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Or Fight Over It Through The Divorce Month of the Man: Candid Career Tips For Young Black Men Baby Mama, Bride or Boss Moves: A Millennial Woman’s Choice Can Be a Hard One The Roots Picnic Returns For Its 6th Year and Group Honored By Philadelphia with Mural Black Men Winning: Top 4 Celebrity Boss Moves in Entertainment WorldStarHipHop CEO Shrugs Off Ethics, for Success Family Business: Lil Wayne & The Carter Tribe How to Leave Your Corporate Job and Be a Smart Entrepreneur Mom and Daughter Make Hair-Story in NYC Young, Millennial and Fearless: How Being a Self-Starter Can Lead to Big Wins Owner of Largest Privately Owned Black Company Shares His Secrets The Real Househusbands of Hollywood: 3 Smart Career Lessons #WealthforLife Wednesdays: Goodbye Student Loan Debt, Hello Financial Freedom 5 Money Lessons From Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’ Family Business: Diana Ross & Her Familial Supremes Jackie Robinson’s Son, David Robinson, Blazes Own Path in Coffee Growing Field Family Business: Beyoncé & the Knowles’ Clan Boss Inspiration: Forbes List Gives Young Women of Color 100 Reasons To Succeed Student Loan Crisis Heating up Amid Graduation Season, House Vote From Dropout to Driven: 3 Perks of Taking the Nontraditional Route SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative Aims to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs Office Woes: How to Handle a Career-Stifling Boss Appreciation Is an Important Key to Wealth and Relationship Success A Timeless Classic: Top Career Lessons from ‘The Great Gatsby’ Ryan Leslie on ‘Black Mozart’ Project, New Perspectives — and a New Business Model Founder of ‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ and Partners Invest $1 Million For Nigerian Tech Startups Photos: BlackEnterprise.com Sponsors “Africans Creating Technology” Event Tonya Lewis Lee Wants a Healthy You Now, Part 2 4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook Learn to Do What’s Best With a Large Sum of Money 3 Savvy Ways to Turn Career Flops Into Long-Term Wins 4 Ways to Avoid a Moving Scam 7 Benefits of Sweatworking Tribeca Film Fellow Finds New Beginning in Filmmaking Lance Gross Talks Tyler Perry and Being the New Face of SoftSheen Carson Estate Planning With Your Children in Mind 4 Top Financial Goals to Achieve Right Now Mid-westerners Have Fewer Financial Worries, Rankings Show Publishing Powerhouse Uses Strategic Partnerships to Build an Empire Will Twitter’s Music App Enhance Your Listening Experience? Style Suite: One Week of Chic, From Day to Night Where Are They Now: The Wire Favorites So You Filed Your Taxes. Now What? Style Suite: Kate Young On Target for Spring Chic Kathryn Finney Is FOCUSed on Getting Black Women STARTed in Tech The Key to Your Career Advancement: An Emotional Intelligence Mentor It’s Spring Wedding Season: 4 Tips on How to Protect Your Budget Angela Davis Documentary ‘Free Angela’ Reveals Her Story Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How Successful Women Do It Cool Jobs: Publisher Takes News-Gathering Skills to Film Industry Special Circumstances That Could Affect Your Taxes Power Women: 5 Steps to Succeed in a Male-Dominated Field 14 Reasons You’re Public Enemy No. 1 at Work For LaVar Arrington’s Latest Act, A Grand Nod to His Many Influences From Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a Singular Courage to Tackle ‘Hazing’ CardHub.com Releases U.S. Cities With Best, Worst Budgeters ‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Director Antoine Fuqua Talks White House Thrillers and Hollywood Boss Moves Cool Jobs: Talent CEO Chantelle Fraser a Global Star in Her Own Right Social Media Plays Immense Role in Steubenville Rape Trial Tech Startup of The Week: Techturized Wins With Hair Care Company Style Suite: Feeding Spring (Fashion) Cravings How to Create an Effective LinkedIn Group 5 Smart Things to Do When You’re Clueless About Your Career Choice Author Tanji Dewberry Uses Oh Fiddlesticks to Help Children Cope With Unknown Emotions Style Suite: Affordable Fashion in Fun, Girly Prints Former NFL Lineman Jarvis Green Sets Eye On Food Industry Make That Money, Girl: 20 Top-Paying Jobs For Women 10 #BlackTwitter Favorites Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Singer, Director, Survivor and “Champion” Higher Ed Hustle: Four Advantages of Working While in College Get Hired: Top 20 Paid Internships Across the Country Few See a Path to Green Industry for African Americans Howard Univ. 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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…

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Month of the Man: Candid Career Tips For Young Black Men

Real-talk quips on workplace positioning and advancement

As part of BlackEnterprise’s Month of the Man series, a young ad professional offers tips…

By Ashley Calloway

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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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The Roots Picnic Returns For Its 6th Year and Group Honored By Philadelphia with Mural

Have you ever been to one?

