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I've been exploring social media's latest runaway site – Pinterest*, a  virtual bulletin board that allows users to share images, objects, and  links they find interesting or inspiring. While, personally, I enjoy  pinning photos of stylish outfits, chic MacBook and iPad cases, and  outtakes from home décor magazines, I see the value this platform has  for brands. When it comes to my brand, I’ve taken a thought leadership  approach— just check my "Essential Books" board to see what branding,  social media and marketing books I’m reading.  This user-friendly  platform is already proving to be valuable for businesses.  
There’s serious potential to drive sales for business owners. Getting  images of your products pinned and repinned can literally drive  customers to your door step. At the very least, it will drive traffic to  your website where customers can request your service.  

Here are 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using Pinterest:

6 Ways to Boost Your Business with Pinterest

BlackEnterprise.com notes 6 ways small businesses can extend their brand and up their revenue using…

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On the Real Housewives of Atlanta, we've all seen the drama and antics of six women interacting both professionally and personally to make must-see TV. But Attorney Phaedra Parks is not your typical reality TV diva. She's been managing law partner at The Parks Group, P.C., for a decade, and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, among others.


The mother, entrepreneur, and litigator, was president of the Gate City Bar Association, and actively sits on boards for organizations including the American Bar Association and the University of Georgia. One can't have all of this under her (designer) belt without knowing a thing -- or three--- about networking. 


On the heels of last night's episode, we caught up with Parks for her quick and dirty quips on making quality connections. ---Janell Hazelwood

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks: Three Professional Networking Don’ts

Three quick and dirty tips on boosting your professional connections

Attorney and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks knows a thing or three about…

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Here are 10 leadership steps you can take now to help you go from stagnant to magnificent, and turn mental goals into reality. ---Jessica Styles

10 Steps Leaders Take to Make Their Dreams Reality

Use this leadership strategy to accomplish your goals

Entrepreneur and career coach Jessica Styles offers 10 steps to setting and reaching your career…

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Whenever most people think about the Academy Awards, it’s the actors, actresses and directors that often come to mind first. (Congratulations to Octavia Spencer on joining the short list of African American Oscar winners during the 84th Annual Academy Awards.) However, there are dozens of other categories that highlight the hard work of Hollywood’s behind-the-scenes players. For instance, the categories of Best Original Song and Best Original Score feature several African American winners. Here are seven oftentimes forgotten names from the world of music on the list of African American winners. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: The Black Winners Who Often Get Overlooked

African American Academy Award winners in the category of Original Score

While Academy Award winning actors & directors of color get most of the fanfare, there…

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This Sunday, February 26, 2012, the 84th annual Academy Awards will be held in Hollywood, gathering together all of the film industry’s biggest names. While Eddie Murphy, who backed out on hosting duties, might be absent, there will be a plethora of African American actors and actresses both as attendees and nominees. Namely, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both earned nods for their exceptional work in The Help. Given that both women are favored to take home a golden statuette (only time will tell), BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial impact of an Oscar win by looking back at the select few African Americans performers who have struck gold on Hollywood’s biggest night. —Darralynn Hutson

The Oscars Decoded: 12 Black Actors Who Won & Their Career Impact

An examination of the dozen African American thespians who excelled in their craft on Hollywood's biggest night

With The Help’s Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer up for Oscars at the 84th Academy…

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Glass Ceiling of Youth: Three Steps to Fighting Ageism

Use this three-pronged strategy to get the promotion you deserve

Ageism has become an issue not just for senior professionals—who are delaying retirement more and…

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Harnessing the power of social for social good was a major trend and point of discussion among conscious techies and seasoned panelists during Social Media Week 2012.  We’ve seen how quickly platforms can be used to mobilize reform efforts thanks to social media’s influence in the Arab Spring and recent Occupy Movement.  Digital thought leaders have no doubt that, when used properly, social media can be a significant cultural unifier, connecting people and efforts despite location.   
Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, "Social Media for Social Good"—an hour-long panel discussing best practices to use when furthering a cause in the digital space—wasn’t short of generating great ideas. The panelists included Cheryl Heller, board chair at PopTech; Dan Savage, creator of the It Gets Better Project; President and COO of Digitaria Doug Hecht and Carmel Hagan of Common. Here’s how social media enthusiasts can use various platforms for social good:--–Noni Cavaliere

How to Become a Digital Do-gooder

Here’s what you should consider when perfecting your social good campaign

Moderated by Alice Korngold of Korngold Consulting LLC, “Social Media for Social Good”—an hour-long panel…

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Mardi Gras is more than just a party for local businesses in the city of New Orleans. Last year, the economic value of the carnival season contributed a total of $300.7 million to the city’s economy. Tourism, which brings in more than eight million visitors per year, creates a lot of revenue for local businesses. In fact, it has sustained 74,000 jobs and generated $5 billion annually for the local economy. Mardi Gras is one of the few events that has revived New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which displaced thousands of Louisiana natives. The two weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday are the most lucrative for New Orleans business owners. Most hotels are booked, from the French Quarter to miles away near the Armstrong International Airport. King cakes, a New Orleans staple, are only sold around the carnival season and tourists and locals alike roam the city to find the best. While everyone’s letting the good times roll, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes how local businesses watch the money roll in. —Kamaria Gboro

Mardi Gras Decoded: Breaking Down the Big Easy’s Business Boom

Fat Tuesday hits New Orleans and so does a boost to the local economy

When Mardi Gras hits New Orleans so does an influx of revenue for local businesses…

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New media has changed the way businesses function, increasing the amount of power consumers hold. This shift is evident in the way consumers use, socialize and interact with brands on the Web. Let’s face it: We are now, all—like it or not—immersed in a socially driven society, where the need to share every move, want, or purchase is apparent via our Google+ circles, Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, and instantaneous Twitter updates. 

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform brands how they can take advantage of social media at the opening of Social Media Week, showcasing some top consumer trends and the various ways customers interact with them. See what four trends brands should pay close attention to this year--and beyond. --Noni Cavaliere

Top Trends Shaping Social Media in 2012 and Beyond

Certain trends are dominating social media this year and entrepreneurs stand to benefit if they can keep up

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform…

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The American landscape would not be nearly as rich, diverse and hip without pioneering forces such as Don Cornelius. As the creator of Soul Train, Cornelius did more than establish a profitable company/brand but also simultaneously uplifted people of color by giving them a platform to express their innate talents while reinforcing positive and inspiring messages through the creative disciplines of music, dance and fashion. Following news of Cornelius’ recent passing, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Kenard Gibbs, current CEO/Partner of Soul Train Holdings and co-founder of Madvision Entertainment, to Decode how Cornelius went from investing $400 into the Soul Train pilot to forever changing American culture. —Souleo

Soul Train Decoded: Don Cornelius Created the Hippest Brand in America

Exploring the historical milestones made by the late Don Cornelius and his landmark show

Following the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Black Enterprise explores the impact of…

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6 Steps to Doing Business with the Government

Having Uncle Sam as a client can be rewarding if you're aware of the processes

An often untapped client for many small businesses is to seek out the government as…

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As professional women from across the country gather for Black Enterprise's 7th Annual Women of Power Summit, lyricists gear up to showcase their talents in this year's poetry jam. The poets will use words to uplift and inspire, culminating the first day of networking and entertainment for attendees. Here's a look at the wordsmiths who will be performing.

Women of Power Summit Kicks Off with Poetry Jam

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

Top lyricists will take to the stage to honor women of power

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On the cusp of the Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston was found dead in her Beverly Hills, California hotel room this past Saturday afternoon at the young age of 48. As the news spread throughout the corners of the globe, fans and peers alike gasped in disbelief as “one of the best vocalist to ever grace the earth” had left us. Houston’s voice was magical. She belted out flawless notes effortlessly. Throughout the history of music there has been no one quite like Houston, and there will never be another. A voice as sweet as honey, yet soulful to the core, only comes around once in a lifetime. More than a singer, Houston’s career evolved to include acting, modeling and business, which she excelled in all. Despite a rough patch in her life, the iconic singer was back on the track to success with her upcoming role in the remake of Sparkle. In remembrance of the music icon, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes Whitney Houston’s lasting impact. —Bené Viera

Whitney Houston Decoded: The Diva’s Lasting Legacy

A look back at the music icon's historic career and cultural impact

More than just a singer, Whitney Houston was an icon who’s influence crossed a multiple…

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THE MATCHMAKER: PAUL CARRICK BRUNSON


The Beginning: Known to many as the “real life Hitch,” Brunson says he's the only black male matchmaker in the U.S., among full-time professionals in the industry. In 2008, he was seeking business advice from a friend and decided to meet up with her at a matchmaking conference. At the time, his day job was working as a financial adviser. He never ended up meeting with his friend, but he did stumble upon an interesting discussion.


“There were about 250 matchmakers from all over the world---all blond women over the age of 40," he says. "It hit me: ‘Black people love too.’ ” Taking notice of the lack of diversity, Brunson decided to tap into a niche of his own.

Careers of Love: Black Professionals Banking on Romance

Matchmaker, romance novelist and wedding planner talk business of amour

For these entrepreneurs, love does pay the bills. We talk to a matchmaker, romance novelist…

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Behind Fashion Week: 5 Black Professionals To Watch in 2012

As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues, we take a look at five young black fashion industry…

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Take a Look at ‘Slavery By Another Name’

A few snapshots from the gripping new documentary that explores the evolution of slavery to prison

Visual highlights from director Sam Pollard’s gripping documentary Slavery By Another Name, based on Doug…

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Success is not luck. It’s what happens when preparation meets opportunity. And those who begin this preparation process out of the starting blocks tend to acquire key leadership assignments and professional reputations that, in some cases, exceed those of colleagues more than a decade their senior. The female entrepreneurs and corporate executives identified in our latest “editors’ choice” roster—40 Rising Stars 40 and Under—have made moves that have placed them on the path to power and success in business, all before their 41st birthdays.

In consulting the nation’s largest public and private corporations, major trade associations, established entrepreneurs, and senior executives over the past several months, our editorial research team discovered this cadre of remarkable women. They operate within a range of industries and disciplines, including science and technology; advertising, marketing, and public relations; finance; energy; food and beverages; and entertainment. Some run large or significant divisions of their companies and report to a chief executive or division head, others have launched and managed successful independent entities. These women are innovators and influencers, trailblazers and pioneers who reshaped and refreshed disciplines with cutting-edge processes, or transformed ideas into tangible, lucrative products or services.

We chose not to include managers or employees of law firms, unions, nonprofit organizations, or government agencies, or those employed in fashion or the arts, medicine, and education.

Having attained this much power and success early in their respective careers, there’s no telling what groundbreaking achievements the women who made this year’s list will accomplish in coming years. Judging from the drive that put them in their current positions, it appears as if nothing will stop them from reaching the pinnacle of global industry.

