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My Story: SARAH LEE, PLAYWRIGHT

'Snakes and Ladders’ is Sarah Lee’s second play and is a comic drama about three ‘Mixed -Race’ sisters. One sister is very light skinned and has ‘good hair’, meaning straight European type hair and is on the surface, the favoured child, the one propelled forward. The second sister has skin that is ‘mid- toned’ being neither White nor Black, and wavy hair, and finally the third sister, looks wholly Afro- Caribbean. In the play the sisters use these loaded terms, such as ‘good hair’ themselves, and through their dialogues we see racism within family dynamics. However at the same time, ‘Snakes and Ladders’ is not only about racism or shade-ism but also about the construction of individual identity in the normal complexity that is family life.


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The politics of family dynamics, mixed-race identity, and HAIR!  I would love to see this play and share it with my students next fall.

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Tracee Ellis Ross interview with The Breakfast Club - DJ Envy and Charlamagne - Must See!

Tracee Ellis Ross interview with The Breakfast Club - DJ Envy and Charlamagne - Must See! | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Tracee Ellis Ross on being interracial. Girlfriends and Black-ish on Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club
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Ms. Ross discusses her new role in Black'ish, and the importance of not shying away from such controversial topics, like race, culture, and identity.  If you have not seen Black'ish, you need to watch it, stream it and DVR it.  Black'ish is a must-have conversation in 2014!  Don't sleep on it.

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People often assume that as a white female, I don't have to deal with racism. And they're right -- I don't.

People often assume that as a white female, I don't have to deal with racism. And they're right -- I don't. | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Somebody recently told me that this picture, originally part of the #ITooAmWakeForest campaign (which you can find here: was incorporated into an article somebody published on the website Total Sor...
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I'm Watching This: ABC's New Sitcom 'Blackish'

The announcement of ABC's Fall 2014 schedule -- and Shonda Rhimes' monopoly of the network's Thursday night primetime slots -- already gave us something to look forward to.

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From Harlem to Shenzhen: One Jamaican-Chinese Woman’s Quest to Find Her Family

Growing up in New York’s Harlem, Paula Williams Madison knew she had a Chinese grandfather, even though she had never met him. She always intended to track down her mother’s father and learn the full story of her multi-ethnic Jamaican-Chinese family.
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Chinese Workers in Africa Who Marry Locals Face Puzzled Reception at Home

Chinese Workers in Africa Who Marry Locals Face Puzzled Reception at Home | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
In response to a growing gender imbalance in their home country, Chinese men look elsewhere to find partners
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The powers that be did not configure what will happen after implementing laws that lessen the presence of women in their society.  Chinese men seek partners outside of their ethnicity.

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The powers that be did not configure what will happen after implementing laws that lessen the presence of women in their society.  Chinese men seek partners outside of their race and ethnicity.

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Elliot Rodger’s half-white male privilege

Elliot Rodger’s half-white male privilege | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
The killer’s Asian heritage matters. So does his ugly class entitlement. Misogyny crosses lines of race and culture

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Asians coded as black by black activists

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Shared histories of oppression fostered political alliances among Asian Americans and Africans Americans beginning in the late 19th century.

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I came across this blog entry while note-taking for chapter one of my dissertation.  I was looking for 19th century relational paradigms of African Americans and Asian Americans.  This is a rather small sampling of what scholars of  AfroAsian discourse are examining and bringing to the center of critical race theory.

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Mixed Race Studies: Covering Multiracial America Requires Historical Perspective

Mixed Race Studies: Covering Multiracial America Requires Historical Perspective | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it

Old news worth reposting.  The debates continues...

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The Multicultural Doctorate: Why Mixed Race Discussions Matter

The Multicultural Doctorate: Why Mixed Race Discussions Matter | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
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Owning my mixed-race identity: Why I don’t have to choose sides

Owning my mixed-race identity: Why I don’t have to choose sides | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
People can't seem to understand that I'm not either black or Anglo-Pakistani, but all of the above

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International Blackness vs. Homegrown Negroes: Lupita, Chimamanda, Thandie and me

International Blackness vs. Homegrown Negroes: Lupita, Chimamanda, Thandie and me | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Debate about skin tone is often cyclical and absolute — light skinned equals privilege, dark equals rejected.
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Read and pay attention to the debates about authenticity.  Colorism/Shadeism is a hot topic.  What are your thoughts on this topic?

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Color Without Complex

Color Without Complex | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
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If you are in the New York City area, catch Dr. Blay at this event.

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Why I'm Not An Afropolitan

Why I'm Not An Afropolitan | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Last summer, I was invited to take part in a discussion, ‘Fantasy or Reality? Afropolitan Narratives of the 21st Century’, as part of Africa Writes 2013 Festival. I was joined on the panel by Minna...
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An Irish/Nigerian woman "rather refrain as describing myself as half anything, and I detest the word mixed-race."

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Writer Mitchell Marchand Hopes 'Black-Ish' Doesn't' Get Compared To Past Sitcoms - ComedyHype.Com | Urban Comedy ReFueled

Writer Mitchell Marchand Hopes 'Black-Ish' Doesn't' Get Compared To Past Sitcoms - ComedyHype.Com | Urban Comedy ReFueled | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Every generation seems to have had their sitcoms and TV series that spoke directly to its audience at the time. 30 years ago The Cosby Show did just that when it premiered, and now new series Black-ish can be on the path to make its own mark on culture and society. But are we doing the show a disservice by comparing it to the many past sitcoms?
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Too add to Mr. Marchand's comments, re-visit, re-watch, and pay attention to the show's nuances.  The writing on this show is "tight."  Don't miss out on this good TV.

