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Why I'm Saving 'Beyond The Lights' from going straight to DVD

At the press screening of Beyond The Lights I got goosebumps. It wasn't just the anticipation of watching the latest film from Gina Prince-Bythewood, nor was it knowing I was about to be one of the few in the UK to see it on the big screen due to its dubious DVD release. In the opening minutes, the sight of Noni, a little mixed-race girl (India Jean-Jacques) being chaperoned around London by her white mum (Minnie Driver), gave me something I rarely feel when watching films - recognition. (Huffington Post, 27th July 2015)

Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation urged to confront the racism endured by children taken into care and abused because they had a non-white parent (Irish Times, 19th July 2015)

Meet the black woman raised to believe she was white  

Growing up, Lacey Schwartz always felt different. It wasn't until her late teens that she discovered the truth about her parentage - and her race (Telegraph,  15th July 2015)

Mixed Race relationships are making us taller and smarter   

Children born to genetically diverse parents are more intelligent than their ancestors (Mail-On Sunday, 1st July 2015)

America's "Postracial" Fantasy    

On Father’s Day, my dad and I had brunch with some close friends of mine. The conversation soon turned to their two sons: their likes, their dislikes, their habit of disrupting classmates during nap time at nursery school. At one point, as I ran my hand through one of the boys’ silky brown hair, I asked whether they consider their kids biracial. (The New York Times, 30th June 2015)

Love across the divide : interracial relationships growing in Britain   

Romance is breaking down racial barriers in Britain with a sharp rise in inter-ethnic marriage and relationships in the last decade – but white people remain the most segregated (The Telegraph, 30th June 2015)

Marvel Launches Mixed Race Spider Man   

There’s been a female Thor and a black Captain America, and now an even bigger star of the comic-book universe is set to embrace diversity as mixed-race teenager Miles Morales prepares to don the mask of Spider-Man. (The Guardian, 22nd June 2015)

Rachel Dolezal isn't alone – my family history proves choosing a racial definition is hard    

Bliss Broyard’s father kept his black roots a secret his whole life. Her journey of self-discovery led her to the understanding that believing the results of a DNA cheek swab to be more meaningful than one’s experiences is a ridiculous notion (The Guardian, 15th June 2015)

Is it time to ditch the term ‘black, Asian and minority ethnic’ (BAME)?

This week, former chairman of the commission for racial equality Trevor Phillips gave a speech in which he suggested that phrases such as black and minority ethnic (BME) and black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) have become outdated, existing purely “to tidy away the messy jumble of real human beings who share only one characteristic – that they don’t have white skin”. (The Guardian, 22nd May 2015)

The Psychological Advantages of Strongly Identifying As Biracial

A new program at an elite private school in New York aims to combat racism by dividing young children, some as young as 8 years old, into "affinity groups" according to their race. The program has been controversial among parents (Science of Us, 22nd May 2015)

Expats find Brazil Reputation for Race-Blindness is undone by reality

There is a joke among Brazilians that a Brazilian passport is the most coveted on the black market because no matter what your background — Asian, African or European — you can fit in here. But the reality is very different.  (NPR 22nd May 2015)

Is Britain soon to have a mixed race main political party leader ?

Today Labour MP and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna announced his intentions to run for the role of Labour leader.  (Maroon News, 12th May 2015)

Bigots beware – you have fewer places to hide in mixed-heritage Britain

The makeup of Britain is changing. Anyone who thinks they can get away with casual racism is making a big mistake (The Guardian, 26th April 2015)

I’m a White Mom With Biracial Children, and What I Do With Their Hair Is No One’s Business  

Being the mother of two biracial children, I’m noticing that both races feel a sense of community when offering boundary-invading, unsolicited hair-care advice.   (The Root, 24th March 2015)

The first ever mixed race Miss Japan has lifted the lid on some of the horrific racial abuse she has faced on her way to the top.  

'I've been called n****r and had trash thrown at me': First mixed race Miss Japan hits out at the 'spasmodic vomit of racial abuse' she's suffered because father is African-American (Daily Mail, 2nd April 2015)

As a Mixed-Race Woman, in the Game of Racial Top Trumps My Blackness Always Wins

Shifting race: how language fails the ‘mixed-race’ experience by Leo Jay Shire (Media Diversified 31st March 2015)

Mixed Race skin isn't specialist skin

Thandie Newton: mixed-race skin isn't 'specialist' skin. The world knows her as a great beauty, but as a mixed-race teenager who searched in vain for make-up for her skin Thandie Newton felt like 'the mistake that can't be provided for'. How far we've come, she says... (Telegraph 28th November 2014)

Mixed Race In the UK am I the future face of this country?

