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Redesign Made Easy

How to build a better website

So you have a website—great. But so do your competitors. If you want your site…

By Ramon Ray

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Socialology

To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

By Bridget McCrea

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4 Apps to Boost Your Score

Michael Nolen was unhappy with his credit report. It was back in 2010 when the…

By Bridget McCrea

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A Closer Look at Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Footprint

The high school junior’s death sparked Twitter hashtags, Facebook statuses and YouTube tributes

Everyone from celebrities to everyday people began leveraging the power of social media to discuss…

By Hajj Flemings

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Founder of Gamer Fit Nation Talks Fitness and Gaming

Antwand Pearman, founder, president and editor in chief at Gamer Fit Nation, is infusing health into the gaming industry

Antwand Pearman, most commonly known online as “BlackBible,” talks being a black gamer, slimming down,…

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If you’ve attended a conference, you most certainly have experienced an elevator pitch. Whether you’re waiting in line for a cab, at a bar, or…yes, in an elevator, someone has most likely approached you to talk about their startup or latest venture. However, pitching is an art, and not everyone has nailed it. So not surprisingly, the ballroom at the Hilton Austin was packed with aspiring entrepreneurs at the “3 Steps to a Killer Elevator Pitch” panel during South by Southwest Interactive.  

The elevator pitch is a simple concept: If you were stuck in an elevator with someone, what would you say to promote your company in the time that the elevator closes until the time you get to your floor? In theory you have around 90 seconds to make a successful pitch, but how can you create a cohesive, effective pitch in that short amount of time?   

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three simple steps in effective pitching:--Winston Ford

3 Tips for Delivering a Killer Elevator Pitch

According to Joshua Baer, a startup mentor and director at Capital Factory, there are three…

By Winston Ford

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Samsung Galaxy Note: Tiny Tablet or Supersized Smartphone?

Get the rundown on the tech company’s latest release

Tablet or smartphone? The Samsung Galaxy Note is enough of both to make it a…

By Robert S. Anthony

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Cornel West Supports Millennial-Focused Blog

Millennials team up to create FWDnation.com, a youth-oriented online community

The historic election of President Obama in 2008 brought political activism among young adults to…

By Sade K. Muhammad

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The 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival, widely-known as a hub where ground-breaking technology, music, and independent film intersect, has come to a close. Both SXSW newbies and seasoned festival attendees descended upon Austin, Texas last week to get their interactive and multimedia fix, soaking up the latest trends and getting a sneak peek at some of the newest tech, music and film offerings. Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com presents Faces of SXSW, a photo gallery highlighting tech enthusiasts and innovators who attended the annual gathering.

#BlacksInTech: Faces of SXSW

Staying true to our editorial mission to showcase entrepreneurs and technology experts of color, BlackEnterprise.com…

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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.

5 Facebook Timeline Tips for Brands

Don’t get left behind! See how brands can shine with the platform’s latest feature

Instead of getting caught up in the last-minute rush, see how your brand can take…

By Hajj Flemings

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Apple Gives Cash Back to Shareholders

The tech conglomerate’s success has prompted a $10 billion stock buyback and a dividend for shareholders

Apple announced it will begin giving shareholders a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share in…

By Sade K. Muhammad

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Is PayPal Digital Wallet the Future of Money?

The online payment service moves beyond accepting payments via mobile devices

With the announcement of the PayPal Digital Wallet during SXSW Interactive, the tech world is…

By Hajj Flemings

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Apple Inc. Decoded: iPads, iPhones, iPods, MacBooks… Oh, My!

With the release of the New iPad, Black Enterprise breaks down the consumer electronic juggernaut’s biggest product launches

As one of the most successful brands ever, Apple Inc has revolutionized our world with…

By Shydel James

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Establish a Google Plus Account

The online world is buzzing with new social networks updating almost every day and new ones being created just as fast. With that said, every entrepreneur should seriously consider Google Plus. It’s not just a source to create another social network profile but a great tool to engage your end customers with business-ready tools like, Google Hangout and Google Circles, among other things. Also, brand your Google Plus account by securing a customized URL at gplus.to (i.e. gplus.to/hajjflemings is my handle.)  Note:  This is just a branding tool that you can use to communicate your Google Plus URL in a neat fashion. In the future Google will enable customized URLs for Google Plus accounts.

