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VIDEO: Viola Davis Thanks Shonda Rhimes for Casting Dark Skinned Woman

Davis eloquently addresses beauty standards in acceptance speech

Viola Davis left a winner at last night’s SAG Awards. The nearly 50-year-old knockout actress…

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Miss Universe: Top Women of Color Who Got the Crown

These females have graced the stage and held the title

As the world celebrates the new Miss Universe, take a look back at women of…

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TODAY: Join Actress Tasha Smith for Black Enterprise Twitter Chat with ABFF

'Empire' co-star talks coaching, life experiences and advancing in Hollywood

On the heels of her Twitter chat with Black Enterprise and ABFF, Tasha Smith talks…

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Tyra Banks Debuting New Talk Show ‘The FAB Life’

Host will have panel of diverse guests to talk various issues

Tyra Banks is launching a new talk show, The FAB Life, this fall, with a…

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15 Black Actresses Who Made Black History

See if you remember some of these Hollywood history-making moments

As Black History Month approaches, we naturally reflect on all of the world leaders, activists…

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‘Selma’ Gives Nod To Gay Civil Rights Activist

MLK adviser and mentor Bayard Rustin portrayed in the film by Reuben Santiago-Hudson

Martin Luther King Jr. mentor and advisor Bayard Ruston, an openly gay man, is portrayed…

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‘Selma’ Scores Two Oscar Nominations, Gets Snubbed in Other Major Categories

Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo left out of major categories

Despite being snubbed in a few major categories, “Selma” scores two nominations for this year’s…

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Rapper Wale Brings Back Glory Days of Black Hollywood, Casts Natural Model in New Video

The hip-hop artist expresses frustrations with media portrayal of black people

In Wale’s video for his single “The Body” featuring R&B crooner Jeremih, the rapper casts an…

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2 Chainz Debates with Nancy Grace About the Legalization of Marijuana

Rapper goes to-to-toe with talk show host about his support of marijuana

2 Chainz debates with HLN’s Nancy Gracy about the legalization of marijuana

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Kevin Hart Opens Up on Bill Cosby, Avoiding Controversy, and More

The "Wedding Ringer" star shares his thoughts on racism and his career

Kevin Hart opens up to the Hollywood Reporter on Bill Cosby, avoiding controversy, and how…

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Empire Star Taraji P. Henson’s Top 5 Roles

From starving artist to A-list actress, the star has landed major roles

Taraji P. Henson, known for her girl-next-door likability, has been very candid about her journey pre Oscar…

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Bill Cosby Show Canceled in Massachusetts

Backlash of the entertainer's sexual assault allegations continues

The Bill Cosby show was canceled in Massachusetts, as backlash continues during sexual assault scandal.

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Public Enemy Song Selected for NBC’s Official Super Bowl XLIX Commercial

'Harder Than You Think' will air on network

“Harder Than You Think” by Public Enemy was just selected for NBC’s official Super Bowl…

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American Black Film Festival Offers Early Bird Rates

Limited time prices expire January 31

Saving money is the savvy spender’s goal, which is why Black Enterprise and Film Life…

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Black Business Execs Raise Funds For Free ‘Selma’ Screening For Students Nationwide

New York City free screening offer now expanded to select cities nationwide

Following the free screening of “Selma” for NYC students, Paramount Pictures is expanding the offer…

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Submission Form Open for White House Student Film Festival

Obama administration chooses community service as this year's film festival theme

White House opens up submission forms for their 2nd annual Student Film Festival

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The Oprah Effect: 5 Superstar Careers that Benefitted from Queen Oprah’s Touch

Oprah's co-sign made these experts into household names

There’s no denying the power of Oprah Winfrey. The Queen of Talk, worth a reported…

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Top Hollywood Black Agent Seeks To Bolster Black, Latino Films And TV Shows

Charles King is leaving William Morris to form multicultural multimedia firm

One of Hollywood’s most powerful black agents is taking on a new entrepreneurial endeavor.  Charles…

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Actress Tasha Smith Confirmed for ABFF

