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Over the years, producer Chuck Harmony has worked with everyone from Celine Dion (“I Got Nothing Left”), Mary J. Blige (“I Can Do Bad”) and Janet Jackson (“Let Me Know”) to Keri Hilson (“Pretty Girl Rock”), Fantasia (“Bittersweet”) and Ne-Yo (“One in a Million”).  In that time he’s seen overflowing budgets and newcomers blow their advances on expensive homes, cars and jewelry. In observing his colleagues’ ups, downs and pitfalls, Harmony’s views on finance, investing and, more importantly, how to save is very different than most. The creator of Los Angeles based Harmony House Entertainment shares a few of his financial tips for aspiring musicians and entrepreneurs with BlackEnterprise.com.

5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When You Come into New Money

Music producer Chuck Harmony shares advice on how to handle success the fiscally smart way

Over the years, producer Chuck Harmony has worked with everyone from Celine Dion (“I Got…

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Rent or Buy? In Which Cities Is It Better to Own or Pay a Landlord?

Miami, Phoenix, Las Vegas top picks for planting homeownership roots

A breakdown of areas where its either smarter to rent a home or own one.

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Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History

How paying your rent on-time is a new way to build good credit

If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a…

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Save For a Rainy Day!

Join the America Saves Week Challenge this week and learn how to stash your cash

February 20 through February 27 is America Saves Week. Take on this week’s challenge to…

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Minorities Don’t Drive Green: 4 Ways Obama Can Change That

Despite the President's push to get more electric cars on the roads, many in the Black community remain resistant to change

In President Obama’s recent State of the Union Address, he called on the car industry…

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Washington Report: Dems and GOP Fight Over Funding; Black Farmers Still Seek Relief; SBA Helps with Refinancing

BLACK ENTERPRISE Washington Correspondent Joyce Jones reports on the latest news from the White House…

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

(All Images: Thinkstock) If you’ve taken a marketing class—whether it was at the…

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Love & Money: Is It Really Cheaper to Keep Her?

Before going through a costly divorce be sure to weigh the pros and cons of making it work vs. making a run for it

With the average divorce proceedings in the U.S. lasting about a year and lawyer’s fees…

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Why Democrats and Republicans Hate Obama’s New Budget

While both sides argue over new proposal, African-Americans brace for "negative effect" of spending cuts

President Obama delivered his 2012 budget proposal to Congress this week, citing it will reduce…

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy Opens Up about Love, Marriage and Money

The 'Single Ladies' star on lessons learned and how to move forward after a tough divorce

After what was a highly-publicized and drama filled divorce, actress and former First Lady of…

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Surprise! The IRS Counts Forgiven Debt As Taxable ‘Income’

Just because your lender cleared you of a debt doesn't mean Uncle Sam will when filing your tax return

Consumers are receiving so-called 1099-c “cancellation of debt” tax notices, informing them that the IRS…

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Love & Money: Online Dating Financial Scams

Dont let your search for love ruin your finances.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. If Cupid hasn’t been returning your texts, it might be…

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much…

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If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has put a serious hurtin’ on your wallet, we’ve got good news. You can demonstrate your affection without blowing your budget. Here are five ways to save money on romantic gifts. —Sheiresa Ngo (Image: Siri Stafford)

Love & Money Buying Guide

Showing your affection on special occasions doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket

If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has…

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Love & Money: How to Bring up a Prenup

Although not pleasant, prenuptial agreements are necessary for some. Here's how to (gently) address the touchy subject

For some couples, the topic of prenuptial agreements can be uncomfortable. Some view prenuptial agreements…

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New Study Shows 62 % Drop in Home Mortgage Approvals to Minorities

When the housing market collapsed, so did the number of home loans to Blacks and Latinos

Together, African-Americans and Hispanics were able to borrow 62 percent less to buy or refinance…

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less…

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Power Moves: 10 Steps to Build Wealth Now!

Our editors have developed "The Power Issue" to help our readers find ways to advance their business, professional and financial lives

Our editors have developed “The Power Issue” to help our readers find ways to advance…

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“Frugal Fatigue” Sweeps The Nation

Why are so many Americans dissatisfied with having to live a financially prudent lifestyle?

Some two-thirds of Americans now claim to have “frugal fatigue” according to a January 2011…

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What to Do If You’re Contacted about an Expired Debt

The wrong move could wreak havoc on your finances by having you pay for something you didn't have to

In part one of this article, we explained what the statute of limitations is and…

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How to Start a Profitable T-Shirt Business

T-shirts are contemporary wardrobe staples for men, women, and children today. Building an online T-shirt…

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How to Invest in Cannabis Stocks

While some stocks in these sectors have been high fliers, even more have gone bust…

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