Famous Friday: Ellen Pompeo

image1 (1)Ellen Pompeo is an American actress and producer. Pompeo married Chris Ivey in November 2007 after years of dating. Chris is a music producer and he and Ellen met in a grocery store in Los Angeles before she was “Meredith Grey”. They welcomed their first child Stella in Sept of 2009. In Sept of 2014 the couple had their second child named Sienna with help from a surrogate mother.

Pompeo recently was quoted in People Magazine “my daughters are black so it’s very important to me that they see a lot of images of beautiful, powerful, strong black women. Every time there is a black woman on a magazine cover, whether it is Kerry Washington or whoever it is, I make sure that magazine is in my house and on my table. For me that’s super important. Every time Venus and Serena Williams play tennis, I make sure my daughters watch them.”

I am not sure if Pompeo always refers to her daughters as black or if she did only in this interview. It will be very interesting to see how her multiracial daughters choose to identify as they get older and multiracial advocacy continues to grow. I know from being multiracial my identification has changed over the years because I had never heard of people identifying as multiracial, and on most  forms  there was a check for only black , white, or other. I always checked black and white even if it said check one. I knew I was both. Now that I identity as multiracial I have never been so proud of both of my races. I am sure Pompeo’s multiracial daughters look up to their white mom as one of their biggest role models. I know I look up at Pompeo and love her as Meredith Gray on Grey’s Anatomy.  After hours of watching Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix I feel for certain I could perform some surgeries.

 

Makensie McDaniel

Project Race Teen President

FAMOUS FRIDAY: Marcus Mariota is the (heis)MAN!

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The Mariota Family

Marcus Mariota is the man!! The HeisMAN, that is!!! This week the University of Oregon quarterback was awarded the Heisman Trophy, given to the very best college football player of the year. I watched him accept the award and it was pretty awesome. The award meant so much to him that he sometimes had a hard time speaking without crying. He also thanked his white mom, Alana Deppe-Mariota, and Samoan dad, Toa Mariota, who were sitting in the audience. In fact, he thanked them SEVERAL times. Marcus is multiracial, of Samoan and German descent. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and has a little brother, Matt, who is a great high school football player.

One cool thing I learned is that Mariota was offered a full scholarship to Oregon before his senior year of high school even though he had not yet started a single varsity football game. He did start his senior year and led his team to the state title! He was also a star track athlete in high school. But it is not just his athletic skill that people admire. Marcus is a great example of humility and how to treat other people.

An article in the Daily Emerald during his freshman year at Oregon said, “And in his trademark fashion, Mariota found a way to connect to teammates without necessarily being the loudest guy in the room. Each morning, he shook hands with every player he came across, made sure to say hello. In post-practice media sessions — which became much more common for him during spring practices — his easygoing friendliness also extended to reporters, whom he’d smile at and clap on the shoulder as a form of greeting.”

Mariota became the first Oregon Duck and the first Hawaii-born athlete to ever win the Heisman Trophy. He had 788 out of 891 of the first place votes, and 90.9% of the total points. It wasn’t even close! The list of awards and records he holds is really long, but from now on the one that matters most is the Heisman Trophy. He will always be known as Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota!

As good as he is at sports, he may be just as good at being a great multiracial role model for kids like me!

 

Karson Baldwin, Project RACE Kids, President

 

Multiracial Like Me: Cory Booker takes NJ!

It’s great to hear that Cory Booker, the multiracial mayor of Newark, was elected New Jersey State Senator last night. As an eleven year old, I don’t know a whole lot about politics yet. But I do know that for multiracial kids like me, hearing this is fun and exciting. Not only do I live in a country led by a multiracial president, but I also live in a state that will be led in part by a multiracial senator. Very cool.

Karson Baldwin

President, Project RACE Kids

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