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Kevin Liles: More Than Music

Former Def Jam music man talks about the importance of expanding his brand beyond the industry and giving back by paying it forward

How the former Def Jam music man has expanded his brand beyond the industry and…

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WATCH: Composer Terence Blanchard Explains Musical Direction for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The Grammy-winning composer shares his vision for the recent retelling of the Broadway classic

Grammy winning composer Terence Blanchard brings his talents to A Streetcar Named Desire and explains…

By Anslem Samuel

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Darryl Frierson, founder of From Ashy to Classy

Black Blogger Month: From Ashy to Classy, The Culture Connoisseur

Intellectual thought provoker Darryl Frierson puts a philosophical spin on an array of topics

As founder of From Ashy to Classy, Darryl Frierson uses his words to entertain and…

By Shydel James

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Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, founders of Street Etiquette

Black Blogger Month: Street Etiquette, The Substance of Style

Style bloggers Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs prove that there's more to men's fashion than the clothes

Going beyond fashion into style with their Street Etiquette blog, Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month: Yoli’s Green Living, The Queen of Green

With a mission to teach people how to live green without spending it, Yoli Ouiya puts the consciousness in health conscious

Eco-Living Stylist Yoli Ouiya looks to better the planet and be the queen of green…

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

Marcus Samuelsson Spreads Food Politics Through Digital Platforms

You’ve seen the chef/philanthropist on the Web and shows like "Top Chef Masters," catch him at the 2012 Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo

Marcus Samuelsson’s social media footprint is sizzling—his verified Twitter account boasts over 51,000 followers; Facebook…

By Janel Martinez

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Tichina Arnold Explains the Joys of Being ‘Happily Divorced’

The veteran actress continues her hit streak with new TV Land series and speaks on the status of her singing career

Actress Tichina Arnold breaks color barriers playing a rile intended for a White woman on…

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Marie Denee, The Curvy Fashionista

Black Blogger Month: The Curvy Fashionista, Reshaping the Web

Full-figured blogger Marie Denee turned her personal catalogue of plus-size threads into a premier destination for curvy women

Known as The Curvy Fashionista, Marie Denee empowers women to accept their curves and body…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Choreographer Camille A. Brown Adds Rhythm & Soul to ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The award-winning choreographer explains how she incorporated the spirit of Louisiana into A Streetcar Named Desire

Award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown explains how she infused New Orleans dance processionals into A…

By Anslem Samuel

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Wilson Morales, editor for BlackFilm.com

Black Blogger Month: BlackFilm.com, The Web’s Leading Man

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that mainstream Hollywood often overlooks

As editor of BlackFilm.com, Wilson Morales shines the spotlight on Black films and talent that…

By Danielle Kwateng

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UBR Spotlight: DeanZign’s Angela Dean Delivers Celebrity Style

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Designer Angela Dean; money maven Deborah Owens.

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Charles Barkley  From the onset of his career Barkley was surrounded by greatness. Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, he joined a team that includes legends Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks. Holding his own, Sir Charles averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his rookie season. A year later, he was the team’s leading rebounder and second scorer before eventually becoming the Sixers’ franchise player until he was traded in 1992 to the Phoenix Suns, where he continued to dominate as a rebounder and team leader. By time he retired in 2000, Barkley became the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. However, the Dream Team gold medalist was never able to win a title to compliment his accolades.

NBA Decoded: Does Social Media Make Athletes Worse Role Models?

Was Charles Barkley right? How social media has made today's athletes flaws as a role model more apparent

When Charles Barkley proclaimed that he wasn’t a role model he had no idea that…

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Do: Prepare before you hit the course      Don’t let your first encounter playing a round of golf with peers also be your first time on the green. Opt to play at an off-peak time for practice or even take a few lessons. A golf lesson can range from $45 to $100 per lesson. Green believes lessons are worth the investment. “If you get some basic fundamentals, it helps you so much further down the road because you know you’ve got good basics.”

5 Keys To Planning A Great Golf Trip

Take the advice of golf travel expert Ty DeLavallade, CEO of Golf Quests Inc.