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WATCH: The Trailer For ABC's New Sitcom 'Blackish'

WATCH: The Trailer For ABC's New Sitcom 'Blackish' | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
The announcement of ABC's Fall 2014 schedule -- and Shonda Rhimes' monopoly of the network's Thursday night primetime slots -- already gave us something to look forward to.

But ABC is offering up more good news with the release of the trailer fo...
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I will be watching this television series this fall. Mark your calendars!

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Critical Mixed Race Studies 2014: "Global Mixed Race”

Critical Mixed Race Studies 2014: "Global Mixed Race” | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it

"...Global Mixed Race, the third biennial Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference, will be hosted at DePaul University in Chicago, November 13th-15th, 2014. It will bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines around the world to facilitate a conversation about the transnational, transdisciplinary, and transracial field of Critical Mixed Race Studies."


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The Rise and Change of the English Major

The Rise and Change of the English Major | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
It happens almost like clockwork at the end of the spring semester and beginning of the fall: the New York Times publishes another blog post lamenting something about college English education, usu...
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I read this article and wanted to share it.  It has everything to do with remaining relevant to ever-changing workplace/job market.  Read on...

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Wake Up! Stark reminders that racism persists and denial of it does not resolve the problem!

Wake Up! Stark reminders that racism persists and denial of it does not resolve the problem! | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it

June 12 was Loving Day.
What’s that? The day that, in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the decision allowing interracial marriages between whites and nonwhites.

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Very blog reminding us that we still have work to do.  I will continue to do my part as an educator this summer and the upcoming academic year.  We cannot let our hands rest on such important work.

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Isla Vista Killings: The Unfortunate Manifestation of a “Tortured Mulatto”

Isla Vista Killings: The Unfortunate Manifestation of a “Tortured Mulatto” | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Many are shocked when I mention this phrase.  The tortured, or tragic, mulatto is a stereotype that describes the situation of mixed race individuals. This classic racism highlights their unique pl...
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This is an interesting response to the UCSB killings.  The discourse of race and ethnicity resurface and intersect with sexuality and gender, hence, revealing that race cannot be ignored when we discuss gender and sexuality.  Some folks, including academics, love to discuss these separately, womanists know that concepts of race and gender intersect during critical discussions about the misogyny of women, like this recent incident.

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Clippers Owner Donald Sterling tells mixed-race Girlfriend: "Don't Bring Black People to My Games ... Including Magic Johnson"

Clippers Owner Donald Sterling tells mixed-race Girlfriend: "Don't Bring Black People to My Games ... Including Magic Johnson" | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his GF he does NOT want her bringing black people to his games ... including Magic Johnson ... and it's ALL on…
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The recording of Sterling's conversation with his girlfriend says it all.  You draw your own conclusions about how his words explicitly describes racism in U.S.A.

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Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies [eScholarship]

Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies [eScholarship] | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
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Current scholarship on Critical Mixed Race Studies.

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▶ Mixed/Movement: Multiraciality, AAPI Organizing, & Identity Development - YouTube

Join us as we host our first #NotYourAsianSidekick forum to discuss intergenerational organizing and the legacy, need, and potential for anti-racist, feminis...
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This grassroots discussion is making the invisible visible to those who want to engage in mixed-race discourse.

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Afro Latinos' Mixed Identity Can Leave Them Out of the Mix - NBC News

Afro Latinos' Mixed Identity Can Leave Them Out of the Mix - NBC News | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
Afro Latino Marco Davis laughed when he recalled the lengths he went to keep in touch with black and Latino alumni groups when he graduated from Yale Univers...
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'Africa is not a country': Students' photo campaign breaks down stereotypes

'Africa is not a country': Students' photo campaign breaks down stereotypes | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
a group of U.S.-based African students has launched a photo campaign in a bid to dispel misconceptions about their continent.
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This is a topic that is not necessarily part of my scholarship, but I still feel needs to be acknowledged and addressed.  Please leave a comment and tell me what you think. 

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Biracial, and also black

Biracial, and also black | All Mixed Up: The Cross-Cultural in Literature, Film, Drama, and Pop Culture | Scoop.it
University of Michigan professor Martha S. Jones is biracial, but always saw herself as black, until her students made her rethink her identity.
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Even though this article's focus is Black-White mixed-race identity, I still think it is relevant to my dissertation's overall interest of Black-Asian mixed-race identity.  Today's young adults are setting a trend in how to self-identify without abandoning their connection to black culture.  They are NOT adhering to the "one-drop" rule that dictated the lives of my generation.  Teacher-scholars of Mixed Race Discourse, let's pay attention to and take note of how this discourse is moving.  Although we have voices who are proudly identifying with more than one race, they are still, in many situations, having similar experiences as we did with self-identification.  Their experiences need to be acknowledged and addressed in and outside of the classrooms, on and off college campuses.  What are your thoughts?  Please leave a comment.

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