The Mixed Up Blog

On the road with MultiCulti Corner at The Museum of African American Museum

Introduction: The world is changing and we are more diverse than ever. An important gift we can give our children is to help them feel good about who they are and help them learn to accept, respect and celebrate others. Multicultural children need to have access to diverse products that reflect their reality. Children want to see themselves in books, media, toys, dolls and arts & crafts. Thankfully, there are brands that are stepping up and providing more products that expose children to multicultural and/or multiracial products. Lakeshore Learning, Queens of Africa dolls, Mixis Dolls, Lammily, Mattel, Mixed Up Clothing, Mixed...
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2016 NAIAS sponsored by Ford

The minute we hit cruising altitude aboard Delta’s Boeing 767 en route back to California from Detroit and the captain said it was ok, I whipped out my Mac Book and started writing. For the last two days I was a guest of Ford enjoying my first NAIAS auto show. It was the second event my 16 year old, Gabe, has been excited about one of my media events. The first event found him smack dab next to one of his favorite athletes. I knew he was excited because he text me incessantly throughout my time in Detroit asking "what...
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On the road with MultiCulti Corner: Magaly's Tamales

It's December and tamale season is upon us so the MultiCulti Corner (MCC) is headed out on the road. MCC is a culturally diverse community of multiracial people and families enjoying and sharing social, educational, and celebratory news and events. The MCC has a group of multicultural children (a tribe) that get together to learn about other cultures. On this beautiful day they went to San Fernando, a city outside Los Angeles, to visit a tamale restaurant and chat with owner, Magaly, to learn all about tamales. Magaly explained that tamales are a tradition of Mexico traced back to Mayan...
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LA Zoo Reindeer Romp 2015

My family and I were invited out to The Los Angeles Zoo for a rare opportunity to see live reindeer at its Reindeer Romp Holiday Celebration, which debuted November 27, 2015. We made the most of the holiday season with a full day of fun and adventure highlighted by a visit with Noel, Belle, Velvet and Jingle in their wintry Reindeer Village home. The kids were excited to know that this was the only place to view live reindeer in Los Angeles. There are a flurry of other activities on weekends including holiday crafts for kids, ice carving demonstrations (Saturdays),...
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LA Zoo Lights

My family enjoys the Los Angeles Zoo. We go 2-3 times per year as a family or with out of town visitors. The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens is home to a diverse collection of 1,100 animals representing 250 different species, many of which are rare or endangered.     We were excited to be invited to media night of L.A. ZOO LIGHTS where we were able to enjoy the 113 acres of new lights and displays. It was a brisk evening. An ideal night for a family outing.  The chilly weather really got us in the holiday mood where...
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Growing Up Multiracial: Then and Now

As a multiracial kid growing up in the 80's, I felt different. I was born in Puerto Rico to a Black father and Mexican mom. After Puerto Rico, we moved to Hawaii. Being a military brat stationed in Puerto Rico then Hawaii meant I was also labeled a Third Culture Kid raised in a culture outside of my parents' cultures due to their military status. California finally became home and I felt like I didn't quite belong. I wasn't Black enough, or Mexican enough. I wasn't Puerto Rican or Hawaiian. It was hard for me to find my place in...
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Knott's Scary Farm 2015

My family and I love Halloween. We love dressing up in some sort of family theme. One year we were characters from Toy Story. Another year we were Super Heroes. We are still unsure about what to be this year but being at the Media Event at Knott's Scary Farm got me excited that it's Halloween time again and anything is possible.  On this night we gathered to all that was new for 2015. This year's Scary Farm will run September 24-October 31 so be sure to grab your tickets and find out what all the excitement is all about....
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How My Backflip Landed Me at ABC's Shark Tank Casting Call

What does this image have to do with ABC's Shark Tank? Well, let me start from the beginning. And when I say the beginning, I mean when I stepped foot in the swimming pool with 3 of my 4 kids. And when I say swimming, I mean floating on an inflatable raft catching some rays. They swim all around me like little sharks and try to flip me over. I splash them and tell them mama just wants to relax and to swim away. "You're no fun," the youngest one says. I lower my shades to my nose and peer...
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Samosas in the Summertime

We are so fortunate here in Los Angeles to be in a culturally diverse city. We are surrounded by beautiful people from different countries. We have opportunities to try a variety of ethnic restaurants and listen to music from across the world. The best part about it? No passport required! Got some free time? Listen to International music from Uganda or the Ukraine at Walt Disney Music Hall. Want to try some new foods? In one day you can travel to Little Ethiopia and sample gomen and kik alicha or head northeast to Thai town and try some tom yum soup or...
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Strawberry Letter to Steve Harvey

“A Special Needs Mom's Letter to Steve Harvey” Did you hear the one about a mom of a special needs daughter listening to one of her favorite comedians making a tasteless joke about a special needs person? Well this isn’t the start of a joke, and I’m definitely not laughing. In fact, I have been trying to figure out what to do since the moment I heard Steve Harvey, as Sister Odell, on his radio show making jokes about a special needs individual. I heard him say things like: -Her half-witted little niece who is slow as molasses -Everyone wants...
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Knott's Berry Farm for the Cure "Pink Tickets"

I am not afraid to be sick. I am not afraid of the process. I only want to LIVE. And this is my fight. Jamie Jenkins, stage 4 cancer fighter I have been around cancer longer than I care to remember. My grandfather passed away after a long battle with cancer. My father-in-law passed away a few years after big papa. My grandmother is currently battling it. It’s not just older people that it has touched. My cousin and a friend’s son are, thankfully, in remission and showing No Evidence of Disease (NED). Because of my experience with cancer, throughout...
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5 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Race & Cultural Diversity

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.~Maya Angelou Last week I was asked to be on a local NPR station to talk about what it's like to be mixed-race in today's changing demographic. I love that question but even more, I love talking to parents about what they can do. Tangible things about how can we raise children who love who they are as well as raise socially-conscious children who embrace other races? I hear you saying, yes but aren't we all part of the human...
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