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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…

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Audra McDonald won best performance by a leading actress in a musical for “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess” at the 2012 Tony Awards (Image: Getty Images)

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…

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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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Abiola Abrams, the founder of AbiolaTV.com/Abiola's Passionista Playbook

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 CEO Tirrell Whittley and CMO Nick Nelson

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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Lovette "Luvvie" Ajayi, founder of Awesomely Luvvie

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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Wayne Bennett, founder of The Field Negro (Image: Shareif Ziyadat )

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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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…

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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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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…

By Gil Robertson

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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…

By Andrew Wadium

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Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd on Sparkle, Jordin Sparks & Success

From music videos to major films, the New York casting director has always had an eye for future stars

Sparkle casting director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd shares her techniques on grooming stars like Jordin Sparks,…

By Aliya Ewing

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Are Millennials Doing Enough for Our Community?

Calling out the youth for not upholding the standards set forth by the Civil Rights Movement

Community engagement blogger Ebonie Johnson Cooper puts millennials to task for their lack of social…

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RYAN LESLIE 	Harvard University 	BA, Government and Economics 	Class of ’98   Scoring a perfect score of 1600 on his SATs at the age of 15, Leslie went on to deliver Harvard’s “Harvard Oration” at his graduation ceremony when he was just 19 years old.  Joining Cambridge’s elite jazz group, The Krokodiloes, the child prodigy discovered his love for music. Since then he as written music and produced for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment, Donnell Jones, New Edition, Cheri Dennis and more.  Still recognizing the importance of education, Leslie recently hosted a “mini-music seminar” for Harvard’s Black Student Law Association in 2009 called “The Bizness Behind the Business.”

Ryan Leslie Directs Political Short for Congressional Candidate Taj Clayton

The gifted performer lends his creative vision and support to his Harvard classmate's political aspirations

Singer/producer Ryan Leslie adds director to his resume with a powerful campaign short for Congressional…

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When it comes to luxury vehicles, Rolls-Royce ranks among the most notable. From billionaire businessmen (and women) to royalty, the high-end automaker is the mode of transportation for the wealthy. While their fleet of cars comes off the lot with an already hefty price tag, owners have been known to up the ante with customization and bonus amenities that add a considerable amount of zeros to sticker price. Here are 15 of the most expensive Rolls-Royce cars in the world.

15 Most Expensive Rolls-Royce Cars in the World

Rare and customized models from the luxury automaker

From the Phantom to the Ghost, Rolls-Royce has created some luxurious vehicles over the years…

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Last night ABC premiered its new dramatic series, Scandal, which stars Kerry Washington as crisis management specialist Olivia Pope. The character is based on the career of real-life lawyer Judy Smith. The former deputy press secretary for President George H. W. Bush and author of Good Self, Bad Self: Transforming Your Worst Qualities into Your Best Assets now heads her own DC-based crisis management and public relations firm, Smith and Company. As the go-to woman for high profile celebrity/political scandal, Smith has had a hand in making big problems go away. Here are a few of her most notable cases.

Judy Smith’s 5 Biggest Scandal Resolutions

The inspiration for ABC's Scandal has had her hand in cleaning up memorable political and PR nightmares

ABC’s Scandal stars Kerry Washington as a savvy lawyer adept at clearing her high profile…

By Anslem Samuel

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Mario Van Peebles Captures Youth Culture With ‘We the Party’

The respected director celebrates Generation Y and passes the acting torch to his son

Legendary director Mario Van Peebles releases We the Party, a film geared towards depicting the…

By Starrene Rhett

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‘Red Tails’ Lands on ‘Our World with Black Enterprise’ Television Show

Catch the all-new episode of 'Our World with Black Enterprise' in its new TV ONE time slot, every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST

The cast of Red Tails appears on the all-new episode of ‘Our World with Black…

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WATCH: Gospel Duo Mary Mary Talk Motherhood and Music Industry Success

With the debut of their new reality television show, Erica and Tina Campbell discuss balancing a successful career with family life

