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Coco Austin Decoded: ‘There’s Not Just Beauty Behind Her Empire’

Whether you believe it or not, Coco Austin's brains have a lot to do with her financial success

Coco Austin may be the beauty behind the popular E! reality show “Ice Loves Coco”…

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Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle Decoded: “Not Your Average Rapper’s Wife”

In addition to “Family Hustle” she executive produces two other TV shows, “Tiny and Toya” and her new baby, “Tiny Tonight,” on VH1.

Tiny has managed to put together quite the entertainment empire since her Xscape days.

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Cee Lo Green Decoded: Conquering All From Hip-Hop to Hollywood

Black Enterprise looks back at Cee Lo's introduction to hip-hop, and his current take over in Hollywood.

Black Enterprise decodes Cee Lo Green’s hip-hop takeover in the ’90s to his life on…

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Idris Elba Decoded: The Future of Black Leading Men in Hollywood

Is Elba the next Denzel?

Idris Elba’s career in music with tracks like “Secret Garden” and his DJ career may…

By Maurice Garland

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Marlon Wayans Decoded: One of Hollywood’s Top Black Producers is Flying Solo

"A Haunted House" is Marlon Wayans' Janet Jackson "Control” moment

Will you go watch “A Haunted House?”

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Will Smith + Family celebrate another great year

Will Smith & Family Decoded: They Are Legend

Black Enterprise breaks down the celebrity, charity and careers of Will Smith and his family.

Black Enterprise dissects the careers of one of Hollywood’s most successful families.

By Amber McKynzie

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Super Bowl XLVII Decoded: This Year’s Big Game on CBS, By The Numbers

Big stars and big names mean even bigger numbers for CBS

CBS is prepared for a big takeover in New Orleans’ Jackson Square.

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Jamie Foxx Decoded: Comedian, Actor, Musician and Director…What Else is Left?

What could possibly be next for the Texas born Foxx?

Our latest Decoded feature focuses on one of Hollywood’s most versatile entertainers

By Tomika Anderson

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Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz


With eight American Music Awards nominations and five wins; seven Billboard Music Awards nominations and 10 wins; and 13 Grammy Awards nominations and 14 wins, it’s no wonder Alicia Keys is sitting with a said net worth of $45 million. And with the recent launch of Keys’ partnership with Reebok for her own shoe line, there’s no telling what her worth will jump to next. But one thing is for sure, the New York-bred songbird’s now two-year-old son, Eygpt Daoud Dean, is living the life under the mandated communal support of his parents.


Three months before Eygpt was born, Keys married legendary producer Swizz Beatz, properly known as Kasseem Daoud Jones. The former Ruff Ryders producer has influenced the entertainment industry since the late ’90s, and now can proudly say he’s part of America’s one percent with an approximate net worth of $65 million. Combined Alicia and Swizz sit on a total worth of $110 million, which Eygpt can legally say—if he could speak in full sentences—he’s entitled to. This curly-haired cutie may not be the richest baby in America, but he’s certainly at the top of the list.

Celebrity Pregnancies Decoded: The Breakdown of Hollywood’s Million-Dollar Babies

With baby KimYe on the way, Black Enterprise decodes entertainment's richest heirs.

In lieu of KimYe’s most recent baby announcement, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of…

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Queen Latifah Decoded: The Grammy-Winning Rapper Turns into a CoverGirl

Queen Latifah enters the entertainment industry, and emerges into one of the biggest female brands in America.

BlackEnterprise.com breaksdown the life of Queen Latifah, the female entertainer that has broken countless barriers…

By Amber McKynzie

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Eric Jerome Dickey Decoded: From an Engineering Career to the NYTimes Best Seller List

Eric Jerome Dickey breaks down his love for books and his thoughts on financial responsibility.

Eric Jerome Dickey breaks down his novels and talks words, wisdom and wealth

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Entertainer and Entrepreneur Kandi Burruss

Kandi Burruss Decoded: On the Move Mogul Quietly Builds “The Kandi Empire”

Kandi Burruss is following in the footsteps of Oprah and Tyra Banks.

