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14 Most Talked About Career Moves of 2014

The top boss moves that made headline news

With 2014 coming to a close, we’ve rounded up a list of the most talked…

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Beyonce Releases Personal Video Where She Reflects on 2014 Achievements

She broke the Internet with no publicity

She’s the real celebrity who broke the Internet with her no-publicity, self-titled album, last December.…

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Chris Rock: Kanye West Album Better Than ‘Thriller’

Chris Rock lauds rapper's 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' over pop classic

While doing the press rounds for his latest movie, ‘Top Five,’ Chris Rock admits that…

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On The Move: Def Jam Names No I.D. Head of A&R; T.D. Bank Makes Allen Love Executive Vice President

Def Jam Recordings and TD Bank announce new promotions

Def Jam Recordings and TD Bank announce new executive leadership promotions

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University of Texas Offers Course on Beyoncé and Rihanna

Course will examine pop star's careers in relation to black feminism

The University of Texas at Austin offers course examining the feminism and womanism of Beyoncé…

By Courtney Connley

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Harvard Case Study Examines the Business Behind Beyoncé’s Brand

HBS studies the short-term and long-term business affects of Beyoncé's 2013 secret album

With the surprise release of her 2013 album, Harvard Business School students are taking a…

By Courtney Connley

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Rapper 50 Cent’s Grandmother Passes Away

News of Beluah Jackson's passing revealed by hip-hop mogul's cousin

Beluah Jackson was the person 50 Cent loved most in this world. Her passing is…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Frank Ocean’s Father Sues Russell Simmons For $142M

No word from the 'Channel Orange' singer yet

Calvin Cooksey, the father of R&B singer Frank Ocean, is suing Russell Simmons’ Global Grind…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Maya Angelou’s Poetry to Be Turned into Hip-Hop Album

Album to be inspired by words from Angelou's classic book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"

Inspired by her classic book “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” late literary icon…

By Courtney Connley

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College Professor Talks Kendrick Lamar Class, Hip-Hop and Michael Brown

Georgia Regents University professor uses album as a backdrop to discuss current events

Georgia Regents University professor Adam Diehl talks new Kendrick Lamar class and how his debut…

By Courtney Connley

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Cool Jobs: Gianni Lee Emboldens ‘New Philly’ and Champions AFROPUNK

The genius behind Babylon Cartel shares his origin

Philadelphia’s own Gianni Lee, named after the fashion legend, chats with Black Enterprise about his…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Frank Ocean Hit with Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

Artists asked to pay $3 million in damages

Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean have been slapped with a lawsuit for copyright…

By Courtney Connley

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6 Musical Geniuses Whose Careers Have Made It to the Classroom

These artists have helped bridge the gap between music and academics

With more universities bridging music and academics, we rounded up today’s hottest artists whose careers…

By Courtney Connley

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Motivation Monday: Create A Playlist To Help Alleviate Stress

Here's a great way to get the creative juices flowing

In a mental rut at work? No problem. Here’s a strategy to get the creative…

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Diddy Announces Revolt TV Music Conference

Event to help shape the next generation of music moguls

Striving to be the leading voice in music, arts and culture, Diddy has announced the…

By Courtney Connley

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AFROPUNK Announces D’Angelo, Gianni Lee, And More For Annual Festival

The soulful crooner will be joined by the alternative world's finest

Marking its 10th year of exciting, culture-defining entertainment, the 2014 AFROPUNK Festival returns to Brooklyn’s…

By Kevin L. Clark

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N.W.A.’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casting Call Causes Controversy

Sheets with descriptions of women raise eyebrows and criticism

With the N.W.A. biopic currently filming, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ courted its first bit of controversy…

By Kevin L. Clark

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15 Twitter Reactions To Bobby Brown’s BBQ Launch

If you don't know, know that the Internets don't play fair.

A whole generation regarded Bobby Brown as the King of the Stage. His late wife,…

By Kevin L. Clark

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[VIDEO] Have The Roots Gone Pop In New Kellogg-Themed Concert?!

Their latest partnership is the tipping point for a new audience.

There was a time when fans of The Roots were the only ones interested in…

By Kevin L. Clark

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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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Education Through Music Fights to Keep Music Education in NYC Classrooms

Organization uses music to help improve academic performances

Education Through Music brings music education to the classroom of over 14,000 NYC students

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Jill Scott Receives Honorary Doctorate from Temple University

Grammy Award-winning artist gets honored by her alma mater

Jill Scott returns to her alma mater, Temple University, to receive an honorary degree

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Once Upon a Time in Shaolin is a Wu-Tang Clan double album that will be available to only one buyer.

Why The Wu-Tang Clan is Only Releasing 1 Copy of Their New Album

The Wu will hold listening parties before selling the only copy

Will you support the album?

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Carolyn Malachi is an independent, Grammy-nominated artist and the great-granddaughter of Jazz pianist John Malachi.

Grammy Nominated Singer Provides Her Tech Tips for Recording Artists

From Youtube videos to Bitcoin, Carolyn Malachi has a few tech tips that'll make your music career a little easier

Carolyn Malachi blends Jazz, Hip Hop, Spoken Word and lots of imagination

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Essence to Honor Emeli Sande at 2014 Black Women in Music Celebration

The star-studded event sponsored by the Lincoln brand, takes place during the week leading up to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards

Will you be attending?

