The Obamas at a state dinner on March 11th 2016 for the new Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
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.)
Source: 2 Fro Chicks.
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by Sharon H. Chang
On Saturday afternoon, March 5, 2016 we held the first unbelievable Raising Mixed Race book signing at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Seattle’s International District. I say “we” because I was very intentional in organizing the event. I wanted it to be not just about me – but about community and centering, uplifting all mixed race, people and women of color voices; a transformative goal that actually lies at the center of Raising Mixed Race itself.
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Sourced through Scoop.it from: multiasianfamilies.blogspot.com
Barbie’s new shapes: Tall, petite and curvy
HT USA Today
Métis people (aka Katipâmsôchik), one of the Aboriginal peoples in Canada who trace their descent to mixed First Nations and European heritage.
The Métis homeland includes regions scattered across Canada, as well as parts of the northern United States (specifically Montana, North Dakota, and northwest Minnesota).
Choreographer Rulan Tanga identifies as Métis. Check photos of Rulan and her interview here.
Learn more about Metis people from the University of British Columbia
During a recent visit to the Mattel offices, Zendaya discussed her relationship with Barbie growing up:
“When I was little, I didn’t have one that looked like me, so I couldn’t connect with her in that way. But getting to visit the Mattel offices and see Barbie’s vision for the future…I was able to see how they plan to diversify, broadening the horizons and the image of Barbie, and make it more, you know, open. I left the office feeling it was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.”
Sourced through Scoop.it from: goodblacknews.org
Born in 1901, William H. Johnson was a talented artist who became famous for his Scandinavian landscape paintings and “primitive” scenes of black life.
A South Carolina native and son of an African-American/Sioux woman and a white man, Johnson moved to New York in 1918 to study at the National Academy of Design
HT Steven Riley of MixedRaceStudies.org
The New York Times
A 19-year-old Wisconsin man was shot and killed Friday by a police officer during a scuffle inside an apartment in Madison, police officials said. The shooting prompted protests that continued on Saturday and led officials to call for restraint while the shooting is investigated.
The shooting occurred Friday evening after the police received calls for a man who had committed battery and was jumping in and out of traffic, Michael C. Koval, the Madison chief of police, said. A police officer followed the man to an apartment and forced his way in after hearing a disturbance inside, the chief said. The man then assaulted the officer, who shot the man, according to Chief Koval, who spoke at a news conference in Madison Friday evening.
The officer immediately began rendering first aid, but the man died at a hospital, Chief Koval said. The authorities did not immediately release his name, but his mother identified him as Tony Robinson, an African-American who graduated from high school in 2014.
“My son has never been a violent person,” Andrea Irwin, who identified herself as Mr. Robinson’s mother, told WKOW, a Madison television station. “And to die in such a violent, violent way, it baffles me.”…
Read the entire article here.
Thank you to Steven Riley of Mixed Race Studies for sharing.
E! hosts declared that she probably “smells like patchouli oil,” or “weed.”
Zendaya responds beautifully to a mean spirited remark about her hair, and gets tens of thousands of Retweets and Favs.
Giuliana Rancic put on blast by Twitter.
by Sharon H Chang
“Silencing is a major way in which the hierarchy remains intact and racial injustice prevails. One of our greatest struggles then in undoing racism is learning how to receive the stories of others non-predatorily and with true attempt at understanding. That means as we struggle to hear and honor the stories of people marginalized by this construct, we should always be careful about telling anyone their oppression is unreal or untrue. Remember the practice of silencing is what oppressors have done for — well practically ever. Let’s not use the oppressors’ tools to keep oppressing. There are many stories within the story of “race” and they all matter. We can’t ever know the whole picture if we aren’t willing to see its many component parts. And if we can’t see the whole picture, it will be near impossible to make things better.”
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Bold emphasis is mine.