Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Matching Game: Wal-Mart Edition

Recently, Prince William VA resident John took a trip to his local Wal-Mart with his three young  daughters. After leaving and arriving back home, he was greeted by a knock on his front door by Wal-Mart security, suspicious that the four-year old and twin two-year olds had been kidnapped by him, reasoning that because he is white and the children are brown, their presence around him was suspect. It was quickly established by John that the difference in skin tone is due to his wife of 10 years, Keana, being black. This unfortunate misjudgement brings to light  the erroneous impressions about our families and lives that we in the biracial community are faced with on occasion. This is why media such as this blog exist,  because as long as incidents such as this are still happening, it's important to help people understand who we are as a community and how we fit into the American story.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Very Important Biracial: Phil Lynott

While everyone else is guzzling green beer while adorned in plastic shamrock necklaces, I'm gonna do my part for Irish pride by discussing one of the most talented musicians of the 70s and 80s, the late very great Phil Lynott. Phil was born in West Bromwich, England in 1949 to Irish mother Philomena Lynott and Afro-Guyanese father Cecil Parris and was raised by Philomena in Birmingham and Manchester until he was sent to Dublin at age 4 to be raised by his grandparents. In the 60s  he led several bands, including the popular Grand Slam, culminating in the formation of Thin Lizzy with Grand Slam band mate Gary Moore. With Thin Lizzy, Phil utilized his soulful voice, great musicianship and songwriting abilities to craft stories that told of love and heartache, the joys of fatherhood, biracial heritage and pride in his Irish backround. Tragically, this gifted artist died in 1986 at the untimely age of 36 due to the effects of drug use, leaving behind his estranged wife and two daughters, and left those who were graced with his songs with eternal musical joy and beauty.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Very Important Biracial: Slash

With a new year comes new beginnings and a new feature, Very Important Biracial, wherein I profile prominent mixed-raced people and what's going on their world. First up is Saul Hudson, known to the wide world as Slash. Born in England to a black mother and English father, he is best known for his role as guitarist for 90s hard rock band Guns N Roses, along with his exquisite halo of black curls and that infamous face-obscuring top hat. Upon parting ways with GNR, Slash utilized his immense skill in Velvet Revolver. Subsequent to his time in that group, he released two solo albums, has lent his hand to many independent projects such as movie and tv appearances and Guitar Hero and has raised two sons with his second wife Perla Ferrar.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Love, Laughter and Food for the Soul: The Gabe and Babe VLOG/Blog

While perusing Youtube recently, I came upon this wonderful VLOG put up by an interracial couple living in small-town Tennessee. Chad and Gabrielle, who go by the monikers Babe and Gabe(Gabe being the shortened version of the pronunciation of Gabrielle's name) have been delighting their viewers with stories of their courtship, August 2011 wedding, and their adventures together. Between the VLOG, gflowerso2 Youtube channel, which covers such subjects as walks to Walmart, moments with their families, delicious homemade and restaurant food and their adorable newborn son Chad Ryan, to Gabrielle's blog The Gabe Fix  which further chronicles their beautiful and rich life, their love for each other shines through and brings much joy to the Youtube and internet universes.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Delta Sigma Theta

Delta Sigma Theta sorority, founded on this day 100 years ago on the campus of Howard University has had, since its beginning, a tradition of service to the community and boasted such luminaries as Lena Horne, Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy Height as members. Delta Sigma Theta celebrates 100 years

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Happy 2013

Another year has come upon us, and with it, hope for all the great wonders of life. Happy New Year my dear readers!