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Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone | Abagond

Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone | Abagond | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Zoe Saldana is set to play Nina Simone in “Nina”, a film about the jazz singer’s life. Filming starts in October 2012. Simone was a dark-skinned black woman, Zoe Saldana is a light-skinned Latina who looks nothing like her, but apparently has the star-power to get the film off the ground.

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Adepero Oduye, who played the lead in “Pariah” (2011), looks way more like Simone and has more acting talent, but has little box-office pull:

 

The trope here is “But Not Too Black”: leading black characters, particularly females, particularly those with a love story, tend to be played by the light-skinned or mixed-race. The thinking is that they appeal more to white audiences – because they are “not too black” – and even to black audiences – because of colourism. You see it more in film and television aimed at whites than at blacks.

 

Saldana herself is both black and Latina. As far as I know she has never distanced herself from either. She was born in New Jersey to Dominican parents. She is #45 on Maxim’s Hot 100 for 2012, the highest ranking black actress.

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Daniel Hale Williams

Daniel Hale Williams | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Daniel Hale Williams (January 18, 1858 – August 4, 1931) was an American surgeon. He was the first African-American cardiologist, and performed the first successful open-heart surgery in the United States. He also founded Provident Hospital, the first non-segregated hospital in the United States

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Eric Steinberg (Korean/Lithuanian-German Jewish) [American]

Eric Steinberg (Korean/Lithuanian-German Jewish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV & Film Actor

 

TV: “Pretty Little Liars”, “Days of Our Lives”, “The Young and the Restless”, “Stargate SG-1”, “24”, “Star Trek: Voyager”

 

Movies: “Star Trek: First Contact”, “Finding Mason”, “Yellow”

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War Baby/Love Child: Mixed Race Asian American Art

"War Baby / Love Child examines hybrid Asian American identity through a collection of essays, artworks, and interviews at the intersection of critical mixed race studies and contemporary art. The book pairs artwork and interviews with nineteen emerging, mid-career, and established mixed race/mixed heritage Asian American artists, including Li-lan and Kip Fulbeck, with scholarly essays exploring such topics as Vietnamese Amerasians, Korean transracial adoptions, and multiethnic Hawai'i. As an increasingly ethnically ambiguous Asian American generation is coming of age in an era of "optional identity," this collection brings together first-person perspectives and a wider scholarly context to shed light on changing Asian American cultures.

 

Laura Kina is associate professor of art, media, and design at DePaul University. Wei Ming Dariotis is associate professor of Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

 

"War Baby / Love Child is an interesting, original, and innovative project that expands the field of Asian American studies by using visual art as a point of entry and analysis for the discipline." - Mark Johnson, editor of Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1970

 

"One of the strengths of this original volume is its holistic combination of interviews with premier fine artists along with the textual, historical, and scholarly context provided by established and emerging scholars in Asian American Studies." - Nitasha Sharma, author of Hip Hop Desis: South Americans, Blackness, and Global Race Consciousness"

 

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Includes my favorite quote: " 100% Black and 100% Japanese " #ChrisNaka from #KipFulbeck 's #100%Hapa

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Skin Deep: Kathleen Cross

"Biracial but white-looking, Nina Moore is the daughter of a rich and famous black musician and a deceased white woman no one in the family will talk about.

 

Burdened with secrets her father refuses to divulge, Nina finds that living as a black woman in white skin, she's attracting the wrong men, receiving privileges she didn't earn and running from a past she didn't create.

 

After dumping her colorstruck fiancé, Nina falls for Ahmad Jefferson, a sexy and intriguing ex-convict and single father who has no love for white folks and won't give her the time of day.

 

While Ahmad focuses on raising his young daughter alone, he makes it clear his friendship with Nina will never develop into anything more, and as he searches for a "real sista" to invite into his life, Nina uncovers a family secret that loosens her hold on everything that has ever held her upright." -Amazon's Book Description

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Shakira (Lebanese, Catalan Spanish, Italian) [Colombian]

Shakira (Lebanese, Catalan Spanish, Italian) [Colombian] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Grammy award winning singer-songwriter/musician (Singer: “Hips Don’t Lie”, “Whenever, Wherever”, “Underneath Your Clothes”, “She Wolf”, “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”; Albums: “Laundry Service”, “Fijación Oral Vol. 1”, “Oral Fixation Vol. 2”).

