living underneath a rock for the past couple of days, Lifetime recently…

By Kevin L. Clark

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The Power of Chunking: 5 Steps That Radically Reduce Burnout

Use this strategy to be productive without overwhelming yourself

For all the super-multitaskers, here’s how to set goals and effectively accomplish them, without overwheming…

By Karima Mariama-Arthur, Esq.

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New Emoji List Still Lacks Blacks

The Unicode Consortium says it's striving to create a more diverse landscape, but this update proves otherwise

The emoji list includes various hand signs, cat faces, and rocket ships, but no people…

By Patrick Austin

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What You Should Know About the Roth 401(k)

Determining when to pay taxes could make all the difference in your retirement nest egg

While many people save for retirement in a 401(k) plan because it lets them defer…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Malia Obama Works on Set of Halle Berry’s Latest Project

Is this a sign that Malia Obama is headed to Hollywood?
According to The Wrap, the…

By Courtney Connley

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Pan-African VOD Startup Buys Rights To ‘Half Of A Yellow Sun’

Pana TV secures rights to Nigeria's biggest movie, plans major marketing blitz for summer

Pana TV buys secures exclusive rights to stream Half of a Yellow Sun

Pana Television, a…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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The Lowdown on Investment Rewards Credit Cards

Weigh the pros and cons before making a decision

Anything that encourages you to save is a good thing. Or is it? Investment…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Univision Implicated In Nielsen Ratings Scandal

The largest Latino broadcast network is looking quite shady

A developing scandal involving Nielsen ratings has widened to include a Univision Communications radio executive…

By Kevin L. Clark

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If Dollars Were Like Bitcoins You Should Panic

GHash is claiming responsibility, but the bitcoin mining pool has promised not to cause any harm to the virtual currency market

Bitcoin miners often use high-powered machines or many low-power ones to generate bitcoins. (Image credit:…

By Patrick Austin

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USA Robot To Compete In World Cup Soccer Challenge

Marquette University's cybernetic creations will take the field in Brazil.

With the hype of the World Cup Tournament in full swing, Americans are focused on…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Governor Cuomo Announces Tool to Stop Payday Lenders

Database will help identify and halt illegal lending

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Despite the fact that payday lending is illegal in many states, it is…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Tracy Morgan’s Condition Upgraded to Fair

Publicist reveals good news about the comedian's health

Tracey Morgan’s condition has been upgraded from critical to fair condition, his publicist said.

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African Americans “Deserve” To Cash In On Emerging Marijuana Boom

After decades of disproportionate targeting, blacks can't afford to be left out of emerging weed market

As marijuana legalization gains momentum and spreads across the country it’s time to take stock…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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4 Ways to Save Money on Hotel Costs

Enjoy time away from home while keeping cash in your pocket

If you’re gearing up to take a trip this summer, you’re most likely looking…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Carver Bancorp Inc. Names New Vice President

Isaac Torres brings extensive financial services and law experience

Carver Bancorp Inc., holding company for Carver Federal Savings Bank, a B.E. 100s Bank, has…

By Janell Hazelwood

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President Obama To Sign Executive Order Prohibiting LGBT Workplace Discrimination

Order to effect lives of 22% of American workforce

The White House has announced that President Obama is preparing an executive order that would…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Know The Real Cost Of Asking For Money

Here are five common funding sources and their long-term implications

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. I mean that literally. If someone offers…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Chris Spencer: How a Class Clown Became A Successful Businessman

'I was always the class clown but didn't know stand up would be my calling until my junior year in college'

I bet you didn’t know that he is partly responsible for the BET hit show,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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AT&T Customers’ Social Security Numbers Stolen In Hack

The company wouldn't disclose how many users were affected by the hack.
If you’ve received mail…

By Patrick Austin

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Why You Need Life Insurance

Put a plan in place to protect your loved ones

While death may not be a pleasant topic for you, it’s important to plan for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Investing in Africa: Why Are Minority Business Owners Slow Rolling?

