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To ‘Loc’ or Not to ‘Loc’: Women Talk the Politics of Hair in Workplace

Getting beyond negative stereotypes of a centuries-old style

Writer Starrene Rhett explores the professional issues related to women wearing dreadlocks in the workplace.

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In 1983 amateur boxer Dewey Bozella was accused and later convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. It took 26 years in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison before his name could be cleared. Now a free man, Bozella, 52, finally got the chance to live out his dream of being a professional fighter when he stepped into the ring on October 14 and went against 30-year-old fighter, Larry Hopkins, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Against all odds, Bozella not only finished the fight but won against an opponent 22 years his junior. The redeemed pugilist ended the evening saying, “Don’t ever give up.” In light of Bozella’s determination and story of redemption, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at seven notable figures that were able to find success despite carrying the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. —Amber McKynzie

7 Celebrities Who Changed Their Lives for the Better After Serving Time

While prison typically is a career killer, these former prisoners still managed to achieve their American dream

After serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit Dewey Bozella achieved his dream…

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Jimmy Graham: A Story of Survival & Beating the Odds

Overcoming abuse and abandonment, the inspiring NFL star tackles life head on

Before he was an NFL star Jimmy Graham was an orphan abandoned by his mother…

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6 Good Things About the Worst Row on an Airplane

When you're flying coach you always have to remember the silver linings

Traveling is already a headache when you’re flying coach, but add in a seat in…

By Caroline Clarke

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Bellroy Travel Wallet for the On-the-Go Businessman

Organize all your travel essentials in one convenient billfold

Focused on minimizing space Australia-based Bellroy creates the perfect Travel Wallet. Featuring a passport sleeve,…

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Supermodel & Businesswoman Tyra Banks Becomes First Fashion Icon To Invest In TheHunt.com Through F

WATCH: Tyra Banks Talks ‘Modelland’ and Moving Beyond the Doubters

Tyra Banks adds best-selling author to her long list of accomplishments and talks about facing…

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Entrepreneurs Launch Next ‘Chapter’ in Web Programming

Chapter3.tv offers original online programming that breaks the broadcast television mold

The brainchild of Darralynn Hutson and Michael Negri Chapter3.tv is a revolutionary source of Web-based…

By Aliya Ewing

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Tony Wells, Chief Marketing Officer, 24 Hour Fitness

The Health Manager

What a 24-hour fitness lifestyle looks like

As a fitness enthusiast, Tony Wells knows what it takes to maintain an optimum workout…

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Taking a Stand Against Tobacco

22-year-old activist is determined to stop young people from smoking

Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, in the heart of tobacco country, Chad Bullock understood…

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Lalah Hathaway Discusses Breast Cancer Advocacy & Her Latest Project

The R&B artist sings the praises of her latest body of work and Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Soul singer Lalah Hathaway has been a longtime advocate of breast cancer advocacy and her…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Earlier this week, a select group of online reporters were given the opportunity to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Old Family Dining Room in the East Wing of White House. Among those in attendance was iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, who spoke with Mrs. Obama about a wide range of topics, including her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity and creating a normal environment for her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, despite residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.   BlackEnterprise.com pulled a few parenting nuggets of wisdom from Michelle on keeping your kids grounded. —Anslem Samuel

Michelle Obama’s 6 Rules of Parenting

In addition to being the First Lady Michelle Obama is still a mother that knows best

A First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has a duty to uphold as…

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The beauty business is a multi-billion dollar industry. From hair and fashion to makeup and spa treatments, there are numerous avenues to carve out a lane for oneself. That’s something both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and Chioma Valcourt have done. An Emmy Award-winning journalist with a successful career in media, Trigg-Jones followed her passion and opened Spa Catchi, a Midtown Manhattan day spa/cosmetic surgery center with her husband, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Michael E. Jones. Similarly, Valcourt, who’s made her mark in the industry as a celebrity hair designer, runs Next Vanity, a full service salon in Manhattan. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the entrepreneurs, who shared their personal commandments for finding success in the beauty business. —Anslem Samuel

5 Commandments of Finding Success in the Beauty Business

Two women that have managed to carve out their own niche in the beauty world share their trade secrets

Both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and celebrity hair stylist Chioma Valcourt have followed their passions in the…

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A sampling of what Armstrong & Wilson have to offer

Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

Stylish entrepreneurs re-envision the classic men's fashion staple

Recognized by Esquire as two of the best dressed real men in America, Ontario Armstrong…

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How I Did It: Celebrity Jewelry Designer Aklia Chinn’s Custom-Made Success

Using a love for travel and unique craftwork, she turned passion into profit

Aklia Chinn took her love for travel and creating unique jewelry to Hollywood,

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Fitness Factor! The Price of Success

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins wants to know what you're willing to invest in your health and, as a result, your career

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins wants to know what you’re willing to invest in your health…

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NYFW: Hot Style at Harlem’s Fashion Row Show 2011

CEO of Harlem’s Fashion Row Brandice Henderson provides a platform for up-and-coming designers

BE Next gives you a front-row, center view of this year’s Harlem’s Row lineup.

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Music Managers Chris Lighty & Blue Williams Make a Power Move

The successful music moguls join forces to launch a new full-service firm, Primary/Violator

After steering the careers of artists like 50 Cent and OutKast, among others, music moguls…

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

Quina Martin spent years as a corporate hiring professional until one day, she answered the…

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Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  This year’s gathering was no different as a who’s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.


