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Congressional Black Caucus strongly supports the RLJ Rule

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RLJ Rule Urges Companies to Increase Employment and Business Opportunities for Minorities. Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, announced BCU’s support

 

Bethesda, MD (BlackNews.com) — Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies announced the Congressional Black Caucus has issued a letter of support for the RLJ Rule. In the letter, the Congressional Black Caucus stated “We commend you for your long-standing commitment to champion ways that the private sector on a voluntary basis can propose business solutions to help solve social problems. The Congressional Black Caucus continues to address the need for job creation and minority access to capital in underserved communities. We have called upon the private sector to assist us with remedying the crisis through the RLJ Rule, you have answered the call.”

Johnson has urged all U.S. companies to voluntarily adopt a version of the National Football League’s (NFL) Rooney Rule, which afforded minority candidates seeking head-coaching or general manager positions within the League to be considered before a final hiring decision. The RLJ Rule (1) encourages companies to voluntarily implement a plan to interview a minimum of two qualified minority candidates for every job opening at the vice president level and above; and, (2) companies would interview at least two qualified minority-owned firms for vendor supplier/services contracts before awarding a new company contract to a vendor.

As the founder of Black Entertainment Television, Johnson has advocated and led the dialogue for many years to empower African Americans by increasing employment opportunities and access to capital. Johnson argues that corporate America can address these two issues by adopting the RLJ Rule which he calls a “business solution to a social problem.”

“The RLJ Rule is principally designed to encourage companies to voluntarily establish a ‘best practices’ policy to identify and interview the tremendous talent pool of minority individuals and businesses that are often overlooked because of traditional hiring or procurement practices,” said Johnson.

Johnson further added, “The purpose of this voluntary RLJ Rule is not to suggest quotas or that companies hire any minority individual or firm that is not qualified. The RLJ Rule, if implemented properly will further enhance a company’s already established commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

The RLJ Rule has also been endorsed by the National Urban League led by Marc Morial and the U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. led by Ron Busby.

Below is a copy of the Congressional Black Caucus letter:

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December 1, 2011

Robert L. Johnson
Founder & Chairman
The RLJ Companies
3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1000
Bethesda, MD 20814

Dear Mr. Johnson:

The Congressional Black Caucus strongly supports the RLJ Rule and commends you for your continued efforts to engage the business community in addressing the inequitable unemployment rates for minorities and to increase vendor/supplier opportunities for minority-owned businesses.

The tenets of your proposed RLJ Rule based on the success of the NFL’s Rooney Rule are (1) encourage companies to voluntarily implement a plan to interview a minimum of two qualified minority candidates for every job opening at the vice president level and above and; (2) encourage companies to interview at least two qualified African American firms for vendor supplier/services contracts before awarding a new company contract. We note the purpose of this voluntary RLJ Rule is not to suggest quotas or to require companies to hire any individual or minority firm. The RLJ Rule is principally designed to encourage companies to establish a “best practices” policy of identifying minority candidates and vendors that are often overlooked under traditional hiring or procurement practices.

We are well aware that African American unemployment remains high at nearly 17 percent and the wealth gap between whites and African Americans is, in terms of net income and access to capital, the largest it has been in decades. Today, the economic disparity impacting minority Americans must be addressed and we share your belief that corporate America has a vital role to play in ensuring that the fastest growing population groups in this country, both as consumers and employees are given a fair chance to compete in the U.S. economy.

We commend you for your long-standing commitment to champion ways that the private sector on a voluntary basis can propose business solutions to help solve social problems. The Congressional Black Caucus continues to address the need for job creation and minority access to capital in underserved communities. We have called upon the private sector to assist us with remedying this crisis and through the RLJ Rule, you have answered the call. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the overall success of minority businesses.

Sincerely,
Emanuel Cleaver, II
Chairman, Congressional Black Caucus

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About The RLJ Companies:
The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For additional information please visit: www.rljcompanies.com. For Media Inquiries contact: Traci Otey Blunt 240-744-7858 or press@rljcompanies.com.

U.S. Senator Kirk: European Debt Crisis may represent a ‘systemic risk’ to U.S. banks

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Junior Member of Senate Banking Committee Highlights Growing Danger of Sovereign Debt Crisis in Europe

 

 

WASHINGTON – Following the failure of European leaders to build decisive consensus on managing the growing European sovereign debt crisis, U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) wrote to Treasury Secretary Geithner about the ‘systemic risk’ this crisis poses to U.S. banks and other financial institutions.