SXSW 2012: Is Google+ Right for Your Business?

As one of the latest platforms to hit the social media scene, Google+ has the potential to take brands to the next level, but brands much choose if it’s a right fit for them

But with so many options to engage customers and fans, the question remains, is Google+…

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SXSW 2012: 4 Tips on Giving in the 21st Century

Social media makes philanthropy safe and easy

Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy’s 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival panel, “21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

SXSW 2012: The Power of ‘Black Twitter’

Kimberly Ellis, commonly known as Dr. Goddess, explains why black people are more than mainstream’s view of “Black Twitter”

In her SXSW panel discussion, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter,” Kimberly C. Ellis set…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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"Africa, Tech & Women: The New Faces of Development" panelists discuss the role of women in Africa's tech space (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

Panelists discuss the increasing role of women in technology across the continent

Led by Project Diaspora co-founder TMS Ruge, Monday’s panel “Africa, Tech & Women: The New…

By Winston Ford

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Graphic Artists Earns High Score in Gaming Industry with New App

Cartoonist Andre Augustin launches his startup, Notion Games, and finds success with mobile game debut

A talented artist Andrew Augustin launches his video game startup Notion Games with the release…

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Illustrator/graphic artist Andrew Augustin, turned his natural talents into a business with his startup video game company, Notion Games. As the company's  owner, founder, and lead designer he's responsible for the release of their debut mobile game, Up Up Ubi, which is available now in the iTunes app store. Here are a few of Augustin's creative images then click here to read BlackEnterprise.com's recent interview with the video game guru.

A Preview of Notion Games’ Lineup of Mobile Apps

The startup gaming up reveals images of upcoming characters

Founded by Andrew Augustin, Notion Games is making a mark on the mobile game market…

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SXSW 2012: New Financial Tools Set to Create a Cashless Society

Financial transactions from mobile devices are becoming more and more popular, and the increase in cashless operations is opening doors for startups

As the world moves to digital platforms, the way we interact with our finances is…

By Winston Ford

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Gokit founder Hajj Flemings poses for a picture at his startup's launch party held at this year's SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Hajj Flemings Officially Launches Tech Startup Gokit

A year after conceiving Gokit at South by Southwest, the founder officially launched his startup in front of a who’s who crowd of black digerati

Tech entrepreneurs and friends gathered at Copa Bar and Grill to mark the launch of…

By Winston Ford

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Texas-born rapper Paul Wall and wife Crystal Wall talk health and wellness in urban communities at 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: Feel Rich Discusses Health and Wellness in the Hip-Hop Community

At the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, Quincy Jones III and his Feel Rich team talk about the health-conscious enterprise and promoting healthy living in urban communities

Producer and digital mogul Quincy Jones III has found a way to combine healthy living…

By Winston Ford

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Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a successful and worthwhile mentorship experience  (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: 13 Things Superwomen Need to Know About Mentorship

Female power players in tech provide tips for mentorship and career success at SXSW Interactive

Founder of Tech by Superwomen Cathryn Posey and panelists explore the keys to fostering a…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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How to Be Black author Baratunde Thurston delivers the keynote address at SXSW (Image: Mary Pryor)

SXSW 2012: Baratunde Thurston Delivers Keynote On Power of Satire

The 'How To Be Black' author's 2012 SXSW keynote address delivers jokes in defiance

Baratunde Thurston gave keynote address entitled “How to Read the World” at the 2012 South…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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SXSW 2012: What Brands Can Learn From Rappers

Advertising and marketing execs at 2012 South by Southwest Interactive were all ears at the “Y Rappers Are Better Marketers Than U” panel held on Saturday

The “Y Rappers Are Better Than You” panel held Saturday morning was packed with advertising…

By Winston Ford

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SXSW 2012: Blacks In Technology Award Top 10 Tech Leaders at Meetup

The coalition recognizes game changers in the technology space

The Blacks in Technology meetup, a networking event for African Americans at SXSW Interactive, has…

By Winston Ford

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Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how widely-recognized brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

By Winston Ford

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BEST DOCUMENTARY OF 2011:

CNN’s Black In America 4: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley. This documentary chronicles the journey of eight entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley in an industry where less than 1% of venture capital (VC) backed startups have African-American founders.

