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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 6-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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Nov 19, 2017

Ep. 144: Stand-up comedian, motivational speaker, TV and radio personality, actress, author and entrepreneur are all titles fitting for Karith Foster. Karith is "one of the hottest comics to come out of New York City" according to both The Hollywood Reporter and Backstage Magazine who named her one of the "Top 10 Comics to Watch."

Karith stepped onto the comedy scene in New York City in 1998 where she has since risen to the top of her game as a national headliner and became well known for being Don Imus’ sidekick on his nationally syndicated Imus in the Morning radio show on WABC Radio.

Her equally successful speaking career of keynotes and presentations has had her wowing audiences inclusive of colleges and universities including her alma mater- Stephens College, The Woodhull Institute, and Tony Robbin’s NY Powerteam, and Own it Venture's Women's Business Expo.

Karith has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, NBC’s Today Show and Last Comic Standing, VH-1’s Best Week Ever, Awesomely Bad…and Black to the Future series. You may have also seen her on BET, BRAVO, and The Travel and Fine Living Channels. Her greatest triumphs include performing on Showtime at the Apollo (getting applause, not boos), doing live audience warm-up for the Oprah Winfrey Show and later as a guest on Oprah. Her comedy CD “Karith Foster: Straight Outta Plano is currently in rotation on Sirius/XM’s Raw Dog Comedy Channel.

Recently, Karith created the Foster Russell Family Foundation (http://www.karith.com/foster-russell-family-foundation.html)where they aim to encourage and inspire free speech and expression, nurture social change and foster ideas of social justice and empowerment through our range of educational and mentorship programs. It is their mission to provide programming and materials that unite families, communities and humanity. Their Our core belief is that inclusion; integrity and an unwavering focus on our humanity are the keys to unlocking human potential.

Listen as Karith describes this very important 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 12, 2017

Ep. 143: This week on the Multiracial Family Man Podcast, we speak with Nash Rose, comic and founder of the website Stellar Underground https://www.stellarunderground.com/, which focuses on rising stars in the New York Comedy scene. 

In our conversation, Nash talks about growing up as a Black person in a majority White community, racism that she and her family faced, and how her family now is a very diverse, Multiracial one and how that reflects her mother’s teachings and what it means for herself and her family in the days to come. 

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 5, 2017

Ep. 142:  Ali Jahangiri, fled Iran with his parents in 1991. They were refugees seeking asylum in the United States.  However, they were waylaid by World events, and had to remain in Finland, where they had first moved.

Accordingly, Ali grew up as a Middle Easterner in a Muslim family in an overwhelmingly White, Christian nation. 

After going to business school and becoming a consultant, Ali pivoted to a career in a comedy, where he focuses on skewering racial and ethnic stereotypes and prejudices. 

Don't miss this fascinating interview with a comic who speaks 4 languages and, through humor, is opening hearts and minds throughout the World.

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 29, 2017

Ep. 141: Professor Ronald E. Hall is an expert on the issues of: Intraracial Racism; Bleaching Syndrome; Black/White conflict
Organizational issues; and Race Relations & Diversity.  He has traveled the World and extensively chronicled the pernicious and insidious effects of "colorism" which he explains on the podcast.  You don't want to miss it.

To learn more about Professor Hall, please check out his bio and curriculum vitae at: https://socialwork.msu.edu/About-Us/Faculty-Staff/Ronald-E-Hall

And, to connect with him on social media, please go to: https://twitter.com/TheSkinColorDr

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 22, 2017

Ep. 140: Ciara Torres-Spelliscy is an associate professor, teaching courses in Election Law, Corporate Governance, Business Entities, and Constitutional Law. Prior to joining Stetson's faculty, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was counsel in the Democracy Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law where she provided guidance on the issues of money in politics and the judiciary to state and federal lawmakers. She was an associate at Arnold & Porter LLP and a staffer for Senator Richard Durbin.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy has testified before Congress, and state and local legislative bodies as an expert on campaign finance reform. She has also helped draft legislation and Supreme Court briefs.  She is the editor of the 2010 edition of the Brennan Center's campaign finance treatise, "Writing Reform: A Guide to Drafting State and Local Campaign Finance Laws."

She researches and speaks publicly on campaign finance law as well as judicial selection. She has spoken at symposia at 26 universities around the nation. She presented at the 2013 and the 2015 Annual Conventions of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and at the 2014 Annual Convention of the American Constitution Society, and the 2011, the 2014, and the 2016 Annual Conventions of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (COGEL). In 2016 she spoke at the Federal Election Commission (FEC) at a forum on dark money and foreign money in U.S. elections.

