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Black Buying Power:
$679 Billion (2004)
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Top Five Black Cities
- New York
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- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
Top Five Expenditures:
- Housing 110.2 bil.
- Food 53.8 bil.
- Cars/Trucks 28.7 bil.
- Clothing 22.0 bil.
- Health Care 17.9 bil.
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The Flamingos wins
settlement from Pepsi for unauthorized song in ad
(January 30, 2006) - A judge has ordered PepsiCo Inc. and its
advertising company to pay $250,000 to the 1950s Chicago doo-wop band The
Flamingos for using their recording "I Only Have Eyes For You" in a
commercial without permission.
A federal judge in Chicago on Friday upheld an arbitrator's decision in
favor of the two surviving members of The Flamingos, Terry Johnson and
Tommy Hunt, and the estates of the deceased members.
A collective bargaining agreement with the American Federation of
Television and Radio Artists requires an advertiser to get permission and
pay fees to the music publishers, the record labels and the artists
"In our case, they didn't even ask," San Francisco entertainment lawyer
Steven Ames Brown said Monday.
It's not the first time Pepsi has neglected to pay a recording artist for
a song, Brown said. He claims Pepsi has failed to pay black performers for
their songs in advertising campaigns featuring supermodel Cindy Crawford.
"Pepsi routinely pays the Caucasian performers who appear on camera but
refuses to pay the African-American singers whose voices are used in the
soundtrack unless they sue," Brown said.
A spokesman for Pepsi said the failure to pay The Flamingos directly was
an oversight and that Pepsi didn't realize the song was subject to the
collective bargaining agreement.
"That's completely inaccurate," said Dave DeCecco of Purchase, N.Y.-based
Pepsi. "We have a long history and strong track record of supporting
diversity in our advertising."
Pepsi used the band's best-known 1959 hit in a television commercial that
ran nationwide for about six months in 1997, Brown said.
Brown said he successfully sued Pepsi on behalf of Doris Troy, whose 1963
hit "Just One Look" was used in another popular Crawford commercial that
featured two young boys. Troy died in 2003.
Brown sued on behalf of The Flamingos in 2003.
Hunt sang the lead vocal in "I Only Have Eyes For You," which reached No.
11 on Billboard's Top 40 in 1959 and remained on the charts for 11 weeks,
according to the lawsuit.
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'Buying Power' report shows black consumers spending more on home life
As the American economy continues to move sluggishly,
African-American households are curtailing their spending in many
categories, including food, clothing and basic household items, while
investing more in home repair, home entertainment and consumer
electronics. Although they are trimming back, black consumers are still
spending more than their white counterparts on most of these products.
According to the newest edition of “The Buying Power of Black America”
report, African-American households are tightening their belts when it
comes to dining out, expanding their wardrobes, and leisure activities out
of the home. At the same time, they are increasing their spending on home
repairs and remodeling, audio and...
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