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Black Buying Power:
$679 Billion (2004)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- 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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BET's Lil' Kim reality
series becomes channel's most-watched debut
22, 2006) BET’s latest original series, “Lil’ Kim: Countdown To Lockdown,”
debuted to a whopping 1.9 million viewers nationally (1.7 rating; 1.4
million households), easily becoming the most-watched series debut in
BET's 25-year history.
The show, which tracked the final 14 days of freedom of hip-hop diva Lil'
Kim before she entered prison on a perjury conviction, also became the
number one Original Series on Cable among Black households so far in 2006.
A six-episode docu-drama produced in collaboration with Edmonds
Entertainment and Queen Bee Entertainment, “Countdown To Lockdown”
televises on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.
"When we showed the first episode of LIL' KIM to test audiences, we got
the highest scores in the history of the company. So when it became the
biggest series debut in the history of the network, I wasn't surprised,"
said Reginald Hudlin, BET President of Entertainment. "As powerful as the
first episode is, the series finale is even better. I'm pleased and
relieved that my first new series on BET has become a 'must see' for so
many people. I'm grateful to Edmonds Entertainment for delivering another
great show for the network, and to the entire team at BET for fantastic
work in every department."
Lil' Kim is one of the most celebrated rappers in the business, as well as
one of the most intriguing and glamorous stars in entertainment. BET's
cameras were allowed full access to Lil' Kim, her entourage and family
before she headed off to a maximum-security prison in Pennsylvania on a
conviction for false testimony to a federal grand jury about a shootout
involving members of her posse outside a New York City radio station. Lil'
Kim was sentenced to one year and a day for protecting friends involved in
the 2001 incident.
BET viewers ride along with the rap diva and fashion icon as she sorts out
her business and legal affairs, makes her last few public appearances to
promote her new CD, shoots a video, attends fashion week, shops, hits the
party scene and says goodbye to friends and family before turning herself
over to federal authorities. The cameras also capture her private moments
as Lil' Kim attempts to come to grips with who she is and where she's
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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.
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