Just a Little Bit of “Gracism” by David A. Anderson

LISTEN NOW to Author and Multiracial Identity Expert, Tiffany Rae Reid as she is interviewed on The Joys and Challenges of Becoming a Transracial Family Through Adoption

LISTEN NOW to Author and Multiracial Identity Expert, Tiffany Rae Reid as she is interviewed on The Joys and Challenges of Becoming a Transracial Family Through Adoption: CLICK HERE:  http://bit.ly/13WPnwD

Ellison-show-descriptionThe Joys and Challenges of Becoming a Transracial Family Through Adoption

April 20, 2013 Hosted by Kelly Ellison [Download MP3] [itunes] [Bookmark Episode]

If you are considering adopting a child of a different culture or race than your family, or you are already a transracial family formed through adoption, don’t miss this show.  Our host this week is Amanda Grant, President of USAdopt, and an adoptive mother in a transracial family, who is joined by guest Tiffany Rae Reid, expert in a racial identity development and host of Mixed Race Radio. Contemplating the adoption of any child takes courage and honesty.  The adoption of a child of a different cultural or racial heritage adds another layer of both complexity and celebrations.  Learn the realities of transracial adoption, how to prepare your family for the change in its composition, what to do to support the healthy development of your child’s identity and what resources are available to support your child and your family in every aspect of living as a transracial family.

“Mixed: Portaits of Multiracial Kids by Kip Fulbeck” – Exhibition Interviews

I’m hoping Kip Fulbeck will agree to be a guest on Mixed Race Radio….I’ll keep you posted!

A White Model Discusses Privilege & Images of Whiteness in the Media

Cameron Russell: Looks aren’t everything. Believe me, I’m a model

MOVIE PREMIER~ GIRL RISING!

GIRL RISINGGirl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. Girl Rising showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Explore the film in detail at girlrising.com.

Rating: PG-13
Genre: Documentary
Directors: Richard Robbins
Release: 2013
Duration: 101
Starring: Meryl Streep, Liam Neeson, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, Kerry Washington, Cate Blanchette
From Academy Award-nominated director Richard E. Robbins and the award-winning producers of The Documentary Group and Vulcan Productions, strategic partner, Intel Corporation, and distribution partners CNN Films and Gathr, comes Girl Rising – an innovative new feature film about the power of education to change a girl – and the world. Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett, Selena Gomez and other A-list actresses contribute voice performances to the film, which features original music from Academy Award winner Rachel Portman, in collaboration with Lorne Balfe.
The film spotlights unforgettable girls like Sokha, an orphan who rises from the dumps of Cambodia to become a star student and an accomplished dancer; Suma, who composes music to help her endure forced servitude in Nepal and today crusades to free others; and Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own basic needs for his daughter’s dreams. Each girl is paired with a renowned writer from her native country. Edwidge Danticat, Sooni Taraporevala, Aminatta Forna, and others tell the girls’ stories, each with its own style, and all with profound resonance. These girls are each unique, but the obstacles they faced are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls around the world who dream of going to school, what Sokha, Suma, Ruksana and the rest want most is to be students: to learn. And now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution.

We are honored to have Alicia Keys as one of the actress narrators of Girl Rising. Her hit song “Girl on Fire” has become an anthem for us, and its steady rhythm has provided the drumbeat for our growing success. But Alicia Keys isn’t just a pretty voice. She’s behind Girl Rising and what it stands for – all the way. Here’s what she had to say about the film: “It’s a powerful film that has potential to inspire change in the world. If you’re not moved, you’re not breathing.” Alicia, we couldn’t agree more!

Having the support of celebrities is great for 10×10 – but it’s the grassroots action of people like you that makes all the difference. The more people who come to this screening, the closer we are to driving change for girls. PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT WITH AS MANY PEOPLE, BUSINESS OWNERS, STUDENTS, ADVISORS, NON-PROFTIS, CHURCH GROUPS & COMMUNITY GROUPS AS YOU CAN!!!!

