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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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ASPiRE will launch series, 'ABFF Independent' featuring black filmmakers

(June 25, 2012) ASPiRE, the new African-American television network from Magic Johnson Enterprises, today announced its first original series, "ABFF Independent." The weekly two-hour show, hosted by actor Omari Hardwick ("Sparkle," "Dark Blue,") will present the best independent shorts, feature films and documentaries from emerging black artists, "ABFF Independent" will air Mondays at 8 p.m. (ET), with repeat airings Monday at 11 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., and the following Monday at 2 p.m. The series will premiere on the network's launch date, Wednesday, June 27, with back-to-back episodes starting at 8 p.m.

"We are proud to partner with ABFF to launch ASPiRE's first original series, 'ABFF Independent,' a show that brings provocative, entertaining and moving work by African-American filmmakers to our viewers," said Paul Butler, General Manager, ASPiRE. "At the same time, we are proud to provide an outlet for some of the most creative and talented new voices in cinema to receive much-deserved national exposure."

"ASPiRE is the perfect platform to deliver the cream of the crop from ABFF and other festivals to a wider audience," said Jeff Friday, ABFF founder, and Founder and CEO of Film Life Inc. "We are thrilled to partner with this exciting new network on such a groundbreaking series."

ASPiRE celebrates African-American heritage and groundbreaking cultural achievements and will create new opportunities for the next generation of African-American visionaries. The network will launch June 27, 2012 to millions of customers on Comcast's digital basic tier.  For more information, visit www.aspire.tv


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