With ‘mixed race’ now the fastest-growing ethnic minority in the country, prejudice should be a thing of the past – but as one writer reveals, we've still got a long way to go (The Telegraph, 8th November 2014)

Mixed-race Irish who spent time in industrial schools will today claim they faced physical, emotional, and sexual abuse there because of the colour of their skin.  The Mixed-Race Irish group has 71 members, many of whom now live outside Ireland. Representatives of the group will appear before the Oireachtas Justice Committee today as part of a campaign aimed at official recognition of their experiences and access to redress. (Irish Examiner, 22nd October 2014)

I picked a black baby to represent my unborn child on a cake because of my own adherence to the ‘one-drop rule’ (The Guardian,  14 October 2014 )

My Name Is... by Tamasha sheds light on devastating fall-out of mixed race marriage
My Name Is... by Tamasha has been among my top five plays this year. It had a short first run at the Arcola theatre, then went to Glasgow and begins a national tour this September. (Independent, 28th August 2014)

Ben Bailey Smith always knew his older sister was set for success. Sitting in the National Theatre café looking at me with the same lightly freckled face and north-west London swagger as Zadie, the 36-year-old says: “I used to tell people to look out for ads on the Tube because my sister was going to be all over it. I knew enough about her to see that White Teeth would be a hit.” (Standard, 18th August 2014)

Some mixed-race Irish children were not considered fit for adoption (The Irish Times, 5th August 2014)

One in 10 couples now ethnically mixed, as number of diverse families soars by more than a third in a decade (Daily Mail, 3rd July 2014)

Belle - Proud to be Mixed Race
Thanks, Belle, it's nice to see a face like mine on screen. In giving top billing to Gugu Mbatha-Raw, the film Belle makes a real contribution to raising awareness of the mixed-race experience (Guardian, 9th June 2014)

Karen Luckhurst was not surprised by this week's survey which showed nearly a third of people in the south-west admit being racially prejudiced (Guardian 29th May 2014)

A shocking new survey has found one in three Britons admit to being racially prejudiced. This is no surprise to PR Lucy Dartford who receives constant abuse for being in a mixed-race relationship… (Gracia Daily 28th May 2014)

Until recently, little was known about the mixed-race girl in an 18th-century painting associated with Kenwood House in London. But a new book and film reveal that Dido Elizabeth Belle was, in fact, the illegitimate daughter of a slave whose privileged upbringing helped change racial injustices for ever (Daily Mail, 5th may 2014)

Author of Rabbit Proof Fence Doris Pilkington Garimara dies age 76
In the 1930s, Australian authorities undertook a campaign to force the native Aborigines into white culture, with the hope that intermarriage would eventually eliminate their race. Mixed-race aboriginal children were taken from their families and forbidden to speak their native language. (New York Times, 20th April 2014)

Malaika Firth is the Barking girl the fashion world has gone mad for. She tells Rosamund Urwin about joining the supers, besting the bullies and why she’s not afraid of racism on the catwalk (Evening Standard 19th March 2014)

Mixed Race Children - Failed in Treatment of Mental Health
The fastest growing ethnic group in Britain is still being treated as if it is only integrated into black culture, says report (The Observer, 23rd February 2014)
The rapid rise of mixed-race Britain is changing neighbourhoods—and perplexing the authorities 
ZADIE SMITH, a novelist born to a black Jamaican mother and a white British father, recently recalled that when she was growing up in Willesden Green, a London district with a large immigrant population, “nothing could be more normal than a mixed-race girl”. The surprise, she said, was entering publishing and finding that people thought it unusual. Nobody could get that impression now: Britons are mixing at extraordinary speed.
(The Economist 8th February 2014)

t's been called the greatest cultural barrier still existing in Britain. Some Asian and Muslim families would rather cast out their children than see them marry into the black, Afro-Caribbean culture, and vice versa. (Daily Mail, 26th January 2014)

It was Bob Marley who summed it up neatly. “If you know your history, then you would know where you’re coming from,” he sang in Buffalo Soldier. Marley, who had a white father and black mother, wasn’t singing about being mixed race but his words could easily describe the situation that many mixed race people understand all too well. (Yorkshire Post, 19th January 2014)

