TV Star Tamera Mowry Recalls Shocking Comments About Her Interracial Marriage

“White man’s whore.” “Back in the day, you cost $300, but now, you’re giving it away for free.” These are the hateful comments 35-year-old Tamera Mowry, one of the identical twin stars of the ’90s television sitcom “Sister, Sister,” says she received after she married Fox News Channel correspondent Adam Housley in 2011. In the above clip from “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” she opens up about the intense hatred she experienced on social media for marrying outside her race.

“See, this is where I get emotional, because it’s hurtful,” Mowry says. “Because when my husband and I are so openly — and we’re fine with showing — is love. Love. But people choose to look past love and spew hate. That’s what hurts me, because I’ve never experienced so much hate ever in my life, ever.”

Growing up in a biracial family, Mowry says she couldn’t even fathom the hateful words she’s heard about her marriage. “My mom is a beautiful black woman and my dad is an amazing white man, and I grew up seeing a family,” she says.

An especially hurtful comment she’s heard involves her twin sister, who is married to actor Cory Hardrict. “They say, ‘Oh, Tia’s a true black woman because she married a black man,’” Tamera says. “Oh – I’m less of a black person because I married white?”

Though the words are painful, Mowry says she knows what she has. “I love my husband so much, I love our family, I love our dynamic. I’m proud to be in the relationship that I am because it’s based on love,” Mowry says. “Pure love.”

“Oprah: Where Are They Now?” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on OWN.

 

 

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Racists Attack Daddy Blogger Over Viral Photo of Interracial Daughters

Daddy blogger Doyin Richards spends most of his days recounting the joys of fatherhood on his website, Daddy Doin’ Work: Adventures of a First-Time Father Raising His Daughters.

Last October, Doyin (pronounced doe-WEEN), 39, took a month off from his day job to “baby bond” with his newborn.

It was during this time that he snapped this adorable photo of himself styling his three-year-old’s hair while the baby rests comfortably in a BabyBjörn.

Doyin says he took the photo because his wife, Mariko, refused to believe he could do his daughter’s hair, and he wanted to show her that he could.

“After 15 minutes of multitasking, the final result was a nice, tight ponytail for big sister and a happily sleeping baby in the carrier. Mission accomplished,” he wrote in the blog post. “I emailed the photo to her with the caption ‘Boom.’ and we both got a good laugh out of it.”

So far so innocent, but when the photo was reposted late last month on social networking sites it quickly went viral, and that’s when all Hell broke loose.

Doyin was inundated with racist comments calling his devotion into question and suggesting his daughters couldn’t be his because they didn’t share the same exact skin color (Mariko is half-white and half-Japanese).

“I would bet anything that you’re a deadbeat,” said one commenter. “OK buddy, cute picture. Now why don’t you hand the children back to their mom so you can go back to selling drugs or your bootleg rap CDs?” said another.

“He probably rented those kids,” said a third. “They don’t even look like him.”

And the vile kept coming: “Look at this Uncle Tom. No chance he would be doing this if his kids were black,” read one particularly unacceptable remark. “So do you do this for all of your illegitimate kids?”

Responding to his haters with signature levelheadedness, Doyin decided not to stoop to their negativity, and instead turn their sorry behavior into a teachable moment, daddy-style.

“Why don’t you put big boy shorts on and get in on the revolution of good fathers?” Doyin inquired of his detractors, rhetorically. “It’s not a good look to tear down dads for doing the work your wives wished you were man enough to do on your own. If you don’t believe me, just ask your spouses. They’ll tell you. But don’t worry. I’ll still be here whenever you’re ready to step your game up and join #TeamGrownAssMan.”

In a lengthy response post since reposted by The Good Men Project, Doyin invokes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and says he dreams of a day when “people will view a picture like this and not think it’s a big deal.”

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Hip Hop Abroad: Afghan Rap Group Rallies for Women’s Rights

Hip hop just got a lot more diverse.

An Afghan woman rapping about gender inequality alongside her fiancé is far from the norm in Afghanistan. Yet, despite the inevitable backlash, one of the first female rappers in the country continues to perform under the stage name Paradise. In fact, the nation’s unstable political climate makes Paradise and her rap group, 143Band, all the more determined to expose violence and discrimination against women through music.

Amid many years of war and political instability in Afghanistan, women and civilians continue to face violence from armed opposition groups, according to Amnesty International’s 2013 report on human rights. The impending withdrawal of NATO coalition troops in 2014 will likely further challenge President Hamid Karzai’s government in providing security for civilians and improving the status of women.

