About James Clingman
James E. Clingman is the nation’s most prolific writer on economic empowerment for Black people. His weekly syndicated newspaper column, Blackonomics, is featured in hundreds of newspapers, magazines, and newsletters. He has written seven books, five of which on Economic Empowerment, and has been the featured speaker for numerous organizations, schools, churches, and events across the United States.

Stop Drinking the Fool-Aid

December 15, 2016 James Clingman 0

The term “drinking the Kool-Aid” has been taken to a new level among many of our people. In many circles we have gotten so intellectually lazy that we will believe just about anything from anyone, that is, as long as we don’t have to do anything except trumpet a Utopian message, and if we never have to sacrifice for the collective benefit of one another. […]

In the Land of the Blind, the One-Eyed Man Is King

November 17, 2016 James Clingman 0

This is being written without the bias or prejudice of commentators and political pundits. It is unfiltered and a result of my not having watched the final vote tallies and not even knowing who won the presidential election until 7:30 a.m., the morning after. I have not yet watched or listened to news shows and have not discussed the results, in-depth, with anyone. […]

Elections Won’t Change Anything Until We Vote with Our Wallets

November 10, 2016 James Clingman 0

By the time you read this, I trust you will have wiped away the slime and the grunge, regurgitated a few times, taken a good bath or shower, relentlessly scrubbed the stench from your bodies, and maybe even found it necessary to delouse, because the dirty, filthy, hateful, distasteful, embarrassing, vile, toxic, grimy, polluted campaign we all witnessed is likely the worst in the history of electing a president. […]

‘Buy Black’ Campaigns are Nothing New

October 27, 2016 James Clingman 0

The advent of initiatives throughout this country to “Buy Black” and “Bank Black” can be traced back to the early 1900s during which time campaigns similar to today’s efforts were established. Slogans such as “Double-Duty Dollars,” “Don’t shop where you can’t work,” and efforts such as Black Cooperatives cropped up as a result of our forebears understanding and being willing to act upon the fact that their dollars mattered. […]

CLINGMAN: Turnabout Is Fair Play

September 28, 2016 James Clingman 0

Why can’t more of us see that economics is the key to our freedom and the answer to the problems we talk about all the time? This political year has and continues to bring this fact to light, but the Colin Kaepernick protest illuminates the issue of economics even more. Here is a guy who chose to exercise his right not to stand at the playing/singing of the national anthem, and as a result folks have called him everything but a child of God. Folks who have burned the flag have not received the kind of treatment Kaepernick has gotten. Now, as other football players have joined in to do similar acts of protest, the real deal — economics — comes to the forefront. […]

CLINGMAN: Our Destiny Is in Our Hands

September 21, 2016 James Clingman 0

Adam Clayton Powell’s famous “What’s in your hand?” speech in 1967 pointed out a very important and relevant truth that still applies today. He said, “You’ve got in your hand the power to use your vote and to use even those ‘few cents’ you get from welfare, to spend them only where you want to spend them.” […]

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