Aside from the Roots, concert attendees were able to enjoy a diverse group of artists

By Kimberly Wilson

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Black Men Winning: Top 4 Celebrity Boss Moves in Entertainment

A snapshot of male leaders of color changing the game

As part of BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man series, we highlight top celebrity boss moves…

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WorldStarHipHop CEO Shrugs Off Ethics, for Success

Videos of bad behavior make website a destination for viral trends

Videos of women in thongs and fights help make the controversial website a viral video…

By Aaron Morrison

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Family Business: Lil Wayne & The Carter Tribe

From Cash Money to Young Money, Lil Wayne knows all of that is nothing without his family.

With a village of children destined to hold up the family name, Lil Wayne is…

By Amber McKynzie

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How to Leave Your Corporate Job and Be a Smart Entrepreneur

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

As an entrepreneur, freedom must be managed properly and used for true business productivity

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Mom and Daughter Make Hair-Story in NYC

Who will win the natural hair war battle?

Enter Doris Hair Care New York, a small but steadily growing mom-and-pop-style business

By Tomika Anderson

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Young, Millennial and Fearless: How Being a Self-Starter Can Lead to Big Wins

Social entrepreneur and author Syreeta Gates gives secrets to success

Twenty-five year old author and social entrepreneur Syreeta Gates shares the secrets to making your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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World Wide Technology Founder David Steward To Speak During Small Business Week

Owner of Largest Privately Owned Black Company Shares His Secrets

World Wide Technology Founder to share his secrets in St. Louis

Founder of World Wide Technology, David Steward, is the owner of the largest African-American privately-owned…

By C. Daniel Baker

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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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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Goodbye Student Loan Debt, Hello Financial Freedom

How my friend paid off her student loan debt four years ahead of schedule

Need to pay off your student loan debt? Maybe you should follow her advice.

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Money Lessons From Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’

The new single from Kanye West's forthcoming album, 'Yeezus'

Spending everything on Alexander Wang — not a good idea

By Darren Sands

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Diana Ross may have initiated the family name, but her children have surely continued its legacy. While the Motown best-selling artist entered the music world in the 1960’s with the Supremes—and later parted ways to embark on her solo career—her five children, Ross, Rhonda, Tracee, Chudney and Evan, have found multiple ways to continue the legend their mother started more than 50 years ago through the realms of television, film, fashion, education and more. 


From Chudney and Rhonda’s top-tier collegiate education and choice careers to match to Evan and Tracee’s life on the big screen and Ross’s adventurous lifestyle celebrated through photography, the Ross coterie has found a way to expand their name’s reach and become a multi-arena conglomerate. When you’re a Ross, you know there ain’t no mountain high enough; now that’s a family business motto to live by.

Family Business: Diana Ross & Her Familial Supremes

In the second installment of our Family Business series, we take a look at the Ross family, headed by Diana.

Which is your favorite Ross?

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Jackie Robinson’s Son, David Robinson, Blazes Own Path in Coffee Growing Field

Robinson's son owns a Tanzanian coffee growing company called Sweet Unity Farms

David Robinson feels blacks need to be self sufficient

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With Beyoncé at the forefront, the Knowles family has found their way to the top of entertainment’s food chain. As the pop diva has found herself traveling around the world to perform sell-out shows, her father, Matthew Knowles, was helping make all that happen as her manager until 2011. While those two were on the the road, Bey’s mother, Tina, didn’t just sit home alone, she got to the drawing board and designed clothing for her House of Dereon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion lines. And you can’t forget about Solange! From the bigscreen to the runway, the girl who used to be known as Beyoncé’s little sister is now turning out parties in the U.S. and across the pond as she rocks the 1s and 2s and looked up to as a fashion know-all.


So if you ever thought a family business couldn’t exist, take a note or two from the Knowles’ clan. Now that’s love on top!

Family Business: Beyoncé & the Knowles’ Clan

From music to movies, the Knowles family has unarguably taken over the entertainment business.

Over the years, the Knowles’ have usurped the movie industry, the fashion world and of…

By Amber McKynzie

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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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Student Loan Crisis Heating up Amid Graduation Season, House Vote

Students don't analyze options, experts say

Analysts say many students are misinformed or uneducated about the options available to them, such…

By Darren Sands

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From Dropout to Driven: 3 Perks of Taking the Nontraditional Route

Embracing risk can lead to lucrative path of innovation and major wins

Just because you avoided the college-to-work route doesn’t mean you’ve failed. Be inspired by successful…

By Antoine Moss

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Small Business Administration Kicks Off Veterans Small Business Week

SBA’s Veteran Pledge Initiative Aims to Help Veterans Become Entrepreneurs

2.45 million Veteran-owned businesses employ more than 5 million individuals.

