Billionaire’s Ball There are currently three confirmed African-American Billionaires: Robert Johnson of BET, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Lee-Chin of Canada. Reginald Lewis, has been reported to be the first with his 1987 purchase of TLC Beatrice but his purchase was the first instance of Black ownership of a billion-dollar enterprise and may not have
The Fortune Magazine 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America Fortune Magazine is known for its Most Powerful lists and this July listing of the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives is a sound effort at capturing the truly influential corporate power-players and the companies they direct. Some of the names are fairly well known
In The Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street Author, Gregory Bell, 24-year old son of Daniel Bell, founder of the first black-run company to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) comments on African-American progress in the famed financial district in this Business Week interview.
What’s the deal with diversity? Curious about the present state of so-called “diversity initiatives” promoted by corporations who hold themselves out as premiere employers for African-Americans and others? The July 2002 issue of Black Enterprise has a discussion between diversity experts that highlights the challenges faced by organizations grappling with this dynamic concept and
July 8th Study Break and Weblog Update Ok, time for a data dump. As I continue to study for the Indiana Bar Exam, my updates to the weblog have taken a back seat temporarily. I find the best compromise is at least a weekly update, so here you have it. Enjoy, and drop me
An MBA Just Ain’t What it Used to Be If you’re thinking about getting a graduate degree in business intending to enchance your career and make all kinds of money, the potential for greater success may be more fiction than fact. I’m always curious about the current debate about MBA’s, JD’s, Masters and other
The New Breed of Black Politicians, Part II Yvonne Bynoe of the UrbanThinkTank.com has published a follow up article to her first piece on the New Breed of Black Politicians. Part II of this series examines the reasons behind the oucome of the recent Newark, New Jersey mayoral election. A young, black challenger, Corey
Is it Really Black Leadership or Something Else? University of Maryland professor Ronald Walters discusses the mistake of generalizing about “Black Leadership” without examining the resources behind the leader. The resources behind the leader will evidence the true nature and motivation of the leadership and whether it truly represents the community or other unfriendly
BET music industry game If you’re looking to get into the music industry and want to understand how the game is played, check out this interactive quize from BET.com. As a struggling artist, you are presented with choices that will make for success or failure. Will you blow up or fade away?
It’s All About You, Baby Free agency is no longer a concept reserved for athletes; individuals are learning that they can demand what they are worth from employers by ensuring that they know their worth and have the negotiation skills to back it up. If you understand what I’m saying, you’ll love this Tom