About The NAACP Hollywood Bureau
There is no other organization that has confronted the misuse of media to influence negative public attitudes toward race like the NAACP. As early as 1915, it organized a nationwide protest against the negative portrayals of African Americans in "Birth of A Nation." The founding members of the Association immediately understood the power and influence of the then new media of film. The Association has also been at the forefront of the struggle for the inclusion of all Americans, regardless of race, in the entertainment industry.
In 1942, NAACP Executive Director, Walter White, worked with politicians and studio executives to establish an ad hoc committee with the major studios to monitor the image and portrayal of African Americans on the screen. In 1955, the Mississippi Branch of the NAACP, led by Medgar Evers, filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) that the local television affiliate, WLBT, presented the local news in a racially biased manner that did not serve the public interest. Finally in 1969, the FCC revoked WLBT's broadcast license. This, after years of litigation, marked the only time in FCC history that a television station's license was revoked because of racial bias in programming. This sent a powerful reminder to the rest of the television industry - that we as citizens own the public airwaves. In1966, under consistent legal pressure from the NAACP, "The Amos & Andy Show" was taken off the air, and a year later the NAACP Hollywood Branch created the NAACP Image Awards. Now a primetime live special, the NAACP Image Awards is the nation's premier event celebrating the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.
In 1999, the networks signed a landmark memorandum of understanding with the NAACP and the Grand Coalition greatly advancing the cause of diversity in the entertainment industry and creating a milestone by which we can measure future progress in Hollywood. Today, the NAACP through the Hollywood Bureau, and support of its membership, continues to monitor offensive and defamatory images in film and television, and its campaign for greater minority participation in the entertainment industry.
Headed by the Executive Director, Vic Bulluck, the Hollywood Bureau continues the NAACP's tradition of media monitoring and social advocacy.
Vicangelo Bulluck is the Executive Director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. Since 2002, Vic has expertly supervised the production of the NAACP Image Awards ceremony. In addition, he serves as the association's expert as it relates to issues of minority representation in creative and technical positions in entertainment and lobbying and negotiating with industry officials to expand opportunities for people of color.
Having been an independent producer for nearly twenty years, as well as the president of his own company, Vicangelo Films, Vic uses his expertise of the television industry to navigate the NAACP Hollywood Bureau. He has worked on a wide variety of television and film projects, from the courtroom reality series "The Judge Greg Mathis Show" to the documentary "Alex Haley: An American Griot" to awards show for Essence magazine and the Apollo theater's "It's Showtime." Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director of the NAACP Hollywood Bureau, Vic served as producer of the Image Awards since its first national broadcast in 1986.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Vic started his career as an Interdisciplinary Major in English, Theater, Philosophy, and Journalism.