The SBA will support veteran entrepreneurs with loan-guarantees, entrepreneurial training, and resources that are critical…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Office Woes: How to Handle a Career-Stifling Boss

If your manager is hindering your advancement, try these power plays

Great leaders know that if their team is strong and growing, so will they be.…

By James Walker

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Appreciation Is an Important Key to Wealth and Relationship Success

Why you should avoid investing in things & relationships that don’t appreciate

There aren’t too many people today who don’t desire success in the areas of love…

By Kenny Pugh

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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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Ryan Leslie performed songs from his new album at Tequila Don Julio's Cinco de Mayo party in New York City on May 2.

Ryan Leslie on ‘Black Mozart’ Project, New Perspectives — and a New Business Model

After a controversial 2012 in court and in the news, Ryan Leslie tells BlackEnterprise.com he's as energized as ever to fulfill the promise of his future

“I think that in order to be incredible, you have to set the bar high.…

By Darren Sands

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Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter, of iROKO Partners, have launched SPARK, a $1 million venture that will invest in Nigeria's most talented tech entrepreneurs. (Image: iROKO Partners)

Founder of ‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ and Partners Invest $1 Million For Nigerian Tech Startups

In exclusive interview, tech leader talks innovation in Lagos

Exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com: iROKO Partners’ Jason Jason Njoku talks investing in Africa’s tech innovations…

By Janell Hazelwood

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IBOM L.L.C founder, Anie Akpe-Lewis and Mayven PR founder, Yvonne Unubun, partnered to organize the "Africans Creating Technology" event, gathering some of the who's who in the industry to talk about the emerging sector and opportunities in Africa and ways African-owned startups can thrive within the U.S. and abroad.

Photos: BlackEnterprise.com Sponsors “Africans Creating Technology” Event

Check out a recap of the New York gathering of global tech leaders

BlackEnterprise.com sponsored IBOM L.L.C’s “Africans Creating Technology” event in New York City, with industry leaders…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Tonya Lewis Lee Wants a Healthy You Now, Part 2

The multifaceted Health Advocate speaks candidly on the importance of exercise

In Part 2 of our video interview with Tonya Lewis Lee, the health advocate and…

By Suncear Scretchen

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4 Ways to Successfully Launch a Product on Facebook

How to launch your product on the popular social networking site

BlackEnterprise.com details how you can use Facebook to launch your product.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Learn to Do What’s Best With a Large Sum of Money

Resist the temptation of splurging on what you don't need

You have suddenly received a large, lump sum of money. So what do you do?

By Jennifer Streaks

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3 Savvy Ways to Turn Career Flops Into Long-Term Wins

Learning lessons from loss can ensure you continue advancing and growing

It’s OK to try and fail, but the key is to take the lesson and…

By Antoine Moss

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4 Ways to Avoid a Moving Scam

Protect yourself when making a move

Excited about getting the keys to your new place? Before you move, learn how to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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7 Benefits of Sweatworking

Taking your client to the gym instead of the bar can be a better networking option.

We have all heard the dos and don’ts of networking, but lately, there’s a growing…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Mercedes Ortiz of the Tribeca Film Fellows class of 2012. Photo: TribecaFilmInstitute.org.

Tribeca Film Fellow Finds New Beginning in Filmmaking

Mercedes Ortiz has just completed a year as a Tribeca Film Fellow.

The 18-year-old describes herself as “a singer, a musician, a songwriter, a poet, an activist,…

By Ashley Calloway

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Lance Gross Talks Tyler Perry and Being the New Face of SoftSheen Carson

What's your opinion of Lance?

Lance Gross sat down with BE to talk about Softsheen Carson and Tyler Perry.

By Kimberly Wilson

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Estate Planning With Your Children in Mind

Leaving money to pay for burial costs as well as to heirs is just part of the estate planning process.

Life insurance payouts can be used to pay off debts and loans, making it possible…

By LaToya M. Smith

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4 Top Financial Goals to Achieve Right Now

Quickly, a refresher course on what you need to be doing

The earlier you start here the less of a rush you will be in later.…

By Jennifer Streaks

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St. Louis Entrepreneurs Get New Help Launching Businesses

Mid-westerners Have Fewer Financial Worries, Rankings Show

No worries: Are they keys to financial freedom found in the midwest?

How does your city rank?

