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Find a Program Many returning and non-traditional students are not in the same position as first-year undergraduates. With families, full-time jobs, and various financial responsibilities to maintain, full-time programs aren’t always an option. Since finding a program that meets these prospective students’ needs is imperative, universities and colleges offer evening, part-time and weekend programs as great alternatives. For people just looking to improve their skills and not enroll in a degree program, institutions do offer non-degree options.

4 Tips You Should Know Before Heading Back to (Graduate) School

If you’re thinking about hitting the books (again), take a page from BE’s Back to School guide

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Whether you want to call it a recession or a slow recovery is irrelevant. As long as the unemployment rate remains at its current levels, corporations and consumers will be reluctant to spend. For entrepreneurs looking to do business with large corporations in this environment, it's critical that they understand the need to increase their financial literacy---for example, knowing when and how to use equity, versus debt. James H. Lowry, a senior counselor at Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, also offers the following seven pieces of advice.---Alan Hughes

7 Steps for Small Business Success

Expert tips on how to position your business to grow in any economy and compete with the big dogs

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2011 Fall TV Preview: 13 Shows Worth Watching this Season

With a batch of new and returning programs here's a guide of what needs your support

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Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale, Columbia and UPenn all have the distinction of being named Ivy League institutions of higher education. Since February 1954 these eight universities have been heralded for their academic excellence and standout athletic achievements. 	Almost 60 years later, those institutions are still recognized as the most prestigious centers of higher learning nationwide. While the general train of thought would be that the Elite 8 would solely produce cerebral types, some of today’s most notable and creative African American celebrities have walked their hallowed halls as well. With the back to school season in full swing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 celebrities you probably didn’t know attended an Ivy League school. —Amber McKynzie

10 Black Celebrities Who Attended Ivy League Schools

Eight schools have the honor of being labeled Ivy League and—surprisingly—having these 10 celebrities as attendees

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This year I have the honor of attending the annual Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. Now, all I have to do is figure out what to wear. The problem is I haven’t played golf in a decade, so for this edition of Suit Your Life, I enlisted the expertise of my golf fanatic friends (a.k.a the pros) to help me put together a stylish and functional golf wardrobe for my weekend under the Miami sun. As I hope for no rain (but am always "boy scout" prepared), here are some of my recommendations to be stylish on the links. See you in Miami. —Gardy V. Guerrier

Men’s Guide to Looking Good on the Golf Course

Golf isn't just for old timers, here's how the young and hip add some style to the green

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Your stroke is just as important as the golf course you’re putting on. And for many novice and more seasoned players who want to get a hole in one, ambiance is everything. Golf is what draws golfers to the crème de la crème in courses stateside and abroad, but when they want to organize a family staycation, a getaway for two or fun business outing, it’s something a little more like the spa services or exclusive perks for being a luxury car driver that seal the deal. BlackEnterprise.com spoke to the founder and president of Golf Quests, Inc. Ty DeLavallade about today’s top golf resorts. See if your favorite made the list!

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7 Stellar Golf Resorts in the U.S. and Abroad

Golf concierge Ty DeLavallade reveals his top golf locales

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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

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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

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When it comes to success in getting and making a living from freelance work, the more resources, the better. Here are 6 resources every independent worker should know about, from health insurance information to getting your next gig.  --- Starrene Rhett

6 Resources Every Freelancer Should Know

From health insurance to job opportunites, these will ensure your career success

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We’re already in mid-August and I just cannot figure out how this summer went by so fast. If you’re like me, you want to try to get as much out of these last few summer weeks as possible (officially, there’s only six left!!). This means attending every great to decent open air concert, BBQ, rooftop cocktail party, sailing excursion, pool party, beach day, and anything that sounds even remotely summer. 	In this installment of Suit Your Life, I’ll focus on those key summer items and garments I’ve used and plan to pull out again for every worthwhile activity we have left, including the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge on Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 1-5) in Miami. It also doesn’t hurt that most stores are having their end of season sales so you’ll be able to rack up on most of these great items for up to 75% off. Thank me later. —Gardy V. Guerrier

End of Summer Menswear Guide: Fashionable & On Sale

There's still a few weeks left in summer so get your look together with these last minute sale items

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5 Surefire Ways to Ruin Your Chances of Getting the Job

Don't make mistakes that could disqualify you from being hired

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Every entrepreneur wants to build a brand that inspires confidence, quality and reliability, knowing that customers’ belief in your product or service translates into revenue. In short, people put their money where their trust is. But trust can be a fickle thing. It can be difficult to earn and even then, requires constant maintenance. And if that trust is shattered, it can mean the end of an enterprise. 	In his book, The Trust Edge: How Top Leaders Gain Faster Results, Deeper Relationships, and a Stronger Bottom Line, author and business strategist Dave Horsager discusses the correlation between trust and profits. “I think it's the key bottom line indicator even though someone might think at first glance it's a soft skill,” he asserts. “I prove out how it really does affect the bottom line and of course it affects impact and everything else.” He also offers what he refers to as the “8 pillars of trust.” —Alan Hughes

8 Ways to Build Trust in Your Brand

One of the keys to running a successful business is having a strong and reliable reputation

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On July 31, the National Bar Association held a panel to discuss the impact of the foreclosure crisis on communities of color at its 86th annual convention and exhibits. Black Enterprise spoke with two of the panelists—Yolanda D. McGill, senior counsel of the Fair Housing and Lending Project with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Vicki King Taitano, director of the Foreclosure Legal Assistance Project with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau—to get their thoughts on this growing problem. McGill noted the rise of scammers as one. "The overrepresentation of minorities in our scam database is very troubling and likely has many causes, such as the wealth gap that leaves struggling homeowners no savings or family funds to lean on and drives them to seek foreclosure rescue and modifications more often,” she says. “We also know that scammers tailor their marketing language to ethnic minorities, and there are organizations trying to determine if this activity is in violation of the law." With that in mind, here are five signs of a foreclosure rescue scam. —Sheiresa Ngo

5 Signs of a Foreclosure Rescue Scam

If someone makes you an offer that sounds too good to be true it probably is

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There was a time when Steve Harvey was just another successful comedian, but today he’s much more. The West Virginia native carries titles like author, entrepreneur and businessman as well and is laughing his way to the bank in the process. Harvey stays busy as host of his popular self-titled radio show and Family Feud, author of several best-selling books, his own television program on Centric TV, and a charity foundation. This week, Harvey and Ford will co-host their Ninth Annual Hoodie Awards, a community-oriented awards show that honors top businesses, schools, and leaders. Based on Harvey’s ever-growing brand, BlackEnterprise.com decodes Steve’s funny money. —William E. Ketchum III

Steve Harvey Decoded: A Brand Suited for Success

The enterprising funny man is no joke when it comes to business and brand extension

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Secure your computers.  It’s vital that you keep your computer with you and lock it down during a move. You don’t want to give your computer to the movers because your desktop or laptops likely contain a treasure-trove of important data for identity thieves.