In September 1784, an unpleasant incident took place at M. Nicolet's fashionable theatre in Paris. A young, aristocratic man-about-town, born in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), had escorted to the play an elegant lady whose family also came from the West Indies. Dashing, handsome, the son of Count Davy de la Pailleterie might have seemed the ideal squire for the evening. Save, in many eyes, for one thing. He was black – notably dark-skinned, the mixed-race youth had a slave mother – and his companion white.  His name was author Alexandre Dumas (The Independent, 18th January 2014)

People of mixed-race are more attractive, unless those judging are thinking about what racial group the person belongs to, University of Otago research shows. (Otago Daily Times, 13th January 2013)

Among the many aristocratic faces gazing out of frames in Hampstead’s newly refurbished Kenwood House, there’s one that sticks out. Standing next to Elizabeth Murray in a print of Johann Zoffany’s portrait from c.1799, there is a smiling girl wearing pearls. But although she looks equal to her playmate, she is black. This girl is Dido Belle, the daughter of an enslaved woman. Belle was brought up at Kenwood, a house partially built with “blood money” from the Triangular Trade, and she made her own contribution to the abolition of slavery. A film of her extraordinary life, Belle, is out this spring with a cast including Tom Felton and Miranda Richardson. (Evening Standard, 8th January 2014)

Mixed Race Models Ignored By British Fashion Industry  From triumph in the White House to Olympic and Formula One garlands, via just about every stage and screen, mixed-race people have made massive leaps forward in the past decade: everywhere, it seems, except in British fashion. (The Independent 3rd January 2014)

As the nation mourns its first black president, many Cape coloureds are ambivalent about where their loyalties lie (Guardian 14th December 2013)

But the most significant change relates to the people declaring themselves as mixed race. This group has increased more than any other, almost doubling in the past decade to 2.2% – meaning that, for the first time, the mixed race population numbers over a million. (Moronwatch, 26th February 2013)

The Brown Camp  
If you're the lone parent of mixed-race children, how do you make sure they have access to both parents' culture? Poet and parent Katie Grant visits a summer camp in Devon aimed at mixed-race families. A mixed race camp can provide a supportive environment for families with parents from different cultural and racial backgrounds. They're particularly appealing to families who live in the countryside and... (BBC R 4, 6th November 2013)

Holding Onto The Other Half Of Mixed Race
Stordahl is Norwegian, and she and her husband are both white. Together they have a 15-year-old white son, but she also has two older sons, Kevin Stordahl, 25, and Kazon Stordahl, 19, who both have a black father. (NPR 14th October 2013)
When my beautiful daughter was just eight, she corrected me when I described her to a friend as ‘black’. “Dad, I’m brown”, she explained. “You’re black, mum’s white and I’m brown”. (Mouth of the Marmoset 25th July 2013)

It's a question most mixed-race women are intimately familiar with. And usually, the person asking isn't looking for the name of the town you grew up in, but a detailed breakdown of your racial background. (Huffington Post 10th July 2013)
Mixed Britain is fast becoming the norm but, for some, it isn't that easy (The Journal, Scotlands Student Newspaper 3rd October 2013)

Adoptions hit 20-year record as mixed race rule is eased: Nearly 4,000 children found a home 'hugely encouraging' figures reveal (Daily Mail  27th September 2013)

As New York took in the extent of the win by Bill de Blasio in the Democratic primary for mayor, the impact of a powerful television ad starring his son Dante seemed plain.   The ad hit on de Blasio’s main campaign points of taxing the wealthy, ending a “stop-and-frisk era that unfairly targets people of color” and universal pre-K. But it was the messenger that made it a show-stopper: A mixed-race kid with an exuberant Afro speaking to the camera about how his dad was “the only Democrat with the guts to really break with the Bloomberg years.” (Gotham Gazette 224th September 2013)
Belle is a romantic drama inspired by a 1779 painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle, a mixed-race girl raised as an aristocrat in the 18th Century. A period drama filmed on location in the Isle of Man last September will be released in UK and US cinemas in Spring 2014, Isle of Man Film has confirmed. (BBC News 2nd July 2013)