 
 

As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. —Anslem Samuel




 

Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

Hip-hop's biggest names got a chance to flip through the new coffee table book that documents their culture

A photo recap of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 that highlights various rap stars and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Actress Adepero Oduye (right) as "Alike" in director Dee Rees' "Pariah"

Writer/Director Dee Rees Talks ‘Pariah’ & National Coming Out Day

The filmmaker’s coming-of-age drama reflects some personal experiences and struggles coming into her sexuality

Drawing from personal experiences, Dee Rees directs Pariah, the critically-acclaimed coming of age story of…

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RINGS: 
	David Yurman has always been a brand that has excelled at creating quality jewelry for men that is handsomely beautiful and here are a selection of their rings that exemplify just that.
	 
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	Clockwise, from top left: Armory Dome Ring ($550); Curb Chain Ring, wide ($400); Maritime Band Ring, 10mm ($850); Naturals Sea Urchin band ring ($575).
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23 Accessories for the Well-Dressed Man

Accenting your outfit is not just for women, here are several pieces of men's jewelry to help you stand out in style

Men’s style doesn’t end with a tailored suit and crisp shirt and shoes, having the…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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SNL’s Former Musical Director Breaks Out on Her OWN

Two-time Emmy winner and cancer survivor Katreese Barnes serves as musical director for The Rosie Show

Winning two Emmy Awards for her Justin Timberlake sketches on Saturday Night Live, Katreese Barnes…

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Sugar Ray Leonard Talks ‘Real Steel’ Boxing Gig & Branding After Retirement

The boxing great gets his second wind as a hybrid entrepreneur training Hugh Jackman for latest role

Hugh Jackman’s Real Steel knocked out the competition at the box office but real-life boxer…

By Mia N. Hall

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DON’T FORGET TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

“Hit the film festival circuit,” LaMothe says flatly. A lot of filmmakers attract notoriety and investors by showcasing their projects at the various film fests that are held annually. You don’t have to attend them all but having a presence can be the springboard you need to get your work out there. “If you have something that resonates with people, and just stands out, it’ll get its attention,” he ads. “It’ll get its due, which of course will help you move forward with your next project.”

6 Things Not to Do When Making an Independent Film

Director Jerry LaMothe shares his personal don't for getting an indie film off the ground during a recession

Over the course of 11 years director/actor Jerry LaMothe has found success making films independently…

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Bill Gates Talks Innovation

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America's richest man discusses how to get the country back on track

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America’s richest man discusses how to get the country…

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Writer Nelson George Documents the Brooklyn Renaissance Movement

The noted scribe explores the cultural impact of his Brooklyn, NY neighborhood in new film

With Brooklyn Boheme, writer Nelson George documents the creative energy and public figures of note…

By Tomika Anderson

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Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

The technology innovator succumbs to a rare form of pancreatic cancer but his legacy lives on

An innovator and man of vision, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday October 5, 2011…

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No iPhone 5 But Apple Unveils Revolutionary Intelligent Assistant App

Apple makes major announcements during press conference

The iPhone 5 may be on everyone’s wish list but Apple keeps users waiting, while…

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

So huge, it comes with a matching backpack tote bag. But if you truly love hip hop, this tome is worth more than its weight in gold chains.

For those pressed for time, here’s the bottom line: If you love hip hop, I…

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Nostalgia TV? Not Feeling the Love

The good old days of Mad Men, Pan Am and The Playboy Club all send a familiar message to Black actors: no positions available

I have zero interest, at least so far, in the new shows Pan Am, ABC’s…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Justin Bieber’s DJ Tay James: The Secret of My Success

The pop star’s personal tour DJ shares his top six money-earning moves to becoming a successful spin doctor

Graduating from Hampton University’s Business School, DJ Tay James followed his dreams and became Justin…

By Amy Andrieux

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Not Enough Black Models?: Taking Kanye West to Task after Fashion Line Debut

Writer says hip-hop star talks the racial equality talk but doesn't walk the walk

Critic explores the scarcity of black models on the runway during Kanye West’s Paris Fashion…

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Backtalk with Antonio “L.A. Reid

Antonio “L.A.” Reid has stayed professionally in tune since the 1980s, when he was part…

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WATCH: 90210 Actor Tristan Wilds Talks Family Business

The young actor talks about the importance of family in business and in life

Tristan Wilds sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss how he entered into business with family,…

By Janel Martinez

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Effortless Training

One instructor makes the jump fun

When Mario Godiva Green hops into his Kangoo Jumps boots he might be heading out…

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Destination: Happiness

You have more control over getting there than you think

A diagnosis of cervical cancer at the age of 25 changed Tamika Felder’s perception of…

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Backtalk with Quincy Jones

Renowned musician and producer Quincy Jones started his six-decade career as a trumpet player before…

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Daisy Lewellyn, our Working Your Style host, broke down the fashion dos and don'ts for the professional man and woman. Here, she gives alternative looks for those dangerous don'ts featured in our video. If you're looking for looks like those, here are some inspired by the makeover segment, all available at Lord & Taylor. BE Polished! ---Janell Hazelwood

Working Your Style: Get the Look Inspired by Office Fashion Makeovers

Key office staples to give your office look a boost

Here are key pieces from our Working Your Style segment where we makeover office fashion…

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Working Your Style: Turn Office Fashion Don’ts into Fashion Savvy

Avoid these workplace attire disasters with easy makeover tips

Our Working Your Style Host Daisy Lewellyn shows how to upgrade typical office style mishaps…

By Janell Hazelwood

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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Get Out of the Office and See the World!

