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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…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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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…

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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

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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…

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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…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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Memo To Entrepreneurs: Don’t Become Isolated

Four keys to staying visible and connected despite the demands of running your business

One of the biggest threats to successful entrepreneurship is isolation. Many entrepreneurs get so caught…

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Social Media: Things That Make you Go “Oops!”

Our experts offer these tips for getting the most out of your digital media tools.

Don’t be these people: The Joiner who hops on every social network with no clear…

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Marketing in the Digital World

Here�s how to craft a smart online strategy

For many entrepreneurs and small business owners, the term “social media” conjures up the image…

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How-To: Effective Marketing on Twitter

Four strategies to grow your business

A recent study on Twitter usage by Edison Research shows that African Americans make up…

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Cyberwise: Live-Streaming Advice

Adding a new dimension to an event planning business.

I have a small events planning business and would like to do some events that…

By Dale Coachman

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2010 Entrepreneurs Conference: Top Takeaways on Twitter

#BEEC attendees tweeted the business advice they found most worth sharing

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference had Twitter on lock down. From Lisa Nichols’ presentation on…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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WATCH: Judge Hatchett Drops by the Entrepreneurs Conference

The judge talks about her new social networking site and congratulates B.E. on its 40th Anniversary

Judge Glenda Hatchett talks about her new social networking site and congratulates Black Enterprise on…

By LaToya M. Smith

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WATCH: How to Increase Your Online Presence

Chris Curtis, founder of Web Business Ownership LLC, gives tips on how to up your Web visibility

Web Business Owner LLC Founder Chris Curtis stresses the need for small businesses to have…

By Marcia Wade Talbert

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Eight Mistakes to Avoid While Job Hunting Online

Boost your chances of finding your dream job on the Web

The fact that job-hunting is faster online doesn’t make it any easier. Anyone who expects…

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#FollowFriday for the 2010 Entrepreneurs Conference

Business experts with active Twitter accounts you'll want to connect with in Atlanta and beyond

Following is my list of all of the speakers for this year’s conference with active…

By Alfred Edmond, Jr.

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Social Media: The New Currency

Why women must be more aggressive about using networks to create business opportunities

Social media is another tool to communicate with people on a global platform online. With…

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E-mail Is Dead…Long Live E-mail!

Despite reports of its demise, e-mailand applications and tools for e-mailis flourishing

Reports of e-mail’s fall have been greatly exaggerated, to paraphrase Mark Twain.

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Savvy Solutions: Social Media Marketing 101

Doing more online and off to attract customers

To promote my character entertainment business I use a Website and MySpace account, and I…

By Tennille M. Robinson

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They’ve Got Apps for That

Technology is more than a fancy high-definition television, feature-rich cell phone, or cutting-edge video game…

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Cyberwise: How Do I Protect My Photos on the Web?

Avoid having your work stolen

I have a simple question: I am an amateur photographer and would like to display…

By Dale Coachman

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Pope To Priests: Go Forth And Blog

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI has a new commandment for priests struggling to…

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Berlusconi Moves To Impose Internet Regulation

MILAN (AP) — Silvio Berlusconi is moving to extend his grip on Italy’s media to…

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Astronauts Finally Get Internet Access In Space

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — In a high tech first — really, really high —…

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Quake Relief: The Culture Of Now V. The Real World

More than a week after an earthquake leveled swaths of the Haitian capital, the recriminations…

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China: Clinton Internet Speech Harms Ties With US

BEIJING (AP) — China rejected Friday a call by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham…

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Social Networkers for Hire

Companies are increasingly looking to social media specialists to market their brand and connect with consumers

The last thing Aliya S. King expected to find in her inbox back in May…

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Social Networkers for Hire

Companies are increasingly looking to social media specialists to market their brand and connect with consumers

The last thing Aliya S. King expected to find in her inbox back in May…

By Brittany Hutson

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From Blogging to Business

How to find entrepreneurial success in social media

For Angela Benton, a layoff two years ago gave her the opportunity to explore a…

By Renita Burns

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Another Web Revolution?

In 2000, as the dot-com bubble was experiencing its last burst, black enterprise assessed how…

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Taking a Page From Obama’s Book

The authors of Barack 2.0 show how you can use his winning social media plan to grow your business

In January 2007, a junior senator from Illinois announced his improbable candidacy for the presidency…

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Barack 2.0: Barack Obama’s Social Media Lessons for Business

The tools and principles included in this workbook can help you win friends and influence millions

This book and its accompanying interactive online companion addendum make up the definitive reference on…

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If You Like Our New Site, Tell Your Friends. (If You Don’t, Tell Us.)

How you can use social media to help people connect to the all new BlackEnterprise.com.

An important part of our strategy for driving the success of the new BlackEnterprise.com is…

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