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Spike Lee Is Raising Money for New Film Via Kickstarter

Fans raised millions for Veronica Mars project

Lee is looking to raise $1.25 million for the project

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5 Smart Ways to Recharge Your Budget

Taking action now for the sake of your goals

Here are a few ways to think about giving your savings goals a boost.

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Is this what you're waiting for? WAKE UP!!! Time to get real.

5 Reality Checks You Must Face to Fix Your Finances

One of the challenges of financial education is trying to get through to people who think the rules of smart money management do not apply to them.

Time to get real: You are NOT the exception to the rules of building wealth.

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

With Few Options, City of Detroit Files for Bankruptcy

City is largest municipality to file

Detroit’s 16-page petition was filed in its U.S. Bankruptcy Court

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3 Reasons Kanye West’s $120 A.P.C. Plain White T-Shirt Sold Out

Would you buy a $120 t-shirt?

Kanye’s was one of the more savvy business moves of the year in fashion.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] #WealthforLife Wednesdays: How to Retire The Right Way

Don't just retire, retire rich

Building a healthy retirement reserve is a slow and steady process that takes patience, consistency,…

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Price of Gas Could Soar to $4 Per Gallon, Analysts Say

Hike partially due to unrest in the Middle East

Only Hawaii and Alaska reportedly had prices higher than Calif.

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Credit card usage is on the rise, new data says.

Credit Card Usage is Up. Here’s What to Do As a Consumer.

Don't turn to credit cards as a backup to your money issues

Smart ways to make credit cards a part of your financial picture.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Help, I’m in Love With a Shopaholic!

When it's time to admit the person you love has a problem

When finances are out of order, life can become a nightmare.

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A Few Keys to an Affordable Family Vacation

Summer time means it's time for tightening up your travel budget

Don’t break the bank on a family vacation!

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5 Ways to Promote Financial Literacy in Your Teen This Summer

Could you use a little help with your teen?

It really is a perfect time to get your teenagers primed to get in financial…

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5 Tips to Improve your 401(k) Plan

Make sure you don’t fall short and outlive your savings

Millions of Americans put their 401(k) plans on autopilot, have limited knowledge about how and…

By LaToya M. Smith

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4 Ways to Build Credit Without Credit Cards

Take advantage of these practical strategies

Credit cards are not evil in and of themselves and really don’t have to be…

By Patrice C. Washington

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Q&A: Kofi Natei Nartey, LA Luxury Real Estate Broker to Sports, Movie Stars

Realtor to the stars dishes on success, professionalism and what's next

Nartey’s counts Laz Alonso, Kevin Durant and Neve Campbell among his clients.

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ESSENCE Festival Brings Estimated $100 Million To City of New Orleans

Weekend had over a half-million attendees

As ESSENCE on Monday announced that over 540,000 people attended its annual weekend festival, the…

By Darren Sands

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Disconnected: Why Connectivity is Hindering Growth of True Relationships

Is technology keeping us from building lasting, meaningful relationships?

Overwhelmingly, technology has proven to be a great tool for connecting with people and doing…

By Kenny Pugh

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Learning to Lend Money to Your Family the Right Way

Don't let emotional ties keep you from making a sound decision

We all can use a little help now and then, follow these tips and you…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Food Network Stars ‘The Neelys’ Announce Closure of Memphis Restaurants

Gina Neely tells the Memphis Commercial Appeal the couple was spread too thin

In a statement via Facebook, the couple thanked fans for their support.

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: How to Deal With The Student Loan Debt Hike

Here's 5 tips to help you borrow smart

Effective July 1st, 2013 federal subsidized stafford student loan rates will rise.

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Report Shows State Schools a Viable Option For Vulnerable Out-of-State Students

Schools offer alternative for students

Highly-ranked state schools with affordable tuition are a welcome advantage for students from financially disadvantaged…

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More Fathers Are Leading Single-Parent Households, Study Says

Disparity reflects society's cultural changes

Single fathers may be younger, poorer and less educated than married ones, but they raise…

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Calif. Woman Mistakenly Sells $18,000 Diamond Earrings For $20

Woman also stashed cash, ring from her husband

A Huntington Beach mother accidentally sold her nearly $18,000 diamond earrings for $20 at a…

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Are You One Step Away From Financial Ruin?

