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Cowan, McDuffie and BE's own Derek Dingle cover Black Enterprise's Nov. 94 issue

In Memoriam: Comic Book Pioneer and Champion of Diversity Dwayne McDuffie

Black Enterprise's Derek Dingle pays homage to fallen friend, business partner who broke ground with multicultural characters

The worlds of comic books, animation and entertainment have lost a true giant this week:…

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You can never go wrong with vintage (Source: Thinkstock)

WATCH: The High Life – Shopping for Rare Vintage

Looking for a unique investment piece for your next black-tie affair? Go vintage with style!

Looking for a unique investment piece for your next black-tie affair? Go vintage with style!

By Elayne Fluker

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Love & Money: Are You Legally Responsible for Your Stepchildren?

You might be surprised about what you can and cant do.

If you’ve gotten married recently and your new love has kids, congratulations—you’re a step parent!…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Women of Power: Dr. Hilda Hutcherson Talks Healthy Sex and the Working Woman

How knowing and loving your body can help your career and financial success

Dr. Hilda Hutcherson, author, sexual health and women’s empowerment advocate, talks about why healthy sex…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Getting Started: Launching Your Own Jewelry Line

Allyson Leak struck gold when her jewelry adorned celebs like Alicia Keys. Here, the young designer talks shop about her craft

Allyson Leak goes to work in her studio (Image: Courtesy of subject)
As Fashion Week heads…

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5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When You Come into New Money

Music producer Chuck Harmony shares advice on how to handle success the fiscally smart way

Over the years, producer <strong>Chuck Harmony</strong> has worked with everyone from <strong>Celine Dion</strong> (“I Got…

By Anslem Samuel

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Natural Hair and Professionalism. An oxymoron?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

Is it possible to reach the C-suite without straight hair?

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Talks Farrakhan, Success, and ‘Super Rich’

Hip-hop entrepreneur calls NOI leader his 'second father'

Music entrepreneur Russell Simmons talks to The Root about his success and how Louis Farrakhan…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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14 Black Game-Changers Who Started As Rhodes Scholars

Prestigious fellowship helped spark success of exemplary doctors, authors, professionals

The Atlanta Post highlights achievements of exemplary African American Rhodes Scholars.

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Lexus goes hybrid with the 2011 CT200 (Source: Press)

Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That

Despite the President's push to get more electric cars on the roads, many in the Black community remain resistant to change

In President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, he called on the car industry…

By Jeff Fortson

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

By Janel Martinez

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Ntozake Shange on Embracing YOUR Power

The Legacy Award honoree shares her journey to becoming a Woman of Power

Long before filmmaker Tyler Perry turned her most famous work For Colored Girls Who Have…

By Tomika Anderson

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy Opens Up about Love, Marriage and Money

The 'Single Ladies' star on lessons learned and how to move forward after a tough divorce

After what was a highly-publicized and drama filled divorce, actress and former First Lady of…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Buyer’s Guide: Buick Reintroduces An American Car with European Flair

Off the market for a few years, the Regal returns with a few changes and more bang for your buck

Regal makes a strong comeback for 2011 (Source: GM)
2011 BUICK REGAL CXL

MSRP: $29,785 (Base Regal…

By Jeff Fortson

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I started my first company, Buzz Marketing Group, when I was just 16. So I definitely have some experience being a teenpreneur. I was so lucky and fortunate to start my business at that age, and to continue to have it grow and be successful all these years later. Even though it was tough, there were so many more benefits to launching a business. So if you’re a teenpreneur or know of a teenpreneur, here are some of my tips to get you started.--Tina Wells (Follow me on Twitter at @tinacwells)

6 Tips for a Stress-Free You

Be Nexter Tina Wells provides her tips on staying calm, cool and collected on the job or in your business

Tina Wells, CEO of Buzz Marketing Group and author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Diddy & Other Grammy Attendees Talk Branding

On hand for the Grammies, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with a few artists & producers about the business of music

Combs discusses branding before being honored by SESAC
Last week the entire music industry converged on…

By Anslem Samuel

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The HBCU Debate: Are Black Colleges & Universities Still Needed?