SXSW 2012: Revisiting CNN’s ‘Black in America: The Promised Land – Silicon Valley’

Participants from Summer 2011 class of NewMe describe their experience and provide updates on their progress

CNN’s Black in America / Silicon Valley: Aftermath was one of SXSW’s most anticipated panels…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley discusses brand awareness and digital content monetization at her panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” at SXSW 2012 (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

By Winston Ford

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Baratunde Thurston on How to be Black…and Tech Savvy

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest conference, the author/comedian talks politics, technology and blackness

On the eve of his keynote address to techies at the annual South by Southwest…

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Austin Locals Welcome Black Startups to SXSW

Dell and Austin's Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce (CCAACC) host pre-SXSW welcome reception to kickoff the annual festival

The Capital City African American Chamber of Congress kicked off a pre-South by South West…

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SXSW Interactive is one of the largest interactive conferences in the country and from March 9-13, 2012 there will be 20,000 people converging on Austin, Texas. SXSW is a gathering of techies, entrepreneurs, journalist, startups, social media advocates and marketers. The discussion will include the latest mobile apps, tech startups launching, new technology products/gadgets being released and authors releasing new books. To help you maximize your experience at SXSW Interactive here are six tips to get the most out of your trip. —Hajj Flemings

6 Tips to Maximize Your SXSW Interactive Experience

Before heading out to the annual festival here are a few things you should know

As techies converge on Austin, TX for SXSW Interactive here are a few key points…

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Apple Announces iPad 3 Details

The tech giant’s third-gen iPad boasts a sharper display screen, higher wireless speed and crisp new camera

Apple CEO Tim Cook set the record straight about the iPad 3 during today’s announcement,…

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Playd Co-Founder Anthony Frasier Talks About Minorities in Gaming

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the NewMe Accelerator participant at a minorities in gaming event hosted by BIT, NewME Community NYC and EA Games

BlackEnterprise.com spoke with the NewMe Accelerator participant about life after Black in America, the importance…

By Janel Martinez

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New iPad App Square Register Turns Tablet Into Cash Register

Square Register lets business owners process payments from their iPad

Mobile payment company Square released a new iPad app on Monday, which allows brick-and-mortar merchants…

By Janel Martinez

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Will Social Media Determine the 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Exploring the impact of Twitter and Facebook on how voters will cast their ballot

Social media is so engrained into our society that it may be a determining factor…

By Hajj Flemings

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Facebook Picks the Pocket: Ads Coming to Smartphones

Facebook rolls out new Timeline for business pages and debuts new ad services which lets advertisers embed ads into personal news feeds and push ads—for the first time—to mobile phones

At a special marketing conference in New York Wednesday, Facebook unveiled a new business page…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

By Alan Hughes

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Pocket-sized Payroll

Payroll leader ADP has gone mobile—servicing more than 8,000 of its clients with the ADP…

By Janel Martinez

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The GPS of the Supermarket

AisleFinder CEO and Founder Curtiss Pope helps the world navigate its local grocery stores

Curtiss Pope’s bright idea came to him while shopping in his local Safeway grocery store,…

By Bridget McCrea

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Can Social Media Save Your Business?

Join us on Facebook for a Power Lunch with entrepreneur and cover subject Dawn Fitch

Imagine growing your revenue by 35% or more this year. On Friday, March 16, 2012,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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5 Ways to Deal with Google’s New Privacy Settings

See what you can do to circumvent the tech conglomerate’s new privacy policies and terms

BlackEnterprise.com has a few quick pointers on tip toeing around Google’s privacy policy (or at…

By Janel Martinez

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

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Reveal of iPad 3 Expected March 7

Fans are eager to get a faster processor, wireless network, and a larger camera on Apple's iPad 3

Apple sent out email invitations for an event on March 7, which blogosphere rumors predict…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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FREE!!! Sprint LG Optimus S

The Sprint LG Optimus S is the newest NO Contract phone in the Sprint line.…

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IRS2Go 2.0 Places Tax Help at Your Fingertips

The Internal Revenue Service app now offers a YouTube feature, news feed and tax transcript service for Android and iPhone (iOS) users

The latest version of the Internal Revenue Service’s tax app IRS2Go 2.0 is available…

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6 Ways Female Execs Can Master Social Media

Women can enhance their presence across various platforms by following these easy-to-follow pointers

Moderator Mo Krochmal of Social Media News NY and panelists discussed ways females can excel…

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BlackPlanet Revamps as Social Aggregator

The once popular social network gets a fresh design and new features

BlackPlanet Next, the new iteration of the 12-year-old mainstay, has been redesigned into a social…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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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Will Two Billion Jobs Disappear by 2030?

