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Jay Z And Beyoncé Sued For ‘Drunk In Love’ Sample By Mitsou

Hungarian singer Mitsou is asking for unspecified damages

It seems that the litigations never stop when you’re an award-winning artist. Even worse when…

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Beyonce Releases Personal Video Where She Reflects on 2014 Achievements

She broke the Internet with no publicity

She’s the real celebrity who broke the Internet with her no-publicity, self-titled album, last December.…

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Jay Z Meets with New York Governor to Discuss Criminal Justice Reform

Leaders meet to discuss social issues and legislative reform

Jay Z and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo meet to discuss changes that need to…

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Roc Nation Sports Partners with Fox Sports for ‘Throne Boxing’ Event

First card to happen Jan. 9 at Madison Square Garden

Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports will deliver ‘Throne Boxing’ to the world via their deal…

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Happy Born Day Jigga: Twitter Celebrates Jay Z’s 45th Birthday

Throw your diamonds up in the sky!

Shawn Carter, better known around the world as Jay Z, turns 45 today. Twitter and…

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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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Twitter Celebrates Black Love As Solange Knowles Marries Alan Ferguson

Jay Z, Beyoncé and Blue Ivy were present for New Orleans wedding

New Orleans was a hotspot as Solange Knowles got married at the Marigny Opera House…

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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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Beyoncé Is Highest-Paid Female Music Star In the World

She's doubled her dollars by making us all holler!

Beyoncé Knowles led all female music superstars on Forbes highest-earning list.

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Jay-Z Buys ‘Ace of Spades’ Champagne Label

Sovereign Brands sells its interest in the champagne

Jay-Z has purchased Sovereign Brands’ stake in the luxury champagne label, Ace of Spades. Terms…

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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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Beyonce Releasing Platinum Edition Box Set

2 CD/2 DVD limited edition package will include new songs, “7/11” and “Ring Off.”

Current pop queen, Beyonce, is releasing BEYONCÉ Platinum Edition Box Set on Monday, November 24th.…

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Dez Bryant Joins the Roc Nation Sports Roster

Roc Nation Sports Counts Dez Bryant as New Client

Wide receiver is the latest to join Jay Z's sports agency's roster

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver, Dez Bryant, has left his agent, Eugene Parker, to sign with…

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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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3 Career Lessons You can Learn From Hip-Hop Cash King Jay-Z

Get the blueprint to success here

As Jay-Z continues to evolve, and reinvent the game of artistry and business there are…

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Jameel Spencer: Defining the Brand When It Matters

Professional talks success in the entertainment business

Working with brands like Jay-Z, VIBE and Sean Combs, Sequential’s new CMO, Jameel Spencer, speaks…

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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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Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Artists asked to pay $3 million in damages

Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean have been slapped with a lawsuit for copyright…

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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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6 Musical Geniuses Whose Careers Have Made It to the Classroom

These artists have helped bridge the gap between music and academics

With more universities bridging music and academics, we rounded up today’s hottest artists whose careers…

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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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Roc Nation Become Official Boxing Promoters

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is Now Licensed to Become Boxing Promoters

Sports agency hires David Itskowitch to run its boxing division

Roc Nation Sports become official boxing promoters and hire David Itskowitch

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Chariots On Fire: World’s Most Expensive Cars Are Black-Owned

Fast & Furious: A rundown of celebs who drive the world's most expensive cars

From Kanye West and Flo Rida to the Game and Rick Ross, the most expensive,…

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Beyoncé and Jay Z Tour Reported to Rake in More Than $100 Million

Despite rumors, music duo's tour is expected to end with major success

Despite rumors of poor ticket sales, reports explain that the Carter’s On the Run tour…

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MTV Wants Beyonce—Minus Jay-Z—for Video Music Awards

Plans are underway for singer to open show

The latest rumors is that Beyonce and Columbia are in negotiations to have Beyonce open…

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Jay Z Announces ‘NY02′ As Roc Nation’s Official Water

The 'God MC' is bringing water to the masses

Jay Z announces NY02 as the officially branded water for all Roc Nation artists, events,…

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Jay-Z Being Sued By Former Engineer

Chauncey Mahan claims he's entitled to co-ownership of hip-hop star's masters

Chauncey Mahan, former engineer for Jay-Z, is suing him to claim co-ownership of Jay’s masters

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Jay Z Wants To End Extreme Poverty By 2030

Can the 'god MC' fulfill his goal?