Seasoned actress to teach workshops at American Black Film Festival

Actress Tasha Smith is confirmed to teach an acting master class at the 2015 American…

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Houston Hip Hop Pioneer Bun B Expands Business Portfolio

The "Big Pimpin" rapper is an entrepreneur and businessman with an impressive career resume

Houston is synonymous with Bun B. Any hip hop enthusiast knows that Houston’s reputation on…

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The Best LeBron James Commercials of 2014

The superstar had some of the sharpest television ads this year

2014. It was the year of LeBron James in commercials. From James cooly pulling up…

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Bobby Shmurda Spent Christmas In Jail On Riker’s Island

Bail is still set at $2 million dollars

It was a week before Christmas and all through Quad Recording Studios, Bobby Shmurda and…

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Chris Rock And Wife Malaak Compton-Rock Split After 18 Years

The couple respectfully asks for privacy for themselves and the kids

After nearly 20 years of marriage, comedian Chris Rock and his wife Malaak Compton-Rock have…

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How Kobe Bryant’s Publicized Tirade Helped A Toilet Paper Brand

After a frustrating practice session, the Lakers star unwittingly plugged Charmin

When the Los Angeles Lakers opened up a practice session to the media on Dec.…

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Halle Berry Will Pay $16,000 Child Support

Decoded: Multifaceted Power Moves of Halle Berry

The actress earns as much as $14 million per film

Halle Berry is one of the highest paid actresses in Hollywood, earning as much as…

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Ava DuVernay Shines Through the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King with Selma

The first African American woman nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe is here to stay

Ava DuVernay’s Selma marks her slashing through history books, editing the narrative, and restating the…

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Classic Gay Film Paris Is Burning To Appear At Sundance

The 1980s documentary brought voguing and drag culture to wider audience

The legendary LGBT film “Paris is Burning,” which won the Grand Jury Prize at the…

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From 1999 Cover Subjects: 3 Hip-Hop Business Leaders and Where They Are Now

20 years later, these music executives are still on top of their game

In the December 1999 issue of Black Enterprise, these three hip-hop moguls were featured as…

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Solange Made New Face of Eleven Paris

Solange expands brand with ELEVENPARIS

Another day, another deal for music’s ultimate cool girl Solange. Before the buzz surrounding her latest Puma collection…

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Pharrell Williams Embroils YouTube In Billion-Dollar Lawsuit

Global Music Rights represents the 'Happy' performer in the matter

Video-sharing site, YouTube, could potentially be facing a billion-dollar lawsuit over music rights. Legal teams…

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Minecraft Creator Outbids Jay and Beyoncé For $70M Home

It pays to make video games

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The creator of a video game just one-upped two music…

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Drake Promises To Rebrand The Toronto Raptors By 2016

Global ambassador says they will change the game

The performer known around the world as Drake promised to rebrand the Toronto Raptors for…

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Tyler Perry to Release First-Ever Animated Madea Film

New project to be released in January 2015

Madea becomes a cartoon with this latest addition to the Tyler Perry franchise.

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Rihanna, Puma, and 3 Other Top Celebrity Fashion Deals

Shortly after its design collaboration with eclectic artist Solange, Puma announced that Rihanna would also…

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Lifetime to Release Destiny’s Child Biopic

'Yes' and 'No' rumors of Destiny's Child movie still fueling

Amid the Sony scandal, an email regarding former Destiny’s Child manager Matthew Knowles pitching a…

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Selma,’ ‘Dear White People’ Star Tessa Thompson To Lead ‘Creed’

She may play the Adrian to Michael B. Jordan's boxing hero

Creed, a feature film spin-off of the Rocky franchise, is adding Selma star Tessa Thompson…

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Mariah Carey and Charlie Wilson to Headline Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2015

The event welcomes over 30,000 fan-goers each year

As you’re planning your 2015 travel, Jamaica should be on the radar. At the top…

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[REVIEW] Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ Is Timely, Engaging And A Must See

One of 2014's best films is beautiful, poignant and necessary

Beautifully poignant, Ava Duvernay’s ‘Selma’ is one of 2014′s best films.