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to “Mary Mary” stars Erica and Tina Campbell about their self-titled reality show…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Driving While Black: Welcome to the Club, Tyler Perry

Even if you’re as rich as Tyler Perry, chances are you will be racially profiled

Movie mogul Tyler Perry recently became the victim of racial profiling as Atlanta police pulled…

By Anslem Samuel

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Picture Perfect

Hanging out with her cousin, singer Grace Jones, at a photo shoot in 2001, Jacqueline…

By Sonia Alleyne

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WATCH: David Banner on Trayvon Martin Shooting Death

The passionate performer expresses his views on the senseless death of another young Black man

Rapper/producer David Banner shares his passionate perspective on the life and death of Trayvon Martin…

By Anslem Samuel

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Free!! Receive a Copy of ‘Satan’s Sisters’ by Star Jones

Receive a copy of Star Jones's first novel, 'Satan's Sisters' from BlackEnterprise.com

Receive a copy of Star Jones’s first novel, ‘Satan’s Sisters’ from BlackEnterprise.com

By Sasha King

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Jalen Rose Dedicates Himself to Educating Detroit’s Children

The former NBA player partners with Jeep to provide a safe haven for Detroit's next generation

Through a partnership with Jeep, former NBA player Jalen Rose gives back to the children…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn Explain ‘Life, Love, Soul’

Stars of the indie film share their personal connection to script and advice for expectant mothers on the job

Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn dish on Life, Love, Soul, an indie film on…

By Starrene Rhett

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WATCH: Epic Records’ Astro on Life After X-Factor & Being Black History in the Making

The teen phenom explains his rise in fame and plans for the future

X-Factor’s Astro speaks on his relationship with L.A. Reid, debut album on Epic Records, appreciation…

By Anslem Samuel

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Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Cooks up Success as a Media Maven

The Chew's top chef dishes on how she turned a passion for food into a business and brand

After making a name on Top Chef, Carla Hall landed her own show, The Chew,…

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Cash Money Records Co-CEO Bryan "Birdman" Williams And Bravado Launch Two Unique Apparel Brands At Agenda: Rich Gang & YMCMB With Lil Wayne

Bryan “Birdman” Williams Talks Music, Literacy & Business

The Cash Money Records CEO reveals how his passion for reading birthed his latest venture, Cash Money Content

With the launch of Cash Money Content, Bryan “Birdman” Williams adds on to his multimillion…

By Amber McKynzie

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Hooray for Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of the Nigerian Film Industry

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the largest film industries in the world: Nigeria

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the…

By Tomika Anderson

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This vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train Black fighter pilots during World War II.

Memorabilia From National Museum of African American History & Culture

From Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book to Muhammad Ali's headgear, you can connect with all aspects of black cultural

In preparation for the 2015 opening of the National Museum of African American History &…

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New Museum Ensures Black History is Part of the American Story

Black Enterprise is on hand for the groundbreaking of a new museum dedicated to African American history and culture

Barack Obama, Calvin Butts and others take part in groundbreaking for National Museum of African…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A packed house of A-list celebrities, studio executives and industry tastemakers came out to celebrate the AAFCA Awards. Produced by the African American Film Critics Association, the invitation only, red carpet took place at PIPS Restaurant (renamed the AAFCA Playhouse) in Los Angeles. Hosted by noted entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier, (of CBS's The Insider) the event featured awards handed out in categories that included: Best Actor, Actress, Director and Best Film, among others. AAFCA Special Achievement Awards were also presented to iconic actors Richard Roundtree, Hattie Winston, legendary producer George Lucas and entertainment giant Sony Pictures Entertainment.---Gil Robertson 

Pictured here: Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and the legendary Richard Roundtree

Black Hollywood Comes Out to Support the African American Critics Awards

Black Hollywood comes out to support African-American leaders in the entertainment and film industry

Black Hollywood comes out to support and honor African-American leaders in the entertainment and film…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on New Role as US Global Cultural Ambassador

