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 […]continue reading
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
May 27, 2015 – Aisha Finch’s new book, Rethinking Slave Rebellion in Cuba: La Escalera and the Insurgencies of 1841-1844 (UNC Press, 2015), will be released in early June. The book is part of the University of North Carolina Press series, Envisioning Cuba Series. The book looks at how organized slave resistance became critical to the unraveling of slavery and […]
May 27, 2015 – The documentary, ‘Who Is Gil Scott-Heron?’ will be screened at The Regent in DTLA on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Scott-Heron was an influential artist, musician, poet and social commentator. In many ways, his influence is alive today as evidenced by a variety of artists and musicians from Rage Against The Machine to Public Enemy to jazz […]
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May 25, 2015 – The 36th Annual Afrikan Graduation Ceremony will take place at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 in UCLA’s Royce Hall. UCLA’s Afrikan Graduation began in 1979 through the tireless work and dedication of fourteen students who decided to create a commencement ceremony for students of African descent. Since then, Black Bruins continue the tradition of recognizing […]
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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 […]
ABC’s programming chief Paul Lee touts the 2015-16 slate which continues the network’s push into diverse programming. To read the full article, 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 Here. For previous posts about the Center’s Hollywood Advancement Project, Click Here. To learn […]