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Drake Promises To Rebrand The Toronto Raptors By 2016

Global ambassador says they will change the game

The performer known around the world as Drake promised to rebrand the Toronto Raptors for…

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Rihanna, Puma, and 3 Other Top Celebrity Fashion Deals

Shortly after its design collaboration with eclectic artist Solange, Puma announced that Rihanna would also…

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Famous Boss Women Paying It Forward

These 5 celebrity women make time to give back

No longer is the word “boss” strictly used to reference one’s higher up in the workplace. Pop…

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Stevie Wonder Emabraking on Songs in the Key of Life Tour

Honoring Leadership with the Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor: The Presidential Medal of Freedom

Stevie Wonder among honorees at the White House ceremony

Highlights of the ceremony included a few well-placed and lighthearted remarks, compliments of President Obama.…

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Aretha Franklin set to receive the first-ever Billboard Women in Music Icon award on Dec. 12.

Aretha Franklin Set to be Honored With Billboard’s First-Ever Icon Award

Aretha Franklin is set to receive Billboard’s first-ever icon award on Dec. 12.

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Solange Collabs With Puma for Wild Wonders

New sneakers available now

Solange collaborates with Puma to release sneaker collection, Wild Wonders.

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Attorney Jo-Ná Williams Details How She Helps Artists Protect Their Art

Business adviser shares tips on the importance of trademarks and copyrights

Attorney and business adviser Jo-Ná A. Williams is passionate about helping entrepreneurs protect what they…

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J. Cole Talks Life and Carer with Morehouse College Students

Rapper surprises students with a classroom Q&A session

Rapper J. Cole makes a surprise visit to Morehouse College to speak to a group…

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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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On Nov. 20, Black Enterprise celebrated 'The Good Life,' with a special VIP event in New York City, sponsored by Lexus.  The special interactive mixer hosted top influencers and entertainers, who detailed what it took to take their careers and lives to the next level via power networking and an exclusive Google hangout. Top-rated Power 105 radio host Angela Yee, seen, left, with Our World with Black Enterprise host, Paul C. Brunson, was the featured power woman who hosted an in-vehicle experience and chat.

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[PHOTOS] Black Enterprise and Lexus Celebrate ‘The Good Life’ With Industry Influencers

Black Enterprise hosted a special VIP event in New York City to celebrate “The Good…

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Bob Marley’s Family Helps Launch Global Marijuana Brand

Family works with private equity firm to expand business and cultural legacy

Rita Marley, widow of music legend Bob Marley, has helped launch a marijuana brand with…

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Side Hustle: 4 Lucrative Celebrity Passion Projects That Rock

These industry leaders successfully expanded their brands beyond their main gigs

From food and fashion to design and technology, here are some of our favorite multi-passionate…

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Alicia Keys Releases Children’s Book

Singer releases first volume in new book series

Singer Alicia Keys has released a new children’s book, “Blue Moon: From the Journals of…

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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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Celebrity Blogger Karen Civil Donates $41,000 to Haiti

Young entrepreneur donates funds to build a new playground in her home country

Celebrity blogger and entrepreneur, Karen Civil, donates $41,000 to help build new playground in Haiti

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Common is hosting a furniture design reality show on Spike TV

Common to Host Spike TV’s Furniture Design Series, “Framework”

This show is the first of its kind

Multi-talented performer, Common, is hosting a new type of reality show on Spike TV named…

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Power Professional Ericka Pittman Presents ‘Dark Girls’ Book Launch in New York City

VIP dining event draws who's who in entertainment, media and business

On Nov. 5, Ericka Pittman, a vice president at Blue Flame Agency (a Sean Combs Enterprises…

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Jay-Z nows owns Ace of Spades champagne

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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Def Jam Partners With RESPECT Magazine For ’30 Days, 30 DJ’s, 30 Mixes’ Project

With iHeart Radio, you can hear history unfold

With us only four days into November, it seems that the celebration for Def Jam…

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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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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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[Part 2] African Hip-Hop Artist Comes Full Circle

Ikechukwu Onunaku talks expanding brand in America and advice for up-and-comers

Entertainer Ikechukwu Onunaku talks expanding brand in U.S. and his advice for up-and-comers.

