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

With iHeart Radio, you can hear history unfold

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

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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…

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Power Thinking: 3 Mindshifting Techniques for Radical Entrepreneurs

Business owners come a dime a dozen. Everywhere you look; someone you know is selling…

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Philanthropy Bosses: 4 Celebs Who Add Giving Back to Their Career Portfolios

These industry heavyweights show how being charitable pays off

These entertainers spend countless hours and dollars giving back to a cause they hold dear…

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Immigration Reform: 5 Things We Learned From Russell Simmons

All Def Digital CEO speaks on the future of policy and diversity in the nation

Russell Simmons, All Def Digital CEO, took to his HuffPost blog to bring awareness to…

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Russell Simmons Talks Fatherhood, Spirituality With Oprah Winfrey

Season finale of Super Soul Sunday airs Father's Day

Oprah sits down with media mogul turned spiritualist Russell Simmons, who shares the secret to…

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10 First Tweets From Successful Black Businesspeople

Find out how these success stories began their journey on Twitter.

Being first is one of the initial rules you learn when you get into business.
In…

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Entrepreneurial Myth or Real Talk – To Become Entrepreneurial Giant, No Degree Required?

Majority of college dropouts struggle to find success as business owners, abandoning college rarely leads to economic prosperity

While there are prominent entrepreneurs who’ve succeeded as college dropouts, most entrepreneurs have a harder…

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Russell Simmons Makes Meditation Simple in New Book ‘Success Through Stillness’ [Review]

Learn how meditation can change not only your career, but your entire life

My first introduction to meditation was through a class at my church when I was…

By Sasha King

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Russell Simmons Returns to HBO

Founder of Def Comedy Jam will create and develop projects for the network

Can Russell be successful again at HBO?

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The 2013 Dream Project Symposium [Photo Gallery]

Cathy Hughes, Russell Simmons and many more attended.

Egami Consulting Group hosted The Dream Project Symposium presented by Verizon Wireless

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2013 Dare to Dream Auction

Sean Combs and Russell Simmons Join the “NFTE Dare to Dream Auction”

Celebrities donate time and knowledge to help entrepreneurs

NFTE’s continued efforts to entrepreneurs continue with their silver gala on April 23

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Russell Simmons Talks “Gangsta Government” in ‘Impact Players’ Series

Check out our 3rd video in the "Impact Players" series

Russell Simmons gets open and honest about the U.S. government

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Black History Month Quote of the Day: Russell Simmons

Today's quote of the day comes from legendary entrepreneur Russell Simmons

We will publish a landmark quote from an African American legend every day of Black…

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A Thief? Mogul Russell Simmons Denies Accusations

Russell Simmons speaks out about scamming former employee out of millions.

Russell Simmons accused of taking millions from former Run Athletics President.

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Russell Simmons and Rev. Run Accused of Cheating Business Partner

Rev Run's "Pastry" Shoe Line is worth 50 million

A business partner in Rev. Run Athletics “Pastry” Shoe Line accuses Simmons brothers of hiding…

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Follow Black Enterprise for the Latest 2013 International CES News

Grab a front-row seat to a showcase of the hottest tech products of 2013

Join us everyday next week as we report from the International CES about the newest…

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Profit With Purpose: A Talk With Teneshia Jackson-Warner

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success in her field

Award- winning multicultural marketing expert, Teneshia Jackson-Warner, details in her book, the tools to success…

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Russell Simmons Defends Stacey Dash…Sorta

The Hip Hop mogul says Stacey Dash isn't 'Clueless'

The Hip Hop mogul says Stacey Dash isn’t ‘Clueless’

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Russell Simmons to Jay-Z: “Support Occupy Wall Street”

Simmons schools Jay-Z on the OWS movement

Simmons schools Jay-Z on the OWS movement

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Earvin Magic Johnson Launches New Network Aspire

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American audiences

The basketball champion expands his business portfolio with a network featuring programming for African American…