The NBA Hall of Famer makes transition into politics as US liaison for people-to-people diplomacy abroad

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks on his historic role in government and his…

By Mia N. Hall

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Basketball Wives’ Royce Reed Creates Her Own Reality on Stage

The reality star rebrands herself with budding acting career and series of youth-centered books

Using her notoriety from reality TV, the budding businesswoman breaks into acting with Platanos &…

By Amber McKynzie

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Whenever most people think about the Academy Awards, it’s the actors, actresses and directors that often come to mind first. (Congratulations to Octavia Spencer on joining the short list of African American Oscar winners during the 84th Annual Academy Awards.) However, there are dozens of other categories that highlight the hard work of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes players. For instance, the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score feature several African American winners. Here are seven oftentimes forgotten names from the world of music on the list of African American winners. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: The Black Winners Who Often Get Overlooked

African American Academy Award winners in the category of Original Score

While Academy Award winning actors & directors of color get most of the fanfare, there…

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This Sunday, February 26, 2012, the 84th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood, gathering together all of the film industry’s biggest names. While Eddie Murphy, who backed out on hosting duties, might be absent, there will be a plethora of African American actors and actresses both as attendees and nominees. Namely, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both earned nods for their exceptional work in The Help. Given that both women are favored to take home a golden statuette (only time will tell), BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial impact of an Oscar win by looking back at the select few African Americans performers who have struck gold on Hollywood’s biggest night. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

An examination of the dozen African American thespians who excelled in their craft on Hollywood's biggest night

With The Help’s Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer up for Oscars at the 84th Academy…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Decoding Dwight Howard’s Impact On Orlando’s Economy

What will happen if Superman abandons his metropolis?

With NBA All-Star Weekend happening in Orlando all eyes are on Dwight Howard who requested…

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Mardi Gras is more than just a party for local businesses in the city of New Orleans. Last year, the economic value of the carnival season contributed a total of $300.7 million to the city’s economy. Tourism, which brings in more than eight million visitors per year, creates a lot of revenue for local businesses. In fact, it has sustained 74,000 jobs and generated $5 billion annually for the local economy. Mardi Gras is one of the few events that has revived New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which displaced thousands of Louisiana natives. The two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday are the most lucrative for New Orleans business owners. Most hotels are booked, from the French Quarter to miles away near the Armstrong International Airport. King cakes, a New Orleans staple, are only sold around the carnival season and tourists and locals alike roam the city to find the best. While everyone’s letting the good times roll, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes how local businesses watch the money roll in. —Kamaria Gboro

Mardi Gras Decoded: Breaking Down the Big Easy’s Business Boom

Fat Tuesday hits New Orleans and so does a boost to the local economy

When Mardi Gras hits New Orleans so does an influx of revenue for local businesses…

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7th Annual Women of Power Summit Snapshots

See how our 2012 WPS attendees are spending their conference days

Black Enterprise’s 7th Annual Women of Power Summit is in full effect. See photos from…

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Preview Our World: ‘Straw Dogs’ Star Laz Alonso

Also: a discussion of a double-standard in media coverage of Barack Obama, and a profile of R&B legend Dionne Warwick

On this week’s edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, with host Marc Lamont Hill,…

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8 Things You Never Knew About Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

Honest revelations about life and business from the beauty brand creator

Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price reveals eight random yet informative facts about her business and…

By Caroline Clarke

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As professional women from across the country gather for Black Enterprise's 7th Annual Women of Power Summit, lyricists gear up to showcase their talents in this year's poetry jam. The poets will use words to uplift and inspire, culminating the first day of networking and entertainment for attendees. Here's a look at the wordsmiths who will be performing.

