September 26, 2013

City News Service

 

Willie Goffney, MD, FACS, will receive the American Cancer Society’s St. George National Award on September 26 at the Society’s annual meeting in Oakland. Dr. Goffney is a surgical oncologist at Breast Center of Southern California and a long-time Society volunteer. He is one of only 27 Americans to be honored this year.

Dr. Goffney has served as president of the Society’s California Division and of the Society’s Long Beach -  Harbor Southeast unit  as well as sitting on the Division board of directors. He has been a member of the Society’s Los Angeles Regional Council since 1998. Dr. Goffney earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. He and his wife Carmen live in Long Beach.,

The St. George award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have demonstrated ongoing leadership in community mission delivery and/or governance and have significantly contributed to furthering the Society’s strategic goals and mission-driven programs. These awardees have consistently represented the Society in a manner that advances the Society's mission and expands its community presence and have exhibited a continuing commitment to the Society through a willingness to serve.

Since conceived in 1949 by Dr. Charles S. Cameron, former Society medical and scientific director, the St. George National Award has been presented annually to Society volunteers across the country. 

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September 26, 2013

By George E. Curry

NNPA Editor-in-Chief

 

WASHINGTON – Although annual Black spending is projected to rise from its current $1 trillion to $1.3 trillion by 2017, advertisers allot only 3 percent of their $2.2 billion yearly budget to media aimed at Black audiences, a new Nielsen report has found.

The study, “Resilient, Recep­tive and Relevant: The African-American Consumer 2013 Report,” was released at a news conference Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend by Nielsen and the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA). The findings were re­leased by Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, senior vice-president, public affairs and government relations for Nielsen, and Cloves Campbell, chairman of the NNPA and publisher of the Arizona Informant.

“Advertising expenditures geared specifically toward Black audiences reflected only three percent of advertising dollars spent,” the report stated. “Advertisers spent $75 billion on television, radio, internet, and magazine ads in 2012, with only $2.24 billion of that spent with media focused on Black audiences.”

The report said if consumption patterns dictated a company’s advertising budget, then spending with the Black media should be:

44 percent higher on education and career websites;

38 percent higher on streaming websites;

37 percent higher on television (with special emphasis on cable) and

15 percent higher on mobile phone advertising.

“The consumer insights this year are some of the most varied yet,” said Pearson-McNeil. “From store brand loyalty, to top watched television networks, which mobile apps are most popular, a deep dive into how Blacks spend their digital time, and how companies can reach 10 million Black consumers by developing a southern regional strategy – this year’s report is really a compelling read for both advertisers and marketers.”

A 2011 study by Burrell Communications showed that 81 percent of Blacks believe that products advertised in Black media are more relevant to them.

Businesses that bypass the Black media, the report said, limit their potential growth.

“Companies mistakenly be­lieve there are no language barriers, that a general market ‘one-size-fits-all’ strategy is an effective way to reach African-Americans” the Nielsen study said. “Just the opposite is true.”

The Nielsen study names the companies that do the most advertising with Black media:

Procter & Gamble ($75.32 million)

L’Oreal ($52.34 million)

McDonald’s ($38.24 million)

Unilever ($31.48 million)

U.S. Government ($28.36)

Berkshire/Hathaway ($27.81 million)

Comcast ($27.69) million)

Hershey ($27.01 million)

PepsiCo ($25.07 million)

Walmart ($24.40 million)

Fiat ($23.60 million)

AT&T ($22.49 million)

Verizon Communications ($22.08 million)

Toyota ($21.43 million)

General Motors ($20.81 million)

Sony ($19.88 million)

Johnson & Johnson ($19.59 million)

Ford ($19.11 million)

Allstate ($19.06 million)

National Amusements, Inc. ($18.92 million)

Advertising by the top 20 companies increased by 2.5 percent between 2011 and 2012. The companies with the largest increases in spending with Black media were: Unilever (40.1 percent), PepsiCo (39.1 percent), Walmart (27.2 percent), the U.S. government (26.4 percent), L’Oreal (19.6 percent), Berkshire Hathaway (15.1 percent) and Comcast (13.2 percent).

Top 20 advertisers with the largest decreases were: Johnson & Johnson (30.7 percent), National Amusements (26.2 percent) and Verizon (24.6 percent).

“Until we do a better job as consumers in the choices we make and invest in companies that invest in us, we are not going to have any changes,” said Pearson-McNeil. Campbell said he hopes the data will help develop “conscious consumers.”

Utilizing Black media makes good business sense, the report said.

“By aligning additional marketing support and more focused strategies using media sources such as Black newspapers, Black radio, Black online sites and other media outlets trusted and relied on by Blacks for their unfiltered information, companies can develop more culturally relevant messages….” the report stated.

