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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez will square off Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Mayweather vs. Canelo Fight Highest Average highest Ticket Price Among Major Sporting Events

Last three Super Bowls only events to surpass the bout in sales

Seat Geek, an online event ticket search engine, reported to SBNation that the average ticket…

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Hollywood Boss Moves: Phylicia Rashad Directs ‘Four Little Girls’ Play

Special reading marks 50th anniversary of tragic Birmingham bombing

Actress Phylicia Rashad, best known as one of America’s favorite TV moms, is adding…

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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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Boss Moves: Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Names Keith Clinkscales Revolt TV CEO

Executive brings experience from VIBE and ESPN

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According to reports, entertainment mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs has named Keith Clinkscales…

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Boss Moves: Kelly Rowlands Adds Jaguar Endorsement to Brand

Songstress Kelly Rowland is the new face for Jaguar’s F-Type series, adding yet another luxury…

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Hip-Hop Artist Wale Gifts Hampton University Student with $25,000

Sophomore wins during radio call-in contest in Norfolk, Va.

Entertainer Wale awarded college sophomore Lauren Pryor $25,000, adding philanthropy to his entertainment brand.

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Boss Moves: The Power of Diversifying Your Offerings

It's best to be a Jack or Jane of several trades to ensure you're always winning

Entertainment manager and entrepreneur Yandy Smith talks tips for diversifying your hustle and expanding your…

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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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Top Caribbean Power Women: Leaders in Politics, Music, and More

Exemplary females with roots in the Islands

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights top leaders of Caribbean descent in sports,…

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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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Cool Jobs: Former Banker Expanding Jamaica’s Fashion Industry Reach

Deiwght Peters talks career transition and advice for young black men

In commemoration of Caribbean Heritage Month, BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Deiwght Peters, a leading fashion…

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Caribbean Power Men: 10 Top Leaders in Politics, Sports and More

Musicians, athletes, and politicians who have roots in the Islands

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights top leaders of Caribbean descent.

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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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From Newbie to Senior: Six Leaders Who Found Success Early—and Later—In Their Careers

Be inspired, from Cicely Tyson to Ithaca N.Y. mayor Svante Myrick

Major accomplishments can come at any age, proving it’s never too late—or too early—to make…

By Joshua Perrin

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Messy Millennials: How Social Media TMI Can Lead to Major Losses

Latest 2Chainz incident brings to light the down side of transparency

Young professionals, the more you disclose about your private life on social media, the more…

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Media Takeover: Top Boss Moves of Wendy Williams

'Queen of All-Media' continues expanding brand in publishing, acting

As the talk show host continues to expand her brand, take a look at her…

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Broadway Boss Moves: 4 Actors of Color Changing the Game

Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller, Courtney B. Vance part of history-changing year

Actors Cicely Tyson, Billy Porter, Patina Miller and Courtney B. Vance make history with 2013…

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Month of the Man: Young Artist Meshing Hip-Hop, R&B Influences for Star-Studded Global Success

With paintings of celebs including Chrisette Michelle and Nas, Demont “Peekaso” Pinder creates his own lane

Gaining exposure and experience while touring with R&B star Raheem DeVaughn, this young boss creates…

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Month of the Man: How Young Black Men Can Upgrade Their Boss Moves

Leaders weigh in on mentorship, peer pressure and the keys to success

On June 3, BlackEnterprise.com hosted a #MonthoftheMan Twitter chat, part of a series of lunchtime…

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Black Men Winning: Top 4 Celebrity Boss Moves in Entertainment

A snapshot of male leaders of color changing the game

As part of BlackEnterprise.com’s Month of the Man series, we highlight top celebrity boss moves…

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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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The Roots Picnic: A Lesson On Longevity and Industry Relationships

Take a page from the book of a band that's still got it

On the heels of the Roots Picnic, here are three lessons on longevity and relationships…

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Stephen G. Hill Talks Expanding BET Awards Brand and Road to Success

Executive details popular program transition into The BET Experience

As the BET Awards morphs into The BET Experience, BlackEnterprise.com catches up exclusively with Stephen…

