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Here’s a partial  list of well know multi-raced people. Source: web, library, and word-on-the-street research.

Drop a comment here to add what and whom you know.

Before we start: President Barack Obama, father  from Kenya, mother has Irish roots

1. Aleksandr Pushkin, Russian poet, 7/8 Russian, 1/8 Ethiopian

2. Alexander Hamilton, mixed-race mother, Scottish father

3. Alicia Keyssinger, biracial

4. Amerie Rogers, singer/actress Korean, African American

5. Ann Curry, newscaster Japanese, Irish

6. Apolo Anton Ohno, Olympic speed skater, Japanese, Caucasian

7. Ben Kingsley, actor, Russian, Jewish and Indian descent

8. Ben Leber, NFL player (Minnesota Vikings), Japanese, Caucasian

9. Brandon Lee, martial artist/actor, Chinese, German, Swedish

10. Brian Ching, MLS player (San Jose Earthquakes), Chinese, Caucasian

11. Bruce Lee, martial artist/actor/philosopher, Chinese, German

12. Chad Morton NFL player (NY Giants), Japanese, African-American

13. Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, part black Moorish through the Portuguese royal family

14. Chuck Norris, actor, Caucasian mother and Cherokee father.

15. Cindy Burbridge, Miss Thailand 1996 Thai, British, Indian

16. Cree Summer, voice actress, Cree mother and Canadian father

17. Danny Graves, MLB player, Vietnamese, Caucasian

18. Dave Bautista, wrestler, Filipino, Greek

19. Dave Roberts, MLB player, Japanese, African-American

20. Dean Cain, actor, Japanese, French and Welsh

21. Derek Jeterbaseball star, black father and white mother

22. Devon Aoki, actress/model, Japanese, British, German

23. Dorothy Dandridge, actress, Jamaican, Mexican, Native American, Black, Caucasian

24. Dwayne Johnson (aka “The Rock”) actorprofessional wrestlerSamoan mother, black father

25. Eartha Kitt, singer, black Cherokee mother and white father

26. Eddie Van Halen, musician, Dutch, Indonesian

27. Enrique Iglesias, singer, Filipino, Spanish

28. Essie Mae Washington-Williams, oldest daughter of the late United States Senator Strom Thurmond and Carrie Butler, an African-American household servant of the Thurmond family.

29. Françoise Yip, actress/model, Chinese, French-Canadian

30. Giancarlo Esposito, actor, black mother and Italian father

31. Gloria Reuben, actress, black mother and white father

32. Greg Louganis, athlete, Samoan biological father and Swedish biological mother

33. Halle Berry, actress, has a Caucasian Mother and a black Father.

34. Hines Ward, NFL player, Korean, African-American

35. Iain Duncan Smith, British politician, 7/8 European, 1/8 Japanese

36. Jaime Ong, actress/model Chinese, Australian

37. Jane March , actress/model Chinese, British, Spanish

38. Jasmine Guy, actress, black father and white mother

39. Jaye Davidson, actor, English mother and Ghanian father

40. Jennifer Bealsactress, black father and white mother

41. Jennifer Tilly and Meg Tilly, actresses, Chinese and Caucasian Canadian

42. Jerome Williams MLB player, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Hawaiian, Spanish, African-American, British

