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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LEADING AFRICAN-AMERICAN DECISION-MAKER AT TOYOTA BEING HONORED by William Reed

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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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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North Carolina Prep in final stage of application process – Source: The Daily Southerner

TARBORO — Committee members of North East Carolina Prep School attended the NC Public Charter School Advisory Council meeting at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh on Wednesday, December 14th. (More)

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Progress-Duke delay good for Eastern N.C. – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

Some welcome news came this week with the announcement that Duke Energy’s plans to gobble up Progress Energy had been delayed by federal regulators.

Rocky Mount and New Bern can claim victory in the announcement, which experts predict will delay any utility merger for at least three months. (More)

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New Bern NC – Duke-Progress merger blocked by regulators – Source: Sun Journal

A merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy to form the largest utilities company in the country has be blocked by federal regulators.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said in a statement Thursday that Duke and Progress have not done enough to protect competition in North Carolina and South Carolina. (More)

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Commission delays Duke-Progress merger – Source: The Wilson Times

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday rejected Duke Energy Corp. and Progress Energy’s proposed mitigation plan to remedy their merger’s harmful effects on competition.

It became another hitch in the large proposed merger between the two energy giants. But it doesn’t stop the merger itself. Still, the ruling could delay any approval into next year. (More)

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Announcement: Local group to sponsor community forum – Source: The Rocky Mount Telegram

The Frederick Douglass Foundation of Edgecombe County will sponsor a Community Forum from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at Edgecombe Community College’s Tarboro campus. (More)

Response: I hate I can not make this because I really would like to learn more about this group. C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

An Open Letter To Newt Gingrich From A Black Kid Who Grew Up In A Poor Neighborhood – Source: Freedom of Speech

Dear Newt Gingrich,

I recently saw you stand up in front of a group of people and allow some of the most idiotic, unfounded, racist, and ignorant words pass your lips that I’ve ever heard
from a member of a group of the most unqualified presidential candidates America has ever seen. (More)

Response: "Ignorance will never end. Even those with money can’t buy SENSE!!" Author: Curmilus Dancy II The Political Agitator

Rocky Mount NC & New Bern NC: Feds deny, delay Duke-Progress merger again – Source: News & Observer

Federal regulators have again rejected the proposed merger between Duke Energy and Progress Energy, assuring the $26 billion deal won’t get done this year, and raising questions whether it can get done at all.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said this evening the merger raises serious concerns about giving the companies too much monopoly power in North Carolina. Announced in January, the merger would create the nation’s largest electric utility to be based in Charlotte. It would also result in the elimination of 1,860 positions, mostly in North Carolina. (More)

Response: Rocky Mount City Council and New Bern NC was on top of this thing. Maybe the other cities all 29 will get onboard in the future because they need to look at how they will benefit. What they need to do is to reimburse Rocky Mount and New Bern for some of the money they spent on legal fees. C. Dancy II – The Political Agitator

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