Annual Edition 'Buying Power of Black America' report
breaks down billions in expenditures Black
consumers are responding to tighter economic condition by focusing more
of their spending on items and services that improve their homes and
lifestyle. That's one of the trends revealed in the 15th annual report,
"The Buying Power of Black America," published by Target Market News.
The report analyzes spending for black households in 2008 and finds that
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TV One to air
two-hour interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan on Sun., May 9
(May 5, 2010) TV One is giving viewers rare access to Minister Louis
Farrakhan, one of America's most recognized and controversial public
figures, in a primetime interview on Sunday, May 9, from 9-11 PM ET.
Cathy Hughes, host of TV One on One, sits down with Minister Farrakhan
for a candid discussion about a broad range of issues, including the
challenges facing President Barack Obama, the root cause of the crime
that plagues inner cities and his belief in the preservation of black
"Our television audience hasn't heard from Minister Farrakhan in a long
time," said Cathy Hughes, the host of TV One on One with Cathy Hughes.
"We wanted to touch base with him to discuss his impressions of the
world today, the challenges facing our communities, politics, race and
progress in the 15 years since the Million Man March."
In the years since Minister Farrakhan gave his last televised interview,
the Nation of Islam leader has
survived major surgery, been forced to confront his mortality and
pondered his legacy while keeping a watchful eye on the circumstances
impacting the African American community.
In the interview Hughes asks about demands for then candidate Barack
Obama to publicly distance himself from Minister Farrakhan, he said he
understood the pressures Obama faced. "I never endorsed him. I just
spoke well of him," Farrakhan said. "When he denounced me, he was forced
into that. For me, I saw the bigger picture. I told all those that are
with me, ‘Don't you say one negative thing about what he said or what he
did. Just be quiet.' And do you know … when that young man was elected,
black people came to me and thanked me, because I never allowed anything
to pull me out into that which would hurt that brother. The bigger
picture at that moment was Barack Obama, not Louis Farrakhan."
Hughes mentions that some have cited President Obama's election as
evidence of a post-racial America, despite the persistence of racial
oppression. "America, you've killed your last black leader," Farrakhan
said. "Now, I said even before he was elected that [blacks] would make a
mistake if [they viewed] brother Barack as the black president fighting
for black causes," Farrakhan said. "That man has to fight for the common
good of the American people and in that, [blacks] have to find how do we