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Jay-Z Backs Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance

The music mogul came out in support of the president's position on same-sex marriage in a recent interview with CNN

Brooklyn-born rapper Jay-Z cosigned President Obama’s decision to support gay marriage in an interview with…

By Janel Martinez

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Penny Hardaway Scores Big with Booming Business Portfolio

The NBA great skyrockets from basketball superstar to flourishing entrepreneur and philanthropist

NBA great Penny Hardaway gets his second wind as a businessman with an impressive portfolio…

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Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey Talks TV Drama, Business of Fashion

Model, mother and entrepreneur means business when expanding her brand

Cynthia Bailey, reality TV star, mother and model, discusses a brand that’s more than TV…

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UBR Spotlight: Marketing Maven Teneshia Jackson Warner

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, women’s history maker Teneshia Jackson Warner, founder of…

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White People, You Will Never Be Suspicious Like Trayvon Martin

GlobalGrind.com's Editor-in-Chief shares his views on the Trayvon Martin shooting from the perspective of a White man of privilege

GlobalGrind.com’s Editor-in-Chief shares his views on the Trayvon Martin shooting from the perspective of a…

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WATCH: Amid Criticism, Suze Orman Defends Her New Prepaid Debit Card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive about launching her own prepaid card

In a video interview with theGrio.com/CNBC reporter Sharlita Brantley, Suze Orman goes on the defensive…

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RUSH COMMUNICATIONS: Russell Simmons, founder of Def Jam (1984) and Rush Communications (1991) (pictured). Def Jam is responsible for launching the career of LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys, and Rush Communications is the parent company for media, entertainment, apparel, financial and philanthropic companies.

Russell Simmons to the Financial Press: ‘Is It Because I’m Hip Hop?’

Amid prepaid debit card criticism, the RushCard founder demands to know why he's considered a "celebrity endorser"

As prepaid debit cards by Suze Orman and Lil Wayne are criticized, RushCard founder Russell…

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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.

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WATCH: LL Cool J on his Continued Connection to Hip-Hop

Rapper turned actor LL Cool J speaks on his dual role as a hip-hop pioneer and Hollywood player

The hip-hop pioneer and star of NCIS: Los Angeles opens up about the evolution of…

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In the News: Obama Calls Final End to Iraq War; Celebs Protest Lowe’s Ad Pullout and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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Russell Simmons Defends the Rush Card, Support of Occupy Wall Street

The chairman of Rush Communications sounds off in an open letter to the 100 Percent

Hip-hop influencer Russell Simmons addresses his critics in an open letter

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5 Famous People You May Never See at Occupy Wall Street

See who made the list on BE Next

In wake of the recent induced dispersal of Occupy Wall Street protesters, Black Enterprise’s BE…

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President Obama Goes After the Youth Vote … Again

The president’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative geared towards attracting young voters

President Obama’s re-election campaign launched Greater Together, an initiative enlisting campaign volunteers and assisting first-time…

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Kanye West Shows Up at Occupy Wall Street…In a Maybach?

The producer-turned-rapper arrives at Occupy Wall Street in a luxury car

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Today Occupy Wall Street demonstrators are marching to New York’s Upper East Side…

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In the News: Bill Cosby to Share NYC Benefit Show; Tyra Banks Lands on New York Times’ Best Sellers List and More

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the Web

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Book Review: Hip Hop, A Cultural Odyssey

So huge, it comes with a matching backpack tote bag. But if you truly love hip hop, this tome is worth more than its weight in gold chains.

