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Irony of Sherrod Debacle: Still No Relief for Black Farmers Reverse Racism or Hatchet Job? CBC Demands Explanation from Agriculture Secretary How to Remake Your Company Like Johnson Products Oil Spill Fuels Tourist Misconceptions and Fewer Visits CBC Launches Attack on GOP Over Unemployment Benefits Prospects for Offshore Drilling Diminish in Wake of Oil Spill Signs of the Times: Tea Party Protests Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Consumer Protection Bill Oil Spill May Hasten Deterioration of Louisiana’s Ecosystem Comcast-NBCU Merger Presents Opportunities for CCP NAACP Condemns Racism of Tea Party Movement Gulf Coast Small Businesses Worried About Their Futures Johnson Publishing COO, President Resigns How to Secure a State Contract Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased by 61% LeBron James: Income Tax Genius? NAACP: BP Gives Minorities Worst Clean Up Jobs Dartmouth Program Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid Fatal Missteps Minority Children Face More Obstacles Than White Peers Newark Mayor Cory Booker is Back But With Baggage Unemployment Rate for Blacks Inched Lower in June Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol Environment Has Role in Health of African American Boys Forever Linked to Katrina, Ray Nagin Reflects on His Term What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt New Study Reveals Same Old Reality for Blacks Black Mayors Press Senate to Pass Energy Bill PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating Mensa’s Best and Brightest Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol 4 Steps the King of Pop Took to Secure His Financial Legacy Top Entertainment Lawyer to Get Reginald F. Lewis Award PHOTO GALLERY: June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day RLJ Companies Adds Partners in Haiti Housing Project PHOTO GALLERY: African Americans in Philatelic History DISCUSS: Will You Buy the iPhone 4? 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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol NAACP Joins Boycott of Arizona African American Wealth Gap Quadruples Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol Report Criticizes Lack of Diversity in Super Bowl Ads Shaq Challenges You to Step Up and Save a Life Luxury Brand Advertising Often Absent in Black Media Global Diversity Ranks Last Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill Obama Helps Small Businesses and Vets Win More Contracts Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill Overview: The White House’s Financial Reform Plan White House Makes Final Push for Financial Overhaul Poll: Jury Still Out on Michael Steele’s Performance Dorothy I. 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Obama to GOP: Stop Playing Political Games

On the eve of 9/11 anniversary, president defends economic strategy and asks for patience

According to Obama, the economic crisis has been so deep and so wide that his…

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Can Obama Pave The Way to New Jobs?

New economic initiative likely to boost employment, but may not move the needle for black-owned businesses

Standing before a group of labor union crowd in Milwaukee on Labor Day, President Obama…

By Joyce Jones

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With Troops Out of Iraq, Obama to Shift Focus to Economy

Congressional Black Caucus expresses praise, caution for the end of the combat mission

In a prime-time address from the Oval Office Tuesday night, President Obama officially declared an…

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Obama Announces the End of Operation Iraqi Freedom

In remarks prepared for delivery to the American people on August 31, 2010, the President officially ends the war in Iraq

President Barack H. Obama, in remarks prepared for delivery on August 31, 2010, officially announces…

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Glenn Beck, Al Sharpton Host Dueling Rallies

March to "Restore Honor" vs. rally to "Reclaim the Dream" of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

If the tens of thousands of Tea Party patriots who descended on the National Mall…

By Joyce Jones

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Katrina +5: Jobs Lag and the Road Home Remains Uncertain

Locals hope new mayors recovery efforts will be more successful

If jobs and housing are the barometers by which recoveries are judged, five years after…

By Joyce Jones

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Katrina +5: Billions of Dollars Later, La. Has Made Strides

Despite evidence of progress on the anniversary of Katrina, recovery is still a learning process

On August 29, 2005, the United States experienced the greatest natural disaster in the nation’s…

By Joyce Jones

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Katrina +5: SBA, Taken by Surprise, Unprepared to Quickly Offer Aid

Businesses most prepared for rainy days most likely to succeed

When Katrina struck, SBA was in the middle of a transformation that included an internal…

By Joyce Jones

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MEDWeek: Small Businesses Seek Suitors

The SBA's mentor-protg program can open doors to contracting opportunities

SBA’s mentor-protégé program enables large companies to provide a variety of assistance to 8(a) firms,…

By Joyce Jones

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Meek Prevails in U.S. Senate Primary

Experts question whether he can pull out another win in November

With 99% of precincts reporting, Rep. Kendrick Meek [JJ1] (D-Florida) handily won his state’s Democratic…

By Joyce Jones

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Black Enterprise iPad App: The Best Business Magazine App