Women of Power Summit Kicks Off with Poetry Jam

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

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WATCH: The Grammys Decoded: Artists Discuss the Impact of a Win

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas and more reveal the pros of being at music's biggest night

Artists ranging from Mary J. Blige to the Black Eyed Peas discuss the lasting impact…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Future of Black History: Film Director Ava DuVernay

The bold entrepreneur goes from film publicist to the first black woman to win the Best Director award at the Sundance film festival

Ava DuVernay, former publicist and Sundance’s first-black-woman-award-winning director, chats new horizons in Hollywood

By Gil Robertson

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WATCH: Mc Lyte, Keisha Knight Pulliam & Others Remember Whitney Houston

Industry insiders mourn the loss of the music icon during the 2012 Grammy Awards

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s passing, MC Lyte, Keisha Knight Pulliam and others reflect…

By Anslem Samuel

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Take a Look at ‘Slavery By Another Name’

A few snapshots from the gripping new documentary that explores the evolution of slavery to prison

Visual highlights from director Sam Pollard’s gripping documentary Slavery By Another Name, based on Doug…

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Director Sam Pollard Discusses ‘Slavery By Another Name’

Spike Lee collaborator explores the parallels between slavery and the industrial prison complex in new documentary

Longtime Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard delivers Slavery By Another Name, a powerful documentary covering…

By Brett Johnson

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Iconic Singer Whitney Houston Found Dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel

On the eve of music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards, the music industry loses one of its icons: Whitney Houston

On the eve of music’s biggest night—The Grammy Awards—the entertainment industry mourns the shocking loss…

By Elayne Fluker

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2012 Grammys Decoded: Predictions on Music’s Big Night

L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy makes his picks for who will bring home a trophy

The Grammys are a celebration of the music industry’s best, L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy…

By Joel Lyons

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Unfulfilled by his advertising job, Andre Woolery found refuge in his creative energies as a visual artist. Rather than just relying on paint, the New Jersey resident created one-of-a-kind murals of public figures like Barack Obama, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, and Kanye West among others completely of colored thumbtacks. As a preview to Woolery's first solo exhibition this February 23rd at Frontrunner Gallery in New York, here is a photo gallery of some of his most notable pieces. Click here to read Woolery's full story and follow him on Twitter @undre2g for all updates on his art and upcoming shows.

Artist Andre Woolery’s One-Of-A-Kind Thumbtack Portraits

The former ad man immortalizes Barack Obama and Jay-Z using thumbtacks as his creative base

Artist Andre Woolery creates detailed portraits of public figures like Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Kanye West…

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FREE! Alvin Ailey Extension Classes

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just kicked off their 2012 US Tour, which will…

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Icon Dionne Warwick Talks Reality TV, Songwriting, and Protecting Her Legacy

Award-winning composer releasing new album, expanding audience

Dionne Warwick, a Black Enterprise Legacy Award winner, has seen more than 50 years of…

By Tomika Anderson

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Actor De’aundre Bonds Gets Career on Track After 10 Years in Prison

'The Wood' star details what role God played in his road to redemption

De’aundre Bonds’ Hollywood dreams were deferred by a 10-year prison sentence but The Wood star…

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Preview Our World: Wendy Raquel Robinson Hips Us To “The Game”

Also: Discussion with Jeff Johnson, Kim Coles and Chris Spencer; profile of former top model and inspirational school teacher Rashid Silvera.

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, with host Marc Lamont Hill: Actor Wendy…

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WATCH: Women of Power (and the Young Men Who Are ‘Committed’ to Them!)

See video of singing group Committed, who are headed to the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Orlando Florida.

See video of singing group Committed, who are headed to the Black Enterprise Women of…

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David Banner’s Critical Review of ‘Red Tails’

The opinionated entertainer shares his thoughts on the film and it’s lasting impact on Black filmmaking

Rapper David Banner shares his official take on George Lucas’ Red Tails, analyzing the film’s…

By David Banner

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Why ‘Red Tails’ Will Make Us Soar

More than just a movie, Red Tails signifies a mass movement of empowerment for African Americans

George Lucas’ Red Tails does not just highlight the struggles of the Tuskegee Airmen but…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Actor Michael Ealy is More than Just Eye Candy

The 'Think Like a Man' star talks diversity of roles—from 'Underworld' to 'Unconditional'