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Decoded: What’s Your Favorite Holiday Film?

Here are seven classics that earned the most and least at the box office

Here are seven classic holiday films with black casts that earned the most and the…

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Camille Cosby Breaks Silence In Released Statement

Entertainer's wife asks, "Who is the victim?"

Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, finally releases a statement pertaining to the sexual allegations flooding…

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Oprah Announces Month-Long Celebration to Honor Civil Rights Legends

Throughout January, exclusive programming will feature the legends

Earlier today, the Oprah Winfrey Network announced that as January approaches, there will be continual…

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Kevin Hart Turns Social Media Fans into Million-Dollar Wins At the Box Office

Check out a breakdown of how he did it with #HustleHart

With over 40 million followers across social-media channels, Kevin Hart used his #Hustlehart work ethic…

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Sony Pictures Involved in Leaked Email Scandal

Execs under scrutiny after comments about President Obama and Kevin Hart

Sony Pictures facing scandal as emails are leaked involving President Obama and comedian Kevin Hart.

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Ava DuVernay Is Golden Globes’ First Black Female Director Nominee

Could she become the first black female director to be nominated for an Oscar?

The popular ‘Selma’ filmmaker, Ava DuVernay, earned the distinction of being the first black female…

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Kendrick Lamar Partners With Reebok In New Deal

Sportswear brand will release capsule collection by the TDE rapper in June 2015

Reebok has signed 27-year-old Kendrick Lamar to an exclusive deal. The Top Dawg Entertainment rapper…

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Cuba Gooding Jr. to Play O.J. Simpson In ‘American Crime Story’

Created by Glee's Ryan Murphy, show first of several in a series

The life and times of O.J. Simpson returns to the small screen as Ryan Murphy…

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Black Enterprise and Film Life Inc. Join to Form ABFF Ventures

Partnership set to expand resources and platform for black filmmakers and actors

ABFF Ventures is the new equity partnership between Black Enterprise and Film Life, Inc.

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Behind the Lens with Celebrity Photographer Drexina Nelson

She's shot everyone from Ludacris to RHOA breakout star Nene Leakes

Celebrity photographer Drexina Nelson shares how to create a successful business in the arts, plus…

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Stevie Wonder Emabraking on Songs in the Key of Life Tour

Honoring Leadership with the Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stevie Wonder among honorees at the White House ceremony

Highlights of the ceremony included a few well-placed and lighthearted remarks, compliments of President Obama.…

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Young Leaders: Karen Civil Talks Fighting Female Stereotypes in the Hip-Hop & Media Industries

Branding strategist gives tips for success for young women

Brand strategist and entertainment professional Karen Civil shares how young women can succeed in male-dominated…

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Aretha Franklin set to receive the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Icon award on Dec. 12.

Aretha Franklin Set to be Honored With Billboard’s First-Ever Icon Award

Aretha Franklin is set to receive Billboard’s first-ever icon award on Dec. 12.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph’s World AIDS Movement

Actress combines art and activism to raise awareness and fight for a cure

Using arts and activism, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph fights AIDS through her D.I.V.A Foundation and…

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UMass-Amherst and Temple University End Relationship With Bill Cosby

Comedian steps down from his position at both universities

University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Temple University end their relationship with alumni Bill Cosby.

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Will Smith Won’t Return To ‘Independence Day’ Sequel

The director says the Fresh Prince is "too much to hire"

Roland Emmerich is circling around returning to direct an ‘Independence Day’ sequel, but it will…

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John Boyega Awakens Masses In New ‘Star Wars’ Teaser Trailer

Now that it's out — what do you think?