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The Real Househusbands of Hollywood: 3 Smart Career Lessons

Beyond the tear-inducing laughter, these men are winning with the boss moves

As the ‘Real Househusbands of Hollywood’ closes out with a hilarious reunion show, take a…

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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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Final ‘Scandal’ Power Play: 5 Winning Leadership Strategies of Olivia Pope

As we're set to say goodbye to season 2, here are top lessons for Gladiators

As many are set to tune to “Scandal” for its season 2 finale, we take…

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Cool Jobs: Music Marketing Exec Juggles Vets and Newcomers

Akinah Rahmaan talks uber-egos and changing the branding game

Akinah Rahmaan, a VP at Island Def Jam (IDJ) Music Group, talks marketing brands of…

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A Timeless Classic: Top Career Lessons from ‘The Great Gatsby’

Classic story includes timeless themes to avoid career ruin

As F. Scott Fitzgerald classic hits theaters, take a look at timeless lessons from the…

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Hip-Hop Artist Nelly Teams Up with Mike and Ike To Reunite Candy Brand

Entertainer adds endorsement to his multifaceted career portfolio

Entertainer Nelly partners with brand as Mike and Ike reunite, adding candy endorsement to his…

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Episode 6: Five Career Tips From VH1′s The Gossip Game

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn.

VH1’s The Gossip Game follows seven urban media professionals, as they navigate their way through…

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Management Lessons from Korea’s Top Entertainer Psy

Beyond the dance craze, you can have 'Gangnam Style' success in leadership

When it comes to Gangnam Style, you may think of a viral dance craze, but…

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15 Celebrities Who’ve Made Winning Career Changes

These entertainers have created versatile options for longevity

For celebrities, having longevity in their industries can be challenging, but these have transitioned into…

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Dynamic Women’s Conference: Star Jones Talks NAPW, New Boss Moves and Her Next Phase

Attorney and author sets sights on leveling the playing field

Star Jones, author and spokeswoman for the National Association of Women Professionals, hosted dynamic event…

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Young Epic Records Brand Manager Talks Jay-Z Inspiration and Making Music Boss Moves

Brooklyn, N.Y. native credits Jay Z and father for motivation

At just 25, brand manager Kevin Storey has moved up the ranks in the music…

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Episode 4: Five Career Tips From VH1′s The Gossip Game

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn.

Check out what we learned from Episode 4.

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Publishing Powerhouse Uses Strategic Partnerships to Build an Empire

Rolling Out founder Munson Steed talks road to success

This multimedia power player has been able to use business savvy as well as forge…

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Beyonce Lends Her Voice to Help Goodwill Promote Career & Job Opportunities

Beyonce Lends Her Voice to Help Goodwill Promote Job Opportunities

Beyonce will support Goodwill with donation drives at her concerts

Superstar singer Beyonce partners with Goodwill to raise funds and awareness to sponsor training and…

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Episode 2: Five Career Tips From VH1’s ‘The Gossip Game’

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down career lessons from VH1′s ‘The Gossip Game.’

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The Gossip Game’s Kim Osorio Talks Reality TV, Blogger Cred, and Life After The Source

Hip-hop media vet looks forward to next generation of industry leaders

Hip-hop media vet and reality TV star Kim Osario talks the next phase of her…

By Kimberly Wilson

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PR Power Woman Talks Hard-Knock Start and the Power of Purpose

Elvira Guzman's tips on professional branding and overcoming obstacles

Spending her teen years with parents incarcerated, Elvira Guzman was able to overcome and find…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Publisher Takes News-Gathering Skills to Film Industry

Co-founder of Creme Magazine talks venture into movie-making

Filmmaker and co-founder of Creme Magazine talks telling stories on multiple platforms and her passion…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Episode 1: Five Career Tips From VH1’s ‘The Gossip Game’

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down career lessons from VH1′s ‘The Gossip Game.’

