Maya Rudolph has been gracing our television screens and making viewers laugh for many years now. She is of African American and Jewish descent. Her father was a music producer, and her mother was a soul singer. Maya is also a very talented singer and she even formed her own band in her youth!
After the band broke up she began to pursue the comedic career she had always dreamed of. She has since joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. Maya is a fan favorite. One of her most notable performances consists of her spot-on impersonation of Donatella Versace. She credits Donatella for the sketches success, “Donatella Versace gave me pointers – a lot of them. She said she would never wear fake diamonds. I let the costume department know.”
Maya was even voted #20 on Entertainment Weekly’s list of Funniest People in America. She has starred in several hit comedies like Bridesmaids and Grown Ups. One thing is for sure… when you see Maya Rudolph, you know you are in for a treat… and a laugh.
photo courtesy of imdb.com
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Medical Monday – July 18, 2016
Medical Monday is a service of Project RACE for the multiracial community. We seek, gather, and list health articles of interest to interracial families and people of all races. We welcome health information from outside sources as long as the original source is cited.
- Pigmentation in African American Skin Decreases With Skin Aging
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
- Genetic Variant Increases Risk for Atrial Fibrillation in Whites
3. Adolescent birth rate drops across all racial groups, annual report shows
If you have current medical news to contribute, please email it with the source and your contact information with MEDICAL NEWS SUBMISSION in the subject line to:
Maria dela Soledad Teresa O’Brien
Soledad O’Brien is a forty- nine year old anchor of CNN in America and author of Latino in America. O’Brien’s parents were both immigrants. Her mother was from Cuba and her father was from Australia. Her father was three quarters Irish and one quarter Scottish descent. Her mother a Cuban from Havana was Afro-Cuban. O’Brien was the fifth of six children to graduate from Harvard University. O’Brien currently lives with her husband and four children in Manhattan.
O’Brien sees herself as a multiracial, first generation American. She believes her ethnic roots are relevant in bringing the news to Americans. She has been an advocate for the Latino community and hosted the documentary Black in America. O’Brien recounts an exchange she had with the civil rights leader Jesse Jackson in 2007 in her book, The Next Big Story. She reported that in 2007 she met privately with him while he was there to complain about the lack of publicity that CNN was giving to their black personalities. She interrupted him to remind him that she was the anchor American Morning. She states he looked her in her eye and reached over and tapped a spot of her skin on her right hand. He shook his head and said “you don’t count.” O’Brien said she was angry and embarrassed. Her thoughts were if Reverend Jesse Jackson didn’t think I was black enough than am I? She states that Jackson managed to make her ashamed of her skin color. After two week of stewing she stated that she knew he was wrong. She states I am a product of my own life and I know who I am. It reminded her that is how the race game is being played in our country, that we are so easily reduced to our skin tone. That someone as prominent as Rev. Jackson has a box to check for black and there is one for white. No one gets to be the in-between or they just don’t count. Later she called him and reminded him of what he had told her. He claimed he did not know she was black. He said he thought she was a dark skinned someone else. I am sure many multiracial Americans can identify with O’Brien.
–Makensie Shay McDaniel, Project RACE Teens President
by Susan Graham
Race Policy and Multiracial Americans
Edited by Kathleen Odell Korgen
Policy Press, Great Britain (2016)
Price: $99 US (Amazon)
The academics are at it again. Not happy to just write wild misinformation about historical happenings in the Multiracial Movement over the past 50 plus years, now they want to take credit for what advocates did. Oh, and they want to tell us what to do next. Let’s not forget that academics must “publish or perish.” They have to publish something, no matter how factual it is. That’s exactly what they did in this misinformed book.
Being an academic in today’s world of multiracial studies is not easy. They must rely on very little in the way of factual history and merely misquote each other because that’s all that is available. However, they are not really accountable to anyone so they can pretty much misquote at will. Therefore, much of this book quotes the self-proclaimed gurus of academic multiracial matters, G. Reginald Daniel and Kim Williams. Daniel has dubbed himself the “liaison between the two organizations” Project RACE (Reclassify All Children Equally) and AMEA (American Association of Multiethnic Americans) in the 1990s because he says he was advisor to both. Speaking only for Project RACE, I can say that Daniel was an “advisor” for a very, very short tenure, until we found out that he was playing each side—Project RACE, AMEA, Hapas, Hispanics, African Americans and whites against each other. At the time, there was no one else other than Paul Spickard, who was claiming any knowledge of multiracialism. Daniel’s claim to “fame” was that he had written a few things about race in Brazil.
