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Multiracial Family Man

Comic and writer Alex Barnett is the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman (who converted to Judaism) and the father of a 5-year-old, Biracial son. Join him and his guests each episode as they discuss the issues that confront multiracial people and multiracial families (including the dynamics between members of the same family who are of different races). Alex has been seen on the Katie Couric Show, been featured on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Raw Dog Comedy,” NBC’s EVB Live, and in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com.
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Mar 26, 2017

Ep. 110:  Leslie Barlow is a practicing artist living and working in Minneapolis, MN.  Primarily an oil painter, Barlow's current work employs the figure and narrative elements to explore issues of multiculturalism, "otherness", representation, and identity. She investigates complex topics and social tensions through the use of the personal; often creating works depicting family, friends, and people in her community, and personal experiences, to reflect the subtle and not-so-subtle integrations of these ideas into individual lives and identities. Barlow received her BFA in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin- Stout and her MFA in 2016 from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.

Leslie Barlow has received great recognition from her home state of Minnesota. She appeared in the season 7 television segment of tpt's Minnesota Original, airing April 2016, was published in the "Best New Art 2016" list in Minnesota Monthly Magazine, and was published as "Artist of the Year" for 2016 in the City Pages. Recently she received a Third Place award in the Minnesota State Fair Juried Exhibition in 2015 for a large oil painting from her latest series. In 2014, another painting from the same series also received an Honorable Mention in the national juried exhibition at the Washington Pavilion Museum of Arts and Sciences in Sioux Falls, SD. Barlow actively exhibits her work throughout the United States and many of her pieces can be found in private and public collections. Her work can be seen at the new US Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis, where in 2016 she was commissioned by the Vikings team to create 6 portrait paintings of iconic Vikings players. Maintaining a vigorous studio practice, Barlow has also recently participated in artist residencies including the 3 x 5 Emerging Artist Residency at The Soap Factory (Minneapolis, MN) and she was the Artist-in-Residence at Whitworth University (Spokane, WA) for the month of October, 2016.  Her studio is located in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. 

In addition to her studio practice, Barlow currently works as an Assistant Instructor at Juxtaposition Arts, as the Administrative Assistant for Northern Lights.mn, and is a board member of the Minneapolis Art Lending Library.  Barlow has a keen interest in arts programming and organization management, and has over 400 hours of volunteer work with the Soap Factory, serving as the Public Relations Intern in 2011 and as Co-Director of the Volunteer Biennial exhibition in 2012.  Barlow has also worked as the Gallery Manager for Waiting Room, helped manage the Art Department at Anoka-Ramsey Community College, and during her undergraduate education Barlow helped start and manage an artist co-op gallery.

Leslie Barlow is a 2016 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant recipient.

For more on Leslie Barlow, please see her website at: http://www.lesliebarlowartist.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 19, 2017

Ep. 109: Jamie Ford is a Multiracial Asian man with roots in China.  He's also, according to Jamie, part "Betty Crocker" White (on his mother's side).  In addition, he is the New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet—which was, in no particular order, an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller. It was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

In addition, Hotel has been translated into 34 languages. He jokes that he's still holding out for Klingon (that’s when, Jamie says, you know you’ve made it).

His new novel, Songs of Willow Frost was published September 10, 2013. And he's also working on a YA (Young Adult) series.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, Jamie is the proud father of more teenagers than he can keep track of.

To learn more about Jamie, please visit his website at: http://www.jamieford.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 12, 2017

Ep. 108 - On June 12, 1967, in the case of Loving v. Virginia, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state laws prohibiting mixed-race marriages were unconstitutional.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the ruling, the Loving Project is documenting the experiences of couples whose marriages would have been illegal in some states prior to 1967. Our goal is to celebrate a landmark in civil rights but also to explore what it’s like to be part of a mixed-race marriage at this time in America’s history.

The Loving Project is produced by Farrah Parkes and Brad Linder, an interracial couple living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where they share their home with three very spoiled cats. Brad is an award-winning journalist whose work has aired on NPR and WHYY. Farrah is a non-profit professional who dabbles in social justice activism. They have been married for over 10 years.

To check out the Loving Project, please go to their website: https://lovingproject.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Mar 5, 2017

Ep. 107: Sarah Gambles is a Hawaiian-born, Biracial (Black-White), filmmaker with family ties in her current home state of Alabama.  After years of teaching, Sarah returned to her creative roots, launching her own production company, SarahFinah Films.  Under the umbrella of that production company, she has now created a new film ARMOR: Biracial in the Deep South - a look at the Biracial population in America's South, the fastest growing, yet most underrepresented demographic in that region.

