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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

By David Banner

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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…

By Tomika Anderson

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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.

By Janell Hazelwood

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

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

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

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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…

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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

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

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

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

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

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Power Couple: Mara Brock & Salim Akil

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

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

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

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Vanessa Simmons Launches New Lingerie Line ‘Rose’

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

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

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

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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Cheyenne Woods: More Than Tiger Woods’ Niece

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

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

By Mia N. Hall

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Photographer Celebrates Women Scribes with New Art Exhibit

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

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

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

Her Word as Witness: Photos From the Female Writers Exhibit

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

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

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

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

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

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Ready, Pack, Go

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

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Working Big Blue

Ever since she was in pig tails, marine biologist Daniell “Danni” Washington has been in…

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WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

The hip-hop pioneer and star of NCIS: Los Angeles opens up about the evolution of…

By Anslem Samuel

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Preview Our World: Activist & Scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis

Host Marc Lamont Hill visits with the Civil Rights and feminist legend for a candid and insightful look at her life, work and impact on America

This week on a special edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont…

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Can Charity Exist in a World of Excess?

Tis’ the season of giving but when is enough…enough?

Despite being in the grips of a recession and troubled economy, some still find ways…

By Caroline Clarke

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David Banner’s New Year’s Resolutions for the Black Community in 2012

The outspoken entertainer offers up three key lessons for Black America in the New Year

Heading into 2012 outspoken rapper David Banner offers up three lessons and goals for the…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Interior Designer Sheila Bridges

Also: Power Player Dolan Falconer, CEO of ScanTech Holdings; the new rules of the housing market

Interior designer Sheila Bridges, founder of Sheila Bridges Design Inc., is the featured Entrepreneur of…

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Concords, Christmas and the Marketing Genius of Nike’s Jordan Brand

The after-holiday marketing of Air Jordan sneakers are big business in the fourth quarter

Known as Concords, Nike’s Air Jordan XI always brings out consumer dollars for the holidays…

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Kandi Koated Spades Creators on the Business of Mobile Apps

Video game enthusiasts find success with mobile game designed specifically for people of color

Created by Konsole Kingz, Kandi Koated Spades proves successful for singer/songwriter Kandi Burress

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Before the NBA lockout ended, SportsNetworker compiled a list of the “Top 10 Sports Business Professionals To Follow On Twitter,” highlighting individuals at major sports entities who will keep their followers abreast of the latest industry news. The list was diverse in that it included both men and women, however, none of the candidates were of color. Since the 2012 NBA season tipped off on Christmas Day, BlackEnterprise.com decided to compile a select list of Black professionals from sports media, marketing, public, and community relations that may have been overlooked. If you’re a basketball fan looking to keep your ear to the tweets, here are 10 sports business professionals of color to follow on Twitter. —Mia Hall

10 Sports Business Professionals (of Color) to Follow on Twitter

The NBA lockout is over and the season's started but here's how to stay on top of what's going on

With the 2012 NBA season underway there are specific sports business leaders you need to…

By Mia N. Hall

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They’re easy to gift-wrap. They’re never the wrong size. They fit every budget, both large and small. And you can shop for them without ever leaving the house and ship them almost anywhere in the world. Books are the perfect holiday gift. All you have to do is pick the right book for the right person. Here are some great titles for your last-minute holiday shopping, along with hints as to which individual in your life might appreciate seeing them under their tree on Christmas morning. —Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.

12 Books That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

A holiday gift guide for the book-lover in your life

Last-minute holiday shoppers can always win points with a great read from this holiday gift…

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WATCH: The Perfect Last-minute Holiday Gifts!

Darn! Did you forget to pick up a little something for someone on your holiday…

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Entrepreneur of the Week: Maurice Womack, OurBuckeyeHub

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe of Ohio State University fans. Beyond that? All of college fandom is in his sights.

With OurBuckeyeHub.com, Entrepreneur of the Week Maurice Womack has his eye on the immense universe…

By Brian Dawson

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Preview Our World: Gospel Stars Mary Mary

Also: the state of independent film and Black filmmakers

Host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with Mary Mary, then discusses the state of Black…

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Is a Woman Less of a Woman If She Decides Never to Have Kids?

