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Popeyes Is Louisiana Fast — Minn. and Calif., Fast, Too New York to Set Tax on Lap Dances, Court Rules Generation X’ers Retirement Fears Grow as Economy Slowly Recovers Tiger Woods Breaks Ground on His First Golf Course 5 Lies That Keep You in Debt Scary Easy! Quick Ways to Save Big This Halloween Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Complicated, Overlooked 3 Steps to Avoid Getting Swindled for Your Money Does AIG Deserve a ‘Thank You’ From the Public? All is Fair in Love and Credit, Right? Is Morehouse College in Financial Trouble? Amid Growing Unrest, South Africa Unveils $100B Jobs Plan 3 Clutch Business Tools For Entrepreneurs Morris Brown Still Limping Along Financially Wow! Google Unveils $249 Laptop Wealthier Parents More Likely To Send Kids To Nursery School Graduates Encumbered by Debt, Increase of Five Percent Harlem is Getting a Whole Foods Recap: The #RiseAbove Twitter Chat! It’s Time to Escape Slavery—From Debt Are Debt Collection Agencies Skirting Laws? Campaign to Eliminate a Billion Dollars in Debt To Launch This Weekend #RiseAbove: Keys to Setting Yourself Apart in Business 3 Signs You’re Ready to Become an Entrepreneur GoDaddy Users No Longer on Cloud Nine Food, Energy Prices on the Rise 6 Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month Giving This Holiday Season? Don’t Get Duped. Beyonce to Perform Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Marriage: Still the Ultimate Investment? How to Save Money When Going Out on the Road Red Lobster Makes Menu More Diverse, Affordable Rapper Young Dro of ‘Shoulder Lean’ Fame has a Tax Lien Jordan Brand Adds Russell Westbrook After Losing Dwayne Wade Nas’ Foreclosed Atlanta Mansion Sold at Auction Wyclef’s Haiti Charity Goes Belly Up, With Little To Show For It Could Healthier Living Mean Healthier Pockets? 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Black CEO Announces Plans to Combine Some Olive Garden, Red Lobster Restaurants Bank of America Accused of Bias in Managing Foreclosed Homes Black Grads: ‘We’re More Financially Responsible Than Past Generations’ At Ryder Cup Golf Tournament, Black Small Businesses on the Fringe NJ Governor Not Using $300 Million in Funds to Help Foreclosure Victims Women Earn Less Than Men in 97 Percent of U.S. Districts How Will HBCU’s Manage Grant Funds From The White House? Beyoncé and Jay-Z Raise $4 Million at Obama Fundraiser Healthcare Coverage Costs Outpace Salary Increases Want to Break Your Lease? Here’s How to Go About it How to Tackle Financial Aid as a Parent in 2012 Mortgage Companies Forgiving Homeowners Big Time 21.4 Percent of Black Families Don’t Have Bank Accounts Where to Find Free Stuff Median Income Falls While Number of Poor Remain Steady Tired of Your Money Market Account? 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Popeyes Is Louisiana Fast — Minn. and Calif., Fast, Too

Development means opportunity for investors

Popeyes will spend nearly $13 million to creat restaurants in Minn. and Calif.

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New York to Set Tax on Lap Dances, Court Rules

Could taxes on live entertainment affect cash transactions?

Could taxes on live entertainment affect cash transactions?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Generation X’ers Retirement Fears Grow as Economy Slowly Recovers

What's retirement mean for the generation who thought they'd never die?

Their fears can be attributed to the decline in wage earnings during the recession and…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Tiger's Roar: Woods has broken ground on a golf course in Mexico.

Tiger Woods Breaks Ground on His First Golf Course

14-time major champion looking to go 1 for 4 in the course-design department

14-time major champion looking to go 1 for 4 in the course-design department

By Darren Sands

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Financial expert Patrice C. Washington.

5 Lies That Keep You in Debt

Discover what fibs may be costing you financial freedom

These common myths could be keeping you from financial freedom

By Patrice C. Washington

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Scary Easy! Quick Ways to Save Big This Halloween

Goons and goblins alike should get ready to save their pennies

Halloween expenses can add up — here’s how to stem the tide!

By Ashley R. Harris

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Income-Based Student Loan Repayment Complicated, Overlooked

Confusion could be root cause of non-payment in many cases

According to the New York Federal Reserve, nearly 5 million people are behind on payments.…

By Ashley R. Harris

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3 Steps to Avoid Getting Swindled for Your Money

Don't let your money disappear from you, now.

These three steps can help keep you in the black

By Ashley R. Harris

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Does AIG Deserve a ‘Thank You’ From the Public?

Insurance giant was bailed out by the U.S. government, but one opinion suggests it was an obligation

Insurance giant was bailed out by the U.S. government, but one opinion suggests it was…

By Ashley R. Harris

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All is Fair in Love and Credit, Right?

Getting married isn't just about love, you need to be financially prepared as well.

Here are few things to consider before you tie the knot.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Is Morehouse College in Financial Trouble?