Are you a jet-setting professional? Check out our travel guide on the best places to eat, stay and play while you're on the road

Check out our travel guide on the best places to eat, stay and play while…

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: Kwame Jackson Presents New Tie Line & Bow Tie Tutorial

The Apprentice alum discusses Krimson by Kwame and shares proper bow tie technique

Entrepreneur Kwame Jackson unveils his new neckwear line, Krimson by Kwame, and discusses the brand’s…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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The pride and polish of business attire is an indisputable workplace norm that has stood the test of time. As part of our As part of our BE Polished style package, Black Enterprise editors and staff showcase how they work their power game and look at the office while adding their own special flavor to show personality and professionalism. ---Janell Hazelwood

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Style Profile: A Day at the Office with Black Enterprise

How BE editors and staff work professional and polished looks -- with flair

Black Enterprise staff and editors show unique workplace style and tell their top fashion essentials…

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Robert Townsend Steers Black Hollywood in New Direction

The Hollywood veteran discusses the future of African Americans in entertainment

With his new film, In the Hive, and web series, Diary of a Single Mom,…

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WATCH: Arise Designers Tell How to Make It in Tough Business of Fashion

Hard work and knowledge of industry play major part in post-catwalk success

Designers from the Made in Africa: ARISE Magazine show during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Carmyn Robey Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

After making serious lifestyle changes about her weight, Carmyn Robey now helps others do the same

Severely overweight as a teen, entrepreneur Carmyn Robey dropped 140 pounds and turned her life…

By Brian Dawson

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WATCH: John Singleton Discusses State of Black Hollywood

The celebrated director explains what it takes to get more African American stories on screen

With his latest him Abduction, starring Twilight’s Taylor Lautner, in theaters, John Singleton speaks on…

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You’ve just landed your dream first job right out of college; the pay may not be great, but it’s the first step to the head of the boardroom. On your journey up the corporate ladder it’s always important to look professional, but you don’t want to look like you ransacked your father's suit closet. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we have some great suit options that are both stylish and just the right price for the guy starting out or any businessman looking to save without sacrificing quality. —Gardy V. Guerrier

 

	SYL TIP: When building a work wardrobe it’s best to start with three to five well constructed suits in basic colors (black, dark blue, grey, and a subtle pinstripe) that can be interchanged with various shirt and tie combinations.

5 Suits Under $500

Affordable fashion for the well-dressed businessman

A good suit doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a…

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WATCH: Arise Showcases 7 Top African Designers

International publication puts on star-studded show, mixing fashion and culture

BlackEnterprise.com gets exclusive backstage access during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Made in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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BE Polished: Taking Your Professional Style to the Next Level

Your guide to fashion essentials that will give your look the competitive edge

BlackEnterprise.com presents a fashion and style guide for the working professional, taking you from the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Designer Duo Coco & Breezy Showcase ‘Rainy Days’ S/S 2012

See what these 21-year-old fashion designers have to say about expanding their business

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the part black, part Puerto Rican duo at their S/S 2012…

By Janel Martinez

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The former Single Ladies actress appeared on the small screen in The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable’s friend, Michelle, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but most remember this part Mexican beauty as Dionne from the 1995 film Clueless.  She went on to star in the television spinoff under the same name from 1996-1999.

Did You Know? These 15 Notables Are Latino

See which entertainers, politicians, and media personalities are of Hispanic origin

As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures you didn’t…

By Janel Martinez

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In today's job market, having that competitive edge of great style and confidence is key when pursuing career success. And these BlackEnterprise.com readers know just how important it is to put your best look forward. As part of our BE Polished style series, readers sent in photos of their power looks and told what key pieces prepare them to take on the work world with flair. ---Janell Hazelwood

Your Power Look: Readers Showcase Confident Style

Taking fashion from their closets to career success

BlackEnterprise.com readers showcase the power look that give them the confidence to pursue success

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Vashtie Kola: Curator of Cool

The young Renaissance woman breaks down the importance of branding

Tastemaker Vashtie Kola has found success as an entrepreneur, director, deejay, party promoter, and fashion…

By Janel Martinez

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In addition to a new career path, rapper-turned-author Malice (born Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr.) the critically acclaimed lyricist has also gained a new spiritual connection. This new perspective on life is evident in his debut novel, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked, which was named after a verse in the book of Revelations. BlackEnterprise.com recently caught up with Thornton, who shared his top five books for spiritual growth. —Anslem Samuel

Gene “Malice” Thornton’s Top 5 Books for Spiritual Growth

Reconnecting with his spiritual side, the rapper-turned-author lists his favorite reads

As one-half of rap group the Clipse, Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr. (better known as Malice)…

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Preview Our World: Actress Sanaa Lathan Returns to the Stage

Also: Roundtable on love in the Black community; author and U.S.A. Paralympic Medalist Bonnie St. John

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

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Get the Look: Idris Elba at the 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards

Celebrity style at the everyday professional's price

Ladies love the always dapper Idris Elba. Here’s how the average consumer can mimic his…

By Janell Hazelwood

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BlackEnterprise.com will recognize leaders in the Latino community throughout Hispanic Heritage Month (Image: Thinkstock)

Hispanic Heritage Month Begins Today

In honor of this 30-day celebration, BlackEnterprise.com will highlight notable Latinos in business and beyond

Started in 1968 by President Lyndon Johnson and lengthened by President Ronald Reagan in 1988,…

By Janel Martinez

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Make Your Life ‘More Than Meets the Eye’

When life gets to be too much, let laughter transform the moment…and you

Life is full of numerous hurdles but through laughter and positive energy we can find…

By Caroline Clarke

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Classes from 9am to 3pm, your organizations’ meetings scheduled right after, and you’re trying to sneak a bite to eat in between.  Oh, and of course you can’t forget Facebook/YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr-time. Are you wondering what time that leaves for homework and studying?   

