Tag Archives: Social media

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Does Facebook Make You a Loser?

How much is too much for online time?

How much is too much for online time?

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Company Offers Social Media Hacking Insurance

For a fee, company offers protection from hackers

For a fee, company offers protection from hackers

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Do Young People Care About the Media?

New book discusses disconnect between millennials and the media

New book discusses disconnect between millennials and the media

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StatusPeople App Reveals Tweeters Who Buy Followers

Do you know anyone you suspect of buying followers?

Do you know anyone you suspect of buying followers?

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How Not To Use Social Media On Your Resume

Be careful of how much you talk about social media on your resume

Be careful of how much you talk about social media on your resume

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Join Our Twitter Chat on Careers in Faith and Religion!

We talk balancing careers and ministry with Rev. Deborah Martin and Anthony Bradley, Ph.D.

On Monday, July 23 we chat with the Rev. Deborah Martin and Anthony Bradey, Ph.D.…

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Cool Jobs: Executive Blends Fashion, Web, and Business at StyleHaul Post

Digital media professional brings publishing background to popular network

Pauline Malcolm, senior vice president of global sales at StyleHaul Inc., talks the perks of…

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Sisters Offer Creative Black Haircare Deals with The Fly Cut

Website offers pioneering resource for black women on the Web

Three sisters tap into black haircare niche and start a daily deal Website with help…

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7 Awesome Jobs You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Perfect picks for the nontraditional job seeker

Of course the traditional career paths prevail, but these jobs are for the job seeker…

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Not a Fan of Self-Promotion? Here’s How to Advance Anyway

Even if you shy away from the limelight, it's good to be on the radar

Even if you’re not into the limelight, a little self-promotion doesn’t hurt in the workplace.…

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Social Media Responds to Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling

Social networking sites were set ablaze with commentary once word circulated that #SCOTUS approved “Obamacare”

The Supreme Court on Thursday decided to uphold President Obama’s Affordable Healthcare Act, which will…

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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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The League Scores Big with Social Media During 2012 NBA Finals

As adoring fans await Game 5, see how the NBA stacks up on its social media platforms

In May, 63% of live TV viewers multi-task with their smartphone, posting content online while…

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Leadership: 6 Steps to Putting Your Vision Into Action

Take a cue from an entrepreneur who implemented a 90-day challenge to jumpstart success

In 90 days, you can be on the path to reaching your career and life…

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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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With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining the best options for optimizing traffic to your blog. That was a topic of discussion at the 5th annual Blogging While Brown conference, held June 1-2, in Philadelphia, PA at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Hundreds of aspiring and seasoned bloggers, influencers and social media aficionados congregated to network and discuss the changes taking place across the Web. With growing one’s audience on nearly every attendee’s mind, here’s a look at how bloggers can build, observe and engage with their audience.--Yoli Ouiya

5 Social Media Strategies That Will Grow Your Audience

With over 200 social networking sites at your disposal, it can be a challenge determining…

By Yoli Ouiya

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Skip the objective. Objectives are outdated and rarely used in today’s world of professional resume writing. The purpose of the objective was to tell employers what you were seeking, i.e. “a challenging sales position.” Instead, the objective has now been replaced with a career profile or a summary of qualifications which tells employers exactly what you have to offer, i.e. “accomplished professional with 10 years sales experience.” Your resume should include a concise yet quality career profile which clearly indicates what you have to offer, rather than just what you desire. Employers are far more attracted to a candidate who actually brings something to the table.

Startup Savvy: 5 High-Paying Opportunities for Job Seekers

You don't have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook

You don’t have to be a technie to land a gig at the next Facebook.…

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‘Queen of Street Lit’ Wahida Clark Continues Her Publishing Reign

Entrepreneur talks Cash Money Content deal, second chances, family balance

Street lit veteran Wahida Clark continues brand expansion with more authors and lucrative Cash Money…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Liquid Soul Media Brings Mainstream & Black Hollywood Together

Mastering integrated multicultural marketing campaigns, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson help introduce niche films to wider audiences

With Liquid Soul Media, Tirrell Whittley and Nick Nelson have found a way to market…

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Facebook IPO: Shares Start at $42

The social network’s monetary value jumped from $38 per share to $42 on Friday

Facebook shares started trading at $42.05 per share on Friday around 11:30am EST on the…

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Meet Your Small Business Instructor: James Andrews

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, this social media expert offers tips to grow your business

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, social media expert James Andrews…

By Demetria Irwin

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Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Mario Armstrong

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, personal finance expert Lynette Khalfani-Cox…

By Demetria Irwin

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Money, Power and Technology: How Floyd Mayweather Became a Social Media Heavyweight

The famed boxer has spread his brand beyond the boxing ring, amassing an online following that rivals tech heavyweights and influencers

With accounts on various social media platforms, Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. has spread his brand…

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Charles Barkley  From the onset of his career Barkley was surrounded by greatness. Drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in 1984, he joined a team that includes legends Julius Erving, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks. Holding his own, Sir Charles averaged 14 points and 8.6 rebounds per game during his rookie season. A year later, he was the team’s leading rebounder and second scorer before eventually becoming the Sixers’ franchise player until he was traded in 1992 to the Phoenix Suns, where he continued to dominate as a rebounder and team leader. By time he retired in 2000, Barkley became the fourth player in NBA history to achieve 20,000 points, 10,000 rebounds and 4,000 assists. However, the Dream Team gold medalist was never able to win a title to compliment his accolades.

NBA Decoded: Does Social Media Make Athletes Worse Role Models?

Was Charles Barkley right? How social media has made today's athletes flaws as a role model more apparent

When Charles Barkley proclaimed that he wasn’t a role model he had no idea that…

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Motherhood vs. Career Pursuit: Should Women Have to Choose?

Women weigh in on whether sacrifice of parenting is doable and worth it

From fashion icon Kimora Lee Simmons to Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, women balance motherhood and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Awkward Black Girl’ Creator Issa Rae on Shorty Award Win and Online Racism

The producer, director, writer and star of “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” addresses the digital hate

“Awkward Black Girl” creator Issa Rae spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about her Shorty Award win, the…

By Janel Martinez

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Since its 2008 launch, Klout has been praised as a helpful tool for social influence, and criticized on score inconsistencies all in the same breath. Technology blogger Diego Basch summed it up best: “It’s simply a game that measures how good you are at it. Your Klout score measures how good you are at getting a high Klout score.” 

