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Black Business Student Association Hosts “Being Our Brother’s Keeper”

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On Wednesday, May 14, 2014 UCLA’s Black Business Student Association (BBSA) will host “Being Our Brother’s Keeper: A Dynamic Discourse on Diversity,” in the Carnesales Palisades Room from 7-9 PM. This event brings President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Los Angeles. The Initiative focuses on making sure underrepresented minority youth have increased opportunity and guidance towards achieving their …

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Alex Mercier: Facilities Commissioner

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Interviewer: Rasheed Tulay Nommo Staff Can I get a brief introduction for our readers? My name is Alex Mercier, and I am a third year Political Science major with an Afro-American Studies minor. I was born in Pasadena and raised in Inglewood. What position are you running for? I am running for Facilities Commissioner. My position deals primarily with what I …

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Devin Murphy for USAC President

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“USAC has [had] an immense history of student activism – student empowerment, and really advocating for key issues that students deal with”- Devin Murphy Are we ready to ACT? So critical of the oppression we suffer as an Afrikan-American community, we often overlook our own homophobic self-oppressive nature. Devin Murphy, third-year Political Science and Afro-American Studies major, is a minority …

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Irmary Garcia: USAC Cultural Affairs Commissioner

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This afternoon, I had the opportunity to sit down with Irmary Garcia, the incoming Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) Cultural Affairs Commissioner. She proved to be very knowledgeable, not only of student government, but also of the innumerable difficulties that Afrikan-American students face at UCLA.  She was eager to divulge what she has planned for her new position. Interviewer: Sharila …

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Janay Williams for Academic Affairs Commissioner

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Meet Janay Williams, a third-year Microbiology Immunology Molecular Genetics major and African American Studies minor. Williams is a candidate for Academic Affairs Commissioner in the 2014 Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) elections. She is one of four African American candidates running under the Lets Act Party. Born and raised in Moreno Valley, Williams grew up in a large family as …

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Black Power Week: Willie “Mukasa” Ricks Speaks

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Willie “Mukasa” Ricks lowers his microphone from his mouth and projects it to the crowd, “We ain’t no Americans… what are we?” The crowd responds, “Africans!” “That’s right,” says Rick— a much grayer man than the one appearing on photographs held by nearly all of the students and faculty present at Tuesday night’s meeting. (The photo shows Ricks, Stokely Carmichael and …

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John A. Powell Presents the UCLA Bunche Center’s 25th Thurgood Marshall Lecture

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On April 1, the UCLA Bunche Center held its 25th Thurgood Marshall Lecture on Law and Human Rights to honor the first African-American Supreme Court Justice, Thurgood Marshall. In past years, the annual event featured distinguished figures who had a substantial impact on the struggle for civil rights.  Past speakers include Elaine Brown, the former Chairwoman of the Black Panther Party, and …

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Black Males in College Not Jail

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Black Males in the education system have continually been a topic of interest and study. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, reports such as From Classrooms to Cell Blocks: A National Perspective by Tara-Jen Ambrosio and Vincent Schiraldi, show that there were more Black males in prison than in college. The media and the world of academia have birthed …