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Chris Rock: Kanye West Album Better Than ‘Thriller’

Chris Rock lauds rapper's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' over pop classic

While doing the press rounds for his latest movie, ‘Top Five,’ Chris Rock admits that…

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The Best Super Bowl Halftime Performances

A list of the leading shows at the championship games

Be honest. Some of us only tune in to Super Bowl Sunday just for the…

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Decoded: 6 Made-For-TV Biopics and Why We Loved (or Hated) Them

As the public awaits the Whitney Houston film, check out this breakdown of past hits

With Lifetime’s Whitney Houston set to debut in 2015, here’s a breakdown of six other…

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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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Beyoncé to Receive MTV’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Singer will also perform at the VMAs

Beyonce will receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s VMAs

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Michael Jackson’s Estate Being Sued for Footage of his Last Interview

Company claims they legally obtained rights to footage

The estate of Michael Jackson is being sued for the rights to a 2007 video…

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The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson, Inc.

The late, great King of Pop not only had great moves, but excellent business acumen.

Millions of people loved and adored Michael Jackson. His scintillating dance moves, his crisp timing,…

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Quincy Jones: Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’ Release Just a Cash Grab

Jones also Suing Jackson Estate, Sony Music Entertainment for $10 million in royalties, production fees

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Michael Jackson

Did you know this about the King of Pop?

The “King of Pop”, Michael Jackson, would have been 54 today

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Is Blanket Michael Jackson’s Only Biological Child?

The mud-slinging is just starting in this $40 billion dollar wrongful death lawsuit against AEG

Were Prince and Paris fathered by another man other than Michael Jackson?

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AEG Live to Bring Up Michael Jackson’s Past, Drug Addiction in Lawsuit

Concert promoter to defend itself in Michael Jackson wrongful death case.

AEG will reportedly bring up Jackson’s past molestation charges and drug addiction as a defense.

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Singer Prince to be Called as Witness in Michael Jackson Case?

Katherine Jackson's lawyers include Prince in long list of witnesses.

Prince reportedly has relevance in the case of Michael Jackson’s wrongful death lawsuit.

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Katherine Jackson Sues AEG Live for Billions

The matriarch of the Jackson family files lawsuit for $40 billion for Michael Jackson's wrongful death

Do you think AEG Live is responsible in any way for Michael’s death?

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RIAA’s Top Selling Black Artists of All Time

Are you surprised by anyone on this list?

The top 5 black selling artists of all-time, according to the Recording Industry Association of…

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Email Links AEG to Michael Jackson’s Death

Email exchange suggests concert promoter pressured Jackson's doctor.

Prosecutors say AEG threatened Conrad Murray to get an exhausted Jackson to rehearsals.

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Michael Jackson ONE: Cirque du Soleil’s New Las Vegas Show

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the Strip will be the place to be this summer

Will you check out this show?

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TJ Jackson Reaches Out to MJ Estate for Children’s Financial Support

Tito "TJ" Jackson is asking a judge to grant a monthly allowance from MJ's Estate.

TJ Jackson is seeking financial support for the Michael Jackson Estate to continue caring for…

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Prince Jackson Lands On-Air Gig With “Entertainment Tonight”

Michael Jackson's oldest son is now a TV correspondent.

The 16-year-old says he wants to be a producer and actor.

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Michael Jackson Estate Pays Model $55,000 for “Thriller” Video

Michael Jackson estate agrees to $55,000 settlement with Ola Ray.

After suits filed in 2009 against the Michael Jackson estate for back payments, the estate…

By Amber McKynzie

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Austin Brown says ‘It’s Been an Uphill Battle’

Being an offspring of the famous Jackson family doesn't guarantee success in the music business

Who is Austin Brown? He’s only the nephew of Michael Jackson, son of Rebbie Jackson.

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Photo of Michael Jackson’s Last Driver’s License Released

Why is his driver's license photo important to be released?

Jackson, full name Michael Joe Jackson, is shown in a black dress shirt in a…

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Q&A With Jay-Z, Michael Jackson Biographer Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Empire State of Mind author talks Jay-Z's thoughts on his book, what, 'I will not lose - ever,' means and a forthcoming biz-centered bio on MJ

“He kept walking for about ten feet — and I knew he’d heard me, because…

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Michael Jackson’s Personal Debt Paid In Full

Estate of late superstar pays dividends

The Michael Jackson estate followed through with a promise to settle his considerable debt by…

By Darren Sands

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Spike Lee’s ‘Bad 25′ Documentary Flops in Ratings

The Lee film struggled against tough competition: NFL games on NBC and The X-Factor on Fox.

Show was dedicated to the King of Pop’s 1987 landmark album.

