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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/

Did you forget something?

 

You’re a busy person. Taking care of business, family, relationships, and everything else you have to accomplish is overwhelming. Sometimes we forget things. Did you forget that today is Giving Tuesday? It’s a day to give to non-profit organizations so we can run more efficiently and represent you and your families.

Project RACE is the national organization responsible for making life easier for interracial families and multiracial individuals. We deal with Washington and communicate with every state in many different ways. We are not just a local group representing a small number of people.

Thank you for your invaluable support. For further donation information please go to http://www.projectrace.com/donate/

So please don’t forget us and if you remembered to give to us this year, we thank you once again.

 

The Project RACE Team and Supporters

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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

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Please Help!

 

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Multiracial in America

It’s Famous Friday!

James Blake

James Blake is a well-known tennis player who participated in the ATP tours and reached the world ranking of number 4 and ranked number 1 in the U.S.   James Blake was born in Yonkers, New York, on December 28, 1979. He is the son of Thomas Reynolds and Betty Blake. His father was African American and his mother is a British Caucasian woman.

Blake, at a young age, took up tennis alongside his brother Thomas. At just the age of 13, Blake was diagnosed with severe scoliosis which led him to have to wear a full-length back brace until he was 18 for 18 hours a day.  The only exception to Blake wearing his brace was during his tennis playing.

Blake grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he attended Fairfield High school.  It was here that he was inspired to pursue tennis by his first and longtime coach Brian Barker. After leaving Harvard University after his sophomore year, he began his professional tennis career. During his professional career, he has achieved 10 single career titles and 7 doubles titles.

In 2005, James was named Comeback Player of the Year, and in 2008, he was given the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award.  Currently, he wishes to use his celebrity and time in retirement to continue humanitarian work.  He created the James Blake Foundation to assist with medical discoveries and research concerning cancer in honor of his father who died of cancer.

Skylar Wooten, Project RACE Teens Vice President

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I am Multiracial

“I am multiracial”

Mirage News -“What are you?” It’s a loaded question, and for people with multiple racial ancestries, it can be a body blow to that person’s sense of identity and inclusion. According to new research from University of Utah psychologists Jasmine Norman and Jacqueline Chen, questions such as “What are you?” and other experiences of discrimination are related to mixed race people’s identification as multiracial, particularly if that discrimination comes from monoracial people with whom they share heritage, or includes comments that a person’s appearance doesn’t match their background.

“It’s about: What groups are we belonging to? Who is accepting us?” says Norman. “The answers to these questions can be quite important in shaping multiracial people’s identities.”

The research is published in the journal Self and Identity.

An emerging American identity

Norman and Chen both come from families that include mixed-race individuals. “We had some shared heritage and culture,” Chen says of her cousins, “but we had differences as well.”

“I became interested in a lot of the different experiences that I have as a white individual versus my family members who do not always appear white or are multiracial,” Norman says.

Their experiences are becoming more common. A 2017 report found that 1 in 7 infants in the U.S. had parents of different races, up from 1 in 20 in 1980. How do these people of mixed-race carve out an identity in a traditionally monoracial society? Research shows that some identify with one race, while others identify with multiple groups or as multiracial. People with mixed-race ancestry can have several identities and “ingroups,” groups to which they can claim belonging.

“We were interested in really extending the notion of a ‘multiracial identity’ by investigating how strongly people associated themselves with this identity,” Norman says, “and how important being multiracial was to who they were and their self-concept.”

Particularly, Chen and Norman wanted to understand how perceptions of discrimination were related to a multiracial identity, and whether those associations with discrimination depended on the race of the perpetrator.

Formative experiences

Chen and Norman surveyed 354 multiracial people in two studies, asking them about the strength and importance of their multiracial identity, how others perceived their racial identity from their appearance (i.e. “How often do you racially identify differently than strangers expect you to identify?”) and about their experiences of discrimination. In the second study, participants were also asked to what degree they felt excluded from, or encountered prejudice, from multiracial, Asian, black, Latino/Latina and white people.

