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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?

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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.…

By Darren Sands

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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…

By Jennifer Streaks

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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…

By Darren Sands

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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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National Urban League CEO Marc Morial discuss the results of the latest African American Financial Experience Survey results with CNN's Soledad O'Brien (Image: Alfred Edmond Jr.)

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?

By Darren Sands

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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…

By Darren Sands

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Beyonce Buys Cher’s Malibu Mansion for $45 Million

The home was reportedly purchased in March

Beyonce buys another house

By Makkada B. Selah

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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?

By Darren Sands

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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

By Darren Sands

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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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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath

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.

By Darren Sands

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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.

By Darren Sands

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Detroit Homeowner Threatens Potential Squatters With Gunshots

If your home is vacant in Detroit chances are someone will treat it like their home.

Detroit homeowners face squatters who make their homes their own

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Lauryn Hill Begs Judge for Mercy in Tax Evasion Case

Lauryn Hill is asking the judge for mercy as her tax evasion sentencing draws near.

Lauryn Hill gets added to the ongoing list of celebrities to avoid paying Uncle Sam.

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Lil Scrappy’s ‘Love and Hip-Hop’ Check to be Garnished

Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta is entering season 2

A Georgia court ordered the rapper to pay up

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Need More Time? How to File an Extension on Your Taxes

The form is as easy as 1-2-3

It’s April, and millions still haven’t filed their taxes.

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

Fredrick D. Scott Starts Investment Firm For African American Institutions

Former hedge fund manager is creating opportunities for others

Former hedge fund manager is creating opportunities for others

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So You Filed Your Taxes. Now What?

Taking action after you file can get you ahead of the game

A list of things to do April 15th — and beyond.

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As Sequester Cuts Take Hold, America Feels the Pinch

President Obama took a pay cut, too

Budgets across dozens of federal agencies and programs were slashed, with employees and administrators taking…

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10 Surefire Ways to Go Broke This Year

Wasteful spending isn't the only symptom of a bad financial steward

Budgeting, like anything else that matters in life, takes time. Even essential tax and estate…

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Reebok Drops Rapper Rick Ross Over Lyrics

Reebok released a statement Thursday afternoon

The gossip news site TMZ is reporting that Reebok has parted ways with the rapper…

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NJ Powerball Winner to Pay Neighbors’ Rent With Jackpot

Powerball winner is a modern-day Robin Hood

Pedro Quezada says he wants to ‘help a lot of people’

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Carmelo Anthony’s No. 7 Knicks Jersey is NBA’s Most Popular

The Knicks star forward is paying dividends on and off the court

It’s quite the accomplishment for Anthony, because the Knicks weren’t expected to improve as much…

By Darren Sands

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Bernanke: ‘Stress Tests’ Say Banks Can Survive Economic Collapse

Bernanke optimistic on banks' strength

At a conference in Georgia, Bernanke said the tests revealed that all but one major…

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Give Your New Graduate A Financial Head Start

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to mark a rite of passage to adulthood.

Getting young adults on the right path with their finances is the best way to…

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Kevin Ware is undoubtedly the face of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, and Adidas and the scissors company Fiskars are two major benefactors.

As Louisville’s Kevin Ware Cut Down Nets, Fiskars Scissors Gets the Big Stage

Iconic images at Final Four have little monetary benefit for players

Critics parse fairness of brand associations on the court at the Final Four.

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Walmart Worker Finds $20,000, Returns it to Customer

Good Samaritan worker has been promoted

A kind-hearted Walmart worker defines customer service

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It’s Spring Wedding Season: 4 Tips on How to Protect Your Budget

You can only get "more awesome" if you're not getting married by keeping costs low

A few tips for the frugal-minded person.

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Lying to the IRS.   Lying on your taxes is a felony that could result in jail time of up to three years. Individuals face fines of up to $250,000 and corporations face up to $500,000. In addition, you could be slapped with the costs related to your prosecution. Uncle Sam says don't do it. Trust us, he'll get you.

Do This If You’re Still Not Ready to File Your Taxes

It's time to get that extension from the IRS

A most important deadline is looming.

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Michael Jordan’s Paternity Suit Not Going Away

Charlotte Bobcats owner not in the clear yet regarding paternity suit filed against him

Is it at all possible that Michael Jordan is the father of Pamela Smith’s son?

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College Loan Interest Rates to Double by July

If Congress doesn't budge from standoff, student loans will double in interest.

