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Shark-Tank

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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Boss Moves: Top 5 Dangers of Toxic People

Don't let negative elements suck you dry and prevent you from success

We often give people passes, but keeping toxic peers around can equal long-term career damage…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Career Training Camp: Are You Prepared for Your Next Season?

Try this strategy to be a starter on the winning team in your industry

As NFL players start camps, professionals can take a page from the league’s book and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Is this what you're waiting for? WAKE UP!!! Time to get real.

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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Marc Lamont Hill: ‘Trayvon Martin Was Put on Trial’ [Exclusive]

Marc Lamont Hill gave Black Enterprise an exclusive column on the verdict handed down in the George Zimmerman case.

After 17 months of controversy, Zimmerman was free to go home. The rest of the…

By Marc Lamont Hill

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How One Black Entrepreneur ‘Powers’ Obama’s Africa Strategy

President Obama's Africa strategy has moved forward as other countries invest more into the continent.

Power Africa was the centerpiece of Obama’s message: “Let’s do business.”

By Derek T. Dingle

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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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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DOMA

Why The End of DOMA, Prop 8 is a Good Thing

Supreme Court strikes down federal law supporting class discrimination of same-sex couples and restores equality to California

Allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry merely expands the definition of family

By Carolyn M. Brown

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NYC tourists may soon be fined for buying counterfeit luxury goods

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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Why We Must Fight For Our Right To Vote

With the 5-4 decision in Shelby v. Holder, the court struck down on Tuesday a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA).

Through one judicial act thousands of African Americans and voters of color may be denied…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Mia Hall (right, with me and Zara Green) is a great example of the kind of person who makes mentoring a rewarding experience.

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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Messy Millennials: How Social Media TMI Can Lead to Major Losses

Latest 2Chainz incident brings to light the down side of transparency

Young professionals, the more you disclose about your private life on social media, the more…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Messy Millennials: ‘Cupid Disclosures’ Yet Another Reason to Say No to Office Romance

One writer says it's company business, but why not avoid it altogether?

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For some, working with the boo is a major plus. You may not work…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Angry Black Woman’: Doomed if You Speak Up, Doomed If You Don’t

Heckler incident brings to light a social label that needs to be retired

The prevalent notion that any time a black woman speaks up—and it’s not to coo…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Baby Mama, Bride or Boss Moves: A Millennial Woman’s Choice Can Be a Hard One

I chose career over giving birth. Is there anything wrong with that?

No shade to the young hot mamas out there but for all the young women…

By Janell Hazelwood

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RootsPicnic

The Roots Picnic: A Lesson On Longevity and Industry Relationships

Take a page from the book of a band that's still got it

On the heels of the Roots Picnic, here are three lessons on longevity and relationships…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Real Househusbands of Hollywood: 3 Smart Career Lessons

Beyond the tear-inducing laughter, these men are winning with the boss moves

As the ‘Real Househusbands of Hollywood’ closes out with a hilarious reunion show, take a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Back-To-Work Blues: 5 Smart Tips to Get Back on the Grind After Vacation

Shake off the blahs and get back to the boss moves

No matter how much you love your job, returning to work after a vacation can…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Boss Moves to Make During Memorial Weekend

While others are at play, get your hustle on

While many are at play during Memorial Day weekend, you can hustle and get ahead.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Boss Inspiration: Forbes List Gives Young Women of Color 100 Reasons To Succeed

Three steps to become one of 'The World's Most Powerful Women'

For young women of color who face self-esteem challenges daily, Forbes gives 100 reasons to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A Timeless Classic: Top Career Lessons from ‘The Great Gatsby’

Classic story includes timeless themes to avoid career ruin

As F. Scott Fitzgerald classic hits theaters, take a look at timeless lessons from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Dynamic Women’s Conference: Star Jones Talks NAPW, New Boss Moves and Her Next Phase

Attorney and author sets sights on leveling the playing field

Star Jones, author and spokeswoman for the National Association of Women Professionals, hosted dynamic event…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A Push to Open More Doors to More Dollars

The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to increasing the number of small-dollar loans granted to start-up companies

The SBA and the Obama Administration have already taken unprecedented action to increase capital access…

By Marie Johns

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Key to Your Career Advancement: An Emotional Intelligence Mentor

Learn from solid leaders how to manage feelings in the workplace

As a young professional, learning how to work through challenges and manage emotions can be…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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Get Into This: Out-of-the-Box Resumes and When to Use Them

Unique job-seeking tactics and when to keep it simple

Here’s how to leverage unique job-seeking tactics and when to just keep it simple.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Power and grace: First Lady Michelle Obama

Women of Power Clarion Call: Your True Power Lies Within

In response to several requests, I share my opening remarks from this year's Legacy Awards Gala, paying tribute to heroines and history makers.

