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Backtalk with John Legend

In his latest album, Wake Up! a collaboration with The Roots, six-time Grammy award-winning artist…

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Kardashian “Kard” K.O.’d

The socialite siblings default on prepaid debit card deal in the face of intense criticism and sky high hidden fees

Kim Kardashian gets declined.
What a difference a month makes. Prior to the November 10 launch…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 11 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Alicia Keys Tweets Her Own Death For AIDS Awareness

The singer and her celeb friends swear off Twitter and Facebook to raise money for a good cause

More than 2 million followers mourn Keys' Twitter death.
Social media has become a huge part…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Behind-the-scenes with Nick Cannon

What you didn't know the comedian-turned-Chairman

Ok, I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect much when I went to interview Nick Cannon…

By Caroline Clarke

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Cut the Cost of Your Thanksgiving Dinner. Sunny Anderson Tells You How

The Food Network star dishes on how to stir it up for less than $100

Blackenterprise.com talked with the Brooklyn-based foodie about what she would prepare on a $100 budget,…

By Janel Martinez

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 10 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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WATCH: Nick Cannon on Business, Being Taken Seriously & Faking It ‘Til You Make It

The self-described "entrepretainer" shares tips for young entrepreneurs

Blackenterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier recently caught up with self-described “Entrepretainer” Nick Cannon, who, at just…

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What You Can Learn from…Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Branding Techniques

The Bad Boy took Ciroc to new heights. Our branding expert tells how you can do the same for your business

Branding expert and reinvention strategist, Marshawn Evans, talked to Blackenterprise.com about why Diddy’s a comprehensive…

By Janel Martinez

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Decoded: The Business Lessons of Hip-Hop Powerhouse Jay-Z

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

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Valeisha Butterfield Strives to Empower Women in Entertainment

Founder and Chair of WEEN tells how she turned her idea into a worldwide following

Blackenterprise.com talked with the industry savvy chairwoman about turning her dream into a reality, the…

By Janel Martinez

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 9 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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12 Hip Hop Stars Who’d Reign Supreme if They Were Politicians

What would happen if your favorite rapper was running the show in D.C.

If hip-hoppers ran the country, who would they be? Here’s a list of artists who…

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Ne-Yo To Be Honored Among ‘Intelligent Performers’

Award-winning singer/songwriter among entrepreneurs and executives recognized for innovation and excellence

Award-winnning singer/songwriter Shaffer Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is among the top…

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Talk show host Montel Williams served as a U.S. Marine upon graduating high school in 1974. He was also accepted to the Naval Academy Preparatory school and to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Williams served in the Navy as well.

Military to Mainstream: 10 Black Celebrity Veterans

A look at famous Black men and women who have served our country

Black celebrities who have served our country in the U.S. military

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Did Tyler Perry Pull It Off? ‘For Colored Girls’ Thandie Newton Weighs In

Talks about Perry's big risk, comparisons to 'Precious' and importance of trying something new

Thandie Newton admits it wasn’t easy playing Tangie in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, which…

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Book Review: Bold Moves To Creating Financial Wealth

At just over 100 pages, this primer is a good first read for those intimidated by money books

Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth by Gerald Grant Jr. delivers a quick read, keeping…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UnderCovers, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, should have been a hit. It still can be.

6 Fixes That Could Have Made ‘UnderCovers’ A Hit

The "sexpionage" series was pronounced dead by NBC last week. Here's how to bring it back to life.

The truth is (and it kills me to say this), UnderCovers just wasn’t very good.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 8 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Reasons Why Black Girls Rock

BGR founder Beverly Bond tells us all the reasons Black women should (and will!) be celebrated

This Sunday, celebrity DJ and former model Beverly Bond and friends celebrates the power of…

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Beverly Bond Shows the World That ‘Black Girls Rock’

The renowned DJ tells how she turned a t-shirt slogan into a national movement

DJ Beverly Bond began her entertainment career rockin’ the turntables at the hottest clubs for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Book Review: Black Faces in White Places

Authors Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson lay out a new game plan for black achievement in the age of Obama

Much has been made–and rightfully so–of the need for America’s institutions to embrace diversity and…

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Tyler Perry’s Business Model and the Future of Black Cinema

"For Colored Girls" raises the question whether Perry should focus on adapting books, plays or original material

