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Former NBA Star Antoine Walker, Who Lost Millions, Helps Others Avoid Fate For Blacks at Red Lobster, a Nexus of Novelty, Nostalgia Few See a Path to Green Industry for African Americans 5 Reasons the Obamas Should Bring the 2024 Olympic Games to Chicago Eddie Long Sued By New Birth Congregants Over Ponzi Scheme Errors in Your Credit Report Can Cost You Snoop Dogg Owes IRS More Than $546,000 How to Formulate a Financial Back-up Plan New Report Claims Almost a Third of Americans are Mortgage Free Mary J. Blige Hit With $901K Tax Lien Pres. Obama Says the Penny May be Passé Jesse Jackson Jr. Used Campaign Funds for Rolex, Furs; Faces Federal Charges Is a $9 Minimum Wage a Possibility? Chubby Checker Suing for $500 Million Over App Name Flap Q&A: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All Q&A: LaQuan Smith on Building a Brand, Dressing the Stars and Watching Boomerang Sloane Stephens to be Featured in Under Armour TV Spot During NBA All-Star Game US Airways, American Airlines Agree on Merger Is Los Angeles Reneging on Reward for Dorner’s Capture? [VIDEO] Paul Carrick Brunson Asks: Joint or Separate Accounts? Do You Share the Same Money Values as Your Mate? 4 Ways to Raise a Bad Credit Score U.S. Buys the Most Drones in the World, Spurs Billion Dollar Industry Federal Trade Commission: Millions of Errors In Credit Reports Drake Settles Suit with Singer from “Marvin’s Room” Why Swiping Your Debit Card Has Increased Risk Tips for Choosing the Right Credit Card for You Katt Williams Pays $284k Tax Lien Obama to Propose Raise for Federal Workers Are We Tiring of Apple? Allen Iverson Owes $60k to Ex-Lawyer 5 Money Tips: Snowstorm Nemo Edition! Financial Planning for College Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating Congressional Budget Office: Economy to Pick up Steam in 2014 Allen Iverson Loses Atlanta Mansion to Foreclosure Penny-Pinching: U.S. Postal Service to Stop Saturday Delivery Are You in a Financially Abusive Relationship? For Middle Income Job Seekers: Jobs are Leaving, Not Coming Back Employers Show Love with Benefits Packages A Family’s Story Underlines Need for Financial Resources for HIV and AIDS Patients On-Field Super Bowl Celebrations Were a Huge Boon for Times-Picayune Reddit Raises $10,000 for Security Guard Who Tased Woman Saving Money For a Rainy Day Is Easier Than You Think Lil Wayne Settles $432,000 Caribbean Concert Lawsuit Southwest Airlines Announces Another New Fee How to Deal When you Make More Money Than Your Mate New Jobs Added in January; Slow Climb Ahead 5 Practical Money-Saving Tips for Your Super Bowl Party Family Matters Decoded: The 411 on Chicago’s Favorite Family The Automotive Industry Decoded: How 6 Brands Are Doing Post Bailout 4 Secrets to Successful Budgeting American Airlines In Talks for Merger With U.S. Airways Financial Advice for The Committed, But Unmarried Ice-T Decoded: A Career of Reinvention O.J. Simpson’s Book, “If I Did It,” Sold On eBay For $250,000 Toni Braxton Decoded: “Family Values” Help Put Struggling Singer Back in Spotlight NFL Partners with Harvard for $100 Million Study on Players Why Your Credit Report is More Important Than Ever T.I. Decoded: A Music and Media Empire Served Family Style Credit Card ‘Checkout Surcharge’ Enacted by Retailers ‘High School Musical’ Star Sues Parents for Theft of Earnings After Deadly Blaze, Concern For Brazil’s Turn on World’s Stage 4 Tips for Budgeting When Your Income Is Inconsistent New Home Sales Fell 7% Last Month Proposal Bans Welfare Recipients from Buying Lottery Tickets Vince Young Loan Scandal Takes Another Twist Lebron James Comments on Sale Price of the Sacramento Kings Groupon Halts Gun-Related Deals La La Anthony Decoded: DJ to VJ, Now America’s Favorite Reality Host A Crash Course on the CFPB and Why it Matters to all Future Homeowners Q+A: Mori Taheripour, San Francisco 49ers Fan, on the Art of Negotiation How to Drive Savings Back to Your Wallet at the Pump Obama’s Raise Value of White House While in Office to $294.9 Million Coco Austin Decoded: ‘There’s Not Just Beauty Behind Her Empire’ For Valentine’s Day, Stop (Overspending) In the Name of Love! Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle Decoded: “Not Your Average Rapper’s Wife” T.I.’s Free Agency Could Spell Big Bucks For Sloane Stephens, Playing Serena Williams Is a Golden Opportunity Down Under Who Bankrolled President Obama’s Inauguration? In South Africa, the African Cup of Nations Is Big Business Barry Bonds’ Beverly Hills Mansion on the Market for $25 Million Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Company Sued for Use of Name The Economic Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King AMEX CEO Kenneth Chenault: “We Ended 2012 In Strong Shape” At Last, New York Knicks Bring Cache to N.B.A Game In London USPS Running Out of Money, Directed to Cut Costs Cee Lo Green Decoded: Conquering All From Hip-Hop to Hollywood Jermaine Dupri Saves Home From Foreclosure 3 Ways to Turn Your Idea into an Income Stream in 2013 The Creepiest Financial Scams of 2012 Idris Elba Decoded: The Future of Black Leading Men in Hollywood Could Bobby Jindal’s New Tax Plan Hurt Louisiana’s Poor? 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Antoine Walker wants to help other athletes avoid a similar fate.

