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Cher Takes Her Mom To Meet The President

Cher Takes Her Mom To Meet The President | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Ever wonder how Cher manages to look so great at age 66? Look no further than her mother, Georgia Holt, on Wednesday.

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Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West: Dee Brown, Hampton Sides

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West: Dee Brown, Hampton Sides | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"Immediately recognized as a revelatory and enormously controversial book since its first publication in 1971, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is universally recognized as one of those rare books that forever changes the way its subject is perceived. Now repackaged with a new introduction from bestselling author Hampton Sides to coincide with a major HBO dramatic film of the book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

 

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is Dee Brown's classic, eloquent, meticulously documented account of the systematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of the nineteenth century. A national bestseller in hardcover for more than a year after its initial publication, it has sold over four million copies in multiple editions and has been translated into seventeen languages.

 

Using council records, autobiographies, and firsthand descriptions, Brown allows great chiefs and warriors of the Dakota, Ute, Sioux, Cheyenne, and other tribes to tell us in their own words of the series of battles, massacres, and broken treaties that finally left them and their people demoralized and decimated. A unique and disturbing narrative told with force and clarity, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee changed forever our vision of how the West was won, and lost. It tells a story that should not be forgotten, and so must be retold from time to time."

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Florecita Growing Up: Our Shades of Brown: Now there are four Isaacs!

Florecita Growing Up: Our Shades of Brown: Now there are four Isaacs! | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"...how do you tell them, "Hey! Your being a jerk," without being a jerk yourself?"

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Carrie Ann Inaba (Chinese, Japanese, Irish)...

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Carrie Ann Inaba (Chinese, Japanese, Irish) [American]

 

Known as: Dancer, choreographer, actress, game show host, and singer (TV: Judge on “Dancing with the Stars”, Fly Girl on “In Living Color” host of “1 vs 100”; Movies: Fook Yu in “Austin Powers in Goldmember”; Music Singles: “Party Girl”, “Be Your Girl”, “Yume no Senaka”)

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Rashida Jones

Who Do You Think You Are?: Rashida Jones | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"I talked on a previous post about being a fan of Who Do You Think You Are? on NBC. There have been some fascinating journeys this season, but the star I was most interested in was Rashida Jones who is an actress and daughter to legendary music producer, Quincy Jones (African-American) and actress, Peggy Lipton (Caucasian/Jewish). She articulated her feelings about being biracial and the complexities that brings.

 

“I always identified with both. It was important to me to be black, as was Judaism and being Jewish. I was always encouraged to be balanced and I don’t want to choose.” – Rashida Jones"

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1661: The First ‘Mixed-Race’ Milestone

1661: The First ‘Mixed-Race’ Milestone | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Steven F. Riley
2010-03-12

 

"It is a surprisingly common misconception among many that the year 1967 represents the first milestone for people of ‘mixed-race’ in the United States. Without a doubt, 1967 is a significant milestone because it is the year that the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Loving v. Virginia case overturned the remaining anti-miscegenation laws in the 16 states that still had them. But we should look back—not a few years… nor a few decades—but a a few centuries, before 1967 to 1661, where the then colony of Maryland codified the first anti-miscegenation statue. Such laws would be enacted throughout the United States up to and including Virginia’s Racial Integrity Act of 1924. (After 1924, anti-miscegenation laws would either be upheld or overturned until 1967, when the remaining ones were all overturned.) If we expand our view to the entire Americas, our first milestone is the Spanish law of October 19, 1514 which explicitly permitted intermarriage with Indians1, 500 years ago!

 

Although records of the very first union between Europeans, Native Peoples (Indians), and Africans is lost to us, it is clear by the laws enacted to allow, regulate, and restrict those unions, they had been occurring for decades prior to their enactment. Such unions had been occurring too in the American colonies between Europeans and Indians, (and some African indentured servants) until around 1619—the beginning of the transatlantic slave trade—when African slaves came en masse and providing an even larger population in with to mix. Finally, in 1661 the Maryland act condemned…

 

…free-born English women who intermarry with Negro slaves: “whatsoever free-born woman shall intermarry with any slave, shall serve the master of such slave during the life of her husband; all the issues [children] of such free-born women, so married, shall be slaves as their fathers were.”2

 

1661 by no means represents the beginning of the societal condemnation of miscegenation in the American colonies, but it is the year in which the white male dominated society of the American colonies began transforming their fears into legislative actions. Twenty-one years prior, a [white man,] Robert Sweat of Virginia was to “do penance in church according to the law of England, for getting a negro woman with child, and the woman to be soundly whipped.”3 Nine years later in 1649, another white man, Williams Watts, and a black female slaved named Mary (owned by Mr. Cornelius Lloyds) were…

 

“…ordered each of them to doe penance by standing in a white sheete with a white Rodd in their hands in the Chapell of Elizabeth River in the face of the congregation on the next sabbath day that the minister shall make penince service and the said Watts to pay the court charges.”4

 

During the early part of the transatlantic slave trade, the ratio of black women to white women in the colonies was estimated to be 9-to-1. Thus is not surprising that interracial relationships, if not condoned, were tolerated. However, as the slave trade continued, the increasing number of offspring from the unions between white men and black women—and free black men and white women to a much smaller extent—created a social and moral conundrum for those who wished to enforce the boundaries between “superior” whites and “inferior” black slaves.