If Tyler Perry’s version of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow…

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What You Could Learn From … Soulja Boy’s Social Media Marketing Success

Using YouTube and Twitter, how a young entrepreneur took his strategy straight to the bank

Despite his controversial missteps, Soulja Boy’s Wall Street Journal talk brings to light social media…

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Russell Simmons: Why You Should Vote (and Why His Daughters Can’t Watch His New Show)

Just hours before his new reality show debuts, the hip hop impresario sounds off

“It’s all about your team. There is nothing else, and you can do nothing else…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 7 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 6 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UBR Morning Post: Orchestra Founder Jeri Lynn Johnson

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with arts entrepreneur…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 5 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Susan L. Taylor

Focusing on our children with National CARES Mentoring Movement

For nearly four decades Susan L. Taylor was the leading force behind Essence magazine. Today,…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 4 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Living in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage creates unique challenges for financial planning.

5 Personal Finance Books for Couples

Gain wisdom and intimacy while building riches.

Gain wisdom and intimacy while building riches.

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Marc Lamont Hill is New Host of Our World with Black Enterprise

Syndicated series returns October 9 & 10

Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. makes his debut as host of the nationally syndicated television series…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 3 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 2 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Ginuwine

Multiplatinum recording artist talks about his bout with depression and his commitment to helping others suffering from it

Elgin “Ginuwine” Lumpkin rose to stardom after his 1996 debut, but just four years later,…

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WATCH: Actor Jamie Hector on Film Roles, Philanthropy

Star talks character, inspiration in Urbanworld festival feature, Night Catches Us

Actor Jamie Hector sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to talk about his latest role, his best…

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WATCH: Urbanworld Film Festival Draws Top Black Talent

Founder seeks to give minority directors prominent voice

On the opening night of the Urban World Film Festival, BET host Free, far left,…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 1 Performance Review

As 16 contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Kerry Washington Shines at Urbanworld Film Festival

Actress talks "breathtaking" roles and best money advice

Actress Kerry Washington discusses the Urbanworld Film Festival, the best money advice she’s received, and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Sharpton to Launch Syndicated TV Show

Sunday morning program will focus on education and closing achievement gaps

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton announced on Thursday plans to launch a Sunday morning…

By Joyce Jones

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The REAL Apprentice Is Back—And So Am I

Look for my weekly performance reviews of the job candidates on reality TV's original business competition

I’m glad to see The Apprentice return to it’s original premise as a competition for…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Watch: Actress Kim Fields Stays in the Game, Part 2

Multitalented actress discusses the business of filmmaking.

Kim Fields is the new host of BET's Lens on Talent.
We spoke to veteran actress,…

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WATCH: Undercovers’ Steven and Samantha Bloom

Series starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8:00pm EST/7:00 CST

NBC’s Undercovers, the new romantic/spy series starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as husband and…

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WATCH: President Eli Martinez in The Event

Conspiracy/suspense series starring Blair Underwood premieres on Monday, Sept. 20, at 9:00pm EST/8:00 CST

NBC’s The Event is the new conspiracy/suspense series starring Blair Underwood as U.S. President Elias…

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UBR Morning Post: Film Fest Co-founder Stephanie Rance

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Stephanie Tavares-Rance…

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WATCH: Actress Kim Fields Stays in the Game, Part 1

The multitalented actress talks about her life in entertainment, then and now.

After decades of playing characters in front of the camera, Kim Fields has taken to…

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In response to Dingle asking whether there is a special responsibility that comes with being a black man playing the president with a real black president in the White House, Underwood says, "I take responsibility for every role I take. I can't just play the role. As a black actor, I don't have that luxury."

B.E. Golf & Tennis Challenge Gallery: Screening “The Event”

Star Blair Underwood is interviewed by BE Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle at invite-only screening. Bonus: Boris Kodjoe

Star Blair Underwood is interviewed by Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek Dingle at an invite-only screening…

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Today, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicked off in its new home, Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park in New York City. The event draws tastemakers, editors, onlookers, and buyers to witness the hottest in design industry talent. The semi-annual fashion events, formerly at Bryant Park, draw more than  230,000 attendees every year and generate more than $770 million in  economic activity in New York City, according to reports. Held from Sept. 9 to 16, this year's shows will include apparel by top brands with two outstanding African Americans showing their lines--apparel and lifestyle brand designer Tracy Reese and jewelry designer Monique Pean. In celebration of the kick-off, here's a snapshot of the top African American talent at Lincoln Center this season.