Former NBA Star Antoine Walker, Who Lost Millions, Helps Others Avoid Fate

Former NBA All-Star is giving financial advice

Antoine Walker has had his share of financial struggles, but it’s not stopping him from…

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For Blacks at Red Lobster, a Nexus of Novelty, Nostalgia

Darden Restaurants is banking on a brand refresh nearly a decade in the making to rebuild Red Lobster, but will loyal black dollars be essential to the turn around?

African Americans, long a loyal part of Red Lobster’s consumer base, experience a relatively new…

By Darren Sands

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Few See a Path to Green Industry for African Americans

In an exclusive interview with outgoing Lisa P. Jackson, wariness, optimism for future of African Americans in emerging industry

Will African Americans have access to green jobs? The answer is not as simple as…

By Sherrell Dorsey

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5 Reasons the Obamas Should Bring the 2024 Olympic Games to Chicago

After a failed bid for the 2016 Games, Chicago is an early favorite among U.S. cities to land the Olympics. Make no mistake: the Obamas can bring it home, in their case, literally

After a failed bid for the 2016 Games, Chicago is an early favorite among U.S.…

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Eddie Long Sued By New Birth Congregants Over Ponzi Scheme

New Birth says it is hoping former parishioners will recoup lost funds

Eddie Long is the target of a suit filed in Dekalb state court in January.

By Darren Sands

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Errors in Your Credit Report Can Cost You

A new study sheds light on a trend that could affect millions of Americans

Beware of how errors, no fault of your own, could be affecting your credit.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Snoop Dogg Owes IRS More Than $546,000

Snoop Dogg is in the hot seat with the IRS once again

Snoog Dogg once again owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the IRS

By Amber McKynzie

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How to Formulate a Financial Back-up Plan

Strategies and tips for saving for a rainy day

Tips to set up a back-up plan for your finances.

By Jennifer Streaks

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New Report Claims Almost a Third of Americans are Mortgage Free

Retirees comprise largest group of mortgage-free homeowners

This demographic of America is free from a mortgage obligation.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Mary J. Blige Hit With $901K Tax Lien

Blige's financial problems have intensified in recent months

New Jersey claims Mary J. Blige owes almost a million in back taxes

By Makkada B. Selah

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Pres. Obama Says the Penny May be Passé

Obama said it wouldn't be a huge savings for the government to discontinue the penny

Do you think it’s useful anymore?

By Makkada B. Selah

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Jesse Jackson Jr. Used Campaign Funds for Rolex, Furs; Faces Federal Charges

Former congressman could be facing jail time

Jesse Jackson Jr. is facing serious charges.

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Is a $9 Minimum Wage a Possibility?

