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Tiphub Hosts Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank

Entrepreneurs came together to pitch Africa-centered startups

Tiphub Hosted Diaspora Demo Day at the World Bank in Washington D.C., where entrepreneurs showcased…

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Iconic Artist and Humanitarian Annie Lee Dies at 79

The internationally acclaimed woman was known for her faceless paintings

Artist Annie Lee passed away on November 24th at age 79, leaving behind her daughter,…

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United Nations Names Cherae Robinson of Rare Customs as ‘Woman to Watch’

10 female leaders included to commemorate Women's Entrepreneurship Day

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To celebrate the first Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), the United Nations…

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Innov8tiv Magazine Expands to Kenya with Hub East Africa Partnership

The social enterprise center is open for all entrepreneurs

Innov8tiv magazine has expanded from its U.S. base to Kenya with a partnership with The…

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New York Teen Gives 45 African Girls an Education by Selling Headbands

Young entrepreneur makes a difference in communities abroad

New York teen uses hair accessories business to fund the education of underprivileged girls in…

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[RECAP] She Leads Africa Presents Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Tweet Chat

#WEDAfrica chat featured insights from three global female entrepreneurs

She Leads Africa, a global resource for women entrepreneurs, hosted a chat on Women’s Entrepreneurship…

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Ex-Im Bank: A Resource For African-American Entrepreneurs with Eyes On Africa

First Vice president and Vice chair, Wanda Felton, talks opportunities for funding sources

EX-IM Bank, an 80-year-old banking Institution looks to provide financial assistance for those in the…

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4th Annual African Diaspora Awards Honoring International Leaders in New York City

Exemplary figures in business, fashion and music being honored for global work

Applause Africa will honor nine global leaders for the 4th Annual African Diaspora Awards taking…

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A Flawless Career Arc: Entrepreneur Goes From Fashion Model To Mining Magnate

CEO & Chairman of the Tigui Mining Group talks striking gold after going from the runway to the mines

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It’s not every day one goes from being a fashion model to…

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[Part 2] African Hip-Hop Artist Comes Full Circle

Ikechukwu Onunaku talks expanding brand in America and advice for up-and-comers

Entertainer Ikechukwu Onunaku talks expanding brand in U.S. and his advice for up-and-comers.

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[Part 1] African Hip Hop Pioneer Comes Full Circle

Entertainer opens up about winning and failing, journey and legacy

African entertainer opens up about winning and failing, journey and legacy in Nigerian music industry.

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Universities Uninvite African Journalists Due to Ebola Fear

Two southern universities cancel visitation trips from African journalists

Two southern universities uninvite African journalists due to Ebola fear

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Alicia Keys Heads Protests for kidnapped Nigerian girls

Alicia Keys Protests for Lost Nigerian Girls

After six months, kidnapped girls are still reported missing

Alicia Keys, citing the fact that she is a mother, holds a protest to bring…

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How One Professional Turned Termination Into Entrepreneurial Adventure

Cherae Robinson, winner of She Leads Africa pitch competition details success

Cherae Robinson, winner of $10,000 She Leads Africa Business Pitch Competition, talks turning passion into…

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10 African Women of Power

These females offer the world greatness, from the continent to the Diaspora

From global ambassadors to young international leaders, these 10 African women have truly showcased what…

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Ghollywood’s Juliet Ibrahim Talks Global Industry and Pursuit of Hollywood

'30 Days in Atlanta' actress details success and role as Africa Magic GO ambassador

Ghanaian actress Juliet Ibrahim talks global film industry, her journey to succeed and her plan…

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‘Human Catastrophe’: $1 Billion Needed To Fight Ebola From Doubling

Heightened role of the U.S. will include new treatment facilities

President Obama, the World Health Organization, and the United Nations all plan on funding the…

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Africa Fashion Week New York: 7 Global Designers to Watch

New York City, September 10, 2014- The runway show for Africa Fashion Week New York…

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15 Reactions To Oscar Pistorius ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict

Social media on fire after verdict announced

Twitter blew up over Oscar Pistorius being found ‘not guilty’ for killing his girlfriend, Reeva…

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From The Corner Office Chat Series Continues With IBOM L.L.C. Co-Founder Anie Akpe

Entrepreneurship advocate and tech media maven will share leadership success strategies

On Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 1 p.m. EST, the From The Corner Office Twitter Chat…

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PHOTOS: Africa Fashion Week Sizzles in New York This Season

Check out highlights from this year's events featuring global leaders of the diaspora

Africa Fashion Week kicked off Sept. 4 and continued through Sept. 6, showcasing global designers…

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Fashion’s Rising Stars: 6 Innovative and Fresh Designers to Watch

When it comes to the business of style, these up-and-comers got next

With the start of New York Fashion Week, we’ve rounded up five young designers who…

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Africa Fashion Week Kicks Off in New York with Multi-Day Experience

Portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation

The fifth annual Africa Fashion Week kicks off Sept. 4 and continues through Sept. 6,…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: How Award-Winning Journalist Used Storytelling to Reinvent Career

Adaora Udoji’s curiosity led to career opportunities abroad

Award-winning journalist, Adaora Udoji recognizes the power of other people’s stories to help transform lives—even…

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Africa-America Institute Honoring Business and Philanthropic Leaders in New York City

Executives and diplomats to convene during opening week of the UN General Assembly

During the opening week of the UN General Assembly, The Africa-America Institute will host its…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Global Music Industry Leaders to be Honored at NEA Awards

Performers and executives of the African diaspora coming to New York City

The 9th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA Awards) will highlight music industry leaders including performers…

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RECAP: Face2Face Africa F.A.C.E List Awards

Leaders in industries including fashion and sports received awards in New York City

Face2Face Africa honored leaders of the African diaspora in New York City recently. Check out…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Award-Winning Event Planner Tells How To Execute Events Abroad

Cheryl Gentry details global expansion and preparedness for international clientele

Cheryl Gentry, president of Glow Media details strategy for global events and her favorite apps…

By Kandia Johnson

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Social Entrepreneur Scores Big Globally With the Soccket

Jessica Matthews talks using technology to empower African youth

Social entrepreneur Jessica Matthews is using technology to empower youth in Africa, and you can…

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[EXCLUSIVE] U.S.-Africa Summit: How African-American Entrepreneurs Can Engage (Part 1)

Valerie Jarrett, other African leaders in politics and business weigh in

U.S.-Africa Summit Exclusive: What African Americans need to know to invest and conduct business in…

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NBA Schedules 2015 Preseason Game in South Africa

Proceeds will go toward charity

The NBA will play a preseason game in South Africa in 2015. All proceeds will…

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[EXCLUSIVE] Updates from President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit

Forum hosted by Bloomberg Philanthropies, U.S. Commerce Dept: Africa is open for business

BlackEnterprise.com is live at the U.S-Africa Leaders Summit, the largest gathering of African heads of…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Celebrity Makeup Artist Talks Using Tragedy to Fuel Purpose

Eryca Freemantle helps brands diversify their beauty industry options

How Eryca Freemantle turned tragedy into triumph via her cosmetics career helping brands diversify their…

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U.S. Officials Monitoring Worst Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

Virus has claimed more than 600 lives, infected more than 1,000 people

Will Africa’s Ebola outbreak reach the United States? Officials are investigating.

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Generation Next: President Obama Welcomes 500 Students Poised To Lead Africa

Young leaders welcomed at Washington D.C. Town hall

Five hundred African students chosen from 50,000 welcomed at Washington DC Town hall.

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Top-Funded Startup IROKOtv Launches East Africa Headquaters

With offices in Nigeria and New York, regional base will now be in Rwanda

iROKOtv, a leading platform for African films globally, will be moving its base of operations…

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Industry Leaders in Business and Entertainment to be Honored at F.A.C.E List Awards

Model Alek Wek and Afrobeat pioneer Femi Kuti among honorees for weekend event

African diaspora leaders in industries including entertainment and business will be honored at the 2014…

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On his first meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela   "The new South Africa needs us. To be specific, if a truly, multiracial state will grow out of apartheid’s ashes, it needs contributions of African American skills and financial resources. That was the message President Mandela delivered to a gathering of prominent black American business and political leaders when he visited BLACK ENTERPRISE’s offices a year after he gained his freedom. Black America has created, sustained and grown its own businesses and sent executives to the nation’s largest corporations. South Africa needs this knowledge."

