“Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities” – analyzes historic and modern life of African Americans in L.A.

April 17, 2010

LOS ANGELES — 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.

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Paperback: $26.00 ISBN: 9780814737354 Release Date: 4/21/2010 432 pages, 43 illustrations

Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities is edited by Darnell Hunt and Ana-Christina Ramon

Contributors include: 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 Bloom, Mary Weaver, Sonya Winton, and Nancy Wang Yuen.

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42 Comments for ““Black Los Angeles: American Dreams and Racial Realities” – analyzes historic and modern life of African Americans in L.A.”

  1. that 1 dude

    lol this thing is a joke blacks in los angeles are finished… they have no political sway anymore there neighborhoods are mostly mexican now. who would have ever thought 20 years ago that south central, watts, compton, inglewood, florence, athens, lynwood, gardena, long beach, pasadena, duarte and pomona… would have more mexicans then blacks wow… even on crenshaw the black capital you see mexicans. places that blacks lived just 20 years ago have no blacks now like wilmington, san pedro, harbor city, venice, santa monica, florence, lynwood, paramount, boyle heights(yes there were blacks there), pacoima, north hollywood, panorama city and so on… they could not hold on to there neighborhoods due to the lack of work ethic family values and straight out lazyness. no wonder why people call them that N word…

  2. Real ish

    I guess it was the same for the whites that used to live in all of those neighborhoods who were replaced by the blacks, huh…you fuckin racist dumbshit.

  3. W3ST LA 3RAY ASSASSIN

    YEAH DAT MUTHAFUCCA IZ GAY AZ SHIT…MEXICANZ WERE JUMPIN DA FUCCIN BORDER BECUZ DEY CULTURE IZ WEAK…DA SPAINARDS FUCCD OVA DA MESSYCANZK…AND NOW DEY COME OVA IN DA US AND WILL LOVE 2K WORK 4K AH DOLLAR AN HOUR SWEATIN AND SHITTIN ON DEM SELVES…WE AS BLACK PEOPLE THINK DAT SHIT IZ SLAVIN…U FUCCIN RIGHT WE AINT STUPID ENOUGH 4K DAT SHIT…WE AS BLACK FOLKS SAID FUCC LA BACC THEN IN DA 80z AND TILL DIS VERY FUCCIN DAY…BUT WE STAY WORKIN AND PROVIDIN 4K OUR FAMMILIES IN OTHA CITIES AND STATES MUTHAFUCCA!!!

  4. that 1 dude

    first off you dick head whites left those areas because they wanted to raise there children away from blacks because you saw what blacks do to neighborhoods they turn them into ghetto cesspools because they are lazy dirty people. blacks are leaving these neighborhoods for other reasons like some are so lazy they dont work all they do is sleep drink eat and do drugs. they cant pay there mortgages rents or even pay the basic bills to already payed off houses that there grandparents bought way back in the day. when you go to south central in the morning you notice that theres no blacks outside because there lazy as hell and dont get up early like hard working mexicans do to go to work. the ones that do are usually fat black women who have jobs in the city or county you dont see blacks owning businesses in south central just asians mexicans and other european middle eastern and indian imigrants. blacks are not really moving to better areas the desert isnt better then l.a. its cheap and crappy no jobs nothing. there getting pushed out by hard working mexicans who want to provide for there family. blacks have no family values. and to this clown talking about mexicans jumping borders mexicans have been in los angeles before blacks always have and always will! your talking about spaniards fuck who over? look at how blacks came here on slave ships and were slaving for whites for hundreds of years. africa is horrible only places in africa thats worth setting foot in are the countrys with whites and former european colonies. blacks are good for nothing just look at there communities and there lack of family values. and you call that stupid that mexicans work for low wages when yall dont work for no wages and push baskets recycling like some homeless fools. and what you mean fuck l.a. yall never said that yall used to be deep in l.a. but the mexicans out did blacks and took what they had which wasnt much but the leftovers from whites. yall aint providing nothing for no family most black fathers dont take care of there kids or wifes aka baby mamas… you guys are a joke again you lost south central. go down the original black neighborhood of l.a. which is south central avenue there old area and all you see is mexicans and a few blacks that are living in there grandparents house and dont have jobs all they do is drink and do drugs.

  5. scruff

    Yes you are right. Blacks are scum of the earth that should die because they are worthless humans. Africa is birthed the shitty losers of this planet. Mexico is a paradise. Mexican communities across america are wonderfull places to live. Mexicans are the greatest people on the planet!!! Hopefully your slow ass can get the sarcasm…dummy.

  6. poops

    WHo gives a fuck what that 1 dude saying, because the black neighborhod at the time blacks were moving into whites hoods wasn’t even like that, modern poor black hoods started to be fucked up in the 70’s. that’s why this bitch ass fool had to write a whole long essay cuz he know using logic he is a fuckin idiot. Mexicans don’t have family values go to the traditional mexica hoods, what do you see, tecatos (heroin addicts), dope dealers, ganngbangers, murderers, pedophiles, uncles touching neices, fuckrs who don’t want to learn the language etc. these are areas with no black people, these are places that white, black and asians left because the mexicans with their great “family values” and communities turn the neighborhood into a shithole…Just look at boyle heights, used to be a ice hod with russians jews, japanese, blacks, etc. now just a shitty tijuana pie of shit left for the mexicans to destroy. Mexicans dont have no ol school communities that are nice like blacks have on the west side of LA (baldwin hills, ladera heights the aves, leimert park, etc. That 1 dude is a bitter mexican with no sense of history a damn shame

  7. leodjoneluv

    wetback are the slaves now

  8. pops

    And blacks have been in LA as long as mexicans, Pio Pico the first mayor of LA was black and half of the settlers of LA were black or half black, so this bitch ass spic can’t say shit.. dirty ass beanhead faggot. Mexico is a wonderful place… not, weak sub-race made up of every other dominant race sticking a dick in your women and you think you’ll beat blacks? Couldn’t even fuck with the white man who destroyed your shitty ass country.

  9. bottom line

    RACE- LATINO- GENERAL POPULATION- 47%- HOMELESS POPULATION- 33%
    RACE- WHITE- GENERAL POPULATION- 30%- HOMELESS POPULATION- 14%
    RACE- AFRICAN AMERICAN- GENERAL POPULATION- 9%- HOMELESS POPULATION- 50%
    RACE- ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER- GENERAL POPULATION- 12%- HOMELESS POPULATION- 2%

    NOW THE FACTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES ON BLACKS HAHAHAHAHA!
    DO YOU WANT ME TO GET INTO UNEMPLOYMENT STATISTICS???? CRIME STATISTICS???? HAHAHA YOU BETTER NOT OTHERWISE YOU WILL BE TOTALLY EMBARRASSED! NOW SHUT YOUR STUPID MOUTH YOU ______?

  10. poops

    bottom line Mexico got raped by spain and everyother white people, mexicans are a sub race created by every other race killing the weak men and fucking the bitches, it’s still shitty today with high employment, and crime, plus smells like shit, and they all run over here illegally and try to talk shit on blacks who got their asses beat and killed so the worthless mexicans and every other hater ass minority could live a little freer in America. End story.

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