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Open Letter to ’60 Minutes’ on Increasing Its Coverage of Africans

On Wednesday, March 25, more than 150 journalists and professors sent an open letter to…

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Legacy Award Winners Susan L. Taylor and Beverly Tatum to Appear on Women of Power TV

All-new episode of female empowerment and inspiration to air this weekend

Women of Power TV takes viewers behind the legacy of Susan L. Taylor and Beverly…

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Taraji P. Henson to Host Saturday Night Live

The 'Empire' star is set to host SNL on April 11th

According to recent reports, Empire star Taraji P. Henson will host Saturday Night Live on…

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Global Changemaker Talks Empowering Women Across Time Zones

Marcia Dyson on leading social and political causes around the world

The word “empowerment” isn’t just a catch phrase for Marcia Dyson it’s her life’s…

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Top Podcasts for Business and Life Inspiration

Use as a resource to learn actionable tips and advice on business and life

If you love listening to stories about how people became successful, podcast are a great…

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‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ Archived in Library of Congress

The history-making album shapes American sound and culture

At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in 1999, Lauryn Hill made history as the first…

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Brandy Makes Broadway Debut in ‘Chicago’

Brandy proves to be an all-star talent once again

If we had to sum up Brandy’s career using one of her album titles, we’d…

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Evelyn Lozada Lands Reality Show on Oprah’s OWN

The Basketball Wives star is ready make her appearance on TV again

According to recent reports, Evelyn Lozada from Basketball Wives has landed a new reality show…

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BlackLivesMatter: The Young Woman Behind the Hashtag

Alicia Garza uses her voice and social media to fight for human rights

Alicia Garza is the 34-year-old who inspired the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. Upon her discovery that George…

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Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. to Be Released from Prison

The Ex-US Rep spent roughly half of his sentence behind bars

According to reports, former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. is set to be released from…

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Rihanna’s Kid Movie ‘Home’ Pulls In $9.6 Million at U.K. Box Office

Rihanna makes the top of the charts her 'Home'

Topping music’s charts is as simple as batting an eye for Rihanna. Over the weekend,…

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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment to Launch TV Hosting Workshop at ABFF

Course to be led by Hollywood talent manager Marki Costello

The search for the next TV star comes to the American Black Film Festival as…

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Kerry Washington Says Poor, LGBT and People of Color Must be Allies

Kerry Washington urges every 'other' to fight together

The GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Media Awards took place on Saturday, and…

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5 Splurgy Worthy Hotels

Check out these luxury hotels that might be worth the extra money

A 24-hour personal butler and private plunge pool in the middle of your room. …

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‘Empire’ and American Black Film Festival Take Over Brooklyn

Fans of the hit TV show gathered to watch finale drama of the Lyon Family

Check out hot moments from the standing-room only event and more from watchers of the…

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5 Must See Art Exhibits This Spring

Museums are a treasure trove of learning and inspiration

All around the world, museums host permanent and temporary exhibits to showcase experiences, historical artifacts,…

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Gloria Steinem on Black Women: ‘They Invented the Feminist Movement’

Activist details her journey and how, united, women can be a powerful force

Activist and journalist Gloria Steinem shares how black women impacted the feminist movement and how…

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‘Empire’ Star Power: Oprah and Common Set to Join Show

Co-creator Lee Daniels confirms parts written for the mogul and hip-hop star

Lee Daniels tells sources that he has written parts for the multimedia billionaire as well…

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6 Inspiring Commencement Speeches by Women

Messages do more than just inspire new graduates

At the heart of an amazing commencement speech is the speaker’s ability to captivate an…

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Deborah Cox Returns to Broadway as Josephine Baker

We're confident the talent will do this iconic role plenty justice

Deborah Cox solidified herself as one of the greats in 1998 when she released “How…

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FACE Africa Hosting 6th Annual WASH Gala: Instilling Clean Water Initiatives and Programs in West Africa

The event is aiming to raise $300,000 to provide residents with safe water

FACE Africa is hosting its sixth annual WASH gala, which will help provide clean water…

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Entrepreneurs Summit: Legendary Producer and Arranger Quincy Jones to Receive Trailblazer Award

The music legend to be honored with his mentor, Clarence Avant

Music legend Quincy Jones will be honored as an exemplary leader in entertainment with a…

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Gina Prince-Bythewood Working on BlackLives Matter Pilot for Fox and Imagine