Diversifying his roles with Underworld Awakening & Think Like a Man, actor Michael Ealy moves…

By Tomika Anderson

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Expand Your Vocabulary by Reading the Dictionary

The latest Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a slew of new words that once weren't

From slang to legitimate additions to the English language, the latest Merriam-Webster dictionary provides a…

By Caroline Clarke

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Michelle Obama's style influence has been undeniable, with women around the world taking notice. Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor is one of those women, inspired by the First Lady's eloquence and contemporary fashion flair to write Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books; $26.99). Here are five winter apparel essentials for every working woman's closet, so you can channel the First Lady's style savvy and make it your own. ---Janell Hazelwood

Happy Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama

We celebrate her special day by highlighting her international influence

First Lady Michelle Obama has served as not only a history-making icon but her inspiration…

By Janell Hazelwood

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

By Janell Hazelwood

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A 35th Anniversary Tribute to the Landmark ‘Roots’ Miniseries

This history-making television event breathed credibility into the idea that I could, indeed, do and be anything I wanted to.

While the miniseries’ place in the firmament of American television history is firmly established, the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Besides juicy tell-alls and gaudy fairy tale weddings, tabloids are always hungry for a celebrity newborn’s first photo opp… and they’re willing to pay up for a plate. However, unlike Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who received a $4.1 million check from People in exchange for exclusive pics of their first biological daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, couples of color are rarely seduced by the media for six-figure (or more) shots of their tot. That could soon change however with the arrival of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s bundle of glory, Blue Ivy.

Although it’s unlikely that the ultra private couple (who have yet to even disclose a wedding photo) will pen a publication deal, many are speculating that the first snaps of their baby girl could pull anywhere from $3 million to $4 million. While we wait for the proud parents to ponder their decision, here’s a look at the few black and brown offspring that brought in big dollar signs before even uttering their first word.—Tracy Garraud

The 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Baby Pics Of Color

From Mariah and Nick to J Lo and Marc Anthony–how much cash are these celebs…

By Tracy Garraud

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Jay Z Proclaims the ‘Glory’ of Fatherhood!

Will Jay Z's song for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddies to quit singing the blues and assume their rightful place?

Will Jay Z’s “Glory” for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddy’s to quit singing the blues…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

The Joyful Noise star shares life lessons she picked up from the successful businesswoman

Singer/actress Keke Palmer stars alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise and shares the career lessons…

By Starrene Rhett

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How I Did It: Celebrity Event Planner Diann Valentine’s Business of Love

Events entrepreneur turned passion for amour into lucrative ventures

Events entrepreneur’s dream of mixing love and business evolves into lucrative venture that includes publishing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

With both the 2011-2012 NBA and NFL seasons underway after last year’s lockouts it’s become painfully…

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Before joining Power 105’s Breakfast Club morning show, New York radio personality Angela Yee held down several positions in the music and fashion industries. Despite her current success on-air, the media maven learned from past money mistakes and keeps her pockets lined with multiple streams of income. “I’m fortunate because a lot of things I do on the side are all things that support my career,” she says. “I encourage people to do things on the side even if you’re not going to make a lot of money from it if it something that is beneficial to you and will help you in the long run with your career.” Yee shares her various celebrity hustles with BlackEnterprise.com. —Janee Bolden

Radio Personality Angela Yee’s Celebrity Side Hustles

It pays to keep your options open to profitable opportunities

Power 105 radio personality Angela Yee doesn’t rely on one stream of income to pay…

By Anslem Samuel

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Why Your Support of ‘Red Tails’ is Important for Black Hollywood

Ask any black filmmaker and they’ll tell you that getting black films made and subsequently…

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WATCH: Tristan Wilds on George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ & Earning Respect

The young actor earns his stripes in Tuskegee Airmen film, which highlights the war heroes' historical impact

90210 star Tristan Wilds shares his experiences working with Star Wars creator George Lucas on…

By Anslem Samuel

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Salim & Mara Brock Akil on ‘The Game’ & ‘Sparkle’ Remake

