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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 4 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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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

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Aug 21, 2016

Ep. 79: Sarah Doneghy's mother is White, British, and Catholic. Her Dad is Black, American, and Muslim.  She was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia.  Listen to her describe life in a state not known for multiracial experience.

But, Sarah did not stay in West Virginia.  She moved to New York to pursue acting.  Now, she's a working actor with a multitude of experience in theater, television, film, stand-up, sketch and improvisation. Her one woman show, Mixed Nut – a personal story about growing up mixed race in West Virginia – was produced by the People’s Improv Theater and packed the house every night. Her all female sketch comedy group, Nomansland has performed at comedy clubs throughout New York City and enjoyed a residency at The Broadway Comedy Club. They are currently working on a web series.  She has worked with some of the best teachers in New York. She studied the Stanislavsky Method with Anthony Abeson and Meisner with William Esper in the two year conservatory program at the Esper Studio.  She also is an Upright Citizens Brigade Alum. 

Listen to her speak with Alex about her own multiracial heritage and how she's used her own experiences to inform her 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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Aug 14, 2016

Ep. 78: Sarah Gaither is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.  She obtained a M.S. and Ph.D in Social Psychology from Tufts University in 2014, and prior to attending Tufts, she received her B.A. in Social Welfare with a concentration in Psychology in addition to a minor in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2007. She was a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Psychology Department at The University of Chicago for two years before beginning at Duke.

Her main research interests are: mixed-race identity flexibility, multiracial perceptions, interracial interactions and intergroup contact, and the use of stereotypes and prejudice among children and young adults.

Listen to her speak with Alex about her own multiracial heritage and how she's used her own experiences to inform her 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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Aug 7, 2016

Ep. 77: Yawna Allen is a Native American (Quapaw, Cherokee, and Euchee) multiracial woman who is a former professional tennis player. After playing collegiately at Oklahoma State University and graduating with a degree in journalism, she competed in professional tennis tournaments in several different countries, won two doubles titles, and was inducted into the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013. She went on to earn a Master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Liberty University. She is currently consulting on a project for a Native American internship program for American University and is part of an advising team for a tribal election in Oklahoma where she resides. She is an advocate for biracial and multiracial identity and is happy to meet and share experiences with others in the multiracial community.

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 4, 2016

Ep. 73: Athena Asklipiadis is Japanese, Greek, Italian, Armenian, Egyptian.  She is about as multiracial as they come!  When her aunt, Esther Matsuguma, died in 2007 after a battle with Lymphoma -- and after a chance meeting with patient, Krissy Kobata’s family at a marrow drive -- Athena recognized the need for outreach to for donors of bone marrow for multiracial/multi-ethnic patients.  In 2008, she launched Mixed Marrow (http://mixedmarrow.org/) which is dedicated to this mission.

Listen as she talks about her own multiracial upbringing and how Mixed Marrow came into being. 

And remember Athena's motto: “Being diagnosed with a life-threatening blood disease is not a death sentence. We can save each other.”

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 31, 2016

Ep. 76: Elle C. Mayberry is a writer, creator of the international parenting community Tuned In Parents, and a founding member of The Fribourg Foundation. She’s also a proud single mother, Star Wars geek, and a way-too-loud laugher. She lives in L.A. with her little girl, and together they write children’s books and dig in to life one day at a time. To read more about Elle and her writings on education, child development, parenting, health and wellness, connect with her at Tuned In Parents.

 

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 24, 2016

Ep. 75: Jen Borget and Erin Lai are Black women living in America.  They're both also married to men who aren't Black.  Jen's husband is White, and Erin's husband is Asian.  The other thing they have in common is that both their husbands are police officers.

Troubled by recent news regarding police brutality as well as violence against police officers, Jen and Erin came together to form Police Wives for Black Lives (http://policewivesforblacklives.com/) discuss ways to bridge a divide and create more unity between law enforcement officers and the black community.

Listen as Jen and Erin discuss how they decided to take action and their mission to bridge a divide and create unity.