While Klout maintains that their "True Reach" metric is a work in progress, it’s hard not to view the number as the end-all, be-all of one’s digital influence.  It matters so much so that companies are using the scoring system to decide whether or not they’ll employ an individual. Sam Fiorella’s job interview was cut short when he admitted to not knowing about Klout. After the dismissal, Fiorella spent the next six months working to boost his Klout score, ultimately reaching 72. With interactive influence determining whether or not you’ll land your next job (or VIP status at an upcoming event), here are 5 tips to boosting your Klout score in 5 days.--Terrena Carriman

Clout vs. Klout: Why the Latter Doesn’t Measure True Influence

While some employers will check a prospective employee’s digital influence, it should not blow one’s chances of getting a job

BlackEnterprise.com columnist Hajj Flemings examines whether or not a job applicant’s Klout score outweighs his/her…

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Melinda Emerson, Black Enterprise Small Business University Instructor

Meet Your Small Business University Instructor: Melinda Emerson

Register for Black Enterprise's Small Business University NOW and learn how to build and grow your business! Plus enter for a chance to win more than $50,000 in prizes

For the Black Enterprise Small Business University, sponsored by Dell, entrepreneurship expert Melinda Emerson offers…

By Demetria Irwin

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5 Cool (Recent) Branding Moves By President Barack Obama

A look at the Commander-in-Chief's moments of swag

Here’s a snapshot into recent appearances that give the Commander-in-Chief the cool factor.

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You Only Live Once: So When It Comes to Your Business, Innovate Before It’s Too Late

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the key to your small business success

For entrepreneurs, a healthy dose of innovation (and a dash of crazy) could be the…

By Elayne Fluker

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Entrepreneurs: Learn How to Use Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn the best technology tools to help grow your business!

Register for the Black Enterprise Small Business University NOW and learn how to build, fund,…

By Elayne Fluker

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5 Ways to Grow Your Brand’s Social Media Following

Five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating a strong social media presence.

Amanda Miller Littlejohn provides five easy-to-follow steps that will help promote your business—all while cultivating…

By Amanda Miller Littlejohn

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Your company’s merger might not have the same splashy headlines as Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg buying Instagram or the intense game of executive musical chairs being played by Arianna Huffington and the TechCrunch editors, but the impact of a company transition on your career is no less important. You could be faced with not only answering to a new boss, but an entirely different corporate environment.


Here are five tips to avoid being a merger casualty and instead successfully transitioning your old job into the new space. --- Demetria Irwin

AOL/TechCrunch Merger Moves: 5 Ways to Successfully Survive a Company Transition

As AOL's Techcrunch changes leadership, here's employee strategy to make transition less stressful

As TechCrunch transitions into new leadership and Mark Zuckerberg plans to buy Instagram, many employees…

By Demetria Irwin

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How to Hide Stuff From Your Timeline

Timeline gives friends the ability to view your entire Facebook history. For this reason, we imagine the first thing most people will want to do is to "sanitize" their Timeline. The good news is, it's simple to hide what you don't want showing. When you see a post you'd like to nix, just hit the pencil icon at the top of the post and select "Hide from Timeline." This doesn't delete the content from your account, but it will keep it safe from prying eyes.

Why Asking For A Job Applicant’s Facebook Password Is Fair Game

Depending on the job, access to the social media communications of a potential hire may be in your company's best interest

Employers asking prospective hires for their Facebook password is a hot button topic but it’s…

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Dawn Fitch, President of Pooka Pure & Simple

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To keep people engaged in her company’s social media presence, Dawn Fitch spends one to…

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WATCH: David Banner on Trayvon Martin Shooting Death

The passionate performer expresses his views on the senseless death of another young Black man

Rapper/producer David Banner shares his passionate perspective on the life and death of Trayvon Martin…

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A Closer Look at Trayvon Martin’s Social Media Footprint

The high school junior’s death sparked Twitter hashtags, Facebook statuses and YouTube tributes

Everyone from celebrities to everyday people began leveraging the power of social media to discuss…

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How Long Before We Forget About Trayvon Martin?

Being politically active against injustice should not be a trending topic but a lifetime mission

Following the death of Trayvon Martin everyone’s rallying for justice, but will the activism last…

By Anslem Samuel

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SXSW 2012: 4 Tips on Giving in the 21st Century

Social media makes philanthropy safe and easy

Cheryl Contee of Fission Strategy’s 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival panel, “21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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TWITTER:   I know that this is probably an obvious one, but how do you really engage with Twitter? Do you use it as a personal tool to connect with others? Promote your business? Both? Do you need a personal and business account? I would say, it all depends. I have one account for me personally, which I also use professionally. When my new book, Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, is published in April, I will be using another account for book tweets only. I want to make sure that those messages go to people who want data on youth marketing specifically. So the moral of this story is, know your target market. Your tweets will have a greater impact if you’re really focused on who you’re trying to reach.

SXSW 2012: The Power of ‘Black Twitter’

Kimberly Ellis, commonly known as Dr. Goddess, explains why black people are more than mainstream’s view of “Black Twitter”

In her SXSW panel discussion, “The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter,” Kimberly C. Ellis set…

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SXSW 2012: How Brands Can Reach a Diverse Online Community

Founder/producer of Southern Fried Filmworks and Big Shade Tree Trevite Willis reveals how big-name brands are successfully reaching out to diverse communities and what you can learn from their techniques

“Mining Diversity: Developing a Community of Color” panelist Trevite Willis discusses best practices for businesses…

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SXSW 2012: ‘Social Media Sharecropping’ Encourages African Americans to Monetize Digital Content

Blogging While Brown founder Gina McCauley talks digital content monetization and brand awareness at her panel during 2012 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

The SXSW 2012 panel “Social Media Sharecropping: Black Tech Adoption” focused on creating an online…

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Will Social Media Determine the 2012 Presidential Campaign?

Exploring the impact of Twitter and Facebook on how voters will cast their ballot

Social media is so engrained into our society that it may be a determining factor…

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6 Things Your Small Business Can Learn from Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative businesses

In the age of the platform, there is much entrepreneurs can learn from these innovative…

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Can Social Media Save Your Business?