Welcome to the life of today’s college student.  A study released last year by Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks, professors from the University of California, discovered the amount of time the average college student at a four-year college spends studying has declined by 42% since 1961, which narrows work outside of the classroom down to approximately 14 hours per week. With students spending less time hitting the books, they have to maximize whatever time is available for studying and completing assignment. As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has supplied students with three, easy-to-follow pointers on maximizing their study time. —Janel Martinez

3 Ways College Students Can Optimize Their Study Time

At a time when students are cramming more into less time, see how these simple tips can make it all possible

The average college student has less and less study time to prepare for exams and…

By Janel Martinez

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Power looks require power investments, especially when it comes to classic pieces that make up the foundation of a polished professional's wardrobe. As part of our BE Polished style series, we highlight key apparel and accessories that will ensure your office look is always on point. ---Sirita Wright

His and Hers: Fashion Classics for the Professional Closet

Style items no polished professional should be without

For the working man or woman, these fall fashion staples will ensure their look remains…

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Why Plugging Into Tech Equals Business Opportunities

Broadband session sparks conversation about digital business development and job creation

As the US Labor Department unveiled its dismal report revealing an unemployment rate stubbornly stuck…

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WATCH: Actor Tristan Wilds on His Move to 90210

After breaking through as a streetwise kid on The Wire the young actor goes mainstream

On HBO’s The Wire Tristan Wilds made his portrayal of streetwise Michael as real as…

By Anslem Samuel

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How to Save Money on End-Of-Summer Travel Deals

There's still a few weeks left in summer and Orlando may be your final destination

Here are a few tips to save before summer is really over

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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September 11th Coverage Ignores Way Too Many

One widower says more than white firefighters and wealthy traders died on September 11th, but you couldn't tell from ten years of coverage

One widower says more than white firefighters and wealthy traders died on September 11th, but…

By Andrew Bass, Jr.

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Lets face it: Today’s corporate woman is constantly on the go. And maintaining equilibrium in career, home, and spirit while being a stylish trendsetter isn’t always easy. As part of our BE Polished style series, we detail some awesome products to keep on hand for those fashion emergencies. These items will help you maintain a flawless look, and ensure you’re always ready to put your best look forward when sealing the next business deal. Your transition from the corporate office to an after-work mixer, or a date at that chic cigar lounge this fall will be seamless! ---Sirita Wright

Emergency Style Kit: 10+ Essentials for the Working Fashionista

Don't get caught at the office without these items to maintain your polished look

Last minute meetings or business events can arise at any moment, this emergency style kit…

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Steve Stoute Explains the ‘Tanning of America’

The advertising guru shares strategies from his new book and how brands can tap into the youth market

Former music executive turned advertising/marketing expert Steve Stoute explains why corporate America needs to tap…

By Tomika Anderson

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Every powerful man should maintain a look of success by remaining both professional and stylish. And as the age-old saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. Maintain your professional and polished swagger and don't get caught slipping by keeping a personal emergency style kit. As part of our BE Polished series, we highlight must-have products and fashion items that will help any professional man of style go from the office to an impromptu meeting to cocktail hour with ease, despite any workday stresses or snafus. ---Janell Hazelwood

Men’s Style Kit: 10+ Essential Items for the Professional Man

These essentials will ensure you maintain your best look, from the office and beyond

Every professional man of style should keep these must-have products and fashion items in their…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Managing Motherhood While in School

Undeterred by life's roadblocks, this young mother refused to let early parenthood derail her education

Typically teen pregnancy leads to a future filled with public assistance and hardships but Shani…

By Shani Snead-Sanders

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See Photos and Videos from the 2011 Golf & Tennis Challenge

Ledis, Wyclef, Ne-yo, golf, tennis, basketball, parties, after-parties--get a peek at the non-stop fun at this year's Golf & Tennis Challenge

Ledis, Wyclef, Ne-yo, golf, tennis, basketball, parties, after-parties–non-stop fun at the 2011 Black Enterprise Golf…

By Elayne Fluker

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MediaTakeOut Launches New Web-Based Reality Series ‘First Date’

The popular website expands its reach into the realm of original programming

MediaTakeOut.com founder Fred Mwangaguhunga joins forces with Fisher Klingenstein Films to introduce a new web-based…

By Brett Johnson

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WATCH: Wyclef Jean Set to Rock Miami Stage at BE’s Golf & Tennis Challenge

The Grammy-winner makes a repeat performance at the annual Labor Day weekend event

Wyclef Jean takes the stage for a second time at the 18th annual Black Enterprise…

