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Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, <strong>Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter</strong>. The rapper-turned-businessman…

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

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

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

<strong>Russell Simmons</strong> is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Super-Rich-Guide-Having-All/dp/0142428329"…

By Caroline Clarke

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All Hail the King–Regina King

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

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

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Earl Butch Graves and Ne-Yo

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

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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Music Mogul Ted Lucas Helps Haiti Get “Better”

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

Shaunie O’Neal at the Top of Her Game

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Ludacris Expands Brand Into Headphone Market

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

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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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

5 Mistakes Millionaire Entrepreneurs Make

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

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

By Alan Hughes

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

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: El DeBarge Shares Hard Lessons from the Music Industry

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

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

The <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/04/follow-black-enterprise-at-the-consumer-electronics-show/"><strong>2011 Consumer Electronics Show</strong></a> is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor…

By Anslem Samuel

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

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

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

<strong>GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH:</strong> More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Week on Our World: Hollywood Star Blair Underwood

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

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

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

4/11: Leaders of the New School

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

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: 5 Things El DeBarge Wishes He Knew Then…

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

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

By Janel Martinez

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Oprah Gets Her OWN

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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Backtalk with Laila Ali

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Week on Our World: Best-selling Author Terry McMillan

Also: roundtable discussion on Blacks in new media; gospel star Yolanda Adams takes on hypertension.

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Reveals His Passion for Painting & Photography

The mega producer adds visual artist to his ever-expanding resume and explains his latest form of expression

Not only is mega producer-come-NYU professor Swizz Beatz an avid art collector of painters such…

By Anslem Samuel

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Actor Jamie Hector Moves Mountains for a Good Cause

The former Wire actor uses the arts to combat cyber-bullying & help kids achieve their dreams

On-screen Jamie Hector is known for playing heartless bad guys—most notably the role of Marlo…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes It a Night to Remember

We caught up with the singer at the listening party for his new album, Best Night of My Life

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with the actor turned R&B crooner, Jaime Foxx,…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Pays Homage to Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat

The mega-producer looks to celebrate the artist in all of us with his upcoming campaign with Reebok.

Yesterday (December 22) would have been famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 50th birthday. Since his death…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz On the Beauty of Investing in Art

The mega-producer shares the do's and don'ts of making wise art purchases

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with music and art connoisseur Swizz Beatz while the mega producer-come-NYU professor…

By Anslem Samuel

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Jill Scott and Karen Taylor Bass

WATCH: Brand New You with Jill Scott and Karen Taylor Bass

Scott talks with our host about the importance of busy moms making time for self

In our new video series, Brand New You, our host Karen Taylor Bass (founder of…

By Elayne Fluker

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Mooz-lum to Address Muslim-American Identity Post-9/11

Actors Nia Long and Evan Ross tackle anti-Islam sentiments in award-winning project

Nia's long overdue return to the silver screen
Although it’s been more than nine years…

By Anslem Samuel

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

Is 50 Cent the Next Ice Cube?

After stirring the hip-hop pot, 50 Cent is expanding his portfolio and making big bucks

The hip-hop mogul-to-be continues to change the game

By Anslem Samuel

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

To really appreciate the memoirs of Shawn Carter, don't just enjoy the art of the rapper, hear the story of the hustler

First, let’s get past the obvious: if you’re a true Jay Z fan (and when…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Conclusion

Trump has hired his newest apprentice. But we couldn't help but wonder: Is it time for business reality show to retire?

By now, it’s certainly no secret that Trump passed over Clint Robertson to hire Brandy…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Hip-hop artist M.C. Hammer is infamous for his financial fall from grace in the '90s, and his troubles followed him into a new decade. In 2009, he owed more than $671,000 in state and federal taxes.

10 Black Celebrities Who Have Had Their Share of Tax Woes

The IRS halts for no man--or star. See how some famous folks have (mis)handled their finances

Here are 10 black celebrities who felt the wrath of the IRS

By Janell Hazelwood

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POLL: Should 50 Cent Be a Role Model?

The music mogul speaks on his charity work and why his moves outside of music are worth following

For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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What You Can Learn From … Wesley Snipes’ Tax Evasion Blunder

Negligence and protest are NOT your friends when dealing with the IRS. In fact, they could get you three years in prison

As Wesley Snipes reports to prison today to serve a three-year sentence for tax evasion,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Exclusive: What Motivates 50 Cent to Get Rich or Die Tryin’?

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

“I’m from the bottom, so you got to find another excuse,” asserts Jackson, referring to…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

By Alan Hughes

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Part 1

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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Exclusive: 50 Cent Responds to Criticism Over Flaunting Money on Twitter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson talks his celebrity and trouble with tweets

50 puts his money where his mouth is
For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Human Intonation: Raising T Cells With T-Shirt Sales

Inspired by her own personal loss, Verneda White uses fashion to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in communities of color

Forget the boardroom or even the power lunch; the real great ideas are birthed in…

By Anslem Samuel

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5 Tips for Selling Anything to Anybody

Author gives advice on the best ways to close the deal and sell your product

Buying and selling has been the cornerstone of business since the earliest civilizations. Virtually every…

By Alan Hughes

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What You Can Learn from … Simmons Sisters’ Sweet Success

5 business lessons from sisterpreneurs Angela and Vanessa on building Pastry

Vanessa and Angela Simmons are building their own empire, with a foundation nurtured by their…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Tennis Star James Blake, Star Jones and Gayle King Come Out for a Cure

Stars talk about ways we can all get involved with causes that are close to our hearts

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with tennis champion James Blake, who invited friends…

By Elayne Fluker

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HIV/AIDS IS NOT THE END OF YOUR SOCIAL LIFE It is possible to have a relationship with someone who is infected. You just need to know what’s safe and how to protect yourself.

6 Misconceptions Young People Have about HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

By Tomika Anderson

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Obama’s AIDS Advisor on the Frontline for a Cure

In spite of medical developments, Phill Wilson of Black AIDS Institute says testing and awareness are our only true defense

Chin up, Black America, not all the news surrounding HIV/AIDS in the African American community…

By Tomika Anderson

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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…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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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…

By Anslem Samuel

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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

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

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…

By Anslem Samuel

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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…

By Elayne Fluker

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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

By Janell Hazelwood

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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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Brett Johnson

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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…

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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

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

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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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

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

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,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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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

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

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.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10BT-Ginuwine

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,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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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…

By Dale Coachman

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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…

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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…

By LaToya M. Smith

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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…

By John Simons

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

By Marcia A. Reed-Woodard

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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, …

By Dale Coachman

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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…

By LaToya M. Smith

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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…

By Renita Burns

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Backtalk with Gwen Ifill

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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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…

By Carla Harris

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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…

By Ed Gordon

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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…

By Renita Burns

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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

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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Women of Power

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Mellody Hobson and Judy Smith to Speak at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Leading female CEOs Mellody Hobson and Judy Smith will serves as keynote speakers at Black…

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10 African Women of Power

From global ambassadors to young international leaders, these 10 African women have truly showcased what…

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