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Coffee with a Black Guy.

What do we do with this discomfort?

James says we've been having conversations about race in Santa Barbara for four years, starting with his Coffee with a Black Guy series. James joins us to talk about the community reaction to the senseless murder of George Floyd has us questioning everything.

James Joyce III

James Joyce III is the District Director for State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson. He's served on advisory boards, Impact Hub, the Ventura County Leadership Academy, and the Santa Barbara Young Black Professionals. James is on the board for the Lois & Walter Capps Project, the national Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), where he helped found the collegiate chapter while a student-athlete at Ohio University. In 2016, James launched Coffee with a Black Guy, where he hosts interactive conversations about issues from a black man's perspective. For these efforts and more, the Ventura County branch of the NAACP awarded James with their 2018 Distinguished Citizen Award. James previously was a journalist in several diverse communities across the country, covering various subjects, from education to crime, local politics, features, and more.


  1. Trying to register for the June 10th 4PM TEDx talk… Coffee With A Black Guy….

  2. Has the registration closed? Clicking the big red “Register For This Conversation” Button doesn’t seem to have any effect.

  3. This is an awesome series, and I particularly loved the conversation with James Joyce. Thanks, Mark for another great Central Coast initiative!

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