The traditional kickoff for the Women of Power Summit is our annual Legacy Awards Gala,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Fasting at Work: Hard but Worth It

During Lent, check out these tips to help you stick to your fast

During Lent, take a look at a few tips to staying focused while fasting—even in…

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Yes, We Do That: A Black Woman’s Amazing NASCAR Escapade

My journey squashing stereotypes and reacquainting with a childhood fascination

Someone said “Black people don’t do NASCAR.” Well, we did that, and it was amazingly…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Job Market ‘Superpower’ Will Give You More Than a Leg Up

Advocacy group shines light on valuable job skill via tech stars like Mark Zuckerberg

You may think this skill is just for tech geeks, but in the job market,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Will Police Departments Finally Fix Workplace Racism Issues?

As minority officers speak out, Dorner case shines yet another light on discrimination

Christopher Dorner murder case shines yet another light on racism in law enforcement, from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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We Can’t Let Washington Wreck Our Businesses

Within the next few weeks, the federal government is expected to make spending cuts that will inevitably hurt legions of small businesses

African Americans will more than likely feel the most severe pain.

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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5 Ways to Profit From Investing in the “Obama Economy”

Right now is the best time for you to invest.

The stock market has gotten off to a rip-roaring start this year. And right now…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Beyoncégate: Avoiding the Perils of Perfectionism

Why Beyoncé should use her Super Bowl half-time performance to answer to no one but herself

The proximity of her scheduled Super Bowl appearance to her Presidential Inauguration performance makes me…

By Caroline Clarke

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Obama’s Second Term Sets a New Beginning for Inclusion and Activism

He was America's choice - a diverse America in which African Americans, women, gays, and youth now play a larger role in national discourse, policy-making and governing.

The ceremony’s significance was that his return to the Oval Office could no longer be…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong: How Discernment Should Be Your BFF in Job Seeking

Being too direct or wacky can mean yet another year unemployed

We’ve all heard the “get creative” advice, but sometimes getting a bit too radical can…

By Janell Hazelwood

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When Will We Stand Against the Insanity of Gun Violence?

There are weapons designed for personal protection. And there are those made for the quick and efficient slaughter of human beings.

I believe in the Second Amendment. I pledged to defend it and the rest of…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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MONEY

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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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,…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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What’s on Your Boss Moves Bucket List For 2013?

Throw pause out the window and run, full force, into success

As we move into the new year, it’s good to think of your plans for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Rhonda Lee Case: Was Responding to Ignorance Worth It? I Don’t Think So

Sometimes it's best to pick professional battles wisely

Meteorologist Rhonda Lee was fired after responding to a viewer's racially charged Facebook comments about…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Successful Women Can Get—and Keep—a Man

Pop media may not favor, but you don't have to dismiss ambition for amour

True, the stats aren’t in power women’s favor, but don’t get it twisted. You don’t…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Rep. Elijah Cummings: Fiscal Cliff May Bring “Short-Term Pain and Long-Term Gain”

GOP, Dems engage in open warfare over "fiscal cliff" as minority businesses hang in the balance.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, discusses…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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A Brand of Exploitation: ‘Sweet Browns’ of the World, Please Have Several Seats

Shucking and jiving for checks is just not my cup of tea

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Sweet Brown, I’ve had enough.
Some of us chuckled and…

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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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Get the Memo: The Biggest Time Wasters Aren’t Just Employees

Common workplace 'necessities' contribute to productivity blunders

Statistics show that common workplace elements such as office politics and meetings, are the biggest…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Get Out and Support Your Local Black Chamber of Commerce

Here's why black chambers may offer the best chance to find strength in numbers.

From lobbying government to opening new spigots of capital, black chambers offer a proactive, expansive…

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Ladies, Take a Cue From Successful Men on Work-Life Balance

Spend less time waiting on his call and more on making boss moves of your own

Here are the work-life balance lessons men have taught me that will could ensure you’re…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Vetarans Day, A Special Shout Out to My Ladies

How my sister's decision to serve opened my eyes to women's equality

Salute to all servicemen— but especially my ladies, who juggle protecting our country with managing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Five Steps to Becoming a Supplier for America’s Largest Retailer

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart.