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The Business of Reality TV: Mona Scott-Young Talks Entertainment Savvy and Brand Transition

Hip-hop mogul turned media powerhouse has struck gold again

Since her resurgence in 2010 with VH1’s “Love & Hip Hop,” Mona Scott-Young has reinvented…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Cool Jobs: Young Executive Changing the Marketing Game

Several career transitions led Dia Simms to position at global music powerhouse

As the EVP of Blue Flame Agency, it’s safe to say that Dia Simms is…

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4 Top Athletes with Winning Careers Outside the Game

Enterprising stars taking careers and brands to next level

These four enterprising professionals are expanding their brands into business deals that could be lucrative…

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Cool Jobs: Australian Filmmaker Brings Story of Aboriginal Singers to the States

Wayne Blair takes story of Aboriginal quartet global with 'The Sapphires'

An Indigenous Australian writer, actor and director, Wayne Blaire talks bringing Aboriginal history to the…

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Though Tragic, ‘Phil Spector’ Focus Brings Black Music History to Forefront

Beatles producer also had hand in black music heavyweights' success

HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ film brings to the forefront details of a horrific murder, but also…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Celeb Status: 5 Winning Ways to Connect with VIPs and Celebrities

Use this strategy to make power connections in your industry

It can seem intimidating approaching who’s who of your industry. Use this strategy to make…

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Cool Jobs: Talent CEO Chantelle Fraser a Global Star in Her Own Right

Savvy global entrepreneur connects unique professionals with brands

London transplant Chantelle Fraser, CEO Flawless Entertainment and Promotions, has a keen eye for beauty…

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Natural Knack: 5 Successful Celebs With No Formal Training

Savvy professionals who advanced by experience and hard work

These savvy professionals found success in their field by experience, not years of classroom education.

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Music Boss of Bosses: 5 Career Highlights of Motown’s Berry Gordy

As Motown: The Play hits the stage, take a look at highlights of the founder's career

As Motown: The Play is set to hit the stage, we take a look at…

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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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Top 5 ‘American Idol’ Women Set to Make History

One of these songstresses could break the all-male winning streak

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at the groundbreaking ‘American Idol’…

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5 Career Lessons From Soledad O’Brien’s CNN Departure

For Women's History Month, take a page from this media heavyweight's career book

For Women’s History Month, we take a look at the top lessons you can learn…

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Under 21 and Winning: 8 Young Bosses to Watch in 2013

These industry heavyweights are making major early career strides

From signing music contracts to starting their own businesses— all before the age of 21—these…

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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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‘The Gossip Game’: 4 Career Lessons We Hope Will Be Responsible, Not Ratchet

New show to debut April 1 will showcase who's who of NYC's entertainment media

With a concept that has a potential to shift from civil to ratchet, we’re hoping…

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More Than Just Red Carpet Fashion: 4 Career Lessons from the Oscars

The night's ceremony lends more to professional advancement

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Whether you stayed up…

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Film Femme Fatales: Top Black Women in Hollywood

These directors and producers add unique flair to storytelling

Adding their unique voices and creative spin on storytelling, these producers and directors are kicking…

By Courtney Connley

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Primetime Power Women: 4 Female Phenoms in the TV Business

These producers pave their own lane to get the coveted green light

These women prove they can get the coveted green light, whether it’s VH1′s hit “Love…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Sirita Wright

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More than Comic Relief: Apollo ‘Executioner’ Carries Historic Torch

C.P. Lacey continues music legacy at historic Harlem mainstay

Embodying a popular role after Howard “Sandman” Simms, performance vet C.P. Lacey carries important, historic…

By Sirita Wright

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DJ Irie: Branding the Global Selector

Entertainer talks love for music and linking international business

DJ Irie takes his international experience, from Europe to the Caribbean to the States, continuing…

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From Top 40 Hits to Hollywood: 5 Black Actors Who Made a Successful Switch

These entertainers made the winning leap into becoming thespians

An accomplished singer, Jennifer Hudson has made major strides in Hollywood as well. (Image: File)
Recently,…

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Racist or Not?: ‘Love and Hip Hop’ Episode Shines Light on Workplace Discrimination