40 Rising Stars 40 & Under

Success is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. These women understand that and have all…

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For more of Lisa Price’s intimate conversation with Caroline Clarke about her journey with Carol’s Daughter and what lies ahead for her and the company, watch the Black Enterprise Business Report on Sunday, Feb, 12 on TVONE. Visit www.blackenterprise.com/bebr to check your local listings for times.

6 Secrets to Success from Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

The mega-beauty brand’s founder on business, balance, and (her daughter) Becca!

Lisa Price found success with Carol’s Daughter, a business that started out of her home,…

By Caroline Clarke

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J. Alexander's schooled the best of the best in the fashion industry, from Naomi Campbell to Tyra Banks, and even made his debut as a model on Jean Paul Gaultier's catwalk. The Bronx-native took his dreams international, carving out a niche for himself as a runway coach, author and television personality. 


As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kicks off in New York today, take a chapter from his book of success with these tips that will ensure longevity in an industry filled with overnight successes and fleeting fame. --- Sirita Wright

Fashion Week Spotlight: J Alexander’s 5 Tips for Career Success

Here's how you can make your mark on the style industry

Catwalk icon J. Alexander has seen more than a decade of success. Just in time…

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Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander has always been, well, a "big boy." For years the longtime radio personality played up his hefty size, even if it came at the expense of his health. After failed attempts at maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, he eventually went under the knife in a quest to drop the pounds. However, complications from the surgery nearly cost him his life. Big Boy details his personal journey and lifelong struggles with weight in his new book, An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size (Cash Money Content). Now back on the right track, he shares personal before and after photos of his fluctuating weight throughout the years with BlackEnterprise.com. Afterwards click here to read Big Boy's interview with BlackEnterprise.com about how he triumphed over weight loss and gained a second chance at life.

Big Boy: Before & After the Weight Loss

Taking a visual look at the radio personality's amazing weight loss through the years

The radio personality shares personal photos of his before and after weight loss experience as…

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

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For last night's Super Bowl XLVI, millions gathered to watch with excitement --- and for some, disappointment --- as the New York Giants took home the victory. Each team combined skill, strategy, and deliberate action to capture the NFL's top win, a career-defining moment for both sides to reflect on what was done well and what could be improved for next season.


All of these elements exist in today's competitive business world, with everyday professionals applying brain and brawn to achieve career wins. Female professionals can take major cues from the men on the field --- and in the C-suite. 


Jocelyn Giangrande, career coach and author of What’s In Your Sandwich? 10 Surefire Ingredients for Career Success (SASHE, L.L.C; $18.95), offers four lessons women can learn from the Super Bowl to step out of the cheerleader sidelines and into championship gains.

Four Lessons Women of Power Can Learn from the Super Bowl

Develop a healthy competitive attitude to become a top player in the game

Four lessons women can learn from the Super Bowl to make professional career wins of…

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In 1992, the average cost per 30 seconds for a Super Bowl ad was $850,000, and now that number has more than quadrupled. With an average increase of $100,000 per year, the NFL has stated that 2012’s average cost per 30 seconds of airtime for America’s largest annual sporting event is $3.5 million.

As Chrysler took the title of the most expensive Super Bowl commercial to air in the history of the event last year with its two-minute spot, audiences everywhere are left to wonder if any brand will ever supersede the car company’s “Imported From Detroit” ad. While some brands have been said to spend $4 million for a half-minute spot this year, only time will tell.

As the New York Giants win of Super Bowl XLVI concluded just hours ago, and fans going crazy over a new crop of memorable spots from Doritos, Chevy, and Pepsi commercials, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at the most expensive ads to air over the past decade during February’s main event. —Amber McKynzie

12 Most Expensive Super Bowl Commercials of the 21st Century

Taking a look back at the most costly Super Bowl spots of each year of the new millenium

In addition to the game itself, Super Bowl commercials are a major draw. Here are…

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Unfulfilled by his advertising job, Andre Woolery found refuge in his creative energies as a visual artist. Rather than just relying on paint, the New Jersey resident created one-of-a-kind murals of public figures like Barack Obama, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, and Kanye West among others completely of colored thumbtacks. As a preview to Woolery's first solo exhibition this February 23rd at Frontrunner Gallery in New York, here is a photo gallery of some of his most notable pieces. Click here to read Woolery's full story and follow him on Twitter @undre2g for all updates on his art and upcoming shows.

Artist Andre Woolery’s One-Of-A-Kind Thumbtack Portraits

The former ad man immortalizes Barack Obama and Jay-Z using thumbtacks as his creative base

Artist Andre Woolery creates detailed portraits of public figures like Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Kanye West…

By Anslem Samuel

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Since word surfaced that producer and television host Don Cornelius died early Wednesday, everyone—from celebrities and tastemakers to music moguls and influencers—have expressed their sentiments on the loss, namely on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Nowadays, the digital space is one of the first places people go to sound off on what's happening in real time. BlackEnterprise.com perused the Twitterverse, aggregating tweets that touched on the legacy of the Soul Train creator. Check out the touching tweets left by Cornelius’ adoring fans, friends and colleagues. –Janel Martinez

Twitterverse Remembers ‘Soul Train’ Creator Don Cornelius

See what these 11 notables had to say about the loss of the cultural icon

BlackEnterprise.com perused the Twitterverse, aggregating tweets that touched on the legacy of the Soul Train…

By Janel Martinez

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For many, eyewear has moved well beyond the days of loathing to become a must-have fashion accessory. Today, glasses are associated with prestige, confidence, smarts---and swagger.


Utenzi Miller-Johnson (photographed) knows a thing or two about style-savvy specs as an entrepreneur and optician at Elegant Eyes, a New Jersey-based optical company that offers eye-care and personal concierge services. 


"A great way for busy professionals looking to upgrade their eyewear style is to set up a consultation [with a personal concierge service], Miller-Johnson says. "Another option would be to visit your local optical store and try on different looks."


Check out how to choose the perfect frames for a polished look, and 5 top picks for the hottest in eyewear. ---Janell Hazelwood

Office Chic: 5 Cool Frames for Professional Flair

Hot eyewear picks that are perfect for the office

Utenzi Miller-Johnson, entrepreneur and optician at New Jersey-based Elegant Eyes, gives her top eyewear picks…

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Just because it’s the heart of winter doesn’t mean you have to forego fashion sense for warmth. The businessman’s response to the frigid days at the end and beginning of the calendar has been the topcoat. Stylish and classic, these outerwear garments should be a staple in any well-dressed gentleman’s wardrobe. For this edition of Suit Your Life, we highlight eight topcoats that’ll help you make a lasting first impression while keeping you nice a toasty. Just remember a topcoat is meant to be worn over layers, so when purchasing it’s best to try one on while wearing a blazer to make sure it will fit properly when worn over a suit. —Gardy V. Guerrier

8 Affordable Topcoats for Power Meetings in the Winter

Top off your winter business wear with one of these classic outerwear garments

A classic staple in any businessman’s wardrobe is a stylish topcoat, here are several options…

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THE THESPIAN: GENEVIEVE NNAJI This Nigerian actress, known as the "Julia Roberts of Africa," has appeared in more than 60 films since her debut in 1998. A Nollywood A-lister --- and one of the highest paid actresses in the industry --- she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role in 2005, and today is the spokesperson for several international ad campaigns including MUD Cosmetics.

10 International Women of Power to Watch

From entertainment to technology, these women are making a major impact across the globe

These ten women of color are making a major impact on the world at large,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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While there are hundreds of characters in the Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man has proven to be one of the most beloved over the decades. Created by comic book guru Stan Lee in the 1960’s, the non-traditional superhero has drawn in fans and dollars the world over. From two-dimensional illustration to cartoon series, blockbuster movies, merchandise and even a Broadway play, the Spider-Man brand is big business. With the recent success of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and a new potential blockbuster film, The Amazing Spider-Man, on the calendar for this summer, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes this Marvelous brand. —William Ketchum III

Spider-Man Decoded: Untangling the Amazing Web of Profit

From Marvel Comic to movie star, the non-traditional superhero hs a global brand worth millions

Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee’s multi-million dollar Spider-Man brand is loved globally from cartoon, comic,…

By William E. Ketchum III

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Squinting, eye strain, prescription changes and migraines. These are all common health issues among today's office professionals. 


With about 14 million people ages 12 and older having visual impairment, eye health is one factor that can't be ignored or dismissed. The economic impact of major vision problems alone is telling--- at more than $51 billion, according to the CDC's Vision Health Initiative---causing "a substantial social and economic toll for millions of people including significant suffering, disability, loss of productivity, and diminished quality of life."


Maintaining proper eye care can ensure everyday living --- from home to work --- is that much more manageable. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with entrepreneur and optician Utenzi Miller-Johnson, of New Jersey-based Elegant Eyes, on how to improve and maintain good visual health. ---Janell Hazelwood

Eye Sore: Three Quick Tips to Avoid Behind-the-Desk Strain

Three tips to ensure good eye health beyond the office

Entrepreneur and optician Utenzi Miller-Johnson offers these steps to improve and maintain your eyesight.

By Janell Hazelwood

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It may be a new year but it’s still winter for those who live in the colder regions of the country (or those who happen to be traveling). If your local weatherman is predicting low temperatures, snow, freezing rain or sleet for your forecast future this is the time to make sure your feet are well protected. For the record, winter footwear doesn’t have to be clunky so for this edition of Suit Your Life we highlight seven stylish winter boots that will not only have you looking great, but also will keep your feet warm and dry in the process. —Gardy V. Guerrier

7 Stylish Boots to Get You Through the End of Winter

Keep your feet warm and fashionable for the final weeks of winter

The best winter boots that can get you through the snow, sleet and rain and…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Andre Hudson, 35, Design Manager for Hyundai America, Los Angeles   

Hudson was the lead designer on the 2011 Sonata, which lead to a 93%  increase in sales year-over-year for the $98.9 billion company. He  oversees exterior design at Hyundai and has also contributed to the Genesis Coupe, the Azera, and the 2009 Nuvis Concept. The College for Creative Studies graduate credits his success to the power of good  design. "Designers have an amazing power because you affect people's  lives every day long after the product has left your sketchpad or  computer; everything you touch was designed by someone. Great design  changes the world." To read more about Hudson, check out the January 2012 issue of Black Enterprise.

BE NEXT: 13 Young Innovators Driving the Business of Design

Check out how this group of innovative BE Nexters (21-35-year-old) are using their passion for…

By LaToya M. Smith

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

By Hajj Flemings

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Fashion business veteran Gerard Murray has seen success both as an independent business owner with the School of Hard Knocks clothing line and with large corporations. After taking a brief hiatus from the industry, he resurfaced in the college licensing business as the president of Final IV Enterprises LLC, parent company of Tradition Ever Since.