YouTube and Facebook  have helped 143Band a lot more than the media in Afghanistan,” Paradise and Diverse wrote in an email to Mashable.

Paradise formed 143Band with her fiancé, who goes by the name Diverse, in 2008. Since 2010 the two have maintained an active Facebook fan page and YouTube channel.

Read the full article on Mashable.

Gobble Tov! Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Here at MMXLII, we love to see different cultures embrace each others customs and celebrations. To help facilitate this tremendous occasion, the StudentExperts at visual.ly put together this nifty infographic.

With that said, get excited! It’s almost time for Thanksgivukkah! This year, the Hebrew and U.S. calendars overlap so that Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. This will not happen again for another 79,043 years. So break out the Dreidel and the cranberry sauce and start celebrating.

Gobble Tov! Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.

 

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In online dating, the race card can be a wild card

Love may conquer all, but the process still seems to be cluttered with racial bias.

A new study suggests the world of online dating appears to be just as segregated as the outside world, but those who use the sites appear willing to give interracial and interethnic dating a whirl if someone makes the first move, a new study finds.

The results, published online Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, opens a crack in the façade of prejudice, albeit a small and temporary one: Users revert to their old preferences after a while, according to UC San Diego sociologist Kevin Lewis, author of the study.

Lewis looked at dating overtures and responses from the matchmaking site OKCupid.com and found that while everyone tended to reach out within their own group, they also were willing to expand their future searches if they had received messages across race or ethnicity.

“everyone is searching in their own group, and actually it’s more pronounced for minorities,” Lewis said. Indians and other Asians were the most exclusive about whom they messaged, followed by Latinos and blacks, with whites being the most likely to cross group lines – though still generally focusing on their own.

Read the entire article at LA Times.com

Hello Kitty and The Simpson’s Are Going 1/2 on a Baby

Iconic Japanese Hello Kitty fashion and accessory manufacturer, Sanrio has teamed up with American animated sitcom, The Simpsons for a limited edition product line. In celebration of both franchise’s landmark years in 2014, with Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary and The Simpson’s 25th season, the collaboration product line “will target collectors with limited-edition collectibles, offering something for all fans.”

“Hello Kitty and The Simpsons have impacted pop culture around the world,” says Janet Hsu, President and COO of Sanrio, Inc. “Our collaboration comes at a perfect time as we celebrate major milestones for both brands. The exclusive product offering will feature a fun and unexpected take on The Simpsons’ transformation within Hello Kitty’s supercute world.”

“Fusing Hello Kitty’s iconic design sensibility with each Simpsons character, this unique collaboration will delight fans of Hello Kitty, The Simpsons and everyone in between,” said Roz Nowicki, executive vice president of global sales and retail at Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products.

The unique collaboration is expected to release during the ”back-to-school” season in 2014. Link

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1/2 on A Baby : Noa James & Lesa J [a MMXLII original web series]

This week we have something new – “1/2 on a Baby,” the latest series from MMXLII (pronounced “mix-lee,”) the brainchild of Ted Chung, co-founder of Stampede Management and Cashmere Agency.  MMXLII’s name, the Roman numerals for 2042, represents the year that America will become a minority majority country – one without any ethnic majority.

With “1/2 on a Baby” we want to see what that change means for real people.  We’re finding people who have come together, in spite of, or maybe because of, their differences, and asking them the questions that are hard to ask but too important to be ignored.  What does it mean to share a life, a company, or a vision with someone from a totally different background?  How do you overcome those differences?  What do you gain from them?

We start our series by posing those questions to rapper and music promoter Noa James and his partner Lesa.  Noa and Lesa couldn’t have come from more different backgrounds – he didn’t find out about his Haitian background until the age of twelve. She’s one of the few American speakers of Lao, raised by a tight-knit Laotian American family.  Today the two live and work together in California’s Inland Empire  where they organize and promote the weekly Common Ground,   as well as numerous shows in Pomona. Lesa runs the  Brick to Ya Face blog, and Noa is part of the Black Cloud Music label. Next year the two will be married at Paid Dues.

At MMXLII Noa and Lesa’s story got us thinking about the different structures of different families, and how those differences play out in people’s lives. We’d love to hear what you took away from their relationship.

Shout out to Noa & Lesa for lending themselves so gracefully to this candid exercise.