Fashion Week Launches: Top African American Talents

Held Sept. 9-16, this year's shows will include designers Tracy Reese and Monique Pean

In celebration of the kick-off of New York Fashion Week, here’s a gallery of the…

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On Day Three of the Black Enterprise Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge (Saturday, September 4, 2010), the hospitality luncheon hosted by American Express featured a talks show styled program called "American Express Insider Access," featuring actor Boris Kodjoe (star of the new NBC action series Undercovers), actor-vocalist Dawnn Lewis, actor-comedian Cedric The Entertainer and actor-author Hill Harper.

B.E. Golf & Tennis Challenge Gallery: The Stars Come Out

Attendees get "Insider Access" to Cedric The Entertainer, Boris Kodjoe, Dawnn Lewis and Hill Harper

A photo gallery of celebrities in attendance, including new NBC series stars Blair Underwood and…

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El DeBarge gets up close and personal during a spirited performance in which he put his inimitable and powerful falsetto on full display with songs from his latest album, Second Chance, as well as classics such as "Rythym of the Night," I Like It", "Stay With Me" and "Love Me In A Special Way." (Photo by Gerrod Gaskin)

B.E. Golf & Tennis Challenge Gallery: Classic R&B and Hip Hop

El Debarge, Doug E. Fresh, MC Lyte and Big Daddy Kane rock the house in tribute to the second decade of Black Enterprise

On Friday, September 3, attendees of the 17th Annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge…

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Kodjoe, Underwood to Shine at Golf & Tennis Challenge

NBC's leading men are among the stars joining the 40th anniversary celebration of Black Enterprise

Leading men Boris Kodjoe and Blair Underwood are among the stars attending the Black Enterprise…

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Love & Money: Achieving Financial Intimacy

Your guide to managing matters of finance and romance

It has often been reported that financial discord is one of the top reasons for…

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It’s time to get ready for the hottest Labor Day event around—the 17th annual Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge, Sept. 2-6 at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California. But this year is going to be especially hot. Not because the West Coast will be experiencing a heatwave, but because it also happens to be Black Enterprise magazine’s 40th anniversary. So to celebrate, we invited a few friends to this year’s Challenge—friends like Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers, El DeBarge, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, and MC Lyte. They’re all coming through to make this Labor Day weekend one you won’t forget. DeBarge, a pop and R&B group made up of talented siblings, got heavy airplay on the radio throughout the 80s. El DeBarge—big brother to Chico, who performed at last year’s Golf & Tennis Challenge—was the group’s lead singer. He made songs like “All This Love,” “Rhythm of the Night,” “You Wear it Well,” and “Who’s Johnny?” instantly recognizable hits.

B.E.’s 40th Anniversary Star-Studded Golf & Tennis Challenge

Remember the times with an unparalleled entertainment lineup

It’s time to get ready for the hottest Labor Day event around—the 17th annual Black…

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Backtalk with Ray Nagin

Five years after Katrina, the former New Orleans mayor weighs in on the recovery and the impact of the BP oil spill

Katrina was one of the costliest natural disasters and one of the five deadliest hurricanes…

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Food Biz: Culinary Career Advice from a Top Chef

Information, advice, and everything an entrepreneur needs to know about the food business.

At 23, Kenny Gilbert was the first African American chef to work as chef de…

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No. 29: Tyler Perry, The Hollywood Hitmaker

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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The Art of Business Seduction

Keys to convincing bosses, clients and colleagues that you are the one they want to do business with

In today’s ultracompetitive marketplace, succeeding in business has never been more difficult. “Every professional needs…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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Cooking Channel Exec Talks Appetite for Variety

Programming takes food from just meals to a lifestyle

For Michael Smith, General Manager of the Food Network’s Cooking Channel, food is a delicious…

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Hall was the runner-up on Top Chef Season 5 in 2009, but before that she graduated from the Gaithersburg, Maryland-based L’Academie de Cuisine and served as an executive chef at several posh hotels. She started Alchemy Caterers in 2003, outfitting weddings, and corporate and private parties with food from the farms in Chesapeake Bay, and offering cooking classes that can run about $1,500 for eight guests.