5 ways the BE app outshines the competition, setting a new standard for magazines

Black Enterprise isn’t the first business publication to produce an iPad app, but it is…

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Government, Scientists Differ on BP Oil Spill’s Lasting Effects

Evidence found of deepwater oil, which could present long-term threat to marine life

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), chairman of the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, grilled government scientists…

By Joyce Jones

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Deadline Looms For Sustainable Community Grants

Obama Administration pushes for greener urban neighborhoods; applications due before midnight on August 23

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is an initiative of the Department of Housing and Urban…

By Joyce Jones

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MED Week Focus: International Business Opportunities

Conference also will play matchmaker to small firms and major corporations

The Minority Business Development Agency[JJ1] ’s annual National Minority enterprise Development (MED) Week[JJ2] conference kicks…

By Joyce Jones

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WATCH: Introducing the Black Enterprise iPad App

Preview the features and functionality of the best business magazine app ever developed

Here’s an exclusive look at the Black Enterprise iPad app.

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Green Insider: B.E. Forum to Discuss the New Energy Economy

Eco-friendly resources for businesses and individuals

Join Black Enterprise this November for Part 2 of a Conversation on Energy hosted by…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Urban Radio Pioneer Sidney L. Small Laid to Rest

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy, Stevie Wonder performs in tribute to Access 1 Communications Chairman and CEO

Funeral services for Sidney L. Small, chairman and CEO of Access.1 Communications Corp., were held…

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Maxine Waters Vows to Fight Ethics Charges

Denies using her influence to help husbands financial interest in OneUnited Bank

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-California) vigorously defended herself at a Friday morning press conference with reporters…

By Joyce Jones

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Blacks Continue to Climb on Broadband Bandwagon

African Americans have highest Internet growth rate of any major demographic group

The rate of African Americans adopting broadband has grown to 56% from 46% at a…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Education Trust: 4 Keys to Closing the Higher Education Gap

Researchers seek ways to narrow the college graduation rate between blacks and whites

If a solid college education is a necessary journey on the path to wealth and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Johnson Rice Steps Down as CEO of Johnson Publishing

Handing reigns to former White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, she remains as chairman

Linda Johnson Rice has stepped down as CEO of Johnson Publishing Co. (No. 22 on…

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Ariel Investments, UBR Radio Show Fetes “Game Changers”

Ebony Editor-in-Chief Amy Dubois Barnett, entrepreneur Farrah Gray named among Chicago's under-40 black achievers

Recently named Ebony magazine Editor-in-Chief Amy Dubois Barnett and entrepreneurial prodigy Farrah Gray are among…

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African American Unemployment Rate Inched Higher in July

Jobless rate grew to 15.6% for blacks, while overall rate is unchanged at 9.5%

The unemployment rate for African Americans was edged slightly higher in July to 15.6%, from…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Funding for Black Farmers Stalled Again

Senate fails to finalize bill to pay for settlement

Despite broad support, legislation to finalize $4.6 billion in settlements with black farmers and American…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Black Tea Partiers Fight Charges of Racism

Members denounce notion that there are racists among them

Black conservatives held a press conference on Wednesday to denounce the notion that there are…

By Joyce Jones

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Senate Confirms Kagan as 112th Justice

Nominee will be fourth woman to serve on High Court

The Senate has confirmed Elena Kagan as the 112th justice and fourth woman to serve…

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Black Caucus Reels From Ethics, Election Setbacks

With Waters and Rangel under scrutiny, CBC's relationship with Obama has frayed

These were supposed to be heady days for African Americans in Congress, with President Barack…

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Waters Asks for Trial Before November Elections

Lawmaker wants ethics committee to release the specific charges against her

Rep. Maxine Waters is asking a House ethics panel to hold her trial before the…

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Washington Report: Maxine in Troubled Waters

BE 100s bank at center of lawmakers ethics allegations

An investigative subcommittee has found substantial reason to believe that Rep. Maxine Waters violated House…

By Joyce Jones

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The White House Wants Your Questions on Wall St. Reform

Submit your questions now and we'll select the top five to be asked at tomorrow's live online event on financial reform

Whitehouse.gov is hosting a live online event on Wednesday, July 28, at 2:00 p.m. EDT/11:00…

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Washington Report: New Vote on Black Farmers Settlement

Senate Democratic leadership hopes bill will appeal to Republicans

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to call for a unanimous consent vote on a…

By Joyce Jones

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Black Enterprise Wins 4 NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards

National journalism organization recognizes magazine, web site and television shows

Black Enterprise was honored with four Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of…

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Teens Don’t Understand the Importance of Budgeting A quarter of teens say they are unsure if they will be able to effectively budget their money during their lifetime, according to the results of a Junior Achievement/Allstate Foundation survey. Of the 22% who currently don’t use a budget, almost half admit they just aren’t interested in money management.

