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Here’s 5 Strategies for Success [Photos] #SMW 2014: Black Enterprise Talks Social Media Innovation Women of Power: Why We Must Educate Our Daughters in STEM #SMW 2014: Innov8tiv Talks How to Launch A Global Business 11 Gift Ideas for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life 10 Fastest-Growing Careers [Slideshow] BlackEnterprise.com’s Bermuda Getaway Contest Winner [Photos] 75 Companies Without Black Board Members Meet America’s Most Powerful Corporate Directors March on Washington Infographic: Black America 50 Years Later Family Business: Puffy & His Diddy Bops Family Business: Welcome to the Life of Erica & Tina Campbell Family Business: Brandy, Ray J & Their Commercial Bloodline Family Business: Quincy Jones & His Hollywood Heirs Family Business: Lil Wayne & The Carter Tribe Family Business: Diana Ross & Her Familial Supremes Tyrese Hosts VIP Fast & Furious 6 Screening in L.A. 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Africa Fashion Week New York: 7 Global Designers to Watch

New York City, September 10, 2014- The runway show for Africa Fashion Week New York…

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4 Golf Gadgets to Help You Dominate the Greens

Track your swings and improve your stroke strength with these tech tools

Whether in your office or on the course, you can keep your golf game in…

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Founder Natalie Madeira Cofield addresses the audience.

Walker’s Legacy Hosts Brunch for Women Leaders

Speakers included power women Joy-Ann Reid, Demetria Lucas and Lauren Maillian Bias

Walker’s Legacy, a professional collective for businesswomen, hosted its Women in Business Brunch, powered by…

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Now more than ever, the business of fashion and sports seem to be colliding with NBA players turning post-game press conferences, draft day events and locker room arrivals into their own personal fashion shows, and trust the CEO's of the style industry are paying close attention. From being invited to some of fashion week's most exclusive shows, to teaming up with designers to expand their brand and launch their own line, we've rounded up some of today's biggest NBA players whose fashion moves are making just as much noise as their on court game skills. (Image: Instagram)

8 NBA Players Who Turned Fashion Sense Into Business Smarts

Top basketball stars who combine the businesses of sports and fashion

With more NBA players turning into style stars, we’ve rounded up a list of NBA…

By Courtney Connley

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‘Think Like A Man Too’ Big Business At ABFF and Box Office

Photo highlights from the 2014 American Black Film Festival

Photo highlights from the 2014 American Black Film Festival

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10 Amazing Animals From Disney World’s Wild Africa Trek

Get a safari experience close to home

This privately guided VIP tour brings you into close contact with the animals at Disney’s…

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The competitiveness of corporate America requires inclusion at all levels---and that culture comes from the top. That’s why BLACK ENTERPRISE has developed our list of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity. 

This roster represents senior managers and C-suite executives charged with ensuring that major corporations have diverse representation across the board. We found top-ranked executives among the nation’s 250 largest publicly traded corporations whose primary responsibility is oversight and implementation of policies and programs that advance African Americans, Latinos, and other ethnic minorities as well as women, the disabled, and the LGBT (lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender) population throughout their employee, senior management, and supplier ranks. They are also involved with expansive outreach to the diverse communities in which they serve.

Discover some of the executives we featured in our May 2014 issue who make diversity a business imperative.

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Top Executives in Diversity

BLACK ENTERPRISE’s exclusive list of the Top Executives in Corporate Diversity represents senior managers and…

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When Swizz Beatz stopped by the popular radio show "The Breakfast Club" to discuss his decision to enroll in Harvard Business School's nine-week Owner/President Management Extension Program, the music producer, whose estimated net worth is $65 million, was asked why after all of his accomplished success would he enroll in college. Offering up a quick response stating that it was time for him to elevate his brand, Swizz is proof that it's never good to get complacent in your career. But Swizz isn't the only celeb who knows that it's never too late to learn more. We've rounded up a list of our favorite celebrities who prove that fame and fortune doesn't compare to the value of an education. (Photo: Instagram)

10 Celebrities Who Went Back to College After Being Famous

Black celebs who prove that it's never too late to advance your education

With commencement season coming to a close, we rounded up our favorite celebrities who continued…

By Courtney Connley

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Most Expensive NBA Playoff Team Rosters

The NBA is lucrative as far as salaries

Here are the salaries of the 8 playoff teams

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B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference: Meet Our A.G. Gaston Award Recipients

When more than 1,000 entrepreneurs gather at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in…

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Top Former UConn Players Now Playing in The NBA

Which one of these players is the best?

UConn won the NCAA Championship, so here are past UConn players who are NBA players

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Celebrities Who Delivered Obama’s Affordable Care Act Enrollment Victory

More than 100 celebrity endorsers pushed the "get covered" message through public service service announcements, radio appearances and tweets

Key to surpassing President Obama’s goal for HealthCare.govesignups by the March 31 deadline – and…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Black Enterprise Hackathon Photo Gallery [Day 2]

The second and final day of the Hackathon was full of last-minute coding and presentations.