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 17, 2016

Ep. 74: Sonia Smith-Kang is a social entrepreneur. She is designer and founder of Mixed Up Clothing, a culturally inspired children’s fashion brand that celebrates diversity and inclusion featured on NBC’s Today show, The Real, Fab Life and Latina Magazine. Sonia is a multiracial/multicultural activist and expert contributor at NPR, The Huffington Post, The Mixed Up Blog and Modern Mom Magazine. She is co-founder of MultiCulti Corner, a multifaceted group dedicated to sharing and learning about different cultures. Sonia serves on several boards including Vice President of Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC). A multiracial woman who is now the mother of her own multiracial family, she prides herself on raising her children as global citizens, who speak English, Spanish and Korean.

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 3, 2016

Ep. 72: Kevin Williams is a man of many hats, many talents, and many races and ethnicities.  Hailing originally from St. Louis, Kevin has a heritage that is quintessentially American and that consists of Black, Native American, Welsh and Jewish ancestry.

An alum of Morehouse College and Stanford University's MBA program, Kevin is also a proud military man, having served in the US Navy.  Before and after his MBA education, he worked on Wall Street, then he explored comedy as a creative outlet, and now he's found his true passion as an Ed-Tech professional for a California-based startup company.

He's also found the love of his life, who is about to marry.  Interestingly, Kevin's fiancee is a White woman from Florida, adding yet another layer to Kevin's multiracial life and experience.

A man of wit, wisdom, humor and warmth, Kevin is a good guy, a good friend, and a raconteur when it comes to his life, life in general and what it means to be a multiracial man in this World.  Take a listen.

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 26, 2016

Ep. 71 - Barbara Savage is a woman of many hats (and talents).  A multiracial (Black and Indian) woman who converted to Judaism as an adult, Barbara has myriad interests and talents.  She's been a LA Raiders cheerleader, worked as a private investigator, and now she's a contestant on FOX's "Master Chef." 

Along the way, given her multiracial heritage and Jewish faith, she's had an interesting vantage point from which to observe society and participate in her community.  Listen as she talks about all this and about her dad's very interesting career.

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 23, 2016

Ep. 31: Sarah Ratliff and Bryony Sutherland are authors who have collaborated on a new book, an anthology called Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide.  It is a must-read for anyone interested in the issues facing multiracial people and people within multiracial families.  The anthology, published by Heritage Press Publications, is a non-fiction book that cites the experiences of both mixed-race authors and those in interracial partnerships of all ages and backgrounds, from all over the world. It blends positivity, negativity, humor, pathos and realism in an enlightening exploration of what it means to be more than one ethnicity.

Sarh was born in the Netherlands, raised partially in Lagos, Nigeria and eventually in New York City.  Sarah’s mother was African American and Japanese. Her father was Caucasian. Raised to be proud of her mixed race; at the same time her parents prepared her for the racism she would experience, the result of being Black in a country that repeatedly proves it isn’t ready to accept all races.

Bryony was born and raised in the United Kingdom, Bryony is Caucasian. She is married to a man of Caribbean descent and they have three biracial sons. During the quarter of a century she has been with her partner, she can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times they have encountered racism as a result of their union. She feels incredibly positive about raising three mixed kids, each of whom is happy and comfortable in his skin.

Listen as Sarah and Bryony talk to Alex about how they came together, how they decided to collaborate on the book, and what they learned along the way.  As an added bonus, get to hear the "words of wisdom" of the rooster that lives on Sarah's farm in Puerto Rico, as he chimes in throughout the 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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Jun 19, 2016

Ep. 70: Michelle Maltais serves as deputy director of audience engagement. Since she joined the Los Angeles Times in 1997 as a copy editor, Michelle has gone where no one has gone before. (Yes, she’s a bit of a “Star Trek” nerd as well.) She served as the newsroom’s first broadcast producer and interactive video executive producer, in addition to occasionally writing on a variety of topics including technology and family. In her off time, Michelle geeks out on grammar, sci-fi and movie minutiae.

Listen as Michelle discusses her Jamaican roots (her mother was a first-generation Jamaican immigrant), growing up multiracial, her decision to become a journalist, and life, now, as a multiracial family mom.

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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Jun 12, 2016

Ep. 69: Delia Douglas is proud to be Black, White and Native (Choctaw). She was born in North Hollywood California. Her parents were the first interracial couple to marry and move in to the North Hollywood neighborhood now known as the NoHo Arts District. Well after the Loving vs. Virginia ruling, the year was 1972 and the Southern California Suburb probably considered itself to be rather open-minded because there were a lot "studio" people living there however we are told that local residents had taken up a petition to prohibit her parents from moving in to the neighborhood. By the time she and her brother arrived those same neighbors had a change of heart and were happily delivering gifts, flower bouquets, and baked goods as a warm welcome to the expanding
family.