PHOTO GALLERY: The Cuisine Scene

Five notable Chef-preneurs take food to the next level

In the last decade, cooking has taken a more prominent place in American culture thanks…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Book Review: Turning Women’s Oppression Into Triumph

Provocative read offers solutions to global fight against sex slavery

For anyone who’s ever been stunned into inaction by the world’s seemingly intractable problems and…

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Why Entrepreneurs Need to Know How to Lobby

These seven mistakes can prove costly when dealing with the government

For small business owners, cutting through the red tape in order to deter a local…

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Dr. Patricia L. Turner, general surgeon, assistant professor of surgery at the University of  Maryland Medical Center and medical correspondent for news  outlets:  “Being a member of Mensa affords me the opportunity to interact with smart, interesting people in whatever way I choose.  ... I’ve been a member of Mensa for 25 years.” (Click here for more on joining Mensa)

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating Mensa’s Best and Brightest

Shining a spotlight on notable African American 'geniuses'

BlackEnterprise.com presents nine African American Mensa members who share their reasons for joining the august…

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Common Talks Branding, Social Media, and Business Moves

His strategy: Stick to your core values

Grammy-winning artist, actor, and entrepreneur Common spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about successfully building a brand, marketing,…

By Renita Burns

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5 Rules for Making Money in Hollywood

Here's what it takes to get your film acquired and distributed

Droves of African American directors, producers and screenwriters came to Miami Beach over the past…

By Derek T. Dingle

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For an atmosphere of warm elegance, a liberal dose of live music and stress eliminating hospitality and bold, rewarding cuisine, you can't do better than dinner at 1300 on Fillmore, a supper-club restaurant and lounge in the resurgent Fillmore District in San Francisco, featuring the cuisine of Executive Chef David Lawrence.

Dining Out at 1300 On Fillmore

Executive Chef David Lawrence and wife Monetta White deliver a can't-miss culinary experience. If you're anywhere near 'Frisco, go. Eat.

For an atmosphere of warm elegance, a liberal dose of live music and stress eliminating…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Black Enterprise’s career experts from the July 2010 Job Readiness Guide offer resourceful books for professionals looking to advance their careers.  NETWORKING: Networking guru Debra Langford, vice president of Inclusion & Business Diversity at NBC Universal, recommends the following books to help you connect better with people: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company; $27.99) - Gladwell examines the factors that lead to high levels of success. He asserts that one of the keys to success is the number of hours you work toward your goal, which he refers to as the “10,000 Hour Rule”.

PHOTO GALLERY: Books That Can Help You Get a Job

Successful businessmen and women share the books that have positively impacted their work and lives

Black Enterprise’s career experts from the July 2010 Job Readiness Guide offer resourceful books for…

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8 Ways to Improve Your Elevator Pitch

Perfect your pitch with these tips

Crafting the perfect elevator speech is both an art and a science in which the…

By Alan Hughes

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Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring African Americans who have made vital contributions to the United States. The latest in the series is pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. He thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. The artwork is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel, "The Conquest." BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at other African Americans who were imortalized on stamps. (Date issued: June 22, 2010)BlackEnterprise.com wants to know: Who do you think should be on the next Black Heritage stamp?The Black Heritage series has been one of the USPS's most popular ever created. When an early-2000 Internet rumor spread that the series was going to be canceled, the postal service was inundated with hundreds of protesting letters, postcards, and phone calls. Despite an official press release denying the rumor, it resurfaces every year.

PHOTO GALLERY: African Americans in Philatelic History

Despite rumors, the popular Black Heritage stamp series is here to stay. Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is the latest addition.

Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring…

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Omarosa, real estate mogul Donald J. Trump and Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes on the read carpet for the premiere party for the new reality TV series, Donald J. Trump Presents The Ultimate Merger, held at Trump Tower in New York City on Monday, June 14. On June 17 cable television company TV One (ranked No. 44 on the BE 100s Industrial/Service list) debuted The Ultimate Merger reality series. This Thursday, June 24, TV One will re-air the 90-minute first episode at 8:30 p.m. EST, followed by a one-hour second episode at 10:00 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: TV One/Trump Ultimate Merger Premiere Party

New reality show, in partnership with Donald Trump, marks latest move for the BE 100s company

Omarosa, real estate mogul Donald J. Trump and Radio One Founder and Chairperson Cathy Hughes…

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Museum Offers Historic Walk Through Black Culture

Expansion and increased artifact attainment planned for Louisiana facility

If you’re planning a trip to Louisiana this year, there’s a special gem that you…

By Bridget McCrea

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Backtalk with Kirk Franklin

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist talks about life lessons and his new book

When Kirk Franklin assembled a 17-member vocal ensemble of neighborhood friends and associates he dubbed…

By Shenelle Wallace

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These days, an Academy Award is not the only prize that eludes black filmmakers. Getting a film made and distributed has become a rare occurrence as well. Of the 558 feature films that were released in 2009, eight were filmed by black directors and two of them were creations of stage and big screen powerhouse Tyler Perry, who has directed eight movies since 2006 alone, including Why Did I Get Married, Too, which brought in $60 million. But Perry isn’t the only one setting the stage for a second act. BlackEnterprise.com talked to eight filmmakers who can identify with the challenges black filmmakers face in Hollywood, but who strategized their efforts and are primed to do big things in the next few years.

Blacks Behind the Camera

Through innovation, guerilla marketing, and new technology, black directors have raised the curtain in Tinseltown.

These days, an Academy Award is not the only prize that eludes black filmmakers. Getting…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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St. Louis Entrepreneurs Get New Help Launching Businesses

PHOTO GALLERY: St. Louis’ Big-City Feel

An entrepreneur finds opportunity and support in the Midwestern city of St. Louis

As Devin James (above) sought to expand his portfolio of businesses, the native of Memphis,…

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Money Matters: Books to Boost Your Financial I.Q.

5 selections that offer valuable lessons on all things related to money

What books would you recommend I study to increase my financial I.Q?

By John Simons

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Backtalk with Earvin “Magic” Johnson

The entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer talks about the mindset necessary to build real wealth

It’s been 14 years since Earvin “Magic” Johnson has donned his No. 32 purple and…

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"The Other City," a new documentary that tackles issues of homelessness, drug addiction, access to services, and the social stigma of HIV/AIDS, had its world premiere at the Ninth Annual Tribeca Film Festival, which ends May 2. Set in Washington  D.C., the movie explores the dichotomy of a city that tourists don’t see and the AIDS epidemic in the nation's capital that the government sometimes ignores. Although the movie illuminates the heartbreak and loss attributed to the disease, it also reveals the struggles of people behind grassroots movements who provide healthcare, extend education, combat stigmas, and spread hope.

‘The Other City:’ AIDS in D.C.

Documentary shines a light on epidemic in the nation's Capitol

“The Other City,” a new documentary that tackles issues of homelessness, drug addiction, access to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Now Read This: Brainwashed, Challenging Black Inferiority

BE 100s advertising pioneer Tom Burrell's counter-campaign against the "BI Complex"

A couple of weeks ago, I happened to share with my followers on Twitter that…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Recommended by Editorial Director John Simons: Personal Finance for Dummies by Eric Tyson (For Dummies, $22). Never mind the belittling title, this is a one-stop guide that covers everything from balancing a checkbook, and handling debt, to saving for retirement.

Required Reading: 20 Books to Boost Your Financial Literacy

Black Enterprise staffers recommend their favorite books on money and investing

Here in the offices of Black Enterprise, it’s hard to manufacture excitement about April’s federal…

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Now Read This: Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months

If entrepreneurship is your objective, Melinda Emerson offers a step-by-step road map

Small-business consultant Melinda F. Emerson, founder and CEO of Quintessence Multimedia, a marketing video production…

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Backtalk with Antoine Fuqua

Director shares his motivation for launching his film program for Brooklyn youth

Film director Antoine Fuqua is one of a handful of black directors who makes action/suspense…

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Now Read This: Know What Makes Them Tick

Ground-breaking exec Max Siegel shares his mastery of the art of negotiation

Max Siegel has built an astonishing track record of succeeding as an outsider and transforming…