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The Hackathon's judges deliberating with each other after each…

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Black Enterprise Hackaton Photo Gallery [Day 1]

The first day of the Black Enterprise Driving Innovation Hackathon presented by Toyota was filled with idea development and team setup.

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Host Mike Street interviewed Bruce Lincoln, co-founder of Silicon…

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B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference: Black America’s Most Historic Entrepreneurs

The 25th anniversary of the BE 100s is upon us

When BLACK ENTERPRISE presented the A.G. Gaston Lifetime Achievement Award honoring entrepreneurial excellence at its…

By Derek T. Dingle

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16 Powerful Pledges to Educate Our Daughters in STEM

How important is STEM education?

At this year’s Women of Power Summit, BLACK ENTERPRISE produced with support from the Bill…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Want to Boost Your Business? Here’s 5 Strategies for Success [Photos]

In our March 2014 issue, we have profiled five companies that employed distinct, barrier-busting strategies…

By Derek T. Dingle

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#SMW 2014: Black Enterprise Talks Social Media Innovation

Black Enterprise's 'Innovate or Die!' panel answered questions about what to share and how to share it when it comes to your business.

During Social Media Week, Black Enterprise and Toyota presented its ‘Innovate or Die: How to…

By Patrick Austin

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A Woman of Power attendee asks the panel how audience members can encourage more African American female students to embrace STEM fields.

Women of Power: Why We Must Educate Our Daughters in STEM

Gates Foundation and leaders explore challenges and solutions

At the Black Enterprise Women of Power summit, leaders talked importance of educating girls in…

By Derek T. Dingle

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Join IBOM LLC and Black Enterprise for a conversation on using social media to take your business global.

#SMW 2014: Innov8tiv Talks How to Launch A Global Business

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in partnership with IBOM LLC, and Black Enterprise

Technology news site Innov8tiv, hosted a panel during Social Media Week 2014 at NYU, in…

By Patrick Austin

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With Christmas around the corner, time is running out to gift your favorite techie that high-tech item on the top of his/her wish list. Whether it’s a big-ticket gadget like Xbox One or PlayStation 4, or easier on the wallet such as Logitech Washable Keyboard K310, here are a few of our favorite tech things this season:

11 Gift Ideas for the Tech Enthusiast in Your Life

Here are a few of our favorite tech things this season.

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10 Fastest-Growing Careers [Slideshow]

Can you see yourself working in any of these jobs?

These occupations have the best outlook when it comes to job growth.

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Bermuda contest winner, Wendy is ready to experience her relaxing vacation at  The Fairmont in Southampton

BlackEnterprise.com’s Bermuda Getaway Contest Winner [Photos]

Bermuda winner, Wendy's, vacation photos

Check out these hot photos

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Have you ever searched Google, stood in line to purchase the latest iPhone, bought products on Amazon.com or bought plane tickets through Priceline.com? Have you shopped at the Gap, Banana Republic, or Old Navy or made purchases at CVS using your Visa or MasterCard? Do you plan to watch the Sunday football game on Fox Sports? Well, none of these companies value your consumer dollars enough to have African Americans sit on their board of directors.
The browning of America hasn’t extended into the boardrooms of some of America’s largest publicly traded corporations—a number that benefit from black consumers to gain market share. 


In our research to create the black enterprise Registry of Corporate Directors, our listing of black board members from the 250 largest companies on the S&P 500, we discovered that 75 companies—30% —currently do not have any blacks on their boards including quite a few household names. We did not include Dell, which included former Congressman and UNCF President and CEO William H. Gray as a board member until his death in early July. And at presstime, Sprint Nextel and Softbank were in the process of completing merger talks.


As we developed the following list, our editors reached out to the executive offices or investor relations departments of every company with a series of e-mails and phone calls to gain explanations for the absence of black representation as well as the lack of recruitment effort. We found that 58 of these companies, however, failed to provide us with any response.


*We incorrectly identified Edison International as one of our “75 Companies Without Black Board Members.”  In fact, Peter J. Taylor, executive vice president and chief financial officer of the University of California (UC) system, is an African American and has served on the board of directors of Edison International since December 2011.

75 Companies Without Black Board Members

Here is our list of major public corporations that do not have any black board members

When will diversity settle in?

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Meet America’s Most Powerful Corporate Directors

Our exclusive BLACK ENTERPRISE Registry of Corporate Directors places a spotlight on those making contributions as some of the nation's most powerful guardians of shareholder value of S&P 250 companies.

Check out our gallery list of the nation’s top African American directors

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We reveal whether African Americans have made significant progress 50 years after the March on Washington


As thousands travel to the nation’s capital to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom , we continue to grapple with the question of whether African Americans collectively has made significant progress worthy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s epic “I Have A Dream” Speech.  It’s true African Americans no longer suffer the injustices of Jim Crow and that we have made significant political achievement – most notably, the election of America’s first African American president, Barack Obama, for two terms – but we still confront the nagging problems of poverty, unemployment and racism. 


