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Kenny Leon

Q&A: ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Director Kenny Leon on Denzel, Tupac and the State of the American Dream

'A Raisin in the Sun' opens on April 3

The cultural relevance of the play’s central question — What happens to a dream deferred?…

By Darren Sands

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Shawn Stockman of Legendary Group ‘Boyz II Men’ Fuses Fitness and Music at ‘Beatbike’

"Music is my first love & fitness is both a passion and a necessity for my life"

Fusing high end cycling with cutting-edge music & luxury facilities, Beatbike isn’t just a gym—it’s…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Floyd Mayweather Covers March Issue of Black Enterprise Magazine

World champion tops our look at the most influential African Americans in sports

Between takes during his season on Dancing with the Stars, Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions CEO…

By Alan Hughes

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LINDA JOHNSON RICE

Women of Power: Risk, Re-brand & Reboot: The Art of Reinvention

Linda Johnson Rice and Desiree Rogers of Johnson Publishing Co. talk career journeys

Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Co., and Desiree Rogers, CEO of the powerhouse…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women of Power: 3 Tips to Manage Your Online Reputation

How to ensure your Web brand matches reality

The Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit, attendees learned how to manage their Web brand…

By Janell Hazelwood

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REGISTER TODAY: Women of Power Summit Set to Inspire and Empower

Leaders include Susan Taylor, Beverly Tatum, Ph.D., and Pam Grier set to be honored

Black Enterprise honors the legacies of Pam Grier, Susan L. Taylor, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Dr.…

By Raqiyah Mays

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Top Performers: All Roads Lead to Mindfulness

Re-evaluating the way you go about your tasks can lead to less stress on the job

How can we truly quiet our minds and produce great work, without falling victim to…

By Amanda A. Ebokosia

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Cool Jobs: Young Activist Inspires Next Generation of Global Leaders

The Give 1 Project is a global organization that aims to engage young people as leaders in creating and building strong and healthy communities

Niang, since living and working in the United States has explored an extensive political background…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Hollywood power couple Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres accept the Visionary Artist award.

PHOTOS: Harlem School of the Arts Honors Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres and Leaders in Philanthropy

Entrepreneurs Janice S. and Christopher J. Williams among honorees for leadership

On Oct. 8, the Harlem School of the Arts honored leaders in business and Hollywood…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres Talk Business of the Arts at NYC Benefit Gala

Honorees tout key to being as passionate about business as you are your craft

At Harlem School of the Arts’ fall benefit, award-winning actors detail support of arts and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Larry Felix, Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Urban Business Roundtable Spotlight: United States’ “Money Maker” Larry Felix

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on the Urban Business Roundtable: Director of the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and…

By Pepper Miller

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Terrence J Inspires Youth To ‘Dream Big’ Through Disney Dreamer’s Academy

Program continues to hold true to its mission to inspire and fuel the dreams of teens

Entering its 7th year, the Disney Dreamer’s Academy continues to hold true to its mission…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Natural Hair is Big Business For Black Entrepreneurs

A lucrative industry for a new generation of hair care product suppliers

Wendi Levy, 43, and Kim Etheredge, 41, two biracial women, started their company, Mixed Chicks,…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Yogapreneur: Ava Taylor Helps Others Turn Passion Into Profit

This visionary took a leap of faith to start a one-of-a-kind business.

Ava Taylor’s believes in being an agent of change. Not only is being a “catalyst…

By Suncear Scretchen

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Maya Breuer Yoga Entrepreneur

Yogapreneur: Maya Breuer is Leading a Yoga Revolution

Veteran Yogi is on a mission to bring more color to yoga.

Maya Breuer, Owner of Santosha School of Yoga
Yoga and activist are 2 words not commonly…

By Suncear Scretchen

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My Boss Moves Are Better Than Yours: 5 Things Influential People Do Best

Take a cue from leaders you admire on what really gives them the 'it' factor

We all admire great leaders and talented celebrities, but what really drives that “it” factor…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Month of the Man: Luxury Shoe Artisan Talks Reviving an Old Trade

Self-taught, Theodore Green enjoys offering the customized experience

Shoe cobbler and designer Theodore Green enjoys the art of customizing the experience for consumers.…

By Joshua Perrin

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Have you ever searched Google, stood in line to purchase the latest iPhone, bought products on Amazon.com or bought plane tickets through Priceline.com? Have you shopped at the Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy or made purchases at CVS using your Visa or MasterCard? Do you plan to watch the Sunday football game on Fox Sports? Well, none of these companies value your consumer dollars enough to have African Americans sit on their board of directors.
The browning of America hasn’t extended into the boardrooms of some of America’s largest publicly traded corporations—a number that benefit from black consumers to gain market share. 


In our research to create the black enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors, our listing of black board members from the 250 largest companies on the S&P 500, we discovered that 75 companies—30% —currently do not have any blacks on their boards including quite a few household names. We did not include Dell, which included former Congressman and UNCF President and CEO William H. Gray as a board member until his death in early July. And at presstime, Sprint Nextel and Softbank were in the process of completing merger talks.


As we developed the following list, our editors reached out to the executive offices or investor relations departments of every company with a series of e-mails and phone calls to gain explanations for the absence of black representation as well as the lack of recruitment effort. We found that 58 of these companies, however, failed to provide us with any response.


*We incorrectly identified Edison International as one of our “75 Companies Without Black Board Members.”  In fact, Peter J. Taylor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California (UC) system, is an African American and has served on the board of directors of Edison International since December 2011.

75 Companies Without Black Board Members

Here is our list of major public corporations that do not have any black board members

When will diversity settle in?

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Return on Investment: How to Get the Most from Your Unpaid Internship

This checklist will ensure you take maximum advantage of the experience

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There’s been a lot in recent news about unpaid internships, from lawsuits to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Enterprise Releases Exclusive Report on African American Corporate Directors

BLACK ENTERPRISE’s report spotlights prominent African American director

The media company identifies 177 African American directors at S&P 500 companies and reveals 75…

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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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