Mixed Like Us: How to Support Biracial Children and Their Shifting Identities

Growing up biracial, I’d learned that negative social perceptions of biracial, multiracial and transracially adopted children were largely impacting the growth, well-being, and resources available to members of our own community at home and in schools. Asserting that biracial children were more “mixed-up” than mixed-race only served to further perpetuate negative stereotypes about us…

Are You a Drone Parent?

The backlash against “drone” parenting stems from a view that these parents are using too much technology to monitor and keep tabs on their kids as opposed to taking the time for “real-life” interactions with them. This makes for older children and young adults who may be unable to have inner personal relationships outside of technology later on in life…

Great Expectations: Ta-Nehisi Coates Joins Forces With Marvel for ‘Black Panther’ Comic

His joining forces with the Marvel Empire at time in our history when the #BlackLivesMatter Movement makes national headlines protesting police brutality against African-Americans isn’t coincidence. It should be interesting to see the ways in which he will lend his voice to the comic genre. And of course, I’m most curious on how well it’s received by the public once published…

Starbucks & Race Together…What’s Next?

Contrary to social media backlash and snarky headlines across mainstream news outlets, the Starbucks ‘Race Together’ campaign was never simply about baristas guiding discussions on racial inequality or white privilege in America — all while prepping your Caramel Mocha Frappuccino. If that’s what you may have gathered, it’s time to set the record straight…

A Look Into Race As A Social Construct

For twins, Lucy and Maria Aylmer from Gloucester, England who have been made to produce their birth certificates to prove they are related, they aren’t alone. In the US, the self-identified “multiracial” community is at 9 million and climbing. So why is it so difficult for so many to believe that the two girls are related even after being told of their biological ties? Well, our notion of “race” and the historical “one-drop-rule” may be a good place to start…

LAUSD Aborts ‘Computer Per Student’ Program with Apple

Education technology and access to social media provide a gateway into information that’s fast and wide-reaching. Many (though not all) of today’s students already have access to social media tools outside of the classroom, so providing equal distribution of those tools within the school environment for low-income communities has its benefits. So where does this leave our students?

Celebrating Diversity in Animated Film – Big Hero 6

This is the first time (another origin of sorts) that Disney Animation has presented a “biracial” central character within any of its feature length animated films. While to some this shouldn’t seem like a big deal at all, to others – like my daughter, it is – because the power of film is that it represents a generation. If done well, a film will not only captivate audiences but it will effectively represent those audiences, providing them with an opportunity to see a bit of themselves up on the big screen too…

The #OpenTruth: How Big Soda Targets Minority Youth

My role as gatekeeper to the “sugar express” isn’t made any easier by the ploys and strategic marketing campaigns by the sugary beverage industry pushing sugar-loaded beverages through educational incentives for parents and teens. As if the showdown for sweets at the check-out aisle with my teenager isn’t enough, Big Soda is also spinning the consumption of their products through scholarships and tuition toward higher education…