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Photo Exhibit Celebrates Multiracial Families
LOS ANGELES (May 17, 2011) – On Monday, May 23, 2011, Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) is proud to present, in conjunction with the Mixed Student Union (MSU), the exciting photo exhibit Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families. The opening reception for this important exhibit, which celebrates diversity, interracial relationships, and mixed race children, occurs from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Ackerman 2nd Floor Lounge at the University of California, Los Angeles.

This touring photo-text exhibit was created by Family Diversity Projects, and features beautiful photographs of multiracial families. The opening reception will include refreshments, remarks from MASC and MSU, guest keynote speaker Kinnery Shah, UCLA’s Cultural Affairs Commissioner, and a raffle – all with free admission! The raffle is not to be missed, with prizes ranging from small to larger gifts, and perhaps even including a free trip to a salon! Please join us for an exciting opportunity to experience this artistic representation of the cultural diversity of real multiracial families. Through this exhibit, we hope to promote a greater awareness of the beauty that exists in the melding of different backgrounds and cultures.

MASC seeks to broaden self and public understanding of our interracial, multiethnic, and cross-cultural society by facilitating interethnic dialogue and providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Multiracial Americans of Southern California
Jennifer Noble, Ph.D., Vice President: jnoblephd@mascsite.org
For more information: http://www.mascsite.org
Email: info@mascsite.org
Follow us on Twitter: @MASCSITE

About UCLA MSU: Mixed Student Union exists to provide a safe, open environment for people of mixed heritage including but not limited to multiethnic, multiracial, multicultural, transracial adoptee, mixed identity individuals and anyone who identifies with or is interested in the mixed heritage community. We aim to educate and spread a greater understanding of the mixed heritage experience and encourage self-exploration of cultural, ethnic and racial identity. We also strive to counteract social misconceptions of the mixed heritage community by promoting social and political consciousness. Contact information: mixedstudentunionucla@gmail.com | www.studentgroups.ucla.edu/mixedstudentunion/Mixed_Student_Union/Home.html

Press release by Jennifer McClain

Cross Burning is Evidence of Strained Race Relations in California
LOS ANGELES (April 11, 2011) – On March 29, 2011, a cross was found burning in Arroyo Grande, California, a city midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This event did not occur in the Deep South or in the 1960s, as one might expect. In these modern times, California is often regarded as a diverse state where more racial equality can be expected than in other areas of the country. However, instances such as this cross burning highlight the fact that racism and hate crimes are still prevalent in our society and even in a state as diverse and seemingly liberal and accepting as California. These events can occur without warning or expectation. Often racial issues can lie hidden or boil beneath the surface until they are frighteningly exposed.

Multiracial Americans of Southern California (MASC) is horrified and saddened that this mixed race woman was assaulted in this manner. Since MASC’s inception over 20 years ago, we have continually supported and advocated for mixed race individuals and families who experience treatment such as this. We have worked tirelessly to reduce experiences that create feelings of isolation and desperation in our mixed race community. Historically, burning crosses have been utilized in this country to persecute non-whites. It would seem this mixed race woman is being sent a similar, dangerous message. We hope this atrocious act will serve as a catalyst for the opening of a dialogue regarding the status of race relations in this country and in our individual communities. We invite those interested in becoming more informed about these important issues, and/or those searching for a community of supportive like-minded people, to contact me. Through greater awareness, understanding, and education, we can create a more tolerant and accepting society for all.

MASC seeks to broaden self and public understanding of our interracial, multiethnic, and cross-cultural society by facilitating interethnic dialogue and providing cultural, educational, and recreational activities.

Multiracial Americans of Southern California

Jennifer Noble, Ph.D., Vice President: jnoblephd@mascsite.org
For more information: http://www.mascsite.org
Email: info@mascsite.org
Follow us on Twitter: @MASCSITE

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Members of MASC are often asked by the media to comment on the multiracial community and associated issues. See below for a selected list of articles and videos we have been featured in.

ARTICLES:

Farzana Nayani, MASC President featured by:

Jennifer Noble, MASC Vice President featured in the USA Today speaking about:

Nancy Brown, MASC Founder & Board Member featured by:


AUDIO:

MASC Board Members Jennifer Noble and Thomas Lopez spoke at the 2010 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at Depaul University. Download free audio from their sessions below!

Jennifer Noble
ROUND TABLE: Community-Based Multiracial Movements: Learning from the Past, Looking toward the Future – free iTunes download

Thomas Lopez
PANEL: A Rx for the FDA: Ethical Dilemmas for Multiracial People in Race-Based Medicine – free iTunes download

MASC Board Members Jennifer Noble and Farzana Nayani were interviewed on the podcast “Mixed Chicks Chat” discussing the topics “What Are You?” and MASC. Listen to the podcast by downloading it for free at the iTunes store – “Mixed Chicks Chat” Episode 72, released 10/15/08.


VIDEO:

MSNBC – The Today Show

Family members MASC’s Treasurer / Parent Liaison Thomas Lopez were featured in the Today Show discussing: “Overcoming the Challenges of Raising Biracial Kids”

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/26184891/vp/36081398#36081398

The life story of MASC President Farzana Nayani featured in a video history piece: http://vimeo.com/9142566.  Film created and edited by Kristen Lee.

MASC Board Members & Friends Featured in Los Angeles Times Video

This video was on the front page of the LA Times website the week before Barack Obama was elected.


Sample Media Features / Past Coverage:

University of Southern California Features MASC in a Panel for “Project ReMix” Series

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In support of the workshop series at USC called “Project ReMix”, MASC has been invited to take part in collaborating with several of USC’s multicultural student service organizations to share resources and speak to students on the topics about being multiracial and multiethnic.  To kick off the series, MASC’s Vice President Farzana Nayani was a part of a panel titled “America’s First Black Mixed President”, discussing poignant questions like “does Barack Obama have a responsibility to the mixed-race community”.  On November 20, 2009, MASC’s President Jennifer Noble will be featured as part of a workshop entitled, “You’re Not ____ Enough: Dealing with Multiple Identities” which will cover topics about ethnic identity over the lifespan.

MASC Interviewed on Multiracial Issues by Los Angeles Radio Host Michael Jackson

On Monday, July 1, 2008 Nancy G. Brown,( Co-Founder and former MASC president) and Rosanne Walden, longtime MASC member and community activist were interviewed on various aspects of the multiracial movement-past and present, especially in light of the current CNN series, “Black In America.” During her presidency, Nancy and Rosanne, along with other MASC members traveled to Washington, DC to the first celebration of the Loving Decision, sponsored by the Interracial Family Circle and AMEA, There,  Mildred Loving and the original lawyers from the landmark Loving vs. Virgina Supreme Court decision to ban all remaining miscegination laws were in attendance.

During the interview the new generation of multiracial leadership was acknowledged, the 2000 census changes that have paved the way for those of mixed race to no longer be an invisible population were mentioned, and the health issues that mandate the accurate collection of racial date (e.g. bone marrow transplants, histories of genetic diseases, etc.) were highlighted. Discussion also covered our current political arena that includes the first multiracial American running for the office of president.

the Grio speaking on the topic “Colorblind parents could handicap their biracial kids”