The Roc Nation CEO aims to tap into his more philanthropic side, as Jay Z…

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Black Celebs Dominate Forbes’ ’10 Most Powerful’ List

Who are the most powerful celebrities in the world at the moment?

Black celebrities dominate Forbes’ ‘Most Powerful List’ which includes Floyd Mayweather, Beyonce, Oprah and Dr.…

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15 Most Critically Outrageous Tweets From #BETAwards

Twitter kept jokes flowing throughout the night of high points---and mishaps

Twitter came out in full force with the most outrageous and critical insights on the…

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10 Reasons White People Think Racism Is Over

Is racism truly over? Speak on it below!

“Are we now in a post-racial America?” This is perhaps the number two question asked…

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10 First Tweets From Successful Black Businesspeople

Find out how these success stories began their journey on Twitter.

Being first is one of the initial rules you learn when you get into business.
In…

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Legendary Entertainment and Banking Industry Mogul Don Davis Has Died

Pioneering music producer and legendary entertainment and banking industry giant, Don Davis, dies at 75

Legendary entertainment and banking industry giant, Don Davis has died.
The Wilmore Agency announced that Davis…

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Former Def Jam CEO Partners Go N’Syde Beverages With The 40/40 Clubs

Kevin Likes uses mobile augmented reality platform to push pop culture

Former CEO of Def Jam and Founder of KWL Enterprises, Kevin Liles has formed a…

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Jay-Z Drops $20 Million Extortion Case

The rapper decides against pursuing legal action against former engineer who has master recordings since 2002

Jay-Z drops extortion case versus former engineer

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Jay Z, Beyonce and Drake each score 5 BET AWards nominations

Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Drake Get 5 Nods Each for BET Awards

Pharell and August Alsina are right behind them with 4 each

Drake, Jay-Z and Beyonce leads the BET Awards nominations with 5 each

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5 Reasons the Bey and Jay Brand Is Untouchable

Despite leaked video footage, the music duo proves their brand will remain in tact

Despite controversy around leaked video footage, the brand of Jay Z and Beyonce will remain…

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Rihanna signs with Roc Nation label

Rihanna Leaves Def Jam, Signs with Roc Nation

Singer leaves Def Jam

Music artist Rihanna has left Def Jam and signed with Roc Nation management and label.

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Carter Takeover: Jay and Bey’s Biggest Career Moves of 2014

The Carter's newly-announced joint summer tour proves that the couple's empire is continuing to expand into a lane of its own

The power couple continues to make chart-topping power moves in the music business and beyond

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Hip-Hop’s Wealthiest Artists for 2014

Who comes out on top between Jay Z, Dr. Dre and Puff?

3 of the 5 on the list are from New York

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Michael Yormark Leaves the Florida Panthers for Roc Nation

Twin brother of Brett Yormark is president of Roc Nation Sports

Mr. Yormark helped bring more concerts and events to Sunrise Arena, home of the Florida…

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Lee Daniels Makes His Television Debut With Jay-Z Inspired Story

Fox Network picks up series after bidding war

Uptown Magazine reports that Lee Daniels, creator of The Butler, will be working on a…

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Russell Wilson Takes in Nets Game with Beyoncé, Jay Z

Russell Wilson is having quite the week

He was spotted at Nets game

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Jay Z, Beyonce Attend NBA Game in Oklahoma City

Couple were guests of Roc Nation Sports athlete Kevin Durant

“That was crazy. I don’t even know how to describe that one right there ……

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So What’s Jay Z’s Role in the Robinson Cano Free Agency Sweepstakes Anyway?

As it relates to Robbie Cano's representation, Scott Boras is still over, baby. But there's a conspicuous absence at this year's winter meetings in Orlando

It was supposed to be a test of epic proportions for Roc Nation Sports: landing…

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Vanity Fair Names ‘The Carters’ As The Number One Power Company

Jay Z and Beyonce the most powerful couple

Jay Z and Beyonce have been known as an “it” couple for quite some time

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Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Nets this past spring.

Amid Reports of Buying Ownership Stake, Nets Will Retire Kidd’s Number

Ownership stake belonged to Jay Z

Will Jason Kidd buy an ownership stake in the organization for which he is the…

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Kevin Durant Instagrammed a photo of he and Jay-Z signing a contract for Roc Nation Sports.

