James Baldwin

For Every Problem There is a Solution

Once we are born, there are two things we all are going to experience no matter how hard we try to avoid them, no matter how much money or fame we have.  One of those things is death. The Bible is very clear that all of us will experience a single permanent death, no one gets out alive. The second thing is problems.

Ford Fund Teams Up with the California African American Museum to Kick off Men of Courage Greater Los Angeles Barbershop Challenge

Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company, is joining forces with the California African American Museum (CAAM) to offer community focused barbershops in the Greater Los Angeles area the opportunity to compete for a $10,000 grant.

Award-Winning Actress Regina King Opens Up About Sleeper Hit “If Beale Street Could Talk”

At 7 p.m. Central time last Wednesday, I was in full-listen mode as King – fresh from her Golden-Globe winning evening – talked about her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” with more than a thousand faith leaders, community activists, sororities and fraternities and African-American news outlets on the line.

California African American Museum Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by surrounding yourself with art, culture, and community. Enjoy an array of vibrant programs and activities for all ages. Bring the kids for art-making activities, a march, and delicious food truck fare; visit our exhibitions, hear a marathon reading of King’s lesser-known speeches and sermons, groove to DJ-provided tunes, and much more—free for everyone!

Message From Watts: Liberation is Coming From A Black Thing

The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note—the assassination and martyrdom of Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy which Malcolm, himself, had predicted. It was there, too, in the title of James Baldwin’s classic, The Fire Next Time. And it was the topic of countless conversations around the country. Baldwin had taken his title from a line in a Black gospel song which says: “God gave Noah the rainbow sign, no more water, the fire next time.” And this, for us, was the fundamental time of turning when the fire would be this time.

Holman UMC Welcomes Michael Eric Dyson

Pastor Kelvin Sauls, left, and Holman United Methodist Church in Los Angeles welcomed the Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, right, as the guest preacher on June 17. Joshua Apparicio, center, joined many people in obtaining Dyson’s new book, “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.” (Shirmin Apparicio photo)

Michael Eric Dyson to Preach at Holman UMC

The Rev. Dr. Michael Eric Dyson delivers another hard-hitting message with his new book, “What Truth Sounds Like: Robert F. Kennedy, James Baldwin and Our Unfinished Conversation About Race in America.” His latest work recounts a historic 1963 meeting between then-U.S. Attorney General Kennedy, novelist Baldwin and other Black activists and artists deeply involved in the civil rights movement and shows how issues discussed 55 years ago still remain unresolved. The powerful preacher, scholar, and national political commentator appears in Los Angeles this weekend to expound on the topic of race and hopes to inspire believers and nonbelievers alike to