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Buyer’s Guide: BMW X5 Brings More Swag to the SUV Market

Providing more legroom and nifty features, BMW's stylish SUV carves out its own lane

BMW’s latest SUV delivers both style and innovation with several luxurious features that give you…

By Jeff Fortson

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My Oprah Experience: The Final Taping of Oprah’s Legendary Talk Show

Author and BE.com host Karen Taylor Bass scored two tickets to the star-studded finale of the Oprah Winfrey Show, and talks about the soul-stirring day

Author and BE.com host Karen Taylor Bass scored two tickets to the grand start-studded finale,…

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Take A White Person to See ‘My Big Fly Black Wedding’

If you really want to see more great films about black people, urge your non-black friends to see "Jumping The Broom"

I am not satisfied with just black people going out to see Jumping The Broom,…

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Cloud Clash: Is the Cloud Reliable Enough to Store Your Data?

Two IT experts face off about the pros and cons of cloud computing and tell you what you need to know before signing up

After a debate that started on Twitter, I asked IT experts Thaddeus Howze (@ebonstorm) and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month, Social Wayne, Digital Revolutionary

Technology and social media marketing has skyrocketed Wayne Sutton above the social stratosphere

Technology and social media marketing expert Wayne Sutton made a business out of blogging with…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month: Afrobella, Natural Entrepreneur

With Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik created a thriving business for herself by providing a haven for women who love being natural

Founder of the award-winning hair and beauty site Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik shares her thoughts on…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Buyer’s Guide: Hyundai Packs Luxury & Comfort in New Compact

Hyundai's new Elantra proves that good things (and deals) come in small packages

The 2011 Hundai Elantra Limited provides consumers with a compact sedan that fuel efficient and…

By Jeff Fortson

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Will Bankruptcy Stop Tupac’s Biopic from Hitting the Screen?

15 years later, financial harships threaten to keep the rapper's long-awaited story out of theaters

15 years later, financial hardships threaten to keep the rapper’s long-awaited story out of theaters

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Black Blogger Month: The Fashion Bomb, Creating New Threads

Claire Sulmers transforms her passion for fashion into a international blog for women of color

With the Fashion Bomb, style expert Claire Sulmers provides women of color with a daily…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Film Executive Will Packer: Bounce TV Will Be Nothing Like BET

With new Steve Harvey movie, Packer tells how he's making a mark in Hollywood

With new Steve Harvey movie, Packer tells how he’s making a mark in Hollywood

By Tomika Anderson

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WATCH: MC Lyte and her Mother Speak on Mentorship

Just in time for Mother's Day, the celebrated recording artist and her mother share their words of wisdom

During celebrated track coach Beverley Kearney’s 5th annual Minority Mentorship Symposium, MC Lyte and her…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Celebrity Moms: Setting the Stage for Their Children’s Success

For Mother's Day, we highlight famous moms whose kids are following in their star-studded career steps

BlackEnterprise.com honors celebrity mother’s who have set industry standards of excellence and passed the torch…

By Janell Hazelwood

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20 Editors and Writers to Follow on Twitter

From business editors to hip-hop journalists, here are 20 voices you should "follow" on Twitter

From business editors to hip-hop journalists, here are 20 voices you should “follow” on Twitter

By Janel Martinez

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Bishop T.D. Jakes: From Persistent Faith to Prosperous Brand

The pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his empire to include award-winning books, music, and films

The pastor and entrepreneur has expanded his empire to include award-winning books, music, and films

By Janell Hazelwood

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Bishop T.D. Jakes ‘Jumping the Broom’ Into Film & TV

The Dallas Bishop has faith that his new film, "Jumping the Broom," will earn box office praise and usher in a wave of faith-based projects

Bishop T.D. Jakes speaks on the inspiration for Jumping the Broom and the push for…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Coworking: Having a At-Home Business Doesn’t Mean Working Alone

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work gets done

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Buyer’s Guide: Chevy Drops the Top on Low-Priced Camaro Convertible

The 2011 Chevy Camaro offers a sporty convertible at an affordable price

Chevy crafts an affordable convertible with the 2011 Camaro that a great looking vehicle with…

By Jeff Fortson

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Braxton Family Values: Highlights of Love and Money Among Sisters