With Jay-Z and Roc Nation Sports, #NewRules For Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant has assured fans they have nothing to worry about because he's not leaving OKC. But the indication that there are new rules now are all around him.

There are new rules now, and Kevin Durant is set on playing by them.

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Kevin Durant Signs With Jay-Z’s Roc Nation

Basketball player tweets a photo of him officially signing with Roc Nation

Who else can the superstar rapper, excuse me, businessman sign to his Roc Nation Agancy?

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Billboard: “Jay-Z’s Samsung Release Won’t Count”

Under promotional deal, rapper's album is technically already platinum

Rules stipulate bulk album sales that are given away for free aren’t counted in total…

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Samsung is Giving Away 1 Million Copies of New Jay-Z LP

Samsung Galaxy users will get first dibs on "Magna Carta Holy Grail"

Has an artist ever gone platinum without anyone buying an album before?

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Is Rocawear Going Bust?

Reportedly, Jay-Z doesn't even wear Rocawear clothing anymore

Jay-Z’s old clothing label is in dire straits

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Is Kevin Durant Signing With Roc Nation Too?

It's looking like the NBA player may be joining the roster of Jay-Z's sports agency

Who else will sign on to The Roc Nation Sports Agency

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Is Jay-Z Teaming Up With Samsung for $20 Million?

The 'business' man is reportedly ready to sign a $20 million deal

What else can Jay do to show his business prowess?

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Jay-Z to Celebrate 10-Year Anniversary of 40/40 Club in Style

Jay-Z will celebrate the tenth anniversary of the opening of the 40/40 club in New York City on Monday, June 17.

Have you been to 40/40? What are your thoughts?

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NFLPA Plans to Investigate Jay-Z’s Agency

The NFLPA's credibility is at stake, says one source

Insiders allege that Jay-Z recruited a player for Roc Nation behind a puppet agent

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With Beyoncé at the forefront, the Knowles family has found their way to the top of entertainment’s food chain. As the pop diva has found herself traveling around the world to perform sell-out shows, her father, Matthew Knowles, was helping make all that happen as her manager until 2011. While those two were on the the road, Bey’s mother, Tina, didn’t just sit home alone, she got to the drawing board and designed clothing for her House of Dereon and Miss Tina by Tina Knowles fashion lines. And you can’t forget about Solange! From the bigscreen to the runway, the girl who used to be known as Beyoncé’s little sister is now turning out parties in the U.S. and across the pond as she rocks the 1s and 2s and looked up to as a fashion know-all.


So if you ever thought a family business couldn’t exist, take a note or two from the Knowles’ clan. Now that’s love on top!

Family Business: Beyoncé & the Knowles’ Clan

From music to movies, the Knowles family has unarguably taken over the entertainment business.

Over the years, the Knowles’ have usurped the movie industry, the fashion world and of…

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Geno Smith on Wednesday was named the starting quarterback of the New York Jets.

Geno Smith Joins Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports Agency

New York Jets rookie quarterback is the latest signing

Will Jay-Z become an important player in the sports world after signing Geno Smith?

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Skylar Diggins Receives a Mercedes Benz From Jay-Z

Basketball player is rewarded for graduating from college

WNBA player gets a gift from Roc Nation owner Jay-Z

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Beyonce on Cuba: ‘It Was Such a Beautiful Trip’

The singer says she was shocked by criticism of her trip to Cuba

Beyonce defends her Cuba trip on Good Morning America

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Jay-Z Bids to Revamp Nassau Coliseum

Jay-Z joins group of bidders to renovate Nassau Coliseum.

Jay-Z pitches Roc Nation as new developer for Nassau Coliseum.

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Quvenzhané Wallis Enters Dance Battle After MTV Movie Awards

Young Oscar nominee, Quvenzhané Wallis, partakes in a dance off to celebrate the 2013 MTV Movie Awards.

Quvenzhané Wallis becomes more than just the youngest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Among Time’s Most Influential People

The iconic rapper covers the front page of the 2013 list

What else will Jay-Z and Beyonce accomplish?

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Become Music’s “First Billionaire Couple”

With the money the couple is making, maybe they can just buy Cuba

Will there be any couple who can challenge the duo’s finances?

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Show You How to Do This: With Sports Venture, Jay-Z Sets Yet Another Precedent for Success

Jay-Z's latest deal is making waves in the sports world

Jay-Z and CAA have teamed up with the formulation of Roc Nation Sports.

