Black Stats Frequently requested
data on African American consumers
Black Buying Power:
$836 Billion (2010)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
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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Herbert Temple, longtime art director for Ebony and Jet magazines, dies
Chicago Tribune (April 26, 2011) When Herbert Temple decided to pursue a career in
commercial art in the 1950s, few positions were available for
African-American men in corporate America, his daughter said.
But Mr. Temple was determined to use his creativity and eye for
aesthetic beauty to make a better life for himself, Janel Temple said.
"His mother and father were both ministers, and they instilled in him a
desire to rise above his station in life," she said. "He had been
drawing his whole life and he didn't want to go work in the steel mills
or slaughterhouses. He envisioned a different future for himself."
Mr. Temple went on to become a celebrated executive art director at
Johnson Publishing Co., company officials said. He worked at the
nation's premier African-American publications, Ebony and Jet, and
became well-known because of his long tenure.
Mr. Temple, 91, died of heart complications Wednesday, April 13, at
Franciscan St. Margaret Health in Hammond, his daughter said.
Mr. Temple was born in Gary and grew up in Evanston. He lived on the
South Side of Chicago for most of his life but moved to South Holland
five years ago, she said.
As a young man, he loved to sketch and draw and was captivated by
comics, she said. He graduated from Evanston Township High School and
enlisted in the Army.
Returning from his service during World War II, he decided to
aggressively pursue a career in the arts, she said.
"He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago using the GI
Bill," she said. "He was heavily involved with the South Side Community
Arts Center. That was where he got a lot of connections and leads."
Mr. Temple took his first job at Container Corporation of America,
designing cartons and packaging items, his daughter said.
In February 1953, he was hired by media mogul John H. Johnson as an
artist for Ebony and Jet magazines. He was promoted to art director in
1967 and spent 54 years working for the company.
"Herbert was instrumental in lending his artistic and creative insight
to bring life to the pages of our publications, which ultimately
inspired and informed millions of black Americans throughout his
tenure," said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publications, in a
statement. "Herbert will be deeply missed."
In addition to his work at Johnson, Mr. Temple was an avid entrepreneur,
his daughter said. He started JanTemp Greetings, a card company that
made products featuring Afro-centric themes, and was one of the founders
of Brief Reflections Nightclub, a South Loop lounge and dance club in
He also designed album covers, illustrated children's books and produced
a series of drawings of African-American leaders that was eventually
archived at a library in California, his daughter said.
"He met almost every famous person and dignitary of our times," she
said, "from John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to
Michael Jackson and John Lennon."
Besides his daughter, Mr. Temple is survived by a sister, Velma Darden.
A wake will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, with a funeral at 11 a.m., at
Leak & Sons Funeral Home, 7838 S. Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago.
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spent in 2008. African-Americans" total earned income for 2009 is
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