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Target Market News has introduced Black Business Chicago, a new monthly which will spotlight news and features on Chicago's African-American businesses, corporate executives and local economic issues. The publication will also be supplemented by a Web site, blackbusinesschicago.com, that will provide updated coverage of relevant business news on a daily and weekly basis between issues of the monthly print publication. Click for more
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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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BET's 'Sunday Best' finishes fourth season with a record-breaking audience
 
(September 12, 2011) The finale of BET's "Sunday Best" drew the largest in the show's four-season history, as viewers watched Amber Bullock from St. Louis, Missouri emerge as America's choice.  over Andrea Helms of Dallas, Texas. According to the Nielsen Company, the Sunday, September 11, 8:00 P.M. ET telecast drew in 2.1 Million viewers, garnered a 1.63 rating making it the #1 "Sunday Best"  telecast in franchise history.

As BET's No.1 reality series of the season, additionally "Sunday Best" season 4 is now the No.1 cable competition show and Sunday's No.1 cable series among blacks in 2011. For the past four consecutive years, it has remained the highest-rated  gospel/religious program on television.

In addition to the coveted title of "Sunday Best," Amber wins a national recording contract with Music World Gospel, a cash prize, and a 2011 Ford Explorer. The singing competition with gospel greats Kirk Franklin as host, along with Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary, and Pastor Donnie McClurkin as judges, allowed viewers to vote for their favorite contestant and ultimately decide who would be named this season's "Sunday Best."

The two-hour season finale featured stellar performances by Pastor Shirley Caesar, Yolanda Adams, Lecrae, Vashawn Mitchell, Zebulon Ellis, Jessica Reedy, Rance Allen, and Ricky Dillard.  Past "Sunday Best" winners Crystal Aikin, Y'Anna Crawley and Le'Andria Johnson also came together for a special performance tribute to the late gospel great, Mahalia Jackson to commemorate her 100th birthday. 

For four seasons, "Sunday Best" has entertained and touched viewers during its search for the next great gospel singer. From holding auditions all over the U.S. and in Nigeria, West Africa, "Sunday Best" won a 2011 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Reality Series. "Sunday Best" is executive produced by D'Angela Proctor and Nia T. Hill of Strange Fruit Media, Kirk Franklin and Erica and Tina Campbell.


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