Listen as Sarah speaks with Alex about her own life and experience.  Her journey from creative pursuits into teaching and back to filmmaking.  And, her hopes and expectations about the role her film can play in educating people about the Multiracial experience.  Don't miss it! 

And, for more on Sarah, please check out her website: http://www.sarahfinahfilms.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 26, 2017

Ep. 106: Since 1968, the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs has sought to mobilize the resources of the private bar to address issues of civil rights violations and poverty in the community.

Amongst the Washington Lawyers' Committee Projects is its Public Education Project, which has as its core, a belief that a high quality and free public education for all children is a fundamental civil right.  Toward that end, the Committee administers three related programs – the DC Public School Partnership Program, the DC Public Education Reform Program, and the Parent Empowerment Program.

Kent Withycombe is the Project Director of the Public Education Project.  An attorney with a longstanding commitment to social justice, Kent worked in private practice for years before transitioning to the Lawyers' Committee, where he could focus his energies on helping to improve public education and to ensure that all kids are able to receive a high quality public education.

For more on the Washington Lawyers' Committee and the Public Education Project, please go to: http://www.washlaw.org/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 19, 2017

Ep. 105: Adam Gould is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of eduKenya (http://www.edukenya.org/), which seeks to empower children and their families with the opportunity to break the chronic cycle of poverty and transform their lives and communities. 

Adam co-founded eduKenya with Bob Kikuyu in 2010 as an extension of the Kenya Children Project, an outreach to children and families in Mathare.

The Kenya Children Project was established in 2006 as a partnership with Believers Centre Mathare Church and Life in Abundance to expand on the church’s childcare program by developing a fully functional primary school. The Kwa Watoto School – which means “for the children” in Swahili – was the result.

From 2007 – 2010, the Kwa Watoto School rapidly expanded, adding a new grade level each year. The Skills Training and Home Based Care programs were initiated to benefit students’ parents and other community members by teaching income generating skills and providing support for people living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening conditions.

eduKenya was founded to build upon the success of the Kenya Children Project by replicating the model in other areas of the slum for the benefit of countless other uneducated children and families living in abject poverty.

Listen as Adam tells Alex about his first journey to Kenya, how get got involved in the culture and society, and the journey to forming eduKenya, and how he remains tied to Kenya via his work but also through his own, multicultural, multiracial family, which includes his Kenyan wife, and their children.

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 12, 2017

Ep. 104: Maya Azucena, a multi-award winning recording artist and magnetically inspirational woman, is known for making music that uplifts the soul. Born & raised in Brooklyn, she travels the world empowering others through her songs. Featured as a coach, mentoring a teenager on MTV's Made, Ms. Azucena also garnered a Grammy Certificate for contributing her 4-octave range and soul-stylings to a feature performance with Stephen Marley on his album "Mind Control," which won Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

Maya has collaborated extensively on stage and on recordings with such notable artists as Fitz and the Tantrums, Marcus Miller, DJ Spinna, DJ Logic, Cormega, Large Professor, Eminem, Mr. Cheeks, Joell Ortiz, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Bob Sinclair and Jonathan Peters.  She was seen recently at the Essence Fest in New Orleans with the likes of Beyonce, Jill Scott and Maxwell.

Maya's commitment to human rights and social activism garnered appearances at the world-renowned TEDxWomen Conference in Washington DC, the United Nations, and at numerous benefits. Maya participated actively in One Billion Rising, an international campaign to end domestic violence, and her critically acclaimed song "Dance Revolution" was commissioned by OBR’s founder, Eve Ensler, to inspire support throughout the campaign.

Maya performs in festivals and venues globally, at the invitation of promoters and U.S. Embassies worldwide. Such invitations have taken Maya on tours throughout Europe, Croatia, China, Burma, Honduras, Tanzania, Haiti, South Africa, India and Russia, in addition to her U.S. concerts.

As a result of her work, Maya was featured in The Washington Post, Billboard, O Magazine and countless other publications. Maya received the "Innovator of Change" Award; Network Journal’s "Top 40 Under 40" Award; and Voices Unbroken "Hearing Our Voices" Award that stated, "Thank you, Maya Azucena, for using your voice to make the world a better place."

Maya has nearly completed her forthcoming LP, "Unleash Me," co-written and produced by Sonix The Mad Scientist (Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent, DMC of Run-DMC, Maxi Priest, Mick Mars from Motley Crue, Mario Winans). Fusing Soul, Rock and Pop, Maya describes her sound as "a female Bruno Mars, if Bruno sang like Chaka Khan."

