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This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gay—especially in the entertainment industry—remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterprise’s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.com’s continued Black Music Month coverage, we’ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. —Janell Hazelwood

Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud

A look at African American celebrities who have gone public with their sexual preference

Since the recent news of New York’s legalization of same-sex marriages, political and social debate…

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WATCH: Stephen Hill on BET Awards & Rebranding Chris Brown

Network executive shares insight on this year's award show and Chris Brown's resurrection

On the eve of the 2011 BET Awards, network executive Stephen Hill speaks on social…

By Anslem Samuel

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Jennifer Hudson

Black Music Month: Women and Body Image in Entertainment

Black superstar divas and their weight loss journeys

In the music industry, image can trump talent, and many of the top stars have…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women in Black Music: Yolanda Adams on ‘Becoming’

As much a businesswoman as an artist, the gospel powerhouse talks about the importance of being diverse, and knowing when to be still

As part of our continuing coverage of women in music for Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Jill Scott

Women in Black Music: Jill Scott Steps into the Light of the Sun

It was 10 years ago–no, eleven years ago–when a young Philadelphia poetess had us all…

By Elayne Fluker

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

These 9 power brokers are calling the shots in the entertainment industry

These black female executives make power moves behind the scenes in the music business

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women in Black Music: Getting Paid or Played?

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really "run the (music) world"

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really “run the (music) world”

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Behind the Music: Save the Music Programs!

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk as countless music programs…

By Tamara Warren

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Behind the Music: The Anatomy of the Record Deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to secure the best deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to…

By Tomika Anderson

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Controversial Athletes

10 Athletes Who Successfully Rebounded From Controversy

As Super Bowl champ Plaxico Burress begins his road to redemption, here are a few notable figures that have already resurrected their brands

Convicted NFL wide receiver and Super Bowl champion Plaxico Burress is on the road to…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top

These savvy parents used their business sense to lead family to success

Six parents who saw star talent in their children and managed their rise to fame

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Behind the Music: Momager Sonja Norwood Grows ‘Family Business’ Tree

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

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Author/Blogger Demetria L. Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn

WATCH: Author Demetria L. Lucas Shares Her 5 Favorite Books

The creator of A Belle in Brooklyn reveals a few great reads that have inspired her career path and stimulated her mind

Blogger turned author Demetria L. Lucas of the award-winning blog, A Belle in Brooklyn, discusses…

By Anslem Samuel

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Behind the Music: Jeff Robinson on the 360 Deal

Alicia Keys's longtime manager tells what every artist needs to know before signing on the dotted line

Alicia Keys’s longtime manager and label owner tells what every artist needs to know before…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Even before the 2011 NBA Finals got in to full swing, there was talk of who had the best shot at winning the championship this year. Following his “decision” to leave his hometown of Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on Miami’s big stage, LeBron James made sure his name part of the discussion. He’s already considered one of the best players to play the game on a professional level today, but a ring would solidify that point even further—or would it? The world of sports is filled with dominant competitors that never won a title. In fact, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of 10 NBA greats that dominated the sport but failed to take home the big prize. A few still have a shot.

10 NBA Greats Who Never Won a Championship

Not every athlete needs a championship to achieve greatness

LeBron James made the move to Miami in a quest to win a championship, but…

By Alvin Blanco

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The High Life: Black Film Fest founder Jeff Friday Makes a Move

BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp talks to the film advocate about the star-studded festival and the future for blacks in film

BlackEnterprise.com host Tai Beauchamp talks to the film advocate about the star-studded film festival and…

By Elayne Fluker

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Black Music Month Power Player: Alexander Allen, The Image Maker

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

By Janell Hazelwood

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Business is never supposed to be personal, but when LeBron James decided it was time to part ways with his agent Aaron Goodwin, the NBA star turned to longtime friend Maverick Carter to pick up the reigns. Growing up together in Akron, Ohio, the former high school classmates built a mentoring friendship around the sport of basketball that has since grown to encompass the business of basketball. As co-founders of LRMR Marketing, James and Carter have successfully collaborated on a host of business opportunities including managing other pro athletes, endorsement deals with major brands, and most recently bringing Sheets energy strips to market. Based on the young CEO’s track record, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Carter to get his top tips on how to juggle friendship with partnership. —Anslem Samuel, with additional reporting by Christina M. Tapper

Maverick Carter’s 4 Tips on Doing Business With a Friend

LeBron James' right hand man explains how friends can work together successfully and profitably

LRMR Marketing’s Maverick Carter shares insight on how he and longtime friend LeBron James manage…

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OPINION: Why Charter Schools Are Only Part of the Answer

NewsOne featured blogger says lottery, other challenges hinder many students from benefits

NewsOne blogger details why charter schools are only part of a larger solution to education…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Little X, The Director

From intern to being one of the music industry's most sought after visionaries, the noted video director explains how he keeps his career in focus

Previously known as Little X, Director X speaks on his evolution from intern to illustrator…

By Aliya Ewing

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