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Has Black History Month Been a Failure?

Should this month still exist?

Young black school children don’t learn that our people mapped, calculated and erected some of…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Ernesta Procope, August 1974

BE devotes an entire issue to expose the unique challenges as well as celebrate the achievements of black female executives.

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 4th

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth.

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 3rd

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Check out the facts of the day

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Russell Simmons

Today's quote of the day comes from legendary entrepreneur Russell Simmons

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: BE 100, June 1973

BE unveils its list of the Top 100 – the nation’s largest black-owned companies

Check out the cover.

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Black Birthdays for February 3rd: Sean Kingston and Julio Jones

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists, and athletes.

Check out whose birthday it is.

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Vietnam War, February 1971

At the height of the Vietnam War, BE was the only national publication to deal with the plight of returning G.I.s.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: John H. Johnson

Today, February 2nd, we have a quote from the founder of Johnson Publishing, John H. Johnson.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 2nd

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

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Black Birthdays for February 2nd: Donald Driver and Gucci Mane

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

Check out whose birthday it was today.

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Black Birthdays for February 1st: Rick James, Big Boi and More

Every day of Black History Month this February we will alert you to the birthdays of the many celebrities, activists and athletes.

Check out whose birthday it was today.

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves, Sr.

Today, February 1st, our first quote comes from Black Enterprise Magazine Founder & Publisher, Earl G. Graves.

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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Historic Black Enterprise Magazine Covers: Charles Evers, August 1970

Charles Evers, then-mayor of Fayette, Mississippi served as the magazine’s first cover subject.

He typified black entrepreneurs that emerged from the Civil Rights Movement

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Black History Month Facts of the Day: Feb 1st

On every single day of Black History Month this February, we will provide you with a daily fact that occurred on the same day in a past year in history.

Today’s Black History Month facts focus on the great Langston Hughes and countless other individuals…

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Does Black History Month Represent All Blacks?

Today marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time for the nation to highlight achievements and contributions of black Americans

The origins of this month began in 1926

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The Men Behind Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Are They Now?

They say behind every great man is a great...man?

While he has become the face of the Civil Rights Movement, he had some equally…

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Cornel West: The Building of a Black Intellectual Empire

West has had an unprecedented influence on this generation of colored people both rich and poor.

Dr. Cornel West is a towering intellectual respected by the academic and hip hop community.

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Justin and B.J. Upton will both play in the same outfield as members of the Atlanta Braves.

On Anniversary of Historic Jackie Robinson Deal, the Braves Have an All-Black Outfield

On Jackie Robinson anniversary, Atlanta now has the most exciting outfield in baseball

Braves recently acquired Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks.

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Bicycle Playing Cards Launches Negro Leagues Baseball Deck

Each deck sold contributes $0.15 to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

US Playing Card company presents the Negro Leagues Baseball Deck in conjunction with museum

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 5 Least Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A study rated these the least friendly states for entrepreneurs

Check out the findings from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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Antone Barnes: From Once Designing Music Careers to Home, Interior Design

Along with partner, San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis, Barnes creates his own path while living his dream

You may have found your next home or interior designer, folks.

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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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Five Steps to Becoming a Supplier for America’s Largest Retailer

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart.

The following lessons will help companies seeking to serve Walmart. The tips, however, can…

By Derek T. Dingle

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NMSDC Honors Top Regional Minority Suppliers

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of industries

The 16 outstanding Asian, black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses represent a broad range of…

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Duane and Tisha Campbell Martin: From TV & Movies to Opening a Restaurant

The Martins' new restaurant is one of the new hot spots in Los Angeles

The Martins’ new restaurant is one of the new hot spots in Los Angeles

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Black Enterprise’s 100 Most Powerful Executives Honored

Check out the list

More than 150 gathered at the New York Stock Exchange last night to honor the…

By Derek T. Dingle

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The Roses are applying a multistrategy approach to pay for college costs

The Business of College Planning

With college costs skyrocketing and many Americans still reeling from the Great Recession, paying for…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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It Pays to Own

Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership

“My landlord owned a few buildings and I loved his lifestyle,” says Brown, now 30.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Small Business is Big Business

Black Enterprise’s 17th Annual Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo Where Deals Are Made

EC panels and presentations hit the mark in addressing the needs of business owners in…

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Refocusing Financial Goals

Sometimes, you need to rein things in a bit and refocus.

