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Evolving in the public eye, Chris Brown has gone from teenaged heartthrob to pop music megastar to vilified brute and then repentant sinner. At the heart of his image downturn is the 2009 assault of then girlfriend, Rihanna, which showed a darker side to the talented singer/dancer/actor. Brown’s subsequent apologies, paid debt to society in the form of community service and an emotional performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” at the 2010 BET Awards seemed to have almost wiped his slate clean—that is, until last month’s Good Morning America appearance. Following an awkward and defensive interview with GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Brown threw a tantrum backstage, smashing a window at ABC’s Times Square studio in the process. Though Brown has since apologized for his behavior (again), many speculate that he’s running out of second chances and that’s bound to hit him in the pockets. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how all the drama has or hasn’t affected the troubled star’s money.

Chris Brown Decoded: The Finances of a Tarnished Brand

An exploration of how much the troubled star's scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

An exploration of how much the troubled star’s scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

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Set Your Investments on a New Course

Experts tell you how to invest in today's hottest sectors without getting burned

While the U.S. economy continues its slow recovery from the financial crisis and recession, the…

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A tip from a trusted friend or relative, a little monetary incentive or even just the location can usually steer consumers to their bank of choice. But one look at the fine print can have potential customers re-thinking their decision. While Capitol Hill has banks scrambling to make up new revenue sources, consumers are usually the ones slighted as new fees means less banking value for your buck. With the savings rate up 5.8% in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis—the highest since August—it’s important to make sure the financial institution you decide to do business with is giving you the best service. Here’s a checklist of questions you should always ask to ensure you’re getting the most out of a savings or checking account.

14 Questions to Ask Before Opening a Checking or Savings Account

Not all bank accounts are created equal. Mind your money with these essential questions

Not all bank accounts are created equal. Mind your money with these essential questions

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Caring for An Aging Relative? Don’t Overlook Your Tax Breaks

When writing off your relatives...on your taxes...makes sense

When writing off your relatives…on your taxes…makes sense

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Poll: Is it OK for New College Grads to Move Back Home?

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid's desire for independence? You decide

Good financial sense or a surefire way to kill a kid’s desire for independence? You…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Beware of Credit Card Interest Rate Reduction Scams

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

Don’t let the promise of a lower interest rate jeopardize your finances.

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How to Avoid Tax Audit Triggers

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

Make sure the tax man has no reason to come knocking

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Switching Jobs: What Happens to My 401(k)?

When making a career move, be sure to know your options and protect your retirement money

Four options for handling retirement plan assets when you change jobs

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Your Financial Records: What to Save, What to Shred and When

If tax season has you rifling through bank statements and canceled checks, these tips will help you know how and when to purge

If tax time has you rifling through old bank statements, credit card bills, canceled checks,…

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Simple Rules for Lifetime Investing

Many of us let a crisis go to waste. Yes, the Great Recession put a…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Earl G. Graves Sr., Chairman & Publisher, Black Enterprise

Let’s Get Back to Investing in Our Future

Live within your means. Put money aside for tough times. Save, don’t borrow, for the…

By Earl G. Graves, Sr.

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Your Wallet: A Loser’s Manual

4 ways not to lose your mind when you lose your wallet

4 ways not to lose your mind when you lose your wallet

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How to Cope with Rising Prices at the Pump

Tips on what you can do in your everyday life to get you through the ups and downs

Tips on what you can do in your everyday life to get you through the…

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Spending less than you earn seems like a simple rule, but as straightforward as it may appear, every year many Americans become the casualty of their spendthrift ways. Making purchases you cannot afford or don’t need, in turn, leads to uncontrollable debt. 	Terry and Tyra Johnson of Yardley, Pennsylvania, have maintained a frugal lifestyle even though they make a combined six-figure salary. Here are four tips from the Johnsons that help them live below their means.

4 Ways to Live Within Your Means

Couple shares tips on how to avoid financial pitfalls

Couple shares tips on how to avoid financial pitfalls

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What the Japan Crisis May Mean for Your Portfolio

Leading black asset managers give their take on the impact on American industry

Leading black asset managers give their take on the impact on American industry

By Joyce Jones

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7 Steps to Getting Over Foreclosure

What you can do before, during and after the process to ease the pain

What you can do before, during and after the process to ease the pain

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8 Ways to Save Money on Health Care and Health Insurance

Health care reform was signed into law a year ago but much of it goes into effect in 2014. Here's how to save now!

Health care reform was signed into law a year ago but much of it goes…

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Financial Advice You Should Ignore

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

How to steer clear of faulty financial tips that could cost you

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Should Debt Collectors Use Facebook to “Poke” You?

New measures aim to protect consumers from debt collectors abusing social media

Recently, consumers have reported harassement by debt collectors on Facebook and other social media. In…

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Over the course of the past decade Tyler Perry has dominated. His stage plays, motion pictures, DVDs, sitcom series, online talk show and book, based on commentaries from his popular character of Madea, have collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. As the most commercially successful Black filmmaker in history, Perry is quickly making his way to billionaire status not by following the rules but by breaking them. Staying true to his core audience and pushing his message of family values, the media mogul has a lock on a lucrative slice of the African American market. Whether you love him or you hate him, you definitely can’t ignore him. If there’s still any doubt, here are a few reminders of Perry’s influence.

Tyler Perry Decoded: The Deals, the Brand, the Influence

A breakdown of the media mogul's empire and reach by the numbers

A breakdown of the media mogul’s empire and reach by the numbers

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