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Famous Friday: Nandi Hildebrand

Happy Friday everybody. For this week’s Famous Friday, we are excited to share about teen actress, Nandi Hildebrand. We at Project RACE are proud to be partnering with Count the Nation, an initiative of USC Annenberg aiming to ensure that everyone across America knows how much census participation benefits their community. It is through this exciting and important partnership that we came to know Nandi who stars in Count the Nation’s awesome new census video (https://youtu.be/HYYG1w65U64). Nandi, whose father is Caucasian while her mother is African (Zulu), is a developing teen actress who has also used her influence to become a social activist.

Even at the young age of 15, Nandi has many special skills including acting, dance, athletics, and martial arts. Her acting experience has led to major roles in both television and theatre. One notable role was in the fourth season of NBC’s hit television show Fresh Off the Boat. Another hobby she has is reading, enjoying both fictional and nonfictional genres. Nandi credits her love of reading as well as traveling for her vast knowledge of cultures and philosophies.

Born in Maryland, Nandi has traveled all over the world, including growing up for a number of years in South Africa with her grandparents. When she was seven Nandi moved back to the United States. In Southern California, she became a victim of bullying due to her, “accent, [and] puffy hair,” and, “lack of knowledge about the popular culture”. But Nandi was determined to turn that difficulty into good. Recently, Nandi has utilized her platform to create Nandi’s Anti-Bullying Youth Club, a charity whose goal is to ensure that all children feel accepted in their environment. Members of the club are encouraged to gather and discuss their experiences with bullies. Nandi believes that she must spread awareness about this serious issue affecting so many young people. She shares that her long-term goal is for people to attempt to understand the backgrounds of their peers, rather than judging others because of pre-formalized prejudices.

After spending a short time in California, Nandi’s adventures continued as she toured Asia with her parents, mainly staying in Vietnam. These diverse opportunities, coupled with her own multiracial identity, have allowed her the opportunity to embrace a unique cultural perspective.

For more information on Count the Nation, please visit countthenation.org.

Matheson Bossick, Project RACE Teens Vice President

 

Sources:

  1. https://strongselfie.com/pages/beyondthebox
  2. http://www.nandihildebrand.com/
  3. http://www.nandihildebrand.com/acting/
  4. http://www.nandihildebrand.com/philanthropist/
  5. http://www.nandihildebrand.com/multi-talent/

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  1. http://www.nandihildebrand.com/

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Multiracial in 2060

Research finds that members of the multiracial group are more likely to be miscategorized than members of any other racial group. Compared to categorizing people into a single-race category, categorizing someone as multiracial is more mentally cumbersome, takes longer and is less likely to occur.

 

By Marisa Franco – What Racial Discrimination Will Look Like in 2060 in Scientific American

It’s Famous Friday!

Noel King

Noel King is a well-known biracial radio host of Morning Edition and Up First. Noel King was born in Kerhonkson, New York, graduating from Brown University with a degree in American Civilization. Noel began her career in the radio business shortly after graduating when she moved to Sudan to become a nomadic reporter.  From here, she began covering interesting stories from all over the world.

From 2004 to 2007, she freelanced for Voice of America in the capital of Sudan, Khartoum, which took her all around the divided country. From 2007-2008, she moved to Kigali, where she covered the economic and social transformation of Rwanda along with the conflict brought with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Finally, from 2011-2013, she moved to Cairo where she covered stories on Egypt’s uprising and its aftermath for famous headlines such as PRI’s The World, the CBC, and the BBC.

She later moved to work with the famous podcast organization Planet’s Money where she covered stories and questions on economic conflicts. Topics she reported on dealt with issues related to victims falsely accused of police brutality and the Chinese population trend of investing millions into compact living situations.

Throughout her life, she has a deep history in radio broadcasting and podcasting which is shown through her work as a fill-in host for Weekend All Things Considered, 1A from NPR member station WAMU, senior reporter and fill-in host for Marketplace, and as a reporter for Planet’s Money.

Noel King was part of the team that designed The Takeaway, a famously known live news show from WNYC and PRI. Owning the role of managing producer, she led the show’s story of race in America to win an RTDNA UNITY Award. She also served as a fill-in host of that program as well. Along with the radio industry, Noel enjoys studying Arabic, perusing the stacks in public libraries, planning her next vacation, and participating as a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Association of Independents in Radio.

 

Skylar Wooten, Project RACE Teens Vice President

 

Picture by Sandy Honig/NPR

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Project RACE never requires a membership fee. We believe that all people, regardless of location or ability to pay, should be able to be a part of our advocacy. We are a non-profit, 501(c) (3) all-volunteer organization supported by individual donations, contributions and grants. Donations are deductible, as provided by law. If you believe in our cause, please consider making a difference for multiracial people. We are committed to keeping our administrative costs to a minimum and welcome all contributions in any amount. Scroll down to see how your donations are used.

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It’s Famous Friday!

