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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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Bunche Center Supporter John Densmore on Occupational Hazards of Music

Bunche Center Supporter John Densmore on Occupational Hazards of Music

John Densmore, founding drummer of the rock group The Doors and longtime Bunche Center supporter, is featured in a recent documentary on the life and career of the legendary jazz saxophonist John Coltrane.  In a May 25, 2017 Los Angeles Times column he talks about the occupational hazards associated with being a life-long dedicated musician.  You can read the full text HERE.

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Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

Interview with Courtney S. Thomas, Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences and Bunche Center Faculty Associate

The overall goal of my research is to identify the social, psychological, and biological factors that shape health risk and resilience among African Americans across the life course. I focus primarily on understanding the ways that stress and coping contribute to disparities in both mental and physical health outcomes, and using this knowledge to improve health and well-being among this […]

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Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, interview on Funk Chronicles

Click here to watch the recent televised interview of Dr. Scot Brown, Professor of African American Studies at UCLA, with host Rhine McLin, the former mayor of Dayton, OH. Dr. Brown covers the subject of the sociology of funk music, African American community and Dayton, OH.

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Could the LA Riots happen again?

Could the LA Riots happen again?

Listener Johnny Moreno asked us this question via SoCal. So Curious. It’s a complicated one to answer because there were many factors that led up to the unrest, and it was more than just the verdict in the Rodney King case. Racial tension had been building up in the area, for example. Unemployment was rampant on the streets, too. Plus, there […]

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Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

Scholars Still Sorting Through Aftermath of L.A. Uprising

by Lydia Lum (Diverse Issues in Higher Education) With his camcorder in tow, Dr. Darnell Hunt began exploring Los Angeles soon after mass unrest began on . The uprisings by frustrated Angelenos followed the acquittals earlier that day in the trial of four L.A. police officers on charges of use of excessive force in the arrest and beating of unarmed, […]

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