She is the author of the book Corporate Citizen? An Argument for the Separation of Corporation and State (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). 

As well as publishing in law reviews, such as the NYU Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy, and the Montana Law Review,  Professor Torres-Spelliscy has been published in the New York Times, New York Law Journal, Slate, L.A. Times, U.S. News and World Report, Boston Review, Roll Call, Business Week, Forbes, The Atlantic, USA Today, Business Ethics Magazine, San Francisco Chronicle, The Hill, Huffington Post, The Root.com, Judicature, The Nation, Salon.com, Tampa Bay Times, The Progressive, CNN.com, Medium, and the ABA Judges Journal. She has also been quoted by the media in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The New York Times, Time, Bloomberg, Mother Jones, Newsweek on Air, SCOTUS Blog, Politico, Slate, The National Journal, USA Today, L.A. Times, Boston Globe, NBC.com, WMNF, Sirius Radio, National Public Radio, Fox, Voice America, CSPAN, DNA TV, and NY1.

In 2014, Stetson University College of Law awarded Professor Torres-Spelliscy the Dickerson-Brown award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship. In 2013, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a member of the Lawyers of Color's "50 Under 50" list of minority law professors making an impact in legal education. In 2012, Professor Torres-Spelliscy was named as a Top Wonk by the website TopWonks.org. She was awarded tenure in 2016. In 2017, she was elected to be Chair of the AALS Section on Election Law for a term that starts in 2018.

Professor Torres-Spelliscy is a Brennan Center Fellow, a member of the Scholars Strategy Network, a member of the Board of Directors of the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Institute on Money in State Politics, which was awarded the 2015 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.

Listen as Professor Torres-Spelliscy tells Alex about her life's journey, her Multiracial experience, and her journey.

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 15, 2017

Ep. 139: Devin Hughes bills himself as "The Chief Inspiration Officer."

But, things were not always so rosy.  A Multiracial man who grew up in a troubled home with two parents struggling with substance abuse issues, it took Devin well until his adult years to find his passion.  But, when he did, he zoomed to success.

Drawing on the lessons he learned earlier in life, Devin became a highly sought after speaker, author, storyteller & happiness muse who speaks and consults to a variety of leaders, groups, organizations, and teams who have a desire to break down enterprise-wide cultural barriers, improve personal/organizational performance and enhance communication through greater self awareness and understanding of one another.  

His approach draws from the science of positive psychology, positive organizational research, appreciative inquiry, neuroscience, mindset and mindfulness. As a result, clients receive the cutting edge in research on well-being and flourishing.

Listen as Devin tells Alex about his journey.  And, to learn more about Devin, please check out his website: http://www.devinchughes.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 8, 2017

Ep. 138: Robert Munic ("Munic" to all who know him) is a writer and producer. He is a writer and co-Executive Producer of the hit television series, Empire.  And, recently, Dr. Dre has chosen Munic to write and executive produce Vital Signs for Apple. 

Besides being a huge success story (and very much a self-made one at that), Munic is the proud husband and dad in a Multiracial family.  He is married to actress, Ingrid Rogers (herself a prior guest on the podcast http://traffic.libsyn.com/multiracialfamilyman/Ingrid_Rogers.mp3), and he speaks lovingly and proudly of the diversity, talent, and strength of his family.

Listen as Munic regales Alex with the story of how he made it in Hollywood, about his youth in Chicago, and about how he's all about positivity and celebrating the richness, diversity and authenticity of the human experience.

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 1, 2017

Ep. 137: Jami Floyd is the local host of WNYC's “All Things Considered,” which airs from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. weekdays. You can follow her on Twitter @jamifloyd.

After a career as an attorney and White House Fellow, Jami transitioned to a career in journalism, a career that now spans two decades, during which time she has worked on everything from breaking news to exclusive interviews to long-form investigations.

Her broadcast career began while teaching law at Stanford University, when she was invited to appear on a prime time ABC special, "The Trouble with Lawyers." Following the appearance, she was invited to serve as a legal analyst for KPIX Radio in San Francisco during the OJ Simpson murder trial. Jami then moved to reporting local news for KPIX-TV. In 1995, she joined CBS News in New York and, in 1998, moved over to ABC News. There, she served for nearly a decade in various capacities, including Law & Justice Correspondent, the youngest person to hold the post. In that role, Jami covered a range of issues such as the innocence movement, civil rights, the U.S. Supreme Court, the contested 2000 presidential election, and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In 2006, she launched her own program at Court TV called “Jami Floyd: Best Defense,” a daily legal and political talk show, which enjoyed a five-year run. Over the years, she has appeared as a commentator on many news outlets including CNN, Fox News, NBC, MSNBC, and PBS.