 

One of the first mechanisms enacted to diminish the social and moral conundrum of the increased numbers of mulatto children was to reverse centuries of English law, which prior, transferred the condition (status) of the father to the child. With this reversal, offspring from the union of a white man and black female slave would be slaves at birth. This new situation provided white slaveholders with access to both black female concubinage and a continuous supply of newborn slaves, which would continue despite increasing punitive anti-miscegenation laws, until the end of the Civil War, some nearly 250 years later.

 

While illegal unions between white men and black women may have frequently gone unpunished, the same cannot be said of unions between black men and white women. Common law forbade the enslavement of children born to white women, thus miscegenation between black men (free or enslaved) and white women would produce free-born mulatto offspring. The apparent social confusion caused by legions of free mixed-race individuals and enslaved mixed-race individuals was deemed too dangerous for the emerging slaved-based economies of the tobacco, sugar and cotton producing slave owners.

 

Though it is quite appealing to remember 1967 as the Summer of Love, and the Lovings, there is the risk of reducing the history of ‘mixed-race’ America to the last 40 years instead of the entire 400-year span of (Columbian) American history. So instead, remember one-six-six-one (1661)."

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Norris Wright Cuney (African, Native American, Swiss)

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Norris Wright Cuney (African, Native American, Swiss) [American]

 

Known as: Politician, Union Leader, and African American activist (Unionized black workers in Galveston; Became Chairman of the Texas Republican Party; Texas national committeeman in the Republican Party; Elected Alderman in Galveston, Texas)

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Vin Diesel (Multiracial)

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Vin Diesel (Multiracial) [American] (Quote: “I am truly multi-racial. I never knew my biological father. All I know from my mother is that I have connections to many different cultures.”)

 

Known as: Actor, writer, director & producer (Movies: “Fast & Furious” series, “xXx”, “Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick” series, “Saving Private Ryan”)

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Crispus Attucks (Wampanoag Native American/African)

Crispus Attucks (Wampanoag Native American/African) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Crispus Attucks (Wampanoag Native American/African) [American]

 

Known as: Icon and first martyr of the American Revolutionary War (First Casualty of the Boston Massacre)

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Kim Kardashian (Armenian/Dutch-Scottish)...

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Kim Kardashian (Armenian/Dutch-Scottish) [American]

 

Known as: American socialite, television personality, model, actress and businesswoman (Co-Founder of the DASH Boutique; Release the K-Dash & Kardashian Kollection clothing lines)

 

TV: “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”, “Kourtney and Kim Take New York”, “Dancing with the Stars”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Beyond the Break”, “America’s

 

Next Top Model”, “Kim’s Fairytale Wedding: A Kardashian Event”

 

Movies: “Disaster Movie”, “Deep in the Valley”

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Dutch/Dutch-Indonesian (Indo))

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Flashback Thursday: Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Dutch/Dutch-Indonesian (Indo)) [American]

 

Known as: TV & Film Actor

 

TV: “Saved By The Bell”, “NYPD Blue”, “Raising the Bar”, “Franklin & Bash”, “Commander in Chief”, “Hyperion Bay”

 

Films: “Dead Man on Campus”, “Kounterfeit”, “Specimen”

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Mulattotude: ITYC Radio Interview with Shannon Bennett ~ Is That Your Child

Mulattotude: ITYC Radio Interview with Shannon Bennett ~ Is That Your Child | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"ITYC Radio had the pleasure of interviewing Shannon Bennett of Mulattotude last week and we're happy to finally share our interview with you. We talked to Shannon about motherhood, being a mixed adoptee, and the lessons about race and identity she's learned from her two sons.

 

We also had a great discussion about Shannon's work in academia at an HBCU and the challenges of being a woman of color in academia. You can listen to the interview here, on iTunes or in the ITYC Radio playeron the left."