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Female Leaders Winning: Suzanne de Passe, Making Strides in Entertainment

A spotlight on the journey of a true woman of power

Suzanne de Passe, a Legacy Award honoree at the 200Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit,…

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Perri ‘Pebbles’ Reid Files Lawsuit Against Viacom For $40 Million

Suit centers on her portrayal in TLC biopic, 'CrazySexyCool'

Former TLC manager, Perri “Pebbles” Reid, is suing Viacom for their portrayal of her in…

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Chris Rock and Prince To Appear On SNL After Decades-Long Absence

The two titans set to appear Nov. 1

Prince and Chris Rock are making their enigmatic return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ after 20-plus…

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‘Nas: Time is Illmatic’ Team Talks Expanding 20-Year Hip-Hop Legacy

Eric Parker and One9 talk how the project came together and getting it funded

Screenwriter Eric Parker and One9 detail what influenced them to produce a documentary centered around…

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Singer Avant Talks Music Business and Changing Landscape of R&B

With more than 10 years in the business, he offers wisdom for young talent

Singer-songwriter Avant talks the business behind the music industry, longevity and advice for young talent…

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Ex-NBA Baller Dennis ’3-D’ Scott Talks Longevity After the Game

Entrepreneur and Shavewise ambassador gives real deal on next act

Dennis Scott, NBA player turned broadcaster and businessman, gives advice to young athletes on longevity…

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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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ONE Musicfest Celebrates 5th Year of Success

Founder J. Carter shares vision for future

Atlanta enjoyed acts such as Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Redman and Method Man and Jhené Aiko…

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Women of Power Playlist: 20 Dynamic Songs to Get You Going

From R&B to country to inspirational, motivational tunes for females by females

If you’re a Woman of Power, listen to these songs to keep you motivated and…

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Pharrell Williams' Happy is the most downloaded song in the UK

Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ Sets a Sales Record in the United Kingdom

Song surpasses Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines'

Pharrell’s song, ‘Happy’, is the most downloaded song in United Kingdom history overtaking another one…

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[RECAP] The 12th Annual Tom Joyner Family Reunion

Lots of fun, family and entertainment at this year's event in Florida

RECAP: The 12th Annual Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion entertained one of the biggest audiences…

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CeeLo Green Continues to Suffer Consequences After Rape Comments

Entertainer cut from two festivals

According to reports, recording artist CeeLo Green is continuing to pay for the price for…

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Flawless Leadership Lessons from Beyoncé: 3 #PowerMoves for Success 


Even if you're not part of the Bey Hive, these tips will help you upgrade your skills

Not part of the Bey hive who loves superstar Beyonce? Doesn’t matter. Her killer work…

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Singer Jeffrey Osborne closed out an awesome 2014 Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge event. (Image: File)

[PHOTOS] Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenges Ends with Excitement and Entertainment

Hit crooner Jeffrey Osborne performed for the finale awards dinner, sponsored by FedEx

The Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge was closed out with an awards dinner and…

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Global Music Industry Leaders to be Honored at NEA Awards

Performers and executives of the African diaspora coming to New York City

The 9th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEA Awards) will highlight music industry leaders including performers…

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AFROPUNK 2014: D’Angelo Casts A Spell Over Brooklyn [VIDEO]

The 'Voodoo' child rebels in song at popular festival

BlackEnterprise.com’s Kevin L. Clark was on-hand to witness history as celebrated musician, D’Angelo, joined The…

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Marion ‘Suge’ Knight Shot At Chris Brown’s Pre-VMA Party

The Death Row CEO was shot six times

Marion ‘Suge’ Knight was shot six times at a pre-VMA party hosted by Chris Brown.…

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Sylvia Robinson Biopic Being Planned

Biopic for Sugar Hill Record’s Sylvia Robinson Being Planned

Entrepreneur responsible for hip-hop's first commercial hit, 'Rapper's Delight'

Sugar Hill Record’s co-Founder, Sylvia Robinson, will have a biopic made about her role in…