Futurist Thomas Frey makes bold prediction about technology's impact on the job market

According to futurist Thomas Frey, technological advancements will impact over 2 billion jobs worldwide by…

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Diddy and ‘Magic’ Johnson Set to Run New Comcast Networks

Comcast announced Tuesday it will carry new networks run by music mogul Sean "Diddy" Combs and basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson

Comcast announced Tuesday that four-minority owned networks will be launched on its cable TV systems…

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Facebook Criticized Over Lack of Board Diversity

Social network site develops urban talent through Year Up program, but is that enough when it comes to diversity initiatives?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming under fire for not inviting any women or minorities…

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Twitter Brand Pages Roll Out to All Advertisers

Brands will be able to promote a tweet to the top of the profile timeline

Last week Twitter launched brand pages to all active advertisers on their social media platform.…

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White House Conducts 2nd Annual Science Fair

It's not too late for your child to participate virtually

More than 100 students from over 45 states attended sharing their latest inventions — from…

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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 Future of Black History: Web Entrepreneur Angela Benton

The serial entrepreneur dishes on what inspires her, and the future of NewMe and Silicon Valley

BlackEnterprise.com spoke to Black Web Media Founder Angela Benton about her success in tech, who…

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TOUR DE FORCE

Houston’s first album tour grossed nearly $4.8 million in ticket sales. Her second tour was almost as successful, grossing $4.1 million in ticket sales. Her Bodyguard tour was a huge success helping her earn a spot on Forbes' "Richest Entertainers" list. Between 1993 and 1994, Houston grossed $33 million. My Love is Your Love tour did exceptionally well internationally as the highest grossing arena concert of that year. Her last and final tour, Nothing But Love World Tour made her $36 million.

#WhitneyHouston’s Impact on Twitter

Looking at how trusted news breaks in the age of social media

Following the death of Whitney Houston Twitter exploded with RIP tweets, we explore how breaking…

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Social Media Week 2012: Jermaine Dupri Discusses Global 14

The music mogul-turned-social network creator discusses the power and influence of social media

Jermaine Dupri, a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, rapper, and producer, believes that his high profile and…

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Rebelle Unveils Speak Chic Mobile App

The recently released app gives fashion enthusiasts the power of pronunciation

Just in time for fashion’s busiest season, as designers from New York, London, Paris and…

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Apple iPads Seized Over Trademark Dispute

The tech giant is battling over the rights to use the name “iPad”

Chinese authorities are pulling dozens of iPads from shelves in Northern China because Shenzhen…

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Intel’s Ultrabooks Take World Tour with Will.i.am

The Black Eyed Peas frontman helps market super-thin devices for mobile use

Intel has enlisted the help of Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am to work as their…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: NPD Group Analyst Ben Arnold Talks High-Tech Headphones, Tablets and Ultrabooks

The industry analyst discusses what tech enthusiasts should expect to see this year

Ben Arnold, a consumer technology industry analyst, sat down with BlackEnterprise.com to discuss trends at…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Will Going Public Change the Culture of Facebook?

The popular social network could put pressure to perform on the billion-dollar brand

Facebook going public could present just as many challenges as it does financial gains for…

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WATCH: AndroidTapp.com Founder Antonio Wells Talks Apps

The chief editor discusses Android app potential for products unveiled at 2012 CES

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Antonio Wells at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in January.…

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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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Amazon Reportedly Plans to Open Retail Store in Seattle

Amazon.com is looking to expand by opening a brick-and-mortar retail store, according to sources

Online retailer Amazon is planning to open a physical store located in the Seattle area…

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WATCH: Lenovo Brings Portability to Business

New tablets, laptops, and mobile monitors provide great tools for busy professionals on the go

This year, Lenovo’s new products are making a great impression. See exactly how these recently…

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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…

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Super Bowl XLVI: Is the Real Game Online or On the Field?