With Tradition, Murray has carved out a niche by creating lifestyle apparel for HBCU’s. After severing ties with New Era in 2009, Murray and his partners—Carol Callender-Murray and Tim Gray—decided to take the independent route and the gamble has paid off. Tradition booked $800,000 in sales this past year and the company is projected to double that number in 2012. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Murray, who shared his five tips on how to make it as an independent in the fashion business. —Branden J. Peters

5 Tips for Independent Success in the Fashion Industry

Successful fashion entrepreneur offers up advice on growing a brand independently

School of Hard Knocks founder Gerard Murray returns to fashion industry with Tradition Ever Since,…

By Branden J. Peters

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

By Janell Hazelwood

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When assessing the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the number of protesters he helped rouse, the amount of books documenting his philosophy that he published and the total revenue generated by artistic projects made in his honor only tell a fraction of the story. To truly decode Dr. King you must take into account the impact he has had on the global issues of race, class and social justice by virtue of inspiring change. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, BlackEntperise.com spoke with James Peterson, the Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, in an effort to enhance our understanding on the civil rights leader’s work. —Souleo

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Decoded

See how the Civil Rights leader inspired mass change

As the nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Enterprise Decodes the…

By Souleo

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Besides juicy tell-alls and gaudy fairy tale weddings, tabloids are always hungry for a celebrity newborn’s first photo opp… and they’re willing to pay up for a plate. However, unlike Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who received a $4.1 million check from People in exchange for exclusive pics of their first biological daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, couples of color are rarely seduced by the media for six-figure (or more) shots of their tot. That could soon change however with the arrival of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s bundle of glory, Blue Ivy.

Although it’s unlikely that the ultra private couple (who have yet to even disclose a wedding photo) will pen a publication deal, many are speculating that the first snaps of their baby girl could pull anywhere from $3 million to $4 million. While we wait for the proud parents to ponder their decision, here’s a look at the few black and brown offspring that brought in big dollar signs before even uttering their first word.—Tracy Garraud

The 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Baby Pics Of Color

From Mariah and Nick to J Lo and Marc Anthony–how much cash are these celebs…

By Tracy Garraud

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5 Leadership Lessons Keke Palmer Learned from Queen Latifah

The Joyful Noise star shares life lessons she picked up from the successful businesswoman

Singer/actress Keke Palmer stars alongside Queen Latifah in Joyful Noise and shares the career lessons…

By Starrene Rhett

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Before joining Power 105’s Breakfast Club morning show, New York radio personality Angela Yee held down several positions in the music and fashion industries. Despite her current success on-air, the media maven learned from past money mistakes and keeps her pockets lined with multiple streams of income. “I’m fortunate because a lot of things I do on the side are all things that support my career,” she says. “I encourage people to do things on the side even if you’re not going to make a lot of money from it if it something that is beneficial to you and will help you in the long run with your career.” Yee shares her various celebrity hustles with BlackEnterprise.com. —Janee Bolden

Radio Personality Angela Yee’s Celebrity Side Hustles

It pays to keep your options open to profitable opportunities

Power 105 radio personality Angela Yee doesn’t rely on one stream of income to pay…

By Anslem Samuel

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Monster presented their latest audio accessories and gadgets Monday morning during the first full press day at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV. Keeping both fashion and functionality in mind, the premium headphones and audio device manufacturer is launching a new headset line alongside multiple new earphone designs. Take a look at the new, innovative headphones Monster launched at their 2012 CES press conference. —Janel Martinez

Monster Unveils Series of Hi-Tech Headphones at CES 2012

Monster merges high-performance technology with style at 2012 International CES

Monster unveils a variety of headphones, as well as other innovative lifestyle products, at the…

By Janel Martinez

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As an entrepreneur leading a double life, Shanta Speller understands that it takes hard work and dedication to turn a side hustle into a fulltime job. Still working as an associate director of program manager for TIME.com, she runs her balloon decorating business, Bunch of Balloons, in her spare time. Over the course of the past two years, she’s seen her dreams of becoming a fulltime business owner come closer to being a reality as her clientele and income increases. Speller shares her personal tips on jumpstarting your side hustle with BlackEnterprise.com. —Jenisha Watts

9 Tips on Jumpstarting Your Side Hustle

Entrepreneur Shanta Speller explains how she balances working full-time with following her dreams

Working a fulltime job while running her own business, Bunch of Balloons, Shanta Speller explains…

By Jenisha Watts

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Well, it’s official. The new year is here. Like everything else in our rapid-fire world these days, with the flick of a switch (or drop of a big crystal ball in Times Square) all the anticipation, planning and counting down is suddenly over and then comes… the big let down. Because no matter how much we force feed it, bumper-sticker optimism and new resolutions, somehow, most new years just don’t feel all that new. In fact, chances are you dragged all your 2011 challenges into 2012. Doing more with less on the job? Check. Trying to still get a job? Check. Relationship stresses? Check. Wish you were in a relationship? Check. Owed too much money? Check. Feeling overwhelmed, underappreciated and out of whack? Check, check, and check! Let’s be real. Things don’t suddenly get better as one year changes into another anymore than they magically improve when a random tough Thursday becomes a freshly hatched Friday. Nothing becomes “new” unless we do. So, here are five surefire ways to make you feel, look and perform better, this new year. —Caroline Clarke

5 Things You Should Do to Better Yourself in the New Year

If resolutions aren't your thing here are some simple 2012 tasks

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make changes in your…

By Caroline Clarke

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Author Tayari Jones is all smiles in the visual excerpt from Her Word as Witness

Her Word as Witness: Photos From the Female Writers Exhibit

Visual outtakes from the one-woman tribute to this generation's female scribes of color

Photos from Laylah Barrayn visual tribute to female writers of color, Her Word as Witness,…

By Anslem Samuel

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Dr. Gause's mother, Dr. Suzette Sines, is also a dentist and traveled with him to organize the group of Haitian medical and dental students, as well as pediatricians and dentists, to screen 300 students.

Looking Back and Giving Back: How Entrepreneurs Use Profitable Skills for Philanthropy

Three professionals who use their talents to help communities

These professionals are using their talents and skills not just for profit but to give…

By Janell Hazelwood

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It's a week before the Iowa Caucus (Jan. 3) and details are sorely missing from the proposed policies by the 2012 Republican presidential primary field. The GOP candidates are eager to point fingers at President Obama and what they view as his failures on the economic front. “When it comes to economic policy, there's a Chinese wall between President Obama’s economic policy proposals and those of the Republican candidate,” says Georgia Tech economist Thomas Boston. “The primary difference is that the president has proposed comprehensive economic policy, while no Republican candidate has.”
This is not to say that Obama has all of the answers, however.
“What's missing from the president's proposals are checks and balances to guarantee that the benefits of his proposals filter down to African-Americans,” Boston adds. “In the final analysis, there's no question that economic policies Obama proposes are better than those offered by Republican candidates. At the same time, there's significant room for improvement.” Here's a hard look at the candidates.—Joyce Jones

Iowa Caucus 2012: The Candidates’ Positions on the 4 Main Issues

With less than a week before the launch of primary season with the Iowa Caucus,…

By Joyce Jones

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Before the NBA lockout ended, SportsNetworker compiled a list of the “Top 10 Sports Business Professionals To Follow On Twitter,” highlighting individuals at major sports entities who will keep their followers abreast of the latest industry news. The list was diverse in that it included both men and women, however, none of the candidates were of color. Since the 2012 NBA season tipped off on Christmas Day, BlackEnterprise.com decided to compile a select list of Black professionals from sports media, marketing, public, and community relations that may have been overlooked. If you’re a basketball fan looking to keep your ear to the tweets, here are 10 sports business professionals of color to follow on Twitter. —Mia Hall

10 Sports Business Professionals (of Color) to Follow on Twitter

The NBA lockout is over and the season's started but here's how to stay on top of what's going on

With the 2012 NBA season underway there are specific sports business leaders you need to…

By Mia N. Hall

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Faye Wattleton: President, Center for the Advancement of Women

Women of Power Legacy Award Winners…of the Past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy Award winners of the past

As we gear up for the 2012 Women of Power Summit, Black Enterprise remembers Legacy…

By Sasha King

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They’re easy to gift-wrap. They’re never the wrong size. They fit every budget, both large and small. And you can shop for them without ever leaving the house and ship them almost anywhere in the world. Books are the perfect holiday gift. All you have to do is pick the right book for the right person. Here are some great titles for your last-minute holiday shopping, along with hints as to which individual in your life might appreciate seeing them under their tree on Christmas morning. —Alfred A. Edmond, Jr.

12 Books That Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

A holiday gift guide for the book-lover in your life

Last-minute holiday shoppers can always win points with a great read from this holiday gift…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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A White rapper had the hottest Super Bowl commercial, a Black tech startup accelerator changes the Web tech startup space and a homeless man gets his dream job because a YouTube video went viral. The year 2011 was epic in terms of showing how much impact technology has on our culture and has changed the way we communicate, launch businesses, and become informed about current events. As the final days on this year count down, I decided to take a look back on some of the great (and not-so-great) moments in technology for 2011. —Hajj Flemings

2011: The Year in Review Through Technology

A look back at technology's impact on the year that was

From the man with the golden voice to Occupy Wall Street, the 2011 year in…

By Hajj Flemings

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Headsets are high up on the list of must-have tech gadgets to gift this holiday season. While some prefer their earphones bedazzled with gems or coated in their favorite color, others like them simple and in-ear or—the exact opposite—over-ear and as large as ever. BlackEnterprise.com has got you covered, suggesting some of today’s latest headphones for the tech geek (or novice) in your life.--Janel Martinez

Holiday Gift Guide: 4 Headphones That’ll Keep You in Tune

Take a peek at these must-have headphone picks

Whether you’re looking for simple or high-tech, in-ear or over-ear earphones, BlackEnterprise.com has got you…

By Janel Martinez

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If one of your New Year’s resolutions for 2012 is to improve your finances in some way, join the club.

According to a survey from TD Ameritrade, 73% of Americans will make at least one money-related New Year’s resolution. Regardless of your current economic circumstances, here are 12 crucial and doable financial goals worth putting on your list of New Year’s resolutions for 2012 – along with some tips and resources to ensure your financial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, Askthemoneycoach.com

12 Financial New Year’s Resolutions for 2012

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in order for 2012!

Money Coach Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you 12 easy steps to get your money matters in…

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5 Leadership Lessons to Move Your Business Forward

Learn how to effectively manage your business from a top ranking general in the US Marine Corp

Management, organizational and leadership advice from a Lt. General Walter E. Gaskin, Deputy Chairman of…

By Alan Hughes

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Reflect on the failures.

What didn't go so well this year? Why didn’t it go well? Identify the core problem (your lack of time, lack of passion or lack of resources) and try to either solve it or let it go. No need to make the same mistakes next year.

7 Ways to Align Your Brand with Your Vision for 2012

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for 2012!

