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What the European Debt Crisis Means for Your Investments

Market volatility is here to stay. Don't panic—adjust your portfolio and look for opportunities

In today’s tumultuous investment environment, what should you do as an investor? Follow our advice…

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

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5 Terms That Have Lost their Worth in Corporate America

Lots of business buzz words don’t mean what they used to. Beware, lest you be sorry.

There was a time when customer service actually worked, now the term is nothing more…

By Caroline Clarke

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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…

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6 Good Things About the Worst Row on an Airplane

When you're flying coach you always have to remember the silver linings

Traveling is already a headache when you’re flying coach, but add in a seat in…

By Caroline Clarke

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20/20 Vision Forum: Create Your Own Job and Reinvent Yourself

Black Enterprise teams with Walmart to help African Americans gain an edge in today's tech-driven, global job market

Our 20/20 Vision Forum: Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy, one of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Being a Boomerang Kid Isn’t a Form of Failure

Use your return to “the nest” as an opportunity to build wealth

It’s not until two weeks before walking across the stage that it hit me: I…

By Janel Martinez

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What Does Your Office Space Say About Your Work?

Your workspace says a lot about you – and it should say a lot to you. Better mind the message.

From color to decore, your work environment has a direct impact on your productivity and…

By Caroline Clarke

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Stop Shuckin’ and Jivin’: How Some of Us Are Letting Excuses Hinder Career Success

So the job market is tough. What are you going to do about it?

Though the unemployment rate for blacks stands at more than 16%, that’s no excuse to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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What I Learned From Steve Jobs About Perseverance

The Apple founder’s legacy is far more personal than iThought

Steve Jobs’ 2005 commencement speech at Standford University resonates to this day because of his…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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The Time to Plan Your Retirement is Now

You’re 30 years old. Do you have any idea how much money you’ll need to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Public Education: A State of Emergency

American education is in crisis. And public schools, especially those populated by black and brown…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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An Open Letter to My Children: Why You Must Choose Public Service Over Politics

I’m writing this letter to offer all of you a deep apology on behalf of…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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What You Can Learn From Harvard Law School

Black attorneys' reunion demonstrates how to use alumni networks to increase your clout

Over the past few weeks, many of us will attend the annual round of fall…

By Derek T. Dingle

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‘Let’s Connect’: Don’t Let Your Social Media Presence Curb Future Opportunities

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

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Drivers No Longer Need To Pass a Vision Test?

Looks like the blind are leading the blind in government cost cutting

New York’s DMV now allows licence renewals online, which bypasses the standard eye exam, opening…

By Caroline Clarke

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Misses with Attitude: Mastering the Poker Face for Career Success

Don't let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

Don’t let emotions on the sleeve be your handicap in the workplace

By Janell Hazelwood

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It’s Your Own Fault If Obama Disappoints You

President Obama promised changes we have yet to see. Is he the disappointment, or are we?

Critics say that President Barack Obama is soft on the issues, now the trend has…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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Make Your Life ‘More Than Meets the Eye’

When life gets to be too much, let laughter transform the moment…and you

Life is full of numerous hurdles but through laughter and positive energy we can find…

By Caroline Clarke

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Why Plugging Into Tech Equals Business Opportunities

Broadband session sparks conversation about digital business development and job creation

As the US Labor Department unveiled its dismal report revealing an unemployment rate stubbornly stuck…

By Derek T. Dingle

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3 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From 9/11

Even in the greatest tragedy to befall America we can learn valuable lessons of perseverance in business

The aftermath of 9/11 also offers valuable lessons in leadership. In reviewing our archives related…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Reflecting on the Costs and Gifts of 9/11

Despite the tragedy of the 9/11 attacks there can be some good to come of it

With the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, which toppled the Twin Towers of…

By Caroline Clarke

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Why Living in the Moment May Sabotage Your Future

I can’t fathom why so many people are content with sabotaging their retirement plans. Yet…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Beyond Self-Employment

Earlier this year, much was made—by everyone from the Obama administration to minority business advocates…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Relearning the Value of a Dollar

Making a habit of using credit and debit cards over cash can lead to a financial pitfall

More and more Americans use credit and debit cards for everyday purchases, creating a cycle…

By Janel Martinez

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5 Steps To Creating Your Profitable Tech Start-Up

Position your company to become a future industry leader

Black entrepreneurs must be creative, however, to advance to the next stage in the Innovation…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Why Black Entrepreneurs Must Create the Next Google

How to succeed in the "Innovation Economy"

There’s a need for a business movement with a powerful, audacious mission: Ensuring African Americans…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Enough Already with Trashing ‘The Help!’

