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For many, eyewear has moved well beyond the days of loathing to become a must-have fashion accessory. Today, glasses are associated with prestige, confidence, smarts---and swagger.


Utenzi Miller-Johnson (photographed) knows a thing or two about style-savvy specs as an entrepreneur and optician at Elegant Eyes, a New Jersey-based optical company that offers eye-care and personal concierge services. 


"A great way for busy professionals looking to upgrade their eyewear style is to set up a consultation [with a personal concierge service], Miller-Johnson says. "Another option would be to visit your local optical store and try on different looks."


Check out how to choose the perfect frames for a polished look, and 5 top picks for the hottest in eyewear. ---Janell Hazelwood

Office Chic: 5 Cool Frames for Professional Flair

Hot eyewear picks that are perfect for the office

Utenzi Miller-Johnson, entrepreneur and optician at New Jersey-based Elegant Eyes, gives her top eyewear picks…

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Just because it’s the heart of winter doesn’t mean you have to forego fashion sense for warmth. The businessman’s response to the frigid days at the end and beginning of the calendar has been the topcoat. Stylish and classic, these outerwear garments should be a staple in any well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe. For this edition of Suit Your Life, we highlight eight topcoats that’ll help you make a lasting first impression while keeping you nice a toasty. Just remember a topcoat is meant to be worn over layers, so when purchasing it’s best to try one on while wearing a blazer to make sure it will fit properly when worn over a suit. —Gardy V. Guerrier

8 Affordable Topcoats for Power Meetings in the Winter

Top off your winter business wear with one of these classic outerwear garments

A classic staple in any businessman’s wardrobe is a stylish topcoat, here are several options…

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Squinting, eye strain, prescription changes and migraines. These are all common health issues among today's office professionals. 


With about 14 million people ages 12 and older having visual impairment, eye health is one factor that can't be ignored or dismissed. The economic impact of major vision problems alone is telling--- at more than $51 billion, according to the CDC's Vision Health Initiative---causing "a substantial social and economic toll for millions of people including significant suffering, disability, loss of productivity, and diminished quality of life."


Maintaining proper eye care can ensure everyday living --- from home to work --- is that much more manageable. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with entrepreneur and optician Utenzi Miller-Johnson, of New Jersey-based Elegant Eyes, on how to improve and maintain good visual health. ---Janell Hazelwood

Eye Sore: Three Quick Tips to Avoid Behind-the-Desk Strain

Three tips to ensure good eye health beyond the office

Entrepreneur and optician Utenzi Miller-Johnson offers these steps to improve and maintain your eyesight.

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

Award-winning composer releasing new album, expanding audience

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

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Actor De’aundre Bonds, on the long road to redemption

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Will Marriage Help or Hurt LeBron James’ Brand?

Weighing the pros and cons of marriage and a prenup on a the NBA star's tainted brand

In the wake of LeBron James’ engagement, experts chime in on the impact on his…

By Adena Andrews

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

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

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

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Are Black Men More Susceptible to Kidney Disease?

An exploration into the high number of kidney-related incidents in the African American community

Nick Cannon’s recent kidney failure scare raises awareness about the high number of kidney disease…

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David Banner’s Critical Review of ‘Red Tails’

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

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

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It may be a new year but it’s still winter for those who live in the colder regions of the country (or those who happen to be traveling). If your local weatherman is predicting low temperatures, snow, freezing rain or sleet for your forecast future this is the time to make sure your feet are well protected. For the record, winter footwear doesn’t have to be clunky so for this edition of Suit Your Life we highlight seven stylish winter boots that will not only have you looking great, but also will keep your feet warm and dry in the process. —Gardy V. Guerrier

7 Stylish Boots to Get You Through the End of Winter

Keep your feet warm and fashionable for the final weeks of winter

The best winter boots that can get you through the snow, sleet and rain and…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Why ‘Red Tails’ Will Make Us Soar

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

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

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Actor Michael Ealy is More than Just Eye Candy

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

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

By Tomika Anderson

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Expand Your Vocabulary by Reading the Dictionary

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

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

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

Happy Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama

We celebrate her special day by highlighting her international influence

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

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Fashion business veteran Gerard Murray has seen success both as an independent business owner with the School of Hard Knocks clothing line and with large corporations. After taking a brief hiatus from the industry, he resurfaced in the college licensing business as the president of Final IV Enterprises LLC, parent company of Tradition Ever Since.

With Tradition, Murray has carved out a niche by creating lifestyle apparel for HBCU’s. After severing ties with New Era in 2009, Murray and his partners—Carol Callender-Murray and Tim Gray—decided to take the independent route and the gamble has paid off. Tradition booked $800,000 in sales this past year and the company is projected to double that number in 2012. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Murray, who shared his five tips on how to make it as an independent in the fashion business. —Branden J. Peters

5 Tips for Independent Success in the Fashion Industry

Successful fashion entrepreneur offers up advice on growing a brand independently

School of Hard Knocks founder Gerard Murray returns to fashion industry with Tradition Ever Since,…

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


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

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Baby Pics Of Color

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

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Jay Z Proclaims the ‘Glory’ of Fatherhood!

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

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

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