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Black Buying Power

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:31.

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Despite an economy represented by high unemployment rates, a home foreclosure crisis and low consumer confidence, African-American buying power is projected to reach $1.2 trillion in 2013, according to a report conducted by the University of Georgia’s Selig Center for Economic Growth. The report “The Multicultural Economy” published in late 2008, estimates that African-American consumers’ share of the nation’s total buying power will increase from $913 billion, resulting in a contribution of almost nine cents out of every dollar that is spent.

Saffo to Be Honored as Citizen of the Year

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 15 May 2009 15:29.

Cape Fear Area Resource Centers will present its first annual “Citizen of the Year” award during its fundraising banquet to be held at 6:30 p.m., May 23rd at the Coastline Convention Center in downtown Wilmington.The CFARC board has selected Mayor Bill Saffo to be the 2009 honoree. The criteria used in making the selection included the traits of integrity, honesty with compassion, and respect. They also looked for quality work output and if the nominee is a positive representative of our area and has complied with all laws.  

Psyched Out by Stereotypes: Research Suggests Thinking About the Positive

Written by Greater Diversity News on Friday, 08 May 2009 14:46.

Robert J. RydellIn a new study, cognitive scientists have shown that when aware of both a negative and positive stereotype related to performance, women will identify more closely with the positive stereotype, avoiding the harmful impact the negative stereotype unwittingly can have on their performance.

Social Support Key for Religious Conversions in Prison

Written by University of Alabama at Birmingham on Friday, 01 May 2009 15:43.

 It is not uncommon for prison inmates to experience religious conversions. Now a new University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) study, out in the April issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, suggests that inmates who have positive social support networks are more likely to maintain their religious conversions. 

Marketing and Social Networking: When Measuring Influence, Quality Connections Top Quantity

Written by Featured Organization on Friday, 24 April 2009 14:04.

Taylor has 483 friends on Facebook. Cameron has 832 connections on LinkedIn. And Paige boasts more than 1000 followers on her Twitter page. Are these three online devotees more popular than the average social networker? Possibly so, but marketing professor Zsolt Katona, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, and a team of researchers found that as the number of one’s online contacts increases, the average influential power of that networking individual decreases.

American Violet: The true story of Regina Kelly

Written by ACLU on Friday, 17 April 2009 15:08.

American Violet Hearne Tulia“American Violet,” a film based on the racially charged drug war scandal that rocked the town of Hearne, Texas, several years ago, explores the devastating impact of America’s “war on drugs”. Directed by Tim Disney and written by Bill Haney, the film stars Alfre Woodard, Will Patton and Tim Blake Nelson. As recounted in the film, the ACLU filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of 15 African American residents of Hearne who were indicted in November 2000 on drug charges after being rounded up in a series of unlawful paramilitary drug “sweeps.”

Managing Money by Managing Materialism in Kids

Written by Binghamton University on Friday, 10 April 2009 14:25.

materialism in kidsMary Muscari, associate professor in the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University and author of "Let Kids be Kids: Rescuing Childhood," offers tips for managing materialism in your kids. According to market researchers Packaged Facts, families with 3- to 12-year-olds spend $53.8 billion annually on items for their children -- $17.6 billion more than parents spent in 1997.

Suburbs Must Coordinate to Serve Growing Poor Population

Written by University of Illinois at Chicago on Thursday, 09 April 2009 11:43.

Suburbs Must Coordinate to Serve Growing Poor PopulationChicago's suburbs cannot meet their populations' growing need for social services like food pantries, emergency assistance, health care and homeless shelters through the current decentralized system, according to a new report by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Minority Firefighters Being Attacked by Lawsuit

Written by Featured Organization on Thursday, 26 March 2009 17:50.

discrimination firefightersJacksonville, Fla. – The International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (IABPFF) has taken issue with a lawsuit currently pending in the United States Supreme Court, Ricci vs. De Stefano, and will be filing an amicus brief, joined by several other prominent organizations and individuals, representing minority firefighters being attacked by the suit. 

Tips for Help in Foreclosure Prevention

Written by Oklahoma State University, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources on Thursday, 26 March 2009 17:38.

Foreclosure PreventionIf you are looking for help in foreclosure prevention be sure you call on the right source. Sissy Osteen, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension resource management specialist, said to be sure the agency you are getting counsel from is on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s list of approved agencies.