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Grady Sizemore (African-American/Caucasian) [American]

Grady Sizemore (African-American/Caucasian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Baseball Player (Plays for the Cleveland Indians; 3 time MLB All-Star; 2 time Golden Glove Award Winner)

 

More Information: Cleveland Indians: Grady Sizemore, Baseball Reference: Grady Sizemore, Grady Sizemore’s Wikipedia page

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Longest Interracial/Interethnic Marriages: True Love Never Dies | KolorBlind

Longest Interracial/Interethnic Marriages: True Love Never Dies | KolorBlind | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Although the song says Ebony & Ivory, all interrace/interethnic relationships should learn to live together in perfect harmony like the following couples."

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Flashback Thursday: Tyson Beckford (Jamaican, Chinese, Panamanian) [American]

Flashback Thursday: Tyson Beckford (Jamaican, Chinese, Panamanian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Model & Actor (Modeled for Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Guess; Featured in many music videos)

 

Movies: “Biker Boyz”, “Kings of the Evening”, “Into the Blue”, “Zoolander”, “Hotel California”

 

TV: Hosted BravoTV’s “Make Me a Supermodel”, “I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!”, “Britain’s Next Top Model”

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Freddie Prinze (Puerto Rican/German) [American]

Freddie Prinze (Puerto Rican/German) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

(In his stand-up routine, he would refer to himself as a “Hungarican” — part Hungarian/part Puerto Rican)

 

Known as: Actor and Stand-Up Comedian (TV: Chico Rodriguez in “Chico and The Man”, “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, “Midnight Special”, “Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts”; Father of Freddie Prinze, Jr.)

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Paula Patton (African-American/White) [American]

Paula Patton (African-American/White) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress (Movies: Ms. Rain in “Precious”, Sabrina Watson in “Jumping the Broom”, Morgan Alexander in “Just Wright”, “Idlewild”, “Déjà Vu”, “Mirrors”, “Hitch”, the upcoming “Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol”)

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Wifredo Lam (Chinese, Congolese, Spanish) [Cuban]

Wifredo Lam (Chinese, Congolese, Spanish) [Cuban] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Famous painter, draughtsman and sculptor (Contemporary of Picasso, Matisse & Kahlo)

 

Works: The Jungle, Mother and Child, Satan, Moths and Candles

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Zoë Kravitz (Bahamian, African-American, Jewish) [American]

Zoë Kravitz (Bahamian, African-American, Jewish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress, singer & model (Movies: Angel Salvadore in “X-Men: First Class”, “The Brave One”, “No Reservations”, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”; TV: “Californication”; Modeling: Jalouse, Venus Zine, Elle, Vera Wang’s Princess; Music: Elevator Flight; daughter of past Daily Multiracial Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet)

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Jade Cole (aka Jade Rodan) (Multiracial) [American]

Jade Cole (aka Jade Rodan) (Multiracial) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

On her mix: Jade refererred to herself as having a father who is “Black-White-Indian” and a mother who is a “very exotic white woman”. Elsewhere, other news reports/interviews have listed her as “Black/White (sometimes Dutch)” or “Black/Indian”. One constant: She’s Multiracial :)

 

Known as: Professional Model (Appeared on Cycle 6 of “America’s Next Top Model”; Founded “Biracial Butterfly Productions”; Modeled for/in Nelly’s Apple Bottom Clothing Line, Jay Z’s Rocawear, Elle Girl, etc; Appeared in Music Videos for Ne-Yo, Jamie Foxx, etc)

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Southern planters kept regular concubines and bred entire families of mixed-race children

Southern planters kept regular concubines and bred entire families of mixed-race children | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Common almost to the point on institutionalization, wealthy Southern planters kept regular concubines and bred entire families of mixed-race children, the result being an unprecedented increase in mulatto slavery during the years 1850-60"

 

-Susanna W. Gold, “A measured freedom: national unity and racial containment in Winslow Homer’s The Cotton Pickers, 1876,” The Mississippi Quarterly, (Spring 2002).

