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If banks turn down your request for financing, consider a factor

Are You Really Ready for Outside Investment?

Ask yourself these 7 questions before looking to raise capital

“The first thing is asking yourself, ‘Are you really, really ready to raise money?’”

By Alan Hughes

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MLB Exec Wendy Lewis Talks Jackie Robinson Day, Supplier Diversity Summit

MLB's Supplier Diversity Summit this year coincides with Jackie Robinson Day

Wendy Lewis talks the business of baseball and diversity

By Darren Sands

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Small Business Tax Tips for Last Minute Filers

Here’s how to minimize your tax woes and ease the stress

Here’s a few valuable tips to help business owners with tax planning, preparation and preventative…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Baltimore African American Festival: 10 Facts of Performer Brandy

Are you sure you know all about Brandy?

Will you be attending the festival?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Harlem Tenants Fight Landlord Who Allegedly Won’t Make Repairs

What should you do if you're in a situation where your apartment really needs repairs, and you're not getting cooperation?

These Harlem tenants aren’t happy with their landlord

By Sheiresa Ngo

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#FamousLies: 3 Career Fibs That Could Ruin Your Future

Understand the myths and lies in order to avoid professional flops

These work-related myths and lies could make or break your career.

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Shaq Attacks’ Macy’s With New Suit Collection

Do you find suits in your size?

Former NBA player wants to launch his new line of men’s suits called “The Shaquille…

By Claudio E. Cabrera

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B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference: Meet Our A.G. Gaston Award Recipients

When more than 1,000 entrepreneurs gather at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in…

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New Tax Tool Helps LGBT Couples With Filings To Avoid Costly Mistakes

Online resource offers state-by-state guidance

Tax law remains one of the most complex and nuanced issues impacting the LGBT community

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Want to Intern at Black Enterprise in Social Media, Marketing or Editorial? Apply Here

Here's your shot to help continue to grow one of the black media world's most respected brands

Come join us!

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Funnyman Kevin Hart Takes His Business Seriously

Don't call him an overnight success

Comedic actor opens up about his fans, ex-wife and 18 years in the business

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How a Business Loan Could Be Affected by Your Social Media Activity

This banker shares some insight on applying for a business loan

Your social media presence is something that some bankers are paying attention to, which may…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Condoleezza Appointed to Dropbox Board, Twitter Flips

Protesters are using #DropDropbox to show their disapproval at the appointment of Condoleezza Rice to Dropbox's Board of Directors

The site’s grievances with the choice lay in Rice’s past actions under the Bush Administration

By Patrick Austin

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Free Money? The Top 10 Grants Available to Black, Minority Business Owners

There is free money available to help aspiring and established small business owners

In fact, hundreds of black and minority-owned businesses each year receive such grant funding from…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Just Say No to Coffee Meetings: Effective or Nah?

Time management and kind declines are just business---not always personal

When it comes to effective networking, saying no is a business norm, but does that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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ABC Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran Shows How To Pitch Yourself and Your Business

Real estate mogul’s online course offers fundamental lessons

What is your business and how would your pitch sound?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NFL Invests in Teaching and Educating Athletes on Entrepreneurship

NFL program looks to create more business owners

In an effort to encourage entrepreneurship and teach sound business decision making to current and…

By Alan Hughes

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Love and Money: Should You File a Joint Tax Return?

When you choose married filing separately, you and your spouse file two separate tax returns instead of one joint return

Here’s some information to help you decide

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Don’t Just Save Black Boys, Redeem Black Men

We must fight for lawful alternatives and for productive, economically viable pathways to opportunities for black men

We can not forget about black men

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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3 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Money

Does your child understand the basics of money?