Oscar nominated writer/director and American Black Film Festival alum does work that matters

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit breaks attendance and sponsorship records

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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Travel Around the World in NYC Without Jumping on a Plane

A metro card can get you far in a city filled with history and culture

New York City is one of the few places in the world, where you can…

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3 Quick Tips for Writing and Publishing Book

Top-selling author shares what helped her kick off writing

Beyond making the decision to write about something you know, you should have a good…

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SXSW 2015 is Here: Attend Interactive, Film and Music Festivals and Conferences

The extravagant festivals and conferences are being held in Austin, Texas

South by Southwest 2015 took off on Friday, March 13th and will take place through…

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ABFF Hosts Empire Season Finale Watch Event

ABFF and Empire take over Brooklyn

TV’s hottest new show “Empire” comes to an end with a two-hour season finale on…

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Beyond the Runway with Fashion Model Flaviana Matata

The model talks fashion and philanthropy

When Flaviana Matata won the Miss Universe Tanzania pageant in 2007, she had no idea…

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Power 105.1′s Angie Martinez and The Breakfast Club Take Over Our World with Black Enterprise

Power 105.1's leading radio hosts talk life and careers

Power 105.1′s Angie Martinez, hosts of The Breakfast Club and more to appear on Our…

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6 Great Books to Read for Women’s History Month

Celebrate these women's contributions to the world

For over 30 years, the United States has dedicated the month of March to honor…

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Women of Power: How to Make a Vision Board

Lisa Nichols gave women the power to manifest goals through creative visualization

Vision Boards are a powerful way to manifest dreams and goals in life. So the…

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Taraji P. Henson Confirmed as Celebrity Ambassador for 2015 American Black Film Festival

'Empire' star's confirmation comes on the heels of creation of ABFF Ventures

Taraji P. Henson’s confirmation comes on the heels of Black Enterprise and Film Life, Inc’s…

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$7.4 Million Judgment: Robin Thicke and Pharrell Lose Case in Marvin Gaye Suit

'Blurred Lines' at center of infringement; Clifford "TI" Harris found harmless in case

A jury ruled in favor of Marvin Gaye’s family in a copyright infringement case against…

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Women’s History Month: Advocacy Group Honors Global Leaders at Library of Congress

Global Connections for Women Foundation hosts first female president of Malawi, among other honorees

Check out highlights from the Global Connections for Women Foundation (GC4W) honors gala, hosted at…

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6 African American Women Who Shaped History

Check out the list and celebrate these notable women

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The celebration of Women’s History began as a weekly national celebration in 1981. Six years…

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Ready for Spring Break? Check out the Top Four Destinations for Fun and Relaxation

Spring break destinations for families and young adults

With spring break right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to decide if you’ll…

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5 of the Worlds Best Marathons for Your Bucket List

Check out some of the best adventurous marathons around the world

Running a marathon is one of the most popular activities on peoples bucket list.…

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50 Cent’s Two-Year-Old Son Snags $700,000 Modeling Deal

Two-year-old Sire Jackson has a job making more than most adults

At just 2-years-old, rapper 50 Cent’s son Sire already has a modeling career, cashing in…

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Phylicia Rashad Returns to TV as Lesbian FBI Agent in ‘For Justice’

Phylicia Rashad and another 'Cosby' make surprising TV comebacks

Our favorite TV mom is returning to the screen, this time as a lesbian FBI…

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Arts Festival Seeks LGBT Storytellers Of Color

Call for submissions of works open to filmmakers, playwrights, web series producers and visual artists

Filmmakers, playwrights, web series producers, and visual artists can present their work during a two…

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RECAP: 2015 Chicago Auto Show

Lexus Listening Lounge brings riveting performances to event

Artists Carl Thomas, Todd Kessler, and Andra Day and more for attendees at the 2015…

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10 Inspirational Quotes for International Women’s Day

Be empowered this month with these insights from power females

On March 8, countries around the world will celebrate the achievements of women for International…

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How To Live the Good Life: Watch 5 Inspirational TED Talks by Women

TED talks provide inspiration in a powerful way

Ask any one person, “What is the good life?” And you’ll get a thousand different…

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Women’s History Month: 7 Fun, Enlightening Ways to Celebrate

Each year in March, organizations, schools and communities throughout the nation promote a multicultural women’s…

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Dance Theatre of Harlem Honors Opera Singer Jessye Norman