Jami has won numerous awards, including the Gracie, two Tellys, the Maggie and two Cine-Golden Eagle Awards for journalism. In September 2015, she was named a Public Scholar by the New York Council for the Humanities, for a two year term.

Now, Jami is very proud to introduce a year-long project called The Other Box Project that explores issues facing mixed race families. Fifty years ago on June 12, 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia declared laws criminalizing interracial marriage unconstitutional, clearing the way for couples to marry and start families regardless of race. On the anniversary of the case, the project will look at what it means to check the "other" box on the census in today's society through public conversations, film, and exhibitions.

Listen as Jami tells Alex about her fascinating journey, her work, and about The Other Box Project.

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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Sep 24, 2017

Ep. 136: Sheryll Cashin, Professor of Law at Georgetown University, teaches Constitutional Law, and Race and American Law among other subjects. She writes about civil rights and race relations in America. Her book, Loving: Interracial Intimacy in America and the Threat to White Supremacy, was released in June, 2017 in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down bans on interracial marriage. In it she explores the history and future of interracial intimacy and its potential impact on American culture and politics.

Her book, Place Not Race (Beacon, 2014) was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Non-Fiction in 2015. Her book, The Failures of Integration (PublicAffairs, 2004) was an Editors' Choice in the New York Times Book Review. Cashin is also a two-time nominee for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for non-fiction (2005 and 2009). She has published widely in academic journals and written commentaries for the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, The Root, and other media.

Professor Cashin is Vice Chair of the board of the National Portrait Gallery, and an active member of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council. She worked in the Clinton White House as an advisor on urban and economic policy, particularly concerning community development in inner-city neighborhoods. She was law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. As a Marshall Scholar, she went on to receive a masters in English Law with honors from Oxford University and a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review. Cashin was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, where her parents were political activists. She lives in Washington with her husband and twin boys.

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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Sep 17, 2017

Ep. 135: Mike Bridenstine is a funny, funny guy.  Originally from Iowa, Mike moved to Chicago to begin his comedy career and then made his way to Los Angeles.  On the West Coast, his career has thrived onstage, on tv, and as a writer: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3619911/

Just recently, he launched his new comedy album, The Hungry Wolf Hunts Best, which you can find on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Hungry-Wolf-Hunts-Best/dp/B0737BYJ54

In addition, Mike is in an interracial marriage (he's White and married to a Black woman).  So, on this episode, listen as Mike talks about comedy and about race, racism, and his heightened sensitivity to racial issues.  It's compelling stuff.

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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Sep 10, 2017

Ep. 134: Von Decarlo is a multi-talented comedian, and author of the book, “Speak Fluent Man, with multiple appearances as a life coach on CW’s daytime television hit, “The Bill Cunningham Show”. Additional television appearances include FOX, FOX Reality, ABC, BET, Centric, WE, Essence Live, People Entertainment Weekly, Arise TV, a regular guest trash talker on NBA radio, Sirius XM and more.

Also known as “Coach Von”, she prides herself on knowing how to maintain a strong, fearless, no-filter point-of-view on any hot topic without marginalizing the male perspective, or spoiling man fun.

A graduate of UCB Theatre and a UCB diversity scholarship recipient, she is one of the founding members of the musical improv group Good Catch Comedy. You can find her performing stand up at many premier venues throughout New York City, and her one woman show Lasagna debuted at The PIT (The People’s Improv Theatre) to a full crowd and rave reviews. 

Don't miss this fascinating interview. And, to learn more about Von, please visit her website at: http://www.vondecarlo.com/bio/

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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Sep 3, 2017

Ep. 133: Sinead Bovell is from an organic-loving town called Guelph just west of Toronto, Canada. She has a multitude of interests, ranging from finance and politics to fashion and beauty, and at 25 she changed her entire life plan.

After getting her MBA, she was scouted by a modelling agency, quit her job as a management consultant and hasn't looked back since.

Or has she?  She continues to excel as a fashion model, but she also has developed a career as a writer and advisor to start-up businesses and entrepreneurs. 

So, you may see her featured in some of the most prominent fashion campaigns. But, you may also encounter her in the business world, where she will be quick to remind you that you can achieve all of the dreams and goals you have set out for yourself.