It is very tempting to give children allowances, but this does not teach them that…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Major League Baseball Seeks Minority Suppliers at Business Summit

Yankees host diversity summit career and trade fair event in New York

Could you be one of these suppliers?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Merrill Lynch’s Racquel Oden Discusses Her Efforts to Diversify Wall Street

Exec looks to increase minority representation in finance

A real wealth-building strategy requires more than just saving and ensuring your portfolio beats benchmarks

By Alan Hughes

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Tech Entrepreneur Talks Success, Lack of Blacks in Tech Field

CEO talks business, IT and why there are so few blacks in the industry

The 19-year-old Southfield, Michigan-based company provides a host of IT consulting and staffing services to…

By Alan Hughes

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If banks turn down your request for financing, consider a factor

2014 Entrepreneurs Conference: Capital Raising Moves to Help Start, Grow Your Business

This CEO secured a $5 million line of credit as a result of attending last year's event

In addition to accessing capital, conference topics will run the gamut from how to get…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Celebrities Who Delivered Obama’s Affordable Care Act Enrollment Victory

More than 100 celebrity endorsers pushed the "get covered" message through public service service announcements, radio appearances and tweets

Key to surpassing President Obama’s goal for HealthCare.govesignups by the March 31 deadline – and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Money Motivation: Does Growing Up With a Silver Spoon Foster or Inhibit Boss Moves?

Anderson Cooper's insights on inheritance raises question on young ambition

One of my favorite media crushes professionals was recently interviewed by shock jock Howard Stern,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Ways To Boost Your Money IQ For Financial Literacy Month

A simple regimen to help you commit—or recommit—to your financial education.

Boost your IQ with these proven steps

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Harlem Shake founder and managing partner, Jelena Pasic, and partner, Dardra Coaxum (Image: Harlem Shake)

Power Women of the Diaspora: Two Females Forge Global Bonds in the Heart of Harlem

How Harlem Shake founders found success in meshing cultures and diverse talents

Harlem Shake partners Jelena Pasic and Dardra Coaxum have found that by embracing diversity and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Former NBA All-Star Continues Business Success, Launches Ad Agency

What's next for the successful athlete/entrepreneur?

His partner in the latest venture is Jonathan Sackett and the name of the company…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Work & Watch: 6 Career-Inspiring Shows Not To Miss

These will intrigue and inspire---or at least provide a much-needed mental vacation

Check out six stand-out shows with career themes that will intrigue and inspire—or at least…

By Janell Hazelwood

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No, No, No! 9 Ways to Turn That Into a ‘Yes’ for Business Success

Master negotiator cites the power of 'no' to get what you want

At the core of virtually all business transactions is the art of negotiating

By Alan Hughes

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Business Lessons from the First Lady’s China Visit

Michelle Obama's use of ‘guanxi’ can be employed by entrepreneurs

The Chinese value relationships that are anchored in mutual trust and take two forms: trust…

By Alan Hughes

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Why Critics of Historic NCAA Union Labor Ruling Are Missing The Point

Unions have a vital role in the health and safety of athletes, Bill Spriggs writes

Do you agree with the idea of a college basketball union for student athletes?

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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SBA’s New Head Expected to Increase Access to Capital for Minorities

Senate confirmed appointee says "this is not your grandfather's SBA"

That will be the charge of the SBA’s new Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

By Carolyn M. Brown

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B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference: Black America’s Most Historic Entrepreneurs

The 25th anniversary of the BE 100s is upon us

When BLACK ENTERPRISE presented the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award honoring entrepreneurial excellence at its…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver Discuss Living Paycheck To Paycheck

Town Hall taping airs Sunday, March 30 on OWN

Nearly half of all Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Oprah Winfrey and Maria Shriver address…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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16 Powerful Pledges to Educate Our Daughters in STEM

How important is STEM education?

At this year’s Women of Power Summit, BLACK ENTERPRISE produced with support from the Bill…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Facebook Chief of Staff Defines Her Career on Her Own Terms

How Morin Oluwole transitioned from science to successful social media career

How Morin Oluwole transitioned from science to success social media career at Facebook.

By Kandia Johnson

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Women’s History Month: Joanne Berger-Sweeney First Black Female President at Trinity College

Leading administrator brings neuroscience and business management experience

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, Ph.D. becomes first African American and female president at Trinity College in Connecticut.

