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Shop in your community and watch it grow

A way out of the growing misery in Detroit and other urban centers is found in the report, Resilient, Receptive and Relevant: The African American Consumer 2013 Report, conducted by Nielsen and the Black press organization, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, and reported on in this paper. The buying power of African Americans would rank us number 16 on a list of nations if we were a separate cou ...

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Big, but no punch: The Black consumer and economic development

With an increasing buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually — $1.3 trillion by 2017, if African Americans were a geographical-fiscal entity, they’d be the 16th largest country in the world, according to a recent Nielsen report. So then, why is it Black communities meet so many challenges when it comes to economic development? ...

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‘Magic’ at State Fair

Lansing native Earvin “Magic” Johnson and business partners, Marvin Beatty and Joel Ferguson, could soon begin development on 157 acres of land at the old State Fair Grounds. Developers say the project includes more than retail, as they are considering single-family and senior residential housing. The site plan also includes a movie theater, entertainment venues and preservation of some historic buildings. ...

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14th Annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit kicks off

Oct. 2, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., automotive partners and community stakeholders kicked off the 14th annual Rainbow Push Global Automotive Summit at MGM Grand Detroit. Early in the day, the Assault on Democracy panel discussed the strategic approach corporations are using to eliminate diversity. Black thought leaders discussed the importance of measuring Black buying power and the conscientious use of that po ...

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Council meeting gets heated

In the Sept. 24 council session, Asst. Corporation Counsel Lewis Smith stormed out of the meeting after being questioned by Councilwoman JoAnn Watson. Prior to his reaction, the council inquired about a written response from the law department regarding Watson’s request for representation in Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s bankruptcy filing. ...

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