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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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Mariah Carey Bars Nick Cannon From Talking About Impending Divorce

Is it a wrap for the celebrity couple

Has Nick Cannon’s confessional cost him his marriage to Mariah Carey and shared property?
Less…

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Eric Roberson: The Business of Making Music

'How you execute is how you will be rewarded'

Music Veteran, Eric Roberson, makes it his business to make good music as he releases…

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R&B Divas: 7 Unforgettable Performances from the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge

These songstresses wowed crowds at the star-studded event

From Patti Labelle to Chrisette Michele, the Black Enterprise Golf & Tennis Challenge has been…

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VH1's ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

VH1 to Debut The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

Special documentary airs Tuesday, Sept. 2

VH1 explores the rise of the Atlanta Hip Hop scene in the documentary, ATL: The…

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Rihanna Wants to Buy a Soccer Team

The singer has shown an interest in buying The Premier League's Liverpool

The pop singer, Rihanna, has reportedly, wants to buy The Premier League’s Liverpool soccer team

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Raptors Draw $25,000 Fine After Rapper Drake’s Comments

Global ambassador for the NBA team accused of publicly recruiting Kevin Durant

Hip-hop artist Drake, who is global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, is accused of publicly…

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Rappers Riff Raff & Krayzie Bone Partner With Candyman Vending Company

CEO Andre Bramwell uses hip-hop to expand brand

CEO Andre Bramwell has tapped into hip-hop industry to promote his Candyman Vending company.

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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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Norman Hall: Creating a New Model of Profiting for the Music Industry (Part 2)

'What motivates me is being on the bleeding edge of opportunities that are nascent'

Norman Hall is bringing a new concept for musicians to make more money.

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Keke Palmer to Play Cinderella on Broadway

Actress making history as first black actress to portray character on Broadway

Keke Palmer will reportedly make history when she takes on the role of Cinderella on…

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Nicki Minaj Joins Latest List Of Celebs Selling Their Goods On HSN

Rapper’s fragrance MINAJEST sold out in minutes

Nicki Minaj recently teamed up with the Home Shopping Network to promote the launch of…

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Kendrick Lamar To Debut ‘m.A.A.d city’ At Sundance Film Festival

Compton's finest is bringing his classic album to the big screen

Rapper Kendrick Lamar is set to debut his ‘m.A.A.d. city’ film at the 2014 Sundance…

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Black Twitter Blasts Busta Rhymes In ‘Swagger Wagon’ Ad

The heavyweight MC angers the masses in Toyota's new commercial

Today marks a sad day for fans of Hip-Hop and the culture, as veteran lyricist…

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Ne-Yo Suing Manager, Wants $4.5 Million

Singer says Kevin Foster moved some of his money without his permission

Ne-Yo files a lawsuit against his manager, Kevin Foster and wants $4.5 million

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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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[Part 2] Beauty & Brains: Rick Ross Sister on Franchises and Entertainment Business

Tawanda Roberts details Wingstop deal and planning an empire

Tawanda Roberts, Rick Ross’ sister details franchise deal and behind-the-scenes planning.

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[Part 1] Beauty & Brains: Rick Ross’ Sister Talks Talent for Music Business

How Tawanda Roberts navigates 'bawse' entertainment empire behind-the-scenes

Entertainer Rick Ross’ older sister Tawanda Roberts talks how she navigates franchises and entertainment empire…

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Young Money Sports? Lil Wayne Sets Sights on Management Business

Rapper nabs world's second highest paid athlete as his first client

Young Money’s head boss, Lil Wayne, is ready to profit off his passion for sports…

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Brooklyn Eighth-Grade Metal Band Signs Major Record Deal with Sony

Young musicians could earn up to $1.7 million from record deal

A Brooklyn eighth-grade metal band inks a major record deal with Sony that could earn…

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MTV Video Music Awards Nominations: Beyonce Leads With 8

Iggy Azalea and Eminem get seven nominations each

Beyonce leads the nominees with eight nods for this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, taking…

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EXCLUSIVE: Rick Ross Talks Empire Building & Rebranding

Rapper and entrepreneur opens up about franchising, conquering the business world

Rapper and entrepreneur Rick Ross opens up on conquering business world.

