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

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

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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.…

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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.

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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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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?…

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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.

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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

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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

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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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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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3 Habits For Better Money Outcomes in 2014

Make sure your money is right or else everything in your life will go wrong

Commit to good habits, not just desired outcomes

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How NOT To Make Business Requests

I would absolutely LOVE for you to take my advice!

Please, don’t lead with what YOU’D love

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Don’t Just Make New Year’s Resolutions. Commit to Esteemable Goals.

Deciding what you want to achieve in the new year takes honesty and faithfulness, not just idealism and hopefulness

My objective is not to make resolutions, but to set what I call esteemable goals

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5 Reasons To Get Real With Your Holiday Spending

It's okay to believe in Santa Claus, as long as you never forget that he won't be paying your bills

Reminders to avoid financial choices that detract from the true spirit of the season

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Is Your Financial Mindset About Prosperity—Or Lack?

You may need to change the way you think about money

Do you have a financial mindset?

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4 Reality Checks For Entrepreneurs With “Can’t-Miss” Business Ideas

Try to get out of your own way every once in a while

A venture cannot survive on faith and passion alone

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Sources of Financial Advice You Can Afford

Don't let fear of the costs of hiring a financial planner stop you from getting the help you need to improve your financial situation.

Many of us know that we need financial advice from qualified professionals, but we often…

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Facing the Signs of Debt Addiction

If you are stuck in a never-ending cycle of indebtedness, regardless of changes in income, you may be in denial.

How much debt do you have?

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More Help for Those Focused on Fixing Their Finances

The Sharpen Your Financial Focus initiative is a great new resource to help you to gain financial freedom and build wealth for life.

Sharpen Your Financial Focus is a comprehensive effort to help you move toward financial stability.…

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Don’t Allow ‘Free’ Online Offers to Make You ‘Go Broke’

If you really want to control your spending, recognize that there is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

There is no such thing as something for nothing, no matter what marketers say.

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My Favorite Small Business Reality Shows

Shark Tank is still the best, but there are other educational must-see TV shows for entrepreneurs.

Shark Tank is the best, but there’s more great TV about entrepreneurship.

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If you're intimate in every way but financially, that's a problem.

Recognizing The Signs of Financial Infidelity

Is she addicted to retail? Is he a bigamist? Zero tolerance for money secrets is key to protecting your marriage—and yourself.

Zero tolerance for money secrets is key to protecting your marriage—and yourself.

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5 Reality Checks You Must Face to Fix Your Finances

One of the challenges of financial education is trying to get through to people who think the rules of smart money management do not apply to them.

Time to get real: You are NOT the exception to the rules of building wealth.

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3 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make With Their Financials

If you don't know your numbers, you don't know your business—period.

If who don’t know your numbers, you don’t know your business—period.

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Don’t Wait To Start A Business Before Reading “The Entrepreneur Mind”

Kevin D. Johnson's book addresses the most important—and overlooked—element of preparing for business ownership: mindset.

The most important—and overlooked—aspect of preparing for entrepreneurship is mindset.

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When It Comes To Your Money, Are You A Hot Mess?

An exercise to give yourself a reality check—and maybe a much needed wake-up call—when it comes to your financial habits.

Check yourself. Before your wreck yourself.

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Mentorship Is Earned, Not Owed

It's about what you're willing to do, not just about what a potential mentor is able to do.

It’s about what you’re willing to do, not just what they’re able to do.

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Talk About Money Before The Wedding. Or Fight Over It Through The Divorce

If talking about money with your fiance would result in calling off the wedding, you have no business getting married in the first place.

If talking about money with your fiance would result in calling off the wedding, you…

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"Tell me why I should put my money into your business." Can you make the case?

4 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Make When Pitching For Capital

I see it too often: Promising business ideas. Smart, passionate business owners. And horrible business pitches.

I see it too often: Promising business ideas. Smart, passionate entrepreneurs. And horrible business pitches.

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Help Mom Build Wealth for Mother’s Day

She's spent your whole life investing herself in you. Doesn't she deserve financial security for herself?

Your mother has probably spent your entire life investing in you. Mother’s Day is a…

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A Parent’s Guide To Raising Financially Responsible Children

Our first lessons about money come from our parents. Sabrina Lamb's book "Do I Look Like An ATM?" provides a game plan for smarter choices.

