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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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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Sep 25, 2016

Ep. 84: LaTice was born and raised in the suburbs of South Jersey and has turned the challenges of being black in a white neighborhood into comedy.  Her conversational style makes you feel like you’re in her living room laughing about interracial marriage, being a parent, reality TV, ridiculous commercials and her day-to-day encounters. LaTice will pull you right into her world the minute she steps on stage, with her zest for life and positive energy.  She has crowds laughing out loud until she says goodnight.

 LaTice appeared on ABC's The View for their "Hilarious Housewives" how funny are you? She was chosen to perform in NYC's SHE DEVIL comedy festival in October 2015 and returned to Las Vegas to compete in the World Series of Comedy in September 2015, as one of the 101 comedians around the country to perform at the Tuscany Hotel & Casino. She has been seen on the Dr. Oz show and the Betheny Show.

She has opened for some of comedy’s top headliners including Tony Rock, Jessica Kirson, and Dan Adhoot,  just to name a few.

LaTice was accepted into the The Brokerage Comedy Club's March Madness and made it to the Elite 8, from the original 64 comedians.  She won a spot into the Stand up 360 Comedy Festival in New York, April 2012. Competed in the World Series of Comedy in Raleigh NC, on April 19th 2012, after being selected from hundreds of submissions.  LaTice was picked as one of the 101 Comedians to compete in the MAIN EVENT for The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas 2012! The competition took place at the Tuscany Hotel & Casino.

LaTice has performed in comedy clubs all along the East Coast and is making her way out west. Places such as, Comedy Cove, Sarcasm Comedy Club, Catch a Rising Star, Broadway Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Poconuts Comedy Club, Helium Comedy Club, Laff House, Goodnights Comedy Club, Stand Up New York, Gotham Comedy Club, Chuckles Comedy Club, Raven Lounge, The Adrienne Theatre, The Shubin Theatre, The Lebanon Country Club, Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, The Comedy Stop, Looney Bin, Comedy Cabaret, The Laughing Devil, LOL Comedy Club, Bogey's Country Club, L'etage, Walnut St Theatre, The Candlelight Theatre, Arts Garage, CB's Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club.

She is a mother of 3, including two multiracial sons.  She is a very funny lady, and you want to check out her work.  http://www.laticecomedy.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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Sep 18, 2016

Ep. 83: Actor, comedian, and writer James Goff was born and raised in the South Bronx of New York City. In just a short time in the business, James has demonstrated the unique ability to bridge the gap between any audience, and connect with them on a level that makes them feel they've known him for years.

Not only has he worked with some of the best in the business, James Goff's appearances also include Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central's Open Mic Fight, Sirius Radio, and a performance for Superbowl XLII Champions The New York Giants.

When he's not headlining around the country, James is producing a weekly podcast, The Force 2 Care Podcast, centered around surviving parenthood and speaking to at risk youth about overcoming life's obstacles. 

James, who is African-American, has 2 biracial children, whose mom is a White, Jewish woman from New Hampshire.  So, for James and his family, multiracial experience is part and parcel of their daily lives.

For more on James, please visit his website: http://www.jamesgoff.me/

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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Sep 11, 2016

Ep. 82: Shannon Rutherford Hardin is a biracial woman from the Pacific Northwest. Her father is African-American and her mother is White and of Danish extraction.  Shannon is the granddaughter of Verdell and Otto Rutherford, two of Portland's and the nation's leaders in the Civil Rights Movement.  They led the Portland chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) when it confronted the 1953 Oregon Legislature with a bill to outlaw discrimination in hotels, motels, restaurants and amusement places on the basis of race, religion or national origin.

Recently, Shannon wrote an article about her own multiracial experience for Multiracial Media.  Her article, My Father Is Black and No I Am Not Adopted was widely acclaimed and shared.  It can be found at: http://multiracialmedia.com/2016/08/09/father-black-no-not-shannon-hardin/

Look for more of her writing soon.

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
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Sep 4, 2016

Ep. 81: Alex Chester is Russian, French, and Romanian Jewish on her mother's side and Japanese on her father's side.  She is proudly Hapa, and she is the founder of http://mesohapa.com/ a blog dedicated to exploring the Hapa (multiracial Asian) experience.

Alex started performing professionally at a very young age. At 5 she began her career in modeling, and was the cover for such magazines as Parenting, Woman’s Day, and Victoria Magazine. She modeled children’s clothing lines on The Home Show, along with posters for malls, catalogues, department store and newspaper ads.

With a successful modeling career underway Alex ventured into commercials and became the face that introduced the Chevy Geo to the world. Many commercials later Alex has once again introduced a new vehicle, the Ford Kuga, to Europe.

Television followed commercials, including such shows as 7th Heaven, Boston Public, ER and The Closer. Alex filmed the title role in the Independent film, The Mermaid, produced by the award winning production company, Walter Robot Studios.

Alex even had a stint in the pop world as a member of the girl group, Dream, produced by P. Diddy.

Theatre has always been in Alex’s life. She saw her first live production when she was 4. By the age of 5 Alex had a role in Gigi at the now defunct Grand Equity dinner theatre in Anaheim CA. She worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines at the age of 7 playing Tootie in Meet Me In St. Louie, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz in the Broadway Review, and singing for the Captain’s embarkation parties. Alex has been seen as Mary Rogers in the West Coast premiere of The Will Rogers Follies, The Dead Girl in East/West Players production of Six Characters In Search of An Author, flying across the stage as Peter Pan, performing for the Royal National Theatre’s tour of An Inspector Calls, dancing as Eliza in The King and I at the Welk Resort, Punky Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Pantages Theatre and Gymslip Who at Madison Square Gardens, The Magic Carpet in Disney’s Aladdin Spectacular, Connie in A Chorus Line for the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and Minnie Fay in Hello, Dolly! for the National Asian Artist Project.

Alex has had the pleasure of working with Jeff Marx, co-creator of Ave Q, who wrote the role of Connie for her in his 15 minute musical, Oh God, We’re Gonna Die, the track of which can be heard at ANMT.TV.

Alex is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in theatre through St. Mary’s College LEAP Program and was awarded The Caroline H. Newhouse Scholarship for Dancers.

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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Aug 28, 2016

Ep. 80: Eric Jackson is in a multiracial family.  He's a Black man married to a White woman, and together they have 4 multiracial kids.

Eric also is the principal of a high school in an overwhelmingly White, rural town, with a slowly-but-surely growing multiracial population.  It's because of this and because of his own personal experience with multiracial life that he has made it a part of his mission to ensure that multiracial students are not being isolated and not suffering from identity-based negative issues. 

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
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