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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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Pharrell Williams And Robin Thicke Lose First Round Of ‘Blurred Lines’ Lawsuit

This could be the biggest cases of alleged song theft ever

The Gaye Family has won its first battle against Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke in…

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Not only did BLACK ENTERPRISE select Harpo Inc. as the 2008 Industrial/Service Company of the Year but it was the first time that billionaire entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey spoke to the press in detail about her business empire. At the time, the dynamo was still developing Oprah Winfrey Network or OWN, asserting that  divine inspiration, not strategic planning, drove her company’s success. She also admitted that it took a solid business team and sound financial controls to grow her entity from a five-person production company to a 430-employee multimedia conglomerate. Moreover, she owns every piece of her franchise: the content, name, brand and studio.

BE 100s: Winning Lessons from Top Companies of the Year

Best of the best talk leadership, capital and longevity

For more than 40 years, Black Enterprise has identified the best of the best in…

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Baltimore African American Festival: 10 Facts about Performer Chico DeBarge

We're sure there is at least one thing you didn't know

Continuing our fact filled articles regarding the performing acts at the Baltimore African American Festival…

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B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference: Meet Our A.G. Gaston Award Recipients

When more than 1,000 entrepreneurs gather at the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference + Expo in…

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12-Year-Old Actors Portray Music Icons on Broadway

Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry play Motown icons in new Broadway musical.

Raymond Luke Jr. and Jibreel Mawry take on the roles of a young Michael Jackson,…

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Legendary Motown Songwriter and Producer Deke Richards, Dies

Producer of Jackson 5's hit "ABC" dies at hospice.

Richards was suffering from a bout with cancer

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

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

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

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Songwriters Hall of Fame will Honor Motown Founder, Berry Gordy

Famed Motown founder will receive the Pioneer Award at this year's ceremony

A living legend continues to be honored.

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Berry Gordy Says his Broadway Play is his “Last Major Endeavor”

Motown to star on Broadway.

Gordy’s illustrious career ends where it started

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Bobby Rogers, Founder of Motown group “The Miracles,” Dead at 73

Motown songwriter dies at 73.

Rogers’ voice can be heard on Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.”

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Former Temptations Singer Richard Street Dies at Age 70

After a short illness, famed Motown singer is dead

Did you grow up loving the Temptations?

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Former Temptations Singer, Damon Harris Dead at 62

Harris loses a 14-year-long battle with prostate cancer.

Rest in Peace

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‘Motown: The Musical’ Releasing Original, Cast Albums

Motown's Berry Gordy is producing the musical

Numbers from the promising musical will soon be available.

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Preview Our World: Up Close with Music Mogul Andre Harrell

Legendary marketing mastermind discusses his journey from Uptown through Motown to president

Music veteran Andre Harrell speaks on the evolution of his career and new position as…

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In the News: Motown Exec Esther Gordy Edwards Dies; Hurricane Irene Gains Strength and More

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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MARVIN GAYE, 44:  A Motown legend and gifted songwriter, Gaye racked up an impressive musical catalogue of timeless hits records that ranged from political commentary to love ballads to poetic soul that touched millions of fans. Having several bouts with drugs and depression throughout the years, Gaye’s personal demons got the better of him when he and his father got into an altercation on April 1, 1984 that led to the legendary singer’s death from a fatal gunshot wound. Gaye died just one day shy of his 45th birthday.

15 Black Artists Who Died Too Young

In the wake of Amy Winehouse's passing, we reminisce on other musical greats that were taken before their time

Amy Winehouse recently passed of mysterious causes in her London apartment, marking another example of…

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

These 9 power brokers are calling the shots in the entertainment industry

These black female executives make power moves behind the scenes in the music business

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WATCH: El DeBarge Shares Hard Lessons from the Music Industry

What the longtime R&B singer wants newcomers to the entertainment business to know

R&B crooner El DeBarge is pretty open about how thankful he is for life’s “second chances.”…

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WATCH: 5 Things El DeBarge Wishes He Knew Then…

The R&B singer reflects on his past and discloses what he would do differently, if given the chance

Watch as Blackenterprise.com reporter LaToya M. Smith talks with the Detroit-native about what he wish…

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No. 16: Berry Gordy, The Music Mogul

Follow the Black Enterprise 40th Anniversary countdown of the most impactful black business leaders of the past 40 years

In celebration of our 40th anniversary, Black Enterprise ranks the Titans: The 40 Most Powerful…

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Kedar Massenburg takes a new Direction

Music Mogul Kedar Massenburg talks about music and his new found venture Wine.

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Can Detroit Be Saved?

The Motor City struggles to rise from the ashes of economic depression and reinvent itself as a center for entrepreneurship and industry

Detroit is known by many names: The D, Motor City, and Motown, among others. But…

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Detroit to The World: Don’t Count Us Out

Motown welcomes the B.E. Entrepreneurs Conference with grit, enthusiasm and faith in its own future

Battered by a crisis of faith in local government triggered by the scandal surrounding former…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Milestones Of The B.E. 100s

A look at a quarter-century of major events which shaped the growth of the nation's largest black-owned businesses

Whether they’ve used conservative or risky strategies, BLACK ENTERPRISE is proud to have chronicled the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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