Kim Williams called me in the 90s, said she was a researcher and that she wanted me to give her all of the Project RACE correspondence, past and present. I refused, telling her that there were many confidential pieces of correspondence and that I took “confidential” very seriously. Her reply was, “Ramona Douglas let me see everything.” Douglas was the president of AMEA. I told her that was between her and Ramona. I was introduced to Williams at a meeting of a local group in Atlanta and agreed to speak with her at my home. We had a short, formal conversation in my home office and she kept pressing for the confidential correspondence, which she never received from me. What she was telling people was that she saw a picture of me with then House Speaker Newt Gingrich in my living room. No picture ever existed, but because Williams wrote about it, the story not only grew, but got bigger and bigger. It’s like playing “Operator,” when we were kids. Someone started a story, whispered it to the next person and on and on until it came out at the end nothing like it had begun, but it lives on. Enough background.
Race Policy and Multiracial Americans is a disjointed jumble of academic rhetoric. But to be fair, I will be more specific about several different chapters by different contributors. Let’s get on with it.
Chapter Four: The connections among racial identity, social class, and public policy. I gave Nikki Khanna an “F” for her silly contribution to this anthology. She gets just about everything wrong, mostly quotes herself among others, and doesn’t have an original thought throughout. She disses Ward Connerly, Newt Gingrich, and me. I’m easy to reach. Khanna certainly could have contacted me to talk about racial identity, social class, or public policy. I would have saved her the embarrassment of referring to Project RACE as an activist multiracial organization.
Ward and Newt are easy to contact, as well. Can’t any academics get quotes newer than 1997? Freshen it up, say something new—and there is a lot new—or give it up. Chapter One is a historic overview by Tyrone Nagai and should suffice for more than enough background.
Khanna writes things like this: “I found that some middle class multiracial respondents (at times) identified in non-racial terms when asked about their racial identity—for example as “human,” “American,” or as a “girl.” How is that any different from monoracial respondents? It’s not. What kind of quantifiers are “some” and “at times”? Messy work.
Chapter Five: Multiracial Americans and racial discrimination. I don’t know Tina Fernandez Botts, but I doubt I would like her. She talks down to her readers from high above her work with the black academic community. The only good, accurate statement she makes is this:
Racial discrimination perpetuates historically situated oppression.
As a racial realist, I did like this explanation: “For the racial realist, it is of no importance whether race exists biologically, socially, or any other way since regardless of the outcome of that inquiry, racism is alive and well.” And for the record, we don’t appreciate multiracial people being referred to as cultural hybrids.
Chapter Six: Should all (or some) multiracial Americans benefit from affirmative action programs? Daniel N. Lipson’s contribution is excellent. It is the most unbiased of all the works and I learned a lot from this chapter. Even though affirmative action is not the focus for Project RACE, I hope Lipson has sole authorship of future books. He deserves better than the company he keeps in this work.
Chapter Seven: Multiracial students and educational policy. Oh my. This is terrible and has negative implications for the multiracial and educational communities. Rhina Fernandez Williams and E. Namisi Chilungu are clueless. First, they make a statement that “In fact, tension developed between the multicultural education movement and the multiracial movement.” Huh? Project RACE worked very well with the education movement and I never heard of “tension” with any other organization.
I really did have to laugh over the over-usage of the word “pedagogy” until I read Williams’ bio that she “specializes in critical pedagogy….” I would have laughed more if I hadn’t realized the hidden goals of the authors of this chapter. This is nothing but rehashed hatred in the name if education.
Enough. Really. Academics who conclude that asking multiracial respondents to select one race that “best describes” their identity don’t get it. What you get with Race Policy and Multiracial Americans are twelve chapters of “nothing new,” self-serving braggadocio (see Andrew Jolivette’s chapter), misguided pedagogy (ha!), white privilege blame (yawn) and “don’t worry, multiracial people, the academics will solve this for you” bull. This is “Editor” Kathleen Odell Korgen’s conclusion at the end of this book, “It is time for race policy in the US to catch up to the nation’s new demographics and work for a racially just society for all. The authors in this book have helped pave a path toward that goal.” God forbid.
