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Hollywood power couple Laurence Fishburne and Gina Torres accept the Visionary Artist award.

PHOTOS: Harlem School of the Arts Honors Laurence Fishburne, Gina Torres and Leaders in Philanthropy

Entrepreneurs Janice S. and Christopher J. Williams among honorees for leadership

On Oct. 8, the Harlem School of the Arts honored leaders in business and Hollywood…

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China Muoka, technology entrepreneur and CEO of JobClickr and RentIsh, gave attendees tips on search engine optimization (SEO) and talked about the importance of your brand's searchability. It's important you know what's on the Web about you, your company or your brand and how you can control that, he said.

IBOM LLC Hosts Interactive Social Media Week Event for Young Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Media, tech and law professionals talk branding and best practices

On Sept. 27, Ibom LLC in partnership with The City College of New York, hosted…

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On Sept. 22, thousands from the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean gathered to celebrate their heritage and culture at the African Day Parade held in the heart of Harlem in New York City. Sen. Bill Perkins led the parade alongside dignitaries and global leaders including representatives from Argentina, Angola, Mauritania, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Africa Embassies, from Cordell Cleare, Martin R Munitz and Olivier Prevot, to Kady Doumbia, Ladji Doumbia and Kone Kad. Also, representatives from the offices of Keith Wright, Charles Rangel and Robert Jackson came out to support and enjoy the days festivities.

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PHOTOS: African Day Parade Brings Together Culture, Community and Global Leaders

Festival and celebration led by Sen. Bill Perkins and international dignitaries

On Sept. 22, thousands gathered to celebrate their heritage and culture at the Africa Day…

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Africa-America Institute president and CEO Amini Kajunju is a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the first African ever to serve at the helm of the oldest nonprofit organization of its kind in the United States.

AAI Anniversary Awards Gala: Global Business Leaders Talk Bridging the Gap Between Africa and America

Global leaders gather at Africa-America Institute gala for a night of celebration and acknowledgment

On Sept. 25, global leaders gathered to celebrate the Africa-America Institute’s 60th anniversary, bridging the…

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Global Jobs: Leaders Talk Employment in Africa and Transitioning from the Diaspora

Professionals talk global career positioning and transitioning at AAI Talent Summit

On Sept. 21, the Africa-America Institute (AAI) kicked off its career expo, featuring experts who…

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Face2Face Africa staff and other attendees connected during the event.

Face2Face Africa Hosts Networking Event for NYC Professionals

State Farm, Arik Air among sponsors and companies in attendance

On Sept. 13, Face2Face Africa, a premier media and events company, hosted a networking…

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


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


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


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

75 Companies Without Black Board Members

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

When will diversity settle in?

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Meet America’s Most Powerful Corporate Directors

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

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

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71 PERCENT: Someone who says, “that’s not my job”

Survey: Top 7 Things Keeping You From a Promotion

Employers say tardiness and deceit major deterrents to career advancement

A recent CareerBuilder survey of managers found top reasons they decline promotions, from tardiness to…

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21 PERCENT would choose the candidate whom I have more in common with

8 Favorable Qualities—Outside of Work Experience—That’ll Get You Hired

Survey: Hiring managers take note of style, sense of humor to make choice

According to a CareerBuilder survey, managers take into account job candidates’ style, sense of humor…

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On Sept. 1, the 8th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs) honored the who's who in African entertainment at New York University's Skirball Center for Performing Arts. The night brought together the best of the best in global talent and business.
The event was hosted by the hilarious comedian Bright ‘BasketMouth’ Okpocha, who kept the audience roaring with laughter. The more than 10-year industry vet has made more than a few celebrities let out a chuckle or two, including Boys 2 Men, Sean Paul, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, and Wyclef Jean. 


(Photos by Oye Diran of FE Photography)

PHOTOS: Who’s Who of Global Talent Honored at NYC Awards Show

International leaders in film and music take home wins

The Nigerian Entertainment Awards brought the best of the best in global talent at NYU’s…

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


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


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

March on Washington Infographic: Black America 50 Years Later

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

The numbers show change, but is it enough?

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Boss Moves: Top 10 Must-Haves for Power Men

Essentials for every professional man for his first day at the office

You’ve graduated and landed your dream gig. Well, here are must-have items, from gadgets to…

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On July 17, more than 400 attendees gathered to support the First Annual Black Ivy Alumni League fundraising gala in New York City. The gala was hosted with Columbia Business School's African-American Alumni Association, Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, Cornell Black Alumni Association and the Association of Black Princeton Alumni, and honored industry leaders who hail from the nation's top schools. A portion of the proceeds from the event will fund New York City public school classroom projects.

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From left, honorees: Robert Reffkin, Founder & CEO at Urban Compass; Jack Brewer, Founder and CEO of The Brewer Group, Inc.; and Keith Boykin, MSNBC commentator

PHOTOS: Black Ivy Alumni League Hosts Philanthropic Event Honoring Leaders

Keith Boykin and Ryan Lesle part of star-studded night

On July 17, more than 400 attendees gathered to support the First Annual Black Ivy…

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Family Business: Puffy & His Diddy Bops

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

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

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mary mary

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

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

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

By Amber McKynzie

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Award-winning actress Jackie Appiah was honored for her excellence in the global film industry.

PHOTOS: Face2Face Africa Celebrates Leaders of the African Diaspora

Business and entertainment leaders honored including actress Jackie Appiah and publisher Aziz G. Adetimirin

On June 15, Face2Face Africa honored leaders including Aziz G. Adetimirin, publisher of The Network…

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Family Business: Brandy, Ray J & Their Commercial Bloodline

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

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

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


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

Family Business: Quincy Jones & His Hollywood Heirs

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

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

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Family Business: Lil Wayne & The Carter Tribe

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

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

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