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The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report. In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. ...

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Tom Joyner calls for Roland Martin to apologize for offensive Tweet
 
(February 11, 2012) Syndicated radio host, Tom Joyner added his voice to the controversy surrounding Roland Martin, asking the news commentator to issue "a sincere apology" for the offensive Tweet he sent out during the Super Bowl telecast.

Members of the gay and lesbian community called the message "anti-gay in nature and have called for Martin to apologize. Martin, who was suspended by CNN from his on-air duties as analyst, also offers news commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.

Last Friday, Joyner wrote in his blog at BlackAmericWeb.com that "I've sat back as long as I could, hoping I wouldn't have to say anything. But now the time has come. "So, Roland, we love you and need you full force to be able to do what you do -- represent us and our views on CNN and other arenas. In order to continue your role on that show, on the speaking circuit, etc., it's time for you to make a sincere apology to GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). When people are offended by something we say or do, it doesn’t matter what our intentions are. The job of the offender is simply to apologize and learn a lesson about what to say or do going forward."

CNN said last Wednesday it has suspended Martin as political analyst for "regrettable and offensive" Tweets written during the Super Bowl that critics said appeared to call for violence against gays.

"Roland Martin's Tweets were regrettable and offensive," the network said in a statement. "Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being." The statement did not specify how long Roland would be suspended.

Following retailer H&M's Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player David Beckham, CNN's Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers: "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl"

Martin initially said he was referring to soccer fans. "I know what I said, why I said it, and it's consistent with me cracking on soccer. Deal with it," he said in another Tweet shortly after the first ones.

But in a posting on his Website, Martin later apologized for the remarks. "To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I'm truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant. I'm disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others."


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