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I Am A White Woman And I'm Afraid For My Black Boyfriend

Victoria Yore | Posted 07.19.2016 | Black Voices
Victoria Yore

I am a white woman and I don't know what to do or say. I can only strive to be compassionate, loving, understanding, informed, and slow to judge. I refuse to stand down and be quiet.

What Makes A Person 'Truly' Black? The Complicated Intersection Of Genetics And Race

Sil Lai Abrams | Posted 06.21.2016 | Black Voices
Sil Lai Abrams

Unlike some who assert that race is irrelevant and try to minimize its importance by pointing out that it is purely a social construct, I believe it DOES matter.

Discovering a Lost Connection

Molly Jauhar | Posted 05.24.2016 | Women
Molly Jauhar

The teenager's comment replayed in my head throughout my adolescence. Before, I hadn't even given it a second thought that my skin color was different than that of my father's.

You Are Not Black.

Lalaina Rackson | Posted 05.20.2016 | Black Voices
Lalaina Rackson

"Yeah but you, you are not black," my classmate said. I stopped. Took a deep breath. Calmed down. And refrained myself from arguing.

7 Stories About Interracial Dating For Anyone Who's Ever Been In Love

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

Interracial marriages are on the rise and the growth is expected to continue, according to a 2015 Pew report. Despite increased visibility, there is s...

What Are You? You Look Different

Tiffany McElroy | Posted 05.02.2016 | Black Voices
Tiffany McElroy

I actually never knew I was different until people -- well, adults -- would single me out and ask me questions that were quite absurd, such as: "What are you?"

Love Far Stronger: A Mother's Courage

Joel Peterson | Posted 04.22.2016 | Impact
Joel Peterson

As Mother's Day approaches, I wanted to share a unique perspective that may shed a different light than usual on what it may mean to be a mother, on what it means to truly love beyond self, and how the duties inherent in motherhood can demand the most exquisite sacrifice.

New Movie Shows How One Multicultural Family Deals With Race

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 04.20.2016 | Black Voices

"Little Boxes," a compelling new film, tackles the complex ways mixed-race families handle issues of race. Written by Annie Howell and directed by Ro...

9 Stories That Powerfully Capture What It's Like To Be Multiracial

The Huffington Post | Kyli Singh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Black Voices

Multiracial Americans are a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population — growing three times as fast as the population as a whole, according to a 2...

Thinking Huge in a Shrinking World

Sidney Chase | Posted 03.30.2016 | Queer Voices
Sidney Chase

Now is the time, more than ever, for queer women to take over the throne in the music industry.

Exploring Diverse Skin Tones During Black History Month

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 02.22.2016 | Black Voices
Sonia Smith-Kang

The MultiCulti Corner collaborated on a project for a group I co-founded with Delia Douglas of DDHPR called MultiCulti Corner (MCC). This project is perfect anytime but found it a great learning experience for Black History Month.

People Get Real About Multiracial Identity In This Powerful Video

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 01.20.2016 | Latino Voices

"I'm what Hollywood calls ethnically ambiguous.” This is how one man in the Buzzfeed video above described what it’s like to be more than one race...

On Being Brown When Your Father Is White

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 01.04.2016 | Black Voices
Sarah Gladstone

I'm African American on my mother's side, and I'm a Russian, Polish Jew from my father. In a world where we're so often told black and white issues don't exist, I have been coerced into telling the world that's exactly what I am: A black and white issue.

Multicultural Holiday Gift Guide

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 12.17.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

There is a demographic shift happening in the U.S. We are more diverse than ever. As a biracial mom of four, this is an exciting time. As one of the fastest growing populations, gone are the days where we have to choose one box or identify with one culture. We are more fluid and free to self-identify

There's Been a Shooting

Daniel A. Olivas | Posted 12.03.2015 | Latino Voices
Daniel A. Olivas

After a few moments of music, the disc jockey breaks in and says words that don't quite register: "shootings" and "North Valley Jewish Community Center" and "at least three children wounded" and "there may be more than one shooter." These words finally seep into your consciousness and you yell, "Oh my God!"

Growing Up Multiracial: Then and Now

Sonia Smith-Kang | Posted 11.18.2015 | Parents
Sonia Smith-Kang

I'm thankful to see that times-they-are-a-changin'! It heals my 13 year-old self who spoke English, Spanish and pidgin from Hawaii. The teenage girl who didn't see herself on TV or in books is now excited to see all the accomplishments in the multiracial/multicultural community.

Childhood Influences: Where Ideas Are Born

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 11.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

Many of us remember movies from our childhood, their effect on us then and now. Sure, I saw all the Disney releases of my generation, but I was raised by a single mother and old movies shown on late night TV were my babysitters.

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.

Remembering Mom's Love in a Breakfast Bowl

Joel Peterson | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Joel Peterson

When I arrived from Korea as her new son, I was nearly 7 years old, and my mother knew that Koreans did not eat the same breakfast that American's typically ate.

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

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 07.10.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | Latino Voices
Sonia Smith-Kang

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

Mixed Race Reflections - Understanding Dolezal

Ian Robertson Kibbe | Posted 06.23.2016 | Black Voices
Ian Robertson Kibbe

Rachel Dolezal has me thinking. As someone who actually is racially mixed, who appears white but is of afro-caribbean heritage, I've been feeling pretty vexed by her actions. But also something else. Jealous? Understanding? She is white and has spent years passing as multiracial. I am multiracial but could never pass as anything but a Swedish ski instructor.

Rachel Dolezal, Really?

Meredith Masony | Posted 06.18.2016 | Parents
Meredith Masony

As a parent, I would be upset if my child lied about their race or lineage. My children are part of me and that would be devastating.

Rachel Dolezal And The Trouble With Asking For 'Proof'

Sara Díaz, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2016 | 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 06.16.2016 | 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."