By Elayne Fluker

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

6 Tech Tools To Make College Life More Manageable

These uber cool gadgets will make the college experience run a bit smoother

As the back to school rush continues, college bound students will need to be up…

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Music Business, Pt. 2

The music industry veteran speaks on his new venture with NYC indie label Fat Beats

Co-founder of Hip Hop Since 1978 Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua speaks on his new venture…

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Ladies, if you're hitting the courts during the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of these great style picks just for the fab tennis pro in you. You're sure to make the right statement among new and old attendees alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

6 Must-Have Tennis Accessories for Her

This tennis apparel will ensure you hit the tennis courts with flair

Have these women’s tennis apparel essentials on hand at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

By Daisy Lewellyn

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Kanye, Lil Wayne and More

Responsible for handling both artists' careers, the music mogul shares his business strategies

As co-founder of the management firm Hip Hop Since 1978, Kyambo “Hip Hop Joshua steers…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Fearlessly Forward

World champion swimmer uses his journey past fear to motivate others

Sabir Muhammad understands the crippling effects of fear. At 3, he jumped into a lake…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Decoding the Business of College Sports: Academics Over Athletics

Being a student athlete is about more than physical excellence but academic achievement as well

Student athletes are often seen as those who receive favoritism in the classroom, but professional…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Backtalk with Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams has touched the lives of many with her angelic voice and inspirational songs.…

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What If Every Ex-Con Could Get A Deal Like Michael Vick?

After paying his debt to society, the football star signs a $100 million dollar deal--and a second chance elusive to most

After paying his debt to society, the football star signs a $100 million dollar deal–and…

By Marc Lamont Hill

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Ladies, before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of our favorite functional, fashionable, and, yes, very fun pieces for the green and the court. These wears are sure to impress your colleagues and potential business partners alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

7 Stylish Golf Fashion Staples for Her

Shine at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge with these style must-haves

Before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

By Daisy Lewellyn

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Kevin Hart’s Record-Breaking Funny Business

The comedian raked in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he prepares to release his movie 'Laugh at My Pain,' he's just getting started

The comedian takes in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he gets ready…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Double Exposure: Tia & Tamera Mowry

The dynamic duo on marriage and parenting, why they’ll never be tabloid fodder and getting those hard reality (TV) checks

Black Enterprise talks to the dynamic duo about marriage and parenting, why they’ll never be…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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There’s a little trick when it comes to the game of golf: the way you carry yourself on the green far outweighs how you play the game. Golf swagger, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, its authentic skills that will get you the W, but working towards that inevitably takes time and right now all you have is your reputation (possibly even a job offer) on the line. Don’t fret,  BlackEnterprise.com  caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, who briefed us on the dos and don’ts of golfing—whether you’re a beginner or a well-seasoned golfer. You can catch the PGA professional giving one-on-one instruction at The Black Enterprise Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge this Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 3, 2012)--Janel Martinez

8 Dos and Don’ts of Golf Etiquette

Golf instructor Rodney Green schools golfers--new and old--on the code of the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge 2011!

Join us this Labor Day Weekend for a party you don't want to miss!

Join us this Labor Day Weekend for a party you don’t want to miss!

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Why Black Entrepreneurs Must Create the Next Google

How to succeed in the "Innovation Economy"

There’s a need for a business movement with a powerful, audacious mission: Ensuring African Americans…

By Derek T. Dingle

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A Dream Secured: BE Preview of Martin Luther King Memorial

Black Enterprise gets an early preview of the historical MLK Memorial site

Black Enterprise gets an early preview of the historical Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial site…

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‘Basketball Wives’ Meeka Claxton Talks Business, Independence & Reality TV Drama

The famed wife of Speedy Claxton talks about her thriving real estate business

Meeka Claxton on her thriving real estate business, her marriage, and BBW

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NBA Lockout Inspires Dahntay Jones to Be Money Smart

The pending NBA lockout teaches players that even a millionaire has to save for a rainy day

The NFL lockout is over but the NBA lockout is still looming. Indiana Pacers guard…

By Andreas Hale

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How to Handle Separation Anxiety: A Guide for Parents and Students

Whether it's parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed, experts give advice on how to hold it together when going back to school

Whether it’s parents worried about becoming empty-nesters or students becoming depressed or homesick when they…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Golf Has Been Calling You. It’s Time To Give In

I thought the game was too slow, too dull and too expensive. Now I know just how wrong I was

If you’re a businessperson (I’m talking to you ladies, too) with ready-made reasons for why…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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2011 Fall TV Preview: 13 Shows Worth Watching this Season

With a batch of new and returning programs here's a guide of what needs your support

Every fall the networks release their fall TV lineups, which include a slew of new…

By Starrene Rhett

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Enough Already with Trashing ‘The Help!’

This is a film worthy of our praise. So why are black folks hating, as usual?

