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5 (Totally Unexpected) Workplace Lessons From AMC’s Mad Men

Learn a thing or two from popular characters about being indispensable

Here’s what you can learn from the popular show about how to advance in your…

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Former Estée Lauder Exec Quits Job to Create ‘Black MBA Women’

Organization seeks to build viable professional network

Picture this: A room full of educated black women with MBAs from top tier schools…

By Demetria Irwin

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Hater Much?: How to Handle Shade and Jealousy in the Workplace

4 steps to saving face and coming out on top

When making boss moves in your career, you may encounter low-key shade from peers in…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: The Business of Bold Lips

Neutral is always in, but punch it up a bit with deep hues

Have fun going bold in the office with a deep-hued lip color.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Sheree Whitfield Debuts Jewelry Line

Atlanta socialite releases a holiday season jewelry line

“The She by Sheree Collection” is exclusively available through social shopping platform Kisty Lane

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4 Bad College Habits to Leave Behind for Post-Grad Success

How to make the transition from student to working adult

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Whether you raced through college in search of adulthood and steady paychecks, or you’re…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Wrapped in Savvy Chic with the Dress of the Season

Turn to a flattering look in hot prints and colors as a convenient staple

Reach for a wrap dress, a little all-purpose number that will serve your needs for…

By Kéla Walker

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Motivation: 3 (Right) Ways to Help A Loved One Get a Job

Offer professional gifts that keep on giving

Here are three ways that will help both you and the ones closest to you…

By Courtney Connley

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Don’t Believe the Hype: Successful Women Can Get—and Keep—a Man

Pop media may not favor, but you don't have to dismiss ambition for amour

True, the stats aren’t in power women’s favor, but don’t get it twisted. You don’t…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Africa’s Power Women Elite: 20 Young Leaders to Watch in 2013

Female innovators tremendously impact continent and world at large

From Goldman Sacs’ Lisa Opoku Busumbru to tech entrepreneur Juliana Rotich, women have hugely impacted…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Now, That’s Boss: How to Make Your Career Idol Your Mentor

Four ways to let go of the fear and reach out

We all have that one person we look to as a major inspiration. Getting to…

By Courtney Connley

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#Foodie Alert: Top Jobs for Professionals Who Love Cuisine

These out-of-the-box career options are perfect for you

If you love to enjoy a good meal or drink—or creating one—here are seven out-of-the-box…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Certify Me: Tips & Tricks for Passing Post-Grad Exams

Certified events entrepreneur found success with these quick steps

Beverly Bogerty, certified meeting professional, offers key tips for passing post-grad exams.

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I Now Pronounce You Hubby & Wife: 5 Signs You Have an Office Spouse

There can be benefits, but don't get caught up 'Scandal'-style

If you’re married to your job, in more ways than one, consider these tips on…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Hats Off to Stellar Professional Polish

Don your fly fedora---whether it's to work or in the office

Hats add that extra accent to top off a polished ensemble. Anyone can wear a…

By Kéla Walker

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5 Harsh Realities Young Professionals Face—And How to Overcome Them

Don't be discouraged, but resourceful and innovative

The employment cards may not be stacked in recent grads favor, but here’s how you…

By Courtney Connley

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What a Snore: How to Fight Off Severe Case of Workplace Boredom

You can be productive and have fun, even at the worst of jobs

According to a Gallup study, 68% of young workers are bored out of their minds.…

By Jamie Harrison

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#Awkward: How to Break the Ice as the Office Newbie

These steps will help you fit into the workplace culture with ease

Here are tips for newbies to the office who are socially awkward or shy.

By Courtney Connley

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Powerball vs. Power Moves: Hard Work, Not Luck Needed

How you can do something even luck can't trump

As the lucky winners rejoice and plan their Powerball spending spree, remember, there’s something more…

By Antoine Moss

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Know Your Worth: Top Jobs For Women

STEM careers show the most promise for women

Despite the tremendous strides made in gender equality the fact still remains that there is…

By Sasha King

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Style Suite: Affordable Luxe Items Perfect for the Office

The Target + Neiman Marcus collab offers fine classics for cheap chic

These items, from the Target and Neiman Marcus designer collaboration, are must-haves for a polished…

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Overdoing It: Skipping Maternity Leave Can Mean Big Long-Term Problems

New moms returning to work too soon could be jeopardizing health

For many career-driven women taking less maternity leave isn’t a problem, but it may have…

