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[STUDY] Millennials More Likely to Want to Start a Business But Can’t

A new study shows that millennials around the globe are 1.6 times more likely to…

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Marriott Hotels Courts Millennials with Live Performances, Food Trucks and More

Attracting millennials with live performances, food and more

Marriott hotels are attracting millennials with live performances, food trucks and more.

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Major Corporations Support LGBT Non-Discrimination Legislation

Historic Equality Act is an update of Civil Rights Act of 1964

This week marks the introduction of Equality Act in Congress, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline…

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10 Savvy Ways to Save Money Dining Out

Smart ways to indulge in your favorite culinary pasttime

We all know that dining out can be prohibitively expensive. But making smart decisions can…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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[STUDY] Finances Are Top of Mind For LGBT Couples

Wells Fargo survey reveals how marriage equality is shaping same-sex couples’ money plans

Wells Fargo survey reveals how marriage equality is impacting LGBT couples money plans.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Modern Men, Timeless Values

'It’s our normal to be extraordinary'

BE Modern Man is building momentum toward its purpose of reclaiming the dialogue about the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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How to Avoid Unnecessary Bank and Credit Card Fees

Here are a few tips for consumers to minimize those hefty fees

Here are a few tips for minimizing or avoiding unnecessary banking and credit card fees…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Why Corporations Must Fly the Flag of Social Responsibility

I applaud the response from those corporations that put social responsibility ahead of the bottom…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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New Film is a Call to Action to Build Black Wealth

Power-couple Lamar and Ronnie Tyler's Generation One: The Search for Black Wealth is the blockbuster you really need to see

It’s not enough to just talk about the the Black Wealth Gap. It’s time for…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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5 Ways to Be the Mentee Every Mentor Wants

Learn how to make the most of your mentor-mentee relationship

Five helpful tips for young professionals looking to improve their role in a mentor-mentee relationship.

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Meet Millennial Swimwear Designer Altrichia Cook

Entrepreneur and owner of A.Lekay Swimwear says she wants women to feel beautiful, confident and empowered

Entrepreneur and owner of A.Lekay Swimwear talks her passion for women’s fashion, how she got…

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3 Job Search Apps That Work Almost Like Online Dating

Use these latest apps to find your perfect job match

Three job search apps that help to ease the process of landing your dream job.

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College Students to Parents: Help Us Understand Money

Survey finds students lack confidence in personal finance and want parents help

A survey finds that college students lack confidence and knowledge about managing money and look…

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Religious Beliefs and Gay Rights at Center of Court Case

Colorado court hears arguments by gay couple turned away from cake shop

Colorado Court hears arguments by gay couple turned away at a bakery over a…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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6 Tips to Help You Budget Better

Budgeting strategies for different personality types

There are different budgeting styles and strategies suitable for a various personality types.

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Gay Marriage Study: 52% of Negative Tweets Cite ‘Religious Beliefs’ As Cause for Opposition

Social media reactions in the aftermath of Supreme Court ruling

Study examines social media reactions in the aftermath of Supreme Court ruling.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Dear New Graduates: 10 Lessons for the Newly Employed

Tips for long-term workplace success

Here is an open letter to recent college graduates on what to do and what…

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10 Secrets To Training Summer Interns

Interns can be a great asset to your business as long as you provide constant support

Interns can be a great asset to your business as long as you provide constant…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Church Group Applauds Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

Marriage equality not to be confused as religion vs LGBT issue

Marriage equality should not be confused as being religion versus LGBT issue, say faith leaders.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Love & Hip Hop ATL Star Margeaux Simms Kicks Off Gay PRIDE Event

The singer joins Ntozake Shange and other headliners at arts and film festival

Love & Hip Hop Atlanta Realty TV Star Margeaux (Margo) Simms is showing her support…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurship Is Tough. Don’t Go It Alone

If you want to keep your competitive edge, never forget that isolation is your enemy

As an entrepreneur, if you want to keep the competitive edge, never forget that isolation…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Successful Entrepreneurs Focus on Profitability

Businesses without money-making plans are like race cars without engines—they may look fast, but they only go downhill

Your main job as an entrepreneur is to make money. To achieve sustained entrepreneurial success,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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When Business Planning, Don’t Fake The Financials

Even if a company exists only on paper, your numbers should be real

As a judge of business plan competitions, I am amazed the aspiring moguls, many with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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6 Ways To Protect Your Start-Up’s Most Valuable Asset: You

Ask yourself—what would happen to my company if I became ill or died, or even just functioned at less than my best?

