Mixed Chicks Chat
Summary: Mixed Chicks Chat is a live, weekly podcast about being racially and culturally Mixed. Hosts Heidi Durrow and Fanshen Cox tackle everything from whether Mixed people should/can use the 'N' word, hair tips, political agendas and relationships, all from a Mixed race perspective. You can call in on Wednesdays and join the discussion live, or send them an e-mail or blog comment and participate in the discussion.
The TouchÃ¢?? is JaneÃ¢??s fourth short film. It earned a fiscal sponsorship from Women Make Movies (WMM) and was awarded the Panasonic Digital Filmmaker's Grant, as well as receiving a grant from the Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, and in-kind support from an overwhelming number of companies. It makes itÃ¢??s debut at the Northampton Independent Film Festival in November. Ã¢??CarrieÃ¢??s ChoiceÃ¢?? JaneÃ¢??s third short, was also sponsored by WMM and granted the Panasonic Digital FilmmakerÃ¢??s Grand Prize Jane Clark Ã¢?? Writer/Producer/Director/Editor grant. It played a brief festival run winning best womenÃ¢??s issue film, nominated for best short and was a finalist in the USA Film Festival, before going into distribution through Intermedia, Her previous short film, "A Host of DaffodilsÃ¢?? has played 15 film festivals, won two awards, and was nominated four times for Best Short film, and is in distribution with Big Short Films. Her first short, "Dog Gone" was one of the "program director's pics" at the 2003 Wood's Hole Film Festival and is being distributed by Petstyle.com. Jane began her career as an actor and had a recurring role on TVÃ¢??s "Chicago Hope." She attended the 2002 Sundance Institute producerÃ¢??s conference and gained producing experience for her short films, by producing a string of successful theatrical showcases and a sold out charity run of "Burn This" in Los Angeles.
"Pig Candy. Taking My Father South, Taking My Father Home" is the poignant and often comical story of a grown daughter getting to know her dying father in his last months. During a series of visits with her father to the South he'd escaped as a young man, Lise Funderburg, author of the acclaimed Black, White, Other, comes to understand his rich and difficult background and the conflicting choices he has had to make throughout his life." Lise Funderburg is a child of the '60s, a white-looking mixed-race girl raised in an integrated Philadelphia neighborhood. As a child, she couldn't imagine what had made her father so strict, demanding, and elusive; about his past she knew only that he had grown up in the Jim Crow South and fled its brutal oppression as a young black man. In her forties, her father is diagnosed with advanced and terminal cancer -- an event that leads father and daughter together on a stream of pilgrimages to his hometown in rural Jasper County, Georgia. As her father's escort, proxy, and, finally, nurse, Funderburg encounters for the first time the fragrant landscape and fraught society -- and the extraordinary food -- of his childhood.
Elliott Lewis is a freelance television news reporter in Washington, DC. His clients have included CNN Headline News, BET, Associated Press Television, WJLA-TV, and the Washington bureaus of Tribune Broadcasting and Hearst-Argyle Television. Prior to moving to the nation's capital in 1999, Elliott's career took him to a number of cities around the country. He has worked as a reporter for WKMG-TV in Orlando, WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, KPTV in Portland, KGTV in San Diego, and KTVN in Reno. Elliott attended Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, where he studied Spanish and Communications. When not in class, he could be found working at the campus radio station, the universityÃ?Â¢??s public relations office, and the college of agricultureÃ?Â¢??s radio news service. Elliott is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and served on the NABJ Board of Directors from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting faculty member at the Poynter Institute, a leading journalism think-tank located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
More on Watermelon Sushi: Michiko Johnson looks Asian. She says she's Black. A hip-hop head, soul sistah who greases on greens and cornbread, Michiko is outspoken about her African roots. She adores her younger sibling, April, whose physical features are more African than hers. But April speaks fluent Japanese and eats only vegan meals with chopsticks. Their Japanese mother, Junko, immigrated to the U.S. when she married an African American soldier. Now, Junko's mother, Kazuko, who came to live with her divorced daughter, lies near death. Michiko is summoned home to San Francisco from her Los Angeles digs leaving behind her rastafarian musician boyfriend and a host of bad habits. Alone with her sick grandmother, Michiko is about to receive the most shocking news of her young life. Meanwhile, April, a rigid corporate attorney, is dealing with some trauma of her own; a discovery that she's pregnant by her married lover. Told against the backdrop of the rising rap music scene of the early 1980's, Watermelon Sushi hopes to feature old school rappers like Chuck D, KRS-I, Afrikan Bambaata, X-Clan, Soul Sonic Force, Kool Mo Dee, LL Cool J and others. In 1998, Starwheels Productions began shooting a 120-minute feature film in Los Angeles. The tale of two Afro-Asian sisters is dubbed "She's Gotta Have It" meets "Secrets and Lies" at the "Joy Luck Club". Shot on 16mm (with black and white scenes depicting the parents' past in Japan), the film is equal parts comedy and drama. Due to financial difficulties, production ceased after 7 days. A 4 1/2-minute trailer was edited and has been screened in several American cities.