NY Congressman hosts Power Africa summit, offers reasons behind hesitation and solutions

Congressman Meeks wants minority business owners to invest in Africa
Economic experts agree Africa is the…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Business Side of Black Beauty: Pageant Winners’ Success Stories

6 pageant winners dominating their respective fields after giving up the crown

The 63rd Miss USA contest wrapped June 8 at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Grey’s Anatomy Actor & Starbucks Battle for Small Coffee Chain

Starbucks to Help Thousands of Workers Pay for College Education

Seattle-based coffee company agrees to help workers further their education

Starbucks is rolling out a new program in partnership with Arizona State University to help…

By Courtney Connley

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Tina Charles Donates $50,000 to Charity

WNBA Player Tina Charles Donates Half Her Salary to Charity

"It's extremely important as in my past history people have given to me," Charles said

Charles has already raised $48,000 for the Hopey’s Heart Foundation to purchase 100 automatic external…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Cool Jobs: Centric TV VP Talks Working in the Wild World of Entertainment

Jon Marc Sandifer went from humble beginnings to network success

From humble beginnings at a public access channel, Jon Marc Sandier has risen to the…

By Daron Pressley

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Community Pastor Talks About the Role Faith Leaders Play in Supporting My Brother’s Keeper

Rev. Michael McBride elaborates on faith leaders role in Obama's latest initiative

Rev. Mike McBride, of PICO National Network Lifelines to Healing campaign, speaks on the role…

By Courtney Connley

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Viola Davis Narrates Lion King at Harambe Nights

Viola Davis Leads Off Disney’s Harambe Nights

The Tony award-winning actress is the first celebrity narrator for the 20th anniversary production The Lion King: Concert in the Wild

Viola Davis narrates the premiere of The Lion King: Concert in the Wild at Harambe…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Chicago Principal Tells How She Got 100 Percent of Her Graduates into College

Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid teaches students to treat their education like a job

Dr. Garland Thomas-McDavid, of Johnson College Prep in Chicago, talks how she got 100 percent…

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Beyoncé Donates $125,000 To TEDWomen Project

The gesture of motherhood will help 1,900 infants avoid hypothermia while spurring the development of a disruptive, low-cost incubator

Beyoncé is trying to help mothers around the world, and she’s using a startup to…

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Amazon Launches Prime Music

It doesn't have as many songs as Spotify, but the company is betting on popularity rather than quantity

Amazon's Prime Music service will be ad-free and bundled with your Amazon Prime subscription. (Image…

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20 Years Ago: Twitter Remembers The O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

Social media reflects on the "Crime of the Century".

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend…

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Actress and Activist Ruby Dee Dead At 91

We honor her legacy as a shining example of Black excellence.

Stage and screen legend Ruby Dee passed away Wednesday (June 11) at the age of…

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Black Fraternities and Sororities Petition Against Mona Scott-Young’s Latest Project

Reality show powerhouse stirs controversy amongst Black Greek letter organizations

Black fraternities and sororities petition against Mona Scott-Young’s latest project “Sorority Sisters”

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Mayweather Tops Forbes List

Floyd Mayweather Tops 2014 List Of The World’s Highest-Paid Athletes

Pulled in an astounding $105 million in 2013

Floyd Mayweather is the top earning athlete on Forbes’ 2014 List Of The World’s Highest-Paid…

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Welcome Michael Jordan to the Billionaire Boys Club

Sorry, LeBron. Being number two isn't so bad.

If LeBron James had any hope of being the NBA’s first athlete-slash-billionaire, it seems that…

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Women of Color Are Driving Entrepreneurship

Black and Latina women are overcoming significant obstacles to start their own businesses

Women of color are a principal force within the U.S. entrepreneurship community, according to a…

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Baltimore African American Festival Performer: Aaron Fresh

'Performing at the 15 city Teen Island Tour alongside Justin Beiber, My World Tour was an exciting experience'

In the future, expect to see Aaron Fresh on the World Stage singing, acting and…

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for the Free-Spirited

If you fancy flexibility but still must pay the bills, these options are for you

Some of us like to live a life unconfined and full of flexibility. Here are…

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Top 5 Cool Jobs for Social Media Fanatics

These options are perfect for the Web savvy

If you love being on the Web and have a knack for social media, these…

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A Peek Inside Presidential Finances

Former presidents and spouses fare well after their terms

Many were shocked by Hillary Clinton’s revelation that she and former President Bill Clinton were…

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15 Twitter Reactions To Donald Sterling Reneging

Is Donald suffering from dementia? Or just plain stupidity?