President offers plan to increase workers wages by $3,500 annually

The president laid out a plan to raise the minimum wage.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Chubby Checker Suing for $500 Million Over App Name Flap

Rock and Roll superstar doesn't take kindly to the crude app

Singer suing over curious app.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Q&A: Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, CEO of Green For All

A conversation with one of the leading thinkers in the green economy

FYI: There’s plenty of room for African Americans in the emerging green economy.

By Sherrell Dorsey

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Q&A: LaQuan Smith on Building a Brand, Dressing the Stars and Watching Boomerang

Smith, just 24, is already at the top of his game -- and still rising

Business is “booming” for LaQuan Smith.

By Nikki Ogunnaike

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Sloane Stephens embarks on her journey for her first major title at the 2014 Australian Open.

Sloane Stephens to be Featured in Under Armour TV Spot During NBA All-Star Game

Stephens will look to rebound on the court later this month

The Under Armour brand is more closely aligning itself with the budding star.

By Darren Sands

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US Airways, American Airlines Agree on Merger

A deal, close to being done, is still subject to scrutiny

The deal would be among the largest mergers in U.S. history.

By Darren Sands

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Is Los Angeles Reneging on Reward for Dorner’s Capture?

Slain cop's bounty may go unrewarded

The saga surrounding Chris Dorner only continues after his apparent death.

By Ashley R. Harris

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[VIDEO] Paul Carrick Brunson Asks: Joint or Separate Accounts?

Can you avoid the financial pitfalls that come with deciding?

Paul Carrick Brunson poses a question facing couples everywhere.

By Darren Sands

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Do You Share the Same Money Values as Your Mate?

3 questions to help you get the money talk started

In time for Valentine’s Day, tips for starting the money conversation with your romantic interest.

By Patrice C. Washington

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4 Ways to Raise a Bad Credit Score

A few simple changes can make a big difference

Here are a few tips for getting an added boost to your credit score.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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The U.S. has almost singlehandedly created an economy of its own creation.

U.S. Buys the Most Drones in the World, Spurs Billion Dollar Industry

Drones are as costly as they are controversial

Controversial military initiative costs billions, makes money for aircraft makers.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Federal Trade Commission: Millions of Errors In Credit Reports

Are errors in credit reports a cause for alarm?

Inaccuracies in credit reporting could result in higher interest rates, denial of credit.

By Darren Sands

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Drake Settles Suit with Singer from “Marvin’s Room”

Singer who contributed to Drake's Grammy-winning album 'Take Care' claimed she didn't get paid

Rapper settles lawsuit with female vocalist

By Makkada B. Selah

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Why Swiping Your Debit Card Has Increased Risk

Increased regulations aren't fool proof against fraudulent activity

Even with added security measures, using your debit card has serious risk.

By Darren Sands

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

Tips for Choosing the Right Credit Card for You

A little planning and research can go a long way

How do you tell what credit card is best for you?

By Jennifer Streaks

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Katt Williams Pays $284k Tax Lien

Williams owed from 2007 income taxes

The comedian makes good on an almost $300k debt to the IRS for 2007 taxes

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Obama to Propose Raise for Federal Workers

Federal workers have been under a pay freeze for two years

Obama will recommend a raise for federal civilian workers

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Are We Tiring of Apple?

According to Wall Street, possibly

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of Apple’s reign?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Allen Iverson Owes $60k to Ex-Lawyer

Allen Iverson continues to have trouble paying his bills

Iverson blows off a legal bill

By Makkada B. Selah

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5 Money Tips: Snowstorm Nemo Edition!

Extreme weather calls for extreme money-saving measures

Don’t get buried under the snow with no money to spend!

By Darren Sands

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Financial Planning for College Doesn’t Have to Be Intimidating

With proper planning and budgeting, paying for college doesn't have to drain your finances

Make sure you’re not letting the process of saving for your child’s education intimidate you.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Congressional Budget Office: Economy to Pick up Steam in 2014

The Congressional Budget Office forecasts the economic climate

A positive outlook is on the horizon.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Allen Iverson Loses Atlanta Mansion to Foreclosure

Home reportedly sold for $2.5 million

Allen Iverson is again in more financial trouble.

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Saturday mail delivery will stop, the USPS will announce Wednesday.

Penny-Pinching: U.S. Postal Service to Stop Saturday Delivery

Plan will save USPS $2 billion a year

Saturday mail delivery may soon be a thing of the past.

