We know that the holidays — as wonderful as they can be — can also be a source of stress when families get-together. Sometimes those challenges are a little different or heightened in multiracial families. We thought we’d help you get through the next couple of weeks with a fun game of Dysfunctional Family Bingo Multiracial Family Edition . We found the “game” a few years ago in a magazine article by Martha Beck (Finding Your Own North Star). She writes: “. . . gather with friends and provide each person with a [blank] bingo card . . . Each player fills in her bingo squares with dysfunctional phrases or actions that are likely to surface at her particular family party. For example, if you dread the inevitable ‘So when are you going to get married?’ that question goes in one square of your bingo card. If your brother typically shows up crocked to the gills, put “Al is drunk” in another square, and so on. Take your finished cards to your respective family gatherings. Whenever you observe something that appears on your bingo card, mark off that square. The first person to get bingo must sneak off to the nearest telephone, call the other players, and announce her victory. If no one has a full bingo, the person who has the largest number of filled-out squares wins the game.” We’ve created a Multiracial Family Edition that you can download here (or right click on the image and save). Of course you canalways make your own. I’m filling mine out right now. Let us know how it goes! And Happy Holidays!-Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
Mixed Remixed Festival
June 10-11, 2016
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We hope you had a great summer! We took a little break ourselves, but now we’re back on the job and planning for Mixed Remixed 2016.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us on June 10-11, 2016 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles for our expanded programming. It’s going to be even bigger and better!
And remember we could always use your donation to help defray our costs for this all-volunteer project. Please consider donating in any amount now.
This panel was a favorite of many. We laughed a lot but a lot of wonderful truths were told. We will have video to share soon. But in the meantime, what did you like most about this panel?-Heidi Durrow
What’s So Funny About Being Mixed?
One of the hottest entertainers in Hollywood, Tehran Von Ghasri, better known as simply Tehran is an international comedian, host, TV and radio personality. Born to an Iranian father and African-American mother, Tehran is rare in every sense of the word. With undergrad degrees in International Politics and Communications, a Masters in Economics, and a Law Degree his humor is made up of unique life experience, intriguing cultural perspective, academic intelligence, and pure charm. As seen on Shahs of Sunset, Summer Break, hosting Take Part Live you can see Tehran live Mondays and Thursdays 10PM at The World Famous Laugh Factory on Sunset or hear him weekly on Imperfect Gentlemen.
Alex Barnett’s comedy is about family, specifically his family. As the White, Jewish husband of a Black woman (who converted to Judaism) and the father of a 3 year-old, Biracial son, he focuses his attention on the challenges of being a parent in a bad economy and the issues that confront interracial families (including the dynamics between members of the same family who are of different races). Alex has been seen on the Katie Couric Show and the PIX 11 Morning Show, been featured on Sirius/XM Radio’s “Raw Dog Comedy,” NBC’s EVB Live, RT TV America and NYC-TV and in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and CNN.com.
Mat Johnson is the author of the novels Loving Day, Pym, Drop, and Hunting in Harlem, the nonfiction novella The Great Negro Plot, and the comic books Incognegro and Dark Rain. He is a recipient of the United States Artist James Baldwin Fellowship, The Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection, and the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature. Mat Johnson is a faculty member at the University of Houston Creative Writing Program.
Comedian, talk show host, wife and mother of two Sunda Croonquist is the host of JLTV’s “James and Sunda” show and is the author of the Kosher Soul cookbook hitting shelves April 2015. Sunda can be seen every Saturday night at the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood hosting “All Star Comedy.” Credits include The View, Comedy Central, E! and many others. Sunda is also the chair person of Gilda’s Clubs annual event the “Laugh-Off,” that is a event to bring awareness to Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey which is a cancer support group for men, women and children who are living with cancer that was created by the late Gilda Radner of SNL fame. She is also the owner and director of the LA School of Comedy in Westwood.
Instructor: Chris L. Terry
We’re looking for your ideas about who should receive the 2016 Storyteller’s Prize at the Mixed Remixed Festival next year. We have a stellar list of distinguished past honorees including: Key & Peele, Al Madrigral, Susan Straight, Jamie Ford, Cheerios and Honey Maid. Who do you think we should consider? Let us know!
We’re looking for volunteers and interns to help plan for 2016 (date to come)! Do you have a special skill (web design, marketing, social media, video editing, photography, grant writing, project management)? Maybe you just have time on your hands? We have lots of stuff we need help with. Maybe you just want to hang out with some really great people? Then join us! Sign up here. You do not have to be based in LA to join the planning team.I want to be a part of something special!
“Growing up, until really last year, I don’t know that I would have readily brought up my white mother to anyone. It was not something I’m embarrassed by, but to announce that was synonymous to some black people to saying, ‘I think I’m better than you.’ This whole thing has felt almost like a coming out as biracial – saying ‘this is a thing, we exist, and this is a future.'”–Jordan Peele
We got a huge shout out from NBC News for the Mixed Remixed Festival this year! It’s a great story and it attracted a ton of attendees! Thanks so much NBC!
Nearly 700 people from across the country—including artists, writers, comedians, musicians, multiracial and multicultural families—are expected to gather at theMixed Remixed Festival on June 13 at the Japanese American National Museumin Los Angeles, to celebrate the stories and lives of multiracial people and families.
“Our goal is to raise awareness that the mixed race experience is very much the American experience,” Mixed Remixed Festival Founder and Executive Producer Heidi Durrow, told NBC News. “The festival isn’t about mixed-race pride. It’s about breaking the silences we have about the complexities of racial and cultural identity.”
Mixed Remixed will feature storytelling, workshops, panel discussions, readings, film screenings, music, comedy, spoken word, and the largest Loving Day Celebration on the West Coast to mark the 1967 Loving v Virginia Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage in America.
Mixed Remixed will also be awarding its annual Storyteller’s Prize to the Daily Show’s Al Madrigal who hosts and produces “Half Like Me” and author Jamie Ford who wrote “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet.”
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