International Day: World Remembers Nelson Mandela

Black Enterprise remembers global and national treasure on first International Day since his death

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Today, July 18 marks Nelson Mandela International Day, in honor of the former…

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Real Talk on Accelerators: One Woman’s Small Business Journey with Google

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details tangible pros and cons

Anie Akpe, publisher of Innov8tiv.com, details her journey participating in Google’s accelerator program.

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Adenah Bayoh: Developing Properties and Operating Restaurants Locally

'I saw urban redevelopment as a vehicle to assist in economic revitalization of my community'

Adenah Bayoh, a real estate and restaurant entrepreneur, talks revitalizing her local community through franchising…

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Nigeria is third African team with World Cup pay issues

FIFA Suspends Nigeria From International Soccer

FIFA brings hammer down after country fires soccer committee

FIFA brings hammer down after Nigeria fires soccer committee, suspending the country from participating in…

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Red, White, Blue … and Black: America’s Diversity Shines During World Cup Fever

Global tournament ignites African American passion and patriotism

World Cup fever ignites African American passion and diasporan patriotism for global sport.

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Cool Jobs: How to Find Fulfillment—and Make a Living—Doing Good

Jerryanne Heath talks transition from entrepreneur to employee and success in career

Jerryanne Heath Chiume transitioned from entrepreneur to employee. She details the coolest aspects of a…

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Ghana Sends $3 Million in Cash To Avoid Player Boycott In Brazil

Ghana avoids potential player World Cup boycott by sending plane full of money

The John Dramani Mahama administration in Ghana has reportedly caved in and sent down $3…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Google Making Phones Affordable For Developing Countries

Android One will adhere to Google's standards and broaden access

Android One phones will adhere to Google’s standards, and get people around the world on…

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‘Rise Up’ Dazzles at ABFF North American Premier

Wyclef Jean and Mickey Rourke star in film highlighting corruption in oil-rich Niger Delta

Film at the America Black Film Festival puts Nigeria’s oil corruption under microscope.

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10 Amazing Animals From Disney World’s Wild Africa Trek

Get a safari experience close to home

This privately guided VIP tour brings you into close contact with the animals at Disney’s…

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Actress Lupita Nyong’o Covers Vogue

Actress speaks about recent paparazzi coverage

Actress Lupita Nyong’o discusses her new found fame and recent paparazzi adventures.

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Maya Angelou: Top 10 Boss Moves of a Global Renaissance Woman

Novelist, actress and educator laid the groundwork for female bosses of color around the world

Remembering her legacy, here are the top 10 most daring and inspiring career moments of…

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Ugandan-Born Business Leader Talks Career Transitions and Changing Dialogue on Africa

Liz Ngonzi talks international transitions and advances for global development

Culture cultivator and entrepreneur Liz Ngonzi talks career transitions and how women can pursue a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘An African City’ Producer Talks How Global Career Transition Inspired Hit Web Series

Nicole Amarteifio took experiences working abroad to highlight professional women

Nicole Amarteifio, executive producer of “An African City,” talks working in Africa and how experiences…

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Nigeria Schoolgirls’ Abduction: U.S. Government Weighs In

White House lends support to #BringBackOurGirls

Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. government will work with Nigeria to help…

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Global Advocates Protest Abduction of Over 200 Nigerian Girls

Global advocates rally for more action in ensuring the girls' return

Nigerian residents demand more action be taken in ensuring the girls safe return

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Great + Eight: Most Influential Black Women According to TIME

Beyonce, Serena Williams and Nigerian economist among top world leaders

Beyonce, Serena Williams and Kerry Washington are top women of color among TIME magazine’s list…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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Power Women of the Diaspora: How a Professional Mastered Art of Gifting to Make a Living

Afi Lartey shares tips on relationships and leveraging swag bags for branding

Afi Lartey shares tips on overcoming fear, working with global clients and making unforgettable statements…

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Africa-America Institute Hosting STEM-Focused Talent Summit

Panels and one-on-one conversations to be highlights of event

The AAI will host Second Annual Talent Summit, an event for mid-career professionals seeking employment…

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Boss Moves: Growth Industries In Africa Include Nollywood

With Nigeria with leading GDP, film industry shows promise

As recalculated data shows Nigeria as the leading economy in Africa, Nollywood stands out as…

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Work & Watch: 6 Career-Inspiring Shows Not To Miss

These will intrigue and inspire---or at least provide a much-needed mental vacation