Join us on Facebook for a Power Lunch with entrepreneur and cover subject Dawn Fitch

Imagine growing your revenue by 35% or more this year. On Friday, March 16, 2012,…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. It's the popular kid on the social media block, showing enormous growth and attracting the interest---and usage--of big brands including Nike, Kraft, Whole Foods, and HGTV. From boards centering on arts & crafts to interior decor and jobs boards, Pinterest can serve as a vital resource in not only your life but specifically, your career.


Check out five ways you can utilize Pinterest for professional development and advancement. ---Sirita Wright

5 Ways You Can Get a Job Using Pinterest

Find professional development and career leads via Web boards

This fast-growing social media platform can be a vital resource for professional development, job leads…

By Sirita Wright

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On the Real Housewives of Atlanta, we've all seen the drama and antics of six women interacting both professionally and personally to make must-see TV. But Attorney Phaedra Parks is not your typical reality TV diva. She's been managing law partner at The Parks Group, P.C., for a decade, and has represented the likes of Bobby Brown, Jermaine Dupri and Ludacris, among others.


The mother, entrepreneur, and litigator, was president of the Gate City Bar Association, and actively sits on boards for organizations including the American Bar Association and the University of Georgia. One can't have all of this under her (designer) belt without knowing a thing -- or three--- about networking. 


On the heels of last night's episode, we caught up with Parks for her quick and dirty quips on making quality connections. ---Janell Hazelwood

Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Phaedra Parks: Three Professional Networking Don’ts

Three quick and dirty tips on boosting your professional connections

Attorney and Real Housewives of Atlanta star Phaedra Parks knows a thing or three about…

By Janell Hazelwood

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New media has changed the way businesses function, increasing the amount of power consumers hold. This shift is evident in the way consumers use, socialize and interact with brands on the Web. Let’s face it: We are now, all—like it or not—immersed in a socially driven society, where the need to share every move, want, or purchase is apparent via our Google+ circles, Foursquare and Facebook check-ins, and instantaneous Twitter updates. 

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform brands how they can take advantage of social media at the opening of Social Media Week, showcasing some top consumer trends and the various ways customers interact with them. See what four trends brands should pay close attention to this year--and beyond. --Noni Cavaliere

Top Trends Shaping Social Media in 2012 and Beyond

Certain trends are dominating social media this year and entrepreneurs stand to benefit if they can keep up

Ann Mack, Director of Trendspotting at JWT in New York, set out Monday to inform…

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TOUR DE FORCE

Houston’s first album tour grossed nearly $4.8 million in ticket sales. Her second tour was almost as successful, grossing $4.1 million in ticket sales. Her Bodyguard tour was a huge success helping her earn a spot on Forbes' "Richest Entertainers" list. Between 1993 and 1994, Houston grossed $33 million. My Love is Your Love tour did exceptionally well internationally as the highest grossing arena concert of that year. Her last and final tour, Nothing But Love World Tour made her $36 million.

#WhitneyHouston’s Impact on Twitter

Looking at how trusted news breaks in the age of social media

Following the death of Whitney Houston Twitter exploded with RIP tweets, we explore how breaking…

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I talk to stressed out business owners and non-profit leaders almost every day who are just plain overwhelmed with social media. Not because they don't know how to use it and not because they don't understand its value. They're stressed because the space changes at such a rapid pace---the ground is always shifting under their feet so they never really feel like they're gotten a foothold.

So what do you do to keep up with social media while running your business?  It's impossible to get on every platform and more importantly, it's just not smart. You can't do that, so don't even try. Instead of focusing on quantity of social connections and sites, focus more on quality control. Here are 6 ways to do it.---Amanda Miller Littlejohn

6 Ways to Manage Social Media Overload

Don't get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how to manage and master social media

Don’t get stressed out by social media. These tips help business owners know how…

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It’s never easy to search for a new job while you’re already employed. Professionals often find themselves having to sneak around to send out resumes, go on interviews, or speak with potential employers. 	While you shouldn’t feel trapped in your current position, it’s very important that you conduct your job search with integrity and skill. Consider these tips when searching for a new job and avoid having to compromise your current paycheck. —Aisha Taylor

Career Tip of the Day: Google Yourself

Ensure that your personal brand is attractive on the Web

Be sure your personal brand is represented as attractive as possible on the Web.

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The workplace is changing fast. Technology is changing even faster. Are universities keeping pace with either one? Is the U.S. moving fast enough to train and educate a workforce to compete in a global economy? The pressure to innovate within corporations and in small businesses has never been greater. The shift from industrial age thinking to an adaptive, digital, innovative culture will not just be the responsibility of the employer but the employee as well. The real question is: How fast are you changing?

In the U.S. workforce we are trained to think methodically with antiquated processes and tremendous uncertainty in the economy. We have experienced decades of success in industrial thinking and an education system that has been out paced by its foreign competitors. Are we now victims of our own success? What does this mean for the U.S. workforce? Here are four changes in the new economy workplace. —Hajj Flemings

4 Changes in the Workplace That Effect How You Do Business

Being tech savvy is no longer a choice but a means of survival in the workplace

Today’s workplace is all about being tech savvy, if you plan to be successful in…

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"Trust me, Baby. I'm an expert on EVERY platform. Let me show you how its done."

12 Tools to Manage Social Media Like the Pros

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social media for your business

Four social media professionals tell you their favorite tools to manage, monitor and streamline social…

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Why Anyone Who Uses the Web Should be Concerned About SOPA

What the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could mean to the way you do business online

Web users beware of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) which will strip people worldwide…

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6 Ways to Approach Branding and Social Media for Your Business in 2012

Leave the ad hoc approach behind and follow these simple steps for your branding and 'socializing' your business in 2012

Here are a few simple ways to approach your branding and social media for your…

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6 Twitter Tips for Entrepreneurs

Just about every entrepreneur has a Twitter account these days, but tweeting effectively is what…

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54-Point Personal Branding Checklist for 2012

Your guide to getting your branding strategy in order for the New Year

As we head into 2012 be sure to have your personal branding strategy in place…

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When The N-Word Comes Home to Roost

A Dutch fashion mag's racist slur against singer Rihanna shows that racism is still one of America's biggest exports

