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Where’s the Real Help for Ted Williams?

It will take more than job offers, a house and YouTube to make the transition from homelessness and addiction to a productive life

The act of redemption and overcoming is not a magical stroke of luck or an…

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In the News: Danyel Smith Named Editor-in-Chief of Billboard

The seasoned journalist takes top position at the music industry trade publication.

Earlier this morning noted journalist and author Danyel Smith announced that she had taken on…

By Anslem Samuel

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In the News: Harlem Legend Dies at 93

Bobby Robinson left his mark on R&B and rap; all from his tiny Harlem record shop

The South Carolina native who opened the first black-owned business on 125th Street died on…

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Dogfight Over Repeal of Healthcare Reform

GOP call it a job killer as jobs are added to the economy

House Republicans wasted no time during their first week in charge laying the groundwork for…

By Joyce Jones

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In the News: Taxpayers Given Three More Days to File 2010 Returns

A federal holiday shifts the traditional deadline back from the dreaded April 15th

The Internal Revenue Service announces taxpayers have until April 18, 2011 to file their 2010…

By Janel Martinez

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Will CBC Be Able to Stop Republicans?

New chair says Dems will have to fight to protect gains they had in 2010

Scores of politicians, business executives, entrepreneurs and Washington insiders filed into the Congressional Auditorium of…

By Derek T. Dingle

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In the News: White House Property Value Drops

The presidential pad dropped 23.6% in value over the last three years

The 132-room mansion dropped nearly a quarter of its value, according to the real estate…

By Janel Martinez

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In the News: TV No Longer a Viable News Source for Young Adults

Findings show the under-30 crowd gets news primarily from the Internet

The Internet has surpassed television as the main national and international news source for people…

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Obama Ends Year on a High, Surviving Midterm Shellacking

One expert predicts Republicans won’t be so compromising next year

Looking toward the future
The media has been abuzz this week over President Obama’s conversation with…

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Why the Big Bowl Games Are Big Business

Washington DC official discusses economic impact the Military Bowl could have on the city

The University of Maryland Terps will face the East Carolina University Pirates in the 2010…

By Alan Hughes

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JULY 24, 2008: Detective Brian White and Joanne Kinney, an investigator from Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy's office, attempted to serve Bobby Ferguson with a subpoena while he was at the home of Kilpatrick's sister, Ayanna. Kilpatrick was there at the time and, along with his bodyguards, stopped the officers from entering the residence, which led to Kilpatrick allegedly pushing one of the sheriff's deputies. Kilpatrick later pled no contest to one felony count of assaulting and obstructing a police officer in exchange for a second assault charge being dropped. As part of the deal, he also agreed to resign from office and serve 120 days in jail.

Kwame Kilpatrick’s 14 Most Scandalous Moments

The disgraced Detroit Mayor has a long list of political missteps that have tarnished what could have been a great legacy

Believe it or not, former <strong>Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick</strong> is in hot water—again. Last week…

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Washington Report: Obama Signs Middle Class Tax Cuts Bill Into Law

One lawmaker fears that voters (and Presdent Obama) will suffer for it later

After two weeks of venting and handwringing by their colleagues, House Democratic leaders were able…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: RNC’s Michael Steele Running for Reelection

The Republican National Committee chair tells Fox News he's ready for round two

Speculation over whether Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele would seek a second term came…

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Washington Report: Congressional Black Caucus Opposes Obama Tax Plan

How will the plan impact the lives of African-Americans? The debate continues

The Congressional Black Caucus and the White House delivered dueling messages about how President Obama’s…

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The Twitterverse is constantly buzzing with an outlined play-by-play on the latest in news, entertainment and trending topics—to name a few on the long list of online conversation starters. Twitter users are, in total, sending an average of 55 million tweets a day, according to a Twitter study released last April. Of course, with all that chatter it's easy to block out a lot of it, but within all the noise there's still a large percentage that catches your attention in one way or another. In an effort to make sure you're not missing out on the valuable commentary and comments online, BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week staffers think were worth taking note of, whether an expert, celebrity or or even you masterminded the tweet. With all that went down on Capitol Hill this week, this BE Tweets of the Week package is all about the GOP, Dems, and good ol' politics. --Janel Martinez

BE Tweets of the Week: #BEPolitics

Six political tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will curate the tweets staffers thought were worth taking note of, whether an expert,…

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Breaking News: Democrats Reject Obama-Republican Tax Plan

The President's plan to alleviate unemployment woes gets derailed. Now what?

The Democratic Caucus spent most of Thursday morning in a closed-door meeting to discuss their…

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SURVEY: The Economy & You

Tell Black Enterprise how you feel and we'll tell the White House!