Is saving a lost art? Too difficult?

A recent survey released by Bankrate stated that 75 percent of Americans don’t have enough…

By Jennifer Streaks

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5 Money Lessons From J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’

Sometimes he brags like Hov, but with a heavy dose of humility in new album 'Born Sinner'

Yes, J. Cole is finally getting his due as not only one of the best…

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Yahoo CEO Earns $1M Bonus after Five Months on the Job

CEOs Earn 273 Times the Average Worker’s Pay, EPI Says

Are you furious about this?

From 1978 to 2012, CEO compensation measured with options realized increased about 875 percent, a…

By Darren Sands

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Love & Money: How to Break Up … With Your Employer

5 tips to make sure you do it with class

Gone are the days when people accepted jobs right out of high school or college.

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When It Comes To Your Money, Are You A Hot Mess?

An exercise to give yourself a reality check—and maybe a much needed wake-up call—when it comes to your financial habits.

Check yourself. Before your wreck yourself.

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Learn About ETFs, Mutual Funds and Stocks

What's the difference and how do I choose which is best for me?

A mutual fund is similar to a stock, but instead of investing in one company…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Will It Be More Expensive to Throw Your 4th of July Barbecue? Probably, Analysts Say

Costs of food, meats in particular, have risen in past months

Sales show that consumers are gravitating more and more to items like pork, which carry…

By Darren Sands

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Fat Joe Gets 4 Months in Prison for Tax Evasion

Rapper is the latest to face prison time for not paying taxes

Who will be next to go to prison for not paying their taxes?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Robert L. Johnson And Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Announce Alliance To End Payday Lending, Lower Minority Consumer Debt, And Promote Financial Education

Robert Johnson Announces Alliance to End Payday Lending

12 million Americans turn to payday loans annually when faced with financial challenges

Alliance looks to help minorities pay down debt, increase savings, and break the cycle of…

By C. Daniel Baker

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How to Make Home Ownership and a New Marriage Work

Does it have to be complicated?

Before you run out and start looking at all of the fabulous properties you could…

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76 Percent of Americans Are Living Paycheck-to-Paycheck

1 in 4 Americans said they had no savings at all

Nearly three-fourths of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck, according to a new survey released by Bankrate.com.

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With ‘Keisha Cane’ Book Series, a Young Author Champions Child Literacy

In just days, Ashley and April Foxx raised over $6,000 through Kickstarter

Keisha Cane — and all her mischief — could soon be coming to a book…

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Texas Megachurch Preacher Asks Members to Pay For Helicopter Upgrade

Told members it would save church money

Bishop I.V. Hilliard sent a newsletter to members of the New Light Christian Center asking…

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Is Becoming Roommates the New Marriage Agreement?

Why busy lives are changing the perspective of marriage

Do you remember til death do us part, friendship as the foundation for love and…

By Kenny Pugh

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Abroad, a Familiar Name is One Magnate’s Trump Card

What's in a name? For Donald Trump, a whole lot of money

Donald Trump is making a fortune off his name.

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For Youth Jobs, White House Pushes Involvement

Outlook of economy depends in large part to youth jobs

President Obama, White House push for youth jobs.

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Health Care Costs Expected to Rise in 2014, Study Says

Costs continue to exceed wages, expert says

Health care costs expected to coincide with the Affordable Care Act are expected to rise…

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One Year after Superstorm Sandy, Many Small Businesses Aren't Prepared for the Next Disaster

Natural Weather Disasters Cost $110 Billion in 2012, Report Says

Year ranks second-highest to 2005

Eleven major weather disasters ranging from hurricanes to floods cost $110 billion in 2012

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Jay-Z’s Samsung Deal Proves He is a “Business, Man”

One million Galaxy smartphone users will get the album for free

Digital marketing strategy for new album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” is a nod to the…

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Woman Suing Franchiser For Payment Through Debit Card

Woman claims fees affected her wages

The woman, Natalie Gunshannon, said she received wages through the JPMorgan Chase Payroll Card

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NWBC As Key Resource to Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

7 Things to Ask Yourself Before Donating to a Crowdfunding Campaign

Helping someone realize their dreams shouldn't come before goals of your own

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Hey Frugs! Nowadays, it seems like every person has a project that he…

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Single and Financially Sound: On Correctly Handling Your Credit and Taxes

Financial setbacks need to be taken care of

And remember, just because you are single now does not mean that credit and taxes…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Bank of America Misled Homeowners, Suit Says

Since 2012, more than 18,000 homeowners have filed complaints about Bank of America with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Former BoA employees said they were told to falsify electronic records and foreclose on homes.