As the founder, CEO and visionary of your new start-up, your company is dependent on…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Check Yourself: 3 Questions Entrepreneurs Should Never Stop Asking

Are you running your business? Or is it running you?

Entrepreneurship is not just about activity, but intended results, including growth, revenues and profits.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Black Female Filmmakers Seek To Produce Modern Day Love Triangle

IndieGoGo campaign set at $50,000 funding target

Black LGBT women filmmakers try to raise $50,000 to make a movie about a black…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Supreme Court Debates Marriage Equality: LGBT People of Color Face Lifelong Hardship

Poverty rate for this community is higher than the national average

From access to marriage equality and healthcare to freedom from police brutality and deportation, LGBT…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Entrepreneurs Summit: Our 20-year Mission to Advance Black Business Achievement

This year marks the two decades of our annual small business conference, where you can build your network and grow your company

This year marks the two decades of our annual small business conference, where you can…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

Active ways millennial women can make a difference today

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Young Professionals: 7 Boss Moves to Make Before Attending Any Conference

A smart leader's guide to maximizing your experience

If you’re a millennial, entry-level employee or boss on the come-up attending a professional, don’t…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: My Mother’s Legacy

How Barbara Graves spearheaded a platform that will touch lives for generations to come

We would have never launched the Women of Power Summit, though, if not for its…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Selma For Students: Making the Dream Real For A New Generation

How the "children" of Dr. King's Dream raised more than $2 million and made more than 300,000 tickets available to students in more than 30 cities.

How the “children” of Dr. King’s Dream raised more than $2 million and made more…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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To Our Print Magazine Subscribers

We apologize for the delayed delivery of our print magazines. We are now making digital editions of Black Enterprise available to all print subscribers, at no additional cost.

We sincerely apologize for the lateness of the receipt of our print magazines. Effective immediately,…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Documentary Exposes Harsh Violence Against Gay People In Jamaica

Jamaica viewed as one of the most homophobic places on Earth

Being LGBT is a death sentence in many African and Caribbean counties. Jamaica is one…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Alabama Allows Same-Sex Marriages But Not Without A Fight

State’s chief justice attempts to block the weddings

Alabama is now the 37th state along with the District of Columbia that allows same-sex…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Detroit Hosts Town Hall On Gay Marriage And The Black Church

Focus of discussion the marriage equality documentary For Faith, For Love, Forever

Despite media portrayals suggesting complete disapproval, ordained African-American pastors and ministers were given the opportunity…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Black Enterprise–ABFF Partnership: Why Black Businesses Need Scale

Aligning, joint venturing, and merging with viable black-owned businesses is vital

When I speak before a group of black entrepreneurs, I often challenge my audience by…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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How Diversity Drives Performance in Corporate America

We all benefit when everyone has access to a seat at the table

For far too long, much of corporate America has treated diversity as another exercise, disregarding…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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‘Selma’ Gives Nod To Gay Civil Rights Activist

MLK adviser and mentor Bayard Rustin portrayed in the film by Reuben Santiago-Hudson

Martin Luther King Jr. mentor and advisor Bayard Ruston, an openly gay man, is portrayed…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Wall Street Project Economic Summit: Black Firms Continue Fight To Manage Billions in Corporate Funds

Rev. Jesse Jackson asserts 'African Americans are now at the next stage of emancipation'

It made perfect sense for BLACK ENTERPRISE to team up with Rainbow Push for this…

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Success Today: My Message to Millennials

As I gratefully celebrate my 80th birthday, here's business advice key to your success no matter what generation you claim membership in.

While I am decades removed, in terms of age and lifestyle, from where you may…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Florida Expands Marriage Rights To Same-Sex Couples

Some 36 states now allow gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry

Florida now joins 35 other states in granting same-sex couples the freedom to marry. This…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Classic Gay Film Paris Is Burning To Appear At Sundance

The 1980s documentary brought voguing and drag culture to wider audience

The legendary LGBT film “Paris is Burning,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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VH1 Says No Domestic Violence, But Yes To Female Battery?

Network condemns men hitting women but allows brawling among female cast members

VH1 aired a public service announcement to make sure viewers knew that the network is…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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[REVIEW] Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Is Timely, Engaging And A Must See

One of 2014's best films is beautiful, poignant and necessary

Beautifully poignant, Ava Duvernay’s ‘Selma’ is one of 2014′s best films.