Talking Points: Interracial Marriage, Budgeting, Vacations

What people are discussing this month

A record 14.6% of all new marriages in the U.S. in 2008 were between people…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama Counters Critics of His Education Policies

Civil rights groups want programs that will have greater impact on minority students

President Barack Obama defended his administration’s education reform policies during a Thursday morning speech delivered…

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Rangel Reaches Plea Deal on Alleged Ethics Violations

Lawmaker criticized for failing to pay taxes, improper solicitations for donations

Rep. Charles Rangel and lawyers for the House Ethics Committee have reportedly reached a plea…

By Joyce Jones

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Shirley Sherrod: “I Will Definitely Pursue A Lawsuit”

At NABJ Convention, wronged former USDA employee talks about Andrew Breitbart, FOX News and the role of black journalists

Greeted by a standing ovation at the annual convention of the National Association of Black…

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Loop Capital Completes Near-Billion Dollar Deal

Firm underwrites general obligation bonds as senior manager for New York City

Loop Capital Markets L.L.C. along with co-book-running senior manager, Barclays Capital completed the issuance…

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Coverage of Michael Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death was third on the list with 5.7% of coverage. Thousands of news items focused on the King of Pop's unexpected death, his legacy, his enormous fanbase, the fate of his three children, his estate, funeral, and many lawsuits.

Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

Despite a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the media

Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news…

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As Obama Talks Up Small Businesses, Vote on Lending Looms

White House hopes to boost confidence in the economy

With the Senate on the verge of taking a final vote on the Small Business…

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Black Farmers Want White House Involvement in Settlement

Without swift action, farmers may have to wait until next year

John Boyd, president of the National Black Farmers Association, is calling on the White House…

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Rangel Welcomes Chance to Respond to Ethics Charges

Failure to report income is one of many accusations the New York lawmaker faces

A House investigative panel announced Thursday a finding that Rep. Charles Rangel has violated congressional…

By Joyce Jones

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Unemployment Benefits Extended

Millions of jobless will receive retroactive payments within a month

African Americans whose unemployment insurance checks stopped coming as Senate lawmakers engaged in weeks of…

By Joyce Jones

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USDA Chief Offers Emotional Apology to CBC Over Sherrod

Tom Vilsack sought forgiveness, atonement for firing

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsak participated in an emotionally charged meeting with several members of the…

By Joyce Jones

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Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and investing in order to make it through the recession, according to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey. The data is not unexpected since the unemployment rate for African Americans (15.4%) continues to track higher than the overall jobless rate for all Americans (9.5%). “In times of economic hardship, people have to make difficult decisions,” said Mellody Hobson, Ariel president and columnist for Black Enterprise magazine. “Unfortunately, the resulting trade-offs mean many in our community are slipping even further behind.”

African American Investors are Down, but Not Out

Cutting back on saving and spending, helps blacks make it through recession

Middle-class African Americans are more likely than whites to have cut back on saving and…

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Shirley Sherrod: A Rush to Judgment?

In the race to condemn Shirley Sherrod, everyone got it wrong

In the last 24 hours, Shirley Sherrod has gone from being portrayed as a racist…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Irony of Sherrod Debacle: Still No Relief for Black Farmers

Perhaps now, Congress will finally move on distributing the $1.25 billion that it agreed to pay black farmers

The Shirley Sherrod story has an ironic twist. For years, black farmers were losing their…

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Reverse Racism or Hatchet Job?

Was racism charge manufactured or was the USDA right to get rid of Shirley Sherrod?

In this highly polemic society, people/groups will too often resort to any mean necessary to…

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CBC Demands Explanation from Agriculture Secretary

Caucus is angered by treatment of black official

After publically apologizing to Shirley Sherrod and inviting her to return to her job, the…

By Joyce Jones

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How to Remake Your Company Like Johnson Products

The maker of Ultra Sheen is once again minority-owned with a bold strategy to conquer ethnic haircare

Husband and wife team Eric Brown and Renee Cottrell-Brown seek to make history and profits…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Oil Spill Fuels Tourist Misconceptions and Fewer Visits

New Orleans tourism boards find it difficult to counteract spill images

In the wake of the BP oil spill in April, tourism in the Gulf region…

By Joyce Jones

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CBC Launches Attack on GOP Over Unemployment Benefits

