“As the Mixed Experience becomes more inclusive and more accessible along multiple fronts — age, geography, media, technology etc. — it’s only natural for us to expect increasingly higher standards of creativity and engagement from its storytellers. However, with so much diversity of content and outreach, learning how stories should be evolving and how to make narratives work is a complicated matter. This panel offers some perspectives on what audiences interested in the future of the Mixed Experience — what we’re calling “Mixed Race 3.0″ — may be looking for in their stories, which can be summed up as immersion, interactivity, integration and impact.”
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Mixed Race 3.0: How to Tell Immersive, Interactive, Integrated & Impactful Stories
This panel turned out to be one of our most popular, informative and entertaining. Panelists Velina Hasu-Houston, Marcus C. Shepard, Marcia Alesan Dawkins discussed what it meant for storytellers as the Mixed Experience becomes more inclusive and more accessible along multiple fronts — age, geography, media, technology etc. However, with so much diversity of content and outreach, learning how stories should be evolving and how to make narratives work is a complicated matter. This panel offered some perspectives on what audiences interested in the future of the Mixed Experience — what we’re calling “Mixed Race 3.0” — may be looking for in their stories, which can be summed up as immersion, interactivity, integration and impact. Velina Hasu-Houston focused on “immersion,” or delving deeper into the Mixed Experience through plays that focus on context and sensory experiences. Marcia Alesan Dawkins focused on “impact,” or inspiring people to take action and learn more about the Mixed Experience through online and on-the-ground engagement.
Marcia Alesan Dawkins
Marcia Alesan Dawkins, Ph.D. is a technology-loving, diversity-oriented intellectual entrepreneur from New York City and communication professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles. An award-winning author, speaker, and educator, Dawkins understands how diversity, technology and creative storytelling are changing who we are and how we communicate. Her first book, Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity, was released in August 2012 to rave reviews.
Dawkins has received grants and awards from organizations such as the National Communication Association, the Eastern Communication Association, the Irvine Foundation, the California State University and Google Project Glass. She has been recognized by the University of Southern California for outstanding teaching and mentoring. In addition, she has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Brown University, Vanderbilt University Law School, New York University, Villanova University and the USC Graduate School Office of the Provost.
Marcus C. Shepard is a Ph.D. student at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. His work explores Black musical performance and its intersections and transformative capabilities of race, class, gender and sexuality. Specifically, he focuses on the musical genre neo-soul and its sonic, visual and political implications in the United States within communities of color. Shepard has also worked at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem as an archivist and maintains his ties to this artistic community. – See more at: http://henryjenkins.org/2013/10/revisiting-neo-soul.html#sthash.mvWcgiG6.dpuf
Panel: Mix Mesh Blend: How Diversity, Tech & Creative Storytelling Are Changing Everything
June 13, 2015 1pm-2:20pm
Mix Mesh Blend: How Diversity, Tech, & Creative Storytelling Are Changing Everything offers a innovative perspective on how today’s blending technologies are updating tomorrow’s mixed identities. Offering four ways that changing demographics and emerging technologies are contributing to our future selves, MESH — Mix, Education, Share, Help – develops a deeper understanding of a story through supplementary context and sensory experiences, allows consumers to become part of the narrative and possibly influence its outcome, have a seamless connection among all platforms being used and goes beyond just replicating content on different devices. Our MESHed perspective will tell you exactly how to share strategies for blurring barriers between story, content, and lived reality with a layered yet cohesive execution.
Dr. Marcia Alesan Dawkins is a tech-loving, diversity-oriented intellectual entrepreneur from New York City and communication professor at USC Annenberg in Los Angeles. Dawkins — known to “tweeps” as @drdawkins09 — has been sought out by Google, NPR, AOL Originals, WABC-TV, TIME Magazine, The New York Times, HuffPo Live. Her first book, “Clearly Invisible: Racial Passing and the Color of Cultural Identity,” was released in August 2012 to rave reviews. Most notable among these is Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President, who remarked, “Clearly Invisible is a thought-provoking analysis… that challenges the way we view race and culture in our society.” Thanks to Ms. Jarrett’s endorsement “Clearly Invisible” was nominated for the 2015 Grawemeyer Award For Ideas that Improve World Order. Dawkins’s second book, “Eminem: The Real Slim Shady,” was a finalist for the 2013 USA Best Book Award and was submitted for consideration for an NAACP Image Award. Her most recent ebook, co-edited anthology “Mixed Race 3.0: Risk and Reward in the Digital Age” is about how diversity, technology and creative storytelling are changing who we are and how we communicate. When she is not writing or teaching, Dr. Dawkins travels throughout the US and abroad, speaking and advising on the subjects of our diverse, digital future and the art of storytelling. She has spoken at over 20 Universities as well as organizations including UNESCO, The Leadership Alliance, The Mayo Clinic, The Nashville Public Library Foundation and The Public Relations Society of America, among others.
