With increased protests in the streets and exploration of solutions for continuing police violence and persistent inequality has come renewed calls for the deployment of collective economic strength, particularly in the form of boycotts and reinvestment in Black banks. This has also brought about some renewed focus on the notion of “Black buying power.” In this edition of imixwhatilike! we spend a day in the life of explaining, discussing and debating what i call The Myth of Black Buying Power. The myth claims Black America has more than $1 trillion in annual spending power which confuses many about the nature of capitalism, economic inequality or the meaning of “power” itself. With the help of radio hosts Jennifer Bryant, Netfa Freeman, Garrett Harris (WPFW 89.3 FM) and Eugene Puryear (Sputnik Radio) – and even an on-air debate with B. Doyle Mitchell Jr., president and CEO, Industrial Bank – i attempted to explain my conclusion.
A discussion of "The Use of Public Space as Cultural Communicator: How Museums Reconstruct and Reconnect Cultural Memory" by Deborah F. Atwater and Sandra L. Herndon.
Drs. Jared Ball and A.D. Carson discuss their work and approach to hip-hop scholarship. More links and timestamps in the show's description on YouTube.
An All African People's tribute to Kwame Nkrumah and the a Roundtable discussion about The Woman King. As always, check the show description on YouTube for timestamps, links, etc.