 

Under the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a new ‘Financial Stability Oversight Council’ must review and mitigate ‘systemic risks’ that could threaten U.S. banks or other financial institutions.  Sen. Kirk, a junior member of the Senate Banking Committee, called on Secretary Geithner, the Chairman of the new Council, to conduct a “thorough analysis of the risk posed to U.S. financial institutions by the European sovereign debt crisis”. 

 

According to the non-partisan Congressional Research Service, the European countries in crisis (Greece, Portugal, Spain, Ireland and Italy) directly owe U.S. banks $180.9 billion and are exposed to a further $586.6 billion in indirect risks posed by this crisis.  Senator Kirk wrote, “events are moving so quickly that real-time, dynamic oversight of the European sovereign debt crisis needs to be a FSOC priority right now”. The letter also referenced Fitch Ratings warning that the U.S. banking industry faces “serious risk” and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco warning that, “a European sovereign debt default may well sink the United States back into recession.”

 

The full text of the letter appears below:

 

 

December 12, 2011

 

The Honorable Timothy F. Geithner

Secretary

Department of the Treasury

1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, D.C. 20220

 

Dear Secretary Geithner:

 

 

The Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) was established to monitor emerging threats to the stability of the financial system and identify risks in U.S. financial institutions.  Additionally, the Office of Financial Research (OFR) was created to assist the Council in collecting the necessary data to assess systemic risk.  I believe the European sovereign debt crisis could now pose a systemic risk to the U.S. financial system and warrants enhanced monitoring by FSOC.  I request a thorough analysis of the risk posed to U.S. financial institutions by the European sovereign debt crisis. 

 

In recent months, U.S. financial markets experienced significant volatility.  Many shocks in equities and bond valuations were related to developments in the Euro-zone.  We have already witnessed one firm, MF Global Inc., file for bankruptcy as a result of over-exposure to European sovereign debt.  Fitch Ratings warned that the U.S. banking industry faces “serious risk” from the European sovereign debt crisis.  The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco tells us, “a European sovereign debt default may well sink the United States back into recession.”

 

With multiple signals that the crisis in the Euro-zone does indeed present a risk to the U.S. economy and financial sector, what monitoring and research is FSOC undertaking or requiring covered financial institutions to conduct to assess this systemic risk?  Certainly, the Bank for International Settlements and the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation provide data that can be compiled to show U.S. financial exposure on a static basis.  However, events are moving so quickly that real-time, dynamic oversight of the European sovereign debt crisis needs to be a FSOC priority right now.  

 

In 2011, FSOC reported on concentration limits on large financial companies, secured creditor haircuts and the Volcker Rule.  The S&P Credit Watch warning against European sovereign debt has the potential to eclipse the risks of the other subjects examined by the Council.  This is the type of research and analysis that I believe FSOC must undertake and make publicly available.

 

Sincerely,

                                                

Mark Kirk

United States Senator

Saint Sabina’s ‘Operation Hope’ feeds 2,050 people

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Father Pfleger: “The poor are not invisible and we will love them always”

 

By Chinta Strausberg

 

Community residents began lining up around BJ’s Market & Bakery at 79th and Racine long before the 3 p.m. starting time on Tuesday so they could be the first to get one of “Operation Hope’s” 2,050 free hot dinners sponsored by the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and its partners.

But, to some, the face of hunger has changed because it is no longer just the poor who are hungry. Given the tough economic times, it also includes the middle class and the working poor, according to John Meyer, the owner of BJ’s Market & Bakery where the second annual “Operation Hope” food giveaway took place.

“We enjoy this. We enjoy giving back to the community, and we look forward doing this every year,” he said.

Meyer supplies the work staff for this event along with the other sponsors including Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company and her CEO, Desiree Rogers, Terry Peterson, vice president of Corporate and External Affairs at the Rush University Medical Center, Father Michael L. Pfleger form the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, and Melody Spann-Cooper, president of WVON radio.

This year joining Linda Johnson Rice, Desiree Rogers and Terry Peterson as servers were CPS/CEO Jean-Claude Brizard, his wife, Brooke Stafford Brizard and their 2-year-old son, Silas. They helped to serve the 2,050 people who just kept filing through the restaurant with some opting to eat at the tables.

Also present were Clerk of the Circuit Court Dorothy Brown and Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) who greeted the residents as they entered. WVON radio station was there to give live reports along with several TV stations.

But, it was the Saint Sabina choir that rocked BJ’s with a medley of gospel songs so much so one man took off his coat and started shouting, and Father Pfleger danced with a senior citizen and began clapping his hands to the music. It was a mini church service at BJ’s, a spiritual happening with a lot of well-fed and happy people looking on.