An examination of social media's influence on the business of the big game

In addition to the commercials, food and finances associated with Super Bowl Sunday, social media…

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Salesforce for Quickbooks

Salesforce for QuickBooks (www.quickbooks.intuit.com; $28 (group version) /$70 (professional) per user/per month) is an accounting…

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Why There Are Few Women & African Americans in STEM

A recent study says while 84% of STEM department chairs at leading universities say recruiting…

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Tablets to the Rescue

How one small business benefited from using mobile technology

Stacey Scott, CEO of Elgia Inc., began using iPads in 2011 to save time and…

By Janel Martinez

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First Diversity Mixer Held at CES 2012

An event for minorities sheds light on the dearth of blacks with jobs in technology

January 12 marked the first diversity mixer to be held during the International Consumer…

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‘Hang Out’ with Obama on Google+ Tonight

The president’s Google+ hangout will be the first all-digital interview from the White House

President Barack Obama is no stranger to interacting in the digital space, conducting town hall…

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$100 Billion Facebook IPO Filing Could Come Next Week

The six-year old social networking service is preparing to file paperwork for an initial public offering next Wednesday

Facebook, the iconic social network, will file for an initial public offering on Wednesday, according…

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Comcast to Launch Music –Themed Cable Network with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs

Revolt will officially launch on Dec. 12, 2012

Brand baron Sean “Diddy” Combs is adding yet another venture onto his extensive, multi-million dollar…

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Hadiyah Mujhid, Nnena Ukuku, Monique Woodard, and Chris Bennett started Black Founders to increase the numbers of successful black entrepreneurs in technology

Black Founders Ring in the Year With Hack Day

With entrepreneurship at its core, BF serves as a resource for black technology startups

Sponsored by Black Founders, an organization dedicated to making black startups a common occurrence, Hack…

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Can Apple Change Education With the New iTunes U?

The computer giant'slatest re-imagines how educators work in the classroom

The introduction of Apple’s iTunes U opens the door for a teachers and students to…

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

Twitter Acquires Internet Security Startup Dasient

In an effort to beef up security, the popular microblogging site purchased the three-year-old Internet security firm

On Monday, Twitter attained Dasient, a security startup offering malware protection for businesses.

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Supreme Court Says GPS Tracker Violated Rights

The high court ruled collectively that the police's actions violated the Constitution

The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday that law enforcement authorities violated the Constitution when…

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The Mystery of the Swizz Beatz-Megaupload Connection

Last week, the Internet was abuzz with news about file-sharing Megaupload. First there was the…

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How to Get a $10,000 Scholarship from Google

The tech giant offers scholarships to college-bound students studying computer science

Google offering Generation Google scholarships to support college-bound students in their study of computer science.

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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…

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Top Trends and Highlights from the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show

With thousands of new products on the showroom floor at CES, here's what takeaways matter the most

With thousands of new products on the showroom floor at CES, here’s what takeaways matter…

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Blackout: Web Sites Go Dark to Protest SOPA

Brands and businesses stand up to the Stop Online Piracy Act

Today, social media is abuzz with the #BlackoutSOPA campaigns of people, big brands and web…

By Elayne Fluker

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WIN!!! Apple iPad 2

Get down to business with the iPad 2

BlackEnterprise.com is giving YOU the chance to WIN an Apple iPad 2. The iPad 2…

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Swizz Beatz’ File-Sharing Site Gets His Celeb Friends In Trouble

Swizz Beatz  is a music producer, artist and a multifaceted mogul-in-the-making but is he also…

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Sony Surprises with Big Names and Big News at CES

Will Smith makes a surprise appearance for Sony as they introduce new products and services.