The worst thing about Dutch fashion mag Jackie’s racist slur against Rihanna? Basic, good journalism…

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Saudi Prince Buys $300 Million Stake in Twitter

Twitter is here to stay and the value of micro-blogging site can only increase– at…

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After months of beta testing, Facebook made their new Timeline layout available to the public today. Previously, only a select few users were able to upgrade to Facebook Timeline, which is a total redesign of the look, feel and interactivity of the social media platform. But what exactly makes Facebook Timeline different from all of the previous changes? For starters, it shifts the focus from merely in-the-moment status updates to a detailed overview of a user's entire life, raising the level of interconnectivity between users.
	As with any Facebook upgrade there are critics, who are concerned about privacy issues and the potential for identity theft. However, Facebook is providing users with a seven-day grace period to review and edit all their Timeline-accessible information. Click here to “get Timeline” now, but remember you’ll only have seven days to review your page before it goes live to "friends". To help users adjust to the changes, Mashable listed 10 things you need to know about Facebook Timeline.

Facebook Timeline Launches: 10 Things You Need to Know Now

Before you switch over to the new Facebook layout, here are a few things you need to know

Here’s how users can familiarize and prepare their Facebook Timeline pages for friends

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6 Ways to Attract Customers via Social Media

How to effectively utilize social media to connect with your customers and build your business

Amanda Miller Littlejohn, social media and marketing coach, tells entrepreneurs how to use social media…

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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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How to Effectively Fund A Project on Kickstarter

5 steps to using the crowdfunding platform to get your startup off the ground

From Evita Robinson of Nomad-Ness TV to the founders of FASHIZBLACK magazine, learn from three…

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Top 5 Tech Skills Employers Want

Boost your marketability by strengthening your knowledge

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Many top employers and CEOs have agreed: Technical skills that can be applied to…

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Beyond Your Home Page

Moving your online profile to the next level

With facts, apps, and information moving at dizzying speed, it’s a challenge keeping up with…

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Few can deny the impact Dr. Bill Cosby has made in entertainment. From being the first African American to play a leading role in a TV show on NBC’s I Spy (1965-68) to making his self titled series The Cosby Show No. 1 on the same network almost 20 years later, he has withstood the test of time in Hollywood as a writer, producer, director, actor, composer and more. More than just an entertainer with over 2.3 million Twitter followers (@BillCosby), Cosby has managed to evolve his sphere of influence and remain relevant through his philanthropic efforts, advertising, public speaking, business acumen and involvement in academia. BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the iconic Dr. Bill Cosby. —Kevin Clark

Bill Cosby Decoded: A Family-Friendly Brand

The comedian and philanthropist has blazed trails in television, advertising and more

From comedian to actor to educator and philanthropist, Bill Cosby has done it all and…

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WATCH: MC Hammer Launches His Own Search Engine WireDoo

The rising tech entrepreneur announces a service to rival Google and Bing

From entertainer to tech entrepreneur, MC Hammer has come a long way. With the announcement…

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Career Tip of the Day: Refresh Your Social Media Presence

Take at least 30 minutes today to upgrade your profile

Today’s tip: Blow the dust off those social media profiles and make the most of…

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In the News: Democrats Move Forward With Jobs Plan in Pieces; Nigerian Underwear Bomber Pleads Guilty 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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I had the pleasure of attending the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Phoenix Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, September 24, 2011. While there I got the opportunity to meet (or interrupt depending on how you look at it) NBA player Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) and his actress girlfriend Gabrielle Union (@ItsGabrielleU).  Based upon my experience, I wanted to provide some helpful tips on how to properly interrupt a VIP’s dinner plans with technology. —Hajj Flemings

7 Steps to Crashing a VIP’s Dinner With Technology

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone's attention

Just like an elevator pitch, you only have a matter of seconds to get someone’s…

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Twitter Releases New Web Analytics Tool

The microblogging site offers social media marketers a new way to track their branding strategies

Twitter has become a tool to market brands and content strategically through social media now…

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UBR Spotlight: SLR Contracting CEO Sundra Ryce

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable: Sundra L. Ryce, the CEO of SLR Contracting…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Online Job Connections: Social Media by the Numbers

Many unemployed turning to Facebook for leads

How more job seekers and employers are utilizing Facebook to find employment opportunities and fill…

By Sonia Alleyne

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Justin Bieber’s DJ Tay James: The Secret of My Success

The pop star’s personal tour DJ shares his top six money-earning moves to becoming a successful spin doctor

Graduating from Hampton University’s Business School, DJ Tay James followed his dreams and became Justin…

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During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference, Congressman Hansen Clarke of metro Detroit hosted a panel entitled, “Social Media and Entrepreneurship” on September 23, 2011.  One of the action items from the panel was to create a ‘Social Media + Entrepreneurship Resource List’ that entrepreneurs could use to grow successful businesses.  Below, you will find a comprehensive resource list of third party apps, blogging, financial, calendar, and mobile tools that entrepreneurs can utilize immediately. —Compiled by Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton

36 Top Social Media & Online Tools for Entrepreneurs

The best social media tools to grow your business

Tech experts Hajj Flemings and Wayne Sutton compile a comprehensive list of tools and resources…

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Why Twitter Couldn’t Save Troy Davis

It's what you do once you've signed off and engaged the real world that is the true measure of your activism.

I cared about Troy Davis—not just him, but the millions of others like him behind…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Congressional Black Caucus Discusses Social Media & Entrepreneurship

The future of small business growth is online and the CBC leads the discussion

During the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference a discussion on Social Media…

By Hajj Flemings

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Rapper Gene “Malice” Thornton Finds God & New Career as Author

From artist-to-author, the Virginia-based MC explains how God changed his life

Malice of the Clipse shares how his path to God led him to be a…

By Anslem Samuel

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Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. ---Hajj Flemings

How the Facebook Privacy Adjustments Affect You

Be aware of changes to the social media site that affect who can see what

Facebook recently announced their new privacy settings and redesign they’re rolling out in the coming…

By Hajj Flemings

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Social Media Promotes Award Shows Like VMAs to Trending Topic Success

Experts explain how networks are incorporating social media into the viewing experience

From MTV’s VMAs to the BET Awards, the incorporation of social media into the promotion…

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In the News: Minorities Choose Bottled Water Over Tap; Obama’s Health Care Law and More

