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In honor of Black History Month, it’s a great time to highlight those experts in our community who are really giving out great advice and information to help us all become better people and business owners. These 10 experts inhabit the realms of business, politics and life-coaching to bring you the best information, 140 characters at a time. This is a great list to learn how to become a brand online.

@2Motivate is Lisa Nichols, a renowned speaker and author who is motivating the masses. Follow her for an occasional kick in the pants to get your life or your business in gear: motivatingthemasses.com/.


@AlfredEdmondJr is senior vice president and editor-at-large at Black Enterprise magazine. His OffMyChest blog posts are witty, smart and always packed with terrific tips.

@BevMahone is the founder of Boomer Diva Nation. She offers practical advice on starting a business when you are over 50 and how to get featured in the media. She’s also the creator of a radio and TV show called The Boomer Beat: beverlymahone.com/.

@RamonRay is my go-to guy for information on small-business tech tools and email marketing. He’s the editor of Smallbiztechnology.com.

@MoniqueCaradine is leading the high-earning women movement. She shares her secret recipes for how to increase visibility, influence and income: moniquecaradine.com/.


@Drgoddess is Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. She is a writer, activist, entrepreneur and scholar of American and African Studies. Ellis uses social media to promote a new-age liberation ideology. Her posts offer the “tell it like it is perspective” on pop culture and social commentary: drgoddess.com/.

@SoldierKnowsBest is Mark Watson, the tech-geek man to turn to when it comes to technology reviews. His YouTube channel is one of the top ranked for the latest consumer technology news: youtube.com/soldierknowsbest.


@HajjFlemings is the mastermind behind Brand Camp. He shares brand advice, marketing tips and cool tech finds: hajjflemings.com/.

@LenaWest is the founder of Influence Expansion and shares social media survival tactics and tips on how to increase your following: influenceexpansion.com/.


@IamSophiaNelson is Sophia Nelson, a writer, political pundit and female-empowerment expert, and she always has encouraging words for black women online. She’s the author of Black Women Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama: sophiaangelinelson.com/.

Follow these experts to learn about the intellectual side of Black Twitter. You can follow me, too, at @SmallBizLady.


Do you have any suggestions on whom to follow on Twitter?

Melinda Emerson, known to many as SmallBizLady, is CEO of Quintessence Multimedia. Emerson educates entrepreneurs and Fortune 500 companies on subjects including small business start-up, business development and social media marketing. She also publishes a resource blog and is the best-selling author of Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months. Follow her on Twitter.


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