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Black Buying Power:
$679 Billion (2004)
Black U.S. Population:
Top Five Black Cities
- New York
Top Five Black Metros:
- New York-New Jersey
- Los Angeles
Top Five Expenditures:
- Housing 110.2 bil.
- Food 53.8 bil.
- Cars/Trucks 28.7 bil.
- Clothing 22.0 bil.
- Health Care 17.9 bil.
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magazine editor awarded $15.5 million in suit over her termination
(October 25, 2006) After a tumultuous two-week trial, Kimberly Osorio,
a former editor in chief of the Source magazine, won a workplace lawsuit
against the popular hip-hop monthly, and a Manhattan jury awarded her
"This is a victory for women in hip-hop," Osorio told the hip-hop Web site
SOHH.com after the verdict Monday night. "I stood up and I won."
Osorio, who was fired by the Source last year, sued the magazine and its
founders, David Mays and Raymond Scott, alleging sexual harassment, gender
discrimination, defamation, retaliatory discharge and maintaining a
hostile work environment. The defendants responded that Osorio was fired
in March 2005 for "poor performance," including her decision to publish a
cover photo of rapper Nelly without his posse and running a negative
review of a CD by rapper Fat Joe.
Osorio, now an editor at BET.com, testified that Scott repeatedly begged
her for sex, and that another editor threatened to "knock me upside my
The jury of six men and two women threw out the discrimination and sexual
harassment complaints but found that Osorio was fired in retaliation for
complaining to her bosses about discrimination and sexual harassment. In
addition, the jury ruled that Scott had defamed Osorio in an interview
after her firing.
The defendants quickly announced that they would appeal the verdict.
"This will be knocked out on appeal," Mays said in a telephone interview
yesterday. "She won't collect on any of this."
The eight-day trial was enlivened by testimony about life in the Source's
offices in New York, which was said to include watching porn videos,
graphic threats of violence, and the spreading of rumors that Osorio, Mays
and Scott had sexual relations with various rappers.
During the trial in U.S. District Court, Osorio's attorney, Kenneth
Thompson, told Judge Jed S. Rakoff that Scott -- who is also a
professional rapper known as Benzino -- shouted "Coward! Chump! Uncle
Tom!" at him as he walked to the men's room during a recess. Scott denied
the charge. The judge gave Scott the choice of staying in the courtroom or
being escorted out of the building by a marshal.
"I'll leave," Scott said, and a marshal took him out.
Scott has long been a controversial figure in the rap world. In 2003, he
released a Benzino album that included a song attacking rapper Eminem, and
the Source promoted it by publishing a cartoon that depicted Benzino
holding the bloody severed head of Eminem. "That's all part of hip-hop,"
Mays explained yesterday. "That's part of the game of being a hip-hop
Both Mays and Scott left the Source in January and recently started a new
publication, HipHop Weekly, which published its first issue this week.
According to its press release, the magazine includes "exclusive photos of
DMX going after the sound man at a recent Long Island concert" and "an
exclusive report on Jay Z stating, 'I'm out for dead president Bush' while
Yesterday, Mays praised Scott as "a great man" who was unfairly maligned
by Osorio's lawyers during the trial.
"They tried to assassinate his character because he didn't go to Harvard
like me," Mays said.
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'Buying Power' report shows black consumers spending more on home life
As the American economy continues to move sluggishly,
African-American households are curtailing their spending in many
categories, including food, clothing and basic household items, while
investing more in home repair, home entertainment and consumer
electronics. Although they are trimming back, black consumers are still
spending more than their white counterparts on most of these products.
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