5 Steps to Getting Started as a Freelancer

Here's how to begin and maintain a living as an independent worker

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How to Get a New Job While Still at the Old One

Follow these five steps so you won't end up taking a major career loss instead of a career change

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Many African Americans have made strides in the world of aeronautics, from Dr. Dr. Mae C. Jemison, the first black female astraunaut in space, to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen. Here we take a look at the seven black power players in the boardrooms and behind the business of the aeronautics industry. --- Janell Hazelwood

7 Black Power Players In Aeronautics

A look at the top black professionals in the aviation industry

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Relationships are a lot like doing business in that they require a considerable amount of time, commitment and good credit to succeed. Nowadays individual credit scores determine virtually everything, including employment status, car insurance rates and if a person is eligible to get a bank loan to start a home. Whether you’re in business or in love, your partner has to be able to pull his or her weight if you plan on having an emotionally and financially secure partnership—platonically or romantically. So before you make your next relationship official, be sure you look out for these seven warning signs that the person you’re dating is potentially a bad investment. —Souleo

7 Signs the Person You’re Dating is a Bad Investment

Whether you're in business or in love, choosing the right partner is essential to your success

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5 Boutique Hotels Worth Checking Into

When you're looking for a unique experience in a cozy setting, go off the beaten path and opt for a boutique hotel

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How much do you think you need to save for retirement? According to a survey of registered investment advisors (RIAs) commissioned by Scottrade Services, the average American believes they need around $1 million to retire comfortably. However, many advisors say that most couples could need two to three times this amount to make sure they don't outlive their money. (Use this calculator from cnnmoney.com to estimate how much you need.)  Regardless of whether you’ll truly need $300,000 or $3 million, The cold, hard truth is that many baby boomers and pre-retirees simply will not save enough money to retire comfortably. Thus, retirement in the traditional sense is simply out of the question. If you’re one of those people, what choices do you have? Here are some options to consider.---Lynnette Khalfani-Cox

What to Do If Retirement is No Longer an Option

Times have changed, and so have dreams of an early retirement. Use these tips to make sure to make sure you prepare for your future

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Wedding season is in full swing with some states like New York getting a few extra brides and grooms this year thanks to the recent passing of the same sex marriage bill. Regardless of your orientation, starting a life together generally comes with a hefty price tag. However, you don’t have to break the bank just to say, “I do.” In fact, BlackBridalBliss.com features weekly profiles from real brides, who share their first-hand advice on ways to save money when planning the big day as part of the popular Tie the Knot Tuesdays series. Whether you’re in the process of planning or still dreaming of the day, here are 11 practical ways to save money on your wedding day. —Bridgette Bartlett

11 Ways to Save Money on Your Wedding Day

It may be your "big day" but that doesn't mean you have to spend in a big way

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This weekend, July 27-31, the Omega Psi Phi fraternity descends on Washington, D.C., to celebrate its centennial. Founded November 17, 1911 by Howard University students Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James   Cooper and Frank Coleman and their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest Everett Just., the organization now boasts an illustrious list of men who are leaders in the arts, the sciences, academics, athletics, civil rights,   education, government, and business. In honor of the anniversary, BlackEnterprise.com highlights nine of the outstanding business leaders who are proud to call themselves Ques.

9 Ques Making Moves in Business

As Omega Psi Phi fraternity celebrates its centennial, we highlight 9 black business leaders who call the frat their own

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With summer in full swing, most people are in search of a destination getaway—a place to kick back and relax, while enjoying all that their temporary home away from home has to offer. But sometimes you can accomplish the same goal by taking advantage of the signature sites of your own city. Why not save up for the next getaway by opting for the convenient (and often more affordable) staycation?  It’s an option Tanya Hall, executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC)—a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau—urges locals to explore.  “We want to make sure we have our own footprint in terms of a destination for African Americans,” says Hall. That very footprint includes various city sites, from the history housed at the African American Museum to down home southern cuisine offered at Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar & Lounge. BlackEnterprise.com packed up and explored the northeast domain, suggesting fun ideas for families, couples and solo travelers in the City of Brotherly Love. —Janel Martinez

9 Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Enthusiasts

These staycation musts make The City of Brotherly Love a backyard luxury

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Moving Soon? Be Careful Thieves Don’t Move with Your Identity

A lot goes into moving, and often times identity protection is not top of mind. Here's how to protect yourself during the transition

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MARVIN GAYE, 44:  A Motown legend and gifted songwriter, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalogue of timeless hits records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads to poetic soul that touched millions of fans. Having several bouts with drugs and depression throughout the years, Gaye’s personal demons got the better of him when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984 that led to the legendary singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's passing, we reminisce on other musical greats that were taken before their time

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It took only 72 days for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage to dissolve. Reportedly costing a million dollars, the financial loss of the split is obvious. Similarly, Jennifer Lopez may have once sang “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” but the singer/actress knows first-hand that a  divorce can cost a pretty penny. After eight months of marrige to backup dancer/choreographer Cris Judd, she called it quits in 2002 and coughed up $14 million to Judd. With the recent announcement of her split from salsa singer Marc Anthony, there’s rampant speculation about who’s going to come out richer. J.Lo, whose estimated net worth is $150 million, easily eclipses her estranged husband who earns a respectable $40 million. If the couple signed a premarital agreement, there should be little worry about who gets what. On the other hand, the dirty laundry from some of the following couples was aired when news of their divorces spread. We’ve taken a look at the figures in 10 expensive celebrity divorces. —Brett Johnson

10 Most Expensive Divorces for Black Celebrities

A look at the most costly divorces of the rich and famous

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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

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Whether it was civil rights or gay rights, the struggle for equality has been an on-going battle. While the call to action generally happens on the grassroots level with the people, it’s on Capitol Hill where the real changes happen. As BlackEnterprise.com’s coverage of the Black LGBT community, we look back at the some major historical points of the LGBT rights movements with an intensive timeline that follows the ups, downs and milestones under various presidential administrations. —Kahliah Laney

US Presidents Decoded: 49 Milestones in LGBT History

See which 16 US presidents were in office when these historic LGBT moments occured

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Yes, that really is the number of tractors in Norway and, yes, it is printed onto every garment Moods of Norway produces.

Spring/Summer 2012 Season Menswear Trade Show Preview

Suit Your Life columnist Gardy V. Guerrier gives you an exclusive backstage pass to some of next year's hottest fashion pieces

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7 Ways To Blow a Job Interview

Don't make these critical mistakes when trying to get the job

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When it comes to vacation nothing beats a beach. While the coastal states offer a few viable options, there’s nothing like the pristine waters surrounding a tropical island. If you haven’t mapped out your summer travel location just yet, we’ve compiled five of the best island destinations to get you motivated. — Andrea Adams, Travelista TV

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5 Best Island Destinations

Life's a beach—here are five you need to visit on your next vacation

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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

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Whether you’re on a plane, in a car or lounging poolside, while you're traveling is the perfect opportunity to put a dent in your reading list. The staff here at Black Enterprise and BlackEnterprise.com compiled a few of our top summer reads to help whittle down your choices. Over the course of the next few pages, you'll see books that range from autobiographies on Black history icons and manuals for success to financial guides and examinations of our social media culture, all aimed at giving you some food for thought. —Kahliah A. Laney

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17 Books to Add to Your Travel Reading List

Summer is here and for many that means it’s time for a break, so grab a great book and just relax

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One of the exciting panels at this year's event was The Business of Reality TV. Black Enterprise Editor-in-Chief Derek T. Dingle (center) moderated the discussion. (Photo by Terrence Jennings)

2011 American Black Film Festival

See highlights from the 15th Annual ABFF July 6-9, 2011 in Miami

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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

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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

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Bring instant glam and gorgeousness to your next leisure or business trip with a special piece of luggage and amazing travel accessories that show off your personal (and professional) style. Summer travel never looked so chic.—Daisy Lewellyn 

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Travel Luggage Guide: 12 Best Accessories for Her

Bring instant glam to your next leisure or business trip with luggage and travel accessories that show off your style.