Check out six stand-out shows with career themes that will intrigue and inspire—or at least…

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Cool Jobs: Irene Dele-Adejumo Crafts Sweet Works of Art with Fruit

Nigerian-American founder of Fruit Art talks meshing creativity with career

Irene Dele-Adejumo, chef and fruit carver talks learning to turn fruit into art and expanding…

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Since 2009, Saran Kaba Jones has raised more than $250,000 for clean water projects in Liberia with via her nonprofit, FACE Africa, and partners including the Voss Foundation, JP MorganChase Community Giving, P&G’s Covergirl, The Global Neighborhood Fund, Chevron, the Coca-Cola Co., and The Segal Family Foundation.

"I'm continuing in the legacy of my father, who always stressed to me about reaching back and being of service," Jones said at the event, which was held at New York's beautiful Chelsea Piers. For her work, Jones has been listed by the Guardian UK as one of Africa's 25 Top Women Achievers, alongside President Joyce Banda of Malawi and Nobel Laureate Leymah  Gbowee and was named a 2013 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

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PHOTOS: WASH Gala Brings Out Who’s Who in Global Business, Fashion & Entertainment

FACE Africa’s WASH Gala brought out the who’s who in global business, fashion and entertainment…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Young Leader Talks Creating International Network of Women

How Lilian Ajayi seeks to take power networking to the next level

Lilian Ajayi, founder of Global Connections for Women (GC4W), discusses why connecting women for empowering…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: A Leader’s Journey from Chemist to Business Advocate

Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D, details passion for pushing boundaries for success

Christine Martey-Ochola, Ph.D., co-founder and president of the Sub-Saharan Africa Chamber of Commerce talks diverse…

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"What I wanted to do was connect women of color globally to define  the world on their terms," said Simone Bresi-Ando, far right, founder of I'mPOSSIBLE, whose career and motivation conversations started in the U.K. via Google Hangouts and events. With her social enterprise, Bresi-Ando seeks to educate, connect and empower young women of color by celebrating, highlighting and promoting the achievements of women from all ethnic backgrounds, showcasing their life stories and successes.

"There's something Lupita N'yong'o said that I just can't get out of my mind. The phrase she used was 'the seduction of inadequacy,' and it struck me---stopped me in tracks," said Bresi-Ando. "We are so used to being seduced by inadequacy. What I want to ask you today is, could you please stop it? Now, we can be seduced by the possible."

Power Women Giving Back: Industry Leaders Talk What It Takes for Women to Succeed

At the ImPossible Conversations event in New York City, four female leaders in media and…

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Continuing the Momentum of Lupita: 3 Boss Moves to Get You Started

Millennials, be inspired in your career journey as we all watch Nyong'o's star rise

Inspired by the career journey of Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o, check out three boss moves that…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Africa Fashion Week Founder Uses Passion to Rebrand Continent

Adiat Disu talks power of social media in expanding reach of international designers

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Adiat Disu (@AdiatDisu), a native of…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Young Leader Using Shea Butter to Empower Women Around the World

Rahama Wright talks expanding career and advocacy brand

Young leader Rahama Wright talks her career journey, her social enterprise and how shea butter…

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Women of Power: Young Leader Teaches Girls Importance of ‘Going Global’

How Martice Sutton used international adventures to spark social enterprise

Young voyager Martice Sutton details how global travel enriched her life and career and sparked…

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Where to Find Small Business Opportunities in Africa

Export expert offers his advice on how to break into these emerging markets

In East Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda are very conducive for doing business with partners…

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Women of Power: Beauty Business Phenom Iman Shares Insights on Global Success

Somalian-born leader in diverse industries has surpassed boundaries

Woman of power and beauty business pioneer Iman talks her career, how she was able…

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Power Women of the Diaspora: Young Travelista Shares How Global Journeys Enriched Career

Nigerian-American social entrepreneur Zim Ugochukwu talks expanding horizons

Zim Ugochukwu, a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur, details how global travel has enriched her career journey…

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Global Woman of Power Lisa Opoku Talks Tips for Managers on Team Building

From the U.S. to Asia, this powerhouse brings diverse experience in stellar career

Global corporate powerhouse Lisa Opoku talks team-building and leadership tips for managers.

