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VH1's ATL: The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

VH1 to Debut The Untold Story of Atlanta’s Rise in the Rap Game

Special documentary airs Tuesday, Sept. 2

VH1 explores the rise of the Atlanta Hip Hop scene in the documentary, ATL: The…

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VH1 No. One Cable Network Among Black Viewers

BET and OWN were next on list for black audiences at the end of June

VH1 was the most watched cable network during prime time in black households, with 8.1…

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Defy Media To Buy Viacom Gaming Assets

The company looks to leverage their gaming audience for YouTube.

In the world of digital media, assets are essential for big businesses to maintain their…

By Kevin L. Clark

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Treach will appear on VH1 Couples Therapy

Naughty By Nature’s Treach to Appear on ‘VH1 Couples Therapy With Dr. Jenn’

Will be on the show with girlfriend, Cicely Evans

The fifth season of “VH1 Couples Therapy with Dr. Jenn” premieres Wednesday, September 10 at…

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Episode 7: Five Career Tips From VH1′s The Gossip Game

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn.

Beyond the ratchet, these are real-life lessons you can learn from the reality show.

By Amber McKynzie

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Episode 3: Five Career Tips From VH1′s ‘The Gossip Game’

Beyond the ratchet, here are the lessons you can learn.

Beyond the ratchet, here are the lessons you can learn from episode 3 of The…

By Kimberly Wilson

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LISA “LEFT EYE” LOPES, 30:  As one-third of the platinum-selling girl group TLC, Lopes made a name for herself as the trio’s outspoken member. As one of the most successful girl groups of all time, TLC amassed a catalog of hits that spoke to millions of fans worldwide. Eventually splitting from the group to be a soloist, Lopes continued to make strides in her career; but her life was cut short at the age of 30 when she was involved in a fatal car accident on April 25, 2002 while in Honduras.

Rapper Lil Mama Cast as Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes in VH1 Biopic

Left Eye died in a car crash in 2002

Lil Mama will play Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes of TLC in a yet untitled biopic

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La La Anthony Decoded: DJ to VJ, Now America’s Favorite Reality Host

Black Enterprise dissects the life of La La Anthony -- from her radio days to her life on the court.

Black Enterprise breaksdown La La Anthony’s radio and film career, cosmetics line and marriage to…

By Amber McKynzie

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Harlem’s “Black Ink Gallery” Tattoo Parlor Showcased on VH1

Have you been watching the show?

The show follows the lives of the tattoo artists in the store.

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Malaysia Pargo Parlays Basketball Wives LA into Business Success

The Basketball Wives cast receives a bad rap, because many of them are more than just what's presented on the TV screen.

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with Malaysia Pargo to talk about her growing jewelry company, Three Beats…

By Demetria Irwin

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Life is Good: Amanda Seales, Renaissance Woman and Free Spirit

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

What does Amanda Diva do? She creates and she lives

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Reality Show Star(s) Businesses: Where Are They Now?

They aren't just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

They aren’t just television stars, they are entrepreneurs as well

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VH1 Cancels Evelyn Lozada And Chad Johnson Reality Show

VH1 cancels show days after Johnson is arrested for headbutting Lozada

VH1 cancels show days after Johnson is arrested for headbutting Lozada

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Cool Jobs: Author and Entrepreneur Tionna Smalls’ Tell-It-Like-It-Is Approach Wins Audiences

How self-publishing led her to reality TV and business success

From the book shelves, to the TV screen and everywhere in between, Tionna Smalls dishes…

By Sirita Wright

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Reality television is a complicated business. Some shows get immensely popular and springboard everyday people into celebrity stardom, but that fast track to Hollywood isn’t for everyone. However, there are those lucky ones who manage to build their brands, or expand their existing empires, based on their participation in America’s guilty pleasures. While some reality stars make little to no money at all—the average is about $5,000 a month—personalities who appear on popular shows like The Real Housewives franchise can make $8,000 and up per episode, and millions of dollars beyond their TV presence alone. It’s reported that the Real Housewives of New York racked in $75,000 per episode last season, while the Kim Kardashian and her family recently signed a deal worth an estimated $40 million for three more seasons of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. With millions of dollars floating around in the “real worlds,” BlackEnterprise.com Decodes the financial gain of some of reality TV’s most notable personas.  —Starrene Rhett Rocque

Reality TV Decoded: 10 Reality Stars Who Earn Millions

More than just memorable personalities, these reality TV stars figured how to make a living off of you watching

Reality TV has become a multi-million dollar business for a select few individuals who manage…

By Starrene Rhett

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I Love You Oprah, But I Still Won’t Watch OWN

Here's an idea: Spice things up by sprinkling in some reality and rachetness

Oprah, let’s be real: Reality and celebrity-based TV are not only the popular kids on…