Sabrina Lamb’s book “Do I Look Like An ATM?” provides a game plan for teaching…

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Give Your New Graduate A Financial Head Start

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to mark a rite of passage to adulthood.

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to…

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Stop Thieves From Digging Up The Identities of the Dead

How to guard your deceased loved one's identity from modern-day grave robbers.

Last year the identities of almost 2.5 million deceased American were used to fraudulently open…

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How Do The Rich And Famous End Up Broke?

The same way you do. Except your money troubles don't get put out on Front Street by everyone from CNN to TMZ.

It’s a familiar story: professional athletes, superstar entertainers and other famous celebrities losing their homes,…

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What Happens to a Marriage When She Makes More?

A provocative book by Dr. Dawn DeLavallade candidly addresses the impact of the growing earning power of women on families and marital relationships.

More than 26 percent of marriages today feature wives who out-earn their husbands–and that figure…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Be A Marriage Planner, Not A Wedding Planner

In far too many cases, the only time couples engage in financial planning as a team (if ever) is to finance their wedding and honeymoon.

Are you about to put a ring on it? Now is as good a time…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Never Be Guilted Into Making Bad Money Decisions

Don't be emotionally blackmailed into putting your financial health at risk

There is nothing wrong with helping friends and relatives during tough times, commensurate with the…

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I Will Always Love—And Miss—Dr. Betty Shabazz

Lifetime's Betty & Coretta renews my deep appreciation for the personal encouragement I received from Dr. Shabazz.

I’d been looking forward to the Lifetime movie Betty & Coretta for weeks. However, when…

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Living in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage creates unique challenges for financial planning.

Financial Advice for The Committed, But Unmarried

In a long-term relationship, but not ready to put a ring on it? Here are steps to honor your partnership while protecting your finances.

People not married but in long-term committed relationships have many of the same financial concerns…

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For Valentine’s Day, Stop (Overspending) In the Name of Love!

The pressure is on to show you care. Before you get caught up, listen up: Love is not a legitimate excuse for irresponsible financial decisions.

Valentine’s Day is the official holiday to celebrate love. But because it’s almost exclusively a…

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What You Choose To Believe About Money Matters

Believing you are destined to be rich won't make wealth inevitable. But believing you are born to be poor all but guarantees a life of lack.

There’s no guarantee that believing you are destined to be rich, alone, will make you…

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

Note To All Social Media Ninjas, Masters and Gurus: Have A Seat

And to you all-inclusive social media experts: Don't let me have to block you.

This just in from Ad Age: Apparently social media is being overrun by gurus, evangelists,…

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Django Unchained: “(Gasp!) He Called That Slave A N*gger!” Really?

If there is any movie where I expect depictions of graphic violence and liberal use of the N-word, it's a Tarantino film set against the backdrop of pre-Civil War slavery.

I haven’t seen Django Unchained yet, but I don’t see how it is possible to…

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Living within your means is about budgeting your purchases, and having the courage to be honest about what you can and can't afford.

The Six-Word Phrase You Must Master to Improve Your Finances

To control your spending, instead of it controlling you, release the negativity and repeat after me: I cannot afford this right now.

Is gaining and keeping control over your financial health and resources a priority for you?…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Newtown Massacre: If 20 First Graders Aren’t Enough, What Is?

Like guns, legislation often comes with "bodies on it." How many more will it take to provoke measures to curb gun violence?

By the time I was a pre-teen, I knew. There are some measures that simply…

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Take control of debt. “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.” —Proverbs 22:7

Should You Focus On Reducing Debt, Saving Or Investing?

It's a trick question: Everything you do with your money is an investment. But debt reduction is one of the best you can make, with guaranteed returns.

Should you focus on debt reduction, saving or investing? It’s a trick question. Everything you…

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I’m Proud to Be Part of the Legacy of Reginald F. Lewis

25 years ago, the deal maker extraordinaire became a legend. One simple question gave Black Enterprise the inside track on his story: "What's next?"

When Reginald F. Lewis’ $985 million acquisition of Beatrice International was announced, the story would…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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New Year’s Resolutions for Financial Freedom in 2013

If you're not willing to keep these three key commitments, you're just kidding yourself about improving your finances during the year to come.