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Organization Kicks Off New Initiative to Promote Career Development and Entrepreneurship

Group also partnering with Give1 Project for women's program in Senegal

Walker’s Legacy, a national resource for women in business, is kicking off its initiative to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Africa-America Institute Launching Speaker Series for Global Leaders

Networking, advocacy and panel events to start in January

Starting in January and ending in November 2014, the Africa-American Institute will begin its speaker…

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Give1 Project Inspires Young Women at Global Women’s Empowerment Summit in Benin

A delegation of 10 women leaders traveled to Benin to strengthen the leadership, increase the empowerment and community engagement of 60 young Beninese women

The trip to Benin brought together powerful, diverse women from the United States who are…

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Give1 Project Launches Entrepreneurship Incubator in Dakar

The official launch of the program took place during the opening ceremony of the new office headquarters in Dakar, Senegal on December 12th

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On the Radar: Africa’s Leading Women in Business, Entertainment, Politics and Advocacy

The AWP Network highlights global powerhouses we all should watch

The AWP Network highlights global power women, some well-known and others under-the-radar, who we all…

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Lil Jon Discovers His “Big 5” in South Africa

“What’s Your BIG 5?” is a new campaign aimed at re-defining the broad range of authentic and distinct experiences found only in South Africa

Have you ever been to South Africa?

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Global Innovators to be Honored at African Diaspora Awards in New York City

Honorees and international leaders will gather to highlight excellence in industries

Applause Africa will honor global leaders in philanthropy, media, entertainment and technology at African Diaspora…

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African Diaspora Awards to Kick Off with UN Ambassadorial Tour for Young Professionals

Tour will facilitate networking and career development

To kick off the African Diaspora Awards, Applause Africa is hosting the ADA Ambassadorial Tour…

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One-on-One Exclusive: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Talks Business Development

Agriculture and energy key emerging areas for business investors

BlackEnterprise.com’s exclusive one-on-one interview with Nigeria’s President Jonathan Goodluck on business development and investment opportunities.

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Africa-America Institute CEO Talks Authoritative Confidence for Women Leaders

Amini Kajunju gives her strategy for global leadership achievement

Africa-America Institute CEO Amini Kajunju shares her insights on strategic career building for prospective women…

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Restaurants and wine brands showcased their dishes and wares in an atmosphere that advocated for minority entrepreneurship and global boss moves, including, Bed Vyne Wine, Buka, House of Mandela Wines, Jollof,  Katra, La Caye, Les  Ambassades, Le Souk Harem,  Madiba, Ponty Bistro, Queen of Sheba,  Shrine NYC and Toast 105.

New York’s First African Restaurant Week Kicks Off With Tasting Event

Top chefs and entrepreneurs showcase talents and wares among professionals

During African Restaurant Week in New York, diners can enjoy prix-fix three-course meals at several…

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Cameroon to Host 38th African Travel Association Congress #ATACameroon

The ATA Congress aims at promoting the African tourism destination and encourage African Americans to come back home to know their culture.

Stay tuned for exclusive BlackEnterprise.com coverage, live from Cameroon at the ATA Congress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Professionals talk global career positioning and transitioning at AAI Talent Summit

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

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Cool Jobs: Former Hollywood Exec Makes Dream of a Global Women’s Network a Reality

Dee Poku talks global experiences and creating a female empowerment platform

Dee Poku left a successful career as a Hollywood studio executive to co-found WIE Network,…

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Face2Face Africa Hosts Networking Event for NYC Professionals

State Farm, Arik Air among sponsors and companies in attendance

On Sept. 13, <a href="http://face2faceafrica.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Face2Face Africa</strong></a>, a premier media and events company, hosted…

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Africa-America Institute Will Kick Off 60th Anniversary with Career Expo

Global organization to honor who's who in international leadership and philanthropy

The Africa-America Institute will celebrate 60 years of global education and employment advocacy with a…

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


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

International leaders in film and music take home wins

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

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The NEA Awards Returns to New York to Honor Who’s Who in African Entertainment

Top talent from U.S. and the Diaspora will perform and attend

On Sept. 1, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards return to New York in the heart of…

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

WATCH: BlackEnterprise.com Live From Face2Face Africa’s F.A.C.E. List Awards

Correspondents talk with honorees, organizers and supporters for star-studded night

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

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Obama Launches ‘Power Africa’ Initiative

Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania among first countries to be impacted

New venture aims to bring electricity to 20 million new African households and commercial entities.

