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Black Women Honored at the BronzeLens Film Festival

Veteran actress honored at film festival.

S. Epatha Merkerson was one of the women honored at the Women Superstars Luncheon during…

By Demetria Irwin

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Black Art Doesn’t Have to be Black

What's the definition of black art?

Must black artists be relegated to only creating art that explicitly features black people or…

By Demetria Irwin

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The Legacy of “Soul Train” Continues with Paxton Baker

Baker has plans to continue and further extend the Soul Train brand.

Soul Train continues after the death of the legendary Don Cornelius.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Wu-Tang’s GZA Using Hip-Hop To Teach Science

Did you ever think math and the sciences would join forces?

Wu-Tang Clan member will help use hip-hop to teach science in 10 New York City…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Trapped in the Closet’ on Broadway? R. Kelly Says it Will Happen

R.Kelly continues to find new avenues to promote himself

The singer says he 85 chapters of the series

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Why you Should go see ‘The Rise of the Guardians’

A major studio's first black director of an animation film has a blockbuster on hand!

The film is based on the William Joyce book series, “Guardians of Childhood.”

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Nina Simone Wanted Whoopi Goldberg to Play Her in Biopic

Whoopi says the late singer suggested she play her in her biographical movie

Who would you rather see in the role: Whoopi or Zoe?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Wendy Williams Goes Nude for PETA Ad

The talk show host is the latest to shun fur for PETA

She says “no to fur.”

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Ruby Dee Celebrates Her 90th Birthday in Harlem

Ruby sure does look great for her age.

Actor, activist and living legend Ruby Dee celebrated her 90th birthday at Harlem’s Schomburg Center.

By Demetria Irwin

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Meshell Ndegeocello Shares Her Thoughts on Nina Simone and Zoe Saldana

Singer calls for the critiques to end before the product is shown

Meshell Ndegeocello sat down in an interview to discuss her critically acclaimed new Nina Simone…

By Demetria Irwin

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Budweiser and Stoli Vodka are Not Fans of Denzel Washington’s ‘Flight’

Do you think the movie studio should have asked permission?

Budweiser and Stolichnaya Vodka are not happy to be the featured favorites of Denzel Washington’s…

By Demetria Irwin

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Gabby Douglas is Essence Magazine’s Cover Girl

The teenage Olympian is all smiles

Gold medal-winning Olympian Gabby Douglas graces the cover of Essence Magazine’s Women of the Year…

By Demetria Irwin

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‘Positively Perfect Dolls’ Aim to Improve the Self-Esteem of Little Black Girls

'Positively Perfect Dolls' are carried by Walmart and Walmart.com.

Williams wanted to see dolls that reflected the actual beauty and diversity of black girls.

By Demetria Irwin

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John Singleton Settles Hustle and Flow Lawsuit

It's hard out here for a producer, huh?

John Singleton has settled his $20 million Hustle and Flow lawsuit against Paramount Pictures.

By Demetria Irwin

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Mike Muse: The Music Man and The Political Provocateur

How does a music man with no major label backing become a major finance player for the president?

How does a music man with no major label backing become a major finance player…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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TLC Plans New Album 10 Years After Left Eye’s Death

Are you ready for a new TLC album?

Are you ready for a new TLC album?

By Demetria Irwin

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Arsenio Hall Wants Bill Clinton and Jay-Z on his New Show

The late night champ is coming back

The late night champ is coming back

By Demetria Irwin

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Chris Brown Launches Symphonic Love Foundation

Singer gives back to the youth

Singer gives back to the youth

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Profit With Purpose: A Talk With Teneshia Jackson-Warner

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success in her field

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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The Best Man Sequel Has a 2013 Release Date

Will you be going to see the Best Man sequel?

Will you be going to see the Best Man sequel?

By Demetria Irwin

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Jamie Foxx a Villain in the Next Spider Man?

Electro seems to suit him well

Electro seems to suit him well

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Macy Gray Covers Stevie Wonder With ‘Talking Book’

Singer talks about her latest project, covering Stevie Wonders' album

Singer talks about her latest project, covering Stevie Wonders’ album

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Web Series ‘Lenox Ave’ Debuts, Explores The ‘New Harlem’

The "new Harlem" looks good online.

The “new Harlem” looks good online.

By Demetria Irwin

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Is There Another Pepsi Commercial in the Works for Beyonce?

