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Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He's White?

Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He's White? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"President Obama embodies and embraces tough questions about race like few others. His ever-evolving racial identity questions the construction of the color line.

 

Wouldn't it be real progress to admit that an increasing number of people who identify with monoracial identities like black and white might also be mixed?"

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‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday - COLORLINES

‘Red Bone Girls,’ ‘Chocolate Legs,’ and Eric Benet’s Color-Complex Payday - COLORLINES | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Even worse, says [Yaba] Blay, is what the use of the “redbone” label in the song says about the humanity of the woman at the center of it. “The assumption is that you know something about a so-called red bone just by looking at her body. In that way, she’s still on the auction block. The message is, ‘You ain’t sh#@t ouside of what I can see.’ And by the way, I see ‘chocolate’ the same way—it reduces people down to something to be consumed. That kind of thinking robs us of all of our humanity.”"

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Nathan Adrian (Chinese/Caucasian) [American]

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Nathan Adrian (Chinese/Caucasian) [American]

 

Known as: Multiple Medal Winning Olympic Swimmer

 

London 2012 Summer Olympics Events: Men’s 100m Freestyle (Won a Gold Medal), Men’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay (Won a SIlver Medal), Men’s 4x100m Medley Relay

 

Other Awards/Accolades: Gold Medal in the 4x100m Freestyle Relay at the 2008 Summer Olympics; 5 time Gold Medalist at the World Championships

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Mixed American - Nathan Adrian fastest in 100 freestyle prelims

Mixed American - Nathan Adrian fastest in 100 freestyle prelims | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Nathan Adrian of the U.S. qualified fastest in the 100-meter freestyle preliminaries at the London Games on Tuesday.

 

 

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Clearly Invisible | Marcia Dawkins | available 8/1

Clearly Invisible | Marcia Dawkins | available 8/1 | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Everybody passes. Not just racial minorities. As Marcia Alesan Dawkins explains, passing has been occurring for millennia, since intercultural and interracial contact began. And with this profound new study, she explores its old limits and new possibilities: from women passing as men and able-bodied persons passing as disabled to black classics professors passing as Jewish and white supremacists passing as white." 

 

"We are lucky to have rising public intellectual, Marcia Alesan Dawkins, bring critical conversations about the Mixed experience into broader scholarship. Her work confirms that an understanding of the Mixed experience is essential to understanding who we are as Americans."
—Heidi W. Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky

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Carmelo Anthony (Puerto Rican/African-American) [American]

Carmelo Anthony (Puerto Rican/African-American) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Carmelo Anthony (Puerto Rican/African-American) [American]

 

Known as: Professional Basketball Player (Plays small forward for the New York Knicks; Also played for the Denver Nuggets and the USA National Team)

 

Honors: 5 time NBA All-Star, 4 time All-NBA Team; 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist; 2003 NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player

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Obama Has Ties to Slavery Not by His Father but His Mother, Research Suggests | Mixed Race Studies

Obama Has Ties to Slavery Not by His Father but His Mother, Research Suggests | Mixed Race Studies | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

 "WASHINGTON — President Obama’s biography — son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas — has long suggested that unlike most African-Americans, his roots did not include slavery.

 

Now a team of genealogists is upending that thinking, saying that Mr. Obama’s mother had, in addition to her European ancestors, at least one African forebear and that the president is most likely descended from one of the first documented African slaves in the United States."

 

"The company said records suggested that Mr. Punch fathered children with a white woman, who passed her free status on to those children, giving rise to a family of a slightly different name, the Bunches, that ultimately spawned Mr. Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham…"

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Anthony Ervin (African American / Jewish) [American] Olympian | via RollingStone

Anthony Ervin (African American / Jewish) [American] Olympian | via RollingStone | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"When he was 19 and stepped up to the blocks in Sydney, Ervin had already set a world record. But the buzz wasn't about his speed, it was about his race. Ervin's mother is Jewish and his father is black, and he found himself defined as the "first African-American swimmer to make the Olympic team." After he climbed out of the pool in Sydney, beaming from his gold-medal victory, the sportscaster Jim Gray approached Ervin and asked what it felt like to be the first swimmer of African-American descent to win gold. Ervin gave a stock answer and walked away. "I didn't know a thing about what it was like to be part of the black experience," Ervin says today. "But now I do. It's like winning gold and having a bunch of old white people ask you what it's like to be black. That is my black experience."

