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Taye Diggs Wants His Son To Be Called ‘Mixed,’ Not Black

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.18.2015 | Black Voices

Taye Diggs doesn't want you to call his son black -- he wants him to identify as "mixed." Diggs, who recently wrote a book title Mixed Me!&...

'No Really... What Are You?'

The Establishment | Posted 11.12.2015 | Women
The Establishment

I can almost feel my mother's heart break when I'm asked about my family history. I'm proud of my Filipino heritage, and proud to be an American, but when I think of the cost and loss my mother suffered, my pride is twinged with betrayal.

Biracial Identity: My Choice, Not Society's

Natasha Sim | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Natasha Sim

My identity is ever-changing, but regardless of how confusing my identity may be, as I've matured and grown, I have realized that my identity is my choice  --  not society's.

Not Just a 'Black' Girl

Kris M. Bell | Posted 10.16.2015 | Black Voices
Kris M. Bell

Relatives and random strangers have attempted to use those innocuous features to define me. To those relatives I am just a Black girl, not multiethnic. To everyone else, I am everything but. In my eyes, though, I am more than a mere racial label.

5 Myths about the Obama Presidency and Race

Algernon Austin | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices
Algernon Austin

The Obama years have stirred up many conflicting ideas about race and racism in America. It will take time and careful analysis to fully understand and unpack all of these issues. We can begin by debunking five popular myths about race and the Obama presidency.

Where's the Travel Writing for Black Women?

Sarah Enelow | Posted 07.20.2015 | Black Voices
Sarah Enelow

Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.

The Top 5 Things I Want People to Know About My Mixed Family

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices
Brandon L. Greene

The following is based on real-life experiences with my family since the birth of my son. It goes without saying that these situations, from cultural misunderstandings to racial/ethnic insensitivity to flat-out ignorance, likely represent only the tip of the iceberg in terms of what my biracial son can expect to experience throughout his life.

How My Backflip Landed Me at ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 07.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Sonia Smith-Kang

What does this image have to do with ABC's Shark Tank? Well, let me start from the beginning.

How I Finally Developed Some National Pride

Sezin Koehler | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Sezin Koehler

Being a Third Culture Kid -- someone who spent her developmental years outside her parents' home countries -- I never got the cultural coding that provides for a sense of nationalism or patriotism.

Rachel Dolezal And The Trouble With Asking For 'Proof'

Sara Díaz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Latino Voices
Sara Díaz, Ph.D.

I live and teach in the same community as Rachel Dolezal. "What are you?" is an anxiety-producing question for me and for many mixed people. Calls for "proof" of heritage overlook the oppressive histories people of color have with respect to documentation.

I Am The Real Rachel Dolezal

Amanda Oliver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Oliver

In college, I was turned away from attending a trip to work with youth in Jamaica because I was told I was "too white" to attend. In law school, different black student groups reached out to me to participate in their activities -- until they realized I was "white."

Bullied for Being Biracial | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY NGUYEN (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 06.05.2015 | Black Voices
Jimmy Nguyen

Growing up in a small town Pennsylvania, Alexis Rydbom was bullied and faced racial discrimination because she is a biracial. She shares her story with Jimmy Nguyen, and talks about how she overcame her childhood challenges to become a confident young woman.

Multiracial Miss Universe Japan Symbolizes The Country's Transformation

The Huffington Post Japan | Kosuke Takahashi | Posted 05.11.2015 | World

With more foreign workers and tourists going to Japan, the homogeneous nature of the country's society will likely change more than ever in the c...

Questions We Ask When Raising Black Boys In America

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Erin Michelle Threlfall

Never, not once, did I worry about the color of his skin, and what that would do to impact his survival. Until I moved to America.

TV Host Apologizes After Congratulating Light Skin Of Biracial Teen

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 04.28.2015 | Black Voices

An Australian TV host has apologized for an on-air comment she made last month about a biracial teen's fair complexion. Twins Lucy and Maria Aylmer...

Trevor Noah Taking the Tragic Out of Mulatto One Joke at a Time

Heidi W. Durrow | Posted 06.02.2015 | Black Voices
Heidi W. Durrow

Mr. Noah, it's time to bring it. We're ready to talk about the complicated and crazy issues and stories about the mixed-race experience and move the needle on the conversation. And mostly, we're ready to laugh.

Starbucks, Race And Why Some Think It's OK To Ask If My Wife Is The Nanny

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 05.19.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

Imagine getting the double take from someone wondering if my wife is the spouse or the nanny. Yes, people have asked her. On the bus. In the park. "Oh, are you the nanny?"

Racism Is Ruining My Marriage

Jonathan Walton | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Jonathan Walton

I told my wife to leave me alone because I was told men like me are not worthy of love and that something is wrong with the women who do. They are less-than by association. I am afraid for my marriage because music and movies tells me if my dad was unfaithful, I will be too.

'Justice For Tony': 1,500 Demonstrators Protest Police Shooting In Wisconsin

Reuters | Brendan O'Brien | Posted 03.11.2015 | Black Voices

MADISON, Wis., March 11 (Reuters) - About 1,500 people, some banging plastic pails or blowing whistles, marched on Wednesday afternoon to the Wisconsi...

A Look at Race as a Social Construct

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 05.03.2015 | Black Voices
Kimberly Cooper

For those of us from the "multiracial" or mixed race community, photos of our population -- our people, our families, our children -- aren't as shocking as they are an affirmation of what we have already known: Race is a social construct.

These Two Teens Aren't Just Sisters -- They're Twins

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 03.04.2015 | Teen

When Lucy and Maria Aylmer tell people they are twins, disbelief is one response. The 18-year-olds from Gloucester, U.K. are two of the five child...

How My Black Mother Made Me Love Chicago

Sarah Enelow | Posted 04.25.2015 | Chicago
Sarah Enelow

I finally understood how difficult it was for Mama to go from glittering Chicago down to middle-of-nowhere Texas, like part of her had been sold down the river. And suddenly, Chicago in my mind became a beacon of happiness.

New Book: 'My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me'

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Kimberly Cooper

When Jennifer Teege, a German-Nigerian woman, randomly picked up a library book off a shelf, her whole life -- her whole sense of self -- changed forever.

Cinema's Lessons on Race: Beyond 'Black or White'

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 04.01.2015 | Entertainment
Kimberly Cooper

I've been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80's, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine?

'Black or White' Tackles a Touchy Subject

Dwight Brown | Posted 03.30.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

Only a very perceptive filmmaker could tackle the topic of race relations and be remotely successful. It would require a writer/director to be smart, balanced, sensitive and able to see both sides of the issue.