Listen as Maya shares with Alex her own multiracial experience, her spiritual journey, and how she views music as a matter of life and death.  For more on Maya, please visit her website: http://www.mayaazucena.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Feb 5, 2017

Ep. 103: Alexandra Stevenson is a professional tennis player.  She's also multiracial.  She made her professional tennis debut in 1999 at Wimbledon, two weeks after graduating from high school. She was named rookie of the year by Tennis Magazine.

Alexandra's mother, Samantha, is a noted sportswriter, who helped open the world of sports reporting to female reporters.

Alexandra's father is NBA Hall of Famer, Julius "Dr. J." Erving.

Alexandra's career suffered setback due to injury, but she's now mounting a serious comeback.  Listen as she and her mom describe the road ahead as well as the road already traveled, along with issues of race and racism that have cropped up along the way for this Biracial daughter, White mother pair.

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

 

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Jan 29, 2017

Ep. 102: Leslie Mac is a Brooklyn born activist & first generation American who speaks nationally about connecting social media to social justice and facilitating movement building discussions.

She founded the Ferguson Response Network to connect nationwide efforts supporting the important racial justice movement started in Ferguson, MO. She is a Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and hosts the Interracial Jawn Podcast (http://interracialjawn.com/). 

Leslie is the co-founder of Safety Pin Box (https://www.safetypinbox.com/), a subscription service providing tasks and tools that help White people become allies of African-Americans confronting and overcoming the effects of racism.

To learn more about Leslie, check out her website: http://www.lesliemac.com/

You can reach Leslie on Twitter at @LeslieMac

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 22, 2017

Ep. 101: Jonah Batambuze is an American-born, Black, Ugandan.  Swetha Batambuze is an Indian-born, Brit.  And, together, this interracial, intercultural married couple are the founders of Kampind -- a lifestyle brand at the intersection of Culture, Travel & Fashion.  To find KampInd in the UK or USA, check out these weblinks: (in the UK: http://www.kampind.com/collections/all; and in the US: http://kampindusa.com/collections/all) (http://kampindusa.com/). Inspiring the multicultural leaders of tomorrow to change the world, KampInd creates accessories for trendy toddlers using African wax prints, Indian, and British fabrics celebrating the world's cultures.

KampInd was born to solve this problem for all individuals seeking options that reflect worldly cultures and colorful experiences. Jonah and Swetha Batambuze believe everyone is entitled access to quality products representing Global Citizens. They also believe in changing the world by stimulating thought, challenging misconceptions and inspiring actions through our products and community.  And, they celebrate the world’s cultures, and invite all to travel with them.

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 15, 2017

Ep. 100: Fifty years after the landmark Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court case ended legal persecution of interracial marriage in America, two mothers – one brown, one white – set off on a journey to explore what it means to be a bi-racial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America,” the perspectives of their own families and others, and America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly-changing mixed-race reality. In the shadows of Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter and the historic Obama presidency, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census. MIXED is directed and produced by Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal, and executive-produced by Jeffrey Tuchman for Documania Films.

Caty Borum Chattoo & Leena Jayaswal, co-directors and co-producers, share a long history of social-issue storytelling in documentaries and other multimedia. Leena Jayaswal is an award-winning photographer and documentarian with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates, and her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Over the past decade, Caty Borum Chattoo, an award-winning strategist, producer and collaborator with legendary producer Norman Lear, has produced three feature-length social-issue documentary films for theatrical and TV distribution, a seven-part documentary TV series, and multiple half-hour documentary TV specials; her work has aired on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, PBS World, Link TV, KCET, Comedy Central, Link TV and the Huffington Post. Both Jayaswal and Borum Chattoo are professors at American University in Washington, D.C. (School of Communication).

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Jan 1, 2017

Ep. 98: Brian Concannon, Jr. is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti ("IJDH").  

Prior to joining the IJDH, Brian co-managed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux ("BAI") in Haiti for eight years, from 1996-2004, and worked for the United Nations as a Human Rights Officer in 1995-1996. He founded IJDH, and has been the Director since 2004. He helped prepare the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented Haitian political prisoners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and represented the plaintiff in Yvon Neptune v. Haiti, the only Haiti case ever tried before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Listen as Brian discusses with Alex the important work of the IJDH, including: working with grass­roots groups in Haiti to help develop an effective human rights advo­cacy pro­gram with global out­reach. In addition, in the U.S., IJDH collab­o­rates with grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing faith-based, sol­i­dar­ity, development, and human­i­tar­ian orga­ni­za­tions to coor­di­nate advo­cacy on human rights in Haiti, and net­works with sol­i­dar­ity and Hait­ian Dias­pora activists through­out the world. Their work seeks to change the inter­na­tional envi­ron­ment that allows such mas­sive dis­re­spect for social, eco­nomic, civil and polit­i­cal rights to flourish.