The Help is getting mixed reviews. Some praise the film and its cast—including Viola Davis,…

By Caroline Clarke

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Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia and UPenn all have the distinction of being named Ivy League institutions of higher education. Since February 1954 these eight universities have been heralded for their academic excellence and standout athletic achievements. 	Almost 60 years later, those institutions are still recognized as the most prestigious centers of higher learning nationwide. While the general train of thought would be that the Elite 8 would solely produce cerebral types, some of today’s most notable and creative African American celebrities have walked their hallowed halls as well. With the back to school season in full swing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 celebrities you probably didn’t know attended an Ivy League school. —Amber McKynzie

10 Black Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Eight schools have the honor of being labeled Ivy League and—surprisingly—having these 10 celebrities as attendees

The elite eight of higher education are referred to as Ivy League schools. While most…

By Amber McKynzie

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WATCH: Kelly Price on Reinventing, Gaining Confidence and Moving On

In this episode of 'Brand New You' with Karen Taylor Bass, singer Kelly Price opens up about other turning points in her life and her music

In this episode of Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass, Kelly Price opens up…

By Elayne Fluker

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This year I have the honor of attending the annual Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. Now, all I have to do is figure out what to wear. The problem is I haven’t played golf in a decade, so for this edition of Suit Your Life, I enlisted the expertise of my golf fanatic friends (a.k.a the pros) to help me put together a stylish and functional golf wardrobe for my weekend under the Miami sun. As I hope for no rain (but am always "boy scout" prepared), here are some of my recommendations to be stylish on the links. See you in Miami. —Gardy V. Guerrier

Men’s Guide to Looking Good on the Golf Course

Golf isn't just for old timers, here's how the young and hip add some style to the green

Going golfing doesn’t mean you have to look like you’re going to a funeral. Spice…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Who’s Next: BMX Star Nigel Sylvester

The global star talks bikes, branding and giving Back

The global star talks bikes, branding and giving Back

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Tupac and Biggie: The Business of Deceased Rappers

A look at the financial legacies of two of hip-hop's biggest artists

There are the very very select few for whom fame extends … even grows… into…

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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

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7 Stellar Golf Resorts in the U.S. and Abroad

Golf concierge Ty DeLavallade reveals his top golf locales

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Trey Songz on Branding & ‘Evolving’ with Rocawear

The R&B star extends his brand into fashion and Hollywood without losing his integrity

R&B star Trey Songz has signed on to be the face of Rocawear Evolution, Jay-Z’s…

By Anslem Samuel

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We’re already in mid-August and I just cannot figure out how this summer went by so fast. If you’re like me, you want to try to get as much out of these last few summer weeks as possible (officially, there’s only six left!!). This means attending every great to decent open air concert, BBQ, rooftop cocktail party, sailing excursion, pool party, beach day, and anything that sounds even remotely summer. 	In this installment of Suit Your Life, I’ll focus on those key summer items and garments I’ve used and plan to pull out again for every worthwhile activity we have left, including the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. It also doesn’t hurt that most stores are having their end of season sales so you’ll be able to rack up on most of these great items for up to 75% off. Thank me later. —Gardy V. Guerrier

End of Summer Menswear Guide: Fashionable & On Sale

There's still a few weeks left in summer so get your look together with these last minute sale items

As the final days of summer begin to slip away it’s the perfect time to…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Can Public Schools be Fixed?

Gates Foundation president Allan C. Golston discusses plans to help solve the education crisis

The US educational system is in turmoil but thankfully the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, which…

By Alan Hughes

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Fighting the Freshman 15: How to Keep the Weight Off

Weight gain is a common reality for the college students. Here's how to stay fit mentally and physically

College freshman not only have to adjust to a new environment but also new eating…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Nightlife: How to Budget When Out on the Town

Your after-work leisure doesn't have to break your pockets

Madame Noire details how to save your wallet while enjoying nightlife.

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WNBA President Laurel Richie Steers League in New Direction

The marketing executive reveals her winning strategy for leading women's athletics in to the future

As the WNBA’s first African American woman president, Laurel Richie brings her marketing experience and…

By Andreas Hale

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WATCH: Same-Sex Marriages Prove Good for Business

The New York wedding industry finds an unlikely new consumer base in the LGBT community

The legalization of same-sex marriages in New York has revealed a new consumer base for…

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5 Boutique Hotels Worth Checking Into

When you're looking for a unique experience in a cozy setting, go off the beaten path and opt for a boutique hotel

Summer travel is about more than just where you go, but where you stay. Boutique…

By Andrea Adams

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Chris Tucker Gets Back to the Business of Making Funny

After a long hiatus, the actor and comedian embarks on his first comedy tour in years

After a long hiatus, the actor and comedian embarks on his first comedy tour in…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Last-Minute Family Vacation Deals

It’s never too late to get a great price on a vacation. You just have to know where to look

Timika Lane wanted to take a last-minute trip with her 10-year-old daughter, Tori, “for some…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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3 Ways to Get Your Warranty Extended for Free

Don’t pay if you don’t have to

Extended warranties are expensive. Extra coverage on a new car, for instance, can cost an…

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Leaders of the New School

Music insiders use hip-hop’s global reach to empower youth worldwide

Hip-hop has come a long way from its New York City to become a cultural…

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Facebook to Offer Consumer Deals

If you thought the folks over at Facebook were done making changes, you’re wrong.