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Travel Luggage Guide – 8 Necessities For Him

A few essential luggage and travel accessories for the businessman who's on-the-go

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Many professionals in the workforce at some point in their career reach a crossroads where they must weigh their options and determine if they will remain at a company or quit and move on. According to the Department of Labor's March 2011 "Job Openings and Labor Turnover" report, 1.9 million workers chose the latter and left their jobs amid the recession.  Yet another report, by BlessingWhite, a global consulting firm, notes that the number of North American employees determined to leave their positions has nearly doubled since 2008, from 7% to 13%. Blackenterprise.com spoke with Joey Price, human resources specialist and founder of career services firm, Push Consultant Group L.L.C., on seven signs that quitting and moving on may be your best option. —Souleo

7 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job

Stuck in a dead-end job? Take a cue and go for the career opportunity of your dreams

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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

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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

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While a vacation is always a great excuse for seeing the world and dusting off that passport, limited finances and days off may sometimes put a damper on those globetrotting plans. But, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy some R&R within US borders. Weekend getaways can be just as therapeutic and relaxing to give you that mental boost you’ve been craving. Here are five untapped Stateside vacation destinations along with a list of interesting things to do and explore when you get there. —Teri Johnson, Travelista TV

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5 Weekend Getaway Destinations Within the US

Not every vacation has to be abroad, here are a few domestic destinations worth seeing

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Black Enterprise President & CEO Butch Graves welcomed the attendees to the forum and previewed what was to come

20/20 Vision Forum: Black Enterprise and Walmart Talk Employment

20/20 Vision Forum, focused on Job Creation and Career Opportunities in the Next Economy

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As we get ready for the holiday weekend and wrap up our coverage of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com tapped into our thought leaders and editors to see what motivates them when it comes to handling their business. But we're not talking educational seminars or textbooks; we’re talking playlists.Check out this cool mix of songs and add them to your own playlist. They're sure to get you moving--whether it's to work out or on your way to work. #NP —Elayne Fluker

12 Songs to Add to Your Power Moves Playlist #NP

Business leaders and Black Enterprise editors tell you what music inspires them to make power moves

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In August 1991, Prince inked a $100 million deal with Warner Bros., making him the highest-paid artist at the time. The deal included two joint record companies as well as a vice president post for him. In 1993, the pop and rock icon would become "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince" during a legal battle with the label over artistic and financial control of his music. After a long, highly publicized battle, in which he began performing in protest using only a symbol as his name, he was able to gain release from the contract, serving as one of the most prolific public examples of an artist's success in standing up for his artistic beliefs and financial due.

8 Landmark Deals in Black Music

A snapshot of big business deals by top Black entertainers in music

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Black Music Month: BE100s Companies That Made Their Mark with Music

14 legendary black-owned businesses that influenced the sound of Black Music

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It’s a known fact that a celebrity’s career rarely includes only one single job. Any multi-faceted entertainer—be it actor, artist, or both—learns fairly quickly that the key to climbing the success ladder is through constant diversification. Making money in various markets guarantees a well-rounded (and long-lasting) career. With the fickle tastes and short attention spans of most audiences, it’s only necessary to jump into multiple roles, bulking up pockets and fan bases equally.  Many artists have made the migration from musicians to actors, film producers, authors and all around entrepreneurs. Such transitory career goals have allowed many artists to garner successes they never achieved during their time solely working as musicians. As part of our continued Black Music Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of 11 celebs that started out as artists and have since evolved into well-oiled self-entities. —Kathy Iandoli

11 Successful Artist Brands Beyond Music

Music is only the beginning of building a brand that's something these artists know well

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Before reality TV took over, cable networks like BET, MTV and VH1 (along with an assortment of broadcast programs) used to dedicate hours to airing music videos. Now, there are only a handful of such shows around and fans are more likely to watch their favorite artist’s latest clip online than on TV. With that said, the quality and concepts for most musicians have gone down. Gone are the days of the multi-million dollar video shoot that was more than a lip-syncing affair and produced mini movies. Still in the midst of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com takes a trip down memory lane with some of the most expensive music videos made by African American artists. You’ll also discover which famous family has a penchant for not only making records but breaking them (and budgets) as well. —Anslem Samuel

16 Most Expensive Music Videos by Black Artists

Creative expression for music artist sometimes comes at a high cost

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Prominent figures in  business, sports, media and philanthropy came out for the Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Gala Luncheon at the Lewis Estate in East Hampton on Saturday, June 25, 2011. Event chair Leslie Lewis Sword, Lewis' eldest daughter, announced that this year’s gala raised more than $665,000 toward a $1 million endowment challenge grant from The Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation, in support of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture. Harvard Law School Bussey Professor Emeritus Frank E. A. Sander, who taught and mentored Lewis at Harvard Law, received the Millennium Member Award. Profit Investment Management CEO Eugene A. Profit received the Reginald F. Lewis Award, presented to an African American entrepreneur who has broken barriers to become internationally successful before the age of 50. —Alfred A. Edmond Jr.

Reginald F. Lewis Foundation Fundraiser Exceeds Million-Dollar Match Goal

Star Jones, former Mayor David Dinkins, NFL Star Dhani Jones among notables present as Eugene Profit receives Reginald F. Lewis Award

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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

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This past Friday, June 24, same-sex marriages were made legal in New York, continuing conversations in the media and within many homes about the subject. While some are celebrating and making wedding plans others are protesting, as the hot political debate continues. The notion of being Black and openly gay—especially in the entertainment industry—remain controversial and traditionally hush-hush, with many artists choosing to remain in the closet. In light of Black Enterprise’s upcoming Black & Gay in Corporate America cover story [on stands July 19] and BlackEnterprise.com’s continued Black Music Month coverage, we’ve highlighted a few celebrity entertainers who are out and proud. —Janell Hazelwood

Black LGBT Entertainers: Out & Proud

A look at African American celebrities who have gone public with their sexual preference

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Michael Jackson: Decoding the Brand Power of a Black Music Legend

A reflection on the King of Pop's musical and business impact two years after his passing

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Jennifer Hudson

Black Music Month: Women and Body Image in Entertainment

Black superstar divas and their weight loss journeys

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7 Crowdsourcing Resources to Boost Your Businesses

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

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

These 9 power brokers are calling the shots in the entertainment industry

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Mr. Earl G. Graves Sr. sat down with Black Enterprise Business Report Host Caroline Clarke to discuss his success with Black Enterprise Magazine and being inducted into the Advertising Hall of Fame.

