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Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male

Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters Overwhelmingly White, Male | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Summer blockbuster season is in full swing. For many moviegoers, that means escaping to a galaxy far, far away—or perhaps just a different version of our own planet Earth—through science fiction an...
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Is My Character "Black Enough"? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally

Is My Character "Black Enough"? Advice on Writing Cross-Culturally | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Tu Books Publisher and Editorial Director Stacy Whitman shares advice on writing cross-culturally for an author who wonders, "Is my character black enough?"
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Another decision to make: Should the character code switch?
I suppose some people speak the same way in all situations, but I speak differently when I’m at work verses when I’m at home or around friends.
Also, code switching can be done by any character – regardless of their ethnic background.
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Black and Ivy: My alternate Harvard experience

Black and Ivy: My alternate Harvard experience | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The writer, who attended Harvard in the late 1980s, identifies with the students protesting against racism, and recalls a campus rife with many different conflicts.
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Jacqueline Keeler's curator insight, March 6, 2014 7:57 PM

"Our rooming group senior year was white, Puerto Rican, Asian American and black. We called ourselves the U.N. And we reveled in a culture that was diverse, LGBT and women-friendly. And especially FUN-friendly.


Thomas Lauderdale, now the heart of the bestselling band Pink Martini, would put on a dress and play the grand piano at his “Breakfast at Tiffanys” soirées. The house master, Robert J. Kiely, was a strong but magical presence. At the time the head of the English department, he invited me to an intimate dinner with Toni Morrison."

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38 Years Of SNL's Diversity Problems

38 Years Of SNL's Diversity Problems | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"SNL" is looking more colorful now compared to its earliest years, but that doesn't mean NBC's beloved sketch comedy show was always all-inclusive.
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Browner America: Reality Is More Important Than Numbers

Browner America: Reality Is More Important Than Numbers | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
(The Root) -- Recent census data reveal that, for the first time, racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of all children born in the United States, with 50.4 percent of children under age 1 identified as Hispanic, black, Asian...
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What's My Big Mix - Dan. Los Angeles, CA

For The Big Mix multicultural festival. Submitted stories by blended people and families. To upload your own mixed/blended story, go to TheBigMix.org or cont...
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When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books

When Values Collide with Business: Ethnicity in Children's Books | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
"At Zoobean, we continue to work hard to catalog high-quality books that feature an array of characters..."
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‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Photos Tell Black Students’ Stories

‘I, Too, Am Harvard’ Photos Tell Black Students’ Stories | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Some Harvard students share what it’s like to be black at the Ivy League school in a photo campaign called “I, Too, Am Harvard.”


The photos, posted on a Tumblr blog, feature Harvard students holding signs with phrases others have spoken to them. “You don’t sound black. You sound smart,” one sign reads. Another states, “You’re so lucky to be black . . . so easy to get into college!”

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WATCH: The Beautiful Coca Cola Superbowl Ad That Infuriated Conservatives

WATCH: The Beautiful Coca Cola Superbowl Ad That Infuriated Conservatives | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
What could be more American than watching a Coca Cola ad during the Superbowl? Oh, well, pretty much anything, according to some conservatives who ...
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Teaching Teachers to Reflect on Race

Teaching Teachers to Reflect on Race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
As America’s schools grow increasingly diverse, powerful educators can’t be “colorblind.”
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David Mackzum, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 13, 2014 7:27 PM

"Because of the growing racial diversity in the United States, it is vital for teachers to understand and have the capacity to acknowledge racial diversity, and create safe, affirming, and supportive learning environments for their students to develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to dialogue about race-related issues."

Tonya Braddox's curator insight, January 17, 2014 5:28 PM

Excellent article that promotes Inclusivity Teaching at all levels of education.  @CAITLAH at Michigan State University is a wonderful resource for passionate educators who are determined to engage all learners by teaching across difference.  Please visit @CAITLAH on Twitter or via their website, http://caitlah.cal.msu.edu.

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Opinion: Black Americans must embrace true colors

Opinion: Black Americans must embrace true colors | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Editor's note: Historian and author Tiya Miles is a professor at the University of Michigan's Afroamerican and African Studies department and a 2011 MacArthur genius award recipient.
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Bicultural Mama: Bicultural Mama Sponsors The Diversity Show at Gotham Comedy Club NYC – TICKET GIVEAWAY

Bicultural Mama: Bicultural Mama Sponsors The Diversity Show at Gotham Comedy Club NYC – TICKET GIVEAWAY | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
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Multiracial America Makes Census Boxes Obsolete

Multiracial America Makes Census Boxes Obsolete | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Editor's note: This is the first of three in a series. (The Root) -- In 30 years, America will look very different than it does now. According to analysis of census data, by 2043 white Americans will no longer be a majority.
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Carlos Batara's comment, November 7, 2013 11:59 AM
During the last Census, my kids wanted their individual say. My oldest son was Mexican-American. My daughter, the female, said mark me down as Native American. My youngest son said he was Filipino. They were, of course, all correct. We are the colors of a rainbow.