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 Black Stats  
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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Philadelphia Tribune digitally archiving extensive photo archive for public access

(April 11, 2011) The Philadelphia Tribune, the nation's oldest and the greater Philadelphia region's largest newspaper serving the African-American community, is digitally archiving its entire photographic collection and making the photos from this unique archive available online to the public. The Philadelphia Tribune Photo Archive will be among the largest photography collections available telling the visual story of the African American experience and capturing the region's most compelling events, people and places of the past 125 years.

"This is an exciting time to partner with Image Fortress and Masterpiece Marketing Group to archive this unique photographic collection and make them accessible to the public for the first time," said Robert Bogle, Philadelphia Tribune's President and CEO. "These photos reflect the life and experiences of the African American community in both America and in the Philadelphia region."

Philadelphia Tribune is using Advanced Image Archiving, a new digital image archiving and monetization service -- created by a joint venture between Image Fortress and Masterpiece Marketing Group -- to digitally preserve and archive its entire historic photographic library of approximately 250,000+ photos.

The AIA service is providing the Philadelphia Tribune with a seamless service that integrates all aspects of the digital archiving of this collection with the marketing of first edition prints and reproductions to collectors worldwide, to members of the greater Philadelphia community and to a global community that previously has had no access to these culturally and historically significant photographs.

The paper's website will provide online access to high quality first edition, collector's edition and reproduction prints, bringing to the public online access to over two hundred thousand never-before-published photographs. The collection contains photos from events dating back to the paper's founding in the 19th century and includes photos of significant historical events of African American significance such as images from the First World War among numerous other key national and regional events covered by the Philadelphia Tribune since its founding in 1884.

"I am thrilled that our company, which was founded with the mission of preserving and making publicly accessible the unpublished visual record of our experience as a nation, most of which has been buried away for decades or even over a century in photo libraries belonging to newspapers, is working with the Philadelphia Tribune," said Bob Pokress, cofounder and president of Image Fortress. "Their photo library provides a unique and historically vital perspective on the evolution of the history of our nation as well as a unique prism into the events and people in and around the Philadelphia metro region who have shaped and been shaped by that history."

The Philadelphia Tribune is the nation's oldest and the Greater Philadelphia Region's largest audited daily newspaper serving the African-American community. The National Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade association representing 205 African-American-owned newspapers, has recognized the publication as the "Best Newspaper in America" in eight out of the last fifteen years.

For more information visit www.phillytrib.com.

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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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