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart. The tips, however, can…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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3 Quick & Easy Side Gigs For Busy Professionals

No matter what industry, you can find the time for these money-makers

Any professional in any industry can try one of these side gigs to bring in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Online Community Makes ‘Going Natural’…Well, Natural

Embracing your hair—short, long, natural or straight—championed by online hubs

Emergence of an online community centered around hair care makes “going natural” simple.

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Obama Mojo: How Will You Re-Invent and Upgrade Your Professional Swagger?

As we look to the President to push further, so should we

As the president prepares for his 44th and second term in the White House, think…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Obama’s Last Campaign

President Obama used his last campaign appearance to make the closing argument for the next four years.

President Obama used his last campaign appearance to make the closing argument for the next…

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You Tried It: Top Most Ineffective Responses to Twitter Job Opps

Stay away from mistakes that could cost you a prime opportunity

Here are the top most annoying, off-putting ways to respond to a job opportunity presented…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Woe is Sandy: 5 Steps to Stress-Free Return to Work

You can make a seamless transition after the mess of the storm

Hurricane Sandy left a mess, and with the rebuilding, we all have to clean up.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Thank You For Being a Friend: How Sandy Unites Coworkers

It's never a good look to be Ms. Annie Anti-Social, especially in the workplace

Hurricane Sandy taught me one vital lesson: Connecting with those you see most during the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Free Wi-Fi Seekers Unite: Don’t Be Ashamed to Scrounge for the Service

Whether in need or not, take advantage of free wireless

Check out where you can get online for free.

By Janel Martinez

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Delete & Unfollow: Top 8 Reasons You Aren’t Making Connections on Social Media

Don't keep up habits that could turn people all the way off

Seven key social media no-nos I see on a daily basis that could put a…

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Gigs That Never Sleep: Even Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop the Hustle

As a major storm looms, some of us still have to put in work

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When it comes to hurricanes or any other disasters that could hinder work, some…

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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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Stop the BS Stunt and Show: Top 5 Cliche Job Titles

Yes, there are reputative professionals wearing these shoes, but others have no receipts

Some so-called occupations have prompted a side-eye and skepticism, whether warranted or unwarranted.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: National Take Back Your Time Day

Avoid long-term damage by prioritizing what's important: happiness and balance

For this national initiative, it’s time to look at what’s important: balance and happiness.

By Janell Hazelwood

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LinkedIn Etiquette: Why Random Invites to Connect Are a No-No

Rule of thumb: Stick with who you know when it comes to connecting on the social networking site

Experts say LinkedIn users should refrain from connecting with anyone and everyone on the network…

By Janel Martinez

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Obama, Romney Position Themselves for Final 2 Weeks of Battle

Where will these candidates focus their energy?

Neck -and neck in recent polls, President Barack Obama and Republican Challenger Mitt Romney squared…

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Do We Really Have to Give Up Culture for Ultimate Career Success?

I'd beg to differ, but in reality, it's up to us to choose the yay or nay

Whether it’s our name, mannerisms, interests, or values, is it necessary to sacrifice the cultural…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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Surviving the Grunt: How to Put Short-Term Pride to the Side for Long-Term Wins

Want to end up the top dog? Bite that bullet and do the work

Sometimes grunt work is your stepping stone to gaining trust and respect, leading to major…

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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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Get Into This: Job-Seeking Gains for Women Means Keep Pushing Ladies

Take advantage of prime moment where unemployment is declining

Now is a prime time to take advantage of what experts are saying is a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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Hello, Nicki Minaj: It’s Best to Make Allies with Seasoned Pros, Not Enemies

Tirade mirrors generational gap and a need for young bosses to take the high road

Recent footage of a spat with Mariah Carey lends lesson on generational gaps and humility…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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.

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Get Your (Professional) Life: ‘Tamar & Vince’ Lessons on Power Positioning

Hubby of Braxton reality star shows value of pumping those career breaks

Tamar Braxton is known for dramatic antics and star quality. In her latest show, with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: No Job Doors Opening? No Choice But to Build Your Own

Take a cue from Spike Lee's journey and make some radical boss moves

Take a page from Spike Lee’s career book: If doors are closed, take a radical…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: Organization Invests Millions Into Building Black Male Leaders

Institute will facilitate education and advocacy in national network

Open Society Foundations Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) investing $2 million to launch the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: Instead of Grad School, Do Some Real Footwork

