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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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WATCH: 5 Things El DeBarge Wishes He Knew Then…

The R&B singer reflects on his past and discloses what he would do differently, if given the chance

Watch as Blackenterprise.com reporter LaToya M. Smith talks with the Detroit-native about what he wish…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Wedding Dress Designer Amsale Aberra

How she build her bridal empire

The name Amsale has become synonymous with some of the most alluring bridal fashion in…

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With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future and the people, places and things that will shape our world over the course of the next 12 months. Over the course of this week, Blackenterprise.com will be giving you the 4/11 on some of the big innovations, developments and trends on the horizon for 2011. Today, which happens to be 1/4/11, we start off in the world of automotives. While there was a time when going green meant sticking out like a green thumb in the car industry, more and more manufacturers seem to have finally made the turn to eco-friendly. This year, consumers have more options than ever to do their part for Mother Earth in style. Checkout our 11 mean green machines. —Will Gock

4/11: Green Machines – 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011

Your 2011 guide to hot cars that get the (green) thumbs up

With <strong><a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2010/12/29/gains-loses-of-2010-the-good-the-bad-the-memorable/">2010 logged into the history books</a></strong>, it’s time to look forward to the…

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Oprah Gets Her OWN

The queen of talk is now the queen of all mediaseriously. But is America ready for her "Live Your Best Life" message 24-7?

Oprah said OWN and its reality shows are all about “showing humanity.” It’s your network,…

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Backtalk with Laila Ali

Black Enterprise caught up with the 33-year-old to talk about her inspiration for her line…

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Managing Food Allergies at Work

Tips for eating and staying safe when food isn't always your friend

In the work world, social connections are often made over lunch or dinner. Food plays…

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This Week on Our World: Best-selling Author Terry McMillan

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

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise host Marc Lamont Hill talks with Terry…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Holiday Party Dressing

Chic his and her looks to help you ring in the new year with style!

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host, Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

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This year has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments we’ll remember for some time. As we countdown the final days on the calendar and head into 2011, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at a few of the gains and losses of 2010. These are the events that have had (or that we predict will have) some impact on our economy, politics, entertainment or way of doing business. Let us know if we’ve forgotten any biggies by leaving your comments below! —The Editors

Gains & Losses of 2010: The Good, the Bad, the Memorable

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the moves that made us cheer, and some that made us cringe

2010 has been a year filled with ups, downs and what-the-hell-was-that moments that we’ll remember…

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Why the Big Bowl Games Are Big Business

Washington DC official discusses economic impact the Military Bowl could have on the city

The University of Maryland Terps will face the East Carolina University Pirates in the 2010…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Reveals His Passion for Painting & Photography

The mega producer adds visual artist to his ever-expanding resume and explains his latest form of expression

Not only is mega producer-come-NYU professor Swizz Beatz an avid art collector of painters such…

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WATCH: 5 Steps to a Powerful Smile

Perfecting your pitch is one thing; but having a killer smile could help you seal the deal. Dr. Catrise Austin shows you how

Dr. Catrise Austin, author of the new book, 5 Steps to the Hollywood A-List Smile,…

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Actor Jamie Hector Moves Mountains for a Good Cause

The former Wire actor uses the arts to combat cyber-bullying & help kids achieve their dreams

On-screen Jamie Hector is known for playing heartless bad guys—most notably the role of Marlo…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: HIV/AIDS and the Impact on Black Men

Emerald Morrow speaks to an HIV positive young man who talks about the challenges and the way forward

Emerald Morrow reports for BlackEnterprise.com about the impact HIV/AIDS still has on our community.

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Seal It with a Tip!

