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Faith Evans (African-American/Italian) [American]

Faith Evans (African-American/Italian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Grammy Award Winning Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer, Author & Actress (Wrote “Keep the Faith: A Memoir”, a New York Times Best Seller and winner of the 2009 African American Literary Award for Best Biography/Memoir)

 

Music Videos: “I’ll Be Missing You (w/ Puff Daddy & 112), Love Like This, All Night Long, As Soon As I Get Home

 

Movies: “The Fighting Temptations”, “Turn It Up”, “Soul Kittens Cabaret”

 

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Whiteness studies - Wikipedia

"...academic inquiry...on...social construction of whiteness..."

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Color terminology for race - Wikipedia

Color terminology for race - Wikipedia | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Charles Darwin argued that the number of race categories is completely arbitrary and subjective.

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Earl Watson (Mexican/African-American) [American]

Earl Watson (Mexican/African-American) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Professional Basketball Player (Currently plays point guard for the Utah Jazz in the NBA; Previously played for Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets & Indiana Pacers)

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Flashback Thursday: Giancarlo Esposito (Italian/African-American)

Flashback Thursday: Giancarlo Esposito (Italian/African-American) | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Award Winning Film, TV & Stage Actor & Director

 

TV: Gus Fring in “Breaking Bad”, “Once Upon a Time”, “Homicide: Life on the Street”, “South Beach”, “The $treet”, “Bakersfield P.D.”, “Girls Club”, “Sesame Street”

 

Movies: Buggin Out in “Do The Right Thing”, “The Usual Suspects”, “Rabbit Hole”, “KIng of New York”, “Gospel Hill”, “Mo’ Better Blues”, “Smoke”, “School Daze”, “Ali”, “Malcolm X”, “Bob Roberts”, “Taps”, “Monkeybone”, “Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man”

 

Stage: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Merrily We Roll Along”, “Seesaw”, “The Me Nobody Knows”, “Maggie Flynn”

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Being Black & Jewish In The U.S.A. II. | Cross Cultured

Being Black & Jewish In The U.S.A. II. | Cross Cultured | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"In my previous post, I talked about the difficulties and frustrations that come along with being a Black Jew in the United States. In this post, I’ll be more positive and solutions-oriented…I assure you. And most importantly I’ll explain why I have hope for the future." -Shona

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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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Michael Steger (Ecuadorian, Austrian, Norwegian) [American]

Michael Steger (Ecuadorian, Austrian, Norwegian) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: TV & Film Actor

 

TV: Navid Shirazi in “90210”, “The Winner”, “Hannah Montana”, “True Blood”, “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”

 

Movies: “3 Girls and the Golden Cocoon”, “Assisting Venus”

 

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White people - Wikipedia

White people - Wikipedia | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

"White people, rather than being a straightforward description of skin color, is a term denoting a specific set of ethnic groups and functions as a color metaphor for race.

 

The definition of "white person" differs according to geographical and historical context. Various social constructions of whiteness have had implications in terms of national identity, consanguinity, public policy, religion, population statistics, racial segregation, affirmative action, eugenics, racial marginalization and racial quotas. The concept has been applied with varying degrees of formality and internal consistency in disciplines including sociology, politics, genetics, biology, medicine, biomedicine, language, culture and law"

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Alana Davis (African-American/White) [American]

Alana Davis (African-American/White) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Singer-Songwriter Music Videos/Live: 32 Flavors, Crazy, Somewhere Under the Rainbow (plus Interview)

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Jasika Nicole (Black/White) [American] ...

Jasika Nicole (Black/White) [American] ... | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Actress & Illustrator

 

TV: Astrid Farnsworth in “Fringe”, “The Return of Jezebel James”, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”

 

Movies: “She’s Out of My League”, “Take the Lead”

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Sanoe Lake (Hawaiian, Japanese, English) [American]

Sanoe Lake (Hawaiian, Japanese, English) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Film Actress & Author (Wrote the book “Surfer Girl: A Guide To The Surfing Life”)

 

Movies: “Blue Crush”, “Half Life”, “Cruel World”, “Rolling”, “Creature of Darkness”

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Miguel (aka Miguel Jontel Pimentel) (Mexican/African-American) [American]

Miguel (aka Miguel Jontel Pimentel) (Mexican/African-American) [American] | Mixed American Life | Scoop.it

Known as: Grammy award nominated singer-songwriter, musician & producer

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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

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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"

 

Excellent Video
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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