By Janell Hazelwood

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The company formerly known as Research in Motion makes big announcement, unveiling a new operating system and new devices (Image: BlackBerry)

BlackBerry, Red Lobster, and Four Other Big Brands That Could Go Out of Business

Six companies in dire need of reshaping their business models

Did you ever think these brands would close their doors?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Have a Bad Credit Score? Here’s 4 Ways to Increase It

What is your current credit score?

After struggling for years with credit issues, you’ve put a plan in place to develop…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The Pharrell Effect: Millennials, Find Your ‘Buffalo Hat’ Moment

How to capture that 'it' chance or trait and leverage it for big wins

Musician Pharrell Williams gained global attention with his buffalo hat. Millennials, here’s how you capture…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Couple Who Survived Hurricane Katrina Help People Unwind With New Business

Painting With a Twist expands its 'Paint and Sip' franchise

Kermie and Algy Irvin Jr., own two Painting with a Twist enterprises in the Greater…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Howard University Professor Gives Tips on Handling Economic Stress in New Book

Author Robert M. Brown III talks about managing the emotional impact of money trouble

Have you ever dealt with a lot of stress?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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American Workers Still Struggling to Save for Retirement

TIAA-CREF survey shows significant savings gap

The TIAA-CREF Lifetime Income Survey found that 65% of Americans are saving 10% or less…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Author Provides His 5 Tips to Raising Successful Children in New Book

Author of the new book 'Raising Supaman' shares his keys to parenting

The entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and writer believes great kids don’t happen by accident

By Alisa Gumbs

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Lost Control of Your Finances? Here’s 5 Ways to Get Back on Track

Have you been terrible with handling money?

Everyone struggles with money at some point in their lives

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Mama Glow Author and Entrepreneur, Latham Thomas Shares Secrets to Her Success

This Wellness Expert is all about spreading the Glow

Wellness entrepreneur, Latham Thomas defines the title of her book Mama Glow as a “certain…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Dr. Ian Challenges You to Get Healthier

The best-selling author believes there are no excuses to leading a healthier lifestyle

Dr. Ian sat down with BE for a quick chat on how folks can get…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Are You an Unemployed College Grad? Here’s How to Manage Your Money

Were you unemployed after graduating school? Do you know of anyone who is?

Several factors are affecting the job market: the unstable economy, outsourcing, and baby boomers delaying…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Why This Executive Invests Her Own Money to Help Women Open Their Businesses

Lorine Pendleton is leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs

She currently serves as the US director of business development at the global law firm,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Are You Self-Employed? Here’s Are 5 Tax Tips You Need to Know

Here are five rules the IRS wants entrepreneurs to know

Filing taxes can get a little messy for self-employed individuals, particularly those who are artists

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How One Entrepreneur Preserves Our History

The HistoryMakers enlightens, entertains and educates the public, helping to refashion a more inclusive record of American history

For 20 years, the mission of Julieanna Richardson, HistoryMaker’s passionate, energetic founder and executive director,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Importance of Making Connections at Business Conferences

Here’s how an entrepreneur grows his business by networking at conferences

For Facility Interiors, relationships often are forged at business conferences

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<ul> 	<li><strong>Salary is inadequate:</strong></li> </ul> <strong> </strong>If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or providing for your family, then either you’re not budgeting correctly or your salary is too low.  If it’s the latter, Price suggests that you seek another job.  “If you don’t feel like you’re being compensated enough to handle living arrangements then something has to change,” he says.  “If you can look for another job that pays more then by all means go and pursue that.”

Are You Living Paycheck to Paycheck? [Infographic]

If you’re barely making ends meet when it comes to your bills, debt payments or…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Young Leader Talks Creating International Network of Women

How Lilian Ajayi seeks to take power networking to the next level

Lilian Ajayi, founder of Global Connections for Women (GC4W), discusses why connecting women for empowering…

By Kandia Johnson

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For Greg Anthony at the Final Four, Another Unforeseen Milestone

Greg Anthony will call the Final Four alongside Jim Nantz and Steve Kerr

It’s the latest move in a career full of unexpected twists and turns

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3. Do seek "trade credit" from vendors and suppliers. 

