Being Mixed Race In America

Here are two radio treats. The first is from the Brian Lehrer show, and the second is from StoryCorps Griot. The number of mixed race kids has risen by 50 percent in 10 years. Interracial relationships are also on the rise. Terry Zealand and Faye Zealand, co-founders of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, discuss their interracial relationship and how […]

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I Like Your Hair

Simone and Nadia watch me. They watch my cues. They watch how I interact with people. They are always watching. Sometimes I forget how much they watch. When I see naturals on the street, I pay them a compliment. “I like your hair,” I often say. I do this because I admire natural hair. Women […]

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

School has ended, and I am sad about it. Best I can tell, I am sad there will be less learning in the summer. We will teach. It just won’t be in a such a structured environment. I am sad our routine will change. There’s something very comfortable about a child going to school five […]

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Oh, The Places You'll Go

School has ended, and I am sad about it. Best I can tell, I am sad there will be less learning in the summer. We will teach. It just won’t be in a such a structured environment. I am sad our routine will change. There’s something very comfortable about a child going to school five […]

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Black Is Beautiful

Black is beautiful, Mom told me when I was little. I don’t know why she said it. I don’t know whether she was part of the movement or simply repeating something she had heard. All I know is I believed her – and I still do. I believed before and after a researcher wrote a […]

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Just Because

I see beautiful people. A lot of them in this video. A number of curlies, including a gorgeous young curly. Men, women, children of different races and backgrounds, singing the same positive message. Enjoy Kirk Franklin’s I smile.

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Quote, Unquote

That’s when Daddy lost his temperature. Simone, recounting her father’s reaction when she decided to decorate the bathroom mirror with soap while he was napping.

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Taking Care Of Mommy

It happened slowly. I like to think that’s the way it happened. Before I had children, I took care of myself. Nothing extravagant. I simply made my skin, hair and general health a priority. I had Simone and didn’t notice much of a change. I had Nadia, and I went on auto pilot. When trouble […]

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Ebony’s Special Report

As I turned the pages on the June issue of Ebony, I realized I hadn’t revisited the May 2011 issue. I wanted to give everyone plenty of time to digest Mixed-Race America. For so long, if you picked up a newspaper or magazine, changed the channel to a favorite television show or watched the commercials […]

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