It appears that Donald Sterling has withdrawn his support from a deal to sell the…

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Halle Berry Will Pay $16,000 Child Support

Halle Berry to Pay $16,000 Monthly in Child Support

Actress ordered to pay ex-model beau

A Los Angeles court has stated that the actress must pay Aubry $16,000 a month…

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Top 5 Cool Jobs Perfect for Introverts

If you're more inclined to work 'inward,' these options are worth exploring

If you’re an introvert, these cool jobs are perfect for you.

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Kevin Roper Was Up 24 Hours before Tracy Morgan accident

Driver Charged in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Awake for 24 Hours

Morgan still listed in critical condition

Kevin Roper, the Wal-Mart driver responsible for the crash that involved comedian, Tracey Morgan, hadn’t…

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Audra McDonald wins 6th Tony Award

Audra McDonald Makes Broadway History

Actress wins her 6th Tony Award creating milestone

Last night’s win was the 6th time Audra McDonald’s name was called to receive the…

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5 Home-Based Business Ideas

These types of businesses can grow and thrive in a home environment

It doesn’t matter if you’re hoping to kick-start a full-time business out of your home…

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Lupita Nyong’o Will Produce Americanah

Will turn Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel into a feature film

“It is such an honor to have the opportunity to bring Ms. Adichie’s brilliant book…

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Good Kid, Smart Money: Kendrick Lamar Buys Reasonable $523,500 California Home

Compton rapper spends his money wisely with latest purchase

Kendick Lamar proves that he knows the value of a dollar and smart investment with…

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Analysis: As Baby Boomers See Job Gains, Millennials See Stagnation

Senior and young professionals face opposing challenges in the market

CareerBuilder and Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI) released employment analysis of two key groups: millennials…

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Apple’s Master Plan With Beats: Headphone Lockdown

Apple's proprietary connector could provide more features for headphones, but also damage consumer options thanks to its exclusivity

With Apple buying Beats for $3 billion, the company no doubt wants a return on…

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When Swizz Beatz stopped by the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" to discuss his decision to enroll in Harvard Business School's nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program, the music producer, whose estimated net worth is $65 million, was asked why after all of his accomplished success would he enroll in college. Offering up a quick response stating that it was time for him to elevate his brand, Swizz is proof that it's never good to get complacent in your career. But Swizz isn't the only celeb who knows that it's never too late to learn more. We've rounded up a list of our favorite celebrities who prove that fame and fortune doesn't compare to the value of an education. (Photo: Instagram)

10 Celebrities Who Went Back to College After Being Famous

Black celebs who prove that it's never too late to advance your education

With commencement season coming to a close, we rounded up our favorite celebrities who continued…

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For Super Bowl 50, NFL Switching from Roman Numerals

Reverts back to standard numbers for 2015

The NFL is celebrating the 50th Super Bowl

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30 Twitter Reactions to Justin Bieber’s Racist Video

Is his career finished? Will Biebs be able to recover? Twitter reacts.

It seems that the losses continue to pile up for the Canadian wunderkind known globally…

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Swizz Beatz Joins Monster as Investor, Board Member

CEO Status: 6 Career Lessons from Swizz Beatz Breakfast Club Interview

Award-winning producer schools millennials on the importance of ownership

Producer Swizz Beatz stopped by The Breakfast Club to talk about his enrollment in Harvard…

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Former Def Jam CEO Partners Go N’Syde Beverages With The 40/40 Clubs

Kevin Likes uses mobile augmented reality platform to push pop culture

Former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles has formed a…

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Survey: Top 10 Cities for Worker Satisfaction

Austin, Atlanta, and other southern cities have the highest job approval ratings

Huntsville, Atlanta and other southern cities have the highest job approval ratings among employees, according…

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The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson, Inc.

The late, great King of Pop not only had great moves, but excellent business acumen.

Millions of people loved and adored Michael Jackson. His scintillating dance moves, his crisp timing,…

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Was Apple’s WWDC Announcement Compelling Enough To Switch?

iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are feature-packed, but how does Android or Windows stack up?

Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the company's Worldwide Developers Conference by announced upcoming software…

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The American Black Film Festival: 10 Facts About The ABFF

Check out some things you may not have known about The ABFF

What do you really know about the actual festival?

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Rihanna Reveal: How Millennials Can Channel the Greats for Career Wins

Pop superstar's CFDA fashion lends nod to vitality of professional muses

Like Rihanna channeled icon Josephine Baker for her CFDA win, millennnials can channel greats in…

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Maya Angelou Memorial Service Will Be at Wake Forest

Will take place at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel on Saturday, June 7 at 10 a.m.