How to make sure you get (and keep!) your business and brand on track for…

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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Keep on Giving

Perfect picks to incorporate charity with your purchases

The holidays don’t have to be all about receiving. You can give gifts that keep…

By Janell Hazelwood

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No matter how cheap or expensive the shoe, without proper care they will break down quickly, devaluing your investment. A good pair of shoes can make your outfit and day if you have to be on your feet all day, so the last thing any well-dressed man needs is to have his perfect pair get worn down before its time. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we give you five essential tips to extend the life of all your shoes. You’re welcome. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Shoes

A good pair of shoes only stay that way when you take care of them

Proper shoe care is essential for any well-dressed man. Here are five steps to ensuring…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Holiday Gift Guide: 8 Health-Conscious Tech Gifts

Don’t know what to purchase the health buff in your life? Check out these tech treats

These eight healthy gift picks will have folks talking about your gift well into the…

By Janel Martinez

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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While most people are shutting down for the holiday season, this is not the time to rest on your laurels. This potential break should be used as a time for entrepreneurs to strategize on how to succeed in the New Year. This is the perfect opportunity to plan ahead and create a competitive advantage. To get things on track here are five tech tips that all entrepreneurs should be thinking about in 2012. —Hajj Flemings

5 Tech Tips for Entrepreneurs Heading in to 2012

What every business owner need to know to be prepared for success in the New year

As we head into 2012, now is the time for entrepreneurs to upgrade their business…

By Hajj Flemings

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African-Americans are starting new businesses in record numbers. If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan---as well as an operational one. Follow these seven economic dos and don'ts to help ensure your entrepreneurial success.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

Starting a Business in 2012? Follow These 7 Financial Guidelines For Entrepreneurial Success

If you’re planning to launch a company in 2012, you need a financial game plan…

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

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When chef and proprietor Carl Redding decided to establish the Harlem restaurant named after his grandmother, Amy Ruth’s in 1999 he didn’t foresee it becoming a multimillion-dollar company that he would one day no longer lead. Yet, that is exactly what happened when he was forced to sell the restaurant four years ago due to financial mismanagement, which led to tax debt. After relinquishing power Redding made two more efforts in the culinary business with Ruthie Mae’s in Englewood, NJ, which lasted only seven months, and Doc’s, a take-out soul food spot in Harlem that was also short-lived. These disappointments may have convinced any other entrepreneur to quit but it only made Redding’s resolve to succeed stronger. Finally, he has managed to do just that with Redding’s, a popular soul food attraction in Atlantic City, NJ that recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Mr. Redding’s latest achievement wasn’t easy and now he shares with BlackEnterprise.com his most significant tips for any businessperson intent upon making a comeback. —Souleo

5 Tips for Making a Business Comeback

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding advises on how to bounce back after a business failure

Celebrity chef Calvin Redding may have lost his multimillion dollar restaurant Amy Ruth’s but he’s…

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Need a thoughtful gift for the hostess (or host) of an upcoming holiday party? See our list of seven gifts that allow you to show a personal touch, without getting too personal.---Elayne Fluker

Holiday Gift Guide: 7 Gifts for Home Sweet Home

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

Holiday gifts that are perfect for a holiday party host or special homemaker

By Elayne Fluker

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With the holiday season in full swing, practically everyone is getting swept up in the discount sales and shopping frenzy that comes along with that. One surefire way to make your experience as smooth as possible is by having a succinct list. Suit Your Life has you covered with a few gift ideas for the man in your life, from your dad to your son and all the other gift-worthy men in between.  —Gardy V. Guerrier

Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gift Ideas for Him

Gift ideas for the special man in your life who knows his fashion

From unique cuff links to personalized items, this is your official holiday gift guide for…

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All [a Tech Guy] Wants For Christmas is…

Tech expert Hajj Flemings lets you scan his Christmas wish list for inspiration

What do you get the techie who has everything for the holidays? Here are some…

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While small business loans slid 4.1% from 2009 to 2010, there was still some $310 million extended in 2010. So while credit may be tight, capital is out there. But what do banks look for these days before extending a loan? “I think a lot of people seem to have the impression that banking is rocket science,” says Douglas Dillon, Senior Vice President of Commercial Lending for Industrial Bank (No. 8 on the BE BANKS list with $382 million in assets). “I’m not of that impression.” He says banks look at the following five criteria before extending a business loan. —Alan Hughes

5 Tips on How to Secure a Small Business Loan

If you want the bank to say yes to a loan, know these five things they look for

Getting a small business loan can make or break a budding business. Here are five…

By Alan Hughes

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Michelle Obama's style influence has been undeniable, with women around the world taking notice. Beauty and fashion expert Mikki Taylor is one of those women, inspired by the First Lady's eloquence and contemporary fashion flair to write Commander-in-Chic: Every Woman's Guide to Managing Her Style Like a First Lady (Atria Books; $26.99). Here are five winter apparel essentials for every working woman's closet, so you can channel the First Lady's style savvy and make it your own. ---Janell Hazelwood

Commander-in-Chic: Mikki Taylor’s 5 Winter Apparel Essentials for the Office

'Bankable' winter style picks inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama

Beauty expert Mikki Taylor gives five winter fashion staples for the office inspired by the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The holiday season is in full swing and no matter if you have a short or long list gift ideas are always a plus—especially when it comes to that special someone who’s into cars. Whether you can tell a carburetor from a car gasket or not, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a few automotive gift items for that car enthusiast in your life. From cutting edge gadgets and accessories to apparel choices, we’ve got 15 products that’ll rev up your holiday shopping list. —Branden J. Peters

Holiday Gift Guide: 15 Gifts for the Car Enthusiast in Your Life

Some of the most cutting edge gadgets and apparel choices for your automotive needs

No holiday gift guide would be complete without taking care of the car enthusiasts in…

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Over the years, in business, politics, entertainment and more, there have been sex scandals---those that come and go and those that take down the person or entity they're filed against. Whether true are not, all are painful to watch, and, one would imagine, painful to endure---especially for the women who choose to "stand by their man" through it all. In light of the recent sex scandals that have rocked the worlds of politicians like Herman Cain (pictured, left, with supporters along the campaign trail) and pastors like Bishop Eddie Long, we rounded up a few of the wives who made the decision through uncomfortable press conferences, embarrassing court cases and shocking announcements to stay and be...The Good Wife.---Elayne Fluker

The Good Wife: 9 Women Who Stood By Their Husbands During Scandals

From politicians to pastors, sex scandals and others have shattered the worlds of many, including the women who stand by their man

Throughout the sex scandal, Herman Cain’s wife Gloria Cain stood by her husband. Here, 8…

By Elayne Fluker

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6 Major Facebook Updates You Need to Know About

The social media platform is changing fast are you up to speed?

Facebook updates are constant but the introduction of the new Timeline feature is the most…

By Hajj Flemings

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In these financially-strapped times, the thought of using money you barely have to enjoy yourself might ignite stressful feelings. In fact, a lack of disposable income can lead some to almost never involve themselves in fun or extracurricular activities outside of basic cost of living. However, some mental health experts believe working to pay bills without making time for recreation can lead to major stress. If you desire to have fun but you’re constantly void of funds, here are seven ways to have a good time on a budget. —Quassan Castro

7 Ways To Have Fun On A Budget

You don't always have to spend money to have a good time

In this economy everyone is about saving money which leaves fun by the wayside, well…

By Quassan Castro

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Change Has to Be Authentic

The legacy of the Soul Train brand is built upon the pillars of dance, music and fashion. For Gibbs every brand has its own set of values, which must be expanded upon without compromising integrity. “Consumers now are savvier than ever and you have to be authentic and deliver to them what your brand value is unless of course you are looking to change that,” he says. Gibbs’ strategy includes honoring Soul Train’s musical past while reflecting contemporary pop culture. “Music is our lane but that doesn’t mean we can only show artists that were a part of the iconic past. Our perspective is that Soul Train is and will continue to be the home to the biggest artists in popular music,” he says. “We want to contemporize and reach a subset of our consumer, which is a younger consumer—with the rebirth of the brand.”

6 Tips for Success in Rebranding

Taking over Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train, Kenard Gibbs shares his plans for driving the brand into the 21st century

Kenard Gibbs’ introduction of the Soul Train Awards was just a small step in the…

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From Black Friday door buster specials to pre- and after-Christmas sales, the start of the holiday shopping frenzy may soon engage your inner shopaholic—and leave you with a mound of debt by New Year’s. The average American is expected to spend a little more than $700 on holiday gifts and seasonal merchandise in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Holiday Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey. Nationwide, sales are expected to reach $465.6 billion, putting retailers in the black.

If the shopaholic in you is ready to be unleashed, take steps to control your spending habits so you aren’t left in the red, with credit card debt and an empty savings account before the year is over. Here are some useful tips to control your inner shopaholic this holiday season. —Lynette Khalfani-Cox

5 Holiday Shopping Tips for Shopaholics

Don't get caught up in the craziness of the holiday shopping season, here are a few tips to stay on course

It’s holiday shopping season and shopaholics need be wary of falling into financial trouble. Here…

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If you're anything like me, the idea of waking up at 3am on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving when holiday shopping sales generally begin) to go out in the cold, deal with holiday traffic, throngs of pushy people, and unhelpful employees just to buy a toaster or a pair of Dockers just doesn’t seem that appealing. However, if surfing the Web on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) from the comfort of your home with a cup of coffee in hand for 40% off that Ralph Lauren cashmere sweater on your loved one’s wish list is more your speed then this edition of Suit Your Life is for you.  Here are five tips for successful deal-finding this Cyber Monday. —Gardy V. Guerrier

5 Tips for Successful Deal-Finding on Cyber Monday

Holiday shopping online can be a breeze if you follow these simple rules

Finding Cyber Monday deals is not the problem, it’s knowing how to get the most…

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“Because of my work schedule, I don’t often get to go out to restaurants. But I will see which of my favorite chefs are in town and try to catch them wherever they are. Marcus Samuelsson is the man! He has an incredible palette. His creativity and style are over the top.”  ---Chef Cary Neff

Dine Where the Pros Eat: 5 Top Black-Owned Restaurants

Top chefs and restaurateurs share favorites from across the nation

Restaurateurs and chefs from Black Enterprise magazine’s November 2011 issue share their favorite food spots.

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For many Americans, a big part of the holidays involve giving presents to others. But it’s perfectly fine and feasible to not give gifts to family and friends and still enjoy the holiday season.
	
In fact, if the tough economy or a job layoff has taken a toll on your household budget, this could be the year to not spend any money at all on gifts. Even if you do have money in a bank account to spend, it’s important to realize that there are plenty of other ways to celebrate the season without making all the festivities centered on gift-giving.

	Still, the average American is expected to spend $704 on holiday gifts in 2011, according to the National Retail Federation. Should you opt out of this year’s holiday shopping frenzy like the folks who’ve joined Buy Nothing Day? Perhaps. Here are five reasons why it might be wise not to spend any money at all on gifts on Black Friday and this entire holiday season. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

5 Good Reasons To Buy Nothing & Avoid Holiday Shopping Completely

In a troubled economy, it's perfectly fine not to spend money during the holidays

Holiday shopping can land some people in the poor house. Given the current economic downturn…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

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5 More Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Year’s End

The time to earn more is now

As the end of the year approaches, now is the time to start planning for…

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Seeking perfection in today’s business world is not a successful business strategy. This does not mean that the need for excellence, great customer service, and preparation and planning has to be left to chance. However, when you don't fixate on perfection it means you can move forward with a business idea without waiting until all elements are exactly right.