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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7 Tips for Job-Seeking College Students on Social Media Etiquette

Big Brother is watching and what you do and say online could cost you that job

Social networks have become part of the job search process so prospective college students and…

By Hajj Flemings

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Employees are the New Corporate Brand Ambassadors

When it comes to social media, branding is a 24/7 job that benefits you and your boss

There was a time where corporations relied solely on corporate brand ambassadors to raise awareness,…

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Huffington Post recently put together an impressive list of Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, showcasing some of the most dynamic women on the Web. We applaud their accomplishments and the doors they have opened for women. Unfortunately, of the 27 women listed, only two—Jenny Deluxe and Ory Okolloh—were Black digerati. The reality is there are many exceptionally remarkable Black women advancing technology and forming networks where women of all races can be mentored to become digital media iconoclasts.     Noticing the oversight, BlackEnterprise.com compiled our own list of Black Women in Tech You Need to Follow on Twitter, including social media and technology influencers who push digital technology and new media daily on their blogs and various platforms. This list is by no means all-encompassing, but a step in giving credit where credit is rightfully due. —Marcia Wade Talbert

(Black) Women in Tech You Need to Follow On Twitter

Check out our list of the top 20 digital divas in the technology field

Huffington Post compiled a list of the top women in technology to follow on Twitter…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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On June 28, 2011 Google launched Google Plus, their latest attempt to establish a social network.  In the first three weeks 10 million users have joined, according to CEO Larry Page and they’ve gained considerable traction and provided some really cool features for users.  To help get you started in establishing your Google Plus account we’ll cover some of the basics:  profiles, circles, sparks, and hangout.  —Hajj Flemings

Google Plus: How to Navigate the New Social Network

Take a tour of Google's new social networking platform

Google takes on FaceBook for the social network crown with their new platform Google Plus.…

By Hajj Flemings

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UBR Spotlight: Restaurateur Quentin Love Nourishes His Community

Entrepreneurs and strategies featured on The Urban Business Roundtable

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Contributor Renita D. Young sits down with…

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5 Things You Should Ask Before Saying “You’re Hired!”

Labor attorney offers tips every employer needs to know

Before starting the interviewing process, labor attorney Charles H. Wilson says there are some guidelines…

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President Barack Obama changed the game when it came to utilizing a powerful tool of influence: social media. Since his successful 2008 bid for the U.S. presidency, he has held a prominent role, using social networking as a way to reach the masses, gain support, and create one of the most transparent presidencies in history. Here's a look at his social media presence, and how his administration has successfully leveraged it as a vital resource. --- Janell Hazelwood

Decoding Barack Obama’s Social Media Campaign Strategies

A look at the Head of State's prowess with social Web

President Barack Obama changed the game since his successful run in 2008, utilizing the most…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Brand Identity: How to Centralize Your Identity Online

Social media can be overwhelming, here's how to simplify things without losing your audience

From Twitter and Facebook to LinkedIN and Ning here are a couple sites that can…

By Hajj Flemings

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8 Things I Hate About Twitter

The problem with social media is it's really not that social

Twitter has become a way of life for many but outside of the marketing and…

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The Future of Music: Dos and Don’ts of Promoting Your Music on Social Media

Expert tips on how your to 'socialize' your sound and reach the masses

Wayne Sutton and William Moss give expert tips on how your music can reach the…

By Kahliah A. Laney

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4 STEPS TO REEVALUATE YOUR BUSINESS STRATEGY

How Portable is Your Personal Brand?

Three reasons why your personal and professional business should not mix

It takes a lot to build up a brand so don’t let all your networking…

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WATCH: Stephen Hill on BET Awards & Rebranding Chris Brown

Network executive shares insight on this year's award show and Chris Brown's resurrection

On the eve of the 2011 BET Awards, network executive Stephen Hill speaks on social…

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Making the Most of Job Seeking on Social Networks

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

Maximize your chances of landing a position by using proper strategy

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No Luck Finding a Job? Widen Your Search Net

Take the nontraditional route to find career opportunities

Columnist Aisha Taylor details nontraditional ways to find a job

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LeBron James Introduces Sheets Energy Strips

The NBA star and his business partners reenergize the market with an innovative product meant to give consumers a boost

NBA star LeBron James and partner Maverick Carter join forces with Purebrand LLC to launch…

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Black Music Month Power Player: Ryan Leslie, The Producer

From music production intern to hit maker, the Grammy nominated producer talks about the importance of social media for today's beat maker

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It’s hard not to…

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Twitter is a power platform for business users and entrepreneurs to humanize their brand and communicate their message directly with their audience. To fully optimize it as a business tool, though, you’ll have to use third party applications and other online tools. This is especially true for users who have to manage multiple Twitter accounts and conversations. Third party apps and tools provide users a richer Twitter experience and enable deeper engagement with their followers. 	Currently, 58% of published tweets come from official Twitter apps, while the remaining 42% come from third-party apps. That’s a lot of apps and with so many options available, it’s hard to know where to start. Well, here are 10 essential Twitter tools to get the most out of your social media experience. —Hajj E. Flemings

10 Twitter Tools Every Business-Minded User Should Use

When it comes to navigating the Twitterverse, these nifty tools and apps will help you get through the clutter and down to business

From photo sharing to URL shortening, these Twitter apps and tools are essential for navigating…

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Oprah Follows 33 People on Twitter, But Who Are They?