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R&B Longevity: Boyz II Men Talk Brand Partnerships

Group details Wendy's campaign and forthcoming album, "Collide"

Business partnerships can bring fresh energy and build a brand’s value

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘TK In The AM’

If you're unfamiliar with the popular radio veteran, get hip now

Tasty Keish, a popular radio veteran, is a force you should know as ‘TK in…

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Tupac Shakur’s Legacy Hits Broadway

Hip-hop musical featuring rap icon's music and lyrics appeals to new audiences

A new Broadway play highlighting the life and works of Tupac Shakur hits theaters but…

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Lil Wayne Allegedly Being Sued Over Young Money Website

Rapper allegedly owes company $250,000 for the domain

Lil Wayne is reportedly facing a lawsuit after refusing to pay the remaining $250,000 for…

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Andre Harrell Appointed Vice Chairman Of REVOLT TV

He will helm inaugural REVOLT Music Conference in Miami this year

Andre Harrell is now vice chairman of REVOLT TV and will oversee the REVOLT Music…

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

Jay-Z & Beyoncé’s BET Awards Feature Sparks Twitter Ridicule

Some fans felt misled after the couple's appearance done via remote concert

The 2014 BET Awards closed out with a performance from Jay Z and Beyoncé, but…

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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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Closet Entrepreneurs: 9 Celebrities and Their Side Hustles

Their entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond cameras and into business worlds

Celebrities’ entrepreneurial spirit took them beyond the cameras and into business worlds.

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Bobby Womack Legacy: Top Music Stars He Influenced and Inspired

From Stevie Wonder to Kelly Rowland to 50 Cent, here are highlights of great music moments

In remembrance of the soul singer’s legacy, check out music greats influenced by Bobby Womack…

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Clifford ‘T.I.’ Harris Developing ‘Sisterhood Of Hip-Hop’ Reality TV Show

Grand Hustle CEO going into reality TV business for himself

The Grand Hustle CEO, T.I., is going into the reality TV business for himself with…

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Revolt TV Launches ‘HELLO Harlem’ Initiative With Kick-Off Event

Who's who attends to support community initiative

More than 500 leaders in business, philanthropy and entertainment gathered recently to celebrate launch of…

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Rick Ross Blocked from Detroit Venue

Rapper says he was ‘in fear of his life’

Rick Ross did not make it to his scheduled performance at Detroit’s HOT 107.5 Summer…

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[PHOTOS] Baltimore African American Festival: Day One

Check out the action at the Baltimore African American Festival

Check out the action during the first day of the Baltimore African American Festival.

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African American Festival Kicks Off With Empowerment

Crowds gather for inspiration, excitement and family fun

On June 21, 2014, the African American Festival in Baltimore kicked off with vendors, giveaways…

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HBO to Air Beyonce Concert Series

HBO to Air Beyoncé Concert Series

'Beyonce: X10' can be viewed from June 29th

Beyonce’s HBO series will chronicle performances from superstar’s Mrs. Carter Show World Tour over the…

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D'Angelo will Release An Album This Year

D’Angelo Releasing New Album and Tour This Year

His manager, Kevin Liles, tells Billboard magazine of the plans

It’s been more than 14 years since D’Angelo released ‘Voodoo’ and the audience is still…

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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Revolt TV

Almost a year later, we spotlight some unique aspects of the company.