Don't get caught up in the Perfection Trap: the illusion that everything has to be just right before you will launch. It often serves as an accelerator that moves you beyond what is needed and keeps you from working smarter. It freezes you into over-thinking everything and talking yourself out of even starting. The other problem with trying to achieve perfection is that it is really a moving target.

Here are three Perfection Traps and how you can free yourself from their grip. ---Sheri Riley

Perfection Traps: How Entrepreneurs Can Avoid Total Meltdown

Three reasons entrepreneurs should avoid seeking full perfection before acting on or launching a new project.

Seeking perfection can hinder action. Here’s how entrepreneurs can avoid the Perfection Trap and move…

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The First Amendment allows American citizens the freedom of speech and the right to peaceably assemble. This portion of the Bill of Rights has been the cornerstone of Occupy Wall Street, which started two months ago when swarms of concerned people took over Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park to protest the drastic inequalities between the rich and poor.

The movement has since spread to similar occupations around the country and globe, resulting in civil unrest that some government officials are not too fond of. Despite the occupiers' right to assemble, law enforcement officials have begun unearthing rarely used legal loopholes to evict protesters.  Most recently, Zuccotti Park was temporarily cleared out during a late night raid to clean up the grounds. Although protesters were allowed to return, they were unable to bring along tents and sleeping bags due to city ordinances. AlterNet compiled 12 of the most absurd laws used to stop the Occupy Wall Street movement.

12 Absurd Laws Used to Stop Occupy Wall Street

Some officials are trying to halt the #OWS movement by any means necessary

After two months of civil unrest, some cities are relying on legal loopholes to evict…

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November 13, 2011 was a historical day for Blacks in tech as CNN's Black In America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley aired.  The documentary followed eight entrepreneurs from around the country who relocated to Silicon Valley in the summer to launch their Web tech start-ups as part of the NewME Accelerator Program.
	The documentary alone will not create a 100% meritocracy in Silicon Valley but has sparked discussion that didn't exist about Black Web tech start-ups. Kloudco founder Hank Williams  did an interesting analyst in his "Tech Industry Silence is Deafening on #BlackInAmerica"  post. Only three people from Rob Schoble's Influential Tech Industry list joined the discussion. With #BlackInAmerica being a trending topic the night of the doc’s premier, it’s not likely these tech savvy people missed it. As a note, popular start-up publication, TechCrunch, which routinely reports on the demo days and does extensive profiles of the other accelerator participants, didn't mention it at all. In response, here’s my 5-point recap. —Hajj Flemings

5-Point Recap of CNN’s Black In America 4

What steps need to happen to increase our presence in Silicon Valley

Following the premier of CNN’s Black in America 4: The New Promised Land: Silicon Valley,…

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There are women of color around the world, from the East to the West and beyond, making huge strides to powerfully impact their industries and communities, and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Forbes has highlighted an extensive list of these women, all leaving unbelievably phenomenal marks on Africa to ensure that the continent --- and ultimately, the world --- is a better place to live and grow.

These 20 women---all under 45--- wield influence in African business, technology, policy  and media. They are authors of change, trendsetters, visionaries, and young global leaders.

20 Young African Women of Power

Leaders making strides in technology, health, media, and business

Twenty African women of power under 45 who are changing the world in media, economics,…

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Cash Money artist Drake.

Drake Decoded: How the International Star ‘Takes Care’ of Business

More than just Lil Wayne's protege, Drake is a multi-faceted businessman with his hand in everything

In a few short years, Canadian rap star Drake has made a million-dollar brand that…

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As the co-founder of Violator Management, music industry veteran Chris Lighty has had a hand in the careers of such notable artists as LL Cool J, Missy Elliott and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, among others. Recently, he partnered with fellow music mogul Michael “Blue” Williams to form Primary/Violator, a new full-service management, publishing and marketing firm. During his interview with BlackEnterprise.com about the merger, Lighty shared his five tips for success in business. —Brett Johnson

Chris Lighty’s 5 Tips for Success in Business

The music mogul shares his personal keys to a fruitful career

Co-founder of Violator Management and current manager for Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Chris Lighty reveals…

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Despite being in an economic downturn, the United States has always been known as a consumer nation. With the holiday season fast approaching and some major retailers opting to push their Black Friday business hours up a few hours, American spending expected to reach $465.6 billion in the fourth quarter.

Bundle took a look at spending data calculated by the US government, using anonymous and aggregated spending transactions that were tracked from March 20120 to March 2011, to come up with the top 100 cities for shopaholic citizens in the US. Based on the data the national average for monthly clothes spending comes out to be $142.08. Here are the top 10 shopaholic cities in the US, ranked by the highest average monthly spending.

10 Most Shopaholic Cities in the US

These 10 cities will likely top the holiday shopping list this year

Despite the economic downturn, America continues to be a consumer society where spending is at…

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Everyone needs a network of people they can count on, in both in their personal lives, and in business. For entrepreneurs especially, these support networks can make the difference between feeling like you’re out there on your own, to being deeply connected to other entrepreneurs and having a team of friends, advisers or partners to turn to when you’re not sure which direction to go.

Here are seven tips for building the ultimate network to support your entrepreneurial goals.---Tina Wells

7 Ways to Build Your Entrepreneur Support Network

How to make the most of your network

Everyone needs a network, in both in their personal lives, and in business. Tina Wells…

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There has been a a lot of advice for job seekers on how to conduct a successful interview. However, there hasn't been much focus on the toughest interview of all, the one you face when you are over 50. This age group has the highest rate of unemployment today, and the highest level since the Great Depression.

Interviewing can be especially challenging for job candidates over 50 because recruiters and hiring authorities can hold biases, and many are are not good at interviewing to start with. Many workers over 50 never really had to learn how to interview seriously for a job while out of work, or might still hold on to outdated standards when it comes to marketing themselves.

Here are five important strategies for the over 50 job seeker on how to ace the interview and use their age as an asset, not a handicap. ---Tucker Mays and Bob Sloane

5 Interview Strategies for the Over-50 Job Seeker

How to sell yourself so that age is an asset, not a handicap

How senior workers can sell themselves in the job market.

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After a long fought battle with liver cancer, boxing great Joe Frazier passed away this past Monday, November 7, 2011 at the age of 67. While his name is often tied to flamboyant fighter Muhammad Ali, who he fought in three memorable bouts, Frazier built his reputation on his own blood, sweat and tears. The Beaufort, South Carolina native pulled himself up out of poverty to be one of the sport’s top fighters (32-4-1). In the wake of his passing, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the many milestones in Smokin’ Joe Frazier’s life both in and out the ring. —Anslem Samuel

Joe Frazier Decoded: The People’s Champion Remembered

More than Muhammad Ali's rival, Smokin' Joe Frazier was a working class hero in and out the ring

In the wake of the death of Joe Frazier, boxing fans reflect on his legacy…

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Get the Right Team:

For anyone in a position of power you need to have an efficient team to produce results.  According to Davis, when hiring in the education field there are a few things you need to look for that will ensure you’ve found the right match. “Make sure teachers know their content, care about kids and have patience to work with struggling learners,” he says.  “You have them walk through how to deal with struggling learners and to plan lessons to deal with multiple types of learning.”

5 Tips for Success in Education

How to run a school for the betterment of the teachers, students and parents

P-TECH principal Rashid Ferrod Davis shares his personal techniques for managing a staff of teachers…

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One of the most important parts of the job-seeking or college admission process is the ability to provide quality references. If an employer or school asks you to supply them with references, it’s usually a clear indication that the testimony of those persons will play a big part in whether you get the job or get accepted. The old adage is still true: It’s not what you know, but who you know.”

With this is mind, references should be chosen carefully, strategically, and wisely.  Consider these 5 tips the next time you submit the list of those who could very well make or break the decision to extend the offer. ---Aisha Taylor

5 Tips for Choosing Professional References

How to ensure those giving recommendations are an asset

References can make or break you. Here’s how to choose them wisely while job seeking.

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Anyone who has ever traveled internationally or on any flight longer than five hours for that matter knows that first class is the way to go. You’re treated to more space, amenities and overall comfort. While that’s nice for those that can spring for the extra perks and price, there are a few exclusive international airlines that raise the bar on aerial luxury. With airline companies introducing more innovation within their aircraft facilities to separate themselves from the competition, Born Rich compiled a list of the world’s most luxurious international airlines that keep their elite customers vouching for their services.

17 Most Luxurious International Airlines

First class is only the beginning of how to fly in luxury

International travel can be a chore when not seated in first class. Well, these luxurious…

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The leaves are changing. The air is brisk. Fall is officially here (earlier than expected in some places). This is my favorite season because the drop in temperature allows you the chance to truly showcase your style by playing with different colors and textures. Another reason is for the ability to get away for a cozy weekend with that special person. In this edition of Suit Your Life I’ll give you the perfect weekend getaway wardrobe that will take you from apple picking in the orchard to a nice candle lit dinner at a fine restaurant that evening to anything else you may want to do in between. —Gardy V. Guerrier


SYL TIP: When prepping for a weekend trip, pack light. Choose items that compliment each other, and can be interchanged and layered, to give you the most outfit options without having to take up too much space in your weekend bag.

13 Fall Essentials For a Weekend Getaway

As the holidays approach, there might be some quick trips in your forecast so here's a style guide

Fall is upon us and whether you’re apple picking in the orchard or having a…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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VICTORIA ROWELL: Known for her role as Drucilla Winters on the Emmy award-winning The Young & Restless, Rowell had a childhood filled with many challenges, ultimately leading to her, along with her siblings, being surrendered to Child Services. Rowell was only 16 days old. She grew up in the foster care system, raised for 18 years by a varied network of women who she details in her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow; $26). A staunch advocate of support services, awareness, and rights of foster and adopted children, Rowell is founder of Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP), a program that enriches foster children through art and athletics.