When it comes to money, I believe that improving our finances boils down to three…

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A Reality Check for Black Friday

Shopping until you drop is not worth ruining your financial health—or if it is already poor, making it even worse.

Yes, a healthy amount of holiday spending will be good for our economy, and certainly…

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“Now, Back In MY Day!” For New Wealth, Go Old School

The money rules followed by earlier generations may hold the keys to your financial freedom today.

You can call it old fashioned, but many of the rules previous generations followed when…

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What’s REALLY Keeping You Out of the One Percent?

Dennis Kimbro's new book, "The Wealth Choice," makes the compelling case that becoming a millionaire is not a matter of chance or connections, but of choice.

Why do some of us become millionaires, even billionaires, while the majority of the rest…

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Developing “Leaders of Consequence”

I've been fascinated by leadership and winning for as long as I can remember. Coach K knows what it takes—on a world-class level.

Powerful insights on leadership and winning from Duke and Team USA Coach Mike Kryzyzewski.

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If It’s Your Business, This Is Your Book

MSNBC "Your Business" Host JJ Ramberg's new book contains excellent advice from the entrepreneurs and experts featured on her show.

MSNBC “Your Business” Host JJ Ramberg’s new book contains excellent small business advice from the…

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Instant Gratification? Sure. But It’ll Cost You

If you're borrowing money on a credit card because you must have it NOW, at least know how much you're really paying.

If you knew the real price, you might think twice about paying it.

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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.

It’s Time to Escape Slavery—From Debt

Free your mind, and your finances will follow. You can't achieve wealth if you won't change the way you think about money.

Too many of us are living beyond our means and pursuing a poverty lifestyle.

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Benjamin Lamson and Sulaiman Sanni, co-owners of WeDidIt, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based web-based, online crowd-funding platform for non-profit organizations, earned a $25,000 grant in the MillerCoors Urban Enterprise Series Business Plan Competition last year. (Image by Clifton Henri/Courtesy of MillerCoors)

Being a Not-For-Profit is Not a License to be Unprofitable

Non-profit leadership requires disciplined entrepreneurship. For sustainability, you must plan for profitability.

Please, don’t take this the wrong way. But the non-profit industry does not need more…

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Wanted: 10 People to Rep Me at Genius For Men in D.C. This Weekend

I can't be there, so I want you to help celebrate Lamman Rucker, Jeff Johnson and other men of excellence on my behalf.

I’m inviting the readers of this blog post as well as those on my social…

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Last week, it was revealed that Ashton Kutcher would play Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs in an upcoming movie about the technology genius’ life. The announcement left us wondering: Which black trailblazer has what it takes to pick up where Jobs left off? Who is innovative enough to step up and match Jobs’ unabashed passion for design and creativity, and has a grasp on his/her target audience and one-of-a kind marketing tactics like the late visionary? BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 10 innovators that have what it takes to be the next Steve Jobs. --Winston Ford

Keeping My Eyes Open for Steve, Reginald and Oprah

I love meeting young entrepreneurs and business talent on the rise. My philosophy: Be nice to 'em now, 'cause they'll be running things later.

I love meeting young entrepreneurs and business talent on the rise. My philosophy: Be nice…

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Romney Plays Into Obama’s Hands, Loses Muppet Vote

Saying a candidate won the first debate of three is like saying your team won the first quarter of the Super Bowl. Even if it's true, it's meaningless.

You didn’t really expect GOP Nominee Mitt Romney or President Barack Obama to throw any…

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What? You’ve Never Watched ‘Shark Tank’?

ABC's reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with "Sharks" for capital is must-see TV.

ABC’s reality show featuring entrepreneurs swimming with “Sharks” for capital is must-see TV.

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To Beat Prostate Cancer, I Faced the Real Killer—Fear

The most important words in Warren Buffett’s prostate cancer announcement are “early stage.” Black men, get screened early and often.

The ability of prostate cancer to kill you depends largely on whether you allow fear…

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A Tribute to Broadcasting Legend Gil Noble

For 40 years, Black New Yorkers counted on the host and producer to tell it "Like It Is." Who will pick up the baton to carry on his legacy?

For more than 40 years, Like It Is with Gil Noble was one of the…

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

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A 35th Anniversary Tribute to the Landmark ‘Roots’ Miniseries

This history-making television event breathed credibility into the idea that I could, indeed, do and be anything I wanted to.

