Arts

A screenshot from the Michelle Obama BET event featuring young Black people sitting at tables as part of the conversation.

Undergrad Aissata Ba talks future and finds inspiration with Michelle Obama

Ba took part in a special event featuring Michelle Obama that will air on BET on Jan. 17.

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Alumna bell hooks — celebrated feminist theorist, cultural critic, artist and writer — dies at 69

hooks was the author of over two dozen books, including the groundbreaking ‘Ain’t I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism’ and ‘Bone Black: Memories of Girlhood.’

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Eight films with UCLA ties among 25 named to the National Film Registry

The Librarian of Congress annually selects the United States’ most influential motion pictures for this honor.

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How one tiny island influenced the world

Egill Bjarnason, journalist and alum, explains the big history of his native Iceland in a “joyously peculiar book.”

Issa Rae and Yvonne Orji on the set of HBO show Insecure

TV shows with diverse writers rooms, casts resonated with pandemic audiences

UCLA Hollywood Diversity Report finds Latino actors, directors and writers still extremely underrepresented.

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Barbra Streisand to fund forward-looking institute at UCLA focused on solving societal challenges

The institute will conduct research into climate change, the dynamics of gender relationships and power, the arts and countering disinformation.

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Viral TED talk on body ideals warns against ‘conflation of appearance with health’

Professor and medical anthropologist Nancy Chen’s talk on healthy bodies has been viewed more than 780,000 times.

Matthew Henson

A lunar honor for explorer Matthew Henson, thanks to a UCLA graduate student

A crater on the moon is now named for the Black Arctic explorer, whose achievements were played down in his lifetime.

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Quiz: How much do you know about the Nobel Prize?

Not everyone can win a Nobel, but this is the next best thing. Prizes are announced starting Oct. 5.

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New program brings leading contemporary artists to UC Davis classrooms

UC Davis opens its doors to exciting new work as it launches the most extensive artist residency program of its kind in the United States.

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