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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Oprah Airs Michael Sam Documentary Christmas Weekend

Show follows first openly gay football player drafted into the NFL and later cut from the league

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Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay football player…

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LGBT Civil Rights Group Reacts To Missouri Grand Jury Decision

Now is the time to organize and educate the masses on police brutality, militarization and criminal justice reform

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The National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s leading civil rights organization dedicated to empowering…

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Paying Tribute to Atlanta’s Master Builder, Herman J. Russell

Russell forged a legacy as a master businessman and mentor who inspired several generations of leaders in business, politics, and beyond

In Nov. 15, America lost a great man and one of the most iconic black…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance

People around the world commemorate all of those killed by anti-transgender violence

Let’s reflect on all transgender people whose lives have been cut short by violence, simply…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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How Millennials Can Score in the Game of Wealth Building

Conserve your cash, increase your financial acumen, and invest money in vehicles that produce solid long-term returns

Millennials, when should you start planning for your financial future? Today. Here’s how.

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Shonda Rhimes Shuts Down Viewer About Too Many ‘Gay Scenes’ On Her Shows

The executive producer defends inclusion of LGBT television characters

Twitter got fired up over the weekend after a follower complained to television showrunner Shonda…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Millions To Take A Stand Against LGBT Teen Bullying On Oct 16

Everyone from Oprah to Laverne Cox is going purple in honor of Spirit Day

Millions will go purple on Spirit Day, October 16, in a stand against bullying and…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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National Coming Out Day: Is It Safe To Be LGBTQ?

Fear of possibly losing a job, friends, and even one's life keeps many people in the closet

The LGBTQ community is one of which, in extreme cases, vehemently rejects. And there remains…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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You Have Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

A great reputation, once destroyed, can be incredibly costly to rebuild. Vigilantly protect the brand—and the business—of YOU

You have only one chance to make a first impression, and it can take a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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RECAP: Black Enterprise Gets ‘Curved’ At Samsung Unpacking Event

Will Samsung have enough to dethrone Apple?!

On Sept. 3, Samsung took over New York at an undisclosed location to present an…

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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Hood Fab: 10 Signs You’re in the Ghetto

There's been a recent fascination with the 'hood, so take a look at signs you're in a struggle neighborhood

A McDonald’s that hosts weddings. Vending machines robbed of their items. Check out these and…

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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AFROPUNK 2014: D’Angelo Casts A Spell Over Brooklyn [VIDEO]

The 'Voodoo' child rebels in song at popular festival

BlackEnterprise.com’s Kevin L. Clark was on-hand to witness history as celebrated musician, D’Angelo, joined The…

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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A Still Necessary Lesson For Our Black Sons: The Police Are Not Your Friends

From generation to generation, "The Talk" remains a life-or-death rite of passage for African American males.

I was 14 when my mother first delivered “The Talk.”

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RECAP: Black Enterprise Celebrates Hoops, Good Food And Team USA In Chicago

An Olympic-sized event took place in Chicago

BlackEnterprise.com witnessed NBA greats alongside NIKE, Inc. and USA Basketball in Chicago as they prepped…

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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When Will Police Stop Murdering Unarmed Black Men?

Each of us must take a stand each and every day to make the point that black lives matter

According to the FBI’s most recent accounts of “justifiable homicide,” in the seven years between…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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LGBT Advocates Stand In Solidarity With Michael Brown’s Family and Ferguson Protestors

Community speaks out against racial profiling and police brutality

The LGBT community rallies to support the family of Michael Brown, a black teen who…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Black Directors: Be Prepared To Walk In Harm’s Way

You weren’t invited to join a board because major corporations ran out of smart white people

Let me be blunt: You are a board director who happens to be black; you…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Black Corporate Directors Must Do More Than Occupy a Seat

Being selected is only the beginning of the job

When I was invited to serve on the board of AutoZone, the nation’s leading auto…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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7 Vital Reasons Corporate Board Diversity Should Matter to You

Why your voice—and buying power—counts at the top companies

As an African American, you multimillion-dollar buying power—and voice—matter when it comes to corporate board…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Career Crisis? 5 Keys to Managing Through It

When the going gets tough, don’t leave…LEAD!

