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BE Facts & Figures


At Black Enterprise I regularly edited its Facts & Figures section

Facts & Figures examined research data to answer questions relevant to the target audience. I also wrote a couple of these items myself because I love numbers. Doing this material was actually my introduction to numbers-driven journalism and I’ve been into it ever since. View two of my examples below:

BE Facts & Figures “Home Improvement”
Black homeownership is up, but at what cost?
Mortgage lending to African Americans is on the rise, up 15% in 2003 from 2002, according to July data from the Consumer Bankers Association. CBA President Joe Belew says for new homes, “lending to blacks surpassed lending to whites by 36%.”

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BE Facts & Figures “Same Markets, New Marketplaces”
In a tough economy, black women find business opportunities in new regions
African American women are driving business to new frontiers. In a study titled African American Women-Owned Businesses in the United States, 2002, the Center for Women’s Business Research found that opportunities for African American women entrepreneurs in nontraditional locales surged between 1997 and 2002.

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