On October 21, 2013, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Keith Clinkscales fulfilled their dream of bringing…

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From Bad Girl to Event Planner, Karleen Roy Achieves Career Success

Young leader talks expanding her brand and importance of great relationships

Howard University alumna used experience working with Sean Combs to launch self-sustaining career and events…

By Kimberly Wilson

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Lawyer-Turned-Rapper Gilles Talks Trading in Courtrooms for Studios

How a major leap of faith led to more fulfillment

Gilles Walters took a major leap, transitioning from a legal career into the music industry.…

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Sylvia Rhone to Receive Presidential Award at Annual Music Biz Convention

Industry vet will be first female executive to receive the honor

Power woman and music icon Sylvia Rhone will be the first female executive to receive…

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Yeezy Taught Me: Five Ways Kanye’s Rants Inspire Career Revival

Within the tirades, there's a gold mine of motivation for leadership

What some may deem as arrogant tirades, one young professional deems inspiration. Here’s how Kanye…

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Month of the Man: Hit-Making Producer Shares Three Steps for Career Success In Music

Learn more about how you can be a success behind-the-scenes in entertainment

Hit music producer Carvin Haggins shares his next moves and three steps for success for…

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Month of the Man: Top Music Producer Talks Career Path, Longevity, and Business 101

Hit-maker Carvin Haggins shares insider tips on how to break in the industry

Producer Carvin Haggins shares insider tips on how to get into the music biz and…

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Cool Jobs: Music Manager FlyKix, the Man Behind Trindad James

A thriving businessman, music manager talks fashion and career path

Fly, the man responsible for Trinidad James and Rich Homie Quan, shares how music and…

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Rihanna Adds Balmain to Her Career Portfolio

Pop star becomes face of luxury Parisian brand

Pop start Rihanna has become the new face of luxury Parisian fashion brand Balmain, adding…

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Do Call It a Comeback: 4 Lessons on Career Rebounding from the Soul Train Awards

This year's show embodied true essence of triumph over professional challenges

The Soul Train Music Awards were a hit, holding a prevalent theme of career comebacks…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Celeb Besties: 5 Lessons on Power Duos and Dynamic Networking

Don't sleep. Strategic friendships can lead to big wins

Sightings of the Kardashian clan with hip-hop royalty have raised eyebrows, but get a clue:…

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Miles Davis Biopic: Don Cheadle Set to Expand Career Profile with Directorial Debut

Actor working in collaboration with family, Herbie Hancock

Actor Don Cheadle is making more Hollywood boss moves with a new Miles Davis biopic…

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Epic Records VP Shares How Women Can Break Out and Make it to the Top

Traci Adams' keys to success: Power guidance and confidence

From Georgia to New York City, Traci Adams has made her mark on the music…

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On Sept. 1, the 8th annual Nigeria Entertainment Awards (NEAs) honored the who's who in African entertainment at New York University's Skirball Center for Performing Arts. The night brought together the best of the best in global talent and business.
The event was hosted by the hilarious comedian Bright ‘BasketMouth’ Okpocha, who kept the audience roaring with laughter. The more than 10-year industry vet has made more than a few celebrities let out a chuckle or two, including Boys 2 Men, Sean Paul, Beyonce, Snoop Dogg, and Wyclef Jean. 


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PHOTOS: Who’s Who of Global Talent Honored at NYC Awards Show

International leaders in film and music take home wins

The Nigerian Entertainment Awards brought the best of the best in global talent at NYU’s…

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The NEA Awards Returns to New York to Honor Who’s Who in African Entertainment

Top talent from U.S. and the Diaspora will perform and attend

On Sept. 1, the Nigerian Entertainment Awards return to New York in the heart of…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Top Caribbean Power Women: Leaders in Politics, Music, and More

Exemplary females with roots in the Islands

In honor of Caribbean Heritage Month, BlackEnterprise.com highlights top leaders of Caribbean descent in sports,…

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From Newbie to Senior: Six Leaders Who Found Success Early—and Later—In Their Careers

Be inspired, from Cicely Tyson to Ithaca N.Y. mayor Svante Myrick

Major accomplishments can come at any age, proving it’s never too late—or too early—to make…

By Joshua Perrin

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Month of the Man: Young Artist Meshing Hip-Hop, R&B Influences for Star-Studded Global Success

With paintings of celebs including Chrisette Michelle and Nas, Demont “Peekaso” Pinder creates his own lane

Gaining exposure and experience while touring with R&B star Raheem DeVaughn, this young boss creates…

By Janelle Rucker

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The Roots Picnic: A Lesson On Longevity and Industry Relationships

