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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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5 Tips to Finding the Ideal Retail Location

Here's how you can scout out the best location for your start-up or business expansion

It’s been two years since Chicago’s Classic Cobbler moved out of its home-based digs and…

By Bridget McCrea

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The African Americans Directing America’s Largest Corporations

Our exclusive list of the most powerful guardians of shareholder value

We created our exclusive BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors to place a spotlight on…

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Meet America’s Most Powerful Corporate Directors

Our exclusive BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors places a spotlight on those making contributions as some of the nation's most powerful guardians of shareholder value of S&P 250 companies.

Check out our gallery list of the nation’s top African American directors

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Recaps and Photos from the 2013 Golf & Tennis Challenge

The 20th G&T had a little something for everybody

Charlie Wilson, Chris Spencer, Melanie Fiona and more were in attendance

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Memorable Day of Champions at #GTYear20 Topped By Amazing Performance by Charlie Wilson

Winners of the 20th Annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge celebrated at awards dinner hosted by multi-talented actor Anthony Anderson

The final day of the 20th Annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challengewith an awards…

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Post-College, Real Talk: Morehouse Grad Shares Importance of Early Career Planning

Young entrepreneur talks success tips for post-grad job seeking

Derric Studamire, co-founder of the Infinity Club Investment Group (ICIG), shares tips for job-seeking…

By Antoine Moss

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Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘The Butler’ Director Lee Daniels

On a black president, artistic obligation and the film's success

The Butler is already getting Oscar buzz.

By Darren Sands

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RHYTHM & BEATS: Grammy-nominated balladeer Charlie Wilson and world-renown percussionist Sheila E.

Charlie Wilson, Sheila E. Headline Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge Labor Day Weekend

20th anniversary event features Hip Hop Icon Doug E. Fresh, Actor Anthony Anderson, Comedian Chris Spencer and more at PGA National Resort

R&B Legend Charlie Wilson and World-renown Percussionist Sheila E. will join the nation’s top African…


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Victoria Duval has captured the attention of the sports world with her outstanding play this week.

Victoria Duval’s Play at the US Open Is a Sight for Four Eyes

Youngster's 'funky' signature contrasts weighty backstory

There’s only one thing cooler than Victoria Duval’s play at the US Open: her glasses.

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We reveal whether African Americans have made significant progress 50 years after the March on Washington

As thousands travel to the nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom , we continue to grapple with the question of whether African Americans collectively has made significant progress worthy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have A Dream” Speech.  It’s true African Americans no longer suffer the injustices of Jim Crow and that we have made significant political achievement – most notably, the election of America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, for two terms – but we still confront the nagging problems of poverty, unemployment and racism. 

And the fact that such challenges continue to persist has never been more evident than the failure of a jury to hold George Zimmerman accountable for slaying Trayvon Martin as well as the Supreme Court’s decision in June to dismantle the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Revealing data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau  as well as information from the Pew Research center’s recent report on the economic, political and social status of African Americans,  Black Enterprise – using the design talents of our Creative Director Terence Saulsby – provides a graphic snapshot of where we stand as a people today compared to that historic day in 1963. Have we realized the dream? You decide.

March on Washington Infographic: Black America 50 Years Later

The differences between Black American then and now highlighted in our infographic.

The numbers show change, but is it enough?

By Derek T. Dingle

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Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)

How to Get Paid for Traveling

Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)
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