By Sasha King

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Style Suite: Incorporate Affordable Luxe into Your Power Looks

Target's latest designer collab makes high-end style that much more accessible

With Target’s latest designer collab, including items from Tracy Reese, you can be chic and…

By Kéla Walker

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‘Undercover Boss’ Moves: 7 Career Secrets Your Supervisor Won’t Tell You

Tips on how to follow in their footsteps

Due to status and prestige, you may feel disconnected from your boss. Here are career…

By Antoine Moss

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6 Fun and Creative Ways to Make Use of a Law Degree

Having that lucrative paper can mean endless options

Having a degree in law doesn’t mean you have to take on a stuffy, boring…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Sleep: 7 Young HBCU Alums to Watch in 2013

These bosses are making major strides in every industry

From entertainment to sports to business, graduates of historically black college and universities are making…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don’t Just Booze & Schmooze: 5 Holiday Season Boss Moves to Boost Your Career

Take this prime time to network and prep for 2013

Here are five ways to make this holiday season benefit not only your personal life…

By Courtney Connley

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Office Envy: How to Get Over Your Coworker-Friend’s Come-Up

Don't let the hater in you stifle your career success

You’re a hard worker and you’re dedicated, so why was the promotion given to your…

By Jamie Harrison

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Get Your Mind Right: 5 Career-Boosting Quips From Zig Ziglar

With his recent passing, honor his legacy with positive thinking

Young professionals, take a cue one of the pioneers of self-help, Zig Ziglar, in remembering…

By Antoine Moss

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Office Frienemies: Are Your Work Buddies Bringing You Down?

Don't let one bad apple spoil your chances for success

You can be guilty by association, simply by keeping the wrong people in your workplace…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: You’ve Got Office Fab in the Bag

Carry your essentials in functional fashion

From makeup to smartphones to practically the kitchen sink, carry all your necessities in style…

By Kéla Walker

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A Brand of Exploitation: ‘Sweet Browns’ of the World, Please Have Several Seats

Shucking and jiving for checks is just not my cup of tea

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Sweet Brown, I’ve had enough.
Some of us chuckled and…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Coming Out of the Closet at Work: Is it Easier for Young Professionals?

Statistics say many find it difficult. Here's how you can cope

Despite popular perception that young people are more comfortable with their sexual orientation, many are…

By Jamie Harrison

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Get the Memo: The Biggest Time Wasters Aren’t Just Employees

Common workplace 'necessities' contribute to productivity blunders

Statistics show that common workplace elements such as office politics and meetings, are the biggest…

By Janell Hazelwood

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One is the Loneliest Number: How to Cope with Being the Only Minority

Tips for handling those awkward---and frustrating---moments with class

Tips to help you navigate a workplace where you’re the only minority—whether race, sexual orientation…

By Jamie Harrison

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Stock your closet with a wide range of this season's must-have staple: tights. From dresses and skirts to off-duty shorts, you can pair them with everything to combat that cold-day chill. ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Top Legwear Picks for the Office

You can be warm and stylish in these glam tights

Be warm and stylish in these glam tights, perfect for the office.

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I’ll Pass: How to Properly Turn Down a Job Offer

It may not seem like a big deal, but how you decline can affect future success

It may not seem like a big deal, but in many cases, how you decline…

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Keeping it ‘Tight’ in Chic Winter Legwear

From solid hues to prints, don't be afraid to push the envelope

Don’t let old man winter keep you from donning chic skirts and dresses. Just step…

By Kéla Walker

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I’ll Get To It: How Procrastination Can Actually Help Your Career

Try a different take on time management in the office

Here’s a different view on prioritizing and procrastination that will have you thinking twice about…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Beautiful People: The Better You Look, The More You Earn

Studies say a pretty face can equal big professional benefits

Studies have shown that attractive people are usually hired sooner, get promoted quicker and are…

By Jamie Harrison

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British Beautypreneur Fills Industry Void for Women with Allergies

Skills in artistry and personal passion make for winning combo

A British woman with many allergies found a way to fill a niche in the…

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Don’t Mess Up Your Chances: 10 Worst Ways to Demand a Raise

Here's tips on the best way to approach the big ask

So you think you deserve a raise at work? Here are tips on things you…

By Sasha King

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You’re My Monday and My Friday: How to Successfully Work with a Spouse

Three quick tips on finding balance

Check out these four tips on how to create a successful balance between work and…

By Jamie Harrison

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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: How to Get Top Opps at Your Job