J.J. Abrams’ released his ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ teaser trailer over the weekend. John…

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Attorney Jo-Ná Williams Details How She Helps Artists Protect Their Art

Business adviser shares tips on the importance of trademarks and copyrights

Attorney and business adviser Jo-Ná A. Williams is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect what they…

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Decoded: Top Celebrity-Owned Liquor Brands

Check out a breakdown of entertainers who raised the bankability of spirits

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Celebrities and liquor endorsements have been synonymous since the days of Prohibition, and in…

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J. Cole Talks Life and Carer with Morehouse College Students

Rapper surprises students with a classroom Q&A session

Rapper J. Cole makes a surprise visit to Morehouse College to speak to a group…

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TMZ’s Marion Barry Headline Sparks Change.Org Petition

Outrage ensues after popular news site calls deceased leader, 'Crack Mayor'

Popular Website TMZ facing backlash after publishing questionable Marion Barry headline.

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[RECAP] Live Civil Tour Empowers Young Leaders New York City

Brand ambassador and influencer stops in Big Apple to inspire

Brand ambassador and young influencer Karen Civil hosts empowering event part of her Live Civil…

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Ex-NBC Employee Admits to Helping Bill Cosby Pay Women Off

Frank Scotti alleges he helped entertainer send up to $2,000 a month to women

Ex-NBC employee alleges he helped Bill Cosby pay off women who he had sexual relations…

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On Nov. 20, Black Enterprise celebrated 'The Good Life,' with a special VIP event in New York City, sponsored by Lexus.  The special interactive mixer hosted top influencers and entertainers, who detailed what it took to take their careers and lives to the next level via power networking and an exclusive Google hangout. Top-rated Power 105 radio host Angela Yee, seen, left, with Our World with Black Enterprise host, Paul C. Brunson, was the featured power woman who hosted an in-vehicle experience and chat.

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[PHOTOS] Black Enterprise and Lexus Celebrate ‘The Good Life’ With Industry Influencers

Black Enterprise hosted a special VIP event in New York City to celebrate “The Good…

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RECAP: Who’s Who of Entertainment Gather to Celebrate ‘The Good Life,’ with Lexus

Black Enterprise hosts lifestyle event in the heart of Chelsea, New York City

Black Enterprise hosted The Good Life event, sponsored by Lexus, gathering top entertainers and influencers…

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‘Beyond the Lights’ Star Nate Parker Talks Stepping Up in Hollywood

Actor tells us why 'Beyond the Lights' is an important film

Actor Nate Parker discusses recent film, ‘Beyond The Lights,’ and chemistry of working with Prince-Bythewood.

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Bob Marley’s Family Helps Launch Global Marijuana Brand

Family works with private equity firm to expand business and cultural legacy

Rita Marley, widow of music legend Bob Marley, has helped launch a marijuana brand with…

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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Biopic No. 2 Cable Telepic of the Year

Film, which faced staunch criticism, got 3.2 million viewers during premiere

Despite many negative reactions and controversy, Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic had 3.2 million viewers, making it…

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Side Hustle: 4 Lucrative Celebrity Passion Projects That Rock

These industry leaders successfully expanded their brands beyond their main gigs

From food and fashion to design and technology, here are some of our favorite multi-passionate…

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Cool Jobs: Young Marketing Exec Shares Career Journey and Excitement of Innovation

Rashad Drakeford of Revolt is on his way to becoming one of industries top leaders

With an impressive career resume Rashad Drakeford is on his way to becoming one of…

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ColorComm NYC Hosts Dinner and Dialogue With Tricia Clarke-Stone

The innovator dished on her career and gave tips for inspiring entrepreneurs

Tricia Clarke-Stone, CEO and Co-founder of Narrative_, an entertainment and tech collaborative, talked success tips…

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Jeffrey Osborne, Carnival Cruises CEO and More to Appear on ‘Our World’

Hosts Paul Brunson and Patricia Cesaire get insights from today's leading CEOs and entrepreneurs

Jeffrey Osborne, Carnival Cruises CEO and more to appear on an all new episode of…

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Civil Rights Group Says Bravo TV Profiting From Black Violence

Color of Change urging network to stop airing fights involving people of color

ColorofChange.org urging network to stop airing fights involving black people against one another.