By Darren Sands

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Are You in a Financially Abusive Relationship?

Abuse isn’t just physical these days!

An enabler is one that enables another to achieve an end; especially: one who enables…

By Patrice C. Washington

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For Middle Income Job Seekers: Jobs are Leaving, Not Coming Back

Service sector jobs are being obliterated by technology

Jobs are disappearing in certain sectors, not expected to return

By Ashley R. Harris

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Five Tips to Increase Your Chances of Getting a Small Business Bank Loan

Employers Show Love with Benefits Packages

Improving economy giving employers confidence to treat workers well

Employers see the benefit in keeping workers happy, healthy a new study says

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A Family’s Story Underlines Need for Financial Resources for HIV and AIDS Patients

Remembering those in need on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Having an illness can create a significant financial burden. In honor of this day, here…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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On-Field Super Bowl Celebrations Were a Huge Boon for Times-Picayune

Thanks to retirement, photo is one for the ages

But the Times-Picayune, an award-winning newspaper, controversially switched to publishing just three times a week…

By Darren Sands

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Reddit Raises $10,000 for Security Guard Who Tased Woman

Mall security rewarded for his efforts

Reddit joins forces to reward Internet hero who tasers unruly patrons at an Atlanta mall.…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Saving Money For a Rainy Day Is Easier Than You Think

These tips can take your saving process to the next level

Four steps to saving more in 2013.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Lil Wayne Settles $432,000 Caribbean Concert Lawsuit

Lil Wayne finally settles four year lawsuit with Red City Entertainment.

Lil Wayne finally strikes deal with Red City Entertainment for missed concert.

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Southwest Airlines Announces Another New Fee

Now you can pay extra to board early

Southwest Airlines adds optional early boarding fee

By Makkada B. Selah

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How to Deal When you Make More Money Than Your Mate

Is there a way to avoid this issue in relationships?

What impact do differences in earning power and potential have on couples?

By Kenny Pugh

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New Jobs Added in January; Slow Climb Ahead

Slow and steady wins the race whether we like it or not

Labor Department releases latest jobs numbers.

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Colin Kaepernick wants you to save a few dollars watching him play in the big game this Sunday.

5 Practical Money-Saving Tips for Your Super Bowl Party

Get into saving tips for Super Bowl Sunday's festivities

You’ve got to stick to your money-related resolutions. Here’s a few tips to get you…

By Darren Sands

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Family Matters Decoded: The 411 on Chicago’s Favorite Family

Black Enterprise remembers the cast of one of America's favorite TV shows, and is giving you the scoop on where they are now.

From Kellie Shangyne Williams to Telma Hopkins, Black Enterprise looks into the lives of the…

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The Automotive Industry Decoded: How 6 Brands Are Doing Post Bailout

Did the bailout save the automotive industry?

General Motors, Ford and Chrysler — known as the Big Three — have endured some…

By Darralynn Hutson

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4 Secrets to Successful Budgeting

Learn how to stick to your budget once and for all

Patrice says it’s time to get smarter about the way you’re budgeting your money.

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American Airlines In Talks for Merger With U.S. Airways

A deal could soon be in place, a report says

A deal could soon be on the way.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Living in a committed relationship without the benefit of marriage creates unique challenges for financial planning.

Financial Advice for The Committed, But Unmarried

In a long-term relationship, but not ready to put a ring on it? Here are steps to honor your partnership while protecting your finances.

People not married but in long-term committed relationships have many of the same financial concerns…

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Ice-T Decoded: A Career of Reinvention

From hip-hop to a hit television series to a documentary, Ice-T has done it all

Through his many ups and downs — and with a decade-long gig as Detective Fin…

By Darralynn Hutson

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O.J. Simpson’s Book, “If I Did It,” Sold On eBay For $250,000

After nearly six years, another original hardcopy of O.J. Simpson's If I Did It hits the Net.

O.J. Simpson’s original murder memoir resurfaces for auction.

By Amber McKynzie

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Toni Braxton Decoded: “Family Values” Help Put Struggling Singer Back in Spotlight

Are you a fan of the Grammy winning diva?