Student loan interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent by July 1.

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U.S. Economy Adds Just 88,000 Jobs in March

Numbers far below expert's projections

Numbers show lack of faith in U.S. economy.

By Darren Sands

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Marriage and Financial Inequality: Why Gay & Lesbian Couples Pay More

Same-sex couples seek marriage rights and legal protections, from accessing healthcare benefits to transferring wealth

Together 10 years, Moore and Harley exchanged wedding vows a beachside ceremony in Los…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Still Profitable, Chipotle Could Be Losing Its ‘Cool’ Factor

Goldman Sachs expresses doubt about Chipotle Mexican Grill's future

Is Chipotle’s a good problem to have?

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Stop Thieves From Digging Up The Identities of the Dead

How to guard your deceased loved one's identity from modern-day grave robbers.

Last year the identities of almost 2.5 million deceased American were used to fraudulently open…

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5 Financial Pitfalls the Underinsured Must Avoid

The already susceptible should be extra careful

Waste no time getting into these tips.

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Diddy Tops Forbes List of Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists

Bad Boy mogul makes good on his cash flow with estimated worth of $580 million.

Diddy’s Ciroc partnership has earned the mogul millions in profit.

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Childhood Home of Notorious B.I.G. Up For Sale for $725,000

The residence remains an attraction for tourists

For three-quarters of a million dollars, you, too, can let your tape rock until your…

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Special Circumstances That Could Affect Your Taxes

Could one of these extenuating circumstances apply to you?

Every year, special circumstances affect millions of taxpayers.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Increase says National Poll

Staggering Number of College Graduates Working on Minimum Wage

Over 280,000 college graduates are working minimum wage jobs.

Nearly one in five American households are burdened with college debt.

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Helping Veterans Win the Financial Battle

Here’s a rundown of programs that will sharpen your money skills and prepare you for civilian life

Life after the military can be overwhelming. Many veterans are thrust into the role of…

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Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Ex-Girlfriend to Show Artist’s Unseen Works

There will likely be a new book on the collection, an exhibition and sale.

New works discovered by blue chip artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

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How Do The Rich And Famous End Up Broke?

The same way you do. Except your money troubles don't get put out on Front Street by everyone from CNN to TMZ.

It’s a familiar story: professional athletes, superstar entertainers and other famous celebrities losing their homes,…

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Garage Sale Buy of ‘Chinese Bowl’ Leads to Big Bucks

Family gains unexpected windfall from garage sale purchase

The family purchased the Chinese bowl at a garage sale six years ago.

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For LaVar Arrington’s Latest Act, A Grand Nod to His Many Influences

Reinventing himself -- and making a lot of money in the process -- was never something LaVar Arrington thought he couldn't do

LaVar’s second act is in high gear.

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From Filmmaker Byron Hurt, a Singular Courage to Tackle ‘Hazing’

Former football and fraternity member tackles critical subject in new film

Byron Hurt was uniquely qualified to tackle hazing topic.

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Koli Palu won season nine of NBC's The Biggest Loser and the $100,000 prize. Researchers say financial incentives help people reach their weight loss goals.

Study Shows Financial Incentives Help Weight Loss Goals

Study says participants were motivated by money

Is this a major breakthrough?

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Student Debt Becomes Chief Concern for College Applicants

Majority of college applicants say debt is a deciding factor in choosing schools

President Barack Obama and credit reporting agency Moody’s called on colleges to cut student costs.

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Is the Perfect Sleep Worth $175,000?

British bed company, Savoir Beds, creates six-figure Royal Bed.

Savoir Beds designs $175,000 Royal Bed, and gives other exclusive clientele the chance to purchase…

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Don't assume that you would have handled financial decisions any better than Dionne Warwick, who recently filed bankrutpcy, if you were in her shoes.

Dionne Warwick Files for Bankruptcy

The legend is more than $10 million in debt

Publicist says gross financial mismanagement during the 80s and 90s is the cause for her…

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Minority-Owned bcondoms ‘Welcomes Opportunity’ to Speak With Bill Gates

bcondoms lauds Gates Foundation announcement, expresses interest

bcondoms has been a proponent of condom usage from its infancy.

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Is Clutter Keeping You Back Financially?

Do you think about what financial clutter is doing to your financial goals?

Here are some tips to get rid of that clutter

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Do You Know Where Your Money is Going?

Budgeting is still the No. 1 defense against careless spending

How can a budget tell you where your money’s going?