Lisa Bonet

This weekend is Lisa Bonet’s birthday, just the perfect opportunity to highlight her for a Famous Friday!  Lisa Michelle Bonet was born on November 16, 1967, to a white mother and an African-American father.  Bonet is an American Actress.  She was born with performing arts in her blood.  Her father Allen Bonet, was an opera singer while her mother, Alerene Litman was a music teacher.  Bonet’s first appearance was in the seventh episode of a show called St. Elsewhere as a character named Clara.  However, she really got her breakthrough with The Cosby Show.  Here she starred as the character Denise Huxtable from 1984 to 1992.  Lisa Bonet also had many other roles in television and films.

Lisa Bonet now has a multiracial family of her own!  Her daughter, Zoë Kravitz with whom she had with her ex-husband Lenny Kravitz, is both white and black.  Bonet also has two other children with actor Jason Mamoa who identifies as Native Hawaiian and Polynesian.  Together they have their daughter, Lola Iolani Momoa, and their son Nakoa-Wolf Manakauapo Namakaeha Momoa.

While although Lisa Bonet has a great multiracial family of her own, she still remembers the hardships of growing up biracial.  In an interview with Porter Edit, she said, “The world wasn’t ready for what I represented—the merging of these two races.  I didn’t always feel welcome- in my mom’s family, in my school.  So I sheltered myself by always withholding a bit, because I didn’t always feel safe.”  I feel what Bonet is saying in this quotation.  I can sometimes feel like not many of my friends or classmates can relate to me because I am multiracial.  I don’t know many multiracial people in my school and I can feel isolated in that way.  I also don’t think many people at my school really know much about the multiracial community, which is something I want to change.  I remember talking to my friend about Project RACE and how we advocate for multiracial people.  But the way she answered made me realize, that she didn’t know what I was talking about!  When Lisa Bonet talks about how “the world wasn’t ready for what she represented…”  I relate to that in the sense that I feel like my community doesn’t know much or talk much about the multiracial population and so my family and I coming into their community may have been different from what they’re used to.  However, I like that.  Everyone needs a change, and if my family is that for the people in my community, I am honored!

 

Madelyn Rempel

Project RACE Kids President

 

Sources: https://toofab.com/photos/ad6f442f-d078-45e2-98b0-7ff450213790/

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-6452811/Zoe-Kravitz-30-mom-Lisa-Bonet-51-look-like-twins-selfie-celebrates-birthday.html

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It’s Famous Friday!

Famous Friday: Yes, it’s Svante Myrick, again.

Blame him for being awesome. This is my fourth feature on Svante Myrick in as many years, and I can’t promise that it will be the last. In fact, I may promise it won’t be! Svante Myrick, who has become a friend and mentor of mine and a great supporter of Project RACE, earned another landslide election victory on Tuesday and Project RACE wants to congratulate and celebrate him!

 

While many urged him to run for a more prominent position, Mayor Myrick loves his city and his job, so with over 77 percent of the vote, he now prepares for his third term as mayor of Ithaca, New York, which has been named “New York’s most liberal city” and “America’s most enlightened town”. If you are new to Project RACE, and not familiar with this brilliant public servant, let me give you a quick run-down of some highlights. Elected to city council as a 20-year-old Cornell student, Svante went on to beat out three other candidates to become (the youngest ever, first of color) mayor of Ithaca at just 24 years old. By all measures, he was incredibly successful in his first term and was reelected with a whopping 89 percent of the vote. With Svante at the helm, Ithaca has led the State of New York and the country in many important achievements. Whether your key issues are employment, tax rates, affordable housing, infrastructure, the opioid epidemic, or the refugee crisis, he has creative and effective solutions. These are some of the things that have gained Svante national recognition and respect that far exceeds what one might expect for the mayor of a city of 31,000 people. But these are also things that you can find out with a quick Google search. I want to share with our Project RACE members and readers a few things you may not know about this amazing politician who remains humble despite catching the attention of the country and national media like Rolling Stone, Forbes and Time Magazine.

 

Last year I published an interview with Svante. In it, I asked him to support Multiracial Heritage Week with a proclamation and invited him to come to Cleveland to speak at my school. He did both! Svante issued MHW proclamations in 2018 and 2019, when he gave us our first proclamation of the year. He got us off to a great start this year as, in addition to several cities and the District of Columbia, we’ve now received proclamations from 17 US governors, 9 Democrats and 8 Republicans! Where else do you see that kind of bipartisanship?

 

The timing may have been pure coincidence, but Svante accepted my invitation to come to Cleveland in April, the week of my birthday, and it felt like a gift! It was a really special visit and meant so much for him to take the day out of his busy schedule. I got to introduce him to my entire school community. His personal story is inspiring, and he gives very thoughtful answers to the questions he is asked. Several students and faculty who have taught at my school for many years say his was the best morning assembly talk they’ve ever heard! He also spoke with an English class and had lunch with our African American affinity group. After all the school activities, he and I spent the afternoon exploring Cleveland and had such a great time. We went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Westside Market, and Cleveland’s Ithaca Street… who knew? I also got to take him to the International Newcomers Academy and introduce him to another one of my mentors, Joe Cimperman the President of Global Cleveland. One exciting moment was overhearing Svante take a call from a top presidential candidate seeking his endorsement and learning that this candidate was one of at least three who had already done so. Svante may serve as mayor of a mid-sized city, but he is a major national leader.