If true, this will mark the 5th commercial for the singer

If true, this will mark the 5th commercial for the singer

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Chuck Berry Honored at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to the legendary rocker

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum pays homage to the legendary rocker

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Halle Berry’s ‘Cloud Atlas’ is a Bust at the Box Office

Tyler Perry bested Halle Berry at the box office

Tyler Perry bested Halle Berry at the box office

By Demetria Irwin

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Life is Good: Amanda Seales, Renaissance Woman and Free Spirit

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

By Demetria Irwin

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‘Sparkle’ and ‘Jungle Fever” Actress Lonette McKee Prepares for New Show

The original "Sister" in "Sparkle" is still performing

The original “Sister” in “Sparkle” is still performing

By Demetria Irwin

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Halle Berry Takes on Many Forms in Latest Film

Multi-racial actress explores playing different races and genders in Cloud Atlas

Multi-racial actress explores playing different races and genders in Cloud Atlas

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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DL Hughley Documentary Asks if Black Men are an ‘Endangered Species’

The comedian mixes humor and seriousness in tackling issues affecting inner cities.

The comedian mixes humor and seriousness in tackling issues affecting inner cities.

By Black Enterprise

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T.J. Holmes Receives The Hennessy Privilege Award

T.J. Holmes is on the latest cover of Uptown Magazine

T.J. Holmes is on the latest cover of Uptown Magazine

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Rocsi Diaz Joins Entertainment Tonight

Both former 106 & Park hosts have landed new gigs

Both former 106 & Park hosts have landed new gigs

By Demetria Irwin

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Marlon Wayans: ‘I Really Consider Myself an Artist’

The youngest Wayans brother discusses doing standup and his upcoming projects

The youngest Wayans brother discusses doing standup and his upcoming projects

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Zahara to Act Alongside Mom

The Jolie-Pitt brood has the acting bug

The Jolie-Pitt brood has the acting bug

By Demetria Irwin

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Is Chevy Chase Really Racist?

The tone in which he uses the 'N' word doesn't amount to it

The tone in which he uses the ‘N’ word doesn’t amount to it

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Movie Round Up: Alex Cross Flunks Horribly at Box Office

Tyler may not "cross" this road again

Tyler may not “cross” this road again

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David Banner Joins Cast of Lee Daniels’ New Movie

The star-studded cast just got bigger

The star-studded cast just got bigger

By Demetria Irwin

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The Roots’ Mural Project Debuts in Philadelphia

Black Thought and ?uestlove will unveil their new mural in their hometown

Black Thought and ?uestlove will unveil their new mural in their hometown of Philadelphia.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Where Are Black Families on Primetime Network Television?

Will "The Cosby Show" be the last great show about black families?

Will “The Cosby Show” be the last great show about black families?

By Demetria Irwin

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Is T.J. Holmes BET’s Last Hope for Respectability?

The former CNN anchor hopes to strike gold at his new network

The former CNN anchor hopes to strike gold at his new network

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Museum Celebrates the Life of Afrobeat Pioneer Fela Kuti

The Nigerian icon's legacy lives on

Friends and family of the late Fela Anikulapo-Kuti celebrated his life during a week-long series of…

By Demetria Irwin

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Portland, Race and the August Wilson Red Door Project

August Wilson's work lives on in Portland

August Wilson’s work lives on in Portland

By Demetria Irwin

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The Rise of the Black Nerd

Blerds everywhere rejoice!

Blerds everywhere rejoice!

By Demetria Irwin

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Malcolm Jamal Warner on Being a Single Dad (on TV)

The Cosby Show comparisons can stop now

The Cosby Show comparisons can stop now

By Demetria Irwin

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W. Kamau Bell Brings a Different View With ‘Totally Biased’

The social commentator is 'Totally Biased' on his FX show

The social commentator is ‘Totally Biased’ on his FX show

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Five 2012 Campaign Themed Commercials by Major Brands

The airwaves have seen a blitz of election-based clips

The airwaves have seen a blitz of election-based clips

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Shaunie O’Neal Hints at Cast Changes for Basketball Wives LA

Which ladies might get the boot?

Which ladies might get the boot?

By Demetria Irwin

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Wyclef Jean Defends His Yele Charity Amid Controversy

Was Wyclef's charity organization legitimate?

Was Wyclef’s charity organization legitimate?

By Demetria Irwin

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International Artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, on Quest to Push the Culture Movement Forward

Haitian-American artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, strives to change perception of black Americans globally

Haitian-American artist, Charles Jean-Pierre, strives to change perception of black Americans globally

By Shavonne Tate

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Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Did you have any idea?

Did you have any idea?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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A Day in the Life of Oprah Winfrey

Who wouldn't want to have Oprah's life for a day?

Who wouldn’t want to have Oprah’s life for a day?

