This week I decided to check out Lenon Honor, writer, musician, video producer, talk show host, and counselor. His website http://www.lenonhonor.com has provided a wealth of information and inspiration in regards to manhood, fatherhood, marriage, children, family, and personal growth.
Lenon Honor is the writer of two published books. The first, “Writings for the Fathers of the World of Tomorrow” was written to inspire current and future parents and to encourage healthy relationships between fathers and sons. The second book, “Deep in the Garden of Consciousness” delves deep into metaphysics, spirituality, and consciousness. Lenon Honor has produced two empowering lecture series. The first series is for women and is titled “What is an Honorable Man, How to Attract One, and Knowing that you are Worthy”. The second series is for men and is titled “Raising up Masculinity, Honoring the Penis, and Embracing Manhood as a Sacred Institution”. Both lectures delve deep into issues related to male-female relationships, attraction, self-esteem, self-worth, and personal growth.
I like him….he keeps it real and gives us things to think about, especially where our children are concerned. Peace & Blessings, BB (elle T.)
G. Reginald Daniel, Professor of Sociology, teaches courses exploring comparative race and ethnic relations. Since 1989, he has taught “Betwixt and Between,” which is one of the first and longest-standing university courses to deal specifically with the question of multiracial identity comparing the U.S. with various parts of the world.
On today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio, we will meet Dr. John Reed, a top motivational speaker, author, loving husband, and father whose passion is empowering people to dare live the life of their dreams. Being of biracial descent, his father is African-American and his mother is German Caucasian, he was born in Germany within a generation after World War II ended. The racial tension was still palpable, and he struggled with social acceptance from the minute he was born. Dr. John’s first year of life was spent in a convent being taken care of by nuns. The lack of nurturing from his mother during his first year continued throughout his childhood while his mother’s rejection of him complicated life even more for him. Fighting for acceptance into the German society he was born into was a losing battle and sadly, he also lost the battle of being accepted by his mother. John was physically, emotionally and verbally abused by his mother, which left deep scars. As a result, he suffered from low self-esteem and self-worth, identity crisis and a lack of self-love for the first part of his life. It took John many years of hard work and determination to overcome these challenges, a story more detailed in his book, It’s Not Always Black And White ~ Caught Between Two Worlds. Today, John enjoys life and family and understands that everything that happened in the past has prepared him to be the well-adjusted person he is today. He holds a doctorate in Human Services from Capella University.
So in my usual “where is it? I can’t find it” mode, I came across something timely. Tiffany Rae Reid on the Bill Cunningham talk show sharing her knowledge and expertise on race relations. As it is Black History Month, I don’t think that means just celebrating the “black” but the colors. Tiffany has added a depth and dimension to the understanding of mixed race folks and the dilemmas we encounter, and shares this with the show’s guests. Tiffany, we tip our hat to you and thank you! elle T.
Ronald D. Maloney was a student at the Colored Orphanage, later renamed the Central Children’s Home, for thirteen years, from the first grade to his departure for the military in 1972. The orphanages’ address; however, remained his home address until 1976.
Ron was the first bi-racial child transferred from a white rural family setting to a black institutional childcare facility in the Deep South. You can read all about his experience in his first book, “Powerhouse Road.”
He earned a Master’s Degree in Social Welfare from the University of California at Berkeley, California; Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina; Associate of Arts degree from the University of Maryland-European Division and post-graduate work in Business Administration at John F. Kennedy University at Orinda, California. He has worked in the field of Behavioral Healthcare and related fields for thirty years. He currently works in a critical care unit at a major trauma center in Northern California.
Ron is also a 33rd degree Prince Hall Mason and a life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity.
Dwanna is a citizen of the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma, a public sociologist, an Indigenous rights advocate, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst having earned with two prior master’s degrees—an MBA and a Master of Science in Sociology.
Currently, she represents over 2600+ graduate students of color as the appointed ALANA (African-, Latin-, Asian-, and Native-American) – graduate student representative for the Faculty Senate Council Committee on the Status of Diversity for UMass-Amherst.
