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LeVar Burton Reading Rainbow

Top 5 Highest Banking Crowdfunding Campaigns

LeVar Burton’s 'Reading Rainbow' and Veronica Mars projects make list

LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow among the highest-funded Kickstarter campaigns at more than $5 million in…

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Janet Collins Story: Karyn Parsons Launches Kickstarter for Ballerina’s Biopic

Actress wants to highlight first black prime Metropolitan Ballet dancer

Karyn Parsons launches a Kickstarter campaign to tell the untold story of the first black…

By Courtney Connley

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Six Crowdfunding Sites Crucial For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Now that crowdfunding has gone mainstream which one should you use?

Now that crowdfunding has gone mainstream it could become the source of funding to define…

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How To Ask For Money To Fund Your Business

Here are 5 tips for soliciting money from friends and strangers using crowdfunding

Elixher Founder & Editor…

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Shanesha Taylor

How Crowdfunding Is Saving This Homeless Mother

Community crowdfunding has raised almost $30,000 for Shanesha Taylor, a mother jailed for leaving her children unattended during a job interview.

When you say crowdfunding, you usually think of something like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, where creators…

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Kickstarter's users have pledged over $1 billion to various projects, including the Veronica Mars movie.

Kickstarter Reaches $1 Billion in Pledges

$619 million of Kickstarter's billion-dollar milestone came from returning donors

More than half of the $1 billion was raised since March of last year

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With ‘Keisha Cane’ Book Series, a Young Author Champions Child Literacy

In just days, Ashley and April Foxx raised over $6,000 through Kickstarter

Keisha Cane — and all her mischief — could soon be coming to a book…

By Darren Sands

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"Criminal Minds" Actor Shemar Moore Launches Kickstarter Campaign And Commits To Matching Funds

Actor Shemar Moore Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Film Project

The goal is to raise $1.5 million of the film's $3 million budget through the site

“Criminal Minds” actor Shemar Moore is using Kickstarter to enlist financial support for his new…

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‘Boondocks’ Creator Launches Kickstarter Campaign

McGruder's 'Uncle Ruckus' movie would be an R-rated comedy

Aaron McGruder hopes to bring the “Boondocks” to a theater near you

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When Crowdfunding goes wrong, Kickstarter Project Bankrupts Entrepreneur

Did a Kickstarter Project Bankrupt an Entrepreneur?

What happens when you don't deliver your Kickstarter Project?

Kickstarter has raised millions for designers and entrepreneurs. But what happens when no product materializes?

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8 Kickstarter Alternatives to Crowdfund Your Startup

Move over Kickstarter

You can use these sites to raise funds as well.

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Actress Antonique Smith jumpstarts her singing career with funding from her Kickstarter campaign (Image: Source)

‘Notorious’ Actress Raises $50,000 from Fans for Music Career

Antonique Smith launches successful Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress Antonique Smith to discuss raising startup capital on her own,…

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The JOBS Act: Acceptance of Crowdfunding Provision Likely to Increase Startup Growth

With crowdfunding a concern of JOBS Act critics, see what makes the capital funding method viable

The JOBS Act has received support from lawmakers and startup advocates, as well as disapproval…

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Be a great storyteller 

Storytelling is the most important point of your mobile strategy and should be integrated into everything you do. Optimize your site for mobile since large portions of your customers are going to experience your messaging from mobile devices.  Also, brand consistency is key so make sure your loyal and potential clients can access your messaging. Lastly, think in sound bites. You want to communicate compelling, concise information when you post content. Have your customers wanting more.

4 Tips to Help Your Small Business ‘Go Mobile’

BlackEnterprise.com technology columnist Hajj Flemings provided four easy-to-follow steps to take your small business to…

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If you’re an artist with a unique idea or a project, it can be difficult to secure funds you need to get your project off the ground. But there's good news: The art world is always open to new ideas and finding money for your projects, and while, time consuming, tapping into the resources available can be worthwhile. Below are four top options for artists to find financing for their projects. --- Sirita Wright

4 Funding Resources for Professional Artists

How to finance your professional passion for your next masterpiece

Here are top resources to ensure you won’t be a starving artist as you follow…

By Sirita Wright

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Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley discusses brand awareness and digital content monetization at her panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” at SXSW 2012 (Image: Winston Ford)

SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

By Winston Ford

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Have the proper capital to invest to build a franchise system that lasts. “When you build a franchise system, there are a lot of hidden costs you may not be aware of,” he says. “You have to be able to have the right people, the right amount of capital to put into your marketing program and legal costs related to your FDD [Franchise Disclosure Document].” The FDD is a legal document which is presented to prospective buyers of franchises in the pre-sale disclosure.

Congress to Help Business Owners Raise Capital with Crowdfunding

New bill lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their ventures. Here’s how.

The Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act lets entrepreneurs use crowdfunding to start or grow their…

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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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Facebook, Kickstarter, Demand It and other social media platforms have created a viral movie-loving audience, making 2011 an explosive year for the independent Black filmmaker. Online options are proving fruitful for movie producers with their backs against the wall and no distribution deals on the table. PR icon, Ava DuVernay used $50,000 of her own money to produce and release her film, I Will Follow, independently through AMC Independent after a social campaign couldn’t contain the demand for more Black films. First-time filmmaker, Qasim Basir, wrote and independently produced Mooz-lum, which he released domestically last February and beat out films like Justin Bieber: Never Say Never in per screen earnings. With the International Black Film Festival of Nashville declaring October Black Movie Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights 10 of the top-grossing independent Black films. —Darralynn Hutson

10 Most Profitable Independent Black Films

As part of Black Movie Month, we highlight indie projects that earned major box office bank

Independent films may not have big budgets but their quality can sometimes attract mainstream audiences,…

By Darralynn Hutson

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

By Hajj Flemings

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7 Crowdsourcing Resources to Boost Your Businesses

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

With crowdsourcing businesses are able to use their social media network to locate and utilize…

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