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Black Filmmakers Need Blockbuster Opportunities

Despite proven track records for producing quality films and commercial success, African American filmmakers—a list…

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Advancement Can Only Be Achieved Through Opportunity

Corporations must stop giving lip service only to diversity

How can it be that African Americans hold only 3.2% of all senior management positions?…

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Go West, Young Professional, to Attend Black Enterprise’s Silicon Valley Summit

TechConneXt presents opportunities to make connections among the best and brightest in the black tech community from Silicon Valley and beyond

TechConneXt presents opportunities to make connections among best and brightest in the black tech community…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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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SUPPLIER DIVERSITY

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…

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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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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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What It Takes to Accelerate Your Business

I want to share with both newly minted entrepreneurs and established business owners that you…

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Daniel Milton Rooney, chairman of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He is credited with promoting the "Rooney Rule," a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate.

Why the NFL’s Rooney Rule is a Sham

Even though more than 65% of NFL players are Black, currently only three head coaches and five general managers are African American.

Owners of the 32 NFL franchises have essentially disregarded the Rooney Rule – the decade-old…

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To Our Subscribers: Welcome to the New Black Enterprise

Everything is changing: How you do business; how you acquire information; how you invest…

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An Open Letter to My Daughters

What It Means to Be Women of Power

Both of you are fortunate that you need not look beyond our family for role…

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How to Budget for Unexpected Windfalls

Having a plan for unexpected windfalls can be as important as anticipating surprise expenses. Just…

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How to Get Paid for Traveling

Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)
Have a passion for…

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