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 Black Stats  
Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
 $836 Billion (2010)

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 $203.8 bil.
 - Food $65.2 bil.
 - Cars/Trucks $29.1 bil.
 - Clothing $29.3 bil.
 - Health Care $23.6 bil.
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P&G's 'My Black Is Beautiful' TV series returning to BET on November 7th

(November 3, 2010) Procter & Gamble announced that its successful My Black is Beautiful television series will return to BET Networks for a third season Sunday, November 7, 2010 at  12:30P.M EST. The show is an extension of P&G's My Black is Beautiful campaign, which celebrates the diversity of African-American women and encourages black women to promote their own beauty standard.

Hosted by actress/comedienne Kim Coles and TV personality Alesha Renee, the six-episode show is excited to welcome its newest cast member, actress Vanessa Williams. This dynamic trio will use their varying life experiences to deliver energetic, relevant and informative half-hour series that will present a national forum for black women to talk about their most important beauty, health and quality-of-life matters.

BET is the #1 media and entertainment vehicle reaching African Americans" said Kisha Mitchell Williams, P&G Multicultural Brand Manager. "The network is the perfect media partner for the My Black is Beautiful TV series to continue helping women express their true and best self to the world."

The premiere episode will feature a guest appearance from songstress Ledisi and focuses on the diversity and maintenance of black hair. Throughout the season, the show will feature a host of experts giving tips and practical advice on how to embrace curves; how to remain fashionable on a budget; dating; money management; and landing the job of their dreams.

Segments of the six shows will also feature content from the My Black is Beautiful LIVE! 2010 stops in Atlanta, Houston and New York City. During each LIVE! event, attendees were treated to makeovers, live entertainment and also provided the opportunity to participate in a national model search to be the new face of the My Black is Beautiful advertising campaign. The new faces will be revealed on the show this season.

"BET Networks has had a strong partnership with Procter and Gamble for many years, and we're proud to utilize our unparalleled connection and engagement with African American women for the My Black is Beautiful television show" said Louis Carr, President BET Media Sales. "We look forward to partnering with the My Black is Beautiful movement on this kind of positive, uplifting programming for many years to come"

The My Black is Beautiful movement is supported by Crest, Pantene Pro-V, CoverGirl Queen Collection, Olay, Always and  Secret.

For more information on the My Black is Beautiful series, please visit www.myblackisbeautiful.com and www.bet.com, join our Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/mbib or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/MBIBMovement.

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New 'Buying Power' report: Black consumers spend as economy grows
Details $507 billion in expenditures

(November 1, 2010) African-American consumers are cautiously increasing their spending in some key product categories, even as they continue to make adjustments in a slowly growing economy. The finding comes from the soon to be issued 16th annual edition of "The Buying Power of Black America" report.

In 2009, black households spent an estimated $507 billion in 27 product and services categories. That's an increase of 16.6% over the $435 billion spent in 2008. African-Americans' total earned income for 2009 is estimated at $836 billion...

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