To ensure that your next golf trip is also a great vacation, take the advice…

By Mia N. Hall

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Slim Jackson, executive editor for SingleBlackMale.org

Black Blogger Month: SingleBlackMale.org, Think Like a Man

Slim Jackson and his team of Single Black Male writers give a voice to uncommitted men while providing insight for women

As Executive Editor for popular relationship blog Single Black Male, Slim Jackson explains how he…

By Shydel James

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Nikki Walton, founder of CurlyNikki.com (Image: Dr. Eugene Walton II)

Black Blogger Month: Curly Nikki, The Hair Apparent

Women in search for advice on natural hair care need look no further than Nikki Walton's CurlyNikki.com

Passionate about women of color embracing their natural hair, Nikki Walton founded CurlyNikki.com, the definitive…

By Anslem Samuel

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Producer, Datari Turner

What ‘Think Like a Man’ Success Means for Black Hollywood

Film producer, Datari Turner reflects on the lasting impact of the surprise blockbuster on the state of Black films and televison

Independent film producer Datari Turner believes there’s room for more than one Black experience in…

By Souleo

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Karen Civil, founder fo KarenCivil.com

Black Blogger Month: Karen Civil, The People’s Voice

With access to Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre, this trusted blogger is a every music lovers favorite source for all things music

With KarenCivil.com, this 26-year-old gives hip-hop fans all access to their favorite stars with a…

By Tracy Garraud

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WATCH: Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Explains his Vision for ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

The celebrated Broadway veteran reveals the attention to detail that went into Tennessee Williams' classic production

Costume designer Paul Tazewell shares his thought process in creating the wardrobe for A Streetcar…

By Anslem Samuel

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One-half of the dynamic eyeglass design duo, Coco & Breezy, showed her support for Black Blogger Month

Black Blogger Month 2012 Launch at 40/40 Club Recap x Photos

Our monthlong celebration of digital entrepreneurs kicked off with a bevy of tastemakers and aspiring bloggers

BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month 2012 Tweet Up brings celebrities & digital tastemakers out in force…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month: Man, Wife & Dog, Digital Love Zone

Noticing a void online for real wives talking about the joys and pains of being married, Charli Penn created her own

Charli Penn, the creator of the popular marriage blog—Man, Wife & Dog—shares her business and…

By Starrene Rhett

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A Heart Attack Saves Lives

A community’s kindness inspires a daughter’s grateful response

In 2006, Nana Eyeson-Akiwowo received an urgent phone call from one of her uncles in…

By Brittany Hutson

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The Tea Spot

A holistic instructor creates a sexy new environment for an age-old beverage

Sunyatta Amen, founder and owner of SiTea
After water, it’s the No. 1 drink all over…

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Spring Affair

For Your Wardrobe
Python is one of the most stylishly diverse leathers available and nobody demonstrates…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Space Encounters

What it takes to make a house your home

All of Angela Lee’s work begins with interviews. “The client may not know what they…

By Sonia Alleyne

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For 2nd Week in a Row, ‘Think Like A Man’ Takes Top Spot

The film is reaching new heights, coming in at No. 1 domestically for the second-straight weekend

The Sony Screen Gems ensemble comedy “Think Like a Man” was No. 1 domestically for…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Second Annual Black Blogger Month Launches May 1, 2012

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as we celebrate the 20 of the most impactful and successful voices online

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as BlackEnterprise.com celebrate the 20…

By Anslem Samuel

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‘Sparkle’ Producer Debra Martin Chase Reflects on Career & Whitney

The veteran movie producer shares her career journey and explains the industry's evolution

Hollywood veteran Debra Martin Chase shares her trade secrets on moviemaking and adapting to the…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Last week, news broke about two African American men, Christopher Johnson and Nathaniel Claybrooks, filing a class action lawsuit against the producers of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. The men claim that they were rejected from being cast on the popular reality show because they are Black. In 20+ seasons of the long running show, there has never been an African American contestant.

While the rest of the world argues the validity and diversity of reality television’s latest bachelors, BlackEnterprise.com rounded up a list of the hottest 10 single brothers that should be on your radar. Not only are these men easy on the eyes but they’re all certified movers and shakers, too. Ladies, you’re welcome. —Bridgette Bartlett of Black Bridal Bliss

10 Eligible Black Men ‘The Bachelor’ Should Cast

Reality TV casting agents for The Bachelor may have a hard time finding men of color but here are a few good men

After two African American men sued producers of the The Bachelor for racial discrimination here’s…

By Bridgette Bartlett

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Penny Hardaway Scores Big with Booming Business Portfolio

The NBA great skyrockets from basketball superstar to flourishing entrepreneur and philanthropist

NBA great Penny Hardaway gets his second wind as a businessman with an impressive portfolio…

By Mia N. Hall

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Issa Rae, Creator of ‘The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl,’ Turns Quirkiness into Viral Sensation

The 26-year-old innovator on how she came up with ABG, turning awkward situations into material and what’s next on her horizon

With a Shorty Award under her belt and taping for season two well underway, BlackEnterprise.com…

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Stars Come Out to Support ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

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

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

By Adena Andrews

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

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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

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

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

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

By Aliya Ewing

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

Receive a free copy of An XL Life!