By Demetria Irwin

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Actor Khalil Kain Stars in ‘The Great MacDaddy’

The Negro Ensemble Company revives the Obie award-winning play in NY after 35 years

The Negro Ensemble Company revives the Obie award-winning play in NY after 35 years

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Whoopi Goldberg Defends Stacey Dash…Kinda

Do you agree with Whoopi's 'View'?

Do you agree with Whoopi’s ‘View’?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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The Roots’ Black Thought Holds Fundraiser for Young Girls, Women [Gallery]

The Roots' Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter held a fundraiser and concert in New Jersey

The Roots’ Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter held a fundraiser and concert in New Jersey

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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John Legend to Produce Comedy About His Life

The crooner has a funny side, who knew?

The crooner has a funny side, who knew?

By Demetria Irwin

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‘Lady Sings The Blues’: Iconic Film Celebrates 40th Anniversary

We remember a classic film 40 years later

We remember a classic film 40 years later

By Black Enterprise

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The Houston Family Debuts Trailer for New Reality Show

Is this a good idea?

Is this a good idea?

By Demetria Irwin

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Russell Simmons Defends Stacey Dash…Sorta

The Hip Hop mogul says Stacey Dash isn't 'Clueless'

The Hip Hop mogul says Stacey Dash isn’t ‘Clueless’

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Steel Magnolias’ and 15 Other All-Black Remakes

Which films would you like to see done with an all black cast?

Which films would you like to see done with an all black cast?

By Demetria Irwin

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Alicia Keys, Dionne Warwick Among Black Girls Rock Honorees

DJ Beverly Bond is back for another round of applause for black women

DJ Beverly Bond is back for another round of applause for black women

By Demetria Irwin

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The Dance Theatre of Harlem Makes a Triumphant Return

They are back and looking good

They are back and looking good

By Demetria Irwin

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Free!! Redefining DIVA by Sheryl Lee Ralph

The Original DreamGirl

Who is a DIVA? Someone with a sassy attitude and impeccable taste?

By Sasha King

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Online Petition Opposes Zoe Saldana Playing Nina Simone

Is it too much to start a petition over a movie role?

Is it too much to start a petition over a movie role?

By Demetria Irwin

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Wyclef Jean’s New Memoir Details His Music, Haiti and Lauryn Hill Affair

Wyclef explains why his marriage has lasted through it all

Wyclef explains why his marriage has lasted through it all

By Demetria Irwin

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"Middle of Nowhere" Portraits - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Urban World Film Festival Must-See Guide

The ladies represent on this list

The ladies represent on this list

By Demetria Irwin

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Funnyman Rickey Smiley Talks Business

Star radio host ventures into TV with new sitcom

Rickey Smiley, TV One sitcom star and radio host, talks his first paying gig and…

By Shannon Lanier

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Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone: Why Skin Color in Hollywood Matters

Why critics are not happy with Zoe Saldana's role as Nina Simone

Why critics are not happy with Zoe Saldana’s role as Nina Simone

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Iyanla Vanzant Goes No Holds Barred With Evelyn Lozada

The reality star and estranged wife of NFL pro Chad Ochocinco Johnson kicks off the premier episode of OWN’s “Iyanla: Fix My Life”

Bestselling author and life coach Iyanla Vanzant confronts the heartbreak and personal crisis of Vh1’s…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Boris Kodjoe Talks New Role, Family Life and Entrepreneurship

Actor, father and philanthropist balances it all

Actor, father and enterpreneurship advocate Boris Kodjoe stars in latest Resident Evil and talks about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Michael Ealy Talks New Movie, Ideal Dates

The blue-eyed thespian has a few ways to charm the ladies

The blue-eyed thespian has a few ways to charm the ladies

By Demetria Irwin

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Nollywood actress Funke Akindele was a co-host and winner at the Nigerian Entertainment Awards. (Image: NEA)

WATCH: Awards Show Brings Top Nigerian Talent to New York City

Top African entertainers honored in film and music

Who’s who of African entertainment in the diaspora honored for talent in film and music…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The inspirational guru makes her TV return with 'Fix My Life' on OWN

Iyanla Vanzant’s Big Return to Television With ‘Fix My Life’ Premiering on OWN

The best-selling author and inspirational guru discusses her new TV show, her reconciliation with Oprah, and life lessons

Best-selling author and inspirational guru Iyanla Vanzant discusses her new TV show, Fix My Life,…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Jay-Z Blasts Occupy Wall Street Movement

Do you want to hear political statements from music artists?