10 Successful Adoptees & Foster Kids Besides Steve Jobs

These notables overcame childhood challenges to blaze trails in their industries

Among Steve Jobs’ many challenges in life was dealing with being abandoned as a child…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Louisiana born, Wisconsin raised and New York grown, Richard “Rico Love” Butler discovered his love of words at the age of 4. By 7-years old, he started coupling his admiration for written expression with music, which led to a profitable career as a songwriter. But his path to success was not easy. While attending Florida A&M University to obtain a degree in journalism, Love realized school wouldn’t be enough. Embarking on trips to Atlanta every weekend to meet with the execs of Crown World Entertainment, the go-getter got his break in the studio with R&B group Jagged Edge. But it wasn’t until 2004 when he got the chance to work with Usher—penning “Throwback” for the Atlanta–based singer’s diamond-certified album —that his dreams materialized. Since then, Love has written and produced records for Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, and most recently Kelly Rowland for her No. 1 single “Motivation.” Love accomplished everything through his shear will and determination and now shares his six tips for being successful. —Amber McKynzie

Super Producer Rico Love’s 6 Tips For Being Successful

The singer/songwriter followed his dreams to the top of his career by following these rules

As the producer and songwriter for Kelly Rowland’s hit single “Motivation,” Rico Love understands what…

By Amber McKynzie

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In 1983 amateur boxer Dewey Bozella was accused and later convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. It took 26 years in New York’s notorious Sing Sing prison before his name could be cleared. Now a free man, Bozella, 52, finally got the chance to live out his dream of being a professional fighter when he stepped into the ring on October 14 and went against 30-year-old fighter, Larry Hopkins, at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. Against all odds, Bozella not only finished the fight but won against an opponent 22 years his junior. The redeemed pugilist ended the evening saying, “Don’t ever give up.” In light of Bozella’s determination and story of redemption, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at seven notable figures that were able to find success despite carrying the stigma of being formerly incarcerated. —Amber McKynzie

7 Celebrities Who Changed Their Lives for the Better After Serving Time

While prison typically is a career killer, these former prisoners still managed to achieve their American dream

After serving 27 years for a crime he didn’t commit Dewey Bozella achieved his dream…

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Top 5 Job-Seeker Excuses and How to Get Over Them

Get past perceived barriers to find career success

Many job seekers are out of work, not because of lack of opportunity but because…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Few can deny the impact Dr. Bill Cosby has made in entertainment. From being the first African American to play a leading role in a TV show on NBC’s I Spy (1965-68) to making his self titled series The Cosby Show No. 1 on the same network almost 20 years later, he has withstood the test of time in Hollywood as a writer, producer, director, actor, composer and more. More than just an entertainer with over 2.3 million Twitter followers (@BillCosby), Cosby has managed to evolve his sphere of influence and remain relevant through his philanthropic efforts, advertising, public speaking, business acumen and involvement in academia. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the iconic Dr. Bill Cosby. —Kevin Clark

Bill Cosby Decoded: A Family-Friendly Brand

The comedian and philanthropist has blazed trails in television, advertising and more

From comedian to actor to educator and philanthropist, Bill Cosby has done it all and…

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A veteran of the music industry, Michael “Blue” Williams worked his way up the ranks to make a name for himself as the artist manager for such notable acts such as OutKast. The President of Family Tree Entertainment recently partnered with fellow music mogul Chris Lighty to form Primary/Violator,  a new full-service management, publishing and marketing firm. During his interview with BlackEnterprise.com about the merger, Williams shared his five tips for success in business. —Brett Johnson

Blue Williams’ 5 Tips for Success in Business

The longtime music manager reveals his personal keys to success

Music mogul and OutKast manager Michael “Blue” Williams shares trade secrets on what it takes…

By Brett Johnson

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Everyone loves a team player. They're the people willing to offer their individual skills and talents to achieve a collective goal. They're not into throwing people under the bus or back-biting. They see the big picture and seek to fulfill the bottom line while also letting their specific contribution be recognized.


There are certain qualities that every team player embodies, and Madame Noire takes a look at eight of those. See whether you hold these traits, and if you don't, learn how you can develop them.

8 Traits That Make You a Great Team Player

A great asset to any company, these qualities ensure your success

Madame Noire details qualities that make anyone an awesome team player

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Do you want to become the next Seth Godin, Steve Jobs or Daymond John? First you’ll need some pointers to help establish yourself as a thought leader in the era of digital technology. One disclaimer: having a blog does not make you a thought leader just like having an iPhone will not make you think like Steve Jobs.
	In the end thought leadership has the ability to translate into revenue in the Web 2.0 world for infopreneurs (entrepreneurs who generate their revenue by creating content). The typical streams of income for thought leaders/infopreneurs come from creating products and creating experiences, like writing books, speaking at conferences/events, and creating other content products. Following Black Enterprise’s 20/20 Vision: Job Creation & Career Opportunities in The Next Economy with Wal-Mart in Los Angeles, CA earlier this week, this article will help individuals understand how to use digital technology, content curation and branding as a thought leadership strategy. —Hajj Flemings

5 Ways to Establish Yourself as a Thought Leader

In a tough economy some can find a second career as a thought leader in their passion

Positioning yourself as a thought leader can earn you extra money and a brand new…

By Hajj Flemings

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Earlier this week, a select group of online reporters were given the opportunity to sit down with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Old Family Dining Room in the East Wing of White House. Among those in attendance was iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, who spoke with Mrs. Obama about a wide range of topics, including her Let’s Move campaign against childhood obesity and creating a normal environment for her daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 10, despite residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.   BlackEnterprise.com pulled a few parenting nuggets of wisdom from Michelle on keeping your kids grounded. —Anslem Samuel

Michelle Obama’s 6 Rules of Parenting

In addition to being the First Lady Michelle Obama is still a mother that knows best

A First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama has a duty to uphold as…

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The beauty business is a multi-billion dollar industry. From hair and fashion to makeup and spa treatments, there are numerous avenues to carve out a lane for oneself. That’s something both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and Chioma Valcourt have done. An Emmy Award-winning journalist with a successful career in media, Trigg-Jones followed her passion and opened Spa Catchi, a Midtown Manhattan day spa/cosmetic surgery center with her husband, celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Michael E. Jones. Similarly, Valcourt, who’s made her mark in the industry as a celebrity hair designer, runs Next Vanity, a full service salon in Manhattan. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the entrepreneurs, who shared their personal commandments for finding success in the beauty business. —Anslem Samuel

5 Commandments of Finding Success in the Beauty Business

Two women that have managed to carve out their own niche in the beauty world share their trade secrets

Both Cathleen Trigg-Jones and celebrity hair stylist Chioma Valcourt have followed their passions in the…

By Anslem Samuel

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Confront the Culprit

Lastly, you need to confront this person directly. It doesn’t matter if that person is a “close” family member. I don’t care if it’s your sister, a cousin---or even your mother. Let this individual know that they have totally crossed the line and damaged your finances and credit rating in a way that is completely unfair, disrespectful to you, and that has long-lasting implications. Tell the person that they have exactly one week to contact every creditor in which they used your name to close the account or cut off service in your name---and put it in their name.

Ask the Money Coach: 5 Steps to Take When a Relative Ruins Your Credit

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you how to make a credit comeback

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox tells you what steps you need to take to make a credit comeback

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Despite being just 24, DJ Tay James has accomplished a lot in his field. In addition to being Justin Bieber’s tour DJ, he’s been the go-to-jock for events like the 2010 White House Easter Egg Roll and the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He still finds time to offer his services to those interested in pursuing a career as a DJ with one-on-one lessons he provides during his downtime.
	Although he honed his skills via the traditional method of two turntables, a mic, a mixer, headphones and a few speakers, James is no stranger to the digital age. There’s no way any DJ worth his or her weight in vinyl could ignore the advent of CDJs and the revolutionary Serato. While the advancement of technology is scary to most DJs in the industry nowadays, James couples it with the traditional to use it to his advantage. So aside from headphones and speakers, what tops James’ must-have list of gadgets and apps for the digital age DJ? BlackEnterprise.com picked the hi-tech jock’s brain for the answers. —Amy Andrieux

3 Tech Tools For the Modern Day DJ

Justin Bieber’s DJ Tay James Shares his must-have tech list for DJing in the digital age

DJ Tay James, who serves as the tour DJ for Justin Bieber, understands the importance…

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Quitting a job you hate is easy, but walking away from a job you love is down-right heartbreaking. Leaving a situation like that is similar to divorcing a spouse, and as such requires some time to grieve, heal properly and move on in a healthy way.

I speak from experience. When I put in my notice to resign as managing editor of a popular lifestyle Website, I was sad, anxious and resolute. Chin up, dressed as cute as cute could be (just sayin’), I gave up a job I loved. It was time for me to leave, so I could pursue my personal writing and business goals. 

Sometimes, moving on is a necessary part of career and personal growth. The break up between you and your job can amicable but painful. Check out a few tips for divorcing your job while still maintaining your sanity. ---Demetria Irwin

Walking Away: How to Amicably Divorce Your Job

Resigning because of transition --- not transgression --- can be hard, but necessary

Sometimes leaving a job isn’t on bad terms. Here’s how to amicably divorce a position…

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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

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Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be hard to muster the energy to get out of bed every morning. You get the case of the Monday blues or feel like your bed is so comfy, you don't want to leave it.

Well, Madame Noire details some effective tips on how to boost your motivation and capture that up-and-at-em attitude that will lead to a productive and positive day.

Get Up And Go: How to Motivate Yourself Before Work

These steps will ensure you have the motivation to start your day right

Even though many of us are grateful to have gainful employment, sometimes it can be…

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Each year some of the culture’s greats descend upon Atlanta, Georgia for the BET Hip-Hop Awards.  This year’s gathering was no different as a who’s who of hip-hop celebrities, as well as industry experts and avid fans, gathered to highlight the accomplishments of the trendsetters and trailblazers. Among those honored were LL Cool J, who received the “I Am Hip-Hop Icon” award.


 
 

As an added bonus, some of the movers and shakers in attendance at the 2011 award show got a chance to experience Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey, the 400-plus page coffee table book that documents the art form’s storied history and influence through original essays and photos. Here are a few highlights of the behind-the-scenes experience. —Anslem Samuel




 

Atlanta rapper Roscoe Dash is all smiles as he flips through the expansive book.

Hip-Hop Stars Take a ‘Cultural Odyssey’

Hip-hop's biggest names got a chance to flip through the new coffee table book that documents their culture

A photo recap of the BET Hip-Hop Awards 2011 that highlights various rap stars and…

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At just 17 years old, LL became Def Jam Record’s flagship artist. His debut album, Radio, went on to go platinum and his 13-album catalog features many more million-plus sellers, including 1992’s Mama Said Knock You Out and 1997’s Mr. Smith, which both sold over two million copies and earned LL a pair of Grammies. To date, the Queens rapper’s catalog includes a dozen proper albums chockfull of classic records, and all that songwriter publishing means plenty of guaranteed money in the bank.

LL Cool J Decoded: The Greatest Brand of All Time

Taking home I Am Hip-Hop honors at the BET Hip-Hop Awards the entertainment veteran gets Decoded

From artist to actor to author to businessman, LL Cool J is a brand that…

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RINGS: 
	David Yurman has always been a brand that has excelled at creating quality jewelry for men that is handsomely beautiful and here are a selection of their rings that exemplify just that.
	 