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The next generation Cayenne S Hybrid is Porsche’s first production hybrid. The luxury SUV’s electric motor and its V6 combustion engine are connected to each another by a decoupling clutch, which allows the car to be driven either by the electric motor or the combustion engine alone, or by both drive units together. With its combined power output of 380 horsepower, the hybrid has the performance of a V8 with the economy of a V6. The Cayenne S Hybrid can cover short distances on electric power alone, free of emissions and noise up to 60 km/h or almost 40 mph. It is 1.9 inches longer than its predecessor, and has an added 1.6 inches in wheelbase. Both pricing and the SUV’s EPA-rated mpg are still to be determined. The Cayenne S Hybrid goes on sale this fall. (Image source: Porsche)

Some of the Hottest Cars to Hit the Road

From fuel-efficient to flashy, the New York Auto Show puts the pedal to the metal

BlackEnterprise.com previews the New York International Auto Show as more cars are unveiled and awards…

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Though the last few years have taken their toll on the auto industry, automakers remain unbowed. Though they've tightened their belts, shut down plants, and laid off workers, automakers have prepped some of their best and most innovative vehicles for the 2010 New York International Auto Show. Every major automaker that sells cars in the U.S. is exhibiting at the auto show. Here is a selection of vehicles that will be on display in New York and later in your local dealership—and a few that are still in the concept stages.  The 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a midsize sedan that gets 22 mpg city/35 mpg highway. (Image source: Hyundai)

Taking a Spin at the 2010 New York Auto Show

From electric-powered and hybrids to captivating concepts, check out some of the hottest wheels for 2011 and beyond

Though the last few years have taken their toll on the auto industry, automakers remain…

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Journey to South Africa

We visit the country as it prepares for a new role on the world stage as host of the FIFA World Cup

It’s an interesting time to be in South Africa. Some 16 years after apartheid, this…

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Backtalk with Gloria Reuben

Accomplished singer and actress shares why she is an ardent champion of environmental causes

Gloria Reuben is not only an accomplished singer and actress, starring in popular television series…

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Lee Daniels:  Director Lee Daniels, could be the first African American to take home the Academy Award for best director this weekend. His award-winning film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, about a physically, emotionally, and sexually abused, HIV-positive, 350 lb black teenager, elicited tears and feelings of outrage from audiences who saw the movie. Precious has been nominated for 60 different awards and won 53 of them. Despite its worldwide acclaim, the movie has only made $47.2 million at the box office. Now he is concentrating on production for the movie, Selma, about mid-century civil rights marches.  (Image source: Lions Gate Entertainment)

Black Directors, Their Movies, and The Money

A look at the top selling black directors and the movies they made popular

<p><strong>Lee Daniels</strong>: Director Lee Daniels, could be the first African American to take home…

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The 20-Bucket System

A nonprofit professional learns to streamline organizational leadership

Sustaining a nonprofit can be challenging in any economy, but in a recession it can…

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Color Me Bold

Jewelry designer paints a daring sense of style

Sabrina Thompson has a long history of putting contrasting things together and somehow making them…

By Alisa Gumbs

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A Classic Closet

Michelle Rose makes vintage shopping fashionably affordable.

Michelle Rose remembers a time when purchasing vintage clothing was loathed in fashion circles. “Today,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Latin Fever

Luxe Life takes you on a Latin Salsa dance.

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The Black Patriot in America

Documentary shines light on America's unsung heroes

“For the Love of Liberty: The Story of American’s Black Patriots,” a two-part documentary, …

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Backtalk with Robert L. Satcher Jr.

DR. ROBERT L. SATCHER JR. completed three space walks as part of an 11-day Atlantis…

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Tuskegee Airmen Honored in Off-Broadway Play

�Black Angels Over Tuskegee� Debuts to Sold Out Crowd

The play “Black Angels Over Tuskegee” follows six heroic African American men who all share…

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Backtalk with Gwen Ifill

Black Enterprise turned the tables on Gwen Ifill, getting her thoughts on objectivity in the…

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Vintage Clothing Enthusiast

Luxe Life profiles Michelle Rose, Owner of My Closet Shoppe, who offers tips to finding…

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Book Excerpt: Expect to Win by Carla Harris

Capturing the power of being uniquely you

According to Carla A. Harris, a twenty year veteran of Wall Street, knowledge and diligence…

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Backtalk with Anika Noni Rose

