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Lee Daniels: The Business of Being a Gay Black Man

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Yesterday, Black Enterprise chatted with Lee Daniels, Tyrese Gibson, and Amiyah Scott about the upcoming episode of Star, which, in the short clip below, portrays Queen Latifah’s love interest, played by Gibson, attempting to cleanse the spirit or “pray the gay away” from her transgender son Cotton Brown, played by Scott....

Artist Charly Palmer Talks the Business of Black Art

By: Dr. Dionne Mahaffey

Black art is big business, even as it sits at the fringes of a booming art industry.  The mainstream art world is dominated by a more popular culture, which allows but a sliver of black talent to penetrate its space at a time. This unsurprising phenomena shadows some of the most...

5 Last-Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Mind, Body, and Soul

By: nursealice

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. There’s going to be a lot of the traditional flowers and candy gift-giving occurring, but in the spirit of American Heart Month, here are some thoughtful gifts ideas with a healthy spin. Consider giving your loved one a gift of love that helps them...

The Professional’s Practical Guide to Practicing Stillness

By: Cameka Smith

As human beings, we often hear the word “stillness,” but what does that really mean? How can we, as busy professionals and entrepreneurs, incorporate this into our busy lives, when time is of the essence? Well, let’s take a closer look into the practice of stillness and seven actionable steps...

BE Luxury: African Modern Décor Inspo

By: T. Bernie

Textural elements can transform a room into enviable design. The vibrancy of print adds dimension and color livens. Fabric provides visual interest, even an intimate feel. Additionally, it’s an all-in-one way to achieve a focal point, distinction, and contrast. Patterns create depth and can add pop. Here’s a brief look...

Get Your Mind Right and Attract the Love You Deserve

By: Cameka Smith

Your mindset affects everything, from your finances to your health, and even your relationships.  Below are a few things to do to get your mind right so that you can attract the love you desire.   Stop wasting time with “Mr. Right Now.” You know who “Mr. Right Now” is…the...

Shonda Rhimes and Author Luvvie Ajayi Team Up For New Comedy Series

By: Selena Hill

It’s official—Luvvie Ajayi’s best-selling book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, will be transformed into a cable comedy series by the Queen of Thursday night’s herself, Shonda Rhimes. For those who don’t know, Ajayi is a writer, cultural critic, and the creator of the wildly popular blog AwesomelyLuvvie.com, which she began in...

Fine Artist Cheryl R. Riley: The Art of Art Collecting (Part 2)

By: Gwendolyn Quinn

In part two of The Art of Art Collecting, art expert Cheryl R. Riley shares five tips to help you build your collection and portfolio. (Read part one here.)   1. Purchase Art That You Love   Cheryl explains that art’s purpose is to give joy, or resonate personally on profound levels, every...

Fine Artist Cheryl R. Riley on the Art of Art Collecting (Part 1)

By: Gwendolyn Quinn

Fine artist, furniture designer, art consultant, and educator: Cheryl R. Riley the Jersey City, NJ-based artist with a wide-ranging career spanning more than four decades, is all of these things and more. Her extensive body of work includes public and private art, installations, sculptures, decorative art, and residential murals. Born and raised in Houston, TX,...

‘Shark Tank’ Celebrates $100 Million in Deals Done on the Show

By: Carolyn M. Brown

In a special episode featuring millennial entrepreneurs, one will make the deal that will take the ABC award-winning show Shark Tank across the $100 million threshold in deals made since the show first aired in August 2009. Since then, more than 600 entrepreneurs have pitched their businesses in the Tank, in...

3 Types of Books You Can Publish When You Are Not a Writer

By: Cameka Smith

While writing a book has its many benefits—including showcasing your specific knowledge, insights, and opinions as it relates to your niche—writing a book isn’t every entrepreneur’s strength nor desire. However, there are several creative options to authoring a quality published book that may require little or no actual writing from...

Impacting Broadway: How Two Black Entrepreneurs Teamed Up to Make a Difference

By: Gwendolyn Quinn

In an uncertain economy, many small businesses—especially those owned by African Americans—are heeding the age-old adage, “Two heads are better than one.” Multicultural marketing veterans Donna Walker-Kuhne and Cherine E. Anderson have been impacting theater audiences globally for nearly 30 years. Walker-Kuhne is the founder of Walker International Communications Group,...

Comcast Launches Filmmaker Series Black Women Behind The Scenes

By: Carolyn M. Brown

As part of its Black Film & TV destination, Comcast Xfinity on-demand will include a section called ‘Black Women Behind the Scenes’ that puts a spotlight on directing, producing, writing, costuming, and even risking life-and-limb as stunt women behind the scenes of popular TV and film productions. The cable network...

A New Look at Police Violence Against Black Women

By: Carolyn M. Brown

Amid growing awareness of police violence, individual Black men—including Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, and Freddie Gray—have been the focus of most media-driven narratives. Yet black women, indigenous women, and other women of color also face daily police violence. Invisible No More places the individual stories of women and...

Black History Month: Esther Jones, The Original Betty Boop

By: Selena Hill

Betty Boop is largely recognized as an iconic cartoon character and the first animated American sex symbol. However, her signature style and voice was appropriated by an African American jazz singer and entertainer. During the late 1920s, Esther “Baby Esther” Jones became known for singing in a baby voice and regularly performing...

Are Black Women Killing Themselves From Stress?

By: Carolyn M. Brown

Whether it’s the subject of a popular song or news reports, being a “superwoman” is something that African American women are all too familiar with. You know you are trying to be a superwoman if you feel pressured to be able to do it all; you feel overworked, overwhelmed, and...

There’s Something For Everyone at Santa Catalina Island

By: Aniesia Williams

There’s something for all types of vacationers at Santa Catalina Island, one of California’s Channel Islands, southwest of Los Angeles in the Pacific Ocean. If you’re the outdoor type, you’ll love the wildlife, the diverse flora, and Mount Orizaba, the highest mountain on the island. If you like culture, activities,...

Felicia Horowitz Hosts ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ Screening

By: Sequoia Blodgett

Over the past weekend, Felicia Horowitz gathered up a group of influential artists, activists, philanthropists, students, community leaders, and tech community members to host a screening of the Raoul Peck directed film, I Am Not Your Negro, at the Landmark Theaters Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco. (Image: Alain McLaughlin/I Am...