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Last year, The Guinness Book of World Records named Samuel L. Jackson the highest-grossing actor of all time. The 63-year-old Washington, D.C. native has starred in over 100 films that have a combined box office gross of almost $8 billion. That’s quite a feat for a man who nearly squandered his talent and life away due to a serious drug and alcohol addiction.

Since starting out in the theater in the ’70s as a student at Morehouse College, Jackson has managed to build an estimated net worth of $150 million by appearing in some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, like Captain America and Star Wars and low budget critical hits like Eve’s Bayou. The always earnest, off-the-cuff actor has made a fortune playing stern, authoritative characters. His latest role and box office score was as Nick Fury in The Avengers, which broke domestic box office records, pulling in $200.3 million opening weekend. With the May 18th release of his new neo-noir thriller The Samaritan sure to add more zeros to Jackson’s bank account, BlackEnterprise.com decodes the hardest working actor in Hollywood. —Shydel James

Samuel L. Jackson Decoded: Hollywood’s Hardest Working Man

Examining the luminous career of the highest grossing actor of all time

The Guinness Book of World Records cemented Samuel L. Jackson as the highest-grossing actor of…

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The force is definitely with George Lucas. In the almost 50 years since he studied film at the University of Southern California and trekked to the coffeehouse-lined streets of San Francisco as a young film novice to watch short art house movies, Lucas has managed to amass a $3.2 billion empire. With a plethora of major motion picture directing credits to his name, and a diverse resume—which includes everything from writing and producing some of the most successful sci-fi films of all time to serving as the chairman and CEO of his own production company—the jack-of-all-trades has more than cemented his place in Hollywood history. On the heels of his latest labor of love, Red Tails and the recent 3D theatrical re-release of Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the box office titan’s illustrious film career, philanthropic efforts and examines why the mastermind behind the first big budget all-Black action movie is no accidental billionaire. —Shydel James

George Lucas Decoded: Four Decades of Hollywood Domination

A breakdown of the movie mastermind and his $3-plus billion fortune

Responsible for the epic Star Wars film franchise, George Lucas has built a billion-dollar brand…

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Decoded

See how the Civil Rights leader inspired mass change

As the nation celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., Black Enterprise Decodes the…

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An Apology to Dr. King

Our fight for freedom and justice is not over. Now, it is up to our children and grandchildren to ensure that King’s dream is deferred no longer.

King’s dream was about equal opportunity and economic justice for all black Americans, not just…

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Mary Mary shares gospel truth with host Marc Lamont Hill. (Photo courtesy Columbia Records)

Preview Our World: Gospel Stars Mary Mary

Also: the state of independent film and Black filmmakers

Host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with Mary Mary, then discusses the state of Black…

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James Shields mapping out his dreams in color

Frustrated Painter Leaves Corporate America to Pursue Art Full-time

James Shields traded in his stuffy desk job for a more fulfilling career as an artist

With his Hip-Hop Coloring Book, James Shields not only followed his dreams but educates kids…

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Bank of America is set to eliminate at least 10,000 jobs (Image: Thinkstock)

In the News: Bank of America Cutting 10,000+ Jobs; iPad 3 Coming and More

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Minorities will face a growing retirement security gap (Image: Thinkstock)

In the News: Minority Retirement Options May Dwindle with Deficit Cuts; MTV Promotes HIV/AIDS Awareness with iCondom and More

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National March for Lesbian/Gay Rights

Gay Rights vs. Civil Rights

African Americans banned together to fight racial injustice, but for some, gay rights is a different battle

Civil Rights and Gay Rights share many similarities, but those some would beg to differ.…

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Throughout history people have been persecuted for everything from gender and race to religion and sexuality. While there have been many strides made across the board, the latter has proven to be perhaps the last group to get a fair shake at equality—that’s especially true for double minorities who happen to be Black and gay. Thankfully, there have been brave individuals who have challenged society’s norms, ideals and deeply rooted fears to redefine what it means to be an LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] person of color in a historically oppressive world. As BlackEnterprise.com documents the struggles and triumphs of the Black LGBT community, we compiled a list of 10 of the most significant openly gay LGBT people of color.   —Souleo

10 Black LGBT Trailblazers – Still Black & Proud

A celebration of notable public figures that were unafraid to be Black (and gay) and proud

Members of the Black LGBT community often remain hidden but out and proud figures like…

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Martin Luther King Jr. statue sparks controversy (Image: File)

In the News: MLK Statue Sparks Controversy; JPMorgan Chase Invests in Johnson Publishing

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Influential Blacks Who Could Bend Presidents’ Ears

African American leaders whose advise, insights led to groundbreaking change

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David Minott Urges Black Community to Flex Its Economic Power

The world music artist launches national campaign to boycott cell phone usage for 24-hours in February

Minott campaigns for a blackout
According to a July 2010 poll, 46% of African Americans mostly…

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Glenn Beck, Al Sharpton Host Dueling Rallies

March to "Restore Honor" vs. rally to "Reclaim the Dream" of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

If the tens of thousands of Tea Party patriots who descended on the National Mall…

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Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring African Americans who have made vital contributions to the United States. The latest in the series is pioneering filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, who wrote, directed, produced, and distributed more than 40 movies during the first half of the 20th century. He thrived at a time when African-American filmmakers were rare, venues for their work were scarce, and support from the industry did not exist. The artwork is based on one of the few surviving photographs of Micheaux, a portrait that appeared in his 1913 novel, "The Conquest." BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at other African Americans who were imortalized on stamps. (Date issued: June 22, 2010)BlackEnterprise.com wants to know: Who do you think should be on the next Black Heritage stamp?The Black Heritage series has been one of the USPS's most popular ever created. When an early-2000 Internet rumor spread that the series was going to be canceled, the postal service was inundated with hundreds of protesting letters, postcards, and phone calls. Despite an official press release denying the rumor, it resurfaces every year.

PHOTO GALLERY: African Americans in Philatelic History

Despite rumors, the popular Black Heritage stamp series is here to stay. Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux is the latest addition.

Since 1978, with the introduction of the Harriet Tubman stamp, the USPS has been honoring…

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To Honor King’s Legacy, How Will You Serve?

As we prepare to honor Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with the National Day of…

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News Roundup: Week of Sept. 7 – Sept. 13

Union withdraws Bing support; Racial wage gap shrinks

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New head of N.Y. Housing Authority, financial tools Website

John B. Rhea to Head New York City Housing Authority
Mayor Bloomberg announces the appointment of…

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MLK memorial, Urban League honors, USDA allegations

MLK Memorial, Urban League honors, USDA

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More Blacks Say King’s Dream Fulfilled

A great majority of African-Americans believe that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of racial…

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