“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
This is a perk you really shouldn’t miss out on! We have an amazing show lined-up for this year’s Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and you can have 2 reserved VIP seats with a contribution to our Indiegogo campaign. We only have 20 of these perks available!
This year we’re honoring The Daily Show’s Al Madrigal who recently produced the wonderful special Half Like Me AND New York Times bestselling writer Jamie Ford author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter & Sweet (which has sold 1 million copies and counting!) and Songs of Willow Frost. They have both confirmed their attendance and we couldn’t be more excited!
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Want to dine with Keegan-Michael Key? Half of the hilarious hit comedic duo Key & Peele? Well here’s your chance. We’re in the midst of our annual crowdfunder campaign for the Mixed Remixed Festival and your donation of $1000 will give you and a friend a chance to hang out with one of Hollywood’s hottest and most talented actors right now. Don’t miss this great perk! And help the Mixed Remixed Festival reach our funding goal!
We are huge fans of Key & Peele who accepted the Mixed Remixed Festival’s Storyteller’s Prize at the Mixed Remixed Festival in 2014. We absolutely love this New Yorker article written by another favorite of ours Zadie Smith.
Here are some of the gems from the article out this week:
- “The one thing that you don’t figure out as an improviser or a sketch performer is ‘What am I?’ ” Jordan Peele observed. The essence of his talent is multivocal, and he has, in the past, attributed this to his childhood anxiety at having the wrong voice, which, in his case, meant speaking like his mother—that is, speaking “white.”
- “They make you say what race you are, where you check out, and I think that’s ultimately an unhealthy tradition,” says Jordan Peele. His eyes, naturally rather narrow, widened dramatically. “It is crazy that as a kid we’re taught, ‘What is your identity?’ We’re asked that!” Key, who sat at the other end of the trailer, going from having hair to being bald to having hair again, is similarly struck by the irrational nature of racial categories. “The limbic system is alive and well,” he said. “And it’s going, ‘I need to find a category. I need to find a category. If I don’t find a category, I’m not safe.’ ”
Key: “Jordan and I are . . . we’re biracial.”
Peele: “Yes. Half black, half white.”
Key: “And because of that we find ourselves particularly adept at lying, er, because on a daily basis we have to adjust our blackness.”
You know how much we love and adore these guys. And you know how long we’ve been waiting for this new season to begin of Comedy Central’s Key & Peele? ANSWER: since the end of the last season! So it is with great delight that we’ll be watching our guys for the season premiere on 9/24. See you on the couch then!-Heidi Durrow
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