Not sure what to give as a simple thank-you gift? See our chart of tipping points from etiquette guru Anna Post

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and protocol legend Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Anna Post, on the…

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For more holiday coverage, read: 'Tis the Season to 'Buy Black' WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

9 Gift Ideas That Will Have You “Buying Black” This Holiday Season

Bring holiday cheer to loved ones AND Black-owned businesses

Here are a few gift suggestions straight from Mrs. Buy-Black America, Maggie Anderson, of The…

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WATCH: Working Your Style with Daisy Lewellyn: Your Holiday Shopping Guide

Still picking up last-minute gifts? Daisy gives easy gift ideas for co-workers and friends

In our new video series, Working Your Style, our host Daisy Lewellyn (TV personality, style…

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WATCH: Jamie Foxx Makes It a Night to Remember

We caught up with the singer at the listening party for his new album, Best Night of My Life

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with the actor turned R&B crooner, Jaime Foxx,…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz Pays Homage to Painter Jean-Michel Basquiat

The mega-producer looks to celebrate the artist in all of us with his upcoming campaign with Reebok.

Yesterday (December 22) would have been famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat’s 50th birthday. Since his death…

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WATCH: Swizz Beatz On the Beauty of Investing in Art

The mega-producer shares the do's and don'ts of making wise art purchases

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with music and art connoisseur Swizz Beatz while the mega producer-come-NYU professor…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Brand New You with Jill Scott and Karen Taylor Bass

Scott talks with our host about the importance of busy moms making time for self

In our new video series, Brand New You, our host Karen Taylor Bass (founder of…

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

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Mix it up with a sangria or rum punch for all to enjoy. "You can get a great wine for under $15, brandy, and fruit, and mix them for sangria," Pariser says. "Each bowl or pitcher goes a long way and people love it!" Butler is a fan of the same mixed concept in rum punch. "You get the rum, the juices, and mix them together and serve," Butler says. Garnish glasses with leftover fruit or rim them with colored sugar to add special touch of class. For more on holiday entertaining and recipes see ... Multicultural holiday recipes from the Black Enterprise staff Holiday Party Planning: How to hire a caterer

Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Tips on how to make your holiday festivities classy and cost-effective

Whether your pockets are tight or you just don’t want to spend extravagantly, this year…

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office

Consider these 5 tips when spreading holiday cheer in the workplace

Blackenterprise.com spoke with the author and spokesperson for The Emily Post Institute, Anna Post, on…

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WATCH: Angela and Vanessa Simmons School Us on Their Pastry Clothing Line

The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs chat with Black Enterprise Business Report

Angela and Vanessa Simmons are all about business. The successful sisters-slash-enterpreneurs talked with Black Enterprise…

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

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COQUITO: PUERTO RICAN COCKTAIL "My family enjoys this drink every holiday season-- from Christmas to New Year's. It's tradition, so we don't do any festivities without it. And it's better than any eggnog!" -- Jessica Martinez, Human Resources & Corporate Operations Manager,  Ingredients: 2 egg yolks, beaten; 1 (12 fl. oz.) can evaporated milk; 1 (14 oz.) can cream of coconut; 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk; 1/2 cup white rum; 1/2 cup water; 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves; 1/2 tspn. ground cinnamon; 1 tspn vanilla extract Instructions: 1.) In the top of a double boiler, combine egg yolks and evaporated milk. (If you don't have a double boiler, you can simply use a heat-safe bowl over a regular pot); Stirring constantly, cook over lightly simmering water (in pot) until mixture reaches a temperature of 160 degrees. The mixture should be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. 2.) Transfer mixture to a blender, and add cream of coconut, sweetened condensed milk, rum, water, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla. extract. Blend for about 30 seconds. Pour into glass bottles, and chill overnight. When serving, sprinkle cinnamon on top or add stick for festive flavor. See more holiday party planning tips: How to Hire the Caterer Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

Holiday Party Planning: Multicultural Recipes with a Twist

Black Enterprise staff and editors offer their favorite recipes to celebrate the season with coworkers

Budget cuts can make a more cost-effective option–like the potluck party–that much more attractive. To…

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Sleep on It

You always find an excuse not to slow down; but here are all the reasons you should

“It’s important to realize that sleep isn’t just a luxury,” says WebMD medical editor Dr.…

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Mooz-lum to Address Muslim-American Identity Post-9/11

Actors Nia Long and Evan Ross tackle anti-Islam sentiments in award-winning project

Nia's long overdue return to the silver screen
Although it’s been more than nine years…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Is 50 Cent the Next Ice Cube?

