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Join us as we meet Steven Riley, creator of MixedRaceStudies.org which is a non-commercial website that provides a gateway to contemporary interdisciplinary (sociology, psychology, history, law, etc.) English language scholarship about the relevant issues surrounding the topic of multiracialism. The site has nearly 4,500 posts which consists of links to over +2,400 articles, ≈800 books, 500 dissertations/papers/reports, ≈200 multimedia items, etc. The site has been called the “most comprehensive and objective clearinghouse for scholarly publications related to critical mixed-race theory” by a leading scholar in the field.
Steve has been an Information Technology professional for 25 years in the D.C. area and is currently Director of Database Development and Design at a trade association in Washington D.C. His areas of expertise are application programming, database and website development.
When he is not developing software applications, he spends his time at home in Silver Spring, Maryland with his artist wife Julia of 25 years (the best thing that ever happened to him) working on his photography and reading books on history and sociology.
Welcome to Mixed Race Radio where we discuss what it means to be mixed race, biracial and multicultural in America today. We will introduce and discuss the differences using book and movie reviews and interviews with mixed race people who have a story to tell. By creating a dialouge we hope t...o educate, inspire and encourage people of all colors and from all cultures to celebrate the similarities.
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In this episode we will discuss an New York Times entitled, "As Black as We Wish to Be" written by Thomas Chatterton Williams and published on March 16, 2012.
In his article, Thomas states that "Mixed-race blacks have an ethical obligation to identify as black — and interracial couples share a similar moral imperative to inculcate certain ideas of black heritage and racial identity in their mixed-race children, regardless of how they look."
We want to know what you think. We will be discussing this article with Sociologist & Professor Cheryl King and want to know your opinion: Do all mixed race people have an ethical obligation to self-identify as black even if they have no cultural connection or association with either or both of the racial subcultures of their parents?
Join us on Wednesday March 21 from 12:00-12:30pm to discuss this interesting and controversial topic.
That's right folks! On today's episode of Mixed Race Radio, you are going to hear about some of the amazing educational, scholarly, and just plain old fascinating conversations taking place on Facebook and within many different forums and social media sites that discuss all things mixed race, multiracial, multicultural, biracial, splended and blended.
You will be guided to new and emerging Facebook groups that are empowering diverse people from all around the world to live their authentic lives. And better yet, you will be encouraged to connect with others in order to share, learn, and live greater, fuller lives.
So, if you are checking us out on Mixed Race Radio because you don't know where else to go to discuss topics and issues affecting a "colorful conversation," then join us today and learn more about the groups of people and ideas that are pushing the envelope and demanding respect and acceptance.
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Join us today as we meet the visionaries behind Mixed Roots Stories: Chandra, Mark and our very own, Fanshen Cox. Mixed Roots Stories (MXRS) is a new resource for teaching and learning about the Mixed Experience and is a creative and dynamic online and physical California Not-For-Profit dedicated to promoting artists and stories of all kinds that address Mixed experiences. “We are an interactive community, so input and collaboration with others is essential to our mission of Celebrating and Strengthening Diverse Mixed Communities through the Power of Sharing Stories.”
AND THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN:
There are a number of collaborative opportunities:
o YOU CAN Promote story ideas on the Mixed Roots Stories website
o YOU CAN Partner to plan and implement an event (for example MXRS is partnering with Critical Mixed Race Studies in bringing arts and cultural programming to the 2014 conference)
o YOU CAN Share the MXRS podcast
o YOU CAN Participate in the selection of the Mixed Roots Stories logo
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PLEASE CALL IN TO SHARE YOUR MIXED ROOTS STORY.
Mixed Roots Stories' very own: Chandra, Mark and Fanshen will join us to take your calls and tell us all about this amazing new resource.
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On Today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio we will meet author, Frank Robinson, father to a mixed race son. In a world that continues to grapple with notions of race, a loving father writes a series of letters that speak into the life of his biracial son.
In 1984, Frank Robinson was a young minister serving in southern Alabama, when word got out that he was engaged. It would be an interracial marriage, which quickly became a local controversy, both scandalous and dangerous. This marriage was announced not long after a lynching in one of the neighboring areas. For safety, their first child was born across the state line. Frank began to understand that if he did not survive his wife would be left a widow and his son without a father. With this in mind, he began to write letters that would survive in a book. He intended to say the things a father should say and to equip his son to live a meaningful life. Further, even when this son was so young, the letters were written as to a man, so that when the boy became a man, he could have this book.
This father writes about identity, character and the timeless responsibility of men and fathers. He speaks of courage as one faces life, hardship and injustice. He tells his son of perseverance, humility and faith, of how to deal with disappointment, criticism, and so much more. These letters were written over years and through seasons of difficulty. The author reminds his son to never forget what struggle is like. These are love letters and wisdom writings, powerful, profound, and infused with a sense of eternity and mortality, of hope and purpose.
“I have a dream that one day in Alabama little black boys and black girls will join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
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On today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio we will meet Rainier Spencer, Professor of Afro-American Studies in the Interdisciplinary Degrees Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He has authored three books: 1) Reproducing Race: The Paradox of Generation Mix, Lynne Rienner, 2011 2) Challenging Multiracial Identity, Lynne Rienner, 2006 and 3) Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States, Westview, 1999) All this AND he currently serves as Senior Advisor to the UNLV President.
