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What to Look for in a Mobile Hotspot

Mobile broadband USB sticks used to be staples of the business traveler’s gear bag. But…

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Live, On the Air, and in Your Store

Will Lucas customizes content for retailers

About a year ago, Jayson Rogers, a second-generation operator of McDonald’s fast-food restaurants, found out…

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WATCH: MC Hammer Launches His Own Search Engine WireDoo

The rising tech entrepreneur announces a service to rival Google and Bing

From entertainer to tech entrepreneur, MC Hammer has come a long way. With the announcement…

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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…

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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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Microsoft Game Designer Stays ‘Kinected’ to her Roots

Karisma Williams carves out a lane for herself and others in an industry where she's the minority

As a Senior Experience Developer/Designer for Xbox Kinect, Karisma Williams uses her tech knowledge to…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Video Game Enthusiasts Get Crowned ‘Konsole Kingz’

Atlanta businessmen follow their passion by blending hip-hop and video game culture

CJ Peters and Marcus Matthews of Konsole Kingz partners with video game company’s to attract…

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Lester Speight Talks His Way to Success in Gaming World & Hollywood

There’s more than meets the eye with this voiceover actor

As the voice of the Gears of War video game franchise’s Cole Train, actor Lester…

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Matty Rich Goes From Movie Director to Video Game Developer

Known for the critically acclaimed 'Straight Out of Brooklyn,' the noted director reemerges in the gaming industry

Director Matty Rich made his mark at 19 years old with his debut film Straight…

By Anslem Samuel

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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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Bill Gates Talks Innovation

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America's richest man discusses how to get the country back on track

In one-on-one interview with Black Enterprise, America’s richest man discusses how to get the country…

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Steve Jobs Passes Away at 56

The technology innovator succumbs to a rare form of pancreatic cancer but his legacy lives on

An innovator and man of vision, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died Wednesday October 5, 2011…

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Twitter Releases New Web Analytics Tool

The microblogging site offers social media marketers a new way to track their branding strategies

Twitter has become a tool to market brands and content strategically through social media now…

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FACEBOOK:   I’m a pretty late bloomer on the Facebook-for-business bandwagon, as opposed to just family and friends. But a good friend recently educated me on how you can add layers of security and privacy for people you know casually, while allowing good friends total access to your page. Be sure to do this, and include business updates and links to any press or promotions you’re doing. Facebook is still the best way to spread a message virally.

Facebook Lets Users Know What “People Talking About”

More updates and upgrades from the most "liked" social media portal

Facebook introduces a new way to measure social engagement via “People Talking About,” which provides…

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No iPhone 5 But Apple Unveils Revolutionary Intelligent Assistant App

Apple makes major announcements during press conference

The iPhone 5 may be on everyone’s wish list but Apple keeps users waiting, while…

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Texting to Africa

Entrepreneur connects South Africans to the world with free SMS mobile messaging

The African continent is becoming the fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, according…

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‘Let’s Connect’: Don’t Let Your Social Media Presence Curb Future Opportunities

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

A young professional just trying to find a balance between personality and professionalism

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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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Congressional Black Caucus Discusses Social Media & Entrepreneurship

The future of small business growth is online and the CBC leads the discussion

During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference a discussion on Social Media…

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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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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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Why Plugging Into Tech Equals Business Opportunities

Broadband session sparks conversation about digital business development and job creation

As the US Labor Department unveiled its dismal report revealing an unemployment rate stubbornly stuck…

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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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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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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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Juggling It All

How an IT firm uses project management software to build a collaborative timeline

Before using project management software, Tony Williamson, co-founder and CEO of Ajasa Technologies Inc., used…

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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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Why Black Entrepreneurs Must Create the Next Google

How to succeed in the "Innovation Economy"

There’s a need for a business movement with a powerful, audacious mission: Ensuring African Americans…

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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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Social Media Promotes Award Shows Like VMAs to Trending Topic Success

Experts explain how networks are incorporating social media into the viewing experience

From MTV’s VMAs to the BET Awards, the incorporation of social media into the promotion…

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Smartphone’s are changing the way college students order textbooks, purchase gas and experience the world. In a technology-driven society, these devices can be educational and lifestyle tools that use and share data in very cool ways. Mobile apps can help tech savvy students with data discovery that enhances their college experience inside and outside the classroom. Just in time for back to school season, here are six great apps that can help complete basic tasks and enable busy college students to track, capture, and pull data from anywhere to be more productive. —Hajj Flemings