As a multiracial woman and mother to a multiracial child, Delia feels it’s important that
we share as much about our own culture as possible and that we teach our kids to embrace and celebrate all that they are. 

Delia is grateful that this new generation of multiracial children have literature and tools to help them in celebrating their own heritage; a heritage unique from being identified solely as any one background, but instead by any of the many ethnic and racial backgrounds that make up the multiracial community, then and today.

Delia Douglas is the Owner of DDHPR, a boutique public relations firm catering to an eclectic roster of fashion, beauty, multicultural, curve, non-profit and artist clients. Passionate about diversity, Delia is a board member of Multiracial Americans of Southern California and co-founder of Multiculti Corner, a culturally diverse community of multiracial people and families for social, educational, and celebratory news and events. An advocate for positive body image messaging within the media, Delia is the US Ambassador for Slink Magazine, UK's premiere print plus-size fashion and lifestyle magazine. A California native, Delia, her husband, and their 4 year old daughter reside in Venice, CA most commonly referred to as "Venice Beach: Where Art Meets Crime." Catch up with Delia and her family on Instagram @heartandsol and her business @ddhpr

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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Jun 7, 2016

Ep. 67: Riana Anderson is a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division (APHD). Her current fellowship is with Dr. Howard Stevenson in the Racial Empowerment Collaborative (REC), which centers on cultural pride, coping and parenting, culturally specific parenting strategies, and other ways of reducing race-related stress. She received her doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Virginia and was a Clinical and Community Psychology Pre-doctoral Fellow at Yale University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Anderson graduated from the University of Michigan in 2006 with degrees in Psychology and Political Science. She then taught for 2 years with Teach For America in Atlanta, GA. She has also conducted community based participatory research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, and neuropsychological research at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Anderson aims to assist at-risk youth with practical applications of her research and clinical services, as well as through academic instruction and policy recommendations. She strives to improve the psychological outcomes for African American youth through expanded coping strategies, discovery and encouragement of alternative outcomes, culturally and contextually relevant parenting programs, and community building, participation, and collaboration. One of her goals is to create youth centers and interventions that support the mental and physical health— as well as educational goals—of African American youth in urban communities.

Dr. Anderson is interested in fostering positive outcomes among impoverished, urban, and Black youth in contextually relevant ways. She investigates how protective familial mechanisms such as parenting and racial socialization operate in the face of risks linked to poverty, discrimination, and residential environment. Dr. Anderson is particularly interested in how these factors predict familial functioning and subsequent child psychosocial and academic achievement, especially relating to family-based interventions. She is currently working on a four-session intervention to assess and alleviate racial stress and trauma in order to facilitate healthy parent-child relationships and racial assertiveness.

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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Jun 6, 2016

Ep. 68: Ingrid Rogers (http://www.theingridrogers.com/index.html) was born to Jamaican parents in Toronto, Canada and spent the first 9 years of her life in Jamaica.  She was a big fan of the tropical lifestyle and the year-round warmth.  And then… she moved back to Toronto, having never before owned a winter jacket or seen snow and yet finding herself in the middle of a winter that lasted what seemed like ten months! It was during this time inside thawing out that she became interested in the arts.

When she was in high school, the acting bug bit after her theatre arts class wrote a piece called “Syanova” based on a newspaper clipping that their teacher found about Apartheid.

After a short detour to the University of Toronto to study business, she found her way to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. For the next 3 years, she immersed herself in everything from Bette Davis to Commedia dell’arte. 

Two months after leaving AADA, she landed the role of Taylor Roxbury Cannon on “All My Children."  One year into that role, she got the role of Steffie in “Carlito’s Way” opposite Al Pacino and Sean Penn! 

Through the years, she's had the good fortune of working with wonderfully acclaimed directors, including: Brian DePalma, Joel Schumacher and Woody Allen.  And she's worked with such esteemed actors as Pacino, Penn, Benjamin Bratt, Jon Cryer, Ray Liotta and Tom Cavanagh.  She's also done countless commercials. If you haven’t fast forwarded through the commercials, in the past few years you may have seen her in ads for everything from Diet Coke with Heidi Klum, to Home Depot, Xerox, Old Navy, Fidelity and McDonald’s to name a few.

