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Tamara Taylor (Black Canadian/Scottish Canadian) [Canadian]

Tamara Taylor (Black Canadian/Scottish Canadian) [Canadian] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV & Film Actress

 

TV: Dr. Camille Saroyan in “Bones”, “Hidden Hills”, “Party of Five”, “City of Angels”, “Sex, Love & Secrets”, “LOST”, “Dawson’s Creek”,

 

Movies: “Diary of a Mad Black Woman”, “Serenity”, “Senseless”, “Shuffle”

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Julia Jones (English, African American, Native American (Chickasaw & Choctaw)) [American]

Julia Jones (English, African American, Native American (Chickasaw & Choctaw)) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV & Film Actress

 

Movies: Leah Clearwater in “The Twilight Saga” movies, “Jonah Hex”, “California Indian”, “Missed Connections”, “Hell Ride”, “Black Cloud”

 

TV: “ER”, “In Plain Sight”

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Put These Combat Boots Away | Damali Ayo

Put These Combat Boots Away | Damali Ayo | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"I was taught early on that whiteness, inside or outside of me, was dangerous.
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That pain came not only from the presence of racism, but from my personal investment in it.
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since I had stopped looking for racism around every corner, I hadn’t experienced any.
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As a woman who had been trained to be racially paranoid before I could read, it was a freedom I had never felt.

Accepting myself as multiracial requires a great deal of forgiveness, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a well of forgiveness within me ready to tap. The truth does that, it opens up stores of forgiveness that cannot be accessed when it is being repressed. I found myself forgiving my family, forgiving myself, forgiving both white and black people, and forgiving of all of my ancestors. Talking to a friend I heard myself say, “One group of my ancestors (English) enslaved another group of my ancestors (Africans) and murdered another group (Native American). (As far as I am aware the Italians are in the clear). I am ready to be at peace with that.”

This blew me away.

I am ready to be at peace.

I have to be at peace. I spent too many years in the angst of a deception, staring at my truth in the mirror and obscuring it through the tools of anger, paranoia, and fear, trying to prove to everyone else that I exist within their parameters. Now I choose to look in the mirror and see a miracle of history, the dissonance and conflict that led to who I am can exist in a happy person, and maybe one day, in a happy culture."

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The New Colored People: The Mixed Race Movement in America (Book Review)

The New Colored People: The Mixed Race Movement in America (Book Review) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Book Review 

 

"The New Colored People: The Mixed Race Movement in America by Jon Michael Spencer (1997) makes the argument that the US multi-cultural movement, like other movements in the past, is something that we need to pay attention for two reasons."

 

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Jason Kidd (African-American/Irish) [American]

Jason Kidd (African-American/Irish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Basketball Player (Plays for the NBA’s 2011 champions Dallas Mavericks; Third place all time in NBA history during the regular season (and second place during the playoffs) for triple-doubles; 1995 NBA co-Rookie of the Year; 10 time NBA All Star)

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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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Batista (aka Dave Bautista) (Filipino/Greek) [American]

Batista (aka Dave Bautista) (Filipino/Greek) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Mixed Martial Artist, Former Professional Wrestler, Bodybuilder & Actor (6-Time Champion in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE); Former Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVM) Heavyweight Champion)

 

Wrestling Awards/Accolades: 4-Time (WWE) World Heavyweight Champion; 2-Time WWE Champion; 3-Time (WWE) World Tag Team Champion; 1-Time WWE Tag Team Champion; Winner of the 2005 Royal Rumble; 1-Time OVM Heavyweight Champion

 

Movies: Brass Body in “The Man with the Iron Fists”, “The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption”, “House of the Rising Sun”, “Wrong Side of Town”,

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Tammy Duckworth (Thai Chinese/White) [American (Born in Thailand)]

Tammy Duckworth (Thai Chinese/White) [American (Born in Thailand)] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Newly Elected Congresswoman to the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois’ 8th District (First person of Asian decent elected to the US Congress from Illinois; Former Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs; Former Director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs; Iraqi War Veteran (US Army Helicopter Pilot); Lieutenant Colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard)

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Moon Bloodgood (Dutch-Irish/Korean) [American]

Moon Bloodgood (Dutch-Irish/Korean) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress and model (TV: “Falling Skies”, “Journeyman”, “Day Break”; Movies: “Terminator Salvation”, “Pathfinder”, “Eight Below”; Former Laker Girl)

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Obama Symbolizes What’s Great About America

Obama Symbolizes What’s Great About America | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Finally it’s over. No more debates, commercials, endless campaign speeches and subsequent news reports. No more talking heads and spinning. No more polls. The only poll that counts was the one from Tuesday night. And thank goodness the best man won. Now that it is over, after a week or so of post election analysis and celebration (at least for the Democratic side) and whining on the losing side, we can go back to being one, clearly divided nation."