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Airline Passenger Rights Updated

New regulations strengthen protection for fliers

Philippa V. Ellis logs 60,000 to 80,000 miles per year in air travel as a…

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

By Anslem Samuel

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What to Buy in July

July is chock-full of bargains.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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With summer in full swing, most people are in search of a destination getaway—a place to kick back and relax, while enjoying all that their temporary home away from home has to offer. But sometimes you can accomplish the same goal by taking advantage of the signature sites of your own city. Why not save up for the next getaway by opting for the convenient (and often more affordable) staycation?  It’s an option Tanya Hall, executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)—a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau—urges locals to explore.  “We want to make sure we have our own footprint in terms of a destination for African Americans,” says Hall. That very footprint includes various city sites, from the history housed at the African American Museum to down home southern cuisine offered at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar & Lounge. BlackEnterprise.com packed up and explored the northeast domain, suggesting fun ideas for families, couples and solo travelers in the City of Brotherly Love. —Janel Martinez

9 Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Enthusiasts

These staycation musts make The City of Brotherly Love a backyard luxury

Some of the best vacations happen in your own backyard. using Philadelphia as an example…

By Janel Martinez

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Bridal Designer Amsale

Also: Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Michael Jones, launching a 401(k) plan

Power couple Amsale Aberra and Neil Brown, the husband and wife team behind Amsale, the…

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Claflin University students register as bone marrow donors at a campus registry drive (Image: Be The Match)

Be The Match Registry Urges African Americans to Become Bone Marrow Donors

National Marrow Donor Program pushes for Blacks to save a life by registering today

National Marrow Donor Program pushes for Blacks to save a life by registering today

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MARVIN GAYE, 44:  A Motown legend and gifted songwriter, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalogue of timeless hits records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads to poetic soul that touched millions of fans. Having several bouts with drugs and depression throughout the years, Gaye’s personal demons got the better of him when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984 that led to the legendary singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's passing, we reminisce on other musical greats that were taken before their time

Amy Winehouse recently passed of mysterious causes in her London apartment, marking another example of…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Travel Bloggers Say: Don’t Be Afraid to Get Away

Bloggers Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you get started with their insider travel tips

Kiratiana Freelon, Vaughn Richardson and Renee King encourage you to take flight and help you…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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WATCH: Get Fit with Celebrity Trainer Mark Jenkins

Karen Taylor Bass works it out for Brand New You

Celebrity trainer Mark Jenkins has trained some of the biggest names in entertainment. Still, as…

By Elayne Fluker

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Homophobia in Sports: The Other Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

Will the world of sports ever accept an openly gay player in the locker room?

The world of sports is all about masculinity and competition, so being gay doesn’t coincide…

By Andreas Hale

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It took only 72 days for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage to dissolve. Reportedly costing a million dollars, the financial loss of the split is obvious. Similarly, Jennifer Lopez may have once sang “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” but the singer/actress knows first-hand that a  divorce can cost a pretty penny. After eight months of marrige to backup dancer/choreographer Cris Judd, she called it quits in 2002 and coughed up $14 million to Judd. With the recent announcement of her split from salsa singer Marc Anthony, there’s rampant speculation about who’s going to come out richer. J.Lo, whose estimated net worth is $150 million, easily eclipses her estranged husband who earns a respectable $40 million. If the couple signed a premarital agreement, there should be little worry about who gets what. On the other hand, the dirty laundry from some of the following couples was aired when news of their divorces spread. We’ve taken a look at the figures in 10 expensive celebrity divorces. —Brett Johnson

10 Most Expensive Divorces for Black Celebrities

A look at the most costly divorces of the rich and famous

Divorces and separations are all too common in Hollywood. Here’s a breakdown of some of…

By Brett Johnson

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Whether it was civil rights or gay rights, the struggle for equality has been an on-going battle. While the call to action generally happens on the grassroots level with the people, it’s on Capitol Hill where the real changes happen. As BlackEnterprise.com’s coverage of the Black LGBT community, we look back at the some major historical points of the LGBT rights movements with an intensive timeline that follows the ups, downs and milestones under various presidential administrations. —Kahliah Laney

US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

See which 16 US presidents were in office when these historic LGBT moments occured

From Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama, US presidents have presided over many great moments in…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Yes, that really is the number of tractors in Norway and, yes, it is printed onto every garment Moods of Norway produces.

Spring/Summer 2012 Season Menswear Trade Show Preview

Suit Your Life columnist Gardy V. Guerrier gives you an exclusive backstage pass to some of next year's hottest fashion pieces

Following the menswear Spring/Summer 2012 season trade shows in New York City, here’s a sneak…

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3 Tips for Organizing a Major Event

In five years Tanya Hall grew the Global Fusion Festival into one of Philly's biggest events and she's ready to share her knowledge

Global Fusion Festival director Tanya Hall offers fellow event organizers her three surefire ways to…

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When it comes to vacation nothing beats a beach. While the coastal states offer a few viable options, there’s nothing like the pristine waters surrounding a tropical island. If you haven’t mapped out your summer travel location just yet, we’ve compiled five of the best island destinations to get you motivated. — Andrea Adams, Travelista TV

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5 Best Island Destinations

Life's a beach—here are five you need to visit on your next vacation

Island vacations make for a true getaway in that you leave the mundane routine of…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Raw Foodie Karyn Calabrese

Also: B.E.'s Corporate Exec of the Year, credit score myths and plus-size fashion trends

Karyn Calabrese, CEO 0f Karyn’s, a company specializing in raw foods and vegan meals, is…

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

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17 Books to Add to Your Travel Reading List

Summer is here and for many that means it’s time for a break, so grab a great book and just relax

Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, summer is the perfect…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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Black and LGBT in the Black Church

Straight and gay pastors weigh in on the polarizing isssue

Kenyon Farrow says he was 10 years old when he learned that being openly gay…

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One of the exciting panels at this year's event was The Business of Reality TV. Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle (center) moderated the discussion. (Photo by Terrence Jennings)

2011 American Black Film Festival

See highlights from the 15th Annual ABFF July 6-9, 2011 in Miami

The 15th Annual American Black Film Festival (ABFF) took place July 6-9, 2011 in Miami.