Be inspired by Rihanna's 777 Tour to have once-in-a-lifetime career moments

Journalists recently got the career chance of a lifetime to be part of Rihanna’s 777…

By Jamie Harrison

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Check out a variety of jumpsuit options that are perfect for the office. Layer with sweaters, blazers and accessories or simply wear alone. Either way, you'll be a hit. ---Kéla Walker  (Image by Knightmare6 Photography)

Style Suite: 5 Chic Jumpsuits for the Office

Get into these versatile pieces for an easy, go-to look

Here are some great one-piece picks to add to your work wardrobe for an easy,…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Jumpsuits Aren’t Just For Play

Add these power pieces to make a polished yet chic statement in the office

From slim-fit and sleeveless to long and loose, it’s one of the most versatile pieces…

By Kéla Walker

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Still Winning: How to Bounce Back from Being Fired

Here's a 30-day plan to get you back in the game

If you’ve recently been fired or are unemployed, don’t lose hope. Here’s a 30-day plan…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Young Professionals, Protect Your Brand: Top 5 Career No-Nos (Petraeus Edition)

To protect your legacy, avoid these mistakes early

The earlier you begin habits that will ensure your brand credibility and positive legacy, the…

By Courtney Whitaker

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Nothing Personal, Just Business: Pros and Cons of Working with Friends

Dont' let your relationship turn from office buddy to frienemy

Whether you’re starting a new business, working in the same department or trying to get…

By Jamie Harrison

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So Annoying: Common Habits That Make You Hard to Work With

Consider these common courtesies to ensure a happy environment

Avoid these habits that will be sure to turn off anyone you work with.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Avoiding Chatty Cathy: How to Rid Yourself of Office Distractions

Try these steps to boost your productivity---without hurting feelings

Here are key tips on how to get through the chatter and avoid productivity leeches—without…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Office Hero: How to Become that Go-To Gal (or Guy)

You can add indispensable value to your company

Here are tips on how you can become the professional your company can’t— and won’t—…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Haven’t Traveled the World? You May Not Be the Best Worker

How global drifters bring qualities only diverse experiences can build

Writer Dan Oshinsky, details key qualities workers with global experience bring to the table versus…

By Janell Hazelwood

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5 Scandalous Qualities That Ensure Professional Success

Take a cue from characters of the popular show to make yourself more marketable

Let’s take a look at qualities each Scandal character embodies that could help young professionals…

By Jamie Harrison

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Next Gen Resumes: How to Present 360-View of You

Use online tools to stand out from the pack

The resumes of tomorrow are not just one-page documents. They are living, breathing presentations that…

By James Walker

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Style Suite: 1 Hot Dress, 3 Chic Office-Friendly Looks

Optimize your closet for maximum wear of what you already have

Before shopping for new things, here’s how you can optimize your closet to get maximum…

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Ladies, Take a Cue From Successful Men on Work-Life Balance

Spend less time waiting on his call and more on making boss moves of your own

Here are the work-life balance lessons men have taught me that will could ensure you’re…

By Janell Hazelwood

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You Going To Jail Now: How to Manage Workplace Anger

These three steps will ensure you never lose your cool

Before you start taking off earrings or jumping over tables Evelyn Lozada-style, check these three…

By Jamie Harrison

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Bad Boys, Bad Boys: Out-of-the-Box Law Enforcement Jobs in Demand

The options are vast for professionals with unique skills

Whether you have science or military experience, these out-of-the-box careers are prime options.

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I’m Rich, Chick: Smart Boss Moves From Real Housewives of Atlanta

Though sometimes ratchet, there's a thing or two you could learn about boss moves

Here are key lessons you can take from these hard-working reality stars that could help…

By Jamie Harrison

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First-Time Manager? Here Are Three Steps to Success

Lead confidently and boldly for ultimate advancement

Consider these tips to help you reach your maximum potential as a newbie.

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Add these key vest styles to your work wardrobe to add dept, layers or simply make a chic statement. ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Best Vest Styles for the Office

These chic pieces add layering, dept and punch to your look

Add these key vest styles to your work wardrobe to add dept, layers or simply…

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Style Suite: Well-Vested Vogue in the Office

What was once a stuffy suiting piece can now turn up your look

Cut in different styles, vests now add a cool factor, even in the workplace.