Dr. Maya Angelou’s family has arranged a private memorial service in Wake Forest University’s Wait…

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Lupita Nyong’o is Cast in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Academy Award winner continues her rise with new role

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lupita Nyong’o will be in the next installment of the “Star…

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Forbes names Michelle Obama in their top 100 most powerful women

Michelle Obama Lands in Top 10 on The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women

The First Lady comes in at number 8

Michelle Obama is the highest ranked Black woman on this year’s list.

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Detox Tips for the Busy Professional

Nutritional Expert Coach P Care clears up some myths about detoxing

Master Cleanse, green juice detox, yoga cleanse, lemon water. Huh? How do I cleanse when…

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Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctorate From Harvard

The Queen of Soul is added to the list of celebrities honored this graduation season

Aretha Franklin receives an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University and sings national…

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Beats’ Billion-Dollar Deal: 3 Boss Moves Lessons on Value Addition

Young professionals, here's how you too can build bankable relationships

With news of Apple’s purchase of Beats, millennials, be inspired to know your value and…

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Entrepreneurs Are More Optimistic About U.S. Economy and Investing in Their Business in 2014

Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk- Is Entrepreneurship Best When Young?

What age group is really responsible for starting the most new businesses?

Entrepreneurship is a young man’s hustle. This is a notion that’s been held by many…

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Steve Ballmer Will Purchase LA Clippers for $2 Billion

Sale is pending league approval

Ballmer has signed a binding agreement to buy the Los Angeles Clippers for $2 billion…

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Cool Jobs: Stuntman Talks Dangers & Rewards Working in the Shadows

Clay Fontenot details what it takes to be a Hollywood success

What do Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes and Jamie Foxx have in common? Clay Donahue, one…

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Google's David C. Drummond

2% of Google Employees Are Black

The newly released information highlights the racial and gender disparity in the tech community

David C. Drummond is the Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, as well as the…

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President Obama Remembers Maya Angelou

Calls her "one of the brightest lights of our time"

President Obama releases statement in remembrance of Dr. Maya Angelou, calling her “one of the…

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CONFIRMED: Apple Buys Beats Electronics for $3 Billion

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will join Apple and the Beats Music team, while the Beats Electronics team is being

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine will both remain at Apple, with Beats Music and Beats…

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12 Instagram Tips For Your Business

Here’s how to get the most out of the site to brand your company and to reach younger consumers

Instagram is a mobile photo editing and sharing app that saw its user base explode…

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The American Black Film Festival: 10 Facts About Will Packer

What do you really know about the producer of Think Like A Man Too?

Will Packer’s first feature film Trois premiered at ABFF in 1999 and he has participated…

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Top 10 Works of Maya Angelou

Here's a list of the literary icon's best work and must-reads in poetry and autobiographical books

All over the world people are mourning the death of a literary icon, Dr. Maya…

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New Study Delivers ‘Overwhelming Evidence’ of Racial Discrimination in the Job Market

CEPR: Racial Discrimination a major feature of the labor market, black men without criminal records faring worse than recently incarcerated white men

For millions of African Americans struggling to get a foot in the door in today’s…

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Maya Angelou: Top 10 Boss Moves of a Global Renaissance Woman

Novelist, actress and educator laid the groundwork for female bosses of color around the world

Remembering her legacy, here are the top 10 most daring and inspiring career moments of…

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Twitter Users Honor Maya Angelou With #MayaTaughtMe

Twitter users influenced by the work of author, poet, and director Maya Angelou went online to give their thanks to the woman who helped them discover themselves

Twitter users created the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag to share what they learned from the world-renowned poet.…

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Homeless DC Teen Earns Full Scholarship to Georgetown University

Teen explains that despite living situation, she's always wanted success

DC homeless teen, Rashema Melson, earns full scholarship to Georgetown University

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Author Maya Angelou Dies at 86

Actress, composer, and Hollywood's first female black director

Maya Angelou, singer, dancer, actress, composer, and Hollywood’s first female black director, has died at…

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Houston Family Plans to Block Production on Whitney’s Biopic

Family says singer's legacy is worth more than a television movie

The Houston’s plan to file a lawsuit against Whitney’s Lifetime biopic, arguing the singer’s legacy…

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Top High School Student Forced to Share Valedictorian Title

School policy forces top performing student to share prestigious title

Ladarius Sapho, senior Proviso East High School, forced to share valedictorian title because of school…

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Movie Theater Charges Extra for Middle Seats

Could a surcharge be headed your way?