While the miniseries’ place in the firmament of American television history is firmly established, the…

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When The N-Word Comes Home to Roost

A Dutch fashion mag's racist slur against singer Rihanna shows that racism is still one of America's biggest exports

The worst thing about Dutch fashion mag Jackie’s racist slur against Rihanna? Basic, good journalism…

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If I Were A Rich, Privileged White Kid

What would I do? I have no idea. Which is exactly what Forbes should have concluded before proffering advice to poor black kids.

A former poor black kid responds to Forbes’ Contributor Gene Marks ill-considered advice.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Support Black Entrepreneurs On Small Business Saturday

Use this campaign to support local enterprises to conduct your own "empowerment experiment"

This Small Business Saturday make an effort to devote some of your holiday shopping budgets…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Are There Really More Blacks In Prison Than Were In Slavery?

Well, yes—and no. It's another example of how facts about black people, without context, can be dangerously misleading

Author Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness cites…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Nostalgia TV? Not Feeling the Love

The good old days of Mad Men, Pan Am and The Playboy Club all send a familiar message to Black actors: no positions available

I have zero interest, at least so far, in the new shows Pan Am, ABC’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why Twitter Couldn’t Save Troy Davis

It's what you do once you've signed off and engaged the real world that is the true measure of your activism.

I cared about Troy Davis—not just him, but the millions of others like him behind…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How To Have “The Talk” With Your Teen

They're back in school. But, when it comes to raising money-smart kids, it's up to us to initiate the conversation

The bad news: Our most recent Great Recession and the things that precipitated it have…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Golf Has Been Calling You. It’s Time To Give In

I thought the game was too slow, too dull and too expensive. Now I know just how wrong I was

If you’re a businessperson (I’m talking to you ladies, too) with ready-made reasons for why…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How To Close The Wealth Gap: Step 1

It may take generations to do it. But it starts with making better decisions with the money we have.

The Black wealth gap must be closed. Here’s how we begin to make steps towards…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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You Wore That To Work? Really? No, Really?

They say clothes make the man (or woman) so be mindful of what message your wardrobe is conveying about you

Every dress code shouldn’t be like that of a white shoe law firm. What makes…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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7 Ways To Create Opportunities at the B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference

It's not enough to just talk business with fellow attendees. You need to come prepared to DO business.

One of the keys to the success of your business is the economic vitality of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Take A White Person to See ‘My Big Fly Black Wedding’

If you really want to see more great films about black people, urge your non-black friends to see "Jumping The Broom"

I am not satisfied with just black people going out to see Jumping The Broom,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Please, Don’t Be THAT Person

When it comes to effective networking at conferences, business etiquette still counts

Business etiquette and common courtesy still counts, even in the age of social media, video…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How Badly Do You Want Financial Freedom?

If you talk the talk, but will not walk the walk, I've got news for you: freedom ain't free

Each week, we get e-mails and letters from people who tell us they are determined…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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I Got Mauled at Redstone—And Fell In Love With Golf

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best experiences of my life at the Shell Houston Open ProAm

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why I’m Not Impressed With Cory Booker—Yet

He's done a good job as mayor of Newark. But what the city needs is greatness in the class of Atlanta's first black mayor, Maynard Jackson.

For all the challenges he’s faced and all the good he’s done as mayor of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why We Should Be Grateful for Our “Haters”

Critics can't hurt you unless you let them. But people cosigning on everything you do can kill you

For some people, the thought of having haters is as fascinating as wondering about life…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Where’s the Real Help for Ted Williams?

It will take more than job offers, a house and YouTube to make the transition from homelessness and addiction to a productive life

The act of redemption and overcoming is not a magical stroke of luck or an…

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UnderCovers, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, should have been a hit. It still can be.

6 Fixes That Could Have Made ‘UnderCovers’ A Hit

The "sexpionage" series was pronounced dead by NBC last week. Here's how to bring it back to life.