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

By Sasha King

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Will Packer: Think Like a (Hollywood Mogul) Man

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

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

By Gil Robertson

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

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

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

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

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

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

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

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

By Yandy Smith

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

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

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

By BlackEnterprise.com

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

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

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

By Gil Robertson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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David Banner Reminds Consumers of Their Buying Power

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

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

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Backtalk with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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

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

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

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

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

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Homophobia and Homosexuality Linked in New Study

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

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

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Preview Our World: Alicia Keys Takes Broadway By Storm

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

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

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

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

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

By Aliya Ewing

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Are Millennials Doing Enough for Our Community?

Calling out the youth for not upholding the standards set forth by the Civil Rights Movement

Community engagement blogger Ebonie Johnson Cooper puts millennials to task for their lack of social…

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RYAN LESLIE 	Harvard University 	BA, Government and Economics 	Class of ’98   Scoring a perfect score of 1600 on his SATs at the age of 15, Leslie went on to deliver Harvard’s “Harvard Oration” at his graduation ceremony when he was just 19 years old.  Joining Cambridge’s elite jazz group, The Krokodiloes, the child prodigy discovered his love for music. Since then he as written music and produced for Sean “Diddy” Combs’ Bad Boy Entertainment, Donnell Jones, New Edition, Cheri Dennis and more.  Still recognizing the importance of education, Leslie recently hosted a “mini-music seminar” for Harvard’s Black Student Law Association in 2009 called “The Bizness Behind the Business.”

Ryan Leslie Directs Political Short for Congressional Candidate Taj Clayton

The gifted performer lends his creative vision and support to his Harvard classmate's political aspirations

Singer/producer Ryan Leslie adds director to his resume with a powerful campaign short for Congressional…

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From designers to photographers, these five fashion industry professionals have taken their culture and influences from Africa abroad, creating a competitive niche and finding success in the international fashion industry. ---Sirita Wright

Talents from the Diaspora: 5 African Fashion Professionals Blazing a Trail

From photographers to designers, these heavyweights take success abroad

From designers to photographers, these industry heavyweights have brought success from shores of Africa abroad.

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When it comes to luxury vehicles, Rolls-Royce ranks among the most notable. From billionaire businessmen (and women) to royalty, the high-end automaker is the mode of transportation for the wealthy. While their fleet of cars comes off the lot with an already hefty price tag, owners have been known to up the ante with customization and bonus amenities that add a considerable amount of zeros to sticker price. Here are 15 of the most expensive Rolls-Royce cars in the world.

15 Most Expensive Rolls-Royce Cars in the World

Rare and customized models from the luxury automaker

From the Phantom to the Ghost, Rolls-Royce has created some luxurious vehicles over the years…

By Anslem Samuel

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Hundreds of thousands of gamers flocked to Boston this past weekend to get a sneak peek at the latest in gaming technology. PAX East 2012 had a little something for every attendee, from freeplay areas where gamers played classic video games and tabletop games to sections where major video game publishers displayed the biggest soon-to-be-released titles; not to mention, there were tons of networking opportunities.  

On the second day, panelists at “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up” discussed new-age technology that will help gamers (and non-gamers alike) get fit in a fun way. Put the weights aside and pick up your controller or mobile device. Here are four health-focused tech tools that will keep you fit in a point and click:--Tamika Moultrie

4 Health Tools That Place Fitness in the Palm of Your Hand

Developers discuss health-conscious products that allow gamers to enhance their gaming skills and health comprehension

PAX East 2012 attendees listened to “Healthy Games: Lose Weight, Live Longer, and Level Up”…

By Tamika Moultrie

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Participate in the United Healthcare Healthy Challenge Contest

Black Enterprise magazine and United Healthcare are working together to promote and encourage healthy habits among BE readers.