In 1999, she became a mom and entered into the world of multiracial parenting.  And, in 2002, she met her husband (at Whole Foods, having walked in for a salad and walked out with a family).

Listen as Ingrid describes her childhood, her career, her life as a parent and spouse, and her hopes and aspirations for the future (as well as who she'd choose if she got a choice to date Barack Obama or Justin Trudeau!).

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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May 26, 2016

Ep. 66 - Glenn Robinson is a White guy.  He's married to a Mexican woman, and they have 2 Biracial and Bicultural kids.

Glenn is a devoted advocate for the multiracial and multicultural communities.  He aggregates and curates content for several websites aimed at the issues confronting these communities.  Those websites are:

Community Village http://www.communityvillageus.us/

Mixed American Life https://mixedamericanlife.wordpress.com/

500 Nations http://500nations.us/

Oppression Monitor http://oppressionmonitor.us/

 

 

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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May 19, 2016

Ep. 34: Keesha Beckford is a former dancer, who turned to writing as her creative outlet when she became a mom.  It has turned into a successful second career as the creator and writer behind Mom's New Stage, a blog about Keesha's own multiracial family, featuring herself (an African-American woman), her husband (a White man), and their two terrific kids (a biracial boy and girl who are starting to experience and understand the complex issues of race and racism).  Check it out here: http://www.momsnewstage.com/p/about.html

Listen, as Keesha describes her journey from Queen, New York to Princeton University to dance as a profession to becoming a mom and the journey that took her and her family from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, to Chicago, where they are now the Obamas' neighbors. 

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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May 15, 2016

Ep. 65: The director of Mixed Up, the documentary, Rose Espiritu identifies as a biracial Nigerian-Filippino woman. Today Rose hopes that her film will help parents of interracial families support positive racial identity development in their children.

Mixed Up attempts to permeate these layers of race talk to discover what it means to be the parent of a multiracial child. While this film cannot provide a definitive representation of the multiracial experience, she hopes that it will spark a conversation about the influence of parents' unconscious racial biases on children of interracial families. She also hopes that by shining a light on this aspect of internalized racism, the film will inspire parents to think carefully about the repercussions of their racial biases on their children's sense of identity.

In the end. the message of Mixed Up centers on love. She believes that a parent's love for their child can override white supremacy culture and allow us to build a future generation of self.

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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May 10, 2016

Ep. 59: Mike Brown is a comic who grew up in Harlem, NY.  A Black man with Jamaican and Cuban roots, Mike has been taking the New York comedy scene by storm with his

He was named one of Rooftop Comedy’s Comics to Watch, Caroline’s Best of New Talent and a semi-finalist in NY Funniest Stand Up competition presented by JetBlue. Along with featuring at various comedy festivals (New York Comedy Festival, The San Francisco Sketchfest, The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival), he’s appeared on TruTV, Oxygen, Bravo, E!, and Adult Swim.

Mike Brown regularly hosts/co-produces comedy shows throughout New York: BIG Pony Show FREE show Mondays at 8p on the Lower East Side (87 Ludlow St), Machine Gun Funk at New York Comedy Club, and COMEDY OUTLIERS a monthly standup comedy showcase featured in The New York Times, AM New York, Time Out NY, NY1, and NY Daily News. He also hosts the COMEDY OUTLIERS podcast available on iTunes.  He also is the creator and star of a new webseries called Can't Stop, Won't Stop.

Mike is married to a White woman from Australia, and on this episode of the podcast, he discusses with Alex what it's like to be a Black man in America as well as his thoughts and insights about visiting his in-laws in rural Australia.

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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May 8, 2016

Ep. 64: Lorie Tensen is an author.  She's also "bionic." It's not hard to see why.  Having been dealt a number of challenges in life, she's rebuilt herself stronger than ever before.

She was born in St. Paul, Minnesota on May 7, 1966. The result of an affair between a married, Black detective and a foreigner: a woman from Honduras. Seven months later, she was adopted into a White, Dutch family and raised in a small, farming community two hours west of the Twin Cities. 