The truth is (and it kills me to say this), UnderCovers just wasn’t very good.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Who’s Bad? When Media Crowns the “Powerful”

How I discern between the famous and popular, and those who have a real impact on my life

In order to think critically when consuming media, one of the most important lessons to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The REAL Apprentice Is Back—And So Am I

Look for my weekly performance reviews of the job candidates on reality TV's original business competition

I’m glad to see The Apprentice return to it’s original premise as a competition for…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Making Peace With the Millennials

Why smart businesses pursue collaboration, not competition, with Generation Next

Generation Next (generally those born from the late ‘70s to the early 2000s) has been…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Whether Traditional or Digital, It’s All Media to Me

When it comes to journalism and digital media, the mission is the same: arm people with the information they need to live better lives

I’ve never felt beholden to defining myself as one type of journalist or another–newspaper or…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Memo To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Become Isolated

Four keys to staying visible and connected despite the demands of running your business

One of the biggest threats to successful entrepreneurship is isolation. Many entrepreneurs get so caught…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why Today’s Leaders Must Surf, Not Sail

Our charge should no longer be "Steady as She Goes!," but "Hang Ten!"

Change happens. And once upon a time, all that was expected of business leaders was…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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#FollowFriday for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Business experts with active Twitter accounts you'll want to connect with in Atlanta and beyond

Following is my list of all of the speakers for this year’s conference with active…

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What? You Mean I Have to Read?

Despite the social media revolution, the wealthiest, most influential people read books. My advice: Do what they do.

“Good article. Catchy title. Just wish it had more practical advice. Now I have to…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Do Historic Events Add Up To a Resurgence for NOLA?

Mardis Gras celebrates new mayor, Super Bowl Champion Saints and renewed hope for New Orleans

Yesterday, I attended my first ever Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. It was an…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How To Get Into Black Enterprise: Pitch The Right Editor

Hint: It's usually NOT the person at the top of the masthead

When it’s time to pitch yourself or your business to Black Enterprise for a possible…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why I Hate The Hookup

Want to support black entrepreneurs? Stop hitting them up for freebies

One of the biggest drags on black economic empowerment is the “hookup”: black people expecting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

Before hitting stores, take the NFCC's Holiday Spending Quiz

Once again, it’s the time of year when pressure on consumers to do their part…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Yeah, I Got It On Layaway. What About It?

I applaud the return of installment payments as a shopping option. There's just this one thing.

The buy-now, pay-later mentality of credit cards has been a major factor in reckless and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Real Game Is Business

The best thing about the B.E. Golf & Tennis Challenge: Everyone here is in it to win

It’s just the prelims of the 2009 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge and it’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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To Be the Best, Recruit the Best

Great leaders aren't afraid to hire people who are smarter and more talented than they are

If you are the smartest, most talented, most expert on a team that YOU assembled–YOU…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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After The Recession: Now What?

What to do when we don't have the economy to kick around any more

Sooner or later our economy will recover and this latest recession will be a thing…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why I Don’t Plan to Watch ‘Tributes’ to Michael Jackson

We all love Jackson's music, but we all did not and do not love him.

They know that they’ll get ratings and make money off of Michael Jackson’s death. But…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Detroit to The World: Don’t Count Us Out

Motown welcomes the B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference with grit, enthusiasm and faith in its own future

Battered by a crisis of faith in local government triggered by the scandal surrounding former…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How To Get Into Black Enterprise: What Not To Do

Avoid these mistakes when approaching an editor about a story on your business

Unfortunately, many people, and particularly small business owners eager to have their companies featured in…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How To Get Into Black Enterprise: Entrepreneurs, Take Note

What you'll need to share to get the attention of our editors

So, you want to be featured on the pages of Black Enterprise magazine? Join…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How to Get Into Black Enterprise

It's been a dream for generations of entrepreneurs. Here's how to increase the odds of it coming true

“What do I have to do to get into Black Enterprise?” Starting this week, I…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Can Mara Brock Akil Change The Game?

Producer and cast of network TV's only black show campaign for expansion to a one-hour time slot

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Against the backdrop of The CW Television Network’s plans to abandon the half-hour…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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How About a Guide to Money for Us Brothas?

Men need financial education, too. Our problem: too often, we won't seek it out

It’s okay, brothas. I know what you’re thinking. You just got your copy of your…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Warmed-over Myths of Black Wealth

Newsflash from CNBC's NEWBOs: If you're black and can't rap or play ball, forget about making it in America.

It’s 2009 and a black man is President of the United States of America. So…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Required Reading on Black Business History

Books by and about great black entrepreneurs underscore our legacy in business.