It noted that Blacks over index in certain categories, including health and beauty aids, unprepared meat, frozen seafood, feminine hygiene, women’s fragrances, and detergents.

“An examination of African-Americans’ overall category uses reveals some notable and perhaps newly discovered behavioral distinctions between Blacks and the Total Market,” the report found. “Blacks spend 44% more time on Education and Career sites and 21 % more time on Family and Lifestyle sites than Total Market consumers, breaking the myth that Blacks are disinterested in education and the family’s well-being. Additionally, African-Americans continue to be resilient in their role as early adopters of technology as 14% are more likely to spend time on Telecom/Internet Services sites.”

Blacks are also likely to spend far more time watching television.

“Blacks are voracious media users and leaders when it comes to setting pop culture trends. Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Blacks’ television habits where Blacks watch 37% more television than any other group, spending seven hours and 17 minutes per day viewing TV, compared to five hours and 18 minutes of total viewing for Total Market,” the Nielsen study stated.

It continued, “Black women, especially those 18-49, tend to be heavier viewers than their male counterparts. Not surprisingly, media outlets dedicated to Black audiences have a higher composition of Black viewers, which should be of interest to businesses who incorporate media buys into their marketing strategies.”

Blacks outpace Whites in buying smartphones. The Nielsen report found that 71 percent of Blacks own smartphones, compared to 62 percent of the total population. Most African Americans prefer Androids (73 percent) over iPhones (27 percent).

Although a lot of attention is being placed on the growth of Latinos in the U.S., the Black population, which now stands at 43 million people, grew 64 percent faster than the rest of the country since 2000, the study said. The average age is 35, three years younger than the overall population; 53 percent of Blacks are under the age of 35.

Significantly, 73 percent of Whites and 67 percent of Latinos identified Blacks as the driving force for popular culture.

Fortune 100 companies not ranking in the top 20 advertisers with Black media included: General Electric, Citigroup, IBM, Philip Morris, AIG, Home Depot, Bank of America, Fannie Mae, J.P. Morgan Chase, Kroger, Merck, State Farm Insurance, Hewlett-Packard, Morgan Stanley, Sears Roebuck, Target, Merrill Lynch, Kmart, Freddie Mac, Costco, Safeway, Pfitzer, J.C. Penney, MetLife, Dell Computer, Goldman Sachs, UPS, Prudential Financial, Wells Fargo, Sprint, New York Life, Microsoft, Walt Disney, Aetna, Walgreen, Bank One, BellSouth, Honeywell, UnitedHealth Group, Viacom, American Express, Wachovia Corp., CVS, Lowe’s, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Coca-Cola.

“Too often, companies don’t realize the inherent differences of our community, are not aware of the market size impact and have not optimized efforts to develop messages beyond those that coincide with Black History Month,” said Campbell, chairman of the NNPA. “It is our hope that by collaborating with Nielsen, we’ll be able to tell the African-American consumer story in a manner in which businesses will understand and, that this understanding will propel those in the C-Suite to develop stronger, more inclusive strategies that optimize their market growth in Black communities, which would be a win-win for all of us.”

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September 12, 2013

By James Wright

Special to the NNPA from The Washington Informer

 

Friends and family members honored the work of the District’s coordinator for the 1963 March on Washington and the city’s first delegate in the 20th century to represent the nation’s capital in the U.S. Congress.

The Rev. Walter Fauntroy, who served as the District’s delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1971-1991, received recognition for his civil rights work in the city and his political impact on Capitol Hill, during a tribute hosted by District attorney Johnny Barnes and former Ward 6 advisory neighborhood commissioner Keith Silver at Tony Cheng’s Restaurant in Northwest on Thursday, Aug. 22. Barnes, 64, said Fauntroy has always been more than generous when it comes to helping others.

“He lived his life in sacrifice so that we could live in comfort,” Barnes told about 90 guests, who came out on a warm and sultry evening to honor the man of the hour, prior to the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Silver, a resident of Northwest, said that Fauntroy didn’t attend the tribute because he’s traveling overseas. However, Fauntroy’s wife, Dorothy, and son, Marvin attended the event along with his brother, Billy, and nephew, Michael Faun­troy, a nationally-known political scientist.

Fauntroy, 80, worked with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and other civil rights leader to host the historic 1963 March on Washington on Aug. 28, 1963. He worked on breaking down racial barriers for black District residents in the 1960s and served as the leader of the Washington bureau of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

A graduate of the segregated Dunbar High School in Northwest in 1951, Fauntroy received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University in Richmond., Va., and the Yale University Divinity School in New Haven, Conn. He is the retired pastor of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Northwest.