Acclaimed actress shares her thoughts on the impact a movie about an African American princess can have on black girls

From a self-proclaimed dreamer to a world-renowned Dreamgirl, actress and singer Anika Noni Rose has…

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Backtalk with Wyclef Jean

Growing up in Croix-de-Bouquets, Haiti, until the age of 9, Wyclef Jean’s music often sheds…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words in the New Year

Set your goals into motion today

It feels good to have goals, doesn’t it? I mean, to really have something that…

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With Tight Budgets, Creativity Key in Tipping for Services

Show your gratitude without breaking your bank

BlackEnterprise.com’s tips for holiday tipping

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Holiday Planning

Juliette Senior of Unison Event Planners offer tips to help create the perfect holiday event.

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Anika Noni Rose Adds Diva Glitz to Disney

Tony-winning actress hopes to empower a generation

Anika Noni Rose, Disney’s first African American princess, talks to BlackEnterprise.com about why “The Princess…

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Review: Tiana Sparkles, but ‘The Princess and the Frog’ Dims Disney Legacy

Racism a vital theme missing from animated fantasy

There is a lot to love about Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog,” but in…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Best Holiday Gifts

Holiday gift ideas to brighten up your Christmas season with Robin Harmon Myers.

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Zipping Around Town

Zipcars a new convenient, affordable way to get around town.

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Secrets to reduce Work-related Stress

Apothecary products that will help the busy professional reduce stress using herbs, teas, and scents…

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Backtalk with Judith Jamison

Trailblazing choreographer discusses her barrier-breaking career

World renowned choreographer, dancer, and author Judith Jamison has broken many barriers in her career.…

By LaToya M. Smith

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West African Treats

Former footballer Amos Zereou scores a culinary victory

After a seven-year career as an NFL running back, Amos Zereoué finds running his West…

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Quality Leather Shoes

We review what to look for when picking out a pair of high-quality, leather shoes.

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Personal Pet Care

Super Shmuttle Pet Service company, takes care of dogs for the busy executive on the…

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Fine Creole Taste

An old-fashion New Orleans culinary tour with Creole to Soul.

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Backtalk with Wendy Williams

Radio Hall of Fame inductee and best-selling author takes a stand against youth violence

Radio personality Wendy Williams talked to black enterprise about her passion to reduce youth violence…

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Backtalk with Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker

Actors share how their daughter's spina bifida changed their lives

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker share how their daughter’s condition has changed their lives,…

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Tribute to a Titan of Public Service

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy carried the torch of social justice for all Americans

During a legislative career spanning five decades, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was a powerful, often…

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A New Century, a New NAACP?

Jealous seeks to build a movement for people of all colors

Benjamin Todd Jealous Gov. David A. Paterson opened the first plenary ceremony of the NAACP’s…

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Is the NAACP Relevant? It’s Up to You

Vast legacy continues as organization tackles today's issues

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Darryl Strawberry Opens Up

Baseball legend discusses overcoming depression

Last week I had the opportunity to attend 1050 ESPN Radio’s “Lunch with a…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Be Financially Fit!

Retirement planning is not just for the wealthy, says author Aaron W. Smith.

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Backtalk with James Pickens Jr.

Acclaimed actor and star of Grey's Anatomy shares his passion for cattle roping

Perhaps best known as Chief of Surgery Richard Webber from ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy,…

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The Pipeline Crisis for Black Boys and Early Education

Organization hopes to show that teaming up with private industry is in the public good

Charles J. Ogletree and Deborah C. Wright talk before the Pipeline Crisis/Winning Strategies luncheon.Early childhood…

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100 Black Men Press Education Secretary for More HBCU Funding

Attendees at annual meeting express concern for the state of black colleges

Education was front and center at the 100 Black Men of America Inc.’s annual conference…

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You Can Still Get a Mortgage

Tips on financing in a tight credit market

Bankers, brokers, and swindlers aren’t the only ones to blame for the subprime mortgage mess.…

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Reinventing your Image

Tips to make the right first impression with Kimberly Grant of Cheeks Boutique.

