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 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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OwensMorris agency names Kenny Johnson VP Branded Events and Promotions

(August 13, 2010) OwensMorris Communications has announced that Kenny Johnson has joined the agency as Vice President, Branded Events and Promotions. Johnson is part of the leadership team for the newly created Experiential Marketing arm at OMC.

"We're excited to have Kenny with us," said Faith Morris, CEO and chief strategist of OwensMorris Communications. "His experience working with celebrities, influencers, tastemakers and high-profile organizations helps us further design and activate consumer engagement opportunities that move the needle and bring the greatest success for our clients."
Prior to joining OMC, Johnson was president of The Richmond Group, a full-service experiential marketing agency which he founded in 2001. In that capacity, he developed successful consumer programs for clients including BMW, Courvoisier, McDonald's and Bombay Sapphire.

Johnson is responsible for creating buzz worthy signature events and promotions that give consumers opportunities to interact with OMC client's brands, products and services.  Johnson recently launched "VIP LIVE!" at the Essence Music Festival for OMC, sponsored by TV One. The three-event series was hosted by celebrities Idris Elba, Mary J Blige, LisaRaye, Roland Martin and Doug E Fresh. Several VIP LIVE! Events are planned throughout 2010.

Johnson received a B.A. in Sociology with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Virginia. He is a weekly columnist for, The Chicago Defender. He lives in Chicago's South Loop with his wife Yolandra and son Kenny Johnson III.

Established in 2006, Chicago-based OwensMorris Communications is a full-service marketing communications agency providing strategic planning, creative services, media planning & buying, experiential marketing, public & media relations and . OMC's roster of clients includes TV One, ExxonMobil, Luster Products, the Salvation Army, the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National Black MBA Association.


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