Norman awarded the Arthur Mitchell Vision Award

Dance Theater of Harlem honors award-winning opera singer Jessye Norman with the Arthur Mitchell Vision…

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This Day In History – Tiger Flowers Wins Middleweight Boxing Title

He was the first African American after Jack Johnson to challenge for a world title

On this day in 1926, Theodore “Tiger” Flowers became the first African American middleweight boxing…

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‘Motown 25′ Returns to TV to Close Out Black History Month

The long anticipated rebroadcast will take place on Saturday night

As we’re nearing the end of Black History Month, a very special rebroadcast will be…

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5 Movies to Inspire You to Travel the World

Check out these films to get you excited about planning your next trip

There’s nothing like watching a movie that inspires you to travel the world. Whether you’re…

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HBO’s Diversity Plan for Hollywood

As sponsors of the American Black Film Festival, HBO takes the lead in creating Hollywood diversity

The second annual release of the Hollywood Diversity Report by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center…

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This Day In History: White Supremacist John King Sentenced to Death

Justice was served on Feb. 25, 1999

On June 7, 1998, James Byrd. Jr. was murdered by three white supremacists in Jasper,…

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First Female President of Malawi On the Hardest Decisions She’s Ever Made

Dr. Joyce Banda reveals some of the toughest decisions faced during her career

As Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second, Dr. Joyce Bander’s legacy and career make…

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WATCH: Social Media Week Live Stream

Top leaders in the tech industry share their insights with us

Social Media Week 2015 is currently taking place all over the world. Bloggers, readers, editors,…

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Social Media Week: Black Enterprise Hosts Event Centered on Activism in Today’s Digital Age

Join Charles Wade, Wagatwe Wanjuki and Kelly Pierre-Louis for special event

With social media activism taking rise, Black Enterprise is hosting a Social Media Week event…

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The Search for America’s Next Black Comedians

Submissions are open for the American Black Film Festival’s Comedy Wings Competition sponsored by HBO

Black Enterprise and Film Life, Inc. join forces to bring the 19th annual American Black…

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This Day In History: First Black Woman to Receive an M.D.

Rebecca Lee Crumpler earned her degree at a time when education for women was uncommon

Rebecca Lee Crumpler was born free in 1831 in Delaware, and was raised by her…

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Patricia Arquette Calls People of Color and Gays to Fight for Women

Patricia Arquette makes an insensitive comment on race and sexual orientation

One of the most talked about moments from Sunday night’s Oscars was Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech…

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Deanii Scott on WBLS’ ‘Defining Moments in Black History’

The Hot 97.1 digital producer shares her special moment with us

Deanii Scott, Hot 97‘s social media producer, shared on WBLS her defining moment in black…

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Entrepreneur’s Summit: Reginald Hudlin Confirmed to Attend

Famed writer, director, and producer will share knowledge and host ABFF buzz party

Reginald Hudlin will attend Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneur’s Summit to host An American Black Film Festival…

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Maya Angelou Honored with Forever Stamp

The beloved author, actress and poet will always be remembered

On Monday, Feb. 23, the U.S. Postal Service announced that the beloved actress and poet Maya Angelou…

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Common and John Legend Win Oscar for ‘Glory’, Plus Moving Performance

Common and John Legend leave audience in tears after "Glory"

Last night viewers all across the country tuned into ABC network to watch The Oscars.…

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This Day In History – First African American to Become General in US Marine Corps

Frank E. Petersen is also the Marine Corps' first black three-star general

On Feb. 23, 1979, Frank E. Petersen Jr. became the first African American general in…

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Common and John Legend Address Civil Rights Issues of Today in Moving Oscar Speech

Issues with voting rights, criminal justice system and more take center stage at the Oscars

Common and John Legend use Oscars platform to deliver a moving speech

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One-Way Trip To Mars: Mars One To Establish A Permanent Human Settlement

The next giant leap for mankind is here

Mars One is a Dutch nonprofit that is planning to establish a permanent human settlement…

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How Buying a Fixer-Upper Led to a Career in Interior Design

Dayka Robinson defines success on her own terms

Dayka Robinson joins a new breed of entrepreneurs who are on a mission to define…

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A Lesson in Longevity: Cicely Tyson’s Epic Debut on ‘How To Get Away With Murder’

Iconic actress continues to prove she's still got it in her season debut

Fans of “How to Get Away with Murder” say Cicely Tyson’s debut is the series’…

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5 Young Moguls of Color Paving the Way for Your Children