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	Clockwise, from top left: Armory Dome Ring ($550); Curb Chain Ring, wide ($400); Maritime Band Ring, 10mm ($850); Naturals Sea Urchin band ring ($575).
	Available at DavidYurman.com

23 Accessories for the Well-Dressed Man

Accenting your outfit is not just for women, here are several pieces of men's jewelry to help you stand out in style

Men’s style doesn’t end with a tailored suit and crisp shirt and shoes, having the…

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DON’T FORGET TO SHOWCASE YOUR WORK

“Hit the film festival circuit,” LaMothe says flatly. A lot of filmmakers attract notoriety and investors by showcasing their projects at the various film fests that are held annually. You don’t have to attend them all but having a presence can be the springboard you need to get your work out there. “If you have something that resonates with people, and just stands out, it’ll get its attention,” he ads. “It’ll get its due, which of course will help you move forward with your next project.”

6 Things Not to Do When Making an Independent Film

Director Jerry LaMothe shares his personal don't for getting an indie film off the ground during a recession

Over the course of 11 years director/actor Jerry LaMothe has found success making films independently…

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Cashing it In
Ever feel like your feeding a slot machine when pouring all your change into a coin-counter? Perhaps that's because your bank is taking a cut from your cash. The standard fee is 5 percent of the total amount converted.

What you can do: Don't wait until you have bags and bags of loose change before wrapping them in paper rolls. Instead, pick up the empty paper coin tubes at your bank and wrap as you go.

Andrea Woroch is a nationally recognized consumer and money-saving expert for Kinoli, Inc.

9 Most Irritating Bank Fees and What to Do About Them

Useful tips to help you cope with rising bank fees and constant changes

Black Enterprise explores the 9 most irritating bank fees and what can be done about…

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

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How to Answer the Most Common — And Difficult — Job Interview Questions

Come with your A-game to avoid tanking during the job seeking process

Here’s how to answer typical interview questions that job candidates commonly flub.

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Average annual cash growth was more than 20% : The company's cash increased from $4 billion in 2000 to $28.4 billion at the end of June 2011.

Steve Jobs by the Numbers

A snapshot into the building of a multi-billion-dollar empire

With the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, here’s a quick look at the numbers…

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When it comes to gaining valuable work experience to compete in today's job market, it is undeniable that internships are vital in building a quality resume. And making the most of each experience is key. "As a previous intern and internship supervisor, I’ve witnessed a plethora of students fail at optimizing their internship experiences," says Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D., educational consultant, NASA researcher and author of Learn to Intern CEO Style (Antoine Moss; $15). "The primary reason is because students didn’t know how to separate themselves from the pack."

	Moss came up with the Creator of Excellent Opportunities (CEO) framework, detailed in his book, and offers these tips for students who want to find long-lasting success in achieving not only current career goals, but making impressions that will have a lasting, positive impact:

Intern Like a CEO: 5 Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience

You can make power moves no matter what position you hold in the company

Author of Learn to Intern CEO Style, Antoine D. Moss, Ph.D. offers six tips on…

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You carried your baby for nine months, anticipated the little one's arrival, and you've been celebrating and bonding since the day you two left the hospital. But now, the dreaded day has come when you have to leave your bundle of joy and return to the office. One of the most difficult transitions for working women is leaving their newborn at home to get back to work.

Well, the staff at Madame Noire has you covered, with their step-by-step guide on making the transition from full-time new mommy to working parent that much easier. Check it out:

How to Return to Work after Having Your Baby

Making leaving the little one for the office a little easier

Madame Noire tells how to make the transition from childbirth back to the office with…

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Accelerate your payments and delay your collections. Towards the year end, purchase any needed supplies and delay any collections. Purchasing supplies will lower your profit thereby reducing the amount of taxes paid in the current year. Delaying collections will lower your income level, thereby reducing the tax amount owed in the current year. Although the taxes will not be assessed in the current tax year, they will be delayed to the next year. “I definitely do caution business owners because, if they spend too much at year-end, in January, some companies, they’re struggling to make payroll,” says Robbie Hampton. However, this strategy really only works when the company is profitable.

10 Year-End Small Biz Tax Tips

These measures can help save your business time and money

These end-of-year measures can help save your business time and money

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ADCOLOR Awards Honors Earl G. Graves Sr. & Other Media Trailblazers

Highlights from this year's celebration of minorities in advertising, marketing and media

Founded in 2005 by Tiffany R. Warren, the ADCOLOR Industry Coalition pays homage to professionals…

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Daisy Lewellyn, our Working Your Style host, broke down the fashion dos and don'ts for the professional man and woman. Here, she gives alternative looks for those dangerous don'ts featured in our video. If you're looking for looks like those, here are some inspired by the makeover segment, all available at Lord & Taylor. BE Polished! ---Janell Hazelwood

Working Your Style: Get the Look Inspired by Office Fashion Makeovers

Key office staples to give your office look a boost

Here are key pieces from our Working Your Style segment where we makeover office fashion…

By Janell Hazelwood

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According to reports, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is at a major low as concerns for his re-election increase. With black unemployment at more than 16% and a still recessionary economic climate, the morale among supporters is undeniably shaky.

Despite the negative overall outlook on the state of the U.S. economy, there have been notable milestones in Obama's presidency. NewsOne has compiled 40 reasons to laude Obama's presidency from the capture of Osama Bin Laden to his new initiative that seeks to put veterans back to work.

40 High Points of Barack Obama’s Presidency

Despite low approval rating, here are reasons his White House term can be lauded

Though his current approval rating is at an all-time low, here are 40 high points…

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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EDDIE MURPHY AS "DR. JOHN DOLITTLE" IN DR. DOLITTLE (1998) The central character in a series of children's books by Hugh Lofting (1920–1952), Doctor John Dolittle shuns human patients in favor of animals that he can communicate with in their own languages. Actor Rex Harrison played the lead role in the 1967 film adaptation, but Murphy helped revive the character with his 1998 remake, which grossed over $250 million worldwide and spawned several sequels.

Eddie Murphy Decoded: Road to the Riches & the Oscars

Breaking down the economic influence the Oscars' new host has over Hollywood

Veteran comedian/actor Eddie Murphy was recently tapped to host the 2012 Oscars. The Hollywood veteran…

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The pride and polish of business attire is an indisputable workplace norm that has stood the test of time. As part of our As part of our BE Polished style package, Black Enterprise editors and staff showcase how they work their power game and look at the office while adding their own special flavor to show personality and professionalism. ---Janell Hazelwood

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Style Profile: A Day at the Office with Black Enterprise

How BE editors and staff work professional and polished looks -- with flair

Black Enterprise staff and editors show unique workplace style and tell their top fashion essentials…

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You’ve just landed your dream first job right out of college; the pay may not be great, but it’s the first step to the head of the boardroom. On your journey up the corporate ladder it’s always important to look professional, but you don’t want to look like you ransacked your father's suit closet. In this edition of Suit Your Life, we have some great suit options that are both stylish and just the right price for the guy starting out or any businessman looking to save without sacrificing quality. —Gardy V. Guerrier

 

	SYL TIP: When building a work wardrobe it’s best to start with three to five well constructed suits in basic colors (black, dark blue, grey, and a subtle pinstripe) that can be interchanged with various shirt and tie combinations.

5 Suits Under $500

Affordable fashion for the well-dressed businessman

A good suit doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are a…

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The former Single Ladies actress appeared on the small screen in The Cosby Show as Denise Huxtable’s friend, Michelle, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, but most remember this part Mexican beauty as Dionne from the 1995 film Clueless.  She went on to star in the television spinoff under the same name from 1996-1999.

Did You Know? These 15 Notables Are Latino

See which entertainers, politicians, and media personalities are of Hispanic origin

As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting 15 figures you didn’t…

By Janel Martinez

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In today's job market, having that competitive edge of great style and confidence is key when pursuing career success. And these BlackEnterprise.com readers know just how important it is to put your best look forward. As part of our BE Polished style series, readers sent in photos of their power looks and told what key pieces prepare them to take on the work world with flair. ---Janell Hazelwood

Your Power Look: Readers Showcase Confident Style

Taking fashion from their closets to career success

BlackEnterprise.com readers showcase the power look that give them the confidence to pursue success

By Janell Hazelwood

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In addition to a new career path, rapper-turned-author Malice (born Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr.) the critically acclaimed lyricist has also gained a new spiritual connection. This new perspective on life is evident in his debut novel, Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind, and Naked, which was named after a verse in the book of Revelations. BlackEnterprise.com recently caught up with Thornton, who shared his top five books for spiritual growth. —Anslem Samuel

Gene “Malice” Thornton’s Top 5 Books for Spiritual Growth

Reconnecting with his spiritual side, the rapper-turned-author lists his favorite reads

As one-half of rap group the Clipse, Gene Elliott Thornton, Jr. (better known as Malice)…

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Get the Look: Idris Elba at the 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards

Celebrity style at the everyday professional's price

Ladies love the always dapper Idris Elba. Here’s how the average consumer can mimic his…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mudslinging in politics and the press makes it a challenge to learn the facts about President Barack Obama’s record so far in office.  You would think that healthcare policy is the only area in which he has had an impact.

Being a business owner and concerned citizen, and knowing that entrepreneurship and business growth are ultimately going to be the driving forces of new job creation, I decided to go on a fact-finding mission to learn more about what President Obama has done for entrepreneurs and small business.  Here are five facts that we never hear about in the mainstream press. —Felicia Joy

5 Ways President Obama Has Helped Entrepreneurs

Don't be fooled by the headlines, the commander-in-chief supports small business

While many focus on the President’s healthcare policies, he has also made great strides in…

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Classes from 9am to 3pm, your organizations’ meetings scheduled right after, and you’re trying to sneak a bite to eat in between.  Oh, and of course you can’t forget Facebook/YouTube/Twitter/Tumblr-time. Are you wondering what time that leaves for homework and studying?   

Welcome to the life of today’s college student.  A study released last year by Philip Babcock and Mindy Marks, professors from the University of California, discovered the amount of time the average college student at a four-year college spends studying has declined by 42% since 1961, which narrows work outside of the classroom down to approximately 14 hours per week. With students spending less time hitting the books, they have to maximize whatever time is available for studying and completing assignment. As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has supplied students with three, easy-to-follow pointers on maximizing their study time. —Janel Martinez

3 Ways College Students Can Optimize Their Study Time

At a time when students are cramming more into less time, see how these simple tips can make it all possible

The average college student has less and less study time to prepare for exams and…

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Power looks require power investments, especially when it comes to classic pieces that make up the foundation of a polished professional's wardrobe. As part of our BE Polished style series, we highlight key apparel and accessories that will ensure your office look is always on point. ---Sirita Wright

His and Hers: Fashion Classics for the Professional Closet

Style items no polished professional should be without

For the working man or woman, these fall fashion staples will ensure their look remains…

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Every small business owner should position his or herself as a thought leader in their industry or arena of business. Launching a business blog can be an important part of any successful entrepreneur’s business strategy to help meet their business goals. The Internet is driven by links and every blog post is a unique listing in Google, so it’s time to establish social proof of your business acumen by blogging. While blogging has been around for a while some don’t know the intricacies of being successful at it. Here are eight basic tips to get you started on the right track. —Hajj Flemings

8 Blogging Basics for Small Business Owners

Starting a blog is only the first step, here's what you need to make it a successful business

Blogging has become an important part of promoting a business. Here are key steps in…

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SAGGING CLOTHES: The only thing worse than sagging jeans is sagging dress pants. The stereotypes associated with men who sag their pants are all negative. A professional seeking career success shouldn’t want those unfavorable labels to follow them on the job. It’s best to choose well fitting, tailored pants that aren’t too tight, too short, too long or too big and are complimented with a belt.