Take a page from the book of a band that's still got it

On the heels of the Roots Picnic, here are three lessons on longevity and relationships…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Music Marketing Exec Juggles Vets and Newcomers

Akinah Rahmaan talks uber-egos and changing the branding game

Akinah Rahmaan, a VP at Island Def Jam (IDJ) Music Group, talks marketing brands of…

By Courtney Connley

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Hip-Hop Artist Nelly Teams Up with Mike and Ike To Reunite Candy Brand

Entertainer adds endorsement to his multifaceted career portfolio

Entertainer Nelly partners with brand as Mike and Ike reunite, adding candy endorsement to his…

By Janell Hazelwood

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15 Celebrities Who’ve Made Winning Career Changes

These entertainers have created versatile options for longevity

For celebrities, having longevity in their industries can be challenging, but these have transitioned into…

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Young Epic Records Brand Manager Talks Jay-Z Inspiration and Making Music Boss Moves

Brooklyn, N.Y. native credits Jay Z and father for motivation

At just 25, brand manager Kevin Storey has moved up the ranks in the music…

By Sasha King

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Episode 2: Five Career Tips From VH1’s ‘The Gossip Game’

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down career lessons from VH1′s ‘The Gossip Game.’

By Kimberly Wilson

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Episode 1: Five Career Tips From VH1’s ‘The Gossip Game’

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn

BlackEnterprise.com breaks down career lessons from VH1′s ‘The Gossip Game.’

By Amber McKynzie

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Though Tragic, ‘Phil Spector’ Focus Brings Black Music History to Forefront

Beatles producer also had hand in black music heavyweights' success

HBO’s ‘Phil Spector’ film brings to the forefront details of a horrific murder, but also…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Publishing, Record Companies Fight Over Aaliyah’s Music

Publishing company claims record label is illegally selling singer's music.

Reservoir Media Management claims to own rights to Aaliyah’s platinum albums, “One in A Million,”…

By Gerren Keith Gaynor

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Celeb Status: 5 Winning Ways to Connect with VIPs and Celebrities

Use this strategy to make power connections in your industry

It can seem intimidating approaching who’s who of your industry. Use this strategy to make…

By Antoine Moss

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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Top 5 ‘American Idol’ Women Set to Make History

One of these songstresses could break the all-male winning streak

As we celebrate Women’s History Month, let’s take a look at the groundbreaking ‘American Idol’…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Under 21 and Winning: 8 Young Bosses to Watch in 2013

These industry heavyweights are making major early career strides

From signing music contracts to starting their own businesses— all before the age of 21—these…

By Courtney Connley

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Adisa Banjoko Merges Hip-Hop, Chess, and Martial Arts to Empower Youth

Hip-Hop Chess Federation mixes founder's passions in giving back to the community

The fusion of hip-hop, chess and martial arts helps this motivational speaker succeed in helping…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Life is But A Dream: 4 Smart Lessons From Beyoncé’s Documentary

The 'Queen' of bossmoves teaches a thing or two about career growth and longevity

With an insanely successful career, the Destiny’s Child front=woman teaches a thing or two about…

By Courtney Connley

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Men Behind the Grammys, Part 3: Three Black Musicians Keeping the Legacy Going

Sudanese native Oddisee talks cultural influence on diverse brand

Born in Sudan, and raised in the nation’s capital, rapper and producer Amir Mohamed’s work…

By Sirita Wright

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More than Comic Relief: Apollo ‘Executioner’ Carries Historic Torch

C.P. Lacey continues music legacy at historic Harlem mainstay

Embodying a popular role after Howard “Sandman” Simms, performance vet C.P. Lacey carries important, historic…

By Sirita Wright

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DJ Irie: Branding the Global Selector

Entertainer talks love for music and linking international business

DJ Irie takes his international experience, from Europe to the Caribbean to the States, continuing…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Men Behind the Grammys, Part 2: Three Black Musicians Keeping the Legacy Going

Hip-hop producer with Run DMC and "Chipmunks" credits talks diversifying what he offers

In part two of a series, we talk with hip-hop producer Chris Classic, who’s keeps…