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13 Celebrities Hacked, Finances Revealed

Internet hacker gets a hold of 13 celebrities private financial information.

13 celebrities fall victim to an Internet hacker getting all financial information revealed.

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How Poland Spring Failed to Capitalize on Marco Rubio’s Sip

Republican Marco Rubio Quotes Wiz Khalifa and Jay-Z on Senate Floor

Florida senator references hip-hop in support for Rand Paul's filibuster.

Rubio has previously professed his love for Tupac Shakur.

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Grand Opening, Grand Closing:Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club Shut Down

The club was damaged during Superstorm Sandy

Atlantic City location of Jay-Z’s 40/40 club shuttered

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PETA Chides Beyoncé and Jay-Z Over Animal Skin Sneakers

Jay-Z and Beyonce recently ordered haute couture animal skin kicks

PETA protests the Carters’ copious use of animal skin

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter

Today's Black History Month quote comes from Brooklyn rapper and mogul Jay-Z

What are your thoughts on this quote?

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Kanye West Goes off on Rant Dissing Justin Timberlake

Ye' was going to let them finish but it seems he changed his mind.

Are you shocked by anything Yeezy says anymore?

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Beyoncé Inks New Publishing Deal, Joins Jay-Z at Warner

Warner is her label effective immediately

The pop star joins her husband Jay-Z at Warner/Chappell publishing

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Justin and Jay-Z to Headline 2013 Wireless Festival

London to see Hova and JT's suit and tie this July.

Get ready Britain!

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Beyoncé Shares Blue Ivy in New HBO Documentary

Beyoncé shows off her baby girl, Blue Ivy, during her HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream.

After keeping her life private for so long, Beyoncé opens up her pregnancy and how…

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What Dress Code? Celebrities Show Off Their Sexy Grammy Looks

Take a look at some of the Grammy's most stunning outfits.

From Alicia Keys to Jennifer Lopez, Black Enterprise looks at some of the most stunning…

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You Make Me Better…Most Iconic Black Business-Celebrity Relationships Ever

Which of these couples is your favorite?

Ossie and Ruby, Will and Jada and more

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T.I.’s Free Agency Could Spell Big Bucks

What you know about calling your own shots? Probably not as much as T.I.

T.I. is out of trouble — and in the money.

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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…

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With eight American Music Awards nominations and five wins; seven Billboard Music Awards nominations and 10 wins; and 13 Grammy Awards nominations and 14 wins, it’s no wonder Alicia Keys is sitting with a said net worth of $45 million. And with the recent launch of Keys’ partnership with Reebok for her own shoe line, there’s no telling what her worth will jump to next. But one thing is for sure, the New York-bred songbird’s now two-year-old son, Eygpt Daoud Dean, is living the life under the mandated communal support of his parents.


Three months before Eygpt was born, Keys married legendary producer Swizz Beatz, properly known as Kasseem Daoud Jones. The former Ruff Ryders producer has influenced the entertainment industry since the late ’90s, and now can proudly say he’s part of America’s one percent with an approximate net worth of $65 million. Combined Alicia and Swizz sit on a total worth of $110 million, which Eygpt can legally say—if he could speak in full sentences—he’s entitled to. This curly-haired cutie may not be the richest baby in America, but he’s certainly at the top of the list.

Celebrity Pregnancies Decoded: The Breakdown of Hollywood’s Million-Dollar Babies

With baby KimYe on the way, Black Enterprise decodes entertainment's richest heirs.

In lieu of KimYe’s most recent baby announcement, BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at some of…

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Jay-Z To Score ‘Great Gatsby’

Hov will follow in the footsteps of The Rza by scoring a major motion film this year

The film hits stores May 10th.

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Get Inspired: 12 Major Celebrity Boss Moves in 2012

These key moments should push your desire to hustle harder in 2013

Here’s a snapshot of celebrity boss moves that should inspire you to hustle harder in…

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Damon Dash Set to Open Two Art Galleries

South Carolina and Hong Kong are targets of Dash.

Damon Dash is channeling his business savvy into a new creative venture: art galleries.

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Jay-Z Drops $20k on Art Basel Painting by Black Chicagoan

Do you like this painting Jay Z bought at Art Basel Miami Beach?