Dwanna writes for Indian Country Today Media Network and speaks (by invitation) at universities and other organizations and forums about the complexities of Indigenous identity in the United States.
Dwanna has authored or co-authored pieces in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, European Sociological Review, Research in the Sociology of Work, and Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, and Economic History. Her research focuses on the reproduction of social inequality, particularly for American Indians. Her current project examines the problematic processes around American Indian identity within the structures of public policy and the media.
On today’s episode of Mixed Race Radio we will speak with Dwanna L. Robertson and discuss issues of Identity: What does it mean to be Indian in today’s society?
Dwanna will share her expertise with us while educating our listeners on the federal government’s approach to many issues, old and new.
Marvin T. Jones is the Executive Director of the Chowan Discovery Group (CDG). The mission of the CDG is to research, document, preserve and present the 400+ year-old history of the landowning tri-racial people of color of the Winton Triangle, an area centered in Hertford County, North Carolina. Founded in 2007, the Chowan Discovery Group (www.chowandiscovery.org) co-produced in 2009 its first major presentation, a stage production, scripted by Jones, called The Winton Triangle. The book, Carolina Genesis: Beyond the Color Line, features Jones’ summary of the Triangle’s history.
In addition to writing articles, Jones has made many presentations about the Winton Triangle’s history on national and regional radio, at colleges and universities, museums and to civic groups. In 2011, the North Carolina Office of Archives and History accepted three of his nominations for highway historical markers.
A native of Cofield, a village in the Winton Triangle, Marvin Jones began this project a decade ago by scanning the photograph collection of relatives and neighbors. The Winton Triangle digital collection now has over 6000 files of photographs, documents, maps, audio and video recordings.
Jones is the owner of Marvin T. Jones & Associates, a professional photography company in Washington, DC. He has been published in well-known magazines and has worked in South America, the Caribbean and Africa. Howard University and Roanoke-Chowan Community College hosted Jones’ exhibit on Somalia.
People from the Underground are not only socially conscious…we are also some of the most cultured and well-rounded people around. A couple of weeks ago I talked about the beauty of “mixing colors”. Well there is another beautiful aspect to mixing….music. People have been mixing musical types and styles since the beginning. In more recent history, musical combinations like Rap and Rock-n-Roll (Aerosmith/Run D.M.C.), or popular standards and blues rock (Tony Bennett/John Mayer) have made the headlines. Other, lesser-known combinations of music such as Afro-Cuban Jazz have strong followings that have sustained the genre through the years and has thrived because of the musical combinations that come forth. Brian Andres and the San Francisco-based Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel is one group that continues to uphold the standards of Afro-Cuban Jazz…mixing musical colors. They show us how beautiful music can be when styles are mixed. Take a break from the Fiscal Cliff and forget about higher taxes for a few minutes. Estampa Cubana!
So, this week we heard that Kanye and Kim K. are having their own bundle of joy. That, in turn, made me think about mixed race folks and the beauty in mixing colors. Less conventional artists have always considered the impact of mixing colors. The wonderful thing about “mixing colors” is that you never really know what you are going to get, and so it goes with us. We are beautiful in shocking and wonderful ways….frizzy hair, blue eyes, or green eyes with a caramel color. The following YouTube videos give a glimpse into the beauty of mixing colors. Some folks you will know, some you won’t….but the beauty is unmistakable. Happy New Year to all my mixed race people….and congratulations to Kanye & Kim. elle T.
As we finish up the Holiday Season, we also come to the end of Celebrating Christmas in the Underground. This week we say thank you to Marion Wright Edelman and Peter Edelman…my intellectual heroes. You know Marion Wright Edelman as the founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund; her husband, Peter, is a law professor and Associate Dean at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. Both have been diligent advocates of those in poverty and those under-served. Their focus has never waivered and they continue to be a beacon of hope to those who need the light the most. The Edelman’s are true heavy-weights in the fight for human rights and justice. Here is an excerpt of an interview with Marion Edelman Wright and Jennifer Lopez (J-Lo). Enjoy all the New Year’s festivities and remember our unsung heroes. elle T.