By Sirita Wright

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From Top 40 Hits to Hollywood: 5 Black Actors Who Made a Successful Switch

These entertainers made the winning leap into becoming thespians

An accomplished singer, Jennifer Hudson has made major strides in Hollywood as well. (Image: File)
Recently,…

By Courtney Connley

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Men Behind the Grammys: Three Black Musicians Keeping the Legacy Going

Flutist and band leader Trey Eley talks 20-year legacy in music business

In part one of a series, we talk with Trey Eley, whose latest collaboration with…

By Sirita Wright

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Top Five Celebrity Boss Moves We’re All Anticipating

Check out a snapshot of career highlights everyone's watching

Motivation we can gain from the career moves these celebrities are making

By Courtney Connley

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Hip-Hop Artists Who Went to College

Check out these 14 rappers who pursued higher education

You may be surprised about who sat down in those university classrooms.

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: How to Get Top Opps at Your Job

Be inspired by Rihanna's 777 Tour to have once-in-a-lifetime career moments

Journalists recently got the career chance of a lifetime to be part of Rihanna’s 777…

By Jamie Harrison

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Rare Record of Ole Bluesman, Robert Johnson, Found

Robert Johnson was one of the architects of modern blues

While digging in the crates in Pittsburgh a man finds a rare Robert Johnson record…

By Makkada B. Selah

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That Ain’t Hot: 3 Not-So-Boss Celebrity Moves You Don’t Want to Emulate

Stay away from mistakes that could ultimately derail your career

Celebrities can be role models, but some make moves that are certain to lead millennials…

By Jamie Harrison

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Super Producer Invests Capital to Empower Youth Through Music

Atlanta hitmaker talks music business, hard-knock past, and community advocacy

Kevin “Khao” Cates has crafted hits for heavyweights, from TI to R. Kelly. Now he’s…

By Janell Hazelwood

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DJ Envy, one-third of Power 105's popular Breakfast Club trio in New York City, got his start creating award-winning mixtapes as a teen. The Hampton University graduate would go on to produce a debut album in 2003, featuring the best of the best in hip-hop, from Jay Z to Busta Rhymes to Birdman of Cash Money Records. He started BLOK Entertainment, a management and production company that has produced hit tracks for artists including as DMX, Foxy Brown, and Fabolous. He has made TV appearances on shows including 106 & Park, Entourage and Tha Corner, which he hosts on the Music Choice channel. Add to those boss moves his gig as host on MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown.

From Playlists to Power Moves: 4 DJs With Hot, Viable Brands

Top music talents took success beyond two turn tables and a mike

These top talents in music have been able to expand their brands beyond two turntables…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Hello, Nicki Minaj: It’s Best to Make Allies with Seasoned Pros, Not Enemies

Tirade mirrors generational gap and a need for young bosses to take the high road

Recent footage of a spat with Mariah Carey lends lesson on generational gaps and humility…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Rapper/Producer Consequence Talks Career Post-Kanye West

Consequence is excited about his Pooch Hall collaboration

By Chantell Black
Producer/rapper Consequence, cousin of rapper Q-Tip and formerly associated with Kayne’s G.O.O.D. Music…

By Chantell Black

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Afro-Punk Festival Returns for 8th Year of Rock, Food and Fun

Co-producer Matthew Morgan talks black cultural movement

BlackEnterprise.com talks with Afro-Punk’s co-producer, Matthew Morgan, about the festival’s long-running success and the unique…

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Catching Up with Downtown Julie Brown

The ex-VJ reveals where she’s been since the ’90s and why she’s moving to behind the camera

The ex-MTV VJ reveals where she’s been since the ’90s and why she’s moving to…

By Joel Lyons

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‘R&B Divas’ Star, Producer Rebrands with Clothing Line and Show

Music industry veteran seeks to add positive portrayal of sisterhood on TV

Nicci Gilbert, once part of ’90s girl group Brownstone, is rebranding herself as entrepreneur and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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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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Actor and TV Host Terrence J Talks Hollywood Wins and Whitney Houston Memories