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

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Dec 25, 2016

Ep. 97: Kohshin Finley is a multiracial, Afro-Latino, Black & Mexican painter whose work will take your breath away. 

Just as a songwriter tells stories through rhythm and melody, Kohshin tells his stories with brushes and paint. The subjects of these paintings are captured in a vulnerable state of being, at their most honest and revealing. Poems and short tales are written in diaristic scrawls throughout the paintings as if the characters wrote them. Kohshin creates paintings in this way to showcase his own vulnerabilities, and to give the viewer permission to discover something about themselves when viewing his paintings. Kohshin utilizes traditional oil painting techniques and contemporary text-based imagery to communicate a character’s emotional travels; where they were; where they are; and where they will be.

Kohshin currently is in Los Angeles, CA.  He received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design. 

For more on Kohshin, please visit his website at: http://www.kohshinfinley.com/ or check out his work on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/kohshin_nn/

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

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Dec 18, 2016

Ep. 96: Chantel Cohen is an African-American, multiracial family mom.  She's also a therapist and life coach.  She owns and operates CWC Coaching and Therapy (http://www.chantelcohen.com/index.html) in Atlanta, Georgia. Her clients are from all walks of life, but she’s worked extensively with couples in relationship distress and individuals who have anxiety, ADHD, and depression. She’s also coached many individuals looking to make a career transition, turbo-charge their career, and enhance their workplace communication.  And, she's worked with many multiracial couples dealing with communication issues resulting from family dynamics and issues of race.

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

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Dec 11, 2016

Ep. 95: Chanel Bosh is African-American and Puerto Rican.  She is a proud Afro-Latina. She's also a military brat, who grew up in various parts of the United States and the World, experiencing how different it was to be multiracial domestically and internationally.  Hers is a fascinating story of exploring and discovering identity at a young age.

Chanel also is an actress and writer, known for The Colonies (2015), Back to School Blues (2015) and Tomorrow (2014) who has much to say about the challenges faced by multiracial actors and actresses during the casting process. 

You don't want to miss this conversation!

And, for more on Chanel, please check out her iMDb page (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm6033502/) and her Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/chanelbosh/).

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

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Dec 4, 2016

Ep. 94: Sylvie Vaught is is African American, Choctaw Indian, Irish, and Russian/Romanian Jewish.  She is a multiracial woman in a multiracial family who has experienced multiracial life in Canada and the United States.  Currently, she works as a hairstylist, with a particular sensitivity and affinity for multiracial hair.

Sylvie is also a a co-founder of Blow Me Hair App (http://www.blowmyhairnow.com/welcome) a Los Angeles and Orange County based on-demand beauty that connects available hair stylists with clients interested in a professional blowout or up-do in the convenience of their home, office, and hotel.

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

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Nov 27, 2016

Ep. 93: Christopher Mann is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Michael Clayton (2007) and Duplicity (2009).  He plays the role of Theoliver "Jake" Jeter, father of Mildred Jeter Loving, in the movie Loving, the dramatization of the story of Mildred and Richard Loving, their battle against Virginia's anti-miscegenation law, and their ultimate victory in the Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia, issued on June 12, 1967, which held that laws forbidding interracial marriage were unconstitutional.

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Nov 20, 2016

Ep. 92: Suzie Strong is an award-winning, Los Angeles-based photographer and director.  In her photography work, she specializes in creative portraits and fashion.  She directs and shoots feature films, short narratives, music videos, experimental shorts, promos and fashion shorts.

Suzie also has a fascinating multiracial heritage, with Lebanese, German, Irish, English, Spanish, & Native American roots.  Interestingly, her family immigrated to the United States through New Orleans, rather than Ellis Island, and her family culture and traditions mainly reflect the culture of New Orleans which Suzie calls "a beautiful quilt of many types of people."  She adds: "Our home was always a southern island on the west coast. We also honored our Lebanese background with lots of Lebanese cooking!"

Listen as Suzie explains her Lebanese (and other) roots and the juxtaposition of those with New Orleans culture.  And, hear how her ancestry and heritage have informed her life and work.