Too many entrepreneurs dream of going to a bank and getting a business loan or line of credit for their enterprise. But maybe you don’t need a traditional bank loan at all to launch or grow your business. 

If you can get your vendors and suppliers to agree to provide you with trade credit---i.e., the ability to pay for goods and services over time---you can creatively and more frugally run your operations.

4 Things You Should Know About Bartering

Learn the rules so you can stay out of trouble with the IRS

Bartering can help you save money. However, it's important to be aware of the tax…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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‘brownbelle’ Entrepreneur Gets Customers — and Creatives — ‘Tied’ up in a Lifestyle

Washington, D.C.-based brownbelle is helping to redefine what's possible for creatives and customers alike

brownbelle creator Mariama Bramble at Fashion Bomb Daily’s ‘Cocktails with Claire’ event in Washington, D.C.
For…

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Charity Impersonation Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Don't donate blindly

Each year, the IRS releases its list of “dirty dozen” tax scams to watch out…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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What Playing Sports Can Teach You About Business

I participated in basketball during my high school and college years, embracing and enjoying that period of play and comradeship

As long as I can remember, I have been involved in organized ball as a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Mid-Cap Fund

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Word of the day: Mid-cap fund
A mid-cap fund is a type of stock fund that…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Trucking Magnate Discusses Move into Industry and his Success

Investor explains why he acquired niche trucking company

It’s a scalable business. It’s a very large business. It’s a business you can build…

By Alan Hughes

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Singer Estelle Talks the Power of Women and Importance of Global Boss Moves

Grammy-award winning artist and label founder inspires next generation

Grammy award-winning artist and New London Records founder Estelle talks about the true power of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Get Hustled In Your Search for a Good Side-Hustle

Looking for a free, easy, fast way to get money? Then scam artists and other predators are looking for YOU

Know the signs of a bogus business or work-at-home opportunity

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A New FICO Scoring Model is Coming Your Way

The credit-scoring leader announces updates

FICO announced recently that the newest credit scoring model is coming soon. Known as FICO…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Tax Avoidance Transaction

Your daily money bite

Tax season is upon us

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A Woman of Power attendee asks the panel how audience members can encourage more African American female students to embrace STEM fields.

Women of Power: Why We Must Educate Our Daughters in STEM

Gates Foundation and leaders explore challenges and solutions

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, leaders talked importance of educating girls in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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How this BE 100′s Company Survived Last Year’s Sequestration

Your daily money bite

When the government shut down last year, it created a very challenging business climate for…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Morehouse College President Talks ‘Education Crisis’ Facing Young Black Men

Morehouse president discusses "My Brother's Keeper" and what else needs to be done

The first thing we have to do is recognize that it’s a very serious issue

By Alan Hughes

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7 Keys to Rebranding Your Business

Executing a new company identity must be done strategically

Blue helped his 60-year old company successfully implement a corporate rebranding effort

By Alan Hughes

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Junior Senator Cory Booker Faces Off With The Most Polarized Congress In American History

The hyperconnected NJ senator is eager to enact policies that will shape the nation

It was within a week of being sworn into the U.S. Senate that former Newark…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Michael Yormark Leaves the Florida Panthers for Roc Nation

Twin brother of Brett Yormark is president of Roc Nation Sports

Mr. Yormark helped bring more concerts and events to Sunrise Arena, home of the Florida…

By Darren Sands

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The Microsoft founder has given away over $23 billion thanks to his philanthropic organization.

Bill Gates is, Again, the Richest Person in the World

He's stepped down as Chairman at Microsoft, but will be helping new CEO Satya Nadella as his Technology Advisor

Microsoft stock rose and so did Gates’ bank account

By Patrick Austin

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The Road Traveled Alone: How Millennials Can Find Motivation In Challenging Environments

Four steps to get support you need for strategic career trouble-shooting

Sometimes, the road to success is a lonely one, especially for millennials in challenging environments.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women’s History Month: ‘The Hip-Hop Professional’ Talks Gaining Career Longevity

Music exec-turned-entrepreneur shares three tips for success

Music industry vet and entrepreneur Shanti Das shares three keys to longevity and career success…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The actor Brandon Dirden depicts Dr. Martin Luther King in the new Broadway play 'All the Way'.