After stirring the hip-hop pot, 50 Cent is expanding his portfolio and making big bucks

The hip-hop mogul-to-be continues to change the game

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

To really appreciate the memoirs of Shawn Carter, don't just enjoy the art of the rapper, hear the story of the hustler

First, let’s get past the obvious: if you’re a true Jay Z fan (and when…

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Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late!

See how your plans to do energy-efficient improvements on your home could lead to cash back

If you plan on doing energy-efficient home improvements, now’s the time to do them. The…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Russell Simmons

BE's Business Report host shares her insight on meeting the hip-hop mogul and discussing his latest book.

Caroline rubs shoulders with the hip-hop mogul

Russell Simmons’ office is not just in a corner,…

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Conclusion

Trump has hired his newest apprentice. But we couldn't help but wonder: Is it time for business reality show to retire?

By now, it’s certainly no secret that Trump passed over Clint Robertson to hire Brandy…

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Hip-hop artist M.C. Hammer is infamous for his financial fall from grace in the '90s, and his troubles followed him into a new decade. In 2009, he owed more than $671,000 in state and federal taxes.

10 Black Celebrities Who Have Had Their Share of Tax Woes

The IRS halts for no man--or star. See how some famous folks have (mis)handled their finances

Here are 10 black celebrities who felt the wrath of the IRS

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POLL: Should 50 Cent Be a Role Model?

The music mogul speaks on his charity work and why his moves outside of music are worth following

For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access…

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Holiday Party Planning: How to Hire the Caterer

Yum Yum Chefs co-founder Vanessa Cantave tells you how to avoid holiday party hiccups

To make sure you contract the right caterers (and avoid any holiday party hiccups), we…

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What You Can Learn From … Wesley Snipes’ Tax Evasion Blunder

Negligence and protest are NOT your friends when dealing with the IRS. In fact, they could get you three years in prison

As Wesley Snipes reports to prison today to serve a three-year sentence for tax evasion,…

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Exclusive: What Motivates 50 Cent to Get Rich or Die Tryin’?

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

“I’m from the bottom, so you got to find another excuse,” asserts Jackson, referring to…

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

Harvard professor and author Linda Hill tells entrepreneurs why real management is about influence

Leadership isn’t about getting things done yourself – it’s about accomplishing things through others, says…

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Part 1

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

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Exclusive: 50 Cent Responds to Criticism Over Flaunting Money on Twitter

Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson talks his celebrity and trouble with tweets

50 puts his money where his mouth is
For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50…

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Human Intonation: Raising T Cells With T-Shirt Sales

Inspired by her own personal loss, Verneda White uses fashion to raise HIV/AIDS awareness in communities of color

Forget the boardroom or even the power lunch; the real great ideas are birthed in…

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5 Tips for Selling Anything to Anybody

Author gives advice on the best ways to close the deal and sell your product

Buying and selling has been the cornerstone of business since the earliest civilizations. Virtually every…

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What You Can Learn from … Simmons Sisters’ Sweet Success

5 business lessons from sisterpreneurs Angela and Vanessa on building Pastry

Vanessa and Angela Simmons are building their own empire, with a foundation nurtured by their…

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WATCH: Tennis Star James Blake, Star Jones and Gayle King Come Out for a Cure

Stars talk about ways we can all get involved with causes that are close to our hearts

Black Enterprise correspondent Shannon Lanier caught up with tennis champion James Blake, who invited friends…

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HIV/AIDS IS NOT THE END OF YOUR SOCIAL LIFE It is possible to have a relationship with someone who is infected. You just need to know what’s safe and how to protect yourself.