Jay Z purchases a mixed-media painting by a 31-year-old Chicagoan.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Successful Women Can Get—and Keep—a Man

Pop media may not favor, but you don't have to dismiss ambition for amour

True, the stats aren’t in power women’s favor, but don’t get it twisted. You don’t…

By Janell Hazelwood

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55th Annual GRAMMY Awards Nominees: Frank Ocean (Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Best Short Form Music Video, Best New Artist, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration)

Top 9 2013 GRAMMY Awards Nominees Photo Gallery

Did some of your favorites make it?

These are the top 9 Nominees for the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards

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Happy Birthday, Hova: A Look at the Style Profile of Jay-Z

What's your favorite Jay look?

In honor of Jay-Z’s birthday we take a look at the music mogul’s style profile,…

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Damon Dash Discusses Estrangement From Jay-Z

'It was a business arrangement,' he says

‘It was a business arrangement,’ he says

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Arsenio Hall Wants Bill Clinton and Jay-Z on his New Show

The late night champ is coming back

The late night champ is coming back

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Lose Trademark Case to the Other ‘Blue Ivy’

The other Blue Ivy is in Boston

The other Blue Ivy is in Boston

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5 Rappers With Interesting Claims to Fame [Photo Gallery]

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

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Jay-Z, Beyonce Visit Inwood’s La Marina to Promote New Liquor

One of the world's it couples visited the venue to promote Jay's liquor "D'usse"

One of the world’s it couples visited the venue to promote Jay’s liquor “D’usse”

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Raise $4 Million at Obama Fundraiser

Beyoncé and Jay-Z's rich pals forked over $40,000 per ticket

Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s rich pals forked over $40,000 per ticket

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Jay-Z, Beyonce to Hold Fundraiser for President Obama

Hip-Hop's power couple looks to raise big money for the president

Hip-Hop’s power couple looks to raise big money for the president

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Russell Simmons to Jay-Z: “Support Occupy Wall Street”

Simmons schools Jay-Z on the OWS movement

Simmons schools Jay-Z on the OWS movement

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Jay-Z Blasts Occupy Wall Street Movement

Do you want to hear political statements from music artists?

 
Jay-z wears his own "Occupy All Streets" t-shirt as he chats up hip hop mogul…

By Demetria Irwin

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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ Hip-Hop Cash Kings List

P. Diddy and Jay-Z follow him on the list

P. Diddy and Jay-Z follow him on the list

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Jay-Z’s Influence On Brooklyn Nets Goes Beyond His Investment

Rapper only owns one-fifteenth of one percent of the team

Rapper only owns one-fifteenth of one percent of the team

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Why is Morally Questionable Behavior More Celebrated Than Drama-Free Success?

Columnist Raynard Jackson says successful businessmen like David Steward have a bigger impact on society than Kanye West minus the fame. Agree?

Columnist Raynard Jackson says successful businessmen like David Steward have a bigger impact on society…

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Boss Quiz: What Type of Leader Are You?

Find out your powerhouse boss profile

From hip-hop mogul Jay Z to entrepreneurial prodigy Tina Wells, find out what leadership qualities…

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Why You Mad?: We Gave Gwyneth Paltrow Permission to Use the N-Word

Pop culture's --- and our--- loose use of the word diminishes its negative impact

With the news that Gwenyth Paltrow used the N-word in a Twitpic caption, many find…

By Janell Hazelwood

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As part of this year’s Black Blogger Month celebration, BlackEnterprise.com gathered several of the featured digital entrepreneurs together for a special video shoot at Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter’s newly renovated 40/40 Club New York. The interactive component included Christen Rochon of Divas&Dorks.com, Patrice J. Williams of Looking Fly On a Dime, Wayne Bennett of The Field Negro, Abiola Abrams of Abiola TV, Slim Jackson of Single Black Male, and Yoli Ouiya of Yoli’s Green Living. As Black Blogger Month starts to wind down we decided to reveal a few behind the scene photos from the video shoot. Enjoy and don’t forget you can submit your blog or your favorite blogger for Black Blogger Month 2013 by clicking here.

Black Blogger Month: Behind the Scenes Photos from the Video Shoot

Visual outtakes from Black Blogger Month 2012's takeover of Jay-Z's 40/40 Club New York with several top bloggers

Exclusive photos from BlackEnterprise.com’s video shoot for Black Blogger Month 2012 at Jay-Z’s newly renovated…

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WATCH: Second Annual Black Blogger Month Launches May 1, 2012

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as we celebrate the 20 of the most impactful and successful voices online

The month of May has been christened Black Blogger Month as BlackEnterprise.com celebrate the 20…

By Anslem Samuel

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Jay-Z Launches New Facebook Game, Empire

The innovative entrepreneur delivers a new way to enjoy everyone's favorite social network

Hip-hop mogul/entrepreneur Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter unveils Empire, a new Facebook game where users get to…

By Anslem Samuel

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Are Millennials Doing Enough for Our Community?