Enrollment has dropped while faculty and staff furloughed

Enrollment has dropped while faculty and staff furloughed

By Makkada B. Selah

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Amid Growing Unrest, South Africa Unveils $100B Jobs Plan

President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting criticism that he hasn't done enough to stem the country's economic distress.

President Jacob Zuma is facing mounting criticism that he hasn’t done enough to stem the…

By Black Enterprise

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3 Clutch Business Tools For Entrepreneurs

These tools can get you on the fast track to productivity

Thousands of entrepreneurs rely on these web-based business tools.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Morris Brown Still Limping Along Financially

The embattled HBCU only has 50 registered students

The embattled HBCU only has 50 registered students

By Makkada B. Selah

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Is Working With a Remote Staff Right for Your Business?

Wow! Google Unveils $249 Laptop

Product made in partnership with hardware giant Samsung

Google Thursday unveiled a lightweight computer in partnership with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. that will…

By Darren Sands

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Wealthier Parents More Likely To Send Kids To Nursery School

Census data reveals another big educational gap between the haves and the have-nots

Census data reveals another big educational gap between the haves and the have-nots

By Black Enterprise

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Graduates Encumbered by Debt, Increase of Five Percent

Will college ever become more affordable?

Will college ever become more affordable?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Harlem is Getting a Whole Foods

Grocer coming to historically black neighborhood

Whole Foods is now part of the Harlem’s rapid transformation.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Amanda Littlejohn Miller co-hosted BlackEnterprise.com's #RiseAbove Twitter chat.

Recap: The #RiseAbove Twitter Chat!

How businesses, brands and entrepreneurs can stand out from the rest

How will you #riseabove?

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It’s Time to Escape Slavery—From Debt

Free your mind, and your finances will follow. You can't achieve wealth if you won't change the way you think about money.

Too many of us are living beyond our means and pursuing a poverty lifestyle.

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Are Debt Collection Agencies Skirting Laws?

Debt collectors push the envelope, experts say

Some agencies push the envelope when it comes to lawful activity.

By Ashley R. Harris

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Campaign to Eliminate a Billion Dollars in Debt To Launch This Weekend

The Billion Dollar Challenge initiative website goes live October 19th

The Billion Dollar Challenge initiative website goes live October 19th

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#RiseAbove: Keys to Setting Yourself Apart in Business

Join the author on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for our #RiseAbove Twitter chat

Join the author on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. for our #RiseAbove Twitter chat

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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3 Signs You’re Ready to Become an Entrepreneur

Do you have what it takes?

These signs could lead to a new future for would-be entrepreneurs

By Ashley R. Harris

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GoDaddy Users No Longer on Cloud Nine

Brands, small businesses reevaluate hosting needs

Will GoDaddy rebrand itself after this latest hiccup?

By Ashley R. Harris

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Food, Energy Prices on the Rise

Upward trend to persist, experts say

The numbers aren’t dire, but since consumer wages haven’t kept up the pace of growth,…

By Ashley R. Harris

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6 Tips for National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Steps to stay safe when shopping and banking online

Steps to stay safe when shopping and banking online

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Giving This Holiday Season? Don’t Get Duped.

GuideStar report highlights key planning strategies

GuideStar, the database and website that vets and provides information on non-profit and charitable organizations,…

By Darren Sands

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Beyonce will perform at Super Bowl XLVII.

Beyonce to Perform Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show

Superdome to get a super performace at XLVII

Superdome to get a super performance.

By Darren Sands

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Marriage: Still the Ultimate Investment?

The roles we play in relationships today and how commitment can teach us a lot

What can commitment values teach us about investment?

By Black Enterprise

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How to Save Money When Going Out on the Road

Here's how to prepare so you can save money on your next trip

Here’s how to prepare so you can save money on your next trip

By Ashley R. Harris

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Red Lobster's new design, courtesy of Darden.

Red Lobster Makes Menu More Diverse, Affordable

Revamped menu complete with unlimited biscuits for all

Revamped menu complete with unlimited biscuits for all

By Darren Sands

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Rapper Young Dro of ‘Shoulder Lean’ Fame has a Tax Lien

Hopefully he saved some of that "Shoulder Lean" money for the lien

Hopefully he saved some of that “Shoulder Lean” money for the lien

By Demetria Irwin

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Jordan Brand signee Russell Westbrook.

Jordan Brand Adds Russell Westbrook After Losing Dwayne Wade

Westbrook's addition adds youth, cache to the already formidable Jordan team.

Westbrook’s addition adds youth, cache to the already formidable Jordan team.

By Darren Sands

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Nas’ Foreclosed Atlanta Mansion Sold at Auction

The Queensbridge rapper has been hit hard by the recession

The Queensbridge rapper has been hit hard by the recession

By Makkada B. Selah

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Wyclef’s Haiti Charity Goes Belly Up, With Little To Show For It

What do you think of Wyclef after this Yele report?

What do you think of Wyclef after this Yele report?

By Black Enterprise

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Are employers sick of feeling the crunch when it comes to healthcare premiums?

Could Healthier Living Mean Healthier Pockets?