Black Enterprise Business Report on location

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Our World host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with celebrated civil rights icon and educated Angela Davis who shares her mission to abolish the U.S. prison system.

Our World All Access Celebrity Headliners Spring 2011

A look back at the hottest All Access celebrity headliners on Our World with Black Enterprise.

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Suit Your Life: 7 Father’s Day Gift Ideas That Are NOT a Tie

Don't be cliche, get one of these stylish items for the perfect Father's Day gift

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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

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10 Athletes Who Successfully Rebounded From Controversy

As Super Bowl champ Plaxico Burress begins his road to redemption, here are a few notable figures that have already resurrected their brands

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Even before the 2011 NBA Finals got in to full swing, there was talk of who had the best shot at winning the championship this year. Following his “decision” to leave his hometown of Cleveland to join Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh on Miami’s big stage, LeBron James made sure his name part of the discussion. He’s already considered one of the best players to play the game on a professional level today, but a ring would solidify that point even further—or would it? The world of sports is filled with dominant competitors that never won a title. In fact, BlackEnterprise.com compiled a list of 10 NBA greats that dominated the sport but failed to take home the big prize. A few still have a shot.

10 NBA Greats Who Never Won a Championship

Not every athlete needs a championship to achieve greatness

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Business is never supposed to be personal, but when LeBron James decided it was time to part ways with his agent Aaron Goodwin, the NBA star turned to longtime friend Maverick Carter to pick up the reigns. Growing up together in Akron, Ohio, the former high school classmates built a mentoring friendship around the sport of basketball that has since grown to encompass the business of basketball. As co-founders of LRMR Marketing, James and Carter have successfully collaborated on a host of business opportunities including managing other pro athletes, endorsement deals with major brands, and most recently bringing Sheets energy strips to market. Based on the young CEO’s track record, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Carter to get his top tips on how to juggle friendship with partnership. —Anslem Samuel, with additional reporting by Christina M. Tapper

Maverick Carter’s 4 Tips on Doing Business With a Friend

LeBron James' right hand man explains how friends can work together successfully and profitably

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‘Single Ladies’ Creator Stacy Littlejohn’s 4 Tips on Successfully Pitching a Show

The TV veteran provides her personal pointers for delivering a winning pitch

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Following your passion is great, but no one wants to struggle to pay the bills after graduating from college. That's why for some students it's important to avoid majors that traditionally don't pay well. A recent study by Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce identified a list of college degrees that place African Americans at the lowest end of the pay scale. Following our look at the highest paying degrees for African Americans, here's a look at the majors most likely to leave your wallet a little lighter.

10 Lowest-Paying College Degrees for African Americans

Will you be struggling to pay the bills after you graduate? Graduating with one of these degrees may make that your reality

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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

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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

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Race Matters: 7 Trailblazing African American Racecar Drivers

Think again if you thought racecar driving was a White-only sport, these Black drivers are as fast & furious as they come

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10 Highest-Paying College Degrees

Find out which majors can get you paid in a major way

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Oprah Winfrey Decoded: Makings of a Multimedia Master

Over the past 25 years Oprah Winfrey has inspired us as a billionaire businesswoman. Here's a snapshot of her financial power

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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

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LeBron James Decoded: A Slam Dunk Brand

Moving to Miami only amplified LeBron James' stock in the NBA and is having a similar effect on his business and bank account

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & 5 Men Whose Finances Were Impacted by a Sex Scandal

Infidelity could really cost you

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When it comes to managing a workforce, it’s often the most basic elements of effective leadership that are overlooked. When productivity is stressed and managers struggle to do more with fewer resources in a lean economy, proper management strategies often fall by the wayside in favor of keeping the wheels turning. 	Scott J. Allen, assistant professor of management at John Carroll  University says two-way communication is at the heart of effective management. In The Little Book of Leadership Development: 50 Ways to Bring out the Leader in Every Employee  (co-written by Mitchell Kusy, a 2005 Fulbright Scholar and professor in the Ph.D. Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University), Allen and Kusy highlight effective methods by which employers can get the most out of their workforce, while employees can get the most out of their job. Here are a few of the authors’ recommendations.

10 Leadership Tips for Effective Management

How to get the most out of your workforce—and let them get the most out of the company

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Working on a master plan? Today's the day to pitch it!

Elevator Pitch Competition Finalists – Who’ll Win $10,000

Introducing the young entrepreneurs vying for a chance to win 10 grand at the 2011 Entrepreneurs Conference

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EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS: President Obama Pays Homage to 9/11 Victims

Images from the memorial service with Pres. Obama, first responders and families of those lost on 9/11

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Actors Laz Alonso and Paula Patton share a hearty laugh with Bishop T.D. Jakes at the Dallas screening of Jumping the Broom

GALLERY: Bishop T.D. Jakes’ ‘Jumping the Broom’ Dallas Premiere

Highlights from Bishop T.D. Jakes' Easter premiere of his new movie, Jumping the Broom

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Labor Day weekend is right aruond the corner, and the pressure is on to find a way to get in that last bit of summer fun and relaxation before cooler temperatures roll around. Black Enterprise's Golf & Tennis Challenge at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami is where you want to be September 1-5,2011. We'll give you three reasons: Sun, sports and the spa. And the bonus, being able to socialize with the smart and sexy people who know that this is one event that you don't want to miss! (Image: Thinkstock, Lonnie Major)

PHOTO GALLERY: BE Golf & Tennis Challenge–Why You Need to Be There!

Spa, sports, sun, fun: There's no better place to be this Labor Day than the BE Golf & Tennis Challenge in Miami. Here's why!

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5 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

Anyone that's serious about growing their small business should be sure to have these insightful books handy

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In today's job market, hiring managers see hundreds of resumes cross their desk and in boxes every week. So what's the best way to be sure yours shines above the rest and gets you an interview? Check out these five tips to ensure your resume gets noticed and leads to call backs for opportunities. —Aisha Taylor

Get Hired!: 5 Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed

Job seekers tips for a stand-out resume

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Love & Money: 7 Signs You’re Dating A Gold Digger

You work hard for your money and your relationship, here are a few ways to make sure both are protected

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10 Tips for Filing Your FAFSA Form for College Financial Aid

How to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and get more money to finance your education

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Just as the U.S. auto industry was expected to return to the fast lane, following the worst economic recession since the Great Depression, certain segments could be brought to a screeching halt this summer. With Japan’s recent earthquake affecting new-vehicle production both here and abroad, coupled with the civil unrest in the Middle East—which is driving up gas prices to unprecedented levels—many consumers in the market for a new (or used) ride over the next few months are in for a bumpy ride. Here, are five ways in which the earthquake in Japan could affect car sales—and you—this summer.

