Tag Archives: Music Industry

Susan Davenport Austin

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…

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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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T.I. and manager/business manager Jason Geter

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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Singer/Songwriter Sean Garrett

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…

By Souleo

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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.…

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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…

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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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Women in Black Music: Jill Scott Steps into the Light of the Sun

It was 10 years ago–no, eleven years ago–when a young Philadelphia poetess had us all…

By Elayne Fluker

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Women in Black Music: Top Women Executives Behind the Scenes

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Women in Black Music: Getting Paid or Played?

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really "run the (music) world"

Writer Jamilah Lemieux wonders if girls really “run the (music) world”

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Star Songwriter Talks About Conquering the Music Biz

Roc Nation singer and composer details how to make it in music

The Atlanta Post caught up with Roc Nation singer and songwriter Makeba Riddick to talk…

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Behind the Music: The Anatomy of the Record Deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to secure the best deal

Music executives and insiders tell you who you need to have on your team to…

By Tomika Anderson

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Black Music Month: Celebrity Managers Who Took Star Children to the Top

These savvy parents used their business sense to lead family to success

Six parents who saw star talent in their children and managed their rise to fame

By Janell Hazelwood

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Behind the Music: Momager Sonja Norwood Grows ‘Family Business’ Tree

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

Industry vet has passion for cultivating careers and advocating for women executives

By Janell Hazelwood

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Behind the Music: Jeff Robinson on the 360 Deal

Alicia Keys's longtime manager tells what every artist needs to know before signing on the dotted line

Alicia Keys’s longtime manager and label owner tells what every artist needs to know before…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Black Music Month Power Player: Alexander Allen, The Image Maker

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

Celebrity fashion stylist talks the business of cultivating star-studded looks

By Janell Hazelwood

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Black Music Month Power Player: Fatima Robinson, the Choreographer

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

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

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Chambers, The Publicist

By all accounts, publicity juggernaut Chris Chambers has an enviable career.
As the owner of The…

By Tomika Anderson

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Black Music Month Power Player: Chris Lighty, The Executive

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris Lighty proves why, in business, "persistence overcomes resistance"

From carrying crates to making $100 mil deals to his latest venture, music exec Chris…

By Tomika Anderson

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Black Celebrity Moms: Setting the Stage for Their Children’s Success

For Mother's Day, we highlight famous moms whose kids are following in their star-studded career steps

BlackEnterprise.com honors celebrity mother’s who have set industry standards of excellence and passed the torch…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Tamar Braxton: On Living in Toni’s Shadow, Gold-Digger Accusations and Plastic Surgery

Little sister goes on record about critics of her marriage, sibling rivalries, and spending her money her way

The fiesty little sister and co-star of We TV’s ‘Braxton Family Values’ opens up about…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Do Clouds Mean Anything for Black Music?

How this technology revolutionized the business

How this technology revolutionized the business

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Toni Braxton: On Bankruptcy, Beating Her Illnesses and the Braxton Family Values

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new 'reality'

The singer speaks candidly about coming back from the (financial) brink, and facing her new…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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Winging It: Beyonce Makes a Power Move

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her career?

Is the singer making an ill-fated move by letting husband Jay-Z take control of her…

By Caroline Clarke

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7 Most Valuable Plays of a Young Boss

Successful power moves of today's young leaders

Successful power moves of today’s young leaders

By Janell Hazelwood

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Backtalk with Swizz Beatz

Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean has been producing music since the age of 16, crafting hit…

By Anslem Samuel

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WATCH: El DeBarge Shares Hard Lessons from the Music Industry

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

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

By Elayne Fluker

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WATCH: 5 Things El DeBarge Wishes He Knew Then…

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

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

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For our January 2011 issue, rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson provides BLACK ENTERPRISE an all-access look at how he has evolved into an entrepreneur extraordinaire. At 35-years-old, Jackson is at the helm of a burgeoning business empire, making deals faster than his hip-hop predecessors. Check out these exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from our Los Angeles cover shoot, and be sure to pick up the January issue when it hits newsstands on December 28.

Behind the Scenes of Our 50 Cent Cover Shoot

Up close and personal with the hip-hop mogul

Take a look at exclusive shots of 50 Cent from Black Enterprise magazine’s January 2011…

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Beverly Bond Shows the World That ‘Black Girls Rock’

The renowned DJ tells how she turned a t-shirt slogan into a national movement

DJ Beverly Bond began her entertainment career rockin’ the turntables at the hottest clubs for…

By Janell Hazelwood

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The Power of the P: How Women Can Win in a Male-Dominated Industry

Entertainment industry vet Shanti Das gives tips in new book

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Shanti Das, music industry vet and CEO of PressReset.me, on ‘the power…

By Janell Hazelwood

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No. 9: Russell Simmons, The Man Who Took Hip-Hop Mainstream

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

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

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No. 16: Berry Gordy, The Music Mogul

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

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

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Common Talks Branding, Social Media, and Business Moves

His strategy: Stick to your core values

Grammy-winning artist, actor, and entrepreneur Common spoke with BlackEnterprise.com about successfully building a brand, marketing,…

By Renita Burns

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Savvy Solutions: Starting A Record Company

You can sign artists and put out your own music, but you can't do it alone

It isn’t impossible to put out signed artists or your own music. You just can’t…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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They’ve Got the Beat

Nashville�s Beat Kangz delivers cutting-edge technology to the electronic music industry

When it comes to innovation and creativity, hip-hop has had its share of converts and…

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Hitting the High Notes

Renowned music director shares what it takes to succeed in the creative arts

Contemporary musical director, Ray Chew, talks about his long career as musical director of the…

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