Companies now tying incentives to healthier lifestyles

Companies now tying incentives to healthier lifestyles

By Ashley R. Harris

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Author, life coach and professional matchmaker Paul Carrick Brunson.

Q&A: 7 Minutes With ‘It’s Complicated’ Author Paul Carrick Brunson

Love and relationships expert on his new book, shared values and when a first-date Groupon is fair game

Paul Carrick Brunson’s new book gives easy steps about how to simplify dating and relationships.…

By Darren Sands

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Ignorance Linked to Lack of Bank Accounts Among Blacks

Rate of Americans with no bank accounts is startling

Rate of Americans with no bank accounts is startling

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Panthers' quarterback Cam Newton at a Monday press conference.

Carolina Panthers’ QB Cam Newton Launches Clothing Line

The line, inspired by Newton's personal style, will be available in 133 retail stores early next year

The line, inspired by Newton’s personal style, will be available in 133 retail stores early…

By Darren Sands

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Credit Card Delinquencies Lowest in Over a Decade [Report]

Newly-released numbers indicate that consumers could be smartening up

Newly-released numbers indicate that consumers could be smartening up

By Ashley R. Harris

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Tax Policy Changes to Affect Most Americans [Report]

Annual tax planning will see significant changes if Congress doesn't take action

Annual tax planning will see significant changes if Congress doesn’t take action

By Ashley R. Harris

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Credit Cards: No Interest, No Problem?

Now that the economy appears to be on the rebound, what does that mean for the credit card industry?

Now that the economy appears to be on the rebound, what does that mean for…

By Ashley R. Harris

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Antoine Walker wants to help other athletes avoid a similar fate.

Antoine Walker: 110 Million Dollars Blown, Bankrupt

How he lost it all in 12 Years

Antoine Walker, a former All-Star and NBA Champion, recalls his rode to bankruptcy in an…

By Sasha King

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Whitney Houston’s Family Wants a Change in Will

Cissy Houston wants inheritance for Bobbi Kristina Brown changed

Cissy Houston wants inheritance for Bobbi Kristina Brown changed

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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No Debate: As Race Heats Up, So Does Business, Networking

From DJs to developers, uniting around the president has business benefits -- again

From now until Election Day, socializing and networking in the weeks leading up to November…

By Darren Sands

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Dwyane Wade Cuts Ties With Jordan Brand

Miami Heat star ends contract with Nike brand

Miami Heat star ends contract with Nike brand

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Actors Khalil Kane and J Kyle Manzay will star in 'The Great MacDaddy' in New York this fall.

The Great Recession No Match For ‘The Great MacDaddy’ Play

Producers of classic piece of American theatre ignore financial barriers this fall

Producers of classic piece of American theatre ignore financial barriers this fall

By Darren Sands

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Michael Vick Has Spent $29 Million Since 2008 Bankruptcy Filing

Eagles quarterback has struggled to hold on to his money in last 4 years

Eagles quarterback has struggled to hold on to his money in last 4 years

By Sasha King

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Kanye West Sued for Sampling Eddie Bo Music

Rapper accused of illegal copyright use

Rapper accused of illegal copyright use

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Former NFL star receiver Andre Rison talks about his financial difficulties in the film Broke.

Film Producer Alfred Spellman Talks ESPN Doc on ‘Broke’ Athletes

Documentary highlights the challenges of fame and fortune in sports

Filmmaker Alfred Spellman talks race, fame and power in sports— and how easy it is…

By Darren Sands

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How to Keep it Rich

Too many people get rich and lose their money. Here's how to hold on to it.

Here’s a roadmap to setting your wealth goals

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Are You Confused About Retirement?

Find out the reality of retirement options with this quiz

Find out the reality of retirement options with this quiz

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Black CEO Announces Plans to Combine Some Olive Garden, Red Lobster Restaurants

Darden CEO Clarence Otis has rolled out a new strategy to become more profitable in smaller markets.

Darden CEO Clarence Otis has rolled out a new strategy to become more profitable in…

By Darren Sands

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Bank of America Accused of Bias in Managing Foreclosed Homes

Big bank is hit with discrimination complaint

Big bank is hit with discrimination complaint

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Black Grads: ‘We’re More Financially Responsible Than Past Generations’

Do you agree or disagree?

Seventy percent of African Americans age 18 to 34 said they were either “disciplined” or…

By Darren Sands

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At Ryder Cup Golf Tournament, Black Small Businesses on the Fringe

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they're on the outside looking in

The tournament is underway, and some black-owned small businesses fear they’re on the outside looking…

By Darren Sands

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NJ Governor Not Using $300 Million in Funds to Help Foreclosure Victims

Why isn't Christie helping foreclosed homeowners?

Christie hasn’t used more than $300 million in federal funds to help those struggling in…

By Black Enterprise

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Women Earn Less Than Men in 97 Percent of U.S. Districts

Women who make as much as men exist in only 13 districts

Women who make as much as men exist in only 13 districts

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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How Will HBCU’s Manage Grant Funds From The White House?