And the fact that such challenges continue to persist has never been more evident than the failure of a jury to hold George Zimmerman accountable for slaying Trayvon Martin as well as the Supreme Court’s decision in June to dismantle the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Revealing data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau  as well as information from the Pew Research center’s recent report on the economic, political and social status of African Americans,  Black Enterprise – using the design talents of our Creative Director Terence Saulsby – provides a graphic snapshot of where we stand as a people today compared to that historic day in 1963. Have we realized the dream? You decide.

March on Washington Infographic: Black America 50 Years Later

The differences between Black American then and now highlighted in our infographic.

The numbers show change, but is it enough?

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Family Business: Puffy & His Diddy Bops

When it comes to music, Puff wants to last forever, and with the help of the people he calls family he'll do just that.

Sean “Puffy” Combs may be all about the benjamins, but it means nothing without his…

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Family Business: Welcome to the Life of Erica & Tina Campbell

For years they've been known as Mary Mary, but here's your chance to get to know the real Erica and Tina Campbell.

For years, fans never knew Mary Mary was just a stage name, and that the…

By Amber McKynzie

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Family Business: Brandy, Ray J & Their Commercial Bloodline

Brandy and Ray J may hold the spotlight, but they wouldn't be there without their family.

What started as Willie Sr.’s simple love for music in Mississippi transformed into a mainstream…

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With the last name Jones, there’s no question that success is literally right around the corner, at least that’s true in Hollywood. Quincy Jones is a multi-platinum record-winning producer, and has everything to show for it—including his family. While it may seem like a magic trick, as the Chicago-born legend spent much of his career traveling from country to country, he still made time to play father every now and then to his seven children—Jolie, Martina, Quincy III (QDIII), Kadida, Rashida, Rachel and Kenya. 


All seven children didn’t walk behind their father into the walls of a recording studio, but they certainly found their way in and around Tinseltown. From super producer to super model, the Jones’ kids have pretty much done it all. And with their credits continually showing up on scores, albums, print ads and films, they’re not planning on stopping anytime soon. Leave it to this family, and they’ll be walking in space!

Family Business: Quincy Jones & His Hollywood Heirs

Quincy Jones and his seven children have done everything but fly to the moon.

Quincy Jones has lived around the world and worked with legends–becoming one himself–and now he’s…

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Family Business: Lil Wayne & The Carter Tribe

From Cash Money to Young Money, Lil Wayne knows all of that is nothing without his family.

With a village of children destined to hold up the family name, Lil Wayne is…

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Diana Ross may have initiated the family name, but her children have surely continued its legacy. While the Motown best-selling artist entered the music world in the 1960’s with the Supremes—and later parted ways to embark on her solo career—her five children, Ross, Rhonda, Tracee, Chudney and Evan, have found multiple ways to continue the legend their mother started more than 50 years ago through the realms of television, film, fashion, education and more. 


From Chudney and Rhonda’s top-tier collegiate education and choice careers to match to Evan and Tracee’s life on the big screen and Ross’s adventurous lifestyle celebrated through photography, the Ross coterie has found a way to expand their name’s reach and become a multi-arena conglomerate. When you’re a Ross, you know there ain’t no mountain high enough; now that’s a family business motto to live by.

Family Business: Diana Ross & Her Familial Supremes

In the second installment of our Family Business series, we take a look at the Ross family, headed by Diana.

Which is your favorite Ross?

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Tyrese Hosts VIP Fast & Furious 6 Screening in L.A.

Tyrese took over Regal Cinemas L.A. Live to host a private 'Fast & Furious 6' screening, and gave up the goods on his upcoming role.

Tyrese let the cat out the bag Wednesday Night when announcing he’ll be returning for…

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With Beyoncé at the forefront, the Knowles family has found their way to the top of entertainment’s food chain. As the pop diva has found herself traveling around the world to perform sell-out shows, her father, Matthew Knowles, was helping make all that happen as her manager until 2011. While those two were on the the road, Bey’s mother, Tina, didn’t just sit home alone, she got to the drawing board and designed clothing for her House of Dereon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion lines. And you can’t forget about Solange! From the bigscreen to the runway, the girl who used to be known as Beyoncé’s little sister is now turning out parties in the U.S. and across the pond as she rocks the 1s and 2s and looked up to as a fashion know-all.


So if you ever thought a family business couldn’t exist, take a note or two from the Knowles’ clan. Now that’s love on top!

Family Business: Beyoncé & the Knowles’ Clan

From music to movies, the Knowles family has unarguably taken over the entertainment business.

Over the years, the Knowles’ have usurped the movie industry, the fashion world and of…

By Amber McKynzie

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The self-proclaimed G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time), Muhammad Ali, the former Cassius Clay, has his life featured in this dramatic film about one of the best heavyweight fighters to box. Hip-Hop's (Well, Hollywood's now) golden boy, Will Smith (The Fresh Prince), portrays the always quotable Ali in this movie that follows the life and times between his most controversial years (1964-1974). The cast included Jamie Foxx, Jon Voight, Mario Van Peebles, Ron Silver, Jeffrey Wright, Mykelti Williamson, Jada Pinkett Smith, Nona Gaye, Michael Michele and Joe Morton.