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Why Obama’s Africa Trip Matters

Africa is developing by leaps and bounds, analysts say

Lola Adesioye says Africa can no longer be ignored by President Obama

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Obamas Visit ‘Door of No Return’ on Goree Island, Senegal

Obama said the trip to the slave dungeon helped him “fully appreciate the magnitude of the slave trade”

First Family visits historic slave dungeon

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Nelson Mandela: Top 6 Boss Moves of A Global Icon

A snapshot of the South African president's exemplary leadership

As the global community sends support to South African President Nelson Mandela, take a look…

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Month of the Man: How Black Men Can Make Global Power Plays

Leaders give insights on how to enter and capture the international markets

For Month of the Man, BlackEnterprise.com chatted with leaders including Jason Njoku of iROKO Partners…

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Obama May Meet With Mandela During Upcoming Trip to Africa

Obama will be visiting South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania in upcoming trip

President Obama set to embark on trip to South Africa, Senegal

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

PHOTOS: Face2Face Africa Celebrates Leaders of the African Diaspora

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

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

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Month of the Man: Atlanta Greek Picnic President Talks Entrepreneurship and Fraternal Bonds

His advice to young black males: Stay focused and be consistent

As part of BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man series, entrepreneur Tiwa Works talks fraternal bonds…

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Face2Face Africa Honoring Who’s Who of the African Diaspora

Top talents in publishing, entertainment, philanthropy will receive awards June 15

On June 15, top talent in publishing, media, fashion and philanthropy will be honored including…

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Dynamic Women Leaders of Color Return to ‘World’s Most Powerful Women’ List

Liberia president and Nigeria's minister of finance also make Forbes list

Recent Forbes list includes dynamic women of color including Beyonce, Michelle Obama, and Liberian president…

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Jason Njoku and Bastian Gotter, of iROKO Partners, have launched SPARK, a $1 million venture that will invest in Nigeria's most talented tech entrepreneurs. (Image: iROKO Partners)

Founder of ‘Nigeria’s Netflix’ and Partners Invest $1 Million For Nigerian Tech Startups

In exclusive interview, tech leader talks innovation in Lagos

Exclusive interview with BlackEnterprise.com: iROKO Partners’ Jason Jason Njoku talks investing in Africa’s tech innovations…

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IBOM L.L.C founder, Anie Akpe-Lewis and Mayven PR founder, Yvonne Unubun, partnered to organize the "Africans Creating Technology" event, gathering some of the who's who in the industry to talk about the emerging sector and opportunities in Africa and ways African-owned startups can thrive within the U.S. and abroad.

Photos: BlackEnterprise.com Sponsors “Africans Creating Technology” Event

Check out a recap of the New York gathering of global tech leaders

BlackEnterprise.com sponsored IBOM L.L.C’s “Africans Creating Technology” event in New York City, with industry leaders…

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Cool Jobs: SaGe Services CEO Helps Facilitate Global Tech Innovations

Tapua Tunduwani draws from global experience to meet a vital need

CEO of Sage Services, Tapua Tunduwani turns passion into profit by providing flex space for…

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Young Leader Advocates for Tech Empowerment for Women Entrepreneurs

AWP Network founder working to uplift next generation of African innovators

Mary Olushoga, AWP Network founder, took a page from her father’s business book to to…

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African Students Awarded 25000 For Inventing Anti-Malaria Soap

African Students Win Global Competition With Anti-Malaria Soap

Inventors hope soap will be an African solution to an African problem

Moctar Dembélé and Gérard Niyondiko, recently won the Global Social Venture Competition with their Faso…

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Cool Jobs: Young Tech Innovator Remixes His Way to Gaming App Success

Savvy entrepreneur fuses creativity and enterprise for profit

Nigerian-American tech entrepreneur Muoyo Okome remixes apps and makes them his own, creating a savvy…

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Africa Has Its First Traditional Gay Wedding?

Video surfaces as Africa's possibly first traditional same-sex wedding.

Tshepo Cameron Modisane and Thoba Calvin Sithol, both 27, were married in South Africa.

