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Akihiro Sato (Japanese/Brazlian) [Brazilian]

Akihiro Sato (Japanese/Brazlian) [Brazilian] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Model & Actor

 

TV: “Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Showdown”, “Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown”, “Captain Barbell”, “Panday Kids”, “Darna”, “Obra”

 

Movies: “Handumanan”, “My Valentine Girls”

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humanæ - by ANGÉLICA DASS

humanæ - by ANGÉLICA DASS | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Humanæ  is a chromatic inventory, a project that reflects on the colors beyond the borders of our codes by referencing the PANTONE® color scheme.
 

The project development is based on a series of portraits whose background is dyed with the exact Pantone® tone extracted from a sample of 11x11 pixels of the portrayed´s face. The project’s objective is to record and catalog all possible human skin tones.


Humanæ it’s a pursuit for highlighting our subtle-continuous of our tones that make more equality than difference… our true colors, rather than the untrue Red and Yellow, Black and White. It is a kind of game for subverting our codes. The audience is free to read into it. The ultimate goal is to provoke and bring currently using internet as a discussion platform on ethnic identity, creating images that lead us to match us independent from factors such as nationality, origin, economic status, age or aesthetic standards.


(All the portrayed are volunteers, people who approach to the project, visit the space in which I am portraying and decide to participate on their own by a Internet call on the Facebook page, on Tumblr ,using public spaces in Madrid, Barcelona, Winterthur, Bergen, Daegu, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Paris and Chicago)
 
(PANTONE® Guides are one of the main classification systems of colors, which are represented by an alphanumeric code, allowing to accurately recreate any of them in any media. It is a technical industrial standard often called Real Color)
 
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And check Ms. Dass' work at angelicadass.com
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I love this project. I had a similar idea when I got paint chips from the hardware store to see what color name my daughter would be; an idea that came to mind when filling out the census and thinking about tracking race in order to track discrimination. 



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Watch the rapid increase in U.S. diversity over three decades

Watch the rapid increase in U.S. diversity over three decades | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


In 1980, nearly half of U.S. counties -- 1,412 of them -- had populations that were almost exclusively (98 percent or more) white. Thirty years later, only 149 counties -- fewer than five percent -- fit that same description.


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Since (im)migration policy is no longer based on race, the U.S. gets real diversity. @MxUSlife 


Thank you to Steven Riley of @mixed_race for notifying me about the article. 


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Who does race say that I am?

Who does race say that I am? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Race has a lot to say about you and me, “us” and “them.”  This social construct tells us who we are and will be, where to go and where we are not welcome, whether we are in or out, center or margin.  Race tells us where we belong and when.  A director of our society, it gives us orders and in so doing, orders us, categorizes us, boxes us up and stacks us up on top of each other.


But, I think it’s time to interrupt, to get a word in, to change the conversation and the direction of our relationships.  Frankly, why does race have all the say about my life and the ways in which I live and perceive it?  Who says that I can’t butt in, that my life does not have a point to make a part from those stereotypical.


I used to like the social construct of race; that is, before I heard what it had to say about me.  I had listened but never fully considered its limitations.  And upon learning them, race gave me no other alternative.  I knew that our relationship would be different from many who preceded me because I could not agree with the terms.


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Personal Essay: Yo Soy Boricua

Personal Essay: Yo Soy Boricua | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


by: LA LA VAZQUEZ


A lot of people don’t realize that I’m Latina, which is fine. One thing about being Latina is that there isn’t one look that comes with the territory. I don’t expect people to know my cultural background just by glancing at me. I do, however, expect that when I tell people my family is from Puerto Rico, that I will be believed and not accused of trying to be something that I’m not. It usually goes something like this: a person having a conversation with me discovers one way or another that I’m Puerto Rican and fluent in Spanish.


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Blindness as a Social Construct | This American Life [AUDIO]

Blindness as a Social Construct | This American Life [AUDIO] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Can other people's expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's new radio show and podcast Invisibilia investigate that question – specifically, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s expectations can change whether a blind man can see.


Lulu tells the story of Daniel Kish, who’s blind, but can navigate the world by clicking with his tongue. This gives him so much information about what’s around him, he does all sorts of things most blind people don’t. Most famously, he rides a bike. We learn why he was raised so differently from the way most blind kids are brought up, and how the book The Making of Blind Men by Robert Scott changes everything for him. (25 minutes)


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I just heard on This American Life this week (episode 544: Batman), one of the stories is about a blind professor who put forth the theory that Blindness is a social construct. It's a VERY interesting episode. My mind was blown. What he means is that the label of 'Blindness' that is put onto blind people causes society to disallow them the freedom to do many things that they CAN actually do.