6 Mobile Apps Every Busy College Student Needs

Every college student is on a budget and these apps can keep your pockets and health on track

College students are always on tight budgets and deadlines, these simple mobile apps can alleviate…

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With 140 characters or less, social media regulars receive the latest deets on everything from the advertures of their favorite celebs to up-to-the minute info on their close friends’ whereabouts to a blow-by-blow account of the Arab Spring. But Twitter is more than a news feed, it's also a professional tool, and following people who interest and inspire you can enhance your college experience. Instead of only following your celeb obsessions or BFFs, try useful college resources, prominent organizations and established leaders. To help you get started for back to school season, BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights 9 Twitter accounts that will help   keep college students in the know. Let us know your  favorite Twitter account (on or off this list) below!

9 Twitter Accounts That Can Enhance Your College Experience

From influential organizations to young leaders making a difference in their community, these 9 Twitter accounts will keep you in the know

Back to school season is upon us and BE On Campus correspondent Damaris Skelton highlights…

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WATCH: will.i.am Pushes Youth Education in the Sciences with TV Special

The Black Eyed Peas frontman looks to make science and technology cool for kids

Entrepreneur/artist will.i.am advocates STEM education for young people so America can remain competitive in the…

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7 Tips for Job-Seeking College Students on Social Media Etiquette

Big Brother is watching and what you do and say online could cost you that job

Social networks have become part of the job search process so prospective college students and…

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WATCH: How to Raise Venture Capital for a Tech Start-Up

August cover subject, Chuck Baker, discusses his strategy for raising money in Silicon Valley

Fileblaze CEO Chuck Baker shares his three tips for successfully getting funds to launch a…

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Employees are the New Corporate Brand Ambassadors

When it comes to social media, branding is a 24/7 job that benefits you and your boss

There was a time where corporations relied solely on corporate brand ambassadors to raise awareness,…

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Geeked!

Tech entrepreneurs check in to Silicon Valley hoping to cash out

Raissa Nebie has always been a risk taker. The intrepid nature of this Côte d’Ivoire…

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11 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone From a Thief

Make sure the personal info on your phone doesn't fall into the wrong hands

Losing your cell phone nowadays could cost you more than a few numbers, be sure…

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

With age comes experience, wisdom, retirement, and eventually senior discounts. Nevertheless, many baby boomers (46-…

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Huffington Post recently put together an impressive list of Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, showcasing some of the most dynamic women on the Web. We applaud their accomplishments and the doors they have opened for women. Unfortunately, of the 27 women listed, only two—Jenny Deluxe and Ory Okolloh—were Black digerati. The reality is there are many exceptionally remarkable Black women advancing technology and forming networks where women of all races can be mentored to become digital media iconoclasts.     Noticing the oversight, BlackEnterprise.com compiled our own list of Black Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, including social media and technology influencers who push digital technology and new media daily on their blogs and various platforms. This list is by no means all-encompassing, but a step in giving credit where credit is rightfully due. —Marcia Wade Talbert

(Black) Women in Tech You Need to Follow On Twitter

Check out our list of the top 20 digital divas in the technology field

Huffington Post compiled a list of the top women in technology to follow on Twitter…

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On June 28, 2011 Google launched Google Plus, their latest attempt to establish a social network.  In the first three weeks 10 million users have joined, according to CEO Larry Page and they’ve gained considerable traction and provided some really cool features for users.  To help get you started in establishing your Google Plus account we’ll cover some of the basics:  profiles, circles, sparks, and hangout.  —Hajj Flemings

Google Plus: How to Navigate the New Social Network

Take a tour of Google's new social networking platform

Google takes on FaceBook for the social network crown with their new platform Google Plus.…

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With the unbeatable heat comes even hotter gadgets to add to your weekend getaway bags. This year, we’ve witnessed the birth of one-of-a kind devices, such as Nikon’s new camera series, and added tricks to long-time favorites like the iPhone 4. Just in time for your summer travel, BlackEnterprise.com aggregated a list of must-have tech tools that will make for a bon voyage.—Janel Martinez

Top 6 Gadgets for Summer Travel

When venturing out on your next summer getaway, be sure to pack one of these 6 must-have devices

