Tarboro NC – Edgecombe County High School Football 2011 All-American Bowl Athlete Todd Gurley

One of the better RB prospects in the Carolinas, he’s a track star who is also good at football. Todd has a straight up and down running style, great burst, vision, and shows good running instincts. (More)

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When the 16th Annual Urban Wheel Awards convene in Detroit during the January 2012 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, Inc’s Group Vice President and General Manager, Fletcher V. Davidson will receive the event’s Executive of the Year Award.

“These Annual Urban Wheel Awards are our way of showing African Americans’ appreciation for those auto companies that recognize and respect their buying power," said program founder Randi Payton. The Urban Wheels Awards started in 1996 as a feature of the African Americans on Wheels Magazine.  Occurring during the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), the 2012 Urban Wheels Awards shows how the program has evolved into “the world-class show promoting diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry.”  Payton said the 2012 winners of the Urban Wheel Company of the Year Awards “are being recognized for demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness in the areas of Workforce Development, Community Leadership, Minority Supplier Development, and Diversity Inclusion Leadership.”  The awardees are: Chrysler Group LLC – Workforce Development; General Motors Company – Community Leadership; Ford Motor Company – Minority Supplier Development and Toyota Motor Corporation – Diversity Inclusion Leadership.  Payton said “We are delighted to recognize Toyota Motors for its leadership in diversity and inclusion … and impressive record leading the industry with diversity initiatives and … internal leadership and commitment.”

In fact, the people at Toyota have set a new trend in the industry and made strategic and measurable moves to reach Black buyers. A positive culture for people of color is emerging at Toyota. People at the top in Toyota are valuing Blacks as consumers, vendors and team members. Toyota has an advertising agreement with Black publishers. In 2011, Toyota was named among the Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise for its achievements in supplier diversity.  Founded in 1937 by Kiichiro Toyoda, the Toyota Motor Corporation of today appears to have a different culture and perspective. Toyota Motor Corporation Group Companies are Toyota (including Scion brand), Lexus, Daihatsu and Hino Motors, along with several “non-automotive” companies. Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc. markets products and services through a network of nearly 1,500 dealers which sold more than 1.76 million vehicles in 2010. Toyota employs nearly 30,000 people in the U.S.

In his executive role at Toyota, Davidson leads a team of 2,400 associates who support $3.5 billion in sales. Payton said that Davidson is being honored for his “proven success in management, specifically for his strategic leadership during the 2010 recalls and 2011 earthquake and tsunami.” “I am honored to receive the Executive of the Year Award. This award comes as supply is improving and we are preparing to introduce 20 new products over the next few years,” said Davidson.   Toyota’s record on diversity and inclusion is a result of the leadership and commitment of its Black executives. Ed Lewis, head of Strategic Communications & Media Relations, said “At Toyota, we believe an auto company can be a vehicle for change and a key element in strengthening community needs nationwide.”  Since 1991, Toyota contributed nearly $540 million to U.S. philanthropic programs that included the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and “Push for Excellence.” Toyota’s supplier-diversity program has more than 7 percent of Tier I (direct contractor) spending going to minority-owned businesses.

Toyota has a number of African Americans in high-level decision-making positions. Jim Colon is vice president of Product Communications. Christopher P. Reynolds is a group vice president and general counsel for the Legal Services Group. Jerome Miller is vice president for Diversity and Inclusion, and Wil James is president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

The Wheels Awards’ agenda includes honoring Washington Post automotive columnist Warren Brown with a Lifetime Achievement Award as recognition for his being one of the nation’s most influential auto writers since he started coverage of the industry in 1982. A special tribute will be made toward auto companies that made major contributions to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial by MLK Memorial CEO Harry Johnson.

(William Reed is Publisher of Who’s Who in Black Corporate America and available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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Tarboro’s Gurley named MVP of Shrine Bowl – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – North Carolina scored 20 unanswered points early in the second half Saturday to win 26-19 against South Carolina’s high school all-stars in the 75th annual Shrine Bowl.

Tarboro’s Todd Gurley scored two rushing touchdowns in the third quarter to give North Carolina its first lead after trailing 13-6 at halftime. Gurley had 119 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns to earn North Carolina Offensive MVP. (More)

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Cong. G.K. Butterfield discusses GOP Playing ‘Games’ w/ Economy, Jobs – Sunday on Spectacular Mag Radio Show @ 3pm – Rush Radio WRDU 106.1

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This week on Spectacular Magazine Radio Show…




U.S. Congressman G. K. Butterfield

(D – NC – 1st Congressional District)


Is the GOP playing ‘games’ that will effect the economy, jobs, payroll tax cuts, unemployment benefits? How will these measures affect the African American community? Is the GOP concerned with the American people or do they just care about their agenda?


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G. K. Butterfield

Prior to being elected to represent North Carolina’s First Congressional District on July 24, 2004, Congressman G. K. Butterfield enjoyed a distinguished legal career.  He worked in private practice for before serving as a state Superior Court Judge and as a North Carolina Supreme Court Justice.


Currently, Congressman Butterfield sits on the powerful House Committee on Energy and Commerce Committee, where he serves as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade. He also serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.


Congressman Butterfield is currently serving his third term as Chief Deputy Whip after first being appointed to the Democratic leadership post in the 110th Congress.


Congressman Butterfield is a lifelong member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church in Wilson, N.C. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and the father of two adult daughters.



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