Proven advice from corporate executives who have managed crisis in ways that enabled them and…

By Caroline Clarke

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OPINION: Sketchy Neighborhood App Encourages Fear And Discrimination

It’s useless, racist, and ignores the truth about communities

A finalist in New York’s BigApps competition, SketchFactor, is a “sketchiness” crowdsourcing app that is…

By Patrick Austin

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We Must Put An End To ‘Male, Pale, and Stale’ on Corporate Boards

'Its our responsibility to hold corporate America accountable'

An overwhelming number of boards of publicly traded companies still lock African Americans out of…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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3 Steps to Success for Young Bosses

Millennials, be inspired to get what's yours with these quick tips

Here are three quick tips to finding success inspired by those who’ve found it from…

By Janell Hazelwood

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President Obama Bans LGBT Discrimination, No Religious Exemption

In many workplaces simply being LGBT is still a fireable offense

There are 29 states that have no laws to protect gay, lesbian, or bisexual employees…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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RECAP: Black Enterprise Previews Sony’s Holiday Jamboree

What is the company's plan after already conquering the gaming industry?

Sony held its annual holiday showcase in New York City. Check out what the company…

By Kevin L. Clark (@KevitoClark)

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Tupac Shakur Musical Closes After A Month

Weak ticket sales and other factors led to early demise

The rap musical “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” that pays homage to the music of …

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Laverne Cox Makes Emmy History: First Transgender Person Nominated

'Orange Is the New Black' breakout starlet joins most inclusive LGBT list

Laverne Cox is known for her recurring role in “Orange Is the New Black” as…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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#BossMoves: 3 Smart Questions to Ask Before You Start Your Day

Shake off the Monday blahs with these steps

Mondays aren’t always welcomed but these three questions will get you through on a good…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Is There An Obama Legacy Smear Campaign?

Obama's legacy is solid on paper, so why are critics punching holes in it?

With the heightened criticism via negative polls and recent gestures of disrespect, the question remains:…

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Pre-Holiday Weekend Boss Moves: A Plan for Refocus for the Office

Plan today to enjoy your holiday without back-to-work anxiety

Young professionals, don’t wait until the night before holiday weekend ends to prep for work.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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10 Things I Ignore On Twitter

Everyone has their pet peeves on Twitter. Here are just 10 of mine. Don't let me have to block you.

I love Twitter, but there are things people do that get on my last nerve.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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3 Common Startup Mistakes And How to Avoid Them

Failure can help build a better business

Even the greatest fail along the way to success. Find out how to rebound successfully…

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[RECAP] ‘Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus’ At ABFF

Film was controversial and gory, but how was the experience?

This past Sunday (June 22) marked the closing day of the American Black Film Festival.…

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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…

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Obstacles Are the Clothing of Opportunity

Entrepreneur and religious leader T.D. Jakes reminds us that success begins with a single thought,…

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7 Things to Know Before You Write a Book

What I’ve gleaned through writing two vastly different books in two vastly different publishing environments

Here’s what I’ve gleaned through writing two vastly different books in two vastly different publishing…

By Caroline Clarke

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Documentary ‘The New Black’ To Premier On PBS

Race and religion intersect in the battle for same-sex marriage and equality

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen

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Message To Fathers: Show Up, Step Up, Man Up

As we celebrate Father’s Day, a reminder to all fathers: Your children need you.

A reminder to all fathers: Your children need you.

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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We Must Not Forget Black Wall Street

Throughout the years BLACK ENTERPRISE has covered Black Wall Street so that generations would remember…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Census Bureau To Include Gay Spouses

Same-sex couples no longer to be considered unmarried partners in survey results

Same-sex couples and their families will now be part of the U.S. Census Bureau reporting.…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Wake Up! Re-engage In the Battle For Opportunity

African Americans are becoming marginalized in nearly every area of economic participation and advancement.

African Americans are becoming marginalized in nearly every area of economic participation and advancement, as…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Stand Up and Be Counted for True Diversity

Diversity, amongst the worst practitioners, is nothing more than a diversion from effective corporate governance.

For American industry to be globally competitive, it must offer unfettered access to those who…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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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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Building Power Networks At The Entrepreneurs Conference

Meet four outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders worth paying attention to.

Meet four outstanding entrepreneurs and leaders worth paying attention to.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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LGBT Activist Blasts Donald Sterling’s Rant About Magic Johnson

LA Clippers owner's comments on AIDS during CNN interview draws more criticism

LA Clippers owner’s CNN interview with Anderson Cooper draws more criticism for the scandal-ridden businessman.