When venturing out on your next summer getaway, be sure to pack one of these…

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Summer is officially here, it’s time to travel and, yes, you guessed it, “there’s an app for that!” (Several actually). In a hyper-connected world how can you get the most out of your travel experience? If you have a WI-FI connection and a mobile device, you’re wired to explore new cities and destinations.  Location based technology has made it economical to easily connect people geographically to cool spots and create unforgettable experiences. Let’s examine seven mobile apps that integrate mapping, photos, food, and trip management and much more. —Hajj Flemings


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9 Must-Have Apps for Travel

Heading out of town? There's an app for that—several, actually

Whether it’s a business trip or a summer vacation, mobile apps come in handy for…

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For those looking to trade in that old automobile for a hot new ride this summer, automakers are unleashing a bevy of cool new car features. With the rapid growth of technology, car makers are improving more than just the rideability and exterior design, but also complete interior functionality. So if you plan to shop around for a new ride, here are seven high-tech and alluring car features that will make your purchase a real upgrade. —Jeff Fortson

7 Must-Have Features for Your Car

Give your car a major upgrade this summer with these savvy tech features

Buying a new car is only step one. Personalize your ride with the latest automotive…

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The Keys to Tech Startup Success

Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares insight on successfully launching a tech start-up

During the NewMe Accelerator incubator, Johann Schleier-Smith of Tagged shares a few business plan tips…

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President Barack Obama changed the game when it came to utilizing a powerful tool of influence: social media. Since his successful 2008 bid for the U.S. presidency, he has held a prominent role, using social networking as a way to reach the masses, gain support, and create one of the most transparent presidencies in history. Here's a look at his social media presence, and how his administration has successfully leveraged it as a vital resource. --- Janell Hazelwood

Decoding Barack Obama’s Social Media Campaign Strategies

A look at the Head of State's prowess with social Web

President Barack Obama changed the game since his successful run in 2008, utilizing the most…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Obama Addresses America’s Concerns via Twitter

Thousands of tweeps took to @townhall to ask the president about the state of our economy

President Barack Obama held the first-ever Twitter Town Hall, giving citizens the chance to interact…

By Janel Martinez

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Shuttle Stars: America’s Black Astronauts

A look at 20 African American pioneers of aeronautics

The final launch of Atlantis on July 8 will mark the end of the American…

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Brand Identity: How to Centralize Your Identity Online

Social media can be overwhelming, here's how to simplify things without losing your audience

From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIN and Ning here are a couple sites that can…

By Hajj Flemings

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8 Things I Hate About Twitter

The problem with social media is it's really not that social

Twitter has become a way of life for many but outside of the marketing and…

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The Future of Music: 4 Ways to Protect Your Music from Digital Piracy

In a constantly changing digital world, these expert endorsed tips will keep your music (and cash flow) secure

With music piracy steadily increasing, see what four tips artists can follow to protect themselves…

By Janel Martinez

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The Future of Music: Dos and Don’ts of Promoting Your Music on Social Media

Expert tips on how your to 'socialize' your sound and reach the masses

Wayne Sutton and William Moss give expert tips on how your music can reach the…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

How Portable is Your Personal Brand?

Three reasons why your personal and professional business should not mix

It takes a lot to build up a brand so don’t let all your networking…

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The Future of Music: 3 Alternatives to Apple’s iTunes Platform

Digital anthropologist Lane DeNicola suggests alternative music distribution outlets for independent artists to consider

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to digital expert Lane DeNicola about 3 iTunes alternatives independent artists should consider.

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Give the People What They Want Not What You Want   “[If] you go to GM and say, ‘What kind of car are you building?’ they’ll say, ‘We’re building a car that people want.’ But somehow you come to media and they say, ‘Oh, we’re not giving people what they want; the people are a bunch of idiots. How dare they ask for what they want?’ How could you possibly run an industry that’s motto is ‘We’re not giving the people what they want’? You have to look at [blogging] like any other business in which you want to be successful and profitable,” says Mwangaguhunga. “That means I’m going to look at my customers, find out what they want, find out what they like about this company and give them more of that. I’m also going to find out what they don’t like about this company and I’m going to give them less of that.”