Will Smith makes a surprise appearance for Sony as they introduce new products and services…

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Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) Joins Twitter

The first lady has launched a twitter account, personalizing her tweets with her initials “mo”

Michelle Obama joined Twitter Thursday and, in less than 24 hours, gained well over 100,000…

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12 Tools to Manage Social Media Like the Pros

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social media for your business

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social…

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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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…

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2012 Consumer Electronics Show: Day 1 Recap

Check in all week for news, tips, and reviews of the latest tech products of 2012

The first day of the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, NV culminated…

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TechCrunch TV Talks Diversity in Silicon Valley With Navarrow Wright

Aol’s TechCrunch TV sat down with Interactive One CTO and Global Grind co-founder Navarrow Wright…

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54-Point Personal Branding Checklist for 2012

Your guide to getting your branding strategy in order for the New Year

As we head into 2012 be sure to have your personal branding strategy in place…

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Kandi Koated Spades Creators on the Business of Mobile Apps

Video game enthusiasts find success with mobile game designed specifically for people of color

Created by Konsole Kingz, Kandi Koated Spades proves successful for singer/songwriter Kandi Burress

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Win!!! NeatDesk, Office Desk Organizer

Valued at $400, the NeatDesk desk organizer is yours for the taking

The NeatDesk allows clutter bugs to organize their paperwork with a simple scan than organizes…

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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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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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Curators of the Night

Poggled co-founders master the daily deal

No strangers to nightclub ownership, business partners William Jenkins and Stephen LaMontagne Jr. were looking…

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System Upgrade

Younger people may be more instinctive about technology, but it’s not rocket science and it’s…

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Tab with Wi-Fi or 4G LTE has the chops for enterprise whether…

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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…

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Former Justin Timberlake Exec Revolutionizes Web Image Monetization

Entrepreneur Rey Flemings turns tagged photos into interactive shopping galleries

With Stipple Inc., Rey Flemings allows online businesses to monetize their images through a unique…

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Making Gangsta Moves in the Innovation Economy

Creativity, persistence, capital and connections will drive the advancement of high-growth African American businesses

What’s needed to maintain forward momentum for the emerging digerati? You guessed it – capital.…

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3 Reasons Why You Should Create a Branded Google Plus Business Page

The benefits of signing up for Google's latest product now instead of later

Setting up a Google Plus Page is simple and the benefits for your brand can…

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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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‘Black in America’ Dives into Silicon Valley

Soledad O'Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

Soledad O’Brien examines the problems and promise of blacks in technology

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Black Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley Do Exist

TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington may be unsure but people of color are making strides in STEM

In a clip from CNN’s Black in America 4 TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington stated that…

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Tech Company Imaginary Feet “Crosswalks” into the Next Phase of App Discovery

Tech company allows you to discover new apps based on your social circle

Imaginary Feet co-founder Patrick Jackson shares insight on how his company manages to carve out…

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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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PlugBug Gives iPad Users a Faster Way to Charge Up

Tech start-up provides less clutter and more power for Apple users

Tech start-up Twelve South introduces the PlugBug, which allows MacBook users to charge their iPhone,…

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Skinny Case for iPad 2 Doubles as Portable Keyboard

The function of a laptop without all the bulk

Part protective case, part keyboard, the Skinny Case for iPad 2 is perfect for the…

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How to Start a Movement with a Twitter #Hashtag

#OccupyWallStreet is the tweet heard 'round the world

Occupy Wall Street is a prime example of how a movement can get initiated via…

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6-Year High School Prepares Students of Color for Work in STEM

Underwritten by IBM, P-TECH focuses on giving kids the tools to succeed in the STEM industry

The Department of Education, the City University of New York (CUNY) and IBM partnered to…

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Nokia to Ditch Touchscreen for Kinetic Bend Screen Technology

The mobile device maker looks to revolutionize the industry with this new tech

During the 2011 Nokia World conference in London, the mobile maker unveiled the prototype for…

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Apple iCloud: Will It Change Wireless Computing for the Better?

The computer giant reveals its wireless hard drive in the cloud

With the introduction of Apple’s latest product, iCloud, the technology giant adds a seamless way…

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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…

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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…

By Anslem Samuel

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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…

By Janel Martinez

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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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REGISTER NOW: Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit’s 10th Anniversary

It will be a landmark year for the Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in…

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Watch Sonia Alleyne’s Interview with Venus Williams at This Year’s Women of Power Summit [Video]

Venus Williams was one of the featured speakers at this year’s Women of Power Summit.

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