Sportscaster Pam Oliver inspires a new book and asks the hard question many professional women face: Am I a failure if I don't have children?

Sonja Lewis’s new novel ‘The Barrenness’ inspired by sportscaster Pam Oliver who says who says…

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All I Want For Christmas is… Balance in My Life

The holidays bring out the best and worse in people but there is a middleground

Christmas is a time for family & friends but it can be a stressful period…

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‘Stick Fly’ Playwright Lydia Diamond On Race And Class

The noted playwright explores what it's like to be rich, Black, and in love in her latest work

The talented playwright reveals secrets on Martha’s Vineyard with her play Stick Fly, which is…

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Carmelita Jeter Talks About the 2012 Olympics and the Business of Track & Field

Next summer the world’s attention will be focused on London for 2012 Olympic Games and…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Keep on Giving

Perfect picks to incorporate charity with your purchases

The holidays don’t have to be all about receiving. You can give gifts that keep…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Beverly Johnson Talks About Building a Lifestyle Brand for Women of Color

'Modelpreneur' Beverly Johnson talks about building her lifestyle brand and the importance of ownership

‘Modelpreneur’ Beverly Johnson talks to ‘Celebrity Hustle’ host Shannon Lanier about building her lifestyle brand…

By Elayne Fluker

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James Shields mapping out his dreams in color

Frustrated Painter Leaves Corporate America to Pursue Art Full-time

James Shields traded in his stuffy desk job for a more fulfilling career as an artist

With his Hip-Hop Coloring Book, James Shields not only followed his dreams but educates kids…

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Playwright Suzan-Lori Parks Blazes a New Trail and Re-Imagines ‘Porgy and Bess’

The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright took on the challenge of adapting a folk classic for a contemporary black audience

Suzan-Lori Parks boldly takes on George and Ira Gershwins classic folk opera “Porgy and Bess.’

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Woman of Power: Amsale Aberra, Designing a Legacy

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy award and building her business

The renowned designer talks about being a Black Enterprise woman of power, receiving a legacy…

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No matter how cheap or expensive the shoe, without proper care they will break down quickly, devaluing your investment. A good pair of shoes can make your outfit and day if you have to be on your feet all day, so the last thing any well-dressed man needs is to have his perfect pair get worn down before its time. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we give you five essential tips to extend the life of all your shoes. You’re welcome. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Shoes

A good pair of shoes only stay that way when you take care of them

Proper shoe care is essential for any well-dressed man. Here are five steps to ensuring…

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Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Health-Conscious Tech Gifts

Don’t know what to purchase the health buff in your life? Check out these tech treats

These eight healthy gift picks will have folks talking about your gift well into the…

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Ms. Robbie’s ‘Sweetie Pie’ Restaurant Hits the Spot on Oprah Winfrey Network

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records with her OWN reality show

How a fiery grandmother (and former Ikette!) built a successful restaurant business and set records…

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Rapper Styles P’s Juice Bar Promotes Healthy Living in Black Community

From hip-hop to health guru, enterprising entertainer shines light on the juicing path to wellness

LOX member Styles P expresses his passion for healthy living with Juices for Life, his…

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Actor Coby Bell Puts Family Before Fame

With two sets of twins and a pair of hit shows, the television star is on double duty

BET’s The Game star Coby Bell gives insight into addition of singer Brandy for the…

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Need a thoughtful gift for the hostess (or host) of an upcoming holiday party? See our list of seven gifts that allow you to show a personal touch, without getting too personal.---Elayne Fluker

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Gifts for Home Sweet Home

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

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Jason Geter, the Brains Behind T.I.’s Brand Hustle

T.I.’s business partner and manager explains how he brings order to the King's court while carving out his own career path

In addition to being T.I.’s business partner and manager, Jason Geter keeps his plate full…

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Tamala Jones Advocates Adoption & Helping Kids in Need

The star of ABC's Castle shares her passion for helping children in need

Actress Tamala Jones speaks on her work within the foster care system and what it…