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Entrepreneurial Inspiration: Top Ten Instagram Accounts to Follow

These celebs have the most entertaining Instagram's for any motivated entrepreneur

Social media has impacted our society in profound ways. Communicating has been made easier, and…

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Bill Cosby Invite For Twitter Memes Leads to Ridicule

Sexual assault allegations continue to tarnish Hollywood heavyweight's brand

The legendary comedian, Bill Cosby, allowed Web users to create memes using his image, which…

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Common is hosting a furniture design reality show on Spike TV

Common to Host Spike TV’s Furniture Design Series, “Framework”

This show is the first of its kind

Multi-talented performer, Common, is hosting a new type of reality show on Spike TV named…

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Power Professional Ericka Pittman Presents ‘Dark Girls’ Book Launch in New York City

VIP dining event draws who's who in entertainment, media and business

On Nov. 5, Ericka Pittman, a vice president at Blue Flame Agency (a Sean Combs Enterprises…

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[WATCH] David Oyelowo As MLK Stands Up Against Injustice In New Trailer

'Selma' opens in limited release on Dec. 25, before going nationwide Jan. 9

If you are a cinephile and love biopics then Ava DuVernay’s next project is sure…

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Comedian Artie Lange Reprimanded for Social Media Jokes

Comedian targeted ESPN's Cari Champion; Network banned him

Artie Lange has been banned from bookings at ESPN after making a sex-slave joke about…

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Bevy Smith Talks Switching Careers, Becoming CEO and Bravo’s ‘Fashion Queens’

Television host says she's finally living out her dreams

Bravo’s Fashion Queens co-host, Bevy Smith, talks switching careers and becoming her own CEO

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Robert Johnson Launches Urban Movie Channel

Robert Johnson Announces Launch Of Urban Movie Channel

The founder of BET continues to add to his legacy by introducing his latest venture

Robert L. Johnson, owner of RLJ Entertainment, has launched his latest venture, Urban Movie Channel.…

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[WATCH]: Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx In New ‘Annie’ Trailer

Movie represents new take on Broadway and film classic

Quvenzhané Wallis, the star in the upcoming ‘Annie’ remake, belts out the classic tune “Tomorrow”…

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Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Awards Industry Leaders

Business and entertainment power players gather at Mexico conference

The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association honors industry leaders in sports and entertainment at…

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Def Jam Partners With RESPECT Magazine For ’30 Days, 30 DJ’s, 30 Mixes’ Project

With iHeart Radio, you can hear history unfold

With us only four days into November, it seems that the celebration for Def Jam…

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Top Twitter Reactions to Blue Ivy’s Halloween Costume

What did you think of the star child's costume?

Blue Ivy, the darling of Jay Z and Beyonce, dressed up as Michael Jackson for…

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Omari Hardwick Hosts ABFF Independent

“ABFF Independent” Presents All-New Episode “Hope Floats”

Omari Hardwick hosts 6 short films Nov 3

Actor, Omari Hardwick, hosts Aspire’s ABFF Independent Film Series which airs Mondays at 8 p.m.…

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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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Deion Sanders: All About the Family Playbook

Former NFL star and reality TV personality talks new show and community advocacy

Former football player, Deion ‘Prime Time’ Sanders, returns for another season of his reality show,…

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15 Twitter Reactions to Chadwick Boseman as ‘The Black Panther’

The '42' and 'Get On Up' star joins Marvel in a 5-picture deal

Celebrated actor Chadwick Boseman just scored a big coup with new role as T’Challa in…

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HBO to Lay Off About 7 Percent Of Workers

The cable network juggernaut plans to cut 150 employees

The cable network juggernaut, HBO, will trim the fat this week as 150 (7 percent)…

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Female Leaders Winning: Suzanne de Passe, Making Strides in Entertainment

A spotlight on the journey of a true woman of power

Suzanne de Passe, a Legacy Award honoree at the 200Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit,…

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

New promotions and staff additions from across the nation

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

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Meet Caroline Clarke, Host of Women of Power TV

Author and leading TV host expands role on latest programming for Black Enterprise

Get to know Caroline Clarke, new host of Women of Power TV.

