Category Archives: mixed

Still The Best Hollywood Movie On Mixed Relationships

An American treasure.

An American treasure.

Was just thinking about this movie. If you have never seen 1967’s “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?” you should. It is an American treasure, with some of the best actor’s Hollywood has ever seen. And it dealt with mixed relationships at a time when it wasn’t so cool to show them on the big screen. I think I need to go watch it again.

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Mixed People Monday – Phylicia Rashad

UntitledThe actress, whose sister is choreographer Debbie Allen,  is part African-American and part Cherokee. Interestingly, she grew up part of her life in Mexico, when her Dad moved the family from Texas to escape US racism in the 50’s. As a result of those years living there, Rashad, and Allen, speak Spanish fluently.

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Mixed Couples – Khloe Kardashian & Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom

OK, as much as I generally resist giving the Kardashian’s more attention, since Kim and Kanye just had the baby, I’ll go ahead and put that other Kardashian on here that is in a mixed relationship, Khloe. Hey I’ll say this for the family, they don’t seem to have any racial prejudice.

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Conservatives See Mixed People Differently

Your ideology may determine what you see in her.

Your ideology may determine what you see in her.

Now why am I not surprised by this?

Disturbing new research suggests the answer to that question may depend on your political ideology.

In three experiments, “we found that conservatives were more likely than liberals to categorize a racially ambiguous person as black than white,” a research team led by New York University psychologist Amy Krosch writes in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology…

…Specifically, “conservatism was associated with a lower threshold for categorizing racially ambiguous faces as black,” the researchers report.

The third experiment, featuring 62 participants (all white), was identical to the first two, except that half the faces were identified as “Canadian.” They were presented against a red background, while “Americans” were seen against a blue background.

The results: “Political conservatism was associated with a lower threshold for categorizing racially ambiguous faces as black when it came to American, but not Canadian, faces.” Whatever impulse that led conservatives to think “black” was negated when they were told they were dealing with residents of a different country.

“There are several possible explanations” for these findings, the researchers write. “Conservatives exhibit stronger preferences for order, structure, and closure, and greater intolerance of ambiguity in comparison with liberals.” Thus they “might be more motivated to resolve racial ambiguity, and to resolve it in the most common or culturally accessible manner.”

Beyond that, Krosch and her colleagues suspect this reflects a phenomenon coined by New York University psychologist John Jost (a co-author of the paper): system justification theory. The term refers to the tendency, which is particularly pronounced among conservatives, to rationalize the sociopolitical system one inhabits as inherently fair and just.

In that context, these results “may reflect, among other things, the motivation to defend and uphold traditional racial divisions that are part of the historical legacy of the United States,” writes the research team, which also included Leslie Berntsen, David Amodio and Jay Van Bavel.

In other words, sometimes conservative people see what they want to see. Read more of this interesting article and study here.

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Mixed People Monday – Lou Diamond Phillips

Often assumed to be Mexican.

Often assumed to be Mexican.

The actor and director was born in the Philippines and is multiethnic. Phillips father was of Scottish, Irish, and Cherokee heritage. His mother was of Filipino, Hawaiian, and Chinese heritage.

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Mixed Couples In TV Commercials Go Beyond Cheerios

Can't stop love.

Can’t stop love.

Yesterday I posted about the ugliness surrounding the wonderful Cheerios commercial featuring the mixed couple. Today I have to follow that post up with this great piece I saw in The Huffington Post yesterday. It is another jab in the side of those who just can’t stand the march of progress and features several commercials and ads that dare to feature love between cultures and ethnicities.

See the excellent commercials here.

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Cheerios Ad With Mixed Couple Brings Out The Best and Worst Among Us

I always give major kudos to TV shows and commercials that have the guts to depict mixed relationships and people in ways that show them as normal everyday people. This time Kudos go to Cheerios for this wonderful  commercial.

The bad news is there was such ugly racism posted in the comments section on You Tube for the spot that General Mills had to disable the comments section. Such stupidity among the racists out there. They are just upset that they can’t change what is already a done deal. People do mix. Get over yourselves idiots.

Here is a link to an article on the racist posts that accompanied the commercial. By the way, please note that General Mills said by something like 3 to 1 there were more positive comments. The ugly ones were just so distasteful they didn’t want to leave them apparently. But General Mills promises to not pull the spot over that ugliness. Good for them. Think I better go have some Cheerios.

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Mixed People Monday – Shannyn Sossamon

UntitledThe actress, who has appeared in A Knight’s Tale40 Days and 40 Nights,  Road to Nowhere and had a starring role on the CBS supernatural drama, Moonlight, is very mixed. She is French, Hawaiian, Dutch, Irish, German and Filipino.

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Zoe Saldana Takes On Our Need To Label Everybody

Who cares what she is. Simply beautiful.

Who cares what she is. Simply beautiful.

What an interesting interview. I knew I liked Zoe Saldana.

Zoe Saldana has an issue with labels — of any kind.

During a recent interview with BET, the actress discussed her role in the recently released “Star Trek: Into Darkness” film, being a black and Latina actress and the comments she made in Allure Magazine regarding her androgyny and the possibility of her raising children with a woman.

BET’s Smriti Mundhra informed Saldana that the comments made in Allure were being interpreted as her having come out as lesbian or bisexual.

Saldana responded by saying that she encourages every human being to try not to categorize or stereotype anything.

“It’s the saddest situation… It is almost impossible for us to get through one conversation with somebody at a cashier without having to go, ‘Oh is she Mexican? Oh is she gay? Or what kind of car does she drive? Or is she illegal or something?” she said.

“There are so much more things that are important besides stereotyping ourselves and limiting ourselves just by putting ourselves in little boxes.”

Watch the excerpt of the interview here. Worth watching, well because it’s Zoe, and because of what she says in her unique way.

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