By Jennifer Streaks

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R. Kelly’s Chicago Mansion Foreclosed and Sold at Auction

R. Kelly is one of the highest-earning recording artists of all time

The “Trapped in the Closet” singer defaulted on a 3.5 million dollar mortgage

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Hollywood’s Five Most Publicized Custody Battles

From Dwayne Wade to Usher, Black Enterprise looks at Hollywood's most public custody wars.

Black Enterprise takes a look at Hollywood’s most recent custody wars.

By Amber McKynzie

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“The Blind Side” Home on Sale for $3.9 Million

Buckhead 14,000 square foot home for sale.

Would you buy it if you had the money?

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Michael Jordan’s Fiancée Signs Pre-Nup

Jordan and Prieto reportedly are to wed April 27

Do you think a pre-nup is a good thing?

By Makkada B. Selah

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Kevin Hart Settles Divorce Financials with Ex-Wife

The two may have had a pre-nup

Do you think Kevin Hart got off easy?

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CardHub.com Releases U.S. Cities With Best, Worst Budgeters

New York City and Boston are tops on this list

Do you live in a city that can budget?

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5 Love & Money Lessons From J. Cole’s ‘Power Trip’ Featuring Miguel

J. Cole's up all night thinking about his love in the first single for his second album, 'Born Sinner'

‘Power Trip’ is the first single from the album ‘Born Sinner’

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6 Things Debt Collectors Can and Can’t Do

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau includes debt-collection guidelines in annual report.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released its annual report outlining how it has worked to…

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J. Cole Tells New York Magazine He Wants to Open a Cheesecake Factory

J. Cole, franchisee? If he had his druthers, apparently so

Hey, the guy likes a good Mai Tai.

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5 Important Tips to Consider When Choosing a Financial Planner

Need professional assistance to manage your finances?

Here’s some help how to choose the right person for you

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Photos like this -- posted to the Facebook accounts of Tiger Woods and new girlfriend Lindsey Vonn -- were strategic, Woods says.

Tiger Woods, Lindsey Vonn Sought to Devalue Paparazzi Photos With Announcement

Woods slams "stalkarazzi" with reporters

Was this one of Tiger’s more savvy moves?

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Small Businesses Favor Minimum Wage Increase says National Poll

Low-Wage Workers Feel Worse off Now than During Recession

New survey reveals most low-wage workers have negative outlook.

41 percent of workers at the same place for more than a decade reported never…

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The Truth About Emergency Savings Funds

Tips for saving on any budget

All budgets are not created equal. Here are practical tips for saving in the real…

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What Happens to a Marriage When She Makes More?

A provocative book by Dr. Dawn DeLavallade candidly addresses the impact of the growing earning power of women on families and marital relationships.

More than 26 percent of marriages today feature wives who out-earn their husbands–and that figure…

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Financial Woes: Workers are Saving too Little to Retire

New survey reveals Americans are not enough retirement dollars.

Fifty-seven percent of surveyed Americans reported less than $25,000 in savings and investments.

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NBA Legend Working as a Crossing Guard Now, For Healthcare Insurance

Dantley pulls morning and afternoon shifts

Adrian Dantley went from point guard to crossing guard

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5 Smart Money Moves to Make Right Now

Use this time to get your financial goals back on track

It pays to get work smarter in this economic climate.

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Calif., Rhode Island Have Highest Unemployment Rates

North Dakota is still the lowest, thanks to the oil boom

Unemployment is still worst in Calif.

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Despite Protests, Emergency Financial Manager to Take Over Detroit

Protesters say state officials have ignored the public's strong opposition to the takeover

Protesters in Detroit express displeasure at Emergency Financial Manager appointment

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Pet Food Stamps? Yes, They Exist

'Pet Food Stamps' doesn't want to see pet owners be put in between supporting their animal or paying the rent

New non-profit helps low-income pet owners feed their pets

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The Career Mistake Women Cannot Afford to Make

Avoiding this mistake could pay future dividends

Women stand to lose up to $500,000 in earning power during their working years if…

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Smart Money Moves for Investors

There's a sub market for the savvy investor

5 things to watch for.

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Female Leaders Winning: Bethann Hardison, a Leader in Fashion

Fashion industry leader Bethann Hardison talks her journey to diversify the industry.

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United Nations Hosts Women’s Entrepreneurship Day

On Nov. 19, the UN celebrates female entrepreneurs of 144 countries.

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