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With the holiday season in full swing, practically everyone is getting swept up in the discount sales and shopping frenzy that comes along with that. One surefire way to make your experience as smooth as possible is by having a succinct list. Suit Your Life has you covered with a few gift ideas for the man in your life, from your dad to your son and all the other gift-worthy men in between.  —Gardy V. Guerrier

Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gift Ideas for Him

Gift ideas for the special man in your life who knows his fashion

From unique cuff links to personalized items, this is your official holiday gift guide for…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Ludacris Cooks up Success with Straits Atlanta Restaurant

The entertainer/entrepreneur gets into the franchise business with restaurant venture

Currently appearing in New Year’s Eve, Ludacris talks shop about his popular Atlanta restaurant and…

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Women's World of Boxing president Teresa Scott, before & after

WATCH: Boxer Teresa Scott Promotes Fitness & Self-Confidence in Women

After shedding 60 lbs, entrepreneur inspires women to find their self-confidence through boxing

Founded by Teresa Scott, Women’s World of Boxing provides women with a comfortable introduction to…

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Birthday Cards Can Hold More Weight than Business Cards

Even in the Facebook age people appreciate the sentiment of a hand written card

Sending a birthday card may seem obsolete but people remember genuine gestures longer than Facebook…

By Caroline Clarke

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Ludacris & His Daughter Launch Educational Website for Kids

The entertainer's 10-year-old reinforces the idea that education can be fun with Karma's World

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges goes into business with his 10-year-old daughter Karma with Karma’s World an…

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The Business of Broadway

Alicia Keys, Kenny Leon, Lydia Diamond and others represent the new look of Broadway

This current season may be historic because three African American female playwrights—out of six shows…

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The End of the NBA Lockout Excites Small Business Owners

Entrepreneurs whose yearly profits are tied to the NBA season let out a sigh of relief

The NBA lockout didn’t just upset fans but the financial power of entrepreneurs who make…

By Mia N. Hall

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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

Commander-in-Chic: Mikki Taylor’s 5 Winter Apparel Essentials for the Office

'Bankable' winter style picks inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama

Beauty expert Mikki Taylor gives five winter fashion staples for the office inspired by the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Working Your Style: Perfect Plus-Size Fashion for the Office Holiday Party

Secrets to great fashions for full-figured women

Working Your Style host Daisy Lewellyn gives curvy women fab fashion options for the office…

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

WIN! Free Copy of Modelland by Tyra Banks

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of 'Modelland!'

Enter to win a FREE autographed copy of ‘Modelland!’

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

By Lamont Baldwin

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Actress Tamala Jones Recounts Her Aneurysm Scare

A near-death experience inspired the skilled performer to be an advocate for healthy living

At the age of 23, actress Tamala Jones suffered a near-fatal incident that changed her…

By Amber McKynzie

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Nicki Minaj Becomes a True Barbie

The rapper/actress proves that she is clearly not playing when it comes to establishig herself as a major brand

Mattell announces Nicki Minaj Barbie doll as the rapper/actress proves that she is clearly determined…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Pop/R&B superstar Ne-Yo

Preview Our World: Catching Up With Singer/Songwriter Ne-Yo

Also, a discussion about the alarming rise in bullying among high school students.

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

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Hip-hop legend Busta Rhymes adds his name to the list of signees.

WATCH: Busta Rhymes Recalls His Defining Moment

Inspired by Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the veteran entertainer takes a trip down memory lane

Recently signing with Lil Wayne’s Young Money, Busta Rhymes recalls cutting his trademark locs with…

By Anslem Samuel

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Backtalk with Robert Townsend

Robert Townsend broke into acting more than 30 years ago, but branched into writing, directing,…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Taking Center Stage

In addition to being the new senior multimedia content producer and a longtime member of…

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The Miami Market

Business, culture, and bite-sized flavors keep the city sizzling

With a richly diverse population of more than 5 million, metropolitan Miami offers great cuisine…

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From left to right (front row): Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label, Aloha Sea Salt Collection
(Back row): Fretlight Guitar, Malcolm Gladwell Collected books, Brugal rum, Belvedere Red vodka, Hennessey cognac, Nolet's Silver dry gin