By Janell Hazelwood

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WATCH: Celebrity Stylist June Ambrose Talks Branding and Longevity in Fashion

The star of the new VH1 reality show "Styled by June" on being a good leader, career longevity, and the importance of branding

The star of the new VH1 reality show “Styled by June” on being a good…

By Janel Martinez

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Speller is all smiles at her ballooning business

Entrepreneur Follows Her Passion & Finds Ballooning Success

Shanta Speller finds success with Bunch of Balloons, her balloon decorating company

Juggling a full-time job with her passion, Shanta Speller launched Bunch of Balloons, her own…

By Jenisha Watts

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WATCH: Phaedra Parks Talks Reality TV Catfights and Her Solid Business Brand

Attorney---and aspiring mortician---prides herself on experience and integrity

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star talks “business of integrity,” reality TV drama, and her…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Basketball Wives’ Royce Reed Creates Her Own Reality on Stage

The reality star rebrands herself with budding acting career and series of youth-centered books

Using her notoriety from reality TV, the budding businesswoman breaks into acting with Platanos &…

By Amber McKynzie

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Hi, Hater: Squashing Workplace Beef from Start Can Ensure Less Drama in the End

'Love & Hip Hop' star talks managing and overcoming conflict

This young entrepreneur and reality TV star knows firsthand how interpersonal conflict can affect business.…

By Yandy Smith

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POLL: Is Traditional Business Attire Becoming Obsolete?

Reality star Yandy Smith's 'business chic' raises question of office style

The fashion of businesswoman and Love & Hip Hop star Yandy Smith raises a vital…

By Janell Hazelwood

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T.I. and manager/business manager Jason Geter

Jason Geter, the Brains Behind T.I.’s Brand Hustle

T.I.’s business partner and manager explains how he brings order to the King's court while carving out his own career path

In addition to being T.I.’s business partner and manager, Jason Geter keeps his plate full…

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LISTEN: Kandi Burruss Talks Adult Toy Expansion, New Talent Show

Real Housewives of Atlanta star wants to make her brand a bankable one

Real Housewives of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss, talks developing her adult toy line, expanding into…

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Kandi Koated Mogul: Reality TV Star Diversifies Portfolio with Adult Toys, New Talent Show

How Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member diversifies ventures to build wealth

Music artist and songwriter Kandi Burruss has used reality TV fame to expand her multi-million-dollar…

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VH1's top-rated show Love & Hip Hop might be known more for the brawls and drama than for its lessons on business acumen, but entertainment manager Yandy Smith proves there's more to the industry than reality TV fodder. Smith's worked her way up from being an assistant to industry power player and Violator Management co-founder Mona Scott-Young, to working with top talent including music artists 50 Cent, Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones, and television personality Tocarra.

Just in time for tonight's episode, Smith shares five tips for success that can be applied to any industry---for those just starting out on their career path or those looking to take it to the next level. ---Janell Hazelwood

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

Entertainment manager talks career strategies for success

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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Entertainment Manager Yandy Smith Explains the Business of ‘Love & Hip-Hop’

Young powerhouse talks reality TV, success, and women's empowerment

Yandy Smith, co-star on VH1′s Love & Hip-Hop season two, talks about how reality TV…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Jackson & Williams promote women empowerment

Mo & Kita Help Women ‘Define Your Pretty’

More than reality stars, Monique Jackson and Kita Williams are entrepreneurs focused on female empowerment

Define Your Pretty is the latest venture from businesswomen Monique Jackson and Kita Williams. In…

By Starrene Rhett

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Evelyn Lozada of VH1's Basketball Wives

‘Basketball Wives’ Evelyn Lozada Gets Six-Figure Book and Film Deal

Series to be based on true accounts of life dating athletes

Evelyn Lozada, co-star of VH1’s hit reality series, Basketball Wives will launch fiction book series…

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"Basketball Wives" cast member Meeka Claxton talks business with BlackEnterprise.com (Image: Press)

‘Basketball Wives’ Meeka Claxton Talks Business, Independence & Reality TV Drama

The famed wife of Speedy Claxton talks about her thriving real estate business

Meeka Claxton on her thriving real estate business, her marriage, and BBW

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In the News: Nelson Mandela Turns 93; UConn Alumna Fights for 13-Year-Old Prodigy 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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It’s a known fact that a celebrity’s career rarely includes only one single job. Any multi-faceted entertainer—be it actor, artist, or both—learns fairly quickly that the key to climbing the success ladder is through constant diversification. Making money in various markets guarantees a well-rounded (and long-lasting) career. With the fickle tastes and short attention spans of most audiences, it’s only necessary to jump into multiple roles, bulking up pockets and fan bases equally.  Many artists have made the migration from musicians to actors, film producers, authors and all around entrepreneurs. Such transitory career goals have allowed many artists to garner successes they never achieved during their time solely working as musicians. As part of our continued Black Music Month coverage, BlackEnterprise.com has compiled a list of 11 celebs that started out as artists and have since evolved into well-oiled self-entities. —Kathy Iandoli

