15th 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 African-Americans...
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 Black Stats  
Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
 $803 Billion (2008)

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 $166.3 bil.
 - Food $65.3 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $31.5 bil.
 - Clothing $26.9 bil.
 - Health Care $23.9 bil.

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Monique Kersey-Love named editor, associate publisher of BlackTalentNews.com

(June 16, 2010) Tanya Kersey, founder and publisher of the film, television and entertainment news Web site, Black Talent News, has announced the promotion of Monique Kersey-Love to the position of editor and associate publisher. She is the daughter of the publisher and has long worked behind the scenes at the 15-year-old news site as a contributor and editorial assistant.

"Monique has been waiting for this opportunity for a long time," said Kersey, "I am thrilled that she is assuming editorial responsibilities at Black Talent News full time.  Monique has a great vision for BTN and is developing it into a more broadly focused entertainment website that will appeal to both industry insiders and the entertainment-obsessed public."

Though Kersey has retired from editorial duties, she will continue to manage BTN's business affairs. 

"As a news sources that has long been focused on the business of entertainment and Hollywood, the new BTN will offer its readers the same original reporting and curated news from around the globe with an interactive approach," says Monique. "My plan is to present entertainment news and information in a more sassy and sophisticated, visually-driven format."

As associate publisher, Monique will also be responsible for creating value-added advertising and promotional opportunities.  A new "Indie Filmmaker Screening Room" will launch next week, offering independent filmmakers and production companies a place to stream their movie trailers to industry insiders and a broad entertainment-loving public.

"The vision is for BTN to become the online resource of news, analysis and commentary connecting the global community of entertainment professionals, influencers and enthusiasts," Monique says.

Archives of the past 15 years of BTN online are currently being imported into the new site design and should be available within the next month.

BlackTalentNews.com is the leading source for news and developments on African-American professionals in the film, television and entertainment industries. In addition to posting daily news updates, the company also hosts annual conferences and publishes reports and directories on African-Americans’ involvement in the entertainment business.

Monique can be reached at monique@blacktalentnews.com.

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