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Michael Jackson Aide Files Class Action Suit Against AEG

MJ's personal assistant claims AEG is financially responsible for Dr. Conrad Murray's incompetence

MJ’s personal assistant claims AEG is financially responsible for Dr. Conrad Murray’s incompetence

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Dr. Conrad Murray: ‘Jail is Killing Me’

Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson

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AEG Drops Michael Jackson Insurance Claim

Company drops insurance claim days after suspicious emails

Company drops insurance claim days after suspicious emails

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Preview Our World: Music Industry Titan Quincy Jones

The legendary "Q" discusses his work with music icons Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and the future of the recording industry

This week on a special edition of Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont…

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Opinion: A Presidential Medal of Freedom for the Jackson 5?

Raynard Jackson makes the case for the Jackson 5 getting presidential honors

Raynard Jackson makes the case for the Jackson 5 getting presidential honors

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After performing alongside his brothers in the Jackson 5, Michael made his solo debut on American Bandstand in 1971, performing a rendition of “Rockin’ Robin.”

Social Media Remembers the King of Pop

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary of his death

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary…

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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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Whether you’re an adoring Tupac Shakur fan or not, the unexpected hologram appearance of the deceased rapper during Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival performance on Sunday was nothing short of impressive. With his true to life mannerisms and virtual swag, if you will, this performance gave a glimmer of hope to those who desire to recapture the talent of artists gone too soon. Footage of the monumental performance emerged yesterday morning, generating over a million views on various YouTube videos, and producing a great deal of conversation about the constant evolution of technology. 

BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at 5 other "visual" entertainers.--Reginald Larkin

The Road to the Tupac Hologram: 5 Other ‘Visual’ Entertainers

The late rapper Tupac Shakur’s collaborative performance at Coachella joins the ranks of other innovative…

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This vintage, open-cockpit biplane was used at Alabama’s renowned Tuskegee Institute to train Black fighter pilots during World War II.

Memorabilia From National Museum of African American History & Culture

From Harriet Tubman's Hymn Book to Muhammad Ali's headgear, you can connect with all aspects of black cultural

In preparation for the 2015 opening of the National Museum of African American History &…

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The American landscape would not be nearly as rich, diverse and hip without pioneering forces such as Don Cornelius. As the creator of Soul Train, Cornelius did more than establish a profitable company/brand but also simultaneously uplifted people of color by giving them a platform to express their innate talents while reinforcing positive and inspiring messages through the creative disciplines of music, dance and fashion. Following news of Cornelius’ recent passing, BlackEnterprise.com spoke with Kenard Gibbs, current CEO/Partner of Soul Train Holdings and co-founder of Madvision Entertainment, to Decode how Cornelius went from investing $400 into the Soul Train pilot to forever changing American culture. —Souleo

Soul Train Decoded: Don Cornelius Created the Hippest Brand in America

Exploring the historical milestones made by the late Don Cornelius and his landmark show

Following the death of Soul Train creator Don Cornelius, Black Enterprise explores the impact of…

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Houston’s first album tour grossed nearly $4.8 million in ticket sales. Her second tour was almost as successful, grossing $4.1 million in ticket sales. Her Bodyguard tour was a huge success helping her earn a spot on Forbes' "Richest Entertainers" list. Between 1993 and 1994, Houston grossed $33 million. My Love is Your Love tour did exceptionally well internationally as the highest grossing arena concert of that year. Her last and final tour, Nothing But Love World Tour made her $36 million.

#WhitneyHouston’s Impact on Twitter

Looking at how trusted news breaks in the age of social media

Following the death of Whitney Houston Twitter exploded with RIP tweets, we explore how breaking…

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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…

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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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In the News: Conrad Murray Sentenced to Four Years in Prison; Patrice O’Neal Dead at 41 and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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In the News: Conrad Murray Accuses MJ of Lying; Wall Street Rebounds and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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Heavy D’s Final Words: “Be Inspired!”

A successful rapper, actor and businessman, what set Heavy D apart was his perpetual light

Known as Heavy D, rapper/actor Dwight Myers passed away at the age of 44, leaving…

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In the News: Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty in Michael Jackson Death; Herman Cain’s Fourth Accuser Surfaces and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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In the News: BofA to Begin $5 Monthly Fee; Hip-Hop Pioneer Sylvia Robinson Dies and More

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In August 1991, Prince inked a $100 million deal with Warner Bros., making him the highest-paid artist at the time. The deal included two joint record companies as well as a vice president post for him. In 1993, the pop and rock icon would become "the Artist Formerly Known as Prince" during a legal battle with the label over artistic and financial control of his music. After a long, highly publicized battle, in which he began performing in protest using only a symbol as his name, he was able to gain release from the contract, serving as one of the most prolific public examples of an artist's success in standing up for his artistic beliefs and financial due.