 
Jay-z wears his own "Occupy All Streets" t-shirt as he chats up hip hop mogul…

By Demetria Irwin

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Rapper/Producer Consequence Talks Career Post-Kanye West

Consequence is excited about his Pooch Hall collaboration

By Chantell Black
Producer/rapper Consequence, cousin of rapper Q-Tip and formerly associated with Kayne’s G.O.O.D. Music…

By Chantell Black

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Preview Our World: Soul Musician Eric Benét Talks Music & Marriage

The recording artist breaks his silence and returns with a new album and outlook on life, love and Halle Berry

Soul musician Eric Benét steps back in the spotlight with a new album and outlook…

By Andrew Wadium

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Dwyane Wade Details Custody Battle in New Book

Dwyane Wade offers brutal honesty in his new memoir

Dwyane Wade offers brutal honesty in his new memoir

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Tyrese Gibson on Filmmaking and Picking Up Where Jodeci Left Off

'Baby Boy' has his eye on making moves behind the camera

From ‘Baby Boy’ to behind the scenes–Actor and singer Tyrese Gibson talks about moving behind…

By Shydel James

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Preview Our World: All Access Interview with Ledisi

Also: Singer/songwriters Wyclef and Ne-Yo, Actor Jeffrey Wright and filmmaker Robert Townsend are among the stars at the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge

Host Marc Lamont Hill chats with Grammy-nominated artist Ledisi and other stars at the Black…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Afro-Punk Festival Returns for 8th Year of Rock, Food and Fun

Co-producer Matthew Morgan talks black cultural movement

BlackEnterprise.com talks with Afro-Punk’s co-producer, Matthew Morgan, about the festival’s long-running success and the unique…

By

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Free!! Books of the Week – Summer Reads 2 (Week 12)

Delve into the summer with these tantalizing reading selections. Visit our BE Rewarded site to enter.

We are veering away from our traditional business books once again to present some relaxing…

By Sasha King

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Catching Up with Downtown Julie Brown

The ex-VJ reveals where she’s been since the ’90s and why she’s moving to behind the camera

The ex-MTV VJ reveals where she’s been since the ’90s and why she’s moving to…

By Joel Lyons

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Paul Carrick Brunson: King of ‘Lovetown USA’

Matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson goes mainstream with a new show 'Lovetown' on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

Matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson goes mainstream with a new show ‘Lovetown’ on the Oprah Winfrey…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Preview Our World: Music Industry Titan Quincy Jones

The legendary "Q" discusses his work with music icons Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and the future of the recording industry

This week on a special edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Bokeem Woodbine: ‘Total Recall’ Star Talks Sci-Fi, Slave Revolts and Rock Bands

Actor Bokeem Woodbine never thought he would be in a sci-fi movie until "Total Recall" came along.

Bokeem Woodbine admits that there are a lot of roles he would still like to…

By Starrene Rhett

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Reel Talk with Charles Dutton about ‘The Obama Effect’

Find out why Hollywood veteran Charles Dutton decided to go indie with his new project 'The Obama Effect'

Charles Dutton in character on the set of 'The Obama Effect.'
It could be the title…

By Shydel James

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How the ‘Grits & Biscuits’ Party Grew into Well-Known Brand Among Professional Partygoers

As the Southern-inspired shindig approaches its two-year anniversary this weekend, the business-minded trio opens up about throwing the popular party

The reputation of the Grits & Biscuits party precedes it. Behind the event is the…

By Ashley Calloway

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Preview Our World: Is Today’s Social Activism a Movement, or Just a Moment?

Our esteemed panel of guests discuss the validity of the increase in protests around issues like Trayvon Martin's death and Occupy Wall Street

In the wake of protests for Trayvon Martin and Occupy Wall Street, Our World gathers…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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The Game Changers Project: Positive Portrayals of Black Men

Can these mini-documentaries improve the negative image of Black men in the media?

Can these mini-documentaries improve the negative image of Black men in the media?

By Chantell Black

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#GT2012: Raphael Saadiq Brings Old-School-Futuristic R&B to The Challenge

Grammy Award winner to bring unique sound to evening entertainment that is a legendary feature of this premiere networking event

Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq will bring his signature, old…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE EVENTS

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Adesola Osakalumi: Broadway’s New ‘Fela’

Adesola Osakalumi and the cast of FELA! bring the tale of the revolutionary beat maker back to Broadway

Adesola Osakalumi and the cast of FELA! bring the tale of the revolutionary beat maker…

By Shydel James

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Preview Our World: Behind the Scenes with Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood in ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood from Streetcar Named Desire; plus talks about the future of hip hop

‘Our World with Black Enterprise’ host Marc Lamont Hill interviews Nicole Ari Parker and Blair…

By Andrew Wadium

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Why is Morally Questionable Behavior More Celebrated Than Drama-Free Success?