Exposing your kids to entrepreneurs is a great way to inspire creativity and build confidence

Black History is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the new generation of game changers. …

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Couple Launches International Black History Month in Hong Kong

Power beaus on mission to spread economic empowerment and multicultural awareness

Couple is on a mission to honor the extraordinary achievements and historic contributions of African-Americans…

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First African American MIT Grad to be Immortalized on Limited-Edition Stamp

Robert Robinson Taylor becomes the 38th honoree into Black Heritage Stamp Series

A pioneer and savvy intellectual, Robert Robinson Taylor will be immortalized on a limited-edition stamp.…

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Check Out Style Innovators of Color with ‘BE High Society’

Visit this special portal to read about today's stars and innovators of the future

Today’s brightest stars of style include savvy innovators who have set today’s trends, from behind…

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The Next MacGyver 2.19.15

Hollywood’s Best Will Pay You $5,000 To Help Find a Female “MacGyver”

White House supports effort to create programming highlighting women in STEM

A group of some of Hollywood’s top producers are partnering to announce a worldwide competition…

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This Day In History: First Black Gold Medalist in Winter Olympics

Vonetta Flowers was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2010

On Feb. 19, 2002, Vonetta Flowers made history by becoming the first person of African…

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5 Boss Moves of Former UNC/Duke Basketball Players

From Michael Jordan to Grant Hill, these entrepreneurs know more than just how to play the game

Here are five boss moves of former UNC/Duke basketball players, such as Michael Jordan and…

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Producer Roger Bobb Hosts Twitter Chat Thursday, February 20, 12p EST

The award-winning producer shares film tips, knowledge, and passion

As a two- time winner of the Best Film award at the American Black Film…

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This Day In History: Toni Morrison Is Born

She was a past winner of the Noble Prize and Pulitizer Prize, among many others

Toni Morrison was born on Feb. 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio, as the second of…

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The Book of Negroes: Actress Aunjanue Ellis Talks the Impact on Black History

The star of BET’s new miniseries shares thoughts on slave narratives and blacks who don’t want to see them

As the leading lady in her first major starring role on BET’s miniseries The Book…

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12 Quotes from Black Fashion Icons

Gain inspiration from some of our past and present leaders in style

As we continue to celebrate African Americans who shaped our history and breathed life into…

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ABFF and McDonald’s Partner for ‘Lovin’ Campaign

Filmmakers can win $2,500 in equipment and a mentoring session with director Malcolm Lee

ABFF and McDonald’s USA have partnered for the “Lovin” campaign, a competition that promotes diversity…

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This Day in History: The NAACP Was Founded

This day 106 years ago, the largest civil rights organization was formed

We explore the history of the NAACP, as today marks its 106th year anniversary.

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Modern-Day Influencers Recreate Legendary Images of Black History Icons

Female leaders in media, fashion and social media pay homage to greats

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In honor of Black History Month, the Style Influencers Group L.L.C., a…

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Remebering Whitney: 12 of Our Favorite Moments

A glimpse at some our favorite Whitney moments

Today marks three years since the world class singer and icon Whitney Houston died. During…

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6 Tips for Starting a Nonprofit Organization

If you have a desire to change the world, check out these tips

Do you have a desire to start a non-profit organization? If so, beyond your passion…

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{Infographic} Tips To Child Proof Your Home

Make Safe Happen provides awareness and tips for protection

Many of us consider our homes to be the safest place for our children. But…

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This Day In History: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison

Today marks the 25th anniversary of his release

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela‘s release from prison, a great day in…

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This Day in History: First African American to Walk in Space

On Feb. 9, 1995 Bernard Harris, Jr. made history

On this day in 1995, Bernard Harris Jr. became the first African American to walk…

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Beyonce Surpasses Aretha Franklin with 20th Grammy Win

Beyoncé makes Grammy history

Los Angeles shined bright last night as stars from all over gathered in the city…

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Celebrity Real Estate: 5 Fab Homes of Stars Under 30

From Kevin Durant to Rihanna, check out these amazing homes

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Being a successful homeowner, especially at a young age, is not an easy task…

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NAACP Image Awards 2015 Reveals Non-Televised Winners

Beyoncé, Common, Iyanla and others take home an Image Award

The 46th NAACP Image Awards are set to premiere tonight at 9:00 P.M. Anthony Anderson…

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NAACP Image Awards: Oprah Winfrey, Kerry Washington and More Set to Present

The show airs tonight on TV one, with star-studded line up

TV One has announced additional celebrity presenters for the 46th NAACP Image Awards airing tonight.