 

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Jessica Alba (Mexican/Danish-French Canadian) [American]

Jessica Alba (Mexican/Danish-French Canadian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Film & TV Actress

 

Movies: “Sin City”, “Fantastic Four” series, “Valentine’s Day”, “Little Fockers”, “Into the Blue”, “Machete”, “Honey”, “The Killer Inside Me”, “The Eye”

 

TV: “Dark Angel”, “Flipper”

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Mixed Mexican: Is Latino a Race? | Thomas Lopez

So when I was talking to a friend about the problems with the Latino question on the Census (highlighted in my other film) he suggested that some people think Latino should be considered a race and included in the race question. This got me thinking as to what that could mean. This is my exploration of that subject. Anyway, I hope you like it.

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Mizuo Peck (Japanese, Irish, English, Native American (Cherokee)) [American]

Mizuo Peck (Japanese, Irish, English, Native American (Cherokee)) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Film & TV Actress

 

Movies: Sacajawea in “Night at the Museum” & “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian”, “Scenes of the Crime”, “Peace of Mind”

 

TV: “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”, “All My Children”, “Witchblade”

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Bill Burton (Black/White) [American]

Bill Burton (Black/White) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Former Deputy White House Press Secretary from 2009 to 2011 (Senior Strategist of Priorities USA; Former National Press Secretary, Obama for America Campaign)

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Ryan Potter (Japanese/White) [American]

Ryan Potter (Japanese/White) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV Actor

 

TV: Mike Fukanaga on “Supah Ninjas”

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Selena Gomez (Mexican, Italian) [American]

Selena Gomez (Mexican, Italian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress & Singer

 

TV: “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Barney & Friends”;

 

Movies: “Ramona and Beezus”, “Monte Carlo”, “Another Cinderella Story”; Lead Singer in the band “Selena Gomez and the Scene”;

 

Albums: “Kiss & Tell”, “A Year Without Rain”, “When the Sun Goes Down”; Singles: “Naturally”, “Round & Round”, “Who Says”, “A Year Without Rain”

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Facebook Went There – Race

Facebook Went There – Race | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

 I had been telling people that identity sites like Facebook and Google+ don’t have a field for race – because race does not define us. Well, maybe I was wrong – again. 

 

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Persia White (Afro-Bahamian/Irish) [American]

Persia White (Afro-Bahamian/Irish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress, Musician, Artist & Activist (Member of the industrial rock band “XEO3”)

 

TV: “Girlfriends”, “Vampire Diaries”, “Breaker High”, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”

 

Movies: “The Fall of Night”, “Dysfunctional Friends”, “Spoken Word”, “Blood Dolls”, “Everyday Joe”, “Red Letters”

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Daniella Alonso (Puerto Rican / Peruvian (Japanese-Spanish)) [American]

Daniella Alonso (Puerto Rican / Peruvian (Japanese-Spanish)) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV & Film Actress and Former Model

 

TV: Nora Clayton in “Revolution”, Anna Taggaro in “One Tree Hill”, “Friday Night Lights”, “My Generation”, “Covert Affairs”, “Rizzoli & Isles”

 

Movies: “The Hills Have Eyes 2”, “Wrong Turn 2: Dead End”, “The Collector”, “A Poor Kid’s Guide to Success”

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Lloyd Banks (Puerto Rican/African American) [American]

Lloyd Banks (Puerto Rican/African American) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Hip-Hop Artist (Member of the group “G-Unit”)

 

Music Videos: On Fire, Beamer, Benz, or Bentley, Hands Up, Karma

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Mixed People Monday – Ali Landry

Mixed People Monday – Ali Landry | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
The former beauty queen and now actress is part Cajun-French (from Louisiana) and Mexican.
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Dennis Oh (aka Dennis Joseph O’Neil) (Korean/White) [American]

Dennis Oh (aka Dennis Joseph O’Neil) (Korean/White) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Model & Actor

 

TV: “Melrose Place”, “The Forgotten”, “East of Eden”, “Sweet Spy”, “Fall in Love”

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Charles Mingus (Chinese, English, African-American, Swedish) [American]

Charles Mingus (Chinese, English, African-American, Swedish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Legendary Jazz Double Bassist, Composer & Bandleader

 

Music: Moanin’, Take the ‘A’ Train, Goodbye Pork Pie Hat, Flowers For A Lady, Performance in Norway

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Mixed Mexican | Thomas Lopez

This pseudo memoir was inspired by frustration with the Census method of documenting mixed Latinos. The purpose is to show the need for changing the Census and suggests what those changes should be. This film was shown at the 2010 Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival and the 2010 Ready Made Film Festival. Most recently it was shown in Vancouver, BC, Canada, as part of the Hapapalooza festival. So it has gone international, eh!

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