Ferguson Grand Jury Declines to Indict Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

Ferguson Grand Jury Declines to Indict Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

November 24, 2014 — In an oddly-timed evening press conference, Ferguson, MO prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced Monday that the grand jury reviewing evidence in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson.  Protestors immediately took to the streets to demand justice for what they see as yet another tragic example […]

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

November 19, 2014 – Marvel Comics announced dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands with the addition of a female Thor and a Black Captain America. Stan Lee and the brand have received praise for their on-going efforts to  make characters look like and reflect what is going on in the real world.  To read the […]

Race & Hollywood:  Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

Race & Hollywood: Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

  November 17, 2014 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses diversity in Hollywood as part of a four-part series on the Blacklist screenwriting blog, Go Into the Story. To read the entire 4-part interview, 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. […]

Nine Lives of a Black Panther – A Story of Survival – Book Talk 12/2/14

Nine Lives of a Black Panther – A Story of Survival – Book Talk 12/2/14

Don’t miss this engaging discussion about the life of the late Wayne Pharr. To Download the Flyer,  Click Here.

Thanks for Supporting the Report!

Thanks for Supporting the Report!

Thank you for your generous support of our crowdfunding project In October, the Center’s fundraising effort to raise research funds for the Hollywood Diversity Report yielded $10,081 dollars in a month. While we exceeded our goal of 10k in 31 days, it is not too late to donate more! Your contribution will help fund research for the Hollywood Diversity Report, […]


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

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

November 19, 2014 – Marvel Comics announced dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands with the addition of a female Thor and a Black Captain America. Stan Lee and the brand have received praise for their on-going efforts to  make characters look like and reflect what is going on in the real world.  To read the […]

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Diversity Issues

Diversity Issues:  UCLA Diversity Requirement Approved by College Faculty

Diversity Issues: UCLA Diversity Requirement Approved by College Faculty

UPDATE – November 5, 2014 – An earlier story reported the start of voting on the proposed diversity requirement for the College of Letters and Sciences.  On October 31, 2014, UCLA College faculty approved the proposal requiring all College undergraduates to take a course focused on diversity.   The proposal now goes to the Academic Senate’s Undergraduate Council, which will vote on the […]

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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

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. One […]

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Current Newsletter

Current Newsletter

Check out the current issue of the Bunche Center News! DOWNLOAD Bunche Center Newsletter – November 2014 UPDATED

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Ferguson Grand Jury Declines to Indict Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

Ferguson Grand Jury Declines to Indict Police Officer Who Killed Michael Brown

November 24, 2014 — In an oddly-timed evening press conference, Ferguson, MO prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced Monday that the grand jury reviewing evidence in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has decided not to indict white police officer Darren Wilson.  Protestors immediately took to the streets to demand justice for what they see as yet another tragic example […]

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Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

Marvel Jumps Into Diversity Debate

November 19, 2014 – Marvel Comics announced dramatic changes coming simultaneously to two of the publisher’s classic marquee brands with the addition of a female Thor and a Black Captain America. Stan Lee and the brand have received praise for their on-going efforts to  make characters look like and reflect what is going on in the real world.  To read the […]

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Race & Hollywood: Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

Race & Hollywood:  Four-Part Interview with Darnell Hunt on Industry Diversity

  November 17, 2014 – Bunche Center Director Darnell Hunt discusses diversity in Hollywood as part of a four-part series on the Blacklist screenwriting blog, Go Into the Story. To read the entire 4-part interview, 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. […]

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Hunt Featured on Black Hollywood Think Tank

Hunt Featured on Black Hollywood Think Tank

November 10, 2014 – Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and Professor of Sociology at UCLA, Darnell Hunt, is featured in episode 3 of Black Hollywood’s Think Tank podcast.  As one of the principal investigators of the Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Hunt discusses diversity and best practices in the Hollywood entertainment industry.  To learn […]

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Nine Lives of a Black Panther – A Story of Survival – Book Talk 12/2/14

Nine Lives of a Black Panther – A Story of Survival – Book Talk 12/2/14

Don’t miss this engaging discussion about the life of the late Wayne Pharr. To Download the Flyer,  Click Here.

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TONIGHT – The CBS Network and Diversity in Hollywood Event

TONIGHT – The CBS Network and Diversity in Hollywood Event

Join Join Fern Orenstein (Senior VP for casting at CBS Entertainment), Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i (VP for CBS diversity and communication), Rick Najera (director, writer and executive producer) and Dr. Darnell Hunt (director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies) for a discussion of the state of diversity in the Hollywood entertainment industry.   Wednesday, November 5, 2014 6:30 pm […]

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