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Hardison is a true Woman of Power (Source: Press)

Woman of Power Bethann Hardison Shares Her Golden Rule of Success

The fashion industry tour-de-force knows a thing or two about wielding power

Having paved the way for the Tyras and the Naomi Campbells of the fashion industry,…

By Tomika Anderson

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

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Host Marc Lamont Hill (center) with the esteemed State of the Union panelists

Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

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This Week on Our World: Join Us As We Celebrate Our Landmark 100th Show!

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a review of the issues, people and topics covered in this monumental episode

Join host Marc Lamont Hill for a fascinating review of the issues, people and topics…

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Buyer’s Guide: Acura’s RDX Packs More Technological Punch

The car manufacturer rolls out a an upgrade of last year's model with a few added perks

The RDX hits the pavement (Source: Press)
2011 ACURA RDX SH-AWD

MSRP: $38,580 (Base RDX starts out…

By Jeff Fortson

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WATCH: Working Your Style – How to Change It Up This Valentine’s Day

Host Daisy Lewellyn shows you how to make the holiday the sweetest (and least stressful) ever

Don’t stress this Valentine’s Day, get your outfit together for a great evening with guidance…

By Elayne Fluker

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Shaunie O’Neal’s 3 Pointers to Scoring a Reality TV Deal

The executive producer for Basketball Wives provides winning tips for making your reality show dreams...reality

The Los Angeles native spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about shopping around her five season reality TV…

By Janel Martinez

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Paris Goudie keeps his hands full with new career (Source: Subject)

Financial Worker Quits Job to Tackle Juggling

Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler overcame career-threatening back surgery to pursue his childhood dream

Paris Goudie was just 12 years old when the Big Apple Circus outreach program came…

By Aliya Ewing

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Nia Long Reshapes Image of Muslim Women in Indie Film

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the process

The veteran actress shows her dramatic range and aims to break down stereotypes in the…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass: Krista Barnett on Her New Invention

A wife-mom-businesswoman tells how her invention changed her life

Barnett, Boot Band inventor. Below, the Boot Band (Photos courtesy of Barnett)
In our video series,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Why Black America No Longer Exists

In his new book, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Eugene Robinson talks about the 'Disintegration' of the Black monolith

Author Eugene Robinson has sparked debate with his recent book, ‘Disintegration: The Splintering of Black…

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

The hi-tech wallet (Dunhill)
Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

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Hydeia Broadbent Speaks Out on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

An open letter to Black America from the young activist who has been fighting the disease her whole life

This is a day we should be remembering all of the men and women who…

By Tomika Anderson

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DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield  (Marcia Wade Talbert)

Filmmaker Takes AFFRM-ative Action to Promote Black Cinema

Ava DuVernay unites black film festivals to encourage national releases of more movies for us and by us

DuVernay with I Will Follow star Salli Richardson-Whitfield (Marcia Wade Talbert)
Ava DuVernay has accomplished three…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris Next Play Means Big Business

The former Pittsburgh Steeler's new venture marks his foray into sporting goods

Harris' 1996 Black Enterprise cover
As the featured running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the…

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Single-Minded: On Living the Jet-Set Life

How you can set a path to international voyages-- affordably

A black traveler her travels and how she affordably blazes sky trails on jet-setting voyages

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Ford’s 2011 Taurus SHO’s Love to the Black Community & Your Pockets

Automotive analyst Jeff Fortson test drives the new model and shares his experiences

Lucas with his prized design (Ford)
After an 11-year absence, the current-generation Taurus was resurrected in…

By Jeff Fortson

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Working Your Style Options

WATCH: Working Your Style: One Look, Three Ways

Style expert Daisy Lewellyn tells you how to get out of that work wardrobe style rut

If your work attire is in need of a remix, we’ll show you how to…

By Elayne Fluker

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

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How to Keep Your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions Going Strong

For millions of people, the new year is also starting with new year resolutions around…

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How Magical Thinking Opens the Door to Success

In this article, we’ll explore magical thinking, what it is, and how it works so…

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