This is a film worthy of our praise. So why are black folks hating, as usual?

The Help is getting mixed reviews. Some praise the film and its cast—including Viola Davis,…

By Caroline Clarke

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A Lesson in Updating Your Resume for Job-Seeking Success

Nowadays, there's more to updating your resume than your work experience

Having an updated resume is vital in this economy but what details you include has…

By Caroline Clarke

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Get it Together, Diva: Plans B, C, and D are Always a Good Look

Proper prioritizing and preparation can help to cushion life's bumps

When it comes to life, prioritizing and practicing due diligence in all aspects is def.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Go There: What Not to Ask a Recent Graduate

If you plan on having a one-on-one with a new grad, beware of these three feather ruffling questions

Let’s pump the brakes a bit and look a little closer at this yearly Q&A…

By Janel Martinez

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Channel Your Inner Kanye, and Stop the Second-Guessing

Being your own biggest fan can ensure you don't let success pass you by

Don’t let the insecurity of second-guessing yourself hinder your opportunity to shine, whether in your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Lessons in Money Management from My Mom

Knowing how to handle money should start in the home from our first teachers

Saving for the future should start at childhood and that responsibility fall son our parents…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Investments As Nation Deals With Debt Downgrade

Even though investors are reeling from the toughest market since 2008 you can still build your portfolio & protect your assets

Standard & Poor’s downgrade of the United States’ AAA credit rating to a AA+ could…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Recent Grads, Keep Your Head (And Morale) Up

It’s not the world you thought you’d graduated into, but, trust, you can make it work

Recent grads should remain optimistic yet realistic about finding a job post-graduation

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Pseudo Phenom: It Takes More than Bragging to be a Boss

Cars, clothes and uh... that ... isn't enough to win the title of head honcho

As with any pop culture concept that takes on a life of its own, the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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When A Homeownership Dream Becomes A Nightmare

By now, you’re all familiar with this story. It’s the one about how too many…

By Earl "Butch" Graves 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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Preparing for the Marathon To Rebuild Our Wealth

Based on the racial divide in the economic gap, a lot has to be done to rebuild our buying power

While America dealt with the Great Recession of 2007-2009, overwhelming numbers of minority households suffered…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Put Pressure on Congress To Do The Right Thing

President Obama used his bully pulpit to address the nation and his opponents

One week before a possible, first-time default on our national debt, President Obama used his…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Doing all the talking. Yes, Twitter is a great place to let people know what you’re doing. But if that’s all you’re doing, it’s not going to work. “You can’t just go on Twitter and type in the title of your blog post and link to it. Or you can’t just say, ‘Oh, look what’s new here.’ It has to be a conversation. And that’s what’s so amazing about Facebook and Twitter—that you can engage with your audience. You shouldn’t just post something and go on with your day,” Gregg says.

The Case of the I’mas: More Talk Than Action is Never a Good Thing

Sometimes it's best to let results speak for themselves

Unless simply talking will take you straight to the bank, less chatter and more action…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Checking Email at Night, on Weekends and Holidays Is the New Norm for U.S. Workforce

You’ve Got (Too Much) Mail: Confessions of an Email Hoarder

Want a new lease on (your electronic) life? Clean out the clutter!

Email is a great way to communicate but with junk mail, spam, evites, work and…

By Caroline Clarke

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Support Your Local Black Bank

Buying Black is only one step to economic freedom, we also have to bank Black

Syndicated radio host Warren Ballentine recently teamed up with the National Bankers Association to unveil…

By Derek T. Dingle

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What The Debt Ceiling Debate Means To Your Financial Future

With the debt ceiling deadline looming, now is not the time to stand idly by and wait

If President Obama and congressional leaders don’t reach an agreement to increase the $14.3 trillion…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Your Brand and Your Life Are Not the Same Thing!

Casey Anthony’s life has been spared. So why is everyone talking about her brand?

The media circus surrounding the Casey Anthony case—which involves the murder of her daughter Caylee…

By Caroline Clarke

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Could You Handle Losing Everything?