MediaTakeOut’s 5 Gossip Blog Commandments

The controversial entrepreneur shares his five keys to success online that'll keep customers coming back

MediaTakeout founder Fred Mwangaguhunga shares insider tips on how to run a multi-million dollar blog…

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7 Crowdsourcing Resources to Boost Your Businesses

Increase your productivity and staff with these tools that expand your network

With crowdsourcing businesses are able to use their social media network to locate and utilize…

By Hajj Flemings

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8 Tech Toys For Father’s Day

Not sure what to get the special man in your life for father's day? Here's a 21st Century gift guide

Technology is a man’s best friend so this Father’s Day be sure to get your…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Minority Startups Get Big Push From New Me Accelerator

First minority led tech accelerator launches in Silicon Valley

Founded by Angela Benton, Wayne Sutton and Toby Morning, New Me Accelerator provides minority startups…

By Hajj Flemings

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Square: A New Way to Pay & Expand Your Business

Mobile app allows users to use their smartphones handle business by processing credit card transactions on the go

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey’s latest app, Square, revolutionizes the way we do business by allowing…

By Hajj Flemings

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5 Top Tablets: Which One is Right For You?

An extensive review of the latest hot options to enhance your mobile workspace

From the iPad 2 to the Motorola Xoom, there are a bundle of new tablets…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Twitter is a power platform for business users and entrepreneurs to humanize their brand and communicate their message directly with their audience. To fully optimize it as a business tool, though, you’ll have to use third party applications and other online tools. This is especially true for users who have to manage multiple Twitter accounts and conversations. Third party apps and tools provide users a richer Twitter experience and enable deeper engagement with their followers. 	Currently, 58% of published tweets come from official Twitter apps, while the remaining 42% come from third-party apps. That’s a lot of apps and with so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, here are 10 essential Twitter tools to get the most out of your social media experience. —Hajj E. Flemings

10 Twitter Tools Every Business-Minded User Should Use

When it comes to navigating the Twitterverse, these nifty tools and apps will help you get through the clutter and down to business

From photo sharing to URL shortening, these Twitter apps and tools are essential for navigating…

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5 Reasons to Consider Moving to the Cloud

Mobile technologies help to reduce costs and risk of data loss but increase scalability

When Miami-based law firm, delancyhill decided to downsize and work remotely from home, client locations,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Oprah Follows 33 People on Twitter, But Who Are They?

Despite having more than 6 million followers on Twitter, Oprah Winfrey has only returned the favor to a handful—see who they are

Boasting more than 6 million followers on Twitter, Oprah Winfrey commands serious social media clout…

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Black Blogger Month: Young, Fat & Fabulous, Micro-Sizing Business

Juggling corporate brands with her own, Gabi Gregg is thriving in social media with tweets that empower women

MTV’s first Twitter Jockey Gabi Gregg speaks on the rise of her plus-size blog Young,…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Blogger Month: Full Figure Plus, Big Business Move

Noticing a need in the marketplace, Glen Johnson caters to both men and women in the plus-size market with his niche blog, Full Figure Plus

Noticing a need in the marketplace, Glen Johnson caters to both men and women in…

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Twitter is one of the hottest social networking tools on the planet with 190 million users.  It’s a great communication channel that can be used to build brand awareness and provide direct contact with consumers and contacts. The question any smart business owner in the 21st century has to ask is this, “Does my Twitter presence reflect my brand?” For some the response may be a simple yes or no, but to truly answer the question you have to first determine what type of account fits your needs: personal branded, business branded or a combination of the two. Branding your Twitter identity goes beyond simply selecting a handle and should include visual elements and Twitter apps to help you manage your accounts. Here are six steps to get you off to a good start. —Hajj E. Flemings

6 Ways To Effectively Brand Yourself on Twitter

Signing up for Twitter is only the first step, here are a few tips for you and your brand to get the most out of each tweet

Signing up for Twitter is only the first step, tech expert Hajj E. Flemings offers…

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Black Blogger Month: Mario Armstrong, Multi-Media Master

Gadget guru takes technology to minorities with entertaining content that also fulfills small business needs

Technology expert Mario Armstrong preaches social media literacy and small business principles online through his…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month: Very Smart Brothas, Separate But Equal

Working exclusively online, Damon Young and Panama Jackson have built Very Smart Brothas into a respected blog and book brand

Relationship bloggers build their brand into a platform for their first book without even meeting…

By Christina Tapper

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Black Blogger Month: Kitty Bradshaw, The Main Event

More than a blogger, Kitty Bradshaw connects big brands to audiences online and beyond

Kitty Bradshaw makes a business out of blogging and brand building through the digital space…

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Black Blogger Month: The YBF, Downloading Dividends

Taking the blogging world by storm with The YBF, Natasha Eubanks breaks news and the bank at the same time

In a few short years celebrity gossip blogger Natasha Eubanks transformed the YBF from a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Blogger Month: Indie Business Blog, Making the Net Work

Providing a haven for small business owners looking to grow their brand, Donna Maria Coles Johnson is an independent woman on a mission

Providing a haven for small business owners looking to grow their brand, Donna Maria Coles…

By Christina Tapper

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The Digital Divide: Are African American’s Being Left Behind?

