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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Channel announces it will be available in HD beginning August
By R. Thomas Umstead
Multichannel News The HD version of the network will be available in select markets
where The Africa Channel is carried, although the network would not
reveal specific system launches.
"In keeping with the technological advancements in television, The
Africa Channel wants to meet the growing needs and desires of our
audience by providing them with the high quality viewing experience that
HD programming has to offer," Bob Reid, executive vice president and
general manager of The Africa Channel, said in a statement. "As part of
our HD launch, we are also proud to announce the premiere of an exciting
new lineup of original series and specials."
New shows include African Ancestry, a one-hour series that seeks to
determine the ancestry of African-American celebrities and then goes
with them to their newly discovered homeland; African Literary Giants, a
one-hour series profiling the continent's best authors; African Art, a
13-part series focusing on a specific area of African Art, exploring
elements of both tradition-based and contemporary ar;t and Stand Up
Comedy, a series featuring Africa's funniest stand up comedians.
Also new to the network is Inside Egypt, a one-hour series that explores
the hidden secrets of Egypt from the ancient pyramids to top restaurants
and night spots; "Cinema Showcase," a two-hour block of classic and
contemporary African movies in HD; Inside Filmmaking, a series in which
noted and rising producers, directors and actors give viewers the inside
stories behind their films; Focus Features Presents: Africa First, a
series of shorts produced by first-time filmmakers from Africa; and
Africa Collective, a music series featuring young and seasoned African
artists performing "unplugged" in-studio, and sharing their personal
stories of success.