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“Who is Black?” with Soledad O’Brien

It seems that anybody who can get a few mixed race people together who look white, black and in between and get them to talk on camera then voila you have a show on CNN about what it means to be black in America or just look not black.

Many of the anecdotes rang true especially for my kids, my sister and my cousin and often for myself. Especially people, usually black people, asking you what are you over and over again.  This is due in part because in their minds you don’t look black and they are not really ready to accept you as black.

This also happened in a big way to my sister who has a different mother but same biological father.  More later

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Who is Cindy Brunson?

http://espnmediazone.com/us/bios/brunson_cindy/

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/27632/sc-anchor-cindy-brunson

She looks a little like Halle Berry with the short hair.  But with long hair and some of her photos she looks white. But clearly she is biracial to me.  That is not unusual for a person to look white in some photos and not white in others.  I admit I don’t follow sports so this is news to me.  Who is she married to?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Berthiaume

Josh,I’m coming up on 10 years here at ESPN this September. I’ve been a regular host on the weekend morning SportsCenter for a little over a year now. Before that, I would have spot fill-in duty on the late SportsCenter shows on the weekends.

This is the first that I’ve heard of this young lady who says she is not new to sports news.

She looks clearly biracial to me.  And since she is quite pretty we can add her to our list of biracial beauties in the news or reading the news LOL. I add the family photos below to show how a black person can look perfectly white and have no white parents or grandparents.  My kids have green eyes.  Some have now married whites and are having children with them.  The result: The creole marrying white have children who look Anglo Saxon white…see below. My brother’s son, my nephew, married a white woman and their baby has blond hair and blue eyes and white skin.  So Cindy’s looks are not unfamiliar to me.

Now some people are multiracial like myself. The difference being that I do not have one white and one black parent but look biracial and so do my children.  In some sense we look like typical Chicago blacks folks but we are not.  If Cindy were in New Orleans she would be mistaken for a Creole. My family is Creole which means we have Italian and French and Indian blood and African.  The African blood makes us colored Creoles. This is a unique post in that you have in one place three past life brother’s and sisters together again.

Net In California @40 memy sister my sister (don’t lose her in a crowd of white women because she will not stand out)

jennifer first cousin (maternal aunt’s daughter–neither are white) Oh, and BTW everyone’s hair is natural, no weaves, nothing artificial.

my brother and first cousin NOLAmy brother and favorite cousin in New Orleans

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me again

sister's granddaughtermy niece’s daughter (her dad is white and her mother who is my niece, looks white)

Biracial beauty of the Month: Lori “Lolo” Jones

 

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Lolo Jones after winning the women's invitational 100-meter hurdles at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, on April 26, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lolo_Jones

This woman looks like a typical Creole especially her coloring and eye color.

Lolo was named Lori at birth, after her mother, but started going by “Lolo, she says, in order to differentiate the two when telephone callers asking for “Lori” made the matter confusing. Though according to Lolo’s mother, “Lolo” is what she has called her daughter from birth.[1]

A 2005 graduate of Louisiana State University, she currently resides in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is sponsored by Asics and Oakley. She is multiracial of French, Native American, African American, and Norwegian descent.[1] She is also actively involved in ChristianMinistry.[1][18]

Academy Awards tonight

The cast of The Help is favored to win.  Could this be the first time two black women sweep the best actress in drama awards? Will Brad prevail over his buddy Clooney?  Brad Pitt is way over due for a win.  I think Hollywood is jealous of him.  I dread that Billy Crystal is doing the honors.

Linsanity! Who knew?

Jeremy Lin

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Jeremy Lin a taiwanese American  who  hàppens to wear my lucky number 17 which is my sun degrees and it is now a hot seller.  I do like basketball because you can get it.  Might have to catch the game.  I recall the six wins Michael Jordan gaveChicago back when. Thank you spike lee for telling me what is behind the buzz global over Lin

Lin is truly over the top he gets them Lin every time.

Whites wait to have kids–blacks and Latinos don’t

 

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http://moneyland.time.com/2011/07/26/great-recession-drives-financial-wedge-between-whites-minorities/#disqus_thread

Here’s a link that leaves out one thing that makes the discrepancy between the races so large.  They do not mention those born into poverty that’s a biggie for blacks mostly.  My informal research shows that on average whites have kids way later in life than blacks do and especially later than Hispanics (read Mexicans) do.

