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Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
 $836 Billion (2010)

Black U.S. Population:
 41.1 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 $203.8 bil.
 - Food $65.2 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $29.1 bil.
 - Clothing $29.3 bil.
 - Health Care $23.6 bil.
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Merry Green appointed Associate Publisher for 'Who's Who In Black Chicago'
 
(May 2, 2011) Who's Who Publishing Company, the nation's largest annual directory publisher focusing on the African-American market, proudly announces Merry Green, founder of MGPG Events, Inc. and The Black Women's Expo, as the newly appointed associate publisher for the upcoming edition of Who's Who In Black Chicago.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Green began her career in television and radio by joining the Rochester Black Media Coalition and later attended Rochester Institute Technology studying communications. Her career started at WOKR-TV, an ABC network affiliate, where she became the station's first African-American assistant program director. During her tenure at WOKR, Green also worked for PM Magazine, a precursor to entertainment news programs such as Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood. It was there she learned to produce entertainment segments and worked with celebrities booked for the show.
 
After questioning a panel of top television programming executives at a major broadcaster's conference, an NBC executive offered her an interview with the NBC affiliate, WMAQ-TV in Chicago. Landing a position as administrator of community affairs for NBC-5, Green produced programs and specials focusing on Chicago's numerous ethnic neighborhoods while profiling various community leaders. Her hard work paid off earning her local Emmy Award nominations for her documentaries on Chicago's neighborhoods.
 
Green remained at WMAQ for two years before moving to the nationally syndicated Ebony/Jet Showcase owned by John H. Johnson, founder of Ebony and Jet magazines, the two largest publications in the African-American community. In 1989 she joined V103 radio as director of advertising and promotions. Her tenure there allowed her to create and produce marketing and promotional campaigns and special events for many of the station's top advertisers including, The USO Transatlantic Jam, The World's Largest Steppers Contest, and The Expo for Today's Black Woman that continues today as The Black Women's Expo, now in its 18th year. The expo remains the nation's foremost exposition targeting the African-American consumer market.
 
"My focus for the past 17 years with The Black Women's Expo has been to empower and uplift our community while recognizing African-American achievement annually in the city of Chicago - and now Atlanta and Philadelphia," says Green. "This opportunity allows me to collaborate with Who's Who Publishing and accomplish our goal to increase impact and awareness throughout this powerful city."
 
Who's Who Publishing highlights the achievements of African Americans and other minority groups across the country through its brand of Who's Who directories. These directories are a valuable resource and networking tool for the entire community. Who's Who Publishing is a subsidiary of Real Times Media, a leading source of African-American-related news, entertainment and lifestyle information.


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