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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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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[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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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.…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Carolyn M. Brown

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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…

By Courtney Connley

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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.…

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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.

By Richard Spiropoulos

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Cedric 'BIG CED' Thornton

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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…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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.…

By Kimberly Wilson

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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…

By Kimberly Wilson

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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…

By Lenora Houseworth

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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…

By Daron Pressley

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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…

By Daron Pressley

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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:…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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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,…

By Joshua Perrin

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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…

By Sasha King

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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.’

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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.’

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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

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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


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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,…

By Yandy Smith

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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…

By David Banner

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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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How to Get Put On in the Music Industry — And Avoid the Trash Bin

Entrepreneur and reality star Yandy Smith talks do's and don'ts of brand marketing

Music entrepreneur and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith gives tips on how to…

By Yandy Smith

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BMI’s First African American Woman Chairperson on Changing Music Business

Susan Davenport Austin speaks on her historic role at the long-running music company

As first woman & African American chairperson of BMI, Susan Davenport Austin continues company’s legacy…

By Joel Lyons

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Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

This young entrepreneur and reality TV star knows firsthand how interpersonal conflict can affect business.…

By Yandy Smith

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Iconic Singer Whitney Houston Found Dead in Beverly Hilton Hotel

On the eve of music's biggest night, the Grammy Awards, the music industry loses one of its icons: Whitney Houston

On the eve of music’s biggest night—The Grammy Awards—the entertainment industry mourns the shocking loss…

By Elayne Fluker

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Icon Dionne Warwick Talks Reality TV, Songwriting, and Protecting Her Legacy

Award-winning composer releasing new album, expanding audience

Dionne Warwick, a Black Enterprise Legacy Award winner, has seen more than 50 years of…

By Tomika Anderson

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There have been many black films that inspire, enrage, encourage and invigorate. And several of those have reflected real-life scenarios that we all have seen in our own lives --- especially when it comes to the workplace.


Here are six films with black actors that feature career issues and have taught all of us lessons about art reflecting life. ---Janell Hazelwood

6 Best Black Career Films of All Time

These movies taught lessons on workplace and career issues

These are six of the best films with black actors that incorporated everyday workplace issues.

By Janell Hazelwood

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UBR Spotlight: Producer Leon Huff On Success In the Music Industry

More on the entrepreneurs, business strategies and economic news on The Urban Business Roundtable

his week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young kicks off the…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Leading the Band

A classically trained musician, Katreese Barnes began playing the piano at age 10. By age…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Jason Geter, the Brains Behind T.I.’s Brand Hustle

T.I.’s business partner and manager explains how he brings order to the King's court while carving out his own career path

In addition to being T.I.’s business partner and manager, Jason Geter keeps his plate full…

By Benè Viera

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Before I Was Famous: Singer Sean Garrett Worked as a Mortgage Broker

The hitmaker recounts his unique path to success and the lessons he learned along the way

Singer/songwriter Sean Garrett has crafted No. 1 singles for a bevy of artists, but on…

By Aliya Ewing

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LISTEN: Kandi Burruss Talks Adult Toy Expansion, New Talent Show

Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to make her brand a bankable one

Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss, talks developing her adult toy line, expanding into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

By Lamont Baldwin

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Nicki Minaj Becomes a True Barbie

The rapper/actress proves that she is clearly not playing when it comes to establishig herself as a major brand

Mattell announces Nicki Minaj Barbie doll as the rapper/actress proves that she is clearly determined…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Sound Check

An audio engineer mixes recordings for pop music’s biggest hit makers

Making a living recording, editing, and mixing music requires a discerning ear. For Araica, her…

By LaToya M. Smith

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Change Has to Be Authentic

The legacy of the Soul Train brand is built upon the pillars of dance, music and fashion. For Gibbs every brand has its own set of values, which must be expanded upon without compromising integrity. “Consumers now are savvier than ever and you have to be authentic and deliver to them what your brand value is unless of course you are looking to change that,” he says. Gibbs’ strategy includes honoring Soul Train’s musical past while reflecting contemporary pop culture. “Music is our lane but that doesn’t mean we can only show artists that were a part of the iconic past. Our perspective is that Soul Train is and will continue to be the home to the biggest artists in popular music,” he says. “We want to contemporize and reach a subset of our consumer, which is a younger consumer—with the rebirth of the brand.”