Department of Education announces $228 million to be distributed to HBCU's

Department of Education announces $228 million to be distributed to HBCU’s

By Sasha King

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Raise $4 Million at Obama Fundraiser

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's rich pals forked over $40,000 per ticket

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s rich pals forked over $40,000 per ticket

By Demetria Irwin

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Healthcare Coverage Costs Outpace Salary Increases

New study shows health insurance premiums are up 4 percent

New study shows health insurance premiums are up 4 percent

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Want to Break Your Lease? Here’s How to Go About it

While it's not recommend, sometimes you will just have to break your lease

While it’s not recommend, sometimes you will just have to break your lease

By Sheiresa Ngo

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How to Tackle Financial Aid as a Parent in 2012

Maximize your financial aid with these tips

Maximize your financial aid with these tips

By Sasha King

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Mortgage Companies Forgiving Homeowners Big Time

First report of the foreclosure abuse settlement shows banks swiftly pardoned half of the $20 bil required

First report of the foreclosure abuse settlement shows banks swiftly pardoned half of the $20…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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21.4 Percent of Black Families Don’t Have Bank Accounts

Close to 821,000 U.S. households don't have a banking account

Close to 821,000 U.S. households don’t have a banking account

By Black Enterprise

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Where to Find Free Stuff

Here is a list of quality offerings for the taking from financial services to entertainment that won’t cost a buck

Here is a list of quality offerings for the taking from financial services to entertainment…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Median Income Falls While Number of Poor Remain Steady

The amount of Americans with health insurance also declined from 2010-11

The amount of Americans with health insurance also declined from 2010-11

By Sasha King

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Tired of Your Money Market Account?

Check out these pros and cons of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as a safe cash alternative

Check out these pros and cons of Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) as a safe cash…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Health Coverage Costs Outpace Salary Increases

New study shows health insurance premiums are up 4 percent

New study shows health insurance premiums are up 4 percent

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Beware: Watch for Credit-Card Changes

Stay up to date on your credit card company’s change of terms

No one wants to be bothered with another piece of mail or another email alert…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Black Population Low in Nation’s Top-Earning Towns

Area with the highest income has a black population of less than 4 %

While CNN’s Top-Earning Towns list highlights communities that boast posh pads and stellar schools, these…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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American Workforce Much Better Off Than Last Year

There’s some good in the newly released Labor Department report

The unemployment rate for blacks is still a whopping 14.1%, which remains unchanged from July,…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Could fund the entire angel rounds for 577 tech startups. In 2011, the average angel round—which secures capital for a startup, usually from individuals investing their own money—was $1.11 million.

Paycheck-to-Paycheck Living Reaches Recession-Era Low

The number of workers relying on payday to handle bills continues to slip

A recent CareerBuilder survey shows that 40%, or two-thirds, of the 3800 full-time workers assessed…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Black Unemployment Rate Remains at 14.1 Percent in August

While the U.S. unemployment dips, the black jobless rate persists

While the U.S. unemployment dips, the black jobless rate persists

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Three Hidden Credit Card Perks You May Not Know About

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

When used correctly, credit cards can work in your favor

By Sheiresa Ngo

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21 Ways Rich People Think Differently Than the Average Joe/Jane

Controversial breakdown examines the difference between rich and average people

Here Business Insider’s Mandi Woodruff gives a brief overview of the 21 ways rich people…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Wealth Decreases for Blacks During President Obama’s Term

Foreclosures and unemployment gave black wealth a big hit

Foreclosures and unemployment gave black wealth a big hit

By Sasha King

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Worker Productivity Beats Expectations, Pay Is Constant

Labor Department report shows worker output was up in the second quarter, but wage increases were sluggish

The most recent Labor Department report issued Wednesday reveals that despite better-than-expected business output the…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Mortgage Rates Slightly Above All-Time Low

Average on a 30-year loan is currently below 3.6%

In recent weeks, U.S. mortgage rates have fallen across the board, causing the housing market…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Actress Antonique Smith jumpstarts her singing career with funding from her Kickstarter campaign (Image: Source)

‘Notorious’ Actress Raises $50,000 from Fans for Music Career

Antonique Smith launches successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress Antonique Smith to discuss raising startup capital on her own,…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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First Lady Michelle Obama gave a rousing speech last night, Sept. 4, at the Democratic National Convention. Internet and TV audiences raved about the power of her voice and insights, as well as her usual chic style profile, as she wore a custom-made sleeveless dress by top designer Tracy Reese. Take a look back at other awesome FLOTUS style moments and her impact on the fashion industry as a whole. --- Janell Hazelwood

Michelle Obama’s Profitable Style: From J.Crew to Tracy Reese

See how the First Lady boosted the stock values of these designers with style

See how the First Lady boosted the stock values of these designers with style

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Motivational Monday: Ready to Cash Out?