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Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American)

Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Velina Hasu Houston (Japanese, Blackfoot Pikuni Native American Indian, and African American) [American]

 

Known as: Award winning playwright, essayist, poet, author, editor, and screenwriter (Plays: “Tea”, “Asa Ga Kimashita”, “Kokoro”, “The Matsuyama Mirror”, “Hula Heart”, “Ikebana (Living Flowers)”, “Shedding the Tiger”, “Waiting for Tadashi”)

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Chris Kattan (Iraqi Jewish/Hungarian) [American]

Chris Kattan (Iraqi Jewish/Hungarian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Comedian & Actor

 

TV: Saturday Night Live - “Butabi Brothers”, “Mr. Peepers”, “Mango”, “DeMarco Brothers”, “Suel Forrester”, “Goth Talk”

 

Movies: “A Night at the Roxbury”, “Undercover Brother”, “Corky Romanmo”

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Ojibwe (Part 1) | Facebook

Ojibwe (Part 1) | Facebook | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"The Ojibwe (also Ojibwa or Ojibway) or Chippewa (also Chippeway) are among the largest groups of Native Americans–First Nations north of Mexico. They are divided between Canada and the United States. In Canada, they are the second-largest population among First Nations, surpassed only by Cree. In the United States, they had the fourth-largest population among Native American tribes, surpassed only by Navajo, Cherokee and the Lakota."

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Black women that white men like

Black women that white men like | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
White American men seem to go for certain kinds of black women and not for others. The same is true for black men and white women, but that is another post. I have not done any grand survey nor am ...
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Raja Fenske (aka RJ Fenske) (Indian/German-Norwegian).

Raja Fenske (aka RJ Fenske) (Indian/German-Norwegian). | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Raja Fenske (aka RJ Fenske) (Indian/German-Norwegian) [American]

 

Known as: TV & Film Actor

 

TV: “Unfabulous”, “Boomtown”, “24”, “CSI:Miami”

 

Film: “Peep World”, “Injustice”, “Days of Wrath”, “Spelling Bee”

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The Emotional Tug of Obama

The Emotional Tug of Obama | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"David Axelrod, one of the chief architects of Obama’s political career, told Calmes: “It doesn’t take a big leap to think that child could be thinking, ‘Maybe I could be here someday.’ This can be such a cynical business, and then there are moments like that that just remind you that it’s worth it.”

 

Axelrod’s words, meanwhile, are a reminder that more than three and a half years after Obama made history as the first black man elected to the presidency, he still presents more than a résumé and an agenda. He still personifies the hope, to borrow a noun that he has used, that we really might evolve into the colorblind, fair-minded country that many of us want. His own saga taps into the larger story of this country’s fitful, unfinished progress toward its stated ideal of equal opportunity."

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Alexandra Stevenson (African-American/Caucasian)

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Alexandra Stevenson (African-American/Caucasian) [American]

 

Known as: Professional Tennis Player (2002-2003 US Fed Cup Team member; 2000 US Hopman Cup Team member; 1999 US Pan American Games Team member; Daughter of Julius Erving)

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Mixed People Monday – Karen Olivo

Mixed People Monday – Karen Olivo | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"The supporting actress on the just cancelled “Harry’s Law” is also a stage veteran. She has a father who is Puerto Rican and has Native American on his father’s side and her mother is half-Dominican and half-Chinese. Quite the multi-cultural mix."

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Hapa Clothes

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Sells t-shirts and other products featuring positive, uplifting messages and designs for biracial, blended, diverse, global, hafu, hapa, hip hapa homeez, interracial, mixed-blood, mixed-race, mixed-roots, mixie, mixy, multicultural, multiethnic,...
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Loving Day Celebration

Loving Day Celebration | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it
Just a reminder that this upcoming weekend, you can attend Loving Day celebrations all around the US! Check out the list and see if there's one near you! (Or you can even host a celebration yourself!) :) Find out more about Loving Day!
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Hayley Kiyoko (Japanese, English, Scottish)...

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Hayley Kiyoko (Japanese, English, Scottish) [American]

 

Known as: Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Musician, Dancer

 

TV: “Lemonade Mouth”, “Wizards of Waverly Place”, “Scooby Doo! The Mystery Begins”, “Scooby-Doo! Curse of the Lake Monster”

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Marcia Dawkins is Clearly Invisible... Are You?

"Dr. Dawkins explains how NYU's Washington Square Park inspired her with the idea for looking at passing in her new book "Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity."

 

Check it out at

www.clearlyinvisiblebook.com and www.marciadawkins.com

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Asians are the Wedge

Asians are the Wedge | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"First, let’s get it straight. The model minority myth is a lie.

 

The myth first entered the popular consciousness of Americans in the 1960s, shortly after the passage of federal civil rights legislation. It started with a 1966 New York Times article, “Success Story: Japanese American Style” that argued that Japanese Americans, just 21 years after virtually the entire community was interned, had risen to success through quietly working hard and making sacrifices to create opportunities for their children.

 

U.S. News and World Report’s “Success Story of One Minority Group in U.S.” in 1968, and Newsweek’s “Success Story: Outwhiting the Whites” published in 1971, sealed the deal."

 

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