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Multiracial Family Man

Comic and writer Alex Barnett is the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman (who converted to Judaism) and the father of a 5-year-old, Biracial son. Join him and his guests each episode as they discuss the issues that confront multiracial people and multiracial families (including the dynamics between members of the same family who are of different races). Alex has been seen on the Katie Couric Show, been featured on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Raw Dog Comedy,” NBC’s EVB Live, and in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com.
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Feb 19, 2017

Ep. 105: Adam Gould is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of eduKenya (http://www.edukenya.org/), which seeks to empower children and their families with the opportunity to break the chronic cycle of poverty and transform their lives and communities. 

Adam co-founded eduKenya with Bob Kikuyu in 2010 as an extension of the Kenya Children Project, an outreach to children and families in Mathare.

The Kenya Children Project was established in 2006 as a partnership with Believers Centre Mathare Church and Life in Abundance to expand on the church’s childcare program by developing a fully functional primary school. The Kwa Watoto School – which means “for the children” in Swahili – was the result.

From 2007 – 2010, the Kwa Watoto School rapidly expanded, adding a new grade level each year. The Skills Training and Home Based Care programs were initiated to benefit students’ parents and other community members by teaching income generating skills and providing support for people living with HIV/AIDS and other life threatening conditions.

eduKenya was founded to build upon the success of the Kenya Children Project by replicating the model in other areas of the slum for the benefit of countless other uneducated children and families living in abject poverty.

Listen as Adam tells Alex about his first journey to Kenya, how get got involved in the culture and society, and the journey to forming eduKenya, and how he remains tied to Kenya via his work but also through his own, multicultural, multiracial family, which includes his Kenyan wife, and their children.

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

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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Feb 12, 2017

Ep. 104: Maya Azucena, a multi-award winning recording artist and magnetically inspirational woman, is known for making music that uplifts the soul. Born & raised in Brooklyn, she travels the world empowering others through her songs. Featured as a coach, mentoring a teenager on MTV's Made, Ms. Azucena also garnered a Grammy Certificate for contributing her 4-octave range and soul-stylings to a feature performance with Stephen Marley on his album "Mind Control," which won Grammy for Best Reggae Album.

Maya has collaborated extensively on stage and on recordings with such notable artists as Fitz and the Tantrums, Marcus Miller, DJ Spinna, DJ Logic, Cormega, Large Professor, Eminem, Mr. Cheeks, Joell Ortiz, Immortal Technique, Vernon Reid, Bob Sinclair and Jonathan Peters.  She was seen recently at the Essence Fest in New Orleans with the likes of Beyonce, Jill Scott and Maxwell.

Maya's commitment to human rights and social activism garnered appearances at the world-renowned TEDxWomen Conference in Washington DC, the United Nations, and at numerous benefits. Maya participated actively in One Billion Rising, an international campaign to end domestic violence, and her critically acclaimed song "Dance Revolution" was commissioned by OBR’s founder, Eve Ensler, to inspire support throughout the campaign.

Maya performs in festivals and venues globally, at the invitation of promoters and U.S. Embassies worldwide. Such invitations have taken Maya on tours throughout Europe, Croatia, China, Burma, Honduras, Tanzania, Haiti, South Africa, India and Russia, in addition to her U.S. concerts.

As a result of her work, Maya was featured in The Washington Post, Billboard, O Magazine and countless other publications. Maya received the "Innovator of Change" Award; Network Journal’s "Top 40 Under 40" Award; and Voices Unbroken "Hearing Our Voices" Award that stated, "Thank you, Maya Azucena, for using your voice to make the world a better place."

Maya has nearly completed her forthcoming LP, "Unleash Me," co-written and produced by Sonix The Mad Scientist (Sean "P-Diddy" Combs, 50 Cent, DMC of Run-DMC, Maxi Priest, Mick Mars from Motley Crue, Mario Winans). Fusing Soul, Rock and Pop, Maya describes her sound as "a female Bruno Mars, if Bruno sang like Chaka Khan."

Listen as Maya shares with Alex her own multiracial experience, her spiritual journey, and how she views music as a matter of life and death.  For more on Maya, please visit her website: http://www.mayaazucena.com/

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

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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Feb 5, 2017

Ep. 103: Alexandra Stevenson is a professional tennis player.  She's also multiracial.  She made her professional tennis debut in 1999 at Wimbledon, two weeks after graduating from high school. She was named rookie of the year by Tennis Magazine.

Alexandra's mother, Samantha, is a noted sportswriter, who helped open the world of sports reporting to female reporters.

Alexandra's father is NBA Hall of Famer, Julius "Dr. J." Erving.

Alexandra's career suffered setback due to injury, but she's now mounting a serious comeback.  Listen as she and her mom describe the road ahead as well as the road already traveled, along with issues of race and racism that have cropped up along the way for this Biracial daughter, White mother pair.