By Kéla Walker

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Married to the Game: Dating Rules That Can Help You Land the Job

These love tips can be useful in finding perfect career match

Here are some classic dating rules that you can apply to job seeking to help…

By Jamie Harrison

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This Vetarans Day, A Special Shout Out to My Ladies

How my sister's decision to serve opened my eyes to women's equality

Salute to all servicemen— but especially my ladies, who juggle protecting our country with managing…

By Janell Hazelwood

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International Coach and Author Talks Being a Breadwinner and Balancing Home Life

Jenny Garrett is passionate about motivating women to be empowered

Jenny Garrett, author of Rocking Your Role: The How To Guide to Success for Female…

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Looking for a New Thang: Top 7 Gigs for Career Changers

Can't decide what to do or be? Here are more options

Whether you’re looking for something less stressful, more exciting or even more radical, these options…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Don't be afraid to incorporate fur---whether real or faux--- in your power look. Here are some key pieces to add that warm chic to your closet. ---Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: 5 Warm and Chic Fur Pieces for the Office

Get comfy in these pieces in and out of the workplace

Add these chic, warm pieces to your power look for supreme office glam.

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Style Suite: Rock That Office-Friendly Fur

Whether faux or real, don't shy away from this hot trend

Here’s how you can wear fur to work, professionally chic and warm at the same…

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The Obama Mojo: How Will You Re-Invent and Upgrade Your Professional Swagger?

As we look to the President to push further, so should we

As the president prepares for his 44th and second term in the White House, think…

By Janell Hazelwood

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4 Steps to Go From Small Fry to Big Cheese

Position yourself to become the top boss in charge today

Here are four steps to the ultimate of boss moves: top boss in charge.

By Jamie Harrison

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Style Suite: Five Chic Pieces for Polished Casual Fridays

From classic tees to daytime sequins, give dress-down days some flair

Add these nontraditional pieces to your work look for added polish even on casual days.

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Style Suite: Step Up Your Casual Friday Looks

Incorporate nontraditional pieces into your look for a polished, leisure vibe

Incorporate pieces traditionally known as casual into a polished office look.

By Kéla Walker

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Slacker to Psycho: What Type of Boss Do You Have?

Find out how to cope with treacherous management personalities

Check out these four management personalities, from the slacker to the fun boss, and find…

By Jamie Harrison

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Delete & Unfollow: Top 8 Reasons You Aren’t Making Connections on Social Media

Don't keep up habits that could turn people all the way off

Seven key social media no-nos I see on a daily basis that could put a…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: Don’t Let Rain Steal Your (Fashion) Shine

Even in bad weather, you can step out refreshed and refined

Kéla Walker gives quick tips for chic office fashion even in wet, dreary weather.

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Perfect (Professional) Match: How Searching for the Right Career is Like Dating

From the interview to the vetting, job seeking very similar to dating

Job seeking can be likened to dating, with similar principles and outcomes.

By Janell Hazelwood

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Three Career Boss Moves You Can Make Before, During, and After Sandy

Use this down time to get a leg up on competition

Here are there productive things you can do to enhance your career while waiting out…

By Janell Hazelwood

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London-Based Marketing Pro Finds Success in Entrepreneurial Expansion

Founder of branding and trends companies tells how she made an exciting transition

Samantha Clarke, founder of branding and trends companies, talks making an exciting transition from career…

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3 Early-Morning Habits of Winning Young Bosses

Consistency with routines is key to setting tone for successful day

Take a cue from three leading young bosses on how they start their day and…

By Jamie Harrison

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Stop the BS Stunt and Show: Top 5 Cliche Job Titles

Yes, there are reputative professionals wearing these shoes, but others have no receipts

Some so-called occupations have prompted a side-eye and skepticism, whether warranted or unwarranted.

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Don't be afraid to step out of the box a bit with your work attire, whether you're the corporate chica or the start-up stylista. Consider these key pieces (with two bonuses this week) to add timeless trends to your work wardrobe. ---Kéla Walker Check out out to style these looks here.

Style Suite: 7 On-Trend Pieces to Upgrade Your Fall Look

From leather to oxblood, these hot items ensure your look is timeless

From leather to oxblood, this hot apparel keep on trend at work but can stand…

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Style Suite: 5 Fall Fashion Staples Perfect for the Office

These key trends can be incorporated into any look for timeless polish

These key fall fashion must-haves will stand the test of time and can be incorporated…

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Get Into This: National Take Back Your Time Day

Avoid long-term damage by prioritizing what's important: happiness and balance

For this national initiative, it’s time to look at what’s important: balance and happiness.

