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. [read more…]

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. [read more…]

‘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. [read more…]

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.” [read more…]

CLINGMAN: Success or Failure?

August 31, 2016 James Clingman 0

In 2001, I spoke at the National Black Expo in Chicago. The theme was centered on one of most troubling factors related to the economic survival of black people in the United States: The Low Success Rate of African-American Businesses. [read more…]

Blackonomics: The Black Community is Bleeding to Death

August 16, 2016 James Clingman 0

There is a crisis of monumental proportion in our so-called “Black communities.” A crisis that if not checked will prove to be our demise. We are bleeding so badly that we are in a comatose state and on life support right now. But we still have a strong heartbeat, so we can be revived by those who have the financial and intellectual talents and the willingness to make the requisite individual sacrifices necessary to restore us to a more healthy state. [read more…]

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