Finding inspiration and strength in the worst life has to offer

Author Iyanla Vanzant told Oprah Winfrey how she lost everything but still managed to find…

By Caroline Clarke

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Make Money Management a Family Affair

For those who believe the days of spending with reckless abandon will return, I have…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Good Entrepreneurs Make Money. Great Ones Make a Difference.

Among the things that come with the territory of being a reasonably successful and visible…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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7 Career Strategies That Work

Whether your collar is white or blue, use these strategies to help remain competitive and get ahead

BLACK ENTERPRISE, in partnership with Walmart, the nation’s largest corporation, decided to convene our event,…

By Derek T. Dingle

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8 Things I Hate About Twitter

The problem with social media is it's really not that social

Twitter has become a way of life for many but outside of the marketing and…

By Caroline Clarke

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4 Success Strategies From Gov. Deval Patrick

In his new book, the Massachusetts governor delivers insight and perspective that can help you thrive in business

How to use Deval Patrick’s personal power moves – those focused on faith, perseverance and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Don’t Bow Down to the Office Bully

Bullying is not child’s play anymore. It’s on the rise at work

In a troubled economy people have shorter fuses but that’s no excuse for bullying in…

By Caroline Clarke

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Flying Fees Are Here to Stay

Flying the friendly skies just got less friendly as airlines tack on more and more fees

In a post-9/11 society we’ve gotten used to more security measures but with airlines in…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Ways You Can Help Fix Our Schools

We must ensure that our kids can read, calculate and become employable in the 21st Century workplace

We must ensure that our kids can read, calculate and become employable in the 21st…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Dr. Denzel Washington, “When You Fall, Fall Forward”

The award-winning actor advices the class of 2011 to accept that failure will be part of their life's journey

Dr. Denzel Washington addresses the graduating class of 2011 from the University of Pennsylvania in…

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: How Obama Can Put America Back To Work

Seeking re-election, the president needs bold solutions to correct the economy now

President Obama must put America back to work. With last week’s dismal jobs report and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: 7 Ways You Can Profit From Our Entrepreneurs Conference

Nation's largest Black business event gives companies access to connections, contracts and capital

From newly-minted and established business owners to White House policymakers, attendees of our Black Enterprise…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Winging It: 5 People You Never Want to Meet While Networking

There’s an art to networking, while some people get it there are many that don’t. Here are a few avoidable networking faux pas

I’m a lousy networker. It’s not that I do the wrong things. It’s that I…

By Caroline Clarke

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

A New Way to Keep Score: Giving Back

Those words have served as a guiding principle of my life. In our 24/7, pressure-cooker…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Holding the Ad Industry Accountable to Black Consumers

When most people consider the importance of black-owned media, they tend to focus on the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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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Power Moves: 5 Ways You Can Become A Clutch Player in Business and Life

These strategies can offer clues on how you can thrive under pressure

The quality of clutch among a set of professionals and executives who not only met…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Winging It: Technology, the Etiquette Killer

Despite our advances in technology it's done nothing for our social skills and simple common courtesy

As much as technology helps makes our daily lives easier it also works against us…

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: Why We Must Fight For Media Diversity

From the Washington to Hollywood, African Americans must make our voices heard and get our stories told

From broadcast news to animated television shows, the media industry gets an F when it…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Winging It: Will Smith Was Wrong, Sometimes Parents DO Understand

A cooler version of her own mother, the author relives embarrassing moments while touring colleges with her teenage daughter

Touring college campuses is a rite of passage for many teenagers, so is the embarrassing…

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: 6 Leadership Lessons You Can Learn From Obama’s Bin Laden Raid

Our commander-in-chief’s strategic approach offer tips to achieving your business success

Obama’s oversight of the daring raid to capture and kill Osama bin Laden offers a…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Winging It: Brown (Mothers) v. Board of Education

Why are Black mothers being jailed for seeking a decent education for their children?