By Darren Sands

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Publishing Powerhouse Uses Strategic Partnerships to Build an Empire

Rolling Out founder Munson Steed talks road to success

This multimedia power player has been able to use business savvy as well as forge…

By Tomika Anderson

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BEYOND THE MUSIC  

“Music is the best way to sell other stuff,” says Ken Hertz, principal of Membrain. Despite many disruptions in the music industry, album sales rose to 330.6 million in 2011, a 1.3% increase over 2010. That’s not the only thing that’s rising. 

The future of digital media will see new streams of revenue and business models for artists beyond selling music, especially where social networks are concerned. This can come in the form of venture investments, sponsored tweets, increased concert and merchandising sales, and even landing a gig as the creative director of a leading company.

Will Twitter’s Music App Enhance Your Listening Experience?

Microblogging platform launches Twitter #music

Reports reveal that Twitter is gearing up to launch a music app on Friday. Citing…

By Janel Martinez

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Style Suite: One Week of Chic, From Day to Night

Several options to take you from the office to happy hour with ease

Want an effortless look that you can take from the office to happy hour with…

By Kéla Walker

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For grown women everywhere, Mr. Idris Elba revived that horrible habit of being attracted to bad boys. Elba’s role as the outrageously sexy corner/corner office guy, Stringer Bell, was memorable. Since his untimely departure from the show, Elba has been one busy man. 

Besides DJing and rapping, he’s also gotten behind (well, and in front of) the camera to direct a Mumford and Sons video called “Lover of the Light.” 

As far as acting, Elba has been in numerous movies including controversially (for some folks) playing in "Thor." Elba has won a Golden Globe for his title role in the detective series "Luther" and he was a fan favorite on "The Office."  

Rumor has it that Elba may be the next James Bond on screen.

Where Are They Now: The Wire Favorites

Check out where your favorite stars of the HBO series are now

Check out where your favorite stars of the HBO series are now

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So You Filed Your Taxes. Now What?

Taking action after you file can get you ahead of the game

A list of things to do April 15th — and beyond.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Style Suite: Kate Young On Target for Spring Chic

Add another hot collab to your closet for posh office look

Target is at it again with another limited-edition, designer collab that will mean more hot…

By Kéla Walker

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Kathryn Finney launched Digital Undivided with the intent of providing initiatives that change the digital space by increasing the number of urban women digital entrepreneurs.

Kathryn Finney Is FOCUSed on Getting Black Women STARTed in Tech

DigitalUndivided launches START, an event focused on bringing tech entrepreneurship to urban communities

Kathryn Finney, founder of The Budget Fashionista and DigitalUndivided, a social enterprise focused on increasing…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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It’s Spring Wedding Season: 4 Tips on How to Protect Your Budget

You can only get "more awesome" if you're not getting married by keeping costs low

A few tips for the frugal-minded person.

By Darren Sands

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Angela Davis Documentary ‘Free Angela’ Reveals Her Story

Will you go see this film?

Filmmaker Shola Lynch speaks on telling Angela Davis’ whole story and getting Jada Pinkett Smith,…

By Ashley Calloway

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Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How Successful Women Do It

Executive coach Valorie Burton talks faith and strategy for upgrading your career

Certified coach Valorie Burton knows more than a thing or two about how mindset affects…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Publisher Takes News-Gathering Skills to Film Industry

Co-founder of Creme Magazine talks venture into movie-making

Filmmaker and co-founder of Creme Magazine talks telling stories on multiple platforms and her passion…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Special Circumstances That Could Affect Your Taxes

Could one of these extenuating circumstances apply to you?

Every year, special circumstances affect millions of taxpayers.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Power Women: 5 Steps to Succeed in a Male-Dominated Field

Don't crumble under pressure. Use this strategy

These tips will ensure you don’t crumble under the pressure as a woman among men.

By Janell Hazelwood

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14 Reasons You’re Public Enemy No. 1 at Work

Top leadership weaknesses that could cost you respect---and your job

So, you could be the reason no one respects you at work. Take a look…

By Janell Hazelwood

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For LaVar Arrington’s Latest Act, A Grand Nod to His Many Influences

Reinventing himself -- and making a lot of money in the process -- was never something LaVar Arrington thought he couldn't do

LaVar’s second act is in high gear.

By Darren Sands

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From Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a Singular Courage to Tackle ‘Hazing’

Former football and fraternity member tackles critical subject in new film

Byron Hurt was uniquely qualified to tackle hazing topic.

By Darren Sands

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CardHub.com Releases U.S. Cities With Best, Worst Budgeters

New York City and Boston are tops on this list

Do you live in a city that can budget?