Toni Braxton and her superstar family on 'new money' and financial marital woes

Toni Braxton and her superstar family on ‘new money’ and financial marital woes

By Janell Hazelwood

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Tamar Braxton: On Living in Toni’s Shadow, Gold-Digger Accusations and Plastic Surgery

Little sister goes on record about critics of her marriage, sibling rivalries, and spending her money her way

The fiesty little sister and co-star of We TV’s ‘Braxton Family Values’ opens up about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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6 Smart and Sexy Eco-friendly Cars

When it comes to fuel-effficient vehicles, you no longer have to sacrifice style for smarts. These cars offer the perfect balance

Toyota’s Prius v, the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes’ S400 HYBRID Sedan, the Fiat 500, Volkswagen’s Touareg…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Actors Laz Alonso and Paula Patton share a hearty laugh with Bishop T.D. Jakes at the Dallas screening of Jumping the Broom

GALLERY: Bishop T.D. Jakes’ ‘Jumping the Broom’ Dallas Premiere

Highlights from Bishop T.D. Jakes' Easter premiere of his new movie, Jumping the Broom

Bishop T.D. Jakes invited Black Enterprise down to Dallas for the Easter weekend premiere of…

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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Black Blogger Month: Black Snob, Providing Power for the People

With the BlackSnob.com, writer Danielle Belton educates and entertains readers with her political commentary and honest perspective

Opinionated writer and creator of the BlackSnob.com, Danielle Belton shares the secrets of her success…

By Amber McKynzie

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5 Princess Bridal Looks for Less than $1,000

Get a princess wedding gown on a pauper's budget

Many brides want to be the princess for their special day, and celebrity brides are…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This Week on Our World: Valerie Jarrett on Obama’s Job Plan for Black Americans

Host Marc Lamont Hill with Obama's Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, plus Rev. Al Sharpton and Jeff Jones

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Labor Day weekend is right aruond the corner, and the pressure is on to find a way to get in that last bit of summer fun and relaxation before cooler temperatures roll around. Black Enterprise's Golf & Tennis Challenge at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami is where you want to be September 1-5,2011. We'll give you three reasons: Sun, sports and the spa. And the bonus, being able to socialize with the smart and sexy people who know that this is one event that you don't want to miss! (Image: Thinkstock, Lonnie Major)

PHOTO GALLERY: BE Golf & Tennis Challenge–Why You Need to Be There!

Spa, sports, sun, fun: There's no better place to be this Labor Day than the BE Golf & Tennis Challenge in Miami. Here's why!

Labor Day weekend is right aruond the corner, and the pressure is on to find…

By Elayne Fluker

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Royal Report: 6 Regal Black Women Around the World

In honor of the British royal wedding, we highlight royal women of color--from princesses to socialites to businesswomen

BlackEnterprise.com highlights royal women of color — socialites, philanthropists and businesswomen — who show the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Ne-Yo Performing at Black Enterprise’s Golf & Tennis Challenge

Join award-winning singer Ne-Yo in Miami Labor Day Weekend at Black Enterprise's Golf & Tennis Challenge for a party you don't want to miss!

Join award-winning singer, songrwriter and musician Ne-Yo in Miami for Labor Day Weekend for the…

By Elayne Fluker

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3 Tech Tools to Keep You Healthy

Are deadlines, meetings and your to-do list giving you stress and affecting your health? Try these devices and apps to help you keep it all in check

If deadlines, meetings, and ill-tempered co-workers have you stressed and needing to relax, there’s an…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Why The ‘White Women Are Winning’ Argument is a Losing One

Columnist says she's 'over' racial comparison when it comes to marriage success

Columnist says she’s ‘over’ racial comparison when it comes to marriage success

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Buyer’s Guide: Toyota’s Sienna Adds Some Style to the Minivan Market

Toyota looks to make minivans cooler with its spacious 7-passenger Sienna XLE

Toyota Sienna XLE adds luxury to the minivan market for the 2011 model year. This…

By Jeff Fortson

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Just as the U.S. auto industry was expected to return to the fast lane, following the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, certain segments could be brought to a screeching halt this summer. With Japan’s recent earthquake affecting new-vehicle production both here and abroad, coupled with the civil unrest in the Middle East—which is driving up gas prices to unprecedented levels—many consumers in the market for a new (or used) ride over the next few months are in for a bumpy ride. Here, are five ways in which the earthquake in Japan could affect car sales—and you—this summer.

