Archive for the ‘Excellent Entrepreneurs’ Category

Lenny Kravitz – the designer

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Lenny Kravitz wooed us on the stage at the Superbowl on Sunday 1 Feb 2015. He had less than 2 minutes to show us how relevant he still is and he achieved that goal. I have been a long time fan of Lenny’s music and have albums to prove it. But I came across a little publicised fact that Lenny Kravitz is also a designer. An interior designer. He also designs hotels, TV studios, furniture, wall tiles, wallpaper and much more.

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Black-Owned Businesses Are Powering Detroit’s Resurgence

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Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit’s Resurgence, But No One’s Talking About It. So says Kate Abbey-Lambertz of the Huffington Post.

Detroit will mark the first anniversary of its bankruptcy filing this Friday, and across the country, people are watching the city to see how it has survived the upheaval.

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Apple to Buy Beats by Dr Dre

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Dr Dre (Also known as Andre Young, born 1965) has been trending on Twitter today. When you see a name trending – they have made news – either through something they have done which is crazy, or they have died, or amazing news has come out about said person. In this case it is the latter. Apple is in the process of buying Beats for a reported 3.2 billion dollars.

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Oprah’s Empire

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Oprah’s first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, Winfrey won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She also attracted the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.  This experience would shape the rest of her life and catapult her to creating a most amazing empire.

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Tyler Perry – the Half a Billion Dollar Man

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Half a Billion Dollar Man

Tyler Perry is not just the black man that you’ve seen put on a dress for laughs, he is actually a Hollywood mogul. The filmmaker, writer and director has surpassed many of his caucasion peers when it comes to cashing in at the box office. According to Forbes, Perry is now worth nearly half a billion dollars.

Born in 1969 in New Orleans, Perry is more successful than nearly every other director in Hollywood. He is the only filmmaker in history to have five films open #1 at the box office in the last five years. This puts him ahead of Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorcese, James Cameron and many other big names in Hollywood.

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Queen Latifah Expands Her Empire

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Queen Latifah has done nearly everything throughout her entertainment career–rapping, singing, acting, and producing. Now she is readying for a new daytime television show. She will launch her first syndicated daytime talk show in the fall of 2013. This will be her second go round–from 1999 to 2001, she hosted “The Queen Latifah Show” on TV.

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Apprentice Winner Inks Contracts

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Reality show stars come and go. But the winner of season four of “The Apprentice,” Dr. Randal Pinkett, has proven to have staying power. Pinkett, who is chairman and CEO of national consulting firm BCT Partners, has just landed two billion-dollar contracts.

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50 Cent Announces African Business Plan

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n 2011, 50 Cent (Curtis James Jackson III) announced the debut of his new energy drink, SK (Street King). It was developed by the musician and businessman to not only pump up his own bottom line, but also raise money for starving populations in Africa. With the purchase of every energy shot, Street King will provide a meal for a child in need. The goal is to feed 1 billion children over the next five years.

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America’s Top 10 Black-Owned Companies

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The latest U.S. Census report on black-owned businesses shows a growth rate three times the national average. The 10 black-owned companies listed here are excellent models for those who aspire to economic independence.

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Tyra Banks Biography

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Born on December 4, 1973, in Inglewood, California, Tyra Banks was a leading international fashion model, becoming the first black woman to land the cover of the Sports Illustratedswimsuit issue. She later tried her hand at acting before creating and hosting her own reality TV show, Project Runway, followed by her own daytime talk show, for which she’s won an Emmy Award.

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