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Mixed Remixed Festival Attracts More than 700 Multiracial Families and Individuals

More than 700 multiracial and multicultural families and individuals enjoyed a day of workshops, panel presentations, film screenings, readings and performance at the Mixed Remixed Festival June 14, 2014.

"The event was a huge success," said Festival Founder Heidi Durrow.  "What people kept telling me was that they felt like they were coming home!"

Heidi Durrow Mixed RemixedThe Festival featured more than 5 dozen writers, scholars, filmmakers and performers in a varied set of programs.  Festival attendees were also treated to music DJ'ed by Power 106 and wonderful take-aways from Miss Jessie's hair products, Cards in Color, and LA Parent magazine.

The Festival culminated in an amazing performance that featured the talented TV actress and singer Erica Gimpel (Fame/Profiler), poet Aaron Samuels, musician Mya Greene, and the award-winning stage actress Khanisha Foster. The Storyteller's Prize was presented to Comedy Central's Key & Peele, Cheerios, and writer Susan Straight.  The next Mixed Remixed Festival will be held in June 2015.  Dates will be announced in September.--Heidi Durrow

 

Behind the Brilliance

I truly enjoyed this conversation with Lisa Nicole Bell, host of the podcast Behind the Brilliance.  Check it out here.  I've been off the interview circuit for so long, I didn't have my "rehearsed" stuff to say and end up sharing a lot of stuff I haven't shared before about my life and my process and writing The Girl Who Fell From the Sky.  Lisa called the show "From 48 Rejections to New York Times Bestseller."  Let me know what you think!

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky $1.99 TODAY ONLY

Help make The Girl Who Fell From the Sky a #1 Bestseller!  It's currently #64 on Amazon Bestseller list for ALL ebooks.  And it's on sale for $1.99 TODAY ONLY!  You can also get it for Kobo (support indie bookstores!) and on Bookbub for $1.99 too!

Mixed Experience History Month 2014

It's May and that means it's Mixed Experience History Month, a month-long celebration of people and events that have shaped the Mixed experience.  I founded this celebration in 2007 with the hope of bringing awareness to the long history of racial and cultural connectedness.  I had become frustrated with the idea that my discussions of "mixed-ness" was for a small niche-group and set out to show that the Mixed experience is the American experience--that we're all part of this larger story.

Can you believe it's year 7?  Over the years I've profiled close to 80 important historical figures of the Mixed Experience.  The profiles have been of political dignitaries, activists, artists, religious leaders, inventors, and musicians.  This year I promise to profile a diverse and dynamic bunch again.

Starting tomorrow I will post a new profile of a person or event in the Mixed experience each weekday of the month.  If you have nominations for inclusion, please leave a comment below. 

Mixed Heritage Month Badge 2014 2-01

Mixed Experience History Month is the annual blog post series created by The New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow celebrating the history of the Mixed experience. Established in 2007Mixed Experience History Month is an effort to highlight the long history of folks and events involved in the Mixed experience.  Please look for more profiles of people, places and events of the Mixed experience every weekday of May at Lightskinned-ed Girl, the blog!  Thanks for reading.  And check out some of the previous year's profiles: 2007200820092010, 20112012,  2013. Copyright 2014.

 

I Made Them All "Just White People"

We're doing a fundraiser for the Mixed Remixed Festival, www.mixedremixed.org, which will take place June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA.  Please consider giving to the Festival.  You can do good and get great stuff!. Check out the campaign here.

 

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Are You Mixed: A Short Film

We're trying to spread the word about the Mixed Remixed Festival, www.mixedremixed.org, June 14, 2014 at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown LA.  Here was one fun way we decided to do it!

 

Red Carpet Memories from the Image Awards

I don't know why this video was just posted two years after the event--but I loved seeing it and reliving my red carpet moment!  Thanks NAACP Image Awards: that was an amazing day!



The Girl Who Fell From the Sky Named a Top Book for Kwanzaa

I was super excited to see that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky made this list by Zola Books: 7 African American Literary Characters that Exemplify Kwanzaa Principles. "In honor of Kwanzaa, Zola selected seven female African-American characters we felt best exemplified each principle . . . Kujichagulia (self-determination) means that you have the ability to define yourself, speak for yourself, and create for yourself. This is something Rachel struggled to learn as a child of mixed race. After tragedy strikes, she moves in with her African-American grandmother and experiences life in a mostly black community. While the world demands that she be seen as either black or white, Rachel reflects on where she has come from to find her true self."  Read about the other characters mentioned here.

A Self-Professed Fan Girl

***SPOILER ALERT*** I had a great time talking with students at UC Riverside after they read The Girl Who Fell From the Sky as part of the wonderful course taught by Susan Straight: Mixed Race Literature and the American Experience.  I was touched, in particular, by one student's enthusiasm for the book and especially for Brick.  At my request she sent me a copy of the page that she liked best from the book.  Thanks Genie R. for sharing this--keep writing your story!  It's important! 

Mixed Remixed, An Artist Residency and Book #2

I send an update to my mailing list 3 or 4 times a year with upcoming appearance information and updates on my forthcoming book #2.  Below is an excerpt of the latest newsletter.  You can read the rest here.  And if you'd like to make sure you get these updates in the future, please join my mailing list. 

 

I get messages from time to time asking me when I plan to publish book #2.  And then I have to admit sheepishly that first I have to finish it!  But I promise you that I am finally making good progress these days --especially during my recent residency at the Djerassi Resident Arts Program in northern California.

     In the beautiful mountains which overlook the Pacific Ocean on a clear day (and gloriously eery fog on other days), I re-discovered my muse and spent four happy weeks inside the mind of the woman who inspired my character, Miss Lala.   You can see the photos that graced my studio wall and that sparked my imagination in the short video I've included here.  Or read more on my website here.

 

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