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J. Cole on Being Biracial: “I Represent Both Sides”

J. Cole on Being Biracial: “I Represent Both Sides” | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

In part one of our viral interview with J. Cole, the rapper went deep about racial profiling, homophobia and colorism in hip hop and America. Plus, he talked Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which is in stores now. In part two, the North Carolina native sounded off on touring, Jay Z, fame, his biracial identity and more.  


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Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America

Infographic: The Multi-Racial and Ethnic Shift in America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


The country is slowly becoming more like a "rainbow," according to a new book by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research called "The Next America".

 

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Four of these five groups are very mixed in their racial heritage. 
 

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Intermarriage among people of different races is increasingly common. In 1980, just 7% of all marriages in the U.S. were between spouses of a different race or ethnicity.  
In 2010, that share has doubled to 15% of all new marriages in the U.S. Hispanics (26%) and Asians (28%) were most likely to “marry out,” compared with 9% of whites and 17% of blacks. - Pew Research
 

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jada_chace's curator insight, April 6, 10:15 AM

This shows that our country is allowing more ethnicity and race to enter the country. We our having changes in our population as well as having ethnic groups grow. Having ethnic groups can allow America to continue to grow and become developing country. ~JConner

Robert Hardy Simpkins's curator insight, April 7, 9:09 PM

This article and graph is showing that america is becoming more of a home to unique ethnic groups which is allowing people to believe what they ewant to and also not be threatened by other people. Unlike other foreign countries we are completely free and can believe in whatever we want too.

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Roman M's curator insight, April 20, 12:12 PM

This article shows the changing and which majority races are increasing and decreasing. Whites are the largest race in America right now and Hispanic should be increasing on a huge scale. Whites are decreasing comparatively to Hispanics. Asians and Blacks are also increasing slowly. We might see very soon that whites are not the majority race in America.

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Poor kids, rich schools - Where are you from? What do your parents do?

Poor kids, rich schools - Where are you from? What do your parents do? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
In his first few weeks as a freshman at the University of Chicago, Calvin Cottrell was constantly being asked the same questions: Where are you from? What do your parents do?

"I found those conversations kind of hostile, as the first person in my family to go to college. If you're living with a roommate whose parents are heart surgeons from Connecticut, that feels very different," he said.
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After college the questions become, "Where do you live?" and "What do you do?"


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Jared Medeiros's curator insight, April 29, 6:43 PM

This is typical American behavior, always complaining about the things you don't have.  These kids should be grateful that they have the opportunity to go to these prestigious universities to make a better lives for themselves.  They have overcome great odds to get here, and now they are going to complain that kids in their classes have nicer clothes than them or that other students' parents have better jobs than their own parents?  I have no sympathy for these students at all.  They wont be upset when they are making $100k a year coming out of school.

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Discussing Race Helps Black, Latino Boys, Study Says | Latina Lista

Discussing Race Helps Black, Latino Boys, Study Says | Latina Lista | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By Natalie Gross
Latino Ed Beat


“I don’t see color” isn’t always a good approach to addressing race — at least according to a report released this week by the Center for Collaborative Education and the Annenberg Institute that evaluates the reasons for low academic performance among black and Latino males in Boston Public Schools.


While in some cases, black and Latino males are benefiting from positive cultures, differentiated instruction, active family engagement and professional learning environments in schools, overall, the district could improve by forgoing a color-blind approach and encouraging explicit discussions of race, gender and ethnicity, according to the report.


“Scholars suggest that being explicit about the impact of racism in schools and society and developing an antiracist school culture in which people of color feel a sense of belonging and empowerment will lead to better outcomes for students of color,” the report states. While some teachers did this well, others were “reluctant to describe how race/ethnicity played into their practice and experiences with students.”


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Does It Matter That Purvi Patel's Baby Was Mixed-Race?

Does It Matter That Purvi Patel's Baby Was Mixed-Race? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

by Sharon H. Chang

In February/March of this year Purvi Patel, a 33-year-old Indian-American woman, became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide and child neglect over the loss of her late-term fetus.

It started with barely a hunch. I read, "resulted from...relationship with a married co-worker," "didn't want her conservative Hindu parents to know," "shouldn't have sex outside of marriage," and a light bulb was dimly lit in my mind. I reflected on those words and in them I saw boundaries, boundary-crossing: (cis)female/male, married/unmarried, Hindu/non-Hindu, proper/improper, faith/fear, expectation/defiance. The light bulb grew brighter; an unformed contemplation sat vaguely in the corner. Then other details emerged: immigrant/American, authority/subordinate, empowered/disempowered, justice/injustice. The light bulb grew even brighter, illuminating an idea that stood up and stepped forward out of shadow.


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Powerful article. Thank you for sharing Sharon!