Linda Johnson Rice, said, “I think this is terrific…working with Father Pfleger and Saint Sabina giving away chicken dinners and ham dinners for people who are a little disenfranchised. It’s a great way for them to have a great healthy meal and really enjoy the holidays and really sort of jumpstart what I hope is a happy and healthy holiday for them.

“It’s wonderful to be a part of this and to represent Johnson Publishing Company, Ebony and Jet Magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, our entire family. We’re thrilled to be a part of this.” Rice said she’d be back next year.

Rogers said, “It’s so fabulous to share a holiday spirit. One woman said ‘can you just give me a hug’? It’s been a hard year for folks, and I think it is good to come out and share a little cheer, a little food and some great music. We’re delighted to be here.”

Tuesday was the first time serving for the “Operation Hope” food giveaway for Brooke Stafford Brizard, the wife of Jean-Claude Brizard. “This is incredible,” she said of the number of people who kept streaming into the restaurant.

“This is an incredible community in the city, and it’s nice to be a part of it,” she said.  Her husband said the event was “great and historic,” but to Meyers and Pfleger the 2,050 people who came for the dinners is a sign of the times that clearly shows the face of poverty has changed.

“It feels good to do this especially this time of the year and because of the economy,” said Meyers. “The face of hunger is changing. It’s different this year.  It means more to us because it was a rough year for us this year than last year, and we love giving back to the community.

“It is no longer the poor who are hungry,” he said. “It’s the middle class, the lower middle class. People are going without so it’s important that we can do this one meal a year to help out some of the families in the community,” said Meyer.

Peterson said, “This is our second year of doing this and I am thankful for Father Mike who suggested that we do it for a second year along with Linda Rice Johnson, Desiree Rogers, and Rush University Medical Center.

“We have gone over the number of people we fed last year. We are at 2,050. Last year we did 2,000 which goes to show you the need that exist out here in the community,” said Peterson.

“To have an opportunity to see the kids and the seniors to have the opportunity to get a good dinner is just rewarding, and I am thankful that I was able to be a part of this with Father Mike,” Peterson said.

Just arriving from Springfield, Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) said, “It is important to serve our constituents and those who are the most worthy and most vulnerable in society especially at this time of giving.

“It is not about the gifts that we receive. It is more about the gifts that we give because we know that God is the perfect gift and the perfect giver, and we need to reflect that out of our faith traditions and what it means to be representing His ministry to those who are most in need,” she said.

Referring to Jesus, Collins added, “He didn’t stay in church within the church walls or the synagogues. He was out with the people, and I think this is the opportunity to show people that we stand for more than a building that is located in a community and that our ministry is outside the walls and we know what their needs are. We try to meet them the best we can. I am proud we were able to serve over 2,000 families today,” said Collins.

After four-hours of greeting people, Pfleger thanked all of the sponsors; the staff of BJ’s and the Faith Community of Saint Sabina and said “Operation Hope” is special to him.

“To me it was feeding people who needed a meal. It was supporting an African American business in the community, and it was letting people who feel forgotten in this country right now, the poor, know that we are not only going to feed them but we care about you. You are not invisible to us,” said Pfleger.

“We love you and we’re going to continue to care about you, and we want to put your face out there and let everybody know, don’t forget the poor. There is more than enough food and there is more than enough housing. We just have to stop being so stingy with it,” said Pfleger.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

The real Newt Gingrich stands up

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

 

Newt Gingrich, who is presently front-runner of Republican candidates for the United States presidency, has simply revealed his true feelings for those persons who are not wealthy and not better able to fend for themselves.  Some wonder as to whom he speaks?

“Really poor children in really poor neighborhoods have no habits of working and have nobody around them who works. So, they literally have no habit of showing up on Monday. They have no habit of staying all day. They have no habit of ‘I do this and you give me cash’ unless it’s illegal.”  Says Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House.

It is such a disrespectful statement from a person who apparently knows very little about the African-American experience, nor as to their plight in life. The despicable statement can also reflect the background of one who has traces of racism or not-so-well covered up bigotry.

Can such a man as president be trusted at the helm of these already not-so-United-States?  The question becomes as to what road he would not only take our Black/Hispanic/Asian children. Consider the fact that deprived elders and their children wouldn’t stand a ghost of a chance for survival.