The power couple reveal how they create success in career and their marriage

On the eve of the season 5 premiere of BET’s The Game, producers Salim &…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Cheyenne Woods: More Than Tiger Woods’ Niece

The female golf phenom carves out her own lane on the green

Stepping out of Tiger Woods’ shadow, the golf greats’ niece Cheyenne Woods makes a name…

By Mia N. Hall

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Photographer Celebrates Women Scribes with New Art Exhibit

Laylah Barrayn highlights several female writers in her one-woman art exhibit, Her Word as Witness

Inspired by great female writers, photographer Laylah Barrayn pays homage to her idols with Her…

By Starrene Rhett

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Her Word as Witness: Photos From the Female Writers Exhibit

Visual outtakes from the one-woman tribute to this generation's female scribes of color

Photos from Laylah Barrayn visual tribute to female writers of color, Her Word as Witness,…

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Playwright Katori Hall Celebrates MLK’s Legacy with ‘The Mountaintop’

The Mountaintop playwright explains the real story behind why she re-imagined MLK's last day

The Mountaintop’s Katori Hall opens up about the true story behind her fictional account of…

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WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

The hip-hop pioneer and star of NCIS: Los Angeles opens up about the evolution of…

By Anslem Samuel

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Preview Our World: Activist & Scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis

Host Marc Lamont Hill visits with the Civil Rights and feminist legend for a candid and insightful look at her life, work and impact on America

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

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Can Charity Exist in a World of Excess?

Tis’ the season of giving but when is enough…enough?

Despite being in the grips of a recession and troubled economy, some still find ways…

By Caroline Clarke

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David Banner’s New Year’s Resolutions for the Black Community in 2012

The outspoken entertainer offers up three key lessons for Black America in the New Year

Heading into 2012 outspoken rapper David Banner offers up three lessons and goals for the…

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Before the NBA lockout ended, SportsNetworker compiled a list of the “Top 10 Sports Business Professionals To Follow On Twitter,” highlighting individuals at major sports entities who will keep their followers abreast of the latest industry news. The list was diverse in that it included both men and women, however, none of the candidates were of color. Since the 2012 NBA season tipped off on Christmas Day, BlackEnterprise.com decided to compile a select list of Black professionals from sports media, marketing, public, and community relations that may have been overlooked. If you’re a basketball fan looking to keep your ear to the tweets, here are 10 sports business professionals of color to follow on Twitter. —Mia Hall

10 Sports Business Professionals (of Color) to Follow on Twitter

The NBA lockout is over and the season's started but here's how to stay on top of what's going on

With the 2012 NBA season underway there are specific sports business leaders you need to…

By Mia N. Hall

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They’re easy to gift-wrap. They’re never the wrong size. They fit every budget, both large and small. And you can shop for them without ever leaving the house and ship them almost anywhere in the world. Books are the perfect holiday gift. All you have to do is pick the right book for the right person. Here are some great titles for your last-minute holiday shopping, along with hints as to which individual in your life might appreciate seeing them under their tree on Christmas morning. —Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.

12 Books That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

A holiday gift guide for the book-lover in your life

Last-minute holiday shoppers can always win points with a great read from this holiday gift…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Preview Our World: Gospel Stars Mary Mary

Also: the state of independent film and Black filmmakers

Host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with Mary Mary, then discusses the state of Black…

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‘Stick Fly’ Playwright Lydia Diamond On Race And Class

The noted playwright explores what it's like to be rich, Black, and in love in her latest work

The talented playwright reveals secrets on Martha’s Vineyard with her play Stick Fly, which is…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Frustrated Painter Leaves Corporate America to Pursue Art Full-time

James Shields traded in his stuffy desk job for a more fulfilling career as an artist

With his Hip-Hop Coloring Book, James Shields not only followed his dreams but educates kids…

By Jenisha Watts

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Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Blazes a New Trail and Re-Imagines ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright took on the challenge of adapting a folk classic for a contemporary black audience

Suzan-Lori Parks boldly takes on George and Ira Gershwins classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.’