By Darren Sands

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'Olympus Has Fallen,' directed by Antoine Fuqua (pictured), opens in theaters today. (Image: File)

‘Olympus Has Fallen’ Director Antoine Fuqua Talks White House Thrillers and Hollywood Boss Moves

Filmmaker's latest action-packed movie hits theaters today

Opening in theaters today, March 22, we caught up with film director on White House…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Talent CEO Chantelle Fraser a Global Star in Her Own Right

Savvy global entrepreneur connects unique professionals with brands

London transplant Chantelle Fraser, CEO Flawless Entertainment and Promotions, has a keen eye for beauty…

By Tomika Anderson

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Trent Mays, 17, and Ma’lik Richmond, 16, both football players at Steubenville High School, received a guilty verdict on all charges (Image: File)

Social Media Plays Immense Role in Steubenville Rape Trial

New technology making everyday people apart of conviction process

In a case that played out not only in the court room, but from smartphone…

By Janel Martinez

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Techturized founders, Candace Mitchell, Chanel Martin, Joy Buolamwini, and Jess Watson try to eliminate the search it takes for women of color to find hair styles and products that fit their lifestyles.

Tech Startup of The Week: Techturized Wins With Hair Care Company

Georgia Tech alumnas find a way to solve the trial and error process of testing black hair care products and styles

Hair care technology company Techturized is Black Enterprise’s Tech Startup of the Week.

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Style Suite: Feeding Spring (Fashion) Cravings

Pull out those brights, prints and florals to usher in the season

Ready or not, spring cravings are too strong to wait for March 20. Time to…

By Kéla Walker

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When it comes to social networking sites, LinkedIn is not viewed as one of the most exciting platforms (thanks to the ability to “pin,” “tweet” and “Facebook” nearly any aspect of life), but it is definitely one web-based network you should invest your time in. In fact, there’s a bevy of functions that are raising the stakes, allowing professionals to stay connected with others in and outside of their spheres of influence, access applications and remain up to date on the latest career-related news. Mashable outlines five capabilities you should familiarize yourself with and maximize on LinkedIn:

How to Create an Effective LinkedIn Group

Step-by-step guide to setting up a valuable LinkedIn Group

BlackEnterprise.com maps out how brands can manage a niche group on LinkedIn.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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5 Smart Things to Do When You’re Clueless About Your Career Choice

Don't panic. This strategy will help you gain clarity

Unsure about what professional path to take? Here are a few smart things to consider…

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Author Tanji Dewberry Uses Oh Fiddlesticks to Help Children Cope With Unknown Emotions

Tanji Dewberry writes a children's book on how to cope with mental health.

Tanji Dewberry turns to writing to express her feelings, and help children deal with “negative”…

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Style Suite: Affordable Fashion in Fun, Girly Prints

JC Penney makes hot fashion resurgence with latest collabs

Find awesome designer looks for less from an unlikely retailer, JC Penney, with latest Duro…

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Jarvis Green spent eight years with the New England Patriots and won two Super Bowls.

Former NFL Lineman Jarvis Green Sets Eye On Food Industry

The former NFL star has his sights set on a long, lucrative career

It’s a real wonder that former NFL defensive lineman Jarvis Green never saw himself as…

By Darren Sands

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Make That Money, Girl: 20 Top-Paying Jobs For Women

Top industries where women are making big bucks

Although we are in an age of “equality” we take the time out to celebrate…

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10 #BlackTwitter Favorites

Whether they’re serving up controversy or thought-provoking tidbits, these notables will keep you stalking their Twitter feed

From politicians to celebrities, African Americans are making their mark through social media, garnering worldwide…

By Winston Ford

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Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins: Singer, Director, Survivor and “Champion”

While she looks to revive her entertainment career, T-Boz continues to give back to those with leukemia and sickle cell anemia

Her reality show just ended but Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has got so much else going…

By Tomika Anderson

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Higher Ed Hustle: Four Advantages of Working While in College

New study says more students working through school. Here's why that's a good thing

A new study shows that more students are working while in school. Here are four…

By Jamie Harrison

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Get Hired: Top 20 Paid Internships Across the Country

Former interns weigh in a rate companies on scale of 1 to 5

Take a look at the best companies to intern, according to a survey of former…

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Few See a Path to Green Industry for African Americans

In an exclusive interview with outgoing Lisa P. Jackson, wariness, optimism for future of African Americans in emerging industry

Will African Americans have access to green jobs? The answer is not as simple as…

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Howard Univ. Med School Students Protest Bravo’s New Show

Med school students think Bravo's new reality show will show black female doctors in a negative light

Med school students petition against Bravo’s new reality show

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Q&A: LaQuan Smith on Building a Brand, Dressing the Stars and Watching Boomerang

Smith, just 24, is already at the top of his game -- and still rising

Business is “booming” for LaQuan Smith.