8 Landmark Deals in Black Music

A snapshot of big business deals by top Black entertainers in music

Throughout out music history, blacks have been able to broker deals that not only took…

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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…

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Michael Jackson: Decoding the Brand Power of a Black Music Legend

A reflection on the King of Pop's musical and business impact two years after his passing

As a musical icon Michael Jackson’s legacy spans from record breaking album sales and groundbreaking…

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WATCH: Stephen Hill on BET Awards & Rebranding Chris Brown

Network executive shares insight on this year's award show and Chris Brown's resurrection

On the eve of the 2011 BET Awards, network executive Stephen Hill speaks on social…

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In the News: Southern Baptists Elect First Black Rev.; Stevie Wonder in Apollo Hall of Fame;Pres. Obama’s Job Council Gets to Work

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Headlines around the web

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Black Music Month Power Player: Fatima Robinson, the Choreographer

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances success, rumors and family first

How the mastermind behind the routines of pop phenoms like the Black Eyed Peas balances…

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Evolving in the public eye, Chris Brown has gone from teenaged heartthrob to pop music megastar to vilified brute and then repentant sinner. At the heart of his image downturn is the 2009 assault of then girlfriend, Rihanna, which showed a darker side to the talented singer/dancer/actor. Brown’s subsequent apologies, paid debt to society in the form of community service and an emotional performance of Michael Jackson’s “Man In The Mirror” at the 2010 BET Awards seemed to have almost wiped his slate clean—that is, until last month’s Good Morning America appearance. Following an awkward and defensive interview with GMA co-host Robin Roberts, Brown threw a tantrum backstage, smashing a window at ABC’s Times Square studio in the process. Though Brown has since apologized for his behavior (again), many speculate that he’s running out of second chances and that’s bound to hit him in the pockets. BlackEnterprise.com takes a look at how all the drama has or hasn’t affected the troubled star’s money.

Chris Brown Decoded: The Finances of a Tarnished Brand

An exploration of how much the troubled star's scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

An exploration of how much the troubled star’s scandals have adversely affected his bottom line

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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…

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Coverage of Michael Jackson’s June 25, 2009 death was third on the list with 5.7% of coverage. Thousands of news items focused on the King of Pop's unexpected death, his legacy, his enormous fanbase, the fate of his three children, his estate, funeral, and many lawsuits.

Black News Coverage Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

Despite a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the media

Despite having a black president, African Americans attracted little attention in the U.S. mainstream news…

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It’s been one year since the world was rocked by news that the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had passed away. In that time, much of the reporting about his finances focused on what the pop icon did wrong. For instance, only $70 million of his reported $500 million indebtedness has been paid off, AP reports. However, there are many financial moves Michael Jackson got right. The documentary, Michael Jackson's This is It based on his final concert rehearsal footage, has sold more than 5 million DVDs worldwide and Sony Music, Jackson’s record company grossed $252 million. In fact, his estate has earned more than $250 million alone in the year since he died thanks to attorney John Branca and music executive John McClain, who are building several new streams of income, including sales of a video game and through many licensing agreements. Although Jackson's executors manage millions of dollars, his estate planning requirements aren’t too different from what the average Joe or Jane should be doing. You may not have Jackson’s millions, but estate planning attorney Wynne Whitman, a partner with Schenck, Price, Smith & King L.L.P., and the author of Smart Women Protect their Assets (FT Press; $13.99), recommends four things you can do that Jackson did to ensure that his children and his legacy would be financially secure. (Source: MichaelJackson.com/us).

4 Steps the King of Pop Took to Secure His Financial Legacy

Prior to his death, Michael Jackson made sure his money and his children would be in the right hands

Michael Jackson made a lot of money during his lifetime, but he also accumulated a…

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Jackson Estate Opposes Stipend For Joe Jackson

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Jackson’s estate has opposed a bid by the late singer’s…

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Jackson Estate Administrators Want Cut Of Profits

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men administering Michael Jackson’s estate are seeking 10 percent of…

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Why I Don’t Plan to Watch ‘Tributes’ to Michael Jackson

We all love Jackson's music, but we all did not and do not love him.

They know that they’ll get ratings and make money off of Michael Jackson’s death. But…

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Remembering Michael Jackson

With chart topping success, Michael Jackson made his presence felt on a worldwide stage. As…

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Remembering a Pop Icon: Michael Jackson

World still mourns as death is investigated

A single sequined glove, gravity-defying dance moves, and transcendent music videos were Michael Jackson’s trademarks…

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