With Thoughts of You

Unique gifts for the season

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The Fretlight Guitar (www.fretlight.com), which features a program that lights the position for…

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Coping With Depression When Money or Personal Problems Arise During the Holidays

Six tips on how to stay positive and enjoy (or endure) the holiday season

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives you six tips on how to handle depression, money and personal problems…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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Egypt Sherrod’s Give Back Tour Helps Families in Need

The media personality uses her talents to expand her philanthropic goals

Media personality Egypt Sherrod returns with second annual Egypt’s Give Back Tour, providing coats and…

By Souleo

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5 Warm Weather Destinations to Ring in the New Year

Ring in the New Year far, far away from home

Instead of being stuck at home or in a crowded club on New Year’s Eve…

By Leesa Davis

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Preview Our World: Back on Track With Marion Jones

Also: African Americans and the criminal justice system

Former track star Marion Jones finds a career makeover in the WNBA as she shares…

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If you're anything like me, the idea of waking up at 3am on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping sales generally begin) to go out in the cold, deal with holiday traffic, throngs of pushy people, and unhelpful employees just to buy a toaster or a pair of Dockers just doesn’t seem that appealing. However, if surfing the Web on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) from the comfort of your home with a cup of coffee in hand for 40% off that Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater on your loved one’s wish list is more your speed then this edition of Suit Your Life is for you.  Here are five tips for successful deal-finding this Cyber Monday. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips for Successful Deal-Finding on Cyber Monday

Holiday shopping online can be a breeze if you follow these simple rules

Finding Cyber Monday deals is not the problem, it’s knowing how to get the most…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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“Because of my work schedule, I don’t often get to go out to restaurants. But I will see which of my favorite chefs are in town and try to catch them wherever they are. Marcus Samuelsson is the man! He has an incredible palette. His creativity and style are over the top.”  ---Chef Cary Neff

Dine Where the Pros Eat: 5 Top Black-Owned Restaurants

Top chefs and restaurateurs share favorites from across the nation

Restaurateurs and chefs from Black Enterprise magazine’s November 2011 issue share their favorite food spots.

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Problem With Black Women’s Health

Work can wait, your health should always be your first priority

Women’s health is a rarely discussed topic amongst African American women but with pulmonary disease…

By Caroline Clarke

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Tasha Smith: For Better or Worse

The star of Tyler Perry's 'For Better or Worse' series confronts those "angry black woman" accusations

Tasha Smith, the star of Tyler Perry’s ‘For Better or For Worse’ series, confronts the…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Former NFL Player Finds Success in Franchising & Television

From the gridiron to the grill, Frank Rice tackles the restaurant business and Hollywood

After a career-ending injury, NFL star Frank Rice found success through family franchising and appearing…

By Mia N. Hall

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Win! Alvin Ailey’s New York City Center Season Tickets

See how you can win a pair of tickets to the December 14th performance

Be one of three to win a pair of tickets to the December 14th New…

By Sasha King

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Ruben Studdard on Weight Loss, Vegetarianism, Music and Marathon

The former American Idol champ brings health awareness to his hometown with a weekend-long celebration

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard celebrates comeback with new look, album and healthy lifestyle at…

By William E. Ketchum III

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3 Reasons to Attend/Avoid Your Next Class Reunion

Revisiting the most awkward period of your life can be, well... awkward

Class reunions always cause anxiety. Who you were, what you’ve done and where you’re going…

By Caroline Clarke

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Common: On Life and Love Lessons from Serena Williams and Erykah Badu

Award-winning Chi-town rapper and bestselling author opens up about past lessons and a future that includes marriage and a family

Common, award-winning rapper and bestselling author, opens up about his new book and love lessons…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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There are women of color around the world, from the East to the West and beyond, making huge strides to powerfully impact their industries and communities, and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Forbes has highlighted an extensive list of these women, all leaving unbelievably phenomenal marks on Africa to ensure that the continent --- and ultimately, the world --- is a better place to live and grow.