PURCHASE YOUR TICKET HERE: http://gathr.us/screening/2849 Your support for Girl Rising lit the spark, and we have a tremendous opportunity to ensure many more people see this beautiful and important film – and understand the importance of girls’ education for all of us. Now is the time to grow the grassroots movement even further. If there are people who can’t make it to your screening, or friends in other towns, there is now an exciting window for lots of people to see the film

 

APRIL 2013~ CALENDAR OF EVENTS

APRIL

April 1- APRIL FOOL’S DAY

April 3- MIXED RACE RADIO Choosing Unity Over Division~Accord1: Multicultural Ministry Presented by Kevin Robinson http://bit.ly/12ai1zi

April 4- Tri-State Human Relations Coalition@ 9:30am located at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Regional Office: 110 N. 8th Street, Suite 501, Philadelphia, PA

April 5- Book Signing by Dr. Angela Clack, Author of two new books titled “The Power of God Daily Devotional” and “Breaking Free overcoming Self-Sabotage” at the Mansion in Voorhees

April 8- Voorhees Cultural & Diversity Committee Meeting at 6:3opm located at the Voorhees Twp. Municipal Offices- Voorhees Town Center Voorhees, NJ 08043 (open to the public)

April 10- MIXED RACE RADIO: Yolanda Lewis Presents: “The Morning You Meet You” http://bit.ly/16iXoxt

April 11- 2013 Worthy Women’s Seminar~ Tiffany Rae Reid Will Present:

5 Steps to Identifying and Crafting Your Niche 
Where: Boys and Girls Club of Union
1050 Jeanette Avenue Union, NJ  07083
Time:  7:30 PM  Investment: $20.00

April 14- COMMUNITY EVENT: “Islamic Sharia Law Myths and Facts” organized by the

Jewish, Catholic and Muslim Dialogue of Southern New Jersey in Co-operation with The Jewish

Community Relation Council.  Please Join Us at 2:00 pm at Congregation Beth El

Located at 8000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ

April 15- TAX DAY

April 15 - Camden County Human Relations Commission Monthly Meeting 6:30pm (open to the public)

April 17- MIXED RACE RADIO: Koran Dunbar Discusses his Film, Greencastle which is a quirky,

off-beat drama about loss, loneliness, and the rebirth of hope and love

April 18- INTERNATIONAL DAY AT CAMDEN COUNTY COLLEGE from 10:00 am -2:00pm~

The festival is meant to celebrate the different cultures students share at 
Camden County College and Will be held in the Connector Building.

April 22- EARTH DAY

April 23- Women’s Opportunity Center in Burlington County: Tiffany Rae Reid is Presenting

Part I of Seeds of Greatness

Forget the Discovery Channel!! Find YOUR seeds to success in this dynamic workshop.
Together we will explore your innate talents, gifts, and abilities and show you how,
by combining what you already have with a new perspective and mind set, you too can experience 
a future filled with greatness and Success.

Join author, mentor and coach, Tiffany Rae Reid for this opportunity of self-examination and 
planting. Serious Gardeners only!!

April 24- MIXED RACE RADIO: Jason Mercado, CEO/Founder of Just Cookies, Discusses Homelessness &

How His Vision of Building a Cookie Empire Can Help Others Off the Streets

April 25- Volunteer Dinner with Juvenile Conference Committee

April 26 – April 27: Women’s Conference 2013: A Woman’s Moment: A Time to Renew

Spirit & Transform Mind and Body

Presented by Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Douglas A. Goldsborough Sr.Pastor
Location: Chews United Methodist Church 319 Black Horse Pike, Glendora, NJ

April 30- Women’s Opportunity Center in Burlington County: Tiffany Rae Reid is Presenting

Part II of Seeds of Greatness

Forget the Discovery Channel!! Find YOUR seeds to success in this dynamic workshop.
Together we will explore your innate talents, gifts, and abilities and show you how, 
by combining what you already have with a new perspective and mind set, you too can experience 
a future filled with greatness and Success.

