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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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Photo: Lonnie C. Major

BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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By Alvin Blanco

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Russell Simmons is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, but the mogul (who is featured in the February 2011 issue of Black Enterprise) keeps his bookshelves jam packed with interesting reads. I took a peek while waiting for the crew to get the lights set for our Power Player interview with Simmons for the Black Enterprise Business Report and took note of what was there. Along with three Buddha statues, an ’80s hip-hop bobble head (complete with pseudo-Kangol and Adidas), a photo of his daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with Oprah, and a bonsai tree that’s seen better days, Simmons’ office shelves offers a window into his soul—and his favorite reads. Here are 10 great books on Russell Simmons’ shelf. Tastemaker that he is, if Simmons loves it, it’s almost guaranteed to please!--Caroline Clarke

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Here's a window into the mind of the music mogul and businessman.

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By Caroline Clarke

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All Hail the King–Regina King

The actress on longevity, investing, wisely managing her finances, and why she's leery about putting her personal biz on Front Street

Regina King (Photo by Kirstin Knufmann)
Regina Rene King is no stranger to most of us.…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo

WATCH: The High Life: Ne-Yo Talks about His New Ventures & Partnership with Black Enterprise

Tai Beauchamp interviews BE CEO Earl Butch Graves & Ne-Yo, who's so serious about business

Black Enterprise CEO Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo talk business for the High Life

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Music Mogul Ted Lucas Helps Haiti Get “Better”

A year after the quake, the Miami CEO uses charitable album to reignite the push for Haiti's recovery

Lucas campaigns for Haiti's recovery
It’s been just over a year since Haiti was ravaged by…

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O'Neal creates her own reality & gets paid well for it

Shaunie O’Neal at the Top of Her Game

The executive producer talks about the ins and outs of reality TV, as well as what's next on her business agenda

BlackEnterprise.com chatted with the young businesswoman about starting her own production company, stepping in front…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Ludacris Expands Brand Into Headphone Market

The enterprising entertainer adds some Soul to the world of personal audio electronics and expands his portfolio in the process

If high quality audio is your thing, then this is your month. Several high profile…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name a few. But even with those skills, even the most successful entrepreneurs have made their share of mistakes—and sometimes catastrophically. Robert Jordan, author of How They Did It: Billion Dollar Insights from the Heart of America (RedFlash Press $24.95) spoke with 45 successful entrepreneurs to gain an understanding of what it takes to successfully launch and grow a business. Among those featured is Joe Mansueto, founder of Morningstar, who sold the company for $2 billion, Raj Soin, who launched Modern Technologies Corporation (MTC) before selling it to BAE Systems for $425 million, and others who have taken their companies public in billion-dollar transactions. To be included in the book, they had to launch, grow and sell a company for approximately $100 million or go public for at least $300 million and had to be self-made, according to Jordan. “So the range ended up so that at the low end, Viresh Bhatia sold InstallShield for about $78 million and the high end was Dane Miller, who took Biomet private for $12 billion.” But what mistakes did these multi-millionaires make along the way and what can be learned from them? Read on... —Alan Hughes

5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make

Even some of the richest people make common mistakes on their road to financial success.

Entrepreneurs are known to have many qualities—persistence, leadership skills and a never-say-die attitude, to name…

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WATCH: Wendy Raquel Robinson Talks about Changing ‘The Game’

The fan favorite on cancellations, the entertainment biz and getting back in 'The Game'

Fan favorite Wendy Raquel Robinson spoke with BlackEnterprise.com last night about the return of The…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: El DeBarge Shares Hard Lessons from the Music Industry

What the longtime R&B singer wants newcomers to the entertainment business to know

R&B crooner El DeBarge is pretty open about how thankful he is for life’s “second chances.”…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

Two more high profile entertainers get into the audio sound business strictly for their business and your pleasure

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By Anslem Samuel

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GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH: More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in 2011, ushering in sales and steals for you—whether you’re looking for a helicopter ride over New York City, a great spa, or tickets to your favorite game. Websites such as Groupon and Living Social have made offering discounts a team effort, where daily deals are redeemable only after a certain number of people buy into them. Even companies such as Wal-Mart and Zagat have offered group-buying deals. And more Websites, both with regional and national deals, are gaining traction, including Tippr, Juice in The City, and Crowdsavings.

4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch for 2011

Travel, leisure and technology trends to upgrade and balance your life for 2011

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This Week on Our World: Hollywood Star Blair Underwood

Also: the relationship between gays in America and the Black community; how a father and daughter each beat breast cancer.

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with…

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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

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WATCH: 5 Things El DeBarge Wishes He Knew Then…

The R&B singer reflects on his past and discloses what he would do differently, if given the chance

Watch as Blackenterprise.com reporter LaToya M. Smith talks with the Detroit-native about what he wish…

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Oprah Gets Her OWN

The queen of talk is now the queen of all mediaseriously. But is America ready for her "Live Your Best Life" message 24-7?

Oprah said OWN and its reality shows are all about “showing humanity.” It’s your network,…

By Elayne Fluker

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LailaAli

Backtalk with Laila Ali

Black Enterprise caught up with the 33-year-old to talk about her inspiration for her line…

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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.

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise host Marc Lamont Hill talks with Terry…

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