At the age of 12, Lorie suffered a terrible accident, resulting in the loss of her right hand and lower arm.  This led to years of grappling with her own self-image and self-esteem.

Later in life, she struggled through college, where her racial background set her apart.  Then, she was a single mom working hard to make ends meet.  She later married, but the marriage ended in divorce, and Lorie found herself struggling again. 

But, by focusing on her passion, on raising her kids, and on her goal of giving back, she found herself on the right career path.  Hers in an inspirational story, and you can read about it in her memoir: "Taking My Hand Out of My Pocket" available here: http://www.amazon.com/Taking-Hand-Out-My-Pocket/dp/0692266054

For more on host, Alex Barnett, please check out his website: www.alexbarnettcomic.com or visit him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/alexbarnettcomic) or on Twitter at @barnettcomic

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May 1, 2016

Ep. 63: Jordana Manchester is Biracial (White mom, Black dad).  She was raised by her her mother and her White adoptive father (he married her mother when she was 4 years old and they had her younger brother a year later). So she was raised in an all-White household. 

After several years in Winnipeg, where she suffered overt racism, Jordana and her family moved back to Vancouver, which marked the beginning of her ethnic and culturally confused adolescence. She was the only Black kid in school and kids swung from expecting her to "act Black" to accusing her of being "not Black enough" or acquaintances would refer to me as the "Whitest Black person I know." 

After high school, Jordana embarked upon world travel, which eventually led her to study anthropology and these two things (travel and her studies) led her to create the travel and culture website, The Urban Xenophile, which Jordana hopes will help bring own racial barriers by inspiring ALL ethnic groups to travel and exchange ideas with one another.

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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Apr 24, 2016

Ep. 62: Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum loves to laugh.  She also loves purple.  She loves her husband, her family, her congregation (Shir Hadash -- http://www.shirmke.com/) and Milwaukee.  In fact, if you talk with Rabbi Berenbaum for more than 3 seconds, you will realize that she's filled with love, laughter, terrific listening skills, and, as she puts it "a love of text." 

Starting out as the only child of Black Southern Baptists (including a father who was blind), Rabbi Berenbaum slowly but surely found her true spiritual home in Judaism.  Along the way, she had a front seat at the intersection of race, racism and religion, giving her valuable insights into how different groups of people see the World and helping her develop and refine tremendous powers of empathy.

Listen, as Rabbi Berenbaum describes her own conversion to her childhood, her conversion to Judaism, her views on and personal experiences with racism, and her views and thoughts on the challenges facing Judaism in the 21st Century.

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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Apr 17, 2016

Ep. 61: Michelle Beller is a multiracial former Ironman Triathlete-turned-writer who is now pursuing work that is deeply personal. 

Her book The Trouble With Virginia is a historical novel based on the true story of Michelle's great-great grandmother, Virginia, who was the daughter of a prosperous White plantation owner and his common-law wife who was herself a multiracial slave. It is a captivating story.

In addition, Michelle is a vocal advocate for women's rights especially in the effort to end violence against women.  Listen as Michelle tells Alex how this issue and the issue of race are inextricably linked.

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)
Licensed under Creative Commons - By Attribution 3.0
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Apr 10, 2016

Ep. 60:  Veda Stamps was born in Los Angeles, California but grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. In her late teens, she moved to Fresno, California where she attended Fresno State’s undergraduate and graduate programs. Veda spent time in Washington, DC where she served as a legislative aide and speech writer to Congressman Harold Ford, JR. Missing sunny California, she moved back to Fresno and created The Ramsay Group, LLC a community planning consulting firm.

She currently lives in Valencia, California with her husband, two daughters and three little dogs.

”Flexible Wings” is her first published novel, partly inspired by her daughter’s experience on a new neighborhood swim team.  It is a contemporary middle-grade novel which explores the lives of military children. The book delves into themes of sports, community, and volunteerism as a way to support families through difficult times. 

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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Mar 31, 2016

Ep. 57: Vanessa Bell is a Latina of Cuban ancestry, raised in Los Angeles.  She is married to a Black man and has two biracial kids.  She also is the creator of desumama.com (http://www.desumama.com/) a multiracial motherhood website, dedicated to exploring issues of concern to multiracial families.

Listen, as as Alex speaks with Vanessa about 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

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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