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Which gifting consumer were you this year?

Which gifting consumer were you this year?


We know that African-Americans are powerful consumers; and, that consumers across-the-board fall into very specific categories. Even though we may not have consciously thought about it while making our lists and checking them twice in the stores or online, chances are we automatically classified our gift recipients into consumer groups, as was encouraged by consumer insights from research for Nielsen.

Now, this might seem a little "after the fact," but, these insights are not only fun, but studying our trends as consumers helps businesses craft the messages and outreach strategies to engage us and better meet our needs (and their bottom line) down the road. This year's gift guide survey, focused on five consumer categories: working moms, sports fans, arts enthusiasts, connected consumers and status seekers.

According to the survey, the working moms in your life typically buy and appreciate anything that helps to keep their lives organized and moving forward. For instance, working moms are more likely to thrive on all varieties of coffee, and enjoy specialty coffee packages. Working moms are 23 percent more likely than other consumer groups to visit the local pizza place, so it makes sense that a pizza stone and ingredients would have been a good gift. Other great presents would have been a tablet PC or any kind of home décor or decorative storage pieces.

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  • Written by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil/NNPA Columnist

Nico Anderson: ‘I am a movement’

Nico Anderson: ‘I am a movement’

(Fresh Fruit is Kelvin Cowans' periodic look at upcoming and rising talent from Memphis and the surrounding areas.)

I caught up with Memphis Music Producer Nico Anderson while he was doing a little Christmas shopping so we could talk a little music. The Oak Court Mall was packed beyond parking room and inside the people were elbow to elbow frantically shopping for deals. Nonetheless, Nico – aka Trackstar – was mellow and, as he put it, always ready to talk about music.

Kelvin Cowans: When did you start producing music?
Nico Anderson: Let me see, I graduated Trezevant High School in 2005, so it had to be right around 2007 that I started getting serious about music. I had always loved it but it was then that I really started moving in a professional manner about it.

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  • Written by Kelvin Cowans/Special to The New Tri-State Defender

The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

The 10 Best Black Books of 2013 (Non-Fiction)

1. "(1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race"
Edited by Yaba Blay, Ph.D. with photography by Noelle Theard

2. "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America's Universities"
by Craig Steven Wilder

3. "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants"
by Malcolm Gladwell

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‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

‘The Young and Restless’ Angell

Angell Conwell was born in Orangeburg, S. Car. on August 2, 1983, but raised in nearby Columbia. At 17, she made her big screen debut in the gritty, John Singleton drama "Baby Boy" opposite Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson and Snoop Dogg.

She followed that outing with well-received supporting roles in such feature films as "The Wash," "Soul Plane" and "24 Hour Love." More recently, Angell enjoyed a starring role on the TV-One hit series "Family Time" with Omar Gooding, as well as a recurring role as Kevin Hart's ex-wife on the hit BET series "Real Husbands of Hollywood."

Her TV credits include guest starring roles on such shows as "NYPD Blue," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Moesha," "That's So Raven" and "3rd Rock from the Sun." She has also appeared in the music videos "Batter Up" and "Ride Wit Me" and Usher's "Confessions."

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OPENING THIS WEEK: Kam’s Kapsules

OPENING THIS WEEK:  Kam’s Kapsules

For movies opening Dec. 20, 2013

BIG BUDGET FILMS

"American Hustle" (R for sexuality, pervasive profanity and brief violence) David O. Russell wrote and directed this crime drama about a couple of con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) forced by an overzealous FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to infiltrate a New Jersey underworld inhabited by mobsters protected by a crooked, big city mayor (Jeremy Renner). Support cast includes Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K. and Michael Pena.

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‘Beyoncé sho knows how to make news, don’t she?’

‘Beyoncé sho knows how to make news, don’t she?’

Out of nowhere I started hearing about this new self-titled Beyoncé album. Everyone kept asking me, "Myron Have you heard it?"

I dashed to my computer to see if any of it was on YouTube. I had to see what the hoopla was all about. I stumbled across a video for one of the new songs, "Drunk in Love" featuring her husband Jay-Z.

I also discover that although the album is in stores this week, she released it online last week and it moved a staggering 80,000 copies in 3 hours...yes, 3 hours. As I type these very words, it has already sold over 500,000 copies and has debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.

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