Toni Braxton was one of the most successful R&B singers of the ’90s with her…

By C. Daniel Baker

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NFL Partners with Harvard for $100 Million Study on Players

The NFL is taking a hard stance on player health and safety by commissioning new studies on the effects of the game

The beleaguered sport is searching for solutions to player health and has partnered with Harvard…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Why Your Credit Report is More Important Than Ever

Is your credit score hampering your financial progress?

There is no shortage of evidence that the credit report is perhaps as important to…

By Jennifer Streaks

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T.I. Decoded: A Music and Media Empire Served Family Style

When T.I. began rapping, he never knew he would become an all-around money making machine.

Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr. has been labeled the Jay-Z of the South by Pharrell Williams…

By Darralynn Hutson

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Credit Card ‘Checkout Surcharge’ Enacted by Retailers

Before paying with a credit card, check to see if you're being charged extra

Forty states enact law allowing retailers to charge a fee if you use plastic

By Makkada B. Selah

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‘High School Musical’ Star Sues Parents for Theft of Earnings

Warren starred in all three 'High School Musical' movies

Actor Chris Warren accuses parents of plundering his trust fund

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A nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil claimed the lives over over 230 people.

After Deadly Blaze, Concern For Brazil’s Turn on World’s Stage

Officials fear Brazil's safety measures isn't up to par with its ambition

Brazil is in mourning over a deadly fire that killed over 230 in a large…

By Darren Sands

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4 Tips for Budgeting When Your Income Is Inconsistent

How to create consistency when your money isn’t!

Limited or inconsistent income means you have to be smart with the money you do…

By Patrice C. Washington

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New Home Sales Fell 7% Last Month

Though the rate of new home sales fell in December it's still better than a year ago

New home sales fall nearly 10 percent in December 2012

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Proposal Bans Welfare Recipients from Buying Lottery Tickets

Do you think this is fair?

North Carolina lawmakers draft legislation banning welfare recipients from playing the lottery

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Vince Young Loan Scandal Takes Another Twist

Former football star's financial woes continue to mount

Vince Young could be in hot water.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Lebron James Comments on Sale Price of the Sacramento Kings

Lebron says he can't knock the hustle

Lebron James tweets sarcastic comment about Sacramento Kings sale price

By Makkada B. Selah

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Groupon Halts Gun-Related Deals

Gun deals are "under review" after customer calls for gun-control

Daily deals website Groupon suspends all deals related to guns

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La La Anthony Decoded: DJ to VJ, Now America’s Favorite Reality Host

Black Enterprise dissects the life of La La Anthony -- from her radio days to her life on the court.

Black Enterprise breaksdown La La Anthony’s radio and film career, cosmetics line and marriage to…

By Amber McKynzie

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A Crash Course on the CFPB and Why it Matters to all Future Homeowners

It's going to be harder to get a loan, but it's for the greater good

Beginning in January, servicers will also have to notify borrowers of foreclosure alternatives after the…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Mori Taheripour will be a panelist for the 2013 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm.

Q+A: Mori Taheripour, San Francisco 49ers Fan, on the Art of Negotiation

For our #WomenOfPower Twitter chat on Friday, Jan. 25, the expert dishes on gender differences, and heading to the Big Easy

Get to know Mori Taheripour, 2013 Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist.

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How to Drive Savings Back to Your Wallet at the Pump

Money saving tips to keep you at the pump less and on the road more

According to AAA, gas has crept up only .04 cents to the gallon since last…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Obama’s Raise Value of White House While in Office to $294.9 Million

Real estate value rises since President Obama took office 4 years ago

Although there was a recession, the value of President Obama’s residence has increased in value…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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

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

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

By Tomika Anderson

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For Valentine’s Day, Stop (Overspending) In the Name of Love!

The pressure is on to show you care. Before you get caught up, listen up: Love is not a legitimate excuse for irresponsible financial decisions.

Valentine’s Day is the official holiday to celebrate love. But because it’s almost exclusively a…

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

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

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

By Tomika Anderson

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T.I.’s Free Agency Could Spell Big Bucks

What you know about calling your own shots? Probably not as much as T.I.

T.I. is out of trouble — and in the money.

By Ashley R. Harris

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For Sloane Stephens, Playing Serena Williams Is a Golden Opportunity Down Under

The 19-year-old reached her first quarterfinal in a Grand Slam

Sloane Stephens, a 19-year-old American, takes center stage at the Australian Open against Serena Williams.