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Mad Men Motivation: How to Roll with Career Punches, Don Draper Style

Last night's show lends nod for millennials on how to rebound after failure

Last night’s episode of Mad Men lends nod to how young professionals can roll with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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More Than Just ‘Likes’: How Millennials Can Leverage Social Media Popularity for Career Wins

Three tips to turn the virtual popularity contest into professional capital

Who hates the satisfying feeling of getting lots of likes or double taps on your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Crisis Managment, Anyone? Don Sterling Scandal Lends Nod to Importance of a Vital Plan

Be prepared for any career challenge---whether extremely scandalous or not

Don Sterling scandal lends a nod to the importance of a crisis management plan for…

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Diddy’s Revolt: 3 Lessons On Disruption, Reinvention & Millennials Changing the Game

Sean Combs talks evolution of music TV at NYC upfront event

Sean “Diddy” Combs, along with Revolt TV executives and staff, held an upfront event in…

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Why You Must Join Our Small Business Revolution

We must stop embracing a survival mentality instead of focusing on a growth strategy

To succeed in today’s environment, business owners must first change their mindset

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World’s Worst Job: Long Hours, Tough Duties….Oh, and No Pay

'Gotcha' ad sheds light on 'skills gap vs unrealistic requirements' debate

A recent clever ad campaign nods at unrealistic job duties and the question of whether…

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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.

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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

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Throwback Thursday: 3 Vital ‘Old-School’ Career Advancement Practices That Still Work

How young professionals can incorporate business habits of yesteryear to find success

Traditional communication? On-site experiences? Remember those? Though technology is awesome, “old-school” business practices still lead…

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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…

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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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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,…

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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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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…

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Millennials: How a Simple ‘Thank You’ Can Revive Your Network

To give instead of making the ask can actually boost your network and advancement

Millennials, in a work world full of gloating, fierce competition and quotas, a simple ‘thank…

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Millennials: What You Have in Common with the Nation’s Top Trusted Brands

Take a cue from leading companies on how you can be a leader in your industry

Entrepreneur magazine listed nation’s most trusted brands. You can take a cue from these leading…

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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…

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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,…

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Not Feeling Your Career? Here’s How to Get the Love Back

Before you put in your resignation, try these steps to spice things up

Before you put in your two-weeks notice and trail off into an oblivion of the…

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Boredom or Sloth: 5 Steps to Get Rid of a Case of the Lazies

Millennials, don't become the hype. Try these steps to stay motivated

It’s a popular stereotype that millennials are lazy. For those who embody the hype, here…

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You Could Win Mega Millions And Still End Up Broke

Another huge jackpot has us thinking: If I could just hit the lottery, I'd be set for life. Or would you?

If you could just hit the lottery, you’d be set for life. Or would you?…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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We Must Tackle The African American Jobs Crisis

Five years after Recovery Act, black unemployment largely unchanged

President Obama should take full credit for placing America on the path to recovery

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I’m ‘Bossy’ … And There’s Nothing Wrong With That

Sheryl Sandberg's campaign is a little shortsighted, missing the point

Sheryl Sandberg has called for a ban of the word ‘bossy,’ but one columnist encourages…

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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…

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Advice For Athletes: Invest in Your Future, Not Your Fame

Spend less time, money, and energy getting into the VIP room at the club, and more gaining access to the C-suites and executive boardrooms

Will the cycle of athletes ending up broke after their playing days end?

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Are You Serving Your Traditions or Your Mission?

Bishop T.D. Jakes' challenge to faith leaders also applies to those of us in the media business.

Bishop T.D. Jakes’ challenge to faith leaders also applies to the media business.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Continuing the Momentum of Lupita: 3 Boss Moves to Get You Started

Millennials, be inspired in your career journey as we all watch Nyong'o's star rise

Inspired by the career journey of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, check out three boss moves that…

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Not Your Average Networking: 3 Fun Ways to Build Connections

Ladies, here's a refreshing break from the same old, same old

Sick of the same old, tired networking events? Here are three ways to shake things…

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The Need To Read: Neglect It At Your Own Risk

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

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Obama’s New Budget Promises Opportunity – and a Tough Political Battle

Will this budget get passed?

With the looming mid-term elections, the president’s budget proposal marks the beginning of yet another…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Cost of Raising a Child Continues to Rise

Buy a Bentley? Or have a baby? The Bentley could be cheaper

Raising children is more expensive than you think

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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.…

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How Obama Plans To Win His Minimum Wage Campaign

Do you think the minimum wage will be raised?

