Check out these wonderful scholarships available to writers. Even more incentive to get those Mixed Roots Stories told! Click here for more info: Vermont College of Fine Arts Scholarships
Mixed Roots Stories is looking for a motivated person who is experienced, or wants to gain experience writing grant proposals. The Grant Specialist will work with the Mixed Roots Stories team to grow a database of grant opportunities as well as gather information, collect and organize data, and draft grant submissions. This could be either an intern or volunteer position. The intern/grant writer must be self motivated, organized, detail oriented, a team player and timely with due dates. This is an ideal position for someone looking for an internship or volunteer opportunity working with an up and coming, very active nonprofit.
Please send resumes/CVs (include references) and cover letters expressing your interest in Mixed Roots Stories and the Grant Specialist position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Grant Writer” in the subject line.
Do you love to write about the social and cultural impact of the media!? Then this is the job for you…http://blogs.kqed.org/pop/2014/02/04/kqed-seeking-pop-culture-writers/
Thank you, author Maureen Gilmer, for sharing your story! “This book about my family is a true tale of civil rights from about 1800 to 1910 New Orleans.” Book to be released 2014!
“In nineteenth-century New Orleans, Jean Benjamin Esnard and his family struggle to conceal their mixed-race ancestry and pass as white in the increasingly hostile racial environment of the post-Civil War South. Their secret begins to unravel, however, when their son, Adrien, is born darker than his siblings and labeled “C” for “colored” on his birth certificate. As desperation sets in, Jean Benjamin and his wife, Florentine must make the heartbreaking decision to separate the family in order to save it.
In Jumping the Fence, Maureen Gilmer shares the extraordinary true story of early civil rights activists—her ancestors—who stopped at nothing to protect each other and their assets in the struggle against slavery and segregation.” http://www.jumpingthefence.net/
Alison Hart submitted her story!
“My brother’s death rocked my paradigm and forced me to face the impermanence of our lives. Thoughts, feelings, experiences, people, faith, relationships, politics, identity, things (except maybe plastic bags) change; nothing is static.temp words is a journey through impermanence from my perspective as a mixed race woman of color living in America. This is my edge, this is how I navigate through life: one moment at a time.” https://www.createspace.com/4434561
You can follow Alison and her book at:
From the CAAM website: The Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) is a non-profit organization dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible. We do this by funding, producing, distributing and exhibiting works in film, television and digital media.
We encourage you to tell your unique story – and then take advantage of the many resources out there to help get your story distributed to a wider audience. Others will benefit greatly from your truths!
Born to an absent father—an African-American lawyer in 1960’s Chicago—and a crooked, Jewish mother, Keith L.T. Alexander had no ordinary childhood. Known to the media as “Anita the Burglar,” Alexander’s mother was a criminal by nature. Brilliant and creative, she mastered everything from bicycle theft, to mail fraud, to art forgery. Between scams, she built a castle and designed a human powered flying machine. “Whether as a member of a subculture or as an individual, Mom made choices that most mothers would not have made, “Alexander admits. Determined to fill the empty bellies of her two children and her desire for thrill, Anita was involved in whatever intellectual and illegal practices she could find. While she was out, Alexander and his older sister, Lin, were cared for by Anita’s circle of thieving and compassionate homosexuals who were called aunts and uncles. This support system was where Alexander and Lin turned to fill the void of their absent father, who lived with his wife, not twenty miles away. A very unique story, Alexander holds nothing back in his debut memoir Forgery-of-the-Month Club. From adolescence to adulthood, Alexander continues to cope with the decisions of his parents. Now, he shares his story of love, family, and friendship set against a delightfully dangerous backdrop.
“As the writing took shape, my demons awoke and were buckled as my understanding of our choices and of our extended family deepened,” he says. Forgery-of-the-Month Club is a captivating, coming-of-age memoir that will have thieves and law-abiding citizens alike on the edge of their seats!
“In all my years of being a newspaper columnist, interviewing “Anita the Burglar” was one of the memorable highlights. A bright and vivid character, she could give a good name to art forgery, as well as other unusual ways of breaking the law.” —Margo Howard, aka Dear Prudence
“Anita’s life as a hustler and artist brought us hours of laughter that made our sides ache! Keith’s telling of them is a gem.” —Warren Casey, composer, lyricist, writer, Grease
You can order Keith L T Alexander’s book here!
Here’s a link to a fascinating thesis: Infant Perceptions of Mixed-Race Faces: An Exploration of the Hypodescent Rule in 8.5 Month-Old Infants (click the title to the left to be redirected to the full thesis).
Is our story solidified at such an early age? If so, what can we do to change it?
Rudy P. Guevarra, Jr., discusses the mixed history and identity of two minority groups (Mexicans and Filipinos) in his book Becoming Mexipino: Multiethnic Identities and Communities in San Diego.
He weaves together the stories of Mexipinos in San Diego by exploring their families immigration to the United States, their fight for civil rights, participation and creation of labor unions, and socialization through cultural functions that brought couples of the two groups together.
“Thus, by examining the intimate, complex relationship between Mexicans and Filipinos in San Diego and exploring how they and their multiethnic children carved a place for themselves in the United States, we can begin to appreciate how identities and communities are formed, nurtured, and sustained over generations. Indeed, the multiple generations of Mexipinos are testimony to this unique history of multiethnic communities in the United States. It is a story worth telling.” (p. 12)
We agree! It is a STORY worth telling.
Although it comes with a hefty price tag ($200), if you know of a worthy filmmaker, actor, singer or writer who tells Mixed Roots Stories, this is a great way to show your support. The fee is tax deductible and they are accepting submissions until November 15, 2013. Click this link for their Guidelines and Instructions packet: https://www.naacpimageawards.net/submissions/45th_NIA_GuidelinesandInstructions.pdf