The results showed that the strength of a person’s multiracial identity was strongly tied to others’ comments about their appearance.

“So, we found that if you report that you have the experience of walking around in the world and hearing people say, ‘What are you?’ ” Chen says. “Or hear people expressing surprise that you are of a background that’s different from what they thought, such as, ‘Oh, I thought you look like you’re Latino, not half black and half white.’ Experiences like that may actually shape the identities of multiracial people.”

These types of experiences indicate “there may be something about the multiracial identity that is unique,” Norman adds. “It suggests that the multiracial identity is not just an overlap between different racial groups.”

Certain discrimination experiences also predicted stronger multiracial identity, particularly from people who are potentially in the multiracial person’s ingroup. “Participants had stronger multiracial identities to the extent that they experienced discrimination from monoracial ingroup members,” the researchers write, “and for part-white biracial participants, particularly white ingroup members.”

Feelings of being excluded by white people had a particular effect on multiracial identity strength.

“Rejection from white people could be particularly painful,” Chen says. “Or denial into the most socially advantaged group could cause some people to want to claim a unique identity. They might not feel like they want to identify as minority, or even that they don’t feel justified in identifying as a full minority. If either of these are true, then multiracial people might want to or feel compelled to create their own niche.”

Although their results are correlational, and do not provide evidence that discrimination causes increased identification, these findings are suggestive of certain, formative experiences related to identification patterns among multiracial people.

Words have power

Next, Norman and Chen plan to explore how multiracial people’s perceptions of their own appearance match with outsiders’ perceptions, and how being rejected, or accepted, by different racial groups is tied to multiracial people’s mental health.

But in the meantime, they have some advice for monoracial people.

“Identity is flexible and complex,” Chen says. “Comments you make in regards to multiracial people’s appearance can shape their identity.”

“You might want to be a little more cautious in saying, ‘Where are you from? Or what’s your background?’ ” she adds. “If you were genuinely asking because you care about the person and you want to learn more about them, that’s great. But if you’re just asking to satiate your own curiosity, then maybe you don’t need to ask.”

Awareness of how comments can shape racial identity will become increasingly important, Chen says. “Just as Jasmine and I have these multiracial families, that’s going to become the new normal within America. Our research shedding light on some of these experiences is timely with respect to demographic trends.”

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It’s Famous Friday!

FAMOUS FRIDAY: Kamala Harris

As a general rule, we here at Project RACE try to avoid Famous Friday stories on people we’ve featured before. But when we do, it’s because they deserve it! I last wrote about Kamala Harris nearly three years ago. My article began like this:

“Most of the world was expecting November 8, 2016 to mark the election of the first female president of the United States.  It did not. Many believe, however, that it was the day when America met the woman who could shatter that glass ceiling”… perhaps as early as 2020.”

And here we are! In three short years, Kamala Harris has gone from California’s Attorney General, to California’s new Junior Senator-Elect, to a top five candidate for President of the United States. On January 21, 2019, Harris announced her candidacy for President in the 2020 election, tying a record set by Bernie Sanders in 2016 for the most donations raised in the day following announcement. Since interring the race, Harris, who was both the second black woman and the first Indian-American ever elected to the Senate, has really stood out in a very crowded democratic field. To date, Harris, the multiracial daughter of an Indian-American immigrant mother and a Jamaican-American father, has raised $35.5 million overall in this campaign, from more than 850,000 individual contributions, including over $11 million in the third quarter of the year. She is a strong debater and has performed very well on the debate stage. Her support rose by between 6 to 9 points in polls following the first Democratic debate.