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This Day in History: Freed Black Slaves Set Sail on the ‘Mayflower of Liberia’

On Feb. 6, 1820, the Mayflower of Liberia journeyed to Africa

On Feb. 6, 1820, a group of more than 85 free men and women, former…

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Our History, Our Future: 10 Female Phenoms in Entertainment

Pioneers and their modern day successors shape entertainment

In interviews, award ceremonies and daytime TV programs, Oprah often thanks the way makers and door…

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Oprah and Ava DuVernay Team Up for OWN Series

Oprah makes OWN acting debut in DuVernay's series

If you pride yourself on making smart money choices and ridding your monthly cable bill,…

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Black History Business Titan: John H. Johnson

BE pays tribute to the godfather of black media

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This Day in History: Rosa Parks is Born

The Civil Rights activist would be 102 today

We are now on the fourth day of Black History Month, and on this special…

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Ankara Miami Fashion Week Set to Kick Off with Global Designers

Innovation and fashion unite in showcase of African talent

Ankara Miami Fashion Week set to showcase top fashion industry talent from Feb. 19 to…

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This Day in History: First Black Student Enrolls at University of Alabama

Autherine Lucy faced riots and threats to her life, all to desegregate the university

By this day, Autherine Lucy was taking her first classes, facing tremendous challenges, as the…

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Black Enterprise Talks Taxes, Entreprenuership and More on Power 105.1′s The Breakfast Club

Alfred Edmond, Jr. and Courtney Connley talk financial tips for the New Year

Black Enterprise’s Alfred Edmond, Jr. and Courtney Connley talk taxes, entrepreneurship and more on Power…

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This Day in History: Ernest Just Recieves the Spingarn Medal for Strides in Science

As Black History Month is upon us, let us reflect on past leaders

Scientist Ernest Just was received with the Spingarn Medal 101 years ago today.

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Bobby Brown Releases Statement on Bobbi Kristina’s Condition

Singer and father reported to be at his daughter's side

R&B legend Bobby Brown released a statement to US Weekly yesterday on his daughter Bobbi…

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Jay Z Makes $56 Million Bid to Buy Music Streaming Company

Hip-hop mogul plans to expand his empire with latest business offer

Jay Z places $56 million bid to buy Scandinavian music streaming company Aspiro

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2015 Sundance Film Festival: The Year of Dope

Projects by Pras Michel and Shaka King bring diversity to this year's showcase of independent films

Each year, tens of thousands of people flock to the Sundance Film Festival for a…

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American Black Film Festival Early Bird Registration Rates Expire January 31

Save money on attending the nation’s largest gathering of black film and TV professionals

Saving money is the savvy spender’s goal, which is why Black Enterprise and Film…

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Ifetayo Academy Celebrates 25 Years of African Culture in Brooklyn, NY

A young girls' dance routine inspires the development of a cultural academy

About 25 years ago, Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, a former professional dancer and choreographer, realized a young…

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Cameroon Celebrates the Re-opening of Musée National Museum

The event was one of the largest in history for the diverse country

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Cameroon, officially the Republic of Cameroon, is a country in Central…

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Lil Wayne Suing Cash Money for $51 Million

Lil Wayne and Birdman feud in legal battle

It seems as if Lil Wayne’s Twitter rants and concert announcement declaring his split from record…

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Hot 97 Replaces Cipha Sounds

Nessa Nitty is now the permanent afternoon host for the radio staple

After a podcast criticizing management, Hot 97 fired and replaced longtime afternoon host Cipha Sounds.

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2 Chainz to Reportedly Run for Mayor of Hometown

Rapper to consider a career in politics

Rapper 2 Chainz to reportedly run for mayor of College Park, Georgia

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Uzo Aduba Wins First SAG Award, Makes History

Uzo Aduba delivers tearful speech and makes SAG history with Viola Davis

Orange is the New Black’s Uzo Aduba wins SAG Award and makes history.