Started as a response to racism and starved of financial support, HBCUs have to do more with less

Critics have called them a race-based anachronism. Others have said worse: They’re inferior, they’re in…

By Robin White Goode

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America Gets the Hook Up

President Obama Says National Wireless Initiative Will Spur Innovation and Reduce Deficit

Obama speaks to Northern Michigan University about National Wireless Initiative (Source: White House)
In his January…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Office gossip about confidential matters can create a uncomfortable work enviornment (Source: Thinkstock)

On the Job: Should HIV Status Be an Office Secret?

Having a life-threatening illness is hard enough, but dealing with discrimination at work because of it is can make it even more difficult

Office gossip about confidential matters can create a uncomfortable work enviornment (Source: Thinkstock)
Tracy Mack thought…

By Brett Johnson

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

Most may view <strong>Nicki Minaj</strong> as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much…

By Andreas Hale

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Hardison is a true Woman of Power (Source: Press)

Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success

The fashion industry tour-de-force knows a thing or two about wielding power

Having paved the way for the Tyras and the Naomi Campbells of the fashion industry,…

By Tomika Anderson

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

<em>Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)</em> <ul>…

By Anslem Samuel

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Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists

Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

<em>Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists</em>

<em>Rev. Al Sharpton…

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This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show!

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a review of the issues, people and topics covered in this monumental episode

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a fascinating review of the issues, people and topics…

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Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch

The car manufacturer rolls out a an upgrade of last year's model with a few added perks

The RDX hits the pavement (Source: Press)
2011 ACURA RDX SH-AWD

MSRP: $38,580 (Base RDX starts out…

By Jeff Fortson

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WATCH: Working Your Style – How to Change It Up This Valentine’s Day

Host Daisy Lewellyn shows you how to make the holiday the sweetest (and least stressful) ever

Don’t stress this Valentine’s Day, get your outfit together for a great evening with guidance…

By Elayne Fluker

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Shaunie O’Neal’s 3 Pointers to Scoring a Reality TV Deal

The executive producer for Basketball Wives provides winning tips for making your reality show dreams...reality

The Los Angeles native spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about shopping around her five season reality TV…

By Janel Martinez

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

By Aliya Ewing

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Nia Long Reshapes Image of Muslim Women in Indie Film

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the process

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention

A wife-mom-businesswoman tells how her invention changed her life

Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)
In our video series,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Why Black America No Longer Exists

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eugene Robinson talks about the 'Disintegration' of the Black monolith

Author Eugene Robinson has sparked debate with his recent book, ‘Disintegration: The Splintering of Black…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

The hi-tech wallet (Dunhill)
Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

By Anslem Samuel

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

An open letter to Black America from the young activist who has been fighting the disease her whole life

This is a day we should be remembering all of the men and women who…

By Tomika Anderson

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DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield  (Marcia Wade Talbert)

Filmmaker Takes AFFRM-ative Action to Promote Black Cinema

Ava DuVernay unites black film festivals to encourage national releases of more movies for us and by us

DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Marcia Wade Talbert)
Ava DuVernay has accomplished three…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business

The former Pittsburgh Steeler's new venture marks his foray into sporting goods

Harris' 1996 Black Enterprise cover
As the featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the…

By Alan Hughes

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Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life

How you can set a path to international voyages-- affordably

A black traveler her travels and how she affordably blazes sky trails on jet-setting voyages

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Ford’s 2011 Taurus SHO’s Love to the Black Community & Your Pockets

Automotive analyst Jeff Fortson test drives the new model and shares his experiences

Lucas with his prized design (Ford)
After an 11-year absence, the current-generation Taurus was resurrected in…

By Jeff Fortson

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Working Your Style Options

WATCH: Working Your Style: One Look, Three Ways

Style expert Daisy Lewellyn tells you how to get out of that work wardrobe style rut

If your work attire is in need of a remix, we’ll show you how to…

By Elayne Fluker

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Iman (right) graces cover of Black Enterprise with protege Tyra Banks

This Week on the B.E. Business Report: Supermodel-Turned-CEO Iman (Video)

Also: Obama Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, online lending and the Harlem Vintage Wine Store