These 20 women---all under 45--- wield influence in African business, technology, policy  and media. They are authors of change, trendsetters, visionaries, and young global leaders.

20 Young African Women of Power

Leaders making strides in technology, health, media, and business

Twenty African women of power under 45 who are changing the world in media, economics,…

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8 Things Every Athlete Should Know Before Going Pro

Athletes should consider these ground rules before signing on the dotted line

BE Next lists a number of prerequisite moves and options any future franchise player should…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Heavy D’s Final Interview on Music, Death & A Cultural Odyssey

Exclusive video interview with the rap star a few short months before his sudden death

In his final interview rap legend Heavy D speaks on the business of hip-hop, his…

By Anslem Samuel

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Michael Jordan Motorsports on the Track to Success

Jordan’s VP of Corporate Relations shares the team's winning strategy in business and on the track

Serving as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for Michael Jordan Motorsports, Kreig Robinson made…

By Amber McKynzie

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WIN! ‘Push Has Come To Shove’ by Dr. Steve Perry

Enter to win a FREE copy of Push Has Come To Shove!

Enter to win a FREE copy of Push Has Come To Shove!

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Despite being in an economic downturn, the United States has always been known as a consumer nation. With the holiday season fast approaching and some major retailers opting to push their Black Friday business hours up a few hours, American spending expected to reach $465.6 billion in the fourth quarter.

Bundle took a look at spending data calculated by the US government, using anonymous and aggregated spending transactions that were tracked from March 20120 to March 2011, to come up with the top 100 cities for shopaholic citizens in the US. Based on the data the national average for monthly clothes spending comes out to be $142.08. Here are the top 10 shopaholic cities in the US, ranked by the highest average monthly spending.

10 Most Shopaholic Cities in the US

These 10 cities will likely top the holiday shopping list this year

Despite the economic downturn, America continues to be a consumer society where spending is at…

By Anslem Samuel

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Jordan Brand: The Next Generation of Shoes & Stars

Michael Jordan's sneaker brand is as strong as ever thanks to his hand-picked all-star pitchmen

Jordan Brand continues to excel as an extension of Michael Jordan’s business thanks to new…

By Branden J. Peters

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

By Caroline Clarke

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Eddie Murphy Bows Out of Hosting the Oscars

The Oscar-nominated comedian decides to walk out on hosting after friend and co-producer Brett Ratner leaves amid controversy

Eddie Murphy decides to walk out on hosting after friend and co-producer Brett Ratner leaves…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Get the Right Team:

For anyone in a position of power you need to have an efficient team to produce results.  According to Davis, when hiring in the education field there are a few things you need to look for that will ensure you’ve found the right match. “Make sure teachers know their content, care about kids and have patience to work with struggling learners,” he says.  “You have them walk through how to deal with struggling learners and to plan lessons to deal with multiple types of learning.”

5 Tips for Success in Education

How to run a school for the betterment of the teachers, students and parents

P-TECH principal Rashid Ferrod Davis shares his personal techniques for managing a staff of teachers…

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Tamar Braxton on Marrying for Money, Vince vs. Toni, and Skin Bleaching Rumors

The always candid Tamar Braxton opens up about her marriage to Vince Herbert, why her sisters may be jealous, and how she is determined to build her brand

As they prepare for season two of ‘Braxton Family Values,’ the always candid Tamar Braxton…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Mo & Kita Help Women ‘Define Your Pretty’

More than reality stars, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams are entrepreneurs focused on female empowerment

Define Your Pretty is the latest venture from businesswomen Monique Jackson and Kita Williams. In…

By Starrene Rhett

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17 Most Luxurious International Airlines

First class is only the beginning of how to fly in luxury

International travel can be a chore when not seated in first class. Well, these luxurious…

By Anslem Samuel

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‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada Gets Six-Figure Book and Film Deal

Series to be based on true accounts of life dating athletes

Evelyn Lozada, co-star of VH1’s hit reality series, Basketball Wives will launch fiction book series…

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The leaves are changing. The air is brisk. Fall is officially here (earlier than expected in some places). This is my favorite season because the drop in temperature allows you the chance to truly showcase your style by playing with different colors and textures. Another reason is for the ability to get away for a cozy weekend with that special person. In this edition of Suit Your Life I’ll give you the perfect weekend getaway wardrobe that will take you from apple picking in the orchard to a nice candle lit dinner at a fine restaurant that evening to anything else you may want to do in between. —Gardy V. Guerrier


SYL TIP: When prepping for a weekend trip, pack light. Choose items that compliment each other, and can be interchanged and layered, to give you the most outfit options without having to take up too much space in your weekend bag.