Get a sneak peak at what the Mixed Chicks will present at the first Blogging While Brown conference.
Eric is a Haitian and Jewish comedian living in New York City.
The Wayans Family is known for outstanding comedy, and Kim Wayans boasts an impressive track record with her acting, writing, producing, and directing. Kim made her debut in the 1990s, starring in the groundbreaking sketch-comedy show In Living Color, with brothers Keenen, Damon, Shawn, and Marlon. Most recently, Kim and her husband, Kevin Knotts, both worked on the TV sitcom My Wife and Kids; Kim as a writer, producer, and director, and Kevin as an actor and writer. Kevin Knotts is an actor and writer. In addition to guest starring on and writing for My Wife and Kids, Kevin has penned three screenplays, one with his wife and writing partner, Kim Wayans. They live in Los Angeles, California. Soo Jeong lives in Los Angeles, California.
Marie Lamba is author of the humorous young adult novel What I MeantÃ¢?Â¦ (Random House Books for Young Readers, 2007), which PublisherÃ¢??s Weekly has dubbed Ã¢??an impressive debut.Ã¢?? It features a biracial teen as the hero in a mainstream story. She also recently completed writing Over My Head, a YA novel about a biracial teenÃ¢??s awkward yet gutsy search for true love. Currently Marie is at work on a third novel entitled Drawn, about a teen artist who moves to England in pursuit of Ã¢??normal,Ã¢?? only to find sheÃ¢??s unwillingly carrying on her familyÃ¢??s freaky psychic tradition. In addition to her fiction writing, Marie has written and published more than 100 articles, including features in national magazines such as Garden Design, Your Home, and Sports International. Her most recent piece, Ã¢??Plotting a Novel Group,Ã¢?? appears in the February 2008 issue of Writer's Digest. She is also writing an essay for an anthology about multicultural mothering, which will be published in January 2009 by publisher Wyatt Mackenzie. Marie holds a BA in English and in Literary Art (an individualized major combining writing and fine art) from the University of Pennsylvania, and resides in Doylestown, PA.
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Don't miss the reportage on the historic success that was the inaugural Mixed Roots Film & Literary Festival. Find out who did what and who made it a hot hot ticket!
One of our festival guests will join us to talk about the creative process and how being Mixed has informed his/her storytelling.
The Mixed Chicks discuss their favorite past episodes, what they have learned, how they have changed and what's to come in the next year of Mixed Chicks Chat!
May is Mixed Experience History Month and we're doing a recap of the celebration that's been happening over at Lightskinned-ed Girl (www.lightskinnededgirl.typepad.com).
EPISODE 51 - Mixed Chicks Chat on Self Help
Joseph Anaya (www.josephanaya.com) o-created, wrote and produced VH1Ã??Ã?Â¢??s first scripted series STRANGE FREQUENCY. Roger Daltrey hosted the critically acclaimed anthology series rooted in the mystique and mythology of rock & roll. Starting in Hollywood with the ground-breaking production company Propaganda Films, Anaya post supervised movies, music videos and commercials, working with directors such as Spike Jonze, Antoine Fuqua, and Mark Romanek. Anaya also directed and/or wrote the award winning short films SHORT ON SUGAR, SMART CARD, and A HOLLOW PLACE which have bee n see on television in the U.S. and around the world as well as at all the major film festivals including: Sundance, Toronto, Miami and Los Angeles. Anaya also was selected as a directing fellow for the Independent Film ProjectÃ??Ã?Â¢??s (now Film INDependent) 2004 DirectorÃ??Ã?Â¢??s Lab, an intensive 8-week directing program.