Supermodel-turned-businesswoman Iman, founder and CEO of Iman Cosmetics, is the featured Power Player on this…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Traveling abroad can bring about great memories, eye-opening experiences and lucrative business connections. But without the proper research and planning, it can also mean memorable faux pas that could inadvertently bring offense or embarrassment, specifically when it comes to a major part of one's trip: dining. Many of the most important business deals and social connections are made over a meal, so knowing the nuances of dining abroad can serve as both an added plus and a necessity. Malla Haridat, CEO of New Designs for Life, a development and training company for entrepreneurs, knows a thing or two about dining globally, having traveled to many countries both for leisure and pleasure. She shares her insights on the do's and don'ts: 

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

How to Eat Well While Traveling Abroad

A Black global traveler tells you how knowing the nuances of eating abroad can help you avoid awkward moments

Black entrepreneur tells her experiences dining abroad, from China to Morocco

By Janell Hazelwood

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Half of Detroit Public Schools In Danger of Closing

Politics and a massive deficit have left Motor City in financial turmoil. Will our children be forced to forfeit their education?

Detroit's school system is getting a failing grade (Thinkstock)
Detroit is in trouble—again. The city’s public…

By Tamara Warren

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

By Caroline Clarke

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Why Designers are Down on Michelle Obama

Is it wrong to ridicule Mrs. Obama for being the First Lady...of fashion?

I was both pleased and perturbed by the “On the Runway” story in the Sunday…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Prison Break  	On February 11, 1990, Mandela was freed from prison after serving 27 years behind bars in Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, near Cape Town. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for treason, so the release came as a surprise. Few can forget the image of him walking hand-in-hand with his then-wife, Winnie, into the surrounding pack of overjoyed supporters.  He later addressed a crowd of 50,000 people on the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. "Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible,” Mandela said.

Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

10 memorable moments from the revered political leader's life

BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 ways the South African revolutionary changed history.

By Janel Martinez

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Learn the New Rules for Flexible Spending Accounts

Don't get your healthcare claims rejected

Changes are in store for your Flexible Spending Account. Here’s what you need to know.

By Brittany Hutson

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Brenda Braxton of BBraxton for Men

WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass – Brenda Braxton on Starting Over

The entrepreneur opens up about her personal & professional reinvention

In our video series, Brand New You, our host, Karen Taylor Bass (founder of thebrandnewmommy.com)…

By Elayne Fluker

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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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Career Gear Gives Men of Color the Confidence (and Clothes) They Need to Move Forward

Thanks to donations from celebs and everyday folks, one organization helps men in need dress for success

For many, it’s hard enough to line up a job interview in this down economy,…

By Tomika Anderson

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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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Don't cough or sneeze into your hand-- Sneezes and coughs can creep up instantly and before you know it you’ve expelled millions of droplets into the air (or your hand). Always have tissues on hand making sure you cover your mouth and nose when you feel one of these actions coming on. Dispose of the tissue immediately after.

Top 10 at 10: Ways to Avoid Getting the Office Bug

These 10 tips will help you stay safe in your office space

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Pete D. Williams, MD from Northeast Georgia Regional Medical Center in Gainesville,…

By Janel Martinez

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Tyson Beckford stops by Black Enterprise headquarters.

EXCLUSIVE: Tyson Beckford on the Importance of Keeping a Clean Image (Video)

The supermodel has some wise words for entertainment industry hopefuls

Beckford talked to BlackEnterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier about the importance of finding a manager or…

By Janel Martinez

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Changing Lanes: Wall Street Trader Quits Job to Pursue His Dreams

Anteneh Addisu was already successful in the finance world, but he gave it all up for a career in music

Anteneh “Anthem” Addisu, 25, loved working on Wall Street. Making close to $150,000 a year,…

By Raqiyah Mays

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EXCLUSIVE: Naomi Campbell Offers Up-and-Comers Industry Advice (Video)

The supermodel drops by Black Enterprise and talks business tips and the importance of mentors

Supermodel Naomi Campbell stopped by Black Enterprise headquarters on Friday to talk with BlackEnterprise.com correspondent…

By Janel Martinez

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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…

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Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely affected. That’s why it’s important to do whatever you can to make sure you get the healthcare you deserve from your medical providers. Remember your doctor works for you not the other way around. Here are five simple tips for becoming an empowered patient.  By Sheiresa Ngo

5 Tips For Being An Empowered Patient

People often forget that their doctor works for them. Here are a few ways to make sure you get what you're paying for.

Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Power Look

5 essential tips you need to dress for the job you want; not the job you have

Are you a woman of power? Are you a man on the move? Then look the part…

By Elayne Fluker

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David Minott Urges Black Community to Flex Its Economic Power

The world music artist launches national campaign to boycott cell phone usage for 24-hours in February

Minott campaigns for a blackout
According to a July 2010 poll, 46% of African Americans mostly…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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: 50 Cent Talks New Headphones & Potential Maybach Deal

The music mogul expands into the wireless headphone market with innovative Kleer technology

Jackson at CES for Sleek announcement
Between announcements of new 3D televisions, tablet PCs, and do-it-all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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Apple releases iPhone4 to Verizon Wireless

After much speculation the two brands announce new device optimized for CDMA network

Verizon Wireless had a huge press conference showcasing their new LTE 4G Network at the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Making a Good First Impression

What you wear to work matters. These tips find balance between stylish and serious business

Whether first day or fifth year on the job, what you wear to the office…

By Elayne Fluker

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Depression: The Black Community’s Dirty Little Secret

Often undiagnosed or ignored, depression afflicts millions. Experts share advice on noticing the signs and confronting the problem

Often undiagnosed or ignored, depression afflicts millions each year. Experts share advice on noticing the…

By Tomika Anderson

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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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Work on the Go: OpenAire Laptop Case Workstation

Tired of working at home or in a cramped coffee shop, now you can comfortably take the office with you outside

These days, more work gets done outside of the office than inside. Whether you’re a…

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…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Building Your After-Work Wardrobe

Ever have a tough time knowing exactly how to take your look from the office to…

By Elayne Fluker

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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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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Wedding Dress Designer Amsale Aberra

How she build her bridal empire

The name Amsale has become synonymous with some of the most alluring bridal fashion in…

By Caroline Clarke

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With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future and the people, places and things that will shape our world over the course of the next 12 months. Over the course of this week, Blackenterprise.com will be giving you the 4/11 on some of the big innovations, developments and trends on the horizon for 2011. Today, which happens to be 1/4/11, we start off in the world of automotives. While there was a time when going green meant sticking out like a green thumb in the car industry, more and more manufacturers seem to have finally made the turn to eco-friendly. This year, consumers have more options than ever to do their part for Mother Earth in style. Checkout our 11 mean green machines. —Will Gock

4/11: Green Machines – 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011

Your 2011 guide to hot cars that get the (green) thumbs up

With <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/12/29/gains-loses-of-2010-the-good-the-bad-the-memorable/">2010 logged into the history books</a></strong>, it’s time to look forward to the…

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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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Managing Food Allergies at Work

Tips for eating and staying safe when food isn't always your friend

In the work world, social connections are often made over lunch or dinner. Food plays…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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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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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Holiday Party Dressing

Chic his and her looks to help you ring in the new year with style!

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host, Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

By Elayne Fluker

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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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This year has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments we’ll remember for some time. As we countdown the final days on the calendar and head into 2011, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at a few of the gains and losses of 2010. These are the events that have had (or that we predict will have) some impact on our economy, politics, entertainment or way of doing business. Let us know if we’ve forgotten any biggies by leaving your comments below! —The Editors

Gains & Losses of 2010: The Good, the Bad, the Memorable

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the moves that made us cheer, and some that made us cringe

2010 has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments that we’ll remember…

By Elayne Fluker

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Why the Big Bowl Games Are Big Business

Washington DC official discusses economic impact the Military Bowl could have on the city

The University of Maryland Terps will face the East Carolina University Pirates in the 2010…

By Alan Hughes

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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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WATCH: 5 Steps to a Powerful Smile

Perfecting your pitch is one thing; but having a killer smile could help you seal the deal. Dr. Catrise Austin shows you how

Dr. Catrise Austin, author of the new book, 5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile,…

By Elayne Fluker

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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: HIV/AIDS and the Impact on Black Men

Emerald Morrow speaks to an HIV positive young man who talks about the challenges and the way forward

Emerald Morrow reports for BlackEnterprise.com about the impact HIV/AIDS still has on our community.