In his weekly address, President Obama focused on his latest campaign: raising the minimum wage

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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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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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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Obama’s Meeting With Dalai Lama Chills Icy U.S.-China Relations

Human rights violations claims test

President Obama is once again at odds with China over the president’s meeting today with…

By Derek T. Dingle

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NFL All Pro Mobilizes Online Support for Missouri’s Michael Sam

Campaign launched to counter backlash against first openly gay NFL prospect

The campaign was launched Tuesday by NFL All Pro linebacker and 2013 Baltimore Ravens Super…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Build Your Voice, Build Your Brand: 3 Steps to Gaining a Professional Platform

Create a winning image of yourself with these tips

As a young professional, it’s best to know how to build a platform for yourself…

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Stressed Millennials: 3 Tips to Combat a Career Killer

Learn to turn perceived negatives into positives that can motivate you toward success

With a recent survey reporting millennials as the most stressed group, it’s important to be…

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Millennial Perceptions: Survey Reveals Negative Views of Young Professional Prepardness

Here's how you can change the game and defeat the stereotypes

A recent study released by Bentley University found that nearly 70% of corporate recruiters say…

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Still Making Boss Moves: 3 Lessons on Longevity from the Legacy of Cicely Tyson

Take cues from a woman who embodies grace and professional tenacity

Cicely Tyson is a legend in her own right who many young professionals should be…

By Janell Hazelwood

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3 Retirement Killers: Protect Yourself Now or Regret it Later

The odds are better than ever that you'll live long enough to regret not planning for retirement

If you haven’t started saving for retirement, you need to start today

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Women of Power: Macy’s Shawn Outler Talks Retail Industry Boss Moves Beyond the Sales Floor

Executive shares how women of color can leverage diversity of opportunities

Shawn Outler, a group vice president at Macy’s, shares her career journey and how women…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Obama Uses State of the Union to Reset Presidency

President’s proposals seek to strengthen middle class

With a combination of determination and optimism, President Obama reset his presidency as he delivered…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Top 5 Most Annoying—And Productivity-Stealing— Personalities in a Meeting

Young professionals, learn how best to navigate an unavoidable part of business

As we all know, meetings are a prevalent and essential part of the business world.…

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State of the Union Preview: Opportunity and Action [Column]

Will you be tuning in?

President Obama will address the nation tomorrow night in his annual State of the Union…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Millennials: What’s the State of Your (Career) Union?

Three steps to realistically assess and set goals for advancement

Young professionals, take cues from one of the oldest practices in U.S. government–the State of…

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3 Surefire Signs That Event Has Nothing to Do With Professional Development

If you want to be strategic with your time, take heed to these red flags

If you’re into strategic time management and seeking to expand your network, be sure to…

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Leadership Handicaps: 5 Surefire Signs You Can’t Be Trusted at the Helm

These bad habits ensure you won't be next in line to be the boss

Want to be a leader and wondering why you’re passed over? Here’s five bad habits…

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How President Obama Will Achieve His ‘Year of Action’

Will he accomplish what he set out to do this year?

To realize his broader agenda, he urges Congress to work with his administration “on proven…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Power of Awkward: 3 Ways to Leverage a Valuable Quirk in Leadership

Use your wacky, out-of-the-box fabness to stand out among the pack

Celebrities like Issa Rae have made it cool—and marketable—to be awkward, and you can too.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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10 Dumb Things We Do With Our Money

We need to unlearn bad habits, not just learn the right financial moves to make

As important as learning what to do with money is knowing what not to do

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Boss Moves Lessons from a Woman of Power: American Express EVP Glenda Goodly McNeal

Then and now: 3 key insights on career positioning from a female who beat the odds

A millennial gets a chance meeting with American Express executive Glenda McNeal and is inspired…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Voting Rights Act 2014: The Battle for Our Ballot Box

We must remain relentless and vigilant to protect our participation at the ballot box

Rep. John Conyers, the Michigan Democrat who is the longest-serving African American in Congress; Rep.…

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Bankable Advice: 3 Major Career Lessons I’ve Learned From Millionaires

It's the intangible capital that keeps on giving

With inspiration from Paul C. Brunson, one millennial recalls the millionaires she’s encountered and the…

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NWBC As Key Resource to Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

Investing In Yourself: 3 Ways to Meet the Cost of (Wanting to Be) A Boss

Young professionals, don't let lack of funds dictate your next boss move

As young professionals, sometimes pockets don’t match ambitions, posing a challenge for professional development. Here…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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