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Don't be afraid to push the boundaries, especially for Casual Fridays. Check out these chic trousers that can turn up your style in the office. --- Kéla Walker
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Style Suite: 5 Printed Trousers to Wow at the Office

Add these hot pant picks to your work wardrobe for style flair

Don’t be afraid to push the boundaries, especially for Casual Fridays, with trousers that can…

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Style Suite: Show Your Coworkers Who’s Really Wearing the Pants

Spark major office glam with matchstick pants

Matchstick pants, in a variety of prints, colors and fabrics, are flattering on most body…

By Kéla Walker

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British Retail Designer Deborah Millington Combines Creativity and Commerce

Power women of the diaspora finding career success across international borders

In a special series, BlackEnterprise.com highlights black women in the diaspora who make their passions…

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Surviving the Grunt: How to Put Short-Term Pride to the Side for Long-Term Wins

Want to end up the top dog? Bite that bullet and do the work

Sometimes grunt work is your stepping stone to gaining trust and respect, leading to major…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: 5 Key Pieces to Channel ‘Scandal’ Chic

Add these items to your closet for the authoritative power look

Be inspired by Kerry Washington’s fiercely stylish ‘Scandal’ character and create the perfect professional look…

By Kéla Walker

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Style Suite: Channel ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope for Undeniable Office Chic

Be inspired by power looks that get you respect you deserve

Get your power look on and be inspired by Kerry Washington’s chic authoritative style on…

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LOL, LMBO, TTYL: 3 Steps to Breaking Bad Communication Habits

Remember real-life, long-form dialogue? It's still important for career success

Remember real-life dialogue? Well, the rules for texting and tweeting don’t apply. Gift of gab…

By Jamie Harrison

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DJ Envy, one-third of Power 105's popular Breakfast Club trio in New York City, got his start creating award-winning mixtapes as a teen. The Hampton University graduate would go on to produce a debut album in 2003, featuring the best of the best in hip-hop, from Jay Z to Busta Rhymes to Birdman of Cash Money Records. He started BLOK Entertainment, a management and production company that has produced hit tracks for artists including as DMX, Foxy Brown, and Fabolous. He has made TV appearances on shows including 106 & Park, Entourage and Tha Corner, which he hosts on the Music Choice channel. Add to those boss moves his gig as host on MTV2's Sucker Free Countdown.

From Playlists to Power Moves: 4 DJs With Hot, Viable Brands

Top music talents took success beyond two turn tables and a mike

These top talents in music have been able to expand their brands beyond two turntables…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cube Newbie: 5 Surefire Ways to Make it Past Probation

Stay away from habits that could land you on unemployment

You’ve landed the gig but you still have to show and prove. Stay away from…

By Jamie Harrison

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THE PHILANTHROPIST: SARAN KABA JONES After fleeing Liberia at age 8 and returning 20 years later, Jones was touched by the impoverished, post-conflict environment. She soon founded FACE Africa, a nonprofit provides access to clean water to tens of thousands living in rural Liberian communities, using a social enterprise business model, and seeks to alleviate the epidemic of extreme poverty in Liberia and the rest of Africa.


Are you a Woman of Power? Then Join us for the annual Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit hosted by State Farm, Feb. 15–18, 2012, at The Ritz-Carlton, Orlando,  FL. This exciting, executive leadership summit is your chance to focus  on YOU. Network with industry leaders, learn career strategies, find  work-life balance, and start creating—and living—the life you really  want! Register now and use code DGED12 to receive a $200 discount off the price of registration!  (Cannot be combined with other offers).

Building Global Business Leaders: 3 Power Women Who Rock

Empowering female entrepreneurs through financial and community advocacy

Take a page from the success play books of these power women to learn how…

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Cool Jobs: Doctor Puts Patient and Consumer Advocacy First

Author and physician has passion for caring about your health---and your wallet

Author and healthcare expert says not only does she care about her patients but about…

By Gil Robertson

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Red is a power color perfect to wear in the office. Everyone, from Hollywood starlets to First Lady Michelle Obama, has sported a little red dress from time to time, so let go of those age-old notions related to the hue and wear it with confidence! Here are a few pieces to help you do that: ---Kéla Walker

Style Suite: 5 Little (Red) Dresses for the Office Under $50

Go bold and confident in your next power meeting

Try these crimson hot picks for a bold and confidence look in the workplace.