Ditch the credit cards for cold, hard cash

Are you strong enough to beat down the part of yourself that demands instant gratification?…

By S. Tia Brown

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The Business of College Planning

With college costs skyrocketing and many Americans still reeling from the Great Recession, paying for…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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It Pays to Own

Landlord and homeowner Magda Brown uses her multifamily home to help defray the cost of homeownership

“My landlord owned a few buildings and I loved his lifestyle,” says Brown, now 30.…

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Refocusing Financial Goals

Sometimes, you need to rein things in a bit and refocus.

To maintain his lifestyle, Hoosier estimates he would need about $1 million in a retirement…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Protect Your Child from Back-to-School ID Theft

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity thief.

Disclosing sensitive information could place your child in danger of being victimized by an identity…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Morris Brown College Files for Bankruptcy

College files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure

College files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to avoid foreclosure

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Should You Check into the Divorce Hotel?

New service called the hotel divorce promises a quickie divorce in just one weekend

There’s a new service called the hotel divorce, and it promises a quickie divorce in…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Housing Market Gets A Boost with Increased Home Sales

Report by the National Association of Realtors show an increase in home sales.

July showed a 2.3% increase in the number of homes sold.

By Sasha King

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Morris Brown College Faces Foreclosure

Esteemed black college struggles to pay $13 million worth of bonds

Esteemed black college struggles to pay $13 million worth of bonds

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Middle Class Continues to Shrink, Study Finds

Pew Research Center reveals struggles of middle class

Pew Research Center reveals struggles of middle class

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Former ‘Apprentice’ Winner Scores Billion-Dollar Contracts

BCT Partners to offer STEM services and training

BCT 
Partners recently scored deals with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)…

By Sasha King

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Model Sues Chris Brown, Drake Over Club Brawl

Male model cites Chris Brown and Drake as cause of injured hand

Male model cites Chris Brown and Drake as cause of injured hand

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Nick Cannon Gives 20,000 Backpacks To Florida Kids

Cannon teamed up with Office Depot for the charitable gift

Cannon teamed up with Office Depot for the charitable gift

By Black Enterprise

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Chad Johnson Loses ZICO Endorsement Deal

The news just keeps getting worse for the former NFL wide receiver

The news just keeps getting worse for the former NFL wide receiver

By Black Enterprise

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US Economic Recovery Is Slowest Since World War II

The problems are much more than just the 8.3 percent unemployment rate

The problems are much more than just the 8.3 percent unemployment rate

By Black Enterprise

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The Harsh Reality Of Single Black Women And Bankruptcy

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

Study shows the racial wealth gap is still alive

By Black Enterprise

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Michael Jordan Could Lose $1.5 Million In Gym Foreclosure

Along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan hasn't been scoring points with his investments

Along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Jordan hasn’t been scoring points with his investments

By Black Enterprise

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Five Athletes Whose Love Battles Killed Their Brands

These sports figures' brands have taken major hits

As details of Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson’s domestic battery case continue to be released, we take…

By Sasha King

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George Zimmerman Nearly Broke, Says He Needs Money

Zimmerman is reportedly living in hiding and spending tons of money on security

Zimmerman is reportedly living in hiding and spending tons of money on security

By Black Enterprise

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More Black Women Going Bankrupt [Report]

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white counterparts

Studies show that black women continue to fall short financially in comparison to their white…

By Black Enterprise

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Sudan’s Model Citizen: Alek Wek Returns to Help Boost Economic Development

Years after fleeing her country, supermodel working to rebuild it

International model Alek Wek lends her celebrity to humanitarian efforts in her native Sudan.

By Starrene Rhett

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Nearly Half Of American Senior Citizens Die Broke

Study found senior citizens with more assets live longer

Study found senior citizens with more assets live longer

By Black Enterprise

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Michael Jordan, NBA Stars To Raise Money For Pres. Obama

On the same day, a host of NBA stars will participate in a fund-raising shootaround game

On the same day, a host of NBA stars will participate in a fund-raising shootaround…

By Black Enterprise

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How Usain Bolt Earns $20 Million A Year

The Jamaican track star's road to riches

The Jamaican track’s star’s road to riches

By Black Enterprise

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Trayvon Martin’s Parents Seek Financial Help From Florida Fund

Parents of slain teenager have yet to receive compensation from state fund

Parents of slain teenager have yet to receive compensation from state fund

By Black Enterprise

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9-Year-Old Boy’s Lemonade Stand Raises Over $1,000 For Detroit

Mayor Dave Bing thanked the young boy for his generosity.

Mayor Dave Bing thanked the young boy for his generosity.

By Black Enterprise

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Study Claims Income Causes More Segregation Than Race

Southwestern cities lead the way in cases of income segregation.

Southwestern cities lead the way in cases of income segregation.

By Black Enterprise

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Director Spike Lee Offers To Pay Malcolm X’s Estate Debt

Storage company reportedly threatened to auction off items from civil rights legend.

Storage company reportedly threatened to auction off items from civil rights legend.

By Black Enterprise

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Is Now the Time to Invest in Africa?

