Yup! It’s true! We’ve got an incredible line-up of film screenings, readings, workshops and family fun for June 14, 2014. And it’s all free! But registration is strongly encouraged because seating is limited–especially for the Storyteller’s Prize Presentation and Live Show! We can’t wait to see you! Register now! – Heidi Durrow
I met singer/visionary Maya Azucena almost 15 years ago. We did an indie feature film; she was the lead and I played the villain. We had a lot of fun on the shoot getting to know each other as fellow struggling artists and fellow mixed chicks. Over the years, I saw Maya focus on her music–intensely! And she became a real role model for me in the way I pursued my art. She’s an independent music artist who manages her own career and what an amazing career it is. She travels all over the world performing for thousands and shares her positive messages for healing and uplift.
Maya started a new web series that chronicles her journey as an independent music artist. It’s a wonderful series and a great insight into the hard work of being an artist. I think you’ll like it a lot. I do. So check it out!–Heidi Durrow
“Right now we could probably rename 85% of produced American theatre White Dudes, White Dudes, and More White Dudes. This kind of imbalance shuts down both existing audience and potential audience. Those who are not directly affected by this don’t see a need to talk about it. Those of us who are affected are often scared to talk about it. Finding work in the theatre is already difficult; add being a woman, add being a woman of color, add being a transgender person of color (which I am not, but we as allies must rep for each other), add being someone who wants to talk about inequities. Suddenly pointing out the obvious becomes dangerous. This is how a problem that could be easily solved remains.
And yet, here comes my optimism, I believe that innovation in theatre lies in underrepresented voices. In the theatre one of the great fears of representing works by people of color is that you will lose audience. Being Mixed is, by its very nature, inclusionary rebellion. We are made by people who chose love over habit. Perhaps if the theatre took a break from purely habitual creation it would surprise itself.
We don’t create art for singular answers. We have standardized testing for that. We create art to beckon the future and illuminate the past. We create art because parts of ourselves are hidden and we want to be seen. We sit in a theatre to feel connected to other humans. In a movie theatre you lean back to take in the whole picture. At a play, you lean in. You lean in to get closer to the touchable wonder in arms reach. In an art form that is so much about connection, how can we exclude?”–Khanisha Foster Twitter: @khanishafoster
We are thrilled that Miss Jessie’s, a leader in curly and natural hair care products, is a sponsor of the Mixed Remixed Festival! Miss Jessie’s curly hair products are well-known throughout the hair care industry and are considered the leader in kinks, curly hair and waves. They have been featured in numerous popular publications including O, The Oprah Magazine, Allure, Essence, Lucky, Marie Claire, WWD and Elle, in addition to appearing on NBC’s The Today Show. Celebrity fans include Alicia Keys, Joss Stone, Halle Berry, Keri Hilson, Rhianna and Randy Jackson to name a few. Miss Jessie’s continues to be a market innovator in the naturally curly hair segment and is excited to keep bringing out new products! Learn more at www.missjessies.com. Miss Jessie’s will provide hundreds of festival attendees with their special Multicultural Curl Packets! —Heidi Durrow
“Me, too,” I heard myself say. And with that, I knew that the class would be anything but routine. Until that moment, I had always told a neater story about my identity. I was, simply put, black. And about my mother being white? That had been irrelevant for me and my “one drop rule” generation.” — Professor Martha Jones via CNN Read the full essay here.
Check out this New York Times piece about the representation of interracial families on television. “Television is still both a barometer of social change and an evolutionary force that can help change cultural attitudes. So it’s hard not to wonder whether the simple lack of depictions of normal, mixed-race families and well-adjusted biracial offspring in popular culture is in part responsible for the reaction to the Cheerios commercials,” writes Jenna Wortham. I count Parenthood as a good example of a dynamic interracial family. And even though Modern Family is a comedy, the heart of the show about an interracial family is good! What do you think? —Heidi Durrow, Festival Founder
We are proud to report that the Mixed Remixed Festival is supported by Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation. Poets & Writers, Inc., is the primary source of information, support, and guidance for creative writers. Founded in 1970, it is the nation’s largest nonprofit literary organization serving poets, fiction writers, and creative nonfiction writers. The national office is located in New York City. The California branch office is based in Los Angeles. Poets & Writers has been invaluable to me personally as an emerging writer and festival producer. Thank you Poets & Writers. Now if you haven’t heard about this resource, it’s time you checked it out www.pw.org!–Heidi Durrow
We are so excited that Skylight Books is the official bookseller at the 2014 Mixed Remixed Festival! This is one of the best and funkiest bookstores in Los Angeles. I enjoyed my book launch there in 2010 and have been a fan ever since. If you’re buying our favorite writers’ books beforehand, buy the books from Skylight. They deliver too! —Heidi Durrow
. . . we can’t count enough ways! If you were a fan before or a new-to-Bruno-Mars kind of person, you have to admit that Bruno Mars rocked the house! Mars, who is a “hodgepodge” of ethnicities, was the face of America and the heart of great music and entertainment during the Super Bowl! And then on top of that — the wonderful Cheerios commercial with our favorite make-believe interracial family and the smooth puppy shakedown! We were in Mixed Remixed Festival heaven. If you missed all the fun, then you have to come to the Festival. That’s the kind of wonderful and joyous affirmation you will find for your experience, stories and families! SAVE THE DATE: June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in LA.–Heidi Durrow