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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Sharpton forms media firm, launches Sunday-morning show focused on
education By Paul Bond The
(September 13, 2010) The Rev. Al Sharpton has created his own media
company and will launch a Sunday-morning syndicated TV show, he told The
Hollywood Reporter on Monday.
The controversial civil rights advocate will unveil his 30-minute show,
"Education Superhighway," Thursday morning at the Congressional Black
Caucus Foundation's 40th Annual Legislative Conference. It's already
cleared in 150 markets, including KCOP in Los Angeles.
Sharpton's media company, ESH Holdings (named after the series'
initials) will produce the TV show as well as a planned print magazine.
The TV show, which begins airing Sept. 26, consists of news and
roundtable discussions primarily about education. Guests already lined
up include Bill Gates, Newt Gingrich, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
and president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten.
Sharpton is a frequent commentator on cable news outlets, including The
Fox News Channel, where he's often highlighted as the voice of dissent
on shows like "The Sean Hannity Show" and "The O'Reilly Factor."
The new TV show will not cut into his time as a guest on other shows.
"Bill O’Reilly and I can’t even agree that we’re on the same channel,
anyways," Sharpton quipped to THR.
The former presidential candidate once had his own reality TV show, "I
Hate My Job," that ran on Spike TV for a year beginning in 2004, and he
hosts his own radio show.
Sharpton first shot to nationwide fame in 1987 when he took on the cause
of Tawana Brawley, a 15-year-old African American girl who claimed she
had been raped by six white men, including some police officers. A jury
determined she made up the story, but the fiery oratory that Sharpton
displayed throughout the fracas cemented his reputation in the media as
a spirited and quotable civil rights leader.
Sharpton has also faced controversy over the positions he has taken that
some deem anti-Semitic, such as when he referred to Jews as "the diamond
merchants right here in Crown Heights."
Sharpton told THR that if there is anything controversial about his new
show it will come from those who "want education to remain mediocre."
"If Newt Gingrich and I could tour the country together ... at the
request of President Obama, and they are like oil and water ... then
that shows that this is one issue that all Americans should unite over;"
Sharpton said. "Newt and I don't agree on anything at all -- not even
that today is Monday -- but we do agree that we have an education
Education has become a hot-button issue, with "Waiting for Superman," a
documentary chronicling problems in the public and charter school
systems, slated to hit theaters this month.