Elizabeth Acevedo – “Afro-Latina”

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Multiracial Family Man: On being Afro-Latina, transracial adoption by White farmers, coping with tragic accidents and physical disability, and writing a memoir, with author Lorie Tensen, Ep. 64

Ep. 64: Lorie Tensen is an author. She’s also “bionic.” It’s not hard to see why. Having been dealt a number of challenges in life, she’s rebuilt herself stronger than ever before. She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 7, 1966. The result of an affair between a married, Black detective and a foreigner: a woman from Honduras. Seven months later, she was adopted into a White, Dutch family and raised in a small, farming community two hours west of the Twin Cities. At the age of 12, Lorie suffered a terrible accident, resulting in the loss of her right hand and lower arm. This led to years of grappling with her own self-image and self-esteem. Later in life, she struggled through college, where her racial background set her apart. Then, she was a single mom working hard to make ends meet. She later married, but the marriage ended in divorce, and Lorie found herself struggling again. But, by focusing on her passion, on raising her kids, and on her goal of giving back, she found herself on the right career path. Hers in an inspirational story, and you can read about it in her memoir: “Taking My Hand Out of My Pocket” available here: http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Hand-Out-My-Pocket/dp/0692266054 For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his website: www.alexbarnettcomic.com or visit him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alexbarnettcomic) or on Twitter at @barnettcomic To subscribe to the Multiracial Family Man, please click here: MULTIRACIAL FAMILY MAN PODCAST Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons – By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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I screamed out loud twice during this podcast. 

 

The meat grinder was horrific, but the comment stating that an Afro-Latino would not want to go to a college that had Black people, that comment cuts deep

 

*crying*

Sonia Sanchez

1934- , Birmingham , AL Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver on September 9, 1934, in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges in the United States and had traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Nicaragua, the People’s Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999. She lives in Philadephia.

 

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Gratuitous Obama Picture #11

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The Obamas at a state dinner on March 11th 2016 for the new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.

Left to right:Malia Obama, Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Sasha Obama, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama.

Malia is now 17 (born two months before Google) and Sasha is 14 (born three months before 9/11).

It is hard for me to look at this picture and not see it as the end of a golden age, even though it was hardly a golden age – though it might come to seem that way if Trump comes to power! (Well, compared to most of world history, it is a golden age, at least for the US.)

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‘Blaxicans’ photos explore multicultural nexus

“Duality: Blaxicans in LA” explores multiracial identity among the Los Angeles’ two largest minority groups: African-Americans and Mexican-Americans.

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SURVEY: U.S. Afro-Latinos More Likely to Identify as White Than Black

The Pew Research Center survey also revealed that a quarter of Afro-Latinos report their race as “Hispanic.”

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See Misty Copeland Recreate Edgar Degas’ Iconic Ballerina Artwork

Misty Copeland created her own history as the first Black woman to be the American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer. Now, America’s most famous ballerina is reinterpreting history by appearing in re-creations of French artist Edgar Degas’ historic works on ballerinas.

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Dr. Yaba Blay’s take on Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’

“… I cringe when I hear her chant, “You mix that Negro with that Creole make a Texas bamma” about her Alabama-born dad and her mom from Louisiana. This is the same reason I cringed at the L’Oreal ad that identified Beyonce  as African-American, Native American and French.”

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There is a fine line between affirming mixed race people and bashing mono-race people. 

 

I agree with Dr. Blay’s sentiment.

 

Bragging about being mixed race is akin to bragging about being mono-raced. Race is not a thing to be proud about. It is no accomplishment to be born. A person may prefer a certain skin color, but as Brenda says: Your preference is not preferable.

 

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Beyonce: Formation

“Formation” (2016) is a song and music video by Beyonce. It appeared out of the blue on a Saturday afternoon, February 6th – the day before the Super Bowl, where she performed it to kick off her hitherto-unknown world tour.

 

In one glorious scene, a little boy, unarmed, in a hoodie, appears before a line of policemen – who put their hands up!

 

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