Senate's continued roadblock of jobless benefits extension hurts blacks

Millions of Americans are losing their unemployment benefits because of the Senate’s stalled efforts to…

By Joyce Jones

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Prospects for Offshore Drilling Diminish in Wake of Oil Spill

Administration and oil industry continue feud over moratorium

In the wake of the BP oil disaster, 52% of Americans oppose offshore drilling…

By Joyce Jones

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This protester takes issue with Obama's family on his father's side. (Source: Pargon’s Flickr feed)

Signs of the Times: Tea Party Protests

Racist or not? A gallery of signs seen at Tea Party rallies nationwide

Decide for yourself: Is the NAACP right in calling on the Tea Party movement to…

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Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Consumer Protection Bill

Legislation will protect blacks from discriminatory financial practices

The Senate voted Thursday to pass a Wall Street reform bill, which includes major reforms…

By Joyce Jones

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Oil Spill May Hasten Deterioration of Louisiana’s Ecosystem

As BP tries to cap the well, damage to Gulf region accelerates

Even prior to the April BP oil spill, the Louisiana and Mississippi coastal region was…

By Joyce Jones

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Comcast-NBCU Merger Presents Opportunities for CCP

Don Jackson will seek investments from churches to launch faith-based network

In an effort to sway FCC approval for a joint venture with NBC Universal, Comcast…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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NAACP Condemns Racism of Tea Party Movement

Resolution asks Tea Party to repudiate its racist elements

The NAACP passed a resolution Tuesday to condemn extremist elements within the Tea Party, and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Gulf Coast Small Businesses Worried About Their Futures

Compensation process is riddled with distrust

In a four-part series, Black Enterprise.com is looking at how the oil spill is affecting…

By Joyce Jones

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Johnson Publishing COO, President Resigns

More changes at the top for publisher of Ebony, Jet

Johnson Publishing Co. announced Monday that Anne Sempowski Ward has resigned as president and COO…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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How to Secure a State Contract

Sen. Kevin Parker offers entrepreneurs the keys to gaining successful access

New York State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Brooklyn) took a trip to the NASDAQ in New…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Number of Black-Owned Businesses Increased by 61%

Economic parity remains elusive, but future is bright

The number of black-owned businesses increased by almost 61% between 2002 and 2007, according to…

By Joyce Jones

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LeBron James: Income Tax Genius?

Florida has no state income tax. See what James would have paid in New York, Chicago, or Cleveland.

With all the hysteria surrounding “The Decision” that was LeBron James’ choice to leave Cleveland…

By Dale Coachman

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NAACP: BP Gives Minorities Worst Clean Up Jobs

Civil rights group demands meeting with oil company

The NAACP is seeking a meeting with BP CEO Tony Hayward to address concerns…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Dartmouth Program Helps Entrepreneurs Avoid Fatal Missteps

Minority-focused sessions give black business owners tools for success

The hills of New Hampshire are perhaps the last place one would expect a minority-focused…

By Alan Hughes

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Minority Children Face More Obstacles Than White Peers

Kellogg Foundation report underscores unlevel playing field for African Americans

Minority children have fewer opportunities than their white counterparts to be healthy, get a quality…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker is Back But With Baggage

In his second term, he still has a lot to prove

As far as inauguration’s go, Cory Booker’s second term installation as mayor of Newark was…

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Unemployment Rate for Blacks Inched Lower in June

Payrolls drop by 125,000, reflecting loss of jobs for Census workers

The unemployment rate for African Americans inched slightly lower to 15.4% in June from 15.5%…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

BP claims administrator pledges easier compensation process; Gun control laws weakened

Kenneth Feinberg, administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, regaled and reassured lawmakers Wednesday that…

By Joyce Jones

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Environment Has Role in Health of African American Boys

Report recommends community-led approach to enhancing quality of life

The poor health of African American boys and young adult males is a result of…

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Forever Linked to Katrina, Ray Nagin Reflects on His Term

New Orleans mayor concedes mistakes, but 'did the best he could'

The legacy of former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin will be forever intertwined with the…

By Joyce Jones

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What You Should Know Before Settling Credit Card Debt

Be mindful of the pros and cons of consulting a service

If you’re up to your eyeballs in debt and can’t see the light at the…

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New Study Reveals Same Old Reality for Blacks

African Americans continue to lose ground in employment

Even with the news that the black unemployment rate dropped from 15.9% in May to…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Mayors Press Senate to Pass Energy Bill

Hip Hop Caucus, CBC join push for green initiatives on Capitol Hill

The National Conference of Black Mayors is on a mission to green their cities. At…