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Going Global: How Young Professionals Can Build Foundation for International Career

This strategy can ensure you get a great start in spreading your wings abroad

A young leader shares real-life success tips on building your professional brand and taking it…

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EY seeks exceptional women entrepreneurs for its 2014 Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Program

Boss Moves: How Women Can Leverage Global Opportunities

Black Enterprise Twitter chat reflects high growth potential for women of color

Survey says women see more advancement overseas. Check out what global power women and Black…

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Walmart.com Highlights Products from Small, Women-Owned Businesses

Worlds largest retailer focuses on products from women owned businesses

A day before International Women’s Day, Walmart announces their new initiative “Empowering Women Together.”

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Whether you’re stateside or abroad, social media has made our world a  lot smaller. Last week’s Social Media Week (SMW) events and  conversations, many of which took place on Twitter, Facebook and  Instagram, to name a few platforms, are proof that geographic borders  can’t contain the flow of ideas in the digital age. 

With the dust slowly settling on SMW Lagos, which made its debut in Africa last Monday, BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power women in Africa who have made a sizeable social  impact. These women were selected for their influence and position in  their respective industry, relevance within their field or due to their  promising future. 

From socialites and politicians to actresses and technophiles, these 10 power women should be on your Twitter list: --Claudine Moore

International Influence: 10 Power Women in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From socialites and politicians to actresses and models, hese 10 power men should be on…

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International Influence: 10 Power Men in Africa to Follow on Twitter

From executives to entertainers, these 10 power men should be on your Twitter list

BlackEnterprise.com is highlighting power men in Africa.

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Cool Jobs: Funnyman First African Comic to Appear on ‘The Tonight Show’

Young entertainer set to be one global talent to watch

At 28, this funnyman is set to be one of the hottest global talents, having…

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Men Behind the Grammys, Part 3: Three Black Musicians Keeping the Legacy Going

Sudanese native Oddisee talks cultural influence on diverse brand

Born in Sudan, and raised in the nation’s capital, rapper and producer Amir Mohamed’s work…

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2013 Africa Cup of Nations: 5 Top Soccer Players to Watch

Win or lose, these global sports stars are a force to be reckoned with

From Mali to Ghana to Nigeria to Cape Verde, here’s a roundup of top African…

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Entrepreneurs' Organization Signs Partnership with Microsoft

Microsoft Starts $75M Program for African Businesses

The company's 4Afrika Initiative will offer business training for as many as 200,000 people

Microsoft initiative will put as many as a million small African businesses online in the…

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Young Innovators Bringing the Diaspora ‘Face2Face’ with Africa

Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng envision a unified Pan-African community

Sandra Appiah and Isaac Boateng, co-founders of Face2Face magazine, have turned negative life experiences into…

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Why Doesn’t Skin Bleaching go Away?

One in three women on the African continent use skin lighteners

A new report shows skin bleaching on the African continent is rampant

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It’s Not Just a Party: Quick Tips for Young Events Entrepreneurs

Executive talks brand-building at a global startup

It’s not just about throwing a good party. It’s about a brand experience. Here are…

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Africa’s Power Women Elite: 20 Young Leaders to Watch in 2013

Female innovators tremendously impact continent and world at large

From Goldman Sacs’ Lisa Opoku Busumbru to tech entrepreneur Juliana Rotich, women have hugely impacted…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Susan Rice’s Record in Africa Scrutinized

There is another way to think about the prospective nomination of Susan Rice for secretary of state.

In any discussion of Susan Rice’s career, there is no escaping Africa.

By Makkada B. Selah

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In Ghana, the World’s Most Religious Country, Non-Believers Struggle to Find Their Place

Ghana is the world's most devout nation.

Businesses begin their days with morning prayers in Ghana.

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Ethical Fashion in Africa

Is this a good idea or is this just exploitation with sugar on top?

Some high end designers use “ethical fashion” production practices in poor countries like Africa.

By Demetria Irwin

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Leadership in Africa: How One Drifter Strengthened Adaptability and Ingenuity

Take a cue from this traveler on how to role with the punches

Take a cue from this traveler’s trip to Equatorial Guinea on how to adaptability and…

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Report: The Richest Person Ever Was a Black Man

Emperor Mansa Musa is the wealthiest person who ever lived

Emperor Mansa Musa is the wealthiest person who ever lived

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Are African Leaders Doing Enough? [Opinion]

Columnist Raynard Jackson has strong words for the continent

Columnist Raynard Jackson has strong words for the continent

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WATCH: Awards Show Brings Top Nigerian Talent to New York City

Top African entertainers honored in film and music

Who’s who of African entertainment in the diaspora honored for talent in film and music…

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Cool Jobs: Young Chef Brings Taste of Ethiopia to the Diaspora

Entrepreneur expanded brand to in-store food retail

Hiyaw Gebreyohannes, 31, owner of Taste of Ethiopia, takes family food legacy into grocery stores.