13 Fall Essentials For a Weekend Getaway

As the holidays approach, there might be some quick trips in your forecast so here's a style guide

Fall is upon us and whether you’re apple picking in the orchard or having a…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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VICTORIA ROWELL: Known for her role as Drucilla Winters on the Emmy award-winning The Young & Restless, Rowell had a childhood filled with many challenges, ultimately leading to her, along with her siblings, being surrendered to Child Services. Rowell was only 16 days old. She grew up in the foster care system, raised for 18 years by a varied network of women who she details in her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow; $26). A staunch advocate of support services, awareness, and rights of foster and adopted children, Rowell is founder of Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP), a program that enriches foster children through art and athletics.

10 Successful Adoptees & Foster Kids Besides Steve Jobs

These notables overcame childhood challenges to blaze trails in their industries

Among Steve Jobs’ many challenges in life was dealing with being abandoned as a child…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Perfect Get-Together

How food and drink can create memorable moments

Flavorful food and drinks are the foundation for memorable holiday gatherings, whether they’re for colleagues…

By Sonia Alleyne

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No More Excuses: Managing the Health Crisis

In the battle against obesity and diabetes, Dr. Reed Tuckson says we can win. He’s attacking from all sides

Dr. Reed Tuckson is passionate about diabetes for two reasons: the debilitating physical and financial…

By Sonia Alleyne

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

Getting beyond negative stereotypes of a centuries-old style

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

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

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Jimmy Graham: A Story of Survival & Beating the Odds

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

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

By Raynard Jackson

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6 Good Things About the Worst Row on an Airplane

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

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

By Caroline Clarke

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Bellroy Travel Wallet for the On-the-Go Businessman

Organize all your travel essentials in one convenient billfold

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs Launch Next ‘Chapter’ in Web Programming

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

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

By Aliya Ewing

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The Health Manager

What a 24-hour fitness lifestyle looks like

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

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Taking a Stand Against Tobacco

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

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

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Lalah Hathaway Discusses Breast Cancer Advocacy & Her Latest Project

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

Michelle Obama’s 6 Rules of Parenting

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

5 Commandments of Finding Success in the Beauty Business

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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Armstrong & Wilson Reinvent the Pocket Square

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

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

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Fitness Factor! The Price of Success

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

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

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

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

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

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Music Managers Chris Lighty & Blue Williams Make a Power Move

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

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

By Brett Johnson

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Corporate Professional Trades in Suits for Soccer Gear

Long love of sports takes woman into international career path

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

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


 
 

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




 

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

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

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

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

By Carolyn M. Brown

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

23 Accessories for the Well-Dressed Man

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

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

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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SNL’s Former Musical Director Breaks Out on Her OWN

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

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

By Benè Viera

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

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

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

By Mia N. Hall

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DON’T FORGET TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

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

6 Things Not to Do When Making an Independent Film

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Bill Gates Talks Innovation

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

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

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

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

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

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

By Darralynn Hutson

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Writer Nelson George Documents the Brooklyn Renaissance Movement

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

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

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Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

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

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

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No iPhone 5 But Apple Unveils Revolutionary Intelligent Assistant App

Apple makes major announcements during press conference

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

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Nostalgia TV? Not Feeling the Love

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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

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

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

By Amy Andrieux

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Backtalk with Antonio “L.A. Reid

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

By Malecia S. Walker

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WATCH: 90210 Actor Tristan Wilds Talks Family Business

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

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

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Effortless Training

One instructor makes the jump fun

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

By Sonia Alleyne

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Destination: Happiness

You have more control over getting there than you think

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

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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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