People of color may consume a lot of technology but oftentimes we fail to use it in a way that moves us forward

In today’s world everything is digital, still many people of color fail to keep up…

By Hajj Flemings

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Black Blogger Month: My Brown Baby, The Mother of Invention

Addressing issues relevant to the Black family, Denene Millner provides an online forum for parents with My Brown Baby

Addressing issues relevant to the Black family, writer and mother Denene Millner provides an online…

By Shenelle Wallace

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Black Blogger Month: Flanboyant Eats, The Cuisine Connoisseur

Food blogger Bren Herrera turned her early introduction to Cuban cuisine into an unconventional yet profitable business venture

In addition to her work in the kitchen, Bren Herrera cooked up a popular business…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Blogger Month: 2DopeBoyz, Business Never Personal

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining an ad network

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining…

By Starrene Rhett

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Black Blogger Month, Necole Bitchie, Brand Queen

Gossip blogger Necole Bitchie transformed her blog into a profitable business and powerful brand

As the brains behind popular gossip blog NecoleBitchie.com, Necole Bitchie reveals her humble beginnings and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Cloud Clash: Is the Cloud Reliable Enough to Store Your Data?

Two IT experts face off about the pros and cons of cloud computing and tell you what you need to know before signing up

After a debate that started on Twitter, I asked IT experts Thaddeus Howze (@ebonstorm) and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month, Social Wayne, Digital Revolutionary

Technology and social media marketing has skyrocketed Wayne Sutton above the social stratosphere

Technology and social media marketing expert Wayne Sutton made a business out of blogging with…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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8 Mobile Apps That Will Increase Your Business Productivity

There's no telling when and where business can happen, so make sure these apps are downloaded on your phone

Take your business to the next level and on-the-go by being sure to optimize your…

By Hajj Flemings

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Black Blogger Month: Afrobella, Natural Entrepreneur

With Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik created a thriving business for herself by providing a haven for women who love being natural

Founder of the award-winning hair and beauty site Afrobella.com, Patrice Yursik shares her thoughts on…

By Shenelle Wallace

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The Startup Phase: Steps to Launching a Tech Company

Six tools and resources to get your company up and running

So you’re great with computers, love the latest apps and often advise friends on what…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Black Blogger Month: Black & Married With Kids, Family Business

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make it their business to promote positive images of the Black family online and beyond

With their parenting and relationship blog, Black and Married with Kids, husband and wife Lamar…

By Jozen Cummings

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Black Blogger Month, Johnica Reed, Worldwide Woman

Travel blogger and jetsetter Johnica Reed gets paid to circle the globe and connect brands with audiences online

Travel blogger Johnica Reed of JohnicaReed.com shares her jetsetter lifestyle and networking tips with BlackEnterprise.com…

By Jozen Cummings

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Black Blogger Month: Nah Right, The Business of Music

Responsible for one of the most popular music sites, Ahsmi “Eskay” Rawlins marches to the beats of his own blog

Ranked as one of the No. 1 hip-hop websites, NahRight.com, delivers new music and news…

By Amber McKynzie

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Coworking: Having a At-Home Business Doesn’t Mean Working Alone

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work gets done

BE technology columnist Hajj Flemings tells how coworking spaces are changing how and where work…

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Black Blogger Month: The Frugalista, Blogging on a Budget

Being frugal pays off for personal finance blogger and author Natalie P. McNeal

Journalist turned finance blogger Natalie P. McNeal specializes in budgeting while still enjoying life’s luxuries.…

By Souleo

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6 Smart and Sexy Eco-friendly Cars

When it comes to fuel-effficient vehicles, you no longer have to sacrifice style for smarts. These cars offer the perfect balance

Toyota’s Prius v, the Chevrolet Volt, Mercedes’ S400 HYBRID Sedan, the Fiat 500, Volkswagen’s Touareg…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Black Blogger Month: A Belle in Brooklyn, Making Relationships Work

