Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Directors/ producers include Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and featured artists are Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Haki R. Madhubuti and Bryonn Bain. Sonia Sanchez is a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts […]

CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

The California African American Museum, in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Humanities Department, present “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films.” According to the KCET article, “Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood Take Center Stage at CAAM,” “It [the exhibition] reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color that major […]

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker,” director Jon Watts discussed how he sought a diverse cast to reflect the true diversity of New York. According to Watts, “We thought if we made it that kind of school, then you were going to have a […]

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

Asian-American actors, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, will not be returning for another season of “Hawaii Five-0” due to unequal pay with their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim and Park have been principal characters on the show since it aired in 2010. Regarding his departure, Kim posted on Facebook, “The path to equality is rarely easy. […]

“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

According to the Los Angeles Times article, “In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited an unprecedented 774 new members to join the Academy in an effort to diversify its mainly white and male constituents. Many of the invitees are known more for their television […]


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

NEW:  2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NEW: 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report

NOW AVAILABLE! 2017 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT To download the full report, please CLICK HERE. The Bunche Center released its fourth annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. To view a UCLA Optimists discussion with the authors, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche […]

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Diversity Issues

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

June 23, 2016 -Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, and determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional. The ruling also finds that affirmative action is necessary and appropriate for creating diversity and sets reasonable standards […]

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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

2016-2017 In 1968, UCLA students championed a proposal to create a Center for Afro-American History and Culture on the largely white, Westwood campus.  “From the very beginning of American history,” the proposal began, “Afro-Americans have formed an economically, socially, and culturally significant part of America.  Despite the obvious importance of Afro-Americans,” the proposal continued, “neither the public at large nor […]

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Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Directors/ producers include Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and featured artists are Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Haki R. Madhubuti and Bryonn Bain. Sonia Sanchez is a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts […]

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CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

The California African American Museum, in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Humanities Department, present “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films.” According to the KCET article, “Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood Take Center Stage at CAAM,” “It [the exhibition] reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color that major […]

read more

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker,” director Jon Watts discussed how he sought a diverse cast to reflect the true diversity of New York. According to Watts, “We thought if we made it that kind of school, then you were going to have a […]

read more

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

Asian-American actors, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, will not be returning for another season of “Hawaii Five-0” due to unequal pay with their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim and Park have been principal characters on the show since it aired in 2010. Regarding his departure, Kim posted on Facebook, “The path to equality is rarely easy. […]

read more

“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

According to the Los Angeles Times article, “In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited an unprecedented 774 new members to join the Academy in an effort to diversify its mainly white and male constituents. Many of the invitees are known more for their television […]

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July-August 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter

July-August 2017 Bunche Center Newsletter

The July-August 2017 Bunche Center newsletter is now available! Stay up to date with the latest Center news and announcements.   Click on the image below!  To download the newsletter, CLICK HERE.

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Milwaukee police shooting of Sylville Smith: officer cleared of killing of black man

Milwaukee police shooting of Sylville Smith: officer cleared of killing of black man

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old black man, was acquitted of first-degree reckless homicide charges on June 21, 2017. Two men, including Smith, were pulled over for suspicious activity in a rental car on August 13, 2016. They fled on foot, and Smith, who had an allegedly stolen gun, was shot two […]

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Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white

Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white,” Bunche Center Director, Darnell Hunt, said, “There has always been this ambivalence with blacks when it comes to Bill Cosby. On one hand, he’s the Sidney Poitier of TV. He’s definitely been a major contributor — his philanthropy alone has been very […]

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Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez To Serve as Interim Director, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez To Serve as Interim Director, UCLA Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies

Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to announce that Dr. Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Professor of History and African American Studies, will be the Interim Director for the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, effective July 1, 2017. Professor Lytle Hernandez is one of the nation’s leading historians of race, policing, and incarceration in the United States. Her award-winning book, MIGRA! […]

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Darnell Hunt Appointed Dean of Social Sciences in the UCLA College

Darnell Hunt Appointed Dean of Social Sciences in the UCLA College

Dr. Darnell Hunt, Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and Chair of Sociology at UCLA, has been selected as the new dean of social sciences in the UCLA College, effective July 1. Hunt, a renowned scholar of race, media and culture, has written publications such as “Screening the Los Angeles ‘Riots’: Race, Seeing, and Resistance” and “Black […]

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