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Shadeism [VIDEO]

"This short TV documentary is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, the discrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community. This documentary short looks specifically at how it affects young womyn within the African, Caribbean, and South Asian diasporas. Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl - all females of colour - the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, 'Shadeism' explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion." -unique5589


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Noel Magee's curator insight, April 11, 7:54 PM

This is the first time I've ever heard of Shadeism. While this is an issue of the same race discriminating against each other based on the lightness or darkness of their skin, I can't help but wonder that this is yet another tactic of white supremacy. While discrimination still exists today, it seems that there is less discrimination against individuals with lighter skin tones than those of darker ones. This causes discrimination within races because they are competing with each other for opportunities. As for Asians, it is part of their culture to cover as much of their body as possible in order to maintain a pale skin tone. Asians with darker skin tones may be mistaken for other races such as Latinos or Filipinos, therefore, making it harder for them to get jobs or education. The fact that races are starting to turn on each other is taking the spot light off of whites discriminating against other races, and putting it on the minorities who already have negative stereotypes about them. Whites maintain their supremacy, while destroying other races. If minorities are arguing with each other, they have less time to think about the opportunities that they are missing out due to White Americans taking higher up jobs with higher pay. It's a smart tactic for white Americans to use, a sneaky one. Unfortunately, it is starting to create a hostile environment for children as well, which makes for a difficult future. 

 

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Beyond the Gender Binary: Yee Won Chong at TEDxRainier - YouTube

"Yee Won Chong shares a story about the challenges of navigating the world while transgender, and provides suggestions on being a good ally."

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CLICK HERE to support Mixed Remixed Festival

CLICK HERE to support Mixed Remixed Festival | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The place for mixed, multiracial & blended families to enjoy their stories through film & books. | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Four mixed-races within each race [PHOTOS]

Four mixed-races within each race [PHOTOS] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

This article is based on the concept that the majority of the world’s population is of mixed heritage due to both (im)migration over millennia and now increased (im)migration due to modern transportation, especially airplanes and ships that easily cross over mountains and oceans.


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Moon-Ho Jung & Dan Berger - The Rising Tide of Color


Talk by Moon-Ho Jung (Editor) and Dan Berger (Contributor) of the book "The Rising Tide of Color: Race, State Violence, and Radical Movements across the Pacific" recorded October 15, 2014 at University Bookstore in Seattle, WA.
 

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Fashion model's unlikely path to fame - CNN Video

Fashion model's unlikely path to fame - CNN Video | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
You may not know her name, but chances are you have seen Ubah Hassan in commercials for Macy's or Ralph Lauren. This short film takes you into the world of this up-and-coming model, whose life has not always been picture perfect. Directed by Joe Berlinger
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From Somalia to Canada to Macy's fashion model. 


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The All-American Family

The All-American Family | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Guest Post By Toritto 

"I am of Italian-American extraction; I had four grand-parents, all born in Italy and therefore by “blood” I am as Italian as anyone walking around Italy today. I married ..."


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This is a great post about in-groups and out-groups.

Always question who is in our in-group, who is in our out-group, and why.


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Multiracial Asian Families: "What Are You?" That's None of Your Business

Multiracial Asian Families: "What Are You?" That's None of Your Business | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

by Sharon H Chang

A couple months ago I got cornered big time by a stranger and their "What are you?" mind-meld. The unsolicited probing went on for a while. Honestly something I'm used to. But this time was crazy multidimensional and unique in a way I don't know I've ever experienced. It involved not only me, but my child, and then HER mixed children by comparison. This stranger just couldn't resist wanting to know my and my son's specific mixes, explained her husband was "American," then wondered out loud if her son would one day look like my son and if her daughter would one day look like me. I was declared white-looking while my son was judged Asian-looking. A picture of her own children was then shown proudly with seeming expectation for praise (which I uncomfortably indulged). There was also some lecturing/instruction on how I should feel about my particular Asian heritage (which she shares) and why I should be able to afford visiting my paternal homeland (which I actually can't). Finally, because she felt this exchange had laid the groundwork for connectivity, she asked to exchange info and wanted to set up a play date.


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Black People Created White People

Black People Created White People | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

By Abagond 


Mitochondrial Helena (c. 18,000 BC) lived in south-western France at the height of the Ice Age. As the ice started melting about 15,000 years ago, her descendants moved north into empty land. They now account for 47% of all Europeans.


In terms of mitochondrial DNA, she is the common ancestor ofhaplogroup H, one of the main branches of Mitochondrial Eve’s family tree. Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes gave her the name Helena (H for Helena) in his book “The Seven Daughters of Eve” (2001).


Among her descendants
 are Marie Antoinette, Napoleon, Queen Victoria, Nicholas Copernicus, Saint Luke, Susan Sarandon and maybe half the White people in the world – along with a good number of North Africans and South West Asians as well.


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Mixed Experience History Month 2015: William H. Johnson, artist

Mixed Experience History Month 2015: William H. Johnson, artist | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Born in 1901, William H. Johnson was a talented artist who became famous for his Scandinavian landscape paintings and “primitive” scenes of black life.


