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My sons Butch, Johnny and Michael never had to compete for time on my business agenda.

Message To Fathers: Show Up, Step Up, Man Up

A reminder to all fathers: Your children need you.

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Wake Up! Re-engage In the Battle For Opportunity

African Americans are becoming marginalized in nearly every area of economic participation and advancement.

African Americans are becoming marginalized in nearly every area of economic participation and advancement, as…

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Don’t Just Save Black Boys, Redeem Black Men

We must fight for lawful alternatives and for productive, economically viable pathways to opportunities for black men

We can not forget about black men

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Advice For Athletes: Invest in Your Future, Not Your Fame

Spend less time, money, and energy getting into the VIP room at the club, and more gaining access to the C-suites and executive boardrooms

Will the cycle of athletes ending up broke after their playing days end?

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The Need To Read: Neglect It At Your Own Risk

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

To reject or forgo reading books is to embrace mediocrity—period.

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How Text Messages and Social Media Devalued Personal Communication

Let’s use social media and mobile devices to facilitate, instead of replacing, authentic personal communication

Our increasing reliance on less-than-personal communication has resulted in less civility, courtesy, and consideration of…

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On his first meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela   "The new South Africa needs us. To be specific, if a truly, multiracial state will grow out of apartheid’s ashes, it needs contributions of African American skills and financial resources. That was the message President Mandela delivered to a gathering of prominent black American business and political leaders when he visited BLACK ENTERPRISE’s offices a year after he gained his freedom. Black America has created, sustained and grown its own businesses and sent executives to the nation’s largest corporations. South Africa needs this knowledge."

Nelson Mandela: A Global Hero Goes to Glory

Earl G. Graves, Sr., the Founder and Publisher of BlackEnterprise talks the legacy of Mandela

Nelson Mandela left this mortal plane on Dec. 5, 2013, 22 years almost to the…

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Shopping while black, even in 2013, is still risky business.

The Fight Against ‘Racial Profiling’ and ‘Shopping While Black’ Continues

The line between “the suspect is a black male” and “black males are suspect” remains dangerously thin.

The line between “the suspect is a black male” and “black males are suspect” remains…

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Civil Rights for a New Generation: Rescuing the Abandoned

The 50th Anniversary March on Washington is an opportunity to begin paving a way to freedom and equality for the “least of these” of black America.

The 50th anniversary of the March on Washington is an opportunity to refocus the civil…

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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…

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher, Black Enterprise

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Knowing When to Say When

Eventually, the success and potential of every enterprise is determined by an entrepreneur’s ability to…

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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…

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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…

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Beyond Self-Employment

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

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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…

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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…

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Obama Holds Nationally-Televised News Conference At White House

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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Women of Power

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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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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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