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Would You Risk Your Career and Comfort For Love?

What happens when love costs?

Is love worth the sacrifice?

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NWBC As Key Resource to Women Veteran Entrepreneurs

How to Move Your Payment Due Date

Don't fall victim to avoidable penalties

Taking just a few steps in moving your due date can help avoid costly penalties.

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Why Aren’t More New Dads Taking Paternity Leave?

15 percent of U.S. companies offer some kind of paternity leave

Is gender stereotyping causing men to not take paternity leave?

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Retirement Plan Options for Small Businesses

Make your money work for you after you've worked for it

“Small business owners need to think about the what if,” says McKenzie Slaughter. Reinvesting all…

By LaToya M. Smith

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In Which Industry do MBA Graduates Earn the Most?

Men earn more than women in first year, research says

MBA programs have promises that make graduating quite enticing.

By Darren Sands

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In Hedge Fund Manager’s Last Hours of Freedom, an Attempt at One Last Victim

Alleged scam artist wooed startup founder with fancy cars, back story

Mr. Bailey says he’s relieved he seems to have dodged a major bullet.

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McDonald's CEO Don Thompson told Bloomberg that McDonald's pays above the minimum wage and will continue to provide entry-level jobs.

Still Lovin’ It: Cheaper Items, Expanded Menu Has Sales Up at McDonald’s

McDiet? CEO says he lost 20 lbs

Revamped menu paying off, numbers say.

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Living Single? You Still Need to Plan Financially

Could the keys to your financial success be tied up in your relative freedom?

Watch how you spend!

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Lunch With Warren Buffet Goes for $1 Million

Auction funds go toward a good cause

Warren Buffet has auctioned off another lunch for charity.

By Darren Sands

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Torn Between Two Loves: How to Find Time For Love as an Entrepreneur

A lot of entrepreneurs say they need to pick one or the other. They're lying.

You don’t have to remain torn! You CAN experience success in both your business and…

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Caskets like these can be more expensive than families think, causing financial issues for already grieve-stricken family members.

How to Keep Funeral Expenses Down

Just because you're mourning doesn't mean you shouldn't think clearly about your finances

Even sadder is that experts say funerals are high time for old family spats over…

By Darren Sands

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Should Tipping Be Banned? An Expert Says Yes

Questioning a normally unquestioned practice

A study shows that in countries where tipping is prominent, there is also high corruption…

By Darren Sands

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Fredrick D. Scott was arraigned on charges he stole from investors.

Black Hedge Fund Manager Is a Fraud, Prosecutors Say

Claimed to manage billions in assets through firm

Fredrick D. Scott, who presented himself as a well-heeled hedge fund manager who sought in…

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Talk About Money Before The Wedding. Or Fight Over It Through The Divorce

If talking about money with your fiance would result in calling off the wedding, you have no business getting married in the first place.

If talking about money with your fiance would result in calling off the wedding, you…

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Real Housewives Star Kenya Moore Reportedly $848 Short on May Rent

Suit filed in Fulton County, Ga.

A new report suggests that Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore may need to…

By Darren Sands

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The Powerball jackpot winner did not appear at her press conference.

84-Year-Old Fla. Woman Wins Powerball Jackpot

Winner opts for lump sum

Florida woman wins record Powerball jackpot.

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Is it Time to Consult a Financial Planner?

After years of doing things on my own I knew it was time to get some professional advice

Before you dismiss the idea of working with a financial planner, find out how they…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Some Religious Items Have an Afterlife at Pawn Shops

Why do some religious items have value right now?

Did you know religious pieces had so much value at pawn shops?

By Darren Sands

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Is Jay-Z Teaming Up With Samsung for $20 Million?

The 'business' man is reportedly ready to sign a $20 million deal

What else can Jay do to show his business prowess?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Shoe Along® is what every woman needs - A hands-free way to carry a second pair of Shoes or Sneakers Along. How can licensing help this nifty idea?