Top 5 Sports Movies of All-Time Featuring Black Film Stars

Here are top 5 of the greatest sports movies of all-time featuring some of your favorite black actors.

Which one of these is your favorite?

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Mother’s Day: 10 Products for Mom’s On-The-Go

No matter which way you decide to lean, these products will keep you and your little one on the straight and narrow.

Being a working mother is not easy. So Whether you’ve decided to “Lean In” as…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top 5 Movies Where Will Smith Plays the Hero

Which of these is your favorite Big Willie flick?

Will Smith is always in position to help others in danger, here are 5 examples…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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BE Good Life Event Sponsored by LEXUS


The amazing crowd of over 400 people at the BE Lexus Good Life event at the 40/40.

LEXUS Presents The ‘BE GoodLife’ Event at 40/40 [Gallery]

Check out our gallery of our BE Good Life event at the 40/40 sponsored by Lexus.

Check out our gallery of our BE Good Life event at the 40/40 sponsored by…

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Top 5 So So Def Acts Introduced by Jermaine Dupri

With the death of Chris 'Mack Daddy' Kelly of Kris Kross suddenly, we look at the top 5 acts introduced to the world by So So Def

Remembering Kris Kross’ ‘Mack Daddy,’ here are 5 top So So Def acts

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The 2013 Dream Project Symposium [Photo Gallery]

Cathy Hughes, Russell Simmons and many more attended.

Egami Consulting Group hosted The Dream Project Symposium presented by Verizon Wireless

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For grown women everywhere, Mr. Idris Elba revived that horrible habit of being attracted to bad boys. Elba’s role as the outrageously sexy corner/corner office guy, Stringer Bell, was memorable. Since his untimely departure from the show, Elba has been one busy man. 

Besides DJing and rapping, he’s also gotten behind (well, and in front of) the camera to direct a Mumford and Sons video called “Lover of the Light.” 

As far as acting, Elba has been in numerous movies including controversially (for some folks) playing in "Thor." Elba has won a Golden Globe for his title role in the detective series "Luther" and he was a fan favorite on "The Office."  

Rumor has it that Elba may be the next James Bond on screen.

Where Are They Now: The Wire Favorites

Check out where your favorite stars of the HBO series are now

Check out where your favorite stars of the HBO series are now

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The Top 5 Highest Grossing Domestic Sports Movies

With '42' the top movie this weekend, we've listed the top 5 sports movies ever

Which of these movies was your favorite?

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The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

Who is your favorite player on this list?

We are featuring 5 of the current Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2013 Inductees

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You Don’t Say! 10 Unbelievable Myths About Black People

Black Enterprise looks at 10 of the Black community's craziest myths.

As Black History Month comes to an end, Black Enterprise explores 10 of the most…

By Amber McKynzie

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History’s Most Loved TV Shows Turned Into Movies

Which one of these was your favorite TV show turned into a movie?

The Good Times movie is on deck, so here’s other TV shows turned into movies

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The Changing Faces of Hip-Hop Legend Lil Kim

Do you like the new Lil Kim or the old Lil Kim?

Such drastic changes…

By Amber McKynzie

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Hollywood’s Five Most Publicized Custody Battles

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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RIAA’s Top Selling Black Artists of All Time

Are you surprised by anyone on this list?

The top 5 black selling artists of all-time, according to the Recording Industry Association of…

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BET’s Rip The Runway 2013: Models, Stars and More Hit the Catwalk

BET's Rip the Runway airs March 20, 2013. Here's a sneak peek.

In addition to daring, elegant and chic ensembles, Rip the Runway also offers performances from…

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More than just a basketball All-Star, Shaquille O’Neal is an entrepreneur. He earned his MBA online through the University of Phoenix in 2005, and has since put it to work in various business ventures.

The Many Business Ventures of Shaquille O’Neal

Post-retirement, Shaquille O'Neal has become an entrepreneur.

Did you know Shaq has invested in companies such as Google and Vitamin Water?

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Black Enterprise's Janell Hazelwood and Kimberly Wilson visited Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 23 for the Daytona 500 race, to explore the business and diversity of NASCAR. Here, they are pictured with pit crew professionals, several of which were products of the 'Drive for Diversity' program. (Images: Kimberly Wilson/BlackEnterprise.com)

Experience NASCAR through Black Enterprise Live

The Black Enterprise team went down to the Daytona 500 to explore the business of NASCAR and their "Drive for Diversity"

The Black Enterprise team went down to the Daytona 500 to explore the business of…

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Decoded: It’s A Different World Without TV’s Favorite Cast

Black Enterprise delves into the lives of cast members from A Different World.

Black Enterprise takes a look at the cast members of A Different World after they…

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Vick's VapoRub


Although Vick’s VapoRub suggests applying its topical ointment to the chest and throat, this staple of Black medicine cabinets has been applied directly to the nose almost since its creation over 100 years ago.