The rise of mothers like Kelly Williams-Bolar and Tanya McDowell being arrested for sending their…

By Caroline Clarke

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Release of President Obama’s Birth Certificate Removes a Distraction America Can No Longer Afford

Black Enterprise publisher Earl Graves, Sr. weighs in on Donald Trump's exploitation of the "birther" movement

Today’s release by the White House of President Barack Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, confirming that…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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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Winging It: Success Tip of the Day—When in Doubt Try Tulips

Sometimes you need to treat yourself to one of life's small treasures to keep your sanity in the workplace

Sometimes you need to treat yourself to one of life’s small treasures to keep your…

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: Eddie Brown’s 5 Strategies For Success in Business

The BE Titan shares trade secrets from his 40 year career and new autobiography that can inspire your business moves

The BE Titan shares trade secrets from his 40 year career and new autobiography that…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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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Power Moves: Obama Gives Preview Of Campaign 2012

President Obama comes out swinging in his speech at George Washington University yesterday

President Obama comes out swinging in his speech at George Washington University yesterday

By Derek T. Dingle

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Winging It: The Gift of My Father’s Example

The writer reflects on her relationship with her father, and cherishes the lessons of finding balance that he left behind

The writer reflects on her relationship with her father, and cherishes the lessons of finding…

By Caroline Clarke

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Winging It: Beyonce Makes a Power Move

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her career?

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her…

By Caroline Clarke

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Simple Rules for Lifetime Investing

Many of us let a crisis go to waste. Yes, the Great Recession put a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Let’s Get Back to Investing in Our Future

Live within your means. Put money aside for tough times. Save, don’t borrow, for the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Winging It: F.A.M.E Costs. Will Chris Brown Ever Be Willing to Pay?

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to care about

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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Winging It. Work. Life. Balance? — Reclaiming Your Power

Everything is possible! A message the author recently shared with more than 700 women

Everything is possible! A message the author recently shared with more than 700 women

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: Today’s Revolution Will Be Tweeted

Social media continues to fire up global movements. Why Malcolm Gladwell may be surprised

Social media continues to fire up global movements. Why Malcolm Gladwell may be surprised

By Derek T. Dingle

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Winging It: Work. Life. Balance? – Managing Motherhood

An 'aha' moment courtesy of my 13-year-old son and a conversation with Woman of Power Bethann Hardison

An ‘aha’ moment courtesy of my 13-year-old son and a conversation with Woman of Power…

By Caroline Clarke

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Power Moves: Find Contacts, Contracts and Cash at BE Entreprenuers Conference

In my latest segment on Warren Ballentine’s Truth Fighter’s radio program, I shared with his…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Earl G. Graves Jr., President & CEO of Black Enterprise

Use Technology for Empowerment not Entertainment

I have always viewed technology as an empowerment tool. In fact, friends, colleagues, and employees…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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To Build Our Businesses, We Must Leverage Our Relationships

As you read these words, we at black enterprise are working enthusiastically and feverishly to…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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You the Consumer Have the Power

Black Enterprise's President/CEO reminds consumers of their financial power and right to great customer service

For decades, African Americans have been hit with what has been called the “Black tax.”…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Power Moves: GOP Vote to Cut $60 Billion Gives Obama His Next Big Test

Will the president's agenda withstand the pressure?

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At 4:39 a.m. Saturday morning, House Republicans passed a $1.2 trillion budget for the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: How Your Small Business Can Make Money Now

Simple steps entrepreneurs can use to take your business to the next level

According to the recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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What to Count on in a World of Change

As we stand on the threshold of a brand new year, none of us knows…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Make a Commitment to Invest in Yourself

This is the season when people ring in the New Year with champagne toasts and…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Racial Jokes in the Workplace

Being mindful of what we say is not only the right thing to do-- it's good business

DJ Cipha Sounds of Hot 97 made an inappropriate joke that cost him his integrity…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Wait for Superman … Put On Your Own Cape!

it starts with across-the-board accountability. Educators have proved that poverty-stricken communities don’t produce failed schools;…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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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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Why Financial Fitness Isn’t Just About Getting Married

Honest, open communication--not finger-pointing--is vital in a happy relationship

Let’s take the strategic steps in striving to improve and build a clear path toward…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Lock-Out: Virginia Moving Co. Says Dreadlocks Reason for Not Hiring a Man

A good candidate should not be turned away because of hair choice

Since when does a hairstyle trump qualifications or a resume full of experience? My two…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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The Difference Is President Obama

The battle cry that swept Obama into the White House was not “Yes, He Can”, but “Yes, We Can.”

As 2009 draws to a close, it’s safe to say that the year will be…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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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New Report: Small Businesses Creating Jobs, Giving Back and Growing Local Economy

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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They made it. Why not you?

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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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