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

 

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Intro and Outro Music is Funkorama by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com). Licensed under Creative Commons - By Attribution 3.0

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Jan 29, 2017

Ep. 102: Leslie Mac is a Brooklyn born activist & first generation American who speaks nationally about connecting social media to social justice and facilitating movement building discussions.

She founded the Ferguson Response Network to connect nationwide efforts supporting the important racial justice movement started in Ferguson, MO. She is a Lead Organizer for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism and hosts the Interracial Jawn Podcast (http://interracialjawn.com/). 

Leslie is the co-founder of Safety Pin Box (https://www.safetypinbox.com/), a subscription service providing tasks and tools that help White people become allies of African-Americans confronting and overcoming the effects of racism.

To learn more about Leslie, check out her website: http://www.lesliemac.com/

You can reach Leslie on Twitter at @LeslieMac

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

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 22, 2017

Ep. 101: Jonah Batambuze is an American-born, Black, Ugandan.  Swetha Batambuze is an Indian-born, Brit.  And, together, this interracial, intercultural married couple are the founders of Kampind -- a lifestyle brand at the intersection of Culture, Travel & Fashion.  To find KampInd in the UK or USA, check out these weblinks: (in the UK: http://www.kampind.com/collections/all; and in the US: http://kampindusa.com/collections/all) (http://kampindusa.com/). Inspiring the multicultural leaders of tomorrow to change the world, KampInd creates accessories for trendy toddlers using African wax prints, Indian, and British fabrics celebrating the world's cultures.

KampInd was born to solve this problem for all individuals seeking options that reflect worldly cultures and colorful experiences. Jonah and Swetha Batambuze believe everyone is entitled access to quality products representing Global Citizens. They also believe in changing the world by stimulating thought, challenging misconceptions and inspiring actions through our products and community.  And, they celebrate the world’s cultures, and invite all to travel with them.

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

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 15, 2017

Ep. 100: Fifty years after the landmark Loving v. Virginia U.S. Supreme Court case ended legal persecution of interracial marriage in America, two mothers – one brown, one white – set off on a journey to explore what it means to be a bi-racial child living in a mixed-race family in so-called “post-racial America,” the perspectives of their own families and others, and America’s deep cultural ambivalence about its rapidly-changing mixed-race reality. In the shadows of Ferguson and #BlackLivesMatter and the historic Obama presidency, MIXED offers a new lens into race and the lives of the first generation of mixed-race kids and families to be counted in the U.S. Census. MIXED is directed and produced by Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal, and executive-produced by Jeffrey Tuchman for Documania Films.

Caty Borum Chattoo & Leena Jayaswal, co-directors and co-producers, share a long history of social-issue storytelling in documentaries and other multimedia. Leena Jayaswal is an award-winning photographer and documentarian with deep expertise and interest in issues that intersect race, representation and identity. Her films have been broadcast throughout the country on PBS affiliates, and her work has been featured in critical film festivals and newspapers for the Indian diaspora. Over the past decade, Caty Borum Chattoo, an award-winning strategist, producer and collaborator with legendary producer Norman Lear, has produced three feature-length social-issue documentary films for theatrical and TV distribution, a seven-part documentary TV series, and multiple half-hour documentary TV specials; her work has aired on the Sundance Channel, Pivot, PBS World, Link TV, KCET, Comedy Central, Link TV and the Huffington Post. Both Jayaswal and Borum Chattoo are professors at American University in Washington, D.C. (School of Communication).

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

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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Jan 1, 2017

Ep. 98: Brian Concannon, Jr. is an attorney and the Executive Director of the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti ("IJDH").  

Prior to joining the IJDH, Brian co-managed the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux ("BAI") in Haiti for eight years, from 1996-2004, and worked for the United Nations as a Human Rights Officer in 1995-1996. He founded IJDH, and has been the Director since 2004. He helped prepare the prosecution of the Raboteau Massacre trial in 2000, one of the most significant human rights cases anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. He has represented Haitian political prisoners before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and represented the plaintiff in Yvon Neptune v. Haiti, the only Haiti case ever tried before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

Listen as Brian discusses with Alex the important work of the IJDH, including: working with grass­roots groups in Haiti to help develop an effective human rights advo­cacy pro­gram with global out­reach. In addition, in the U.S., IJDH collab­o­rates with grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions, includ­ing faith-based, sol­i­dar­ity, development, and human­i­tar­ian orga­ni­za­tions to coor­di­nate advo­cacy on human rights in Haiti, and net­works with sol­i­dar­ity and Hait­ian Dias­pora activists through­out the world. Their work seeks to change the inter­na­tional envi­ron­ment that allows such mas­sive dis­re­spect for social, eco­nomic, civil and polit­i­cal rights to flourish.

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

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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