The jury's still out, but here's how to deal with a case of your own

A heated exchange of racial references on Love and Hip Hop brings to light instances…

By Jamie Harrison

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‘Manology’: Rev. Run and Tyrese Talk ‘Man-torships,’ the Power Woman, and Their Newest Collab

Hip-hop pioneer and R&B crooner turn disagreement into labor of love

Authors Tyrese and Rev. Run discuss how their new book, ‘Manology,’ expands their brands and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Career Lessons You Can Learn from Beyonce’s Winning Super Bowl Deal

Be inspired by the platinum-selling diva's stellar boss moves

Four lessons Beyonce has taught us all about how to stand the heat in our…

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Philanthropy Bosses: 4 Celebs Who Add Giving Back to Their Career Portfolios

These industry heavyweights show how being charitable pays off

These entertainers spend countless hours and dollars giving back to a cause they hold dear…

By Courtney Connley

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No More 9-to-5: 5 Celebs Who Went From Corporate America to Hollywood

These entertainers gave office jobs the boot to follow their dreams

These top entertainers traded the 9-to-5 life to follow their dreams, from Laz Alonso to…

By Courtney Connley

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Career Day? Really? 5 Reasons Gucci Mane Isn’t the Best Role Model

Recent appearance at Georgia school Career Day raises more than an eyebrow

Recently, the rap artist spoke to students at a Georgia middle school for Career Day,…

By Courtney Connley

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Continuing the Legacy: Oprah’s Top 7 Landmark Interviews

A snapshot of recent TV moments that had us all watching

As the multimedia icon celebrates her 59th birthday, we take a look at a few…

By Janell Hazelwood

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$2.7 Billion Dollar Baby: Happy Birthday Oprah!

Legendary multimedia icon turns 59

Today, legendary media icon Oprah Winfrey turns 59. The talk show pioneer and multimedia tycoon…

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From Intern to CEO: How 4 Top Celebs Climbed Up the Corporate Ladder

Their humble beginnings led to major future wins

These heavy hitters started from the bottom and worked their way up, proving humble beginnings…

By Courtney Connley

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The Jabari Graham Story: From Being Laid Off by Universoul Circus to Art World Success

Entertainer talks life in the jobless lane and how to overcome

Entertainer Jabari Graham talks life in the unemployment lane and how to overcome to find…

By Maurice Garland

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Successful Spouses: 3 Celebrity Couples Who Balance Love and Work

These powerful pairs make major moves together

When there is a common goal to achieve, two minds are sometimes better than one…

By Courtney Connley

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Comeback Kings & Queens: 4 Music Celebs With Stellar Career Rebounds

Be inspired by entertainers who've found longevity in the business

These entertainers have successfully gained their footing back into the music business, proving that hard…

By Courtney Connley

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Web Stars: 3 YouTube Personalities You Can’t Miss

These young Internet phenoms keep us coming back

These young YT phenoms have watched viewership numbers reach millions, providing original content they shoot,…

By Jamie Harrison

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Career Lessons You Can Learn From Sports Stars’ Latest Moves

Take heed to avoid professional blunders

From injuries to retirements to player altercations, if we pay close attention there are career…

By Courtney Connley

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Top Five Celebrity Boss Moves We’re All Anticipating

Check out a snapshot of career highlights everyone's watching

Motivation we can gain from the career moves these celebrities are making

By Courtney Connley

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Quvenzhané Wallis Sets Record as Youngest ‘Best Actress’ Oscar Nominee

Breakout star gets major nod for role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"

Breakout star Quvenzhané Wallis plays Hushpuppy in Academy Award-nominated film “Beasts of the Southern Wild.”