Fund manager says growing middle class, free markets make certain countries attractive

The African Continent is home to more than 1 billion people. And with a growing…

By Alan Hughes

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You’ve walked across the stage, and graduation is over. Now you’re inching your way into the world of adulthood equipped with working a 9-to-5 and paying bills. For the majority of post-college grads, handling their own finances is a new--- and scary---experience. 
According to FinAid, graduating seniors leave college with an average of $23,000 in loan debt. Add to that rent, utilities, gas, and groceries, and it’s easy to dig yourself into a deep hole with the average entry-level salary. While surviving on a starting salary is difficult, it’s not impossible. Here are four tips from Darric N. Boyd, a Merrill Lynch certified financial expert, on getting (and keeping) a grip on your newfound finances. --- Jamie Harrison

Real-World Finances 101: Smart Money Tips for Recent Grads

Once you've landed your first job, be sure to map out a financial plan

So you’ve got your degree and you’ve even landed your first job. Well, you’ll need…

By Jamie Harrison

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5 Tips for Renting Your Vacation Home

Know the rules before filing your tax forms

If you plan on making some extra cash by renting your vacation home this year,…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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No. 2: Arts. Aspiring artists will face an 11.1% unemployment rate. Generally, non-technical majors have a significantly higher rate of unemployment.

College Degrees with the Highest Unemployment Rates

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate in the country at the moment.

Here is a list of the top 7 college degrees with the highest unemployment rate…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Do You Need a Postnuptial Agreement?

A lot of people are turned off by pre-nuptials, but they are a very important part of a potential marriage where high finances are involved.

Why you might need to protect your assets after marriage

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Job Credit Checks Are Becoming a Thing of the Past

Depending on your state of residence, you might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

You might no longer be subjected to a credit check when applying for a job.

By Sheiresa Ngo

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5 Ways the Affordable Care Act Affects Your Wallet

We sift through the dense text to tell you what the ACA means for your family and your money

5 key points of show the historical Affordable Care Act upheld by the Supreme Court…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Free!! Books of the Week – House Hunting

Visit our BE Rewarded site to win FREE Book Bundles!

Interested in owning your own home? Alleviate some of the stress with these house hunting…

By Sasha King

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What’s Love Got to Do With It?

When couples come together, they must undergo the unromantic process of figuring out how to…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Giving Back Against All Odds

To fund the foundation, Carter took $90,000 from a home equity loan and borrowed from…

By Sakina P. Spruell

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Don’t Just Retire Cash Rich, Retire Wealthy

If you start with a $200 monthly contribution at age 25 that earns 6% interest,…

By LaToya M. Smith

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5 Things to Think About Before Investing in Art

Isolde Brielmaier is an expert in the world of art and shares her pointers on preparing yourself to invest in more than pretty pictures

SCAD’s Chief Curator Explains Isolde Brielmaier offers up advice for the novice art collector on…

By Amber McKynzie

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The entertainment world has become one big fit club. In an industry where image is everything—and a size 6 is considered overweight—celebs seem more inclined than ever to drop the calories and pick up the dumbbells in an attempt to achieve the body of their dreams. There’s also an ever-growing list of famous folks who are turning their battle of the bulge into big business, tapping into the $20 billion weight loss industry by signing lucrative deals to plug high profile diets and penning books that chronicle their journey to get in shape. But going from tubby to toned doesn’t always guarantee more success in Hollywood. Blackenterprise.com decodes the surprising affect dramatic weight loss has had on the careers of some of the biggest stars in the business. For better or for worse, these seven entertainers prove that in Hollywood, size really does matter. —Shydel James

Decoded: 7 Celebrities Who Went From Fat to (Financially) Fit

Physical fitness is not just a great lifestyle choice in some cases it can increase your marketability and revenue

Physical fitness can be a large part of personal branding & revenue generation. These celebrities…

By Shydel James

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Black Blogger Month: Looking Fly on a Dime, The Savvy Shopper

From the unemployment line to online, Patrice J. Williams heads a thrifting blog that's positioned her as a TV personality and budgeting guru

Patrice J. Williams transformed her obsession with thrift shopping into a marketable brand, Looking Fly…

By Starrene Rhett

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"You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.” —RuPaul

Born RuPaul Andre Charles, November 17, 1960, celebrity drag queen and entrepreneur RuPaul has worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Elton John, Spike Lee and countless other superstars. At 6’4”, she stands to be the most famous drag queen to walk the Earth. While others have certainly come before her, none have seemed to achieve the level of prosperity or success as RuPaul. With two television shows airing on LOGO—RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag U—and a rising social media empire, RuPaul is cashing in big time and just might be the next big media mogul. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes her rise to the top. Sashay! —Sirita Wright

RuPaul Decoded: The Man, the Myth, The New Queen of All Media

Dissecting the business behind the make-up and wigs of RuPaul, a rising media mogul in the making

More than a drag queen, RuPaul is a profitable brand that expands across various media…

By Sirita Wright

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Last year, The Guinness Book of World Records named Samuel L. Jackson the highest-grossing actor of all time. The 63-year-old Washington, D.C. native has starred in over 100 films that have a combined box office gross of almost $8 billion. That’s quite a feat for a man who nearly squandered his talent and life away due to a serious drug and alcohol addiction.