A South Carolina native and son of an African-American/Sioux woman and a white man, Johnson moved to New York in 1918 to study at the National Academy of Design


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Was Cleopatra black?

Was Cleopatra black? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Was Cleopatra black? Spike Lee thinks so. Even Shakespeare, no Afrocentrist he, called her “tawny” (yellowish-brown). Hollywood, though, makes her white (pictured).


But what do the facts say?


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Living in two worlds - Native Navajo & White Mormon

Living in two worlds - Native Navajo & White Mormon | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

by navajo


I am trying to live in two worlds.

I was born in Utah. My white father descended from the Mormon pioneers. His grandparents were polygamists. My full-blood Navajo mother — who was taken from her family at age five to be assimilated into white culture at the Tuba City Boarding School — joined the Mormon church in her 20s.

Mom had the typical boarding school experience. Overwhelming homesickness, having her mouth washed out with soap for accidentally speaking forbidden Navajo, witnessing others endure severe punishment for being incorrigible in some Navajo way and a constant curriculum of You Need to Become White Now. My mom was smart, she learned fast to conform, to survive. She excelled at the school and even skipped grades.


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Pigmentocracy: Real Talk About Fair Skin [VIDEO]

by WNYC


"Vlogger Franchesca Ramsey has cultivated a reputation for funny, provocative observations about race and American culture. The comedian and graphic designer is most famous for her viral video "Sh*t White Girls Say to Black Girls." Here, she compare skin tones with WNYC's Arun Venugopal and talk about the differences in the way African Americans and South Asians view pigment."


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These Fair & Lovely skin lightening creams keep selling because societies never kill the belief in the Doctrine of White Supremacy.


I have four light skin family members who have had skin cancer cut out of their face.


Nature gave humans pigment 'cause it's a GOOD thing.


It's interesting that people what to look like the oppressor group.


As Malcolm X said, 'Who taught you to hate your own skin color?"


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Beauty Judged

Beauty Judged | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Beauty Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and yet there are common qualities that consistently make it to magazine covers, Hollywood screens, and win beauty pageants. 


Here are human features that most people go crazy for.


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Probability of Eye Color

Probability of Eye Color | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
 
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SENAME Interactive's curator insight, March 31, 11:39 PM

This is quiet an interesting infograph..

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Dr. Yaba Blay, author of (1)ne Drop, on Totally Biased

Dr. Yaba Blay, author of (1)ne Drop, on Totally Biased | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it


Dr. Yaba Blay is the author of 1ne Drop - Shifting the Lens on Race In this interview she explains why she prefers the term Black over African-American.


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English Americans

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"The first four waves from England:
 

  • 1629 to 1640: From East Anglia to New England. Heavily Puritan.
  • 1640 to 1675: From southern England to what will become the southern US.
  • 1675 to 1725: From the North Midlands to Pennsylvania. Heavily Quaker.
  • 1717 to 1775: From Northumbria (and Scotland and northern Ireland) to Appalachia.


These four English subcultures spread across North America, wiping out Native Americans. They will mix and create three new subcultures:
 

  • Greater New York, part Dutch, part Jewish.
  • The Great Basin, centred on Utah. Heavily Mormon.
  • Southern California, part Mexican, part Jewish. Spreads across the south-west.


Nearly all non-English Whites will assimilate into one of these seven Anglo-Protestant subcultures to become “American”, meaning White American."


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Vienna Teng - Level Up (Official Music Video) feat. Tommy Guns Ly

From the album Aims:
http://viennateng.bandcamp.com/album/...

Directed by Lawrence Chen
https://www.youtube.com/user/lawrence...
http://www.lawrencechenfilms.com

Choreographed by Jaclyn Walsh
Featuring Tommy Guns Ly: http://bboytommyguns.com

Performers in order of appearance:
Jaclyn Walsh and Chalvar Monteiro
Tommy Guns Ly and Monica Hagan
Pamela Pietro
Vienna Teng and Jacob Corvidae

This video was made possible by an amazing Kickstarter campaign:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/v...

Full list of credits, including Kickstarter backers:
http://viennateng.com/level-up-music-...

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Video starts slow then gets excellent, and Vienna's voice is beautiful. 


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Fresh Off the Boat: Phillip Goldstein

Eddie tries to befriend the only other chinese kid in school.
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LOVED this episode!


So funny.


The show is getting better. You'll see at the end of this episode. 

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A poem against internalization

A poem against internalization | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

by Starlette McNeill


You can search through my hair to ensure airport security.

You can bar  and color- code my skin.

You can socially position my body, marginalize or center.

But, you cannot touch who is within.

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You can count me, number me: minority and majority.

You can in and out me, believe in and doubt me.


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Starbucks is tackling race relations

Starbucks is tackling race relations | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is encouraging employees to start conversations about race in America.
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Hispanics are becoming America's largest minority

Hispanics are becoming America's largest minority | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Incredible graphs show how Hispanics are becoming the largest minority in the United States and how whites will become a minority by 2044.
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