Archive for November, 2007

Study Reveals HIV’s Impact on D.C. African American Community (Washington Post)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

The first statistics ever amassed on HIV in the District, released today in a sweeping report, reveal “a modern epidemic” remarkable for its size, complexity and reach into all parts of the city.

The numbers most starkly illustrate HIV’s impact on the African American community. More than 80 percent of the 3,269 HIV cases identified between 2001 and 2006 were among black men, women and adolescents. Among women who tested positive, a rising percentage of local cases, nine of 10 were African American.

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African American & Hispanic Women View Mammography Differently Than Caucasian Women (Associated Content)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

A mammography is an important screening tool to detect early stages of breast cancer. However, in a recent press release, researchers announced that not all ethnic groups have the same beliefs regarding mammograms.

Researchers at Boston University Medical Center recently announced the results of a study they had done concerning women’s understanding of the importance of having a mammogram.

They found that African American and Hispanic women did not view getting a mammogram as importantly as Caucasian women view getting a mammogram. It is important to tackle this problem because both African American and Hispanic women have a higher death rate from breast cancer than Caucasian women.

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Minorities hit hardest by housing crisis (Reuters)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In May, Alvin Clavon received a foreclosure notice on the simple, Spanish-style house in South Los Angeles that he shares with his wife and three boys.

Clavon bought the place in 2003 with a fixed-rate loan. They painted the walls, fixed the yard and made friends with the neighbors, who let the Clavon boys pick their basil.

In 2005, he worked with a mortgage broker to refinance his home with another fixed-rate loan. But on the night before signing, the family was offered an interest-only, adjustable-rate mortgage.

Clavon, a 35-year-old executive assistant at a bank, said he felt stuck. The ball was rolling, he trusted his broker and so the next day, he signed the loan.

“Turned out to be the worst thing I could have done,” said Clavon, who like so many others in danger of losing their home to the U.S. housing crisis, is African American.

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Immigration Is the Question (Wall Street Journal)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

CHARITON, Iowa — Barack Obama had just ended his stump speech before a friendly audience in this tiny southern Iowa town when Stephen Scott’s hand shot up with a question. Would Mr. Obama, as president, have signed last summer’s failed “amnesty bill” for illegal immigrants, Mr. Scott, a local landscape painter, asked testily.

Mr. Obama cautiously walked through a long answer that ended with a plan to give legal status to long-established illegal immigrants. “There. Another question,” he said, shutting down discussion.

The debate over how to deal with illegal immigrants split the Republican Party two years ago, infuriating its social-conservative base and driving away Hispanic voters. It could be even more perilous for Democrats.

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Richardson gets 5th Nobel nomination (Houston Chronicle)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a candidate for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, on Thursday received his fifth nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for his go-between efforts with North Korea and Sudan.

The nomination was submitted to the Nobel Committee by 12 members of Congress — one Republican and 11 Democrats, including seven members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Richardson is the most prominent Hispanic-American to seek the presidency.

“I’m profoundly humbled by this nomination, but I was just trying to do my part,” Richardson said. “There are hundreds of dedicated advocates, nonprofits, humanitarian organizations and public servants who work each day to reduce tension in Korea and try to bring peace to Darfur.”

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Downward mobility trend threatens black middle class (USA Today)

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

In the upper echelons of society, these are halcyon days for African-American achievement. Never before have so many blacks reached the highest levels of government, business, media, entertainment and sports.

At the same time, however, the success of people such as Condoleezza Rice, Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Denzel Washington and Tiger Woods has masked a troubling trend.

Reports last week from the Pew Research Center documented extensive downward mobility among the sons and daughters of the black middle class: 45% of black children from those families end up “near poor,” Pew reported. The comparable number for white families is 16%.

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Black CEOs: a Tiny Group Shrinks More (AP)

Monday, November 12th, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s getting lonelier at the top for black CEOs.

Only four blacks will be left running Fortune 500 companies after Stan O’Neal’s abrupt retirement from the top spot at Merrill Lynch & Co. last week and Time Warner Inc. Dick Parsons’ announcement Monday that he will retire at the end of the year.

That leaves Aylwin Lewis at Sears Holding Corp., Kenneth Chenault at American Express Co., Ronald Williams at Aetna Inc. and Clarence Otis at Darden Restaurants Inc. as the only black chief executives among this list of the nation’s largest companies.

To some, the departures of O’Neal and Parsons underscore that all CEOs, whatever their race, have a short shelf life.

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What’s ‘Online Marketing’ in Spanish? (eMarketer)

Monday, November 12th, 2007

Whichever way you say it, “big” or “grande,” Hispanic users online represent a target marketers want to reach.

eMarketer estimates that there are 18.8 million Hispanic American Internet users in 2007. That number will grow to nearly 25 million in 2011.

Language is a key issue for marketers targeting them—but it is not the only issue.

“As important as it is, the choice between communicating in Spanish or English is just one piece of the puzzle,” says Debra Aho Williamson, eMarketer Senior Analyst and author of the new report Hispanic Americans Online: A Fragmented Population.

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Minority firms win bulk of SBA loans (Courier News)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

NEWARK — New Jersey’s minority small-business owners have reached a new
milestone.

For the first time, minority-owned business received the majority of the loans approved in New Jersey by the U.S. Small Business Administration, during the agency’s fiscal year 2007, the period of Oct. 1, 2006 through Sept. 30, 2007.

According to SBA New Jersey District Director James A. Kocsi, minority small-business owners accounted for 52 percent of all loans approved by SBA’s New Jersey District Office in fiscal year 2007 and received 1,856 loans for $254 million.

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EEOC Turns Attention to Asian American Workers (Washington Post)

Saturday, November 3rd, 2007

Concerned that federal agencies are not paying adequate attention to their Asian American employees, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has set up a working group to study how they are treated and promoted across the government.

The group will try to pull together a report by next year that examines allegations of discrimination against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who work in the federal government, how they are treated when it comes to promotions and whether they are reluctant to file discrimination complaints.

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