Columnist Raynard Jackson says successful businessmen like David Steward have a bigger impact on society than Kanye West minus the fame. Agree?

Columnist Raynard Jackson says successful businessmen like David Steward have a bigger impact on society…

By Raynard Jackson

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Watch: ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Takes Final Bow on Broadway

Before they were stars: Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood talk to Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier about their celebrity hustles

Before they were stars: Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Blair Underwood talk to Black Enterprise…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Preview Our World: Laila Ali’s Knock Out Punch Against Kidney Disease

The boxing champ fights the good fight against kidney disease in Black community

Women’s super middle-weight boxing champ Laila Ali “pairs up” with National Kidney Fund to raise…

By Andrew Wadium

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Opinion: A Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Jackson 5?

Raynard Jackson makes the case for the Jackson 5 getting presidential honors

Raynard Jackson makes the case for the Jackson 5 getting presidential honors

By Raynard Jackson

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Towanda Braxton Dishes on Her New Business, Her Marriage and Her Sisters

Why she's more than Toni Braxton's personal assistant, why her marriage works, why she's a 'Secret Squirrel,' and what she really thinks of those other reality shows

Towanda Braxton on being more than Toni Braxton’s personal assistant, why her marriage works, her…

By Demetria Irwin

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Paul Butler: The Man Behind Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE Network

As he leads Magic Johnson's ASPiRE Network, the entertainment executive talks programming and changing the game for African Americans in television

Paul Butler, General Manager of Magic Johnson’s ASPiRE Network talks programming and changing the game…

By Gil Robertson

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Preview Our World: Up Close with Music Mogul Andre Harrell

Legendary marketing mastermind discusses his journey from Uptown through Motown to president

Music veteran Andre Harrell speaks on the evolution of his career and new position as…

By Andrew Wadium

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Comedian and show host Wanda Sykes is a Hollywood veteran, having appeared in hit films such as Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps. The actress was a vocal opponent of California's Proposition 8, which prohibits gay marriages in the state, and went public about her same-sex marriage at a 2008 Las Vegas rally. She was also the first openly gay performer at the White House Correspondents Dinner in 2009.

Wanda Sykes Talks Comedy, Family & Financial Stability

From stand-up comedy to film, the Virginia native has branded her name and infectious personality over the past decade. And now serving as the spokeswoman for Gain, Wanda Sykes shares how she’s made it through

BlackEnterprise.com recently sat down with Wanda Sykes at the Gain Scent Matchmaker Studio event in…

By Amber McKynzie

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3 Things You Can Learn from the Mary J. Blige Chicken Debacle

As the R&B diva finally details her 'mistake,' take heed for your own career success

As Mary J. Blige finally speaks out in detail about the Burger King chicken debacle,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Epic Records’ Astro on Continuing Education & Pursuing Acting

The budding rap star keeps his head in the books while exploring a second career in Hollywood

While working on his debut album for Epic Records, X-Factor’s Astro explains how he juggles…

By Anslem Samuel

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Earvin Magic Johnson Launches New Network Aspire

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American audiences

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American…

By Christasia Wilson

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After performing alongside his brothers in the Jackson 5, Michael made his solo debut on American Bandstand in 1971, performing a rendition of “Rockin’ Robin.”

Social Media Remembers the King of Pop

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary of his death

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary…

By Terrena Carriman

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Why One Atlantan Hates ‘Love & Hip Hop ATL’

Will the real black people of Atlanta please stand up and stop 'Love & Hip Hop'?

An Open Letter from an Atlantan who once loved reality TV: Will the Real Black…

By Kelly Smith Beaty

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The 21-year-old fencer is a two-time NCAA national title holder, three-time fencing world champion, and currently ranked #1 in the US and #12 in the world (Image: The Grio)

Young Black Fencer Daryl Homer Going for Olympic Gold

The senior marketing major at St. Johns University is the youngest member of the 2012 USA Olympic Men’s Sabre Team

Two-time NCAA national title holder, three-time fencing world champion Daryl Homer is preparing to compete…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Audra McDonald Wins Best Actress at 2012 Tony Awards

The Broadway star was named best lead actress in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” making it her fifth Tony but her first in the lead actress category

Audra McDonald was named best lead actress in “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,” making it…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Preview Our World: “Porgy & Bess Revival” Star David Alan Grier

Also: Will Blacks ever close the Digital Divide; profile of Schomburg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad

This weekend on an all-new Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill actor…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: ‘Streetcar’ Star Nicole Ari Parker Talks Broadway, Family Life, and Black Hollywood

Mother, wife and entrepreneur takes theater and Tinseltown by storm

On the heels of her sizzling Broadway debut, actress Nicole Ari Parker took a break…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The $250,000,000 Mission to Preserve Black History

Bunch’s mission includes raising $250 million in donations from corporations, foundations, and individuals and mining…

By Derek T. Dingle

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It's never too early to get a jumpstart on Black Blogger Month 2013

Black Blogger Month 2013: Nominate Your Favorite Blogs Now

Didn't make the cut for Black Blogger Month 2012? Well here's your chance to be in it next year.

BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month celebrates the Black blogosphere’s best every year & now’s your chance…

By Anslem Samuel

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Gina McCauley, founder of What About Our Daughters and the Blogging While Brown conference

Black Blogger Month: What About Our Daughters, Ladies First

Concerned with the image of Black women in the media Gina McCauley stepped up and did something about it

Gina McCauley is a double threat in the digital space as founder of What About…

By Chloe Hilliard

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As part of this year’s Black Blogger Month celebration, BlackEnterprise.com gathered several of the featured digital entrepreneurs together for a special video shoot at Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s newly renovated 40/40 Club New York. The interactive component included Christen Rochon of Divas&Dorks.com, Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly On a Dime, Wayne Bennett of The Field Negro, Abiola Abrams of Abiola TV, Slim Jackson of Single Black Male, and Yoli Ouiya of Yoli’s Green Living. As Black Blogger Month starts to wind down we decided to reveal a few behind the scene photos from the video shoot. Enjoy and don’t forget you can submit your blog or your favorite blogger for Black Blogger Month 2013 by clicking here.

Black Blogger Month: Behind the Scenes Photos from the Video Shoot

Visual outtakes from Black Blogger Month 2012's takeover of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club New York with several top bloggers

Exclusive photos from BlackEnterprise.com’s video shoot for Black Blogger Month 2012 at Jay-Z’s newly renovated…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month: AbiolaTV.com, The Passion of the Bytes

Multi-media maven Abiola Abrams is a one-woman show that has taken the Web and beyond by storm

The driving force behind Abiola Abrams brand, which includes books, event hosting and AbiolaTV.com, is…

By Danielle Kwateng

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Preview Our World: Life According to La La Anthony

The media personality turned reality star talks business, love and basketball

A true basketball wife La La Anthony, speaks on the ups and downs of reality…

By Andrew Wadium

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Liquid Soul Media Brings Mainstream & Black Hollywood Together

Mastering integrated multicultural marketing campaigns, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson help introduce niche films to wider audiences

With Liquid Soul Media, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson have found a way to market…

By Souleo

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WATCH: Producer Alia M. Jones on Adding Color to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The talented Broadway producer speaks on her mission of bringing more color to the Great White Way

Producer Alia M. Jones speaks on reviving Tennessee Williams’ classic A Streetcar named Desire play…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month: Awesomely Luvvie, Laughing & Blogging out Loud

Lovette Ajayi uses her sharp sense of humor to make dollars and cents

With her hilarious blog Awesomely Luvvie, Lovette Ajayi uses her voice to not only entertain…

By Tracy Garraud

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Terry McMillan Heads to Anguilla to School Writers on the Publishing Industry

The award-winning author and screenwriter joins writers and thinkers such as Randall Robinson and Hill Harper at the first Annual Anguilla Black Lit Fest

Nobody can tell a story the way Terry McMillan can. For years she has worn…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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5 Things to Think About Before Investing in Art

Isolde Brielmaier is an expert in the world of art and shares her pointers on preparing yourself to invest in more than pretty pictures

SCAD’s Chief Curator Explains Isolde Brielmaier offers up advice for the novice art collector on…

By Amber McKynzie

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Black Blogger Month: The Field Negro, Nothing But the Truth

Lawyer by day and blogger by night, Wayne Bennett delivers his unbiased opinion on issues that impact the Black community at large

As the force behind the opinionated blog The Field Negro, Wayne Bennett provides an uncensored…

By Chloe Hilliard

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On Set With ‘Sparkle’ Costume Supervisor Devon Patterson-Wilson

The Detroit native explains how what she looks for in employees and how Sparkle helped her hometown's economy

Veteran costume supervisor Devon Patterson-Wilson shares how her career evolved from earning $50 a day…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Kevin Liles: More Than Music

Former Def Jam music man talks about the importance of expanding his brand beyond the industry and giving back by paying it forward