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Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid Files Lawsuit Against Viacom For $40 Million

Suit centers on her portrayal in TLC biopic, 'CrazySexyCool'

Former TLC manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid, is suing Viacom for their portrayal of her in…

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Latifah to host The Hollywood Film Awards

Queen Latifah to Host The Hollywood Film Awards

Show will be broadcast live from the Hollywood Palladium, Friday, Nov. 14 on CBS

Talk show host, Queen Latifah, is slated to host the inaugural live broadcast show, The…

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Ten Facts about Pam Grier

Women of Power Legacy Award Honoree: 10 Facts About Pam Grier

Check out fun tidbits about this legendary actress and entrepreneur

Black Enterprise is honoring the great Pam Grier with the 2015 Legacy Award at the…

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Jim Jones Launches Vamp Berry

Hip-Hop Entrepreneur Jim Jones to Launch Vamp Berry Soda

Star of Vh1's Chrissy & Mr. Jones starts a new business

Jim Jones, star of Vh1′s Chrissy & Mr. Jones and Dipset rapper, is launching a…

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A Legacy Remembered: 7 Top Moments in Black Fashion with Oscar de la Renta

As the world mourns the death of an icon, take a look at African American celebrities in glam

With reports of the legendary designer’s death and as the world remembers his legacy, check…

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Pam Grier to be Honored at Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit

Hollywood’s first female action star to receive Legacy Award for her work in film and business

Pam Grier to be honored with the Legacy Award at Black Enterprise’s 2015 Women of…

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Soon HBO Will Let You Stream Without Cable

Could this get more people cutting the cable cord?

During a Time Warner investor meeting, HBO’s CEO announced plans to offer HBO GO without…

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Chris Rock and Prince To Appear On SNL After Decades-Long Absence

The two titans set to appear Nov. 1

Prince and Chris Rock are making their enigmatic return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ after 20-plus…

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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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Will Packer Sells Comedy to NBC

Will Packer Lands TV Comedy, ‘Like Father, Like Son’ on NBC

Show will be based on actual events from his life

Hollywood producer, Will Packer, has inked a deal for new comedy, ‘Like, Father, Like Son’…

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Drama League to Honor Broadway and Hollyood Icon James Earl Jones

Award-winning actor will receive musical tribute

Drama League will honor the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner at its 31st…

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Star Power: Young Entrepreneur and TV Personality Talks Leveraging the Platforms

Rodney Rikai details what it takes to last in sports entertainment

Entrepreneur and host Rodney Rikai to find out more about his career path and advice…

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7 Highest-Paid Black TV Actors

A rundown of who's making killer moves and the most money

Check out this rundown of black actors making killer moves and the most money on…

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Actor Orlando Jones: From Hollywood to Digital Diversity

Writer-and comedian becomes digital entrepreneur with iROC Emoticons

Writer and actor Orlando Jones is diversifying the digital emoticon world with his app iRoc…

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Singer Avant Talks Music Business and Changing Landscape of R&B

With more than 10 years in the business, he offers wisdom for young talent

Singer-songwriter Avant talks the business behind the music industry, longevity and advice for young talent…

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Comedienne Sheryl Underwood Talks Health Challenge and Campaign for Advocacy

'The Talk' co-host details Depend endorsement and work advocating for others

Sheryl Underwood, co-host of ‘The Talk’ and Depend endorser talks overcoming health issues and becoming…

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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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Dr. Dre Highest Paid Hip Hop Act 2014

Dr. Dre is Forbes’ Highest-Paid Hip-Hop Act

Producer and entrepreneur earns more than other artists on the list combined

Dr. Dre tops Forbes’ “Highest Paid Hip Hop Acts” for 2014, as he earned $620…

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[RECAP] Activate Conference Wows and Inspires New York City Power Women

Speakers include Keke Palmer, Sherri Shepherd, Yandy Smith, founder Lucinda Cross and more

The Activate Conference, held Sept. 20 at the Times Center in NYC, featured speakers Keke…

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Nick Cannon Releasing a Children's Book