I thought, Whoa! This is similar to the concept of Race as a social construct. The racial label causes some segments of society to disallow certain groups of people the freedoms and dignities that they SHOULD actually have.


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One Drop Of Love

One Drop Of Love | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Fanshen Cox


SAN ANTONIO, TX

WHEN
: Sat, January 17 at 2:00PM & 7:00PM
WHERE: Tobin Center for the Performing Arts – Carlos Alvarez
Studio Theater
100 Auditorium Circle San Antonio, Texas 78205


*this performance is part of DreamWeek in San Antonio

DreamWeek’s mission is to continue to advance and modernize the teachings set forth by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s vision by creating dialogue across cultures and communities. dreamweek.org

TICKETS
https://www.tobincenter.org/box-office/2015-01/one-drop-love


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California Attorney General Kamala Harris to Announce Bid for U.S. Senate on Tuesday

California Attorney General Kamala Harris to Announce Bid for U.S. Senate on Tuesday | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it



California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris will announce Tuesday that she is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Barbara Boxer, according to a Harris advisor.


“She’s not testing the waters. She’s charting the course. She’s in with both feet,” said the source who requested anonymity while discussing Harris’ plans.


The move comes as California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that he would not run for the seat, averting an ugly battle between two Democrats who share many of the same supporters, have national profiles, are both from the Bay Area and are popular with the liberal wing of the party.


Harris, 50, who is in her second term as attorney general, previously served as the district attorney of San Francisco. She is the first candidate to officially declare. Boxer announced last week that she would not seek reelection in 2016, setting off a scramble among Democrats who have not seen an open U.S. Senate seat since 1992.


Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer are seriously considering bids, as are several members of Congress.


article by Seema Mehta via latimes.com


HT @goodblacknews


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Kamala's heritage is (Indian/Jamaican) [American]


HT Daily Multiracial


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Critical Mixed Race Studies / Mixed Roots Stories - LIVE - Joe Hernandez-Kolski w/ Guest Dustin


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference 2014
Nov 13-25, 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

"Global Mixed Race"

Mixed Roots Stories LIVE event: 
Joe Hernandez-Kolski w/ Guest Dustin
"I AM"


**MATURE LANGUAGE"


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The Game We Play

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For much of my life I hid my identity somewhere comfortably between Mexican and Tejano. As a particularly brown girl with a funny sounding name, I could leave many confused if I started to explain that I am not an immigrant.  Explaining my identity  was so hard for people who assumed my brown skin meant I was not an American. It’s even harder to assuage brown people who think you are “ashamed” of being Mexican when you tell them you are not an immigrant .  My family has been in Texas over 9 generations. We lost our native ways somewhere along the path but not our knowing. We were just fine being called Tejano for the most part… but I am nosy. Questions of  race and identity have always intrigued me so after earning an anthropology  degree, and many life experiences later,  I  know  that there is no need for explanation for what simply is. I am an indigenous women.


For any Hispanic or Latina or even self identified Chicana reading this, I want to tell you this was not easy. You yourself may be struggling with understanding why this should even matter. I want to help you get there if I can.


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If you are Latino, how do you self identify when your child is born? If  you don't indicate Amerindian - is your child's identity partially lost? 



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Black and Blue and Blond

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Byron Kim, Synecdoche, 1991. Oil and wax on luan, birch plywood, and plywood, 120 1/4’’ x 350 1/4’’ (© Byron Kim. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art/Richard S. Zeisler Fund)


By Thomas Chatterton Williams


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The first time I lived in France, some twelve years ago to teach English in a depressed and depressing industrial town along the northern border with Belgium, I often went to kebab shops late at night in which I would sometimes be greeted in Arabic. Once the young Algerian behind the counter simply demanded of me, “Parle arabe! Parle arabe!” and all I could do was stare at him blankly. “But why did your parents not teach you to speak Arabic!” he implored me, first in a French I hardly followed and then in an exasperated and broken English. 


“Because I’m American,” I finally replied.


“Yes, but even in America,” he pressed on, “why did they not teach youyour language?” 


“Because I’m not an Arab,” I laughed uncomprehendingly, and for several beats he just looked at me.


“But your origins, what are your origins?” 


“Black,” I shrugged, and I can still see the look of supreme disbelief unspool on that man’s face. “But you are not black,” he nearly screamed. “Michael Jordan is black!


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Worth every minute of the 25 minutes to read. 