The New York Times' Motherlode blog recently posted a thought-provoking article called, "Mixed Kids Are Always So Beautiful." The author's experiences as a parent to a racially-ambiguous mixed child are proof that beauty and race are concepts societies create that may not actually exist in nature (The Huffington Post 22nd August 2013)

A catalogue of 11 failings by Tower Hamlets child care services led to a 15-year-old fostered teenager hanging himself, an investigation this week has concluded.  The Docklands and East LondonAdvertiser   6th August 2013

She may be one of the world's most well-known and successful singers today, but Mariah Carey says she was not always accepted as a biracial child growing up on Long Island, NY (the Grio 8th August 2013)

Changing Times: Interracial Marriages
Attitudes toward mixed marriages in the US are less of a barrier today, but those in such marriages or partnerships often tell a different story, reports Kelly Chung Dawson from New York. (China Daily, New York 29th June 2013)

Mixed race girl, seven, told to 'F*** off back to where you come from' after she accidentally stumbled into National Front meeting (Daily Mail 28th June 2013)

Attacked for being a Mixed Race Family
A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy sustained a broken collarbone after he and his black mother were subject to a racial attack (Voice 25th June 2013)

Prince Williams Indian DNA
Prince William's Indian DNA piques interest, not innuendo. That's progress. Some Anglo-Indian people used to go to extraordinary, even tragic lengths to hide their heritage. Reactions to the story about Prince William's Indian roots are much more relaxed (Guardian, Ian Jack, 21 June 2013)

It's not Christmas, but this ad is worth seeing all year round (Boots 2012)

An adorable Cheerios commercial featuring a mixed race couple and their daughter generated such a strong racist backlash on YouTube that the comments section had to be closed. (Huffington Post 31/5/13)
This video is hilarious!  It is part of YouTube's comedy week and was Co-directed by David Neptune and Ken Tanaka. Thanks to ( Los Angeles YouTu... 28th May 2013)

A Guide for Dealing with Casual Racism
I am biracial, borne of a Taiwanese mother and American father. My features are decidedly not Caucasian, but hard to pin down to one specific category, a tiny frustration that gets at the heart of humans, because subconsciously, we all live to categorize. I deal with a host of questions pertaining to my background from “What you mixed with, girl?” to the timid “What … background are you?” (Clutch Magazine 22/5/13)

Are these children yours! Parents challenged
A Virginia couple was shocked to find a police officer in front of their home when they returned from running errands, but they were even more surprised by the reason for the cop's visit-- to question whether or not they were in fact their children's parents. (Huffington Post 21/5/13)

My Kids are Bi-racial. Let's Discuss
I wondered why we were all pissing each other off so much and saying the wrong things. If people didn't start saying the right things, would the world just go silent? (Jen Horton, Huffington Post April 30, 2013)

Kevin Costner- Mixed Race Family
In this file Costner's character lost his daughter in labour, and since the subsequent death of his wife he has been bringing up his mixed-race granddaughter alone

Oona King- My Family Values
The Labour peer talks about her parents, growing up as the only mixed-race child in her class, and being an adoptive parent (Guardian April 19th 2013)

When East meets West and Grandparents Collide
When we took our newborn child and deposited him in a crib (and out of our bed, thank you very much) a mere three months into his little life, our Indian family thought us heartless and cruel. An article in the New York times which tells some of the difficulties encountered in a mixed race Asian and British family.
(Mridu Khullar Relph April 9, 2013)

Mixed Race Kids Are the Cutest Isn't Cute!
Race Manners: Comments about the superior beauty of your biracial child aren't just weird -- they're troubling.(The Root Jenée Desmond-Harris April 8, 2013)

The Only Mixed Race Girl by Alesha-Dixon
ALESHA Dixon has revealed that she became aware of racial prejudice from a very young age because she was the only mixed race girl in her school.