90’s kids may still identify with her as the former lead singer in the group…

By Maurice Garland

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Bilal Decoded: Preaching the Gospel of Money Management and Self Reliance

Anyone who is in the music industry or hopes to be will learn something from Bilal in this interview.

The soul singer talks about his music industry past and future.

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Sommore will headline Caroline's in New York City this on Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend.

For Laughs, Old and New Fans Still Want ‘Sommore’

A new health initiative and outlook on life endears comedienne to yet another generation

Sommore talks reaching a new audience, and discusses why hair dye is necessary.

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Brandy Decoded: Singer Breaks Down the Business of Being a Star

Brandy breaks down the business of stardom from childhood to adulthood.

Brandy talks financial responsibility, staying grounded and how not to let this industry go to…

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Ne-Yo Decoded: The Man, The Musician, The Mogul

Music star Ne-Yo recently sat down with us to provide us with some of his insights on becoming and staying successful.

One of the things that attracted Ne-Yo to the position was the focus on artist…

By Christian Law

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The entertainment world has become one big fit club. In an industry where image is everything—and a size 6 is considered overweight—celebs seem more inclined than ever to drop the calories and pick up the dumbbells in an attempt to achieve the body of their dreams. There’s also an ever-growing list of famous folks who are turning their battle of the bulge into big business, tapping into the $20 billion weight loss industry by signing lucrative deals to plug high profile diets and penning books that chronicle their journey to get in shape. But going from tubby to toned doesn’t always guarantee more success in Hollywood. Blackenterprise.com decodes the surprising affect dramatic weight loss has had on the careers of some of the biggest stars in the business. For better or for worse, these seven entertainers prove that in Hollywood, size really does matter. —Shydel James

Decoded: 7 Celebrities Who Went From Fat to (Financially) Fit

Physical fitness is not just a great lifestyle choice in some cases it can increase your marketability and revenue

Physical fitness can be a large part of personal branding & revenue generation. These celebrities…

By Shydel James

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"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” —RuPaul

Born RuPaul Andre Charles, November 17, 1960, celebrity drag queen and entrepreneur RuPaul has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Elton John, Spike Lee and countless other superstars. At 6’4”, she stands to be the most famous drag queen to walk the Earth. While others have certainly come before her, none have seemed to achieve the level of prosperity or success as RuPaul. With two television shows airing on LOGO—RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U—and a rising social media empire, RuPaul is cashing in big time and just might be the next big media mogul. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes her rise to the top. Sashay! —Sirita Wright

RuPaul Decoded: The Man, the Myth, The New Queen of All Media

Dissecting the business behind the make-up and wigs of RuPaul, a rising media mogul in the making

More than a drag queen, RuPaul is a profitable brand that expands across various media…

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Last year, The Guinness Book of World Records named Samuel L. Jackson the highest-grossing actor of all time. The 63-year-old Washington, D.C. native has starred in over 100 films that have a combined box office gross of almost $8 billion. That’s quite a feat for a man who nearly squandered his talent and life away due to a serious drug and alcohol addiction.

Since starting out in the theater in the ’70s as a student at Morehouse College, Jackson has managed to build an estimated net worth of $150 million by appearing in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, like Captain America and Star Wars and low budget critical hits like Eve’s Bayou. The always earnest, off-the-cuff actor has made a fortune playing stern, authoritative characters. His latest role and box office score was as Nick Fury in The Avengers, which broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million opening weekend. With the May 18th release of his new neo-noir thriller The Samaritan sure to add more zeros to Jackson’s bank account, BlackEnterprise.com decodes the hardest working actor in Hollywood. —Shydel James

Samuel L. Jackson Decoded: Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man

Examining the luminous career of the highest grossing actor of all time

The Guinness Book of World Records cemented Samuel L. Jackson as the highest-grossing actor of…

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

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

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

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

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