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Mixed Race

'Did Somebody Say "Mulatto"?' Speaking Critically on Mixed Heritage

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

As the number of people who identify as "mixed" increases, discussions around topics concerning people of mixed ancestry are also expanding and challenging our perceptions of race and racism. Critical mixed-race studies and films like Dear White People accomplish the goal of furthering dialogues around race that we can engage in with friends, family, and those in our communities.

Disney Animation's 'Big Hero 6' Is Far More Than Meets the Eye

Kimberly Cooper | Posted 11.12.2014 | Entertainment
Kimberly Cooper

It's what my high school film teacher Mr. Hosney would call a 700-layer-cake experience, that with each new viewing of the film, another layer of insight -- whether cultural, generational, or emotional -- is uncovered.

Comedian Tommy Davidson Looks Back On Being Adopted Into A White Family In The '60s

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 10.27.2014 | Black Voices

Nearly every comedian looks to personal experience to help craft a comedic personality. For “In Living Color” alum Tommy Davidson, his unique expe...

As Above, So Below: Lezley Saar's "Monad" at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Sola Agustsson | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Sola Agustsson

Lezley Saar's latest exhibition "Monad" features mixed-media paintings of melancholic Victorian ladies floating through space on cellular vehicles.

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: How I Found Myself at UC Berkeley

Andrew Lam | Posted 08.31.2014 | College
Andrew Lam

Pelaud had always been an outsider. Born in 1965 to a French father and a Vietnamese mother who didn't speak much French, she grew up in rural France feeling isolated, both geographically and culturally. She had trouble making friends and didn't do well in school. No one believed that she would amount to much.

Yes, I'm a Black Jew. Why Do People Always Want to Talk to Me About It?

Sarah Gladstone | Posted 07.23.2014 | Women
Sarah Gladstone

People always want to talk to me about being black. Or Jewish. Or black and Jewish. Or when they hear me talk about my racial identity, they want to share their own racial experiences. I know that in a lot of ways, I am a cultural and ethnic enigma. But in all honesty, it can get old.

When it Comes to Diversity, Who Counts?

Martha S. Jones | Posted 05.26.2014 | College
Martha S. Jones

When talking diversity at colleges and universities, the numbers count. Still, when it comes to mixed-race students, too often they do not count at all.

Miss Universe 1997 Brook Lee on Mixed Race Couples & Children | SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.08.2014 | Impact
Jimmy Nguyen

In 2012, a Pew Research Center study reported that 15 percent of all new marriages in the U.S. (in 2010) are interracial; there are now 4.8 million interracial marriages in the U.S., accounting for 1 in 12 marriages.

The Question I Never Want To Answer Again

Andromeda Turre | Posted 05.06.2014 | Women
Andromeda Turre

I'm pretty sure there is no box for that. You might need a suitcase for all of that. And knowing that will not likely help you to relate to me, understand me or know me any more than you did five seconds ago.

Being Called An 'Exotic Beauty' Is Not A Compliment

Erica Barry | Posted 04.18.2014 | Teen
Erica Barry

My mixed identity has forced me to navigate the world in a different way and "learn" to do a lot of things that other people don't have to learn.

Why Can't Madison Avenue Accept My Family?

Scholastic Parent and Child | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Scholastic Parent and Child

If real-life middle America accepts my husband, son and me as a family, why can't Madison Avenue? We don't need to look like we "fit" because we already do.

Growing Up Amid Racism In The 1970s

Tom Cramer | Posted 03.22.2014 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

Sometimes, my enthusiasm for writing has blinded me. Quite simply, I love to use words to share my experiences. If anyone tells me they've read one of my posts, I'm happy. If they say they enjoyed it, I'm thrilled. If they say they felt it like they were there, I'm floating. My pursuit of those emotions has, at times, caused me to overlook the feelings of others.

SPEAK UP WITH JIMMY: Actress/Singer America Olivo on Being Multi-Racial in Hollywood (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 02.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jimmy Nguyen

Actress and singer America Olivo (NBC's upcoming Chicago PD, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark) certainly knows about that, being a multi-racial mix of Chilean, Basque, Spanish, Italian, Irish and Belgian.

22 Things You Should Never Say To A Multiracial Woman

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.07.2013 | Women

"So where are you from?" It's a question most mixed-race women are intimately familiar with. And usually, the person asking isn't looking for the n...

What the 'Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful' Meme Really Means

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.22.2013 | Parents
Marcia Dawkins

As a professor and author who studies diversity and communication, not to mention a multiracial individual and future parent, I'm interested mostly in what's hiding behind questions like "what are you, exactly?"

About That Nation of 'Mutts': A Response to David Brooks

Stacy Parker Le Melle | Posted 08.30.2013 | Media
Stacy Parker Le Melle

I suppose in Brooks's eyes, my son is a "mutt." The beautiful reality is that he is as American as American can be. Our roots go deep. And we're not going anywhere.

Judge Me Not By the Texture of My Hair But By the Content of My Character

Damona Hoffman | Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices
Damona Hoffman

When I was born with a caramel hue and a head full of dark, wavy hair, my mother proclaimed, "My prayers were answered. You got the long hair like Betty.

Obama Would Never Get This Tattoo

Posted 02.04.2013 | Comedy

Of all the tattoos that this half black, half white teenager could have chosen, an Oreo bar code definitely gets points for creativity. (And for you d...

WATCH: W. Kamau Bell Talks Raising A Mixed-Race Baby

Posted 12.07.2012 | Comedy

W. Kamau Bell, host of "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" on FX, stopped by "Conan" on Thursday, and explained the best part of having a mixed-race b...

American Voters Are Getting All Mixed up

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.20.2012 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

Where does a half-Mexican, half-black woman from Texas come down on immigration reform? What does a quarter Chinese, quarter Filipino, half-Jewish male from Florida think about affirmative action?

The Future Is Now: What PR Pros and Marketers Need to Know About the "Mixed Mindset"

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 12.17.2012 | Media
Marcia Dawkins

Welcome to the second decade of the 21st century and to the era of the "Mixed Mindset," which is highly mediated, intensely personal, and increasingly political.

Is Obama Now Black (Enough) Because He's White?

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 10.02.2012 | Black Voices
Marcia Dawkins

President Obama embodies and embraces tough questions about race like few others. His ever-evolving racial identity questions the construction of the color line.

Barack Obama and the Politics of Passing

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Marcia Dawkins

Is Obama passing as black this summer? If so, will he start passing as white come the fall? It's difficult to say, partly because we so desire the president's racial legacy to be one of racial transcendence.

New Laureate Is More Than the Sum of Her Parts

Marcia Dawkins | Posted 08.12.2012 | Home
Marcia Dawkins

As the product of a union that was still a crime in Mississippi when her parents married, and of a nation still bearing the scars of its broken union, Natasha Tretheway is the voice of a history that has been largely unwritten.

PHOTOS: How To Plan A Gorgeous Cross-Cultural Wedding Ceremony

Christelyn Karazin | Posted 08.01.2012 | Weddings
Christelyn Karazin

When it comes to the point where marriage -- and particularly the wedding ceremony -- is seriously discussed, that fusion can quickly become a culture clash as parents and other family members protest and lobby for their particular traditions to be honored during the festivities.