How the former Def Jam music man has expanded his brand beyond the industry and…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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WATCH: Composer Terence Blanchard Explains Musical Direction for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The Grammy-winning composer shares his vision for the recent retelling of the Broadway classic

Grammy winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his talents to A Streetcar Named Desire and explains…

By Anslem Samuel

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Darryl Frierson, founder of From Ashy to Classy

Black Blogger Month: From Ashy to Classy, The Culture Connoisseur

Intellectual thought provoker Darryl Frierson puts a philosophical spin on an array of topics

As founder of From Ashy to Classy, Darryl Frierson uses his words to entertain and…

By Shydel James

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Tichina Arnold Explains the Joys of Being ‘Happily Divorced’

The veteran actress continues her hit streak with new TV Land series and speaks on the status of her singing career

Actress Tichina Arnold breaks color barriers playing a rile intended for a White woman on…

By Starrene Rhett

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WATCH: Choreographer Camille A. Brown Adds Rhythm & Soul to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The award-winning choreographer explains how she incorporated the spirit of Louisiana into A Streetcar Named Desire

Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown explains how she infused New Orleans dance processionals into A…

By Anslem Samuel

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Wilson Morales, editor for BlackFilm.com

Black Blogger Month: BlackFilm.com, The Web’s Leading Man

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that mainstream Hollywood often overlooks

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that…

By Danielle Kwateng

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Slim Jackson, executive editor for SingleBlackMale.org

Black Blogger Month: SingleBlackMale.org, Think Like a Man

Slim Jackson and his team of Single Black Male writers give a voice to uncommitted men while providing insight for women

As Executive Editor for popular relationship blog Single Black Male, Slim Jackson explains how he…

By Shydel James

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What ‘Think Like a Man’ Success Means for Black Hollywood

Film producer, Datari Turner reflects on the lasting impact of the surprise blockbuster on the state of Black films and televison

Independent film producer Datari Turner believes there’s room for more than one Black experience in…

By Souleo

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Karen Civil, founder fo KarenCivil.com

Black Blogger Month: Karen Civil, The People’s Voice

With access to Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre, this trusted blogger is a every music lovers favorite source for all things music

With KarenCivil.com, this 26-year-old gives hip-hop fans all access to their favorite stars with a…

By Tracy Garraud

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WATCH: Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Explains his Vision for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The celebrated Broadway veteran reveals the attention to detail that went into Tennessee Williams' classic production

Costume designer Paul Tazewell shares his thought process in creating the wardrobe for A Streetcar…

By Anslem Samuel

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One-half of the dynamic eyeglass design duo, Coco & Breezy, showed her support for Black Blogger Month

Black Blogger Month 2012 Launch at 40/40 Club Recap x Photos

Our monthlong celebration of digital entrepreneurs kicked off with a bevy of tastemakers and aspiring bloggers

BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month 2012 Tweet Up brings celebrities & digital tastemakers out in force…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month: Man, Wife & Dog, Digital Love Zone

Noticing a void online for real wives talking about the joys and pains of being married, Charli Penn created her own

Charli Penn, the creator of the popular marriage blog—Man, Wife & Dog—shares her business and…

By Starrene Rhett

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For 2nd Week in a Row, ‘Think Like A Man’ Takes Top Spot

The film is reaching new heights, coming in at No. 1 domestically for the second-straight weekend

The Sony Screen Gems ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man” was No. 1 domestically for…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Second Annual Black Blogger Month Launches May 1, 2012

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as we celebrate the 20 of the most impactful and successful voices online

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as BlackEnterprise.com celebrate the 20…

By Anslem Samuel

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‘Sparkle’ Producer Debra Martin Chase Reflects on Career & Whitney

The veteran movie producer shares her career journey and explains the industry's evolution

Hollywood veteran Debra Martin Chase shares her trade secrets on moviemaking and adapting to the…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Last week, news broke about two African American men, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, filing a class action lawsuit against the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The men claim that they were rejected from being cast on the popular reality show because they are Black. In 20+ seasons of the long running show, there has never been an African American contestant.

While the rest of the world argues the validity and diversity of reality television’s latest bachelors, BlackEnterprise.com rounded up a list of the hottest 10 single brothers that should be on your radar. Not only are these men easy on the eyes but they’re all certified movers and shakers, too. Ladies, you’re welcome. —Bridgette Bartlett of Black Bridal Bliss

10 Eligible Black Men ‘The Bachelor’ Should Cast

Reality TV casting agents for The Bachelor may have a hard time finding men of color but here are a few good men

After two African American men sued producers of the The Bachelor for racial discrimination here’s…

By Bridgette Bartlett

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Penny Hardaway Scores Big with Booming Business Portfolio

The NBA great skyrockets from basketball superstar to flourishing entrepreneur and philanthropist

NBA great Penny Hardaway gets his second wind as a businessman with an impressive portfolio…

By Mia N. Hall

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Actress Nicole Ari Parker looks stunning as she walks the red carpet for the A Streetcar Named Desire preview.

