Multiracial Media News RoundUp for Week Ending August 12, 2017

Interracial Political Couple on Hit TV Series

The series “The Good Fight,” on CBS All Access, features a fairytale romance between a Black Asman and White man as combustible lawyers with clashing values and political ambitions. The article, “Fighting the Good Fight Isn’t as Straightforward When You’re in an Interracial Relationship,” on SBS.com compares the couple to “the most high-profile interracial political couple in America, New York mayor Bill De Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray … the first white politician in US history elected to a major office with a black spouse. The couple’s experience is a perfect example of the importance of not just the race of the candidate or incumbent, but also the race of his or her family.”

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What’s Missing in Multiracial Movies & TV?

The good news: more interracial relationships are being seen in televisions and movie. The bad news: Mixed children are still not included as much as they need to be.

Natalie Mokry, a Mixed-race intern at FilmSchoolReject.com, writes that, “While it’s absolutely wonderful that stories of interracial relationships are being told and put on center stage (and hopefully continue to be), one aspect of these stories that has hardly been addressed in film and on TV is the possible products of these relationships: multiracial, multi-ethnic children.”

She adds that, “As a multi-ethnic individual myself, a daughter of a Mexican woman and a white man, I personally feel it would be really cathartic to see stories portrayed on screen that show the lives of other multi-ethnic, multiracial individuals and their day-to-day struggles. It would be nice to see stories that just get it, without glossing over anything.”

 

Halle Berry Talks About Being Bullied for Being Mixed

Halle Berry talked openly about being bullied when her mother moved her to a mostly-White suburban school to escape the dangers of her inner-city high school. “I got bullied a little bit…because of the color of my skin and at that time we were ‘Oreos,’” she told People.com’s Jess Cagle. magazine, explaining that the term was used for Black/White Biracial kids.

Halle shared with Jess that, “’My need to please and my desire to achieve was because I was constantly trying to prove that I was as good as the other white students …I felt very less than and I thought if I could beat them at everything, then I can be as good as them. Subsequently, that taught me how to win in life.’”

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Mixed New Jersey Boy Needs Bone Marrow Donor

Owen Bahadur Lang, a six-year-old in Livingston, NJ, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. Owen, whose mother Dakashna Bahadur Lang is a teacher, has started a GoFundme campaign to cover expenses.

According to the campaign description:

“In early April, Owen Bahadur Lang was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia. It is a rare disease in which the bone marrow stops making enough blood cells … The only guaranteed, permanent way to fix this condition is a bone marrow transplant. We need your help to find a bone marrow donor who is a perfect match for Owen. Genetics and ethnicity play a role in who might be a match. Unfortunately, only 4% of the 12.5 million people registered in the National Bone Marrow Donor Program are (like Owen) categorized as mixed race.”

It takes about four weeks for someone who registers with the National Bone Marrow Donor Program to enter the database and show up in searches by transplant centers, the family wrote.

For information about registering to donate bone marrow, click here.

 

Popolo Project Creates Space for Blackness in Hawai’i

While Black people have been in Hawai’I since the 19th century, at 21,000 they make up just a little over 3 percent of the state’s population (compared to the 13 percent national average), leaving Hawai’I 39th nationally in the size of the Black population.

Thanks to Dr. Akemi Glenn, a linguist and cultural worker who moved from Brooklyn, N.Y. to Hawai’i in 2003, there is a new spot for Blacks in Hawai’I to share their voices. Dr. Akemi’s Pōpolo Project evolved from Black friends engaging in “talk stories” on her website. Pōpolo, originating from the plant from which blackberries grow, is Hawaiian slang for Black people.

On her site, Dr. Akemi states that, “Another thing that we heard a lot especially from mixed race black folks who many time were born and raised here is there wasn’t a place for them to be black. There was a place for them to be Hawaiian maybe, and participate in traditional cultural practices or to be Japanese, but there wasn’t really a place for them to either learn about black cultures or to practice them.”

She created the Pōpolo Project not just for the local Mixed-race folks, but for people with Black ancestry from throughout the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, Africa, Brazil, etc. Her goal: “We’re hoping that … people will not just see us but will want to understand us in terms of all of who we are so that we can more holistically be present in the local community here,” says Glenn.

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