Author Demetria L. Lucas transforms her successful blog, A Belle in Brooklyn, into a powerful business and brand

Relationship expert/author Demetria L. Lucas of A Belle in Brooklyn shares the keys to her…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: Black Blogger Month, A Celebration of the Best in Blogging

A preview of our month long celebration of 20 of the best voices in the Black blogosphere

Exclusive promo footage for BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month, celebration of the best in blogging, featuring…

By Anslem Samuel

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10 Twitter Accounts That Can Prep You For College

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

From SAT prep to financial assistance, follow these 10 Twitter handles

By Janel Martinez

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3 Tech Tools to Keep You Healthy

Are deadlines, meetings and your to-do list giving you stress and affecting your health? Try these devices and apps to help you keep it all in check

If deadlines, meetings, and ill-tempered co-workers have you stressed and needing to relax, there’s an…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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LinkedIN Adds Apps, Widgets, and Daily News to Beef up Platform

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

Three features that will help you stay connected and expand your online presence

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

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We all could use more ways to save money. And why not conserve the earth while doing it? Here are a few ways you can conserve energy -- and cut expenses -- by being eco-friendly.

4/11: 11 Ways to Save the Earth — And Cut Costs

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

Tips for being eco-friendly and frugal

By Janell Hazelwood

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Some only know Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell for his Grammy award-winning legacy as a pioneering performer in hip-hop and pop culture. Others remember him more for his infamous financial woes and stints on reality TV. But don't put this entrepreneur and social media advocate in a box. He's kept the superstar momentum going in recent years with his dance community Web portal, DanceJam, and the founding of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company. Hammer's also reinvented himself as a social networking mogul (with more than 2 million Twitter followers), carving out yet another niche in his diverse career with high impact and visibility. 	An avid reader and sought-after speaker—having lectured at Oxford and Wharton and will be speaking this year at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta (May 22-25), Hammer knows a thing or two about expanding one's knowledge of how to connect with audiences and use technology as a lucrative tool. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the social media whiz on his favorite book picks for social media success.

MC Hammer’s Top 5 Books For Social Media Success

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

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8 Simple SEO Tips for The Not-So-Tech Savvy Entrepreneur

A few key tips to increase your search engine ranking without hiring an expert

How do you get prospects to your online destination? By utilizing Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

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Tweets For Sale: Getting Paid in 140 Characters or Less

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

By Janee Bolden

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How to Develop a Successful App for Apple’s App Store

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

Six tips from top developers on increasing downloads and making more money from mobile apps

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Diverse Startups Connect at SXSW Technology Conference

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and launch new businesses

Blacks at SXSW inspire and challenge each other to take it up a notch and…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Maintain Your Brand New Computer

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

11 tips and tools that will extend the life of your desktop or laptop

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Buyer’s Guide: GM’s Tricked-Out Truck Makes for a Luxurious Ride

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

The Denali brand crosses over to Acadia resulting in a hi-tech dream machine

By Jeff Fortson

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Tech Guide for Baby Boomers

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

Four ways boomers can adopt new technology to stay ahead

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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I know you’ve heard it a million times: Social media is important. But what does this mean for your brand, and what are the initial steps that you need to take? Being active in the social media space can be the linchpin of growing your business. For those still unsure of where to start and how it can work, here’s a quick guide to getting started.

6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Social Media

Just being online isn't enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is good business

Just being online isn’t enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is…

By Tina Wells

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How to Have a Superstar Career in Social Media

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

Social media expert James Andrews explains how you can make a splash online

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Buyer’s Guide: Honda CR Z EX – A Sporty Hybrid with a Manual Transmission

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

A ride that looks good and makes you feel better about the environment

By Jeff Fortson

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5 Eco-friendly Products to Save You Money

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving the planet

Here are a few new innovations that can keep you out the red while saving…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Apple Announces the iPad 2 at the Same Price

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a sneak peak

With just over a week before the iPad 2 hits stores, Steve Jobs unveils a…

By Marcia Wade

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About This Issue: Evolving to Innovate

When it comes to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, women in particular aren’t…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Let Us Upgrade You

Four top tech moves to propel your business >>forward>>

Embracing technological advances to remain competitive in the global economy is imperative for smaller enterprises,…

By Emerald S. Morrow

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Women In STEM

Though small in number, these women blaze trails in the science and technology fields

African American women earned only 0.34% of Ph.D.s in computer science and 0.58% in engineering,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Top Tech Products for 2011

These eight products are among our favorites from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

3-D televisions? Video games that use your body as the controller? Movie projectors that fit…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

So, we’ve narrowed down the list down to a couple of tools that were highly…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

Expert advice on how to promote your business and engage your audience

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There are a host of media experts, consultants, and mavens of media that are…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Game Time

What will it take for black students to excel in math and science?