How Licensing Can Help Your Business Idea Become More Lucrative

A licensing expert chimes in on a novel idea

So how might licensing benefit her in the short and long term? We asked licensing…

By Darren Sands

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Don’t Let Future Costs of College Deter Your Saving

Save now, worry later

Knotts says parents should stretch their savings, save smart and be realistic about their goals.…

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Homebuilders Struggle to Keep Up With Demand in Improved Market

Retaining dwindling workforce a hinderance

The latest is according to a new report by CNN Money which says that builders…

By Darren Sands

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Respect Your Money and Your Money Will Respect You

Know yourself and know your money

Not setting aside money for a rainy day leaves you financially vulnerable and emotionally stressed…

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With No One Coming Forward, Town of Winning Powerball Ticket In Suspense

Theories abound in a small town in Fla.

A town waits and wonders.

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Obama Returns Portion of Pay to Show Solidarity with Workers

Obama Urges Congress on Student Loan Deadline

Interest on government-subsidized student loans could see a dramatic increase

President Obama on Friday urged Congress to pass a new student loan bill that would…

By Darren Sands

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4 Startup Lessons You Won’t Learn in Business School

Learning to think outside of the box

Is business school for you? Perhaps not if you already think this way.

By Darren Sands

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How to Stay Cool Without an Air Conditioner: A Beginner’s Guide

The recent heatwave in lots of states doesn't mean you should break the bank

Here are four ways you can keep costs down as the temperature increases so that…

By Darren Sands

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Pay it Forward: 3 Ways to Create an Economy of Goodwill

Finding purpose and meaning could pay off in the long run

A Wharton organizational psychologist says the key to success is, well, giving.

By Darren Sands

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Goodbye Student Loan Debt, Hello Financial Freedom

How my friend paid off her student loan debt four years ahead of schedule

Need to pay off your student loan debt? Maybe you should follow her advice.

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Money Lessons From Kanye West’s ‘New Slaves’

The new single from Kanye West's forthcoming album, 'Yeezus'

Spending everything on Alexander Wang — not a good idea

By Darren Sands

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As Home Prices Rise, Analysts Consider An Impact on the Economy

New report indicates owning a home is more difficult for the middle class

Despite assurances from some analysts that the economy will improve because a home is the…

By Darren Sands

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Keeping Up With Appearances Is Usually a Bad Idea for Your Finances

Why favoring style over substance doesn't pay off

It is better to be upfront and state that you are having financial problems and…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Faith Evans Owes the IRS Nearly $30,000

Looks like the former Mrs. Christopher Wallace is following in the footsteps of her fellow 'R&B Divas'

Is there a conspiracy against female black singers when it comes to their taxes?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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6 Tips For Negotiating Effectively

Having a plan can make all the difference

Relationships are the currency of influence and success in business. No matter how badly you…

By Darren Sands

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How to Mine Your Customer List for Sales Gold

Getting what you want from your customers might be closer than you think

Because when you do strike gold, everyone wins: You’ll experience reduced business costs and increased…

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Mary J. Blige Hit With $3.4M Tax Lien

Singer owes substantial amounts for the last three tax years

A representative says the Grammy Award winning singer is working with a new team to…

By Aaron Morrison

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Number of People seeking Unemployment drops to 2008 levels

Jobless Claims Drop as Economy Shows Gains, Report Says

Economy shows sustained growth, according to new report

The Dept. of Labor on Thursday expressed optimism about the overall strength of the economy.

By Darren Sands

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New Study Focuses On Financial Priorities, Challenges of Black America

Prudential Financial reveals the results of its 2013-2014 "African American Financial Experience" study

The 2013-2014 African American Financial Experience study is out. Commissioned by Prudential Financial, this is…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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U.K. Mom Spends $25,000 on Child’s Wardrobe

Mom: What's wrong with wanting your son to look good?

Talk about ballin’ outta control.

