As I am always researching matters pertaining interracial families, I came across a post on The Salt Collective written by Liz Lin entitled. How Do You Raise A Multiracial Child?. As woman of Chinese descent, Lin’s experience differs from many of ours. But as a mother, it is not so different. We all want the best for our children. We want them to work hard, thrive and be successful.
Nawal al-Hawsawi is outspoken, black, a qualified pilot and married to a white man – everything her critics say a Saudi woman shouldn’t be. But despite receiving waves of abuse on social media, she refuses to bow to convention and hits back at her detractors “with love”. Al-Hawsawi has become something of a star on social media. She has amassed almost 50,000 followers on Twitter, where she posts about the importance of racial diversity and marriage equality.
Friend and founder of the Black Women In Europe Blog, Adrianne Lind sent me a note about a past blog post, I had to share. Of course we know that interracial and international is not for everyone. But for those with an open mind and pioneering spirit, anything is possible. In a new series of articles, black women living outside of Europe share their views from the other side. In our third article, Betty Byte (not her real name) spells out why she is determined to live in Europe.
Blasian is a term associated with a person mixed with black and Asian background. It also means a married couple or romantic relationship made up a person with a black or African and Asian. Blasian is more commonly known as Afro-Asian.
As the mother of a daughter in high school, I am always telling her that Math is so important. Reading about this student brightens my day. Even a whiz kid has to study hard to learn all that knowledge and boy does it pay off when it comes to obtaining a free higher education. I sense some pretty proud parents are still beaming at the accomplishment of their son. Outstanding!
Katija shares: This is my husband Carlton. We met in high school and became sweethearts. I was in a Chicago Public Schools Magnet vocational nursing program hosted at Lindblom High School Where Carlton attended. A nursing classmate who knew Carlton introduced us. A romance blossomed and after shortly high school, Carlton and I became husband and wife. We got married at city Hall on August 9th 2003. I was 18 and Carlton was 20. Still going strong, we have a 6 year old son.
It has been a while since we heard from Dr. Misee Harris. We first introduced Misee as she prefers to be called, a year and a half ago as our “Woman On A Mission” . She was on a quest to become America’s first black Bachelorette. That did not work out, but this is one dentist who was not to be outdone.
Well, if this isn’t a little gem of info… When I was a little girl and my sister Stella pointed out that Richard Widmark was the love interest of Lena Horne in the movie we were watching – Death of a Gun Fighter; I was clueless as to its significance. I was shocked some 40 years later to find the movie was loosely based on a true story! I don’t at all praise a slave owner’s affairs with their slaves as was the common and typical scenario on many a plantation. But having researched black women white man relationships of the time, I know that many actually married. The romance of Garrett Lane Scott and Mary Bowen seems to have been a tragic affair.
Half and Halves, tells the story of Punjabi-Mexican intermarriages in California at the start of the 20th century.
California has long been a land of possibility. From the Gold Rush to the promise of fertile farmland, people from all over the world have flocked here for the chance at a new life. That has created some unexpected immigrant communities. One of those happened in the state’s Central and Imperial Valleys. In the early 20th century, Punjabi men came to the area, by way of Canada, to plant fruit trees, hoping to make their fortune in peaches and plums.
Outrageous what Tyron Smith’s family expected of him financially according to ESPN.com. There is absolutely nothing wrong with helping your mother or family out if you make it big in any career; but Smiths’ family felt extremely entitled. They expected him to care for their needs and wants and became greedy. Tyon Smith did the best thing by cutting off his family so he and any future family he has could have a life, retirement savings and live well. He doesn’t owe his family a thing. Good for you Tyron Smith. I applaud you for your courage and your efforts to show other up and coming ball players (and other parvenus) how to stop the money trains.
I was almost blown away by this story. I say almost because having researched vintage interracial marriage and relationships, I have seen so many similar stories except that it is usually between black and whites. I am still a sucker for happy endings. Read the amazing story of Helen Gladys (Emery) Aoki and Gunjiro Aoki, pictured in March 1909. She lost her citizenship for marrying a Japanese man as interracial marriage was prohibited even in Washington State at this time. Fascinating and awesome love. The story told by great niece Brenda Wong Aoki at History Link.org
In light of the recent events surrounding the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri I again have to face one of my worst nightmares. Although my son Elijah is biracial, he appears to be a young black man who could at any time find himself the target of police violence. I am a former Magistrate so I more than understand that the job of a police officer is often thankless and that fine, upstanding officers put their lives on the line every day. Still, I know there is a large element of black men whose only crime is being black. For those who are profiled, harassed and arrested for no good reason I lament.
This is not just for Americans. They accept students from all over Africa and Europe as well as Latin America. Fab program. I have written two posts on this topic and even called to check out the credentialing and requirements. This is a good opportunity for those who have strong Math and Science skills. After being accepted the first year is spent learning Spanish.
The Universe is ready for Ariana Miyamoto, Miss Japan. In the world that is all things beauty pageants, women of African descent have been making quite the strides in the industry. Outside of African countries, black women are surely making their marks. Some 50 short years ago in the United States, a black woman would not have even gained entry to a national beauty competition as the rules did not allow it. Today, we have seen numerous black women win Miss America and Miss USA . Black or biracial beauty queens have also won in Central and South America (Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil) Europe (France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, UK, Hungary, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark) and now Asia.
Some states allow first cousins to marry. Some of those states allow it with restrictions and some have none. A Spanish speaking couple I knew had asked me to help them learn what they needed for a civil ceremony in Denver back in the 1980s. So I checked into the process for them and found out all this other information about marriage laws in Colorado. I always found it funny about the cousins getting married and just tucked it away in the back of my mind.
Let’s face it, many of us never consider obtaining and education abroad. Some of us just never think about it. If you have never been exposed to the possibility it is no wonder that you may never know that there is a world of options available to you. But for those some the cost could be a deterrent to those who do know about universities overseas. I found a Facebook Fafsa International Universities page that doesn’t update much but has good information.
Both Fawn Stone and Lakesha Yvette Walker were featured as singles on Interracial Marriage and Family, formerly Swirling and Marriage. I have not been single for quite some time but as a dating and life coach understand that it is quite hard out there for women everywhere to find love. Throw in beautiful, successful and accomplished black women, the odds rise even higher. I had lunch with Fawn and Lakesha in the summer and am still blown over in amazement as to why these young, sexy, gorgeous women at their age and in their respective professions were still single. I encouraged them, strategized and discussed a game plan for each. That game plan included swirling for these smart, hot, gorgeous women. Half the battle is won as they are very much open to interracial relationships. Neither Fawn nor Lakesha have limited themselves to dating black men only, but are inclusive of love in whatever skin shade they find it. That is a very good thing!