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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to begin airing 'Judge Karen's Court' weeknights starting Oct. 4th
27, 2010) Judge Karen's Court, the new, hit syndicated series featuring
Judge Karen Mills-Francis, joins the TV One schedule beginning Monday,
October 4, with back-to-back episodes at 6 and 6:30 PM ET airing each
weeknight. Judge Karen, "the most colorful judge on television" is known
for her trademark burgundy robes and blonde hair, along with her
razor-sharp wit and compassionate heart.
Shot at Los Angeles Center Studios with Executive Producer Rich Goldman
at the helm, Judge Karen's Court allows litigants can cross-examine
witnesses just as they do in courtrooms across America. And moments
before Her Honor's verdict is delivered, the gallery gets to vote on the
outcome with special handheld voting devices. Judge Karen's real talent
is her ability to see into the hearts of the people who come before her,
knowing that many times the issues in the case mask deeper emotional
conflicts and broken relationships.
Judge Karen's Court on TV One will be followed immediately by the
award-winning family drama, Lincoln Heights, from 7-8 PM. Encore airings
of Judge Karen's Court are scheduled for weekdays at 6 and 6:30 AM (all
TV One acquired the rights to the series from Litton Entertainment.
In addition to hosting Judge Karen's Court, Judge Karen Mills-Francis
has written a recently released book, "Stay in Your Lane: Judge Karen's
Guide to Living Your Best Life," in which the judge draws from personal
experience and her courtroom cases to deliver no-nonsense advice
designed to push the reader in a positive direction -- socially,
emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Born and raised in Miami, Judge Karen completed her undergraduate
education at Bowdoin College in Maine on a full scholarship. After
graduation, she worked in the public welfare sector, training and
helping welfare recipients gain employment. She graduated from the Levin
School of Law at the University of Florida in 1987.
Judge Karen practiced criminal defense law in Miami for 13 years in the
Office of the Public Defender, as well as in private practice. She was
appointed a Traffic Magistrate by the chief judge of the county in 1998
to hear non-criminal traffic cases. She also became a certified family
court mediator. Driven by the lack of diversity in the court system,
Judge Karen decided to run for a judgeship in 2000, winning her first
election by overthrowing a longtime incumbent and becoming the second
black woman to serve on the bench in Miami-Dade County.
After twice being elected as a county court judge, Judge Karen made it
her mission to support those at risk of becoming lost in the legal
system. Her mission has always been to empower women and provide
direction and inspiration to children. Inspired by her previous work at
the public defender's office in the juvenile division, she has become
known as an ardent backer of children's advocacy and domestic violence
prevention programs, regularly calling on lawyers to act on behalf of
children in crisis.
She became a foster mother to a child she first encountered in court and
over the years has repeatedly opened her home to children in need. Judge
Karen is an avid child advocate who profiles missing children on her
Facebook page. She lectures around the country on family issues,
especially on the concerns of women and children.