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Advocating for the Multiracial Community with Mixed Media founder, Whitney Yang, Ep. 225

Multiracial Family Man

Release Date: 06/16/2019

Revisting a Conversation About Multiracial Identity, the Census, Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and Chronicling the Life of a Champion of the Multiracial Community, with Project Race Executive Director Susan Graham, Ep. 242 show art Revisting a Conversation About Multiracial Identity, the Census, Bone Marrow Donor Registry, and Chronicling the Life of a Champion of the Multiracial Community, with Project Race Executive Director Susan Graham, Ep. 242

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 242: Susan Graham is the White mother of two biracial children whose father is Black.  She is also the author of Born Biracial: How One Mother Took on Race in America.  It is the true story of how she brought an invisible population to the forefront and started the multiracial movement. She started a simple advocacy group and turned it into a national civil rights movement. Along the way, her personal life was suffering. The emotional story of her marriage to a CNN News anchor, being a mother to biracial children, divorce, and remarriage are interwoven in her life’s...

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On being biracial, bicultural and Jewish with author Natasha Diaz, Ep. 241 show art On being biracial, bicultural and Jewish with author Natasha Diaz, Ep. 241

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 241: Natasha Díaz is a born and raised New Yorker, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY.   She is both an author and screenwriter. Her scripts have placed as a quarterfinalist in the Austin Film Festival and a finalist for both the NALIP Diverse Women in Media Fellowship and the Sundance Episodic Story Lab. Her essays can be found in The Establishment and Huffington Post. Her first novel, Color Me In, was published by Delacorte Press/Random House in August, 20 2019. For more on Natasha, please visit her website at: http://natashaerikadiaz.com/ For more on host, Alex Barnett, please...

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Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin on immigration and on being multiracial, Jamaican, and gay, Ep. 240 show art Spoken word poet Staceyann Chin on immigration and on being multiracial, Jamaican, and gay, Ep. 240

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Ep. 240: Staceyann Chin is a multiracial (Black and Chinese) Jamaican who immigrated to the United States in the 1990s.  She has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. She has performed at the Nuyorican Poets' Cafe, in one-woman shows Off-Broadway, acted in Julie Taymor’s Across the Universe, and performed in both the stage and film versions of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People's History of the United States and starred in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway. For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his...

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Indian culture, immigrant experience, and staying true to one's values onstage with comedian, Ritu Chandra, Ep. 239 show art Indian culture, immigrant experience, and staying true to one's values onstage with comedian, Ritu Chandra, Ep. 239

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 239: Ritu Chandra is a stand-up comedian. The daughter of Indian immigrants, she left home at 18 and has lived all over the United States since then. Never feeling like she fit in anywhere, she quickly realized humor was a way to get along with others.​​  Ritu currently lives in New Jersey with her husband, son and dog. She loves all three of them but never at the same time—someone is always in first place, usually the dog.  Her comedy is based on her life experiences, which continue to grow stranger by the day.  Ritu brings her sarcastic observations and relatable...

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Exploring multiracial identity by returning to one’s homeland with writer, teacher, organizer & activist, Faith Adiele, Ep. 238 show art Exploring multiracial identity by returning to one’s homeland with writer, teacher, organizer & activist, Faith Adiele, Ep. 238

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Ep. 238: The original Obama, FAITH ADIELE is the author of The Nigerian-Nordic Girl’s Guide To Lady Problems and Meeting Faith: The Thai Forest of a Black Buddhist Nun, which won the PEN Open Book Award. She is also writer/narrator/subject of My Journey Home, a PBS documentary film about growing up Nordic-American and then traveling to Nigeria as an adult, co-editor of the international anthology Coming of Age Around the World, and senior editor at Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. Named as one of Marie Claire’s “5 Women to Learn From” and educated at Harvard University, the...