Aggressively connect with your network face-to-face

Author and nonprofit professional Rosetta Thurman suggests a lightbulb alternative: Aggressively connect with your network…

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Get Into This: 4 Free Savvy Job Search Apps

On-the-go resources make getting that gig so much easier

Check out these four free app resources to make your job search that much easier…

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3 Things You Can Learn from the Mary J. Blige Chicken Debacle

As the R&B diva finally details her 'mistake,' take heed for your own career success

As Mary J. Blige finally speaks out in detail about the Burger King chicken debacle,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Why You Mad?: We Gave Gwyneth Paltrow Permission to Use the N-Word

Pop culture's --- and our--- loose use of the word diminishes its negative impact

With the news that Gwenyth Paltrow used the N-word in a Twitpic caption, many find…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Leave Justin Combs Alone: Whether Rich or Poor, An Earned Reward is His To Keep

Any wealthy offspring who doesn't embody negative stereotypes should be lauded

The argument that the son of a multimillionaire should return a scholarship he rightfully earned…

By Janell Hazelwood

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It’s Time to Face the Truth: Adult Bullying is Bigger than Reality TV

If you're a victim, you can take your power back and and get respect you deserve

Don’t let a bully take your power, especially as an adult. And if you are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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Choose Wealth, Not Style

I’m sure if you’ve read my column, heard my speeches, or had the chance to…

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Let’s Stop the Race to the Bottom

Appearance is still the first and most impactful way that you communicate who you are and determine how you are treated.

Despite the established acceptance of casual attire at many companies, there has never been a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Hot Ad Mess: Is Lack of Color in the Advertising Biz to Blame for MJB/Burger King Snafu??

After official Mary J. Blige response, I'm still shaking my head

As the Burger King chicken wrap hoopla continues, questions arise about lack of diversity in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UPDATE: Burger King Pulls Chicken Ad, But Damage to Mary J. Blige Brand Already Done

We all make mistakes. Here are a few suggestions for a better brand move

After an outpour of backlash about a Mary J. Blige commercial that raises more than…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mary J. Blige, the Multi-Platinum Chicken Peddler? Say It Ain’t So

Adding a side-eye-worthy endorsement to the brand just doesn't make sense

Joining the ranks of chicken-eating stereotypes, the multi-platinum singer adds an endorsement to the brand…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Leading While Learning

It’s McCabe Thompson’s ability to harness perceived challenges as strengths that led her to the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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What Kind of Man Could Trayvon Martin Have Been?

Yet another young life halted from reaching its full potential due to gun violence and racism

When George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin he not only snuffed out the 17-year-old’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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Green-Eyed Diva: 5 Steps to Conquer the Hater in You

We all get jealous. Here's how to shake it off and keep it moving

Healthy professional competition is vital among successful peers, but jealousy can creep in with every…

By Janell Hazelwood

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There’s More to Tech Than Social Media

On a number of occasions, you’ve probably heard me refer to technology as “the great…

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Black History: Never Stop Telling Our Story

Thirty-five years ago, the landmark television mini-series Roots first aired on ABC for eight consecutive…

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Why We Must Do Business With Each Other

From May 23–26, the nation’s largest annual gathering of black entrepreneurs will take place when…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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8 Things You Never Knew About Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

Honest revelations about life and business from the beauty brand creator

Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price reveals eight random yet informative facts about her business and…

By Caroline Clarke

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Lesson in Personal Branding: Would You Be Associated with You?

While evaluating your inner circle, it's good to put yourself to the test, too

We often evaluate people in our networks since they reflect largely on our own personal…

By Janell Hazelwood

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For more of Lisa Price’s intimate conversation with Caroline Clarke about her journey with Carol’s Daughter and what lies ahead for her and the company, watch the Black Enterprise Business Report on Sunday, Feb, 12 on TVONE. Visit www.blackenterprise.com/bebr to check your local listings for times.

6 Secrets to Success from Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

The mega-beauty brand’s founder on business, balance, and (her daughter) Becca!

