Tag Archives: Music Industry

Have Music, Will Travel

With one foot in music and the other in technology, Dennis Jeter makes software that jives

Jeter, a musician who holds a degree in classical trumpet, started programming computers when he…

By Darcel J. Church

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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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Gwyneth Paltrow, seen with Beyonce and Jay-Z is at the center of an N-word Twitter controversy. (Photo: File)

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…

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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…

By Anslem Samuel

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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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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…

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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…

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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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