This is truly a shame before a living God that this person Newt Gingrich, has for far too long sat at the helm of this nation leading us to perhaps where we are today!  Actually, his distasteful words spell out a lot as to his undercover bigotry.

There are others of course who hide their feeling quite well, while others have simply taken off the boxing-gloves and are blatantly about the matters of beaten disrespect not only for America, but for the President Obama, who did not gain his seat by a lottery but by voters who voiced their opinions.

Where is this country going based upon lies and deceit coming from those who proudly sit in seats of authority?

True: The African American community has a history of building this nation on their backs… and, anything worth the mention… that we enjoy today was built by those that Gengrich down-plays. Without question the gentleman who was Speaker of the House, did not attend history classes. Blacks have always worked by sweat, blood and many tears regarding their family survival, while others didn’t have that worry, because they had the ‘help’ who reared their infants… and did so quite well – far better than they would themselves.

Why many Blacks didn’t do as well as they could have – was because many people who sat in seats of financial well doing – didn’t care to share what they had to bring others into the arena where they based in the sun.

Let’s not kid ourselves, Gengrich’s statement was spiritually governed to allow those who did not know – who this man really is!

What example is this man setting for our youth – when they emulate that which they see?  We ask the question as to what’s wrong with our youth. Let’s take a long hard look in the mirror… they see us! Please don’t judge a few Blacks by the majority… we work and do it hard to prove a point and  we show up on Mondays, because we can’t afford to miss a day. We were taught that it is an honest day’s work, for an honest day’s pay. This was instilled in us until this day. We built this country based on our honesty – and we then were financially robbed! Who speaks of whom in this lack of principles?

Newt, should take a look into his own bag of misbehaving and see if any dishonest things can be found like: Robbing from Peter to pay Paul?

Rev. Harold E. Bailey, President of Probation Challenge/PCC Internet Broadcast Network: http://probationchallenge.org  ‘The Truth Network’ …

Black artist uses international experiences to create "Ole Skool Ebony Art"

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Timothy Giles has spent time in more than 30 countries in Africa, and is using his experiences to create unique artwork in the form of originals, prints and greeting cards

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Timothy “Tim” Giles grew up in Suffolk, Virginia where he chose to illustrate many of his life experiences through his art. Tim’s mother was his role model who always provided the best love, guidance and direction that any single parent household would want. His mother stressed two things to him when growing up; education and actualizing the hope of brothers and sisters who paved the way before him. Success, she told him, was as relevant as the work that you give back to the community. The quote that she instilled in all her children was “a closed fist can neither receive nor give.”

Tim often gives accolades to his mother because she has always been a very strong African American woman and an encouraging and supportive mother. His mother saw something very special in him, specifically in his love for drawing. To encourage him, she provided him with his first paint by numbers set which sparked his passion to pursue art! With no formal training, Tim is a self-taught artist.

Working with Diplomatic status as a Facility Manager for the Department of State granted Tim the opportunity to live in several countries. He spent the majority of his career in thirty plus countries on the continent of Africa. Tim often gives thanks to God for giving him a career that allowed him to fulfill a lifelong dream of traveling the globe. He has traveled to over one hundred countries; not bad for a “country boy” from Suffolk, Virginia, as he often says. Living overseas allowed him to express his love for culture by placing it on canvas.

Tim decided he should pursue his artwork even further by turning his passion into a business. He started an online company, Tim Giles Afro Arts and Crafts, LLC that features all of his artwork in the form of originals, prints and greeting cards. His most recent accomplishment was the self-publication of his first book entitled, “Humble Beginnings: An Expression of my Journey through Paintings and Poems”. The book consists of his artwork and his original poems which relates to each piece of his artwork.

He comments, “You will be immersed by the content because the paintings are captivating and the poems are informative and relative!” Tim is fulfilling his mother’s vision of giving back and he is doing so through his art. He often encourages and mentors both young folk and adults about the journey and the possibilities in the world. Tim has made his momma proud!

Visit Tim’s website at www.timgilesafroartsandcrafts.com for additional information.

Photo Caption: Timothy Giles, artist, author and entrepreneur

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj voted best male and female teachers of the year, respectively

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Melvin El, CEO of Better Education Place

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj have won quite a few music awards this year. Now they can add one more award to their mantle, teacher of the year. Better Education Place, an education company based in South Florida, announced the winners of its first annual teacher of the year awards.

The duo, along with several other teachers, were judged based on seven different categories including, ability to capture and maintain attention, the ability to move their audience or create interaction, the ability to inspire, effective use of language, use of memory devices, ability to transform behavior or make them do as you do, and the quality of the content. The only area where they had a moderate showing was in the content.