43. Jodie Ann Patterson, Playboy Playmate, Indonesian, British, Swiss

44. Johnny Damon, MLB player, Thai, British

45. Karen Mok, actress/singer, Chinese, German, Persian, Welsh

46. Kate Beckinsale, actress, BurmeseEnglish

47. Keanu Reeves, actor, Chinese, Hawaiian, British

48. Keisha Castle-HughesMaori and Pakeha

49. Kelly Hu, actress/model, Chinese, Hawaiian, British

50. Kiana Tom, fitness trainer/model, Chinese, Hawaiian, Irish

51. Kristen Kruek, actress, Indonesian-Chinese, Dutch

52. Lenny KravitzsingerJewish father, black mother

53. Lisa Bonet, actress, Half Jewish, half black

54. Lola Corwin, Playboy playmate/model, Korean, Irish

55. Lou Diamond Phillips, actor, Chinese, Filipino, Hawaiian, Cherokee, Scottish, Irish, Spanish

56. Maggie Quigley, actress/model, Vietnamese, Irish

57. Malcolm Gladwell, writer, Half English, half Jamaican

58. Marc Dasacos, martial artist/actor, Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Spanish, Irish

59. Mariah Carey, singer, black Venezuelan father, Irish mother

60. Mario Van Peebles, actor, black father and German mother

61. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor, Dutch, Indonesian

62. Maya Rudolph, comedian, black mother and white father daughter of the soul singer Minnie Riperton and Jewish/American composer/songwriter Richard Rudolph

63. Michelle Branch, musician, IndonesianDutchFrench and Irish

64. Mike Shinoda, musician (Linkin Park), Japanese, Russian

65. Namie Amuro, singer, Japanese, Italian

66. Naomi Campbell, model, Chinese, Jamaican

67. Noel Jones, first British ambassador from an ethnic minority, Anglo-Indian

68. Norah Jones, musician, Indian father, white mother

69. Olivia Lufkin, singer, Japanese, Caucasian

70. Patrick JohnsonAustralian sprinter, white father, Australian Aborigine mother

71. Paul Kariyaice hockey star, Japanese, Caucasian Canadian

72. Phoebe Cates, actress, Filipina, Russian-Jewish

73. Rachael Yamagata, singer, Japanese, Italian, German

74. Rae Dawn Chong, actress, Chinese, Caucasian Canadian, black

75. Rain Pryor, actress, daughter of Richard Pryor and Jewish mother

76. Rashida Jones and Kidida Jones, daughters of Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton

77. Rob Schneider, comedian/actor, Filipino, German

78. Ron Darling, baseball player, Chinese, Hawaiian, Caucasian

79. Rosario Dawson, actress, Puerto Rican, Black, Cuban, Irish and Native American

80. Russell Wong, actor, Chinese, Dutch

81. Sandrine Holt, actress/model, Chinese, French

82. Sean Lennon, musician, English, Japanese

83. Shannon Lee, martial artist/actress, Chinese, German, Swedish

84. Slash (aka Saul Hudson), Guns and Roses musician, Black American and white

85. Soledad O’Brien, television personality, Irish/Australian father, Black/Cuban mother

86. Suzanne Malveaux, news reporter, AfricanSpanish, and French descent

87. Tata Young, singer, Thai, Caucasian

88. Thandie Newton, actress, British father and Zimbabwean mother

89. Tia and Tamara Mowry, actresses, black mother and white father

90. Tia Carrere, actress, FilipinoChinese and Spanish

91. Tiger Woods, professional golferAfricanAsianNative American, and Caucasian (mother is Thai, father is Black American)

92. Tommy Chong, comedian, Chinese, Caucasian Canadian

93. Tyson Beckford, model, Chinese, Jamaican

94. Vin Diesel, actor, black, Italian

95. Yul Brenner, actor, Mongolian, Russian, Swiss

96. Christina Aguilera: singer, Ecuadorian and Irish

97. Jessica Alba: actress, French Canadian, Danish and Mexican American

98. Taylor Lautner: actor, French, Dutch, German,and Native American (specifically Odawa and Potawatomi)

99. Benjamin Bratt: actor, Peruvian, English and German

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Thought for the day: (Most) Anything is Possible

Yep, anything. Almost anything is possible. This is one worth repeating. In fact, if I were you, I’d say it every day to yourself.

If thinking along those lines got me here from where I started, then you never know how it can help you when you’re feeling muddled and over-mutted.

My story “from prison to poetry” (so to speak) is proof that overcoming adversity is possible…with alot of help, hard work, some fun in-between, and determination to transform.

I’ll get back to this later, but these days, it really matters that each of us look at ways to better ourselves, help others, and make a difference in the world. We’re seeing the carnage around us from self-focus, self-aggrandizement, and me-me-me, more-more-more. It’s a new day, and time for new approaches to how we live.

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing. Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.”