By Darren Sands

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Who Bankrolled President Obama’s Inauguration?

In 2009, corporate sponsors were banned but this year they were welcome

The 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee releases a list of sponsors

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In South Africa, the African Cup of Nations Is Big Business

Travel, advertising and hospitality are on full display at Africa's marquee tournament

South Africa is currently hosting the African Cup of Nations.

By Darren Sands

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Barry Bonds’ Beverly Hills Mansion on the Market for $25 Million

Bonds bought the home in 2002 for 8.7 million

Former Major League Baseball player puts his Beverly Hills mansion up for sale

By Makkada B. Selah

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Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Company Sued for Use of Name

The Kardashian makeup line is being sold at CVS, K-Mart and Sears

Two small makeup companies sue the Kardashains for use of the name Khroma

By Makkada B. Selah

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The Economic Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King

The March on Washington was a speech for jobs and freedom.

The Freedom Budget, along with many of the economic goals of the civil rights movement,…

By Black Enterprise

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AMEX CEO Kenneth Chenault: “We Ended 2012 In Strong Shape”

Earnings dip not indicative of progress at American Express, its CEO says

American Express CEO Kenneth I. Chenault isn’t panicking after earnings report on Thursday

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Stars Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will all be on the floor in London Thursday when the Knicks play the Detroit Pistons.

At Last, New York Knicks Bring Cache to N.B.A Game In London

The Knicks are coming, the Knicks are coming! For N.B.A.'s hopes in the U.K. and Europe, that finally means something

As it concerns the N.B.A.’s plans to expand its popularity, the Knicks are a worthy…

By Darren Sands

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USPS Running Out of Money, Directed to Cut Costs

USPS may have no cash by October.

The agency lost almost $16 billion in the past year

By Black Enterprise

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Jermaine Dupri Saves Home From Foreclosure

Jermaine Dupri stops home foreclosure for the second time in four months.

Jermaine Dupri gets judge to postpone foreclosure on Atlanta mansion.

By Amber McKynzie

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3 Ways to Turn Your Idea into an Income Stream in 2013

Getting specific about your goals has a significant payoff

Get serious about turning your ideas into cash.

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The Creepiest Financial Scams of 2012

Better Business Bureau highlights the most popular scams of the past year

Thousands lose money every year by falling victim to these scams.

By Darren Sands

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

Is Elba the next Denzel?

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

By Maurice Garland

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Could Bobby Jindal’s New Tax Plan Hurt Louisiana’s Poor?

Governor Jindal has a new tax plan — what do you think?

Governer Jindal wants to eliminate income taxes in Louisiana, but raise sales tax

By Makkada B. Selah

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Chrysler Rolls Out New Jeep at Detroit Auto Show

Chrysler has rebounded after 2009 bailout from the federal government

Chrysler is making a big splash with new technology at Detroit’s auto show.

By Darren Sands

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Inform Your Elderly on the Dangers of Self-Directed IRAs

Just one or two mishaps can lead to losing everything when an investment goes bad

Don’t let your elderly family members fall victim to the risks of self-directed IRAs.

By Jennifer Streaks

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Dr. Detroit? Mayor Bing Releases New 50-Year Plan to Revitalize City

Bing's new plan gives lots of leeway to startups

The mayor of Detroit unveils ambitious new plan to turn the Motor City around

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You Can Message Mark Zuckerberg For $100

An audience with Facebook's CEO is just one way Facebook is monetizing its capabilities

What would you tell Mark Zuckerberg for $100?

By Darren Sands

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Turbulence and Triumph: Arik Air On Flight to Success in Airline Industry

West Africa’s largest commercial airline boasts over 6 million annual domestic flyers

Despite numerous attempts, one company sees success in starting an airline in Nigeria. Arik Air…

By Zandile Blay

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

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

Will you go watch “A Haunted House?”

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John Wall Makes Switch From Reebok to Adidas

Wizards guard is almost back from knee injury

John Wall is making a comeback to the NBA with some new apparel.

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Will Smith & Family Decoded: They Are Legend

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

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

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Is Wendy’s Value Menu Not Much of a Value Anymore?

