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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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Jan 31, 2016

Ep. 50: Born in Canada, Rae Dawn Chong is a multiracial (Black, Chinese, Irish, and Native American) actress who's had a fantastic career and fascinating life.  She's been in such notable movies as The Color Purple, Quest for Fire, American Flyers, and Commando.

She's also had interesting experiences as the daughter of musician/comedian, Tommy Chong, spending her childhood in Detroit and Los Angeles, getting to meet musical giants like Bobby Taylor, the Jackson 5, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, and many, many others, and experiencing the Detroit riots of 1968. 

Listen as Rae chats with Alex about her upbringing, her love of music and acting, her acting career, and on the very real impact that race and discrimination still play in the world of entertainment.  Her take on the multiracial experience and on race and racism in the world of film is intriguing and thought-provoking and not to be missed. 

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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Jan 24, 2016

Ep. 49: Anita Sengupta has a Bengali Indian father and a White mother.  She grew up in the Midwest, in Cincinnati, where she experienced the range of experience of a multiracial person (fitting in, not fitting in, being asked "what are you?).  Upon graduation from high school, she took a year off to travel and live in India, where she connected with her family and her Indian roots. When she returned, she attended and has now graduated from NYU.  And, now, she has created a fascinating, provocative and much-needed multiracial/mixed-culture magazine called Conflux (http://www.confluxmagazine.com/) with her co-editor, Ozra Yazdani, a multiracial person herself (Iranian and Malaysian), who is an avid advocate for social justice and who is a 19 year old undergraduate student at Eugene Lang College at The New School.

Listen as Alex and Anita discuss her life as a half-Indian, half-White person.  Her thoughts on multiracial experience, and the trials and tribulations of starting a print journal in today's 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

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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jan 17, 2016

Ep. 48: Brad Jenkins is Black and Korean.  His dad is an African-American veteran who served in Viet Nam and, later, met Brad's mother, a Korean national, while stationed in Korea. 

But, growing up Black and Korean in an almost all-White town is just a small part of Brad's story.

After attending college at the University of Virginia and working in a law firm and then on Wall Street, Brad found himself in Silicon Valley and then working on the Obama campaign in 2008. 

Fast forward a couple of years, and Brad found himself working in the White House for President Obama as the Associate Director of the Office of Public Engagement.  In that role, he ultimately played a part in bringing to fruition the now famous Between Two Ferns episode featuring Zach Galifinakis interviewing President Obama, a video which went viral and raised awareness about Obamacare.  To see the video, click here: https://youtu.be/UnW3xkHxIEQ

After his tenure in the White House, Brad moved on to Funny or Die (the folks behind the Between Two Ferns video), where he serves as an Executive Producer and Managing Director of Funny or Die's Washington, D.C. office.

When not hard at work, Brad also has moved onto the stage as a public speaker, and recently gave a TEDx talk about his Afro-Asian heritage, and lessons he learned from his dad.  To see that talk, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3S__-5-FHQ

All in all, he has a fascinating story, and you don't want to miss it.

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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jan 10, 2016

Ep. 47: Melissa Swain O'Neill has a wonderful life.  She is married to a fantastic guy, has great kids, and has a job that she loves as a personal trainer to special populations.

She also has a phenomenally interesting life story.  A biracial (Black-White) woman, Melissa was born to a young, unmarried White woman in Oregon.  Her biological father, a young, African-American college student was not aware of the circumstances of Melissa's birth.

Melissa was then adopted by her White, maternal, great aunt and uncle and raised on the other side of the country, in Cape May, New Jersey.

Later in life, as she neared the end of her college career, Melissa decided to seek out her biological father, who remained unaware that she was even alive until receiving her letter.  They connected and developed a fantastic relationship that enabled Melissa (who remained in contact with her biological mother) to develop a relationship with the African-American side of her family.

Now, as mentioned above, Melissa is married (to a White man), they have two wonderful kids (who are multiracial like Melissa), and she is living happily as a multiracial family mom who loves her work as a fitness trainer for special populations. 

Hers is truly an American 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

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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Jan 3, 2016

Ep. 46: Joy Huang Stoffers (www.joyhuangstoffers.com) was raised by a Taiwanese mother and a Caucasian father. At the age of six, she wrote, illustrated, and promptly recycled her first short story. She holds a BA in English from Rutgers University and a MA in Creative Writing from Newcastle University. Her debut novel is Whasian, which explores the multiracial Asian in America.

Listen as Joy and Alex discuss her multiracial, Asian experience and her views on the multiracial Asian experience generally.

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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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