By Joyce Jones

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Dr. Patricia L. Turner, general surgeon, assistant professor of surgery at the University of  Maryland Medical Center and medical correspondent for news  outlets:  “Being a member of Mensa affords me the opportunity to interact with smart, interesting people in whatever way I choose.  ... I’ve been a member of Mensa for 25 years.” (Click here for more on joining Mensa)

PHOTO GALLERY: Celebrating Mensa’s Best and Brightest

Shining a spotlight on notable African American 'geniuses'

BlackEnterprise.com presents nine African American Mensa members who share their reasons for joining the august…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Jobs bill fails in Senate; House narrowly passes campaign finance law; White House gambit to end homelessness

Several members of the Congressional Black Caucus sharply criticized Republican senators at a press conference…

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It’s been one year since the world was rocked by news that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had passed away. In that time, much of the reporting about his finances focused on what the pop icon did wrong. For instance, only $70 million of his reported $500 million indebtedness has been paid off, AP reports. However, there are many financial moves Michael Jackson got right. The documentary, Michael Jackson's This is It based on his final concert rehearsal footage, has sold more than 5 million DVDs worldwide and Sony Music, Jackson’s record company grossed $252 million. In fact, his estate has earned more than $250 million alone in the year since he died thanks to attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who are building several new streams of income, including sales of a video game and through many licensing agreements. Although Jackson's executors manage millions of dollars, his estate planning requirements aren’t too different from what the average Joe or Jane should be doing. You may not have Jackson’s millions, but estate planning attorney Wynne Whitman, a partner with Schenck, Price, Smith & King L.L.P., and the author of Smart Women Protect their Assets (FT Press; $13.99), recommends four things you can do that Jackson did to ensure that his children and his legacy would be financially secure. (Source: MichaelJackson.com/us).

4 Steps the King of Pop Took to Secure His Financial Legacy

Prior to his death, Michael Jackson made sure his money and his children would be in the right hands

Michael Jackson made a lot of money during his lifetime, but he also accumulated a…

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Top Entertainment Lawyer to Get Reginald F. Lewis Award

L. Londell McMillan recognized for outstanding international business achievement before the age of 50

L. Londell McMillan, partner and co-head of the Media and Entertainment Global Industry Sector at…

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Each year, on June 27, the National Association of People With AIDS, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other national and local entities across the country organizes National HIV Testing Day. Visit www.hivtest.org to find a testing site near you. To learn more about how to participate in NHTD, visit the NAPWA HIV Testing Day Web site or e-mail nhtd@napwa.org.

PHOTO GALLERY: June 27 Is National HIV Testing Day

A simple test could save the lives of you and those you love

HIV and AIDS have hit African Americans the hardest. Each year, on June 27, the…

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RLJ Companies Adds Partners in Haiti Housing Project

Thousands of jobs will be created if project is approved

Bob Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, Wednesday announced that Royal Caribbean Cruises…

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Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring African Americans who have made vital contributions to the United States. The latest in the series is pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. He thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. The artwork is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel, "The Conquest." BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at other African Americans who were imortalized on stamps. (Date issued: June 22, 2010)BlackEnterprise.com wants to know: Who do you think should be on the next Black Heritage stamp?The Black Heritage series has been one of the USPS's most popular ever created. When an early-2000 Internet rumor spread that the series was going to be canceled, the postal service was inundated with hundreds of protesting letters, postcards, and phone calls. Despite an official press release denying the rumor, it resurfaces every year.

PHOTO GALLERY: African Americans in Philatelic History

Despite rumors, the popular Black Heritage stamp series is here to stay. Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is the latest addition.

Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring…

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DISCUSS: Will You Buy the iPhone 4?

It's the most anticipated smartphone to hit the market yet. But are you buying?

Will you be among the throngs of people clamoring for the latest in Apple-dom?

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Administration Approves $1.5 Billion in Aid for Homeowners

Fund encourages states to develop less stringent solutions to prevent foreclosure

The U.S. Treasury announced Thursday that it has approved $1.5 billion in Hardest Hit Fund…

By Joyce Jones

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If You Were Obama, Would You Fire Gen. McChrystal?

Does his leadership of international forces in Afghanistan make him too important to be dismissed for insubordination?

