Dating While Black

As February reaches an end and we enter the spring quarter,  I’ve noticed that too many Black bruins struggle with cultivating healthy relationships.   Parental expectations, stereotypes pressuring black couples to have “that Jada and that Will love,” and influential traumas are all factors that contribute to the decline of hopeful, flourishing relationships. In response, I’ve compiled a list of general …

Is There Still a Need for Black History Month?

Photo via Flickr “Either you want to segregate or integrate,” said Stacey Dash expressing her feelings about Black issues in America today. Recently, the  infamous Ms. Dash has been receiving a lot of attention for her outspoken declaration that things like BET and other “Black only” award shows are no longer needed at this time. She even goes as far …

Producer of “Dear White People” Visits the Bunche Center

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 …

Mass Incarceration: Slavery By Another Name

The Afrikan Student Union at UCLA currently exists to promote, protect and serve the social, educational, and political interests of people of Afrikan descent. On Tuesday, February 4th, ASU Administrative Staff introduced a resolution to UCLA’s Undergraduate Student Association Council (USAC) urging it, the UCLA Foundation, and the UC Regents to divest from corporations that have investments in the two …

From Negro History Week to African Liberation Month

“Who owns history? Not even the ones who made it.” -Kumasi, Black August Organizing Committee “Black History Month must be updated for the 21st century. February should be the month that we re-double our struggle against imperialism and white supremacy, and for reparations for slavery, the slave trade and colonialism.” This was the message that Gerald Horne, author of Black Revolutionary: …

Why Dairy Should Be More Present In Your Diet

A mere two weeks ago, while in a discussion about food, I had a friend say to me, “Well you know, Black people are all kinds of lactose intolerant.” This was not a notion I had come across before, but looking further into it, I realized it is an idea that has been floating around quite a bit. While there …