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Dawn Branch: Parlaying a Passion for the Arts Into a Business

From working with celebrities to creating the next set, through dance

The arts have and will always be around as long as there is talent and…

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Not a Good Look: A Snapshot of Celebrity Career Blunders of 2012

A snapshot of moments that put a dent in entertainers' brands

From K. Michelle to Drake, these recent moments were low points that put a major…

By Courtney Connley

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Family Hustle: T.I. & Tiny Prove It’s Never Too Early to Pass on Healthy Work Ethic

Four ways parents can teach importance of the grind to children

Rapper T.I. and savvy wife, Tiny, ensure the Harris family is into the grind, showing…

By Courtney Connley

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Lessons on Web Branding: 5 Celebrities Who Get It Right

Take a cue from these personalities on how you can step your game up

While many stars constantly lash out, these celebrities keep it cool and remain professional. Here…

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J. Alexander Martin Continues Successful Fashion Career After FUBU

Industry leader talks going from retail snub to fashion brand giant

J. Alexander Martin is still on the scene and still making it happen!

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Yandy Smith: Make Your Personal Life Your Business for the Holidays

To professionally succeed, you must take time to appreciate life, love, and family

Stow away those laptops, put the BlackBerrys and iPhones on silent and be thankful for…

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How to Cope When a Career Win Turns into a Flop

Every path has its ups and downs. Here's how to get through

Career paths have peaks and valleys. Here are three tips on how to get out…

By Jamie Harrison

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From Teen Mom to Harvard to Celebrity Hairstylist

How Nancy V. Brown overcame early challenges to achieve career success

Once a 14-year-old mom, Nancy V. Brown is the true definition of a survivor. She…

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Don’t Sleep: 7 Young HBCU Alums to Watch in 2013

These bosses are making major strides in every industry

From entertainment to sports to business, graduates of historically black college and universities are making…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Former Tyler Perry Studios Exec Talks Branching Out and Producing Quality Programming

Bobbcat Films founder leads with two P's: passion and preparation

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We have good news for you. You can have…

By Gil Robertson

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Hip-Hop Artists Who Went to College

Check out these 14 rappers who pursued higher education

You may be surprised about who sat down in those university classrooms.

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: How to Get Top Opps at Your Job

Be inspired by Rihanna's 777 Tour to have once-in-a-lifetime career moments

Journalists recently got the career chance of a lifetime to be part of Rihanna’s 777…

By Jamie Harrison

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Cool Jobs: TV Producer Powerhouse Strikes Reality TV Gold

Founder of Kingdom Reign Entertainment started early to gain wins

Carlos King, 33, has TV production credits that include the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise after starting…

By Lamont Baldwin

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5 Scandalous Qualities That Ensure Professional Success

Take a cue from characters of the popular show to make yourself more marketable

Let’s take a look at qualities each Scandal character embodies that could help young professionals…

By Jamie Harrison

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Cool Jobs: Film Fest Director Talks Hollywood Boss Moves

Jacqueline Lyanga leads in bringing one of the largest cinematic forums to life

Jacqueline Lyanga, director of AFI FEST—the American Film Institute’s annual film festival—on how she makes…

By Gil Robertson

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Gigs That Never Sleep: Even Hurricane Sandy Can’t Stop the Hustle

As a major storm looms, some of us still have to put in work

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When it comes to hurricanes or any other disasters that could hinder work, some…

By Janell Hazelwood

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That Ain’t Hot: 3 Not-So-Boss Celebrity Moves You Don’t Want to Emulate

Stay away from mistakes that could ultimately derail your career

Celebrities can be role models, but some make moves that are certain to lead millennials…

By Jamie Harrison

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Super Producer Invests Capital to Empower Youth Through Music

Atlanta hitmaker talks music business, hard-knock past, and community advocacy

Kevin “Khao” Cates has crafted hits for heavyweights, from TI to R. Kelly. Now he’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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DJ Envy, one-third of Power 105's popular Breakfast Club trio in New York City, got his start creating award-winning mixtapes as a teen. The Hampton University graduate would go on to produce a debut album in 2003, featuring the best of the best in hip-hop, from Jay Z to Busta Rhymes to Birdman of Cash Money Records. He started BLOK Entertainment, a management and production company that has produced hit tracks for artists including as DMX, Foxy Brown, and Fabolous. He has made TV appearances on shows including 106 & Park, Entourage and Tha Corner, which he hosts on the Music Choice channel. Add to those boss moves his gig as host on MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown.

