Unfair Contracting by N.Y.C.
The New York City Council’s “City of New York Disparity Study” found gaping disparities between the number of women- and minority-owned business enterprises that are ready, willing and able to take on city contracts and the number awarded to them by the city. The disparities exist for prime contractors and subcontractors in construction, architecture and engineering, professional services, standard services and goods. Under two U.S. Supreme Court decisions, a city can implement an affirmative action program if a disparity study demonstrates that MWBEs have not been awarded their fair share of contracts.
The New York Congregational Center for Community Life, located in Brooklyn, received a second $25,000 Faith-Based Grant from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation to complete the construction of a child day care center. The Center received the first $25,000 grant in 2003 for the architectural design of the day care center. Opening in September in collaboration with the Flatbush Haitian Center, Children’s University Daycare Center will provide 110 children ages 2 to 5 a daily break fast and hot lunch.
Tech Salaries Drop in 2004
Dice Inc.’s “2004 Annual Salary Survey” shows that technology salaries in the United States fell 2.6 percent to $67,800 in 2004 from an average of $69,600 in 2003, partly due to declines in the computer software industry and in the Internet services sector. Contract workers in 2004 earned an average of $82,000, 9.1 percent less than they did in 2003 and almost 20 percent less than they reported in 2001. For the third year in a row, government and defense salaries were the bright spot in the survey, with a 2.9 percent gain, from $64,600 to $66,500. The survey also shows a continued gender gap in pay of approximately 11 percent. New York and Silicon Valley were the top-paying markets for technology workers, with average salaries of $76,500 and $84,200, respectively.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture launched “In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience” at www.inmotionaame.org. The site offers more than 16,500 pages of essays, books, articles, and manuscripts, 8,300 illustrations, 100 lesson plans and 60 maps that will help users understand the peoples, places and events that shaped African-Americans’ migration traditions over the past 400 years. The project is made possible in part by a $2.4 million grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Medical School Scholarships
The School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., is offering scholarships to Black Americans through its John B. Ervin Scholars Program. Awardees receive full tuition for four years, plus a $2,500 stipend. WUSTL’s medical school ranks No. 2 in the nation along with Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins University Medical School. Call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 800-638-0700 or 314-935-6087, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. To view the application and to obtain more information, you can also visit the Web site at http://admissions.wustl.edu.
CBS News and Journalists of Color
CBS News launched a program to identify and support promising journalists of color. The goal is to develop a pool of highly qualified producers and correspondents for CBS affiliates and stations, as well as for CBS News. CBS News will work with its affiliates and minority journalist organizations to identify candidates for the program. Candidates should have a minimum of two years of professional experience. One producer and one reporter will be selected each year. They will work for two years at participating CBS affiliates. Contact Linda Mason, vice president of public affairs, CBS News, 212-975-4321.
Black Federal Judges
Among his 200 appointments of federal judges in his first term, President Bush appointed 15 Blacks, the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reports. In his two terms, President Clinton appointed 61 African-Americans to the federal bench, a number that comprises 16 percent of all his federal judicial appointments. During his first three years in office, President Clinton appointed 33 Blacks to the federal judiciary, more than double the number appointed by President Bush in his first term. To date, President Bush has made 48 federal judgeship appointments in the heavily Black states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. None of the judges were African American.
Castrol Adds Flex Appeal
Castrol SYNTEC is teaming with Funkmaster Flex to put the motor oil brand in front of the hip-hop artist and auto show host’s fan base of young men and women who are passionate about making vehicles more stylish, more powerful and better performing. As part of a two-year sponsorship, Castrol SYNTEC becomes the exclusive motor oil for all properties operated by Funkmaster Flex’s business entity, Team Baurtwell. Through the partnership, Castrol SYNTEC receives TV, radio, print, Internet and photographic rights for a variety of advertising and promotional initiatives, as well as a significant presence on Flex’s Web sites. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Art Meets Wine
Morgan Walker International, New York, joined Wine Design, a California wine and champagne wholesaler, and Picture That LLC, a Connecticut supplier of cultural fine art, to design, produce and distribute ethnic art on bottles of wine, champagne and nonalcoholic sparkling cider. Launched in February, the Diversity Signature Series is a collection of customizable labels illustrating the artwork of renowned African-American, American Indian, Asian-American and Hispanic artists. Each bottle is etched and hand-painted in gold. The full collection, including art reflective of Afro-Caribbean and select international cultures, is to be unveiled later in 2005.
Blacks in Book Publishing
Target Market News and Black Issues Book Review magazine launched BlacksandBooks.com, a Web site targeting those seeking authoritative business information about African-American authors, publishers and booksellers. The site plans to add exclusive news stories, features and statistics related to African-Americans and book publishing. It will also track the sales figures for titles by and for African-Americans. Black household spending on books grew from $258 million in 1996 to $331 million in 2003, the most recent year for which data is available.
Rating Economic Liberalism
The 2005 Heritage Foundation/The Wall Street Journal’s annual index of economic freedom produced a surprise. Long a symbol of economic prosperity and might, America fell out of the top 10 “free” nations of the world for the first time since the measure was created in 1995. The index gave the top honor to Hong Kong, followed by Singapore. Improvements in the economies of Chile, Australia and Iceland enabled all three to surpass the United States, leaving it in a tie for 12th with Switzerland.
In the list, Top Black Doctors, published in the February issue
of TNJ, the telephone numbers for OB-GYN practitioners Angela Kerr and Calvin E. Thomas should be 718-250-8318 and 718-963-8533, respectively. In the same section of the Top Black Doctors list, Hilda Y. Hutcherson, M.D.’s number is 212-305-1107.
In the story titled “Main-stream Medicine Diversifies,” on page 14 of the February 2005 issue, the name “Genetta” should be spelled “Gennetta.”