 

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/videos/olympics-2012-gold-medal-swimmer-anthony-ervin-is-out-to-reclaim-his-title-20120727#ixzz2251DVkqc"

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Lia Neal, Olympic Star Rising from Brooklyn | New York City | United States | Epoch Times

Lia Neal, Olympic Star Rising from Brooklyn | New York City | United States | Epoch Times | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Brooklyn native Lia Neal is a 17-year-old swimmer who is competing in the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

 

Rome said, “It was inevitable” for her to go to the Olympics. “She’s been breaking records—the only record left for her to break is at the Olympics.”

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Steve Kariya (Japanese/Scottish) [Canadian]

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Steve Kariya (Japanese/Scottish) [Canadian]

 

Known as: Professional Hockey Player (Won the 2004-05 Veli-Pekka Ketola trophy; Brother of Paul Kariya)

Played for: Vancouver Canucks, Ilves Tampere, Espoo Blues, HPK Hämeenlinna, JYP Jyväskylä, Frölunda Indians

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ORLANDO BARRIA – Faceless Dolls (Ana Rubí and Miriam, Victims of the Devil`s Acid), 2011 | Lizzie Mariko

ORLANDO BARRIA – Faceless Dolls (Ana Rubí and Miriam, Victims of the Devil`s Acid), 2011 | Lizzie Mariko | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Removing the faces is an erasure of humanity, which is the first step towards allowing the atrocities" -Lizzie Mariko

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Meet Lizzie Mariko from each one, all much

Meet Lizzie Mariko from each one, all much | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Blog: 

each one, all much

exploring the world of mixed heritage art and artists

 

About Page:

 

Q. What are you?

 

Lizzie is:

a) an archaeologist and museum professional
b) a pool player, hula hoop maker, and coffee enthusiast
c) a daughter, sister, friend, wife, and mother
d) just another Japanese/Irish/Scottish/Russian/Jewish/Episcopalian girl from the Bronx
e) all of the above

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Lia Neal (African American/Chinese) [American]

Lia Neal (African American/Chinese) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Lia Neal (African American/Chinese) [American]

 

More Information: Lia Neal’s Official Site, Lia Neal’s Twitter page, New York Times: Olympic Swimmer Neal Built Her Dream in Brooklyn, USA Swimming: Lia Neal, Lia Neal’s Facebook page, Lia Neal’s Wikipedia page

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Flashback Thursday: Olivia Munn (Chinese/German-Irish) [American]

Flashback Thursday: Olivia Munn (Chinese/German-Irish) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Flashback Thursday: Olivia Munn (Chinese/German-Irish) [American]

 

Known as: Actress, Comedian, Model, Television Personality and Author (Author of “Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek”)

 

TV: “The Newsroom”, “Attack of the Show”, “The Daily Show”, “Perfect Couples”, “Beyond the Break”, “Greek”

 

Movies: “Magic Mike”, “The Babymakers”, “I Don’t Know How She Does It”, “Iron Man 2”, “Date Night”, “The Slammin’ Salmon”

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Mixed Race America: Who do you root for?

Mixed Race America: Who do you root for? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"The natural answer is the country you identify with--but for those of us with multiple heritages and/or passports, this can be a thorny answer.

 

One of the things I've realized is that I am drawn to rooting for people of color."

 

-Jennifer

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Will new age of mixed-race identities loosen the hold of race or tie it up in tighter knots?

