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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?…

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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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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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Your choice: Will you celebrate financial freedom in 2013—or continue to suffer from a financial hangover? (Image: ThinkStock)

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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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He still rocks leisure suits and hates that "hippity hoppity" music. But you might want to listen to grandpa when it comes to handling money. (Image: ThinkStock)

“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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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