Get Well Soon: Remembering Our Grandparents’ Go-To Remedies

Black Enterprise takes a look at the Black community's most sought-after remedies.

As Black History Month continues, Black Enterprise takes a look at some of our grandparents…

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Emmett Till's 1954 Christmas photo.

So Many Tears: The Most Devastating Moments in Black History

Black Enterprise remembers some of Black history's most horrifying moments.

From Malcolm X to James Byrd, Jr., Black Enterprise looks back at some of Black…

By Amber McKynzie

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Here Come the Bad Guys: Infamous Cop Shooters

Check out the 5 men who led police on manhunt's after shooting their own.

Ex-LAPD officer, Christopher Dorner, leads this gallery of infamous police shooters

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé sitting front row at the Grammy's.

What Dress Code? Celebrities Show Off Their Sexy Grammy Looks

Take a look at some of the Grammy's most stunning outfits.

From Alicia Keys to Jennifer Lopez, Black Enterprise looks at some of the most stunning…

By Amber McKynzie

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North American International Auto Show 2013

Black Enterprise Business Report: BE Covers North American International Auto Show

Black Enterprise talked to CEOs, COOs and other leaders of major domestic and import auto manufacturers

Tune into our Black Business Report television program to find out our team coverage on…

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Black Supermodels who Paved the Way

Chanel Iman and Sessilee Lopez are the model industry's reigning black queens

Check out the black models who paved the way for today’s stars.

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Black Comedians Who Paved the Way for Today’s Stars

Which of these 7 old school comedians is your favorite?

Had it not been for comedians like Richard Pryor and Redd Foxx, comics like Kevin…

By Jonathan Hailey

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The Men Behind Dr. Martin Luther King: Where Are They Now?

They say behind every great man is a great...man?

While he has become the face of the Civil Rights Movement, he had some equally…

By Jonathan Hailey

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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La La launches her make-up line, Motives for La La.

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), held every January in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcases technology from all over the world in every category imaginable from kitchen appliances to automotive technology. With the deluge of reviews and recommendations that surface in the wake of the event, it is difficult for consumers to choose the hardware, software, and accessories that reliably meet their needs. As such,  Black Enterprise Magazine  would like to take the opportunity to step in as your technology advisers. Here, we've chosen products in 17 categories, which we believe have achieved success in their commitment to excellence in innovation. Congratulations to our 2013 CES Best in Show Award winners!

Black Enterprise Presents: The International CES 2013 Best in Show Awards

These 17 Products represent the Cream of the Crop for electronics, software, and accessories

Black Enterprise’s first annual International CES Best in Show Awards includes 17 categories for business,…

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Hublot King Power Usain Bolt Watch

Price £18,000 ($30,000) Approx


If you’re after a luxury sports watch (and have particularly deep pockets) then this breath taking limited edition Hublot King Power Usain Bolt watch will certainly tick all of the right boxes from a style and luxury point of view. The Jamaican speedster is certainly one of the greatest sportsmen the world has ever seen and if you want to replicate his laid back, but luxurious style, this Hublot watch is the one for you.


Boasting a bunch of impressive features to justify the lofty price tag, you’ll have to go a long way to find a more impressive and unique watch. Just some of the features include a black ceramic bezel, Usain Bolt silhouette at the 9 o’clock position, sapphire crystal glass case and a gold synthetic leather strap made from the same material as the running shoes worn by the great man himself.

Three Awesome Luxury Men’s Watches for Sports Fans

Leo Parker lists off some of fashion's most luxurious sports watches.

Leo Parker names some of this season’s most fashion-forward watches.

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Hollywood’s Favorite Holiday Moments Caught on Twitter

Hollywood's favorite celebrities share their best holiday moments on Twitter.

Which one of these stand out to you?

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Will Smith + Family celebrate another great year

Will Smith & Family Decoded: They Are Legend

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

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

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Rashidah Ali’s New Shoe Line Launch Party

The Reality TV star recently unveiled her new shoes.

The reality star and former owner of high-end shoe boutiques used her entrepreneurial talents to…

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The cliff deal renews special rules for certain studios in Hollywood. They can deduct up to $15 million of their costs if more than three-fourths of the movie’s production takes place in the United States (They can get up to $20 million in deductions if they produce the film in a low-income community).

5 Unusual Provisions in the Fiscal Cliff Bill

Some usual provisions are part of the fiscal cliff deal

More than just Permanent tax rates were included

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Alicia Keys & Swizz Beatz


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


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

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

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

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

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Atlanta's favorite couple, T.I. and Tiny, enjoying the time away from the kids at LIV

Hennessy V.S New Years Eve Takeover in Miami

Would you have liked to attended this party?

T.I. and Hennessy V.S got New Years Eve started early at LIV in Miami

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

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

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

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2013 is just days away. Even though Congress and the President have not come to a conclusion regarding the issue of expiring tax benefits, here are some last minute tax benefits Small businesses should take advantage of before the New Year.

