Mixed Chicks Chat Podcast
Mixed Chicks Chat is a live weekly podcast about being racially and culturally mixed. Launched in 2007, Mixed Chicks Chat addresses different aspects of the Mixed experience each week with guest authors, community leaders, and everyday people who share their own stories. In 2008, Mixed Chicks Chat was voted Best Podcast by the Black Weblog Awards. Mixed Chicks Chat—recorded live every Wednesday at 5pm Eastern/2pm Pacific—is available as a free download / subscription on iTunes. Please note that Mixed Chicks Chat is currently on hiatus. Please email me if you'd like to get an update on the podcast status at heidi(at)heidiwdurrow.com.
- Episode 81: Mixed Chicks Chat with Tiffany Jones, Mulatto Diaries Vlogger
- Episode 92: Mixed Chicks Chat with Hapa Artist/Filmmaker Kip Fulbeck
What people are saying about Mixed Chicks Chat
The Mixed Chicks "get together to have interesting discussions about issues that impact mixed raced individuals and families.... sometimes focusing on racism and the social awkwardness that comes with being mixed or that comes with being in interracial relationships. They cover everything from racial identity, the use (or misuse) of words, to the absurdities that mixed raced people often face. Sometimes their discussions get deep and uncomfortable (metaphorically, they really strip themselves down sometimes for these discussions)...almost like intellectual/emotional S&M. (That's what makes the show work). But usually the show is a balance between humor and the uncomfortable. Some of their discussions can be a little edgy or controversial. They leave no doubt that the issue of race in America is still very real."
Hi, My name is C. I am an 18 year old black/white mixed chick. I found your podcast a few weeks ago and find it very insightful, thank you. I just finished the second bonus episode and at the end when the question of what advice would you give a young mixed chick came up I started crying. It fits me so perfectly. I was raised with my white family with very minimal black influence and I am from an ethnically diverse area in Southern California, however it is still very much white, and white influenced.
I am very light skinned, I fade during winter also, and I have always felt that pretty much the only black thing about me besides the minimal tint in my skin tone is my hair. (Sorry I kind of got off topic). Because I was raised with my mom's side of my family, the white side, I identify with white culture and I don't identify with black culture or feel I fit into it. I am at a crossroads and I guess I just try to avoid it because I know I see myself as identifying as white, but I also know that unfortunately because of my skin tone I will never really fit there, and be accepted there, but at the same time I know I do not fit into black culture.
I am only left with my culture which as of right now I do not know what it is, or where to put it so to speak. I just wanted to say thank you. Your podcast is amazing.
My name is K. and I am German, Ukranian, African American, Blackfoot Crow, West Indies Martinique, and Dominican. I was guest number four during Friday's chat. Both of my parents are mixed but I was raised by my German Ukranian first generation American white Grandmother. Whom I call Omie.
My grandmother raised me because my mother was only sixteen when I was born. So growing up my mother was more like my sister. My mixed experience includes people assuming I was adopted, assuming I was Spanish, Egyptian, or anyting they thought my appearance went with—people never believing what I told them I was—always having this strong need for me to be what they assumed I was.
Being ogled and touched because of one's fascination with my so called exotic appearance. And always being able to float between two worlds and never being a member in either. Never being able to talk about being mixed or the mixed experience without offending someone.
Because of all these things I am so thankful to have found the chat and plan to tune in. Most sincere thanks.
—K., a mixed person who is thankfully not mixed up (at least not too much)
Dear Mixed Chicks,
I truly enjoyed participating in my first ever podcast. Your graciousness to allow me to go "on and on" about my granddaughter was cathartic . . . people just don't understand. I look forward to listening to you ladies as you lend your lives and your voice to helping others understand and celebrate the journey of mixed race individuals. Thank you for helping me in my quest to navigate, appreciate and understand, to the best of my ability, some of the obstacles and opportunities that my four little mixed race granddaughters will encounter.
As a woman, African Belizean and American, and mother of two boys, who are me plus white Danish, I hear what you are saying, and completely understand. The African American guilt, the whiter lighter privileged. Right now my sons, aged 6 and 18 months are polar opposites on the outside of each other— and okay even in personality. Were these issues that you talked with your parents about? I never was able to discuss this with my single mom, and still can't—even though I'm 36. I want to help my kids through this pain, guilt, and search for themselves, within their own race. When really I wish it was a search for themselves, as human beings with morals and compassion.
Already in Kindergarten, this Spiderman 3 has most of the kids noting how the black Spiderman is the bad, evil, Venom. My son won't see the movie, but kids talk (a lot!) How do we get America, to market to people, not white, black, Asian, Hispanic, Hawaiian, not to colors, not to dividers, but to people? I loved hearing this podcast. It was funny, informative and heart felt. I think you both are on to something. Bring on Mixed People month. If there is a flag or a pin, count me in to celebrate!