5 Ways the Earthquake in Japan Could Affect Car Sales & You

With numerous automakers based in Japan, the recent quake could have a trickle down effect on your next purchase

With numerous automakers based in Japan, the recent quake could have a trickle down effect…

By Jeff Fortson

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Decoded: The Economics of a Winning Knicks Team

How the Knicks making the playoffs gives New York City businesses a boost

How the Knicks making the playoffs gives New York City businesses a boost

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Can Luxury Brands Boost Black Achievement?

Study: High fashion labels can make people 'feel better,' boost performance

Study: High fashion labels can make people ‘feel better,’ boost performance

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This Week on Our World: Singer, Songwriter and Actress Jill Scott

Also: the rise of African Americans in the Republican Party

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

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What You Can Learn from… the Barry Bonds Conviction

When it comes to your career, there are things you should do to protect your rep and not fall victim to the competition.

When it comes to your career, there are things you should do to protect your…

By Sonia Alleyne

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MC Hammer Talks Social Media Interests, Getting through Bankruptcy and Web Influence

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Mazda’s MX-5 Miata, An Affordable Sporty Roadster

Finally, a droptop that won't make you break the bank

Finally, a droptop that won’t make you break the bank

By Jeff Fortson

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LinkedIN Adds Apps, Widgets, and Daily News to Beef up Platform

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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All work and no play can make for a dull day at the office, but being productive is what matters most to employers. While having a jovial co-worker that can lighten the mood in the workplace can be a plus, he or she can wind up being a major distraction when there’s a tight deadline looming. The last thing any effective team needs is an internal distraction, be it a talkative co-worker or an unfocused one. Jonathan Smith, better known as Lil Jon, knows firsthand how detrimental a distracting co-worker can be to working efficiently and effectively. For the past several weeks, he and fellow Celebrity Apprentice cast mates had to deal with the always-erratic Gary Busey, who would constantly interrupt, confuse and undermine his team’s progress during each assigned task. With the frustrating actor finally “fired” in last night’s episode, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Lil Jon to get his tips on dealing with a distracting co-worker (named Gary Busey).

Lil Jon’s 5 Tips For Dealing With a Distracting Co-Worker (Named Gary Busey)

The Celebrity Apprentice star explains how to keep your cool in a hostile work environment

The Celebrity Apprentice star explains how to keep your cool in a hostile work environment…

By Anslem Samuel

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Do Clouds Mean Anything for Black Music?

How this technology revolutionized the business

How this technology revolutionized the business

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I Got Mauled at Redstone—And Fell In Love With Golf

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best experiences of my life at the Shell Houston Open ProAm

A horrible performance on the golf course turns out to be one of the best…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

By Anslem Samuel

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Preview Our World: Musician & Activist Wyclef Jean

Also: Dr. Bill Releford, "The Barbershop Doctor," helps Black men fight diabetes and hypertension

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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We all could use more ways to save money. And why not conserve the earth while doing it? Here are a few ways you can conserve energy -- and cut expenses -- by being eco-friendly.

4/11: 11 Ways to Save the Earth — And Cut Costs

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Ford’s F-250 4×4 Takes the Pickup Truck Crown

Ford’s stylish King Ranch Diesel is more than just an off-road workhorse

Ford’s stylish King Ranch Diesel is more than just an off-road workhorse

By Jeff Fortson

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Some only know Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell for his Grammy award-winning legacy as a pioneering performer in hip-hop and pop culture. Others remember him more for his infamous financial woes and stints on reality TV. But don't put this entrepreneur and social media advocate in a box. He's kept the superstar momentum going in recent years with his dance community Web portal, DanceJam, and the founding of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company. Hammer's also reinvented himself as a social networking mogul (with more than 2 million Twitter followers), carving out yet another niche in his diverse career with high impact and visibility. 	An avid reader and sought-after speaker—having lectured at Oxford and Wharton and will be speaking this year at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta (May 22-25), Hammer knows a thing or two about expanding one's knowledge of how to connect with audiences and use technology as a lucrative tool. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the social media whiz on his favorite book picks for social media success.