Each February, as we celebrate African American History Month, we recognize the achievements of black…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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It Is Done

At 12:05 pm, Barack Hussein Obama Jr. became the 44th President of the United States…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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It’s Really Happening

It is, indeed, a glorious day, a perfect first day of the Presidential administration of Barack Obama.

It is, indeed, a glorious day, a perfect first day of the Presidential administration of…

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Somehow, the Word ‘Crowd’ Doesn’t Quite Say It

Did I say there was a crowd at the Greenbelt, Md., Metro station this morning?…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A Cold Morning in a New America

It’s a great day in America. And God, it’s too cold.
Joining the crowd in Greenbelt,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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25 Years…And Change

I am back where it all began, in Washington, D.C., to cover the presidential inauguration of one Barack Hussein Obama Jr.

The presidential inauguration of Barack Obama brings me full circle. My first ever professional reporting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A Reality Check for Christmas

Let's remember a generation that didn't just talk about fiscal responsibility, but lived it: the survivors of The Great Depression.

Most of us know the principles of responsible money management: Habitual saving and controlled spending.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Thoughts on Leadership From “Professor X”: Be Relaxed and Ready

When faced with crisis, the healthiest disposition is neither the comfort of complacency nor a constant state of alarm.

What should be the posture of leadership when a company, an industry, or an entire…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Thoughts on Effective Leadership From “Professor X”

Organizations can win with modest talent, but talent--even extraordinary talent--cannot excel without a winning organization.

The unique talent I bring to Black Enterprise, and every publication I’ve ever led (including…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Memo to Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Learn Before You Launch

Nothing we tell you can take the place of your taking the time to know your industry

Entrepreneurship is one of the most important keys to wealth creation. However, too many people—laid-off…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Don’t Let the ‘G’ in Giving Stand for Guilt

Resist the chronic takers who would exploit your spirit of generosity.

One of the challenges facing many people, especially those considered to be better off than…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Wanted: A Hand to Guide Me

If you can't find a mentor, maybe you need to commit to being one.

I believe in mentorship, and study after study shows that it can be the critical…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Investing to Build Wealth? Or Spending to Look Rich?

When it comes to wealth, too much faking it will keep you from making it.

One of the things I like to talk about when I travel the country speaking…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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‘Fifty Educated African Americans’ (or, Why Black Enterprise?)

A reminder from a beloved Harvard admissions officer to lift as we climb rings with new meaning in the Age of Obama.

The following was forwarded to me by a friend. I’ve shared it with others, including…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Recession Survival Tips Are Not Just for Recessions

We should not wait for economic turmoil to force us to do what we should have been doing all along.

Anybody checking the headlines of business news channels or the cover lines of magazines including…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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You Don’t Have to Cancel Christmas, but…

Making a list and checking it twice could result in the best gift of all: a debt-free New Year.

The pressure has already started to get us to start our holiday shopping and spend…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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“Let’s Do The Obama Dance!” No. Let’s Not.

“Throw your ‘O’s in the air!”

This is a line from a YouTube music video I…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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21st Century Problems Call for 21st Century Leadership. (Hint: That’s Not McCain)

One of my Facebook friends, someone I’ve known since our days as classmates at Gregory…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Audacity of….McCain

Let me get this straight. Arizona Sen. John McCain, age 72, a 26-year veteran of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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McCain Picks Palin for VP: A Giant Step for Tokenism, Not Diversity

Come on, now. Let’s be honest. Condoleeza Rice. Hillary Clinton. Sarah Palin. Which one of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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I Don’t Know What To Say…What Would Pop-Pop Think?

Sen. Barack Obama is officially the Democratic Party nominee for the Presidency of the United States of America

Is this really happening? Did I just witness Sen. Hillary Clinton move to nominate Sen.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Our Eyes Are Open. Are We Ready To See?

Whether Barack Obama gets into the White House or not, we are about to look into the mirror as a nation.

Whether Barack Obama gets into the White House or not, we are about to look…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Money Trap

According to one author, to gain financial freedom, we must stop chasing each other into debt

Money is one of those sensitive topics that can make us cringe at even the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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Women of Power TV Show Set to Premiere October 25

Black Enterprise’s nationally syndicated Women’s Power show debuts October 25 on TV One.

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