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“Wait . . . they had a white baby?!?!” | Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu

“Wait . . . they had a white baby?!?!” | Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"My niece recently had a baby, a beautiful boy. The proud grandmother showed the photo of the newborn to family members and everyone oohed and aahed. One of his cousins looked at the picture and said, “Oh he’s so cute!” But suddenly a puzzled look came over him and he blurted out, “Wait . . . they had a white baby?!?!" @smshige

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Joe Bataan (African-American/Filipino) [American]

Joe Bataan (African-American/Filipino) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Latin Soul/R&B Musician (Known as “The King of Latin Soul”, Coined the term “SalSoul”; Albums: “Gypsy Woman”, “Riot!”, “Call My Name”; Singles: “Rap-O Clap-O”)

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While others may see me as “half,” I know that I am whole | Stephen Murphy-Shigemats

While others may see me as “half,” I know that I am whole | Stephen Murphy-Shigemats | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"As the child of a native Japanese woman and an Irish American father, a salient feature of my life has been this ethnic heritage and the circumstances into which I was born in post—World War II Tokyo. My life, between Japan and the United States, has been marked heavily by my connections to these diverse roots. I have found meaning in my life through learning to accept and appreciate these roots, to balance their influences and blend them into a synergistic whole. While others may see me as “half,” I know that I am whole. This whole me is greater than the sum of its parts and connects me to something beyond my self, to communities of others and to a collective self." - Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, When Half Is Whole: Multiethnic Asian American Identities, (Palo Alto: Stanford University Press, 2012), 2

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20 Suprising Multi-Racial Celebs | StyleBlazer

20 Suprising Multi-Racial Celebs | StyleBlazer | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Here are 20 celebrities who are multi-ethnic. You may be surprised to learn of their backgrounds.
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WHITE PAPERS | Martha Collins

WHITE PAPERS | Martha Collins | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"White Papers is a series of untitled poems that explore race from a variety of personal, historical, and cultural perspectives, questioning what it means to be “white” in a multi-racial society."

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Malese Jow (Chinese, Caucasian, Native American (Cherokee)) [American]

Malese Jow (Chinese, Caucasian, Native American (Cherokee)) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress and Singer-Songwriter

 

TV “The Vampire Diaries”, “Unfabulous”, “Big Time Rush”, “The Troop”

 

Movies “The Social Network”, “Bratz: The Movie”, “You’re So Cupid”

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Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States by Rainier Spencer | Questia

Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States by Rainier Spencer | Questia | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"You will absolutely not find a more thorough description of the OMB and the Federal Racial Categories than in Chapter 2 of Rainier Spencer’s Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States." - Steven F. Riley

 

Read the full-text online book and more details about Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States by Rainier Spencer.

 

Check chapter 2 about why there is a Federal Racial Categorization and how they deal with Mixed Race. 

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Rob Kardashian Jr. (Armenian/Dutch-Scottish) [American]

Rob Kardashian Jr. (Armenian/Dutch-Scottish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: American socialite, television personality, model & businessman (Brother of Kim Kardashian & Kourtney Kardashian)

 

TV: “Dancing with the Stars”, “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, “Khloé & Lamar”

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Black And Jewish in the U.S.A. | Signed Shona

Black And Jewish in the U.S.A. | Signed Shona | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
My first blog post about being a black Jew in the US...

 

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Tara Macken (Irish/Filipino) [Grew up in Kuwait, Brunei, The Philippines, USA]

Tara Macken (Irish/Filipino) [Grew up in Kuwait, Brunei, The Philippines, USA] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Stunt Woman & Actress

 

Acting: District 4 Tribute Girl in “The Hunger Games” (Movie), Luisa in “Sons of Anarchy” (TV), “Hawaii Five-0” (TV), “Victorious” (TV), “Make it Or Break it” (TV), “Dragon Age: Redemption”, “The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers”

 

Stunt Work (Film): “Battleship”, “In Time”, “The Lincoln Lawyer”, Upcoming “Star Trek” sequel, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”, “Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D”,

 

Stunt Work (TV/Video Games): “Sons of Anarchy”, “Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City” (Video Game), “Hawaii Five-O”, “Nikita”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, “The Nine Lives of Chloe King”, “The Middle”,

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