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Buying Power report: Blacks spend as economy grows
New 16th edition shows $507 bil in spending

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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Oprah's tweet to millions of Twitter followers draws fire from Nielsen

(February 13, 2012) A simple 55-character Twitter message to her nine million followers put Oprah Winfrey in hot water because she mentioned the unmentionable if you are a television figure with her kind of influence -- that is the words, "Nielsen box."

On Sunday night, at the same time that the Grammy Awards were airing, Winfrey tweeted "Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box." It was an attempt to get as many viewers as possible for her interview show, "Oprah's Next Chapter."

Such a directive, especially from a megastar like Winfrey, was guaranteed to draw the ire of the Nielsen Co., which takes any attempt to influence the habits of households in its TV sample very seriously. The New York Times reported that Winfrey removed the posting the following day after Nielsen contacted officials at OWN. "I intended no harm and apologize for the reference," she said in a statement.

An asterisk will be placed besides the Nielsen data for OWN's ratings with a note that figures may have been impacted by a "possible biasing effect."

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