Scandal Most Tweeted in New Nielsen Rankings

Scandal Most Tweeted in New Nielsen Rankings

  July 16, 2014 – In the aftermath of Nielsen’s Twitter rating system introduced last year, numbers found that the third-season premiere of Scandal ranked at the top of the Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. The measurement ranks shows according to the unique audience of Twitter users who have been exposed to at least one tweet about a program. It also […]

Hunter Joins 2014 Harlem Book Fair Panel on James Baldwin

Hunter Joins 2014 Harlem Book Fair Panel on James Baldwin

  July 13, 2014 — Sociologist and  Bunche Center affiliate Marcus Hunter joined an esteemed panel on James Baldwin and American morality at the 2014 Harlem Book Fair.  Held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the panel also included novelist Walter Moseley, Yale’s Jonathan Holloway, author Imani Perry, author Kendall Thomas, and the New Yorker’s Claudia Roth […]

What’s All the Construction About? AAP Getting Room to Grow!

What’s All the Construction About? AAP Getting Room to Grow!

  UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program (AAP) has been in Campbell Hall for more than 40 years. AAP serves the needs of first-generation college students, historically underrepresented groups, women and transfer students with programs in academic counseling, mentoring and tutoring, as well as specialized programs focused on research, teaching, health, art and social justice. Thanks to a new learning pavilion now […]

Remembering Freedom Summer

Remembering Freedom Summer

  July 8, 2014 – This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of Freedom Summer, a 10 week period where members of various civil rights groups traveled to Mississippi to integrate the political system by registering black voters. Over 1,000 out-of-state, predominately young, white volunteers joined with black organizers, all risking their lives, faced constant abuse and harassment from Mississippi’s white […]

Historic 1964 Civil Rights Act Fifty Years Later – Has Progress Been Made?

Historic 1964 Civil Rights Act Fifty Years Later – Has Progress Been Made?

July 3, 2014 – CBS News reports on the progress made on race, 50 years after the signing of the historic 1964 Civil Rights Act. To read more, Click Here. (President Lyndon Johnson shakes hands with Martin Luther King, Jr., July 3, 1964 in Washington D.C, during the ceremonies for the signing of the civil rights bill at the White […]


History & Mission

History & Mission

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

ABC Showcases Diversity in Fall Prime-Time

ABC Showcases Diversity in Fall Prime-Time

July 16, 2014 – With writer-producer Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal” hitting big, ABC has decided to embrace diversity, rolling out at least four shows, including Cristela, Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish and American Crime, all featuring racial humor and/or politics. At ABC’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Paul Lee, ABC’s entertainment president, discussed the […]

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Diversity Issues

Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

July 16, 2014 – Acting on a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that considering race boosted the university’s efforts to assemble a diverse student body. The decision is the lastest development in the suit brought by Abigail Fisher, who sued the University of […]

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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 – JuneJuly 2014

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Message from the Director (2013-2014)

Message from the Director (2013-2014)

On April 13, 1964, Sidney Poitier made history by becoming the first African American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor.  Poitier’s Oscar-wining performance in Lilies of the Field resonated nicely with the integrationist project of the times by promoting a carefully contained image of blackness, the “Good Negro.”  This representation would flourish in film and television throughout the […]

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ABC Showcases Diversity in Fall Prime-Time

ABC Showcases Diversity in Fall Prime-Time

July 16, 2014 – With writer-producer Shonda Rhimes’ “Scandal” hitting big, ABC has decided to embrace diversity, rolling out at least four shows, including Cristela, Fresh Off the Boat, Black-ish and American Crime, all featuring racial humor and/or politics. At ABC’s presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, Paul Lee, ABC’s entertainment president, discussed the […]

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Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

Court Rules University of Texas Can Use Race as Factor in Admissions

July 16, 2014 – Acting on a lawsuit that the U.S. Supreme Court had sent back last year, the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled that considering race boosted the university’s efforts to assemble a diverse student body. The decision is the lastest development in the suit brought by Abigail Fisher, who sued the University of […]

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Scandal Most Tweeted in New Nielsen Rankings

Scandal Most Tweeted in New Nielsen Rankings

  July 16, 2014 – In the aftermath of Nielsen’s Twitter rating system introduced last year, numbers found that the third-season premiere of Scandal ranked at the top of the Nielsen Twitter TV ratings. The measurement ranks shows according to the unique audience of Twitter users who have been exposed to at least one tweet about a program. It also […]

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Hunter Joins 2014 Harlem Book Fair Panel on James Baldwin

Hunter Joins 2014 Harlem Book Fair Panel on James Baldwin

  July 13, 2014 — Sociologist and  Bunche Center affiliate Marcus Hunter joined an esteemed panel on James Baldwin and American morality at the 2014 Harlem Book Fair.  Held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the panel also included novelist Walter Moseley, Yale’s Jonathan Holloway, author Imani Perry, author Kendall Thomas, and the New Yorker’s Claudia Roth […]

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2014 Emmy Nominations – Can Black Actors Make History?

2014 Emmy Nominations – Can Black Actors Make History?

July 10, 2014 – Last year, Scandal’s Kerry Washington was poised to make history if she won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Washington and other well-respected African American actors such as Don Cheadle and Alfre Woodard, vied for an Emmy win. But unfortunately, the actors and viewers were disappointed when the 65th annual Emmy Awards, which were supposed […]

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What’s All the Construction About? AAP Getting Room to Grow!

What’s All the Construction About? AAP Getting Room to Grow!

  UCLA’s Academic Advancement Program (AAP) has been in Campbell Hall for more than 40 years. AAP serves the needs of first-generation college students, historically underrepresented groups, women and transfer students with programs in academic counseling, mentoring and tutoring, as well as specialized programs focused on research, teaching, health, art and social justice. Thanks to a new learning pavilion now […]

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