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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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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.
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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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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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.
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 Wednesday’s episode of Mixed Race Radio, Steve Riley (mixedracestudies. org) will join me to discuss some upcoming events and performances occurring all over the world. Whether you are in Chicago, Los Angeles, or Philadelphia, PA, there are things to do, places to go and people to meet.
If you are hosting an event or need someone to “go-with”, join us and share, share, share.
We’ve got updates from Laura Kina, Lisa Jones (Topaz Club), and Steve Riley. Oh yeah……If you reside in the Republic of Georgia, we’ll let you know where to go to get a mulatto spray tan….Yes, I said it!!!
You see we have a lot to discuss so please feel free to join us by dialing in or joining our chat room.
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Also, we want to use this time to say “Thank You” to everyone who continues to follow us. You may have noticed that our site is missing a few episodes from the past few weeks. For anyone who doesn’t know, I’ve been broadcasting live from Northeastern Ohio since early January and Mother Nature continues to express her authority over all things by sending -35 degree temps and record snowfalls our way. Needless to say, when pipes burst, fire alarms begin to sound and therefore radio shows cannot be recorded. So, thank you for your continued support.
As long as Mother Nature allows, we will continue to bring you episodes that showcase some amazing people and even more amazing movements.
Keep the emails and phone calls coming.
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On today's of episode of Mixed Race Radio, join me and our special guest co-host, Steven Riley (Mixedracestudies.org) as we discuss some of our favorite Mixed Race Radio guests and conversations.
Steve is one of my "go-to" sources for show recommendations and referrals. Today, we get to hear what he has been up to and the conferences, lectures, and conversations he is excited to be a part of in the coming months.
Who knows, Steve and I may even debut a Top 10 List of favorite books, authors, programs and artists who have left an impact on our work and perspective.
Join us today and feel free to send in your suggestions and referrals for show guests, topics and themes.
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On today's episode of Mixed Race Radio, we will meet Activist-turned-filmmaker Eliaichi Kimaro. As the director of 9elephants productions, Eli produces videos for non-profits about social and economic justice issues in an effort to use video to bring stories of struggle, resistance and survival to a broader audience.
Eliaichi brings a lifetime of personal and professional experience exploring issues of culture, identity, race, class, gender and trauma to her Award-winning directorial debut, A Lot Like You. Drawing upon her 9-year film journey, she is currently on the campus and conference lecture circuit engaging communities across the country in discussion about mixed race/multicultural issues, cultural identity, gender violence, and the power of personal storytelling.
Please join us Today as we discuss how we can "use our own personal stories (our own documentaries if you will) like 'A Lot Like You', as a spring board for exploring issues of race, identity, and belonging."
WON'T YOU JOIN US? We'd love to hear your story!
James Southard has always been drawn to the creation of authentic stories that are visually and emotionally compelling. His love of music and photography eventually led him to the video business as an Associate Producer working for Quincy Jones’ cable network (NUE-TV) in 2000. Since then, Mr. Southard has worked with clients such as Discovery Channel, HGTV, TV- Guide Channel, as well as several universities and non-profit organizations.
While James is proud of the time he spent as a youth working for his father in a grocery store and as a white-water rafting guide in his early 20s where spent three years working with emotionally challenged youth, James made a mark in his high school when he and his friend, Darrel Satcher started the first black students club.
On Today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio, we will discuss James’ love of Hip Hop and some of the experiences that have shaped him and his ideas of race as a social, rather than a biological, construct since he became a Hip Hop DJ in 1992. James will talk with us about some of his interesting experiences dealing with racism as a man who self-identifies as mixed and how he navigates the concept of race with his family and a community that sometimes feels he
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