UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

  September 26, 2016 – Bunche Center Director, Dr. Darnell Hunt, is featured in UCLA’s Optimists campaign highlighting the Bunche Center’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report.  To read more, CLICK HERE.  To read the latest report, CLICK HERE.

HuffPost: What Do Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea Have in Common?

HuffPost: What Do Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea Have in Common?

          September 21, 2016 – CLICK HERE to read UCLA Dean and Vice Provost Patricia Turner’s insightful essay on the birther movement and urban legends in the Huffington Post.

RSVP for the 2016 Black Convocation at UCLA on October 4th

RSVP for the 2016 Black Convocation at UCLA on October 4th

To RSVP, CLICK HERE The Black Convocation is an annual event that welcomes new and returning students to the UCLA campus and makes them aware of the different organizations, departments, and resources available to serve them.  It is an evening full of Bruin pride, providing encouragement, anecdotes about the past, and a glimpse of the future from UCLA faculty, staff, […]

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

NOW AVAILABLE! 2016 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: BUSINE$$ AS USUAL? The Bunche Center released its third annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To DOWNLOAD the “2016 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Busine$$ as Usual,” CLICK HERE. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. […]

“Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon” Wu on Hero-bias and Whitewashing in Movies

“Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon” Wu on Hero-bias and Whitewashing in Movies

  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 […]


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

UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

  September 26, 2016 – Bunche Center Director, Dr. Darnell Hunt, is featured in UCLA’s Optimists campaign highlighting the Bunche Center’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report.  To read more, CLICK HERE.  To read the latest report, CLICK HERE.

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Diversity Issues

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

Supreme Court Upholds Affirmative Action

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 […]

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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 – August September 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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UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

UCLA Features Bunche Center Director as One of Its Optimists

  September 26, 2016 – Bunche Center Director, Dr. Darnell Hunt, is featured in UCLA’s Optimists campaign highlighting the Bunche Center’s annual Hollywood Diversity Report.  To read more, CLICK HERE.  To read the latest report, CLICK HERE.

read more

HuffPost: What Do Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea Have in Common?

HuffPost: What Do Barack Obama and Snapple Iced Tea Have in Common?

          September 21, 2016 – CLICK HERE to read UCLA Dean and Vice Provost Patricia Turner’s insightful essay on the birther movement and urban legends in the Huffington Post.

read more

RSVP for the 2016 Black Convocation at UCLA on October 4th

RSVP for the 2016 Black Convocation at UCLA on October 4th

To RSVP, CLICK HERE The Black Convocation is an annual event that welcomes new and returning students to the UCLA campus and makes them aware of the different organizations, departments, and resources available to serve them.  It is an evening full of Bruin pride, providing encouragement, anecdotes about the past, and a glimpse of the future from UCLA faculty, staff, […]

read more

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

The 2016 Hollywood Diversity Report: Busine$$ as Usual? DOWNLOAD HERE.

NOW AVAILABLE! 2016 HOLLYWOOD DIVERSITY REPORT: BUSINE$$ AS USUAL? The Bunche Center released its third annual Hollywood Diversity Report examining diversity and the bottom line in the entertainment industry. To DOWNLOAD the “2016 Hollywood Diversity Report:  Busine$$ as Usual,” CLICK HERE. To read the UCLA Newsroom story, Click Here. For background information about the Bunche Center’s Race and Hollywood Project, Click Here. […]

read more

“Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon” Wu on Hero-bias and Whitewashing in Movies

“Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon” Wu on Hero-bias and Whitewashing in Movies

  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 […]

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Cab Talks Highlight African American Voices at UCLA

Cab Talks Highlight African American Voices at UCLA

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 […]

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Yarborough Receives Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award

Yarborough Receives Darwin T. Turner Distinguished Scholar Award

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 […]

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LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

LAPD Vet Says, “…people are tired of talking…We want some action. We want accountability.”

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 […]

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UCLA Community Gathering to Discuss National Unrest 7/19/16 at Noon

UCLA Community Gathering to Discuss National Unrest 7/19/16 at Noon

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 […]

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This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

This Time, His Name Was Alton Sterling

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.

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