Calling out the youth for not upholding the standards set forth by the Civil Rights Movement

Community engagement blogger Ebonie Johnson Cooper puts millennials to task for their lack of social…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Epic Records’ Astro on Life After X-Factor & Being Black History in the Making

The teen phenom explains his rise in fame and plans for the future

X-Factor’s Astro speaks on his relationship with L.A. Reid, debut album on Epic Records, appreciation…

By Anslem Samuel

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8 Things You Never Knew About Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price

Honest revelations about life and business from the beauty brand creator

Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price reveals eight random yet informative facts about her business and…

By Caroline Clarke

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WATCH: The Grammys Decoded: Artists Discuss the Impact of a Win

Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas and more reveal the pros of being at music's biggest night

Artists ranging from Mary J. Blige to the Black Eyed Peas discuss the lasting impact…

By Anslem Samuel

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Lesson in Personal Branding: Would You Be Associated with You?

While evaluating your inner circle, it's good to put yourself to the test, too

We often evaluate people in our networks since they reflect largely on our own personal…

By Janell Hazelwood

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2012 Grammys Decoded: Predictions on Music’s Big Night

L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy makes his picks for who will bring home a trophy

The Grammys are a celebration of the music industry’s best, L.A. Times writer Gerrick Kennedy…

By Joel Lyons

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Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander has always been, well, a "big boy." For years the longtime radio personality played up his hefty size, even if it came at the expense of his health. After failed attempts at maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise, he eventually went under the knife in a quest to drop the pounds. However, complications from the surgery nearly cost him his life. Big Boy details his personal journey and lifelong struggles with weight in his new book, An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size (Cash Money Content). Now back on the right track, he shares personal before and after photos of his fluctuating weight throughout the years with BlackEnterprise.com. Afterwards click here to read Big Boy's interview with BlackEnterprise.com about how he triumphed over weight loss and gained a second chance at life.

Big Boy: Before & After the Weight Loss

Taking a visual look at the radio personality's amazing weight loss through the years

The radio personality shares personal photos of his before and after weight loss experience as…

By Anslem Samuel

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Unfulfilled by his advertising job, Andre Woolery found refuge in his creative energies as a visual artist. Rather than just relying on paint, the New Jersey resident created one-of-a-kind murals of public figures like Barack Obama, Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, and Kanye West among others completely of colored thumbtacks. As a preview to Woolery's first solo exhibition this February 23rd at Frontrunner Gallery in New York, here is a photo gallery of some of his most notable pieces. Click here to read Woolery's full story and follow him on Twitter @undre2g for all updates on his art and upcoming shows.

Artist Andre Woolery’s One-Of-A-Kind Thumbtack Portraits

The former ad man immortalizes Barack Obama and Jay-Z using thumbtacks as his creative base

Artist Andre Woolery creates detailed portraits of public figures like Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Kanye West…

By Anslem Samuel

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Advertising Man Finds His True Calling in the Arts

Andre Woolery went from pushing ads to art, pushing creative boundaries with his one-of-a-kind thumbtack portraits

Bored with the advertising world, Andre Woolery refocused his energy on the arts and revolutionized…

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Besides juicy tell-alls and gaudy fairy tale weddings, tabloids are always hungry for a celebrity newborn’s first photo opp… and they’re willing to pay up for a plate. However, unlike Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt who received a $4.1 million check from People in exchange for exclusive pics of their first biological daughter, Shiloh Nouvel, couples of color are rarely seduced by the media for six-figure (or more) shots of their tot. That could soon change however with the arrival of Beyonce and Jay-Z’s bundle of glory, Blue Ivy.

Although it’s unlikely that the ultra private couple (who have yet to even disclose a wedding photo) will pen a publication deal, many are speculating that the first snaps of their baby girl could pull anywhere from $3 million to $4 million. While we wait for the proud parents to ponder their decision, here’s a look at the few black and brown offspring that brought in big dollar signs before even uttering their first word.—Tracy Garraud

The 5 Most Expensive Celebrity Baby Pics Of Color

From Mariah and Nick to J Lo and Marc Anthony–how much cash are these celebs…

By Tracy Garraud

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Jay Z Proclaims the ‘Glory’ of Fatherhood!