By Elayne Fluker

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Seal It with a Tip!

Not sure what to give as a simple thank-you gift? See our chart of tipping points from etiquette guru Anna Post

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and protocol legend Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Anna Post, on the…

By Janel Martinez

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For more holiday coverage, read: 'Tis the Season to 'Buy Black' WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

9 Gift Ideas That Will Have You “Buying Black” This Holiday Season

Bring holiday cheer to loved ones AND Black-owned businesses

Here are a few gift suggestions straight from Mrs. Buy-Black America, Maggie Anderson, of The…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

Still picking up last-minute gifts? Daisy gives easy gift ideas for co-workers and friends

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

By Elayne Fluker

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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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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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Mix it up with a sangria or rum punch for all to enjoy. "You can get a great wine for under $15, brandy, and fruit, and mix them for sangria," Pariser says. "Each bowl or pitcher goes a long way and people love it!" Butler is a fan of the same mixed concept in rum punch. "You get the rum, the juices, and mix them together and serve," Butler says. Garnish glasses with leftover fruit or rim them with colored sugar to add special touch of class. For more on holiday entertaining and recipes see ... Multicultural holiday recipes from the Black Enterprise staff Holiday Party Planning: How to hire a caterer

Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Tips on how to make your holiday festivities classy and cost-effective

Whether your pockets are tight or you just don’t want to spend extravagantly, this year…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office

Consider these 5 tips when spreading holiday cheer in the workplace

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, Anna Post, on…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Angela and Vanessa Simmons School Us on Their Pastry Clothing Line

The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs chat with Black Enterprise Business Report

Angela and Vanessa Simmons are all about business. The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs talked with Black Enterprise…

By Elayne Fluker

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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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COQUITO: PUERTO RICAN COCKTAIL "My family enjoys this drink every holiday season-- from Christmas to New Year's. It's tradition, so we don't do any festivities without it. And it's better than any eggnog!" -- Jessica Martinez, Human Resources & Corporate Operations Manager,  Ingredients: 2 egg yolks, beaten; 1 (12 fl. oz.) can evaporated milk; 1 (14 oz.) can cream of coconut; 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk; 1/2 cup white rum; 1/2 cup water; 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 tspn. ground cinnamon; 1 tspn vanilla extract Instructions: 1.) In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. (If you don't have a double boiler, you can simply use a heat-safe bowl over a regular pot); Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water (in pot) until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 2.) Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. extract. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles, and chill overnight. When serving, sprinkle cinnamon on top or add stick for festive flavor. See more holiday party planning tips: How to Hire the Caterer Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Holiday Party Planning: Multicultural Recipes with a Twist

Black Enterprise staff and editors offer their favorite recipes to celebrate the season with coworkers

Budget cuts can make a more cost-effective option–like the potluck party–that much more attractive. To…

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Sleep on It

You always find an excuse not to slow down; but here are all the reasons you should

“It’s important to realize that sleep isn’t just a luxury,” says WebMD medical editor Dr.…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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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Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late!

See how your plans to do energy-efficient improvements on your home could lead to cash back

If you plan on doing energy-efficient home improvements, now’s the time to do them. The…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Russell Simmons

BE's Business Report host shares her insight on meeting the hip-hop mogul and discussing his latest book.

Caroline rubs shoulders with the hip-hop mogul

Russell Simmons’ office is not just in a corner,…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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Holiday Party Planning: How to Hire the Caterer

Yum Yum Chefs co-founder Vanessa Cantave tells you how to avoid holiday party hiccups

To make sure you contract the right caterers (and avoid any holiday party hiccups), we…

By Sonia Alleyne

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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Backtalk with John Legend

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

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Kardashian “Kard” K.O.’d

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

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

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Hydeia Broadbent: “Living With HIV/AIDS is No Death Sentence”

Despite being born with AIDS, the 26-year-old activist continues to live life to the fullest while informing others about the disease.

