The Mixed Remixed Festival presented the annual Storyteller’s Prizes to Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele and National Book Award Finalist, best-selling author Susan Straight, and Cheerios on June 14, 2014 at 6:30pm at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles, 100 N. Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Storyteller’s Prizes were presented as part of the Festival’s dynamic live performance which featured some of the best comedians, musicians and spoken word poets. We’ll share video footage of the event in the coming weeks.
The Storyteller’s Prizes are awarded each year to artists, scholars and activists who have shown a dedication to celebrating and illuminating the Mixed experience.
THANK YOU CHEERIOS! THANK YOU KEY & PEELE! THANK YOU SUSAN STRAIGHT AND ALL OF OUR AMAZING PERFORMERS FOR A GREAT NIGHT!
The 2014 Storyteller’s Prize recipients are:
Comedy Central’s hit comedic duo Key & Peele
Originally hailing from New York, Jordan Peele moved to Chicago, where he performed at both Second City Chicago and ImprovOlympic. Peele then crossed the pond to Amsterdam to work with Boom Chicago Theater, but was lured back to the States by a starring (and Emmy-nominated) role on five seasons of MADtv. Currently, he plays Dr. Brian on Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital, and has also appeared on TVs RENO 911! and Love Bites. Peele has appeared in such movies as Little Fockers and the upcoming Wanderlust.
Keegan-Michael Key got his start in comedy at Second City Detroit, and later moved on to their Chicago company where he received awards for his writing and performance. While still in Chicago, Key made the jump to TV, starring in Fox’s MADtv for six seasons, and scoring recurring roles on shows like RENO 911! and Gary Unmarried. Key can also be seen on the big screen in movies including Role Models, Due Date, and Just Go With It.
Cheerios celebrated the Mixed experience in a heart-felt commercial in 2013 that featured a young biracial girl who asks her mother (who is white) about the heart-health of Cheerios. When the ad sparked racist comments on You Tube, General Mills disabled the commenting function and staunchly stood by its casting for the ad. In January, General Mills brought back the multiracial family in an ad that played during the Superbowl. As Camille Gibson, vice president of marketing for Cheerios told CBS MoneyWatch: “We fell in love with this family.” Camille Gibson and Douglas Martin attended to receive the award on behalf of Cheerios.
Susan Straight was born in Riverside and still lives there with her family. She has published seven novels and one middle-grade reader. Highwire Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2001; A Million Nightingales was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in 2006. Her short stories have appeared in Zoetrope, The Ontario Review, The Oxford American, The Sun, Black Clock, and other magazines. “The Golden Gopher,” from Los Angeles Noir, won the Edgar Award in 2007; “El Ojo de Agua,” from Zoetrope, won an O. Henry Award in 2007. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Family Circle, Salon, The Los Angeles Times, Harpers, The Nation, and other magazines. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to work on Highwire Moon, and a Lannan Prize was an immense help when working on Take One Candle Light a Room.