Will Jay Z's song for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddies to quit singing the blues and assume their rightful place?

Will Jay Z’s “Glory” for Blue Ivy inspire more baby-daddy’s to quit singing the blues…

By Caroline Clarke

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

So huge, it comes with a matching backpack tote bag. But if you truly love hip hop, this tome is worth more than its weight in gold chains.

For those pressed for time, here’s the bottom line: If you love hip hop, I…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Not Enough Black Models?: Taking Kanye West to Task after Fashion Line Debut

Writer says hip-hop star talks the racial equality talk but doesn't walk the walk

Critic explores the scarcity of black models on the runway during Kanye West’s Paris Fashion…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Steve Stoute Explains the ‘Tanning of America’

The advertising guru shares strategies from his new book and how brands can tap into the youth market

Former music executive turned advertising/marketing expert Steve Stoute explains why corporate America needs to tap…

By Tomika Anderson

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Music Business, Pt. 2

The music industry veteran speaks on his new venture with NYC indie label Fat Beats

Co-founder of Hip Hop Since 1978 Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua speaks on his new venture…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua Talks Kanye, Lil Wayne and More

Responsible for handling both artists' careers, the music mogul shares his business strategies

As co-founder of the management firm Hip Hop Since 1978, Kyambo “Hip Hop Joshua steers…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Kevin Hart’s Record-Breaking Funny Business

The comedian raked in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he prepares to release his movie 'Laugh at My Pain,' he's just getting started

The comedian takes in $15 million dollars in two days. Still, as he gets ready…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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WATCH: Trey Songz on Branding & ‘Evolving’ with Rocawear

The R&B star extends his brand into fashion and Hollywood without losing his integrity

R&B star Trey Songz has signed on to be the face of Rocawear Evolution, Jay-Z’s…

By Anslem Samuel

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

End of Summer Menswear Guide: Fashionable & On Sale

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

As the final days of summer begin to slip away it’s the perfect time to…

By Gardy V. Guerrier

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Channel Your Inner Kanye, and Stop the Second-Guessing

Being your own biggest fan can ensure you don't let success pass you by

Don’t let the insecurity of second-guessing yourself hinder your opportunity to shine, whether in your…

By Janell Hazelwood

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

16 Most Expensive Music Videos by Black Artists

Creative expression for music artist sometimes comes at a high cost

From Michael Jackson and MC Hammer to Kanye West and Will Smith, music videos often…

By Anslem Samuel

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Behind the Music: Jeff Robinson on the 360 Deal

Alicia Keys's longtime manager tells what every artist needs to know before signing on the dotted line

Alicia Keys’s longtime manager and label owner tells what every artist needs to know before…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Black Music Month Power Player: Little X, The Director

From intern to being one of the music industry's most sought after visionaries, the noted video director explains how he keeps his career in focus

Previously known as Little X, Director X speaks on his evolution from intern to illustrator…

By Aliya Ewing

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Black Music Power Player: Steve Stoute, The Brand Extender

From urban America to corporate America, the former music executive has mastered the art of selling big brands to the youth market without losing his edge

Former music executive Steve Stoute made the transition from selling platinum records to starting Translation…

By timmhotep aku

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UBR Morning Post: Carol’s Daughter Founder Lisa Price Shares Her Success Formula

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy talks with Lisa…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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In the News: Obama to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Facebook; Haiti Elects New President; Lebron James Gets Animated

Headlines around the Web

Headlines around the Web

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Winging It: Beyonce Makes a Power Move

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her career?

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her…

By Caroline Clarke

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22 Movies You Didn’t Know Had Black Directors

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a few who prove them wrong

Hollywood tends to pigeonhole our filmmakers into only making urban projects, but here are a…

By Janee Bolden

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In the News: Mandela Released From Hospital; Will Smith & Jay-Z in Business; Egypt Can’t RT

A few noteworthy headlines from around the Web...

