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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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Rev. Al Sharpton, a guest anchor on MSNBC, being eyed as permanent host

(July 22, 2011) The New York Times reported today that sources at MSNBC say the Rev. Al Sharpton is on the verge of being the network permanent anchor at 6 pm after three weeks of sitting in for host Cenk Uygur. The hiring of the prominent civil rights activist would be a plus for MSNBC, which has been criticized recently, along with CNN, for not having enough people of color in roles in front of and behind the camera.

Since the departure in January of Keith Olbermann, MSNBC's highest ratings-earner, there have been no obvious replacements for the network. It brought in Uygur, who has a following of reportedly millions for his Internet-based show,
"The Young Turks." When Uygur turned down the network's contract offer, Sharpton was offered the guest spot.

Already heard weekdays on his nationally syndicated radio show, "Keepin' It Real," Sharpton had the ability to direct his listeners to tune to MSNBC, which apparently they did in impressive numbers. However, a spokesperson has said that there have been no formal discussions with network executives about a permanent position.


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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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