Despite having more than 6 million followers on Twitter, Oprah Winfrey has only returned the favor to a handful—see who they are

Boasting more than 6 million followers on Twitter, Oprah Winfrey commands serious social media clout…

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Black Blogger Month: Young, Fat & Fabulous, Micro-Sizing Business

Juggling corporate brands with her own, Gabi Gregg is thriving in social media with tweets that empower women

MTV’s first Twitter Jockey Gabi Gregg speaks on the rise of her plus-size blog Young,…

By Janel Martinez

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Twitter is one of the hottest social networking tools on the planet with 190 million users.  It’s a great communication channel that can be used to build brand awareness and provide direct contact with consumers and contacts. The question any smart business owner in the 21st century has to ask is this, “Does my Twitter presence reflect my brand?” For some the response may be a simple yes or no, but to truly answer the question you have to first determine what type of account fits your needs: personal branded, business branded or a combination of the two. Branding your Twitter identity goes beyond simply selecting a handle and should include visual elements and Twitter apps to help you manage your accounts. Here are six steps to get you off to a good start. —Hajj E. Flemings

6 Ways To Effectively Brand Yourself on Twitter

Signing up for Twitter is only the first step, here are a few tips for you and your brand to get the most out of each tweet

Signing up for Twitter is only the first step, tech expert Hajj E. Flemings offers…

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6 Twitter Accounts to Follow to Get the Job

These tweets can bring you that much closer to job seeking success

Twitter accounts that can help you get that much closer to the job of your…

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Black Blogger Month, Necole Bitchie, Brand Queen

Gossip blogger Necole Bitchie transformed her blog into a profitable business and powerful brand

As the brains behind popular gossip blog NecoleBitchie.com, Necole Bitchie reveals her humble beginnings and…

By Anslem Samuel

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Black Blogger Month, Social Wayne, Digital Revolutionary

Technology and social media marketing has skyrocketed Wayne Sutton above the social stratosphere

Technology and social media marketing expert Wayne Sutton made a business out of blogging with…

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Black Blogger Month: Black & Married With Kids, Family Business

Lamar and Ronnie Tyler make it their business to promote positive images of the Black family online and beyond

With their parenting and relationship blog, Black and Married with Kids, husband and wife Lamar…

By Jozen Cummings

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20 Editors and Writers to Follow on Twitter

From business editors to hip-hop journalists, here are 20 voices you should "follow" on Twitter

From business editors to hip-hop journalists, here are 20 voices you should “follow” on Twitter

By Janel Martinez

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UBR Morning Post: Mobile Tech and Social Media Maven Corvida Raven

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

This week on The Urban Business Roundtable, UBR Executive Producer TaQuoya Kennedy talks with Corida…

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WATCH: Black Blogger Month, A Celebration of the Best in Blogging

A preview of our month long celebration of 20 of the best voices in the Black blogosphere

Exclusive promo footage for BlackEnterprise.com’s Black Blogger Month, celebration of the best in blogging, featuring…

By Anslem Samuel

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MC Hammer Talks Social Media Interests, Getting through Bankruptcy and Web Influence

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

Digital enthusiast uses social media to diversify and connect with new audiences

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3 Ways to Snag More Blog Opportunities

Tips to find a balance in the saturated Web market

Tips to find a balance in the saturated Web market

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In the span of just five short years Twitter has not only changed the way people communicate, but also how we do business. From aspiring entrepreneurs and major corporations to celebrities and everyday people, everyone seems to be tweeting and RTing. While some view the social media portal as just another technological distraction, others are using it to make contacts, forge relationships and gain access to information that otherwise would have been unattainable through normal channels. Still, with a reported 145 million registered users (including @BlackEnterprise and our staff of thought leaders) it can be a chore to sift through the Twitter chatter to find the right people to connect with. Well, BlackEnterprise.com has the 4/11 on 11 key people you should follow on Twitter if you’re serious about business. RT that!

4/11: 11 People You Should Follow on Twitter Now!

If you're serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you need to connect with ASAP

If you’re serious about business in the 21st century these are a few people you…

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Some only know Stanley "MC Hammer" Burrell for his Grammy award-winning legacy as a pioneering performer in hip-hop and pop culture. Others remember him more for his infamous financial woes and stints on reality TV. But don't put this entrepreneur and social media advocate in a box. He's kept the superstar momentum going in recent years with his dance community Web portal, DanceJam, and the founding of Alchemist Management, a mixed martial arts management company. Hammer's also reinvented himself as a social networking mogul (with more than 2 million Twitter followers), carving out yet another niche in his diverse career with high impact and visibility. 	An avid reader and sought-after speaker—having lectured at Oxford and Wharton and will be speaking this year at Black Enterprise's Entrepreneurs Conference in Atlanta (May 22-25), Hammer knows a thing or two about expanding one's knowledge of how to connect with audiences and use technology as a lucrative tool. BlackEnterprise.com caught up with the social media whiz on his favorite book picks for social media success.

MC Hammer’s Top 5 Books For Social Media Success

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

The legendary hip-hop pioneer and social media advocate shares his favorite books

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Tweets For Sale: Getting Paid in 140 Characters or Less

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

Is it a #winning strategy or false advertisement when celebrities get paid to tweet?

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I know you’ve heard it a million times: Social media is important. But what does this mean for your brand, and what are the initial steps that you need to take? Being active in the social media space can be the linchpin of growing your business. For those still unsure of where to start and how it can work, here’s a quick guide to getting started.

6 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Social Media

Just being online isn't enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is good business

Just being online isn’t enough, Tina Wells explains how and why being active online is…

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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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4 Social Media Tools for Your Small Business

Expert advice on how to promote your business and engage your audience

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There are a host of media experts, consultants, and mavens of media that are…

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As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK ENTERPRISE's March 2011 issue highlights the digital media strategy of IMAGES USA (No. 6 on the BE ADVERTISING AGENCIES list with $86.5 million in billings). The agency managed to successfully integrate its digital media strategy seamlessly into its campaigns to stay relevant and help their clients reach consumers. Here, the experts at IMAGES offer advice on how small businesses without deep pockets can connect with and grow an audience.--Alan Hughes

Top 6 Social Media Tips for Entrepreneurs

How the right digital media strategy can help you connect with your clients

As part of our ongoing coverage of BE 100s, the nation’s largest black-owned businesses, BLACK…

By Alan Hughes

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Power Moves: How Your Small Business Can Make Money Now