Black Enterprise magazine and UnitedHealthcare are working together to promote and encourage healthy habits among…

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Judy Smith’s 5 Biggest Scandal Resolutions

The inspiration for ABC's Scandal has had her hand in cleaning up memorable political and PR nightmares

ABC’s Scandal stars Kerry Washington as a savvy lawyer adept at clearing her high profile…

By Anslem Samuel

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Mario Van Peebles Captures Youth Culture With ‘We the Party’

The respected director celebrates Generation Y and passes the acting torch to his son

Legendary director Mario Van Peebles releases We the Party, a film geared towards depicting the…

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‘Red Tails’ Lands on ‘Our World with Black Enterprise’ Television Show

Catch the all-new episode of 'Our World with Black Enterprise' in its new TV ONE time slot, every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. EST

The cast of Red Tails appears on the all-new episode of ‘Our World with Black…

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WATCH: Gospel Duo Mary Mary Talk Motherhood and Music Industry Success

With the debut of their new reality television show, Erica and Tina Campbell discuss balancing a successful career with family life

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to “Mary Mary” stars Erica and Tina Campbell about their self-titled reality show…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Driving While Black: Welcome to the Club, Tyler Perry

Even if you’re as rich as Tyler Perry, chances are you will be racially profiled

Movie mogul Tyler Perry recently became the victim of racial profiling as Atlanta police pulled…

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Recent Study Shows Cervical Cancer Is Harder to Clear in Black Women

Researchers at the University of South Carolina in Columbia released a study showing the health disparity between young black and white women

New research presented Sunday shows that black women are at a higher risk of contracting…

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Vote NOW for Black Enterprise and 50 Cent in ASME’s Cover Contest!

Help make our cover featuring rapper/entrepreneur Curtis Jackson the Reader's Choice Cover of the Year!

Voting is now open for Readers’ Choice honors in the 2012 American Society of Magazine…

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The Perfect Fit

A former boutique owner finds a good look in a new company

As one of the few master specialists at Brooks Brothers Made-to-Measure, Cooke oversees a custom…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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Picture Perfect

Hanging out with her cousin, singer Grace Jones, at a photo shoot in 2001, Jacqueline…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Giving Back Behind Bars

Entrepreneur helps the incarcerated help themselves

Todd Pemberton believes everyone deserves a second chance at finding his or her way.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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WATCH: David Banner on Trayvon Martin Shooting Death

The passionate performer expresses his views on the senseless death of another young Black man

Rapper/producer David Banner shares his passionate perspective on the life and death of Trayvon Martin…

By Anslem Samuel

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Free!! Receive a Copy of ‘Satan’s Sisters’ by Star Jones

Receive a copy of Star Jones's first novel, 'Satan's Sisters' from BlackEnterprise.com

Receive a copy of Star Jones’s first novel, ‘Satan’s Sisters’ from BlackEnterprise.com

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Decoding the Business of Earvin “Magic” Johnson

Adding the L.A. Dodgers to his business portfolio, the NBA Hall-of-Famer continues to secure landmark deals

Magic Johnson’s minority stake in the Los Angeles Dodgers adds on to his impressive business…

By Danielle Kwateng

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ESPN Sports Business Editor Analyzes Impact of Magic Johnson’s Dodgers Deal

ESPN's Keith Reed shares his perspective on Magic Johnson's historic purchase of the LA Dodgers and what it means for the sport

ESPN’s Senior Sports Business Editor Keith Reed shares his perspective on Magic Johnson’s historic purchase…

By Adena Andrews

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Johnson Products Goes Back to Black

The legendary Johnson Products comes full circle as the beauty brand is once again Black-owned

Eric and Renee Brown take over Johnson Products, the first African American company to be…

By Andrew Wadium

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NBA Decoded: Have Black Athletes Killed the White All-Star?

As the NBA becomes dominated by African American and international players, White ball players are left on the bench

Dominated by African American and international players, the NBA is left with fewer White American…

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Soldier’s War Within

The art of war is more mental than physical and few soldiers are trained on coping with their experiences after deployment

As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end, many soliders are faced…

By Tamara Warren

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Former Music Industry Worker Promotes Empowerment Through Fashion

Fashion entrepreneur Kissa Thompson wants African American community to love their hair, culture and selves equally

Founded by Kissa Thompson, Buttafly Unlimited is more than a T-shirt/apparel line. It promotes positive…

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Now that McDonald’s Has a Black CEO, Will This Mean Healthier Food for the Black Community?

