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Stars Come Out to Support ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The classic play brings out a host of celebrities who come out for a night of theatre

A who’s who of celebrities show their support for Broadway premiere of Tennessee Williams’ dramatic…

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Flagrant Foul: NBA Owners Consider Selling Ad Space on Player Jerseys

Cash-strapped owners consider a drastic move to increase revenue that has many up in arms

In a quest for revenue NBA owners consider placing advertisements on player uniforms which have…

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To Beat Prostate Cancer, I Faced the Real Killer—Fear

The most important words in Warren Buffett’s prostate cancer announcement are “early stage.” Black men, get screened early and often.

The ability of prostate cancer to kill you depends largely on whether you allow fear…

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For aspiring actors trying to get their foot in the door, casting calls can be a daunting experience. Sure, you know the basics (i.e. memorize your lines, know your character), but do you really know what impresses those all-powerful casting directors? Take note from industry veteran Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd, known for casting such notable movies as Stomp the Yard, Notorious, and Whitney Houston’s final film, Sparkle. With over 10 years in the business, Byrd has helped launch countless careers, including Laz Alonso [Jumping the Broom, Avatar], Michael Kenneth Williams [Boardwalk Empire], and, if you follow these tips closely, you could be the next star in the making to go from the casting couch to the big screen. —Aliya Ewing

Twinkie Byrd’s 5 Tips on Making it As an Actor

The Sparkle casting director shares her advice on how to make a lasting impression in Hollywood

Discovering stars like Laz Alonzo and Columbus Short, Sparkle casting director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd shares…

By Aliya Ewing

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FREE!! An Autographed Copy of ‘XL Life’ by Big Boy

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Delve into the life of popular radio host Big Boy in his book An XL…

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Will Packer: Think Like a (Hollywood Mogul) Man

How the talented, record-breaking movie producer makes his mark in Hollywood telling universal stories starring African American casts

‘Think Like A Man’ movie producer Will Packer makes his mark in Hollywood with universal…

By Gil Robertson

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. Over the course of his storied career, the legendary radio/TV personality entertained millions as he rang in countless New Years Rockin’ Eve specials in New York City’s Times Square and a perpetual game show host. Most notably, Clark was the host of the classic American Bandstand, which broadcast new and popular musicians into the homes of countless viewers. Among the many greats that were featured on the show; Clark also helped break racial barriers by giving many African American artists their first TV appearances. 

In the wake of Clark’s passing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights some of the musical legends of color that have the American Bandstand host to thank for one of their big breaks. As a bonus, click the celebrities' name to see video of their American Bandstand appearances.—Anslem Samuel

7 Black Entertainers Who Became American Idols after ‘American Bandstand’

Legendary American Bandstand host Dick Clark broke many acts on his show, including these black musicians who later became true American idols

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

My Journey Into Producing ‘Life, Love, Soul’ and My Inspiration from a Phenom Film Entrepreneur

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

Entertainment manager Yandy Smith has embarked on a new venture: film producer of Life, Love,…

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‘2 Days in Paris with Chris Rock’ (and Other Must-See Black Movies at Tribeca Film Fest)

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see movies with black actors that will debut this week

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see black movies that…

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AMC’s Nikkole Denson-Randolph Keeps Indie Filmmakers in Focus

The chain theatre executive gives up-and-coming filmmakers a leg up in the industry

As AMC Theatre’s VP of Specialty & Alternative Content, Nikkole Denson-Randolph helps get projects by…

By Gil Robertson

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Celebrated Chef Marcus Samuelsson to Receive Spirit of Africa Award at Gala Event

Preview B.E. Business Report: Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson

Also: Money advice for women; Superstar Nail Lacquer founder Ariana Pierce; executive fitness

Also: Money advice for women; Superstar Nail Lacquer founder Ariana Pierce; executive fitness

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Is Acting Like ‘a Man’ Making Black Men Depressed?

No more strong, silent types. New Study shows black men who openly discuss struggles with racial discrimination less likely to suffer depression

No more strong, silent types. New Study shows black men who openly discuss racial discrimination…

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Is the NFL Draft Set up to Publicly Assault Potential Players?

Questioning whether the treatment of professional athletes coming into the League crosses the line

As fans gear up for the 2012 NFL draft, potential rookies have to prepare for…

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David Banner Reminds Consumers of Their Buying Power

With his 2M1 Movement the opinionated entertainer looks to show corporations that the true power belongs to the people

With the launch of his 2M1 Movement, David Banner inspires consumers to recognize their buying…

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Backtalk with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Since retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989, Kareem Abul-Jabbar continues making his mark…

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Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey Talks TV Drama, Business of Fashion

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

Cynthia Bailey, reality TV star, mother and model, discusses a brand that’s more than TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mad Men’s Token Black Character?: Teyonah Parris Becomes First African American in Ad Office

Parris talks how she got the role and why it's an important step in show's success

Actress talks how she got the role, what it means and why she’s not just…

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Homophobia and Homosexuality Linked in New Study

New study says link between homophobia among straight individuals may have to do with hidden homosexual tendencies

New study says link between homophobia among straight individuals may have to do with hidden…

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Preview Our World: Alicia Keys Takes Broadway By Storm

With the Broadway hit Stick Fly, the singer/songwriter carves out a new lane for herself and others on stage

Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys adds Broadway producer to her resume with the release of Stick Fly…

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Casting Director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd on Sparkle, Jordin Sparks & Success

From music videos to major films, the New York casting director has always had an eye for future stars

Sparkle casting director Tracy “Twinkie” Byrd shares her techniques on grooming stars like Jordin Sparks,…

By Aliya Ewing

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