5 Ways the Earthquake in Japan Could Affect Car Sales & You

With numerous automakers based in Japan, the recent quake could have a trickle down effect on your next purchase

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Decoded: The Economics of a Winning Knicks Team

How the Knicks making the playoffs gives New York City businesses a boost

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Entrepreneurship is no longer a term solely reserved for former business execs and seasoned employees. Gone are the days where young adults stick close to the traditional career path. Instead, today's trailblazers are creating their own opportunities. And some of the smartest among them will join BLACK ENTERPRISE next month at our annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. Check out these young leaders under 35—BE Nexters—who are carving a space for themselves in the tech, social media and beauty/fashion industries, to name a few.

10 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch Out For

Tomorrow's leaders are already here. Check a few notable candidates to raise the bar in business and beyond.

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All work and no play can make for a dull day at the office, but being productive is what matters most to employers. While having a jovial co-worker that can lighten the mood in the workplace can be a plus, he or she can wind up being a major distraction when there’s a tight deadline looming. The last thing any effective team needs is an internal distraction, be it a talkative co-worker or an unfocused one. Jonathan Smith, better known as Lil Jon, knows firsthand how detrimental a distracting co-worker can be to working efficiently and effectively. For the past several weeks, he and fellow Celebrity Apprentice cast mates had to deal with the always-erratic Gary Busey, who would constantly interrupt, confuse and undermine his team’s progress during each assigned task. With the frustrating actor finally “fired” in last night’s episode, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Lil Jon to get his tips on dealing with a distracting co-worker (named Gary Busey).

Lil Jon’s 5 Tips For Dealing With a Distracting Co-Worker (Named Gary Busey)

The Celebrity Apprentice star explains how to keep your cool in a hostile work environment

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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

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Monitor your progress.  Use the reports coming in from your distribution portals.  Amazon (via CreateSpace), Barnes & Nobles (via Pubit), and Smashwords all print sales reports.  When you run a promotion or have a flurry of activity, like a series of Twitter chats, be sure to go back and see what worked to spike sales.  Keep that in your arsenal and repeat that successful activity on a regular basis.

10 Steps to Self-Publish Your Next Book

Best-selling author L.A. Banks offers tips on how to forget the publishing houses and sell your book your way

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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

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If you’re going to tuck your money away, you might as well make it work for you. Before the advent of the Internet that generally meant opening up a traditional savings account, but with more and more banks offering high-yielding online accounts, customers have new options to keep their funds liquid while still maximizing their returns. But how does one decide between an online account and a traditional savings account? BlackEnterprise.com breaks down the differences between the two.

Online vs. Traditional Savings: Which Account Has Your Best ‘Interests’ in Mind?

There's more than one way to save money. Make sure to find the account that works for you.

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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

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Find Out if You Even Have to File 	Ever wonder if you actually need to file a federal income tax return? Well, you may be onto something. Identifying whether or not you need to file will save both you and the government time and money. People can check the Individuals section of the IRS website or use their Interactive Tax Assistant tool to see if they qualify.

4/11: 11 Last Minute Tax Tips

With only a few days left to file, Black Enterprise gives you the 4-1-1 on filing your taxes

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Evolving in the public eye, Chris Brown has gone from teenaged heartthrob to pop music megastar to vilified brute and then repentant sinner. At the heart of his image downturn is the 2009 assault of then girlfriend, Rihanna, which showed a darker side to the talented singer/dancer/actor. Brown’s subsequent apologies, paid debt to society in the form of community service and an emotional performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” at the 2010 BET Awards seemed to have almost wiped his slate clean—that is, until last month’s Good Morning America appearance. Following an awkward and defensive interview with GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Brown threw a tantrum backstage, smashing a window at ABC’s Times Square studio in the process. Though Brown has since apologized for his behavior (again), many speculate that he’s running out of second chances and that’s bound to hit him in the pockets. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how all the drama has or hasn’t affected the troubled star’s money.

Chris Brown Decoded: The Finances of a Tarnished Brand

An exploration of how much the troubled star's scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

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A tip from a trusted friend or relative, a little monetary incentive or even just the location can usually steer consumers to their bank of choice. But one look at the fine print can have potential customers re-thinking their decision. While Capitol Hill has banks scrambling to make up new revenue sources, consumers are usually the ones slighted as new fees means less banking value for your buck. With the savings rate up 5.8% in January, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis—the highest since August—it’s important to make sure the financial institution you decide to do business with is giving you the best service. Here’s a checklist of questions you should always ask to ensure you’re getting the most out of a savings or checking account.

14 Questions to Ask Before Opening a Checking or Savings Account

Not all bank accounts are created equal. Mind your money with these essential questions

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Best known for his portrayal of Tee Tee on BET’s The Game, Barry Floyd earned his position in the spotlight the hard way. With ambitions of being a writer, the Philadelphia native headed to Hollywood to follow his dreams, but like many aspiring scribes, he saw those dreams deferred. Following a string of production assistant jobs on such TV series as Cuts, Everybody Hates Chris and Girlfriends, Floyd fell into acting when one of the Girlfriends performers was late for rehearsal and he was asked to stand in. Impressed with his performance, the casting director suggested Floyd audition for a part on an upcoming show called The Game. “I had no intention of acting,” he explains. “I was just in the right place at the right time.” 	During the course of the show’s inaugural run on The CW network, Floyd sharpened his acting skills, earning more camera time in the process. Now, at the close of the sitcom’s resurrected season on BET, the actor is refocused on his initial goal, working as the head writer on the online sketch comedy series, Purple Stuff TV.  Managing to navigate his way through the bright lights of Tinseltown, Floyd shares a few of his trade secrets with BlackEnterprise.com.

Barry Floyd’s 6 Steps to Making it in Hollywood

The writer-turned-actor from BET's 'The Game' explains how he made it and you can too

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Spending less than you earn seems like a simple rule, but as straightforward as it may appear, every year many Americans become the casualty of their spendthrift ways. Making purchases you cannot afford or don’t need, in turn, leads to uncontrollable debt. 	Terry and Tyra Johnson of Yardley, Pennsylvania, have maintained a frugal lifestyle even though they make a combined six-figure salary. Here are four tips from the Johnsons that help them live below their means.

4 Ways to Live Within Your Means

Couple shares tips on how to avoid financial pitfalls

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Tend your bar. Monitor your bartenders. Over-pouring can lead to big financial problems. With formally trained bartenders this is not an issue. But if you’re thinking about hiring someone who learned to bartend at friend’s parties, think again.

10 Tips to Opening Your Own Club

Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs tell you how to build, brand and promote your business and turn it into a hot spot

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On working for Sen. Robert Kennedy 	"When I was working with Kennedy, I was always asking others how they thought I was doing within his organization. Sometimes I would have to make corrections and adjustments to my style in order to be more efficient within the demanding and hard-charging culture of his office. You must continuously monitor your status and your vulnerability in the constantly shifting work environment. You must always be on the lookout for ways to increase your value in the market while being alert to new opportunities."