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Style Suite: Go Red and Wear the Color of Confidence at Work

Make a bold, yet polished statement with crimson

Crimson is not only a color of confidence, but it can be worn in the…

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Facebook Addict: 6 Reasons You’re Web Surfing Instead of Working

Kick that habit so you can keep your job and boost productivity

Your addiction to the “Like” button could cost you your job. Here’s how to kick…

By Jamie Harrison

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Lost Time, Lost Money: 4 Ways You Tend to Waste Both in the Workplace

Steer clear of these productivity leeches during your work day

Here are four ways you’re wasting time— and money— while in the office and how…

By Jamie Harrison

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LUST: Thou shall dress and act according to the position you desire, not the one you have. It goes back to piece of old school advice: You never dress for the role you have; you dress for the role you want. "I think the younger generation tends to fall a little short on the presentation piece because prior to entering the workforce, their world is a very relaxed environment," Granville says. "You have to plan for your career wardrobe. You want people to see the talent you bring to the table and not be a distraction."

Young & Winning: Top 4 Assets Millennials Bring to the Job Market

Use age to your advantage, not as a hindrance to success

Here’s how being the young’n in the cube can be more of an advantage than…

By Jamie Harrison

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Give your work wardrobe that extra fab factor with peplum pieces that go from day to night. Check out five key items that feature the trend to incorporate in your office looks.---Kéla Walker

(You can find out more on how to style these looks for work here.)

Style Suite: 5 Key Peplum Pieces to Spice Up Your Wardrobe

These hot items can pump up the fab factor in your wardrobe

Try these picks, worn alone or with a blazer, skirt or pants to punch up…

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Style Suite: Peplum Accents Give Your Work Wardrobe Life

Flattering to any figure, it's a must-have for your power look

Add a little peplum to your step with these looks, perfect for the office, whether…

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Ambitious Girl: Are Women Now More Career Oriented Than Men?

Study says young female professionals more likely to be on fast track

Study: Two-thirds of young women age 18-34 reported that having a successful career was at…

By Jamie Harrison

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Whether blazers, shoes or simple accessories like scarves, every working diva can add a bit more pow to her power look. Try these key pieces to give your fall wardrobe a boost. ---Kéla Walker 

(You can find out more on how to style these looks for work here.)

Style Suite: 5 Animal-Print Pieces to Add Flair to Your Power Look

Add some spice to your fall wardrobe with leopard and snakeskin

Add these picks to your wardrobe to make a bold yet polished statement in the…

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Style Suite: Animal Prints Add Wow Factor to Your Power Look

Spice up your fall work wardrobe with leopard and snakeskin

Add these picks to your wardrobe to make a bold yet polished statement in the…

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Anti-Style Rut: For her 'locs, Utuk likes to pump up the style often with updos and other creative looks, as to avoid a style rut. And the skies the limit for adding a little pop to your 'locs for in and out of the office.

Naturally Chic: Haute ‘Locs, Curls & Transition Styles for the Office

Power looks that can go from office to after-five

Whether you have lovely ‘locs, curls or are transitioning, here are options to take your…

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Get Into This: Job-Seeking Gains for Women Means Keep Pushing Ladies

Take advantage of prime moment where unemployment is declining

Now is a prime time to take advantage of what experts are saying is a…

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Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You: How to Handle Job Rejections

Every 'no' leads to an eventual 'yes,' so stay positive and persistent

Here’s three simple ways to ward off the Job Seeker Blues. You’ll get your dream…

By Jamie Harrison

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Yandy Smith: Good Credit Equals Bigger and Better Boss Moves

Hustlepreneur talks importance of building a good financial rep early

Reality TV star and hustlapreneur Yandy Smith talks good credit with beauty entrepreneur Sabrina Carson…

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Style Suite: Take That Office Look from Professional to Play

On-the-go fashion for those after-five power moves

Being an on-the-go fashionista means no time to change for those after-work events. Here’s how…

By Kéla Walker

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Ladies, Staying Mum Just Cost You Millions

When it comes to rightful pay, closed mouths don't get fed

Author and Carnegie Mellon University professor says women don’t speak up enough to get what…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Style Suite: 5 Key Pieces to Take Summer Looks into Fall

You don't have buy a whole new wardrobe to be ready for fall. Add these…

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Boss Moves: Three Dynamic Elements of an Attractive Workplace

MillerCoors program infuses networking, diversity and employee engagement

As a leader at your company, take a cue from the elements in MillerCoors’ program…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Belle of the Boardroom: Love Adviser Expands Brand to Professional Coaching

