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UCLA WAC Students Redefine Black Womanhood Through Dance Film

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Neima Patterson, third year World Arts and Cultures/Dance (WAC) major, teamed up with fellow UCLA Bruins (Anna Awolope, Kristin Baylis, Guya Frazier, Janae Osby, Natalee Palmer, Kenya Simms, Irmary Garcia, Anjali Vaswani, and Keenan Park) to produce the dance film Sister Soldiers. As the filmmaker, editor, and choreographer of the film, Patterson addresses the stereotyped image of Black women as …

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Producer of “Dear White People” Visits the Bunche Center

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This last Thursday, I was given the opportunity to attend an info session with up-and-coming director Justin Simien and the talented producer/writer Lena Waithe at the Ralph J. Bunche Library. I was fairly excited to meet the masterminds behind the highly anticipated film, “Dear White People,” to hear them speak about their motivations for creating the project, and what sort …

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Daniel Johnson, UCLA’s First BSU President

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Prepared to flourish in a new setting, Daniel Johnson eagerly left his home state of Alabama to attend UCLA in the fall of 1964. Johnson entered the university wanting to demonstrate his intelligence, but was quickly taken aback after he failed his placement exams that were required for admittance at the time. He sought help through prep courses, and the …

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Black History and Black Bruins

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Black History Month is a time to honor and remember those who have contributed to the advancement of the African American community.  In defining the spirit of the month it is important to first define what the month means to us both as individuals and as a community.  Although we may encounter racial issues inside and outside of school, it …

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In Detail: USAC’s Resolution to “Divest from Corporations Supporting the Private Prison Industry” Passes

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On Tuesday, February 4, the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA brought forth a resolution to the Undergraduate Students Association Council’s (USAC) weekly meeting.  The goal of the resolution is to “divest undergraduate students association and UC Los Angeles’ from corporations profiting from the Prison Industrial Complex.” For those who are not familiar with the resolution and its implications, it sets …

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USAC Votes for a resolution to “Divest from Corporations Supporting the Private Prison Industry”

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Last night, the Afrikan Student Union at UCLA addressed the Undergraduate Student Association Council with “A Resolution to Divest Undergraduate Students Association Council and UC Los Angeles Finances from Corporations Profiting from the Industrial Complex.” The endorsers of the resolution include:  Student/Campus Organizations: Harambee Council at UCLA, USAC Office of the President, USAC External Vice President’s Office, USAC Cultural Affairs …

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USAC Representatives Pass Resolution to Address Racism, Supporting SJSU Activists

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In response to verbal and physical assaults on a Black first-year student by his three white roommates at San Jose State University (SJSU) in November, UCLA’s Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC) unanimously agreed to adopt a resolution that takes a stance against racism and to propose actions to support tolerance and diversity. The resolution adopted Tuesday, January 22, hopes to …

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UCLA’s Students of Color Campus Tour

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The UCLA campus is history in itself. On Sunday, January 26, The Cultural Affairs Commission held their annual Students of Color Tour.  The tour led by Sandy Vasquez unveils the hidden history of various students of color, but particularly the history of UCLA’s Black community. On the tour, Vazquez revealed some important facts about the University in relations to diversity.  …

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“Dear White People” Filmed at UCLA

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  Justin Simien’s directorial debut, “Dear White People,” is a satirical film that focuses on the college experiences of four African American students at a fictional, predominately White “Manchester University,” and that has been making quite a splash at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Simien initially began promoting the film last summer through a brief three-minute concept trailer attached with …