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City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

City of Inmates Book Talk and Signing with Kelly Lytle Hernandez on Tuesday, October 24

CITY OF INMATES BOOK TALK AND SIGNING WITH KELLY LYTLE HERNÁNDEZ  Tuesday, Cctober 24th, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm @ UCLA Ackerman Student Union Bruin Viewpoint Room RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2ffr5kE  Featuring discussants GAYE THERESA JOHNSON, Professor, Departments of Chicana/o Studies and African American Studies, and MANUEL CRIOLLO, The Labor/Community Strategy Center   To download the flyer, click here. 

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UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

UCLA Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum and Reception on Thursday, November 2, 2017

Join us in honoring the 2017-2018 IAC Visiting Scholars,Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees! Thursday, November 2nd 4:00PM to 6:30PM UCLA James West Alumni Center RSVP Link – http://bit.ly/2gq1qWV To download the flyer, click here.

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“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

“New leader of Bunche Center at UCLA shines spotlight on justice, employment for African-Americans”

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA is under new leadership for the first time in 16 years with the appointment of history professor Kelly Lytle-Hernández as interim director. Under her direction, the center will focus on supporting research that centers around two critical themes of life and struggle in the modern black world — work […]

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Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

Congratulations to BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez for Emmy nomination

BaddDDD Sonia Sanchez has been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Documentary. Directors/ producers include Barbara Attie, Janet Goldwater, Sabrina Schmidt Gordon, and featured artists are Nikki Giovanni, Amiri Baraka, Questlove, Jessica Care Moore, Ursula Rucker, Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def), Talib Kweli, Haki R. Madhubuti and Bryonn Bain. Sonia Sanchez is a seminal figure in the 1960s Black Arts […]

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CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

CAAM exhibition “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films” open

The California African American Museum, in collaboration with the UCLA Digital Humanities Department, present “Center Stage: African American Women in Silent Race Films.” According to the KCET article, “Forgotten Black Women of Early Hollywood Take Center Stage at CAAM,” “It [the exhibition] reveals how as early as 100 years ago, independent black filmmakers presented complex portrayals of women of color that major […]

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“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

“‘Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker”

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Diversity isn’t a plot point in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ It’s just normal for millennial New Yorkers like Peter Parker,” director Jon Watts discussed how he sought a diverse cast to reflect the true diversity of New York. According to Watts, “We thought if we made it that kind of school, then you were going to have a […]

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“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

“Hawaii Five-0 Shakeup Shows Hollywood Diversity Is About Pay and Numbers”

Asian-American actors, Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Park, will not be returning for another season of “Hawaii Five-0” due to unequal pay with their white co-stars, Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan. Kim and Park have been principal characters on the show since it aired in 2010. Regarding his departure, Kim posted on Facebook, “The path to equality is rarely easy. […]

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“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

“In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify”

According to the Los Angeles Times article, “In a sign of Hollywood’s new world order, the Academy turns to TV talent to diversify,” the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences invited an unprecedented 774 new members to join the Academy in an effort to diversify its mainly white and male constituents. Many of the invitees are known more for their television […]

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Milwaukee police shooting of Sylville Smith: officer cleared of killing of black man

Milwaukee police shooting of Sylville Smith: officer cleared of killing of black man

Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the former Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot Sylville Smith, a 23-year-old black man, was acquitted of first-degree reckless homicide charges on June 21, 2017. Two men, including Smith, were pulled over for suspicious activity in a rental car on August 13, 2016. They fled on foot, and Smith, who had an allegedly stolen gun, was shot two […]

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Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white

Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white

In a Los Angeles Times article, “Bill Cosby’s relationship with African Americans is anything but black and white,” Bunche Center Director, Darnell Hunt, said, “There has always been this ambivalence with blacks when it comes to Bill Cosby. On one hand, he’s the Sidney Poitier of TV. He’s definitely been a major contributor — his philanthropy alone has been very […]

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