Dr. King, the Politico: On a Grand Stage, an Awakened Truth

Brandon Dirden plays Dr. Martin Luther King, 'architect of peace', in Broadway's 'All the Way'

For Mr. Dirden, that audiences learn the significance of Dr. King’s political role in helping…

By Darren Sands

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2. Reduce debt

Consumer Reports has found that in late 2011, 14 million Americans were still paying off their holiday bills from 2010. If you haven't been able to get out of credit card debt on your own, try boosting your financial fitness by joining a free financial boot camp offered online like MyMoneyCircles.com. This practical, step-by-step program, which I help lead with a team of experts, will help you reduce debt, figure out how to save money and reach a host of financial goals, including all of the financial New Year’s resolutions on this list.

Personal Finance Word of the Day: Amortization

Your daily money bite

Have you ever done this?

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First Major Hotel to be Owned by Black Firm to Open in Philly

Plans to develop black-owned boutique hotel at city landmark

Are you familiar with this area of Philly?

By Alan Hughes

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Women of Power: One-on-One with Tennis Phenom Venus Williams

Pro talks competitive upbringing, overcoming loses, and managing autoimmune illness

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, tennis pro and entrepreneur Venus Williams talks…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Should You Do a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Where to Go to Crowdfund Your College Tuition

Students think like entrepreneurs to meet school expenses

The average cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at a private, nonprofit, four-year…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black History Month: 5 Lessons From 5 Business Legends

Check out the 5 business legends who paved the way for many of the world's black business leaders

Guess who is on this list

By Derek T. Dingle

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Jackson will play a key role in Obama's plan to generate green jobs.

Women of Power: One-on-One with Apple Environmental Executive Lisa Jackson

Former EPA chief talks facing career challenges and thriving under pressure

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, former EPA chief Lisa Jackson discussed her…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: 3 Tips to Maximize LinkedIn for Professional Success

Think beyond the basics to ensure you're getting the most from your experience

Social media expert S. Lynn Cooper shares tips for Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Don’t Divest From Our Daughters; Invest In Our Sons

The ultimate success of black girls hinges on ending the assault on black boys

But we must invest in our sons–not just in their survival–but their success

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Women of Power: How to Become the Go-To Person for Winning Results

Women of Power panelists share insights on positioning themselves as leaders

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, corporate leaders share how women can position…

By Janell Hazelwood

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White House Salutes Champions of STEM Diversity

The White House today will salute a group of professionals, entrepreneurs and educators it calls…

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JOIN ASSOCIATIONS. If you’re a female entrepreneur, look into local chapters of the National Association of Women Business Owners. If you are starting a plumbing company, check out the local chapter of a national plumbers association. You’d be surprised how many fields have associations. You can receive great product discounts, invitations to great conferences, and a network of peers. Entrepreneurship can be lonely, so cultivating a group of peers is important. And of course, there is the newly formed Young Entrepreneur Council (I’m a board member!).

Glass Ceiling Inspiring Women to Business Ownership

Survey also shows men more likely to become serial entrepreneurs

BizBuySell study highlights trends shaping today’s market

By Alan Hughes

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Women of Power: Conquering Self-Doubt to Achieve Success

Professional women explore concept of the 'imposter phenomenon'

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, executive vice president and treasurer at Wal-Mart (Image: File)
On day two of the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: Legacy Award Honoree Myrlie Evers Williams Talks Life’s Work & Reinvention

Civil rights advocate shares insights on Medgar Evers and her upcoming memoire

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, editorial director Sonia Alleyne sat down one-on-one…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power Day Two: Professionals Start Day with Fitness and Empowerment

Professionals have full day of enriching seminars in store

Day two of the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit has begun with fitness and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: 3 Top Apps to Make Networking a Cinch

Add fast, fun convenience to making quality connections with these tech tools

Three apps that make networking at any conference or professional convention convenient, fast and fun.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Master Connector Jodi Brockington Shares Insider Tips on Using Tech to Build Your Network