Mixed Race Brazilians
Many Brazilians cast their country as racial democracy where people of different groups long have intermarried, resulting in a large mixed-race population. But you need only turn on the TV, open the newspaper or stroll down the street to see clear evidence of segregation. (JENNY BARCHFIELD Associated Press Published: 14th March 2013)

Is She White or Black?
She's Got Light Skin, Straight Hair, Blue Eyes - And She's Black: Vanessa Williams And America's Race Question Ben. Arogundade (2013)

What it Feels Like to be Mixed Race
At school, she was picked on for being mixed race, but Alexandra Simon was strong enough to shrug it off. Now she's helping kids just like her (The Sunday Times, January 2012)

Black /Asian Mixed Race Story -Search
Sharda Sekaran can't deny her East Indian roots, but she can't find them either (Ebony 17th December 2012)

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In 2009 1 in 10 Children in Britain live in a Mixed Race Family
One in 10 children in Britain now live in a mixed race family as the ethnic make-up of the country has taken a dramatic shift in the last decade, a new report discloses. (Telegraph, 18th January 2009)

Mixed Race 'More Accepted' in Britain
The British have become far more comfortable than they used to be with interracial marriage, according to a report. (Sky News, 11th  December 2012)

Growing up Mixed Race in Britain
Britain is now a better place to grow up mixed race. But don't celebrate yet. Prejudices have receded significantly in the past 20 years, but a report out this week shows racist attitudes remain ( Lanre Bakare , The Observer, 15th  December 2012)

Mixed Children defy-classification
Mixed race children and young people are individual nation states. They defy classification. This week we learned that the number of mixed race people in the UK has doubled to 1.2 million. I'm adding my children to the arsenal of weapons for change. (Shyama Perera The Independent 12th December 2012)

The Black Count
The Black Count is a study of a hitherto obscure historical figure, General Alexandre (Alex) Dumas – not the famous Alexandre Dumas père, author of The Three Musketeersand The Count of Monte Cristo, nor the novelist's playwright son, who wrote the classicLa dame aux camélias. Reiss's subject is the first Alexandre Dumas, who proves to have had a stranger life than many portrayed in his son's and grandson's fictions.(Guardian 28th September 2012)
Mixed Race Research- Marriage PreferencesA novel explanation for mixed-race marriage based on patterns of facial attractiveness has been identified by researchers at the University. (Cardiff University 10th February 2012)
Mixed Race Asian
At school I was called a half-caste. Today I'm proud: As census reveals over a million Britons were born to inter-racial relationships, one woman's
moving story. (Mail, Tanith Carey 11th December 2012)

Mixed Race Marriage
Mixed race marriage: 'my race didn't fit' Hostility to mixed-race marriage is a thing of the past, or so thought Zara Badawi. And the last place she expected to find it was within her husband's family – and her own (The Independent 17th July 12)

Racism and skin colour: the many shades of prejudice. Deeply entrenched attitudes towards colour, and the increasing promotion of skin-lightening products, are placing a 'horrible burden' on dark-skinned women (Guardian, 4 October 2011)

Mixed Race in Britain
Mixed-race people once faced discrimination and hostility in Britain, so how much have things changed? By George Alagiah Presenter, Mixed Britannia (BBC2 October 2011)

Mixed Race Britain-BewareI'm glad that attitudes to mixed-race people have changed. But does it all mask a subtler kind of racism?Joseph Harker, (Guardian 4th Ocotober 2011)
Mixed Race Story Ireland
Tim Brannigan was brought up in a Catholic family in Belfast in the 1960s. The product of an affair between his mother and a Ghanaian doctor, Tim's was one of the very few black faces in the city. When he was born his mother said he had died, to avoid a scandal. A year later she adopted him. Tim only learned of his true parentage in his late teens. (BBC ,27th April 2010)

10% Children part of a Mixed Race Family
One in 10 children in the UK belonged to a mixed-race family, in 2009.The study predicted that if the trends continue, some ethnic minorities may disappear as people from mixed race backgrounds become increasingly common. Researchers at the time found 20 per cent of people aged under 16 were from an ethnic minority background, compared to 15 per cent of the total population. (Mail, 18th January 2009)

Mixed Race Parenting
More and more is known about the ‘mixed’ population of Britain – those brought up in families with different racial, ethnic and faith backgrounds. But less is known about their parents. Who are they and what are their experiences of bringing up their children? (Chamion Caballero, Rosalind Edwards and Shuby Puthussery, 19 June 2008)

Mixed Asian & Black Taboo?
Mixed-race relationships are growing rapidly in the UK - but remain extremely low between black and Asian people, despite a shared history of struggle against racism. Tanya Datta, (BBC News, 12th June 2006)

BBC World Service- Mixed Race
Britain currently has one of the highest rates of inter-racial relationships in the western world, with 50% of all black children born having one white parent. Whether we view such unions as positive multiculturalism or not, the truth is that mixed race relationships are a fact of life. (BBC World Service September, 2001)

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