Why You Should Protest the Arizona Book Ban

Arizona Book Ban This story was originally published in January 2012 As I was on Facebook, I noticed a friend of mine had posted a link to a site called Censored News talking about Tucson, AZ and book banning. I figured it was still over the Mexican American cultural studies debacle since the state found […]

At the Risk of Sounding Angry: On Melissa Harris-Perry’s Eloquent Rage {Crunk Feminist Collective}

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On Melissa Harris-Perry’s Eloquent Rage The internets were all abuzz over the weekend sharing clips of our collective Black feminist shero Melissa Harris-Perry’s Saturday morning show. During the show, she lost her cool with panelist Monica Mehta, a conservative financial expert, who represented every unthoughtful mythic thing that I’ve come to believe a person has […]

What is Juneteenth & How Can I Celebrate at Home?

Today we celebrate Juneteenth.  What is Juneteenth? It is the oldest African-American holiday, celebrating freedom and honoring the memory of former slaves. You might know that President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 and wonder–why do we celebrate on June 19th? The answer is that not all slaves knew they were […]

Revealing the Taína Within

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This story first appeared on Bella Vida by Letty.  Image: ElusiveDreams07 | Deviant Art Revealing the Taína Within Yesterday, I was browsing through photos from last weekend’s outing when I was struck by the image of a woman I didn’t recognize. The photo captured the profile of a Taína with long black hair, high red cheekbones and […]

Quick Facts About Women’s History Month & 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts

Women’s History & Girl Scouts of America As a mom, I worry a lot about raising my daughters to be confident young women. As a white mom to girls of color, I worry even more about instilling courage, confidence and character in them so that they can combat society’s gender and racial stereotypes in productive […]

The Beats of Social Justice: Our Story of Resistance Chronicled Through Music

Image credit: Flickr / alterna2   The soundtrack of my life is tinged with music that means something spiritually, lyrically or rhythmically. The Latino melodies and stanzas of these beats often resound with the pain, awareness, and resistance to injustice and oppression. From Merengue to Salsa, Banda to Cumbia, Vallenato to Reggaeton, and Conjunto to […]

Films That Teach {Racism}: “Slavery and the Making of America”

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Image via pbs.org   This post is part of a new series on Multicultural Familia called, “Films That Teach”.  You can follow the series by clicking clicking the tag “Films That Teach”  If you have a recommendation for an upcoming feature, please add it to the comments!    Slavery and the Making of America One of […]

‘Negro’: Diaspora Docu-series to Shed Light on Latino Identity

Image Credit: In.A.Dash.Media “Latinos are not a monolith. There is no one look or concept of race for us. We are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow and our experiences and identities reflect that.” Journalist, Dash Harris, is on a mission to explore the dynamics of Latino identity in the U.S. and abroad.  Her […]

How Do You Teach Your Kids About African Ancestry?

Image Credit: Flickr / Thomas Hawk I’m always curious to see how my kids answer that ever-present question asked of people of mixed heritage, “What are you?” They are starting to reach an age where they are out and about without their family members. Their golden skin and reddish-tinted hair makes them an obvious mixture, […]

Who’s Who in the Mixed Race Community

Who’s Who in the Mixed Race Community The Mixed Experience includes broad categories such as: cross ethnic adoption inter-ethnic dating and marriage personal stories and defining identity for multi-cultural folks, multi-national folks & multi-ethnic folks   Here are some of the popular sites to learn more and participate in the Mixed Experience.  All of these sites are […]