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Over the course of the past decade Tyler Perry has dominated. His stage plays, motion pictures, DVDs, sitcom series, online talk show and book, based on commentaries from his popular character of Madea, have collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. As the most commercially successful Black filmmaker in history, Perry is quickly making his way to billionaire status not by following the rules but by breaking them. Staying true to his core audience and pushing his message of family values, the media mogul has a lock on a lucrative slice of the African American market. Whether you love him or you hate him, you definitely can’t ignore him. If there’s still any doubt, here are a few reminders of Perry’s influence.

Tyler Perry Decoded: The Deals, the Brand, the Influence

A breakdown of the media mogul's empire and reach by the numbers

A breakdown of the media mogul’s empire and reach by the numbers

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This Week on Our World: Best-selling Author Terry McMillan

Also: roundtable discussion on Blacks in new media; gospel star Yolanda Adams takes on hypertension.

Also: roundtable discussion on Blacks in new media; gospel star Yolanda Adams takes on hypertension.

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Buyer’s Guide: Lexus Crosses Over to the Green Side

The car manufacturer unveils their luxury hybrid crossover and we’re riding shotgun

The car manufacturer unveils their luxury hybrid crossover and we’re riding shotgun

By Jeff Fortson

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This Week on Our World: Grammy Winner John Legend Fights to Educate Our Kids

Also: the state of our education system and an after-school program out to save at-risk youth

Also: the state of our education system and an after-school program out to save at-risk…

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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A usually zen Simmons gets fired up about public hearings about Muslim Americans (Image: Press)

WATCH: Russell Simmons Speaks Out about ‘Radicalization’ of Muslims

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

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Vivica A. Fox: Making Power Moves Behind the Scenes

The veteran actress has kept her brand going and portfolio expanding by generating income both on-screen and off

The veteran actress has kept her brand going and portfolio expanding by generating income both…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Who Will Be the Next ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?

Take notes on the strengths and weaknesses of the five Black contestants from this season of Celebrity Apprentice

Take notes on the strengths and weaknesses of the five Black contestants from this season…

By Janel Martinez

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22 Movies You Didn’t Know Had Black Directors

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a few who prove them wrong

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a…

By Janee Bolden

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WATCH: How to Find Your Balance

Life/career coach Audra Bohanon tells us whether or not having it all is truly possible

Life/career coach Audra Bohanon tells us whether or not having it all is truly possible

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Brand New You: Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe, Reinventing Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Karen Taylor Bass talks to the owners of Ms. Dahlia's about their sweet new venture

Karen Taylor Bass talks to the owners of Ms. Dahlia’s about their sweet new venture

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Leading in to Oscars weekend, BlackEnterprise.com recognized 10 Black actors who have succeeded at the box office in films not originally written for a person of color. The article was a welcome reminder of how our star’s talent can triumph in Hollywood without falling into stereotypical characters. The only thing is all the examples were men. With March being Women’s History Month and having just wrapped our 6th Annual Women of Power Summit, BlackEnterprise.com decided to salute a few female thespians that have broken color and gender barriers on the silver screen.

10 Movie Roles That Weren’t Meant For Black Women

It's women's history month and here's a collection of actresses that broke color and gender roles in film

It’s women’s history month and here’s a collection of actresses that broke color and gender…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Backtalk with Swizz Beatz

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has been producing music since the age of 16, crafting hit…

By Anslem Samuel

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Buyer’s Guide: New Land Rover Offers the Best of Both Worlds

The popular SUV continues to deliver off-road performance with luxurious styling inside and out

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

4 Power Moves of Oscar Fashion: Red Carpet Style That Wins

Star style details that translate success

From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American…

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All Images: GettyThe recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks has dominated sports discussion and headlines since the moment it happened. Fans of the Knicks are ecstatic that their once proud franchise can now officially return to relevance. Lost in the uproar, however, is the potential economic surge this trade will likely have. Not just for Anthony, who signed a three-year $65 million contract extension as part of the deal, but for the NYC area as well. Former NBA player and now TNT analyst Kenny Smith shares a few of the ways that Anthony�s Big Apple acquisition can change the financial stakes for him, his new team and business owners in the entire tri-state area. —Khalid Salaam

Carmelo Anthony Decoded: The Economics of the Trade

The NBA all-star wasn't the only one to get a big payday signing with the Knicks, small businesses were impacted as well

The recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New…

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What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was announced last month, there was one glaring difference. Compared to last year’s contenders, which included Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious and Mo’Nique who brought home the gold man for her portrayal in Precious, there was an obvious lack of people of color. Truth be told, the 2011 awards show represents the Whitest group of nominees in the major acting categories since the 73rd Oscars, 10 years ago.

10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

The Oscars may not be celebrating the work of Black thespians this year but don't worry we got you covered

What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was…

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This past Monday, the comic book, animation and entertainment worlds lost one of its legends with the passing of writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie. A true trailblazer, he helped redefine the image of African Americans through his multicultural characters and brands, which inspired a new generation of comic book writers, animators, illustrators and fans. Also, an entrepreneur, McDuffie—along with Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Black Enterprise ’s own Derek T. Dingle—founded Milestone Media, Inc., the nation’s largest Black-owned comic book company. 	Despite his passing, McDuffie will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, but also through his impactful work. In continued memory of the fallen artist, BlackEnterprise.com pulled together a collection of some of McDuffie’s most popular characters to illustrate why he’ll always be our superhero.

GALLERY: Comic Book Icon Dwayne McDuffie’s Most Powerful Characters

A brief look back at the fallen icon's impressive body of work

In memory of Milestone Comics founder Dwayne McDuffie, here is a brief look back at…

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Buyer’s Guide: Kia’s Latest Sedan Has an Audi Influence

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize market

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize…

By Jeff Fortson

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Cowan, McDuffie and BE's own Derek Dingle cover Black Enterprise's Nov. 94 issue

In Memoriam: Comic Book Pioneer and Champion of Diversity Dwayne McDuffie

Black Enterprise's Derek Dingle pays homage to fallen friend, business partner who broke ground with multicultural characters

The worlds of comic books, animation and entertainment have lost a true giant this week:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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

Over the years, producer Chuck Harmony has worked with everyone from Celine Dion (“I Got…

By Anslem Samuel

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