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Multiracial Family Man

Comic and writer Alex Barnett is the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman (who converted to Judaism) and the father of a 5-year-old, Biracial son. Join him and his guests each episode as they discuss the issues that confront multiracial people and multiracial families (including the dynamics between members of the same family who are of different races). Alex has been seen on the Katie Couric Show, been featured on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Raw Dog Comedy,” NBC’s EVB Live, and in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com.
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Mar 27, 2016

Ep. 58: Naomi Kissiedu-Green is a Ghanaian, born in the UK, who now resides in Australia.  This former model who appeared on Austrailia's Project Runway is married to a White Australian, and she is the mother of 3 children, a beauty entrepreneur (operating the Shea Purity line - http://www.sheapurity.bigcartel.com/).  She also is the author of The Colourful Life children's books series, which focus on issues confronted by multiracial children and an author of children’s books (http://www.bookdepository.com/publishers/Naomi-Kissiedu-Green).

Listen, as as Alex speaks with Naomi about her life and 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

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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Mar 20, 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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

 

Mar 13, 2016

Ep. 56: Swirl Nation (http://www.swirlnationblog.com/) is the lovechild of four female friends who share the common bond of living multiracial and multiethnic lives.

On Swirl Nation they  explore topics that resonate with the co-founders, Jen, Jenn, Amal & Kourtney. They have had so many conversations in their private lives about their journeys of relationships and raising children; they decided they wanted to share that with other like-minded individuals. 

One key feature of the blog is weekly featured posts that celebrate amazing multiracial and multiethnic families across the United States (and maybe even around the world)! Their hope is that these profiles will inspire and create a bond between families. Reading the profiles can also be a great way to ignite a conversation in your own household about culture, traditions, and how you want to raise your own children.

Additionally they all share posts on other topics that are passion points for us as individuals like education, fashion, beauty, cooking, and more! No topics are off limits. 

They welcome ideas, collaborators and comments, and they thank you for visiting their community!

Listen, as as Alex speaks with them about their individual and collective journeys.

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/

 

 

 

Mar 6, 2016

Ep. 55: Liana Maneese was born in 1984 in Goiânia, Goiás Brazil.  She was adopted when she was 1 and aised in a Black community in Pittsburgh PA by two White Parents. 

Growing up, she saw herself only as adopted and not as an orphan. She finally had to face the reality that in order to be found, you have to first be lost. Without any Afro-Latino community to latch onto, her voice and identity were lost in translation in a world that did not look like her, talk like her, or think like her. This is when the quest for true liberation started, when she began to acknowledge who she was and to begin the slow but crucial process of loving herself.  She knew that she needed to redirect her efforts to telling her own story and recovering her own voice.

To Liana, being Afro-Brazilian testifies to the enormous resistance of the African slaves that had to endure and overcome a cultural force that meant to strip them of their identity, heritage, and humanity. She seeks to use her work as an act of her own resistance by refusing to be voiceless in a larger conversation on race in the U.S. as well as right here in Pittsburgh. Her life speaks to the suffering that displacement, poverty, and identity politics can cause.

At the age of 15, Liana started RedTape Productions, now known as RedTape Design, of Pittsburgh, with her partners Michael Tanzer and Darby Kaighin-Shields. With their love of hip hop as its basis, RedTape engaged, motivated and inspired thousands of young people. Through this philosophy of hip hop and activism, RedTape helped provoke political, cultural, and social awareness by hosting events for some of the most influential artists of the day. Some of the notable names include Atmosphere, Virtuoso, and J-Live. RedTape was also hired as Pittsburgh’s crew for MTV’s Rock The Vote! in 2000 when she was still in high school and not yet old enough to vote.

Maneese went on to attend college at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, in Downtown Los Angeles, and continued to cultivate her diverse interests by working on urban development projects in downtown LA. After graduating with honors from FIDM, she became the Project Manager for a branding firm at Hollywood’s own Starmen Design Group. She served as a Service Leader for an educational and cultural enrichment program, and was a Guyasuta Fellow on Public Policy in 2010. In addition Maneese dedicated 1900+ hours of her time to serving her community that same year and continues to donate 800+ hours every year. During this time she also completed a degree in Cultural Studies from Chatham University and graduated with honors and recently became one of Pittsburgh's FAB 40 in 2012.

Currently, she is working on Adopting Identity, which facilitates conversations on race, gender and class intersectionality with those who may not have been exposed to or had a safe space to explore their own questions. Our intentions are to give people the language and compassion to love each other and not simply seek to tolerate those different than us. Specifically, our goal is to give voice to adoptees’ and biracial people and facilitate the conversations necessary to support their families and communities. Www.adoptingidentity.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

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/

 

 

Mar 1, 2016

Ep. 54: Ayanna Dookie is a comic and a very funny woman.  This native Trinidadian (who is half Black an half Indian) thought she was on her way to becoming an engineer.  But, somewhere along the way she gotten bitten by the comedy bug.  A decade later, after transitioning from her degrees in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering you can find her performing comedy all over NYC, which she now calls home, and, indeed, all over the country.  She has opened for Tommy Davidson at the DC Improv, was a finalist in the New York Underground Comedy Festival Emerging Comics Competition, appeared on Comcast-on-Demand, and helped Magooby’s Joke House earn the record of having The Longest Continuous Stand-Up Comedy Show in the World.  You can reach her on Twitter at: @ADookie

Listen, as Ayanna shares with Alex her story about being one of the few Trinis in her school in Prince George's County, Maryland, about what it's like to be Black and Indian, about becoming a Black-Indian member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and about her transition from engineering to comedy.  Also, hear her share the story of her ongoing battle with Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease.

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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