From Playlists to Power Moves: 4 DJs With Hot, Viable Brands

Top music talents took success beyond two turn tables and a mike

These top talents in music have been able to expand their brands beyond two turntables…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Stylist to the Stars — From Beyonce to Angela Bassett — Took Risks for Winning Results

Prime positioning, humility and raw talent key parts of path to success

Roger Brasley, celebrity makeup artist, hair and brand stylist, counts prime positioning and elite talent…

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Hello, Nicki Minaj: It’s Best to Make Allies with Seasoned Pros, Not Enemies

Tirade mirrors generational gap and a need for young bosses to take the high road

Recent footage of a spat with Mariah Carey lends lesson on generational gaps and humility…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Your (Professional) Life: ‘Tamar & Vince’ Lessons on Power Positioning

Hubby of Braxton reality star shows value of pumping those career breaks

Tamar Braxton is known for dramatic antics and star quality. In her latest show, with…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Mark Walker Brings Star (Marketing) Power to Hollywood

In order to get blockbuster results, this exec infuses hard work, passion

With more than two-decades in Hollywood, this executive brings his commitment to accepting nothing but…

By Gil Robertson

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Film Producer Alfred Spellman Talks ESPN Doc on ‘Broke’ Athletes

Documentary highlights the challenges of fame and fortune in sports

Filmmaker Alfred Spellman talks race, fame and power in sports— and how easy it is…

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Celebrity Side Hustle: Funnyman Rickey Smiley Talks Business

Star radio host ventures into TV with new sitcom

Rickey Smiley, TV One sitcom star and radio host, talks his first paying gig and…

By Shannon Lanier

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Boris Kodjoe Talks New Role, Family Life and Entrepreneurship

Actor, father and philanthropist balances it all

Actor, father and enterpreneurship advocate Boris Kodjoe stars in latest Resident Evil and talks about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Chris Lighty’s Funeral Gathers Hip-Hop Community

The music industry's brightest stars pay tribute to hip-hop mogul

The music industry’s brightest stars pay tribute to hip-hop mogul

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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…

By Octavia Goredema

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Intern Chronicles: Media Student Expanded Success Second Time Around

Sekou Bah went back for more learning and experience--- and got it

Intern Sekou Bah expanded his network and experience by returning to BET’s New York marketing…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Lil’ Wayne’s “I don’t like New York” Comment Angers Senator

State senator demands apology from rapper

State senator demands apology from rapper

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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‘R&B Divas’ Star, Producer Rebrands with Clothing Line and Show

Music industry veteran seeks to add positive portrayal of sisterhood on TV

Nicci Gilbert, once part of ’90s girl group Brownstone, is rebranding herself as entrepreneur and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Faith Evans Talks ‘R&B Divas,’ Motherhood, New Ventures

Singer-songwriter reintroducing brand to expand audience

Black Enterprise host Shannon LaNier talks new ventures with “R&B Divas” star and songstress Faith…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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‘Sparkle’ Actress Tika Sumpter Talks Hidden Talents, Hollywood Boss Moves

TV star expands repertoire to singing and performing

Actress Tika Sumpter talks ‘Sparkle’ role, working with Whitney Houston, showcasing hidden talents and Hollywood…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Actor and TV Host Terrence J Talks Hollywood Wins and Whitney Houston Memories

Former 106 & Park co-host taking career to the next level

Famous as co-host for BETs top-rated show “106 & Park,” Terrence J is making major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘The Jeffersons’ Star Sherman Hemsley Dead at 74

Legendary comedian had more than 20-year acting career

Sherman Hemsley, legendary comedian and actor famously known for playing George Jeffersons of “The Jeffersons,”…

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Cool Jobs: Music Producer Warryn Campbell, Master of Hit-Making Contemporary Soul

Musician's early start fuels long-lasting industry legacy

Powerhouse CEO and producer Warryn Campbell, has cranked out hits for heavyweights including Yolanda Adams,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Paul Martin Holds Key to Acquiring New Talent in Hollywood