 

I am grateful that as a young government leader and head of the national Young Elected Officials Network, Svante believes strongly in the power of youth and makes a point of engaging with and investing in us. He has lots of wisdom to share with young people who want to make an impact because, he says, “young people have such energy and creativity and we need more of it.”

 

“Taking a leadership role as a student, both in high school and in college, gave me practice for the weight of responsibility. That feeling of having other folks rely on you to help make their life just a little bit better is a big deal, and it can be intimidating. It’s still intimidating at times. But I think that the experiences that I had as a student activist taught me how to live and operate with pressure. You begin to feel a sense of responsibility for your community and it’s a good thing,” he told me.

 

“You know, people will always have prejudices,” he continued. “They’ll look at you and they’ll find you too young or too old or too tall or too short. Or too whatever. But the best thing you can do is just show them through work and through effort that you can be taken seriously. So I just tried to show up to meetings early, always be prepared, and I tried to demonstrate how serious I was by working harder than any other and I think that’s the sort of thing you need to do, especially if you’re the youngest person.”

 

Powerful advice. I am so thankful to have Svante Myrick as a role model and friend and to have the opportunity to share about him with all of you. Stay tuned. I am confident there is much more to come.

 

  • Karson Baldwin, President Project RACE Teens

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It’s Famous Friday!

Colin Kaepernick

This week’s article is about former NFL quarterback and political activist Colin Kaepernick. We highlighted Kaepernick on a Famous Friday previously in September of 2016. Kaepernick’s biological mother, Heidi Russo, is Caucasian while his father is African-American. Kaepernick was taken in by Rick and Teresa Kaepernick shortly after Russo placed him up for adoption. At eight years old, Kaepernick began playing football as a defensive end, transitioning to the Quarterback position one year later. During his high school career, Kaepernick played basketball, baseball, as well as continuing as a Quarterback in football. Excelling at the position as well as in the classroom, Colin was named All-State in California while also achieving a 4.0 GPA in his senior year of high school. Pursuing his love for football, Kaepernick attended The University of Nevada even after getting drafted into the MLB by the Chicago Cubs. At Nevada, Kaepernick threw for over 10,000 yards and ran for over 4,000, becoming the only FBS quarterback to ever achieve such statistics. Before the 2011 NFL season, Kaepernick was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. In his tenure, Kaepernick experienced much success in the 2012 season where he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl.

We last picked up on Kaepernick’s journey just before the start of the 2016 NFL season, when Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem. During an interview, Kaepernick stated that it was not to show any disrespect toward the military or our veterans, but rather that he would not stand for a country that oppressed African-Americans through police brutality. This act of civil resistance toward police brutality led to controversy, halting Kaepernick’s NFL career. Kaepernick opted out of his six-year contract with the 49ers, becoming a free agent, but would not be resigned. While he has not played professional football since, more and more professional athletes began to protest the national anthem and supporting Kaepernick’s cause. Additionally, in 2018, Nike began to endorse Colin Kaepernick with the slogan, “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” Moreover, with the recent injury to reigning NFL MVP, Patrick Mahomes, multiple news sources believe Kaepernick may have an opportunity to re-enter the league.

During Kaepernick’s effort, his philanthropy has included establishing the Colin Kaepernick Foundation as well as various donations to non-profits. The Colin Kaepernick Foundation was developed in order to fight oppression by educating younger generations. Continuing, Kaepernick also took a Million Dollar Pledge as he promised to donate 1 million dollars to charity. Living up to his promise, Kaepernick allegedly donated 900,000 dollars to various charities between October 2016 and June 2017.

Kaepernick’s platform has led to an inspiration for change in our country, showing that our society is far from perfect. One quote from Kaepernick has stuck with me as his effort develops. During an interview, when asked if anyone from the 49ers had asked him to, “tone it down”, Kaepernick stated, “no one’s tried to quiet me and, to be honest, it’s not something I’m going to be quiet about. I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look. This isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice. And this is for people that are being oppressed and need to have equal opportunities to be successful.”

Matheson Bossick

Project Race Teens Vice President

Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colin_Kaepernick
  2. https://ninerswire.usatoday.com/2016/08/28/transcript-colin-kaepernick-addresses-sitting-during-national-anthem/
  3. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/10/18/colin-kaepernick-could-interest-chiefs-head-coach-andy-reid-analyst-says/
  4. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/10/patrick-mahomes-injury-colin-kaepernick-chiefs
  5. https://www.ninersnation.com/2018/1/31/16956016/colin-kaepernick-donations-full-list-of-organizations-one-million-dollars
  6. https://www.usresistnews.org/profiles/colin-kaepernick-foundation/

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  1. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/02/15/opinion-will-kaepernick-settlement-with-nfl-officially-end-his-career/