The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives about Being Mixed Race in the Twenty-First Century
DEADLINE: September 15, 2016
THE BEIGING OF AMERICA: PERSONAL NARRATIVES ABOUT BEING MIXED RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
Edited by Cathy J. Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-54-4 (pbk)
ISBN-13: 978-1-940939-55-1 (eBook)
2LP EXPLORATIONS IN DIVERSITY SERIES (Vol. 2)
Series Editor: Sean Frederick Forbes
Publication Date: June 2017
Following the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the nation’s highest office, cultural critic/scholar Hua Hsu contemplated the changing face and race of U.S. demographics vis-à-vis a piece in the January/February 2009 issue of The Atlantic.Provocatively titled, “The End of White America?”, Hsu acknowledged the “steadily ascending rates of interracial marriage” that undergirded Michael Lind’s assertions concerning the “‘beiging of America”; such “beiging” presages Hsu’s evocative contemplation of the possibilities and limitations of post-racial personhood. Notwithstanding declarations that we, as a nation, have “arrived” with regard to racial progress, Hsu nevertheless reminds readers that race – even in a post-racial imaginary – still matters.
This collection, THE BEIGING OF AMERICA: PERSONAL NARRATIVES ABOUT BEING MIXED RACE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY, takes on such “race matters” and considers them through the experiences of mixed race people in the United States. Edited by Cathy Schlund-Vials and Tara Betts, who are both biracial (Schlund-Vials is Cambodian and white; Betts is African American and white), THE BEIGING OF AMERICA will feature firsthand accounts and original works by authors and artists who, to varying degrees and divergent ends, identify as “multiracial.” The editors of this collection seek contributions of 1000-1500 words; these personal essays should consider a specific event and use concrete details to think through a question or concern about race and identity. What follows are some connected questions that may be useful in thinking through the stakes of the submission:
- What did it feel like to be the only biracial person in your neighborhood or school?
- What are some difficulties or challenges you faced being multiracial in your family?
- Were you ever asked the question, “What are you?” How did you answer?
- Did you ever feel exoticized, sexualized, infantilized, or othered because of your mixed race identity?
- Did you ever benefit from being multiracial?
- How does race, class, gender, and education mediate your sense of multiraciality?
Those interested in submitting a piece for review and possible inclusion in the collection should email the essay and a short bio to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2016. The collection is slated for a Spring 2017 publication date.
****WE’RE ONLY INTERESTED IN PERSONAL NARRATIVES****
Please don’t send us dissertations or academic essays. We’re only interested
in personal stories that everyone can read and relate to.
****THIS MEANS NO POETRY****
****REQUIREMENT: YOU MUST BE CURRENTLY LIVING IN THE U.S.****
It’s an American story about an American issue.
Diversity starts with the decision makers!
Risk of Cardiovascular Events Up in Black Patients With A-Fib
Black patients twice as likely to suffer stroke, heart failure, death as whites with atrial fibrillation
WEDNESDAY, June 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Black Americans with atrial fibrillation are at higher risk than whites for serious cardiovascular complications and death, according to a study published online June 22 in JAMA Cardiology.
The study included 15,080 blacks and whites, average age 54, who were followed for an average of 21 years.
During that time, 2,348 cases of atrial fibrillation were identified. Blacks with atrial fibrillation had up to two times greater risk of stroke, coronary heart disease, heart failure, and all-cause mortality than whites with atrial fibrillation.
“We knew blacks were likely to have an increased risk of stroke, but the findings for heart failure, coronary heart disease, and mortality are novel and important,” lead author Jared Magnani, M.D., of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s Heart and Vascular Institute, said in a university news release. “There needs to be further investigation. It’s going to be important to dissect the mechanisms behind why blacks with atrial fibrillation are highly more likely to have adverse outcomes than whites.”
View full abstract here:
Today’s Famous Friday features man of the hour – Jesse Williams. He is of African-American and Swedish descent. Jesse was born on August 5, 1981 in Chicago.
He is best known for his role as Dr. Avery in Grey’s Anatomy. However, that could possibly change after his speech at the BET awards. Not only is Jesse William a phenomenal actor and model, but he is also a passionate activist.
If you have not yet heard Jesse’s acceptance speech, I highly recommend that you go check it out. It took social media by storm, and captured the hearts of many. He is known for advocating for both Multiracial and African-American people.
He once said, “We often grow up being told that we can do this or that, but if you don’t see anybody that looks like you doing it, you don’t believe you can do it.” This is often the case for lots of people who don’t really look like anyone else. That is why I think it’s so important that people like Jesse stand up and speak out. I also think that it’s awesome that the ProjectRACE team does Famous Friday’s to show everyone that despite your ethnic backgroud, you can accomplish absolutely anything. Don’t forget to be a positive role model to others as well.
(photo taken from twitter)