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August Wilson Revival Raises Diversity Issues

Theater under fire because of director's race

August Wilson was the most prolific black playwright ever to conquer American theater. A…

By George Alexander

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Backtalk with Jill Scott

Grammy award-winning singer and actress reveals her entrepreneurial spirit

Grammy award-winning singer, actress, poet, author, and philanthropist Jill Scott is perhaps best known for…

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Green Home Guide

We offers tips to create a Green Home with Robin Wilson of Robin Wilson Home.

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America’s Call To Service

Obama's vision of willingness inspires me to volunteer again.

I believe we all, in our small ways, have the power to impact others around…

By Annya M. Lott

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The Cutting Edge: Money Books for Young Adults

The hardest part about being young and figuring out your finances is finding the right…

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Book Review: The Best Teacher Is Other People’s Experience

"My Biggest Mistake ..." is a must-read for smart aspiring�and repentant established�entrepreneurs

Smart aspiring entrepreneurs—and new business owners who’ve taken their lumps and are willing to change…

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Black Is Not Always in Fashion

Michelle Obama's fashion choices reopens discussion on the lack of diversity in modeling

Since everything in fashion comes into style again, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised that more…

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Can Mara Brock Akil Change The Game?

Producer and cast of network TV's only black show campaign for expansion to a one-hour time slot

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Against the backdrop of The CW Television Network’s plans to abandon the half-hour…

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Luxury Green Vehicles Raising the Bar

Theyre not the compact cars youre used to

With car and truck sales hitting the skids, dropping 37% in March, automakers, are ramping…

By Renita Burns

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You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread: The Absolutely True Adventures of Best Friends in Business

The following is an excerpt of You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread:…

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You Buy the Peanut Butter, I’ll Get the Bread

Book gives insight on how to build a business with a friend

On the surface, Kristen Poe Hill and Renee E. Warren appear to be super successful…

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Taking a Page From Obama’s Book

The authors of Barack 2.0 show how you can use his winning social media plan to grow your business

In January 2007, a junior senator from Illinois announced his improbable candidacy for the presidency…

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Barack 2.0: Barack Obama’s Social Media Lessons for Business

The tools and principles included in this workbook can help you win friends and influence millions

This book and its accompanying interactive online companion addendum make up the definitive reference on…

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Backtalk with Leah Chase

'Queen of Creole Cuisine' discusses importance of rebuilding

Chef Leah Chase is credited within the culinary world as bringing Creole cuisine—a blend of…

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Tips to a Wedding on a Budget

Great tips to a beautiful wedding on a budget, with Andre’ Wells of Events by…

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Pullman Porters: Ambassadors of Railroad’s Golden Era

Distinguished black men made train travel a classy affair

Pullman porters, who wore dignified uniforms, traveled cross country, and met celebrities and dignitaries, seemed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Warmed-over Myths of Black Wealth

Newsflash from CNBC's NEWBOs: If you're black and can't rap or play ball, forget about making it in America.

It’s 2009 and a black man is President of the United States of America. So…

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Duke Ellington Honored on D.C. Quarter

Jazz great depicted on U.S. coin

Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington has done something that no other African American has ever done.…

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Post Issues ‘Apology’ Over Racist Cartoon

The New York Post did something it rarely does. The paper apologized for running Sean…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Disney Unveils Its First Black Princess

Anika Noni Rose plays Tiana, a royal entrepreneur

Playing princess is something shared by little girls around the world. But until recently, the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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New Trend in Pod Fitness

Personal fitness trainer Jeanette Jenkins shows how the new trend of Pod Fitness helps busy…

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Top Blacks in Fashion

Tracy Reese: Passion, business acumen go hand-in-hand

For Fashion Week, Tracy Reese will present a collection described as “eclectic,” inspired by the…

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NAACP Celebrates 100 Years with Focus on Human Rights

Organization pushing for stimulus funds distribution to be monitored

As the NAACP embarks on its 100th anniversary, the organization and America stands on the…

By Renita Burns

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Russell L. Goings Keeps Us Coming Back

Epic poem gives unique voice to struggles of blacks

On Oct. 16, 1995, when scores of black men gathered on the lawn of the…

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Online Lesson Plans Make Black History Interactive

Teachers: Commemorate February with Web-ready resources

Black History Month holds special meaning for many Americans this year as the world watches…

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Women of Power

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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Women of Power: Pushing Past Fear To Make Your Next Career Move

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, attendees learn how to push past fears…

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