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Power Women of the Diaspora: A Leader’s Journey from Chemist to Business Advocate

Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D, details passion for pushing boundaries for success

Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce talks diverse…

By Nina Oduro

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Millennials: How to Determine Your Personal Brand and Market It

Learn how to do it like the pros to find job-seeking success

Believe it or not, you are a brand, whether you’re a senior executive or millennial…

By Shelby Ivey Christie

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File Electronically 	Last year alone, 99 million people—70 percent of all individual taxpayers—used IRS e-file to electronically transmit their tax returns, according to the government agency. With electronic filing, you can literally submit your taxes up until the very last second without penalty. E-filing is an easy and cost-effective method to filing your taxes. Plus, it does the math for you. If you’re concerned about not knowing all the credits you qualify for, remember, most software programs have step-by-step instructions, which increases accuracy and the possibility of receiving a larger refund. Those with an adjusted gross income of $58,000 or less may be able to use the IRS’s Free File option, where taxpayers use online software donated by TurboTax and other tax agencies.

What to Do If Someone Else Gets Your Tax Forms

A plan for dealing with tax trouble

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Tax season can be a stressful time of year. You certainly don’t want…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Funeral Business Big in African American Communities

The funeral business has a history that stems back to slavery

Not many people properly prepare for the end

By Sasha King

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We Must Tackle The African American Jobs Crisis

Five years after Recovery Act, black unemployment largely unchanged

President Obama should take full credit for placing America on the path to recovery

By Derek T. Dingle

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How This Couple Got Their “Mumbo Sauce” Into Retail Stores

Here are some tips for getting coveted shelf space in local or national retail chains

Have you ever tasted this sauce?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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I’m ‘Bossy’ … And There’s Nothing Wrong With That

Sheryl Sandberg's campaign is a little shortsighted, missing the point

Sheryl Sandberg has called for a ban of the word ‘bossy,’ but one columnist encourages…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Inflated Refunds Listed as One of the IRS “Dirty Dozen” Tax Scams

Don’t trust a tax preparer who makes outrageous promises

Each year, the IRS releases its list of “dirty dozen” tax scams to watch out…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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?

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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The original 'Shaq-Fu' is considered one of the worst games of all time, with sites dedicated to destroying every known copy of the game.

Shaq Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for ‘Shaq-Fu’ Reboot

Want to support the 'Shaq-Fu: A Legend Reborn' reboot? Donate $600 and Shaq himself will follow you on Instagram.

The original ‘Shaq-Fu’ is considered one of the worst games of all time, with sites…

By Patrick Austin

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White House Officials Arne Duncan and David Johns Tout STEM Advocacy at University of Maryland

Leaders seek to build awareness and promote careers in science and tech

White House officials Arne Duncan and David J. Johns visited the University of Maryland to…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Google Glass is the company's first foray into wearable tech, but it wants to standardize how the rest of the world interacts with Android.

SXSW ’14: Google’s Wearable Device SDK Coming Very Soon

Google Glass is just the first step. The company's new software development kit for wearable devices could open the floodgates for sensor-laden tech.

Google Glass is the company’s first foray into wearable tech, but it wants to standardize…

By Patrick Austin

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Continuing the Momentum of Lupita: 3 Boss Moves to Get You Started

Millennials, be inspired in your career journey as we all watch Nyong'o's star rise

Inspired by the career journey of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, check out three boss moves that…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How Swimming in the “Shark Tank” Helped this Entrepreneur Land Financing

How an entrepreneur benefited from pitching investors on a TV show

New York City-based Kane & Couture’s product lines include collars, harnesses, leashes, apparel, carriers and…

By Alan Hughes

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Find a Real Estate Deal in the Next Hot ‘Hood

It's all about up-and-coming locations when it comes to finding affordable homes that will appreciate

Jamella Swift, an associate broker at Keller Williams NYC, gives advice on buying and selling…

By Alisa Gumbs

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Track Your Tax Refund [Video]

Find your money

If you’ve recently filed your tax forms, you’re probably wondering when you’ll receive your refund.…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Black Entrepreneurs Participate in NYC Vegetarian Food Festival

Entrepreneurs showcase their conscious living businesses

Last weekend the 4th annual NYC Vegetarian Food Festival was in full swing and BE…

By Suncear Scretchen

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5 Most Pressing National Issues For 2014

Will Congress come together to move beyond its “do nothing” label to pass key legislation this term

What’s the most pressing issue in your opinion?

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Federal Assistance May Be on the Way in 2014 for Startups and Small Companies

Senate bill provides greater access to loans and investment capital

Will it finally pass?

By Carolyn M. Brown

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The Cost of Raising a Child Continues to Rise

Buy a Bentley? Or have a baby? The Bentley could be cheaper

Raising children is more expensive than you think

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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?
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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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