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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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How to Protect Your Finances When Love Is New

Is your new Valentine aiming for your heart—or your wallet? Here’s how to avoid being a fool for love

Key dos and don’ts—and major red flags that should never be ignored—in order to avoid…

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Money Moves To Make Before You Quit Your Day Job

Before you jump ship to pursue your dream of entrepreneurship, take steps to prepare for the financial shock of your transition.

Among the biggest and most intimidating aspects of the transition from employee to entrepreneur is…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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3 Danger Signs Of Relationship Scams

Missing these red flags can do plenty of damage, including ruining your credit, destroying your business and disrupting your career

Failing to recognize dating and relationship scams before getting involved can do plenty of damage,…

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The 50 Billion Dollar Boss Is Worth Every Penny

This valuable book assembles the advice and experiences of some of the nation’s most successful black women entrepreneurs

50 Billion Dollar Boss (a nod to the combined revenues generated by black-women-owned firms between…

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When It’s a Free Gift, It’s Going to Cost You

Want to get better control of your spending? Stop being bamboozled by the word "free."

Stop being bamboozled by the word “free.”

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4 Fascinating Start-Up Entrepreneurs I Met In 2015

I am a geek for smart entrepreneurs and interesting start-ups. Here are four of the most impressive I connected with last year.

Every year, in part through my role as a judge for a number of annual…

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The GOP Debates Are Reality TV, And Donald Trump is The Star

Misdirection: Look it up. You can get away with a lot when people think you're crazy. Trump is not crazy. And neither is the GOP.

From the #WhileYouWereSleeping files: The GOP debates/primary race are reality TV, with Donald Trump playing…

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Why Miss Jessie’s Book Is A Must Read for Aspiring Entrepreneurs

With refreshing candor about the realities of family and business, author Miko Branch shares how she built a pioneering natural hair business with sister Titi

I’ve always been concerned that not enough attention is paid to the very real challenges…

By Alfred Edmond, 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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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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How To

Cultural bias

Ask Sheree: When an Employee Suffers Cultural Bias

What should I do when I sense that my manager is culturally biased against me?
First…

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Startups

How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt…

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