MC Hammer’s Top 5 Books For Social Media Success

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

By Janell Hazelwood

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Toni Braxton: On Bankruptcy, Beating Her Illnesses and the Braxton Family Values

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new 'reality'

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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One-on-one with Mathew Knowles

In one of his first interviews since the big announcement, the Music World CEO talks about his next move, the business of music and why splitting with daughter Beyonce was all about strategy

In one of his first interviews since the big announcement, the Music World CEO talks…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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WATCH: The High Life – Exploring the Little Luxuries of Paris

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a peek inside of chic places to shop, stay, dine and unwind

In this episode, our host travels to the City of Lights and gives us a…

By Elayne Fluker

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Star Jones Dishes on New Book, Celebrity Apprentice, the Working Woman

Reality TV star advises women to "leave the tears at home" and "put on your big girl pumps"

Reality TV star advises working women to “leave the tears at home” and “put on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Dhani Jones: A Man For All Seasons

NFL linebacker ventures into mens' fashion, philanthropy and TV

NFL linebacker ventures into mens’ fashion, philanthropy and TV

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Evolving in the public eye, Chris Brown has gone from teenaged heartthrob to pop music megastar to vilified brute and then repentant sinner. At the heart of his image downturn is the 2009 assault of then girlfriend, Rihanna, which showed a darker side to the talented singer/dancer/actor. Brown’s subsequent apologies, paid debt to society in the form of community service and an emotional performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” at the 2010 BET Awards seemed to have almost wiped his slate clean—that is, until last month’s Good Morning America appearance. Following an awkward and defensive interview with GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Brown threw a tantrum backstage, smashing a window at ABC’s Times Square studio in the process. Though Brown has since apologized for his behavior (again), many speculate that he’s running out of second chances and that’s bound to hit him in the pockets. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how all the drama has or hasn’t affected the troubled star’s money.

Chris Brown Decoded: The Finances of a Tarnished Brand

An exploration of how much the troubled star's scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

An exploration of how much the troubled star’s scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

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WATCH: Brand New You – How to Eat Healthy Naturally

What to eat, what to avoid, and when you can simply indulge

What to eat, what to avoid, and when you can simply indulge

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Backtalk with Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson can be found regularly providing his insightful commentary

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WATCH: A Brand New You – Living (and Eating) Well with Diabetes

Karen Taylor Bass talks with author and dietician Constance Brown-Riggs about how to be smart and stay healthy

Karen Taylor Bass talks with author and dietician Constance Brown-Riggs about how to be smart…

By Elayne Fluker

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Buyer’s Guide: Chevy’s Cruze Takes Control

GM's rechristened Cobalt turns the compact market inside out

GM’s rechristened Cobalt turns the compact market inside out

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Best known for his portrayal of Tee Tee on BET’s The Game, Barry Floyd earned his position in the spotlight the hard way. With ambitions of being a writer, the Philadelphia native headed to Hollywood to follow his dreams, but like many aspiring scribes, he saw those dreams deferred. Following a string of production assistant jobs on such TV series as Cuts, Everybody Hates Chris and Girlfriends, Floyd fell into acting when one of the Girlfriends performers was late for rehearsal and he was asked to stand in. Impressed with his performance, the casting director suggested Floyd audition for a part on an upcoming show called The Game. “I had no intention of acting,” he explains. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” 	During the course of the show’s inaugural run on The CW network, Floyd sharpened his acting skills, earning more camera time in the process. Now, at the close of the sitcom’s resurrected season on BET, the actor is refocused on his initial goal, working as the head writer on the online sketch comedy series, Purple Stuff TV.  Managing to navigate his way through the bright lights of Tinseltown, Floyd shares a few of his trade secrets with BlackEnterprise.com.

Barry Floyd’s 6 Steps to Making it in Hollywood

The writer-turned-actor from BET's 'The Game' explains how he made it and you can too

The writer-turned-actor from BET’s ‘The Game’ explains how he made it and you can too

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WATCH: Kimora Lee Simmons on Successes, Failures, Giving Back and Loving Her Tweeps

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is 'Life in the Fab Lane'

The wife/mom/mogul shows no signs of slowing down. Such is ‘Life in the Fab Lane’

By Elayne Fluker

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Hip-Hop Business Maven Mona Scott-Young Talks Running the Show

The media exec details why she branched out and why women need to network like men

The exec producer of VH1′s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ discusses her latest venture

By Janel Martinez

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Tweets For Sale: Getting Paid in 140 Characters or Less

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

By Janee Bolden

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This Week on Our World: Actor Anthony Anderson

Also: What drives the popularity of reality television?