African American youth spend about 50% more time with media than whites but they make…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Get Your Child Engaged in Science

African American children are the most likely consumers of digital technology but are rarely exposed…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Hassle-Free Travel Tool

New fashion piece makes airport security checkpoints a breeze

If you dread going through airport security because you have to take everything out of…

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America Gets the Hook Up

President Obama Says National Wireless Initiative Will Spur Innovation and Reduce Deficit

Obama speaks to Northern Michigan University about National Wireless Initiative (Source: White House)
In his January…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Anti-Theft Wallet Only Opens With Your Fingerprint

Fashion line introduces a hi-tech billfold, complete with biometric technology and Bluetooth alarm

The hi-tech wallet (Dunhill)
Most people would rather put $825 in their wallet rather then spend…

By Anslem Samuel

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Disney Imagineer Davie is all smiles

How to Make the Most of a Career (and a Life) Abroad

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

Mike Davie moved to Germany to design a Disney cruise ship for kids and adults

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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There Were Not Enough Blacks at CES & It’s Our Own Fault

'Black parents are raising a generation of financially and educationally underpowered wimps, who've become experts at mastering the inconsequential'

Why were so few African-Americans represented at CES. One blogger says Black parents are raising…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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David Minott Urges Black Community to Flex Its Economic Power

The world music artist launches national campaign to boycott cell phone usage for 24-hours in February

Minott campaigns for a blackout
According to a July 2010 poll, 46% of African Americans mostly…

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WATCH: Ludacris Expands Brand Into Headphone Market

The enterprising entertainer adds some Soul to the world of personal audio electronics and expands his portfolio in the process

If high quality audio is your thing, then this is your month. Several high profile…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: 50 Cent Talks New Headphones & Potential Maybach Deal

The music mogul expands into the wireless headphone market with innovative Kleer technology

Jackson at CES for Sleek announcement
Between announcements of new 3D televisions, tablet PCs, and do-it-all…

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Apple releases iPhone4 to Verizon Wireless

After much speculation the two brands announce new device optimized for CDMA network

Verizon Wireless had a huge press conference showcasing their new LTE 4G Network at the…

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

Two more high profile entertainers get into the audio sound business strictly for their business and your pleasure

The <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/04/follow-black-enterprise-at-the-consumer-electronics-show/"><strong>2011 Consumer Electronics Show</strong></a> is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor…

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TwitChange wins Mashable Award for Social Good at CES

Pastor Shaun King wins top honors for his digital efforts in the world of celebrity charity auctions

King rules the celebrity auction sector
After a hectic day running to and fro on the…

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GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH: More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in 2011, ushering in sales and steals for you—whether you’re looking for a helicopter ride over New York City, a great spa, or tickets to your favorite game. Websites such as Groupon and Living Social have made offering discounts a team effort, where daily deals are redeemable only after a certain number of people buy into them. Even companies such as Wal-Mart and Zagat have offered group-buying deals. And more Websites, both with regional and national deals, are gaining traction, including Tippr, Juice in The City, and Crowdsavings.

4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch for 2011

Travel, leisure and technology trends to upgrade and balance your life for 2011

<strong>GROUP BUYING TO SAVE CASH:</strong> More companies are predicted to jump on this bandwagon in…

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For up to the minute blogs, tweets, pictures, and video of the Consumer Electronics Show, return to BlackEnterprise.com each day this week and/or follow me @newsgyrl on Twitter.

CES Press Day: 5 Cool Accessories for the Road Warrior

A few key devices and apps unveiled at this year's CES that'll help you reach out and touch someone when you're on the road

Many of the products highlighted on the first press day of the 2011 International Consumer…

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

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

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

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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

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Follow Black Enterprise at the Consumer Electronics Show

Drop in all week for news, tips, videos and reviews of the hottest tech products of 2011

Visit BlackEnterprise.com daily between Jan. 4 to Jan 10 for reports on the latest tech…

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New FCC Rules Exclude the Way Blacks Get Online

Are you a blogger? Do you use a smartphone? Here are the reasons you should pay attention the new FCC rules

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules that will affect the…

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Electronic Pickpocketing: How Safe is Your Identity?