6 Misconceptions Young People Have about HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

Activist Hydeia Broadbent clears the air on the realities of living with HIV/AIDS

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Obama’s AIDS Advisor on the Frontline for a Cure

In spite of medical developments, Phill Wilson of Black AIDS Institute says testing and awareness are our only true defense

Chin up, Black America, not all the news surrounding HIV/AIDS in the African American community…

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Backtalk with John Legend

In his latest album, Wake Up! a collaboration with The Roots, six-time Grammy award-winning artist…

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Kardashian “Kard” K.O.’d

The socialite siblings default on prepaid debit card deal in the face of intense criticism and sky high hidden fees

Kim Kardashian gets declined.
What a difference a month makes. Prior to the November 10 launch…

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Hydeia Broadbent: “Living With HIV/AIDS is No Death Sentence”

Despite being born with AIDS, the 26-year-old activist continues to live life to the fullest while informing others about the disease.

Despite being born with AIDS, 26-year-old activist Hydeia Broadbent continues to live life to the…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 11 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

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Alicia Keys Tweets Her Own Death For AIDS Awareness

The singer and her celeb friends swear off Twitter and Facebook to raise money for a good cause

More than 2 million followers mourn Keys' Twitter death.
Social media has become a huge part…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Behind-the-scenes with Nick Cannon

What you didn't know the comedian-turned-Chairman

Ok, I’ll be honest. I didn’t expect much when I went to interview Nick Cannon…

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The New Loyalty Is Not Just About Transactions; It's About Interactions

Give Great Face! Dr. Dina Strachan Tells You How

Expert tips on how you can get clear skin and feel confident for your next business meeting

Face it: the first thing a new employer or potential client sees when he or…

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Cut the Cost of Your Thanksgiving Dinner. Sunny Anderson Tells You How

The Food Network star dishes on how to stir it up for less than $100

Blackenterprise.com talked with the Brooklyn-based foodie about what she would prepare on a $100 budget,…

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Start an internship/externship: While you may only be out of school for a month and a half, it is still enough time to gain on-the-job experience with an externship or an internship. If need a jumping off point, reach out to professors, mentors and your network and spread the word that your looking to work over the break. Also, read your local newspaper to find out which companies are laying off workers--they'll be hard pressed to turn down free labor.

5 Winter Break Career Development Tips for College Students

Here are five things you can do this winter break to boost your resume and…

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Don't buy a product that doesn't meet your needs “It looks like a lot of the e-readers advertised on Black Friday sales are pretty good deals,” says Bradford. It is rumored that the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is usually $150 will be $99 just for Black Friday at Best Buy. “The only caveat is that it has WiFi and not 3G,” says Bradford. 3G is better because you can get an internet connection anywhere there is a cell phone signal, regardless of whether or not there is a WiFi signal. Also, the Nook gets free access to 3G and WiFi on AT&T’s network. “If WiFi is fine with you then that is a really good deal, says Bradford. “Most people aren’t going to need to download a book while standing out on a street corner.” But if downloading a book on the fly is your thing then you might want to spend more for 3G. Leading up to Black Friday stay informed about new models that are soon to be released. A lot of brands will be releasing newer models towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. If having the latest product is important to you, don’t buy an older version just because it is on sale.

SLIDESHOW: What to Look for When Buying Electronics on Black Friday

Make your list and check it twice. We tell you what to look for when hitting the store

Planning to purchase a laptop or other electronic on Black Friday, but not sure if…

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Could an Independent School be an Option for Your Child?

With financial aid, community organizations and a support network, you may have more educational options than you think

Education is a hot topic these days, especially in light of the provocative, powerful film…

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POLL: Pat-Down or Enhanced Scanning?

If you're traveling any time soon you'll have to choose. Do you prefer one method over the other?

Many of us felt victimized enough when we stepped cautiously through a metal detector and/or…

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SLIDESHOW: The New TSA Pat-Down

Here's what to expect during your next trip to the airport

Beefed-up airport security might keep us safe, but some fliers are very unhappy about the…

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Traveling? Know Your Rights When it Comes to Pat-Downs and Body Scanners

Know what should and should not happen at airport check points

The reality of terrorism in the United States has resulted in tighter airport security procedures.…

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7 Ways to Profit on Small Business Saturday

Follow this action plan for entrepreneurs who want to rack up big sales on Nov. 27

Tips that will help small business owners hear the cash register, paypal or online shopping…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke

What goes on behind the scenes--literally and figuratively

About nine months ago, I was asked to host the TV show, Black Enterprise Business…

By Caroline Clarke

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 10 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

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Do’s and Don’ts of Soliticing Funds for Your Nonprofit

How to get support for your good cause

With fundraising, the right strategy is key in garnering support for your nonprofit.
At the core…

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How Not to Go Broke on Black Friday

For the best deals, planning is key

Though Black Friday is all about getting the most bang for your short buck, there…

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The Porsche 911 Carrera is as impressive standing still as it is in motion.