By Keri Wilborn
Patrick Dougher was featured in Humans of New York (HONY). He said:
“My dad was just a working class Irish dude. He drank himself to death when I was fifteen, but he was a good dad when he was sober. I remember him taking me to a gay wedding on Christopher Street to teach me tolerance. And that was back in 1971.”
Dougher added more comments on facebook, following reactions from the public (both positive and not) to his appearance on HONY.
My dad was 1st generation Irish-American.. He was “black Irish” in that he was a white man with black hair and dark eyes.. My mom is African-American… They met in Bed-Stuy in the early 60’s… I am the product of their union…it is very appropriate that my photo was posted on MLK day… I was a child of the civil rights movement and I was taught to “never judge others by their race, religion or sexual orientation but by the quality of their character” I have passed this teaching to my son..Peace
Patrick Dougher’s inspiring words and story inspired discussion on both sides of the Atlantic.
The Mixed Remixed Festival is very excited to co-host in collaboration with Be’chol Lashon a special Q&A with filmmaker Lacey Schwartz following the 11/30 2:20pm screening of Little White Lie at the Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills, CA. Tickets are available for purchase on-line and at the box office.
Learn more about this amazing film that has received rave reviews across the board! Do we hear Oscar?–Heidi Durrow
We caused a little firestorm over on Facebook when we asked this question: “Words you’re cool with using for mixed people: 1) mixed; 2) hapa; 3) mutt; 4) biracial; 5) potato; 6) Heinz 57; 7) zebra; 8) mulatto. Have I missed any?”
Below are some of the many and varied responses. But it was pretty clear that everybody seemed to be okay with Hapa. How about you?
- A mulatto is a mule – a cross breed between donkeys and horses. Mules are sterile. Only 1 in 144,000 can reproduce.
It’s a livestock term used for slaves of African descent that also had European ancestry.
It’s a slavery term and it’s just as bad as saying nigger.
I wrote the word nigger in this post, without quotes, and intentionally repeated it because the word mulatto makes me just as angry to hear and see in print, flippantly.
“Mulatto” is “Nigger” for Mixed folks like us. It serves the same purpose of branding us as chattel slave property, just with a “twist.”
- Not cool with derogatory ones like ‘mutt’.
- 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 should go…the is only 1 race…the human race, and we are proof that this divisive cramp is a waste of time. I have never of heard “potato”.LOL Anywho, there are so many mixtures, and some of these terms only refer to black and white mixes.
- I can’t like this
- I really appreciate all the voices and comments on this. I think the consensus is lose “mutt” for sure. And BTW I adopted “potato” via writer @Lori Tharps who also has called her Spanish/Black kids “spa-negroes” — love her! More on that story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heidi-w-durrow/interracial-relationships_b_1514896.html
- How about human beings
- My brother loves Halfrican. I can do Afro-Semite or Hegro.
- And hell no to mulatto!!!
- Zebra??? No way!!!
- I think anything that is commonly used in the animal world (zebra, mutt, mulatto) is probably better left there. Even “mixed” sometimes sounds wrong–I usually associate that word with “breeds” of animals. And cocktails. But I understand that word is more acceptable.
- I don’t mind mutt, but I mind when people say bitch. I also like to call myself American and human.
- Best is: ‘Neither Both’
- Looks like hapa is the one term everyone agrees with. True?
- Understand 🙂
- I tell people I”m a BLEND of Black, White & Native American. I also use the word MULTICULTURAL. I detest the word Mulatto.
- What an awesome question. Keeping dialogue open is the most important part of all. Personally, when I was confronted with the inevitable curiosity of my peers (“What are you?”), and was questioned about my ethnic identity, my mom told me to tell them my name. If pressed, I would give them facts. Because I was proud. But as people started placing their own perspective on whatever those facts were, I made them regard me the same way as I viewed them: as a human. I love my family and my heritage, but it doesn’t define everything about me. It’s not expected of any other person. So I claim my name as an individual first, and only.
- I think it is more about the intention of the word, if I don’t give it power, it can’t control me. People are going to say hurtful things but I’m not going to let their ignorant comment ruin silly words I ENJOY using to explain my unique upbringing.
- Don’t get or like these. Personally love Multi- culti. But long long ago used oreo.
- My son likes, ‘blend
- I use the term mullato/a academically but not socially. And I use mutt in jest but would never allow someone else to refer to me that way.
- Someone would knock my ass out if I went outside and said mulatto.
- My daughter uses Halfrican.
- hapa <3
- A potato what on earth haha
- A potato flew around my room. Lol I never heard that term before potato.
- lol @ mulatto being socially acceptable.
- Lose the mutt.
- I can’t stand mulatto when it is used in America. Or mutt. Ugh. I usually stick with mixed or biracial.
- There are some derogatory slurs, but they do not deserve to join this listing.
- Hapa or mixed are probably my top choices. My nephew and niece use “Chrislim” to describe themselves, but this is more religious than “racial” as they have one parent who was brought up Christian and another who was brought up Muslim, hence Chrislim…
- I prefer High Yellow… 😉