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U.S. Designers Turn to Africa to Find Opportunities

Fashion professionals finding growth and profit in Ghana

Ghana offering avenues for growth and profit for black fashion designers.

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Expanding in Africa: Small Business Tips for Success

IROKO Partners CEO Jason Njoku gives advice on global expansion

Jason Njoku, founder and CEO of IROKO Partners, offers three tips for business success in…

By Octavia Goredema

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Cool Jobs: Jason Njoku Brings Nollywood to International Forefront

IROKO Partners founder talks global expansion, million-dollar deals

From London to Lagos, iROKO Partners founder Jason Njoku offers multifaceted Nigeria entertainment platform to…

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50 Cent Partners With Young African Entrepreneurs

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

Rapper looks for distributors in different African countries

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African Grandmothers Grow Popular Drug To Support Families

Popular strain of marijuana called "Swazi Gold" helps these women support their families

Popular strain of marijuana called “Swazi Gold” helps these women support their families

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Africa’s Top 10 Women in Business

International leaders at the top of their game

Take a look at he top 10 women who are at the top of their…

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Sudan’s Model Citizen: Alek Wek Returns to Help Boost Economic Development

Years after fleeing her country, supermodel working to rebuild it

International model Alek Wek lends her celebrity to humanitarian efforts in her native Sudan.

By Starrene Rhett

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Is Now the Time to Invest in Africa?

Fund manager says growing middle class, free markets make certain countries attractive

The African Continent is home to more than 1 billion people. And with a growing…

By Alan Hughes

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Opinion: How Obama Has Failed Small and Minority Business

Has President Barack Obama done enough for small and minority business growth?

The Obama administration has been a total failure when it comes to small and minority…

By Raynard Jackson

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Africa Ahead of Most of Europe with 4G Service

Africa is currently the fastest-growing mobile market; thus far, countries such as Liberia, Nigeria and Tanzania are 4G Internet efficient

Some countries in Africa have become connected to 4G internet before many countries in Europe.

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How I Did It: Lula Washington Continues Legacy of African-American Dance Internationally

Theater co-founder brings awareness and instruction to all parts of the world

Lula Washington, co-founder of Lula Washington Dance Theatre, spreads awareness and instruction on African-American contributions…

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How I Did It: Web Entrepreneur Makes Finding Right Products Online Easy

Founder of PlumPerfect.com talks e-commerce and tech-based businesses

Asmau Ahmed, founder of PlumPerfect.com, combines tech skills with love of online shopping for Web…

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Talents from the Diaspora: 5 African Fashion Professionals Blazing a Trail

From photographers to designers, these heavyweights take success abroad

From designers to photographers, these industry heavyweights have brought success from shores of Africa abroad.

By Sirita Wright

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SXSW 2012: Women Influencing Africa’s Tech Scene

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

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

By Winston Ford

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Hooray for Nollywood: Behind the Scenes of the Nigerian Film Industry

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the largest film industries in the world: Nigeria

As the Oscars dust settles in Tinseltown, we turn our attention to one of the…

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Behind Fashion Week: 5 Black Professionals To Watch in 2012

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

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WATCH: Arise Designers Tell How to Make It in Tough Business of Fashion

Hard work and knowledge of industry play major part in post-catwalk success

Designers from the Made in Africa: ARISE Magazine show during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week…

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WATCH: Arise Showcases 7 Top African Designers

International publication puts on star-studded show, mixing fashion and culture

BlackEnterprise.com gets exclusive backstage access during the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Made in…

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Why Michelle Obama’s Africa Trip Matters

The Root columnist says First Lady is inspiring model for young women emerging from apartheid

The Root columnist explores the impact of First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to post-apartheid Africa,…

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Future of Diversity: Cultural Inclusion Is a Business Imperative

As a Millennial—those born approximately between 1981 and 2000—I belong to a generation of 75…

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