Don't miss this fascinating interview. And, to learn more about Sinead, please visit her website at: https://www.sineadbovell.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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Aug 27, 2017

Ep. 132: Justin McClure has led a full life. From very humble beginnings in Georgia, to a life in comedy, to a battle with destructive behaviors, into sobriety, he has now emerged into a wonderful life, with a beautiful, loving family, in which he is the dad of the darlings of the Internet and the Multiracial Community -- the McClure Twins. For more on the McClure family and the McClure twins, please visit: 
mccluretwins.com
youtube.com/jkmcclure

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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Aug 20, 2017

Ep. 131: Rev. Karma Cloud is a Multiracial person and Multiracial family mom.  She also is a Certified Expressive Arts Educator, Creativity Mentor/Coach and Birth Practitioner experienced in group and individual facilitation for youth and adults.

The founder and creator of the So Wisdom Center (https://sowisdom.com/the-center/), her goal is to teach individuals and families how to live soulful, self expressed lives that are in alignment with their own personal values, goals and desires, and which bring forth a deeper sense of satisfaction and joy from living and learning.

Rev. Cloud's specialties are: Expressive Arts Education, Life Coaching, Cultural and Community Event Planning, Spiritual Celebrations/Ceremonies, Birth Preparation & Labor Support, Visual & Performing Arts, Art Education k-12, Character Education, Grant Writing.

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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Aug 13, 2017

Ep. 130: Raquel Willis is a Black queer transgender activist, writer and media maven dedicated to inspiring and elevating marginalized individuals, particularly transgender women of color. She is a National Organizer for Transgender Law Center, the largest organization in the U.S. advocating on behalf of transgender and gender nonconforming people. She is a part of Echoing Ida, a national Black women’s writing collective, and Channel Black, a media organizing and training arm of the Movement for Black Lives. Raquel is also the host of Black Girl Dangerous Media's BGD Podcast, discussing pop culture and current events from an intersectional lens and is in the 2017 Sojourner Truth Leadership Circle through Auburn Seminary.

Raquel is a thought leader on gender, race and intersectionality who worked on behalf of the Solutions Not Punishments Coalition to end police profiling of transgender women of color and mass incarceration. She also worked with others on a campaign to implement a pre-arrest diversion program in Atlanta.

In addition, Raquel successfully led the Atlanta Trans Liberation Tuesday mobilization effort in conjunction with the larger Black Lives Matter network. Her dedication to trans advocacy opened the door to her current work at TLC in Oakland, CA.

Her writing has been featured on Autostraddle, Buzzfeed, Medium’s Cuepoint, ForHarriet, HuffPost, PRIDEQuartzThe Root and VICE. Her overarching goal is to use her voice and talents to inspire and uplift marginalized individuals, particularly trans women of color. She's currently working on a collection of essays about her experiences and intersectionality.

In January 2017, she was a speaker at the National Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

In May 2017, Raquel was named to ESSENCE's Woke 100 Women, which honored "the women who are blazing trails for equal rights and inclusion for Black people in America."

For more on Raquel, please visit her website at: http://www.raquelwillis.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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Aug 6, 2017

Ep. 129: Sheilah D. Smiley is a person of many ethnicities and races and many talents.  A Black woman with White, Black, Native American and Puerto Rican relatives and ancestors, she dreamed in high school and college of being an Olympic track star.  And, she nearly got there -- making it to the Olympic trials in Atlanta in 1996. 

Sheilah's life and career then pivoted, as she embarked upon a career in acting and comedy, where she captivates audiences with her passion, brutal honesty, and fresh delivery.  Her comedy ‘univer-soul’ performances are a mixture of observations, radical confessions, parodies, characters and physical comedy that bring all her personal experiences to life.

Moreover, Sheilah never loses sight of the struggles we all face, and she has committed to giving back to the community as much as possible.  Indeed, the beneficiary of the production of her show Diary of a Mad Black Comic is SmileTrain.Org, a cleft lip and palate children's charity. 

For more on Sheilah, her show, and her body of work, check out her website at: http://sheilahdsmiley.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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Jul 30, 2017

Ep. 128: Zara Gonzalez Hoang grew up in the great white North in a little bungalow in South Minneapolis and spent her childhood doodling and dreaming and listening to the colorful stories her dad told about growing up in Puerto Rico and New York. In 2011, she started a company that made apps for kids and managed to merge her love of art, kids and computers for awhile

After being settled in the Midwest for a zillion years, she went on a five year nomadic streak living in New York, San Francisco, Norfolk and finally settling in the DC Metro Area in a quirky mid-century modern house with a magical forest in the back, where she lives with her husband who is Vietnamese, and her child who is Puerto Rican, Jewish, and Vietnamese. 

