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The Wire’s Mixed Chick

Posted in mixed celebs, Uncategorized on March 19, 2012 by jerlina

I love The Wire. I LOVE IT. It wasn’t until I listened to this NPR radio interview with Sonja Sohn, who plays detective Kima Greggs, that I discovered that she was mixed (ok, maybe it crossed my mind, especially during a scene when a store owner is trying to figure out of she’s ‘one of those half Black/ half Seoul chicks.’) She’s half black, half Korean. In this interview she briefly discusses the challenges faced by mixed people in Korea and in her community in Virginia. Wow, this is a talented woman… Go girl!

This is the NPR Fresh Air interview:

http://www.npr.org/2012/03/15/148294942/sonja-sohn-changing-baltimore-long-after-the-wire


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Ursula Rucker- Spoken Word Poet

Posted in mixed celebs on November 8, 2010 by jerlina

Mixed Celeb Time!

When I lived in Philly this woman was the talk of the town. Her name is Ursula Rucker and she is a spoken word poet who works with the Roots and King Britt and neo-soul type folks. Well I didn’t know that she was mixed until today, she’s half African American and half Italian.I doubt she publicizes her mixed heritage much because well… maybe she just doesn’t want to. Below are videos I found on her myspace page- one is her reading poetry and the other is a trailer for a movie about her.

Paris and Michael Jackson II- Mixed Celebs?

Posted in mixed celebs on October 19, 2010 by jerlina

Last night I was listening to this comedy routine by Katt Williams and it was about Michael Jackson’s kids. He was expressing some scepticism about whether or not his blond haired/ blue eyed kids were really biologically related to him. He kept repeating that when a black man and a white woman get together their children are mixed. Well I’ve got to agree with the man. So then I wonder of these kids which seem so obviously adopted are dealing with their racial identities? Do they think that they are mixed? Does the world think that? I can hardly imagine what this might be like, especially since that is only a factor in a larger drama of their circusesque lives.

Bruno Mars- I Like This Guy

Posted in mixed celebs on October 7, 2010 by jerlina

Today I saw on the cover of the Arts section of the New York Times a handsome light brown face and thought “who is that mixed guy?” Well his name is Bruno Mars and apparently he’s a big pop sensation. It didn’t take long for the writer to mention that this handsome man is half Filipino and half Puerto Rican which kinda means he is a whole lotta everything. He’s from Hawaii so it makes sense there but apparently he’s had trouble with record labels who can’t quite figure out what to make of him. Well he’s doing great now so i guess the whole mixed thing didn’t hurt him too much. Here’s the link to the NYT article and to a video of his he did with Cee-Lo who I also love.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/arts/music/06mars.html?_r=1&ref=music

Maya Rudolph of Saturday Night Live

Posted in mixed celebs, mixed media on October 6, 2010 by jerlina

OMG this woman is FUNNY. Her name is Maya and she was on SNL for a while and recently stared in a hipstery filk called “Away We Go.” Here she is on SNL as Whitney Houston followed by a little short video of her talking about being mixed. She’s half African American and Half Jewish (like most American mulattoes) and she is also Minnie Ripperton’s daughter.

Oh, I can’t resist also posting this preview of her latest film “Away We Go”

Lisa Marie Rollins-Transracial Adoption Activist

Posted in mixed celebs, mixed media on October 4, 2010 by jerlina

I think Lisa Marie is a rockin lady. Not only because she was nice to me when we went out for lunch together many years ago but because she’s become a spokeswoman for transracially adopted people of African Descent. Go girl!

Lisa is both a transracially adopted and racially mixed woman (black, filipina and irish) who is serious about making the distinction between the two. Lisa Marie has written and produced a successful play on TRA  entitled “Ungrateful Daughter” and here she is speaking on CNN about transracial adoption.

http://birthproject.wordpress.com/

Carolina Chocolate Drops

Posted in mixed celebs on October 3, 2010 by jerlina

I like this band. I don’t love them but they sure are nice to look at. I was at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery a few weeks ago and this hipster from Brooklyn says to me “you look like this girl from the band the Chocolate Drops.” So I looked them up and was flattered because Rhiannon, the lead singer, is a good lookin woman! And a google search (and obviousness) reveals that she’s a mixed lady- African American and Native American.

So this band is becoming popular and I can see why, they’re talented. However the whole black-hipsters playing old-timey music feels a little gimickey.