When you see a latino woman in her 20s she is probably either married, has at least one child or is single with at least one child.  If you see a black woman in her twenties she most likely has at least one child and is NOT married.  Why are blacks not marrying?  Simple black men are blockheads.  Black women end up better off in most cases to stay away from black men who make really bad decisions.

I know I was married to one and dated black men for decades and then dated white men for decades.   While both are prone to bad financial decisions often white men have families who have wealth and do bail them out.  They also find white women who have money and wealth who also bail them out.

Blacks need to wait to have children period married or not.

Movie Review: Two Spirits

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First published at blogcritics.org

I love Native Americans and their culture.  The Navajo people are part of the organic fabric of this country and their DNA runs through the veins of most red-blooded Americans. We have acquired and borrowed many words from a people who have their own dialect, food, culture and artistic achievement with distinct gifts welcomed by American culture. To that end they have added their collective voices to the debate over the identity or identities found within the politically correct term LGBT community.

Independent Lens documentary Two Spirits beautifully tells the story of the short life and brutal death of 16-year-old Navajo boy named Fred Martinez. Along with that storyline the writer and director also present a less well-known spiritual belief surrounding the Navajo word nadleehi. It includes the understanding of what it means to have two spirits or an equally strong masculine and feminine brain. In their traditional culture such a one is honored; seen as both counselor and healer–the two spirits person is not shunned or derided. Understanding two spirits is essential and their word nails it. Androgyny suggests a state of mind or body found between the masculine and feminine and lack of distinction but two spirits means something deeper more esoteric. The Navajo believe in four genders: feminine woman, masculine man, feminine man and masculine woman. And this film mines that belief.

Fred’s life as told through the words of his mother and family friend reveals a child who was giving and looking and finding himself in two bodies–one female one male. And his daily life reflected that reality because some days he would dress and look strikingly girlish especially after he learned to style his hair and apply makeup. Other days he would resemble a boy wearing baggy jeans and T-shirts. Achieving a level of physical beauty became important to Fred and he relished his chameleon appearance.

Two Spirits also includes personal experiences as told by other Navajo who live as openly gay individuals. Most of them were told that they were different from day one, from the beginning something was seen in their life as a power that comes with full participation in the culture they are born into. Along with a discussion of two spirits the film includes human sexuality and its complex nature that Western culture wants to box neatly into two genders and one means of copulation between a masculine man and a feminine woman. This film discusses how the straight and narrow path of sexuality has been shattered by the Navajo who held marriages between gay people long before it resonated in Western culture and becomes a teachable hour on the subject.

Fred is adventurous and loves to mix and mingle with everybody and is not afraid to go into town. His mother worries about him because of discrimination against her son that she knows will collide: his brown skin and his feminine side that he does not hesitate to display. Just as he was disciplined at school for wearing clothes of his choice; his non-conformity was not appreciated by his peers or by the school’s administration, and the town at large will not want him either. Fred was headed for a deadly confrontation that he did not see coming.

Fred went to town for a regional rodeo and carnival and never returned. That night he went with friends to the rodeo where Sean Murphy also went with friends. It is believed that Fred got a ride to the convenience store with Sean and friends who went to an apartment but decided to go out again. Was he tracking Fred? No one is sure but later his body was found with a crushed skull from two nearby large rocks that Sean found and used to kill Fred. The murder was investigated as a hate crime (a crime which is committed against an entire community) but Sean pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, sentenced to 40 years in prison, which satisfied justice.

While Two Spirits may not redefine what marriage means in this country for stanch Christians–it can reshape key concepts about human individuality that includes sexuality and embraces gender identification not gender confusion.

Psychology Today deleted “Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?”

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Psychology Today” posted:

 

Why Are Black Women Less Physically Attractive Than Other Women?Why black women, but not black men?
Published on May 15, 2011 by Satoshi Kanazawa in The Scientific Fundamentalist  Source:

 

http://forums.somethingawful.com/showthread.php?threadid=3412493

It turns out a smart blogger saved the entire article before Psychology Today had the forethought to delete it.  I say keep it up and defend it.  It is indefensible because it is not true science.  One cannot acurately measure a person’s likes or dislikes.  The famous study where the black and white kids chose white dolls over black dolls was okay in that it was a hard study the kids had the exact same doll except for color of skin.  They were just to pick the ones they liked.  This study is totally flawed and that is why PT should have NEVER published it.