According to Melvin El, CEO of Better Education Place, it’s a bit of an irony but no less deserved. He says that the methodologies the two stars are using are undeniable forces in learning. Children learn their stuff because they have all the right methods. Apparently, students are drawn in by the “swagger” he said. “If you are a teacher today and you don’t have any swagger, you are going to struggle to get your students attention. It turns out a teacher can learn a lot from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.”

The methods are part of a process that Better Education Place utilizes to create their own hip hop based education programs. They have been known to teach children to read within days. “If it works, we have to use it,” El comments. “We can’t throw the baby out with the bath water… especially when we are talking about our babies. With the help of hip hop, we can make education fun again.”

Better Education Place is a company with a vision of helping children to develop a passion for reading and learning so they can excel at education and ultimately succeed. El comments, “It’s ironic as well that most of the problems we have in our community can be traced back to reading and early learning. To be good at hip-hop, it seems you have to master some of the very same skills. And two people who exemplify these qualities well, are Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

Melvin El is available for radio and television interviews. If interested, please call 786-443-2478 or email him at

For more details about Better Education Place, visit www.bettereducationplace.com

 

The Better Business Bureau offers advice for making smart charitable donations this Holiday Season

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Chicago, IL – With every holiday, millions of dollars and items are donated to worthy causes, and now more than ever charities need the support of donors. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) offers guidelines and common mistakes to avoid while making charitable donations this holiday season.

 

“With so many people out of work and in need, it’s extremely important to maximize the impact holiday donations have by avoiding common giving mistakes,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Donors must take a look at a charity’s programs, finances and governance before making a donation. While many charities have the best intentions, not all organizations meet accepted charitable standards or are well managed.”

 

The BBB offers the following guidelines on ways to donate this holiday season:

  • Give items. Many organizations solicit for various kinds of donations over the holidays; including coats, toys, and canned goods. Whatever you’re donating, make sure the items are in good condition and that the recipient charity is accepting such items to help further its cause.
  • Give when you shop. Many charities have had great success partnering with businesses who agree to donate some amount of the purchase price from sales of items to a worthy cause. This type of cause-related marketing means you can help while you shop. Check if the promotion identifies the actual or anticipated amount of the purchase price the charity will receive.
  • Give online. Giving online with a credit or debit card is among the most efficient ways to support a charity. However, before you enter in your numbers, give the website a thorough review and look for the organization’s privacy policy, and verify if the organization has appropriate security measures in place to protect your transactions.
  • Give your time. In today’s tight economy, you may not have money, but you can always give a little bit of your time to help support a worthy cause.

The BBB also offers advice on avoiding common mistakes when donating, including:

  • Failing to do your research before you give. Even good friends may not have fully researched the charities they endorse, so don’t just take their word for it; expertise is available. Go to www.bbb.org/charity to verify that a charity meets the BBB’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability
  • Succumbing to high-pressure, emotional pitches. Giving on the spot is never necessary, no matter how hard a telemarketer or door-to-door solicitor pushes it. The charity that needs your money today will welcome it just as much tomorrow.
  • Mistaking a charity’s identity. With so many charities in existence, their names can blur in a donor’s mind and similar-sounding organizations are common. Be sure you know which charity you’re supporting and that it’s not a case of mistaken identity. 
  • Assuming that the charity wants any item you donate. Worn out, unusable or unwanted donated goods cost charities millions of dollars each year because the organization has to bear the cost of tossing the unacceptable donation. If you have questions about an item’s acceptability, call the charity and ask.
  • Thinking only “low overhead” matters. How much money a charity spends on the actual cause-as compared to how much goes toward fundraising and administration-is an important factor.
  • Do not give cash. If you contribute, write out a check to the charity’s full official name, not to an individual or third party that might be collecting the donation.
  • Internet appeals require careful scrutiny. For those making donations to giving sites on the Internet, look for clear disclosures that explain how much of the gift goes to the charity, the privacy policy, and whether there is appropriate security on the site for credit card transactions
  • Keep records of your donations. Keep receipts, canceled checks, and bank statements that verify your contribution amounts. The IRS also requires donations to be substantiated through a written confirmation from the charity.
  • Check with outside sources. Check with your appropriate state government authorities to verify that the charity is registered to solicit in your state. Check http://www.bbb.org/us/Charity-Reviews/ for problems such as insufficient transparency, inadequate board activity and inaccurate appeals.

For more information on making wise charitable donations, visit www.bbb.org

 

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