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Walking in Harm’s Way

The existence of corporate diversity and inclusion programs is to ensure the inclusion of all…

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HBCUs Are Still The Solution

Historically black colleges do a lot more with a lot less

Publisher and Chairman Earl G. Graves Sr. states unequivocally that historically black colleges are still…

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Lack of Estate Planning Puts Black Wealth At Risk

Our commitment to multi-generational wealth creation requires us to plan for the inevitable.

Our commitment to multi-generational wealth creation requires us to plan for the inevitable.

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Taking Black Business to the Next Level

The evolution of black business has been driven by greater access to capital, expansion into broader markets, and participation in dominant and emerging industries.

The growth and evolution of black business has been, and must continue to be, driven…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Remembering Julian Bond As A Champion of Black Enterprise

A consummate journalist, Bond understood the importance of black-owned media as a voice of empowerment and self-determination for African Americans.

Against a backdrop of activism and achievement, it could be easy to forget that Bond…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Modern Men, Timeless Values

'It’s our normal to be extraordinary'

BE Modern Man is building momentum toward its purpose of reclaiming the dialogue about the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Speaking Truth About Black Men

Black males face many problems. Black males are not the problem. This is a powerful, even revolutionary distinction to make.

African American males face many challenges. However being black and male is not among them.…

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Selma For Students: Making the Dream Real For A New Generation

How the "children" of Dr. King's Dream raised more than $2 million and made more than 300,000 tickets available to students in more than 30 cities.

How the “children” of Dr. King’s Dream raised more than $2 million and made more…

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Success Today: My Message to Millennials

As I gratefully celebrate my 80th birthday, here's business advice key to your success no matter what generation you claim membership in.

While I am decades removed, in terms of age and lifestyle, from where you may…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Paying Tribute to Atlanta’s Master Builder, Herman J. Russell

Russell forged a legacy as a master businessman and mentor who inspired several generations of leaders in business, politics, and beyond

In Nov. 15, America lost a great man and one of the most iconic black…

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You Have Only One Chance to Make a First Impression

A great reputation, once destroyed, can be incredibly costly to rebuild. Vigilantly protect the brand—and the business—of YOU

You have only one chance to make a first impression, and it can take a…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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When Will Police Stop Murdering Unarmed Black Men?

Each of us must take a stand each and every day to make the point that black lives matter

According to the FBI’s most recent accounts of “justifiable homicide,” in the seven years between…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Black Directors: Be Prepared To Walk In Harm’s Way

You weren’t invited to join a board because major corporations ran out of smart white people

Let me be blunt: You are a board director who happens to be black; you…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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

As we celebrate Father’s Day, a reminder to all fathers: Your children need you.

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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Ask Sheree: When an Employee Suffers Cultural Bias

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

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How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

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

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