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Women of Power: Debra Langford on Successful Networking Strategies

How to build quality connections for professional and personal advancement

Women of Power speaker Debra Langford, vice president of inclusion and business diversity at NBC…

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Over the years, producer Chuck Harmony has worked with everyone from Celine Dion (“I Got Nothing Left”), Mary J. Blige (“I Can Do Bad”) and Janet Jackson (“Let Me Know”) to Keri Hilson (“Pretty Girl Rock”), Fantasia (“Bittersweet”) and Ne-Yo (“One in a Million”).  In that time he’s seen overflowing budgets and newcomers blow their advances on expensive homes, cars and jewelry. In observing his colleagues’ ups, downs and pitfalls, Harmony’s views on finance, investing and, more importantly, how to save is very different than most. The creator of Los Angeles based Harmony House Entertainment shares a few of his financial tips for aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs with BlackEnterprise.com.

5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When You Come into New Money

Music producer Chuck Harmony shares advice on how to handle success the fiscally smart way

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What You Can Learn from…Iyanla Vanzant’s Flubbed Exit Strategy from Oprah

A few key tips to help you gracefully bow out, while keeping your career on-track

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 06: Oprah Winfrey attends the 2011 TCA Winter Press Tour…

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

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Obesity Can Mean Plus-Sized Scrutiny at Work

How to handle bias based on weight and protect your rights

How to handle bias based on weight

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4 Ways Your Small Business Can Topple the Industry Giant

Successful entrepreneurs who have beaten their Goliaths

low angle view of a businessman throwing a javelinGet ready to go up against the…

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Dealing with Religious Discrimination in the Office

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

Whether a devout believer or an atheist, disputes over religion can wreak havoc

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Love & Money: How to Bring up a Prenup

Although not pleasant, prenuptial agreements are necessary for some. Here's how to (gently) address the touchy subject

For some couples, the topic of prenuptial agreements can be uncomfortable. Some view prenuptial agreements…

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small…

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

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How to Ace Your Skype Interview

On-camera interviews can be more difficult that in-person. Here's how to wow them either way

Technology certainly brings with it many business advantages and efficiencies. But with all the benefits…

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

A few years ago, I took a class at my church on visions to strategy…

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How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

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Traveling abroad can bring about great memories, eye-opening experiences and lucrative business connections. But without the proper research and planning, it can also mean memorable faux pas that could inadvertently bring offense or embarrassment, specifically when it comes to a major part of one's trip: dining. Many of the most important business deals and social connections are made over a meal, so knowing the nuances of dining abroad can serve as both an added plus and a necessity. Malla Haridat, CEO of New Designs for Life, a development and training company for entrepreneurs, knows a thing or two about dining globally, having traveled to many countries both for leisure and pleasure. She shares her insights on the do's and don'ts: 

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

How to Eat Well While Traveling Abroad

A Black global traveler tells you how knowing the nuances of eating abroad can help you avoid awkward moments

Black entrepreneur tells her experiences dining abroad, from China to Morocco

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Be self-aware and personally responsible. "Learn how to be more comfortable in your own skin," Collier says. The more you understand yourself, the more you can be comfortable in your mannerisms and the more comfortable people are going to be in their interactions with you.  	For more on executive success in the workplace: 	How to Deal with the Boss from Hell 	Step Your Game Up with a Career Coach 	How to manage your feelings

The Boss Effect: How Small Gestures Make Big Impressions

Executives, learn to use executive amplifiers to your benefit

For executives and managers, sweating the small stuff can mean big results. Here’s how to…

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How Women of Power Network!

Whether you're learning or leading the pack, join us for the ultimate networking event for women who mean business

Whether you’re just learning or you’re leading the pack, join us at the ultimate networking…

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In recent years, more states have placed a focus on personal finance education in our nation's schools, but only 13 states require that a personal finance course be taken as a high school graduation requirement according to the National Council on Economic Education. Although that’s up from seven states in 2007, there's still much to be done.  BlackEnterprise.com and Ylisa Sanford Seymour, CFP Senior Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., created some tips to help parents instill the value of money in their children and help them grow into fiscally responsible adults.--LaToya Smith

4 Tips for Raising Money-Smart Children

You're never too young to start learning about how to save

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Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

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#TechieTips: 4 Things to Consider When Working With Remote Developers in India

India is one of the top countries where startups and other businesses look for talent…

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How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Going Strong

For millions of people, the new year is also starting with new year resolutions around…

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