Since starting out in the theater in the ’70s as a student at Morehouse College, Jackson has managed to build an estimated net worth of $150 million by appearing in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, like Captain America and Star Wars and low budget critical hits like Eve’s Bayou. The always earnest, off-the-cuff actor has made a fortune playing stern, authoritative characters. His latest role and box office score was as Nick Fury in The Avengers, which broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million opening weekend. With the May 18th release of his new neo-noir thriller The Samaritan sure to add more zeros to Jackson’s bank account, BlackEnterprise.com decodes the hardest working actor in Hollywood. —Shydel James

Samuel L. Jackson Decoded: Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man

Examining the luminous career of the highest grossing actor of all time

The Guinness Book of World Records cemented Samuel L. Jackson as the highest-grossing actor of…

By Shydel James

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Black Blogger Month: Double Saving Divas, Shopping with a Purpose

Twins Tai and Tarin Perry preach the importance of saving and budgeting to the person who needs it most—you

With Double Saving Divas, twin entrepreneurs Tai and Tarin Perry provide people of color with…

By Aliya Ewing

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Charles Barkley  From the onset of his career Barkley was surrounded by greatness. Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, he joined a team that includes legends Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks. Holding his own, Sir Charles averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his rookie season. A year later, he was the team’s leading rebounder and second scorer before eventually becoming the Sixers’ franchise player until he was traded in 1992 to the Phoenix Suns, where he continued to dominate as a rebounder and team leader. By time he retired in 2000, Barkley became the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. However, the Dream Team gold medalist was never able to win a title to compliment his accolades.

NBA Decoded: Does Social Media Make Athletes Worse Role Models?

Was Charles Barkley right? How social media has made today's athletes flaws as a role model more apparent

When Charles Barkley proclaimed that he wasn’t a role model he had no idea that…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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This past weekend Disney and Marvel Studios joined forces to release The Avengers, an all-star fan boy film based off the popular comic book series. While critics expected the film to do well, at the end of film’s opening weekend it not only secured the No. 1 spot but also broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million over the course of three days. The Avengers’ ticket sales eclipsed the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened with $169.2 million in summer 2011. The film’s success is not limited to US shores, as it opened internationally two weeks ago to the tune of $441.5 million across 52 global markets. As it stands at press time, The Avengers has grossed well over $642.8 million globally. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at the “marvelous” success of the prequel films that led up to this record-breaking showing.  —Anslem Samuel Rocque

The Avengers Decoded: The Makings of a Marvelous Movie Franchise

After a record breaking open weekend for The Avengers, the films that built up the new franchise get their ticket sales dissected

The Avengers breaks box office records with its opening weekend haul of over $200 million,…

By Anslem Samuel

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DARREN MCFADDEN 

A former Arkansas Razorback and SEC Offensive Player of the Year in 2007, McFadden was drafted to become a running back for the Oakland Raiders in 2008. He had a six-year contract worth $60 million, with $26 million guaranteed. The tenth of twelve children, McFadden has overcome a lot of controversy off the field, but, nonetheless, has continued to persevere.

10 Black NFL Rookies Who Cashed in Big on Draft Day

From college athlete to multi-millionaire, a NFL rookie's life can change overnight when drafted and hit with a hefty paycheck

From college athlete to multi-millionaire, a NFL rookie’s life can change overnight after being signed…

By Mia N. Hall

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Brazilian Ogilvy recently conceptualized a unique ad campaign for Forbes called The World Without… The print ads take a look at some of the world’s richest and most influential people and, well, images the world without them, resulting in some interesting (and sometimes humorous) domino effect stats. The public figures featured range from Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg to Donald Trump. Also included was golf pro Tiger Woods, who saw his brand tarnished by a series of sex scandals. Here’s a snap shot of The World Without… Tiger Woods.

Decoded: The World Without Tiger Woods

How different would the world be if the golfing great never existed? Here's a few possible answers

New Forbes print campaign imagines The World Without… key celebrities ranging from Mark Zuckerberg to…

By Anslem Samuel

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Auto Insurance Myths and Reality

Auto insurance coverage can be costly. The average annual expenditure for auto insurance came to…

By Jeff Fortson

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Protecting Your Assets

Jefrey Jones’ 80-year-old widowed, childless aunt suffers with dementia. As the primary steward for her…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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How to Keep a Good Financial Start Going

“My parents were both teachers. They always taught me to save and the value of…

By Sheryl Nance-Nash

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Out of Sync

Why the stock market and the economy seem at odds

In February we saw headlines about the DOW JONES industrial average reaching its highest level…

By Mellody Hobson

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(l-r) Robin A. Young, Financial Adviser and President, Women Behaving Wealthy; Lori Anne Douglass, Partner, Trusts and Estates Group, Moses & Singer L.L.P.; Sharon Epperson, CNBC Senior Commodities and Personal Finance Correspondent; Dail St. Claire, President, Williams Capital Management

Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Finances

Understand your risk tolerance, because most people’s portfolio allocation is not consistent with their risk…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Slow & Steady Savings

