Emancipatory Journalism

The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power by Dr. Jared A. Ball


I want to extend a very special thanks to all those who attended, participated, supported and helped make The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power Virtual Book Launch Party to be as amazing as it was! Please continue to share, discuss and use the hashtags #MOBP and #RespectMyConsumption when doing so online.


Guests Included:

Mehrsa Baradaran author of The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap

Dr. Nathan Connolly of Johns Hopkins University

Marcel P. BlackSuper MC! 

Eugene Puryear of Breakthrough News

Dr. Kwasi Konadu of Colgate University and Diasporic Africa Press, Inc.

Lisa “Tiny” Gray Garcia Poor Magazine


Play Video

Joining me for this #MOBP Virtual Book Launch Party Respondents Panel was:

Author, professor, and journalist Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs 

Poet and activist Demetrius Noble

I did end up having to cut a few gems from the live broadcast largely due to my own issues with new (to me) technology and I remain apologetic. Please check out those clips thinking of this as the special “Director’s Cut” Edition of the launch party!

About Post Author

3 thoughts on “The Myth and Propaganda of Black Buying Power by Dr. Jared A. Ball

  1. I believe Marcus, Malcolm, Medgar and Martin would give a standing ovation as MOBP definitely let the CAPITALS out the bag. Marcels eloquence was magnificent. Blow your horn brother and don’t let other mouthpieces speak for you. Salute to Mayor Baraka for his stance protecting the Newark contingency. Exposing lies is the best moment of true facts. Hurry up either next edition Dr Ball as the talk was such a rise from other mundane mouthpieces without classification.

  2. Thank you! Thank you for an honest and truthful account of reality today without apology and self-serving posturing and vanity. Your discussions are just a breath of fresh air from the 500 channels of circus and games, coupled with neurotic house wives from Atlanta and elsewhere. I see more Black men on corporate TV channels analyzing sports than analyzing the wretched conditions that most of our people continue to live under domestically and internationally. Indeed, Robert Allen’s analysis in Black Awakening in Capitalist America is one of the best road maps to the dead end that we are in now. We arrived here in this post-modern spectacle of a dead end in the 1990’s. However, most of us were still in denial, grateful for crumbs and the few appointments that the Clinton’s made in the “First Black President’s” cabinet.

    Do you remember that lecture that John Henrik Clarke delivered: “Are we ready for the 21st Century?” We did not want to hear it from the sage then, but we are living thru it’s absurd and grotesque antics daily in so many ways. Most of what Clarke predicted in the 1980s and 1990s has come to pass. Pan Africanism, for example, was bartered away for Pan Capitalism. Following the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the Eastern Congo has continued to be raped and plundered with deaths in excess of six million and still counting.

    And even as most of the continent has forsaken its sovereignty, many still believe that the African private sector can be the leadership vanguard to develop the continent. Well, if that is true, why didn’t that same private sector invest in the major infrastructure projects that the Chinese have done across the continent since 2,000? Why didn’t Kenyan capitalists build a high-speed train from Nairobi to Mombasa? Why doesn’t the Nigerian elite perched in London, Dubai or elsewhere invest in Nigeria, building ports,dams and high-speed trains? After all, these elites are well educated, wealthy and have access to capital? Why didn’t they use their African capital make a commitment to developing their societies and the continent?

    Thus, an honest and objective assessment has to be made by those who want to move our people forward. Its conclusions will not be pleasant, but sometimes bitter medicine is what the patient needs in order to truly heal and recover from sickness and disease. Our people, like those on the continent and elsewhere, have been infected not simply by slavery, colonialism and Neo-colonialism, but also by the cancer of betrayal. Cabral warned of us about the cancer of betrayal in his eulogy of Kwame Nkrumah’s funeral in 1972.

    As Cabral instructs: “Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.”

Leave a Reply



%d bloggers like this: