Black Los Angeles

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Overview

Los Angeles is well-known as a temperate paradise with expansive beaches and mountain vistas, a booming luxury housing market, and the home of glamorous Hollywood. During the first half of the twentieth century, Los Angeles was also seen as a mecca for both African Americans and a steady stream of migrants from around the country and the world, transforming Los Angeles into one of the world’s most diverse cities. The city has become a multicultural maze in which many now fear that the political clout of the region’s large black population has been lost. Nonetheless, the dream of a better life lives on for black Angelenos today, despite the harsh social and economic conditions many confront.

Black Los Angeles is the culmination of a groundbreaking research project from the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA that presents an in-depth analysis of the historical and contemporary contours of black life in Los Angeles. Based on innovative research, the original essays are multi-disciplinary in approach and comprehensive in scope, connecting the dots between the city’s racial past, present, and future. Through historical and contemporary anecdotes, oral histories, maps, photographs, illustrations, and demographic data, we see that Black Los Angeles is and has always been a space of profound contradictions. Just as Los Angeles has come to symbolize the complexities of the early twenty-first-century city, so too has Black Los Angeles come to embody the complex realities of race in so-called “colorblind” times.

Contributors: Melina Abdullah, Alex Alonso, Dionne Bennett, Joshua Bloom, Edna Bonacich, Scot Brown, Reginald Chapple, Lola Smallwood Cuevas, Andrew Deener, Regina Freer, Jooyoung Lee, Mignon R. Moore, Lanita Morris, Neva Pemberton, Steven C. Pitts, Carrie Petrucci, Gwendelyn Rivera, Paul Robinson, M. Belinda Tucker, Paul Von Blum, Mary Weaver, Sonya Winton, and Nancy Wang Yuen.

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"Overall, this is an excellent book."-Journal of African American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814737347
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 5/19/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Darnell Hunt is Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies and Professor of Sociology at UCLA. He is the editor or author of numerous books, including Channeling Blackness: Studies on Television and Race in America and Screening the Los Angeles “Riots:“ Race, Seeing, and Resistance.

Ana-Christina Ramón is Assistant Director of the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA and a social psychologist.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Darnell Hunt
1 Race, Space, and the Evolution of Black Los Angeles
Paul Robinson
2 From Central Avenue to Leimert Park
Reginald Chapple
3 The Decline of a Black Community by the Sea
Andrew Deener
4 “Blowing Up” at Project Blowed
Jooyoung Lee
5 Out of the Void
6 Imprisoning the Family
M. Belinda Tucker, Neva Pemberton, Mary Weaver, Gwendelyn Rivera, and Carrie Petrucci
7 Black and Gay in L.A.
Mignon Moore
8 Looking for the ’Hood and Finding Community
Dionne Bennett
9 Playing “Ghetto”
Nancy Wang Yuen
10 Before and After Watts
11 SOLAR
Scot Brown
12 Killing “Killer King”
Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramón
13 Bass to Bass
Melina Abdullah and Regina Freer
14 Concerned Citizens: Environmental (In)Justice in Black Los Angeles
Sonya Winton
15 A Common Project for a Just Society
Edna Bonacich, Lola Smallwood-Cuevas, Lanita Morris, Steven Pitts, and Joshua Bloom
16 Reclaiming UCLA
Ana-Christina Ramón and Darnell Hunt
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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