What’s more black American women, which I figure they are talking about they never say, are a younger “race” than white American women.  We are not African, we are not black-skinned for the most part and we are racially mixed.  See my “You are what you look like: Black, white, biracial, well, most of the time.”

More later

Natasha Curry: TV Anchor, Biracial beauty–updated

Come on ladies: weave does not make you white nor a nose job. In looking at both photos I suspect that Miss Curry had a little plastic surgery.  A little goes a long way and it is not uncommon among African Americans or women of any ethnicity including a mixed one.

Beyond Black: Biracial Identity in America

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Her maiden name is Vantramp and she was born in Washington state. That state has a high rate of interracial marriages from the statistics. 

Here’s what one person found and left this comment on her research on Miss Curry, who is most popular. Thanks so much for the info from this reader. 

 

More genealogy research…
I have confirmed that Natasha Curry’s mother is Charlein CURRY, daughter of Maj. General Jerry Ralph CURRY, U.S. Army, retired, (b. 7 Sep 1932, living) and Charlene Elaine COOPER (b. 15 Aug 1935, d. 24 Sep 2010). Charlene is the author of “The General’s Lady, God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse”.

 

[Apparently, Natasha decided that “Vantramp” wasn’t a particularly good name for a television career, so she started using her mother’s surname. She is also, justifiably, quite proud of her maternal grandparents.]

 

This page includes a photo of Natasha Curry’s maternal grandparents, Charlene and Jerry:
http://www.jerrycurry.com/militarycareer.html

 

Jerry R CURRY was born 7 Sep 1932 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Aaron CURRY (b. abt 1905, Virginia) and Marion Mercer SHIFLET (b. abt 1912, Virginia). On the 1930 US Census, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their race is listed as “negro”; however, on the 1920 US Census, South River, Virginia, Mercer SHIFLET’s race (and that of her father) is given as “mulatto”, while her mother’s race is given as “black”.

 

Charlene COOPER’s parents (Natasha’s other maternal great-grandparents) are Charles Eli COOPER (1878-1960) of Florida and “Pinkie” HARRELL (1898-1982) of North Carolina. Charlene COOPER’s racial background is very similar to that of her husband. On the 1930 US Census, her parents’ race is listed as “negro”; however, there is a 1920 US Census record on which Charlie COOPER’s race is listed as “mulatto” while his mother’s race is given as “black”. That would suggest that Natasha Curry is, at most, 3/8ths black. [I hope no one takes exception to any of this terminology; genealogists simply report what the historical records say.]

 

The bottom line is: the CURRY and COOPER families have both been racially-mixed for quite a long time. It is always a mistake to assume that this is a recent phenomenon.

 

More genealogy research… I have confirmed that Natasha Curry’s mother is Charlein CURRY, daughter of Maj. General Jerry Ralph CURRY, U.S. Army, retired, (b. 7 Sep 1932, living) and Charlene Elaine COOPER (b. 15 Aug 1935, d. 24 Sep 2010). Charlene is the author of “The General’s Lady, God’s Faithfulness to a Military Spouse”. [Apparently, Natasha decided that “Vantramp” wasn’t a particularly good name for a television career, so she started using her mother’s surname. She is also, justifiably, quite proud of her maternal grandparents.] This page includes a photo of Natasha Curry’s maternal grandparents, Charlene and Jerry: http://www.jerrycurry.com/militarycareer.html Jerry R CURRY was born 7 Sep 1932 in Liberty, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse Aaron CURRY (b. abt 1905, Virginia) and Marion Mercer SHIFLET (b. abt 1912, Virginia). On the 1930 US Census, McKeesport, Pennsylvania, their race is listed as “negro”; however, on the 1920 US Census, South River, Virginia, Mercer SHIFLET’s race (and that of her father) is given as “mulatto”, while her mother’s race is given as “black”. Charlene COOPER’s parents (Natasha’s other maternal great-grandparents) are Charles Eli COOPER (1878-1960) of Florida and “Pinkie” HARRELL (1898-1982) of North Carolina. Charlene COOPER’s racial background is very similar to that of her husband. On the 1930 US Census, her parents’ race is listed as “negro”; however, there is a 1920 US Census record on which Charlie COOPER’s race is listed as “mulatto” while his mother’s race is given as “black”. That would suggest that Natasha Curry is, at most, 3/8ths black. [I hope no one takes exception to any of this terminology; genealogists simply report what the historical records say.] The bottom line is: the CURRY and COOPER families have both been racially-mixed for quite a long time. It is always a mistake to assume that this is a recent phenomenon.