Also: What drives the popularity of reality television?

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8 Trailblazing Women Then and Now

On the final day of Women's History Month we look back at a few notable ladies that have made their mark

On the final day of Women’s History Month we look back at a few notable…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Jaguar’s Latest Drop Top Combines Style and Class

The high-end automaker lets the cat out of the bag and we like what we see

The high-end automaker lets the cat out of the bag and we like what we…

By Jeff Fortson

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How to Develop a Successful App for Apple’s App Store

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Stepping Out of the Box with Gospel Superstars Mary Mary

Platinum music artists talk negotiating, money advice and going against the grain

Platinum music artists talk negotiating, money advice and going against the grain

By Janell Hazelwood

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Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and launch new businesses

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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This Week on Our World: Is The Black Church Still Relevant?

Rev. Conrad Tillard, Rev. DeForest Soaries and Princeton Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr. join Our World

Rev. Conrad Tillard, Rev. DeForest Soaries and Princeton Prof. Eddie Glaude Jr. join Our World

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Winging It: F.A.M.E Costs. Will Chris Brown Ever Be Willing to Pay?

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to care about

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to…

By Caroline Clarke

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WATCH: The High Life — Celebrities and Dignitaries Celebrate at UNCF Gala

Pharrell Williams, Roberta Flack, Vernon Jordan and more help raise millions for education

Pharrell Williams, Roberta Flack, Vernon Jordan and more help raise millions for education

By Elayne Fluker

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How to Maintain Your Brand New Computer

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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With over 18 years of experience working with such celebrity clientele as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige and Kimora Lee Simmons, stylist Misa Hylton has turned her passion for fashion into a lucrative career. In addition to running her image consulting company Chyna Doll Enterprises, the savvy businesswoman recently announced the launch of her plus-sized clothing line, Madison Star. Here, Hylton shares a few tips for those wishing to follow in her fashionable footsteps.

Misa Hylton’s 5 Tips For Success in the Fashion Business

The celebrity stylist and businesswoman shares keys to making it in fashion

The celebrity stylist and businesswoman shares keys to making it in fashion

By Jessica Andrews

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Buyer’s Guide: GM’s Tricked-Out Truck Makes for a Luxurious Ride

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

By Jeff Fortson

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OWN Ratings a Reflection of Inconsistent Branding?

With her network’s ratings sliding, can Oprah transfer her brand from one platform to the next?

With her network’s ratings sliding, can Oprah transfer her brand from one platform to the…

By Janel Martinez

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Over the course of the past decade Tyler Perry has dominated. His stage plays, motion pictures, DVDs, sitcom series, online talk show and book, based on commentaries from his popular character of Madea, have collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. As the most commercially successful Black filmmaker in history, Perry is quickly making his way to billionaire status not by following the rules but by breaking them. Staying true to his core audience and pushing his message of family values, the media mogul has a lock on a lucrative slice of the African American market. Whether you love him or you hate him, you definitely can’t ignore him. If there’s still any doubt, here are a few reminders of Perry’s influence.

Tyler Perry Decoded: The Deals, the Brand, the Influence

A breakdown of the media mogul's empire and reach by the numbers

A breakdown of the media mogul’s empire and reach by the numbers

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WATCH: Brand New You: Vera Moore Cosmetics Gets a Makeover

CEO talks candidly on the challenges of growing a business and how her company continues to make its beauty mark

CEO talks candidly on the challenges of growing a business and how her company continues…

By Elayne Fluker

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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.

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

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Celebrity Stylist Misa Hylton Launches Plus-Size Clothing Line

The veteran fashionista tells why she decided to make a ‘Big’ move and cater to the plus-sized market

The veteran fashionista tells why she decided to make a ‘Big’ move and cater to…

By Jessica Andrews

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Buyer’s Guide: Lexus Crosses Over to the Green Side

The car manufacturer unveils their luxury hybrid crossover and we’re riding shotgun

The car manufacturer unveils their luxury hybrid crossover and we’re riding shotgun

By Jeff Fortson

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Take Back Your Life!

