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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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BET signs exclusive partnership deal with producers of 'The Game'

(May 16, 2011) Coming off of The Game's record-breaking series premiere that drew 7.7 million viewers and becoming the No.1 sitcom in ad-supported cable TV history, BET Networks has announced an unprecedented multi-year agreement with Salim and Mara Brock Akil. In addition to their current roles as executive producers and director for The Game, the husband and wife team, through Akil Productions, will develop new shows for BET Networks.

"We're thrilled to build on the very important relationship between our network and the Hollywood creative community, especially with two proven powerhouses in entertainment -- Salim and Mara Brock Akil," said Loretha Jones, President of Original Programming at BET Networks. "Through this partnership we hope to continue to bring our audience high quality content that reflects their lives and our communities."

"Our goal is to expand on our existing brand, by way of Akil Productions, to create new opportunities for ourselves and others," said the Akils. "BET has provided us with a tremendous platform to create smart, funny and dramatic, quality programming with multi-layered and multi-dimensional characters appealing to millions of viewers."

Mara Brock Akil created The Game and executive produced the series with Salim, who also directed. Salim recently made his feature film directorial debut with Jumping The Broom, which stars Laz Alonso, Paula Patton and Angela Bassett and opened as the country's #1 comedy.  In 2000, Mara created and executive produced the hit series, Girlfriends, which currently airs on BET.

Mara Brock Akil and Salim Akil are represented by ICM and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein & Kohner.


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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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