PHOTO GALLERY: Black Enterprise and Porsche Go for a Spin

See the Intelligent Performers who turned out at the Porsche Sport Driving School in AL

See the Intelligent Performers who turned out at the Porsche Sport Driving School in AL

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Intelligent Performers Take to the Track

Black Enterprise and Porsche team up to rule the road and reward excellence

Power, agility and speed are the traits that many executives exemplify in solidifying deals that…

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Brandi Simpkins and the Success of Her Rising Empire, B. Lynn Group

See how this wardrobe, makeup and hair stylist rose to the top of her industry

Brandi Simpkins, CEO of B. Lynn Group, manages the careers of the entertainment industry’s most…

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WATCH: Nick Cannon on Business, Being Taken Seriously & Faking It ‘Til You Make It

The self-described "entrepretainer" shares tips for young entrepreneurs

Blackenterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier recently caught up with self-described “Entrepretainer” Nick Cannon, who, at just…

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Google’s Boutiques.com Open for Business

The mega search engine clicks into the fashion industry with its e-commerce site

Google debuts Boutiques.com, an assortment of virtual boutiques curated by bloggers, celebrities, designers, trends and…

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Chase Waives Foreign Transaction Fees

Planning a trip overseas? You might want to take one of these cards with you

If you have a specialty credit card with Chase and you’re a frequent overseas traveler,…

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What You Can Learn from…Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’ Branding Techniques

The Bad Boy took Ciroc to new heights. Our branding expert tells how you can do the same for your business

Branding expert and reinvention strategist, Marshawn Evans, talked to Blackenterprise.com about why Diddy’s a comprehensive…

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BlackEnterprise.com caught up with BE Next leaders in finance, entertainment, science, and technology on their favorite reads that inspire them and give them tools to achieve their dreams.

40 Next: Young Leaders’ Book Picks for Success

Top reads of today's BE Next entreprenuers and professionals

BE Next leaders give their favorite books on success and leadership

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Decoded: The Business Lessons of Hip-Hop Powerhouse Jay-Z

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

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Valeisha Butterfield Strives to Empower Women in Entertainment

Founder and Chair of WEEN tells how she turned her idea into a worldwide following

Blackenterprise.com talked with the industry savvy chairwoman about turning her dream into a reality, the…

By Janel Martinez

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 9 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

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12 Hip Hop Stars Who’d Reign Supreme if They Were Politicians

What would happen if your favorite rapper was running the show in D.C.

If hip-hoppers ran the country, who would they be? Here’s a list of artists who…

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Ne-Yo To Be Honored Among ‘Intelligent Performers’

Award-winning singer/songwriter among entrepreneurs and executives recognized for innovation and excellence

Award-winnning singer/songwriter Shaffer Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is among the top…

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BigBrother

A Black Businesswoman in China: Life Online (Part 6)

Be prepared for limited access to Facebook, Google and other web sites

This final post will focus on the role of Big Brother in China. I was…

By Malla Haridat

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Earl G. Graves Sr. – The Green Beret   Before his involvement in politics and founding BLACK ENTERPRISE, Earl G. Graves served as a member of the 19th Special Forces Group, the Green Berets, in the United States Army. Graves is also an ROTC graduate, having attended Airborne and Ranger School.

Military to Mainstream: From Veteran to Business Leader

Entrepreneurs who went from the trenches to the boardroom

They may have spent years on the front lines but that’s not where their hard…

By Renita Burns

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Slideshow: Black Enterprise Energy Forum in D.C.