As technology advances so do the ways cybercriminals can take over your life

One of the positives of the Internet is that you can find almost anything at…

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Gingerbread is Here

Five features youll only find on Googles new operating system

It’s Christmas time and everyone has candy canes on the brain; but this holiday season…

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POLL: To Track or Not to Track? Do You Care Who’s Watching You?

FTC recommends a �privacy by design� approach to internet browsing

If you could stop advertisers from tracking and sharing your internet habits would you?

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8 Ways to Protect Your Smartphone from Viruses

Take precaution because mobile malware is on the rise

Your smartphone is just as vulnerable to virus attacks as your computer. Follow these eight…

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When Employees Tweet

Four ways to manage your workers on social media (and all the reasons why you should)

There is no need to be afraid of what your employees are saying about the…

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10 Ning Networks You Need to Know

Connect with those who�ve already launched a business, grow with those who are trying to, and take advantage of helpful resources along the way

Here are 10 Ning networks you need to know so you can connect with those…

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Don't buy a product that doesn't meet your needs “It looks like a lot of the e-readers advertised on Black Friday sales are pretty good deals,” says Bradford. It is rumored that the Barnes and Noble Nook, which is usually $150 will be $99 just for Black Friday at Best Buy. “The only caveat is that it has WiFi and not 3G,” says Bradford. 3G is better because you can get an internet connection anywhere there is a cell phone signal, regardless of whether or not there is a WiFi signal. Also, the Nook gets free access to 3G and WiFi on AT&T’s network. “If WiFi is fine with you then that is a really good deal, says Bradford. “Most people aren’t going to need to download a book while standing out on a street corner.” But if downloading a book on the fly is your thing then you might want to spend more for 3G. Leading up to Black Friday stay informed about new models that are soon to be released. A lot of brands will be releasing newer models towards the end of this year and the beginning of the next year. If having the latest product is important to you, don’t buy an older version just because it is on sale.

SLIDESHOW: What to Look for When Buying Electronics on Black Friday

Make your list and check it twice. We tell you what to look for when hitting the store

Planning to purchase a laptop or other electronic on Black Friday, but not sure if…

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How to Prepare Your Website For Holiday Shoppers

Search engine optimization can attract Cyber Monday shoppers looking for a deal

Use these tips and tools to get the most out of your e-commerce site this…

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A Professional Hacker Tells You How to Protect Your PC

If cyber creeps want in, they get in. Security expert Gregory D. Evans tells you ways to stay safe in cyberspace

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Gregory D. Evans, founder of LIGATT Security International, one of the nation’s…

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Gabi Gregg knows a thing or two about Twitter. The 24-year-old founder of plus-size fashion blog Young, Fat & Fabulous caught the attention of MTV and was asked to participate in Follow Me: The Search for the First MTV TJ. Following a month-long competition that pitted her thumb-to-thumb against 19 others in a series of Twitter-based challenges, she won. Now she has almost 25,000 followers hanging on her every word, so learn from her success and avoid these common Twitter mistakes.

5 Twitter Mistakes You Should Never Make

MTV's first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people off

MTV’s first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people…

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Google’s Boutiques.com Open for Business

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

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

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Rockmelt Puts Friends and Followers at Your Fingertips

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

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

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Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘This Is Not An Email Killer’

Facebook confirms email service as part of latest website feature

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

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Yup, There’s An App for That: You Can Bank On It

Free mobile applications bring banking to your fingertips

Leading financial institutions are making banking easier with applications that customize account alerts, locate the…

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How to Determine if Web Video is Right for Your Business

And three reasons that it may not be

If you’re like most entrepreneurs, you’re probably wondering if web video is right for your…

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

New geolocation service may draw younger crowd Nov. 2.

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

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4 Things You Need to Know About the New MacBook Air

The new notebook is cheaper, thinner, and the battery lasts longer

The New MacBook Air models provide an on-the-go notebook for people who want to produce…

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Women of Power

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On the Move: Jocelyn Allen to Lead GM Diversity Efforts; Chicago Defender Gets First Female Exec Editor

Both General Motors and the Chicago Defender appoint female power players to top leadership positions.

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Meet Dariany Santana, Co-Host of Women of Power TV

Model and actress Dariany Santana is one of the hosts of Women of Power TV.…

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