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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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Backtalk with Tasha Smith

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

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Backtalk with Debra Martin Chase

Academy Award- and Emmy-nominated producer Debra Martin Chase is the first African American woman producer…

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Backtalk with Lalah Hathaway

Contemporary R&B vocalist Lalah Hathaway has created a catalog of music that spans more than…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Backtalk with Robert Townsend

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

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Backtalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson

Over the years, Neil deGrasse Tyson has become perhaps the most recognized scientist in the…

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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…

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Backtalk with Quincy Jones

Renowned musician and producer Quincy Jones started his six-decade career as a trumpet player before…

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Backtalk with Yolanda Adams

Yolanda Adams has touched the lives of many with her angelic voice and inspirational songs.…

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

By Anslem Samuel

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Backtalk with Bishop T.D. Jakes

Widely known as senior pastor of the Potter’s House, a nondenominational megachurch in Dallas, Bishop…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Backtalk with Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson can be found regularly providing his insightful commentary

By Derek T. Dingle

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Backtalk with Swizz Beatz

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has been producing music since the age of 16, crafting hit…

By Anslem Samuel

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

By Caroline Clarke

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Backtalk with Laila Ali

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

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Backtalk with John Legend

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

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Backtalk with Susan L. Taylor

Focusing on our children with National CARES Mentoring Movement

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

By LaToya M. Smith

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Backtalk with Ginuwine

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

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

By Veronica Buapim

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Backtalk with Ray Nagin

Five years after Katrina, the former New Orleans mayor weighs in on the recovery and the impact of the BP oil spill

Katrina was one of the costliest natural disasters and one of the five deadliest hurricanes…

By Joyce Jones

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Backtalk with Daymond John

The "Godfather of Urban Fashion" shares key lessons on branding and entrepreneurial success

Businessman and self-made millionaire Daymond John is best known for his ’90s clothing line FUBU—“For…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Backtalk with Kirk Franklin

Grammy Award-winning gospel artist talks about life lessons and his new book

When Kirk Franklin assembled a 17-member vocal ensemble of neighborhood friends and associates he dubbed…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Backtalk with Earvin “Magic” Johnson

The entrepreneur and NBA Hall of Famer talks about the mindset necessary to build real wealth

It’s been 14 years since Earvin “Magic” Johnson has donned his No. 32 purple and…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Backtalk with Antoine Fuqua

Director shares his motivation for launching his film program for Brooklyn youth

Film director Antoine Fuqua is one of a handful of black directors who makes action/suspense…

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Backtalk with Gloria Reuben

Accomplished singer and actress shares why she is an ardent champion of environmental causes

Gloria Reuben is not only an accomplished singer and actress, starring in popular television series…

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Backtalk with Robert L. Satcher Jr.

DR. ROBERT L. SATCHER JR. completed three space walks as part of an 11-day Atlantis…

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Backtalk with Gwen Ifill

Black Enterprise turned the tables on Gwen Ifill, getting her thoughts on objectivity in the…

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Backtalk with Anika Noni Rose

Acclaimed actress shares her thoughts on the impact a movie about an African American princess can have on black girls

From a self-proclaimed dreamer to a world-renowned Dreamgirl, actress and singer Anika Noni Rose has…

By Ed Gordon

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Backtalk with Wyclef Jean

Growing up in Croix-de-Bouquets, Haiti, until the age of 9, Wyclef Jean’s music often sheds…

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Backtalk with Justine Simmons

In an episode on the hit MTV reality show, Run’s House, Justine Simmons’ sons jokingly…

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Judith Jamison: Former Artistic Director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Backtalk with Judith Jamison

Trailblazing choreographer discusses her barrier-breaking career

World renowned choreographer, dancer, and author Judith Jamison has broken many barriers in her career.…

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Backtalk with Wendy Williams

Radio Hall of Fame inductee and best-selling author takes a stand against youth violence

Radio personality Wendy Williams talked to black enterprise about her passion to reduce youth violence…

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Backtalk with Boris Kodjoe & Nicole Ari Parker

Actors share how their daughter's spina bifida changed their lives

Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker share how their daughter’s condition has changed their lives,…

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Darryl Strawberry Opens Up

Baseball legend discusses overcoming depression

Last week I had the opportunity to attend 1050 ESPN Radio’s “Lunch with a…

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Backtalk with James Pickens Jr.

Acclaimed actor and star of Grey's Anatomy shares his passion for cattle roping

Perhaps best known as Chief of Surgery Richard Webber from ABC’s medical drama Grey’s Anatomy,…

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Backtalk with Randy Moss

Randy Moss, widely known as the New England Patriots’ All-Pro wide receiver, hopes to gain…

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Backtalk with Jill Scott

Grammy award-winning singer and actress reveals her entrepreneurial spirit

Grammy award-winning singer, actress, poet, author, and philanthropist Jill Scott is perhaps best known for…

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Backtalk with Leah Chase

'Queen of Creole Cuisine' discusses importance of rebuilding

Chef Leah Chase is credited within the culinary world as bringing Creole cuisine—a blend of…

By Dale Coachman

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Backtalk with Judge Greg Mathis

TV star and youth advocate shares his passion for keeping youth out of the criminal justice system

udge Greg Mathis understands both sides of the criminal justice system. For more than 10…

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Backtalk with D. L. Hughley

Stand-up comedian and actor D.L. Hughley isnt one to shy away from hot-button topics

ONE OF THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY, standup comedian and actor D.L. Hughley isn’t one…

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Backtalk with Will.i.am

Will.i.am on politics

Since the popular hip-hop group Black Eyed Peas stepped onto the world stage in 2003,…

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Backtalk with Holly Robinson Peete

Most remember Holly Robinson Peete from hit television shows such as the police drama…

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Backtalk with Jarome Iginla

Jarome Iginla has emerged as one of the premier players in the National Hockey…

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Backtalk with Carlos Watson

CNN’s Carlos Watson has interviewed scores of world-famous people, from presidential hopefuls Barack Obama…

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Backtalk with Sheila Johnson

Oftentimes, the voices of those in need go unheard. But Sheila Johnson is listening.…

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Backtalk with Terrie M. Williams

It’s quite ironic that Terrie M. Williams, who is well known as the president…

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Backtalk with Tony Dungy

Head coach Anthony “Tony” Dungy isn’t one to make a scene. Known for his…

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Backtalk with Ismael Beah

At the age of 12, Ishmael Beah lost his village, his family, and his…

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Backtalk with Barrington Irving

On June 27, two world records were set in the field of aviation: For the…

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Backtalk with Liya Kebede

The life of a supermodel doesn’t have to be all about runways, magazine covers, and…

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Backtalk with Katt Williams

Although he stands at only 5’5″, Katt Williams is steadily becoming a comedian of gigantic…

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Backtalk with Lovie Smith

Lovie Smith knows football. With more than 25 years of experience and a passion for…

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Backtalk with Chris “Ludacris” Bridges

Chris “Ludacris” Bridges has evolved from rapper to philanthropist to social activist. He met with…

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Backtalk with Judge Glenda Hatchett

At any given time of the day, viewers can peer into the courtroom of Judge…

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Backtalk with Tommy Davidson

Tommy Davidson charmed us in the early 1990s as one of the original cast…

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BackTalk With Sheryl Lee Ralph

From award — winning actress to altruistic activist, Sheryl Lee Ralph continues to be…

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Women of Power

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

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

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

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

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