Demetria Lucas offering career advice to working women

Demetria Lucas, enterprising journalist and founder of ABelleInBrooklyn.com, expands her brand from relationship guru to…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Get Into This: Instead of Grad School, Do Some Real Footwork

Aggressively connect with your network face-to-face

Author and nonprofit professional Rosetta Thurman suggests a lightbulb alternative: Aggressively connect with your network…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Cool Jobs: GM Exec Takes Three-Pronged Approach to Rebuilding Brand

Communications professional mixes grassroots with digital engagement

A key executive at General Motors, Jocelyn K. Allen incorporates community work with solid strategy…

By Gil Robertson

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Career Tip of the Week: Prep for Your Next Season

With cold weather soon to come, take care of what's important today

Cold weather will soon usher in fall, and with that you wan to be prepared…

By Janell Hazelwood

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Money Magnets: 15 Highest-Paying Jobs

Top-dollar careers, from scientists to marketers

Take a look at careers where professionals are earning top dollars and find your path…

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U.S. Designers Turn to Africa to Find Opportunities

Fashion professionals finding growth and profit in Ghana

Ghana offering avenues for growth and profit for black fashion designers.

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Gender & Business in the UK: Three Entrepreneurs Talk Challenges, Successes

Women pave their own paths, diversifying British industries

British businesswomen Yvonne Thompson, Jessica Huie, Jessica Elliott stake their claim on being leading women…

By Octavia Goredema

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Out Sick: 5 of the Most Bizarre Excuses

Managers and professionals talk eyebrow-raising reasons for absences

Managers and professionals recall the most creative— and sometimes embarrassing— reasons employees cite for being…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Yandy Smith: Getting Back on the Grind After Giving Birth

Star manager returns to boss moves after welcoming baby Omere

Yandy Smith, entertainment manager and ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star, talks returning to business after…

By Yandy Smith

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Joy Rohadfox Paves Her Own Lane in Construction Industry

Atlanta entrepreneur talks business strategy and success

President of Atlanta’s Rohadfox Construction Control Services Corp. (RCCSC), leads as a power player in…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Cool Jobs: Katrina Leonce Adds Creative Marketing to Sports Arena

PR vet loves work of investing in athletes' success during and post game

Public relations vet and entrepreneur Katrina Leonce finds joy in expanding and propelling careers of…

By Christian Law

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‘R&B Divas’ Star, Producer Rebrands with Clothing Line and Show

Music industry veteran seeks to add positive portrayal of sisterhood on TV

Nicci Gilbert, once part of ’90s girl group Brownstone, is rebranding herself as entrepreneur and…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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WATCH: Faith Evans Talks ‘R&B Divas,’ Motherhood, New Ventures

Singer-songwriter reintroducing brand to expand audience

Black Enterprise host Shannon LaNier talks new ventures with “R&B Divas” star and songstress Faith…

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7 Steps to Build and Market the Brand That is You

Uniworld Group CEO offers tips on creating a stellar professional profile

Monique Nelson, CEO of Uniworld Group, gives tips on how to create a unique professional…

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7 Deadly Sins of Management Professionals

Don't let these vices derail your team--- and career--- success

As a manager, appropriate leadership is key. Stay away from these common power vices in…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Cool Jobs: Young Marketing Maven’s Early Internships Sparked Career Success

Brooke Ellis directs diversity media operations for GM

General Motors diversity media manager credits internships and mentorships with sparking her career success.

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This week, we start our 7 Deadly Sins series, where we cover top mistakes, blunders and snafus of the office, from fashion to communication to management. Follow our series to ensure you don't make the same mistakes, and find ways to correct yourself if you have.

When it comes to entering the workforce, the millennial generation are faced with many challenges. On one hand, they’re eager, determined and tech-savvy. On the other hand, they’ve been labeled as arrogant, pushy know-it-alls.

BlackEnterprise.com talked with two experts on the top seven vices that can facilitate a young professional's career downfall: Calvin Harris Jr., president of Harvin Consulting L.L.C. and Millette Granville, author of The Exceptional Leader:A Quick Guide to Personal Branding and Leadership Development (AuthorHouse; $12). Take heed as Harris and Granville give ways to improve your strategy for ultimate success. ---Jamie Harrison

7 Deadly Sins of Young Employees

These vices could derail a millennial's career early

Experts weigh in on top vices that can facilitate a young professional’s career downfall and…

By Jamie Harrison

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Africa’s Top 10 Women in Business

International leaders at the top of their game

Take a look at he top 10 women who are at the top of their…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Sudan’s Model Citizen: Alek Wek Returns to Help Boost Economic Development

Years after fleeing her country, supermodel working to rebuild it

International model Alek Wek lends her celebrity to humanitarian efforts in her native Sudan.