Nick Cannon Sports $2 Million Shoes on Red Carpet

Social media critics slam him; Entertainment powerhouse says he'll donate for charity

Nick Cannon recently wore $2 million diamond shoes to the finale of America’s Got Talent.…

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Women of Power: 10 Black Industry Leaders in Television and Film

Female powerhourses who are ruling the big and small screens

Though the representation of women of color on TV and in film is still lagging…

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ONE Musicfest Celebrates 5th Year of Success

Founder J. Carter shares vision for future

Atlanta enjoyed acts such as Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman and Method Man and Jhené Aiko…

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CBC to Honor Phylicia Rashad, Bill Withers and Alvin Poussaint

Annual conference will recognize prominent figures in fine arts

Recognizing African American icons in fine arts, the 2014 CBCF conference will honor Phylicia Rashad,…

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[EXCLUSIVE] Will Packer: Hollywood Hitmaker Talks Business and Boss Moves

'No Good Deed' producer has eye for making the next huge box-office draw

Will Packer produces some of Hollywood’s most profitable hits. In this exclusive with Black Enterprise…

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Pharrell Williams' Happy is the most downloaded song in the UK

Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Sets a Sales Record in the United Kingdom

Song surpasses Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Pharrell’s song, ‘Happy’, is the most downloaded song in United Kingdom history overtaking another one…

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[RECAP] The 12th Annual Tom Joyner Family Reunion

Lots of fun, family and entertainment at this year's event in Florida

RECAP: The 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion entertained one of the biggest audiences…

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CeeLo Green Continues to Suffer Consequences After Rape Comments

Entertainer cut from two festivals

According to reports, recording artist CeeLo Green is continuing to pay for the price for…

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Flawless Leadership Lessons from Beyoncé: 3 #PowerMoves for Success 


Even if you're not part of the Bey Hive, these tips will help you upgrade your skills

Not part of the Bey hive who loves superstar Beyonce? Doesn’t matter. Her killer work…

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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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Robin Roberts Launches Production Company

Rock'n Robin Productions produced the latest espnW.com show “In the Game"

Morning personality, Robin Roberts of the Good Morning America TV show, has launched her own…

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NeNe Leakes Joins Final Cinderella Cast on Broadway

Reality TV star will replace Sherri Shepherd in last run of play

According to reports reality TV star and entrepreneur NeNe Leakes will be replacing talk show…

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Artel J. Great: A Film Visionary With a Deep Sense of Responsibility

How Project Catalyst founder created platform that merges tech with alternative entertainment

Artel J. Great, founder of Project Catalyst, speaks to Black Enterprise about innovation and his…

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Harlem’s Fashion Row Presenting Top Black Designers for New York Fashion Week

Legacy continues as top industry leaders will be honored and showcased

Harlem’s Fashion Row is back for New York Fashion Week, highlighting more innovative, cutting edge,…

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[PHOTOS] Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenges Ends with Excitement and Entertainment

Hit crooner Jeffrey Osborne performed for the finale awards dinner, sponsored by FedEx

The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge was closed out with an awards dinner and…

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[PHOTOS] Night of Comedy and Entertainment at the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge

Mark Curry, Chris Spencer, Nicki Carr and Bell Biv Devoe wow at the PGA National Resort and Spa

Top moments of comedy and live entertainment from powerhouse group Bell Biv Devoe at the…

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Blue Ivy Joke Gets TV Producer Suspended

'106 & Park' professional reprimanded for publicly debated comment about Beyonce's daughter's hair

BET has suspended a producer after joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter that aired…

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From Social Worker to Chef: One Woman’s Journey Into World of TV

Elle Simone is founder of SheChef and works with shows including Bravo's "Chef Roblé and Co"

Elle Simone details her career switch from social worker to owner of She Chef Catering,…

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Bravo TV’s Jewel Tankard Talks Motivating Others Toward Financial Success

'I have learned to stop expecting perfection'

Reality TV’s Jewel Tankard tells how she helps motivate others toward financial and spiritual success.

