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Frequently requested data on African American consumers

Black Buying Power:
  $679 Billion (2004)

Black U.S. Population:
  38.3 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 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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TV One names Rose Catherine Pinkney EVP of programming, development

By R. Thomas Umstead
Multichannel News
(December 12, 2005) TV One continued African-American-targeted networks’ raid of the Hollywood production community, naming veteran Rose Catherine Pinkney as its executive vice president of programming and development.

Pinkney -- who has developed such shows as Fox’s gritty multiethnic cop series New York Undercover and South Central -- will create scripted skeins and movies for the African-lifestyles-oriented network.

“There’s been a void of choice for African-American viewers,” she said. “I’m excited to be invited to be part of the team that’s mandated to do quality programming for African-American viewers. It’s important that the Hollywood creative community understands that we plan to reach out to them in an effort to create new programming for TV One.”

Pinkney was most recently senior VP of comedy development at Paramount Network Television, where over most of the past decade she’s developed more than 30 series for six networks, including UPN’s Girlfriends.

Prior to her tenure at Paramount, she served as VP and head of television for Upton Entertainment, where she oversaw the creation of New York Undercover, which now airs on TV One.

In the late 1980s, Pinkney was director of programming at Twentieth Century Fox, where she was instrumental in developing such cutting-edge series as The X-Files and where she supervised In Living Color.

“Rose Catherine’s stellar track record in television programming and development and strong relationships with the creative community will prove instrumental as we further define and strengthen TV One’s strategy,” TV One CEO Johnathan Rodgers said in a prepared statement.

Robert Townsend and Reginald Hudlin are other top Hollywood producers who have made the transition to minority-targeted cable networks at Black Family Channel and Black Entertainment Television, respectively.

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Latest '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.

According to the newest edition of “The Buying Power of Black America” report, African-American households are tightening their belts when it comes to dining out, expanding their wardrobes, and leisure activities out of the home. At the same time, they are increasing their spending on home repairs and remodeling, audio and...
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