'Get things done' personality drives career advancement for top stars

Key Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Paul Martin talks his recruitment philosophy and pushing for diversity…

By Gil Robertson

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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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WATCH: ‘Streetcar’ Star Nicole Ari Parker Talks Broadway, Family Life, and Black Hollywood

Mother, wife and entrepreneur takes theater and Tinseltown by storm

On the heels of her sizzling Broadway debut, actress Nicole Ari Parker took a break…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Television Executive Cultivates Diversity for the Screen

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i enjoys ensuring inclusion and fairness in entertainment

Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i, a CBS diversity executive, enjoys ensuring inclusion and fairness in entertainment.

By Gil Robertson

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This past weekend Disney and Marvel Studios joined forces to release The Avengers, an all-star fan boy film based off the popular comic book series. While critics expected the film to do well, at the end of film’s opening weekend it not only secured the No. 1 spot but also broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million over the course of three days. The Avengers’ ticket sales eclipsed the previous record-holder, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened with $169.2 million in summer 2011. The film’s success is not limited to US shores, as it opened internationally two weeks ago to the tune of $441.5 million across 52 global markets. As it stands at press time, The Avengers has grossed well over $642.8 million globally. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at the “marvelous” success of the prequel films that led up to this record-breaking showing.  —Anslem Samuel Rocque

The Avengers Decoded: The Makings of a Marvelous Movie Franchise

After a record breaking open weekend for The Avengers, the films that built up the new franchise get their ticket sales dissected

The Avengers breaks box office records with its opening weekend haul of over $200 million,…

By Anslem Samuel

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Top TV Exec Talks Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion

Kelly Edwards of NBCUniversal strives to keep multi-ethnic presence prevalent

Kelly Edwards, a senior executive at NBCUniversal, strives to continue her work in keeping entertainment…

By Gil Robertson

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Africa is Calling: Four Professional British Women Return to Their Roots

How these leaders found career fulfillment in their homeland

Professionals born, raised and based in Britain discover their ancestral homelands and are presented life-changing…

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On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack. Over the course of his storied career, the legendary radio/TV personality entertained millions as he rang in countless New Years Rockin’ Eve specials in New York City’s Times Square and a perpetual game show host. Most notably, Clark was the host of the classic American Bandstand, which broadcast new and popular musicians into the homes of countless viewers. Among the many greats that were featured on the show; Clark also helped break racial barriers by giving many African American artists their first TV appearances. 

In the wake of Clark’s passing, BlackEnterprise.com highlights some of the musical legends of color that have the American Bandstand host to thank for one of their big breaks. As a bonus, click the celebrities' name to see video of their American Bandstand appearances.—Anslem Samuel

7 Black Entertainers Who Became American Idols after ‘American Bandstand’

Legendary American Bandstand host Dick Clark broke many acts on his show, including these black musicians who later became true American idols

On Wednesday, April 18, 2012, Dick Clark passed away at the age of 82 after…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

My Journey Into Producing ‘Life, Love, Soul’ and My Inspiration from a Phenom Film Entrepreneur

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

Entertainment manager Yandy Smith has embarked on a new venture: film producer of Life, Love,…

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’2 Days in Paris with Chris Rock’ (and Other Must-See Black Movies at Tribeca Film Fest)

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see movies with black actors that will debut this week

The 11th annual Tribeca Film Festival is underway. Check out the must-see black movies that…

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Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey Talks TV Drama, Business of Fashion

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

Cynthia Bailey, reality TV star, mother and model, discusses a brand that’s more than TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mad Men’s Token Black Character?: Teyonah Parris Becomes First African American in Ad Office

Parris talks how she got the role and why it's an important step in show's success

Actress talks how she got the role, what it means and why she’s not just…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Hot Ad Mess: Is Lack of Color in the Advertising Biz to Blame for MJB/Burger King Snafu??