Since becoming a Senator, she has supported single-payer healthcare, federal legalization of cannabis, support for sanctuary cities, the DREAM Act, and lowering taxes for the working and middle classes while raising taxes on corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

Just this past week she had another big honor when Maya Rudolph played her in a very popular satire skit on Saturday Night Live. Showing she is not afraid to poke fun at herself, Harris, who has over 3 million followers on Twitter, responded playfully to Rudolph’s depiction of her as the coolest candidate in the race in a tweet saying, “That girl being played by @MayaRudolph on @nbcsnl? That girl was me.”

Harris is married to California attorney Douglas Emhoff, who is Jewish and is stepmother to Cole and Ella, Emhoff’s two children from a previous marriage. Her background embodies the racially blended society that is increasingly common across the United States. She calls herself simply “an American,” and said she has been fully comfortable with her identity from an early age.

“We need to work to ensure the leaders reflect the people they are supposed to represent,” she said. “And until we achieve that full representation, I think we should understand we are falling short of the ideals of this country.”

President Harris would be the second multiracial president, after Barack Obama, and certainly a step in that direction!

 

– Karson Baldwin, President Project RACE Teens

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Why I Won’t Watch Mixed-ish

 

I knew from the trailer that Mixed-ish, the spinoff from Black-ish would be trouble. But I decided to give the show a fair chance and watch the first episode that came out last week. It goes back in time in the life of Rainbow, a biracial woman. Way back to when she was growing up in a commune—actually a cult—which is hardly the same history as other biracial people in America in the 1980s. In fact, Tracee Ellis Ross, whose mother is Diana Ross and father is Robert Ellis Silverstein, didn’t have a “normal” upbringing. My own children were born in the 80s and they had none of the experiences of “Bow” and her two siblings.

Everything these three children went through was problematic, especially going to school. One other student called them weirdos and asked what they were mixed with. Oh, that again. But here they are made fun of, taunted and laughed at. Do we really need this kind of story about biracial children? What purpose does it serve? It certainly doesn’t right any wrongs done to multiracial people in the 1980s or in 2019. Perhaps it tries to teach a little history—with a bad attitude. I know you’re thinking “but this just a TV show,” but lots of people believed that Archie Bunker and everyone like him was racist, that Lucille Ball was just an airhead, and that Sanford was only a junkyard failure. Do we really need our biracial children to see themselves as exaggerated comedy characters?

Don’t even get me started on the show’s theme song by Mariah Carey, which mentions how mixed-up everyone is.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar, who plays the father, is also biracial: white and Asian, but no one even mentions that fact in the trailer or premier. I think it’s important in a show about biracial, excuse me, “mixed-ish” people. Children need to learn that multiracial and multiethnic backgrounds are important. What they don’t need to learn is that it means trouble at every mention of the word.

I really felt sorry for the kids when their parents insinuate that they will have to pick one race. The son chooses black and one of the daughters picks white, which makes the parents wonder if they should have spoken to the kids about race and prepared them for reactions from other people. We parents needed to do that in the 1980s and we still do now. There is absolutely no reason not to, unless you watch this show. If you don’t watch Mixed-ish, you may feel just fine about choosing as many as apply. Feel proud about it, and not forced into any identity.

The producers of the show feel as though they are making important historical information available for television watchers. The risk is when the historical information is wrong. Beware of what you learn from this show. In other words, do your own homework. This isn’t a matter of what’s important to learn, it’s a question of right and wrong.

Let’s take a quick look at another related issue. Another “mixed” organization is promoting Mixed-ish and reminding the crowd of its premier. They happen to be the same group who brought you a video on how to do hair recently. It makes sense that they would give both a heads up. Project RACE, on the other hand, is working closely with the U. S. Census Bureau on the 2020 Census, and preparing political videos. We have produced programs for children and teens so that they are better informed. I guess it just matters where your interests lie.

So be careful where you get your information and if its interests are the same as yours. You can change your hair every day, but things like voting, self-identification, being counted in the 2020 Census, and learning the correct history are no less important in your life or in this world.

 

Susan Graham for Project RACE

 

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