TAKE OUR POLL: General Stanley S. McChrystal, leader of the counterinsurgency effort in the war…

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How to File a Claim Against BP for Oil Spill Damages

What you need to know to receive payment for losses

Here are five steps to help you start the claim process with BP and receive…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Oil Spill Sheds Light on Need for Clean Energy and Jobs

Green experts say joblessness a threat of gulf oil spill

Energy experts discuss the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What Fannie’s and Freddie’s Delisting Means for Investors, Homeowners

Future of government-run mortgage companies is in doubt

With embattled mortgage purchasers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announcing plans to delist Wednesday, investors…

By Renita Burns

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Billions in Wealth Lost Since Foreclosure Crisis Began

African American communities to lose $193 billion by 2012

Communities of color have lost billions in wealth since the current foreclosure crisis began, according…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Greene�s primary victory is upheld; Ethics panel scrutinizes lawmakers

The South Carolina Democratic Party’s executive committee voted Thursday night to uphold unemployed veteran Alvin…

By Joyce Jones

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Uncle Sam To Phase Out Paper Checks

If you receive unemployment, social security or other benefits, your check won�t be in the mail

If you’re looking for your unemployment or social security check, don’t bother waiting by the…

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Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared with 23.6%—black men are 37% more likely to develop lung cancer and 22% more likely to die from it. For black women, lung cancer occurs at roughly the same rate as it does in white women, according to an American Lung Association report. Though the reason for the disparity is unclear, it appears to be the result of a confluence of factors such as genetics and access to healthcare.

Talking Points: What You Need to Know

Though African American men and white men smoke cigarettes at roughly the same rate—25.5% compared…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Clyburn calls for investigation of South Carolina candidates

House Majority Whip James Clyburn said Thursday afternoon that he’s calling on both state and…

By Joyce Jones

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Amy DuBois Barnett to Helm Ebony Magazine

Johnson Publishing also hires Desiree Rogers to help turnaround company

Johnson Publishing Company announced last week that Amy DuBois Barnett will become the new editor-in-chief…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Obama Urges Congress to Pass Aid for Small Businesses

During bipartisan meeting, Obama addressed oil spill and financial regulation

President Barack Obama urged lawmakers Thursday to pass legislation to help small business get loans…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Xerox Names New President of U.S. Solutions Group

Kevin Warren will lead direct sales force

Xerox Corp. named Kevin M. Warren president of its U.S. Solutions Group. The appointment is…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

African American jobless rate contracts slightly; White House AIDS summit

The nation’s unemployment rate, fell to 9.7% in May from 9.9% in April, due in…

By Joyce Jones

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M.R. Beal Strikes Billion-Dollar Deal

Black-owned investment bank to underwrite major bond issuance for New York State Dormitory Authority

In a landmark deal, the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) announced…

By Alan Hughes

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Poll: Tea Party Supporters Predisposed to Intolerance

Survey disproves myth of post-racial America

In a recent survey, the Tea Party movement, which is opposed to big government and…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Senate panel fast-tracks Johns' SBA nomination; Congress reconciles reform bills

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship voted unanimously on Thursday to move the…

By Joyce Jones

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Talking Points: Poll Says Retire ‘Negro’

African Americans unemployed longer; minorities not encouraged to pursue STEM education

In a BlackEnterprise.com poll on whether the 2010 Census form should have used the word…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Could Gender Quotas Work in Corporate America?

A policy of one German company would be a tough sell in the U.S., despite the lack of women execs

In 1968, Virginia Slims celebrated with “You’ve come a long way, baby.” Over 40 years…

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Poll: Show Me the Funding!

Tell us where you're finding the capital to sustain your business

Happy Small Business Week! As a small business owner/entrepreneur where have you found capital needed…

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Rand Paul backtracks on race comments; Small business bill advances

Fresh off his victory in Kentucky’s GOP Senate primary in which he defeated a mainstream…

By Joyce Jones

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NAACP Joins Boycott of Arizona

Civil rights group supports lawsuit challenging immigration law

The NAACP has become the latest organization to boycott Arizona over the state’s new immigration…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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African American Wealth Gap Quadruples

High-income blacks have less wealth than middle-class whites

The wealth gap between white and African-American families has increased more than four times between…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Liberal Dems raise eyebrow on Kagan nomination; Fattah move puts seniority rule in question

Kagan Nomination Raising Concerns Among Liberal Democrats

From the moment Solicitor General Elena Kagan was nominated…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Updates From the Capitol

Jobless rate at 16.5 % for African Americans; Fattah jockeys for chairmanship

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke is looking for individuals to serve on a National Advisory Council…

By Joyce Jones

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Report Criticizes Lack of Diversity in Super Bowl Ads

Ninety-four percent of ad agency creative directors were white males, none were people of color

Of the 52 professionally produced ads by advertising agencies aired during Super Bowl XILV this…

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Shaq Challenges You to Step Up and Save a Life

National Marrow Donor Program and Shaquille ONeal team up for bone marrow awareness

O’Neal is leading the National Marrow Donor Program’s newest campaign, Do Something Big, which encourages…

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Luxury Brand Advertising Often Absent in Black Media

Experts say black buying power often overlooked

In some affluent circles, the expectation to wear luxury apparel is the same across all…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Global Diversity Ranks Last

Report exposes the most essential requirements for leadership success. Guess what�s at the bottom of the list?