Former 106 & Park co-host taking career to the next level

Famous as co-host for BETs top-rated show “106 & Park,” Terrence J is making major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: Music Producer Warryn Campbell, Master of Hit-Making Contemporary Soul

Musician's early start fuels long-lasting industry legacy

Powerhouse CEO and producer Warryn Campbell, has cranked out hits for heavyweights including Yolanda Adams,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Careers in Faith and Religion: Music Minister Brings In-Demand Skill to Churches

Gift provides major component in the business of faith

Johnny Mercier uses his gift with music to make a major contribution in the business…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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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…

By Dominique Hobdy

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3 Things You Can Learn from the Mary J. Blige Chicken Debacle

As the R&B diva finally details her 'mistake,' take heed for your own career success

As Mary J. Blige finally speaks out in detail about the Burger King chicken debacle,…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Looking Back: Yandy Smith Talks New Ventures and Advantages of Love & Hip Hop

As new season begins with new Atlanta cast, a legacy of greater brand exposure continues

As a new season of Love & Hip Hop hits Atlanta, debuting June 18, we…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Caribbean fashion industry is on fire.  With a reputation for producing some of the biggest names to grace the catwalk, all eyes are on Kingston, Jamaica as Caribbean Fashion Week kicks off today, June 7.  With more than 50 designers from 20 countries showcasing their latest designs, CFW 2012 is gearing up for its biggest year yet. Meet the power players who will be turning heads over the course of the week and find out why they are the hottest to come from the Islands. ---Octavia Goredema


Left, a model wears a design by CFW designer Arlene L. Martin. (Photo by Andre Rattigan)

Caribbean Fashion Week Kickoff: The Power Players Behind Sizzling Style

Industry leaders taking industry by storm, from Jamaican to international shores

A snapshot of five top fashion industry leaders in the Caribbean, from founder Kingsley Cooper…

By Octavia Goredema

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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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Leave Justin Combs Alone: Whether Rich or Poor, An Earned Reward is His To Keep

Any wealthy offspring who doesn't embody negative stereotypes should be lauded

The argument that the son of a multimillionaire should return a scholarship he rightfully earned…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Kevin Liles Offers Valuable Assessment for Today’s Professionals

Tool provides vital insight on career strengths, weaknesses, purpose

Music executive-turned-entrepreneur urges youth to find best career that suits their talents and purpose.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mark of a Leader: 5 Steps to Keeping Your Cool While Under Pressure

Music manager and entrepreneur Yandy Smith details tried-and-true tactics

Music manager and entrepreneur Yandy Smith details tried-and-true tactics that helped in her rise to…

By Yandy Smith

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How I Did It: Orchestra Founder Jeri Lynne Johnson Breaks Racial Boundaries

Musician and entrepreneur created own opportunities after adversity

Founder of the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra decided to fill a void in the classical…

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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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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

My Journey Into Producing ‘Life, Love, Soul’ and My Inspiration from a Phenom Film Entrepreneur

Yandy Smith talks newest venture and success with director Noel Calloway

Entertainment manager Yandy Smith has embarked on a new venture: film producer of Life, Love,…

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David Banner Reminds Consumers of Their Buying Power

With his 2M1 Movement the opinionated entertainer looks to show corporations that the true power belongs to the people

With the launch of his 2M1 Movement, David Banner inspires consumers to recognize their buying…

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Hot Ad Mess: Is Lack of Color in the Advertising Biz to Blame for MJB/Burger King Snafu??

After official Mary J. Blige response, I'm still shaking my head

As the Burger King chicken wrap hoopla continues, questions arise about lack of diversity in…

By Janell Hazelwood

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UPDATE: Burger King Pulls Chicken Ad, But Damage to Mary J. Blige Brand Already Done

We all make mistakes. Here are a few suggestions for a better brand move

After an outpour of backlash about a Mary J. Blige commercial that raises more than…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Mary J. Blige, the Multi-Platinum Chicken Peddler? Say It Ain’t So

Adding a side-eye-worthy endorsement to the brand just doesn't make sense

Joining the ranks of chicken-eating stereotypes, the multi-platinum singer adds an endorsement to the brand…

By Janell Hazelwood

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