11 Successful Artist Brands Beyond Music

Music is only the beginning of building a brand that's something these artists know well

Artists like Jay-Z, Will Smith, Beyonce and will.i.am are multi-millionaires solely because of their music,…

By Kathy Iandoli

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Before reality TV took over, cable networks like BET, MTV and VH1 (along with an assortment of broadcast programs) used to dedicate hours to airing music videos. Now, there are only a handful of such shows around and fans are more likely to watch their favorite artist’s latest clip online than on TV. With that said, the quality and concepts for most musicians have gone down. Gone are the days of the multi-million dollar video shoot that was more than a lip-syncing affair and produced mini movies. Still in the midst of Black Music Month, BlackEnterprise.com takes a trip down memory lane with some of the most expensive music videos made by African American artists. You’ll also discover which famous family has a penchant for not only making records but breaking them (and budgets) as well. —Anslem Samuel

16 Most Expensive Music Videos by Black Artists

Creative expression for music artist sometimes comes at a high cost

From Michael Jackson and MC Hammer to Kanye West and Will Smith, music videos often…

By Anslem Samuel

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Behind the Music: Save the Music Programs!

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk

A struggling economy puts the next generation of musicians at risk as countless music programs…

By Tamara Warren

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

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

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

By Janell Hazelwood

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‘Single Ladies’ Creator Stacy Littlejohn’s 4 Tips on Successfully Pitching a Show

The TV veteran provides her personal pointers for delivering a winning pitch

Stacey Litteljohn, the writer/creator of VH1′s first hour long scripted series, Single Ladies, shares her…

By Janel Martinez

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‘Single Ladies’ Creator Stacy Littlejohn on TV’s Image of Black Women

The veteran writer explains the premise of VH1's first-ever hour-long scripted series and introduces a new Black reality

The lack of diversity in prime-time and, in general, network television programming has long been…

By Janel Martinez

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Hip-Hop Business Maven Mona Scott-Young Talks Running the Show

The media exec details why she branched out and why women need to network like men

The exec producer of VH1′s ‘Love & Hip Hop’ discusses her latest venture

By Janel Martinez

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WATCH: LisaRaye McCoy on Life Lessons and Being ‘Every Woman’

The actress expands her brand with the return to her top-rated reality show and new sitcom

BlackEnterprise.com caught up with actress and former First Lady of Turks & Caicos LisaRaye…

By Janell Hazelwood

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After Johnson, 52, struggled to find a jean that fit just right, the denim duchess took matters into her own hands, launching CJ by Cookie Johnson, a premium jean enterprise catering to real women with curvaceous figures, in 2009. The wife of basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson aligned herself with the best in the denim business: Michael Glasser, founder of 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Since starting her line, Johnson has made it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things list for 2009 and is available in Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdale's department stores across the country.

All-Star Basketball Wives: 5 Women Who Score Big in Biz

While their husbands make bank shots on the court, these enterprising brides make business moves you can bank on

All-Star Weekend is in full swing. What other way to celebrate the occasion than with…

By Janel Martinez

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Shaunie O’Neal’s 3 Pointers to Scoring a Reality TV Deal

The executive producer for Basketball Wives provides winning tips for making your reality show dreams...reality

The Los Angeles native spoke to BlackEnterprise.com about shopping around her five season reality TV…

By Janel Martinez

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Black Enterprise’s 6th Annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two weeks, February 23, 2011.  What better way to prepare for the opening ceremony than to explore our top 10 Women of Power picks ? Check out the montage of savvy businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way.--Janel Martinez

Top 10: Women of Power

Businesswomen, media mavens, and political powerhouses who are leaving their mark on history in their own way

Black Enterprise’s 6th annual Women of Power Summit is fast approaching, kicking off in two…

By Janel Martinez

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Bad Business: The Problem With Fried Chicken

An honest look at the politics of poultry and what role this Southern delicacy plays in the negative image of Black folks

Perhaps I’m being too sensitive and reading too much into the politics of poultry but…

By Anslem Samuel

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O'Neal creates her own reality & gets paid well for it

Shaunie O’Neal at the Top of Her Game

The executive producer talks about the ins and outs of reality TV, as well as what's next on her business agenda

BlackEnterprise.com chatted with the young businesswoman about starting her own production company, stepping in front…

By Janel Martinez

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