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Meshell Ndegeocello Chapter and Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin

Meshell Ndegeocello Chapter and Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin“This is my offering to you. This is a different experience, so I hope you have an open mind, or at least an open heart. I see James Baldwin as an Orisha, his writing as the living word. I wanted to pay homage to him and to the time and effort it took to sit, to physically and emotionally fill the page with a truth that made my own sorrow feel less lonely.” —Meshell Ndegeocello

Chapter and Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin is a 21st-century ritual tool kit for justice, shared in isolation, bridging communities around the world. Inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal treaty on justice in America, The Fire Next Time, the project was created during the time of two raging pandemics plaguing the United States — COVID-19 and racism.

Participants are invited to engage in an urgent and critical investigation of race, religion, sexual orientation, America and its status quo, celebrating Baldwin’s ideas and legacy through music, meditations, and visual imagery. The vernacular of a church service, structured rituals and worship, and other forms of sacred practice, inspire the gifts offered each month from September-December 2020, free of charge.

1. Call: Dial a toll-free telephone number to discover songs, meditations, and chants to ease your mind any time, day or night, when you need it most. 1-833-4-BALDWIN (1-833-422-5394).

2. See: Experience visual testimonies of Baldwin’s text, with original music created by Meshell and artistic collaborators, including Sune´ Woods, Nicholas Galanin, and Charlotte Brathwaite.

3. Read: Sign up by September 21 for our monthly newsletter, featuring Baldwin’s words and calls to action, delivered four times, directly to your mailbox.

Presenter / Producer: UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance

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Music > Jazz / Blues
Music > Other
Music > Rock

Event Phone: 310-206-5305

10745 Dickson Ct
Los Angeles CA 90095

LA - Hollywood / Westside

Performance Dates: 9/21/2020
Monday, 09/21/2020

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