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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.

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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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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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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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.

[We have overcome] is a nice, comforting, and even inspiring notion. But it’s just not…

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The U.S. Auto Industry’s Unfinished Business

To boost employment as well as entrepreneurial opportunities for African Americans, automotive manufacturers and the…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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Education Reform: It’s Time for Us to Step Up to the Plate

The mission is as simple as it is powerful and necessary: to get African American…

By Earl Graves, Sr.

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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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In the Pursuit of Wealth, Don’t Forsake the Treasure of Family

I believe that economic development is vital to the black community, and that more African…

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Let’s Honor Our Troops With the Support They Deserve

Black Enterprise founder Earl G. Graves Sr., former Green Beret, says we must invest in veterans' success

Thousands of veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have either come home, or…

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Where Are Our Next Leaders?

The next Maynard Jacksons and Constance Baker Motleys are out there. Serving in Afghanistan. Struggling…

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Presidential Politics: What’s at Stake

Unlike the 2008 presidential election, the history-making novelty of a black candidate earning the nomination…

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The Eternal Love of My Life

On the many nights I came home exhausted, beaten, bloodied, and bruised from the daily…

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Building a Better Life Starts With a Plan

What I’m calling for is an intervention, one that all of us must commit to.…

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Why Black Media Still Matters

Perhaps more than any other Americans, we as black people need our own voice, 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…

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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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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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