-August Wilson, playwright. His father was White (a German immigrant) his mother was Black.  Twice won the Pulitzer Prize for drama.

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Hands Off My Genetics

Obama aspired to a place which America is still striving to reach. In the 2004 Democractic Convention, he said, “there is not a black America and a white America…there’s the United States of America.”  In truth, there is a color coded America, as he acknowledged in his remarkable speech on race http://preview.tinyurl.com/nyt-obama-on-race.

We’re each a sum our parts, as Obama said, and so is this country. But can we choose which part we want to dominate, as a nation or as individuals? What’s with the controversy and chatter about which race biracial or multiracial persons choose to claim as race? Is it only about perception, what others see? What if Tiger wanted to say he’s Thai, why not? Would others “allow” that? What if Obama referred to himself as biracial instead of Black? Why does it matter to anyone but the “self?”

To those who have some stake in what others call themselves, I say, leave our genetic make-up alone! genesjpg

And meanwhile, though the U.S is still color coded, we’re on our way to a better day.

Thought for the day: The future comes in steps, and never all at once. But every step of the way, keep in mind that freedom ends when we take it from others.

Pull Your Connections

Tyson Beckford, model, a true mutt (his father is Black-Jamaican and his mother is Chinese-American) says it like it is about connections:  “I can say, ‘Hey, André Talley, come hang out with me,’ and he’ll do that…I can call Ralph Lauren, you know. I can go sit in Ralph’s office and put my feet on his desk and say ‘Ralph, I need a favor.’”  from E! online, tybeckfordFashion Week Daily January 9, 2008.

In other words, share the moment. Pull your connections. It’s all about whom you know. Mutts need to leverage this as much as possible.

And be a student; when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. I know a number of women, in the right place at the right time. I’m a grown woman, and I know a lot of you are out there. For some reason, though, I’m often surrounded by mother-types, women mostly older than me, and men too who mentor.  They take me under their wings, guide, and advise me. Lucky me. We all need mentors.

But, so unlike me, the irony is that I jump when these people say, “Jump.” I am, after all, a born rebel.  That’s another innate trait for some of us mutts. How else are we gonna rise up?

What’s with the Jewish man/Asian woman connection, anyway?

You can seduce a man without taking anything off, without even touching him. — Rae Dawn Chong, actress. Daughter of 1970′s Eurasian comedian Tommy Chong. Her mother is Black and Cherokee Indian.


Huh? How does that work? Not even touching? I gotta learn that. Anyway, we all have those inner voices.

Sometimes, and you know you do this, too… Continue reading

Goldilocks, look out

Thought for the day: Self-Image. Self-What? Everyone is a hybrid. When you feel alone, remember that pretty much everyone is a mix of something. Maybe it’s just not always obvious to the outside world.

Just because you are different does not mean that you have to be rejected. — Eartha Kitt, singer, Cherokee, Black, White.

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Our multiracial blends also reach beyond these American shores. The Independent newspaper in the UK (January 2006) cites that the number of mixed race people in Britain grew by seventy-five percent during the 1990’s and by 2001, roughly one and a half percent of the population identified as mixed race. The study also cites research that claims mixed race peoples have evolutionary advantages, that genetic diversity can decrease chances of contracting diseases. Goldilocks, look out!

Who the Self Am I? (ask yourself)

Kind of the story for a lot of multi-raced people.

Anyway, let’s go through the list of a few personal growth and new age self words. Some call it fluffy. I call it just another series of hyphenated terms to prove we did our time in therapy.self-wordl

So here we go; some self words for ammunition as you explore who and what you are. Along the way, take a look at how you fit in, or why you don’t, or even, why you don’t want to.

  • Self-perception
  • Self-control
  • Self-respect
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-realization
  • Self-help
  • Self-pity
  • Self-worth

Now some others as long as we’re at it: Self-explanatory, self appointed, self-serving, self-absorbed. There’s a lot of all of these going around.

You get the point. Who the self you are is whatever you say you are. Like the actress, Lisa Bonet, said: “It’s okay to be a freak.”