Get it while it's hot, because these deals won't last for long

The price of food is going up and the effect is being seen in fast…

By Ashley R. Harris

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What You Choose To Believe About Money Matters

Believing you are destined to be rich won't make wealth inevitable. But believing you are born to be poor all but guarantees a life of lack.

There’s no guarantee that believing you are destined to be rich, alone, will make you…

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Target “Price Matching” to Continue Throughout the Year

The bargain store attempts to lure customers away from its competitors

Will you be taking advantage of the big box retailer’s extension?

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AIG Says Bailout Terms Were Unfair, Is it Considering a Lawsuit?

Yes, they're serious

Elizabeth Warren has called AIG’s suggestions “ridiculous”

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

Big stars and big names mean even bigger numbers for CBS

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

By Darren Sands

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Columbus, Ohio Mayor Michael B. Coleman Likes His City Very Much

Host city to Black Enterprise's 2013 Entrepreneur's Conference, the Ohio capital's biggest fan is the mayor himself

A Q+A with Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman.

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

What could possibly be next for the Texas born Foxx?

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

By Tomika Anderson

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6 Unlikely Tips to Get Your Financial House in Order

You've heard this advice from time to time, but it's never been more necessary

Six tips to get organized about your finances

By Jennifer Streaks

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GM Buys Tech Center Bringing 1000 New Jobs to Atlanta

GM plans to hire 10,000 computer workers at new tech centers across the US

General Motors has purchased a building in Atlanta it plans to convert to tech facility

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Meet the Woman Behind the 52 Week Savings Challenge

How one woman’s prayer could help millions save money

One woman’s epiphany is making an impact in social media.

By Patrice C. Washington

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Family Dollar Says Shoppers Couldn’t Afford Toys This Season

Many families could afford to buy precious few toys this past Christmas

Many American families had to pass on toys and big celebrations this year in favor…

By Makkada B. Selah

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


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

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

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

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

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Terrell Owens Selling Used Clothes for Child Support Payments

Terrell Owens mandated to complete community service for back child support.

After years in the lime light, T.O. has been forced to humble himself after being…

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Wellness Travel Big Business in the New Year

Living well can be a costly endeavor, especially when on vacation

Travel could be the key to wellness in the new year.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Green Envy: How Baby “Kimye” is Already Making Money

Kim says she'll chronicle the pregnancy on TV, but after birth she's gonna keep the kid under wraps. Sure.

How can Kim and Kanye profit from their baby? Let us count the ways.

By Ashley R. Harris

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HSBC Caught in Crosshairs of Money Laundering in Colombia

$500 million allegedly laundered from Colombia to the U.S.

HSBC bank is in the middle of a drug trafficking and money laundering case taking…

By Sasha King

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Fiscal Cliff Resolution to Take Large Chunk Out of American Paychecks

The resolution may hurt more than it helps

Many Americans are just finding out what the fiscal cliff could mean for them.

By Ashley R. Harris

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10 Reasons Why People of Color Should Care About Sequestration

Fiscal Crisis Ends, Decision Made by the House

Tax increases will not affect most Americans

Late yesterday evening the House of Representatives came to decision to pass legislation that would…

By Sasha King

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Avis Buys Zipcar For $500 Million in Cash

Zipcar execs said to net profits in the tens of millions

Avis Budget will purchase Zipcar, a deal expected to be complete this spring.

By Darren Sands

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Wait ‘Til I Get My Money Right: Top Money Resolutions for 2013

Overall health, physically and fiscally, is within your reach

Get your mind — and money — right in 2013.

By Ashley R. Harris

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5 Tax Changes That Take Effect in 2013

New changes in 2013 mean many families and individuals will need to seek professional tax assistance

Taxes, taxes, taxes. Here are the ins and outs for 2013.

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Atlanta-Area Counties Sue HSBC for Predatory Lending

First money laundering, now this. HSBC is in hot water again.

Three Atlanta-area counties have filed a lawsuit claiming that British bank HSBC disrupted their tax…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Sea World Entertainment Goes Public with IPO

You can now own shares of SeaWorld

What are you currently investing in?

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Could U.S. Economic Disparity Stem from White Supremacy?

Black wealth is at it's lowest point ever. Could it be that way by design?

Could black wealth lag behind white wealth because of systemic white supremacy?