Dr. Spencer is the founder and director of hte Afro-American Studies Program at UNLV and is considered one of the founders of the field of critical mixed-race theories. While his research interest is in multiracial identity from the perspective of racial skepticism, including the ways that multiracial identity is implicated in the reification of biological race his interdisciplinary teaching interests include Afro-American history and popular culture as well as American slavery. In addition to writing numerous anthology chapters in this field of study, Rainier Spencer has been interviewed by and has provided commentary for the New York Times, has appeared on both American & Canadian television to discuss mixed-race identity, and is a featured speaker in the documentary film Multiracial Identity (Abacus Productions, 2010).
Using his book, Reproducing Race: The Paradox of Generation Mix as the foundation for today’s episode, we will discuss the long held view that mixed race people are somehow supposed to serve as a bridge to unite all people, “But what of the notion that black/white persons are in themselves natural bridges for the facilitation of racial healing and reconciliation? It should come as no surprise that this is a biological argument dressed up in sociological attire.” – Dr. Rainier Spencer
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On Today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio we will meet Sonia N Kang, founder of Mixed Up Clothing, an ethnic-inspired baby/children’s fashion brand that celebrates global diversity. In addition to serving as a Board Member with the Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC), Sonia holds a B.S. in Nursing from the University of San Francisco, is married with 4 children and lives in Los Angeles, California. Mixed Up Clothing uses textiles, fabrics, and embellishments from all over the world to inspire its fashion. Sonia prides her clothing company on the fact that it embraces and appreciates the beauty of the 21st Century’s Americana family. Besides being worn by celebrity children across the globe, Mixed Up Clothing can be purchased online at mixedupclothing.com, LisaKlineKids.com and www.Vault.com.
Join us today to learn more about the amazing woman behind this inspiring brand!! WON’T YOU JOIN US? Won’t You Join Us? Feel free to call in to the show at: 347-215-6301 or join us in our chat room.
Please Join us on Wednesday January 8, 2014 for a Special Episode of Mixed Race Radio!
Eddie Nwabuoku and I will review stories from 2013 that impacted our communities AND we will share some of trends and stories that we will continue to follow in 2014.
Join us for the 2013 Year End Review on Race and Feel free to share what you are looking forward to following in 2014.
Wednesday's discussion will be led by Eddie Nwabuoku, Core Volunteer and Director of Technology for the Loving Day Project.
Throughout the year, Eddie has shared and contributed to some pretty amazing conversations and topics. If you have been a part of the dialogue, now's your chance.
Join us for a lively discussion of incidents, topics, and themes from 2013 that have made a mark in our lives, communities, and the news.
Feel free to call in to the show to share the moments that captured your hearts and minds as well.
We always love to hear from you.
Angela Nissel is the author of two award-winning comedic memoirs: Mixed: My Life in Black and White and The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke. She is also a television writer / producer (Scrubs, 'Til Death, Boondocks.) In addition to her television and literary work, Nissel’s articles, essays, and voice have appeared in “O” The Oprah Magazine, Glamour, Allure, NPR's Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me and Fresh Air With Teri Gross. She has also been featured on several national television shows including Oprah, The Today Show, and 20/20.
Nissel has a Medical Anthropology degree from The University of Pennsylvania and resides in Los Angeles with a dog whose breed she is unsure of and a cat she found behind a CVS. She also enjoys the occasional dumpster-dive (that’s what she was doing behind the CVS) and can be found anywhere there's free food or a yard sale.
Join us on Wednesday and Learn how Angela's book, Mixed: My Life in Black and White, gave me the courage to take the first step on my own journey of diversity. WON'T YOU JOIN US? Call 347-215-6301 to be a part of our show or just join us in our chat room and see what all the hype is about!!!
Yasmin Barnes-Sammarco is a married mother of three beautiful bi-racial children.
In addition to being the founder and creator of The Happily Mixed Up Community, Yasmin’s accomplishments include entrepreneur; author of a short fictional story; self-taught musician who composes, collaborates and records various styles of music with a debut album for sale through multiple online music stores.
"I was very fortunate to have been raised in an environment where dating and or marrying outside ones race was never seen as an issue.
My vision for The Happily Mixed Up Community is a global network where support is given, advice is shared, friendship is offered and our children are nurtured."
The mission of The Happily Mixed Up Community is to connect mixed race and multi-cultural individuals, couples and families online as well as off through our social website happilymixedup.com, making it possible for members to search our data base for others sharing similar backgrounds and common interests living within their own community.
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Earnest Harris has written extensively on matters related to race relations, especially focused on moving beyond “racial” concepts and getting our society to a place where color and cultural differences might play less of volatile role in how we work, play and deal with one another. His study and focus on this issue comes from seeing the unfortunate ways in which so many of our societal dealings, whether it be politics, dating, religion, neighborhoods and education are impacted by “racial” influencers. It has been his mission for most of those years as a journalist and writer to help bring people together and get beyond these superficial ways of living our lives.An award-winning journalist, Earnest has written on this topic for New York Newsday, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Dallas Morning News, The Riverfront Times (St. Louis), National Review magazine, Politico, The Huffington Post, Hispanic magazine and many others. He has also been a political columnist with the daily paper, The Austin American-Statesman, the editor-in-chief of a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C., The American Weekly News, and the host of his own talk radio shows in Austin, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri.Earnest has also directed and produced one feature film that was nationally distributed, “A Simple Promise,” and is currently working on several other films at the moment. Earnest also oversees Harris Management, a talent management company in Los Angeles, where he manages actors, directors and recording artists. Additionally, Harris taught communications for two sessions at the famed Lyndon Baines Johnson Graduate School for Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin as a Woodrow Wilson Program Instructor.He is married and has two children.
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