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ms. Robbie’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ Restaurant Hits the Spot on Oprah Winfrey Network

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records with her OWN reality show

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records…

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Actor Coby Bell Puts Family Before Fame

With two sets of twins and a pair of hit shows, the television star is on double duty

BET’s The Game star Coby Bell gives insight into addition of singer Brandy for the…

By Amber McKynzie

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Jason Geter, the Brains Behind T.I.’s Brand Hustle

T.I.’s business partner and manager explains how he brings order to the King's court while carving out his own career path

In addition to being T.I.’s business partner and manager, Jason Geter keeps his plate full…

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Tamala Jones Advocates Adoption & Helping Kids in Need

The star of ABC's Castle shares her passion for helping children in need

Actress Tamala Jones speaks on her work within the foster care system and what it…

By Amber McKynzie

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Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

The entertainer's 10-year-old reinforces the idea that education can be fun with Karma's World

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into business with his 10-year-old daughter Karma with Karma’s World an…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Business of Broadway

Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway

This current season may be historic because three African American female playwrights—out of six shows…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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WIN! Free Copy of Modelland by Tyra Banks

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of 'Modelland!'

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of ‘Modelland!’

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

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Nicki Minaj Becomes a True Barbie

The rapper/actress proves that she is clearly not playing when it comes to establishig herself as a major brand

Mattell announces Nicki Minaj Barbie doll as the rapper/actress proves that she is clearly determined…

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Pop/R&B superstar Ne-Yo

Preview Our World: Catching Up With Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo

Also, a discussion about the alarming rise in bullying among high school students.

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

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Hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes adds his name to the list of signees.

WATCH: Busta Rhymes Recalls His Defining Moment

Inspired by Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the veteran entertainer takes a trip down memory lane

Recently signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, Busta Rhymes recalls cutting his trademark locs with…

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Backtalk with Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend broke into acting more than 30 years ago, but branched into writing, directing,…

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Taking Center Stage

In addition to being the new senior multimedia content producer and a longtime member of…

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Egypt Sherrod’s Give Back Tour Helps Families in Need

The media personality uses her talents to expand her philanthropic goals

Media personality Egypt Sherrod returns with second annual Egypt’s Give Back Tour, providing coats and…

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Preview Our World: Back on Track With Marion Jones

Also: African Americans and the criminal justice system

Former track star Marion Jones finds a career makeover in the WNBA as she shares…

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Tasha Smith: For Better or Worse

The star of Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' series confronts those "angry black woman" accusations

Tasha Smith, the star of Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better or For Worse’ series, confronts the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Win! Alvin Ailey’s New York City Center Season Tickets

See how you can win a pair of tickets to the December 14th performance

Be one of three to win a pair of tickets to the December 14th New…

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Yours truly, Caroline Clarke, posing for graduation memories

3 Reasons to Attend/Avoid Your Next Class Reunion

Revisiting the most awkward period of your life can be, well... awkward

Class reunions always cause anxiety. Who you were, what you’ve done and where you’re going…

By Caroline Clarke

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Common: On Life and Love Lessons from Serena Williams and Erykah Badu

Award-winning Chi-town rapper and bestselling author opens up about past lessons and a future that includes marriage and a family

Common, award-winning rapper and bestselling author, opens up about his new book and love lessons…

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WATCH: Heavy D’s Final Interview on Music, Death & A Cultural Odyssey

Exclusive video interview with the rap star a few short months before his sudden death

In his final interview rap legend Heavy D speaks on the business of hip-hop, his…

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Michael Jordan Motorsports on the Track to Success

Jordan’s VP of Corporate Relations shares the team's winning strategy in business and on the track

Serving as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for Michael Jordan Motorsports, Kreig Robinson made…

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

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WIN! ‘Push Has Come To Shove’ by Dr. Steve Perry

Enter to win a FREE copy of Push Has Come To Shove!

Enter to win a FREE copy of Push Has Come To Shove!

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

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Women of Power

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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