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5 Money Lessons From J. Cole’s ‘Born Sinner’

Sometimes he brags like Hov, but with a heavy dose of humility in new album 'Born Sinner'

Yes, J. Cole is finally getting his due as not only one of the best…

By Darren Sands

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Kanye West Sued for Copyright Infringement in ‘Gold Digger’ Song

Rapper accused of illegally sampling David Pryor's voice in his 2005 hit.

David Pryor’s children claim Kanye West used his father’s voice without legal permission.

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Is Brandy Back? New Album has Received Rave Reviews

R&B diva releases sixth album to much fanfare

R&B diva releases sixth album to much fanfare

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Make That Professor Questlove

The Roots drummer to co-teach a course at NYU

The Roots drummer to co-teach a course at NYU

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5 Rappers With Interesting Claims to Fame [Photo Gallery]

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

Enjoy this eclectic list of hip hop firsts and record breakers. Any surprises?

By Demetria Irwin

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Three Men Accused of Stealing From Chuck Berry’s Home

Men arrested for theft from rock and roll singer's home

Men arrested for theft from rock and roll singer’s home

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Marsha Ambrosius: “I Have An Emotional Attachment To My Hair”

Singer gets emotional talking about her hair

Singer gets emotional talking about her hair

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Stevie Wonder Apologizes for Frank Ocean Sexuality Comments

The legendary singer releases statement for damage control

The legendary singer releases statement for damage control

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Stevie Wonder on Frank Ocean: ‘People Think They’re Gay, They’re Confused’

The Motown legend shared his thoughts on homosexuality

The Motown legend shared his thoughts on homosexuality

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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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Black Scholar Defends “White Power” Music: “It’s The Same As Hip-Hop”

Do you agree or disagree?

Do you agree or disagree?

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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…

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After performing alongside his brothers in the Jackson 5, Michael made his solo debut on American Bandstand in 1971, performing a rendition of “Rockin’ Robin.”

Social Media Remembers the King of Pop

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary of his death

Honoring Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, with social media tributes on the third anniversary…

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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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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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WATCH: Woman of Power Dionne Warwick on Building a Legacy

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at 2012 Women of Power Summit

The legend receives a coveted Legacy Award at this year’s Women of Power Summit

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Leading the Band

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

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Meet the Men Behind Singersroom.com

Finding hip-hop music online is easy. There are literally hundreds of blogs and sites dedicated…

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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

Young Boss Moves: 5 Success Tips from Love & Hip Hop’s Yandy Smith

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

Tips from entertainment manager and Love and Hip Hop cast member Yandy Smith on how…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Common: On Life and Love Lessons from Serena Williams and Erykah Badu

Award-winning Chi-town rapper and bestselling author opens up about past lessons and a future that includes marriage and a family

Common, award-winning rapper and bestselling author, opens up about his new book and love lessons…

By Kenya N. Byrd

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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…

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Backtalk with Quincy Jones

Renowned musician and producer Quincy Jones started his six-decade career as a trumpet player before…

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A Summer Soiree

Items for a special home gathering

A Central American Special
Camacho was founded in 1961 by a Cuban in exile who decided…

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Celebrating the Business of Black Music

June is Black Music Month and all month BlackEnterprise.com looks at the business of music. Log on each day to see, and learn from, those who are rising, rocking and ruling

June is Black Music Month and all month BlackEnterprise.com looks at the business of music.…

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Black Blogger Month: 2DopeBoyz, Business Never Personal

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining an ad network

Co-founder of popular music site, 2DopeBoyz.com, Meka Udoh reveals the pros and cons of joining…

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Will Bankruptcy Stop Tupac’s Biopic from Hitting the Screen?

15 years later, financial harships threaten to keep the rapper's long-awaited story out of theaters

15 years later, financial hardships threaten to keep the rapper’s long-awaited story out of theaters

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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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WATCH: Stepping Out of the Box with Gospel Superstars Mary Mary

Platinum music artists talk negotiating, money advice and going against the grain

Platinum music artists talk negotiating, money advice and going against the grain

By Janell Hazelwood

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Winging It: F.A.M.E Costs. Will Chris Brown Ever Be Willing to Pay?

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to care about

His new album is expected to debut at #1. Sadly, that’s all he seems to…

By Caroline Clarke

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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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Changing Lanes: Wall Street Trader Quits Job to Pursue His Dreams

Anteneh Addisu was already successful in the finance world, but he gave it all up for a career in music

Anteneh “Anthem” Addisu, 25, loved working on Wall Street. Making close to $150,000 a year,…

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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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WATCH: Swizz Beatz On the Beauty of Investing in Art

The mega-producer shares the do's and don'ts of making wise art purchases

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with music and art connoisseur Swizz Beatz while the mega producer-come-NYU professor…

By Anslem Samuel

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Wyclef Jean on the Fugees, the Presidency and the Music

Wyclef Jean sits down with Black Enterprise’s Our World host, Marc Lamont Hill, and answers…

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WATCH: Nick Cannon on Business, Being Taken Seriously & Faking It ‘Til You Make It

The self-described "entrepretainer" shares tips for young entrepreneurs

Blackenterprise.com correspondent Shannon Lanier recently caught up with self-described “Entrepretainer” Nick Cannon, who, at just…

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Multiple Rights Deals Changing How Record Labels Make Money

Evolving '360' model allows companies to gain more revenue

A burgeoning business model is changing the way record labels do business and forcing musicians…

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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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Top 50 Power Brokers in Hollywood

These luminaries wield unprecedented clout in film and television

From media titan Oprah Winfrey to megastar Will Smith, powerful forces in Hollywood are controlling…

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