By Darren Sands

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Student Loan Crisis Heating up Amid Graduation Season, House Vote

Students don't analyze options, experts say

Analysts say many students are misinformed or uneducated about the options available to them, such…

By Darren Sands

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: Apps to Manage Your Money

Simplify and organize your finances all in one place

These apps can get you on the right financial track

By LaToya M. Smith

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Banks Slow to Pay Owed Money to Homeowners

A disproportionate number of black and Latino families were victims of predatory lending practices

Less than half of the settlement money has been doled out to predatory lending victims.

By Aaron Morrison

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In a Rough Economy, Luxury Spending is on the Rise

A recent study shows people are looking to splurge on luxuries in a recession.

American Express Publishing and the Harrison Group speak to 1,416 Americans about their want for…

By Amber McKynzie

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Women and the Financial Know How Gap [Study]

Women seemed to know just as much of the fundamentals as men

Literacy differences between men and women has been overstated, experts say.

By Aaron Morrison

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Not a Joke! Comedian Sinbad Files For Bankruptcy

It's the comedian's second time doing so

It’s ‘A Different World’ for Sinbad as he is now flat broke.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Plan, Save & Execute: Take Control of Your Money This Summer

Spend your summer months worry-free

We are heading into the busy summer season filled with travel, good food & time…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Jackpot: Experts Say Lottery Winners Need a Solid Team

A report says lottery winners should think about assembling a good team

We’ll all soon know who the winner is — he or she cannot under Florida…

By Darren Sands

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How Much Does Bernie Madoff Earn in Jail?

Not much, according to one report

Bernie Madoff used to live a life of luxury at the expense of many who…

By Darren Sands

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10 Ways Men and Women Spend Money Differently

The Frugalista on the many differences in financial attitudes, behaviors of men and women

Men and women are on both sides of the spectrum when it comes to spending.

By Natalie P. McNeal

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When Getting a Credit Card for Your Business Is the Right Move

Meeting your business' needs is an easier proposition than you think

There is an old saying that “you’ve got to have money, to make money.”

By Bill Fay

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Appreciation Is an Important Key to Wealth and Relationship Success

Why you should avoid investing in things & relationships that don’t appreciate

There aren’t too many people today who don’t desire success in the areas of love…

By Kenny Pugh

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With No Winners, Powerball, Mega Millions Jackpots Swell

Winner from Wednesday's drawing likely

Could you be a big winner?

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Convenience Determines Best and Worst Cities For Summer Travel

Is Denver on your summer list of places to visit? Apparently, it should be

Convenience is the name of the game when it comes to summer travel.

By Darren Sands

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Several Factors Determine Best States to Retire in, Expert Says

Bankrate rated the best and worst states to retire in

Relatively cold states with high taxes and a high cost of living such as Oregon…

By Darren Sands

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Detroit Bankruptcy Turns Spotlight to Business Development

Report Paints Grim Financial Picture for City of Detroit

Pension funds, borrowing capabilities in disarray

The report was completed by Washington, D.C.- based bankruptcy lawyer Kevyn D. Orr, who was…

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How to Stay Within Your Budget During Travel Season

Follow these tips and stay on track with your finances

Taking the time to plan ahead for your summer travel can save you serious cash.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Help Mom Build Wealth for Mother’s Day

She's spent your whole life investing herself in you. Doesn't she deserve financial security for herself?

Your mother has probably spent your entire life investing in you. Mother’s Day is a…

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Beyonce Buys Cher’s Malibu Mansion for $45 Million

The home was reportedly purchased in March

Beyonce buys another house

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Damon Dash Facing Eviction, Says He’s ‘Flat Broke’

Damon Dash was Jay-Z's business partner until 2004

Will Jay-Z help a brotha out?

By Makkada B. Selah

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Damon Dash Ordered to Pay 2006 Loan Over Roc-A-Wear Clothing Line

Debtee distributed the Rocawear clothing line

Dame Dash owes money

By Makkada B. Selah

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The Home Depot Awards HBCU Oakwood University With $50,000 Makeover

Black colleges benefit from the company’s campus-improvement program

The Home Depot responded to HBCUs in need through a campus-improvement grant program called Retool…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Good Sign: Home Foreclosures at a Six-Year Low

Even the number of homes considered underwater are lower than a year ago.

New report supports belief that housing market is experiencing a real rebound.

By Aaron Morrison

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Bob’s Rich: Shorter Names Could Mean Higher Salary, Research Suggests

Research says shorter names could be more lucrative

Is a name change in order for business people seeking to get ahead?