12 Things You Can Learn from…Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves, Sr.

The media magnate reflects on moments in his life that have yielded valuable lessons on business, perserverance and success

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With over 18 years of experience working with such celebrity clientele as Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mary J. Blige and Kimora Lee Simmons, stylist Misa Hylton has turned her passion for fashion into a lucrative career. In addition to running her image consulting company Chyna Doll Enterprises, the savvy businesswoman recently announced the launch of her plus-sized clothing line, Madison Star. Here, Hylton shares a few tips for those wishing to follow in her fashionable footsteps.

Misa Hylton’s 5 Tips For Success in the Fashion Business

The celebrity stylist and businesswoman shares keys to making it in fashion

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Identify a clothing concept and target audience. Determine what garments you will make and study the fabrics you will most likely use. Then conduct market research to see if there is a target audience for your clothes. Talk to owners of retail stores and textile suppliers for information about businesses that produce the same kind of apparel that interests you. These contacts should also be able to tell you the buying patterns within various price points.

10 Ways to Launch Your Own Fashion Line

Here's how to go from fan of fashion to fashion mogul

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Over the course of the past decade Tyler Perry has dominated. His stage plays, motion pictures, DVDs, sitcom series, online talk show and book, based on commentaries from his popular character of Madea, have collectively grossed hundreds of millions of dollars. As the most commercially successful Black filmmaker in history, Perry is quickly making his way to billionaire status not by following the rules but by breaking them. Staying true to his core audience and pushing his message of family values, the media mogul has a lock on a lucrative slice of the African American market. Whether you love him or you hate him, you definitely can’t ignore him. If there’s still any doubt, here are a few reminders of Perry’s influence.

Tyler Perry Decoded: The Deals, the Brand, the Influence

A breakdown of the media mogul's empire and reach by the numbers

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Want to know more about being (or raising) a teenpreneur to become a future CEO? Join us at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference taking place in Atlanta May 22-25 and attend out Teenpreneurs Program. Learn from veteran entrepreneurs, develop leadership skills, get tips on starting your business and more. As an incentive, BLACK ENTERPRISE is offering a $200 discount for early registration. Just visit blackenterprise.com/ec to register and enter code BEDG295.

10 Tips for Teenpreneurs

Former teen CEO Tina Wells gives her tips on getting an early start on launching your new business

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March 6 to 12 was National Consumer Protection Week, but it's important for you to protect yourself each and every day.  Doing so is key to making sure that your rights as a consumer are not violated and that your safety is preserved. Here are five tips to help you become a more empowered consumer, protect your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams.

Protect Your Consumer Rights

Preserve your privacy, manage your finances and detect harmful frauds and scams

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Although African-American women are at a greater risk of dying from the disease than any other ethnic group, they are least likely to know the risk factors.  The first step in prevention is getting informed about a disease that’s expected to cost the nation approximately $800 billion a year by 2030, according to the American Heart Association. 	Rhonda Medows, MD, chief medical officer and executive vice president of United Healthcare’s government programs shares her heart healthy tips with BlackEnterprise.com. Dr. Medows breaks down her "Dress for Success" formula and how it equals a longer, robust life.

5 Ways to Get Heart Healthy

Here's what Black women need to do to get healthy!

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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

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Spring is here and wedding season is fast approaching. If you’re getting married in the near future, but dread shelling out tons of cash for an overpriced wedding dress, don’t worry. You still have plenty of reasonably priced options. We've rounded up a few, some of which might surprise you. Happy shopping!

Love & Money: 5 Wedding Dress Deals

Don't blow your budget. Fall in love with the perfect dress—at the perfect price!

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When I interviewed Renetta McCann in 2003 as Black Enterprise’s Corporate Executive of the Year, the now former CEO of Starcom MediaVest Group in Chicago was, at the time, the only Black woman to hold the chief executive seat at a major firm. When asked about influences in her career, one seemed strikingly odd--it was Don Corleone, the central character in the classic book and movie The Godfather. McCann said following his guidelines were instrumental in her climb to the top. Here are her five takeaways from the infamously celebrated mob boss that women can use in the workplace.

5 Ways to Keep It (Professionally) Gangsta at Work

Five professional lessons women can learn from The Godfather's mob boss Don Corleone

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Leading in to Oscars weekend, BlackEnterprise.com recognized 10 Black actors who have succeeded at the box office in films not originally written for a person of color. The article was a welcome reminder of how our star’s talent can triumph in Hollywood without falling into stereotypical characters. The only thing is all the examples were men. With March being Women’s History Month and having just wrapped our 6th Annual Women of Power Summit, BlackEnterprise.com decided to salute a few female thespians that have broken color and gender barriers on the silver screen.

10 Movie Roles That Weren’t Meant For Black Women

It's women's history month and here's a collection of actresses that broke color and gender roles in film

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27:  Actress Halle Berry arrives at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

4 Power Moves of Oscar Fashion: Red Carpet Style That Wins

Star style details that translate success

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All Images: GettyThe recent trade of NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets to the New York Knicks has dominated sports discussion and headlines since the moment it happened. Fans of the Knicks are ecstatic that their once proud franchise can now officially return to relevance. Lost in the uproar, however, is the potential economic surge this trade will likely have. Not just for Anthony, who signed a three-year $65 million contract extension as part of the deal, but for the NYC area as well. Former NBA player and now TNT analyst Kenny Smith shares a few of the ways that Anthony�s Big Apple acquisition can change the financial stakes for him, his new team and business owners in the entire tri-state area. —Khalid Salaam

Carmelo Anthony Decoded: The Economics of the Trade

The NBA all-star wasn't the only one to get a big payday signing with the Knicks, small businesses were impacted as well

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America Saves Week, but it's our mission to tell you how to save more of your money all year round.  Improving your savings habits takes discipline and effort. Here are a few tips to help you get started.--Sheiresa Ngo

Save More of Your Money!

Simple steps to help you stash more cash

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What a difference a year makes. When the list of 2011 Academy Award nominees was announced last month, there was one glaring difference. Compared to last year’s contenders, which included Morgan Freeman for Invictus, Gabourey Sidibe for Precious and Mo’Nique who brought home the gold man for her portrayal in Precious, there was an obvious lack of people of color. Truth be told, the 2011 awards show represents the Whitest group of nominees in the major acting categories since the 73rd Oscars, 10 years ago.

10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

The Oscars may not be celebrating the work of Black thespians this year but don't worry we got you covered

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REFLECT ON WHAT YOU HAVE TO OFFERMost people go in [to the conference] thinking about what they can get, but think about what you can give, says the author of The 10 Laws of Career Reinvention. Reflecting on your self-worth, from a professional standpoint, will help when it's time to communicate what you can bring to the table. Be clear on your value and what you have to offer.

9 Ways to Optimize Your Conference Experience

Follow these simple tips the next time youre at a conference and see what opportunities emerge

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This past Monday, the comic book, animation and entertainment worlds lost one of its legends with the passing of writer/producer Dwayne McDuffie. A true trailblazer, he helped redefine the image of African Americans through his multicultural characters and brands, which inspired a new generation of comic book writers, animators, illustrators and fans. Also, an entrepreneur, McDuffie—along with Denys Cowan, Michael Davis and Black Enterprise ’s own Derek T. Dingle—founded Milestone Media, Inc., the nation’s largest Black-owned comic book company. 	Despite his passing, McDuffie will live on in the hearts of his family and friends, but also through his impactful work. In continued memory of the fallen artist, BlackEnterprise.com pulled together a collection of some of McDuffie’s most popular characters to illustrate why he’ll always be our superhero.