To maintain his lifestyle, Hoosier estimates he would need about $1 million in a retirement…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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What it Takes to Recharge Your Career

Two professionals learn that a strong network and a willingness to take risks can lead to stellar career opportunities

What does it take to recharge your career? A big part of it is re-evaluating…

By Brittany Hutson

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Lessons In Mastery

A technology strategist focuses on driving innovation

“I learned at an early age that the only way I was going to escape…

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Oval Office Interview with President Barack Obama

President Obama sat down with Black Enterprise Magazine for an exclusive interview in which he talks about black businesses and unemployment.

In a 20-minute Q&A session with BE Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle, President Obama talked about…

By Derek T. Dingle

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2012 Best Companies for Diversity

This year, Black Enterprise focused on supplier diversity, because winning contracts to provide products and…

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The 15 Best Companies for Workforce Diversity

They raised the bar in diversity recruitment, retention, and inclusion

Every July, Black Enterprise magazine identifies the “40 Best Companies for Diversity” (on newsstands now).…

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Field of Legends: Honoring Players at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

NLBM President Bob Kendrick (Image: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum)
On July 8th, Major League Baseball players…

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My Cool Stem Career

The truth is that a STEM degree is whatever you make of it. If you’re…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Audrey Boone Tillman, Executive Vice President, Corporate Services for Aflac Inc.

Getting to the Heart of Business

As executive vice president for corporate services, Audrey Boone Tillman oversees operations for the divisions…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When couples come together, they must undergo the unromantic process of figuring out how to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Don’t Just Retire Cash Rich, Retire Wealthy

If you start with a $200 monthly contribution at age 25 that earns 6% interest,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Fire When Ready

When Marvin Carroll’s Tec-Masters Inc. landed its first military contract—a $25,000 deal to support a…

By Alan Hughes

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How to Keep a Good Financial Start Going

“My parents were both teachers. They always taught me to save and the value of…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Slow & Steady Savings

Their portfolio is a mix of long- and short-term investments that also include domestic and…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Adriane Brown, President & COO, Intellectual Ventures (Photo by Rick Dahms)

Disrupting the Status Quo

Adriane Brown left her position as president and CEO of Honeywell’s transportation division, but when…

By Sonia Alleyne

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On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teamed up with Walmart to host 20/20 Vision: Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century, a forum to explore opportunities with corporate entities and the City of Chicago. The economic forum was designed to explore how entrepreneurs can best position their ventures to form profitable partnerships with large corporations as part of their supply chain. The day long event, which was held at the Chicago Hilton, covered topics like “Navigating the Procurement Maze” and “Scaling Up To Meet The Right Contract.” Here are some of the highlights from the program:

getSupplier Diversity Forum: How Entrepreneurs Can Partner with Corporations

Highlights from the 2012 Vision 20/20 Forum hosted by Black Enterprise and Wal-mart

Black Enterprise and Walmart hosts the Vision 20/20 Forum to help small businesses become more…

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7 Black Female Trailblazers in Medicine

Pioneering physicians, researchers and surgeons

Take a look at black women making big strides as physicians and researches.

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Out of the Doghouse

Failure to upgrade hardware can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars in maintenance of antiquated…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Cindy McField-Asamoah, a vice president with the Corcoran Group (left) and Robin A. Young, president of Women Behaving Wealthy (Photo by Rayon Richards)

Peek In Your Purse

“A woman behaving wealthy spends on the basis of what is important to her on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Beyond Homeownership

Military benefits gave Brian McLean, 27, and his wife, Robin, 29, a great head start…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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The Game Plan

Dorian S. Boyland revenues at his Orlando-based chain of dealerships expected to exceed $400 million…

By Alan Hughes

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Leading While Learning

It’s McCabe Thompson’s ability to harness perceived challenges as strengths that led her to the…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Speller is all smiles at her ballooning business

Entrepreneur Follows Her Passion & Finds Ballooning Success

Shanta Speller finds success with Bunch of Balloons, her balloon decorating company

Juggling a full-time job with her passion, Shanta Speller launched Bunch of Balloons, her own…

By Jenisha Watts

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Coping With Unexpected Health Issues

“When you’re 40 and the doctor tells you that you may not be able to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Think Like a Woman … Manage Your Money Like a Man

According to sociologist Mariko Chang, women’s earnings are currently at about 78% of men’s, yet…

By Bridget McCrea

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Craig T. Williams, CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. (right) and Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (Photo by Rayon Richards)

A Strategic Alliance

CEO and president of Pride Enterprises Inc. learned about how a young, black Iraq War…

