Save The Date for “Ask Your Mama:  12 Moods For Jazz” – 10/28/15

Save The Date for “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz” – 10/28/15

  To download the Save the Date, Click Here

Center Talk:  Paul Von Blum Abroad, Talks Racism At Home

Center Talk: Paul Von Blum Abroad, Talks Racism At Home

July 8, 2015 – Racial injustice isn’t just a concern on the home front.  In spring 2015, Paul Von Blum, Sr. Lecturer in Communications and African American Studies, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member, took the discussion overseas.  Von Blum was invited by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic to talk about racism in the U.S., the Civil Rights […]

Center Talk Editorial:  My Flag or Yours?

Center Talk Editorial: My Flag or Yours?

My Flag or Yours? By Lisbeth Gant-Britton July 6, 2015 – Two black women. One flag. Two very different views. The women? Bree Newsome and Karen Cooper. Over what do they differ? The Confederate flag, just as South Carolina legislators prepare on Monday, July 6th to take up the issue once again of when and where the controversial banner may […]

UCLA Film and Television Archive Series  Presents ‘Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986′

UCLA Film and Television Archive Series Presents ‘Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986′

July 1, 2015 – The UCLA Film and Television Archive will present the film series, “Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986″ from July 18-Aug. 23, at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, in the Billy Wilder Theater. For a schedule and detailed description of the films, please visit the archive’s website . To read the UCLA Newsroom article about the […]

White House, UCLA & Community Sponsors Host Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

White House, UCLA & Community Sponsors Host Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Updated: July 2, 2015 – Earlier this month, the White House joined with the UCLA Social Sciences Division, the Bunche Center, UCLA’s Department of African American Studies, UCLA’s Sociology department and community partners –  UTLA (joint NEA/AFT Union); Magic Johnson’s Taylor Michaels Scholars Program; and the Brotherhood Crusade – to explore “Educational Excellence for African Americans.” To read the Los Angeles Sentinel story […]


History & Mission

Bunche Center Mural (1970)

History & Mission

    The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, founded in 1969 as the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), was renamed after Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus Ralph J. Bunche in 2003, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth.     The Bunche Center is the result of the struggle by black students at […]

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Race and Hollywood

Hunt Talks with Daily Beast about Hip Hop Dramas and What They Say About America

Hunt Talks with Daily Beast about Hip Hop Dramas and What They Say About America

  May 19, 2015 – With Fox’s Empire the surprise hit of the season, television networks are rushing to put their own hip-hop dramas into production. Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt talks with The Daily Beast about these new dramas and the demographics propelling their success.   To read the full article, Click Here. To DOWNLOAD the “2015 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Flipping […]

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Diversity Issues

Faculty Approve Undergraduate Diversity Requirement

Faculty Approve Undergraduate Diversity Requirement

  April 15, 2015 – On Friday, April 10th, UCLA faculty approved a proposal requiring all undergraduates to complete a course on diversity. To read the full story at the UCLA Newsroom, Click Here  

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Black Los Angeles

Black Los Angeles Project

Black Los Angeles Project

July 6, 2012 — The Los Angeles Times features a story on the major renovation of a Black Los Angeles landmark, the Dunbar Hotel.  You can access the story by clicking HERE.  A fuller discussion of Los Angeles’s historic Crenshaw Corridor is presented in Chapter 2 of the Bunche Center’s edited volume Black Los Angeles:  American Dreams and Racial Realities. ——————- […]

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Recent Posts

Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD – Bunche Center Newsletter -August September 2015

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A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2014-2015   The academic year 2014-15 is significant for a number of reasons. Not only does it mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 45th anniversary of the Bunche Center’s founding, but it also features key anniversaries for some important entertainment milestones associated with the Center’s most recent research initiative, the Race and Hollywood Project. […]

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Save The Date for “Ask Your Mama: 12 Moods For Jazz” – 10/28/15

Save The Date for “Ask Your Mama:  12 Moods For Jazz” – 10/28/15

  To download the Save the Date, Click Here

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Center Talk: Paul Von Blum Abroad, Talks Racism At Home