Check out these tips on how to leverage social media for quality connections

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Boca Raton, Florida, master connector Jodi…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power Summit Kicks Off In Boca Raton, Florida

Participants start events with Macy's shopping and pampering

Professionals and executives venture to sunny Florida as the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Why There Are So few Blacks In Pro Hockey

Ex-goaltender, first black NHL announcer talks business, race and sports

An entrepreneur, Weekes, launched his lifestyle apparel company ‘I Have No 5 Hole’ in 2012…

By Alan Hughes

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Inside the Health and Fitness Regimen of BET’s 106 & Park, Free

In the second installment of the Dream Job, Dream Body Series, the radio personality shares her tips and challenges on staying fit while being busy

After BET, she has been a radio personality, speaking at colleges across the country and…

By Deanna Jefferson

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Dr.Ro Shares Nutrition Tips on BE’s #WorkWellnessWed Twitter Chat

America's Nutrition Coach dispenses advice on healthy topics from juicing to emotional eating.

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When Blogging Goes Wrong: 3 Common Branding Mistakes to Avoid

How to ensure the message you're sending is the right one

It seems everyone is a blogger—but not a good one. If you want to leverage…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Personal Finance Word of the Day: Adjusted Basis

Your daily money bite

What’s the definition?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Samsung's latest flagship smartphone has a heart rate sensor, 16-megapixel camera, and a quad-core processor.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Unveiled at Mobile World Congress

The 5.1-inch smartphone is more evolution than revolution, but still leads the pack in features

Health section added to S5

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Tax Season 2014: Watch Out for Tax-Related Identity Theft

Keep an eye out for tax-time thieves

Your identity could be stolen

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For four days, the newest smartphones and consumer electronics will compete for your attention.

Mobile World Conference 2014: 4 Things You Need to Know

Cutting-edge smartphones, wearable gadgets, and computing for cures are all present in Barcelona for Mobile World Conference 2014

Quite possibly the biggest reveal was the Samsung Galaxy S5

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High Turnover: 3 Ways Managers Can Motivate Millennial Workers to Stay

How to keep great young talent at your offices---not the competition's

With 60% of millennials quitting their jobs within three years of being hired, turnover can…

By Jaimee Ratliff

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Learn How to Save Money During ‘America Saves’ Week

Give your nest egg a boost

Use this week develop sound saving habits

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How One Black Enterprise Reader is Helping Black-Owned Businesses

Vannessa Wade supports black business with her money and her talents

Wade isn’t shy about her mission to help black businesses.

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Giveaway: Win Custom Jewelry at Women of Power Summit

Do you like the jewelry?

Black Enterprise and Cerese D Jewelry are giving away prizes for attendees of the 2014…

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The White House Emphasizes the Importance of Enrollment in Affordable Health Care

Millions will have access to coverage

Nearly 6.8 million African Americans in the United States are uninsured

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Infographic: Two-Income Households Struggle More Than Single Income Ones?

Two incomes aren't necessarily better

Research shows two incomes aren’t necessarily better

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Five Factors That Affect Your Credit Score

A guide to boosting your number

How high or low is your credit score?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Candy Crush Saga’s $500 Million IPO is Sweet But Its Future is Sour

The immensely popular mobile game is going public, but investors should be worried about its potential decline.

Do you play Candy Crush?

By Patrick Austin

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Cool Jobs: Young, Leading Stylist Talks Breaking Into Fashion and the Power of Mentor Mojo

How Joy Adaeze went from medical school labs to Fashion Week runways

Leading stylist and blogger Joy Adaeze details her career journey in fashion and how she’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Simple has 100,000 customers using its online banking platform.

BBVA Acquires Mobile Banking Startup Simple for $117 Million

The mobile banking startup will continue to operate independently, but will have access to the Spanish banking group's billions of dollars in assets

An amazing acquisition for the Spanish bank

By Patrick Austin

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Three branding experts weigh in on social media's do's and don'ts at Black Enterprise's "Innovate or Die!" panel during Social Media Week in NYC.

#DrivingInnovation Twitter Chat Highlights the Do’s & Don’ts of Social Media Branding

Three branding experts weigh in on social media's do's and don'ts at Black Enterprise's "Innovate or Die!" panel during Social Media Week in NYC

What did you learn?

By Patrick Austin

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Do Men Still Earn More than Women? [Infographic]

A recent study answers the question

If you’re a woman, most times you can expect a smaller paycheck than your male…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Top 5 Most Bizarre Employee Excuses for Being Late for Work

Survey reveals workers' elaborate tales---and some are actually true

CareerBuilder survey reveals unique reasons workers cite to their bosses for being late, with a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Enterprise 2014 Woman of Power: Debra Lee

A look at one of Black Enterprise's women of power

Debra Lee has accomplished a lot

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How to Choose the Right Tax Filing Status

Picking the correct status will keep cash in your pocket

This status normally applies if you are not married

By Sheiresa Ngo

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TaylorMade's new spot features (from L to R) golfers Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Jason Day.

TaylorMade ‘Speed Police’ to Golfers: Get Rid of Your Old Clubs

For JetSpeed woods, a 'disruptive' approach by Zambezi rubs some consumers the wrong way

TaylorMade wants you to think twice about that years-old driver in your bag

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Shannon Sharpe is out at CBS.

Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe Is Out at CBS, ‘The NFL Today’

CBS hires future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez

Do you agree with the move?

By Darren Sands

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Black Enterprise 2014 Woman of Power: Lori Dickerson Fouché

A look at one of Black Enterprise's women of power

Fouché earned a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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From Ballers To Businessmen: Here is Our All Star Roster of NBA Players Turned Franchisees

Successful former pro athletes that are winning big in business

It is reported that 60 percent of NBA players file for bankruptcy five years after…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Former NBA All Star Jamal Mashburn Slam Dunks in the Business Arena

Team building key to making successful transition from hardcourt to boardroom

Jamal Mashburn is most notably known for his success on and off the basketball court.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Looking for a Valentine’s Day Gift? Try Your Credit Report

Nothing says 'I love you' like financial planning together

According to Morris, couples are often reluctant to discuss money matters and that finances are…

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Stop bickering and start building your nest egg.

Love and Money: Dealing with Financial Crisis While in Love

What to do when money woes hit close to home

Now is the time to stick together and work out an action plan

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Love doesn't have to put a damper on your finances.

Love and Money: A Look at Valentine’s Day Shopping Behavior [Infographic]

Women focus on saving money, while men pay more for gifts

Take a look at some fun love and money statistics

By Sheiresa Ngo

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MetLife Offers Tips on Managing Love and Money

Guidelines for creating harmony between your money and your honey

MetLife’s handy tips are from their love and money workshop, which is part of their…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Pamela Carter

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

Carter oversees the division that sells and provides Cummins products

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Plus Size Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week

Curvy fashion show educates and entertains

Designer: Mad Couture; Image: R Jones; Model Malinda "Yum Yum" Bell
It’s fashion week in…

By Suncear Scretchen

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#SMW14: ‘Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age of Social Media’

Black Enterprise hosts conversation on branding and social media Tuesday, February 18 in NYC

Black Enterprise presents “Innovate or Die: How to Successfully Leverage Your Brand in the Age…

By Janel Martinez

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White House Launches Education Summits

First stop in the series is Atlanta at Morehouse College. Goal is to improve academic achievement of black students

The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (WHIEEAA) is launching a series…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Lawyer-Turned-Rapper Gilles Talks Trading in Courtrooms for Studios

How a major leap of faith led to more fulfillment

Gilles Walters took a major leap, transitioning from a legal career into the music industry.…

By Kimberly Wilson

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8 Ways to Fight Drip Pricing

Here’s what you need to do to protect yourself

Check your credit card statements for additional fees

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Women of Power: Earning MBA Degrees in Record Numbers

More women are earning advanced business degrees

How many women do you know with MBA’s?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Spelman College President Beverly Tatum On Preparing the Next Gen of STEM Leaders

Black Enterprise’s ‘Educating Our Daughters’ speaker discusses women in STEM

Black Enterprise caught up with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum to talk about the future of…

By Janel Martinez

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What do Potential Employees Value Most in a Company?

