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