After official Mary J. Blige response, I'm still shaking my head

As the Burger King chicken wrap hoopla continues, questions arise about lack of diversity in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UPDATE: Burger King Pulls Chicken Ad, But Damage to Mary J. Blige Brand Already Done

We all make mistakes. Here are a few suggestions for a better brand move

After an outpour of backlash about a Mary J. Blige commercial that raises more than…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Win Big: How Being ‘Crazy and Fearless’ Can Lead to Millions

Young, self-made millionaire shares keys to career and life success

Founder and CEO of an empire, Arthur Wylie made his first million at age 26.…

By Janell Hazelwood

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How to Get Put On in the Music Industry — And Avoid the Trash Bin

Entrepreneur and reality star Yandy Smith talks do's and don'ts of brand marketing

Music entrepreneur and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith gives tips on how to…

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For many women, a power look doesn't just end with the right outfit or shoe. It's a head-to-toe story of branding that tells who they are, what they do and how well they do it.


Putting that best face forward is important, whether they're closing deals, working with clients, traveling the world or starting that next venture. In today's image-conscious business world, make-up is no longer just for movie stars and glamour girls, as many working women recognize the importance of presence, accentuating their best features and embracing the power of femininity.


Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, helped four professional women tap into their wow factor, with beauty looks that can go from the office to after hours. ---Janell Hazelwood


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Beauty Before and After: 4 Career Women Transform into Power Looks

Black Opal artistic director Frank Guyton talks tips on day-to-night looks

Frank Guyton, celebrity make-up artist and artistic director at Black Opal, creates power looks for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Tomika Anderson

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Iconic Singer Whitney Houston Found Dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel

On the eve of music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards, the music industry loses one of its icons: Whitney Houston

On the eve of music’s biggest night—The Grammy Awards—the entertainment industry mourns the shocking loss…

By Elayne Fluker

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While there are hundreds of characters in the Marvel Comics universe, Spider-Man has proven to be one of the most beloved over the decades. Created by comic book guru Stan Lee in the 1960’s, the non-traditional superhero has drawn in fans and dollars the world over. From two-dimensional illustration to cartoon series, blockbuster movies, merchandise and even a Broadway play, the Spider-Man brand is big business. With the recent success of Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark and a new potential blockbuster film, The Amazing Spider-Man, on the calendar for this summer, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes this Marvelous brand. —William Ketchum III

Spider-Man Decoded: Untangling the Amazing Web of Profit

From Marvel Comic to movie star, the non-traditional superhero hs a global brand worth millions

Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee’s multi-million dollar Spider-Man brand is loved globally from cartoon, comic,…

By William E. Ketchum III

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Actor Michael Ealy is More than Just Eye Candy

The 'Think Like a Man' star talks diversity of roles—from 'Underworld' to 'Unconditional'

Diversifying his roles with Underworld Awakening & Think Like a Man, actor Michael Ealy moves…

By Tomika Anderson

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

By Janell Hazelwood

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How I Did It: Celebrity Event Planner Diann Valentine’s Business of Love

Events entrepreneur turned passion for amour into lucrative ventures

Events entrepreneur’s dream of mixing love and business evolves into lucrative venture that includes publishing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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POLL: Is Traditional Business Attire Becoming Obsolete?

Reality star Yandy Smith's 'business chic' raises question of office style

The fashion of businesswoman and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith raises a vital…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Woman of Power Dionne Warwick on Building a Legacy

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at 2012 Women of Power Summit

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at this year’s Women of Power Summit

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LISTEN: Kandi Burruss Talks Adult Toy Expansion, New Talent Show

Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to make her brand a bankable one

Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss, talks developing her adult toy line, expanding into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

By Lamont Baldwin

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Nicki Minaj Becomes a True Barbie

The rapper/actress proves that she is clearly not playing when it comes to establishig herself as a major brand

Mattell announces Nicki Minaj Barbie doll as the rapper/actress proves that she is clearly determined…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Career Transition Lessons from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Beyond the antics, learn how you can take your brand to the next level

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are embarking on new career transitions, from entrepreneurship to motherhood.…

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