Randstad survey identifies top factors that keep workers engaged

While salaries are a significant factor in workplace satisfaction, employee engagement is not all about…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Year Later: 2013 SBU Win Helps Lisa Jackson Net New Business

Expert advice and media exposure helped the social media entrepreneur broaden her client base

When Phoenix Aficionado founder Lisa Marie “Phoenix” Jackson enrolled in the Black Enterprise Small Business…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Why President Obama’s New SBA Administrator Will Be Good for Minority Business

Maria Contreras-Sweet has firsthand small business and banking experience

The newly appointed head of the Small Business Administration (SBA), Maria Contreras-Sweet would bring years…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Power: CBS Corp.’s Josie Thomas Talks Diversity and Young Female Advancement

CBS Corp. executive offers empowering words for women of color

CBS Corp. executive Josie Thomas talks diversity and how young women can truly map out…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Steps for Creating the Perfect Office Fitness Challenge

Get in shape while on the job with the help of your co-workers.

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The most arduous task of getting in shape is finding motivation to start and…

By Coach P.

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Black British Designer Debuts Collection At Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week

Chantell Walters is one of the fresh faces gracing the runway scene this year

As the phrase is often coined “the British are coming,” it’s true

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Detroit’s New Economic Initiative Receives More Than $33 Million

NEI awarded $76 million in grants which helped to create more than 675 companies

Working to return Detroit to its position as a global economic leader

By C. Daniel Baker

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2014 Black Enterprise Woman of Power: Helene Gayle

A look at one of Black Enterprise's Women of Power

Gayle worked at the Center for Disease Control as a staff epidemiologist

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Sports Biz Q&A: Grant Hill Reflects on All-Star Weekend, Discusses His Art Collection and Talks Duke’s Jabari Parker

Grant Hill talks to BlackEnterprise.com as he and Turner Sports gear up for All-Star Weekend

Grant Hill is on TV. A lot.

By Darren Sands

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Verizon Executive Michelle Dutton Talks Women in STEM and the Importance of Exploring Technical Fields

Vice President of Global Network Systems and Support at Verizon on career trajectory and opportunities in technology

Black Enterprise caught up with the Michelle Dutton, Vice President of Global Network Systems and…

By Janel Martinez

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What to Look for in an IPO

Earnings, cash flow and revenue growth are the most important criteria

IPOs provide a rare chance to peek into a private company’s financials (as required by…

By Alan Hughes

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Ruben J. King-Shaw Jr., Reveals the ‘Excellent Opportunities’ in Domestic Healthcare

Aging demographics expected to continue fueling growth

Demographics are a powerful driver of growth in healthcare expenditures

By Alan Hughes

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5 Tips to Help You Build a More Inspired and Productive Team in 2014

Employers and employees tend to differ in their feeling about their jobs

Employee engagement is not just a nice-to-have factor that organizations should consider

By C. Daniel Baker

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Black Enterprise’s Financial All-Stars: Aaron W. Smith Talks Raising Capital

Advice from Black Enterprise's top experts

What are the best ways to raise capital?

By Sheiresa Ngo

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A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME IS STILL THE SAME:  Stay with in-season flowers. This may seem like a no-brainer but many brides get stuck on having popular peonies or calla lilies before they set a date and then become too stubborn to change. Be smart and flexible. Source flowers with wholesalers and farmers’ markets in your city or even on the Web, FiftyFlowers.com is a good place to start.

5 Things You Should Know about Postnuptial Agreements

Make plans for after you say "I do"

Even if you’re in a relationship that you think will last forever, things can change

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2014 Women of Power: Producers Shonda Rhimes and Mara Brock Akil

These showrunners are bringing diversity to television

Rhimes and Akil Brock are opening more doors for people of color in entertainment

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Ladies of Legacy: Nikki Giovanni

Black Enterprise’s 2008 Legacy Award recipient Nikki Giovanni fights against injustice using poetry.

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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