The Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles is a monthly forum that discusses relevant urban social, economic and political issues.
The forum is a lively exchange (debate/counter-debate) founded by two of Los Angeles’ most respected black journalists, Anthony Asadullah Samad and Bob Farrell, both of whom have been active in Los Angeles urban and political affairs for the past 20 years. The Urban Issues Forum, Inc., founded in 1999, coordinates the Urban Issues Breakfast Forum and is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit organization.
The issues forum format is a combination of breakfast lectures and newsmaker interviews. The breakfasts are held on a monthly basis (generally fourth Fridays, except when speaker availability may dictate another day of the week ) at 7:30 a.m. (Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:00) and the program beginning at 8:15 a.m., ending promptly at 9:30 a.m. The “forum topic of the month” is generally a subject of immediate public interest or one that impacts, either the local or national, urban communities. The forum is not used to advance political agendas or promote personal topics, and is strictly an information based public education forum, held for the purpose of involving minority communities in time-sensitive issues or educating the community on breaking news discussions and other issues that impact their lives.