As we embark on a new decade, a number of factors have reshaped the business…

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Democrats ready for midterm elections; broadband assistance for small businesses

President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine outlined this week the party’s…

By Joyce Jones

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Obama Helps Small Businesses and Vets Win More Contracts

President issued executive orders to establish two task forces

President Obama issued executive orders Monday that establish two task forces to improve and increase…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Possible Senate run for Meek looks promising; District loses vote

The District of Columbia lost yet another opportunity to gain a vote in Congress this…

By Joyce Jones

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Overview: The White House’s Financial Reform Plan

Enforcing common-sense rules for consumers, investors

The White House issued a fact sheet on how the president’s financial reform plan will…

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White House Makes Final Push for Financial Overhaul

President unveils five-point plan

President Barack Obama urged Wall Street Thursday to accept proposed regulatory reforms or risk a…

By Joyce Jones

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Poll: Jury Still Out on Michael Steele’s Performance

Respondents split on whether he should resign

Since his election to chairman of the Republican National Committee, Michael Steele has faced a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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For nearly half a century, Dorothy Irene Height has been a vocal champion and leader in the Civil Rights movement. As the only female member among the major leaders of the Civil Rights Movement—along with Martin Luther King, Whitney H. Young, A. Philip Randolph, James Farmer, Roy Wilkins and John Lewis—Height fought for equality and human rights for all people. Among her numerous accomplishments: Height was named to address issues of duress during the aftermath of the Harlem riot of 1935; appointed leader of the United Christian Youth Movement of North America in the New Deal era (1933); was on the staff of the National Board of the YWCA of the USA (1944 - 1977); elected president of the National Council of Negro Women (1957-1998); and received the NAACP Spingarn Medal,  the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Bill Clinton, and the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian and most distinguished award presented by the U.S.  Congress.  She was as well known for her extensive collection of hats, as well as for her indomitable spirit.  (Image source: New York University) (Click here to view Women of Power Legacy Award Dorothy Height Tribute video.)

Dorothy I. Height: Her Life in Pictures

As the only female member among the major leaders of the Civil Rights Movement Height fought for equality and human rights for all people

For nearly half a century, Dorothy Irene Height has been a vocal champion and leader…

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Dorothy Height Dies at Age 98

Civil and women's rights leader leaves proud legacy of excellence in activism

Dorothy Irene Height, the chair and president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women,…

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Chicago Students Defy the Odds

All Urban Prep seniors admitted to a four-year college or university

Four years ago, Tim King, CEO and founder of Urban Prep Academy, led a group…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

Panel explores ways to increase access to capital; Small business jobs bills; climate change; diversity on the Hill

The recession may be ebbing but minority-owned businesses are still caught in the grip of…

By Joyce Jones

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First there were the Greatest and Silent generations. Then came baby boomers and Generation X. Now we have Millennials, or people born after 1980. They are more ethnically and racially diverse than older generations, less religious, and may be on track to become the most educated generation in U.S. history. That thirst for education is evident with data showing college enrollment of 18- to 24-year-olds is at an all-time high, according to the Pew Research Center."

Talking Points

Based on 2007 data, the most recent available, single black women have just a fraction…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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RLJ Companies to Bring Jobs, Build Homes in Haiti

Firms using technology to build structures resistant to earthquakes

RLJ Companies announced Monday that it will team up with manufacturing company Global Building Solutions…

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Poll Results Show News Coverage of Blacks is Negative

Poor race relations is blamed on portrayal of African Americans by mainstream media

Eighty percent of internet users believe that the coverage of African-Americans in the news is…

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Poll of the Week: Michael Steele and the GOP

Should the RNC chairman resign?

In light of recent embarrassing missteps in his management of the Republican National Committee, several…

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Former B.E. 100s Business Mogul Passes

J. Bruce Llewellyn, dead at 82, triumphed in the bottling, supermarket, banking and broadcasting industries

A towering figure in the broadcasting, bottling, banking and supermarket industries, it seemed J. Bruce…

By Renita Burns

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Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Honored With Leadership Award

Funds raised from gala to help minority and women businesses

NBA All-Star Earvin “Magic” Johnson received the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award on Thursday at The Council…

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

High court justice to retire; DOE invests in HBCUs

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said he will step down when the court finishes…

By Joyce Jones

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NAACP Drops Lawsuit Against Wells Fargo

Bank, group plan to work to improve financial literacy for blacks

The NAACP announced that it has dropped its mortgage-discrimination lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank.