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More than Comic Relief: Apollo ‘Executioner’ Carries Historic Torch

C.P. Lacey continues music legacy at historic Harlem mainstay

Embodying a popular role after Howard “Sandman” Simms, performance vet C.P. Lacey carries important, historic…

By Sirita Wright

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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.

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100 Days After Hurricane Sandy: Businesses Continue To Put Disaster Plans Into Place

Having a continuity plan can help keep your company’s doors open after a tragedy

Because of Hurricane Sandy, the Sharps’ company, Precision Infrastructure Inc., experienced losses of about $250,000.…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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New York Soul Food Hot Spot Files for Bankruptcy

Popular New York Soul Food Hot Spot Files for Bankruptcy

Pink Teacup saga continues as new location files for bankruptcy

When the eatery moved last year to its latest location, it did not have a…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Are You in a Financially Abusive Relationship?

Abuse isn’t just physical these days!

An enabler is one that enables another to achieve an end; especially: one who enables…

By Patrice C. Washington

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Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Bank Loan

Employers Show Love with Benefits Packages

Improving economy giving employers confidence to treat workers well

Employers see the benefit in keeping workers happy, healthy a new study says

By Ashley R. Harris

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‘Manology’: Rev. Run and Tyrese Talk ‘Man-torships,’ the Power Woman, and Their Newest Collab

Hip-hop pioneer and R&B crooner turn disagreement into labor of love

Authors Tyrese and Rev. Run discuss how their new book, ‘Manology,’ expands their brands and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Effectively Manage a Virtual Team

This strategy will help you balance global employees

Check out a few tips on assembling and managing virtual teams.

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Slashing Costs, Not Innovation: How a Virtual Team Can Benefit Your Business

Study shows advantages and risks of the management model

Study by Chronos Consulting explores the risks and advantages of leading virtual teams.

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New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

New Mentoring Program Aims to Help Lesbian Entrepreneurs

Connects new entrepreneurs with established industry mentors

Startout is an organization dedicated to assisting entrepreneurship in the Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, and Bisexual…

By C. Daniel Baker

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‘If You Are What You Say You Are’…4 Useful Verification Tools Online

Use these tools to prevent from getting Manti Te’o-d in business

Take precaution by using these reliable business/identification verification tools online.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Young Innovators Bringing the Diaspora ‘Face2Face’ with Africa

Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng envision a unified Pan-African community

Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng, co-founders of Face2Face magazine, have turned negative life experiences into…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Former NBA Player Jamal Mashburn Moves into Hospitality Industry

The former NBA all-star adds hospitality to his already impressive resume.

Highly successful entrepreneur and retired NBA professional Jamal Mashburn is expanding his entrepreneurial interests yet…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Idris Elba Decoded: The Future of Black Leading Men in Hollywood

Is Elba the next Denzel?

Idris Elba’s career in music with tracks like “Secret Garden” and his DJ career may…

By Maurice Garland

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Marlon Wayans Decoded: One of Hollywood’s Top Black Producers is Flying Solo

"A Haunted House" is Marlon Wayans' Janet Jackson "Control” moment

Will you go watch “A Haunted House?”

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D.C. Hotels Not as Busy for Obama Inauguration

Rooms are still available at most D.C. hotels for Obama's inauguration

D.C. Hotels say they’re filling up more slowly for inauguration week this year

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Review Roundup: HTC Droid DNA vs. LG Nexus 4

Will Droid DNA’s battery life out power the Nexus 4’s design and performance?

Side-by-side comparison of the HTC Droid DNA and the LG Nexus 4.

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Into 2013, New York’s ‘Piano Lesson’ a Triumph in Heart

With at least four weeks remaining, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has hopes for at least two special guests

‘The Piano Lesson’ has audiences singing August Wilson’s praises — all over again.

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Author Kaneisha Grayson is Her ‘Own Boyfriend’ — and Fundraiser, Too

With a little help from her 'friends,' an author closes in on Kickstarter goal

‘Be Your Own Boyfriend’ project is closer than ever to reaching young women all over…

By Darren Sands

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Hair We Go Again: How to Respond to the Never-Ending Workplace Style Debate

Doctor who dons 'locks talks how you can remain professional despite scrutiny

Sometimes it can be annoying —even insulting— to constantly fielding style questions on ethnic haircare.…

By Jamie Harrison

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For Laughs, Old and New Fans Still Want ‘Sommore’

A new health initiative and outlook on life endears comedienne to yet another generation

Sommore talks reaching a new audience, and discusses why hair dye is necessary.

By Darren Sands

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BET Founder Bob Johnson Offers Obama Plan to Cut Black Unemployment

Dissecting a disparity that persists across education levels and occupations.

How soon can we figure out the unemployment crisis for African Americans?

