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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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Don Jackson's Central City Productions celebrates 40 years of success in TV

(September 13, 2010) Last Thursday night, Chicago dignitaries, gospel industry insiders and notable community figures gathered at the Dusable Museum of African American History to honor television programmer Central City Productions' 40th Anniversary.

Live performances included show-opener Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Darius Brooks and gospel music legend Vickie Winans, whose illustrious career took off in tandem with CCP's original Stellar Music Awards.

Chicago native Don Jackson founded CCP in 1970 as Central City Marketing, Inc. The company has since evolved, specializing in urban marketing, promotion, sales, and media production driven by faith and family values. Today, as CEO and Chairman, Jackson maintains this inspiring message, proud to have created a launch pad in Black entertainment. CCP has been a vehicle to success for hundreds of African American actors, musicians and television professionals.

For Jackson, the night's focus was the celebration of a milestone as well as expressing appreciation for the corporate sponsors who've supported the execution of his programming vision. Jackson described the evening as "the culmination of bringing together our valued partners who contributed to our success. Their contributions allowed us to succeed with all of our television shows, especially the Stellar Awards."

CCP celebrated 40 years as the oldest black-owned independent television production company in the country and over one thousand of hours of premium syndicated urban programming, including the acclaimed Stellar Gospel Music Awards, the Soul Train Music Awards and the Trumpet Awards and programs like Know Your Heritage Black College Quiz Show and Hispanic College Quiz Show Series, The Black Enterprise Business Report, and the Bud Billiken Back-to-School Parade.

Vickie Winans credited Jackson as an important factor in her success and longevity in the business. In her remarks, she stated "because of him, my career is set and I appreciate that. He hired me to host, present and perform [on the Stellar Awards]. Don has the magic formula to keep things going."

Among the legendary talent has supported Jackson's movement since CCP opened its doors are Dionne Warwick, Sidney Poitier, Prince, Oprah Winfrey, Harry Belafonte, Nancy Wilson, Cicely Tyson, Patti LaBelle, Marla Gibbs, Steve Harvey, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jordan have studded the CCP roster.

Jackson took the occasion to announce his next endeavor, the Black Family Television Network – a faith-first and family focused programming platform. Jackson explains, "It will be faith-based and launch in 2012. We will find and use African American talent like producers, writers, directors and actors. That's our mission."


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