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

Holiday Entertaining on a Budget

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Holiday Gift-Giving Made Easy for the Office

Consider these 5 tips when spreading holiday cheer in the workplace

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

By Janel Martinez

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

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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

Holiday Party Planning: Multicultural Recipes with a Twist

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Sleep on It

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

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

By Sonia Alleyne

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

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

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

By Anslem Samuel

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

Is 50 Cent the Next Ice Cube?

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

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

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Get Your Tax Credit Before It’s Too Late!

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

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

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Russell Simmons

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

Caroline rubs shoulders with the hip-hop mogul

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

By Caroline Clarke

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Conclusion

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

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

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

10 Black Celebrities Who Have Had Their Share of Tax Woes

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

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

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POLL: Should 50 Cent Be a Role Model?

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

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

By Tennille M. Robinson

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Holiday Party Planning: How to Hire the Caterer

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

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

By Sonia Alleyne

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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

And why he refuses to accept any excuses from YOU

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

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Being the Boss: 3 Imperatives to Great Leadership

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

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

By Alan Hughes

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The Apprentice 2010: Final Task Performance Review, Part 1

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

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

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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

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

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

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