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How to Cope When a Career Win Turns into a Flop

Every path has its ups and downs. Here's how to get through

Career paths have peaks and valleys. Here are three tips on how to get out…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Professional in Plaid

A new, fun take on an old, traditional print

Everyone from First Lady Michelle Obama to Hollywood’s elite have been spotted in tartan, proving…

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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?…

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Freedom Over Finances: Study Says Millennials Value Flexibility Over Salary

Innovative environment, option to work remote top needs

Young professionals want a corporate culture that embraces innovation and allows them to view social…

By Jamie Harrison

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Students: 3 Steps to Stellar Professional Branding Online

No matter age or education level, the earlier you build, the better

Even if you’re still a student or early in your career, it’s good to start…

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In 2012, numerous brands and small businesses suffered serious backlash on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for offensive tweets, questionable ad campaigns and controversial company statements. 

Here we take a look at a few examples of the biggest social media fails this year. Don't let your brand make the list in 2013!

5 Biggest Social Media Fails of 2012

A few of the biggest social media fails this year

A few of the biggest social media fails this year.

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Get Serious: 5 Ways Students Can Clean Up Their Social Media Imprint

Take charge of how you're represented on the Web

Even as a college student, it’s important to protect your online presence as it directly…

By Jamie Harrison

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A Lifelong History: It used to be acceptable to chronologically list every job you ever had on your resume. However, today’s hiring managers are more concerned about the relevance of your experience rather than the length of your experience. For an experienced professional, listing your first job out of high school isn’t really necessary unless it’s the only job you’ve ever had. While 10 years of work history is the standard, it’s okay to list older experience if it is relevant.

3 Tools Revolutionizing Gift-Giving on the Web

Gift givers can shop smarter with these online services

With Christmas only a week away, check out these online services that will help you…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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From Teen Mom to Harvard to Celebrity Hairstylist

How Nancy V. Brown overcame early challenges to achieve career success

Once a 14-year-old mom, Nancy V. Brown is the true definition of a survivor. She…

By Demetria Irwin

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Harlem Brownstone Sells for Whopping $3 Million

Home is most expensive sale in Harlem 2012

The home went for $3 million, just over the asking price of $2.85 according to…

By Darren Sands

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Black Architects: “Columbia Univ. Shut us Out of $6.3 Billion Harlem Campus”

Instead of real work, group of black architects were offered menial projects.

University promised affirmative action in hiring on project.

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5 Money Lessons From Big Sean’s ‘Guap’

You see Big Sean getting 'guap' right now? Here's why.

Nothing more important than the mula. Five money lessons from one of the hottest songs…

By Darren Sands

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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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4 Ways to Handle Business When Email Is Down

Don’t let your loss of electronic mail keep you and your business down and out

Here are four tactics to keep your business running smoothly while email is down.

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Flip the Script: 3 Key Questions to Ask During Your Job Interview

These will set you apart from the competition

The job-seeking process is a two-way street. Employers are vetting you, but you should also…

By Courtney Connley

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NASCAR’s Commitment to Diversity Goes Into High Gear

Success stories are an indicator NASCAR's tracking to higher values

Several victories over the past few years indicate there’s been a changing of guard at…

By Mia N. Hall

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Is Washington Post Digital Paywall System a Good Idea?

With nearly 20 million unique visitors, the move would be a controversial one

The Washington Post could be adjusting its financial system with a digital paywall.

By Darren Sands

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I Just Want to be Successful: 4 Signs It’s Time to Look for Another Job

It may seem scary, but in order to advance, you must take the first step

Making the decision to take the next step in your career can seem scary, especially…

By Jamie Harrison

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How to Avoid Wesley Snipes’ Tax Fate

The IRS has programs available to help people avoid the same situation

The IRS don’t play games. Here’s how to play by the rules.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Gay People Earn More and Have Less Debt, Study Says

Gays sure do save their money.

A new study shows Gay people are more responsible with their money than the average…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Wet Seal Discriminated Against Black Manager, Says Federal Agency

The former manager and two other black former Wet Seal managers filed a federal race discrimination lawsuit against the company.

Corporate managers had openly stated they wanted employees who had the ‘Armani look, were white,…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Jordan Releases Air Jordan XX8 Shoe in Manhattan

Brand President Larry Miller tells BlackEnterprise.com the brand has to "motivate young people"

Jordan releases new shoe just in time for Christmas.

By Darren Sands

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Q&A: 7 Minutes with Professional BMX Rider Nigel Sylvester

On New York, being cold and lessons learned from a failed business

Pro BMX rider talks candidly with BlackEnterprise.com on ventures old and new.