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: 4 Steps To Put Your Savings On Autopilot

You're more likely to save if you don't have to think about it

This week’s #WealthForLife focuses on strategies to make your savings goals more attainable.

By LaToya M. Smith

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Blacks Optimistic About Economy, Pessimistic About Retirement Savings

Investors move retirement to back-burner to focus on daily expenses

African American investors are optimistic about the political and economic future of the country.

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Disability Insurance An Unnecessary Quandary For Some Millennials, Expert Says

The Hartford's Lindsey Pollak says it doesn't have to take an accident for young professionals to make a claim on disability insurance

Disability insurance could mean the difference between many things

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Rep. Karen Bass: “Time To Get Serious on Student Loan Debt”

Says time is now to tackle debt issue for millions of Americans

Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif) is taking the lead on student loan reform in the House…

By Darren Sands

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Lauryn Hill Is Sentenced to 3 Months in Prison

Singer recently paid tax debt

Lauryn Hill was sentenced on Monday afternoon

By Darren Sands

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Speaking Up Pays Off When it Comes to Your Financial Goals

Telling others can help them keep you accountable

Discussions around money can be revealing but are sometimes difficult to have, especially if you…

By Darren Sands

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Lauryn Hill Pays Her Tax Debt Before Her Sentencing

The singer pays off her complete debt to avoid jail time

Can Lauryn Hill bounce back after her latest miscue?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Learn to Do What’s Best With a Large Sum of Money

Resist the temptation of splurging on what you don't need

You have suddenly received a large, lump sum of money. So what do you do?

By Jennifer Streaks

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Lil Wayne Loses Mountain Dew Endorsement Over Lyrics

Lil Wayne recently apologized for the lyrics

Rapper loses endorsement at urging of Emmet Till’s family

By Makkada B. Selah

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4 Ways to Avoid a Moving Scam

Protect yourself when making a move

Excited about getting the keys to your new place? Before you move, learn how to…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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For Guys Only: 5 Outdoor Budget-Friendly Dates She’ll Love

How to get her buzzing to her friends -- without spending a dime

A large percentage of professional women don’t care how much a guy spends on the…

By Darren Sands

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Can Beats by Dr. Dre Save Retailer RadioShack?

Would you spend hundreds of dollars on the headphones?

Beats by Dr. Dre has established itself at the forefront of audio electronics.

By Darren Sands

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Mike Tyson: ‘I Look Forward to Paying Off My Taxes’

The reformed boxer has a new way of looking at life now

After wasting several hundred million dollars, the ex-heavyweight boxing champ is getting his life back…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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#WealthforLife Wednesdays: How to Create a Realistic Budget

Stop fudging the numbers. Identify how you’re spending your money and then give your hard earned cash a specific assignment.

Developing a budget is an essential part of your wealth-building plan.

By LaToya M. Smith

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Introducing #WealthforLife Wednesdays

Join us each week as we tackle the 10 principles you need to build wealth

Check out the 10 principles on how to build wealth

By LaToya M. Smith

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Know the Signs of Telemarketing Fraud

Be aware of thieves looking to take advantage of you.

Telemarketing scams are everywhere…watch out!

By Sheiresa Ngo

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5 Money Lessons From Big Sean’s ‘Higher’

Money memoirs from a Detroit player

Big Sean’s determined to see success on ‘Higher’ off his ‘Detroit’ mixtape. His new album,…

By Darren Sands

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Wealth Gap Between Whites and Blacks, Hispanic Households Widens

A new study reveals harsh realities

Do you see this gap ever getting tighter?

By Darren Sands

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Fantasia Loses Her House After Failing to Sell at Preferred Price

Reports are surfacing that after being unable to sell her home, she relinquishes it to the bank

Will the problems keep mounting for the American Idol winner, Fantasia, who just recently lost…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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5 Financial Tips for Graduating Students

You're well on your way if you can get these down pat

Get a jump on your peers by following these tips.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Estate Planning With Your Children in Mind

Leaving money to pay for burial costs as well as to heirs is just part of the estate planning process.

