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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 […]

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“‘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 […]

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“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. […]

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“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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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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How much more evidence does Hollywood need before it trusts its biggest projects to talented women?

How much more evidence does Hollywood need before it trusts its biggest projects to talented women?

‘Wonder Woman’ had the best domestic opening ($103 million its debut weekend in the US) by a female director, Patty Jenkins, and featured a female lead character played by Israeli actress, Gal Gadot. The film drew almost as many men as women into the movie theaters. According to the 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report, authored by Bunche Center Director’s Dr. Darnell Hunt, Ana Christina-Ramón, […]

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