What would you do if your local theater only let patrons who paid more money…

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The 5 Best States for Banking

Did your state make the list?

If you’ve ever wondered which states have the best banks and how they compare to…

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Best Cities For Small Businesses

New York and Chicago among best municipalities providing small business development

New York is the best city for entrepreneurs in that it provides an environment that…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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High School Helps Dying Teen’s Biggest Dream Become a Reality

Michigan teen gets high school graduation dream

Kalamazoo Central High School in Michigan granted terminally ill student Yeatise Gaines with dream graduation

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Avoid a Vacation Rental Rip Off

Don't get tricked by fraudsters

If you’ve decided to skip the hotel and instead opt for a vacation rental, there…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Angela Bassett to Direct Whitney Houston Biopic

Award-winning actress set to bring Houston's story to Lifetime

Lifetime network has tapped award-winning actress Angela Bassett as the director of new Whitney Houston…

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iPhone Switchers Are Losing Texts Thanks To Apple

Your new Android phone could be missing some important texts thanks to a known bug from Apple, but you can fix it

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If you’ve recently switched from an Apple iPhone to an Android phone, you may want…

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98-Year-Old Returns to High School to Receive Her Diploma

98-year-old Tennessee native complete her education goal

98-year-old Claudia Parries returned to her old high school in Chattanooga, Tennessee to receive her…

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First Lady Hosts White House Talent Show for New Arts Education Program

FLOTUS gives remarks about positive impact of arts education

First Lady Michelle Obama held the White House’s first talent show in an effort to…

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Forest Whitaker to Produce Scripted Drama on HBCU Hazing

Actor backs project that will bring controversial hazing topic to the big screen

Forest Whitaker teams with Reginald Hudlin to help produce a scripted drama that sheds light…

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Study Shows Employment Discrimination Against Black College Grads

Unemployment rate for recent black college graduates more than double that of white peers

Study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research shows black college graduates face unemployment…

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Emory University Names First Black Woman as Business School Dean

Announces Erika H. James as new dean of Goizueta Business School

Emory University makes history with the announcement of Erika H. James as dean of Goizueta…

By Courtney Connley

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Study: Consumers Saddled by Credit Card Debt and Overdraft Fees

Consumers face trouble due to lack of financial knowledge

A recent survey by MagnifyMoney shows that 35% of Americans overdraft and 42.4% are saddled…

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Enforcing Public Dress Codes: Discrimination, Health Issue or Just Plain Nonsense?

Fashion freedom and style censorship are expanding beyond the office. Is it fair?

Cities are banning sagging pants, with a recent alleged arrest in South Carolina for the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The American Black Film Festival: 10 Facts About Ruby Dee

You think you know all there is to know about the legendary actress?

Ruby Dee was the second oldest Academy Award nominee in the Best Actress in…

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How To Ask For Money To Fund Your Business

Here are 5 tips for soliciting money from friends and strangers using crowdfunding

Elixher Founder & Editor…

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Give Employees Tryouts Before You Hire Them

Offer a trial period, give an incentive, or have role play as part of the interview process

Hiring new employees can be a drain mentally and financially, every time you have to…

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Donald Sterling Agrees to Drop Lawsuit

Donald Sterling Faces June 3 Hearing to Determine His Fate As an NBA Owner

“Mr. Sterling’s actions and positions significantly undermine the NBA’s efforts to promote diversity and inclusion"

June 3rd will be the date The NBA owners decide Donald Sterling’s fate

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African American Festival Performer: 10 Facts about Performer Jacob Latimore

Jacob Latimore does his own 10 Facts

Jacob Latimore is one of the featured performers of the African American Festival

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Credit Survey Reveals Differences Between Millennials and Older Adults

Younger card holders less likely to request free credit reports

The Consumer Federation of America and VantageScore Solutions recently unveiled their fourth annual survey on…

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The American Black Film Festival: 10 Facts About Spike Lee

The Number One NY Knick fan debuts his latest film at this year's ABFF

Did you know Spike Lee’s latest film was funded through Kickstarter.com?

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Cornell William Brooks Named New NAACP President

Nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization announces 18th president

NAACP announces New Jersey lawyer and activist Cornell William Brooks as new president

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Lisa Nichols

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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