Zara works as an artist and illustrator (particularly of children's books).  You can see her work here: http://zaralikestodraw.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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Jul 23, 2017

Ep. 127: Elliott Lewis is an assistant professor of journalism at SUNY Purchase College in Westchester County, New York, where he teaches media law and broadcast news. He joined the faculty in 2015 after a 20-year career as a television reporter, anchor, producer and assignment editor.

Elliott is a 2013 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law in Ohio, where he also served as a part-time faculty member in the university’s School of Communication. He is licensed to practice law in the state of New York.

Before becoming a law student, Elliott was a freelance television news reporter in Washington, DC. Over the years, his clients included WJLA-TV, BET News, CNN, Associated Press Television, and the Washington bureaus of Tribune Broadcasting and Hearst Television.

Prior to moving to the nation's capital, Elliott’s career took him to a number of cities around the country. He has worked as a reporter for WKMG-TV in Orlando, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, KPTV in Portland, KGTV in San Diego, and KTVN in Reno.

Elliott attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he studied Spanish and communications. When not in class, he could be found running the audio board at the campus radio station, working in the university’s public relations office, and delivering farm news for the College of Agriculture’s radio news service. He completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland-University College. 

Early in his career, Elliott joined the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and later served on the NABJ Board of Directors from 2003-2007. In addition, he has been an ex-officio board member of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a leading journalism think-tank located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

With Fade, television journalist Elliott Lewis weaves his memoirs as a black-and-white biracial American with the voices of dozens of multiracial people who are challenging how we think and speak about race today. His interviews illuminate a variety of coping strategies and reveal stark generational differences in the ways mixed race people have come to terms with their identity.

A comprehensive look at the multiracial state of the union, Fade tackles hot-button issues such as the often complicated lives of multiracial people in communities of color, interracial dating, transracial adoption, "black versus biracial" identities, and the birth of a national multiracial movement. Elliott also shares his own moving - and often humorous -firsthand experiences with race, along with intimate stories from those at the forefront of nationwide efforts to formally recognize the multiracial population.

To learn more about Elliott, please visit his website: http://lewisfreelance.com/lewisfreelance.com/Elliott_Lewis_HomePage.html

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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Jul 16, 2017

Ep. 126: Ken Tanabe is a multiracial (Japanese and Belgian) designer, animator, and art director who works in motion, identity, print, experience design, and interactive media. He also is the creator of LovingDay.org - which celebrates and commemorates the landmark Supreme Court decision, Loving v. Virginia, which prohibited laws outlawing interracial marriage, and celebrated Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple that vindicated.

Listen as Ken tells Alex about his parents' interracial marriage, about growing up multiracial, and about the impetus behind his creation of LovingDay.org and his hopes for the growth of Loving Day as a national day of remembrance.

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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Jul 9, 2017

Ep. 125: Dr. Ena Hennegan is a mother, a board-certified, and a practicing family physician in suburban Chicago. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Three Daughters of the Doctor® – a personal care brand created for multi-ethnic people.

Dr. Hennegan a multiracial (Black & White) woman has waged four battles with hair: First her own and then one with each of her three daughters – each of whom has a different hair type and/or texture. One winter night in 2013, during the vaunted, “Polar Vortex,” she looked along the outer edge of the family’s tub after bath time and counted more than 70 bottles of shampoo, conditioner and other hair products from the brands she had tried. Each bottle had been purchased in the hope of improving upon the performance of the last. Each bottle offered some promise. Not a single one of them was just right. It was at that moment she decided there had to be a different way to address this situation, because she knew she wasn’t alone. Ultimately, that led to the creation of Many Ethnicities®. Many Ethnicities products are designed to be safe, healthy, easy to use, and yet deliver optimal performance. Always manufactured to the highest standards in small batches. It is through Many Ethnicities products that Dr. Hennegan combines her love for helping and caring for people with her passion for finding solutions to the unique personal care challenges faced by multi-ethnic people each day.

For more on Dr. Hennegan and Many Ethnicities, please check out her website: https://www.manyethnicities.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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Jul 2, 2017

Ep. 124: Damona Hoffman is a certified dating coach, radio host, and TV personality. Damona is a guest speaker for Match.com and she’s the host of The Dates & Mates Radio Show on iHeart Radio, #BlackLove on FYI TV, and a new relationship series on FYI TV that will premiere summer 2017.