Despite being born with AIDS, 26-year-old activist Hydeia Broadbent continues to live life to the…

By Tomika Anderson

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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…

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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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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Give Great Face! Dr. Dina Strachan Tells You How

Expert tips on how you can get clear skin and feel confident for your next business meeting

Face it: the first thing a new employer or potential client sees when he or…

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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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Start an internship/externship: While you may only be out of school for a month and a half, it is still enough time to gain on-the-job experience with an externship or an internship. If need a jumping off point, reach out to professors, mentors and your network and spread the word that your looking to work over the break. Also, read your local newspaper to find out which companies are laying off workers--they'll be hard pressed to turn down free labor.

5 Winter Break Career Development Tips for College Students

Here are five things you can do this winter break to boost your resume and…

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Don't buy a product that doesn't meet your needs “It looks like a lot of the e-readers advertised on Black Friday sales are pretty good deals,” says Bradford. It is rumored that the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is usually $150 will be $99 just for Black Friday at Best Buy. “The only caveat is that it has WiFi and not 3G,” says Bradford. 3G is better because you can get an internet connection anywhere there is a cell phone signal, regardless of whether or not there is a WiFi signal. Also, the Nook gets free access to 3G and WiFi on AT&T’s network. “If WiFi is fine with you then that is a really good deal, says Bradford. “Most people aren’t going to need to download a book while standing out on a street corner.” But if downloading a book on the fly is your thing then you might want to spend more for 3G. Leading up to Black Friday stay informed about new models that are soon to be released. A lot of brands will be releasing newer models towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. If having the latest product is important to you, don’t buy an older version just because it is on sale.

SLIDESHOW: What to Look for When Buying Electronics on Black Friday

Make your list and check it twice. We tell you what to look for when hitting the store

Planning to purchase a laptop or other electronic on Black Friday, but not sure if…

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Could an Independent School be an Option for Your Child?

With financial aid, community organizations and a support network, you may have more educational options than you think

Education is a hot topic these days, especially in light of the provocative, powerful film…

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POLL: Pat-Down or Enhanced Scanning?

If you're traveling any time soon you'll have to choose. Do you prefer one method over the other?

Many of us felt victimized enough when we stepped cautiously through a metal detector and/or…

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SLIDESHOW: The New TSA Pat-Down

Here's what to expect during your next trip to the airport

Beefed-up airport security might keep us safe, but some fliers are very unhappy about the…

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Traveling? Know Your Rights When it Comes to Pat-Downs and Body Scanners

Know what should and should not happen at airport check points

The reality of terrorism in the United States has resulted in tighter airport security procedures.…

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7 Ways to Profit on Small Business Saturday

Follow this action plan for entrepreneurs who want to rack up big sales on Nov. 27

Tips that will help small business owners hear the cash register, paypal or online shopping…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke

What goes on behind the scenes--literally and figuratively

About nine months ago, I was asked to host the TV show, Black Enterprise Business…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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Do’s and Don’ts of Soliticing Funds for Your Nonprofit

How to get support for your good cause

With fundraising, the right strategy is key in garnering support for your nonprofit.
At the core…

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How Not to Go Broke on Black Friday

For the best deals, planning is key

Though Black Friday is all about getting the most bang for your short buck, there…

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The Porsche 911 Carrera is as impressive standing still as it is in motion.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Enterprise and Porsche Go for a Spin

See the Intelligent Performers who turned out at the Porsche Sport Driving School in AL

See the Intelligent Performers who turned out at the Porsche Sport Driving School in AL

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Intelligent Performers Take to the Track

Black Enterprise and Porsche team up to rule the road and reward excellence

Power, agility and speed are the traits that many executives exemplify in solidifying deals that…

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Brandi Simpkins and the Success of Her Rising Empire, B. Lynn Group

See how this wardrobe, makeup and hair stylist rose to the top of her industry

Brandi Simpkins, CEO of B. Lynn Group, manages the careers of the entertainment industry’s most…

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

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

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

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Google’s Boutiques.com Open for Business

The mega search engine clicks into the fashion industry with its e-commerce site

Google debuts Boutiques.com, an assortment of virtual boutiques curated by bloggers, celebrities, designers, trends and…

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Chase Waives Foreign Transaction Fees

Planning a trip overseas? You might want to take one of these cards with you

If you have a specialty credit card with Chase and you’re a frequent overseas traveler,…

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

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

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

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

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