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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. 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,…

By Branden J. Peters

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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.

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Tracy Garraud

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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…

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

The Joyful Noise star shares life lessons she picked up from the successful businesswoman

Singer/actress Keke Palmer stars alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise and shares the career lessons…

By Starrene Rhett

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How I Did It: Celebrity Event Planner Diann Valentine’s Business of Love

Events entrepreneur turned passion for amour into lucrative ventures

Events entrepreneur’s dream of mixing love and business evolves into lucrative venture that includes publishing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

With both the 2011-2012 NBA and NFL seasons underway after last year’s lockouts it’s become painfully…

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Before joining Power 105’s Breakfast Club morning show, New York radio personality Angela Yee held down several positions in the music and fashion industries. Despite her current success on-air, the media maven learned from past money mistakes and keeps her pockets lined with multiple streams of income. “I’m fortunate because a lot of things I do on the side are all things that support my career,” she says. “I encourage people to do things on the side even if you’re not going to make a lot of money from it if it something that is beneficial to you and will help you in the long run with your career.” Yee shares her various celebrity hustles with —Janee Bolden

Radio Personality Angela Yee’s Celebrity Side Hustles

It pays to keep your options open to profitable opportunities

Power 105 radio personality Angela Yee doesn’t rely on one stream of income to pay…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Story of My 9 Rings: Sentimental Inspiration

Wearing jewelry can be a therapeutic form of expression

Sometimes jewelry is about more than fashion and represents something spiritual or sentimental to the…

By Caroline Clarke

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Why Your Support of ‘Red Tails’ is Important for Black Hollywood

Ask any black filmmaker and they’ll tell you that getting black films made and subsequently…

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WATCH: Tristan Wilds on George Lucas’ ‘Red Tails’ & Earning Respect

The young actor earns his stripes in Tuskegee Airmen film, which highlights the war heroes' historical impact

90210 star Tristan Wilds shares his experiences working with Star Wars creator George Lucas on…

By Anslem Samuel

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Power Couple: Mara Brock & Salim Akil

Salim & Mara Brock Akil on ‘The Game’ & ‘Sparkle’ Remake

The power couple reveal how they create success in career and their marriage

On the eve of the season 5 premiere of BET’s The Game, producers Salim &…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Vanessa Simmons Launches New Lingerie Line ‘Rose’

Rev. Run’s little girls are all grown up. If the success of their footwear line…

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Well, it’s official. The new year is here. Like everything else in our rapid-fire world these days, with the flick of a switch (or drop of a big crystal ball in Times Square) all the anticipation, planning and counting down is suddenly over and then comes… the big let down. Because no matter how much we force feed it, bumper-sticker optimism and new resolutions, somehow, most new years just don’t feel all that new. In fact, chances are you dragged all your 2011 challenges into 2012. Doing more with less on the job? Check. Trying to still get a job? Check. Relationship stresses? Check. Wish you were in a relationship? Check. Owed too much money? Check. Feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and out of whack? Check, check, and check! Let’s be real. Things don’t suddenly get better as one year changes into another anymore than they magically improve when a random tough Thursday becomes a freshly hatched Friday. Nothing becomes “new” unless we do. So, here are five surefire ways to make you feel, look and perform better, this new year. —Caroline Clarke

5 Things You Should Do to Better Yourself in the New Year

If resolutions aren't your thing here are some simple 2012 tasks

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes in your…

By Caroline Clarke

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Cheyenne Woods: More Than Tiger Woods’ Niece

The female golf phenom carves out her own lane on the green

Stepping out of Tiger Woods’ shadow, the golf greats’ niece Cheyenne Woods makes a name…

By Mia N. Hall

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Her Word as Witness photographer, Laylah Barrayn

Photographer Celebrates Women Scribes with New Art Exhibit

Laylah Barrayn highlights several female writers in her one-woman art exhibit, Her Word as Witness

Inspired by great female writers, photographer Laylah Barrayn pays homage to her idols with Her…

By Starrene Rhett

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Author Tayari Jones is all smiles in the visual excerpt from Her Word as Witness

Her Word as Witness: Photos From the Female Writers Exhibit

Visual outtakes from the one-woman tribute to this generation's female scribes of color

Photos from Laylah Barrayn visual tribute to female writers of color, Her Word as Witness,…

By Anslem Samuel

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Playwright Katori Hall Celebrates MLK’s Legacy with ‘The Mountaintop’

The Mountaintop playwright explains the real story behind why she re-imagined MLK's last day

The Mountaintop’s Katori Hall opens up about the true story behind her fictional account of…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Evelyn Negron, store manager for Innovation Luggage in NYC (Photo by Lonnie C. Major)

Ready, Pack, Go

Long security lines, packing restrictions, and limits on luggage all contribute to travel frustrations of…

By Sonia Alleyne

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How to Budget for Unexpected Windfalls

Having a plan for unexpected windfalls can be as important as anticipating surprise expenses. Just…

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Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)

How to Get Paid for Traveling

Evita Robinson, founder of Nomadness Travel Tribe (Image: Nomadness Travel Tribe)
Have a passion for…

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