Simple steps entrepreneurs can use to take your business to the next level

According to the recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners:…

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Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)  	A lot goes into making an independent movie. Beyond securing budgets (or the lack thereof), talent and equipment, it takes a lot of patience and perseverance to actually see a screenplay go from just words on a page to a finished reel. Still, the best most indie filmmakers can hope for are a few screenings on the film fest circuit and critical acclaim, but that wasn’t enough for writer/director Qasim “Q” Basir. 	Not only did Basir get to complete his first feature film, Mooz-Lum, but the 30-year-old Michigan native secured an all-star cast—including Nia Long, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Roger Guenveur Smith and Dorian Missick—and a direct distribution deal with AMC Theatres for his independent picture. Promoted primarily through social media and word of mouth, Mooz-Lum, which took home Best Narrative Feature honors at last year’s Urbanworld Film Festival, garnered so much public support that Eventful reached out to Basir about distributing the film along with AMC, which is virtually unheard of for a non-mainstream project and a first-time feature director. 	“Eventful has worked with films that have been part of a studio and AMC has too,” Basir explains. “But there hasn’t been an independent film that’s had Eventful.com as a primary marketing partner and literally we open in the top 10 cities that demand the film.” 	Thanks to this groundbreaking distribution deal, Mooz-Lum, which tells the coming of age story of a young Muslim American man trying to find a balance between his faith and the secular world, opens today (February 11) in limited release. In the midst of drumming up moviegoer turnout for opening weekend, Basir sat down with BLACKENTERPRISE.COM to share tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to get their film on the silver screen. —Anslem Samuel

5 Keys to Success for Independent Filmmakers

Writer/director behind the critically acclaimed film Mooz-Lum tells you how to make movies by any means necessary

<em>Mooz-Lum director Qasim Basir steps from behind the camera and into the spotlight (Press)</em> <ul>…

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In the News: Tavis Smiley & Cornel West Launch Weekly Radio Show; Verizon’s iPhone Debut Close

A few noteworthy headlines around the Web

Nearly a week after Egyptians reported a country-wide Internet outage, service has been restored, according…

By Janel Martinez

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POLL: Can Geolocation Provide a Boost to Your Business?

Savvy entrepreneurs are using the services to build their base, brand awareness and loyalty. But does it work?

According to a Pew Research Center study released last November, only 4% of online American…

By Malecia S. Walker

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Brand strategist Hajj Flemings is the founder of Brand Camp University, which runs one of the premier personal branding conferences in the Midwest, and the author of The Brand YU Life: Re-thinking Who You Are Through Personal Brand Management, a Fast Company magazine 2008 Readers Choice Business Book of the Year. As the program ambassador for the Michigan Tech Online MBA program, Hajj recruits and manages the social media content for the program. He has been featured on Fox 2 News, ESPN.com and BusinessWeek.com and travels nationally speaking on business and personal branding, social media and career development. In his own words, Flemings shares how he uses social media to achieve his business objectives.--Alfred Edmond Jr. There is a tremendous amount of value in social networks, but most people get caught up in trying to get as many people to follow them as they can without a clear strategy on why and what they will do with them once they have them.  I am active online for the following six reasons: 1) build brand awareness, 2) engage potential customers, 3) build my network before I need it, 4) listen to others, 5) share my ideas and 6) to demonstrate expertise in my niche.

Social Media Connection: The Pros & Cons of Doing Business Online

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is brand strategist Hajj Flemings, the founder of Brand Camp…

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Getting Started: Turning Your Blog into a Business

How one enterprising woman went from blogger to entrepreneur

Hays tells how she went from blogger to businesswoman
From entertainment to politics to fashion, fascinating…

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New FCC Rules Exclude the Way Blacks Get Online

Are you a blogger? Do you use a smartphone? Here are the reasons you should pay attention the new FCC rules

Earlier this week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to adopt rules that will affect the…

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A Social Media Job Plan

A fashion professional used her interests and her network to land a new opportunity

Current position: Hired by ICED Media after a friend told her about an opening, Brown…

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Want to weigh in on BE Tweets of the Week? Start a new conversation using our hashtag #BESocialMedia on Twitter and let your voice be heard. We're listening! For more on social media, read: BE Tweets of the Week: #BEPolitics  Why We Can't Ignore Social Media  3 Simple Ways to Shine on Social Media  5 Twitter Mistakes You Should Never Make

BE Tweets of the Week: #BESocialMedia

Six social media tweets BE couldn't ignore�and neither should you

BlackEnterprise.com will now curate the tweets throughout the week staffers think were worth taking note…

By Janel Martinez

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The Only 5 Social Media Sites You Need

Tired of keeping up with all the social networks? If you�re a professional or an entrepreneur, stop wasting time and focus on these essentials

Tired of trying to keep up with all the social networks? If you’re a professional…

By Alisa Gumbs

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3 Simple Ways to Shine on Social Media

You know you need to be on Twitter and Facebook to promote yourself or your business, but you dont know what to do when you get there. Heres a plan

It’s easy to assume that just because you have a profile on a site and you…

By Alisa Gumbs

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When Employees Tweet

Four ways to manage your workers on social media (and all the reasons why you should)

There is no need to be afraid of what your employees are saying about the…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Gabi Gregg knows a thing or two about Twitter. The 24-year-old founder of plus-size fashion blog Young, Fat & Fabulous caught the attention of MTV and was asked to participate in Follow Me: The Search for the First MTV TJ. Following a month-long competition that pitted her thumb-to-thumb against 19 others in a series of Twitter-based challenges, she won. Now she has almost 25,000 followers hanging on her every word, so learn from her success and avoid these common Twitter mistakes.

5 Twitter Mistakes You Should Never Make

MTV's first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people off

MTV’s first-ever Twitter jockey, Gabi Gregg, shares her tips on how to avoid tweeting people…

By Alisa Gumbs

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How Not to Go Broke on Black Friday

For the best deals, planning is key

Though Black Friday is all about getting the most bang for your short buck, there…

By Renita Burns

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Rockmelt Puts Friends and Followers at Your Fingertips

New web browser navigates bumpy start, but its best features may prove to be its saving grace

Rockmelt integrates social media, news feeds, and friends/followers with a Chromium-based browser making it easier…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Don’t Let Facebook Get You Fired

Be careful what you say about work online

You are around your coworkers for most of the day every day. So it can…

By Sonja Mack

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Mark Zuckerberg Says ‘This Is Not An Email Killer’

Facebook confirms email service as part of latest website feature

Zuckerberg announced the latest Facebook offering and broke the “modern messaging service” down into three…

By Janel Martinez

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LinkedIn Lets You Recommend Other Businesses

Members can build credibility by endorsing companies, products and services

Social media’s premiere professional network, LinkedIn, launches tool to help businesses grow based on user…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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What You Could Learn From … Soulja Boy’s Social Media Marketing Success

Using YouTube and Twitter, how a young entrepreneur took his strategy straight to the bank

Despite his controversial missteps, Soulja Boy’s Wall Street Journal talk brings to light social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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What’s Your Social Media Strategy?

