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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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TV One gets first scripted series in deal with veteran producer Bentley Kyle Evans

(October 18, 2010) TV One has struck a deal that will deliver the network's first scripted series next year. Writer/producer/director Bentley Kyle Evans (pictured) through his company, Bent Outta Shape Productions, Inc., in association with Hazrah Entertainment, will produce 26 episodes of LOVE THAT GIRL! The popular sitcom was first introduced by Evans and his executive producer partner Martin Lawrence with four special episodes in January 2010.

The series will air on TV One each night immediately following two back-to-back episodes of Martin at 8 PM. Two all-new episodes of LOVE THAT GIRL! will kick off the programming event on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 9-10 PM, and one new episode will premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 20 and Thursday, Jan. 21 at 9 PM, followed at 9:30 PM by a repeat of one of the Tuesday, Jan. 19 episodes.

"LOVE THAT GIRL! really resonated with TV One viewers when we aired the original four episodes in January, and we are delighted to work with Bentley Evans and Martin Lawrence on this exciting project and bring original, scripted comedy to our lineup," said TV One Senior Vice President of Original Programming Toni Judkins. "Our viewers love sitcoms, they love Tatyana, and Martin has been a strong and beloved part of the schedule since the day TV One went on the air more than six years ago, so LOVE THAT GIRL! is a natural step for us."
 
"I am delighted to be back in business with TV One for a full season of LOVE THAT GIRL!" said Bentley Evans. "Not only do they get the business behind programming to the more sophisticated urban market, they have the ideal audience for a series like ours. What we wanted to do was create a series that was unique and distinctive, intelligently written, and well crafted -- and I think we are accomplishing all four objectives with LOVE THAT GIRL! If executed properly, this will represent a whole new model for producing and delivering quality scripted series to the television market, at a reasonable cost."

In 2009, Bent Outta Shape Productions, Inc., produced four episodes of the sitcom outside the traditional studio system and brought them to TV One after Dennis Ray and Desmond Gumbs facilitated a meeting between the two parties.

Bentley Kyle Evans began his entertainment career as an actor in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle" followed by featured roles in "I'm Gonna Get U Sucka" directed by Keenan Ivory Wayans, and New LineCinema's "House Party". He met Martin Lawrence when they were to co-star in an ill-fated ABC pilot, and later decided that his true calling was behind the camera.

He began writing and Martin Lawrence soon arranged for his friend to write for his new TV show. Bentley Evans quickly moved up the ranks and became co-executive producer/show runner of the hit series. He branched out into feature films and also teamed up with Jamie Foxx to create the hit series, "The Jamie Foxx Show." He became one of the few individuals to run two hit shows on two different networks -- all before he turned 30.


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