Black Enterprise and Shell brought out the best and brightest minds to discuss eco-opportunities for our community

The Black Enterprise Conversation on Energy Forum, Part II, welcomed Van Jones, best-selling author of…

By Renita Burns

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Military to Mainstream: Why Our Veterans Need Our Support Year-Round

The return from war is often fraught with battles at home and at work

Veteran’s Day. It’s that time of year when the nation turns its attention to the…

By Joyce Jones

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Did Tyler Perry Pull It Off? ‘For Colored Girls’ Thandie Newton Weighs In

Talks about Perry's big risk, comparisons to 'Precious' and importance of trying something new

Thandie Newton admits it wasn’t easy playing Tangie in Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, which…

By Brett Johnson

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Book Review: Bold Moves To Creating Financial Wealth

At just over 100 pages, this primer is a good first read for those intimidated by money books

Bold Moves to Creating Financial Wealth by Gerald Grant Jr. delivers a quick read, keeping…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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UnderCovers, starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, should have been a hit. It still can be.

6 Fixes That Could Have Made ‘UnderCovers’ A Hit

The "sexpionage" series was pronounced dead by NBC last week. Here's how to bring it back to life.

The truth is (and it kills me to say this), UnderCovers just wasn’t very good.…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Daylight Savings Time is a Perfect Time to Volunteer

Give back for an hour this weekend

SERVE 60 is looking for eager individuals willing to give their time and talents to…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Black Enterprise & Shell Hold Energy Forum This Weekend

Check Blackenterprise.com all weekend for live updates, videos and pictures!

As America grapples with its dependence on oil, a presidential push to adopt green practices…

By Renita Burns

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 8 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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10 Reasons Why Black Girls Rock

BGR founder Beverly Bond tells us all the reasons Black women should (and will!) be celebrated

This Sunday, celebrity DJ and former model Beverly Bond and friends celebrates the power of…

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Beverly Bond Shows the World That ‘Black Girls Rock’

The renowned DJ tells how she turned a t-shirt slogan into a national movement

DJ Beverly Bond began her entertainment career rockin’ the turntables at the hottest clubs for…

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A great resource for preparing to deal China's huge bureaucratic system.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Dealing With the Government (Part 5)

Be ready to deal with huge bureaucracies and lots of red tape. These resources can help.

This post will focus on navigating business with the Chinese government. Bottom line: You need…

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Book Review: Black Faces in White Places

Authors Randal Pinkett and Jeffrey Robinson lay out a new game plan for black achievement in the age of Obama

Much has been made–and rightfully so–of the need for America’s institutions to embrace diversity and…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Tyler Perry’s Business Model and the Future of Black Cinema

"For Colored Girls" raises the question whether Perry should focus on adapting books, plays or original material

If Tyler Perry’s version of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow…

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What You Could Learn From … Soulja Boy’s Social Media Marketing Success

Using YouTube and Twitter, how a young entrepreneur took his strategy straight to the bank

Despite his controversial missteps, Soulja Boy’s Wall Street Journal talk brings to light social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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YolandaAdams

VIDEO: Gospel Artist Yolanda Adams Calls for Hypertension Awareness

Early detection and diet management are key

Award-winning gospel artist Yolanda Adams has taken up a healthy cause—preventing and managing hypertension.

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Can CEO Moms Have It All?

Women in executive level positions make managing a company and household a possibility

The common perception that women in positions of power have to choose between their career…

By Janel Martinez

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Russell Simmons: Why You Should Vote (and Why His Daughters Can’t Watch His New Show)

Just hours before his new reality show debuts, the hip hop impresario sounds off

“It’s all about your team. There is nothing else, and you can do nothing else…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Van Jones to Headline Energy Forum

Have questions for our experts? Read here to see how you can join the conversation

Van Jones, best-selling author of The Green Collar Economy and a senior fellow at the…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 7 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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The Michelle Obama Fashion Effect Boosts Company Stock Values

A look at Mrs. O's global style influence and designers of color who have shaped her look

She’s the First Lady of the United States–and the First Lady of Fashion–with a style…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The use of bilingual signs