If you�re not connected, you should be�with a plan. Here�s how to make virtual networking work for you

In less than five years, social media has revolutionized not only our communication culture but…

By Denise A. Campbell Laidler

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5 Qs for Jamilah B. Creekmur: The Business Mind Behind AllHipHop.com

How she increased the company's value to $17 million

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Jamilah B. Creekmur about the business model behind AllHipHop.com

By Renita Burns

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Thinking About Self-Publishing? Here’s What You Need to Know

Former COO Jamilah Creekmur explains why you need to know how to do more than write

Since her departure as chief operating officer from the highly successful AllHipHop.com, Jamilah B. Creekmur…

By Renita Burns

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Social Media Insider: 3 Social Network Management Tools

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it

Consider your social media dashboard a one stop shop that lets you drag and drop…

By Renita Burns

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This week's Social Media Connection is Chris Curtis, a web business expert, business radio personality and author of the upcoming book Work the Web! The Webwise Guide to Business Online. In her own words, Curtis shares how she uses social media to achieve her business objectives: When it comes to Social Media, I've carved out my own little corners where I can post until my heart's content (or until my brain can't think of anything to type), and connect with people all over the world. As a business owner, its proven to be a successful way to reach out to others and pitch ideas, form collaborations and even find new contacts for my seminars and workshops. You'll be amazed by the people you meet, and you'll most likely find opportunities in places you never thought of. One note of caution: Be careful what you put in writing. When you're connected for business purposes, don't say anything that you wouldn't say to a prospective client or a business partner. Remember, you're exposing your writing to thousands - even millions - of people who might take exception to interpersonal expressions, if they're thinking about connecting with you to do business. Think before you post. Not sure where to start? Here's where I hang out...

Social Media Connection: Web Business Ownership’s Chris Curtis

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is Chris Curtis, a web business expert, business radio personality…

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Social Media Insider: Major Airline Carves Out Niche for Black Travelers

Tools, tips, and information from social media experts and the people and businesses who use it.

BlackEnterprise.com talked with Monte Ford, American Airlines’ senior vice president and chief information officer, about…

By Renita Burns

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Your Virtual Career: 5 Tips to Maximize Your LinkedIn Profile

How to manage your Web presence for professional success

LinkedIn, one of the top social media sites for professionals, has become a social media…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Franchise Insider: How to Boost Lagging Sales

How to be a successful franchisee or franchisor

Scott Jewett, senior adviser at iFranchise Group, offers advice on how to rebound if sales…

By Renita Burns

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Whether Traditional or Digital, It’s All Media to Me

When it comes to journalism and digital media, the mission is the same: arm people with the information they need to live better lives

I’ve never felt beholden to defining myself as one type of journalist or another–newspaper or…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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This week's Social Media Connection is Adrienne Graham, founder and CEO of Empower Me! Corporation, a media, publishing and professional development company. She is the voice behind Views From the Top Radio Show and the creator of Empower Me! Networks, Empower Me Institute, Empower Me! (formerly Fearless Woman) magazine, Next Level Business Coaching Program, Empowered Woman TV, the Power Brok(H)er™ Club, and Empower Me! Radio. A 17-year recruiting veteran,  Graham is also CEO of Hues Consulting & Management, Inc., a diversity recruitment, recruiter training and employment branding consulting firm.  She is also author of the book Go Ahead, Talk to Strangers, The Modern Girl’s Guide to Fearless Networking, as well as two blogs: Corporate Recruiting Diva and Empowered Career Woman. In her own words, Graham (shown here with her "junior partner" Jose) shares how she uses social media to achieve her goals.

Social Media Connection: Adrienne Graham, Empower Me! Corp.

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is CEO of both Empower Me! Corporation, a media, publishing…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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This week's Social Media Connection is Francina Harrison, a career, business and employment coach, is better known by the name she shares with her business, The Career Engineer (TCE). Her firm provides social media and e-commerce coaching, career and business networking events and media and marketing solutions for entrepreneurs. She's also author of A Mind to Work: The Life & Creer Planning Guide for People Who Want Need to Work. In her own words, Harrison shares how she uses social media to achieve her goals.

Social Media Connection: Francina Harrison, The Career Engineer

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

This week’s Social Media Connection is Francina Harrison, a career, business and employment coach, is…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Your Virtual Career: 6 Ways to Turn Off Recruiters

How to manage your Web presence for professional success

Millett Granville, diversity and college recruiting manager at Wells Fargo, shares some of the top…

By Janell Hazelwood

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This week's Social Media Connection, Felicia Joy, is a nationally recognized author, entrepreneur and business expert in Atlanta. The host of the Ms. CEO Show, a talk radio show for women entrepreneurs, she is passionate about entrepreneurship as a tool for the creation of jobs, economic value and positive social change. In her own words, she shares how she uses social media to meet her goals.

Social Media Connection: Felicia Joy, Ms. CEO Inc.

Entrepreneurs and professionals on social media and how they connect

Felicia Joy, Entrepreneur, Atlanta, GA: Being successful and having fun on social media–especially for business–means…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who's connecting with you? More importantly, why are you connected, and how are you using your presence in social media to advance your career, business, financial and lifestyle objectives? These are the questions we had in mind when we created this new BlackEnterprise.com feature, Social Media Connection. Lots of magazines, web sites, bloggers, etc. share all kinds of lists of who's who on Twitter and other social media sites. Our goal with Social Media Connection is to go a little deeper. Each week, we'll profile an entrepreneur, business expert, celebrity or other key influencer in a unique way: breaking down their presence on social media site by site—focusing on their favorites—and getting their insights on how they use that presence to achieve their business goals. Our objective is to give you insights and ideas from the most successful entrepreneurs, professionals and experts engaged in social media, insights you can use to achieve your own goals. To introduce this new feature, which will appear every Thursday, I've volunteered, as the editor-in-chief of BlackEnterprise.com, to be the guinea pig.

Social Media Connection: Alfred Edmond Jr.

The mission of our new weekly feature is to give you first-person accounts of how top entrepreneurs, executives and experts use social media

Who are you connecting with on social media sites? Who’s connecting with you? More importantly,…

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