5 Tax Benefits Small Businesses Should Take Before January 1st

Before midnight on December 31, small businesses owners should file these tax breaks

Take advantage of these tax breaks before January 1st

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Angela Simmons has grown up right before our eyes via reality television and the approximately 8,945,957 paparazzi pictures of her frolicking on the beach. The Pastry co-owner took time out of her schedule to take a very sexy pic for PETA. Okay, preacher’s kid!

Celebs Who’d Rather Go Naked than Wear Fur

Taraji P. Henson, Evelyn Lozada and many more have gone nude for PETA.

Famous people of color rock with PETA too.

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Viola Davis and Hair Care Products

No jokes here. Viola Davis looks phenomenal in her short do. I would buy anything she said she puts in her hair.

What Celebrities Should be Endorsing

We see celebrity endorsements all the time for make-up, cars, face cleanser and the like. But what about the products they should REALLY be endorsing?

We see celebrity endorsements all the time for make-up, cars, face cleanser and the like.…

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In 2012, numerous brands and small businesses suffered serious backlash on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook for offensive tweets, questionable ad campaigns and controversial company statements. 

Here we take a look at a few examples of the biggest social media fails this year. Don't let your brand make the list in 2013!

5 Biggest Social Media Fails of 2012

A few of the biggest social media fails this year

A few of the biggest social media fails this year.

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The 5 Most Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A recent study ranked these as the friendliest states to do business in

Did your city make the list?

By C. Daniel Baker

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The 5 Least Friendly States for Entrepreneurs

A study rated these the least friendly states for entrepreneurs

Check out the findings from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council

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The Top 5 Franchises to Watch in 2013

Entrepreneur Magazine picks out their lost of top franchises for the coming year.

Are you a fan of any of these franchises?

By C. Daniel Baker

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With online product reviews, social media and viral video, consumers are more empowered than ever to share their opinions — good or bad — about the products and services they use. 2013 is being hailed in the world of branding and advertising as the year of the consumer. Small businesses will need to make sure their product and services deliver as promised, or online backlash could hurt their bottom-line.

5 Small Business Trends to Embrace in 2013

These look to be big in the new year.

Make sure you are up on these trends.

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5 Easy Ways Your Small Business Can Go Green

Simple steps you can take to make you Small Business Green.

Here’s some simple steps you can take to make you Small Business Green & save…

By C. Daniel Baker

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A Hooters is being sued for racial discrimination after 25-year old Kisuk Cha and his girlfriend ate at the restaurant and upon looking at the receipt found "chinx" typed in the space used to identify customers' names.

When questioned, the female staff member was told her behavior violated company policy and she resigned on the spot.

The company's lawyer wrote in a letter to the couple's lawyer that "It does not reflect the manner in which the restaurant is operated," and said the worker's conduct was "deplorable" and "egregious."

5 Offensive Receipt Mistakes Your Business Doesn’t Want to Make

Receipts might be small slips of paper, but whats on them can cause your business BIG problems.

Here’s a collection of some of the most offensive receipts mistakes your business would want…

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The Walton family, which founded the company has used Christian servant leadership models in building the world’s largest retailer. Walmart also carries Christian books.

5 Companies that Incorporate Religion in Their Business

Who else do you think is on this list?

Chik-Fil-A mixes religion and business.

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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees: Frank Ocean (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Short Form Music Video, Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration)

Top 9 2013 GRAMMY Awards Nominees Photo Gallery

Did some of your favorites make it?

These are the top 9 Nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

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Check back here at BlackEnterprise.com next week for additional coverage of NMAN’s Entrepreneurial Growth and Wealth Creation Symposium to be held December 13, 2013 at The City University of New York. To register or for more information visit the NMAN website.

5 Biggest Mistakes Tech Entrepreneurs Make When Protecting Intellectual Property

5 Tips to protect and monetize your intellectual property

Tim Reese of the National Minority Action Network lays out five mistakes entrepreneurs make when…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Happy Birthday, Hova: A Look at the Style Profile of Jay-Z

What's your favorite Jay look?

In honor of Jay-Z’s birthday we take a look at the music mogul’s style profile,…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Once considered a part of the most recent Harlem renaissance, Hue-Man Bookstore and Café recently closed it's doors after 10 years citing rising rent.

5 Iconic Harlem Businesses That Didn’t Survive

Do you miss these Harlem businesses?

Lenox Lounge, Mobay’s and Hue Man Bookstore make the list.

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If a startup has already reached product/market fit and is getting ready to scale, Chicago can be a great spot for 
both raising money and for getting global exposure.

5 Hottest US Cities for Startups

A recent study identified the following cities as the hottest American cities to build a startup

Do you live in any of these?

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DJ Clark Kent, Shawn Prez (Global Spin Awards Founder), Sway Calloway (MTV), Ralph McDaniels (Video Music Box) and Fatman Scoop.

First Ever Global Spin Awards Ceremony, Photo Gallery

Who is your favorite DJ of all-time?

A night of honoring and recognition of DJs.

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Paris is ranked 9th globally, in large part because of its healthy distribution of start-ups across the first 4 stages of the Start-up Lifecycle.

