Race, Gender & Work: You Got to Have Guts

Sure, there's racism. This hip-hop mogul says that's no excuse

Kevin Liles loves to give advice to young African Americans hoping to get into business. Starting as an unpaid intern at Def Jam, he worked his way up to president. Now an executive vice president at Warner Music, Liles, 37, recently published an inspirational book called Make It Happen. TIME's Dorinda Elliott talked with him about the race factor in business and playing the card game Guts with Jay-Z--but only after a barber gave Liles a trim in the Atlantic Records office:

What hidden obstacles do young African Americans face in the business world?

I could easily say there are some...

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