GALLERY: Comic Book Icon Dwayne McDuffie’s Most Powerful Characters

A brief look back at the fallen icon's impressive body of work

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3 Easy Ways to Solidify Your Personal Brand

Tina Wells explains why marketing yourself matters, whether youre an entrepreneur or not

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5 Financial Pitfalls to Avoid When You Come into New Money

Music producer Chuck Harmony shares advice on how to handle success the fiscally smart way

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As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK ENTERPRISE's March 2011 issue highlights the digital media strategy of IMAGES USA (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $86.5 million in billings). The agency managed to successfully integrate its digital media strategy seamlessly into its campaigns to stay relevant and help their clients reach consumers. Here, the experts at IMAGES offer advice on how small businesses without deep pockets can connect with and grow an audience.--Alan Hughes

Top 6 Social Media Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the right digital media strategy can help you connect with your clients

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

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12 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs to Succeed in Marketing

Tina Wells continues dishing out invaluable advice with this 12-step program to a better business strategy

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In the February 2011 "Power Issue" of BLACK ENTERPRISE, our editors--Alan Hughes, Multimedia Editorial Director, Business, and Tennille Robinson, Senior Multimedia Content Producer, Small Business--offer up these 10 power moves that will expand the businesses of new and established entrepreneurs.  (Images: Thinkstock)

10 Power Moves to Help Entrepreneurs Make Money

See how following these basic principles can turn your business from potential success to profitable

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We're only a week away from Black Enterprise's 6th Annual Women of Power Summit.  Next week, both  seasoned businesswomen and up-and-coming entrepreneurs will congregate in Orlando for three days of networking and insightful workshops. To celebrate the occasion, check out our list of 10 business mavens under 40. You can catch them live at this year's summit or via BlackEnterprise.com's up-to-the-minute coverage. —Janel Martinez (Image: Thinkstock; all other images courtesy of subject)

Top 10: Young Women of Power

With just a week before the Women of Power conference, BE highlights some of the brightest female entrepreneurs and execs under 40

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Most may view Nicki Minaj as just another rapper/singer/performer; but the multi-faceted entertainer is much more than that, she’s a bankable brand that’s only just begun to blossom. In a few short years, Nicki has influenced trends through her music and unmistakable fashion sense, and her involvement in cosmetics, television, hair and even the floral industry (Nicki has exclusive pink collection bouquets available on flowers.com for Valentine’s Day) has helped spike sales and visibility for a number of ancillary brands. Whether her detractors like it or not, Ms. Minaj is a one-woman marketing guru. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of the brands the young starlet has—directly or indirectly—helped bolster by association. —Andreas Hale (Images: Getty)

Nicki Minaj’s Branding Power Decoded

More than just an artist, the rap phenom has built a bankable brand in a few short years that businesses are buying into

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If you want to show some love to your main squeeze, but the economy has put a serious hurtin’ on your wallet, we’ve got good news. You can demonstrate your affection without blowing your budget. Here are five ways to save money on romantic gifts. —Sheiresa Ngo (Image: Siri Stafford)

Love & Money Buying Guide

Showing your affection on special occasions doesn't have to burn a hole in your pocket

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How To Build Your Ultimate Small Biz Support Network

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells gives 7 steps to gaining support for your small business

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

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Photo Gallery: Our World’s 100th Episode

Reminisce with Black Enterprise as we go behind the scenes of the taping of Our World's landmark episode

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According to the 2010 Ariel Black Investor Survey, African Americans consistently saved and invested less than whites of similar incomes over the past decade. As BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr. wrote in a recent Executive Memo: "Make money work for you, not against you. We must reverse this trend by taking a disciplined approach." For the February issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine, I charged our Finance Editor John Simons and our Consumer Affairs Editor Sheiresa Ngo with wwweloping 10 power moves to improve our readers' finances. Follow these tips to better manage your money today an dreap huge benefits tomorrow!--Derek Dingle

10 Power Moves to Help You Better Manage Your Money

Simple steps to help you spend, save and invest smarter

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

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How to Ace Your Skype Interview

On-camera interviews can be more difficult that in-person. Here's how to wow them either way

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Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two weeks, February 23, 2011.  What better way to prepare for the opening ceremony than to explore our top 10 Women of Power picks ? Check out the montage of savvy businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way.--Janel Martinez

Top 10: Women of Power

Businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way

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Technology and the business climate have re-defined the rules for successful entrepreneurship. In his book, Eat People: and Other Unapologetic Rules for Game-Changing Entrepreneurs Andy Kessler takes a look at 12 of those new rules. Co-founder and president of Velocity Capital Management, an investment firm based that provided funding for private and public technology and communications companies, Kessler provided BLACK ENTERPRISE with four rules for not just profitability--but also how to identify the next big trend.--Alan Hughes (Images: Thinkstock)

4 Rules for Entrepreneurs Looking for the Next ‘Big Thing’

A venture capitalist tells you how to make your business profitable AND scalable

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How To Make Your Small Biz Dreams a Reality

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells tells you how to go from idea to "open-for-business"

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Traveling abroad can bring about great memories, eye-opening experiences and lucrative business connections. But without the proper research and planning, it can also mean memorable faux pas that could inadvertently bring offense or embarrassment, specifically when it comes to a major part of one's trip: dining. Many of the most important business deals and social connections are made over a meal, so knowing the nuances of dining abroad can serve as both an added plus and a necessity. Malla Haridat, CEO of New Designs for Life, a development and training company for entrepreneurs, knows a thing or two about dining globally, having traveled to many countries both for leisure and pleasure. She shares her insights on the do's and don'ts: 

For more travel tips, destinations and best places to stay, eat and play,  visit blackenterprise.com/outofoffice

How to Eat Well While Traveling Abroad

A Black global traveler tells you how knowing the nuances of eating abroad can help you avoid awkward moments

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Be self-aware and personally responsible. "Learn how to be more comfortable in your own skin," Collier says. The more you understand yourself, the more you can be comfortable in your mannerisms and the more comfortable people are going to be in their interactions with you.  	For more on executive success in the workplace: 	How to Deal with the Boss from Hell 	Step Your Game Up with a Career Coach 	How to manage your feelings

The Boss Effect: How Small Gestures Make Big Impressions

Executives, learn to use executive amplifiers to your benefit

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Prison Break  	On February 11, 1990, Mandela was freed from prison after serving 27 years behind bars in Victor-Verster Prison in Paarl, near Cape Town. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964 for treason, so the release came as a surprise. Few can forget the image of him walking hand-in-hand with his then-wife, Winnie, into the surrounding pack of overjoyed supporters.  He later addressed a crowd of 50,000 people on the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. "Our struggle has reached a decisive moment. Our march to freedom is irreversible,” Mandela said.