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

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Nov 13, 2016

Ep. 91: Bennett Greenspan is the founder of Family Tree DNA (https://www.familytreedna.com/), which offers DNA tests that can help people trace genealogy and lineage through time. 

Listen as Bennett explains his love of genealogy and how he decided to found Family Tree DNA.  Bennett also shares what each of the tests offered by Family Tree DNA reveals and how the tests help people understand their roots and ancestry.

Don't miss this fascinating interview!

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

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Nov 6, 2016

Ep. 90: Selena Anduze is originally from the island of St. Croix in the West Indies.  She is French, Danish, Swedish, Puerto Rican, Native American Indian, Algerian, and Jewish - in other words, quintessentially multiracial.  And, in St. Croix, where her family was a prominent one (her grandfather was a Senator), race wasn't really an issue of contention.  That changed, however, when she moved to Atlanta and was confronted head-on with issues of race, racism, and discrimination.  This period of her life caused her to struggle with questions of self-confidence and identity, but over time (after a pit stop to undertake a career as a naturopathic doctor), Selena found her footing, as she moved back into acting - a lifelong passion.  And, now you can see her on tv, including on the reincarnation of the popular tv show "MacGyver."

Don't miss this fascinating interview!

For more on Selena, please visit her website at: http://selenaanduze.com/index.html

Also, visit her imdb page: http://www.imdb.me/selenaanduze

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 30, 2016

Ep. 89: Stevvi Alexander is a singer-songwriter who has toured with music legends such as Diana Ross and Barbara Streisand.

A multiracial woman who was raised in a Pentecostal household (with a Pentecostal preacher as a father), Stevvi understands well what it's like to be outside the mainstream, to feel different.  And, she has used those experiences to infuse her work with a fusion of different influences, most recently in her new project Public Art.

Stevvi can also be seen in the Academy-Award winning documentary film 20 Feet From Stardom.

For more on Stevvi, please check out her website: http://www.stevvialexander.com/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 26, 2016

Ep. 88: Kimberly Torres is Black, Cuban, Puerto Rican and Italian.  She grew up and still lives in Philadelphia, where she has developed a powerful and profound artistic voice, which she represents through primarily oil-based paintings.  Given her extremely diverse background, Kim is no stranger to being a part of (and being isolated from) multiple communities.  However, through her art, she's been able to synthesize her expansive and diverse background and experience into one very moving and significant multiracial voice that celebrates racial identity for people coming from a multiracial/Biracial background. Her paintings are meant to show symbols that culturally connect to her subjects depending on their mixture. By containing them in frames also gives them a sense of preciousness. Her interests in photorealism, portraiture, Northern Baroque and Italian Renaissance work are what’s influencing the use of portraiture in her work.

You can find her work at: http://kimberlytorres93.wixsite.com/paintingsandrawings and on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/kimi_heartsxoxo/

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 16, 2016

Ep. 87: Lauren Lola is a writer from the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from California State University, East Bay where she earned her B.A. in Communication and a minor in Theatre. She has had writing featured on Hapa Voice, Entropy Magazine, Multiracial Media, YOMYOMF, VerseWrights, and in zines published by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center. Lauren also regularly blogs for the entertainment non-profit organization, Kollaboration, and for The Wind-Up Books Chronicle. She released her debut novel, "A Moment's Worth," in 2014, and will release her second novel, "An Absolute Mind," this fall.  She is of German and Portuguese descent on her mother's side, and her dad's side is of Filipino and Irish descent.

You can reach Lauren on social media at:

Twitter: @akolaurenlola

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8294989.Lauren_Lola

Blog/Website: https://lolabythebay.wordpress.com/

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

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Oct 9, 2016

Ep. 86: Darlene Eliopoulos is a writer and filmmaker.  She's also a multiracial woman who was separated from her biological parents almost at birth and raised by an aunt.  Throughout her life, identity has been a question with which she has grappled.

Listen as Darlene talks with Alex about her path: growing up in San Francisco, her period of rebellion, finding a satisfying outlet in writing, finding out about her biological father, and exploring her own multiracial story through the powerful illustrative media of film.

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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Oct 2, 2016

Ep. 85: Liz Days is a comic and actress. She's one of the stars of the webseries of Plant. She's also known for Woods Baseball (2013).  Her mother is white (Irish, Scottish, English) from Providence, RI. Her dad is black (My sister's DNA test sites Mali as the African part) born in Atlanta, grew up in FL and New Rochelle (age 13 on).  As a light-skinned multiracial person, Liz has often been the beneficiary of "White Privilege," which has left her with decidedly mixed feelings.  Listen as she describes these to Alex.

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)
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