Center Talk:  Paul Von Blum Abroad, Talks Racism At Home

July 8, 2015 – Racial injustice isn’t just a concern on the home front.  In spring 2015, Paul Von Blum, Sr. Lecturer in Communications and African American Studies, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member, took the discussion overseas.  Von Blum was invited by Masaryk University in the Czech Republic to talk about racism in the U.S., the Civil Rights […]

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Lace Up Your Sneakers for the UNCF Walk for Education 8/15/15

Lace Up Your Sneakers for the UNCF Walk for Education 8/15/15

Walk for Education August 15, 2015 at Exposition Park http://www.uncf.org/LAWalk   ALERT! The TEAM (Industry) CHALLENGE HAS STARTED!! Win Your Team a Trophy!!! Set up your team today! Goto: UNCF.org/LAWalk

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TODAY -Hammer Lecture, Promises & Perils of Postwar Black L.A. – 7/8/15

TODAY -Hammer Lecture, Promises & Perils of Postwar Black L.A. – 7/8/15

July 6 , 2015 – The Hammer Lecture series presents, The Promises and Perils of Postwar Black Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 8th at 7:30PM.  The lecture will explore how the city went from being one of the best places for African Americans to live in 1964, to having one of the worst race riots in the nation’s history just one year […]

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Center Talk Editorial: My Flag or Yours?

Center Talk Editorial:  My Flag or Yours?

My Flag or Yours? By Lisbeth Gant-Britton July 6, 2015 – Two black women. One flag. Two very different views. The women? Bree Newsome and Karen Cooper. Over what do they differ? The Confederate flag, just as South Carolina legislators prepare on Monday, July 6th to take up the issue once again of when and where the controversial banner may […]

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UCLA Film and Television Archive Series Presents ‘Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986′

UCLA Film and Television Archive Series  Presents ‘Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986′

July 1, 2015 – The UCLA Film and Television Archive will present the film series, “Tell It Like It Is: Black Independents in New York, 1968-1986″ from July 18-Aug. 23, at UCLA’s Hammer Museum, in the Billy Wilder Theater. For a schedule and detailed description of the films, please visit the archive’s website . To read the UCLA Newsroom article about the […]

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White House, UCLA & Community Sponsors Host Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

White House, UCLA & Community Sponsors Host Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Updated: July 2, 2015 – Earlier this month, the White House joined with the UCLA Social Sciences Division, the Bunche Center, UCLA’s Department of African American Studies, UCLA’s Sociology department and community partners –  UTLA (joint NEA/AFT Union); Magic Johnson’s Taylor Michaels Scholars Program; and the Brotherhood Crusade – to explore “Educational Excellence for African Americans.” To read the Los Angeles Sentinel story […]

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“Old Boy’s Club:” 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report Video Now on BuncheTV

“Old Boy’s Club:” 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report Video Now on BuncheTV

June 29, 2015 – Dr. Darnell Hunt discusses the 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report in the video, “‘Old Boy’s Club:’ 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report.”  It can be viewed on BuncheTV on the Bunche Center website, or you may Click Here. To DOWNLOAD the “2015 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Flipping the Script,” CLICK HERE. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click […]

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SHI Alum Kelvin White Appointed OU Associate Dean

SHI Alum Kelvin White Appointed OU Associate Dean

May 28, 2015 – Dr. Kelvin White, an Associate Professor of Information Studies in the School of Library and Information Studies at University of Oklahoma, was recently appointed Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Community. White, whose research examines the interconnections between the social, cultural, and historical contexts in which record-keeping activities exist and the implications they have for underrepresented […]

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Kelley on Panel for Hammer Museum’s Black Music & Aesthetics of Protest 6/2/15

Kelley on Panel for Hammer Museum’s Black Music & Aesthetics of Protest 6/2/15

May 27, 2015 – UCLA History Professor and Bunche Center affiliated faculty member Robin Kelley serves on a panel exploring the role of Black opera and other genres of Black music in achieving racial justice and social change, the persistent exclusionary politics of musical genres, and the future revolutionary potential of historically defined Black genres. Co-presented with the UCLA Herb Alpert […]

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