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The IRS wants $370,000 from Vanessa Williams

Report: Actress Vanessa Williams Owes IRS

Government is demanding almost $370,000 in back taxes

Actress Vanessa Williams owes the Internal Revenue Service almost $370,000.

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Oprah Winfrey to Play Richard Pryor’s Grandmother in Biopic

She will take on the role of matron of family who was a madam

Oprah Winfrey will play Marie Carter Pryor Bryant, Richard Pryor’s grandmother, in upcoming biopic.

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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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AFROPUNK 2014: D’Angelo Casts A Spell Over Brooklyn [VIDEO]

The 'Voodoo' child rebels in song at popular festival

BlackEnterprise.com’s Kevin L. Clark was on-hand to witness history as celebrated musician, D’Angelo, joined The…

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Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Shot At Chris Brown’s Pre-VMA Party

The Death Row CEO was shot six times

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was shot six times at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.…

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Sylvia Robinson Biopic Being Planned

Biopic for Sugar Hill Record’s Sylvia Robinson Being Planned

Entrepreneur responsible for hip-hop's first commercial hit, 'Rapper's Delight'

Sugar Hill Record’s co-Founder, Sylvia Robinson, will have a biopic made about her role in…

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Snoop Dogg, Jay Z, Even Drake: Amazing Makeup Artist Transforms Into Hip-Hop Royalty

Magali Beauvue wows with celebrity metamorphosis

Makeup transformation have flooded social media, but these take things to another level. One female…

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Mariah Carey Bars Nick Cannon From Talking About Impending Divorce

Is it a wrap for the celebrity couple

Has Nick Cannon’s confessional cost him his marriage to Mariah Carey and shared property?
Less…

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Bow Wow Joins the cast of CSI:CYBER

Bow Wow Joins Cast of CSI:CYBER

TV host and actor will play teenaged hacker

Shad Moss AKA Bow Wow, will play 19 year old hacker, Brody “Baby Face” Nelson…

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Eric Roberson: The Business of Making Music

'How you execute is how you will be rewarded'

Music Veteran, Eric Roberson, makes it his business to make good music as he releases…

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Hollywood Insider #5: Updates from the Film and TV Industry

Who will be the next leading black actor in Hollywood?

Who will claim Hollywood’s leading black male role?

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R&B Divas: 7 Unforgettable Performances from the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge

These songstresses wowed crowds at the star-studded event

From Patti Labelle to Chrisette Michele, the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge has been…

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Life with Vision: TV Host Bevy Smith Drops Jewels on Archaic Networking & Building Real Relationships

Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge speaker gave preview for what's in store

TV host Bevy Smith talked with BlackEnterprise.com as a featured guest for its Black Enterprise…

By Janell Hazelwood

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VH1's ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

VH1 to Debut The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

Special documentary airs Tuesday, Sept. 2

VH1 explores the rise of the Atlanta Hip Hop scene in the documentary, ATL: The…

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Rihanna Wants to Buy a Soccer Team

The singer has shown an interest in buying The Premier League's Liverpool

The pop singer, Rihanna, has reportedly, wants to buy The Premier League’s Liverpool soccer team

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Rest in Peace: 10 Facts About Robin Williams

Did you know he appeared on the short-lived, Richard Pryor Show?

In the wake of the death of comedian Robin Williams, here are 10 facts on…

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Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal Raised $80 Million For Homeless

For two decades comedic trio hosted Comic Relief fundraisers

Generations of fans of the late Robin Williams recall how the comedic talent along with…

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Raptors Draw $25,000 Fine After Rapper Drake’s Comments

Global ambassador for the NBA team accused of publicly recruiting Kevin Durant

Hip-hop artist Drake, who is global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, is accused of publicly…

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Film Academy Re-Elects Cheryl Boone Isaacs as President

Upon initial appointment, she made history as the academy's first black president

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who made history as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’…

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Rappers Riff Raff & Krayzie Bone Partner With Candyman Vending Company

CEO Andre Bramwell uses hip-hop to expand brand

CEO Andre Bramwell has tapped into hip-hop industry to promote his Candyman Vending company.

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