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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…

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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:…

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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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Lexus goes hybrid with the 2011 CT200 (Source: Press)

Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That

Despite the President's push to get more electric cars on the roads, many in the Black community remain resistant to change

In President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, he called on the car industry…

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

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Ntozake Shange on Embracing YOUR Power

The Legacy Award honoree shares her journey to becoming a Woman of Power

Long before filmmaker Tyler Perry turned her most famous work For Colored Girls Who Have…

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy Opens Up about Love, Marriage and Money

The 'Single Ladies' star on lessons learned and how to move forward after a tough divorce

After what was a highly-publicized and drama filled divorce, actress and former First Lady of…

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Buyer’s Guide: Buick Reintroduces An American Car with European Flair

Off the market for a few years, the Regal returns with a few changes and more bang for your buck

Regal makes a strong comeback for 2011 (Source: GM)
2011 BUICK REGAL CXL

MSRP: $29,785 (Base Regal…

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WATCH: Diddy & Other Grammy Attendees Talk Branding

On hand for the Grammies, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with a few artists & producers about the business of music

Combs discusses branding before being honored by SESAC
Last week the entire music industry converged on…

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

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Hardison is a true Woman of Power (Source: Press)

Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success

The fashion industry tour-de-force knows a thing or two about wielding power

Having paved the way for the Tyras and the Naomi Campbells of the fashion industry,…

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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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Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists

Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

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This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show!

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a review of the issues, people and topics covered in this monumental episode

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a fascinating review of the issues, people and topics…

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Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch

The car manufacturer rolls out a an upgrade of last year's model with a few added perks

The RDX hits the pavement (Source: Press)
2011 ACURA RDX SH-AWD

MSRP: $38,580 (Base RDX starts out…

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

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Long and Basir between takes (Press)

Nia Long Reshapes Image of Muslim Women in Indie Film

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the process

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the…

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Why Black America No Longer Exists

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eugene Robinson talks about the 'Disintegration' of the Black monolith

Author Eugene Robinson has sparked debate with his recent book, ‘Disintegration: The Splintering of Black…

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