6 Tips for Success in Rebranding

Taking over Don Cornelius' legendary Soul Train, Kenard Gibbs shares his plans for driving the brand into the 21st century

Kenard Gibbs’ introduction of the Soul Train Awards was just a small step in the…

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Ruben Studdard on Weight Loss, Vegetarianism, Music and Marathon

The former American Idol champ brings health awareness to his hometown with a weekend-long celebration

American Idol winner Ruben Studdard celebrates comeback with new look, album and healthy lifestyle at…

By William E. Ketchum III

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Career Transition Lessons from The Real Housewives of Atlanta

Beyond the antics, learn how you can take your brand to the next level

The Real Housewives of Atlanta are embarking on new career transitions, from entrepreneurship to motherhood.…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada Gets Six-Figure Book and Film Deal

Series to be based on true accounts of life dating athletes

Evelyn Lozada, co-star of VH1’s hit reality series, Basketball Wives will launch fiction book series…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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VICTORIA ROWELL: Known for her role as Drucilla Winters on the Emmy award-winning The Young & Restless, Rowell had a childhood filled with many challenges, ultimately leading to her, along with her siblings, being surrendered to Child Services. Rowell was only 16 days old. She grew up in the foster care system, raised for 18 years by a varied network of women who she details in her memoir, The Women Who Raised Me (William Morrow; $26). A staunch advocate of support services, awareness, and rights of foster and adopted children, Rowell is founder of Rowell Foster Children's Positive Plan (RFCPP), a program that enriches foster children through art and athletics.

10 Successful Adoptees & Foster Kids Besides Steve Jobs

These notables overcame childhood challenges to blaze trails in their industries

Among Steve Jobs’ many challenges in life was dealing with being abandoned as a child…

By Janell Hazelwood

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David Banner’s 4 Money Management Lessons for Black America

The rapper/actor shares his perspective on the Black community's misuse of its spending power

Inspired by the Pew Research Center’s minority wealth gap report, rapper/producer/actor David Banner shares his…

By David Banner

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Backtalk with Antonio “L.A. Reid

Antonio “L.A.” Reid has stayed professionally in tune since the 1980s, when he was part…

By Malecia S. Walker

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WATCH: Kelly Price on Reinventing, Gaining Confidence and Moving On

In this episode of 'Brand New You' with Karen Taylor Bass, singer Kelly Price opens up about other turning points in her life and her music

In this episode of Brand New You with Karen Taylor Bass, Kelly Price opens up…

By Elayne Fluker

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Tupac and Biggie: The Business of Deceased Rappers

A look at the financial legacies of two of hip-hop's biggest artists

There are the very very select few for whom fame extends … even grows… into…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Pseudo Phenom: It Takes More than Bragging to be a Boss

Cars, clothes and uh... that ... isn't enough to win the title of head honcho

As with any pop culture concept that takes on a life of its own, the…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Backtalk with Lil’ Jon

For most of his career Jonathan “Lil’ Jon” Smith has been known as a rambunctious…

By Anslem Samuel

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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…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Music Month: Women and Body Image in Entertainment

Black superstar divas and their weight loss journeys

In the music industry, image can trump talent, and many of the top stars have…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women in Black Music: Yolanda Adams on ‘Becoming’

As much a businesswoman as an artist, the gospel powerhouse talks about the importance of being diverse, and knowing when to be still

As part of our continuing coverage of women in music for Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com…

By Elayne Fluker

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