By Makkada B. Selah

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Money From Sandy Hook Relief Concert Being Put to Use

More than 160 organizations and counting have gotten shares of the Sandy relief funds.

The funds were collected by the Robin Hood Foundation

By Black Enterprise

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Oprah, Hollywood Reporter Covergirl, Reflects on 2012

Winfrey pleased with increased relevance of her two-year-old network

But what does Oprah have in store for 2013?

By Darren Sands

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Fat Joe ‘Holding Back’ His Love … of Paying Taxes

Will they ever learn that the government doesn't play when it comes to its money?

Taking a page out of the Wesley Snipes playbook, not-so-fat-anymore rapper Fat Joe has pled…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Into 2013, New York’s ‘Piano Lesson’ a Triumph in Heart

With at least four weeks remaining, Ruben Santiago-Hudson has hopes for at least two special guests

‘The Piano Lesson’ has audiences singing August Wilson’s praises — all over again.

By Darren Sands

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Kenyon Martin’s $3 Million Home in Texas is for Sale

Clippers forward is in the twilight of his career. Could he just be starting out as a savvy businessman?

Kenyon Martin is selling a home in Texas.

By Darren Sands

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Author Kaneisha Grayson is Her ‘Own Boyfriend’ — and Fundraiser, Too

With a little help from her 'friends,' an author closes in on Kickstarter goal

‘Be Your Own Boyfriend’ project is closer than ever to reaching young women all over…

By Darren Sands

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

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

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

By Maurice Garland

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Pay Your Bills! Terrence Howard Sued for Past Due $33k AMEX Bill

Even stars have to pay off their debts.

Terrence Howard better pay his credit card bill to American Express or else.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Rapper Meek Mill Pledges 10k to His Alma Mater

Meek Mill wants to save his old high school

Meek Mill is hoping his donation will help to keep his Philadelphia high school open

By Makkada B. Selah

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

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

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

By Tomika Anderson

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Got Milk? Dairy Prices May Soar in the New Year

Congress is stalling on yet another important issue that will affect Americans' pockets

The price of milk is just another symptom of the up-and-down economy.

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

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

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

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

By Darren Sands

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Rihanna Donates $1.75 Million to Hospital in Barbados

The oncology department at Queen's Elizabeth's Hospital has been named after Rihanna's late grandmother

Rihanna donated almost 2 million dollars to a hospital in Barbados

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Nas Being Sued for $10,000,000

Rapper being sued for missing a concert in Africa

A lawsuit was filed on Friday against rapper Nas for failing to appear at a…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Rihanna Purchases $12 Million Dollar Mansion in LA

Rihanna sure has money.

The singer has plans for a “Diamonds World Tour” which starts in the spring.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Ne-Yo Being Sued for Breaking Confidentiality Clause

Singer is being threatened with legal action following VH1's Behind The Music episode

A few years ago, Ne-Yo had to pay $575,000 to Jessica White for a son…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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‘Layaway Angels’ Spreading Good Cheer Again This Year

This Christmas, many Americans are being notified that their layaway accounts have been paid in full by an anonymous donor

The number of layaway angels during this holiday season continues to increase

By Makkada B. Selah

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BET Founder Bob Johnson Offers Obama Plan to Cut Black Unemployment

Dissecting a disparity that persists across education levels and occupations.

How soon can we figure out the unemployment crisis for African Americans?

By Makkada B. Selah

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The 3 Most Appropriate Gifts for Your ‘Situationship’

Give the right gift to the right person

Could the right gift make all the difference?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Frank Ocean Being Sued By Father

According to the singer, his father has filed a lawsuit against him for $1,000,000.

As with most celebrities tweeting something they regret, the tweet was removed from his timeline.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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

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

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

By Christian Law

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Waka Flocka Ordered to Pay $500k for NC Shooting

A North Carolina man says he was only trying to give Waka his demo when he was shot.

The court has ordered rapper Wacka Flocka Flame to pay for shooting and injuring a…

By Makkada B. Selah

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Gas Prices Hit Two-Year Low

Consumers saving at the pump before they get on the road this holiday season

Good news at the pump for consumers.

By Ashley R. Harris

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3 Ways to Empower Yourself Outside the Office

Author and clinical therapist Terrie Williams shares three tips on professional and personal empowerment.

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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