Join author, mentor and coach, Tiffany Rae Reid for this opportunity of self-examination 
and planting. Serious Gardeners only!!

South African Comedian Trevor Noah: BRILLIANT

Trevor Noah: That’s Racist – Tacos

Trevor Noah: Crazy Normal – Death at a Funeral

 

CHECK OUT THIS LINK TO A CNN STORY ABOUT TREVOR NOAH BY JESSICA ELLIS:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/13/showbiz/trevor-noah-comedy/

Expand Your Humanity. Become Ancestors Worthy of Respect

Thank you Pastor Frank Robinson for sharing this amazing concept with us.

Thank You for Being You

 

What’s Maslow Got To Do With Me?

AHNGELIQUE DAVIS

Recently, I had the opportunity to present a workshop to ninth and twelfth grade students at The Promise Academy at Robert Vaux High School in Philadelphia, PA. Through discussions with educator, Ahngelique Davis, I knew that her students were in the process of learning about financial literacy through a review of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. After many discussions and meetings of the mind we were able to put together a customized workshop that built on the concept of how having money- aka wealth- was connected to the ability to meet one’s own needs.

You may be asking, “why are you writing about such a mundane classroom exersice?” To which I would have to reply, “because what appeared to be a mundane classroom exercise turned into a valuable life-lesson on personal responsibility, identity and self-esteem.”

You see, as an educational consultant, you are never able to predict the dynamics of the classroom you are entering. You don’t know how the kids will respond to you when you begin to ask them to consider questions like, “What are you?” and “Who do you want to be when you grow up.”

What I found were several different classes filled with youngsters eager to be engaged by someone interested in hearing about their personal and future visions of self. I felt the connection as each student offered to read one of the steps of self-esteem and listened as their brothers and sisters outlined how to extend a hand and look someone in the eye when meeting someone for the first time.

While giving a presentation that provided a safe space and safe vocabulary that these students could use to explore concepts of identity and self-esteem, I came away with a better understanding of who I was because at that moment, I was very much aware of the fact that my personal life experiences, all of the angst, frustation, and confusion I had experienced growing up mixed and marginalized in a very white and black world, had led me to be able to stand in front of these kids, feel their hurt and fear and hope and expectations, and look them in the eye and give them a chance to tell me who they are.

Too often, our school-aged children are being told what to do and who to be in a lifeless monotone that sounds like, “Don’t do this” and “Don’t do that.” Here was an opportunity to ask them, “without any sort of limitations, fear, or judgment, who do you want to be and what do you need to get there?”

Most adults may think that most ninth and twelfth grade inner-city students aren’t ready for these types of questions and yet, we expect them to understand, grasp, and practice concepts of social justice, patience, and mutual and self-respect when the adults around them can’t, don’t, and simply won’t. We expect these kids to self-actualize without EVER having any of their other needs met. We expect them to share and give when they can’t be guaranteed that their lights will be on or there will be food in the fridge when they return home. (I never did figure out how to do homework in the dark and on an empty stomach) We expect them to be socially capable yet thier home life has never provided them with a sense of safety or peace. They have had to fight for everything: to be heard, understood, and accepted amongst their peers, and yet we adults expect them to be able to understand that it’s ok for them to feel unsafe, unwanted, and hungry in one situation and able to shut those feelings off and turn on something else when they enter a public school, grocery store, or walk down an unforgiving inner city sidewalk.

Standing in that classroom, I too was on a journey of self-discovery as I realized that we adults have it all wrong. Instead of trying to get kids to understand our world, we need to do a better job of understanding theirs; change what isn’t working FOR THEM, and empower and encourage the kids in what THEY want to become and who THEY are at this very moment. For this very moment is all they have and is all they know.VAUX HS-making it rain

 

Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update: Really?! With Seth and Kevin Hart

Hart’s best line of the night: “Look, the Constitution used to say I’m three-fifths of a person. Don’t get me wrong … I’m short, but I’m not that short.”

REALLY?