Their portfolio is a mix of long- and short-term investments that also include domestic and…

By Aisha I. Jefferson

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Investment Planning by the Decade

Whether the market rises or falls, you need to stay the course and invest throughout your lifetime

Only two in 10 African Americans believe they are on track to meet their goals…

By Frank McCoy

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Notorious B.I.G. once rhymed, "There’s rules to this stuff. I wrote me a manual."  Though it applied to a different type of game, Christopher Wallace was on to something. Now that the 2012 NFL Draft is over, many players will need a guide to  keep them out of the gossip blogs, tabloids, and bankruptcy courts. We’ve seen so many athletes come into the NFL broke and leave in the same way. It’s a cycle we must stop. So, before these athletes get caught up, perhaps they should read The Five Draft Commandments. (What!) ---Christian Law


Left, 2012 NFL First-round draft pick Fletcher Cox of the Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)

New Money: The Five (NFL) Draft Commandments

Rookies should heed these rules of finance and life to avoid pitfalls

With the 2012 NFL Draft complete, here are some rules of money (and life) that…

By Christian Law

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Reality television is a complicated business. Some shows get immensely popular and springboard everyday people into celebrity stardom, but that fast track to Hollywood isn’t for everyone. However, there are those lucky ones who manage to build their brands, or expand their existing empires, based on their participation in America’s guilty pleasures. While some reality stars make little to no money at all—the average is about $5,000 a month—personalities who appear on popular shows like The Real Housewives franchise can make $8,000 and up per episode, and millions of dollars beyond their TV presence alone. It’s reported that the Real Housewives of New York racked in $75,000 per episode last season, while the Kim Kardashian and her family recently signed a deal worth an estimated $40 million for three more seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. With millions of dollars floating around in the “real worlds,” BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial gain of some of reality TV’s most notable personas.  —Starrene Rhett Rocque

Reality TV Decoded: 10 Reality Stars Who Earn Millions

More than just memorable personalities, these reality TV stars figured how to make a living off of you watching

Reality TV has become a multi-million dollar business for a select few individuals who manage…

By Starrene Rhett

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Kardashians Sign $40 Million Reality TV Show Deal with E!

The reality TV stars prove their bankability by signing a record-breaking deal

In a record-breaking deal, Keeping Up with the Kardashians gets renewed for three more seasons…

By Anslem Samuel

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Raise (and Balance!) Money for Your Business

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund, grow and lead your business to success!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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As we continue the transition into spring that means prom season is already upon us as students begin to pester their parents for money for the first must-attend social event of adolescence. When you calculate the limo rides, corsages, entry fees, dress purchases and tux rentals, this one-night affair can quickly add up to a hefty bill. In fact, according to a recent survey of 1,000 random people conducted by GfK Roper OmniTel, parents can expect to pay an average of $1,078 per teen for prom this year. That’s a 34 percent increase from last year’s national average of $807. Now we’ll Decode prom costs by region and financial brackets. —Anslem Samuel

The Prom Decoded: How Much is Too Much for the Big Dance?

Parents should expect to shell out more than ever for their teens' big night out

Prom season is upon us and as more parents and teens look to outdo each…

By Anslem Samuel

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Earl "Butch" Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise

Choose Wealth, Not Style

I’m sure if you’ve read my column, heard my speeches, or had the chance to…

By Earl "Butch" Graves Jr.

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Get Excited About Your Money

Our Wealth for Life mission is to ensure that you become an active participant in…

By Alisa Gumbs

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As Tax Day Nears, Meet the Deadline with These 7 Resources

Don't fret! You still have time to fill out your taxes. Check out our compilation of helpful links

With taxes needing to be postmarked by midnight Tuesday, peruse through these useful links before…

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Mike Tyson Decoded: How He Earned (And Squandered) a $300 Million Fortune

Once the king of the ring, Mike Tyson has had many ups and downs in his storied career

On the eve of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth—Live on Stage, Black Enterprise explores the former…

By Shydel James

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For better or for worse, reality TV has become a booming business, generating huge ratings and ad dollars. Among one of the more popular television franchises is the Real Housewives of Atlanta, which features model Cynthia Bailey, singer Kandi Burruss, attorney Phaedra Parks, among other Atlanta socialites. Rolling Out reportedly got access to the annual salaries of the cast mates and their male counterparts and most would be surprised as too how much a reality star can make. Here’s a rundown of each RHOA star’s speculated earning power per season.

DECODED: How Much Do the ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ (and their Husbands) Make?

Pulling in massive ratings and ad dollars, the reality stars cash in on their 15 minutes of fame

The season salaries for the Real Housewives of Atlanta and their partners recently leaked, revealing…

By Anslem Samuel

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Tools and Tips for Online Investing

Self-directed investment tools help you balance your portfolio and grow wealth

For years Hyacinth Tucker of Bowie, Maryland, thought investing was for the rich.

By Tamara E. Holmes

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Peek In Your Purse

“A woman behaving wealthy spends on the basis of what is important to her on…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Women of Power

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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