Amputee and paralympain Bonnie St. John shares her three secrets to success against all odds

Amputee and paralympain Bonnie St. John shares her three secrets to success against all odds

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Why You Should Really Take All of Your Vacation Time. (No, Really)

Stop being a martyr for your job and give yourself a break

In a survey conducted by the career development organization Right Management, 46% workers polled admitted…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Although African-American women are at a greater risk of dying from the disease than any other ethnic group, they are least likely to know the risk factors.  The first step in prevention is getting informed about a disease that’s expected to cost the nation approximately $800 billion a year by 2030, according to the American Heart Association. 	Rhonda Medows, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president of United Healthcare’s government programs shares her heart healthy tips with BlackEnterprise.com. Dr. Medows breaks down her "Dress for Success" formula and how it equals a longer, robust life.

5 Ways to Get Heart Healthy

Here's what Black women need to do to get healthy!

Here’s what Black women need to do to get healthy!

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I know you’ve heard it a million times: Social media is important. But what does this mean for your brand, and what are the initial steps that you need to take? Being active in the social media space can be the linchpin of growing your business. For those still unsure of where to start and how it can work, here’s a quick guide to getting started.

6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Social Media

Just being online isn't enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is good business

Just being online isn’t enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is…

By Tina Wells

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Meet your match(maker): Paul Carrick Brunson (Image: Courtesy of subject)

WATCH: Matchmaker Paul Brunson Tells Women of Power How to Find Healthy Relationships

See what it takes to be as successful at love as you are at work

See what it takes to be as successful at love as you are at work

By Elayne Fluker

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This Week on Our World: Grammy Winner John Legend Fights to Educate Our Kids

Also: the state of our education system and an after-school program out to save at-risk youth

Also: the state of our education system and an after-school program out to save at-risk…

By Alfred Edmond Jr.

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Speaks Out about ‘Radicalization’ of Muslims

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

By Elayne Fluker

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How to Have a Superstar Career in Social Media

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Buyer’s Guide: Honda CR Z EX – A Sporty Hybrid with a Manual Transmission

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

By Jeff Fortson

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5 Eco-friendly Products to Save You Money

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving the planet

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Vivica A. Fox: Making Power Moves Behind the Scenes

The veteran actress has kept her brand going and portfolio expanding by generating income both on-screen and off

The veteran actress has kept her brand going and portfolio expanding by generating income both…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Who Will Be the Next ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?

Take notes on the strengths and weaknesses of the five Black contestants from this season of Celebrity Apprentice

Take notes on the strengths and weaknesses of the five Black contestants from this season…

By Janel Martinez

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22 Movies You Didn’t Know Had Black Directors

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a few who prove them wrong

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a…

By Janee Bolden

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7 Habits for Highly Effective Wannabes

Tools to nurture successful life principles

The Atlanta Post highlights how to develop habits for life success.

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WATCH: How to Find Your Balance

Life/career coach Audra Bohanon tells us whether or not having it all is truly possible

Life/career coach Audra Bohanon tells us whether or not having it all is truly possible

By Elayne Fluker

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7 Personalities Who Went from Reality TV Fame to Business Success

When one thinks of reality TV, the first thing that often comes to mind is…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Brand New You: Ms. Dahlia’s Cafe, Reinventing Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn

Karen Taylor Bass talks to the owners of Ms. Dahlia's about their sweet new venture

Karen Taylor Bass talks to the owners of Ms. Dahlia’s about their sweet new venture

By Elayne Fluker

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Apple Announces the iPad 2 at the Same Price

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a sneak peak

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a…

By Marcia Wade

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Leading in to Oscars weekend, BlackEnterprise.com recognized 10 Black actors who have succeeded at the box office in films not originally written for a person of color. The article was a welcome reminder of how our star’s talent can triumph in Hollywood without falling into stereotypical characters. The only thing is all the examples were men. With March being Women’s History Month and having just wrapped our 6th Annual Women of Power Summit, BlackEnterprise.com decided to salute a few female thespians that have broken color and gender barriers on the silver screen.

10 Movie Roles That Weren’t Meant For Black Women

It's women's history month and here's a collection of actresses that broke color and gender roles in film

It’s women’s history month and here’s a collection of actresses that broke color and gender…

By Darralynn Hutson

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WATCH: Working Your Style: The Perfect Looks for the Perfect Gentlemen

Daisy Lewellyn shows you how to find a balance between swag and style savvy

By Elayne Fluker

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Self-Made Miracle

Former addict finds her way out of a tough situation and helps others do the same

Stanice Anderson snorted heroin for the first time at the age of 19. By the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Backtalk with Swizz Beatz

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has been producing music since the age of 16, crafting hit…

By Anslem Samuel

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Healthcare on the Go

Making a doctor’s appointment just got a whole lot easier.

