Festival Founder, Executive Producer, Board Member
Heidi Durrow is the New York Times best-selling author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky (Algonquin Books), which received writer Barbara Kingsolver’s PEN/Bellwether Prize for Literature of Social Change, and is a book club favorite. Ebony Magazine named Heidi as one of its Power 100 Leaders and in 2011 was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Debut.
Heidi is a graduate of Stanford, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism and Yale Law School. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Heidi has worked as a corporate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and as a Life Skills trainer to professional athletes of the National Football League and National Basketball Association. She is now the host of a new audio and video podcast called The Mixed Experience. She is also a highly acclaimed and sought-after public speaker who has spoken at Brown, Exeter, Yale Law School, Sundance and has been featured by the NBC Nightly News, the New York Times, CNN, National Public Radio, the BBC, Ebony Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle. She is an occasional contributor to National Public Radio and blogs for the Huffington Post. www.heidiwdurrow.com
Jennifer Frappier, Festival Coordinator & Board Member
Jennifer can be seen in national commercials for companies such as: Anheuser-Busch, Comcast, iChooseAdoption, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Skechers and Sony PSP. Recognized for her naturally curly hair and infectious smile, her exotic appearance is credited to her French, Filipino and African American ancestry.
Jennifer’s first documentary, Chill, made its world premiere at the 2016 Mixed Remixed Festival. The film introduces “social egg freezing” and addresses balancing life, career, and cheating the biological clock. Jennifer’s egg freezing journey has been featured in the Italian fashion magazine Gracia, on FOX, KTLA’s Health Smart, ABC’s 20/20 with Aditi Roy and on the front page of the Los Angeles Times.
Rayme Cornell is an Assistant Professor on the Performance Faculty at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). She is a Professional Actor and Voice-Over Artist. Rayme is a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio and Actors Equity Association. Rayme received her B.A. from the UNLV and her MFA in Acting & Directing from the University of Missouri Kansas City in association with the Missouri Repertory Theatre.
Lance Tango, Graphic Design Director
Lance Tango is a therapist who incorporates therapeutic strategies with principles of social justice as he helps clients heal from the residual effects of social oppression and relational trauma. Along with facilitating empowering conversations with adult individuals, Lance also helps couples and organizations cultivate improved interpersonal dynamics by dismantling entrenched patterns of power and privilege within relationships.
Jamie Moore, Literary & Workshop Director
Jamie Moore recently received her MFA in fiction at Antioch University, Los Angeles. She shared her fiction at the Mixed Roots Film and Literary Festival in 2011, and is excited to be working to coordinate readings for Mixed Remixed. Jamie received her BA in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University. She has attended several writing workshops including the Tomales Bay Workshop, VONA, and the Mendocino Writers Conference. She has been publishing in Moonshot Magazine and Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative. In her spare time, Jamie writes about mixed topics and literature for the blog Mixed Reader. She is the author of the novella Our Small Faces.
Tiana Rideout is the Community Health Programs Coordinator for Beach Cities Health District’s Blue Zones Project. Dedicated to well-being, her work adds vitality and purpose to peoples’ lives by connecting with their community in meaningful ways. Tiana is living her purpose to creatively support and empower communities with her professional work and volunteer service from Santa Monica to Guatemala. A native of San Francisco, Tiana graduated from Loyola Marymount University and enjoys sharing in the mixed experience.
Amy Cliett, Web Design & Development Lead
Amy Cliett has an extensive background in operations management, recruiting, customer service, and training which paved the way for her work in streamlining innovative processes for large organizations and startups. She is a “Systems MacGyver” but without the cheesy eighties theme song. Through her work at Philly Area Tech Tutors and Coded by Kids, Amy Cliett is a hacktivist in the tech inclusion and diversity in STEM fields movement. As Program Director at Oevno Labs, she is helping to unleash a bold new generation of change agents providing the best local hackathon experience while she works on the global leadership team to transform children’s lives and make them powerful through social innovation, education, and technology. In 2014, Amy was selected to be the inaugural Global Fellow for Qeyno Labs. Amy lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia, with her husband and four children.
Maya Williams, Festival Blogger
Maya Williams is currently a senior at East Carolina University double majoring in Social Work and English. She was a panelist on the Mixed Millennials Panel at the Mixed Remixed Festival in June 2016. She has contributed her work to platforms such as Mixed Race Daily, AltFem Magazine, The Black Sheep Articles, Black Girl Nerds, Swirl Nation Blog, and The Tempest. She serves as the Race Section Editor for The Tempest (@WeAreTheTempest on all social media platforms), a diverse online forum for millennial women, and a coach for the Interfaith Youth Core, a non-profit that focuses on interfaith cooperation in higher education. You can follow her @emmdubb16 on Twitter and Instagram. You can follow her blog at https://flighty101.wordpress.
Jamila Jabulani, PR Development/PR Team
Jamila Jabulani is a civic engagement professional who received a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and completed graduate coursework in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management at Loyola University in Chicago. After living in Chicago and Brooklyn, she has officially settled in Los Angeles and currently works with philanthropic organizations on outreach, publicity, and grantmaking initiatives. Jamila ran a fashion blog focused on promoting emerging fashion designers and is now writing a script for a comedic short film about her intercultural experience in New York City.
Wasani Probasco, SEO and Google Adwords Chief
A born and raised Angelino, Wasani is a proud alumnus of the University of Miami (Go Canes!) in Miami, FL. He is currently a digital marketing professional and web developer who has a passion for all things tech in Los Angeles. When Wasani isn’t working, he enjoys playing instruments, attending cultural events in Los Angeles and blogging about identity politics.