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Reflections on 2014 and Wishing You a Wholehearted 2015 - HapaMama

Reflections on 2014 and Wishing You a Wholehearted 2015 - HapaMama | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Here are some highlights from 2014:

Having my photos included in the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s “Day in the Life” exhibit


Speaking about New Media at the MixedRemixed festival


Being named a Top 50 Mom Blogger by Mom.me


Appearing on Huff Post Live and WGN Radio


Speaking at the BlogHer ’14 keynote panel on intersectional feminism


Starting the APA Book Club with Book Dragon Terry Hong and the folks at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center


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“The Black Irish Onscreen” -Zélie Asav


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference 2014
Nov 13-25, 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

"Global Mixed Race"

Mixed Roots Stories Keynote: 
Zélie Asava 
“The Black Irish Onscreen”

http://criticalmixedracestudies.org
http://mixedrootsstories.com


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He Put A Ring On It: Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Gets Engaged!

He Put A Ring On It: Transgender Rights Activist Janet Mock Gets Engaged! | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Author and transgender rights activist Janet Mock (pictured) announced her engagement to longtime beau and New York photographer, Aaron Tredwell (pictured).  Mock showed off her sparkler and answered her betrothed’s question on her Twitter and Instagram sites by simply stating, “I said “YES!”


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Congratulations to them!!


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Comedian W. Kamau Bell reports being victim of racism at Berkeley’s Elmwood Café

Comedian W. Kamau Bell reports being victim of racism at Berkeley’s Elmwood Café | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The cafe's owner says he was appalled to hear the comedian was asked to leave the café as he was chatting to his wife and a group of friends.
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Dove Hair: Love Your Curls


Did you know that only 4 out of 10 curly haired girls think their hair is ‘beautiful’? The best way to inspire them to love their curls is to celebrate and show them how much you love yours.


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Kudos to the some companies who are trying to do good. 


And shame on all people who tease and make fun of others 'cause they are different. 


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Does beauty trump race?

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Does beauty trump race? 


Or does it depend? 


Is there more favor for beautiful people in general - regardless of race?


Is there more discrimination against ugly people - regardless of race? 


Do we talk about discrimination against ugly people? 


If not - why?


Don't say because beauty is subjective. 'Cause you know, Hollywood knows, and the music industry knows who's beautiful (who sells tickets) regardless of race. 


We know that individuals have preferences, but I'm talking the big picture. I mean the standard things like symmetry, even skin tone (without blemishes), and people who are not too skinny, not too fat, not too short, not too tall - these perfect middle of the road beauties. They have privilege. But more importantly, those who do not fit these perfect middle of the road norms are discriminated against - and we don't talk about it. Why don't we talk about it.


I think there is something deep here. Some prejudice that our whole society has that we don't talk about. We celebrate beauty like crazy but we don't talk about discrimination against the less beautiful.


I think the positive treatment of the beautiful and the discrimination against the less beautiful has a compounding effect over a person's lifetime.  


I think discrimination against the less beautiful can lead some of them toward depression, drugs, crime, incarceration. I think this is a big issue that no one talks about. 


Yes, people have more to their identity then just their beauty or lack of it. But our society (Western Society) places a lot of emphasis on celebrating beauty. But how much time do we spend acknowledging that less beautiful people are being discriminated against all the time? 


I say, add beauty to the intersectional graph and let's stop pretending that it's not a serious factor in people's lives. 


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One Drop of Love

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One Drop of Love (http://www.onedropoflove.org) is a funny, interactive and moving performance that explores history, family, race, class, justice…and love. Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and the show’s writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni produce this multimedia solo show.

This encore performance is the first major fundraiser for the 2015 Kimbrough Scholars Program, which links students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) with Northeastern University Law School's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJP). The CRRJP seeks to investigate racially motivated homicides from the 1920's to the 1960's, and to acknowledge respectfully the suffering of the murder victims’ surviving family and friends.

In 2014, the first group of Kimbrough Scholars participated in an intense collaboration between a CRLS-based Civil Rights history seminar and CRRJP. They traveled to Mississippi, where they interviewed local activists, 1960's civil rights workers, and even relatives of the deceased victim. Their findings further contributed to the CCRJP's ongoing investigation of the case.  Upon their return the students presented their findings and insights to an audience of faculty, students, and community leaders.

The Kimbrough Scholars Program is  continuing to grow at CRLS. This year, a second, larger group of Kimbrough Scholars will work with the CRRJP as they resurrect a cold case buried in the history of racial violence in a small, unincorporated community in Florida. While the Cambridge Public Schools and CRLS have committed to funding important components of the Scholars’ Boston- and Cambridge-based learning activity, the Kimbrough Memorial Fund must finance other aspects of the program, including those related to travel. 