Fauntroy, as a delegate, successfully worked to get the city limited self-governance and a congressionally-passed U.S. constitutional amendment to admit the District as the 51st state. He also played a key role in the effective campaign to have the U.S. government prohibit investment in apartheid South Africa in the 1980s.

Fauntroy ran unsuccessfully for mayor of the District of Columbia in 1990.

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), a 2014 candidate for mayor, welcomed the crowd to Tony Cheng’s, which is located in his ward. He described Fauntroy as being a champion of the city and of the country. In essence, Evans said that Fauntroy’s simply a great leader.

Darrel Thompson, deputy chief of staff to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a possible candidate for the Ward 6 D.C. Council seat in 2014, said that District residents owe Fauntroy a tremendous debt of gratitude.

Landen McCall, principal and CEO of Bryant Mitchell, PLLC in Northwest, cried when he talked about how Fauntroy helped him to move forward in his life.

“Walter Fauntroy co-signed a loan to help me finish my education,” said McCall, 66. “All that I have become is because I was standing on Walter Fauntroy’s shoulders. He changed the paradigm of my life and he made a difference in my life.”

Fauntroy’s friends such as radio talk show host Joe Madison, comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), National Congress of Black Women National Chair E. Faye Williams, United Black Fund President Barry LeNoir and Anacostia Coordinating Council Executive Director Philip Pannell attended the evening event. Barnes challenged everyone who showed up to help him with a special project for Fauntroy.

“I would like to establish a fellowship chair in the name of Walter Fauntroy,” Barnes said. “We need to support people who can study his life and carry out the work of Walter Fauntroy.”

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September 19, 2013

BREAKING NEW GROUND IN WATTS: AltaMed Health Services Corporation, one of the largest independent Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the nation, breaks new ground on their first senior care, health care facility in Watts last Friday Sept. 13.  From left are: Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, activist and Parents of Watts CEO Sweet Alice Harris, Castulo de la Rocha, AltaMed’s President and CEO, Congresswoman Janice Hahn,15th District City Councilman Joe Buscaino an unidentified representative  and  Rev. Shane B. Scott who serves as the senior pastor of the historic Macedonia Baptist Church in Watts.  (Photo Courtesy AltaMed)

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September 05, 2013

City News Service

 

In a step in the fight against sex trafficking, Los Angeles County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Don Knabe are calling on state legislators to dramatically stiffen penalties for adults convicted of soliciting sex from children.  There have been numerous efforts over the past several years to combat the growing scourge of sex trafficking, but the majority of those efforts at the local and state level have focused either on the pimps who exploit the girls, or on providing treatment and help for the victims. While these efforts are to be applauded, there is a loophole that must be closed with regard to the so-called “Johns” – whose punishment should fit their crime, according to a board motion by Ridley-Thomas and Knabe.

Every day, children – primarily girls – as young as 10-years old are being coerced and sold into prostitution in Los Angeles County and in counties throughout the state. According to experts in the field, the average life expectancy of these children once they enter the sex trade is seven years, due to the ravages of HIV/AIDS and the violence to which they are regularly subjected. The men who solicit sex from children, however, often are not arrested and prosecuted, and even when they are, typically face only a proverbial slap on the wrist. But this is not consensual sex; it is child molestation and rape, and the punishment should fit the crime. Only the state legislature, however, can mandate criminal penalties.

The motion, presented Tuesday September 3, authored by Supervisors Ridley-Thomas and Knabe, asks lawmakers to amend the state penal code to make paying for sex a felony, rather than a misdemeanor, if the victim is a minor.  It also requires the “customers” to register as sex offenders, and increases the fine from $1,000 to $10,000. And it calls on law enforcement to refocus its priorities and actively arrest and prosecute these predators.

“I am proud of the work Los Angeles County has done over the past 18 months to bring awareness to the horrific crime of child sex trafficking,” said Knabe.  “How­ever, in addition to doing all we can to protect the young victims, we must aggressively penalize those who solicit girls for sex and ensure they are the ones prosecuted, not the victims.”

In addition, the motion calls on the board to support federal legislation currently under consideration that would strengthen federal laws against child sex trafficking.

Chairman Ridley-Thomas emphasized that all levels of government and law enforcement must work together to protect these children, mainly girls, from being exploited and terrorized. While children cannot legally consent to sex, they are often charged with a prostitution related offense and become enmeshed in the criminal justice system.

“This is not a victimless crime,” said Chairman Ridley-Thomas.  “These are children who are being exploited for the enjoyment of unscrupulous men, and it is our duty to protect them. To that end, California should step up and create the toughest laws in the nation that will either deter or, if necessary, punish those who purchase children.”

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