Sony Pictures Co-Chair’s Racially Insensitive Comments – What They Say About How Hollywood Does Business

Sony Pictures Co-Chair’s Racially Insensitive Comments – What They Say About How Hollywood Does Business

December 12, 2014 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article concerning Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal’s leaked emails. The emails reveal racially insensitive remarks about President Obama by Pascal, and exchanges that denigrate comedian Kevin Hart and others. To read the full story, Click Here.   *** The Center’s most recent research initiative […]

Mark Your Calendars – Bunche Center Announces Winter Quarter Events

Mark Your Calendars – Bunche Center Announces Winter Quarter Events

Don’t miss the Bunche Center’s exciting programming for 2015! Click to download: Bunche Winter Quarter Events P1 Bunche Winter Quarter Events P2 Bunche Winter Quarter Events P3

IAC Fellowships & Research Grants at the Bunche Center

IAC Fellowships & Research Grants at the Bunche Center

  Updated 12/2014 The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Fellowships & Research Grants The IAC has made funds available annually through its visiting scholar and fellowship programs and its research grants. These awards have resulted in the publication of hundreds of books, monographs, and articles as well as the completion of many dissertations, master’s theses, and MFA film projects.  They […]

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

November 19, 2014 – Marvel Comics announced dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands with the addition of a female Thor and a Black Captain America. Stan Lee and the brand have received praise for their on-going efforts to  make characters look like and reflect what is going on in the real world.  To read the […]

Race & Hollywood:  Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

Race & Hollywood: Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

  November 17, 2014 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses diversity in Hollywood as part of a four-part series on the Blacklist screenwriting blog, Go Into the Story. To read the entire 4-part interview, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. For previous posts about the Center’s Hollywood Advancement Project, Click Here. […]


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

The Black List – 10 Years Promoting Unproduced Screenplays

The Black List – 10 Years Promoting Unproduced Screenplays

   (Photo: Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times) December 15, 2014 – Franklin Leonard’s Black List, now a Hollywood institution, marks its 10th year calling attention to strong, unproduced screenplays. The Black List developed a new way for writers to find success. To read the full story in the Los Angeles Times, Click Here.   For background information about the Bunche […]

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Diversity Issues

Diversity Issues:  UCLA Diversity Requirement Approved by College Faculty

Diversity Issues: UCLA Diversity Requirement Approved by College Faculty

UPDATE – November 5, 2014 – An earlier story reported the start of voting on the proposed diversity requirement for the College of Letters and Sciences.  On October 31, 2014, UCLA College faculty approved the proposal requiring all College undergraduates to take a course focused on diversity.   The proposal now goes to the Academic Senate’s Undergraduate Council, which will vote on the […]

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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

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. One […]

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Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD Bunche Center Newsletter-December 2014-January 2015

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Support The Bunche Center on Giving Tuesday!

Support The Bunche Center on Giving Tuesday!

  From the Bunche Center Family to Yours— Season’s Greetings & All the Best in 2015! Happy Holidays!   We invite you to include the Bunche Center in your end-of-year giving plans.  Contributions in any amount are welcome and all donations are 100%-tax deductible.  End of year giving reduces your tax bill and is a simple and effective way for […]

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The Black List – 10 Years Promoting Unproduced Screenplays

The Black List – 10 Years Promoting Unproduced Screenplays

   (Photo: Jay L. Clendenin, Los Angeles Times) December 15, 2014 – Franklin Leonard’s Black List, now a Hollywood institution, marks its 10th year calling attention to strong, unproduced screenplays. The Black List developed a new way for writers to find success. To read the full story in the Los Angeles Times, Click Here.   For background information about the Bunche […]

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Sony Pictures Co-Chair’s Racially Insensitive Comments – What They Say About How Hollywood Does Business

Sony Pictures Co-Chair’s Racially Insensitive Comments – What They Say About How Hollywood Does Business

December 12, 2014 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt is quoted in a Los Angeles Times article concerning Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal’s leaked emails. The emails reveal racially insensitive remarks about President Obama by Pascal, and exchanges that denigrate comedian Kevin Hart and others. To read the full story, Click Here.   *** The Center’s most recent research initiative […]

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Race and Hollywood: Selma Nominated for Golden Globes

Race and Hollywood:  Selma Nominated for Golden Globes

December 11, 2014 – Selma makes history,  nabs Golden Globe nominations for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Director, Best Performance by an Actor – Drama, and Best Song.  To read the full story, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. For previous posts about the Center’s Hollywood Advancement Project, Click Here. […]

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Center Talk: Kenny Burrell in Online Streaming Music Event 12/13/14

Center Talk:  Kenny Burrell in Online Streaming Music Event 12/13/14

December 9, 2014 – Virtuoso guitarist Kenny Burrell will perform in an online, streaming music event on 12/13/14. There is no set ticket price – pay what you can for this unique online performance.  Burrell is a Professor and Director of Jazz Studies at UCLA and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member.  Dr. Burrell’s archive is housed in the Bunche Library […]

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Race and Hollywood: Why Are There No Women in Late-Night?

Race and Hollywood:  Why Are There No Women in Late-Night?

(Photo:  Moviefone.com) December 8, 21014 – Movefone blogger and columnist Gary Susman explores the reasons behind the lack of women as late-night talk show hosts. To read the full article, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. For previous posts about the Center’s Hollywood Advancement Project, Click Here.  

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