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 Black Stats  
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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NNPA papers to distribute stories from Maynard Institute's America's Wire

(May 9, 2011) America's Wire announced today that it has reached a distribution agreement with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the nation's largest and most prominent news service for African American community newspapers.  Under the agreement, stories produced by the award-winning reporting and editing team at America's Wire (www.americaswire.org) will be available to media outlets that subscribe to NNPA.

"As an independent, non-profit source for news and information, we want to thank NNPA for the opportunity to expand distribution of our articles," said Michael K. Frisby, President of America's Wire.  "This will be a win-win for America's Wire and NNPA papers. Our stories report on structural racism in America and its impact on communities of color.  This partnership will provide the readers of NNPA newspapers with critical news and information about their communities."   

Dorothy R. Leavell, NNPA Foundation Chairperson, said, "We are pleased to provide our member newspapers the opportunity to carry the research articles that America's Wire provides.  We are sure that the readers of our publications will find the information enlightening and useful.  This added service is provided by the NNPA Foundation, who hosts the NNPA News Wire service."  

America's Wire provides newspapers, community papers, websites, ethnic publications and wire services with comprehensive stories about communities of color.  America's Wire provides a minimum of two enterprise stories a month reported and written by our award-winning reporters, Kenneth Cooper and Marjorie Valbrun. We also provide articles by freelance writers, as well as commentaries from experts on a variety of topics.

Stories currently available from America's Wire include:

- A study on mortgage discrimination against Blacks and Latinos
- Efforts to include more people of color in genetic research
- A report on hospital closings in minority communities
- The impact of black prosecutors across the country
- The impact of residential segregation on health outcomes
- Conservatives blaming the poor for being poor
- The declining number of black males at colleges and universities
- States easing restrictions on ex-convicts
- The Food Stamp ban on ex-drug offenders
- The ineffectiveness of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission

These stories are available free of charge.  Go to www.Americaswire.org, sign up for a free trial subscription and media outlets can download our stories and publish them free of charge.

Recently, America's Wire also reached a distribution agreement with the Associated Press, which makes America's Wire articles available to AP member media outlets.

America's Wire is operated by the Maynard Institute's Media Center on Structural Racism. Our news service provides enterprising content for wire services, mainstream newspapers, ethnic/community papers, magazines and websites. The professionally reported, written and edited stories help readers comprehend the challenges that people of color face from racial injustices.  America's Wire is made possible through a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

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New "Buying Power" report: Black consumers spend as economy grows
Details $507 billion in expenditures

African-American consumers are cautiously increasing their spending in some key product categories, even as they continue to make adjustments in a slowly growing economy. The finding comes from the 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report published by Target Market News..

In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. That's an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion spent in 2008. African-Americans" total earned income for 2009 is estimated at $836 billion...

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