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Majority Believe ‘Negro’ Should be Removed From Census

While many find it to be offensive, the Census Bureau accommodates those who still identify with the term

When BlackEnterprise.com recently polled readers about the term “Negro” on the 2010 Census form, a…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Researcher of Blacks in Higher Education Remembered

Journal's founder helped expose racial imbalances in academia

For more than two decades, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education has been stalwart…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

African American jobless rate; Making college affordable

Until this week, when President Barack Obama for a second time signed into law a…

By Joyce Jones

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Despite Missteps, Steele Continues to Court Black Republicans

After backlash, pressure is on GOP leader to deliver results

What’s Michael Steele to do? In yet another embarrassment for the Republican National Committee chairman,…

By Joyce Jones

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Higher Learning

Research presents several factors that can lead to increased graduation rates for black men

By 2020, President Barack Obama envisions America leading the world in producing college graduates; however,…

By Brittany Hutson

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Talking Points: Stock Market Rise & Fall After Inaugural Years

Stocks, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, posted a gain of 23.5% in the…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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Ford, Microsoft Announce Energy Partnership

Automaker is counting on home energy management service to make electric hybrid cars more attractive to consumers

Ford announces partnership with Microsoft as the U.S. automaker rolls out its effort in developing…

By Renita Burns

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Washington Report: Updates from Capitol Hill

CBC applauds passage of youth jobs bill; Congress may miss farmers' deadline

With the passage of the $5.7 billion supplemental appropriations bill (HR 4899) on Wednesday, members…

By Joyce Jones

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Atlanta Named Host City of 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Mayor Kasim Reed joins Black Enterprise CEO Earl Graves Jr. to make it official

The buzz among black entrepreneurs around the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference coming to Atlanta this…

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Utendahl Joins Deutsche Bank Americas as Vice Chairman

Utendahl Capital Partners founder will help increase presence of minorities on Wall Street

John O. Utendahl, founder of Utendahl Capital Partners L.P., has joined Deutsche Bank Americas Holding…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Bank of America Offers Bailout to Homeowners

Plans to extend $3 billion in loan forgiveness to 45,000 homeowners struggling to stay afloat

If you have a mortgage with Bank of America, and you’re extremely underwater, you just…

By Sheiresa Ngo

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Kweisi Mfume Takes Helm of National Medical Association

Former NAACP chairman to lead healthcare organization at critical time

Kweisi Mfume, former chairman and CEO of the NAACP, was named the executive director of…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Oprah Winfrey Settles Defamation Lawsuit

Trial was related to sex-abuse scandal at her South African all-girls school

Oprah Winfrey has settled a defamation lawsuit brought by the headmistress in the wake of…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Urban League Report Offers Solutions to Economic Crisis

'State of Black America' details plan to offset effects of recession

In the 34th edition of the its State of Black America report, the National Urban…

By Joyce Jones

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Michael Jordan’s Purchase of Charlotte Bobcats Approved

Transforming the debt-laden basketball team will require NBA legend's presence and pocketbook

Now that Michael Jordan’s $275 million bid to buy the Charlotte Bobcats from billionaire Robert…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Transcript of the President’s Signing of the Health Reform Bill

'I�m signing this reform bill into law on behalf of my mother'

The official transcript of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s remarks at the…

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Healthcare Reform We Can All Believe In

When President Obama signed legislation enabling millions to gain access to health insurance, he achieved a milestone that eluded seven previous presidents.

When President Barack Obama today signed into law legislation that will enable millions of Americans…

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Healthcare Reform in Pictures

Obama's historic journey to overhaul the health care system

Follow along with President Barack Obama on his historic fight to make health care reform…

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Obama Signs Historic Healthcare Bill Into Law

With win under his belt, Obama has reestablished presidency

When President Barack Obama signed into law the healthcare reform bill Tuesday, he sealed his…

By Joyce Jones

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Southern University Wins Morehouse Biz Plan Competition

Proposal addressing need for low-income housing in New Orleans takes top prize of $10,000

Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO) won the Morehouse College 2010 Business Plan Competition on…

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Washington Report: Updates From Capitol Hill

President Obama signs jobs bill

President Barack Obama signed the HIRE Act into law and sent Congress a blueprint for…

By Joyce Jones

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Radio Show ‘Café Mocha’ Partners with MadameNoire

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

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

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

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