Question: What is the historical importance of black radio to African Americans?
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Democrats could accomplish nothing during the Bush years, they told us, for the first six years because they were a minority, and during the last two because Republicans could filibuster. Now, with both houses of congress, a filibuster-proof senate majority and a "transformative leader" in the White House Democrats can only continue the wars, the privatizations, the torture, coverups and kidnapping. In power, Obama and Democrats can bail out Wall Street but not homeowners; they cannot accomplish anything voters want, like universal health care, Medicare For All. Some Democratic activists are sobering up, looking around, and heading for the exits.
Of course not, says Glen Ford, who has covered Obama's career since 2003. What you see, with President Obama, is all there is, and that's what we get: a corporate Democrat in blackface. In this Big Think interview segment, BAR executive editor Glen Ford discusses the crisis in African American and left politics engendered by the career of Barack Obama and much more. Transcript below the fold, courtesy of BigThink.com
The immense “buying power” of African Americans, we are told again and again, makes us a huge economic power. So harnessing this power by changing the consuming habits of black America, the story goes, is an essential pre-requisite for black uplift. We've all heard it many times, from the screen, from the pulpit and elsewhere. But is any of it true? Does this popular understanding confuse black income, and even black debt with black wealth? Where does this misinformation come from? And does the emphasis on “buying power” as agency denigrate collective action in favor of “lifestyle” activism? Dr. Ball opens the door to this vital discussion.
Oakland's Raymond Nat Turner, impresario of UpSurge Jazz shares with us this meditation on the utility and felicity of certain amber elixirs that lubricate the social interactions between police, presidents and others.
by Marta Veloz. Translation by Machetera.
Has the Obama Administration really done anything to ease ithe nearly half century long blockade of Cuba? Machetera's translation of this article from the Cuban press unravels the workings of the continual state of economic war the U.S. wages against Cuba, and reveals its imact on Cubans as well as on businesses inside and outside the U.S. who try to do business with Cuba and its people.