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Civil Rights Today: 15 Empowering Songs That Promote Freedom and Justice

As we're nearing Black History Month, add these hot picks to your playlist

Martin Luther King Jr.’s lives on 365 days per year. Empower yourself with this take-charge,…

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VIDEO: Viola Davis Thanks Shonda Rhimes for Casting Dark Skinned Woman

Davis eloquently addresses beauty standards in acceptance speech

Viola Davis left a winner at last night’s SAG Awards. The nearly 50-year-old knockout actress…

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Miss Universe: Top Women of Color Who Got the Crown

These females have graced the stage and held the title

As the world celebrates the new Miss Universe, take a look back at women of…

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Top Five Pro-Women Moments Under Obama’s Administration

Women are winning under Obama Administration

Over the span of President Obama’s administration, he has been particularly vocal about his support…

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Publisher Dawn Davis, GM President Vivian Pickard and More on Women of Power TV

All-new episode of female empowerment and inspiration to air this weekend

Dawn Davis, Vivian Pickard and more to appear on an all new episode of Women…

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3 Mobile Apps For Spontaneous Travel

If you're booking a trip on the fly, these resources will help you do it in a cinch

Spontaneous booking is becoming the norm, especially with the millennial generation who are increasingly using…

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Tyra Banks Debuting New Talk Show ‘The FAB Life’

Host will have panel of diverse guests to talk various issues

Tyra Banks is launching a new talk show, The FAB Life, this fall, with a…

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Black History Month: 7 Cool, Must-See Civil Rights Landmarks and Tours

From the East Coast to the West, these are spots you and the family won't want to miss

Here are seven must-see Civil Rights landmarks. From the Rosa Parks bus to the MLK…

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15 Black Actresses Who Made Black History

See if you remember some of these Hollywood history-making moments

As Black History Month approaches, we naturally reflect on all of the world leaders, activists…

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Oprah and ‘Selma’ Cast Marched in Alabama on MLK Day

Oprah, Ava DuVernay, Common and other stars celebrate esteemed leader in unity

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., the Selma cast marched in Selma, Alabama Sunday, Jan.…

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TLC to Fund Final Album Through Kickstarter Campaign

Living members Chilli and T-Boz ready to make a music comeback

R&B group TLC announces new Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of their…

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Hollywood Producer Stephanie Frederic Talks ‘Light Girls’ Documentary and Colorism within the Black Community

Producer says documentary shows grass isn't always greener on the other side

Producer Stephanie Frederic talks working on “Light Girls” documentary and the need to talk about…

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‘Selma’ Gives Nod To Gay Civil Rights Activist

MLK adviser and mentor Bayard Rustin portrayed in the film by Reuben Santiago-Hudson

Martin Luther King Jr. mentor and advisor Bayard Ruston, an openly gay man, is portrayed…

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Book Review: The Man From Essence by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards

Whether for business lessons or just for the drama, this is one read you'll find hard to put down

Rarely do business biographies offer glamour and Scandal-meets-Mad-Men intrigue that you get from The Man…

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‘Selma’ Scores Two Oscar Nominations, Gets Snubbed in Other Major Categories

Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo left out of major categories

Despite being snubbed in a few major categories, “Selma” scores two nominations for this year’s…

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OWN Airs Documentary About Pain Of Light Skinned Women On MLK Day

Bill Duke follows up documentary “Dark Girls” with “Light Girls” on Jan. 19

Filmmaker Bill Duke’s latest look at colorism after award-winning “Dark Girls” called “Light Girls” debuting…

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Rapper Wale Brings Back Glory Days of Black Hollywood, Casts Natural Model in New Video

The hip-hop artist expresses frustrations with media portrayal of black people

In Wale’s video for his single “The Body” featuring R&B crooner Jeremih, the rapper casts an…

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Tupac Biopic to Begin Production this Summer

The rapper's much anticipated film finally gets a production date

After much delay, the Tupac Shakur biopic will begin filming this June

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[RECAP] 18th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit Days One and Two

Business and tech leaders spoke on diversity and inclusion

On Tuesday Jan. 13, the 18th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit kicked off in…

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Happy Birthday Martin Luther King Jr.: 10 Riveting Civil Rights Moments That Inspire

In commemoration, take a look at iconic moments of activism from the Civil Rights Movement

Today, July 1, marks 50 years since the enactment of the Civil Rights Act on…

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Ava DuVernay and Lorraine Toussaint Talk ‘Selma’ on Women of Power TV

All-new episode of female empowerment and inspiration to air this weekend

Director Ava DuVernay and actress Lorraine Toussaint talk “Selma” on an all new episode of…

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Kevin Hart Opens Up on Bill Cosby, Avoiding Controversy, and More

The "Wedding Ringer" star shares his thoughts on racism and his career

Kevin Hart opens up to the Hollywood Reporter on Bill Cosby, avoiding controversy, and how…

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Empire Star Taraji P. Henson’s Top 5 Roles

From starving artist to A-list actress, the star has landed major roles

Taraji P. Henson, known for her girl-next-door likability, has been very candid about her journey pre Oscar…

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Reflecting on Selma: 8 Iconic Women Activists, Past and Present

These female powerhouses' work bettered humanity

In the height of “Selma” and honoring Dr. King, we are reminded of eight women…

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Common and John Legend Win Golden Globe for ‘Glory’

Music duo delivers moving speech about "Selma" and its connection to today's current events

Common and John Legend take home the Golden Globe award for their collaborative song “Glory”

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AKA Suspends VH1 ‘Sorority Sisters’ Cast Members

Reality stars April McRae and Rwanda "Joy" Hammond suspended from AKA until 2016

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has suspended two of its members who appear on VH1′s…

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Entertainment Leaders Join Forces to Offer Free Screening of ‘Selma’ to NYC Students

Thousands of middle school and high school NYC students allowed to see 'Selma for free

Entertainment leaders create a fund that will allow thousands of New York City students to…

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Top Hollywood Black Agent Seeks To Bolster Black, Latino Films And TV Shows

Charles King is leaving William Morris to form multicultural multimedia firm

One of Hollywood’s most powerful black agents is taking on a new entrepreneurial endeavor.  Charles…

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Two Accusers Join Defamation Suit Against Bill Cosby

Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz join the growing list of Cosby accusers

In the case of the People v. Bill Cosby, two more women have come out…

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Veteran Filmmaker Menelik Shabazz Urges Crowdfunding For ‘Looking For Love’

The legend of British black cinema is in need of your help!

Cinephiles, also known as lovers of film, should be familiar with Menelik Shabazz and his…

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Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby Amid Rape Claims

Rashad says the allegations are a part of a larger plot to end Cosby's career

Phylicia Rashad breaks her silence and comes to Bill Cosby’s defense amid rape allegations

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Black Enterprise’s Most Anticipated Movies Of 2015

Book those Fandango tickets in advance

If the players in Tinsel Town handle their cards right, 2015 promises to be one…

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Black Video Game Website To Raise Funds For Eric Garner’s Family

The Spawn Point Blog wants you to game for a powerful cause

With all the sad news to close out 2014, the new year provides an opportunity…

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Actress Tasha Smith Confirmed for ABFF

Seasoned actress to teach workshops at American Black Film Festival

Actress Tasha Smith is confirmed to teach an acting master class at the 2015 American…

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Bobby Shmurda Spent Christmas In Jail On Riker’s Island

Bail is still set at $2 million dollars

It was a week before Christmas and all through Quad Recording Studios, Bobby Shmurda and…

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Chris Rock And Wife Malaak Compton-Rock Split After 18 Years

The couple respectfully asks for privacy for themselves and the kids

After nearly 20 years of marriage, comedian Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock have…

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Ava DuVernay Shines Through the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King with Selma

The first African American woman nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe is here to stay

Ava DuVernay’s Selma marks her slashing through history books, editing the narrative, and restating the…

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Classic Gay Film Paris Is Burning To Appear At Sundance

The 1980s documentary brought voguing and drag culture to wider audience

The legendary LGBT film “Paris is Burning,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the…

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Pharrell Williams Embroils YouTube In Billion-Dollar Lawsuit

Global Music Rights represents the 'Happy' performer in the matter

Video-sharing site, YouTube, could potentially be facing a billion-dollar lawsuit over music rights. Legal teams…

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Tyler Perry to Release First-Ever Animated Madea Film

New project to be released in January 2015

Madea becomes a cartoon with this latest addition to the Tyler Perry franchise.

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Carmex, Ava DuVernay And Other Corporate Advertisers Bail On VH1′s ‘Sorority Sisters’

The VH1 show is highly controversial and outlandish

Monday night’s premiere of VH1’s new reality television show, Sorority Sisters, was so controversial that…

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Rihanna, Puma, and 3 Other Top Celebrity Fashion Deals

Shortly after its design collaboration with eclectic artist Solange, Puma announced that Rihanna would also…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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Women of Power: How to Make a Vision Board

Vision Boards are a powerful way to manifest dreams and goals in life. So the…

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