So let’s say you are a key member of the SEC commission by day (I’m sure you wished you weren’t from August 2008 and on) and by night you’re a stem cell research scientist, and then on weekends you volunteer as a financial planner for elderly immigrants. See what I mean? Just a little freaky.

There are all kinds of mutts. And this is one good example. A career mutt. But we each can be whatever kind of “selves” we want to be.

Thought for the day: If you hold a good image of yourself, then it will be easier for others to see you in the same light. Remember that you are the only one who ought to rate and grade your life, so splash a huge gold on yourself. The more you like about yourself, the more others will like about you, too.

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Leap for Joy

… because even though bad girls finish first, mutt girls get there before them. Think of that mutt-wild model, Naomi Campbell, when she said: “I work very hard, and I am worth every cent.” (from Celebrity Gossip)

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Yep, a mutt girl too. She’s the first Black female model on the covers of French Vogue, British Vogue, and Time Magazine. Her mother is Black-Jamaican, her father is multiracial, partly Chinese.

Back to finishing first. Who’s keeping score, though? And who’s in a race? Remember? Mutts don’t fit into any one race. I’m glad for that, because like all good mutts, I wouldn’t know what to do if I belonged to just one group.

Take politics, for instance, or religion. Oh, here we go, touchy topics, but I have to go there.

Don’t you think the world could use a little more tolerance in it? There’s plenty to spare.  Aren’t sects of any kind mostly like cars? When stripped down, a Bentley and a Ford van have the same basics: four tires, a steering wheel, and a bunch of metal. Jaguar or Jetta, they each take you from here to there. Gotta love those Jags, though, even if it’s not the best for hauling a carload of little kids around, with their crumbly snacks and juice and muddy boots.

Same with religion, politics, and, okay, the arts, which has its own I’m-better-than-you in-fighting too. Doesn’t every faction in anything invite us to take pause, all pledge to refresh and renew our highest selves, all promise sheltering peace?

Follow my lead on this one. My muttness has blessed me with the gift of gratitude for my own small pleasures and private beliefs, and allowing others, theirs. Not that I don’t have strong beliefs. You can too, and they can be far from my muttpoints. The value of being a mutt is that by nature of our cell composition, we (hopefully) are more tolerant of others.

Think about this: If you weren’t blessed at birth with mutt genes, you can at least practice good mutt customs, and be tolerant of others. Be open to the perspectives of others. If you do, I’ll send you a lifetime membership to MCLU, the Mutt Civil Liberties Union.

Thought for the day: If you can’t enjoy what you already have, how can you be happier with more?  Pretty much, you can be as happy as you decide to be.

Celebrate the Light

Is that what Norah Jones, singer, meant when she said, “I felt like I went to somebody else’s birthday party and I ate all their cake without anybody else getting a piece.”

That’s what she told Katie Couric how she felt after sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards. Norah’s another mutt: Her father is Indian musician Ravi Shankar, her mother is White.

If celebrate the light doesn’t call you to a place of inner peace, then think birthday candles, if that helps, candles on Norah Jones’ cake.

Then think beyond yourself. This life isn’t all just about people, you know. It’s not like we’re the center of the universe. But go ahead. Tell yourself that you are. Then… Continue reading

Reach Out and Touch

If you always yearned to be a mutt, you can build one.

Kind of like the Build a Bear franchise. Build your own mutt family. Take Madonna and Angelina Jolie, for example. Do I dare approach this, the Divas of Our Day? They’re two hot women, admirable philanthropists, and talented businesswomen. But what about their United Nations tactics for family planning?

They do good things in the world and we can all tell that each of their families brim with everlasting love. It’s just something to wonder, and no harm meant. Why didn’t they adopt white kids? But who am I to say. Be honest, though. Since when does Reach out and touch mean Reach out, acquire and possess children from another race?

It’s always good to make sure that your children are more than purchased commodities and fireplace mantel souvenirs that you want to show off. No matter what, love and accept them for who they are, muttiness and all.

Thought for the day: Doing the right thing is more important than having the right things. That’s a caution to adoptive parents, especially celebrity mothers. Children are not fashion accessories to “have.”