A Black Businesswoman in China: Getting Around (Part 4)

The trains allow you a real sense of daily life

I highly recommend taking public transportation in the three metropolitan cities of Shanghai, Beijing and…

By Malla Haridat

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Venus Williams on How to Make Smart Decisions for Your Brand

The tennis champion shares her three guiding principles for success

Williams tells Black Enterprise that she attributes her stellar track record to her parents’ mentorship…

By Tomika Anderson

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ChineseforDummies

A Black Businesswoman in China: Learning The Language (Part 3)

You must study Mandarin and Cantonese if you really want to compete in the global marketplace

In our third installment of Doing Business in China, I am sharing my experiences on…

By Malla Haridat

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 6 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Could You Have a Money Disorder?

If money controls you, the reason could be deeper than a lack of willpower.

The act of shopping and spending money is a normal activity that we all in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Keep Up With Product Recalls

A couple of government agencies can help

I’m expecting my first child and preparing to buy things she’ll need like a stroller…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Cruise Control

Automotive professional Benny Black makes sure his clients drive the very best

Like most successful businesses, Benny Black’s Platinum Motorcars was born out of desire. Black, who…

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Plug and Play

Tech gifts for people on the go

The words “step into my office” have taken on a whole new meaning. As responsibilities…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Where the Green Opportunities Are

Energy, agriculture, and manufacturing poised to reap the rewards

Two ideas converge in the term “green economy:” To increase efforts toward conservation and sustainability,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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UBR Morning Post: Orchestra Founder Jeri Lynn Johnson

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with arts entrepreneur…

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Hill Harper on ‘Waiting for Superman’: “It vilifies teachers”

Harper says don't blame teachers for shortcomings in education system

Black Enterprise caught up with Harper who talked about America’s hot button issue: education–more specifically,…

By Renita Burns

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 5 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Backtalk with Susan L. Taylor

Focusing on our children with National CARES Mentoring Movement

For nearly four decades Susan L. Taylor was the leading force behind Essence magazine. Today,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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GlassHalfEmpty

Is Your Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Attitude is everything

Many of us continue to be battered by hard times. Economists claim that the Great…

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It's a good idea to have your cards printed in Mandarin, Cantonese or other Chinese dialect before you leave the States.

A Black Businesswoman in China: Don’t Skimp on Business Cards (Part 2)

In America, they are important. In China, they are critical to doing business.

One of the first things that any good cultural guide will share about doing business…

By Malla Haridat

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Tools to Curb Holiday Spending

Getting a jump on holiday plans? Here are three resources to get you through the season

Along with browsing for gifts and holiday party wear, you may want to peruse these…

By Renita Burns

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Laila Ali Launches Eco-Friendly Beauty Products Line

The boxing phenom talks product placement and plans for a lifestyle brand

“I think entrepreneurs should start small with a plan to grow big.”–Laila Ali

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5 Ways to Save Money in a Divorce

Getting divorced doesnt mean going broke

Divorce isn’t something that anyone hopes for but life happens. Here are five cost-cutting moves…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Malla Haridat - Shanghai

A Black Businesswoman in China: Traveling as a Foreigner

During a recent trip to China, Malla Haradat gained valuable insight into Chinese business culture

If you’ve read about the recent successful trip that the National Urban League hosted in…

By Malla Haridat

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5 Easy Ways to Go Green for a Cause

On 10/10/10, join the Global Work Party and do your part to raise awareness about climate change

The international organization 350.org is encouraging everyone around the world to participate in the Global…

By Andre Williams

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 4 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Living in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage creates unique challenges for financial planning.

5 Personal Finance Books for Couples

Gain wisdom and intimacy while building riches.

Gain wisdom and intimacy while building riches.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Marc Lamont Hill is New Host of Our World with Black Enterprise

Syndicated series returns October 9 & 10

Marc Lamont Hill, Ph.D. makes his debut as host of the nationally syndicated television series…

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40th Anniversary Cupcake Giveaway

Win something sweet from Black Enterprise!