Please join us for an unforgettable performance by Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni and help support the Kimbrough Scholars Program!
The Kimbrough Memorial Committee is actively seeking additional contributions to this marvelous performance in support of the Kimbrough Scholars Program. We have set up a Kimbrough Memorial Fund at the Cambridge Teachers Federal Credit Union and have a pending application for 501c3 non-profit status.  

We invite you to consider the following level of support:
Kimbrough Scholars Friend: $250 (includes 4 tickets to One Drop of Love)

Kimbrough Scholars Friend: $150 (includes 3 tickets to One Drop of Love)

Kimbrough Scholars Friend: $75 (includes 2 tickets to One Drop of Love)

In addition to the Eventbrite option, donors may also choose to send their individual contribution directly to:

Kimbrough Memorial Fund
c/o Cambridge Teachers Federal Credit Union
20 Felton Street
Cambridge MA 02138

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One Drop of Love Friday, Jan 30, 2015  7:30 PM to 10:00 PM (EST) Cambridge, MA

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Watch Gina Rodriguez’s Tearful Golden Globe Speech

Watch Gina Rodriguez’s Tearful Golden Globe Speech | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


“Jane the Virgin’s” Gina Rodriguez won the award for best actress in a comedy. In her acceptance speech, she said that the award meant the world to her Latino community. “This award is so much bigger than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes,” Rodriguez said through tears while accepting her award. “My dad used to tell me, ‘Today’s a great day, you can and you will,’” she said. “Well, dad, today’s a great day, and I can and I did!”


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Some may think: "What's the big deal? She's beautiful and talented and those types get the jobs and win awards."


However, many beautiful and talented people of color have been kept out of main stream media through excuses that 'White' will sell more tickets. This is another stepping stone in the right direction in moving toward inclusion and pushing back against xenophobic excuses of why people of color can not have roles in main stream movies and TV.  


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George Clooney Gushes About Amal Alamuddin During 2015 Golden Globes Speech: "I Couldn't Be More Proud to Be Your Husband"

George Clooney Gushes About Amal Alamuddin During 2015 Golden Globes Speech: "I Couldn't Be More Proud to Be Your Husband" | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
George Clooney gushed about his new wife Amal Alamuddin during his Cecil B. DeMille Award acceptance speech at the 2015 Golden Globes -- watch the video
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Race @ the movies

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The belief in the social construct of race is not up for debate.  Clearly, we have believed in it for hundreds of years, sacrificed the identity of our children to it.  Race is a god that takes our will, our ability to self- determine.  We are who race says that we are and we will do what race says that we will do.  Consequently, it is my task here and through my life’s witness to inspire unbelief.  I want to make persons race atheists, race eliminativists.


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Carmen Ejogo

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Her father is Nigerian and her mother is Scottish.


Carmen Ejogo grew up in London. Ejogo's television career began in the UK in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney. Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the US. She has appeared in Metro with Eddie Murphy, What's the Worst That Could Happen with Martin Lawrence, and Love's Labour's Lost with Kenneth Branagh, among other films, and also presented The Carmen Ejogo Video Show - her own video show on BSB's Power Station channel. She starred as Thomas Jefferson's [en]slave[d] concubine in the television drama Sally Hemmings: An American Scandal as Sally Hemmings and also as Sister Anderson in the remake version of the cult classic original film Sparkle. 


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Carmen Ejogo plays Coretta Scott King in the movie Selma.


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Thomas Chatterton Williams on "Losing My Cool"

Thomas Chatterton Williams on "Losing My Cool" | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Thomas Chatterton Williams is a young writer who grew up listening to hip hop. His scholarly father instilled in him a passion for reading books. He tells Jim Fleming that when he went to college, hip hop began to lose its appeal. His memoir is called "Losing My Cool: How A Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip Hop Culture."
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“Black and Blue and Blond:” Meditations on Color and Family
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“Mixed Race, Transconnectivity, and the Global Imagination” -Rebecca King O'Riain


Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference 2014
Nov 13-15, 2014
DePaul University, Chicago, IL

"Global Mixed Race"

Keynote Speaker: 
Rebecca King O'Riain
“Mixed Race, Transconnectivity, and the Global Imagination”

http://criticalmixedracestudies.org


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'Everything I Never Told You' by Celeste Ng: Unspoken Thoughts About Being Mixed-Race - HapaMama

'Everything I Never Told You' by Celeste Ng: Unspoken Thoughts About Being Mixed-Race - HapaMama | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Asian mixed-race identity is a big thread in Celeste Ng's debut novel, "Everything I Never Told You".
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