Former South African president, Nelson Mandela, was discharged from a Johannesburg hospital Friday after a…

By Janel Martinez

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

Jay-Z’s Marketing Power Decoded

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

Skilled orators are savvy marketers by definition. Take for instance, <strong>Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter</strong>. The rapper-turned-businessman…

By Alvin Blanco

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Bad Business: The Problem With Fried Chicken

An honest look at the politics of poultry and what role this Southern delicacy plays in the negative image of Black folks

Perhaps I’m being too sensitive and reading too much into the politics of poultry but…

By Anslem Samuel

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

12 Top Innovators of Marketing and Advertising

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

Against a backdrop in which the buying power of African Americans continues to grow…

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The Twitterverse is constantly buzzing with an outlined play-by-play on the latest in news, entertainment and trending topics—to name a few on the long list of online conversation starters. Of course, with all that chatter it's easy to block out a lot of it, but within all the noise there's still a large percentage that catches your attention in one way or another. To make sure you're not missing out on the valuable commentary and comments online, BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking note of, whether an expert, celebrity or even you masterminded the tweet. Timelines flooded with mentions about Oprah Winfrey’s newly-launched cable network, OWN, on Jan. 1.  Although the initial sky-high ratings—approximately 1 million prime-time viewers—have declined, the network is moving towards its goal of providing the audience with 600 hours of original programming. In this version of BE Tweets of the Week, there was no shortage of tweets either embracing or throwing shade Oprah’s way. —Janel Martinez

BE Tweets of the Week: #BEMedia: Oprah Launches OWN

Six media tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week that staffers think were worth taking…

By Janel Martinez

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The 2011 Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor Marcia Wade Talbert BlackEnterprise.com is in the building. She’s already reported on some of the cool accessories for the road warrior but yesterday came the announcement of two enterprising entertainers getting into the technology business as Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Black Enterprise cover subject Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson unveiled their brand new headphone lines. However, they aren’t the first celebrities to make noise in the technology arena, so BlackEnterprise.com takes a look back at the other headphone head honchos while also highlighting 50 and Ludacris’ pairs.

Sound Advice: 5 Celebrity Headphone Lines

Two more high profile entertainers get into the audio sound business strictly for their business and your pleasure

The <a href="http://www.blackenterprise.com/2011/01/04/follow-black-enterprise-at-the-consumer-electronics-show/"><strong>2011 Consumer Electronics Show</strong></a> is in full swing and thanks to Technology Editor…

By Anslem Samuel

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For more 4/11 coverage, read: 4/11: Green Machines - 11 Eco-Friendly Cars for 2011 4/11: 11 Life-Altering Trends to Watch For in 2011 4/11: Get Your Money Right - Financial advice for 2011

4/11: Leaders of the New School

Schools in session! See why these 11 young, innovative leaders will soar in the new year

</a>With 2010 logged into the history books, it’s time to look forward to the future…

By Janel Martinez

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Oprah Gets Her OWN

The queen of talk is now the queen of all mediaseriously. But is America ready for her "Live Your Best Life" message 24-7?

Oprah said OWN and its reality shows are all about “showing humanity.” It’s your network,…

By Elayne Fluker

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Book Review: Jay Z Decoded

To really appreciate the memoirs of Shawn Carter, don't just enjoy the art of the rapper, hear the story of the hustler

First, let’s get past the obvious: if you’re a true Jay Z fan (and when…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Brandi Simpkins and the Success of Her Rising Empire, B. Lynn Group

See how this wardrobe, makeup and hair stylist rose to the top of her industry

Brandi Simpkins, CEO of B. Lynn Group, manages the careers of the entertainment industry’s most…

By BLACK ENTERPRISE

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Decoded: The Business Lessons of Hip-Hop Powerhouse Jay-Z

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

Hip-hop entrepreneur Shawn Carter releases book about his life and lyrics

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Rihanna To Perform ‘Stranded’ In Haiti Telethon

OSLO (AP) — Rihanna says she will perform a new song called “Stranded” with rapper…

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It’s Really Happening

It is, indeed, a glorious day, a perfect first day of the Presidential administration of Barack Obama.

It is, indeed, a glorious day, a perfect first day of the Presidential administration of…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Def Jam Executive Dies From Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Def Jam executive vice president Shakir Stewart died Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Def Jam executive vice president Shakir Stewart, 34, died on Saturday, of a self-inflicted gunshot…

By Deborah Creighton Skinner

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Hip Hop’s Soundtrack to the Election

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Hip-hop continues to throw its unwavering support behind Sen. Barack Obama as he takes…

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Last Week in Brief — 1/4/2008

Key departures and financial woes rock institutions

Key departures and financial woes rock institutions

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