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‘Sparkle’ Actress Tika Sumpter Talks Hidden Talents, Hollywood Boss Moves

TV star expands repertoire to singing and performing

Actress Tika Sumpter talks ‘Sparkle’ role, working with Whitney Houston, showcasing hidden talents and Hollywood…

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Cool Jobs: Kimberly Holland, Manager to the (Olympic) Stars

CEO of Icon Management represent best of best in Track & Field

Kimberly Holland, a fierce female who represents the who’s who in Track & Field, overcoming…

By Gil Robertson

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Leadership Incentives: How to Boost Your Team Morale and Loyalty Today

Three vital factors that contribute to ultimate company success

As a leader, learn how to streamline processes and offer incentives to make your role…

By Marjorie Perry

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Careers in Faith: Twitter Followers Sound Off On Finding Your Calling

Experts weigh in on professional purpose, ministry and fulfillment

Black Enterprise Twitter followers weighed in on finding one’s calling, as experts gave their insights…

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Jewelers, NATASHA FAITH & SEMHAL ZEMIKAEL


La Diosa jewelry has been worn by the world’s most powerful women including Oprah Winfrey, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.


Co-founders Natasha Faith and Semhal Zemikael met while studying at Sir George Monoux college in East London. Faith and Zemikael were inspired to launch their company after traveling the world, learning to make jewelry in Mexico. The award-winning company now operates from an official showroom in London’s jewelry quarter, Hatton Garden.


The design duo also serves as young ambassadors for The Prince’s Trust, a charity supporting the country’s most disadvantaged youth.

London’s Top Black Women of Power

Female professionals changing the game on an international playing field

As the Olympics brings captivation to London, take a look at UK women who are…

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Feminine Wiles: Why You Shouldn’t Use What You Got to Get What You Want

Using your mind--- not your body--- can reap better professional results

For some women, using feminine assets is neither unusual or uncommon for career advancement. One…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Young Boss Moves: 4 Reasons Getting An Early Career Start is Essential

Professionals share how being teen workers led to future success

Getting an early start working can help instill discipline and build a solid body of…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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What a Cliché: 5 Most Overused Resume Phrases

Get rid of rhetoric and get to the tangible job skills

Overused resume cliches and buzz phrases can be a turnoff for employers looking for tangible…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Careers in Faith and Religion: Reverend Infuses the Power of Femininity in Ministry

Deborah M. Martin paves her own way and seeks to empower other women

The Rev. Deborah M. Martin embraces uniqueness and femininity in her ministry, serving as an…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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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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Boss Quiz: What Type of Leader Are You?

Find out your powerhouse boss profile

From hip-hop mogul Jay Z to entrepreneurial prodigy Tina Wells, find out what leadership qualities…

By Dominique Hobdy

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Careers in Faith and Religion: A Woman’s Story of Balancing Ministry and Entrepreneurship

Businesswoman seeks equality in both enterprise and spiritual path

Aisha Taylor, minister and entrepreneur, accepted what she says was a calling to preach and…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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Careers in Faith and Religion: Couple Took College Leadership to Church Pastorship

With marriage as a focus, together the Jenkins build on their professional calling

Cory and Courtney Jenkins dedicated their professional and personal lives to building their respective ministries…

By Aisha M. Taylor

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A Smarter Way to Update Your Resume

Key things to consider before adjusting a very important document

A resume is more than just a piece of paper full of experience. Here’s how…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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Fraternizing with Coworkers: Going Beyond the Water Cooler

Find balance between being a cubicle hermit and overzealous social climber

Observe the benefits and downfalls of fraternizing with coworkers and how you can manage interoffice…

By Jamie Harrison

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Ready to Be Your Own Boss? Here’s Your To-Do List

Before you make the leap, create a plan to ensure your success

If you’ve made up your mind and decided to pursue self-employment, be sure to follow…

By BlackEnterprise.com

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How I Did It: Lula Washington Continues Legacy of African-American Dance Internationally

Theater co-founder brings awareness and instruction to all parts of the world

Lula Washington, co-founder of Lula Washington Dance Theatre, spreads awareness and instruction on African-American contributions…

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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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