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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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Maya Angelou offers her first public radio show during Black History Month

(February 2, 2011) This February Maya Angelou will host her first-ever public radio program. The one-hour broadcast is available to all PRI, Public Radio International, affiliated stations and African American Consortium stations free of charge.

Intimate and provocative stories, poems and conversations will illuminate African American history including comedy, film and family life, rounding out the hour with memories of "mother and sister friend," the late civil rights activist Dorothy Height. The producer of the show is RCW Media Productions.

On comedy Maya Angelou observes, "Often in the black culture it is said, we laughed to keep from crying." Joined by comedian Chris Rock, they discuss Rock's childhood in Brooklyn, rise to Saturday Night Live and his view on comedy. As Rock defines the comic currents of our time, Maya Angelou offers historical perspective, reflecting on the 1930's and 1940's including Dusty Fletcher's "Open the Door Richard" and the brilliance of early comedians who literally set the stage for African American comedy.

A film director in her own right of Down in the Delta (1988), Angelou explores African American films with a focus on the work of director Lee Daniels. Daniels and Angelou discuss the success of his movie "Precious" and how work from this filmmaker can impact and change dialogue in American Culture.

From the stage of the Urban League's 100th Anniversary Celebration, the esteemed poet and the rapper Common perform a glittering "Old School/New School" call and response. Maya Angelou recites each stanza of "Songs of the Old Ones," as Common interprets in what Angelou observes as "his preferred language of hip hop."

Recalling their relationship in the 1960's, when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. appointed Maya Angelou as the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Maya Angelou honors the memory of civil rights activist Dorothy Height ending with a poetic tribute.

Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special is underwritten by AT&T. More information and a list of public radio stations currently airing the program can be found at www.mayaangelouonpublicradio.com. Articles featuring additional content on Black History Month with guest introductions will reside on www.att.com/thebridge. Maya Angelou will post on http://www.facebook.com/MayaAngelou with 1.9 million fans and tweets on Twitter.


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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 soon to be issued 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. 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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