For those pressed for time, here’s the bottom line: If you love hip hop, I…

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Kimora Lee Simmons Takes On New Role at Accessories Retailer

Key position at online boutique is first outside of her KLS brand

Fashion mogul Kimora Lee Simmons takes on new role outside of the KLS brand as…

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Steve Stoute Explains the ‘Tanning of America’

The advertising guru shares strategies from his new book and how brands can tap into the youth market

Former music executive turned advertising/marketing expert Steve Stoute explains why corporate America needs to tap…

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Why Black Entrepreneurs Must Create the Next Google

How to succeed in the "Innovation Economy"

There’s a need for a business movement with a powerful, audacious mission: Ensuring African Americans…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Russell Simmons’ “Super Rich”

Also: Financial educator Alvin Hall, the Garage Door Company, Porsche's driving school

Legendary hip-hop music and fashion mogul, philanthropist and author Russell Simmons is the featured Power…

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Preview B.E. Business Report: Pastry’s Vanessa & Angela Simmons

Also: Power Player Ian Clarke; expert estate planning advice

Vanessa and Angela Simmons, co-founders of the Pastry’s urban fashion enterprise, are featured in the…

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It took only 72 days for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ marriage to dissolve. Reportedly costing a million dollars, the financial loss of the split is obvious. Similarly, Jennifer Lopez may have once sang “Love Don’t Cost A Thing,” but the singer/actress knows first-hand that a  divorce can cost a pretty penny. After eight months of marrige to backup dancer/choreographer Cris Judd, she called it quits in 2002 and coughed up $14 million to Judd. With the recent announcement of her split from salsa singer Marc Anthony, there’s rampant speculation about who’s going to come out richer. J.Lo, whose estimated net worth is $150 million, easily eclipses her estranged husband who earns a respectable $40 million. If the couple signed a premarital agreement, there should be little worry about who gets what. On the other hand, the dirty laundry from some of the following couples was aired when news of their divorces spread. We’ve taken a look at the figures in 10 expensive celebrity divorces. —Brett Johnson

10 Most Expensive Divorces for Black Celebrities

A look at the most costly divorces of the rich and famous

Divorces and separations are all too common in Hollywood. Here’s a breakdown of some of…

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Yes, that really is the number of tractors in Norway and, yes, it is printed onto every garment Moods of Norway produces.

Spring/Summer 2012 Season Menswear Trade Show Preview

Suit Your Life columnist Gardy V. Guerrier gives you an exclusive backstage pass to some of next year's hottest fashion pieces

Following the menswear Spring/Summer 2012 season trade shows in New York City, here’s a sneak…

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WATCH: The High Life – Brunch with Bevy Smith and Don Lemon

The creator of Dinner with Bevy tells how she made a business out of meaningful connections

When the who’s who want to get together an evening of elegant dining and long-lasting…

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President Barack Obama rings in his 50th birthday in Chicago Wednesday (Image: File)

In the News: Obama to Announce Troop Pullout; Shaq Talks Future in Business; Study Shows Men Network Better

Headlines around the web

See what’s going on in the world with today’s compilation of news around the web

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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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Black Blogger Month: Nah Right, The Business of Music

Responsible for one of the most popular music sites, Ahsmi “Eskay” Rawlins marches to the beats of his own blog

Ranked as one of the No. 1 hip-hop websites, NahRight.com, delivers new music and news…

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UBR Morning Post: Get ‘Super Rich’ With Russell Simmons

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

Bonus content on the entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Speaks Out about ‘Radicalization’ of Muslims

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

The philanthropist on recent protests against Islamophobia and why you should get involved

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WATCH: Russell Simmons Talks Farrakhan, Success, and ‘Super Rich’

Hip-hop entrepreneur calls NOI leader his 'second father'

Music entrepreneur Russell Simmons talks to The Root about his success and how Louis Farrakhan…

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MICHELLE OBAMA 	First Lady of the United States 	Mrs. Obama is a dynamic First Lady and partner to our nation's first Black president, Barack Obama. However, the Princeton University and Harvard Law School graduate continues to make her role as First Lady a memorable one. Though she may receive more press for her fashion influence, Mrs. Obama seems to much rather prefer using her clout for good to launch and support initiatives like Let's Move, which promotes exercise to battle childhood obesity and healthy eating, especially within underserved communities. 	POLISH PICK: Who's The Boss. This color is bold and engaging, just like Mrs. Obama. In addition to crafting a legacy of service, she has undoubtedly become a style icon, influencing designers and fashionistas worldwide. This color is perfect for anyone who appreciates a chic yet classic look.