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald's on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance McGill asks if Mickey D's will now change how it markets to our community

CEO Don Thompson takes the helm of McDonald’s on July 1. thegrio.com writer Dr. Terrance…

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Jalen Rose Dedicates Himself to Educating Detroit’s Children

The former NBA player partners with Jeep to provide a safe haven for Detroit's next generation

Through a partnership with Jeep, former NBA player Jalen Rose gives back to the children…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn Explain ‘Life, Love, Soul’

Stars of the indie film share their personal connection to script and advice for expectant mothers on the job

Egypt Sherrod & Terri J. Vaughn dish on Life, Love, Soul, an indie film on…

By Starrene Rhett

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WATCH: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Talks Branding and Longevity in Fashion

The star of the new VH1 reality show "Styled by June" on being a good leader, career longevity, and the importance of branding

The star of the new VH1 reality show “Styled by June” on being a good…

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: Epic Records’ Astro on Life After X-Factor & Being Black History in the Making

The teen phenom explains his rise in fame and plans for the future

X-Factor’s Astro speaks on his relationship with L.A. Reid, debut album on Epic Records, appreciation…

By Anslem Samuel

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Chinese Company Infringes On Michael Jordan’s Brand

The NBA legend and entrepreneur looks to protect his name by any means necessary—internationally

Michael Jordan responds to Chinese apparel company Qiodan Sports Company Limited infringing upon his brand…

By Mia N. Hall

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SXSW 2012: Feel Rich Discusses Health and Wellness in the Hip-Hop Community

At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, Quincy Jones III and his Feel Rich team talk about the health-conscious enterprise and promoting healthy living in urban communities

Producer and digital mogul Quincy Jones III has found a way to combine healthy living…

By Winston Ford

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Free!!! Black Opal “Top Shelf Diva” Cosmetics

Get make-up palettes to create your own Power Look

Get your power look with these Black Opal spring eye shadow palettes and lipstick.

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For many women, a power look doesn't just end with the right outfit or shoe. It's a head-to-toe story of branding that tells who they are, what they do and how well they do it.


Putting that best face forward is important, whether they're closing deals, working with clients, traveling the world or starting that next venture. In today's image-conscious business world, make-up is no longer just for movie stars and glamour girls, as many working women recognize the importance of presence, accentuating their best features and embracing the power of femininity.


Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, helped four professional women tap into their wow factor, with beauty looks that can go from the office to after hours. ---Janell Hazelwood


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Beauty Before and After: 4 Career Women Transform into Power Looks

Black Opal artistic director Frank Guyton talks tips on day-to-night looks

Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, creates power looks for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Celebrity Chef Carla Hall Cooks up Success as a Media Maven

The Chew's top chef dishes on how she turned a passion for food into a business and brand

After making a name on Top Chef, Carla Hall landed her own show, The Chew,…

By Khalid Salaam

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Bryan “Birdman” Williams Talks Music, Literacy & Business

The Cash Money Records CEO reveals how his passion for reading birthed his latest venture, Cash Money Content

With the launch of Cash Money Content, Bryan “Birdman” Williams adds on to his multimillion…

By Amber McKynzie

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Hooray for Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of the Nigerian Film Industry

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the largest film industries in the world: Nigeria

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the…

By Tomika Anderson

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This vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train Black fighter pilots during World War II.

Memorabilia From National Museum of African American History & Culture

From Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book to Muhammad Ali's headgear, you can connect with all aspects of black cultural

In preparation for the 2015 opening of the National Museum of African American History &…

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New Museum Ensures Black History is Part of the American Story

Black Enterprise is on hand for the groundbreaking of a new museum dedicated to African American history and culture

Barack Obama, Calvin Butts and others take part in groundbreaking for National Museum of African…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Financial Adviser Creates March (Money) Madness to Promote Financial Literacy

Brokerage professional gives common sports bracket investment spin

Rob Wilson, created an investment game that plays off the popular March Madness basketball…

By Janell Hazelwood

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A packed house of A-list celebrities, studio executives and industry tastemakers came out to celebrate the AAFCA Awards. Produced by the African American Film Critics Association, the invitation only, red carpet took place at PIPS Restaurant (renamed the AAFCA Playhouse) in Los Angeles. Hosted by noted entertainment journalist Kevin Frazier, (of CBS's The Insider) the event featured awards handed out in categories that included: Best Actor, Actress, Director and Best Film, among others. AAFCA Special Achievement Awards were also presented to iconic actors Richard Roundtree, Hattie Winston, legendary producer George Lucas and entertainment giant Sony Pictures Entertainment.---Gil Robertson 