New ZocDoc allows smartphone users the ability to make doctor’s appointments from their mobile, revolutionizing…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Customizing The Car

Auto enthusiasts specialize in creating the ultimate ride

A passion for driving coupled with automotive and lifestyle experiences around the globe inspired fraternal…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Buyer’s Guide: New Land Rover Offers the Best of Both Worlds

The popular SUV continues to deliver off-road performance with luxurious styling inside and out

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By Jeff Fortson

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All Made Up

Celebrity makeup artist Sam Fine paints a business style guide

Even if you are not familiar with his name, you have admired his work on…

By Sonia Alleyne

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What to Buy in February

Timing your purchases can help you snag a great deal and save a ton of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Become an Empowered Patient

Here's how to actively manage your healthcare and speak up for your rights when you're ill

Your doctor’s office can be intimidating, but visits don’t have to be a daunting experience.…

By Leslie E. Royal

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Hassle-Free Travel Tool

New fashion piece makes airport security checkpoints a breeze

If you dread going through airport security because you have to take everything out of…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Keep Track of Recalls

A new way to keep you and your loved ones safe

Hearing about a product recall on television weeks after the product has been declared unsafe…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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50 Power Moves to Improve Your Life

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

Sure-fire ways to advance your finances, career, small business and lifestyle

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How to Negotiate the Best Deal on a New Car

Arm yourself with the right information and snag a great price

Here’s what you need to know and what you need to do to get the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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4 Power Moves of Oscar Fashion: Red Carpet Style That Wins

Star style details that translate success

From Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry to Russell Simmons and 50 Cent, these African American…

By Janell Hazelwood

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All Images: GettyThe recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks has dominated sports discussion and headlines since the moment it happened. Fans of the Knicks are ecstatic that their once proud franchise can now officially return to relevance. Lost in the uproar, however, is the potential economic surge this trade will likely have. Not just for Anthony, who signed a three-year $65 million contract extension as part of the deal, but for the NYC area as well. Former NBA player and now TNT analyst Kenny Smith shares a few of the ways that Anthony�s Big Apple acquisition can change the financial stakes for him, his new team and business owners in the entire tri-state area. —Khalid Salaam

Carmelo Anthony Decoded: The Economics of the Trade

The NBA all-star wasn't the only one to get a big payday signing with the Knicks, small businesses were impacted as well

The recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New…

By Khalid Salaam

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What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was announced last month, there was one glaring difference. Compared to last year’s contenders, which included Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious and Mo’Nique who brought home the gold man for her portrayal in Precious, there was an obvious lack of people of color. Truth be told, the 2011 awards show represents the Whitest group of nominees in the major acting categories since the 73rd Oscars, 10 years ago.

10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

The Oscars may not be celebrating the work of Black thespians this year but don't worry we got you covered

What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was…

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This past Monday, the comic book, animation and entertainment worlds lost one of its legends with the passing of writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie. A true trailblazer, he helped redefine the image of African Americans through his multicultural characters and brands, which inspired a new generation of comic book writers, animators, illustrators and fans. Also, an entrepreneur, McDuffie—along with Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Black Enterprise ’s own Derek T. Dingle—founded Milestone Media, Inc., the nation’s largest Black-owned comic book company. 	Despite his passing, McDuffie will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, but also through his impactful work. In continued memory of the fallen artist, BlackEnterprise.com pulled together a collection of some of McDuffie’s most popular characters to illustrate why he’ll always be our superhero.

GALLERY: Comic Book Icon Dwayne McDuffie’s Most Powerful Characters

A brief look back at the fallen icon's impressive body of work

In memory of Milestone Comics founder Dwayne McDuffie, here is a brief look back at…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy on Life Lessons and Being ‘Every Woman’

The actress expands her brand with the return to her top-rated reality show and new sitcom

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress and former First Lady of Turks & Caicos LisaRaye…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Buyer’s Guide: Kia’s Latest Sedan Has an Audi Influence

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize market

The 2011 Optima gets a sportier makeover that adds some stiff competition to the midsize…

By Jeff Fortson

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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:…

By Derek T. Dingle

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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

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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,…

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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>…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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

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Women of Power

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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