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 Black Stats          
Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
  $744 Billion (2006)

Black U.S. Population:
  38.3 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 $121.6 bil.
 - Food $59.2 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $32.1 bil.
 - Clothing $27.7 bil.
 - Health Care $17.8 bil.

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UPTOWN Magazine marks its fifth year covering affluent African-American lifestyle

(July 29, 2009) Uptown Magazine celebrates its fifth anniversary with the August/September issue on newsstands August 11th. Usher is profiled in "All Grown Up," a candid look into life as a newly single dad. Featured stories include a fashion shoot in Paris and retrospective of "Clique," event photos from the past five years.

Uptown Magazine, the only luxury lifestyle publication for the affluent African American consumer, has experienced tremendous growth since launching Summer 2004. Uptown now publishes six times per year (up from four), reaching a circulation of 200K and readership of over 800K with each issue. Regional editions include Atlanta, Washington DC, Chicago, NYC and most recently Charlotte (February 2009).

This latest issue marks the second largest in revenue to date, an indication, says the magazine's publisher, that advertisers still seek this coveted audience despite the economic downturn.

"The world is now a different place for the affluent African American demographic," said Len Burnett, UPTOWN's Co-Founder and Group Publisher. "Luxury brands understand the importance of niche shoppers with disposable income and Uptown delivers them efficiently." Uptown's newest luxury advertisers include trendsetters Louis Vuitton, Jorg Gray Chronograph, Saks Fifth Avenue and Christian Dior Watches.

"We're proud of our efforts to maintain business and thrive despite the overall downward trending of the magazine category," said Brett Wright, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer. "We've been privileged to profile important subjects and icons over the past five years including Barack Obama, Jamie Foxx, Usher, Sean Combs, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Alicia Keys and many others."

Uptown's future plans include continued growth for digital destination UptownLife.net and the further development of intellectual properties such as Uptown TV, Uptown Escape and Uptown Social.

Founded in 2004, Uptown Media Group is the only lifestyle company targeting the Affluent African American market. Uptown Media Group, LLC offers traditional and innovative strategies, including UPTOWN Magazine (published bi-monthly with NYC, Chicago, Atlanta, Washington DC, Charlotte and National editions), interactive website UptownLife.net, Uptown Social event updates and Uptown's signature events. UPTOWN Magazine is available by subscription at www.uptownlife.net and on national newsstands, including Hudson News. UPTOWN Magazine, a toast to Luxury, Lifestyle and Living.

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Ford Motor Co.

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Starcom Mediavest  Group

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Lifetime Achievement Award

TV One


Tracing the Hip-Hop Generation's Impact on Brands, Sports, & Pop Culture

By Erin O. Patten

Hip-Hop culture has had a profound impact on marketing in the past two decades and it provided an intersection for brands, sports, and popular culture. Erin O. Patton documents this impact in his new book, Under the Influence--Tracing the Hip-Hop Generation's Impact on Brands, Sports, & Pop Culture. 

Adam Graves, senior vice president of Deutsch Advertising says of Under the Influence and Patton: "If there are any marketers out there that still think they can ignore the urban market they'd better think again...This isn't just a book for so-called urban marketers; this should be mandatory reading for every marketer in the country."

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