She was a finalist for iDate's Best Dating Coach of 2014 and 2016, was named as one of the top dating experts in LA by DatingAdvice.com, and has made hundreds of media appearances on NBC, Fox, Animal Planet, SiriusXM, Woman’s Day Magazine, Essence Magazine, People Magazine and more.

Prior to becoming a dating coach, Damona spent over 10 years behind the scenes in TV and has credits as a Casting Director, Network Executive, Consulting Producer, and Executive Producer.

Damona has a degree is Communications from Northwestern University, a Graduate Certificate in Producing from U.C.L.A. and is certified by the International Dating Coach Association.

For more on Damona, please check out her website at: https://damonahoffman.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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Jun 25, 2017

Ep. 123: Meropi Peponides and Beto O'Byrne are multiethnic, multicultural people.  She's Indian and Cypriot.  He's Irish and Mexican.  They are a dynamic and fascinating couple and the founders of Radical Evolution (http://www.radicalevolution.org/) a multiethnic producing collective committed to creating artistic events that seek to understand the complexities of the mixed-identity existence in the 21st Century.

In their most recent work, Loving and Loving, they explore, examine and dramatize the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple from rural Virginia who were arrested in 1958 for the crime of being married. Their decade-long legal struggle resulted in a landmark civil rights case decided in 1967, which upheld their right to live as husband and wife and struck down all remaining state bans on interracial marriage. Beginning in the present day and delving into the historically rich 1950’s – 60’s, Loving and Loving looks at this nearly 50-year old story from a 21st Century perspective, exploring the enduringly complex nature of intimacy, identity, and the impact of the law on our most personal decisions.

Listen as Meropi and Beto talk about their childhoods, their journeys into theater, and their hopes and dreams about creating a production company that gives voice to Multiracial, Multiethnic, and Multicultural experiences. 

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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Jun 18, 2017

Ep. 122: Angeline and Stephan Thomas each are Multiracial people.  They also are husband and wife and have their own Multiracial family together with a second-generation Multiracial child.  Theirs is truly a Multiracial experience. 

However, Angeline's and Stephan's Multiracial lives are not solely personal. Each works in the public service sector (Angeline at the Washington Appleseed and Stephan at the King County Prosecuting Attorney Office in Seattle).  In that professional light, and despite the strides made in society, they also are privy to the unique challenges facing people of color.

Given their personal stories and professional lives (as well as the heart-warming way in which they met), this is truly a great story.

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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Jun 11, 2017

Ep. 121: An award-winning playwright, actor, producer and educator, Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is currently touring the one-woman show she wrote and performs in: One Drop of Love. One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of justice and love. The show is produced by Cox DiGiovanni, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.

Fanshen has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR as a spokesperson on using the arts to explore racial identity. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award, and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships and an ‘Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media’ award by Media Done Responsibly. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in Acting and Performance in Film, TV and Theater. She serves on the boards of the non-profit MixedRootsStories.org and of Project Greenlight Digital Studios. Fanshen is also a Teaching Artist for A Broaderway – an arts camp for underserved girls. Her play, One Drop of Love, was awarded Best Non-Fiction Script by the United Solo Theatre Festival, and the film version won Best Documentary Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival.

Listen as Fanshen speaks with Alex about her life, her work, and #Multiracial experience in the U.S. and abroad.

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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Jun 4, 2017

Ep. 120: Patrick Bennett is a Black, St. Croix native who moved to the mainland United States.  He is married to a White, German woman and has two Biracial sons.  His is truly a multiracial, multicultural experience.

Patrick is also the co-founder of Uncommon Caribbean, (https://www.uncommoncaribbean.com/), a celebration of the undiscovered charms of the Antilles! From the unexpected (surfing a la Martinique?) to the downright bizarre (St. Croix’s beer-drinking pigs), Uncommon Caribbean offers an engaging journey beyond the region’s well-trod sun, sand and sea attractions to reveal a unique side of the Caribbean seldom featured in traditional travel guides.

Listen as Patrick speaks with Alex about his childhood in St. Croix, his adjustment to the mainland U.S. while attending college in Amish Country, his search for identity in a more polarized racial environment, his own multiracial family, and the ways in which Uncommon Caribbean, by introducing people to authentic Caribbean culture, helps to build bridges and bring down barriers.

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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