CAMICAKES CUPCAKES
What would a celebration be without cake? To commemorate four decades of Black Enterprise,…

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Shop Smart, Spend Less Giveaway

Win this style guide from Black Enterprise!

NEVER PAY RETAIL AGAIN
Want to discover great deals? Five lucky readers will win a copy…

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 3 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Shopping Insider: Shopping While Black

How to get the best steals and deals, for people who take their shopping seriously

I’m sure it has happened to you. You’re shopping in a store, minding your own…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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self-love

Four Ways to Find Self-Acceptance

Don't feel bad about yourself just because your circumstance isn't ideal

Everyone finds him or herself in a slump sometimes; when they are not feeling the…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Don’t Miss Your Chance to Network With Intelligent Performers

A rare opportunity to make powerful connections and gain valuable exposure for your business

If you are a mogul in the making or talented business professional looking to take…

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Biz Expert Q&A: Greening Your Business on a Budget

Tips on how to save money while saving the planet

Becoming more environmentally aware while saving on energy costs for your small business doesn’t have…

By Alan Hughes

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 2 Performance Review

Each week as contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Social Media Insider: Keeping Children Safe on Facebook

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it

For parents with little ones looking to join Twitter, Facebook or other networks to connect…

By Renita Burns

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Green Insider: Preparing Generation Next for Energy Jobs

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

How do we adequately prepare our youth for the challenge of leading our nation towards…

By Andre Williams

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10BT-Ginuwine

Backtalk with Ginuwine

Multiplatinum recording artist talks about his bout with depression and his commitment to helping others suffering from it

Elgin “Ginuwine” Lumpkin rose to stardom after his 1996 debut, but just four years later,…

By Veronica Buapim

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WATCH: Actor Jamie Hector on Film Roles, Philanthropy

Star talks character, inspiration in Urbanworld festival feature, Night Catches Us

Actor Jamie Hector sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to talk about his latest role, his best…

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WATCH: Urbanworld Film Festival Draws Top Black Talent

Founder seeks to give minority directors prominent voice

On the opening night of the Urban World Film Festival, BET host Free, far left,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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The Apprentice 2010: Task 1 Performance Review

As 16 contestants compete for a $250,000 job contract, get the leadership lessons you can use to succeed

Follow along as we offer performance reviews of each task of The Apprentice 2010, with…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Kerry Washington Shines at Urbanworld Film Festival

Actress talks "breathtaking" roles and best money advice

Actress Kerry Washington discusses the Urbanworld Film Festival, the best money advice she’s received, and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Sharpton to Launch Syndicated TV Show

Sunday morning program will focus on education and closing achievement gaps

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton announced on Thursday plans to launch a Sunday morning…

By Joyce Jones

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The REAL Apprentice Is Back—And So Am I

Look for my weekly performance reviews of the job candidates on reality TV's original business competition

I’m glad to see The Apprentice return to it’s original premise as a competition for…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Green Insider: What’s Slowing Our Transition to Alternative Energy?

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

America’s Transition to alternative energy is moving slowly. In 2009, wind power accounted for only…

By Andre Williams

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Social Media Insider: 3 Social Network Management Tools

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it

Consider your social media dashboard a one stop shop that lets you drag and drop…

By Renita Burns

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Watch: Actress Kim Fields Stays in the Game, Part 2

Multitalented actress discusses the business of filmmaking.

Kim Fields is the new host of BET's Lens on Talent.
We spoke to veteran actress,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Undercovers’ Steven and Samantha Bloom

Series starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 8:00pm EST/7:00 CST

NBC’s Undercovers, the new romantic/spy series starring Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as husband and…

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WATCH: President Eli Martinez in The Event

Conspiracy/suspense series starring Blair Underwood premieres on Monday, Sept. 20, at 9:00pm EST/8:00 CST

NBC’s The Event is the new conspiracy/suspense series starring Blair Underwood as U.S. President Elias…

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UBR Morning Post: Film Fest Co-founder Stephanie Rance

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Angelique Westerfield speaks with Stephanie Tavares-Rance…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Women of Power

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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