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Snowflake Stories - Personalized Multicultural Children's  Books with Author & Founder Jill Barletti, Ep. 237 show art Snowflake Stories - Personalized Multicultural Children's Books with Author & Founder Jill Barletti, Ep. 237

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 237: Jill Barletti is a multicultural mom, who founded Snowflake Stories, a series of personalized books dedicated to addressing the realities and needs of children within multiracial and multicultural families. Listen as Jill describes how she became bilingual in Spanish, building her own multicultural family and how and why she founded Snowflake Stories. For more on Jill and Snowflake Stories, please check the website: https://www.snowflakestories.com/ For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his website: www.alexbarnettcomic.com or visit him on Facebook...

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The Cheetah Girls and using DNA to trace ancestry after childhood in the foster care system with Deborah Gregory, Ep. 236 show art The Cheetah Girls and using DNA to trace ancestry after childhood in the foster care system with Deborah Gregory, Ep. 236

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 236: Writer, performer and designer Deborah Gregory is the award-winning author of “The Cheetah Girls” novel series (Disney Publishing Worldwide). The 22-book series (16 books written by Deborah Gregory plus 6 movie tie-in books including “The Cheetah Girls Supa Star Scrapbook,” “Cheetah Girls 2 X0X0 Postcard Book” and “Cheetah Girls Cheetah Chatter: A Dictionary of Growl-licious Lingo”) is about five talented teens who form a singing group and make their dreams come true in the jiggy jungle. The Disney Channel original movie produced in conjunction with Whitney...

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Counseling Multiracial Families with Rorri Geller-Mohamed, Ep. 235 show art Counseling Multiracial Families with Rorri Geller-Mohamed, Ep. 235

Multiracial Family Man

Ep. 235: Rorri Geller-Mohamed created U Power Change for families who are navigating some super challenging stuff.  She used her professional background as a therapist to develop U Power Change but raising a multiracial family is also very personal to her. Having grown up in a multiracial family that was formed through adoption when her Mexican-American brother joined her family and now as a white mom raising children in a multiracial, multicultural, and multifaith family, after marrying her husband who is Guyanese, she is extremely passionate about helping our children to feel supported...

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The Sociology and Real-ness of Race, with Professor Rainier Spencer, Ep. 234 show art The Sociology and Real-ness of Race, with Professor Rainier Spencer, Ep. 234

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Ep. 234: Dr. Rainier Spencer is a leading scholar of critical mixed-race theory. He has authored three books (Reproducing Race: The Paradox of Generation Mix, Lynne Rienner, 2011; Challenging Multiracial Identity, Lynne Rienner, 2006; and Spurious Issues: Race and Multiracial Identity Politics in the United States, Westview, 1999), as well as numerous anthology chapters in this field of study. He has been interviewed by and has provided commentary for the New York Times, has appeared on both American and Canadian television to discuss mixed-race identity, and is a featured speaker in...

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Ep. 225: Whitney Yang, the second child of Debra (white of European descent) and Philip (Asian of Chinese descent), an interracial couple who met and married in the Untied States in 1974. 

Whitney was born in Hong Kong while her parents both worked for the United States government. She feels extremely fortunate to have grown up immersed in Chinese culture and to have attended international schools with peers of diverse backgrounds.

Whitney loves being mixed and strongly identifies with her Chinese/Asian heritage. She admits that she feels most comfortable and free from judgement with other mixed race people who share her experiences. 

But Whitney also recalls the challenges she faced as a child and adolescent — teachers who couldn’t pronounce her Chinese name, conflicting messages from people in her environment about Chinese culture and people, racist jokes and comments made at her expense, and the constant feeling of being an outsider. 

Despite her international upbringing, Whitney has lived thirty years regularly being asked questions like, “what are you?,” “where are you from?,” and “what’s your heritage?”. She never knows quite how to answer in a way that makes her feel whole without being disbelieved or rejected (as she has been, many, many times).

Mixed (Me)dia grew out of Whitney’s graduate studies research into everyday forms of political resistance, media representations of people of color, mixed race identity formation, and child development.

Mixed (Me)dia is an online resource center for mixed race* children and adults, parents and educators of mixed race children, and anyone who is interested in understanding what it’s like to be mixed race in the United States.

For more about Mixed (Me)dia or Whitney, please visit her website: https://wearemixed.org/

For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his website: www.alexbarnettcomic.com or visit him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alexbarnettcomic) or on Twitter at @barnettcomic

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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