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Transgender journalist Tiq Milan

WATCH: Being Black & Transgender

In a candid interview, journalist Tiq Milan breaks down his transition from a woman to a man

Being Black and gay is a double minority, but writer Tiq Milan faces an even…

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Summer is officially here, it’s time to travel and, yes, you guessed it, “there’s an app for that!” (Several actually). In a hyper-connected world how can you get the most out of your travel experience? If you have a WI-FI connection and a mobile device, you’re wired to explore new cities and destinations.  Location based technology has made it economical to easily connect people geographically to cool spots and create unforgettable experiences. Let’s examine seven mobile apps that integrate mapping, photos, food, and trip management and much more. —Hajj Flemings


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9 Must-Have Apps for Travel

Heading out of town? There's an app for that—several, actually

Whether it’s a business trip or a summer vacation, mobile apps come in handy for…

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Bring instant glam and gorgeousness to your next leisure or business trip with a special piece of luggage and amazing travel accessories that show off your personal (and professional) style. Summer travel never looked so chic.—Daisy Lewellyn 

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Travel Luggage Guide: 12 Best Accessories for Her

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories that show off your style.

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories…

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John Singleton

WATCH: John Singleton on Boyz N the Hood’s 20th Anniversary

The celebrated director reflects on the impact of his seminal debut film

Director John Singleton made history as the youngest person to ever be nominated for an…

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WATCH: The High Life – Brunch with Bevy Smith and Don Lemon

The creator of Dinner with Bevy tells how she made a business out of meaningful connections

When the who’s who want to get together an evening of elegant dining and long-lasting…

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Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights

African Americans banned together to fight racial injustice, but for some, gay rights is a different battle

Civil Rights and Gay Rights share many similarities, but those some would beg to differ.…

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Travel Luggage Guide – 8 Necessities For Him

A few essential luggage and travel accessories for the businessman who's on-the-go

When men travel in the summer they need luggage options that are stylish and sturdy,…

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New Data Shows Black-White Life Expectancy Gap Is Widening

Experts attribute gap to recession-related stress

The Atlanta Post reports widening of life expectancy gap between whites and African Americans.

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For those looking to trade in that old automobile for a hot new ride this summer, automakers are unleashing a bevy of cool new car features. With the rapid growth of technology, car makers are improving more than just the rideability and exterior design, but also complete interior functionality. So if you plan to shop around for a new ride, here are seven high-tech and alluring car features that will make your purchase a real upgrade. —Jeff Fortson

7 Must-Have Features for Your Car

Give your car a major upgrade this summer with these savvy tech features

Buying a new car is only step one. Personalize your ride with the latest automotive…

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The Keys to Tech Startup Success

Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares insight on successfully launching a tech start-up

During the NewMe Accelerator incubator, Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares a few business plan tips…

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MLB's Wendy Lewis

Baseball’s Top Black Executive Ready to Partner with Minority Businesses

League's Diverse Business Partners Program provides resource for small firms

There are many young businessmen and women who dream of a high-powered job in professional…

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Black Founders Rally Support for NewMe Accelerator

Tech professionals in Silicon Valley start the summer with networking, food, and technology

Revolutionary program provides tech-savvy African Americans with the tools necessary to succeed in the digital…

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While a vacation is always a great excuse for seeing the world and dusting off that passport, limited finances and days off may sometimes put a damper on those globetrotting plans. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some R&R within US borders. Weekend getaways can be just as therapeutic and relaxing to give you that mental boost you’ve been craving. Here are five untapped Stateside vacation destinations along with a list of interesting things to do and explore when you get there. —Teri Johnson, Travelista TV

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5 Weekend Getaway Destinations Within the US

Not every vacation has to be abroad, here are a few domestic destinations worth seeing

Domestic trips can make for a great weekend getaway when your finance prohibit you from…

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Shuttle Stars: America’s Black Astronauts

A look at 20 African American pioneers of aeronautics

The final launch of Atlantis on July 8 will mark the end of the American…

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Brand Identity: How to Centralize Your Identity Online

Social media can be overwhelming, here's how to simplify things without losing your audience

From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIN and Ning here are a couple sites that can…

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How to Get the Most For Your Dollar When Traveling Abroad

Smart travel tips to help you save before and during your trip

Money columnist Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives you smart travel tips that will help you save before…

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Survey: Small Businesses Underestimate the Importance of Online Reviews

Adorable and Affordable Summer Dresses for Work

Stay fashionable, yet professional in these lovely frocks perfect for the office

Madame Noire gives affordable and fashionable dress picks for office attire

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As we get ready for the holiday weekend and wrap up our coverage of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into our thought leaders and editors to see what motivates them when it comes to handling their business. But we're not talking educational seminars or textbooks; we’re talking playlists.Check out this cool mix of songs and add them to your own playlist. They're sure to get you moving--whether it's to work out or on your way to work. #NP —Elayne Fluker

12 Songs to Add to Your Power Moves Playlist #NP

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power moves

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power…

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Women of Power: 4 Boss Moves to Get Salary You Deserve

As the pay gap for women and men is highlighted today for Equal Pay Day,…

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10th Women of Power Summit Most Successful of All Time

Last week, Black Enterprise’s 10th Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm in Ft.…

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