Life insurance payouts can be used to pay off debts and loans, making it possible…

By LaToya M. Smith

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6 Months After Hurricane Sandy, “Thousands” Still Homeless

Hurricane season is right around the corner

Many are still not out of the woods in the most affected areas.

By Darren Sands

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Obama Returns Portion of Pay to Show Solidarity with Workers

For Financial Capability Month, CFTC Resources Help Crack Down on Fraud

Commissioner says agency will investigate trades after controversial tweets

Obama administration maintains its quest for transparency at the federal level.

By Darren Sands

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How Traffic Can Be an Indicator of the Economy’s Health

Research shows a correlation between the two

Traffic bad? Probably means the economy’s good.

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No Longer Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton to Cash In

Could a run for the presidency be in her future?

Hillary Clinton may run for president in 2016.

By Darren Sands

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Best Travel Credit Cards for 2013 Come in All Shapes and Sizes

Do you know what card is right for you?

Figuring out which card you need could save you hundreds — even thousands.

By Darren Sands

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Housing Market is Up and Down, Numbers Show

Some housing construction is making a difference

New numbers have some analysts looking up.

By Kenneth Meeks

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Judge Gives Lauryn Hill Two Weeks to Pay $500,000 Tax Debt

Sentencing in tax evasion case moved to May 6

Lauryn Hill’s tax woes continue.

By Darren Sands

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Amid Booming Sales, Netflix Says it Will Create Family Plan

Announcement comes as Netflix boasts $3 million first-quarter profit, success of original series

Netfix says over 10 million users use the service without paying.

By Darren Sands

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20 Percent of African Americans Too Broke for Bank Accounts

Banks charge an average of $6 to cash checks

A large segment of the black community is unbanked

By Makkada B. Selah

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4 Top Financial Goals to Achieve Right Now

Quickly, a refresher course on what you need to be doing

The earlier you start here the less of a rush you will be in later.…

By Jennifer Streaks

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Nate Dogg Baby Mama Files $300K Claim Against Estate

Nate Dogg died without a will

Mother alleges rapper owes back child support

By Makkada B. Selah

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St. Louis Entrepreneurs Get New Help Launching Businesses

Mid-westerners Have Fewer Financial Worries, Rankings Show

No worries: Are they keys to financial freedom found in the midwest?

How does your city rank?

By Darren Sands

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New York Urban League's Young Professionals President Jemar T. Ward.

At ‘REBIRTH!’, N.Y. Urban League’s Young Professionals Raise Money for Education

Manhattan's finest celebrate a great cause

Urban League’s Young Professionals are dedicated to change.

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Crazy Bulls Fan is Trying to Sue Derrick Rose

Rose has still not returned from a torn ACL

Bulls guard Derrick Rose has still not returned from an injury he suffered last postseason.

By Darren Sands

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Struggling U.S. Postal Service Is Losing $25 Million a Day

Chief says Congress must take action

A congressional vote reversed the decision to cancel Saturday delivery.

By Darren Sands

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ATMs More Expensive to Use, Study Finds

Out-of-network fees add up

Generally speaking, ATMs are more expensive than they were years ago.

By Darren Sands

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Become Music’s “First Billionaire Couple”

With the money the couple is making, maybe they can just buy Cuba

Will there be any couple who can challenge the duo’s finances?

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Carnival Announces $300 Million Enhancement Program

Have you ever been on a Carnival ship?

Company is trying to recover after difficult recent past.

By Darren Sands

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Opinions on How to Spend Your Tax Refund Run the Gamut

How will you spend yours?

Everyone has an opinion at this time of year.

By Darren Sands

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How to Find the Right Credit Card for You

Do you have a plan?

How do you find the right card for your lifestyle?

By Darren Sands

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A Parent’s Guide To Raising Financially Responsible Children

Our first lessons about money come from our parents. Sabrina Lamb's book "Do I Look Like An ATM?" provides a game plan for smarter choices.

Sabrina Lamb’s book “Do I Look Like An ATM?” provides a game plan for teaching…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Women of Power

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Radio Show ‘Café Mocha’ Partners with MadameNoire

Syndicated show that caters to African American women, Cafe Mocha, partners with MadameNoire.com to expand…

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Women of Power: The Award-Winning Legacy of Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Esteemed journalist Charlayne Hunter–Gault will receive the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit Legacy Award…

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