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
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 […]
August 2, 2016 – Taiwanese-American actress, Constance Wu, star of “Fresh Off the Boat,” discusses hero-bias and the problem with having Matt Damon as the face of the upcoming film, The Great Wall. To read the full article, Click Here. As part of the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, the Center is collaborating with Hollywood industry players to produce […]
July 28, 2016 – Colin “Cab” Washington wears many hats. He is a freelance journalist and blogger who covers a wide range of genres from sports and music to hard news. He is also entering his third year working for Residential Life at UCLA, where he promotes the intersection between student affairs and online media. Washington produces visual and audio media […]
July 26, 2016 – Congratulations to Professor Richard Yarborough, who received the 2016 Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award, presented by the African American Literature and Culture Society at the annual meeting of the American Literature Association in May. In early June he lectured for a week at the Ernest J. Gaines Summer Scholar Institute in Lafayette, Louisiana. Then later in […]
July 18, 2016 – In the wake of the recent police officer-involved violence sweeping the nation, the Los Angeles Times featured a column by Robin Abcarian about Cheryl Dorsey, an African American woman who is a 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department and belongs to a new group, the National Coalition of Law Enforcement Officers for Justice, Reform and […]
July 18, 2016 – A message from Interim Vice Chancellor, UCLA Student Affairs, Monroe Gorden, Jr., J.D.: Sadly, last week the nation witnessed another wave of senseless violence that resulted in the deaths of 7 African American and Latino people, and 8 police officers. Many are feeling a profound sense of grief, anger, and disorientation following these events. As people […]
July 7, 2016 – Kirsten West Savali, cultural critic and an associate editor at The Root, comments on the shooting of Alton Sterling, yet another in a long list of names of black men shot by police. To read the story, Click Here.
June 26, 2016 — Actor Jesse Williams, known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, levels a pointed critique of American racism as he accepts BET’s Humanitarian Award for his work with Black Lives Matter. To read a transcript of the speech in its entirety, Click Here.
June 23, 2016 -Today, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, upholding the University of Texas’ affirmative action program, and determining that using race as a factor in the admissions process to achieve greater diversity is constitutional. The ruling also finds that affirmative action is necessary and appropriate for creating diversity and sets reasonable standards […]
July 21, 2016 – In two new webisodes by #FastForward, EBONY.com and the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) talk with influential entertainment stakeholders about Hollywood’s diversity crisis. To read the article and view the webisodes, Click Here. As part of the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, the Center is collaborating with Hollywood industry players to produce the Hollywood Diversity […]
June 21, 2016 –Robin D.G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History, Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in United States History, and Bunche Center affiliated faculty member discusses the late Cedric J. Robinson, in his piece, “The Making of a Black Radical Intellectual,” on counterpunch.org. To read the story, Click Here. (Photo Credit: Ruthie Wilson Gilmore)