Had it up to here with the state of the economy and how the country’s…

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Rangel Tangled: House Censures Disgraced Politician

Attempts to get a lesser sanction by the New York Democratic Rep are rebuked

A sad chapter in the political career of the legendary New York Rep. Charles Rangel…

By Joyce Jones

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Washington Report: Black Farmers Settlement Bill Clears the House

Black farmers may soon be compensated, but some say the claims process will be a tough row to hoe

After decades of waiting, Black farmers may soon be compensated for acts of discrimination. But…

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POLL: Is President Obama Freezing Out Federal Employees?

The administration proposes a two-year pay hold on wages to cut the deficit

The Obama administration proposed a two-year pay freeze on Monday for civilian federal employees. The…

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Washington Report: Congresswoman Maxine Waters Wants Her Day in Court

The ethics committee asks for more time to build its case against her

Rep. Maxine Waters is calling on the ethics committee to schedule her trial before the…

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POLL: Can President Obama Still Bring About the Change We Need?

How should Obama proceed with the “new Congress?”

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Ethics Committee Votes to Censure Charlie Rangel

See what other Black politicians have to say about the decision

After nearly a three hour deliberation period, the House ethics committee moves to censure Rep.…

By Joyce Jones

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Google’s Boutiques.com Open for Business

The mega search engine clicks into the fashion industry with its e-commerce site

Google debuts Boutiques.com, an assortment of virtual boutiques curated by bloggers, celebrities, designers, trends and…

By Janel Martinez

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Chase Waives Foreign Transaction Fees

Planning a trip overseas? You might want to take one of these cards with you

If you have a specialty credit card with Chase and you’re a frequent overseas traveler,…

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CBC Withholds Leadership Support Until Rep. James Clyburn Gets a Solid Deal

Why it's critical for Black representatives to have a leadership role in the House

On the eve before House Democrats vote to elect the leadership team that they hope…

By Joyce Jones

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Rockmelt Puts Friends and Followers at Your Fingertips

New web browser navigates bumpy start, but its best features may prove to be its saving grace

Rockmelt integrates social media, news feeds, and friends/followers with a Chromium-based browser making it easier…

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Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘This Is Not An Email Killer’

Facebook confirms email service as part of latest website feature

Zuckerberg announced the latest Facebook offering and broke the “modern messaging service” down into three…

By Janel Martinez

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12 Hip Hop Stars Who’d Reign Supreme if They Were Politicians

What would happen if your favorite rapper was running the show in D.C.

If hip-hoppers ran the country, who would they be? Here’s a list of artists who…

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The Top 11 Black Real Estate Moguls

See how these brokers, developers and investors weathered the storm and sail on to success

Here’s a list of 11 of the top black real estate moguls in the country.

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Unemployed? The White House and Monster.com Want to Hear from You

The Obama administration is giving job hunters the opportunity to sound off about the economy

The White House is teaming up with Monster.com to weigh in on the economy via…

By Janel Martinez

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Military to Mainstream: Why Our Veterans Need Our Support Year-Round

The return from war is often fraught with battles at home and at work

Veteran’s Day. It’s that time of year when the nation turns its attention to the…

By Joyce Jones

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Fixing the Economy: What Would YOU Do?

Be president for a moment and take our poll

Have things turned out like you thought they would when you voted in the presidential…

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Could Black Entrepreneurs Lose Their Share of $20 Billion?

Minority businesses urged to support historic MWBE procurement law

A group of politicians and government officials have urged minority entrepreneurs to support a New…

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POLL: How Much is Too Much When it Comes to Company Cuts?

Texas state workers have to take out their own garbage. What's next?

With companies cutting budgets in a plight to remain viable in recessionary times, how much…

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Before You Vote, Do The Math

Will your federal income taxes go up or down in 2011? See how your vote could be the deciding factor

If tax anger determines who you’ll vote for on November 2nd, don’t go to the…

By John Simons

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POLL: Racism or Realism?

Did race or reality play a role in urging Meek to drop out?

Did race play a role in asking Meek to drop out of the election or…

By Joyce Jones

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The Midterm Elections: Rep. Kendrick Meek, Gov. Deval Patrick & Allen West

A review of Black candidates running for office in the Nov. 2nd elections

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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Will Election Day Check-In Lure Millennials to the Polls?

New geolocation service may draw younger crowd Nov. 2.

This week, Foursquare in partnership with Google, Rock The Vote, Pew Center and several other…

By Janel Martinez

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The Midterm Elections: Candidate Cedric Richmond

A review of Black candidates running for office in the Nov. 2nd elections

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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The Midterm Elections: Candidate Hansen Clarke

A review of Black candidates running for office in the Nov. 2nd elections

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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3 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Find Business Opportunities with Government

Entrepreneurs must be proactive and creative to gain capital and contracts

Entrepreneurs with imagination, chutzpa and hustle will be among those that find lucrative opportunities. DASNY…

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The Midterm Elections: Candidate Terri Sewell

A review of Black candidates running for office in the Nov. 2nd elections

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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The Midterm Elections: Candidate Tim Scott

A review of Black candidates running for office in the Nov. 2nd elections

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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The Midterm Elections: Your Guide to the Black Candidates in the Race