Lisa Price found success with Carol’s Daughter, a business that started out of her home,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Respect the Position: Making Benefit of the Doubt an Ally on the Job

Boost morale and avoid stress by trusting that someone is adequately qualified

When it comes to any job, there has to be a level of trust that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Resolution No. 1: Be Present for Our Children

It’s 2012; yet another chance for a fresh start with a brand new year. Here’s…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Splurges, Surprises, and Serious Consequences

In my last year of 20s, here's what I'd tell the younger, less responsible me

After 29 years of excitement, carefree experiences and graceful falls, there’s so much that the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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You Don’t Always Need a Co-Signer on Decisions

Sometimes it's best to simply trust yourself and act

Whether it’s a career or personal decision, sometimes it’s best to simply trust yourself, and…

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Obama’s State of the Union Address Details Agenda to ‘Bring Jobs Back’

State of Union offers clues to fixing the economy while beating the GOP

President Obama’s State of the Union Address puts the 1% to task and calls for…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Why ‘Red Tails’ Will Make Us Soar

More than just a movie, Red Tails signifies a mass movement of empowerment for African Americans

George Lucas’ Red Tails does not just highlight the struggles of the Tuskegee Airmen but…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Expand Your Vocabulary by Reading the Dictionary

The latest Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a slew of new words that once weren't

From slang to legitimate additions to the English language, the latest Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a…

By Caroline Clarke

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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An Apology to Dr. King

Our fight for freedom and justice is not over. Now, it is up to our children and grandchildren to ensure that King’s dream is deferred no longer.

King’s dream was about equal opportunity and economic justice for all black Americans, not just…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Jay Z Proclaims the ‘Glory’ of Fatherhood!

Will Jay Z's song for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddies to quit singing the blues and assume their rightful place?

Will Jay Z’s “Glory” for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddy’s to quit singing the blues…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Story of My 9 Rings: Sentimental Inspiration

Wearing jewelry can be a therapeutic form of expression

Sometimes jewelry is about more than fashion and represents something spiritual or sentimental to the…

By Caroline Clarke

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Well, it’s official. The new year is here. Like everything else in our rapid-fire world these days, with the flick of a switch (or drop of a big crystal ball in Times Square) all the anticipation, planning and counting down is suddenly over and then comes… the big let down. Because no matter how much we force feed it, bumper-sticker optimism and new resolutions, somehow, most new years just don’t feel all that new. In fact, chances are you dragged all your 2011 challenges into 2012. Doing more with less on the job? Check. Trying to still get a job? Check. Relationship stresses? Check. Wish you were in a relationship? Check. Owed too much money? Check. Feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and out of whack? Check, check, and check! Let’s be real. Things don’t suddenly get better as one year changes into another anymore than they magically improve when a random tough Thursday becomes a freshly hatched Friday. Nothing becomes “new” unless we do. So, here are five surefire ways to make you feel, look and perform better, this new year. —Caroline Clarke

5 Things You Should Do to Better Yourself in the New Year

If resolutions aren't your thing here are some simple 2012 tasks

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes in your…

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The Power of a Positive Attitude

It’s another year and I’m sure a good number of you have been engaged in…

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Can Charity Exist in a World of Excess?

Tis’ the season of giving but when is enough…enough?

Despite being in the grips of a recession and troubled economy, some still find ways…

By Caroline Clarke

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Examining the 2012 GOP Candidates’ Chances of Getting Nominated

The primary field of Republican candidates get sized up on their ability to lead the country in 2012

As the Iowa caucus approaches political analysts and voters prepare to review the 2012 GOP…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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All I Want For Christmas is… Balance in My Life

The holidays bring out the best and worse in people but there is a middleground

Christmas is a time for family & friends but it can be a stressful period…

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Obama Ends Iraq War But Battle Still Rages At Home

Commander-In-Chief gets hit with political bombs from GOP over decision while he fights for opportunities for vets

President Obama ended the Iraq War but the troubled economy and unemployment rate leaves veterans…

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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.

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Obama’s Occupy GOP Campaign

The president combines populist politics with historic maneuvers to defeat his foes

President Obama’s engaged in fierce combat to advance his economic agenda while positioning himself for…

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Birthday Cards Can Hold More Weight than Business Cards

Even in the Facebook age people appreciate the sentiment of a hand written card

Sending a birthday card may seem obsolete but people remember genuine gestures longer than Facebook…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Lessons You Can Learn From Herman Cain’s Imploding Campaign

Cain's meteoric rise and hard fall offers lessons for those seeking office--whether it's national or local

Numerous Herman Cain scandals have put the former Republican 2012 presidential frontrunner in the doghouse…

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Women of Power

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Motivational Entrepreneur Lisa Nichols Talks How She Reclaims Her Power

Preparing for her appearance at the 2015 Women of Power Summit, motivation guru Lisa Nichols…

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Women of Power Summit: Ten Facts About Susan L. Taylor

Former Editor-In-Chief, Susan L. Taylor, is being honored at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit…

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