Pictured here: Oscar-nominated actress Viola Davis and the legendary Richard Roundtree

Black Hollywood Comes Out to Support the African American Critics Awards

Black Hollywood comes out to support African-American leaders in the entertainment and film industry

Black Hollywood comes out to support and honor African-American leaders in the entertainment and film…

By Gil Robertson

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Not Just for Looks

Why shades should be more than style

Sunglasses are the perfect accent to any wardrobe, but when selecting shades it’s important that…

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Backtalk with Tasha Smith

Tasha Smith is the around-the-way girl from Camden, New Jersey, who fans know as the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Stone Love

For a custom designer, all the gems are precious

Historically, stones such as diamonds, rubies, and emeralds have been categorized as precious, while jade,…

By Sonia Alleyne

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With a flood of hairstylists in the industry, it can be hard to stand out among the crowd. But Tippi Shorter, the woman behind the perfectly placed tresses of public figures like Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, among others, found a way to carve out her own niche and build an impressive roster of clients. Now a 15-year veteran, Shorter gives BlackEnterprise.com her essential list of how to survive in the ever-evolving world of hair. Read on to find out her five secrets to success. —Aliya Ewing

5 Tips for Success in the Hair Industry

Celebrity hair stylist Tippi Shorter shares her personal tips on success

Celebrity hair care specialist Tippi Shorter, who’s styled Rihanna, Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson, shares…

By Aliya Ewing

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on New Role as US Global Cultural Ambassador

The NBA Hall of Famer makes transition into politics as US liaison for people-to-people diplomacy abroad

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar speaks on his historic role in government and his…

By Mia N. Hall

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WATCH: How I Do It – SoulCycle Instructor Turns Fitness Passion into Career Success

How a surprise career in fitness led spin instructor Ayana Curtis to tap into her passion, her joy and her success

SoulCycle Master Instructor Ayana Curtis talks about her career in fitness and how tapping into…

By Elayne Fluker

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Basketball Wives’ Royce Reed Creates Her Own Reality on Stage

The reality star rebrands herself with budding acting career and series of youth-centered books

Using her notoriety from reality TV, the budding businesswoman breaks into acting with Platanos &…

By Amber McKynzie

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Whenever most people think about the Academy Awards, it’s the actors, actresses and directors that often come to mind first. (Congratulations to Octavia Spencer on joining the short list of African American Oscar winners during the 84th Annual Academy Awards.) However, there are dozens of other categories that highlight the hard work of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes players. For instance, the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score feature several African American winners. Here are seven oftentimes forgotten names from the world of music on the list of African American winners. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: The Black Winners Who Often Get Overlooked

African American Academy Award winners in the category of Original Score

While Academy Award winning actors & directors of color get most of the fanfare, there…

By Anslem Samuel

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Kelly Keelo and Carl Foster, Owners of Juice Hugger.

Entrepreneurs of the Week: Juice Hugger

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

How two Brooklynites turned their passion for healthy food and drinks into a burgeoning business

By Suncear Scretchen

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This Sunday, February 26, 2012, the 84th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood, gathering together all of the film industry’s biggest names. While Eddie Murphy, who backed out on hosting duties, might be absent, there will be a plethora of African American actors and actresses both as attendees and nominees. Namely, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both earned nods for their exceptional work in The Help. Given that both women are favored to take home a golden statuette (only time will tell), BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial impact of an Oscar win by looking back at the select few African Americans performers who have struck gold on Hollywood’s biggest night. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

An examination of the dozen African American thespians who excelled in their craft on Hollywood's biggest night

With The Help’s Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer up for Oscars at the 84th Academy…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Decoding Dwight Howard’s Impact On Orlando’s Economy

What will happen if Superman abandons his metropolis?