5 Hottest International Cities For Start-up Businessess

Have you been to any of these cities?

These international locales have been rated the hottest for start-ups.

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Beyond Idris Elba: Black James Bond Options

Which one of these actors would you prefer?

Idris Elba is a great choice as the first black James Bond, but he’s not…

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Lifetime Achievement Award recipients New Edition along with EVP and General Manager of Centric, Paxton Baker, arrive at the Soul Train Awards.

Photos from the 2012 Soul Train Awards

Check out the celebrities who hit up the show.

2012 Soul Train Awards at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

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A gift card allows your employee to purchase the exact gift that they desire. Rather than give a gift card to a specialized store which may not contain anything your employee wants, stick to major retailers such as Target, Wal-Mart or Best Buy. Amazon gift certificates are also a good gift because of their wide selection of products.

Great Employee Gift Ideas for the Holiday Season

Here are some gift ideas your small business employees would appreciate.

So what are you getting your co-worker?

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Boves.com teamed up with Shaw’s Supermarket to make a $7,000 cash and product donation to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. While Bove’s has been donating to the Food Shelf for many years, this year’s partnership with Shaw’s helps ensure the food shelf will be able to serve complete meals to area residents in need, and that Vermonters won’t be forced to choose between heating their homes or paying other bills and putting food on the table.

5 Unique Ways Small Businesses are Giving Back to the Community

Check out the creative ways in which it's happening.

5 unique ways small businesses are giving back to the community.

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Dallas Cowboys: America's Team has played the second most games (44) on Thanksgiving and share the tradition with The Detroit Lions. They started in 1966 and outside of 2 years, they've played every Thanksgiving since. 

Their record, which is the best of these 5 teams listed here, is 28-15-1.

NFL Teams with the Most Thanksgiving Appearances

Aside from the Cowboys and Lions, who has the most appearances.

The top 5 NFL teams that have played on Thanksgiving

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The Caveman's Valentine (2001) 

Romulus Ledbetter (Samuel L. Jackson), suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and lives in a cave in Inwood Park, New York. He discovers the body of a young man and is determined to find out who killed him.

The Many Looks of Samuel L. Jackson

If he isn't one of the most versatile actors, who is?

Samuel L. Jackson may just hold the record for the most different looks in all…

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5 Companies Affected by Obamacare

After the president's reelection, companies are promising layoffs or reduced hours due to Obamcare cost.

Several companies said Obamacare would force them to reduce hours or layoff workers.

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Coming to America

Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) is the Prince of Zamunda, who decides to travel to Queens, NY to find his queen. This comedy also starred Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones and John Amos, with Murphy playing various characters throughout the film. Globally, this film has grossed $288,800,000.

Top 5 Grossing Eddie Murphy Movies of All-Time

Some of your favorites are on this list.

Did you know what his top movies ever were in order of box office sales?…

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Hosted by Power 105's Angela Yee and Hot 97's own Miss Info, the Hip Hop Dance Experience Video Game launch brought out a mixed crowd of hardcore gamers, writers and influencers to test their footwork during the kickoff event last month.  While many tried out the game, others enjoyed music spun by J. Period.

‘The Hip Hop Dance Experience’ Brings Out Inner B-Boy in NYC Crowd

Check out photos from the launch party in NYC

“The Hip Hop Dance Experience” video game launch celebration in New York City, hosted by…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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This Hollywood biopic, telling the story of Harlem hustler, Frank Lucas, debuted in 2007 starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. Washington played the role of Lucas, while Crowe portrays police detective, Richie Roberts. This film is Denzel's highest grossing film to date with total box office receipts of $266.5 million.

Top 5 Grossing Denzel Washington Movies Worldwide

What is your favorite of these five films?

What is your favorite of these five films?

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Top 5 NFL Performances in Week 8

Did you have any of these players on your fantasy team?

Did you have any of these players on your fantasy team?

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T. J.  Holmes receiving the Hennessy Privilege Award

T.J. Holmes Receives The Hennessy Privilege Award

T.J. Holmes is on the latest cover of Uptown Magazine

T.J. Holmes is on the latest cover of Uptown Magazine

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Top 5 NFL Player Performances From Week 7

Robert Griffin III, Victor Cruz and a few others lead the way

Robert Griffin III, Victor Cruz and a few others lead the way

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Reality Show Star(s) Businesses: Where Are They Now?

They aren't just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

They aren’t just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

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Last week in NYC, the press conference for the Global Spin Awards took place. The Global Spin Awards is an award show that will take place in NYC on November 19, 2012 at the NY Times center, which will give recognition to DJ’s globally.

On hand to announce the nominees and talk about the importance of the Global Spin Awards were Television and Radio personalities Sway Calloway and Clinton Sparks, Hot 97’s DJ Funkmaster Flex, world renowned DJ Kid Capri, legendary DJ Marley Marl and female DJ Jazzy Joyce.


To see  all the categories and those who are nominated for the Global Spin Awards, please visit (http://globalspinawards.com/categories-and-nominees/)

For more information about the Global Spin Awards please visit (http://globalspinawards.com/).