By Alan Hughes

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COO: Commander of Operations

Currently deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Gaskin has a leadership role…

By Alan Hughes

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Portfolio Repair

Many people would love to be in Jeremy McMullen’s shoes. At 30, he has little…

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Create Your Own Financial Recovery

Although the unemployment rate among workers 55 and older is relatively low at 6.4%, it…

By Jeffrey McKinney

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Hiring the Least Likely

When Michael A. Rashid joined AmeriHealth Mercy Family of Companies, he grew the organization from…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Debt-Free Diet

Four years ago Monique A. Harps contended with more than $104,000 in debt. Although the…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO, Industrial Bank and sister Patricia Mitchell, executive vice president, sales and operations, Industrial Bank (Photo by Kevin Allen)

Surviving the Meltdown

Mitchell, president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE banks…

By Alan Hughes

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Selling Without a Store

According to a new report by Forrester Research and Shop.org, e-commerce sites continue to snag…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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The Business of Broadway

Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway

This current season may be historic because three African American female playwrights—out of six shows…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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System Upgrade

Younger people may be more instinctive about technology, but it’s not rocket science and it’s…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Team You Need for Your Year-End Financial Checkup

At a time when it’s about the parties and festivities, it can be hard to…

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Financial Fitness Performance Review

With $2,000 to get them started, our previous winners managed to navigate a volatile market…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Otha Thornton, president-elect, National PTA and senior vice president of business development, Capital Commercial Development Group L.L.C. (Photo by Al Ferreira)

Education Means Business

To paraphrase an old maxim: In the 21st century, the business of America is education.…

By Robin White Goode

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3 Capital Raising Ideas

Every artist faces the daunting task of scraping together enough money to finance their pet…

By Pamela K. Johnson

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Walton Isaacson founders Aaron Walton (l) and Cory Isaacson (Photo by Kevin Foley)

Mad Science

Walton Isaacson (No. 8 on the BE Advertising Agencies list with $12 million in revenues)…

By Alan Hughes

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Getting On Track

White, who at one time had a credit score of 710 before filing for Chapter…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Living Solo in the Big City

Erica Horne braces for unexpected expenses as she becomes a homeowner in New York

New York native Erica Horne, 35, wonders how she will continue to make ends meet…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Inflation-Proof Your Portfolio

How you can craft an investment plan that keeps pace

Short-term signs of inflation are easy to spot, from the higher tab to fill the…

By James A. Anderson

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5 Tips for Revving Up Your Business

Innovation and value are among the major revenue drivers

Jamilah Barnes Creekmur earned her stripes leading business development efforts for AllHipHop.com (and won the…

By Renita Burns

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

A celebration of notable public figures that were unafraid to be Black (and gay) and proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

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Let your voice be heard: One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro used the San Francisco Bay Area's airwaves for 40 years to "speak his mind," debating political and cultural issues as well as breaking racial barriers. To fix today's institutions, he says, requires the creation of forums where diverse voices can be heard. "I hope that talk becomes the theme of what we do in the United States from government across [other areas] so we can have a stronger nation with tremendous, insightful understanding," says Ray Taliaferro.

6 Life Lessons from Media Trailblazers

At an NABJ event honoring the late Ed Bradley, Hall of Fame journalists share their rules for success

<strong>Let your voice be heard:</strong> One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro…

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Taking Control

Kyla Acie knows how to save, but she needs to set investment goals for retirement and her child�s education

Investing for long-term goals is important to Acie. Many African Americans, regardless of age or…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ten Steps to Grow Your Business

A supplier diversity executive divulges the secrets to landing contracts

Ten tips to help entrepreneurs best position their companies to gain business from major corporations.…

By C. Daniel Baker

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Top 5 Strategies for Diverse Supplier Success Tips allow organizations to more competitively seek contracts and growth opportunities

Tapping Supplier Diversity To Energize Your Business

Key advice for entrepreneurs who want to establish and grow business with major corporations

Black Enterprise Magazine Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle led an insightful panel for Minority Enterprise Development…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Opportunities in Supplier Diversity

Innovation drives a business model for finding new companies

Despite the tentative economy, Karen Blackwell, manager of supplier diversity and development for Nestlé Business…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Women of Power: 10 Entrepreneurs at the Top of Their Game

With research showing women as the leading forces in entrepreneurship, we rounded up a list…

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Women of Power: Top 10 Leaders in the Fashion Industry

As New York Fashion Week continues, we’ve rounded up 10 power women of color in…

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