The Power of Color: 9 Women Who Nail It Every Time

The ladies behind Ginger + Liz Colour Collection match up the right hues to accent these fierce and financially focused females

Beauty industry entrepreneurs Ginger + Liz pair notable women with their colour counterpart

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BACKTALK with Russell Simmons

BLACK ENTERPRISE caught up with the 53-year-old to discuss the motivation behind Super Rich, how…

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Russell Simmons is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All, but the mogul (who is featured in the February 2011 issue of Black Enterprise) keeps his bookshelves jam packed with interesting reads. I took a peek while waiting for the crew to get the lights set for our Power Player interview with Simmons for the Black Enterprise Business Report and took note of what was there. Along with three Buddha statues, an ’80s hip-hop bobble head (complete with pseudo-Kangol and Adidas), a photo of his daughters, Ming Lee and Aoki Lee, with Oprah, and a bonsai tree that’s seen better days, Simmons’ office shelves offers a window into his soul—and his favorite reads. Here are 10 great books on Russell Simmons’ shelf. Tastemaker that he is, if Simmons loves it, it’s almost guaranteed to please!--Caroline Clarke

10 Great Reads From Russell Simmons’ Bookshelf

You can tell a lot about a person by what they read. Here's a window into the mind of the music mogul and businessman.

<strong>Russell Simmons</strong> is a lover of books. Not only did he recently release <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Super-Rich-Guide-Having-All/dp/0142428329"…

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This Week on Our World: Hollywood Star Blair Underwood

Also: the relationship between gays in America and the Black community; how a father and daughter each beat breast cancer.

This week on Our World with Black Enterprise, host Marc Lamont Hill sits down with…

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Book Review: Black Business Secrets

Author Dante Lee wants African Americans to excel as entrepreneurs, not just have good feelings about business ownership

For those entrepreneurs and aspiring business owners who are serious about building sustainable businesses, Dante…

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Outtakes with Caroline Clarke: Russell Simmons

BE's Business Report host shares her insight on meeting the hip-hop mogul and discussing his latest book.

Caroline rubs shoulders with the hip-hop mogul

Russell Simmons’ office is not just in a corner,…

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What You Can Learn from … Simmons Sisters’ Sweet Success

5 business lessons from sisterpreneurs Angela and Vanessa on building Pastry

Vanessa and Angela Simmons are building their own empire, with a foundation nurtured by their…

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Valeisha Butterfield Strives to Empower Women in Entertainment

Founder and Chair of WEEN tells how she turned her idea into a worldwide following

Blackenterprise.com talked with the industry savvy chairwoman about turning her dream into a reality, the…

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Russell Simmons: Why You Should Vote (and Why His Daughters Can’t Watch His New Show)

Just hours before his new reality show debuts, the hip hop impresario sounds off

“It’s all about your team. There is nothing else, and you can do nothing else…

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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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Required Reading on Black Business History

Books by and about great black entrepreneurs underscore our legacy in business.

Each February, as we celebrate African American History Month, we recognize the achievements of black…

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Simmons ‘Grinds’ Into Social Media

GlobalGrind.com to increase celebrity content, visibility

Hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons is ramping up efforts to increase visibility of his latest venture…

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Hip Hop’s Soundtrack to the Election

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Hip-hop continues to throw its unwavering support behind Sen. Barack Obama as he takes…

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Russell Simmons Joins the Obama Campaign

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Media mogul, Russell Simmons,…

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Russell Simmons takes on Politics

Hip Hop Mogul Russell Simmons is becoming a force in the world of politics. He’s…

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Debit Or Credit?

Knowing the benefits of each card can help you manage money better

When Morgan Robinson began working for SmithKline as a teenager in 1999, she opened a…

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