Stars Come Out to Support ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The classic play brings out a host of celebrities who come out for a night of theatre

A who’s who of celebrities show their support for Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams’ dramatic…

By Anslem Samuel

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Flagrant Foul: NBA Owners Consider Selling Ad Space on Player Jerseys

Cash-strapped owners consider a drastic move to increase revenue that has many up in arms

In a quest for revenue NBA owners consider placing advertisements on player uniforms which have…

By Adena Andrews

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For aspiring actors trying to get their foot in the door, casting calls can be a daunting experience. Sure, you know the basics (i.e. memorize your lines, know your character), but do you really know what impresses those all-powerful casting directors? Take note from industry veteran Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, known for casting such notable movies as Stomp the Yard, Notorious, and Whitney Houston’s final film, Sparkle. With over 10 years in the business, Byrd has helped launch countless careers, including Laz Alonso [Jumping the Broom, Avatar], Michael Kenneth Williams [Boardwalk Empire], and, if you follow these tips closely, you could be the next star in the making to go from the casting couch to the big screen. —Aliya Ewing

Twinkie Byrd’s 5 Tips on Making it As an Actor

The Sparkle casting director shares her advice on how to make a lasting impression in Hollywood

Discovering stars like Laz Alonzo and Columbus Short, Sparkle casting director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd shares…

By Aliya Ewing

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Will Packer: Think Like a (Hollywood Mogul) Man

How the talented, record-breaking movie producer makes his mark in Hollywood telling universal stories starring African American casts

‘Think Like A Man’ movie producer Will Packer makes his mark in Hollywood with universal…

By Gil Robertson

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. Over the course of his storied career, the legendary radio/TV personality entertained millions as he rang in countless New Years Rockin’ Eve specials in New York City’s Times Square and a perpetual game show host. Most notably, Clark was the host of the classic American Bandstand, which broadcast new and popular musicians into the homes of countless viewers. Among the many greats that were featured on the show; Clark also helped break racial barriers by giving many African American artists their first TV appearances. 

In the wake of Clark’s passing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights some of the musical legends of color that have the American Bandstand host to thank for one of their big breaks. As a bonus, click the celebrities' name to see video of their American Bandstand appearances.—Anslem Samuel

7 Black Entertainers Who Became American Idols after ‘American Bandstand’

Legendary American Bandstand host Dick Clark broke many acts on his show, including these black musicians who later became true American idols

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

My Journey Into Producing ‘Life, Love, Soul’ and My Inspiration from a Phenom Film Entrepreneur

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

Entertainment manager Yandy Smith has embarked on a new venture: film producer of Life, Love,…

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’2 Days in Paris with Chris Rock’ (and Other Must-See Black Movies at Tribeca Film Fest)

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see movies with black actors that will debut this week

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see black movies that…

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AMC’s Nikkole Denson-Randolph Keeps Indie Filmmakers in Focus

The chain theatre executive gives up-and-coming filmmakers a leg up in the industry

As AMC Theatre’s VP of Specialty & Alternative Content, Nikkole Denson-Randolph helps get projects by…

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Celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Receive Spirit of Africa Award at Gala Event

Preview B.E. Business Report: Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Also: Money advice for women; Superstar Nail Lacquer founder Ariana Pierce; executive fitness

Also: Money advice for women; Superstar Nail Lacquer founder Ariana Pierce; executive fitness

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David Banner Reminds Consumers of Their Buying Power

With his 2M1 Movement the opinionated entertainer looks to show corporations that the true power belongs to the people

With the launch of his 2M1 Movement, David Banner inspires consumers to recognize their buying…

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Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey Talks TV Drama, Business of Fashion

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

Cynthia Bailey, reality TV star, mother and model, discusses a brand that’s more than TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Preview Our World: Alicia Keys Takes Broadway By Storm

With the Broadway hit Stick Fly, the singer/songwriter carves out a new lane for herself and others on stage

Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys adds Broadway producer to her resume with the release of Stick Fly…

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Women of Power

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Micheline Bowman Balances Career and Side Hustle

Fox News’ Micheline Bowman has more than 15 years experience in television and has a…

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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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