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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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Trymaine Lee first African-American hired following AOL/Huffington Post partnership

(March 10, 2011) The Huffington Post Media Group, a leading source of news, opinion, entertainment, community, and digital information, announced the addition of six new hires to its reporting team, the first since the Huffington Post joined forces with AOL. They include both veteran reporters from leading news outlets and talented young journalists who will cover a broad range of subjects.

These six reporters are the first in a host of hires the Huffington Post Media Group will be making in the next few weeks as it expands its original reporting across all sections, from politics and entertainment to health, food, style, kids, parenting, personal finance, and more.

The young reporters are part of the Huffington Postís Jefferson Program for Young Journalists, an initiative to nurture new journalistic talent by pairing them with seasoned editors, writers, and reporters. The program is named for the founding father who said that if he had to choose between government without a free press, or a press without a government, he'd readily pick the latter.

The New York Times' Trymaine Lee has been named Senior Reporter, Yahoo's Michael Calderone has been named Senior Media Reporter, the New York Daily News' Michael McAuliff has been named Senior Congressional Reporter, and The Daily's Jon Ward has been named Senior Political Reporter. Bonnie Kavoussi, soon to graduate from Harvard University where she is a senior reporter of The Harvard Crimson, has been named Business Reporter, and Lucas Kavner, the founding editor of Unigo, which covered college life, has been named Entertainment Reporter.

Trymaine Lee spent the last four years as a reporter for the New York Times, where he covered Harlem for the paper's Metro section. He previously worked at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking news coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

"One of the Huffington Post Media Group's main goals is to deliver engaging and high-impact journalism, and these hires are an exciting addition to our reporting team," said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. "Trymaine Lee, who won a Pulitzer for his Hurricane Katrina coverage, will cover national issues impacting the black community."

Said Tim Armstrong, Chairman & CEO of AOL: "These new hires, which are only the beginning, demonstrate our commitment to great journalism. An outstanding team of talented editors, writers, and reporters -- ranging from award-winning veterans to budding new journalism stars -- will be at the heart of the Huffington Post Media Group. One of Ariannaís highest priorities is to build this first-class team across the many content areas covered by AOL and the Huffington Post, and to maximize the impact of their work on every platform, with great reader engagement."

In January, the Huffington Post and BET co-founder Sheila Johnson announced they have formed a joint venture to launch a HuffPost section devoted to African-Americans. The section, "HuffPost GlobalBlack," is expected to debut in March.

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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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