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Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
  $656 Billion (2003)

Black U.S. Population:
  38.3 million

Top Five Black Cities
  - New York
  - Chicago
  - Detroit
  - Philadelphia
  - Houston

Top Five Black Metros:
  - New York-New Jersey
  - Washington-Baltimore
  - Chicago-Gary
  - Los Angeles
  - Philadelphia

Top Five Expenditures:
 - Housing 145.2 bil.
 - Food 56.5 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks 32.6 bil.
 - Clothing 23.0 bil.
 - Health Care 18.0 bil.

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January 2006

The Flamingos wins settlement from Pepsi for unauthorized song in ad 1-31-06

Les Kimber is elected president of West Coast Black Publishers Association 1-31-06

AOL Black Voices teams up with The HistoryMakers for celebrity video clips 1-31-06

Radio One and REACH Media launch syndicated black news/talk network 1-30-06

What's the future for black programming on the new CW TV network?

Vigilante agency names Valerie Graves as Chief Creative Officer 1-27-06

Wal-Mart black history program gives glimpse of Gullah/Geechee Nation 1-27-06

Fame and football are the themes for Fox's five winning shows 1-26-06

Sears stores accepting contributions for the National Urban League 1-26-06

New network marks CBS, Warner Bros. partnership, the end for UPN, WB 12-25-06

Debra Lee elevated to BET chairman as founder Bob Johnson exits

Black Family Channel and AURN partner on sales and cross-promotional effort 1-24-06

NBA dominates Top 25 Cable Shows in black homes, but movies hold their own 1-24-06

Starbucks debuts sales of DVD's in its stores with independent black film 1-23-06

Showtime sets fall debut for 'Damon Wayans’ The Underground' series 1-23-06

'Essence' associate publisher Barbara Britton resigns to start marketing firm 1-20-06

Infiniti creates a 30-minute BET program to launch new campaign 1-20-06

Barry Mayo resigns as Emmis New York SVP to get balance back in his life 1-19-06

Football season goes down kicking with AFC playoff game taking top spot 1-19-06

Cynthia Perkins-Roberts named CAB VP of diversity sales and development 1-19-06

Cell phone study shows blacks use twice the number of minutes as whites 1-18-06

Michel Martin joins NPR to host new daily two-hour show for late this year 1-18-06

Brenda Freeman joins Nickelodeon as Senior VP of Promotions Marketing 1-17-06

'Heart & Soul' starts '06 by doubling ad pages, expanding distribution 1-17-06

Vonetta Flowers, Winter Olympics gold medalist, is a hot endorser 1-17-06

'Eyes on the Prize' to return to PBS this fall after long absence 1-16-06

BlackAmericaWeb.com reaches milestone of one million members 1-13-06

Carol H. Williams agency wins top ad honor at Urban Wheel Awards 1-13-06

BET's marching to a different beat with upcoming season's programming 1-12-06

New Year’s resolution: ‘Football rules’ with black sports fans home for the holidays 1-12-06

AOL Black Voices launches books feature with Star Jones Reynolds 1-11-06

Survey shows blacks entered shopping season with buying intentions 1-11-06

Urban Television Network signs an agreement with Nielsen Media Research 1-11-06

Central City Productions acquires "America's Black Forum" from UniWorld 1-10-06

TV One debuts personal finance reality show with writer Michelle Singletary 1-10-06

'Chicago Defender' says it's profitable for first time in two decades 1-9-06

Allan Johnson, critic and writer for 'Chicago Tribune,' dies at 46 1-9-06

CBS gets gift of four on top ten, 'Monday Night Football' bids farewell 1-9-06

Amtrak selects Images USA as its AOR for the southeast region 1-6-06

ZenithOptimedia new division to focus on multicultural direct marketing 1-6-06

Burrell uses Website, podcasts, blogs for Lexus African-American effort 1-5-06

Butch Graves promoted to CEO of Black Enterprise magazine 1-5-06

Black-owned broadcaster to operate new Jackson, Miss. UPN affiliate 1-5-06

AOL Black Voices partners with Streaming Faith for audio, video content 1-4-06

Movie studios seek growth for DVD sales by targeting black, Hispanics 1-4-06

Caribbean tourism officials urged to do more advertising with black press 1-3-06

Illinois' native black celebrities promotes state's attractions in campaign 1-3-06

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