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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Smiley, Cornel West join forces for new public radio show starting Oct.
September 27, 2010) Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West
have joined forces to co-host a new radio program -- Smiley & West -- to
premiere this fall. Building on Tavis' current popular radio show The
Tavis Smiley Show, Smiley & West will integrate their professional and
personal relationship to explore contemporary, cutting-edge issues. The
program was announced during the 23rd annual Public Radio Programming
Conference in Denver, Colorado, Sunday, September 26.
"Dr. West is a long-time friend and I am honored that he has agreed to
go on this journey with me," says Smiley. "This new venture, Smiley &
West, will not only set the pace for tomorrow's news but will be a
conduit for the insightful conversation that America is thirsting for.
I'm excited that alongside one of America's greatest thinkers, we will
encourage, enlighten and empower the listeners together."
Alisa Miller, President and CEO of Public Radio International said, "PRI
creates and distributes content that offers different perspectives and
new voices to help people live successfully in our complex,
interconnected world. That's why we're thrilled that Tavis and Dr. West
have created this forum for a robust exploration of ideas among people
with different points of view. PRI is proud to bring the broadcast to
audiences nationwide and to support Tavis as he encourages conversation
about issues of importance."
The weekly hour-long program will air on Public Radio International
(PRI) affiliates nationwide. Each week Smiley & West will begin with
Tavis and Dr. West discussing the news of the day, including current
affairs, politics and culture. The duo will play particular attention to
those stories that are not being discussed in the mainstream media, but
deserve examination. The second segment of the show called "Take 'Em to
Task" will allow listeners to directly engage with Tavis and Dr. West
about any issue they may disagree with the hosts on. Visit
www.smileyandwest.com for more information and details about how to join
Smiley & West.
The final half-hour of the program is a conversation between Tavis, Dr.
West and a special guest to the show. New York Times columnist Frank
Rich and comedian, actor and writer Garry Shandling will be among the
guests to appear on the first episodes of the program. Future guests
will include celebrities, politicians, intellectuals and other
"Many of America's most important discussions aren't necessarily
happening in the boardroom or between the pundits on cable television,"
West said. Rather they're happening at BBQs, cocktail parties,
barbershops, and salons between real people. With this new endeavor,
Smiley & West, Tavis and I hope to really tap into the concerns of
In 2011, Tavis will mark his 20th anniversary in broadcasting. To
celebrate, Tavis will embark on a five-city tour to sit down with other
public broadcasting figures. The tour, "An Evening with Tavis Smiley:
Changing the World One Conversation at a Time" takes Tavis from
interviewer to interviewee. Each evening Tavis will be answering
questions from viewers and listeners in events designed to celebrate
Tavis' many years on public television and radio. Scheduled tour stops
include Memphis, Philadelphia, Boston, New York and Seattle with
additional cities to be announced later. Visit pbs.org/kcet/tavissmiley/