As November 2nd approaches, we take a look at how some of our candidates stack up

To help you be informed and prepared when you go to cast your vote on…

By Joyce Jones

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‘Black in America’ Shows One Pastor’s Determination to End Debt

Pastor DeForest Soaries installed a four-step wealth building program at his NJ church

Pastor Soaries says debt is equivalent to a kind of slavery
It all started seven years…

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NAACP President Ben Jealous Honored by ‘Time,’ Rising Star in Politics

Ben Jealous receives award as the organization ramps up pressure on Tea Party

Jealous, the youngest president of the NAACP, was honored by Time magazine as one of…

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Let’s Go Team

When a retail professional leads by example, everyone benefits

You oversee 450 stores that employ approximately 75,000 employees. How do you keep employees motivated…

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A. Barry Rand Appointed to Key Post in Obama Administration

Rand continues his lifelong mission of service

President Obama appointed A. Barry Rand to his Advisory Council on Financial Capability last week.…

By Sonja Mack

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Watch: CNN Tackles Almighty Debt on ‘Black in America’

Host Soledad O�Brien talks to Black Enterprise editors about our community�s struggles with debt management

Soledad O’Brien takes a look at “almighty debt,” its effect on the Black community and…

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UPDATE Breaking News: Mysterious Package Received at NAACP Offices Today

The organization receives death threats as it calls for Tea Party to expel racists

NAACP President Ben Jealous says the organization has seen a number of death threats over…

By Renita Burns

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Four Reasons Midterm Elections Matter

Lawmakers, political analysts warn that changing of the guard will hurt most African Americans

Voter turnout for midterm elections tends to be anemic compared to presidential contests. In 2006,…

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McDonald’s COO Gives Three Keys to Career Success

Don Thompson tells how to get ahead in corporate America

In an exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com, Don Thompson, COO & President of McDonald’s USA, discussed…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black CEOs Demand More Diversity in the C-Suite

ELC expands mission to focus on global leadership

With the mission of expanding black corporate leadership across the globe, the Executive Leadership Council,…

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John Legend Politics Outtake

John Legend on politics

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White House Offers Support for Women-Owned Small Businesses

With the SBA, the Obama administration aims to push dollars towards women entrepreneurs

The SBA announced the new rule at the Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference hosted by the White…

By Renita Burns

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Liberals, Progressives Rally for Jobs and Voter Turnout

‘One Nation’ pushes to keep a Democratic-controlled Congress

A veritable rainbow coalition of thousands recently gathered at the Lincoln Memorial as part of…

By Joyce Jones

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Ohio State Treasurer Kevin Boyce Not Going Out Without a Fight

His campaign offers promise to boost minority business, financial literacy

Overseeing $5 billion, including a $150 billion public pension fund, Boyce represents one of four…

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House Approves Small Business Lending Fund

Obama will sign the bill into law this week

The House of Representatives today approved Senate amendments to the Small Business Lending Fund Act…

By Joyce Jones

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Republicans Release Agenda in “Pledge for America”

Democrats say it’s the same old, same old

Hoping that history will repeat itself, House Republicans unveiled today “A Pledge to America,” a…

By Joyce Jones

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Rallying Global Support to Rebuild Haiti

Clinton Initiative offers opportunities to Haitian entrepreneurs

Former President Bill Clinton focused on rallying a diverse group of global leaders to step…

By Derek T. Dingle

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STEM Spotlight: Burns Leads Effort to Change The Equation

Advice and news about careers, education, and business opportunities in science and technology

The White House pegged Xerox CEO, Ursula Burns, to lead the Educate to Innovate program.…

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Friends and Colleagues Bid Adieu to a Legend

Ronald Walters is remembered as a tireless activist and scholar

Ronald W. Walters, the nation’s foremost scholar of the politics of race, was honored at…

By Joyce Jones

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Sharpton to Launch Syndicated TV Show

Sunday morning program will focus on education and closing achievement gaps

Civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton announced on Thursday plans to launch a Sunday morning…

By Joyce Jones

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Graves, Locke and Wade discuss Commerce Department initiatives aimed at boosting small business and job creation. "We wanted to present these awards," said Locke, "to recognize business people who help move our economy in the right direction."

Congressional Black Caucus Honors Visionary Entrepreneurs

Graves, Howroyd and Tosďż˝ recognized by 21st Century Council at the U.S. Commerce Department

At an event held at the U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday, September 14, the Congressional…

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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 mayor’s 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-protégé program can open doors to contracting opportunities

SBA’s mentor-protĂ©gĂ© 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 husband’s 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…

By Sonja Mack

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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 lawmaker’s 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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

By Alan Hughes

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

By Joyce Jones

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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%…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Quality Connections: How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Professional Brand

Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit panelist LC Johnson teaches women how to brand themselves…

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Legacy Award Honoree: How Charlayne Hunter-Gault Helped Desegregate Schools

Legacy Award recipient and journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault was one of the first blacks to desegregate…

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