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‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada Gets Six-Figure Book and Film Deal

Series to be based on true accounts of life dating athletes

Evelyn Lozada, co-star of VH1’s hit reality series, Basketball Wives will launch fiction book series…

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In 1983 amateur boxer Dewey Bozella was accused and later convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. It took 26 years in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison before his name could be cleared. Now a free man, Bozella, 52, finally got the chance to live out his dream of being a professional fighter when he stepped into the ring on October 14 and went against 30-year-old fighter, Larry Hopkins, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Against all odds, Bozella not only finished the fight but won against an opponent 22 years his junior. The redeemed pugilist ended the evening saying, “Don’t ever give up.” In light of Bozella’s determination and story of redemption, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at seven notable figures that were able to find success despite carrying the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. —Amber McKynzie

7 Celebrities Who Changed Their Lives for the Better After Serving Time

While prison typically is a career killer, these former prisoners still managed to achieve their American dream

After serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit Dewey Bozella achieved his dream…

By Amber McKynzie

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Supermodel & Businesswoman Tyra Banks Becomes First Fashion Icon To Invest In TheHunt.com Through F

WATCH: Tyra Banks Talks ‘Modelland’ and Moving Beyond the Doubters

Tyra Banks adds best-selling author to her long list of accomplishments and talks about facing…

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Entrepreneurs Launch Next ‘Chapter’ in Web Programming

Chapter3.tv offers original online programming that breaks the broadcast television mold

The brainchild of Darralynn Hutson and Michael Negri Chapter3.tv is a revolutionary source of Web-based…

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Lalah Hathaway Discusses Breast Cancer Advocacy & Her Latest Project

The R&B artist sings the praises of her latest body of work and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Soul singer Lalah Hathaway has been a longtime advocate of breast cancer advocacy and her…

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Music Managers Chris Lighty & Blue Williams Make a Power Move

The successful music moguls join forces to launch a new full-service firm, Primary/Violator

After steering the careers of artists like 50 Cent and OutKast, among others, music moguls…

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Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  This year’s gathering was no different as a who’s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.


 
 

As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. —Anslem Samuel




 

Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

Hip-hop's biggest names got a chance to flip through the new coffee table book that documents their culture

A photo recap of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 that highlights various rap stars and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Actress Adepero Oduye (right) as "Alike" in director Dee Rees' "Pariah"

Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks ‘Pariah’ & National Coming Out Day

The filmmaker’s coming-of-age drama reflects some personal experiences and struggles coming into her sexuality

Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah, the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Two-time Emmy winner Katreese Barnes

SNL’s Former Musical Director Breaks Out on Her OWN

Two-time Emmy winner and cancer survivor Katreese Barnes serves as musical director for The Rosie Show

Winning two Emmy Awards for her Justin Timberlake sketches on Saturday Night Live, Katreese Barnes…

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Sugar Ray Leonard Talks ‘Real Steel’ Boxing Gig & Branding After Retirement

The boxing great gets his second wind as a hybrid entrepreneur training Hugh Jackman for latest role

Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel knocked out the competition at the box office but real-life boxer…

By Mia N. Hall

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DON’T FORGET TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

“Hit the film festival circuit,” LaMothe says flatly. A lot of filmmakers attract notoriety and investors by showcasing their projects at the various film fests that are held annually. You don’t have to attend them all but having a presence can be the springboard you need to get your work out there. “If you have something that resonates with people, and just stands out, it’ll get its attention,” he ads. “It’ll get its due, which of course will help you move forward with your next project.”

6 Things Not to Do When Making an Independent Film

Director Jerry LaMothe shares his personal don't for getting an indie film off the ground during a recession

Over the course of 11 years director/actor Jerry LaMothe has found success making films independently…

By Amber McKynzie

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

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Writer Nelson George Documents the Brooklyn Renaissance Movement

The noted scribe explores the cultural impact of his Brooklyn, NY neighborhood in new film

With Brooklyn Boheme, writer Nelson George documents the creative energy and public figures of note…

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

So huge, it comes with a matching backpack tote bag. But if you truly love hip hop, this tome is worth more than its weight in gold chains.

For those pressed for time, here’s the bottom line: If you love hip hop, I…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Nostalgia TV? Not Feeling the Love

The good old days of Mad Men, Pan Am and The Playboy Club all send a familiar message to Black actors: no positions available

I have zero interest, at least so far, in the new shows Pan Am, ABC’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Justin Bieber’s DJ Tay James: The Secret of My Success

The pop star’s personal tour DJ shares his top six money-earning moves to becoming a successful spin doctor

Graduating from Hampton University’s Business School, DJ Tay James followed his dreams and became Justin…

By Amy Andrieux

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Not Enough Black Models?: Taking Kanye West to Task after Fashion Line Debut

Writer says hip-hop star talks the racial equality talk but doesn't walk the walk

Critic explores the scarcity of black models on the runway during Kanye West’s Paris Fashion…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Backtalk with Antonio “L.A. Reid

Antonio “L.A.” Reid has stayed professionally in tune since the 1980s, when he was part…

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Backtalk with Quincy Jones

Renowned musician and producer Quincy Jones started his six-decade career as a trumpet player before…

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Join Robert Townsend at the Entrepreneurs Conference

Robert Townsend Steers Black Hollywood in New Direction

The Hollywood veteran discusses the future of African Americans in entertainment

With his new film, In the Hive, and web series, Diary of a Single Mom,…

By Malecia S. Walker

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