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Natasha’s top photo, standing, is from 2007. She probably has been growing her hair for a while.  However, today on HLN it looks like she has added some dreaded weave to her hair, which is already nice.  If you notice the two photos, Natasha is clearly olive-skinned and looks black, and not biracial.  My children who are not biracial are actually a perfect example of the look, sandy hair, green eyes and fair golden skin.

But in the bottom photo Curry looks much fairer with a better grade of hair. We also know of Michael Jackson’s famously racial phenotypical changes!

We know from experience that weave is not good for the hair over the long haul. It leaves bald spots. From this top photo she clearly looks black, not white just by the grade of her hair. Heloise is working on a book to help women of color grow their hair long…so hang on ladies…

There may not be any online photos of Curry parents like no pics of Cheyenne Woods white mom. Trust me Natasha is biracial. She often sits in for Robin Meade. Curry’s hair is much longer than current photo.   

First draft: While I was away at the Bay in January 2011–I turned on the TV in my hotel room I saw Miss Curry’s face. She has a great look and figure. But if you look at her high, very high forehead that is also slightly bulging you have to know that along with her olive skin she is not Anglo-Saxon. I also note her hairline, short rounded nose, wide nostrils (not uncommon in some nordic types though) and her eyes are the exact same color as my children (if they are hazel/green) which is an indicator of racial mixing.  So, for those reasons and others not shared here I put Natasha Curry on my list.I’ve been meaning to include her on my list of biracial beauties for a long time. I am part creole and the women in my family on my mother’s side reflect it too. I plan a gallery with their pictures this summer. But Natasha Curry: my take is that her dad is probably white and her mother a woman who is probably a fair-skinned black woman. It could be the reverse though. I do not think she is a creole and she is not from New Orleans. She does not look exotic enough to me to be a New Orleans creole.
 
My best guess is that since one parent is white, dad most likely, and her mother also racially mixed that would give her about 20-25% African American in genes. This photo is more recent, maybe from 2009.  This looks like her hair has grown out from above. But could still have chemical help.
 
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Caressa Cameron (ethnicity) of Virgina crowned Miss America

Too much hair weave for me

I noticed a lot of searches for Caressa so I did a little research and here’s my best anthropological take:

Okay here’s a youtube of Miss America plus parents.

Now based on her parents: mom looks like she’s from the islands or West Indies. She has a lot of African blood in her. Her dad while not biracial was probably from Virgina and some of his relatives probably look very white. He’s a perfect example of Virginia blacks, very fair with lots of white blood. He looks Creole. Based on parents then Caressa is probably 40% white genotype. Her dad may be 50% white genes but is not biracial IMO.

Miss America 2010Caressa Cameron of Virginia.

From the photos, I forgot to record Miss America this time, sorry, was watching some HBO stuff, she’s black. She has quite a bit of weave in her hair. Don’t let that fool you. She has white blood but so do 95% of blacks in this country. It’s the percentage that counts. Most blacks have 20% white blood. But people in Virgina may have more plus other ethnic groups.

That’s not her hair and she has nice features because many blacks from the east coast, particularly Virginia have a high mixture of British or white blood. So, like most blacks she has white blood but pure black IMO.

I just put up a fb photo of Jasmine Guy who is biracial half Jewish and half black. People from Paris to India to Chicago would stop me and ask me if I were Jasmine Guy or did I know how much I looked like her? Well I am multi racial and we do look alike. Using her photo this week on fb even I had to do a doubletake.

But Caressa is black period. But she has one rare quality she looks a bit like the colored Creoles and therefore could easily be one of my relatives. Actually I found this more common among people who have two black parents that they will look Creole before a biracial person will have that sexy Mediterranean look.

In this country whites have to realize how much white blood has misceginated with black blood during the days of slavery. I will have to find a pic of her parents but that’s my guess for now. I am usuallly right.