Will new age of mixed-race identities loosen the hold of race or tie it up in tighter knots? | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Moreover, Spencer said, while race may not truly exist, racism does, and OMB acted quite appropriately in ordering the racial data collapsed back into traditional categories for civil rights purposes…"

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Congratulations to Daily Multiracial Kyla Ross for winning a Gold Medal in the Women’s Gymnastic Team Competition!

Congratulations to Daily Multiracial Kyla Ross for winning a Gold Medal in the Women’s Gymnastic Team Competition! | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Congratulations to Daily Multiracial Kyla Ross for winning a Gold Medal in the Women’s Gymnastic Team Competition!

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Alia Shawkat (Kurdish, Irish, Norwegian) [American]

Alia Shawkat (Kurdish, Irish, Norwegian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Alia Shawkat (Kurdish, Irish, Norwegian) [American]

 

Known as: TV & Film Actress

 

TV: Mae “Maeby” Fünke in “Arrested Development, “State of Grace”, “The Starter Wife”,

 

Movies: “Cedar Rapids”, “Whip It”, “Ruby Sparks”, “The Lie”, “Rebound”, “The Runaways”, “Deck the Halls”, “Queen of Cactus Cove”

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New Americans Documentary

New Americans Documentary | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"A documentary that explores the impact of the multiracial baby boom upon America, a country that has shed so much blood on the color line."

 

VIDEO

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Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art : NPR

Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art : NPR | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

2004

 

Casta Paintings: Inventing Race Through Art
Mexican Art Genre Reveals 18th-Century Attitudes on Racial Mixing

 

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosted a major exhibition of paintings that reflect what many upper-class Spaniards thought about race, class and skin color during the time of the Spanish colonization of Mexico in the 1700s.

 

- Click title to get to AUDIO - 

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Kyla Ross (Japanese, African American, Filipino, Puerto Rican) [American]

Kyla Ross (Japanese, African American, Filipino, Puerto Rican) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Kyla Ross (Japanese, African American, Filipino, Puerto Rican) [American]

 

Known as: Olympian Gymnast (Member of the US Women’s Gymnastic Team for the 2012 Summer Olympics)

 

Awards/Accolades: 2012 Silver Medalist in the Uneven Bars at the US Championships; Multiple Medalist (Gold, Silver & Bronze) at the 2012 Pacific Rim Championships)

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Hapa Soap Opera | Laura Kina

Hapa Soap Opera | Laura Kina | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Laura Kina (born 1973) is an artist, academic and important contributor to the emergent field of Critical Mixed Race Studies. Kina was born in Riverside, CA. and raised in Poulsbo, WA."

 

"Laura Kina creates art which relates to race, religion, class, family, and identity, more specifically Asian American and mixed race identity." -Wikipedia

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ANONYMOUS – Casta Painting, 18th Century | Lizzie Mariko

ANONYMOUS – Casta Painting, 18th Century | Lizzie Mariko | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"But people are not beetles ..."

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"After identifying my Asian side as Japanese, it has not been uncommon to hear that, “that’s the best.” Excuse me? Apparently the impetus to rank extends to the country level as well. But it does depend on where you’re standing. When I was in Vietnam a different system was in place, one in which being part Vietnamese would have been far superior and I was met with consoling words. “Don’t worry, if you don’t tell anyone, no one will know.”

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ANONYMOUS – Mixed marriage folktale, Late 19th Century | Lizzie Mariko

ANONYMOUS – Mixed marriage folktale, Late 19th Century | Lizzie Mariko | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"From merely curious to outright threatened, reactions to foreign influence sparked a concern for the purity of Japanese culture in the mid-19th century. This woodblock print, illustrating the birth of a baby to a Japanese mother and a White father, ultimately issues a warning against mixed marriages. Remarkably strong and incredibly hairy- traits inherited from the paternal line- this child embodies the perceived dangers of interracial relationships."

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