With NBA All-Star Weekend happening in Orlando all eyes are on Dwight Howard who requested…

By Adena Andrews

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The American landscape would not be nearly as rich, diverse and hip without pioneering forces such as Don Cornelius. As the creator of Soul Train, Cornelius did more than establish a profitable company/brand but also simultaneously uplifted people of color by giving them a platform to express their innate talents while reinforcing positive and inspiring messages through the creative disciplines of music, dance and fashion. Following news of Cornelius’ recent passing, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Kenard Gibbs, current CEO/Partner of Soul Train Holdings and co-founder of Madvision Entertainment, to Decode how Cornelius went from investing $400 into the Soul Train pilot to forever changing American culture. —Souleo

Don Cornelius’ Death Sparks a Discussion on Suicide in the Black Community

In the wake of the Soul Train creator's death, questions arise about depression and mental health in our communities

Following Don Cornelius’ death and the start of the Rutgers suicide trial—where Tyler Clementi took…

By Tamara Warren

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Mardi Gras is more than just a party for local businesses in the city of New Orleans. Last year, the economic value of the carnival season contributed a total of $300.7 million to the city’s economy. Tourism, which brings in more than eight million visitors per year, creates a lot of revenue for local businesses. In fact, it has sustained 74,000 jobs and generated $5 billion annually for the local economy. Mardi Gras is one of the few events that has revived New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which displaced thousands of Louisiana natives. The two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday are the most lucrative for New Orleans business owners. Most hotels are booked, from the French Quarter to miles away near the Armstrong International Airport. King cakes, a New Orleans staple, are only sold around the carnival season and tourists and locals alike roam the city to find the best. While everyone’s letting the good times roll, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes how local businesses watch the money roll in. —Kamaria Gboro

Mardi Gras Decoded: Breaking Down the Big Easy’s Business Boom

Fat Tuesday hits New Orleans and so does a boost to the local economy

When Mardi Gras hits New Orleans so does an influx of revenue for local businesses…

By Kamaria Gboro

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7th Annual Women of Power Summit Snapshots

See how our 2012 WPS attendees are spending their conference days

Black Enterprise’s 7th Annual Women of Power Summit is in full effect. See photos from…

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FREE!!! SOL Republic Track Headphones

Blackenterprise.com would like to offer YOU a chance to win Track interchangeable headphones by SOL (Soundtrack of Life) Republic.

SOL Republic specializes in making better sounding headphones to enhance the quality of the music…

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Preview Our World: ‘Straw Dogs’ Star Laz Alonso

Also: a discussion of a double-standard in media coverage of Barack Obama, and a profile of R&B legend Dionne Warwick

On this week’s edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, with host Marc Lamont Hill,…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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8 Things You Never Knew About Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

Honest revelations about life and business from the beauty brand creator

Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price reveals eight random yet informative facts about her business and…

By Caroline Clarke

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As professional women from across the country gather for Black Enterprise's 7th Annual Women of Power Summit, lyricists gear up to showcase their talents in this year's poetry jam. The poets will use words to uplift and inspire, culminating the first day of networking and entertainment for attendees. Here's a look at the wordsmiths who will be performing.

Women of Power Summit Kicks Off with Poetry Jam

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

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Rebelle founder and co-founder of Black Founders Monique Woodard launched Speak Chic in January 2012 (Image: Rebelle)

Rebelle Unveils Speak Chic Mobile App

The recently released app gives fashion enthusiasts the power of pronunciation

Just in time for fashion’s busiest season, as designers from New York, London, Paris and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: The Grammys Decoded: Artists Discuss the Impact of a Win

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas and more reveal the pros of being at music's biggest night

Artists ranging from Mary J. Blige to the Black Eyed Peas discuss the lasting impact…

By Anslem Samuel

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The Future of Black History: Film Director Ava DuVernay

The bold entrepreneur goes from film publicist to the first black woman to win the Best Director award at the Sundance film festival

Ava DuVernay, former publicist and Sundance’s first-black-woman-award-winning director, chats new horizons in Hollywood

By Gil Robertson

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WATCH: Mc Lyte, Keisha Knight Pulliam & Others Remember Whitney Houston

Industry insiders mourn the loss of the music icon during the 2012 Grammy Awards

In the wake of Whitney Houston’s passing, MC Lyte, Keisha Knight Pulliam and others reflect…

By Anslem Samuel

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Take a Look at ‘Slavery By Another Name’

A few snapshots from the gripping new documentary that explores the evolution of slavery to prison

Visual highlights from director Sam Pollard’s gripping documentary Slavery By Another Name, based on Doug…

By Anslem Samuel

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Director Sam Pollard Discusses ‘Slavery By Another Name’

Spike Lee collaborator explores the parallels between slavery and the industrial prison complex in new documentary

Longtime Spike Lee collaborator Sam Pollard delivers Slavery By Another Name, a powerful documentary covering…

By Brett Johnson

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Iconic Singer Whitney Houston Found Dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel

On the eve of music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards, the music industry loses one of its icons: Whitney Houston

On the eve of music’s biggest night—The Grammy Awards—the entertainment industry mourns the shocking loss…

By Elayne Fluker

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2012 Grammys Decoded: Predictions on Music’s Big Night

L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy makes his picks for who will bring home a trophy

The Grammys are a celebration of the music industry’s best, L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy…

By Joel Lyons

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Celebrity Hair Stylist Tippi Shorter Launches Own Hair Care Line

The hair specialist to the stars explains how she continues to expand her ever-growing brand

As Fashion Week kicks off, hair stylist to the stars Tippi Shorter speaks on her…

By Aliya Ewing

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Radio Personality Big Boy Shares His Weight Loss Journey

The longtime radio jock explains how he transformed from fat to fit in new book

Struggling with weight loss all his life, radio personality Big Boy details his journey from…

By Tomika Anderson

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Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander has always been, well, a "big boy." For years the longtime radio personality played up his hefty size, even if it came at the expense of his health. After failed attempts at maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, he eventually went under the knife in a quest to drop the pounds. However, complications from the surgery nearly cost him his life. Big Boy details his personal journey and lifelong struggles with weight in his new book, An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size (Cash Money Content). Now back on the right track, he shares personal before and after photos of his fluctuating weight throughout the years with BlackEnterprise.com. Afterwards click here to read Big Boy's interview with BlackEnterprise.com about how he triumphed over weight loss and gained a second chance at life.

Big Boy: Before & After the Weight Loss

Taking a visual look at the radio personality's amazing weight loss through the years

The radio personality shares personal photos of his before and after weight loss experience as…

By Anslem Samuel

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Unfulfilled by his advertising job, Andre Woolery found refuge in his creative energies as a visual artist. Rather than just relying on paint, the New Jersey resident created one-of-a-kind murals of public figures like Barack Obama, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, and Kanye West among others completely of colored thumbtacks. As a preview to Woolery's first solo exhibition this February 23rd at Frontrunner Gallery in New York, here is a photo gallery of some of his most notable pieces. Click here to read Woolery's full story and follow him on Twitter @undre2g for all updates on his art and upcoming shows.

Artist Andre Woolery’s One-Of-A-Kind Thumbtack Portraits

The former ad man immortalizes Barack Obama and Jay-Z using thumbtacks as his creative base

Artist Andre Woolery creates detailed portraits of public figures like Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Kanye West…

By Anslem Samuel

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FREE! Alvin Ailey Extension Classes

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater just kicked off their 2012 US Tour, which will…

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Super Bowl XLVI: Is the Real Game Online or On the Field?

An examination of social media's influence on the business of the big game

In addition to the commercials, food and finances associated with Super Bowl Sunday, social media…

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


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


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


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

Office Chic: 5 Cool Frames for Professional Flair

Hot eyewear picks that are perfect for the office

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

8 Affordable Topcoats for Power Meetings in the Winter

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

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

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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


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


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

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

Three tips to ensure good eye health beyond the office

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

Award-winning composer releasing new album, expanding audience

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

By Tomika Anderson

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

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

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

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

By Starrene Rhett

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

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

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

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Will Marriage Help or Hurt LeBron James’ Brand?

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

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

By Adena Andrews

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

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

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

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Are Black Men More Susceptible to Kidney Disease?

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

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

By Shydel James

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David Banner’s Critical Review of ‘Red Tails’

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

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

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

7 Stylish Boots to Get You Through the End of Winter

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

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

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Why ‘Red Tails’ Will Make Us Soar

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

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

By Derek T. Dingle

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Actor Michael Ealy is More than Just Eye Candy

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

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

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Expand Your Vocabulary by Reading the Dictionary

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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

Happy Birthday, First Lady Michelle Obama

We celebrate her special day by highlighting her international influence

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

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

5 Tips for Independent Success in the Fashion Industry

Successful fashion entrepreneur offers up advice on growing a brand independently

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

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


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

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Baby Pics Of Color

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

By Tracy Garraud

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Jay Z Proclaims the ‘Glory’ of Fatherhood!

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

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

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

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

Events entrepreneur turned passion for amour into lucrative ventures

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

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

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

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

Radio Personality Angela Yee’s Celebrity Side Hustles

It pays to keep your options open to profitable opportunities

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

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The Story of My 9 Rings: Sentimental Inspiration

Wearing jewelry can be a therapeutic form of expression

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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