Portfolio Category: My Portfolio

Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation or Appreciation

Ever since Jenn M. Jackson accused Bruno Mars of cultural appropriation on her Twitter page, everyone and their cousins have been weighing on what’s cultural appropriation. Somebody wrote an article suggesting that White people with dreadlocs is another example of cultural appropriation. We even took sides when two in the infamous Kardashian / Jenner clan…
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Glorifying European-Centric Beauty Standards—How Did We Get Here?

Before I started writing about glorifying European-centric beauty standards, I decided to try a little experiment. I googled something simple: a beautiful woman. I purposely didn’t narrow down my search by adding Black, Biracial, Multiracial, ethnic or anything else that would skew the results. This is what Google showed me. What’s wrong with this series of photos?…
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Dr. Seuss: The Once Former Racist Writes a Wrong

Last summer I gave Alex Barnett, my partner and co-founder of Multiracial Media a copy of Sneetches on Beaches, by one of my favorite authors, Dr. Seuss. It tells the story of one set of Sneetches with stars discriminating against and shunning those who don’t have stars. It’s a beautifully illustrated story about how all the Sneetches…
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My Failure at Getting My Mother and Brothers to Quit Drinking

This was originally published on March 6, 2017 on Addiction.com and it is republished with permission. When I was 5 and in the second grade, rather abruptly my mother quit her editing job at The New Yorker so she could stay home and raise my two brothers and me. My father’s career in television was…
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How Do We Self Identify?

How Do We Self Identify? Race is a topic of endless debate—both among monoracial and multiracial people. For monoracial people, there is only one way to self identify. If their parents are the same race, their own race is branded on them from the moment they are born. This isn’t the case with multiracial people. For…
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An Economy in Ruins? No, an Economy that was Ruined, and Purposely

An edited version of this Op-Ed was published on Truth-Out.org. Unfortunately they edited out many of the most important parts that spoke about the systematic exploitation of Puerto Rico by the United States over the last 100+ years. Through no fault of their own, the Puerto Rican people have suffered through decades of heartache, disappointment, and having…
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