DJs Unite at Global Spin Awards Press Conference [Gallery]

The Global Spin Awards are to DJs what the Grammy Awards are to recording artists

The Global Spin Awards are to DJs what the Grammy Awards are to recording artists

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The Roots’ Black Thought Holds Fundraiser for Young Girls, Women [Gallery]

The Roots' Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter held a fundraiser and concert in New Jersey

The Roots’ Tarik “Black Thought” Trotter held a fundraiser and concert in New Jersey

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Model Jessica White hangs out with rapper, Wale at the 8th Annual Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards

The Paper Magazine Nightlife Awards [Gallery]

The 8th annual awards ceremony was held at Webster Hall in NYC

The 8th annual awards ceremony was held at Webster Hall in NYC

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2013 All-Star Celebrity Apprentice contestant, Omarosa, is making her 3rd appearance on The Apprentice franchise. She initially appeared on the first season of The Apprentice and made a return trip in 2008 in the first Celebrity Apprentice.

The 2013 Celebrity Apprentice Lineup Revealed

Omarosa, Dennis Rodman, Claudia Jordan, Lil Jon and Latoya Jackson among the All-Star Celebrity Apprentices

Omarosa, Dennis Rodman, Claudia Jordan, Lil Jon and Latoya Jackson among the All-Star Celebrity Apprentices

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5 Rappers With Interesting Claims to Fame [Photo Gallery]

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

By Demetria Irwin

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Donna Summer: The Disco Queen who controlled the era during the 70s with hits like Bad Girl, MacArthur Park, Love To Love You, Baby and Last Dance.

2013 Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame Nominees [Photo Gallery]

The likes of Donna Summer, NWA and The Meters were nominated

The likes of Donna Summer, NWA and The Meters were nominated

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Slideshow: Black Enterprise’s 100 Most Powerful Executives Event [Photos]

A photo gallery of last night's gala of black executives

A photo gallery of last night’s gala of black executives

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BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils an editorial franchise like no other in media: 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. That's a long way from when BE produced our first list of "America's Hottest Managers" in 1988, 25 high-powered professionals that included only one division president and not a single woman. In this year's listing developed by our editors over several months, we identify an array of audacious game changers remaking global business in sectors ranging from fast food and financial services to manufacturing and technology. In fact, tonight this elite group will be honored by our magazine at an invitation-only event held at the New York Stock Exchange hosted by FedEx and NYSE Euronext. To give you a preview of the business leaders who made our exclusive roster published in our September issue, we share with you eight CEOs who operate some of the world's largest publicly-traded corporations.

Meet Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful CEOs

Black Enterprise unveils an editorial franchise like no other in media: 100 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America.

Black Enterprise unveils an editorial franchise like no other in media: 100 Most Powerful Executives…

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No one will soon forget Terrell Owens's memorable, "Getcha popcorn ready" quote.

5 Black NFL Players That Have Gone Broke

Bad business decisions, drugs and just plain foolishness have lopped off zeros from these athletes' bank accounts

According to Sports Illustrated, 78% of NFL players are bankrupt or in financial distress just…

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8 Works of Art From Everyday Objects

In a new Stiver's Garden Gallery exhibit, Artist Danny Simmons (brother of Russell and Rev Run) introduces emerging artists who turn everyday objects into works of art.

Danny Simmons and other contemporary artists debut new work in a Striver’s Garden Gallery exhibit.

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Five Athletes Whose Love Battles Killed Their Brands

These sports figures' brands have taken major hits

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

By Sasha King

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On Wednesday, April 4, 2012, Black Enterprise teamed up with Walmart to host 20/20 Vision: Supplier Diversity in the 21st Century, a forum to explore opportunities with corporate entities and the City of Chicago. The economic forum was designed to explore how entrepreneurs can best position their ventures to form profitable partnerships with large corporations as part of their supply chain. The day long event, which was held at the Chicago Hilton, covered topics like “Navigating the Procurement Maze” and “Scaling Up To Meet The Right Contract.” Here are some of the highlights from the program:

getSupplier Diversity Forum: How Entrepreneurs Can Partner with Corporations

Highlights from the 2012 Vision 20/20 Forum hosted by Black Enterprise and Wal-mart

Black Enterprise and Walmart hosts the Vision 20/20 Forum to help small businesses become more…

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

A celebration of notable public figures that were unafraid to be Black (and gay) and proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

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Let your voice be heard: One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro used the San Francisco Bay Area's airwaves for 40 years to "speak his mind," debating political and cultural issues as well as breaking racial barriers. To fix today's institutions, he says, requires the creation of forums where diverse voices can be heard. "I hope that talk becomes the theme of what we do in the United States from government across [other areas] so we can have a stronger nation with tremendous, insightful understanding," says Ray Taliaferro.

6 Life Lessons from Media Trailblazers

At an NABJ event honoring the late Ed Bradley, Hall of Fame journalists share their rules for success

<strong>Let your voice be heard:</strong> One of the first Black radio talk show hosts, Taliaferro…

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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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