Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Passes at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Passes at 74

February 4, 2016 —Maurice White, founder and leader of the iconic R & B group Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away at his home in Los Angeles today.  He was 74.  Famous for its unique blend of pop, jazz, R & B and African rhythms in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the super group released its 20th studio album in […]

Marcus Hunter Talks “For Colored Scholars…”

Marcus Hunter Talks “For Colored Scholars…”

(DuBois Picture Photo Credit: www.NPR.org) February 4, 2016 – Marcus Hunter discusses W.E.B. Du Bois as an inspiration to today’s scholars who study the experiences and realities of Black and Brown peoples. Hunter is an assistant professor in Sociology and African American Studies and a faculty affiliate at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.  To read […]

United Nations News Features Bunche Profile

United Nations News Features Bunche Profile

February 2, 2016 – UN News features a profile piece on Ralph J. Bunche for Black History Month. The article was written by Brian Urquhart. Urquhart was at the Center, formerly called the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), when it was renamed after Bunche, a Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus in 2003. The renaming was in commemoration […]

Scott Blog Discusses Racial Exclusion in Hollywood – Then & Now

Scott Blog Discusses Racial Exclusion in Hollywood – Then & Now

(Photo: Shutterstock/Advocate.com)   January 28, 2016 – Ellen Scott, a UCLA Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member, blogs that today’s Oscars controversy is nothing new. She examines a 1962 protest over racial exclusion in Hollywood where the concerns of blacks in the entertainment industry 54 years ago, are not unlike the concerns […]

Images in Blackness Screens UCLA Student Indie Film, Verona – 2/11/16

Images in Blackness Screens UCLA Student Indie Film, Verona – 2/11/16

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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

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott

(Photo credit: LoveBScott.com) (Featured photo credit: telegraph.co.uk) Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott. The Academy Responds. To read the full Los Angeles Times article, Click Here. To read interviews with Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt concerning the lack of diversity at the Oscars and/or media citings of the Hollywood Diversity Report, click the links below: Huffington Post  […]

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Diversity Issues

LA Times Assails High Court on Affirmative Action

LA Times Assails High Court on Affirmative Action

  December 11, 2015 — Two days after Justice Scalia’s racist comments about blacks on elite college campuses, an LA Times editorial succinctly explains why the U.S. Supreme Court’s approach to  affirmative action misses the point.  Click HERE for the editorial.

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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

Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

 Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD – Bunche Center Newsletter – February 2016

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A Message from the Director

A Message from the Director

2015-2016 In many ways, we live in more complicated times today than we did 50 years ago, when the Watts Rebellion erupted. Then, officialdom at least acknowledged that the nation had a race and poverty problem — even if it ultimately punted on its responsibility to get to the bottom of it once and for all. Today, the nation is […]

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Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Passes at 74

Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Passes at 74

February 4, 2016 —Maurice White, founder and leader of the iconic R & B group Earth, Wind & Fire, passed away at his home in Los Angeles today.  He was 74.  Famous for its unique blend of pop, jazz, R & B and African rhythms in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, the super group released its 20th studio album in […]

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Black History Not a Mystery – A Quiz for Black History Month

Black History Not a Mystery – A Quiz for Black History Month

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Marcus Hunter Talks “For Colored Scholars…”

Marcus Hunter Talks “For Colored Scholars…”

(DuBois Picture Photo Credit: www.NPR.org) February 4, 2016 – Marcus Hunter discusses W.E.B. Du Bois as an inspiration to today’s scholars who study the experiences and realities of Black and Brown peoples. Hunter is an assistant professor in Sociology and African American Studies and a faculty affiliate at the Ralph Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.  To read […]

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United Nations News Features Bunche Profile

United Nations News Features Bunche Profile

February 2, 2016 – UN News features a profile piece on Ralph J. Bunche for Black History Month. The article was written by Brian Urquhart. Urquhart was at the Center, formerly called the Center for Afro-American Studies (CAAS), when it was renamed after Bunche, a Nobel Prize winner, scholar, activist, and UCLA alumnus in 2003. The renaming was in commemoration […]

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Pan African Film Festival Schedule Now Available

Pan African Film Festival Schedule Now Available

The 24th Annual Pan African Film & Arts Festival will take place February 4-15. For the Event Schedule, Click Here.      

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Scott Blog Discusses Racial Exclusion in Hollywood – Then & Now

Scott Blog Discusses Racial Exclusion in Hollywood – Then & Now

(Photo: Shutterstock/Advocate.com)   January 28, 2016 – Ellen Scott, a UCLA Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, and a Bunche Center affiliated faculty member, blogs that today’s Oscars controversy is nothing new. She examines a 1962 protest over racial exclusion in Hollywood where the concerns of blacks in the entertainment industry 54 years ago, are not unlike the concerns […]

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Hunt Featured in Chelsea Handler’s New Netflix Docu-Series

Hunt Featured in Chelsea Handler’s New Netflix Docu-Series

January 25, 2016 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt is interviewed in Chelsea Handler’s new Netflix docuseries, “Chelsea Does Racism.”  In the series, which starts streaming today, Hunt represents the NAACP in the program’s third episode. To read a New York Times review of the series, Click Here.      

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Hunt Discusses #OscarsSoWhite on NewsOne

Hunt Discusses #OscarsSoWhite on NewsOne

January 21, 2016 —Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discussed this year’s Oscars “whiteout” and minority exclusion in Hollywood with Roland Martin, host of TVOne’s NewsOne Now.  You can watch the full segment HERE.

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Janelle S. Wong Talks “Role of Born-Again Identity on Political Attitudes of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, & Asian Americans” 1/22/16

Janelle S. Wong Talks “Role of Born-Again Identity on Political Attitudes of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, & Asian Americans” 1/22/16

The UCLA Race, Ethnicity and Politics Workshop welcomes Janelle S. Wong, Professor and Director of Asian American Studies at the University of Maryland, on Friday, January 22, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 4357 Bunche Hall. Wong will present research from her recent journal article: “The Role of Born-Again Identity on the Political Attitudes of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asian Americans”  

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Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott

Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott

(Photo credit: LoveBScott.com) (Featured photo credit: telegraph.co.uk) Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith Lead Oscar Boycott. The Academy Responds. To read the full Los Angeles Times article, Click Here. To read interviews with Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt concerning the lack of diversity at the Oscars and/or media citings of the Hollywood Diversity Report, click the links below: Huffington Post  […]

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