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Here you can find news about the book, festival, and what's happening with Heidi.

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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.

 

Mixed Remixed 2014

Mixed Remixed

Japanese American National Museum

Los Angeles, CA

June 14, 2014

This is going to be great! Mixed Remixed is my new festival project and an absolute labor of love!  I hope you will be there or help support!  The festival will take place June 14, 2014  in downtown Los Angeles.  It is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.  Submissions are now open.  For more information read the Mixed Remixed festival press release or visit our website: www.mixedremixed.org.

UC Riverside Campus Visit

I'm excited that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is required reading in the wonderful Susan Straight's writing course this term at UC-Riverside.  I look forward to my visit to the university Nov. 26, 2013! 

Mixed Roots Fest 2014

This is going to be great!  Mixed Roots Fest is my new project and an absolute labor of love!  I hope you will be there or help support the Fest!  The Fest will take place June 14, 2014  downtown Los Angeles.  It is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas.
 

MMXLII Interview Video On Being Afro-Viking & Connected to Difference

I loved speaking with MMXLII about being Afro-Viking and how we're all connected to difference for their Countdown to 2042 interview series.

We are the 15 Percent

I love this response to the racist rants against the Cheerio's ad that featured a multiracial family.  "We're not just reacting to negativity, we're boosting representation, elevating the conversation and hopefully giving context that reaches beyond Madison Avenue. These families exist; we eat breakfast and walk our dogs and love just as hard as families in other cereal commercials," said co-creator of the website:  We are the 15 percent!

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