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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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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

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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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

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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