Top 10 at 10: 10 Ways Nelson Mandela Changed History

10 memorable moments from the revered political leader's life

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In recent years, more states have placed a focus on personal finance education in our nation's schools, but only 13 states require that a personal finance course be taken as a high school graduation requirement according to the National Council on Economic Education. Although that’s up from seven states in 2007, there's still much to be done.  BlackEnterprise.com and Ylisa Sanford Seymour, CFP Senior Financial Advisor at Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., created some tips to help parents instill the value of money in their children and help them grow into fiscally responsible adults.--LaToya Smith

4 Tips for Raising Money-Smart Children

You're never too young to start learning about how to save

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Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. The rapper-turned-businessman can deem a product cool or passé simply by how he flips it in a verse. But does Jay-Z co-signing a brand in rhyme necessarily equal a boost in its respective sales? Here, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some products that have been name-checked by the influential orator over the years, and how they fared in the aftermath. —Alvin Blanco (Images: Getty)

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

Some people merely speak things into existence, but the influential music mogul speaks brands into profits

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Who’s your direct and indirect competition? Here’s a tip, you always have an indirect competitor; your customer can choose to simply not spend money. So there is always competition. It’s not impressive to investors to hear that you think you have no competition. We all have competition in business.

12 Questions Every Entrepreneur Should Ask Before Writing a Business Plan

Buzz Marketing CEO Tina Wells gives you the questions (and answers) you should consider

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When it comes to salary, know your worth: Wait to discuss salary after you’ve been made an offer. At that point, don’t walk into the situation thinking you should accept the base rate or what the company is offering you. You’ve done your research and know your skill set, so now you can gauge what’s appropriate for you in comparison to your industry. Present a salary range to your employer. They may decline your rebuttal, but chances are they will try to reach a middle ground with you.

Two Deals? One Choice. How to Negotiate So You Make the Right Decision

The founder and CEO of Full Circle NY offers tips to making the best career decision for you

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Examine your career vision and develop a strategy: What do you want? Where do you want to be in five years? "After you have answered these questions and more, think about what you can get from your current job that prepares you for where you are going," Colemon says. "How might you gain more training? Can you work from home one day a week? Is there a new project, task, or goal that can be led by you? Tuition reimbursement? There are a million things to ask for, but what is relevant to your specific needs, desires and goals?"

4 Ways to Boost Your Salary Today

How to ask for what you're worth and actually get it�even in tough economic times

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Russell Simmons is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, but the mogul (who is featured in the February 2011 issue of Black Enterprise) keeps his bookshelves jam packed with interesting reads. I took a peek while waiting for the crew to get the lights set for our Power Player interview with Simmons for the Black Enterprise Business Report and took note of what was there. Along with three Buddha statues, an ’80s hip-hop bobble head (complete with pseudo-Kangol and Adidas), a photo of his daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with Oprah, and a bonsai tree that’s seen better days, Simmons’ office shelves offers a window into his soul—and his favorite reads. Here are 10 great books on Russell Simmons’ shelf. Tastemaker that he is, if Simmons loves it, it’s almost guaranteed to please!--Caroline Clarke

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Here's a window into the mind of the music mogul and businessman.

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7 Ways to Maximize Your Company’s Profits

Venture capitalist and author Mark Thompson shares the fundamentals of staying in the black

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Don't cough or sneeze into your hand-- Sneezes and coughs can creep up instantly and before you know it you’ve expelled millions of droplets into the air (or your hand). Always have tissues on hand making sure you cover your mouth and nose when you feel one of these actions coming on. Dispose of the tissue immediately after.

Top 10 at 10: Ways to Avoid Getting the Office Bug

These 10 tips will help you stay safe in your office space

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Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells knows a bit about being a young person with big dreams of launching your own business. At just 18, she launched her company to tap into the needs and interests of young people like her. Twelve years later, Wells and BMG have been recognized as leaders in the industry, having been featured in BLACK ENTERPRISE, Essence and Inc; winning the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur of the Year award; and boasting more than 9,000 young people who serve as "buzzSpotters" around the country. Now, Wells brings her expertise to BE NEXTERs on BlackEnterprise.com with her weekly column filled with tips, advice and feedback for young entrepreneurs. See her on our site each week! And follow her at on Twitter @fashiontw. For her first post, Wells offers up 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs.

Top 10 Tips for Young Entrepreneurs

Buzz Marketing Group CEO Tina Wells joins BlackEnterprise.com as a weekly blogger offering up advice on how to succeed in business

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Health care and social assistance --Due to the constant dependency on this industry, it's been stable throughout the job market insecurity. "We haven’t seen the dramatic declines in health care that we’ve seen in other categories throughout the recession, but there’s sill sizable growth year-to-year." The Monster exec describes the industry as "recession proof." Jobs that are experiencing growth in this industry are occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech pathologists.

On the Job: Top Industries to Break Into This Year

Where the jobs are! 5 industries you�ll want to enter in 2011

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Your health is everything. When you become ill, other aspects of your life are adversely affected. That’s why it’s important to do whatever you can to make sure you get the healthcare you deserve from your medical providers. Remember your doctor works for you not the other way around. Here are five simple tips for becoming an empowered patient.  By Sheiresa Ngo

5 Tips For Being An Empowered Patient

People often forget that their doctor works for them. Here are a few ways to make sure you get what you're paying for.

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On the Job: 7 Signs You’re Burnt Out & Need to Make a Career Move

When and how to throw in the towel

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Against a backdrop in which the buying power of  African-Americans continues to grow and digital media has increasingly become the medium of choice for consumers, BLACK ENTERPRISE unveils its first-ever roster of Top Executives in Marketing & Advertising in our February 2011 issue. Ranging from C-suite professionals to BE 100s leaders, these men and women promote the world's most celebrated brands through initiative and innovation. They engage consumers using traditional mediums and social media, target influential multicultural segments and generate millions in revenues in the process. To give you an idea of the creativity and savvy of these high-powered professionals—our full list includes more than 100 execs—we have identified 12 with campaigns that demonstrate why they deserve to be among our best and brightest.

12 Top Innovators of Marketing and Advertising

African Americans not only have buying power, they take control in the boardrooms that market and advertise to us

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Sure, the holidays were a lot of fun. You ate great food, spent time with family, and you gave and received some fabulous gifts. Fast forward a few weeks to mid-January. You just got your credit card statement from December and it's not pretty. Although the season was grand, your bank account is looking quite anemic. All that giving and celebrating caused your finances to take a major hit. Here are five tips on how to recover from your holiday debt hangover. —By Sheiresa Ngo

How to Survive the Holiday Debt Hangover

Spreading holiday cheer last year may have spread your pockets too thin this year. Here are 5 tips to stay out of the red.

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Motivational Entrepreneur Lisa Nichols Talks How She Reclaims Her Power

Preparing for her appearance at the 2015 Women of Power Summit, motivation guru Lisa Nichols…

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Women of Power Summit: Ten Facts About Susan L. Taylor

Former Editor-In-Chief, Susan L. Taylor, is being honored at Black Enterprise’s Women of Power Summit…

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