If you’re looking for a great read that deals with the Mixed experience. Check out All Our Names by Dinaw Mengetsu. It’s the story of an interracial romance between a mid-western woman and an immigrant African man. Touching and well-told. I highly recommend it.–Heidi Durrow
We’re excited to have our very first write-in on Oct. 11 11am-1pm at the Coffee Connection, 3838 S. Centinela Avenue, LA, CA. Bring your neglected work-in-progress and laptop or paper and pen and get energized by your fellow Mixed Remixed writers. And please let us know that you’re coming so we can save some tables together! RSVP here. See you then! – Heidi Durrow
According to the Independent: “In August 2006, 12-year-old Molly Campbell, a mixed-race schoolgirl “disappeared” from Stornaway, in the Outer Hebrides. Her father, British-Pakistani Sajad Rana, who was divorced from her mother, Louise Campbell, had moved back to Pakistan with his older children and wanted Molly to join them. Louise was terrified she would lose her remaining child. When her daughter didn’t come back home, she feared Rana had abducted her and called the police. Louise’s mother publicly said Rana was plotting to marry off the child, adding further piquancy to the rising public outrage about Asian “barbarism”. And then came the startling/shocking finale. At a press conference in Lahore, Molly, dressed in a bright shalwar khameez, cheerfully told journalists that she had left Scotland of her own free will and wanted to live with her dad. She was no longer Molly Campbell, but “Misbah Rana”, a Pakistani Muslim. Long court battles ensued, politicians got involved, and in the end Louise gave up the fight. Most Britons found it hard to understand why the pre-teen gave up her Western freedoms and chose a severely proscribed life. She is now back in the UK and living with her mother.”
It sounds fascinating! —Heidi Durrow
Today, we want to put the spotlight on the beautiful and talented Kim Wayans. Kim and her husband Kevin Knotts are generous donors and supporters of the Mixed Remixed Festival. In addition to her support of the Festival, she has done her fair share of shedding light on multicultural issues.
One way she has shed light on biracial issues is by teaming up with her husband to write a book series titled Amy Hodgepodge. The book series features a multiracial girl and the obstacles she must face growing up being Asian, Caucasian, and African American. The series starts out when Amy starts fourth grade after being home-schooled for years. If you want to read more information on the series or purchase a copy of the book for yourself, click here.
You can catch Kim in action on Reckless airing on CBS. Reckless is a dramatic series filled with crime. Kim’s character is probably not what you would expect from the roles she has played in the past, but fans will definitely not be disappointed in her performance. Kim plays Vi Briggs a strong-willed paralegal with a great sense of humor. Kim Wayans recently did an interview regarding her character, Vi Briggs, and the show with ABC News. You can read the whole interview here. You can catch the latest episode of Reckless on Sundays at 10/9 central on CBS.
If you want more information about what Kim Wayans has been up to, check out her website: here.
You can also follow her on Twitter.
The Mixed Remixed Festival was amazing! Thank you to everyone who came out! We’ll start to gear up for 2015 once we rest up a bit. But we want to hear from you! What did you like most about the day? What could be improved? Please fill-out our quick 3-question survey and help us make 2015 even bigger and better!-Heidi Durrow