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Last Call at Lenox Lounge, Harlem’s Famed Jazz Club, Due to Rising Rents

The historic landmark will close its doors December 31st.

A piece of Harlem history is gone forever.

By C. Daniel Baker

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If a startup has already reached product/market fit and is getting ready to scale, Chicago can be a great spot for 
both raising money and for getting global exposure.

5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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Get Your Mind Right: 5 Career-Boosting Quips From Zig Ziglar

With his recent passing, honor his legacy with positive thinking

Young professionals, take a cue one of the pioneers of self-help, Zig Ziglar, in remembering…

By Antoine Moss

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Q Parker Gives Us ‘The MANual’: His Musical Guide to Success

Q Parker, of group 112, has become a "Man."

Parker discusses going from a group to a soloist, his new album and what he’s…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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I’ll Pass: How to Properly Turn Down a Job Offer

It may not seem like a big deal, but how you decline can affect future success

It may not seem like a big deal, but in many cases, how you decline…

By Jamie Harrison

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4 Ways Brands Can Use Google+ Hangouts

Try one of these four ideas to engage on the video chat platform

If you’re wondering how Google+ Hangouts can be used to increase engagement with your brand,…

By S. Lynn Cooper

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Valerie Jarrett Discusses Entrepreneurship, Small Business Saturday with Black Enterprise

An exclusive Q&A with the Special Advisor to the President

Valerie Jarrett talks about her visit to two small businesses in Chicago on Small Business…

By Darren Sands

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Black Girls Hack Founders Talk Changing Tech Space, First Non-Profit Hackathon

Three women in tech band together to start coding contest

Kat Calvin, co-founder of Character’s Closet, Amanda Spann, founder of Glamobile and Sidewalk District creator…

By Janel Martinez

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Nothing Personal, Just Business: Pros and Cons of Working with Friends

Dont' let your relationship turn from office buddy to frienemy

Whether you’re starting a new business, working in the same department or trying to get…

By Jamie Harrison

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5 Money Lessons from Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Money Trees’

From the acclaimed album, lessons on money

What can ‘Money Trees’ teach us about money?

By Darren Sands

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‘Positively Perfect Dolls’ Aim to Improve the Self-Esteem of Little Black Girls

'Positively Perfect Dolls' are carried by Walmart and Walmart.com.

Williams wanted to see dolls that reflected the actual beauty and diversity of black girls.

By Demetria Irwin

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Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘It’s Complicated’ Author Paul Carrick Brunson

Love and relationships expert on his new book, shared values and when a first-date Groupon is fair game

Paul Carrick Brunson’s new book gives easy steps about how to simplify dating and relationships.…

By Darren Sands

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Belle of the Boardroom: Love Adviser Expands Brand to Professional Coaching

Demetria Lucas offering career advice to working women

Demetria Lucas, enterprising journalist and founder of ABelleInBrooklyn.com, expands her brand from relationship guru to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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At Ryder Cup Golf Tournament, Black Small Businesses on the Fringe

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they're on the outside looking in

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they’re on the outside looking…

By Darren Sands

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5 Ways MySpace’s Redesign Will Revolutionize Music Marketing

The social networking platform’s revamped website will now serve as an even greater marketing tool

With MySpace’s renewed focus on music and a brilliant new layout, see how the social…

By Winston Ford

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Are You a Social Butterfly? These Jobs are Perfect For You

Find the perfect fit for your people-person aspects

If you’re inclined to help or work well with the public, these career paths are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Wyclef Jean’s New Memoir Details His Music, Haiti and Lauryn Hill Affair

Wyclef explains why his marriage has lasted through it all

Wyclef explains why his marriage has lasted through it all

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Top 10 High-Paying Creative Jobs

These options are awesome for the imaginative professional

Here’s a list of top-dollar career options for the creative professional.

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Small Businesses: How to Think Outside the Financing Box

Even in tight times, there are ways to keep your company prosperous

Though financing options can be limited, there are several funding alternatives that will keep your…

By Marjorie Perry

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Boris Kodjoe Talks New Role, Family Life and Entrepreneurship

Actor, father and philanthropist balances it all

Actor, father and enterpreneurship advocate Boris Kodjoe stars in latest Resident Evil and talks about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Three Hidden Credit Card Perks You May Not Know About

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

Number of People Seeking Unemployment Drops to 2008 Levels

A possible indicator that the economy is recovering

Experts say decline could be related to the holidays and Hurricane Sandy

By C. Daniel Baker

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Radio Show ‘Café Mocha’ Partners with MadameNoire

Syndicated show that caters to African American women, Cafe Mocha, partners with MadameNoire.com to expand…

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Women of Power: The Award-Winning Legacy of Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Esteemed journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault will receive the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Legacy Award…

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