	Visit BlackEnterprise.com/style for more Fashion Week coverage as well as features on how you can upgrade our professional style profile!

10 Ways Your Style Is Hindering Career Success

Avoid these fashion don'ts while in the office

When it comes to workplace success, image speaks volumes. Avoid these 10 fashion faux pas…

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With constant advances in technology, educators and students have to find the right tools to keep lectures interesting and engagement at an all time high. Let’s face it: the classroom, library, and study centers are no longer just for books—add laptops, iPods, tablets, and e-book readers to the list of must-have gadgets students are toting around campus. In fact, most colleges and universities are meeting students where they’re at, providing pupils with work accessible only on interactive platforms, such as the growingly popular podcasts, which are being used to elaborate on homework assignments, share lecture notes and access additional class materials. As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com suggests students check out these five podcasts that will boost their academic prowess. —Janel Martinez

5 Must-Have Podcasts for College Students

Undergraduates (and grad students) stay informed with these essential educational supplements

Staying a wake in class can be a chore in itself for many student but…

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Lets face it: Today’s corporate woman is constantly on the go. And maintaining equilibrium in career, home, and spirit while being a stylish trendsetter isn’t always easy. As part of our BE Polished style series, we detail some awesome products to keep on hand for those fashion emergencies. These items will help you maintain a flawless look, and ensure you’re always ready to put your best look forward when sealing the next business deal. Your transition from the corporate office to an after-work mixer, or a date at that chic cigar lounge this fall will be seamless! ---Sirita Wright

Emergency Style Kit: 10+ Essentials for the Working Fashionista

Don't get caught at the office without these items to maintain your polished look

Last minute meetings or business events can arise at any moment, this emergency style kit…

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Every powerful man should maintain a look of success by remaining both professional and stylish. And as the age-old saying goes, when you look good, you feel good. Maintain your professional and polished swagger and don't get caught slipping by keeping a personal emergency style kit. As part of our BE Polished series, we highlight must-have products and fashion items that will help any professional man of style go from the office to an impromptu meeting to cocktail hour with ease, despite any workday stresses or snafus. ---Janell Hazelwood

Men’s Style Kit: 10+ Essential Items for the Professional Man

These essentials will ensure you maintain your best look, from the office and beyond

Every professional man of style should keep these must-have products and fashion items in their…

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With more than 48 million iPad’s projected to be sold in 2011—largely due to mobile workers—we’ll start to see an increase in the way people use the device for business. The simple fact is workers are spending more time executing tasks remotely and accessing email from mobile devices (of this market segment 32% of employees rely on multiple mobile devices to complete their work). Providing portability and functionality, the iPad is quickly trumping the laptop as the meeting-ready mobile device of choice. Here are six reasons why, along with a few accompanying apps. —Hajj Flemings

6 Reasons to Replace Your Laptop with an iPad

iPad revolution is in full swing, it’s time to upgrade how you do business

Providing portability and functionality, the iPad is quickly trumping the laptop as the meeting-ready mobile…

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Taking care of financial matters may be the last thing on your mind when you're dealing with a parent or loved one who is dying. But when a relative has been diagnosed with a terminal illness or has become very sick, you may need to take steps to protect their wealth and organize the family’s finances.  Planning for death isn’t easy, and can be a very stressful experience. However, educating yourself on what types of resources are available to you, and taking some time to review a will and other financial documents can help you and your family member better prepare for that loved one’s passing. Here are five financial steps you need to take when a parent or loved one is terminally ill. —Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

5 Financial Steps to Take When a Parent or Loved One is Dying

Preparing for the loss of a family member is a matter of life and debt

Death is a reality of life that most try to avoid but when you know…

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It’s no secret that the cost to attend college can be quite expensive. As a result, most students heading back to school or those heading away for home for the first time will rely heavily on student loans and financial aid. While this assistance is a welcome safety blanket for those with limited funds, it also begins the cycle of post-grad debt. In an effort to help steer students in the right direction, here are six options for new graduates looking for debt relief. —Kahliah A. Laney

6 Tips for Decreasing Student Loan Debt Post Grad

Get educated on paying off that college debt faster

Student loans are usually the beginning of a cycle of debt that holds us back…

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It’s that time of the year again when you’re bombarded with tons of back to school commercials, followed by the fall window displays and that signature end-of-summer breeze. For many college students, it means buckling down and hitting the books again (yes, less Facebook and Twitter time), but why do so without gadgets that will make college life easier? As part of our Back to School coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has selected six tech apparatuses you should invest in this semester. —Janel Martinez

6 Tech Tools To Make College Life More Manageable

These uber cool gadgets will make the college experience run a bit smoother

As the back to school rush continues, college bound students will need to be up…

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Ladies, if you're hitting the courts during the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of these great style picks just for the fab tennis pro in you. You're sure to make the right statement among new and old attendees alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

6 Must-Have Tennis Accessories for Her

This tennis apparel will ensure you hit the tennis courts with flair

Have these women’s tennis apparel essentials on hand at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

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10 Signs of an Outdated Resume

Don't miss out on a job opportunity because you fell behind on updating your resume

Avoid disqualifying your resume because of outdated practices. These 10 things signal that you’re now…

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6 Signs Your Extreme Couponing Has Gotten Too Extreme

Don’t let your coupon behavior become obsessive

Saving money is always a plus but when your obsession with clipping coupons borders on…

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Use coupons for price reductions. Don’t miss out on a great deal--- compliments of a coupon---when you’re forced to purchase a brand new textbook. Sites like RetailMeNot.com and PromoCodes.com list the latest coupons and special offers by several major retailers that sell textbooks and other college supplies. A quick search is all it takes to find some attractive discounts on your next purchase.  Coupons are a good idea if you have any college courses that require you to purchase the latest edition of a book. Just be prepared for some serious sticker shock. It’s not uncommon for a new college textbook to cost $100 or more.

7 Ways to Save on College Textbooks and Supplies

Use these smart tips to save as much as 80% on books and supplies this year!

Lynnette Khalfani-Cox gives smart tips that could save you as much as 80% on textbooks…

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Ladies, before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge, check out a few of our favorite functional, fashionable, and, yes, very fun pieces for the green and the court. These wears are sure to impress your colleagues and potential business partners alike. —Daisy Lewellyn

7 Stylish Golf Fashion Staples for Her

Shine at the Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis Challenge with these style must-haves

Before you finalize your packing list for the 18th annual Black Enterprise/Pepsi Golf & Tennis…

By Daisy Lewellyn

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Are paper business cards extinct? As I travel to various interactive conferences I find there are more digital transfers of contact information than business cards changing hands. With the introduction of smartphones and tablets into the work environment, people have the ability to share their contact information digitally in real-time so the idea of a physical card may be a thing of the past for some. 	One of the major problems with traditional business cards is that we have a pile of them; we can never find the one we need when we need it and our pertinent business contacts need to be stored digitally. There are a host of technologies that can equip users to store contacts digitally that can be accessed from any mobile device at anytime and integrates a social layer to business networking and provides the context of the interaction. Still, I would argue that there is still value in paper business cards so don’t throw your cards away, yet. But here are five digital tools that can help you make the transition smoothly. —Hajj Flemings

5 Apps to Replace Your Paper Business Cards

In a digital world exchanging contact information means more than passing out business cards

With the advent of smartphones and tablets, physical business cards are slowly becoming obsolete as…

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For too long women have been forced to figure out how to survive on their own. I wrote my book, SKIRTS in the Boardroom to equip women with the tools necessary to chart their own course. S.K.I.R.T.S. is actually an acronym that represents the characteristics that today’s woman must have to thrive in the boardroom, which ultimately represents any place of power that is male-dominated---a place where decisions are made and where you have a chance to show what you're made of. While it may change at different stages of your life, the boardroom is your playing field. It's also a place where the good ‘ole boys' network has, and continues to, flourish. It is time for the ladies to take their seats in the executive suite.   So how do you position yourself to thrive in and out of the boardroom?  Here seven savvy qualities that today’s S.K.I.R.T.S. must possess to go to the next level. (Pay attention, fellas---you can learn some fabulous tips, too!)---Marshawn Evans

6 Keys to Becoming a SKIRT in The Boardroom

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

How women can smartly earn a seat in the executive suite

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There’s a little trick when it comes to the game of golf: the way you carry yourself on the green far outweighs how you play the game. Golf swagger, if you will. Don’t get me wrong, its authentic skills that will get you the W, but working towards that inevitably takes time and right now all you have is your reputation (possibly even a job offer) on the line. Don’t fret,  BlackEnterprise.com  caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club, who briefed us on the dos and don’ts of golfing—whether you’re a beginner or a well-seasoned golfer. You can catch the PGA professional giving one-on-one instruction at The Black Enterprise Pepsi Golf and Tennis Challenge this Labor Day weekend (August 30-September 3, 2012)--Janel Martinez

8 Dos and Don’ts of Golf Etiquette

Golf instructor Rodney Green schools golfers--new and old--on the code of the game

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Rodney Green, director of golf at the Innisbrook Resort & Golf…

By Janel Martinez

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How the Facebook Privacy Adjustments Affect You

Be aware of changes to the social media site that affect who can see what

Facebook recently announced their new privacy settings and redesign they’re rolling out in the coming…

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So you've made it through the undergraduate experience and you're headed into the job market. You've done your internships, volunteered and built up a pretty nice professional and social network. As part of <a title="our Back-to-School coverage" href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/backtoschool/"><strong>our Back-to-School coverage</strong></a>, BlackEnterprise.com offers this step-by-step guide to finding career success, from the search, to the interview, to salary and benefits negotiations to keeping the job. <i> --- Janell Hazelwood </i>

From College Graduation to Career Success: Your Step-by-Step Guide

How to successfully transition from college student to working professional

Here’s a step-by-step guide for college graduates to finding career sucesss, from job search to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Now is the time to start a business. Launching a business in college (See 5 reasons why you should here) — or collaborating on one — sets you up for a bright and successful future.  I’ve come up with 25 ideas college students can start for $200 or less.  Believe it! You can use one (or more) of these suggestions or come up with your own.  Some of these startup ideas may work better than others, or, depending on where you go to college, may not work at all, but it's up to you  so choose wisely and adjust quickly if the business you start isn’t advancing. So, college CEO, before you head back to school for the semester pick your money-making match.---Felicia Joy

25 Savvy Startups Students Can Launch for $200 or Less

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

College students can tap into their inner CEO with these smart startup ideas

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

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

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Women of Power TV Show Set to Premiere October 25

Black Enterprise’s nationally syndicated Women’s Power show debuts October 25 on TV One.

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